While the ball dropping in New York’s Times Square signifies the beginning of the new year for almost everyone in the country, at least those watching on TV, there are areas in the U.S. that have other traditions. Seems, there are other things that get dropped on New Year’s Eve to signal the beginning of a new year and some of them are way more interesting than a big crystal sphere.
Ice Cream Cake – Festivities in McVeytown, Pennsylvania culminate with the dropping of an ice cream cake. Along the same lines, instead of toasting the New Year with champagne, everyone eats a Baby Cake ice cream cake from a local shop.
PEEPS – Since it’s a family celebration in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the New Year is rung in at 5:15 PM with the dropping of an 85-pound PEEPS chick.
Mushroom – Also in Pennsylvania, a 500-pound sparkly mushroom is dropped over Kennett Square, the “Mushroom Capital of the World.”
Beach Ball – At Panama City Beach in Florida, the festivities start early with 10,000 inflatable beach balls dropped at 8 PM for the kids, followed by a giant LED-lit beach ball dropping from a 100-foot pole for the adults.
MoonPie – At Mobile, Alabama’s “MoonPie Over Mobile New Year’s Eve Celebration” a 600-pound, electric MoonPie drop, laser light show and fireworks ring in the New Year.
Guitar – On Beale St., in Memphis a 10-foot guitar will drop from 100 feet.
Watermelon – In Vincennes, Indiana the New Year is celebrated with the dropping of a eight-foot, 500-pound watermelon.
We all know that Taylor Swift is good to her fans and is more than charitable when it comes to causes, so it’s no surprise she tops DoSomething.org’s annual Celebs Gone Good list. In fact, Taylor has such a great reputation that this is the fourth year she’s landed at number one on the list (which has only been around for eight years).
Among Taylor’s acts of kindness in 2015, she donated $50,000 to a young fan battling leukemia and she gave another $50,000 to the nephew of one of her backup dancers who was battling cancer. She also donated 25,000 books to New York City classrooms.
Coming in second is Miley Cyrus, cited for her Happy Hippie Foundation, which sheds light on homeless and LGBTQ youth issues, with Beyoncé coming in third.
If you’re chin-deep in the world of online dating but you’re still having trouble getting a date, maybe it’s time to check out your profile again. Or if you’ve gone on lots of dates but don’t really click with any of them, it could be because of one of these common online dating profile mistakes.
You post bad pictures. We all want to find the photos we look the best in, no matter how old they might be. But throw one of those up on your dating profile and it can be a recipe for disaster. You want recent pictures that show what you look like today and use a mix of head and full body shots. Leave out the ones with your pets. Get a friend who will be honest with you to tell you what they think. Also think about what your photos convey and who you’re trying to attract.
Your “About Me” section is long and boring. Online dating is like a form of advertising where you’re the product! You don’t want your profile to sound like a refrigerator manual, so spice up the language and break up the long paragraphs. Simple is best here. Ask a friend to proofread and edit it for you. Check out profiles of your competition and take notes about what you like so you can present yourself the best way.
You include long, negative lists about what you don’t want in a partner. Negative energy attracts negative energy. Don’t waste time ranting about what you DON’T want your future love to be like. You don’t want to come across as critical and negative, so quit trying to avoid meeting people you THINK you won’t like. Just show your inviting side and when you get a ton of responses, then you can start thinking about who’s a good match for you and who’s not.
You mention your exes. When you’re a healthy, well-adjusted person, you want to meet other healthy, well adjusted people. If your profile mentions anything that starts like “I’ve been hurt BADLY and I’m trying to avoid jerks who…,” you probably need to take a minute to deal with your heartbreak. Then you’ll be ready to attract healthy potential mates.
You lie or stretch the truth. NEVER ever invent details or stretch the truth in your profile! You might think you seem more appealing if you up the number of gym visits you make from zero to four a week, but when you meet someone in person, they’ll figure out you weren’t telling the truth. AWKWARD! You never want to make a potential mate feel like you were trying to trick them. You don’t have to go too far the other way and list your flaws or anything, just be honest. Again, a friend can really help you out here. If they gag when reading it, it’ll probably turn off a potential mate as well. Good luck out there, ladies!
We’re not sure that congratulations are in order for Johnny Depp, but Forbes just named him Hollywood’s most overpaid actor. His star turns in both “Mortdecai” and “Transcendence” didn’t bring any extra dollars for the films in spite of the big payday he enjoyed.
The magazine said that for every dollar Depp made, the movies only made about a dollar and twenty cents. That put him just ahead of Denzel Washington, whose movies made about $6-50 for every dollar he made.
Here’s look at Forbes top ten “most overpaid” actors in Hollywood.
Emma Buttarazzi spoils her little one. It just so happens that the little one in her life is a Prince, a Chinese crested dog. 24-year-old Emma has copped to spending over $7,400 on Christmas presents for her pup.
The number might seem impossible, but when one of the gifts is a $3,000 Swarovski crystal and pearl-encrusted throne, it all adds up pretty quickly. Emma’s fiancé, James Powdrill, is equally as likely to spoil the dog. “James is as bad as me in spoiling Prince rotten. Sometimes he’s worse,” Buttarazziexplained. “We both tuck him in at night. Prince has a jewel-encrusted bed at the foot of ours, but sometimes creeps up for a cuddle.” The proud pooch mama goes on to say that like his namesake, Prince “likes the finer things in life” and that she enjoys spoiling him, adding, “He really is my little Prince.”
Check out some of the gifts under the tree for Prince:
Customised Duck Egg Blue throne encrusted with pearls and Swarovski crystals $3,000
Customised memory foam mattress with matching pillows $300
Three custom tuxedos $1,230
Other new clothes including a Santa suit $300
Imported Italian crystal encrusted bowl $150
Two crystal encrusted leashes $300
Swarovski encrusted harness $370
Treats including herbal tea, coconut oil, coconut chips, fruit crunch and “dindins” superfood $100
The year 2015 was full of fun, feuds, and pretty phenomenal transformations. The year was colorful, exciting, and unfortunately, sometimes even very sad. Regardless, we wanted to know more about the moments of 2015 that no one could stop talking about, so of course we Googled them. Here are the top 10 Google searches of this year.
· “Straight Outta Compton” – The biographical film about the iconic group NWA, which was released in August.
· Fallout 4 – In November, the Fallout 4 video game was released.
· Chris Kyle – Chris Kyle, who died in 2013, was a Navy SEAL who wrote an autobiography titled “American Sniper.” The book was turned into the 2014 film, directed by Clint Eastwood.
· Agar.io – This mobile and computer game was released in April and quickly became one of the most popular games on the Internet.
· Paris – In January and November of this year, Paris, France, was the site of terrorist attacks.
· Ronda Rousey – The formerly undefeated Ultimate Fighting Championship champion lost her first match to underdog Holly Holm in November.
· Caitlyn Jenner – This year, Caitlyn Jenner came out as a transgender woman. When she joined Twitter in June, she had more than 1 million followers within four hours.
· “American Sniper” – The aforementioned film starring Bradley Cooper was released in December 2014 and remained the topic of much chatter into 2015.
· “Jurassic World” – In June, “Jurassic World” was released as the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series.
· Lamar Odom – The former NBA star was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel in October and was brought to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment. He’s currently being treated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Whether it’s donuts, cupcakes, or kale, there’s no escaping food trends when they start taking off. All of a sudden everyone is eating something you probably never heard of. So what should you expect to be the big trends for 2016? Well, thanks to some new research conducted by the Food Channel and CultureWaves we now know what to expect on our menus and in our fridge and pantries in the coming year.
Among the trends:
Clean Label – Expect a lot more of your food to be free from preservatives, artificial flavors, antibiotics, and other potential allergens.
No Tipping – Fancy restaurants in New York and even Joe’s Crab Shack have gone with a no tipping policy which many believe will lead to similar “hospitality included” policies around the country.
Tangy: the newest flavor palate- More chefs will be going with stronger flavors that pack a punch.
The New Vegan – Vegan eaters won’t be limiting themselves to vegan restaurants and will start trying to find ways to accommodate their diet at fast food locations
Searching for Super – Lots of folks will be on an focused quest for the next superfood with lots of new foods being introduced and eliminated if they don’t stick fast
Cultural Diets – In searching for the perfect diet folks will embrace their own culture to find what’s best for their health from their genetics and body type.
Decadent Desserts – Forget yogurt and fresh fruit, desserts will be decidedly more decadent in 2016 with restaurants trying to one up each other.
Coffee Flavor and Flair – Flavored coffees are out next year, but the hot thing will be things coffee flavored like candies, beer and more.
Food Entertainment – Expect food to be a factor on more then just food channels. America’s love of food will be showing up in mainstream TV and movies and even in merchandising.
Ricky Gervais is returning to host the 2016 Golden Globes, which will take place on January 10. Denzel Washington will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Who else might be taking home a trophy? Check out the full list of nominees below, and tell us who you’re rooting for!
MOVIES Best Motion Picture – Drama
Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Will Smith, Concussion
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Motion Picture – Comedy
The Big Short
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Steve Carrell, The Big Short
Matt Damon, The Martian
Al Pacino, Danny Collins
Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear
Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Actress
Jennifer Lawernce, Joy
Melissa McCarthy, Spy
Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Maggie Smith, The Lady In The Van
Lily Tomlin, Grandma
Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy Actor
Paul Dano, Love and Mercy
Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Michael Shannon, 99 Homes
Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy Actress
Jane Fonda, Youth
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Helen Mirren, Trumbo
Alicia Virkander, Ex Machina
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian
The Big Short
The Hateful Eight
Best Original Score
The Danish Girl
The Hateful Eight
Best Original Song
“Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey
“One Kind Of Love,” One Kind Of Love
“See You Again,” Furious 7
“Simple Song #3,” Youth
“Writing’s On The Wall,” Spectre
Best Animated Feature Film
The Good Dionosaur
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep
Best Foreign Language Film
The Brand New Testament
Son of Saul
TELEVISION Best Series – Drama
“Game of Thrones”
Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama Actor
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Wagner Moura, “Narcos”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Sault”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama Actress
Catriona Belfe, “Outlander”
Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder”
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Best Series – Comedy
“Mozart In the Jungle”
“Orange Is the New Black”
Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Actor
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Rob Lowe, “The Grinder”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Patrick Stewart, “Blunt Talk”
Gael García Bernal, “Mozart in the Jungle”
Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Actress
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Lewis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Scream Queens”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane The Virgin”
Lily Tomlin, “Grace & Frankie”
Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film – Actor
Iris Elba, “Luther”
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
David Oyelowo, “Nightingale”
Mark Rylance, “Wolf Hall”
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”
Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film – Actress
Lady Gaga, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Queen Latifah, “Bessie”
Sarah Hay, “Flesh & Bone”
Felicity Huffman, “American Crime”
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”
Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film – Actor
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Damian Lewis, “Wolf Hall”
Ben Mendelsohn, “Bloodline”
Tobias Menzes, “Outlander”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”
Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film – Actress
Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is The New Black”
Joanne Froggat, “Downton Abbey”
Regina King, “American Crime”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Best Miniseries or Television Film
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
“Flesh and Bone”