TNT Review: Ringling Bros New Show Is Truly Death-Defying, For Kids Of All Ages

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*Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson recently called their new show, Out of this World, “the greatest show on earth.” If that sounds like a tag line, it is, and they’ve been using it for decades.

Sometimes, though, there’s actual truth in advertising. And the tag line is absolutely apt in this case. The circus’ new production completely blew my mind. Ringling Bros has put together an amazing show for kids of ALL ages.

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paolo
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson and Paolo

“With this new show,” Iverson said by phone, “we still have the world’s greatest menagerie — lions and tigers, rescue dogs, horses, donkeys, kangaroos, llamas, pigs…”

Let’s talk about those pigs. Having grown up in Detroit, I didn’t know pigs were so big. They’re “huge dog” big. Hell, they’re “small car” big!

And let’s talk about the lions and tigers. That part of the show was one of the moments when I was really afraid. I was certain that the cats’ trainer, Alexander, was going to get mauled for all to see. One of the felines, Susie, wasn’t in the best of moods during the performance and challenged Alexander more than a few times.  She was absolutely not feeling Alex.  Every time she growled with that mouth full of deadly incisors or raised her immense paw to the trainer’s head, I was frozen in my seat.

Speaking of being frozen, only Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey could bring a snowstorm and snowball fight to a hot late summer night in Sacramento, California. During that segment of the show, the visuals are so realistic you’ll believe the venue has bumped the AC up. And ONLY Ringling Bros could set the ice on fire — literally!

And let’s talk about another petrifying part of the show: those horsemen and women, riding quickly around a tight circle as they rotated over and under the galloping horses! They could have easily been trampled.

The trapeze artists! Yes, there was a net, but they were WAY up there! Continue reading

House Used as Harry Potter’s Home in Film Series up for Sale

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*Attention Harry Potter fans!  You’ll want to move quickly if you want to own a piece of film history.  The house used as the exterior in the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film is for sale!

The current asking price is a cool $616,000 — but that may change soon.

“The original plan was to take this property to market without using any reference to Harry Potter,” real estate agent Paul Bosanko said.  But since news of the property’s connection to the movie got out, interest has increased sharply, “and that may or may not influence the final price that we achieve at this property,” he said.

Translation:  the price is going up quick and in a hurry.  

The three-bedroom house is in Bracknell, a town about 30 miles west of London.  While the home was used in the original movie, a studio set based on the house was built for later installments of the eight-film series.

Real estate agency Chancellors says the house “has recently undergone complete renovation to an extremely high standard.”  But yes — as I know you’re wondering just as much as I am — THE HOUSE STILL HAS A CUPBOARD UNDER THE STAIRS! Continue reading

Pasadena Playhouse Moves 2nd Production of 2016-17 Season

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PASADENA, CA (September 21, 2016) – The Pasadena Playhouse announced today it will move the second production of its 2016-2017 Season to a later date in 2017 and will be cancelling M. BUTTERFLY. The decision was made after The Playhouse was unable to secure rights to present the play later in its season due to the Broadway revival in Spring 2017. Due to several production elements and without the rights for a later date, The Playhouse is cancelling the previously announced M. BUTTERFLY and has begun the planning to replace the production later in the 2016-2017 season.

The season will continue with the Panto at The Playhouse production of Lythgoe Family Panto’s A CINDERELLA CHRISTMAS in December. Tickets for the holiday show are currently on sale.

In a joint statement, Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive/Artistic Director Danny Feldman said: “The Pasadena Playhouse is committed to bringing the best theatrical experience to its stages for our audiences. While we are disappointed that we could not present M. BUTTERFLY, we are working to find another production to add to our 2016-2017 Season.”

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New Psychology Spot Research Says Mama Gave You Those Smarts (Video)

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*Ooowee! I just KNEW researchers would catch up to this truth one day! But of course, as a mother, I may be biased. According to a Psychology Spot feature, it is now suggested that the genes that determine our intellect comes from our mothers.

That’s all you need to know! But for the sake of argument, I’ll continue.

Up until now it was ASSUMED that intelligence came from both parents. Yep! ‘Cause I admit to inheriting my dad’s stubborn determination and my mom’s fearlessness!

But now, researchers break it down to a mother’s double set of XX chromosomes versus the one that dad hosts. Continue reading

Toddler Trapped Underneath Capsized Boat Saved by ‘Air Pocket’ (Watch)

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*Wow. Any parent’s worst nightmare was played out late last month when a family outing on a boat near Orlando turned terrifying. Tammy and Brian Bossard’s boat hit something underwater which caused the vessel to capsize.

While they were able to grab their youngest child (7 months) and scramble to the top of the boat, their nearly two year old toddler, Kennedy, was nowhere to be seen.

The child was still under the water.

Tammy, hysterical, called for help. Thankfully, her cellphone was still working.

“I’m in the river. Our boat crashed…Please God, send someone now!” she said frantically.

And you can hear Brian Bossard in the background saying, “There’s no air under there.”

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Funeral Director Caught ‘Taking Selfies’ With the Dearly Departed (Watch)

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David L. Jones

*C’mon bruh. Tell us it ain’t so. Lets file this under, what the hell was he thinking!? A funeral director licensed in the state of Texas has been caught taking selfies in front of the hearses and caskets of the newly departed.

David L. Jones must be one egotistical so-and-so. Add to that, insensitive. Is there any doubt, looking at the photos above, that he is posing in front of property holding or designed to hold deceased people?

Yet when Rose Molina, who had just buried her 32-year-old cousin, caught him in the act, he told her he was “fixing his tie.” She had a feeling he was lying and went to his Facebook page where she discovered selfies of Jones standing in front of hearses and caskets.

And no one ever thought to report this dude?

The day Molina caught Jones in action had been an especially difficult one.

“That day was especially hard for us because Saturday was the one-year anniversary of the loss of my grandmother, and they were buried next to each other,” she said. Continue reading

Oakland Prostitute Sues Police Dept. for $66M, Says She Was ‘Sex Slave’ for 30 Officers

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Instagram – @guap.celeste

*Uh-oh! It appears at least 30 of ‘Oakland’s Finest’ has, in the words of Ricky Ricardo, “some ‘splainin’ to do,” because according to 19-year-old Jasmine Abuslin, they wore her out as their sex slave.

Now the woman who has built herself a career in prostitution says the sum of $66 million dollars is the only thing that will help her to fuggetaboutit! 

Abuslin said she has had sex with officers in Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties.

Yep! As a former Bay Area resident, I’d say that about covers the entire region.

Abuslin’s old name was Celeste Guap. And she says not only was she a sex slave, but also a victim of sex trafficking. On Friday, September 16, criminal charges were filed by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in the ongoing sexual misconduct case.

According to an article in Rolling Out, seven current and former San Francisco Bay Area police officers to date is being charged for sexual misconduct. One officer, Brendan O’Brien, ended his part in the scandal by committing suicide after Abuslin started talking about the romps on social media.

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White Men at Washington’s American University Throw Rotten Bananas at Black Women

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*It seems ignorant white men are still seeking new ways to curb their sexual desire for Black women. To them I ask: How’s that working out for ya, fellas?

Whereas ‘back in the day’ they saw fit to humiliate Black men in front of their women; and rape those women as part of the ordeal, the tactic being used now is throw rotten bananas at ’em.

This is what Black female students are going through at American University in Washington, D. C.

Several women have come forward to report the incidents.

“I called my grandma up, and she said she went through the same thing, 40, 50-plus years ago,” says Jada Bell, the Black Student Alliance’s outreach coordinator while speaking with Buzzfeed about the current harassment she and other Black women are facing from white men on the school’s campus.

“Black women are under threat on campus — they are being used as target practice.”

“We’re literally being attacked and assaulted on campus, and there’s nothing being done about it by the administration,” she said. Continue reading

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