Posts Tagged ‘fun’
First there was Tupperware parties. Now there’s the “pupperware” party.
The concept is pretty much the same as Tupperware or almost any other product sold at home parties. Someone hosts a party and invites his or her friends and family to check out a product line. Only with these parties, the guest list doesn’t have to be limited to humans. Canine companions welcome!
The Pet Party is being offered by Shure Pets, a national pet product company based in Chicago.
Spending money on our household animals is at an all-time high. We may be in a recession, but we’re not cutting back on pampering our pets, according to figures from the American Pet Products Association. The group’s most recent statistics show that consumers in the United States spent $43.2 billion on their pets in 2008, up from $41.2 billion in 2007.
Laura Macklin, sales and training director for the Pet Party, recently held a pupperware party at her west suburban home.
“We even had a 10-week-old puppy come to visit, and we gave her a spa treatment. We put spritzer on her, brushed her all out, put paw balm on her paws and made her look really pretty,” Macklin said.
Guests at Macklin’s Pet Party were shown Shure Pets’ lineup of products including Paramount Paw Balm, the Ulti-Mutt Candy Bar, Devine Canine and Feline Breath Mints. There also were a variety of collars and leashes to choose from, as well as beds for cats and dogs. Other products being touted include organic catnip, a variety of shampoos and conditioners and dog treats.
I know a lot of you are familiar with the story of the Fifth Third Burger.It’s a 5,000 calorie monstrosity created by the West Michigan Whitecaps that’s filled with meat, five slices of American cheese, chili, salsa, nacho cheese and Fritos. There may also be half a horse in there too.
But anyway, the burger officially made its debut this week, with the Whitecaps having an Opening Day challenge to see who could eat the whole thing by themselves. 32 brave souls attempted to do it. Only 17 managed to survive accomplish the feat.
A 16-year-old kid, Steve Landis, managed to be the first to finish. And his mom provided possibly the quote of the year for us.
“I wasn’t quite sure. Should I be proud of him or not?”
Are you kidding me? Anyone who finishes a burger of this size deserves not just our admiration, but a bronze statue.
Watch video of people tackling this monster burger: I Can’t Believe I Ate The Whole Thing: The Fifth Third Burger Makes Its Official Debut
Photo: Flickr user Josh May
About 1,500 athletes are in South Florida this weekend to compete in a Triathlon that will raise money for children, but for one man, it’s also about proving that his wheelchair is not his obstacle.
“This is where the fun starts,” Renzo Martinez says as he took his wheelchair through the finish line.
He was already set up in advance of the event.
“I choose to live and live to the best of my abilities,” said Martinez who has been competing all his life. His first competition was as a race car driver, until a spinal cord injury took away his ability to walk 20 years ago.
“I broke my back, so I have no sensation from my waist down,” said Martinez.
But that didn’t stop this athlete. In fact, he has a way for all of us to overcome any obstacle.
“Usually, you get your obstacle right in front of you and, usually, you get your goals ahead of you. If you look past it and look at your goals, you realize your obstacle disappears,” he said.
Martinez uses that philosophy to gear up for the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, which is a half-mile swim, a 19 mile bike ride, followed by a 4 mile run.
He is an inspiration, after winning several of the 35 marathons in which he has competed.
“Having a guy like Martinez, just makes your challenges seem so light and insignificant and it inspires you to go harder and faster and to finish,” said Michael Epstein, who is the executive producer of the Nautica South Beach Triathlon.
This is just training for Martinez’s next goal. He is raising $30,000 dollars to compete in an Iron Man Competition next year.
Read more and watch this story: Wheelchair Is No Obstacle In SOBE Triathlon
Burgh, a Bernese Mountain dog, is assisting in the Tailwaggin’ Tutors program.
“When it’s time for the kids to read, they sit down, she sits down next to them and she listens,” said Carol Vernon, a library employee.
It doesn’t even matter that all the stories sound the same to Burgh.
“(The children are) breaking out of their shell,” said Chris Bohrer, the dog’s owner. “They’re not so afraid to be around either a dog or an adult and they generally start reading louder and louder.”
The program has made for positive results.
“I just think because you’re training and reading to at least somebody before you read to an actual real person,” said Tommy Fanning of the Reading To Dogs program. “Whether it’s getting over shyness or just getting confidence in their ability to read aloud, or whether it’s actually improving their reading, I hear about it from the parents.”
The children are going from beginning readers to chapter books in a matter of weeks.
“However you can get them to love reading or enjoy reading, I think it’s a wonderful thing,” said Janel Fanning, the mother of one of the students in the program.
