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You Can Actually Go to Summer Camp with Macaulay Culkin



Break out your Chubbies and a case of Angry Orchard Rosé because it’s time to pack your duffel bag and head to sleepaway camp with Macaulay Culkin.

Yes, that Macaulay Culkin.

A.K.A. Kevin McAllister.

A.K.A. The reason you’re afraid of bee stings.

A.K.A. The dude who dated Mila Kunis for eight years.

A.K.A. Your newest bunkmate if you register for Camp No Counselors and luck out.

Like most 37-year-old’s, attending sleepaway camp wasn’t on the Home Alone star’s 2018 vision board. That all changed with an April Fool’s prank on social media. Camp No Counselors, a thriving startup offering adults to experience a long weekend at pop-up booze-filled summer camps across the U.S. and Canada, posted that even Macaulay Culkin would be attending camp this upcoming season.

Social media started freaking out. I started freaking out. And Macaulay Culkin started making demands. When the tweet made it’s way to Culkin, he likely saw the legendary promotional video of grownups acting like they were literally left home alone at a summer camp and having the time of their lives… because he responded with a promise to attend.

Time will tell if Culkin’s requirements for attendance — which include having something to gargle, three pairs of Reebok pumps and Ben Affleck’s back tattoo — will be met by Camp No Counselors. But I’m pretty sure everyone is hoping Ryder Strong shows up for the ultimate 90s party to end all 90s parties.


Better than the Weekend spoke with Camp No Counselors founder Adam Tichauer last December about the benefits of unplugging from the outside world and experiencing camp as a grown-up.

“Back in the day, when you didn’t have the newspaper in front of you, you didn’t think about what was going on in the world. When you weren’t at work, you didn’t have to think about work,” Adam said. “Now, we’re getting constant real-time notifications of what’s going on in the world, or e-mails from your boss, even if it’s after work hours. There’s very few times you can shut that off and just have space and not have to worry about what real-time, negative notifications are coming through your phone next.”

In September 2016, Better than the Weekend’s staff visited Camp No Counselors. Fun was had. New friends were made. And it was learned that noses can start bleeding from drinking too much.

This year, camps will be held in such locations as Austin, Seattle, Denver, Nashville, New York, Boston and Toronto just to name a few.

If going to a onesie party with Macaulay Culkin doesn’t sell you, maybe this video will:

If that doesn’t work, you might need to see a doctor.

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Video of Man Calling 911 On Hood of Speeding Car Will Blow Your Mind



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What would you do if you were driving, looked over at the car beside you, and saw a Mercedes with a man on the hood as it’s powering 70 mph down the freeway? You’d take out your fucking phone and capture it. That’s what a driver in Miami did.

As for the guy on the hood, well, just watch the video and see for yourself.

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Parents Hiring Fortnite Coaches to Help Improve their Kids’ Gaming Skills



Fortnite Battle Royale is dominating the world of video games. Now parents are beginning to invest in coaches to help their kids kick some Fortnite ass in the same way they would for sports or academics. Sorry, math tutors, you might not fit in the budget.

The Wall Street Journal reported some parents are spending between $10 and $20 per hour so their kids can level up and improve their gaming.

“There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it,” Ally Hicks, who purchased four hours of lessons for her 10-year-old son, told the WSJ. “You can imagine what that was like for him at school.”

Players are able to purchase skins as well as accessories such as gliders, pickaxes, back bling and emotes using V-Bucks, the game’s digital currency. Those add-on elements present no in-game competitive advantage but have generated massive revenue. Fortnite is on track to generate $2 billion for its parent company in 2018, according to a Bloomberg report.

Fortnite is available to play on PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and your iPhone. But unless you can afford your own coach, you’ll probably suck balls and lose.

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Better than the Weekend Actually Got Nominated for Something



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Well, two things, actually.

And this shit got me in my feelings.

When I found out Better than the Weekend was nominated for two Steamtown Music Awards, I was just happy to be invited to a work affair happening at a bar. The annual event celebrates the talent and hard work of regional musicians and entertainment industry professionals set in Northeastern Pennsylvania — and BTTW is nominated for Publication/Blog of the Year and Journalist of the Year. (Directions on how to vote at the end of the article.)

As the founder of an online publication still in its early development, getting recognized by the community and being in the company of publications that have been around in our HQ city for as long as 25 years is pretty rad and a solid win on its own.

When I launched BTTW in the summer of 2016, I wanted to create an online community of people who want an escape from the negative bullshit in their lives and need help getting through the week. And the way that community continues to grow is by focusing on sharing stories about who people really are outside of their IG feed and how they live their lives. Because understanding each other and finding common interests and values is how we connect and feel less alone in the world.

There was the time I spoke to a white college-educated liberal who wanted Donald Trump to be the next president. The Associated Press even circulated that story.

Then there was the time I visited a sleepaway camp for grownups. That might be the greatest place to unplug and make great new friends. Ever.

There was also the time BTTW hosted and moderated Scranton’s first-ever live streamed political debate with candidates running for public office or the time we threw an epic election party.

All the while, musicians from Northeastern PA have been part of that story, whether it was with a live performance at our office or a BTTW hangout —

Live entertainment at the HQ for Scranton’s First Friday with Mike Baresse

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— or having discussions with musicians beyond their music; deep from the soul. This is SMA nominee Jami Kali posing for ‘Dreams, Exposed,’ photographed by nominee Lisa Petz. 

To vote Better than the Weekend for Publication of the Year and me (Justin Adam Brown) for Journalist of the Year, click right here. Scroll down to the Recent Posts and you’ll find the categories and be able to vote.

If you’re from Northeastern PA, vote for your favorites. If you’re not, vote for everyone!

Win or lose, I’m just happy BTTW is capturing your attention.

I’ll be at the event Thursday, Sept. 13 at The V Spot in Scranton rooting on all the nominees and celebrating their hard work. Hope you’ll make it, too.

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