Show BoB the Curve: Rapper Launches $1 Million GoFundMe Campaign to Prove the Earth is Flat

A few days ago, I heard B.o.B’s “Airplanes” on the radio and thought to myself, “What happened B.o.B?” Then I remembered he’s out here claiming the earth is flat. Despite over 2,000 years of proved science, the rapper does not believe our planet is round and is on a mission to find Earth’s curve.

B.o.B launched a GoFundMe page last week hoping to raise funds for his own space exploration experiments. According to the page’s description and the accompanying video, B.o.B wants to send multiple satellites into space and use weather balloons, drones, blimps, etc to find the curve or the edge of Earth.

The “Nothin’ On You” singer initially set his goal at $200K, however, he has since raised it to $1 million so he can conduct several experiments. As of the writing of this post, he has raised $3,026, providing the first $1,000 donation himself.

More than 120 people have donated so far. Many contributed to the cause because of how ridiculous it is, but B.o.B does have a few flat earth supporters.


B.o.B revealed himself to be a “Flat Earther” last year after posting a picture of two cities 16 miles apart and pondering how there was no curve of the earth.

The rapper was soon clowned on social media and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson tried to explain to B.o.B how he was wrong. The two debated each other on Twitter with Tyson eventually going on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show to prove his point (with science) once and for all.

Even so, B.o.B still believes he’s got the game beat and knows more that the likes of Aristotle. Check out one of his latest tweets:

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Hugh Hefner Cause of Death: How did the Playboy Founder Die?

Hugh Hefner, the man who founded Playboy and turned it into an iconic brand, has died, according to a post from Playboy’s official Twitter account. He was 91 years old, and his official cause of death has not been released yet, though media reports are saying “natural causes.”

Playboy Enterprises said Hugh died peacefully at home Wednesday (Sep. 27) surrounded by loved ones. According to TMZ, Hefner’s health had been declining over the past year and he’s not been seen in public for a while. His death came just over a year following his brother Keith, who died after a battle with cancer.

Cooper Hefner, Playboy Enterprise’s chief creative officer and Hugh’s son said in an official statement from the company: “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time in advocating free speech, civil rights and sexual freedom.”

The younger Hefner continued: “He defined a lifestyle and ethos that lie at the heart of the Playboy brand, one of the most recognizable and enduring in history.”

Hugh Hefner is best known for founding Playboy Magazine back in 1953 with Marilyn Monroe gracing the magazine’s very first cover. In addition to Monroe, ome of the world’s hottest women have covered the iconic magazine over the years, including Cindy Crawford, Kim Basinger, Pamela Anderson, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Naomi Campbell, Carmen Electra, Drew Barrymore, Kim Kardashian and many more.

The magazine stopped publishing nude photos in 2016, but went back to them in February 2017 after Hugh’s son, Cooper, became Chief Creative Officer.

Because of Playboy, Hugh “Hef” Hefner became an iconic, cultural phenomenon, which paved the way for Playboy Mansion, which quickly became known for its legendary parties. The Hef parted ways with the mansion in August 2016 after selling it to Pabst Blue Ribbon heir Daren Metropoulos for $110 million, however, the sale had one major condition—Hef could live there without the new owner’s interfering until he died.

Hugh Hefner was married three times. His first marriage was to his high school sweetheart Mildred Williams in 1949 and they divorced in 1959. His second marriage came in 1989 to former Playmate of the Year Kimberly Conrad, and they divorced in 2012. His third and final marriage (following his break-up with longtime girlfriend Holly Madison) was in 2012 to Crystal Hefner, who is now 31 and is his widow.

Hefner is survived by four children—Christine and David from his first marriage and Marston and Cooper from his second marriage.

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Watch “Star” Season 2 Episode 1 (Premiere)

“Star” Season 2 premiered on Fox Wednesday night (Sep. 27).

