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New I-Phone App
Here's a new iPhone app for ladies who are sick of catcalls and leering colleagues. "Not Your Baby" provides awesome one-liners to tackle a range of compromising situations. Users are instructed to enter information about their scenario, including the setting and the identity of their harasser, then receive lines that are generated based on submissions from other users. I'm not your baby! The iPhone app that gives women the perfect withering one-liners to answer embarrassing catcalls | Mail Online
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Confessions of a Single Woman
What would you add to our list...

1. Sometimes I don't shave my legs during the winter months
2. I hate going to wedding showers
3. I don't want to be set up with any of your friends
4. I actually enjoy my freedom
 
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Coupon Clipper
We're happy when we extract a discount, refund or other concession from a store. We're even happier when we lie to get it. Why? Because it takes more work, according to new research. Why customers get satisfaction out of deceiving retailers - Bottom Line
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What's for Dinner?

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?

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Your Facebook Photo
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND COMMENTS

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?

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Parent Regrets
WOULDA, SHOULDA, COULDA

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?

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Annoying Words
JUST SO YOU KNOW

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?

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Disney Drinks
CH-EARS

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?

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A Birthday Surprise!
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!
So sweet :)
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Simply Amazing!
Have you ever seen a sunset that made you stop dead in your tracks because it was so gorgeous?

These pictures don't due it justice, but after yesterday's rain, this was how the sun looked when I was leaving BayShore.
 
Definitely put a smile on my face and reminded me just how magnificent nature really can be when you stop and take notice.
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What does your drink say about you?
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)
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Phillip Phillips LIVE!
"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips was in Milwaukee yesterday for the Idols Live Tour at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. I was able to sit down with Phillip and chat with him before the show.

I can tell you that is is the sweetest guy I've meet to date from the "American Idol" TV show.
 
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Reality TV Drama!
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.

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Uh, oh...it's coming!
Fall is on it's way and so is Halloween!!

I was driving on the freeway yesterday and there it was in front of the Wisconsin State Fair grounds - the big, orange pumpkin.

It seems like the holidays get pushed up even earlier every year!
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I WANT this!
Wouldn't you love a dog washing station in your house?

I was touring this year's MBA Parade of Homes and one of the houses had this in their mud room off of the garage...isn't it cute!

With 2 big dogs, I feel like this would be a must in our next house! I LOVE it!
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"I Think She Lost Her Mind in the Hollywood Madness"
So, this is interesting. The other night, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Miley Cyrus threw on a wig, big glasses and a business suit, and pretended to be a reporter from Australia. She grabbed a camera crew and went out onto Hollywood Boulevard to interview people about Miley Cyrus. It's actually pretty funny, and it ends the way you'd sort of expect a Miley Cyrus bit to end. Give it a look...  
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Knock Me Over With a Feather
When the Ashley Madison scandal broke, a lot of people looked to Noel Biderman, the company's CEO who co-founded the "cheating" site with his wife, for answers. In an interview that broke just this past weekend in which he was referred to as the King of Infidelity, he said that he and his wife did not practice the company motto: "Life is short. Have an affair." (The folks at Huffington Post Canada have the interview, and a video about it.) In a 2013 interview, Amanda Biderman had this to say about what would happen if Noel cheated on her: "I would be devastated if (Noel) did it to me. But I would not blame a website. Ashley Madison is not creating cheaters. It is servicing a need that is there, that exists. And unfortunately, it exists. It's sad.'' Well, guess whose emails got leaked as part of the data breach and have now been made public? And guess who's allegedly been having affairs? None other than the CEO himself. I wonder if Amanda has logged onto DivorceLawyer.com yet...?   Ashley Madison CEO's emails reveal he lied and had multiple affairs http://t.co/dkTim2w25U // guy creating cheating site cheats. surprised? — gavin richardson (@gavoweb) August 27, 2015
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No More Anchor Babies!
Anchor babies. It's a term that's been tossed around like a hot potato early in this presidential season, especially among the Republican candidates. It's the way they've been describing children born in this country to illegal immigrants. Constitutionally, that grants the children automatic US citizenship, providing an "anchor" to which the parents will cling in hopes of being allowed to stay here. Many Republicans say that has to stop, no matter what the Constitution says. Finally, the folks at Funny or Die have found a way to explain why that should happen. And not one moment too early...   America Under Attack: Anchor Babies from Funny Or Die
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The Most Unlikely Duet of All
Taylor Swift sold out five shows in Los Angeles. Throughout the run, she brought up a bunch of her friends to sing with her, to the delight of all in attendance. Folks like Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake and Lisa Kudrow. Yes, Lisa Kudrow. She joined Taylor on stage to sing "Smelly Cat," a song she sang as Phoebe on Friends. Not only did Taylor know the song, so did the crowd. Check it out.
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"There's Been an Awakening"
The geekosphere erupted yesterday when the Disney folks released a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's all of 15 seconds, and available exclusively on Instagram. And it doesn't really show anything new, except for a guy holding a blue light saber, going up against the guy with the red Game of Thrones-style broadsword light saber. Which prompted all sorts of discussions and theories that will keep the Star Warriors busy until the next teaser trailer. Check it out.     There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakens A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on Aug 27, 2015 at 10:00am PDT
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Betty White's Next TV Gig
Betty White could well be the hottest actress on TV right now. She's done all sorts of guest spots on all sorts of shows, and she just wrapped up a six-season run of Hot in Cleveland on TV Land. Now, she'll be guest starring on Fox's long-running Bones as a squintern. Don't worry, I had to look it up too. Squintern is the word Booth (David Boreanaz) uses to describe the people who assist Doctor Brennan (Emily Deschanel) in the lab. The folks at TV Line report that Betty White will play Dr. Beth Mayer,  an accomplished, sharp as a tack squintern who is brought in to assist in a murder linked to fantasy football — which just happens to be one of her many areas of expertise. With a half century of work under her belt, Dr. Mayer is considered the world’s most experienced forensic anthropologist..." You'll have to wait until the end of October for Betty to make her appearance. And no, they won't be renaming the series Old Bones. That would be wrong. Meanwhile, here's the incredibly sappy promo Fox created for the show's upcoming season...  
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"Oh, I WILL Take This on the Plane"
Some people are silly, I guess. Like this woman who tried to get on board a flight at Beijing Capital International Airport with a $200 bottle of Remy Martin XO Excellence cognac. When the airport security folks told her she'd have to leave it behind, she did what any logical human would do She drank the entire bottle. And got so drunk - fall-down drunk, in fact - that she wasn't allowed to board the fight. I guess she showed them, huh?
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"See a Bus, Don't Move"
Deva Dalparto runs a web and YouTube site called MyLifeSuckers.com, dedicated to the moms of the world. But you don't have to be a mom, or even a parent, to enjoy the videos and blogs she posts. Her latest - just in time for Back to School Season - is "Bus, Don't Move," a parody of the 80s hit, "Bust a Move." It's pretty funny, and it also carries an important safety message to motorists: when you see a school bus, don't move.  
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Les Miserables = Less Miserable
