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Five Ways to De-Stress After a Long Week


Here are five proven ways to de-stress that don't involve alcohol . . .
 
1.  Unplug.  Even just turning your phone off for a few hours can help.  And definitely don't check work emails.
 
2.  Get some exercise.  It doesn't have to be intense, and your main goal shouldn't be losing weight.  Just find something you enjoy doing, like a sport.  The endorphins that get released in your body can boost your mood and help you unwind.
 
3.  Take up a hobby, or work on a project.  That could mean anything from knitting to re-painting your living room.  Just pick something productive or relaxing that has nothing to do with your job.  It should be a break from your normal routine.
 
4.  Meditate.  If you've never tried it, there are lots of free apps and YouTube videos that can help.  More and more studies are finding how huge it is for mental health.
 
5.  Listen to music.  It doesn't have to be classical, or some terrible "mood" music like massage therapists play.  It just has to be something you like.  (And obviously WE can help with that.)  (Mashable)
 

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A Little Girl Just Wants Some Time To Chill By Herself


A little girl in a car seat is totally bummed-out because she wants to be left alone so she can chill.  Her dad asks what she's been doing and she says, quote, "Playing this whole time and I just want some time to chill with nobody."

 

(Search for "Little Girl Wants to Chill.")

 

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Four Chocolate Bars a Week Is Good for Your Heart


Any study that makes me feel less guilty about eating CANDY every day deserves way more funding . . .
 
Harvard researchers just put out a new one that found eating chocolate up to SIX TIMES A WEEK is good for your heart.
 
It lowers your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat where it feels like your heart's fluttering.  The technical term is atrial fibrillation.  (Ay-tree-ul Fib-rill-AY-shun)  And it doubles your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.
 
Up to six servings a week can reduce your risk of developing an irregular heartbeat by up to 23%.  And the best part is it looks like ANY type of chocolate works.
 
Studies in the past have found health benefits of DARK chocolate.  But they did this one in Denmark, where MILK chocolate is more popular.  And that's what most candy bars here are made of.
 
Throwing down one chocolate bar a DAY might be overdoing it, but not by much.  The study defined "one serving" as an ounce of chocolate.  And a regular Hershey's bar is 1.5 ounces.  So that's up to four Hershey's bars a week.
 
Obviously there's a lot of fat in there too, so keep that in mind.  But you've now got the green light to stock up on chocolate and claim you're just a health nut.  (Telegraph)
 

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Spicy Hot Skittles and Starburst Are Coming Soon?


Can ANY food be improved by adding spice and heat?  I think THIS is the ultimate test.
Wrigley just announced that they're making brand new SPICY HOT versions of Skittles and Starburst.  And both of them are coming out in December.  According to their press release, they'll be, quote, "fruity flavors with a spicy kick."
 
And I think it's safe to say these are part of a trend.  Earlier this month, Pepsi announced a new flavor coming out later this year called Pepsi Fire that has a hot cinnamon flavor. 
 

 

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Pink Pineapples Are Now on Sale and Taking Over Social Media


Beautiful mutant pineapples are here to make your summer weird.

Back in December, the FDA approved the sale of PINK PINEAPPLES.  They're genetically modified with a safe chemical called lycopene to turn the skin and insides pink.  Lycopene is already used to make watermelons pinker and tomatoes redder.
 
And now, the pink pineapples have started showing up in stores . . . and pictures of them have gone STRAIGHT to social media.  If you buy one to actually eat, apparently they're even SWEETER than regular pineapple, which was pretty damn sweet already. 
 

 

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Seven Stats and Facts About Memorial Day


We're gearing up for a big weekend.  Here are seven interesting stats about Memorial Day . . .
 
1.  25 cities around the country CLAIM to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.  But the first state that officially recognized it as a holiday was New York in 1873.
 
2.  75% of us will go to a barbecue this weekend.  It's the second most-popular holiday for grilling.  Fourth of July is first.
 
3.  Between now and Labor Day, Americans will eat about 7 BILLION hot dogs.  That's 818 hot dogs every second.
 
4.  39.3 million Americans are traveling this weekend, up about 3% from last year.  88% are driving to their destination.  Orlando is the most popular place to go.
 
5.  41% of us expect to buy something this weekend at a Memorial Day sale. 
 
6.  Be careful out there:  There's a 25% bump in cooking-related fires on Memorial Day.  About 50,000 people will be injured in car accidents this weekend.  And 44% of traffic fatalities will involve alcohol.  
 
7.  42 million veterans have served in war time.  And a total of 1.3 million Americans have lost their lives defending the United States.  That's an important stat since remembering THEM is what Memorial Day is really about.  (Wallet Hub)
 

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Watch a "Price Is Right" Contestant Smash the Plinko Record, and Go Ballistic


On "The Price Is Right" yesterday, a contestant named Ryan broke the show's all-time Plinko record . . . and he went even MORE ballistic than the typical "Price Is Right" contestant would.

Of course, Plinko is the one where contestants drop those puck-like chips down a gigantic pinball-style board, and the chips end up in grooves at the bottom that are worth anywhere from $0 to $10,000.

 

Ryan hit the max, $10,000, with his first chip.  On his next try, he got $1,000, and then Chip #3 hit the jackpot again.

 

His fourth try "only" won him $500 . . .  but then he hit the $10,000 AGAIN with his fifth and final chip.  That's a total of $31,500.

 

Drew Carey said that was the most any contestant has ever won.  The previous record was $30,500.  Obviously, the whole thing is about 99.9% luck . . . but Ryan didn't care, he was absolutely LOSING HIS MIND.

 

(Here's video.  And you can find the full episode at CBS.com.  Skip to the 16:15 mark, which is just after the third commercial break.)

 

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Four Common Exercise Myths


Here are four exercise myths a lot of people still believe . . .
 
Myth #1:  Touching your toes before a run prevents injuries.  There's very little evidence static stretches like that actually work.  You should do dynamic stretches instead where you move around.  Then do static stretches AFTER your workout when you're loose.
 
Myth #2:  You burn more fat if you work out on an empty stomach.  It might be true in theory.  But it also means you have less energy for your workout, so it's kind of a wash.
 
A study in 2014 had one group of women work out on an empty stomach for one month, and another group drank a shake.  After four weeks, they all lost the same amount of weight AND fat.
 
Myth #3:  A protein shake after your workout will build more muscle.  The research is mixed on that one.  It works if you're doing really INTENSE weightlifting.  But if you exercise like a normal person, you might just be adding more calories to your diet.
 
Myth #4:  It's really easy to get dehydrated, so drink water even if you're not thirsty.  In reality, thirst is usually a pretty good indicator.  And unless it's really hot out or you got DRUNK the night before, it's not that easy to get severely dehydrated.
 
You can also drink too MUCH water and end up with hyponatremia, where your sodium levels get too low.  (Pronounced hypo-nah-TREE-me-uh.)  It's way more dangerous than being a little dehydrated.  (Time)
 

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A High School Kid's Service Dog Got Its Own Yearbook Photo


 
There's a 16-year-old kid in Falmouth, Virginia named A.J. Schalk who has type-1 diabetes.  And he has a service dog named Alpha that goes everywhere with him.  (Falmouth is about 50 miles south of D.C.)
 
It can sense when his blood sugar is about to drop, and let him know about 30 minutes before it happens.  So he even brings the dog to school with him.
 
It goes to all his classes and the other kids love it.  So this year the people in charge of the yearbook decided to include Alpha . . . by giving him his own YEARBOOK PHOTO.
 
His headshot is right next to A.J.'s in the yearbook, and he's listed as "Alpha Schalk."  (A.J. is listed as "Andrew Schalk.")
 
One of Andrew's classmates posted a photo of it after they got their yearbooks last week, and it's blowing up on Twitter.
 
The school also made Alpha his own school I.D., and a photo of that is going viral too.  (Fredericksburg.com / Buzzfeed)  
 

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A Dude Dresses Like a Lady to Hide From the Cops . . . and Winds Up Looking Like Steven Tyler


I'm not sure if this guy is bad at crime or GREAT at AEROSMITH cosplay.
 
A 38-year-old guy named Woodrow Dyer in Marion County, Florida had a felony warrant issued last week for possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.  And his plan to avoid the cops was . . . dressing up like a woman.
 
But the costume wasn't great, so the dude didn't exactly look like a lady.  In fact, he looked a lot like STEVEN TYLER.  And, of course, he and Aerosmith are the ones behind the song "Dude Looks Like a Lady". 
 
The cops were able to quickly track him down and arrest him.  He was hit with two extra charges of resisting arrest.  
 
(CBS 6 - Orlando)
 

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The 10 Biggest Red Flags That Will Get You Dumped


I remember when I was really young and I could actually stop dating someone because of a minor red flag.  Once you get older, you learn to overlook EVERYTHING.  "Oh, you don't ever shower?  That's so environmentally conscious!"
 
