There’s a reason Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is on TLC and not The Food Network. On a recent episode, Mama June grossed out viewers when she whipped up one of her signature dishes- “sketti,” or spaghetti noodles topped with a sauce made with microwaved ketchup and butter. June prides herself on feeding her family of six on a thrifty $80 a week, and with meals like “sketti,” we can see how she does it! The episode inspired mixed reactions across the internet, with some people wrinkling their noses at the dish and others admitting they, too, grew up eating noodles with ketchup. In fact, some people still eat it! Unsurprisingly, it’s popular among college kids- after all, it’s cheap, easy to make after a few too many beers, and you have to be drunk to stomach it.
What do you think of “sketti?” Have you ever eaten noodles with ketchup and butter? Does your mom have any slightly strange signature dishes? Do you like them, or do you secretly think they’re gross? What’s your go-to meal after you’ve had a too much to drink?
Looks may not be everything, but they’re pretty important on Facebook. It’s no secret that the first place most of us look when we visit someone’s Facebook profile is their photo. A new study found that we actually judge people’s attractiveness based on the comments on their profile pics left by other users. Experts say that when measuring someone up, we rely on other people’s opinions to help form our judgments. The study also found that people tend to prefer profile photos that feature people in action over simple head shots.
Do you judge people’s attractiveness based on other people’s opinions/judgments? Why or why not? Do your friends’ comments influence your choice of Facebook profile picture? What kind of profile pictures do you prefer?
There are moments- the terrible twos and the rebellious teenage years, for example- when some parents may regret ever having kids at all. But according to a survey, the number-one regret parents have is spending too much time at work during their kids’ early years. Rounding out the five most common parenting regrets are worrying too much about the little things, not playing with their kids more, not going on more vacations and not taking enough photos. More than 60% of parents wished they’d done more activities with their children, and almost 20% worry their kids’ lives were affected by something they did or didn’t do. Two thirds of parents said they would do things differently if they had the chance, and six out of ten parents with multiple children said they actually did change their ways the second time around.
What’s your biggest parenting regret? Did you raise your second child differently from your first? In what way? Is there anything you wish your parents did differently when raising you?
These are literally some of the most annoying words in the English language! You’re probably guilty of using so-called “crutch words,” a.k.a. over- and often misused terms people say to appear smarter, add emphasis or simply fill space in conversation. Some of the most common and cringe-inducing crutch words and phrases include: Obviously, irregardless, I’m not gonna lie, per se, personally, quite frankly, totally, fascinating, with all due respect and the thing is.
What’s the most annoying crutch word/phrase? Which one(s) do you often find yourself saying?
The Happiest Place on Earth just got a little happier! Disney announced that they are going to start serving alcohol inside the Magic Kingdom. Beer and wine will be added to the menu at the French-inspired Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland. Disney’s resorts and other theme parks (like Epcot) already serve booze, but until now Magic Kingdom has always been dry. While some folks are upset about the development, it’s likely to be a welcome change for the many adults who accompany their kids to the park every day. Wouldn’t you need a stiff drink after a day at Disney?
Do you think alcohol should be served at Disney parks? Why or why not? Have you ever been to a Disney theme park? Which one? Do you like Disney theme parks? Do you think alcohol would enhance the experience?
Check out what my Grandma gave me for my birthday! A New Kids On The Block T-Shirt and it still has tags on it.
She bought it for me when I was 12, but found out from my Mom I was over them and she decided not to give it to me. She came across the shirt while cleaning her house the other day and gave it to me now for my 31st birthday!
