Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.

New thing that's bad for you: Sitting

This infographic, "Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down," has been going around the Internet all day. It makes use of visuals that look like what little kids see in the dark to emphasize the negative health effects of sitting. The chart also offers helpful tips to avoid a sitting death.

As people move to more desk jobs that require more hours sitting in front of a computer, what's the effect on our health? From Medical Billing and Coding:

Sitting is Killing You

(via Andrew Sullivan)

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Pomplamoose covers the Angry Birds theme song

We've extolled the virtues of Pomplamoose before, the quirky male/female pair who put out music videos of their work that show how each sound in that song was produced.

However, they've just released their most off the wall creation to date: A cover of a song familiar to the hordes of Angry Birds players the world over, the Angry Birds theme (at least those not covertly playing the game with the sound off).

True diehards will have to wait for covers of the versions from later releases of the game, but you can enjoy Version 1 below:

For your listening pleasure, more Pomplamoose:

Michael Jackson's "Beat It":

Earth, Wind & Fire's "September":

The Chordettes' "Mister Sandman":

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Johnny Depp agrees with you that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies don't make any sense

In a cover story interview with Entertainment Weekly, Johnny Depp says that even he found the movies a bit confusing.

"I remember talking to [director Gore Verbinski] at certain points during production of 2 or 3, and saying: 'I don't really know what this means.' He said, 'Neither do I, but let's just shoot it.'"

As Vulture puts it, "If those movies eventually made sense in postproduction, Depp admits he wouldn't know it," as Depp says he saw the first one but hasn't gotten around to watching the other two.

Well, now it's time to make it a quadrilogy; the fourth movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opens May 20.

Will other movies coming out this summer where sequels weren't clearly planned initially make sense in the end? We'll have to go see X-Men: First Class, the Hangover Part II and Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon to find out.

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How Prince William and Kate Middleton met, if it involved dinosaurs and jetpacks

I've written about Neill Cameron before, but I just discovered today that he had illustrated the (not really) true story of how Prince William met Kate Middleton.

Orcs, dinosaurs, swords and jetpacks? This is a royal wedding that I can get behind.

(I also encourage you to check out Neill's A-Z of Awesomeness 2: Japan, raising money for Japan relief through fun art.)

(via Andy Khouri)

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Twitter users' relationships don't last as long as everyone else's

Is Twitter bad for your dating life? Statistics say "maybe."

Online dating site OKCupid has a spinoff that looks into the statistical data gleaned from all those lonely hearts, OKTrends. They continually churn out great insights that have the ring of truth, even though they're gleaned from a self-selecting group.

They did a blog post called "10 Charts About Sex," but the one that's getting the most attention around the Internet is the one answering "How long do your relationships usually last?" The chart pits people who use Twitter every day against everyone else, and while the arcs are similar, Twitter users are a bit behind everyone else throughout the age range listed on the chart, and it also holds across genders.

As many of my college science teachers would be quick to note, correlation does not mean causation, so is this just because people who use Twitter are less likely to be in long-term relationships? Or is something about feeling attached enough to Twitter to be doing it every day have a negative effect on your relationships? As OKTrends describes it, "Unfortunately, we have no way to tell who's dumping who here; whether the twitterati are more annoying or just more flighty than everyone else."

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