Posts from December 2014
The folks at Netflix want to help you get your kids to bed at a reasonable time tonight.
You know they want to stay up until midnight to watch the ball drop and share in the festivities.
But you know that will make for a long night and a potentially irritating New Year's Morning.
So, here's the deal.
Netflix is offering an on-demand countdown featuring King Julien, a lemur from the Madagascar movies and a new Netflix show called . All Hail King Julien
It's a three-minute deal - filled with music and fun, and a countdown to "midnight," explicitly designed to trick your kids into an early bedtime.
Keep this in mind. Eventually, your kids will find out about this, and it could weigh in heavily when it's time to figure out if you need to head to a nursing home.
Forewarned, forearmed, I always say.
According to the official website of the United States government, there are some common New Year's resolutions. USA.gov,
And they stand ready to help with each of them. Their slogan is But for today, let's change that to "Government Made Easy." "Resolutions Made Easy."
So, if your resolution is to...
... Lose weight
Volunteer to help others
Get a better education
Get a better job
Eat healthy food
Take a trip
Reduce, reuse & recycle
Drink less alcohol
USA.gov has some links to provide help in achieving your goal. For instance, if you click on "Quit Smoking," you'll be redirected to . Smokefree.gov
(Going down the list, I have to admit I've NEVER run into anyone whose New Year's resolultion is to "Reduce, Reuse & Recycle." How about you?)
Funny, I don't see any links to "Get better health care" or "Pay less taxes."
Must be on a different site.
Yeah, that's it.
... you celebrate the new year with a Possum Drop.
With all due apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, that's exactly what they do in Brasstown, North Carolina - population 240.
Correction. That's what they used to do.
Now, thanks to some animal rights activists and a judge, a live possum will no longer be involved in the annual Possum Drop.
Here's how it used to work.
A possum in a plexiglass box was slowly lowered to the ground on New Year's Eve - much like the giant crystal ball drops in Times Square - and when the box hit the ground, the new year was underway.
No more. According to the animal rights folks, this is a cruel way to treat a shy creature, leaving it out in the cold air where it can be startled by fireworks and the local brass band.
So tonight, they will have some sort of possum drop - just not with a live animal.
The festival's organizer says they'll use "some other form of possum, a dead possum, road kill maybe, or possum stew."
Yeah, that sounds so much better...
Happy new year, y'all...
Tonight is New Year's Eve.
You knew that.
And tell the truth, you dread it. You've been there, done that, bought the T-shirt when it comes to things to do and not do on New Year's Eve.
What you'd like is a little peace, maybe a little quiet as you mentally prepare for 2015.
John Oliver from HBO's has the solution. Last Week Tonight
Give a listen...
The folks at Turner Classic Movies put together a touching tribute to remember the names and faces from the movie industry who left us in 2014.
Actors, directors, producers, writers, cinematographers.
Each gets his or her due.
Grab the tissues...
Okay, this guy made it look too easy.
Matt DeSanto amazed the audience, his fellow contestants and Pat Sajak on Monday's episode of . The Wheel of Fortune
It was a Toss-Up Round, worth $2000.
Three words, total of 13 letters. A character.
The last letter in the second four-letter word is revealed as an E.
Matt buzzes in and says, "The Lone Ranger."
And he's right!
He went on to set a record on the show, winning $91,892.
You could call this one ! The Wheel of Very Fortunate
THis dog chewed up his new bed thathis dad just bought and now he is trying to suck up so that he doesn't get in trouble. Yeah it sucks when your dog chews something up, trust me I know, but the guilty dog face is just adorable. How can you stay mad at that.
Here's a little peek into the past that I guess shouldn't surprise anyone.
A clip surfaced over the weekend showing a teenaged Nicki Minaj performing at the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art in New York.
She majored in drama. No surprise there.
In the scene, she gets so angry - it's in character - she throws a phone at a fellow actor, and their coach has to step in to talk about the intensity level.
No one got hurt, not to worry.
But you can see Nicki was really into it. Maybe some day, she'll return to acting - you know, when this music thing dries up for her...
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