Every year since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has united an entire continent with the power of music and the beauty of poorly translated English. This year’s competition, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, is no different. Each country submits a song, and viewers voting by phone or text select a winner. In grand Eurovision tradition, their choices include a few folk songs, a few rock songs, a few dance-pop songs, and innumerable sappy ballads. Oh, and a Romanian entry that’s inexplicably in Spanish.
If you tune into the finals on Saturday, you’ll get to see a lot of amazing performances, but you’ll miss out on the songs that have already been [...]
Gift baskets! They’re great, except that the pre-made ones you order online are overpriced, and you get approximately one chocolate chip per five pounds of packaging. Plus why are they always themed around one flavor? I mean, yes, we all can and will eat an entire basket of chocolate, but wouldn’t you rather give someone a variety of goodies precisely calibrated to their personal tastes?
What you may not have realized is that you can make your own gift basket at any grocery store at any time, including an hour before that holiday party at your neighbor’s house when you’re not sure what to get her because it seems [...]
You live in a world full of stress and stimulation: global warming, 24-hour access to fast food, reality TV shows about shooting hogs from helicopters, The Economy, Twitters and Facebooks and Tumblrs that update themselves every time you click reload, insurmountable student loan debt, and anime. Is it any wonder you can’t sleep?
Sure, there’s stuff like Ambien, and Ambien’s great, but it can be addictive, plus wouldn’t it be nice to be able to fall asleep without hearing music that isn’t playing or telling your boyfriend that his face looks like a plate of fruit? There are, it turns out, more natural ways to deal with insomnia. [...]