Check out the first trailer for Lois Lowry’s “The Giver!”
Check out the first trailer for Lois Lowry’s “The Giver!”
So, there’s this APP called MyScript Calculator. It recognizes your handwriting and does math problems for you!
It also does more complicated things….
Like finds the values of variables and unknowns!
Where was this when I was in high school math. No, even better… COLLEGE???!!!!????!!!!
It’s FREE, too!
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Well, that’s interesting! WARNING: Some facts are rated PG-13!
1. Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” was originally written for Celine Dion.
2. The song “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia is actually a cover. The original is by Ednaswap.
3. “Tainted Love” is also a cover. The original is by Gloria Jones and came out in 1964.
4. ALSO “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” is a cover of some dude. The original is by a guy named Robert Hazard.
5. One last one: “I Love Rock & Roll” is a cover. It was originally by The Arrows, not Joan Jett.
6. The song “Sweet Child of Mine” was written in five minutes.
7. The song “Like a Virgin” is actually about a guy getting over a breakup.
8. Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti” is actually about anal sex.
9. The song “Summer of 69” by Bryan Adams is about 69’ing, like, sexually. In this interview, he said: “Some parts [of the song] are autobiographical, but the title comes from the idea of 69 as a metaphor for sex. Most people thought it was about the year 1969.”
10. Serial killer Aileen Wuornos was obsessed with Natalie Merchant’s “Carnival.” She requested they play it at her funeral.
11. Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” is about a man trying to convince a Catholic girl to lose her virginity to him.
12. Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel” is about heroin addiction.
13. The song “Closing Time” by Semisonic is not about closing a bar, it’s about the birth of the lead singer’s son.
14. “Zombie” by The Cranberries is about terrorism in Northern Ireland.
15. “Slide” by The Goo Goo Dolls is about abortion. youtube.com
16. “Brick” by Ben Folds Five is also about abortion.
17. And “The Freshman” by The Verve Pipe is about abortion as well.
18. Shel Silverstein wrote “A Boy Named Sue.”
19. “Gettin’ Jiggy wit It” was written by Nas.
20. The song “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” samples this YouTube video of a girl stacking cups.
21. Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body” was written by Pharrell for Michael Jackson’s final album, Invincible.
22. “…Baby One More Time” was rejected by TLC.
23. Rihanna’s “Umbrella” was supposed to be a Britney Spears song.
24. Leona Lewis was originally supposed to sing Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
25. “Toxic” was intended for Kylie Minogue, not Britney Spears.
26. Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” was written for Janet Jackson.
27. “Semi-Charmed Life” is about a couple on a crystal meth binge.
28. “1985” by Bowling for Soup is originally by the band SR-71.
29. “Red Red Wine” by UB40 was originally recorded by Neil Diamond
30. Prince wrote Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
31. “The Way” by Fastball is about an elderly couple who went missing and were later found dead in a ravine.
32. Bruce Springsteen wrote “Blinded by the Light.”
33. “Since U Been Gone” was turned down by Pink and Hilary Duff before Kelly Clarkson recorded it.
34. Bruno Mars wrote CeeLo Green’s “Forget You.”
35. “Me and Mr. Jones” by Amy Winehouse is about Nas.
36. Avril Lavigne helped write the Kelly Clarkson song “Breakaway.” It was meant to go on Avril’s first album, the one with “Sk8er Boi” and “Complicated,” but it didn’t really fit with her image.
37. “How Will I Know” by Whitney Houston was originally supposed to be for Janet Jackson.
38. Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” was written for S Club 7.
39. Jesse McCartney wrote Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.”
40. Frank Ocean wrote the Justin Bieber song “Bigger.”
41. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” was written by Otis Redding.
42. “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette is about Dave Coulier (from Full House).
43. “Ben” by Michael Jackson was originally intended for Donny Osmond.
44. Eve 6’s “Here’s to the Night” is about a one-night stand.
45. Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” was originally intended for Rihanna.
46. “Bad” was originally supposed to be a duet between Michael Jackson and Prince.
