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Monday, Feb 08, 2016

Pop Rocks

A pop culture blog

Get a daily dose of crackling commentary from the minds at TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune on the things that seem to matter most to somebody or they wouldn’t be so darn popular.

Scary or no? PuppyMonkeyBaby is the Super Bowl ad that haunted our dreams

“So what was your favorite commercial last night?”

That was the question in our office this morning, and probably in lots of offices around the globe the morning after the Super Bowl.

“That PuppyMonkeyBaby thing” was my immediate answer (although I didn’t think it was a great year for commercials, overall).

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Lady Gaga offers sparkling Super Bowl rendition of national anthem

By most accounts, Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers got off to a rousing start well before the teams hit the field.

That’s when Lady Gaga set the tone with what is being termed a heartfelt rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Wearing a sparkling red pantsuit with matching red eye shadow, and blue nails, her emotional performance drew wild applause from the crowd and widespread compliments on social media.

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Today we celebrate: Super Bowl Sunday

 

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday!

 

It’s Day 23 of the TBO.com staff’s quest to celebrate a different “national day” or holiday every day for a year straight.

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Today we celebrate: National Frozen Yogurt Day

 

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!

It’s Day 22 of the TBO.com staff’s quest to celebrate a different “national day” or holiday every day for a year straight.

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Man proposes to Instagram girlfriend, two minutes after meeting

It’s the 21st century, and in this digitalized age, crazier things have happened than a marriage sparking through an Instagram connection.

Hello, have you seen MTV’s Catfish?

Erica Harris and Arte Vann have never met in person, until the moment of their engagement.

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Quiz: What product were these Super Bowl ads selling?

For years now, the Super Bowl commercials have been as much of a draw as the football. That’s why Super Bowl ads have trailers — previews for commercials! — and advertisers are paying as much as $5 million for a 30-second spot, according to Fortune.

Ask anyone, and they can probably rifle off a few of their favorites from over the years, but one detail gets a little hazy sometimes: What exactly were they selling?

Here are eight of the all-time greats. Can you remember the product?

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Today we celebrate: National Wear Red Day

 

Happy National Wear Red Day.

 

The TBO.com staff had high participation of red-wearing on this day to raise awareness about the risks of heart disease in women.

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Playboy covers first non-nude issue with an ode to Snapchat

Playboy has said before that it’s hoping to attract a younger audience with its non-nude relaunch, but wow, they really went for it.

The 62-year-old magazine revealed the cover today for its first print edition that won’t feature full-frontal nudity, and it’s a big nod to Snapchat, the digital app that’s beloved by millennials and younger, but might not immediately register with older readers.

Anyone who uses the app will recognize the familiar font reading “heyyy ;)” that runs across the image of cover model Sarah McDaniel posing in a bikini as she appears to take a selfie.

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Today we celebrate: National Homemade Soup Day

 

 

Happy National Homemade Soup Day.

Entertainment editor Kim MacCormack made this tuscan bean soup with kale. If only it was a little colder outside.

Other days celebrated today: Thank a Mailman Day, Stuffed Mushroom Day

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We can't stop watching this video about 'rainbow bagels'

I love bagels.

My go-to spot in Tampa happens to be Bagels Plus on Fletcher (so perfectly dense, soo much cream cheese, and the owner is hilarious), and there is no doubt that I’ll be celebrating the “hole-iest day of the year” on National Bagel Day on Feb. 9 (thanks for the pun, Thomas bagels marketing people). 

Today, though, I can’t stop watching this video about a place in Brooklyn that makes these insane-looking rainbow bagels. It’s mesmerizing, and they look delicious. They had me at bagels, but they hooked me with the pretty colors. Enjoy.

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