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The holidays are here and for many that means, it's time to head out to the Christmas tree lot. Selection is the first step to insuring a beautiful tree throughout the holiday season
Start by checking for freshness. Run your hand along the stem. The needles should be pliable yet firmly attached to the branch. If not, it's time to move to the next tree.
Avoid trees with lots of moss, lichens, vines, broken branches and other signs of poor care. Now check the trunk. It should be straight and small enough to fit in your tree stand.
Remove at least an inch from the base of the trunk before setting it in the stand. A straight or diagonal cut work equally well. Fill the stand with water and check often. Fresh trees can absorb as much as 2 qts of water in the first 24 hours. Keeping your tree stand filled with water is the best way to keep your tree looking its best throughout the season. A bit more information: Research has shown that a tree stand kept filled with water is the best cut tree preservative. Some like to add homemade or commercial preservatives to "feed" the tree and prevent the build up of fungus, mold and bacteria in the water. You can make your own by adding a cup of clear sugary soda and a drop of bleach to the water.
Try forcing a few spring flowering bulbs for indoor enjoyment or added beauty on your patio and deck.
Use a container with drainage holes and deep enough to accommodate your largest bulbs. Fill the bottom of the container with a well-drained potting mix. Place larger bulbs like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths in the lower level. The tallest bulbs should go in the center surrounded by shorter varieties. Place tulips with the flat side of the bulb facing the pot for a better display.
Cover these bulbs with soil and add the smaller bulbs like squills, grape hyacinths and crocus to the next level. Plant the bulbs close to each other, covering the surface for greater impact. Cover this layer with soil.
The next step is to water and then move the pot to a cool location, about 35 to 45 degrees, for at least 12 to 15 weeks. When ready bring indoors or place in your landscape for added spring color. A bit more information: Chill the bulbs in a refrigerator or unheated garage. Water the containers whenever the soil is thawed and dry. Or sink the container into a vacant garden space in your landscape. Mulch the soil once the ground starts to freeze with evergreen boughs. This will make it easier to remove the pot in early spring.
Potted plants make the perfect hostess or holiday gift. Make sure this present arrives safely so it can be enjoyed throughout the season.
Wrap your plants in paper or plastic to protect them from the often harsh outdoor conditions and jostling that occurs during transport. Remove the wrap as soon as the plants arrive indoors.
Never leave plants in an extremely hot or cold car while running errands. Though the plant may look fine when presented to your friend, the damaged leaves often turn off color and drop in a day or two.
Remove the foil wrap or bend down the sides so light can reach all the leaves and punch holes in the bottom so water can drain. Or place pebbles in the bottom of the decorative wrap. This elevates the pot above the standing water while maintaining the watertight benefits.
And always include a tag with the plant name and directions for care.
A bit more information: And give the recipient permission to enjoy and recycle it in the compost pile if and when it dies. This will remove the stress that some feel when they receive the gift of a living plant. And for those very nervous types; consider a gift of cut flowers instead. That's what I do for my mother.
Add a personal touch to your holidays by creating decorations from evergreens, berries, cones and seedpods harvested from your landscape.
Balsam firs, yews, holly, boxwoods and junipers are a few evergreens to consider. Hemlocks and spruce are good for the outdoors, but quickly shed their needles inside. And though pines are attractive, this is not the best time to prune them. So selectively remove branches or purchase a few pine boughs.
Place the stems in a bucket of water as soon as they are harvested to extend their life.
Collect berries such as rose hips, winterberry and crabapples for added color. And don't overlook cones and seedpods from perennials that provide interesting form and texture.
Consider making an arrangement in a water filled vase so the evergreens will stay fresh throughout the season. Or harvest extra greens to replace those in garland and wreaths that are subject to drying indoors.
A bit more information: Antidessicants are available from craft stores and garden centers to slow drying and keep greens looking their best. Always keep greens away from open flames and discard those that become dry and brittle. For more ideas on creating holiday decorations from landscape greens visit http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-22.pdf
Tiny plantlets along the edge of the leaves give rise to this plant's common name. Consider adding the Mother of Thousands kalanchoe to your indoor garden.
