* Comedian Sara Schaefer is responsible for the financial crisis.
* Speaking of Sara Schaefer, be sure to catch the premiere of Nikki & Sara Live tonight on MTV at 11pm ET. (Unless you hate being happy.)
* Perhaps the greatest gif in history.
* Get excited for this Rob Corddry spy show.
* Florida, you never fail to make us laugh.
* Kumail Nanjiani finds a vegan strip club in Portland, OR.
* A group of UFO believers in Colorado get industrious.
* Andy Richter must be pretty flexible if he can outsource himself.
* The Super Bowl is coming! You should learn how to talk about the Super Bowl.
* Dave Brubeck fought communism with jazz, like the great American he was.
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Thomas Friedman is a New York Times columnist whose commentary is distinguished by the frequency with which it bears no resemblance to any kind of external reality.
There's the infamous Friedman Unit, or the F.U., a phrase coined to make light of Friedman's bi-annual contention that "the next six months is critical" to the American war effort in Iraq. And there's his insistence that a policy of placing stiff tariffs on fossil fuels and improving the quality of high-end train service between New York City and Washington, DC enjoys overwhelming support in the nation's heartland but is being squashed by the power of Democratic special interests, when in fact, the opposite is true.
So it was a shocking to see Friedman put himself on Jeopardy!, where unlike the op-ed pages of the Times, being wrong has a price…
By the end of the show, he had amassed a pitiful $1,000 placing him third behind CNN's Anderson Cooper and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell…
With the category "21st Century Lingo," the answer was, "In 2011, BusinessWeek said European government bonds were this 'poisonous' kind of debt."
Friedman responded, "Sub-prime." I guess he missed the clue in quotation marks "poisonous."
The correct response of course was "toxic."
If only there was a call-a-friend option on Jeopardy!, Friedman could call up the cab drivers and seatmates on international flights who populate his columns and get the answers he needed. As it is, we're left to wonder if a game show humiliation will make Friedman a more careful political analyst.
The next six months will be critical.
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MSNBC's trash talkin' Chris Matthews recently had the opportunity to put his brain where his mouth is, and it was not pretty. Let's face it, in the looks department he's no Anderson Cooper. And as it turns out, in the brains department he's no Sarah Palin…
On at least four occasions, MSNBC's Chris Matthews mocked Sarah Palin for how he felt she'd do if she were ever on the hit television game show Jeopardy!.
In a delicious example of instant karma, the self-proclaimed brainiac got his chance to show America how smart he was in a special "Power Players" version of the show Monday, but came up quite short finishing dead last with the paltry sum of only $2,300.
For those that missed it, Matthews was matched up against CNN's Lizzie O'Leary and former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
Of course, it would have been an even more delicious karmic victory if Matthews had actually lost to Palin. We can only imagine how humiliating his incorrect answers would've been next to hers.
When the following clue came up: "A U.S.D.C is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region," Matthews answered, "U.S. attorney." Wow. OBVIOUSLY the answer is "What is District Court?"
Based on what we can glean of Palin's understanding of the U.S. court system, she would have likely answered, "The United States Deity of Christianity."
Hopefully, Chris Matthews has learned his lesson about throwing stones in a glass house. Next time, I hope Jeopardy puts him and Sarah Palin in the same house and gives them each a slingshot and plenty of ammo.
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Ah, for the days when young Egyptians were taking to the streets to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Brown punching Anderson Cooper in the face.
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