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The Good Wife Creators Tease the Final Nine Episodes of the CBS Drama

1 hour 40 min ago

The biggest shock for at-home viewers of the Super Bowl on Sunday wasn’t who won, but rather CBS’ airing of an announcement that its critically acclaimed series The Good Wife was ending after a seven-year run.

The Good Wife tells the story of a husband [Chris Noth as Peter Florrick] who goes to jail, the wife [Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick] who moves on, and then him coming back and all the juicy things that happen after that, set in the world of law and politics.

“We thought about the full story we wanted to tell and how long we wanted to tell it, having come from movies,” said creator/executive producer Robert King. “Having come from screen writing, it was always thinking what is the beginning, the middle and the end of a show that could go on years. We pretty quickly thought that the show and the story of Alicia Florrick could only support seven years, so we started to build toward that. What you will see in the last nine episodes is, if it were a movie, the third act. We are trying to find completion in a format — broadcast TV — that tends to rebel against completion.”

The final nine episodes of The Good Wife began airing next Sunday and Parade.com was on a conference call with select reporters on Monday to talk to creators Robert and Michelle King about the decision to bring the series to a close, and how they are going to go about it.

Will you do a time jump to get Alicia to where you want her to be so that you can wrap things up nicely? How are you going to get to the end?

Robert: I would have said that we don’t want to reveal too much, but we are not going to do that. Our show has always been built on the continuity of the moment. A lot of the episodes pick up right where the episode before it left off, partly because that feels true to life. A lot of writers seem to jump past the most interesting stuff, which is the ripples of a rock falling in a pond. You want to see those dramatic repercussions from whatever the event is. So we would probably not [time jump].

Michelle: The only thing I would say about the ending is we are trying to make it fit seamlessly with what came before and we haven’t structured the show that way. We don’t genuinely jump ahead like that. We would try to honor the series in that way.

Robert: But can I say parenthetically, there was one time we were tempted to jump ahead and that was after Will’s [Josh Charles] death. There was this worry that the show would turn into this mourn fest where everybody would be weeping and crying for five or six episodes because in reality that might happen. When we were in the midst, we said no, because humor enters life even in the midst of grief. People have to return to work. You can’t just say, “I am giving up.” It was fun to see Alicia check out, and yet all these other characters could continue as in life, you do have to carry on.

You were leaving The Good Wife at the end of Season 7 not knowing if the show would end as well?

Michelle: That is correct. We knew we could control our fate, but we could not control the fate of the series. That was for the studio and the network to decide. We felt very fortunate and flattered that we are being allowed to end the show together with the writers and the other producers in the way we hoped it would end.

Robert: We didn’t know if this was a Grey’s Anatomy thing, where it would continue on with a whole new slew of doctors.

Will any past cast members be coming back over the next nine episodes?

Robert: Yes, a lot. We are in the works right now trying to get a few. We will know in the next week. What we want is to see some people you haven’t seen in like two years, like Robyn [Jess Weixler], and so on, and see where they have ended up and landed. It’s not going to be exactly the end of Seinfeld in that way, but we want to get a little bit of a check in with some of the characters. Some of these we want to be surprises, so no names.

Will Kalinda be returning?

Michelle: That’s not our expectation.

Robert: That’s because she’s moved onto another series, too, which we can’t wait to see.

How have you crafted the final nine in terms of the supporting characters, the Cary [Matt Czuchry] and the Diane [Christine Baranski] characters, and giving them an end point?

Robert: I would say that was always the build of all the seasons. We knew where we wanted Cary’s character to end up after all these events, being the underling at the firm, and this race that he seemed to have with Alicia. And then, Diane, who started as a mentor and sabotaged Alicia, and now moving on from there. We should say that Gary Cole [who plays Kurt McVeigh] is coming back. We want to see how Diane’s relationship ends with Gary Cole.

Do you believe in happy endings, or do you like things left open?

Robert: I like series that end with some resonance. Some of the best endings of series television are Breaking Bad and Six Feet Under.  A lot of these shows were happy and sad at the same time. There is a mixture, but that doesn’t necessarily having any impact on what we’re doing.

Michelle: In terms of what I admire is when an ending both feels inevitable and surprising.

The final nine episodes of The Good Wife begin airing on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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Pope Francis Talks About Mercy in New Book

1 hour 44 min ago

Of the many subjects close to his heart, Pope Francis counts mercy as a topic that has long been the cornerstone of his faith. In order to share his thoughts and teachings with as many of the faithful as possible, the People’s Pope wrote a book, The Name of God is Mercy (Random House), the first of several to be released this year.

Here, just in time for the season of Lent, is an excerpt from a book which the pontiff hopes will reach those who are looking for peace and healing.

What can you tell us about your experiences as a confessor? I ask because it seems to have profoundly marked your life. During the first Mass you celebrated with the faithful after your election, in the parish church of St. Anna, on March 17, 2013, you spoke of the man who said: “Oh, Father, I have done some terrible things!” to which you replied, “Go to Jesus, he forgives and forgets everything.” In that same homily you reminded us that God never tires of forgiving. A bit later, during the Angelus, you reminded us of an-other episode, the one of the old lady who said to you as she confessed that without the mercy of God, the world would not exist.

I remember that episode very well; it is fixed in my memory. I can see her in front of me now. She was an elderly lady, small, tiny, dressed all in black, like many of the women you see in parts of Southern Italy, Gali-cia, or Portugal. I had recently become auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires and we were holding a large Mass for the sick in the presence of the statue of the Madonna of Fatima. I was there to take confession. Toward the end of the Mass I got up because I had to leave, I had to celebrate a confirmation. That’s when the lady appeared, elderly and humble. I turned to-ward her and called her abuela, grandmother, as we do in Argentina. “Abuela, do you want to confess?”

“Yes,” she replied.

And since I was ready to leave, I said: “But if you have no sins . . .”

Her answer was swift and immediate: “We all have sins.”

“But maybe the Lord can’t forgive them,” I said.

“The Lord forgives everything.”

“How do you know?”

“If the Lord didn’t forgive everything, our world would not exist.”

It was an example of the faith of simple people who are imbued with knowledge even if they have never studied theology. During that first Angelus, I said—so that people would understand—that my reply was: “You must have studied at the Gregorian University!” In fact, my real answer was, “You must have studied with Royo Marín!” This was a reference to the Dominican priest Antonio Royo Marín, the author of an important work of moral theology. I was struck by that woman’s words: without mercy, without God’s forgiveness, the world would not exist; it couldn’t exist. As a confessor, even when I have found myself before a locked door, I have always tried to find a crack, just a tiny opening so that I can pry open that door and grant forgiveness and mercy.

You once said that the confessional should not be a “dry cleaner.” What does that mean? What did you mean by that?

It was an example, an image to explain the hypocrisy of those who believe that sin is a stain, only a stain, something that you can have dry-cleaned so that everything goes back to normal. The way you take a

jacket or dress to have a stain removed: you put it in the wash and that’s it. But sin is more than a stain. Sin is a wound; it needs to be treated, healed. This is why I used that expression: I was trying to explain that going to confession is not like taking your clothes to the dry cleaner.

From the book THE NAME OF GOD IS MERCY by Pope Francis. Copyright © 2016 by Edizione Piemme Spa, Milano. Reprinted by arrangement with Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.




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Learning with Spreadsheets

6 hours 40 min ago

Robert Innes in Sebastopol, California, writes:

Your important column on the teaching of algebra to children(December 6, 2015) does not mention the most powerful modern tool invented to reveal clearly the concept of algebra: The spreadsheet. It is pure algebra because cells contain algebraic equations that reference other cells as placeholders for numbers. The beauty of spreadsheets for children is that once numbers are entered in the input cells, the computer–not the child–does the routine arithmetic. Understanding algebra in action becomes a look-see operation. Basic addition, multiplication, subtraction and addition can be taught in kindergarten with beads.

For example children can convince themselves empirically that (a+b).(a-b)  = (a^2 – b^2) no matter what numbers are entered in the a and b entry cells by coding (a+b).(a-b) in one cell, (a^2 – b^2) in another cell, and the difference between them in a third cell. The algebraic cells can have text labels to make the spreadsheet easily readable. For the high school student, indexing with one or two indices is a walkover: Enter a formula in a cell of a table and copy it to all the other cells of the table, which fills with numbers like magic. This is a lot clearer than the stuff you and I went through in school, which does not easily take root in the minds of children without great mathematical ability, so learning algebra becomes a drag for the rest of the children.

Unfortunately there are no good spreadsheets for children that I know of. Spreadsheets designed for business have too many bells and whistles that would confuse children. For decades of writing scientific and engineering data reduction code, all my code begins in spreadsheets. They are excellent tools to develop ideas, which then provide a means of checking the computer code for bugs. I have always wished that someone of influence would get spreadsheets into the schools. Now I know who she is–you, Marilyn!

Marilyn responds:

Imagine implementing your suggestion in school systems where parents already are lobbying against the inclusion of algebra! Good luck!

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Jadium – February 9

11 hours 41 min ago

How to play Jadium

Monday and Tuesday – 16 givens (Blueberry), Wednesday to Sunday – 4 to 15 givens (Coconut)

To solve online, copy the puzzle below (including the date), then click here for where to paste the copied puzzle. (Thanks to Kenneth R. Whitaker.)

February 9, 2016 69 70 __ __ __ __ __ 24 23 68 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 22 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 43 __ 47 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 35 __ 39 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 60 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 14 59 58 __ __ __ __ __ 12 13


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The X-Files Recap: Last Week Laughs, This Week Trash

Mon, 2/8/2016 9:00 PM

One of the great things about The X-Files (both then and now) is its ability to change things up week to week. Nowhere is that more apparent than the space between last week’s “Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster” and this week’s “Home Again.” Tonight’s installment was a scary as heck monster of the week episode, with a heaping helping of a heavy Scully plotline on the side.

A gruesome murder has been committed in Philadelphia by a man/creature/hulking figure who wreaks, is covered in flies and lives on the back of a trash truck. Mulder and Scully are called in because of their past experience with “spooky” cases, but no sooner had they seen (what was left of) Joseph Cutler, the H.U.D. exec in charge of “relocating” the neighborhood homeless population than Scully receives a phone call. At first, William’s name appears on caller ID, and Scully (and all of us) gasp. Seconds later it changes to William Scully, Jr. (Scully’s brother, Bill). Bill is calling to tell Dana that their mom suffered a heart attack and is in intensive care in D.C. Scully rushes to her side.

Mulder stays on the crime scene, where the murderer has left no distinguishable footprints or evidence, but someone (or something) has dropped a Band-Aid, covered in what can only be described as goo. He also notices that street art on a building across the way (featuring a man hanging from a rope) appeared after the time of the victim’s death.

Outside the H.U.D. office, Mulder encounters two more homeless haters: a land developer named Daryl Landry who was working with the victim and Nancy Huff, the President of the Bucks County school district, which is too close in her opinion, to the new home for the homeless. Mulder suggests both claim to speak for the homeless but are only looking out for their own interests, and says he doesn’t hear anyone actually speaking for the “Downtown people.” From beside a dumpster, a homeless guy growls, “the Band-Aid nose man.” And though he literally just held a goopy Band-Aid in his hand moments earlier, this means nothing to Mulder.

This whole scene felt weird. Mulder, who has always been dry, has become a bit silly, and his comments throughout felt out of character. (And he made a lot of anti-Philadelphia comments!) Yes, people change with age and it’s been more than a decade since last we saw him, but Mulder has become less of a sarcastic-but-stoic agent and more of a clunky, avuncular goofball. But more on that later.

When she arrives at the hospital, Scully finds her mom in a coma and a nurse informs her that she woke only briefly to ask for Charlie—Scully’s estranged younger brother. Stroking her mother’s sleeping face, she tells her, “I’ve been where you are,” referring to her own time in a coma. “I know that Ahab is there. And Melissa,” she says, referencing her deceased dad and her sister, before asking her mother to stay rather than join them. She needs her. She tells her mother that she’s here, her brother Bill is here… “and William is here,” she adds, before she can catch herself. She sits at her bedside and goes through her mother’s belongings, where she finds a quarter on a chain. We also learn, in this scene, that when Scully went through her own health problems, her mother wrote up a living will with instructions to keep her alive as long as possible. Scully watches as another patient—now dead—is covered and wheeled out on a gurney.

The Band-Aid offers no evidence. A squint we’ve never seen before but who seems familiar to Mulder and Scully explains that there’s no organic material on the Band-Aid. But there’s also no inorganic material. “It’s not alive, it’s not dead.”

But a couple of entrepreneurial art dealers who snagged the graffiti that Mulder saw (with plans to put it up for auction) are. After violently ripping their bodies apart, the killer drags them out to his drug and the camera pans back to the canvas, which is now signed Trash Man.

Scully flashes back to her own coma. And in footage from the second season episode, “One Breath,” Mulder takes her hand and tells her, “I don’t know if my being here will help bring you back, but I’m here.”

The doctors inform Scully that Margaret Scully’s advance directive indicates she not be resuscitated. Scully is blindsided by the amendment—which Mrs. Scully made last year. Scully’s phone rings, and once again the name William appears on the screen, but this time it changes to Mulder. Scully picks up and Mulder says, “I’m here.” She looks up and there he is in the doorway. And even though it was in the commercial, did anyone else get the chills? Because that was an amazing sequence.

Ever the doting husband, err, partner, Mulder stands with his arms around Scully while she watches the doctors extubate her mom. Later, he holds vigil with her at her mom’s bedside.

“Back in the day, didn’t we ever come across the ability to just wish someone back to life?” she asks her partner.

“I invented it when you were in the hospital like this,” he tells her.

Scully’s phone rings and this time it’s Charlie. He got word that his estranged mother was asking for him. Scully puts him on speakerphone and upon hearing her lost son’s voice, Margaret awakens. She opens her eyes and gazes up at Mulder, taking his hand. “My son is named William, too,” she says. And then she flatlines.

This wasn’t just a sad scene for Scully, it was sad for the viewers of the original series who grew to love Margaret Scully (played by Sheila Larken). She was one of Dana’s few surviving family members and—for all we could tell—her only friend besides Mulder. She was a constant in the series and it was a sad goodbye for all of us.

When the orderlies arrive to take her mother’s body away, Scully begs them not to, but Mulder wraps his arms around his crying partner to calm her. As she weeps into his chest, Scully laments that her mom’s dying words were about the child they gave up so long ago.

Scully tells Mulder to take her to Philadelphia. “I need to work…right now,” she says. Again, this was a weird moment. Yes, Scully throws herself into work when things go bad, but modern day Scully is intense (and shrill), where the Scully of years past had a quiet strength and determination about her. It begs the question: Are the characters changing with time or are the writers?

Mulder watches helplessly as Scully storms out of the hospital, but takes her to their new friend the scientist. He examines the Trash Man’s signature and discovers the name of the paint the artist used. A quick search on her phone tells Scully that paint is only available at one store in Philadelphia. She and Mulder stake it out.

And it’s a good thing, because Nancy Huff is dead. The Trash Man appears on her stairs (in all his creepy-faced, Band-Aid nosed, super tall glory) before ripping her limbs apart and throwing her head in the trash can, just like he did Cutler. All while “Downtown” by Petula Clark plays eerily in the background.

Mulder and Scully follow a paint purchaser into an abandoned warehouse, where he pulls a gun on them. Scully disarms him and drops him to the ground, handing his weapon to Mulder all in the blink of an eye. Apparently she really did need to work.

They learn the actual artist is downstairs, where there is no power and no natural light. When their guide leaves them on the darkened stairwell, the partners once again bring up their glory days.

“I wasn’t going to shoot the kid and I don’t do stairs anymore,” Mulder tells Scully. (And it made me sad.)

“Mulder, back in the day I used to do stairs, and in three inch heels,” she says.

“Back in the day? Scully back in the day is now,” he says, switching on his flashlight. Scully smiles and does the same before the two head into the darkness.

As their signature flashlight beams cross, they find some very creepy monsters (did anyone else think they saw the Flukeman?) and a graffiti artist with a curious super power: He can bring his creations (the aforementioned creepy monsters) to life using his mind, an act he likens to the Tibetan practice of tulku. He creates art, including a sculpture—The Trash Man—to give the homeless a voice (because people treat them like trash). The other creatures, he tells them, are fading. But the Band-Aid nose man is different. Down to the Band-Aid he used to hold his nose in place.

While he’s explaining his artistic process, Scully’s mind wanders: To William’s birth. To his ability to move his mobile with him mind. To introducing him to Mulder for the first time. To her mother. To telling Mulder she gave William up for confidential adoption to save him.

She projects her emotions on the artist, telling him he’s responsible for the monster’s acts. “You put it out of sight so that it wouldn’t be your problem, but you’re just as bad as the people that you hate.”

Mulder steers the investigation back on track, noting that the next person on the Trash Man’s list will be Landry.

Sure enough, he is. While shuttling the homeless into their creepy new digs (and being a real jerk while doing so), Landry is attacked by the Trash Man. Scully, Mulder and the artist are hot on his heels, but are unable to stop the murder. And even after all she’s seen, Scully marvels at the fact that they never saw him, despite the fact that he would have had to run right past them to escape.

Sitting on a log, both dressed in black, the partners sit with Scully’s mother’s urn at their feet. Scully tells Mulder she believes her mother asked for Charlie because she wanted to be sure all of her children were safe before she passed. She made them and was responsible for them. Scully believes she asked about William to be certain Mulder and Scully would be responsible for their own child.

Rationally, Scully knows that William is OK, and that their sacrifice kept him safe. “But I can’t help but think of him, Fox,” she says. (And you know it’s serious because as Mulder once quipped, he even made his parents call him Mulder.)

She tells him, “I believe you will find all of your answers. You will find the answers to the biggest mysteries, and I will be there when you do. But my mysteries, I’ll never have answered.

Scully wonders if William thinks of her, or doubts himself because they put him up for adoption. She’ll never know what questions he has of her, just like she has of her mom’s coin necklace.

“I want to believe. I need to believe that we didn’t treat him like trash,” she says tearfully, as Mulder silently wraps his arm around her and pulls her close.

Thoughts? Feelings? Opinions on that Scully as an alien teaser during the Super Bowl Halftime presentation? Share them in the comments!

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Numbrix 9 – February 9

Mon, 2/8/2016 7:00 PM
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Can You Connect the Dots?

Mon, 2/8/2016 1:00 PM

These connect-the-dots logic puzzles (Nexus4’s) are appropriate for beginner-to-intermediate level.

