Less than a week after Pants on the Ground made its debut on national television on the January 13 episode of American Idol, the song has exploded.
That same night, USA Today revealed that Larry Platt was a long time civil rights advocate. The following day, Jimmy Fallon performed the song in the style of Neil Young and Pants on the Ground remixes began popping up on YouTube. That Sunday, Brett Favre started chanting the song in the locker room. You can even get Pants on the Ground t-shirts.
I'm not sure how long this fad will last, but let's hope that Larry Platt can get some good coverage out of the deal. And I'm sure we'll see Larry back again in one of the last episodes of the season.
eFilmCritic — Unique method of entry for this one, as you can vote for multiple films in each category
Prize: 50 DVDs, Robert Osborne's 80 Years of Oscar book, 2 passes to your local IMAX theatre (Est. $1,315 ARV)
Prize: a $100 gift certificate to Burke Williams Day Spa in CA, a $100 gift certificate, and a $100 gift certificate to the Arclight Cinema in LA ($300 ARV)
Google is giving away $10 Million through Project 10100 (pronounced as "Project 10 to the 100th"). The money will go to fund between one and five ideas that will help humanity in a great way.
The guidelines are extremely loose for this project: They would prefer submissions in one of the following eight categories: Community, Opportunity, Energy, Environment, Health, Education, Shelter, and "Everything Else" . . . So even if your idea doesn't fit into the seven extremely vague categories, they are still willing to accept it.
Sure, those very basic guidelines are great and leave it open to your own creativity, but what sort of idea are they really looking for? The example Google offers to us is the Hippo Water Roller, which essentially looks like one of those heavy rollers used to even out landscaping, but filled with healthy drinking water. This allows people who have to transport their water supply to easily roll 24 gallons of water at a time, compared with a 5 gallon bucket of water on top of the head.
You can upload an ancillary video to YouTube to help you express or display your idea, but the meat of the presentation must be filled out via the web form. Google has put out a video presentation for their project:
How many people could your idea help?
All you need to do is submit your idea via the website before October 20, 2008. The submissions are reviewed and on January 27, 2008, 100 ideas will be voted on by the general public/Webosphere. The top 20 submissions will then pass to an advisory board, who will choose between one and five ideas, which will split the $10 Million prize equally.
For those looking to get rich from their ideas, you might want to look elsewhere. As the site's FAQ says:
Q: What do I get if my idea is chosen? A: You get good karma and the satisfaction of knowing that your idea might truly help a lot of people.
The $10 Million is not going to the people who come up with these ideas. The money is going toward the development of these ideas to help make them a reality.
If coming up with a great idea to help the world just isn't your "thing", you can always try to win the $30 Million Lunar X Prize that Google has also posted. For that prize, you'll have to do a lot more than come up with ideas, though. $30 Million goes to the first team to send a robot to the moon, have that robot travel 500 meters along the moon's surface, and receive back video, image, and data transmissions here on Earth. You might want to hurry on that offer, though: 13 of the teams have been working on this since September 13, 2007, so you've got some catch-up to do!
"No big deal," you might say, but Gorske never stopped. In that first month in 1972, he ate 265 Big Macs.
Due to his obsessive-compulsive disorder, Gorske continued eating Big Macs every day. In fact, Gorske has had less than 10 Big Mac-less days in those 36+ years since. According to the AP, Gorske recently hit the 23,000 Big Mac milestone. Currently, he generally eats two Big Macs a day.
What, you don't believe Gorske? Lucky for you, he has also saved all of his Big Mac receipts for all those Big Macs!
Thanks to the success of MXC and then Wipeout, we're seeing a rash of Japanese game imports coming to the U.S.
I'm not sure about the rules exactly, but it really does seem straightfoward. The contestant stands at the end of a runway in front of a pit of water. A large wall with a certain shape comes toward them, and the contestant has to contort their body into the shape of the hole so they remain in the playing area instead of being swept into the water. Some holes/shapes require laying down, jumping, and teamwork.
Fox's casting call earlier this summer requested same-sex teams of three players, which seems to have been the format for the original show as well.
Of course, reading about the show tends to be fairly boring, while watching these people play the game is much more enjoyable:
Now go ahead . . . start filling out that application. You know you want to try it yourself!