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Chuck Norris’ Rep Says He Wasn’t at the MAGA Capitol Riot

Chuck Norris wasn’t at the MAGA capitol riot, but his doppelganger sure was. After a photo began circulating on social media that appeared to show the 80-year-old actor posing at last week’s insurrection, his representative Eric Kritzer has confirmed that it isn’t Norris in the photo, but a fraudulent imposter. “This is not Chuck Norris and is a wannabe look-alike although Chuck is much more handsome,” Kritzer said in a statement delivered to PEOPLE (via EW ). “Chuck remains on his range in Texas where he has been with his family.” Although it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the long-time Republican and ex-TV cop who’s regarded as a symbol of American masculinity was present in a mob of people who live and breathe that shit, the guy standing next to that grimacing imbec...

Bruce Willis Booted from LA Pharmacy for Refusing to Wear Mask

Live free… or die hard in the ICU: Bruce Willis, he of the Die Hard franchise, was asked to leave a Los Angeles pharmacy after refusing to abide by the city’s strict mask guidelines. Page Six reports Willis was shopping at a Rite Aid in LA, the current epicenter of the pandemic in the US, when some of his fellow patrons became upset that he wasn’t wearing a mask. They complained to the store’s workers, who asked Willis to follow guidelines and cover his face. Despite having a bandana around his neck that he easily could have just pulled up, the actor refused, and was asked to leave. Apparently, Willis left without much of a disagreement, but also without making his purchase. Editors’ Picks Willis had spent the early part of the pandemic quarantined in Idaho with his ex-wife, Demi Moo...

Donald Trump Permanently Suspended From Twitter

Donald Trump no longer has access to his beloved Twitter. As of Friday at 6:20 p.m. ET, his account has been permanently suspended. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said in a statement. “Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open. However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other thi...

Facebook Bans Trump Through the End of His Presidency

Congress officially certified Joe Biden as the next US President yesterday, which means Donald Trump’s reign is about to come to an end — and social media sites are finally ready to wave goodbye. After temporarily banning Trump’s account because he encouraged his supporters to take the Capitol under siege, Facebook is now extending its block through the end of his presidency on January 20th. Starting immediately, Trump’s access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts will be blocked for the two weeks that remain before his term in the office ends. As such, he will not be allowed to post or share any new content on either of the platforms. This is a continuation of the temporary block that Facebook put in place on January 6th after Trump posted messages encouraging his supporters to storm th...

Elon Musk Becomes Richest Person in the World

Because of stock market valuations that strike some as utterly divorced from reality, Elon Musk has overtaken Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world. Via Bloomberg, his net worth is currently estimated to be $190 billion, while Bezos’ currently sits at $187 billion. Bezos had been the globe’s wealthiest man since October of 2017, when his stake in Amazon helped his fortune grow bigger than that of Bill Gates. Whatever you may think of Bezos morally, Amazon’s rising stock prices made sense. In the three years prior, the company introduced Amazon Pantry, Amazon Music, Amazon Prime Day, and drastically expanded its markets for same-day delivery. At the time it was only the world’s fourth-largest retailer, but there was every reason to think it would continue to grow. Musk’s ascension h...

Denmark Launches Children’s TV Show About Man with Giant, Uncontrollable Penis

Danish TV show John Dillermand is about a man with a very long penis, photo via DR TV The Danes sure do it differently — sex education, that is. Last Saturday, Denmark’s national broadcasting company premiered a new children’s TV show about a man with an extraordinarily long and uncontrollable penis. Created by DR, the country’s equivalent of the BBC, in collaboration with actual sex educators, the animated series follows John Dillermand, said to be the world’s most well endowed man. The titular character often uses his record-breaking phallus as a helpful tool to overcome various challenges (taming lions), as well as complete everyday tasks (outdoor BBQing, as seen above). However, there are certain instances when his penis, acting completely independently of Dillermand, gets him in ...

