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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.
Posts from January 2014


Garden Apps – National Garden Bureau
Paging through garden catalogues, looking at new varieties and old favorites while dreaming of the season ahead is a long-standing tradition with gardeners. And all the new garden planning websites and apps can help us turn these beautiful visions into reality.
 
Do an internet search before starting this year’s garden plan. Try searches like Garden Planner, Vegetable Garden Planner or Garden Planning software. You will be amazed by the many free options from very basic to a bit more complex.
 
Once your plan is in place you’ll be ready to head to the garden center. But this can be overwhelming, even for seasoned gardeners. Use one or more of the gardening apps to help with your plant selection.
 
And the on-line help doesn’t end there. Many Universities, publications and plant companies have mobile apps to help you keep your garden healthy and productive. Visit the National Garden Bureau’s website for a list of gardening apps, information on plants and gardening resources.
 
A bit more information: Having trouble finding the National Garden Bureau articles on garden apps?
Click here for their archive section as well as here for part 2.
 
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Eggshells as Fertilizer
Don’t throw out those eggshells. Wash and add to your worm composter or use them with your houseplants or in the garden as a fertilizer supplement.
 
Egg shells will add small amounts of calcium, potassium, a bit of sodium, but not enough to harm the plants, phosphorous and magnesium. They don’t provide all the nutrients a plant needs but could be used as a supplement to your regular fertilizing regime.
 
Jeff Gillman, Professor and author of several books including The Truth about Garden Remedies suggests using shells from 4 to 5 eggs per plant. Mix them in the garden soil or potting mix prior to planting.
 
The water used to boil eggs could also be used as a liquid fertilizer for plants. Just let it cool and apply about 2 cups per plant.
 
Though only providing small amounts of nutrients, both methods keep the egg shells out of the garbage.
 
A bit more information: Check out all of Jeff Gillman’s books for insight into garden remedies and organic practices that work and why at http://www.jeffgillman.net.  His other titles include The Truth about Organic Gardening, Decoding Gardening Advice, How Trees Die and How the Government Got into Your Backyard.
 
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The Rowan/ Mountainash • Jan. 21 – Feb. 17 Birth Tree
If your birthday falls between January 21 and February 17 your birth tree is the Rowan, also known as mountainash.  You’re said to be artistic and spiritual, a visionary, a progressive thinker and humanitarian.
 
These trees are also known as “the Lady of the Mountains” and were planted near entryways to ward off evil spirits. In the landscape use these four season trees for their beauty and bird appeal.
 
They grow 20 to 40 feet tall and up to 25 feet wide. They are hardy in zones 3 to 7 depending on the species. These beauties prefer cool moist conditions and when stressed are plagued by fireblight, borers and a variety of other insects. But when properly sited and managed it can be a beautiful addition to the landscape. And when a flock of cedar waxwings visit to feed on the fruit, it’s a site to behold.
 
A bit more information: The mountainash (Sorbus) is not the ash (Fraxinus) being attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer.  The European mountainash (Sorbus aucuparia) is most popular with white spring blooms, orange-red berry-like fruit and yellow to purple fall color. Aucuparia is from Latin for capturing birds, referring to the fruit that helps attract birds to the landscape.
 
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Caring for and Reblooming African Violets
Brighten up your winter with an African violet.
 
This long time favorite is relatively easy to grow but can be challenging to rebloom. Grow African violets in bright light and moist well-drained soil.  Water thoroughly and often enough to keep the soil slightly moist. Their fuzzy leaves are sensitive to cold water so use room temperature water or water the plants from below.
 
Use an African violet or other indoor flowering plant fertilizer spring through fall when the plants are actively growing.  Scrape off any white crusty substance that may form on the lip of the container.  This is a salt buildup that can damage your plant. 
 
Many African violet growers use artificial lights to supplement natural light and encourage the plants to flower. Natural light, a grow light or mix of warm and cool fluorescent lights will provide the full spectrum of light needed for flowering.
 
A bit more information: Prevent or eliminate salt build up with regular leaching of the soil. Water the plant thoroughly with warm water several times at 20 minute intervals. Repeat every few months or as needed to leach the salts out of the soil.
 
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Rose Flower Proliferation
Plants are amazing. They often produce unusual growths, unexpected flower and leaf colors and other surprises. Sometimes these changes lead to the introduction of a new variety while other times it leaves gardeners perplexed. The latter is the case with rose flower proliferation.
 
Occasionally gardeners find individual rose blossoms sprouting flower buds that develop into another layer of bloom. This proliferation of flower buds is due to a physiological disorder called rose flower proliferation.  Basically, for some unknown reason, the cells continue to divide even after the flower forms.  This results in a cluster of new buds forming in the center of the blossom.  This growth disorder usually occurs in spring and though it can occur on any rose, certain varieties seem to be effected yearly. It is not harmful to the plant just annoying to the gardener. 
 
A bit more information: Proliferation can affect other flowers such as clovers, opium poppy and members of the daisy family. Bellis perennis ‘Prolifera’ produces smaller flowers beside the main bloom. This led to its common name Hens and Chicken daisy. 
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Snowdrops – A January Birth Flower
Celebrate a January birthday with one of the two January flowers. One, snowdrops were often found growing in graveyards and were considered bad luck. Now they represent hope and beauty.

The snowdrops bloom in early spring. Drooping white flowers top the 6 inch plants that thrive in part to full shade. These spring blooming beauties are hardy in zones 3 to 7 and prefer cool moist well-drained soils. Warm region gardeners will have to buy pre-cooled bulbs or give them a 15 week chill in the fridge before planting them in the garden.
 
It may be too early or late to give a gift of blooming snowdrops this January. But plan ahead for next year. Buy bulbs next fall, plant in a container, water and set in the fridge for at least 15 weeks.  Then surprise your January birthdays with a pot of their birth flower to grow and nourish.
 
A bit more information: You may need to buy a picture, give a gift certificate for bulbs or find another creative way to include this early spring blooming flower in your birthday celebration.  The other January birth flower is the carnation.
 
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Attract Insect Eating Toads to the Garden
Toads make great gardening partners. They eat insects, slugs and snails and ask for very little in return. Help attract these natural predators to your garden with just a few changes in your gardening habits. 

Create an inviting habit for these critters. Leave some leaf litter under trees and shrubs and in the garden. Use groundcovers, preferably native ones, in place of lawn whenever possible.
 
Include a shallow pond or water feature. Even a shallow saucer filled with chlorine-free water is effective. Use rocks in and around the water for added toad appeal.
 
Reduce or better yet eliminate the use of pesticides. These can be harmful to the toads and kill the insects they like to eat.
 
Build a toad abode from a ceramic or clay pot. Place it directly on the soil so the toad can dig. Elevate one side with stones or use a cracked or broken pot that provides an entryway for the toad.
 
A bit more information: Place your above ground toad abode in a shady spot near water. For more details on creating a toad abode click here. Or go underground. Dig a shallow depression in the soil. Create sides and a roof with stones so the house is 6 to 8 inches tall. Be sure to leave an entryway for the toad to have easy access. For more details, click here.
 
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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Winners
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
 
Gaura is a wonderful long blooming perennial that is often grown as an annual.  The delicate flowers float above the foliage.  Sparkle White is an early flowering gaura with a more controlled growth habit.
 
Petunia ‘African Sunset’ has eye-catching flowers in shades of orange. Uniform growth habit and long season of bloom made this a judges’ favorite.
 
The naturally dwarf Suntastic Yellow with Black Center sunflower is the smallest sunflower currently on the market; great for small spaces, containers and even window boxes. It produces up to 20 5 to 6 inch flowers per stem in three successive bloom periods.
 
A bit more information: 2014 marks the first year All American Selections Winners are including regional flowers and vegetables. The plants were trialed and selected as outstanding performers for the specific areas of the country.  For more information, check out their website at http://www.aaswinners.com/winners/.
 
