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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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Will Ferrell Knocks a Cheerleader Off Her Feet
Not a headline you'd normally associate with Will Ferrell, right? Not to worry, it was all for a movie. Will was in New Orleans, taping a scene for his new movie, Daddy's Home, during half-time at a Pelicans/ Lakers game. A couple of guys in the audience were able to catch the action. The first is this great shot on Twitter of the second after the moment Will's basketball hit the cheerleader in the face... Will Ferrell knocks a #Pelicans cheerleader off her feet with a "drunken" throw while filming a scene at halftime. pic.twitter.com/AD8FMkX5ad — Michael DeMocker (@MichaelDeMocker) January 22, 2015 The second is this cell phone video of the whole scene, from the setup through Will's ejection from the building. It's a little shaky, but you get the idea...  
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The Show Must Go On, Unless...
Idina Menzel - better known to John Travolta as Adele Dazeem - will be taking a week off from her Broadway play, "If/Then." And the play will shut down while she's gone. Why? So she can prepare for her appearance at the Super Bowl to sing the National Anthem. She's probably not taking any chances, especially after she caught all sorts of flack for not being able to hit a high note during a live performance on New Year's Eve while singing her hit song from Frozen, "Let It Go." So rest, relax, warm up, and practice those high notes, Adele! #SB49 @SuperBowl @nfl pic.twitter.com/qf0me9wFqo — Idina Menzel (@idinamenzel) January 16, 2015
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"Do What We Need to Do, and Then, We Get to Live"
There's another big Sunday looming in your future. If you're a Walking Dead fan, that is. On February 8, a week after the Big Game, the dead and the living and some in between return for Season 5. In case you haven't seen it, here's the trailer... If you're a Deadniac, you've probably got a viewing party planned that will rival any Super Bowl party, ever!  
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Bad Lip Reading, NFL-Style
Here's a little bit of NFL coverage that has nothing to do with deflated balls. And isn't that refreshing? The folks at Bad Lip Reading have taken footage from the 2014/2015 season, and dubbed their own reads onto them. Flat out hilarious. Even more that WhereDidTheAirGoGate...  
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Breaking Bad, Airborne
A six-propeller drone aircraft crashed into a supermarket parking lot right on the Mexico-California this week. Okay, so accidents happen, right? This was no ordinary drone. It was a delivery drone. Still no big deal, right? I mean, Amazon's been talking about these things for months, years. This delivery drone was packed with six one-pound containers of methamphetamines. It's sort of like Walter White taking over the reins at Fed Ex...  
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East Versus West in Commercials Too
Another Super Bowl ad "leaked" onto the internet yesterday, this one for Carl's Jr, a fast food chain located mostly in the western part of the United States. So, the ad will be aired only in the western region of the US. It's a bit racy, with a model walking through a farmer's market, talking about how she likes to go au naturel. It's to promote Carl's new All-Natural Burger, and it's fairly clever in a photographic sense. But according to an article in USA Today, one marketing expert doesn't think it will do its job - selling hamburgers - especiall to a Super Bowl audience. "'It's like porn meets American Pastime,' says branding consultant Erika Napoletano. 'It makes NFL cheerleaders -- underpaid and underclothed -- look like nuns in comparison.'" You decide. If you live in the West, you can wait til next Sunday. If you live in the East, take a look now.  
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Maybe the NFL Should Check Its Instagrams
This may be one of the most untimely yet timely Instagram posts ever. On the day after the NFC and AFC Championships were decided, the National Football League posted a behind-the-scenes picture of some Super Bowl footballs in the process of assembly. Every one completely deflated. This as they investigated Deflategate - where it's now been determined that 11 of 12 balls used by the New England Patriots in their victory over the Indianapolis Colts were under-inflated. So the natural tagline to this picture is #noballsforseahawks?.     Behind the scenes: Making the Super Bowl XLIX footballs! #SB49 📷: Rick Osentoski/AP A photo posted by @nfl on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:46pm PST
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Oh Say Can You SNAP!
