Big Ten Mascots, including Goldy Gopher, join "Call Me Maybe" craze [VIDEO]

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Goldy spoofs Carly Rae Jepsen.
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Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" can't escape Tay Zonday


It's mid-July, and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is in full summer bloom across commercial radio, the blogosphere, and now the Big Ten conference mascots, including the University of Minnesota, have put a stamp on it far more enjoyable than Tay Zonday's.

Our cross-conference rivals (except for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Northwestern and Purdue) got in on the zaniness. So, we get furtive peeks from behind a tree by Wisconsin's Bucky Badger, the Penn State Nittany Lion gets into the car-washing bit from Jepsen's original video, and Nebraska's Herbie Husker gets chased by some adoring cheerleaders. As for Goldy Gopher, it looks like his costume is waterproof, judging by his trip to the beach, which includes a tail-drying session.
 

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Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" butchered by the Timberwolves

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Kevin Love trying to sing along with Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" is even more awkward than Kevin Love trying to sing along with 'N Sync.

Although these videos that the Minnesota Timberwolves have been spinning out this season seem to have their heart in the right place, no person who appreciates a vocal slam dunk is going to wave their towels to this. You'd think for how much the production costs must be to line up several T-Wolves and record them singing along that someone could print out the lyrics, right? Nope.



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LMFAO can count Timberwolf Darko Milicic as a casual fan

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The Minnesota Timberwolves really want to portray themselves as a multi-dimensional bunch, especially when it comes to their music consumption. This was already applied when a good portion of the team agreed to be filmed listening to the 'N Sync hit "Tearin' Up My Heart" last month.

Now, this concept digs deeper with the not-at-all PBS-sponsored Darko Listens to Pop Music starring the Timberwolves big man Darko Milicic wearing headphones and dishing out opinions. This particular offering includes "Party Rock Anthem" "as composed by LMFAO."

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Justin Bieber's snake finds home at Owatonna Zoo (PHOTOS)

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Even if Justin Bieber isn't readily accessible in Minnesota, and old reptile buddy of his is just an hour's drive away from the Twin Cities. We're talking about Johnson, an albino boa constrictor who is the first celebrity snake to reside at the impeccably named RAD (Reptile & Amphibian Discovery) Zoo in Owatonna.

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Owl City's Adam Young: An Ambrose Bierce story inspired my name

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The origin of Owatonna synth-pop artist Owl City's cute-on-the-surface moniker turns out to have some dead-serious literary implications. In a blog posting titled "Why I Call Myself Owl City," the reclusive Adam Young describes what is "not the kind of answer I can explain in thirty seconds during a loud meet-and-greet while the opener is soundchecking in the same room two people are trying to converse in." He goes on to say that even half an hour in a quiet coffee shop might not be enough to fully explain it. Whether or not this is true, we can bet that Ambrose Bierce is gonna get a lot of Kindle downloads this week.

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Bon Iver, Brian Setzer, Mint Condition's Stokley Williams among this year's Grammy nominees

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All bets were on Adele heading into last night's Grammy nomination ceremony (now a nationally televised event tailored to milk the big reveal for every last commercial penny), and she certainly held her own, receiving a total of six nominations from the Recording Academy. Kanye West, too, scored big overall, leading the pack with seven separate nominations.

But the big reveal had its share of surprises, too, especially for indie rock fans -- Radiohead tied Adele for five nominations, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance, while Foo Fighters somehow managed to be nominated for both Best Rock Performance and Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance among several other nods.

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Kanye West channeled Michael Jackson for Halloween

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The celebrity blogs are hopping this morning with photos of stars in their Halloween costumes (Heidi Klum is by far the scariest and most stunning), but there was one that caught our eye: Last night, Kanye West showed his love for the King of Pop by dressing as Michael Jackson.

The photo comes courtesy of Twitter user @40oz_VAN, who is the other person in the picture and was at a party in NYC with Kanye last night. (Friendly tip: don't follow the links back to his Tumblr page if you're at work.)

Check out the full size photo here:


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Mark Mallman song featured in the season finale of Jersey Shore

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Local indie superhero Mark Mallman tweeted on Monday that his song "Light the Dynamite and Run" (from 2009's Invincible Criminal) would be featured on Thursday night's season finale of Jersey Shore. The song's ultra-intense title (perfect for a patented Jersey Shore slow-motion drama staredown) and anthemic chorus made sense for a season finale that was likely to be filled with meatball cookas, unprotected drunken sex, fighting and... fighting. 


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Fred Durst to add self-parody to resume with family-friendly sitcom

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He's helped popularize plodding, misogynistic rap-rock and backwards red baseball caps. He's incited the shiftless youth in a Woodstock audience to riot. He's been an unashamedly creepy stalker of young, blond Hollywood pop starlets. He's been involved in film projects involving skateboarding culture. Now, Limp Bizkit lightning rod Fred Durst would like to monopolize an adjusted-for-commercial, half-hour-interruption of your precious viewing time with a CBS sitcom about, well, Fred Durst, possibly staring a guy looks suspiciously like Fred Durst. 

According to Billboard News, the tentatively titled Douchebag "will revolve around a rock star trying to balance his family life with his career commitments."

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MTV VMAs 2011: The 5 most talked about moments from this year's show

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It says something about the age we're living in that you don't even need a television to stay caught up with MTV these days, so following along with this year's VMA's required little more than a Twitter account, a couple searches on YouTube, and an unrelenting desire to watch a bunch of pop stars congratulate themselves. Voila! Here's last night's show, distilled down into the five notable moments everyone's talkin' about today.


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