Take my Trump Tower apartment instead of my money, Manafort tells Mueller

Paul Manafort is forfeiting an estimated $ 46 million in real estate properties and cash as part of his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. The properties include residences in New York City and the Hamptons. 
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Miss UK Kerri Parker hopes to become a stunt double instead of modelling

MISS UK Kerri Parker is hoping to move from model to stunt double — after training in shooting, martial arts and boxing.

The ex-Army medic, 34, is also going for a Karate black belt and has qualified as a professional rally driver.

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Kerri, from Norwich, said: “I’d love to do films.

“Friends call me Wonder Woman or Lara Croft!”

Awarded Ms UK 2018 among a string of other modelling titles, the self-proclaimed ‘bad-ass’ prefers to spend her time free climbing, scuba diving, horse-riding and recently professional rally car racing.

She switched her days as a Formula grid girl for being on the track and entered her first competition last weekend – driving among racers travelling at more than 120mph.

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Ex-Army medic Kerri has trained in shooting, martial arts and boxing

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She thought she’d sell her home for nearly $1 million. Thanks to rising sea levels, she’s tearing it down instead.

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The President says he misspoke during Putin press conference: ‘I said the word would instead of wouldn’t’

President Donald Trump, facing an onslaught of bipartisan fury over his glowing remarks about Vladimir Putin, said more than 24 hours afterward that he misspoke during his summit with the autocratic Russian leader.

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Why Do Americans Call It Soccer Instead of Football? Blame England

In the World Cup, the U.S. and England aren’t traditionally rivals. But, off the field, a different type of rivalry has reigned for more than a century: what to call the world’s most popular sport.

To Americans, it’s soccer. To most of the rest of the world, (including England, the birthplace of the modern sport,) it’s football. But what most people don’t know is that the word “soccer” is not in fact an American invention. On the contrary, it was an import from England, and one that was commonly used there until relatively recently.

At least, that’s the argument made by Stefan Szymanski, a professor of sports economics at the University of Michigan. In a paper from 2014, Szymanski writes that “soccer” originated in late 19th century England, as a way of differentiating between variants of the game which at that time did not have a commonly agreed-upon set of rules.

In the early 1800s in England, football and rugby existed as different variations of the same game. But in 1863, the Football Association was formed to codify the rules of football so that aristocratic boys from different schools could play against one another. In 1871, the Rugby Football Union followed suit. The two sports officially became known as Rugby Football and Association Football. (Those new rules were slow to spread to America, where another version of the game was evolving — one that the rest of the world now knows as “American football,” and is played in the NFL.)

In England, Szymanski writes, aristocratic boys came up with the shortened terms “rugger” and “soccer” to differentiate between Rugby Football and Association Football. To support this argument, he cites a letter to The New York Times, published in 1905: “It was a fad at Oxford and Cambridge to use “er” at the end of many words, such as foot-er, sport-er, and as Association did not take an “er” easily, it was, and is, sometimes spoken of as Soccer.”

And the term, Szymanski says, was widely recognized in England through the first half of the twentieth century, according to data he crunched from books and newspapers. It became even more prevalent after the World War II — driven, he suggests, by the number of American soldiers in the country and the infatuation with American culture that came after the war.

But by the 1980s, Brits started to turn against the word. “The penetration of the game into American culture,” Szymanski writes, “has led to backlash against the use of the word in Britain, where it was once considered an innocuous alternative to the word ‘football.’”

With England now into the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990, fans are celebrating their nation’s success in the sport born in their country but long mastered by foreigners. On Twitter, that pride is manifesting itself, partially, in the age-old (since the 1980s at least) tradition of bashing the word soccer.

“It’s football not soccer,” one person tweeted, on the night of England’s successful victory over Sweden which propelled the team to the semi-finals. “The English created the game = football.”

The World Cup draws to a close this weekend, but the argument over the name of the sport it celebrates certainly won’t.

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Millennials Turning to Mobile Payments Instead of Cash for Purchases

A growing number of millennials are—and expected to continue in the future—backing away from using money to make purchases.

Over two-thirds of American and Chinese millennials say they hardly use cash anymore, a new report from The Innovation Group at J. Walter Thompson Intelligence. “The Future of Money” Report reveals the disruptive global changes ahead in payments, currency and, banking. Advances in these fields led by Chinese tech firms and early-adopting Chinese consumers are now being embraced globally, particularly by millennials.