When you go out to a bar what drink do you order? Here's a new list of what that drinks says about you and what celebrity you are most like:
VODKA AND SODA – I’M TRYING TO GET DRUNK…PRINCE HARRY VODKA CRANBERRY – I’M JUST A GIRL HANGING OUT…JENNIFER ANISTON TEQUILA SHOTS – PLEASE VALIDATE MY COOLNESS…KANYE WEST REGULAR BEER – I’M HERE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME…RYAN GOSSLING FANCY BEER – I’VE MATURED SINCE COLLEGE…JOHN MAYER FANCY COCKTAIL – I WANT YOU TO THINK I’M INTERESTING…KIM KARDASHIAN BLOODY MARY – I’M HUNGOVER…LINDSAY LOHAN GIN & TONIC – I’M BORING…TOM CRUISE SCOTCH – LOOK HOW SOPHISTICATED AND MYSTERIOUS I THINK I AM…GEORGE CLOONEY WINE – CLASSY AND I’M NOT HERE TO GET WASTED….OPRAH MARGARITA – I DON’T LIKE THE TASTE OF ALCHOLOL BUT I WANT TO DRINK – TAYLOR SWIFT
(Photo - from Kidd O'Shea's cell phone during one of his fun days out)
I can't believe what I saw last night! I know "The Bachelor Pad" is considered trashy TV by reality show haters, but it's my guilty pleasure!
If you had a choice what would you choose $250,000 or love? That's basically what the show comes down to in the end. And the finalists, Rachel and Nick were faced with that dilemma last night.
She wanted love, but her boytoy around the mansion Michael dumped her. So maybe she'd win the money. Nope.
Nick chose to "keep" all of the money and Rachel walked away with nothing. DRAMA!!! My jaw dropped. And Nick just laughed in her face. A guy like that might have money, but good luck getting love if you treat a friend that way and laugh in her face and kick her when she's down.
Robin Williams, Back on the Silver Screen
We knew it was coming.
When Robin Williams passed away earlier this year, he left behind a handful of completed film projects.
One of them was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
It's due out on Christmas Day, and features Robin reprising his role as Teddy Roosevelt.
Check out the trailer for a little glimpse of Robin.
One of this lines is oddly prophetic. "I think it's safe to say that we're in a bit of trouble."
How Much for That Lion in the Window?
On Monday, the costume that Bert Lahr wore as the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 classic film, The Wizard of Oz, went up for auction.
It was part of a group of memorabilia offered for sale at Bonhams auction house - "TCM Presents: There's No Place Like Hollywood."
Other items up for sale included Sam's piano from Casablanca, a gown worn by Marilyn Monroe, and Clark Gable's jacket from Gone With the Wind.
As you sit and maybe watch The Wizard of Oz over the holidays, think about this.
That outfit worn by the King of the Forest just sold for $3 million.
Barack & Meryl, Sitting in a Tree?
On Monday afternoon, President Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the nation's highest civilian honor to singer Stevie Wonder, TV journalist Tom Brokaw, and Ethel Kennedy, wife of the late Robert F. Kennedy.
Oh, and he gave one to his girlfriend too.
That would be Meryl Streep, the actress.
“I love Meryl Streep,” the president said in front of all assembled "Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it.”
No real scandal there. Just a nice bit of affection.
Oh, and he poked a little fun at his love too - pointing out that she sang Abba - "which, you know, that's something."
Vader Versus Batman - Who Wins?
Stumbled on this one while doing a little surfing today.
What happens when you pit the Dark Knight against the Dark Sith Lord?
An epic battle, for sure.
Check out this very well-done bit of fantasy lore, pitting Robin's best bud, Batman, against Luke and Leia's papa, Dark Vader.
Sew Watt, Its Juss a Tipo!
Maybe it's time for the signmakers in Los Angeles to invest in SpellCheck - or maybe just a proofreader.
Earlier this month, a sign sub-contractor installed a new highway marker on the northbound side of the 710 Freeway.
The sign marked the exit for Olympic Boulevard.
Except it said "Olimpic" Boulevard instead.
It took someone at CalTrans a full day to recognize the problem. A few days later, it was covered up with a black tarpaulin. And it will be replaced by the sub-contractor at no charge to the city.
Except for the cost of the embarrassment of having hung in there in the first place.
OOPS: Exit sign on 710 Freeway misspells Olympic Blvd as 'Olimpic' http://t.co/SjXYEUjVgU Pic by @shelbygrad pic.twitter.com/koDffd2usV
— Kimi Yoshino (@kyoshino) November 25, 2014
"Something Chases You, Run!"
