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Heather Johanssen

Madrid becomes no-kill city


On March 13, Madrid became a no-kill city, making the euthanasia of stray or abandoned animals illegal. That means all animals—even homeless ones—are free to live their lives.

Easter breakfast sorted: Cadbury Creme Egg stuffed Croissants


Yes, chocolate and croissant.

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Husky tempter tantrum

His owner says they go to the dog park everyday, and he still complains each time they have to leave. I love the other dogs barking at him to get over it.

Man clearly abandons family at the end of this State Farm commercial

Accepting this ad's repeating conceit (man declares intent, then does the opposite) leads inexorably to this tragic conclusion. Simply render the next scene in your thoughts, according to the rules the story has set itself.

Granted, a superficial reading suggests that he is, at the end, reformed by self-awareness. In this view, his final sincerity represents an emotional epiphany rooted in the transformative power of family—and the need to insure all the possessions that families need to be happy.

But the dark humor of my interpretation is more in keeping with the true nature of the advertiser's business. The purpose of insurance is to manage risk generated by the inconstant and capricious nature of mankind and the universe it inhabits. That is what it is for; that is what it knows.

Dude is gone.

Kitten vs ducklings

The grim future of Hello Kitty.

Golden retriever really enjoys getting lathered up in dog spa

This is how you do sPAW day.

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How to cut a carrot

Did you just spend three minutes watching someone cut a carrot?

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3 year old karate kid recites student creed

So little in size, so vast in awesomeness.

Consent explained

This video by CampusClarity puts it in everyday terms.

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Tumi Alpha Bravo Monterey Sling


Salesperson: Would you like your bag monogrammed?

Heather: Monogrammed?

Salesperson: Yes. You can have three letters mon—"

Heather: Bag.

Salesperson: No, ma'am, I mean y—

Heather: BAG. B-A-G.

Salesperson: ...

Heather: Thank you.

Tumi's Alpha Bravo Sling can be bought at in a variety of colors, but you'll have to go to a the Tumi store to get it monogrammed with "BAG".

Tiny Hamster's Tiny Date

Valentine's is for hamsters.

British recipe evokes all the flavor of congealed deer pee

Cuisine at its finest. via

Skateboarding Cat

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a skateboarding cat. (via)

Happy 206th birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!

IMG_8985 This is how I'll be celebrating.

New Groo

27698 I like Groo. I like cheese dip.

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Feminist Sex Positions (NSFW)

Liz Miele takes on the lack of feminist sex position jokes.

Cat prepares dog for mind meld

(via AustinAndN)

What is the worst Christmas song?


You are not alone.

Runnur vs. Pacsafe: which compact sling bag is best?


I prefer to be hands-free. So I bought the Runnur Hands free Carry-all and tried out the Pacsafe Venturesafe 150 Gll cross body pack. I prefer the Runnur due to its everyday utility, but the Pacsafe is more secure and better for those concerned about street theft.



I love the multiple pockets: everything is easily-accessed, including items in the sling's back pockets, as it can quickly be cycled to the front. It looks cooler than the Pacsafe, too, and comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Wherever I wore my Runnur—airports, convention show floors, restaurants—I received compliments. The biggest drawback is that when you bend forward, it slides off the body. So you have to hold onto it whenever gravity can't do the work. It tends to slip around while cycling, too.



Security is the main draw of this cross-body pack. In crowds, I've had people pull at my backpack's zippers to try and get stuff inside, and the Pacsafe's smart zipper-clips prevent this from happening. Another great anti-left feature are the RFID-blocking pockets, lined with a material that prevents the contents from being scanned. I felt more secure using this bag than with the Runnur, it fit more snugly, and it lacked the other product's slipping problem.

Unfortunately, while the Pacsafe can be worn on the front or back comfortably, changing from one to the other with a quick swish isn’t possible. If I had it on my back, I had to remove it completely to get at my stuff.

Unlike Runnur, Pacsafe offers a wide variety of other travel gear and bags, but this one only comes in a handful of styles.

Have you tried any similar products? Tell us about them in the forums.

Review: Hibiscus Berry chocolate bar

chocolateSan Diego's Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro make excellent confectionary, and in my capacity as a part-time chocolatier I had the pleasure of sampling their latest weird flavor, "Hibiscus Berry," before it headed to retailers.

The bar is 85% dark, with blueberries, raspberry, cherry, goji and candied hibiscus. Myself, Rob and our friend, David Mizejewski, each sampled a section.

Heather: It isn't very bitter or acidic for 85 percent. The berries really balance with it nicely. But I am not always a fan of florals in my chocolates. Drink? Needs a spiced port, or perhaps a stout. The finish is smooth as well.

David: I really get the notes of fruit when I take the first bite. A hint of vanilla as well. This is super-good.

Rob: I ate a flower.

A visit to the Scarehouse—and its creepy, adults-only basement

Every year, The Scarehouse, 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, puts on what many locals consider the best Halloween haunted house-type show in the region--with USA Today and Yahoo both ranking it among America's best. This year, I headed over to check it out, and received a highly-polished and extremely scary experience--and a backstage tour! Here, a makeup artist turns a performer's face into a gruesome work of art.

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Warhol gravesite livestreamed to celebrate 85th birthday

Yesterday would have been Andy Warhol's 85th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Warhol Museum and @EarthCam are livestreaming footage of his gravesite. The broadcast is the work of Madelyn Roehrig, a part of her Asking Andy anything project.

Some passers-by wave at the camera. Some talk on their cellphones, apparently unaware of the countless invisible observers. One man, dressed in a kilt, spent many hours at the graveside, playing “Happy Birthday” on a horn and chatting with other Warhol pilgrims. Finally, alone in the dark, he lit up cigarette and took a closer look at Warhol's grave.

The live stream continues today, and visitors still file in and out of the frame to pay their respects—often for 15 minutes or so. Warhol would be amused.

The fable that helped me find the others

Fables are portals to other worlds, writes Heather Johanssen—and to new places in this one.Read the rest