A new survey asked people which of these red flags would make them stop dating someone.  Here are the results . . .
 
1.  They're very jealous and don't like it when you hang out with your friends instead of them . . . 84% say they'd dump someone over that red flag.
 
2.  They're really flaky and constantly cancel plans at the last minute, 82%.
 
3.  They keep bringing up their ex on a first date, 78%.
 
4.  They're rude to your server on your first dinner date, 77%.
 
5.  They flirt with other people in front of you, 70%.
 
6.  Their friends are awful, 68%.
 
7.  They admit they cheated on their last significant other, 61%.
 
8.  After you have sex for the first time, it's awful and you realize you're not sexually compatible, 60%.
 
9.  Bad personal hygiene, 52%.
 
10.  You have opposite political views, 48%.  (Buzzfeed)
 

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Starbucks' Next Big Colorful Drink Mixes Coconut Milk, Limeade, and Passionfruit Iced Tea


The Unicorn Frappuccino was a huge hit for Starbucks.  So it only makes sense that they'd figure out another drink to start selling that's super colorful and perfect for Instagram . . . taste not important.
 
And according to pretty much every rumor on the Internet, this is it.  It's called the "Ombre Pink Drink" and it's a mix of coconut milk, limeade, and passionfruit iced tea.  And the different flavors separate so the top is pink and the bottom is creamy.
 
Starbucks is apparently going to offer it starting next week.  (Thrillist)  
 

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ROCK ONE SOCK in Support of National Missing Children's Day 5/25


 
May 25th is National Missing Children’s Day
Show your support with the 
ROCK ONE SOCK campaign

 
 
The Rock One Sock campaign is a simple way to show your support for missing children and their families. We know missing children’s issues do not affect every household, but through Rock One Sock, everyone can show they care. During the month of May, we’re asking everyone to:
 
WEAR - Wear one sock and take a picture or video to show how you rocked that sock!
 
SHARE - Post it to social media using the hashtag #RockOneSock. Make sure to follow @MissingKids on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
 
CARE – Donate to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to support our work to bring missing children home and challenge your friends to do the same.
 
Join us and rock one sock to show your support in time for National Missing Children’s Day on May 25! Rock on!


 
 

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Katy Perry Is "Proud" That, As a Woman, She Can Take $25 Million from "American Idol"


ABC reportedly forked over $25 million to land KATY PERRY for the new "American Idol".  And when she was asked about it yesterday, she said she was PROUD of it.

She said, quote, "I'm really proud that, as a woman, I got PAID.  And you know why?  I got paid like more than like pretty much any guy that's been on that show.  And, by the way, I love men.  So, I'm a paid woman and I'm ready for a beautiful man."

 

Simon Cowell was the only "Idol" judge to make more . . . he reportedly got between $36 million and $45 million at the end of his run. 

 

Ryan Seacrest was pulling down $15 million . . . Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez got between $15 million and $18 million . . . Nicki Minaj was around $12 million . . . while Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban were only making about $5 million when they came aboard.

 

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A Paralyzed Student's Mom Got an Honorary Degree After Going to Every Single Class with Him


A 29-year-old guy named Marty O'Connor fell down some stairs about five years ago, and ended up paralyzed from the neck down.  But he didn't let it stop him, and neither did his mom . . .
 
He enrolled at Chapman University in California two years ago to get his master's degree in business.  But he couldn't take notes and needed help with his exams.
 
His mom Judy was a teacher in Florida, but retired early and moved across the country to help him.  Then for two years, she sat through EVERY SINGLE CLASS with him.
 
He got his MBA this past Saturday.  But here's the best part . . . the school decided to give JUDY an honorary MBA too.
 
Marty suggested it, and the board of trustees decided Judy deserved it.  But she didn't know until she pushed him on stage in his wheelchair on Saturday.  Right after he got his diploma, they announced she was getting one too.
 
She told a reporter that as a mom, she just wanted to help her son.  But being back in school was great because she's a huge "geek."  So she loved every minute of it.  (KTLA)  
 

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Here's What Two Trains Passing Each Other at 268 Miles-Per-Hour Looks Like


China's Maglev Trains are famous for traveling up to 268 miles-per-hour.  Well, a passenger in one of them was filming the countryside when another one speeds by going the other way . . . and it's over in a flash.
 
 

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The Top Ten Signs You're a Good Cook


A new survey asked people to name the top signs someone's a good cook . . . other than the obvious one that their food TASTES good.
 
The full list has 50 things on it, and they're not ranked.  So here are the 10 we think are the biggest signs you know what you're doing in the kitchen.  If you can do all ten of them, please invite us to dinner sometime . . .
 
1.  You cook things from scratch.
 
2.  You can whip something up using random stuff, even if you're low on groceries.
 
3.  You can cook multiple things at once, and get them all done at the same time.
 
4.  You know which herbs and spices go well together.
 
5.  You can finely chop things fast, but safely.
 
6.  You know how to poach an egg.
 
7.  You can guess the ingredients just by tasting something.
 
8.  You can cook a steak perfectly without cutting into it to see if it's done.  
 
9.  You experiment with different recipes and add your own twist.
 
10.  You can cook complicated meals WITHOUT following a recipe.  (Check out all 50 things here.)  (News.com.au)
 

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"Reducetarians" Are People Who Really Want to Be Vegetarians But Just Can't Resist Eating Some Meat


I used to think pescetarians (pess kuh tair ee ins) were the laziest vegetarians . . . they're the ones who just eat fish and no other meat.  But I think we just found a group that's even LESS committed.
 
Apparently the hot new trend is being a "reducetarian."  That's someone who really WANTS to be a vegetarian . . . but just can't resist eating a little bacon or a burger every once in a while.
 
So you "reduce" your meat eating . . . but don't give it up completely.  Seems legit.  (Treehugger)
 

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The Average American Will Spend One-Third of Their Summer Staring at Screens


You may have a vacation planned for this summer, maybe some barbecues and parties, and trips to the beach.  But mostly, you're going to be staring at your phone.
 
According to a new survey by Groupon, the average American says they'll spend about six hours a day this summer using their phone, tablet, computer, or TV.
 
That adds up to 35 entire days this June, July, and August staring at screens . . . or more than one-third of the summer.  (Daily Mail)
 

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"Wonder Woman" is the Most Anticipated Movie of the Summer


"Batman v. Superman" and "Suicide Squad" may have gotten crap reviews, but that isn't driving people away from the DC Comics movies.  According to Fandango.com, "Wonder Woman" is the most anticipated movie of the summer.
 
They asked more than 10,000 people what summer movie they're most looking forward to, and "Wonder Woman" came out on top.  Here's the Top 10, along with the movies' release dates:
 
1.  "Wonder Woman",  June 2
 
2.  "Spider-Man: Homecoming",  July 7th
 
3.  "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales",  This Friday
 
4.  "The Dark Tower",  August 4th
 
5.  "Dunkirk",  July 21st
 
6.  "Despicable Me 3",  June 30th
 
7.  "War for the Planet of the Apes",  July 14th 
 
8.  "Transformers: The Last Knight",  June 21st 
 
9.  "The Mummy",  June 9th 
 
10.  "Baywatch",  This Thursday
 

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"James Bond" Roger Moore Has Died


ROGER MOORE died of cancer at the age of 89 yesterday . . . making him the FIRST of the movie James Bonds to pass away.

Roger starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985 . . . "Live and Let Die""The Man with the Golden Gun""The Spy Who Loved Me""Moonraker""For Your Eyes Only""Octopussy", and "A View to a Kill".

 

For what it's worth, of the other Bonds, Sean Connery is the oldest at 86 . . . followed by George Lazenby at 77, Timothy Dalton at 71, Pierce Brosnan at 64, and Daniel Craig at 49. 

 

Technically, David Niven played James Bond in the original "Casino Royale" . . . and he died in 1983.  But that movie isn't considered an official Bond movie.

 

Although Roger is most famous for his tenure as James Bond, he was a star BEFORE that when he played Simon Templar on the British spy show "The Saint"

 

His other notable credits include the show "Maverick", the movie "The Cannonball Run""Spice World", and the Bond spoof "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore".

 

It's actually a MIRACLE that Roger lived to 89.  He almost died from double pneumonia when he was five, he had a bad foreskin infection at age 8 and had to be circumcised, and he had his appendix, tonsils, and adenoids removed.

 

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, but had it surgically removed.  Then in 2003 he collapsed while doing a Broadway play, and needed a pacemaker put in. 

 

In 2012, he was left bedridden by pneumonia for several weeks, and had to learn how to walk again.  That same year, he also said he'd been treated for skin cancer several times, and he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2013.

 

Roger's family said he died after a, quote, "short, but brave battle with cancer," so it's unclear if it was connected to either of his previous cancer battles, or if this one was something different. 

