Animals were in the news kind of a lot this week, so I wanted to just roll with it with What People Are Talking About (animal edition!). It's appropriate considering this week dogs FINALLY got their own app! Where My Dogs At is a social networking app that lets dog owners connect and share things like dog friendly spots and photos of their pets. (For real.) This week, we're talking about a dog that survives a tornado, cats become the latest fashion accessory, and a surfing dog is so awesome he'll make you cry.
Dog survives tornado
In undoubtedly one of the most emotional reunions ever, a dog and its owner found one another in the aftermath of the horrific Oklahoma tornado. While giving an interview with CBS about the tornado's devastation, Barbara Garcia shared the story of how she and her dog were huddled inside their home, taking cover in their bathroom. The two were separated in the chaos and Barbara assumed her dog had been lost to the tornado. But just moments into the interview, her dog pops up, alive, in the rubble! Barbara, with the help of the CBS news crew, is able to free her dog, resulting in a totally amazing (and slightly tear-jerking) reunion.
On Monday, I wrote about the best Disney songs, and the list was not without its tearjerkers. As much as Disney wants you to believe it's all whimsical and happy, the truth is that most of its movies will make viewers cry. There is no classic Disney film that's a bigger offender than "The Lion King" during that scene. You know what scene I'm talking about — just after Mufasa tries to rescue little Simba from the stampede... oh, God, it's so sad. As it turns out, dogs are not immune from having Disney feelings either, as evidenced by this video of a dog who can't hold it together during the emotional moment. It's so cute it almost makes you forget you're watching one of the saddest scenes ever.
Over the weekend, Penn and Teller stopped by the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. I bought tickets to this event for my boyfriend as part of his Christmas gift, after he went through a phase where he was marathoning the duo's Showtime program with a name that's somewhat inappropriate for this blog. (It sounds like "bull pit" though!)
Personally, I've never had strong feelings about Penn and Teller one way or another. Prior to Saturday, I knew only what I'd gathered from half-watching their show. I knew I liked their logo, a red ampersand. I also knew one of them was super tall and loud, while the other was short and silent. I did not know who was who and my understanding of their schtick was that they sort of did magic (maybe?) but they really liked trying to dispel myths about things.
Here's what I, a semi-indifferent viewer, thought of the show (and if you want to see a review of their Vegas show, check out Mike's piece!):
Aside from the circus, Disney On Ice shows are easily the most beloved family show on TN.com. They bring everyone's favorite Disney characters to life... on ice. I used to attend shows like these as a kid, and I always loved them. There was nothing quite like getting to see princesses, whether Cinderella or Jasmine, up close, while also singing along with them to songs from Disney movies I already loved.
Disney films have some of the most iconic songs of all time. There's nothing like Snow White singing "Whistle While You Work" to get your Monday morning going, right? (You may think I'm being facetious, but I can assure you, I am not. This playlist on YouTube is pretty much my favorite ever.)
The current Disney On Ice shows touring the U.S. — Rockin’ Ever After, Passport to Adventure, 100 Years of Magic, Princesses and Heroes, Let’s Celebrate! — feature characters from some of my favorite Disney movies, like "The Lion King," "Toy Story," "Aladdin," and "The Princess and the Frog." So here are some of my absolute favorite Disney songs, from the very films that make up the current Disney On Ice performances.
It's time to announce the winners of the TN.com Mother Knows Best Contest! Sure, it's been a few days (okay, okay, more than a few, and we're really sorry), but we had to confirm our winners before announcing! So, without further ado...
Congratulations to our Grand Prize winner, Meghan!
The entire TN team would like to congratulate Meghan for placing the winning entry in the TN.com Mother Knows Best contest. We loved the advice she shared with us, given to her by her wonderful mother! Here's what Meghan wrote: