I guess it’s nice to let people know you like what they are doing, but sometimes it just gets a little awkward. Here are some prime examples of the beauty of the “Like” button on Facebook. P.S. If Zuckerberg doesn’t come out with the “Does Not Like” button soon I’m going to create it myself.
Bonus Facebook girl getting owned by boss.
Everyone knows that America is the most obese nation in the world, but we aren’t just in first place, we’re pulling a Deion Sanders and high stepping into the end zone with this one. Being “obese” is categorized by having a body-mass index greater than 30. As you expected, with so many countries, every country is separated by one maybe two percent, until you get to the number two to one jump. The top 5 most obese nations read as followed 5. Greece 22% 4. Slovack Republic 22% 3. UK 23% 2. Mexico 24% and your undisputed champion and still undefeated 1. USA 31%. A whopping 7% increase from the closest contender is pretty impressive, and that’s coming from Mexico, a country that only eats tacos, burritos, and nachos, so if they ain’t close no one ever will be.
Now as much as the media tries to portray that obesity is such a problem and it is killing our people, let’s take a step back. I’m not a professional body builder or marathon runner so I’m kind of going off the top on this one but what has America really done to stop obesity? Alright making fast food restaurants offer apples and salads was a start. Everything under the sun coming in “low calories” and “fat-free”, O.K. we’re getting somewhere. Big empty concrete buildings charging people $60 a month to pedal on a bolted down bike and lift rusted iron, yea that’s popular now. Either way nothing can be done to stop people from being lazy and eating a bacon and cotton candy stuffed sausage patty on a deep friend peanut butter bun.
The other reason obesity will never slow down is because it makes way too much money for our economy, how much money you ask? This year alone “obesity industries” will likely top $315 billion dollars, and perhaps far beyond. That includes $133.7 billion for fast-food restaurants, $124.7 billion for medical treatments related to obesity, and $1.8 billion just for diet books — all told, nearly 3 percent of the overall U.S. economy. If you break it down even further it gets real fun to see how big of a fat ass this nation is. According to the consumer-research group, Mintel Group, in 2004 we guzzled down $37 billion in carbonated beverages. We also spent $3.9 billion on cookies, $6.2 billion on potato chips, and $57.2 billion on meals at restaurants such as Denny’s, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse. So if you have half a brain cell in your noggin you can assume that 99 cent double cheeseburgers served to you in under a minute aren’t going anywhere. Simply put there is a lot of money being made by feeding our over-sized stomachs. So as much as the media crys out for a stop to this “epidemic”, the truth is, in no way shape or form is obesity ever going to be stopped.
I put together a few food examples of America being….fat. (Yes there are much more intense gross concoctions, but these 5 are actually worth trying.)
5. The Fat Elvis
4. The Luther Rory
3. KFC Double Down Sandwich
2. Kentucky Nachos
1. The Big Fat Ugly Sandwich
A sandwich filled with four cheeseburgers, a double cheesesteak, a chicken cheesesteak, gyro meat, grilled chicken, bacon, sausage, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, mac n’ cheese bites, fried mushrooms, jalapeño poppers, pizza bites, onion rings, hash browns, American cheese, mayo, and ketchup on two rolls. To make it worse there is a challenge that goes along with this beast of a sandwich. Finish it in 15 minutes and it’s on the house plus you get a free t-shirt, cool can I also get a new asshole with that too.
This Obama guy isn’t that bad actually.
Reverse graffiti is so awesome because it is so radical but simple and obvious at the same time. Reverse graffiti, also known as clean tagging, is a method of creating graffiti on walls, or other surfaces, by removing the dirt and making images with the contrast. The best part is since there is no paint, or other material, besides water that is used it is not considered defacing property, which makes it legal. Sometimes though police give the artist a hard time like in case of the true pioneer of reverse graffitti Paul “Moose” Curtis. Moose was charged under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act and ordered to clean up his clean act. I would love to hear how that went down, “Hey so you cleaned this wall and your going to have to get rid of it. So here is a bunch of dirt, go make that wall dirty again.” Curtis is based out of England and really started the movement even being hired by company’s such as Microsoft and Smirnoff for ad campaigns. He also is owner and founder of the successful design firm Symbollix. According to Curtis,
“Once you do this, you make people confront whether or not they like people cleaning walls or if they really have a problem with personal expression.”