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January 12 – 24 Birth Tree is the Elm
If your birthday falls between January 12th and 24th your birth tree is the Elm. You are said to be cheerful, noble minded, have a good sense of humor and are practical.

The elm has a long history in native and urban landscapes. Many remember the American elm lined streets of the past. Unfortunately, Dutch elm disease wiped out most of these trees.
 
Use a Dutch Elm resistant cultivar like Valley Forge, New Harmony, Princeton and Delaware #2 if you plan on gifting or planting an American elm in your landscape. They have the characteristic vase shape, but have exhibited good Dutch elm disease resistance. 
 
Better yet, consider the Chinese elm also know as lacebark elm. The smaller leaves and exfoliating bark add to its ornamental appeal. It is a tough and durable tree and can be found throughout the grounds of Disney World in Orlando FL.
 
A bit more information:  Don’t mistake the beautiful lacebark elm (Ulmus parvifolia) with the much inferior Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) that is often mistakenly called Chinese elm. For a unique look consider a Camperdown, Pendula or Horizontalis cultivar of the Scotch elm. They add interesting form and texture to the landscape.
 
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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Vegetable Winners
As you scour this year’s catalogues be sure to watch for the 2014 All America Selections Vegetable Winners.

Mama Mia Giallo (jowllo) is a sweet yellow pepper. It was selected for its compact habit, large yield, uniform shape and yellow/gold color when mature. Enjoy its sweet flavor fresh or grilled.
 
Grow the small scale Mascotte bean in the garden or container. The white flowers and long straight pods add to its ornamental appeal. The crisp stringless fruit make it a nice addition to any meal.
 
Chef’s Choice Orange is an indeterminate tomato with deep orange beefsteak shaped fruit. The white flesh is firm, sweet and mild flavored.
 
The determinate bush Fantastico tomato produces flavorful grape shaped fruit. This high yielding tomato produces up to 12 pounds per plant.
 
A bit more information: All American Selections Winners are tested at trial gardens throughout the US and Canada. Winners are selected for their unique or improved qualities and suitability to the home garden.  Check out their website, http://www.aaswinners.com/winners/, for current and past winners.
 
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Low Maintenance ZZ Indoor Plant
Looking for an easy to grow houseplant? Try the low maintenance uniquely shaped ZZ plant.

You may have seen this indoor beauty in the mall, office buildings, garden center or friends’ homes.   This easy-care plant is also known as zulu, fat boy and eternity plant.  An East African native it has adapted to periods of rain and drought making it a great houseplant.  It prefers bright light but will tolerate low light and dry soil.  Avoid overwatering that can lead to root rot. 
 
The fleshy rhizomes store water and nutrients helping the plant survive difficult times. Dig and separate the rhizomes to start new plants.  Avoid damaging the rhizome as it can lead to root rot. Patient gardeners can try starting new plants from a single leaf.  Remove a leaf, stick the cut end into a well-drained potting mix.  Keep the soil moist and wait for several months for a new rhizome and eventually a new plant to form.
 
A bit more information: You can find more information about this adaptable plant using its botanical name Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  It is hardy outdoors in zones 9 and warmer. This evergreen plant can eventually grow 3 feet tall and wide.
 
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January's Birth Flower – Carnation
One of January’s birth flowers is the carnation. Like the rose, the color of the flower is used to represent certain meanings and feeling.
 
Give that someone special a red carnation that means I love you. Pink reflects affection while white stands for pure love. If things are going badly you may choose a striped carnation that represents a love that is not shared or yellow for disappointment or rejection.
 
Or just select the recipient’s favorite color. Carnations are long lasting cut flowers that look great combined with greens or other flowers in a mixed bouquet.
 
In the garden you can also grow annual, biennial and perennial carnations, also known as dianthus. Though specifics may vary a bit, most carnations prefer full sun and cool temperatures. Use as cool season annuals. Or select heat tolerant varieties and provide a bit of afternoon shade to get these beauties through warm seasons.
 
