(Vice)– As you may have seen from the Facebook statuses of your friends who haven’t bought a new album in 15 years, yesterday would have been Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday. But of course, he is not 47. He killed himself in 1994. He’s dead. People stop aging when they’re dead and that’s sort of how age works. But in honor of the day, Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, WA, a place Cobain once called “Twin Peaks without the excitement,” a town he said he was run out of and “chased up to the castle of Aberdeen with torches just like the Frankenstein monster” named February 20 “Kurt Cobain Day” and honored their hometown “hero” by a performance from local band, Gebular, a speech by his first guitar teacher, Warren Mason, and an appearance by original Nirvana drummer, Whatshisface McReallyblewit. Oh and also the unveiling of a horribly gaudy statue of him at the Aberdeen Museum of History
So I’m a big fan of tributes. The Bill Russell tribute statue and the Bobby Orr statue are two of my favorite things, but to be honest they’re both still alive so their statues aren’t creepy. Neither is the Late Ted Williams’ statue outside of Fenway Park, but this; this is creepy… I mean first of all the statue is very realistic looking. But the tear… That just adds this odd aura which I don’t like. It really freaks me out to the point that I could only look at it for a short while.
So this leads to another important debate. Should people be allowed to create images of deceased people, and interpret them with this type of emotion? Are the tears necessary?
(SLATE) – A few years ago, reporter Sean Cole was working on a radio story and needed to interview the rapper Busta Rhymes. Sean was living in Boston at the time, so he did a Google search for “Busta Rhymes” and “Boston” to see if Busta had any upcoming shows that Sean could stake out. Google didn’t return any relevant tour dates. But it did give Sean a map, centering on a tiny speck of land in a neighboring suburb called Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The tiny speck of land was labeled Busta Rhymes Island. The Boston Globe confirmed that, yes, Busta Rhymes Island Is For Real. The Google Maps listing gives a phone number to call the island. So Sean called. A guy named Kevin O’Brien answered. Kevin is a guy in his early 30s who works in tech support and DJs weddings on weekends. Kevin started canoeing out to the island when he and his wife moved to Shrewsbury about 10 years ago. The island, a 40-by-40 speck of land, is practically in their front yard. Kevin planted blueberry bushes on the island, and there’s a rope swing hanging from one of the trees. He doesn’t just visit the island a bunch, he takes care of the island—he cleans up after the teenagers who leave beer cans lying around. He drinks beer himself on the island, with his wife and their friends. And when you love a place the way Kevin loves this place, you don’t want to refer to it generically. You want to give it a a name. Kevin and a friend decided on Busta Rhymes Island. All Kevin had to do was go on Google Maps and apply a geotag to it. But Kevin wanted the name to stick, so he didn’t stop there. He wanted Busta Rhymes Island to become the island’s official name. Kevin submitted a formal proposal to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which decides what the federal government is going to call a piece of land. The Board turned Kevin down—but not for the reasons you might think. For any body of land to be named after a celebrity in a commemorative fashion, that person has to have been deceased for five years. The thinking is that, when someone passes away—especially someone high-profile—it’s an emotional time. Close relatives, friends, and fans want to honor the person. And so the U.S. Board on Geographic Names instituted a five-year cooling-off period, figuring that if someone is still beloved five years after his or her death to the extent that people still want a place named for him or her then, and only then, should naming be considered. Also, a living celebrity can do something heinous. Like that time Busta Rhymes allegedly used a gay slur in a Miami cheeseburger restaurant. Then how do you explain Mark Sandman Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts? Mark Sandman was the lead singer of the Boston-based band Morphine. He died in 1999 after collapsing on stage during a concert in Italy. And then just a year later, a sign honoring him went up on the corner of Brookline Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It turns out that the five-year rule applies only to geographic features. Public spaces in cities are a different matter entirely. Those are decided by local municipalities, not the Board on Geographic Names. It turns out that Cambridge loves naming places after people. There’s a John T. “Johnny” Collins Square and a Commander Francis X. “Buddy” Foster Square. Robert E. Goodman Road. In fact, some intersections in Cambridge have a different commemorative black sign on each corner. As for Busta Rhymes Island, it might be a while before it can be officially recognized. But you can help. If you find yourself in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and you ask for directions to Busta Rhymes Island, that counts as “local usage”—one factor that the U.S. Board of Geographic Names looks for when considering a naming proposal.
Busta Rhymes Island! Sounds better than Disney World! I mean how could you not love an island named after one of the fastest rappers of all time. A nice scenic landscape with rhymes to match. Perfect! And even better, it’s in my hometown! So I’m thinking memorial day weekend we throw a rager on Busta Rhymes Island with this guy’s permission and christen the island properly. We could even try to get Busta Rhymes to show up, and rap. I mean this is genius!!!!!!!
