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

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Magazine is a Broken iPad

The baby girl in this video is a pretty accurate commentary on the future generation and their capacity to understand technology while failing to comprehend the simple things. Even at such a young age, she knows how to use her father's iPad, butflipping through a magazine is a huge challenge.
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When my 8 year-old boy grabbed and held my hand last night it made me think of this. A fellow dad shared this with me and I’ve kept it close to remind myself. SOONER THAN YOU THINK-- One day Sooner than you think The echoes of your child's laughter Will have faded from your house One day Sooner than you think Their bed will be empty Their toys gone and their posters taken down One day Sooner than you think Their messy room will be clean And used for something else One day Sooner than you think The house they lit up with their voices Will be silent except for those soft sounds grown-ups make One day Sooner than you think The basketball hoop in the driveway Will stand unused all year One day Sooner than you think The swing set in the backyard Will be given away One day Sooner than you think Your child's spot at the dinner table Will be empty One day Sooner than you think Your son or daughter will visit you Just for awhile when they have time One day Sooner than you think Your house will be quiet Between their visits But today your child is home And they want to spend time with you Put off your work And take that time Because, one day . . . (HERE'S THE ACTUAL AUDIO FROM THE SHOW-click below) OneDayPoem
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One of the coolest band routines ever!

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Steve Jobs narrates “Here’s to the Crazy Ones”

Here’s to you, Steve. You were the crazy one. (This is so inspiring)
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29 years old and hearing myself for the 1st time! (THIS WILL MAKE YOU SMILE)

I was born deaf and 8 weeks ago I received a hearing implant. This is the video of them turning it on and me hearing myself for the first tim
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Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas

George Strait to perform at Fire Relief:

The Concert for Central Texas

 at the Frank Erwin Center October 17

George Strait will join the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel, and special guests Eric Johnson, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Christopher Cross, Shawn Colvin and the Court Yard Hounds, the Texas Tornados, Randy Rogers and Terri Hendrix at Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas to help raise money for victims of the devastating wildfires this summer. Emcees for the evening will include Kyle Chandler and Turk Pipkin.

With a career spanning more than 30 years, George Strait has the most No. 1 singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts). Strait’s latest album, “Here for a Good Time,” debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart and the Top Country Albums chart. This is the 14th time in Strait's career that a new release has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The goal of Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas is to help the people affected by the fires with their long-term issues and problems, such as regaining livelihoods. All of the proceeds will be dispersed to central Texas community organizations and charities via the Central Texas Wildfire Fund at the Austin Community Foundation. Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas TICKETS ARE $25, $35, $100 AND $250 VIP AND ARE ON SALE NOW! More tickets will be released Wednesday, September 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets are available at all Texas Box Office outlets including select H-E-B stores, Ft. Hood ITR and Renaissance Records in Killeen, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or 1-800-982-2386 or online at All information is subject to change. Suites at the Frank Erwin Center provide a unique environment to entertain your clients, family and friends. For more information, call (512) 471-4713 or email
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Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Mobile Loaves and Fishes (MLF) provides food and clothing, and promote dignity, to our homeless brothers and sisters in need.
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These are new shows that are getting some good buzz~