A bit more information: Try some of the new carnations for a little extra garden and cut flower appeal. Green Trick carnation has pompom shaped vivid green flowers the size of tennis balls. Listen to my audio tip for more on this stunning cut flower.  Sweet black cherry (Dianthus barbatus ‘Sweet Black Cherry’) is a dramatic garden annual. The flowers are almost black and these frost and heat tolerant plants grow 18-24” tall x 10-12” wide.
 
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National Bird Day – Time to Plan a Bird Garden
Bird watching and gardening go hand in hand. Celebrate National Bird Day, January 5th, by taking a moment to stop and observe the birds visiting your garden.
 
As you watch make notes on what plants provide food and shelter. Then look for opportunities to add more to the landscape.
 
Consider evergreens for shelter. Junipers and pines tolerate hot dry conditions. Hemlocks tolerate shade and need shelter from winter winds. Spruces and firs like moist well-drained soil and full sun. And the many dwarf varieties make it possible to add evergreens to even small yards and balcony gardens.
 
Consider trees and shrubs with berries such as dogwood, crabapples, viburnums and hawthorns. These add color to the landscape for our enjoyment and food for the birds. And when possible, use native plants suited to the growing conditions in your backyard.
 
A bit more information: Thorny bushes and trees like hawthorn, pyracantha and raspberries provide songbirds with shelter and protection from predators. Include a birdbath or water feature with a shallow pool or strategically placed stones. A constant water supply will also help attract birds to your landscape.
 
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National Bloody Mary Day – Ode to Lovage
January 1st is National Bloody Mary Day. As you start the New Year consider growing all the ingredients, including the straw, in this year’s garden. 

You know about growing tomatoes, peppers and the other main ingredients, but you may never have considered adding a bit of lovage to the mix. This easy to grow herb has hollow stems and a celery flavor. Place one or two plants in a sunny corner of the garden or one in a large pot for a vertical accent in moist well-drained soil. This perennial herb can reach 6 feet in height, grow one foot wide and is hardy to zone 4. Harvest sections of the stems, leaves and all, as needed. Use as a straw in your Bloody Mary or tomato juice for a little home-grown celery flavoring.
 
And watch for seedlings you can dig and share with friends.
 
It’s sure to add lots of fun and make your cocktail party or weekend brunch a special event.
 
A bit more information: The leaves begin to yellow as the plant flowers and sets seed. Harvest, grind and use seeds to flavor a variety of dishes. Or cut back the plants to encourage fresh new growth. You’ll miss out on the seeds, but have plenty of fresh green leaves to use throughout the remainder of the season.
 
