Sympathy for Cersei: Why Game of Thrones’ Bad Bitch Ain’t So Bad

You gotta hand it to Cersei Lannister. Between last year's season finale and this year's, Cersei went from rock bottom to the top of the heap. She ended last season having endured a traumatic naked "walk of shame" through the streets of King's Landing after being beaten and starved for an extended period of time... and given a terrible haircut. This season, Cersei (literally) put all of ...

5 Characters In Search of a Way Out of The Friend Zone

There comes a time in everyone's life where they find themselves falling for a friend. You think that the bond you share can be escalated to a deeper, more romantic level. Sometimes, you get the fairy tale. Other times, you hear the magic words: "I don’t want to ruin our friendship.” That's when your worst fears have been confirmed: You've been banished to the dark ...

Not Just Poop: Other Weird Things You Find Working in a Library

Philadelphia has its share of colorful characters who have a penchant for disturbing, yet hilarious antics. We can proudly lay claim to being the home of the Swiss Cheese Pervert and now we can look to nearby Bryn Mawr for our latest noteworthy miscreant: the guy who took a dump in his local library.  According to a cadre of librarians from around the country quoted by ...

The Gross Misuse of the Word “Exciting” Must Stop

Words are my trade, which is why I take particular umbrage when some are abused or thrown about with zero regard. While I firmly believe that anyone who uses the expressions "my bad," "I can't even," or "Sunday Funday" with a straight face and zero sense of irony should be beaten with a boat oar, there are several words that are grossly overused -- if not ...

Cheez Doodles: The Legend of the Swiss Cheese Pervert

Updated June 2014: This blog post was originally published on March 25, 2009 -- five years before Philadelphia's Swiss Cheese Pervert escalated his activities and began driving around the region, flashing his cold cuts and asking unsuspecting women if they wouldn't mind watching him get his rocks off while he diddled himself with dairy.  The Swiss Cheese Pervert was eventually apprehended and plead guilty to indecent exposure and harassment ...

The Politics & Pressure of Prom

Imagine an event so magical and monumental that it involves months of planning and preparation. An event that promises an enchanted evening filled with romance, formal attire, dancing, multiple regrets, and a drain on your bank account.  If you think I'm talking about a wedding, think again. The prom has long held an important place in the high school landscape. (Umm... Carrie, anyone?) However, the importance ...

Three’s A Crowd, Especially On YouTube

Ah! The Internet! Not only has the World Wide Web made this world a little smaller, technology has also presented each of us with many an opportunity to say, "Thank God I'm not them." Case in point: The goof who decided to send a video introducing himself to his fiancée's best friend and broaching the delicate topic of having a three-way. And unwittingly posted it ...

Not-So-Great Moments In ’80s Music Video Fashion History

Despite '80s fashion making a comeback in the 2010s, for every stunning floral blazer or peplum skirt that has reappeared, there are some fashion trends best left in moth balls.   Music videos of the 1980s serve as a fine guide as to what not to wear when attempting to choose a modern ensemble with an '80s flair.   Surprisingly, some of the best (or worst) examples ...

Objects I Have Been Hit In The Head With – Part 3 of 4

In an effort to become the blogosphere's Ken Burns of blunt-force head trauma, I present to you the third installment of "Objects I Have Been Hit in the Head With." Summer 1992 - A Baseball Bat The events here take place a little more than a year after I got beaned in the head with a door off its hinges. Things changed in that relatively short span ...

Van Halen Gets a Shitty “Tattoo”

In a recent installment, I ran down a list of unintentionally hilarious moments in hair metal history. At the time, I wrongly assumed that accidental humor was the sole proprietorship of rock videos made between 1985 and 1995. Now, it's 2012 and seminal pop metal band Van Halen not only resurrected David Lee Roth as their lead singer, but they've also brought back unintentional humor in ...