Now that the Sochi Olympics are over you probably thought that I’d be done with my whole, “I hate Russia. I don’t care if they say that they’re not communists. The KGB is alive and well” schpele. Well you would be wrong… I mean look at the final Medal count. This had to be fixed. I mean Putin must have been embarrassed that his country which was hosting didn’t top the charts. Thus he fixed the games, probably threatened some judges, and eventually Russia ended up with the most Gold and Silver medals, and the top total Medal count. There’s no way that is not fixed. I smell a conspiracy here, and there’s only one man that can be behind it.
(Sorry for the permanent damage done by this image)
Let’s just take a minute to look at this beautiful snow man (although based on the Clothing I think its a Woman.) This snowman was found in Worcester by a source who shall remain nameless, but I think that is the best snowman I’ve ever seen. I mean they must have spent hours on that, and had to use ladders to get to the top of the damn thing. What I want to know though is how they raised the top and middle snowball? Was it crane? Was it The Hulk? Who knows but all I have to say is WOO I’m impressed.
I don’t exactly know what this guy is doing. But it looks like he might be digging the NBA LIVE franchises’ grave. I mean I love the game but this started at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and didn’t end till I quit the game. EA get your shit together.
So in our last edition of our series “Don’t Drink The Water At The Cyrus House” we broke down the music video for “Achy Breaky Heart 2” which was the worst thing anyone has heard since Rebecca Black’s “Friday” well now we have another beautiful example of why you shouldn’t drink the water at the Cyrus’ house. Just trust us on that.
Well heres the Video of Miley performing at her Vancouver Date of her Bagerz Tour
Now heres the break down:
Miley simulating blowing Bill Clinton (Classy)
Miley, Grinding up on The Liberty Bell Midget
Miley Making out With Mount Rushmore (Every American’s Dream)
Chilling with a The Statue of Liberty with a pot leaf crown…
And finally Miley dry humping a cowboy hat.
To you Miley, I just say keep being you because this just gives me amazing stuff to write about. Also can I get two of what ever you’re on.
Well in this new survey presented by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Boston is ranked as number one in alcohol and cigarette sales. And to this I say; DUH! I mean have you ever walked down a street in Boston. Theres always some guy brown bagging it at 9am smoking a Marlboro red. I mean why bother even looking at this you know we would win because that’s what we do in this town and state, we win! Title town for now and evermore.
(NPR)–When it comes to convincing teenagers not to smoke, you gotta think short-term, the Food and Drug Administration says. “While most teens understand the serious health risks associated with tobacco use, they often don’t believe the long-term consequences will ever apply to them,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told reporters Monday before unveiling the agency’s first-ever anti-smoking campaign. Instead, the ads focus on how smoking affects teenagers’ appearance by ruining their skin and messing up their teeth. One graphic TV ad shows a teenager buying a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store and literally pulling out a tooth with a set of pliers to pay for them. “What’s a pack of smokes cost? Your teeth,” the narrator says. “Smoking can cause serious gum disease that makes you more likely to lose them. “Other ads speak to teenagers’ growing desire for independence by showing how the need to smoke can take over their lives. Anti-smoking advocates say they’re thrilled by the ads. “For the first time the federal government is really using the same quality advertising agencies, using the same kind of research, that the tobacco industry has used for decades to market to kids,” says Matthew Myers, who heads the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “However, this time they’re doing it to discourage tobacco use among kids.” NPR requested interviews with several tobacco companies, but they declined. The $115 million ad blitz is aimed at teenagers ages 12 to 17 who are at greatest risk of becoming addicted to cigarettes for various reasons, including being from troubled homes.”At its heart, this campaign is about reaching kids who are on-the-cusp youth smokers,” Hamburg said. These are “teens who’ve already experimented — who are just one party away from becoming daily smokers.” The ads will start appearing Feb. 11 in 200 markets on radio and television, in magazines that appeal to teenagers, on billboards and online. They will run for at least a year, Hamburg said.
Now as a non-smoker I know that smoking is bad, and is why I don’t smoke cigarettes. But these adds are over the god damn top. The first one with the girl in the lunch room. What was that? I felt like she was talking about getting brainwashed by some creepy abusive boyfriend not by a goddamn pack of cigarettes. The second one was even worse. Why do we have to watch a kid extract one of his teeth in exchange for a pack of butts… Ridiculous! I know we have to keep kids from smoking, but adults should be able to make their own decisions about smoking, and even though these ads are directed at minors, I’d say if convenient stores did their jobs right with carding there would not be an issue. Plus shouldn’t these ads focus more on the health risks like emphysema and lung cancer rather than the superficial appearance, maintenance, and fiscal angle?
At the end of the day all I’m trying to say is that it’s a free country and if you choose to dip, smoke, or do anything else with you tobacco, by all means do it. In other words, smoke em’ if you got em’. I just won’t be joining you.