1. Goddess Kali was on the Empire State Building. Social media, expectedly, went nuts
The Empire State Building has changed colours and projections of faces many times over the years - including of Cecil the Lion a few days ago. Never before, though, have we been as excited to see one of the tower's projections as we were on the weekend.
On Sunday, the iconic building lit up with a projection of Goddess Kali. Designed by Android Jones, it was powerful and vivid - to send out a strong message that Mother Nature needs a 'fierce avatar' to fight pollution and the threat of extinction.
Twitter and Instagram, expectedly, exploded in a frenzy of reposts and conversations. As long as the message goes down, we couldn't be happier.
2. Over the weekend, social media collectively lost its shit over this video of Salman Khan singing
For all you Bhai agnostics out there - and there are some of us on the Skim team as well - here's what the other half of the country was goo-ing over this weekend while you hung out with family and went to church:
It's a blatant publicity stunt. It's heavily autotuned. It's...pretty damned charming, actually. You catch a glimmer of that impossible-to-pin thing that makes Salman such a huge star, despite being such a trainwreck.
These days, every second actor seems to be coming out as a singer.
Then we had the oft-forgotten rap by the oft-forgotten Baby Bachchan on the soundtrack of Bluffmaster. Then we got Farhan Akhtar's wonderfully scratchy and raw vocals in Rock On, and later in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara with co-stars Hrithik Roshan and Abhay Deol.
Then Priyanka Chopra went and became a pop-star. She and Akhtar recently sang together on the title track for their film Dil Dhadakne Do, and around the same time, perhaps inspired by Priyanka, Alia Bhatt sang for Humpty Sharma ki Dulhaniya, and Shraddha Kapoor sang for ABCD2.
All of which is to say: what Sallu's done is not new. But man, does that guy have charisma.
3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are trolling us all with their sad new movie
Angelina Jolie's new film By The Sea features Jolie and real-life husband Brad Pitt as a really miserable-seeming seventies couple whose marriage is falling apart in a beautiful european hotel.
So if y'all were hoping for the same unforgettable chemistry they shared in Mr and Mrs Smith - the film that made Mr and Mrs Pitt a foregone conclusion - get ready to cry some big, unsexy tears.
No hot tango. No violent foreplay. Just seventies hair and sadness.
4. Spend some time with these panoramic photos of post-bomb Hiroshima
Slate's history blog, The Vault, has got five panoramic images of the ruins of the city of Hiroshima after it was devastated by the atomic bomb in 1945, sourced from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
On the occasion of the 70 year anniversary of the bombings last week - though 'anniversary' seems the wrong term to commemorate such a horrifying event - many images of post-bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki surfaced, all worth paying attention to. These are among the most visceral.
Zoom into the images and spend some time looking at them. The effect of the bombs really comes home, all these years later, when you see the scope of the devastation, the flattening of the landscape into a sea of nearly indistinct rubble.
5. Watch the first trailer for HBO's Scorsese-Jagger rock drama Vinyl
If rumours are to be believed, one of the reasons why Boardwalk Empire was given a shortened final season was because executive producer Terence Winter was eager to begin work on his next HBO series - Vinyl.
And he's back in action with his Boardwalk and The Wolf of Wall Street collaborator Martin Scorsese as well as rock 'n' roll legend Mick Jagger.
HBO just released a trailer this week, a few days after putting up a teaser on Instagram. It's the all-caps version of a trailer: DRUGS. MUSIC. CONFETTI. CHAOS. BOBBY CANNAVALE. MORE DRUGS.
The 10-episode series set in 1970s New York explores the sex and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco and hip-hop. Bobby Cannavale stars as record label president Richie Finestra, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. Douglas Smith (Big Love) will play Xavier, a naive and ethereal keyboardist in the party band, Karisma.
Vinyl is set to premiere sometime next year.
6. Rocket science: this lettuce patch will go down in history
Research for the growth such plants is part of the larger plan to seek habitable conditions in outer space and this formalising these particular conditions took 20 years. Apart from the breakthrough, psychologists have asserted the positive benefits of gardening on the residents of the ISS. This patch of lettuce will go down in history and we can only say, bon appetit!
7. John Oliver just gave the internet a class in sex education
Could we love John Oliver any more? First, he took down our porn ban. As though that weren't enough genius for a week, on Last Week Tonight, he decided to talk about sex education - specifically the lack of it - in the US.
Needless to say, it was funny.
It may not be targeted at us, but we think this episode is equally invaluable for India, where most of us don't get any sex ed, either. To make it idiot-proof, towards the end of the episode is a video that explains the very basics of sex, including and most importantly, the concept of consent that seems to cause mankind more trouble than rocket science.
8. Movie's copyright notice succeeds...at taking down its own trailer
Adam Sandler's movie Pixels is an absolute stinkfest. And now, in an attempt to maintain eminent domain on a movie no one in their right mind should want to claim, they've shot themselves in the foot.
Entura International, a firm that sounds like they deal in herbal drinks for hipsters but is actually an anti-piracy firm, was hired to represent Columbia pictures. In their over-zealous attempt to protect Pixels from piracy, they issued a take-down notices to Vimeo for a host of videos containing the word 'pixels'.
Hilariously, the only video that got taken down AND was actually related to the movie, was the movies own trailer. Given how terrible the movie was though, it probably only improved the movies odds of making money.
Apart from the trailer, there were only a sad list of casualties. 2 short films that infringed no copyrights were taken down, including a short film that Pixels is actually based on.
9. Ghostbusters will be back next year. As will Bill Murray
There's going to be something strange in the neighbourhood soon. Because the 1984 cult horror comedy Ghostbusters is back.
So, too, is Bill Murray, who played Dr Peter Venkman in the two decade old version.
Announced as a 2016 release, don't expect a 'sequel' in the traditional sense of the word - apparently director Paul Feig has new plans for the film with plot and cast changes. Other than, you know, Bill Murray. We can't wait.