It's the first "genetically-modified hybrid."
With those ominous words, we welcome you to Jurassic World.
It's 23 years later, and the interactive park envisioned by Richard Attenborough's character in the original Jurassic Park movies is up and running.
It's a hybrid between Disney World, Sea World and Busch Gardens, featuring real live dinosaurs - plus a new concoction, cooked up by the scientists.
That would be the "genetically-modified hybrid," and of course, it will run amok.
Check out the trailer for the film - the film will be released in June of 2015.
What do you think? Exciting and new - or just a rehash of the originals?
Hit the Mark, or Miss By a Mile?
Critics are saying this skit from last weekend's Saturday Night Live marks a return of the show's political comedy chops.
They resurrected the old ABC show, Schoolhouse Rock, and tossed in President Obama's recent executive order concerning immigration, and presented a tutorial on how things work on Capitol Hill.
What do you think: does it Hit the Mark, or Miss By a Mile. (I fall in the latter category, but I'm interested to see what other people think.)
Oh, and by the way - if you want to read how the skit is entirely wrong on the fact side anyway, check out this article by ThinkProgress.
Black Sea Devil Captured
Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute announced a fascinating find over the weekend - a video of the rare deep-sea anglerfish, also known as the Black Sea Devil.
The film was shot off the coast of Monterey, California, about 1900 feet below the surface.
The scientists were very excited, as they believe it's the first video of this species, "alive and at depth."
The narration is a little dry, and the fish is not pretty. Still, it is fascinating...
Want some chuckles, though? Check out this little video, called "True Facts About the Angler Fish," produced by the same institute.
Forget the Hail Mary - This One's the Rosary!
Okay, sportscasters are given to hyperbole. That I'll grant you.
But they may be on to something with the touchdown catch Odell Beckham Jr made on Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys.
One sportcaster calls it, "Impossible!" And watching it in slow-mo, he and everyone else might just be right.
And the more amazing part, after the game, Odell told Bob Costas that he and some of his teammates practice catches like that all the time.
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Did She Diss Em or Not?
Some writers are saying that Iggy Azalea dissed Eminem on Sunday at the American Music Awards.
She picked up the award both for best rap artist and for best rap/hip-hop album for The New Classic, her debut album.
In her acceptance speech, she said, "It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this. It's amazing."
Watch and listen...
Some believe that was a shot at Eminem, who definitely took a shot at Iggy in his new song, Vegas, with a lyric that said, "Put that sh*t away, Iggy."
But she responded on Twitter after the song was released. And it really does sound like she's just letting sleeping dogs and Eminems lie...
im bored of the old men threatening young women as entertainment trend and much more interested in the young women getting $ trend. zzzz
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) November 20, 2014
Cuddle Up to Me - Professionally, Of Course
Some would call Samantha Hess's business an overnight success - but you can't stay overnight.
Samantha runs a shop in Portland, Oregon called Cuddle Up to Me - and it's a professional cuddle shop.
Stay with me now. For $60, a customer can get sixty minutes of hugging, or as it's been described, "the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves."
Sure, it sounds like a front for something, but Samantha says it's a great idea, one that came to her when she really needed a hug. "I was at a place where I thought paying someone to hug me and not have ulterior motives sounded like a great idea," she told an interviewer from The Independent. "I decided why can't this be a thing that we can easily and safely reach for?"
It's all on the up-and-up. Everyone stays dressed, hugs and hand-holding are the only items on the menu, and the show is open Monday through Saturday.
By the way, Samantha's been at it for a year or so. But all of a sudden, the media are getting hold of the story, and it's gone viral.
What's going on here? If you said professional cuddling… then you are correct. Only on the #RidicuList pic.twitter.com/F2Yq6LPHUB
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) November 18, 2014
The Newest Shirt Style - Graffiti!
Frankie J. Grande, the half-brother of Ariana Grande, showed up at last night's American Music Awards in a rather interesting outfit.
