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Kristen Bell Loves NPR And “The Big Lebowski” Just Like The Rest Of Us!

Kristen Bell has awesome taste, though I think we all knew that already somewhere in our heart of hearts. In gearing up for the release of the “Veronica Mars” film, which I am oh so excited for, Kristen spoke with New York magazine about what inspires and influences her. She had some wise words to share about some of the finer things in life.

On “This American Life”:

Ira Glass proves that you don’t have to unroll the most salacious details immediately—as so much modern journalism does—or beg for your audience to listen. You can slowly captivate them.

Also, his voice is incredibly sexy, but that’s neither here nor there. Keep reading »

Celebrity Selfies Are So Much Better With Puppies In Them

Frivolous celeb selfies might actually do some good in the world, if Dallas Pets Alive (DPA) has anything to say about it. The nonprofit aims to make no-kill shelters the norm in Dallas, TX, and to find homes for rescue dogs. Their oh-so-brilliant marketing geniuses have gotten into the habit of #muttbombing, or reposting celebs’ selfies (and normal folks’ pictures too!) on their Instagram account with a shelter dog photoshopped in. So far, stars like Kim Kardashian, Jimmy Fallon, and Miley Cyrus have been featured, and their Instagrams are that much better for it. Besides being hilarious, the project is also effective — about half of the dogs featured in the first few days of the campaign have been adopted. I’m rooting for a “Real Housewives” #muttbomb next! Check out more photos at the links! [Huffington PostCultureMapDallas Pets Alive]

13 Things I Would Like To Shout At Carrie Bradshaw While Shaking Her By The Shoulders

Rumors of a third “Sex and the City” movie are in the works, and I’ll be honest, I’m a little excited. I didn’t love the second movie (did anyone?), but I love the series. Like so many viewers, I feel like I know those characters and that they just get me — minus the show’s leading lady.

Carrie Bradshaw is a nightmare. She’s the worst example of a female role model I could ever think of, and an awful representation of single life in general. My fury at Carrie has gotten so bad that I find myself shouting at my screen when watching the show. I wish, more than anything, that I could shake her by the shoulders and ask how on earth she could be so clueless. Here are some things I wish I could scream at Carrie (besides “BE NICE TO AIDAN!” because that would fill hundreds of pages all on its own) — with accompanying GIFs of Carrie being annoying, naturally. Keep reading »

Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus & Michelle Knight Received Courage Awards For Their Bravery

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  • The three women who were freed after a decade-long ordeal as captives in a Cleveland home received the Ohio Governor John Kasich’s annual courage awards last night during his “State of the State” speech. During the ceremony, the crowd gave Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight a two-minute standing ovation. Gov. Kasich praised their “story of three women who found an inner strength and a courage that brought them through and sustained them…No one rescued them, they rescued themselves—first by staying strong and by sticking together, and then by literally breaking out into freedom.” It was their first public appearance together since their escape. [ABC News, NBC News]
  • Emails reveal that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reveal that he reportedly had a doctor fired from a Milwaukee medical center because she had modeled bikinis in the past. [Slate Keep reading »

The Science Behind Our Sriracha Obsession

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Unpopular opinion: I don’t like Sriracha. Spicy things are just not my jam. That said, I can respect the fine art that is a quality hot sauce, and it’s clear that nothing satisfies quite like Sriracha does. The American Chemical Society (yes, that’s a thing) agrees and created this nifty little video breaking down the science that goes into making this beloved condiment so awesome. Hint: the burn of the sauce releases endorphins and creates a delicious dance of pain and pleasure in your mouth. (Hey, get your mind out of the gutter) The scientists in the video explain the technicalities of it in much more detail, so check it out while I give sriracha one more shot at winning over my taste buds. [USA Today]

In Case You Were Wondering, Pit Bulls Look Adorable In A Photo Booth

Meet Bumper and Willis, two rescue pit bulls, take nicely to photo booths. When they sat in from of photographer Lynn Terry’s camera, they knew exactly how to pose.

Bumper, the pup on the right, “came from a not-so-great area of St. Louis,” and a “gentleman tried to fight her … [but s]he wouldn’t engage,” according to owners Jason and Kelly Garrison, who found her at a local pit bull rescue. Willis, her companion in the photo, joined the Garrison family as a foster pet, but soon became a permanent member of the home. Willis’ mother was pregnant with him when she was rescued from a 500-dog fighting ring in 2009, and he was born about two weeks later. Keep reading »

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