There’s nothing quite like a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day. But, before you go into your freezer to dish up a sundae, watch this Coldstone Creamery employee from Qatar demonstrate the proper way to prepare the treat. You're likely doing it wrong. Discuss
Earlier this week, NBC cut ties with Donald Trump, canning The Apprentice and the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which Trump produces. Spanish-language network Univision also announced that it would stop airing the pageants. The announcements came after Trump made some controversial comments about immigrants during a speech for his 2016 presidential campaign. Now, Macy’s is dumping Trump’s menswear products because, as a spokesperson told Mashable, “Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion. We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form ... We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico.”
For his part, Trump claimed he was the one who decided to end the business partnership with Macy’s. He’s also suing Univision for $500 million, saying that in dropping his pageants, the company is “attempting to suppress [his] freedom of speech.” Discuss
For decades, visitors to the White House have been banned from taking pictures and, more recently, from using social media. Now, thanks to the first lady, the White House is now encouraging people to snap pictures to post on social media—provided they don’t get too crazy about it. Livestreaming apps, selfie sticks, GoPros and cameras with lenses longer than 3 inches are still banned. Michelle Obama announced the new policy via an Instagram video that featured her tearing up the old “no photos or social media allowed” sign, and White House visitors have already begun posting away. Let freedom ring. Discuss
Back in December, a nasty outbreak of measles at Disneyland brought the anti-vaccination movement back into the spotlight. Some argued that a decline in vaccinations was endangering communities by re-introducing diseases. Now, California has passed a law mandating vaccinations for all schoolchildren. Most states require some vaccinations for school, but have exemptions for personal beliefs. California’s law only offers medical exemptions for kids who have “serious health issues.” This means for unvaccinated children who don’t have medical exemptions will not be allowed to enter daycare centers or public or private schools. Unvaccinated students who currently are under personal belief exemptions can stay in schools until they reach the next “vaccine checkpoint” in kindergarten and seventh grade, at which point they will have to get vaccinated or obtain medical exemption.
"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," California Gov. Jerry Brown wrote in a statement. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."
There has been plenty of backlash against the new law, with opponents arguing that parents have to right to choose not to vaccinate their kids. The opposition even has some celebrity support: After it was announced that Brown had signed the bill into law, Jim Carrey went on a Twitter rant, calling Brown a “corporate facist that must be stopped.” Discuss
Presidential candidate Marco Rubio is selling polo shirts on his campaign website—and he’s calling them “Marco Polos.” Get it? Because nothing says “vote for me to be the future leader of your country” like a good, punny dad joke. The polos are $45 and feature the name “Marco” below an outline of the U.S. Obviously, they come in your choice of red, white or blue. Discuss
Katy Perry is reportedly in a legal battle with a pair of nuns over a convent. The dispute involves a hilltop LA property that was once home to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The details are a little murky and will ultimately be decided in court, but two of the remaining nuns say they own the convent, while the archdiocese says the property actually belongs to the diocese. The nuns agreed to sell the convent to a prominent restaurateur who plans on turning it into an upscale hotel, while the diocese wants to sell it as a home to an interested buyer—a buyer the nuns claim is pop megastar Katy Perry.
Evidently, after discovering Perry’s music, the nuns were not impressed. Sister Rita Callanan told the Los Angeles Times, "Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and ... if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it.” However, Callanan did add an interesting wrinkle to the story. Evidently, some of the other nuns changed their mind about Perry after she paid them a visit and sang them a gospel song. After the performance, three of the five sisters told the archbishop that the convent should be sold to the singer. Discuss