The Absolute Worst Reality Shows Ever

If there is one thing guaranteed to make me lose my faith in mankind it is switching on the TV and stumbling across one of the worst reality shows ever made. The bad news is that there are so many of these abominations around that avoiding them completely is almost impossible.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Worst Reality Shows and Keeping Up with the Kardashians

When 22nd century historians look back on how it all went wrong for the human race the surname Kardashian will be high on their list of answers. Seriously, why are these ridiculously vacuous people even remotely near my TV screen? As far as I can tell, the only talent any of them possess is the uncanny ability to be completely self obsessed and never do anything even vaguely interesting. I expect the show to continue to be a success for a long time.

Geordie Shore

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Where I live now I don’t get to see many shows in English. Even the flaming Simpsons get dubbed into Spanish, making Homer sound like a Mexican version of, well, Homer Simpson. Then I turned on the TV and heard some warm Newcastle accents flooding out of the set. Ah, I thought, finally I can settle down to some classy British culture and remind myself why we once possessed the greatest empire in the world due to our inbuilt class, dignity and intelligence. Err, maybe not.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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Since we have dipped our trembling toes in the warming waters of dubbed television shows, I might as well mention this disaster. I have to admit that I have only ever seen this show in Spanish, so I have no idea what lovely voices the cast members have. However, I do know that the dubbed voices are the most ridiculously over the top Spanish hillbilly accents ever to exist. The show seems to consist entirely of 1) people eating stuff 2) people making rude noises 3) the end.

The Bachelor

Worst Reality Shows and The Bachelor

So, there’s like this single guy that is, you know, completely drop dead gorgeous. Then there’s this bunch of women who aren’t at all desperate to find a man in any way possible, no matter how pathetic and inappropriate it may be. Thankfully, the contestants on this show know full well that they are all hopelessly shallow husks of human beings, so they don’t look for sparkling conversation or witty insights from their potential life partners. Which is just as well, really.

Bridalplasty

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If you are due to get married soon then I’m sure you have already compiled an exhaustive list of your partner’s horrendous defects that could only be sorted by numerous visits to a top plastic surgeon. Hey, why not get her onto this classy show? It is one of the worst reality shows because new brides undergo plastic surgery to make their wedding perfect. Because a wedding with a wonky nose just isn’t natural.

Ex on the Beach

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Is it just my imagination or is the world becoming a vainer, shallower place with every passing day? I don’t know; maybe I will just sit down in front of the TV and watch some of this deep and meaningful show in order to restore my faith in the modern world. Glamorous and beautiful people go to a beach paradise looking for love only to find that their glamorous and beautiful exes turn up there as well. Brilliant.

9 of Dita Pepe’s Self-Portraits with Men

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Photographers don’t just have to push a button and that’s it. There’s much more to their work than we generally believe. They have to think of concepts, and messages, and compositions and atmosphere. The fact that all of us can become popular artists nowadays with the help of all sorts of applications doesn’t make us worth the boast. So let’s take a look at what a Czech female photographer, Dita Pepe has been up to lately. Here are 9 of Dita Pepe’s self-portraits with men. All the photographs from this post belong to Dita Pepe.

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Who is she?

Dita Pepe was born in 1973 in Ostrava, and belongs to a generation of Czech artists initially working under an atmosphere of intense attention from the West regarding her country’s artistic developments, just what generally happened towards other countries from the former Soviet bloc. This attention was meant to consolidate the entrance of art rising from that territory in a larger artistic circuit from which it was deprived during the forty years preceding the Velvet Revolution.

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What did she do to get where she is right now?

After moving to Germany at 19, she spent her first pay-check on a camera. Having been raised in a communist country, she became fascinated by the way Germans lived their lives and started documenting her experiences. Soon she turned the focus on herself, and that’s when the specific trait of her art started to fall into place.

“One of the main reasons I went to Germany was to get away from my dominant father whose influence on me led to my low self-esteem,” Pepe wrote via email. She went to therapy, spent time in libraries, took on a variety of odd jobs, including working as a waitress and a cleaning lady, and eventually married an older psychology student named Francesco Pepe, whom she divorced later in her life, but who had supported the beginning of her career and her goals.

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What’s Self-Portraits with Men all about?

In 2003 she got a master degree for a series of pictures connected with “the Self-portraits”. For this theme she took pictures of herself and men, as their current partner or even wife. These pictures were made in exterior with the use of artificial light. The main purpose was to capture the tie of the photographed people with their reality and their environment. This project has not been finished yet and in the course of time Dita adds new works to it. Some of te men she already knew, some she didn’t. Moreover, the little girl that sometimes appears in these photographs is Dita’s daughter. Pepe’s presence in her own photographs perfectly mingles with the details of intimacy present in the pre-existent world she enters, profile and social background of the person she is portraying, that makes us wonder about the identity of the artist herself. Dita Pepe suggests two narratives: one of going in and out of the skin of the people she portraits, and the other of the personal story of each of those people, which can be presumed through their personal objects.

