Dear God, please give us Mama Kim’s back and we’ll give you…

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Which city “off” Providence?

If you are a lover of delicious Korean cuisine and Soban just can’t fill that bulgogi-sized hole in your heart, then you no doubt have noticed the lack of Mama Kim’s on Thayer. In fact, apart from an occasional rogue Plouf Plouf sighting and the constant presence of City Gyro, whose owners seem to not care about the regulations, all food trucks have been conspicuously banned from Thayer, where they used to peddle their delicious wares. This led me to wonder what I would be willing to give up to get Mama Kim’s back…

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Things I would gladly trade in order to get Mama Kim’s back on Thayer

  • The anal bead fountain near Faunce
  • The main doors of Barus and Holley that literally never work

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There are two Brown alums on the new season of Survivor…

Last Wednesday, Survivor premiered its 30th season, and while I thought my friends and I were the only ones watching, it actually drew a really big crowd (10.04 million people, to be exact).

Upon further research, it turns out that Brown is the leader in Ivy League Survivor contestant. [Ed’s note. Is this something to be proud or ashamed of?] A resounding four people having competed in the show, although none have won so far.

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Suck it, Princeton!

Two of this season’s contestants are alumni from Brown, both representing the “White Collar” tribe–Max Dawson ’99 and Shirin Oskooi ’05. Coincidentally–or maybe not–they were named by host Jeff Probst as the two players from the White Collar tribe to watch. In the first episode, they formed an alliance, and SPOILER ALERT: voted out another White Collar tribe member. Both of these Brown alums have great chances of winning the show. Get to know them a little bit better after the jump.

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The college movie Oscars

The Oscars are behind us, and wow, what a ride. We at BlogDailyHerald’s unofficial Academy, however, noticed a disconnect between the people with whom we were watching and the show — none had seen the majority of the nominees. While this didn’t matter for categories like “Best Documentary Short,” people were saltier than Skewers’ horrible pita chips over Boyhood‘s loss, if they had yet to see Birdman. Therefore, we decided to create our own Academy Awards featuring college-themed films: because everyone loves a good college movie. The nominated films and our predictions are as follows…

Best Picture

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Nominees:

21 & Over
22 Jump Street
Accepted
Animal House
Legally Blonde
Neighbors
Old School
Pitch Perfect
Social Network

Verdict:

There are lots of worthy movies in the running for best college movie of all time, but one movie clearly stands head and shoulders above the pack. The case for the others: 21 & Over features Miles Teller at his most charismatic; 22 Jump Street makes us cry with laughter upon each viewing; Accepted’s premise is hilarious and well-executed; Legally Blonde, though technically a law school movie, features the smartest lead character and tons of memorable moments (bend and snap anyone?); Neighbors has Rogen’s schlub up against Efron’s ultimate bro; Old School makes Will Ferrell streak through the quad and it invented “earmuffs”; Pitch Perfect has Fat Amy; and, the Social Network nearly won Best Picture at the (real) Oscars. All these films owe a great deal, however, to Animal House: the OG of university films. Upon rewatching, this movie feels like it could have been made within the last decade, and the toga party scene still stands as the best-ever party scene (besides maybe Project X). Eminently quotable quotes, impossible to replicate performances, and memorable hijinks, all add up to make Animal House the gold standard of college movies, and very deserving of the Best Picture Oscar.

Winner: Animal House

Runner-Up: Legally Blonde

Best Actor

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Nominees:

Miles Teller – 21 & Over
Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street
Justin Long – Accepted
Nick Cannon – Drumline
Adam Sandler – Waterboy

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SNL Drinking Game

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SNL has its 40th Anniversary Special coming up this Sunday at 8 p.m., and holy shit everyone is going to be there. Knowing that it was coming up, Brown gave us Monday and Tuesday off in order to let us imbibe guilt-free while we watch. Here’s a BlogDrinkingGame that you and your pals can play on Sunday!

Take one sip if…

  • You laugh. Two sips if your “cool” friend doesn’t laugh with you at an objectively funny joke.
  • There is an SNL Digital short.
  • There is a “Celebrity Jeopardy” skit.
  • Stefon pops up on Weekend Update, reuniting with Seth.
  • You hear the word “Shwing!”
  • Jimmy Fallon breaks character.
  • A skit has a Kenan reaction shot.

