Once a year, the
James Beard Foundation gets off its mighty throne of pearl, throws on rough spun peasant clothes made of sack-cloth, and visits everyday, classic, mom-and-pop restaurants all across America. Then, once back in their palatial Greenwich townhouse, they choose five with the winningest humble fare and Real American-ness for an America’s Classics award. It’s almost like how the Pope brings five homeless people to the Vatican to wash their feet every Palm Thursday, except in this case, the following restaurants (and their owners) will receive shiny gold medals.
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Borat Pranks Local News Station
In 2005, Cohen's Borat character humorously made it onto WAPT-TV's set in Jackson, Mississippi without them realizing they were being set up. It wasn't all fun and games as
the producer who unwittingly booked him on the show was fired as a result of the incident.
Bruno Crashes Milan Fashion Show
Cohen's Bruno character hurled a Milan fashion show into chaos when he made an unannounced visit to the catwalk. The stunt apparently didn't go as planned as he was dragged off afterward into a police car by Italian authorities.
Watch the carnage below:
The Dictator Crashes A Camel At Cannes
Much to PETA's chagrin, Cohen's
Admiral General Aladeen crashed a camel while he was on his way to the 65th Cannes film festival.
Bruno Sits On Eminem At 2009 MTV Movie Awards
While it was later revealed
Eminem was in on the joke, millions of viewers sat in stunned horror when Cohen's chaps-clad Bruno character dropped from the rafters and onto the face of the controversial rapper at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. For a moment there, it really looked like a brawl would ensue, but fortunately, it was all a contrived stunt, watch below:
The Dictator Kidnaps Martin Scorsese On SNL
On a memorable recent SNL, The Dictator revealed he was holding
Martin Scorsese hostage until he gave the film a good review. Once Scorsese complied, however, it became clear that he wouldn't be released. The dictator had promised he could go, he said. "You promised me that Hugo would be under two hours," the dictator replied.
Watch the two yuk it up below:
The Dictator Dumps 'Ashes' On Ryan Seacrest
Controversy dominated the 2012 Academy Awards, as organizers reportedly intially did not want Cohen to arrive in character as the “The Dictator" AKA Admiral General Aladeen and perform some sort of “stunt.”
Turns out their worst fears became a reality, as Cohen "accidentally" dumped the "ashes" of
Kim Jong-il onto a stunned Ryan Seacrest. Watch below:
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