Five contemporary terms that are older than you might think.
"Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom," reports the — wait. Stop. UNICORNS? That’s an actual snippet from a report from the Korean Central News Agency, the state news agency of North Korea.
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QUESTION ONE (POSED BY YOUR DAD): You see that Papa John’s guy? I’m telling you: Obamacare is going to ruin this country. I know Jeff [your 22-year-old brother who is currently insured on your family’s health plan as a direct result of Obamacare] went knocking on doors for our “president” because he’s never had a real job and doesn’t know what it’s like to pay taxes just so a bunch of people can get a free ride. But I’m not mad, because he’ll figure it out, once he gets out into the world, and sees what it’s like to make payroll or buy a house after the government’s gotten through with you.
ANSWER: Here’s what I think about Skyfall. It was an awesome movie — and, wow, Sam Mendes totally brought it — but it wasn’t a Bond movie, you know? It was so cool and Bardem was ah-may-zing but seeing where James Bond grew up? That’s more Batman, right? What do you think, cousin Sam?
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You know what’s wrong with America? Its jeans. Glenn Beck denounced Levi’s last year after the company featured global protests and revolutions in their ads, and now he’s put denim where his mouth is and launched his very own jean line at 1791 Supply & Co.
The amazing Tumblr Lucille and Mitt has been around for some time, but it’s only now coming to our attention. The idea is simple: Superimpose actual quotes from Mitt Romney, the teetotaling Republican candidate often accused of being out of touch with ordinary people, over pictures of Lucille Bluth, the vodka-swilling, laughably out-of-touch Arrested Development character. The results are surprisingly convincing.
[Images: Lucille and Mitt]
aaand it’s on the tongue.— Gary Debussy (@hella_brad) September 8, 2012
LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) is a hallucinogen, meaning its primary action is alteration of perception, mood, and thought.
we’re at roughly 30 minutes now and I feel very happy and am having weird thoughts: “wow my fingers look so alive” “I feel like a chameleon”— Gary Debussy (@hella_brad) September 8, 2012
The vast majority of hallucinogen-related hospitalizations aren’t the result of direct physiologic effects, but from injuries related impaired judgement. For those who insist on experimenting with acid, at least do so in a supportive, private environment.
I’m glad I showered before doing this because smells are EXTREMELY NOTICEABLE— Gary Debussy (@hella_brad) September 8, 2012
With release of dopamine and seratonin, many report senses of euphoria and existential ambition.
Let’s just call Game of Thrones for what it is: A sexy political campaign featuring two years and twenty episodes of people making empty promises to the masses, and power plays for one dumb job. The only thing missing were attack ads, and thanks to Mother Jones, we now have them.
Well played, MoJo. Well played.
The arc of the political blogosphere is long, but it bends toward mashups of the president of the United States singing insipidly catchy pop songs.
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Scene: Herman Cain is grinning as he enters the Situation Room, carrying enough Godfather’s Pizza for everyone present — and to everyone’s horror, Rich Lowrie is there at his side.
JOHN BRENNAN: Before we begin, Mr. Cain, a question.
CAIN: (glancing at a note card) Islom Karimov!
CLINTON: (amused) That’s the president of Uzbekistan.
CAIN: I think that we ought to be able to kill 9 terrorists from 9 different countries in 9 minutes. Is there any reason we can’t do that?
BRENNAN:That isn’t exactly how it works, Mr. Cain, we can’t —
CAIN: Excuse me, I was talking to my man Rich. As I said during my campaign, I’m going to rely on my national security advisers, and I’m not going to let Washington insiders keep making all the decisions.
BRENNAN: I was just explaining that someone has gone to fetch the next batch of photos, so we have to at least wait —
CAIN: What about that guy? Looks to me like he’s a fan of sharia law.
CLINTON: (texts “OMG” to Brennan).
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A one-act play of GOP fan fiction, by Conor Friedersdorf.