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BEST HALLOWEEN LIGHTS OF 2011????? I vote yes

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Dust Devil hits a Bounce House

Wind sweeps away a bounce house during an Arizona school's fifth-grade graduation party. At least no one was in it, and people only received minor injuries.
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Wow! I want one--day old polar bear cub

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Living in 90 Square feet - it's doable if you're organized.

Someone sent me this video to check out and it haunted me. I thought about "being organized" and "doing with less", but this is taking it too far to the extreme. At least she seems really happy.
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Colors to her vs Colors for him

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Twin Baby Boys Have a Conversation

They bring up some really interesting points.... I have to agree with two-socked one though. There was no arguing when he said, "DaDaDADADADA!"
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Castle Brought to Life with 3D Projection

This would be incredible to see in-person! The Gorey Castle in the Bailiwick of Jersey played background to an incredibly cool 3D projection show.
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Love notes cleared from Juliet's Walls

The house of Shakespeare's most famous muse is being cleaned of love sticky notes.
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This looks real - Novak Djokovic Plays Tennis on the Wings of a Plane?

Now that he’s overtaken Roger Federer as #2 tennis player in the world and is unbeaten this year, has Novak Djokovic lost his mind? One can deduce such a thing after watching this latest stunt promoting Head tennis racquets that features the Serb (or a stunt double) playing a quick back-and-forth on the wings of an airplane.
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A skiing nightmare that turns out ok!

I first saw this and only saw the part where his skis flew off, I thought he was seriously hurt or worse, then I searched and found the after landing scene and couldn't believe he was not hurt. Amazing!
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Father's Day is Right Around the Corner!

THE REMOTE CONTROLLED BEER COOLER Father's Day is still more than two months away but maybe, just maybe, you can convince your wife or kids to give you an ADVANCE on your gift and get your hands on a remote controlled beer cooler. Hammacher Schlemmer is selling a remote-controlled, rolling beer cooler for just $69.95. It's got wheels. It's got a lining to keep your drinks cold. It can go on a porch. It can go in a living room. You can drive your beer to yourself and to your buddies. And, considering we've still got March Madness to enjoy until the championship game on April 4th, now is the PERFECT time to have this toy.
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The Perfect Chair for Love

From Gizmodo

You know those cool guys who have their girlfriend sit on their lap? They are in pain unless they have this concept Hug Chair, a chair that lets your sweetie look and feel like someone is sitting on your lap but is actually buffered away on another part of the chair (on top, but not on top). And hey, if you don't have someone who wants to sit on your lap, it makes for a good laptop stand too
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Davis Cup Tennis Coming to Austin!

USta selects AUSTIN, TEXAS AS SITE OF DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS QUARTERFINAL BETWEEN THE U.S. AND SPAIN     Matches to be played at Frank Erwin Center at the University of Texas, July 8-10 in the Hometown of Longtime U.S. Davis Cup Team Member Andy Roddick   Jim Courier to lead U.S. Davis Cup Team for the first time in the U.S.   World No. 1 Rafael Nadal Expected to Lead Spanish Team   Austin, Texas – The USTA and U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier announced today that Austin, Texas has been selected as the site for the 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie between the United States and Spain, July 8-10.  The matches will be played at the Frank Erwin Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Austin is the hometown of U.S. Davis Cup stalwart Andy Roddick, who is second all-time in U.S. Davis Cup singles victories with 33. Tickets go on sale the week of April 4.
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BEST IN FILM: Gone With the Wind Tops Poll

On the other night's ABC Best in Film special, more than a half a million online votes determined... * The favorite films of all-time are Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Godfather, Casablanca and E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial. * Suspense -- Silence of the Lambs, Jaws, Psycho, The Shining and Pulp Fiction. * Action -- Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Die Hard and Gladiator. * Sci-fi -- Star Wars, E.T, Avatar, The Matrix and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. * Musical -- The Sound of Music, Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Singin' in the Rain and West Side Story. * Comedy -- Airplane!, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Some Like It Hot, Young Frankenstein and Tootsie. * Horror -- The Exorcist, Halloween, Poltergeist, Carrie and A Nightmare on Elm Street. * Animated -- The Lion King, Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. * Characters -- Forrest Gump, James Bond, Scarlett O'Hara, Hannibal Lecter and Indiana Jones. * Kiss -- Gone With the Wind, From Here to Eternity, Lady and the Tramp, An Officer and a Gentleman and Casablanca. * Best lines -- Gone With the Wind's, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," Dirty Harry's, "Make my day," The Godfather's, "Offer he can't refuse," When Harry Met Sally's, "I'll have what she's having," and Casablanca's, "Here's lookin' at you, kid."
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Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd Singing and Dancing - Funny Stuff!

