Archive for October, 2012

The 150 Best Halloween Costumes I Could Find on the Internet

Over the past week or so, I’ve been bookmarking all the awesome Halloween costumes I’ve seen pop up on the web (mostly Twitter and Reddit). Rather than tweeting them out individually, I figured I’d just throw them all onto one blog post for your perusal. I’ll update this post with new pics as I find them. If you see any, let me know and I’ll add them. In no particular order:

150. Ned Flanders

149. Ace Ventura

148. Wonka

147. “I’m a hot babe out jogging…”

146. Wayne’s World

145. YouTube

144. Whoa…

143. Alien workloader

142. Venom

141. van Gogh

140. Underworld

139. Top Gun

138. Storm Trooper & Ewok

137. Jerome “Chef” McElroy

136. Snooki’s baby

135. Shark Attack

134. Sexy Bert

133. Saw

132. Saved by the Bell

131. The Sandlot

130. More Rufio

129. Rufio

128. Recess

127. Raptor

126. Praying Mantis

125. Louis CK

124. Kool-Aid

123. Inspector Gadget

122. IE & Mozilla

121. Hope

120. Honey Boo Boo, 20 years later

119. More Hangover

118. Hangover

117. Goldeneye

116. Felix

115. Error 404

114. Christmas Story

113. Charlie Chaplin

112. Black & white

111. Beer Knight

110. Bebop

109. Amish Zombie

108. Dr. Evil

107. Publisher’s Clearing House

106. Back to the Future (WOW)

105. Iron Man

104. Jurassic Park

103. Terminator

102. Cam & Mitch

101. Joe Dirt

100. Duff Man

99. Ridiculously Photogenic Guy

98. Howard Wolowitz

97. Big Bird taking out the garbage?

96. Ermahgerd

95. Army men

94. School pictures

93. Taco Bell sauce packets

92. Tron

91. Trophies

90. Yet another Anchorman

89. Another Anchorman

88. The Second Amendment

87. Mugatu

86. Edward Scissorhands

85. Ceiling Fan

84. Captain Planet

83. Burnt Big Tex

82. Mythbusters

81. McKayla Maroney

80. Bender

79. Linus and his blanket

78. Chumlee from Pawn Stars

77. Pee Wee Herman

76. Megaman

75. Krang

74. “Einhorn is Finkle! Finkle is Einhorn! Einhorn is a man!”

73. Tony Stark

72. The Most Interesting Man in the World

71. Weird guy from the Gangnam Style video

70. Baby Ron Burgandy

69. Wilson

68. The Dictator

67. Rosie the Riveter

66. Breaking Bad

65. E.T.

64. Macho Man Randy Savage

63. A bra

62. Antoine Dodson

61. Tyrone Biggums from Chappelle’s Show

60. Don Draper

59. Ron Swanson

58. Coach Ditka

57. Dodgeball

56. Forrest Gump and Lt. Dan

55. Step Brothers

54. Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible

53. I have no idea

52. Master Chief

51. Starbucks

50. Prince

49. Lego

48. Sun Drop Girl

47. Anthony Davis

46. Elf

45. Bob Ross

44. Skrillex

43. Bane

42. Anchorman

41. Beaker

40. Peter Griffin

39. Dora the Explorer

38. The Pixar Lamp

37. Drive

36. Hellboy

35. The Simpsons

34. Beastie Boy

33. Chucky

32. Carmen Sandiego

31. Mystique

30. Comic book characters? Cool makeup.

29. Alan Garner

28. Flo

27. Wild Thing (via @ejmaroun)

26. Up

25. Don Cherry

24. Rob & Big

23. Tomb Raider

22. Back to the Future

21. Beer Pong

20. Binder Full of Women

19. Slurpees

18. Wilson

18. Twitter, a Pair of Pants, and Instagram

17. Lance Armstrong

16. Brian Wilson

15. Farmer & Wife

14. Dumb & Dumber

13. School House Rock Bill

12. Weezy & Nicki Minaj

11. Cruella Deville

10. Batman

9. Dog the Bounty Hunter

8. PB&J

7. Dumb & Dumber

6. Chick-fil-A Cows

5. DJ Pauly D

4. Mitt & Ann Romney

3. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer

2. AC Slater

1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Sex and Breast Cancer

I am going to tread carefully in this post.

A few caveats:

  1. I hate cancer.
  2. I am all for anything centered around beating cancer.
  3. I know very few people who have had or are currently battling cancer, so I am certainly no expert.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you knew that. Pink is everywhere. Ribbons. Flyers. NFL uniforms. While I still sometimes question what “awareness” really means, the movement has definitely gotten creative and has undoubtedly raised an extraordinary amount of money toward breast cancer research.

Today, a tweet by @molightning popped up on my feed and got me thinking.

Now, I have zero context regarding this picture. I don’t know who the person in the picture is, nor do I know where the picture was taken. But I do know that the shirt he is wearing represents a trend in the breast cancer awareness movement that I’ve grown increasingly disappointed in.

Everything is sexed up these days. Sex, sex, sex. It’s everywhere. You can’t avoid it. Go ahead, try. We have turned everything into sex. Even the fight against a horrible disease which happens to attack cells in a certain part of the female body.

Why?

Why have we gone there? Here are a few reasons I came up with.

  1. Sex sells. Or in this case, donates? Perhaps weaving sex into a charitable cause helps reach a demographic that wouldn’t otherwise be reached.
  2. Some people deal with tragedy through humor. In this case, adult humor. The shirt pictured above isn’t the first of its kind I’ve seen. We’ve all probably seen a “Save the Ta-tas” logo somewhere. As I mentioned before, I am no expert in this area. If wearing pink shirts laced with sexual innuendo helps get them through whatever pain they or their loved ones may be experiencing, I’m not one to judge that. Everyone deals with things differently. I just think we’ve gone too far.
  3. The “pink” movement has gotten so huge, so commercialized, that we may becoming desensitized to it. Perhaps some of us simply throw on a sexy pink shirt, get that warm, fuzzy “feel good” feeling, spread “awareness”, and call it a day, without giving much thought to the fact that we may not be sending the message we’ve originally intended. Do we enjoy seeing how far we can push the envelope?

Am I going to call someone out the next time I see someone wearing one of these shirts? No. Will I be further disappointed that we’ve stooped to sex in our fight against breast cancer? Yes.

We’re better than this. We don’t need sex to beat breast cancer.