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  1. This is a tough one. On one hand, you really shouldn't mock a little kid if they've got a strange name. On the other hand . . . their parents HAD to know this could happen when they picked it. There's a woman named Traci Redford from El Paso, Texas. And earlier this month, she was flying home from Orange County, California on Southwest. Traci had her five-year-old daughter with her. And her daughter's name is Abcde, pronounced Ab-city. Well . . . when the gate agent at Southwest saw the name, she started laughing and telling her coworkers. And she even took a picture of Abcde's boarding pass and posted it on her social media. Traci complained, and now, Southwest offered a, quote, "sincere apology to the family." They wouldn't say if they punished the gate agent, but they did say this is a, quote, "opportunity to reinforce our policies and emphasize our expectations."
  2. You've got to be a next-level pervert if you watch PORN while you're sitting in the middle of a public coffee shop. But apparently it's something that happens A LOT. Because Starbucks just announced they're going to start blocking people from using their free WiFi to watch porn in their stores. They say they've always WANTED to do that, but they could never find a web filtering solution that would do a good job blocking porn. But they say they've found one now . . . so the ban is ON. And it will start next year, so I guess get your Starbucks porn watching in now?
  3. If you're getting your Christmas tree this weekend, here are five tips on how to keep it alive through December . . . 1. Make sure the cut is fresh. Once the tree is cut down, the sap starts sealing the cut within hours, making it hard to soak up water. So once you've picked out your tree at a lot or farm, get at least a quarter inch cut off the bottom. 2. Soak the tree overnight. If possible, don't bring your tree inside right away. Instead, soak it in a big bucket of water overnight. Then the next day, hose it down to add more moisture and to get rid of any dead needles. Let it dry before bringing it inside though. 3. Pick a good spot in your house. You'll want to keep your tree away from any sources of heat, including fireplaces, furnace vents, direct sunlight, or candles, which will just dry out the branches and create a fire hazard. 4. Get the right stand. According to the Department of Entomology at Penn State University, choose a base that can hold one quart of water per inch of stem diameter. If that's too much math, a stand that holds at least a gallon of water should be fine. 5. Water it daily. Refill the base with fresh water every single day. And you can skip those additives that some people say extend the life of your tree. If you follow these tips, your tree should last around four weeks with just water.
  4. Sure, YOUR dog might hate the mailman. But that doesn't mean every dog does . . . Jason Coronado is a UPS driver in Grand Island, New York, just outside Buffalo. And back in October, he was delivering to an animal shelter when a pit bull-terrier mix named Ernie ran over and jumped in his truck. It sounds like Jason's never been a huge dog person. He didn't have any dogs and didn't plan to get one. But Ernie just sat there in the truck and didn't want to leave. So that night, Jason went home and talked to his family about it. And last Friday, they ADOPTED him. Apparently he likes being with Jason more than anyone, and follows him around the house all the time. He's already trained, so they haven't had any issues. Jason says he's basically just a big lap dog.
  5. Does your family do something every year on Christmas that no one else's family seems to do every year on Christmas? Don't worry, you're not weird . . . you're just, um, unique. According to a new survey, one out of five families say they have at least one STRANGE Christmas tradition. And here are five of the ones they shared . . . 1. Dressing the cat up in a holiday costume. 2. Playing "Mario Kart" on Christmas morning. 3. Giving each other ugly ornaments. 4. Camping in the living room on Christmas Eve. 5. Watching horror movies on Christmas Day. The survey also found the most popular holiday traditions. And the top five are: Decorating the Christmas tree . . . decorating the house . . . watching holiday movies . . . playing holiday music . . . and sending out cards.
  6. You may like putting up your Christmas decorations. You may even LOVE it. But would you be willing to pay tens of thousands of dollars and take on the system to hang them up? There's a guy named Tom Apruzzi in Old Bridge, New Jersey, and for the past 15 years, he and his family have put up EPIC Christmas decorations. They're so spectacular that they draw hundreds of tourists. But his neighbors have a problem with that. They say it's blocking the street creating all kinds of safety issues and chaos . . . like, an ambulance couldn't get down the street if it needed to. So they complained to the city. And this year, the city IS cracking down on the Apruzzis. They'll have to pay a $3,000 fine EVERY NIGHT they have their decorations up to cover the cost of extra police and shuttles to and from the neighborhood. But Tom is planning to keep doing his light shows this year, starting tomorrow . . . and FIGHT THE POWER. Quote, "If they shut me down, they're going to have to talk to my attorney. This is my First Amendment right. Free speech and free religion."
