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Blog Wednesday 1/28


Deadline reports that Disney has "set its sights" on Chris Pratt to play Indiana Jones in a re-launch of the franchise. But don't get your hopes up just yet. The website cautions that the plans are in the "very early" stages. Disney bought the rights to the Indy films from Paramount in 2013.

The last installment in the Harrison Ford adventure series came out in 2008.

Pratt's career is taking off. This would be the third big franchise he leads, followingGuardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming Jurassic Park re-boot.


Having a hard time remembering something? Just close your eyes.  A study published in the journal Legal and Criminal Psychology found that people who closed their eyes after seeing a video remembered more details about it than those who kept their eyes open.

Why does closing your eyes work? According to researchers at University of Surrey, it’s pretty simple: Closing your eyes reduces distractions and allows you to concentrate. So next time someone gives you a hard time for napping – let them know that you're just concentrating. (Yahoo)


A 26-year-old guy in London started a crowdfunding campaign with IndiGoGo in hopes of raising enough money to go on 13 dates so he could find the woman of his dreams and fall in love.

Unfortunately for the guy – a hipster named Tom Packer – the Internet caught wind of what he was up to and went berserk on him.

His “Help Tom to Fund Love” campaign got one troll so upset, the troll started a campaign fund to “catapult Tom to the face of the sun.”

Another guy named Philip Stewart started a crowdfunding campaign with the sole purpose of ruining Tom’s 13 dates.

Philip promises donors that he will follow Tom Packer around on all his dates while playing an accordion. Badly.

Hipsters with an entitlement mentality better get their act together. The Internet is watching and is waiting to pounce. (BuzzFeed)


Some law enforcement officials are unhappy that the app allows users to find out the location of officers and have asked Google, which owns Waze, to shut that functionality off.

One of the law enforcement officials speaking out is the Los Angeles Police Department's top cop, Chief Charlie Beck.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says he's not happy that the Waze app helps people find the locations of police officers. 

"All information, total information is not good and I think all of us are becoming increasingly aware of that as technology increases."

Beck wrote a letter to Google criticizing the Waze, noting that the man who recently killed two New York police officers had the app on his phone.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says technology companies need to be responsible. 

"I think people that develop technology have a responsibility also and I just want them to take that into account, whether or not that moves Google, I don't know."

Google issued a statement in response that said many police agencies are fans of Waze because the ability to share traffic problems and road closures is helpful to police.

Source: Reuters


Yasmin Eleby of Houston, Texas, hoped she would be married by the time she hit 40. But when she didn’t find “the one” before she hit that milestone, she decided to celebrate her birthday … by marrying herself.

Earlier this month, Eleby, wearing a purple gown, held a lavish ceremony, complete with 10 bridesmaids, where she promised to love, honor and cherish … herself.

Her minister sister officiated the “spiritual ceremony” – since it is, in fact, not legal to marry yourself. (Houston Chronicle)


According to a new survey from the National Retail Federation, people are more excited about Valentine’s Day than ever.

Well, they plan to spend more than ever on the holiday, anyway.

The average person celebrating Valentine’s Day is expected to spend $142.31 on candy, flowers, and other stuff – compared with $133.91 last year.

Total spending is expected to reach $18.9 billion – the most ever recorded.

So if you’re tired of your guy paying more attention to football than he has been to you, hang in there. The hearts and flowers are coming.


That all-female Ghostsbusters movie is happening -- and the cast has just been announced.

The Hollywood Reporter says Melissa McCarthy has signed on for the re-boot, whileKristen Wiig and current SNL cast members Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are in negotiations and expected to sign on soon.

Production will begin this summer in New York. It will reunite Melissa and Kristen with director Paul Feig, who helmed Bridesmaids.

Blog Tuesday 1/27


Looks like the love affair with kale is over. According to Zagat’s 2015 National Dining Trends Survey, only 27% of diners across the country are still in love with the leafy green.

Bacon is also losing its appeal. Only 28 percent nationwide still love bacon on everything.

Some other results from the survey:

  • Italian food is preferred by most Americans – except in Austin and Minneapolis, where American cuisine reigns supreme.
  • Americans eat nearly 50% of their lunches and dinners in restaurants. In NYC, it’s 56%.
  • $39.40 is the national average of what a person will spend on dinner at a restaurant. The number is higher in New York City ($48.15), and lower in Austin ($25.81).
  • 61 percent of diners make their reservations online. In Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, its 76%; Chicago is 72%; San Francisco is 70%.
  • People rely heavily on Yelp when trying a new restaurant. (Eater.com)


According to EA’s annual Super Bowl simulation with their Madden video game, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will be Super Bowl champions before the end of the weekend.

The Xbox One version of the game determined that Brady will win his fourth Super Bowl ring this Sunday when the New England Patriots top the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.

But, according to the simulation, it will be a nail-biter with wide receiver Julian Edelman catching a game-winning touchdown as time expires.

And of course, if the game isn’t interesting, hopefully the food at your Super Bowl party is awesome and the commercials are entertaining.

In case you were wondering, over the last seven years, the Madden pick is an extremely mediocre 4-3. So … Who knows? (YahooGames)


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and if revenge is on your mind more than romance – we have just the thing for you.

The San Francisco Zoo is giving jilted lovers a chance to get back at object of their un-affection – by allowing them to “adopt” cockroaches … in the name of their ex.

"Nothing says 'I've moved on' like adopting a giant cuddly cockroach in the name of your favorite ex," says the zoo’s website.

And your donation will do more than just make you feel better … it will benefit the San Francisco Zoological Society.


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again... That must be James Caan's motto as the actor has filed for divorce from his wife Linda -- for the third time.

The Godfather star first filed papers in 2005 and then in 2009. Each time the couple reconciled and the case was dropped. Caan went for the trifecta on January 8th, citing "irreconcilable differences." The two, who've been married for 19 years, have two sons together -- James, 19, and Jacob, 16. Caan is asking for joint custody of Jacob.

TMZ says there's no prenup.

Caan's three previous marriages ended in divorce.


This week's video releases include a World War Two drama, a legal comedy and an animated kids' flick.

  • Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf are two members of a Sherman tank team behind enemy lines in the World War Two flick FuryLogan Lerman and Michael Pena co-star.
  • In The JudgeRobert Downey Junior is a big-city lawyer who returns to his rural hometown to defend his father, Robert Duvall, the town's judge -- who's charged with murder. The all-star cast also includes Vera FarmigaBilly Bob ThorntonLeighton Meester and Melissa Leo.
  • The animated kids' flick The Book of Life features the voices of Zoe Saldana,Channing Tatum and Ice Cube, among others.


Late Monday evening, Facebook went offline. People also found it impossible to post their snowstorm photos on Instagram.

The issues were completely unrelated to Winter Storm Juno pummeling the Northeast.

Instead, Facebook fessed up. They accidentally caused the network to crash. A spokesperson informed the BBC (quote) “This was not the result of a third-party attack, but instead occurred after we introduced a change. Both services are back to 100 percent for everyone.”

The third party would have been the dastardly Lizard Squad, which had many believing they’d hacked Facebook. Last month, Lizard Squad was likely responsible for attacking both Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live.

In last night's outage, Tinder and HipChat seemed to be impacted, too.