In San Franscicso, Moose and an accalimed film maker came together to create a documentary of their philosphy of clean, in “The Reverse Graffiti Project”. While the city slept Moose and and his team created the stenciled trees and landscape on the dirty walls of the San Francisco’s Broadway tunnel.
You can check their website out here. Following the path created by Moose, another artist is also doing the same kind of thing, Alexandre Orion. The first picture above is from his “Skulls in Sao Paolo”. A few years ago he adorned a transport tunnel in Sao Paolo with a mural consisting of a series of skulls to remind drivers of the detrimental impact their emissions have on the planet. Orion as well as Curtis see their art as a way to get the environmental message across to the people in a way never seen before. For more on Orion check his website here.
BMW’s vehicle sports a three-cylinder turbodiesel engine supported by two electric motors under the hood. That kind of power is good enough to make it run 0-60mph in 4.8 seconds, not too shabby. The power is not what was really intended to shine on this vehicle though either, it’s emissions output and plug-in mode are the heart and soul of this vehicle. While running on diesel, the vehicle has a consumption of 3.76 liters per 100 kilometers or around 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer. For every day use the car can be placed in “electric mode”. The vehicle stores the energy on its lithium polymer cells, which allow it to drive for around 31 miles on a single charge. With all that said it is defiantly one of the cooler things BMW has put out in years but will their grand concept withhold through the strains and limitations of reality? That is something we will have to stay tuned in to find out, but BMW has done a good job of making me pissed off every day I get into my 1997 Blazer that gets 4 miles per gallon.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, I think this is probably the best blueprint you can use for your course of action. Thank you, Internet.
Is cheerleading a sport? That is a question that will be debated for eternity, with every guy saying no, and every girl saying yes. To be a cheerleader you have to have an 8 or better face, skinny, always smiling, and the ability to do full out splits like Jean-Claude Van Damme. What this results in is that every single cheerleader in professional sports is hot, which should make cheerleading the clear winner. But hold the phone, since I’m a guy, and I do not consider cheerleading a sport, they have major points deducted and fall to number 8. Understand though when I talk to females about this subject I am the number one supporter of cheerleading being a sport, every guy does it, deal with it.
Sport Spokesman: The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.
Women’s basketball is a sport? Yea I guess it is, and it’s always a plus when you can get the same thrill of a WNBA game by going to your local gym and watch 5th graders shoot hoops (I’m just kidding of course ladies). One good thing about woman’s basketball is they are in great physical shape, except for a few 5’9″ 285 lb. power forwards here and there. They get points for their long legs and toned bodies, not to mention the ability to talk basketball with a female is sexy in itself. On the contrary they loose major points for not wearing makeup, sweating like horses, and the inability to dunk basketballs like Vince Carter. (Do horses even sweat?)
Sport Spokesman: Sue Bird
If this list was made up by just ranking the hottest female athletes then Gina Carano would probably be number one for me. Not only is she ridiculously hot, she can also beat the ever loving shit out of you. But since this list is for the sport as a whole, hot girls in MMA stops with Carano. So although Gina Carano alone brings MMA to the number 6 spot, the 67,294,879 other bulldogs put a damper on the sport’s hotness.
Sport’s Only Spokesman: Gina Carano
Golf is a club-and-ball sport made cool by the hot chicks that play it. It’s unbelievable how a hot chick can make a sport so much more interesting. You can go from having to watch an 80 year old man dressed in a yellow plaid jumpsuit gasping for air, to a cute young babe rocking a tiny white skirt showing her butt cheek every time she swings the club. They get huge points for playing a sport you can drink beers and smoke cigars while playing. Although ugly monsters are very rare in Golf, the overall look of the sport is rather average, take more risks next year Golf, draft some Playboy models.
