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22 Sep 19:13

Man forbidden from flying U.S. flag on his balcony because it could 'offend foreign people'

by By Teresa Mull

Brad Smith, a student at San Diego State University and a tenant of Boulevard 63 Apartments, said apartment complex managers told him to remove the American flag he was displaying on his apartment's balcony because it "could offend foreign people."

Smith said that when he asked management about the notice he received ordering him to remove the flag, they reportedly told him "it was for political reasons and that the flag could offend foreign people that live here, foreign exchange students."

ABC News' investigation revealed that the rules of Smith's lease prohibit signs or other personal property...

22 Sep 18:21

Nails of the Day: Caramel Apples

by Sarah Waite

looks gross

Nails of the Day: Caramel Apples

Nails of the Day: Caramel Apples

cannot get over how cute these caramel apple nails are. The rough sponging totally mimics the look of an apple, and the drips are tantalizing with their perfect caramel color. Keep up with Kristi’s nail art on Instagram @polishpdxnails.

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22 Sep 18:00

Kanye West Is Teaching a Class at L.A. Trade Technical College

by Lindsey Weber

As part of his mandated community service after a 2013 paparazzi scuffle, Kanye West has started teaching at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, known for its courses in fashion design and technology. He's got 250 hours to slog through, but this doesn't really seem like the worst punishment? Kanye at the front of a classroom, departing all of that genius onto a crowd of eager young minds? We'd all be so lucky to graduate with a concentration in 'Ye.

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Filed Under: kanye west ,music ,candy ,probation

19 Sep 16:30

Kim Kardashian would 'love to be on' Downton Abbey

by By

Downton Abbey recently opened its doors to George Clooney, who filmed a recent sketch for a charity special (and even planted a kiss on Dame Maggie Smith). It's a tough act to follow — but if the popular costume drama ever wants to enlist another high-profile celebrity, Kim Kardashian says she's up for the job.

"I'm a big fan," said Kardashian in an interview with The Sun. "I'd love to be on if they asked. I love things like that." The Daily Mail adds that Kardashian has reportedly reached out to one of the show's actresses about the possibility of a cameo — so while the odds are definitely...

18 Sep 02:17

Aubrey Plaza Will Be the Voice of Grumpy Cat

by Anna Silman

"cameos from other famous Internet memes."

pleasebechocolaterain, pleasebechocolaterain, pleasebechocolaterain

Today in casting news plucked straight from the hivemind of the internet: Aubrey Plaza will be the voice of Grumpy Cat in Lifetime’s live-action Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Per THR, the film is about a rejected pet-store cat and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her, and will also feature "cameos from other famous Internet memes." Hopefully there's a supporting role available for a cat that looks like Ron Swanson?

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Filed Under: grumpy cat ,aubrey plaza ,the internet

20 Sep 11:49

Little Hippo is Taronga's First in 10 Years

by Andrew Bleiman


Hippo calf by Anthony Dorian (15)Taronga Western Plains Zoo is excited to announce the birth of a Hippo calf – the first in more than 10 years – on September 11 to mother Cuddles and father Mana.

Hippo calf by Anthony Dorian (13)

Hippo calf by Anthony Dorian (7)
Hippo calf by Anthony Dorian (18)Photo Credit:  Anthony Dorian

Because this birth is the first for Cuddles and Mana, the calf represents a new genetic bloodline for the species and will be important for the zoo-managed population of Hippos.

The calf weighs an estimated 88 pounds (40 kg). It is yet to be named and keepers have not determined the calf's gender, becuase Cuddles is being very protective.

“Hippos nurse their young underwater and whilst we haven’t seen this behaviour, from everything we have witnessed the pair is bonding really well,” said Hippo Keeper Carolene Magner.

Hippos most of their days in the water, feeding on vegetation.  For now, the calf stays close to its mother’s side.

Guests staying on the zoo’s Zoofari Lodge were able to see the calf just a few minutes after its birth.

Hippos once ranged throughout sub-Saharan Africa, but are now restricted to smaller, more fragmented habitats.  They are listed as Vulnerable to Extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

See more photos of the Hippo calf below.

