Around the Horn: The Supernatural Edition


I love October because my favorite holiday falls in this month: Halloween. I don’t like dressing up in costume but I love scaring people and sharing “ghost” stories. I’ve shared a number of “true” ghost stories on this blog in the past like this and this.

I don’t know if I truly believe in the supernatural but I try to keep an open mind. What about the rest of you? Do you believe in the supernatural? Any stories of weird things that have happened to you or that you’ve heard? Let’s try to scare the hell our of our readers.

ROGER: When I was in preschool, I lived in Illinois. My neighbors had two young sons my same age. They were twins named David and Luke. Like most twins, they were very different – one was very outgoing and gregarious and another was very shy and hardly ever spoke. From preschool to first grade I played with the two boys just about everyday after school. We were the three musketeers. After that, my parents moved us to California. Fast forward about twenty years, I was in Chicago on business and decided to visit my childhood home. To my surprise, the same neighbors next door were still living there. Well, at least the parents were. So I swung over to say hello. It was nice that they remembered me. After a bit of polite chit chat, I asked them how David and Luke were.

Is Nickelodeon’s Commitment to Diversity “Exploitative and Predatory”?


Last week, Matthew Klickstein, the author of the book SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age, gave an racist “interesting” interview to flavorwire (you can read it all here). In the interview, Klickstein comes off as the grouchy old man who constantly talks about how great things were in the old days and how everything now sucks (and oh yeah, get off his lawn, kids!).

So when it comes to Nickelodeon’s programming, Klickstein is very adamant that the old Nick shows were much, much better than any of the shows the kids’ network currently has on. And why is that? Well, because white people worked on the old ones and they weren’t as “diverse” as the shows today and we all know diversity=suckiness. Check out this excerpt from his interview and enjoy your weekend dose of white privilege:

What’s the Proper Response to a Penis Compliment?


So I was at the gym this past weekend and after showering, I found myself in the locker room next to “Sam”—one of the gym regulars. Sam is elderly and always strikes up a conversation when I see him. A good guy, nothing odd or creepy about him. So it was odd on this day as the first words out of his mouth when he saw me were, “you have a fine penis.”

Wasn’t sure how to respond so I answered with a simple, “thank you.”

What was most odd about his compliment was he said it with the same casualness as one might say, “that’s a nice shirt” or “what a shame about the Dodgers”.

What is it with Japan and Black Burgers?


Earlier this month, Burger King introduced its black cheeseburger in Japan. The Kuro Burger, with its black buns, have already been on the menu since 2012, but this is the first time black cheese has been added.


Not to be outdone, the Japanese McDonalds has just announced it is also serving its own black burger—the Halloween-themed ikasumi or squid ink burger—although this appears to have the less disgusting more traditionally colored cheese.


Throwback Thursday: Asian Weebles Wooble But They Don’t Fall Down

If you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, you’re most likely familiar with the musical refrain of “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”. The Weebles were egg-shaped character toys that true to that musical refrain could be tipped or pushed over but they bounced right back up. And yes, there were even “classic” Asian Weebles.


I say “classic” because Weebles were relaunched in the 2000s, but I remember having my own set of Weebles back in the day when I was a mere lad and being surprised that there were indeed Asian Weebles. If the lack of “multicultural” toys is still an issue today, it was more so 20-30 years ago when the default setting for toys was definitively set to “white” making the Weebles that much more of an anomaly.

Hey Kids, Squeeze These Animal Dicks and Get Sprayed!

The designers of these animal-shaped water guns in Japan have decided the best place to put the trigger is on the animal’s cocks dicks penises.


I know it’s easy to look at these and ask, “what were the manufacturers thinking?” But I’d like to believe the folks who created these toys knew exactly what they were thinking. They saw the design and the triggers that are clearly penis substitutes and said to themselves, “yes, that’s exactly what we’re going for.”


Why Japan is Awesome #559: Condom Meals I Want to Make for You

Considering that a semen cookbook already exists (yes, it’s a real thing), a condom-based cookbook seems almost quaint by comparison but alas the Japanese cookbook entitled “Condom Meals I Want to Make for You” is here regardless and as its title suggests, the book exists to show you the many ways you can cook with condoms.


The e-book by Kyosuke Kagami includes recipes such as “Condom meat stuffing” and “Condom escargot cooked with butter”.


Do You Know Yubiwaza?

And what is Yubiwaza I hear you asking yourself over the unsecure internets? Why, it’s the “amazingly easy art of self-defense that turns just one finger or your hands into a potent weapon of defense – without any bodily contact”. And as you can see from this vintage ad, it’s an incredible martial art that you can master at home starting in just 2 hours:


All this for only $1.98! This sounds so amazing, I wonder why it never took off unless there’s a thriving underground sub-culture of practicing Yubiwaza enthusiasts.

I Hate When That Happens: A Butterfly Lands on Your Face While You’re Playing the Flute in an Important Competition


That’s what happened to flautist Yukie Ota. While performing earlier this week at the highly competitive Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Denmark, the aforementioned butterfly landed on Ota’s face and, well, patiently perched there until the end of the performance.

But displaying grace under pressure, Ota played on and even made it to the next round of the competition (the finals are on Sept. 20). Take a look at the performance below and join us in congratulating Ms. Ota for getting the job done no matter the circumstances:

Who Ya Gonna Call? Krispy Kreme for These ‘Ghostbusters’ Donuts Which You’ll Then Share with Us

Recently we took a YOMYOMF field trip to watch the 30th Anniversary rerelease of Ghostbusters. The movie’s still great, but what’s even greater are these Ghostbusters-inspired donuts that Krispy Kreme will start offering come Sept. 29:


There will be two different donut types as described below:

Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer’s green slime, and topped with a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.

Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with a chocolate frosting Stay Puft Marshmallow Man face and a sugar piece hat.

More Proof Asian Americans Rule the Digital Space

Not that we needed more evidence that Asian Americans rule the digital space, but the Nielsen company released its secondquarter 2014 Cross-Platform Report and much to no one’s surprise found that young Asian Americans watch more videos on computers and mobile devices than any other demographic group (and also to no one’s surprise, we watch the least amount of content on traditional TV).

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Asian Americans ages 18-34 spent on average 51 minutes a day consuming online and mobile content up from 38 minutes during the same period last year. In comparison, African Americans in the same demographic spent 48 minutes per day watching online content while Hispanics clocked in at 35 minutes a day.

When it comes to mobile devices, 82% of Asian Americans has smart phones capable of streaming video compared to 78% of African Americans, 79% of Hispanics and 68% of Whites.

I Hate When That Happens: Porn Star Mistakenly Appears on Math Textbook

Thailand-based textbook publisher MuangThaiBook had to recall 3,000 copies of a math textbook after it was discovered that one of the images on the cover came from a porn flick.

xduiuyseqeirpwzvtaohYup, that studious looking female teacher with the glasses holding the folder marked “mathematics” is actually porn star Mana Aoki and the image is from her film “Costume Play Working Girl”. I haven’t watched the movie in question yet but I think it’s safe to say that the subject of math is inconsequential to the plot unless the mention of the number 69 counts.

So how did this happen in the first place? Apparently whoever designed the image found the picture of Aoki online and photoshopped it onto the cover. Only after the book was printed and distributed was the truth discovered.