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The Funniest Thanksgiving Prank – Texting Mom and Asking How Long It takes to Microwave a Turkey

Shannon Jackson

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Thanksgiving is a time for holiday traditions: gathering around the table, eating turkey and cranberry sauce, watching the game on television. This year, you can add a new tradition to the list — millennials pranking their moms.

It started on Instagram. A poster named blessed.mess.jess texted her mom and asked her how long it would take to microwave a 25-pound turkey. Her mom’s responses were hilarious, including a suggestion that her daughter put the stuffing up her butt (that wasn’t the word she used). Blessed.mess.jess posted a screenshot of the conversation on Instagram, and a new trend was born, which soon spilled over from Instagram into Twitter.

The funniest exchanges were the ones where the moms, like the mom in the original post, lost their cool. In a Norman Rockwell vision of Thanksgiving, mothers are consistently patient and kind, always ready with an encouraging word for their children. In the real world, though, the moms pranked by their kids often cursed a blue streak or shook their fists at the fate that had brought them adult offspring who seemed so ignorant of the ways of the world. And the pranking millennials loved it, plastering the screenshots all over social media and claiming bragging rights for having the funniest mom.

Some pranked moms blamed their own parenting skills for raising such deficient offspring. Some thought their kids were drunk or high. Some used colorful descriptions of their children’s abilities and of the way a microwaved turkey would taste — like a bicycle tire, one mom said.

Some of the prankers may have gone a wee bit too far, genuinely scaring their moms, who thought their offspring might blow themselves up when their turkeys exploded in the microwave.

The whole basis of the prank is that, of course, you can’t microwave a 25-pound turkey, much less fit one into a microwave oven. Or can you? In an unexpected twist to this story, Butterball, the famous turkey company, actually responded to the prank by saying that yes, you CAN cook a turkey in a microwave oven. Here, in case for some crazy reason you want to try it, are Butterball’s instructions:

1. Start with a turkey that’s smaller than 25 pounds. This seems like Butterball is cheating a little, but the company does say that a smaller turkey will have enough meat for a typical millennial get-together.

2. Thaw it out first.

3. Put it breast-side down on a dish that is safe for the microwave.

4. Cook for 4 minutes per pound of turkey. Use the full power setting.

5. Baste the turkey with the drippings, then flip it over.

6. Cook for 8 minutes per pound at half power.

7. That’s going to take a while, but don’t go anywhere! Every 18 minutes (don’t ask where Butterball came up with this number), you’re going to need to use a meat thermometer to check the turkey’s temperature. While you’re in there, baste it again.

8. You’re looking for a temperature of 180 to 185 in the turkey’s thigh or 170 to 175 pounds in the turkey’s breast.  When you see that, the turkey is done!  Yay, time to eat. But first, baste it one last time.

So, there you have it. Butterball actually pranked the prankers by showing that it really is possible to cook a Thanksgiving turkey in a microwave oven, though a 25-pound turkey isn’t going to fit in a normal-sized microwave. As long as you go a little smaller, though, you can do it. Or so Butterball claims. Has anyone tried it?

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These Hermit Crabs Will Blow Your Mind With Stunning Natural Ritual.

Renee Yates

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If you are like most people then you are likely fascinated with the ocean and all the creatures inside it. While we can talk forever about massive whales, scuttling squids, and scary sharks, we’d rather highlight a cute little crustacean known as the hermit crab. Now, you’ve likely heard of the hermit crab and, perhaps, you even know what it looks like. As a member of the superfamily known as the Paguroidea, hermit crabs manage to stand out all on their own. In fact, after learning about this natural ritual that hermit crabs complete, you might even want one of your own!

In a post shared on Facebook by a user named Melody Flowers, it was revealed that hermit crabs are always looking for bigger shells to live in. While you probably knew this already, what you didn’t realize about this ritual is far more fascinating. According to the post, which has since been backed up by other scientific journals, hermit crabs like to line up next to shells that happen to be too big for them. Hermit crabs can wait for up to eight hours for another crab to come along and try the shell out. Why do these crabs wait next to shells that are too large for them? As it turns out, the first hermit crab is simply waiting for the second crab in line to discard its shell. 

So we outlined a natural ritual that hermit crabs undertake when finding a new home. Why is this so fascinating? While you may have summoned up an image of two hermit crabs swapping shells, that isn’t entirely accurate. As the second crab lines up behind the shell, more will come to follow. Before long, observers would be able to watch as dozens of hermit crabs all trade shells with one another to ensure that everyone has a comfortable home to live in. The smallest shell of the bunch gets left behind while the shell that started the queue will go to the largest hermit crab of the lot. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? The coordination and cooperation that these hermit crabs have to deploy is nothing short of impressive. If only humans could get along so well when it comes to making to sure everyone is comfortable and safe within their home.