The data comes as millennials, by 2019, are anticipated to outnumber baby boomers. The 20-to-35-year-olds will become a powerful economic force for buying goods and services globally. Black millennials will be part of that game-changing purchasing trend in the United States.

The new report shows that 63% of American millennial consumers hardly ever use cash, with 75% saying they want more diverse financial products that are more suited to their needs and lifestyles. Those millennials are now twice as likely as baby boomers (aged 55+) to use alternative mobile payments and messaging payment apps such as Venmo.

Fintech startups are catering to specific needs and lifestyles of millennials that banks don’t cover, the report states. The money management app is a popular offering—over 40% of people in their twenties have downloaded one, according to global payment technology solutions firm First Data.

The report surveyed 1,000 in the United States and 1,000 in China. China is increasingly driving innovation in money and payments. Some 77% of Chinese consumers say they are interested in alternative banking and payments. 61% of Chinese millennials say they would use the Internet of Things to access banking services (vs. 36% in the U.S.). 47% of Chinese millennials are already using facial recognition as a form of financial ID (vs. 18% of U.S. millennials). Yet, according to the report, U.S. millennials are catching on fast.

“The Future of Money” survey shows how open to advances in tech the average banking customer has become, particularly in China—40% of Chinese and 34% of U.S. consumers say they would now interact with their bank using a smart speaker.

“The financial sector is going through a period of unprecedented change, presenting massive opportunities and also challenges to traditional institutions, said Lucie Greene, worldwide director of the Innovation Group. “Consumers are adopting new behaviors en masse, including peer-to-peer payments, digital-first banks, cryptocurrencies, and more.”

They expect more not only from bank brands’ services and ethics, but also from their curb appeal and branding. The axis of influence in innovation is also rapidly shifting to Southeast Asia and China, as tech companies introduce a plethora of highly intuitive, mobile-first systems that fit with dynamic lifestyles. But these behaviors are being adopted worldwide.

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Emma Willis makes very awkward slip-up on This Morning as she accidentally says ‘arse’ instead of ‘earth’ live on air

EMMA Willis was left mortified on today’s This Morning after accidentally saying the word “arse” instead of “earth” – right as she introduced a segment on an unsolved murder case.

Speaking about the anniversary of the disappearance of Louise Kay, Emma spoke about how she “disappeared off the face of the arse” as she struggled to get her words out.

Emma stumbled on the words and accidentally said “arse” on today’s episode
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Thankfully no one appeared to notice the mistake – apart from the viewers.

However, while Emma, co-host Rylan and the interview carried on without a hitch, viewers weren’t so quick to dismiss the error.

“Did she just say vanish off the face of the arse?? Ohhh my god!! 😂😂😂#thismorning” joked one.


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One tried to defend Emma and blaming her cough for the slip-up, said: “Poor Emma Willis having a frog in her throat on live TV! The worst! #ThisMorning

But someone else responded: “In all fairness I think saying ‘disappearing off the face of the arse’ is slightly worse. #ThisMorning

Others felt bad for Emma for the epic mistake, and one wrote: “I’m howling, I can’t. Such a serious interview! “How can a person and a car just disappear from the face of the ARSE?” Oh the poor woman. 😂 #ThisMorning”

While another couldn’t resist a joke on Emma’s Big Brother catchphrase and said: “We are live on #thismorning Please do not swear Emma Willis! “Disappeard off the face of the arse” #awks

Emma is presenting this week’s This Morning episodes alongside her CBB partner-in-crime Rylan as Holly and Phil enjoy the Easter break.

Showbiz correspondent Rylan has been on hiatus from the show since the beginning of the year, taking a break for the sake of his mental health.

Emma spoke to Mark Williams-Thomas and the family of missing Louise Kay
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But earlier this month The Sun Online revealed he would be back, with TV insider telling us: “Rylan will be back on screen shortly – in fact, it could be as soon as next month.

“He’s part of the show’s family and always has been. Even though he took a short break, he was always going to return.”

The popular presenter left fans devastated in December when he announced he would be taking a break.

