1. January 2014

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Sports Go Sports!

Sports, Go Sports! Athletics are Number One! Garfunkel and Oats’ latest anthem just gets better as it goes along and should probably be played in stadiums across the country.  Loudly. At ear-piercing volume if possible. Here’s a lyrical highlight:

“May the competitors you prefer
best their opposing equivalents:
So you can somehow feel connected to the feat of your self-appointed constituents”

This song ought to be sandwiched between Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise” at sporting events across the land, but will it? Well, it’s going to be up you, Golden Twist reader to make that happen. Petition the people who run the music at your local stadium, right now.

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18. December 2013

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Before and After Drugs Photos, But Not the Kind You Think

We’re used to seeing devastating photos of people’s faces and bodies horribly disfigured by drug use. You know, the before photo of the perfectly normal, attractive twenty-something who, in their “after drug use photo” looks like an eighty-five-year-old homeless person. That’s the story the media loves covering. Hey, look at these perfectly normal people! Now, look at them after a few hits of crack! They’ve turned into hideous monsters.

But what about the flip side of that? What about the people who were heavy drug addicts until they started treatment–treatment that helped them achieve full recovery. The below photos tell that tale. And what a tale it is. The ten people in the following photos were big-time drug users until they made the conscious choice to turn their lives around and seek treatment. We here at Golden Twist thought the photos were remarkable.


via Recovery.org

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10. December 2013

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Hemp.ly Wants to Give You Money for Helping to Legalize Pot

What if you could win money by helping to legalize cannabis? Now, you can. That’s the premise behind Hemp.ly, a pro-pot legalization website that launched this week. When you sign up to the site’s mailing list to receive pointers about actions you can take to speed up the legalization of weed, you are automatically entered to win $1,000. How cool is that? Very cool.

So, go to hemp.ly, and sign up now. The sweepstakes runs until January 15th.

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3. November 2013

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Reddit Founder Alexis Ohanian on How the Internet Can Make You a Baller

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian recently sat down with serial entrepreneur and This Week in Startups host Jason Calacanis for an entertaining interview in New York City. This Golden Twist reporter, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, had an opportunity to watch the event live. About 300 people turned out for the live taping of Jason Calacanis’ show, and they stuffed themselves with free sandwiches, chips, and cheese dip of many varieties. They also quaffed some good-old fashioned beer from beer bottles signed by Jason himself (ok, I made that part up, but that would have been funny).

Calacanis and Ohanian had never met each other before, but you wouldn’t know it from the show they put on. At one point, Ohanian and Calacanis looked like they were about to burst into an Abbott and Costello routine. The rowdy crowd enjoyed the act, hollering and loudly clapping throughout the interview. Overall, the Soho event was highly informative and enjoyable. Speaking of Soho, have you ever been on a Ghostbusters tour of NYC?

Anyway, I encourage you to watch the entire video above. Infotainment at its finest–that’s what they call this sort of thing. And the next time Jason takes his This Week and Startups roadshow to your city, grab tickets.

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5. October 2013

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The Japanese Reinvent the Pocket Lighter

The fact that the Japanese reinvented the pocket lighter isn’t really a shocker, but what is a shocker — or rather, what’s incredibly wacky, zany and an absolute pleasure to behold — is the accompanying advertisement for the newly invented Japanese pocket lighter.

Think super-colorful, super crazy, oh-my-goodness-did-I-accidentally-drop-a-tab-of-acid-or-is-this-really-actually-happening kind of stuff. And it’s positively fantastic.

Just don’t watch the above video if you’re one of those people who are at risk of having a seizure because of flashing, bright, colorful moving lights. Or if you’re in any way creeped out by semi-lifelike, anime-style caricatures of lifeless everyday objects. Otherwise, be prepared to take a trip down the rabbit hole!

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3. October 2013

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96 Year Old Steals the Show at the World Series of Poker

Here we have exactly what you’d expect: high comedy and badassness of the highest order. Especially considering the poker legend actually hits a slowroll.

