You Should Know This, This Is Funny of the Day

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You Should Know This, This Is Funny of the Day
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Ted, the sex symbol plush teddy bear star of Seth MacFarlane's Ted, helped the flick reach No. 1 at the box office this weekend.

Now,  the owner of fetish site Clips4Sale.com (Not Safe For Work) intends to purchase the rights to Ted, who would become the site's new mascot in an effort to boost the site's popularity with furries and plushie fans.

"No, we wouldn't let [our content creators] use Ted as part of their productions," said the site's owner, Neil, who asked that his last name not be used. "It'd be more of having Ted on the site for advertising, promotion, stuff like that... "We don't know if Ted could be a sex symbol for the plushie community, but we could find out if we had Ted at our booth, and discovered if plushie porn producers want to be associated with Ted and our site. We won't know unless we pursue it."

MacFarlane has yet to respond.

[dailydot]

Controversial TED Talk of the Day

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"Big ideas" conference TED came under fire today for apparently censoring a TED talk about income inequality and tax policy by Seattle-based venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, but TED founder Chris Anderson is saying that's not exactly what happened.

Apparently, the reason that Hanauer's talk wasn't posted to the TED website wasn't because -- as the speaker himself posited -- "[my] arguments threaten an economic orthodoxy and political structure that many powerful people have a huge stake in defending." It's because it just wasn't good enough.

Anderson:

[The censorship] story [is] so misleading [that] it would be funny […] except it successfully launched an aggressive online campaign against us. [...] [It's actually] a non-story about a talk not being chosen, because we believed we had better ones, [that] somehow got turned into a scandal about censorship. Which is like saying that if I call the New York Times and they turn down my request to publish an op-ed by me, they're censoring me.

Ouch.

Despite not making it to the TED site, Hanauer's talk is now online (and, judging by the audience reaction, it was actually quite well received).

[tnw]

Movie Trailer of the Day

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From Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, comes Ted, starring Mark Wahlberg and his bestie, a grown-up teddy bear voiced, of course, by MacFarlane.

(Sort of not safe for work, teddy bear expletives)

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