click here for a laugh

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If you are a lover of New Girl or not you need to watch this. This is one of those gems that can’t help but bring a smirk to your face. Thanks to Matt for showing me this video. I hope you all enjoy the results of Rihanna + Schmidt!

eaten alive or not

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So, how many of you watched Discovery’s Eaten Alive two-hour special on Sunday night? As I am sure it was only a handful, I will give you a brief recap. This nature documentary had a  special focused on an expedition by wildlife author and conservationist Paul Rosolie in a remote location of the Amazon rainforest to locate a green anaconda named “Chumama”, which is believed to be the world’s biggest. The special was also to feature Rosolie “entering the body”, hence the name of the show: EATEN ALIVE, of an anaconda by intentionally feeding himself to it—protected with a custom-designed suit.

You might be able to tell through my distressed attitude that Rosolie in fact, was not ingested. Now, I am not saying he didn’t try, it was pretty evident from the footage that he tried, but with a name like Eaten Alive I want to see some action. Myself along with, dare I say it, thousands of people lost total faith in Discovery.

Sorry for the spoiler alert, but there was not eating going on during this series. Rosolie made sure the viewers were invested in the Amazon, his team and the anaconda but I think he forgot about himself. Rosolie took the bullet and didn’t think about his career and what this was going to mean for him once the show aired.

Let me leave you with this quote Rosolie said in an interview with NJ Advance Media, “I don’t care if you’re upset I didn’t get eaten by (an) anaconda. A, I tried, and B, there’s a chance for me to do work with the Discovery Channel and bang my drum about the dangers [to the Amazon], and I’ll do that.” Now knowing that, at the end of the day do you respect Rosolie more for taking this opportunity? Do you have less respect for Discovery for leading us on?

want to play a game?

board games

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The DC area has a lot to offer. This area literally has a little bit of something for everyone. What are you in search of because I am sure I can help you find it, if not point you in the right direction. Hitting the bars with friends is awesome. I am always game for throwing back a few and conversation, but sometimes you don’t want to talk so you hit the bars with mad dancing. When dancing isn’t something everyone wants to do there are still options. Alternatives are board games, bar games, cigars and so on. In the DC area you can’t find anything you are looking for…you just have to look hard enough. Here is my guide for the best bars in the area with board games. Make sure to hit up these places when you are looking for something a little out of your regular routine and if worse comes to worst remember to bring a deck of cards with you.

The Pug

Thomas Foolery

The Board Room

Handsome Cock

Trusty’s

 

happy friday

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Friend, just because it’s Friday doesn’t mean you put in less effort. Make today ridiculously amazing because it’s Friday. I learned yesterday that during my work’s summer Friday program, I can wear jeans; here’s to Jeans Friday! Above all, we are finally on the eve’s eve of Shark Week. Here are a few links to check out during your afternoon lull.

Researchers Made A Shark-Stalking Robot, Business Insider

It’s almost back to school, and Fall is around the comer. Here are 10 Apps to help you get and stay organized, All Top Startups

If you are in Old Town and craving pizza, check out Red Rocks.

This Song, Chromeo

Are you thinking about reading Gone Girl? Check out this exclusive first read, NPR

Here are a few hairstyle lifehacks on those days you sleep in a little too long, Buzzfeed.

Restaurant week is coming up and you want the best deal, right?, DCLadies

Remember to kick back and relax a little bit this weekend. Shark Week premiers on Sunday, get ready for a week filled with my favorite animal!

a harvard study

on 4th of July

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For as long as Americans (and really, I) can remember, the nation has celebrated the Fourth of July by staging grand fireworks shows in public squares and lighting smaller displays at home. Did you know that 4th of July festivities could make you more Republican? A few weeks ago, one of our friends said, “did you know that you are 6%DC-fireworks-skyline more Republican for every year you watched the fireworks with your family as a child?” This statement got me to thinking and after some research this is what I found, according to the report, published by Harvard University, July 4th-themed festivities (defined by the study as fireworks, parades, political speeches, and barbecues) not only energize primarily Republicans, but also turn children into Republicans and increase GOP voter turnout.

“In 2010, an estimated 144 million Americans age 18 or older celebrated Fourth of July by attending a barbecue. Another 98 million watched the fireworks or went to a community festivity, while more than 28 million saw a parade,” the authors write. “Beyond the immediate fervor of the festivity, however, do national day celebrations matter? Does participation in national ceremonies and parades have a deeper impact by affecting children’s political beliefs, identity, and behavior?”