This succulent has large blue-green leaves that cover the stem from top to bottom. Small plantlets form along the leaves and eventually drop to the ground and form roots. These small plants can be transplanted into a container of their own.
Grow the Mother of Thousands kalanchoe in a brightly lit location in a well-drained potting mix. A terra cotta pot with drainage holes filled with a cacti and succulent potting mix will insure good drainage. Water thoroughly whenever the top few inches of soil starts to dry.
Fertilize as needed when plants are actively growing in spring and early summer. Use a dilute solution of houseplant fertilizer.
Move to a cool location and allow the soil to go a bit drier during the winter months.
A bit more information: You may find Mother-of-Thousands listed as Bryophyllum daigremontianum, or Kalanchoe daigremontiana. It may take a bit of effort to locate a plant or two. Start with a visit to your local garden center or succulent nursery. They may sell the plant or know of a local source. Otherwise look on-line for a reputable source.
Cracks on tree trunks and peeling bark may indicate there are problems with your tree's health.
Start by examining the base of the plant. Trees with straight trunks, like a telephone pole, entering the ground are planted too deep. Trees planted too deep and pruned with flush cuts are more subject to frost crack and sunscald.
Deeply planted trees are also more prone to girdling roots. These circling roots place pressure on the expanding trunk and stop the flow of water and nutrients between the roots and leaves. The offending roots can be at the soil surface or several inches below ground. Look for a flattened side of the trunk, smaller leaves and earlier fall color.
Physical injury to the trunk or improper pruning cuts can also lead to frost cracks.
Contact a certified arborist in your area to make sure your tree is sound and does not create a hazard in your landscape.
A bit more information: Proper care is the best way to care for stressed trees. Make sure they are watered thoroughly as needed. Mulch the soil to suppress weeds, conserve moisture and improve the soil. Consult a certified tree care professional to evaluate the condition, and possible treatment or removal of struggling and potentially hazardous trees. Visit www.treesaregood.com for a list of certified arborist in your area.
Pretty to look at, safe to eat, but not real tasty! This describes the ornamental sweet potato vine. You may know it as Marguerite, Sweet Caroline, Blackie or one of the other popular cultivars of this plant.
Garden varieties of the edible sweet potato have been selected for their flavor while the ornamental varieties were selected for their colorful foliage and trailing nature.
Like the edible varieties the ornamental sweet potato vine will produce tuberous roots. The purple tuberous roots are edible but gardeners who have tried them, say they're not tasty.
Some gardeners try saving the tuberous roots overwinter much like dahlias. They store them in a cool dark location. Most gardeners report having limited success and poor growth on the second year plants.
You may want to start new plants from cuttings. Those in cold climates will need to move these in for winter and grow them as houseplants in a sunny window.
A bit more information: Start new plants from 4 to 6 inch cuttings. Remove the lowest leaf and stick the cut end in a container filled with vermiculite or moist well-drained soil. Keep the rooting medium moist. Or just buy new plants each year.
Our gardens are filled with surprises; a yellow flowering perennial that suddenly produces purple blooms, a variegated branch that suddenly appears on a green leafed shrub or different shaped squash growing in your compost pile. The science behind these transformations has allowed plant breeders to propagate and develop many of the flowers, fruit, and vegetables we grow in our landscapes today.
Man-made or nature's hybrids occur when two plants with distinct characteristics share some of these features through cross pollination. Saving and planting the seed from a hybrid's offspring usually results in plants that look much different than their parent.
Mutations occur when there is a change in the genetic makeup of the plant. This can happen naturally or be induced by breeders.
Viruses can also impact a plant's appearance. Tulip break virus causes streaking in the flower petals that led to Tulip mania.
A bit more information: Tulip mania (Tulipomania) was at its peak in the 1630s. Investors spent as much as ten times a skilled craftman's annual wage for one bulb. Those with streaked petals caused increased activity in the bulb trading market.
When you think of flowers that honor veterans you probably picture the red poppy featured in the poem "In Flanders Fields." But other plants, including the Veteran's Day rose have been introduced to honor our veterans.