Music video from the 1987 movie Dragnet, with Dan Aykroyd & Tom Hanks.
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Post no bills

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The ‘Supermoon’ rises

The supermoon phenomenon was awaited with bated breath by avid moon watchers, astronomy enthusiasts and astrologers who had prophesied calamities on the occasion. The NASA had reassured people that the event, which is a coincidence of a full moon on lunar perigee, will not cause any catastrophes. The celestial event has passed without causing anything untoward, but left in its trail spectacular visuals of the 'largest' moon in almost 20 years.
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Rise of the 'Supermoon': Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Occurs Saturday

From Thanks to a fluke of orbital mechanics that brings the moon closer to Earth than that it has been in more than 18 years, the biggest full moon of 2011 will occur on Saturday, leading some observers to dub it a "supermoon." On Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2011:  a distance of 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) away. And only 50 minutes earlier, the moon will officially be full. [Photos: Our Changing Moon] At its peak, the supermoon of March may appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than lesser full moons (when the moon is at its farthest from Earth), weather permitting. Yet to the casual observer, it may be hard to tell the difference. The supermoon will not cause natural disasters, such as the Japan earthquake, a NASA scientist has stressed. Spotting the supermoon The moon has not been in a position to appear this large since March 1993. In December 2008, there was a near-supermoon when the moon turned full four hours away from its perigee – the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. But this month, the full moon and perigee are just under one hour apart, promising spectacular views, depending on local conditions. [Infographic: 'Supermoon' Full Moons Explained] Although a full moon theoretically lasts just a moment, that moment is imperceptible to ordinary observation. During the day or so before and after, most will speak of seeing the nearly full moon as "full," with the actual shaded area of the lunar surface being so narrow – and changing in apparent width so slowly – that it is hard for the naked eye to tell whether it's present, or which side it is.  Supermoon making waves In addition, the near coincidence of Saturday’s full moon with perigee will result in a dramatically large range of high and low ocean tides.  The highest tides will not, however, coincide with the perigee moon but will actually lag by up to a few days depending on the specific coastal location. For example, in Wilmington, N.C., the highest tide (5.3 feet) will be attained at 11:21 p.m. EDT on March 20.
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In honor of St. Patrick's Day, it's time to salute some of Ireland's finest imports: the hot Irishmen. These guys bring new meaning to the phrase "Kiss me, I'm Irish." Here is a list by called Colin Farrell and 10 Sexy Irish Stars. The obvious, Colin Farrell, made the title of the list but was apparently too hot to actually be on it ... (I somehow missed the list again this year?) 10. Liam Neeson 9. Jonathan Rhys Meyers 8. Pierce Brosnan 7. Patrick Dempsey 6. Tom Brady 5. Cillian Murphy (Inception, The Dark Knight) 4. Tim McGraw 3. Chris Cornell 2. Damien Duff (Soccer Player) 1. George Clooney
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Colin Firth - An Ordinary Man? Look at the Pics and Decide

My wife, after seeing the King's Speech,  has been talking about Colin Firth this Colin Firth that . . . and I know he's one of Terri's favorites.  So when I ran accross some pictures of him and after talking about the "Fictional Men We Wish Were Real" and he was at the top of the list, decided to post these. Enjoy!
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Dog Tired -- Man's Best Sleeping Partner

We can never get enough cute-kid-with-pet videos. In this one, a little boy and his dog try to catch some Zs together. They're both sitting on the couch and can't seem to stay awake. The weird thing is they look surprisingly alike with their eyes closed.
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Mommy's Nose is Scary

Imagine you're a five-month-old baby and you're seeing your mother blow her nose for the first time. That's what's going on here, as little Emerson can't decide if the sound is funny or frightening.
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How people celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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Get Your Kids to Eat Better By Letting Them Add ‘Secret’ Ingredients


Parents of picky eaters sometimes have to resort to trickery to get them to eat better. One "trick" that might encourage healthier appetites combines two techniques: enlisting kids' help with the cooking and mixing a sweet or surprise ingredient into the dish.

Modeling healthy eating habits and a positive attitude towards food should form the basis of your strategy for teaching your kids to eat well. Making your children eat what you eat and providing variety are also important.

But when your kids refuse, yet again, to eat what you offer and you start to fear they'll only eat chicken nuggets for the rest of their lives, you may be tempted to end the battle by smuggling healthy foods into dishes that they like, a la Jessica Seinfeld.