Just when you thought fast food couldn’t get any weirder, KFC has answered the call with something called the Double Down Dog. This Franken-furter is a hot dog covered in cheese, sitting in a bun made of fried chicken. Because, really, why not put a hot dog and fried chicken together in a sandwich?

Right now the Double Down Dog is only being sold in the Philippines. But if it does well there, you’ll see it on the menu at a KFC near you. Yay? (Elite Daily)

Blog Monday 1/26


A dog in California is being hailed a hero after he save three puppies from certain death.

Sausage, a six-year-old Australian shepherd, was sniffing around a trashcan and seemed to be focusing on one particular black garbage bag. His owners were curious about what he was so focused on and decided to take a look inside the bag. They untied it and found three newborn pups inside.

Someone had placed the five-week-old terrier mix puppies into the bag and tied it at the top, leaving them to die. But thanks to Sausage, these little guys will get a second chance at life. They were turned over to a local animal shelter where they received a clean bill of health and will be put up for adoption in three weeks. (People)  


The idea of a wormhole has – for many decades – seemed more sci-fi than reality.

Watching the Millennium Falcon go into hyperspace in a movie is one thing. Actually flying from planet to planet in real life is a completely different deal.

Well, scientists might be on to something that would actually allow humans to cruise to planets millions of light-years away – almost instantaneously.

This discovery is enough to get sci-fi geeks to freak out as interplanetary space travel will involve two black holes connected by a portal that stretches in-between time and space.

Once such a pathway is accessed, astronauts could travel to planets millions of light-years away in a snap.

And, lucky us, one of these wormholes might exist in our very own Milky Way galaxy. (Yahoo)


If it weren’t for deflate-gate, we might still be talking about Dez Bryant's overturned catch, the one that helped the Packers defeat Bryant's Cowboys two weeks ago in the  NFC Divisional playoffs.

But one man, at least, hasn't forgotten – and this man hopes to make the NFL pay for what he sees as a terrible miscarriage of justice.

Terry Hendrix, an inmate in a Colorado prison, has filed an $88 billion lawsuit against the NFL over the reversal. The total figure he’s suing for is actually $88,987,654,321.88 – but who’s counting?

Give Terry some credit for creativity as it’s $88 billion, ending with 88 cents, a tip-of-the-hat to Bryant's uniform number.

In his handwritten petition to the court, Hendrix seeks the money for reasons including but not limited to "negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and also reckless disregard."

That’s sounds like a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo that really translates to, “The ruling on the field made me want to punch my TV.” (YahooSports)

  • Maddie and Tae are heading to Arizona for Super Bowl week! The duo will headline Wednesday’s Verizon Super Bowl Central.
  • Reba McEntire will speak and perform at the Nashville Rescue Mission’s Hearts of Hope Luncheon on Valentine’s Day. Sponsorship opportunities start at $500 and individuals may attend the event with a $100 donation.

Blog Friday 1/23

If you think saving pennies in a jar is a waste of time and space, you need to hear about this 81-year-old penny-pincher from Texas. 

Ira Keys started saving his pennies when he was 17 and kept doing it for 65 years. He never cashed them in; they just kept piling up over the years. So when he recently walked into his local bank hauling 500 pounds of pennies, you can imagine how shocked tellers were.

They spent more than an hour counting them up and when they were all done, Keys walked away with $800 cash. He says, "Back when I started in ’52, I didn’t have a lot of money, so I saved pennies and I just kept saving them.” (NY Post)


Chris Evans is Captain America. He also happens to be a huge New England Patriots fan.

Chris Pratt, who played Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.

The favorite teams of these two superheroes just happen to be playing in the Super Bowl this year – and the two superheroes are going to make the most of it.

If the Seahawks win, Chris Evans has agreed to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital dressed as Captain America, waving the 12th man flag.

If the Patriots win, Chris Pratt has agreed has to show up at the non-profit housing project "Christopher's Haven," in a Tom Brady jersey.

May the best team – and superhero – win.

Either way, there will be plenty of smiles on plenty of kids’ faces. (BleacherReport)


A South Carolina woman had clearly gone off the rails when she tried to break into a closed theme park and get to its roller coaster – because aliens had ordered her to.

Security guards patrolling the area grew suspicious when they spotted a truck idling in the deserted parking lot outside Carowinds, which straddles the border between North and South Carolina, and closes for the winter months. When a guard approached the vehicle, he saw an eight-month-old baby crying inside and summoned cops.

The officers arrived on the scene around the same time Greene and her boyfriend returned to the truck. Green initially told them that God had told her to pull over to check out the park, but then figured out the voice was actually coming from an invisible alien who wanted her to leave her body and come with them – an offer she declined because she wanted to stay with her family.

She was cited for trespassing and child neglect. (MyFox Carolina)


Paula Abdul is taking another turn as a TV judge on the upcoming season of So You Think You Can Dance.

The former American Idol judge, along with singer Jason Derulo, will join Nigel Lythgoe on the judging panel for the FOX show's 12th season, which premieres in the summer. Paula and Jason are filling the seats vacated by Mary Murphy and a rotating guest judge.

Paula, you may recall, was also the lead judge on the short-lived dance-competition series Live to Dance.

Source: USA Today


Chris Evans is Captain America. He also happens to be a huge New England Patriots fan.

Chris Pratt, who played Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.

The favorite teams of these two superheroes just happen to be playing in the Super Bowl this year – and the two superheroes are going to make the most of it.

If the Seahawks win, Chris Evans has agreed to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital dressed as Captain America, waving the 12th man flag.

If the Patriots win, Chris Pratt has agreed has to show up at the non-profit housing project "Christopher's Haven," in a Tom Brady jersey.

May the best team – and superhero – win.

Either way, there will be plenty of smiles on plenty of kids’ faces. (BleacherReport)


There are plenty of booze-delivery apps out there. There are so many out there that we’re all looking for something simple. One touch. One booze.

Bring on the Bud Light Button.

This app brings cases of Bud Light directly to you. Any complaints?

The app – which is currently being tested in Washington, D.C. – is simple: You pick how many cases (between one and 100) of Bud Light you want delivered to your doorstep, and the app finds a nearby retailer that'll bring them to you within the hour.

Any questions? Any problems? Didn’t think so. (FoxNews)


Starbucks weddings are becoming a trend all over the country – and they have the Instagram pictures to prove it.

Photos of brides and grooms sipping lattes in full wedding gear are popping up all over the internet with the hashtag #StarbucksWedding.

Maybe the couples just really love coffee. Maybe they're hoping that they'll be offered free macchiatos for life.

But whatever the reason is, at least there's another reason for the pre-wedding jitters. (The Frisky)  

Blog Thursday 1/22

According to a new study, your friends have a better idea of how long you’ll live than even you do.

Researchers found that your friends not only see you in a positive light, they're also fully aware of the personality traits that could send you to an early grave.

In case you were wondering, guys who are open and conscientious end up living longer – and guys who deal with depression and anger tend to check out early.

And, while you might have a good idea of your own personality traits, your buddies seem to know the truth – both the good and the bad. (MedicalXpress)

A Mississippi man got more fang for his buck when shopping for cabinets at a home improvement store – after a snake jumped off a shelf and bit him in the head while he was comparison pricing.

