FRDAY FIVE! “Calvin and Hobbes” Snowmen

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring for 2013… but apparently Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the message.  Historic winter storms continue to rock most of the United States, dumping record amounts of snow (much to the Weather Channel’s delight!).  Fortunately, with tons of snow, come tons of snowmen — I even saw one, tiny, emaciated snow…man?… on the streets of New York!

This week Friday Five! celebrates snowmen by honoring Bill Watterson and the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, whose titular heroes create some of the most hilarious and memorable snowmen to ever grace the white, wintry landscape… real or fictional.  So, whether you’re snowed in, going crazy, or laughing at the rest of us (shut up, California), these panels are sure to entertain your brain and warm your heart.

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FRIDAY FIVE! Super Bowl Foods

The Super Bowl is almost upon us… and game day parties across the nation will feature the same boring buffet of chicken wings, nachos, hot dogs and chips — You brought chunky salsa?  I’ll treasure this unique moment forever!

Please.  No one remembers the party that played it safe.  Fortunately, dear party host, The Casual Gentlemen are here to help make your Super Bowl spread as epic as the game.  Ditch the tired classics and go bold with these five bi-costal foods native to the cities represented in the Super Bowl…  San Francisco and Baltimore!

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FRIDAY FIVE! Biggest 2013 Oscar Surprises

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Its on!

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced last week and there were a slew of wicked snubs and surprises.  Personally, I’m delighting in what is clearly the “inciting incident” (YES!) of Oscar pandemonium.  I love a good twist and the academy was sure to “flip the script” (DOUBLE YES!) on my expectations for nominees.  Seriously, this year’s list offers more head-scratchers than the Manti Te’o hoax.  And after the Golden Globes, some of the Oscar snubs seem even more outrageous.  A true award season “cliff-hanger” (OMG!  I’M ON FIRE!).

Most importantly… this means I’m going to have to work extra hard to win my 85th straight Oscar pool.

So what are the top 5 Oscar snubs and surprises this year?  Forget what you’ve read on on other lists and prepare to have your mind blown.  Here at the Casual Gentlemen, we don’t shy away from controversy.  Which leads us to…

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FRIDAY FIVE! The Legend of Johnny Manziel

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This week, FRIDAY FIVE! celebrates the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy… Johnny Manziel, aka “Johnny Football.”  Manziel emerged as a national phenomenon after he led the Aggies in a victory over top ranked Alabama (Yes, the same Alabama football team that recently demolished Notre Dame).  Then he picked apart Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, winning 41-13.  “Johnny Football” is fast, strong and damn fun to watch!

We now present the top 5 awesome, hilarious and outrageous tweets about this near mythic figure.  Which are truth and which are simply the desires of fanatical followers?  Well, the real question is: Does it matter?  Hit the jump to find out.

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FRIDAY FIVE! Dastardly Christmas Villains

Happy Holidays Internet!

The end of the year is a time of love and joy — a celebration of food, booze, old friends and new beginnings.  But you can’t highlight the good without a dash of the bad!

This Friday Five! brings you the Top 5 Christmas Villains.  Yes, they are a contemptible collection of baddies… but it wouldn’t be Christmas without them.  Hit the jump to see who made the list.

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FRIDAY FIVE! 2012’s Guilty Television Pleasures

Television’s greatest programming routinely challenges our society, our beliefs and our fears.  Well crafted TV shows can make us think and inspire us.  Maybe even adjust our moral compass…  Yeah, right.  Whatever.  Sometimes you just want to flop on the couch, slack-jawed, beer at the ready, and let waves of pleasure wash over your stress-addled brain!  I know I do!

This Friday Five! brings you the top five guilty TV pleasures from 2012.  There is just one rule: NO REALITY SHOWS!  I cannot condone any of that.  Remember, I said waves of PLEASURE… I watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo once and all I felt was a soul-shattering darkness.  I immediately took a shower and donated to Children International.

All the (scripted) shows on this list are awesome in their own demented way and I highly recommend you indulge in at least one or two — they just aren’t likely to show up on the family Christmas wish-list any time soon.

So enjoy!  And as you delve into television’s darker desires… imagine what shows must have been turned down!  *shudder*

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FRIDAY FIVE! Dysfunctional Families of Cinema

As the year winds down, families and friends will use any excuse to get together.  What, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, National Brownie day (December 8th… as if you could ever forget that) and Repeal Day, you have plenty of time to sing, laugh, eat and drink with those you love.

Though we may bitch and complain, these precious moments gift us with a lifetime of everlasting memories.  Well, except on Repeal Day of course.  And just like you, the families on this list make their own everlasting memories… for all the wrong reasons.  These are Hollywood’s top five dysfunctional families.

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