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There has been a virtual avalanche of responses to Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly and her assertion on Wednesday that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ are “white.” However, one person who has not addressed the response is Kelly herself, who was notably absent from her FNC show “The Kelly File” on Thursday night.
Fox News tells Yahoo News that Kelly has been under the weather and that her absence was not connected to Wednesday’s broadcast. They noted that she was already the weather with an audibly hoarse voice during her appearance this week on "The Tonight Show." Kelly herself told Leno during the broadcast, "I have a really bad cold." However, Fox told Yahoo that Kelky will return to show tonight and address the controversy during the broadcast.
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It's happened. For the first time since Mariah Carey released "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in 1994, we have a fresh new Christmas song that's, well, a classic.
From Jon Lajoie — you might know him better as Taco from FXX's "The League" — comes "Merry Christmas Exclamation Point," a carol that, in just over four minutes, captures the evolving spirit of Christmas, circa 2013.
Dressed in a Santa-red sweater while sitting at a piano topped with candles and a garland, Lajoie embodies the spirit of Jolly Ol' St. Nick when he sings:
"It will definitely not be the best Christmas song ever," Lajoie wrote on his website last month when he announced the release of the song, "but it'll be a close second, I promise."
Here, in all its glory, is "Merry Christmas Exclamation Point":
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For the fifth year in a row, an anonymous (and very generous) soul has dropped a single gold coin in a Salvation Army kettle.
Volunteers at the Salvation Army discovered the coin last week and sold it for $1,220, according to the Kokomo Tribune.
While there is no way to be sure it's the same person dropping the coins, it seems likely. For one, the coins are always the same — South African Krugerrand gold. And for another, the coins are always dropped in Kokomo, Ind.
Salvation Army Capt. Dale Brandenburg spoke to the Kokomo Tribune about the find.
“A great big thank you to whoever did this,” he said. “If we could find the person, we’d tell them how much we appreciate this and how much this helps further our work here in Howard County.”
Brandenburg mentioned the coin sold for $400 less than last year because of the falling price of gold. Nevertheless, the contribution was clearly appreciated. As of several days ago, the Salvation Army in Komomo was still $50,000 away from meeting its fundraising goals.
From the Kokomo Tribune:
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There are millions of apps available for mobile phones. Some are good, some are not, but few have truly compelling stories about their creation.
Patrick McConlogue, 23, said he passed by Leo Grand, 37, every day for five months. One day (Aug. 22, 2013, to be exact), McConlogue stopped and made the homeless man an offer: Grand could either have $100 to spend however he wanted or learn how to code from McConlogue.
"I went with door No. 2," Grand says on the video. McConlogue gave Grand three books on coding, and the two men met frequently to go over the lessons. Fast forward a few months, and McConlogue had taught Grand how to code and Grand created a mobile app that's now for sale.
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The SkyMall catalog can wait.
While flying on a trans-Atlantic flight from London to New York, passenger Paul Williams captured a stunning time-lapse video of the aurora borealis. Watch it, but be careful — your jaw is likely to drop all the way to the ground.
The aurora borealis, often called the northern lights, occurs when gaseous particles in the atmosphere collide with charged particles from the sun. When the particles hit Earth's atmosphere the result is a beautiful glowing show of purples, greens, blues and reds. A similar phenomenon occurs near the South Pole.
Many people travel to places such as Alaska and northern Canada in the hopes of seeing the lights for themselves. Williams got lucky — he got to experience them while flying to the Big Apple. Better than an in-flight movie, for sure.
Follow Mike Krumboltz on Twitter at @mikekrumboltz.
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President Obama is back on the offensive when it comes to promoting the Affordable Care Act. But White House aides may want to hit the spell-checker next time before they get carried away promoting the president’s message.
On Thursday, the White House tweeted a picture of Obama holding a sign with the Twitter hashtag “#GetCovered Because.” The message on the president’s sign read: “Nobody should go broke just because they get sick.”
The photo immediately launched a small social media tidal wave, with people creating their own “GetCovered” images.
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Here's what happens when Conan O'Brien, Kevin Hart, and Ice Cube take a ride with Lyft, a service that provides rides through a mobile app. Lyft uses regular drivers in their own cars to pick up customers. As cameras roll, a driver who had no idea he was picking up famous passengers does whatever the trio can dream up.
Not surprisingly, the bit is hilarious. The segment includes a stop at a convenience store for oddly named snack foods, a Wendy's run, and a rap-off. "If you're not sure, the white, freckled guy is the cure," raps O'Brien.
Clearly the Web is on board — the video has received more than 204,000 views so far. "Now this is how all reality TV should be," Timo Vamio posted on YouTube. "I wanna see this get turned into a sitcom," Tokyo Kazama adds. @KeemBeats tweets, "This might be the best thing ever." @Killah_Kelli agrees, "Pure comedy." (Note: Subject matter is a bit racy.)
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There are countless exercise programs and dieting apps available these days. But one company says it has created the first fitness program for the mind.
“We are focused on providing tools and support to help people develop their psychological strengths, what we call mind fitness,” bLife founder Paul Campbell told Yahoo News during a phone interview.
In other words, having a healthy and engaged mind may be just as important to physical health as diet and exercise.
Even if we’re reluctant to actually do it, nearly all of us know the basics of getting in good physical shape – staying active, eating healthfully and so on. But the world of mental health is much more complicated, since it’s an area most people focus on only when it comes to mental health problems, many of which are still shrouded in taboo.
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Call the piano exorcist — the ivories are possessed.
A "magical" piano placed in the middle of Chicago's Union Station amused and taunted travelers who happened to pass by. Their reactions were captured on video and then uploaded to the Web.
The piano prank was pulled off by the folks at Rob Bliss Creative. The piano was rigged so that it could be played remotely by professional musician Andrew Blendermann, who was in a nearby room.
Rob Bliss explained the ruse's setup to Yahoo News.
"We had cameras and microphones set up near the piano that feeded back to this secret room where we had speakers and television monitors set up so we could see and hear everything that happened. Also, our pianist had a keyboard that could remotely control the piano at the same time."
Hilarity, confusion and (in at least one case) rage ensued. Some people (including a young girl) sat down and played along with the seemingly self-aware piano. Others starred at it with suspicion. And one fellow who must have been having a bad day screamed at the piano to shut up. Poor guy, we hope his day improved.
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Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white.
On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .”
The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we're just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”