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Where to Find Suits With Dresses (Instead of Skirts or Pants)

suits with dressesReader M had an interesting question about where the heck to find suits with dresses (instead of skirts or pants) these days:

I’d love an article on buying suits that are dress + jacket combinations (as opposed to skirt/pants + jacket combinations). They look a more polished, they eliminate the step of finding a shirt to go underneath the jacket, and they’re one less thing to pack on trips. AT’s selection is limited – I own both and love them; Talbots’ is matronly. Need ’em conservative enough for court appearances, but not “mother of the bride.” (I’m 35.) Slightly fashionable would be a bonus!

Great question — and you’re right, they are disappearing; it was a bit of a hunt to find some to feature here. Readers, do you prefer to wear suits made up of a dress and blazer — or do you prefer other suit separates like pants and a skirt? Where are your favorite dress and jacket skirts from? (We discussed non-suit dress+jacket combinations in this post…)

Some options I found for you on the market right now, below (the individual pieces range from $ 159-$ 435):

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Above: black blazer and dress / Beige blazer and dress (also in plus sizes) / black blazer and dress / navy blazer and dress

Pictured at very top of post: Gray dress and blazer (actually a tiny black dot pattern). A few other options not pictured: cobalt sheath dress with matching jacket, gray suit with dress, plus size dress and blazer with piping

Some easy tips: On the budget end, check out TJ Maxx and other similar discount places — a lot of times these dress+jacket suits are sold on a single hanger and can be found for some serious steals. If you like colorful suits or suits with a lot of colorblocked details, keep an eye on Macy’s and Lord & Taylor — they have a lot of brands like Kasper, Tahari, Calvin Klein, and Anne Klein that I traditionally associate with this kind of look.

On the higher end, keep an eye on Boss, Theory, Reiss, and Brooks Brothers — they often have suiting separates that include dresses — and on the much higher end, St. John’s suits often have a matching dress.

Readers, let’s hear from you — do you like to wear suits with dresses instead of skirts? What do you see as the pros and cons to the look? Where’s your favorite dress suit from — and where would you go to look for one in 2018?

A 35-year-old lawyer wrote in wondering where to find suits with dresses instead of skirts or pants -- so we went on a hunt for her! What are your favorite dress suits, suiting dresses, and sheath dresses with matching blazers, ladies? Do you like to wear them for interview outfits -- or just as office looks or courtroom attire?

Pictured above, top row: light gray / dark gray; bottom row: black / navy / beige

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Don’t Wear an LBD to Your Next Holiday Party—Wear This Instead

This holiday season, if you find yourself reaching for last year’s gold shimmy dress and LBD, stop right there. At Who What Wear HQ, we firmly believe that if you can’t break out of your cliche comfort zone in the holidays, then when can you? To help inspire you to reach into that extra side of your sartorial personality, we headed to THE OUTNET.COM to find bold, daring options for everything on your festive itinerary.

From the best printed coats to head-to-toe color, the looks we have in mind are good, and best of all, since they’re all from THE OUTNET, you can get your shopping done in one swift checkout. Ready to proactively put together the best party looks of the season? We’re all for preparedness here. 

Want a bit of festive shimmer and shine that you can wear into the new year? Enter: the metallic pleated skirt. While we think it’s versatile for a number of occasions, for a holiday cocktail party, we love pairing it with a black tuxedo blazer for a touch of unexpected menswear-inspired sophistication. Finish off the look with black and gold accessories to stick to your dual-tone palette. As for what you wear under the blazer, try something that’s just a bit more interesting than your go-to silk tank, like a graphic T-shirt, bralette, or turtleneck.
It’s so easy to fall back on black attire, especially for evening dressing, which is why we love that this jewel tone ensemble doesn’t feature even a stitch of it. Instead of toning down the bright orange hue of this midi dress, we’re taking the opportunity to pull out all of the on-trend burgundy accessories we’ve been accumulating. To avoid veering into clown territory (it happens to the best of us), we’d suggest a neutral gray coat to soften the look.
It turns out that being best dressed at a holiday party doesn’t actually require wearing a dress. A slick black jumpsuit with an interesting neckline is just as likely to cause a few jaws to drop, especially when paired with dangly earrings and a head-turning pink fur. Opting for a bold faux-fur jacket (the winter topper to invest in) adds a dose of personality. Not that you’re fishing for compliments, but you’ll get plenty of them.
Just dipping your toes into the bold holiday outfit pool? Try a glamorous midi dress with some added flair, like the deep V-neck and ruffled sleeves of this emerald-tone one. From there, play with textures: Platform heels and a cropped military-style jacket in velvet look super luxe when paired with the satin material of this dress.

