2020 has provided us with a pandemic, zombie hurricanes, earthquakes in unusual places, asteroids, and 21st century nazis (Trump and the rest of the conservatives).
Usher in the most fucked up internet challenge: The "Benadryl Challenge" is the latest challenge that has hit the younger millennials and Gen Zers. These "brilliant" future leaders of our country are ingesting enough Benadryl in order to induce hallucinations. This is all happening on TikTok. Various media outlets are reporting on this trend, and it has gotten the attention of the FDA.
The FDA has issued a warning about this disturbing and deadly trend:
"We are aware of news reports of teenagers ending up in emergency rooms or dying after participating in the 'Benadryl Challenge' encouraged in videos posted on the social media application TikTok."
The FDA is investigating the reports and conducting reviews to see if there more cases have been reported. The FDA reached out to TikTok and told them to remove the videos, and to stay vigilant. They want any additional videos removed from the site.
The FDA wants people to understand that ingesting more than the recommended dose of Benadryl can cause seizures, heart problems, coma, or death.
My Two Cents
It's pretty fucking disturbing that the younger generations are engaging in these dangerous trends. When I was a teen, we had Jackass and smoking weed in the woods. We lived dangerously by smoking in the high school bathrooms, and skipping school. Jackass was something a lot of people in my generation emulated. My generation didn't take OTC in order to hallucinate. Now, before some of you kids look up Jackass, I'm pretty sure the founder of Jackass, Johnny Knoxville, would have a problem with you emulating what he does. He hated it when my generation copied him. He had to remind us during every episode that he and his friends are trained stuntman, and to not try his stunts at home.
The future leaders of our country are going to be the ones who engaged in Tide Pod challenges and Benadryl challenges. Lord fucking help us.
Kids, I know you guys think nothing bad can happen to you. All kids think that. I did when I was a kid. I thought I was invincible and I didn't have to listen to anyone.
Fucking with OTC medications, or ANY medications is dangerous. If you die from your stupid challenges, you can't come back. Death is permanent. Your death will destroy your family forever. A fucked up challenge is NOT WORTH IT.
You want a real challenge? Do well in school so you can reshape our weakened country. I double dog dare you!
Parents, watch your kids like a hawk. Get the computer out of their rooms. Limit their phone capabilities. No social media until they are 18.
19 years ago today, America (and the world) was hit by tragedy. Extremist group al-Queda hijacked 4 passenger airplanes, 2 were flown into the World Trade Center, 1 crashed into the Pentagon, and 1 crashed in PA (the hijackers were trying to fly it to DC, but the passengers thwarted that attempt and the plane crashed into a field).
Within an hour and 42 minutes, the World Trade Center was no more. 25,000 people were injured, and 2,977 people were killed.
I remember that day vividly. I was a freshman in college, and on my own for the first time in my life. The school was holding a job fair that day, and I woke up early to check it out. The job fair was being held in a room next to the cafe. When I walked in, people were glued to the TV. The entire feel of the room was very off. I looked at the TV and saw the 2nd plane hit the towers. Live. Words cannot describe what I was feeling when I saw that. I was a mix of horrified, sick, angry, disbelief, etc. All of us had tears in our eyes. None of us could believe what the fuck was happening. It felt like everything stopped. Even the newscasters on TV were freaked out. After several minutes in a daze, I grabbed my flip phone and walked out of the building to call family. I couldn't get through to anyone. I was shaking while I walked to my dorm. Everyone I encountered was so upset and terrified. As I walked to my dorm, I saw 15-20 cars leaving campus, all with NY license plates. When I got inside my room, I turned on the news and learned that the borders to NY were closed. I kept trying to contact family and all attempts failed. My aunt lived in NY at the time and she had just had a baby 4 days before the attacks happened. I was so worried for her, my baby cousin, and my uncle.
I don't remember much about what happened later that day. Time had stopped and I was just terrified to be anywhere. This was the first time I was afraid of the world around me.
A few days later, my school planted a Unity Pole in the center of campus. I was at the ceremony and it was really beautiful to see all of us come together. It seemed like our entire country was coming together to try and process everything that happened. I was very proud to be an American during this time.
All of us coming together, working together, uplifting one another, THAT is the true spirit of America. It's sad we can't be like that in 2020. We'd probably be in a much better place if we weren't so divided. If we could be just as connected as we were back then, we would get through anything.
One way we can honor those who died on 9/11 is to come together in our current circumstances. The coronavirus has killed nearly 200,000 of our American brothers and sisters. We can't fight each other anymore. We need to find our American spirit again.
Jillian Michaels is the latest "celebrity" to fall victim to coronavirus. The once dubbed "Toughest trainer in America" contracted the virus after working out at the gym.
She revealed the diagnosis on Fox Business:
"If you are afraid of COVID, you should not go to the gym. And I actually am a person who let my guard down, I haven't even spoken about this publicly really, and a very close friend of mine gave me COVID several weeks ago. I'm fortunate to have gone into it being healthy and I was able to get on the other side of it pretty quick, but not everybody is lucky, as we all know. All I can tell you is if you are afraid of getting COVID, a public gym is probably a place where you will get it."
Michaels revealed she let her guard down for an hour. She said her friend had no idea that she had Covid.
Jillian Michaels has made a full recovery, and is back to promoting her fitness app.
In the comments section on HuffPost's story about Michaels, many have said that she is saying "avoid gyms" in order to gain more customers for her app. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if that is her angle. She lost my respect when she started shaming people for being overweight (don't forget where you came from, babygirl. You were overweight once yourself!). I spent the majority of my life morbidly obese. I'm a size 4/6 right now. I would be a hypocrite if I shamed someone for their weight. It's bad karma.
Anyways, I'm glad she's doing better. I still don't like her as a person.
Humans, by nature, are not big fans of change. When things change, a few things happen: we bitch, we moan, and we carry on like petulant children. On the flip side of that, we hate when our lives don't get better. Humans have some serious problems!
Now, if you decide to make changes that will alter your life in a positive way, not everyone is on board. How friggin insane is that?!
You decide to lose weight, people will gripe that you're "losing too much weight" and you "looked better before." People will complain if you tell them you're going to therapy, or a 12 step program. People will respond with "you're not crazy, you don't need a shrink," or "you don't have a drinking/drug problem. It's the covid era. Life is easier when intoxicated."
You just can't win. What you CAN do is make healthy choices for you, and fuck what everyone else thinks.
I recently went through a process of change. I had my heart broken, and I was betrayed by several friends. I gained weight, and I was just plain miserable. No one knew. After all the drama went down, I was physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally drained. I spent 48 hours in a daze, and the rest of that week trying to regroup. The following week, I worked on my physical strength (working out and eating right), and my emotional/mental/spiritual strength. I was finding a strength that I never knew I had, and for the first time ever, my self-esteem was increasing. I began to find myself and I began to love myself.
Not everyone has liked the changes I have been going through. I've had friends who have questioned my sanity. No one is used to me having self-esteem. My role has always been one where I've been the outcast, misunderstood, and broken friend. Always single, never going from one guy to the next. I've also been known as the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend). I accepted that role for the longest time...until now.
For the first time ever, I'm standing on top of the world, and breathing in happiness, peace, love, and strength.
People can talk all they want about me making changes in my life, but I'm doing what's right for me, and what's right for my family. When I'm happy and at peace, my son is happy and at peace. His well-being means as much to me as my own well-being.
Don't ever apologize for making yourself a priority. Don't apologize for your 'glow up.' This is your time to friggin shine. The right people will be along for the ride.
Don't give up on you and your happiness. You will regret it if you do. Get you some of YOU!
2020 has been a pretty fucked up year. We have been dealing with coronavirus, new rules, the craziest weather ever, earthquakes, and fires. We've dealt with personal issues as well.
Despite all the hell going on around us, some of the most well-known celebrities have been using 2020 as their 'glow up' year. For those not familiar with the term 'glow up,' it basically means someone went through a significant transformation inside and out.
Everyone looks amazing and happy!
NOTE: I have been working on the idea of this article for a few days now, and I wanted to use Adele as my main photo. However, due to her recent controversy, I decided against it. I don't want to take away the hard work Adele has done to get her hot body. Sadly, I think she crossed a line with her bikini top and hair (you're better than this, babe!).
Check out the INSANE 'before and after' pics below (none of the pics are mine)!
Sara Ramirez, best known for their role as Dr. Callie Torres on Grey's Anatomy, has come out as gender nonbinary.
They shared the news on Thursday, captioning the post: "In me is the capacity to be everything from a girlish boy to a boyish girl." Ramirez also shared their preferred pronouns as being "she/her" and "they/them."
Their announcement was met with A TON of positive response. Many of their fans actually called them a "nonbinary queen."
Ramirez played a bisexual character on Grey's Anatomy, and their character ended up paving the way for increased bisexual representation on TV and the big screen. In 2016, Ramirez came out as bisexual. Ramirez was inspired to come out in 2016, after the Pulse tragedy. The Pulse massacre was one of the deadliest attacks on LGBTQ+ people and Latinos in history (I went to school with one of the victims of the massacre. RIP Kim Morris! Your family at Post will always remember you).
I have seen some of the negative responses to Ramirez sharing their truth with the world. Trolls have been mocking Ramirez and accusing them of having a mental illness.
The only mental illness in this situation is from the trolls flaming Ramirez. Ignorance is deadly. We can only become enlightened when we open our minds and learn from one another. Sara Ramirez has done something pretty f*cking powerful. They shared their truth with the world, and shared what pronouns we should use.
Sara, you are an incredibly courageous human. Thank you for sharing your truth, and I know you will inspire a lot of people to share their truths.
The pandemic has brought the 'hustle and bustle' of the planet to a halt. Most of us are on lockdown, and the only connection we have to the outside world is the internet, and whatever is on the news. We are constantly bombarded with bickering politicians and bleak outcomes.
However, there is a ton of good happening out there. Many celebrities are stepping up to the plate to help the "most vulnerable" populations. Recently, Khloe Kardashian put smiles on the faces of elderly shoppers in the Los Angeles area by paying for their groceries!
For the last week, she has been visiting many of her local grocers and covering the tabs for elderly shoppers at Trader Joe's and Ralph's supermarkets. In addition to her generosity toward the "most vulnerable" population, she has also 'paid it forward' to the supermarket employees. She bestowed store gift cards to over 200 store employees at various stores!
Her youngest sister Kylie recently donated $1 million dollars to help medical professionals buy masks and other PPE.
The most famous Momager on earth, Kris Jenner, collaborated with Coty (Coty owns a majority stock in Kylie Cosmetics and Kylie Skin) in order to produce hand sanitizer for healthcare workers at hospitals battling the virus.
In a world that is bombarded with bad news, it's nice to see some good happening in the world. God bless the Kar-Jenners for their incredible generosity and their huge hearts.
My Two Cents
My first job was in a supermarket, and I remember too well how crowded it can be and how stressful it can get. While I've never worked in a grocery store during a pandemic, I can imagine the infinite amount of stress grocery store employees are going through. To have a public figure like Khloe come in and be so generous, it legit brings tears to my eyes. Sending blessings to all grocery store employees throughout the USA and around the world. You are all heroes!
#KhloeKardashian #pandemic #coronavirus #covid19 @KhloeKardashian @KrisJenner @KylieJenner #goodpeople #goodnews #positivevibes
People around the globe are prepping for a massive outbreak of Coronavirus (funny how every election year, we are plagued with a different virus).
In areas where the virus has not yet been found, people are stockpiling tissue, bleach, hand sanitizer, face masks, and other household items (you know, just in case).
Not only have people been stockpiling the essentials, people are also purchasing Hostess products.
That's right, because you cannot ride out a deadly virus without hoarding Twinkies, Cupcakes, Ding Dongs, Ho-ho's, and more!
(Screw a balanced diet. We gotta have Hostess! It will save us against the evil Corona! Let's all panic!)
Call me crazy, but I prefer hoarding wine. If the world is going to succumb to a deadly virus, I want to go out in style!
Welcome to a brand new series called "On this day in history." Here, I will share an impactful event that happened in the near and distant history.
Today, I will be discussing one of the most shocking events in TV history. On 2/26/1981, Charles Rocket dropped the "F" bomb on "Saturday Night Live." The bomb drop was so clear that it had America gasping in shock. The incident led to a mass firing of cast and crew.
Rocket's "F" bomb drop is said to be the first time the "F" word was dropped on TV.