In the past 12 years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has matured (?) from the poster child for abs and pigtail buns (seriously so cute) on Survivor to one of the most outspoken yet least informed clangy kitchen utensils on the planet. Now that she’s officially leaving The View for Fox News, here’s a roundup of some of her most memorable and controversial moments. Consider it the worst greatest hits album of all time. READ FULL STORY
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The Internet has a lot of feelings about President Obama. So many, in fact, that its citizens set a new record last night: Twitter reports that about 52,756 Tweets per minute were written about Obama’s convention speech just after its conclusion. That’s a record for a political event, Twitter spokesperson Elaine Filadelfo told Politico. Mitt Romney’s convention speech, by contrast, drove 14,289 tweets per minute at its peak.
All in all, users sent over 9.5 million tweets about the DNC, crushing the 4 million tweets written about the RNC. Twitter users wrote 4 million messages about the Democratic convention on Day 3 alone. Thanks a lot, #sexyface!
But it’s not all sunshine and hashtags in Donkeyville. READ FULL STORY
Here’s something you won’t find at your local Buy N Large. Computer programmer Mike Senna recently unveiled a life-sized, working Wall-E replica that can trundle around on its treads, wave both hands, raise its eyebrows, and — of course — warble its own name. Senna has spent a staggering two and a half years on this project, toiling for about 25 hours each week while holding down a full-time job at a biometrics company in Orange County. Though Senna has some experience bringing beloved pop culture bots to life — he completed a similar R2D2 replica in ’03 — Wall-E presented a unique set of challenges.
For starters: The robot “changes size during the film,” Senna tells EW, which made its dimensions difficult to determine. Without real-life schematics or prototypes, Senna had nothing but screen shots from Pixar’s movie to guide him. Senna also had to custom create nearly every one of Wall-E’s parts, although he did luck out by finding a perfect pair of eyes at Home Depot. The builder wanted his creation to be able to convey emotions — just like the “real” Wall-E — so he spent the lion’s share of his time building its head.
Detroit has fallen on some hard times lately — the struggling economy has earned the Midwest auto capital headlines like “Detroit War Zone” over the past few years. So as a city, it’s pretty deserving of a pick-me-up. And what better way to honor Motor City than with a statue of its iconic hometown character — no, not Eminem or the members of KISS — but none other than RoboCop. Wednesday, the Detroit News reported that the dream of bringing a Detroit statue of the cyborg played by Peter Weller in Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 futuristic film, is no longer a matter of “if,” but “when.” “The statue’s definitely coming,” Jerry Paffendorf, who led the campaign, told the paper. “The only thing that’s up in the air is the timeline and where it’s going to go.”
It’s the alternate Lost finale we could never have seen coming. Actress Megan Fox and Circe impersonator has set herself up on a deserted island and transformed herself into DOZENS of Megan Foxes in a commercial for Brazilian language school CCAA. “Welcome to Megan Fox Island!” she announces. Help yourself to a Skinny Girl Margarita from her magical urn, lost boys, but for God’s sake order it in English. READ FULL STORY
It is the gatekeeper for some of the most valuable information in the world, a hub where pressing inquiries finally become answers. But for the moment, in act of protest against the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills, a particular website, among other high-profile sites, has gone into blackout mode. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, for an entire day, we would simply have to go without knowing… Is Michael Fassbender a Shark?
Okay, so it’s likely the blackout from Wikipedia, as well as Reddit, Boing Boing, and O’Reilly Radar, are the shut-downs that really had the Internet buzzing. (On still-functioning websites, that is.) But the amusing Fassbender Tumblr, as well as the always-important Lolcats, have also joined in the fight against these bills, which many fear would introduce censorship and regulation on the web. (These sites, along with Google, WordPress, Wired, and Mozilla haven’t blacked out their websites entirely, but rather put up messages and banners informing visitors of their opposition of SOPA and PIPA and what they could do to take action themselves.)
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