X Factor (Fox) Series Premiere: Wednesday, September 21st at 7 p.m. The Buzz: Paula and Simon are back together for this talent competition, alongside L.A. Reid and Nicole Scherzinger. Will this be a more fierce competition than Idol? Charlie's Angels: (ABC) Series Premiere: Thursday, September 22nd at 7p.m. The Buzz: This hit show gets an update, starring Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Ramon Rodriguez. Think a new version will work? Person of Interest (CBS) Series Premiere: Thursday, September 22nd at 8 p.m. The Buzz: Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson work to prevent crimes before they can even happen. Minority Report anyone? Whitney (NBC) Series Premiere: Thursday, September 22nd at 8:30 p.m. The Buzz: Comedian Whitney Cummings stars alongside Chris D'Elia. They are a couple who have been together for years -- but are not interested in getting married. Prime Suspect (NBC) Series Premiere: Thursday, September 22nd at 9 p.m. The Buzz: Maria Bello stars as Detective Jane Timoney, a homicide detective for the NYPD. She gets transferred to a different unit, where she is not well liked. This is based on a hugely successful 1990s UK series that starred Helen Mirren. A Gifted Man (CBS) Series Premiere: Friday, September 23rd at 7 p.m. The Buzz: Patrick Wilson stars as a surgeon who can see his ex-wife, even though she's dead. Pan Am (ABC) Series Premiere: Sunday, September 25th at 9 p.m. The Buzz: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Mike Vogel, Kelli Garner, Michael Mosley and Karine Vanasse star in this airline series set in the 1960s. Terra Nova (FOX) Series Premiere: Monday, September 26th at 7 p.m. The Buzz: A family from 2149 travels back through time to try to save the world -- which is dying. Hart of Dixie (CW) Series Premiere: Monday, September 26th at 8 p.m. The Buzz: Rachel Bilson stars as New York doctor Zoe Hart, who moves south to work in Bluebell, Alabama. Suburgatory (ABC) Series Premiere: Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m. The Buzz: Jane Levy stars as a girl whose single dad (Jeremy Sisto) moves them out of city into the suburbs. A new take on Green Acres? How to be a Gentleman (CBS) Series Premiere: Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 p.m. The Buzz: David Hornsby and Kevin Dillon play two polar opposites. One is a nice, polite guy and one is a little rough and sloppy around the edges. Yep, a new Odd Couple.
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Mon 9/19 7:00 PM Dancing with the Stars (ABC) How I Met Your Mother (CBS) The Sing Off (NBC) 8:00 PM Two and a Half Men (CBS) 8:30 PM 2 Broke Girls (CBS) 9:00 PM Castle (ABC) Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) The Playboy Club (NBC) TUESDAY 9/20 7:00 PM Glee (Fox) NCIS (CBS) The Biggest Loser (NBC) 8:00 PM NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) New Girl (Fox) 8:30 PM Raising Hope (Fox) 9:00 PM Body of Proof (ABC) Unforgettable (CBS) WEDS 9/21 7:00 PM The Middle (ABC) The X Factor (Fox) 8:00 PM Modern Family (ABC) Criminal Minds (CBS) Harry's Law (NBC) 9:00 PM Revenge (ABC) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS) Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit (NBC) THURS 9/22 7:00 PM Charlie's Angels (ABC) The Big Bang Theory (CBS) Community (NBC) 7:30 PM Parks and Recreation (NBC) 8:00 PM Grey's Anatomy (ABC) Person of Interest (CBS) The Office (NBC) 8:30 PM Whitney (NBC) 9:00 PM The Mentalist (CBS) Prime Suspect (NBC) FRI 9/23 7:00 PM A Gifted Man (CBS) Nikita (CW) Kitchen Nightmares (Fox) 8:00 PM CSI: NY (CBS) Supernatural (CW) Fringe (Fox) Dateline NBC (NBC) 9:00 PM Blue Bloods (CBS) SAT 9/24 7:00 PM Rules of Engagement (CBS) 9:00 PM 48 Hours Mystery (CBS) SUNDAY 9/25 6:00 PM Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (2 hours) (ABC) 60 Minutes (CBS) 7:00 PM The Amazing Race (CBS) The Simpsons (Fox) 7:30 PM The Cleveland Show (Fox) 8:00 PM Desperate Housewives (ABC) The Good Wife (CBS) Family Guy (Fox) 8:30 PM American Dad (Fox) 9:00 PM Pan Am (ABC) CSI: Miami (CBS) MONDAY 9/26 7:00 PM Gossip Girl (CW) Terra Nova (2 hours) (Fox) 8:00 PM Hart of Dixie (CW) 8:30 PM Mike & Molly (CBS)
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I Always Liked the Theme Song - Ashton's Debut

CBS has released the new Ashton Kutcher opening to Two and a Half Men. Watch Charlie Sheen's replacement sing with the show's other stars.
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More Turkey Recalled HEB

For futher reading go here Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a Springdale, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 185,000 pounds of ground turkey products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include: Fresh Ground Turkey Chubs 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Fresh HEB Ground Turkey 85/15 with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/12/2011, 09/13/2011, 09/19/2011 and 09/20/2011 16 oz. (1 lb.) chubs of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Fresh Ground Turkey with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/19/2011, 09/20/2011 and 09/21/2011 Fresh Ground Turkey Trays 19.2 oz. (1.2 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/10/2011 and 09/12/2011 48.0 oz. (3 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Turkey Fresh 85/15 with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/17/2011, 09/18/2011 and 09/19/2011 48.0 oz. (3 lbs.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey Family Pack with Use or Freeze by Dates of 09/11/2011, 09/12/2011, 09/13/2011, 09/15/2011, 09/17/2011 and 09/18/2011 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White 85/15 Ground Turkey with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/11/2011 Fresh Ground Turkey Patties 16.0 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Honeysuckle White Ground Turkey Patties with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/18/2011 16 oz. (1 lb.) trays of Kroger Ground Seasoned Turkey Patties Fresh 85/15 with a Use or Freeze by Date of 09/17/2011 Recommendations for Preventing Salmonellosis Wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Also wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water. Clean up spills right away. Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods. Cook raw meat and poultry to safe internal temperatures before eating. The safe internal temperature for ground meat such as beef and pork is 160° F, and 165° F for poultry, as determined with a food thermometer. Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase (one hour if temperatures exceed 90° F). Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking. The products subject to recall today bear the establishment number "P-963" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on August 23, 24, 30 and 31 of this year.
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My Trip to New York - September 2001

As soon as we got the all clear to fly, the Majic Morning show flew to New York and broadcast live from our sister station WCBS.  We reported back the things we saw and the way it felt at Ground Zero.  We had never been attacked in my lifetime, and first the first time, we didn't feel safe, but we felt like it was like to be an American!
One of the hardest hit NY Fire Stations.

The old graveyard in the church that the rescue workers recouped in the shadow of the Twin Towers, note the dust.

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What the people really need--

Here is an updated list of needs for the Austin Christian Fellowship fire victim donation drop in River Place: Gift cards --HEB, Walgreens, Walmart, etc Shovels/hoes Heavy trash bags ... Diapers/wipes Feminine Products Deodorant Toothpaste Toothbrushes (packaged singles or doubles) Heavy work gloves Only NEW prepackaged socks & underwear PLEASE, no clothing, toys or furniture. Also, we don't need more water or Gatorade. Your generosity has been wonderful!
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Fire in Texas

I talked with six people that lost their house in a fire today. One in Steiner Ranch and six in Bastrop. Every last one of them shared one thing in common--thanks. They were all grateful to make it out alive and for their pets and the few precious items they could carry with them. They made it out with their lives, and not much else. Then comes the hard part, the time to rebuild. None of them have been even allowed back it to sift through the ashes. My heart broke for each of the families, and for the hundreds more I didn't meet. They'll be in my prayers tonight.

The wall of smoke was mountainous.

Look close enough and you can see the fire within the smoke a hundred feet high.

On Hwy 71 leading into Bastrop.
Hundreds of people gather at a gas station and wait and wonder.
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Fire Danger Warning

Our latest weather forecast at 7:15AM Labor Day Morning ...Red Flag Warning In Effect Through 10 PM This Evening For Strong Gusty Winds And Low Relative Humidities Across All Of South Central Texas... .Strong Gusty Northerly Winds Will Continue ThroughLate This Evening. These Windy Conditions Coupled With Very Low Relative Humidities Will Result In Critical Fire Weather Conditions Across All South Central Texas.
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The Only Hurricane Preparation Some People Needed - short & funny

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Tour Trump's Jet

If there's one thing Donald Trump likes more than having a ton of money, it's showing you just how much money he has. And on the Donald's YouTube channel, you can now take a guided tour (led by a beautiful woman of course) through his ridiculously flamboyant $100-million private jet.
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Smellovision - Not What We Expected

Here is the secret behind The new Spy Kids movie in 4-D, Smell-o-vision. We would have been very disappointed, but the movie was really good and filled with shots of Austin,TX!

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STAGE COLLAPSE: At Least Five Killed at Indiana State Fair

A stage collapse prior to the Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night killed at least five people and injured 43. High winds were to blame for the accident, which occurred after opening act Sara Bareilles had finished her set. Those injured and confirmed dead were located in the VIP "Sugar Pit" area. Following the incident, Sugarland tweeted, "We are alright. We are praying for our fans and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you'll join us. They need our strength." Sara Bareilles also tweeted, "I'm speechless and feel so helpless. Please send love and prayers to Indianapolis tonight. My heart aches for the lives lost." Early Sunday morning, Indiana state police stated that there was a possibility of more deaths. Fair festivities were cancelled yesterday
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10 Year Old Honoring His Father, Who Died in Afghan Helicopter Crash

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Glamping. I wanna go!

From the website:

Want to go “glamping” this summer? “Glamping,” is short for  “glamorous camping.” Simply put, glamping encompasses outdoor wilderness  experiences that are somewhere between a hotel and a traditional campsite. Sure,  you'll sleep in tents, but they often have real beds with plush mattresses and   running water. The idea has been embraced by many who see the eco-friendly   benefits of mixing a traditionally free activity with a more luxurious  vacation.

Some other sites for "Glamping":
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Cargill recalls 36 million pounds of ground turkey

Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation announced Wednesday an immediate voluntary recall of approximately 36 million pounds of ground turkey meat because it may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. "I'd say it's one of the larger recalls," said Joel Brandenberger, president of the Washington-based National Turkey Federation, where he has worked for more than 20 years. Indeed, that's the weight of more than 36 fully-loaded Boeing 747 commercial airplanes. Link to brands:
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VIRAL VIDEO: Boogity Boogity Boogity, Amen

I LOVE THIS SONG! I watched it three times in a row. Last week's video of Pastor Joe Nelms delivering a hysterical pre-race prayer at a NASCAR event has been given the auto-tune treatment by the Gregory Brothers, and it's another catchy one.
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Stubborn Cute Little Bird

Being a bird isn't easy. Sometimes, they get tired and don't feel like flying -- especially when a human is trying to do something to get them to move. Watch as this bird refuses to fly away when the windshield wiper moves. Pretty talented bird, right?
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New Baby Names!

Pippa's flash of fame lands her on top of mid-year best baby name list The good folks at  Nameberry have released a mid-year best baby names list, based on name searches conducted on their site. No surprise, the list reveals some of this year’s newsmakers – from hottie royals (Pippa), to hottie Hollywood celebs (Mila) to crush-worthy literary classics (Holden, Archer). And yes, while Posh and Becks went with Harper, which was on a 2010 hottest name list, one of their rumored back-up names – Luna – was among those most searched so far. Nameberry’s Hottest Baby Names of 2011:

Pippa It wasn’t only Pippa Middleton’s bottom that attracted widespread attention at April’s Royal Wedding; her name – both the familiar Pippa and the more formal Philippa – is the Number 1 hottest baby name of the year on Nameberry.  Pippa ranks 35 on our most-searched list so far this year, after not appearing at all among our 200 most popular girls’ names of 2010.  While Kate is up too, it’s not nearly as hot as Pippa.

Asher The soft, Biblical Asher takes the Hottest Boys’ Name spot by virtue of having unseated Henry as the all-time Number 1 name for boys on Nameberry.  For the first time ever, Asher has pulled ahead to become Number 1.

Elula New celebrity baby name trend: Star parents choose attention-getting name, then refuse to reveal the name they’ve picked, perhaps to heighten interest and publicity?  Elula, the unusual Hebrew calendar name chosen by Isla Fisher and Sasha Baron Cohen for their second daughter, was not even in our database last year and now is the Number 38 most-searched name on Nameberry.