Hippo calf by Anthony Dorian (12)
Hippo calf by Anthony Dorian (10)


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21 Sep 12:00

The woman who keeps comedians sane

by By Christopher Goffard

ILDIKO TABORI HAS never stood on a stage trying to make strangers laugh, doesn't write jokes, and admits that she's not great at telling them. Trying to recount something clever she heard, she makes advance apologies: "I'm not going to do it justice."

But if you make a living being funny, Tabori understands the particulars of your pain better than most: For the past 3 ½ years, she's been an in-house psychologist at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

"Being a comedian is truly the hardest job in the entertainment industry," Tabori says. "You have a lot of late nights. You have good sets; you...

19 Sep 17:37

Why We’re Psyched For New Shows From Laverne Cox and Laura Jane Grace

by Parker Molloy

Why We’re Psyched For New Shows From Laverne Cox and Laura Jane Grace

Why We’re Psyched For New Shows From Laverne Cox and Laura Jane Grace

Next month, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace will each be rolling out new documentaries about the lives of transgender individuals, and we could not be more excited.

On October 10th, AOL will debut True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a docu-series featuring the 33-year-old punk rocker as she embarks on tour in support of her recent record, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” and interviews gender non-conforming and transgender fans, activists, authors, and others about their experiences with gender dysphoria and how they relate to gender, itself. The following week, MTV and Logo TV will broadcast Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, a documentary centered on the lives of seven transgender individuals between the ages of 12 and 24.

Between the two of them, Grace and Cox are trans forces to be reckoned with. Grace is known for churning out some of the smartest lyrics in punk rock — touching on topics of politics, class warfare, and gender — and Cox is the Emmy-nominated actress who has experienced a meteoric rise over the past few years, becoming Time Magazine’s face of the “transgender tipping point.”

But why is this such a big deal? For one, these documentaries have the potential to be some of the most honest, authentic portrayals of trans individuals as has ever been seen on TV. For years, the media has depicted trans individuals in a negative light, furthering the often shameful stereotypes that don’t come close to accurately portraying the complex lives these individuals have. While the past 15 years have seen a shift in how the media portrays gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals — with the improved representation being directly linked to the public’s willingness to accept and support their causes — trans people have, until recently, been waiting on the cultural sidelines.

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18 Sep 08:06

Teen crashes SUV after friend sets his armpit hair on fire

by By Catherine Garcia

For reasons that only make sense to a teenage boy, a 16-year-old set his 18-year-old friend's armpit hair on fire while driving, resulting in the SUV crashing and five people injured.

The accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday in southeast Boise, The Associated Press reports. The Ada County Sheriff's office said that none of the passengers in the Ford Bronco were wearing seatbelts, and it appeared that the driver, Tristian Myers, was speeding. Two of the passengers, ages 15 and 16, were ejected from the vehicle, but none of the teenagers had life-threatening injuries.

Myers was cited by...

17 Sep 00:15

John Travolta on Gay Rumors: 'It's Just About People Wanting Money'

by Rebecca Rose

checking in with travota's wig & face-merkin game ... he looks like if rip torn fell into a vat of shoe polish

John Travolta on Gay Rumors: 'It's Just About People Wanting Money'

John Travolta publicly addressed rumors that he is gay for the first time, basically telling the world he is fresh out of fucks to give when it comes to speculations about his sexuality.


17 Sep 15:15

Professor Pleads Guilty In Killing Of Her Rapist

by ent lawyer
In 1995, Norma Esparza was a student at Pomona College. She says that she was raped by a man named Gonzalo Ramirez. She told her boyfriend what happened and her boyfriend and a friend of his then found and hacked Ramirez to death. They made Esparza identify him after they killed him. Last November Esparza, who is 40 and lives in France and teaches in Geneva, was offered a three year jail sentence by prosecutors but she turned it down. Esparza pleaded guilty yesterday though and is set to receive a six year sentence that will be designed to allow her to spend time with her 5 year old daughter. Esparza also has to testify against her former boyfriend and his friend. Their trial begins in January.
16 Sep 22:28



just got home, 11:40pm, check the thermostat ... 97 degrees

05 Sep 21:00

Eater Tracking: Ripper! Garlo's Aussie Pie Shop Sets Grand Opening

by Susan Stapleton

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Garlo's Aussie Pie Shop [Photo: Facebook]

Russell Crowe is resting easy, the meat pies are coming quick. When the Oscar-winning actor discovered his friend Sean Garlick was opening Garlo's Aussie Pie Shop in Westwood Village, he texted, "I'm in Westwood now. Wish your store was here already."