One of the funnier moments in Tuesday's State of the Union Address is when President Obama was talking about his agenda for the next two years. "I have no more campaigns to run," he said as a prelude to the discussion. That was greeted with some snickers and some laughter and some applause. The president turned to those making the noise, smirked, and said, "I know, cuz I won both of them." Okay, the State of the Union is meant to be a serious thing, but if a man's getting heckled, a man's got to do what a man's got to do. And Barack Obama did it perfectly. I can't wait to see him as one of the presenters at the Justin Bieber roast...  
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Red Velvet Oreos Are On the Way!
The snack-eating world is going a little ga-ga over a new addition to Nabisco's line of Oreos. Ladies and gentlemen, the Red Velvet Oreo will be available, on a limited basis, mind you, starting in February. Nabisco says it took about 18 months to get it right, but now it's ready to roll out. The folks at ABC News had some of their editors conduct a taste test, and the overwhelming opinion is that while the cookie is reminiscent of red velvet, it's still about as chocolatey as a regular Oreo. What's different is the cream cheese inspired filling - not exactly cream cheese, but creamier than the regular Oreo filling. Not an overwhelming endorsement, but you can bet they'll sell out anyway. Red Velvet Oreos are coming http://t.co/8A76iz0n8P Photo: @Oreo pic.twitter.com/Sy1wlp7tkM — USA TODAY Money (@USATODAYmoney) January 21, 2015
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Not Your Typical Victoria's Secret Ad
The Super Bowl ads are leaking early this year. This one's particularly timely, and will certainly lead to all sorts of Deflategate commentary too. Victoria's Secret models, suited up to play some football. And unlike other VS commercials before, the only skin to be seen here is behind the face masks. It's a reminder that Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks after the Big Game, so "Don't Drop the Ball."  
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He Had a Dream... of Seeing Orcas
Rich German's a paddle boarder in Laguna Beach, California. He's been paddling his board in the Pacific for years, and he says he's witnessed a bunch of marine life. But he's always dreamed, he says, of seeing killer whales up close. Last week, his dream came true, and he posted a video to YouTube capturing his close encounter. The visit starts at about the 1:40 mark, but his explanation of the event is worth watching too...  
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Chikungunya Gonna Get Ya
Lindsay Lohan's got it. The Chikungunya virus, that is. It's carried by mosquitos, and apparently she picked it up on a recent trip to Bora Bora. The New York Daily News reports that she's now in a London hospital, being treated for the disease, which generally causes joint aches and high fever for about a week before going away. Sometimes, the aches can linger. Lindsay's been dealing with this for at least a few weeks now - she posted this picture and message to Instagram three weeks ago. No word on whether the mosquito survived the encounter, by the way.     Still with chikungunya but feeling better on and off @patrickaufdenkamp @oprah thank you for your call #beherenow A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Jan 2, 2015 at 8:09pm PST
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Shake It Officer
A patrol officer named Jeff Davis with the Dover Police Department in Delaware used his dashboard camera to tape himself lip synching to Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." The department said it found the video while reviewing dashcam footage, and decided to release it, with apologies to Taylor. Turns out it was all staged, but still a lot of fun to watch. They're calling him the Diva Cop, but I think Shake It Officer is more appropriate... And guess who reTweeted the video? Taylor Swift, naturally. Which probably explains why the video is closing in on 20 million hits as this is written.   LOLOLOLOL THE SASS http://t.co/54BA9ZyhBD — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 18, 2015
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It's the Talk of the Sports World
Deflategate has taken over the sports world. Heck, it's taken over the entire world, it seems. It's on sports talk shows. It's on regular talk shows. It's the topic of the week around the water cooler. Everyone's talking about whether the New England Patriots purposefully let a little bit of air out of the footballs used in Sunday's AFC Championship game to make them easier to grip, throw and catch. The Indianapolis Colts complained, and the NFL is investigating. Some folks are taking it seriously. Others, not so much. In the not-so-much column, Rob Gronkowski, tight end for the Patriots, had this to say on Twitter. And it just made me laugh... Whoops lol pic.twitter.com/uLxN7A5cpq — Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 20, 2015
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Haven't All the Jokes Been Done Already?
