This Week in Buzz


Editor’s note: Each Friday, our internet-savvy friends over at BuzzFeed curate a post for us that’s filled with links to some of their favorite items on the web that week. Enjoy!

Pictures from last week’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival found their way back to civilization and the web has enjoyed gawking at the fanny-packed attendees and guessing what Vanessa Hudgens was spotted licking off of her fingers. Thanks to The Creators Project, more than 1200 glowing balloons fell from above during Arcade Fire’s performance, absolutely blowing this dude’s mind.

Portal 2, the sequel to the award winning teleportation-puzzle game from Valve Corp was released Tuesday after four years of development. We’d hate to give away too much in spoilers, but TIME gave it their first perfect 10, and at least one college professor postponed a lecture due to so many students calling in sick.

HBO’s new series Game of Thrones premiered Sunday to mixed reviews. The New York Times‘ Ginia Bellafante called the show something that “no woman alive would ever watch,” raising the ire of many a medieval fantasy drama geek girl. Adweek praised marketing agency Campfire for building up pre-show buzz with their well executed online puzzle game hooking the hardcore fans. After it premiered to 2.2 million viewers on its first night, HBO immediately renewed the show for a second season.

Prop comic and living spectacle Carrot Top straightened his famous ginger curls for the cover of Las Vegas Magazine. The image gained tens of thousands of views across various entertainment sites, the likes of Gothamist, The Superficial, and Pink Is The New Blog.

A really excellently video of what appeared to be an it’s a hoax.

The must-see cute animal video of the week is Cookie, the ticklish baby penguin at the Cincinnati Zoo. Uploaded over a year ago, the video laid dormant until being discovered by Reddit on the 15th, accruing 2 million views in the past seven days.

This resume from a slacker with a sense of humor turned up at a restaurant in the UK recently, before becoming one of the week’s most shared images. Although some speculate that Eric is avoiding employment to stay on welfare, others commend the aromatic Mario Kart expert for his unrelenting honesty and entertainment value.

And lastly, BuzzFeed’s own Gavon Laessig curated a list of 45 McDonald’s Items Not Available In the US, making many of us wish we could get a McKroket and McBeer for lunch.