Addison Duling

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: An Adaptation of an Adaptation

Most avid readers have read Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, and it has gotten more than one film adaptation. But finally, we will see the story in a new film, of the classic’s literary revision Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies takes place in the same setting, with much the same characters, only with one addition: Zombies. Elizabeth’s sharp tongue is accompanied by a sharp blade, as she and her sisters were trained in China to fight the growing zombie epidemic.

Since then, Lily James and Sam Riley, from Downton Abbey and Maleficent, respectively, have been cast in the leading roles. Matt Smith from Doctor Who makes an appearance, and so do Lena Heady and Charles Dance from A Game of Thrones. I’ll have to tell Rod about this cast, I think it’ll sell him on seeing it with me. 😡

This book, which contains Zombies in a time period we don’t usually see them in, will no doubt be exciting to see on the big screen!

Armenian Court Dismisses Charges Against Newspaper with Anti-Gay Article

A recent court decision in the Armenian capital city of Yerevan dismissed a suit against a newspaper that named and called for the black-listing of 50 homosexual lobbyists. Activists soon labeled the decision as support for hate speech and homophobia. There is also some question as to whether the Armenian President’s recent award of a medal of honor to the newspaper founder and owner may have influenced the judge’s decision.

16 of the persons named in the article brought the suit against the newspaper. Not only did the writer name the homosexual lobbyists, but he also called on their employers to fire them and labeled them enemies of the nation. Several additional such articles followed the first in a full series.

While one cannot condone the actions of the newspaper, it is not clear that their opinions ought result in their being sued. They targeted people in the sense that they asked others to fire their employees, but they had no power to actually cause them to be fired. If homosexuals want to write an article in a newspaper calling for that newspaper writer to be fired, they would be free to do so. If they want to hate that writer, it is their right to hate him. But the government probably could do more, otherwise you’re outright condoning this type of hate speech.  Mann thinks so anyway.

China’s Fashion Week Kicks Off With Elaborate Headpieces and Luxurious Lashes

China’s fashion industry is worth about $140.4 billion and is one of the largest in the world. So naturally, Fashion Week in China featured a number of fascinating pieces. Headpieces and eye-catching lashes were among the looks on display at the event.

Some of the biggest names in Chinese design, including Wang Yutao and Ne Tiger presented pieces during Beijing Fashion Week, which was sponsored by FreedomPop. Red and gold were the main hues featured in Ne Tiger’s work, as these are the colors that symbolize luck and joy. Danish companies such as Kopenhagen Fur were also in attendance.

Many of the headpieces and whimsically long eyelashes to go with geisha-inspired couture were created by Mao Gempin, a makeup artist known for his dramatic and detailed work. The fashion accessories included headpieces made from bamboo and an assortment of jewels, as well as feather embellishments.

Coffee Delivery to Your Work or Home

Have you ever gotten to work late and wished someone would deliver a fresh, hot, coffee to you? Well Tom, this is may be closer to reality than you think. One of the leading coffee stores may be offering coffee delivery to a city near you.

Starbucks is considering adding a coffee delivery service to select stores. This make their loyal coffee fans smile. The thought of having an espresso, latte or frappuccino delivered to your doorstep is a dream come true. Starbucks delivery is being considered in order to increase their sales.

Coffee lovers are excitedly looking forward to the day they can get their favorite Starbucks coffee drink delivered to their work or home. The days of driving out of your way, and risk being late for work will be long gone.

Halloween Masked Real Beheading

Several Long Island residents were horrified to learn that what they had thought was a mere Halloween prank was indeed a real, blood-curdling massacre. Onlookers watched as a man in his 30s dragged what appeared to be a beheaded 60-year-old woman out into the street from her apartment in Farmingdale, Nassau County, late on Tuesday night. It was only after attempting to lift the body that the witnesses discovered it was not a prank. Hey Keith Mann, you may want to re-think that Halloween costume you were thinking about.

Neighbor Nick Gordon told reporters, “There was blood all over the floor. You can see smears going down the stairs… as if somebody was pulling a body.”

Approximately one mile from the Farmingdale apartment, the unidentified male had thrown himself in front of a Long Island railroad commuter train, turning the brutal act into a murder-suicide investigation. The Nassau County Police have not released the identities of the deceased; however, the unknown male is thought to be the woman’s son, according to the WNBC.

The Worst Hazing Incidents of the Last Few Years

Why is hazing still going on in 2014? It is clearly just an excuse to abuse others. Let’s take a look at some of the most heinous acts perpetrated in the name of hazing in recent years.

