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Your guide to this week’s events
ON THE217.COM MOVIES & TV 3D is a fad. You know what isn’t? Watching people get eaten by piranhas for 90 minutes. A review of Piranha 3D will be online this Saturday.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Are you a fan of any form of art? Sculpture, photography, metals or even watercolors? The Parkland Art and Design faculty is hosting their annual exhibit, and we’ll have the preview for you this Sunday on the217.com.
FOOD & DRINK There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that Molly is leaving her “Feats of Eats” column because she got a job in Chicago. (Congrats, Molly!) The good news is that Jeanine, food and drink editor, is taking over the column for her. Check out Jeanine’s ﬁrst week in Molly’s shoes on Friday. MUSIC Nobody’s perfect. Even behind your impeccable taste in jazz, classical or experimental indie, you might confess to a Backstreet Boys song or an entire tracklisting of Disney’s Aladdin lingering on your iPod’s “Top 25 Most Played.” Check out this week’s “Music Mentalist” on guilty pleasure music, up this Monday. COMMUNITY
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EDITOR’S NOTE BRAD THORP
After being away from home for a while, whether it be due to too much work, too little time or just having too much fun here on campus, visiting your hometown can sometimes be a necessary break. Home can recharge your batteries, give you a place to do laundry and feed you in a way that only mom can. It can be good to go back to where you came, and be reminded of who you are. Going home keeps you grounded, and in a time of such growth and personal change, that can be a lifesaver. This has been the ﬁst time I have lived yearround on campus. I moved in last August and have been residing here in Champaign-Urbana since then. It has been a fascinating time, learning the area, ﬁnding new friends and making this town, previously only thought of as my college town, my home. And though my hometown in the suburbs is important, I have truly loved living here! For me, the summer’s length was just right. It was full of beautiful weather, and plenty of time to relax and prepare for the coming semester. It was not too fast or too slow. Each day came, was, and went, but each one gave me just what I needed at that place and time. I had a long list of things to do this summer, and am happy to say that there are only a few left undone. It was strange not being around my hometown, but at the same time it was so great to be in a place where I can thrive, grow and learn more about myself through trial and error. I did miss my family, my friends and the comfort that home can offer, but I am happy that I pushed myself to stick it out here in CU. With the fall semester beginning in only a few days, I am letting myself take a step back and look at what a fantastic summer it has been! I took a few road trips, sat on a few porches, befriended an awesome British duo and stayed up way past my bedtime on more than one occasion. What more could you ask for? It was exactly what I needed. So I say to all of you who have had a part in my summer, whether I drove in a car with you for hours, or you slept on my couch, or I slept on your couch, sat on your porch or shared a cold beer on a hot day, thank you for everything! You all made this a summer to write home about.
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Turn your shopping green by Lauren Hise
Before running off to the store for the new and shiny this year, take another step towards being eco-friendly with the YMCA’s annual Dump and Run Sale. Now in its ninth year, the sale will once again be held at the Stock Pavilion, just in time to help you decorate and save your cash for the semesters to come. Beginning in 2002 to help combat waste on campus and to support the YMCA, the Dump and Run has grown into a yearly event for the CU community. “You make sure these products that are perfectly good are found in a new home,” said Amanda Krueger, event coordinator for the Dump and Run. “It reduces waste on campus. It’s environmentally and socially responsible.” The sale re-homes everything from small objects such as glasses and bowls to even bigger household items like sofas and chairs. “The Dump and Run is the place to go for random stuff,” said Ellen Guirl, a senior in English and creative writing and a past volunteer at the Dump and Run. “They have everything from old records to full couches to espresso machines and computers. The prices are always really reasonable, and it’s always possible to strike a deal.” With little doubt, it is the great deals that keep the event growing and keep students coming back. “I only went two times, but it was pretty great,” said Mike Heimbuch, a former UIUC student. “I wasn’t there so much for the furniture, but I got a sweet teapot, an end table, lots of books and some pictures.” The Dump and Run Sale will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. No matter what you’re looking for to make you feel more at home this semester, the Dump and Run is sure to have it. Cover Design Annaka Olsen Editor in Chief Brad Thorp Managing Editor & Copy Chief Claire Keating Art Director Annaka Olsen Photography & Image Editor Annie Goold Photographers James Kyung, Jess Easter, Sarah Ludmer Designers Claire Keating Music Editor Eli Chen Food Editor Jeanine Russell ArtS & Entertainment Editor Matt Carey Community Editor Lauren Hise