The below eight Nexus4’s make a good introduction. Not all are easy, and solutions are provided. Clicking shows each puzzle on the on-line solver.

How to play Nexus4

Nexus4 01     Solution 01

Nexus4 02     Solution 02

Nexus4 03     Solution 03

Nexus4 04     Solution 04

Nexus4 05     Solution 05

Nexus4 06     Solution 06

Nexus4 07     Solution 07

Nexus4 08     Solution 08

If you are wondering if larger puzzles are always more difficult, try this:  BIG ONE.  This looks daunting, but actually is not difficult. The secret is to find a good starting point. Whether easy or not, larger puzzles are generally more time-consuming. (Making them is CERTAINLY more time-consuming!) For a hint, read this backwards: renroctfelrewolehtnitrats. You can always come back to this later.

Try Other Nexus4’s

Also, try Jadiums , harder versions of Marilyn vos Savant’s Numbrix puzzles.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with 6 Cool Coloring Pages

Mon, 2/8/2016 11:39 AM

On Feb. 8, the Chinese calendar kicks off its new year (2016 is the Year of the Monkey.) with a worldwide explosion of food, parties, festivals, parades and other celebrations. You can have your own colorful Chinese New Year event with these themed downloadable coloring pages.





Show off your skills by shading in a New Year’s Lion Mask.




Create your own virtual Chinese New Year float.




 Be the star in your own fanciful parade.



Enjoy some peace and calm and shade in some lanterns.

Say goodbye to 2015 (Year of the Sheep)….



….and hello to Year of the Monkey in 2016.

Want more coloring pages? We update here with fresh pages each month.
Bottom two images excerpted from Stress Less Coloring – Animals: 100+ Coloring Pages for Peace and Relaxation by Adams Media. Copyright © 2016 F+W Media.  Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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The Daily Cute: Horsepower!

Mon, 2/8/2016 11:35 AM

Congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning the Super Bowl last night. Though they won primarily on the strength of their defense, the win more than likely capped off a Hall-of-Fame career by Peyton Manning. Launch the gallery to see some literal horses (and possible future champions) winning every day simply by being as amazing and adorable as they are.

Click here to see “Your Weekend Adorabundle” and check back every weekday for a new Daily Cute! If you would like to submit cute photos which you took, please send them to DailyCuteParade@gmail.com. You will be credited if they’re used in a future Daily Cute.

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Watch the Video: Kate Middleton Makes Speech to Launch Children’s Mental Health Week

Mon, 2/8/2016 11:28 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a video speech to launch Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK. (https://twitter.com/KensingtonRoyal/status/696615085163175936)

“Through my work in areas like addiction, I have seen time and again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood frequently stem from unresolved childhood issues,” Kate says in a passionate plea for support for children’s mental health charities like Place2Be, of which she is patron. (https://www.place2be.org.uk ) “This needs to change.”

Intercutting the speech is footage of Kate’s visit to a school in London, in which she speaks to several children about how they cope with troubles in their lives and how Place2Be has helped them.

“William and I feel that every child deserves to be supported through difficult times in their lives,” the duchess tells us.

She adds, “Many of us are incredibly fortunate that the issues we face in childhood are ones we can cope with and learn from. But for some children, learning to cope with life’s challenges can be a struggle.
“While we cannot always change a child’s circumstances, we can give them the tools to cope, and to thrive. With early support they can learn to manage their emotions and feelings and know when to seek help.”

February is shaping up to be a busy month for the duchess—yesterday she made her first official engagement of 2016, when she attended the 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Cadets in London. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3435752/Kate-s-flying-high-Duchess-Cambridge-steps-pale-blue-Alexander-McQueen-marks-75th-anniversary-RAF-Air-Cadets.html)

We’ve seen her belted military-style coat before—Kate wore the blue Alexander McQueen piece for a wreath-laying ceremony during her 2014 tour of New Zealand.

This time her coat was accessorized with an Air Cadets Dacre brooch, which used to be awarded to the RAF’s best female cadet each year. The tradition is no longer observed, but as Kate is the Air Cadets’ new Honory Air Commandant she was given the brooch in a symbolic gesture.

At one point, Kate chatted with a 19-year-old cadet Lucinda Conder and reportedly told her that her son Prince George is now “obsessed with the air cadets and wants to join,” after he was shown pictures of Spitfire fighter aircraft. (http://www.people.com/people/package/article/0,,20395222_20985462,00.html)

Conder went on to say, “It’s brilliant to have Kate involved. It’s just really nice to have a female patron for us girls. Kate is passing the responsibility down the royal family.

“And it’s also nice to have a new, refreshing, younger patron. I think she’s going to bring alive the air cadets again.”


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Dr. Nancy Berk’s Tip of The Day: Tackle Your Super Bowl Snack Remorse

Mon, 2/8/2016 11:20 AM

Before you beat yourself up for having little self-control at the Super Bowl snack table, remember you weren’t alone. Super Bowl Sunday places second only to Thanksgiving when it comes to the highest ranking day for mega food consumption. So, post-Super Bowl snack remorse is probably a pretty common phenomenon come Monday morning.

But instead of spending today reprimanding yourself for bad dietary decisions, try turning the table on the not-so-healthy snack(s) that tempted you. Take a few moments to investigate replacement options for the future. Run a Google search on your favorite snack and add “low calorie recipe” to the search line. Ask your friends and social media pals to weigh in on low-calorie versions of their favorites. Soon you’ll have a recipe arsenal for the next party. That’s not to say that those nachos won’t be on your list, but you’ll have more ammunition to be at the top of your game.

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Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, comic and entertainment analyst. The host of the showbiz podcast Whine At 9, Nancy digs a little deeper as she chats with fascinating celebrities and industry insiders. Her book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.

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Grimm Star Sasha Roiz Talks the Black Claw Uprising and His Pet Project the Grimmster Endowment

Mon, 2/8/2016 9:00 AM

It’s time for fans to get their Grimm on when the cast of the hit NBC series about the monster inside us puts their efforts into raising funds for the OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where the series films.

