The Secret Menu: Part 2

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Welcome to Part 2 of “The Secret Menu” series. If you just gave up your addiction to fast food it’d probably be best to skip this blog post as I’m sure with these new menu items it may just break your resolve. Enjoy!

Dairy Queen

  • Chocolate Chip Blizzard: A blizzard simply filled with the hardened chocolate that is used on the dipping cones at DQ.
  • Banana Split Blizzard
  • Jack and Jill Sundae: Ice cream mixed with marshmallows and hot fudge.
  • Lavender Blue Sundae: Blueberry ice cream mixed with marshmallows.

Long John Silvers

  • Side of Crumbs: This is a free secret menu item at Long John Silvers. It’s a box of fried batter parts that have fallen off fried fish or chicken. You can use it to enhance your entrée even more or throw it at your date who won’t stop texting.

Five Guys

  • Cheese Fries

 

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

 

  • Chili Cheese Fries
  • Presidential Hamburger: According to ranker.com, this hamburger entrée was inspired President Obama’s visit to Five Guys. This hamburger is a regular cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, jalapeno peppers and A-1 sauce. Apparently if you just ask at Five Guys they are willing to make just about any hamburger for you if you pay extra.

Red Lobster

  • Extra Cheddar Biscuits: According to secretmenu.org, you can ask for extra cheese in Red Lobster’s tasty cheese biscuits. This of course depends on if your waiter or waitress is willing to accommodate your cheesy request.
  • Lobster Tails: It depends on the franchise, but you can ask for lobster tails steamed or grilled. You can use this to enhance your tasty dinner even more or throw that lobster tail at your date who is flirting with the guy at the next table.

The Secret Menu: Part I

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Surprisingly, many of the fast-food restaurants we have grown to love have more than meets the eye. Today it is becoming quite common for restaurants to have “secret menus”. What are these you ask? Most restaurants have a “secret menu” with items that can’t be seen on the menu but you can simply ask an employee, and most of the time they can serve you what your heart desires. I’m not saying that all of the secret menu items below are at every location, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Enjoy!

 

Little Caesars

Stuffed Cheese Crust Pizza: According to Coupon Sherpa, if you ask Little Caesars staff for a cheese-stuffed-crust pizza they will make it for you.

 

Subway

Pizza Sub: When I first started college at BYU-Idaho, I often got one sandwich—the Pizza Sub. This sandwich contains your bread of choice, pepperoni, marinara sauce, and cheese. It was discontinued when Subway took on a healthier approach, but I have found if you ask, and if needed, explain it to the Subway employee, they will always make it for you.

 

Chicken Pizziola Sub: This was a limited sandwich too like the Pizza Sub. This sandwich consists of grilled chicken, pepperoni, marinara sauce, and your choice of cheese. Like above, if you explain it to the Subway employee they will make it for you, but charge extra. I’m not sure why the extra charge though?

 

Jamba Juice

I’ve often heard of Jamba Juice having a secret menu and thankfully, thanks to websites like Coupon Sherpa, one can find a list of these “secret smoothies” which include:

 

  • Pink Starburst
  • Sourpatch Kid
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Apple Pie
  • Fruity Pebbles
  • Push Pop
  • Skittles

 

Arby’s

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich: My family is going to flip when they hear about this one as we are chicken cordon bleu lovers! This sandwich has a chicken breast topped with a slice of ham and covered in melted Swiss cheese.

 

Chick-Fil-A

Just when you thought Chick Fil-A couldn’t get any better these secret menu items come along.

 

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Milkshake
  • Chicken Quesadilla
  • Root Beer Float

 

Stay tuned for the next blog post exposing more secret menu items to help you get more out of your dining experience–as a poor college student, parent, or just a plain awesome person!

Hamburgers To Try This Summer

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Hamburg, Germany is credited as being the city that brought hamburgers to light. According to the Food Lovers Companion, German sailors in the 19th century brought back the legendary idea of using raw shredded beef in meals after trading with the Baltic provinces of Russia. An unknown German chef is credited with making the first hamburger. The hamburger made its first appearance in the U.S. at the Louis Louisiana Purchase expedition in 1904. Since then, it’s been an all-American food.