Read more and watch this story: Dogs Helping Children Learn To Read
OK… here’s a real quick fun feature story. This one is for all the comic book lovers/nerds out there. You should watch the story, it was simple, but the reporter had fun with it.
Fans at Imagicon break out their own brackets.
It’s Superman vs. Venom, Batman vs. Spiderman, Magneto vs. Hulk, Joker vs. Wolverine!
Who will come out on top? Watch the video to find out!
Watch this story: Comic Book Bracket
Morning shows get to have all the fun!
Traffic reporter Dave Kaechele has thrown in the towel, or in this case shirt, on his Fifth-Third Big Burger challenge.
The West Michigan Whitecaps unveiled the Fifth Third Burger on the menu at the ballpark this summer. The burger contains five 1/3lb. burger patties, chili, Fritos, and a load of other items. It contains nearly 5,000 calories, 300 grams of fat, and more than 10,000 milligrams of sodium.
Dave Kaechele attempted to devour the $20 burger during the morning news on Friday. He started around 6:00 a.m., but still had at least one patty left by his 7:00 a.m. deadline.
Watch this fun video: WZZM 13 Traffic reporter vs. 5,000 calorie burger: Burger wins
A chattering classroom full of Lakeville Elementary students is hunched over Scrabble boards. It may seem like just a game. But fun is not the only reason their teacher Charlotte Bremond has been holding after-school Scrabble classes for eighteen years.
“It increases their vocabulary, makes their math skills sharper,” Charlotte explains. “It also gives them good strategies for creating words.”
In her twenty-two years as an elementary school teacher with the Oakland School District, Charlotte estimates she’s introduced over three thousand students to Scrabble. Eight years ago, she organized the first regional tournament for students, and for the last five years, she’s been raising money so she can take the very best players to compete nationally.
”It’s a beautiful sight, it’s fabulous.”
And it’s a site she’s worked hard to diversify.
“I think a lot of African American children believe that their skills or talents lie in playing ball, so I go out of my way to recruit children of color who can come and play the game and do a good job,” Charlotte says.
Mother Tamika Landry says Scrabble has helped her daughter with schoolwork.
“Since Cinaka joined the program, I’ve seen her test scores improve, I’ve seen her self-confidence improve, and her ability to learn different things has really shot through the ceiling,” Tamika says proudly.
Fourth-grader Cinaka adds, “I think it’s fun and cool, and I hope I go to the nationals!”
Read more and watch that story: Scrabble Scores Add Up to Real Learning
Fun story and great video.
A student at University of Missouri in Columbia has created “Pub Corn,” alcohol-flavored popcorn.
“I soaked the kernels in whiskey,” Cary Silverman said. “That didn’t work. I tried injecting it with a syringe. I poked my finger a lot, but it didn’t work.”
Silverman didn’t give up, and he finally came up with non-alcoholic coatings that taste like beer, piña colada and Irish Cream.
Silverman said his main buyers have been pregnant women and truck drivers. He said they’re looking for the taste of alcohol, but can’t drink the real stuff.
Silverman has been approached by producers for Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Martha Stewart, all of whom would like to have Silverman on their shows. Oprah asked for the tequila-flavored popcorn.
Read more and watch that story: Student Creates Alcohol-Flavored Popcorn
I know you are wondering where to order some: Pub-corn.com If you get some, let us know what you think!
I am a Louisiana native and I would have given almost anything to be in the Bayou State for Mardi Gras. My buddy and fellow Louisiana native, Phillip Murrell, found a few Mardi Gras moments in his backyard — in Tennessee of all places.
You don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy the fun.
Cajun-style restaurants Russo’s in Johnson City and Cafe’ N’Orleans in Kingsport introduce the Tri-Cities to a little taste of Mardi Gras. Of course, it’s not all about the beads and the kingcake. The business owners, who both relocated from New Orleans [after Hurricane Katrina], know they offer something unique.
Laissez les bon temps rouler and watch that story: Mardi Gras In the Tri-Cities
This is a very simple story, but I love it. You’ve got to watch the video to see the kids asking the questions. It is very cute.
Students at South Park Elementary Center received a very long distance call from the international space station.
A dozen lucky students got the lesson of lifetime from Pittsburgh-born Astronaut Mike Fincke.
The kids won a contest to get to quiz the astronaut via outer space hookup.
Each student got to ask at least one question.
Nearly 400 other classmates were there to witness it.
See that story: South Park Students Talk To Astronaut In Space