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IT’S WORLD PENGUIN DAY

I doubt anyone is as excited about this as I am, but hey. I love penguins!!

Here are some adorbs penguin gifs for your viewing pleasure. You’re welcome.






Also, here’s a video of actor Benedict Cumberbatch revealing he can’t say the word “penguin”:

Bernie Sanders: Cardi B knows what’s up

Two weeks ago she dropped her highly anticipated debut album, Invasion of Privacy, and performed on Saturday Night Live. This week she got a shout-out from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Such is life when you’re Cardi B, the Bronx rapper who shot to stardom with her megahit Bodak Yellow.

Cardi’s initial statement came as part of an April 9 GQ profile, wherein she told a reporter that she loves political science and government, and is particularly enamored of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, also known as FDR, for his work establishing Social Security as part of the New Deal. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in August 1935.

Here’s Cardi on FDR, from the GQ story:

“He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security.”

Fast-forward to this week, when Sanders quoted (well, quote tweeted) Cardi B, saying she was right when she spoke out about Social Security. (No, I don’t think he read the GQ profile.)

He then followed up with a tweet thanking the rapper for drawing attention to the topic, and reiterated in a video that he thought she was spot-on re: Social Security.

Cardi, who responded on Instagram, was v excited about the senator’s mention.

Oooooommmmmmggggg😱😱😱😰😰BERNIE SANDERS!!!

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Katy Perry wanted the Washington Post delivered to her in California, and the Post delivered, kinda

FILE – This July 28, 2013 file photo shows singer Katy Perry at the world premiere of “The Smurfs 2” in Los Angeles. Perry says though she’s “older and wiser,” she still plans to have fun on her new album. Perry debuted 12 songs from “Prism” in front of an audience of 100 industry insiders and journalists Thursday, Sept. 5, in New York. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Let me tell you about A-list celebrity Katy Perry becoming an e-subscriber to the Washington Post, a story told in five exhibits. 

EXHIBIT A. Katy Perry goes to the dentist, apparently, and then finds out she can’t get the Washington Post, the one based in Washington, D.C., delivered to her home in California. “Problem”!!!!

EXHIBIT B. Showing the utmost professionalism, The Post’s customer service staff responds, essentially, “but 3,000 miles though.”

EXHIBIT C. PostVideo, which I’m not exactly sure how to format and hope I got it right by deleting the space in between, publishes this great little video under the “Department of Satire,” featuring Washington Post creative video member Dave Jorgenson. Best line: “Hurry, robots!”

EXHIBIT D. Very Important award-winning journalist Marty Baron — the former Boston Globe editor who was played by Liev Schreiber in the Spotlight movie, and who has been editor of the Washington Post since 2012 — is also Very Polite.

EXHIBIT E. The Post’s digital subscriptions, which impressively surpassed 1 million last year, grew by one.

R.I.P. Carl Kasell, who died today at age 84

Via NPR:

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! NPR’s news quiz show.

 

Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Potomac, Md. He was 84.

Keep reading here. And read the Associated Press obituary on the Valley News website.

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