Blog Posts by Melissa Knowles

  • Teen’s Pokemon Themed Prom-Posal Goes Viral

    When you are a high school student, the month of April holds a lot of significance, especially during your senior year. Not only may you be deciding where you'll spend the next four years, but you're also likely preparing to attend one of the most significant parties of your teenage years -- prom.

    As time marches on and new technologies arrive, so do new trends. The newest trend taking over the prom world is called a prom-posal, and it's exactly as it sounds. It's when a suitor asks his or her date of choice to prom in an elaborate, clever way.

    In recent years, prom-posals have become more and more outrageous, and one that was recently uploaded to YouTube has become a favorite of the "Trending Now" team. The video, "Pokemon Prom Proposal," shows students in a school cafeteria chanting the name of a boy, Terry, as he asks a girl, Maxine, to prom. ("Pokemon" is a popular animated series and card game.)

    Terry starts at the top of the stairs after a student on a megaphone asks for the

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  • Whether you watch "Good Morning America," "Today," or any other morning news show, you are likely to have heard the following names -- Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Natalie Morales -- because they have become a part of our morning routines. Maybe your eyes are glued to the TV each morning as you listen intently to what they report. Maybe you watch them as you're getting dressed or they serve as background noise during your other morning rituals. In any case, you have made some kind of a connection to those personalities. But do you really know them?

    Brian Stelter, a name you may not be as familiar with, wrote the book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," and while it will not give you every detail of morning news anchors' lives, it will certainly paint a vivid picture of what goes on behind the scenes of the shows we allow into our homes on a daily basis.

    Stelter is the founder of TV Newser, the news blog he founded when he

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  • Orphaned Baby Tiger, Hyena, and Lions Rescued by Hotel Owner

    An unlikely bond has been formed among five baby animals. The mothers of three lions, a tiger, and a spotted hyena abandoned them -- leaving them with a bleak chance of survival.

    Thankfully for the cubs, Layla Cajee, the owner of Akwaaba Lodge in Rustenburg, South Africa, took them in at birth and has been raising them together ever since.

    Cajee said all the animals were born in the lodge and explained that she had to adopt each one after it was rejected for being the runt of its litter.

    The orphans share the same living enclosure and interact during mealtime. Cajee said they fight over food and that the dominant one will sometimes take food from the others. After mealtime, they have been known to cuddle together for a nap.

    But, just like any other pack of siblings, each cub has its own unique personality.

    Five-month-old Bella, the tiger, is the leader of the pack. The three lions -- Delano, Romeo, and Maximus, who are the same age as Bella -- are all shy. Six-month-old Milika, the

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  • Mississippi Courthouse Deals with Snake Infestation

    It's safe to assume that most people are not particularly fond of snakes. Outside of seeing them in an exhibit at the zoo, most people try to keep a safe distance between themselves and serpents. And one of the last places one would expect to encounter the slithery reptiles is at a courthouse.

    A Jackson, Mississippi courthouse is dealing with an infestation of snakes. Since April 8, five DeKay's snakes, which are non-venomous and pose no threat to humans, have been found in the basement of the Hinds County clerk's basement office.

    Two of the little brown reptiles were killed accidentally when they were run over by the office's filing system, which moves on tracks. Another was caught on sticky paper left by staff. The courthouse even brought in snake expert and former zookeeper Percy King to make sure that the serpents were not harmful.

    King explained that the snakes are often found indoors in spring after they awake from hibernation. Workers have said that the snakes they've seen have

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  • When it comes to elaborate gifts, this couple may take the cake. Leigh Lahav and her husband, Oren Mendezitsky, are creative types to the nth power. Lahav is a graphic artist, and what better way to show Mendezitsky that she loves him than using her unique talents to create a one-of-a-kind gift.

    Lahav re-created the opening credits of some of her husband's favorite television shows: "Mad Men," "Arrested Development," "30 Rock," "Frasier," "The Office," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "New Girl," "Community," and "2 Broke Girls." While she used the original setups, music, and even animations for the re-creation, she inserted her husband's name in strategic places.

    Lahav posted the birthday tribute titled, "TV Bday PALOOZA" to YouTube, and it has been viewed more than 450,000 times so far. People are praising her creativity and attention to detail. One person commented, "This is the most adorable thing ever. I wish I was this creative!"

