THE UNDERGROUND – ISSUE #46
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: A dark comic premieres his hilarious new special, could telepathy be real, Marvel’s next big television show, science/religion/Big Bang explains, and all the things Back to the Future 2 predicted that are available or never came true.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. Anthony Jeselnik’s Thoughts and Prayers is now on Netflix.
A lot of people can’t handle dark comedy. They hear a cancer joke and think “That is appalling, I know so someone who had cancer!” Yeah, we all do. But the joke isn’t about a single person with it, it’s about cancer. Jeselnik prides himself on making jokes about dark subjects because he doesn’t like to be politically correct, he likes to be funny. He is probably one of the best one-liner comedians today, but in this special he changes it up a little bit. “I don’t tell dark jokes because I’m a comedian. I’m a comedian because I tell dark jokes.” Jeselnik says in his special.
I watched the special and laughed and pretty much everything he says, but when he got personal in the last 20 minutes, it shows that he can switch up his act and get to another level of being funny. I won’t spoil it, so head on over to Netflix and catch his new special Thoughts and Prayers right now. NOW!
2. Is telepathy real or complete science fiction rubbish? I once dated a girl who said she was in a mental institution that had a pair of twins that could communicate between walls using telepathy. My first reaction was “Wait, you were in a mental institution?!” My second was “That ‘s impossible. All of that is bullsh*t.” Maybe it isn’t.
Scientists are working on trying to make it happen. The problem is figuring out the human brain and how to manipulate it with technology making it happen. Multiple teams of scientists are trying to make it happen. I personally don’t want anyone prodding around in my brain. There’s a lot of random thoughts of puppies running around in a field in there. Awe!
Check out this video below to learn more about how scientists are trying to make telepathy real.
3. The first official trailer the Jessica Jones does not disappoint.
If you’ve watched Netflix original series DareDevil, you’ll notice that they’re taking the darker route with characters. You can see the Marvel film and see they have elements of darkness, but they keep it more breezy and colorful. With Jessica Jones, they keep the tone dark and brooding.
Premise: “After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a private detective in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s time the world knew her name…”
It stars Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, and as mentioned in the premise, she lives in Hell’s Kitchen. That is where DareDevil resides. It’s all part of Netflix’s plan to have this series be followed by Luke Cage, and Marvel’s Iron Fist, before leading into the miniseries, Marvel’s The Defenders. All episodes will be ready for you to binge-watch on November 20th. So get your favorite TV watching pants ready for a lot of sitting.
4. A quick rundown of science, religion, and the Big Bang. Whenever I try to explain science to someone, they usually glaze over in boredom and would rather talk about sports. I recently just tried to explain the recent find by NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope of a possible alien megastructure that surrounds a star 1,500 light-years away. No matter how simple I make it, I’m sure a few people will not understand it.
This video goes over a bunch of topics that explains many tough to understand questions in a short amount of time. It gives you what you need to know about the universe, what we know about it, how much of it we can see, and all the religious attachments to it.
5. Here are all thing things Back to the Future 2 predicted and got right or wrong. October 21st, 2015 was the exact date that Doc and Marty went to the future — despite idiot friends posting it wrong dozens of times in the past few years. The movie got a lot of things wrong, but what it did get right is downright impressive.
Below is a fantastic infographic of all the tech the movie got right or wrong, and it reminds you that 1985 was so long ago. This is what people thought it would look like. Pretty sure no one is sporting big metal hats like Biff. Sure, we have hoverboards, but you need a special surface to hover on, and I can’t hitch a ride on the back of a truck with that.
It should be noted that Nike is coming out with the self-lacing shoe. Watch Michael J. Fox rock a pair of Nike Air Mags on Kimmel:
Now check out the infographic!
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