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Bullied Teen Has Last Laugh

You have to love this story. A bullied teen in Michigan was elected Homecoming Queen as a prank by her high school peers. Whitney Kropp was made so distraught by the joke played on her, she considered ending her life. Fortunately, family convinced Whitney to just "own it" and have fun.

Read about the happy ending here.

Taylor Swift's Latest About Jake?

Taylor Swift has just released the video for her latest, "We Are Never, Ever, Getting Back Together." As Taylor is known to write about her relationships, we can't help but wonder who this one is about. One look at this video, though, and the mystery is pretty much solved! The NYC backdrop, scruffy leading man, Taylor's band dressed as animals (a nod to Donnie Darko, perhaps?)'s gotta be Jake Gyllenhaal. Whomever it's about, it'll be another huge hit for Taylor.

McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed

McKayla Maroney proved the theory bronze medalists are happier folks than silver medalists when she scowled, hiding her silver while on the podium. Alright, so McKayla didn't show the best sportsmanship, but at least now she can laugh at herself. Seems her look of disgust at placing second in the individual vault competition has become an internet meme.

Need a laugh? Watch this.

Click here for Stephen Colbert sings Rebecca Black's "Friday" song on Jimmy Fallon. Enjoy.

Hardest 'Hangman' Words

Alright, now I'm really fulfilling a public service. Who WOULDN'T want to know the absolutely toughest, opponent-stumping words to play in your next game of Hangman? Sooner or later you're going to be in an airport killing time with someone, you'll thank me later. Turns out after lots of research, words with double w's, f's, and z's are the way to go. Words like "jazz," "bowwowing,", "huzzahing," etc. You can read more here.

Read Any Good Books Lately?

If you're looking for a good summer read, check out Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Gladwell is the author of Tipping Point and Blink, but I think this book is much more interesting. It's a look at the recipe for success. It's not just smarts, or hard work, it's also the gift of opportunity. The fact that the Mothers Club at Bill Gates' school used fundraising money to buy a computer in 1968 was instrumental in Bill Gates becoming...well, Bill Gates. Fascinating stuff.

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