 

The United States is filled with many unique ways to cook foods. Some of them are absolutely appalling while others are worth being on the plates of royalty. Below are five tasty hamburgers to enjoy at your next summer barbeque. If you want to get really adventurous I’m sure you can find recipes for each of these exotic hamburgers if you want to impress (or scare away) that significant other or be the life of your local potluck party.

 

1. Doughnut Burger. Yes, you heard me correctly, there is actually a thing called a Doughnut Hamburger in our country. In Portland, Oregon The Original sells the, “Voodoo Doughnut Burger.” This concoction includes a patty of Strawberry Mountain natural ground beef, Tillamook Cheddar cheese, and the buns are glazed doughnuts.

To learn more about other doughnut hamburgers, check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doughnut_burger

 

2. Double Coronary Burger. This probably isn’t an item you want to have for dinner every night but one to have at least a few times in your lifetime, if you want to shorten it. At The Vortex Bar & Grill in Atlanta, Georgia, this hamburger includes a flame-broiled half-pound patty of premium ground sirloin, two fried eggs, four slices of American cheese, 5 crispy strips of bacon, and two grilled American cheese sandwiches as buns. Oh and don’t forget the side of mayo.

Pictures: http://www.cheese-burger.net/photos/vortex-grill-double-coronary-burger.html

 

3. Chili Burger. The creators of The Burger Map in Sao Paulo, Brazil, not only traveled the U.S. to find out the secrets to the best hamburgers but have also created a tasty chili burger. This hamburger includes Tex-Mex cheese sauce, tortilla chips, and of course, chili.

Picture of chili burger and other crazy hamburgers at this link: http://www.ivillage.com/burger-mania-15-crazy-hamburgers/3-b-450359#450372  

 

4. Cheesesteak Burger. In Philadelphia, the PYT serves a Cheesesteak Pretzel Roll burger. This masterpiece includes cheesesteak, hamburger meat, and a soft pretzel roll. This hamburger is then roasted in a garlic-caramelized onion sauce as the finishing touch.

Here’s the picture that will make you stop working on homework and drive to your local burger joint: http://thisiswhyyourehuge.com/cheesesteak-pretzel-roll-burger-via-a-hamburger-today13cheddar-cheeseburger-topped-a-steak-sandwich-wiz-wit-and-an-oversized-pretzel-roll-as-bun/

 

5. Burger Garbage Plate. This is actually a popular item in the New York area. This “garbage” plate consists of hamburger or cheeseburger meat, two hot dogs, grilled cheese, ham or eggs, fries, baked beans, home fries or macaroni salad. This dish is then doused in a mustard, onion, and beefy hot sauce.  

Why travel all the way to New York? Check out this recipe to make this entrée in the comfort of your own kitchen: http://www.food.com/recipe/the-garbage-plate-burger-version-224374

 

 

A Date To Remember

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A Spanish philosopher named George Santayana said, “The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.” Each word in the dictionary has the potential to have multiple meanings instead of a specific one. Imagine your roommate comes home one night and exclaims, “Wow, that was a date to remember!” This statement alone can have multiple meanings. To save you trouble, let’s explore the different types of dates out there that your roommate could be referring to.
 
First, your roommate could be referring to the date as a fruit which is mostly grown in the Middle East–an important crop in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and North Africa. Dates in the United States can be found in the western portion of the United States as well. The fact that your roommate found a date (not a significant other) to eat in your college town alone is truly remarkable due to the scarcity of this fruit in the United States.
 
Second, your roommate could be thinking about an important historical event that transpired on that day many years ago. This could be anything from remembering the day the R.M.S. Titanic sank or when Miley Cyrus gave the world nightmares with her latest music video.  
 
Third, your roommate could have just attended a substance abuse program known as Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Education but is abbreviated as DATE. This program is used in some schools in the country to help addicts quit. Hopefully your roommate doesn’t have to go to one of these programs while attending a private church school or while they’re in a prestigious job at Google.
 
Another organization also abbreviated as DATE is the Design Automation and Test in Europe. It is a yearly conference geared towards electronic design automation. Most of the time it’s held in Germany and France. The fact that your roommate was able to make it back so quickly from Europe to the United States is truly astounding. You should treat him or her to a celebration dinner if this was the type of DATE they went on. Then ask where they got their teleporting skills.
 
Fourth, your roommate could be referring to a date in the Japanese, Swedish, or American culture. There was a Japanese feudal clan known simply as The Date Clan and a Japanese family line with the last name Date. Or perhaps they are talking about the cities named Date in Japan, California, or Arizona. Or maybe they just saw a performance of the Swedish dansband Date.
 
