I Got Killed on Spike TV's '1000 Ways to Die'

In case you're not familiar with the Spike TV show "1000 Ways to Die," it revolves around people who have died in incredibly stupid/bizarre ways. I previously appeared on the show after answering a Craigslist ad as a prank and pretending to be an cross-dresser named KiKi. Well, I must have done a really good job, because for the new season, I was asked by the production crew to come back on the...

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Montreal's Twins Parade Has Us Seeing Double

The Just for Laughs 2010 Twins Parade on Saturday was twice the fun of a standard parade. (Is that enough of hack opening for you?) Held in Montreal, the event is comprised of more than 500 twins from such far-reaching locales as Australia, Nigeria and America. (Though most of the pairs were from Quebec.) Residents were doing double-takes (more twin puns to come) as their French-Canadian street...

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Asylum Goes to New Age Expo, Hurts Third Eye

It was pyramids, crystals, man-dresses, and dolphins galore, when Asylum hit the New Living Expo in San Francisco recently. With over 300 exhibitors, this gathering of New Agers was not only for those wanting to adjust their chakras, channel their past lives, or spend a bunch of money on crap gadgets that will (allegedly) do everything from reverse the aging process to alter your exposure to el...

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Asylum Pleasures Itself at the Masturbate-a-Thon (NSFW)

While many of our readers likely spent Memorial Day weekend doing jack-all, chances are none of them competed in a jack-off competition. But on behalf of Asylum, frequent contributor Harmon Leon spent the final Sunday in May at the 2010 Masturbate-a-Thon. The Masturbate-a-Thon -- put on by San Francisco's Center for Sex & Culture and now in its 10th year -- works similar to a walkathon: Par...

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14 Unintentionally Terrible Photos of Restaurant Menu Items

When done properly, images of a certain restaurant's food will make you hungrier and totally obsessed with eating, say, the amazing-looking stick-meat chicken right away. But sometimes restaurant-food photography is a disaster. This usually happens when hopeful eatery owners snap their own pics of various items on their menu, hang them in their front window in a misguided attempt to lure passer...

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Asylum Attends BaconCamp, Eats a Ton of Bacon

With its many militant vegans and anti-meatists, San Francisco might seem like an odd place to hold an event called BaconCamp. But when pork enthusiasts gathered here for the second year in a row to devour all things bacon, Asylum knew we needed to be on hand to take in the action -- literally. And by "all things bacon," we mean it. We're talking bacon loaf cakes, bacon-wrapped meatloaf, bacon ...

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11 Pointless Celebrity Impersonators

Everyone wants to be famous. But what if you aren't? And never will be? Then what? Well, the next best thing, obviously, would be if you resembled someone who actually is famous. And got paid for it. But just like in Hollywood, there is a pecking order among celebrity impersonators. Some faux entertainers clearly deserve to be on the A-list. Others -- like ol' Mimi to the left, here -- live ...

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Bunny Jam 2010 Hops Into San Francisco

What do you get when you weed out a furry party until it's strictly people in bunny outfits? Bunny Jam 2010, that's what! Held over Easter weekend on the outskirts of San Francisco, this pseudo–Burning Man bash brought together the kind of people who like to spend their weekends hopping around a cavernous loft in tails and ears. With numerous floors of DJs, the event also had many diff...

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Ink Addicts Abound at the Tattoo Body Art Expo

This past weekend, Asylum ventured to the Body Art Expo at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. As expected from the world's largest gathering of its kind, Body Art Expo was packed with scores of ink lovers who could have been extras in a Social Distortion video. Tattoo artists with names like Bones and Chicken Wing were in the house to etch the epidermises of thousands of attendees. The hum of ...

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It's Back to the Future at the Steampunk Expo

Gentlemen, grab your aviator goggles and put on your Victorian top hat. Ladies, don that corset and gather your locks into an old-timey hairdos. Why? Because it's time to hang out with the steampunks at the Nova Albion Steampunk Expo. In case you don't know, steampunk is a hobby and lifestyle that glorifies all things related to Victorian and Edwardian science fiction. Using such writers as ...

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