“Ever since we got to town, we have wanted to become part of the community here and one of the things that interested me was the children’s hospital,” Sasha Roiz, who plays Captain Renard, tells Parade.com. “I heard a lot of good things about the care and the fact that it has a prominent reputation nationally. My castmates would come up with me. In the course of that, I got to know the staff and the doctors; I got to know what they do. I got to know the families first hand and their struggles.”

One of the big struggles for families is the cost of putting their lives and jobs on hold, and the consequences that arise as a result. So Roiz got the idea to create the Grimmster Endowment, which is specifically designated to pay for everything beyond actual medical costs. The funds from the endownment cover accommodations, travel costs, and other incidentals for families with children in the hospital.

In what has become an annual event, The Grimm Gala, being held this year on Feb. 13., is a fundraiser for the Grimmster Endowment, but it is also a chance for fans of the show to get some time with the cast at the exclusive dinner and auction at the Exchange Ballroom in Northeast Portland.

In addition to the monies raised by ticket sales, there is also an auction, during which Grimm memorabilia and props, special Nike shoes autographed by Michael Jordan, special box tickets to a Trailblazer game with members of the cast, and more are put up for grabs by the highest bidder.

But the coolest thing for Grimm fans is an online raffle designed by Omaze, the winner of which gets the opportunity to fly to Portland, spend time on the set with the cast and crew, and be transformed into a Wesen by the show’s makeup and hair staff.

Last year’s gala raised $300,000. Roiz says they are hoping to beat that amount this year, and Grimm fans can help even if they can’t attend by donating online.

Now for some Grimm scoop. Check out what Roiz told us about Black Claw and the uprising, the women in the captain’s life, and more!

We’ve moved away from the royals storyline. Is there something about that that you miss?

I do. I do wish there was some way for me to have a confrontation with my father. That kind of Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader moment, but, sadly, that’s not going to happen because he’s very much dead.

I do miss the web of that royal family. Every time you would turn around, there was a new member trying to outdo me. It was a fun chess match. I enjoyed the process of meeting these characters. All of a sudden, I had a mom, I had a cousin. It kept me on my toes and it was a lot of fun to discover them and to create a backstory for each of these people.

But, I think, they are moving in a more political direction. Don’t be fooled by how mild and copacetic the whole thing is looking right now. I think it is going to get very exciting very quickly and you’re not going to anticipate what’s happening. It does tie in to the seasonal story arc of Black Claw and the Wesen uprising. It’s going to be a really exciting journey.

The captain is a Wesen and he appeared to be clueless about Black Claw. How do you think sides are being drawn for this big battle?

With the captain, you never know what he knows. He only reveals as much as he likes to. Does he not know? Is he not telling? That’s the thing with this character, even I sometimes don’t know what I know. That stuff will always come around and surprise you.

I think Black Claw is a whole different movement. I really enjoy specifically when our writers tell stories that reflect what’s happening in our world.  With this whole Black Claw uprising, there are elements of it in our world: there’s danger, there’s uprising, there’s insurgency and a lot of religious, political and social unrest. I think we are paralleling that and reflecting that. I think it makes for some of the most vivid and engrossing episodes.

In last Friday’s episode, Black Claw is compared to Nazi Germany, or are they saying Hitler was a Wesen?

We did establish that in Season 1. Nick [David Giuntoli] found old reels, and he’s playing this black-and-white footage of Hitler giving this speech, and all of a sudden, Nick sees him turn into a Blutbaden. That was the first time I got real chills watching. I said, “Oh, my God. The line is now blurred between the world we’ve created and our real world.” I love that because we are answering the question of monsters that live within us, and people’s motivations, and where do evil people come from? Grimm is our interpretation of that, but I love when it ties into our actual world.

Why do I think that the captain’s supporting a political candidate is going to come back to bite him in the butt?

Everything comes back to bite him the butt. He’s a punching bag. There is going to be a big consequence. Look, there is no decision or choice on this show that doesn’t have huge fallout, so it is not going to be any different. It is going to take a very interesting and very fast turn when it does. That is only a few episodes from now, so I think you will enjoy that.

In previous season’s the captain hooked up with Adalind [Claire Coffee] and he was friends with Juliette [Bitsie Tulloch], is there a woman coming into his life?

Very quickly. Someone who may have already been introduced. A certain little redhead. Yes, the captain has trouble with some of the women in his life. He makes interesting choices, questionable choices, and this will be no different. But it will be exciting, sexy, and steamy.

Grimm airs Friday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

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The Parade Preview: What to Watch, Rent or Buy Feb. 8-14

Mon, 2/8/2016 7:30 AM

TV shows, new DVDs, movies and books you’ll want to check out this week!

(All times Eastern.)

MONDAY, Feb. 8

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge

Professional wrestler Steve Austin hosts eight new tough-as-nails contestants in a series of head-on competitions to see which one has the stuff to take his personally designed Skullbuster, a half-mile stretch of 10 obstacles designed to stop even hard-core athletes, and take home $10,000 (9 p.m., CMT).

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

On a mission to “break up late-night’s all-male sausage fest,” the former Daily Show correspondent brings her own talk show to the post-prime-time airwaves with a saucy mix of commentary and comedy (10:30 p.m., TBS).

Why did Samantha Bee Leave The Daily Show?


Hollywood Game Night

In a new Battle of the Sexes event, two contestants lead gender-based teams of three celebs (including Geena Davis, Ben Feldman, Michael Ealy, Kate Walsh, Adam Goldberg and Angela Kinsey) in fun rounds of pop-culture-based party games in hopes of winning a $25,000 grand prize (8 p.m., NBC)

Jane Lynch on Guardian Angels, Glee and Goals

American Experience: The Perfect Crime

In 1924, the murder of a teenage boy by two wealthy college students shocked the nation. But more horrifying than the brutal murder was the motive: Leopold and Loeb admitted they planned to abduct and kill a child at random just for the thrill of it. Defense attorney Clarence Darrow’s (highly unpopular) fight to save the killers from the death penalty laid the groundwork for courtroom arguments still used today (9 p.m., PBS).


The Goldbergs

Beverly (Wendi Mclendon-Covey) forbids Adam (Sean Giambrone) to see the raunchy R-rated movie Porky’s, so Murray (Jeff Garlin) encourages him to break the rules. But things backfire, to tune of a Lionel Richie song (8:30 p.m., ABC).

