Anthony Bourdain's Loss Is Being Felt By All The People He Influenced

Chef, TV host and writer Anthony Bourdain died in France at the age of 61, according to CNN. He was found by his close friend and fellow chef, Eric Ripert, on Friday morning in his hotel room. The two were working on an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown. He reportedly died by suicide.

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” CNN said in a statement. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Anthony Bourdain was deeply beloved as a person who shared stories and food from parts of the world most people never got to travel to. He has a deeply compassionate view of others, and an intense curiosity that awoke wonder and interest in others. And because of his presence on TV, he was known to many.

He was also incredibly supportive of the #MeToo movement. His partner, Asia Argento, was one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. He publicly supported her and all the women who came forward.

Bourdain’s outspoken nature and widespread appeal made him many people’s heroes. He was also personal friends with a number of celebrities. Folks from all sides of entertainment are celebrating him and his legacy.

People who worked with him as journalists.

Other chefs who work on television:

He also knew folks from everywhere: science, politics, music.

reposted: @questlovesfood Just saw the news this morning about Anthony Bourdain’s passing. I have so many thoughts about him—memories, emotions, and unanswered questions—that right now it’s sort of a jumble. I feel so thankful for him to introducing me to a world I never knew, the world of food and especially food around the world. It was through Anthony that I learned about the sushi master Jiro Ono was and that recommendation (seeing the Jiro doc & making a pilgrimage to Tokyo by any means necessary) singlehandedly changed the course of my professional and creative life. Anthony also believed, and talked often, about how all forms of creativity were connected: how chefs and drummers and comedians and actors and directors and painters all drew on the same well of thoughts and emotions. That feeling stuck with me. Watching him take trips to faraway lands to get a taste of heaven (and, just as often, to show how life on earth can be hell for people under the thumb of cruel governments or oppressive poverty) was the equivalent of my many trips to obscure record shops continents away. Lastly I’ll miss our endless banter about the merits (or lack therof) of Yacht Rock. Anthony came on Fallon often, and every time he liked to warn me that his walk-on music better have “some umph to it.” He wanted power and attitude. I’d agree with him, and then I’d play another Billy Joel song, which infuriated him. A few years back, to thank him for writing the foreword to my book, I started the ultimate troll project, though I never got to give it to him. We had an “argument” over Herb Alpert’s “Route 101”: I made the case that the song’s good-feeling/good-time vibe couldn’t be denied, and he made the case that he denied it, and the more heated the argument got the more we laughed. I told him imma make him the mother of smooth-pop playlists and then he would see the light. I’m finishing that playlist, and when I do, I’ll name it after him, just so I can imagine that laugh of his.

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Many said his show helped them feel like they were exploring the world, too:

Many had personal memories of meeting him, and how energetic and engaging he was in person:

And lots of people are sharing the lessons they got from his show and personality:

His partner, Asia Argento, has also responded to the news, writing, “Anthony gave all of himself in everything that he did. His brilliant, fearless spirit touched and inspired so many, and his generosity knew no bounds. He was my love, my rock, my protector. I am beyond devastated. My thoughts are with his family. I would ask that you respect their privacy and mine.”

Anthony Bourdain gave the world many gifts, and his loss will be felt deeply.

In the U.S., the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

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This Guy's Pre-Workout Amazon Review Lists All The Hilarious Side Effects He Felt

This Guy’s Pre-Workout Amazon Review Lists All The Hilarious Side Effects He Felt

One of the best (and worst) parts about the internet is that so much stuff is just plain made up.

Now you might be asking yourself, “How can that ever be considered positive?” And it’s true, there is a ton of fake news out there causing all sorts of havoc, so much in fact, that some people feel it helped get a former reality TV star elected President.

But, I would counter your fake news woes with the wonderful world of exaggerated Amazon product reviews that are almost always hilarious. I mean, just look at these amazing words of praise for the iconic three-wolf moon shirt.

That’s right, he called it “career development fertilizer.”

You can buy pretty much anything on Amazon and find out whether it’s good or not thanks to the retailer’s handy-dandy comments section. Coincidentally, people who actually take the time to read product reviews are prime targets for some lighthearted trolling/gifts of hilarity. Like the reviews that have been pouring in for this pre-workout powder.

Now if you’re unfamiliar with the world of fitness supplements, there’s one thing you need to know: it’s a lawless wasteland.

