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Who is Dan Osborne, has the Celebrity Big Brother 3rd place finalist split from wife Jacqueline Jossa and what happened with Gabby Allen?

DAN Osborne was most known for his stint on TV show The Only Way Is Essex – until his private life hit the headlines.

Here’s the lowdown on the Celebrity Big Brother 2018 star who finished in 3rd place, whether the Essex Lad has split from wife Jacqueline Jossa and of course THOSE rumours about housemate Gabby Allen…

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Ex-Towie star Dan Osborne entered the Celebrity Big Brother house on August 16 with Gabby Allen and finished 3rd
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Who is Dan Osborne?

Dan was born June 27, 1991, and is a reality TV star.

He started his career as a model before landing his breakthrough role on The Only Way is Essex in May, 2013.

Since being axed from the show in 2015, he is now focusing on his fitness and regularly posts gym selfies.

Dan is known for his physique
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When did Dan and Jacqueline Jossa get married?

Dan started dating EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa in 2014.

They briefly split at the beginning of their relationship, but quickly rekindled the romance.

Dan proposed to Jacqueline in June 2015, while on a family holiday together in Greece where the couple watched her sister getting married.

While they initially postponed the wedding to adjust to their work schedules, the pair finally tied the knot on Saturday, June 24, 2017, after a two-year engagement.

According to the Daily Mirror, the nuptials took place at the stunning £7million Delamere Manor in Cuddington, Cheshire, formerly owned by Take That frontman Gary Barlow.

Dan is married to actress Jacqueline Jossa
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Have Jacqueline and Dan split and what happened with Gabby Allen?

On May 1, The Sun Online exclusively revealed that the couple had split after a series of rows about Dan working away from home.

The couple decided to “take a break” from the relationship after bust-ups caused by Dan spending time away in Marbella working at a fitness bootcamp.

On June 8, Dan shared a picture of him and daughter Ella snuggling in their family home.

Love Island star Marcel Somerville accused his ex Gabby Allen of cheating with Dan on a work trip in Mallorca.

As well as being hit by claims of an affair, Gabby and Dan were pictured looking close together on a yacht as they enjoyed a holiday at The Holistic Bootcamp in Marbella alongside celeb pals Stephanie Davis and Calum Best.

But Dan was quick to defend the snaps and told one of his Instagram followers that he was merely “speaking and laughing with a friend”.

Gabby has said that nothing happened despite Marcel’s claims, but some viewers are anticipating a romance between her and Dan on the show.


 

How many children does Dan have?

Dan has one son, four-year-old Teddy, from a previous relationship with Megan Tomlin.

Dan’s wife Jacqueline gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Ella Selina, in February 2015.

On January 15, 2018, she revealed she was expecting their second child.

Dan told OK! magazine: “We hadn’t been trying so it was a huge shock. I think I’m still getting my head around it. Kids are a blessing but having three children is going to be a big responsibility.

“I’m not going to lie, I feel quite scared!”

The couple welcomed their second baby girl on June 15, 2018.

When is Celebrity Big Brother on TV?

Celebrity Big Brother launched date on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 9pm on Channel 5, and will continue every night at the same time – except Saturday, when it airs at 10pm.

Rylan Clark-Neal’s CBBBOTS is also back on our screens at 11.05pm.

Bosses pushed the start date back this year to avoid clashing with the hugely popular Love Island. As The Sun Online previously revealed, this series will focus on retribution.

The official line-up includes the likes of Gabby AllenDan Osborne, and Chloe Ayling.

Stormy Daniels was due to take part but pulled out hours before the live launch.

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Single Black Women Weren’t Allowed Into This Liberian Restaurant Until This Happened

Single black women unaccompanied by a male companion in Liberia had slim chances of getting into SAJJ restuarant, a Lebanese-owned and run entertainment spot—that is until the Liberian government stepped in. Late last week, after multitudes of complaints, the government immediately closed the restaurant’s doors—and fined the owners $ 3,000 for racial discrimination.

In a release posted on its Facebook on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) announced that it had restored the restaurant’s license “following the entity’s compliance with the punitive measures the ministry instituted.”





YEARS OF OF DISCRIMINATION:

For almost a decade, SAJJ was said to have implemented a discriminatory policy, which prohibited single black women from entering the entertainment spot without a male companion, but that it was not applied to non-black women.

Protests began in front of the restaurant last Friday after three women were denied entry because they were black and unaccompanied by a male. According to the Bush Chicken, the restaurant has had the policy in place for almost a decade.

MICAT, which is the regulatory body for tourism in the country, said it investigated the claims of the women protesters and found them substantiated. “The ministry’s investigation revealed that SAJJ did carry out such policy, which is discriminatory and against the law.”

As a result, MICAT suspended SAJJ’s tourism license until a set of actions were met, including paying a fine of U.S.$ 3000 into the government’s revenue, issuing a public apology to Liberian women, and instituting a corporate social responsibility project not less than U.S.$ 2500 to identify and support a local NGO that works with disadvantaged young women.

Denying single black women from entering and allowing single white women entrance, is not fair. You cannot be operating a business in my country with that kind of policy, so this is why I have come to shut down this business. I do not know when it will be opened,” said Princess Turkulon, assistant minister for MICAT.

Turkulon said SAJJ’s policy of denying unaccompanied single black women by their male counterparts was “spoiling the government’s name. You cannot own a business and discriminate against the women of Liberia.”

Ms. Facia Harris, a prominent female journalist, said:

I have the right to go out for a drink without being accompanied by a male because I have my own money. You cannot tell me not to enter an entertainment spot because I am a single black woman, but single white women are free to walk in unaccompanied. This has been going on for too long, and we have reached the breaking point, enough is enough. You cannot stop me from entering your entertainment area because I am not escorted by a man. Should I hijack a male to bring me to eat when I have my own money? You either change your policy or shut your business down.”

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Unknown debuts can turn into unexpected blockbusters overnight, and seasoned hitmakers can produce a surprising dud mid-career. Every green-lit project has an air of risk, expectation, and mystery surrounding it.

Take Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Now considered one of the greatest novels ever written, the book initially received mixed reviews only to fall into obscurity by the end of Melville’s life.

