There’s not really much to write about with this one, I just really love cats and think they’re awesome and wanted an excuse to share a bunch of cute pictures of them…so let’s take a look at people sharing photos of their cats on Twitter…By the way the photo above is my tiny little cat Arya, she’s full grown but for some reason stayed the size of a kitten…no clue why.
With Twitter there is always some kind of hashtag going on, some for fun and some for more serious reasons but with all the BS going on in the world I figured I’d cover something that might be a bit of both.
So let’s see how Twitter users are responding to the #ruinsummerin4words trend.
With #NationalTattooDay trending on Twitter today people are taking the opportunity to show off their tattoos and I thought it’d be kinda nifty to share some of the ones I really liked. so without further adieu let’s take a look at some of the tweets.
With a hashtag like #NationalNudeDay you’d expect to see a certain type of response but that isn’t what I’m going to share here, I’m more entertained by the tweets making fun of the whole thing, so let’s not waste anymore time and let’s get right to the tweets.
Born as John William Ferrell on July 16, 1967 in Irvine, California Will Ferrell would first become known for his 7 year stretch on Saturday Night Live and even that alone would have been enough to make him a household name but he has starred in countless films and was part of a group of comics that came along in the 90’s and really changed how comedy movies were approached. Will Ferrell hosted Saturday Night Live last night and it reminded me just how hilarious he really is, so I figured it’d be a great time to go over some of his films. As usual sequels will be included in wit the original movie so the list doesn’t repeat too much.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Released in 1997 and directed by Jay Roach the comedy film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery would be the first film in the series of Austin Powers movies and featured Will Ferrell as Mustafa, one of Dr. Evil’s henchmen and although it wasn’t a large role it was a memorable one and was fun to see Ferrell cameo in anything at the time. The movie also starred leading man Mike Myers as the titular character and Elizabeth Hurley, Seth Green and Robert Wagner. The James Bond spoof movie was well received and grossed $67 million at the box office as well as spawning two sequels.
Released in 1998 and directed by John Fortenberry the comedy film A Night at the Roxbury was based on one of Will Ferrell’s recurring sketches on Saturday Night Live and featured many other SNL alumni such as Colin Quinn, Christ Kattan, Molly Shannon and Mark McKinney. The film was a commercial and critical bomb but still, it was Will Ferrell’s first leading role and there are people who love this movie so I felt it needed to be included.
Released in 1999 and directed by Bruce McCulloch the comedy film Superstar was once again based on SNL sketches and starred Will Ferrell alongside fellow SNL cast member Molly Shannon. The film wasn’t very well received but once again I felt it needed to be part of the list as it was one of his first roles early on in his career.
Released in 2001 and directed by Ben Stiller as well as starring him the comedy film Zoolander is a satire on the fashion industry and had Will Ferrell playing fashion mogul Jacobim Mugatu alongside Owen Wilson, Jerry Stiller and Milla Jovovich. The film wasn’t loved by critics but did decently at the box office grossing $60 million as well and did well enough to spawn a sequel in 2016.
Released in 2003 and directed by Todd Phillips the comedy film Old School would be Will Ferrell’s first leading role not based on something from SNL and has him portraying a thirty-something that tries to relive his college years by starting a fraternity. The movie also stars Luke Wilson and Vince Vaughn and grossed $87 million worldwide as well as being nominated for two MTV Movie Awards.
Released in 2003 and directed by Jon Favreau the holiday comedy film Elf has Will Ferrell in the role of a human that was adopted and raised by Santa’s elves. The movie is one of my favorites from Will Ferrell and for me at least was an instant holiday classic. The movie also stars Zooey Deschanel, James Caan and Bob Newhart and grossed $220 million worldwide as well as inspiring Elf: The Musical . the movie is considered one of the greatest Christmas films of all time by many.
Released in 2004 and directed by Adam McKay the comedy film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy features Will Ferrell as news anchorman who constantly competes with his female co-star. Also starring Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and steve Carell the movie was a huge hit and grossed $90 million worldwide as well as spawning a sequel in 2013.
Released in 2005 and directed by Susan Stroman the musical comedy film is based on the Broadway musical of the same name which is in turn based on the 1967 film of the same name.Will Ferrell plays Franz Liebkind and is joined by an ensemble cast including Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman and Jon Lovitz. The film was a commercial failure only grossing $38 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics.
Released in 2005 and directed by Nora Ephron the romantic comedy fantasy film Bewitched is inspired by the old TV series of the same name and stars Will Ferrell as a down on his luck actor who discovers that his co star is an actual witch. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine the film was both a critical and commercial failure but still isn’t all that bad in my opinion.
