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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 April 2014


Maximize Your Sweet Corn Harvest
Nothing beats fresh from the garden corn on the cob. But this is one vegetable that takes up a lot of space for a small harvest.  Each plant usually produces just one ear of corn.  A healthy pest free plant may produce two.  So get the most out of your harvest with proper planting and care.
 
Plant one of the newer cultivars that has sweeter longer-lasting flavor.  Then plant the corn in blocks.  This will improve the wind pollination and that means a bigger harvest. 
 
Plant the seeds in rows an inch deep and 9 to 12 inches apart.  You can maximize your planting with wide rows. Just leave 12 inches between plants and make sure you can reach all the plants within the wide row. Protect seeds from birds and speed germination by covering with floating row covers.
 
And before you know it you will be boiling that pot of water or stoking up the grill to cook your first ear of corn. 
 
A bit more information:  Poor germination or weak misshapen seedlings are usually the result of corn root maggot. Prevent the problem by planting at the proper time. Planting seed in cold wet soil slows germination and increases the risk of damage. Replant as needed.
 
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Growing Fruit in Small Spaces
No space for a garden?  Don't worry you can add fruits to your patio, balcony or other small space landscape.

Try growing strawberries as a groundcover. The white flowers, edible red fruit and brilliant red fall color add sparkle to your landscape. Or grow them in a pot on your balcony or deck.  They’ll be close at hand and easy to harvest a few for your breakfast cereal or afternoon snack.
 
And plant breeders are adding lots of new compact fruit varieties for small and large space gardeners to grow.
 
Raspberry shortcake is a small 2 to 3 feet tall and wide thornless plant perfect for small space gardeners and containers. You’ll be picking fresh tasty raspberries for most of the summer.
 
The new compact blueberries add pretty flowers, edible fruit and great fall color to your container and in-ground plantings. And the narrow upright Urban apple trees make managing and harvesting apples a breeze.
 
A bit more information: Expand your fruit garden by growing citrus in pots. The fragrant flowers and tasty fruit make a nice addition to the garden and your favorite beverage. Those in colder climates will need to move the plants indoors for the winter.
 
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Low E Glass Impact on Houseplants
You can conserve energy and still grow healthy houseplants.
 
Light, water and nutrients are the keys to growing healthy plants. Many energy conscious indoor gardeners are concerned when considering replacing their windows with Low-E glass.  Fortunately it only reduces the visible light needed by our plants by an additional 5 to 10%.
 
A side benefit to your plants is the Low-E glass moderates temperatures indoors keeping plants, especially those growing near windows, warmer at night and cooler during the day.
 
And no matter what type of glass is in the windows – keep them clean to maximize the amount of light reaching your plants.
 
Adjust your watering and fertilization practices to match the indoor growing conditions. Less light, lower humidity and the type of potting mix and containers used all impact the watering frequency and fertilizer needs.
 
A bit more information: Plants need a variety of light (color/wavelength) for proper growth and flowering. Blue light promotes leaf and stem growth, while red combined with blue promotes flowering and bud development. 
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Don’t Let Aggressive Bargain Plants Take Over the Garden
So you’ve found a plant that blooms all season, tolerates a wide range of growing conditions and needs little maintenance. Sound too good to be true?  It probably is.

Lots of fast growing easy care plants are overly aggressive.  They crowd out their more timid neighbors and often need concrete barriers or regular weeding to keep them in check. 
 
Invasive plants go one step further. These plants leave the bounds of our landscape and invade our natural areas.  They crowd out native plants that provide food and shelter for wildlife.  These should be eliminated from gardens in regions where they are a threat.
 
And beware of bargain backyard plant sales.  These are often filled with aggressive plants that have overrun the seller’s garden.  Ask the seller about the aggressive nature of the plant before purchasing.  Years of weeding is not worth the money saved on bargain plants.
 
A bit more information: A good example is common yarrow (Achillea millefolium). This perennial flower can be found in both weed and perennial books.  It tolerates hot dry conditions and readily reseeds and spreads. Select less aggressive species and cultivars that do not reseed.
 
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Invite Frogs and Toads into the Garden
Celebrate National Frog Month by inviting insect and slug-eating toads and frogs into your garden.
 
Start by providing water. A pond at least 20 inches deep with gently sloping sides will work. Include water plants that provide oxygen, shelter from predators and weather and breeding sites.
 
Include a few rocks or logs in the pond for basking and a few alongside the water for shelter.
 
Build a rock pile in the garden. Select a location that receives sun and shade each day. Position the rock pile in more sun if your summers are cool and more shade if your summers are hot.
 
Line the bottom with stones for added protection from winter cold and leave cavities between some of the bottom rocks for nesting, shelter and hibernation. Use a pipe 1 to 2 inches in diameter and less than 2 feet to create an entryway.
 
A bit more information: Look, but do not touch the frogs and toads you attract to your landscape. Bug repellent, lotions and oils on your skin can harm these creatures. For more information see Oregon State University Extension’s publication Attract Reptiles and Amphibians to Your Yard.
 
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Grow Potatoes in the Garden or Container
What is white, red or yellow, can be eaten fresh, fried or even raw and is one of the most important staples of the human diet?  If you guessed potato, you are right.

Grow your own in the garden, planting bag or containers. You can plant small potatoes or pieces of larger potatoes to start new plants.  These contain "eyes" that grow into potato plants.  You may have seen this happen on potatoes stored in the pantry.   Buy certified seed potatoes at garden centers or from garden catalogues.
 
Cut whole or large seed potatoes into smaller pieces containing at least one good "eye". Plant them in a 2-3 inch deep furrow, 10 to 12 inches apart, leaving 24 to 36 inches between the plants.  As the plants begin to grow, mound the nearby soil over the tubers until the rows are 4 to 6 inches high.  Keep the planting weeded and wait for the harvest. 
 
A bit more information: Save space and have some fun by growing your potatoes in a planting bag.  Fill the bottom few inches of the bag with potting mix. Set the potato pieces on the mix. Cover with several inches of soil. As the potatoes grow, continue adding a couple of inches of soil at a time until the bag is full. Harvest by dumping the bag and lifting out your potatoes.
 
 
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Brown Needles and Leaves on Evergreens
A walk through your garden this spring may reveal browning on both needled and broadleaf evergreen trees and shrubs.
 
Winter winds and sun, exposure to deicing salt and record low temperatures are likely the cause.  Evergreens continue to lose moisture through their leaves and needles throughout the winter. The winter sun and wind increase moisture loss.  Those gardening in areas with frozen soil are likely to see the most damage.
 
But even those in warmer regions may see winter scorch on newly planted or exposed evergreen plants.
 
We can’t turn the needles and leaves green, but we can provide proper care to speed recovery. If the branches are pliable and buds plump you should see new growth this spring. Broadleaf evergreens will replace the brown leaves with fresh new growth. Brown needles will eventually drop and the new growth this spring may mask the damage.
 
Wait for warmer weather to see what if any new growth appears.
 
A bit more information: Once plants have started to show signs of new growth, you have a decision to make. Is the plant healthy and attractive enough to nurture and keep? Or, would you be better off starting with a new plant and one better suited to the growing conditions. A difficult decision, but one that can save you time, money and frustration in the long run.
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A Multi-Season Beauty – The Fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus)
Add seasonal interest and bird appeal to your landscape with the white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).

This slow growing small-scale tree can grow up to 20 feet tall and wide. The slightly fragrant white flowers cover the plant in spring. The male plants produce slightly larger and showier flowers, but the female plants produce an abundance of blue fruit in late summer. Though the fruit is somewhat hidden by the leaves, the birds seem to have no problem finding and devouring it. But don’t worry however as they won’t leave behind a mess.
 
The fall color can vary from a good yellow to a yellowish green. And the smooth gray bark become ridged and furrowed with age.
 
Fringetree is hardy in zones 4 to 9, grows well in full sun to part shade and though it prefers moist fertile soil, it is adaptable to a much wider range of conditions. It can be found in nature growing along stream banks and the woodland edge.
 
A bit more information: Use fringetree as a small tree or large shrub, as a specimen plant, near buildings, or in mixed borders as an understory. And be patient in spring as it is late to leaf out.
 
