Pikachus on Parade

DOG_DAYSI’ve been blogging about the lead-up to the big Pikachu event in Yokohama, Japan, this month (click here and here) because damn it, even one with a blackened heart like mine can’t help but think these Pikachus are the cutest thing this side of a puppy eating ice cream. So to brighten up our otherwise dog days of summer, I give you the Pikachus on parade:

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Yup, the Pikachu event officially kicked off last Friday with a parade, but if you missed it, never fear, the parade will take place three times a day until August 17 at Yokohama’s Landmark Park so you still have time to book your flight.

For everyone else, let your Monday cuteness overload commence:

DRUNK HISTORY Retelling of Daniel Inouye and the 442nd

GUARDIANSDRUNK HISTORY, currently on Comedy Central, has a brilliant but simple concept — Drunk comedians retelling a historical event. Most of it is accurate, some of it is not. And man, some of these guys are so drunk, they’ll have to take some puking breaks to get a tad sober to finish their tale. Reenactments are filmed to accompany the drunk retelling and usually, the results are pure hilarity.

It’s cool that DRUNK HISTORY is doing a Hawaii episode, with one of the stories about the late Senator and WWII hero Daniel K. Inouye and his experiences serving in the 442nd regiment, the most celebrated regiment in US military history. Steve Yeun of THE WALKING DEAD, portrays a young Inouye and James Hong plays his dad.

Star-Lord was co-created by Filipino-Chinese comic book artist Steve Gan

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GUARDIANSAs GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY rakes in $94 million in its opening weekend, garnering the third best opening of 2014 and the best August opening ever, most comic fans are pretty happy with this adaptation of what many critics are calling Marvel’s answer to STAR WARS.

However, in our final YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown, we all generally enjoyed the film but lamented that the film did not cast any Asian actors in the film, and hey, everyone knows that Asians make the best alien species, because frankly, some white people think we’re aliens already (we were once called “celestials” in the 19th century). But to our surprise, we were informed that WWE wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer) is, in fact, half Filipino! Well, tying into the Filipino connection, the co-creator of Star-Lord aka Peter Quill is none other than Filipino naturalized citizen of Chinese descent, Steve Gan, who co-created the character with writer Steve Englehart. The character first appeared in the January 1976 issue of MARVEL PREVIEW #4. Check out a page from that issue:

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

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GUARDIANSSelect Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this final edition of our summer-long SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN, we review the latest contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

Shoplifting While Topless

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My fellow Offender Justin sent me this article about 45-year-old Alhambra, California resident Jeannie Hua who turned herself in to police yesterday after an alleged shoplifting incident back in June.

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But what makes this story different are the circumstances of the alleged shoplifting incident. Specifically, Hua committed the crime while topless.

Supposedly, during this shoplifting incident, which took place at the Santa Anita mall in neighboring Arcadia, Hua got into an altercation with a security guard, somehow lost her shirt and bra, and ran topless to her Mercedes-Benz before driving off.

So the mystery remains: how did this alleged thief lose her top and bra during the course of her crime? So far, the details remain sketchy, ergo let me offer some possible explanations.

You’ve Been Kimchi Slapped!

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Here’s a gif that’s bound to make your Tuesday a little brighter:

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Yup, that ajumma is administering the purest form of Korean frontier justice: the kimchi slap.

The above gif comes from the Korean drama series entitled Everybody Kimchi, which is set against the backdrop of the kimchi industry. Now, I don’t know anything else about the show and, frankly, I don’t care. All I know is any show that includes the little-known and little-seen kimchi slap is alright in my book.

And what can Everybody Kimchi teach us about the kimchi slap?

American Fast Food Chains Serving Expired Chinese Meat and…So?

JUNK_FOODNews broke today that China-based Husi Food Co. has been selling expired beef and chicken to American fast food giants McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut. They allegedly did this by repackaging the stale meat and putting new expiration dates on them. Of course, reps for the fast food companies have announced they are no longer purchasing meat from Husi and are launching their own “investigations.”

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Here’s all I have to add to this—is anyone really surprised by this news? And does anyone really believe that the fast food companies are genuinely surprised by this either?

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!

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Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this edition, we review DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES! BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!  

Around the Horn: Summer Music Edition

JAMWe’re in the full swing of summer. I’ve always loved summer because as a kid, it’s always meant no school, fun movies and, most importantly, music. There’s nothing like that perfect summer song or album that evokes good times and memories. I’ve already blogged about one of the best summers I had back in 1990 when I was just a kid enjoying everything that Santa Cruz had to offer.

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That summer was filled with a lot of music but what I remember as dominating the airwaves that year was the B-52’s “Cosmic Thing” album. The album had actually dropped in 1989 and the big hit was “Love Shack” which is a great summer jam. But it got even more popular in 1990 with other hits like “Roam” which was huge that summer. When I think back to the summers I spent in Santa Cruz during school, the first things that come to mind are the beach/boardwalk, working at a record store and the B-52s.

What’s your quintessential summer jam (song or album)? And add a link to the video if there is one.

The Kobayashi Maru of Hot Dog Eating

FOURTHHere in the U.S., tomorrow is the Fourth of July aka our Independence Day and with that brings picnics and fireworks and the infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which is arguably the Super Bowl of competitive eating. But once again, the king of this “sport,” Takeru Kobayashi will not be “officially” competing.

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For the past few years, Kobayashi has been “banned” from the event for refusing to sign an exclusive contract to be Nathan’s food bitch work for the folks who run the annual competition as their food bitch and apparently that’s a big no-no.

Now, some have said the real reason Kobayashi has refused this offer is because he’s afraid he will be dethroned by competitors like professional douchebag Joey Chestnut:

Straight White Boys Texting

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So a couple of folks sent me this link to the tumblr site Straight White Boys Texting and as the name suggests, it’s a site with a collection of texts and social media postings from straight white boys.

So if you’ve ever wondered what straight white boys text about, here’s a sampling:

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