Skin-tight baby pink skinny jeans - check!
Black high tops - check!
Puff of pink in his hair - check!
And a stop at the local Sherwin Williams to have his shirt and bow tie painted on - check, check and check!
After the show, he jumped into a Maytag washing machine and was cleaned up in no time.
Cutest Picture of the Year?
This might not be the cutest picture of the year, but it sure is a contender.
Gisele Bundchen posted this one all over social media yesterday afternoon, as her husband, Tom Brady, led the New England Patriots to a 34 - 9 victory over the Detroit Lions.
It's Tom and Gisele's daughter, Vivian, wearing one of daddy's jerseys, watching the game.
Mega Cute to the 12th power, easily.
Go daddy go!!! #gopats ❤️💙 Vai papai vai!
A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) on Nov 11, 2014 at 10:57am PST
Celebrity Mean Tweets Are Back!
Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets series just keeps getting better and better.
Sure, it's sad that there are so many haters out there, and there's probably something sub-conscious here that encourages the haters to hate more, but...
The reactions of some of these celebrities to the nasty things tweeted about them is simply classic.
Case in point on this newest installment: John Stamos's reaction to a tweet about his "gross" belly button.
Katy Razzes Paparazzi
Katy Perry's fed up with paparazzi, especially the guys who were hounding her every step this weekend in Australia.
She's in Sydney on her Prismatic World Tour, and all she wanted was a little quiet time on the beach.
Not too much to ask, right? Except for the "perverted and disgusting" paparazzi, salivating at the prospect of a shot of Katy in her bikini that could be sold to the highest tabloid bidder.
Katy took to Twitter to fire a cannon in their direction.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 22, 2014
She even posted some pictures of the offenders.
THESE ARE A FEW OF THE STALKERS: pic.twitter.com/1JtHSIVuqc
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 22, 2014
Poohphobia Plagues Poland
At first glance, this story reads like something the folks at The Onion would make up.
But as you read on and look at the source, it looks like it's a legitimate story.
There's a town in Poland called Tuszyn that's looking for a mascot for its new playground.
But the town officials categorically rejected Winnie the Pooh.Why?
They say the cartoon bear is "inappropriately dressed" and his sexuality is "dubious."
You have to read the story.
It's laugh out loud funny - and sad, all at the same time.
(And if it turns out this ISN'T real - nicely played, whoever pulled this off!)
Celebrities Stuck in Traffic
Comedian impressionist Lauren O'Brien posted a video last week of fourteen celebrities stuck in traffic.
Of course, she's playing all fourteen, and some of them are pretty good!
Decide for yourself - which will be your favorite?
For me, it's a toss up between Kristen Stewart and Sofia Vergara....
Music Video or Underwear Ad?
Beyonce released a video for her new single, "7/11," over the weekend.
They're calling it homemade - it looks like it could have been shot on a cell phone, all around Queen Bey's house, featuring cameos by Baby Blue Ivy and maybe even Hubby Zee.
It's energetic, but seems to go out of its way to feature undergarments - on Beyonce and on her dancers.
If the Fruit of the Loom people are on the ball, I'm smelling a Super Bowl commercial here...
O, Canada, Thank You
The other night, in Toronto, the hometown Maple Leafs played the Nashville Predators.
As is custom, both the Canadian and American national anthems were performed.
In the middle of the American song, the singer's microphone cut out - and the crowd took over, singing the song loud and proud to the very end.
Thank you, Canadians!
I can't help but wonder if we could do the same thing for them.
Time to brush up on "O, Canada," I guess.
Just Face It, This is Funny
You don't have to be a soccer fan, or even understand the sport, to appreciate the fun in this video.
It's so well done - a series of penalty kicks will decide the outcome of this "match" between Yale and North Carolina.
Watch the action as the incomparable Scott Sterling keeps his goal that hardest way possible.
And make sure you pay attention to the announcers - the British accents and expressions really help sell the bit!
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...
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...)
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...
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...
"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.
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