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CNN.com Attempts To Brighten Dreary Day

Actual headline from CNN.com (you’re required by law to make fun of this headline as a media blogger, I suspect):

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Not bad, CNN, but you know that “Puppies! Puppies! Puppies!” takes up less space and is much cuter to boot.

Baby pandas! Baby pandas! Baby pandas! [AP/CNN.com]

Archives: Puppies

Sunshine! News! Pandas!

Yesterday, I thought we all needed a pick-me-up (of puppies, natch). Today, no such pick-me-up is needed. There is news (giving me something to write about this afternoon), there is sunshine, there is warmth. And, most importantly, there is this:

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I think even Phillymag won’t get annoyed if I do this here: Awwwwwwww… yay!

I can never get NBC 10’s videos to work. Here’s a Reuters everywhere-friendly version here.

Pandas play in snow [IBS/NBC 10]
Panda playground [Reuters]
Yesterday: This is kind of what I want to do right now

Leftovers: Is the Pizza Pope Catholic?

022706redpanda.jpg • Hey kids! Want the opportunity to (1) make more money than I do and (2) get poked fun at on this website at least once a week? Metro is hiring! [JournalismJobs.com]

Kevin Smith is coming to speak at Penn! And what he is known for, according to the campus paper: “His films are also known for for sexual references and graphic displays of bodily functions.” Indeed! [Daily Pennsylvanian]

• Fearing the success of Marley & Me will put America’s CQ (Cuteness Quotient) at levels that the Chinese could not ever match, the nation opens a panda kindergarten. [Reuters]

• Ahh, but America returns the cuteness volley: Red pandas doing online dating! That means that, despite having both tried online dating, the red panda Fagan is leading me, 1-0, in number of dates. But how can I be mad when the little buggers are so cute! [6 ABC]

• The official mascot of the NCAA, J.J. Jumper, caused $6,500 worth of damage to the Columbia student TV station’s equipment when he accidentally backflipped into it. Sadly, this is probably the highlight of the year for the Columbia athletic department. [Columbia Daily Spectator]

• Earlier today I admired Bode Miller’s use of the Olympics as simply a two-week party. Now it’s time to admire the rich. Mark Cuban is offering a million dollars for charity if Donald Trump blows up a rubber glove with his nose on For Love or Money tonight. Make it $2 million for Trump to put on the J.J. Jumper costume and you could probably get elected president, Mark. [Blog Maverick via Deadspin]

• Will the day soon be coming when bloggers accept oral sex for linking new products? I’m a little easier than that. Really, all you have to do is laugh at my jokes and I’ll write whatever you want. [Jeremy Zawodny]

• The founder of Domino’s Pizza — the “Pizza Pope” — is planning the first “Catholics only” town in the U.S. No abortion, no fornication, no contraception, &c. And, on Tuesdays, Jesus’ blood is three goblets for $7 and comes with a free side of consecrated cheesy bread! [The Sunday Times]