In the Season 2 premiere, Star goes to great lengths to assure that the group gets a release date for their album while still dealing with the repercussions of Hunter’s death. A frustrated Simone struggles with bullying and Alexandra moves in with Derek despite the hardships they’ve experienced. Meanwhile, Carlotta faces difficult decisions when it comes to managing the group and seeks advice from Jamal Lyon.

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Watch “Empire” Season 4 Episode 1 (Premiere)

“Empire” Season 4 premiered on Fox Wednesday night (Sep. 27).

In the Season 4 premiere, Lucious makes his first public appearance since the explosion in Las Vegas to help celebrate Empire’s 20th anniversary, but still has no memory of his family, Empire or his life before the accident. A devastated Cookie struggles to rebuild her relationship with him, while keeping a close eye on his nurse. Meanwhile, Andre is faced with an investigation by the LAPD, Diana DuBois continues her war against the Lyons, and Carlotta comes face-to-face with Cookie and Lucious.

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Star Trek: TNG at 30: Here’s Why Wesley Crusher Was Awesome, So You Just Shut Up. – “Now, you be sure to dress warmly on those other planes of existence.” – Beverly Crusher

Everyone, from fans to Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself love to bag on Wesley Crusher. Well today, in celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary (I’m so old), I want to pay homage to my favorite teen genius. Here’s a couple of reasons why Wesley Crusher was totally badass and wasn’t as annoying as everyone says, and I’m not just saying that because I had a huge crush on him shut up.

OK, but first, please enjoy this gif of Wesley and Captain Picard eating snacks really fast:

I just. I just love it so, and I don’t know why. OK, back to my list.

THAT TIME THAT HE TOOK, LIKE, FIVE MINUTES TO THINK OF HOW TO TURN A TRACTOR BEAM INTO A REPULSOR BEAM TO SAVE THE ENTERPRISE WHILE HE WAS DRUNK

Basically, the moral of so many episodes of TNG was basically Hey adults! Maybe if you’d listen to Wesley instead of telling him to shut up all the time, you might learn something! In “The Naked Now,” the entire Enterprise crew is infected with a Polywater intoxication that makes everyone all primal and horny and totally into their own deepest desires. So, naturally, what’s the oft-ignored Wesley’s deepest desire? (Besides Ashley Judd?) That’s right, he makes himself the Acting Captain of the ship thanks to a doohickey that he made for fun that can replicate Captain Picard’s voice.

And yet, even while under the influence, he’s such a genius that he’s able to figure out how to quickly turn the ship’s tractor beam into a repulsor beam when the adult Chief of Engineering tells him it would be too hard. He uses the repulsor beam to propel the disabled Enterprise away from another ship, narrowly avoiding the fragments of an exploding star that would’ve hit them. This is the kind of thing Wesley Crusher was capable of on a bad day.

THAT’S NOT DATA, YOU GUYS!

In the episode “Datalore,” Wesley was the first person to figure out that Data wasn’t Data at all, but rather his eeeevil brother, Lore. This was the first time we actually hear the Captain say “Shut up, Wesley!” Which is a really douchey thing to say, especially when the kid was freaking right! I know why these people are so annoyed by Wesley. It’s because he’s smarter than they are, and they hate being constantly shown up by a teenager.

Whatevs, yo. Wesley was just biding his time…

WESLEY LEADS THE KID REVOLUTION

We’re constantly seeing Wesley being dismissed by the adults around him. So, it makes that he would lead the children in a revolution against adults. He and the other children on the Enterprise are taken by a race of beings called the Aldeans, whose civilization is dying out because they are all infertile. In the episode “When the Bough Breaks,” the Aldeans ask to trade the human kids for tech, and when the Enterprise says no, the kids are beamed off the ship anyway.

The Aldeans entertain the kids and slowly try to win their favor. Many of the kids are really young, and so they start to be swayed by the Aldeans’ kindness, but Wesley reminds them of who they are, and where their true home is. He teaches them how to passively resist by going on a hunger strike in an attempt to convince the Aldeans to send them back. So, Wesley’s not only a tech genius, but he’s a leader who believes in freedom and is capable of leading a revolution against oppression. Boom.