The guy, whose name was not released, was browsing in the kitchen department on Saturday when he got quite a surprise after opening a cabinet and coming face to face with the serpent. The critter sank its fangs into his head and dug in for dear life, but the victim managed to dislodge it and turn it over to store employees, who determined that it was a non-venomous corn snake.

The victim was taken to a nearby emergency room for treatment. His condition was not released. (New York Daily News)


According to a new survey, 26 percent of men have spent more than $500 without telling their wife or girlfriend – compared to just 14 percent of women doing the same thing behind their husband or boyfriend’s back.

And, it's not just purchases that many are keeping secret. Approximately 4.4 million men have a hidden bank account or credit card, compared to 2.8 million women. (NBCNews)


Want to get your Girl Scout cookie fix without the calories? How about a Girl Scout cookie candle? Yankee Candle has teamed up with the Girl Scouts for a Girl Scout Cookies Limited Edition Candle Collection. Yep, if you are dieting and can't eat the cookies, at least you can have the smell of them to torture you.

The collection will include four fragrances: Thin Mint, Trefoils, Chocolate Peanut Butter and Coconut Caramel Stripes. (Huffington Post)


Is social media a stress reliever? A new study seems to suggest so.

In a departure from other research suggesting that being too “plugged in” can be stressful, researchers from Rutgers University found that frequent Internet and social media users did not have higher levels of stress than people who did not spend much time “plugged in.” In fact, according to the study, women who regularly texted and scrolled through their Facebook and Twitter feeds had stress levels 21% lower than women who did so less often.

Apparently sharing daily events and feeling more connected with others works to lower stress. (Prevention.com)

Blog Wednesday 1/21


A 32-year-old man died of a heart attack in a Taiwan Internet cafe during a three-day gaming binge.

Making matters worse, he was dead for hours before anyone noticed.

When he collapsed, his gamer friends around him all thought he was just taking a nap and continued to play. (UPI)


Just a month after it was released in theaters, The Interview will be available on Netflix this Saturday. 

That's even before the controversial comedy is released on Blu-ray on February 17th.

The Seth Rogen - James Franco flick has already earned more than $40 million from 5.8 million digital downloads via iTunes and YouTube, among other online platforms. It's also earned $6 million at the box office after a limited release on Christmas Day.


Girl Scout cookie season is upon us. And while we fill out orders for classics like Thin Mints and new treats like Rah Rah Raisins, we should take a moment to reflect on some of the recipes that have been sent off into retirement.

  • Kookaburras – Rectangular cookies with crispy rice, caramel, and chocolate.
  • Praline Royales – Soft vanilla cookies with praline filling, pecans, coconut, and chocolate drizzled on top.
  • Juliettes – The Girl Scout version of the chocolate turtle.
  • Apple Cinnamons – Sugar cookies dusted with cinnamon sugar that were also reduced fat. (Mental Floss)


According to a new study guys might find you super hot – or super not – depending on what kind of activities you're into. 

The University of Pennsylvania researchers asked 815 male and female undergraduates to rank various activities on a scale of 1 (sexually unattractive) to 5 (sexually attractive).

Here are some of the sexiest (and not-so-sexy) activities:


1. Spontaneous road trips.

2. Playing sports.

3. Dancing.

Not Sexy:

13. Writing journal articles.

14. Entering projects or papers into a science contest.

15. Working on an original computer program. (The Frisky)


Are you familiar with Bratz dolls? You know, the toys that look like 25-year-old strippers but are marketed to little kids?

Well now there's an artist in Tasmania that "repaints and rehabs" these dolls by hand-painting over their gaudy eye makeup and super-sized lips.

She calls these newly rehabbed figures "Tree Change Dolls" and poses them doing things that ACTUAL kids do like climb trees or play in gardens.

Tree Change Dolls will be available on Etsy soon for anyone who wants to show girls that it's more fun to just be a kid.  (Jezebel)


Usually celebrities stay far away from their stalkers, but Ryan Gosling is on the hunt for one of his.

The actor is trying to locate an obsessed fan named Grace Marie Del Villar who has allegedly shown up at a Gosling family member's home in the middle of the night and sent him harassing emails and packages.

Ryan wants to extended the expired restraining order he has against her, but his lawyers told a judge Tuesday morning they can't find her. The judge had to dismiss the case because the alleged stalker needs to be personally served with a restraining order.



This is one movie the Supreme Leader approves.

Kim Jong-un's best bud is the subject of the documentary Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang -- which is set to premiere at next week at the Slamdance Film Festival. The doc follows the former NBA star as he returns to North Korea to organize a basketball game in honor of Kim’s birthday.

In a trailer for the movie, Dennis gets emotional as he explains his relationship with the dictator and the death threats he's gotten as a result.

Blog Monday 1/19


A cat in Russia is being credited with saving the life of a baby who nearly froze to death.

The long-haired kitty, named Masha, was outside taking a stroll in the snowy streets when she came upon an abandoned baby boy that was left in a box. That's when Masha climbed inside the box and curled up next to him to keep him warm. She stayed with him and meowed for help until a passerby heard her cries and got the baby to a hospital.

It was determined that the baby, who was left fully dressed and wearing a hat, was likely out in the cold for a few hours and was unharmed. He's been given a clean bill of health. And Masha the cat has been given the hero treatment and folks in the neighborhood have been showering her with her favorite cat treats. (NY Post)



In Florida, a man purchased scratch-off lottery tickets to put in his family’s Christmas stockings – including his dog’s stockings.

It’s a good thing Bill Kelly didn’t leave the pooch off his Christmas list this year, because it was his dog’s ticket that hit the jackpot.

Kelly was able to claim a $3 million prize in the Gold Rush Scratch-Off game.

He chose to receive the winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2.3 million.

"I always hope to at least win my money back and I play to win, but I never expected this," said Kelly. (MyFoxOrlando)


Do you love everything about your pet except their unsightly bum? Well someone on Etsy came up with a solution ... and we can't decide if it's cute or totally disturbing.

It's called "Rear Gear," and they're basically little decals to put over your dog's backside. They fit right underneath the tail and come in all kinds of shapes, from cupcakes to sheriff's badges. Or you can go for the more disturbing choice and have a custom family photo made for the offending area.

All this ridiculousness can be yours for around $6. (Daily Dot)



1. American Sniper - $90.2 million
2. The Wedding Ringer - $21 million
3. Paddington - $19.3 million
4. Taken 3 - $14 million
5. Selma - $8.3 million


George Gregory Plitt Junior, an actor and fitness expert who appeared on the Bravo TV series Work Out and on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, was killed in Burbank Saturday after being struck by a Metrolink train.

Witnesses said the 37-year-old, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was shooting video on the tracks when he was killed. One of the passengers said, "I saw him stumble over the tracks. He had a camcorder in his hand."

A police official told The Wrap, "We don’t know what they were filming out there and suicide has been ruled out."


Defending Super Bowl Champions the Seattle Seahawks are headed back to the big game after staging an amazing comeback to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in overtime in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Green Bay dominated the first half, 16-0 by capitalizing on four Seattle turnovers.

But the Seahawks quickly turned things around in the fourth quarter. They were down 19-7, but managed to take the lead by scoring two touchdowns in less than a minute. 

With 14 seconds left in regulation, the Packers Mason Crosby nailed a 48-yard field goal -- his fifth of the game -- to did the score 22-22, sending the game into overtime.

