August 20, 2014

This morning, former president and current recluse George W. Bush made a brief appearance from exile to participate in the ice bucket challenge. Laura Bush even makes a surprise cameo by dumping the bucket of ice water on the former commander-in-chief’s head while he writes out a check for ALS research. This trend has long been overplayed, but the Bush family makes an excellent addition to the long line of political dynasties participating in the challenge. (Here is a clip of the Kennedy’s participating en masse). At the end, Bush nominates another politician, but we won’t tell you who. Also, WE WILL NEVER POST ANOTHER ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE VIDEO THING EVER AGAIN THIS IS THE LAST ONE.

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August 19, 2014

Leave it to Tom Cruise to make the other 1,451,773 people who’ve taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge so far to look like total cowards. But that’s exactly what happened when Cruise and his Mission: Impossible 5 director Christopher McQuarrie accepted the challenge from Hugh Jackman and the cast of the upcoming Pan (their video, featuring Rooney Mara and Garret Hedlund is enjoyable). Cruise is famous for putting the capital E in Effort in every single aspect of his life, and this is no different.

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August 19, 2014

Hey, ladies — catcalls are flattering! Deal with it

Summer to me means three things: heat, hemlines and hard-ons.

It’s the time of year when women can parade around in a skimpy dress with strategic cutouts that would make my mom — who is a saint and don’t you dare talk about her that way — wince.

And when females know they’re looking good, and brazenly walk past my construction site, anticipating that whistle and “Hey, mama!” catcall. Works every time — my construction boner and I can’t fit through the door! Because there isn’t a door yet, haha, we haven’t built it, due to all this ogling we’ve got on the schedule today.

I’ll never forget my first time: At age 20, working a high rise job in Times Square and taking advantage of the company’s liberal sexual harassment policy, I was wearing a hard hat and a bright orange vest, work boots, and loose-fitting paint-smeared jeans, all the better to conceal my engorged manhood. A woman in a tightly molded pink tank top and black capris strolled by.

“You’re hot!” I shouted, high-fiving my buddy.

I could tell she liked it. Ladies like this, the ones who put it out there, you see, they want a break from the type of pussy-ass college boys who wouldn’t know how to talk to a gal if it crawled out of their X-box.  This is the real world, honey tits, where guys like me tell it like we see it.

And what do we see? Your vulva poking through those tight capris. Mama mia!

Now, a decade later, I still get that blood-in-the-penis feeling whenever a sexy little girl walks past a construction stronghold (That’s what I call my scrotum). I’ve learned that it’s not what you yell — the “Nice guns!” or “Sit on my face pretty missy!” — but how. Yelling confidently at a group of women, each indistinguishable to me as a mass of legs and tits and ass, making eye contact and flashing a super slow and just kind of off smile shows you as you are: oblivious to the personal space and feelings of others. The wolf whistles that follow will send your ego soaring, unless you’re one of these stuck-up broads they have around here now. Fucking de Blasio.

I realize most men with healthy self-confidence don’t have to yell at women in the street in order to let them know that they would, hypothetically speaking, be open to the opportunity to poke her in the vag for 45 seconds behind the job site port-a-potty.

I’ve read all the hand-wringing online from dickless liberals and feminist bitches about how unwanted comments of the kind I pass out willy nilly, sometimes to women I’m not even all that particularly attracted to, is a part of something called “rape culture.” Haha, buddy, rape culture is what I majored in in high school. We had majors in my high school for some reason.

But the mystique and machismo of manly construction workers has always made the hearts of these slam-pieces beat a little faster, and put a little jump in their step, at least based on how fast they start walking after I yell at them. It’s as primal as it gets, my dudes! They either snarl in recognition or they ignore it. Playing hard to get is what I call it. It’s not brain science — when a total stranger notices you, it’s validating, but sometimes they play coy, to make me work harder at it next time. Women like to be hunted.

Oh, don’t go rolling those sanctimonious eyes at me, Hillary Clinton. Objectifying females doesn’t make you a rapist. Most of these sluts are asking for the attention anyway. Why else would they dress like that?

Isn’t feminism all about self-empowerment, anyway? Or am I just lifting from an impassioned speech by a college porn star named Belle Knox? Whose work I am intimately familiar with, due to living alone and not having a girlfriend at the moment.

Besides, hard hats need something to look at while they’re on their lunch break. You can be that objectified sex thing for us! What’s so wrong about a “You are sexy!” comment from any observant man? Or “I want you to bathe in a pool of my semen!”?

For me, it’s nothing short of exhilarating, yielding an unmatched level of euphoria.

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August 18, 2014

It’s been a week since the death of Robin Williams, and so beloved was he that street artists from across the globe have begun memorializing him with graffiti portraits in public spaces. You can check them out below.

Washington, DC.

