Blog Posts by Melissa Knowles

  • Interview With Controversial ‘STFU, Parents’ Blogger Blair Koenig

    In March 2009, Blair Koenig started the reader submission-based blog STFU, Parents as a way to mock parents who overshare on social media. Koenig refers to her blog as "an entertainment destination" and as a "guide for parents on what NOT to post about their kids." Koenig says her blog is also a "forum for non-parents to vent about their TMI-related frustrations."

    Posts include parents giving details of their kids' bodily functions, potty-training progress or regression, and even pictures of the alleged events. It's oversharing at its worst or best, depending on whom you ask. Koenig has even categorized the blog entries of the parents: Sanctimommy — the "better mom than you" moms; Woe is Mom — the nonsleeping martyr moms; Mommy Jacking — the "every thought turns back to my child" moms; and Gross Out Factor — devoted to the too-much-information-providing parents.

    On average, STFU, Parents receives more than 1.5 million visits a month, and with its growth in popularity, it has also

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  • Adorable Viral Kids Videos of the Week

    This would not be Trending Now if we did not show you viral videos. So this post is all about viral videos, but these kind are of the adorable variety.

    The first is a YouTube post out of the U.K. uploaded by user Lee O'Donaghue. It shows an older sister imparting some wisdom to her younger brother, Gabriel. From what the little girl says and from Gabriel's body-language, it appears that he must have gotten into scuffle on the playground. His astute older sister, who appears to be no more than 5 or 6-years-old, tells him, "You're nearly three, you should toughen up a bit." She also encourages him to listen when their parents tell them what to do, "when mom and dad say 'don't do that,' you don't do that."

    The video of the two siblings sitting on a park bench is well on its way to going viral with more than 155,000 views and counting in just a matter of days.

    Then there's twin brothers MJ and AJ. Their mother shot a video of the boys eating spaghetti in high-chairs after a long day at the

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  • Paramedic Punished for Giving Blanket to Cold Elderly Fire Survivor

    A number of offenses can get you in trouble at work: slacking off, not being a team player, tardiness, and so on. It's understandable if you're reprimanded for committing one of these. But a Detroit paramedic is in hot water for what seems to have been an act of kindness -- giving a blanket to a man who was cold.

    Two weeks ago, a house caught fire, and the elderly man who lived there was brought outside wearing only his underwear. Paramedic Jeff Gaglio gave him a blanket. Then on Tuesday, Gaglio was informed that the department was bringing him up on charges for his action. Jerald James, chief of the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), who is responsible for Gaglio's punishment, said in defense of the charges, "We can't have an employee who feels that they have a right to give away state property without getting prior approval." In fact, his department and the city of Detroit are strapped for cash. However, it has also been revealed that the department did not pay for the blanket. The one

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  • One of the biggest reality show hits of the fall is 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,' which airs on TLC. The show features a rural Georgia family centered around the youngest member, Alana Thompson, who competes in beauty pageants. While the show has legions of fans, critics think the show exploits young Alana, and could be doing more harm than good.

    At any rate, 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has been renewed for a second season, and 7-year-old pageant princess Alana will continue making her way to becoming a household name. With that in mind, the web-based movie review and interview show 'Screen Junkies' decided to have three of the stars of the new film 'Seven Psychopaths,' re-enact a scene from an episode of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.' Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken all participate, and the video of the three actors is going viral.

    [Related: 'Honey Boo Boo' Gets Own Character on South Park]

    So far, the video has been viewed more than 370,000 times. Commenters on YouTube

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  • Marines Help 11-Year-Old Amputee Finish Triathlon

    Ben Baltz is an 11-year-old cancer survivor. He lost his right leg to bone cancer when he was just 6 years old and has been walking, running, and playing soccer and baseball with the aid of a prosthetic leg and a mechanical knee.

    Just last weekend, Ben competed in the Sea Turtle Tri-Kids Triatholon. After completing the 150-yard swim and the four-mile bike ride, Ben had made it halfway through the one-mile run when one of the screws in his knee came loose and the prosthetic broke in half. His mother, Kim, said she knew that Ben was probably tired, but she didn't know what had happened to his leg.

    Suddenly an announcer asked everyone to turn around. That's when the crowd saw that Marines who were there to volunteer their assistance at the triathlon were running alongside Pfc. Matthew Morgan, a Marine who had picked Ben up and was giving him a piggyback ride across the finish line. There were not many dry eyes in the audience.