Everett In a groundbreaking baby name move that feminists can applaud, boys’ names are for the first time being pushed into the limelight by the popularity of their female counterparts.  The popularity of Everett, up 50 places on our most-searched list, was inspired by such stylish girls’ choices as Eva and Evelyn.

Hadley The success of the bestselling novel The Paris Wife has catapulted the intriguing name of Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, 50 spots up our list this year over last.

Arlo Why does a star’s name sometimes languish for years, inspiring few little namesakes, and then suddenly take off?  It happened most notably in the past decade with Ava, and now it’s Arlo, as in folksinger Guthrie, that’s enjoying a popularity surge.  Other o-ending names for boys heating up in 2011: Nico, Hugo, Otto.  (Yes, Otto.)

Mila It’s the name of a gorgeous young star, Mila Kunis, PLUS it resembles a handful of trendy names  -- Mia, Maya, Lila -- that are due for a hiatus.  The result: A breakout baby name, up nearly 40 places this year.

Flynn Finn is already hot, but cousin Flynn, baby name choice of Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, is taking off.  This one also nods to the Golden Age of Hollywood and Errol Flynn.

Ada, Adele, Adeline, Adelaide If it’s a vintage girls’ name that starts with Ad-, it can’t miss this year, it seems.  All these choices are leapfrogging up the Nameberry list, taking over where too-trendy cousins Ava and Addison left off.

Archer Literary baby names are hot right now, especially when they’re not too literary: Think Holden, Atticus, and yes  Harper.  Archer, as in Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady and Edith Wharton’s Age of Innocence, is perfect: It’s unusual, classic yet contemporary-feeling, and there’s no danger of anyone actually having read the books.

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Let's See More Signs Like These

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You could not pay me to ride this!

Takabisha, A New Japanese Roller Coaster Is The World’s Steepest
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Hidden Secrets of Corporate Logos - It’s fun to find them!

from the corporate logo's blog

FedEx Logo

The last FedEx logo designed by Lindon Leader, is on top of my list. I am sure until now everyone must have noticed the hidden white arrow between “e” and “x” letters, symbolizing the “movement” but I find this concept irresistibly intelligent.


Hartford Whalers

At first glance, the old Hartford Whalers logo clearly shows a whale’s tail and a green W. Look closer, though, and you’ll see that the white space forms an H, for Hartford.

Toblerone Logo

Yummyyy…I am loving to analyze my favorite choclate logo.You must be thinking what is there to find out as it clearly shows the Swiss Alps? It might be as Toblerone originated in Bern, Switzerland - A city whose name is rumored to mean, “City of bears”. But when you look at it again you will find  a bear in the logo. Incredibly surprising that we had it several times but never noticed it, right?

SUN Logo

The SUN Microsystems logo was designed by Stanford University’s professor Vaughan Pratt, who skillfully arranged the letters “U and N” adjacent to each other forming the alphabet“S”, when seen in perpendicular direction.
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Kid Thrills the Crowd with Dance Moves

This kid takes the dance contests during breaks at sports games to the next level. Watch as he stuns the crowd by dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller.
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Stunning Time-Lapse Video of Australian Night Sky

From An amateur astronomer put together an awesome time-lapse video of the Australian night sky over the ocean. The clip includes 30 hours of exposure (don’t worry, it’s condensed down into two minutes and 41 seconds), which took over one year to compile. The video montage includes clouds gliding across the heavens, sparking stars, moving waters and plenty more. Below, watch Alex Cherney’s award-winning video:

Ocean Sky from Alex Cherney on Vimeo.

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50-mile wide, mile-high dust storm engulfs Phoenix

A dust storm up to 50 miles wide and a mile high descended on the Phoenix area on Tuesday night, grounding flights, forcing drivers to stop and causing thousands of power outages. Towering over skyscrapers and grounding flights, the wall of dust swept across the desert from the south at around nightfall, blanketing downtown Phoenix. The National Weather Service said strong winds with gusts of more than 60 miles per hour  moved the dust cloud northwest through Phoenix and the cities of Avondale, Tempe and Scottsdale. More than a dozen communities in the area also were placed under a severe thunderstorm watch.

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Fascinating! How a book was made in 1947, this will blow your mind.

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Seagull Steals a Camera

An aspiring seagull videographer stole a GoPro video camera while it was set on record and took some great shots. Watch as it shows you what it can see when it flies in the air -- and catch some behind-the-scenes footage of it making noise near the camera. Follow-up: Seagull stole my video camera in Cannes France. I found it on the castle wall, where I had to climb.
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Scary Infographic About Calories!

