Stephen Colbert On Twitter: Global Warming Isn’t Real Because I Was Cold Today…

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Reason Bottled Water Sucks #478 – Bottled Water Ruins Downton Abbey Press Shot.

Bottled water in Downton Abbey press photo.

Bottled water in Downton Abbey press photoUnnecessary bottled water strikes again! Fictional, historical dramas are not immune to the commination that is bottled water (probably used ‘commination’ wrong but it was a big word and sounded good – plus, it’s Downton Abbey.). [M]


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It’s Super Cold Outside So Climate Change Must Be A Hoax. [Video]

Jon Stewart decided to use his first show of 2014 to question the climate change deniers who climb out from under a rock every time it gets cold outside – you know, the ones that work at an entertainment station that rhymes with cocks.

Great bit for the most part but the end of the second video falls a little flat. [Uproxx]

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‘Free Range Bread Farm’ Commercial For Abbot’s Village Bakery.

Free Range Bread Farm - Abbott's Village BakeryThe Free Range Bread Farm commercial is a great way for Abbot’s Village Bakery to get their message out. The only tweak that may improve the Free Range Bread commercial would be narration by Sir David Attenborough. To keep it cheap, they could lift a narration from one of his already produced nature videos. [Laughing Squid]


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Jubbling + ABC’s Wipeout + Kid Birthday Party = Inexpensive, Fun And Memorable Celebration (Redux)

Planning a birthday party and want to keep it fun and on the cheap? Wipeout birthday is the way to go. From June 2012.

The Chunnel:  Lawn chairs with torn slip-n-slide on top.

The Chunnel: Lawn chairs with torn slip-n-slide on top.

My just-turned 9 year old son absolutely loves the ABC TV show Wipeout. He loves it so much that he will setup an obstacle course around our house and completing it is the last thing he’ll do before he goes to bed.

As the birthday party planner, I would normally go the “lets see a summer movie for your party” route because it’s easy to plan, lasts 2+ hours and I can sleep through it. This year, my kid wanted a Wipeout party and mom insisted we make it happen.

Wipeout Big BallsThinking about the details and the idea of corralling and keeping 7+ plus kids interested kept me awake the night before the party. How do you duplicate the Big Balls from the TV show? Then I realized that we just need keep it simple and we could reuse items we already own to create the course. So we thought of the things kids like to do/not do and we went through our house and yard looking for stuff to build the obstacle course.

The first obstacle was the dress up station where the kids had to put on a Farrah Fawcett wig, Army coat, pink-studded belt [all from our Halloween costume box and not my closet] and then do the hula hoop.

The grass is hot lava obstacle.

The grass is hot lava obstacle.

The next was the hula hoop (instead of tires) course that the kids had to run through, hop back and then run through again. The kids then had to traverse the rope crossing and not touch the grass – our poor man’s Big Balls. Four more obstacles completed the course.

After cake and presents, we had the kids run through it one more time and we added the water factor to complicate the course. Each race was timed and at the end, we gave small prizes to the winners. Total investment: about $25. We could’ve done it for nothing but we’re beginners as Wipeout party planners.

So if you’re planning a party soon, remember to keep it simple, accept help and try to reuse stuff you already own. It’ll Jubblingly keep the cost down and won’t affect the fun. And if possible, limit the party to 2 hours. Sub 10-year old boys can only keep it together for about that long before they start hurting each other.

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If Jubbling Made A TV Show It Would Be Like Norway’s 12-Hour Prime Time Show About A Fireplace.

Norway Public Television 12-Hour Fireplace Show With Lars MyttingProduction value, production value, production value! Hard to beat Norwegian public television’s programming – especially when it’s only showing a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours with firewood expert Lars Mytting providing commentary. It’s the TV equivalent of the one-scene film “My Dinner With Andre” only 6 times Jubblinger. From Rune Moeklebust, producer for NRK [Reuters]:

“We’ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we’ll also have cultural segments with music and poems. It will be very slow but noble television.”

It’s hard to beat slow but noble television. The only way to make the 12-hour fireplace show more Jubbling: simulate the fire with computer graphics and dump the firewood expert Lars Mytting. I’ve heard firewood experts are total divas. [Reuters]

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