Wendi McLendon-Covey Dishes on The Goldbergs

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

This two-part episode begins with the escape of two convicted killers who break out with the help of someone from the past of Benson (Mariska Hargarty), and features guest appearances from Sophia Bush and John Seda from Chicago P.D. (10 p.m., NBC).

What Are Former Law and Order Stars Up To?


Inside the Actors Studio

Host James Lipton sits down with Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus and Steven Yeun from AMC’s critically acclaimed horror drama The Walking Dead to discuss the history of the show, its wide-ranging popularity and its pop-cultural impact (8 p.m., Bravo).

The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan (Maggie) on Relationships, Cosplay and Kicking A**

Those Who Can’t

TruTV’s first scripted comedy series follows the misadventures of three trouble-making schoolteachers (show creators Adam Cayton-Holland, Andrew Orvendahl and Ben Roy, all of the Denver-based comedy troupe the Grawlix) determined to beat the system (10:30 p.m., TruTV).

FRIDAY, Feb. 12

The Amazing Race

Twenty-two new contestants hit the highway—and the hills, the air and the sea—for the new season of the popular globetrotting competition, which this spring will take them to 18 far-flung cities in 10 different countries for a combined 27,000 miles (8 p.m., CBS).

The Amazing Race: See The Full Cast For Season 28

American Masters: B.B. King

In honor of Black History Month, this exploration of the consummate blues-guitar maestro—filmed shortly before his death in May 2015—features interviews with Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and other admirers (9 p.m., PBS).

Black History Month: Test Your Knowledge of African-American History


Naked and Afraid: Pop-Up Edition

Two strangers (Lindsey Leitelt and Luke McLaughlin) are plunked down in the middle of the African desert of Namibia without food, water—or clothes—to see if (and how) they can survive for 21 days, while post-production “pop-up” text graphics provide additional information, background and commentary (9 p.m., Discovery).

Saturday Night Live

Mike & Molly TV star Melissa McCartney, returning for her fourth time as host, will be starring in the movies The Boss and Ghostbusters this summer, and Kayne West, making his seventh SNL appearance as a musical guest, will be promoting his brand-new CD, Waves, (11:30, NBC).

Sunday with…Melissa McCarthy

SUNDAY, Feb. 14

Love Finds You at Valentine

Based on the successful Love Finds You TV movie franchise, this heart-shaped drama follows a law student (Michaela McManus) who inherits a ranch in the small town of Valentine, Neb. She plans to sell it, the area’s beauty—and to the hunky ranch foreman (Diogo Morgado)—might change her mind (7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Up)


A 1970s record-label exec (Bobby Cannavale) tries to save his struggling company—and his soul—without destroying everyone, and everything, in his path in this dynamite new 10-episode series written and produced by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, rock god Mick Jagger and Terence (Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos) Winter (9 p.m., HBO).

What Movies have Featured Bobby Cannavale Recently?


I’d never heard of this book, but director Martin Scorsese had—because he’s been shaping Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 historical novel Silence (Picador), now released in a new paperback edition, into a major motion picture scheduled for release later this year. It will star Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson and Adam Driver in the tale of Portuguese missionaries who travel to 17th century Japan and endure persecution for their faith.


James Bond is back, baby, with Daniel Craig doing his thing once again as the world’s coolest, most iconic super-spy in Spectre (Twentieth Century Home Entertainment), which also features Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Christoph Waltz, Nomie Harris and Ben Whishaw. One of the special features is a behind-the-scenes look at the jaw-dropping opening sequence filmed in Mexico City.


The housing crunch hits hard in the critically acclaimed 99 Homes (Broadgreen Pictures), a modern economic parable in which Andrew Garfield plays a Florida evictee who learns the high price of working for the ruthless real-estate shark (a terrific Michael Shannon) who put him on the streets.


Lily Tomlin was nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as a feisty Grandma (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment) in writer-director Paul Weitz’s candid, touching comedy-drama about the relationships between three generations of women. With Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott.


Robert Redford stars as Dan Rather in Truth (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment), based on the true story of one of network news’ biggest scandals. With Cate Blanchett as Rather’s producer Mary Mapes, and also Topher Grace, Bruce Greenwood and Dennis Quaid.


The dinner table gets pretty crowded in Love The Coopers (Lionsgate/CBS), a multi-generational Christmas family-reunion comedy starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Ed Helms, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried and June Squib.


Get some old-fashioned scares with Crimson Peak (Universal Pictures Home Entertainment), in which a sheltered young American woman (Mia Wasikowska) marries a British aristocrat (Tom Hiddleston) and moves to his remote, mysterious estate on an English moor atop a mountain of blood-red clay. With Jessica Chastain as a very creepy sister—who never blinks.



Opening in IMAX theaters Feb. 12, National Parks Adventure celebrates the 100th anniversary of America’s national parks with a stunning look at some of the spectacular testaments to the nation’s vast and untamed wilderness that can still be found at Yellowstone, the Everglades and other national parks. Narrated by Robert Redford.

In Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds stars as a former Special Forces operative who becomes a mercenary—the mutated, mouthy anti-hero Deadpool, based on the Marvel Comics character—after a rogue experiment leaves him with special powers.

Why Did Ryan Reynolds Stop Doing His Own Stunts?

Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann party it up in How to Be Single, a raunchy-sweet celebration of girl power, friendship and romance in the Big Apple.

Rebel Wilson on How to Be Single, Goals and Pitch Perfect 3

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back in Zoolander No. 2, a sequel to their 2001 cult comedy about two clueless male models, this time tasked with infiltrating the world of high fashion to stop the assassination of musical celebrities.

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On Studying Algebra in School

Mon, 2/8/2016 5:00 AM

Jane Marek in Spokane, Washington, writes:

I read your reply to the question about whether algebra should be required in school. (December 6, 2015) I loved your answer. I am a professional artist, and I teach the subject, too. Many people think I do not need mathematics in my profession. This is so far from the truth! Creating artwork nearly always employs problem solving, from the first decision of material use and subject matter continuing through every nuance of the creative process. I also use simple algebra to increase the size of my paintings proportionately. Creating the illusion of distance, especially when painting complex architecture, uses mathematical logic. (Did you ever look at M.C. Escher’s pieces and wonder how much math he studied?!) I took every math and logic class I could in school, and it has been a wonderful tool for my “right brain” profession for many years. Good for you for promoting this brain building discipline!

