I just played a game of war and mental violence. Beer pong. I didn’t give a shit from the beginning, then soon into the match I realized that everyone else gave 500 shits, that is way too many shits, so I kind of panicked.
The panic started when my partner threw the ball and before the ball left his hand it went past the table, thus crossing the sacred line of beer pong. He made the shot into the cup and the guys got all nervous but refused to speak to us about the issue, therefore they started yelling to the host that we had cheated. We didn’t even know what we had done.
I assumed that we had displayed some physical insult that I wasn’t hip enough to understand, I guess that I was right. To make matters worse, my partner and I forgot to remove a cup after the opposing team had scored. We did not realize that this cup had become, what in the beer pong world is called a “death cup,” this means that if the other team makes a shot in that cup a second time then we lose the game.
They were consistently staring at us like we were growing horns when finally the host, approached us and told us to turn around so that he could point out the “death cup” to the other team. With a stare that would have been appropriate for a situation of life-or-death, he made the final, fatal statement: “if they would have made it, y’all would have lost THE ENTIRE GAME.” Let me remind you that we were playing with water, not beer. Wish I would have had this guide that night! [via]
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A few years ago, I was all about adding Tabasco hot sauce to my food. I even carried a little miniature bottle of it in my backpack in college. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I became obsessed with Sriracha. So much so, that I even posted an infographic about it. But alas, I have just recently become obsessed with a new hot sauce after a co-worker donated it to the office kitchen last week. It’s name is Tapatio hot sauce, and we have become inseparable. I have a bottle in my pantry, my purse, and at my work desk so that wherever I decide to eat, I’ll always be able to add a little Tapatio pizzazz to my meal. Never heard of Tapatio, or dare I say, even tried it?! If you’re ready to take your taste buds to a whole other level of flavor, I suggest you break off your commitment to your current hot sauce and give Tapatio a taste. You will not be disappointed! [via]
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In case you haven’t noticed, there’s this thing called Spotify that everyone’s using these days. Lately, there’s been a lot of grumbling in the music community about the impact of streaming services like Spotify — mainly being that artists are given a pretty insulting amount of compensation. It’s so incredibly convenient though, and considering that fact, it’s free, how can you really blame anyone for taking advantage of it?
We really have come a long way since we were hand cranking those wax cylinders on our phonographs so that we could feast our ears on some vaguely musical hissing sound that came from a horn. Streaming is a relatively new phenomenon, and it’s pretty hard to argue that any advance in technology has ever negatively impacted the progression of music in the big picture.
So, maybe, there is hope. But wait, is vinyl making a come back? No, not really. People are definitely buying a whole lot more records than they were seven years ago, but the vast majority of people still listen to music via digital format. There are people who have invested exorbitant amounts of money in hi-fi equipment to supposedly prove that their records sound better than your iPod.
Your run-of-the-mill Crosley turntable that you picked up from Urban Outfitters definitely doesn’t though. So what gives? Is this really just a result of hipsters being nostalgic for a time they didn’t even know? Maybe, but my guess is that it’s a reaction against the lack of sentimentality that digital music has, and what fills that void better than owning the huge physical artifact that is the vinyl LP of the music you cherish?
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Why do you like fantasy? As a fantasy-addict, I’ve had to answer this question many times to my father, middle school football coach, ex-girlfriend… But for any fantasy-junkie, the answer is simple: it’s awesome. However, as bizarre as it sounds, there are people who don’t like fantasy, who buy into the lie of, “It’s just a bunch of monsters, wizards and men with goatees swinging swords, and casting spells until the good guys just sort of ‘win’.” To be fair, that’s an accurate description of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” saga, (which was still pretty cool).
This infographic uses Tolkien’s works to break down the structure of epic fantasy. There are wizards, heroes, mythical races of elves, orcs, etc. But Tolkien’s work was so much more, he invented an entire lore and history of a fictional universe, he invented languages! He created a structure for later fantasy writers to follow, like Terry Goodkind or Brandon Sanderson.
Then there’s the new wave of fantasy writers, notably George R.R. Martin. This new breed of fantasy’s characters are grey, neither good nor bad (unless it’s Joffrey), and contain more plot-based writing than lore, creating a new realm of nerdy-awesomeness.
With the huge success of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Hobbit’ films, it seems like the masses are starting to think fantasy is cool too, but don’t stop there! Read the books! Then nerds like myself will find girlfriends/boyfriends who like fantasy just as much and live happily ever after. The end. [Via]
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Growing up in this day and age, I’ve spent most of my clothes shopping time in used and vintage shops. Not only do I find older clothes to be more alluring to me than the clothes made today but also it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. Not only that, but from this infographic I’ve learned that I’m actually saving the planet (just a little bit) by doing this. It is under this particular viewpoint that I’m very sad to say that America has a serious problem of trashing textiles.
According to the EPA almost 13.1 million tons of textiles are thrown away every year. Only 15% of which (roughly 2 million tons) are recovered for reuse or recycling. It’s gotten so bad that it’s estimated that the average American throws away 65 pounds of textiles every year and that nearly 48% of this is perfectly reusable. So why’s this so bad? Well, manufacturing textiles uses a LOT of water. The average T-shirt alone uses 700 gallons of water to manufacture. Not only that, but according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, textiles are the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions in the United States after primary metals, nonmetallic mineral products, petroleum and chemicals. Just one pound of textiles can produce as much as 7 pounds of CO2 emissions into our atmosphere.
So next time you have some old clothes, towels, sheets or fabric to get rid of, look up drop-off locations for recycling textiles or donate it to your local thrift shop so that some weirdo like me might actually still want to wear it.