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Heinz To Buy Kraft, Make Tomato Mac And Cheese

Posted 3/26/2015 5:26 pm by

Take your Kraft Dinner and slap some ketchup on it.  Add some cheese-type food to your tin of baked beans.  The home eater has long had free reign to do whatever they want with their food, and now it looks like companies are following suit.  Heinz is buying up Kraft, merging two food giants into […]

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Angelina Jolie Removes Her Ovaries After Cancer Scare

Posted 3/24/2015 5:35 pm by

Two years ago, Angelina Jolie made waves when she made a decision to save her own life.  Cancer is common in her family, and Jolie has the BRCA1 gene mutation that significantly increases cancer risk for both breast and ovarian cancer.  Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer, and having seen that struggle, Angelina Jolie decided […]

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Toddler Revived After Being Dead For 101 Minutes

Posted 3/20/2015 8:13 pm by

The fact that we can take people who are dead and bring them back to life is mind-boggling.  CPR is an incredible feat of human ingenuity and body engineering, isn’t it?  Sure, it doesn’t always work, but when it does work, that’s a small miracle.  Gardell Martin, a 22-month-old boy from Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania, is another […]

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Austin Businesses “Exclusively For White People”

Posted 3/19/2015 6:27 pm by

When it comes to racist business signs, there are the sort that are deliberate and the sort that are accidental.  It’s not hard to accidentally change Rich Whitney to Rich Whitey, and freshly ground black people is a typo, not a real ingredient in a meal.  Still, some Austin, Texas businesses opened for business with […]

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Kraft Recalls 242K Cases of Mac And Cheese Over Steel Shards

Posted 3/18/2015 5:52 pm by

When I say people love macaroni and cheese, I mean it.  Like, people get crazy over mac and cheese, and they’ll do anything to it to make it better.  Mac and cheese and bacon?  You bet.  Healthier mac and cheese?  Of course; anything to eat better and not give up anything.  Mac and cheese with […]

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Happy 30th Anniversary, Dot Com Addresses!

Posted 3/15/2015 6:12 pm by

It seems like only five years ago we were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first dot com address.  That’s because we were.  Thirty years ago, symbolics.com was the first dot com address registered, kickstarting the modern Internet as we know it.  Happy 30th anniversary, Symbolics.com!  And more importantly, happy 30th anniversary, Internet! “In the […]

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Once-In-A-Century Pi Day Today!

Posted 3/14/2015 8:28 am by

Every March 14 is a big event.  At my work place, we have Pie Day in honor of Pi Day.  The first three digits of pi show up every March 14 (3.14), but this year’s Pi Day is a slice of something very special.  It’s 2015, so Pi Day is 3.1415.  That’s a once-in-a-century conflagration […]

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Terry Pratchett Is Dead At 66

Posted 3/12/2015 8:48 pm by

All Terry Pratchett wanted was what he called a noble death.  He wanted to die on his terms, while he still had the mental capacity to make the decision himself.  He wanted what he called the Victorian death:  surrounded by friends and family, a few tears, and the chance to say goodbye.  In the end, […]

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Stop Throwing Pizzas At The Breaking Bad House

Posted 3/11/2015 9:06 pm by

When a television show becomes a cult favorite, it’s going to attract some dedicated fans.  Witness what’s happening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the wake of Vince Gilligan’s massive television successes.  A quiet neighborhood is now the center of a Breaking Bad tourism industry, but it’s having terrible repercussions for the people that live there. […]

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Harrison Ford Crashes Plane Into Golf Course

Posted 3/06/2015 8:58 am by

Is it possible to be both a cranky old man and an action hero?  Let’s ask Harrison Ford.  He shot to fame as Han Solo, roguish pilot, and it appears he’s something of a rogue pilot in real life, as well.  Ford’s love of flying is well documented, and it was his love of flying […]

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NBC Launching Online Comedy Subscription Service

Posted 3/03/2015 7:18 pm by

Every year, it seems that the amount of broadcast television events gets smaller and smaller, even as television companies get larger and larger via purchases, mergers, spin-offs, and whatnot.  These days, everyone is cutting cords and turning to online services for their entertainment.  HBO is launching one, CBS has launched one, and now it looks […]

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Leonard Nimoy Has Passed Away

Posted 2/27/2015 9:36 pm by

He had legions of fans, all of whom no doubt greeted him with “Live long and prosper.”  Well, he certainly enjoyed a nice long life.  With one of the longest and most interesting careers, including a golden-years renaissance, the one thing you could say about Leonard Nimoy is that he made the most out of […]

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Peanut Exposure Prevents Peanut Allergies

Posted 2/23/2015 8:21 pm by

It seems in the last ten years or so, peanut allergies became a thing.  When I was a kid, we got peanut butter sandwiches with lunch, and these days peanuts are banned from schools.  I’m still crazy for legumes, and I don’t know how people can raise their kids to be allergic of everything without […]

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Hospital Scopes Spread Super Bacteria

Posted 2/19/2015 8:26 pm by

With the increased use of antibiotics and hormones in food, it seems that pretty much every disease is getting harder and harder to treat.  Diseases thought controlled, like measles, can spread like wildfire.  It seems that there’s no place more likely to spread disease than your local hospital, supposedly the cleanest place around.  Hospital endoscopes, […]

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Warrant Issued For Punxsutawney Phil’s Arrest