Comedy Central made it official. They are planning to roast Justin Bieber early in March. No, really... It's something The Biebs says he's wanted for years. He's not even 21 years old. He hasn't even wanted to shave that long. But seriously, haven't all the jokes about him been done already? I Belieb so. I suppose the roasters could simply get up and read newspaper accounts of things he's done in the past. Because it's going to be impossible to make things up about the kid...   For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me. They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year now I have worked hard — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 20, 2015 Finally after all that hard work for my 21st bday it's happening. Thanks @RyanSeacrest & @ComedyCentral for the announcement. Let's do it :) — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 20, 2015
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A Comic Civil War is Coming
It seems like half the movies released in any given month are comic-based. Now there's word that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to appear as Iron Man in Captain Amerca 3, and that could be the springboard to a new Civil War movie, which pits Iron Man against Captain America, and causes other superheroes to choose sides. Wasn't that sort of the idea behind one of the X-Men movies already? Or there's one coming up that pits Batman against Superman, right? Anyway, the folks at MoviePilot.com put together a series of animated memes that might give some insight on how the superheroic civil war might start. Have a chuckle...     (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/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by moviepilot.com.
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Drag Race Heard 'Round the World?
Okay, that might sound a little dramatic, but on Sunday, an electric-powered car beat a gas-powered car in a quarter-mile drag race. The Tesla P85D versus the Dodge Challenger Hellcat at Palm Beach International Raceway. The Tesla has 691 horsepower. The Hellcat has 707 horsepower, and is called by some the most powerful muscle car ever built. After this race, they might have to rewrite that ad copy, because the Hellcat got smoked. Now, you could blame it on the Hellcat's driver. Or maybe the Hellcat's tires weren't properly inflated. We'll ask the NFL to investigate that one...  
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Bubbleville versus Bubbaville
There's a new us-against-them philosophy out there, courtesy of former Arkansas governor and Fox News host, Mike Huckabee. He appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart the other night to talk about his new book, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," among other things. Bubbleville, according to Mike, represents the big cities of New York, Washington and Hollywood. Bubbaville, I guess, is everywhere else. And that's where the real people are. Mike goes out of his way to criticize Beyonce as a good representative of what Bubbleville has to offer - and is downright disparaging to her in the interview. Check it out for yourself, as Jon takes the chance to bring Mike out the woodshed... And watch the TMZ clip after it. One of their reporters caught up with former president Jimmy Carter at an airport, and asked what he thought about Mike Huckabee's criticism of President Obama allowing his daughters to listen to Beyonce. Classic!   And here's the best aftershock. The folks at TMZ caught up with former president Jimmy Carter at an airport and asked his opinion of Mike Huckabee's criticism about President Obama allowing his daughters to listen to Beyonce's music...
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There Are Fans, and Then There Are FANS!
On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks pulled off an amazing come-from-behind win to defeat the Green Bay Packers in overtime, sending the Packers home, and sending themselves to the Super Bowl. Naturally, the Seahawks celebrated winning the NFC title. Naturally, the Seahawks' fans celebrated as well. Some more than others. Like this unnamed gentleman, who was captured mid-field after the win. Clearly, he's a Seahawks fan. He's wearing his official Marshawn Lynch jersey, and he's holding his index finger aloft, in the traditional "We're Number One!" salute. After that, tradition veers off course. Sipping vehemently from a pink sports bottle. With his pants wrapped around his ankle. Perhaps he's saying that it will be warm in Glendale when the Seahawks play there in two weeks? But the lesson to take away from this one, boys and girls, is there's a fine line between deliriously happy and just plain delirious. And it has been crossed here...  