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Daisy – the April Birth Flower

Celebrate April birthdays with a bouquet of daisies. This April birth flower symbolizes childhood innocence or according to the Farmer’s Almanac they were given between friends to keep a secret.
 
Many flowers share the common name daisy. It comes from the English name “days eye” referring to the fact many daisy flowers open during the day and close as the sun sets.
 
Bellis perennis, known as English daisy, is most often designated as the April birth flower. It is hardy in zones 4 to 8, grows about 6 inches tall and flowers from spring through mid summer.
 
You will find this plant listed as an attractive perennial or nasty weed. In the south the plants often burn out after flowering during the heat of summer. In cooler climates they are often dug after flowering to maximize enjoyment and minimize spread.
 
The young leaves can be eaten in salads or cooked.
 
A bit more information: Sweet peas are also considered the April birth flower. This is especially true in April. This flower represents modesty and simplicity.
 
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Garden Longer with Less Aches and Pains – It’s National Garden Week
Avoid sore and strained muscles that often arise after a long day in the garden.  A few simple changes in your gardening habits can keep you gardening longer and with fewer aches, pains and strains.
 
Use long-handled tools to extend your reach and minimize bending and stooping. And if you need to get a bit closer to the ground, try placing only one knee on the ground or using a stool and keep your back straight.
 
Keep your tools handy by wearing a carpenter’s apron with lots of pockets or using a tool caddy. An old wagon, wheeled golf bag or trash can make moving long-handled tools a breeze. 
 
Use foam or wrap your tool handles with tape to enlarge the grip and reduce hand fatigue. Or better yet, invest in ergonomically designed tools with larger cushioned grips.  They are designed to position your body in a less stressful position, allowing you to work longer.
 
A bit more information: Further extend your energy by taking frequent breaks. Use sunscreen, wear a hat and drink lots of water. For more ideas, check out my 10 Pain-free Gardening tips.
 
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Celebrate National Dandelion Day – It’s not just a weed
Stop, don’t pull those pesky yellow flowered dandelions popping up in the lawn and garden. These beautiful flowers have not only been used as bouquets for mom and crowns for children, but have a long medicinal and edible history.

On April 5th, Dandelion Day, celebrate the benefits and beauty of this perennial plant many consider a weed.  You’ll find this adaptable plant growing in a wide variety of locations.
 
The name dandelion comes from the French “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth. This refers to the leaves with their jagged tooth-like edges.
 
Dandelions are high in Vitamins A, B, C and D and were used by Native Americans for kidney disease, swelling and skin problems.
 
Harvest the young leaves in spring and add them to a salad or sauté with onions.  Brighten up a salad with just the yellow portion of the flowers or ferment them into wine.
 
A bit more information: Dandelions are also known as 'wet-the-bed'. This refers to the old belief that just touching a dandelion can cause bed-wetting. This may be tied to the fact that dandelions have been used as a diuretic.
 
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Celebrate National Celery Month - Grow Your Own Celery Indoors or Out
Celery, an unassuming vegetable has long been used as a flavorful ingredient in soups, stews and casseroles. You’ll also find it fresh on a relish tray or as a crunchy low calorie snack. Its value is being recognized and celebrated during April, National Celery Month.

This long season vegetable is difficult to grow in many areas. The plants are slow to germinate and the young transplants will bolt if subject to cool periods.
 
Grow celery in full sun with moist organic soil. Provide ample moisture and mulch to keep the soil moist throughout the season. Wrap or cover the stalks two weeks before harvest to blanch the stems for a milder flavor.
 
Or have a bit of fun and grow some celery from kitchen discards. Next time you chop up a bunch of celery for soup or stew, save the base and grow a new plant.
 
A bit more information: It’s easy to grow your own celery from kitchen discards. Save the base of the celery in a shallow dish of water or bury the bottom half in a well-drained potting mix to root. Set in a bright location. Keep water in the saucer or the soil mix moist until new growth  appears. Pot up and move to a sunny location.
 
