Fugs and Pieces, May 24, 2013


Happy Memorial Day weekend to our American readers! Due to the holiday, we will be off on Monday, but shall return with Fug Guns blazing on Tuesday, May 28th. Have a lovely long weekend, full of barbeque, beers, satisfying naps, beach reads, beach TRIPS, and trashy TV marathons. Until then:

Lainey delves deep into the Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart break-up, and their respective media strategies, which is interesting. I feel like we all knew this was coming, regardless of the conditions. Most people don’t stay with the dude they were dating at 22 for the rest of their lives. (Lainey)

– Let’s look at some of the best cards from the National Stationery Show! (Some are NSFW.) (Design*Sponge)

– The folks at LEGO made a 46,000 pound (!!) X-Wing and it sure was complicated to pull off. (Time)

41 regional American sandwiches and I want one of each. (Grub Street)

– I know there is a faction of you that will deeply and sincerely appreciate B. Cumberbatch’s deleted shower scene from Star Trek. (Celebitchy)

– Vulture’s Judy Blume compendium is a delight, which is apt given that Judy Blume is awesome. (Vulture)

– In the OPPOSITE DIRECTION of Awesome is Joe Francis, who gave the most drunken and misguided interview to The Hollywood Reporter, including going on CAMERA (obviously drunk!!) to note that the jury who recently convicted him of IMPRISONING WOMEN IN HIS HOME was, and I quote “retarded,” and should be EXECUTED BY FIRING SQUAD. He is the worst person, but at least everyone knows it. (THR)

– Let’s swing back to awesome, and get ready to cry. Helen Mirren had tea with a terminally ill boy who wanted to meet the actual Queen but was unable to do so. In costume as the Queen (after inviting him and his family to see her play). With corgis. And footmen. She is the most best. (Gawker)

– While we’re on matters British, let’s look at this amazing rare color footage of London in 1927. (Death and Taxes)

– And speaking of the 20s, if not London, this is an interesting piece about the rise of sports fanaticism in America and the roaring 20s. (The Atlantic)

– Sure, the inventor of the gif says we’re supposed to call it a “jif,” but it ain’t peanut butter and I’m not doing it. But I AM thanking Refinery29 for compiling their favorite gifs. So many cats falling over and kids dancing. Also, Beyonce. (Refinery29)

– The Cut looks at the 45 most spectacular gems of all time. GEMS!!!!! (The Cut)

– You probably want to read/watch this awesome piece about all the chicken dances in Arrested Development. (Flavorwire)

– Finally, speaking of supercuts, Vulture did a supercut of EVERY IMPRESSION Bill Hader ever did at SNL. It is tremendous. I love him. (Vulture)

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Comments (24):

  1. Lizzy

    The X-Wing is awesome! My son and I watched a video about this and the Lego guy explained all the reasons why they built it. All he really needed to say was. “We built it because we can!” No other reason necessary.

    I discovered chow mein sandwiches when I dated a guy from Taunton, MA in college. They’re weirdly awesome.

  2. goldfish

    Wow, Helen Mirren rocks — I already knew this, but now I am certain. That one made me cry.

    The real Queen, though, is completely dead to me.

    She couldn’t send a CARD or something? Lillibett is DEAD TO ME!

  3. Kris

    That story missed the best place in the Chicago area to get Italian beef – Portillo’s. Perfect spices, drippy, gooey, and crispy all at the same time. When I was seven, a Portillo’s sandwich with vidalia onion rings and root beer was my idea of heaven.

    • Beth

      I think Buono Beef’s are better!

      On a related note, I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at that slideshow.

  4. Sandra

    Maybe not all of the sammiches. The brain and the scrapple are just……no.

    • MG

      And they didn’t even say what kind of brain it was (although maybe just that it is brain is enough). Like the cowboy says, “Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s critical to know what it was.”

    • MG

      Big time Scrapple hater. Ranks up there with Spam.

  5. Claire1

    I’m with the guy I started dating when we were 16….( I’m 40 now)….
    then again… I’m not Hollywood either.

  6. Ellen Kardash

    I can’t blame the Queen. I’m sure she gets many many heartbreaking requests. How do you choose which to respond to and what is enough? I’m not sure how I feel about them letting the little boy believe Helen Mirren was really the queen. It was a lovely thing for her to do, though – for sure!

    • Goldfish

      I still say that HRH has got a LOT of secretaries handling these requests. A card, or a signed picture — a Buckingham Palace snow globe. Seriously, I wanted some TLC for that little boy. On the other hand, I agree, I would definitely rather spend the day with Helen Mirren than the real queen any day.

  7. esther p.

    that Bill Hader link was an awesome way to kick off this holiday weekend. as always, great links, ladies!

  8. Amelia

    I wish I understood why an otherwise intelligent blog like GFY constantly endorses Refinery29. As a DC resident (no, Refinery29 DC, I’m a “DC RESIDENT,” not “DC REZ,” let’s use our big girl words), I do appreciate it for the occasional local piece on restaurants/bars/shops Refinery29 DC sends. But as someone who gets the Refinery29 email updates and also enjoys the free subscription to Lucky with all the Sephora points I’ve racked up, I just do not understand why Refinery29 doesn’t ever merit the same level of ridicule as, say, Lucky (deservedly) does. Please mock the nonsense (NONZ?) for once, GFY!

    • goldfish

      Do you think it doesn’t get ridiculed because most people have never even heard of “Refinary29 DC”? I haven’t — is it, like, a scratch-off game?

  9. Agent Sculder

    Thanks for the link to all the sparklies! So many gorgeous gems, too bad I’m not royalty so I can’t afford any of them. At least a bunch are in museums so I can visit them!

  10. Mo

    Aw, I’m homesick for a chicken Spiedie now.

    And in completely unsurprising news, Helen Mirren is a goddess. I only wish I had grown up to be her.

  11. Lori

    Huh. I didn’t realize pit beef was exclusively a Baltimore thing. I weep for those of you who don’t get to experience it. I am convinced the serve pit beef in Heaven.

  12. jennifer

    I agree: Helen Mirren is the most best. (:

  13. Terre Bowden

    i’d just like to point out that when i logged onto the site friday morning fugs & pieces hadn’t been published…and i seriously doubted that it was a friday. THAT’S how entwined you’ve become in my life. continue to use your powers for good,

  14. Genesis P. Olenta

    you say the G in “GIF” as you says “GIRAFFE” “GINNIFER GOODWIN” and “GINGER SPICE” .
    G+I = J

    (that’s why there’s a U in “GUITAR” not to make it JITAR.)

    I KNOW there are words like GIMP, but there are UGLY ! :p

  15. LT1

    I tried avoiding the sandwich link since I knew it would drive my GF self up an unattainable wall but I broke down. As a Jersey girl I can say that a Taylor ham sandwich was a go to. As a South Jersey girl I can say that the spiced hoagie roll is what makes a sandwich in South Jersey and Philly. And as a RU grad (fire the damn President already!) I ended more than a few nights at the grease trucks.

    I loved the jewel links but much preferred the older gems with history over the JLo/Kardashian/Jolie/Gatsby Tiffany’s stuff.

    That Hader supercut was great. Interesting to see that not every impression was all that good but he sold every one and his Alan Alda was spectacular.