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This Week in Culture: May 9, 2014

Briefings By Photo by Fabrice Fouillet
The Motherland Calls, from Volgograd, Russia.
Happy Mad Men “The first season of Mad Men takes place in 1960, when it was part of American culture to be educated, to be cultured, to be intellectual, to have taste.” Creator Matthew Weiner speaks. Ready to take on a new season of something else? Try Netflix Roulette for a few randomized selections.
Now That’s What I Call Repetitive! This week, “Now That’s What I Call Music!” released its 50th edition. Relive classics like MMMbop and Sex & Candy (was that for kids? Really?) with this list of every song that ever appeared in the Now series. Also in music, a list of the wordiest rappers and another one about rappers that you might want to consider fighting.
Probably Has Really Big… Ears For some reason, humans insist on building huge statues. In his newest series, Fabrice Fouillet documents some of the largest.
It’s (Not) People! In case you never wanted to eat again, a young tech entrepreneur made Soylent, a permanent meal replacement. Further proof that you can live on almost anything.
PSA Remember that this Sunday is the 100th Mother’s Day. Shock mom with some interesting (and depressing) facts about the history of the day.
Imagine Working for Scrooge McDuck Did you know that buttle was a real word? Not bugle. Buttle. It means, “to serve as a butler”. Ever wondered what it would be like to buttle for a living? GQ explores.
Plunk The pitch dropped. #viscoelasticmaterials
Anyone Else Want to Listen to Blue Oyster Cult? All right, so the new Godzilla trailer technically came out last week, but it looks cool enough to show again, and it also gives us an excuse to link to this article about the weirdest monster movies ever made.
Not Your Average Jumping Flea Godzilla is back (see above), and so is the NYC Pop Up Flea. One will eat you, and the other will give you a chance to hang out with all your menswear friends.
A Mile High Here’s how actors deal with pilots. And here’s how pilots (okay, attendants) deal with copulating passengers.