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Cuddle Up to Me - Professionally, Of Course

Some would call Samantha Hess's business an overnight success - but you can't stay overnight.

Samantha runs a shop in Portland, Oregon called Cuddle Up to Me - and it's a professional cuddle shop.

Stay with me now. For $60, a customer can get sixty minutes of hugging, or as it's been described, "the level of human contact that we want or need in order to be our optimal selves."

Sure, it sounds like a front for something, but Samantha says it's a great idea, one that came to her when she really needed a hug. "I was at a place where I thought paying someone to hug me and not have ulterior motives sounded like a great idea," she told an interviewer from The Independent. "I decided why can't this be a thing that we can easily and safely reach for?"

It's all on the up-and-up. Everyone stays dressed, hugs and hand-holding are the only items on the menu, and the show is open Monday through Saturday.

By the way, Samantha's been at it for a year or so. But all of a sudden, the media are getting hold of the story, and it's gone viral.

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Did She Diss Em or Not?

Some writers are saying that Iggy Azalea dissed Eminem on Sunday at the American Music Awards.

She picked up the award both for best rap artist and for best rap/hip-hop album for The New Classic, her debut album.

In her acceptance speech, she said, "It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this. It's amazing."

Watch and listen...

Some believe that was a shot at Eminem, who definitely took a shot at Iggy in his new song, Vegas, with a lyric that said, "Put that sh*t away, Iggy."

But she responded on Twitter after the song was released. And it really does sound like she's just letting sleeping dogs and Eminems lie...
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Forget the Hail Mary - This One's the Rosary!

Okay, sportscasters are given to hyperbole. That I'll grant you.

But they may be on to something with the touchdown catch Odell Beckham Jr made on Sunday for the New York Giants against the Dallas Cowboys.

One sportcaster calls it, "Impossible!" And watching it in slow-mo, he and everyone else might just be right.

And the more amazing part, after the game, Odell told Bob Costas that he and some of his teammates practice catches like that all the time.

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Hit the Mark, or Miss By a Mile?

Critics are saying this skit from last weekend's Saturday Night Live marks a return of the show's political comedy chops.

They resurrected the old ABC show, Schoolhouse Rock, and tossed in President Obama's recent executive order concerning immigration, and presented a tutorial on how things work on Capitol Hill.

What do you think: does it Hit the Mark, or Miss By a Mile. (I fall in the latter category, but I'm interested to see what other people think.)


Oh, and by the way - if you want to read how the skit is entirely wrong on the fact side anyway, check out this article by ThinkProgress.
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Poohphobia Plagues Poland

At first glance, this story reads like something the folks at The Onion would make up.

But as you read on and look at the source, it looks like it's a legitimate story.

There's a town in Poland called Tuszyn that's looking for a mascot for its new playground.

But the town officials categorically rejected Winnie the Pooh.Why?

They say the cartoon bear is "inappropriately dressed" and his sexuality is "dubious."

You have to read the story.

It's laugh out loud funny - and sad, all at the same time.

(And if it turns out this ISN'T real - nicely played, whoever pulled this off!)
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Black Sea Devil Captured

Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute announced a fascinating find over the weekend - a video of the rare deep-sea anglerfish, also known as the Black Sea Devil.

The film was shot off the coast of Monterey, California, about 1900 feet below the surface.

The scientists were very excited, as they believe it's the first video of this species, "alive and at depth."

The narration is a little dry, and the fish is not pretty. Still, it is fascinating...


Want some chuckles, though? Check out this little video, called "True Facts About the Angler Fish," produced by the same institute.

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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 11/24/2014

Iggy Azalea Won Her First Award Ever Last Night

IGGY AZALEA won her very first awards at the "American Music Awards" last night. Iggy won Favorite Rap / Hip-Hop Album and Favorite Rap / Hip-Hop Artist. And during her first acceptance speech she said, quote, "This award is the first award I've ever won in my entire life."

The most risqué performance was Iggy joining JENNIFER LOPEZ for "Booty". There was a little rubbing and slapping but nothing that got the ABC executives too upset.

ONE DIRECTION and KATY PERRY were the biggest winners, with three awards each. Katy wasn't there.

And FERGIE had a funny wardrobe malfunction, when she tried to take off and drop her jacket, but it stuck to her butt.

SELENA GOMEZ gave a very emotional performance of "The Heart Wants What It Wants" . . . with a giant silhouette of a guy behind her. And people were speculating that it was actually JUSTIN BIEBER. But it probably wasn't.