  7. HuffPost, a liberal news site, was lampooned after saying Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was “seriously problematic” over claims that it features sexism and bullying. “Viewers are noticing the tale may not be so jolly after all,” the outlet’s video said. “And they’re sharing their observations online.” 15.8K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy Among those observations was the suggestion that the TV classic was a story about racism and homophobia, while calling Santa Claus abusive and bigoted. “Yearly reminder that #Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a parable on racism & homophobia w/Santa as a bigoted exploitative prick,” read one comment shared by HuffPost. “Santa’s operation is an HR nightmare and in serious need of diversity and inclusion training. #Rudolph,” read another. The video also suggests it was problematic that Rudolph's father verbally abused him by forcing him to wear a fake nose to be accepted by others. Some eagle-eyed social media critics also said the cartoon is sexist because Rudolph’s mom was snubbed after she wanted to help reindeer husband Donner to search for their son after he goes missing. “No, this is man’s work,” Donner says. But HuffPost's effort to highlight the perceived bigotry of the beloved movie attracted tens of thousands of negative comments, most of them mocking the video. “Oh look! Something people like and enjoy; let's go ruin it!” tweeted Rebeccah Heinrichs.“If you try hard enough you can find offence in almost anything,” Chloe Westley seconded. Others pointed out that HuffPost misunderstood the cartoon as the troubling characters learn their lesson in the end. “But... but... the bigoted characters learn they were wrong. It teaches a lesson. It doesn't endorse the problematic stuff,” tweeted Robby Soave. Even President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on the topic, tweeting “Liberalism is a disease.” 18.1K people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacy “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” isn’t the first classic cartoon that was decried as problematic today. 'CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING' CRITICIZED AS RACIST Critics attacked ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” which first aired in 1973, for seating its only black character, Franklin, alone on one side of the holiday table while all other white friends were seated on the other side. The special attracted particular criticism this Thanksgiving, with many users lashing out on social media and calling the cartoon racist.
  8. After reading the article published Friday, July 27th titled “PCB mayor jokes not to hire people who are fat, smoke or would ‘get pregnant’”, I found myself feeling compelled to respond. What I read in the article is Mayor Thomas apologizing for a joke; apologizing that many people did not understand his humor. What I didn’t read is Mayor Thomas apologizing for unprofessionalism in the workplace. Mayor Thomas cites his fatigue from a 3-hour-long budget meeting as the reason for his misplaced humor; And I quote: “We had a three-hour budget meeting, and we were tired,” Thomas said. Mayor Thomas: Do you consider a 3-hour budget meeting a lot of hard work...? You’re speaking to a demographic of residents whom the majority of work two jobs; maybe three. A ‘long 3 hours’ is hardly a reasonable explanation for a performance as unprofessional as this. And to say that to our Police Chief, which can be argued is one of the hardest and most taxing jobs in this entire city, is honestly just deplorable. You want to be perceived as a ‘Down-To-Earth’, funny, no BS guy - We get all of that But you’re our mayor. And you took a leadership position in this community. If you can’t speak or act like a leader, please resign - And we’ll find someone who can. Cindy Ursu Panama City Beach, FL
  9. Therapists say there's been a rise in anxiety stemming from the country's politics, and it is being called "Trump Anxiety Disorder." A report from CBC News in Canada says that since President Trump was elected, mental health professionals in the United States have seen an increase in patients whose stress has come from politics. A prevalent "symptom" of the "disorder" is feeling as though the world is going to end. Elisabeth LaMotte, founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, D.C., said that some of her patients feel "on edge" about Trump's decisions. "It's very disorienting and constantly unsettling," LaMotte said. LaMotte told CBC News, too, that even those who support the president feel isolated within social spaces or their families. According to an essay written by psychologist Jennifer Panning, the symptoms of "Trump Anxiety Disorder" include "feeling a loss of control and helplessness, and fretting about what's happening in the country and spending excessive time on social media." A 2017 poll by the American Psychological Organization also found that nearly half of its respondents said they were significantly stressed due to the country's political climate.
  10. A Facebook page titled Be Reet has created an event titled "Nirvana Reunion With Chad Kroeger From Nickelback on Vocals," and it's starting to go viral. The only context around the listing is a caption that reads, "The campaign begins here," and a date, time and location for the proposed event: Tuesday, January 1 2019 at Nirvana Hair in Manchester, United Kingdom. As of this article's posting, over 1,000 people have selected Facebook's "Going" option and over 2,800 others marked themselves as "Maybe." Although some people seem genuinely intrigued by the proposition, it can be assumed that this is simply a genius act of trolling. Nickelback, although immensely successful, are despised by many due to their songwriting approaches, image and narrative, among other things. The reactions of people in the comments range from potentially sincere support to absolute rage at the just the thought of Kroeger fronting Nirvana. Thus far it has received coverage from Rolling Stone France, NME and Alternative Press, among others.
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