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McKayla Maroney Says She Reported Larry Nassar Sex Abuse to Coach in 2011 – and Nothing Happened

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney revealed that she told a USA Gymnastics coach and several fellow gymnasts in 2011 that she had been sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar. Nothing happened, she said, and the abuse carried on for another five years.

Maroney, who won gold and silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London as part of the “Fierce Five,” said in an interview with NBC’s Dateline that she was in a car with coach John Geddert and other gymnasts when she told them, “Last night, it was like Larry was fingering me.”

Maroney, now 22, said Geddert did not react, while the other gymnasts appeared surprised. One of the gymnasts criticized Maroney for making the statement at the time and later told NBC that the incident did not happen. Dateline reported that three other witnesses corroborated Maroney’s story.

Geddert was suspended by USA Gymnastics in January after numerous gymnasts accused him of verbal and physical abuse. Geddert has not commented on the allegations.

Maroney said Nassar abused her the first time she met him, at the Karolyi ranch in Houston, Texas, which was the U.S. national training center. She said the abuse happened every time she saw him after that — “hundreds” of times. At the world championships in Tokyo in 2011, she said Nassar “went overboard.” She told NBC that she was naked with Nassar on top of her, and “I thought I was going to die.”

Four of Maroney’s “Fierce Five” teammates have reported that they were abused by Nassar. Maroney was the first to publicly reveal the abuse, in a tweet in October 2017. She said Nassar started to abuse her when she was 13 and continued, even during the 2012 Olympic Games until she left gymnastics in 2016.

Her teammates Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, and Jordyn Wieber have also accused Nassar of sexual abuse. Raisman and Wieber are suing USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and Michigan State University, where Nassar was on the faculty, for failing to protect them from Nassar’s behavior.

Nassar abused the gymnasts under the pretext of medical care. An osteopath, he told the girls that the procedures would ease whatever pain they were sent to him to relieve, and would help them to continue training.

“He told me he was going to do a checkup on me and that was the first day I was abused,” Maroney said during the interview. “He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can’t tell people this.”

Maroney said that Nassar won the favor of the gymnasts by being friendly, bringing them food when they were afraid to eat while under the watchful eye of coaches and national team coordinator Martha Karolyi. “Your coaches are just always watching you. And wanting to keep you skinny,” she said. “I would’ve starved at the Olympics if I didn’t have him bring me food.”

Martha and Bela Karolyi respond to allegations

Martha and Bela Karolyi, the famed Romanian coaches credited with bringing U.S. women’s gymnastics to world championship and Olympic glory, spoke publicly for the first time since the accusations against Nassar were revealed last fall. They said they were not aware of Nassar’s abuse, and were saddened to learn of his behavior.

Several gymnasts have said the abuse occurred on the Karolyi ranch, which doubled as the national training center, where elite gymnasts came once a month to live and train. USA Gymnastics cut ties with the Karolyi ranch in January amid the Nassar scandal.

“Any child who is violated by Nassar, it’s a crime and it’s so sad,” Martha said. “It is very much hurtful,” Martha said of the abuse allegations. But she said she was not aware of Nassar’s sexual abuse of the gymnasts. “I heard during the testimonies that some of the parents were in the therapy room with their own child and Larry Nassar was performing this,” said Martha. “And the parent couldn’t see. How I could see?”

The Karolyis have been named in several lawsuits related to Nassar’s abuse. Nassar is currently serving 175 years in prison on state charges of criminal sexual activity and federal charges of child pornography.

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OHMYGOSSIP — Kevin Smith has dubbed his recent heart attack as the “best thing” that has ever happened to his health.
The 47-year-old director – who previously lost 90lbs in seven years – required emergency surgery when he was hospitalised last month after suffering a “widow-maker” heart attack.
After coming out the other side of his health scare, he is now determined to lose weight and become more healthy, and so now believes the ordeal was a good thing in terms of motivating him to get fit.
On Twitter on Friday (30.03.18), Kevin wrote: “Down 26 pounds today! Started March 8th and now 4 weeks later, I’ve lost a small child worth of weight! Doc told me to lose 50 pounds and I’m now over halfway to that goal! Ironically, this heart attack was the best thing that ever happened to my health! (sic)”
Kevin’s weight loss is largely thanks to Penn Jillette’s book ‘Presto!’, which chronicled his 100lb weight loss, and advice from dietary nutrition researcher Ray Cronise.
The ‘Clerks’ helmer tweeted recently: “I’m officially down 20 pounds as of this morning! 20 pounds in 13 days & my blood pressure is amazing. How did this happen? @pennjillette & his book “Presto” turned me on to @RayCronise and his program at http://justsides.com My Doc said lose 50 pounds. 20 down, 30 more to go! (sic)”
The ‘Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back’ helmer was forced to cancel a show in California because of his terrifying ordeal, and later explained on Twitter that if he hadn’t rushed himself to the hospital, he wouldn’t have survived.
He wrote at the time: “After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka “the Widow-Maker”).
“If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground! (sic)”

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What happened when this non-weed smoker went to a cannabis dinner

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What happened when this non-weed smoker went to a cannabis dinner

Marijuana is not my vice of choice. After a stressful day, I much prefer a glass of pinot to unwind. Even better, pair that pinot with a hand-rolled tagliatelle appetizer followed by some seared day boat scallops. I’m admittedly a total food snob and a wino. So why did I want to try cannabis this time?

Recently, I’ve read about a bunch of these underground dinner parties happening all over L.A. You don’t know what you’re eating, where you’re going, or even what to expect until you arrive. But if the price tag is any indication, you’re signing up for some good, quality eats.

Last year, I took my boyfriend hang-gliding for his birthday, so I’d set the bar pretty high for his celebrations. What unique experience could I share with him for his birthday this year? Well, in case you hadn’t heard, marijuana is now legal in California.

And that led me to PopCultivate — an underground cannabis-infused dinner party hosted by chef and former chemist Chris Yang. My boyfriend and I had watched that show on Vice, Bong Appétit, where host Abdullah Saeed would team up with famous L.A. chefs to create a cannabis-infused meal. On the show, the food always looks delicious and everyone is super happy to be there. This PopCultivate event, called Cannabis Supper Club, seemed pretty similar to what we’d watched on TV, so I thought to myself, “Who doesn’t like eating good food and feeling happy?”

