This is the best!
This is the best!
This is the best!
I’m not at all apologetic about being a huge fan of Reality TV: Survivor, The Amazing Race, Project Runway, Hoarders – I love all that crap. I get a lot of grief for my taste in TV programming, but I could really give a shit what anyone else thinks. If you don’t like it, no one is holding a gun to your head making you watch Flipping Out with me.
I’ll defend my allegiance to Bravo TV to the end, but even I draw the line at CBS’s summertime ratings–ringer, Big Brother, which is just as loathsome as TV can possibly get. Aside from the Real Housewives franchise and possibly American Idol, Big Brother, for me, represents the absolute nadir of an already much-maligned entertainment genre. With that in mind, all you Reality TV Haters out there – especially those who hold Big Brother in as low regard as I do – may want to set your DVRs to record IFC’s five-part series Dead Set (premiering tonight, 10/25). Dead Set, created by British journalist Charlie Brooker, is a black comedy-horror-satire in which a ravenous mob of zombies is unleashed on the Big Brother UK house — seemingly the only stronghold left in the country, and possibly the world — on an eviction night that goes horribly and hilariously wrong.
Shot at the real BBUK house with cameos by actual BBUK houseguests, Brooker imposes actual life-and-death on the show’s “stars,” for once warranting all the hyperbolic talk of eliminations, chopping blocks and backstabbing. The contestants get their share of skewering (“Does this mean we’re not on telly anymore?”) as they survey the post-apocalyptic landscape. And yet even in the midst of Doomsday, reality TV dutifully and tragically marches on: the broadcast continues, the contestants strategize who lives and dies, and an insatiable, bloodthirsty mob pounds on the door for more flesh. Sounds like a good time to me!
Dead Set airs tonight, 10/25 through Friday 10/29 at Midnight on IFC. A marathon of all the episodes will air Sunday 10/31 – hey, that’s Halloween! – starting at 7:30 PM.
Even if it would be nearly impossible to run from Zombies while wearing them, these Shoes are truly awesome! Thanks to Neatorama for the Tip!
By Danny Rose | January 14, 2009
Article from: Australian Associated Press
Heavy coffee drinkers are more likely to have hallucinations or feel “the presence of dead people,” according to new research. A UK-based study quizzed 200 students on their caffeine intake and found those with the highest consumption were also more prone to report seeing, or hearing, things that were not there. Those who consumed a daily equivalent of seven cups of instant coffee or more – high caffeine users – were three times more likely to have extra-sensory experiences than low users, who had less than one cup daily.
The Durham University study took in all caffeine consumption including coffee but also tea, caffeinated energy drinks or chocolate bars and caffeine pills. “This is a first step towards looking at the wider factors associated with hallucinations,” said lead author, Simon Jones, a PhD student at the university’s psychology department.
“Previous research has highlighted a number of important factors, such as childhood trauma, which may lead to clinically relevant hallucinations. “Given the link between food and mood, and particularly between caffeine and the body’s response to stress, it seems sensible to examine what a nutritional perspective may add.”
When under stress, the body releases a stress hormone called cortisol. More of this stress hormone is released in response to stress when people have recently had caffeine. It is this extra boost of cortisol which may link caffeine intake with an increased tendency to hallucinate, say the scientists. “However, one interpretation may be that those students who were more prone to hallucinations used caffeine to help cope with their experiences,” said study co-author Dr Charles Fernyhough.
“More work is needed to establish whether caffeine consumption and nutrition in general, has an impact on those kinds of hallucination that cause distress.” People taking part in the study reported “seeing things that were not there, hearing voices, and sensing the presence of dead people.”
Mr. Jones said such hallucinations were not necessarily a sign of mental illness, and around three per cent of people regularly heard such voices.
Results of the study are published in the academic journal Personality and Individual Differences.
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Despite my willingness to abandon all loved ones at the onset of a Zombie Apocalypse, it looks like I still need to buy a gun, a baseball bat, stock up on non-perishable food and learn how to blow shit up in order to improve my survival stats.
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