47. The song “Hey Ya” by Outkast is actually about a man stuck in a loveless relationship.
48. The DMB song “Crash” is sung from the perspective of a peeping tom.
49. “Disturbia” by Rihanna was originally a Chris Brown song.
50. Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” MAY actually be about his then-fling, Elle Macpherson.
51. Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” is about his then-girlfriend, Rosanna Arquette.
52. Lori Lieberman wrote “Killing Me Softly,” not Roberta Flack.
53. Shania Twain or Faith Hill were both given the opportunity to record Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable.”
54. “Candle in the Wind” was originally written about Marilyn Monroe but rewritten about Princess Diana when she was killed and titled “Goodbye England’s Rose.”
55. Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” is about birth control. Bob Marley didn’t want his girlfriend to take birth control pills. The doctor who prescribed the pills was the sheriff.
56. The song “There She Goes” by Sixpence None the Richer is about heroin. The song was actually originally by The La’s too.
57. LFO’s “Girl on TV” is about Jennifer Love Hewitt.
58. Usher’s “Burn” is about Chilli from TLC.
59. The song “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani was written in response to something Courtney Love said about Gwen in Seventeen magazine.
60. Madonna’s “Take a Bow” is reportedly about Sean Penn. youtube.com
61. “Hero” by Mariah Carey was originally intended for Gloria Estefan.
62. Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” was originally written for Britney Spears. You can listen to Britney’s demo here.
63. Prince wrote The Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”
64. The song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is not about an LSD trip. It’s about a painting John Lennon’s son drew for him.
65. Prince’s song “1999” is about nuclear war.
Idina Menzel on Jimmy Fallon. Let It Go. Roots. Elementary School instruments. Awesomesauce. Smiles.
Chloe Stirling, 11, loves to bake cupcakes.
She loves it so much that she set up a business at home in Troy, Ill., two years ago, selling cupcakes to raise money to buy a car when she grows up. She also donates her sweets to cancer fundraisers.
“It makes me feel good when I bake, because it’s just fun for me,” she explains.
But her dreams were dashed when the local health department shut down her business, Hey Cupcake, because she didn’t have an approved kitchen.
On Thursday she came one step closer to restarting her cupcakery when Rachael Ray invited the preteen and her parents onto her Rachael Ray show.
They were joined by Stirling’s hero, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, and the pair told Stirling that she was being given a range of GE appliances including a fridge, stove, microwave and hood.
Then, the company that Stirling’s dad works for, Spendler Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, told her they would construct a commercial-grade kitchen in the family’s home.
“Your story is an inspiration to me,” Valastro told Chloe. “You gotta keep baking, you gotta follow your dreams, you gotta follow your heart. You gotta do what makes you happy in life.”
The Academy Awards are like our Super Bowl. We’re pretty up to date with pop culture and love the movies. So we’ve offered our predictions for this weekend’s 86th installment.
First of all, Ellen DeGeneres is hosting. So, it’s gonna start off with a lot of fun. Below are the BIG categories. Brittany Gray’s predictions will be in purple. Sara Beth’s predictions will be in orange. My predictions will be in, wait for it… green!
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) – We all think that Jared will walk away with the statue. He’s already won everything for his performance. He’ll just get the cherry on the top with his first Oscar.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) – BG’s pick. TG and SB would love her to win.
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) – Both TG and SB think it’ll be Lupita #FTW.
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) – SB LOVED Julia in this role.
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) – We’re hopeful that Leo pulls off an upset.
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) – again, we’re all agreed that Matthew will walk away with his first Academy Award on Sunday.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) – We’re all pretty set with this one as well.
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) – TG loved Sandra in “Gravity,” and would be okay with her winning for her “made-me-a-nervous-wreck” performance.
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County) – SB loved Meryl in this role and understands why she was nominated.
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón) – TG and SB believe Alfonso is unstoppable. He’s won everything so far.
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) – BG is going for the upset here.
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
*Side note – if Cuarón wins he’ll be the first Mexican director to win the Oscar for directing. If McQueen wins, he’ll be the first black director to win.