I felt slightly fearful that a multi-course cannabis-infused dinner would send me into a never-before-experienced high, leaving me somewhat comatose — but I bought the tickets anyway.

I was e-mailed the address, and I expected that it would be taking place in one of those warehouse rental spaces all over Downtown Los Angeles, filled with a bunch of stoners.

But from the get-go, it was nothing like I imagined.

Our Uber driver pulled up in front of a lavish high-rise building, and we were greeted in the lobby by a jovial young man who led us up to a private apartment where 12 other guests were gathered. The space was magnificent, with big floor-to-ceiling windows and a beautifully set dinner table in the center of the main room. We were surrounded by tea candles, and I felt like I’d just arrived at an intimate dinner party at the home of a cool, more successful friend.

A waiter approached us, offering a tray of prosciutto-wrapped blue-cheese-stuffed figs and a spoon with tomato and burrata (there was no THC — the chemical in marijuana that gets you high — in these dishes). After chowing down on the plentiful and delicious appetizers, we were invited to sit in the “smoking room.”

The party was BYOB (bring your own booze/bud!), and in the smoking room, all of of us got to know each other while guests smoked whatever they brought with them. Having had uncomfortable experiences after combining smoking and edibles in college, I cautiously declined the joints, bong, and other goodies being passed around. It was an eclectic group of people — couples of all ages, visitors from Asia, and people going solo — with all of us wondering what this dinner was going to be like. The waiter came back into the smoking room and offered us an infused hibiscus tea.

“Here we go,” I thought as I clinked glasses and took my first sip. Oh, no — this stuff is tasty. There wasn’t even a hint of a marijuana taste, which made it all too easy to throw back; I had to remind myself to go slow. Unfortunately, I don’t always listen to my better self, so I couldn’t resist when a second glass was offered. Soon, I felt the subtle effects of the THC-infused drink. I was a bit buzzed, similar to how I feel after a good glass of wine.

Cannabis Supper Club . menu
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When dinner was ready, we all returned to the table for our six-course meal. Yang, the host and creator of PopCultivate, had a guest chef, Alan Kang, joining him that night. It was the first of their intimate dinner series, and they talked about feeling excited to get more creative and technical with the dishes we’d be eating. As the first course came out Top Chef-style (I love that show, so this was thrilling), Kang stood before us and described the meal’s ingredients. It was also explained to us that the food infused with cannabis wouldn’t actually smell or taste like marijuana, and that their effects would come upon us more instantly than we’ve experienced with other edibles.

These were not your college roommate’s pot brownies.

Instead of that common feeling of an edible suddenly hitting you out of nowhere —  “not high, not high, SO HIGH!” — it was a much more gradual, yet quick buildup. More than anything, the strongest emotion I felt was happiness.

That was such a welcome surprise since, in the past, marijuana has made me feel extremely paranoid — that’s one of the reasons I usually avoid it. But this time, I wanted to be social and bask in the company of strangers. I didn’t feel like my mind was wandering out of control. I was very much in the moment, enjoying it.

Cannabis Supper Club
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Everything we ate that night was just as good — if not better — than many of the amazing meals I’ve had at fancy restaurants. The hamachi was fresh as can be, the roasted beet salad had such an interesting flavor, and the wagyu beef cheek was one of the most tender, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of meat I’ve ever eaten. I found that some of the people at the dinner were also extremely interested in food. We talked about our favorite restaurants and dishes throughout L.A., and I still couldn’t believe I was having such a great time with these strangers, considering my memories of freaking out while high.

The team at PopCultivate knew exactly what they were doing when they crafted this menu. Their expertise allowed them to properly dose the meal so that it was a positive experience. Case in point: dessert. We ate a vanilla ginger panna cotta infused only with CBD (the component of cannabis that doesn’t get you high, but helps you relax and has a host of medicinal benefits). It was the perfect end to a once-in-a-lifetime meal.

I don’t plan to get high all the time now, but I have to say that my opinion of marijuana changed after this experience.

Let’s just say I’m no longer only a food snob, but a proud cannabis snob, too.

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CHERYL and Liam Payne went public with their romance in 2016 and welcomed baby son Bear in March 2017.

After it was revealed their relationship was in crisis, the couple put on a united front at Tuesday’s Brit Awards. Yet just 24 hours, Liam left Cheryl to fly to Miami. Here’s the lowdown on what’s going on..

Cheryl and Liam Payne were all smiles on the Brit Awards 2018 red carpet
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Could Cheryl and Liam really be about to split?

Less than 24 hours after putting on a united front at the Brit Awards 2018, Liam was back on the road again and jetted out to Miami – leaving Cheryl and baby Bear at home.

The couple had walked the red carpet together at the awards bash on Tuesday, despite their relationship crisis.

Cheryl was there to support boyfriend Liam Payne who performed his song For You from the new Fifty Shades Freed film on stage with Rita Ora.

The couple were interviewed at their table by host Jack Whitehall during which Cheryl jokingly revealed her ‘safe word’.

Later on the presenter made a cheeky quip about Liam and Rita’s hot ‘chemistry’ after a steamy performance.

However, on February 18, 2018 The Sun on Sunday revealed that despite holding crisis talks about the future of their relationship, pals fear the showbiz couple could be on the verge of splitting.

The 10-year age gap between the two and Liam’s pursuit of a solo career are the main reasons believed to be behind the rumours.

A source close to the couple revealed: “There’s a big age gap between them. If they didn’t have Bear then they would have most likely split up by now.

“But they love their son. And they do care for each other so it’s now a matter of seeing if there’s a final way forward to try and make it work.”

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Liam and Cheryl have been having relationship trouble of late
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What were the marriage rumours?

In May 2017 Liam sparked rumours he and Cheryl had secretly wed after he described her as his “wife” during a US radio interview.

Meanwhile, Cheryl, 34, has already been married twice before, and according to OK! Magazine, “doesn’t want a circus” if and when she weds Liam.

