Best Buy Will Officially Stop Selling CDs And People Are Freaking Out

The last time I ever saw someone buying a CD was at Wal-Mart. While waiting in an unnecessarily long line to get a pint of midnight Ben & Jerry’s because I lost my self respect a long time ago, I saw someone in front of me with even less self respect.

In the overflowing shopping cart, on top of some And 1 neon green sandals and several microwavable dinners, were various country music CDs. I don’t remember all of the artists, but Toby Keith was front and center.

I was baffled: the last time I remember ever buying a CD was when I went to a Coconuts the day Sam’s Town from the Killers dropped. That huge disappointment was the end of the compact disc era, as far as I was concerned, and yet here this man was, in 2017, buying his music on a dead medium.

Even though I have a CD player in my beater Corolla, I used it only once, as a joke, when my best friend Chris Conroy found a Space Hog CD in his apartment that we listened to and summarily tossed from the car on a short road trip during this past summer. I’m sure the majority of people reading this aren’t jamming to tunes bumping from an old Sony Walkman, and yet still, store shelves and precious retail space is reserved for a bunch of compact discs no one will ever buy.

So it only makes sense that Best Buy has let music suppliers that it’ll no longer be carrying compact discs.

Apparently the news isn’t sitting well with some people, especially because they’re still going to carry Vinyl versions of albums.

The nostalgic, old-school appeal of Vinyl is understandable. Plus, when you have something on Vinyl, it looks like a piece of art you can hang in your home. But at the end of the day it’s all about business: Vinyl is coming back: the numbers don’t lie.

If people are freaking out about CDs going the way of the cassette, it’s probably because I, like other folks my age, probably feel old as hell.

I mean, I remember walking around the CD section, snooping track selections and trying to learn about new bands from the dude behind the counter.

Some people are arguing that CDs carry longer, live versions of tracks – ones that can’t be purchased on iTunes.

Others are just saying, “about time.”

Then the all-important juggalo demographic weighed in on the news.

Some people actually brought up some legitimate points about why this is a bad thing. But then again, you could always order them off Amazon. 

If you really want to listen to music on a CD, you could always burn them yourself and make yourself a sweet mix.

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J.K. Rowling Just Officially Revealed That There Was More Than One Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling is keeping the Harry Potter universe alive and breathing through her world-building site, Pottermore. She frequently posts short stories expanding the world of witches and wizards, and it’s kept fans satisfied since the last book’s publication.

But a recent post from Rowling has many fans scratching their heads and wondering what the famous author’s future plans are.

In a recent post entitled The Potter Family, Rowling delves deep into Harry’s family tree and their lineage. She begins:

“The Potter family is a very old one, but it was never (until the birth of Harry James Potter) at the very forefront of wizarding history, contenting itself with a solid and comfortable existence in the backwaters.”

But it was this piece in the middle of the story that caught fans’ attentions:

“… Henry Potter (Harry to his intimates),  who was a direct descendant of Hardwin and lolanthe, and served on the Wizengamot from 1913-1921.”

That’s right. There was a Harry Potter before Harry Potter.

This Harry Potter, or Henry, was the one we know’s great-grandfather. As it turns out, he was just as big a do-gooder as his great-grandson would end up becoming. Rowling writes:

“Henry caused a minor stir when he publicly condemned then Minister for Magic, Archer Evermonde, who had forbidden the magical community to help Muggles waging the First World War.

His outspokenness on the behalf of the Muggle community was also a strong contributing factor in the family’s exclusion from the ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’.”

The ‘Sacred Twenty-Eight’ were the 28 British families that were still “truly pure-blood,” or married to other pure-blood wizards, by the 1930s. Fans have interpreted this as a sign of things to come.

Rowling’s most recent film, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, was set in the 1920’s. Since there are four more films in this series slated for release, many are looking at these tales for any indication of where the stories might go. If future movies take the wizards into World War II, a group of xenophobic wizards would fit right in.

Whatever Rowling has planned, you can bet Harry Potter fans will eat it up and look for any clues they can find.

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KFC Is Officially Launching A Chicken Sandwich Into Space

In what I personally think must be the most elaborate advertising campaign ever, KFC is launching a Zinger chicken sandwich up into space, in case any aliens want to try earthling fast food.

“We’re excited to be the ones pushing spicy, crispy chicken sandwich space travel forward,” Kevin Hochman, KFC U.S. president, said in a statement

The sandwich’s flight will last four days and sail through the stratosphere, at about seven to 30 miles above the earth’s surface. And though it all seems silly to some, the company is doing this in part to support World View, a private space travel company. “When we were first contacted by KFC to send a Zinger into space, we obviously thought it was quite funny,” said Jane Poynter, World View CEO, via email toMashable

“But we quickly realized this was a great opportunity for us to publicly demonstrate our breakthrough Stratollite technology to a large audience while simultaneously financing a significant portion of the vehicle’s development.”

The June 21st flight will be broadcast live online, if you want to see fried chicken history unfold before your eyes.

“We’re going to learn a lot about long-duration stratospheric flight, while at the same time developing and testing some core systems capabilities that we’ve never had before,” Poynter said. 

“For example,  this  is the  first time we’ll be testing our solar power system, which is the on-board, regenerative power system that will allow the Stratollite vehicle to ultimately fly for months at a time without interruption. We’re also developing and testing a real-time HD video downlink system, among other critical systems improvements.”

Eventually, World View wants to send tourists into space, they told Mashable. So in that way, the sandwich really is a pioneer. 

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