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Austin, Texas

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Belgrade, Serbia

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                                 Shordeditch, London

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East Village, New York

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August 18, 2014

It’s fast becoming an Internet-wide Monday morning ritual to embed and talk about whatever the hell John Oliver got up to the night before. Despite being on just once a week, the former Daily Show correspondent has done a remarkable job at keeping his takes as fresh and relevant as his two counterparts on Comedy Central. Speaking of which, both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are off this week, which means Oliver had the nightmarish events in Ferguson, MO, all to himself. He did not disappoint. Oliver spent much of the fifteen minute segment echoing the outrage we’ve all felt at one point or another, only when he does it, it somehow manages to funny.

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August 18, 2014

It was only a matter of time before Chris Pratt used his Chris Pratt-like talents to show the world how the Ice Bucket Challenge is properly done. Imagine you were a frat bro who is also in possession of movie star charm–that’s what this video is. Pratt, who was challenged by Disney honcho Bob Iger, made sure he sucked back some ice-themed booze before getting doused by his wife Anna Faris, while we all admire his tight wet t-shirt game.

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August 15, 2014

In my experience, punks were against goths and that’s how it’s always been. Then Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers came along. The band proves genres can mix beautifully, especially with the help of Shilpa’s smooth voice. Her chords have been compared to those of Ella Fitzgerald and Patti smith and her band’s fans include the likes of Nick Cave and Bob Dylan. On this episode of Everything is Embarrassing, Shilpa shares her hangover cures and secret pop obsessions. PS: If you’ve got an embarrassing dilemma, write to or tweet at @teahacic !

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August 14, 2014

The legend of Reese Witherspoon is spreading across the land. Here she is drunkenly berating a police officer in Atlanta. Oh, and here she is drunkenly giving sex tips in a elevator. And now, coming to us straight from Capri, Italy, where Reese is enjoying the vacation of a lifetime, is the Oscar-winning actress drunkenly dancing like no one’s watching. Except, you know, everyone is.

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August 13, 2014

What was initially a very a adorable glimpse into a father-daughter relationship has taken a heartbreaking turn in lieu of Robin Williams’ tragic death. Williams’ eldest daughter Zelda, who posted a touching tribute to her father on her Tumblr, was named after the princess in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series. Williams has said that he purchased one of the first Nintendo systems ever available, and played the first Legend of Zelda game with his then-wife, while she was pregnant with their daughter. So to promote The Ocarina of Time‘s arrival to the Nintendo DS, Williams and his daughter shot a brief but pitch-perfect spot showcasing their love of the game, but more so of each other. Watch it below, along with a further explanation of the Williams’ relationship to the game series.

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August 13, 2014

We are often advised to do as Robert Frost once wrote, to “follow the road less traveled,” but as with many things, this is easier said than done. To drop a million dollar salary job at JP Morgan in order to start a nonprofit takes courage. To live on the streets while training for a marathon and raising money for others on the streets instead of yourself might take even more.

Here, with help from the eco-friendly Swedish snus brand General, we introduce you to six inspiring people who carved their own pathway, but not for selfish reasons or personal success. They faced challenges and experienced personal growth–both of which General supports, encourages and likens to climbing mountains–although they took their personal growth and turned it toward humanity. The climbed the mountain and brought others to the top with them. They are people who we would like to call Rebels with a Cause.

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Ben Keesey
We will never forget Kony 2012, one of the most viral videos in recent history. Produced by Invisible Children, Inc. in March 2012, video received over 40 million views and was tweeted by celebrities, including Rihanna and Oprah, in just three days. Little did we know, however, that one of the men behind the production team left jobs at JP Morgan & Associates, Deloitte and Touche LLP, and Brentwood Associates to join Invisible Children. This man is Ben Keesey.

Keesey graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics, Management and Accounting. In other words, he was set on a straight path toward making large amounts of money in finance or a directly related field. Although in 2005, the emotional response he experienced during a trip to Africa following his senior year at UCLA overshadowed the world of finance. Leaving behind banks and stacks of money, Keesey became CFO of Invisible Children and began to help combat the Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Africa. He is now CEO and Executive Director for the organization, which uses media, mobilization, protection and recovery to assist African communities with immediate needs as well as create long-term impacts.


Pete Lynagh
After losing a bet to his roommate, a self-proclaimed 33-year-old womanizer and man who suffered from fear of commitment pledged to be celibate for a year. Rather than break his end of the bet, the Australian man dedicated his time and energy to raising funds for the nonprofit Free to Shine, which uses education to help prevent sex trafficking in Cambodia.

