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Jeopardy! Accused of Sexism Over ‘What Women Want’ Category

It was definitely not what Jeopardy's female viewers wanted

Last night’s Jeopardy! featured a contentious “What Women Want” category that prompted answers like “What is a vacuum cleaner?” “What is Pilates?” and “What are Levi’s?”.

Angry tweets from female viewers, including the actress and activist Sophia Bush, said the show stereotyped women as only being interested in cleaning, working out, and buying clothes:

It is not the first time some critics have called Jeopardy! sexist. Earlier this year, Salon argued host Alex Trebek expresses surprise when women win, but doesn’t when men do, and blamed the show’s producers for pitting one woman against two men in multiple episodes to showcase a “battle of the sexes.”

And another Salon writer pointed out more men make up answers than women after tracking every category and answer in 18 episodes for an op-ed last year.

This ongoing debate and the recent Twitter backlash could make producers reconsider whether a category like “What Women Want” is really what Jeopardy! viewers want.

[H/t Mashable]

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Watch Alex Trebek Make a Hilarious Mistake on Jeopardy! in an Unaired Clip

"I don't even know where the hell I am today! That's never happened before."

Jeopardy! posted a YouTube video of Alex Trebek bungling contestants’ names during a taping of the interview portion of the show.

In a snafu that never aired, he calls a woman by the wrong name and starts chatting her up about her recent trip to the Tower of London. She tells him she went with it instead of correcting him because “I just wanted to make you feel good.”

Looking dumbfounded, he then tells the audience he knows almost nothing going into each show. “I don’t even know where the hell I am today!” After more laughter ensues, he adds, “That’s never happened before.”

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Student’s Dream of Epic Yearbook Cat Photo Comes True

His wish was granted after an online petition went viral

Earlier this month, NewsFeed reported that Draven Rodriguez, a student at Schenectady High School in upstate New York, was asking the school’s administration to let him pose with his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, in his senior portrait. An online petition with the photo below only needed 500 signatures to “pass,” but ended up going viral and racking up more than 7,400 signatures.

Vincent Giordano / Trinacria Photography

Now CBS6 reports that the petition worked! Well, sort of! The bad news is the photo still can’t be his senior portrait, but the good news is the school principal Diane Wilkinson posed for a new epic photo with Rodriguez and her pet chihuahua Vivienne that will go on her yearbook page to encourage animal rescue and adoption. Behold:

Vincent Giordano/Trinacria Photography


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Watch an Interview with Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Go Hilariously Wrong

The actors crack up

Former Saturday Night Live actors Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, stars of the new movie The Skeleton Twins, got a good laugh last week when they realized their interviewer had not seen the film and had no idea what it was about. That became clear when Denver anchor and entertainment reporter Chris Parente asked Kristen Wiig for advice on how to deliver the news in the nude, mixing it up with a scene in which she walks around naked in Welcome to Me, another 2014 flick. Bill Hader took over, “The movie you want to go see is called Skeleton Twins. Kristen is fully clothed in it, I’m fully clothed in it.”

Watch the full clip here:

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Watch a Dad Make a Flute Out of a Pancake and Play It For His Children

Proof you're never too old to play with your food

We’ve all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But one dad is trying to show that it doesn’t have to be a chore.

Nathan Shields, an illustrator and math teacher who lives in Washington state, posted a YouTube video of a flute he made out of a pancake.

Using a plastic squeeze bottle, he squirts the batter onto the pan in a square shape, leaving three holes in the middle, to make a pancake that he can roll up to make the body of the flute. Then he adds a mouthpiece (not edible) to one end.

Once his son and daughter get a hold of a whisk and a spatula, he’s got a whole band set up in the kitchen.

Bon appétit!

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WATCH: Dad Picking Up Kids From School Records Video of Students Hilariously Slipping on Ice

PHOTOS: Dad Builds Realistic Boeing 737 Cockpit in His Kids’ Bedroom

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It’s Elementary, Sherlock, But Benedict Cumberbatch Can’t Pronounce ‘Penguins’

Sounds more like "Pengwings" or "Penglings"

Reddit has been getting a good laugh out of a video of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch mispronouncing the word “penguins” as “pengwings” or “penglings” over and over again.

The 18-second YouTube clip has been taken from the 2009 BBC Two documentary he narrated about wildlife, like royal penguins, on the South Pacific islands.

As Reddit users have joked, here’s hoping that he pronounces it correctly in his upcoming film Penguins of Madagascar, out in theaters on November 26.

(h/t Digg)

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Your Wait for Sexy Halloween Costumes Inspired by Frozen Is Finally Over


As Halloween approaches, the Frozen frenzy isn’t letting up any time soon. While cosplayers have been dressing up like the movie’s princess protagonists Elsa and Anna for months, the pop culture website Decider.com points us toward Yandy.com and Amazon.com, which are now selling Halloween costumes that make women look like sexier versions of the royals from Arendelle.

The Ice Queen costume bears Elsa’s blue dress, while letting go, if you will, of a little bit of hemline. Other bloggers think this costume, which is called both “Norwegian Maiden” and “Fearless Snow Princess” on Yandy.com, looks like Anna, in terms of the color scheme. There’s also the “Snow Queen,” and the “Funny Snowman,” which are similar to Olaf, the masochistic summer-seeking snowman voiced by Josh Gad in the movie. That costume boasts a “cheeky rear” and fingerless glovelettes with “brown faux branch arm print.”

Read the CEO of Yandy’s 2013 TIME interview to learn how the company’s costume designers come up with ideas for sexy costumes.

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Watch a Puppy Return Lost Items to Passengers in Viral Ad for KLM Airline

If only this lost and found service was real

Air travel can be stressful, and misplacing luggage or personal items could be enough to put people over the edge (if someone using a “knee-defender” in the seat behind you hasn’t already).

In a new commercial, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines imagines a perfect world in which a lost and found service at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol uses a beagle named Sherlock to return misplaced iPhones and toys and comfort anxious fliers. The ad has already racked up more than 1.8 million views on YouTube.

Some Internet users thought the puppy was on staff at the Dutch airline and were disappointed to learn that he was only hired for this commercial. In any event, the video might cheer up fliers killing time in the airport if their flights have been delayed or cancelled.

In the past, the airline has gone viral on social media for fueling some trans-Atlantic flights with leftover oil used to cook catfish and promoting a platform in which passengers can view LinkedIn and Facebook profiles onboard and network with one another.

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Buckingham Palace’s Dancing Guardsman Could Reportedly Face Jail

A source told The Daily Mail

A guardsman who was spotted doing pirouettes outside Buckingham Palace could face prison time and a hefty fine, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail report.

Since a YouTube user named Andy Richards uploaded video proof to the site about a month ago, authorities have been considering disciplinary action — and the U.K. Ministry of Defence knows about the supposed breach of conduct as well, according to The Daily Mail. The stunt could land him a $1,600 fine or 21 days behind bars.

Richards told BBC News that the guardsman – now nicknamed “Private Dancer” – was “obviously playing a bit to the crowd,” and some passersby were encouraging him from the other side of the fence.

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How to Remove U2’s Songs of Innocence Album from iTunes

Beautiful Day for people who might not care for it

Last week on September 9, Apple made U2’s new album Songs of Innocence available in users’ iTunes libraries and iOS devices through October 13.

There was Twitter backlash, and Recode reports that after Apple got inundated with requests to delete the album, it launched a support page with instructions, which are:

  1. Go to http://itunes.com/soi-remove.
  2. Click Remove Album to confirm you’d like to remove the album from your account.
  3. Sign in with the Apple ID and password you use to buy from the iTunes Store.
  4. You’ll see a confirmation message that the album has been removed from your account.

Chances are you probably won’t offend U2 by removing it, for sales of their previous ones have reportedly skyrocketed since the surprise debut. Plus, they reportedly made more than $100 million off the deal, according to the New York Times.

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