He's So Hot Right Now: New York Has a Will Ferrell-Themed Bar

A new Will Ferrell-themed bar would like to extend an invitation to their pants party. Stay Classy New York just soft-opened on the Lower East Side, and, well, this is like a yazz flute solo to our ears.

Owners Zach Neil and Brian Link opened the bar to pay homage to the endless supply of laughs they’ve had thanks to Ferrell’s career full of characters, from SNL classics like the Spartan cheerleader and Roxbury guy Steve Butabi, to his string of comedies including Talladega Nights, Old School, and Step Brothers. But their primary source of inspiration—and the movie that gave the bar its name—was Anchorman.

“That one was sort of like, he’s created something that’s absolutely ridiculous and I love it and I watched it five times a week for three years,” Neil told WPIX.

Their obsession with Ferrell quotables shows on the bar’s signature drink menu: you can order anything from a Smelly Pirate Hooker to a Mugatu Mule to a “We’re Going Streaking!” And, they take suggestions. (We’ll be putting in requests for a syrup-flavored “Smiling’s My Favorite” and a hangover-inducing “More Cowbell!”)

Since the duo seemed to know that there’s no better time to open a character-themed bar than just before Halloween, New Yorkers will have two chances to show off their best Ferrell character costumes. The official launch party for Stay Classy on October 23 is Anchorman-themed, and though the bar will likely be filled with very important people toting around leather-bound books, swilling scotch and spritzing rich mahogany cologne, feel free to bring your friends and dress as the whole lamp-loving, Sex-Panther-smelling Channel 4 crew. (Intrepid anchorladies are highly encouraged to keep those boys in line.)

If Talladega Nights is more your scene, the bar is hosting a similar night on October 30 for Ricky Bobbys, smokin’-hot blonde trophy wives, any twins who want to come as Walker and Texas Ranger, and haughty French racers. Shake and bake!

There’s no word on whether the man of a thousand characters will make an appearance, but considering his history of throwing down with lookalikes, we’ll keep our fingers crossed. There should be plenty of opportunities down the road—the bar hopes to eventually host movie viewing parties.

We're pretty sure this is a decision no one will regret.

[h/t: Gothamist]

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Fictional Place Names Are Popping Up On Road Signs in Didcot, England

Driving along the highway in Didcot, England, you may notice something strange: the road signs point the way to places like Neverland and Middle-earth.

The names of these and other fictional locales from literature were seamlessly added to road signs by an artist/prankster using Transport Medium, the official font of British road signs.

After some sleuthing, BBC News found the man responsible, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity. He told the BBC that he's been orchestrating "creative interventions" all over England for about 20 years under different pseudonyms, and that this project was a reaction to Didcot being labeled "the most normal town in England" in 2017, which rubbed him the wrong way. "To me there's nowhere that's normal, there's no such thing, but I thought I'd have a go at changing people's perceptions of Didcot," he said of the town, which he describes as a "fun" and "funky" place.

Oxfordshire County Council isn't laughing; it told the BBC that although the signs were "on the surface amusing," they were "vandalism" and potentially dangerous, since it would be hard for a driver who spotted one not to do a double take while their eyes were supposed to be on the road. Even so, thanks to routine council matters, the signs are safe—at least for now—as the Council says that it is prioritizing fixing potholes at the moment.

Jackie Billington, Didcot's mayor, recognizes that the signs have an upside. "If you speak to the majority of people in Didcot they're of the same opinion: it's put Didcot on the map again," he told BBC News. "Hopefully they'll be up for a couple of weeks."

There are five altered signs in total. If you fancy a visit to the Emerald City, you're pointed toward Sutton Courtenay. Narnia neighbors a power station. And Gotham City is on the same route as Oxford and Newbury (and not, apparently, in New Jersey, as DC Comics would have you believe). If you want to go see the signs for yourself before they disappear, you'll find them along the A4130 to Wallingford.

See the signs here and in the video below.

[h/t BBC News]

Prepare to Be Stumped By This Math Problem Meant for Fifth Graders

Math is hard. Just ask Mumsnet user PeerieBreeks, who posted a ‘simple’ math riddle meant for fifth graders to the parenting website, and ended up with more than 500 comments—many of them from adults struggling to come up with the correct answer. Here’s the riddle:

For the most part, the problem-solvers who shared their answers all believed that the man made a profit, but whether it was $10, $20, or $30 seemed to be in hot dispute. Can you figure it out? (Scroll down for the answer. We’ll give you a minute …)






The wording of the riddle, not the math, seems to be what’s throwing most people off. Because the transactions in question relate to the same horse, people are looking at it as a single, four-part transaction—buys, sells, buys, sells. But the correct way to look at the problem, and figure out the answer, is to look at it as just two transactions: a man bought a horse and sold a horse. A man bought a horse and sold a horse. (The man could just as easily have bought and sold a dog in one of those transactions and it wouldn’t change the outcome.)

All of which is to say that the correct answer is: The man made a $20 profit.


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