Ben Franklin’s 220 Euphemism For Drunk

Pop Quiz: Which of America’s Founding Fathers created over 200 euphemistic terms for drunkeness? Here’s a hint: Which founding father was a famous partier? The answer of course is Benjamin Franklin. Yes, Franklin was a well known imbiber (and probably the first spokesperson for Sam Adam’s beer), so naturally he would be interested in creating several clever ways to indicate that someone was “contending with Pharaoh.” In 1737 Franklin published his 220 drunken euphemisms in the Pennsylvania Gazette and believe me, they are a hoot. So, head over to mental_floss to read the full list. However, if you’ve “had a Thump over the Head with Sampson’s Jawbone” and are too “overset” to read the list, check out this video crated by comedy troupe I Made America in which Keith Habersberger recites all 220 phrases. Have a good weekend, and make sure to watch out for anyone whose “Head is full of Bees.”


Mad Men, Season 25

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, after seventeen long months in the wilderness; Mad Men is returning to our television sets. Yes, we are just four short days away from the start of the series’ fifth season and I could not be more excited. Unfortunately, no preview footage of the season premier has been released yet, but thanks to Bland Hack Pictures we have a preview of what the series will look like in 20 years. Yes, it’s Mad Men in 1985! Watch as a 60 year old Don navigates the era of Tab, Reagan and Mary Lou Retton. Of course, Joan, Peggy and Pete are still around at the totally 80s version of Sterling Cooper. Check it out, and learn all about Peggy Olsen’s appreciation of the Bangles.

Mister Rogers Learns To Breakdance

Fred Rogers, everyone’s favorite tv neighbor and kindly grandfather figure would have turned 84 tomorrow. So, to preemptively celebrate his birthday we’ve got a clip of his learning the basics of breakdancing from a young neighbor. Now, unfortunately this segment doesn’t feature the besweatered tv legend spinning on his head or listening to “Rapper’s Delight,” but it does feature the next best thing: Mister Rodgers doing the moonwalk–which looks exactly like what you’d expect Mister Rogers moonwalking to look like.

Ralph Steadman’s Wonderland

If you’ve read Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo classic Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, you’ve encountered the art of British illustrator Ralph Steadman. Steadman’s trippy, drugged out drawings provided a fitting complement to Thompson’s tale of Sin City debauchery and the death of the American Dream. Prior to collaborating with Thompson, Steadman used his signature drawing style to illustrate another psychedelic literary masterpiece. In 1967, Steadman released a newly illustrated edition of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

Steadman’s illustrations are like a wonderful bad trip with workman-like Card Guards, a White Rabbit dressed like a London businessman and an almost formless and Jabba the Huttesque Queen of Hearts. The drawings are fantastic and really worth checking out.

Head over to io9 for more drawings from Steadman’s visit to Wonderland.

Literal Iron Man

Folks, we are just a little under two months away from the much anticipated release of The Avengers and there are several reasons I’m excited, chief amongst them the return of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Downey’s portrayal of the arrogant but endearing billionaire and superhero Tony Stark has been a highlight of the Marvel Movieverse and I can’t wait to see him working alongside six of  Marvel’s other major heroes. However, after I saw the photo below, I realized that what I really want to see is Tony Stark strapping in to a literal Iron Man costume.

This amazing costume was spotted at Atlanta’s DragonCon in 2008 by Redditor Ryan0617. Check out the full thread here and a few more photos of this clever Iron Man suit here.

Judas Priest, “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin” (Bossa Nova Version)

Folks, I’m not going to lie to you, the first generation of metalheads are getting older and probably can’t rock as hard as they used to. But that doesn’t mean they have to give up the songs they know and love because self proclaimed “Musical Genius” Andy Rehfeldt has found a way to let older fans keep rocking; albeit in a more smooth manner. Rehfeldt’s whipped up this smooth, loungey bossa nova remix of Judas Priest’s classic anthem “You Got Another Thing Comin.” Is this take on the heavy metal masterpiece sacrilegious? Yes, but it’s also highly amusing.

Cubs Win!

Ladies, and gentlemen we are just under a month away from the start of the Major League Baseball season. Now as I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I am not a baseball fan. However, despite my disinterest in the sport, I do have a soft spot in my heart for the poor Chicago Cubs; those lovable losers who haven’t won a World Series in 103 years. Every year, I give a mild cheer for the Cubbies in the hope that this will be their year. Anyway, as we wait for the Cubs to eventually reach the promised land, PlayStation has released this commercial for the new game MLB 12 The Show depicting how the city of Chicago would react to a Cubs World Series victory. If you’re a sports fan, this’ll probably one of the most beautiful things you’ll see all day.