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august 19 - 25, 2010
Show Your pride
CU welcomes its first Pride Fest
by Lauren Hise he time has come for CU to show also hopes they will include those that wish to stand its pride. After months of planbeside the community in celebration. ning, coordination and anticipation, “[People] should check it out because they conthe efforts of those wishing to promote sider themselves an ally of the queer community acceptance and combat hate have — as a friend, family member, loved one, or just on come together in the CU Pride principle,” said Nappo. “They should check it out beFest. It’s an event that has been cause they want to learn more about queer culture a long time coming, and one that and ways to get involved locally. And they should will hopefully be a presence in the check it out because they want to have fun!” years to follow. Hosted by the Uniting Pride (UP) Center of “According to census data, Champaign County, which holds family groups Champaign County has one of and youth groups to aid members of the LGBTQA the highest LGBTQ populations community, the festival has been planned out by in the state of Illinois,” said Caroa hardworking committee of Champaign-Urbana line Nappo, who serves as coresidents and has been designed to include everyone — families, friends and even kids. chair along with Evelyne Tardy on the CU Pride Fest commit“People can expect to find an exciting array of tee. “Yet, as we know all too activities for all ages,” said Nappo. “There will be kids’ games, numerous raffle items, dozens well, many of us feel compelled to live our lives in secret for fear of tables with information about local businessof consequences — jeopardizing es and non-profit organizations, food to satisfy our safety, losing our jobs or beall palates [from Piato Catering and Po’Boys], ing cut off from our families and drink specials [provided by 88 Broadway after friends. Queer people and our 6 p.m.], a variety of performances, and dancing. Illustration by Will Fulara allies need safe spaces to celMaybe it goes without saying, but people can ebrate who we are in a world where we are still discriminated against expect to mingle with a lot of gay people.” and even killed for being true to ourselves. Pride festivals promote In the end, it’s the spirit of celebration and community that Nappo visibility of queer culture in an affirming and joyful environment.” hopes will let people “have a good time and see that we have a A welcoming environment is one of many things that Nappo hopes vibrant LGBTQ community in Champaign-Urbana.” One that Kevin attendees will find. In the true spirit of the all-encompassing commu- Johnson, president of the UP Center, wants to be able to start maknity the festival is meant to celebrate, Nappo anticipates attendees will ing the impact that its numbers support. “For us, one of our missions is to make our own mark here,” said include those that “identify (or think they may identify) as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, genderqueer.” She Johnson. “This pride celebration really is our first major community
event that introduces us as a community and is at the same time a celebration of pride.” Johnson hopes that the festival will grow in the years to come, even necessitating his desire to “move it outside.” “We just want to unite the community and get them involved so that this isn’t the first and last,” said Johnson. “As a communitybased organization, we hope that people will come out and really enjoy it and get involved in the UP Center. We hope to grow in members and in the need for a bigger space.” It’s a hope that is echoed by Nappo, who wants “to see a bigger and better CU Pride Fest in upcoming years — more attendees, more partnerships with community organizations and businesses, and more events. And definitely a parade!” Fortunately, if local businesses have anything to say about it, this dream will become a reality. “We believe that our community has great diversity in it,” said Rachel Hess, front-end manager at the Common Ground Food Co-op, which is one of many businesses helping to sponsor the event. “We wanted to help support that.” Support is precisely what coordinators, sponsors and attendees are hoping to find in the CU Pride Fest. More than a place to gather and enjoy one of the remaining days of summer, the Pride Fest will act as an event where people of all orientations can begin standing together in the hope that there will be even more to celebrate in the future.