WESLEY IS SUCH A GENIUS THAT HIS LEGIT, ACTUAL DESTINY IN LIFE IS TO GO OFF AND EXPLORE THE UNIVERSE WITH AN INTERDIMENSONAL BEING (WHO IS MAYBE THE DOCTOR?) BECAUSE REGULAR HUMAN LIFE CANNOT HOLD HIM

In the episode “Where No One Has Gone Before,” the Enterprise has its first encounter with The Traveler, a guy from another plane of existence who is searching for people like Wesley. You see, Wesley is destined to be able to manipulate time, space, and thought, whaaaaaaat? In that episode, Picard is advised not to tell Wesley or his mother, Beverly, about this. Wesley needs to develop his talents on his own. Picard agrees, and then goes on to make Wesley an Acting Ensign with actual duties on the ship and whatnot, so that he can get practice on a ship and prepare for Starfleet Academy.

Eventually, Wesley enrolls in Starfleet Academy, but in his final episode, “Journey’s End,” he reveals that he’d had a vision of his dead father, who told him that his destiny rests outside of Starfleet and that he shouldn’t follow in his footsteps. Beverly, who’d since found out what the Traveler told Picard, now tells Wesley, confirming that rather than continue on the path to being a Starfleet officer, he should go be all he can be with The Traveler.

How badass an ending is that for the kid getting ignored all the time, because he was too smart? Peace out, normies. I’m leaving to go explore the universe and be a goddamn genius!

When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered thirty years ago today, it was a huge success in large part because it was a show families could watch together. For nerdy, socially awkward kids like me, Wesley Crusher was the way in. Not only was he dreamy (PS – he was totally dreamy, you guys. Eight-year-old-me was smitten with that rainbow-sweater-wearing god of a boy), but he was someone I could relate to.

Wesley, like me, was ignored because he was the youngest, despite the fact that he was really smart and often had the answers or insights the adults around him were missing. Like me, Wesley often felt trapped: too young to have agency, but too smart to be contained for very long. Sometimes he was too smart for his own good, and it got him into trouble.  Yeah, I felt him there, too.

So, next time you think that Wesley Crusher is “annoying,” think about the legit badassery in which he engaged while on the ship, so much so that he even earned the respect of Captain Picard, who notoriously hated children. Then, think about what Wesley Crusher meant to all the smart and lonely kids out there watching, and hoping against hope that a Traveler would come along and tell them that their destiny lay in another dimension.

Oh, and in my headcanon, the Traveler was totally The Doctor making a special guest appearance.

Happy anniversary, TNG!

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My Favorite Video Compiles the Special Way Star Trek‘s Commander Riker Sits Down – Happy 30th anniversary, TNG.

I’ll never forget the day, years ago, when a co-worker turned to me, incredulous: “You’ve never seen the Riker sits down video?” Reader, I had not.

But my life was about to change. At this point, the video is the stuff of legend amongst Trek fans, having been viewed more than 3 million times. William Riker’s distinctive approach to taking a seat even has an informal name now: “The Riker Maneuver,” a play on actual tactical maneuvers mentioned on the show.

The best thing about the Riker Maneuver is that you may not have noticed it before, but now, when you watch The Next Generation, it’s impossible to miss. You’ll find yourself wondering if you’ll be gifted with the sight of the Riker Maneuver in the wild as you watch.

Actor Jonathan Frakes pulls off the Maneuver with the same confidence that he brought to playing the headstrong commander. And while the Mary Sue has posted about this marvel before, we had not explored the reasons behind it. According to a reddit thread on the matter, a commenter gives a likely explanation of the maneuver’s origin:

Frakes had a back injury, caused by having a job moving furniture. The result is the “Riker Lean,” where you often see him on set leaning on chairs or consoles, or with one leg propped up on something. You can also see his body is tilted a little when he’s standing up straight.

I’d guess this has something to do with that. For each time we see him sit down, he probably had to do that same move dozens of times for each take. Just lifting one leg and sitting right down was probably easier for him than turning, contorting his back, and squatting down over and over. It’s the same thing with the Riker Lean: he probably had no problem standing up for a few minutes, but shooting that show probably resulted in standing on set for hours on end. Dude had to find a way to work around his injury by leaning on things, or he wouldn’t have made it

This comment was then replied to by actor Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) on reddit, who wrote, “Confirmed. Source: I served on the Enterprise with Riker for 5 years.”

Knowing that the move likely resulted from Frakes’ old injury and was a work-around delivered by him without any comment from anyone makes me admire the smoothness and the sheer joy of the Riker Maneuver all the more. Happy 30th anniversary, TNG. You always were the most clever.

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How? How Is This David S. Pumpkins Animated Special a Real Thing? – YES. SO MANY. SO MANY QUESTIONS.

The star of last year’s inexplicable breakout hit “Haunted Elevator” Saturday Night Live sketch, David S. Pumpkins, is getting a half-hour animated special. No, I cannot explain why.

Well, I guess I can, because that popularity is certainly the root of it. Deadline reports that the character, along with his two skeleton buddies, will return (Saturday, Oct. 28. at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT), as will Tom Hanks, who played the character in the original sketch. They described the special like this:

“Set in a small suburban town on All Hallows’ Eve, the special centers on David Pumpkins and his skeleton sidekicks who show a young boy and his sister the true meaning of Halloween, answering none of their questions along the way.”

Hanks will appear on-camera at the beginning of the half-hour special, as well as voice the character during the animated segment. Mikey Day and Bobby Moynihan, who wore the skeleton costumes in the original, will also voice characters, along with Peter Dinklage, which is kind of cool because Dinklage is pre—how are we still just talking about this like it’s a normal thing?

I don’t understand. I’ve seen the sketch. I enjoy Halloween. I’m just fundamentally missing some component as to why this caught on the way it did. Maybe everyone just loves Tom Hanks that much? (Fair.) Maybe we all just really needed something warm, cozy, and silly to cling to during the nightmare that was October 2016? I have no idea! I feel like Ben Wyatt trying to understand Li’l Sebastian in Parks and Rec.

I’m not anti David S. Pumpkins; I just don’t understand at all. The confusion amid so many other people gleefully enjoying the whole thing is maddening. Someone please help me.

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This Arkansas Dentist Takes His Fandom to a Whole New Level In Star Wars-Themed Ad

I don’t know why, but this local dentist ad out of Jonesboro, AR brought me so much joy today. I think it’s the dead-seriousness of the approach. Or maybe it’s the “You said it, Han!”

On last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel spotlighted a local TV ad from Arkansas dentist Dr. Abernathy, who is currently advertising some laser-based technology called PIPS, which is used during root canals. And what better way to advertise the use of lasers than to incorporate Star Wars?

Don’t try this at home, kids. Abernathy uses a green screen to put himself in actual Star Wars footage, which is totally illegal. That said, it’s also hella hilarious and super-entertaining. I love how into it Abernathy is. Clearly, his life as a dentist hasn’t left him much time to make a proper Star Wars fan film, but I’m thrilled that he’s managed to incorporate both his great loves into this commercial.

Countdown until Dr. Abernathy gets a cease and desist letter from Lucasfilm/Disney…10…9…8…

In the meantime, what other services and products do you think would do well to add some Star Wars into the mix? And please, elaborate and provide footage and images if you are so inclined!

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis & Pushes for Universal Health Care

Julia Louis-Dreyfus—Veep star, comedic master, and serial Emmy winner (the most for a single role after this year’s win)—just announced that she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She put the news out today on Twitter, in the above statement reading, “1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.”

She’s also beloved by plenty of fans and others in Hollywood, some of whom have faced the same illness, and they’ve already been voicing their support:

Both Applegate and Wilson are both breast cancer survivors, as well as DeGeneres’ mother, and Kathy Griffin recently lost her sister to cancer.