Marilyn responds:

Thank you, Jane. You must be one smart cookie to have recognized the brain-building properties of math back when you were still in school.

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Watch 45 Of Our Favorite Super Bowl 2016 Commercials

Mon, 2/8/2016 12:10 AM

What do Amy Schumer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Hart, Jason Schwartzman, Serena Williams, Harvey Keitel, Steven Tyler, Ryan Reynolds, Janelle Monáe, Willem Dafoe, Seth Rogen, Alec Baldwin, Dan Marino, Seth Rogen, Missy Elliott, Jeff Goldblum, Paul Rudd, Lil Wayne, Liam Neeson, Drake, Scott Baio, Christopher Walken and Dame Helen Mirren have in common?

This diverse and eclectic group appears in Super Bowl 2016 commercials.

But this year’s much coveted TV spots don’t just feature stars. There are a far share of commercials with sheep crooning Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” stampeding wiener dogs adorned in hot dog buns running in slow motion to humans dressed as ketchup bottles and a unique dancing hybrid thingy that calls itself “PuppyMonkeyBaby.”

Watch some of our favorite 2016 Super Bowl commercials below.

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Celebrities Including Paul McCartney, Madonna and Taylor Swift Tweet About Super Bowl 50 and Halftime

Mon, 2/8/2016 12:04 AM

During Super Bowl’s Halftime show the most Tweeted about performer was Beyonce, followed by Coldplay,  then Bruno Mars. According to Twitter, 3.9 million  Tweets were sent about Halftime which included 1.3 million Tweets about Beyonce.  And here’s what celebrities had to say about the show:

#SB50 #PepsiHalftime pic.twitter.com/rnbutevhgU

— Coldplay (@coldplay) February 8, 2016

Beyoncé! #PepsiHalftime #SB50 pic.twitter.com/buQdApNg7h

— Coldplay (@coldplay) February 8, 2016

Not long now… #SB50 #PepsiHalftime pic.twitter.com/7QsDfe5wRC

— Coldplay (@coldplay) February 8, 2016

We were gonna rock suits but I changed my mind. We posted in the Bay so it's Hammer Time! #Woop #SB50

— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) February 7, 2016


— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 8, 2016

started stretching an hour ago to keep up with @Beyonce tonight #SB50

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 7, 2016

Ummm that's how you announce your world tour…….. #BeyonceBowl

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 8, 2016

That one time Beyoncé used the FIELD as her stage…

— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 8, 2016

Salute @BrunoMars That was excellent !!! Y'all did that. Appreciate the Love #Oaktown #BayArea #SB50

— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) February 8, 2016

Beyoncé always come wit heat..queen

— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 8, 2016

Freakin' EPIC!!! Thank you @BrunoMars all Hooliganz, @coldplay @Beyonce @NFL and everyone watching. Man oh man.

— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) February 8, 2016

'BELIEVE IN LOVE' Such a great message. What a fantastic Super Bowl halftime show!!! #sb50https://t.co/9I0YxrP44o

— Jordin Sparks (@JordinSparks) February 8, 2016


— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 8, 2016

Beyonce for Queen #2016. https://t.co/d0Kac5kIJE

— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) February 7, 2016

amazing performance @coldplay @Beyonce @BrunoMars #SB50 #HalftimeShow pic.twitter.com/v0zvLovBN1

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 8, 2016

Was so honored to intro such amazing performers @Beyonce @BrunoMars @coldplay #truentertainers ! Humbled. #PepsiHalftime

— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) February 8, 2016

That was the best halftime show ever. Believe in love. @Coldplay @beyonce @brunomars #SB50

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 8, 2016

Can’t wait for Pepsi’s commercial tonight leading into #PepsiHalftime
❌⭕️❌⭕️ pic.twitter.com/epU7auEoWS

— Madonna (@Madonna) February 7, 2016

Happy 50th! #SB50 #Broncos #Panthers Photo of Paul from 2005 halftime rehearsals. Who are you cheering on tonight? pic.twitter.com/VXB7kMnBoc

— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) February 7, 2016

That's how it's done. @Beyonce @BrunoMars @coldplay #BelieveInLove #Halftime #SB50 pic.twitter.com/Y944ivLCaN

— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 8, 2016

I didnt realize there were 400 people in coldplay

— David Spade (@DavidSpade) February 8, 2016

I am all about Chris Martin's shoes. #HalftimeShow

— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 8, 2016

The energy of #SB50 #PepsiHalftime show was great! Beyoncé Coldplay and Bruno Mars!
But what happened to Janet Jackson in the montage!

— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) February 8, 2016

YES. LOVE. #BelieveInLove #PepsiHalftime SLAYAGE.

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 8, 2016

Halftime happiness. #SuperBowl

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 8, 2016

Dying. So happy best Super Bowl show in a LONG time. Wow.

— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 8, 2016

Color my ass a deep shade of impressed. #superbowlhalftime

— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) February 8, 2016

Having a blast at SuperBowl 50, but now I've gotta run to the airport! #BeyoncePlayMars pic.twitter.com/apkokjxfAd

— Barenaked Ladies (@barenakedladies) February 8, 2016

Also can someone tweet the @Beyonce tour schedule to me. ❤️❤️❤️

— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 8, 2016

Chris Martin looks like me if I were a night club manager that wore rainbow team Jordan's pic.twitter.com/CDiy5Xl75T

— The Squadfather (@diplo) February 8, 2016

#halftimeshow participate…#beyonce #coldplay #brunomars @ Levi's Stadium https://t.co/3ZOpsnpXHJ

— Kat McPhee (@katharinemcphee) February 8, 2016

This is all so Lisa Frank and I love it #HalftimeShow

— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 8, 2016

#superbowl #beyonce pic.twitter.com/IZnr4HTUIN

— Ashley Benson (@AshBenzo) February 7, 2016

Gotta love @SuperBowl Sunday! @Panthers @Broncos @coldplay @ladygaga @Beyonce @BrunoMars – ain't nothin' like it! pic.twitter.com/g94qB82wxR

— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 8, 2016

.@Beyonce's half time show is going to leave us like… #SuperBowlSunday pic.twitter.com/Pzndb5p4dI

— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) February 7, 2016

So nice of these padded men to play this game as an into for @Beyonce @coldplay and @BrunoMars #SuperBowl #SuperBowl50

— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) February 8, 2016

B E L I E V E I N ❤️! Great @SuperBowl half time show @coldplay @Beyonce @BrunoMars @MarkRonson #believeinlove

— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) February 8, 2016

Great halftime show @coldplay @Beyonce @BrunoMars . Really really great #letsgobroncos

— Phillip Phillips (@Phillips) February 8, 2016

Are the non-Chris Martin members of Coldplay always the same or do they get subbed out like menudo?

