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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Pansy Wreath

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Pansies are a favorite cool season flower. Try displaying them in a new and different way by creating a living wreath of pansies.

Purchase a wire wreath frame designed for creating a living wreath. Line the bottom and side of the wire frame with sphagnum moss, landscape fabric or a wreath liner. Fill with a well-drained potting mix. Cover the top of the potting mix with the moss, fabric or liner.

Lay the wreath flat on a table. Cut slits in the upper surface and sides of the liner large enough to allow planting. Use small pansy plants for ease of planting. Once planted, cover any exposed potting mix or liner material with sphagnum moss.

Water thoroughly and place the pansy wreath, laying with backside down, in a sunny location. Once well rooted, you can hang your pansy wreath on your door, deck or other location.

A bit more information: A simple internet search will direct you to videos and more detailed step-by-step directions for creating your own. And find other ideas for creative pansy displays at
http://wave-rave.com/Howto/CoolWaveFallDecorating.aspx

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Saving Flower Seeds

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Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite flower for next year's garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try.

Keep in mind that all flowers will not come true from seed. Hybrids and those pollinated by the wind or insects may produce offspring unlike the parent plant. But the surprise offspring can add to the fun. Use heirloom or older varieties when looking for consistency.

Timing is critical. The seeds, not the flower, need to be full sized and mature. This is usually when the seedpod that houses the seeds turns brown and brittle.

Collect the seedheads and separate the seeds from the pod. Then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Label the container with the name of the plant and the year it was collected. This will make spring planting go much easier.

A bit more information: The International Seed Saving Institute's website, seedsave.org, and Seed Saver's Exchange, http://www.seedsavers.org, has lots of useful information on collecting and storing seeds. Check out these books and see what best meets your needs: Saving Seeds, a Gardener's Guide to Growing and Saving Vegetable and Flower Seeds by Marc Rogers; Saving Seeds, Seed Sowing and Saving by Carole Turner and Basic Seed Saving by Bill McDorman.

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Limp and Yellowing Leaves on African Violets

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Warm the water and eliminate the salt if your African violet has limp leaves that eventually yellow and drop off.
 
Use room temperature water to avoid cold damage to the leaves. Then check for a white crusty substance on the soil surface or plant container. This salt buildup is from the minerals in the water and fertilizer. African violet leaves are damaged and often drop when they come in contact with this material. Scrape off the crusty white substance. Then water the soil thoroughly with room temperature water. Allow the excess water to drain from the pot. Repeat this several times at 20 minute intervals. Leaching the soil like this will help wash any excess salts out of the soil.
 
Some growers cover the rim of the pot with foil or a similar material to protect the petioles from the salt laden container rim. Others raise their plants in plastic or ceramic pots, with drainage holes, to avoid this problem.
 
A bit more information: Once you correct this problem you may want to start more plants. African violets can be started from just a single healthy leaf. Listen to my audio tip for more details.
 
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More Herbs, Less Salt Day (August 29)

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Put away the saltshaker and season your meals with herbs instead.
 
August 29th is National More Herbs, Less Salt Day.  Substituting herbs for salt can increase the flavor and health benefits in your meals.
 
Use turmeric, fresh ginger and fresh garlic for added flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits.
 
Fans of savory flavors can add onions and garlic for a bit of kick. Try dill on potatoes, tomatoes, fish and green beans.
 
Season your tomatoes, chicken and green beans with oregano.
 
And add rosemary to lamb, chicken and potatoes and sage and thyme on beef and potatoes. Use marjoram in soups, peas and summer squash.
 
Get the most flavor from fresh herbs by crushing or rubbing them just before adding them to the dish. Use them as rubs or in marinades to increase flavor.
 
Plus, fresh herbs can make your meal look and smell more appealing.

A bit more information: Though we can’t grow all possible salt substitutes, we can add a few to our pantry. Try using cinnamon in place of salt. Season your soups, squash, and carrots with nutmeg. Try cloves for seasoning fruit and beef and curry powder or cumin on corn, tomatoes, and fish.

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Faster Results with Trees and Shrubs

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It’s hard to imagine and even harder to wait for that stick of a tree or small potted shrub to grow into a much larger and beautiful addition to the landscape. But we can help speed up the process.

Fast growing species are an option, but unfortunately most tend to be weak wooded and short lived. Proper pruning starting at an early age can help establish a strong structure that is more resistant to storm damage.
 
Speed up the growth of slower growing trees and shrubs with proper care.  Amend the whole planting bed, not just the planting hole, with organic matter when developing shrub beds and plant borders.
 
Keep the area around individual plants and throughout the planting beds free of grass and weeds that compete with the trees and shrubs for water and nutrients.
 
Mulch the soil around the plants and water thoroughly as needed.
 
A bit more information: Use a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite, to promote drought tolerant growth without impeding flowering. Let the plant, soil and weather conditions, and your landscape goals act as your guide to how frequently you need to fertilize.
 
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Cancer Fighting Vegetables

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Cancer prevention starts on your dinner plate.  Well, actually it can start in the garden.  Growing your own nutrient rich cancer fighting vegetables allows you to grow pesticide-free vegetables, harvest them at their peak and use them right away, insuring the highest nutrient value and best flavor.
 
Include some broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and turnip greens.  When cut or chewed these vegetables release cancer fighting substances that help fend off several types of cancer.  Include these vegetables in your stir fries, as a side dish with meals or eat them fresh as a snack or appetizer. Three weekly servings of these vegetables can greatly reduce your cancer risk.
 
In the garden, grow these beauties during the cooler parts of your growing season for the best flavor and productivity. And don’t worry about frost.  These can tolerate a light frost, and for some, their flavor even improves.
 
A bit more information: Another popular and cancer-fighting vegetable, the tomato, can easily be grown in any size balcony or landscape. Whether eaten fresh, juiced, sauced or added to your favorite dish the lycopenes in this vegetable will help in the fight against cancer.
           
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Reviving Neglected Houseplants

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Don’t send that drought stressed houseplant to the compost pile just yet. You may be able to revive it.

Vacations and busy schedules may result in neglected houseplants suffering from a lack of water. Most potting mixes are soilless and contain organic materials like peatmoss that shrink away from the pot and harden when overly dry. Water runs over the surface, down the side of the pot and out the drainage hole without moistening the potting mix.
 
Start the recovery process by loosening the potting mix surface with a fork. Then set the pot in warm water until the potting mix is moistened and you no longer see bubbles in the water.
 
Remove the pots from the water and allow them to drain. Place in a cool well-lit location and wait for a few hours.  If you intervened in time, the leaves will perk up in a few hours.
 
A bit more information: Busy gardeners and those that travel a lot may want to grow more low maintenance drought tolerant houseplants. Cacti and succulents are great for those with lots of sunny windows. Gardeners with low light conditions can grow snake plants, cast iron plant and ZZ plant.
           
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National Potato Day

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August 19th is National Potato Day. This simple vegetable is the fourth largest food crop in the world with an interesting history.

The potato was first cultivated by the Inca Indians about 8000 BC and made its way to Europe, North America and most recently outer space.
 
In October of 1995 the astronauts on the Space Shuttle Columbia grew potatoes. They used a combination of an agriculture technique from China and controlled environment technologies developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The goal was to develop growing systems for feeding astronauts on long space journeys and eventually feeding future space colonies.
 
One medium size potato is only 110 calories. It is high in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, B6 and iron.
 
So take a moment to appreciate your next side of potatoes.
 
A bit more information: Growing potatoes and other plants is not just about the food supply. They also help replenish oxygen and remove excess carbon dioxide from the air. For more on potatoes grown in space visit http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/everydaylife/spacespuds.html
 
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Wooly Aphids on Trees and Shrubs

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Aphids come in a variety of colors and some, like wooly aphids, look pretty bizarre with their white stringy protrusions.

Wooly aphids are small pear shaped insects covered with waxy strands that make them look as though they are covered in white wool. The waxy strands help protect them from predators.
 
