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When Thanksgiving Goes So, So Wrong

Nov 20, 2014 -- 6:31pm

 

(huffingtonpost.com)

Thanksgiving is a time for food, friends and family, but with so many cooks in the kitchen, the holiday is also rife with the possibility for epic failure.

Here is a compilation of some pretty great Thanksgiving mishaps, including parade shenanigans, turkey drops and disastrous desserts.

Better luck this year, everyone!

Take A Virtual Ride On The World's Tallest Roller Coaster 'Skyscraper'

Nov 19, 2014 -- 6:32pm

 

(hufingtonpost.com)

This story is about roller coasters.

Still with us? OK, then you are someone who can't be reasoned with and will for some unfathomable reason likely find it exciting that there is now a video showing the sheer terror that will envelop riders on the world's tallest roller coaster.

The Skyscraper is due to be unveiled in 2017 and will tower 570 feet over Orlando's International Drive. Construction on the Skyscraper will begin next year.

"The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced,” Bill Kitchen, founder of the coaster's maker, US Thrill Rides, told the Orlando Sentinel.

The Skyscraper will be much taller than the current record holder, New Jersey's Kingda Ka, which is 456 feet high, according to ABC News.

The New York Daily News reports that people on the Skyscraper will travel at speeds up to 65 miles per hour. Which anyone who's been in a car traveling at that speed knows is too fast.

So watch the video above of what will happen to people once this thing is constructed and then answer us these questions:

1. Why do you like roller coasters?

2. Don't you have enough stress in your life that adding another terrifying thing to it seems like overkill?

We are genuinely interested in answers to these questions.

Charles Manson Gets Marriage License

Nov 18, 2014 -- 6:10pm

cnn.com)

Charles Manson and his fiancée, who already considers herself his wife, have gotten a marriage license, a source close to the couple told CNN on Monday.
Manson intends to marry Afton Burton, who goes by Star.

Several years ago, she moved from Illinois to Corcoran, a small central California city that's home to Corcoran State Prison, where the 80-year-old convicted murderer has lived for the past 25 years.

She talks to Manson almost every day by phone and visits him on most weekends.

No date has been set for the wedding, the source said. The couple has 90 days to exercise the license without having to reapply.

According to Jeffrey Callison, a spokesman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the wedding must happen on a visiting day.
Manson and his fiancée will be allowed up to 10 guests from outside the prison, in addition to an officiant of their choice, and two additional guests from inside the prison, the spokesman said.

No outside photography will be allowed.

The prison limits physical contact. During visits, Star and Manson can only hug each other at the beginning and end. Because Manson is serving a life sentence, they won't be allowed conjugal visits, even when they're married.

Star spends her days painting and maintaining several of Manson's social media sites, including MansonDirect.com.

Her goal, she told CNN this year, is to try to get Manson out of prison, arguing that he had nothing to do with the seven notorious murders of August 1969 that he was convicted of masterminding.

"I'm completely with him, and he's completely with me. It's what I was born for, you know. I don't know what else to say," Star said.

Kenny Chesney Says Country Music Objectifies Women

Nov 17, 2014 -- 4:23pm

(etonline.com)

 

 

 

 

Kenny Chesney is not shy about his current thoughts on the state of country music.

The 46-year-old country star is surprisingly speaking out against the "bro-country" songs that he feels have dominated the genre in recent years.

"Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she's in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate -- they objectify the hell out of them," he tells Billboard magazine in a new interview. "Twenty years ago, I might have written a song like that -- I probably did. But I'm at a point where I want to say something different about women."

Chesney is referring to his latest album The Big Revival, which has his fans seeing a much more grown-up collection of songs.

"I am learning that when you write songs about women, the perfect place to start is their spirit," Chesney told ET in September when the album came out, referring to his standout song "Wild Child," which is about a stronger, more independent woman.

"I am really excited about that song just for what it says, because it does allow a woman to be the ultimate free spirit but not be irresponsible," he continued. "I am attracted to women like that."

"I'm at a point in my career where I can't just put together a collection of songs that may sound great but don't mean anything to anybody," he also tells Billboard.

In the candid new interview, Chesney also sounds off on his country music contemporaries like Blake Shelton and Keith Urban joining mainstream shows like The Voice and American Idol.

"I'm not knocking anybody that does it, but I just don't ever see myself doing it," he says. "Can you imagine Tom Petty being a judge on American Idol?"

These days, Chesney is solely focused on his upcoming tour, but also makes it clear that despite his more mature new album, his shows will not lose the partying spirit that they've become known for.

As the magazine notes, a Chesney stadium show is often a full day's experience for fans, who show up hours early to tailgate.

"Everybody that's a part of No Shoes Nation, we're going to go rattle their cage," he says about the new tour, adding that his fans can still expect to hear him play his classic hits.

"When we go out on the road, it's going to feel like a revival because I feel great," he told ET. "I feel great about where I am in my life, in my music, and when you are in that spot in your life it's a lot more fun up on stage. I can't wait to do that."

 

 

 

 

 

 

45 Things You Didn't Know About Taylor Swift's Music

Nov 17, 2014 -- 3:51pm

(eonline.com)

1. The very first song Taylor Swift ever wrote was called "Lucky You." She wrote it when she was 12 years old after a computer repairman who came to her house taught her how to play three chords on a guitar.

2. "Mary's Song (Oh My My My)" was inspired by Taylor's next-door neighbors' long and happy marriage.

3. In its debut week, Red sold approximately two albums every second.

4. "Teardrops on My Guitar" became Taylor's first official crossover song when it hit high positions on both country and pop charts.

5. "Love Story" is Taylor's best-selling single to date, selling well over 5 million copies.

6. Taylor wrote "We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together" after a friend of her ex-boyfriend's came into the studio and said he heard rumors that she was getting back together with her former flame. She explained the situation to her producer Max Martin, and from there the song was born.

7. She penned the song "Tied Together With a Smile" when she found out her best friend was battling bulimia.

8. When Taylor wrote the song "Fifteen," she first wrote the line "Abigail gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind," and then worked backwards from there.

9. "Our Song" was written for her high school talent show and not for her debut album, but she decided on a whim to include it. It became a No. 1 single, and it won her Female Video of the Year and Video of the Year at the 2008 CMT Music Awards.

10. She wrote "Love Story" while she was dating a guy that nobody else liked.

11. She was only 12 years old when she wrote "The Outside" about her feeling like an outsider among her friends because of her love of country music.

12. "Hey, Stephen" is about Taylor's crush on Stephen Barker Liles, the lead singer of one of her opening acts, Love and Theft. Taylor says she texted him the night Fearless was released and said: "Hey, track five." Coincidentally, he had also written a song about Taylor called "Try to Make It Anyway."

13. "Should've Said No" was a last-minute addition to her debut album. She wrote it two days before mastering was scheduled.

14. Taylor's first single ("Tim McGraw") was inspired by an actual Tim McGraw song, "Can't Tell Me Nothin'." Taylor wrote it for her college-bound boyfriend when she was a freshman in high school.

15. Taylor wrote "The Best Day," an ode to her mom, in secret and surprised her with it as a Christmas present.

16. "Sparks Fly" was actually first written when she was 16 was only performed during some live shows in 2007. After reworking the lyrics and melody, it ended up on Speak Now.

17. Though Taylor describes and sings about a perfect first date in "Fearless," she was single at the time of writing it.

18. The original title for the Speak Now album was Enchanted, but it was changed after the president of her label thought the themes of the songs were less about fairy-tales and more about real life.

19. "Forever & Always," the song Taylor wrote after Joe Jonas broke up with her, was a last-minute addition to Fearless. It brought the number of tracks to 13, which seemed fitting as that is Taylor's lucky number.

20. Taylor wrote "Speak Now" after one of her friends revealed to her that her childhood crush was marrying a mean girl that cut him off from his friends and family. Taylor jokingly offered to go with her friend to the ceremony to interrupt the wedding, with her guitar of course. Taylor said she later had a dream where her boyfriend married someone else and she was then inspired to write the song.

21. "White Horse" almost didn't make the Fearless album, but after Shonda Rhimes wanted to put the song in an episode of Grey's Anatomy, they recorded it for the show and for the album.

22. Taylor wrote every song on her third album, Speak Now, by herself without any co-writers.

23. Taylor got the idea for the catchy "You Belong With Me" after hearing a friend of hers getting screamed at over the phone by his girlfriend.

24. Taylor wrote her debut single "Tim McGraw" with writing partner Liz Rose in 20 minutes on the piano.

25. After hearing the music to "Out of the Woods" from Jack Antonoff, it took Swift 30 minutes to write the lyrics.

26. It was Taylor's idea to collaborate with B.O.B. on his song "Both of Us" after visiting his label Grand Hustle.

27. "All Too Well" was the first song Taylor wrote for her fourth studio album, Red.

28. Right after the CEO of Big Machine Records signed Taylor, the first song she played for him was "Tim McGraw" on a ukulele. As soon as she was finished, he told her: "That's your first single."

29. Taylor changed her lyrics in "Picture to Burn" from "that's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay" to "That's fine, you won't mind if I say" amid some backlash for the controversial message.

30. The subject of "Tim McGraw," Drew Dunlap, has said he thought it was "cool" to be written about by Swift and the two remained friends after their breakup.

31. Taylor lists her heartbeat as an instrument on 1989's "Wildest Dreams."

32. "Change" was her first song to crack the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

33. The first thing that came to her when writing "Should've Said No" was the title, and she wrote the chorus in five minutes.

34. "Breathe" is actually about the end of a friendship, not a relationship. Taylor told co-writer Colbie Caillat this about the inspiration behind the song: "One of my best friends, I'm gonna have to not see anymore and it's not gonna be part of what I do. It's the hardest thing to go through."

35. "Love Story," "Picture to Burn," and "You Belong With Me" are all playable songs on Band Hero.

36. "Our Song" was placed at the end of Taylor Swift intentionally, because the last line of the song is "play it again." Taylor thought that would be a little nudge for fans to play the album all over again.

37. While Taylor didn't name any names in the scathing "Should've Said No," she did reveal later it was about an ex-boyfriend named Sam, and a lot of the lyrics were actual words she said to him while confronting him.

38. Taylor is the first Saturday Night Live host to write their own monologue song. It was called—what else, "The Monologue Song" and it mentioned both Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner.

39. If you need damning proof that "Out of the Woods" is about Harry Styles, look no further than the photo of Taylor wearing a paper airplane necklace that is allegedly Harry's. That aspect of their relationship is referenced in the lines: "your necklace hanging from my neck" and "two paper airplanes flying, flying, flying."

40. Taylor wrote "22" because she said it was (at the time) her favorite year of her life, because "you know enough [and] you still know nothing, but you know that you know nothing."

41. Taylor wrote "Best Days of Your Life" with Kellie Pickler after the American Idol alum caught her boyfriend cheating and told Taylor all about it.

42. Taylor has said that "All Too Well," believed to be about Jake Gyllenhall, was emotionally the hardest song to write for Red.

43. "Back to December" is the first time Taylor apologizes to an ex through song.

44. "Change" was one of the official theme songs for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

45. Every single Taylor Swift song can give a human being life.*

Chick-Fil-A Manager Makes List Of Banned Slang Words

Nov 12, 2014 -- 3:54pm

(WXIA) - Eric, a manager at Chick-fil-A, decided he'd had enough of the teens in his establishment using slang.

According to a Reddit post, the manager made a handy list with the now banned words which include; salty, ratchet, barely, and bae.

One employee apparently was so upset about "bae" being banned that he or she attempted to scratch it out. Eric was undeterred, writing the word back and adding "Scratch it out and you lose your employee meals!".

It's unclear where the store is that Eric manages. It was allegedly posted by an employee on Reddit and more than 1300 people have replied. In typical Internet fashion, the comments section of the post erupted into an argument.

Chick-fil-A responded to the matter on Twitter by saying, "Chick-fil-A, Inc. doesn't have a banned words list, but the Cows do. "@EatMorChikin: We hav a bannd werd list: burgerz, beef and ayngus."


The note states:

You will speak properly when you walk through these doors. These words are:

- Bae

- Bruh

- On Fleek

- 0-100 (Every number in between is acceptable0

- 3Hunnid

- Guh

- Chill (unless we are talking about something that is chilled)

- Cuz (this goes for cousin and because Say the actual word)

- Ebola (stop accusing people of having Ebola)

- Fool

- About a week ago (Unless we're talking about what happened a week ago, but there will be no singing or dancing to go along with that phrase)

- Anything with "or naw"

- Felecia (there is nobody here named Felecia)

- Boy/Girl Bye

- Salty

- Ratchet

- Childish

- Turn up

- Barely (say it without the weird voice)

- I'm legally blind (no you are not)

- P.O.P. Hold it Dine

- Fam

You are a professional so speak professionally

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