Lastly, and most likely, your roommate just went on a date with the person of their dreams. This type of date is simply defined in The Free Dictionary as, “An engagement to go out socially with another person, often out of romantic interest.” If the date went really well, you’ll probably be up till 3am listening to your roommate giggle (unless it’s a guy then that’s just plain weird) talking about this special someone.
 
Now you are ready to know exactly what your roommate is talking about when they swing the door open and say, “Wow, that was a date to remember!” You can assume they’re talking about fruit, a historic event, an addiction recovery program, a European conference, a Japanese individual, cities, a Swedish band, or a social engagement with a significant other. Your life is officially simplified. I hope you do not find this information outdated.​

Seven Literary Classics You’ll Be Surprised Were Banned

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Many books have been banned, torn apart, or burned through the eons of time. But some of the reasons they have been outlawed are laughable. Here are seven classics you may be familiar with that were banned for absurd reasons.

 

1.       Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The children’s classic was banned in the province of Hunan, China, in 1931, because it showed animals having the same intelligence as humans. The censor, General Ho Chien, believed that attributing human language to animals was an insult to the human race. He also feared that the book would teach children to regard humans and animals on the same level, which would be, as he defined it, “disastrous.”

 

“Topics of the Times”. The New York Times. 5 May 1931. p. 26. ISSN 0362-4331.

 

2.       All Quiet On The Western Front. This novel was banned in Nazi Germany for being demoralizing and insulting to the German army. The Nazi party also burned many copies because they believed it would inspire fewer men to enlist in the army.

 

Grannis, Chandler B.; Haight, Anne (Lyon) (1978). Banned books, 387 B. C. to 1978 A. D. New York: R. R. Bowker. p. 80. ISBN 0-8352-1078-2.

 

3.       Green Eggs and Ham. Yes, believe it or not, Dr. Seuss’s classic was banned in China for its portrayal of early Marxism.

 

Karolides et al., pp. 72–76

 

4.       The Diary of Anne Frank. The diary was banned in Lebanon for “portraying Jews, Israel or Zionism favorably.” Also, in 1983, four members of the Alabama State Textbook Committee called for the ban of the diary because it was “a real downer.”

 

Marling, William. (2009-05-01) Why Jane Fonda Is Banned in Beirut – WSJ.com. Online.wsj.com. Retrieved on 2010-05-09.

http://dangerouspages.blogspot.com/2008/12/banned-book-diary-of-anne-frank.html

 

5.       Frankenstein. This classic was banned in apartheid controlled South Africa in 1955 for containing “obscene” or “indecent” material.

 

“Banned Books Online”. Penn University.

  

6.       The Grapes of Wrath. Banned because it made rural Californians look dumb.

http://www.spaciousplanet.com/world/new/the-21-most-surprising-banned-books

 

7.       Black Beauty. Banned in South Africa because it was believed to be racially offensive for having the word “black” in the title.

http://voices.yahoo.com/banned-books-reasons-they-were-banned-2335828.html

 

The Cheesiest Place In Boston

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Lobster, Buffalo chicken, and peppers are not normally associated as “comfort food” with Americans, but one place in Boston, Mass., known simply as MMMac N’ Cheese, seeks to add these unique toppings to their zesty mac n’ cheese dishes.

 

Recipe of Success

Today, MMMac N’ Cheese is known as making one of the best mac n’ cheeses in the country. The stand is located in the food court inside the Quincy Market building at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It is a popular hot spot for tourists and residents alike in Boston.

 

Customers have a variety of tasty options to choose– from BBQ Mac to Veggie Mac. Their cheese sauce is a blend of American, cheddar, jack and parmesan cheeses. “MMMac N’ Cheese is insanely good,” says Christian Halsey, a Boston resident.

 

Entrees are served piping hot and fresh. Customers are able to watch cooks create their meal right before their eyes. The cooks have to learn to make high quality food while also working on pacing themselves as a majority of customers have been standing in line for a long time.

 

How It All Started

MMMac N’ Cheese came to be in 2008 thanks to a college student named Jacob Hadjigeorgis. The son of a restaurateur, Hadjigeorgis was born in Queens, N.Y.  and became enthralled by local specialties as he traveled throughout the U.S. and Czech Republic in his early years as a college student.

 

Hadjigeorgis wanted to open up his own restaurant and set his eyes on Boston. Learning that mac n’ cheese was a popular dish in Boston, he decided to open up a mac n’ cheese location that surpassed all others and his father agreed to give him the money.

 

Hadjigeorgis had willing customers agree to try multiple blends of mac n’ cheese until he found one that most were satisfied with. Once, to set his restaurant apart, he even blow torched his mac & cheese.

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MMMac N’ Cheese’s Future

Not all customers have been thrilled with MMMac N’ Cheese. Complaints at Yelp.com range from long lines at the stand, to too much cheese in the entrees, as well as upset stomachs.

 

Food critics and customers though have continued to praise MMMac N’ Cheese for its delicious mac n’ cheese. The Hungry City Blog praised MMMac N’ Cheese as “a hidden gem in Faneuil Hall where freshness is on the menu.”

 

Christian Halsey believes the success of MMMac N’ Cheese is attributed to two things—their prime location in Boston, just off of the Freedom Trail, and also the great price to quantity ratio of the food. “I see them being around for a while,” says Halsey.

 

You may not care for having tomatoes or mushrooms in your mac n’ cheese, but if you’re looking for a local favorite, MMMac N’ Cheese is the place to be while visiting the city where America’s Revolution began.

 

Sources

i. Hadjigeorgis, J., Jacob’s Story. Retrieved from http://jacobspickles.com/jacobs-story/

ii. Only Mmac N’ Cheese? Retrieved from http://mmmacncheese.com/about

 

Eight Ways To Live A Stress-Packed Life

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Leo Tolstoy, a Russian writer, said, “If you want to be happy, be.” In life, it’s a struggle to stay happy with all the commotion like Tolstoy suggests. Below, I have eight points in leading a depressing, stress-filled, and drama-crammed life. Although this is not a definitive list, I’ve found that any of these points can make your life more miserable.

 

1. Frown. According to 15 Fascinating Facts About Smiling at http://www.pickthebrain.com, smiling can help improve your mood, boost your immune system, and relieve stress. Who needs that? Just frown and show the world exactly how you feel about it each day. You’ll spread so much joy, just as IRS tax auditors do.

 

2. Get inadequate sleep. More specifically, get less sleep that your body needs to function well. Stay up late playing your favorite game or watching your favorite episode of Grey’s Anatomy till 4 a.m. Just get four hours of sleep a night so you’ll wake up feeling exhausted and ready to phase-out during all five of your classes. If you have trouble falling asleep, consume fatty foods, engage in activities that are chaotic, and do not relax. For restless dreams, read stressful books such as a Social Psychology textbook or watch Captain Phillips.

 

3. Dehydrate Yourself. It is said that one must drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Who has time for that? It takes time to constantly fill up your water bottle, measure your intake, and go to the bathroom multiple times during the day. Skip that drink so your day will be consumed by migraines, sicknesses, exhaustion, and higher stress levels.

 

4. Eat Unhealthy. Simple–eat foods that make you feel as sick as you feel in an unstable relationship. You only live once so help yourself to four of your favorite meatball hot pockets in the frozen food section at Broulim’s or a large bag of Starburst Jelly Beans from last Easter that you can consume in one sitting. You will have a sugar rush that will help you be energetic for ten minutes before crashing, even more wiped-out than before.

 

5. Stay in friendships, relationships, or situations that bring drama into your life. You may be able to stress yourself out just fine, but you’ll never achieve true anxiety nirvana until you constantly associate with people that are overly dramatic. Become deeper friends with that roommate who is always venting about their dating problems and gets you involved. Grab a bowl of popcorn and be ready to be the constant sounding board when your Family Home Evening sister has her seventh meltdown this week. Drop whatever you’re doing to jump into drama. Pay attention to how those people make you feel inside. If they inspire you take Excedrin every day, they’re keepers!

 

6. Be drama. Can you work yourself up even more over an issue? Bet you can. Constantly complain and be pessimistic. Make a mountain of that molehill. Make lemons out of lemonade. Everyone loves misery.

 

7. Dwell on how bad your life is. Despite that even on your very worst days, there is always someone else having a tougher time, just ignore all that. Think of you. Look at online news and you’ll find plenty of people who can’t even relate to your bad day. Forget that a Malaysian plane disappeared three weeks ago and ripped apart hundreds of lives. Your day is definitely worse than that.

