Self-proclaimed "geeks" may have delighted in Free Comic Book Day earlier this month, but who says nerds only deserve one day of celebration? Today, May 25, is official Geek Pride Day, which is celebrated annually on this date to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, "A New Hope" in 1977. Sure, Star Wars Day is also May 4th (because it wouldn't be right if geeks everywhere couldn't utter "may the 4th be with you!" on that day), but the saga is so beloved that a second celebration is fine by me.
The original Geek Pride Day originated in Spain, where it was called "Día del orgullo friki." So, in honor of the day, here is a video of cats in a "Star Wars" parody because this is the internet. Enjoy!
Animals were in the news kind of a lot this week, so I wanted to just roll with it with What People Are Talking About (animal edition!). It's appropriate considering this week dogs FINALLY got their own app! Where My Dogs At is a social networking app that lets dog owners connect and share things like dog friendly spots and photos of their pets. (For real.) This week, we're talking about a dog that survives a tornado, cats become the latest fashion accessory, and a surfing dog is so awesome he'll make you cry.
Dog survives tornado
In undoubtedly one of the most emotional reunions ever, a dog and its owner found one another in the aftermath of the horrific Oklahoma tornado. While giving an interview with CBS about the tornado's devastation, Barbara Garcia shared the story of how she and her dog were huddled inside their home, taking cover in their bathroom. The two were separated in the chaos and Barbara assumed her dog had been lost to the tornado. But just moments into the interview, her dog pops up, alive, in the rubble! Barbara, with the help of the CBS news crew, is able to free her dog, resulting in a totally amazing (and slightly tear-jerking) reunion.
This week there isn't anything big, but several artists have onsales for a few cities here and there that haven't yet gone onsale, or else they are putting up second shows of a certain city.
This Friday: Justin Timberlake will have several second shows onsales, include one at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Meanwhile, Jason Aldean has another show onsale in Virginia Beach, English-Irish boy band The Wanted have shows onsale in Atlantic City, NJ; Bethlehem, PA; and Las Vegas, NV; and MGMT has one for The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV.
Finally, on Friday and Saturday, Tim McGraw will have shows onsale in Kansas, Michigan, and Arizona.
On Monday, I wrote about the best Disney songs, and the list was not without its tearjerkers. As much as Disney wants you to believe it's all whimsical and happy, the truth is that most of its movies will make viewers cry. There is no classic Disney film that's a bigger offender than "The Lion King" during that scene. You know what scene I'm talking about — just after Mufasa tries to rescue little Simba from the stampede... oh, God, it's so sad. As it turns out, dogs are not immune from having Disney feelings either, as evidenced by this video of a dog who can't hold it together during the emotional moment. It's so cute it almost makes you forget you're watching one of the saddest scenes ever.
Over the weekend, Penn and Teller stopped by the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. I bought tickets to this event for my boyfriend as part of his Christmas gift, after he went through a phase where he was marathoning the duo's Showtime program with a name that's somewhat inappropriate for this blog. (It sounds like "bull pit" though!)
Personally, I've never had strong feelings about Penn and Teller one way or another. Prior to Saturday, I knew only what I'd gathered from half-watching their show. I knew I liked their logo, a red ampersand. I also knew one of them was super tall and loud, while the other was short and silent. I did not know who was who and my understanding of their schtick was that they sort of did magic (maybe?) but they really liked trying to dispel myths about things.
Here's what I, a semi-indifferent viewer, thought of the show (and if you want to see a review of their Vegas show, check out Mike's piece!):