Dr. Drew Diagnosed with COVID-19 After Downplaying Pandemic

Dr. Drew, still via Instagram Celebrity medical professional Dr. Drew Pinsky, known for Loveline and Celebrity Rehab, has confirmed he’s been diagnosed with COVID-19. Back before COVIDiot was a widespread term, Dr. Drew was called out for downplaying the pandemic as “press induced panic.” Though he apologized in April once it became clear this coronavirus was not to be trifled with, finally taking the health crisis seriously didn’t stop him from contracting it. News of his diagnosis came from an Instagram post on Tuesday. Noting that he tested positive after four days of illness, the post said, “Drew is home, under [surveillance] and fever is down… Drew is feeling better and will [hopefully] get well soon.” In a follow-up IG Live session the next day, Dr. Drew revealed that he’d actually b...

Vinyl Just Had Its Best Sales Week in History

We already knew vinyl was making a tremendous comeback, but the format has downright shattered records this month. The most important of them all: vinyl just had its best sales week ever. As Billboard reports, there were 1.842 million (!) LP’s sold in the US during the week leading up to Christmas, ending on December 24th. That’s the biggest week the format has had since Nielsen/MRC Data began tracking sales information in 1991. The previous record was achieved just a week prior, when 1.445 million vinyl records were sold between December 10th and December 17th. These gargantuan figures arrive at the end of a year that’s been historically great for vinyl. For the first time in 34 years, LP sales outpaced CDs during four separate weeks in 2020 (all of them since September), w...

Mysterious Gingerbread Monolith Appears in San Francisco

The mysterious monolith saga just got a sweet and crunchy twist. A new structure appeared in San Francisco on Christmas morning that’s entirely made of gingerbread cookie. Let’s backtrack. On November 23rd, state officials stumbled across a shiny metal monolith in the middle of the Utah desert that looked like it was straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. At first, people half-seriously wondered if aliens had planted it there (as they did in the Kubrick film), but then the New York Times ran a detailed story that linked the structure to the late sculptor John McCracken, who was known for creating metal monoliths and once suggested that he’d like to plant them in remote areas for people to find years later. Within a week, tourists arrived and removed the statue, but then a nearly-...

Dave Chappelle to Turn Former Fire Station Into Comedy Club

They say the best jokes hit close to home, and now Dave Chappelle is taking that literally. According to Yellow Springs News, the famed comedian has purchased a former fire station in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and received approval to transform the space into a combination comedy club and restaurant. Chappelle’s roots in the area go back to his childhood, when his father worked as a professor at nearby Antioch College. Then, over the summer, he hosted a socially-distanced, outdoor standup series in the township’s Wirrig Pavilion. Now, he’s proving that the college town is more than just a place to ride out quarantine with the announcement of his new club. The price of the sale is not public, but the fire station was originally listed for $400,000, and the township of Yellow Springs has be...

John Mulaney Enters Rehab for Cocaine and Alcohol Abuse

John Mulaney has checked into rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse. According to Page Six and PEOPLE, the 38-year-old comedian entered a facility in Pennsylvania this past weekend. Mulaney has long been open about his history with substance abuse. In an interview with Esquire last year, he said he began drinking and experimenting with drugs at age 13. He first became sober at the age of 23. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this month, Mulaney admitted that the quarantine had negatively impacted his mental well-being, and he sought to find structure by going to work for his friend Seth Meyers. “I really needed a job. I like having a boss and having assignments to do,” Mulaney explained to Kimmel. “When I’m in charge of something… not so much the best thing. I wanted to ...

US Space Force Rips Off Marvel, Names Its Soldiers Guardians

The US Armed Forces has its soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen… and now, Guardians. Yes, right out of an intergalactic Marvel franchise of some renown, the US has officially named the members of the Space Force Guardians. Current-but-not-for-long Vice President Mike Pence announced the naming at a Friday ceremony celebrating the one-year anniversary of the nascent military branch. According to the official Space Force Twitter account (not @realSpaceForce, which belongs to the Netflix comedy), the name was selected partially as a tribute to the original motto of the 1983 Air Force Space Command: “Guardians of the High Frontier.” “The name Guardians connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies,...