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Watch Nick Offerman Sing a Beautiful Tribute to His One True Love, Whiskey

He strums a guitar, rides a horse, herds sheep and even does some woodworking

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that fictional Parks and Rec character Ron Swanson and the actor who plays him, Nick Offerman, are not, in fact, the same dude. Because really, the two mustachioed gentlemen seem to have quite a bit in common, such as the aforementioned mustaches and a shared love for masculinity, woodworking and, of course, whiskey.

To celebrate that last one, Offerman teamed with spirits company Diageo to sing a song detailing his deep love of the dark Scottish liquor.

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The video has pretty much everything you’d hope for: Offerman walking stoically through the gorgeous Scottish isles, riding a horse, corralling sheep, practicing the fine art of woodworking, rocking some plaid, strumming a guitar while in a boat, and of course, sipping on his beloved beverage.

We recommend pouring yourself a glass of whiskey before viewing.

(h/t Elite Daily)

TIME Internet

This Is the Only Mashup You Need to Hear of 2014’s Best Songs

Taylor Swift seems to dominates the 2014 version of this annual mix

DJ Earworm, an Internet celebrity known for mashing up pop music, has uploaded the 2014 version of his annual mix of the year’s 25 most popular songs in the U.S., “The United State of Pop (Do What You Wanna Do).” Taylor Swift seems to get the most play, and you can detect a few seconds of “Let It Go” from Frozen.

See if you can recognize them all, and if you can’t, then the full list of songs is in the description of the video on YouTube.

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This Guy Lost a Bet and Recreated Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ Video, Move for Move

“Never lose a fantasy football bet”

The stakes were high, But Chuck Jose agreed to the bet anyway. Maybe he got a little cocky with his fantasy football picks. Maybe he was secretly itching to dance. In the end, he lost the bet, but the world gained something in return: a video of Jose recreating the dance in Sia’s video for “Chandelier,” with all the emotional ferocity of the original.

He might not land the splits, but when this guy commits, he commits. He not only dons the costume worn by Maddie Ziegler in the video, but he mimics her moves with pathos and as much precision as he can muster. He truly looks like he’s finally where he’s meant to be.

Despite the shame of donning a leotard for the world to see, Jose summed up the experience in a tweet early this morning:

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Watch a Two-Minute Supercut of All Your Favorite Christmas Movies

It's much shorter than the Hallmark Channel marathon

Like it or not, Thanksgiving is over, and the barrage of Christmas cheer won’t be stopping until the sidewalks are strewn with the carcasses of Douglas firs. But since you probably haven’t heard “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” six dozen times on the radio, two minutes of Christmas fun are still relatively innocuous.

This supercut of “The Greatest Christmas Films of All Time” combines 1940s classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street with modern additions to the genre, including Love Actually and Elf. With a few middling selections like 2003’s Bad Santa and the Arnold Schwarzenegger dud Jingle All the Way, there’s a case to be made for removing the word “Greatest” from the video’s title. But there are enough gems to let the stinkers slide. ‘Tis the season to be generous, after all.

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Listen to the Hit Songs of 2014 in Just 2.5 Minutes

The Vine phenomenon covers all the songs.

Us the Duo, the Vine phenomenon that covers hit songs in social-media friendly six second loops known as #6SecondCovers, has expanded their time frame to cover all of the hits from 2014 in just two-and-a-half minutes.

In the video, the husband and wife team of Michael and Carissa Alvarado seamlessly blend parts of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” with Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”, Sia’s “Chandelier”, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, and more. Remember way back at the beginning of this year when Pharrell’s “Happy” was inescapable? It’s in the mix along with John Legend, Ariane Grande, Nico & Vinz, Magic!, Clean Bandit, and Maroon 5.

Us The Duo signed a deal with Republic Records in March, becoming the first Vine artists to get picked up by a major label.

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Now You Can Actually Attend a Hogwarts-Like Wizardry School

Harry Potter
Warner Bros.

The real-life event stays true to the Harry Potter books

Aspiring wizards from Poland and Denmark evidently got sick of waiting for owls with their acceptances to Hogwarts to arrive and created their own real-life College of Wizardry.

The fan-made Czocha College of Witchcraft and Wizardry was held in a Polish castle for four days in November and will reconvene on April 9-12, Entertainment Weekly reported. The first event involved almost 200 live-action role players (or LARPers) from 11 different countries pretending to be students, teachers and other wizards. Attendees were sorted into five different houses and worked to complete their S.P.E.L.Ls (Senior Protective Enchanter’s Lifelong License).

Outside of the classroom, students attended Wizard dances, explored the magical grounds and played Quidditch, obviously.

Those who wish to attend the second session will have to pay about $345 for the privilege, not including travel expenses.

[EW]

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Did 30 Rock Call Out Bill Cosby for Sexual Assault Five Years Ago?

