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“Angry Birds” Downloaded 200 Million Times

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With cakes designed in its honor, parodies and tributes aplenty and obsessed celebrities, mega-popular game “Angry Birds” surpassed the category of phenomenon a while ago. You’d have to call it a pillar of early 21st-Century culture at this point. Pop cultural saturation aside, the raw numbers bear out the hyperbole. Peter Vesterbacka–Rovio‘s Mighty Eagle, that’s what passes for job titles over there–announced yesterday that “Angry Birds” has been downloaded 200 million times. For some perspective, consider that 12 million users of “World of Warcraft” have been envied for years and that a application as ubiquitous as Foursquare just crept past 5 million downloads.

It helps that Rovio’s quickly made versions of its cartoony catapulting hit available for almost every platform out there. The iOS versions on Apple’s devices gave “Angry Birds” its initial success and since then it’s landed on Android, Windows Phones and even hi-def game consoles like the PS3. The most recent iteration came out for Google’s Chrome web browser and the free offering’s already hit five million downloads. The proliferation’s part of a strategy that Vesterbacka says treats “Birds” like an entertainment platform and not a stand-alone experience. Indeed, the “Angry Birds Rio” game that tied into the CGI animated movie from Dreamworks hit has notched 35 million downloads.

When archeologists of far-future centuries dig up remains of from the hard drives of the present day, they’ll judge how advanced civilizations were on the amount of access they had to “Angry Birds.”

“Hmmm, this region could only access two platform versions of the game. It’s a mystery as to why Windows Phone 7 never penetrated this far east…”

“Ah, how sad. As a culture, these poor wretches never got past the Winter 2010 update. Was it rampant disease or chronic malnutrition that hobbled their cognitive faculties? More tests needed.”

Or something like that.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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