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A Realistically Proportioned Fashion Doll
There's been a lot of pushback recently against the unrealistic proportions of Barbie dolls. Except for those women who slave away to look like human Barbies, real women simply don't look like that. So how would a "realistically proportioned fashion doll" fare in today's toy market? Toy designer Nikolay Lamm aims to find out, with Lammily, a doll based on the proportions of the average 19-year-old woman. To add to the realism, Lammily comes with stick-on tattoos, cellulite, stretch marks, scars and more. Check out the video of a bunch of school kids getting to meet Lammily and compare her to a normal Barbie doll. It's pretty interesting...  
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One Winner Means Lots of Losers
On Jimmy Kimmel Live the other night, Jimmy got to break the news that Chris Hemsworth is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2014. So, he's the winner. Which means, every other man on the planet is the loser. Like Jason Bateman, who thought he'd been invited to appear on Kimmel's show because he was going to get the award. To make him feel better, Jimmy let Jason read his acceptance speech, which he'd prepared in anticipation of winning the award. (For the record, Jason's an underrated comic actor...)  
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Spielberg? Or Squirrel?
This one's a commercial just waiting to happen. Someone left his GoPro camera on the ground near a tree. A curious squirrel approached and decided he must have the GoPro - or, he mistook it for a shiny nut. Either way, the squirrel nabbed the camera and scooted up a tree with it. The footage is pretty amazing, even when the squirrel drops it to the ground. Could be the rodent version of Stephen Spielberg here...  
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Even Worse Than Misfit, These Toys Are Bad
A consumer advocacy group called WATCH - World Against Toys Causing Harm - this week issued its list of the Ten Worst Toys of 2014. The worst, according to WATCH, is the Air Storm Firetek Bow, which can shoot arrows up to 145 feet. There's also the Catapencil, an actual pencil with a slingshot at the top - surefire classroom fun right there. A Battle Hammer designed for three-year-olds - the ones who think they're Thor, I guess. The SWAT Electric Machine Gun was in the middle of the list. Surprising, really, when you consider the manufacturer's warning that it could be mistaken for the real thing by law enforcement personnel. You can check out the full list in this article in The Daily Mail. And check out the video of the press conference...  
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"America Loves You"
Give Jay Leno a hand. He recently visited Afghanistan, performing for the troops in a USO show. He came home wanting to do more. So he and the folks at The Today Show selected an active service member who was also a wounded warrior, and gave him a joy ride to remember. Check out the video as Jay drove Corporal Ethan Laberge on the back roads around Fort Campbell, Kentucky in a brand-new 2015 Dodge HRT Hellcat - the muscle car of muscle cars. And at the end of the ride... You just have to watch it for yourself. And grab a hankie.   Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
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Fearsome Foursome
I just stumbled on this video - it's been floating around cyberspace for a few months - but it's mesmerizing. The quartet is called Salut Salon - based in Hamburg, Germany, they mix classical music with some comedic stylings. Playing another's instrument with her own bow, playing the piano upside down, playing their stringed instruments inverted... They never miss a step or skip a note. Watch it once, and tell me that's enough!  
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"Have Courage... and Be Kind"
Looks like Disney's doing it again, but in reverse. Everyone recalls the classic Disney animated feature, Cinderella. In March, Disney releases the live action version - with a few updates and some computer-generated tweaks - that looks pretty darn good. There is magic in this one... Check out the trailer, and mark your calendar!  
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#TBT: The Carlton Dance, & More
This one's an oldie but goodie - I missed it last year, so maybe you did too. Even if you saw it, it's fun to watch again. Will Smith and his son Jaden visited the BBC's Graham Norton Show and got a little musical. Jaden did a little rap while his dad did some beats in the background. Then Will brought out DJ Jazzy Jeff and the three of them performed the rap theme song from Fresh Prince of Bel Air. And then, a little frosting on the cake as DJ Jazzy Jeff cranked up Tom Jone's "It's Not Unusual." Alfonso Ribeiro joined them, and everybody did The Carlton. Check it out. It's a lot of fun.  
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Seven Feet & Counting
Parts of Buffalo and upstate New York were positively buried in a storm some are calling Snovember early this week. But that doesn't stop the train that is professional sport from rolling, does it? On Tuesday, the night of the storm, 6200 fans made it out to see the Buffalo Sabres in action. And now, the Buffalo Bills and the NFL are looking for some help, digging Ralph Wilson Stadium out from under the snow in time for the Bills to play the New York Jets over the weekend.   Want to work in the NFL? The Bills are hiring snow shovelers http://t.co/qibRAADFm4 pic.twitter.com/NfC1lM56Qe — For The Win (@ForTheWin) November 19, 2014 If you do well, they could pick up your option for future storms and years. Who knows? You could be a Hall of Fame Shoveler at some point in your future. Meanwhile, if you want to get a sense of what it's like to be in the middle of something like that, check out this drone's-eye view of the event...  
