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Sesame Street's Maria, Sonia Manzano retires after 44 years on the show

The woman who taught you to sing and count in Spanish is moving away from Sesame Street after four long decades in America's friendliest neighborhood. 

Sonia Manzano, 65, who played Maria, will retire from the series she joined just after leaving Carnegie Mellon University in 1971. She was many people's first on screen Latina, and her acting, writing and general awesomeness got her many awards and accolades through the years, says the Washington Post

“The country was an exciting place,” Manzano told Yahoo News. “Everything was changing. And the curriculum goal at that time was children should know that Latins live in America, and Latin children should be proud of their culture because Latins were completely invisible in the media. And so ‘Sesame Street’ was trying to remedy that situation by having a diverse cast.”

Maria worked in a second hand bookstore and a babysat for the grouches. She met and married Luis. She got preganant and had a daughter. She became part owner of Luis' Fix It Shop. Her character lived a full life on TV, bereft of stereotypes, and educated coutless kids about what real diversity looks like.  …

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Bubble wrap doesn't pop anymore, so there is no point to life.

These women need their popping bubble wrap, and they need it NOW.

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These women need their popping bubble wrap, and they need it NOW.

The Sealed Air Corp. has just introduced a specially made bubble wrap called iBubble Wrap sold in flat plastic sheets, that doesn't pop, we repeat, DOESN'T POP, according to this Wall Street Journal report.

Here are five reasons why this news is terrible:

1. It doesn't pop.

2. The popping has died, like our souls.

3. We can't pop it and so just go ahead and forget your childhood.

4. Apparently you CAN stop the pop, and the pop has stopped. 

5. If we don't have popping, what simple systematic joys do we have left? What satisfying pleasure is next? Are they going to take away the cream in the middle of the Oreo? Will Big Brother outlaw knuckle popping? Will someone create a nail polish that doesn't peel? Will we be forced to eat one giant piece of popcorn at the movies like animals?

(For real, though, some say the new bubble wrap is more efficient to ship. And there's also an interesting explanation of how they make it unpoppable. Read more here.)

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Literally everyone hates peas in guacamole

What guac is supposed to look like.

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What guac is supposed to look like.

Earlier today, the New York Times tweeted out this recipe:

 

However, because peas in guacamole probably tastes as disgusting as it sounds (trust us) Twitter erupted into a massive firestorm of internet hate.

The recipe has been around for years, a concoction originating at ABC Cocina and supposedly adds "intense sweetness and a chunky texture to the dip, making it more substantial on the chip."

No. Just no.

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Alex Trebek 'rapping' the 'Fresh Prince' theme song is the best thing you'll hear today

Get it, Alex.

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Get it, Alex.

We've had our fair share of laughs courtesy of Alex Trebek, from his sly condescension with contestants to clues that seem written specifically to make us chuckle at the 74-year-old stalwart Jeopardy! host. (Shout-out to this best moments YouTube vid!)

But is including the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song in a clue the best of them all?

Listen to Trebek read this Jeopardy! clue from Monday night's episode ("yo homes, smell ya later!") and decide for yourself.Full Story

Disney dumps poop shaped candy from new Animal Kingdom shopping area

"All 4 poo brownies from Zuri's in Harambe Market" WDW News Today tweeted on @WDWNT.

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"All 4 poo brownies from Zuri's in Harambe Market" WDW News Today tweeted on @WDWNT.

Disney's Animal Kingdom isn't selling anymore candies shaped like animal dung at its new Harambe Market shopping area. 

The theme park flushed the idea after only two weeks of selling the desserts made of chocolate, peanut butter and caramel, the Orlando Sentinel reports

Officials said the product sold out and they didn't decide to restock. No mention was made of the big Internet stink the announcement of the new treats caused. Other new offerings, including some animal shaped cookies, will also not be restocked. 

Disney didn't announce any replacement products.

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The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 8 --€” Tears of a clown

Chris also known as "Cupcake" tries to calm himself down after being dumped on the Cliffs of Moher.

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Chris also known as "Cupcake" tries to calm himself down after being dumped on the Cliffs of Moher.

The moment that will define Kaitlyn Bristowe's legacy on The Bachelorette isn't the hook-up with Nick Viall. 

It isn't being chosen over Britt Nilsson in the most sexist season opener in Bachelorette history. It won't be the any of the flameouts that happened before the rose ceremony. 

