Stories for June 2009

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Tuesday, June 30

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TMI Parents

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What happens when poopy obsessed parents get on Facebook? Your biological clock screeches to a halt.

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'I Will Survive': Don't make a fool of yourself when singing in public

Music experts weigh in on how to avoid unflattering spotlight

Denise Richards recently became the latest celebrity to fall flat when singing in public. In her case, it was "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" at Wrigley Field. Here is expert advice to avoid similar mistakes in your own life.

Monday, June 29

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Reignited

The Gaslight Tavern re-opens for business, bourbon, and bluegrass

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Do Not Touch This Girl's Dumplings...EVER

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Sibling rivalry goes nuclear in a freak out over Chinese food.

Sunday, June 28

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Bulldog Freaks Out

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A bulldog gets a new kiddie pool and does what bulldogs do best...act ridiculous.

Poet's showcase

‘A Stranger In My Garden,’ by Betty Laird

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State of poetry: Poet laureate position moves from one Lawrence writer to another

“Are you packed to move out of the poet mansion?” Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg asks.

Behind the lens: Take your best Fourth of July photos

The Fourth of July is this Saturday, so I want to provide a few tips on shooting fireworks displays.

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Free State grad named 2008-2009 ArtStar

For someone whose primary medium is 2-D visual art, Hannah Lodwick sure did a lot in the world of music this year.

Saturday, June 27

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Celebrity Dwarves

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What if Paris Hilton and Daniel Craig were little people? Take it away, Photoshop!

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On Deck, with Joanne Bjorge

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

Kings of Leon, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Ray LaMontagne, and Peter Bjorn & John

Friday, June 26

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Michael Jackson, Just the Weird Bits

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Might as well jump on the tribute bandwagon, but we'll focus instead on the man's life of lunacy. Here are clips of "Captain EO," "The Wiz," "Moonwalker," and some disturbing commercials he'd probably rather have taken to the grave.

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Hot Tamales

St. John’s Fiesta continues tradition of food and family fun…but mostly food

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Net Worth: Literal videos find fresh way to lampoon MTV classics

They say your entertainment preferences are forever shaped by the decade in which you went to high school.

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Metal of honor: Cinematic success of ‘Anvil!’ frees veteran rock band from obscurity

Steve “Lips” Kudlow believes, “The way you really prove yourself in heavy metal is by staying around.”

Thursday, June 25

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This Is Why You're Fat

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Why are we all dying of diabetes and heart disease? This Is Why You're Fat counts the ways.

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Miss Allison

Songwriter brings her old-country charms to local stages

There’s something enviable about Allison Olassa’s folksy lifestyle. She plays a sort of timeless music that’s as free and loose as Gillian Welch, and she pays the bills by cleaning houses (with all-natural products, of course)...

Wednesday, June 24

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Red Faction: Guerrilla (360)

I was excited about this title when I played the demo, and that excitement endured through the first few hours of the final retail game. Unfortunately, it didn't take terribly long to find out that Red Faction: Guerrilla is a bit of a one-trick pony.

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Trailer Park

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Double stuft edition, featuring new trailers for "G.I. Joe," "The Last Airbender," "Dead Snow," "Ponyo," and "Inglorious Basterds."

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Style Scout: Hannah and Annabelle Hurst

Sewer and Pre-schooler

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Style Scout: Jonah Gray

Toddler and multi-instrumentalist

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Market to market: Exchange program brings Japanese farmers to Lawrence

By definition, foods labeled “organic” should be similar in certain ways — as in foods produced without conventional pesticides, antibiotics and chemicals, among other criteria.

Tuesday, June 23

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Epic World of Warcraft Meltdown

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Hell hath no fury like an MMORPG gamer scorned.

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Noteworthy translation: Lawrence-based festival celebrates diversity of Spanish-language music

The phrase “Spanish art music” is not exactly the easiest concept to market in the Midwest.

Monday, June 22

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The Kush

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A product to keep breasts separate. End boob segregation now!

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Hot dog vendor enhances downtown flavor

Sun Dog customers relish unique sidewalk dining option

On this morning, at least, the corner of Ninth and Mass. seemed to be a magnet for simplicity.

Sunday, June 21

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On Deck, with Courtney Ryan

Wherein we listen to what Lawrence's movers and shakers are moving and shaking to

Fever Ray, Beach Boys, Brian Eno, The Supremes, and Archers of Loaf.

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Dr. Breeze

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For your super patriot of a dad on Father's Day, here's a bald guy that just wants to let freedom ring.

Ad Astra Poetry Project: Rodriguez explores animal identities

inda Rodriguez was born in Fowler, graduated from Manhattan High School and attended Kansas State University before dropping out to hitchhike to Haight Ashbury in the ’60s.

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The band plays on: Diverse group of musicians returns to perform for another summer of Lawrence entertainment

High school teachers. Attorneys. College professors. Computer experts. Former Army members. Photographers. Professional musicians.

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Local movement, global foods: Exchange program with Japanese reveals new techniques in organic gardening

The most important thing I learned in Saitama, Japan, is that despite the history that got us here, the cultural differences and a minor language barrier, small-scale farmers across the globe can learn a lot from one another.

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Behind the Lens: Knowledge of different perspectives helps composition of photographs

In my continuing series on visual devices for photography, we’ll look at linear perspective this week.

Saturday, June 20

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Bound Up, with Jaymie Maus

A celebration of the anachronistic tradition of erudition

A whole lotta Robert Anton Wilson.

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Barack the Entertainer

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Barack Obama lays down some more presidential snaps.

Friday, June 19

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Hardware Review: Nintendo DSi

The DSi may not have the initial "Wow, this is so much better" feeling gamers had when they first held the DS Lite, but overall it's a natural and welcome evolution of the portable.

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Former Lawrence.com writer earns top honors at E3

Matt Cox left Lawrence.com in 2006 to pursue a career in game development, and three short years later, his game is the talk of E3. He's the lead designer on Scribblenauts, an innovative new title for the DS that will be released this fall. Now that the dust has settled on E3, many of the top gaming websites have named it the top game of the show.

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Requiem for a Keyboard Cat

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A fitting farewell to our feline friend, complete with Hall & Oates, PCP, and Helen Hunt.

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Style Scout: Deb Rake

Wink eyewear, optical stylist

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Tower of power: ‘Freedom Rings’ sculpture celebrates legacy of Wakarusa communities, Underground Railroad

Although many of the original Wakarusa River Valley communities are now permanently buried under Clinton Lake, they will soon benefit from a monument perched high in the sky.

Thursday, June 18

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PS22 Chorus

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Talented group of kids singing terrible songs. Melts cynicism like it's a polar ice cap.

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Style Scout: Tim Gillesse, a.k.a. Timbabwe

Renaissance Technocrat/Quantum Cosmologist

Wednesday, June 17

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Pug Fight!

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The world's cutest dogs in the world's most vicious blood sport. When he watches this, Michael Vick can't decide whether to laugh or be concerned he's violating his probation.

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Smoke signals: Firefighter puts her knowledge to use in barbecue business

Karen Glotzbach’s life is literally up in smoke.

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Mass. St. metamorphosis: Looking at Downtown Lawrence's ever-changing face

‘This used to be where everybody got everything’

It’s 5 p.m. on a Wednesday, nearly closing time for Rod Ernst. He sits in his hardware shop near the putty knives, arms folded. Not too long ago, tool shops dominated downtown, he says. “Used to be one on every corner,” he says, rocking in his chair. “They’re all gone.”

Tuesday, June 16

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Return of the Idol

American Idol winner David Cook comes home to Kansas City

How exactly do you move on with life after winning “American Idol”? It’s a question this Blue Springs boy is still grappling with more than a year after his victory on the reality television behemoth in 2008...

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Irie All the Time

The Irietions mellow out Lawrence with 4:20-friendly reggae

The Irietions stop by to share some new tunes and their thoughts on legalization, local reggae, and gettin' the hell outta Dodge (City).

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Texts From Last Night

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Texts best forgotten, generally from when you were plastered, on display for the whole internet.

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Home of their own: Lawrence teens build confidence amid rehearsing theater production

Ever wonder what it would be like to see Lawrence through the eyes of someone else?

Monday, June 15

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Beer From A Coffee Maker

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Science + Desperation=Vegemite Beer Brewed In A Mr. Coffee

Sunday, June 14

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The Comfort Wipe

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Yes, this is real. And, yes, this is a sad commentary on our nation's obesity epidemic.

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Tubers, with Chelsea Chaffin

Wherein local TV connoisseurs intimate what keeps them on their couches.

"Lost," "The Office," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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Kathy Lee vs. Richard Simmons

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A crazy-off between the anti-Hoda and whatever the hell Richard Simmons is!

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Behind the Lens: Fancy camera isn’t always necessary

This week I’ll make a detour from exploring visual devices to reiterate a point about photography in general.

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BK Lounge: Senior group turns local Burger King in a weekly honky-tonk joint

Marge Rocker can’t sit still any longer.

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Ties that bind: Longtime tradition takes a fashion hit

Most of the neckties in Brad Finkeldei’s closet are getting pretty lonely. He has about 50, but he’s only worn about 10 of them in the past year.

Saturday, June 13

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Save & Splurge: Amy Connoly

"My cheesy advice to get through these tough economic times is to just be content with what you have."

Friday, June 12

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Trailer Park

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Another roundup of the latest movie trailers, minus the mysterious stains and horrible nachos of the theater. Behold fancy commercials for "Shutter Island," "9," "Toy Story 3," and "District 9"!

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Infamous (PS3)

Infamous is a game that does almost everything right. It's one of the best sandbox action games ever made, and belongs in every PS3 owner's library.

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Rate of exchange: Lawrence community shares arts and entertainment with German sister city

Carolyn Young was making the arduous drive back to Kansas from Colorado, and she was not happy about it.

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Net Worth: Networking zombies need dose of unconnected living

Last year I wrote about purging myself from the rash of social networking sites.

Free State Studios short earns Emmy nomination

“Now That You’re Dead,” a Free State Studios/SenoReality short film, is nominated for a regional Emmy in the Arts/Entertainment Program category.

Thursday, June 11

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Funny Exam Answers

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Smart asses taking tests. Extra credit for lewd doodles!

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Blue Genes

Brody Buster has the blues in his blood, but that doesn’t mean he has to play it

Most kids would kill for the kind of whirlwind notoriety Brody Buster experienced between the ages of 8 and 12. From Beale Street to Jay Leno to befriending B.B. King, Buster lived the dream before he was old enough to know it...

Wednesday, June 10

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Klonoa (Wii)

Fans of the original that are looking for new content might be slightly disappointed, because it's the same game with an extensive visual makeover. Gameplay is the same as it was over ten years ago, but everything is smoother and more vivid than ever.

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Lamebook. Like Facebook, but winnowed down to just the embarrassing status updates.

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Street Theater

Downtown Film Festival returns with more outdoor summer cinema

The abandoned lot at Ninth and New Hampshire streets, normally overrun with weeds and ultimate Frisbee players, will soon be filled with people in lawn chairs eating popcorn...

Tuesday, June 9

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To help you weather the storm, here's the Katie Horner Drinking Game!

Monday, June 8

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Childhood friends plan ultimate road trip: Europe to Mongolia in a tiny, tiny car

2 men, 25 countries, 10,000 miles, 1 tiny car

After earning his degree from Kansas University in May, Lawrence native Andrew Schmidt wasn’t ready to join his fellow graduates in sending out résumés to potential employers.

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Style Scout: Abby Woody

Toyologist at the Toy Store

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Style Scout: Zac Bennett

Professional swing dancer

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New website counts the ways in which your ex sucks.

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Tempered spirits: It’s five o’clock somewhere, but has the party moved on?

“It’s five o’clock somewhere!” That’s the rallying cry for the time-honored tradition called happy hour, a ritual in which colleagues, friends or perfect strangers convene after work at a local pub or restaurant to relax over their favorite libations.

Sunday, June 7

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Cute Fight: Baby Battle Royale! In one corner, a wee beaver. In the other corner, an infant anteater. Keep it clean, you couple of babies.

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Behind the Lens: Juxtaposition can make a photograph

I was driving through Lecompton looking for a feature photograph when I spotted a woman mowing her yard.

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The art of fundraising: Local agencies feel recession’s pinch

Lynne Green knows she could be a lot worse off.

Ad Astra Poetry Project: Jazz music influences poet

Kevin Rabas grew up in Shawnee.

Saturday, June 6

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In honor of Mike Tyson's cameo in "The Hangover," I present to you the Cadbury Gorilla.

Friday, June 5

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Lawrence.com at E3 - Final Thoughts

After a nonstop week of gaming, I'm back in the Midwest with a substantial taste of things to come in the gaming industry. Everything about this year's E3 Expo was bigger and better than last year's underwhelming experience.

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Failure to communicate

Painter Molly Murphy explores the inversion of privacy in our information age

With her new show, artist Molly Murphy is hoping to pull your eyes out of the Twitterverse long enough to put them on some real world paintings...

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Patrick Duffy and a crab discuss Facebook, eating pennies, and a Courtney Cox sandwich.

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The ink crowd: Tattooists reveal their skills on traditional canvas at Ichiban art show

When Martin Del Camino isn’t busy tattooing ink on a paying customer, he’s usually painting.

Thursday, June 4

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"Star Wars" recut to theme songs from '80s TV. And you thought "MacGyver" couldn't get any cooler...

Wednesday, June 3

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Lawrence.com at E3 2009

It's that time of year again, when gaming journalists, game developers, and a whole host of eccentrics descend on the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3. Unlike the snoozefests of the last two years, E3 has returned to the bright lights and huge booths of the past.

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Local artist dismayed by national D-Day memorial's financial woes

Closure of memorial ‘will make it look like we didn’t care’

Lawrence-area sculptor Jim Brothers has a significant amount of time and energy invested in the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. Brothers has worked on more than a dozen sculptures at the memorial honoring the 1944 invasion of Normandy, France, by Allied Forces in World War II.

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Because it's blowin' all up in the Twitter-scape, and because it's kind of funny to see a Jonas Brother in drag, here's Joe Jonas performing "Single Ladies."

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L.A. woman

Lawrence native Lisa Donnelly perfects her music ‘Thing’ in Hollywood

Having moved to the West Coast in 2002 as a 22-year-old aspiring singer, Donnelly is finally seeing the toils of her battle against the L.A. music machine paying off...

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Style Scout: Brock Potucek

I'm really liking the Madchester look, as well as the 90210/Blossom trend.

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Style Scout: Alix Stephan

Designer of the Crab Cakes clothing line

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The surprise wedding reception and an impromptu routine from "Sound of Music." Performance art that doesn't make you die inside.

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Raw recruits: Benefits abound from natural dietary lifestyle

Take a peak in Anne Moore’s shopping cart, and you might swear she’d taken it down the aisles of a pick-your-own farm rather than her regular haunt, the Community Mercantile.

Tuesday, June 2

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A baby rhino. Cute? Yes. Weird? Also yes. Midget in a costume? Unknown.

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The video for '80s standard "Total Eclipse of the Heart" remade with play-by-play lyrics. "Spin around, ninjas!"

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Conan O'Brien debuts on "The Tonight Show"...but mostly Pearl Jam.

Monday, June 1

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It's a cute-off between baby otters and a couch diving kitten! Who wins? Everyone, that's who.

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OMG!!! "TWILIGHT: NEW MOON" TRAILER!!!! PUPPYKITTENPONYVAMPIRETWITTER!!!!! ;P

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Bruno meets Eminem. It does not go well.