 

8. Be disorganized. It’s hard to feel down when you are organized. Don’t bother carrying around a planner or writing down notes of assignments and to do tasks. Just let people remind you of what assignments you have and you can quickly do your best work eight minutes before class.

 

Though this list may not be complete, at least one idea here can likely increase your blood pressure. Master it and select another. Eventually, you too can burn out! The only way to be stressed is to be. Leo Tolstoy would be so proud.

World’s Most Creative Pizzas

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How did pizza come to be?

 

Legend has it that pizza as we know it today was started in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito, an Italian tavern owner in Naples, Italy. He was known as the top pizza-maker in the city of Naples. Word got around of his cuisine and he was asked to create a pizza for Queen Margherita of Savoy when she traveled to Naples with King Umberto I. Raffaele and his wife was given immediate access to the royal kitchens to prepare the dish. One of the pizzas was made to match the Italian flag with marinara, mozzarella, and basil. Queen Margherita enjoyed the pizza so much that she wrote a royal letter to him commending his pizzas. She even had the pizza named after her which we still enjoy today known as margherita pizza. After the royal dinner, Raffaele’s tavern, “Pizzeria di Petro” became an instant hit and still enjoys success to this day.

 

Since then, pizza places dot all over the world. Most of us are familiar with the common pizza types but what about the hidden and unusual pizzas? Here are ten pizzas I found that you may want to try one day if you’re in the area.

 

Grand Prix Pizza. This grand pizza is made by a popular South Korean pizza establishment known as Mr. Pizza. For toppings, the Grand Prix has Cajun shrimp, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, potato wedges, bacon, crushed tortilla chips, and sour cream. The crust is a potato mousse-filled cookie crust which is sprinkled with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, and it can also be dipped in blueberry sauce that is provided.

http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives/2009/05/snapshots-from-south-korea-grand-prix-mr-pizza-korean-pizza-made-for-women.html

 

World’s Most Expensive Pizza. The world’s most expensive pizza is known as, “Luis XIII” and can be made right at home for you in you live in Italy. It is only 8-inches and is made 72 hours in advance to give the dough time to rest before made into a pizza. It is then topped with traditional mozzarella di bufala, three types of caviar, lobster from Cilento and Norway, and dusted with individually handpicked pink grains of Australian salt. This pizza altogether with service, comes to a costly $12,000. Make sure to bring Bill Gates with you to pick up the tab.

http://tripatlas.com/guides/Culinary/169/Top_5_Most_Expensive_Pizzas_in_the_World

 

Sushi Pizza. The Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar in Honolulu, Hawaii has an option for customers to get a sushi pizza. This entrée includes baked sushi rice, salmon, scallops, crabmeat, and onion. Wonder if you need chopsticks to eat it?

http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/shokudo-japanese-restaurant-and-bar-honolulu?select=m6jhrUS5sYx92dMg4v30Mw#m6jhrUS5sYx92dMg4v30Mw

 

Double Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza. This hearty pizza is sold in Ames, Iowa at Black Market Pizza. This delicious entrée is topped with cheeseburger sauce, ground beef, bacon, pickles, onion, tomato, American and mozzarella cheeses. If you want to make this pizza even healthier you can order it with a double-dough crust.

http://blackmarketpizzaames.com/

 

Mac & Cheese Pizza. This is one of my favorites and made at CiCi’s Pizza. On this unique pizza is cavatappi pasta drenched in cheese sauce with grated Italian pizza cheese.

http://www.cicispizza.com/menu-items/pizza/mac-cheese

 

Golden Fortune. This pizza is served in Pizza Huts in Japan and Malaysia. It has shrimp, crab, fish, pineapple, lime, and a cheese filled crust.

http://thisiswhyyourehuge.com/golden-fortune-pizza/

  

Pizza Ice Cream? Pizza Brain in Philadelphia brandishes perhaps one of the most unusual pizzas in the world. The slice comes with three miniature scoops of pizza-flavored ice cream. This ice cream consists of tomato, basil, and garlic.

http://blog.zagat.com/2013/06/weirdest-thing-we-ate-this-weekend.html

 

Pizza With A Touch Of India. Tasty Subs & Pizza in Sunnyvale, California has a menu devoted to Indian-inspired pizzas complete with their own specially made marinara sauce. One of these entrees includes a tasty “Hero Pizza” complete with butter chicken sauce, mushrooms, diced red onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, chicken, mozzarella cheese, and fresh cilantro.

http://tastysubspizza.com/

 

Green Pizza. Mellow Mushroom, a pizza place that originally started in Atlanta, Georgia offers an adventurous pizza known as the “Magical Mystery Tour.” This pizza has a pesto-based crust, pesto sauce, button and Portobello mushrooms, feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach and jalapenos.  

http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/30/343411/434286/tampa-bay-mellow-mushroom-the-best-pizza-photo

 

Cookie Monster Pizza. Back in my college town of Rexburg, Idaho one of the popular pizzas there is known simply as “Cookie Monster.” This delectable treat has a layer of butter over the pizza dough, crushed Oreos, cream cheese glaze, and caramel. It can be found at the popular college hang-out spot Pizza Pie Café.

http://www.chef-in-training.com/2011/10/pizza-pie-cafe-inspired-dessert-pizzas-oreo-and-cookie-dough/

 

What are some of your favorite pizzas? Comment below! I know this list only just scratches the surface of all of the incredible pizzas to try out there.

 

Ten Videos To Make You Laugh During Finals

Ann Landers, a famous American advice columnist, said, “Nobody says you must laugh, but a sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the day.” I know a majority of you are facing upcoming final exams, projects, essays, and labs. It may be a little difficult right now to smile, thinking of the massive pile of homework waiting for you or the project that counts for 15% of your grade. Below, I have included ten short YouTube videos that are bound to make you smile or even laugh.

1. Cat Jump Fail with Music: Sail by AWOLNATION. I was shown this video by a friend of mine last year and it gets me every time. Most of you have probably seen it. On a side note, the cat wasn’t killed.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Awf45u6zrP0

2. Pokementos. This was a commercial that Mentos did several years back and was, in fact, one of the first internet videos I saw. I was into the Pokemon Trading Card Game as a kid but it never got this intense.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx43m-FuLSg

3. Bush and Blair’s Endless Love. This video came out during President George W. Bush’s presidency. Clips were gathered from speeches that President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair had made through the year. With those clips, the author of this video was able to make it look like President Bush and Prime Minister Blair were singing the classic song “Endless Love” to each other.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8rr6fz1hQQ

4. Funny North Korean missile launch. I am sure all of us appreciate a comical video made about North Korea at this time considering our current relationship with them.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1ExEwjb1xE

5. Funny Iraqi Interview Subtitles. This video came out back in early 2003 when the U.S. Army invaded Iraq to capture Saddam Hussein and stop chemical warfare in that region. I remember that when this video came out it helped ease the tension of the uncertainty of what was going to happen with the war in Iraq.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXLcxKFYTpc

 6. “I Want it that Way” lip sync. Two Chinese college students lip sync the Backstreet Boys classic “I Want it that Way.” What makes the video even better is that their roommate in the background is totally oblivious to the lip syncing and engrossed in a computer game.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt_m7qooZfo

7. Baby Beyonce’. I saw this video on America’s Funniest Home Videos on TV years ago. This is one of the reasons I love African American people so much–especially since I got to work with them as a volunteer missionary for two years in Georgia.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDXB9cNdmqk

8. The Best Joke Ever! One of my good friends showed me this video. For those of you who know me, I live for puns and seek to use them in almost any opportunity that is presented to me. This video makes me look like an amateur.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tDRBb0apDg

9. Shark Attack. You may or may not have heard of Rémi Gaillard. If you haven’t, you are missing out. Gaillard has done over one hundred pranks all over France on random unsuspecting people. Most are appropriate while a couple are not. My cousin and I once spent a whole day watching all of his videos. This one was taken somewhere off the French coast when Gaillard decided to have some fun with some fishermen.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRXJf-ANy2A

10. Japanese Pranks. A compilation of pranks that were done on Japanese civilians by a famous Japanese TV prank show.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMsmzae2PBM

I’ve shown you some of my favorite videos. What are some of yours? Feel free to post links to your favorite clips on this post. Also best of luck with finals! I know a few of you are feeling overwhelmed at this time. Don’t give up and know the end is in sight! You can do it!