Pete Lynagh thought this would be a yearlong treacherous journey, but on January 1, 2013 he began saving children’s lives and learning much about himself. “I had to fill that void with self love rather than external validation from women,” Lynagh told us. Throughout the year, he raised over $50,000 and visited Cambodia to meet the children he was helping. On December 31, 2013, he wrote on his Facebook, “Contrary to my original plan [of] waking up in the Playboy mansion high ‘5’ing Hugh Heffner and a dozen of his play bunnies…. What really happened wasn’t eventful at all.” Lynagh spent New Years with friends and was asleep by 10:30. The year of chastity changed the way in which he appreciates himself, his role in society, and his views toward women. This year, Lynagh is working with The Big Umbrella, a foundation working locally in Australia and overseas. He is also part of a program that teaches low-income secondary school students in Melbourne about social justice, fundraising, and leadership skills.


Alice Crisci
She was an all around, self-proclaimed power woman who lived the life of a bi-coastal, high-power executive consultant. She was writing her first business book and in talks for a television gig, but now she’s nearly broke because of a $20,000 fertility preservation procedure.

In 2008, Alice Crisci was diagnosed with breast cancer, meaning that if she survived, she had a 50/50 chance of becoming infertile. Instead of leaving it to chance, she froze 14 embryos created with a sperm donor before undergoing chemo treatments. Within weeks of her diagnoses and charging upwards of $20,000 to her Amex for this prodecure, Crisci also founded the non-profit Fertile Action to help other women with breast cancer afford fertility preservation. Despite Fertile Action’s successes, Crisci struggled. In 2011, she faced two miscarriages from natural procreation, had to restart PTSD treatments as if they had never begun, and declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Referring to this situation, she wrote, “I can either struggle like a champ or struggle like a little bitch. So I’m gonna struggle like a champ.” Her struggling like a champ prevailed and after two more miscarriages from natural procreation, Crisci gave birth earlier this year to her fertility preservation son, Dante.


Elizabeth Suda
During the Vietnam War, the United States was responsible for turning Laos into the most heavily bombed country per capita in the world. Americans carried out secret bombings in the impoverished country, totaling an amount that equates to the country being bombed every eight minutes, 24-hours a day for nine years. Out of the 270 million cluster bombs dropped, over 75 million failed to detonate, leaving the country littered in potential explosions.

In 2010, Elizabeth Suda traveled to Laos, heard and experienced these stories firsthand, and left behind her comfortable life working with Coach in New York to work with the Swiss NGO, Helvetas. Inspired by local artisans who crafted spoons from the excess bomb metal and driven to educated Americans about the circumstances, Suda launched her PeaceBomb Project, which employs 30 Laotian farmer-artisans. The local artisans craft jewelry from recycled bomb materials and for each piece sold, 3 square-meters of bomb-littered land is cleared. For Suda, the PeaceBomb Project—now part of her jewelry line ARTICLE22 and sold in over 39 countries—is just the beginning. “Our plan is to expand our footprint globally in places where impact is needed,” she says.


Ronnie Goodman
He runs between five and 15 miles every day and last year ran in the San Francisco half-marathon. The 53-year-old is now training for the full-length, 26-mile event. Sounds like your average runner, right? Wrong.

After his daily runs, Ronnie Gooman showers at a friend’s apartment on Haight Street and lies down to sleep every night in a San Franciscan homeless camp underneath a Highway 101 overpass. The homeless artist’s childhood was wrought with drugs and alcohol; he spent six years in prison for burglary. Although, five years ago his life changed directions, as he conquered his addictions, enrolled in classes at the City College of San Francisco, devoted his life to art, and began completing odd jobs. Yet despite these efforts, Goodman has been on the streets for the past two years. Now, with the help of fans and friends pooling money for his $120 entry fee, Goodman will run the San Francisco Marathon later this month, raising money for the organization Hospitality House. Hospitality House has helped Goodman, providing him with art supplies and support, but rather than raising money solely for himself, he’s helping the entire homeless population. “This is my chance to give back,” Goodman told the San Francisco Chronicle. “That makes me happy.”

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Tanner Wendell Stewart
Born and raised in the small town of Enterprise, Oregon, a young photographer’s visions of the world were confined. He knew about human trafficking, but to him—like most of us—it was just a statistic. In 2012, however, his photographic vision expanded from concerts to incorporate the global arena when a Bulgarian man offered to sell him a baby for $50.

When Seattle-based photographer Tanner Stewart went to Bulgaria volunteering with the A21 campaign, a human trafficking nonprofit, the group visited a small village where Stewart approached a man, asking to photograph his baby. The translator began tugging Stewart away from the situation. According to Stewart, the translator said, “The man just said, ‘You can buy my baby for $50.’” This single sentence altered the course of Stewart’s career. Upon his return to the U.S., Stewart veered from concert photography and launched a yearlong project to raise money and awareness surrounding human trafficking. In 2013, Stewart posted one photograph everyday, and earlier this year he raised $70,000 via Indiegogo to turn his photographs into a book, donating 100 percent of profits to A21. Following the $50 Bulgarian offer, he successfully donated $50,000 to combat human trafficking. “I don’t think generosity is about money,” Stewart says in a video about his campaign. “Generosity is about your heart.”

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