You’ve been waiting patiently all week for the new Junk Food Blog, and we are here to make sure you get your fix! In this week’s edition, we are giving you the background on Otto Warmbier, putting the kibosh on rumors about Jared Kushner removing his vocal cords after the inauguration, and giving you the inside look at the verdict from the teen texting suicide case. And, because this week marks the beginning of summer, we’ve got a cool video of people doing some pretty amazing flips, tricks and things we can only imagine pulling off in our wildest of dreams. So without further ado, dream (and read) on!
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This week on the Junk Food Blog we bring you some LEGEN (wait for it) DARY videos that will undoubtedly leave you more informed (and entertained) than before you came to kick it with us. Aside from another Barney Stinson reference, we’re covering what’s been a very eventful week in pro sports, the U.S. territory that wants to sit with us/U.S., and a special report on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. And, because you may or may not have lost track of what’s going on with the Comey-Trump saga, we’ve got a crash course for you that covers everything in 3-minutes. So what are you waiting for? Ball’s in your court. Slam dunk yo’self on in!
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It’s officially the final stretch until summer, but who’s counting? (We definitely are). Welcome to the first Junk Food Blog of June! This week, we’re covering everything from The London Attacks, to Apple’s WWDC, and everything in between...like The NBA Finals and Bill Cosby’s trial updates. The best part? It’s all on XUMO. Oh, and so is this video of pets avoiding their responsibilities (like us). Enjoy!
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Well, our bellies are still stuffed with hamburgers and hot dogs from Memorial Day Weekend barbecues, but we’re lookin’ ahead to National Donut Day which is conveniently celebrated on the first Friday of June. While you mentally prepare for which flavor donut (and what toppings) you are going to partake in, we’ve got another type of treat for you! This week on the Junk Food Blog, we’re discussing what in the world is going on with Tiger Woods, the mixed messages coming out of the G7 Summit, and the bright spotlight following Jared Kushner around. We’ve also got the other ridiculous news that you should probably know about like Kathy Griffin’s new pic that the internet will have her head for, and fidget spinners. What are you waiting for? Indulge a little!
Okay, what in the world is going on with Tiger Woods? The dude has gone from 0 to 60 and launched himself right back into the headlines faster than you can say “hole-in-one.” Last week, Tiger announced that after back surgery numero 4 he is “unequivocally” planning to play professional golf again. That’s great; who doesn’t love a good comeback story, right? But nothing throws a wrench in a good ol’ fashioned comeback story like a DUI does. Paris Hilton knows the feeling. Early Monday morning, Tiger was arrested on suspicions of driving under the influence. Womp, womp, womppp. The golf pro claimed there was no alcohol involved and instead blamed his prescription medications; all of this was later confirmed by the BAC breathalyzer test results. Get all of the details on this, here. After that, can we all just get back to the NBA Playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals?
Mixed messages. What you get when you Google “Area 51,” and what you also get if you ask the US, Germany, and France on the productivity of the G7 meetings. President Trump returned from his first foreign trip assuring everyone that the US has “great bonds.” Our German and French friends had slightly different takes. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that although the relationship between the US and the EU is important, Europe can no longer “fully count on others.” On the French side of things, President Emmanuel Macron had the opposite of a dead fish handshake with President Trump, and later said that the handshake was “not innocent” and that, “you have to show you won’t make small concessions, not even symbolic ones.” If all of this is making you feel like that thinking face emoji, then watch this video to learn more.
He went to Jared. What every girl thinks when she lays eyes on her engagement ring, or what Putin might have done during the US election. That’s right, we’re nyet done talking about Russia, and probably won’t be anytime soon. Last week, we learned that Jared Kushner (Ivanka’s husband and Trump’s senior advisor), has the spotlight on him in the Russia investigation. New evidence has come to light of Kushner suggesting a secret line of communication between Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government. This is kind of a huge deal since the White House has been working to dismiss the Russia investigation. Don’t think that will be happening anytime soon. Get the details on the Jared Kushner story, here.
