Japanese kids go apeshit in McDonalds ad

I don’t know if this is necessarily effective advertising, but these kids enthusiasm for cheap Spongebob Squarepants Happy Meal toys is truly infectious. There’s one particular boy in this commercial who is so excited, it looks like he’s having a seizure. Check it out for yourself. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytHUb9U6i7I[/youtube] International McDonalds adverts have a colorful history, ranging from the Gaijin minstrel to McWeddings to a subtle ad about gay youth. Sure beats the boring “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign we have here in the States.

(Via JendotLu)

The Internet is Magic!

Well, according to NBC’s The Today Show, circa 1994. In this clip, a perplexed Bryant Gumbel tries to reason what the ‘@’ sign is all about and Katie Couric attempts to explain what this whole Internet thingy is all about. It’s quite funny: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nTPX4JW_Ts[/youtube]

Sure, we joke around that the Internet is primarily used to forward NSFW emails to each other, watch porn, play online poker and the like. And then, there comes the Egypt Uprising. Gotta say, if it weren’t for the Internet, none of this would have been coordinated so quickly. So next time I’m trolling around for Elly Nguyen pictures, I’ll know the mechanisms that allow me to do so, will help spread democracy and freedom in some far corner of the world. Well, that’s what I’m telling myself.

Best Investment of the 80s

During my bi-weekly visit to the comic book store (yes, and if you didn’t already know, I make no bones about being a comic book geek), some guy comes in and asks about some Magic spell card (it sounds like he’s speaking in a foreign language to some of us in the store) and I ask myself a question that pops up every once in a while: whatever happened to sports card collecting?

Granted, I know sports card collecting is still around to some degree, but where entire stores used to be dedicated to sports cards back in the 80s, these days, sports cards are mostly relegated to a few counters or shelves in either comic book stores or novelty stores that carry a variety of collectibles (comic books, toys, sports cards, Magic cards, etc.).

As a kid, I remember my brother and I thinking—nay, knowing—that it wasn’t our hard work or the money in our savings accounts that would make us rich in the future; it was, in my brother’s case, his small box full of Karl Malone and Andre Rison rookie cards, and, in my case, my variety of David Robinson and Kenny Lofton rookie cards. At one point, we even had our hands on a few of the special cards that were more valuable than gold: the Ken Griffey, Jr. Upper Deck rookie card. The Billy Ripken “Fuck Face” error card. The Mark McGwire rookie cards (both Topps AND Donruss).

UCLA Boys Want to Bang…Harry Shum Jr.

Sex is the theme of this week’s issue of LA Weekly and one of the featured articles is a survey of UCLA students about their sex lives and attitudes about sex. Aside from the finding that college students (or at least the ones who go to UCLA) don’t seem to be as sex-crazed as the internet/media might have you believe (only 3.2% of the students had threesomes after getting drunk. That’s it?!), there was another result that caught my attention. Check out this question (Who is the celebrity you most want to have an affair with?) and the responses:

In case you missed the “anomaly,” look again at the column for “who the boys most want to have an affair with,” and scroll down to the seventh choice right under the First Lady. Yip, it’s the “Asian guy” from the hit TV show GleeHarry Shum Jr. a.k.a. Mr. Asian American Six-Pack:

What I Learned on YOMYOMF This Week – January 22 – 29, 2011

I was helping my parents look at furniture the other day when I finally resigned myself to the fact that the search would take more than a couple hours. Thank you, Sweden.

In that desert expanse of time between upholstery perusal and meatballs with lingonberry jam, I took to finding a temporary residence in the primary color-laden labyrinth.  After playing solo, silent musical chairs for a couple minutes, I found a chair that fit my tushy like a glove and slowly began to space out with my iPod and cheap over-ear headphones.

At one point, a parade of a family started marching past me and, unsurprisingly, I couldn’t care less.  My music’s blaring in my ears when suddenly, in the din, I can make out a faint ‘Hello.’  I brushed it off and ignored it for a bit before realizing that a small boy no older than three was happily waving at me – me, this veritable grinch.

It was adorable, a small kindness, and, in spite of the cold, cold winter in my heart, I felt just a little less dead.

Then I went back home to kick some dogs.