Ten Movies That Will Change Your Life

Alfred Hitchcock said, “A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.” I absolutely love movies and finding ones that are worth the price. For those who know me, I am picky with which movies I choose. I refrain from watching movies that contain sex, nudity, explicit profanity, and graphic violence, to keep my mind clear. Through the years, I have seen many movies.  Listed below are ten wholesome movies that have influenced my life and I have included links to the trailers for each movie, as well.

1.       Life Is Beautiful (1997)

I watched this incredible movie when I was facing some tough situations during high school. The movie focuses on a Jewish Italian father who keeps his family optimistic during dark times in Italy. Thanks to this movie I strive to be optimistic during hard times and to have a sense of humor to brighten everyone’s day up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16RZHqCIy9M

2.       Ballad of a Soldier (1959)

This movie is based in Russia during the Second World War and focuses on a nineteen-year-old soldier named Alexei Skvortsov. Alexei is awarded a medal for taking out two advancing German tanks. Instead of receiving the medal, he asks if he can trade it to go home and see his Mom and help her repair the roof of their home. He is given this privilege and on his long journey home, he is able to touch the lives of many fellow Russians through many selfless acts of service.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw6omDDF7Gg&playnext=1&list=PLE1B8CDE471D1BBD9&feature=results_main

3.       To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

This is the film adaption of Harper Lee’s famous novel on the story of a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama, who faces much opposition from his own friends and neighbors while defending an innocent black man accused of raping a white girl. This movie taught me to have empathy for those around you, even those who are completely different than you. I love this movie because it shows human nature at its absolute best and also its absolute worst.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR7loA_oziY

4.       The Blind Side (2009)

This movie has a special place in my heart since as a volunteer missionary for my church I worked in projects that were exactly identical to those shown in this movie. Based on a true story, this movie is about how a white family in Memphis, Tennessee, adopted a homeless, black teenage boy and how the boy went on to become an all-star football player.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I24d30buecw

5.       War Horse (2011)

The movie focuses on an extraordinary horse that switches owners multiple times during the First World War. It shows the war from many different angles of those affected and also how pure charity does still exist, even in one of the ugliest wars the world has ever seen. I love how this film focuses on people going out of their way in less than ideal situations to make the day of those around them and to bring light into a horrendous war.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhueHIXbTF4

6.       A Night To Remember (1958)

I have been fascinated with the Titanic disaster ever since 1996. There have been many film adaptions that have been made of the disaster, but this one is, by far, the best. I personally feel it’s the most accurate depiction of the disaster. It puts you in the shoes of those on board and the critical decisions they made. It’s in life or death situations such as this that you see people’s true colors and exactly what they possess. The movie teaches that you don’t have to be a high ranking leader to be remembered and that anyone can be a hero.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEbr-FRI10U

7.       The Other Side of Heaven (2001)

This movie focuses on the true story of John H. Groberg, a young Mormon missionary from Idaho Falls, Idaho, that embarks on his service mission to Tonga and changes the lives of many people, including himself. This movie alone helped inspire me to go on a mission for my church and realize that miracles still do happen in our day. I had the privilege of seeing the real John H. Groberg at Brigham Young University-Idaho when he spoke. You may not share the same faith as me but I know that you will be inspired from this touching, remarkable story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dKsHYzIoUI

8.       Remember the Titans (2000)

I am sure many of you have heard about this movie already and have seen it. The movie focuses on the true story of a brand new African-American coach uniting his high school football team as a racially integrated unit and how they were able to overcome their own prejudices to become a successful football team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPhu9XsRl4M

9.       Captain Abu Raed (2007)

I saw this movie just a few weeks ago. This Jordanian movie focuses on a widowed Jordanian man named Abu Raed, who works as a janitor at an airport. He seeks to bring happiness to those around him in his city of Salt, Jordan. This includes befriending a lonely pilot, inspiring the children in his neighborhood, and helping a woman escape her abusive husband. Filled with humor and inspiration, this is a movie you won’t want to miss.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymg5n0yIvVY

10.   Gandhi (1982)

A lengthy movie to watch in one sitting but one that will change your life and teach you exactly how to react when you are treated poorly like Gandhi was. At the time when I saw this movie, I was being treated unfairly and was worried that one day I would react angrily. When I saw this movie, I was better able to deal with those treating me unjustly. You will find many lessons you can use in your own life from the legendary life of Gandhi.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wihfqAGkd2c

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