In July 2017 Liam was forced to finally admit that he hasn’t married Cheryl, saying he merely refers to Cheryl as “the Mrs” in a colloquial sense.

Liam subsequently hinted he may never marry Cheryl as he says “weddings aren’t for him”.

Cheryl and Liam on a date night
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Who was Cheryl married to before?

The former Girls Aloud singer first tied the knot with footballer Ashley Cole in 2006 but the couple split in 2010 following allegations Ashley had been unfaithful.

Their divorce was granted in September of that year.

Cheryl then went on to marry businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014 after a whirlwind three-month romance.

However the marriage fell apart and after months of speculation, the split was confirmed in January 2016 and the couple were granted a decree nisi in October.

The singer was also married to Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini from 2014 until she filed for divorce in January 2016
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Who did Liam date before meeting Cheryl?

Being 10 years younger than Cheryl, Liam doesn’t have quite the relationship history of his girlfriend but did have some significant relationships before they got together.

The singer dated dancer Danielle Peazer from October 2010 until May 2013.

He then quickly moved on to a new relationship with Sophia Smith, who he had known since primary school.

The couple dated until October 2015, just weeks before he got together with Cheryl.

Liam previously dated Sophia Smith for over two years
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How did Cheryl and Liam Payne meet?

The pair first met all the way back in 2008 on the set of the X Factor, where 14-year-old Liam’s first audition earns him praise from his future partner, as well as calling him “cute”.

Liam returned to the show in 2010 as a 16-year-old and became part of One Direction, impressing Cheryl with his talents once again.

The pair are believed to have become a couple in December 2015 after One Direction performed on the X Factor for the final time, with the couple snapped sharing a hug and dancing together.

The Sun then exclusively confirmed their relationship in February 2016.

The pair first met in 2008 when Liam, then 14, auditioned for The X Factor and winked at her
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What have Cheryl and Liam Payne called their baby boy?

The Sun revealed on May 1, 2017 that the couple named their son Bear after spending a week getting to know him.

Baby Bear also took his One Direction star dad’s surname.

A source revealed: “Cheryl and Liam wanted to get to know their baby before deciding on a name.

“They didn’t have the name Bear before the birth.

Liam Payne has opened up on baby Bear
Proud dad Liam Payne has revealed baby son Bear’s nickname is Cub
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“But they’d been thinking of a name since meeting him and they just felt it suited him.

“They love their little baby Bear Payne and are truly over the moon and loving being parents for the first time together.”

Liam has opened up on “making a human” with Cheryl – calling it his proudest achievement.


Has Cheryl changed her name back to her maiden name?

Cheryl’s surname has changed many times over the years, due to her being married twice.

First she was Cheryl Tweedy (her maiden name) , then she changed it to Cheryl Cole when she married Ashley Cole, then she was Cheryl Fernandez Versini, during her short=lived marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

After she divorced the Frenchman she simply went by”Cheryl”.

Now, The Sun can reveal that she has officially changed her name back to Cheryl Tweedy.


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Here’s What Happened at the First-Ever Winter Olympics

Before multiple cameras filmed skiers flying through the sky at enormous heights and snowboarders flipping in the air, Nordic skier Thorleif Haugh sped down the slopes and earned three gold medals.

That was in 1924, at the first official Winter Olympic games in Chamonix, France, where 16 countries gathered to compete in sports like figure skating, speed skating, hockey, curling and more. While that was nearly a century ago, the games in Chamonix reflected what still stands true today: a dominate Canadian hockey team, fewer nations competing than they do in the Summer Olympics and athletes who were catapulted into fame beyond their sports.

Initially dubbed Winter Sports Week, the 12-day program that became the first Winter Olympics featured six sports, 16 events and 16 countries competing. It was organized by the French National Olympic Committee, in partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), following debates over elevating winter sports to the same level of attention as summer sports. The first modern Summer Olympic Games took place in Athens, Greece, in April 1896, and by the 1920s the summer games had already featured future winter events like figure skating and ice hockey.

On the international stage, the games in Chamonix were not a big deal at the time, according to David Wallechinsky, a prominent Olympic historian who has written a number of books on Olympics history. But it was the first of many Winter Olympics to come, setting a standard for future competition.

And now, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games hosted in Pyeongchang is quickly approaching. Today, the Winter Olympics are celebrated every four years, and Nordic, Slavic and North American countries continue to have the upper hand due to their access to these elite and expensive sports. This advantage makes it difficult for countries from warmer climates to compete for medals.

Before the 2018 Games begin, here’s the backstory of what happened at the first Winter Olympics.

The origins of the first Winter Olympics

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January 1924: A group of American skaters praticing for the 1924 Winter Olympics at Chamonix. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The idea for having a designated Winter Olympic Games was floated at the seventh session of the IOC’s Olympic Congress held in June 1921, according to the official Olympic’s record of the event.

The concept received some pushback from Scandinavian countries, which had already participated in their own competition, called the Nordic Games, since 1901 and worried that creating a Winter Olympics would detract attention from it. However, the IOC agreed to an “international week of winter sport, part of a celebration of the Games of the VIII Olympiad” for 1924 in Paris.

Over the next few years, the IOC met to officially establish Chamonix as the host city and approve the 16 events. The French National Olympic Committee helped fund the new facilities in Chamonix to host the games as well. The games were then held from Jan. 25, 1924 through Feb. 5, 1924, and about 10,000 people paid to witness the competition.

At the end of the 12-day event, then-IOC President Pierre de Coubertin lauded the games, saying “the recent unprecedented success of these Games gives us hope.”

“Winter sports have about them a certain purity, and that is why I was inclined to support and nurture them in this Olympic environment,” said then-IOC President Pierre de Coubertin at the closing of the games in 1924, according to the IOC.

In May 1925, the IOC officially named the events in Chamonix “the first Olympic Winter Games,” starting a series for good.

Stand-out stars and champions

Out of the 258 athletes who competed at the 1924 Winter Olympics, just a few came out with medals and historic moments. Norway came out on top with 134.5 points, Finland got second with 76.5, Great Britain came in third with 30 and the United States placed fourth with 29 points, according to TIME’s report on the event in 1924.

