The online magazine Ozy talks about people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins us regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.
This week, he tells NPR's Arun Rath about a rising star in human rights law, a rags-to-riches tale of a whacky impersonator and trend to look out for in the dating world.
What's New And Next
New And Whacky: A Zach Galifianakis Impersonator
Thaddeus Kalinoski makes more than $200,000 a year as a Zach Galifianakis impersonator.
Thaddeus Kalinoski makes more than $200,000 a year as a Zach Galifianakis impersonator. Courtesy subject
"His name is Thad Kalinoski. So a couple of years ago, Thad hits upon all sorts of bad luck. Loses his job, romantic troubles, you name it. And he ends up staying home for a couple days, grows a beard, puts on a pair of glasses. And people start to whisper. People start to look at him. And a lot of people are thinking he's Zach Galifianakis.
Well, he's having a great time all over Philly doing this. People are buying him free drinks, comping him. And finally, a good friend says, 'Why don't you take this on the road? Why don't you head to Vegas?'
"And before you know, he is not only making close to a quarter of a million a year from people paying him to be in front of hotels and other things — you name it, free rooms, etc — but he winds up in The Hangover III in a small bit role."
What's Next In Dating: Bilingual Speed Dating
Maya May, right, started the bilingual speed-dating business, Spanglish Exchange.
Maya May, right, started the bilingual speed-dating business, Spanglish Exchange. Courtesy Spanglish
"An American ex-pat [Maya May] down in Argentina, a couple of years ago realized that she wanted to kind of shake up her dating life and the dating scene. So she set something up where four times a week they host these events, and people show up and you sit at a different table and someone is there. And about five minutes into it, an alarm goes off and you've got to switch from speaking in English to Spanish or in Spanish to English."
"And so, the idea is to bring together the best of both worlds, of dating and learning a language. And keep things, if you will, a little flavorful, a little unexpected."
Who's New: Haitian Human Rights Lawyer Mario Joseph
Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph is leading two controversial human rights cases in Haiti.
Haitian lawyer Mario Joseph is leading two controversial human rights cases in Haiti. Lucas Oleniuk/Corbis
"This human rights lawyer Mario Joseph, son of a single mother. First he took on their former dictator, Baby Doc Duvalier who very famously seemed above the law there in Haiti. In fact, despite the fact that he had to leave the country in '86, Duvalier comes back in 2011 and seems like a guy who's not going to be challenged for accusations of mass murder. But Mario Joseph takes the case, and unbelievably in Haiti, a court actually takes it up."
"Now, he's going after the United Nations. He's saying that some of the U.N. workers, when they came, actually imported cholera."
"So again, a very bold thing to do. Controversial in some courts, but the Mario Joseph story is a reminder that while people may not be famous there certainly is still a David and Goliath opportunity in this world."