This hybrid tea rose has bright red flowers with a light fruity fragrance. It blooms early in the season and sporadically until frost.
Veteran's Honor rose is hardy in zones 5 to 9 and grows 5 feet tall. Grow this hybrid tea like others in full sun with moist well-drained soils. Leave plenty of space for air circulation that encourages vigorous growth and discourages disease problems. Proper siting and care will help minimize insect and disease problems common to hybrid tea roses.
Use this as a specimen plant, informal hedge, in a memorial garden or near your house. Place it in an area where you can enjoy the flowers and the butterflies that come to visit.
Purple needles turning brown and branches dying on spruce may mean the tree is infected with needle cast fungal disease.
This disease is usually not deadly, but it certainly ruins the beauty and the screening value the trees provide. Contact a certified arborist or your local extension service for a definitive diagnosis before treating. Several diseases can cause these same symptoms.
Make sure your trees receive sufficient water during dry periods, mulch the soil and give them plenty of room for light and air to reach all parts of the plant.
Promptly remove and destroy infected branches to help slow the spread of this disease. Disinfect your tools with a one part bleach and nine parts water solution or 70% alcohol between cuts.
Organic fungicides labeled for controlling this disease can be applied when new needles are about half expanded and again 3 weeks later.
A bit more information: Use needlecast resistant evergreens like arborvitae, junipers and pines to replace any diseased spruce you decide to remove. Provide sufficient space for these plants to grow to full size. Temporarily fill in voids with ornamental grasses and perennials. Remove these as the maturing evergreens need more space.
No flowers on your pink or blue hydrangea? The key to consistent flowering is proper selection, pruning and care.
The bigleaf or mop head hydrangeas, those with pink or blue flowers, only produce blooms on the previous season's growth.
Severe pruning at the wrong time and cold winters that kill the stems back to the ground can reduce or eliminate bloom. Only prune dead and damaged stems to the ground in early spring. Wait and prune flowering stems back to a set of healthy buds right after flowering.
Endless Summer and other repeat blooming bigleaf hydrangeas are supposed to bloom on new and old growth. Moisture and proper fertilization are keys to success with these.
Or try one of the Annabelle cultivars, like Invincibelle Spirit or Bella Anna, that are hardier and produce pink flowers on new growth.
A bit more information: Make sure the soil is moist, not wet from spring through summer to encourage flowering on the repeat blooming hydrangeas. Apply an organic fertilizer, like Milorganiteonce in spring. Research found that when the microorganisms work on releasing the nutrients from Milorganite, they also make some of the soil bound phosphorous available to the plants. This helps promote flowering.
Add some airy texture and fall color to the landscape with a bald cypress. The ferny leaves turn a beautiful coppery bronze before dropping to the ground in fall.
Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum), larches including tamarack and dawn redwoods are all deciduous conifers. This means they produce cones like pines and spruces, but lose their needles each fall. New needles will appear in spring.
Fall color and needle drop at other times can be caused by transplant shock, extended drought and other environmental stressors.
Proper watering, mulching and care especially in the first few years will improve the health and longevity of all your trees.
Bald cypress grows best in moist sandy loam soil, but I have seen them grown successfully in clay soils and as street trees. The trees may suffer chlorosis, yellowing of needles, in high pH soils.
A bit more information: Don't worry about knees popping up in the lawn. These oxygen fixing knobby root growths that we call knees appear when a tree is grown in water.
Bye Bye Clydesdales?
Schlitz may have been the beer that made Milwaukee famous - for better or worse - but Budweiser is the beer that made Clydesdales famous.
When you think of the giant draught horses, don't you instantly think of them pulling a Budweiser beer wagon?
If you're between the ages of 21 and 27, maybe not. And you're the target market that Budweiser's after, in an attempt to regain its market share, which has been slipped steadily for the past ten years.
And the folks who market Budweiser don't think that the majestic Clydesdale is the best way to reach that demographic.
I'm not a Bud guy, but I have to admit, I'm tempted to give it another try every time I see an ad like this. How about you?
The Force Awakens Slowly
We've still got to wait another 13 months for the arrival on the big screen of Star Wars: The Force Awakens - aka, Star Wars Episode 7.