Ready to push that LBD to the side? Head to THE OUTNET to finish shopping for all your party-ready outfits.

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15 things to say to your active kid instead of “Be careful!”


Maggie Downs

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Last Saturday it finally happened. Temperatures dropped well below 100 degrees in my desert city, and my son was excited to go outside and explore dusty mountain trails.

He’s a desert boy through and through, comfortable negotiating cacti, scrambling over craggy boulders, and chasing lizards. He’s rambunctious too, often leaping before he looks. And that has turned me into the mom I never wanted to be – the “be careful!” one.

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I yelped “Be careful!” so many times on Saturday, it was almost like a religious chant. “Be careful!” I hollered as my kid’s hand just barely missed brushing against a cholla cactus. “Be careful!” I said as he slid down a slope slick with gravel. “Be careful!” I said when he picked up a beetle. “You don’t even know what that is.”

Of course I want my child to be careful. I also want to wrap him in bubble wrap, put the bubble-wrapped boy into a giant hamster ball, and have a security escort to accompany the ball at all times. That’s probably not going to happen (I don’t even think they make hamster balls that big).

A blonde girl walks on rocks through a creek

Eventually he will have to be an independent person who is capable of existing in the world on his own, whether I like it or not. Being outdoors, falling down, and getting scraped up is part of that education. I need to stop saying “be careful,” because I hope my son will be an active and enthusiastic explorer of the world, and I don’t want to discourage him, cultivate fear, or imply that I don’t have confidence in him.

Plus, there’s the fact that I’ve said, “be careful!” so often, the words have lost all meaning. What am I actually telling him? Watch your step? Look around you? There could be a rattlesnake under that rock?

A child in a yellow rain slicker standing next to a lake. A few ducks float nearby.

The problem with “be careful” is that it doesn’t use specifics. Those words don’t offer anything to help a child assess risk for himself or herself. “Be careful” is frustratingly vague.

The Child and Nature Alliance of Canada made a list of things to say instead of “be careful,” which inspired me to make a list of my own alternatives (incorporating some of their suggestions too).

  • Be mindful of people around you.
  • Move slowly and carefully.
  • Is that rock stable?
  • Do you feel balanced on that?
  • Let’s run together.
  • Sticks need space. Can you move that stick without hitting any people or animals? If not, you need more space.
  • Keep the stick pointed at the ground.
  • Find a safe place for the stick/rock/other tool before you run.
  • Let’s move to an open area.
  • Stay focused on what you’re doing.
  • Notice your body.
  • Do you feel safe?
  • Take your time. Slow down.
  • What’s your next move?
  • I’m here if you need me.

I’ll probably have a “be careful!” slip now and again, but I’m working on it. Besides, any of these are an improvement over the warnings I received growing up, when my older brother taunted, “Have a good trip. See you next fall!”

What do you say instead of “Be careful”?

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Why we need to be lauding Rihanna for her fashion choices (instead of dissing her)

All hail the bad gal style queen


So ICYMI, Rihanna wore a quite fabulous costume at a Barbados carnival earlier this week, and the world went mental. There were those that accused her of Photoshopping her thumb (well, in her defence, why wouldn’t you?), those that said she was too fat to wear a crystal-encrusted bra and knickers, and then was that side-eye emoji action from her ex Chris Brown that doesn’t even bear talking about.

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Luckily, Rihanna isn’t want to take any shit from anyone, especially where her body is concerned – just last week, she shut down the fat-shamers by posting a video of herself buying Cheetos. When it comes to fashion, she takes exactly the same approach, and that’s what I love about her.

Her sartorial choices may not be to everyone’s choice, but she completely owns them, and you’ve got to respect that.

At the carnival, she went all out (it is a carnival after all), in a jewel bikini, teamed with fishnet tights, thigh-high boots, blue wig and giant feather headdress, an outfit Cher circa 1986 would be proud of. Hell yeah.

