Those pesky Sesame Street characters are making headlines again. First came the Elmo scandal. Now a Cookie Monster impersonator in New York's Times Square is facing charges after a scuffle with a two-year-old.
According to an article in USA Today, 'Crooky Monster' Osvaldo Quiroz-Lopez apparently pestered Sagar and Parmita Kurada who were out shopping with their son, Samay.
Though the impersonators have no affiliation with Sesame, they happily pose for photos hoping for tips. But Cookie apparently became "verbally abusive and pushed Samay."
He "was right next to me saying, 'Come on, come on! Give me the money!' " Kurada told the Daily News. "I was getting scared. I thought he was going to attack me or he was going to hit me."
Quiroz-Lopez apparently demanded $2. And when Kurada insisted she had no cash handy, the 33 year old said, "You are a bitch, your son is a bastard and your stuff is trash."
He then pushed her son. He lost his balance and nearly fell. Quiroz-Lopez has been charged with child endangerment.
As for little Samay, he keeps saying, "I don't like the Cookie Monster, I don't like the Cookie Monster."
The costumed buskers in Times Square have become a "scourge." Officials are searching for a middle ground that respects freedom of speech and public safety.
A bad cookie in the jar? Or ban the buskers?
Cocktail by name, cocktail by nature. A bartender has a secret ingredient you'll wish wasn't in your drink... Semen.
According to an article in Huffington Post, Paul 'Fotie' Photenhauer predicts that his book, Semenology—The Semen Bartender’s Handbook, will be the next big thing in the booze world. (Oh, God, there's no shortage of pun material here!)
This, following his 2011, similarly themed oeuvre, Natural Harvest: A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes. The idea is that you learn to "mix selected spirits to enhance the delicate flavours of semen.”
If that's hard to swallow, consider some of the cocktail names: Macho Mojito, the Slightly Saltier Caviar and the Galliano Cum Shot. The book also features tips on how to store the er, goods.
“People eat all kinds of weird shit," he said. "Eggs are the menstruation of chickens. Milk is the mammary excretion from cows. Semen is… at least it’s fresh and you know who the producer is.”
Of course he cautions about using only "trusted" sperm in order to avoid HIV and other STDs.
No joke. The Huffington Post recalls a State University of New York study praising semen's many health benefits, from reducing depression, increasing affection and improving sleep.
Ladies, how about that next cocktail night, eh?
Music is filled with more vitriol than usual this week. If it isn't Brad Paisley ruffling feathers with his little ditty, 'Accidental Racist,' it's the UK revival of the Judy Garland classic "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" in honour of the death of Margaret Thatcher.
The song—which is guaranteed to ring nostalgic bells with anyone who grew up watching the Wizard of Oz—is now part of a posthumous hate campaign against the former Prime Minister who once ruled Britain for over a decade.
But the years have done little to quell the hatred, which is so fervent in fact that the song managed to break into the top 10 in the British pop charts this week, and may even score one of the top three places. Just days after Thatcher's death.
Though there are factions that admire the 'Iron Lady,' many others have been very vocally celebrating her demise. According to an article in the Toronto Star, following her death crowds gathered in South London "drank alcohol and chanted the song's lyrics in the streets."
British singer Morrissey, never one to mince words, called Thatcher "Terror without an atom of humanity."
Putting politics aside for just a moment, do the dead ever deserve such blatant disrespect?