Because of that, it’s home to some of the craziest, “bro-science” claims you’ll ever hear. As a result, there are some MOs that lots of these supplements follow. And if you used to read Muscular Development and all the crazy bodybuilding magazines back in the day, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.

The LIT pre-workout powder’s product description falls in line with the supplement lingo.

  • Clinically Dosed Pre-Workout
  • Built By Science. Driven By Obsession. Elevated Through Innovation.
  • If It’s On Our Labels, Then It’s In Our Bottles. Get Lit And Train With Focus, Power And Pumps.
  • Proven Ingredients. Proven Doses. Clinical Quality. Real Science. Real Results.
  • Summary:

Which may or may not have inspired people to write such hilarious testaments to the efficacy for this “pump” powder. Like Amazon user Dino2925’s review of the stuff.

Here it is, in full:

Walked into the break room at work for a glass of ice water. Noticed a container of this sitting on the shelf. Thought it might flavor my plain water reasonably well so I mixed some up. Blue Raspberry. I read the label as I stirred. “May cause flushing and tingling”. I smirked, thinking that wouldn’t be an issue. Background: 5’11”, 270 lbs. A walking wall that spends an inordinate amount of time lifting large weights. I don’t use supplements but am peripherally aware of their function. This is labeled as a pre-workout supplement. I figured that since I was going to the gym later, it couldn’t hurt.

The taste was delicious. Sour and refreshing. Within a couple minutes, my face went numb. I laughed, thinking maybe there was something to that warning label. Soon, the tingling spread to my arms, legs and chest. Then the itching started. The whole body itching that someone might experience after swimming in a lake of toxic waste. The label didn’t mention the itching. Then the caffeine kicked in. I think that the manufacturer forgot to mention that one of the secret ingredients was methamphetamine. Proprietary blend, with a sprinkle of cocaine. I literally couldn’t blink. Had I been surrounded by a group of angry police officers, I suspect the ensuing viral video would have been epic. One review mentioned that this product is ‘Fire’. That phrase went though my mind prior to reading it.

It took about two hours for the product to wear off. The itching was unnerving. Ten hours later and my tongue still hurts. I never did get to the gym. This product would likely be awesome during the first hour of a Zombie Apocalypse, as your situational awareness will be off the charts. You’ll feel as strong as a gorilla and the itching will keep you moving. I don’t know if sweating would help mitigate the itching but I suspect not.

When I get back into work on Monday, that container will still be sitting there. Calling me. Tempting me. Part of my brain will shout “Remember the itching!”. Another part will whisper “Remember the rush….” I’ll probably opt for a glass of water and think about zombies.  

The invigorating, itchy affair didn’t seem solely reserved for Dino, either. Other people testified to the fortifying effects of the powder.

Others think the pre-workout is so good that Jesus himself would use it.

Lots of the reviews comment on the fact that the product leaves you feeling “tingly,” but everyone pretty much unanimously agrees that it works.

Not sure I want to be itching/tingling all day just to have a slightly better workout, but I have to be honest, I do kind of want to try it now. Sorry Dino, your trauma has done little to dissuade me from wanting this product.

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You Can Wear A Swan Around Your Neck With These Stunning Soft Felt Scarves

I’m a sucker for a good fashion trend, especially one that looks like it was crafted by a Fairy Godmother.

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Designer sisters Celina and Maja Debowska crafted these gorgeous felt swan scarves and started selling them on their Etsy shop, Celapiu.

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They were inspired by the swan dresses Björk wore to the Oscars and on her Vespertine tour.

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And although these elegant felt scarves could be paired with evening gowns, they’re the perfectly cute accessory to liven up a casual outfit too.

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The best part? Each of these beautiful pieces are made entirely by hand out of raw materials.

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The attention to detail is astounding as well.

The design’s a throwback to the glamorous furs women wore during the 1920’s, without all the messy animal cruelty business.

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Celina says that her style is “Playful, out of context, conceptual…I play with styles, shuffle between cartoon kitsch and urban deconstruction.”

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That sounds like something right off of Project Runway, but fancy fashion language aside, these are some pretty damn awesome scarvey-poos.

And if swans aren’t your thing, then Celapiu offers a few other cool pieces featuring different animals. Like foxes.

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Owls.

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And Deer.

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Oh my.

If you’re interested in any of these scarves you can check out their Etsy shop. Just don’t please tell my wife about the owl scarf.

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