But it’s not just about the outrageous, Rihanna is someone who wears what she wants, whenever she wants, according to her mood.


For the UK Valerian premiere, she went full ballgown, in a jaw-dropping red Giambattista Valli dress. Yep, it was very low cut, and what? An outfit is nothing if the person wearing it isn’t confident, and Rihanna has spades of that.

For the US premiere of the film, Rihanna went for prom style, in another dress by the above designer, this time with puff sleeves and short skirt to show off gladiator sandals.


And let’s not forget the amazing Comme des Garçons dress she wore at the Met Gala, an event I often find quite frustrating. Why? Because as much as it is all about embracing bonkers fashion, celebrities often play it too safe, and hardly ever stick to the theme. Yep, I’m always the one who takes a fancy dress evening to heart. If you’re not going to go all out, why bother turning up?


In a sea of slinky LBDs and cut-out evening gowns, Rihanna stood out – alongside Katy Perry I might add – in a dress that was bang on theme and had everyone turning their heads. Bravo.

And it’s not just on the red carpet that she’s riveting, it’s off it too. Rihanna doesn’t think too much about her outfits, instead she has fun with them. It can be anything from a bubble pink suit with faux fur shrug to baggy jeans, crop top and a baseball cap.



It’s ballsy choices like this that have earned her a cult following amongst celebrities like Gigi and Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner.

Hayley Baldwin sums it up perfectly, ‘I love Rihanna, I think her style just pushes a lot of boundaries’. That she does.

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I’m learning to be one tough mother instead of a pushover


Whitney Barthel

posted in Parenting

I am a total softie. The problem with this is children have a sixth sense when it comes to detecting adults that are susceptible to being walked all over.

As a child, I would say I was subjected to borderline emotional and physical abuse by an adult in my life that was not one of my parents. As I result, I vowed I would never act in a manner that made my children afraid of me.

I never wanted my kids to know the feeling of being hit or kicked by a caretaker, or what it’s like to be called stupid by an adult, or be in constant fear of facing punishment for something as small as an accident. I wanted my kids to feel nothing but safe and loved.

Unfortunately, the my boys eventually started viewing my resistance to discipline as a green light to misbehave.

You haven’t known wild until you have lived in a house full of boys. My four boys, ages 6, 5, 3, and 1.

After being one of those moms dragging naughty kids through the grocery store, I decided something had to be done. And, being the boys’ main caretaker as my husband works insane hours as a business owner, I knew it had to be done by me.

I did lots of research and tried reflecting on times I was disciplined as a child that were effective, yet did not scare me. Here is what I came up with.

  1. Try to understand why your child is acting out. One thing I’ve noticed: sometimes my kids misbehave because they actually needed something and don’t know how to communicate their needs to me. They’re hungry, have to use the bathroom, or they’re tired. When I learned to distinguish between unmet needs and just plain naughtiness, I made a huge leap.
  2. Don’t make empty threats. This was my biggest downfall. Threatening works for a while, but once kids learn you won’t actually back your words up, the effectiveness of verbal warnings goes out the window.
  3. Let your kids know what acts are punishable. As a child, perhaps what scared me the most was not even knowing when I was being “bad,” hence I never knew when I would be punished. Had I known which of my actions would be punished, I surely would have avoided them.
  4. Know that your kids will always love you, even if you have to be the bad cop sometimes.
  5. Be fair. I talk to my kids about why they have acted out and why it’s wrong. I ask them what they think a reasonable punishment is, and make sure the punishment fits the crime.

While doing my research on teaching my kids respect and fair punishment, I ran across some advice given by Emma Johnson, author of The Kickass Single Mom. And while I’m not a single mom, I found Emma’s advice incredibly helpful.

Emma writes,

“You’re the parent. Period. One of the pitfalls of [parenthood] is that…it is very easy to rely on your child for companionship in an unhealthy way. Watch yourself…And stop yourself if you’re inclined to go easy on the time outs because you’re worried the child will be angry at you. You’re the mom! It’s your job to make them hate you! (I jest)

Give yourself a break. You will likely screw up. That is part of being a mom. Then you get up the next day — and screw up again! And in between you will do most of it right. You’re doing a great job. Keep at it, keep trying.”