Sport Spokesman: Natalie Gulbis
Soccer chicks are probably the most athletic on this list, and the most tomboy too, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Girls who play soccer can defiantly hang with the guys in competitive sporting events and can look hot doing it too. Thanks to Brandi Chastain the whole world knows what it looks like when a soccer chick rips her shirt off and is ready to go to work(if you know what I mean), everyone say thanks Brandi. On the contrary some soccer players are just a little too into their sports and their look shows it. Some of these girls look like enlarged 12 year old boys with clip on pony tails who can run a 4.2 second 40 yard dash, sorry not my cup of tea. But as a whole thumbs up soccer.
Sport Spokesman: Heather Mitts
You know you can always catch a few hot girls at a softball game, it’s science. A major plus for softball is that they sport tight white pants and bend over in front of you the whole game, I’m not complaining. Next time you are flicking through the channels and a college softball game is on stay tuned, especially if it’s Arizona or Arizona State. Check out there rosters, it’s practically the Miss Arizona Pageant contestant list. Of course softball cant ever climb higher than 3rd because of that damn 400 pound Alaskan on every team who belts homeruns like Albert Pujols, stupid Alaskans.
Sport Spokesman: Jennie Finch (Played for U. of Arizona)
Where do I start with tennis, let’s start with their attire. The color of choice is white, which is good, and they also like to wear mini skirts, that’s a combination I enjoy. I also enjoy hearing the players scream sex moans for 4 hours straight. It really is ridiculous but these women are practically climaxing all match long, and making sure the whole world hears them. Another cool thing I like about tennis is that it is as much a sport as a way into modeling. Tennis is really just a sport filled with aspiring hot models who can give two shits about actually playing tennis, i.e. Anna Kournikova. As much as I wanted to give tennis the number one spot, I couldn’t stop thinking of the Williams’ sister’s jacked up biceps.
Sport Spokesman: Maria Sharapova
Volleyball has some unbelievable girls and they are wearing a bikini the whole time, doesn’t even seem fair. Not only are they wearing bikini’s, but once the game starts moving those bikini bottoms quickly turn into thongs. Another great attribute to girl’s volleyball is that camera focusing on players ass’s is accepted. It is accepted because the player up front flashes a play using their fingers and does it right in front of their butt’s to shield the other team from seeing. So in conclusion, volleyball girls are all skinny, all tan, all oiled up, and all wearing bikinis equipped with thongs, how can volleyball not be number one.
Sport Spokesman: Ana Paula Mancino
No this is not a WWF wrestling advertisement, it’s the World Wildlife Fund, even the Undertaker had a little more sensitivity than this. This ad, featuring hundreds of planes flying into the direction of Manhattan, leaked online Tuesday. The conservation group quickly denied any involvement with the image and claimed it was a rejected spec. ad, which they had nothing to do with. The next day however, Ad Age reported that WWF Brazil did approve the ad, and ran it in a city newspaper. The image was quickly pulled by Sergio Valente, President of DDB Brasil, the ad agency who produced the spot. There was also a video version created, but DDB Brasil claims they had no involvement with it. All video was taken off YouTube due to copyright claims by, yup you guessed it, DDB Brasil, LIARS! Luckily the video spread fast enough and is still viewable.
Below is the video of that ad, watch at your own risk, pretty intense. The general consensus is the ad is distasteful and wrong, but there has also been a lot of support of the ad. Many claim it’s simply the truth, and we should be able to use the tragedy in a positive way. We would really like to hear what you think, distasteful, effective, or both?
Jay-Z is back out with another album “The Blueprint 3″ dropping 9/11/2009. We over here at Zootpatrol got the cd sent to us early by Jay-Z himself to do an album review, or some kid named Kyle from Connecticut sent it to us over the internet, cue cops to go arrest him. Blueprint 3 isn’t referring to the back to basics definition, but more of an innovative way to move forward with crazy flow patterns, vintage samples, and futuristic synthesizers.