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Baby Hummingbird & a Boy

Baby hummingbirds are adorable, but they are twice as cute when one of them bonds with a young boy. Watch the boy teach the bird the ways of the world and help him learn how to fly. If this doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what what will. The video has over a million views on Youtube The followup from the boy: This is a baby hummingbird I rescued after it was attacked. The song is "Better Together" by Jack Johnson. UPDATE!!! when she thought she was ready to leave (and she was) she flew off to her favorite patch of the back yard, and her instincts instantly kicked in, and now she's just like all the other hummingbirds. for those that are concerned that she has imprinted on humans and wouldn't survive in the wild, don't worry, she is thriving. she has even successfully migrated and returned back to my yard. and for those who think i didn't know what i was doing, i did NOT feed her plain sugar water. i went outside 3 times a day and caught flies from my compost bin in big bags, crushed them, and mixed them in as well. I also helped her learn to catch flies while flying (not in the video because you obviously wouldn't be able to see the flies). in the end, i don't think it could have worked out any better
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Why Zippers Have YKK On Them

ykk zipperToday I found out why zippers have a YKK on them.   The YKK stands for Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (say that five times fast).  In 1934 Tadao Yoshida founded Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha (translated Yoshida Industries Limited).  This company is now the worlds foremost zipper manufacturer, making about 90% of all zippers in over 206 facilities in 52 countries.  In fact, they not only make the zippers, they also make the machines that make the zippers; no word on if they make the machines that make the parts that make up the machines that make the zippers.

Their largest factory in Georgia makes over 7 million zippers per day. In any event, Mr. Yoshida’s company zipped to number one by practicing the “Cycle of Goodness”, as he called it.  Namely, “No one prospers unless he renders benefit to others.”  Using this principle, he endeavored to create the best zippers out there that would hold up over long periods of time in the end product.  This in turn would benefit both the manufacturers who used his zippers and the end customer and because of these things benefit his company with higher repeat and referral sales, thus completing the “Cycle of Goodness” *zen moment* So next time you’re zipping up, take a moment to remember Mr. Yoshida
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Father's Day Stuff

Bad Gifts For Dad

Dad's big day is coming up. What are you going to get him? If you haven't made a decision yet, maybe this list of gifts to stay away from will help ... Do Not Get Dad ...
  • ... That stupid annoying singing fish that goes on the wall. A better idea: A gift certificate to a fishing store.
  • ... A money clip -- they can't hold everything the way a wallet can. So, get the wallet instead.
  • ... One of those BBQ Chef's hats -- they look ridiculous. Better idea: some prime steaks.
  • ... A baseball cap -- Dads don't have a shortage of these. Nice sunglasses would be a much better gift.

Spending On Dad May Reach Record Levels

Who says there's a recession going on? According to a new survey from the National Retail Federation, the average shopper will spend $106 on dad this Father's Day, up 13 percent from last year -- and the most in the survey's eight-year history. Of course, even this year's Father's Day takes a back seat to Mother's Day, where the average shopper spent $141. The top spending categories for dad include:
  1. Activities like golfing and going out to eat
  2. Gift cards
  3. Clothing
  4. Home improvement
  5. Gardening tools and appliances
  6. Electronics
Source: The Birmingham News
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"As Seen on TV" Products that Work and Don't

5 "as seen on TV" products that work:
  • Grill Daddy. This gadget is a heavy-duty grill brush that drips water through the brush, creating steam. It really works. It comes in several styles and truly can make a filthy grill rack pretty darned clean. You can find them online for $12 to $50, depending on the model.
  • Cold Fire. This is a handy aerosol fire extinguisher that is inexpensive, doesn't take up much space and actually works. Priced about $20.
  • Big Top Cupcake. This silicone baking set makes it easy to make a fancy and unusual cupcake-shaped cake. Seriously. Also about $20.
  • Yoshi Blade. It's a ceramic knife that really outperforms many of its metallic brethren. Just remember, though, it's a slicing knife, not a chopper. About $20. (And if you want to know more about knives for outdoor uses, see our new guide to deals on knives.)
  • Furminator. This pet grooming tool isn't cheap, but it seems to work pretty well. It comes in a variety of sizes and styles (hence the price variability, starting at $12).
5 "as seen on TV" products you can live without:
  • BarkOff. It's supposed to magically stop dogs from barking. Tell that to the dogs, if they can hear you over their barking. If you want to test it out anyway, you can order it for about $10.
  • Gyro Bowl. An interesting idea that gets a close-but-not-quite.​ The bowl is supposed to keep little ones from spilling their food as they toddle around. It can work for the less active kid, but forget about it if you've got one of those high-energy models. About $13.
  • Robo Stir. This thing is supposed to keep stirring your soup, gravy or whatever while you're busy elsewhere. Stick with the spoon. About $11.
  • Snazzy Napper. OK, it's a blanket with holes so you can still breathe while you're sleeping in some public place. Eeesh. Get a room. Prices start at $15.
  • Jupiter Jack. The idea is to turn your car radio into a cellphone speaker. But a lot of folks complain it just doesn't work or only works a little bit, some of the time. That's not something you want to deal with when the gadget is intended to help make your driving experience easier. About $10.
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Things kids will never understand

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A Little Levity During the Debate

In one of the debate's lighter moments, moderator John King asked them all a few "this or that" questions.
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Good Parenting On Facebook

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What not to get for Father's Day : Pork Barrel BBQ Cologne


Makes You Stink Like Hog Heaven Throw away that musty old bacon cologne; there's a new eau de piglette here to make sweet porky love to your nostrils. Que, from Pork Barrel BBQ, was forged from the sweet crackling char of Mt. Oink.
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Costumed Dad Embarrasses Son With Daily Wave to School Bus

There’s not much worse for a high school student than having your dad wave at you as you get on the school bus every morning. Just ask Rain Price, who is thrilled the school year is finally over.