They feed on a variety of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. Like other aphids, they suck plant juices causing the leaves to discolor, curl and drop when populations are high. These insects secrete a clear sticky substance called honeydew on the leaves and objects beneath the plant they are feeding upon.
 
Their feeding is usually just cosmetic and not harmful to healthy established trees and shrubs. Natural predators like lady beetles and lacewings usually keep the problem under control.
 
Provide proper care to reduce the overall stress and the impact of the wooly aphid feeding.
 
A bit more information:  A black sooty fungus forms on the honeydew secreted by these and other aphids. The fungus does not attack the plant but can block the sunlight reaching the leaves causing some leaf drop. For a fun look at aphids, click here.
 
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No Tomatoes? Check the Weather

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No fruit on your tomato plants? Blame it on the weather. Tomatoes thrive in warm sunny conditions; but temperature extremes can prevent otherwise healthy plants from setting fruit.
 
When daytime temperatures rise above 90 degrees and night temperatures remain above 70 degrees, blossom drop and poor fruit development can occur.
 
Cool weather can also hinder fruiting. Night temperatures below 59 degrees will reduce the amount and viability of pollen and consequently fruit production.
 
The simplest solution is to wait for weather to change. Once this happens the plants will begin producing fruit.
 
When hot weather arrives be sure the plants receive ample moisture. Mulch the soil with shredded leaves, pine straw or other organic matter to keep roots cool and moist.
 
If this is a yearly problem, look for tomato varieties better suited to your growing conditions.
 
A bit more information:  With proper selection and care you will enjoy an abundant harvest in spite of less than ideal weather.  Use recommendations from the local University extension service or use the Bonnie Plant tomato chooser guide to find heat tolerant varieties and those that best fit your gardening style and cooking needs.
 
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The Duck Army Wants You!
This is the most bizarre viral video ever. Okay, maybe that's hyperbole, but it's had over 5 million hits since being posted on August 30. It's so simple and so stupid. A guy found a crate in some sort of store filled with squeezable plastic ducks. He squeezed it, and as the air came back in, it made a predictable noise. But then he pressed down on a bunch of the ducks, and the sound that happened is reminiscent of any action movie where a few guys get tossed off a cliff or the top of a skyscraper. Bet you can't watch it just once.  
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Will No One Do This Woman's Hair?
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue wedding licenses to gay couples, was jailed yesterday on contempt charges. That's not funny. But I'm sorry, this meme is hilarious. Take a look - and tell me it didn't make you laugh. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); I just had to make this because of Joshs' post lol #KimDavis Posted by Jolene Gosha on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Who's a Happy (Training) Camper?
Yesterday, a federal judge vacated the four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell threw at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the now infamous Deflategate Case. That means that Tom Terrific will be suited up and on the field next Thursday night in Foxboro for the season opener - and for the hanging of the team's latest Super Bowl banner. As you might expect, the reaction is missed. Some folks are absolutely delighted. Others, not so much. But here's one guy who's delirious with joy. New England tight end Rob Gronkowski, who posted this picture to Instagram after the ruling was announced.     Let's go! This season about to be one heck of a ride!! #PatsNation A photo posted by Rob Gronkowski (@gronkowskiofficial) on Sep 3, 2015 at 12:08pm PDT
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Keith Richards Slams Rap, Heavy Metal & the Beatles
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards sat down for an interview recently with Rolling Stone, the magazine. He was promoting his upcoming solo album, "Crosseyed Heart," which comes out on September 18. But in the course of the interview, he had some pretty harsh things to say about rap music and heavy metal too. Here are some excerpts, from Rolling Stone... On rap: "What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there. All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they're happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can't tell one note from another." On heavy metal: "Millions are in love with Metallica and Black Sabbath. I just thought they were great jokes." He even took a shot at the Beatles "Sgt. Peppers" album, calling it "a mishmash of rubbish..." Here's the most amazing thing - that the interviewer was able to understand what he was saying. Keith is not known for giving the most intelligible interviews. Check these top ten highlights from over the years...  
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Be the Talk of Your Labor Day Barbecue
So if you're interested in having everyone talk about you at your Labor Day barbecue, this could be the thing for you. The video here is called "How to Skin a Watermelon." Following the methods demonstrated, you'll be able to pull the outer shell - the green and white stuff - off a watermelon, leaving only the juicy red part. There's a trick -  I mean, a legit trick - to it. And the end result - a watermelon-shaped lump of juicy red part - looks a little creepy. Creepy like if you took a picture in bad lighting, it could be the star of a horror movie.  
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Yes, Sir, Yes, Sir, 40 Sweaters Worth
Chris, a six-year-old ram who was rescued in the Australian outback recently, had his fleece shorn for the first time ever this week. When all was said and done, the shearing yielded about 42 kilos of fleece - that's almost 90 pounds. That's enough wool to make about 40 sweaters. When he was found, he was struggling under all that weight. The folks at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said his personality changed overnight.  
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Ball's in the Park, Outfielder Isn't
First off, let's just make it clear: no one got hurt. Well, not physically. I'm sure there's some wounded pride here. On Wednesday, Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets got an inside-the-park home run at Citi Field, with a little help from the opposing team, the Philadelphia Phillies. It was a sort of blooper line drive to right field, and Domonic Brown missed it, the ball dropping under his glove and rolling to the wall. Unfortunately, Brown's momentum carried him over the infield wall and he flipped out of the playing area. Because no one was around to field the ball, Tejada managed to score. Brown's okay - he did leave the game with concussion-like symptoms - and everyone's got a fun story to tell. Well, I guess the "fun" depends on what side of the story you're on...   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Just Ridiculous Ruben Tejada Domonic Brown misplayed a ball in right field and flipped over the wall and it cost the Philadelphia Phillies.New York Mets Ruben Tejada touches 'em all for an inside-the-park home run! Posted by 120 Sports on Wednesday, September 2, 2015
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Can't a Frog Get a Little (Green) Peace?
Poor Kermit the Frog. He and his long-time beau, Miss Piggy, broke up over the summer. Just another in a long line of celebrity break-ups this year. He asked for privacy, but of course, you know the media. Now, they're falling over themselves to report that Kermit's got the googly eyes for a certain red-headed pig named Denise who works in ABC's Marketing Department. She's undoubtedly working on the PR for The Muppets, which debuts soon on that network. But poor Kermit. Now he's in a spot where he has to talk about his relationships - again! Sheesh. I can't believe I already have to do this again... Here is the official statement on my relationship status: pic.twitter.com/gRCyl3xbfz — Kermit the Frog (@KermitTheFrog) September 1, 2015