She may have won all those Emmys for playing a morally bereft politician, but her message about her diagnosis is anything but. In a time when we’re still fighting just to prevent the rollback of the imperfect progress made by the Affordable Care Act, universal health care seems like an impossible goal, and it’s often met with accusations that people who advocate for it want something for free.

A lot of the time, though, it’s exactly the opposite. As her note points out, Louis-Dreyfus has health insurance and will be able to financially cope with her diagnosis. She’s also got a great job that’s willing to build its schedule around her treatments as needed. But not everyone is that lucky, and pushing universal health care, or any real improvements to health care, is about the people who aren’t. It’s about pooling our resources and taking care of each other the way that a well-functioning society should.

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Hugh Hefner Is Still Exploiting Marilyn Monroe, Even in Death

Hugh Hefner passed away yesterday at the age of 91, spawning a lot of conflicted feelings and arguments on the internet. To some, Hefner was a pioneer of sexual liberation. To others, he was exploitative and destructive. And for a lot of people, it’s complicated, and his death doesn’t simplify his legacy.

Among all the Hefner-related discussions happening today, both praise and criticism, there’s one story that keeps popping up, that gets grosser every time I see it: Hugh Hefner will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe. That headline is everywhere. So far I’ve seen it on People, Cosmopolitan, AOL, Billboard, and at least a dozen other sites, all presented with that simple factual headline and little more information given in the articles. Presented without comment, the story sounds fun, sexy, maybe even a little romantic. Hef is going to be buried next to his first-ever cover girl, the “ultimate blonde,” as he called her, and immediately that iconic smirk comes to mind. It’s pure Hefner. Owning his smarmy charm, even in death.

That version of this story leaves out something pretty important: the fact that Marilyn Monroe was an actual person, and one whom Hefner exploited and profited off of without her consent. It’s true, Marilyn Monroe was Playboy’s first cover model. But that’s not the real story. The real story is Hefner bought nude pictures Monroe had shot when she was a struggling, aspiring actress, that were used in a calendar years before she became famous. She received $50 at the time of the shoot. Hefner bought them for $500, and Monroe herself received no compensation. The two never even met. The pictures turned Playboy and Hefner into huge, iconic successes, but at the time, threatened to ruin Marilyn Monroe’s career.

As Sady Doyle writes in her phenomenal book, Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why, “Hugh Hefner, the man who’d leaked Monroe’s nudes in the first issue of Playboy decades before the phrase “leaking nudes” was even in the lexicon–he became an instant celebrity; she had to apologize for the photos, and feared for her career–bought the crypt next to Monroe’s for $75,000. It was a gruesome joke, “sleeping with” the woman he’d almost ruined, and doing so without her consent–claiming her in death, as he’d claimed the right to exploit her in life.”

I’ve seen people online throwing out all sorts of arguments as to why this is an overreaction. It’s just cute, they say. It doesn’t mean anything. Or that there’s no such thing as consent when you’re dead, that we don’t have to respect their lives after death. First, that’s ridiculous. If people actually believed that, we wouldn’t even have burials or funerals, let alone pay exorbitantly for them. (Also, a lot of people wouldn’t be so angry today at those criticizing Hugh Hefner.) We care about respecting the dead. But this also represents a larger view of women’s autonomy and the way that “sexual liberation” Hef is credited for pioneering is portrayed.

As Suzanne Moore wrote in The Guardian, “The fantasy that Hefner sold was not a fantasy of freedom for women, but for men. Women had to be strangely chaste but constantly available for the right price.” Here, Marilyn Monroe, a symbol of unbridled female sexuality, is forced to play the role of Hefner’s plaything, literally for all eternity, because he paid for the joke of proximity, of eternal sexual innuendo.

And Hefner is not the only man to do this to Monroe.


Marilyn Monroe’s unapologetic sexuality was groundbreaking. But like much of Hefner’s work, his stake in it was never meant to benefit her, or women in general. That’s why he profited off of Monroe’s appearance in Playboy, both financially and professionally, and she didn’t. Women’s sexual liberation was a commodity that he (and other men, men in general) controlled. That’s as clear in Hefner’s death as it ever was in his life.

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