Charles Jewtraw (USA) became the first American to win a gold medal in Winter Olympic competition when he sped to victory in the 500 meter speedskating event in Chamonix, France, 1924 Olympics, with a time of 44 seconds. He is also the world’s record holder for the 100 yard skate – 9 2/5 seconds. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)

Charles Jewtraw was one of the most memorable athletes to compete, as he was the first to win a gold medal. An underdog in the 500 meter speed skating competition, Jewtraw beat the 26 other athletes in the field with a “furious start” that drew “gasps” from the crowd and a time of 44.00, according to the Olympics’s official telling of the event. Though he finished eighth in the 1,500 meter race and 13th in the 5,000 meter, the Olympics credits Jewtraw with inspiring other athletes, like the U.S.’s Jack Shea, who won two gold medals in speed skating at the Winter Olympics eight years later. In those other speed-skating races in 1924, Clas Thunberg from Finland dominated, earning three golds, one silver and one bronze medal.

Nordic skier Thorleif Haugh became a legend on the skis after winning three gold medals in three different events that paved the way for Norway’s dominance in the games. As the IOC has detailed, a number of races in Norway have been named after the athlete and a bronze statue of him stands in his hometown. Haugh also took his skis to the slopes and competed in the ski jump competition, where he was believed for decades to have earned the bronze medal. But in the 1970s, the U.S.’s Anders Haugen was given the bronze medal after a scoring mistake was discovered.

Norwegian skier Jacob Tullin Thams is one of few Olympic athletes to have won medals at both the Winter and Summer Olympics. In Chamonix, Thams won gold in the ski jumping competition. Years later in 1936 at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Thams won silver in the eight-meter sailing event.

6th February 1924: Herma Planck-Szabo of Austria on her way to winning the women’s figure skating gold medal at the 1924 Chamonix Winter Olympics. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Austrian ice skater Herma Szabo, just one of 11 female athletes competing, was born to skate. From a family of ice skating competitors, Szabo defeated her competition in 1924 — one of many international competitions she won. In Chamonix, her win was unanimous among the judges despite stiff competition from the U.S.’s Beatrix S. Loughran.

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Sonja Henie at the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924. Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Though she got last place out of eight competitors in that event in 1924, Norwegian ice skater Sonja Henie stood out for her age. She was just 11 years old when she competed in the first Winter Olympics. After that, her career took off — she won three gold medals in 1928, 1932 and 1936, and she eventually starred in a number of films.

Canadian hockey

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9th February 1924: The Winter Olympics, Chamonix. The Canadian ice hockey team, the Toronto Granites, who beat the United States in the final 6-1 to take the gold medal. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Similar to the results of the recent Winter Olympic games, the Canadian hockey team proved to be a powerhouse in 1924. Over the course of the competition, the team scored 122 goals — with just three scored against them, the IOC has detailed.

“The hockey tournament was dominated by Canada, to put it mildly,” said Wallechinsky, the historian. “So Canadians think really highly of these games.”

TIME’s original report of the event details the final match-up between Canada and the U.S., determining who would win gold and who would win silver. Canada won the rough game 6-1.

“It was a contest between Canadian teamwork and American individual stars. In twenty seconds after the play began a Canadian was sent sprawling. Before two minutes had elapsed an American was laid out by a Canadian’s stick. From start to finish the players knocked each other about so that the game was a succession of man-ruled-out-for-two-minutes, and man-retired-for-injuries. The only U.S. goal came when Drury took the puck down the ice through the Canadian team. The Canadian goals came as the result of short, accurate, decisive passes.”

“Cheering was not one of the official events, but Europeans have taken up the American accompaniment of sport, produced eerie howls.”

How the Winter Olympics have changed

2014 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES — Pictured: Men’s Snowboarding Halfpipe Final – Shaun White competes — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC /NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

To start, there is more of nearly everything in today’s Winter Olympics — more countries, more sports, more athletes, more events and more medals. As with the Summer Olympics, the last few decades have brought additional events, participants and competition. And it wasn’t until 1992 when the Winter Olympics took place two years after the summer games (instead of during the same year).

Factors like television have added to the spectacle of the competition, and athletes have continued to grow into aspirational figures and representatives of their countries. But the Winter Olympics still face an issue that’s persisted for more than 90 years: the inaccessibility of the sports for some countries.

Wallechinsky said the elite, expensive, climate-dependent sports displayed in the Winter Olympics make it difficult for the competition to fully compare to the Summer Olympics. For example, 90 countries are expected to compete in Pyeongchang in 2018, far fewer than the more than 200 countries that participated in the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The strict qualification standards and requirement of expensive practice facilities for the Winter Olympics mean that many countries that typically pose a threat on the podium in the summer cannot do so in the winter.

“If you want to run 100 meters or even the marathon, you can just step outside your door and do it. If you want to play soccer, you can do that anywhere,” Wallechinsky said. “But if you want to compete in luge? I don’t think so. Alpine skiing is a very expensive sport.”

“If you want to be competitive you’re going to have to have expensive equipment and good training,” he added. “And not just expensive equipment, but consistent, dependable access to venues for training.”

Could more nations rise to the level of the podium in the future? “It’s hard for me to see,” Wallechinsky said.


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“What Happened” in the 2016 Election is Part of Women’s History—And Hillary Deserves to Tell It

Some say that Hillary Clinton’s memoir, What Happened, is only furthering the divides in the Democratic Party. Politico reports that Democrats “dread” Clinton’s book tour, with former campaign staffers calling it “the final torture.” Both Politico and New York Magazine reported the following exchange with Claire McCaskill:

Asked whether she was excited about Clinton’s book tour, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), one of Republicans’ top 2018 targets, responded first with, “Beg your pardon?”

Asked again, she started shaking her head, walking away.

But whether Clinton’s book came at the best time for Democrats doesn’t really matter. Clinton’s story now represents a vitally important moment in American political life that took the United States 241 years to reach. Her story is part of something bigger than any one party—it’s part of history, and, more pointedly, it’s a major part of American women’s history.

