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Internet raises $10,000 for potato salad on Kickstarter

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Last week, a guy calling himself Zack Danger Brown created a humble Kickstarter campaign, with a modest goal of $10, to make a simple potato salad. The internet started throwing money at him.

After mashing through his original goal, the flood of cash hasn’t stopped. The Kickstarter has more than 1,500 backers giving over $10,000, with another 26 days to go. According to Kicktraq, a website that tracks the status of Kickstarter campaigns, Zack is on track to raise more than $91,000 by the time the campaign ends. READ FULL STORY

Here's what you need to know about Internet-famous rapper Yung Lean

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About a year ago, the Internet—at least, the not-insubstantial part of it where hip-hop, contemporary art, and online culture overlap—went suddenly, seriously crazy over a Swedish rapper named Yung Lean. He had just released a song and video called “Hurt,” and was about to release a mixtape in conjunction with the influential Brooklyn streetwear brand Mishka. It was crudely made, from its rudimentary beat to its garishly computerized video, and the ambiguity of whether it was serious was part of the appeal.

“Hurt” seemed like the sort of weirdly entertaining diversion the Internet likes to obsess over briefly, just until the next one shows up—but Yung Lean’s fan base has only grown and strengthened since then. A little less than a month ago, he released a new single, “Yoshi City,” that significantly ups the quality in all respects, from the catchiness of the hook to the professional production quality of the video.

Now Lean’s about to start his first American tour and is prepping for the release of a new album later this year. He’s also on the verge of making the leap from an Internet cult to a real-life one, a la Odd Future. Here’s a primer on the unexpected next big thing in rap (maybe):

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'Fartzenegger' video compilation is exactly what it sounds like

Behold: According to EW.com editor Kyle Ryan, this video is “why the internet was invented.”

The concept is not unlike that of the Wet Hot American Summer commentary track that comes complete with “extra farts.” Here, though, the clips originated in various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, which gives the montage some added… gravity? That’s not the right word. Anyway, at least now we know what Conan the Barbarian really meant when he asked Subotai, “Have you ever felt such a wind?” (The clip’s creators did, however, miss an opportunity to have Mr. Freeze answer “What killed the dinosaurs?” with a big, juicy fart noise.) READ FULL STORY

A young Pitbull raps about safe sex -- VIDEO

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Ever wonder what Pitbull was like before he became Mr. Worldwide? Wonder no more. Feast your eyes and ears on 18-year-old Armando Christian Pérez as he raps about safe sex at a high school performance. Dale!

In the video, posted back in December but woefully undiscovered, Miami native “Chris” announces that he will perform “AIDS Plays” and “Love to Live,” though we only get to hear the former. A far cry from his sexy hits “I Know You Want Me” and “Hotel Room Service,” “AIDS Plays” acts as more of a PSA for safe sex. He’s trying to send a message. We dig it.

While spitting rhymes, young Pitbull even manages to get in a few pop culture digs: 1) “Unlike Clinton, HIV is impeachless,” and 2) “It’s a lethal weapon without Gibson or D. Glover.” His ultimate message: “AIDS plays an everyday part of our life. It could be your mother, your brother, even your wife. Every move you do, choose safe sex. Bless yourself with a pack of latex.”

You heard the man. READ FULL STORY

Doodle 4 Google winner showcases innovation -- and a whale in a top hat!

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Google employees develop gadgets that help make the world a better place. Sometimes they get kids to help.

Today’s Google doodle highlights one such invention, a “transformative water purifier” from the mind of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang of New York. Zhang’s fanciful machine takes in liquid from polluted rivers, lakes, and oceans, and then transforms it into clean, drinkable water. “When humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life,” Zhang wrote in her description of the piece. READ FULL STORY

Fortune.com picks the 5 best fake Googles (and one Apple spoof) in pop culture

Beyond the search engine that made it what it is today, Google has become the epitome of big-branded tech companies. Of course, many TV shows and movies feature Google-like businesses without directly implying that it’s pretty much just Google with a different name. (That is, of course, except for The Internship, which somehow did get permission to use Google’s name and branding for their film.) Recent HBO shows like Silicon Valley and Veep, however, had to be a little more creative with their fictitious places of work.

The new Fortune.com came up with its own list of the best Google fake-outs in TV, books, and film, and even one special animated homage to Steve Jobs and Apple. Check out the full breakdown here and the list of picks below: READ FULL STORY

Haley Joel Osment lights up on 'Next Time on Lonny' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Haley Joel Osment is all grown up and smoking weed — as a guest star in the second season of web series Next Time on Lonny.

The reality show spoof follows the titular character, played by series co-creator Alex Anfanger, as he deals with not-so-serious problems like awkward first dates and butt dials. Osment goes way back with Anfanger — they went to college together at New York University –  and was a fan of the series from day one. “When I heard they were doing a second season, I called Alex and told him he’d be in trouble if he didn’t let me tag along on one episode because I’m such a big fan,” Osment told EW.

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Low Budget Beasts, bad 'Joseph' wigs, and 3 more Tumblrs about the indignity of community theater

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First, let me say that I loved my days in community theater. It’s where I learned how to do a time-step and workshop different accents — including “British” and “unplaceable European” — and do mic check exclusively with Whitney Houston songs. I loved every production I was in, no matter how stressful or awful, because the biggest truth about community theater is that misery loves company. If I’m miserable in a cat costume during the sixth straight hour of tech, I have to believe everyone else is miserable, too.

If you’ve been involved in less-than-professional theater, you know these harsh truths: productions can be, for lack of a better term, comedically schlocky. That’s where these five amazing Tumblrs come in — each of which truly reflects the worst elements of community theater. (And before you cry afoul, know that What I Did for Love is assemble this post for you.) READ FULL STORY

Scout Willis posts topless photos on Twitter to protest Instagram policies

Is Scout Willis leading a revolution? (No.) But she is bashing Instagram.

Willis, a fashion designer best known as the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, has started a mini Twitter revolution by posting topless photos of herself walking around New York City — and encouraging others to do the same. (The photos are, duh, NSFW.)

She’s doing this because she’s had it with Instagram’s photo policy, which doesn’t allow for any nudity, no matter the context (So, no breast cancer survivor photos, women nursing children, etc.) Willis posted a photo to Instagram of a sweatshirt she designed, featuring women with exposed breasts, and the image sharing site made her take it down.

Twitter, however, has no such stipulations. Just don’t think Willis took these photos because it’s crazy hot in New York City right now – #FreeTheNipple is so much bigger than that. Willis explained as such Thursday morning: READ FULL STORY

New ad for Ames, Iowa would make Pawnee proud -- VIDEO

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Is Leslie Knope behind this?

An advertisement for Ames, Iowa is going viral today, thanks to snooty east coast bloggers (well done, Gawker). The ad – full of the lovably cheesy production values one would expect from a local spot (courtesy of Iowa State) — is as earnestly goofy as you’d expect from the people behind the Greatest State Fair Ever (seriously).

But you know what? Ames is pretty great. Speaking as someone who  lived about 45 minutes away from it for a few years, I can confirm that the water is pretty tasty, and the schools are top notch. Their crack about several seasons to enjoy, however, is…generous. It’s winter from September to May.

Watch the spot below, but don’t even think about making fun of Iowa. Not for one second: READ FULL STORY

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