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Good Job Executing
Russell Westbrook, a point guard for the Oklahoma Thunder, had a career day over the weekend as his team beat the Golden State Warriors. Russell picked up a triple double with 17 points, 17 assists and 15 rebounds. Afterwards, reporters descended on him in the locker room, and it was clear that he wasn't in the mood to chat. His answer to every question involved the phrase "good job executing" in some shape. He even looked one reporter square in the eye and said, "I don't like you." Check it out. You've got to wonder how many professional athletes would like to do the same thing...  
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Liam Neeson's Guns Taken
Here's an interesting twist. Liam Neeson - the star of the Taken franchise, arguably one of the most violent group of films out there in recent memory - doesn't like guns. Specifically, he doesn't like the proliferation of guns in the United States, something he shared in a press interview to promote Taken 3. He talked about how gun ownership in the US amounted to roughly one gun per every American. He called it a disgrace, with a nasty adjective in front of it. All well and good, I guess, until the folks who provided the weapons for him to use in Taken 3 got wind of it. Para USA in North Carolina posted to Facebook late last week that they regret providing the guns now, in light of Liam's comments. They won't do it again, and they're asking others in the industry to boycott Liam's projects. Meanwhile, Taken 3's been at the top of the charts since being released a couple of weeks ago.
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Bieber's Kleins Targeted
Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon is making quite a name for herself as an impersonator. One of her best impressions is of Justin Bieber. And this week, she took a full-on shot at The Biebs with a dead-on parody of his Calvin Klein underwear ads.   And here's a sort of interesting post-script. The Biebs was impressed with the impression. @nbcsnl well played. Lol. — Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 18, 2015 The lampoonee praises the lampooners? Something not quite right there...
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Your 5-Year-Old Missed My Kid's Party - Here's Your Bill
This could perhaps be the most ridiculous story ever. Alex Nash is a 5-year-old living in Torpoint, England. He was invited to a friend's birthday party near Christmas, and at first agreed to go. Then, they realized that Alex would be visiting with his grandparents on that same day. They had no way to get in touch with the parents of the other child, so Alex simply didn't go to the party. So when the kids went back to school after the holidays, Alex came home with an invoice from the other kid's mom for about 16 pounds - roughly $24 - the cost of paying for Alex's attendance at the party. What a concept. If this works, then I've got to start sending invoices to all the kids who never showed up for my kids' parties. This could be a major windfall! Meanwhile, check out the story in the Plymouth Herald - especially the notes passed back and forth between the mothers. They start out civil, but turn into The Jerry Springer Show in a hurry.
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Now It's Deflategate
Seems like the New Enlgand Patriots can't win without some sort of controversy swirling around the victory. A week ago, Baltimore Ravens' head coach accused the Patriots of using illegal formations to win. They weren't illegal, but there you go. After this Sunday's defeat of the Indianapolis Colts - which sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl - there are reports that the Patriots are being investigated by the NFL for possibly deflating the game balls just enough to make them easier to grip, throw and catch. They're calling it Deflategate. As you can expect, the topic was trending on Twitter as #deflategate. Here's one of the cleaner posts we can share... I hear the @colts deliberately deflated their talent this past Sunday. I want the #NFL to investigate. #sorewinners #DeflateGate — Dana Jay Bein (@danajaybein) January 19, 2015   World News Videos | ABC World News
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The Moon is What?
QVC isn't necessarily known - okay, it's not known at all - for its scientific discussions. That didn't stop a QVC host arguing with a fashion designer about just what the moon is - a planet, a star, or something else entirely. It started with comparing a greenish frock to what the Earth looks like when you're "a bazillion miles away from the planet Moon" and goes downhilll from there. Check it out. The fun part of the clip starts at about the 7:20 mark...  
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