The funniest story of the week comes from the Czech Republic, where government officials recently unvieled a work of art commissioned to commemorate the country’s presidency of the EU. The installation, titled Entropa, was meant to be a mosaic created by 27 different European artists, but instead was the handiwork of one David Černý, a controversial Czech sculptor. The whole thing is a hilarious piece of satire, which lampoons famous cultural stereotypes:
Germany is represented by intersecting “autobahns” that form the shape of a Swastika.
Bulgaria is represented by a toilet.
Romania is a dracula theme park.
The country of France is depicted as perpetually “on strike.”
Artist: 1, EU: 0
The most insightful article of the week can be found here.
This piece of brilliant journalism obviously took a lot of time to craft:
Samantha Wells, a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health scientist and associate professor at the University of Western Ontario, posits a hypothesis: that elevated prices at the bar promote drunk driving, violence and binge drinking through pre-drinking.
Call the Pulitzer committee!
In honour of the end of exams, I bring you some very necessary mindless frivolity- in the form of three holiday-themed videos!
Disclaimer: those with strong gag reflexes may wish to click away now, before its too late.
1. Disney’s new viral marketing campaign is actually pretty clever. This definitely beats some of ridiculously awful Internet ads I have to REPEATEDLY sit through, in order to watch any episode off ctv.ca. Thanks to my friend Camille for this one.
2. This is a new low for Much Music (is that possible?) Perhaps, also one of the reasons I’m slightly scared of cats.
From the Dailydish.
3. And the memories of awkward 1998 high-school dances come flooding back. Can you believe JT came from this?
Blagojevich Says He Has No Plans to Resign
This guy is just hilarious.
(Also hilarious- Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers roasting him on weekend update last night.
I can’t find that so I’m going to put up this slightly less funny skit:
Best line: “Maybe not to Illinois, but if you were the Governor of any other state, you’d be a disgrace to that state.”)
Just when I thought Canada was catching up in terms of political craziness, the US decides to up the ante. You really can’t make this stuff up!
For those of you who haven’t read it, you can find the full text of Blagojevich’s affidavit here. The best part is when Blagojevich’s wife makes a guest appearance:
During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife can be heard in the background telling ROD BLAGOJEVICH to tell Deputy Governor A “to hold up that fucking Cubs shit. . . fuck them.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked Deputy Governor A what he thinks of his wife’s idea. Deputy Governor A stated that there is a part of what ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife said that he “agree[s] with.” Deputy Governor A told ROD BLAGOJEVICH that Tribune Owner will say that he does not have anything to do with the editorials, “but I would tell him, look, if you want to get your Cubs thing done get rid of this Tribune.” Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife got on the phone and, during the continuing discussion of the critical Tribune editorials, stated that Tribune Owner can “just fire” the writers because Tribune Owner owns the Tribune.
As dubious as this guys actions clearly were, you have to wonder if this is really any different than what politicans usually do behind closed doors. Actually, it’s not so different from what our beloved PM is doing to fill the vacant senate seats. Let’s just hope he’s not promising any tax breaks.
Also, it’s questionable what exactly Blagojevich can actually be convicted for. Legal experts seem to be divided over exactly what they can charge him with- other than conspiracy to sell the senate seat. If they had waited until after an exchange of goods, they could’ve pegged him for something more serious. Clearly these guys don’t watch the Wire- you have to wait until after the act’s done to go in for the kill.
Cute with a twist of not.
Arianna Huffington, the Queen-bee of blogging has made no secret of her friendship with President-elect Barack Obama… in fact, she never let’s us forget it! She recently commented:
I only text three people – my two teenage children and Barack Obama.
And the prize for most insufferable Internet personality goes to…