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Monday, Aug 31, 2015

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A pop culture blog

Get a daily dose of crackling commentary from the minds at TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune on the things that seem to matter most to somebody or they wouldn’t be so darn popular.

Throwback Thursday: We got Patton Oswalt to fill out an old Myspace survey

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By Christopher Spata

It’s hard not to like Patton Oswalt, even when he’s ripping your beloved home state apart, such as on his most recent comedy special, “Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time.”

It’s an hour of Oswalt’s signature smart, yet painlessly so, stand-up that has him recounting his 4-year-old daughter’s “adorably racist” (and ultimately explainable) outburst at a Starbucks, his lunch with an Atlanta prostitute, and a trip that left him describing Florida as a place you should only ever visit “to identify your daughter’s body” with a state flag that should read “Why did she go into porn?”

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Miley Cyrus goes undercover on ‘Kimmel’ to ask people about Miley Cyrus

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TBO.com staff

Everyone seems to have an opinion on Miley Cyrus, but would they share that opinion with Miley Cyrus to her face?

Perhaps not, which is why the singer and host of this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards went undercover as a suit-and-glasses-wearing Australian reporter on the streets of L.A. to ask people their opinion on Miley Cyrus.

The segment from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” featured plenty of people sharing their dislike of Miley with Miley, including one guy who said “I just don’t like her whole family. The whole fabric of America is falling apart and she’s not doing anything to try to keep it together.”

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Stewart’s ‘Moment of Zen’: Attacking fan favorite Cena during WWE ‘SummerSlam’

Published:   |   Updated: August 24, 2015 at 01:23 PM
TBO.com staff

Jon Stewart fans have been waiting in anticipation to see what his next “Moment of Zen” would entail.

When the longtime host of “The Dailly Show” stepped away earlier this month, immediate speculation centered on possibly hosting a presidential debate, doing stand-up comedy, and maybe even landing a higher-profile network job.

Turns out the grand return would take place Sunday in a WWE ring with a shocking “swerve,” helping a bad-guy champion with whom he had an ongoing feud earlier in the year.

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‘Mythbusters’ recorded a bullet in super slow motion, and it looks amazing

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TBO.com staff

It looks like something out of an effects-laden Hollywood action film, but this video from Discovery’s “Mythbusters” is very real.

Jamie Hyneman fired the pistol that was captured on video at an astounding 73,000 frames per second, revealing the crisp and super slow-mo image that no mere human eye could ever see (and leaving Adam Savage almost speechless).

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Toy Story Land, Avatar land details unveiled by Disney

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Disney dropped a couple of bombshells on fans of its theme parks during its annual D23 Expo. The announcement of a “Star Wars” themed land set off squeals of joy on social media among sci-fi aficionados.

But the news didn’t end there when the company announced a “Toy Story” themed land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The news had been rumored for a while, with news that the popular Toy Story Mania! ride would be expanded in size and the nearby backlot studio tour and “Pirates of the Caribbean” show had closed.

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Incredible Hulk Coaster shutting down for overhaul

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TBO.com staff

If you head over to Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure after next month and want to ride The Incredible Hulk Coaster, try not to get angry.

We won’t like it if you get angry.

The 110-foot coaster which reaches speeds of 67 mph will be closed starting Sept. 8 for a major overhaul, the park said on its blog today.

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Watch: First trailer for Tarantino’s ‘Hateful 8’

Published:   |   Updated: August 12, 2015 at 01:03 PM
By Christopher Spata

The first (real) trailer for “The Hateful 8” has arrived online.

There aren’t that many directors around these days who can sell me a movie ticket just off their involvement alone, but Quentin Tarantino is definitely one of them.

Plus, there aren’t that many Tarantino flicks left in the tank, if you believe his plan to retire after movie No. 10 (“Hateful 8,” fittingly, is movie No. 8).

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Trump mean tweet generator will burn you on social media

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TBO.com staff

You may have been offended by Donald Trump at some point, but you haven’t lived until you’ve been personally insulted by him.

There’s now a generator, based on Trump’s real-life Twitter feed, that will make an insult just for you (or whatever friend you want insulted) and post it to your Facebook or Twitter account.

Check it out at trumpgenerator.comto find out if you’re a loser, a dummy, or just someone who’s about to get sued for a lot of money.

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The search for the mysterious Bayshore pizza ‘hero’ of Reddit

Published:   |   Updated: August 11, 2015 at 12:41 AM
By Christopher Spata

“He’s the hero my stomach needs but not the hero my stomach deserves,” wrote Unt4medGumyBear.

“Not all heroes wear capes,” wrote babymangler22 a little further down.

“Legend,” was how idg0fs described the man in the grainy photo on Reddit titled “Pizza delivery guy stuck in a flooded road, but still saves the pizza. A true hero.”

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Lexus hoverboard video goes 'Back to the Future'

Published:   |   Updated: August 5, 2015 at 12:32 PM
TBO.com staff

Of all the technology from “Back to the Future II,” from self-lacing sneakers (Nike is working on those) to flying cars (not even close), to TVs that let you watch multiple channels (outdated since like 2002), it’s the hoverboard people remember best.

Considering that the year Marty McFly travels to in the 1989 film is 2015 (Oct. 21 to be exact), it’s fitting that Lexus released video today of a working (sort of) hoverboard it says it took 18 months to build.

The video shows a legit board hovering a few inches off the ground as skaters ride on it. The catch: Unlike the boards in the movie, it can’t be used anywhere. Lexus’ hoverboard works by using superconductor magnets (cooled by liquid nitrogen, hence the steam), and only works on the magnetic track that Lexus built for it.

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