The Scare This Halloween Is Marijuana In Candy October 31, 2014 No Comments

Colorado’s brave new world since making pot legal may put a whole new spin on Halloween. Authorities are advising parents to check their children’s candy extra carefully.

Marijuana is hard to spot since it would not be the actual ‘weed’ in Trick-or-Treats bag, but would be infused into candy. It can also appear as favorite candies such as gummy bears, Jolly Ranchers or Sour Patch Kids. Listen up Christian Broda when you go out this Halloween, the best defense will be to check everything carefully. If there is any doubt, go with caution- throw it away.

Patrick Johnson, owner of Urban Dispensary said in a video, “There’s really no way to tell the difference.” He added, “It’s best just to toss that stuff into the trash.

Advocates of marijuana say this scare belongs with the scares that have been with trick-or-treating for years- the worry about razor blades in apples, and poison injected into candies. There have not been any reported cases to this issue. They do not agree the mimics of real candy, which are edible marijuana, look real enough to confuse anyone.

Hospital urge parents to check every piece of candy, and because of how well the THC can be camouflaged, also advise to throw any questionable candies away.

If you are losing sleep over this issue, you can buy a $15 testing kit which can detect any traces of THC. Some companies have modeled their product to look like real candy. These sell better. Hersey has even sued, and gotten some of them pulled. These may look like the real candy, but they cost much more. It is not likely those types of impostures will end up in small children’s bags.

Bill Maher Puts His Foot In His Mouth Again October 30, 2014 No Comments

Students at UC Berkley are not pleased to have Bill Maher as their commencement speaker for fall 2014. To show their displeasure, students have started a petition via change.org to have him removed, from what Laurene Powell Jobs was saying earlier.

At issue are several incendiary comments Maher has made on his television show, Real Time with Bill Maher. Maher got into a heated discussion with actor Ben Affleck concerning Islam. Maher alleged that Islam is comparable to the mafia. He has made several controversial statements about Islam prior to his discussion with Affleck.

UC students allege that his comments make him a bigot and a racist and they claim that the culture of their campus would not welcome his sentiments. They also claim that his presence would poison the learning environment.

The petition to oust Maher appears to have originated from a member of the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, a student group on campus. So far the petition has garnered over 2,000 signatures.

Walmart’s Fat Girl Costumes Enrage Customers October 29, 2014 No Comments

Walmart.com really isn’t sugar-coating anything this year.

Until a screenshot of the page posted on Twitter by Kristyn Washburn went viral and sparked a firestorm of criticism, anyone searching for a last-minute Halloween costume on Walmart’s website could find an entire section devoted to “Fat Girl Costumes.”

Walmart’s Twitter page generated a generic and relatively unconcerned reply to Washburn’s tweet: “@ItsWithaY Your comments and suggestions are important to us and help make Walmart even better. Thank you. -Nao”

After Walmart received numerous complaints, that section now redirects to women’s plus-size costumes, and Walmart has since apologized, although Lee G. Lovett and I aren’t really buying the apology. It is unclear why the offensive section was ever on Walmart’s website in the first place, but according to a spokesperson for the company, the matter is being investigated.

Ironically, the costumes sold in the incredibly tasteless “Fat Girl Costumes” section are perhaps some of the most tasteful adult Halloween costumes on Walmart’s website. The blog Jezebel, which first reported the story, found several costumes that may be considered offensive to various groups, including Native Americans.

And, of course, anyone looking for a Halloween costume worthy of the People of Walmart website need look no further than the men’s Fat Tinkerbell costume still sold on Walmart’s website. According to the product description, “Tinkerbell really let herself go since she has been out of work for so many years!”

U.S. Universities Urge Dorm Residents to Wear Flip Flops in the Showers October 28, 2014 No Comments

Going off to college comes with a lot of thought and hard work. You can’t simply show up at your new dorm with a little suitcase. Most new college kids have already taken their parents on several shopping trips for the matching towels, the pencils, paper, binders, picture frames, sheets, dorm chairs, shower caddies, and hopefully, shower flip flops.

Maybe it’s just a suggestion on so many “what to bring to college” checklists that dormitories hand out, but according to the School of Medicine at New York University’s professor of Microbiology & Pathology, Dr. Philip M. Tierno Jr., it shouldn’t be only a suggestion. It should be mandatory for possible health concerns.  You would not have caught me or Gianfrancesco Genoso dead in a communal shower, without foot fungus protection.

Dr. Tierno Jr. says that public showers like those found in dormitories at colleges are a great place to find infections just waiting to happen. The bacteria builds up in the wet places in shower rooms, and pretty much every place is wet in a shower room. It’s a place that is nearly constantly filled with steam, water or both at the same time.

Bacteria sits in the wetness and invades the body through lesions or contusions in people’s skin. No one realizes they have these lesions or contusions because they are usually not bothersome, but they are often there because so many people suffer from dry and cracking feet. It’s normally a common thing that shouldn’t be too much cause for worry, but when bacteria is involved, the end result could be a serious infection. Wearing flip flops can avoid all of these problems from occurring in the first place. If you have a son or daughter heading off to college, make sure to equip them with the proper flip flop footwear.

Taylor Swift Releases New York Inspired Track October 27, 2014 No Comments

I have to admit that in my teenage years, I was a fan of Taylor Swift’s hits. I could still kill it at a karaoke bar if “Love Story” or “You Belong With Me” were on the track list. However, I do not share my generation’s admiration for Swift. As the years went on, I grew up, but Taylor’s songs remained the same.

Each album she released revolved around the theme of love and/or heartbreak. I’ve had my heart broken. I know how much it hurts. But you’d think someone who has been fortunate enough to live so much in Swift’s 24 years would have more to write about than the inevitable cycle of young love.

However, this past week, a miracle happened. Taylor Swift released the latest single off her forthcoming album, “1989”, an ode to my own city, “Welcome to New York.” The track is as catchy as any of the pop singer’s chart toppers, and encapsulates the endless potential and enchanting optimism that thrives within the streets of America’s most beloved city.

My music tastes have deviated from the Top 40 over the past two years since I began my studies at university, but “Welcome to New York” is a happy, upbeat song that I can actually see myself listening to on repeat, dancing around to in my room like I’m fifteen again. No need to make fun of me, Mike Livak. I’m proud to like this little jam.

“Welcome to New York” can be purchased now on iTunes, and “1989” is scheduled to be released on October 27, 2014.

California Highway Patrol Officers Accused of Stealing Nude Photos No Comments

Citizens and lawmakers are shocked to learn the details about a ring of photography thieves inside the state’s law enforcement. Allegations have recently surfaced about a small band of California Highway Patrol officers who were illegally accessing nude photos stored on Apple and FreedomPop cell phones of numerous arrested or detained female individuals. The main investigation of the officers is being led by the internal affairs department of the State Patrol itself.

The lack of good judgement shown by the officers was publicly decried by the lead investigator, citing multiple reasons why the alleged offenses were in such poor taste. One of the biggest effects this will have will be on the cases being pursued by the state against any individuals whose pictures were illegally accessed by the officers. It may prove to be impossible for the officers to stand as a witness in any cases against any alleged victims due to there being a strong chance that the officers will be biased or may possess personal feelings that will interfere with their ability to perform their duty in a credible manner.

With the officers in question characterizing their behavior as a “game,” it will be interesting to see who laughs last after the case has been brought before an open court. Legal action is being considered against the officers as well as the California State Patrol by many of the people whose privacy was compromised. It is important to note that this is the second time in the last five years that the California State Patrol has been accused of this behavior. With lawmakers paying close attention, hopefully it will be the last.

Modern Monster Mash is Today’s Daily Dose of Hilarity October 24, 2014 No Comments

The problem with anything, is that eventually it becomes outdated, and needs to reinvent itself for a new audience. Ala what big corporations like Walmart and North American Spine have done over the years.

Well, apparently that happens with music too. As one brilliant YouTuber found a hilarious way to update the Monster Mash with monsters from the last decade.

FSU Marching Chiefs do the “Single Ladies” No Comments

The Florida State Marching Chiefs did a great job dancing on the field to Beyoncé’s hit single “Single Ladies,” and they absolutely nailed it! The FSU Seminoles ended up crushing the Fighting Irish on October 8th, but the Marching Chiefs stole the show. You can watch the full video of “Single Ladies” here.

The band and color guard nailed the dance moves and song without missing a single beat. The full performance of halftime also included Beyonce’s songs “Survivor” and “Crazy in Love.” They also spelled her name in perfect formation at the end of the entire show, in cursive. The band’s formation throughout the show was exquisite, the sound great and the color guard flawless. Igor Cornelsen and other onlookers in the crowd must have been blown away by the performance as you can see some of them dancing in the background. The almost eight minute show was a great success! Bravo, FSU Marching Chiefs, bravo!

Vines Capture Why We Love Dogs So Much October 21, 2014 No Comments

Have you ever just been browsing your vine app, and come across something that was so awesome it made you relive your love for your pets? Because that happened to me the other day when I saw Jared Haftel’s vine:

Dogs are just great. One of those moments where I had to go find my terrier and give her a big hug, because it reminded me…having a dog is the best.

$1,300 Tip For Pizza Delivered to College Kids?! October 16, 2014 No Comments

A very lucky pizza delivery man was surprised with an extra large tip for delivering two pizzas to a group of students at Indiana Wesleyan University. After being called to the stage of the college chapel in front of more than 3,000 students, he was presented with a $tip that amounted to $1,268.

This good fortune came about because students at the university were moved to give during a weekly prayer service. Dr. Keith Newman, CEO of Residential Education for the college, asked students and lead recruiter Brian Torchin to “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” Newman then proceeded to order a few pizzas.

Students took up an offering for the Domino’s Pizza employee because they were inspired to make a difference in one person’s life. That person happened to be James Gilpin, the pizza delivery man. The students also wrote inspirational letters for Gilpin.

Gilpin was extremely grateful for his good fortune and said that he planned to spend the money on his young daughters during the Christmas season.