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Grow a Pizza Garden
by Melinda Myers,posted May 30 2014 12:36AM
Add a little fun and flavor to your landscape this summer with a pizza garden. You can grow almost all the ingredients, except of course the cheese, sausage and anchovies, in your vegetable garden, amongst your flowers, or even in containers. And add to the fun by planting the ingredients in the shape of a pizza pie or just a slice.
You’ll want a Roma tomato or two for the sauce and as one of your toppings. Include a few green peppers, hot ones if you like a little heat, onions and any of your other favorite vegetable toppings.
Don’t forget the herbs. The low growing perennial oregano and upright basil are flavorful additions.
Add some red leaf lettuce for the pizza sauce color and to make a side salad to serve with your homegrown pizza. And don’t forget the cheese. Consider planting yellow marigolds around the edge of your pizza garden to give it that cheesy look.
A bit more information: You can also grow your pizza garden in containers. A low, wide washtub with drainage holes filled with dwarf vegetable plants would work great. Or use individual pots of vegetables grouped together to form your pizza or set within existing plantings.
Yup, This is Torture
Let me preface this by saying that in general, I find torture to be a bad thing.
So when it comes to reports of the CIA's torture methods in the mid-2000's, there's not a lot to joke about.
However, one form of torture was kind of interesting - it was called Music Torture.
They would play certain songs over and over again to push detainees to the brink or to deny them sleep.
Sort of like being trapped in an elevator for hours with the same Muzak song on an endless loop.
The "playlist" was recently released, and I've got to agree, there are some songs on here that when heard repeatedly can drive a subject toward the edge.
A select few:
the theme song to Barney & Friends. You know, "I love you, you love me..."? Yeah, that one nearly destroyed my sanity when my kids were young.
the jingle from the Meow Mix commercial, where you have to follow along with the meowing cat.
"Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees, the theme to Saturday Night Fever.
Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty."
Neil Diamond's "America."
Prince's "Raspberry Beret."
Don MacLean's "American Pie."
Metallica and AC/DC made the list, as did Eminem and Tupac, but no country artists.
And this one cracked me up. A chapter from an Audiobook called "Feel This," read by Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo.
Keeping the Spirit
He's played Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
He's played Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies.
He's an accomplished Broadway actor and master of Shakespearean drama.
Yet here, Patrick Stewart is reduced to sitting underneath - that is, wearing - a singing dancing Christmas stocking cap.
His wife posted the video on Christmas Eve.
You'll still get a chuckle out of his "how did I get roped into this?" reaction to the whole thing...
And the Most Annoying Celebrity of 2014 Was...
We tabulated a lot of votes in our poll for Most Annoying Celebrity of 2014.
And the top two - not an award anyone was kicking and screaming to win, of course - are separated by a mere two percentage points, with each of them taking over a third of the vote each.
So, here are the top three, in reverse order:
Number Three - Taylor Swift (15%)
I don't think she'll be too upset at not winning.
I'm sure she'll be able to shake it off.
Number Two - Mama June (34%)
The head of the Honey Boo Boo clan was holding her own at the top spot for a couple of weeks during the survey.
Which is pretty impressive in a messed-up sort of way, especially when you see that it took a village to set her down a peg.
Number One - Any Kardashian (36%)
The real surprise here isn't that they won - it's that they didn't have a larger margin of victory.
We're talking all of them combined - Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Rob, Chris Jenner, Bruce Jenner, plus the two Jenner girls.
And they managed only a two-point victory.
I'm sure all three of our winners will be back in contention in as the Most Annoying Celebrity of 2015 as well.
Finders Keepers, Right?
This ranks right up there with the funniest stories of December.
A security van in Hong Kong spilled about $5 million in new banknotes onto a highway on Christmas Eve.
That caused a massive scramble to clean up the roadway - aka, pick up the money.
About $3 million was recovered. Another $2 million remains out there.
Officials are asking for the public's help in returning what's currently lost.
These same officials still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.
Three arrested for #HongKong cash grab after HKD52m Christmas Eve money truck spill http://t.co/eZgBWT4ovd pic.twitter.com/CzokF20v9u
— Coconuts Hong Kong (@CoconutsHK) December 27, 2014
Johnny Depp - the New Peter Sellers!
Johnny Depp's latest film, Into The Woods, opened on Christmas Day to pretty good reviews. He plays The Wolf.
The PR machine is already revved up for his next movie, Mortdecai, which opens in another four weeks or so.
In it, Johnny plays an English art dealer / spy, with a silly British accent and even more silly handlebar moustache.
Watch the clip.
Johnny reminds me a lot of Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther movies.
How about you?
Global Warming Caused by Squirrels!
Hang on, world.
Scientists have found the major contributors to global warming, and they are rodents.
Arctic ground squirrels, to be precise.
Here’s the problem. They burrow deep beneath the Tundra, which allows more of the Tundra to thaw in the summer, which releases a lot of previously captured carbon into the atmosphere.
Greenhouse gases, and that contributes to global warming. Read more of the story here, if you like.
All this work you’ve been doing to reduce your carbon footprint, and some pesky burrowing squirrels are undoing it all.
Yes, Virginia, Eggnog Can Be Dangerous
A guy in Utah recently won the Eggnog Chugging Contest at a work holiday party.
He managed to down a quart in 12 seconds - shaving a full 10 seconds off the previous record.
His prize: a $50 gift certificate to a steak house.
Plus, three days in the hospital, including one in the Intensive Care Unit.
Looks like he managed to pour some of the eggnog down his windpipe, and it ended up in his lungs, causing pneumonia.
He says it took him a full week to recover.
Enjoy that steak, buddy. Remember - small bites, and be careful how you swallow!
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This is Just Wrong
A circus in Brescia in the northern part of Italy had its "pandas" seized by the local environmental police recently.
Turns out they weren't pandas at all. They were chow chows painted to look like pandas.
And the circus owners were charging kids for the privilege of taking pictures with the pandas.
RIght now, the owners are charged with animal cruelty, but will probably face charges for obtaining money under false pretenses.
Someone should paint them up to look like pandas and stick them in a zoo for a couple of weeks.
(The picture below comes from an Italian news feed, which explains why you may find some of the words unusual. I know I did.)
Cani truccati da panda: blitz della Forestale al circo Orfei http://t.co/BXYTkAS8k0 pic.twitter.com/OkH75wIwBR
— Corriere della Sera (@Corriereit) December 23, 2014
Christmas Truce Marks 100-Year Anniversary
One hundred years ago yesterday marked a momentous occasion at the height of World War I.
German and British forces engaged in trench warfare along Europe's Western Front called an unofficial truce on Christmas Day, 1914.
It last only briefly - in some spots, just for Christmas Day - in others, for the week between Christmas and New Years.
But for that brief period, fighting stopped, and enemies socialized - exchanging season's greetings, sharing pictures of their loved ones, and in some cases, even playing games like soccer.
Not to trivialize it, but a group called the Four Guardsmen used this truce as the backdrop for their 1967 Christmas classic known as "Snoopy's Christmas."
The Peanuts character fantasized about being a World War I flying ace, in constant battle with the notorious (and historically real) Red Baron.
This is a fan-video, but listening to the song knowing that there's some real history behind it is a little chilling...
Why Isn't This Terrier Terrified?
This is one of the oddest videos I've seen this holiday season.
It's called "Dog on a Roomba."
The dog is a Boston Terrier, dressed in a Santa coat and hat with some silver ribbon hanging from his neck
The Roomba is a robot floor cleaning device. It will cover your floor from wall to wall - when it hits an obstacle, it heads in another direction.
So here's this poor dog, riding the Roomba - to the tune of "Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus" - in what looks more like a hostage tape than entertainment.
I've got to wonder what's up with this dog. I've got a terrier, and I've got to tell you, my terrier would be trying to eat the Roomba.
Not a chance she'd take a ride around the room and let me tape it.
Here's Something You Won't See Every Day
Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan gave the world a little gift yesterday on Live with Kelly and Michael.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, in a onesie, singing "Here Comes Santa Claus," doing a passable impression of Elvis Presley.
Definitely not something you'll see every day.
Unless of course you save this clip.
Then you can!
The Con is On
A trailer was released this week for Will Smith's new movie, Focus, due out in February.
He plays a veteran con man who takes a recruit under his wing, and falls for her romantically in the process.
It's a comedy and a drama all rolled into one
Good to see some old TV faces in the trailer - Gerald McRaney and BD Wong among them.
So This is a Christmas Tree?
Rihanna posted some pix to Instagram to show off her Christmas tree for this year.
Call me silly, but I see five sparkly pyramids piled on top of each other, sitting in a corner.
The stocking leaning against it doesn't reallly make it a Christmas tree.
I don't know - is it just me?
A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:59pm PST
Now You Can Stay Home & Watch "The Interview"
Sony Pictures announced yesterday that they're making their controversial film, The Interview, available across the Internet today.
The movie, in case you're interested, will stream between 10 AM Pacific Time and 1 PM Eastern Time on Christmas Day, on platforms like Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com. You can rent the movie for $5.99, or buy the HD for $14.99.
Sony's official word is that it was always their plan to release the film on a national platform.
And here it is.
But only if you're American.
Seth Rogen apologizes for that.
CANADIANS! Sincere apologies but #TheInterview is not available 4 u 2 download yet BUT will be soon. We are working on it!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 24, 2014
Will You Spend Your Christmas with "The Interview"?
It looks like you'll be able to see The Interview after all.
It's the Seth Rogen/ James Franco movie that Sony decided not to release because movie theater chains wouldn't play it because of threats from the Sony hackers.
Now, some independent movie theaters will run it.
Sony released a statement. "We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day. At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience."
They're also talking about a video-on-demand release for the movie.
Seth Rogen, who also wrote the movie, is delighted.
The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) December 23, 2014
The History of Tracking Santa
Most folks know about the offical Santa Tracker courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command - aka, NORAD.
On Christmas Eve, all you have to do is log on to NORAD Tracks Santa, and they'll tell you where the Jolly Old Elf can be found.
The tradition began quite by accident back in 1955, when Sears published an ad that told kids to call Santa at ME2-6681 (back then, the first two characters in a phone number were letters for the phone exchange).
"Call me on my private phone, and I will talk to you personally, any time, day or night, or come visit me at Sears Toyland," read the ad. It showed a drawing of Santa, and the phone number.
Turns out that phone number belonged to Continental Air Defense Command (the precursor to NORAD) and it was the hotline, known only to two people.
The United States was in the middle of the Cold War, so when the hotline rang, the commander was expecting the worse when he answered the phone.
Imagine his surprise when a little boy said, "Is this Santa Claus?"
The phone calls kept coming, and the commander put some airmen on the phones to play Santa Claus.
From there, the tradition grew.
And if you want to call NORAD to find out what's going on with Santa's progress tonight, dial 1-877-HI-NORAD.
Reporter Gets a Little Too Close to His Story
The subject matter isn't funny.
But the results are hilarious.
BBC reporter Quentin Somerville was covering a drug seizure in Afghanistan, and reporting on the burning of eight-and-a-half tons of heroin, opium and hashish.
Looks like he got a little too close to the inferno.
Check out the video - and see if you can avoid laughing...
Happy Holidays: Oakland Raider Comes Up Huge for Little Girl
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has a program called Touchdown Dreams where he uses his contacts in the NFL to help brighten the lives of kids struggling with life-threatening illnesses.
Over the weekend, he helped arrange a visit for 4-year-old Ava Urrea with the Oakland Raiders.
The greeted her with signed helmets and footballs, and made her the team's captain for the day.
But one player - offensive lineman Menelik Watson - did all that one better.
He handed his game check to Ava's dad, and told him that he wanted to be sure that Ava had the best holidays ever.
According to those who know, that's more than $36,000.
An amazing story...
Amy Adams Hacked from Today Show
Amy Adams was supposed to appear on The Today Show to promote her soon-to-be-released film, Big Eyes.
But she reportedly told the show's producers that she didn't want to talk about the hack of Sony Pictures, because she didn't want to contribute to the media coverage of the event.
Her name is one of many that came out of the hack, specifically about how she was paid less than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper to do American Hustle.
And because of that, The Today Show cancelled her appearance.
They issued a statement to set things straight. "As a news program, the Today show doesn't allow guests to put restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview. "
Isn't that cute?
The Today Show thinks it's a "news program."
Maybe Meryl's Invisible on Instagram
Ellen Degeneres had the ladies from Into The Woods - Emily Blount, Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep - on her show the other day.
Ellen took the moment to grab a picture for Instagram.
"I brought my phone out because the selfie that we took at the Oscars, the whole idea was I was going to get a selfie with Meryl and everyone else jumped in," Ellen told eonline.com. "Meryl was hardly in the selfie."
You'll remember that picture (it's at the bottom). It caused Instagram to crash for a bit.
Anyway, the Into The Woods selfie didn't exactly have the desired effect. You can see even LESS of Meryl than you could in the first one.
I guess Ellen will just have to keep trying.
I got to take another selfie with Meryl. You can’t see her very well in my Oscar selfie. This went much better.
A photo posted by Ellen (@theellenshow) on Dec 12, 2014 at 2:04pm PST
Who likes a selfie during Oscars? Apparently... everyone does #oscars
A photo posted by Ellen Degeneres (@_ellendegeneres_) on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:37pm PST
Happy Holidays: Hells Angels to the Top of the Nice List
What a warm feeling.
The video is from the beginning of the month, when some members of the local Hells Angels club visited the Wal-Mart in Fresno, California to buy up some bikes on sale for their annual toy drive to help the Poverello House.
The Poverello House is a local non-profit, dedicated to helping the homeless and needy.
Great lesson in not judging a book by its cover.
Bang the Drum, Craig Ferguson
On Friday night, two late night talk hosts signed off - Stephen Colber wrapped up The Colbert Report to prepare for taking over David Letterman's show when David retires in May.
The other was Craig Feguson, who's ably helmed The Late Late Show, with Letterman's show as a lead-in.
No word - yet - where Craig is headed.
But like Colbert, he decided on a musical send-off.
Singing "Bang the Drum" by Dead Man Fall, a Scottish band from Craig's home town, Craig was joined on percussion by some of his favorite guests.
Check it out as we wish him a bon voyage as well...
It's a two-parter, so be sure to check each of them!
Hey, Cardinals, Let's Talk "Spiritual Alzheimer's"
Yesterday, Pope Francis issued what you might call a State of the Vatican address in front of the Curia - the bureaucrats of the Vatican, the cardinals, bishops and priests who help him run the Roman Catholic Church.
It was his Christmas message to his employees, basically, and it did not resemble a Rockwell painting.
According to CBSNews.com, the Pope said that some:
"lust for power at all costs"
"live hypocritical double lives;" and
"suffer from 'spiritual Alzheimer's' that has made them forget they're supposed to be joyful men of God"
In all, 15 "sins of the Curia" that the pope would like to see fixed in 2015.
If you got a Dunkin' Donuts gift card from your boss, be happy, folks!
Peace on Earth - But Not in the Geekdom
What you're about to see isn't real - yet - but what if it were.
A mash-up artist named Alex Luthor has taken characters from the Marvel universe and put them in the same universe as the characters from DC Comics.
Superman versus Thor. Batman versus Captain America and/or Iron Man. And more.
You get the gist.
What follows is mayhem - and a shot of "Hallelujah!" from geeks around the world
Who needs mistletoe when you've got Alex Luthor kissing one and all smack on the lips?
Rest Well, Joe Cocker
Joe Cocker, singer, musician, passed away yesterday at the age of 70.
His performance style was quirky to say the least, and he certainly left his mark on the music industry.
In 1983, he won a Grammy for his duet with Jennifer Warrens, "Up Where We Belong."
But in 1976, he did a very different sort of duet - sort of a duet of one - with John Belushi on Saturday Night Live.
At the time, some said that Belushi out-Cockered Cocker. He sure had his movements down.
Check it out, as we mark Joe's passing.