7th Annual "Stand Up For Heroes" Event - Arrivals
Jemal Countess—Getty Images Bill Cosby attends the 7th annual Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 6, 2013

A subtle joke from a season 3 episode resonates much more clearly now

Back in 2009, a particularly memorable episode of 30 Rock called “The Bubble” featured guest star Jon Hamm as a really, really ridiculously good-looking doctor who, as a result of said good looks, never experienced the humiliations, inconveniences and general unpleasantness of everyday life. (As a result, he never really had to learn anything — so he was also tremendously dumb, which made for some fun jokes.)

But anyway, during that episode, the 30 Rock writers seemed to reference Bill Cosby’s alleged history of sexual assault, which only very recently became the subject of widespread national attention.

The folks over at Crushable noticed the reference, which most of us probably missed at the time. It comes up during contract negotations between Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin) and Tracy Jordan (played by Tracy Morgan.) Tracy has quit his job on TGS, so Jack hires a Bill Cosby impersonator named Rick to try to convince him to come back.

You can watch the full clip here, and read the exchange below:

Jack Donaghy: I’ve arranged for one of Tracy’s childhood idols to reach out to him.

Tracy Jordan: Hello?

Jack Donaghy: Tracy, this is Jack, I have someone here who wants to speak with you.

Rick: Tracy, this is Bill Cosby…

Liz Lemon: [whispering] Really? This is your strategy?

Jack Donaghy: [whispering and smiling] I heard him do this at a party!

Rick: …I want you to come back to the TGS for the people who like the jokes and the things.

Tracy Jordan: Bill Cosby, you got a lotta nerve gettin’ on the phone wit’ me after what you did to my Aunt Paulette!

Rick: I think you’re confusing me with someone else.

Tracy Jordan: 1971. Cincinnati. She was a cocktail waitress with the droopy eye!

Rick: I’m the guy… with the pudding…

Tracy Jordan: Don’t try to tell me what to do! Dr. Heathcliffe Huxtable, wit’ yo’ light-ass kids! Jack! Why would you make me talk to this man?

At the time, it was probably easy to overlook this exchange because Tracy was known for spewing total non-sequiturs, telling outlandish stories about his family history and generally being an unreliable narrator. But now that a number of women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual assault, this hardly feels like a throwaway one-off joke.

Also, keep in mind that in October, former 30 Rock writer Hannibal Buress publicly called Cosby out in a rant that helped ignite the ongoing national discussion. Granted, Buress began writing for the show after the episode in question aired, so he probably wasn’t responsible for this scene. But chances are he’s not the only member of the 30 Rock team — or the comedy community in general — who has been deeply frustrated for many years about the lack of attention given to the allegations against Cosby.

Of course, it’s possible that it’s all a weird coincidence and that this was just another example of Tracy being Tracy. But knowing what we know now, it’s hard to believe this was not an intentional (if subtle) jab.

(h/t Crushable)

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See Newborn Twin Giant Panda Babies

Twin giant panda babies were born at the Wakayama Adventure World zoo at Shirahama, Japan on Dec. 3, 2014.
Wakayama Adventure World/AFP/Getty Images Twin giant panda babies were born at the Wakayama Adventure World zoo at Shirahama, Japan on Dec. 3, 2014.

Though they're not quite giant yet

Two tiny, hairless panda cubs—one male and one female—were born Monday in a research center in Chendu, central Sichuan province. They are the second and third children of mother giant panda Yaxing. They were 146 grams and 117 grams when they were born.

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Watch Jane Krakowski’s “Leaked” Audition Tape for Peter Pan Live!

The 30 Rock star gives it her all

Funny or Die has managed to get its hands on 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski’s audition tape for Peter Pan Live! and “leaked” the reel to the press. In the clip, Krakowksi make it clear that she is willing to do whatever it takes to play Peter Pan in NBC’s upcoming live production of the play—and if that means hooking up with Wendy, then she’s down for it.

Krakowski came in full costume to the audition, bringing along the Tony Award she won for her portrayal of Carla in Nine, as a helpful reminder to the producers that she’s legit. She showed off her stage skills by playing Peter Pan as an oversexed British pixie dust addict who might be afraid of heights and have a lot in common with Tinkerbell. While it would have been a fascinating take on the beloved childhood character, NBC opted to cast a safer choice, Girls star Allison Williams, in the role instead.

Peter Pan Live! airs on NBC on Thursday.

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Watch James Franco and Seth Rogen Make Korean BBQ Lasagna

They're promoting their upcoming film with the folks from the 'Epic Meal Time' YouTube series

James Franco and Seth Rogen have teamed up to make a Korean BBQ lasagna with Epic Meal Time, a YouTube channel known for creating food mashup monstrosities like Four Loko-infused chili and sushi made out of fast food burgers. Warning: watching them make this “lasagna”—a recipe that also includes french fries—may make you lose your appetite for lunch.

The stunt is a promotion for their upcoming film The Interview, in which the comedians fly to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong Un and are recruited by the CIA as assassins.

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