You Cannot Petition Hot Topic With Prayer

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There is an issue that is burning up the petition circuit. No, I’m not talking about puppy mills, though that is an excellent cause. I’m talking about Hot Topic, the only place for "young men and women between the ages of 12 and 22 who are passionate about rock music, pop culture and music-inspired fashion" to shop. What is the problem with Hot Topic? That depends on who you ask. It’s either too goth, not punk enough, not in enough places, essential to San Francisco teens, or not in Australia. Before you decided which petition to sign, read the argument for each one after the jump…

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The Daily Danza

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If you saw a homeless person on the street wearing a birthday hat and rapping to pigeon you’d think: that dude’s crazy. But what about when Tony Danza does it?

The Friday Five

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We’re gonna mix things up a little this week instead of doing our usual iPod shuffle.  My friend Lindsay got me thinking about an interesting question – which songs make good cell phone ringers?  Selecting a song that doesn’t make you sound like a total lame-o every time your phone rings is harder than it sounds.  You want it to say something about you, but not TOO MUCH.  You want it to be a cool song, but not TOO COOL.  Silly, but not TOO SILLY.  You have to like it enough to hear it over and over again.  And no matter what, never EVER be the guy with the Maroon 5 ringer.

Here are five that I came up with (all chosen from the options available to me through my cellphone service):

"Hard Fo’ a Pimp" by DJay – This is probably the greatest ringtone in the history of the form.  I have it as my ringtone and you should too.  No, wait.
"Let’s Get It On" by Marvin Gaye – Classic, timeless, and just a little sleazy.  Everything a ringtone should be.
"Hate It or Love It" by The Game – Use this catchy tune in leiu of being the bajillionth person to have "In Da Club".
"Loser" by Beck – This is a very meta choice in that the song is about a being a loser and having this song for your ringtone is a little loser-ish, thereby fulfilling the song’s own message as it’s playing.  Wrap your brain around THAT.
"Surround Me" by Scott Stapp – Having this as your ringtone shows people that you’re tough and not afraid to fight.

American Idol Rejection Isn’t So Bad

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Covais_tucker_0330_160x120 With most reality shows once you’re time’s up, you’re pretty much handed your walking papers and kicked to the curb. But if you’re kicked off American Idol, you’re practically treated like a king.

According to TMZ.com: after the remaining ‘Idols’ say goodbye to their comrade, the rejected ‘Idol’ is immediately taken into a private room, in which a psychologist and an ‘Idol’ management rep are present. No one is allowed to enter while certain issues are addressed — the rejected ‘Idol’s’ feelings, what he or she can and can not talk about, what that person can and can not do, and what responsibilities they have now that they’re off the show. 

If that weren’t enough, the remaining cast takes the rejected contestant out for a family-style Italian dinner. 

All the salad and breadsticks I want? And a free shrink? Kevin Covais hit the jackpot.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The Office PSA’s

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The_officeWere you watching NBC last night? If so, you probably saw a couple of bizarre public service announcements courtesy of the cast of The Office.

From tips on what to do in the event of a bear attack to the sage advice of ‘never make a sex tape,’ these hilarious spoofs were probably funnier than the shows the came on during. Yet still not quite as funny as some of the real "The More You Know" psa’s.

You can watch the five they aired last night, plus a bunch of other ones right here.

The Ads Dr. Pepper Doesn’t Want You to See

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Cadbury Schweppes spent $5 million producing cool mashup commercials for Dr. Pepper. Then they decided not to use them. The ads were directed by Kinka Usher and uses music by Kiss, Will Smith, EMP, and Cyndi Lauper. The idea was to celebrate the fact that Dr. Pepper is a blend of 23 flavors. The commercials were supposed to appear during the Memorial Day "kickoff to soft-drink season." (I didn’t know there was a soft-drink season! Shows you what I know.) Anyway, the company decided that the commercials didn’t fit in with their new strategy. Apparently the new strategy is to throw away money. You can read about and see the ads here. (You have to register, but it’s free.)

FOUND: Naomi’s Jeans

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Oopsy. I just find out why Naomi Campbell lashed out at her maid. She was pissed about a missing pair of $200 Chip and Pepper jeans. According to the housekeeper, Campbell attacked her after shouting: "You’re going to have to pay for those".

Oh my god. I feel really bad. They were in the back of my closet and I totally forgot about them . I hope it didn’t cause too much trouble. (Can I borrow your top?)

LISTEN UP: Your Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever

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  • Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands gets us pumped up for the weekend with another heartbreaking video of struggling genius Elliott Smith.
  • Take a gander at the Sixeyes Friday mix, including a nice remix from The National.
  • Gorilla vs Bear tells us a bit about My Latest Novel, obligatory Arcade Fire comparisions and all.
  • My Old Kentucky Blog drops a little Spank Rock on us.
  • 3hive gorges us on the sweetness of Candy Bars.
  • Head over to EAR FARM and get lost in some live tracks from Islands.