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15 Facepalm Moments When Visiting Your Hometown For Thanksgiving (In GIFs!)

So, you’ve left the nest. Maybe you bailed on your suburban childhood home for college, or for life in a big city, or a town across the state. Maybe you have the occasional tendency to think you’re pretty hot shit because you’re off doing Big Exciting Things while everything back home seemingly stands still. Rest assured, however, that whatever impression you have of yourself as some above-it-all hip young thing will dissipate as soon as you, along with all the others who fled, descend upon your hometown. Celebrating the holidays back home is a mental time warp that keeps you seesawing between nostalgia and annoyance every few seconds until you finally leave town again. This insanity tends to arrive in stages as you sink deeper into the Thanksgiving fever dream. After the jump, a few universal facepalm moments that arise when you visit your hometown for Thanksgiving – in GIFs! Keep reading »

“50 Shades Of Grey” Starring Ellen Is A Dream Come True

Ellen
Suddenly This Movie Is A Thousand Times Sexier

Ellen made her very own trailer for “50 Shades Of Grey” starring none other than herself in the place of Dakota Johnson, and it is absolute perfection. Ellen regales Jamie Dornan (and the rest of us) with her special brand of dirty talk and smoldering eye contact. Now this is a movie I could get excited about. [Cosmopolitan]

City Makes Grinch-Style Demands To Replace “Charlie Brown” Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree
Treegate Triumphs

Residents of Reading, Pennsylvania were horrified when they first laid eyes on the droopy, sparse Christmas tree decorating their downtown square. They claimed it was reminiscent of “Charlie Brown” and a total bummer. To be fair, it is pretty fugly (and it’s topped with a giant pretzel of all things), though I try to remain under the idealistic impression that the holiday season is about more than appearances. After all, the spruce was a last-minute backup after crews from the city’s Downtown Improvement District were unable to cut down the tree they’d originally chosen. For an understudy, it sure is doing its best. That didn’t stop the debate from evolving into a citywide “controversy” that shook the community and ultimately, far corners of this great nation. Keep reading »

In Which Prince Harry & Geri Halliwell’s Awkward Hangout Makes My ’90s Dreams Come True

Ginger Spice (Geri Halliwell) and Prince Harry were just chilling at the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as you do when you’re a millionaire, when they were photographed hanging out.  The two of them giggling while Prince Harry makes semi-socially awkward hand gestures is effectively the sum of all my dreams circa 1998. Back then the Spice Girls were in full force and Harry was a teen and thus the dreamboat desire of all pop stars and their fans. They’re apparently childhood pals, so there were probably plenty of Kodak moments of the two of them in those days that I was unfortunate enough to miss. Maybe next time they’ll invite me. [UPI]

Claire: 10 Things I’m Thankful For This Year

Claire's List: 10 Things I'm Thankful For This Season

It’s almost Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to show some gratitude for the blessings in our lives. Rebecca shared hers yesterday, now here’s Claire…

Growing up, I thought Thanksgiving was such a snoozefest. No presents? It’s 20 degrees out? We’re all supposed to “ooh” and “ahh” over a dead roast bird? Even the sludge brown decorative color scheme of the holiday seemed like a letdown to my 7-year-old self compared to the bright greens and reds and blues of December. These days, flaws of Thanksgiving and its history aside (there are many), I’m really glad there’s a designated time of year to appreciate all the good stuff we’ve got going in our lives. Here are some things I’m thankful for this year! Keep reading »

Who Really Offers The Best Deals? Black Friday By The Numbers

Black Friday

I’m not a big proponent of Black Friday shopping. I really don’t think you should do it at all, unless it’s online or it’s the kind of casual shopping that means heading to the mall in the middle of the afternoon rather than camping outside Walmart at 4 a.m. Still, people are going to do what they want regardless of what I have to say about it, and more power to you! So let’s talk about how to have the most successful shopping trip possible. WalletHub and Accenture did a little research on who’ll be pulling out their credit cards this year and which retailers offer the best deals out there.

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