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Tanked Episode 319 for Tues Mar 24, 2015


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MPAA Forces Minneapolis Brewery to Change Name of 'Rated R' Beer

A recent dispute between a brewery and Hollywood ended in 612Brew having to change the name of one of its beers.


Minneapolis brewery, 612Brew, was forced to change the name of its “Rated R” Rye IPA after being confronted by Hollywood’s trademark group, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).


The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal said that co-founder, Robert Kasak, received the news that his “Rated R” beer infringes on the MPAA’s trademark of the word “rated” through a cease-and-desist order. According to Torrent Freak, the MPAA registered terms such as “Rated R” and “Rated PG-13” in 1986 when it adopted new categories for its rating system.


A few months back, 612Brew went to trademark the names of its beers so they could begin canning. This is when the MPAA got involved and sent Kasak and the other beer makers an official notice. MPAA spokesperson, Kate Bedingfield, confirmed that the trademark group did send this letter to 612Brew.


Despite the brewery’s arguments of the obvious differences between the two industries, the MPAA wouldn’t budge. 612Brew decided the rename the beer “Unrated,” as of January 1, 2015.


Kasak remains optimistic. “It’s going to take some time for people to get used to it, but it will be OK,” Kasak told the Business Journal. “It’s a great beer and they’ll drink it regardless of the name.”

The Rye IPA is described as a “full-bodied hoppy beer, yet easy enough that your mom would like it. If your mom is awesome.”



Nintendo makes announcement with not much detail

In a new interview with Japanese business publication Nikkei, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata spoke--albeit briefly and in vague terms--about the company's mysterious new platform, codenamed "NX."

Although he did not offer specifics, Iwata suggested that the NX aims to catch gamers by surprise and offer meaningful innovation.


"If you only expand upon existing hardware, it's dull," Iwata said in the report, as translated by Kotaku. "In some shape or form, we're always thinking about how we want to surprise players as well as our desire to change each person's video gaming life."


Iwata officially announced the NX during a presentation in Japan last week, where the company also revealed plans to finally enter the smartphone market. Revealing the NX project was a means to demonstrate that Nintendo remains committed to gaming hardware.


"As proof that Nintendo maintains strong enthusiasm for the dedicated game system business, let me confirm that Nintendo is currently developing a dedicated game platform with a brand-new concept under the development codename 'NX,'" Iwata said at the time.

More details about NX are set to be revealed in 2016.



Super Troopers 2 Hits Indigogo


At 10am today the Broken Lizard gang hit Reddit to announce they were going to ask the fans for help. So Indigogo it is. The boys are asking for 2M$ bucks! They are already at 1.2M$ in just under 12 hours. The guys made a really funny video asking for help. I’d say poor Farva, but no one feels sorry for that fat ass hole.


Nintendo quashes talk of a live-action 'Legend of Zelda' series


We hope you weren't planning your Netflix viewing schedule around that rumored Legend of Zelda live-action series... you're about to have your hopes dashed. Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata tells Time that talk of the game-based show is "not based on correct information." There's "nothing new to share" about any Nintendo brands showing up in movies or TV, he says. The executive isn't outright denying things, but you probably don't want to count on seeing a gritty portrayal of Link's adventures any time soon. It's probably just as well if the series never comes to pass -- the last time Zelda got a series, it didn't get a warm reception.


Jennifer Lawrence says her next performance as Mystique will be her last. So once X-men Apocalypse hits she will be finished. Not sure anyone is shocked by that.


X Files will return!

After 13 years off Fox will bring the X-files back for a 6 episode run.

Both Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will return to star and creator Chris Carter will be back!

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Burger King Wants You To Smell Like a Whopper With Their New Perfume


Burger King is getting ready to launch their newest product to the Japanese market. No, it’s not the Rodeo Sushi Burger, it’s perfume.

There’s a chance that this could be a joke, as the new fragrance, title “Flame Grilled” hits the market on April 1st, but that just also happens to be “Whopper Day” in Japan… Why doesn’t America have a Whopper day? Because here in America, EVERY DAY IS WHOPPER DAY!

The perfume will cost around $40 and it comes with a Whopper. For an additional $40, the customer can also purchase a “Whopper Pass” which entitles them to 30 days straight of Whopper meal deals.

Given the option, I’d say go for the Whopper Pass. If you eat a Whopper every day for a month, you’ll smell like a Whopper without having to put on the perfume.




a UC Berkeley student, studying in Queensland Australia has discovered two new species of Peacock Spiders.

As the one who discovered them, he has naming rights. The names that he’s chosen are “Sparklemuffin” and ”Skeletorus.”