In other ridiculous news that you should probably know about…
Kathy Griffin channeled her inner Joffrey Baratheon on Tuesday afternoon, posting an image of her holding a very bloody, decapitated head that closely resembled President Trump. The shocking image had the internet up in arms, and slinging twinsults (twitter insults) left and right. Watch more on this, here.
Chances are you’ve started seeing these “fidget spinners” pop up everywhere, and at one point asked yourself, “what are those?” Well, we feel you. We had the same question, so we decided to compile a bunch of videos to help educate you! You can learn about them with the team at TYT, here. Or, if you’re like us, and prefer to hear reviews from other people, you can watch the staff at TIME review them, here. And if after all of that, you’re still jonesin’ for more, you can watch what this parrot thinks of fidget spinners.
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There is only one word to describe the Junk Food Blog this week; HOT. Not only are the temps rising here in Southern California, but things are heating up politically as Trump continues on his first foreign trip as POTUS. We’re firing up our grills in preparation for Memorial Day Weekend barbeques, and H-O-T (or haute) is an accurate descriptor for the outfits we saw on the red(hot) carpet at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards this past weekend. We’ve got the videos and cheesy commentary, so bring a glass of water and a mini-fan and let’s dive on in!
President Trump left for his first foreign trip this past weekend, olive branch in one hand, and Melania’s hand in the other. First on the itinerary was Saudi Arabia, where he spoke to the leaders of several Muslim countries. In his speech, Trump called for the Muslim world to come together and drive out terrorism. He cited that the battle against Islamic extremism is not a battle between different faiths, but rather barbaric criminals. Click here, to watch more on his speech. Next, he heads on over to Israel to talk peace between Palestine and Israel. Interesting timing considering the recent faux pas he made by leaking highly classified information to Russia that could cause some pretty heavy damage between the US and Israel. Relationship status officially changed to: Isreal-ly complicated. Watch more on this, here, via the TYT channel on XUMO.
Put another shrimp on the barbie! That’s what we’ll be saying this weekend as we slip-n-slide buns first into three work-free days of barbeque bliss. This Memorial Day Weekend, we’re dusting off the ol’ grill (click here to learn how), and throwing a sizzling backyard BBQ. Chances are, we’re not the only ones with this sun-and-fun filled idea, so if you’re in need of some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! This video will guide you through setting up a colorful mix-and-match table setting AND will also give you recipes for grilled turkey burgers, salmon, zucchini, and pineapple. #Jackpot. But wait, it keeps getting better. Check out this video for a recipe on how to make bacon-wrapped hot dogs, courtesy of Epicurious. The only thing we ask is you practice safe-grilling. Normally we fully support droppin’ it like it’s hot, but in the case of barbecuing PLEASE take caution and do NOT drop it like it’s hot...onto the ground (like that guy). Aside from challenging each other to hot dog eating contests, we’ll also be taking some time to honor those who have served our country, those who continue to serve; and most of all, to those we have lost. Cheers to all of you!
“Hello?” That’s what Adele says when that hotline bling. This past weekend was the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, and as the top male artist, Drake took home 13 awards, surpassing Adele’s previous record of 12. I’m sure by next year it will all be water under the bridge. In other awards news, Queen Bey won Top Female Artist, and Cher gave a “I have goosebumps this is so good” type of performance. Although this awards show is technically about honoring those artists whose music is off the charts, it always results in everyone making a bigger deal out of whose outfit was off the charts. So, without further ado, feast your eyes on the best looks from the 2017 Billboard Awards, brought to you by Vanity Fair on XUMO.
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What’s cookin’ good lookin?! Ready to hear about what’s goin’ on around town? This week on the Junk Food Blog, we’re going cyber and hopefully won’t make you WannaCry (grab your tissues just in case). We’re presenting our first political mash-up on the recent political landscape, giving you an update on the first part of the NBA Western Conference Finals, and practicing our pageant wave while we grace you with videos on the newest Miss USA. We’ve also added in some completely random Game Of Thrones references, because we’re having a really hard time waiting until July for the new season and just GOTta have some Game of Thrones in our life. Let the games begin!
You’re makin’ me WannaCry. What your mom said when she got the beautiful flowers you sent for Mother’s Day...or what over 150 countries said when they found out that a large group of hackers successfully cyber attacked everyone’s computers this weekend. This was not the time to be PC, and I’m not talking about being politically correct. Thousands of Microsoft Windows systems were sent emails with hidden malicious malware, (named WannaCry), that would lock all the files on the computer. At that point, the hackers would then request people cough up a whole lotta’ cash money in exchange for their data. (Paging Tim Cook, we’ve got a new TV ad for you). Most notably, this massive cyberattack affected England’s health organization as well as Germany’s rail service and even FedEx here in the US. If reading about this is makin’ you WannaCry, then here’s a video that will tell you everything you need to know about the attack. The icing on the cake? It’s rumored to get worse.. DUN DUN DUNNNNN.
Welcome to our first political mash-up! No, unfortunately we haven’t created a video of singing politicians, although you can find one of Steve Bannon, here, courtesy of Funny or Die. Instead, I’m going to stay short and sweet with the political updates for this week, and mash them all up into one section for ya! Save the clapping until the end, please. Speaking of, did you catch James Clapper’s interview this past weekend? The former director of the National Intelligence had a few things to say about the layoff of FBI Director James Comey, and let’s just say he is not giving Trump a round of applause for the controversial decision to let Comey go. Watch more on what he had to say, here. Also, since when is it a prerequisite to be named James with a last initial of “C” in order to become a director of a governmental organization? Maybe James Corden will consider it someday.. In other weekend news, North Korea is still playing with fire. Our wildling friends North of the wall launched a ballistic missile that landed near Russia. Here’s, what Putin had to say. Just kidding. But really, here's what he actually had to say about this.
Now that we’ve talked about what’s going on in the North, let’s move to the West(eros). The NBA Western Conference finals started on Sunday, and the Warriors came back from a 25-point deficit to defeat the Spurs. Before you bring out the bubbly, check out what our friends at Undisputed on FOX Sports have to say about the match-up. Sounds like these Warriors might have an achilles heel.
Elbow, elbow, wrist, wrist, wipe a tear, blow a kiss! Oh hey, didn’t see you there; just practicing my acceptance of the crown, although it’s looking a little more Gracie Hart and less Kara McCullough. Last Sunday was the Miss USA pageant, and for the first time in history, the contestants from Washington DC have won the crown, (to the seven kingdoms), 2-years in a row. Watch out Khaleesi. Kara McCullough is a scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is planning on spending her reign promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). You go, glen coco. Learn more about the newest Miss USA, here.
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Soo, we’re really glad you’re here! It’s one of those ‘glass half full’ kind of weeks and despite some of the chaos ensuing (which we’ll tell you about later, promise) we’re celebrating the simple fact that it’s almost Friday and that we get to eat tacos for dinner, while watching the Summer Pets compilation that’s included as a Junk Food Blog guest appearance below. In other Junk Food Blog news, we’re brushing off our Rosetta Stone discs to tell you all about the new Président of France, and the reemergence of the US of A’s 44th president (hint: starts with “O”, ends in “Bama”). Then, we’re going to review Mustang Sally Yates’ testimony re: Russian interference in the US election (yes, still a thing), and the FBI sans a director. The best part about all of this? It’s ALL on XUMO, and have we ever mentioned it’s free? Because it is.
“Voulez-vous voter pour moi?” “Oui!” That is the CliffsNotes version of what went down in France over the weekend. For those of you who are not fluent in French (don’t worry, we’re not either), a quick Google Translate will confirm that France said “YES” to Emmanuel Marcron’s proposal to be team captain (aka France’s next President). Need a little refresher? We thought you’d never ask! France hit the polls on April 23rd and voted between a whopping 11 candidates. None of the candidates got a standing O (aka received over 50% of the vote) which, by French law, requires OT (aka a second round “runoff”) between the top two candidates. For the last two weeks, the final two candidates- Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Marcron -have been campaigning to win the hearts and minds of the French people; and a little thing we like to call, control of the country. Le Pen is anti-immigration and pro “Frexit”, and Macron is, well, exactly the opposite. After leading his opponent by more than 20 percentage points in the polls pre-election, Macron ended up pulling out the W...but not without a few campaign hacks. Find out what happened, here.
