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OUaT/MoS: For Science (3/5)

AO3 link.  Mr. Gold is participating in a study of the human body’s reaction to physical stimuli. So is Miss French.  ((Happy birthday, thestraggletag!  Enjoy your angst!))

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Anonymous said: Just wanted to take a bow and congratulate three of my favourites from this round who didn't advance despite being SPECTACULAR! O.G., arcadie, jadecricket, I loved your fics to bits! Saying you are all amazing writers is an understatement. Arcadie, you've been my favourite from the start, I can't wait to find out who you are! :D <3

rumbelleshowdown:

I’ve had this lovely little note in my Drafts for aaages.  Thanks so much for your kind words, anon!  I’m still a bit bummed I scrubbed out in the second round, but I’m very glad to know you liked Jonquils and Asters and Adaptation.

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mgann-morzz:

McDonald’s worker arrested after telling company president she can’t afford shoes.

"A woman who has been employed by the McDonald’s Corporation for over 10 years says she was arrested last week after she confronted the company president at a meeting and told him she couldn’t afford to buy shoes or food for her children.

Nancy Salgado, 26, told The Real News that she felt like she had to speak out during McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton’s speech at the Union League Club of Chicago on Friday for the sake of her children.

“It’s really hard for me to feed my two kids and struggle day to day,” she shouted as Stratton was speaking. “Do you think this is fair, that I have to be making $8.25 when I’ve worked for McDonald’s for ten years?”

“I’ve been there for forty years,” Stratton replied from the podium.

“The thing is that I need a raise. But you’re not helping your employees. How is this possible?” Salgado asked.

At that point, someone approached Salgado and informed her that she was going to be arrested.

She later recalled the encounter to The Real News’ Jessica Desvarieux.

“The strength was very powerful, like, just remembering the face of my kids, like I say, you know, just simple things like I can’t provide a pair of shoes like everybody else does, sometimes every month, or anything like that,” she said. “And he needs to know we are what all the employees at McDonald’s are going through. We’re struggling day to day to provide our needs in our houses, things for our kids. And it’s just–it gets harder and harder with just the poverty wage they have us living in.”

“They just told me, you know, well, you’re being under arrest because you just interrupted, you trespassed the property. You’re just going to go to jail,” Salgado added. “And what I remember just telling them, ‘well, like, so, because I have to speak out my mind and I had to tell the president the poverty wage I’m living in, that’s just against the law?’ You know, just be able to speak up your mind and say, you know what, I can’t survive with $8.25? It’s just — it’s ridiculous that I’m going to get arrested. You know.”

Salgado, who is still working at McDonald’s, said she had her hours cut following the arrest and feared further retaliation.

“The CEOs make millions and billions a year and why can’t they provide enough for their employees?” she wondered.”

I think that this is beyond awful for many reasons. People can’t afford to live off of the wages that they are given currently, and can’t even speak out against it. I know tumblr is great for spreading important news like this, so please help me get the word out to support this woman.

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"Fetishizing ‘power’ in women characters – having them kicking ass and always being ready with a putdown - isn’t the same as writing them as human beings."

Jack Graham, in Stephen Moffat - A Case For The Prosecution, a guest post on Philip Sandifer’s blog (via linnealurks)

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Also, ya know, RUUUUUN.
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She’s tore up plenty, but she’ll fly true.

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roane72:

Reacting to the news about Captain America. &lt;3

roane72:

Reacting to the news about Captain America. <3

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riantiada:

this was it

this was the moment I knew that I was smitten and I could not escape

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"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes

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tygermama:

  • the Avengers get really bored one day and pick names out of a hat and trade costumes and spend the rest of the day pretending they got bodyswapped to mess with Tony
  • it’s Steve’s idea

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Riff: The People of “Alas, Poor—Who?”

“Alas Poor—Who?”  was a brilliant Hamlet-based game show invented on the Satellite of Love by Mike Nelson and the two small robots who live with him. Contestants could win a fortnight supply of mutton and all they had to do was successfully identify a mid- to well-known public figure by a part of their skeletal system. Alas, “Alas Poor—Who?” could not be made into a successful home version due to the supply-side issue of procuring sufficient amounts of human remains, especially since the humans in question were still using them.

 Here’s a quick run-down of the gameplay shown on MST3K episode 1009, which gives a good idea of a typical game.

 Round One:

Presented with a femur (thigh bone), reigning champ Tom quickly eliminates:

  • Actor Larry Hagman (best known as J.R. Ewing in TV’s Dallas. Ever heard “Who shot J.R.”—or seen the parody of it on the Simpsons? He was the J.R. in question.)
  • Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham (who along with the Post’s editor gave the greenlight to publish the Pentagon Papers, a major break in the Watergate conspiracy)
  • Singer and actress Dinah Shore*. In the 1950’s she wanted you to see the USA in your Chevrolet.

