Digital Digest: 18/04/2011
The Best Of The Web
Monday 18 April 2011
A cheesy tribute
With companies across this green and pleasant land desperately trying to outdo each other to make the best (worst) Royal wedding tat, pizza-delivery company, Papa John's, might have stolen the crown. It asked its "food artists" to make this charming Wills 'n' Kate pizza, complete with ham and mushroom faces.
A mine's deadly legacy
Between 1984 and 2010, the Hobet coal mine in West Virginia slowly destroyed the mountain on which it was built. The website Good used satellite imagery from Nasa to document the growth and sprawl of the mine, showing its footprint in a hellish mixture of rivers of toxic sludge and clouds of carbon dioxide.
Will Noma be toppled?
Tonight sees the winners announced in the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards and the foodie establishment will descent upon the Guildhall to celebrate. With Ferran Adrià's El Bulli now closed, will René Redzepi's Noma retain its No1 slot? Or will former champ Heston Blumenthal manage to cook his way back to the top? Watch live here:
Carry on screaming
The second and third instalments may have been rubbished by critics, but that hasn't stopped Wes Craven filming a fourth part to the Scream series. Ghostface returns, along with a host of familiar characters and a new batch of young stars including Kristen Bell and Alison Brie.
The Museum of London is currently hosting an exhibition of hand-drawn maps, created by different artists seeking to convey what life in the capital means to them. Condé Nast Traveller features a selection, with takes including: "Selected Loos of London" and Brixton imagined as a tree.
Justin Vernon, of Bon Iver, has hinted that he is going to take a new musical direction for his as-yet-untitled second album, expected to be released in June. Despite the project being shrouded in mystery, the Kanye West collaborator has posted a video on his website featuring 50 seconds of music and a painting.
The science of squirming
Why do other people's awkward moments make us squirm? Previously, little research had been conducted on "vicarious embarrassment", but a new study, highlighted by Jezebel, has found that watching other people make fools of themselves triggers the part of the brain where we process pain.
Justin Bieber was one of the hardest hit
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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