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Why the Seahawks’ rejoinder to Jimmy Fallon came up just inches short

Earlier this month, the Seattle Seahawks hit back at Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon with their own take on his recurring segment “Tonight Show Superlatives“. This was actually their second crack back at the late night host. In the first go-around, the Hawks went with their own version of that exact segment and titled it, oh so cleverly, “Seahawks Superlatives“. This time — almost exactly one year later — they instead spoofed Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes“.

Both Seahawks responses were cute enough — though nobody seems to have told Russell Wilson that his thank you note should be addressed to Jimmy Fallon — but both also left me thinking the Seahawks blew their huge opportunity to dunk one through the goal posts (like Jimmy Graham).

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Why isn’t this Olympic gold-worthy tweet going viral?

This morning, Olympic spectators were treated to the sort of heart-warming interaction that encapsulates why so many people enjoy watching sports, and especially international competitions. As the New York headline described it, “Tripped-Up Olympic Runners Finish Race Together in Apparent Attempt to Make Me Weep Uncontrollably at My Desk“. In case that doesn’t paint you enough of a picture, here’s what that looked like in the form of a moving one:

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Royal Baby name proves William & Kate basically exist only to please you

Last night, I took a short study break to discuss the tragic passage of Dave Goldberg and (speaking generally) the legacies we leave behind via social media. Naturally, I took a peek at his Twitter account, and one message in particular happened to catch my eye:

So nu, almost a month ago, what did we think Baby would be named?

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Never count your weddings before they match

Last Monday, WIRED published an article titled Why Parks and Recreation’s Final Season Was Its Best Ever. Whether or not you agree with the piece’s premise, one thing is clear: published the day before NBC actually aired the Parks & Rec finale, the article was clearly premature. Just consider the following excerpt [SPOILERS AHEAD]:

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A television mystery: Is Parks & Rec borrowing plot points from Sherlock? [spoilers, duh]

In a recent episode of Parks and Recreation, evil millionaire Dennis Feinstein (Jason Mantzoukas) taunts a group of protestors before relating the following instruction to his minions:

hounds

(I’ll take Ron Swanson’s line:) What hounds?

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Anonymous Daily Show staffer is up to his or her old tricks

Back in July, I noted that an anonymous Daily Show staffer was working behind the scenes to undermine Jon Stewart’s most facile points. In that post, I highlighted the seemingly-unintentional inclusion of an NBC screenshot that revealed the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped by Hamas operatives in the West Bank had been killed, which provided certain context Stewart had failed to provide in a widely-shared clip slamming Israel for its activities in Gaza. It was one of this blog’s most popular posts of all time.

Well, I have no doubt that drawing from the same well will help me catch lightning in a bottle a second time. So here’s a breaking story for you: that anonymous Daily Show staffer is back (assuming s/he ever left)!

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One thing to remember about the back and forth over “Genie, You’re free!”

One of — if not the most — iconic reaction to Robin Williams’ tragic passing was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Aladdin-inspired tribute to the comic legend. Surely, you’ve seen it:

Like any major news story, Williams’ death has spawned a veritable ecosystem of sideshows and distractions (an ecosystem to which I admittedly love to add).

One such offshoot revolves around the Academy’s tweet, which has come under some criticism for allegedly aggrandizing Williams’ decision to take his own life. According to one widely-shared piece in The Washington Post:

More than 270,000 people have shared the tweet, which means that, per the analytics site Topsy, as many as 69 million people have seen it.

The problem? It violates well-established public health standards for how we talk about suicide.

“If it doesn’t cross the line, it comes very, very close to it,” said Christine Moutier, chief medical officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Suicide should never be presented as an option. That’s a formula for potential contagion.”

I’ll readily admit Moutier might have a point. Suicide is not something that should be encouraged.

But here’s the thing: a lot of people might have shared the same tribute before the cause of Williams’ death became clear, of simply without knowing the circumstances surrounding his passing. Take, for instance, the very first time* “Genie, You’re free” appeared on Twitter Tuesday:

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Anonymous Daily Show staffer subliminally injects context into the show’s Middle East coverage

Jon Stewart couldn’t get wait to get back from his 4th of July vacation and discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the unfolding debacle was featured heavily in his very first segment the Monday of his return, (500) Crazies of Summer.

You’ve probably seen the segment by now. You’ve probably even seen some of the criticism it’s attracted. You might have even stuck around long enough on Tuesday night’s The Daily Show to watch Hillary Rodham Clinton tell Jon why she thinks his understanding of the conflict is skewed (here and here).

But even if I hadn’t directed you to those pieces of criticism, you probably could have just watched the clip yourself and had no trouble arriving at the conclusion that Stewart’s analysis of the current situation was largely facile and pointless. Essentially it boiled down to this: Israel has bigger guns.

Thank you, Mr. Leibowitz, for the nuanced update.

Though I don’t agree with everything Horovitz had to say about the segment (in “some of the criticism” above), there was one paragraph fragment that stood out to me as undeniably true and to the point:

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Donna Meagle, Prophetess of the Pacific*

I’ve known for a while now that Donna Meagle is somewhat familiar with the Pacific Ocean — after all, she told us back in Season 5 that she owns a condo in Seattle (because she likes “the rain and the fish markets”). But I had no idea the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department employee knows it well enough to predict its future.

This past Monday, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must end it “scientific” whaling program:

Or, if you prefer a more measured take:

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Meet the boy who had a fetus removed from his belly

A story emerged today of a two year-old boy from China who underwent a surgical procedure to remove a twin growing inside of him:

When Xiao Feng was admitted to a hospital in China with an extremely swollen stomach, doctors made a pretty disturbing find: The 2-year-old boy was carrying his own twin inside his stomach.

In other words, his mother’s womb originally housed two fetuses, but one absorbed the other and emerged as an only child. Lucky for him, or his parents would have had to choose which One Child to keep.

As it turns out, this is a fairly common occurrence. I don’t say this on the basis of the scientific figures cited by Newser, but because just such an event has even been described on national television:

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