Tom correctly identifies the femur as belonging to music artist

  • Biz Markie. At the time of the sketch, Biz was probably best known for his song “Just a Friend.” The classic “oh babyyyy you, you got what I neeeeed” chorus is perfect for the inebriated to belt out during karaoke.  Markie’s career as a children’s entertainer performing with “Yo Gabba Gabba!” post-dates this sketch, but is sufficiently unusual as to merit a mention here. I like to think that if the bots had a crystal ball they would have been delighted to riff on a hip-hop artist who goes from singing about the pros and cons of girls who, on one hand, got what he needs, but on the other hand, have a possible boyfriend; to performing on a childrens’ show with a seven-foot-tall orange tubular being who appears to have been ribbed for her pleasure.

 Crow has to identify a clavicle (collarbone) and rules out:

  • Comedian Tim Conway (Who made a name for himself in the 70’s on the Carol Burnett Show, and walking on his knees and calling himself “Dorf.” No really)
  • Heart-health diet guru, Dr. Dean Ornish
  • Controversial feminist and activist Germaine Greer
  • Former Chicago singer, then solo artist, Peter Cetera…
  • …Before correctly identifying the clavicle as belonging to“Carrie” and “RoboCop” actress Nancy Allen (Allen was also in a movie called “Dressed to Kill” in which she spent some time scantily dressed, the result being that it was very difficult to find a picture of Allen where her clavicle was visible, but her naked breast or breasts were not. The life of a blogger is a tough one indeed) 

 

Round Two:

Its Tom’s turn again and he is shown an ileum (hip bone), but he cannot decide if it belongs to:

  • Alaska Senator Ted Stevens… or…
  • Roland Gift.

Stevens was the long-time senator (at 40 years, the longest-serving Republican senator by the time he finally left office) who famously compared the internet to “a series of tubes” during net neutrality debates in the senate. This is a rare case of an Ascended Riff, where an allusion becomes better known instead of more obscure as time passes. Stevens’ gaff came in 2006, well after this sketch. He received the dubious honor of being lampooned by The Daily Show’s John Stewart with an assist from John Hodgman. More people would have heard and recognized Stevens’ name post-tube-gate than pre-tube-gate.

 Roland Gift’s name may not be recognizable, but maybe his face and certainly his voice are. Gift fronted “Fine Young Cannibals.” It was his pipes that sang the staccato “She. Drives. Me. Crazy.” of that 1989 one hit wonder.

 Tom guesses it is Gift’s hipbone, but since it was actually Stevens’ he should have gone with his first instinct and stuck with the senator.

 

Crow has a chance to steal the win with a handful of metatarsals (finger bones)

He unhesitatingly identifies them, correctly, as belonging to actor Ralph Waite, but since he did not state it in “alas poor—“ form he was disqualified and no one wins.

Finger-owner Ralph Waite had many tv roles, but his most memorable was as John Walton, the father of all those Waltons on “The Waltons.”

 

 *I’m not sure if Tom says “Dinah Shore” here. He mumbles the name under his breath and that is my best guess, but I have my reservations. Shore was the only one in this list who was already deceased at the time of the sketch. The decision to pick living people saved the sketch from being morbid and instead it was simply offbeat and absurd. Since this episode aired several people named have passed on (Hagman, Graham, Stevens and Waite) but they all passed after the episode aired.

"Alas Poor Who?" has to be a perfect example of MST’s clever silliness and silly cleverness.

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WHEN ONE IS EXPECTING

imyourdestinymotherfucker:

Today, I bought this book (for my sister, lets clarify that now ‘cause the only way I’m going anywhere near sperm is if I fall into a vat of it):

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BUT WAIT

THIS:

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IS:

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SOME:

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OF THE BRILLIANT:

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STUFF IT HAS IN IT:

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thanbooksmightmean:

Title: Bloody Shirt
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale
Music: "Bloody Shirt (BASTILLE Remix)" by To Kill A King
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Blood/gore
Summary: Cecil wasn’t the first Night Vale radio host, after all.
Notes: Thanks to Alex/maladyofthequotidian for encouraging me from the very beginning to make this and scribe for being the one to actually get me to finish it.

OMG I SAW THIS AT BITCHIN PARTY AND IT WAS AMAZING. THERE WAS THIS COLLECTIVE INTAKE OF BREATH A COUPLE OF TIMES THAT WAS JUST GREAT.

HOLY SHIT THIS IS AMAZING. WOW.

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