    Lahav said that she made the out-of-this-world gift for

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  • I've got five words for ya: "Rent is too damn high!" Thanks to Jimmy McMillan, a political activist, and his campaign in 2010 for governor of the state of New York, that trademark phrase has stuck in the minds of voters across the country, not just those in New York.

    McMillan, a Vietnam War veteran and formal postal worker, has been running for various political offices since at least 2006, and his feelings on rent prices, poverty, the national deficit, unemployment and various other hot-button issues have not changed much.

    With the New York mayoral race kicking off, McMillan has once again tossed his hat into the ring. In collaboration with the blog Animal New York, McMillan released a hip-hop video announcing his candidacy. The video, "Jimmy McMillan 'Rent Is Too Damn High' Anthem," is being shared all over social media, and it already has more than 50,000 views on YouTube.

    Several people have left humorous comments about the video. One person wrote, "New York had a cross-dressing

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  • Folk-Rap Song for Prince’s Coronation Hated by the Masses

    The most famous European royals that most Americans know about are Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton, but one of the most popular blue bloods in all of Europe is Prince Willem-Alexander of Holland.

    It comes as a bit of a surprise that just a week before his coronation as king of the Netherlands, music was chosen for the ceremony that is causing outrage throughout the nation. The controversy revolves around the song "Het Koningslied," or "King Song."

    While some songs get criticized because of offensive words or subject matter, critics of "King Song" insist it is just plain bad.

    The song begins with a standard, if a little cheesy, folk tune -- along with shots of serene-looking Dutch citizens in the video -- featuring lyrics like, "Through the wind and rain I'll stand beside you … I'll keep you safe as long as you live."

    But then the song takes an odd turn and morphs into a folk-rap, full-on-orchestra mess. Particularly offensive to the song's detractors is the part in the music

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  • Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Coachella Fans

    Coachella, as the hippest among you know, is a two-week music festival in the desert near Indio, California. This year's festival wrapped up last weekend. More than 60 bands played at Coachella, including little-known, up-and-coming bands hoping to break into the music scene and acquire fans and fame. Hollywood stars and starlets are usually photographed enjoying themselves at the festival among the mellow crowds.

    Late-night TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, being the prankster that he is, thought it would be funny to send a camera crew to Coachella to see what attendees would say about a completely made-up fake band. The piece was featured in a segment he called "Lie Witness News."

    Some of the highlights of the segment include people nodding their heads to an off-camera reporter and agreeing that the made-up bands are really great. One guy even says that he used to DJ and played one of the bands' music all the time.

    While many people who have seen Kimmel's prank find it hilarious,

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  • 14-Year-Old Hamburger Remains Surprisingly Unchanged

    Even with all of the healthy options out there for people on the go who just want something quick and easy, a fast-food hamburger can not only satisfy the appetite, but also be easy on the wallet. But just how easy is it on your digestive tract with all of those preservatives? Simple table salt is a preservative, but the additive butylated hydroxyanisole, or BHA, is commonly used to keep foods from spoiling quickly, too.

    Today's story may make you think twice about how many preservatives some common foods contain. Utah resident David Whipple recently sent in a McDonald's hamburger patty to the TV show "The Doctors." Whipple explained that originally he wanted to show his friends how enzymes work, and he thought using a burger would be a good idea. He bought it on July 7, 1999. However, after a month, he had forgotten about it. Fast-forward two years later, and his wife discovered the patty inside a paper bag in one of his coat pockets.

    Whipple was surprised to see that the hamburger

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  • Good is beginning to emerge from the shock, sadness and devastation caused by the Boston Marathon bombings. People who were injured are slowly recovering, and trying to return to a sense of normalcy. Mother and daughter duo Celeste and Sydney Corcoran are part of this collective effort.

    Celeste, 47, lost both of her legs below the knee because of the blasts, and her daughter Sydney, 17, suffered near-fatal shrapnel wounds. As they lay recovering in the same hospital room at Boston Medical Center, they received a special and emotional visit from someone who can relate to the debilitating injuries that the women suffered: a United States Marine who lost both of his legs in combat.

    He shared his experience with both ladies, offering words of encouragement and expressing how he knows what they're going through. "I'm telling you, with all my heart, you are going to be more independent than you ever were."

    The Marine continued, "This is basically the start, you know, this is the new

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