cu pride fest lincoln square mall & 88 broadway address: 201 Lincoln Square, U. when: Friday, Aug. 20, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. afterpary: 9 p.m. - 2 p.m. (19+) website: www.unitingpride.org/pridefest
California judge rules Prop 8 unconstitutional
by Lauren Hise
merica is a country that is constantly at war with its own ideals. As children in school, we stood before the flag each morning and proclaimed the words “with liberty and justice for all.” We learned the most famous phrase of the constitution, which stated that all men have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” We came to understand that these were the principles on which our country was built. Unfortunately, as we grew older, we would also come to understand that, as human beings, we tend to make exceptions. In November 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, denying the right of same-sex marriage in the state. Now, nearly two years later, US District Judge Vaughn Walker has overturned the controversial Prop 8 on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. For same-sex couples, it’s a first step of many on the road to securing their equal rights. “Laws such as Prop 8 are tools used to deny rights rather than protect them,” said Kevin Johnson, president of the UP Center of Champaign County, an LGBT organization. “That’s not what laws should be all about.” Johnson speaks from personal experience, as he is unable to marry his partner of eight years. The couple faces problems, such as being unable to be
on the same insurance plan, that those allowed to legally marry do not. Most of all, Johnson desires to be seen as an equal. “[The overturning] recognizes gay couples as human beings and equals in the eyes of the law,” said Johnson. “It allows our son to really see that society sees us as equals.”
True equality is a goal that is, unfortunately, still going to take some time. Though Walker’s decision will take effect on Aug. 18, supporters of Prop 8 have already begun to move for an appeal. In the long run, however, this could end up proving beneficial for those who wish for same-sex marriage legality to spread to other states.
“I am cautiously optimistic about the appeal in that it is likely to reach the Supreme Court,” said JM Kohfeld, an UIUC senior in music education who writes a weekly LGBT column for the217.com. “We may have a federal ruling on same-sex marriage within the next few years.” With so much at stake, the LGBT community will need continued support to fight the battle ahead. If people fail to step forward and back their quest for rights, they may face another loss like the one they suffered with Prop 8’s passing. “It’s great that Prop 8 was overturned,” said Eric Heim, an UIUC senior in history and Asian studies who participated in protests against Prop 8. “It really shows that mass movements have an effect. If people demonstrate for rights and freedom, important decisions and advances can be made.” For now, the LGBT community is celebrating their victory. After the refusal of Prop 8 supporters’ request that the reversal be delayed, same-sex couples are expected to flock to the courthouses to receive the long-awaited confirmation of their marriage in the eyes of the law when Walker’s decision takes effect. For many, it’s a chance to proclaim their love and ensure for one another the same rights heterosexual couples take for granted.
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MIDSUMMER MOJITOS My body’s tolerance for heat is really low. As temperatures climb, my mood careens downhill. So, with the intense heat and humidity we’ve been subjected to lately, along with National Daiquiri Day last week, I’ve really been in the mood to explore other Cuban drinks. One of the most well-known — and another of Ernest Hemingway’s faves — is the mojito, made famous at Havana’s La Bodeguita del Medio, a bar patronized by artsy types such as poet Pablo Neruda, writer Gabriel García Márquez and, of course, Hemingway himself, who loved La Bodeguita’s mojitos so much he left his moniker and the words “My Mojito in La Bodeguita” scribbled on the wall for future patrons to see. A classic La Bodeguita mojito is easy to concoct at home, even for a novice, and the simple and clean taste is wonderfully refreshing on those 100-degree days. Ingredients: » 2 teaspoons granulated sugar » juice from half a lime » 2 mint sprigs » 2 parts sparkling water » 1 - 1.5 parts silver rum » ice cubes (preferably not crushed ice) Directions: The recommended glass is a tall, perfectly cylindrical collins glass, but I used the shorter rocks glass and it worked just ﬁne. To start off, put the granulated sugar in the bottom of the glass and squeeze fresh lime juice over it; you really just need enough juice to cover the sugar. I know leaves might sound weird to put in a drink, but the subtle minty ﬂavor is what makes the mojito taste so fresh. Mint sprigs are sold in bunches in the produce section, but I used pre-cut
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sprigs packaged in a plastic box. You’ll need about two sprigs — stems included — for each mojito. I crushed mine a bit, especially the stems, before adding to the glass. The recipe I used called for two parts sparkling water and one part rum, but this ratio could easily be tweaked to taste. Once you add the sparkling water, muddle the ingredients in the bottom of the glass. Since I don’t have a muddler, I used a big wooden cooking spoon to further smash the mint leaves and blend all the ingredients together. This process is not very cool-looking, but it got the job done. It’s very important to really mash up those mint leaves in order to bring out their ﬂavor; otherwise, you’ll just end up with greenery ﬂoating in a bland cocktail. Finally, add your rum, followed by ice cubes. I used the $10-a-bottle-on-sale Bacardi Superior, and added the ice cubes last instead of ﬁrst to facilitate easier muddling. My mojito was impressively refreshing, but I will say the two-to-one ratio does not produce a very strong drink. So, in the future, I might add a splash more rum. Otherwise, this mint-lime combo is cooling and delicious — and not a bit like toothpaste.