We will always remember the moment Kaitlyn cried tears of relief when she realized Shawn B. didn't know she had slept with Nick. She wept with joy, despite supposedly not feeling guilty about having sex with Nick. To those who rushed to Kaitlyn's defense when the world judged her for jumping in the sack with the possible worst person in the world, I ask, if she's free to have sex with whomever she wants, why can't she own that? Why not just say, I was feeling it, I did it, what of it? …

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Garrison Keillor may be easing into retirement

Garrison Keillor

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Garrison Keillor

Could this mean retirement to Lake Wobegon? After 41 years as the host and guiding spirit of popular public radio series A Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is talking about handing over the keys.

In an interview with the Berkshire Eagle before an appearance at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, Keillor, 72, said he expected to make a transition out of full-time hosting over the next two years. His replacement has already been named: Chris Thile, singer and mandolin player for Nickel Creek. Thile, 34, first appeared on APHC when he was 15 years old, and he has already guest-hosted several times.

"Chris is my man," Keillor said, "and I'm eager to stay home and read books. But of course, I'll do whatever needs to be done to assure an easy transition -- sing, dance, do 'Guy Noir,' talk about my hometown, whatever is required."

The show, a well-honed mix of music, comedy and storytelling that Keillor created and shaped, airs on 600 stations and has an audience of 4 million listeners. …

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Tampa's Jeff Weldon, an alum of The Amazing Race, joins the cast of Big Brother Takeover

Houseguest Jeff Weldon plays pool in the backyard of the Big Brother house, on BIG BROTHER, Sunday.

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Houseguest Jeff Weldon plays pool in the backyard of the Big Brother house, on BIG BROTHER, Sunday.

Some people try to strike it rich with a big idea or some undeniable talent. 

Jeff Weldon, 27, of Tampa will make do with winning at least one of CBS' game shows. 

One of the newest members of Big Brother's 17th season may look familiar to The Amazing Race fans who saw him compete on that show this spring.

Originally from Hampton in Hernando County, Weldon went on his first trip out of the country for The Amazing Race. He told the Times then that he always wanted to travel and he left his job to join the race.

“It was the right time in my life to do something like this,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to travel but there was never anytime because of school or work. Auditioning for the race was the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Producers paired him with a dancer from Las Vegas, Jackie Ibarra, for the ultimate blind date. The pair didn't win, but had great chemistry and a steamy on screen kiss none of the other blind daters even came close to duplicating. 

Back at home, Weldon told the Times he was "searching for his next career move." We'd say he found it. …

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Jon Stewart's conservative foes may be on 'The Daily Show' finale

We're obviously more excited about this prospect than Jon is.

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We're obviously more excited about this prospect than Jon is.

Jon Stewart's biggest foes might get the chance drop a few F-bombs on the late night host during The Daily Show finale.

Yes, Stewart is letting the politicians who have been the butt to so many of his jokes turn the table on him.

As excited as we are to see what some conservatives have to say to Stewart, Page Six ruined what could have possibly been the most epic finale episode ever. Page Six reported that Daily Show producers have been reaching out to notable conservatives whom Stewart’s ticked off over the past 16 years, asking them to take part in a pre-recorded segment to give Stewart the send-off he deserves.Full Story

J.K. Rowling makes a magical announcement

J.K. Rowling collaborated on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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J.K. Rowling collaborated on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Harry Potter fans.

On June 26, author J.K. Rowling announced that a play about Harry will open in London next summer. She chose the day for the announcement because it's the 18th anniversary of the British publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first novel about the boy wizard (called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States).

The play, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, wasn't written by Rowling, but she collaborated with writer Jack Thorne. She called Thorne, director John Tiffany and producer Sonia Friedman a "dream team"; the three previously collaborated on the hit West End stage version of vampire story Let the Right One In.

No casting has been announced yet for Cursed Child; tickets will go on sale in the fall. If it's a success in London, and it seems likely to be, perhaps the production will apparate to Broadway. …

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Comedy Central is streaming more than 2,000 'Daily Show' episodes before Jon Stewart's final show

In case you'd forgotten how long Jon Stewart has been on the 'Daily Show,' check out this photo from 1999 (!!!).

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In case you'd forgotten how long Jon Stewart has been on the 'Daily Show,' check out this photo from 1999 (!!!).

After 16 years, Jon Stewart’s time at The Daily Show is about to end. There, there. Comedy Central is softening the blow by streaming nearly every single episode up until Stewart's final show on Aug. 6. 

But don't bother trying to binge it all.

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Gmail officially adds Undo Send option

On more than one occasion I've done that thing where you send a text message to the person you're talking about. It's painful. Really, really painful.

Gmail obviously sympathized with that struggle because it formally added an "Undo Send" option.

No more awkward work "reply all" threads. No more cringing in your cubicle after sending a personal email to your boss. No more regretting strongly worded emails the second you press send.

Gmail has been playing with the undo setting as a Labs feature for six years now, but formally added the option for web-based Gmail today. The new tool lets you choose a delay time from 5 to 30 seconds. So if you decide you don't want to send that email after 31 seconds, you're out of luck.

Here's how to get it:

  1. Go to the cog icon in the upper righthand corner
  2. Select "Settings"
  3. Check the box for "Enable Undo Send"
  4. Choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 second for a delay
  5. Hit save

 

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The Bachelorette, Season 11, Episode 7- Living down to expectations

Kaitlyn gave Jared the group date rose and the chance to slow dance to a live performance by The Cranberries in Dublin, Ireland.

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Kaitlyn gave Jared the group date rose and the chance to slow dance to a live performance by The Cranberries in Dublin, Ireland.

You know what's a great way to refute claims that you're a surface-level person who came on The Bachelorette to meet hot guys and hook up?

Sleeping with the guy everyone has been warning you about in his second week on the show.

Kaitlyn Bristowe, you never disappoint. Just when we think this season of The Bachelorette has sunk into the depths of network TV depravity, there you are, smiling with arms full of rocks, ready to take us even lower.

The show picked back up in the middle of Ian's tirade about Kaitlyn being superficial and her motives for bringing back Nick "I kiss and tell" Viall back into the fold. Sure, it was hurt feelings talking. He wanted to be in the final two but it was pretty clear Kaitlyn wasn't feeling his over-seriousness and receding hairline. So, he took it out on the easy target and then tried to convince America he'd be and awesome candidate for The Bachelor on his ride back to the loser quarantine hotel.

"They'd come out of the wood work man. They'd all be like, I want to date that guy because he's so deep," Ian mused. …

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How to throw a fabulous 'Gilmore Girls' party

Extra points if you can look as fabulous as the girls in question while throwing this party.

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Extra points if you can look as fabulous as the girls in question while throwing this party.

It's been 15 years since the Gilmore Girls first graced our lives. Can you believe that?

With reunion news aplenty these days (Lauren Graham is #TeamLogan? GROSS) and the show now on Netflix in all its binge-able glory, the time seems ripe for a Gilmore party. And no, we don't mean the fancy-pants kind that Emily would throw with puffs and drinks called "the Rory."

We mean the kind that involves tons of eating — in the words of our queen Lorelai herself: "It takes years of training to be able to eat the way we do" — and eating ... interesting combinations.

That's where Times correspondent Emily Young comes in, with this great guide to throwing a Gilmore Girls party, with recipes for Homemade Boozy Pastries With Fig Jam and Port Wine Glaze, Cheeeseburger Sliders (just like Luke would make), Iced Coffee Frappe With Cotton Candy (because one can't toast Lorelai without coffee) and so much more.

Click here to read the story and get the recipes.

 

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General Mills cuts fake flavors from cereals

General Mills will be ditching dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6 by 2017. That's doesn't mean much.

General Mills

General Mills will be ditching dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6 by 2017. That's doesn't mean much.

Breakfast food giant General Mills, which packs the shelves with sugary cereals like Trix, Reese's Puffs and Lucky Charms, said Monday it plans to nix the artificial colors and flavors by 2017.

Trix is ditching dyes like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 6, and the artificial vanilla will be replaced.

As for the nutrition facts? Well, those are pretty much staying the same.

With Greek yogurt and healthy granola bars being what's trending in breakfast, cereal is struggling to stay relevant.

In an article in The Washington Post, food experts said the changes are merely a marketing ploy, "intended to make their cereals appear to be a healthier addition to breakfast bowls."

So don't be fooled by ‘no artificial dyes’ on the label. Really, the cereal's just not vibrantly blue anymore.

"These kid-oriented cereals are still extremely processed, have virtually no nutritional value and are fortified with vitamins because the real nutrients have been stripped in processing," Michele Simon, a public-health attorney and president of Eat Drink Politics, said in the Post's article. …

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