This week, your Offenders click-clacked their keyboards about dick size; masturbating with Bibles; and clues regarding Batman’s sexuality.  So, all in all an illuminating time for everyone!  Oh, penises.

Asia Sets New World Records & Sexy Umi Wants to Attend Your Party Tonight

Damn, Asia’s on a roll with two new world records according to the good folks at the Guinness Book.

First, Kawasaki, Japan can now claim to have the world’s shortest escalator:

And if that’s not exciting enough to email home about (and to also show that not all of Asia’s records involve something being the “shortest”), China’s Qingdao-Haiwan Bridge, which connects the Chinese port of Qingdao with the suburb of Huangdao is now the world’s longest bridge at 26 miles long. The previous record was held by the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana, which is about three miles shorter:

The Real X-Files

Who needs Fox Mulder and Dana Scully when you have Leonard Nimoy? From 1976 to 1982, Nimoy hosted

IN OF

Channel 9 showed re-runs of this show when I was a kid, and I was riveted. “In Search Of” tackled freaky deaky stuff like UFO’s, Nostradamus, the Bermuda Triangle and Bigfoot, but that was just the tip of the iceberg, the iceberg, incidentally, hovering directly over the remnants of the lost city of Atlantis (season one, episode four).

Renaissance Man Leonard Simon Nimoy gave the show the aura of gravity it deserved.

My Life is a Porno or Proof of God’s Existence

I debated whether or not I should write this blog, mainly because what you are about to read is potentially the most amazing and monumental thing that could happen and I was afraid of jinxing it. It’s like Christmas, my birthday and the day I saw my very first live boob all rolled up in one. Anything this awesomely phenomenal always runs the risk of turning out badly, but in the end, that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Because I have a feeling that the worst possible outcome of the situation I now find myself in will probably still be pretty cool.

You see…today my life has now officially become the set-up for the best porn flick ever! Here’s what happened:

5 Ways the Bible Would Be Different if It Had Been Written by Asians

Contrary to what some people may think, the Bible did not fall fully-formed to earth from the heavens. It was written and edited by flesh and blood men who had their own agendas, biases and opinions, which couldn’t help but find their way into the finished text. And if the good book had been written by Asians, it would’ve reflected our cultural biases as well. Here are 5 things that would have been different if this had indeed been the case.

1) NOAH’S ARK WOULD HAVE BEEN A LOT LESS CRAMPED

OK, being the vengeful God that He tends to be in the Old Testament, the Almighty approaches Noah and explains how everyone in the world is wicked, therefore, the world will be destroyed by a great flood. But being the only righteous dude on earth, God will spare Noah and his family, but they must build an ark and collect two of every animal so they can ride out the catastrophe and re-populate the planet afterwards.

What the fuck?! This is messed up in so many ways.

First of all, this is God a.k.a. the Supreme Being who created…oh, everything! Couldn’t He just—I don’t know—re-populate the earth by creating more animals Himself?

SHIT ON THE INTERNET: Spike Jonze’s Ikea Commercial.

It’s always fun to look back at the things you couldn’t appreciate when you were a kid.  Maybe I’m just a little hard on myself, but whenever I look back, I think, “Man, you were such a dunce, small Jerome!  What pedestrian tastes you had!”  Sometimes, it’s food; other times, a book; and others still, a movie.  I mean I just rewatched the Back to the Future trilogy and not only is it the shit, it’s also a lot heavier than I remember.

Anyhoo, there is a point I’m trying to make, that being that on very rare occasions, that thing you failed to appreciate?  It’s a commercial.  And the commercial I rediscovered is Spike Jonze’s Ikea commercial from more than a couple years back:

As a quick primer on Spike Jonze, he directed a couple noteworthy films includi- man, fuck that.  Here is his Wikipedia page.

Baby, I’m A Star

This past week the New York Times published an article about Brock Enright, a Columbia M.F.A. grad who founded Videogames Adventure Services, a company that “that constructs ‘reality adventures’ for paying clients”.  Despite what yomyomf.com readers may think – they don’t peddle in sexual fantasies.  Instead their services sound like the equivalent of a live action, interactive “choose your own adventure” novel for those who seek their thrills from being kidnapped as opposed to bungee jumping (that’s so 1990s).  Their clients tend to be a well-heeled set and will pay $5,000-10,000 to be the star of scenarios choreographed and acted by Enright and his team.