BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #78: How Beyoncé Changed The Universe; Also, Gaga, GTA V, and German Lessons

This week on “Banter with Ben and Lisa,” Ben Mandelker (twitter.com/bsideblog) and Lisa Timmons (twitter.com/timmonslisa) bow down to Beyoncé. Pretty hurts, but this podcast doesn’t. We discuss Queen B’s amazing album stunt and contrast it with similar efforts by the likes of Lady Gaga. We also talk about Gaga’s recent duet with Christina Aguilera on “The Voice” before switching gears and taking on “Grand Theft Auto V.” Finally, things end on a peculiar note as Lisa helps Ben learn German. It’s all very musical, violent, and educational. Come listen!

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THINGS I ATE: Sausage and Beer at ‘Berlin Currywurst’

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It’s October, and among the fall pleasures in Los Angeles is Oktoberfest, that German celebration of the harvest or beer or who knows what. The point is that I have Germany on the mind, which means this is a great opportunity to revisit a restaurant my friends and I dropped by over the summer: Berlin Currywurst.

Ardent readers of this blog may remember that I happily visited the Silver Lake location of “Berlin Currywurst” on its opening day two and a half years ago. Since then, the plucky sausage shop has expanded into fresh new digs in Hollywood, taking over an old BBQ joint on Cahuenga and adding on a biergarten. There really aren’t enough outdoor biergartens in this city, and so it was with high hopes that I assembled a crew of people to head to Berlin Currywurst for an afternoon of beer, sausage, and outdoorsiness.

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VIDEO: Guess What This Commercial Is Selling

Unless you’re familiar with the brand Humanic and unless you can understand the German title of this YouTube video, you might have a difficult time figuring out what this circa 1970 German commercial is about. One thing is for certain: it clearly provided some of the inspiration for Sprockets.

Take your guesses as to what the ad is selling in the comments!

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AND WHATNOT: The Best Viral Video of the Day, Courtesy of Joel McHale and Melissa McCarthy

WIRED: The Worst Gear
Yahoo! News: News of the World staff mocks Rebekah Brooks in final crossword clues
New York Post: Drunk man who trashed Letterman’s theater has no recollection of incident
Spiegel Online: Deadly Spider Shuts Down German Supermarket (thanks Malibu Judie!)
Out: Michael Irvin: The Playmaker Preaches
EW.com: ‘Nail Files’: Star and Painted Nail salon owner Katie Cazorla names five reasons to tune in tonight
The Awl: How To Split A Check At A Restaurant

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‘Dirty Dancing’ in Sixty Seconds, As Portrayed By Germans

Yesterday I posted a brilliant sixty-second version of Inception that was part of a competition to recreate movies in exactly one minute. Here is another submission to the contest, and it’s just as amusing in a totally different way.

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AND WHATNOT: Terrell Owens Is A Bengal! Also, A New ‘Jersey Shore’ Cast Member, Premature Panda Death, and Violence Against Kittens

D-Listed: DUDES: Tom Hardy Has Done A Couple
Food2: Fattiest Foods from the Fifty States
LAist: Fired Employee Set Bondage Club Ablaze, Killing Owner Inside
Starcasm: PHOTOS Big Brother’s Rachel Reilly was a ‘Las Vegas Go Girl’
Socialite Life: Madonna Shows Taylor Momsen How To Strike A Pose!
LA Now: Two Sylmar sisters sought after woman dies from silicone injection in buttocks
ESPN: Source: Owens agrees with Bengals (awesome)
Telegraph: Chinese zoo accidentally gasses giant panda to death (thanks Malibu Judie!)
Black Voices: Former NBA Player Lorenzen Wright’s Body is Found in the Woods
LA Now: Off-duty Marine accused of throwing kitten at wall
Movieline: TCA: How Julie Chen Plans to Channel Cedric the Entertainer on Her New Talk Show
Vulture: Meet the New Jersey Shore Cast Member
LAist: Spend 3 Happy Hours Drinking 1-Cent PBR
Socialite Life: Live & In Concert: Aretha Franklin & Condoleez Rice Take On Philly!

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German Man Marries His Cat Bride

Just moments ago, I was thinking to myself that I hadn’t seen a wacky Internet video in all of about two days, and like a knight in shining armor, my friend Michelle at Best Week Ever Tweeted out this insanely bizarre story about a German man who has taken on a feline bride. I don’t know why he’s done this — artistic expression or mere lunacy? — but it’s entertaining nonetheless. And so very German. Certainly puts a new meaning on liking da pussy (ohhhhhhh SNAP! I went there).

For those of you fluent in the language, be sure to check out the full story here.

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