Is The Idol Bad on Purpose?

Orly Minazad
Orly Minazad is a freelance writer and regrets it every day of her life. She moved to the States from Iran in 1991 with her family seeking better opportunities only to waste them earning a Masters in Professional Writing degree from USC which no longer exists, cost a lot of money, and for which she has nothing to show. No, she is not bitter at all. Why do you ask? Oh, you didn’t, ok. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles where she spends the day loading and unloading the dishwasher.

The Idol finally premiered on HBO and people definitely had some thoughts but in Abel Tesfaye’s defense, the sex scenes were not supposed to be sexy. (GQ)

“Never trust a dude with a rat tail”

But if you still need a palette cleanser from all the cringe, here it is. This woman was declared dead only to regain consciousness and bang on the coffin while her family was mourning her death. (ABC7)

And then there’s this asshole, who faked his own death to teach his family a lesson about keeping in touch with him. I completely understand why they don’t. (LBC)

So much drama and feelings in these 7 seconds.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is making Tomb Raider for Amazon Prime. There is no date and no star or director attached yet, but pinky promise it’s happening, guys. Trust her. (IGN)

Instant Pot filed for bankruptcy and it’s my fault for planning on buying one for the past 3 years and never doing it. (Pajiba)

The Persian Version is about an Iranian-American girl trying to not belong equally to both places. It’s me if I were cool. (The Hollywood Reporter)

This story is about Trevor Rainbolt, a geoguesser and local hero who spent 80 hours tracking down a bagel place after a man claimed he found the best bagel sandwich but would not disclose the location. Who does that? (The Antagonist)

American Zoomers are faking what now? (Boing Boing)

New lifehack just dropped. Or a better hack is just buying Oreo ice cream, I guess.

Think twice before you make a Jack Daniels parody dog toy. They’re not messing around. (Core77)

Please, Lego. Take my money and give me this new Hocus Pocus cottage set. (Nerdist)

Nikola Jokic is my husband after spending one hour with the parents from school at a kid’s birthday party. (NPR)

Full disclosure, I did not read the whole article, but “Conservatives call for Kellogg’s boycott after Tony the Tiger poses with Dylan Mulvaney at Tony Awards” is the funniest headline ever. (Washington Examiner)

Anna Delvey has a podcast where she interviews people, but honestly I’d listen to a podcast about her just living under house arrest and talking about all the things she’s done. (Vulture)

Black Mirror returns with season 6 on June 15th. But to be honest, I stopped watching after that robot took over Miley Cyrus’ life. Too real. (The Ringer)

How heavy are four hamsters? I don’t know rodent measurements and I’m trying to figure out how bad the world’s largest kidney stone, found in Sri Lanka, is. (CNN)

Two women in Sweden threw paint at and then glued themselves to a Monet painting to raise awareness about climate change and now all our climate problems are solved thanks to their smart and logical approach to the matter. (AP)

I need everyone to know that the “surprise alarm” feature is not real and you do not need to fear your friends. (MSN)

Paul McCartney used AI as a tool to extract John Lennon’s vocals from a cassette for a new Beatles record to be released this year. (The Verge)

After 41 years, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak is retiring. Truly the end of an era for a show I knew existed but haven’t watched since I hung out with my grandma on sick days from school. (Variety)

I live for recipes like this new upside-down puff pastry TikTok trend that takes minimal effort and clean up. (Lifehacker)


I’ve been seeing a lot of sweet and savory recipes with this viral trend, but I had to try a spicy version🔥 Upside Down Jalapeño Tart Preheat oven to 400°F. Start by drizzling hot honey on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange slices of jalapeño on honey. Grate parmesan and cheddar cheese. Cut puff pastry sheet into 4 even rectangles. Place one of the puff pastry rectangles on top of jalapeño pile and press down edges. Brush with egg wash. Bake 17-20 minutes or until golden brown and enjoy! #upsidedownpuffpastrytart #viralrecipe #viraltrend #jalapeño #puffpastry

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