The Haze Of It All!

Oh, what a tangled web we’ve woven!

4/20 was the day in question (our nation’s day of The Inhale) and protesters were out in full force, scattered across these United of States. In the District of Columbia, activists in the middle of their pro-pot demonstration were happily handing out joints to congressional staffers. But the marijuana laws in D.C. are kinda fuzzy. On federal land, pot is illegal. But on District land, where the protesters claim to have held their event, possession of the green substance is legal, up to two ounces. In fact, small amounts can be given away for free.

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Jessica Laycock was among these activists, standing and inhaling for her rights. U.S. Capitol police arrested Jessica, along with six others. She was originally charged with possession and distribution of pot but eventually the U.S. Attorney’s Office for DC dropped the charges. But it didn’t end with Laycock’s release, no. When she was arrested, the Capitol police also confiscated her pot and vaporizer. But Ms. Laycock, a cannabis lobbyist, claims she was following local law and by her account, where she was standing, her right to possess marijuana was legal.

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Federal police see it differently. According to Eva Malecki, a spokeswoman for the federal police agency, “Federal laws apply throughout the District of Columbia and federal law was applied by the [U.S. Capitol Police].” What a conundrum. Malecki also shared that the green stuff is a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and Capitol Police protocol says the marijuana shall be destroyed.

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“The strongest legal argument is that she was not doing anything unlawful under D.C. law to begin with, and she was never charged,” Evan Parke, Jessica Laycock’s pro-bono attorney, said. He also claims the Capitol Police have refused to return Ms. Laycock’s paraphernalia. Since there weren’t any federal charges, the police shouldn’t keep her goods. Unable to get a clear answer from the Capitol police as to why they won’t return Laycock’s possessions, Parke says he may have to file a lawsuit to let a judge decide the fate of her property.

No matter what side of the bong a person sits, one thing is perfectly clear. The marijuana laws and their application continues to be a murky road.

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America’s Most Misspelled Words

Fans of the popular American sitcom, Frasier, will remember War of the Words, an episode in which Frasier’s son, Freddie, competes in a national spelling championship with disastrous results. In June each year, life imitates art in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

More than 11 million students participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year. Held at a hotel or convention center in Washington, D.C., the event first took place in 1925. It was won by Frank Neuhauser, an 11 year-old who grew up to become a patent lawyer. He won the competition by successfully spelling “gladiolus”. This year’s competition was won on June 2 by 12 year-old, Ananya Vinay spelling “marocain”.

In honor of the spelling bee, Google Trends compiled a list of the most commonly misspelled words by state. Let’s take a look at which words are shared by five states (there are two), which ones top the lists of two states, and one that should surprise you. The article will end with a complete list of all 50 words from each state (in alphabetical order, naturally).

Most commonly misspelled words

Two words stand out as being particularly difficult to spell. Each one tops the list in five states. The first is pneumonia, which trips up competitors in Alabama, Illinois, Maine, Michigan and Washington. Few among us can throw stones at these states; almost nobody can spell pneumonia correctly the first time. But, really, beautiful? There are five beautiful states that have trouble with this word – California, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and New York.

At the next level of difficulty are three words that cause spelling warriors to stumble in two
states. These are chihuahua, which causes pain for people in Arkansas and South Carolina.
Wanna hint? Try saying it in your head like this: chee-hooah-hooah.

Kids in Delaware and Indiana have trouble spelling hallelujah. Don’t feel bad, guys, we all have trouble with this one. We can fix this together, folks. Let’s practice writing the sentence, “Hallelujah, our pneumonia is cured,” once a day until it becomes second nature.

But, what’s with the kids in Mississippi? They can spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but
they can’t spell nanny?

Tomorrow, I take my test for a drivers license

Is it license or licence? The British say, “I have a driving licence, so I am now licensed to drive.” The noun has a “c” and the verb has an “s”. How are you expected to remember this? Well, noun comes before verb in the dictionary, and “c” comes before “s” in the alphabet. Spellers in Massachusetts, please take note.

Tomorrow, we will discuss those tricky words that contain double letters, like “bookkeeper”,
“exaggerate” and “tomorrow”. This one is aimed at spellers in Arizona and Colorado.

America’s Top Misspelling Champions

It is the misspellers in Wisconsin who take the prize for irony. The Number One most misspelled word in the Dairy State? W-I-S-C-O-N-S-I-N!!!

We hope these hints will help the competitors in the next Scripps National Spelling Bee and all the local, state and regional spelling contests along the way. Always remember the wise words of Niles Crane, “Spelling well is its own reward.” Now go, adopt the correct stance and spell your a** off!

