Blog Posts by Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff

  • Watch This Pretend Couple Break Up Speaking Exclusively in Movie Titles

    Breakups are hard. What’s even harder is fitting all of the accusations, excuses, and insults into one argument using only the titles of movies. Incredibly, comedy troupe POYKPAC proves it's indeed possible, and the entire exchange still makes perfect sense.

    The video, which was posted to YouTube on Feb. 11 and already has about 160,000 views, features a pregnant woman and her husband who decide to get divorced during a dinner that revealed infidelity — he with the “Girl Next Door” and she with “Jack,” “The Doctor,” and “The Artist” — and sex addiction. Even with the script's limited vocabulary options, the conversation doesn't skimp on plot twists and character development, gets in some nasty name-calling (a hallmark of any respectable breakup), and even throws the waitress a few lines.

    Using only 154 movie titles (including “Phffft” expressed for exasperation and “It” as place filler), Ryan Hunter, who helped write the script and plays the husband in the sketch, said in a comment on

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  • New Line of Baby Bodysuits Is Adorable, Smart

    Photo: mbaby


    So you're a baby, born in the cross-hairs of a polar vortex and a technological revolution. What do you do, or rather, what do you wear?

    A onesie, of course — a smart onesie. mbaby, an apparel collection for newbies, has just launched a line of temperature-controlled baby bodysuits, day and night.

    “When we looked at the classic baby body suit, it was clear that no significant innovation or improvements have been made since its original introduction in the 1950s," says Steve Dunn, chairman and CEO of Munchkin, Inc., mbaby's parent company. "We knew we could make it better." The Onester is a daytime onesie that regulates body temperature by keeping the chest warm with a double layer of fabric, while leaving the back breathable — to create more airflow. The Sleepster (for sleeping, obviously) uses the same technology as the onesie, but is cut in footie pajama form. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommends that infants snooze on their backs in cribs without blankets,

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  • A Cappella Group's A-Ca-Awesome Valentine's Day Stunt



    Are you afraid of love? How about a cappella groups? Stuart Edge, a video prankster, joined forces with Vocal Point, an a cappella group from Brigham Young University, that appeared on the reality competition show “The Sing-Off,” to surprise and serenade unsuspecting female students at the Utah college for Valentine’s Day. The reactions weren't always romantic.

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    Dressed in coordinating skinny ties, the five young men snuck up on women all across campus and broke out into song, crooning classics like “Only Fools Rush In” and “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You.” (Of course, “Just the Way You Are” also made the cut.) In exchange for getting rhythmically rattled, those lucky ladies who withstood the musical attention recieved single roses from the group.

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    Of course, luck isn't everything. According to Edge, the group targeted those students who looked

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  • How to Keep Kids Safe on the Internet at Every Age

    Photo: SIDFeb. 11 is Safer Internet Day (SID), a project that aims to make the Web a better place for everyone. And it's not just your high schooler you have to worry about when it comes to Internet safety. Here are some top tips to keep kids of all ages — from toddlers to teens — safe on the Web. Don't worry, no fancy computer knowledge necessary.

    Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers. Studies show that children are starting to use the Internet as young as 2, usually through a parent’s phone or tablet, so setting ground rules early on is essential. “We think that one of the most important things that you can do is to teach your kids to ask you if they can go online,” Caroline Knorr, parenting editor for Common Sense Media, a non-profit that studies the effects that media and technology have on young users, tells Yahoo Shine. Parents should also spend time with their little ones while they’re on the Internet to monitor their activity and teach them how to be “ad-savvy” (being able to differentiate between a

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  • Scantily Clad Russian Olympians Are Making Us Uncomfortable

    Alexander Saitova, curling (Photo: adme.ru)The first official medal event hasn’t even happened yet, but the Winter Olympics have already been pounded with a fair share of controversy. From journalists revealing the ridiculous conditions of their hotel accommodations, to Sochi officials solving the city's "stray dog probem" by killing the innocent animals, to still-incomplete infrastructure as the games are kicking off, Sochi’s public image is tainted (just like the water), to say the least.

    Now, perhaps in an attempt to push those problems out of everyone’s minds, Team Russia has released photos of their female athletes. And they've swapped out their official uniforms (with all that lame fabric and coverage) for racy lingerie.

    As the old saying goes: When you want to distract the world from a bunch of glaring issues, publish images of nearly nude, very attractive women. The plan may be working, as proven by plenty of enamored men, including Kier White, who tweeted, “Russia wins the gold medal for hot female athletes” and

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  • Facebook Agrees to Create 'Look Back' Video for Grieving Father

    “You ever do something crazy ‘cause you just don’t know what to do anymore?” That was the question that grieving father John Berlin put to Facebook administrators when he posted a video plea on behalf of his son.  

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    For Facebook’s 10th anniversary this week, the website released a feature called a “Look Back” video, which would allow users to recollect their own personal social networking histories. Viewing this special offering, which is available for anyone with a profile, took on an extra special meaning for Berlin, of St. Louis, Missouri, whose son, Jesse, died on Jan. 28, 2012.

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    Without access to Jesse’s account, Berlin couldn’t retrieve the 62-second video, which he thought would most likely feature photos of his son with friends and family members. After multiple attempts to contact Facebook via email with no response, Berlin

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  • Diaries of a Dying Teen: Meet the Inspiration Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars'

    Best-selling novel “Photo: PenguinThe Fault in Our Stars” so accurately captures the voice of a teenage girl, it’s hard to believe that anyone other than an actual teenage girl wrote it. But author John Green certainly had some help delving deep into the life of a 16-year-old cancer patient. While Green has always insisted that the 2012 work is not based on Esther Earl — the late Boston teen to whom he dedicated the book — there’s no doubt that she had a profound impact on the story.

    Now, with a movie adaptation starring Shailene Woodley slated for release this summer, Esther is getting to tell her own story through a posthumous collection of diary entries, blog posts, sketches, and letters from friends and family titled “This Star Won't Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl.” It proves once and for all that Esther Grace Earl and Hazel Grace Lancaster, while similar, are not one and the same. 

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  • 'Say Something' Is Saddest, Best Song Ever, According to 4-Year-Old

    Have you ever heard a song that just brought you to tears? Four-year-old Jackson Blitch knows the feeling. When the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera came on the radio, Jackson was so overcome with emotion that he just let it all out. Meanwhile, his father, Mark Blitch, was capturing the whole emotional experience on camera (you can watch the full video here).

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    After Jackson heard the song for the first time he deemed it “the sad song.” He was right. The lyrics  — “Say something, I'm giving up on you / I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you” — capture the pain of being separated from someone you love. Jackson could relate. A few days later, the pre-schooler was in the backseat of his parents' car when the same song came on the radio.

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  • What 'Groundhog Day' Taught Us About Life (and Groundhogs)

    Photo: samsonit3.tumblr.comEvery Feb. 2, a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his home — a hole in the frozen ground in western Pennsylvania — as the world waits for word on whether or not the little guy casts a shadow. If the groundhog sees his shadow, so the legend goes, there will be six more weeks of winter, prompting Phil to descend back into his burrow and slumber for a little longer. If he doesn’t see his shadow, Phil jumps for joy and plays around outside for a while (well, kind of) and the rest of the country breathes a sigh of relief, because spring is just around the corner. (Pray it's a cloudy day!). One little rodent holds a whole lot of power prognosticating whether the dreadful winter we’ve had thus far (please no more polar vortex!) will persist or melt away and usher in a sunny, flowering spring sooner rather than later — how annoying!

    No one, of course, found Phil more frustrating than Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors, in the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day.” The meteorologist had to

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  • Happy Chinese New Year! Your Guide to an Awesome Year of the Wood Horse

    It's Chinese New Year! That means, on January 31, the Year of the Fire Snake will officially slither away as we ring in the Year of the Wood Horse. For those who don’t know their yin from their yang or who haven’t visited a Chinese astrologist recently, here are a few things to expect in the year ahead. 

    First a little explainer for those of you asking, "What in the world does a wood horse have to do with the New Year?" In Chinese astrology, the world is made up of five elements in a cycle — wood, fire, earth, metal, water — and these interact with the 12 animals of the zodiac. For the next lunisolar calendar year, wood and horse meet. See? Simple.

    No, not a wooden rocking horse. Although that does look fun. (Photo: whitelightwarrior.tumblr.com)

     
    1954 was the last time the Year of the Wood Horse occurred — and it just so happens that the United States tested the hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands that year. Just something to think about.

    Photo: mrsadness.tumblr.com

    “If you have wood or fire in your chart [find out here] you’ll have a good year. If you don’t, you need to partner with someone

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