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Watch: Hilarious 88-Year Old Woman Creates Ellen’s Favorite Show Moment

Gladys Hardy of Austin, Texas is a dedicated watcher of “Ellen.” She loves the show. In fact, she loves it so much that she called the show’s hotline to insist that Ellen move the spiked plant situated behind her chair due to its distracting nature when Ellen’s face lined up right in front of it. What a caring and observational viewer, right?

Since Gladys was so gracious with her advice Ellen decided to call her back and ask for more suggestions to help improve the show – and Gladys was only so glad to help! Watch as this endearing woman complains about the local news and tells the hilarious story of the first time she was on television.

We don’t blame you at all for drinking a little bit Gladys – have some fun! We think it’s a shame that traveling is too bothersome for you to come to the show though (those liquid restrictions are instense). We would have loved to see you on air, but thank you for giving us a reason to smile about over the phone!

What did you think of Gladys’s advice and conversation? Let us know your favorite Ellen moments in the comments below!

Let’s Take a Moment to Laugh At the Ridiculous Competitive Yoga Chick Phenomenon

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A few months ago, one of my oldest friends, Alex (we’ve been friends since age 13), set me up on a friend date with Toni Nagy, the bold and bright voice behind the Toni Balogna blog.

We met for tea and a hot yoga class at my old stomping grounds of the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. Ten-minutes underway, I realized Toni mentioned she wasn’t accustomed to heated yoga and was likely melting on the mat next to me. It was absurdly hot, even for me, someone who previously spent upwards of 6-hours a day teaching and practicing in the same soupy environment (sort of like the weather in Boston today). I was bombing on our first date. Toni probably hates me, I thought.

That’s my version. Here’s hers, for the she said/she said perspective.

To make matters worse, I had returned from Asia the day before, so life during this period of jet lag (and for the following near two weeks it took to recover) is a bit foggy. From what I can recall, Toni and I hit it off at tea. I’d even say there were friend fireworks. She made it through yoga, possibly enjoying it– at least the part when it was over, and she was still alive. We parted ways with the familiarity of two people who gainfully assume: I love our friend Alex. You love our friend Alex. We shall love each other as friends!

And what do you do with people you love? You make crazy Internet videos with them.  

For our first blog buddy collaboration, I sharpened my acting chops as– wait for it– a yoga teacher! The subject matter hits close to home, too. It’s called Competitive Yoga Chick, referencing a familiar breed of yogi that Toni brings to light in a very funny way. We all know this yogi or have behaved like this yogi (in our less enlightened days, naturally…), and I think the video does a great job of parodying the temptation to develop a “more than you” mentality through yoga.

Take a peek, and please share your laughable or lovable competitive yogi moments, especially if you have an all out I-AM-SO-MUCH-MORE-SPIRITUAL-THAN-YOU tirade like the talented Bridget Barkan, who plays our over-the-top Competitive Yoga Chick. Alex also makes an appearance. She’s the blonde with nice alignment in Warrior I.

To close, I’d just like to reiterate that I was acting, and if anyone tried this crap in a real class, I’d have to regulate. Check out Toni’s blog for Elephant Journal on being a recovering competitive yoga chick. It’s so good, you’ll want to go on a friend date with her, too. But, remember, I was friends with her first.

 

Originally published on my blog, Om Gal

What Musical Era Would You Go Back To? Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” Through the Decades!

The honest truth: When we first heard Daft Punk’s recent hit, “Get Lucky,” we thought it was a 1970s disco song. If you don’t immediately recognize Pharrell’s voice on the track, you might be equally confused! The song certainly harkens back to the dizzy days of disco, which makes it so perfectly suited to accompany an episode of “Soul Train,” as you may have seen on May 30’s Thursday Morning Melody.

Drawing on the syncretic nature of this tune, YouTuber PV NOVA created a “Get Lucky” remix that offers his take on how the song would have sounded in each decade since the 1920s. It’s pretty jarring to hear how on-point his interpretation is – and how closely the 70s version matches the original! Based on PV NOVA’s guide, we’d say 70s wins for similarity, 80s wins for dance-ability, and we’ll give the 20s some cool-cat points, too.

Obviously as the years go on the music gets more produced and more electronic. By the time we get to PV NOVA’s projected 2020s, the vocals are all but gone. Is this a progression we can get behind?

What’s your favorite musical decade?

The Most Unique and Hilarious Graduation Speech You’ll Ever Hear

Who would have thought President Obama had such a witty and irreverent speechwriter?

Far from your typical political rhetorician, former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett is also far from the rote, uplifting commencement speaker most colleges opt for. This year’s graduating class at Pitzer College got a taste of real talk, mixed with testy humor, inspiring personal anecdotes, and even a few curse words just to keep it real.

Did Lovett leave anything out that you think college graduates need to hear? What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone right now who is graduating from higher education?

Rescuing Amanda Berry: 3 Versions of Charles Ramsey’s Amazing Interview

Every now and then, miracles happen. People recover from debilitating illnesses; communities rebuild after disasters; relationships repair after huge rifts. This week, the country witnessed another kind of miracle, one few would dare to dream of. Amanda Berry and two other women who went missing almost a decade ago were rescued and safely returned to their families. Berry was just 17 when she was kidnapped and held captive, allegedly by three brothers in the Cleveland area. Now a 27-year-old woman, Berry returned to her family this morning along with her 6-year-old daughter, born in captivity.

As if that weren’t enough for today’s dose of inspiration, another intriguing facet of this story is the unlikely hero who reportedly discovered the women. Charles Ramsey is a neighbor of the men who are believed to have kept Berry and the other women captive for nearly 10 years, and he said he never would have suspected that such a crime was being committed so close by. On top of that, another neighbor, Angel Cordero, claims that he was the real savior, and that Ramsey only appeared on the scene later. Either way, this is a remarkable story and one that, regardless of the details, certainly has a happy ending.

Charles Ramsey’s interview with Cleveland’s local ABC news outlet has gone viral on YouTube, and out of this has blossomed an entire series of spinoff videos. These should in no way make light of the amazing power behind the original, but we can’t help but celebrate the amazing creativity people never cease to display on YouTube and elsewhere. Here are three versions of Ramsey’s interview: the original and two re-makes. Let us know which one you like best!

Here’s to Amanda Berry, the other women released from captivity, and their rescuers, whomever they may be!

6 Hilarious Reactions to Westboro Baptist Church’s Protest Against Jason Collins

NBA star Jason Collins rocked the sports world this week when he publicly announced his homosexuality, making him the first active athlete in the four US professional sports to “come out.” Many have voiced support for Collins on Twitter and other social media sites, including Kobe Bryant:

Proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others.

Michelle Obama:

So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! —mo

Steve Nash:

The time has come. Maximum respect. RT @Baron_Davis: I am so proud of my bro @jasoncollins34 for being real. …

Bill Clinton:

I’m proud to call Jason Collins a friend.

And many others. One group that isn’t pleased with the news is, surprise surprise, Westboro Baptist Church. Always eager for an opportunity to make some anti-gay noise, congregation members took to the streets with signs and shouts of eternal damnation. But no demonstration is complete without a witty and irreverent counter-protest! Here are 6 of the best scenes captured from these twin protests:

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Sex, Cosmo, and Karl Marx (5 Hilarious Mash-ups)

Kim-Kardashian-Cosmopolitan-Magazine-August-2011-IssueYou may know the magazine Cosmopolitan as a titillating and dare-we-say trashy indulgence – a women’s magazine dedicating to sex, beauty, and celebrity fashion. Because that’s all women care about, right? Regardless of how enthusiastic or critical you may feel for the publication, there are some aspects of its history that might surprise you:

1. It was first published in 1886.

2. It began as a family magazine, with articles on household concerns, childcare, and recipes.

3. After some time it transitioned into more of a literary magazine, publishing works by writers like Upton Sinclair, Kurt Vonnegut, Willa Cather, and H. G. Wells.

4. In the 1960’s, Helen Gurley Brown took over as editor and began running covers and articles that reflected the sexual liberation movement of the time.

5. Cosmopolitan is published in over 30 languages and is distributed in more than 100 countries, which (perhaps surprisingly) includes places like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Mongolia, Latvia, Turkey, Serbia, Colombia, India, and more.

To feature some of Cosmo‘s diverse influences and past lives, one clever Tumblr user created the mash-up Cosmarxpolitan (in reference to the philosopher and cultural theorist, Karl Marx.) These fake magazine covers display famous philosophers’ faces superimposed on studly male bodies, with article titles like, “Sex Tips so divine, he’ll call you the opiate of his masses,” “The Asiatic mode of production and your butt,” and “How to Smash Capitalism (while you work out!)”

These intelligent, light-hearted mash-ups are meant to be humorous, but they also call into question the ways in which we consume popular culture. Is sex all that sells? Without disrespecting the sexual revolution and all that our society gained as a result, what if Cosmo reunited with its literary past and gave their audience something to think about beyond the next orgasm? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

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News Anchors Burst into Laughter After Ryan Lochte Interview – Funny!

It’s nice to see professionals let loose every once in a while – especially news anchors who are usually so measured and contained. After a recent interview with Olympic-athlete-turned-reality-star Ryan Lochte, this Philadelphia news crew broke into uproarious laughter, proving that no amount of discipline can train away a sense of humor.

It may seem a bit cruel to have a laugh at Lochte’s expense, but it’s all in good faith. Between laughs, one of the anchors even says, “He’s so cute!” Take a look and let us know what you think: mean or just fun?

Lochte’s reality show, “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” will be premiering soon on E! which is why the swimmer has received considerable coverage of late. The show is expected to be fairly bland, even perhaps to flop, but who knows? Maybe Lochte will surprise us! Until then, here are the five best quotes from the pilot episode:

1. “I’ve talked in front of … like… a lot of big business people about stuff I didn’t even know.”

2. “The key to the Lochte haircut is being fresh and looking up-to-date.”

3. “These are my shoes that I designed from top to the very sole to the very top to the bottom. Laces.”

4. “One of my favorite movies: What Women Want.”

5. “The key to the Lochte haircut is being fresh and looking up-to-date.”

Not a fan of Ryan Lochte? What celebrity would you like to see with their very own reality t.v. show?

“Dove” Parody: Men Think They’re Better Looking Than They Really Are

There has been an outpouring of supportive messages surrounding Dove’s recent body-positivity ad. When it comes to body image and beauty, our community readily comes together to band behind women and promote self-love. Men, on the other hand, often get left out of these discussions, though they are by no means free of self-esteem issues and body dysmorphia.

Perhaps to ironically point out a lack of men in Dove’s messaging, or perhaps just as a lighthearted jab at men, New Feelings Time released a parody to the original ad. In this video it’s clear that there’s a whole other issue, which has been overlooked: Men apparently think they’re better looking than they are! Oh, the irony of self-esteem. Can you have too much of it?Take a look and tell us what you think:

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