THE UNDERGROUND — ISSUE #72
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: Key & Peele get interviewed while eating the hottest wings on the planet, President Obama lays waste to everyone at his final White House Correspondents Dinner, bringing Game of Thrones Melisandre to a baby shower, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the 1% Theory, and going inside the mind of a master procrastinator Tim Urban.
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. Key & Peele get interviewed about their new movie Keanu while eating hot wings. I never understood the appeal of eating hot wings. Sure, I will eat ones that are slightly hot and spicy, but eating wings that make my entire body burn and sweat the the opposite of enjoyable. However, watching Key & Peele eat hot wings that get hotter as the interview goes on is brilliant. When you watch normal interviews for a movie, there’s usually a poster in the background and the same questions get asked. This shows off hot funny the 2 are when given the hottest wings possible.
2. Obama’s full speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. While Larry Wilmore kinda bombed, President Obama spent his time talking at his last WHCD by scorching the entire room. He shamed the press about giving Trump billions of dollars in free advertising, made fun of his age, made fun of celebrities, and even threatened a “Red Wedding” in response to certain politicians holding back on his Supreme Court nominees.
These dinners are always fun to watch because it shows the President have a little fun and poke fun at himself. I just wish they would’ve had a better host. Nothing really compared to when Conan hosted the show. That guy knows how to play a room and make everyone laugh. It’s one thing to tell a joke that makes fun of someone, but you have to be clever. Wilmore wasn’t very clever.
Watch President Obama drop the mic at his final WHCD:
3. Melisandre from Game of Thrones goes to a baby shower. The most recent episode of the show revealed a lot of what fans have waited years to know about… like the fate of Jon Snow. A big part of that was Melisandre. To keep things light, Late Night with Seth Meyers filmed a sketch where Melisandre comes to a baby shower with him and makes everything completely awkward.
Sure, this is a few months old, but it still works right now because of the last episode. If you don’t know what happened in the most recent episode, I will not spoil it for you. If you don’t watch the show, well, you’re pretty much a monster that I want nothing to do with. I mean, seriously? What, are you watching Fear The Walking Dead on Sunday? Stop it. You stop it right there.
Check out the hilarious sketch below.
4. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the horrifying 1% Theory. It’s proven that humans are about 1% different in common with the Chimpanzee. That 1% different separates us both from being able to launch a rocket into space versus being able to a couple movements of sign language. Tyson takes it a bit further by asking the question about what would differentiate us from a species that shared 1% similar DNA to humans, but look at us as Chimps? Only 1% of DNA between the two species is small, but so huge.
How Tyson explains it is interesting, but also quite scary. We look at the Chimp videos online of them reacting to magic tricks like it’s the most amazing thing ever. What if there is a species that would do the same to us? Let Dr. Tyson explain the 1% Theory so that he can blow your mind… and probably give me another worry in my head before falling asleep.
5. TED Talks: Inside the mind of master procrastinator Tim Urban. Tim Urban’s description of procrastination is genius. How he starts off talking about waiting for the last moment to write a paper that you were supposed to work on all semester. I’ve done that and managed to get through college because I’m wonderful.
I always knew that “Future Jeff” would take care of the heavy lifting later in the semester. “Present Jeff” could spend most of the semester hanging out and just doing the regular homework. This is really stupid because if you work in a group, and they drop the class, you are stuck with even more work at the end. I wrote a 50-page business plan in a day and managed to ace it. Never again.
Watch Tim Urban describe his methods of procrastination in the TED Talks below:
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