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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Today I would like to spend some time talking about one of my favorite authors — Bill Bryson. He is the king of hilarious, witty travel writing that always holds your attention, whether you want to go to his travel spot or not.

This book serves as a great little getaway to Australia without actually going!

This book serves as a great little getaway to Australia without actually going!

Recently, I have been reading In a Sunburned Country, an older novel (written in 2000) but still lovely to wrap your thoughts around. In this story, Bryson sets loose on the sunny, unbearably hot continent of Australia, tackling its dangerous animals, friendly people, and of course, its pubs.

The great thing about this book is that it is a mixture of facts and pleasurable storytelling. All of it is nonfiction, but the way in which Bryson writes it really makes it come alive. He puts himself in the action and then relates facts about which part of Australia he is in. And the factoid parts never get boring — he often throws in his own little witticisms on the subjects, which are most always very funny.

Perhaps some of my favorite parts in this book occur when the travel writer finds himself at odds with one of Australia’s deadly creatures. There are plenty of them! Right from the beginning of the book, he is swimming in Portuguese man-o-war infested waters. He also purchases various books with great subjects like crocodile encounters and killer creatures to read on his trip.

At the end of each day, you can usually count on Bryson retiring in some small pub, observing the Australians around him with great interest. Some of the people he meets during his travels are quite entertaining characters, to say the least.

The storytelling done here is most pleasant because Bryson does it with such ease. You really feel like you’re getting a good look (even though it’s only an overview) of the entire continent. The same can be said for his other books. There is definitely no one else out there quite like Bill Bryson.

Where will he take us next?

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Yep, you read right. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Spongebob Squarepants, the lovable sea sponge from Bikini Bottom.

Thank you for 10 years of laughter, Spongebob. Photo from clubfreetime.com.

Thank you for 10 years of laughter, Spongebob. Photo from clubfreetime.com.

I can’t believe it’s been ten years already. I remember watching the first few episodes of the show (it didn’t feel like that long ago) and laughing my ass off. Spongebob had everything I could ask for in a sponge — an unusually positive attitude, a hearty laugh, a willingness to entertain, and a VERY big heart. You know, he still does after ten years in the making.

Looking back, there seemed to be some concern about if the show was really appropriate for children. Some people griped that Spongebob and Patrick shared homosexual moments and that the humor in the show was far too sexual. I think people read too much into things.

Besides, I always thought Spongebob had the hots for Sandy.

According to MercuryNews.com, Nickelodeon will be hosting a marathon of the show, playing fifty episodes, which will start this Friday. They will also be airing ten brand new episodes. VH1 will be showing a documentary called “Square Roots: The Story of ‘Spongebob Squarepants.'” Some celebration!

Of course, we can’t leave out one of the show’s most important characters — Gary the snail. A snail that meows…how genius. (Actually, there was an episode in which Spongebob dreamt about Gary being sort of a booksmart Englishman prodigy.)

Well, I would like to extend many thanks to the creators of this wonderfully silly but entertaining show. May you have ten more years of giggling, ridiculousness, and childlike happiness.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Have you ever been scanning pictures anywhere on the internet and come across a picture of a cat with some sort of badly spelled sentence on it? Weird, I know, but if you have, you’ve just stumbled across an infamous LOL cat.

I’m sure many people have seen countless LOL cats, or maybe have even been to theĀ  LOL cat website, I Can Has Cheezburger. The site features daily updates of new and improved LOL cat pictures. Some are posted, while others are created right there on the site. (That’s the cool part — you can take a regular old picture of a cat right off the site, and then put it through the LOL cat builder to make your own picture. I’ve done it. Don’t judge me.)

This is one of my all time favorites.

This is one of my all time favorites.

When it comes down to it, LOL cats are funny. They entertain us. They make us laugh. They can even pick you up when you’re feeling down. But the real question is — Should we consider an LOL cat a form of art?

You could argue yes. There is quite the creative process happening with each picture. Not only do we rely on the photographer to provide us with something hilarious, but we also must then come up with some sort of witty caption…and include horrible grammar, of course.

You could also argue no. You could say it’s just another ludicrous thing we have created to entertain ourselves out of boredom. Some people, and I won’t judge too harshly here, have taken the LOL cat a little too far. I was curiously interested to find out that some of these people have taken the time to translate the entire bible into LOL cat speak. (That’s the horrible spelling language on all the pictures.) If you really want to go that far, check it out.

But, not to get off topic. Do you think LOLz are a modern form of art? What’s your favorite LOL cat? You can tell me. I won’t judge you.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

What can you say about Sacha Baron Cohen? Sometimes, he’s really offensive. Sometimes, he’s really hilarious. One thing is for sure — he’s always out of his mind. That pretty much describes his next movie, Bruno.

Meet Bruno, the Australian homosexual news reporter. Image from filmonic.com.

Meet Bruno, the Australian homosexual news reporter. Image from filmonic.com.

Because Borat was such a well-known movie, it seems that Cohen had a lot to pull off this time around. He was already known for setting up crazy antics and not cluing any of his co-stars in on the fun.

Whether you liked Borat or you were offended by it, you have to admit that it was a definite hit at the box office. Setting up that kind of fan base and then making another movie with a similar setup is not an easy task.

Having not seen Bruno yet, I honestly don’t know what to expect. I’ve heard from those who have watched it that things appeared more staged in this movie than any of his other movies. If this is the case, it might have to do with the fact that Cohen was sued numerous times over by many of the bystanders in Borat. To make that kind of unrest would be unwise a second time around.

Either way, I have to give it to Sacha Baron Cohen. His creativity may be crude, but it certainly is entertaining.

What do you think about Bruno?

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UPDATE: (7/15/09) This just in — Bruno has been banned in Ukraine. The movie contained too much sex for them to bear. Read the full article from Yahoo! News here.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Laughing my ass off only touches the surface of how much giddiness ‘The Hangover’ made me feel when I saw it last weekend. Seriously, half the people in the theater with me were so close to dying of laughter I thought they might fall out of their seats and croak by only halfway through the movie. Of course, you might want to leave the kids home for this one.

The movie starts with three friends who are having a bachelor party for their soon-to-be-married buddy. It works it’s way backwards, giving the audience a small snippet of what happens at the end of their debauchery, and then starts from the beginning, where the guys are left trying to piece together what they did the night before. Thanks to Allen, played by hilarious Zach Galifianakis, the boys accidentally swallowed some rufies the night before.

In this crude, yet often side splitting comedy, the three friends travel down the Las Vegas strip, gathering any and all information about what they might have done up until that morning, when they wake up in their suite with Mike Tyson’s tiger locked in the bathroom.

I don’t want to give too much more away, but definitely go see this if you are able. Keep in mind that it’s sick and crude humor is not suitable for young children. Naked Chinese men, strippers, and unmentionable other things might not be good for those little eyes to see!

Yuck it up. I’m definitely buying this one when it comes out.

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