 

His children say there will be a private funeral in Monaco.

 

For what it's worth, Roger considered himself the "fourth-best Bond," behind Connery, Craig, and Lazenby.  (Here's a montage of Roger's work as James Bond.  And here are a few of his best quotes.)

 

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The Latest on the Attack in Manchester


Sadly, the death toll from Monday's terrorist attack in Manchester, England has been revised upward.  It turns out 22 people were killed and 59 injured by the suicide bomber who attacked fans after an ARIANA GRANDE concert.

Police also named the suicide bomber:  22-year-old Salman Ramadan Abedi.  He was born in Manchester, but both his parents are from Libya.

 

Apparently, he was known to authorities, but wasn't considered high risk.  It's not clear yet if he acted alone or as part of a wider network.  ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but that's not confirmed.

 

Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the bombing.  There's speculation it's the bomber's older brother.

 

Meanwhile, PRESIDENT TRUMP addressed the attack yesterday in Jerusalem.  He said, quote, "I won't call them monsters because they would like that term.  They would think that's a great name.

 

"I will call them from now on losers, because that's what they are.  They're losers.  And we'll have more of them.  But they're losers.  Just remember that."


 

Several Victims Have Been Identified . . . Including an 8-Year-Old Girl  
 
As of last night only a handful of the 22 victims of the Manchester attack had been identified.  And one of them was an 8-year-old girl named Saffie Rose Roussos.  She went to the show with her mother and her older sister, who were both hospitalized.
 
Another victim, 18-year-old Georgina Callander, had actually met ARIANA GRANDE at a concert two years ago.  She died at a hospital with her mother by her side.
 
Then there was 32-year-old Kelly Brewster, who reportedly died trying to shield her sister and her niece from the blast . . . and two women in their 40s who were waiting for their daughters to get out of the show.  (Read more about the victims here.)
 

 

Ariana Grande Went Home to Florida  
 
ARIANA GRANDE is back in Florida.  The paparazzi snapped her and her mother Joan arriving in their hometown of Boca Raton on a private jet that was reportedly lent to them by TAYLOR SWIFT.  
 
They were met by Ariana's boyfriend MAC MILLER.  He even brought one of her dogs with him.  (Check out pics and video here.)
 
Joan was actually at Monday's concert, in the front row.  TMZ says that when the bomb went off, she gathered up about 10 kids who were sitting nearby and took them to safety backstage.
 
 

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Five Signs You'll Never Be a Millionaire


What are the odds of you making a million dollars someday?  How you answer that question can actually have an effect on whether it happens or not.
 
Self-made millionaires usually get there because they truly believe making that much money IS possible if they make good choices and work hard.  Here are five more signs you WON'T end up being a millionaire . . .
 
1.  You're too focused on saving.  You should save and be smart about spending.  You just probably won't get RICH that way.  You have to focus on earning more, not saving.
 
2.  You don't have goals for your money.  You need specific plans for how you're going to use your money to make MORE money.  You also need to set high expectations for yourself, and then meet those expectations.
 
3.  You haven't started investing yet.  Millionaires usually get there by investing a significant amount.  Like 20% of their income.  And that's different than just saving it.
 
4.  You only have one source of income.  A recent study looked at self-made millionaires and found 65% of them got there by having at least THREE sources of income.  That includes things like side-gigs and real-estate investments.
 
5.  You don't like taking risks.  Most people prefer stability, and that's totally fine.  But most self-made millionaires HAVE to take risks.  They don't get there by only making safe choices.  (CNBC)
 

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A Woman Bought Costume Jewelry for $15 at a Flea Market . . . Turns Out It's Real and Worth $450,000


If you buy a ring at a flea market, usually the best-case scenario is that it doesn't turn your finger green.  Well . . . this woman's story just redefined that best-case scenario.
 
A woman in London, England paid $15 for a costume jewelry ring at a flea market about 30 years ago.  She liked how it looked, so she wore it all the time.
 
But earlier this year, a jeweler saw it and told her she should have it appraised because it looked real.  So she took it to Sotheby's, they checked it out . . . and, yeah, it turned out to be an actual diamond ring.
 
The "costume jewel" was actually a 26.67-carat diamond that's worth approximately $450,000.
 
It's going to be auctioned off on June 7th.  (The Guardian)  
 

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Would You Trust Your Dog to Babysit Your Kids?


Would you ever leave your kids home alone with just the DOG to babysit?  Keeping in mind that if you say "Yes," Child Protective Services might have a very different answer?
 
According to a new survey, 12% of parents say they've left a kid five or younger alone with the family dog.  And 40% have left a child under 11 with the dog.
 
The survey also found the top four ways that kids can ANTAGONIZE dogs and possibly make them snap are:  Pulling their tail . . . sitting on them . . . messing with them while they sleep . . . and kissing their nose.  
 
(Dublin People)
 

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The Number One Thing Kids Today Want to Be When They Grow Up Is . . . a YouTube Star


A new survey asked kids between six and 17 years old what they want to be when they grow up.  And the number one answer is . . . YouTube star.  More than ONE-THIRD of them say that's their dream job.
 
Here's the full top 12 . . .
 
 
1.  YouTube star, 34%.
 
2.  Blogger or vlogger, 18%.
 
3.  Musician or singer, 16%.
 
4.  Actor, 16%.
 
5.  Filmmaker, 14%.
 
6.  Doctor or nurse, 13%.
 
7.  TV host, 12%.
 
8.  Athlete, 12%.
 
9.  Teacher, 12%.
 
10.  Writer, 8%.
 
11.  Lawyer, 6%. 
 
12.  Model, 4%.  
 
(The Sun)  
 
(The percentages add up to more than 100% because kids could give more than one answer.)
 

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Say Goodbye to Leaving Work Early on Fridays During the Summer and Other Perks


Back in 2012, a survey asked people if their company offered them any summer perks, like a more relaxed dress code or leaving a little early on Fridays.  The same survey asked people those questions again this year.
 
And it's SHOCKING how much things have changed in just five years . . . 
 
1.  75% of people had the opportunity for a more flexible summer work schedule in 2012.  Now it's down to 62%.
 
2.  57% of companies eased up their dress code in the summer of 2012.  Now that's almost been cut in half, to 29%.
 
3.  And 63% of companies would let people leave a little early on Fridays in 2012.  Now that's PLUMMETED to 20%.  (PR Newswire)
 

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At Least 22 People Were Killed in a Terrorist Attack at an Ariana Grande Concert in the U.K.


At least 22 people were killed and close to 60 were injured after an explosion last night at the Manchester Arena in England, right after an ARIANA GRANDE show.

 

It happened OUTSIDE the arena at around 10:30 P.M. local time, as people were filing out of the building.  Police are investigating it as an ACT OF TERRORISM, and it appears to have been the work of a suicide bomber.  No one has claimed responsibility yet.

 

British Prime Minister THERESA MAY called it, quote, "an appalling terrorist attack."  The Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the situation, and they say they have no information about a similar threat to a music venue in the U.S.

 

(There's an eerie dashcam video shot from the other side of the arena, where you can hear the explosion, and see the light from the blast.  You hear the guy who's in the car say "No!", because he was waiting for his GIRLFRIEND to get out of the concert.  And here's video from inside the arena, where you can hear the explosion.)

 

(You can read some witness accounts here.)

 

An 18-year-old man who was at the show told CNN, quote, "Ariana was off the stage, she'd finished her set.  I looked around because I heard this big bang, people screaming and crying and flooded towards the stage."

 

Another witness said, quote, "It was a really big explosion.  Everybody started screaming and running.  There were people on the floor . . . There was a lot of confusion."

 

There's no word on the identities of the victims yet, but obviously, there were a lot of young kids at the show.

 

Ariana wasn't injured, but she Tweeted, quote, "Broken.  From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry.  I don't have words."  And TMZ says she has suspended the rest of her tour for now.  Her next show was supposed to be in London on Thursday.

 

On the plus side, there have been reports of locals opening their homes to people who need everything from a place to stay to just a cup of tea.  They've also been helping reunite parents with their kids, and there may very well be plenty of people still looking for their children.

 

And taxis have been offering free rides to those in need. 

 

(You can read celebrity reactions to the attack herehere, and here.)

 

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A Sea Lion Yanks a Young Girl Into the Water


People were feeding a sea lion from a pier when it suddenly lunged and pulled a young girl into the water.  A man quickly jumped in to rescue her, and no one was injured.  
 
A marine mammal expert said the sea lion might have thought the girl's dress was food.  
 

(Search for "Sea Lion Snatches Girl from Pier."  It happens at 1:39.  Warning:  Possible profanity in the background.)
 
 

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A Stray Pit Bull Who Was Going to be Put Down Just Became a Police Dog


A few months ago, a stray pit bull wound up at an animal shelter in Marysville, Ohio.  The staff named him Leonard and they wanted to find him a home . . . but he was too aggressive.  So he was scheduled to be PUT DOWN.
 
But then, the director of the center realized Leonard wasn't just an out-of-control aggressive pit bull . . . he just had a lot of energy that needed to be channeled.
 
So he contacted a police dog training center to see if they'd give him a shot.
 
They took in Leonard and they found they were quickly able to train him.
 
And now, he has a JOB at the police department in Clay Township, in western Ohio . . . and he just started his new life in their K9 unit this weekend.  
 
(Fox 28 - Columbus)  
 

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A Woman Who Caused an Accident by Dressing as a T-Rex to Scare Horses Has Turned Herself In


It's hard to think of a weirder reason to wind up with a criminal record than this. 
 
For some reason, a 26-year-old woman named Nicole Wells from West Ashley, South Carolina decided to dress up as a Tyrannosaurus rex last week.
 
Then she walked onto the street to try to SCARE some horses that pull carriages through Charleston, South Carolina.
 
And it worked.  The two horses freaked out and one of the carriage drivers was thrown onto the ground.  He wound up with a broken foot.
 
Nicole turned herself in to the cops on Friday.  She was cited for disorderly conduct and wearing a mask or disguise on a public street . . . but she could be looking at more charges for animal cruelty coming soon.  (Charleston Post and Courier)  
 

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Is It Gross or Satisfying to Pop Pimples, Pick Your Nose, Clean Belly Button Lint, and More?


It's time to figure out just how GROSS you are compared to other people.  A new survey asked people if these things are gross . . . or satisfying.  Count how many you think are gross . . .
 
1.  Popping a giant pimple.
 
2.  Getting a big chunk of earwax out of your ear.
 
3.  Pulling out an ingrown hair.
 
4.  Digging dirt out from under one fingernail using another fingernail.
 
5.  Picking at a blister and popping it.
 
6.  Running your fingers through your "hair down there," but not in a sexual way.
 
7.  Picking your nose and finding something large and solid up there.
 
8.  Cleaning out lint from your belly button.
 
9.  Peeling off skin after you're sunburned.
 
10.  Pulling stray hairs out of your butt crack in the shower.
 
If you think more than half of those are gross, then congrats . . . I guess you've got higher standards than the rest of us.  Because if you think most of those things are satisfying, then you're one of the gross ones.  (Buzzfeed)
 

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Teachers Give a Student With ADHD an Award For "Most Likely to Not Pay Attention"


It's almost like these teachers WANTED to get fired.
 
Two teachers at Memorial Middle School in Conyers, Georgia gave out some end-of-the-year AWARDS at an assembly last week.  One of the awards was "Most Likely to Not Pay Attention."
 
And . . . they gave it to a 14-year-old girl with ADHD.
 
When she took the trophy home and told her mom what happened, her mom flipped out.
 
The school wound up apologizing and they said the two teachers who gave the award won't be returning next year.  It's not clear if they were fired or they were, um, strongly encouraged to resign, but either way they're gone.  
 
(ABC 2 - Georgia)
 

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Five Mistakes People Make When They Come Into Money


Let's take a second to dream.  Say your long lost aunt kicks the bucket next week and leaves you a million bucks.  Will you be SMART about it, or one of those people who blows through it in a year and ends up broke again?
 
Here are the top five mistakes people make when they come into money . . .
 
1.  Mindless spending.  It feels like you suddenly have an infinite amount of cash.  So you spend like crazy until you realize it's NOT infinite.
 
2.  Not getting help from a financial planner.  If it's a lot of money, you might need a TEAM to help you.  People who come into money and try to invest it all themselves usually regret it.
 
3.  Making big decisions too quickly.  Things like selling your house right away to buy a bigger one, or quitting your job too soon.  Don't make any rash decisions.
 
4.  Taking too LONG to make decisions.  Some people just sit on their money because they're scared they'll lose it.  That's another reason to get help as soon as possible.
 
5.  Trying to be the hero and paying for EVERYONE.  That includes relatives, friends, charities, and even your own kids.  Make sure you're in good shape first, THEN help if you can.  And don't set yourself up so you're paying for a whole entourage.  (CFP)
 

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A Family Finds Their Missing Cat Alive Under the Floor of Their House . . . Two Months After It Burned Down


Two months ago, a woman named Christine Marr and her family in South Haven, Michigan lost their house in a fire.
 
They were all okay, and firefighters saved their pet dog, but their pet cat didn't make it out.
 
Well . . . on Sunday, they made their first trip back to their old house to check out the rubble.  They brought their dog, and she started acting strange and digging and scratching at a spot in the floor.
 
And when the family checked out that spot, they could hear a faint MEOWING sound coming from under it.
 
So they pulled apart the boards . . . and they found their CAT in a little hole.  Somehow she'd survived under there for two months without food or water.
 
They took her to an animal hospital, where the vets say she's very skinny but miraculously doing well.  (Fox 17 - West Michigan / UPI)  

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A New Sandwich Uses a Giant Pickle as the Bun


Ever since people realized bread was evil they've been trying to find new substitutes for sandwiches, whether it was KFC using fried chicken as buns or Taco Bell . . . well . . . also using fried chicken as a taco shell.
 
Here's the latest.  The Fresno Grizzlies minor league baseball team in California is selling a chicken sandwich at their ballpark that uses a GIANT PICKLE as a bun.
 
The pickle is cut in half, just like a big hoagie roll, and a bunch of Nashville hot chicken is dumped inside.  There's no word on whether it's any good.  (Sports Illustrated)  

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The Top 10 Reasons We Gain Weight at Our Jobs


There's NOTHING better than getting to shift the blame for gaining weight, so this is great.  A new survey found the top 10 reasons why your JOB makes you put on pounds.  See, it's not your fault . . . it's that damn job.
 
According to the survey, 45% of people say they've gained weight at their current job, and 10% have gained more than 20 pounds.  Here are the 10 reasons why . . .
 
1.  Sitting at a desk most of the day.  51% said this contributed to their weight gain.
 
2.  Too tired from work to exercise.  45% said it was a factor.
 
3.  Eating because of job stress, 38%.
 
4.  No time to exercise before or after work, 38%.
 
5.  Eating out all the time, 24%.
 
6.  Having to skip meals because of time, 19%. 
 
7.  Celebrations at work, 18%.
 
8.  The office candy jar, 16%.
 
9.  Pressure to eat food your coworkers bring in, 8%.
 
10.  Happy hours, 4%.  (PR Newswire)
 

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Five Personality Traits That Make You Live Longer


More and more studies keep finding that if you're a miserable JERK your whole life, you probably won't live as long as someone who's easygoing.  Here are five personality traits that have been linked to living longer . . .

 
1.  Being conscientious.  Meaning you think things through and you're thorough about it.  So you don't take a lot of unnecessary risks.
 
2.  Openness.  Meaning you're receptive to new concepts and experiences.  In other words, you keep learning and don't resist change too much. 
 
3.  Emotional stability.  People who freak out and get depressed about everything don't tend to live as long.  If you can figure out how to roll with the punches, you'll live longer.
 
4.  Friendliness.  Which kind of goes hand in hand with being positive.  Plus people who socialize and stay close with friends tend to live longer. 
 
5.  Expressing yourself freely.  People who bottle stuff up don't tend to live as long as people who can express their feelings.
 
(Business Insider)
 

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A Six-Year-Old with 40 Cents Tried to Buy His Mom a TV for Mother's Day


A six-year-old kid in Australia named Raith Barlow DISAPPEARED Sunday morning, and his parents had no idea where he was.
 
They called the cops, and immediately started looking for him.  Obviously it could have been really serious.  But luckily he was fine.
 
It turned out he used a broom handle to open a chain-lock on their front door while his mom was in the shower.  Then he rode his bike about two miles to a store . . . because he wanted to buy her a MOTHER'S DAY gift.
 
He dragged a flat-screen TV up to one of the registers, and tried to buy it with all the money he had . . . which turned out to be 40 cents.
 
A manager realized he was alone and started walking him home.  But on the way, he saw some police HELICOPTERS and realized they might be looking for him.  So he stopped at a convenience store to call it in.
 
Raith's mom says he had no idea how dangerous it was.  Apparently he crossed a pretty major highway to get to the store.
 
He told the local news that he loves his mom though, and just REALLY wanted to get her that TV.  (Mashable)  
 

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A Walmart Shopper Puts a Runaway Deer in an MMA Headlock


We don't know this guy's name, but he's our "Badass of the Day."
 
A bunch of people at a Walmart in central Minnesota freaked out on Tuesday when a deer wandered in and started running around the store.  
 
Luckily no one was hurt though, because a guy who looks like he's in his early 40's TOOK CHARGE . . . managed to wrestle the deer to the ground . . . and put it in an MMA-style HEADLOCK.
 
