Blog Posts by Melissa Knowles

  • ‘Bic for Her’ Pens Get Bombarded with Sarcastic Reviews

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    Nowadays we rarely buy anything online without checking the reviews that others have written about the product. If something receives 5 out of 5 stars, we're definitely more inclined to take a chance and buy it. But how often are the product reviews so amusing that it's hard to tell whether they're real, or people are just making fun of the product being sold.

    A new product has inspired some sarcastic gems that have the Web laughing. The "Bic for Her" pen, which came out last year, is geared specifically toward women. Featuring "beautifully smooth writing," the pen is "designed to fit comfortably in a woman's hand." On Amazon.com, reviewers are perplexed by a gender-neutral product being assigned a specific gender.

    So far, there are 133 reviews of the pens. Here are a couple of our favorites:

    "When I saw these I just had to have them, so I asked my Husband to buy them for me. He

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  • Could a Robotic Chef Help Boost China’s Economy?

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    China's economy is booming, but the labor shortage means there are not enough people to keep up with demand for the jobs. One Chinese chef may have found the solution, at least as far as the restaurant business is concerned. Chef Cui Runguan from Beijing has invented a robot he calls Chef Cui, that can chop and cook noodles. Runguan whole-heartedly believes that just as robots have replaced factory workers, "it is certainly going to happen in sliced-noodle restaurants."

    Runguan first came up with the idea for Chef Cui in 2006, and production of the robot began in 2011. Each robot retails for 13,000 yuan, which is about $2,000. So far, Runguan has sold more than 3,000 robots, and reviews are good. Customers are all for the new robot, saying the noodles it makes are as good or better than the ones made by human cooks, and the presentation is top of the line too.

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  • World War II Letter to Soldier Serves as Keepsake for Grandson

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    A letter from home to soldiers at war can do wonders for their morale. Letters can also help those in the present make sense of the past. Devin Higgins, a journalist in Washington state, has a special keepsake from his grandparents that gives him a comprehensive view of what life was like during World War II for his family.

    Higgins's grandmother Madeline began writing to her husband, Clarence, in early 1945. Madeline put a 36-foot sheet of shelf paper into a typewriter and just started to pour out her heart. Over the course of six weeks, she had written almost 48,000 words. Higgins jokingly said the letter is "almost as long as 'The Great Gatsby.'"

    Clarence had been stationed near the Pacific Ocean with the Seabees, the U.S. Navy's construction battalion, during the war. The letter Madeline wrote her husband details life at home in Winchendon, Massachusetts, including everything

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  • Time-Lapse Photography Video Paints The City of Angels with Light

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    When you think of Los Angeles what comes to mind? For most of us it's the Hollywood sign, the celebrities, and the traffic. It's a fast-moving city, where often people may find it hard to stop and take in the beautiful scenery of the beaches, the rolling hills, and the lush greenery that lines the streets. That's where filmmaker Colin Rich comes in.

    In his latest video titled, "Nightfall," Rich uses time-lapse photography to capture the lights and action of the city of angels. Car headlights streak through the frame, as the sun rises and sets in a matter of seconds and skyscrapers go from light to dark. Rich said he wanted to capture as many vantage points as he could. "L.A. is an expansive city, so shooting it from many different angles was critical," he said.

    "Nightfall" is a sequel to Rich's previous effort, "LA Light," which he described as "the electric radiance of Los Angeles

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  • Anchor Accidentally Propositions Co-Worker on Live TV

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    Watching reporter outtakes and flubs on blooper reels is all fun and games -- that is, until you become a part of the latest viral blooper yourself. That's the case with a pair of journalists from the Vancouver Island CTV station.

    Anchor Andrew Johnson was trying to segue from a story about barbecue bandits in Union Bay in which an older lady uses the word "canoodling" in her sound bite to describe how young people acted in that area back in the day, to the weather report from Astrid Braunschmidt. Johnson says, "Maybe we can canoodle before you get into it." To which Braunschmidt awkwardly replies, "We're not going to be canoodling." Johnson then says, "Oh I thought 'canoodle' meant chat."

    A producer scolds Johnson and informs him that canoodling means kissing and caressing. Braunschmidt stays in good spirits though and says, "You know what? You just made the blooper reel. Good

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  • Commemorative Simpson’s Stamps Prove Bust for U.S. Postal Service

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    Remember how popular the Simpsons were? They were arguably one of the most recognizable pop-culture icons of the '90s, and easily considered the cartoon first family of America. But have they lost their luster? In celebration of the 20th anniversary of "The Simpsons," TV show the United States Postal Service decided to produce 1 billion commemorative stamps featuring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. However, the stamp is underperforming--way under.

    So far, supply has far outweighed demand for the stamps with only 318 million stamps being sold. As a result, the USPS is losing serious dough---$1.2 million dollars according to a report by the USPS Office of the Inspector General. The report criticizes the process of commemorative stamp making, comparing it to guesswork. The report also states that the USPS could save $2 million dollars annually by ending overproduction of

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    Most of us use ballpoint pens to write or doodle, but not Samuel Silva. Silva, a Portugese lawyer who calls art just a hobby, is creating a visual sensation with his ability to use multicolored ballpoint pens and turn a piece of paper into artwork. Artwork that looks so realistic, some people swear it's a photograph or that Silva is not being completely honest about how he creates his drawings.

    Tuesday, one of Silva's photorealistic drawings was uploaded to the social news site Reddit, and it became an instant hit. The drawing is based on a photograph of a Russian model. When placed side by side, it's definitely hard to tell the difference between Silva's drawing and the photo. So much so, that some commenters on Reddit are calling foul. One user actually wants Silva to submit a video of him creating one of his drawings to legitamize his works. Silva says he completed this

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  • Interview with Couple Who Took Wedding Photos on Set of Dark Knight Rises

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    Michele and Rich Walsh were married last year in Pittsburgh at St. Paul's Church. After the ceremony, they had planned to take pictures in front of the giant columns at the Carnegie Mellon Institute. But there was one big problem. "The Dark Knight Rises" was filming a huge battle scene at that very location on their wedding day, or as Rich put it, "Batman crashed our wedding."

    So instead of panicking, Rich got in touch with the location manager, Kent Jackson, who kindly stopped production long enough for the photographer to get some one-of-a-kind wedding photos. But it got even better, as the couple left the set, a producer invited them to take part in a behind-the-scenes documentary for the movie. They even got to take pictures on the Batmobile.

    The happy couple joined us on Skype to talk about their unexpected wedding day photo shoot that they will never forget.

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  • Dog Shaming Blog Becomes Cultural Phenomenon

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    As cute and cuddly as dogs may be, they can also be little terrors when it comes to breaking the house rules. Now there's a new way to publicly discipline your dog, thanks to a very popular Tumblr blog. Dogshaming seeks to punish these dogs by displaying their mischievous behavior. The dogs are photographed by their owners along with a paper message that states what the dog did wrong.

    There are pages and pages of pictures of dogs, including a cutie named Sinner who "peed on his owner's leg at dog obedience class" and another dog who "once ate half a cake in two bites." Other doggie offenses include chasing cats, barking at the wrong people, eating things that are not fit for consumption, fighting with other animals, and burping in an owner's face.

    The creator of dogshaming is believed to be Chris Mohney, the editor and chief of Tumblr. Dogshaming was his brainchild and what, he

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  • Adorable Baby Donkey Learning to Walk Despite Premature Birth

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    Get ready to have your heart melt. Primrose the donkey was born prematurely near Shropshire, England, and her two front legs were not fully developed, so they could not support the weight of her body. Local British media even dubbed the 3-week-old foal the "Wonky Donkey" as a term of endearment and to describe the way she looked when she tried to stand or walk.

    This is where Kate Maxwell and Zofia Lisowski, Primrose's veterinarians, stepped in and came up with a way to help her thrive. They gave Primrose a pair of hot pink casts to support her fast-growing body and get her up and walking. Maxwell spoke with the British TV station ITV saying, "We hope that in 10 days time the casts can come off and she will have made a full recovery. She's perfectly happy now. She can run around and jump. Even in the few days that Primrose has been with us we've seen a great improvement in her

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