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Ice Cream With a Kick

Last weekend, my wife and I visited a business that makes ice cream with a blow torch and liquid nitrogen!  Ices Plain & Fancy is on 39th St in the Shaw neighborhood and it’s worth finding.  Ices’ ice cream is not only delicious but it can be a bit boozey (fancy) too.  Being a Big Lebowski fan, I had to ... Read More »

Low to No Cost Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for ways to minimize your expenditures this holiday season, consider one of these low or no cost gifts. 1.  Make jelly, jam or any other homemade treat that will fuel someone in January. 2.  Give an herb cutting of a plant you’ve grown.  Perhaps some dill, parsley or basil? 3.  Make someone a mix tape, or, should ... Read More »

Green Day is Going In

Green Day is the 48th act to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will join them in the class of 2015.  They’ll all be inducted on April 18th at ... Read More »

RHCP could tour with Will Ferrell

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith is working on a tour next year with Will Ferrell.  The shows would combine music and comedy and would raise money for each of their charities.  Smith and Ferrell are look-a-likes.  They performed a “drum off” on the “Tonight Show” earlier this year to prove they’re not the same person.  The band is ... Read More »

Feel Good Story

It’s a feel good story and here’s the best part, it’s true.  At least I hope it is.  A car in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel in Branson caught the eye of a couple of regulars.  The auto was old, battered and in such bad shape, the couple thought it was abandoned.  They asked around and were told ... Read More »

Sony Hackers’ Demand

A group that claims to have hacked Sony wants the studio to pull “The Interview.”  The comedy stars Seth Rogen and James Franco.  They play entertainment journalists who get recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.  A group calling themselves Guardians Of Peace warned Sony to “stop immediately showing the movie of terrorism which can ... Read More »

Peppermint Potato Chips?

Pringles has released five seasonal flavors that include White Chocolate Peppermint, Milk Chocolate and Tortilla Cinnamon Sugar.  The exotic chips will only be on store shelves for a few weeks, because having products available for a limited time has become a proven way to attract customers. I’m a potato chip lover, but I just don’t know. Read More »

Why did she do it?

Singer Annie Lennox questions why 56-year-old Madonna decided to do a topless photoshoot for Interview magazine.  Although 59-year-old Lennox has no issue with women wanting to show off their bodies, she says she isn’t sure about the message Madonna is trying to send other than to shock people.  She said, “What is Madonna telling us?  Anybody know?” Maybe the message ... Read More »

Price of Gas Will Continue to Drop

There are eight states that will soon see their gas prices fall below $2 a gallon.  The states are close to large refineries and have low gas taxes.  Here’s the list: Alabama, Louisiana, MISSOURI, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  Prices are dropping dramatically because the price of oil is dropping.  During the summer, the cost of oil went ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Pet Tips

The Humane Society of Missouri says you should avoid feeding your pet anything they’re not used to eating.  Just because your dog eats chicken, that doesn’t mean turkey won’t upset his belly. Poultry bones can be harmful to dogs.  Turkey and chicken bones are hollow and shatter easily, causing little shards to possibly get caught in your pet’s throat. Fat drippings ... Read More »