Jon Stewart gifts us #McConnelling, California radio station re-gifts us Nelly

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Last week, Mitch McConnell released a completely wordless campaign ad featuring the doughy Senate majority leader … oh just doing some stuff set to generic pop-rock instrumentals. Shaking hands, panning creepily to the camera, receiving file folders. Some people mashed the oddly mesmerizing footage into the opening sequences of beloved 90s sitcoms. Then Jon Stewart took it to a whole other level by dubbing the video with alternative hit songs and asking the Internet to continue the good work. Meanwhile, scores of people in California were glued to their radios because a Bay-area station had Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” on repeat for more than 48 hours straight. Now, we gift you these two outstanding stories in one link. Plus three grandmas trash talking Drunk in Love.

“Stop all this Mitch McConnell abuse!  In fact Sarah McLachlan and I made a video to urge you to stop #McConnelling” — @RepJackKimble, the Twitter persona of a fake right-wing congressman, joins in on the trend popularized by Stewart, who argued that there is no song that won’t pair perfectly with the McConnell campaign ad. 

“Is this what it was like in the days when Americans nationwide gathered round their radios to hear Roosevelt say we’d win the war #Nelly1057” — @pareene (Alex Pareene) tweets about another, slightly more reasonable time that people were as hooked on the airwaves as they were this weekend, when a California radio station played “Hot in Herre” on repeat for two days.

“The contest is a master stroke of publicity: Buffett and Quicken have descended on one of the most electric weeks in U.S. sports, slapped their names all over its most addictive fan tradition, and wrapped the whole thing in a $1 billion bow.” — David Sarno at Slate.com points out the infinitesimal odds of winning Quicken Loan’s Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge, which offers a billion-dollar prize if you pick the winners of 63 NCAA games. Sarno argues that Quicken, which gets information about entrants’ home mortgages as part of the sign-up process, and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which is insuring the contest, are the real winners.

“Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody.  I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!” — @iWayneKnight (Wayne Knight), better known as Seinfeld’s Newman, tweets that he is still alive after being the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax. Some corners of the Internet were fooled by links to phony TMZ and Us Weekly sites that claimed Knight died in a tractor-trailer crash.

“The lyrics in Beyonce’s ‘Drunk In Love’ are almost too graphic for even a twenty-something to not blush, so imagine the reaction of a septuagenarian.” — Marisa Kabas at hypervocal.com appreciates a video of three grandmas known as the “Golden Sisters” reading the song’s lyrics aloud, complete with spirited grandma commentary.

 

Rachel Sadon is the local news editor for Express
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