After the death of Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl felt unsure of where to go and what to do with his life.
He wondered if his future might not, in fact, lie in drumming for another band.
Six months after Cobain’s passing, Grohl recorded a fifteen-track demo on which he played all the instruments himself, except for the guitar part on ‘X-statics’ which was performed by Greg Dulli.
Quite a few major labels were interested in the demo but Capitol Records got Grohl to sign a deal.
Grohl was not interested in a solo career and recruited other band members and formed the band Foo Fighters.
In between his touring with the Foo Fighters and work on subsequent albums, Grohl got involved with numerous other projects.
In 2001 he stood in for Freddie Mercury on vocals for a performance of ‘Tie Your Mother Down’ with Brian May and Roger Taylor. He also accepted an invitation to join Queens of the Stone Age, and assisted them with their 2002 recording of the album ‘Songs for the Deaf’.
Grohl made history when, between October 26, 2002 and March 1, 2003, he was in the number one spot on the Modern Rock charts for 17 of 18 successive weeks as a member of three different bands – Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age!
Restaurant owners would probably give and arm and a leg to get a spot in Times Square, one of the most highly trafficked places in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Of course, when you disappoint in a place like that, people notice.
Guy Fieri’s not-so-cleverly-named restaurant ‘Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar’ was certainly noticed for this.
A New York Times review sarcastically asks “Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex?” And that was only the start of the review.
Flash forward some months and one man, Bryan Mytko, noticed something else lacking from the restaurant: a website. He jumped on the opportunity, registering the domain guysamericankitchenandbar.com and posting a satirical menu.
On it are cleverly, overly detailed items including some not-so-appetizing choices such as deep fried snake.
One item is certain to become a patron favorite: Guy’s Big Balls.
Film studios are bound to lose money on films once in a while. That’s just the nature of the business.
It’s quite impressive, then, that the film studio and distributer The Asylum has never lost money on a film with around 100 releases.
The company produces mainly “mockbusters,” films that capitalize on productions by major studios, usually resorting to film titles and scripts very similar to those of current blockbusters in order to lure customers.
David Latt, a director and one of the studio’s founders, prefers the term "tie-ins" to "mockbusters", stating that The Asylum's productions, even those that capitalize on major releases, contain original stories.
They typically spend “well under a million dollars” on a film and they usually break even after about three months.
Latt states that the studio plans its productions around the word of mouth of the financial prospects of upcoming films. The studio's films are usually released on video shortly before the theatrical release of a major studio film with similar themes or storylines.
Some of the more notable films this studio has produced are H.G Wells’ War of the Worlds and Sharknado.
Secrecy, conspiracy and Tom Cruise all have one thing in common: the Church of Scientology.
While many of the things that make their way to water cooler talk at work is unbased rumors, there is a compound in Riverside County, California that certainly raises a few eyebrows and makes you wonder how high your “thetan level” has to be to gain access.
The area is known as Gold Base (certainly more cryptic than your average church) and sits in the outskirts of southern California.
It's considered to be the international headquarters of the Church of Scientology, and it seems they have a bit of a security problem. The entire compound is heavily guarded with high, bladed fences, cameras, motion detectors, and armed guards.
The religion acquired the land, then a resort called Gilman Hot Springs, in 1978. It was bought in secret with cash until an alias.
The compound now houses the church's own movie studio, Golden Era Productions, high-ranking leader's homes, and church founder, L. Rom Hubbard's mans ion that is still being tended to, awaiting his reincarnation. And yes, Tom Cruise has visited the compound to study.
Imagine a world with smelly, sweaty and greasy hair being the norm. That world actually wasn't that long ago.
Today, most of the population regularly cleans and shampoos their hair on a near daily basis.
Turns out, that only started being common in the 1970s and 1980s.
The ritual of constantly cleaning one's hair has spawned a new movement called “no poo” (they really should have though of a more appealing name).
The belief is that with washing your hair every day, the scalp is lacking necessary oils that are there naturally. Because of this, the body will ramp up the production of said oil to compensate, making it even more difficult to keep your hair looking fresh. Thus a vicious cycle begins.
So how does the “no poo” crowd stay clean? The most natural and effective way is with straight up water—no shampoo or chemicals needed.
If that doesn't cut it, some use dissolved baking soda followed by an acidic rinse with something like diluted vinegar. Other things like honey and coconut oils can also be used.
I think I'll stick with my Head and Shoulders, thanks!