It is actually pretty impressive that he found them at all. The brightly colored spiders are super small, only 0.1 to 0.3 inches in size.



Japan Can Now Transmit Solar Power From Space

It looks like Japan just scored a major victory in the space race. Sure, they aren’t setting up a mining colony on the moon or anything (yet), but they’ve now tackled the ability to generate solar power in outer space and transmit it back to earth!

the new tech comes to us via Mitsubishi, the same company that makes cars, mopeds, and rice cookers. Details are still sparse, but it appears that they’ve managed to transmit the power tirelessly (thanks Tesla) and capture it for use back on the planet’s surface. This could not only be a huge step for renewable energy in the US, but it could also be a major breakthrough for things like colonizing the moon and deep space exploration. This is awesome!


Good News Polluters! The Great Barrier Reef Corals Eat Plastic


A new study from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, has discovered that some of the plastic that we’ve been dumping in the ocean is actually getting eaten, and thereby cleaned up, by the corals in the great barrier reef.

Researchers collected various scleractinian (stony) corals from the Great Barrier Reef and placed them into containers filled with seawater contaminated with microplastic particles. After two nights, the corals had eaten the plastic. In fact, the plastic was consumed at rates only slightly lower than the normal rate at which corals eat marine plankton, the study says.

See, you aren’t killing the ocean, you are giving it a tasty snack!



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Lawsuit Claims Elementary School Teachers Ran A Fight Club And I Guess We’re Just Ignoring The First Rule Here?


“In their federal lawsuit, the parents accuse teachers in the school of forcing their 6-year-old sons to beat up other students as a means of discipline throughout the 2009 school year.

The suit alleges that if a child misbehaved, select teachers would step out of the classroom and force another student to “jump” the student.

“If the kids didn’t fight, then the teachers would hit them,” said Corbin.”

“You basically ruined my life and you ruined my child’s life because of what you did to him,” said Ms. Corbin, a former Hilliard mother who didn’t want to use her first name.

She and fellow parent Yolanda Anderson told KHOU 11 News on Thursday that their children were changed forever by what happened inside Hilliard’s walls.

“He was a good kid. It went from a good kid to an animal. I don’t know how else to describe it,” said Corbin.

Man Dressed As Darth Vader Robs North Carolina Bank At Gunpoint

The Huffington Post


Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny.

A man dressed head-to-toe as Darth Vader from "Star Wars" stormed a North Carolina bank on Monday and robbed it at gunpoint. Police said the suspect entered the State Employees Credit Union in Pineville around 11:45 a.m., toting a long gun and demanding cash from a teller, who immediately complied. No one was hurt in the incident.

Although an exact figure hasn't been released, WSOC reported that the bandit made off with thousands of dollars.


After grabbing the money, the he turned and fled in a silver, four-door Chevy Suburban.


Pineville police provided this image of the suspect's car:


The suspect is described as a 5' 5" male. Pineville police said they're working with the FBI, and that the suspect is still at large.

It's unclear if Vader's alleged robbery was a last-ditch attempt to finance the construction of a third Death Star, after the first two were destroyed by Rebel forces.

However, the Sith Lord has pulled this stunt before.

In 2012, a similarly dressed suspect robbed a bank in Ohio, fleeing on a bicycle.





Lack of orange juice leads Louisiana man to shoot son in buttocks



(Reuters) - A Louisiana man was in custody on Monday after shooting his 18-year-old son in the buttocks during a fight about orange juice, police said.

Eldridge Dukes, 58, faces charges of attempted manslaughter and illegal use of a weapon, according to police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The incident occurred early Sunday after the father and son began arguing about the lack of orange juice at their home, according to Baton Rouge police spokesman Corporal Don Coppola.

He said the son damaged the home and broke a porcelain vase.

Arming himself with a handgun, the father chased his son out the front door. He fired several shots, striking the teenager once in his buttocks, Coppola said.

The son was taken to a hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening.

Bail for Dukes was set at $60,000, according to jail records.

Burglary 101: Don't pocket-dial 911 in the act



MANKATO, Minn. (AP) —

Authorities in Minnesota say three would-be burglars picked the wrong time to pocket-dial 911.

Blue Earth Sheriff's Capt. Rich Murry says a dispatcher took the call early Thursday morning and heard two voices on the other end. Murry says what she could hear of the conversation suggested the men were involved in a theft or burglary.

Murry says officers were able to use the 34-minute call to figure out where the men were. They and arrested them and a third suspect. He says one of the last things heard on the unintentional 911 call was, "I think I see the police," followed by sounds of running.

KTOE-AM reports Murry says officers found that a Mankato supply business had been ransacked, with cash and other items taken.

Bonus Odd News: Kid’s last name is Fuck