How big of a fan is Mr. Crowe? He's tweeted out an invite to Pie Shop's super special VIP Grand Opening Party on Sept. 10. RSVP early for access to complimentary pies.

Mortals can start lining up behind Russell during regular service, beginning Sept. 15, cited as the official opening day on the company website.

Garlick's brother Nathan is also partnered in the venture, located next to Trader Joe's. Garlo's will be open daily from 7 a.m., for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Considered the "authority" when it comes to hand-sized meat pies in Australia, the company is named after Garlick's nickname as a professional Rugby League player and coach. Their products are widely available in Australian grocery stores and supermarkets and the team are adopting a wait and see approach for possible expansion plans in the U.S. 

The menu features selections like the "premium pie combos" including classic steak, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas priced at $6.95, a beef sausage roll lists for $3.95 and snacks like a lamington muffin or coconut slice are available for $3.45.

Garlo's is avoiding 'the cheesy Aussie thing" inside but the decor will include references to Australian culture and sport and photos of  "Garlo's favourite Australians."

Currently scheduled hours will be Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
· All Coverage of Garlo's Aussie Pie Shop [~ELA~]

11 Sep 16:00

9/11's Last Surviving Search Dog Goes on Today, Tears Ensue

by Madeleine Davies

If you haven't seen this clip about a guide dog's service on 9/11, you should:

9/11's Last Surviving Search Dog Goes on Today, Tears Ensue

Bretagne, a 15-year-old golden retriever that lives with her owner Denise Corliss in Cypress, Texas, is believed to be the last surviving search dog that assisted at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Today, she's back in New York and a nominee for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards. Cue tears.


30 Aug 12:16

Meet Enrique & Carlos the Squirrel Monkeys

by Andrew Bleiman

10606485_783463211716572_8102452732487517742_nBorn in May only a week apart at the Taronga Zoo, Squirrel Monkeys Carlos and Enrique are starting to develop their own personalities and are becoming more independent every day. 

10580235_783463201716573_8046956776605471170_nPhoto Credit: Lisa Ridley

According to keepers, Enrique has more confidence than Carlos.  This adventurous little Monkey spends more and more time away from his mother, Ayaca, and spends less time riding on the backs of other females in the troop.

Enrique can often be heard vocalizing to others when he is high up in the trees.  Carlos, on the other hand, still chooses to ride around on his mother Llosa's back or be carried by the other females.

Just recently, keepers have been seeing the two little Monkeys playing together.  Though they are starting to nibble on cucumbers, grapes, and leaves, both youngsters still nurse from their mothers, and will continue to do so for several more months.

Squirrel Monkeys are native to Central and South America, where they spend their days in the forest canopy in troops as large as 500 individuals. 

02 Sep 15:18

Sea Lion Shenanigans at Zoo Heidelberg

by Andrew Bleiman


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Zoo Heidelberg, in Germany, now has the pleasure of witnessing the daily antics of two new Southern Sea Lion pups!

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Sea Lion pups_ZooHeidelberg_4Photo Credits: Susi Fischer

The girl, ‘Arielle’, and boy, ‘Carlos’ were born in July.  Arielle was born to mother, Maike, much to the relief of the keepers, who had previously witnessed two of Maike’s stillbirths.  Carlos is the third pup born to mother, Leah, and both Sea Lion babies were sired by Atos.

The Sea Lion pups spent their first few weeks of life on land.  After their first molt, the pups began to follow their mothers into the water and start swimming lessons. Arielle and Carlos enjoy daily ventures into the pool and practice their Sea Lion skills with diligence.  As they grow, it will become easier for them to remain under water for longer periods of time.