In OT, it was all Seattle, as quarterback Russell Wilson marched the team down field 87 yards in six plays, hitting Jermaine Kearse with a 35-yard touchdown pass for the win.


Betty White got a special surprise on 93rd birthday -- a huge flash mob of hula-dancers.

The moment was captured on a YouTube video, where Betty is seen being driven to the set in a golf cart by Dave FoleyHot in Cleveland co-star. When she arrived, a flash mob of people in grass skirts appeared and put on a show. At the end, her other costars -- Valerie BertinelliJane Leeves and Wendie Malick -- joined the celebration and then everyone wished her a "happy birthday." Betty, of course, got the last word, exclaiming, "At 93, you shouldn't be doing this!"


The country music community is mourning the loss of Tom T. Hall’s wife and hit-makerDixie Hall, who died Friday at age 80.

According to CMT.com, she was suffering from a brain tumor. Dixie’s credits include “All That’s Left” on Miranda Lambert’s CMA-award winning album Platinum. By the end of her life, hundreds of her songs (mostly the bluegrass) had been recorded by a wide array of artists.

A private service will be held.


Mama June and Sugar Bear are on the outs again.

TMZ says Mama kicked Sugar out after "finding out he's continued engaging in online romances." Honey Boo Boo's dad insists his cyber flirtations are just "harmless" fun he does just for the "thrill." But Mama's not having it.

The two former reality stars recently reconciled after Mama stopped seeing convicted child molester Mark McDaniel.


The mullet, bolo ties and high-waisted jeans are making a comeback, thanks to Dierks Bentley! His new alter ego Doug “Big Rhythm Doug” Douglason has Dierks rocking the look in his ‘90s country cover band Hot County Knights.

Dierks tells People“I'm working on a little something, something with my guys in the band. It's a little side project – a little bit of a '90s country cover band. We specialize in '90s country, which was a great era in country music.”

No doubt Hot Country Nights will be a total gas when they make their stage debut at an invite-only event on February 25th at Nashville’s The Stage. Dierks had a blast as Captain Holden Johnson in the “Drunk on a Plane” music video.


Lindsay Lohan may be a car insurance company's worst nightmare, but that hasn't stop Esurance from hiring the road warrior as a pitchwoman. According to TMZ, Linds is shooting a commercial for the Allstate subsidiary that may air during the Super Bowl.

Lindsay is no stranger to car insurance. In 2012 alone, she was in three highly publicized accidents -- hitting a car outside a club, crashing into an 18-wheeler on the Pacific Coast Highway and striking  a man outside a New York City. And let's not forget all those DUI's. It should be an interesting commercial!


Several shots were fired from a speeding vehicle near the Greenville, Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night, according to law enforcement officials.

The VP and his wife weren't at the house at the time of the shooting, which occurred around 8:23 p.m. local time, but were staying at the residence over the weekend.

The shooter's vehicle sped away from the scene and evaded Secret Service agents as well as local police.

It's unclear if any of the shots hit the home or if the Biden residence, which is located about 300 yards off the road, was the intended target.

Local police and the Secret Service are working closely to investigate the incident, according to a Secret Service spokesman.

Source: The New York Times

Blog Friday 1/16


While it’s freezing cold in many parts of the country, it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, which means it’s bikini season down in Australia.

Unfortunately, a 1.7-ton Great White Shark has been sighted off the coast of Newcastle Bay in Australia, which has shut down the beaches for days.

Keep in mind here – this shark is the size of a car.

Also something to keep in mind: This is in Australia, home to some of the toughest humans on the planet. They play football without pads down there. If Australians are afraid to go in the water, things must be really scary.

Officials have announced that the beaches will remain closed until a full 24 hours passes without sighting the shark.

And then after that, we’ll see how many people actually dip their toes back in the water. (BusinessInsider)


Scientists say they have created a robot that will NEVER lose at a game of Limit Texas Hold ’Em Poker.

The robot, named Cepheus, may lose on any given hand if it’s dealt crappy cards, but over time the robot will supposedly always come out on top.

Cepheus has been programmed to minimize its losses as much as mathematically possible and will slowly but surely take your money by making the “perfect” decision in any given scenario.

Because of the programming – and because Cepheus never gets tired – it doesn’t make mistakes.

It always knows when to hold 'em, and always knows when to fold 'em. Scary. (Vice)


The city of Bainbridge Island in the state of Washington has decided to ban cheese from City Hall for a day as a way to support the Seattle Seahawks in their efforts to beat the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

The idea, of course, is that banning cheese is a way to strike back against “Cheesehead” Packer fans.

The wording of the executive order is very impressive, as well:

“Due to the relationship between the Green Bay Packers, their fans, and cheese, the possession of and/or consumption of cheese or cheese flavored products shall be banned in Bainbridge Island City Hall on Friday, January 16, 2015."

No cheeseburgers or pizza for an entire Friday? They really are taking one for the team. 


This week's new releases are a kids flick, a cyber-thriller, a slapstick comedy and a war-centered bio-pic.

American Sniper: THEATER

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 74
  • Metacritic score: 72

Blackhat: SKIP IT

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 34
  • Metacritic score: 50

Paddington: THEATER

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 97
  • Metacritic score: 77

The Wedding Ringer: SKIP IT

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: 20
  • Metacritic score: 34

Blog Thursday 1/15


In England, a restaurant offers an 8,000-calorie breakfast – and requires you to sign a waiver if you want to attempt to eat it all.

The Corner Café in Portishead’s “Monster Mega Challenge Breakfast” includes: six slices of bacon, six eggs, six sausages, along with servings of black pudding and hash browns.

You get two three-egg omelets, four portions each of fried potatoes and fried mushrooms, four onion rings, four slices of toast, two slices of fried toast, two portions of stewed tomatoes, two portions of baked beans, and a dainty half a grilled tomato.

You get one hour to finish everything on your plate and get either a milkshake or an energy drink as your beverage.

You can’t share.

You have to be over 18.

And, if you’re about to puke, you have to stop. Yes, that’s a rule.

So far five people have attempted the challenge but no one has won.

If you make the trip and win, you’ll get your photo on the “champion” wall, a free breakfast voucher, a mini trophy, and a key ring … along with bragging rights? Which counts for something, doesn’t it? (Metro)


Animal control officers seized an eight-foot-long alligator from a backyard of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys earlier this week, they announced Wednesday.

Although the animal had been living in the backyard of the home for the past 40 years, the home owners did not have a permit to keep the gator there.

Animal Control Commander Mark Salazar said, "An alligator of that size is an absolute concern to our department."

Officers received a tip about the animal late last year, but couldn't find the gator at the time and thought the owners may have hid it. They returned with a search warrant for a surprise visit on Monday and found the gator in the wooden box that also contained two "deteriorated" carcasses of "small animals that appeared to be cats," Salazar said.

Animal control officers are now asking neighbors if they have any missing pets that may have been eaten by the gator.

Source: City News Service


Rosie Perez is reportedly out as co-host of The View.

According to Variety, Perez -- who's taken January off in order to appear in the Broadway show Fish In the Dark -- will not be coming back. Producers of the ABC show have not made an announcement and are saying that Rosie's status has not changed. But sources say she hasn't quite gotten the hang of the show over the past four months and hasn't been the right fit. 

