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15 Albums You Should Listen to This Spring (Explained in 15 Limericks)

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 29, 2013
Heartthrob Out: January 29 Not a moment too soon for your prom, Twin Quins who duet with aplomb! Now these folk rocking ladies Are going all '80s With synth pop to perk up your mom. Watch: The karaoke-tastic video for new single "Closer." More  →
15 Albums You Should Listen to This Spring (Explained in 15 Limericks)

The Puppy Bowl Puppies Are Doing a Live Webcast, so Cancel Your Plans for the Next Six Days

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 28, 2013
Sometimes they scamper about at play. Sometimes they nap and do those little puppy kicks that puppies do when they dream about spiders. Sometimes they take a big dump on the floor, 'cause, d'awwww, they think they're people! But nay, they are no mere men: they ... More  →
The Puppy Bowl Puppies Are Doing a Live Webcast, so Cancel Your Plans for the Next Six Days

Legalize Ferrets, Import More Chocolate, and 8 More Ridiculous Things You Can Demand From The Obama Administration In The Next 5 Minutes

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 24, 2013
Did you know the Obama Administration "does not support blowing up planets"? Where do you think he stands on Sasquatch protection? How about outlawing Daylight Savings Time, or making librarians mandatory? Thanks to the kind staffers at We The People, Whitehouse.gov's offic More  →
Legalize Ferrets, Import More Chocolate, and 8 More Ridiculous Things You Can Demand From The Obama Administration In The Next 5 Minutes

10 New Monopoly Pieces We Definitely Won't Be Voting For

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 18, 2013
According to top game-makers at Hasbro, one Monopoly token is about to get sent directly to jail—forever. Based on a public election open until February 5th, the next edition of Monopoly will unceremoniously swap one old token for a totally new one. This is devastating news, ... More  →
10 New Monopoly Pieces We Definitely Won't Be Voting For

3 Teen Novelists Share The Best Advice They've Ever Heard

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 16, 2013
"Being a teenager is so important." -Theo Lawrence "Maybe some day I'll write for adults. But only if they're good." -Deborah Heiligman Last night, three teen novelists read wrenching scenes from their recent novels, dropped nuggets of writerly wisdom, and answered nerdy lit questions from an audience packed ... More  →
3 Teen Novelists Share The Best Advice They've Ever Heard

Quiz: How Well Can You Match The First and Last Lines of Your Favorite Books?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 15, 2013
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…but after all, tomorrow is another day." "It was love at first sight. He loved Big Brother." These famous first and last lines of literature are WRONG. But maybe you can make them RIGHT. In the ... More  →
Quiz: How Well Can You Match The First and Last Lines of Your Favorite Books?

Justin Timberlake Delivers His First New Song in 7 YEARS! What Do You Think?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 14, 2013
On Thursday, former Disney kid and boy band member-turned-self-made-MAN brand Justin Timberlake tricked his 15 million twitter followers into watching a clock. It was dumb. But now that his clock has struck zero, JT is hitting us back with the goods: a new album coming ... More  →
Justin Timberlake Delivers His First New Song in 7 YEARS! What Do You Think?

We'll Kiss an Ewok if Star Wars VII Is Directed by One of These People

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 11, 2013
This week in bummer news: bonkers Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro turned down an offer to direct Disney's upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Del Toro, whose awesome Evangelion-lookin' robots v. aliens flick Pacific Rim is set to hit screens in July, said he was ... More  →
We'll Kiss an Ewok if Star Wars VII Is Directed by One of These People

Jennifer Lawrence Is a Golden Goddess, America Confirms Last Night at the Critics' Choice Awards

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 11, 2013
Last night at the 18th annual Critics' Choice Awards—a yearly opener to the Winter 'Ward'show Wipeout that culminates in February with the Oscars Ceremony and a festive virgin sacrifice—passed judgment on their favorite films and actors of the year from a wide berth of genres ... More  →
Jennifer Lawrence Is a Golden Goddess, America Confirms Last Night at the Critics' Choice Awards

Is 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II' the Worst Movie of the Year?

By Brandon SpecktorJanuary 10, 2013
Seriously, is it? We didn't see it. Hot on the heels of this year's Oscar noms (om nom nom), the crack team of satirists and sociopaths who put together the annual RAZZIE Awards for Worst Achievements in Film just released their list of 2012 dis-honorees. Defying ... More  →
Is 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II' the Worst Movie of the Year?
About the Author
Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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