by Annie Sun Both the ancient Greeks and Romans made crowns out of wreaths of marjoram for bridal couples, representing love, honor and happiness. Marjoram is not only a romantic summer plant, but some also say it helps sooth the throat and clean the mind. Despite its unique aspects, marjoram is often confused with oregano due to their similar stem appearance and height. So, how do you distinguish between the two? The trick is to taste them yourself. Oregano leaves taste more pungent and spicy; in comparison, marjoram leaves taste slightly minty and citrusy. They are best used fresh because their ﬂavor is sweeter and milder. For this reason, it is best to add them during the last few steps of cooking. Marjoram’s ﬂavor works best with cheese, tomato, bean, egg or other proteinrich dishes. Here’s a simple vegan side dish with marjoram for you to try.
PEAS WITH MARJORAM Ingredients: » 1 pound fresh peas, pods removed » 1 ½ tablespoons ﬁnely-chopped marjoram » 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil » 1 teaspoon sea salt Directions: Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the podded peas. Cook for 10 minutes, then drain and transfer to a bowl of iced water to cool. When the peas are cool, drain and let dry completely. In a small pot, heat olive oil, add the chopped marjoram, take off from heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add the peas and heat through. Serve with a sprinkle of sea salt. Serves: 2-4 Preparation time: 20 minutes buzz
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very profession has its perks. Getting to the front of the line for rollercoasters at Six Flags happened to be Miles Nielsenâ€™s favorite perk from his dadâ€™s profession as a rock star. Nielsen grew up on the road with the American rock band Cheap Trick with his dad, lead guitarist for the band. As a kid, he had a blast taking advantage of the fame that came along with his fatherâ€™s name, including shorter lines at theme parks. But as he grew, he learned more important lessons from his fatherâ€™s career. He realized that music could become a job that could effect people â€” not to mention heâ€™d have a chance to meet some pretty impressive people, including Geoff Emerick, a recording engineer who worked with The Beatles. Although Nielsen was raised with music in his veins, it was never something that he was forced
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Miles Nielsen arrives at Cowboy Monkey into. In fact, Nielsen felt more pressure from his father to continue running cross country than to pursue his career in music. â€œMy dad was definitely hands-off as far as what he pushed me to do,â€? Nielsen said. â€œThe only thing he wanted me to continue to do was run cross country, but 5:30 a.m. runs for six miles was not really my jam.â€? One of the most monumental moments in his music career was releasing his first record on his own this year. Not only was he writing music that he was proud of, but he was writing music that other people wanted to be a part of. â€œI got reviews back and people liked it, and my musical peers said yes to playing on it based on the songs,â€? said Nielsen. â€œThatâ€™s a good feeling to have when people you looked up to are adding to and collaborating with your own music. Songs started to come out and these guys started to hear them, and that gave me the confidence to write the next song.â€? Though most musicians write songs about personal experience, or experiences of people close to them, Nielsen capitalizes on his imagination to make his songs come to life. â€œI have an obsession with observation,â€? Nielsen said. â€œItâ€™s almost to the point of nosiness.â€? He likes to watch people, make up characters, put them into different imaginary situations and build songs out of them.