    Kim Baltz said that Ben was a little embarrassed that he was

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  • Mom Goes On Strike to Teach Messy Kids a Lesson

    Being a mom is a 24-hour, 365-day-a-week job -- there's no overtime pay or compensation, sick time, or even real vacation time. In fact, a lot of what moms get done may go unnoticed by their kids -- until the moms stop doing it. That's exactly what Calgary native Jessica Stilwell, a social worker and the mother of three girls, did to prove a point to her kids about cleaning up after themselves.

    Stilwell went on strike when she noticed that her girls, twins, age 10, and her oldest, age 12, were not picking up after themselves and seemed to have the expectation that Mom or Dad would do it. Stilwell reached her breaking point one night when her husband, Dylan, was out of town. After a typical weekend of running errands and taking the kids to various sporting events, Jessica sat down around 11 p.m. on Oct. 1. That's when she noticed the mess and knew that it had not been created by her or her husband.

    [Related: 7 moms you don't want to meet at play group]

    Stilwell did not inform her kids

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  • We are now learning more about the covert operation carried out by the Navy SEALS who took down Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, widely considered an important victory in the war on terror. The whistleblowing website posted satellite images Tuesday that appear to reveal the Navy SEAL training ground for the raid on Bin Laden.

    [Related: Pentagon threatens legal action over bin Laden book ]

    The book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden," written by a retired Navy SEAL who was part of the raid, provides information on the SEALs' training experience. Using details in the book, appears to have figured out the location of a secret CIA training facility. Tuesday, the website published Bing maps that reportedly show the area in North Carolina near Harvey Point Defense Testing Facility. The images appear to show a replica of bin Laden's compound in Abbottobad, Pakistan. Google maps, however, show the same training site as just a

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  • Inventive Bar Uses Stock Market Approach to Price Drinks

    The up-and-down movement of the stock market is enough to make even a seasoned trader a bit crazy. One minute you're on top of the world making the big bucks. The next minute your fortune is gone. But if you apply the ideas of stock trading to running a bar, things can get pretty interesting. That is the premise behind Exchange Bar and Grill in New York City.

    Every night, the price of drinks mimics the stock market, moving up or down based on supply and demand. There are even market crashes when certain items hit rock bottom. The bar soared in popularity last week when Reddit users voted it to the front page for its unorthodox pricing scheme.

    Steven Yee, operating partner, and Justin McCarthy, who is known as the 'man of the bar,' joined Trending Now via Skype to talk about the concept behind their bar and grill.

    Like us on and follow Trending Now on Twitter: @Knowlesitall and @YahooTrending.

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  • Best Friends Win Mega Millions Jackpot after Trying for 25 Years

    Who wants to be a millionaire? At this point, it's practically a rhetorical question, because who does not want to be? Two best friends who have wanted to be a part of the millionaires club and played the lottery together for the past 25 years are finally able to celebrate.

    Willie McPherson, 74, and Christopher Manzi, 44, started buying Powerball and Mega Millions tickets together in 1987. After a quarter century of trying, they finally hit it big, but it was not with the tickets they had purchased. While McPherson and Manzi did not win money with the tickets, they did receive two $1 Quick Pick tickets as part of a promotion. One of the Quick Pick tickets turned out to be a winner -- a $14 million Mega Millions winner.

    McPherson, who lives in Upper Manhattan, and Manzi, who lives in New Jersey, decided to take the lump sum payout of $10 million, which they split evenly. With their winnings, the friends are planning a trip to Miami and want to invest in real estate.

    After taxes, Manzi

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  • Will Hands-Free Luggage be the Wave of the Future?

    Convenience is a huge factor when it comes to making our lives easier, and it seems as if almost everything is being offered with a hands-free option these days -- even things you would never expect from lawn mowers to vacuums. The newest entry into the hands-free market comes in luggage form. The Hop -- named after bellhops -- is a rolling suitcase that follows you.

    Using Bluetooth technology and three sensors, the Hop closely follows its owner by using a microcontroller to detect a signal from the owner's smartphone. The Hop's locomotion is enabled by caterpillar treads that operate on compressed air on the bottom of the luggage, allowing it to move at a safe and constant distance. If Hop gets lost, it sends a vibration signal to the smartphone and it locks itself to prevent theft of the articles inside.

    The Hop was designed by Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, a Spanish design student. The manufacturers of Hop are calling it the next wave of luggage technology. But don't get too excited.

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