The ghosts of presidents past is real, and is happening. Maybe not in the undead way, but #ICYMI, Obama is back. Aside from hinting at what his plans are next, he is also going to bat, in as PC a way as possible, for his legacy. Last week, the House voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (#TeamObama) with the American Health Care Act (#TeamTrump). Missed it? Don’t worry (be happy), you can find out more about what this will entail, here. Now that the House passed their bill, it’s the Senate’s turn. It’s one of the hottest issues on everyone’s mind right now and will have a major impact on millions of lives, which is why Obama brought it up this past weekend. While accepting the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, Obama delivered a powerful message directed at GOP lawmakers on the topic of, yep, you guessed it, healthcare. Watch more on Obama’s speech, here.
Don’t let these next videos go Flynn one ear and out the other, because you’re going to want to pay attention. On Monday, former US Attorney General, Sally Yates, testified in front of a Senate committee confirming that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to Trump, did in fact discuss sanctions with Russia and the opportunity for them to be lifted under the new Trump administration. We know it feels like you’ve been hearing about this since Vietnam, but this time it’s REALLY important because Monday’s testimony was the first time it has been publicly confirmed that all of the allegations are true. Before we mic drop, take a look at Sally’s opening statement, here. Then, we’ve still got more for you! Watch part of her testimony, here.
Tuesday night, President Trump said, “ya fired” to FBI director, James Comey, and handed him a pink slip. You probably remember Comey as the guy investigating Hil’s emails right around the election, and more recently, as the guy leading the investigation on whether or not Trump’s campaign had anything to do with Russian interference in the election. With Comey out of the picture, Trump is dusting off the ol’ job description and buying a bunch of “Help Wanted” signs to find Comey’s replacement. Despite the country being deeply polarized on just about everything right now, most lawmakers are in agreeance that the next head of the FBI should proobbbably be an independent. Check out the Newsy Channel on XUMO for more details on Comey’s dismissal.
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We recognize and value the importance of being informed and up-to-date on current affairs, but also believe it is equally as important to bring FUN into the work week and get in a daily smile or laugh, or even both! That’s why this week, we’re bringing SUMMER PETS to a screen near you! Why, you ask? Because we’ve got summer on our minds, and what’s better than pets who love summer, too? Nothing. Well, maybe pizza, but besides that, nothing. So sit back, relax and enjoy these pets enjoying life via The Pet Collective on XUMO.
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This week on the Junk Food Blog, we’ve got a little bit of everything for you. The premiere of what might be the next bingeworthy series to hit a screen near you, President Trump’s 100th day in office, the potential break-up that has Chris Paul thinking it might be time to say “It’s not you, it’s me,” and everyone’s OOTD from Monday night’s annual Met Gala. It’s gonna be good...and it’s gonna be already MAY.
Shadow Moon and Wednesday. Two seemingly unrelated, nonsensical, and just plain confusing words when put together. If we had to take a guess, our bet would be that there is some sort of obscure lunar eclipse taking place this week. Queue the wrong buzzer sound. In reality, those are the two main characters of Starz latest series, American Gods. The first episode of the series was released this past Sunday, and it’s the talk of the (online) town. One quick Google search, and you’re bound to see the words “bizarre,” “gory,” and “mysterious” thrown around several times. This was enough to pique our interest in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, published in 2001, and, we’re looking forward to finding out what the hype is all about. If you care to join in on the fun, check out this short synopsis via the Wochit Channel on XUMO.
Believe it or not, the first 100 days of President Trump have come and gone. Last Saturday was the Trump administration’s 100th day in office. A lot can go down in 100 days, and despite there being no official “performance review” scheduled for this day, it still happened anyways, just off the record. Since taking office, there’s been no lack of conversation surrounding immigration, the Supreme Court, healthcare, trade and a whole bunch of executive orders. If all of this is starting to ring a bell, click here to watch the team at Bloomberg reflect on the last 100 days.
We know what you’re thinking, “WHY in the world is everyone talking about the NBA draft when it doesn’t even take place until June, and the playoffs are still in full swing?” Okay, maybe that wasn’t what you were thinking, but we bet you are now! Now that we’re both on the same page, let’s talk about it. The NBA just released it’s early entry candidates for the upcoming draft, and one of the questions we’re on the edge of our seats about is whether Chris Paul is going to stop chasing waterfalls, and start chasing titles. Aside from the cringeworthy TLC reference that just happened, Chris Paul is in quite the predicament this year. The question that has him on the edge of his seat, is whether the ring (aka winning a championship) is more important than making $7 million off his contract alone. We know what we’d pick, but want to let you formulate your own opinions on this one. Watch the debate via FOX Sports on XUMO.
NYC rolled out the red carpet last night for the annual Met Gala, and the stars rolled out their best (and questionable) outfits. For starters, Katy Perry took Red Riding Hood to a whole new level, Jaden Smith came as Dracula, and RiRi reportedly took an hour to get into her shoes. That’s one time that walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is probably not a good idea. Kim K fully committed to the simple look, even foregoing her husband for the night, and Zoë Kravitz stole all of the roses from The Bachelor, to create her dress. Aside from being one of the most prestigious benefits in the country, it also has the makings of the next best parody to hit theatres. Until Hollywood gets on board with that, find out how long it took Bella Hadid to get ready for the Gala via Vogue on XUMO.
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This week on the Junk Food Blog, we’re as eclectic as the outfits you saw at Coachella weekend #2. While there won’t be any flower crowns or crop tops here, we do have a female astronaut breaking boundaries all the way to space, a refresher course in sexual harassment feat. Fox News, an eerily familiar French election, and a punny stick-y bun recipe that will have your mouth watering. What do all these things have in common? They’re all on XUMO!
Sandra Bullock, move over—there’s a new space mover and shaker in town. NASA Astronaut, Peggy Whitson just broke the record for spending the most cumulative time in space for any American, EVER. To date, she has spent 534 days, 2 hours, and 49 minutes in space. Doesn’t that make you want to sing that song from Rent that goes “five hundred twenty five thousand, six hundred minuteeeesss!” Okay, that might be a stretch. But, wait, her records don’t stop there. She is also the first female to command the ISS (International Space Station, please take caution and make sure not to add an extra “I” into that acronym) TWICE, and has completed the most spacewalks of any female astronaut. Think she ever did the moonwalk up there? You can ask her that question as soon as she returns, which is scheduled for September. In the meantime, check out how cool she is via the Newsy channel on XUMO.
Remember when you were in middle or high school and you learned what sexual harassment was and the whole, “it’s not okay” part of the lesson? Well, apparently, Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly both pulled a Ferris Bueller that day and played hookie. ICYMI, over the last year, Fox News has been handing out detention slips left and right for sexual harassment and expelled (aka fired) chairman, Roger Ailes and anchor, Bill O’Reilly due to over a dozen claims against the two. This PR nightmare for Fox News is the gift that keeps on giving...literally. Ailes and O’Reilly supposedly received a hefty $65 million (combined) in severance. You might be feeling all the feels when reading about this, and so did former Fox News anchor, Alisyn Camerota. She came forward and spoke about her experience, and you can watch it here, courtesy of TIME, on XUMO.
The days are gone of booing someone off stage with rotten tomatoes or produce; now it’s all about the pastry ingredients. If you didn’t see the John Oliver episode on the French election, then you might be confused. No worries, we got your back. France is in the midst of their presidential election, and after Sunday’s preliminary round, the country voted off 9 of the 11 candidates. No one candidate received over 50% of the vote which results in a runoff and second round election, taking place on May 7. The two finalists left to duke it out for the presidency, Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, are about as similar as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, or even Taylor Swift and Kanye. Le Pen leans far right and is pro ‘Frexit’ and immigration bans. Macron is a centrist and leans more on the Hillary side of those aforementioned issues. Feeling a bit of Déjà vu? Us, too. Watch more on the French Election, here.
‘I like big buns and I cannot lie.’ We can’t resist a good food pun, and neither can our friends at Tastemade. Presenting this week’s Tastemaker recipe: CINNAMON SWEET STICK-Y BUNS!! These are adorable, easy-to-make sticky buns - on a stick! Get it?? These treats are perfect for entertaining or an on-the-go breakfast snack! And you know what they say about breakfast...it’s the most important meal of the day! Watch and learn how to make this snack on the Tastemade channel.
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Recently, the headlines have been a bit heavy (and have us saying TL;DR too often), so we’re taking a brief hiatus from international political mishaps this week, and staying closer to home. This week on the Junk Food Blog, it’s all about shootin’ some hoops with the latest on the NBA playoffs (like who’s in-it-to-win-it), and a 70-year old woman, who, in the words of Forrest Gump, “just kept on runninggg.” We’ve also got a Coachella debacle (because it wouldn’t be weekend #1 without a scandal), and a West coast recipe that you definitely want to get your hands on. On your mark, get set, GO!!
Forget about the Empire State of Mind; these days it’s all about the Golden State of Mind. The first round of the NBA playoffs started this past weekend and the talk of the town is all about the Golden State Warriors (#1 seed) vs. the Portland Trail Blazers (#8 seed). Not only are the two teams ready and willing to talk trash, but the Warriors are also favored to sweep the number 8 seed to the side on their journey to score those championship rings. Or, in Draymond Green’s case, swat them to the side. The first game of the series ended in a W for Golden State, defeating Portland 121-109. While that wasn’t exactly a surprise, one of the many looming questions is if the Warrior’s will still slam dunk the Blazer’s out of the playoffs as easily as predicted. Would it be a different story if Jusuf Nurkik came back? What if the Warrior’s didn’t have Kevin Durant? And, who should Steph Curry be guarding? We’re just as curious as you are! Which is why we’re really glad it’s being discussed via FOX Sports on XUMO. Watch here, to get in on the discussion.
Who run the world? Girls! That’s the song we envision was playing on Kathrine Switzer’s iPod as she ran in the Boston Marathon for the second time this past Monday. Other than a Queen Bey fan, you might recognize her as the first woman to officially run in the Boston Marathon back in 1967. Switzer was told to ‘get the hell out of my race’ by a Marathon official who tried to rip her bib (No. 261) off, but with some support from fellow racers, she was able to finish. Fast forward fifty years, and she’s back, back again (thanks Slim Shady). If you’re not already inspired by this story, this oughta do it: Switzer completed the race on Monday in a little over 4-hours, and her bib #261 was officially retired in her honor. [Insert slow clap here]. Click here to watch more on this, courtesy of Sports Illustrated on XUMO.
Pic or it didn’t happen. That’s what hundreds of Coachella festival-goers almost couldn’t deliver on this past weekend when a thief stole over a hundred phones at the music festival. Fortunately, Steve Jobs could see into the future and knew this might happen so he and the rest of Apple created “Find my Phone” which allows someone to locate their phone remotely. This was how the phone-bandit was caught, and everyone was able to press play and resume a happy ending to their weekend. See how it all went down, via the Veuer channel on XUMO. And to think, if the phone-bandit was never caught then we might have missed out on this awesome video compilation of these Coachella bound cats! TGFC (thank goodness for Coachella...or cats).
Ever heard the phrase, ‘West Coast Best Coast”? It was coined because the XUMO HQ is located on the West Coast. Okay, just kidding, but it should be! What the phrase is probably referring to is the infamous In-N-Out burger, which is the envy of just about everyone who doesn’t live on the west side of the country. The iconic Double-Double is held sacred and likely the most Instagrammed hamburger of all time. And now, we are ready to share the secret with you, even if you don’t live on the West coast. Yep, you heard that right. On this week’s Tastemaker Tuesday, learn how to make your own In-N-Out burger at home! Click here to get the recipe, via the Tastemade channel on XUMO.
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