Fugs and Pieces, March 23, 2012


Let’s do this:

– Let’s celebrate the return of Mad Men with a video of all the ladies Don Draper loved (and left, most of them) last season. (Flavorwire)

– Speaking of great lovers, Smithsonian got to take an up-close and personal look at Casanova’s hand-written memoirs. (Smithsonian)

– In the same vein, Gavin Polone talked to three actual actors about filming sex scenes. Turns out: AWKWARD. (Vulture)

– National Geographic has some truly amazing new footage of the wreck of the Titanic.  The article’s really interesting. (National Geographic)

One of Deadspin’s writers re-took the SAT at 35. Hilarity ensued. (Deadspin)

– The folks at the Atlantic are, hilariously, doing a Battle of the Brackets, in which everyone who is doing a March Madness-esque event is pitted against one another, Fug Madness style. We are a three seed — not too shabby! — and we’re in the Elite Eight this weekend, against our friends at Vulture! HUMAN DRAMA. BROTHER PITTED AGAINST BROTHER. Etc. It’s pretty awesome — so vote! (Atlantic Wire)

– Speaking of brackets, ESPN is doing one to determine the coolest name in this year’s tourny. I’ve got my money on Scoop Jardine. I LOVE that name. He sounds like a 1940s journalist. “Scoop Jardine here with the Daily Planet.” (ESPN)

– Gawker is doing this thing where they cut Ashley Judd’s Missing into 30 seconds. It. Is. Hilarious. (Gawker)

– I am mildly obsessed with how adorable Sandra Bullock’s little boy Louis is. He’s always wearing a hat, too, which is extra cute. (Lainey)

– Refinery29 just wants you to live, damn it! LIVE! So take a look at these clothes that could LIT’RALLY KILL YOU. (Refinery29)

The best bagels not from New York? THE HORROR! (I personally will eat any bagel anywhere, in the interest of full disclosure). (Time)

– Speaking of, I LOVE Grub Street’s New York Diet, and this one — courtesy of Mickey Boardman of Paper – is a scream. So funny. (Grub Street)

Intelligent Life magazine — which is somehow related to The Economist — put Cate Blanchett on their cover with no photoshopping at all. This is getting them more press than they would have ever gotten anyway, but also, she looks TREMENDOUS. (Celebitchy)

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Comments (20):

  1. laura

    and that is exactly why I love Cate Blanchett!

  2. Sajorina

    Love Cate Blanchett! Love that cover! Well Played, Intelligent Life magazine!!!

  3. Mockingbird

    As of late Friday afternoon, Fug Madness is CLEANING UP on Vulture in the battle of the brackets – about 98.5% to 1.5%. Fugness Rules!

  4. Mockingbird

    And yes, I voted. Of course!

  5. Lil d

    My favorite tourney name is Raheem Christmas. Everything about that is awesome.

  6. Cecily

    I recently saw Cate Blanchett at a play in Melbourne (in the audience, not on stage) and was astonished by how youthful and beautiful she looked! I mean, obviously she’s a stunning woman, but you never know with celebrities how much of what you see on screen is makeup or editing and how much is just them. But she is a 100% natural beauty and looks KILLER for her age.

  7. taylor

    Mmmmm, bagels!

  8. Nicole McIlroy Steeves

    Omigosh. The SAT article was hysterical. Thanks for that.

    • LibraryChick

      Agreed. I knew two guys from my high school who both scored perfect 1600s in 1999 (before the scoring system was changed). They both said the ACT was actually harder–one scored a 35 out of 36, the other a 34 out of 36. Even with the high test scores both had, neither of them got into MIT. One of them was an Eagle Scout to boot. Both of them now have their doctorates (one in physics, one in engineering) and they’re both happy, so the lesson I learned was screw the SAT and screw MIT (sorry MIT alums).

  9. Tina

    Pfft. The best bagels in the world are from Montreal.

  10. wokaili

    LMAO at that SAT article. Makes me very glad I’m Canadian and that I never had to deal with that in high school.

  11. The Fugger

    With the Deadspin article: I JUST got around to reading this, and I am:

    1) completely amused, and
    2) completely unsurprised that Magary did better with the verbal than the math, as he is a writer. Yes, on a Gawker sports blog, but the fact that he writes for a living counts a ton. An engineer would have probably done 200 points better on the math (and aced the two math questions) and done shitty on the written and verbal.

    I’m a math geek myself, and I found the hip-hop question to be the most vexing one, in terms of “what the HELL?!” (Although the prose was quite prosaic. And certainly could have been less nebulous and more circumspect.)

    The polygon one is completely and unnecessarily tedious, though. It is an essentially A-B logic question, but it goes through points C, D, and Q to get there. (You have to know how much the angles in a quadrilateral add up to, and how much the supplementary angles add up to. And also what a supplementary angle is – which is a term I had to look up on Wikipedia because I haven’t used that term since high school.)

    I’m also embarrassed that I could figure out most of the questions he posted, and that I remember WHY the SAT is scored as it is (to discourage random guessing – it’s better to not answer than to randomly guess).

  12. Emma

    After seeing that picture of the luminous Cate Blanchett, I think I can now justify splurging on the skin care line SK-II she endorses!

  13. Blanche

    Weirdly enjoyed the sex-scene article. LOVED the photo of Cate Blanchett. It’s nice to realize, now and again, you’re not the only 42-year-old who looks older than 20 (You know, besides everyone else who isn’t on magazines). But she is gorgeous. She makes real 40s look stunning.

  14. neiges

    Thank you for the Hamm bit – I was cranky about your last post without him. Which led me to the three actors talking about filming sex scenes, which led me to the Titanic because of the lack of sexual chemistry between Winslet and Di Caprio, which led me to… ouf, this is neverending! Thanks!

  15. yeahandalso

    I love Cate Blanchet and it is no surprise that she looks amazing without make-up…but I HATE that actual picture, it is a bad angle of her face.

  16. Zee

    the best bagels are from montreal. everyone knows that.

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