But the team at LucasFilm is already putting out trailers to pique our interest.
Two hit the internet this week. So check them out.
Will you wait to pass judgment? Or are you currently salivating like a Wookie?
"I See a Darkness in You"
The debut of Season 5 of Game of Thrones is still months away, but the folks on the production team don't want us to forget about them.
So why not tease us with a 10-second glimpse into what's to be?
This one's all about Arya, the headstrong and fiercely independent youngest daughter of the House of Stark.
Don't blink - you don't want to miss anything.
And if you sign up with the website - ThreeEyedRaven.com - you'll be able to receive further updates via Twitter as they come along.
What GOT fan wouldn't want something like that?
Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014
Um, Bette, Say What?
Criticism of Ariana Grande came out of left field last week, when Bette Midler had some nasty things to say about one of the world's hottest pop singers.
Bette said that Ariana's act was too sexual, and said, "You don't have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead..."
The folks at TMZ have more on that...
But it looks like things have been patched up, with an apology from Bette...
About my screed on @ArianaGrande , all I can say is, "Spoken like a reformed old whore! She does have a beautiful voice, on a couch or off."
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 26, 2014
Even money says the two of them get together for a Tony Bennett/ Lady Gaga-style duet before Christmas.
No Thanksgiving for You!
Did you know that some people don't celebrate Thanksgiving?
Yes, it's true.
Take Seth Rogen, for instance.
Until recently, the ubiquitous movie star believed he wasn't allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving - because of his heritage.
Here. Let Seth tell you himself...
Seth Rogen's Jewish-Canadian-American Thanksgiving from Funny Or Die
Things You Didn't Know About Yesterday
The folks at Time magazine put together a little video to remind us all about the things we may not know about Thanksgiving.
Whom do we have to thank for the idea of feasting on the fourth Thursday of November?
When did we decide that Thanksgiving would fall on the fourth Thursday of November?
What president called Thanksgiving the most ridiculous idea ever conceived?
When did football become part of the Thanksgiving tradition?
Three of those four questions are answered here - plus some others too.
Study up. There will be a quiz - in another 364 days.
Insensitive or Sincere?
Some are calling this tweet from the Washington Redskins one of the more insensitive tweets of the year - maybe ever.
The team is still embroiled in controversy over its name. Native Americans find it offensive, and there's been a major push - this year, especially - to have it changed.
It's a hot topic.
So maybe this tweet they sent out yesterday might not have been the best idea, given the history Native Americans experienced with our forefathers after the first Thanksgiving.
From our family to yours, have a very safe and Happy #Thanksgiving. #HappyThanksgiving #HTTR pic.twitter.com/TZ0fBzbEm2
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 27, 2014
Not so much the message - it's the graphic that some are questioning.
What do you think? Sincere? Maybe just a little insensitive? Or completely over the top insensitive?
Robin Williams, Back on the Silver Screen
We knew it was coming.
When Robin Williams passed away earlier this year, he left behind a handful of completed film projects.
One of them was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
It's due out on Christmas Day, and features Robin reprising his role as Teddy Roosevelt.
Check out the trailer for a little glimpse of Robin.
One of this lines is oddly prophetic. "I think it's safe to say that we're in a bit of trouble."
How Much for That Lion in the Window?
On Monday, the costume that Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, went up for auction.
It was part of a group of memorabilia offered for sale at Bonhams auction house - "TCM Presents: There's No Place Like Hollywood."
Other items up for sale included Sam's piano from Casablanca, a gown worn by Marilyn Monroe, and Clark Gable's jacket from Gone With the Wind.
As you sit and maybe watch The Wizard of Oz over the holidays, think about this.
That outfit worn by the King of the Forest just sold for $3 million.
Barack & Meryl, Sitting in a Tree?
On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.
That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.
“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”
No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.
Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."
Vader Versus Batman - Who Wins?
Stumbled on this one while doing a little surfing today.
What happens when you pit the Dark Knight against the Dark Sith Lord?
An epic battle, for sure.
Check out this very well-done bit of fantasy lore, pitting Robin's best bud, Batman, against Luke and Leia's papa, Dark Vader.