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Take two sips if…

  • Lorne appears.
  • Will Ferrell’s “More Cowbell” character jams out during a musical performance.

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  • Taylor Swift tries to make the night about her.
  • There is a POTUS hangout skit.
    • Bonus sips if Chevy Chase = Gerald Ford, Darrell Hammond = Clinton, Jay Pharaoh = Obama, Will Ferrell = Bush, Dana Carvey = George H.W. Bush.
  • Weekend Update does a giant “Point/Counterpoint” or “Really???” with all the returning hosts.
  • Coneheads/Wild n’ Crazy Guys/Mr. Robinson sketches happen in the first hour of the broadcast.
  • Peyton Manning and Derek Jeter are in the same skit.

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Super Bowl ad power rankings

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The Patriots won the Super Bowl and Katy Perry’s dancing sharks won the halftime show, yet to many viewers, the commercials were the paramount spectacle. Which ads won the in-between? Which fell short? And finally, which were just plain weird? 

39. Jublia: Tackle It

First off, it seems like the whole budget for this commercial went into buying the slot and about $40 went into the production of the advertisement itself. The animation was hilariously bad and confusing. Why is the infected toe the one depicted brawling the fungus? Shouldn’t it be the medicine that does the fighting? Also, this commercial’s “football play” literally made no sense. I don’t know much about foot fungus, but I know that the medicine probably doesn’t have to go “under, around, and through the nail” in order to clear the fungus and it certainly shouldn’t take 48 weeks to rid the toe of disease. 48 weeks! Most disturbing, however, was the fact that it seemed like the toe was more interested in tackling the fungus instead of recovering fumbles. Do the makers of Jublia know that the point of football is to have the ball and score, not just to tackle the ball carrier? Maybe they were playing a modified version of kill the carrier. But then why were they in a stadium with people cheering? Some sort of future gladiatorial combat? The toe threw a punch at the end of the commercial, something that would have resulted in a 15-yard penalty, if not an immediate ejection. On top of all of this, the fine print lists “burning or stinging” as a possible side effect. Why are the two mutually exclusive? Only the makers of Jublia know. Overall, a pretty confusing and poorly made commercial.

38. Nationwide’s Dead Kid

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Thanksgiving Week NBA Preview

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Well, it’s finally Thanksgiving…

I’m thankful for my amazing, supportive and hilarious family. I’m thankful for Bagel Gourmet Olé’s Chicken Nachos, my favorite Sunday morning hangover food. But most of all, I’m thankful for this NBA season.

This Thanksgiving week, get excited for the times when you can plop down in front of the TV, loosen your belt buckle, and watch amazing basketball games while your vaguely racist uncle spouts questionable phrases like “Does this TV have a brightness setting? I can’t see the players.”

Here are the games you should absolutely watch this week.

Wednesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Eve

Washington Wizards at Cleveland Cavaliers—7:00 PM

If you haven’t watched any games this season yet, this game is probably a pretty solid place to start your 2014-2015 season education. You will hear the announcers discussing a boatload of topics, but the only one you need to think about right now is: WHEN WILL THE CAVALIERS BE GOOD? Dude, seriously. They honestly suck serious balls to watch: their defense is atrocious, their offense is nowhere near the level it should be, and they are one Varejão injury away from resembling a colander trying to stop water from getting through. LeBron can still take over games, but 6-7 after 13 games isn’t where anyone expected or wanted this team to be. Here’s to hoping they start ripping off wins.

Score Prognostication—Wizards: 95, Cavs: 92. One audience learning how to dougie.

Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles Lakers—10:30 PM

Wednesday’s late-night game takes the Timberlake-owned Memphis team and pits them against Kobe’s Lakers.  The Black Mamba, no relation to Beatrix Kiddo, is on pace to set the possession usage record that he already holds.  The real reason to watch this game is to see him take 30 shots, and if it’s a good day, he’ll make 18 of them. If it’s a bad day, the red-hot Grizzlies are winning by 40.

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