Blog Wednesday 1/14


A New York City high school student was arrested last week after she beat up a male classmate who passed gas in her direction.

17-year-old Joquasha Rosado took offense to the offensive odor fired off by the 15-year-old kid sitting next to her, so she hit him in the head with a metal stool and delivered a series of blows to his head and face.

The alleged butt-blaster suffered a deep cut which required eight staples. Rosado was charged with felony assault, weapons possession and harassment. She's due in court next month. (The Smoking Gun)


Naya Rivera is getting plenty of hate online after discussing white people's hygiene onThe View.

The Glee star was guest-hosting on Tuesday when she offered her "theory about showering." She said, "I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing."

Naya pointed out that her mother is "half-black, half-Puerto Rican." The actress explained, "She showers every day, so I can say this. But I can say that I am now married to a white man [Ryan Dorsey], and he showers a lot. Like, a lot -- two, three times a day."

Naya, on the other hand, said she showers once every three days, as recommended by a study she read.

Regardless of the scientific reasoning, viewers took to social media to blast the star. Naya responded to the hate, tweeting, "When you get out of the shower today, get a sense of humor. Love ya!"

SOURCE: Us Magazine


With the NFL playoffs in full swing – and the Super Bowl right around the corner – Americans will be eating a lot of pizza in the next few weeks.

But why reach for boring old cheese and sausage pizza when you can do something special with your pizza pie?

According to a new survey, here’s a rundown of the top 10 “fantasy” pizza toppings Americans would reach for if price were no object:

  1. Lobster
  2. Shrimp
  3. Crab
  4. Filet Mignon
  5. Chicken
  6. Pineapple
  7. Ham
  8. Mayo Jaga (a Japanese concoction containing mayonnaise, potato and bacon)
  9. Curry/Coconut/Kale
  10. Caviar (DailyMail)


Looking for a new job in the new year? U.S. News ranked the Top Jobs of 2015, based on such things as salary, work-life balance, and potential for growth. Here are the Top 10 Jobs of 2015:

  1. Dentist – median salary of $146,340
  2. Nurse practitioner – $92,670
  3. Software developer – $92,660
  4. Physician – $186,850
  5. Dental hygienist – $71,110
  6. Computer systems analyst – $81,190
  7. Information security analyst – $88,590
  8. Physical therapist – $81,030
  9. Registered nurse – $66,220
  10. Physician assistant – $92,970

Blog Tuesday 1/13


Pope Francis has proven once again that he is different from other popes before him.

Over the weekend, while baptizing 33 babies at the Sistine Chapel, the pontiff told the mothers to breastfeed their babies if they needed to.

What Pope Francis said translated to, "You mothers give your children milk, and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them. Don't worry." (NBC)


This week's major video releases are a blockbuster and a box-office dud.

  • Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in the thriller Gone Girl, based on the book of the same title. Pike plays a psychopath housewife who stages her own disappearance to frame her husband, Affleck.
  • Liam Neeson stars in A Walk Among the Tombstones, yet another attempt to capitalize on the Taken franchise. In this one, he plays a retired NYPD cop operating as a private investigator looking into the murder of the wife of a heroin trafficker.

TV that's new to video includes the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire, season three ofHouse of Lies, the third season of the Dallas re-boot, season six of Becker, season two ofThe Bridge, season three of Episodes and the fourth season of Lovejoy.

Blog Monday 1/12


You may want to rethink your resolution to drink less beer.

A pint of beer a day won’t make you gain weight … and it could lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, as well as strengthen your bones and keep your hair and skin looking good. Talk about a miracle cure.

“Moderate beer consumption does not lead to weight gain or abdominal fatness and the perception that drinking beer results in a beer belly is not supported by the scientific evidence to date,” said Nutritionist Dr. Kathryn O'Sullivan.

Obviously if you drink a lot of beer, you will gain weight – but drinking or eating anything to excess will pack on the pounds.

The conclusion: Drink beer. It’s good for you. Just do it in moderation. (Daily Mail)


A Texas schoolgirl sweetened the day of police officers in her town – by presenting each of them with a handmade thank you card and a candy bar.

Savannah Solis [pr: so-LEES] spent hours writing out more than 200 cards, which she took to police departments around her county. On each, she wrote, "I am 10 years old. I just want to say thank you for taking care of us every day. You are my hero. I’m so glad we have you. You’re so brave, too. I pray that God will protect you. Please keep watching out for us, Love Savannah.”

Savannah says she wanted to deliver the cards in person because she wanted to collect autographs from the men and women in uniform. Whitehouse, Texas, Police Chief Craig Shelton said, “It really touched me. When I was reading the card, she was sitting across from me with a beautiful little smile on her face; it choked me up.” (Tyler Morning Telegraph)


There’s nothing like a dog to make you smile. That’s why people from all over the world have been sending pictures of their dogs to a teen in Phoenix who is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.

Anthony Lyons has received 1.5 million dog photos through a Facebook campaign calledPhoto Doggies for Anthony. Every day more and more photos are posted.

A family friend created the page to help cheer Anthony up while he is in the hospital and not able to see his own dogs. If you want to send Anthony a picture of your dog, just go to Photo Doggies for Anthony. (Hartford Courant)



1. Taken 3 - $40.4 million
2. Selma - $11.2 million
3. Into the Woods - $9.8 million
4. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - $9.4 million
5. Unbroken - $8.4 million


Golden Globes WINNERS LIST

BEST FILM (Drama) Boyhood

BEST FILM (Comedy or Musical) The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ACTOR (Drama) Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTOR (Comedy or Musical) Michael Keaton Birdman

BEST ACTRESS (Drama) Julianne Moore Still Alice

BEST ACTRESS (Comedy or Musical) Amy Adams Big Eyes


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Patricia Arquette Boyhood

BEST DIRECTOR Richard Linklater Boyhood 
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE The Theory of Everything Johann Johannsson

BEST ORIGINAL SONG “Glory” Selma John Legend and Common 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE How to Train Your Dragon 2

BEST TV SERIES (Drama) The Affair

BEST TV SERIES (Musical/Comedy) Transparent


BEST ACTOR (TV Drama) Kevin Spacey House of Cards

BEST ACTOR (TV Musical/Comedy) Jeffrey Tambor Transparent

BEST ACTRESS (TV Drama) Ruth Wilson The Affair

BEST ACTRESS (TV Musical/Comedy) Gina Rodriguez Jane the Virgin

BEST ACTOR (Mini-series/TV Film) Billy Bob Thornton Fargo

BEST ACTRESS (Mini-series/TV Film) Maggie Gyllenhaal The Honorable Woman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (TV) Matt Bomer The Normal Heart

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (TV) Joanna Froggatt Downton Abbey

Blog Thursday 1/8


A small college in Kentucky is giving hope to nerdy, non-athletic high school students whose favorite "sport" consists of sitting in a chair with a game controller in one hand and a Hot Pocket in the other.

The University of Pikeville is joining several other colleges in offering video games as an actual varsity sport. The game is League of Legends, and the college is looking for the best players in the country to compete against other schools like Robert Morris University. And to show how serious they are, the University is offering 20 scholarships to students next fall. (Coed Magazine)


Sure is cold. How cold? Realllllly cold if you live in one of these places. Niche.com put together the data and determined the 50 coldest cities in the U.S.

