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Jag Nara -- a "part-time daydreamer and part-time designer" -- is 104 days into "365 Illustrations," in which she creates one minimalist portrait per day for a year. Her subjects include musicians, actors, artists, superheroes, and relatively famous figures, though so far they appear to be limited to men.

[highsnobriety]

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Jimmy Kimmel presents the finalists for Mom of the Year, ultimately crowning a winner in a move everyone saw coming.

[jimmykimmel]

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YouTube rapper Kitty Pryde has ridden the Tumblr wave to become the week's biggest music meme after her latest Internets-inspired track, "Okay Cupid," garnered positive reviews from Vice, The Fader, and even the New York Times.

Vice's Luke O'Neil gives props to the youngster's odd mix of humor, sex, hashtags, and ingenuity: "Kitty Pryde is basically the much sharper, self-aware, suburban high school version of Kreayshawn."

Kitty Pryde weighs in:

I don't think I'm following in her footsteps or anything, but the same kind of thing is happening, like 'Oh she's cute, this makes me laugh. It's not good, but it's funny.' You send the link to your friends, and then it's a big joke. Which is good, that's what I wanted. But I want people to laugh with me, not laugh at me.

[thanks, don!]


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After a lifetime of random fan questions about his role in Back To The Future, Biff Tannen Tom Wilson, now a musician and comedian, has resorted to handing out a postcard pre-printed with all his answers. Some highlights:

  • The Delorean was an inferior automobile, and nearly impossible for a person of normal size like myself to enter and exit.
  • Among many improvisations on the set, I coined the term "butthead," as well as "Make like a tree, and get out of here."
  • I hold my co-workers in the best light, but have no idea what any of them are doing now.
  • I made less money than you think.

[lettersofnote]

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Tough call, but wethinks it's Lucille Bluth for the win, in a squeaker over Nancy Botwin.

[flavorwire]

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After months of rearranging, 18-year-old Noah finally figured out how best to cover LMFAO's "Sexy & I Know It" -- and his rendition has just been named the day's trending video by NBC's Today show. You can almost see him blushing as he shares his big news with fans on Facebook and Twitter. Pretty obvious what's going on here -- Noah's sexy and he doesn't know it.

[hypervocal]

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Beloved children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died Tuesday. On Wednesday, the creative minds at Portland-based ad agency Weiden + Kennedy were given an usual assignment: "create a fitting send-off for Sendak."

We decided to go back to the world he created for us. We painted the walls, cut up everything we could get our hands on, and made a total mess... 16 hours later, we'd recreated one of Sendak's most iconic settings. And in the spirit of his work, we made it so everyone could be part of that world. It's a bittersweet goodbye, but it's the least we could do for the man who inspired us to forever be wild things.

[mmm]

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Right before Tom Frankenburg and his girlfriend split up, he'd purchased a week-long vacay for two in Malta, complete with airfare, four-star accommodations, and car rental.

Heartbroken and without a back-up plan, the 22-year-old turned to the Internets, asking people who think they deserve the trip to email him. "I had this holiday that I couldn't go on. I couldn't sell it. I couldn't get a refund. I was pretty stuck," he explains.

Frankenburg will give the trip in its entirety to the most deserving recipient:

The majority of responses are not people nominating themselves, it's actually people nominating other people which is really nice actually, that people are doing that.

He hopes his story will inspire people to do other good deeds. "I'm spreading this message of taking control of your life," he says. "If things go badly it's not the end of the world."

[arbroath]

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When Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Cooney returned home from Afghanistan recently, he was welcomed with the surprise of his life. Wife Melissa relays the details:

When my husband left on his deployment, our 6-year-old son could not walk on his own. He has cerebral palsy. Doctors originally said that he would never walk or do much of anything. While daddy was away, he learned to walk. For his homecoming, we set it up for Michael to walk to his daddy for the first time ever! We kept the fact that he could walk a secret the whole time his dad was gone!

[whb]

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During a routine reporting assignment at a senior center, NBC's Ben Aaron stumbled across a pair of oldsters who will make your day: Best friends Harvey and Eddy talk about -- and over -- each other, then they throw in a duet for good measure.

[vvv]

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In his latest video, "Because," animator Cyriak Harris does incredibly disturbing things to his own face (and, by extension, your brain).

"So I found a stupid photo of my face and decided to make a video out of it. Why? Just because," he explains, without actually explaining why he has inflicted this on all of us.

(Not safe for your already-threadbare grasp on sanity.)

[gawker.]

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Just when you thought the Arrested Development news couldn't get any better, Lego builder Matt DeLanoy has created a Lego playset (complete with minifigs!) based on the recently-resurrected sitcom.

Structures include the Bluth home, the Bluth Company stair car, and the banana stand (money presumably not included).

The stair car is currently up for voting on Lego's crowdsourced idea site, Cuusoo, and could be turned into an official Lego set if it gathers enough votes and meet the approval of Lego's design jury.

Meanwhile, it's probably safe to say that the Lego version of the Bluth house is better-constructed than the real thing.

[collider.]

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In the early 19th century, French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville visited America to observe its political system in action.

In the early 21st century, French journalism student Lorena Galliot visited Williamsburg, Brooklyn to observe... its hipsters.

"The Hipster Hunt" chronicles her attempts to pin down the elusive definition of "hipster," much to the chagrin of the actual hipsters she's interviewing.

[kottke.]

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The countdown to the start of the Olympics has officially begun, what with the Olympic torch on its way to London, and Nike's new cutting-edge track and field unis making the rounds...

About those oddly dimpled track suits: They're highly engineered to help reduce aerodynamic drag, and ostensibly to help American, German, Chinese, and Russian sprinters break records that have stood now for several years. Nike claims that the TurboSpeed technology could boost times by as much as .023 seconds, which would have been the difference between a personal best and a world record for the 2008 100-meter men's winner, Usain Bolt.

The time also meant the difference between Beijing's fourth- and third-place finishes, which means the new unis could have major medal implications for runners come August.

[gizmodo]

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Meet Petunia, the original Pinterest serial killer, from the folks who brought us the love story of G-Male and Siri.

[themarysue]