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Questionable Children’s Books

I recently learned that not all children’s books are as wholesome as you might think.  Here are a few we came across in the past week that are so off-the-wall crazy that I had to share. 

From "Curious George Gets a Job."

From "Dinosaurs Divorce."


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It is no secret I love my Aztecs.  When I was a student at San Diego State, school pride was average at best.  At that time, amongst my friends, I was one of the more dedicated SDSU student fans as I worked for the  Alumni Association, wrote for The Daily Aztec and read the news on KCR. Though in retrospect, donning an SDSU hoodie now and then, and partipating in extra curriculars didn’t hold a candle to what SDSU now knows as THE SHOW.

THE SHOW is SDSU’s most dedicated and loyal student section that garners attention from national news and is feared by Aztec rivals alike.

These days, the entire city of San Diego has Aztec Fever. As it should as one in seven San Diegans with a college degree attended SDSU.  We have a #6 ranked men’s basketball team and a bowl-winning football team. And more importantly, we are a rising hot bed of academic excellence in California.

Regardless of 401K contributions, stock investments or the like, my husband and I are convinced that in 2010 our best investment (if for nothing more than for pure psychological pleasure) was our 2010-2011 SDSU Men’s Basketball season tickets.

Every game we attend is a priceless experience.  In fact, I can say with full conviction that the game v. UNLV this past Wednesday night was hands-down the most rockin’ I’ve ever seen that arena.  (And I’ve been to Aerosmith, Prince and Marilyn Manson concerts, not to mention graduation, there).  The minute I left, I wanted to do it all over again.

Why?  Well, the team ROCKS. The fans are die-hard.  But really … THE SHOW!

We have THE BEST student section, THE SHOW,  in the nation.  It has been spawning for at least the last six-to-ten years, but this year, as SDSU men’s basketball team is set to reign in all its glory, THE SHOW has come into its own and then some.  They make the stadium, the game and the viewing experience complete.  Team aside, opponents hardly have a chance in the face of this raucous and amazingly executed fan base.

If you havnen’t seen THE SHOW, I encourage you to buck up and buy some tickets to any SDSU men’s bball game you can find. If they are sold out for the season, then check out their 10 commandments to get a feel for just how fun they are:

Long ago, on the top of Mt. Montezuma, the Aztec God of Basketball gave 10 commandments to His followers. He named his minions The Show, and He told them if they lived by these 10 rules, a legacy of epic fandom would be birthed. Interestingly enough, the God of Aztec Basketball is not as demanding as some other Aztec Gods you might have heard about. The best thing about The Show is its freedom to be unique, wild and original. These are more like guidelines.

Do you want to be in The Show?!? Just follow The Show’s 10 Commandments:

10.) Thou shalt love the Aztecs and sit in the student section. If you do this, you’re in The Show, whether or not you know it yet.

9.) Thou shalt wear two types of attire to games: red and black, or whatever the heck you want. “Show” clothing is designed to be as funny, ludicrous and intimidating as possible. Costumes, outfits, and any accessories you can dream up are definitely encouraged.

8.) Thou shalt stand in your seats whenever the game is being played.

7.) Thou shalt cheer as loud as you can. There are many cheers and chants in The Show so try to yell in unity.

6.) Thou shalt not use excessive profanity or throw things on the court. The Show has always been clever enough to overcome these obstacles.

5.) Thou shalt know your team and your opponent, to have greater love and hate for both. (And verbal ammunition.)

4.) Thou shalt show up early if you want to be close to the action.

3.) Thou shalt wave the giant heads during free throws. You can even ask for your favorite face, or make your own.

2.) Thou shalt take pride in the home court advantage. Our goal, in the end, is to do whatever we can as fans, to atmospherically and psychologically help the Aztecs get a victory at every home game. We encourage, inspire and energize the team, and you have an impact, and the players and coaches can feel it.

1.) Thou shalt love everyone in The Show. The Show is already well known as one of the craziest, loudest and most fun student sections in college basketball. That’s why the final rule is just do your part to make The Show world famous for having the most insane, rowdy and epic fans college basketball has ever seen.

The Show 10 Commandments Source: The Union-Tribune

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Scuba Diving Dachshund

We love our dogs and take them with us whenever we can, but I think it is safe to say that scuba diving is where we draw the line.

Check out this video and article from the LA Times blog.


Dog owner Sergei Gorbunov of Vladivostok, Russia, doesn’t seem to share our qualms, however. The professional diver has equipped his dachshund, Boniface, with a wetsuit and helmet designed to allow him to breathe underwater, and he’s trying to convince the little guy that diving is really a great idea.

