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Published: Friday, 8/8/2008

Cats and Wilco in the stretch; Persepolis is the pick

Come on. What's cuter than <a href=" http://www.catsinsinks.com/" target="_blank "><font color=blue><b>Cats in Sinks</font color=blue></b></a>? Nothing. Come on. What's cuter than <a href=" http://www.catsinsinks.com/" target="_blank "><font color=blue><b>Cats in Sinks</font color=blue></b></a>? Nothing.
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"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.



MEOW: One, two, three, four, let's have a kitten war. Add your kitten, check out the winningest kittens, and losingest kittens. And what's cuter than Cats in Sinks? Nothing. Show me another "cat in a sink?" Yes, sir, show me another. (KC)

WILCO AT WRIGLEY: Take Me Out To The Ballgame is tired enough that the seventh-inning stretch is usually a good time to bag the nostalgia and head for the restroom, but Wilco in Cubs jerseys at Wrigley Field? I'll bite. (KC)

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK: "Punk is not 'ded,'" but Persepolis is visually stunning. Filmmakers Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi collaborated to co-write and co-direct this adaptation of Satrapi's bestselling autobiographical graphic novel detailing the trials faced by an outspoken Iranian girl. (KC)


TWIDDLING THUMBS: It's not quite an Olympic sport, but nobody sends text messages faster than these guys. Nobody.

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK picture bother you? Fear not, you probably weren't quite as dweeby as some of these Chicago area celebrities.

51ST STATE: Isle Royale sits in Lake Superior north of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Getting ready for an August visit we check out campsite rehab and the delicate dance between wolf and moose.


RIPE FRUIT: Yahoo critics give Pineapple Express a 'high' five. Compare with Blade movie critic Kirk Baird's review. Don't confuse the flick with this other Pineapple Express, which actually rolls through the Dole Plantation near Waikiki, Hawaii. See how many stoner movies you can remember on this list? The list skips Easy Rider and considers the genre's beginning as Cheech & Chong. (KC)

CATCHY: Mathangi Arulpragasam (M.I.A.) is a Sri Lankan Tamil living in England who scores the lead musical credit with Paper Planes in Pineapple Express. Joe Strummer and Mick Jones share songwriting credit with M.I.A. on the song, which includes a guitar riff sample from the song "Straight to Hell" by The Clash. (KC)

MORE SISTERS: Start with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 trailer move on to the movie, and then finish at 'your source for all things sisterhood', with the Sisterhood Aptitude Test and Sisterhood Soul Mate Quiz. (KC)

HOLY MARBLE MOUTH, BATMAN! Don't feel sheepish if Don't feel sheepish if you have a hard time understanding Christian Bale as Batman in Dark Knight because you're not the only one. (RL)

SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED: Although Amy Winehouse had previously been rumored to be the voice of the next James Bond theme, we now receive word of a duet - Detroit's own Jack White and Alica Keys. Hear it Nov. 7 when the 22nd James Bond film - Quantum of Solace - makes its North American release. (KC)

ASIAN GAME SHOWS: Hockey helmets and a giggling studio audience means somebody's going to fall hard. We start with a game of Human Tetris and end with 'Vic Romano' sending healthy, young spandex-clad athletes out to tear a hamstring in binoculars soccer. (LB)

NO. 4: Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The Conchords, "formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" examine the Issues (Think About It). (KC)

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: No doubt politicians welcome a friendly bump from entertainers who jump on their bandwagons, but sometimes maybe not so much. Ludacris gives Barack Obama a friendly shout-out rap style and, well, Obama's not so happy with it. (RL)

WOW: Never say these guys aren't athletes. As this year's X Games continued this weekend, people still couldn't forget about skateboarder Jake Brown's four and a half story plummet last year. (RL)

JAY LENO CAN RELAX: Even though the world's oldest joke has been discovered, it's not very funny. (RS)

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