Someone posted a photo on Facebook where they're both lying on a big bag of dog food in the middle of the store.
 
If you're an MMA fan, he basically put it in a rear naked chokehold, with his legs wrapped around its body so it couldn't get up.
 
If you're a DEER fan, don't worry.  They let it go outside, and it ran off.
 
 

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Believe It or Not, You Can Speak Your Dog's Language


Who knew you were bilingual?
 
According to a new study, believe it or not, you speak DOG.  Or, at least, you can understand dog.
 
Researchers in Hungary found that people have a remarkable ability to figure out what their dog's different growls mean.  
 
For the study, people listened to audio recordings of dogs growling and barking while they played . . . guarded their food . . . or faced a stranger who they thought was threatening.
 
And people correctly identified what the dog was growling about 63% of the time . . . which is higher than the level of random chance.
 
The researchers also found women were better at speaking dog than men.  
 
(The Telegraph)
 

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Emojis With Different Hair Styles and Colors Are Coming Soon


You can find an emoji with hair like yours if you have blonde, brown, or black straight hair.  Otherwise, you're screwed . . . but that's about to change.
 
The group that regulates the official set of emojis announced that they're strongly considering adding emojis with curly hair, white hair, red hair, and a bald head to their 2018 set.
 
Assuming those are approved, they should show up on your phone by the middle of next year.
 
But before then, we're still due for a big burst of new emojis this summer, including zombies, a giraffe, a sandwich, and lots of new faces.  
 
(Mashable / Emojipedia)  

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7-Eleven's "Bring Your Own Cup" Slurpee Deal Is Back This Weekend


It's that time of year again where you get to see if your 7-Eleven will let you fill up a kiddie pool with Slurpee.
 
7-Eleven is running its "Bring Your Own Cup" Slurpee deal tomorrow and Saturday.  You can bring in ANY container and fill it up for $1.50.
 
Now . . . they SAY the container has to have a diameter under 10 inches, but we've seen plenty of cases where people got away with filling up things that were much, much larger.  (Foodbeast)
 

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Beauty Sleep Is Real . . . If You Don't Sleep Enough, You're Ugly


Beauty sleep sounds like something "Good Housekeeping" magazine made up back in 1956 and put in a list of tips for women like "Always make sure your husband has a hot meal, even if you go hungry" and "Jobs give you wrinkles."
 
But, according to a new study, beauty sleep is VERY real.
 
Researchers out of Sweden took photos of people after two good nights of sleep and two nights of only four hours of sleep . . . and then they had strangers rank how attractive they were in the different photos.
 
And the pictures where people were well-rested got WAY better scores.  They were rated as more attractive, healthier, and friendlier than they were in the photos when they hadn't gotten much sleep.  
 
(BBC
 

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The 13 Best Songs for Your Summer Wedding


Picking out wedding songs is very personal . . . and sometimes contentious.  But if you're needing help, SoundsLikeNashville.com has a list of the "13 Best Country Songs for Your Summer Wedding."  Here's the Top 10:
 
1.  "Just A Kiss", Lady Antebellum
 
2.  "Break On Me", Keith Urban
 
3.  "Waitin' On A Woman", Brad Paisley
 
4.  "Yours", Russell Dickerson
 
5.  "To The Moon And Back", Luke Bryan
 
6.  "Wanna Be That Song", Brett Eldredge
 
7.  "More Of You", Chris Stapleton
 
8.  "Star Of The Show", Thomas Rhett
 
9.  "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right", Billy Currington
 
10.  "Look At Me", Carrie Underwood
 
(Check out the full list, including details on why they chose each one, here.)
 

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Gisele Bundchen Says Tom Brady Has Had Several Concussions . . . But He's Never Reported One


GISELE BUNDCHEN unleashed CHAOS yesterday on "CBS This Morning", when she said that TOM BRADY has had several concussions over his NFL career.
 
She said, quote, "He had a concussion last year.  I mean, he has concussions pretty much every . . . I mean, we don't talk about . . . but he does have concussions.
 
"I don't really think it's a healthy thing for your body to go through . . . that kind of aggression . . . that could not be healthy for you, right? . . . And I'm planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we're, like, 100, I hope."
 
Here's the thing, though . . . there's no record of Brady having a concussion or head injury last year . . . or EVER during his professional career.  So obviously, the NFL wants to know what's going on.
 
They're looking into it, but a spokesman said, quote, "There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms."
 

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The Equipment at Your Gym Is Covered in Bacteria


No one wants to sit down in a puddle of someone else's sweat at the gym, so PLEASE wipe down the equipment after you're done with it.  But even if you do, there's still a LOT of bacteria accumulated there . . .
 
Researchers recently took samples at three different gyms to see how gross the equipment was.  It turned out almost everything was pretty disgusting, and 70% of the bacteria they found was the kind that can make you sick.
 
Three things that were absolutely COVERED in bacteria were free weights like dumbbells . . . the handlebars on exercise bikes . . . and the handlebars on treadmills.
 
Just to give you an idea, here's how gross they were compared to a few other things we touch every day.
 
Free weights had 34 times more bacteria than a lunch tray at a cafeteria . . . 64 times more than an average water faucet . . . and 362 times more bacteria than a TOILET SEAT.  Which AREN'T actually that filthy.
 
The handles on exercise bikes and treadmills were even grosser.  They both had about 40 times as much as a lunch tray . . . 75 times as much bacteria as a faucet . . . and over 400 times as much bacteria as a toilet seat.
 
The craziest part of that story?  You'd expose yourself to ten times LESS bacteria if you ate lunch off of a toilet seat instead of a lunch tray?  (FitRated.com)
 

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The First Kid Rescued by an "Amber Alert" Just Went to Prom


In the last 20 years, almost a THOUSAND KIDS have been found because of Amber Alerts in the U.S. alone.  It's in all 50 states now, and over 20 other countries use it too.
 
The first time it worked was in Texas back in 1998.  An eight-week-old girl from Arlington named Rae-Leigh Bradbury got kidnapped by her babysitter, and was missing for two days.
 
Then an Amber Alert went out, and the cops found her about 90 minutes later after a random person spotted the woman's car.
 
Now Rae-Leigh is BACK in the news again, because she recently turned 18 . . . went to prom this past Saturday . . . graduates high school next month . . . then she's heading off to COLLEGE.
 
It's been long enough that her mom Patricia can joke about it now.  She told a reporter that she's sad her daughter's leaving again, but obviously under much better circumstances.  (NBCDFW)  
 
 

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Want a Box of "Marshmallow Only" Lucky Charms? Now's Your Chance


General Mills just announced they're going to be giving away 10,000 BOXES of "Marshmallow Only" Lucky Charms.  To win one, you'll have to get a box of regular Lucky Charms, find a code inside, and type it in on their website to see if you won.
 
Or, I guess, you could just buy, like, 20 boxes of Lucky Charms and hire some interns to filter out all the cereal pieces.  (General Mills)
 

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What Was Your First Car? Here Are the Most Popular Brands


If your first car wasn't your DREAM car, you're in the majority.  According to a new survey, most of us had something that basically just got us from Point A to Point B . . .
 
Only 17% of us had a first car that was brand new.  83% had a used car.  And 23% of teenagers today get a hand-me-down from a relative.
 
56% of drivers got their first set of wheels before they turned 18 . . . 23% were between 19 and 21 . . . everyone else was older than that.
 
If you were born after 1980, your first car was most likely a Chevy.  The rest of the top five first cars for millennials are Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Nissan.
 
If you were born between 1960 and 1980, you most likely had a Ford, followed by Chevy, Toyota, Dodge, and Pontiac.
 
And for Baby Boomers, the top five were Ford, Chevy, Volkswagen, Plymouth, and Toyota.
 
Also, 76% of kids between 15 and 17 think they're ready to have their own car, and understand the costs that come with it.  But 86% also said they expect their PARENTS to help pay for things like gas and insurance.  (CarGurus.com / PR Newswire)
 

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A Man Gobbles at Some Turkeys . . . and They Gobble Back


A video from several years ago has gone viral.  Some guy gobbles at a pen filled with turkeys . . . and they immediately gobble back.  It's like a gobbling call-and-response.

 

(Search for "Man Gobbles at Turkeys".)

 

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Half of Us Think It's Illegal to Cut the Tag Off a Mattress, Plus Four More Sleep-Related Myths


According to a new survey by the Better Sleep Council, roughly half of Americans think it's illegal to cut the tag off their mattress . . . like the mattress cops will come arrest them.  That includes 53% of men, and 45% of women.
 
Those warnings are really just for the SELLER though.  Once you buy a mattress, you can do whatever you want with it.  Here are four more sleep-related myths that a lot of people still believe . . .
 