Here are the Top 10:

1. Grand Forks, North Dakota
Average low temperature: 6.3°F
2. Fargo, North Dakota 
Average low temperature: 7.6°F
3. Duluth, Minnesota
Average low temperature: 8.1°F
4. Bismarck, North Dakota
Average low temperature: 8.9°F
5. Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Average low temperature: 11.9°F
6. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Average low temperature: 12.8°F
7. Rochester, Minnesota
Average low temperature: 14.2°F
8. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Average low temperature: 14.2°F
9. Green Bay, Wisconsin
Average low temperature: 14.6°F
10. Appleton, Wisconsin
Average low temperature: 15.1°F

Blog Wednesday 1/7


American Idol returns for its 14th season tonight (Wednesday).

It's the first season without Randy Jackson, who became a mentor after 12 seasons as a judge. Music executive Scott Borchetta will play fill-in for Randy. There's another change for the singing competition, which has seen a steady decline in ratings in recent years. Starting with the live shows in mid-March, Idol will air only once a week with a two-hour show on Wednesdays. Before that, there will an hour-long episode on Wednesday, followed by a two-hour episode on Thursdays.

Judges Harry Connick JuniorJennifer Lopez and Keith Urban will be back for their second year together as judges, with Ryan Seacrest as host.

Tonight's episode is set in Nashville, where Borchetta makes his home.

Blog Tuesday 1/6


Sarah Lewis and William Cramer of Ohio are the proud parents of four-year-old Billy. For the past year, Billy has been in and out of the Akron Children's Hospital battling cancer.

Sadly, the hospital has become almost a second home for Billy and also his parents who, for several years, have been trying to finally get married. Sarah and William, who also have two other young children, have made plans to tie the knot on a few occasions, but something always got in the way and they were never able to seal the deal. So finally they decided that the hospital would be the perfect venue for a beautiful wedding and this way little Billy would be able to attend. 

So with the help of the hospital staff who set up a decorative arch in the doorway to Billy's room and spread rose pedals on the floor, the happy couple said "I do" on Christmas day in front of Billy and the rest of their family. As for Billy, who held a bouquet of flowers as he watched his parents exchange vows, he's doing great. His doctor says he's responded well to his treatments and should be going home soon. (Akron Beacon)


We know you love your pet ... but how MUCH do you love it?

A British man put that question to the test recently when he paid a vet $500 to knock his goldfish out and remove a blockage from its backside that was making him constipated.

(Yes. You heard ALL of that correctly).

The fish's surgery ended up going swimmingly (sorry), and it's already happy and back on its fins (sorry again). (BBC)


A Florida man was arrested for a bizarre incident in which he assaulted employees of his pet store – by slapping them with a lizard!

Benjamin Herman Siegel was busted on charges of battery and cruelty to animals after one of the workers called cops to report the attack, which was caught on surveillance tape in its entirety. The cameras were rolling as Siegel grabbed the bearded dragon and stuffed it in his mouth before swinging it by the tail, hitting the clerks with the critter before dousing them in Gatorade.

It's not the first time Siegel has made the papers: Three years ago, he was questioned by cops after he hosted a cockroach eating contest at his store – which was won by a man who died shortly after the competition ended. (New York Daily News)


If you're disappointed that you didn't wake up January 1st with a gigantic smile pasted on your face, never fear! 

We have some tips on how to be happier this year ... and they're pretty easy!

1. Wake up 20 minutes earlier to accomplish little tasks you’ve felt guilty about putting off.

2. Establish a loose morning and evening routine, because structure makes people surprisingly happy.

3. Eat one extra serving of veggies or fruit a day.

4. Let yourself be sad when you’re sad, because hard days happen, and stifling awful feelings just allows them to ruin your life more.

See? That's not so bad! Now get out there and be happy! (The Frisky)


For 16 Major League seasons, Vladimir Guerrero was one of the most feared players to step into a batter's box. He retired in 2011, but his name still brings up memories of his skyscraping home runs and his cannon for an arm. So when teams found out that his son is ballplayer, you better believe they got excited.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is only 15 years old, but he looks like a young clone of his father in every single way. That's why several big league clubs are already expressing an interest in signing him. He's 6-foot-2, 220-pounds and can crush the ball. Teams such as the Yankees, Mets, Rangers and the Angels, who his dad played six seasons with, have been scouting him and could sign him as early as this July. (Sports Illustrated)


The next time you get the flu and your wife or girlfriend is less-than-sympathetic, you might want to point out to her that you’ve got it bad … and it’s been scientifically proven.

Researchers at Stanford University have found that men get hit harder by the flu than women do.

It seems the flu vaccine is more effective in women than in men. And on top of that, women who actually come down with the flu end up being better at fighting off the virus.

Guys – because they aren’t hopped up on estrogen – are just less equipped to deal with infection.

So if you come down with the flu this winter, feel free to throw yourself a pity party … and invite no one, because no one knows your pain. (CBS)


A town in Ohio is gearing up for their beloved Ohio State Buckeyes to battle the Oregon Ducks in next week's championship game, and that includes trying to change the name of the town. 

Residents signed a petition urging the city council in Oregon, Ohio, to temporarily change its name for January 12th only. They had asked to be called "Buckeye Town" for one day and it appeared the city council was on board. But the mayor didn't feel it was right to change the name, which the city has held since 1838. So instead, he issued a proclamation making next week "Ohio State Buckeye Week." Also, the city's slogan, which is usually "Oregon on the Bay, City of Opportunity" will instead be "Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters." (Sandusky Register)


Florida Georgia Line have gone from having less than 30 bucks in their bank account two years ago to topping Forbes's list of 30 Under 30 in Music.

Tyler Hubbard says, "It’s a huge honor and it’s a testament to our fans, it’s a testament to country radio, it’s a testament to our team and the people that’s believed in us and helped us get here. There’s a lot of people behind the scenes, a lot of people that’s put in a lot of long hours to help us out and to get us here."

Also making the list is Kacey Musgraves. The list was vetted by a blue-ribbon panel of experts in their fields.


A funny thing happened while we were all panicking about Ebola last fall -- the flu morphed into a monster disease right here in the U.S.

The CDC says the flu is "widespread" in 43 states, and 21 children have died from it this season. Six percent of all doctor visits are for flu-like symptoms, compared with two percent in a normal flu season.

This year's flu vaccine is not a good match for the bugs that are going around, which is one reason why the illness is so widespread. Nonetheless, doctors suggest that you get one even now if you haven't this year.

Source: USA Today


You know it's January when you can actually watch all those movies you were waiting to appear on video.

  • The thriller No Good Deed stars Idris Elba as a killer who smooth-talks his way intoTaraji P. Henson's house by claiming that he's having car trouble.
  • The James Brown bio-pic Get On Up features 42 star Chadwick Boseman as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Viola DavisOctavia Spencer and Craig Robinson co-star.
  • The coming-of-age drama Boyhood, starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, was actually filmed intermittently over 12 years. It is a look at how families change and grow over the course of more than a decade.
  • Nicolas Cage stars in the sci-fi thriller Left Behind, in which the Rapture actually occurs and the end of the world nears. Pop star Jordin Sparks is in the cast.