Released in 2006 and directed by Marc Forster the fantasy comedy-drama film Stranger than Fiction stars Will Ferrell as a man who starts hearing a voice narrating his entire life. Also starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah and Emma Thompson the movie received positive reviews but ended up being a box office failure not even making it’s budget back.
Released in 2006 and directed by Adam McKay the sports comedy film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby has Will Ferrell portraying an aging Nascar driver trying to hold onto his greatness and his failing marriage. The movie also stars John C. Reilly, Sasha Baron Cohen and Amy Adams and grossed $163 million worldwide.
Released in 2008 and directed by Adam McKay the comedy film Step Brothers puts Will Ferrell in the role of Brennan, one of two grown men forced to live together when their single parents marry each other. The movie also stars John C. Reilly and Mary Steenburgen and grossed $128 million worldwide as well as receiving mixed reviews from critics.
Released in 2009 and directed by Brad Silberling the adventure comedy film Land of the Lost is based on the 1974 TV series of the same name and features a great cast including Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel. The film was considered a total failure commercially and critically but is a fun little movie and s stupid and bad at time it makes it great.
Released in 2010 and directed by Adam McKay the action comedy The Other Guys stars Will Ferrell as one half of a team of New York City Detectives alongside Mark Wahlberg. The movie also stars Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson, Michael Keaton and Steve Coogan and grossed $170 million worldwide.
Released in 2015 and directed by Sean Anders the comedy film Daddy’s Home has Will Ferrell in the role of a step-dad who finds it difficult to bond with his step-children once their real father returns. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini and did great at the box office grossing $242 million worldwide as well as spawning a sequel in 2017.
Although Will Ferrell has had a few films come out since Daddy’s Home none of them have been the huge hits some of his past films were. He has two films coming up that are both in post production with release dates to be announced the first being the comedy film Downhill and the second being the comedy film Eurovision.
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I suppose the best place to start here is to explain my belief system and go from there. I consider myself a Christian and I have my own kind of faith in god, I however do not believe in organized religion, church or The Bible and I’ll explain why in a minute here but first I want to be honest and admit that I don’t have much experience with religions other than Christianity, I just haven’t had a whole lot of exposure to other religions so this article will mostly if not entirely focus on Christianity.
Now onto the things I don’t believe in or agree with as far as Christianity goes. First the Bible, this is the foundation of most people’s faith when it comes to being a Christian but for me, I just view it as a story book that a bunch of people wrote together and human beings are pretty much the most flawed things in existence, so yea I’ll pass on taking advice from a book that came out thousands of years ago
Now let’s talk about church and organized religion in general and why I believe it is perhaps the worst idea to ever grace humanity. How many wars have been fought over a difference in belief, how many people have died in the name of religion? Why is it that I can have my own belief system and not judge or hate others for believing differently but the majority of the world just can’t agree to disagree on religion? It’s because as soon as you form a group of people that share the same beliefs they will start viewing anyone that’s not part of that group as an outsider and to a certain degree their enemy. Oddly enough organized religion and street gangs work pretty much the same way with the “If you’re not one of us then you’re against us” mentality.
As human beings we should be celebrating our differences rather than hating each other for them, our differences are what make us unique and are what make us who we are. Although my faith isn’t typical it is very strong and a huge part of my life, yet my best friend of 25 years is an Atheist and not only do I not hate him for that but I never try to push my beliefs on him, as we all have our own life experiences that shape our beliefs.
I want to use a real life example involving my mother to show a small part of what’s wrong with most modern day Christians. About a year or so ago my mother was really struggling financially and ended up getting a little help from the local church for groceries and my mother ,who is a good Christian woman, fully appreciated the help. Now fast forward a couple months and my mother goes to the store to get her boyfriend a 12 pack of beer, with his money not hers and the same church women that helped her happened to be in the store at the time and saw her purchasing this beer and ever since won’t even reply when my mother says hello and they seem to go out of their way to try and make her feel bad about the beer she bought. This is one of the biggest flaws with Christians these days, they judge,judge and judge ,feeling like they are somehow a better person by doing so. Maybe I’m mistaken but I thought one of the cornerstones of Christianity was that we are supposed to let God do the judging and not do so ourselves. If everyone lived by the whole “Live and let live” philosophy, the world would be a better place for sure.
Perhaps it’s because I’m an extreme liberal Christian that causes me to have a different kind of belief system but I for one will never understand all the hate in the world simply because we believe different things. Someone believing in a different god or not believing in one at all has zero impact on my life or anyone else’s , so why the hell should it matter so much to anyone?
