Burger King Black Burger in Japan

This isn’t the first black burger from Burger King.  They released one as a “Darth Vader Burger” to promote Star Wars in the past.  However, this time the black cheese is what really makes it so visually striking.BK Black Burger

BK used squid ink and bamboo charcoal to achieve the black color of the bun, cheese and sauce.

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There are two black burgers that will be available.  The KURO Pearl (whopper, black pepper on a black bun, black sauce, & black cheese) for $4.49 & The KURO Diamond (the same just with lettuce, tomato and white mayo) for $6.49.

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So far the burger has yet to be released, but it’s generating quite a buzz online.  Starting next week the burgers go on sale in Japan and will be available through November.  Will this hype turn into Apple lines at BK in Japan?  We will see.

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You need to see this! An amazing artist speed paints in Taiwan.

Watch this masked speed painter on the beach in Taiwan.  Apparently he goes by the name Callejero Dibujando.

Be sure to watch it to the end.

NYC: Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique Mural at the Original Location

“The best in men’s clothing.  Call Paul’s Boutique, and ask for Janice….”

Paul’s Boutique, from the Beastie Boys, is one of my favorite records.  Produced by the Dust Brothers at a time when samples didn’t need to be cleared, this masterpiece is the type of album you play from start to finish.

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the record, a mural was painted at the very storefront seen on the cover of the album.  It is located at the corner of Rivington and Ludlow in New York City, and it looks a little different nowadays, but it is still recognizable.

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Artist Danielle Mastrion was commissioned for the piece and she did a great job.

Take a look at the finished product.

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Check out artist Danielle Mastrion’s instagram to see more photos.

 

Crazy MMA Team Fighting in Poland (Team Fighting Championships or TFC)

MMA has come a long way since the Royce Gracie UFC 1 days.  If you have never seen some of the originals, they were a bit crazy.

Well, Poland decided to take it up a notch and make this into a team sport.

Not a tag team event.  Not one where you total up individual fights.  No, that would be too tame. What the people want is something with more violence, more chaos.

Introducing PTFC, or Poland’s Team Fighting Championships. Teams of 5 v 5 battle it out in a huge ring and just go to town on each other. Once a fighter taps out and teams are uneven, the fighters then gang up on a guy, as you will see near the end of the fight. It is just madness.

VIEWER DISCRECION ADVISED: THIS IS STUPID AND VIOLENT

Maybe there is a real future for this, but it just look’s insane to me. Not a fan.

 

VW Volkswagen Shocking Hong Kong Movie Theater Ad

VW Volkswagen put together a great stunt at a Hong Kong Movie Theater.

Watch the short 1 min 22 second to see what happens.

It is a great message.

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS of the Sample the Culture World Cup Bracket Challenge

Here are the winners from the Sample the Culture ESPN BRACKET CHALLENGE .

1st Place: cgill1403
PRIZE: $25 Potbelly’s gift card.  Use it to try one of their secret underground menu items.  & a Clearshot smartphone tripod

2nd Place:  Ngheiph       
PRIZE:  Sample the Culture T-shirt & a Clearshot smartphone tripod

3rd Place: Random and Winning 
PRIZE:   Management for Zombies Book (since one of the teams I play for is named “Zombies FC” and it is hilarious)

To redeem your prizes send us a message on our Sample the Culture Facebook Page.  If you are a non facebook user, use the below contact form.  THANKS FOR PLAYING.

 

HOW DID OUR PREDICTIONS FARE?

ADAM tied for 4th.
MIKE placed 18th, but had all of the final 4 correct and Argentina winning.
SIPLA THE OCTOPUS placed 39th
KRISTIAN tied for 42nd

Thanks for playing.

 

 

World Cup 2014 | What do the stars on the jersey mean?

Have you noticed that certain teams in the World Cup have stars over the international badge of their jersey?

These stars represent the amount of times a country’s team has won the world cup.  Below are the list of winners and their respective badges.