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River Road in Canyon Lake crosses the Guadalupe River four times as it winds 10.6 miles between Loop 337 and Canyon Lake Drive in the picturesque Texas Hill Country. A great way to take in the skyscraper cypress trees and colorful limestone bluffs is by tubing down the river. Outfitters offer shuttles that will bring you back to where you started. The river banks are lined with camping sites, concession stands and restaurants.

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Golden Barbecue Grill

An Australian company just unveiled a new $150,000 gold-plated barbecue grill, setting a new standard in grill luxury (that standard being, “any”): It’s the perfect gift for: - Rappers - Other Rappers - Aspiring Rappers - Goldfinger After the jump, another golden grill pic that’ll have you yelling “Throw another shrimp on the GOLD barbie!” even more than you currently do.
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Best Superheros of all time?

According to kids 12 and under: 1. Superman 2. Thor 3. Silver Surfer 4. Wolverine 5. Spiderman 6. Ironman 7. Batman 8. Green Lantern
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Thomas the Train

Here's me and Sir Topham Hat:

Introduced Thomas the Train and Friends last night at the Long Center. It made me miss the way my boy Franke used to love him. They still have tickets for today's 10:30 matinee and the show later tonight.

and here's an old picture of Franke and his mom meeting Thomas:
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Funny Baby Video: (even without the audio)

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WOW! Amazing waterspouts 'tornado' caught on camera off Australia

Aliens are stealing our water . . .
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World's wildest houses

By Annie Hauser of This Old House

A batch of daring dwellings, including an eco-friendly igloo, a Hello Kitty dream house and a creative spin on a classic log cabin.

Kvivik Igloo

Faroe Islands, Denmark

This pair of identical igloos is near the village of Kvivik, in the Faroe Islands off the coast of Denmark. Each structure is about 300 square feet and features a kitchen, living room and loft with a double bed.

One Log House

Garberville, Calif.

This house is in pretty good condition — considering that the tree it's made from is more than 2,000 years old. Carved out of a 42-ton redwood, this wacky mobile home was "built" in 1946 by logger Art Schmock

Hello Kitty Hotel

Hsinchu, Taiwan

Calling all Hello Kitty fans! The Hello Kitty Hotel, which opened in a Taiwanese resort in 2009, is a tribute to the Japanese anime character that has a cult following all over the world
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How times have changed: Can you believe this Ad?

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Girl In Bikini Poolside: Before And After

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This kids dancing in the background is PRICELESS!

<a href="{from}&vid=b700d5fc-e20f-4f86-9776-e9dccc9200f3&from=dest_en-us&fg=dest" target="_new" title="Dancing Kid Steals Show">Video: Dancing Kid Steals Show</a>
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Time Lapse: Puppy to Adult in 40 seconds.

They grow up so fast. Watch this time-lapse video of a German Shepherd named Dunder grow from a little eight-week-old puppy to a big one-year-old boy. The music in the background adds to the unbelievable cuteness.
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This Saturday is AHS’ Austin Kitty Limits and Puppy Palooza

This Saturday is AHS’ Austin Kitty Limits and Puppy Palooza Adoption Event! Over 200 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available and reduced adoption fees! The 2011 Austin Kitty Limits and Puppy Palooza Festival will be held May 28th from Noon - 7pm at the Austin Humane Society! This exciting event will include adorable (and adoptable) kitty and doggie celebrities such as Pawnye West, Stevie “whiskers” Wonder and fabulous local music artists such as The School of Rock, John Orr, Jack Vallen, and Josh Halverson. Food trailers by Me So Hungry and Peached Tortilla will also be onsite! Don't miss out! Reduced adoption fees include: $5 Kittens under one year Free - Cats over one year (sponsored by Fresh Step) $20 all dogs over 30 pounds
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Best T-Shirt of the Weekend

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GREATEST Marriage Proposal EVER!

When Ginny went to the movies, she had no idea that one preview in particular would interest her so much. Her boyfriend made a fake movie trailer about the story of their love and featured him asking her father for her hand in marriage. Watch her reaction as she sees the movie trailer dedicated to her.
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Some Mid-Week Fun


Just Chillin', yeah, I'm a frog.

Nahhh. . . .
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The Sex aand The City Girls are PUMPED for a Sequel

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365 Day Exercise Timelapse

If only the results from working out came in as little amount of time as it takes to watch this video of a guy getting results from working out. <a href=" video&playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:c9b2bc48-0eb9-45c6-8821-4ab474ef1be2&showPlaylist=true&from=ol_en-us_msnhp&fg=MSNvideo_divoverlayplayer" target="_new" title="365 Day Exercise Timelapse">Video: 365 Day Exercise Timelapse</a>
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Video of Storm from Studio Balcony

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Give 100%

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Three of My Favorite Toys

These were the things girls were supposed to give boys (or vice versa).

Why did they quit making these?

My kids now have the SpongeBob version.

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TRENDS: Top Baby Names

The Social Security Administration has come out with the list of the most popular baby names of 2010. Many of the names have connections to movies or television. Girls
  1. Isabella
  2. Sophia
  3. Emma
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Emily
  7. Abigail
  8. Madison
  9. Chloe
  10. Mia
  1. Jacob
  2. Ethan
  3. Michael
  4. Jayden
  5. William
  6. Alexander
  7. Noah
  8. Daniel
  9. Aiden
  10. Anthony
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The Craziest Dancing I've Ever Seen

I'm not sure if the dancing has anything to do with a flat tire, but these guys are having a blast anyway.
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This is a long exposure photo of an airliner take off. Stunning!

