The “Parent of the Year” competition is going to be a heated race this year. Originally, John and Kate Gosselin seemed like shoe-ins, but the Heene family and the British woman mentioned in Aaron’s column this week are definitely making a run for the title. Of course, we still have two months left for Octomom to make her move, so anything can happen.
Speaking of competitions, our editor Joel did some guest work this week for a cool site called Tournament of the Random. As the name implies, the site picks a random theme, then pits things falling under that theme against each other in a NCAA-style bracket. The current tournament is “Guilty Pleasures.” Joel provided “expert” analysis on a wide range of guilty pleasures, including Cher, cheerleader movies and pajama pants. Make sure to check it out (and vote in the next round, which starts Monday).
Here’s what’s new on HoboTrashcan.com this week:
Murphy’s Law – Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
As any fan of Chris Brown or Roman Polanski’s work can tell you, when a celebrity does something horrendous, it can often be tough to separate the art from the artist. Luckily, Joel Murphy has a solution to this problem (one that involves the most adorable photoshopped movie poster ever).
Outside of the In-Crowd – The boy in the plastic balloon, a.k.a., Famewhoring: The next generation
America was captivated by the story of Falcon Heene, a little boy supposedly trapped inside a runaway balloon, which ultimately turned out to be a hoax orchestrated by his fame-hungry family. This week, Courtney Enlow tries to figure out how the quest for fame got so out of control.
Positive Cynicism – How to exploit your child for fame and profit
If you thought the Heene family’s actions last Thursday were horrendous, they pale in comparison to the woman in the UK who for six years claimed her son had cerebral palsy and cystic fibrosis (and forced him to ride around in a wheelchair) for money and attention. Aaron R. Davis shares her story.
Hobo Radio 103 – What are we trying to say?
Only Joel Murphy and Lars Periwinkle could have a talk about the evening news somehow devolve into a discussion of fake scientists, overpriced shooters and pepper spray.
Somehow, they also find the time to discuss two great evils this week – Jay Leno and George Lucas. Leno is continuing to run NBC into the ground with poor ratings in the 10 p.m. timeslot and an unconfirmed report claims that Lucas is considering going forward with three more Star Wars films. Neither story makes our co-hosts very happy.
How would Joel deal with NBC’s Jay Leno problem? What is the qualification to become a “scientist”? What does George Lucas have in common with Hitler? The answers to these questions and more are in this week’s podcast.
Finish That Fortune 8
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