5 Things You Should At Least Pretend To Know Today - July 12, 2014
1. Intelligent Apes Begin Their Reign Of Conquest — 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' On Track To Take $70 Million From Human Movie Goers
The well-reviewed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes rose to dominance over its human competition on Friday grossing approximately $28 million dollars and heading toward a likely $70 million by the end of the weekend.
Anyone else find it kind of ironic that the average person paying to see "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" doesn't even believe in evolution?— Warren Holstein (@WarrenHolstein) July 11, 2014
2. Congress Gives $287 Billion Tax Cut To Businesses So They Can More Easily Buy Congress
House Republicans managed to pass a $287 billion tax cut for needy people on Friday. And since corporations are now officially considered people by the Supreme Court, and because all corporations need to make money, this isn't even technically a lie.
Hearing politicians pitch tax cuts for the rich as a way to help the economy is like a husband pitching blow jobs as a way to get fit.— Matt Suddain (@suddain) January 7, 2014
3. The World Has Run Out Of Ramones
The original members of the seminal punk rock group The Ramones are finally reuniting. Unfortunately, they're doing it in the saddest possible way. 65-year-old Erdelyi Tamas—better known as Tommy Ramone—died in his home in Queens, New York City yesterday. The drummer was the last surviving member of the band's original line-up.
It sucks that we now live in a world with lots of Kardashians but no Ramones. Rest In Peace, Tommy Ramone.— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) July 12, 2014
4. Critics Adore New Indie Film That Makes Growing Up Seem Less Boring
Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood—filmed over the course of twelve years, following one boy from the age of 6 to 18—was released to a select few theaters this weekend and has received unanimously positive critical reviews thus far, despite its running time being only slightly shorter than its filming time. It currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Nice thing about the movie Boyhood is that you can walk out halfway through and nobody will call Family Services.— Mike Spiegelman (@Spiegelmania) July 12, 2014
5. Supermoon Gives Superwerewolves Their First Chance Of The Summer To Hunt
If yesterday's moon seemed a teeny tiny eenie weeinie bit bigger than normal last night, that's because it was the first of three "supermoons" that are expected this summer. Two more of these moons—which occur when the Earth's orbiting body is slightly closer, due to the elliptical nature of its orbit—should occur on August 10 and September 9.
"Mommy, why did that flying man just show us his ass?" "Well, Timmy, that's Supermoon!"— Anthony DeVito (@AnthonyDeVito) July 11, 2014
(by Dennis DiClaudio)