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How to Really Love Motherhood

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When God Made Mother's by Erma Bombeck

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into his sixth day of “overtime” when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; Have 180 movable parts... all replaceable; Run on black coffee and leftovers; Have a lap that disappears when she stands up; A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair; And six pairs of hands.” The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands... no way.” “It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord. “It’s the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have.” “That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel. The Lord nodded. “One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, ’What are you kids doing in there?’ when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn’t but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say, ’I understand and I love you’ without so much as uttering a word.” “Lord,” said the angel, touching His sleeve gently, “Go to bed. Tomorrow...” “I can’t,” said the Lord, “I’m so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick... can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger... and can get a nine-year-old to stand under a shower.” The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. “It’s too soft,” she sighed. “But she’s tough!” said the Lord excitedly. “You cannot imagine what this mother can do or endure.” “Can it think?” “Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise,” said the Creator. Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told You You were trying to push too much into this model.” “It’s not a leak,” said the Lord. “It’s a tear.” “What’s it for?” “It’s for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride.” “You are a genius,” said the angel. The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,” He said.

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Mother's Day Music Montage

MOTHER'S DAY MONTAGE: songs about Mothers


1.Renegade-Styx 2.Your Momma Don't Dance-Loggins and Messina 3.Brady Bunch Theme 4.Your Mother Should Know-The Beatles 5.Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys-Willie Nelson 6.Crocodile Rock-Elton John 7.Mama Weer All Crazee Now-Quiet Riot 8.Girls Just Want To Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper 9.Our House-Madness 10.I Wish-Stevie Wonder 11.Hard To Handle-Black Crows 12.Billie Jean-Michael Jackson 13.Mama Said Knock You Out-LL Cool J 14.Black Dog-Led Zeppelin 15.Hot Mama by Trace Adkins 16.Bohemian Rhapsody-Queen 17.Theme From Shaft-Isaac Hayes 18.Ice Ice Baby-Vanilla Ice 19.Dialogue from Psycho mom_montage

Can you name all the songs in this medley of Mother related lyrics?

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Kitten's 1st Week of Life WARNING-EXTREMELY CUTE!

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The Top 10 Websites for Kids Learn about Nickelodeon's popular TV shows and movies for kids. Dr. Seuss's Seussville Dr. Seuss site.
Muppet World Official Muppet site from The Jim Henson Company.
Wild World of Wonka The official Website of the Willy Wonka Candy Factory.
How Stuff Works Hundreds of cool articles that explain "How Stuff Works."
PBS Kids Games, jokes, and interactive stories, plus web sites for all of your favorite PBS characters. Build a virtual pet online.
National Geographic: Kids Travel to different times and places, create cartoons, or take a geography quiz.
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Wasn’t expecting this… (video)

And Hoff as a judge too!
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The Sunday Night President Obama Speech Summed Up Nicely

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Tulipmania: An Inspiring Field Of 3 Billion Tulips

From If you didn’t read the title of this article, and if you just glanced at these pictures, what would you think that was? Perhaps a beautiful piece of artwork created by a child? Or maybe a tapestry of colorful fabric? Who would ever guess that is a patch of three billion tulips? Yep, this is where much of the world’s tulips are grown each year. These particular flowers are in Holland, and they will be sent to supermarkets all over the world to be sold. Altogether, Holland produces about nine billion tulips each year, which equates to more than one for each person on the planet. As you can see, tourists often gather around the flowers to inhale the aroma and appreciate this once a year phenomenon. I bet this is an incredible sight to see in person. It is only a short time each year when the colors of the flowers are this vibrant and rich.
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Meet Lucy Brown, crowned 'Beautiful Bulldog' Three-year-old's win

see whole story here Iowa bulldog Lucy Brown's slobber, sloth and bloodshot eyes helped the precocious pup grab the greatest crown a drooling canine can ever dream of. The 3-year-old from Johnston, with a squat stance and slobber to spare, bested 49 dogs Monday to be named this year's "Beautiful Bulldog" for the Drake Relays in Iowa. "She just thinks that the world goes around her. You know, Queen Lucy," said Nancy Brown, Lucy's owner, adding that the royal crown befits her beloved dog. "This is over the top."
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Shiba Inu Puppy Cam

Video streaming by Ustream Tune in daily to see the cutest Shiba Inu pups… EVER! In the two weeks since a Shiba Inu female named Kiko gave birth to her third litter, more than 27 million people have visited Ustream to watch live video of the six pups. The six Shiba Inu pups (3 boys and 3 girls) were born on Thursday, April 14th, 2011. This is the third, and final, litter by their mom, Kika. Here are your “C-Team” pups: Boys # Chozen (aka “Zen”) Meaning – Independent/Aloof # Chame Meaning – Playful/Rascal/Mischievous # Chikara Meaning – Powerful/Strength Girls # Chisaki (aka “Saki”) Meaning – A thousand blooms # Chiyoko (aka “Yo-Yo”) Meaning – Child of a thousand generations # Charlotte * All of the pups have forever families already waiting for them.
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Day After Easter Day - Dyngus Day