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Are You Ready for Manhattanhenge?
Manhattanhenge happens a couple of times each year. It's the name for the days on which the setting sun lines up perfectly with Manhattan's gridded streets to create some awesome pictures. Manhattanhenge happens tonight and tomorrow night. NBC New York reports the best places to witness it are cross streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets. They recommend that you go as far east as you can in Manhattan without losing sight of New Jersey. Of course, that only works if you're in New York. So here's what it looked like a few years ago. And I'm sure you can find some decent video and shots on YouTube after tonight and tomorrow, asuming the weather cooperates.  
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Beyonce Meets Duck Tales
Sometimes, mash-ups of songs are a little silly. This is one of them - the video of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" mashed up with the theme song from Duck Tales. You know what? It sort of works. Check it out, just for the fun of it!   http://goodfriendspodcast.tumblr.com/post/119921659418/single-ladies-synced-up-with-the-ducktales-theme
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A Full Circle Rainbow
This is tremendously rare. Some folks at the top of an observation tower over Niagara Falls shot some tremendous footage of a full-circle rainbow. It's an amazing thing to see! (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')); When they realized what they were looking at here at Niagara Falls, their jaws dropped. It's a full circle rainbow! You’ll want to see it, too.(h/t to southlakemotors/YouTube) Posted by The Weather Channel on Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Leave Those S'mores Alone!
Okay, now the government has gone too far! ChooseMyPlate.gov has published the recipe for a healthy alternative to S'mores, that melted-chocolate-and-marshmallow-on-graham-cracker concoction that's so messy and wonderful, especially in the summer. Ready? Instead of chocolate, strawberries. Instead of marshmallow, yogurt. And instead of graham crackers, a couple of pieces of cardboard. Okay, that last part's not real, but it might as well be. Nothing wrong with strawberries and yogurt - they make a nice parfait. But they pale in comparison to melty, drippy, messy chocolate and marshmallow. Mind your own beeswax, ChooseMyPlate.gov!   An easy treat kids will love- Strawberry S'mores! http://t.co/Pq2ZmADi35 #WhatsCooking pic.twitter.com/B6zUgZLMnk — ChooseMyPlate.gov (@MyPlate) May 24, 2015
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Got an Extra $100 Million Hanging Around?
Neverland, the California ranch owned by Michael Jackson, is on the market. For just $100 million dollars, you can grab up the 2700-acre property in Los Olivos, just north of Santa Barbara. There are 22 structures in all, including the train station that's modeled after the one on the Disney properties, plus a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court and a 50-seat theater. It's not called Neverland anymore - it's now Sycamore Valley Ranch - and the amusement park rides Jackson used to keep there are gone. The listing agents say they're pre-screening buyers to keep out Jackson fans. They don't want someone to buy it up and turn it into a Graceland-style attraction. Just in case that's what you had in mind.  
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"I Thought This Was Supposed To Be a Man's Movie"
Mad Max: Fury Road was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and afterwards, some of the stars and the crew appeared in a press conference. A reporter from Toronto stood up and asked Tom Hardy, the actor who played Mad Max, if he questioned why there were so many women in the movie. "I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie," said the reporter. Tom's reaction is classic. Short, sweet, to the point. Check it out.  
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"Together, We Can Blow Up Anything"
Okay, I have to admit this. I saw this video last week, and thought it was just a promo for some new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. But I just watched it again, and it turns out it's an invitation from Arnold to go to Los Angeles to spend some time with him, blowing stuff up. It's a fundraiser through Omaze.com that will help raise money for after-school programs. So yes, it will cost you to enter, but you'll be doing something good, and you could end up blowing stuff up with Arnold Schwarzenegger. You game?  
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Ladybugs Everywhere!
It's the end of the school year, and kids are getting a little buggy. At Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland, a few high school seniors took that bugginess to the extreme. They pulled off a senior prank that unleashed 72,000 ladybugs on the high school. I'm sorry, that made me laugh. It didn't make the school's administration laugh at all. In fact, one of the seniors involved wasn't allowed to walk the stage at graduation this week. Watch the story, and weigh in on it. Is this such a heinous thing that it should stop a prankster from graduating from high school?  