As I read this, the thing that really stood out to me was the “keep at it, keep trying.” I’ve noticed my kids misbehave the most when I don’t have the physical or emotional energy to discipline them. Since recognizing this, I have learned consistency is key, whether I’m beat down or not.

What is your best piece of advice for moms who stink at discipline?

Images by Thinkstock, Whitney Barthel

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Dear Greg, I have been on the job for more than two years without a raise or promotion. Only the favorites get promotions, raises and plum assignments. And, instead of promoting from within, they are hiring people for more money than we make. Can a business legally not promote or give raises? I think I…
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Sept. 12th Birthday Card – Instead of National Video Games Day or Chocolate Milk Shake Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

Sept. 12th Birthday Card – Instead of National Video Games Day or Chocolate Milk Shake Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

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July 4th Birthday Card – Instead of Independence Day, National Country Music Day or Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

July 4th Birthday Card – Instead of Independence Day, National Country Music Day or Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

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July 4th Birthday Card – Instead of Independence Day, National Country Music Day or Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

July 4th Birthday Card – Instead of Independence Day, National Country Music Day or Sidewalk Egg Frying Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

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Sept. 16th Birthday Card – Instead of National Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Step Family Day, Mayflower Day, or Working Parents Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

Sept. 16th Birthday Card – Instead of National Play Doh Day, Collect Rocks Day, Step Family Day, Mayflower Day, or Working Parents Day, I Choose to Celebrate YOU! Greeting Card

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‘Winter, You Win’: Ithaca Tourism Bureau Urges Travelers To Visit The Florida Keys Instead

“That’s it. We surrender. Winter, you win.”

As the Northeast continues to freeze under snowy, stormy, and blustery conditions, the tourism bureau of Ithaca, New York, has conceded defeat, urging potential visitors to go to Florida instead.

VisitIthaca.com, the tourism website run by the Ithaca Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently added a pop-up window to its site, telling visitors that “due to this ridiculously stupid weather,” they should consider foregoing a trip to Ithaca, where sub-zero temperatures are expected this week. Instead, the website urges, go to the Florida Keys.

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“On behalf of 100 million Northeasterners, we’re saying that we’re done with cold and snow,” Bruce Stoff, director of the Ithaca Convention & Visitors Bureau, told the Ithaca Journal of the warm weather message. “This is a way for us to stay engaged with our customers at a time when Upstate New York isn’t exactly top of mind.”

On its part, the Florida Keys homepage told CNN that it had nothing to do with the pro-Florida message. A spokesperson for the Florida Keys Tourism Council called it “the wackiest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Comedy – The Huffington Post
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3 Reasons To Skip The Season’s Greetings And Send A New Year’s Card Instead

You’ve spent the last four weeks shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking and visiting with family and friends — and you can almost see the light at the end of the holiday tunnel. But in the whirlwind that is the month of December, you’ve forgotten to do one last thing: write and send out your holiday cards.

Luckily, you aren’t the only one. Peggy Post from The Emily Post Institute told The Huffington Post that more and more people are opting to send New Year’s greetings to their loved ones instead of the traditional December holiday card. And with good reason. Here’s why Post suggests you might consider doing so, too.

1. December Is A Chaotic Month.

The weeks leading up to Hanukkah and Christmas are filled to the brim with holiday shopping and obligations. “Some people say they do want to send cards to friends and keep in touch, especially long-lost ones, but they just don’t feel like they have the time to do it justice,” Post said. Give yourself a break — sitting down to write your cards after Hanukkah or Christmas, when you have less going on, is perfectly acceptable, she adds.

2. You Can Wish People A Good Start To The New Year.

“A lot of people like that whole idea of starting out fresh and approaching the new year with a greeting, so it is kind of fun to wish their friends a new year, to really emphasize that,” Post said.

3. You Have More Time.

Think you can only send a card immediately on January 1st? Think again. “Theres no real rule; I’d say in the first week or two that still qualifies as a ‘New Year’s’ card,” Post said. Post mentioned that she received a “New Year’s” card from a friend around Valentine’s Day once that wished her a great year. “The key is to keep in touch with people.”

We completely agree. Check out some of our picks for fun New Year’s cards below.

Weddings – The Huffington Post
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Darling ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Spoof Stars Dachshunds Instead Of Humans

Bewigged dachshunds + a ’90s teen drama starring James Van Der Beek = Filmic magic.

This canine take on “Dawson’s Creek,” directed by Michael Immerman, has been wowing netizens this week with its moving coming-of-age narrative and spot-on casting.

“Makes more sense using dogs,” quipped one YouTuber Tuesday.

“That black dachshund really does look like Katie Holmes,” observed another.



Comedy – The Huffington Post
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In Stunning Twist, England Leaves United Kingdom Instead of Scotland!

In what is sure to take up at least a whole chapter in the history books, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered the stunning news that England is leaving the United Kingdom in order to pacify Scotland and that the latter will continue to stay in the union. Queen Elizabeth II will be going with England while Cameron will remain with the UK.

It is rumored that the British were forced to make this sudden decision when the Scots threatened to invade England wearing nothing but kilts — and more disturbingly — no underwear.

In a statement clearly intended to diffuse the growing tension between the two neighbors, Buckingham Palace said, “It is with a heavy heart that we do this but as we say in the stuffiest British tradition: needs must. We did everything we could to persuade the Scottish people to stay within the union but it became increasingly apparent that they just don’t care anymore. As a result, England was forced to make a sacrifice for the sake of everyone. Typical, isn’t it? Anyway, as the James Bond song goes: Nobody Does it Better, and so even though we are leaving, you can be sure we will look bloody good doing it!”

After its separation from the UK, England will no longer be part of the European Union nor will it continue using the pound, which itself will henceforth be called “the currency formerly known as the pound” since the Scots never liked the name. The new seat of government for the UK will be based in Scotland and its iconic flag, the Union Jack, will be replaced by the image of Sean Connery instead.

In celebration of the newfound influence of the land of its birth, Johnnie Walker will provide free scotch to everyone on the planet — except the English, of course — for six hours or until everyone is well and properly sloshed.

Speaking from a castle in the Scottish highlands, which will replace No. 10 Downing Street as David Cameron’s office, the prime minister said that he wishes England nothing but the best for the future but they should really go bugger themselves now that Scotland has emerged as the victor in this game of political brinksmanship. “We never really liked the English in the UK anyway,” he added with a wink.

The only blemish to the jubilation of the Scots has been NATO’s reaction to the news. The leading commander for NATO forces in Western Europe has indicated that the organization may have to kick the UK out because of the Scots. When pushed to clarify the reason for this unusual position, the commander answered, “It’s that damn bagpipe music the Scots are always playing! We have enough problems dealing with Russia without having to be assaulted by that cacophony. The English are annoyingly polite and boring to the point of physical pain but at least they are f—ing quiet.”

Still, according to a poll conducted in Scotland, most people feel that after the Ukrainian fiasco, NATO doesn’t have much credibility left anyway, so why worry about being expelled from the organization? It might actually save the UK some embarrassment if they weren’t part of NATO.

And the best part, according to the Scots, of England leaving the UK? The UK’s most famous alumnus and the reason that anybody even knows the British Secret Service — Sir Sean Connery, who can’t stand the English, has promised that he will return to the big screen as super-spy James Bond as soon as the English depart the scene. According to his agent, the legendary thespian looks forward to many new daring adventures, and to reconnecting with his old flame Pussy Galore.

Long live the Queen!
Comedy – The Huffington Post
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Kristen Stewart Opts For Sequin Pants Instead Of A Gown At Cannes Film Festival

Kristen Stewart decided to try out a different kind of look for the premiere of “Clouds of Sils Maria” at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23.

The 24-year-old actress, who stars in the film alongside Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz, looked très chic in a Chanel couture two-piece jumpsuit, which she paired with nude heels. Stewart styled her orange locks in loose waves and rocked smokey eye makeup.

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“I dress really practically, so when I do red carpet things, I like to go extreme on the other side of it,” Stewart recently told PopSugar of her beauty routine. “I really like working with people who love what they do and are a bit more bold. If you’re going to do that job, it’s always more interesting to find artists and not people who just want to get it done. It can be fun to find different aspects of myself, since it’s not usually what I do.”
Style – The Huffington Post
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