Best Animated Feature
The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)
Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri) – BG would like to point out this was her favorite because she hasn’t seen “Frozen.”
Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)
Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho) – Is there any question as to why this is our choice? It’s on track to be the biggest earning animated feature ever. Right behind “Toy Story 3.”
The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)
Best Original Song (all songs will be performed LIVE on Sunday Night!!!)
Happy (Despicable Me 2)
Let It Go (Frozen) – Yup. No Question. We love you Pharrel, but this wins.
The Moon Song (Her)
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
American Hustle – This may post the biggest upset since “Crash.”
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity – SB thinks “Gravity” will sweep the technical awards, and could take the big prize home, too.
12 Years a Slave – We’re pretty sure this will win, and hope the Academy chooses to honor this film for what it is – a dark depiction of a tough time in American History.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Well be ready to talk about all the wins, misses and the greatness that is Ellen, this Monday on the Q Wake Up Crew!
A new map, assembled by music technology blog Music Machinery, aims to answer that question, showing the most distinctive top-100 artist for each state in the U.S.
A blog post announcing the map explained how it was composed.
“For this study, I sampled the listening preferences of about a quarter million listeners that have a zip code associated with their account. I aggregated these listeners into regions (state, regional and all-US),” it said. “To compare regions I look at the top-N most popular artists in each region and look for artists that have a substantial change in rank between the two regions.”
“These artists are the artists that define the taste for the region,” the blog post concluded.
How accurate is this? Let us know!
Fox has announced the setlist for “Glee’s” 100th episode.
Music in the two-part episode was voted on by fans, who were asked to pick 10 of the show’s 30 most beloved performances to be remixed and featured on the series’ landmark episode.
Set to air March 18 and 25 at 8 p.m., the 100th episode will center on Jane Lynch’s principal Sue Sylvester, who after years of disdain for the New Directions and Matthew Morrison’s Will Schuester, finally succeeds in ending the glee club in Lima. Many original castmembers — Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike), Mark Salling (Puck), Dancing With the Stars winner Amber Riley (Mercedes), Dianna Agron (Quinn!!!) as well as Kristin Chenoweth (April!!!) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Holly Holliday!!!) — will return to say their final goodbyes to Will and each other in an episode that is said to be very moving.
To honor the milestone, Columbia Records will release Glee: “The Music Celebrating 100 Episodes,” which will include brand-new versions of Glee favorites from the original cast — including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” and the original song “Loser Like Me.” The album will drop March 25.
Check out the 100th “Glee” tracklist below:
1. “Keep Holding On”* featuring Mark Salling (Puck)
2. “Valerie”* featuring Naya Rivera (Santana) and Morris (Brittany)
3. “Defying Gravity”* featuring Lea Michele(Rachel), Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Riley (Mercedes)
4. “Raise Your Glass”* featuring Morrison (Will) and Chenoweth (April)
5. “Toxic”* featuring Rivera (Santana), Morris (Brittany) and Agron (Quinn)
6. “Happy” featuring Paltrow (Holly), Chenoweth (April), Morrison (Will), Darren Criss(Blaine) and Riley (Mercedes)
7. “Party All the Time” featuring Paltrow (Holly)
8. “Total Eclipse of the Heart”* featuring Morrison (Will) and Chenoweth (April)
9. “Loser Like Me”* featuring Criss (Blaine), Kevin McHale (Artie), Chord Overstreet(Sam) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina)
10. “Be Okay” featuring Michele (Rachel) and Rivera (Santana)
11. “I Am Changing” featuring Riley (Mercedes) and Colfer (Kurt)
12. “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Agron (Quinn) and Salling (Puck)
13. “Don’t Stop Believin’”* featuring Michele (Rachel), Criss (Blaine), Colfer (Kurt), Morrison (Will), McHale (Artie) and Ushkowitz (Tina)
* Season-five version
“Glee” returns from its midseason hiatus Feb. 25 in its new night and time on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox. Stay tuned to Billboard.com for more Glee news from Monday’s 100th episode celebration.