Perhaps you don't have to hide the healthy ingredients, though. Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan at the kitchn discovered one night that you can encourage your children to eat if you have them add the healthy ingredient into the dish (e.g., an apple in squash soup)—making it an intriguing game. It might not work every time, but getting your kids involved in the kitchen and making cooking fun is definitely worth a try (perhaps before you resort to hiding zucchini in brownies)

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New dramatic video: Tsunami wave spills over seawall, smashes boats, cars

The original CNN video I posted has had over 6o million views, this one is every bit as dramatic. - AT&T* today announced it has implemented international calling and texting support efforts for U.S. residential wireless and wireline consumers trying to connect with loved ones in Japan, following last week's tragic earthquake and tsunami. Effective beginning last week, March 11, and continuing through March 31, AT&T wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for: * International long distance usage from the United States and Puerto Rico to Japan * Text messages to Japan, originated from a U.S. wireless number In addition, and also effective March 11 through March 31, residential wireline customers can seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calling to Japan: * Upon receiving their wireline bill, customers may call AT&T to receive adjusted calling for up to 60 minutes. In other words, no charges for up to 60 minutes of call time from the United States to Japan between March 11 and March 31. For any of the above activity, customers will either see no charges reflected on their monthly statement, or they will see a full credit applied to their statement for activity between March 11 and March 31.
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MASSIVE QUAKE HITS JAPAN: 8.9-Shaker Triggers Tsunamis

A massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake rocked Japan today (Friday), sending people into the streets and fearing tsunamis. Those fears were realized in some regions, with water flooding coastal towns, sweeping away everything in its path, forcing some to take refuge on the roofs of buidlings. There were also tsunami warnings issued for Russia, many Asia countries and Pacific islands, including Hawaii, as well as Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Colombia. According to early reports, the quake shook buildings and sent cars off bridges into the waters below. The epicenter was 230 miles from Tokyo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It's believed to be the largest earthquake to ever hit Japan
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Now, bodybuilding in general has gotten very extreme. The muscles that these competitors are able to create through training and medication are out of this world. The women bodybuilders especially, though, have come a long, long way -- to the point where they look seriously fierce. This year's Arnold Classic female winner, Iris Kyle, looks nothing short of shocking. We certainly live in strange times .
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9 ways to talk your way out of a ticket