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Million Dollar Baby
This could be one of the most insane stories you've ever heard. A pregnant woman from Saskatchewan, Jennifer Huculak, was vacationing in Hawaii when her water broke, and she delivered her daughter nine weeks early. Mom and daughter spent about six weeks in the hospital in Hawaii, and then headed home. Mom had Blue Cross coverage, but the insurance company denied her claim, leaving her with a $950,000 bill to pay. So now, the family is left with three options: continue to fight Blue Cross; declare bankruptcy; or just sit things out to see what happens next. They could of course hit the lottery. That could help.  
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She's Too Young For the Club, and By the Way...
"Hello, Tyga? There's a reality check waiting to be picked up at the front desk." Here's one straight out of the pages of Yeah, I Know It's a Law But Not For Me, RIght? Tyga, the 25-year-old musician, was supposed to play at a club called Greystone Manor in West Hollywood. He begged the club management to allow his 17-year-old girlfriend, Kylie Jenner - one of the offspring of Mamadashian - to attend the show. The management refused, because it's a 21+ establishment. So Tyga pull a no-show, managing to tick off a sponsor big time. Maybe it's a math problem. Who needs to figure out that Kylie has to wait another four years to get into the club because of the laws that govern places that sell booze. And while we're at it, memo to Kris and Bruce Jenner: a 25-year-old rapper is dating your 17-year-old daughter. Look for those Parents of the Year trophies, mailed to your separate homes in the next six to eight weeks.
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Baby, It's Not Frozen Outside
Put Idina Menzel together in a duet with Michael Buble? Good idea. Have them sing a classic tune like "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Yeah, that works. When you make the video? Cast a bunch of kids in big person outfits and settings. And you might just have the cutest darn video ever. Well, of the year, anyway. The singing's great - the kids are great too. And don't worry - Idina and Michael make a quick cameo appearance. Don't blink!  
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Best Buddies
These 6 best buds took a fun picture almost 20 years ago in Los Angeles, CA.  They were only 10 years old.  From left to right:  Matt Gruber, Joel Atia, Mykil Bachoian, Kevin Opos, Ben Danon & Aviv Edelstein is in the front.   When they turned 17, before leaving for college, they thought it would be fun to recreate the same pose as a joke.     And, just a few weeks ago, they did it again to celebrate Kevin's 29th birthday.  Almost 20 years late.  Can't wait to see the next pose boys!   "Best Buddies at 10, 17 and 29 years old," Kevin Opos (second from the right in the back row).
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Don't Be Thor, Bro
It’s official. People magazine has announced its Sexiest Man Alive for 2014. The envelope, please? It’s Chris Hemsworth, perhaps best-known for playing Thor in the movies based on the Marvel comics superheroes. He was also the Huntsman in Snow White & the Huntsman, and should not be confused with his brothers, Liam Hemsworth (center), of Hunger Games fame or Luke (left), although that’s bound to happen. They’re all big and hunky, and arguably Australia’s best recent exports. But, when it comes to this award, it looks like the brother with the bigger hammer wins.
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Sure, This Will Get You Another Kiss
Liam Hemsworth was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the other night, and fielded some questions from the Twitterverse. Some of the answers were telling: favorite movie is Titanic; teenage crush was Alyssa Milano; and his high school photo was pretty geeky. But the best answer: what he really thought about kissing his castmate in The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence. Watch it for yourself - why should I spoil the fun?  
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Best/Worst Family Feud Responses
One of the best ways to watch Family Feud these days is to wait for the silliest clips to make their way to YouTube. Steve Harvey was on Late Night with Seth Myers this week, and Seth got him to talk about some of his favorite worst answers on the show. Steve confirms something I've always thought - there's a lot more happening on those shows that we don't see. I'd much rather see an unedited version of the show - are you listening, HBO? Showtime? Maybe Netflix?  
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Best Butt Joke Yet!
Since Kim Kardashian's attempt to break the internet failed last week with the photo of her giant gleaming butt on the cover of Paper magazine, there's been all sorts of fun poked at her backside. Memes choked most Facebook feeds. Until today, my favorite was the one that put Kim's body on the backside of a horse - sort of a talentless minotaur. But that was then. This is now. An artist named Olga Andriyenko has created a masterful parody of Kim's photo - drawing Ursula the Sea Witch in a similar pose on the cover of Water magazine, with the caption that reads "Break the Ocean." Simply hilarious. Check it out here. And while it's a cartoon, I wouldn't call it safe for work - you are warned!