Simply put: “Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party. All in all, attending one Fourth of July before age 18 increases the likelihood of identifying as a Republican by at least 2 percent and voting for the Republican candidate by 4 percent. It also increases voter turnout by 0.9 percent and boosts political campaign contributions by 3 percent,” says the report, which was written by Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam.

This is a fascinating article to me, after living in DC and reading this article seeing the fireworks and celebrating the FOurth of July gives a new reason and light to all of the festivities. As we know, not everyone will be particularly concerned with the possible political implications of July 4th celebrations. If you’re looking for a more patriotic experience, you might want to check out a parade in a particularly Republican-skewing part of town – according to the report, “Republican adults celebrate Fourth of July more intensively in the first place.”

I for one, love the Fourth of July. Having the opportunity to celebrate such an awesome Nation. Plus, the fireworks display in Washington, DC is unlike any other in the United States. The show, is administered by the National Park Service and it illuminates all of the monuments from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. Make sure you get to your location early because the show begins at 9:10 PM. The show lasts roughly 17 minutes and will be accompanied by live music from “A Capitol Fourth,” the concert held each Independence Day on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn. Whatever you political leanings are, make sure you get out and see the amazing show and celebrate the birthday of our Nation’s Capital!

less traveled

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After watching Orange is the New Black I started to think about the poem, The Road Not Taken because of the episode Blood Donut.

In the episode they talk about the point of the poem and it comes down to this, “everyone wants to look back and think that their choices matter. But in reality, shit just happens the way that it happens, and it doesn’t matter.”

But after reading an article on Slate they say “the joke’s on us, apparently.”

David Haglund, a senior editor for Slate, has speculated that Frost may have deliberately misled his readers. Various quotes from Frost’s correspondences suggest that he knew people would misunderstand the meaning — and their confusion even amused him.

Do you remember the poem The Road Not Taken? Take another read and tell me what you think.

 

The Road Not Taken

BY ROBERT FROST

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

location, location, location

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Folks, I am talking about the 4th of July in our Nation’s Capital. No, it’s not “too far” away to start planning the best holiday known to mankind. Fourth of July in Washington, DC is something special. DC is crawling with tourists who infested the city like a bad flu, but even with them around nothing can stop me from enjoying the birthday of my nation.

Let’s get to the nitty gritty. Where are you watching your fireworks? After a long discussion with my friends we finally found the perfect place! No, I am not telling you where we are going, but I will tell you a few gems for suggestions. Spectacular views of the fireworks can be seen from the following:

I hope you use one of these locations for fireworks or find an even better hidden gem!

mosters

specifically river monsters

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Tiger_fishWhat you are going to read is going to change the course of your life. Now, I don’t know how or why Matt and I started to watch River Monsters, rather why he introduced me to this show, but I couldn’t be more happy. River Monsters is a documentary television series that airs on Animal Planet, hosted by Jeremy Wade.

HEres a little information on the show, and yes it is the Wikipedia version they just have the information down pat. River Monsters travels worldwide with Suffolk, England born host, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade to explore freshwater mysteries and local folklore, possibly debunk these myths and track down these harrowing tales. The show has taken viewers to Germany, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan, Russia,Suriname, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, the Republic of Congo, Mongolia, Guyana, and the American states of Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Vermont.

The beauty of this show is you don’t need to know anything going into it because Jeremy will teach you everything you need to know about the area, the fish and the myths behind the Monsters he is catching. Thanks to Netflix you can sit back, relax and become engrossed in four exhilarating seasons of River Monsters.

If you don’t believe me that this show is worth watching just take a look at these stats. Be warned, once you start watching you will be hooked (all puns intended). River Monsters had the best series premiere in Animal Planet’s network history by delivering 1.3 million viewers. It was also its most watched regularly airing primetime telecast in over six years. The second episode of Animal Planet’s River Monsters delivered a 39% boost in total viewers (1.866 million) compared to the series premiere. Those numbers made it the best performing regularly scheduled primetime telecast in Animal Planet’s history. The first season of River Monsters made it the best performing show in Animal Planet’s history with every episode averaging over 1 million households. The season finale delivered about 1.47 million households.