1.  66% of us think you're supposed to replace your mattress every 10 years.  They CAN last that long, or longer.  But in general, it's every SEVEN years, not 10.
 
2.  43% of us think it's fine to just catch up on sleep over the weekend.  It's better to get a good night's sleep EVERY night.  Being tired all week can be tough on your body, and sleeping in on the weekend doesn't really make up for it.
 
3.  61% of us think that if you have a bad back, a FIRM mattress is always best.  In general, that one's true.  But not always.  Some people do better with a softer mattress, so it varies.
 
4.  Half of us think some people don't DREAM.  52% of men and 46% of women think that's true.  But EVERYONE has dreams.  Some people just don't remember them.  (PR Newswire)
 

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A Mom Died on Mother's Day Saving Her Daughter's Life


This Mother's Day story is somehow both horribly tragic and totally awe-inspiring.
 
A 55-year-old woman named Diane Aluska from Lindenhurst, New York was walking with her 16-year-old daughter Jenna on Mother's Day when, suddenly, they saw a car speeding toward them in reverse.
 
The driver was an 80-year-old woman named Ann Riolo, who was backing out of a bakery parking lot and didn't realize she was still in reverse.
 
And Diane's motherly instincts IMMEDIATELY kicked in . . . as she shoved her daughter Jenna out of the way and took the entire impact of the crash.
 
And, tragically, she was killed.  Jenna only wound up with minor injuries.
 
No charges have been filed against Ann.  (Huffington Post)  
 

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A Guy Raised Over $20,000 to Pay Off All of Seattle's School Lunch Debt


A guy in Seattle named Jeffery Lew has a son in the third grade, and recently found out about the whole school lunch DEBT thing.
 
That's where kids don't get a hot lunch if their parents can't afford to put money in their account.  Apparently Seattle has a pretty good program to make sure kids don't go hungry, but they still sometimes get bullied because of it.
 
Jeffery called his son's school to find out how much parents owed.  The whole school only had $97 in outstanding balances, which wasn't much.
 
So then he decided to think bigger and try to pay off the school lunch debts at ALL of Seattle's public schools.  It turned out to be just under $21,000.
 
He started a GoFundMe page last Tuesday.  And exactly one week later, he's already raised enough money to cover ALL OF IT.
 
As of last night, it was up to about 23 grand.  We don't know any details yet, but he's planning to use all the extra money for another school lunch idea he has.
 
If you want to help out, just search for "Erase Seattle School Lunch Debt" on GoFundMe.com.  (KIRO)  
 

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Do You Eat Normal Foods in Strange Ways?


There really aren't right and wrong ways to eat different foods . . . as far as I'm concerned, just shove it into your mouth however you want.  But you still might want to know if everyone else is gorging differently than you are. 
 
A new survey asked people if they eat certain normal foods in strange ways.  Here are the results . . .
 
1.  21% of people don't peel their string cheese, they just bite the entire thing.
 
2.  14% eat ribs with a knife and fork.
 
3.  19% eat macaroni and cheese with a spoon.
 
4.  18% eat pizza with a knife and fork.
 
5.  7% eat pizza crust first.
 
6.  5% don't break apart Kit Kat bars and just take bites of the entire thing.
 
7.  5% eat canned ravioli straight out of the can, cold.
 
8.  And 1% of people eat their cereal with milk and ice cubes.  (Buzzfeed)
 

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Pop-Tarts With Jolly Rancher Filling Have Arrived


So Pop-Tarts aren't even trying to pretend they're part of a healthy breakfast anymore, huh?
 
Because there are three new flavors of Pop-Tarts that were just announced . . . and they're filled with JOLLY RANCHERS.  There are three different types:  Watermelon, cherry, and green apple.
 
They'll be hitting stores later this month.  
 
(Thrillist)  
 
 

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Tom Brady is on the Cover of "Madden '18" . . . Is he now cursed??


It's happened to a lot of players:  Make the cover of "Madden", and your next season will be crappy and / or injury plagued.  It doesn't happen every year, but it's happened enough.

Brady's teammate ROB GRONKOWSKI was last year's "Madden" cover boy, and he spent a lot of time on injured reserve, including the postseason.

 

Obviously, the memes are coming in fast and furious.  Some people are suggesting that ROGER GOODELL got Brady on the cover.  Others are joking that it was Brady's backup QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO.

 

You know who's NOT scared of this stupid curse?  Tom Brady.  He even posted a video on Facebook where he breaks a mirror and walks under a ladder. 

 

What's funny is that he breaks a HAND MIRROR, and in the caption, he says they wouldn't let him break a full-length mirror.  So maybe not everyone on Team Brady thinks curses are silly.


He also made a video where his people make him wear a bubble to keep him safe.

 

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NBC's New Shows for Next Season


NBC's New Shows for Next Season Include the "Will & Grace" Revival, and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers"

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  NBC unveiled their schedule for next season, and it includes the "Will & Grace" revival . . . along with new shows like:  "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers" . . . a kids' reality competition show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris . . . and a game show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

 

 

FULL STORY:  NBC revealed their schedule for the upcoming season yesterday, and it features 12 new shows.  There are five dramas, three comedies, and four unscripted shows.  Here are the highlights . . .

 

 

The biggest new show isn't even 'new.'  It's the revival of "Will & Grace", which returns for a ninth season after 11 years WITH the original cast.  There will be 12 new episodes, and NBC seems hopeful that the show might continue beyond that.

 

 

There's also the eight-episode limited series "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers", which will be sort of like that FX show "The People v. O. J. Simpson".  Edie Falco is playing lead attorney Leslie Abramson.

 

 

A drama called "Good Girls" about three best friends who rob a grocery store with toy guns.  It's being described as a mix of "Thelma & Louise" and "Breaking Bad".

 

 

A comedy called "A.P. Bio" starring Glenn Howerton as a wannabe college philosophy professor, who reluctantly takes a job as a high school biology teacher.  If the show takes off, it could mean Glenn is done playing Dennis on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

 

 

There's an unscripted series called "The Awesome Show" which will showcase, quote, "the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future."

 

 

And along the same lines, there's a kids' reality competition show called "Genius Junior", which, quote, "celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more.  Neil Patrick Harris is hosting it.

 

 

There's also the Ellen DeGeneres game show "Ellen's Game of Games" with more elaborate versions of the stunts from her talk show . . . and "The Handmade Project", a crafting competition show from woodworking enthusiast and former "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman.

 

 

(There's a comprehensive rundown of all the new shows in this NBC press release.  You can find video previews for some of them at NBC.com . . . and here's a look at the fall schedule.)

NBC's New Shows for Next Season Include the "Will & Grace" Revival, and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers"

 

HIGHLIGHTS:  NBC unveiled their schedule for next season, and it includes the "Will & Grace" revival . . . along with new shows like:  "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers" . . . a kids' reality competition show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris . . . and a game show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

 

 

FULL STORY:  NBC revealed their schedule for the upcoming season yesterday, and it features 12 new shows.  There are five dramas, three comedies, and four unscripted shows.  Here are the highlights . . .

 

 

The biggest new show isn't even 'new.'  It's the revival of "Will & Grace", which returns for a ninth season after 11 years WITH the original cast.  There will be 12 new episodes, and NBC seems hopeful that the show might continue beyond that.

 

 

There's also the eight-episode limited series "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers", which will be sort of like that FX show "The People v. O. J. Simpson".  Edie Falco is playing lead attorney Leslie Abramson.

 

 

A drama called "Good Girls" about three best friends who rob a grocery store with toy guns.  It's being described as a mix of "Thelma & Louise" and "Breaking Bad".

 

 

A comedy called "A.P. Bio" starring Glenn Howerton as a wannabe college philosophy professor, who reluctantly takes a job as a high school biology teacher.  If the show takes off, it could mean Glenn is done playing Dennis on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

 

 

There's an unscripted series called "The Awesome Show" which will showcase, quote, "the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future."

 

 

And along the same lines, there's a kids' reality competition show called "Genius Junior", which, quote, "celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more.  Neil Patrick Harris is hosting it.

 

 

There's also the Ellen DeGeneres game show "Ellen's Game of Games" with more elaborate versions of the stunts from her talk show . . . and "The Handmade Project", a crafting competition show from woodworking enthusiast and former "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman.

 


(There's a comprehensive rundown of all the new shows in this NBC press release.  You can find video previews for some of them at NBC.com . . . and here's a look at the fall schedule.) Include the "Will & Grace" Revival, and "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers"

 

NBC revealed their schedule for the upcoming season yesterday, and it features 12 new shows.  There are five dramas, three comedies, and four unscripted shows.  Here are the highlights . . .

 

The biggest new show isn't even 'new.'  It's the revival of "Will & Grace", which returns for a ninth season after 11 years WITH the original cast.  There will be 12 new episodes, and NBC seems hopeful that the show might continue beyond that.

