0 60 Years of 'Charlotte's Web'

charlotte's web 60th anniversary
One of my favorite childhood books is celebrating a milestone this week.

Via NPR:
Sixty years ago, the book "Charlotte's Web" first appeared in print. This children's classic is often seen as a story of a spider and a pig. But when E.B. White recorded a narration of the book, he said something different:

"This is a story of the barn. I wrote it for children, and to amuse myself."

That's "some pig" tale!

> Buy the 60th Anniversary Edition of "Charlotte's Web"

0 The Definitive Guide to Trading Candy

"The Guide to Trading Candy" provides many useful Halloween trick-or-treating tips, including:

If you like Necco wafers, the original candy wafer — yeah that's a category that really took off — there's no need to watch this video. You're going to get screwed no matter what. Same goes if you like those nasty little orange and black candies. Save yourself some time, don't go trick-or-treating, just eat random crap you find on the floor.
(via Buzzfeed)

0 Emergency Compliment Generator

emergency compliment generator

The Emergency Compliment website generates various affirmations "to be used at a time of great insecurity or to be displayed as a constant reminder of awesomeness." Click the link to feel better about yourself immediately.

(via BuzzFeed)

0 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Cookies

halloween trick-or-treat cookies

Trick-or-Treat cookies have a surprise inside — either a treat, like mini chocolate candies, or a trick, such as small sugar ants.

(Although if you really want to be evil, you could fill them with something terribly inedible and/or poisonous. MWAHAHAHA)

halloween trick-or-treat cookies

These cute Halloween cookies are the creation of Megan at Not Martha. The secret is to stack three cookies, with the middle layer hollowed out, and "glue" them all together with icing.

> Learn how to make Trick-or-Treat cookies

(via Laughing Squid)

0 Halloween Light Show, 'Gangnam Style'

Here's your excuse to listen to this song. One. More. Time.

Created by someone with too much free time and irate neighbors.

(via THD)

0 Bruno Mars Impresses as a Pandora Intern on 'SNL'

Bruno Mars was both the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" this week, proving that he's not only talented but that the show can sometimes still be funny. The pop star showed off his ability to impersonate various famous musicians in a skit featuring him as a Pandora intern named Devin. His performance of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" (at 5:35) is THE highlight.

(Note: I realize now that if Pandora happens to crash in reality, it would be a struggle to make it through a work day. It's hard enough having to wait through the intermittent ads and time outs. #FirstWorldProblems)

(via eBaum's World)

0 The Sadness of Pain au Chocolat

the sadness of pain au chocolat
Pain au chocolat est triste. Fin.

(via Serious Eats)

0 The $595 Damien Hirst Polka-Dotted Trash Can

damien hirst, vipp trash can, spot painting
"I’ve always loved colour, playing with colour, moving colours around.
Designing a Vipp bin using spots makes the Vipp bin joyful." –Damien Hirst

Cute and stylish? Yes. Practical? Not really.

Artist Damien Hirst, of formaldehyde preserved shark fame, has created a limited edition of Vipp trash cans in the style of his popular spot paintings.

Available in limited quantity from the Astrup Fearnley Museet, each can is just $595. That's right — almost $600 for a garbage can. The place where you throw used tissues and banana peels.

Seems like a perfect spot in which to waste one's disposable income.

(via Incredible Things)

0 Halloween Cartoon of the Day: A Pumpkin's Life Choices

halloween, jack o' lanter, pumpkin life choices, cartoon
(via TO)

0 Spooky Ghost Pizza

halloween, spooky ghost pizza
Nothing says Halloween fun like Spooky Ghost Pizza, with mozzarella and black olive ghosts, and spiders made from green olives and rosemary (which can easily be picked off and discarded, because green olives - ew!).

> Get the Spooky Ghost Pizza recipe

(via Laughing Squid)

0 Halloween Cartoon of the Day: Surprise Me

halloween, barber, pumpkin
(via TDW)

0 Family Circle's 2012 Presidential Cookie Bake-Off

It's First Lady Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney for Best Cookie recipe! 

family circle's 2012 presidential cookie bake-off, michelle obama, ann romney
Sponsored by Family Circle, the sixth quadrennial presidential cookie contest is heating up online. Now through August 15, Americans are being asked to bake, taste and vote for their favorite recipe.

Will voters choose Michelle Obama's Mama Kaye’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies or Ann Romney’s M&M’s Cookies?

Baking and tasting these cookies is your patriotic duty, people. (Seems like a legit excuse.)

> Vote now at www.familycircle.com/cookievote 

*** UPDATE *** 

The 2012 contest votes are in! And the winner is...

(Drum roll please...)

Michelle Obama!

With the smallest victory margin ever, the First Lady captured 51.5 percent of the vote for her chocolate chip cookie recipe claiming the win over Ann Romney, who captured 48.5 percent of the vote for her M&M cookies; only 287 votes separated the two women’s recipes. 

> Get the winning recipe

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