TV new to video this week includes the third season of Girls, the fifth season of Glee and the fifth season of the animated hit Archer.

Blog Monday 1/5


According to the movie website Fandango, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is the most anticipated film of 2015.

That’s not at all surprising, as the new Star Wars movie might be the most anticipated movie of the last 10 years. Despite the fact the movie won’t be released in theaters until next December, it’s actually surprising people aren’t already standing in line for it.

The survey also found that Avengers: Age of Ultron the second most anticipated movie – and the Minions movie is the most anticipated family film. (LATimes)


An elementary school principal in Indiana became concerned for her students after noticing many of them owned shoes that constantly needed repairing, so she reached out to her community through social media to raise donations for new shoes.

Nissa Ellet, principal of Heth-Washington Elementary, explained, "Throughout the year we have repaired – I can't even tell you how many shoes. We've used duct tape and staples and I started really noticing this is a much bigger problem than I realized."

Calling her program “Shoes for Students,” Nissa’s original goal was to raise $6,000. The community exceeded her expectations.

"We ended up raising $17,000 so we expanded, we re-evaluated ... what else can we get for our students," Nissa said.

Along with new tennis shoes, Nissa used the money to buy snow boots, gloves, hats, scarves, a school hoodie, and candy for every student.

And before school let out for Winter Break, the excited children were brought to the gym for a special ceremony where they received their surprises.

"They are warmer than my other shoes were," one grateful student said. (HuffingtonPost)


A baby girl born on New Year's Day in Cleveland is one in a million. Actually, she's more like one in 48 million.

Autumn Rain Stover wasn't due until January 10th, but she arrived early on January 1st, which also happens to be her mom's birthday. Qiana [KEY-on-uh] Stover was born January 1st, 1980. But it gets better. The baby's father, Raheen Stover, also has a New Year's Day birthday. He was born January 1st, 1979.

Experts say the odds of a child sharing a birthday with both of his or her parents are one-in-48-million. (NY Daily News)


Authorities in Seoul, South Korea, are investigating a plastic surgery clinic after photos surfaced showing doctors partying in the operating room while a patient was undergoing a procedure.

The photos, which one of the nurses posted on Instagram, showed a doctor at the clinic in Seoul's Gangnam district blowing out candles on a cake. In the background, a patient is seen lying unconscious. Other photos show doctors eating hamburgers and one nurse holding breast implants against her chest.

The photos have since been removed and the clinic issued an apology for their "careless actions." Authorities are investigating whether they violated any medical laws. (The Guardian)


You might think you're a good tipper, but you ain't got nothin' on a guy in Arizona.

Over the holidays, a man (who wishes to remain anonymous) stopped into an Italian restaurant called Crudo for a midnight snack where he left a $1,000 tip on a $331 bill.

Then, the man and his date decided to stay for more drinks, at which time he left an astonishing $10,000 tip on an $89 bill.

Both receipts had the words "Tips for Jesus" scrawled across them – and the man did stick around long enough for the restaurant workers to thank him.

The Lord – and rich people – work in mysterious ways ... (GMA)


There were so many annoying words and phrases from last year that Lake Superior State University in Michigan has issued a list of 12 “banished” words and phrases for 2015:

  • Bae
  • Polar Vortex
  • Hack
  • Skill Set
  • Swag
  • Foodie
  • Curate/Curated
  • Friend-Raising
  • Cray-Cray
  • Enhanced Interrogation
  • Takeaway
  • -Nation (Adding the suffix nation to a sports team or other affiliation – as in, Packers-Nation or Cowboys-Nation, etc.) (Yahoo)

Blog Friday 1/2


Her latest album may have been titled 1989, but 2014 was definitely Taylor Swift's year. Her latest accomplishment has her taking the title of the year's best-selling album, with 1989, away from Disney's Frozen right as the year was winding down.

In the last sales tracking week of the year, 1989 edged passed Frozen. Although 1989 was only released nine weeks ago, it's sold 3.66 million copies this year, according to Nielsen Music. Frozen sold 3.53 million during Nielsen's 2014 tracking year, which ran from December 30th, 2013 through December 28th, 2014.

Until the final week of the year, Frozen was the best-selling album of 2014. The previous week, Frozen still had an edge with a sales tally of 3.46 million to 1989's 3.34 million. But 1989 moved 326,000 in the final week, while Frozen just sold 64,000, giving Taylor the crown.

This is the second time Tay has scored the year's best seller. Back in 2009, she did it withFearless, which sold 3.22 million that year.

Source: Billboard


Are you still nursing a hangover? Hit the soda machine for some Sprite. According to research, the lemon-lime soda helps metabolize and eliminate alcohol from the body – and does a great job of breaking down the part of the alcohol molecule that causes hangovers.

Chinese scientists tested nearly 60 drinks, and Sprite worked the best. (Daily Mail)


Did you make a resolution to lose weight? Maybe this can help you keep it. Here’sAskmen.com’s list of the 10 Ways to Eat Better in 2015:

10. Replace fat-free foods with the regular version: Good fat doesn’t make you fat. And fat-free versions of food are typically packed with trans fats and artificial sweeteners.

9. Swap ice cream for Greek yogurt.

8. Stay away from vegetable oils. Use coconut oil, olive oil, butter, and even lard instead.

7. Replace processed meats with real meats

6. Stop eating cereal and bread for breakfast. Have oatmeal instead.

5. Shape Up. If you need help getting in gear, Xbox One’s new game Shape Up offers an online service that lets you create your own personalized fitness and meal plans.

4. Kick the candy habit. Get your sweet fix from dark chocolate or dried fruit instead.

3. Stop eating things in packages. Reach for food that can actually go bad.

2. Instead of drinking fruit juice, eat fruit instead. Fruit juices are full of sugar.

1. Replace margarine with butter.


In Massachusetts, a man got the holiday surprise of a lifetime when Kona, the family dog he thought was dead and buried, wandered into a local police officer’s backyard – and was returned safely.

What makes the story even more amazing is that William went searching for his lost dog and actually found the remains of a dog he believed to be Kona.

He buried the remains – and grieved the loss of his beloved pooch.

But it all turned when the two were miraculously reunited.

"It was the happiest day of my life," William said, mentioning that his other dog named Yoshi, had stopped eating in Kona’s absence. "I can’t imagine what I’d do without my dogs." (Yahoo)


An Oklahoma teenager working at a McDonald’s got a $700 gift from a regular customer for the holiday season.

17-year-old Christopher Shaw explained that he's used to getting a dollar here or there in tips every once in a while – but what he received recently made him speechless and brought his mother to tears.

You see, Christopher works at McDonald’s to help his single mother pay the bills – and this year there wasn’t a lot of money left over for Christmas presents.

So the gift from the customer came at exactly the right time.

Christopher explained how it happened. "The customer said, 'You're always in a good mood and you're always smiling and bringing up my spirit, so here you go,'" Shaw said.

And then, the customer handed him a $700 gift card.

"He doesn't know how much this blessed me, how much this meant to me right here."

Christopher hasn't seen the customer since he got the gift, but he plans to say thank you again. (WPXI)


They say dogs are man's best friend, but one British boy couldn't ask for a better pal than his pet cat – who saved him from a beatdown by a bunch of bullies.

