Philadelphia Neighboorhood Becomes Pop-Up Concert

It’s not everyday that a random concert just shows up in a town and takes it over for a day or so. That’s pretty much exactly what happened in Philadelphia not too long ago.

 

West Philly went through a very sudden transformation, by taking the porches of the area and turning them into music performance venues in what is called the “West Philly Porchfest.” This is the second annual festival for music and is essentially a do-it-yourself music festival that was organized by all of the neighborhood’s residents. The free shows by artists took up more than 65 porches.

 

According to Morgan Melissa Robinson, who hosted the first West Philly Porchfest in 2016, the success of the previous year’s festival showed everyone how much the neighborhood wanted to be involved in an event like this. So naturally, repeating the event for the following year was a logical and wanted step. The event featured several musical acts, from hip hop groups, up and coming punk bands and jazz trios and some old school rock, all made up of friends and visitors to the area.

 

Porchfests are a fairly recent trend in society, starting with the first organized one in Ithaca, New York in 2007 but then began spreading all across the country. The idea of a porchfest is simply to have fun and also encouraging participation from musicians from all backgrounds, talents and experiences. Overall, the entire event is meant to create a relaxed and friendly environment where visitors can just come, sit back and enjoy all kinds of good music.

Too Social To Be The Police

A police dog in Australia has a new job thanks to his overwhelmingly polite demeanor. As it turns out, Gavel was a bit too friendly to be a police dog. Queensland government officials say the German Shepherd was way more interested in being “social.” Police were quoted as saying he lacked the “aptitude” to catch criminals.

 

Perhaps Gavel just needed a different calling. So he unfortunately lost his opportunity to be a police dog. He was trained from his puppy years to be the dog who fought crime. Gavel just didn’t seem to get that he was supposed to be more bite than bark.

 

Fortunately, those who knew Gavel fell in love with his big heart.

Gavel has now been relegated to a different position. He will greet visitors in Queensland at as a very polished professional. The one time police dog will say hello to people who visit the government house in Queensland.

 

 

Gavel is now called the VRD of Queensland. That means Vice-Regal Dog.

The irony of Gavel’s move into the government home might be that he has a strong line of police dogs in his family. Gavel had a great pedigree but that didn’t mean much. His training at the police dog academy didn’t muster much of a crime fighter.

The one time police dog will face his senior years as the pup who welcomes visitors in in Queensland. Gavel will get to attend various events with the Governor with his new found duties. It’s quite possible the German Shepherd could still remember his bloodline should he ever be needed.

 

Man Gives A Ketchup Bottle Its Proper Funeral

Call it silly or call it crazy even, but there was one man who showed off his absolute love for ketchup. He had purchased a bottle of the tomato goodness from a store known as Morrisons. He had it stored away in his cabinet but for whatever reason the bottle how exploded and thus left a dry ketchup mess all over his cabinets.

 

The man took a picture of this and tweeted it out to the Morrison store’s Twitter account. He asked them what had gone wrong and why his ketchup bottle had ended up like this. He wasn’t furious with them exactly, he was more humored by what had happened. He wanted to make his little burial joke about the bottle as well.

 

MSN.com reports that just about 10 mins after the initial tweet, the man put out some more tweets about how he was going to hold proper burial for the ketchup. It was a funny tweet in which he showed all of his other condiments and other things that are commonly in one’s kitchen surrounding the “body” of the ketchup bottle. It was done this way to show them in a way that made them look like they were mourning the bottle having perished.

 

The store actually played along with what this guy was doing and tweeted back to him asking where their invitation was. They said that it must have gotten lost in the mail. He sent them back pictures of the funeral plot that he had dug up in his back yard as a memorial to the bottle of ketchup. This of course was a very funny and ridiculous little thing to do, but a lot of people enjoyed it nonetheless. It was a funny little way for one man and one company to engage with one another on social media.

 

What’s Fun and New in Media this Week

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Most TV personalities make few mistakes, especially on the largest stage, due to extensive experience, strong presentation skills, and preservation of self image. However, hosts on the Canadian show ‘Global News Calgary’ showed extreme distaste in a artichoke dip that was brought on set. The hosts’ attention was averted from news topics at hand and focused on a gag-worthy vegetable dip.

 

Nicki Minaj was reported on recently that she has been donating to a small, poor village in India over the past few years to help grow its infrastructure to help its inhabitants succeed. Social media videos of the families Minaj helped, of which a fun write up can be found here, showed the nice clothes, houses, and overall great things that these once-poverty stricken people never had.

 

Jimmy Kimmel Live has had an all-star lineup of music artists playing in the Mercedes Benz-sposored concert series that has been running for the past few weeks on his show. Lil Yachty performed most recently, showcasing a new song with a vibe far different from the Yachty we all know. Still a great song, don’t you just love the red-haired Yachty?

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will meet again, for the third straight time, in the NBA Finals. Very rarely does anybody get to live through a championship in a popular league getting repeated three times, especially for teams that are fun to watch. Both teams are chock full of stars, yielding yet another NBA Finals experience we are unlikely to forget any time soon.

 

The NHL Cup is later this week. Playoff hockey is fun to watch, especially in person. Too bad tickets for this much-awaited finals matchup cost more than $1,500 at the lowest!

 

Lots of happy times had around, even in our chaotic world. Keep your heads up, guys!

Tim Tebow Minor League Baseball Card Needle In Haystack

It won’t be easy to find the first Tim Tebow Minor League Baseball card. The former NFL and Florida Gator football player is taking his swings in the sport of baseball these days. Tebow is also known for his devout religious beliefs off the field. He helped lead Florida to two National Championships in college football. He won the coveted Heisman Trophy in 2007. Tebow had a giant fan club before he even ventured into the NFL.

 

That means Tim Tebow fans are anxious to find his baseball cards if they can. The only hitch is his minor league cards aren’t readily available. The statistics won’t be with consumers if they aim to land a Tim Tebow card. It will be downright improbable.

 

Topps has unleashed the 2017 Pro Debut cards. It includes Tebow all decked out in his Columbia Fireflies apparel. Unfortunately for Tebow fans, Topps is only doing a short print version of the card. That means they’ll be in low supply. That also means the actual card could bring a few more dollars. Sporting News estimates the odds of getting a Tebow card will be about 1 in every 100 packs.

For that reason, the Tebow card is already going in auctions on sites like eBay for $100 to $150.

 

Another issue with the Tebow minor league card value is how well he actually does in baseball. Tebow has swatted a few home runs so far during his brief baseball career. He’s giving it a go after only mustering a few years in the National Football League. Tebow is an elite athlete with amazing hand eye coordination. Tebow plays in the New York Mets organization. Could he potentially end up on a Major League team down the road?

 

Baseball analysts aren’t convinced Tebow has the capability yet to move up within the ranks. Tebow has illustrated power on the minor league level but hasn’t hit for average quite yet. That means the Minor League Baseball card consumers are searching for so furiously might not end up being worth much at all in the scheme of things.

 

If Tebow somehow makes it, the Tebow minor league card could be one of the most valuable cards of 2017.

Getting Your Kids Out in the Summer

The summertime is soon upon us and it’ll be time to get out into the sun after a long and harsh winter. Unfortunately, you can make all of these fantastic plans, only to find that your kids don’t necessarily follow your lead. After a difficult school year, a lot of children just want to spend the summer vegging out and literally doing nothing. The issue with this is that it causes kids to gain weight and generally become sedentary because they’re not doing very much.

 

The best way to get your kids out in the summertime is to keep things fun, light and entertaining. Don’t make plans according to what you want to do, but instead figure out activities that are specific to kids. For example, make arrangements to go to a local arcade where you know your kids are going to have a blast. Go to the beach and bring along some toys and games that the whole family can play together. The key here is to get your children interested in having a fun summer day outside. If you’re tight on cash, there are dozens of things you can do that won’t cost a lot of money.

 

Another important note to consider is that you shouldn’t try to overload the summer with different activities. Instead of planning something to do every single day, only do fun things a few days a week. This still allows your child the ability to veg out when they want to, while still staying relatively active. You’ll find that when you put the time and effort into finding things to do, your whole family will want to get involved. This is a great way for you all to spend more time with each other while having an amazingly fun time in the hotter months.

 

Leslie Jones as Upcoming Host of the BET AWARDS

Saturday Night Live cast member and burgeoning comedy film star Leslie Jones is set to host the BET Awards in June announced by BET just a few days ago.

Jones has honed her urban-flavored humor and infectious delivery for the past four years on SNL, first hired as a writer and then as a featured player. She has since starred in Ghostbusters with another SNL alum, Kristen Wiig.

In the past year, she has been in the news as a victim of vicious cyber attacks on Twitter, with hundreds of Twitter followers and celebrities coming to her defense for the unwarranted bullying she was receiving.

She came out of the controversy more popular than before, and NBC spokespeople issued a statement on behalf of Jones that says she is very excited about being asked to host the upcoming awards show. It will be Joneses first time as a lone host of a major televised awards event.

Past hosts of the BET Awards were the stars of the sitcom, Blackish, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson who co-hosted in 2016. Some of the celebrities that are scheduled to present and to perform are Chance the Rapper and Beyonce.

Jones says she wants to get away from the politics of the day and focus her hosting dialogue on more upbeat and light-hearted topics instead. She says she is “tired of everyone being sad and angry.” She says she intends on playing to the celebrities in the room to laugh at themselves.

The BET Awards air June 25 at 8 p.m. ET.

Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/leslie-jones-bet-awards_us_5926f678e4b061d8f81fdacc

 

 

That Time a Hippo Stole my Heart

When you think of a hippo, you probably envision the behemoth African native that could quite frankly swallow you whole. The massive canine teeth, the gaping mouths, the beady eyes… None of these qualities necessarily coax someone into adoration. Enter Fiona, Cincinnati Zoo’s resident tiny titan. Born 21 January 2017, the little lady made her grand entrance at the zoo six weeks earlier than expected.

 

At birth Fiona only weighed a diminutive 29 lbs. On average, a Nile baby hippo would weigh close to 100 pounds. Staff rallied around their new tiny addition and provided round the clock care (literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week). After a month of intensive care, she barely tipped the scale at 54 lbs. Still dwarfed be her mom Bibi (3200 lbs) and her dad Henry (4000 lbs), the staff continued to work with her to build her strength and weight.

 

Cincinnatizoo.org was brilliant in their plan to make Fiona’s journey public. They created a blog, they rallied people to donate, they posted videos and pictures, they made products people could buy… This is how I found myself in love with that little hippo. The videos of her racing through the facility and the tiny smack of her feet on the pavement is too endearing for words. When they started cataloguing her water endeavors, I found myself saying, “Awww!” at the adorable twitch of her ears as she surfaced. Today, Fiona boasts the ability to handle the full depth of her swimming pool and spends more and more face to face time with her parents.

 

The staff at Cincinnati Zoo catapulted Fiona into the hearts of millions. They gave people the opportunity to know the fun personality that even Nile hippos can have.

 

Tuna Accidentally Swallows Seagull

A video has recently been uploaded depicting a pair of men, speaking a language that might be Russian or some Slavic tongue, hanging out around the docks and tossing sardines into the water. Rather than just tossing the finger-length fishes into the sea to hear the amusing splash, the men were instead feeding a massive tuna that was swimming around the area. Whether or not the tuna had reached its size from a steady diet of human-tossed sardines is unknown, but what is known is that tuna do not appreciate the taste of seagull.

As can be imagined when fish are flying about, the cries of seagulls can be plainly heard as the two minute video goes on, as can their silhouettes against the water’s surface. After tossing several sardines into the water to feed the tuna, it seems one of the seagulls decided to make a dive to collect a free meal. Unfortunately for the waterfowl, it was a tad too late and was captured by the tuna’s mouth as it sought to grab the latest sardine. Fortunately for the seagull, the fish opened it mouth long enough for the bird to escape to the surface where it then gathered up speed and flew back up into the sky.

Tuna are saltwater fish that belong to the mackerel family. There are a total of fifteen different species of tuna, ranging in size and weight from the puny Bullet Tuna, which can reach up to 1.6 feet long and 4 pounds in weight to the Atlantic Bluefin, which can reach up to 4.6 feet and weigh more than three-quarters of a ton. While it is unknown which species of tuna this particular fish belongs to, an educated guess places it among the Southern Bluefin, Bigeye or the Atlantic Bluefin varieties.

Man and Dog Reunited After Several Months

Wes Capito was concerned when his loyal dog went missing. He lost all hope after his canine friend was missing for several months. Now, much to everyone’s surprise, KJ had reappeared.

KJ, a mixture of a lab and beagle, went missing on the west side of Indianapolis on November 21st. Wes searched for his dog, even posting on Indy Lost Pet Alert to alert the public that KJ was missing. Unfortunately none of his searches worked, KJ remained missing. That is, until a photo of KJ was posted on Facebook. A woman found the dog and shared a photo of him to see if she could find his owner. Luckily one of Wes’s friends saw the woman’s post and alerted Wes that KJ had been found. The timing could not have been better for Wes, who was planning on leaving the Indianapolis area in just a short while.

Wes responded to the photo and told them that KJ was his missing dog. With the help of Indianapolis Animal Care, the two were reunited before Wes moved away. Both Wes and KJ could not have been happier that they were together again. A worker for IACS said that KJ’s story had stuck with them through the months that he was missing. Wes often checked in with the agency and many workers had grown attached to the story. They called Wes “passionate” about finding KJ. No one knows where he has been for the last few months, but he is healthy and home where he belongs now.

For pictures of the reunion with the lost pup, check out the article on CBS4 Indy.