Wednesday, November 25, 2015

This Three Year Old Is Way Smarter Than You

This little girl can recite the whole Periodic Table. She's 3.
OK, kiddies! Recite the entire Periodic Table to me!

Hello? Anyone? Nobody?

Well, we have three year old girl named Brielle to the rescue. She recently appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show to demonstrate her prowess with the Periodic Table. Yep, this little kid knows all the elements.

She also knows all the state capitols, all the countries in Europe and Africa, and the names of all U.S. Presidents.

No, I can't do that, either.  Brielle explains herself by saying, "My little brain just remembers!"

Here's the charming video:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ANOTHER Needed Antidote On A Grim News Day

Some of the dogs at a Serbian rescue center enjoy a
nice, active day.  
Everytime the national and world news is bad, like it is today, I feel compelled to post something fluffy and happy, just to take our minds off it a bit.

Today's installment is a video showing a dog sanctuary in Serbia that at last count had 450 rescued dogs.

That sounds cramped and awful, until you realize the rescue center is designed to give the dogs plenty of space to run around and play. They don't warehouse them in cages or kennels (though of course they're given a sheltered place to sleep if the dogs so choose.)

It does sound like this wonderfull place in Serbia could use some funds to keep going. An animal advocacy group called the Harmony Fund is funneling money towards them - that is the nonprofit receives enough donations.

Harmony Fund says you can donate to them if you follow this link.

Meanwhile, enjoy the happy dogs to take your mind off things:

Good Damn Luck Getting A Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie

Good luck finding Patti LaBelle's Sweet Potato Pie
at Walmart. It's selling like, um,  hotcakes after
a viral video about it. 
I will not be eating any Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie this Thanksgiving.

I'm sure it's good, but I don't feel like searching every Walmart on the planet for it.


Here's the deal: Walmart introduced Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie for the Thanksgiving season this year. (Apparently the awesome singer knows her way around baking, too.)

Then some eccentric but very fun guy on YouTube decided to review it. As you can see in that video below, he definitely liked it. (And can sing pretty well, too. He's no Patti LaBelle, but that's OK.)

The video went totally viral, with 3.2 million hits as of today and counting. When people saw the video, they, too wanted Patti Labelle's Sweet Potato Pie.

The pie sold at the nation's Walmarts at the rate of one per second for 72 straight hours, according to Forbes magazine. 

Walmart, which has exclusive rights to the pie, can't keep them in stock. They're $3.48 per pie at Walmart, but some people are selling them on eBay for as much as $60 per pie, says Forbes.

Many people, including me, will be forced to go without Patti LaBelle's Sweet Potato Pie this Thanksgiving. (Luckily, there's a place called Mirabelles Cafe and Pastry Shop in Burlington, Vermont, near my house, which makes awesome pies. Maybe not sweet potato pie, but marvelous other pies for sure. I'll get my Thanksgiving dessert supplies there.)

Anyway, here's the strange but awesome Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie YouTube review that started this craze:

Monday, November 23, 2015

Australian National Anthem Runs Into A Few Hiccups

Hiccups aren't going to stop this pre-game performance. 
Check out this video of a seven year old boy singing the Australian National Anthem just before a recent Australian Baseball League game recently.

There were some ill-timed hiccups, but Ethan Hall soldiered on, and the rendition of "Advance Australian Fair" is priceless.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weirdest Mystery Crime: Why Were These Women Twerking This Unwilling Guy?

From the surveillance video. Two weird women go
after Washington Thorpe 40, despite the fact he
is REALLY not into this. 
There's a viral video that's been out for a few weeks now of this guy, minding his own business in a convenience store, suddenly being subjected to twerking by two slutty women.

I don't normally throw around the world "slutty" when talking about any woman, but in this case, I feel compelled to make an exception.

The guy, Washington Thorpe was minding is own business in a convenience store when the two women started twerking right up against him and touching him in areas he did NOT want to be touched.

Twerking, for the uninitiated, is leaning forward and moving your butt around in a VERY suggestive way. This may be odd to say, but some people are really good at it.

However, in the surveillance video you can see at the bottom of this post, you can see the guy is clearly NOT into this twerking. But the women persist.

This is clearly weird. I shouldn't joke about it too much. After all, it's a sexual assault. I mean, what would you think if a guy started grabbing at a woman's private parts in a convenience store.


And so is this.  Were they setting up for a robbery? Were they incredibly aggressive prostitutes looking for a score and some cash? Were they just obnoxious?

Thorpe has to feel like he's the victim of the weirdest crime in ages.

He also faces a double standard. Because he's a guy, some oddballs say that he should have just gone for it. He's a guy after all.

But think about it.  A couple guy sassaulted a gal like this is horrible. The guy getting twerked is "lucky" according to old stereotypes. I don't think so.

Thorpe doesn't think so either. He's a nice middle school teacher, and I'm guessing his sexual tastes are a little tamer than what these two women were after.

Tharpe, 40, said the assault continued after the surveillence video ends, says television station WJLA. 

"He claims the assault lasted ten minutes both inside and outside a New York Ave. gas station and continued inside the car wash where the two women followed him. Tharpe said he wasn't sure if hee was being set up in a robbery."

Tharpe is a big guy standing six foot two and weighing 230 pounds. He actually tried to throw the twerking idiots off him but they came back on him with surprising ease, he said.

Last week, Ayanna Marie Knight, 22, of Las Vegas was found by authorities and charged with third degree sexual abuse against Thorpe. The other woman at last report was still  on the lam.

Heres the weird video:

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Adele Enters An Adele Impersonation Contest

Adele impersonators, including a disguised real Adele
acting as "Jenny" (far right) await their turn backstage. 
Adele is dominating the music news of late, with the release of her not surprisingly beautiful new album "25"

When an artist becomes as big as Adele, there's a lot of fan clubs, look-alikes, wanna-bes and just general excitement around her.

So it was in Britain, where the BBC filmed a small local Adele impersonation contest.

With the help of prosethics, makeup and acting, Adele showed up at the contest as "Jenny" a mild mannered nanny trying her luck at singing like Adele.

Nervous "Jenny" is the last contestant to perform and sings "Make You Feel My Love." Only then does it dawn on the other contestants who "Jenny" really is. And they flip out, naturally.

The resulting video is really funny and sweet. Take a look. Totally worth your time:

Friday, November 20, 2015

Would-Be Darwin Award Winners Burn Autumn Leaves

The most dangerous way to get rid of autum leaves
Do NOT try this at home

A couple of dumb people posted a video to Facebook of how they got rid of a long pile of fallen autumn leaves.

You shouldn't burn leaves anyway as it's illegal in most places. The smoke is unhealthy. It's also a bad idea to soak them in gasoline.

These morons did anyway: