Today at Flavorpill, we were amazed by the wealth of Perfect Strangers fan art to be found on the Internet. We discovered that Charleston has more hot people than any other American city, at least according to Travel + Leisure. We were surprised that Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was the both most- and least-favored Person of the Year in TIME’s annual poll. We couldn’t believe that Russell Brand is supposedly getting his own animated series — will this trend ever stop? We met the “Krampus,” a mythical monster so scary that it was banned from Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Christmas Special. We were impressed by the amount of detail in this Lord of the Rings-inspired nail art. We saw some new work from Banksy in Liverpool. We wondered how quickly these mini models of Jeff Koons’ BMW art car will sell out. We looked at some of the highlights of the 2011 Black List. We were excited to hear that funny lady Rachel Dratch is working on a book that will come out this spring. We wanted to take a bite out of a few of these brains. We couldn’t believe that an escalator that features the Star Wars opening crawl exists in Tel Aviv. And finally, we were thoroughly depressed after spotting this visualization of student loan debt in 1990 vs 2000 vs 2011 on Mother Jones’ tumblr. Now you can be too!
Written by Caroline Stanley