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Another year...

As my niece Kaiti would say it's 'Happy I came out of the Womb Day', or maybe 'Happy You Day' is better. The older I get the more thinking back I do. I'm guessing that's normal. Also since I lost my Daddy Maurice around this time last year, and my Mama has been gone for 12 years, it's strange not having either of my parents around to say 'Happy Birthday Heather!'. My last visit to Omaha, had me cleaning out more closests for the estate sale. I ran across this. I was amazed it wasn't broken with all the odd things that were packed with it. But she made it through. I grabbed her and brought her to ATX where she's camped out in a glass cabinet in my living room. She makes me smile because I have happy thoughts about growing up when I look at her. I think maybe I was suppose to find her my last visit.She plays music when you wind her up too. It still works! :) Happy birthday to me!

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Black Sea Devil Captured

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute announced a fascinating find over the weekend - a video of the rare deep-sea anglerfish, also known as the Black Sea Devil.

The film was shot off the coast of Monterey, California, about 1900 feet below the surface.

The scientists were very excited, as they believe it's the first video of this species, "alive and at depth."

The narration is a little dry, and the fish is not pretty. Still, it is fascinating...

 

Want some chuckles, though? Check out this little video, called "True Facts About the Angler Fish," produced by the same institute.

 
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Forget the Hail Mary - This One's the Rosary!

Okay, sportscasters are given to hyperbole. That I'll grant you.

But they may be on to something with the touchdown catch Odell Beckham Jr made on Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys.

One sportcaster calls it, "Impossible!" And watching it in slow-mo, he and everyone else might just be right.

And the more amazing part, after the game, Odell told Bob Costas that he and some of his teammates practice catches like that all the time.

 
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Poohphobia Plagues Poland

At first glance, this story reads like something the folks at The Onion would make up.

But as you read on and look at the source, it looks like it's a legitimate story.

There's a town in Poland called Tuszyn that's looking for a mascot for its new playground.

But the town officials categorically rejected Winnie the Pooh.Why?

They say the cartoon bear is "inappropriately dressed" and his sexuality is "dubious."

You have to read the story.

It's laugh out loud funny - and sad, all at the same time.

(And if it turns out this ISN'T real - nicely played, whoever pulled this off!)
 
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Hit the Mark, or Miss By a Mile?

Critics are saying this skit from last weekend's Saturday Night Live marks a return of the show's political comedy chops.

They resurrected the old ABC show, Schoolhouse Rock, and tossed in President Obama's recent executive order concerning immigration, and presented a tutorial on how things work on Capitol Hill.

What do you think: does it Hit the Mark, or Miss By a Mile. (I fall in the latter category, but I'm interested to see what other people think.)

 

Oh, and by the way - if you want to read how the skit is entirely wrong on the fact side anyway, check out this article by ThinkProgress.
 
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Cuddle Up to Me - Professionally, Of Course

Some would call Samantha Hess's business an overnight success - but you can't stay overnight.

Samantha runs a shop in Portland, Oregon called Cuddle Up to Me - and it's a professional cuddle shop.

Stay with me now. For $60, a customer can get sixty minutes of hugging, or as it's been described, "the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves."

Sure, it sounds like a front for something, but Samantha says it's a great idea, one that came to her when she really needed a hug. "I was at a place where I thought paying someone to hug me and not have ulterior motives sounded like a great idea," she told an interviewer from The Independent. "I decided why can't this be a thing that we can easily and safely reach for?"

It's all on the up-and-up. Everyone stays dressed, hugs and hand-holding are the only items on the menu, and the show is open Monday through Saturday.

By the way, Samantha's been at it for a year or so. But all of a sudden, the media are getting hold of the story, and it's gone viral.

 
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Did She Diss Em or Not?

Some writers are saying that Iggy Azalea dissed Eminem on Sunday at the American Music Awards.

She picked up the award both for best rap artist and for best rap/hip-hop album for The New Classic, her debut album.

In her acceptance speech, she said, "It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this. It's amazing."

Watch and listen...

 
Some believe that was a shot at Eminem, who definitely took a shot at Iggy in his new song, Vegas, with a lyric that said, "Put that sh*t away, Iggy."

But she responded on Twitter after the song was released. And it really does sound like she's just letting sleeping dogs and Eminems lie...
 
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Triple Threat Holiday Side...

Well, the name of it is pending.. perhaps the 'Tri-Side Holiday Stuff-ing!' What would you call it? My honey Ted came up w/ this last night. Cook Velveeta Shells & Cheese and add 1 lb of cooked bacon chopped up. Put it in a deep baking dish (use Pam/Crisco spray to avoid sticking). Add about 1 cup of cheddar cheese on top. Bake until it's a bit crispy.

While that is in the oven you make Stove Top Stuffing (he used Cornbread) and put that on top of the macaroni and place back in the oven until the stuffing is crisy on top.

While that is baking, make Velveeta Cheesey Hasbrowns. Season to taste. Add 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Put this on top and bake until it's golden brown. Ready to eat.

You follow each box directions to make the layers before baking each layer at 350 degrees!
It's really yummy.. not good for my butt or waistline, but it's the holidays. All in moderation right!
What would you call this?

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Celebrities Stuck in Traffic

Comedian impressionist Lauren O'Brien posted a video last week of fourteen celebrities stuck in traffic.

Of course, she's playing all fourteen, and some of them are pretty good!

Decide for yourself - which will be your favorite?

For me, it's a toss up between Kristen Stewart and Sofia Vergara....

 
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O, Canada, Thank You

The other night, in Toronto, the hometown Maple Leafs played the Nashville Predators.

As is custom, both the Canadian and American national anthems were performed.

In the middle of the American song, the singer's microphone cut out - and the crowd took over, singing the song loud and proud to the very end.

Thank you, Canadians!

I can't help but wonder if we could do the same thing for them.

Time to brush up on "O, Canada," I guess.

 
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