Play Them Off, Keyboard Cat!

Kids tells his mom he’s an atheist, cat plays organ! What more could you want from a dumb YouTube viral video?

More Keyboard Cat after the jump!

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Death Metal Grandparents


Sam Temple's Band

sam-temple.jpgHe helped the cops apprehend the Hipster Grifter. Here’s his band, Hermit Thrushes. Since Sam is clearly a hero for ridding our streets of the menace that is Kari Ferrell, the least we can do is give them a listen.

"Afghanistan's only pig quarantined in flu fear"

It’s not the Onion. That’s a real headline from Reuters.

Afghanistan’s only known pig has been locked in a room, away from visitors to Kabul zoo where it normally grazes beside deer and goats, because people are worried it could infect them with the virus popularly known as swine flu.
The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain.

And here’s our favorite bit from the story:

The pig was a gift to the zoo from China, which itself quarantined some 70 Mexicans, 26 Canadians and four Americans in the past week, but later released them.

Thanks for the tip Jeff.

Rejected Gladiator 2 Script Leaks… Did We Mention Nick Cave Wrote It?

Okay. This already wins the award for the most bizarre story of the week. First off, why the hell would Ridley Scott ask mopey rock icon Nick Cave to write a script? Why would Cave agree to said project. After agreeing to write the thing, how could Cave have thought that including a scene where Maximus battles the Vietcong with a flamethrower would be a good idea? And of course the largest elephant in the room… why in God’s name do we need Gladiator 2? Most of us are still traumatized by the steaming pile of crap that was the original.
Gone Elsewhere has been generous enough to provide a synopsis of some of the script’s highlights. After being meeting Roman Gods in the afterlife and being reincarnated, Maximus starts kicking some major ass:

Middle Eastern Battlefield: Maximus stands surrounded by hundreds of Crusaders as they battle a Muslim army. Everyone dies around him, only Maximus remains untouched.
– Europe: Maximus battles tanks in World War 2.
– Vietnam: Maximus battles Vietcong with a flamethrower.
– The Pentagon, Present Day: Maximus washing his hands in a men’s room sink. He stars at himself in the mirror… reflecting. Mordecai stands behind him… whispers: “Until eternity itself has said it’s prayers.” Maximus exits; proceeds into a large war room containing a dozen men in suits.

This sounds so bad actually, we must admit our curiosity is piqued. Thankfully, Gone Elsewhere puts things in perspective.

This is not a reflection on the quality of the piece, but I’m not really interested in seeing a sequel to Gladiator featuring elements of mythology and the supernatural. They weren’t present in the first film and they simply feel out of place here.
It’s like making an action-packed follow-up to Schindler’s List with a cryogenically-frozen Liam Neeson helping to save a doomed alien species 10,000 years in the future. Sure, there might be an interesting story there… but it doesn’t make sense given the pre-established universe.

We’re trying to locate the script, so link us up in comments if you find it!

The Hipster Grifter Lied!

Surprise, surprise. She lied again. She didn’t really turn herself into the cops. City Paper has the true story of how she was captured. [via]
A must-see video of Kari on Philly’s local news after the jump…

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Quimby The Mouse

Via This American Life’s Vimeo:

A video put together by Chris Ware for [the] spring 2009 event “This American Life — Live!” — in which Ira Glass hosts an actual episode of the radio program… The song in this video is “Eugene” by Andrew Bird. Animation by John Kuramoto. Permission to post this video has been granted by the contributors.

And don’t miss the This American Life show for which the video was created. Especially Dan Savage (around the 38 minute mark). Savage’s story about his mother is hilarious and heartbreaking. [thanks Rumproast]

The Daily Footprint 05/05/09

Spoonbill Kitty
Spoonbill and Sugartown Bookstore.