The Golden Globes were this past Sunday, honoring achievements in TV and film this year and providing us with a Jimmy Fallon & Celeb musical number a la La La Land (say that 10 times fast). As a testament perhaps to a universal sympathy for stories of dreamers, La La Land did indeed take home quite a few awards. Other winners included The Crown, Atlanta, and Moonlight among many other films and shows, and Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award with some choice words.
Facebook is directly acknowledging its role in the distribution of information; the news stories that flow through the site (fake or otherwise) and the size of their readership. On Wednesday, the social network announced the Facebook Journalism Project, an effort that would work towards greater interface between the company and the sources of the articles that are circulated on the site. Geared up with collaborative publishing tools and fact-checking partnerships with outside organizations, Facebook seems to be extending an olive branch as they explicitly recognize their responsibility in media. Meanwhile, as an added bonus for those still addicted to their time spent on this particular social network, new Chrome extension “Todobook” is now here to remind you to do your laundry and walk the dog before you become engulfed in the black hole of your never-ending newsfeed.
When Australia is having problems with their feral cat population, who do they turn to? Kentucky Fried Chicken, of course. Apparently, after testing various tactics, research has concluded that this crispy fried treat is the foolproof way to lure these little predators away from some of the smaller and endangered prey. A park staff member even told the news outlet that this fast food is "widely known to be the most effective bait for luring feral cats." For the rest of us, we’re now one step closer to discerning The Colonel's secret recipe. Who knew catnip was one of the 11 herbs and spices?
In more fried chicken news, Taco Bell blew up the internet this week when they announced their newest creation. This midnight muncher’s dream come true consists of lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sauce wrapped in apiece of fried chicken shaped like a taco shell. To quote famed chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm on the #NakedChickenChalupa:
Looking for ways to spend some money, or indulge in a midlife crisis? Enter the Lamborghini intensive driving academy in Las Vegas. This specialized customer-driving program begins with a one-day “experience”, or test-drive, and culminates in the chance to race around the track in the not-yet-road-legal “Super Trofeo” factory GT race cars. All this for only 12,000 dollars! But, of course, if you want to continue driving you’ll then have to buy the car for a couple hundred thousand more. If that’s a little too steep for you, we found a the next best thing: a $1,250 Toyota Camry. Essentially the same thing right?
TGIF! Start your weekend off right, and right away, with a nice cold beer in the shower! That’s right, this bubbly beverage is specifically designed to be enjoyed in a nice relaxing warm shower. Now, you might think, what’s so special about this beer that it is better than all the others for drinking in the shower? Well, it was specifically designed to be “small enough to keep its temperature during the shower, and strong enough to mentally wash your workday off and get ready for a fresh night out” say the creators from PangPang Brewery. With a 10% abv, they aren’t kidding about the strength. Also of course, the beer doubles as a conditioner!
Looking for a new job? Well, if you’re the former leader of the free world and Nobel prize recipient, Spotify has an opening for you! The newly announce President of Playlists position will be charged with providing world-class leadership to playlists editors and identifying new playlist ideas, “e.g. from a playlist for shooting hoops with your friends, to the perfect warm up playlist for addressing the nation about health care legislation that bears your name.” One possible negative, according to the description, you will have to attend daily briefings.