Posted 2/12/2015 6:11 pm by

Don’t burn your winter socks just yet.  On Groundhog Day, good old Punxsutawney Phil said there were going to be six more weeks of winner, and boy, he’s been right on the money.  There haven’t been any Groundhog Day blizzards in my neck of the woods, but I don’t live in New England.  New England […]

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Jon Stewart Is Leaving The Daily Show

Posted 2/11/2015 7:30 pm by

All good things must come to an end.  With Stephen Colbert leaving his Colbert Report for the greener pastures of network television’s late-night chat game, it was only a matter of time before the other guy decided to test the waters elsewhere, too.  Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show after a staggering 17 year […]

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Spider-Man Is Coming To The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Posted 2/10/2015 7:22 pm by

When it comes to the Marvel Comics universe, there’s no character more versatile than Peter Parker’s alter-ego, Spider-man.  If you have a book that needs a lift, or a team that needs a new member, Spider-man will fit the bill.  For whatever reason, aside from the first two Sam Raimi movies and arguably the Amazing […]

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Interrupting Kanye Strikes Again

Posted 2/09/2015 12:49 pm by

I thought it was a joke.  I started laughing, and I know I wasn’t the only one who was surprised by the fact Kanye West suddenly developed a sense of humor.  In 2009, he interrupted Taylor Swift and in 2015, he was about to interrupt Beck before thinking better of it.  The same situation, six […]

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RIP Radio Shack

Posted 2/06/2015 7:38 pm by

It’s been a long, strange road for Radio Shack.  Long before the Internet, long before Best Buy and disposable electronics, there was Radio Shack.  If you wanted to, say, repair a radio or tinker with some electronics, that was the place you went for kids, parts, and the like.  If you needed a vacuum tube […]

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Man Climbs Frozen Niagara Falls

Posted 1/30/2015 9:45 am by

There’s no feat quite as difficult as ice climbing.  Climbing a normal mountain is hard enough, but when that mountain is slick and frozen and going straight up and down, that’s even more difficult.  There are only a few hardy souls who indulge in ice climbing, and Canadian Will Gadd is one of them.  In […]

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Ghostbusters 3 Announces All-Female Cast

Posted 1/28/2015 10:00 am by

When it comes to laying hands on a comedy classic, you have to be very careful, even if you have the track record of director Paul Feig.  He’s one of the most popular directors out there, and he’s the guy that turned Kristen Wiig into a megastar and made Melissa McCarthy a household name.  Even […]

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New York City Dodges Blizzard Of 2015

Posted 1/27/2015 9:42 am by

I live in a place where we don’t get a lot of very bad winter weather, but when we do, the whole town gets shut down.  Anything over, say, 8 inches of snow is too much for the city to handle, but I live in Kentucky, not New York City, where they get real weather […]

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Drone Full Of Meth Crashes Near Mexican Border

Posted 1/22/2015 10:30 am by

No matter how secure the border, there’s always a way around it.  When it comes to the US/Mexico border, not the world’s most secure crossing, there are many ways to circumvent it when you want to sneak contraband from one country to the next.  Be it people or drugs, there’s always a way to get […]

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NFL Says Patriots Used Deflated Footballs In AFC Championship Game

Posted 1/21/2015 10:45 am by

The New England Patriots lambasted the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game.  At points, it looked like the two teams were playing different games, and as it turns out, they might have been playing the same game, but with different equipment.  Almost immediately after the game, the allegations started trickling out:  the Patriots […]

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5-Year-Old Invoiced For Missing Birthday Party

Posted 1/20/2015 9:30 am by

There is nothing worse than planning a party.  First you have to make sure that you’ve got enough food for everyone, because running out is not an option.  In order to do that, you have to have a system to figure out how many people show up, because if you play it by ear, you’re […]

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The Flu Vaccine Is The Least Effective In A Decade

Posted 1/16/2015 12:30 pm by

The flu vaccine is kind of a crap shoot.  Every year, doctors formulate a new vaccine based off of whatever strains of the flu were more active the previous flu season, and every year, if they’re lucky, they get it about half right.  There’s no universal flu vaccine, despite the best efforts of doctors, and […]

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Bonnaroo 2015 Lineup Revealed

Posted 1/14/2015 10:45 am by

With every passing gray day, the summer draws closer.  One of the sure signs of summer’s approach is that, one by one, the big summer concert festivals begin to roll out their lineups and announce to waiting music fans just what they have in store for the sweltering, sunny days ahead.  Billy Joel is going […]

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Ohio State Crushes Oregon 42-20 To Win National Championship

Posted 1/13/2015 8:20 am by

The goal for any coach is to win a national championship, if they’re looking at pie-in-the-sky results.  Most coaches would be happy with bowl games, improvement, good recruiting.  Urban Meyer wasn’t hired to improve, he was hired to win it all.  Be it in bowl game championships, a final game between the top two seeds, […]

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The 2015 Golden Globes Winners

Posted 1/12/2015 10:00 am by

It’s both a celebration of television and an early predictor for the Oscars.  Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association kicks off the awards frenzy in a shower of fancy dress, alcohol, and statues.  It’s one of the more interesting award shows, because it’s one of the most laid-back awards shows, and in recent years, […]

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Burned Koalas Need Your Mittens

Posted 1/09/2015 10:45 am by

Australia is a strange land full of strange creatures and stranger habits.  The continent island is home to some of the most unique animals on planet Earth, but it’s also a dangerous, unforgiving place.  Every year, Australia suffers from wildfires that can run out of control through the wilderness, putting animals at risk.  Among the […]

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