“Taking self-portraits with men made me realise how different partners influence one another,” Pepe wrote.

The book about Dita Pepe

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Dita Pepe Self-portraits is the first book about her and especially about her working on this collection. It was published in 2012 and written by Vladimir Birgus. It basically portrays her as a woman of many faces, infinite faces. Daughter, granddaughter, sister, or friend of many women, wife, lover, or friend of many men, mother of many children. Chameleon. Dita Pepe has created dozens of meticulously staged self-portraits in which she changes her age, character, and social status, and adapts to the people with whom she is photographed. It’s one of the best-photographed social-documentaries of our time.

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9 Celebrities and Their Strange Phobias

Nobody’s perfect, that’s what they say. But we would expect celebrities to be trendsetters as far as courage and balance are concerned. Building a phobia takes a lot of irrational effort doubled by traumatic experiences. And celebrities make no exception. So let’s take a look at 9 celebrities and their strange phobias.

1. Oprah Winfrey’s fear of chewing gum

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Oprah Winfrey has a fear of chewing gum. She explained her grandmother used to chew a lot of gum, and then put it into the cabinet. She said that there were several rows of Spearmint and Juicy Fruit she was terribly afraid of. Over time, Oprah started to hate the sound of chewing gum and the way people would play with it or pull it from their mouths. It even got to the point where she banned it from the building where her shows are recorded.

2. Megan Fox’s fear of paper

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Megan Fox is afraid of dry paper and dreads handling anything that is not laminated. The 28-year old even keeps water nearby so she can wet her fingers when handling or flipping pages.

3. David Beckham’s ataxiophobia – fear of mess or untidiness

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For Beckham, surrounding objects must be well chosen by color, form and size and their quantity must be oddly even. When David buys clothes, he chooses ones to suit his home interior. When there are 3 cans of Coke in the fridge, instead of 2 or 4, he loses his temper.

4. Alfred Hitchcock’s fear of eggs

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Hitchcock, the maestro of horrors, was really afraid of eggs. He never ate them and hated to be close to anything that resembled them. Otherwise he felt badly, and all in all thought eggs to be hateful towards him, not the other way around.

5. Matthew McConaughey’s fear of being trapped and blind spots

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Despite his being so manly and tough, Matthew McConaughey reportedly suffers from a fear of being trapped – cleithrophobia and a fear of blind spots -scotomaphobia. This has manifested itself into a fear of revolving doors and tunnel entrances.

6.Sigmund Freud’s fear of weapons and ferns

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The founder of psychoanalysis feared weapons and ferns. Freud claimed that fear of weapons is a sign of late emotional and sexual maturity. On the other hand, the fear of fems can hardly be explained. Freud himself offered no explanations.

7. Woody Allen’s numerous fears :)

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Woody Allen fears insects, sunlight, dogs, deer, bright colors, children, height, small rooms, crowds and all places in the world except for Manhattan, probably. His movie characters are a perfect reflection of all these fears, but I suppose they add up to his charm and talent don’t they?

8. Madonna’s brontophobia – fear of thunder

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We don’t really know whether it’s the thunder alone that bedevils Madonna, or the combination between thunder and lightning. But anyway it’s something that has got to do with rainstorms, this mysterious and yet unexplainable phenomenon that occurs so frequently on our planet. :)

9. Nicole Kidman’s fear of butterflies

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Well at least she struggled with her fear of butterflies, trying to understand it and to get over it, as the actress explained. “Sometimes when I would come home from school the biggest butterfly or moth you’d ever seen would be just sitting on our front gate. I would climb over the fence; crawl around to the side of the house—anything to avoid having to go through the front gate. I have tried to get over it … I walked into the big butterfly cage at the American Museum of Natural History and had the butterflies on me, but that didn’t work. I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don’t like the feel of butterflies’ bodies,” she said of her unusual phobia.

7 Karaoke Songs that Make the Crowd Sing Along

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Who doesn’t love singing, no matter how bad s/he may be at it? No matter how horrible your voice sounds like, there are a few hidden places where you go and just let it out, because it just feels incredible to sing. The bravest ones of all take their singing skills to karaoke nights.

But karaoke isn’t just about singing, it’s about choosing the right songs, so that you don’t put everyone to sleep while you are mumbling some obscure romantic song. Here are 7 karaoke songs that make the crowd sing along.

1. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

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This is among the songs with a lot of lyrics, and in case you are not his biggest fan there’s a huge probability to actually mess them up. But if you attempt to present your own Moonwalk in front of the crowd, you’ll mesmerize them forever. Not to mention the fact that they can’t help not to sing along. The King of Pop still rules!

2. Natalie Imbruglia – Torn

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This is for all the women who used to sing Gloria Gayner’s I will Survive in the past. The latter is really out-dated nowadays, that’s why this alternative is meant to be a success among all the women in the public. They will sing along, and a feminist outrage will miraculously come to life in front of you. Success guaranteed!

3. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

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Were you born in the 90s? Is your public just as young? In this case I don’t think Queen is the best choice. You might have been the only teenage freak who secretly listened to his parent’s CDs. Nevertheless this song is a classic, and chances are that you won’t sing it alone. At least the DJ or the doorman will secretly join you. So if you feel like it, go for it. As far as the older readers are concerned, if they chose this one, they’ll instantly hit jackpot.

4. Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

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This is really easy, so in case you’re not very much of a singer, this is a promising start, no matter how bad you are. Everybody knows this catchy song, and it instantly propels the audience in the humming mood. You’ll get all the support you need.

5. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

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Everybody goes crazy when hearing this song. It has this magical property of making people go wild whenever they hear this song in larger groups. It’s a modern symbol of liberation and good mood. So hit them hard with this one. Forget your non-existent singing abilities and go with the flow.

6. Madonna – Like a Prayer

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Madonna’s Like a Prayer is one of the most requested songs by karaoke enthusiasts. Despite the fact that the music video was controversial due to its use of Catholic imagery, the song’s gospel-like structure makes it really easy to sing along to. Plus, the lyrics are carved in our subconscious, whether we like it or not.

7. Cranberries – Zombie

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This is a typical example of a song with less relevant lyrics. I’m not undermining their message, but it’s got that really catchy and crazy chorus, where it doesn’t matter what you shout, as long as you do it loud enough. It’s not easy to sing, but like I’ve told you, it’s not about accuracy, it’s more about the riot.

Your 15 minutes of fame are more forthcoming than ever. See you there!

The 13 Strangest Potato Chips Flavours

Potato chips… our supreme guilty pleasure. Few can resist them. Because they are probably the unhealthiest food on the planet, no one can doubt the fact that they are absolutely delicious. It takes courage to say no to them, that’s why this post is all about the 13 strangest potato chips flavours that will either leave you drooling, or hopelessly disgusted.

1. Lays Blueberry, Kiwi, Mango, Lychee or Plums

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What more could you ask for if a healthy diet is what you are looking for? Fruit and a veggie skilfully combined in the same bag. Nevertheless I wonder who usually eats potatoes with kiwi? Or with any other fruit? Am I missing something?

2. Walkers Chilli and chocolate

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Chilli and chocolate work well together, we already know that. But what’s with the potatoes in this combination? It’s simply not worth the sacrifice. Than again, chocolate and chips? They were actually created as a public request for a Do us a Flavour competition.

3. Pringles Seaweed

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This sounds better if you ask me, but nevertheless one has to travel all the way to Japan in order to taste these. They do seem less disgusting, anyway.

4. Walkers Cajun Squirrel

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What’s that? Squirrel? Cajun Squirrel was just one of the six flavors that the British company selected for its Do Us a Flavour campaign in which customers were asked to vote on the flavor they most wanted to come to fruition. The other contenders? Fish and Chips, Chili and Chocolate, Crispy Duck and Hoisin, Onion Bhaji, and Builder’s Breakfast, a mix of egg, bacon, sausage and beans which took home the gold. We’ll talk about this one next.

5. Walkers Builder’s Breakfast

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Modeled after the traditional English breakfast of eggs, bacon, buttered toast, and tomato sauce, it’s still hard for me to believe they’re for real. Such complexity is overwhelming for me. Keep it simple, everybody!

6. Walkers Lamb and Mint

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When an oriental dish is what you are yearning for, and you’re on the other side of the planet with no money in our pocket, the alternative for a fancy dinner is represented by this outrageous lamb and mint flavor. The mint is probably here to aid digestion, and enrich the genuine taste.

7. Lay’s Salmon flavored chips

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Why not?

8. Lay’s Caviar flavored chips

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For the times when you feel posh. One of the most expensive foods on Earth with one of the cheapest. Meet you half way! Where??

9. Lay’s Hot and Sour Fish Soup

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If you’re really in the mood for a bowl of hot and sour soup with fish in it, won’t the actual soup work? This flavor is definitely for the obsessed consumers that would kill for intense and stimulating” hot and sour soup with fish in it any time anywhere.

10. Jiminy Chips Chocolate Marshmallow

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Sweet potato chips… de-li-ci-ous! You can have them for dessert, after the hot and sour fish soup ones.

11. Lay’s Cucumber

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Cucumber-flavored potato chips? Cucumber-flavored potato chips.

12. Walkers 2010 World Cup Chips

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In honor of the 2010 World Cup, Walkers made a limited-edition line of truly strange chips, apparently in order to celebrate all the different teams competing. What they ended up with was Spanish Chicken Paella, Italian Spaghetti Bolognese, French Garlic Baguette, Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and Australian BBQ Kangaroo. LOL! I wonder how the Australian kangaroo type tasted like.

13. Walkers Marmite

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This is basically a sticky, brown, salty yeast extract from the U.K. But some chips with this flavor are loaded with umami; therefore once you open the bag, no one could ever stop you.

 

Here’s all the proof you need that potato chips are insanely unhealthy. But who am I to tell you what to eat and when to eat? I think I’m going to get a bag of salmon chips as soon as possible.