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Friday, July 1, 2016

Do You Want to Ride Around San Francisco in Ecto-1 Today or Tomorrow?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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OK, normally, SF Weekly has a severe allergic reaction to anything that even suggests shilling for corporations — but nobody likes a joyless scold, so while we're not going to tell you to use any ride-sharing services this weekend, we will say that you should keep an eye out for a replica of the Ghostbusters' Ecto-1, which will be shuttling Lyft riders around town in anticipation of the reboot, which hits theaters July 14.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"Bring a Sweater, It Gets Chili": Bad Yelp Reviews of the Golden Gate Bridge

Posted By on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 1:00 PM

PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Some trolls live under bridges. The rest live online and write about them.

A few weeks ago, a Mother Jones article about one-star reviews of the National Parks made the rounds on the internet. Speaking as someone who keeps Yelp at arm's length and whose goal is to get to every national park by age 40 — there are 59, and I've been to 38, with five-and-a-half years to go — I was quite tickled. And a little jealous. 

Then I saw that the Golden Gate Bridge, which doesn't need to be talked up by the likes of anybody and definitely doesn't need anybody to dismiss it with a casual swipe, has pages and pages of Yelp reviews. Most of them are strongly positive (because duh), but there are some conspicuous outliers. Yelp, a forum for humanity's basest impulses that functions as a comments section without a story at the top of it, is never Yelpier than when reviewing the most universally recognized elements of American culture.

While I couldn't find anyone who wrote, "Needless to say, I won't be going back," there are definitely some gems in here. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Drag Queen Ponders Kim Kardashian's Fans During Her Appearance at the Castro

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00 AM

DYLAN PEET
  • Dylan Peet

Sometimes — at night, mostly — I'm a drag queen. My name is Sue Veneer.

Tonight, I have drag homework. I have to pick two songs to perform tomorrow at Dick @ Night, a beard-y drag show that Grace Towers hosts Wednesdays at Moby Dick. The theme this week is "Stop Making Stupid People Famous." I live in Oakland, so when I perform I usually have a long commute with a painted face but, since last Thursday I've been housesitting less than 100 feet from the Castro Theatre.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

World’s Longest Hybrid Roller Coaster Opens May 23

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Don't worry, they finished it! It's finished! - SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Don't worry, they finished it! It's finished!

Thomas Mann’s enigmantic modernist masterpiece, The Magic Mountain, takes place at an Alpine sanitarium on the cusp of World War I. A century later, going to equally great heights may no longer be considered good for vitality and a ruddy complexion, but it sure is good for a thrill.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Startup Culture Can't Get More Frivolous Than Tittygram

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Just when you thought start-ups couldn’t get any more frivolous than giving awards to a housekeeping app that organizes your other housekeeping apps, they throw some rank sexism into the mix. For $9.95, a Moscow-based company called Tittygram will send a buxom woman with a message written across her breasts. (A $29.95 “business” version includes the model of your choice and a keepsake hi-res photo without a watermark.)

Although the video doesn’t make it explicit, you aren’t restricted to Cyrillic script, but do mind that 35-character limit. (Keeping things to one-quarter of a tweet sounds like a guarantee that only the raunchiest of remarks will ever get sent, so if you wanted to send your significant other the sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, rent a skywriter.)

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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Most Common Places for Craigslist Missed Connections (Map)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

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Looking for love in the great United States of Uhmerica? Then maybe you should be spending more time at Wal-Mart. That's according to a recent (and depressing?) Psychology Today map by Dorothy Gambrell that crunched Craigslist "Missed Connections" data to show where denizens were not quite finding love.

See Also: The Best Bay Area Neighborhoods for Singles

So You're Famous and You're Single -- It's Still OK to Date Online

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

With Movie-Going on the Decline, Can Small Bay Area Theaters Survive?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

ROMMY GHALY
  • Rommy Ghaly

Last month, San Francisco's historic Bridge Theatre closed after lending its single screen to art house, independent, and foreign cinema for more than 50 years.

We're all witness to the obvious replacement of the video store with online streaming options, but what about the movie-going experience, and the availability of important films that probably won't make it on the Netflix bill anytime soon without Cannes lion heads attached to them?

See Also: Top 10 Bay Area Movie Theaters

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Top Professions that Attract Psychopaths

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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  • The famous shower scene from Psycho

With any job, there are always those coworkers that seem a little bit off. Perhaps it's the gal who sends you a chastising e-mail for your "improper use of mailing labels," or the guy who beats the vending machine when his Doritos get stuck. Despite the crazy-making habits of most professions, it turns out that some jobs are far more likely to attract psychopaths than others.

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How to Navigate Crazy Co-workers Online

Chrome Extension Debunks Your Relatives' Crazy E-Mails

Facebook Drama-Avoidance Tips for the Recently Dumped

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ninja, Guru, Maven ... The Most Appalling Social Media Titles Ranked

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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The good folks over at Ad Age have been tracking the number of self-proclaimed social media "gurus," "ninjas," "whores," (seriously), "mavens," and other barftastic titles since 2009. Not only have these titles not gone away, they've grown exponentially in the last few years, from a mere 16,000 to 181,000.

Here are the most popular (awful) social media names people are calling themselves on Twitter:

See also:

Site Records All the Casual Homophobia on Twitter, Depresses Us Immensely

Twitter Can Get You Laid

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Five Trends that Need to Die in 2013

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

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Ah, the end of the year. The holidays, the hustle, the bustle, the family gatherings -- and soon enough the ball will drop and then it's time for those pesky new year's resolutions. Most of us will resolve to exercise more, eat less, or quit smoking (really, you still haven't quit smoking?). But today at the Exhibitionist, we would like to recommend a few more things we can all do less in the coming year for the benefit of collective humanity.

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Words That Need to Be Retired in 2013

Black Friday: SF Weekly Takes Masochism to a New Level, Spends 24 Hours at Walmart

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