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Heartwarming & Funny
Every once in a while, the early rounds of America's Got Talent produces some genuine gems. This is one of those. Drew Lynch has a stutter, but that's not holding him back from following his dream to be a comedian. Watch his story, watch his act, and tell me you're not touched. And you'll be floored by what Howie Mandel does for him.  
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Jon Stewart, King of Analogies
The Daily Show covers all the hot topics of the day - with a trademark wit that will still be around (one hopes!) when Jon Stewart retires. In the meantime, we can still enjoy the spin Jon puts on the news. Like this story about the recent court ruling that the National Security Agency overstepped the Patriot Act in its phone data surveillance program. Jon has the perfect analogy for the ruling. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so 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')); You know your surveillance program has gone too far when you cannot get permission from the Patriot Act. That's like getting thrown out of an Olive Garden for eating too many bread sticks." -- Jon Stewart► Watch the episode: http://on.cc.com/1J5b0mq Posted by The Daily Show on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Next Up: The Death Star Building?
The new offices of Chinese on-line game developer NetDragon Websoft are out of this world. Well, not literally, but close. The company spent close to $160 million - including licensing fees - to build a headquarters that looks like the USS Enterprise - the one you know from the Star Trek movies. Check out the video from IGN News. It really is pretty incredible.  
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Congratulations, You're a Piglet
The actors from Game of Thrones are piling up the honors. Here's one that may leave them scratching their heads a bit, though. The folks at the Detroit Zoo this week unveiled four of five warthog piglets born there in April. The video shows Daenerys, Sansa, Cersei and Hodor playing in their enclosure. Tyrion, the runt of the litter, wasn't quite big enough for public display yet. Sounds about right...  
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Have Love & Mercy
There's a movie hitting the theaters on June 5 that's sort of flying under the radar, dwarfed by some of the blockbusters that will open the summer season. Love & Mercy is the story of Brian Wilson, one of the driving forces of the Beach Boys. They've got two actors playing the same guy - John Cusack and Paul Dano. Watch the trailer, and then watch the interview Variety magazine posted last fall with the actors in the movie. And make an appointment for early June - this one looks pretty good.  
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Drop & Give Them Twenty!
Jon Stewart posted a video of himself doing 20 pushups recently? Why? To raise awareness about America's veterans by dropping and giving them twenty, and posting it to social media and GiveThem20.org.   It doesn't cost you anything - just a few minutes of your time, and calling out two friends to do the same. Jon called out John Oliver and the New York Mets - which I'm pretty sure represents more than one person, but hey, he's Jon Stewart, and he can do what he likes. (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')); Jon accepts the #GiveThem20 challenge with 20 push-ups for veterans and calls out John Oliver and the New York Mets. ► Visit givethem20.org and American Corporate Partners (ACP) to join him and thank returning veterans. Posted by The Daily Show on Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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That Would Make Church & Temple More Interesting
Sometimes, you just have to take a stab at it, right? You're on Jeopardy!, the Final Jeopardy category is Hymns, and the answer is a doozy: A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical   The correct question: What is "Rock of Ages?" Choyon Manjrekar had a very unusual - and incorrect - question that has since gone viral. Check it out...  
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The Best Graduation Video This Year
Imagine you're graduating from high school. You're on stage, waiting to hear your name. You're waiting, and waiting, and you're really up there all by yourself. You think they've forgotten your name. Then they say your name. You grab your diploma, and you realize there's someone else on stage with you. Your mom. Home unexpectedly from a tour of duty in the Navy. The video says it all... (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')); WATCH: Navy mom surprises her son on stage at his Paul W. Bryant High School graduation ceremony! Full #LiveOn3340 Story: bit.ly/1JOjwqA Posted by ABC 33/40 on Sunday, May 24, 2015
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Jonny Quest Going Live?
In the 1960s, the folks at Hanna-Barbera produced an animated series called Jonny Quest about the adventures of a boy scientist. It featured Jonny and his dog Bandit, his friend Hadji, his dad and their all-around tough guy, Race Bannon. It only lasted a couple of seasons, but it spawned a few attempts at being remade. And now, Robert Rodriguez (of Sin City fame, among others) is teaming up with a screenwriter from Pirates of the Caribbean to come up with a live action movie. If this were 30 years ago, Johnny Depp would make the perfect Jonny Quest... That doesn't mean he won't be playing it now, of course.  
