Miss USA Dressed as Optimus Prime Because America

Every year, won by an Earthling.

Apparently the National Costume Competition of the Miss Universe Pageant is largely a crash course in cultural stereotypes. While some contestants donned more traditional clothing from their home countries, others created extravagant costumes roughly inspired by their heritage. And Miss USA showcased two of the most important artifacts of American heritage to date -- stealing things from Japanese culture and Michael Bay.

Turns out, there's no better way to learn about and celebrate different cultures than watching beautiful women walking around in dress-shaped dioramas.


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DNA Lounge: Wherein there is a mere smattering of Halloween photos.

All three of our Halloween parties were amazing. Point Break Live was amazing. There's been some amazement, is what I'm saying.

Here's a fun interview with the director of Point Break Live:

So the original cast members have been supportive of the show?

Busey showed up the first time really early and came in all scary, especially to the guy playing his character Pappas, like 'Don't mess up my show! If you suck I'm gonna rip your head off and shit down your throat!' And then he sat in the front row and five minutes into it he was grabbing water guns, and getting up on stage chasing people around. And three weeks ago, Lori Petty, who played Tyler in the movie, came in and auditioned for Johnny Utah and won. That was really epic to have one of the stars in the show.

What's the strangest Point Break Live! related encounter you've had since you've been doing this?

I met Keanu once when we were doing the shows. He's never come, but one night after we finished doing a show, there was a sister bar nearby that called us and were like 'you gotta get over here, Keanu Reeves is here.' It was right around Halloween so I was like, whatever. But I went over there with some flyers and brought a poster and sure enough it was Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, Bill and Ted, sitting at the bar together. And I mentioned the show to Keanu and said you should come and audition and he was like, 'But what if I didn't win, you know, that would suck!" At the show itself we've had all kinds of crazy stories. We've had people visiting from Japan who don't know English audition and of course the audience picks them. So people who can't even read English have gone on and tried to guess what the words are and people still went nuts for it.

Both November Point Break Live shows sold out, both December shows are sold out already, and the two January shows are going fast! Get your tickets soon, people! You really do want to see this. Words don't do it justice.

(We do sell a few standing-room walk-up tickets at the door, so if you still want to come to the December shows, you can probably manage that if you get here early.)


Hubba Hubba: Evil
Delorean Overdrive
Bootie: Elocnep
Bootie: Bowie/Stevie
Atlas Obscura: Cemetery Stories
Halloween Booootie
All Hallow's Eve
Point Break Live

If you have any photos from Halloween, please send them! I can't believe how few photos we have. There were so many amazing costumes, and they're largely undocumented here. Help us out, people.


"Polutant-oozing sea-coffins!"

Tugboat rises from Davy Jones' locker off Oakland

"Captain Al" was among the first to be raised in a two-month effort to clear the estuary of more than 40 abandoned crafts, many of which have become nautical obstacles and pollutant-oozing sea coffins.

The steel vessel has sat at the bottom of the estuary since at least the mid-1990s, Duncan said. Tags identifying it were apparently removed - it earned its name from a site worker.

It's not known who the owner was or why the vessel sank. However, the estuary is a popular dumping spot for unwanted craft, officials say.

"Unfortunately, the number of people abandoning their vessels around here has become almost an epidemic," Duncan said.

Two sunken boats have already been lifted from the waters and their owners tracked down, said Todd Thalhamer, operations chief for CalRecycle, the state agency tasked with removing the vessels. The owners may face fines, depending on whether they were responsible for scuttling their boats.

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