Saturday, October 31, 2015

Pizza Rat: Lovable NYC Hero; Now a Halloween Costume Idea

Everyone loves a touching story of a little guy who overcomes adversity to achieve his dream. And many people are looking for a last-minute costume idea for Halloween. What's the connection between the two? Pizza Rat, of course!

Pizza Rat became the toast (crust?) of NYC when someone filmed the little fellow dragging a pizza slice more than twice its size down a stairway in a subway station. Below is the 14-second video that turned this hard-working New Yorker into a star.

And check CNN's story on the phenomenon that is Pizza Rat. Of course, Mr. Rat soon had his own Twitter account, @NYCPizzaRat.

Naturally, someone came up with the idea to create a Pizza Rat Halloween costume... but in the form of a sexy dress with only a couple of pizza-slice accents (below). Seriously folks, if you're going to create a Pizza Rat costume that does justice to the original, the slice has to be much more prominent: like twice as big as the person wearing it.

Pizza Rat costume
Pizza Rat costume. Pretty light on the pizza, am I right?

Mr. Rat is not impressed. Not least of all because the outfit is 90 bucks and he's not seeing a dime of it...

Pizza Rat comment on costume
Pizza Rat may have to call his lawyer to get satisfaction.

Pizza Rat hasn't tweeted for a while. Maybe he's just been too busy chasing down pizza or spilled Halloween candy on the subway. Or maybe he's been in touch with his lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers about his identity being stolen for that Halloween costume. If you want to pay homage to Mr. Rat skip the cutesy, pricey faux-rat costume and design your own Pizza Rat outfit that does justice to our urban icon. And remember, the pizza slice should be twice as big as you are.

In any case, rock on, little friend. And know that you are a true New Yorker and an inspiration to us all.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Looking for a Bizarre, Dystopian Theme Park? Meet Banky's Dismaland!

The secretive British artist Banksy has expanded beyond his usual images in public spaces to a full-fledged, 3D "bemusement park": Dismaland. As its name suggests, this installation is no ordinary happy place to take the kids for a lighthearted day out.

A look at the official tour video for Dismaland (below)—which is midway through its five-week run at Weston-super-Mare on the English seaside—shows how the celebrated artist with the often dark look on life addresses many of the dour and dire aspects of the modern world. Fun stuff like a lack of jobs, pollution, global injustice, and more.

The project features art works from more than 50 artists from around the world, such as a pool with remote-control boats loaded with refugees, a dead princess being photographed by paparazzi, and a game called "Hook a Duck from the Muck."

Looking for a souvenir? You can buy a large, black balloon that says, "I am an imbecile." There's even a cheerfully decorated payday-lending booth where kids can borrow against their pocket money (at an exorbitant 5000% interest rate, naturally).

Dismaland looks a bit like Disneyland as reinterpreted by Tim Burton with the viewpoint of one of those people who stands on a street corner holding a sign that reads "The End is Near."

The Dismaland video below from Britain's Channel 4 offers a bit more insight into the "attractions" of Banksy's theme park of modern-day horrors. It's a place where the dreams—or maybe nightmares?--never end.

Monday, April 01, 2013

Google Introduces Search for Smell - Meet Google Nose!

You can now search and find smells with Google Nose, the latest revolutionary product from the Mountain View, California search behemoth.

See Google Nose in action below.

How did Google capture and catalog all these aromas from around the world? The Google Nose page says that those Google Street vehicles weren't just taking photos, they were collecting smells, too! So if you were chasing after a Google Street van and farted as it passed by you, your aroma might well be immortalized by Google Nose under the category "flatulence, burrito induced."

This is the biggest olfactory innovation since movie theaters tried to introduce Smell-O-Rama!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Get Tickets for Kendrick Lamar's Roseland, New York City Show

Kendrick Lamar is one of today's hottest rising stars, and you can get tickets to his show at New York City's Roseland Ballroom here. Lamar plays the historic music hall on Tuesday, February 26th. Tickets for this show in the Kendrick Lamar tour go on sale Friday, February 8th at 12 Noon.

The 25-year-old rapper from Compton, California has made a huge impression with his acclaimed first full-length album, "good kid, m.A.A.d city." He recently performed two songs on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" ("Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice"), and even appeared in an SNL Digital Short along with that week's host Adam Levine and The Lonely Island.

Lamar's show at the famous Roseland Ballroom will be a hot ticket, so you'll want to act fast. What's more, this is his first tour since his recent acclaim, and it may be your last chance to see him at a mid-size venue before he becomes an arena headlines.

The Roseland stop on the Kendrick Lamar tour will be a memorable show, to be sure.

Get Tickets for Beyoncé's "The Mrs. Carter Show" Concert in Brooklyn

Beyoncé is hitting the road with her new concert tour, dubbed "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour." The spectacle comes to Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, August 3rd at the brand-spanking-new Barclays Center. You can get your Beyoncé Barclays Center tickets here, which go on sale Monday, Feb. 11th at 10 a.m.

If you saw Beyoncé's dazzling halftime show at this year's Super Bowl, you've got a good idea of what you'll see on stage in Brooklyn. And since the show is in New York, you never know what special guest stars might pop up on stage. One thing's for sure: there will be plenty of catchy tunes, spectacular special effects, a high-energy stage show, amazing costumes, and no small amount of booty shaking.

The Beyoncé tour is sure to be one of the hottest tickets of 2013. Get your tickets for her Brooklyn show starting Monday, Feb. 11th at the link below.

Monday, January 14, 2013

"Suit and Tie" - Justin Timberlake's New Single, Featuring Jay-Z

After a false start earlier this week, the new Justin Timberlake single, "Suit and Tie," is out, and you can hear it below. As someone remarked on Twitter a few minutes ago, the tune is sure to be played at every prom and wedding this spring and summer.

Smart move by JT in dropping this early in the new year to let it filter through the public consciousness so that everyone will be very familiar with it by spring.

We'll all look forward to his follow-up single, "Socks and Underwear." So what do you think of Justin Timberlake's new single, "Suit and Tie"? Weigh in below!