So how does one of the greatest emcees of all time fair in his latest attempt to wow critics? Jay-Z has finally nailed that “next level shit” sound. Jay-Z digs deeper inside himself to tell stories about the game and spits rhymes about how great he has been the past 14 years, which gets a little annoying after a while, but it’s true. The production on this album is far advanced than any of his previous cd’s with help from Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Neptunes, and Kanye West, who did the major chunk of the tracks. It’s heavy on bombastic synths and orchestras which makes it a great cd to bob your head to and let it run during a party. My only beef with the album is that he does rap about the same stuff on almost every track, and the hooks on the songs are pretty bad aside from Alicia Keys feature on “Empire State of Mind” and Mr. Hudson’s “Young Forever”. I also wish he didn’t feature so many trendy guest appearances on the album with Drake, Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi, and Pharrell, almost gives a sense of insecurity that he can’t hold a full cd down by himself.
I was going to summarize every track for you but instead of telling you how good every song is let me tell you which tracks to get excited for, and tracks to steer away from after listening to once.
“On To The Next One” is a straight club banger that needs to be played at high volume. Produced by Swizz Beatz he also sings the hook in a subtle way to let the beat shine.
“A Star is Born” is one of the best tracks on the album and has a fresh concept. Jay pays homage to all the best rappers in the game today and how great they were at some point.
“Young Forever”, perfect end to the trilogy with the sampled hook sung by Mr. Hudson.
Throw Away Tracks:
“Reminder”, O.K. we get is Jay your good, enough is enough though.
“Venus vs. Mars” is a track has that futuristic Kid Cudi/Lil Wayne martian vibe, and Jay-Z does not compliment this sound whatsoever.
Conclusion: This cd is very diverse with “Reasonable Doubt” smoke a blunt and bob your head type tracks, to slam a bottle of liquor and go crazy at the club type tracks. With only 2 sub-par songs, but not unbearable, the cd is able to play straight through with no complaints. Zootpatrol approves this cd and strongly encourages you to buy it when it drops 9/11/2009. xfm8y5szbk
1 What We Talkin’ About
2 Thank You
3 D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)
4 Run This Town ft. Kanye and Rihanna
5 Empire State of Mind ft. Alicia Keys
6 Real As It Gets ft Young Jeezy
7 On To the Next One ft. Swizz Beatz
8 Off That ft. Drake
9 A Star is Born ft. J. Cole
10 Venus VS. Mars
11 Already Home ft. Kid Cudi
12 Hate ft. Kanye West
14 So Ambitious ft. Pharrell
15 Young Forever ft. Mr. Hudson
A while back we did a post on the artist Banksy, see here, but he is back in the news. If you never heard of Banksy before then prepare to get zooted. Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist from England, and that’s all the information I can really give you about him, real informative I know. He has kept his identity a secret for years while tagging the streets of England as well as other parts of the world. It is said he got into street graffiti in the late 80′s during what was called in Bristol, England, the “Aerosal Boom”. He is mainly recognized for work that combines graffiti writing with a distinctive stenciling technique. Banksy’s stencils feature striking and humorous images occasionally combined with slogans. The message is usually anti-war, anti-capitalist or anti-establishment. Subjects include rats, monkeys, policemen, soldiers, children, and the elderly. The cool thing about Banksy is that he does not sell or make a profit off of any of his work. He gives full access to his stencils and art work on his website where you can download the files and use them at your own leisure.
Recently Banksy has cracked into the mainstream of art and has been given access to the famous Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery to showcase his work. The exhibit was opened in June which featured more than 100 works of art, including animatronics and installations; it is his largest exhibition yet, featuring 78 new works. In true fashion the exhibit is free to check out and since Banksy doesn’t believe in copyrighting, the public is free to take pictures and video of the showcased art. A lot of his art shown breaks out of the graffiti mold and displays his progressiveness of originality. He uses animatronics to bring life to animals, food, and people very successfully with subliminal messages. A rabbit in front of a mirror files her nails, fishsticks swimming in a fishbowl, a hot dog chilling out cooling off, and chicken nuggets are hatched and feed on dipping sauce. These pieces are thought-provoking and really amazing to see come to life.
Some of Banksy’s work carries a clear message while others intend to make you think. Banksy takes advantages of the absurdity and ironies of life and the human existence and lets the viewer draw their own conclusions. Spread throughout the gallery he includes messages that war hurts everyone, your mom loves you no matter what, and that we should all strive for peace and happiness. You can check out his website here.