From If you don't want a traffic stop to cost you serious money, speak up! But what you say had better be good. These excuses worked for others -- and some were even true. I'm late for a funeral While driving to her grandfather's funeral, Karen Green of Portland, Ore., got lost -- twice.  "I was running late and was speeding to try to make up time when I was pulled over," she says. "I told the officer that I'd driven for four hours and was risking missing my grandpa's service because of getting lost."  Green also told him that she realized it was still not right to speed. "The officer told me I was lucky because he knew my story was true: He'd been one of the responding officers when my aunt called the authorities right after my grandfather passed away." I'm such a clown Barbilee Hemmings, aka Bubbles the Clown, was cruising along at 50 mph in a school zone on a school day when kids were present. As luck would have it, the Edmonton, Alberta, resident had left her license in her "real" pants.  "I was in full makeup, colored hair and baggy pants, so when the officer walked up to my window, I stuck my head out and in my loudest 'Bubbles' voice said, 'Of course you can have a balloon animal, officer. Do you want a doggy or an airplane or a butterfly?'" Once he was able to compose himself and stop laughing, the cop let Bubbles go with a warning.  I'm a woman of few words Seif-Eldeine Och in Shrewsbury, Mass., says she has been pulled over 43 times in eight years, and has walked away 39 times ticket-free.  "Whenever an officer asks, 'Do you know what you did wrong?' I promptly reply, 'Yes, officer, I was speeding and I'm sorry.'" Och never adds any details or offers excuses unless the officer asks for more information. "Less is definitely more." I'm going to wet my pants She was within a mile of her Fredericksburg, Va., house when Victoria Bors felt an urgent call of nature. She was preoccupied with getting home quickly, and it took a minute for her to notice the cop's lights flashing in her rearview mirror.  "By the time the officer peered into my window, I was desperately trying to keep from squirming in my seat," she recalls. That's when Bors' 14-year-old daughter called out from the back, "She has to go to the bathroom!"  "My 7-year-old echoed, 'She really has to go to the bathroom!'" When the officer asked if the story was true, a red-faced Bors answered sheepishly, "Yes."  "I told him we were just two subdivisions away while lightly bouncing in my seat. Stepping away from the car and chuckling, he waved me on and told me to 'be careful,'" she says. I feel awful -- just look at me "I was [going] about 7 or 8 miles over the limit when I was pulled over," says Donna Maurillo of Scotts Valley, Calif. "I had bronchitis at the time, and as I pulled out my driver's license, I suddenly had a coughing fit. When I finally caught my breath, I handed the license to the officer. He stepped back and said, 'Never mind.'" I was being sympathetic Anne McDermott was talking on her cell phone while driving in Syracuse, N.Y., when a county sheriff stopped her.  "I was talking to a friend but told the officer the caller was my sister who was inconsolable because she had just put her dog to sleep."  The story was true -- sort of. "She did put her dog to sleep, but months earlier," admits McDermott.  It turns out McDermott had spotted animal fur on the sheriff's uniform and gambled that he was a pet owner. "After a warning, he let me go," she says. I'm not the only guilty party Dan Johnson (not his real name) of Grand Rapids, Mich., was stopped because his license plate was not illuminated.  "The officer asked if I knew that the light was out that should be illuminating the plate and I said that I never really walked around my car while it was running, but that I would make it a point to get it fixed the following day."  Then Johnson started chuckling as he looked in his rearview mirror.  "When the officer leaned over and asked, 'What's so funny now?' I pointed to my rearview mirror and asked the officer if he knew he had a headlight out!" Johnson was sent on his way with a "You have a nice evening," from the officer. The music made me do it Mary Babish was keeping the beat of the classic rock blaring from her car's speakers by speeding along a country road in Iowa.  "When I was stopped, I quickly admitted to speeding, but explained that you can't drive slow to Aerosmith."  Luckily, the officer was a fan and let Babish off with a warning. I'm married to a cop Lorna Derby's last name got her out of a ticket in Arlington Heights, Ill.  "I blew past a cop when I ran a red light," she says. When she handed over her driver's license to the officer, Derby told him that she was married to a local cop.  "I hoped he'd let the family member of one of his own go."  Name-dropping helped, and she escaped with a warning.  "Then I had to call my brother and explain that I was now his wife, not his sister!"
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Toddlers & Tiaras with Tom Hanks

Holy pretty feet! This thing is funny! Looks like we're not the only people who are obsessed with Toddlers & Tiaras. Tom Hanks and his "daughter" Sophie (played by young actress Nikki Hahn) deliver a hilarious sendup of the TLC reality trainwreck on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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A Billion People Watched the Oscars???

Anne Hathaway said last night “Really? You’re going to do that to me in front of a billion people?”  The “one billion” statistic is one of those untruths that has become “true” simply because people keep repeating it.

But the worldwide audience for the Oscars isn’t even close to a billion, as a little common sense makes plain. In the United States, 43.5 million people watched the show last year. That’s a lot, but it’s 956.5 million short of a billion. Can the show really pick up that many viewers in countries that most of the films and people being honored are not from, and where the speeches are in a language that most of the population does not speak?

The reasoned guess was that someone must have extrapolated the 43.5 million domestic audience (15% of the US population) to 15% of the global population, which comes in at close enough to a billion.  It's difficult to see how anyone could have expected that 15% figure to be replicated outside of the US. Moreso, a third of the world's televisions sit in Chinese hands , and only 1% of those will be tuned in to the red carpet.

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Eat a Rib (or 3 or 4) for Austin Habitat for Humanity!

Rudy’s Ribfest ’11 Draws NFL and former Longhorn Players


AUSTIN, Texas – All four Austin area Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q restaurants will be hosting the first ever Rudy’s Ribfest on Thursday February 24, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ribfest is “all-you-can-eat” St. Louis Ribs for only $20 per person benefitting Austin Habitat for Humanity. It will feature appearances by several former Longhorns and current NFL players including Quan Cosby, Justin Blalock, Kasey Studdard, Lamarr Houston and several others.

The NFL players and former Longhorns will serve as “rib-eating coaches” for the four competing high school football teams. Each school will send five offensive linemen to a different Rudy’s location to represent them and participate in the rib-eating competition that will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The high school team with the most ribs eaten will receive the coveted “Golden Rib Trophy.” The four competing high schools are West Lake, Vandergrift, Anderson and Georgetown.

All proceeds for Ribfest will benefit Austin Habitat for Humanity to support them in their mission of eliminating poverty housing through the power of homeownership.

Interview with the colorful Mitch from Rudy's:  rudys ribs
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