Dyngus Day or Wet Monday (Polish Śmigus-Dyngus or lany poniedziałek) is the name for Easter Monday in Poland. In the Czech Republic it is called velikonoční pondělí or pomlázka. In Slovakia veľkonočný pondelok (Easter Monday) is called Šibačka/Polievačka or Oblievačka. too. All countries practice a unique custom on this day. In Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic[1] traditionally, early in the morning boys awake girls by pouring a bucket of water on their head and striking them about the legs with long thin twigs or switches made from willow, birch or decorated tree branches; however, the earliest documented[citation needed] records of Dyngus Day in Poland are from the 15th century, almost half a millennium after Poland adopted Christianity. One theory is that Dyngus originates from the baptism on Easter Monday of Mieszko I (Duke of the Polans, c. 935–992) in 966 AD, uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity. Dyngus and Śmigus were twin pagan gods; the former representing water and the moist earth.
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How we eat our Chocolate Easter Bunnies

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A Texan's Map of the USA

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A Perfect Little Bowl of Easter Bunny

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Texas Extreme Drought Conditions

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What Happens When You Tickle a Penguin?

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Some Random Pics

Sign in a bakery Mmmm Cookie... Nom Nom Nom Nom...
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If Lassie Were a Cat

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Another Man / Woman Difference

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Kid's Top 5 Favorite Dinners (from Kid's Kraze)

If you're a parent, you know that getting your finicky kid to eat is like trying to push a bolder up a mountain of molasses. It isn't easy. A kid's menu, at best consists of about five or six things that he or she will eat. So what's a parent to do? Well, at a recent survey taken in a small US town, about 100 kids gave the answer to their five favorite foods, not counting desserts. While this survey no way dictates that all kids will answer the same, this should give you a pretty decent idea of what you're kid will eat if you're having problems getting food in his or her mouth. So without further ado, our top five kids' goods. Coming in at number 5 was no surprise. Spaghetti and Meatballs was the overall number 5 choice. Kids seemed to like this more out of the can than home made, however. And no fancy sauces like Marinara. Just plain out tomato or meat sauce was all they needed. Plus, no grated cheese on top. And not too many meatballs. Just 3 or 4 would be enough. Serving your kid a plate of spaghetti and meatballs would be more than enough to put a smile on his or her face. In the number 4 slot was another food that was no surprise. Fried chicken. Parents, don't bother making this at home. Overwhelmingly, kids voted on Colonel Sanders Kentucky Fried Chicken and white meat only. And don't forget the biscuit that comes with it. They said without the biscuit it isn't as good. Makes you wonder if they loved the biscuit more than the chicken. Oh and the extra crispy gets a big thumbs up.  The third most popular meal on the menu was the hot dog. It was interesting to see that the hot dog was more popular than the hamburger, but not by much. As for how they liked their hot dog, that varied quite a bit. Some kids liked them just with mustard. Others preferred mustard and sauerkraut. And then there was that group of kids who enjoyed their hot dogs with ketchup. Nobody seemed to like relish or anything fancy on their hot dog and NO cheese dogs. That was another big yuck. Just missing the number top spot and coming in at number 2 was macaroni and cheese. Again, don't try making this at home. This has to be, almost unanimously, Kraft Mac And Cheese. And of course no mac and cheese dish is complete without pouring ketchup all over it. By the time they are done with the ketchup you can just about see the mac and cheese. Finally, coming in at number 1 was Hamburger on a bun was a sure winner. Again, nothing fancy as far as condiments. No onions was big on the list of yucks. Kids absolutely hate onions and don't want them anywhere near their hamburger. Just some ketchup is all they require. And the buns have to be hamburger buns. No regular hard rolls and certainly NO seeds. Also, no whole wheat buns or rolls.  And there you have it. The top 5 favorite foods of children. So if you're having trouble getting your kid to eat, you might want to start with these. If you need other favorites outside the top 5, at number 6 was pizza and at number 7 was peanut butter and jelly. Rounding out the top 10 was bologna at 8, salami and cheese at 9 and grilled cheese at 10.
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Cute Animal Monday

I had these pictures saved up and just had to share. . .. Our dog Max The Easter Pig The Easter Bunny (junior) The Easter G? Another Easter B
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How to file for an Tax Extension (automatically accepted, no reason needed)

A 6-month reprieve with Form 4868 The IRS has a simple form that allows you an automatic six-month extension to file your taxes. It's Form 4868 (.pdf file), and it's easy to complete -- even without an accountant. The form starts by asking for your name, address and Social Security number. It then asks you to estimate your tax liability and send any balance due. If you make this payment and cover at least 90% of your real liability, you win. You won't owe a late filing or late payment penalty. You can use the IRS' Free File system online, pick up the form at any IRS office or order it toll-free at 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). If you're using tax preparation software at home, you can file by computer and receive an acknowledgement by email. You must file it by the regular due date of your return. It is an automatic extension. You don't have to give the IRS any reason. You can get it even if the only reason you haven't filed is that you were lazy or didn't want to think about it. Form 4868 gives you until Oct. 15 to complete and send in your return. But, regardless of the form, if you think you owe money to the government, you must send it in by April 18. You can ask for only one extension. So you really do have to file by Oct. 15.
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Is this where the cat sits?

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