You don't have to be a fan of Les Miserables - either the Broadway show or the movie - to appreciate this flash mob. The West Des Moines School District (in Iowa, of course) was holding its district-wide welcome to school meeting for teachers. And to put a little zest into the day, some teachers put together a teaching-oriented parody of one of the show's biggest ensemble pieces, "One Day More." At first, no one knew what was happening. But as more and more teachers stood up to sing their parts and join the others on stage, the rest of the audience really got into it. When it was done - and done quite well - the performers earned a standing ovation.  
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Ashley Madison, the TV Show?
One of the biggest data breaches going these days is the one involving AshleyMadison.com. That's the site where you can sign up and arrange an extra-marital affair if you're so inclined. Like they say, "Life is short. Have an affair." Now, a team of Hollywood producers has revealed they're working on a fictionalized show based on the website, about a single mom who launches the site as a way to make ends meet. Why now and why this, you wonder? “Anytime 30 million people are doing anything, it becomes worthy of a real discussion,” one of the producers told US Weekly. So, let's see if this ever makes it to air. The show is tentatively titled Thank You Ashley Madison. Meanwhile, the folks at Entertainment Tonight talked about what the breached data shows about the least- and most-faithful states in the USA. You might be surprised! 
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The End of SuM&Mer
I'm not in any hurry to get to fall, but apparently, the M&M people are. They just announced their newest flavor, and it has "fall" written all over it. New Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms, featuring the brown M&M on the packages wearing a scarf and holding a cup of latte. I'm sorry, it's too early. Take them back, M&M people! Just another month. That's all I ask. One. More. Month! Meanwhile,watch this hilariously awkward amateur food-tasting review about the new M&Ms posted to YouTube at the beginning of the week...  
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Space Oddity in Space
File this in your #TBT drawer: it's a video from a couple of years ago. I missed it, maybe you did too. Astronaut Chris Hadfield pulled a tour aboard the International Space Station in 2013. He was known as being media-savvy, steadily tweeting and doing other entertaining things. Like this little gem: performing David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in space. He tweaked the lyrics a bit - since space travel has changed a bit since Bowie recorded the song in 1969. The floating guitar and the floating singer really make this work. And Chris has a pretty decent voice.  
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Kim's Biggest Problem
The newly crowned queen of Instagram might have trouble in her kingdom. According to Star magazine - and you know they'd never lie! - Kim Kardashian has gained 65 pounds in her second pregnancy, and Kanye West is not at all happy about it. Kanye believes, according to the tabloid - and you know they'd never lie! - that Kim is gaining weight because she's using her pregnancy to binge on donuts and ice cream. And he wants her to lose the weight before she has the baby. If any of this is true, sounds like Kim's biggest problem is not the weight, but the maroon her got her pregnant.     RP: @carladibello GOOD MUSIC, GOOD TIMES! A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 23, 2015 at 10:30am PDT
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The $1.5 Million "Ooops!"
Before we go any further, let me just say, I feel bad for the kid, okay? And now, the story. A 12-year-old visiting a museum in Taipei, China tripped and fell. No big deal, except he used a painting worth $1.5 million to break his fall. And in the process, he managed to punch a hole in the painting. Watch the video. And tell me this kid's face isn't on a warning poster at museums around the world by now.  
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"Go Back to Univision"
When it comes to freedom of speech, it sounds like Donald Trump believes it applies only to him. Okay, so maybe that's a broad statement to be making based on one little incident, so you decide. The Donald's holding a press conference in Dubuque. A reporter from Univision - a Spanish-language television network aimed at America's Hispanic population - tried to ask a question. The Donald told him to sit down, as he hadn't been called. The reporter persisted, and it turned into a bit of a verbal tennis match, which involved The Donald telling the reporter to "go back to Univision." Then The Donald made a duck-lips face to his security team, and the reporter was removed. What do you think? Freedom of Donald Speech? Watch the video - decide for yourself.  
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No Sex in the City for Sarah Jessica Parker?
So, here's an interesting revelation. Originally, Sarah Jessica Parker did not want to play Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City. She reluctantly filmed the pilot and forgot about it. And when she found out the series had been picked up a few months later, she begged HBO to let her out of her contract. The story comes from a Broadway actor who recently spent some time doing a show with SJP and hubby Matthew Broderick in Massachusetts. HBO prevailed, as we know. But imagine if they hadn't. It's hard to picture anyone else playing that role. Of course, that's always difficult in retrospect. I don't think it would have been the same, do you? In case you've forgotten the show, here's a trailer for the first movie that the series spawned...  
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The Guy Who Got a Whole Lot of Things Right
I just stumbled on this trailer for what appears to be an epic documentary about Walt Disney. The folks at PBS are presenting Walt Disney as part of their American Experience series. They call it an unprecedented look at "the life and legacy of one of America’s most enduring and influential storytellers." Watch the trailer. It looks fascinating. And mark your calendars for the premiere on September 14 and 15.  