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 8, 2016

Let us give praise in every way to @Beyoncé #SB50

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) February 8, 2016

Celebrities also weighed in about the game on Twitter.

Here pic.twitter.com/0M360Vm9Rb

— The Squadfather (@diplo) February 7, 2016

Here's ALL of my signed performance with @ladygaga that was entirely visible at the stadium #SuperBowl50 https://t.co/6MbqVkSnYR

— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) February 8, 2016

Super Soul Sunday time before Super Bowl Sunday time with Khloe & Lamar pic.twitter.com/YwlTiYAsYT

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 7, 2016

I taught @CameronNewton everything he knows. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/IaGeUMbXWx

— Betty White (@BettyMWhite) February 7, 2016

Go PANTHERS!! @Panthers @lukekuechly @cameron1newton #SuperBowl50 #KeepPounding #LUUUUKE #blessed #FAE #grateful pic.twitter.com/HTgtr6dSMt

— Angie Harmon (@Angie_Harmon) February 7, 2016

How are you watching the Super Bowl? pic.twitter.com/JTT6f115pA

— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) February 8, 2016

Hoe. Lee. Shit.

Didn't see THAT coming. #SuperBowl50

— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) February 8, 2016

"Super Bowl 50? Oh, you mean Super Bowl L." me, classics major, very popular at my viewing party

— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 8, 2016

Trip to the @superbowl50 short & sweet. Made much better by @davidblaine blowing our minds. Thx dude pic.twitter.com/8HYevfLVrd

— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) February 7, 2016

I mean these people know what the F they're doin' #SB50 #whitecastle pic.twitter.com/VCcQGNVyKC

— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) February 8, 2016

So far I got this guy winning the #SB50 #Commercialbowl pic.twitter.com/CwzbdL0rBQ

— Jerry O'Connell (@MrJerryOC) February 8, 2016

Ok switching from Super Bowl to Hoarders now. #liveauthentically

— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) February 8, 2016

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone! Super Bowl 7 years ago with @khloekardashian in Tampa. On my app, link in bio. pic.twitter.com/8TQJA7FpLO

— Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) February 7, 2016

Getting ready for the big game in my @levis #scoremore #SB50 pic.twitter.com/DPhEVeN3PA

— Adriana Lima (@AdrianaLima) February 7, 2016

Game ✌️ #SB50 #SuperBowl50 #SuperBowl #SanFrancisco pic.twitter.com/tTP1H0aIi1

— Alessandra Ambrosio (@AngelAlessandra) February 7, 2016

Let's go!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/2HboGYNeqO

— James Corden (@JKCorden) February 7, 2016

Almost game time! #SB50 pic.twitter.com/29MA6IT2Re

— Liam Hemsworth (@LiamHemsworth) February 7, 2016

we are getting stunt card instructions during commericals at stadium #SB50 pic.twitter.com/kS6PXU4b6F

— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) February 8, 2016

She is spectacular. I ❤️ you @ladygaga. Let's get together again and make magic – you singing me signing #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/jaoIx3Xa4E

— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) February 8, 2016

What an epic halftime show! @Beyonce, @BrunoMars and @coldplay slayed that performance! -Pia pic.twitter.com/531eI1LEOb

— Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (@MissUniverse) February 8, 2016

It was sort of like the Super Bowl. But in London Go Chelsea! pic.twitter.com/CqqilE8Ei2

— Karlie Kloss (@karliekloss) February 7, 2016

Wow #PeytonManning ! Big congrats to my #birthdaybuddy #neworleans #1976 #SB50

— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 8, 2016

Ironically, I always do the Cam Newton endzone dance after I nail a great take. #dabit #SB50

— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) February 8, 2016

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Jadium – February 8

Mon, 2/8/2016 12:00 AM

How to play Jadium

Monday and Tuesday – 16 givens (Blueberry), Wednesday to Sunday – 4 to 15 givens (Coconut)

To solve online, copy the puzzle below (including the date), then click here for where to paste the copied puzzle. (Thanks to Kenneth R. Whitaker.)

February 8, 2016 35 __ __ __ 41 __ __ __ 47 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 29 __ 57 __ 51 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 07 __ 09 __ __ __ 63 __ 67 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 13 __ 21 __ 73 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ 01 __ __ __ 17 __ __ __ 81


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Numbrix 9 – February 8

Sun, 2/7/2016 7:00 PM
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The Ultimate Valentine’s Gift Guide… For Guys!

Sun, 2/7/2016 11:43 AM

Sure, love doesn’t cost a thing and chances are, he doesn’t want or expect you to make a fuss for him on Valentine’s Day. But if you want to wow an amazing man in your life, I found some great gifts he’ll surely be sweet on. From sweet gestures to all-out splurges, I found some fab gifts for every budget.

Click “Launch Gallery” to discover my favorite ways to spoil your husband, boyfriend, dad, grandpa…or any special man in your life.

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Why are Manhole Covers Round?

Sun, 2/7/2016 5:00 AM

Why are manhole covers round versus any other geometrical shape?

—James Arndt, Garden Grove, Calif.

It’s time to clear up this longstanding misconception. The standard answer is, “A round shape is the only one that will prevent the cover from falling through the opening.” This is not correct. A round cover will fall through a matching round opening no matter which way you turn it. This is not the case with other shapes. For example, a square cover will not fall through a matching square opening when simply rotated on a horizontal plane in any way where the corners don’t match with the hole.

The correct answer is more complicated. A round manhole cover will not fall through a round opening only when the opening is made smaller than the cover. This is also the case for other geometric shapes, but the difference in the size of the cover and the size of the opening needs to be greater to prevent the cover from slipping through when it’s rotated in various planes. So the round shape is more practical, assuming you want the cover shape and opening shape to be the same. (It’s easy to make a square cover that won’t fit through a round hole.)

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