Ed Bassmaster as the character “The Hacker,” left, and as himself. Photography by Gene Smirnov
There isn’t much that grates on Philadelphians more than having their city defined by a tired canard about a Santa Claus who got booed in 1968. (Or by a bell. Or a sandwich.) Which explains the citywide stomach-drop when news broke in August that a defenseless globe-trotting robot had been annihilated here. Every hard-fought reputational victory, every hint of burgeoning cosmopolitanism — put on hold for the foreseeable future. “Somebody put a lot of work into that robot,” ashamed resident Cathie McMullin told 6 ABC. “It’s been all over the world, and ‘Welcome to Philly! Let’s kill you.’”
HitchBOT, constructed by Canadian engineers, was a science experiment in human compassion. A white plastic bucket equipped with GPS plus blue pool floaties for limbs, the robot was to hitchhike across the world, relying on random humans to transport it from one city to the next. It made it across Europe but couldn’t make it from Massachusetts to San Francisco; on the morning of August 1st, hitchBOT was found, wasted and inert, on the streets of Old City. A few days later, grainy video footage emerged of a man in a throwback Randall Cunningham jersey appearing to assault poor hitchBOT. Read more »
Early this morning, Delaware County’s Alex Dilks Pandola dropped a funny parody video on his YouTube channel turns Lady Gaga’s “Dope” into a song about the pope.
When the video begins, you hear Mayor Nutter’s voice going on about the pope’s visit while Inquirer headlines, like “Philadelphia In a State of Panic As Pope Visit Nears,” flash on the screen. Then Dilks comes out of the house wearing an Eagles Jersey.
I’ll be honest, some days I barely have time to eat, let alone break a sweat. Which is why I am so, so thankful for the the Internet, where you can find all sorts of workouts to squeeze into a time-crunched schedule. These workouts might be short—each one is under 10-minutes long—but boy are they intense. And an added bonus? They’re all free! If you’ve got more time on your hands, check out more of our favorite YouTube workouts.
Students from the University of Delaware did a pretty spot-on parody of the Friends intro. They even made it look like it was filmed in the ’90s. The clip comes from The Biweekly Show, which airs on UD’s Student Television Network every Tuesday at 10 p.m.
Check out their Friends intro below.
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