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Looks Like the Devil Went Down to Congress Instead
County music legend Charlie Daniels posted an open letter to the Congress of the United States yesterday. To say he's not a happy camper is a darned accurate statement. He writes about how the courage that our country's leaders have shown in the past, and bemoans what he sees as the loss of that courage... "The courageous politicians that once championed this nation have been replaced, for the most part, by a breed of milksop, politically correct, scared of their own shadow, pushover, pathetic excuses for public servants who are supposed to be representing a constituency of citizens who have to live with the circumstances of their timid folly." Not happy in any way. He thinks the members of Congress should just pack up and go home, as he doesn't hold them in high esteem. "You're no longer men, you're puppets, you're caricatures, jokes, a gaggle of fading prostitutes for sale to anybody who can do you a political favor." Charlie's got an awful lot to say. Check it out, if you like, on his Facebook page. You can even react to it, if you like.  
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So This is a Preview? Not in Your Wildest Dreams!
So Taylor Swift tweeted a 15-second preview of her newest tune, "Wildest Dreams," on Sunday. It shows a variety of shots of animals running or flying, Taylor getting up close and personal with a guy, a biplane flying into the sun, and a close-up of Taylor's eye. And that's it. Guess what it doesn't feature. Music. Shouldn't a teaser for a music video feature - oh, I don't know - music? Want to see the full version - perhaps with music included? Tune in to the Video Music Awards on August 30.   Wildest Dreams music video preview. Full video debuts VMA night. Get ready. #WildestDreamsMusicVideo pic.twitter.com/qfye9qMDW5 — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 24, 2015
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Welcome to the Legion of Honor
Three Americans were praised and awarded France's highest honor on Monday, as thanks for their actions in thwarting a gunman aboard the high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday. France's president, Francois Hollande, awarded the Legion d'Honneur to the three - two of whom are servicemen - plus a British citizen who helped in the takedown. "We are giving you the highest distinction of the country to show you how much we appreciate what you did. So this Legion d'Honneur is representative of your courage and also your incredible act of humanity … to save those also on the train." Pretty amazing story...  
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We Had Karate Kid All Wrong!
Thirty-one years ago, The Karate Kid made a bit of a splash in the movie world. Since then, it's become something of a classic. But, according to this retrospective, we've had the whole movie wrong all along. Daniel (played by Ralph Macchio) is the villain here, not the victim. "Wax on wax off" will never be the same again...  
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"Cain't Nuthin' Happen to You!"
Over the weekend, a video surfaced showing former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Chris Carter speaking to the 2014 NFL freshman class. Ordinarily, no big deal. Veteran passing on his knowledge to a bunch of rookies. Until... "Just in case y'all gonna decide not to do the right thing, if y'all got a crew, you got to have a fall guy in the crew." That's right. If you're new to the NFL and you're going to do something you shouldn't be doing, make sure you've got a hanger-on who'll be happy to say he did whatever it was so that you're off the hook. Wow. Just wow. Chris has apologized since the video hit. So far, the NFL says they don't condone that - but notice the logos on the walls behind Chris - and ESPN, where Chris works as a commentator, says it doesn't involve them. So he gets off, without even having a fall guy.  
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Meet the Creepy Meat Guy
So this is one of those weird stories. Residents of an apartment complex in Gastonia, North Carolina reported seeing a mysterious cloaked figure lurking in the area, possibly dropping raw meat near playgrounds. Police are investigating - so far, no clues. People are scared - and not just because he looks like the Emperor from the early Star Wars trilogy either. The computer-generated voice with this video makes it even creepier...  
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Hurry Up and Don't Panic?
Yesterday was not a good day for the global economy. The major stock markets took a major hit, thanks mostly to China's economic distress. So, why not take that as a sign of the financial apocalypse? That's what a former advisor to England's former prime minister did yesterday, offering three bits of advice to anyone biting what he was tweeting: Get hard cash in a safe place Stock up on bottled water, canned goods enough household essentials for a month Agree on a spot where you and your loved ones can meet in case phones and other bits of infrastructure break down This is what happens when you go to sleep watching Fear the Walking Dead and wake up to an instant 1100-point plunge on the Dow Jones. I love this reply to his third point... @DPMcBride So, is this happening in the next hour or so, or should I still get lunch? — Hank Single (@Hanksingle) August 24, 2015
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A Friendly Instagram War
Last week, Hugh Jackman posted a video to Instagram that started a war. A friendly little war. It showed Hugh imitating Jim Carrey. Specifically, Jim's "smokin'" line from The Mask...     #JimCarrey mate trying my best to do justice! Clearly, I should stay in my own lane. A video posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Aug 17, 2015 at 8:12pm PDT It took only a couple of days for Jim to react, posting a picture of himself as Wolverine...   Nice move @RealHughJackman Now watch me make a meal out of your biggest role. ;^> pic.twitter.com/GUfHB2RR4L — Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 20, 2015 This could escalate. Let's hope so!
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