Clearly what we need in the wake of this revelation is some kind of elderly, senile, 75 and up World Series of Poker. Let’s make it happen ESPN14!

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2. October 2013

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The Horrors of Getting Caught Looking at Porn

Courtesy of Key & Peele, we present to you an excellent skit detailing the sudden, cripplingly abrupt horrors of being caught looking at porn. Like a lot of skits that Key & Peele do, they really hit the nail on the head and portray exactly what it would be like to have your girlfriend or wife air her suspicions that you’re looking at porn on your/her computer.

This is briefly replaced with a seemingly relieving feeling when she explains she really doesn’t care if you look at porn, so long it isn’t any of that, “weird, crazy stuff.”

Aaaand the cripplingly abrupt feelings of horror return yet again. Ultimately, the moral of the story is that while it’s good to cover your tracks and clear your Internet history after looking at porn, you shouldn’t do it literally every few hours or else run the risk of being caught for being too careful. Words to live by, kids!

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30. September 2013

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Big Bang Theory Parody

Just like Grand Theft Auto V (that we just happened to be talking about recently), The Big Bang Theory is similarly polarizing. Either you love it or you hate it. Either you think it’s innocently, charmingly funny or you think it tries entirely-too-hard to be a blatant, shameless hipster take on dork-geek culture. Regardless of your particular thoughts on the show, the parody in the video above is spot-on. So even if you’ve only seen the show once or twice, you should still manage to find said parody quite amusing.

And really, isn’t that what parodies are all about? God bless them!

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27. September 2013

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Mythbusters: Grand Theft Auto V Edition

This video isn’t really in the same vein as the pure humor/straight-up funny style videos we usually post here, but it does give me an excuse to talk about Grand Theft Auto V. Unless you’ve been living under some kind of joyless, non-entertaining-in-any-way-rock the past several months, you’ve no doubt heard about Grand Theft Auto V. When it comes to GTA, people are usually in two camps. You either enjoy it and love playing through the series, completing the mafia-criminal style missions, causing general, good-natured mayhem and maybe obscurely banging a virtual prostitute or two, or you hate it — citing the game and it’s free-form, open-world as a spawning source of corruption and everything that’s wrong with today’s youth.

Hopefully if you’re reading this, then you have a sense of humor and general, easygoing outlook on life as we do. And if you do, there’s a good chance you should be able to find much enjoyment, amusement and generalized entertainment out of Grand Theft Auto V.

This particular video is an equally-amusing take on the game, combining the lighthearted devil’s advocate nature of the TV show Mythbusters. Basically, it goes about taking a rumor or myth about the game and going about proving it right or wrong. Pretty simple, no? However, considering some of the “myths” that are “busted” involve things like whether or not you can tow a police car while it’s actively trying to pursue you and, well… you certainly don’t have to be an actual Grand Theft Auto V player yourself to get some entertainment out of these zany, humorous videos. (Plus, the musics quite catchy — albeit in a dangerously borderline you’re-going-to-be-humming-this-to-yourself-for-the-next-two-weeks-probably-sorry-about-that kind of way…)

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20. September 2013

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“Ghosbusters” Tour NYC

This mockumentary, created by Mike Stoklasa and Jay Bauman of Red Letter Media, takes the viewer on a “Ghosbusters tour of New York City. The two hosts in this mockumentary have some, uh, problems, shall we say.

Random Trivia: did you know that the song “Magic,” which appears in Ghostbusters during the film’s highest moment of tension, did not net the song’s writer and performer, Mick Smiley, a record deal? The song was included in the movie’s official soundtrack, but Smiley was unable to secure a record contract despite the film’s wild popularity. A few years after Ghostbusters, Smiley wrote the song “Kiss Me Deadly” for rock superstar Lita Ford. The song went platinum, but Smiley still couldn’t snag a record deal for himself. Sigh..record executives..when learn they will!

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