World Cup Stars on Jerseys

BRAZIL : 5 Stars
YEARS WON: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002
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ITALY : 4 Stars (Inside the crest)
YEARS WON: 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006
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GERMANY : 3 Stars
YEARS WON: 1954, 1974, 1990
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ARGENTINA : 2 Stars
YEARS WON: 1978, 1986
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URUGUAY: 4 Stars*  (Inside the crest)
YEARS WON: 1924*, 1928*, 1930, 1950
*(Olympic football titles 1924 & 1928 recognized as FIFA World Championships)
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FRANCE: 1 Star
YEAR WON: 1998
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ENGLAND: 1 Star
YEAR WON: 1966
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SPAIN: 1 Star + Patch for 2010
YEAR WON: 2010
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OTHER  Stars on Jerseys

Some of the African teams include stars above their international crests for the number of times they won the African Cup of Nations

Ghana : 4 Stars
African Cup of Nations Winner: 1963, 1965, 1978, 1982
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Cameroon : 4 Stars
African Cup of Nations Winner: 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002
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Ivory Coast : 1 Star
African Cup of Nations Winner: 1992
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Tim Howard Meme

My Tim Howard Saves Meme

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World Cup 2014 Round of 16 Knockout Stage Summary

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This world cup has been one of the most exciting I have seen.  Extra Time was almost expected and every match was a battle to the end.  The next quarter-finals round is going to be a thriller, I can’t wait.

World cup 2014 Round of 16 Knockout Game Summaries

BRAZIL 1 – 1 CHILE
Penalty Shoot Out (Brazil 3-2 Chile)
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This game was millimeters away from going to Chile.  Both with a chance in the closing moments and a last penalty shot off the inside post.  Brazil’s Julio Cesar saved his team, redeeming himself from his performance at the last world cup.  Brazil are not cruising to the final like everyone thought they would.  I would not be surprised to see them lose to Columbia in the next round.

 

NETHERLANDS 2 – 1 MEXICO
         
Mexico’s keeper Ochoa did everything he could, but a rocket from Sneijder tied the game and a flop(I don’t want to call it a “dive” because there was the slightest bit of contact made) from Robben earned them a penalty which won the game for the Dutch.  So far Netherlands has played much better than I thought they would, primarily because Robben still has the energy.

 

COLUMBIA 2 – 0 URUGUAY
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Uruguay were toothless as James Rodriguez scored what may be the goal of the tournament.  Columbia go on to play Brazil and don’t be surprised if they defeat the hosts in the next round.

 

COAST RICA 1 – 1 GREECE
Penalty Shoot Out (Costa Rica 5 – 3 Greece)

Costa Rica continue to be the Cinderella of the tournament.  Costa Rica went down to 10 men in the 66th minute when Duarte was shown red, but they held on all the way through extra time.  A great show of penalty shots ended with Costa Rica putting every one in the back of the net.  Greece should have taken the game in the 90 minutes but it was not their day.

 

FRANCE 2 – 0 NIGERIA

Nigeria battled hard but the French overtook them in the last 20 minutes.  They continue to impress and will make for a tough game when they meet Germany in the next round.

 

GERMANY 2 – 1 ALGERIA
Extra Time

Another game that required extra time to decide the winner.  Germany struck early in extra time when Schurrle put it in with a cheeky shot and Ozil sealed it in the 120th minute.  Algeria did pull one back a minute after, but it was too late.  The Germans will have their hands full when they take on France.

 

ARGENTINA 1 – 0 SWITZERLAND
Extra Time

Extra time was almost complete and the game looked destined for penalties when Di Maria struck and stole the game for Argentina in 118th minute.  The Swiss did everything they could to get an equalizer.  A last second attempt went off the post, and the game ended.  They fought hard and can go home proud.

 

BELGIUM 2 – 1 USA
Extra Time
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Tim Howard had a record-equaling 16 saves and the performance of his life.  For a short time Wikipedia had Tim Howard named as the US Secretary of Defense and the Tim Howard Memes began.  The US fought all the way to the end with a goal from substitute youngster Julian Green and an awesome free kick play by the US almost got them the equalizer.

In the end Belgium held on and progress to face Argentina in the next round.

 

NEXT QUARTER FINAL MATCH-UPS

July 4th
BRAZIL vs COLUMBIA
FRANCE vs. GERMANY

July 5th
NETHERLANDS vs. COSTA RICA
ARGENTINA vs. BELGIUM

It’s going to be an awesome Quarter-final round you don’t want to miss.  With the USA out I am hoping for an Germany vs. Belgium final.  Who do you think will move on?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD CUP GAME SUMMAIRES…in ONE word:

WORLD CUP GAME SUMMAIRES…in ONE word:

Brazil vs. Croatia = Penalty?

Mexico vs. Cameroon = Deserved

Netherlands vs. Spain = Revenge