The Underground — Issue #106
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: President Obama awards his best friend, the people at Hot Ones try the hottest curry on the planet, a look at 2017’s space event calendar, and how to build a new habit.
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. President Obama surprises Vice President Joe Biden with with the Medal of Freedom. Love him or hate him (impossible to hate him), Joe Biden has been through hell when it comes to horrible things to happen to his family. It was a joy to see the President surprise him with the highest civilian award out of nowhere.
Not only was it heartfelt, but the speech Obama gives about Biden literally makes him break down into tears. That’s the type of guy Biden is. His acceptance speech makes things even more emotional. Soon we’ll been in a dystopian hellscape, so we’re going to have to soak up as much of this stuff as possible.
Watch the video below to make your weekend a little brighter.
2. Rhett & Link join Sean Evans to eat the spiciest curry. One of my favorite YouTube shows is Hot Ones. It’s a series where Evans interviews celebrities while eating the hottest of hot wings. Some people don’t make it, and those that do may even do a few laps around the table while trying to answer. Me? I order wings that taste good and don’t make me w ant to cry. I don’t see the point in eating hot wings that make you look like an idiot. Do I like watching people eat them? Yes. It’s the funniest thing ever.
Below is a bit of a twist on the show. These 3 guys answer trivia questions, and if they get it wrong, they have to eat the hottest curry on the planet. I guarantee these dudes have crushed a few toilets in their lifetime.
3. 2017 will be full of cool astronomical events. Get ready to bust out your telescope, kids. When awful stuff is happening on the news, you can always look up to the sky to see some really interesting things. In 2017, we’ll have everything from a meteor shower to even more meteor showers! I know that sounds a bit lame, but if you’re out at night with a clear sky, you are in for a hell of a show.
Telescopes that are capable of seeing planets aren’t really that expensive. Sure, you can Google a picture of a planet, but it’s really an amazing feeling when you’re viewing Saturn through a lens. It becomes less of a class in high school and more of an experience. Saturn, by the way, will be easiest to see on June 15th, so get prepared to see that beautiful ringed gas giant then.
Have a look at all the celestial events below.
4. How to build yourself a new habit for a new year. Creating bad habits is a pretty easy thing to do. If you want to eat fast food everyday, you can easily got get a cheeseburger and fries with no difficulty. If you want to go to the gym everyday, that means you have to put time away for actually going there and sweating up a storm. One sounds a bit easier, and one sounds a lot harder. That’s the point of creating a good habit!
Changing how you eat or starting a workout routine is a total bummer because it’s so hard to do. Not only is it hard to do, but it’s hard to make a habit of it. You can go to the gym for 7 straight days, think you deserve a break, order pizza, and then binge on bad food because of that one slip up. Trust me, I know how a bad habit can come back to bite you. I haven’t smoked for 2 years, went to a Christmas party, smoked one cigarette, and then had a sore throat for a week. Did I start smoking again? No way, but that slip up really made me pay.
The video below explains how you can build a new habit. A good habit. Start the new year off well instead of diving back in to bad habits.
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