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Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 05/20/2011

Lunchline: Live it up while you can

I want to go the movies this weekend. I can't decide if I want to see "Bridesmaids" or "Pirates of the Caribbean 20." Who am I kidding? "Hobo With a Shotgun" is the best movie name of all time. I'll go with that.


Darryl Keitt spreads his belief about the pending doomsday to Brenda Forester in Washington D.C. (Nikki Kahn - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Tonight should be an epic party night. Seeing that the world is ending tomorrow, it's time to make sure we don't waste our final hours. I've already forked over all my money to Harold Camping to ensure that I'll be okay. To boot, I'm wearing mismatched socks and ripping the tag off my mattress, too. It's clearly time to get crazy. The Post's Maggie Fazeli Fard has a fun guide for where to celebrate the end of days. Also, Slate's Heather Murphy documents the massive billboard campaign that Family Radio has put together to warn us of the Return of Christ. If things do come to an end, I'll have this on blast.


A can of Four Loko. (Paul Sakuma - AP)
Full disclosure: I've never had Four Loko. When I first heard that people were guzzling this stuff by the barrel, I was legitimately disgusted. Its effects are well-documented, and many jurisdictions have gone so far as to ban it. Now, a Centreville family is suing the drink's maker, Phusion Projects of Chicago, after their 15-year-old son consumed two cans of the product, then sat down in the middle of a busy highway in the dark and was hit by an oncoming SUV. He later died. The Post's Tom Jackman reports on the litigation efforts.


Caroline Greys' flag restoration. (Courtesy of Alan Thompson)
As the former capital of the Confederacy, Richmond has an incredible Civil War history. Although not quite the easiest thing to stomach, the city's Museum of the Confederacy is a fascinating look back at a world in which people legitimately wanted to secede from the United States of America. The Post's Michael Ruane tells the story of the Caroline Greys, a rebel unit from Caroline County, Va., that, when faced with defeat, did their best to make sure their flag was left as a legacy. Part of their pageantry is now on display in Richmond.


Oprah Winfrey. (MARIO ANZUONI - REUTERS)
Oprah's talk show run is finally coming to end. As of next week, the most powerful woman on Earth will no longer have a daily program with which to influence America and the world. I have half a brain to go over to my mom's house and watch the last episode with her. Seriously, though, there's an argument that Winfrey is the most fascinating public figure in television history. The Root has a timeline of the Queen of Talk's rise to fame, glory and career-anointing power.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray just went up a notch in my book. He hasn't had the easiest of terms so far, but his latest mayoral maneuver should make anyone with a heart smile. When D’Anthony Ellis, a senior first basemen at Anacostia High School found himself without a squad to play on when the school's team folded due to lack of participation, Gray stepped in. The Post's Alan Goldenbach tells the legitimately motivational tale of how the mayor allowed one kid to fulfill his desire to just play baseball.

Extra Bites

• If you've ever used AIM you're familiar with chat bots. They're annoying, often times vulgar in intent and generally not a fun part of the experience. One guy decided that he was going to engage in an actual conversation with a computer and the results are astounding.

• It might be easy to make fun of Arnold Schwarzenegger for his wandering ways, but on the other end, there are real people affected. The story of how his mistress's name and picture were made public is, in fact, quite sad.

• This is a picture of a bus running into the side of a KFC. Safety first, kids.

Send your suggestions or comments to me at clinton.yates@wpost.com.

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