Complete list of common misspelled words by state

  • Alabama: pneumonia
  • Alaska: schedule
  • Arizona: tomorrow
  • Arkansas: chihuahua
  • California: beautiful
  • Colorado: tomorrow
  • Connecticut: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Delaware: hallelujah
  • Washington, D.C. : ninety
  • Florida: receipt
  • Georgia: gray
  • Hawaii: people
  • Idaho: quote
  • Illinois: pneumonia
  • Indiana: hallelujah
  • Iowa: vacuum
  • Kansas: diamond
  • Kentucky: beautiful
  • Louisiana: giraffe
  • Maine: pneumonia
  • Maryland: special
  • Massachusetts: license
  • Michigan: pneumonia
  • Minnesota: beautiful
  • Mississippi: nanny
  • Missouri: maintenance
  • Montana: surprise
  • Nebraska: suspicious
  • Nevada: available
  • New Hampshire: difficult
  • New Jersey: twelve
  • New Mexico: bananas
  • New York: beautiful
  • North Carolina: angel
  • North Dakota: dilemma
  • Ohio: beautiful
  • Oklahoma: patient
  • Oregon: sense
  • Pennsylvania: sauerkraut
  • Rhode Island: liar
  • South Carolina: chihuahua
  • South Dakota: college
  • Tennessee: chaos
  • Texas: maintenance
  • Utah: disease
  • Vermont: Europe
  • Virginia: delicious
  • Washington: pneumonia
  • West Virginia: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
  • Wisconsin: Wisconsin
  • Wyoming: priorityPic credit americas misspelled words

Wonder Woman Broke the Box Office

Wonder Woman didn’t even need her Lasso of Truth to break the box office last weekend.

Our favorite Amazonian warrior destroyed the competition with a national opening of $103.4 million and a global opening of $223 million. These numbers put the film just behind “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Man of Steel” in DC’s box office smash inventory.

In the grander scheme of superhero movies, Wonder Woman comes out ahead of “Iron Man” and “Doctor Strange” but behind “Deadpool”.

Womankind everywhere (as well as anyone else with a soft spot for tough-as-nails Amazons) seems to be celebrating the film as a great victory because it is. Director Patty Jenkins toppled the previous box office record held by a female director (Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey). The charismatic Israeli actress Gal Gadot, whose most famous role prior to WW was from The Fast and The Furious franchise, has quickly become a household name.

And, I mean, the film is chock-full of Amazonian badasses played by real-life athletes. Just look at them.

Wonder Woman may not knock all superhero blockbusters out of the sky with sheer audience numbers, but it does accomplish something that many of them cannot: critical acclaim. It currently holds a 93% approval on Rotten Tomatoes and has fans chomping at the bit for a sequel.

Hopefully, the film will revive the DC Universe a bit after the disappointing “Batman vs.
Superman” and “Suicide Squad”. Fingers crossed.

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Gremlin Gets Contacts

Even dogs need to see where they are walking and where to go when they want to lift a leg. An example is Gremlin. He’s a pit bull who was almost blind, making it difficult to see to get around in the house or outside. She has been involved in several dog fights before being rescued. Those fights likely caused part of her blindness. She has also had several other health issues that she has fought through, such as a blood disease and cancer.

Gremlin recovered for the most part after being adopted and is now a therapy dog. The family that adopted her noticed that she couldn’t see where she was going too well, so they tried contacts. Before the veterinarian put contacts in Gremlin’s eyes, she had trouble seeing just about anything that was far away, such as a cat or a squirrel that she might have wanted to chase up a tree. Dr. Christopher Murphy has been using contacts for pets for several years and has found that they do well with them. Gremlin has enjoyed her new vision and is even chasing a few smaller animals around the yard since she can now see where she’s going. Her owners know how to put the contacts in, and as soon as Gremlin can see, she shakes hands and comes alive

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Ombre Pink

Regardless of whether or not you believe the hype, Starbucks does deliver tasty beverages and treats. The company seems to want to add a bit of color to the world with it’s new menu offering (while getting everyone as hyper as they can possibly be at the same time).

The new beverage offered by Starbucks is the Ombre Pink Drink. The beautiful drink starts off dark pink at the top of the cup before fading to white at the bottom. The pink appears to cascade through the rest of the beverage like a waterfall or raindrops. Fruity flavors of lime and a bit of lemon combine with coconut milk and passion tango tea to create the taste of the Ombre Pink Drink. The Drink has notes of hibiscus which could be why so many people enjoy it. This Drink takes your taste buds to a tropical island far away. It appears Starbucks is catering to a new crowd that likes to step away from reality for a bit. Try the Ombre Pink Drink today at your local Starbucks.

 

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Game of Thrones Pop-Up Bar Coming to DC

What Do We Say to a GoT Pop-Up Bar? Please, today.

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Summer is coming, and that means more Game of Thrones at long last! Luckily for you a GoT pop-up bar opens in DC June 21st, just in time to get you extra psyched for the Season 7 premiere.