Even though hermit crabs will work together in order to find homes, they are still a competitive species. Gastropod shells can become a limited resource due to a variety of natural and unnatural factors, such as climate change and pollution. When hermit crabs are of a similar size, they are more competitive and violent with one another. When hermit crabs vary dramatically in size, there are more resources available for every member of the group.  Hermit crabs are a fascinating sort of creature because they can come in varying sizes with a lifespan ranging between 12 and 70 years.  The next time that you see a hermit crab, make sure it has the perfect shell to call home. Maybe it will remember you a couple of decades later!

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7 Things You Should Know About History Making Ballerina Charlotte Nebres

Renee Yates

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Charlotte Nebres is making headlines and history in New York City Ballet’s 2019 Production of The Nutcracker

1. She’s only 11 years old

Charlotte is eleven years old and the middle child of three. Her mother describes her as a “free spirit.”

2. She has the lead in The Nutcracker, but she’s not Clara

Unlike some other productions, New York City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker, the young lead who wakes the Nutcracker Prince is named Marie, not Clara.

3. She represents a variety of ethnicities

While Charlotte Nebres is being hailed as the first Black Marie to have ever been cast by New York City Ballet, she has a multiethnic background that shouldn’t be oversimplified or erased. Her father’s side of the family are people of Filipino ethnic origin and her mother’s side of the family are people of Trinidadian descent, much like famed rapper Nikki Minaj. Nebres truly represents the American melting pot.

4. She’s the first, but doesn’t think she should be

Charlotte Nebres is making history and headlines as the first Black ballerina to be cast as the lead in New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker, but when the young ballerina found this news out, she was more than a little bemused. She told her mother, who related to The New York Times: “Wow. That seems a little late.”

Perhaps this is because Nebres was born into an era where certain ballet barriers had already been broken by stars like Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince, or maybe it’s just that the young lady represents a future most people never foresaw, but either way, the young star still understands the importance of representation, especially in the arts. In fact…

5. Misty Copeland is her inspiration

When Charlotte Nebres was just six years old, Misty Copeland became another historic first when she broke barriers as the first African American Female to become a Principal Dancer with the prestigious and exacting American Ballet Theatre Company. Although Charlotte Nebres loves singing and being on stage in general, the ballet will always hold a special place in her heart. Seeing Copeland perform on stage, someone who, in Nebres’ words “looked so much like her” was part of what inspired the artistically inclined little girl to pursue ballet in the first place.

Charlotte takes the need for diverse representation in ballet very seriously and knows that she is now a part of that representation. In fact, Charlotte Nebres is passionate about equal gender representation as well as racial and ethnic diversity.

6. She wants boys and girls to see themselves in her

In her recent interview, Nebres told The New York Times  “There might be a little boy or girl in the audience seeing that and saying, hey, I can do that, too.”

7. She’s still a student

Even though she’s been cast in a major role, Nebres is still a student currently enrolled in the American Ballet Academy. She has many years to go before she can become a choral dancer, principal or prima ballerina for any company. We look forward to many more years of watching this rising star continue to develop as a dancer and a role model!

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A Horse Sanctuary That Becomes So Much More

Shannon Jackson

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Animal rescue is far more than just a current fad. People are recognizing that animals are sentient beings and they deserve better treatment than we give them. There are now rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries all around the country where kind souls try to deal with the problem of pet homelessness.

Allison and Steven Smith decided to open a sanctuary for unwanted miniature horses. Many people don’t know of the plight of miniature horses, and the cause was near and dear to their hearts. They started the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue so they could provide a home where they could meet the needs of abandoned and unwanted miniature horses. 

From Modest Beginnings To Big Dreams

Pebbles and Cocoa were the first two residents, but the miniature horse farm turned into a menagerie. At this point, the Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue has now rescued over 500 animals, including cats, dogs, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, rabbits, and even pigs that were rejected because of a disability.

Their original dream seemed like it was enough, but Allison and Steven realized that they just hadn’t been dreaming big enough. There is room enough in their hearts and at their sanctuary for so many more creatures that simply need a place to stay.

Moving Stories of Courage

One great success story is the couple’s rescue of a small sweet dog called G.I. Joe. He was 120 miles away but they knew they had to help. Paralyzed from the waist down, G.I. Joe had to drag himself along, but now he has a walker so he can move around with ease.

Allison and Steven have rescued several blind animals, bringing them back to what will probably be their final home, knowing they are safe. Mowgli was just a 10-week-old kitten when he moved to the horse sanctuary, and some of his blind friends are Martin the Labrador and Wanda the pot-bellied pig. One poor goat named Roy was abandoned at a mall because of a bad haircut.

Kitty City

Another dream Allison had was rescuing unwanted cats. Her dream led to the creation of Kitty City, a place where cats could come to be adopted or live out the rest of their days. Cats move to Kitty City when they have been moved to death row at different pounds, giving them a reprieve so they can continue to either search for a home or retire with other cats.

Kitty City originally had room for a little over 50 cats but the space has been expanded and there is also now a special area for FIV-positive cats. Volunteers make sure the work is done to make sure the cats are clean, fed, and socialized. You can either adopt a cat from Kitty City or if you need to surrender your cat, you can fill out a form and work with Kitty City to make sure your pet stays safe.

