1. The triumphant return of the Olive Garden critic
Marilyn Hagerty, a food writer for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, became the toast of the internet this past March after she published a warm, implausibly earnest review of a local Olive Garden. This week Ad Age asked the 85-year-old veteran for her thoughts on a similarly viral, scathing New York Times review of Food Network star Guy Fieri's new Times Square mega-eatery penned by restaurant critic Pete Wells. Writes Hagerty:
I wondered why a person would want to write a negative piece like that. What is the point? I try to give my readers an idea of what the restaurant is like, its signature items ... I like to describe the place and give a feel of being there ... My readers like to know what it costs ... I try to present some pluses and minuses. I guess I don't understand the reason for writing a completely negative piece. Why bother?
2. What if Adele was Mrs. Doubtfire?
This slightly disturbing Tumblr collects poorly rendered Photoshop mashups of stills from the 1993 Robin Williams comedy with photos of the Grammy award-winning songstress. The results aren't pretty. (Via Tumblr)
3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital covers Flo Rida
In this video, the doctors, nurses, patients, and staff at Cincinnati Children's hospital take on Flo Rida's hit song, "Good Feeling." Says Joslyn Gray at Babble: It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. (Via Babble)
BuzzFeed lowered the cannons at People over the celebrity magazine's decision to name Channing Tatum this year's Sexiest Man Alive, denying Ryan Gosling for the second year in the row. Last year, the purveyors of '90s nostalgia took to picketing People for passing over the Drive heartthrob. This year, they took a slightly milder, if extensively incredulous, approach. (Via BuzzFeed)
5. Gay men will marry your girlfriends
College Humor weighs in on the contentious gay-marriage debate with what may just be the most convincing argument in favor of it yet: A video in which homosexuals outline their devious, detailed plan to steal straight men's girlfriends if not granted to right to marry among themselves. (Via College Humor)
6. The Big Bang Theory cast does "Call Me Maybe"
The cast and crew of the hit CBS show had a surprise for their studio audience during a live taping. (Via Hollywood Reporter)
7. 100,000 stars
When it comes to maps, Google stands alone. Now, the Chrome team is taking things skyward with this beautiful, interactive map of the universe — highly recommended for anyone with a few minutes to kill. (Via Chrome Experiments)
8. Russians are terrible drivers
Some brave soul put together a 13-minute reel of traffic accidents to showcase the worrisome driving skills of Russian citizens. Fair warning, says Barry Petchesky at Deadspin. "It's terrifying." (Via Deadspin)
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