So if you’re one of these judgy Christians who feel you’re somehow better than other people simply because of the religious label you put on yourself, maybe stop and think the next time you look down your nose at someone and try to remember you’re just a glorified parasite like the rest of our species. Whether you’re judging someone for being gay, having an abortion or any of the many other things Christians tend to judge people for try and remember you’re supposed to leave that shit up to god and he’s looking down at you and shaking his fucking head at how wrong you really are. Just live your fucking life and leave all the rest up to the god you claim to believe in.
There’s nothing quite as fun as sitting down with your significant other or friends and family and watching a good stand-up act but with so many comedians out there it can be easy to miss out on some of the amazing ones. This is by no means a definitive list, just some of my personal favorites and legends that have left a huge impact on the comedy world to this day.
George Denis Patrick Carlin was born on May 12, 1937 in New York City and would have a very long successful career. In my personal opinion he is not only the best comedian of all time, he is the most important one. More like a philosopher or prophet than a comedian he would often leave you thinking and thinking after hearing his views on everything from politics to religion. George Carlin has had 14 HBO specials, has appeared on countless talk shows over the decades and hosted the first ever episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. Carlin passed away on June 22, 2008 of cardiac arrest but left a lasting mark and will always be the best in my book.
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was born on December 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois. He would become known for his highly offensive yet highly intelligent humor, touching on subjects such as racism and politics. Comedy Central gave him the number 1 spot on their all time greatest stand-up comedians list and in 2017 Rolling Stone listed him as number 1 on their list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time. Pryor passed away in 2005 at the age of 65 from a heart attack.
Edward Regan Murphy was born on April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York and would go on to find huge success as a stand-up comedian. He would be a regular cast member on SNL in the early 80’s and comedy specials such as RAW made him a household name by the time the 90’s rolled around and he would also star in countless movies including 48 hours, Beverly Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor. If you’ve ever seen him play Buckwheat from The Little Rascals on SNL then you know why he’s on this list, regardless of some troubles he’s had in years past the man is a comedy genius.
Samuel Burl Kinison was born on December 8, 1953 in Yakima, Washington and would eventually become a comedy legend. One thing not a lot of people realize about Sam Kinison was that he was a Pentecostal Preacher before he was a comedian and he brought some of that preaching type intensity into his comedy and made it his brand. He was loud and intense and screamed a lot and people loved him for it. Kinison would pass away in 1992 due to a vehicular accident but would leave behind a lasting legacy.
Born Jacob Rodney Cohen on November 22, 1921 in Deer Park, New York he would later be known by his stage name Rodney Dangerfield. The comedy legend would become known for his self hatred and one liners such as “I get no respect” and would become a frequent guest on many talk shows. He also found his way into the movie business with roles in films like Caddyshack and Natural Born Killers. Dangerfield passed away on October 5, 2004 due to complications from a surgery.
Andrew Clay Silverstein was born on September 29, 1957 in New York City, New York and would become known by his stage name and on-stage tough guy persona Andrew Dice clay. He was the first ever comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden two nights in a row and would even star in his own movie The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. He is still active in the stand-up world today and recently released his own podcast titled I’m ova’ Hea, Now.
William Henry Cosby Jr. was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and for most of his career would be known for his role on The Cosby Show and would be loved by many right up until the point where he was convicted of sex crimes and put in jail for them.He started his career as a stand-up comedian and I questioned whether I should even add him to this list but felt it would be wrong to leave him off of it as he had such a huge impact on so many other comedians and the comedy world in general and regardless of the man he really is, The Cosby Show was such a big part of so many people’s lives.
Phyllis Ada Diller was born on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio and although not as many people know who she is these days she is very important as far as stand-up goes as she was the first female stand-up comedian in history, paving the way for many more hilarious women. she had a long and successful career , working on over 40 films over five decades in the business Diller passed away in 2012 from natural causes.
Christopher Julius Rock was born on February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina. He found great success in the stand-up comedy world and was probably responsible for the resurgence of stand-up fans back in the 90’s. On top of his hilarious stand-up specials he was also a cast member of SNL in the early 90’s and would end up being in numerous movies including Down To Earth and Dogma. He also wrote and starred in his own sitcom Everybody Hates Chris from 2005-2009. He has won 4 Emmy Awards and 3 Grammys and recently released a new stand-up special on Netflix titled Tamborine.
