Friday Funny – Nom Nom Norv Turner Edition

19 07 2013

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Today we’ve got a hodgepodge of things for your Friday Funny.

First up, how about a video which features – among many other less exciting things – former San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner popping champaign and hopping out of the back of Mercedes?

http://www.thebiglead.com/index.php/2013/07/18/norv-turner-is-popping-champagne-bottles-in-a-wedding-rap-music-video-video/

Next up – finally we have the answer to the question, does the Cookie Monster really have a problem, or is he a recreational user?

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Friday Funny: Sharknado

12 07 2013

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This just in from our SGV and South Bay bureaus.

Behold, a trailer for what is evidently an actual TV movie on SyFy:

BJ Novak had a good observation on the matter:

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On Warren G, and Regulating

11 07 2013

Folks, this is The Good Stuff.

 

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Undoubtedly, Regulate… G Funk Era was one of the finest hip hop albums ever released.  Top 5, for sure, in the opinion of the senior editorial staff of Racing to the Red Light.

Released in 1994, it contained an entire album of solid tracks, including standouts “Regulate“, “This DJ” and “Do You See“.

Here’s Regulate:

Here’s a clip of Brian Williams “singing” the same song, as produced by Jimmy Fallon and crew:

The area code 213 is referenced repeatedly in the songs on this album. For our readers hailing from outside of Southern California, here’s a little bit of 213 history as described by Wiki:

The area code historically has been associated with Southern California and Los Angeles. Area code 213 is referenced in Warren G and Nate Dogg’s song “Regulate”, Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.”, the Electric Six song “I’m the Bomb,” and the Notorious B.I.G.’s song “Going Back to Cali.”

213 was the O.G. Los Angeles telephone area code, as introduced in 1947, when 213 represented all of Southern California from the Central Coast down to Mexico. Over subsequent years, it was broken down into an ever-smaller geographic area around downtown Los Angeles (from Wikipedia):

  • 1951 – most of the southern portion became area code 714
  • 1957 – most of the old 213’s western portion become area code 805
  • 1984 – the San Fernando Valley and the San Gabriel Valley became area code 818
  • 1991 – West Los Angeles and the South Bay became area code 310
  • 1998 – current (2013) practically all of the old 213 territory outside of downtown became area code 323

So Warren G, Nate Dogg and Snoop were all living squarely within “the 213” when the album Regulate… G Funk Era was released.  Today, Long Beach is area code 562.





Photo Enforcement

3 07 2013

This is so hilarious.  Enjoy this awesome animated gif:

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I love that he takes one more several more “pictures” even after the cops hit the brakes and back up … and one more as the door opens.

Taken from this longer video of the same prank:





Heat Wave Freakin’ Star Wars Style

1 07 2013

As spotted recently on the L.A. Times:

 

darth vader and chewbacca at Death Valley, CA 131 degrees Farenheight

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-death-valley-continues-to-broiler-after-breaking-record-20130701,0,760166.story

 

 





Fun With Wave Mechanics and Newtonian Principals of Motion

29 06 2013

This is simply amazing. As discovered by our Paris bureau.





Friday Funny – Hippo Flatulance

28 06 2013

At Racing to the Red Light, we like to think that we are a very classy institution who brings you only the finest things in life.

To that end, please pull up a seat, and get ready for a seriously classy 30 seconds of video:

 





Friday Funny – Bump of Chicken & Chris Bosh Editon

21 06 2013

Today we’ve got a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.  First up, a nice team find, led by our San Gabriel Valley bureau chief, and Senior Asian Cinema correspondent – a live-action Gatchaman movie is coming out.

Bump of Chicken is a Japanese rock band

http://twitchfilm.com/2013/06/spectacular-full-trailer-for-live-action-gatchaman-arrives.html

(Not sure if this will work in WordPress – probably not)

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In the trailer for this movie, we noticed something strange in the corner of the screen – a reference to “Bump of Chicken”.

It turns out they are a Japanese rock band – and a pretty good one too!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bump_of_Chicken

Here’s an entertaining video from them – “Sailing Day”:

Of course, we’d like to give a shout out to our favorite Japanese American/Japanese rock band, Lemon Drop Kick:

They do a great cover of Vacation by the GoGos, but I can’t find it on YouTube.

Next up, we want to salute – in the RttRL fashion – the Miami Heat’s recent win over the San Antonio Spurs, for the 2013 NBA Championship title. Specifically, we wanted to share the following images that were ricocheting around the office this morning:

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Here’s the original from a couple of years ago:

Although, we have to admit – Bosh is a hell of an athlete, as odd-looking as he may be on the court.  And look – when he smiles, he looks nice!  Bosh, you’re on the wrong coast, dude. Come out West please.





Friday Funny – Old Ninja Movie Edition

14 06 2013

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Behold, Ninja Terminator – submitted by our San Gabriel Valley bureau chief:

Written and directed by:

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Friday Cold War Update

7 06 2013

It’s been a while since we’ve posted some Cold War history stuff.  Let’s have a look at a couple of items recently discovered by the RttRL staff.

First up, we have a very unusual tourist destination in Ukraine:  Chernobyl.  As in, THAT Chernobyl (is there any other?).

On 26 April 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in what is now Ukraine but was formerly and at the time known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic suffered a catastrophic explosion during a planned systems test.  The rupture of the reactor caused a fire which spread radioactive smoke across the local region and parts of Europe.

Curious what the long-abandoned nearby town of Pripyat looks like these days? Well now you can take a tour of parts of it.  Check out the pictures from the Chernobyl tour website:

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I’m sure this was posed for effect – it works:

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Next up we have a nice vintage clip or two of a C-130 Hercules, of the aerial refueler tanker variety, landing on an aircraft carrier without the usual benefits of the arresting hook and wire system to slow the aircraft down, or the steam-driven catapult system which usually launches them airborne: