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A Survey of Hoodies in Popular Culture

The humble hoodie has been in the news over the last couple of months — largely because of its sad association with the tragic death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, but also this week because of a rather silly controversy about the fact that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wore one to a meeting with prospective investors in New York. That particular hullabaloo led to an article in Forbes proposing a “hooded blazer” as a sort of trans-generational compromise on business attire. We’re not sure if this was serious or not — although by God we hope not — but either way, the whole thing got us thinking about hoodies in popular culture, and we thought we’d take a brief look at how the hooded sweatshirt has evolved from a simple and practical garment into something that apparently both the scourge of society and the thing for young CEOs to be seen in. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned about a gang of thieves who stole a 10-ton Czech bridge. We watched Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka dance on Inside the Actor’s Studio. We were curious about a Henry David Thoreau-inspired video game. We read a 1943 Disney employee handbook. We followed the maturation of billionaire… Read More

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The Weirdest Celebrity Action Figures Out There

The Internet has been abuzz with news of the new (unofficial) Steve Jobs action figure due out in February, which is unnervingly life-like, and thus incredibly creepy. Plus, it may just be us, but we think action figure status should be reserved for superheroes and action stars, or even other characters from film and television — we think it’s pretty weird when they’re made for actual people. Of course, some celebrity action figures (we’re using the term loosely) are weirder than others, and we’ve collected several of the most bizarre for your perusal — whether their strangeness comes from concept, execution, or the fact that people bought a talking Ann Coulter doll, all of them kind of blow our minds. Click through to see (and, in some cases, buy!) our picks for the weirdest celebrity action figures out there, and let us know if we’ve missed your prized plaything in the comments. … Read More

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Geeky Mosaic Portraits of Technology Titans

Greek designer Charis Tsevis creates meta mosaic portraits of cyberculture icons. Facebook maven Mark Zuckerberg’s picture uses the social media network’s familiar icons with words decorating the background. Japanese videogame developer Tomohiro Nishikado, who is best known for creating the intergalactic shooter Space Invaders, is composed of the game’s graphics. Grace Hopper, Bill Gates, Cynthia Breazeal, and Sir Clive Sinclair are also represented past the break. They’re all featured in the new book, Gadgets, Games, Robots and the Digital World, which you can pick up over here. Click on for more geeky mosaics. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Last night Stephen Colbert debuted his new Jack White produced-single on The Colbert Report. Watch a clip of him performing “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” with some help from the Black Belles here, and if you live in New York, head over to 10th Avenue and 30th Street, where Colbert and White… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. After spending the past seven years fighting Mark Zuckerberg, the beefy Winklevoss twins have decided not to take a challenge to their $65 million 2008 settlement to the Supreme Court. Facebook’s rather glib response to the news: “We’ve considered this case closed for a long time, and we’re pleased to see the other party… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Waiting for ‘Superman’

Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth, examines the failings of the US education system in his controversial and poignant documentary Waiting for “Superman.”

Interweaving the narratives of five children with statistics and interviews with education reformers, the film illustrates the more nimble nature of charter schools that can hire non-union teachers and design their own curriculum. But good charter schools, like KIPP, are difficult to get into, and in the interest of fairness, acceptance rests on a cruel lottery system. … Read More

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Mark Zuckerberg: Most Awkward SNL Guest Ever?

It was a pretty okay joke for Mark Zuckerberg to guest on SNL, coming on stage while host Jesse Eisenberg (who portrayed him negatively in Oscar nominee The Social Network) did his monologue. If their claim that they had never met before was true, it was a better joke. It would have been a really good joke if they had actually surprised Jesse Eisenberg, or if Mark Zuckerberg had been visibly angry. Instead, it was just wooden and super awkward. Maybe the most awkward thing we’ve ever seen on SNL. And we attribute it mostly to Zuckerberg’s crazy smile. Click through for video, and for the runners up for most unintentionally awkward moments on SNL. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. You might have heard that Charlie Sheen was hospitalized yesterday. What you might not have realized is that it was because he laughed too hard while watching TV and suffered a hernia injury. [via Live Feed]

2. Last night during an appearance on Inside the NBA, guest Tracy Morgan was asked to… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Salma Hayek is teaming with ABC to develop an eight-hour miniseries adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which already inspired an incredibly successful Broadway musical. Any casting suggestions? [via TVLine]

2. Last night Julian Casablancas inexplicably tweeted fake cover art for The… Read More

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