Flipping-the-Bird Costs HOW MUCH?! The NFL has added an additional “restitution” claim to their lawsuit against M.I.A. for flipping the bird during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance. Their demand? An illogically whopping $15 million, a figure “based on what advertisers would have paid for ads during this time.” Well, if there’s anything we can all agree on, its that that sum is crazy enough to make anybody go M.I.A. (Deadspin)
He’s Not Dead, He’s Meditating! Despite the fact that he’s been declared “clinically dead,” followers of Guru Ashutosh Maharaj, the leader of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, have not only refused to believe their guru is no more but placed his body in a freezer to meditate, convinced he’ll regain consciousness soon. Maharaj suffered from a fatal heart attack nearly six weeks ago. (Daily Mail)
Loved Jodhaa Akbar? Hrithik Roshan is expected to be back on the silver screen reliving moments of the Indus Valley civilization in Monhenjodaro directed by the beloved Jodhaa Akbar director Ashutosh Gowariker. (International Business Times)
Indian Temples and Superstitions. Did you know that Lord Vishnu chopped up Sati’s body after she immolated herself to calm Lord Shiva down and save the universe? Apparently her vagina fell at the Kamakhya Temple in Assam, India. Learn about other mystical facts on various Indian temples here: (Speaking Tree)
The Documentary That Needs a Global Audience. Award-winning filmmaker David Washburn has made it his mission to change the way Muslims are portrayed on television. His groundbreaking documentary, An American Mosque depicts how Americans were affected by the first mosque destroyed by arson in the U.S. He says,
I wanted to juxtapose two institutions that are considered incompatible by some ignorant people. It is a bit provocative. But this is the point, mosques are being constructed everywhere in the United States. If they are not American, what are they? The idea is to state boldly that we are a pluralistic society with every kind of house of worship, each one as ‘American’ as the next.” (Two Circles)
An Intimate Skin-Lightening Product for Men: Yes, you read that right. When Clean & Dry Intimate Wash, a product that bleaches your vagina emerged, Bollywood Gandu teamed up with Culture Machine to create a hilarious parody introducing a (fake) testicular fairness cream. Talk about shiny disco balls. Le, sigh. (Scoop Whoop)
Ashley Kooblall is a NYC-based online writer/editor whose work has been featured in YourTango, Women’s Health, and DISFunkshion Magazine. In her spare time she can be found in the nearest Barnes & Noble scoping out the latest books, preferably South Asian historical fiction. Follow her on Twitter @akooblall.