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Ohhhhh, yes. It’s time for the REIGNING AND DEFENDING CHAMPION of Friday afternoon link dumps—the Friday Fun Blog!
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On to the links!
-The Academy Awards are this weekend, and if you live in Los Angeles like we do, then it’s less “OMG AWARDS!” and more “God, why did they have to shut down Hollywood Boulevard? Now I have to sit in MORE traffic.” And sharing our sentiments is street artist Plastic Jesus, who has placed a lovely art installation near the site of the Oscars. The piece depicts “Oscar” snorting cocaine off a red carpet. I like it! (The art piece. Not cocaine).
-At this point in our society, nearly every young person has contributed to a Kickstarter project at some point. Here’s 12 incredibly successful Kickstarter projects that did not live up to their promise.
-Everyone loves a good drink, but many imbibers might not know what goes into their favorite cocktail. If that’s the case, here’s a handy chart detailing how a bunch of popular alcoholic beverages are made. The only thing they’re missing is the concoction of Bacardi 151 rum and 2% milk I tried to mix in my younger days during a drunken stupor.
-Following in the steps of successful board game-based movies like Clue and Battleship (Ha!), it seems as though Settlers of Catan is getting their own big screen adaptation. Still waiting on that Mouse Trap movie.
-Clickhole, the clickbait parody from The Onion, has released a text-based adventure game called The Mysterious Shadows Of Skullshadow Island and I’m sure it’s as fantastic as everything else The Onion/Clickhole does.
-Are you a celebrity that is constantly being hounded by the paparazzi trying to snap your picture? First off, thank you for reading this blog. Second, there’s now clothing that is dubbed paparazzi-proof. When photographers use their flash, the clothing—made of the same reflective material you find on traffic safety gear—basically creates a silhouette of the person rather than capturing their picture.
–Obligatory Space Post of the Week: Here’s an argument about how we might be wrong about how dark matter functions on a local scale as compared to a galactic scale. There’s a lot of words and ideas in here that are above my pay grade.
-I hate to bring down the mood on a lovely Friday, but yesterday writer and comedian Harris Wittels was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment at the age of 30 from an apparent drug overdose. Wittels was one of the executive producers and writers for Parks and Recreation, as well as a writer on The Sarah Silverman Program and other shows, and the creator of the hashtag “humblebrag”. Wittels was open about his drug addiction and had entered and completed rehab twice. By all accounts, Wittels was “clean and sober” before his death on Thursday. Addiction is a very serious disease, and if you or anyone you know is suffering or needs help, please don’t hesitate to point them in the right direction. Recovery.org is a great resource to get in touch with addiction specialists in your area.