Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Here's the Amazing Singer That Simon Cowell Hit the #GoldenBuzzer For

Last night, on America's Got Talent, we saw a whole bunch of good stuff (like that quick-change act, OMG!) and a lot of not-so-good the compliment guy that got buzzed by all four judges.

And then, at the end of the show, this incredible young woman, Calysta Bevier, came on and before we even heard the first note, we were already completely and totally moved by her story. And then...she started singing. Holy smokes, this girl has some pipes on her.

Simon was so moved by her performance, in fact, that he went over, hit the #GoldenBuzzer and walked up on stage to give her a hug. Yes, Simon Cowell.

Calysta is a sophomore in high school AND an ovarian cancer survivor. She also happens to be an enormously talented singer. Check out her performance above. We're totally rooting for her to go all the way!

RIP Diet: Pillsbury Just Released Girl Scout Cookie Baking Mixes

Source: Pillsbury Baking Facebook

We try hard on our diets, we really do. But sometimes, circumstances that are beyond our control completely derail said diets. In this case, it is the introduction of these Pillsbury Girl Scouts-flavored baking mixes.

It's already hard enough to try to stay on track during "Girl Scout Cookie Season," but this new development is making it cookie season all year long...except in the form of cupcakes. Yes, CUPCAKES, flavored like Girl Scout Cookies. We're not gonna lie, our diets are feeling really attacked right at this moment.


The figure-destroying flavors are as follows:

- Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored Brownie Mix
- Girl Scouts® Thin Mints® Flavored Cupcake Mix
- Girl Scouts® Caramel & Coconut Flavored Blondie Mix
- Girl Scouts® Caramel & Coconut Flavored Cupcake Mix

Going to the store now to buy all of these flavors and eat them forever. Bye.

This #BestBaldDad Just Won All of Our Hearts

One of those scars is real - and one of them is a solidarity scar. Meet Josh Marshall. In 2015, his son Gabriel was diagnosed with cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor.

As a result of his surgery, Gabriel was left with a large scar covering much of the side of his head.
“This broke my heart,” he told BuzzFeed. He then went and got a tattoo that was identical to his son's scar on the side of his own head. “I told him if people wanted to stare, they could stare at both of us," he told them.

There aren't really words to describe how incredible that is. All we can say is "wow," which seems terribly insufficient for such a heartwarming symbol of a father's love for his son. 

The tattoo started getting a lot of recognition when Josh submitted it to the St. Baldrick's Foundation #BestBaldDad contest. As you might have already guessed - he won.

And, as a bonus 'make your heart happy' bit of info for this story, Josh tells BuzzFeed that although Gabriel still has some bits of the tumor in his brain, his last few scans have been stable.

For more on Gabriel and to follow his journey, click here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The 'Starbucks Underfilling' Lawsuit Is Pressing Forward

In addition to the fact that your name is going to get spelled wrong on your Starbucks cup, another known fact about visiting the popular coffee shop is that your latte isn't going to be spilling over the brim. In fact, we ALWAYS want room for cream, but when the barista asks, we always say no, because there always is room for cream and if you say "yes" you get an even smaller drink.

Unfortunately, some people don't want cream, so they don't want all of that extra space in between the fill line of the drink and the top of the cup - and the courts are prepared to hear that argument.

Now, before you think 'how stupid, people are suing over under-filled lattes,' remember how much you're paying for that drink. Now consider the fact that the class action lawsuit alleges that the cups were actually filled to about 25% less than their advertised sizes. That sucks.


If you feel like you too have been skimped during your Starbucks visits, you'll be happy to hear that a judge ruled today that the lawsuit can continue and that the plaintiffs can seek damages for fraud and false advertising, according to Reuters.

Starbucks had argued that any "reasonable consumer" would not be deceived by the advertised 12, 16 and 20-ounce drink sizes because apparently we were just supposed to assume that we'd be getting less than that.

The judge disagreed. "This is not a case where the alleged deception is simply implausible as a matter of law," he wrote, adding that at this stage, "The court finds it probable that a significant portion of the latte-consuming public could believe that a 'Grande' contains 16 ounces of fluid."

We'll have to wait and see how it plays out as the lawsuit presses forward, but to that judge: Our caffeine addiction thanks you. 

Did Katy Perry Just Shade Taylor Swift?

JUST when you thought the Katy Perry/Taylor Swift feud had died, Katy comes out with this and our faith in feuds is renewed.

Remember how Taylor's mega hit 'Bad Blood' was reportedly about her feud with Katy? And remember how the lyrics were like "Cause baby now we've got bad know it used to be mad love."

So, Taylor threw the bad blood and now Katy just hit back with the name of her new perfume...Wait for it...MAD LOVE.

Oh yes, she did! Ah, the sweet smell of revenge...quite literally in this case, since, you know, it's a perfume.

Of course it could be a total coincidence, but we're thinking...yeah, probably not!

Your move, Taylor!