getting withershins to know ... The Champaign-based quartet Withershins identify themselves, in the simplest terms, as a melodious, intense rock band who are all about playing music and having a good time. Despite their humble beginnings in lead vocalist and guitarist Isaac Gadientâ€™s garage, Withershins has really grown to conquer the musical world with their intriguing, warped sound. They have recently released their album Aeriel and are currently working on recording a split LP with Pound Cake. Be sure to catch this vibrant group at Cowboy Monkey this Friday, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m. Âť buzz: How does the concept of â€œshoegazingâ€? work in your band? IG: In the late â€˜80s and â€˜90s, it was a style of music that wasnâ€™t noisy. It was named for the band membersâ€™ act of staring at their shoes and focusing on the music and the effects more than interacting with the audience. In our group, we work on production and, really, the sensibility of the music with the guitar work and delays and fuck-off drums.
â€œYou can draw your own scenarios, own fictional stories, and itâ€™s sort of fun creating characters, putting them in scenarios that maybe Iâ€™ve lived or wanted to live, and to create characters to tell stories,â€? Nielsen said. This process seems to be treating him well â€” his record has attracted some pretty influential musicians such as Ben Harper and Marc Ford of The Black Crowes. The musical elements on his new record are displayed in the way he performs the music live, but with more passion and aggression. He explained that, although the record was a huge step for him musically, he canâ€™t get over the thrill of live performance. â€œI think performance comes naturally to me,â€? Nielsen said. â€œOnce I get in front of people, the energy of theirs and mine together definitely melds into something that comes across. I just love it; the energy can dictate songs and whatâ€™s going to happen.â€? Nielsen is excited to be able to spend the rest of the year playing live shows, working on new tunes and starting a movie soundtrack for a documentary. â€œIâ€™m going to be doing all music, which I couldnâ€™t be more thrilled about,â€? Nielsen said. Be sure to check out Miles Nielsen as he takes to the Cowboy Monkey stage.
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Âť buzz: What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage? IG: Oh, yeah, whenever I smash my guitar, itâ€™s really embarrassing. Everyone else who does it looks cool, but when I do it, Iâ€™m a motherfucker. Itâ€™s also embarrassing when weâ€™re getting too drunk to play. But we stopped drinking so much though â€” weâ€™ve been better. I think itâ€™s because people have started to like us, and thatâ€™s a good thing. Âť buzz: Do you guy confess to any guilty pleasure music? IG: Well, I canâ€™t say Bryce listens to bad music because heâ€™s got impeccable taste, but Neil is proud to have bad taste. Colinâ€™s guilty pleasure music is anime music, but thatâ€™s not so bad because if we could cover all the songs in anime soundtracks, no one would listen to us. But, weâ€™d be good at guitar because [anime] guitar is hard shit. My guilty pleasure music is early U2 and
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Phil Collins, his Genesis stuff and weird stupid pop stuff. The Lion King soundtrack is awesome. I love Elton. Âť buzz: Do you have anything special planned for this weekendâ€™s show? IG: Itâ€™ll be interesting. Iâ€™ll be playing guitar in This Is Versailles too, so Iâ€™ll be performing in two bands and [Iâ€™ll be] really, really tired. Weâ€™ll be playing two new songs though, and maybe another one. Itâ€™ll be a fun rock show with good bands.