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44th in the 49th
President Barack Obama has been busy this week, visiting the nation's 49th state and making some points about climate change in the process. While in Alaska, he did some salmon fishing, taped a TV show with Bear Grylls, and visited some very remote spots - places they say no US President has visited before. It does not appear that he bumped into Sarah Palin at all - which would have been pretty darned intersting, don't ya think? He's posting his own pictures to Instagram, and even videotaping his personal travelogue. It's almost like he's auditioning for his own reality series. I mean, he will be looking for something to do at the end of January, 2017.  
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Vince Wilfork Texas Stylin'
HBO's Hard Knocks is in its tenth season of following one NFL team through its training camp as the players get ready for the full season. This year, the show focuses on the Houston Texans. Vince Wilfork, one of the biggest defensive linemen around, signed with the Texans in the off-season when the New England Patriots opted not to sign him up for another season. The Hard Knocks folks caught Vince showing up at practice wearing short-legged bib overalls, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. And that's it. The video will make you laugh - especially when his coach catches a glimpse.  
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You Have to Have a Sense of Humor
When you're a new mom, your body can do strange things to you when you least expect it. Just ask Jennifer Love Hewitt. She gave birth to her second child, a boy, not too long ago. On Tuesday, she headed out to a meeting, and her breast produced some milk that leaked right through her outfit. She covered for it nicely, and even tweeted about it. Check it out, and have a little chuckle. Jennifer sure did.   Lactated through silk jumpsuit mid meeting. Had to buy scarf for dignified exit. #hotelgiftshop #mommylife pic.twitter.com/vU0HBmCrx3 — Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh) September 1, 2015
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Can I Get an Unsend Button, ASAP?
Here's one that's funny and sad at the same time. A guy in Illinois interviewed for a job and was offered a position. Somehow, when he got the offer, he managed to text two naked pictures of himself to the company's human resources manager. She called the police. When he called the next day to follow up on the job, she figured out the pictures had come from him, and the cops paid a visit. He says he did it by accident. A police spokesman told The Chicago Tribune: "We're seeing it much more often now with our young people sending inappropriate photos of themselves. They're sharing it with someone else and the next thing you know it takes on a life of its own." And in case you're wondering, the guy's back on the job market.
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Which Fight Club Rule Does This Break?
Two daycare workers in New Jersey are facing charges after authorities learned they were organizing a fight club with the kids they were charged with watching. The kids were between the ages of four and six, and cell phone videos posted to SnapChat by one of the workers show the two of them encouraging the kids to push and slap each other. The whole thing got tagged with Fight Club because one of the two women referenced the Brad Pitt movie in one of her videos. So, we know there are eight rules to Fight Club: 1st rule: You do not talk about Fight Club. 2nd rule: You DO NOT talk about Fight Club. 3rd rule: If someone says "stop" or goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. 4th rule: Only two guys to a fight. 5th rule: One fight at a time. 6th rule: No shirts, no shoes. 7th rule: Fights will go on as long as they have to. 8th rule: If this is your first night at Fight Club, you HAVE to fight. How about a new 9th RULE: No pre-schoolers in Fight Club. Works for me.
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Kanye Wiggles
If you've got kids, then chances are good you know the Wiggles. In the 90s and into the 00s, they were a very popular singing group that appealed to the pre-school market. They had a TV show, CDs, and even a feature movie in the late 90s. In my household, they were about as popular as Barney, the big purple dinosaur. My kids liked them. I did not. That said, someone created a mash-up that made it on-line yesterday of Kanye West appearing to dance to the Wiggles' "Fruit Salad." It's Kanye dancing in the aisles at the VMAs - lord knows to what - but it sure looks like it could have been to "Fruit Salad," don't you think? (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Kanye West dancing to The Wiggles - Fruit Salad Kanye West dancing to The Wiggles - Fruit Salad is the best thing you will see on facebook today.via @kanye_dancing (Twitter) Posted by Universal Music Australia on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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"Not to Be Sexist, But..."
Star Wars has a Facebook page. If you knew that already, you could be a Star Wars geek. But that's not important right now. One of the characters in the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens is Captain Phasma, played by Gwendolyn Christie who also plays Brienne of Tarth on Game of Thrones. The Star Wars folks are having an art contest, inviting people to submit drawings of characters from the upcoming film. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Feeling inspired by Phasma? Your Star Wars: The Force Awakens-inspired art could land you a spot in a professional art... Posted by Star Wars on Thursday, August 27, 2015 That's one artist's conception of Captain Phasma, and the reaction to it was pretty good. Until one guy - probably one of those internet trolls - posted a comment: "Not to be sexist, but it's really hard to tell that's female armor for me." First off, nothing good is ever followed by the phrase "not to be sexist, but..." Second, it's armor. Not designed to be curve-hugging. As the Star Wars pagemaster pointed out: "It's armor. On a woman. It doesn't have to look feminine." In order words, back off, Jack. Don't make me flick on my lightsaber!
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Whale Watch Play-by-Play
This is some incredible footage taken from a show called Big Blue Live on BBC One's BBC Earth in England. Steve Backshall was interviewing a whale expert while on a whale watch when his helicopter camera crew let him know that a blue whale - the biggest animal on the planet - had been spotted nearby. This all happened live, and Steve got absolutely breathless with his play-by-play as the giant mammal sucked in lungsful of air prior to diving below the surface to feed for a bit. Amazing, really, in so many ways. Check it out... (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); The moment we spotted a blue whale - LIVE! GROUNDBREAKING TV MOMENT! Steve Backshall is interrupted by a blue whale live on BBC One for BBC Big Blue Live. During an interview with whale expert Dorris Welch, Steve has to intervene and cut live to a BLUE WHALE! Posted by BBC Earth on Monday, August 31, 2015
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Breakfast All McDay
McDonald's announced yesterday that it will be serving breakfast all day long. That's a nationwide move starting on October 6, following what must have been a successful test run in San Diego that started in the spring. McDonald's see the all-day breakfast as a way to goose slumping sales. Time will tell. Back when the test program began in San Diego, it was greeted with a bit of skepticism. Like from The Late Late Show's James Corden, who had this to say about it on April Fools Day...  
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The Name is Street... Too Street
Talk about poor choice of words. Anthony Horowitz, the guy currently in charge of writing new James Bond books, was on a promotional tour for his latest work, and the subject of Idris Elba came up. Idris, who's got a string of movie and TV credits, is thought to be a frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007. Horowitz had this to say: “For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too ‘street’ for Bond.” Wow. For a writer, you'd think he'd choose his words a bit more carefully. The good news is, he did apologize, so there's that...  
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Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
A Marine named Jarrod Haschett posted a video to all sorts of social media a little over a year ago, hoping to get a date for the Marine Corps Ball in December. An even though it's the Air Force's motto, this Marine aimed high. He wanted to escort UFC fighter Ronda Rousey to the ball. The video got close to 5 million hits. And guess what? Ronda saw it, and said yes. All Jarrod has to do is find dates for Ronda's three girlfriends. I think Jarrod's "hoo-ahh!" could be heard around the country.
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Ah, the White Knight After All
So Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to whine. Well, sort of. He wanted to let the world know that he felt "totally stupid" for "turning down millions of dollars" in campaign contributions. Really? That's what it takes to make him feel totally stupid? Good to know the bar's been set, anyway. I’m turning down millions of dollars of campaign contributions—feel totally stupid doing so, but hope it is appreciated by the voters. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2015
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Say It Ain't So - Please Say It Ain't So
A day after the Video Music Awards, during which Kanye West ran about ten minutes past his alloted two minutes, the folks at TMZ are reporting that MTV wants Kanye to host the show next year. Seriously? I mean, what did we do to deserve that, MTV? We've been good, haven't we? It's bad enough you wouldn't let the guys in the control room cut him off when he went over. It's bad enough one of your execs followed him to his dressing room to tell him how terrific he was. Now you want to put him in as host? Are you prepared for a weekend-long event, MTV? Cuz that's how this is shaping up!
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Just a Little Harsh, Wouldn't You Say?
So it looks like Demi Lovato's performance at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday wasn't all that well received. She performed outside the theater on a stage set up on there, and the people inside the auditorium watched on monitors. Demi was wearing what's been described as "dominatrix-style" boots and a bedazzled dress. And when Iggy Azalea joined her on stage - well, things didn't get much better. One viewer at home had a pretty harsh tweet about it. Check it out...   loving the demi and iggy performance! pic.twitter.com/0qWitxoxkC — nick. (@XXIPilots) August 31, 2015
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Downton Abbey Wrapping Up
Are you ready for it, Downton Abbeyites? Your favorite series is wrapping up this season, which starts September 20. The folks at ITV released this trailer over the weekend. It feels a little sad, but a little uplifting too. Sort of like a rite of passage. What do you think?  
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Hotel California, Sin Musica
This video's several months old, but I just stumbled on it, and it's worth sharing. An a capella group called Cubanos Acapella performed the Eagles' classic, "Hotel California." No music, except the music created by the performers. Percussion, guitars and more, all created vocally. And it's perfection. Check it out.  
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"Like That Little Cage is Gonna Help Ya"
Those sharks keep on coming. Check out this video of a monster shark leaping out of the water. You can get a sense of its size from the shark cage's pontoons in the foreground. The best part is the look on the face of the Australian Today Show's anchor and his co-host. They're both completely dumbfounded, and vow never to go in the water again. Check it out.   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); "I'm never going into the ocean again" - KarlWhat. was. that.#Today9 Posted by TODAY on Sunday, August 30, 2015
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