The Oscars have come and gone and Avatar, although winning art direction, best visual effects and cinematography did not win best picture. That honor went to Hurt Locker. But many would agree Avatar was most popular movie of the year. And what do you get when you pair the most popular movie of the year with the most popular television show about a low-rent beach in the arm pit of America? A solid consolation prize.

Oh lordy. Ever tried to break up with someone, but have them cry, scream, get all stabby, or pregnant?

D.C. is known as “Hollywood for ugly people“, but spend any time in the city and you quickly realize it’s not exactly accurate. Sure, it isn’t Manhattan with models swarming in from across the globe, but for such a small city, we have a pretty healthy percentage of attractive ladies (and gents too, if the Bonus! crew is a representative sample. You’re welcome, ladies.)

D.C. is a unique city, and the dating dynamics are similarly unique. People here are generally ambitious, intelligent and driven. Often, that’s what they look for in a partner too. LaLa Land may have a simple pairing dynamic; ours is a little more complex.

That leads to some odd couples. I frequently see women with men who are far inferior in terms of looks, and even personality, but who make up for it in less obvious ways. Partners at firms, influential lobbyists, congressmen, etc. I’m not saying women here are more or less shallow than in other cities (except Hollywood, those broads are shallow), just interested in different things.

But things fizzle. You have to try on new people periodically to see what fits. You have to regularly clear out the relationship closet. Sometimes your ex gets with someone far below you; I call that relationship-goodwill.

If things with your sig-oth (if you’re into the whole brevity thing) are sputtering, it can be hard to have ‘the talk’. Thankfully, there’s a new service that takes over when you can’t pull the trigger.

IDump4U will break off your relationship so you don’t have to get your hands dirty. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! They’ll also record the convo, and post it to youtube. Yeah. Read that again. Yeah. For example, Amber is dumb.

Oh Amber, you sound awesome. Interestingly, Brad says that the majority of his clients are women, who can’t confront their boyfriends. Check these out if you’re trying to dump your lame future-ex. If anyone uses this site, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let us know.

You may have seen this already, but I’m always a sucker for these. Take the next few minutes of your life to watch this. Makes you wonder though; what if as part of some crazy DC conspiracy theory the presidential memorials around the city were orginally built as part of the most elaborate Rube Goldberg machine in the world? I mean, why else would FDR have a memorial that could so effectively house a trail of dominoes? Or have his own memorial at all? Makes you wonder… makes you wonder…

Many hockey fans in DC love Alexander Ovechkin not just for his ability to put the puck in the back of the net, but for his tenacity and desire to just lay someone else out. Ovie had a quiet Olympics (boding well for the United States) and has most recently received heavy criticism for shutting down the film production of a Russian fan’s attempt to capture the Capitals’ superstar on camera. If I were Ed Lover, I’d say, “C’mon, son – how the f*@k you gonna swat a camera away from a Russian fan tryin to get a glimpse of her favorite player. C’mon, son. Get the f*@k outta here with that sh*t.”

But I’m not Ed Lover, and we like to focus on the positives here on Bonus! Which brings me to the real reason for this post and that was Ovie’s hit on my favorite player growing up, Jaromir Jagr. Dude had a mullet that would give Billy Ray Cyrus a hard on, but that’s neither here nor there. Talking to a friend about the upcoming USA-Canada gold medal game, the conversation turned to Ovechkin’s poor performance, but man, did he really put the hurt on Jaromir Jagr (ex-Penguin – Bonus! for Caps fans). Searching for the hit on YouTube, I came up empty because the IOC blocked it on copyright grounds. This calls for another, “C’mon, Son” but I digress. YouTube account holder koojoe21 found a loophole with a sweet animated video that reminds you of a mid-90s Sega or SNES game – appropriately set to house music. Enjoy this Bonus! and root for USA to stick it to those hosers today.

Regardless if you subscribe to the tiny-bopper phenomenon, it’s hard to deny these types of pop singers have figured something out. They don’t reign at the top of the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for nothing.

 So maybe it’s a good producer, sweet electronics, or real talent (help us all), if it’s catchy enough it will produce something that we can all appreciate: one awesome parody.

So for all you Weird Al Yankovic lovers or those (like some of us at BonusDC) who think Ke$ha’s music video persona could resemble Taylor Swift if she woke up in a gutter after a two-week binder – strictly hypothetical of course  – this one is for you.

I’m not sure who is behind this gem, but their name is “Key of Awesome” (BONUS!), so it seems pretty self-explanatory. Hope you enjoy this little piece of happiness.



Yeah, you like-a sauce!

We all do indeed enjoy the sauce. We also enjoy-a saving da monies, and-a having-a da fun. That’s why we want to give y’all a heads up on next weeks “Restaurants Unleashed” events in the District.

The list of deals varies from the ‘meh’ to the ‘shit yeah’. Topping my list:

Belga Cafe‘s Mussel Power Unleashed. Mussels + Belgian ale + deal = Eff to the A alright.

Kaz Sushi Bistro‘s lunch and dinner specials.

MCCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants 3 course special.

You may notice a common theme in these selections, so for the non-seafood eaters I’ll throw out this beefy selection:

Morton’s the Steakhouse, in G’Town $100 three course steak and seafood for two. Not shabby.

Full list here. H/t Dcist.

This video is from Danish director Tobias Gundorff Boesen, and apparently was quite the technical feat.

I dig the song too, it’s a band called The National, and the song is ‘Slow Show‘.

As the annoying annotations mention, might be traumatic for those who like bunnies.

(h/t Gamma Squad)