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Political memoirs don’t have the best reputation. As a genre, they tend to be at once itinerant and formulaic. Often, their release is met with long lines in bookstores, triumphant pre-orders on Amazon, press tours and think pieces before the tombs themselves are retired to living room bookshelf—their pages and spines conspicuously pristine. These memoirs must serve as a time capsule and PR strategist, supplying future historians an immediate public with a figure’s authorized account of events. The needs are tough to balance, and the assemblage these parts is more interesting than their often milquetoast contents.

But even in the aftermath of a less contentious election and amid a less deranged presidential administration, Clinton’s memoir is an important piece of history in its own right, for much the same reason her presidency would have been. What Happened presents the first time a woman’s gaze will provide the candidate’s view of a major party’s presidential race. Grappling with sexism will be part of that first-hand narrative for the first time, just as grappling with racism was when former President Barack Obama captured the nomination and the White House in 2008. For the first time, a candidate will draw on a professional career that began and has been continuously devoted to policies and programs affecting women and children. Issues which are traditionally seen as “soft” and which have only very recently found their place in mainstream “hardcore” policy debates will be cemented in a presidential candidate’s memoir as signature issues.

Clinton has not packaged her book like a typical political memoir, though it has been received much the same. Its title is declarative rather than questioning. She’s out to set the record straight, not to ruminate on could have-beens. The cover does not have the universal dull-but-glossy-enough-its reflection-will-catch-your-eye headshot that I suspect a marketing agency decided was the best way to sell political memoirs circa 1982. Although the question of “what happened” has been on everyone’s mind since November 8, What Happened isn’t Clinton coming to explain—she’s coming to tell. In a recent interview with CBS Clinton seemed to underline the book’s aim, she declared that she is “done with being a candidate.” Although Clinton has vowed she will remain active in progressive democratic politics, she’s made clear she is finished being a linchpin for the Democratic Party, or anyone else.

It’s not news that women’s voices have been subjugated throughout history in the interest of the “greater good.” Education, financial and intellectual resources and opportunity have all been sacrificed on the altar of women’s prescribed role as moral arbiter of the hearth, home and community. Progress has been made, but women around the world and at every level of society continue to pay for the ramifications of being told for millennia that their stories, their ideas and their personal beings were second, third, last to men and to the social order.

There’s no such thing as a woman “earning” the right to tell her story, as some defenders of Clinton have acknowledged amid griping. Every woman—every person—has a right to tell their story, and What Happened will mark the fourth time Clinton has done so in book form. What Clinton has earned is the right to tell the story of the first woman—and arguably most qualified candidate in history—to secure the presidential nomination of a major political American party, and who beat the most unqualified, misogynistic and dangerous president elected in modern times by three million votes.

The fact that so many are comfortable denigrating that story at this juncture of women’s history proves that there are far bigger problems than a book tour ahead. What Happened is doomed to happen again—unless, this time, we listen.

ms-headshotLauren Young is an Editorial Associate at Ms. She has a Master’s Degree in European and Russian Studies from Yale University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Russian Civilization from Smith College. Follow her on @thatlaurenyoung.

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There’s a new buzzword in parenting and it won’t be long before you start seeing it everywhere. It’s “positive parenting.” Even though it’s on-trend now, it’s actually been around for over 40 years. Personally, I think the style/philosophy/belief is gaining steam because, let’s be honest, millennial parents want to do their own thing.

I heard of positive parenting from a mom on Instagram. Michelle Carlson is a Los Angeles-based certified parenting instructor who coaches parents who want to make their style more peaceful and productive.

On her account, Michelle writes candidly about peaceful parenting from her personal experience. The best thing about her? She’s incredibly honest. When she yells at her kids, she admits it. She’ll tell you this whole positive parenting gig is definitely not easy. It’s not the way we naturally come to parenting.

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So what exactly is positive parenting?

Positive parenting is kind of a catch-all for several different terms. You may have heard of peaceful parenting or connective parenting. Teachers, if you’ve heard of conscious discipline, it’s in the same vein. They all differ slightly but the main tenants are the same. They are all the antitheses of traditional parenting.

There are no rewards, punishments, threats, or bargaining in positive parenting. Proponents of the style claim it’s not passive parenting. Discipline still exists though it’s never in the form of spanking or even times-outs. The argument by positive parenting followers is that discipline in the form of punishment creates exterior motives for kids to follow rules.

The goal of positive parenting is to get your kids to listen to you out of respect and love based on the bond you share. So spending quality time together is an important part of it.

“Positive parents set kind limits and let kids know what behaviors are expected. Children in these households are more apt to take direction from their parents because the connection is deep and the child knows their parent is on their side, does things out of love and is supportive,” says Michelle.

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Positive parenting is built on the connection of the parent and child. The bond serves as the guiding light and at times the discipline. When a child misbehaves, parents course-correct by communicating and listening.

Here’s the part that makes me so uncomfortable.

Positive parenting turns the spotlight back on the parents. They function as models of behavior. Parents listen respectfully, lead with empathy, and give children space to feel what they feel. It’s important for parents to stay calm and resist yelling and delivering threats. So basically the opposite of everything I currently do. 

mother and child high five while riding bikes

The other night my son gave me a chance to practice this positive parenting business up close and personal. He got out of bed at 9:30 and was sobbing because he didn’t want to go back to sleep. Instead of yelling and threatening which would have been on par for me, I calmly walked him back to his bed. I rubbed his back and said “It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay.” He fell asleep. There was no yelling or bargaining or threatening. I put that one in the Win column. I’m not quite ready to shut down our time-out station, but I hope to use it a lot less.

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Living in a small town has benefits, but specialized medical care isn’t one of them. After informing our pediatrician that I thought my daughter, Annie, had a tongue-tie, we waited almost three weeks to be seen by a local ENT specialist. That appointment was disappointing; you can read more about that here.

Even though the specialist said Annie’s problems with gas had “nothing to do with her mouth,” I came away resolved to try one more thing. My friend, Stacy, gave me the email address of Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, an expert in this field. Stacy’s son was treated by Dr. Ghaheri and she encouraged me to contact him. After things didn’t pan out locally, I sent him this email:

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Perhaps he appreciated that fact that I’d already tried a local option or maybe he sympathized with my desperation. Either way I’m grateful Dr. Ghaheri responded despite a recent change to his email policy. He sent me a link about how to take a good picture of her tongue-tie and said he’d examine it.

