Stay on target You don’t have enough useful or funny feeds clogging your social media. We’re here to change that. Welcome to Geek.com’s Follow This, a weekly highlight of feeds and channels you should be following.Let’s be real. Most fast food can be various levels of disgusting, but there’s something great about Arby’s curly fries. Why don’t more chains do seasoned curly fries? And their roast beef, while not coming close to a proper roast beef from any deli (especially in our fair New York City), has a really appealing White Castle kind of taste. You know it’s bad, but you still want to eat it.More importantly, Arby’s Twitter and Instagram accounts are managed by a giant weeb who deserves our respect. If you follow Arby’s on social media, you’ll see some incredible papercraft (fast food cardboard carton craft?) art of the most Japanese of anime and video games. Sure, there’s plenty of Dragonball and Naruto, but these feeds have included shout-outs and works of art about JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Little Witch Academia, and even freaking Uma Musume Pretty Derby.They also built a life-size papercraft Nightmare from Soul Calibur for EVO. Arby’s openly collaborates with Bandai Namco on promotions, to be fair, but that doesn’t make some of the weeb deep cuts they make any less a labor of love.So that’s the straight-up, marketing-minded, positive anime side of Arby’s. What about the dark side? The depressing side? The not official but still hilarious if you’re in a very morbid mood side? For that, you want Nihilist Arby’s. Follow This: King of the Hill Screens (Twitter)Follow This: Sega CD Games (Twitter) Nihilist Arby’s is exactly what you think it is. Imagine if Arby’s Twitter feed wasn’t run by a huge weeb but instead a bitter nihilist. Like, someone between Nein Quarterly and Black Metal Cats. Everything dies. Nothing matters. Eat Arby’s.It’s an acquired taste. Like Arby’s!If you want to go deeper down the Arby’s hole straight into the Internet gutter, there’s Arbyscastingcall. The only reason I know about this is because I also follow our own K. Thor Jensen on Twitter. And he finds really horrifying, weird crap. And a few nights ago, he retweeted this:I clicked. It’s exactly what the tweet says it is. This is a forgotten YouTube archive of amateur Arby’s commercials, seemingly made for the Arby’s Casting Call contest in 2011. The site for the contest no longer exists, but I found a press release announcing the winner (Andy Johnson).It says amateur Arby’s commercials. I think it’s more either an Eric Andre/Tim and Eric processing of low-tech nomedy, or a slowly building YouTube horror story in the vein of Marble Hornets. I’m afraid to keep watching them. It’s amazing.If you want more interesting things to follow on social media, check out improved Wheel of Fortune Answers, or the power of the video game dialog bot, or learn the history of speedrunning. Let us know what like about Geek by taking our survey.
When Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced he was working on a spinoff based on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, we got excited. Not only do we still have a soft spot for the old sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, the modern Sabrina comics are really good. And that’s what the new series is based on. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comics series, written by Aguirre-Sacasa, is a much darker, horror-filled tale than anything seen from the character before. The characters you remember are all here, but their stories are much different. Witchcraft is a powerful, scary thing in this series.The show is looking no different, either. Netflix released the first trailer today, and it’s seriously creepy. We have a slow, haunting rendition of Happy Birthday, tons of Halloween horror imagery and a chorus of supernatural creatures celebrating Sabrina’s 16th birthday, the day she decides to be a witch. As the weather outside turns colder, there’s almost nothing that’ll get you in a fall mood more quickly than this trailer. If you spend all year counting down the days to Halloween, this show looks to be right up your alley.Yeah, I think this is going to be good. Riverdale dips its toes into teen horror territory occasionally, but Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is embracing it from the start. Though it’s now a Netflix series, its connection to Riverdale is immediately obvious. There will be plenty of soapy teen drama along with all the horror and magic, as we can see from the brief shots of the school and Sabrina at a party. Just like with Riverdale, I’m loving the way this show looks. It’s keeping the otherworldly colors and noir lighting that makes Riverdale such a fun show just to look at. The David Lynch inspiration is even more obvious here, though the supernatural elements are a bit more pronounced.Then, right at the end, there’s Salem. Because you can’t have a show about Sabrina the Teenage Witch without her black cat familiar. I’m guessing he won’t be quite as wisecracking in this version, though. We’ll get to see more when The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix on October 26.Read up on Riverdale’s last season before diving into 3. Catch our Buy This! column this week featuring Archie 1941 #1. And grab the perfect gift for the Betty to your Veronica from our guide. Follow all the latest news from Pop’s Diner here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Stay on target
‘Mental Samurai’ and the History of High-IQ Game ShowsAlex Trebek Contractually Obligated to Beat Cancer Actually, there are five banned wagers. This is probably the most innocuous one. https://t.co/5Yt0Y9JbKX— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) April 25, 2019So what rates are out of bounds for contestants?According to a Reddit thread, the remaining numbers fall within much more nefarious bounds:14, 88, 1488: “Fourteen Words” (14 or 14/88) is a reference to the 14-word slogans coined by white supremacist David Lane, a founding member of the 1980s terrorist organization The Order. Derived from a passage in Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” the Fourteen Words are prominently used by neo-Nazis, white-power skinheads, white nationalists, and the alt-right.666: The “number of the Beast” in (most manuscripts of) the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. In modern culture, 666 has become one of the most widely recognized symbols for the Antichrist or the devil, and is is purportedly used to invoke Satan.A $420 wager, meanwhile, is completely acceptable—for now.Early this month, pro sports gambler Holzhauer broke the previous single-game Jeopardy winnings record ($77,000, set by Roger Craig in 2010) by collecting $110,914.As of April 26, 2019, Holzhauer appeared on 17 episodes and won a total of $1,275,587, making him the second-highest winning contestant and second Jeopardy millionaire in regular, non-tournament game winnings—behind only Jennings, who, in 2004, walked away with $2,522,700 in 75 episodes.More on Geek.com:Alex Trebek Contractually Obligated to Beat CancerWatch Watson Destroy Humans at Jeopardy‘Mental Samurai’ and the History of High-IQ Game Shows A: 14, 69, 88, 666, and 1488Q: What are the five specific dollar value wagers banned on Jeopardy?A joke about James Holzhauer’s record-setting run on the game show inadvertently unearthed details about its censorship rules.Former Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings last week tweeted that he doesn’t get “enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers”—a very different tactic from Holzhauer’s aggressive bidding. Stay on target this is officially forbidden on Jeopardy now, as of last year.not even joking.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 23, 2019But the Internet’s favorite “sex number” (a sort of visual illustration of an oral sex position) is not the only prohibited price.Citing an article about the “one wager you can’t make on Jeopardy,” Holzhauer confirmed there are actually five illicit amounts (though he admitted that $69 is “probably the most innocuous one”).