Here are some other winners:

Artist of the Year: One Direction

New Artist of the Year: 5 Seconds of Summer

Single of the Year: "Dark Horse", Katy Perry featuring Juicy J

Pop / Rock:

Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry

Favorite Male Artist: Sam Smith

Favorite Band, Duo or Group: One Direction

Favorite Album: "Midnight Memories", One Direction

Soul / R & B:

Favorite Female Artist: Beyoncé

Favorite Male Artist: John Legend

Favorite Album: "Beyoncé", Beyoncé

Rap / Hip-Hop:

Favorite Artist: Iggy Azalea

Favorite Album: "The New Classic", Iggy Azalea

"Mockingjay" Part One Had the Biggest Opening of the Year

"Mockingjay: Part 1" opened with $123 million this weekend . . . the biggest debut of any movie this year. But compared to the first two movies, "Mockingjay" didn't do quite as well.

"The Hunger Games" made $153 million in 2012 . . . and "Catching Fire" made $158 million last year.

Here are this week's Top 10 movies:

1. NEW: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1", $123 million.

2. "Big Hero 6", $20.1 million. Up to $136 million in its 3rd week.

3. "Interstellar", $15.1 million. Up to $121 million in its 3rd week.

4. "Dumb and Dumber To", $13.8 million. Up to $57.5 million in its 2nd week.

5. "Gone Girl", $2.8 million. Up to $157 million in its 8th week.

Taylor Swift Doesn't Believe in Happily Ever After

TAYLOR SWIFT (who's wrote a few BREAKUP SONGS in her day) doesn't believe in Happily Ever After.

She tells "Lucky" magazine, quote, "Wow, I really used to think that happily ever after was a thing. [Now,] I think that no matter what you find in terms of happiness and compatibility, there's always going to be a struggle attached to it.

"I used to believe that you find the one and that's it . . . nothing's difficult after that. But then again, I know nothing now. I know legitimately nothing about lasting relationship experiences because I don't have them."

She added that she'd just be happy to find a guy she likes as much as her favorite coffee . . . quote, "Coffee's a big part of my life. Skinny caramel lattes are a daily thing that I get excited about and I never stop being excited about.

"So if I could just find one person who I felt that way about . . . the way I feel about coffee . . . then I think I'd be in a content relationship."

Katy Perry Is Publicly Shaming the "Perverted and Disgusting" Australian Paparazzi for Trying to Take Photos of Her in a Bikini

KATY PERRY was hounded by the paparazzi at the beach in Australia over the weekend. So she beat them down on Twitter.

She said, quote, "Australian Press: You should be ashamed of your paparazzi . . . I was stalked by many grown men today as I tried to take a quiet walk . . . I pleaded over and over to let me have my space.

"[They] laughed at me . . . and told me to make a 'deal' with them: Give them a bathing suit shot, and they would leave me be. This is PERVERTED and disgusting behavior, that should NEVER be tolerated, especially by people who do NOT want this."

Katy also shared photos of "a few of the 'stalkers'." The next day, she warned people not to post the unauthorized paparazzi photos . . . and said she had photos of one of the photographers, who had STRIPPED NAKED while pursuing her.

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Celebrities Stuck in Traffic

Comedian impressionist Lauren O'Brien posted a video last week of fourteen celebrities stuck in traffic.

Of course, she's playing all fourteen, and some of them are pretty good!

Decide for yourself - which will be your favorite?

For me, it's a toss up between Kristen Stewart and Sofia Vergara....

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Katy Razzes Paparazzi

Katy Perry's fed up with paparazzi, especially the guys who were hounding her every step this weekend in Australia.

She's in Sydney on her Prismatic World Tour, and all she wanted was a little quiet time on the beach.

Not too much to ask, right? Except for the "perverted and disgusting" paparazzi, salivating at the prospect of a shot of Katy in her bikini that could be sold to the highest tabloid bidder.

Katy took to Twitter to fire a cannon in their direction.
  She even posted some pictures of the offenders.
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Celebrity Mean Tweets Are Back!

Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets series just keeps getting better and better.

Sure, it's sad that there are so many haters out there, and there's probably something sub-conscious here that encourages the haters to hate more, but...

The reactions of some of these celebrities to the nasty things tweeted about them is simply classic.

Case in point on this newest installment: John Stamos's reaction to a tweet about his "gross" belly button.

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