Author: John Bliss

Ever since Disneyland announced Splash Mountain was getting a face lift, fans of the attraction have been trying to book one last ride on the iconic water flume before the retrofit happens. One father even decided to take his daughter on her first-and-last ride and created a bit more of a memory than he was probably intending. Disneyland’s Splash Mountain Photo by Jeremy Thompson, Flickr In the video, Kyle Philippi asks his daughter if she would like to go on “the bunny ride.” For those of you who don’t know, Splash Mountain is decorated with characters and scenes from the…

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Disneyland is expensive. We know that’s not really a surprising statement, especially to those of you who have tried to plan a trip recently. Sure, some people have found ways to experience the park on a budget; avoiding luxuries and just getting the core experience. But Disneyland is a luxury, and sometimes you want to indulge. This year though, Disneyland unveiled something that stretches the limits of even the most extravagant budget. Every holiday season, the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa sets up a pop-up holiday cart. It’s the go-to spot for Mickey-shaped holiday treats, and usually includes some hot…

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Every year, the Tewkesbury Community Hospital in the UK brings in different animals to visit the patients in the ward. This year, they brought in a pair of penguins, and the video is absolutely adorable. Two penguins named Pringle and Widget visit the patients of the community hospital, waddling down the hallways, allowing the patients to stroke their smooth bellies, and generally just being the cutest things on two legs. Gloucestershire Health & Care The pair of Humboldt penguins seem to know just how darling they are, snuggling into bed with some of the patients and stretching out so they…

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Internet punching bag, exploding car salesman, beneficiary of an apartheid emerald mine, and alleged horse trader Elon Musk has sold another $3.58 billion worth of Tesla stock this week, but it wasn’t clear where the proceeds were being spent. Musk sold the shares December 12th-14th, according to a filing posted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. With these latest filings, Musk has sold nearly $23 billion worth of Tesla stock since April 2022, with much of the money likely going to help fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. Photo by Vauxford (own work, 4.0) The sale comes as…

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For the first time ever, fans can stay overnight at the original Hobbiton set from Sir Peter Jackson’s iconic “The Lord of the Rings” films. Russell Alexander, who owns the 1,250 acre working farm in the Waikato region of Aotereoa (also known as New Zealand) where the set is located, is inviting guests to his family’s property to live like a Baggins or Took, and retreat to The Shire for an overnight stay at Hobbiton, as featured in the famed “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” film trilogies. Alexander will host three individual two-night stays for up to…

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Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has officially announced the annual selection of 25 influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their cultural, historic, or aesthetic importance to preserve the nation’s film heritage, the newest selections include a vibrant diversity of American filmmakers, as well as landmark works in key genres and numerous documentaries. Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, each year the Librarian of Congress names to the National Film Registry 25 motion pictures that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The films must be at…

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Stephen Boss, better known as ‘tWitch,’ was the beloved DJ-turned-executive producer who worked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for nine years and got his big break on “So You Think You Can Dance.” His wife, fellow “SYTYCD” star Allison Holker Boss, has confirmed he has passed away. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker said. “Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our…

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Apple TV+ has renewed the Emmy-winning series “Fraggle Rock: Return to the Rock” for a second season, with plenty of familiar faces set to make some reappearances. Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton”), who appeared in the “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock Night of the Lights” holiday special, is set to return, along with guest stars Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”), Muppets überfan Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”), and the legendary Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”). Production on season 2 is already underway in Calgary, Canada. “Fraggle Rock Holiday Special” AppleTV+ “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock” recently won the Sentinel Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming, and…

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One year after clashing with city officials over his “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” themed decorations, Jeff Norton’s house is once again adorned with thousands of lights and props paying homage to the fan-favorite film. For those of you who don’t know, Norton is a resident of La Mirada, CA who really REALLY loves “Christmas Vacation.” So much so that every year he goes all out on decorating his house as a recreation of the Griswold family home for the holidays. Last year, around 30,000 people stopped by to view the award-winning display, decked out in lights and plastic statues, and…

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility conducted a nuclear fusion ignition test on December 5th, 2022. The results of this test could have huge potential for the future of clean energy. This morning, officials from the United States Department of Energy have confirmed it was a successful nuclear fusion ignition test. The facility has been experimenting with nuclear fusion for over a decade, carrying on the work of scientists who attempted to fuse atoms together; a process that generates a massive amount of energy as heat. You might recognize this as the process the sun uses to heat our…

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