The Compassion Crew

The Smiths could easily see how the animals on the farm were thriving, and they took joy in the comfort of the animals they had saved. But then they had a great idea: why not use these down-on-their-luck pets to help teach children about compassion?

The Smiths took some of the pets to a local elementary school wearing capes and told the children the animals’ superpowers were empathy and compassion. The children learned a valuable lesson about looking different, and that it didn’t make sense to want to hurt someone because of a difference. The Compassion Crew was so successful the children wrote letters of gratitude, and the Smiths are thinking about letting groups like Girl Scouts come to them. What started out as a home for two unwanted miniature horses has turned into a great success story by any measure.

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Watching Out for Our Feral Friends in Frigid Winter

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As cold weather approaches, the ads start showing up on television and social media, reminding people with pets to let them come inside. Unfortunately, feral cats don’t have a home, and the weather is just as dangerous for them.

Kindhearted animal lovers help feral cats by providing food and a safe place for them to congregate, but that doesn’t help during those cold winter nights when they are stuck outside, shivering and helpless. There are as many as tens of millions of feral cats in the US alone.  Luckily, some quick thinkers figured out different ways to provide shelter for outside cats during the harsh winter months.

A Big Heart Wanting to Help

A man in Utah was aware of the plight of all the innocent creatures who suffered during the winter. Phillip Rogich believes that all living creatures should be able to have their needs met, and he decided to do something about it. He made it his mission to find a way to help those unfortunates, helping as many as he could. Even though other people were able to ignore the suffering around them, Phillip felt compelled to take action.

Making Shelters from Discarded Materials

Phillip figured out how to make simple shelters that could insulate his feline friends from the dangerous cold with materials that other people had thrown away. He used discarded coolers as the basis for the shelters, which meant that at least the initial outlay only involved the time he needed to collect the discarded and donated coolers.

His other needed materials included: a six-inch drill bit, some pipe insulation, styrofoam and plastic. The final, crucial detail: he added straw to make sure the shelters he created didn’t retain moisture, which would have made them dangerously wet and cold. Some people have tried to use substitutes, but straw works best and is easy to find. Used for thousands of years to provide safe, comfortable bedding for animals, straw is a tried and true material.

The Need Is Great, But There Are People Willing to Help

Anyone who wants to help the animals in their own neighborhoods but doesn’t know how should feel free to reach out for help in their areas. There are local rescue groups and other groups of feline rescue in almost every area now, and they would be happy to work with you so you can get started.

Phillip Rogich had a great idea and he shares his experience on his Facebook page, where he is willing to help anyone who comes to him for advice. Other feline friends are using other materials, like discarded tires, to give feral cats a warm place to get out of the snow and wind. 

If you feel like you don’t have anything to offer, you can always volunteer your time or even share ideas like this on social media. The more people who realize the problem, while being given a solution, the more people will help.

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My Dog Loves Taking These Vitamins Every Day

Shannon Jackson

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I feed my canine dog food that contains healthy ingredients like lamb and garbanzo beans. I give him lots of people food on the sly, too. Since I never thought vitamins made for dogs were something my pet needed because his diet has always been nutritious, I never considered giving my dog a vitamin supplement.

Things changed when I became aware of Dandy. This is a company that does what it takes to tailor their vitamins to your dog’s needs and your concerns about your pet’s health. Using their expert knowledge and the information you give them about your dog, this company is able to create great tasting vitamins that are designed to enhance your dog’s health in a customized manner.  

Since I began giving my dog, Zephyr, these vitamins on a daily basis, he walks up to the pantry I keep them in and cries out to me because he wants them.  

If you would like to order dog vitamins from Dandy, know that you will be required to answer some questions. The information you submit will help the experts at the company create the best vitamin supplement for your canine. You’ll be asked for your dog’s age, and you will have to give Dandy your dog’s weight. Your dog’s level of activity may be needed, too.  

It took me approximately five minutes to answer all the questions. In a couple of days, Zephyr was able to start taking the vitamins I had received in the mail. A ball and two other delightful goodies were included in the package that arrived. One of these other goodies was a cool bandana.

The vitamins that were delivered to me were separately packaged. This has made administering the supplements to my pet every day very convenient. I can honestly say your dog will go crazy over the yummy flavors these treats come in. When I throw these vitamin supplements into Zephyr’s mouth, he really enjoys gobbling them up.

My dog is used to taking his vitamins every day now. He’ll actually give me a sign to let me know it’s time for his supplements. This typically happens when we return from our daily stroll. It’s a time when he’ll walk up to the cupboard I keep his vitamins in and wait for me to give him his treats.

I’ve noticed an improvement in the amount of energy Zephyr has now that I give him Dandy vitamins. I’ve also noticed that he doesn’t scratch anymore because his skin is no longer itchy. The scratching stopped once I began giving him the Dandy supplements. My dog’s health is good now, and he’s full of life thanks to this amazing product.

You might as well give your dog a treat that has health benefits if your pet enjoys eating dog treats. You might as well give your pet Dandy vitamins.

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