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Your Week in Pop Culture: The 'Merica Edition

'Merica. I love you. (Source: MGN Online) 'Merica. I love you. (Source: MGN Online)

(RNN) – Happy July 4 weekend, Americans!

This is the weekend where guys can bust out the American flag Chubbies shorts and girls can don their Ole Glory swimwear and go chill at some body of water with American flag beer cans, hot dogs and fireworks.

All those festivities need is a little music, and there is a Spotify playlist for that. Paul Lamere, the director of developer platform The Echo Nest, compiled the songs that Americans love blasting from backyards and boats on our nation's birthday. Lamere compiled the statistics using location tagged data.

According to the list, 46 out of the 50 states that make up our purple mountains majesty prefer Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus, so there is still some work to do.

Here is the playlist, courtesy of Spotify. For mobile users, click the link here.

The most patriotic place (according to the list) on July 4 is, as it should be, Washington, DC, because they have to represent the country in a good light at some point, right?

Sports: Americans can’t respect Native Americans by letting the NFL mascot in Washington go

The mascot of the NFL’s Washington, DC franchise is controversial to say the least, but one fan of the team may have come up with a way to root for the team without saying the term “redskin.”

Twitter user @GatorSkinTuss tweeted a photo of a satirical, but obviously politically correct way to hail their beloved football team on T-shirts. 

Is this easier than changing the name? At any rate, you can purchase the t-shirts here on Teesping and be comfortable with your fandom.

You know, Keith Olbermann is right, Washington’s owner Dan Snyder should just call the team the Washington Americans and call it a day. He can’t get away with it forever.

TV: ‘Drunk History’ makes history so much more interesting with booze

The old saying goes, “those who don’t learn their history are doomed to repeat it.” What if you’re learning that history when the storyteller is drunk?

Then you are laughing, which is exactly what the folks at Funny or Die and creator Derek Waters wanted when they began their star-studded re-tellings called Drunk History in a web series six years ago.

The second season of the series began Tuesday night on Comedy Central, and most of the videos are on YouTube. You can live by the tagline, “Witness history as it's never been told before: Drunk.”

Check out clips of the video on the Comedy Central YouTube page.

A little something from YouTube: Americans love to do impressions … of other Americans

Where can you find a YouTube video where one guy impersonates Billie Holiday, Kermit the Frog, Ray Romano, Flipper and Britney Spears in the same place?

Right here in this video from singer/songwriter Rob Cantor and his piano playing buddy Andrew. Cantor impersonates 29 different celebrities with sterling accuracy while singing his song Perfect from his latest album Not a Trampoline.

He even does a pretty sweet impersonation of an in-tune trumpet. Not kidding – check it out.

You can see this fairly accurate track of impersonations here.

Live from the internet: ‘Columbusing’ is what we can blame for Miley Cyrus twerking

The discovery of America is always credited to Christopher Columbus, even though he got lost and someone had already discovered it (Erik the Red, Amerigo Vespucci – hello – it’s in the name!).

Thanks to that historical gem in American history, College Humor honors Columbus with the latest internet hashtag/trend called “Columbusing,” where white people claim discovering things that have been long established.

How to use it in a sentence? Example: “Buzzfeed Columbused an entire day’s worth of articles from Reddit.”

A good example would be Cyrus twerking when it was already a part of dance culture, or hummus, like the video describes. Check out the video here. And here are some other definitions on how to “Columbus” things from Urban Dictionary.

Also on the internet: When and where do Americans ‘rise and grind’

Movies: ‘Merica loves Michael Bay explosion movies – and ‘Transformers’

There are three things that drive Americans to the movies: explosions, robots and more explosions.

All three of those things are what make director Michael Bay a rich man, and the opening weekend of the fourth Transformers movie did just that, raking in more than $100 million.

Here are last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (NR) $100,038,390
  2. 22 Jump Street (2) $15,842,375
  3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3) $13,237,697
  4. Think Like a Man Too (1) $10,316,397
  5. Maleficent (5) $8,376,674

In theaters: July 2-4

Tammy – In a remake from 20 years ago, a down-on-her-luck woman takes a road trip with her hard drinking, but fun grandmother. The Melissa McCarthy-led cast could make a strong push to No. 1 over the long holiday weekend, but expect Transformers to remain on top. The movie also stars Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd, Gary Cole and Toni Collette. Check out the trailer here.

Deliver Us From Evil (Scary movie alert) – NYPD officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) is on the beat of several inexplicable crimes that have a haunting experience on him and the victims, making him join forces with a priest who is an exorcism expert. Now the cop and his new partner have to stop the haunting of New York City before it gets out of hand. The film also stars Olivia Munn, Edgar Ramirez, Joel McHale and Chris McCoy. Check out the trailer here.

Also in theaters: America (because, duh!), Earth to Echo, Life Itself, The Girl on the Train

The All-American Honorable Mention

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Pit Bull returned to high kill shelter for farting too much gets second chance Huffington Post

How not to write about Melissa McCarthyFlavorwire

Burger King celebrates LGBT pride with ‘Proud Whopper’ – Raycom News Network

Keith Olbermann has 7 ways to grow soccer in the US Deadspin

‘Reading Rainbow’ fund reaches goal of $5M – Raycom News Netowrk

This machine is like a Keurig, but for beerMashable

11 photos that showcase Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s best Supreme Court side eyeIdentities Mic

If Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow got hitched, it would look like this - Huffington Post 

The ‘that’s un-American’ (dis)honorable mention

SiriusXM host claims woman assaulted him in racist, sexist Twitter rant - Gawker 

WWE releases ‘Diva’ for stealing from WalmartUPROXX

Did Fox News steal a video games’ logo?Nerdist

'Man vs. Food' host's new show on hold after he calls woman sexist name on Instagram - Gawker

Lindsay Lohan has officially sued the makers of ‘Grand Theft Auto V’UPROXX

Tumblr investor unceremoniously dismissed to the joy of the companyValleyWag

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  • WTOL 11 Poll

  • What song is your favorite to listen to on July 4?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    'Born in the U.S.A.' by Bruce Springsteen
    8 votes
    'God Bless the U.S.A.' by Lee Greenwood
    14 votes
    'America the Beautiful' by Ray Charles
    7 votes
    'Fourth of July' by Robert Earl Keen
    0 votes
    'Surfin' U.S.A.' by The Beach Boys
    0 votes
    'Party in the U.S.A.' by Miley Cyrus
    2 votes
    'America the Beautiful' by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
    3 votes
    'American Girl' by Tom Petty
    1 vote
    'R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.' by John Mellencamp
    1 vote
    'America F%$& Yeah' from the movie 'Team America: World Police'
    7 votes
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