“I‘m just an obnoxious guy who can make it appear charming, that’s what they pay me to do,” said Bill Murray in an interview with T.J. English for Irish America . In an episode of PBS Digital Studios’ “Blank on Blank,” Murray cracks wise on giving back to his mom when he made it big, hijinks on the set of Ghostbusters, the spiritual change that saved him from destruction, and how fame sort of helps with talking to women.
Japanese man reviews over 5000 types of ramen to find the perfect one
3:00 PM Sunday Oct 18, 2015
A Japanese noodle enthusiast has tasted and reviewed more than 5000 types of #ramen, or soupy noodles popular in Japan, from more than 40 countries in his unending quest for the perfect one.
Toshio Yamamoto, 55, runs i-ramen.net, a website offering detailed information on “ramen across the world since 1996”, Asahi newspaper reports.
So far, Yamamoto has reviewed 5653 types of instant noodles through texts and videos offering details such as time needed to boil the noodles, calories, sodium content, characteristics and texture of the product as well as its taste.
Of all the varieties of noodles he has sampled over nearly two decades, the best score he’s given until now (on a scale of 1 to 5) is a 4, and he intends to “keep eating noodles to look for the perfect one”, Yamamoto told Asahi.
His fans across the world often send him packets of noodles to help in his search.
His website has so far received more than 1.4 million hits and his videos have been viewed more than 22 million times on YouTube.
According to Asahi, Yamamoto set up the website to “keep records of the content” of noodles because “when you finish eating the noodles, the content will be gone”.
Yamamoto, a resident of Kamakura, near Tokyo, also published a book Sokuseki Mencyclopedia (encyclopedia of instant noodles), and is writing another book on the topic after taking an early retirement last year from his job as an engineer, designing electrical appliances.
During his search, Yamamoto also realised the difference between noodles sold today, which “incorporate a change in people’s palates and culinary trends”, and those sold earlier when “the focus was on giving consumers practical benefits such as some nutritional value as well as saving time on cooking”.
Though he has put a cap on his ramen consumption to not more than five times a week on health grounds, Yamamoto says he will not stop his search until he finds one worth awarding a 5.
Yamamoto gives Nissin (India) Cup Noodles Veggi Manchow (2/5 star rating)
Stoned Ohio man calls cops because he’s too high, is found groaning on floor surrounded by Doritos, cookies, other snacks
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 3:50 PM A A A
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The 22-year-old man called cops after smoking too much pot, telling police he couldn’t feel his hands.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Police in Ohio say they were called to a house by a man who complained he’d gotten too high smoking marijuana.
The Youngstown Vindicator reports that Austintown Township police on Friday found the 22-year-old man curled in a fetal position on the floor, groaning and surrounded by snacks that included Doritos, Goldfish crackers and Chips Ahoy cookies.
The newspaper reports that the man told officers he couldn’t feel his hands.
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Officers found a glass jar of marijuana and paraphernalia in the man’s car after he gave them his keys. The man refused medical treatment and so far has not been charged with a crime.
Not to mention a wry cartoon animation of the interview from the PBS web series “Blank on Blank,” which debuted Tuesday. The old-school illustrations capture Thompson’s self-deprecating yet hardbitten tone, as he reveals details about his time with the Hells Angels, and lessons he learned from getting repeatedly “stomped.”
Terkel conducted a radio interview with Thompson in 1967, as Thompson was poised to take off as a superstar of gonzo journalism. He had just written Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, a book that stemmed from a breakout article he’d contributed to The Nation magazine.
“Hunter Thompson, our guest, is a new kind of journalist,” Terkel said upon introducing him. “The journalist who is not detached […] in fact he was almost an honorary member, or a dishonored member of the the Oakland Hells Angels.”
Thompson speaks sympathetically about the Hells Angels, without whitewashing their violent predilections. “I think the Angels came out of World War Two,” he posits to Terkel. “This whole kind of alienated, violent, subculture of people wandering around looking for either an opportunity, or if not an opportunity then vengeance for not getting an opportunity.”
Though he ruefully recalls falling victim to “bylaw number 10 or 11 […] ‘When an Angel punches a non-Angel all other Angels will participate'” — apparently he once made the fatal mistake of giving a member a hard time for beating his wife — Thompson even sees himself in the frustrated bikers. He confesses to a tendency toward throwing “beer bottles into bar mirrors” and admits enjoying the visceral rush he found in speeding down the highway on a powerful motorcycle.
Thompson only sped down the open road with the Hells Angels for around a year, but he told Terkel he learned about broader society during that time. “I wouldn’t just call Hells Angels in Oakland the only violent part of our society,” he said. “The Angels reflect not only the lower segments of the society but the higher, where violence takes a much more sophisticated and respectable form.”
He wasn’t just referring to easy marks, like political wheeler and dealer Lyndon B. Johnson, whom he named as having great Hells Angel potential. “I learned a lot about myself just writing about the Angels,” he admitted. “I was seeing a very ugly side of myself a lot of times.”
In the mid-Sixties, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson spent about a year with the world’s most notorious biker gang to write the book Hell’s Angels, which came out in 1967. He spoke with radio broadcaster Studs Terkel that year for an interview that PBS has now animated whimsically for its Blank on Blank series.
“The Angels claim that they don’t look for trouble,” Thompson said in the interview. “They just try to live peaceful lives and be left alone, but on the other hand they go out and put themselves into situations deliberately and constantly that are either going to humiliate somebody else or cause them to avoid humiliation by fighting.”
But he went on to question their desire for peace, explaining that one of the gang’s bylaws stipulated that “when an Angel punches a non-Angel, all other Angels will participate.” He also said that he was on the receiving end of their wrath. “All during this stomping, I could see the guy who had originally teed off on me that just out of nowhere, with no warning, circling around with a rock [that] must have weighed about 20 pounds,” the journalist said. “I tried to keep my eyes on him because I didn’t want to have my skull fractured.”
Later in the interview, Thompson confided that, like the Angels’ claims, he was then trying to keep a peaceful existence – for his own safety. “I keep my mouth shut now,” he said. “I’ve turned into a professional coward.”