He wrote back saying, “These pictures demonstrate a posterior tongue tie — do you see how it looks like the Eiffel tower as it fans out towards the gumline? That’s a telltale sign (along with your symptoms)…” I got an appointment with Dr. Roya Mansouri, his assistant, since Dr. Ghaheri was scheduled six weeks out.

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After 30 attempts we finally got a good enough picture to send to him.

I packed up all three of my girls one Monday morning for an afternoon appointment and drove three and half hours to Portland. Despite a longer-than-intended McDonald’s stop, we got there right on time. Then we whirled into the waiting room only to find out our appointment had been cancelled.

I didn’t even have time to pause and shed the frustrated tears I felt welling. As I stood at the reception desk Annie had a blow-out, Evie was crouching behind the couch pooping in her diaper, and Vivi announced dramatically that she had to go potty. We were given an appointment for the following day and sent on our way.

children-at-museumWe decided a trip to the Children’s Museum was in order. 

The next day Annie was not only diagnosed with a posterior tongue-tie, but with a lip-tie as well. When asked if it was easy to miss Dr. Mansouri politely answered, “Well, I do see these a lot since this is my specialty, but this is obviously tight.” Annie’s tie wasn’t even a question. Dr. Mansouri was so sweet with the older girls too and gave them a quick “examination.”

The doctor applied a numbing agent to the underside of Annie’s tongue and to her gums. Then she took Annie to another room to do the procedure. She was gone maybe three minutes. The procedure itself doesn’t hurt. The area being attended to has no nerves and the laser is quick and cauterizes as it goes so there is no blood.

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In that small span of time, Evie fell and hit her head on Annie’s carseat and Vivi squished her finger in the sliding door. Annie was handed back to me; she held on for dear life. She cried, nursed and sucked her binky feverishly until she eventually calmed down. After everyone stopped crying, the doctor showed me how to do her tongue and lip-tie stretches.

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This is a before-and-after photo of Annie’s tongue-tie. She had a diamond shaped area under her tongue after the procedure. I had to stretch her tongue and lip-tie area every four hours for the next month. This has been the hardest part for me — besides driving three children 5 and under to Portland and back.

Annie is doing so much better. She’s mellow, relaxed, and only cries when she needs something that isn’t addressed with the coughing sound she’s developed to get our attention. I’m grateful the specialists are out there and encourage you to always get a second opinion. It might be the one that makes all the difference.

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So That Happened: Obama’s Cuba Plan Turned Some Folks Into Wind-Up-Toys Of Outrage

So, that happened: This week, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would make an effort to normalize relations with Cuba, ending a decades-long policy of distance that had been surprisingly effective in doing nothing in particular. We’ll talk about the new plan, and the people who are hopping mad about it.

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Some highlights from this week:

“Those two, when they got the news, I don’t know. It was like they became weird wind-up-toys of outrage.” — Jason Linkins

Meanwhile, a Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy has been canceled, because North Korea apparently now dictates what movies we watch in our spare time? How did something so simple get so out of hand?

“Films that relate to things in North Korea will not be made now and that is just outrageous. Something has got to give.” — Arthur Delaney

And finally, we’re taking a look back at 2014 — a great year for garbage monsters. What are our least-favorite things about the past year? Well, this is going to take a while.

“2014 has been f*cking terrible and at least in the world of public affairs, there have been almost no redeeming aspects to this terrible year.” — Zach Carter

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Ben Affleck Jokes ‘Gone Girl’ Full-Frontal Happened On Cold Set

When accepting an award for your latest film, what better way to use the opportunity than to bring up your now-legendary full-frontal scene?

Ron Howard presented the top prize at the Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night, honoring David Fincher’s “Gone Girl.” Ben Affleck accepted the award on behalf of Fincher and the producers and used his moment on stage to comment on his infamous shower scene from the film. Affleck sarcastically thanked Fincher for keeping the set cool during the sequence: “If you’re going to have one chance for America to see your junk, you want it to be cold.”

The actor used the rest of his speech to poke fun at Fincher, saying the director couldn’t be there to accept the award because he was still busy shooting the film. “Just one or two more takes, we’re gonna have it,” Affleck said, mocking Fincher’s reputation of demanding multiple takes. Fincher may have betrayed Affleck’s trust with the temperature conditions on set, but the actor is still hoping 3-D will make up for it.

Comedy – The Huffington Post
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10 Things You Won’t Believe Happened at Weddings I’ve Planned

I have learned never to say “I’ve seen it all” or to claim there’s nothing left that could surprise me in wedding planning. Just when I think there’s nothing left that could shock me, something whacky happens (like the bride’s father stripping down to his skivvies) and I’m wrong yet again. So I’ve given up claiming that I know everything that can happen at a wedding. I don’t. Even after eight years and almost 500 weddings, things shock and horrify me regularly.

Here are 10 things it’s hard to believe were happening at weddings I’ve planned — but they really did (and I have the PTWD (Post Traumatic Wedding Disorder) to prove it):

1. The grandfather of the bride physically attacking the father of the bride during cocktails just after the happy couple made their grand entrance. OMG – shocking! And Gramps got a good lick in and drew blood, so he had to leave before the wedding reception dinner. Otherwise, he would have been escorted out by security anyway. Always have a plan for when a fight breaks out between guests — but just hope it’s not the family members attacking each other.

2. The groom arriving 30 minutes late for his own wedding ceremony, dressed in shredded cutoffs, and then standing on a rock like the Karate Kid, balanced on one leg, throwing stones into the Caribbean Sea while all the guests watched from a distance thinking he’d lost his mind. Eventually, when I asked what he was doing, he replied “getting rid of the bad energy.” Um buddy, you’re making the bride sit in a car waiting for you to put your pants on. That’s called creating bad karma, not relieving it.