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Despite Death Threats, Psychic Octopus is Right Again

Paul, the oracle octopus, was right again as Germany was defeated by Spain today in the semi-final match of the World Cup.

But being clairvoyant doesn’t always come with all the glory that one would think; Paul is now receiving death threats.


Having accurately predicted that Germany would beat Argentina in the quarter-finals, Paul faced the wrath of angry Argentinian supporters who have blamed the octopus for their World Cup exit and expressed a desire to eat him in an act of vengeance.

But Paul’s keeper Oliver Walenciak remains confident that the octopus will continue performing his remarkable act for years to come from the safety of his tank in Oberhausen as opposed to the dinner table.

He said: “There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.”

Paul is able to make his predictions courtesy of Walenciak and his staff who place two containers filled with mussels and a flag to represent each football nation into his tank.

The container selected by the hungry octopus is assumed to be the predicted winner and so far Paul has a 100 per cent success rate for all five of Germany’s fixtures during World Cup 2010, including their 1-0 defeat to Serbia.

“It started two years ago at the European Championships when Paul became the oracle for all of Germany’s games and we thought he could do it for the World finals as well,” said Walenciak.

Full story here.

Source: Telegraph


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Oracle Octopus Predicts World Cup Wins

Paul the octopus oracle predicts Germany loss to Spain in semifinals – On Tuesday, Paul the Octopus, the “oracle” that has predicted correctly the outcome of every Germany match-up so far in the FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, has prognosticated a loss for them against Spain in the upcoming semifinal match.  The AP has released a video of Paul making his prediction.

It’s not news the Germans want to hear, but their oracle octopus has predicted every match correctly so far for the German soccer team in the 2010 World Cup.

Read the full story here:–Paul-the-octopus-oracle-predicts-Germany-loss-to-Spain-in-semifinals




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Fantasy Football … One More Try

There are two schools of thought when you try and fail:

1. practice makes perfect; try, try again; patience is a virtue; OR

2. the definition of insanity is making the same mistake twice.

I’m not sure which camp I fall into in this particular situation, but for some reason every year I play fantasy football and each year I fail.

It started three or four years ago when some friends (mostly females) said they didn’t know much about fantasy football, but wanted to join a league. 

Being the over-planning type A that I am, I volunteered to set up a league and have filled the role of commissioner ever since.

When we first started, we deemed ourselves the NFL (Novice Fantasy Leaguers) since we were all rookies to the “sport.”  Since then, most of the participants have improved far beyond novice level … except me.

The best I ever did was 9th place, but most years I come in dead last. 

So why do I do it?  I LOVE to plan, program and coordinate.  But do I like football? Meh …

Most years I don’t even know who is on my fantasy team.  I swear my vision is not conducive to televised sports.  Thank God I have a husband who can tell me when to cheer for my players when they do something well.

All this said … if you have any (really easy) tips or tricks to at least put me in second-to-last place this year, your suggestions would be welcomed!

And so it begins all over again … we’re drafting at the end of August and regular season starts September 9. Go Wild Wiener Dogs (that’s my team name)!


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July 4 Jell-o

Who doesn’t love the traditional July 4 cake made with white frosting, blueberries and strawberries?  It is patriotic and delicious. 

If you’re looking to mix it up a bit, I have a fantastic dessert just for you.  It is good for kids and adults alike. Layered July 4 Jell-o. 

It must be made in clear – glass or plastic – serving dish.  Think trifle bowl, footed dessert dish or even condiment cups for outdoor events.

Fair warning, this dessert cannot be done in a quick amount of time.  Today is July 2.  If you want to have it ready for July 4, start now.


  • Water
  • Red jell-o (any flavor)
  • Blue jell-o (any flavor)
  • Clear jell-o (I had to use Knox gelatin brand because I couldn’t find clear Jell-o brand)
  • Optional: substitute part of the water with clear alcohol for adults only


Start with blue jell-o.  Make according to directions on box.  Pour layer in bottom of serving dish.  Be sure it covers at least 1/3 of the serving dish.  Put in the fridge immediately. Refrigerate overnight preferably, or at least until jell-o is completely set.

Next make the clear jell-o per package instructions.  Before pouring on top of blue layer, add ice until the mixture is at least room temperature.  Once it has cooled, then pour equal layer over blue and put in fridge immediately.  Leave in fridge until it has gelled. 

The clear layer is hard to see on top of the blue layer.  But don’t worry, it will show up once you put the red on top. 

Make red jell-o per package instructions.  Add ice to mixture.  Once it has cooled, pour on top of the blue and clear layer.  Place in fridge immediately. 

Do not serve until the red layer has completely set.  Top with whipped cream and serve.

Happy Fourth of July!


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