During his audition for ABC’s reboot of American Idol, 19 year-old Benjamin Glaze happened to mention he liked his job as a cashier because it provided him the opportunity to meet cute girls. When Luke Bryan asked if he’d kissed a girl and liked it – a play on Katy Perry’s hit single – Glazer confessed, “I have never been in a relationship and I can’t kiss a girl without being in a relationship.” Kind of sweet and refreshing in this day and age, right? Enter Katy Perry. WATCH.
In case you’ve been wondering…
Finally…we have the answer. And it’s terrifying.
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Social media challenges are fertilizer for stupid decisions. Take, for example, Parkour…
which seems kooky and harmless… until somebody gets hurt. And then it’s not.
There’s the Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge.
And the newest and most idiotic social media challenge taking the inter webs by storm: The Tide Pod Challenge.
Evidently, the bizarre phenomenon of people posting videos of themselves feasting on Tide Pods and inviting others to do the same first started circa 2016, but most of us only started hearing about it late last year. Despite dire warnings from Procter & Gamble, doctors and poison control officials, people (mostly teenagers and college students) are still eating Tide Pods. In fact, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported 86 cases of intentional exposure to laundry detergent in the first three weeks on this year alone, which is roughly the same number of cases in 2016 and 2017 combined. The agency made the following official statement, “We cannot stress enough how dangerous this is to the health of individuals—it can lead to seizure, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma, and even death,” and still kids are eating Tide Pods.
Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday evening. She gave a rousing acceptance speech which brought the audience to its feet and has even spurred speculation of a 2020 bid for the White House. There is no disputing it was a moving, eloquently delivered speech. She had me captivated until about halfway through when I became irritated. She started pandering to the press and forayed into the land of relativism.
“I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” (Emphasis mine)
Today is National Pastry Day and according to the folks at National Day Calendar (the authoritative source for official holidays commemorating obscure and unusual anniversaries) the best way to celebrate is with your favorite pastry. Here’s a cream puff on me. Watch.
Sarah Silverman hosts a weekly Hulu show titled, I Love America with Sarah Silverman. During her opening monologue on December 7, she described having an intense visceral reaction to watching an ex-boyfriend raise an American flag in his yard. It happened many years ago, but evidently she’s still thinking about it because she recalled feeling weird, scared and shaken at this seemingly simple act of patriotism. Having no idea why, she called her sister, Susie, who “knows shit” because she is a rabbi in Israel. Rabbi Susie explained, “Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it. Flags. Marching. Blind allegiance. These things tend to ring a bell for us.”