Southern Sea Lions are classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.  They are native to South America, along the Pacific coast of South America, from Peru to Tierra del Fuego, and along the Atlantic coast to southern Brazil.  Zoo Heidelberg works in cooperation with Yaqu-PACHA, (Society for the Protection of Aquatic Mammals in South America), in an effort to protect these wonderful creatures in their native habitat.

03 Sep 17:29

Bran Stark and Hodor won't appear in Game of Thrones season 5

by By

If you're wondering what was going on with Bran Stark and that weird tree-man at the end of Game of Thrones' fourth season, you have a long wait ahead of you. In a recent interview with the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Kristian Nairn — the actor who plays Bran's loyal ally Hodor in the HBO drama — revealed that Bran and Hodor won't appear in the show's fifth season at all.

"We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books," said Nairn. He adds that he plans to use the time off to travel around the world as...

06 Sep 16:14

Taco Bell is Product Testing a Biscuit Taco

by C.A. Pinkham on kitchenette, shared by Isha Aran to Jezebel

Taco Bell is Product Testing a Biscuit Taco

Yes, that is a taco made out of a biscuit, and yes, that is something Taco Bell is selling at select locations right now.


12 Sep 15:20

Grandparents Just Can’t Stop Tagging Grandmaster Flash in Their Facebook Statuses

by Nate Jones

Grandparents' charming habit of signing their names to their Facebook statuses has combined with Facebook's less-charming habit of tagging every bit of data in the universe to form a surprising new fanbase for Grandmaster Flash. As the tumblr Love, Grandpa and Grandmaster Flash attests, a surprising number of our nation's senior citizens are mistakenly including the hip-hop pioneer in their messages to loved ones, thanks to Facebook's auto-tagging suggestion algorithms.

Grandmaster Flash, who, at 56, is old enough to be a grandparent himself, sympathized with his new Facebook friends in a post on his own page:

Facebook is a weird place.

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Filed Under: grandmaster flash ,music ,facebook

12 Sep 17:19

Ronda Rousey on Ray Rice assault incident: It would have been much different if I were in that elevator

by Karim Zidan

if only ronda rousey and marky mark had been able to stop 9/11 together

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey added to her original comments regarding the Ray Rice domestic abuse incident by stating that things would have been “different” had she been in the elevator with him.

The Ray Rice domestic violence incident has garnered a fair amount of attention from many sports outside of Football, including Mixed Martial Arts. While Dana White has already commented on the "horrifying" video, Ronda Rousey took it upon herself to add to her original comments.

Rousey stated that every victim has the "right" to defend themselves no matter the situation, even in an elevator against a spouse almost twice their size.

"Every person has the right to be able to defend themselves," Rousey told TMZ Sports. "Everybody should try, regardless of the situation."

The women's bantamweight champion added that things would have been "different" had she been the one in the elevator at the time.

"It would have been different," she insisted. "Much, much different."

11 Sep 10:06

These exquisite portraits capture life's literal and metaphorical burdens

"How much can you carry?"

It might sound like an odd question, but the answer can be a source of pride.

In 2012, Paris-based photographer Floriane de Lassée traveled the world — from Bolivia and Brazil, Rwanda and Nepal, Indonesia to Japan — in search of a new project.

On these journeys, Lassée began to notice men, women, and children carrying stacks of goods on their heads as they walked the dirt roads of their rural towns. Inspired by these exquisitely balanced load bearers, she eventually posed that question to locals, turning the result into a photographic series...

11 Sep 03:30

Behold the Glorified Craft Fair Disaster That Is Miley Cyrus' 'Art'

by Rebecca Rose

Behold the Glorified Craft Fair Disaster That Is Miley Cyrus' 'Art'

GOD HELP US ALL, Miley Cyrus wants to be an artist now.


10 Sep 22:30

Gilmore Girls Is Coming to Netflix Instant!

by Nate Jones


If you're out on the road, feeling lonely and so cold, we've got good news for you: All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls will be available on Netflix starting October 1. Start bingeing then, and you'll make it to the Yale years by Halloween.

