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Viral Vid: Russian Winnie-the-Pooh

A.A. Milne must be rolling in his grave.

What happens when the Soviet Union appropriates one of the most beloved characters in children's literature? You get a dark brown, raccoon-like, bizarro "Vinni-Pukh" whose voice resembles that of a grouchy old witch.

The Hard Truth

That's Mr. Dickhead to You

The founder of Iceland's Phallological Museum, famous for his quest to add a human penis to the collection, feels deceived by the documentary 'The Final Member.'

If you ask Icelander Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, the founder of the world’s only phallological—yes, penis—museum, why he’s spent 40-plus years collecting almost 300 different animal phalluses and “penile parts,” his answer is simple: “Well, somebody had to do this.”


Sigurdur Hjartarson, owner and founder of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, poses next to a stuffed elephant penis at the museum in Husavik May 8, 2008. (Bob Strong/Reuters)

He’s not sure why anyone would be weirded out by what he calls the “new science” of phallology. His museum has specimens from the tiny (a hamster, at two millimeters in length) and the large (17 whale penises and counting, one measuring nearly six feet); the ordinary (as ordinary as polar bears and gorillas, anyway) and the mythical (Icelandic elf, troll, and merman phalluses are on display). He has lampshades made from bull scrotums and silver penis sculptures of the Iceland men’s handball team. He even has wooden, penis-shaped phones, mini-bars, and cutlery sets that he carved himself.

Earlier this week, the grande dame of TV interviews reduced the ‘Happy’ singer to tears on her program. He was far from the first.

She’s gone and done it again.


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On the Sunday, April 13 episode of Oprah Prime, everyone’s favorite celebrity interviewer, Oprah Winfrey, sat down with singer/producer Pharrell Williams to discuss the success of his Oscar-nominated global smash, “Happy,” as well as his rise to music superstardom.


Where the Hell Is My Frozen Toy?!

It’s basically like Jingle All the Way, but with the power of the Internet capturing the chaos.

“Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours,” says Olaf, the lovable snowman, in Frozen. Love probably isn’t, however, spending thousands of dollars so your kid won’t cry over not having an Elsa dress.



The Disney film’s unprecedented success has left retailers reeling from how fast merchandise is selling out. It’s basically like Jingle All the Way, but with the power of the Internet capturing the chaos.

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Viral Vid: Best College Acceptance

Noah has Down Syndrome. But that didn’t stop him from getting accepted to Edgewood College. And when he reads his admission letter, his jubilant reaction is priceless.

Shut Up

Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

After years of alignment with anti-vaxxers, Jenny McCarthy says she’s not anti-vaccine—she’s pro ‘one poke per visit.’

So close, Jenny McCarthy. So close. Well… not really. But I’m trying to adopt the same conciliatory tone that McCarthy affects in a recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, in which she claims that she was never really “anti-vaccine” and that believing otherwise is just a big misunderstanding.


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“For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, ‘pro-vaccine’ and for years I have been wrongly branded as ‘anti-vaccine,’” she writes.

Proud History

Liam Neeson’s Horse Cart Crusade

The actor says horses are bred to pull carriages and have done so forever. The minute he uttered those words, he should have packed up and left New York City.

Critics of gay marriage often find themselves simply confused by the terms of the debate. They seem to encounter the same unbending opposition, whether their approach is an appeal to the prudence of political gradualism, an invocation of the natural order, or a warning about the risks of casting aside centuries of habit and custom.


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That’s not because of anything that special about gay marriage. There’s a larger pattern at work. It’s the reason why conservatives find themselves playing defense so often. And it’s the reason why Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages are headed for the scrapheap of history—even though the venerable conveyances have habit, nature, public opinion, and Liam Neeson on their side.


Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’


First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been duly chastened. But a blog post announcing the impending arrival of a movie about blogging, called American Blogger, has inspired a week of steady disdain in the blogosphere and on social media, including countless posts, multiple hashtags, parody Twitter accounts, and spoof videos.

Upon initial viewing, there is a lot to mock about the trailer, released on Vimeo by first-time feature-length documentarian and husband of a popular “mommy blogger,” Chris Wiegand. First, there’s the voiceover. It sounds like a real trailer, in terms of the rhythm and timbre of the disembodied voice, but it immediately launches into a metadiscursive journey through the accomplishments of the filmmaker in this, his first feature-length film, that makes the viewer wonder if this is, in fact, a hoax.

“Beautifully filmed and artistically crafted,” it gushes, “this documentary will remind you of the value of your voice and the power of sharing your story.” “With stunning cinematography,” it continues, “this story is told against the backdrop of the great American landscape.” And then, as the soundtrack swells with what could be a forgotten Creed track, soaring vistas of the moon, the Grand Canyon, fireworks, Wiegand’s Ford F-250 and sweet restored Airstream trailer, and the swirling Milky Way stun the viewer with their artistry.

Mad Man

Don Draper Needs His Mojo Back

He was the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, but now he’s emasculated and broken. Let’s bring the old, lascivious ad man back.

What’s happened to Don Draper?


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He made sense as a habitué of a different 1960s—the early part of that decade, before the personal was political, when masculinity was still narrowly defined and the sexual revolution a distant rumble. He was a paragon of masculinity—a tall, dark, and impossibly handsome enigma.

Why the GOP Is Angry About Colbert

When Stephen Colbert was announced as David Letterman's successor, Rush Limbaugh and company both criticized and politicized the move. Keli Goff discusses whether they're actually mad.

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