 

There's also the eight-episode limited series "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Brothers", which will be sort of like that FX show "The People v. O. J. Simpson".  Edie Falco is playing lead attorney Leslie Abramson.

 

A drama called "Good Girls" about three best friends who rob a grocery store with toy guns.  It's being described as a mix of "Thelma & Louise" and "Breaking Bad".

 

A comedy called "A.P. Bio" starring Glenn Howerton as a wannabe college philosophy professor, who reluctantly takes a job as a high school biology teacher.  If the show takes off, it could mean Glenn is done playing Dennis on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia".

 

There's an unscripted series called "The Awesome Show" which will showcase, quote, "the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future."

 

And along the same lines, there's a kids' reality competition show called "Genius Junior", which, quote, "celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more.  Neil Patrick Harris is hosting it.

 

There's also the Ellen DeGeneres game show "Ellen's Game of Games" with more elaborate versions of the stunts from her talk show . . . and "The Handmade Project", a crafting competition show from woodworking enthusiast and former "Parks and Recreation" star Nick Offerman.

 

(There's a comprehensive rundown of all the new shows in this NBC press release.  You can find video previews for some of them at NBC.com . . . and here's a look at the fall schedule.)

 

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How Far Ahead of Time Should You Buy Plane Tickets?


You can get pretty sweet deals on last-minute plane tickets if you don't care where you're going.  Which is a USELESS tip for 99% of us.  Here's some info you might actually be able to use . . .
 
A new study looked at destinations all over the world, and figured out how far in advance to buy your tickets to get the best price.  Here are eight places you might want to go, and when to book . . .
 
1.  Anywhere in the U.S. . . . 54 days in advance.  That's the average.
 
2.  Canada, 59 days in advance.  So about two months.
 
3.  Mexico and Central America, 61 days.
 
4.  The Caribbean, 76 days.
 
5.  Europe, 99 days.  So just over three months before you want to fly.
 
6.  South America, 81 days.
 
7.  Asia and the South Pacific, 90 days.
 
8.  The Middle East and Africa, 119 days.  So about four months ahead of time.  (CheapAir.com)
 

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A Cop Is Giving an 8-Year-Old Boy a Kidney


There's an 8-year-old kid named Jackson Arneson in Janesville, Wisconsin.  (About 70 miles southwest of Milwaukee.)  And his family found out a few years ago that he needed a kidney transplant.
 
He didn't need it right away.  But everyone in his family got tested, and no one was a match.  So now he DOES need one as soon as possible.  And his mom recently turned to Facebook looking for a donor.
 
About 1,500 people shared her post, and a 30-year-old woman named Lindsey Bittorf saw it.  She works as a cop in another town just north of them, but they'd never met.
 
She saw the post in December . . . decided to get tested . . . and found out she was a perfect match.  So she showed up at their house earlier this month to tell Jackson's mom she wanted to donate.  Obviously it got pretty emotional.
 
She told Jackson that she took an oath to serve and protect the community, and that's what she's doing.  The transplant is scheduled for June 22nd.  (ABC News)
 

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Sweet Video of a Kid Asking His Stepdad to Adopt Him


A boy uses his OWN birthday party to ask his stepdad to adopt him, and the man cries immediately.  The adoption papers are in a gift that he gives his stepdad to unwrap.
 
(Search for Stepdad Moved to Tears.  The boy asks at 1:38.) 
 

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A Topless Maid Is Busted For Stealing Underwear


There's a woman in Bangor, Maine who runs a topless maid service.  And she was just arrested . . . for stealing underwear.
 
She was busted last week for shoplifting and also violating the terms of her probation.
 
And the cops quickly picked up the irony of what she did.  The department wrote on Facebook that the woman had, quote, "stolen garments that would fully cover, support, and contain much of what her business promised her customers."  
 
 

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"Grimm" and "Bones" have been canceled. "Scandal" Will be Back For Its Final Season


The major networks have released their lists of which shows have been renewed for another season, and which are getting the ax. There are still a lot that are sitting in limbo, including "Code Black", which, as you know, is Tara's FAVORITE show. CBS has it sitting in the "TBD" column. 
 
Here are some of the highlights . . and you can click THIS LINK to see more from Huffington Post.
 
NBC
Most everything is coming back . . including a revival of "Will and Grace". “Timeless” and "Grimm” have been canceled. No word on "Blacklist: Redemption" . . or the "New Celebrity Apprentice". Even "Law and Order SVU" is in TBD status 
 
 
ABC
"Scandal" is coming back for its final season. "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." has been renewed for at least one more season. “Grey’s Anatomy” will be back . . and I'm TOTALLY not surprised that "The Bachelor”, “The Bachelorette”, and “Bachelor in Paradise” are all coming back. "Last Man Standing" has been dumped . . as well as "American Crime" and "The Catch". 
 
 
CBS
"Blue Bloods" and "Big Bang Theory" are coming back (phew) . . as well as "Big Brother", “Kevin Can Wait” and all of the "NCIS"'s . . but "Code Black" is in the grey . . not sure if it's being renewed and that makes me a little sick to my stomach. 
 
 
FOX
“Empire“, “Family Guy”, “Gotham”, and “Hell’s Kitchen“ have been renewed. “Bones”, "Sleepy Hollow" and "APD" all got the ax. Not sure about “24: Legacy”, “Prison Break” and “The Exorcist” (I kind of feel that show ran its course .  . even for just the one season. It's just too unrealistic.)
 
 
The CW
“Jane the Virgin”, "Supergirl", "The Flash" and “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” are coming back. “Frequency” has officially been ditched. We knew that wasn't coming back. . even though I LOVED the show . . I was one of just a handful because it didn't even last a full season.
 
 

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Five Simple and Free Ways to Impress Your Mom on Mother's Day


Sunday is Mother's Day . . . and if you haven't gotten a gift or made reservations yet, well you should get on that.  But here are five OTHER things you can do to impress your mom that are easy and, best of all, FREE . . .
 
1.  Don't just be on time to her house or the restaurant, be early.
 
2.  Sign your Mother's Day card with more than just your name.  If you're not great with words, get help from a sibling or a friend.
 
3.  If your mom is bad with technology, make sure her phone and computer are up to date and working properly.  Or if she needs some quick repairs around the house, offer to take care of them for her or hire someone who can.
 
4.  Tell her about how you've used at least one piece of advice she's given you over the years. 
 
5.  As you're leaving her house, take out the trash.
 
(A couple other ones are:  Get a haircut . . . stand up straight . . . and play her favorite board game or watch her favorite show together.)
 
(Inc)
 

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Newlyweds Made Their First Dance a Lightsaber Battle


A couple named Jessica and Allen Bricker got married in Indiana last weekend, and they're HUGE "Star Wars" fans.  So instead of a first dance, they had a two-minute, choreographed LIGHTSABER battle.
 
The Internet is currently divided over whether it's cute and funny . . . or so lame it's just too hard to watch.  (Search for "Bricker Wedding Lightsaber Battle."  Another couple went viral in 2015 when they did the same thing.)
 

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Seven Siblings All Got Adopted Together Just in Time for Mother's Day


There's a mom near Savannah, Georgia named Jessaka Clark who deserves a good Mother's Day gift this year . . .
 
She and her husband Josh have a four-year-old son named Noah.  But about a year ago, they heard about a group of seven brothers and sisters who were all in foster care.
 
Their names are Maria, Elizabet, Guillermo, Jason, Kristina, Katerin, and James.  The oldest is 14 and the youngest is five.  And they've been in the foster care system for almost four years.
 
But back in August, Jessaka and Josh started the process of adopting ALL SEVEN OF THEM.  And it finally went through on Tuesday, just in time for Mother's Day.
 
They took a photo in court where they're holding a sign that says, "We were in foster care for 1,359 days.  But today we're ADOPTED."  And Noah has a sign that says, "I was an only child for 1,426 days.  But today I became a little brother."
 
Jessaka says her parents inspired her to do it, because she has two brothers who were adopted.
 
If you want to help with bills, there's a GoFundMe page that was already at over $46,000 last we checked.  Just search for "ClarkClan Expansion" on GoFundMe.com.  (Fox News)  
 

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A School Misspelled "Entrance" on a Sign . . . and No One Noticed For Months


This is a REALLY bad endorsement for this school's teachers AND students.
 
North Branford High School in Connecticut put up a new sign in their parking lot in August that said, quote, "North Branford High School Main Entrance."  Only "entrance" was misspelled as E-N-T-E-R-A-N-C-E.  They added an extra "e" in the middle.
 
And it was up for damn near the ENTIRE school year before someone finally noticed the spelling mistake.  The superintendent says they're going to replace the sign, and auction the current one off for charity.  (UPI)  
 

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How Many Classic "Mom Things" Does Your Mom Do?


There's some magical force that immediately makes women ALL start doing the same "mom things" once they have kids.  And sure, some moms skip a few of them . . . but no one is totally immune.
 
A new survey asked people how many of these classic "mom things" their mothers did when they were growing up . . . or still do now.  Check 'em out . . .
 
1.  Leaves you in the grocery store line while she goes to grab one more thing . . . 90% of people's moms have done that.
 
2.  Texts with just one finger . . . 83%.
 
3.  Won't get you a snack when you're out because you "have food in the house" . . . 82%.
 
4.  Gets into never-ending conversations with people she runs into at the store . . . 73%.
 
5.  Still holds grudges against kids who wronged you years or decades ago . . . 69%.
 
6.  Tells you that you look beautiful or handsome even when you look terrible . . . 68%.
 
7.  Holds her arm out in front of you when she slams on the brakes . . . 58%.
 
8.  Calls celebrities by the wrong name . . . 55%.
 
9.  Literally always has tissues on her in case you need one . . . 51%.
 
10.  Hands you mail that was addressed to you that she'd already opened . . . 49%.  (Buzzfeed)
 

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Your Mom May Not Care If You Forget to Call Her on Mother's Day


A new study out of the University of California, Irvine found that a Mother's Day phone call isn't that big of a deal anymore.
 
It's because cell phones have completely changed how adult children communicate with their parents.  For previous generations, long distance was expensive and you could only call your mom when you were at home.
 
Today, long distance is free and obviously with cell phones you can make calls from anywhere.  Plus there's texting, which is a whole new avenue to keep your parents posted on what's going on in your life.
 
So, because of all that, our parents feel like we do a much better job communicating with them than kids did in the past.
 
In other words, your mom might not even care if you forget to call her on Sunday.  Although you REALLY still should.  
 
(Phys.org)
 

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There's a "Real Possibility" Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Will Run for President


Pandora's Box has been opened.  Celebrity presidents are a thing now.  And the next one up might just be . . . DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON.  In the new issue of "GQ", he says it's a "real possibility" he could run someday.

As for affiliation, he's registered as an independent, and he refused to endorse either DONALD TRUMP or HILLARY CLINTON last year, even though they both asked for his blessing.

 

He said, quote, "I feel like I'm in a position now where my word carries a lot of weight and influence, which of course is why they want the endorsement.  But . . . it might sway an opinion, which I didn't want to do."

 

Asked how he thinks Trump is doing, he's pretty diplomatic, but he does say, quote, "I'd like to see a better leadership.  I'd like to see a greater leadership."  And he also says he completely disagrees with Trump's travel ban.

 

One other interesting fact about The Rock:  He's black on his father's side, and Samoan on his mother's.  In the last census, the number of Americans who claimed that ethnicity was 50,308 . . . which is just above ZERO PERCENT of the population.
 



Celebrities Who've Run for Office

In honor of the inevitability of PRESIDENT THE ROCK, here's a list of celebrities who've run for office:

 

Clint Eastwood:  He ran for mayor of Carmel, California in 1986, and won with almost 73% of the vote.  He basically only ran so he could put up a building the town council had rejected.  He got his way, so he didn't bother running for re-election.

 

Al Franken:  He went from "Saturday Night Live" to the Capitol.  He's been a U.S. Senator from Minnesota since 2009.

 

Clay Aiken:  He ran for a House seat in 2014, but lost.

 

Howard Stern:  When Mario Cuomo and George Pataki were running against each other for Mayor of New York in 1994, Stern joined the race . . . but dropped out after he refused to release financial disclosures required by law.

 

Jesse "The Body" Ventura:  He shocked the world when he became governor of Minnesota as a third-party candidate in 1999.  Before that, he was mayor of Brooklyn Park.

 

Wyclef Jean:  He filed paperwork to run for president of Haiti in 2010, but his bid was rejected, because the law says you have to live there for five years before you can run.  Wyclef WAS born in Haiti.  But he moved to the U.S. when he was nine.

 

Jerry Springer:  Jerry was actually a politician BEFORE he was a celebrity.  He ran for congress in 1970 and lost, but he served as Mayor of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1978.

 

So what did he do in between?  Well, he was elected to the city council in 1971, but resigned in '74 after he got caught going to a prostitute.  How did he get caught, you ask?  He PAID BY CHECK.

 

But the people of Cincinnati liked him enough to re-elect him in 1975.

 

Shirley Temple:  She retired from showbiz in 1950, at the age of 22.  In 1967, she ran for congress and lost.  But she served as ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, and ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.

 

And then we have two political HOPEFULS waiting in the wings . . .

 

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL recently announced his intention to run for sheriff of . . . well . . . someplace, in 2020.

 

And ANTONIO SABATO JR. is going to run for the U.S. House of Representatives next year.

 

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Watch an Emotional Mom Meet Her 52-Year-Old Daughter for the First Time


This is pretty amazing, especially right before Mother's Day . . .
 
A woman in Austin, Texas named Donna Pavey met her 52-year-old daughter Sharon for the first time last week.  And the video is INTENSE, but in the best way possible.
 
Donna was pretty young when she had Sharon, and her parents made her give her up for adoption.  She tried to track her but couldn't, and even went back to using her maiden name so Sharon could find HER if she wanted to.  And it worked.
 
Sharon's adoptive parents passed away recently, and she started researching her family history.  She only found out she was adopted TWO DAYS before she and Donna reunited last week.  She ended up finding her on Facebook.
 
The video is great because Donna starts crying when she sees her truck pull up.  Then Sharon SPRINTS across the front yard to hug her, and immediately starts talking about how they look alike and have the same eyes.  (It happens at 1:32 here.)
 
Donna has two other adult daughters, and they were both there for it.  Sharon says she's gone her whole life wondering why she didn't look like anyone in her family, and she always felt like she didn't belong.  But now she does.  (KVUE)
 

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A Graduating Senior Doesn't Want to Give Back Her Cheerleading Uniform, So She Tells the Cops It Was Stolen


18-year-old Gina Nicole Torrijos from El Paso, Texas is graduating next month.  And since she's moving on, she had to return her CHEERLEADING uniforms.
 
But back on the 15th of last month, Gina called the cops to report someone had broken into her house and STOLEN her uniforms.  That's it . . . they didn't take anything else . . . just her cheerleading uniforms.
 
The cops investigated, and a few days later, they figured out what happened:  Gina REALLY didn't want to say goodbye to her cheerleading uniforms and give them back, so she hid them and made up the burglary.
 
She was just arrested for making a false report and could be looking at up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.  (El Paso Times)  
 

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This might be the first soda you need to CHASE with water.


There's a new version of Pepsi called Pepsi Fire that should be coming to stores by the end of the year.  And it's got a HOT CINNAMON flavor . . . I guess kind of like if you dropped a shot of Fireball whiskey into a glass of Pepsi.
 
If you can't wait until the end of the year to try it, it's already on sale in Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines.  (Uproxx)  
 

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The Top Three Mother's Day Scams to Look Out For


If you're buying a Mother's Day gift online, make sure it's from a legit website.  Mother's Day is a really popular time of year for fraudulent sites that sell STOLEN merchandise.  And a lot of them seem legit if you're not paying attention.
 
All the graphics and ads on the site might look right.  But instead of Zara.com, it might be Zaras.com with an "S" at the end.  And their ads might even pop up on sites like Facebook.  So be careful.
 
A fraud protection firm looked at data from the last few years, and found the top three fake and STOLEN things people accidentally buy their mom for Mother's Day . . .
 
1.  Luxury watches and jewelry.  For some reason Kate Spade is a popular brand for bogus websites.  They buy the watches with stolen credit cards and sell them at a discount.  So if a deal seems too good to be true, double check the site.
 
2.  Vacation packages.  Trips to Disneyland and Disney World in particular.  Be careful if they want you to pay with Bitcoins, iTunes gift cards, or even through PayPal.
 
3.  Clothing.  Be on the lookout for sketchy websites that sell shoes, high-end fashion stuff, and expensive things like leather jackets.  (NY Post)
 

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79% Of Moms Use at Least One of These Five Phrases


A new survey out for Mother's Day had people read over a list of phrases moms use all the time with their kids, and pick which ones THEIR mom used.  79% of people said their mom used at least one of them.
 
Here are the five most common "mom-isms" . . .
 
1.  "Because I said so."  43% of people said their mom has used it.
 
2.  "Don't worry.  Everything will be okay."  40% of moms use that one.
 
3.  "You'll always be my baby."  35%.
 
4.  "I'm always here to listen," 28%.
 
5.  "You're stronger than you think you are," 26%.
 
Two more that just missed the top five were, "This too shall pass" at 20% . . . and, "Oh, is THAT what you're wearing?" at 17%.  (PR Newswire)
 

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