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The Sad Story Behind Trivago Guy

The Sad Story Behind Trivago Guy

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If you've seen any ads for the German travel agency Trivago, you've no doubt taken note of their oddly disheveled spokesperson, known in Internet circles simply as "Trivago Guy." While I'm supposed to be listening Trivago Guy's pitch for finding the best price on a hotel room, I'm instead transfixed by his "sad divorced dad" vibe. I find myself asking questions not about how to find the best fleabag hotel room in Terre Haute, but more important things like, "Where did this guy come from?" "What unspeakable tragedy befell him to make him show up to an ad shoot dressed this way?" But most importantly, "What the hell happened to Trivago Guy's belt?" Turns out the answer was there all along, and it can be found in The Sopranos. In the season one episode "Down Neck," we find out th
Uh Oh SpaghettiOs, Pearl Harbor Day Edition

Uh Oh SpaghettiOs, Pearl Harbor Day Edition

Advertising, Funny Stuff
You'd think that by now companies would have learned how to effectively manage their social media presence. You'd be wrong. The latest corporate gaffe comes courtesy everybody's favorite canned, sauce-drenched, pasta-like product, SpaghettiOs. OK, so let's talk about this for a second. While I'm all for remembering the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941, the jovial nature of this image doesn't really fit the solemn tone of the day. Really, SpaghettiOs, if you can't be bothered to alter your mascot so it doesn't have its tongue sticking out and a goofy smile, maybe just stick with a text message? Anyway, here's a few more tragedies that we might expect SpaghettiOs to commemorate in the future. First is the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln: And for a more cont...
Separated at Birth? (Red Buttons and Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

Separated at Birth? (Red Buttons and Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

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He's an Oscar-winning actor and beloved comedian, and he's one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood today. Though their careers were separated by a half century, I say Red Buttons and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were... separated at birth. (The left photo is of Buttons in a publicity shot for the 1957 film Sayonara, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.)
How Google Sees It: Michele Bachmann Hasn’t Changed Much

How Google Sees It: Michele Bachmann Hasn’t Changed Much

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When last I checked on the Google instant search results for soon-to-be former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann -- during her failed bid for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination -- she wasn't looking too good. And now that she has announced she's not going to seek re-election to her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, I thought I'd see if her image has improved over the last few years. Nope. It seems that in addition to still being crazy and hot, Bachmann is now a racist. That's a shame. We'll always have the corn dog at least.
These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

These 1980s Star Trek Illustrations Are My Favorite Things Ever

Funny Stuff, Internet
Sometimes, my friends, fate smiles upon you. Such was the case for me recently when I stumbled upon a series of 1980s Star Trek illustrations in chalk pastel, some of which I will now share with you. Credit for these goes to artist Doug Little, who apparently produced these for commemorative posters around the time of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Enough chit chat, let's boldly go. By the way, I've saved the best for last. Awww. Posing for the sweetest prom photo I've ever seen are Dr. McCoy and the salt creature from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Man Trap." Yes, this is Khan and Gonzo. And Gonzo is holding a yo-yo that actually says, "Khan Is a Yo-Yo." Let that seep for a few minutes. Of course! All we had to do to figure out what was on the mi...
Sammy Sosa — Pinterest Sensation, Music Star!

Sammy Sosa — Pinterest Sensation, Music Star!

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In case you haven't already seen, Sammy Sosa -- former Major League Baseball star, bat corker, and Hall of Fame wannabe -- has undertaken a bizarre strategy for improving his public image. And by that I mean he's not only Tweeting, he has a Pinterest page. But rather than use Pinterest for its intended purpose -- sharing pictures of food and kicky shoes -- he's published nothing but posed portraits of himself. To compound the oddness, every photo bears an identical description: "Sammy Sosa. Yes, I'm the real Sammy Sosa, and this is my Pinterest." In looking at Sosa's pinned photos, featuring him posing uncomfortably either in a snappy blue suit or mustard yellow sweater, I was struck by how much some of the photos looked like the cover to a never-released album of lounge music or easy l...
Seattle, Welcome Back Your NBA Basketball Team With a New Logo!

Seattle, Welcome Back Your NBA Basketball Team With a New Logo!

Funny Stuff, Sports
If today's reports are to be believed, the NBA's Sacramento Kings -- currently sitting pretty at the top of the list of franchises who have gone the longest without a title -- are leaving the California capital and moving north to Seattle. That city is, of course, the former home of the SuperSonics, who now play in Oklahoma City as the Thunder, and have a crappy logo. And while Emerald City residents are already salivating at the return of their beloved Sonics, I'd like to humbly suggest a new brand altogether. After all, the most recent major sports team to depart a town and return several years later with the same name was the Cleveland Browns. And we all know how that's been going for them. But if not the Sonics, then what? Well they could stay with the Kings. Seattle is, after al