Sarah Kate Silverman was born on December 1, 1970 in Bedford, New Hampshire. Known for her comedy focusing on taboo and controversial topics. she’s probably my favorite female comedian as of right now, she did the voice for the little girl in Wreck It Ralph and it’s one of the movies me and my son watch together most. Apart from her awesome stand-up act she was also a writer and performer on SNL and starred in her own series The Sarah Silverman Show, which ran for 3 years. She has won 2 primetime Emmys and wrote an autobiography in 2010 titled The Bedwetter.
David Khari Webber Chappelle was born on August 24, 1973 in Washington D.C. and would end up taking the comedy world by storm at a young age. I feel like although his stand-up was great all along that it was the movie Half-Baked that really put Dave Chappelle on the map. He would go on to star in his own comedy series Chappelle’s Show which was wildly successful and put him at the very top of the comedy industry. He took a break after his show ended but has returned with a vengeance and is back on top with two new recent Netflix specials.
Caryn Elaine Johnson was born on November 13, 1955 in New York City, New York and would later be known by her professional name Whoopi Goldberg and although these days she is mostly known for her roles in film and as a talk show host she started her career as a stand-up comedian and a really good one at that. She is one of few entertainers that have won an Emmy,Grammy,Tony and Academy Award and was the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting. She is currently a host on the talk show The View and has been since 2007.
Steven Alexander Wright was born on December 6, 1955 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is not known anywhere near as much as he should be. His unique deadpan delivery has a certain perfection about it and I could literally listen to him tell jokes for hours on end and be entertained. He was ranked the 15th best comedian of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Ellen Lee Degeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana and is perhaps best known for her talk show but she started out as a stand-up comic and was known for her clean and family-friendly style of comedy which was quite different from most comedy styles at the time. she has hosted the Emmys, Grammys and Academy Awards and has won 30 Emmys and 20 People’s choice Awards.
Mitchell Lee Hedberg was born on February 24, 1968 in Saint Paul, Minnesota and would end up known for his surreal and deadpan humor and delivery. He was kind of like watching that one stoner friend everyone has that thinks they’re funny except Hedberg was a genius when it came to comedy. Tragically he would die from a drug overdose in 2005 cutting short what certainly would have been a brilliant career.
Lewis Niles Black was born on August 30, 1948 in Washington D.C. and is known for his anger fueled comedy and his unapologetic views on politics. He had his own series on Comedy Central titled Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil and has made regular appearances on The Daily show for years now.
I could probably go on forever with this list as there are so many talented comedians out there but I’ll stop here and write a part 2 at some point to include some of the comedians I missed. A few other really talented stand-up comics worth checking out are Jim Gaffigan, Whitney Cummings, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr, If I left your favorite off the list I apologize but these are just my personal picks.
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Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and debuting in Amazing Fantasy # 15 in 1962 Spider-Man has become a household name and is known by comic book fans and by those that have never picked up a comic book in their life, most people when asked about Spider-Man would think of the original Peter Parker version but what some people might not know is that there have been countless different versions of the super hero and with all the talk about Spider-Man coming back to the MCU I thought it was a good time to go over some of my favorite versions.
Spider-Man (Miles Morales)
Created by the great Brian Michael Bendis this version of Spider-Man debuted in 2011 in Ultimate Fallout # 4, Miles Morales is an Afro-Latino teenager who takes over the moniker after Peter Parker is killed and his costume is quite different than the usual one and happens to be a lot of fans favorite version of the costume, this version was also in the recent animated movie Into The Spider-Verse, fans have grown to love this version of Spider-Man and I for one can’t wait to see him on the big screen or even the MCU if Sony permits it.
There are actually two characters that go by the name Spider-Girl but I’m talking about the Mayday Parker version here, first appearing in What If (vol. 2) #105 Mayday Parker is the daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Parker from a future alternate universe, she would go on to star in her own comic and has even been part of superhero teams such as The Avengers, New Warriors and Fantastic Five and she shares the same powers as her father except with a little less strength.
Marvel Zombies Spider-Man
The zombie version of Spider-Man debuted in Marvel Zombies # 1 in 2015 , set in a parallel universe where basically everyone becomes a zombie and eats each other, Spider-Man ends up being one of the only super heroes to have guilt over what he’s done, although he still can’t stop himself from doing it, he is also the first of the zombies to turn on the other zombies.
From alternate universe Earth-65 Spider-Gwen is a version of Gwen Stacy who debuted in Edge of Spider-Verse #2 in 2014 and was featured in her own comic shortly after, in the Earth-65 universe Gwen Stacy was bit by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker . This version has garnered a ton of fans and is one of the most popular iterations of Spider-Man.
