Music Video of the Day: Belgium’s Stromae Warns About Twitter, Consumerism

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Popular Belgian musician Stromae (aka Paul Van Haver) has a released a new video for his song “Carmen” which turns Twitter into a terrifying monster.

“Those fake smiles cut like a #. Watch yourself out there,” he says in the song. “Network friends and followers? No, no you’re just popular.”

It’s a reworking of “Habanera” from the opera Carmen, in which love is compared to a bird. He took that idea and made a version about Twitter.

The song is a commentary on how social media dominates our lives, and ironically he is promoting the new video on an Instagram account which he started a few weeks ago. It was directed by Sylvain Chomet, who worked on both “Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist.”

“I’m not so radical about Twitter, but I think it’s sometimes dangerous if you think that Twitter is real life,” he told Time Out in an interview last year.

Stromae has a huge following in Europe and he is also popular with some world leaders, as both Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama apparently own copies of one of his albums.

Here’s another of his hits called “Formidable,” which you may be familiar with. In the video, he walks around the streets of Brussels pretending to be drunk.

Genius of the Day: Homer Simpson Predicted Higgs Boson Before Scientists

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In a 1998 episode of “The Simpsons” called “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace,” Homer knew about the Higgs boson (aka “God Particle”) many years before it was even discovered.

He is shown writing an equation on a chalkboard, which actually turns out to be a lot more than just a bunch of gibberish.

“That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson,” Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, told “The Independent”. “If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is. It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.”

Peter Higgs theorized about the particle in the ’60s, and it was finally discovered in 2012.

The writers on the show are all a bunch of math geeks, who have hidden easter eggs throughout the series since it premiered. Another of the equations Homer is working on in the same scene references Fermat’s Last Theorem, which Singh also has written about.

You can read more about the chalkboard scene and the math involved in this chapter from Singh’s book published at Boing Boing.

Here’s a more detailed explanation about the Higgs portion:

The first equation on the board is largely Schiminovich’s work, and it predicts the mass of the Higgs boson, M(H0), an elementary particle that that was first proposed in 1964. The equation is a playful combination of various fundamental parameters, namely the Planck constant, the gravitational constant, and the speed of light. If you look up these numbers and plug them into the equation,1 it predicts a mass of 775 giga-electron-volts (GeV), which is substantially higher than the 125 GeV estimate that emerged when the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012. Nevertheless, 775 GeV was not a bad guess, particularly bearing in mind that Homer is an amateur inventor and he performed this calculation fourteen years before the physicists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, tracked down the elusive particle.

The Simpsons have also made headlines for “predicting” a number of other future events, including the Syrian civil war, the ebola outbreak, the Siegfried & Roy tiger attack, smartwatches andmalfunctioning voting booths.

But you would think as longest-running animated series in U.S. TV history that they would eventually get a few things right.

Insults of the Day: He-Man's Got Better One Liners Than Skeletor

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In case you missed it, watch Skeletor's insults here.

Links of the Day: What You Might Have Missed This Weekend

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Watch Out Nate Silver. Bing Accurately Predicted 95% of the Mid-Term Elections [Bing]

Reddit Was on TV Sunday Night, But Not in a Good Way [WaPo]

Nude Subway Rider Proves New York is Becoming More and More Like Jerry Seinfeld's New York [New York Post]

Matt Groening's Worlds Continue to Collide with "Simpsons"/"Futurama" Crossover Episode [EW]

Supercut of the Day: How to Dis Someone Skeletor-Style

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"Brainless idiots, you couldn't even beat a motley group of gnomes!"

No one puts someone down like Skeletor, as shown in this supercut of some of his best insults from "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." So if you need a few zingers to get back at that coworker who stole your sandwich out of the fridge, he's got you covered.

Just be careful, because when you call someone a "muscle-bound oaf," you are bound to see a few tears.

Treat of the Day: Armored Truck Spills Cash Onto Highway

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Happy Halloween, here's some free money!

Thanks to a faulty door lock, a bag of cash tumbled out of an armored truck Friday morning in Maryland, spilling bills all over the road.

Drivers got out of their cars, but not to help clean up. They sped away with nearly all of the money, except for a mere $200, according to WTOP.

Police are investigating and urging the drivers who stole it to give it back. Good luck with that.

Ever Wonder What the Simpsons Would Look Like in Other Animated Franchises?

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As part of this year's Halloween special, we got a look at how the Simpson family would appear as other cartoons and anime, including Attack on Titan, Adventure Time, South Park, and more! Which version of the Simpsons is your favorite?