No matter which house you’ve pledged your allegiance to, the new Drink Company pop-up has you covered. Highlights include several awesome-sounding themed drinks, five contrasting rooms, and, the kicker, an actual Iron Throne. Talk about a dream come true for ambitious Lannister-types.

The Game of Thrones event will be the fourth pop-up from the Drink Company’s Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston, following previous outings with the themes of “Stranger Things”, Christmas, and cherry blossoms with “Super Mario Brothers”.

Numerous local artists came in to help transform the incredibly detailed space. As you enter the reimagined Shaw space, experience the creepy yet mesmerizing House of Black and White, featuring a Hall of Mirrors where the faces are molded from the bar employees. In the sinister Red Keep, snap some shots of yourselves or friends as House Ramsey’s Flayed Man. For Stark loyalists, the front bar at Mockingbird Hill, fully decked with a weirwood tree, keeps the North alive. Afterward, you can explore the City of Mereen with fire and dragons aplenty in the back bar.

And, of course, a Game of Thrones party wouldn’t be complete with a serious Iron Throne,
which Brown refers to as “completely ridiculous”.

To top it off, the cocktail list would make Tyrion Lannister proud. He even gets a drink of his own: The Imp’s Delight, which combines two fortified wines. The bartenders couldn’t forget Cersei (she might sic the zombie Mountain on them), so they concocted Shame, a drink made with tequila, grapefruit tonic, and a little bell.

Other interesting drinks include the Dracarys, a salt-rimmed sherry mai tai with a dragon
garnish, and the aptly named Dothraquiri, which mixes rums, banana, and cocoa liquors with a hint of burnt star anise for that fire effect.

Two of the themed drinks use glassware so cool that they require you to deposit your ID. A pina colada made with scotch called The North Remembers comes served in horn mug. The tiki Lady Mormont is provided its own honey bear glass. Here’s the full list.

Beer lovers can celebrate with Omegang’s “Bend the Knee”, the official Game of Thrones beer, which will be on tap. The pop-up will also serve mead from Baltimore’s Charm City Meadworks.

The hardworking bar staff needs to get their Game of Thrones fix as well, so the bar closes at 7pm on Sunday to leave plenty of time for all to get home and watch.

So get your best Khaleesi threads ready for a wild dragon ride. Just leave the weapons at
home, kids.

Top 10 Music Festivals of the Year

Coachella

Began: 1999

Attendance: 198,000 (2016)

When:  weekend of April 14-16 and April 21-23

Where: Empire Polo Club in Indio, California

Headliners: Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead

South by Southwest Music Festival

Genres: All genres

Began: 1987

Attendance: 28,119

When: March 10 -18

Where: Austin, Texas

Headliners: Avett Brothers, Garth Brooks, Weezer Wu-Tang Clan

Governors Ball

Genres: Rock, Hip-hop, Independent

Began: 2011

Attendance: 150,000

When: June 2 – 4

Where: Randall’s Island Park, New York, NY

Headliners: Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Phoenix, Tool

Lollapalooza

Genres: Alternative and Punk Rock, Pop, Heavy Metal, Hip-hop, EDM

Began: 1991

Attendance: 160,000

When: August 3 – 6

Where: Grant Park, Chicago, IL

Headliners: Arcade Fire, Blink-182, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Lorde, Muse

Ultra Music Festival

Genres: EDM, Pop, Hip-hop

Began: 1999

Attendance: 165,000

When: March 24 – 26

Where: Miami, FL

Headliners: Chase and Status, Cypress Hill, Ice Cube, Major Lazer, David Guetta, Zedd

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Genres: All including Pop, Rock, EDM, R&B, Country

Began: 2002

Attendance: 80,000

When: June 8 – 11

Where: Grant Stage Park, Manchester, TN

Headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, Major Lazer, Cage the Elephant

Electric Forest

Genres: EDM, Electronic, Jam Band

Began: 2011

Attendance: 45,000

When: June 22 – July 2

Where: Double JJ Resort, Grant Township, MI

Headliners: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, Flume, DJ Snake, Above and Beyond

Made in America

Genres: Hip-hop, EDM, Pop, R&B, Rock

Began: 2012

Attendance: 140,000

When: September 2 – 3

Where: Philadelphia, PA

Headliners: Jay-Z, J. Cole, The Chainsmokers

Electric Zoo

Genres: EDM

Began: 2009

Attendance: 85,000

When: September 1 – 3

Where: Randalls and Wards Islands, New York, NY

Headliners: DJ Snake, Above and Beyond, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Galantis, Zedd, Armin Van Buuren

Electric Daisy Carnival

Genres: EDM

Began: 2008

Attendance: 400,000

When: June 16 – 18

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Headliners: Marshmellow, Martin Garrix, Zedd