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Doctor Bon Jovi, I Presume?
"I sat down and wrote you a song." That's the gift Jon Bon Jovi gave to graduates at the Camden campus of Rutgers University. The university conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, and as part of his subsequent commencement address, he picked up his guitar. The song, called "Reunion," urged graduates "to go start your own revolution, and I'll see you at the reunion." It was the first time it was ever performed in front of an audience. I can see it getting played a lot more, can't you?  
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Rest in Peace, Anne Meara
Actress and comedian Anne Meara passed away over the weekend at the age of 85. She and her husband, Jerry Stiller, were a pretty successful comedy team in the 60s, 70s and 80s. She appeared on a number of TV shows, including Sex and the City, All My Children and King of Queens. She's also the mother of Ben Stiller. Check out one of Stiller & Meara's appearances on The Carol Burnett Show...  
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John Legend Disses Jamie Foxx, Sorta
Last week on The Tonight Show, Jamie Foxx and Jimmy Fallon played Wheel of Musical Impressions. One of the voice/song combos Jamie dialed up was John Legend singing the Toys R Us jingle. It starts at 2:45 on the video below.(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')); Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jamie Foxx Jimmy challenges Jamie Foxx to a game of random musical impressions, such as John Legend singing the Toys "R" Us jingle. Posted by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 John Legend caught wind of it, and posted this response. Pretty cool, don't you think? We'll post this one in John's column.  
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Carpool Karoake with Justin Bieber, and It's Not a Carwreck
When you've got a late night talk show these days, you've got to develop signature bits. Cuz it's a tough market out there. James Corden's signature bit (so far, anyway) on The Late Late Show is Carpool Karaoke, where he picks up a guest and drives him or her to the show. Along the way, they have silly conversations, sing songs, stop passersby, eat fast food, and more. And they generate some laughs along the way. Check out his latest, with Justin Bieber.  
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Say It Ain't So, Mary-Kate and Ashley
Well, gang, it's official. The Olsen twins - Mary-Kate and Ashley - will not be joining the Full House sequel called Fuller House on Netflix. John Stamos, who will make guest appearances on the show as well as produce it, said he was heartbroken on Twitter, and then posted this. I understand they're in a different place and I wish them the best. I promise you will not be dissapointed with our reunion and spin off!! — John Stamos (@JohnStamos) May 23, 2015 They say it's so they can concentrate on their fashion line and other busines ventures. Personally, I think it's becaue they stopped looking like twins about 15 years ago. (By the way, John, you got "disappointed" wrong. But you are heartbroken, so I guess it's understandable.)
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Game of Thrones: The Musical
On Thursday's Red Nose Day USA special on NBC, Chris Martin and Cold Play put together a 12-minute documentary video about their efforts to get their newest work, "Game of Thrones: The Musical," onto a Broadway stage. Okay, it's a spoof, but so well done. Plus, they had the help of a quite a few cast members from Game of Thrones, including Mark Addy (Robert Barateheon), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow). The narration by Liam Neeson really helps sell it. And Jon Snow singing "Wildling" to Ygritte (Rose Leslie) could well be the best part of it. Check it out.  
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The Old "Hidden Ball" Trick
It's the bottom of the ninth. You're down by one run. You've got two outs, and a pinch runner at second. The pitcher whirls around and tries to pick off the runner. The throw goes wild into the outfield. Your runner takes off for third. But wait. The pitcher is chasing your runner down. The pitcher had the ball in his glove the whole time. Tag. Your runner is out. Game over. Pretty exciting end for one team - pretty devastating for the other. What makes it even more interesting: it happened at a high school playoff game in Colorado. Check out the video...  
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Prehistoric Funk
I just stumbled on this video from a few months ago, but it's perfect for some holiday fun. One of the hottest songs of the year so far has been Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." Turns out the beat and music are very similar to "Walk The Dinosaur," a song by a group called Was (Was Not) in 1987. Pretty amazing how close these two are. I wonder if Robin Thicke had anything to do with "Uptown Funk?"  
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