ARTS MOVIE REVIEW
AUGUST 19 - 25, 2010
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3FAVORITES Sylvester Stallone action movies by Matt Carey FIRST BLOOD (1982):
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ylvester Stallone has been a screen action icon for nearly 35 years. So when he decided to write and direct The Expendables at nearly 64 years of age, many probably thought, â€œEnough already â€” action stars are not believable at that age, just look at the last several Steven Seagal ďŹ lms.â€? But, Stallone proves them wrong. The Expendables is a crude, in-your-face action-adventure that promises nothing more than to deliver macho action, explosions and shoot-outs, with the explicit violent visual style of Stalloneâ€™s 2008 Rambo sequel. If you donâ€™t like this type of ďŹ lm, stay away; otherwise, sit back and enjoy. Stallone is Barney Ross, a tattooed, leather-faced, Grecian formula mercenary for hire. Stalloneâ€™s character, with pals Jason Statham, Jet Li, Randy â€œThe Naturalâ€? Coulture and Dolph Lundgren (remember Rocky IVâ€™s Ivan Drago), saves people around the globe â€” for a price and for the glory. Their target is Latin American military dictator General Garza (David Zayas) who, along with slick advisor James Munroe (Eric Roberts), is leading such an evil, op-
pressive regime that even Garzaâ€™s daughter (Giselle Itie) is plotting against him. Mickey Rourke appears as a strange variation of his Wrestler persona, as a pipe-smoking tattoo artist. â€œStone Coldâ€? Steve Austin shows up as a tough dude known as Paine. Stallone even teases his fans with a hilarious, but all too brief, initial planning meeting with his former Planet Hollywood pals and â€˜80s action icons Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who cameo as fellow specialists Mr. Church and Trench. Stallone and co-screenwriter Dave Callaham load the script with lots martial arts and kinetically paced video game violence: hand to hand combat with knives, pounding ďŹ sts and guns, wild motorcycle and truck chases, shoot outs and explosions with lots of broken glass â€” always accented with a touch of tough guy put-downs and humor. The ďŹ nal attack on General Garzaâ€™s compound is an explosive delight. When all is said and done, this not-too-profound action adventure mostly pays off, and if the box ofďŹ ce receipts are favorable, this tale is wide open for a sequel.
Kicking & Screaming (1995)
by Nick Martin Attention 2010 University graduates: You ďŹ nished college four months ago. You had a summer to soul search and explore. Now, go take a shower, get a haircut and start your life already! This is it! Itâ€™s go time! Donâ€™t waste your potential or your parentsâ€™ money! Your life is over; adult life is upon you. There is no time for more thinking; itâ€™s time to discover responsibilities, commitments and constant disappointments! All right, maybe Iâ€™m being too harsh. If youâ€™re feeling wayward or hopeless or totally oblivious about what youâ€™re going to do with the rest of your life, youâ€™re not alone. In fact, I have the perfect movie to make you feel better. Kicking and Screaming, Noah Baumbachâ€™s (The Squid and The Whale, Greenburg) debut ďŹ lm, shows how it feels to be out of college and ďŹ lled with dread about failures and the future. While youâ€™re watching the ďŹ lm, it might be a good idea to determine which character best describes your current situation. Are you Grover (Josh Hamilton), a sensitive artist thrown into a spiral of depression because your most important relationships are
evaporating right in front of you? Perhaps youâ€™re like Max, a pretentious intellectual who hides his true feelings with snide remarks and crossword puzzles â€” even though heâ€™s just as confused as everyone else. Then there are people like Otis: neurotic hypochondriacs who canâ€™t stand the thought of leaving what they know, because that might mean ending up alone. You might be someone like Chet, a 10-year university super senior who may seem strange and pathetic, but actually has life mostly ďŹ gured out. You Chets understand that there is no straight path to follow for being successful. Like Chet says, â€œHow do you make God laugh? Make a plan.â€? If all this sounds gloomy, just wait until the end. Everyone ďŹ gures it out eventually. They reapply to grad school, ďŹ nd a job or a new girlfriend, and begin to understand that maturity doesnâ€™t stop after college. Just go edit your resumĂŠ, iron your nice shirt and remember you still have time to ďŹ gure things #/50/. out. Relax! Try not to think about becoming a miser $2).+ WITH PURCHASE ableOF OZ BAG OF BUTTERY POPCORN failure. Worst case scenario, you could end up fat, old and jobless â€” but at least youâ€™ll still be able to drink with your friends at Murphyâ€™s! /: