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The Late Movies: "Whip It" Covers

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Devo's "Whip It" has one hand reaching out to the future (a Minimoog synthesizer drives the tune and a six oscillator synthesizer, custom-made for the band by Moog Music, provides the low end) and one hand reaching back to the past (bass player Gerald Casale has said that the lead guitar riff is based on the riff from Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," with the beat moved to the end) and both feet firmly planted in awesomeness.

For some reason, I had the song stuck in my head this morning, and now, in an effort to wrest the ear worm from my skull, I'm wallowing in various cover versions. You get to come along for the ride.

Pearl Jam

We'll start with a relatively straightforward cover by DEVOtees Pearl Jam (donning their energy domes), from their 2009 Halloween show at Philly's beloved Spectrum.

Big Daddy

Big Daddy's, as their they're wont to do, does the song in a 50's pop style.

Thrash Attack!

YouTube user speedybrock re-imagines the song as a metallic assault that recalls the early 80's in a different way than the original does. Would have loved to hear some vocals on this one!

Gary and his Ukulele

YouTube user Gary Halacan whips out his uke for a stripped down version of the song. Things get real cute when his homemade energy dome, part of the packaging for a lamp, starts to come loose. Gary also does an awesome Run to the Hills.

A Bunch of Middle Schoolers

The coolest kids in the whole world reenact the original music video, miming the instruments, but providing their own vocals.

The Chipmunks

There's a whole lot of context missing here, but let's try and piece it together: The Chipmunks have been forced into child labor and are mass producing some sort of baked good. Alvin, inevitably, makes a poor decision and screws everything up, and for some reason, "Whip It" was deemed the appropriate musical accompaniment.

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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