Mia Grace is a four-year-old who knows a thing or two about Marvel superheroes. This is the proud future of America.
Back in March, Comedian Kurt Braunohler pulled off a daring prank by hiring a skywriter with funds raised on Kickstarter to trace "How Do I Land?" in the sky above downtown Los Angeles. The message was apparently only visible for a short time before being swept away by winds but not before photographer Robyn Von Swank was able to snap the photo shown above. Yesterday, the picture managed to hit the front page of Reddit, reinvigorating interest in the crowdsourced gag. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Braunohler revealed that he is currently working on a nationwide stunt using billboards for one of his next big projects.
In the latest xkcd webcomic, artist Randall Munroe illustrates just how far pop culture memes have spread out into outer space over the last century. Munroe points out that the speed-of-light delay would have kept many culturally significant jokes and catchphrases from reaching distant star systems for many years. The cartoon character Bugs Bunny's line "Ehh, what's up, Doc?" from 1940 would now be arriving at the star Gienah 72.7 light years away and Lonely Island's 2008 hit song "I'm on a Boat" would have just traveled 4.242 light years to the red dwarf Proxima Centauri.
Nashville, Tennessee residents Bernard and Pamela Holland are suing three different defendants for using an edited photograph of their son Adam who was born with Down syndrome. Among those accused is a radio station that used the photo of Holland for a segment titled "Retarded News," which highlighted new stories about criminal incompetence. Against all defendants combined, the Holland's are seeking $9 million in compensatory damages and $9 million in punitive damages for a total of $18 million.
Apparently being really, really good looking can have its drawbacks. Last week, three Emiratis deemed "too handsome" by mutaween religious police officers were forcefully removed from a festival in Saudi Arabia and subsequently kicked out of the country. Rumors begun spreading online that fashion photographer Omar Borkan Al Gala was one of the offending hunks after he posted a link to the story on his Facebook page. Many are skeptical that of his involvement however, as he has yet to confirm or deny that he was deported.
Despite 33.3 million paying customers, a recent analyst's report suggests that approximately 10 million people are watching Netflix without paying for it. While the company's stocks has risen 64% this year, they reported 2 million new signups in the first quarter of 2013, thanks to the release of their first in-house production House of Cards. While spokesperson Joris Evers has not given an official comment on future policy changes, the policy currently states that up to six devices can stream from one account. (Photo by Alex Washburn for Wired)
It appears that Futurama's expiration date has been met for a second time. Comedy Central has announced it will not renew the space cartoon for an 8th season, with the final episode airing on September 4th. In 2007, the cable network relaunched the animated series four years after its initial cancellation, eventually buying two more subsequent seasons. In an interview with EW, creator Matt Groenig revealed that they may be seeking a new home for the series, adding that the most recent episodes were "the best ones we've ever done."