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Filed Under: gilmore girls ,televison ,netflix

10 Sep 16:26

Morning Linkage: The Water Main Break Crisis, Boyle Heights and "Gentefication"

by Adrian Glick Kudler

SOON (i love the giant rubber ducky so much)

08 Sep 18:15

10 Weirdest Things Caught On Google Street View

by ent lawyer
04 Sep 13:45

New DWTS Cast: Betsey Johnson and the Dude from Mean Girls

by Kate Dries


New DWTS Cast: Betsey Johnson and the Dude from Mean Girls

The new cast of Dancing with the Stars has been announced and it certainly is interesting, featuring fashion designer Betsey Johnson, Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Jonathan Bennett, everybody's love interest with the side-swept hair from Mean Girls.


29 Aug 12:47

Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record

by Blaire


Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record

Jiff, the Fastest Dog on Two Paws, Just Set A Guinness World Record

Jiff the Pomeranian first stole our hearts in the ‘Dark Horse’ video. Remember this little face? Well, this week, the hard-working fur-ball set two new Guinness World Records for dogs: He now holds the record for fastest 10m on hind legs and fastest 5m on front paws. Watch Jiff’s adorable Guinness video and get into his cuteness:

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05 Sep 18:14

12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

by The Dodo

12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

12 Bunnies You Won’t Believe Actually Exist

This post was written by Travis Greenwood on The Dodo.

The bunnies that hop amongst us are real. . .and really amazing.

1. This one, Donald Thump, who shares a sweeping resemblance with a certain New York City real-estate baron.

Source: Imgur

2. This one, that blocks out all light on Earth.

Source: The Pet Collective

3. This one, that’s fed up with your Big Bang Theory reruns.

Source: Bunny Shaming

4. This one, who should team up with the Cookie Tin Thief to form a super-duo of cookie burglars.

Source: Cute Overload

5. This one, that looks eggs-tremely cozy in its temporary shell-ter. (Cue the rim shot because.) 

Source: Teh Cute

6. This one, that’s a beer short of a six-pack. You might say he has a nose for hops.

Source: Bunya

7. And then this one, that actually has mad hops.

Source: Daily Mail

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03 Sep 19:20

Will Smith Did a Segway Dance at Burning Man

by Lindsey Weber

Yes, the man was burned, and Burning Man 2014 has come to an end. Plenty of the masked revelers shared evidence of their attendance across social media, and a few happened to have faces you might recognize. Cassie, Chamillionaire, Michelle Rodriguez, model Candice Swanepoel ... and this familiar-looking dude doing a Segway dance:

Sure, you can't see this masked man's face, but take a look at a selfie Will Smith posted to his Facebook page earlier that week. Same mask, familiar-seeming body:

Nice sunglasses.

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Filed Under: burning man 2014 ,will smith ,cassie ,movies ,chamillionaire ,michelle rodriguez

29 Aug 05:20

People Played Parks and Rec’s Cones of Dunshire in Real Life

by Anna Silman

A couple of weeks ago, Mayfair Games made good on its promise to Vulture to bring a playable version of Cones of Dunshire, the fictional Parks and Recreation board game created by Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), to a real Indianapolis gaming conference called GenCon. Only 33 tickets were sold for the charity game — it sold out in six hours — which was played on an oversize carpet version of the board for maximum spectating.

It's unclear how exactly the two wizards, maverick, arbiter, two warriors, corporal, and ledgerman were all incorporated into real game-play, but it sounds like it sort of worked (you can see some photos of the game here). As Mayfair's Alex Yeager said in an interview: "We’ve tried to walk a line between something playable, and something still rooted in the crazed imagination of an unemployed geek."

Here's a video of "the architect," aka Adam Scott, introducing the game, complete with an Aziz Ansari cameo:

No word on whether Mayfair Games plans to ever roll out a playable version of the game in stores, or whether the cones are, you know, more of a metaphor.

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Filed Under: board games ,parks and recreation ,tv ,the cones of dunshire ,adam scott ,candy