Sew Watt, Its Juss a Tipo!
Maybe it's time for the signmakers in Los Angeles to invest in SpellCheck - or maybe just a proofreader.
Earlier this month, a sign sub-contractor installed a new highway marker on the northbound side of the 710 Freeway.
The sign marked the exit for Olympic Boulevard.
Except it said "Olimpic" Boulevard instead.
It took someone at CalTrans a full day to recognize the problem. A few days later, it was covered up with a black tarpaulin. And it will be replaced by the sub-contractor at no charge to the city.
Except for the cost of the embarrassment of having hung in there in the first place.
OOPS: Exit sign on 710 Freeway misspells Olympic Blvd as 'Olimpic' http://t.co/SjXYEUjVgU Pic by @shelbygrad pic.twitter.com/koDffd2usV
— Kimi Yoshino (@kyoshino) November 25, 2014
"Something Chases You, Run!"
It's the first "genetically-modified hybrid."
With those ominous words, we welcome you to Jurassic World.
It's 23 years later, and the interactive park envisioned by Richard Attenborough's character in the original Jurassic Park movies is up and running.
It's a hybrid between Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens, featuring real live dinosaurs - plus a new concoction, cooked up by the scientists.
That would be the "genetically-modified hybrid," and of course, it will run amok.
Check out the trailer for the film - the film will be released in June of 2015.
What do you think? Exciting and new - or just a rehash of the originals?
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.
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.
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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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...
im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) November 20, 2014
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.
What's going on here? If you said professional cuddling… then you are correct. Only on the #RidicuList pic.twitter.com/F2Yq6LPHUB
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 18, 2014
The Newest Shirt Style - Graffiti!
Frankie J. Grande, the half-brother of Ariana Grande, showed up at last night's American Music Awards in a rather interesting outfit.
Skin-tight baby pink skinny jeans - check!
Black high tops - check!
Puff of pink in his hair - check!
And a stop at the local Sherwin Williams to have his shirt and bow tie painted on - check, check and check!
After the show, he jumped into a Maytag washing machine and was cleaned up in no time.
Cutest Picture of the Year?
This might not be the cutest picture of the year, but it sure is a contender.
Gisele Bundchen posted this one all over social media yesterday afternoon, as her husband, Tom Brady, led the New England Patriots to a 34 - 9 victory over the Detroit Lions.
It's Tom and Gisele's daughter, Vivian, wearing one of daddy's jerseys, watching the game.
Mega Cute to the 12th power, easily.
Go daddy go!!! #gopats ❤️💙 Vai papai vai!
A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:57am PST
Celebrity Mean Tweets Are Back!
Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets series just keeps getting better and better.
Sure, it's sad that there are so many haters out there, and there's probably something sub-conscious here that encourages the haters to hate more, but...
The reactions of some of these celebrities to the nasty things tweeted about them is simply classic.
Case in point on this newest installment: John Stamos's reaction to a tweet about his "gross" belly button.
Katy Razzes Paparazzi
Katy Perry's fed up with paparazzi, especially the guys who were hounding her every step this weekend in Australia.
She's in Sydney on her Prismatic World Tour, and all she wanted was a little quiet time on the beach.
Not too much to ask, right? Except for the "perverted and disgusting" paparazzi, salivating at the prospect of a shot of Katy in her bikini that could be sold to the highest tabloid bidder.
Katy took to Twitter to fire a cannon in their direction.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 22, 2014
She even posted some pictures of the offenders.
THESE ARE A FEW OF THE STALKERS: pic.twitter.com/1JtHSIVuqc
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 22, 2014
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!)
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....
Music Video or Underwear Ad?
Beyonce released a video for her new single, "7/11," over the weekend.
They're calling it homemade - it looks like it could have been shot on a cell phone, all around Queen Bey's house, featuring cameos by Baby Blue Ivy and maybe even Hubby Zee.
It's energetic, but seems to go out of its way to feature undergarments - on Beyonce and on her dancers.
If the Fruit of the Loom people are on the ball, I'm smelling a Super Bowl commercial here...