5-year-old Ethan Fenton was surrounded by a group of bigger kids who began picking on him, but tried to ignore the situation. His mom says she looked up in time to see one of the bullies knock Ethan to the ground, but before she could step in, she saw Smudge, the family cat, intervene.

Sarah Fenton says, "[I] saw Smudge fly out from under our car and jump on the boy's chest. I think it was shock more than anything but the boy stumbled backwards, burst into tears and then ran off. He has slept outside Ethan's bedroom keeping guard ever since it happened."

That's definitely no scaredy-cat! (Sunny Skyz)

Blog Wednesday 12/31


It's that time of year again − time when we make those New Year's resolutions and vow that THIS is the year that we are going to keep them. But the fact is that very few of us keep our resolutions. In fact, studies show that a whopping 85% of people don't keep their resolutions for very long. Some polls say people break them by the 25th of January!

Want to beat the odds this year? First off you'll have a higher success rate if you pick just ONE resolution. And second, you need to start over again if you cheat. Too many people just give up once they slip. (LifeHack.org)



  • The Spanish tradition on New Year's Eve is to eat 12 grapes at midnight. The tradition is meant to secure 12 happy months in the coming year.
  • According to old English and German folklore, the first person you come across in the New Year could set the tone for the next 12 months. Yep, that NYE kiss is important!
  • Speaking of kissing ... Superstition holds that if a couple ringing in the New Year together don’t smooch, then they can kiss off the future of their relationship.
  • Cabbage, collards, kale and chard are eaten on New Year's Eve in much of the South. The tradition holds that the more greens a person eats, the more money they will have in the coming year.
  • In Mexico and South American countries including Brazil, Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela, it's customary to ring in the New Year by wearing special underwear: red if you're looking for love and yellow if you're after money.
  • In the Philippines, people believe that wearing polka dots will bring a good year ahead.
  • Some people believe that breaking anything on New Year's Day means a year of other broken things, like friendships and marriages.
  • Many cultures do not eat any kind of fowl on New Year’s because it means the family will have to "scratch out" a living for the rest of the year.
  • It is believed that the Babylonians were the first to make New Year's resolutions.


It’s no secret that the state of Florida is a breeding ground for men who get in trouble with the law in unusual ways. And, this year was a banner year for these guys.

Here’s a rundown of some of the greatest accomplishments that Florida men pulled off in 2014. Enjoy these epic headlines:

  • "Florida Man attempts to smoke crack in ICU, almost burns down hospital."
  • "Florida man claims wife was kidnapped by holograms."
  • "Florida Man escapes adult novelty store with $300 Jenna Jameson doll in tow."
  • "Florida Man steals 850 pairs of underwear from Victoria's Secret."
  • "Florida Man attacks nephew over undercooked noodles."
  • "Florida Man sets apartment complex on fire after manager told him to stop masturbating in front of windows."
  • "Florida Man tattoos black widow spider on his face to combat arachnophobia."
  • "Florida Men attack ice cream man who wouldn't take $20 bill for pickled sausage."
  • "Florida man arrested after urinating on in-law's carpet during Thanksgiving gathering."
  • "Florida Man attempts to leave store with chainsaw stuffed down his pants."
  • "Florida Man resists arrest while dressed in Boy Scout costume."
  • "Florida Man steals 36,000 pounds of Crisco."
  • "Florida Man accidentally butt-dials 911 while cooking meth with his mom."
  • "Florida Man escapes prison to buy beer, no one notices."
  • "Florida Man attacks ATM with hatchet after it refuses to take his check."
  • "Florida Men surprised to learn mannequin is actually dead body."
  • "Florida Man proposes to girlfriend, ties ring to alligator." (Mic)

Blog Friday 12/26

Santa Claus probably has the hardest job in the world, and he doesn't even get paid for it. If he did get paid, however, his salary would be a lot less than you'd think. Insure.com decided to break down his yearly obligations and the hours he puts in for each task, and they determined that he would only make $139,924.

Sure, a six-figure salary is nothing to turn your nose up at, but here's the breakdown of everything the fat man in the red suit does in preparation for his toy delivering journey ... seems like it's worth a lot more than just under 140 grand:

  • Running the toy workshop
  • Professional shopper for specialty gifts the elves can't build
  • Gift wrapper 
  • Labor negotiator – for the elves and other North Pole employees 
  • Letter reader
  • Santa in-person appearances at malls and parades, etc.
  • Investigator – checking in to see who's been naughty or nice
  • List maker and list checker. He actually checks that list twice!
  • Reindeer caregiver
  • Sleigh Pilot
  • Gift Distributor
  • Cookie Eater
  • Announcer – "Merry Christmas to All and to All a Good Night!" (Today)

A Utah man was hospitalized after chugging too much egg nog. But it’s not what you think … this egg nog wasn’t even spiked.

Ryan Roche was in an egg nog chugging contest at an office party earlier this month, and he drank it so fast that he actually he inhaled some of the liquid into his lungs.

Roche downed a quart of eggnog in 12 seconds without taking a breath but soon began gasping for air. A few hours later he was shaking uncontrollably and was rushed to the hospital.

Doctors said he had breathed the egg nog into his lungs and was essentially "dry drowning."

"They pretty much had to wheelchair me in, double IV, oxygen, and hooked me up to what they call the nuclear weapon of antibiotics," Roche said.

After three days in the hospital he was taken off oxygen and was able to go home. It took him a week to get back to full strength.

"It was rough," Roche said. "Eggnog: not ideal for the lungs." (KSL-TV/Utah)


Not everybody can get back “home” for Christmas. Sometimes work gets in the way, or travel problems.

Or, sometimes you’re an astronaut and you’re not even on planet earth.

That’s what’s going on aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA won’t be home for Christmas, so they offered their thoughts and best wishes to the world for the Christmas holiday during downlink messages from way up there in the past week.

"This is definitely going to be a Christmas that we'll remember, getting a chance to see the beautiful Earth, and I hope that for you also it will be a memorable Christmas this year," said Virts, who arrived at the station in late November and will stay until mid-May 2015. (Telegraph)


Each year on Christmas, many families around the country gather around, exchange gifts, slice ham, and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Many Jewish families, though, enjoy a different experience on Christmas. They chow down on Chinese food.

The tradition has become something of a ritual – and Google has the numbers to prove it.

Interest in Chinese food spikes in a big way each and every year on Christmas. Google has been able to confirm this trend going back to 2004, when they started collecting data.

Amazingly, no other day during the year compares, or even comes close.

The annual tradition, sometimes called “Jewish Christmas,” has become so widespread that even Orthodox Jews now participate by going to the country's growing number of kosher Chinese restaurants, which keep pork and shellfish off the menu for a day. (WashingtonPost)


Adam Sandler is the most overpaid actor in Hollywood for a second straight year, according to Forbes magazine.

Though Grown Ups 2 was a hit, the mag says, "it didn't do well enough to compensate for the losses from Jack and Jill and That's My Boy."

Forbes -- who looked at the last three movies of the biggest stars in Hollywood -- estimates that for every $1 Sandler was paid, he returned an average of only $3.20.

Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows), Ben Stiller (Tower Heist and The Watch), Ryan Reynolds (R.I.P.D.) and Tom Hanks (Cloud Atlas) rounded out the Top 5.

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