We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Bruce Springsteen should have covered "The Weight" years ago, Sam Kass talks White House pantry protocol, and the Potato Heads have been married 60 years.
You may know Grover Norquist from his work as president of Americans for Tax Reform. You also may know him from his second-place finish in "Washington's Funniest Celebrity," a kind-of real contest which Grover Norquist almost won. But did you also know he's a highly adequate beanbag juggler? It's true! Parents of conservative kids with birthdays coming up, take note: He also probably knows something about balloon animals. [via Daily Download]
Bruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball has included a solo and acoustic preshow performances, beer chugging, crowd surfing, at least one song that put Chris Christie to sleep, and now, a performance of "The Weight" (to mark the passing of The Band's Levon Helm) that seems destined to command the kind of cultural ubiquity only live covers of classic rock songs muster. The thing is, it's completely justified in this case. [via Carrasfe]
Do you own one of the Harry Potter books? Do you secretly think it's valuable for some reason? It could be, if it is a first edition, contains some unnoticeable printing snafu, or is actually capable of magic. (This obviously doesn't apply to the e-book editions, which may seem magical, but are actually just products of human technology and J.K. Rowling's marketing savvy.) [via AbeBooks]
Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head just had their 60th anniversary. In age when half of all toy potato marriages end in divorce or deep-frying, this is a milestone worth celebrating. Here they are looking young and in love, like two spuds at a drive-in in Idaho. [via Jezebel]
Here's Sam Kass -- the White House chef -- talking about being the White House chef. Let the hypothetical questions about late-night food demands from the American President begin. [via 5min]
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