Perhaps the most comedic take on the character this version is a pig with Spider-Man’s powers and hey how can you argue with that right? He debuted way back in 1983 in Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, yes his name is Peter Porker rather than Peter Parker , it’s a dad joke of a name and I love it, his origin is quite unique as he was actually born a spider who was bit by the pig version of aunt May whose name was May Porker but before she bit him she was irradiated by an atomic powered hair dryer she invented, yea quite the origin huh, gotta love it.
The Mandela Effect is a strange and so far unexplained phenomena where a large portion of the population remembers something differently than how it is in reality and although there are theories of why such as unknowingly switching from one parallel universe to another and retaining memories from the old universe or just the fact that human memory has been shown to be beyond flawed there are no solid explanations for the Mandela Effect.
The term Mandela Effect was coined because one of the first widely known cases of this phenomena involved Nelson Mandela and a very large amount of people remembering him dying in prison in the 80’s yet he lived until 2013 and certainly did not die in prison, other popular example of the Mandela Effect are the debated spelling of the Berenstain Bears Children’s books and the correct spelling of The Looney Tunes but I’m here to talk about some of the lesser known Mandela Effects.
1. The Fruit of the Loom Logo
Growing up I constantly saw Fruit of the Loom commercials and advertisements and even today the company is a household name, a lot of people ,including myself, remember the logo having a cornucopia behind it, even as I type this right now that is how I picture it. The company was founded in 1851 and in all those years has never had a logo with a cornucopia behind the fruit.
2. Oreos…Double Stuf to be more exact
Maybe it’s just because the correct spelling of the word “stuff” is with two F’s but I am once again one of the people that remember this incorrectly, I literally had to go look at a pack of Oreos after I found out about this one. The Double Stuf Oreo was introduced in 1974 and has always been spelled with one F but part of the confusion with this one could be that in the UK they are called “Double Stuff” with two F’s , it could explain some people remembering wrong but honestly I don’t think I’ve ever seen Oreos from the UK nor have I seen commercials for them so it can’t explain it all away.
3. The Witch says What to the Mirror?
Snow White and Disney movies in general were and still are a big part of all of our childhoods, something that everyone knows and that has been part of growing up for decades and decades would surely be remembered word for word by now right? Seemingly no, as I remember the line in the movie where the witch asks the mirror “Mirror,mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” and yet it has always said “Magic Mirror on the wall…” , as a child and as an adult I have quoted this incorrectly as most of us have but not just us,movies and other books referencing this scene have always quoted it wrong as well…Strange right?
4. We Are the Champions Ends How?
This is another one I remember incorrectly but then again so is this whole list, The British rock band Queen has always been huge but with a recent television series and a movie released about the lead singer Freddy Mercury they are more popular than they’ve been in a long time, I have fond memories as a teenager singing along to their songs with friends and one of those memories is that when we sang “We Are the Champions” we always ended it with the words “of the world” but from what I can gather the song never ended in that manner, I for one will still be singing those words at the end of the song.
5. Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze was like The Keanu Reeves of the 80’s and had a great career in movies and television throughout his entire life. In 2008 he was diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and passed away from the disease in September 2009 and that is how I remember it happening but you may be surprised to know that a good amount of people remember him bouncing back from the illness and making a comeback and that they don’t remember him passing away.
With 10 deaths linked to vaping and over 500 cases of lung disease it is understandable that people would be worried about the health concerns but with Vaping bans happening all across the world and especially in The United States right now are people going a little overboard with their concern?
Cigarettes kill over 1300 people a day, probably even more and we’ve known this for decades, yet no one has even tried to ban cigarettes at all, why is it that vaping has caused only a tiny fraction of the issues that cigarettes have but cigarettes get a free pass? well that’s because tobacco companies have lobbyists that pay our politicians to keep smoking legal, like the rest of the world and all it’s problems it all comes down to the money.
I have no doubts that vaping isn’t good for you, inhaling any chemical into your lungs is going to have adverse side effects but I feel very strongly that if they are going to let us as adults choose whether we kill ourselves with cigarettes then we should get the same say with vaping.
The health concerns are real but have been extremely inflated and the tobacco companies are behind that. The vaping industry is the only challenger big tobacco has ever had that has a chance of putting them right out of business and they are making sure that vaping goes away as quickly as they can, vaping may be bad for you but it isn’t even close to as bad for you as tobacco is and these bans will drive vapers right back into the arms of big tobacco.
A lot of people might think “well why don’t they just quit both vaping and smoking”, it’s an addiction and by definition is extremely hard to quit, let’s give the same sympathy and understanding to people addicted to Nicotine as we do for drug addicts, all I’m saying is please let us vape in peace.