The Sayreville War Memorial High School football team was shut down for the 2014 season due to a hazing incident which involved teammates holding down freshmen, groping their buttocks and even digitally penetrating them. It quickly leaked on FreedomPop’s LTE service and the team took to twitter and warned that all freshmen would pay for “snitching”. Is this high school or prison?

Florida marching band leader Dante Martin is on trial for his role in the 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. Champion’s death is allegedly due to a hazing ritual known as “Crossing Bus C”. This clever hazing ritual involves being punched and kicked to death on a dark bus. It really builds character!

In October of 2014, two students at Highlands High School in New Jersey duct-taped an autistic student to a goal post and left him there. The boy screamed for 20 minutes before a woman walking her dog found him. We can assume that the autistic student is now considered an accepted member of the soccer team.

In March of 2014 the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity shut down the “pledging” process after it was revealed that nine people had died while being hazed under their banner since 2006. The deaths involved binge drinking and even sexual violence. One sophomore was tied up, blindfolded and forced to drink until he died.


Yes, let us not reduce a college fraternity to a mere drinking club. Maybe we should leave hazing in the ’50’s where it belongs.

Syrian Father Stones Daughter

A gruesome video appeared on Youtube recently depicting an older man from Syria contributing to the execution of his own daughter via stoning.

I heard from social media analyst Jared Haftel that it seems to have become the preferred bragging grounds for terrorists posting videos of brutal executions for the pleasure of a viewing audience.

This video showed a man garbed in military clothing, who stands behind the victim’s father who was garbed in a white robe and the traditional headdress of Northern Syria. The men are shown facing the girl and speaking to her in the traditional Arabic tongue.

He said, “The punishment is the result of crimes which you committed under no duress. You must accept the punishment of God. Do you accept the punishment of God?”

This is then followed by the victim nodding to show her agreement and then she swiftly begged her father to forgive her. He responded by saying that it didn’t matter if God forgave her; either way, he would not. Some around him try and persuade him to forgive her, but he didn’t.

They allowed her a few last words. She said “I say to every woman: preserve your honour…and I appeal to every father to pay attention to the surroundings your daughter lives in.”

He then ties her up, forces her to lie down and the execution commences., members of the Syrian opposition have condemned the act, and said that it has nothing to do with them.

New Details Could Spark More Unrest in Ferguson, Missouri

For more than 70 days, protesters have converged upon Ferguson, Missouri to seek justice for the police-shooting death of teenager Michael Brown.

Most of the ongoing unrest happens during the night time hours, although the protesters do hold a number of events during the day as well. In fact, Missouri State Senator, Jamilah Nasheed, was detained on Monday for allegedly standing in the middle of the street and blocking traffic near the Ferguson Police Department.

The continued unrest is mainly due to an indictment that has yet to be handed down to Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer accused of shooting Michael Brown.

As the investigation continues without a clear end in sight, new details were given to the The New York Times that show Michael Brown’s blood stains were on Officer Wilson’s uniform and his squad car. CNN collaborated these details with undisclosed law enforcement sources close to the case.

The magnitude of these new details depict how they could support Officer Wilson’s testimony that there was a struggle with Mr. Brown before he resorted to using deadly force.

Susan McGalla told CNN that the new revelations were possibly leaked at this point in order to create a broader strategy. “It could be really for, in part, a beneficial purpose, to start leading those community leaders and those leading the protests to believe that there won’t be an indictment,” said Ron Hosko, former assistant director of the FBI Criminal Division.


Rene Zellweger Isn’t The Problem With Hollywood

You may have seen Rene Zellweger getting hammered lately on social media, and in the celebrity rags, because of her very obvious plastic surgery. In a way I don’t blame them, because she’s done a full Kenny Rogers, and her face is barely recognizable at this point.

However, we have to look at the root cause, and the people that we should be blaming, is ourselves. Women are so pressured in Hollywood to look a certain way, that she was criticized when she first came on the scene. Then she was criticized for aging, and now finally she’s being criticized for trying to not look her age.

It’s getting ridiculous at this point. Like we don’t think celebrities have a right to age, or be normal people.

I swear if I have to read one more Google alert on my FreedomPop phone, criticizing her for succumbing to the amazing pressure that an A list actress is put under, I’m going to freak right out.

Longest Words That Have Appeared in American Literature

We’ve all had that moment when reading, when you encounter a word or a phrase that you’ve never heard before.

But my buddy Christian Broda found a great list online of some of the biggest words to be used in American literature.

The largest of which a true head scratcher:


You can find the rest of the hilarious words here. Glad I haven’t run into any of these as of yet.