Maybe this lady can’t believe it’s not butter, but we can’t believe it’s finally Friday. In an epic week of headlines and general stupidity, we have yet again managed to find 5 things you might have missed. Don’t mention it. It’s just because we love you.
1.) Rethinking the Food Label: Everybody hates the way nutritional labels are written and designed. And everybody loves food revolutionist and author Michael Pollan. So this contest, which challenges designers to come up with alternatives to the hard-to-read food label, looks like a win-win to us. It’s the kind of crowdsourcing digital engagement we love — complete with some real activism behind it.
2.) Don’t Mess With Ebert: Ailing but forever feisty film critic Roger Ebert was taken to task this week when he tweeted “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive” about the death of Jackass star Ryan Dunn. Harsh? Yes. But also memorable — and it caused Facebook to dismantle Ebert’s page which then kind of erupted into a whole social media and freedom of speech blurred lines kind of thing. Regardless of where you stand, the whole shebang is a fascinating look at how we deal with social media and strong opinions.
3.) Cut and Scratch on Your Desktop: Wheels of Steel turns laptop nerds into DJ stars with an ingenuous animated turntable that could make your office the life of the party. Even more amazing is that Wheels of Steel was created without Flash, meaning everybody can have a chance for vinyl-spinning greatness.
4.) All Hail the ‘Kings’: The first episode of Rhett and Link’s commercial kings was up on Hulu all this week before it premieres tonight on IFC. For fans of viral video commercial weirdness, this show is pure genius.
5.) Oh Snap: This commercial for Steak ‘n Shake rounds out our list for perfectly capturing that “you’re so busted” feeling of being caught by kids and then having to bribe to keep their mouths shut. Watch this ad now… or we’ll tell on you.