Brad and Dallas Woodhouse are two pundits (one Democrat, one Republican—a house divided) who were going at it tooth-and-nail on C-SPAN when the host turned the show over to a live call-in guest, as the show regularly does. But "Joy from Down South" had a lot more than just politics on her mind when she rang on live TV. “Oh God, it’s Mom,” Dallas said, as he and his brother suddenly looked supremely sheepish and the whole thing became an instant classic of live television.

“You’re right, I’m from Down South,” she said. “And I’m your MOTHER.”

Joy should be America's mother, after the parental warnings she unleashes on her two boys, encouraging them to resolve whatever arguments they might have right now. “I’m hoping you’ll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas," she says, sternly. "I would really like a peaceful Christmas." Let this be a lesson to her two boys and to all of us... Discuss

Every year, Webster takes it upon itself to come up with a Word of the Year, utilizing some mysterious alchemy that sets one word apart from the pack. This year, they selected a word based on its "significant increases in lookups this year over last on Merriam-Webster.com" and "spikes of concentrated interest." And that word is, drumroll ...culture.

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Culture? Like, mankind's oldest sign of collective identity? Something that both predated and will outlast the wheel? That culture? Did it have a particularly good year that only the people of Merriam-Webster know about? Where did this alleged "spike of concentrated interest" come from? So many questions, but we don't get to choose the word of the year (The runner-up is "nostalgia" which also seems just about as old as time itself, but at least it's entered sort of a boom season, so that makes a little more sense). Congratulations, culture. Here's hoping for big things from you in 2015 ... Discuss

Here’s a touching look at the Houston Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team, who are dedicated to helping the area’s homeless community. The group of police officers teams up with mental health professionals and local outreach organizations to provide services, shelter, health care options and even job opportunities to the men and women living on the streets of Houston. Sergeant Steve Wick, who is profiled in the piece, discusses how more than helping to meet the needs of the homeless community, his job is to build relationships with the people he meets. As one of the men says in the video, “I have two friends in the world. One is Mr. Wick, and one is my cat” ... Discuss

Oh, Millennials. Lazy and entitled, just sitting around expecting their deserved millions to fall into their lap. Not like back in the day, when people knew the value of an honest day's work. So goes the conventional thinking, but conventional thinking is not the style of 17-year-old Mohammed Islam, who's been trading stocks during lunch at school and, if the rumors are true, has made something like $72 million (million!) in the process. He has a BMW, but no license. He has an apartment in Manhattan, but his parents won't let him move out just yet. In other words, he sounds a lot like a 17-year-old millionaire. “What makes the world go round?” Islam asked in an interview with The New York Post. “Money. If money is not flowing, if businesses don’t keep going, there’s no innovation, no products, no investments, no growth, no jobs.”

Fancy words, but it's all a little much to swallow. Some people, including Business Insider, are balking at the "$72 million" number. All Islam will officially confirm that his net worth is in "the high eight figures" and the writer of the Post article says she's comfortable with what she reported ...

[Update] Never mind. In an interview with New York Observer, Islam admitted that his story is a "total fiction." When asked by Observer if he had "invested and made returns at all," Islam responded "No." He said the $72 million figure was a rumored number that he had "led her to believe." All told, not a great month for fact checkers. Discuss

What sort of secrets did Paul Revere and Samuel Adams want us to know? What kind of hidden codes did they inscribe on the inside of a cigar box before encapsulating it in the brick that was used as the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse?! Soon we will know the answers: Officials in Boston have unearthed a time capsule first buried in 1795 by the patriotic duo, and they plan on performing a series of X-rays on it this weekend before opening it. Obviously, at that point we will finally know the true, hidden history of the founding of our nation. The 220-year-old box has only ever been dug up once before in 1855, when the contents were put into a new, more sturdy box and once again encapsulated in the brick. We all know how this is going to end ... Discuss

Obviously, the police have been feeling a lot of heat lately with a series of nationwide (even global) protests about abuse of power, racial profiling and lack of accountability. But whatever trouble we might have with the justice system, we have no problems with Officer William Stacy, who is protecting and serving Tarrant, Alabama in some truly awesome ways. He was called to a Dollar General where employees had caught a woman stealing a dozen eggs. After he showed up, store employees made it clear they did not want to prosecute, and the woman explained she was struggling to feed her grandchildren, who were waiting for her in the car. That's when Officer Stacy made an offer,

"He said, 'If I give you these eggs, will you promise that you won't shoplift anymore?'" Tarrant Police Chief Dennis Reno said. "He knew that she was telling the truth and that's the reason he went in and bought the eggs."

That's right. Officer Stacy bought her the eggs, walked her out to the car and gave her a hug before sending her on her way. A few days later, Tarrant police signed the woman up for a local toy drive and helped coordinate donations of food and clothing. "Police officers do this all the time," Reno said. "Of course, these are the kind of stories that never get told" ... Discuss