Marvel’s AGENT CARTER ‘The Blitzkrieg Button’ Episode Review (or Something Like That)

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My fellow Offender Anderson who blogs about the new episodes of Marvel’s Agent Carter is at Sundance right now (read all about it here) watching movies and cuddling with sexy Mormon snow bunnies so I said I’d blog about last night’s episode on his behalf so here goes. Needless to say, spoilers ahead.

I should point out though that I’m not the comics geek that Anderson is so my knowledge in this area is limited. I’ve seen the first Captain America movie so I know who Agent Peggy Carter is and I saw the first episode of this series so I know the basic premise: Agent Carter is working for the SSR in a post-WWII world and is basically treated like shit by her sexist colleagues so she must work “undercover” to catch the baddies, which in this case are the folks who stole Howard Stark’s numerous inventions. But that’s about it.

The Double Down Dog or Things That Will Give You a Heart Attack

For those of you whom 1) a regular hot dog just isn’t enough or 2) fried chicken has become blasé or 3) having a heart attack is one of your life’s goals, KFC has introduced the Double Down Dog in the Philippines:

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It’s a hot dog wrapped in fried chicken instead of a bun. Plus it’s slathered in cheese. And if the thought of putting this in your mouth gets you all hot and bothered, unfortunately, you’re out of luck as this was a limited promotion that ended today. But perhaps if it was popular enough, it’ll come back and not just to the Philippines. One can dream, right?

Bon Appétit!

Disney & Looney Tunes Characters Stripped to the Bone

One of my favorite parts of going to the natural history museum when I was a kid was seeing the reconstructed dinosaur bones. Seoul-based artist Hyungkoo Lee has created similar bone “sculptures” of your favorite Disney and Looney Tunes characters. Check them out below:

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Around the Horn: Who’s Watching ‘Fresh Off the Boat’?

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So you might have heard that ABC will be premiering a new series in a couple of weeks entitled FRESH OFF THE BOAT–the first network prime-time series featuring an Asian American family since Margaret Cho’s ALL-AMERICAN GIRL two decades ago. Already the show’s garnered its share of “controversy”–everything from folks offended by the show’s name (should remind everyone that our own DHH wrote a play called FOB over three decades ago) to criticisms about the actors’ accents to journalists asking the cast and producers if chopsticks would be prominently featured. I’ve already blogged about the show and have seen the pilot which I thought was good and does try to do justice to the Asian American characters.

So what does everyone think about the show? Are you going to watch it and why or why not (or if you’ve already seen it, what’d you think)? What sort of impact do you think it’ll have on the community–good or bad? And since it’s being compared to ALL-AMERICAN GIRL, for those of you old enough to remember that sitcom, what do you make of the comparisons?

UCLA Needs Asian Americans to Drink Alcohol for Science and Money

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And that sound you’re hearing is my Southern California Korean American peeps clicking on this link to find out how they can get involved…in the name of science of course.

So here are the facts:

The Addictions Research Laboratory in UCLA’s Dept. of Psychology is conducting a study “investigating a medication for alcohol use” and need Asian American subjects between the ages of 21-55 to participate.

Who Wants an Invisible Asian Boyfriend or Girlfriend?

If you’re a loser someone who is girlfriend-less or boyfriend-less but wants the world to think you have a girlfriend or boyfriend, two new apps in the beta stage just might be your salvation: Invisible girlfriend and Invisible boyfriend.

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For just $24.99 to start, the service will send you 100 texts, 10 voicemails and 1 handwritten note from your imaginary invisible girlfriend or boyfriend. So the next time you visit your parents for the holidays and they ask why you’re not seeing anyone/when are you getting married/when will you give us grandsons since we’re going to die soon, you can just show them the romantic texts or play them the voicemails or read them the handwritten note from the love of your life. Problem solved. Here’s how the Invisible girlfriend site describes their service:

“Finally. A girlfriend your family can believe in. Invisible girlfriend gives you real-world and social proof that you’re in a relationship—even if you’re not—so you can get back to living life on your own terms.”

Oh, the Humanity! (Ramen Edition)

I was greeted by this disturbing news headline when I went online earlier today:

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In what can only be described as tragic news out of North Carolina (though isn’t everything out of North Carolina automatically tragic?), truck driver Larry Scholting fell asleep behind the wheel of his big rig early this morning and crashed his vehicle on I-95.

Luckily, neither Scholting or anyone else was hurt in the accident, but that’s not to say there were no casualties. Behold:

So What’s Up with This ‘Black Person Toothpaste’?

Yup, this is a real thing in Asia:

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I had previously heard about “Darlie (formerly “Darkie”) Toothpaste” or “Black Person Toothpaste” (i.e. the literal Chinese translation of the brand name) from friends who had grown up in Hong Kong and Taiwan. You’d think in this day and age such a product would’ve been, oh, I don’t know—discontinued or changed, but apparently, according to writer Clarissa Wei, it’s still being sold roughly as is.

Here’s some background on the product from Wei’s xojane piece:

Sold by an Asian company named Hawley & Hazel and partially owned by America’s Colgate-Palmolive, the brand was born after the founder had seen comedian Al Jolson in his 1920s blackface show. The whiteness of Jolson’s teeth reportedly impressed him and thus, a new product and marketing campaign.

If You Have $1 Million & Want a Japanese Giant Robot, You’re in Luck

Yup, a fully functioning mecha suit can be yours for the low price of only $1 million thanks to Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industry which now has the Kuratas, the aforementioned mecha suit, for sale on Amazon.

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It’s a five-ton, 13-foot robot with a cockpit that, among other things, can fire BB cannons (sold separately of course). Here’s a demonstration video from 2012 when the Kuratas was first introduced as an art installation project:

Filipino MILF Hearts the Pope

The Pope is making a trip to the Philippines and it’s such a big deal in that heavily Catholic country that people are considering wearing adult diapers for the visit. But according to this Filipino newspaper, one particular group is definitely ready to embrace the Pope’s visit:

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You go, MILF! If you weren’t already busy enough sending your children’s male friends into bouts of early puberty with your hot MILFness, it touches my heart that you’d take time out to welcome the Pope.