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Taylor's Paradise Smoothies?
The internet can be a wonderful thing, or an instrument of evil - depends on how you look at it. Take, for instance, this video that just surfaced from 2008 featuring a 14-year-old Taylor Swift participating in an ad as part of an 8th grade class project. Taylor doesn't get to do much but say one line about the fake product - Paco's Paradise Smoothies - and then do her best Vanna White impression. What do you think? Star is born, or star needing a little more gestation?  
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These Nuptials Made Possible by Benadryl
Queen Bey's sister got married over the weekend. That's old news. What is news is that Solange Knowles had an outbreak of the hives on her weddding day. How did that happen? Follow along on Twitter, why don't you, followed up by a little Instagram... Turns out, Benadryl saved the day!   Got em from turning up x100 during our second line.I was hot,wearing a cape,& happy as hell:)“@ImLovinMe4me: how did you get hives though??” — solange knowles (@solangeknowles) November 18, 2014     Last but not least....:) Shout out to Benadryl yo, lol. NOTHING was gonna stop me from having my mother and son dance with Julez. My baby killed it and will forever remain my favorite dance parter of all time. My heart will forever smile reliving the feeling our lil happy feet together. A video posted by S A I N T R E C O R D S (@saintrecords) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:57pm PST
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All About That Baste
You knew it was going to happen, right? "All About the Base" has been the number one song in the land, and next to "Let It Go," probably the year's most parodized song. And with Thanksgiving knocking on the door, this one seems as natural as a Butterball. The Holderness Family put this one together from scratch - the perfect recipe for holiday humor.  
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Abandon Hope?
If you're having trouble on the dating scene, this story is going to make things even worse... You've been warned! Several sources have confirmed that a marriage license has been issued in Kings County, California for Charles Manson and his 26-year-old fiancee. You remember Manson. the 80-year-old is a permanent guest of the California Corrections Department, convicted of several gruesome murders in 1969. His fiancee, who's described as a "frequent visitor" who moved from the Midwest seven years ago to be closer to Manson's prison, says they will tie the knot next month. Because he's a lifer, conjugal visits are not allowed. And he's certainly not getting out of prison, ever. They're allowed to bring in an officiant from outside the prison, and to invite ten guests. Keep an eye on your mailbox, everybody! I wonder where they're registered?  
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Good Grief on the Way!
Watch out, Peanuts fans. There's a brand-new movie headed your way, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire game. It's due on about a year from now, directed by the guy who brought us Ice Age: Continental Drift. From all reports, it's staying true to the Peanuts gang from the comic strip and the TV specials so many of us grew up on. This trailer's a couple of months old, but it looks and sounds pretty familiar - maybe the graphics are better than we remember. And there's a new trailer due out in ten days or so - so stay tuned!  
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It's Busy Up There
On an average day, depending on where you live, you can look into the sky and see the contrail of a jet far overhead. Sometimes one, sometimes a few, sometimes a bunch. But have you ever given much thought to what the air traffic patterns look like in lapsed time? An air traffic management company called NATS recently posted a video to show what air traffic looks like on a regular basis over England. It's fascinating to watch. Be sure to follow along with the captions too.   UK 24 from NATS on Vimeo.
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Thar's Gold in That Thar Landfill!
This is one of the strangest bits of nostalgia news ever. The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico launched an auction on eBay, selling a bunch of Atari video games that had been buried in the city’s landfill for about 30 years. Here’s the deal. There have been rumors that truckloads of Atari games were buried in the landfill. The rumors have been considered urban legend. So a documentary film crew decided to find out for real. So it spent about $50,000 to dig up the landfill, and sure enough, hit the mother lode. Because the landfill belongs to the city, so do the video games, and the city earned about $37,000 from the online sales. One game cartridge for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” fetched $1537. Which is ironic, since that’s the poor-selling game that many blame for Atari’s ultimate demise. You know what they say. One man’s trash is another man’s buried treasure.  
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Muscle Mustangs Are Back!
Gas prices are getting cheaper, so why not make your next car a muscle car? That's what the folks at Ford are hoping you'll do. Check out the brand-new 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang. Ford is unveiling it on Monday in advance of the LA Auto Show. But you can check it out even earlier than that, thanks to the folks at Edmunds.com... What do you think - got some muscle in your future?  
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