3. Two grooms were upset with the way the place cards had been set up on their head table. The problem was they hadn’t followed our chart — they’d created their own and the staff couldn’t follow it. We fixed the problem before the guests were seated for dinner, but the grooms were too drunk to care. They screamed and yelled at me every chance they got. Icing on the cake — when the toasts were finished and I handed them the microphone to thank their guests, they actually used that time to publicly eviscerate me to their 60-plus guests who had just spent three lovely days enjoying the events my company planned. It was humiliating, and yes, the guests (and their families) apologized for the grooms’ behavior. Perfect wedding otherwise but we never heard from them again. I think they were mortified when they sobered up.

4. Beautifully executed wedding for a Chicago couple with Mexican origins. After dinner, during the toasts, the Best Man got up and began toasting dead gang members and pouring shots on the ground in memory of/honor of “Vatos Locos.” Um, haven’t I heard of them in way too many FBI wanted file stories? Scary. You never know who your clients really are until they arrive at a destination wedding.

5. A bridesmaid (and cousin of the bride) who was recently out of rehab took ALL of her Methadone on the first night of a five-day wedding weekend and freaked out. She called the police for an escort to the ferry (she thought she was in danger) and holed up in posh hotel on the big island with her much older boyfriend and the stash of drugs she’d obtained between the ferry and the resort. Unfortunately, she took her bridesmaid dress with her. I had to hunt it down, threatened to send the police to her hotel room (I knew she had drugs from her voice), and arranged to have the dress flown back to Vieques Island for another girlfriend to wear within a few hours of the wedding. Not easy. Not fun. But we did it. Be prepared to capture the wedding attire if a wedding party member makes a run for it!

6. The Best Man forgot the groom’s suitcase on the ferry dock on the main island — the same suitcase that contained the wedding rings AND the bride’s engagement ring. Say what? NEVER EVER pack your rings. And the engagement ring belongs on the bride. The worst part was the drunk Best Man (a US Marine officer, I might add) didn’t know where he left it — on the dock, in the taxi, on the ferry — not a clue. I used my position as police community liaison to work with an Agente in the Policia de Puerto Rico to track the bag and find it in the Customs holding area on the other island where it had been stowed after being abandoned. I can’t believe they lost it, but I REALLY can’t believe we found it. They had it back within hours.

7. The Mother of the Bride became ill and had to be emergency transported off the island, vomiting blood. I literally hijacked the governor’s helicopter off the tarmac (my police pilot friend was there waiting to fly the Guv back from a meeting with our mayor) and got the pilot to fly the MoB to a hospital on the big island. That night, the mom checked out of the hospital against medical advice and returned to Vieques. By midday the next day, she was throwing up buckets of blood and lost consciousness, and I had to have her transported via ambulance and then Medevac helicopter. She almost died. And then she turned around 24 hours later and checked out of the hospital against medical advice again, and returned to the island for the wedding. We had to tell the bride we couldn’t take any more responsibility for helping transport her if another emergency occurred. Suicide by wedding? I think not.

8. Drunken wedding guests, out of control, doing shots, and being verbally abusive to the service staff is, unfortunately, not as uncommon as you would think. We’ve had to call the police on one occasion when the very large, frightening groomsmen were stealing liquor bottles, breaking centerpieces and generally causing mayhem at a $ 4 million villa. The key is to have enough of our staff on hand with these large groups and always have a security plan ready to go on a minute’s notice. Oh yes, we all wear headsets and know what’s going on all over the wedding property at all time.

9. Three wedding guests (sorority sisters of the bride) took acid at the beginning of the wedding ceremony (we learned the sordid deets from the bride later on). By the time dinner was through, they were tripping hard! They tried to eat out of the caterer’s garbage, then stripped naked and jumped into the pool with the seven-year-old ring bearer. Once we had them out of the pool and back in the villa, they jumped up onto tabletops to dance, semi-dressed in high heels. Asked to get off the tables, one girl (can’t say “young lady” and she wasn’t mature enough to be a “woman”) jumped on my husband and attacked him like a spider monkey. The DJs had to help pull her off of him. My husband, a retired SWAT commander, was not amused. Neither were the bride or groom. Know who you are inviting before you mail those invitations or take the risk of an unpleasant surprise.

10. We planned and executed a Wiccan wedding for a lovely couple from California who didn’t tell me that they were witches until a week prior to the wedding. But I was less surprised than the traditional Jewish Mother of the Bride from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who learned her daughter would be married by a Wiccan priest instead of a rabbi at the wedding rehearsal. From me. Shortly after that, the groom had a hysterical temper tantrum about wanting to move the wedding to a different part of the beach where he felt the “energy” was better. The elderly Mother of the Bride, to her credit, did not have a stroke right then and there, but it was a close one. Watching her old lady friends having to wash their panty-hose covered feet in the ocean to be “purified” and smudged with sage before the ceremony was absolutely priceless. Lesson of the day, find out in advance if your brides and grooms are witches and whether the guests (especially their parents) know they’ll be attending a less-than-traditional wedding.

Now I’m on a roll but it will have to wait for another time — so many more fun stories to share from so many different kinds of weddings. End of day, know as much as you can about your wedding group in advance so you can be prepared for whatever might happen during the main event.

Happy wedding planning!
Weddings – The Huffington Post
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Jimmy Fallon’s Obama-Putin Call Shows What Really Happened… Maybe

“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon claims to have received footage of the most recent call between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin as the two discussed the crisis in Crimea.

In the clip above, Fallon’s Putin takes a swig of vodka, taunts the U.S. president on Obamacare, cites comic Yakov Smirnoff and mimics Putin’s weird laugh.

The pair even sing.

If calls between world leaders were really this much fun, the crisis would have been over ages ago.
Comedy – The Huffington Post
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Steve Wilkos Talks Jerry Springer And The Craziest Thing That Ever Happened (VIDEO)

Any Jerry Springer viewer knows how crazy the talk show can get, but Steve Wilkos’ story may take the cake.

While on HuffPost Live this week, the TV host opened up about a rather inappropriate moment on the notoriously dramatic talk show.

“Two guys were fighting, ripping their shirts off,” he explained. “This one guy gets his shirt taken off and he has a perfect formed female breast … and it’s gorgeous.”

The best part? He said he was born that way. Lady Gaga would be proud!

Comedy – The Huffington Post
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