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I am certainly no stranger to awkward interviews; perhaps this is why I found an appreciation for a video that popped up on my Facebook news feed of MTV News’ Christina Garibaldi chatting with Ellie Goulding. Garibaldi presents with a scenario and list of possible thoughts to see what’s on Goulding’s mind. The UK singer’s new single is titled, “On My Mind.”

The festivities kick-off with question number one… and regardless of if she’s joking, you have to appreciate Goulding’s… candidness?

When One Direction and BuzzFeed join forces, even inadvertently, almost anything is possible.

Excuse the hyperbole, especially given that there’s only one instance of this… but still! Burger King not only brought back its chicken fries but released a second version this summer because of the boy band and the website.

This story traces back to January of 2014; yes prior to Zayn leaving 1D (moment of silence). BuzzFeed published an article titled, “35 Foods From Your Childhood That Are Extinct Now.” BK’s chicken fries, which the restaurant chain sold between 2005 and 2012, made the cut.

Fast forward to the following May: Liam Payne of One Direction tweeted, “I’m so fulllllll!!! Think I just ate my body weight in chicken fries and sides owwwwww.”


Now the caveat is that Payne probably meant to say chicken and fries because the tweet prior he confessed his love for Colonel Sanders but let’s not go ruining narratives here.

Last summer, the fries of chicken variety returned as a temporary menu item. This past March – chicken fries were signed to a Major League contract and inserted in to the everyday starting lineup. No corresponding move was announced (baseball lingo, sorry).

The return of the fries has been so successful that Burger King added a second type of chicken fry, “fiery” to its menu.

And the point of us writing about this? Obviously as an excuse to eat them in studio. Don’t act like you didn’t see that coming.

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All I remember reading in the email I received from Amy Freeze was that we were running through Citi Field and it was for charity. I’m a huge baseball fan (diehard member of Yankees Universe) and so I was in. The event – a Spartan Sprint – was a week before the Billboard Music Awards. As with most award shows, I usually switch up both my workout regime and my diet a few weeks prior to the event, so that I’m in good shape come time to be in front of the camera for a few days straight. So this was perfect – a combination of working out, raising money and awareness for a charity and doing so in Citi Field, all while wearing Yankees gear from head-to-toe.

If you’re familiar with what a Spartan Sprint is, then you know that those two words should have immediately caught my attention. They didn’t. Freeze asked me to bring gloves, and also told me we were doing the 3 mile route. I run 4 miles on the regular. I got this! Gloves? Well that’s a little strange but sure, I’ll pack them before I take the 7 out to Flushing.

I did not fully realize what I signed up for until we were approaching the starting line. Before the start, we had to scale over a wall erected in one of the corridors that leads up an upper level of the stadium. And this wasn’t even a part of the course that was timed!

Thankfully, I was surrounded by a great team. Freeze is a meteorologist for Channel 7, and she recruited fellow forecasters Audrey Puente from Fox 5 and Stephanie Abrams of The Weather Channel. Rounding out the group was Gabe Boyar, Amanda Marasco and fitness guru Tom Holland. We had a fun group and when we needed help climbing a wall, thankfully Tom was there to lend a hand.
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The course was equally excruciating and exhilarating. Bear climbs up ramps and stairs, carrying jugs of water and sand bags around sections of Citi Field’s upper level, push-ups in the visiting team’s clubhouse, climbing up a net that extended from one side of the center field wall to the other… when I wasn’t praying that I wouldn’t be too sore the next day, I was taking in the views and counting my blessings. Thank goodness I’m in good health, and I get to experience something like this.

Sore the next day? I was sore for the next week.

But it was all worth it. I made some new friends, had a great time and most importantly, helped out The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. After we completed the course and I partook in a celebratory beverage, Freeze told us about the great things that The MMRF does. The research and efforts of the foundation have led to the FDA approval of seven drugs for multiple myeloma in the time it would normally take for just one drug to pass.

Another great attribute of The MMRF, especially as the son of a two-time breast cancer survivor: They use their research to help other cancer studies as well.

Corporate donors cover overhead costs, so every dollar I donated to The MMRF went right to the cause. And the volunteers couldn’t have been more helpful, especially in encouraging the members of “Team Freeze” to keep fighting.

I’m sure glad we did, but I’m more thankful for the work they do… and the fact that for once, I “blindly” walking in to something was actually a positive.

Suffice to say that prior to this year, even if he wanted to, Derek Jeter never really had an opportunity to attend the Met Gala. The annual ball takes place in the spring, while baseball is turning the corner on its first month of the season. Jeter, the ever-consummate professional, would probably either be occupied at a ballpark or resting on an off-day during the event.

But the times have changed. Jeter is enjoying his first summer off following last year’s farewell to the game he played for most of his life. And Jeter is actually busier now than he was in his playing days: charity events, a website, a publishing imprint and more are keeping the Yankee Captain’s itinerary full. On Monday, that itinerary landed him on the Upper East Side at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Jeter attended the gala alongside girlfriend Hannah Davis.

Inside the soiree, Vogue enlisted the services of popular photographer Brandon Stanton to snap pictures and interview both the publicly known and unknown. Stanton created the popular “Humans Of New York” Facebook page and blog. The New Yorker is as much known for his story telling as his photography, simply asking strangers questions and receiving raw and honest answers.

But if you have followed the guarded Jeter’s career, you probably know how this story ends.

“What’s your favorite thing about each other?” Stanton asked.

“We’re fine with just a picture, thanks,” Jeter responded.


To be fair, the future Hall Of Famer was not the only celebrity to deny Stanton an interview request. But still, I suppose it’s comforting to some degree to know that while the times have changed, The Captain has not.

Photo: https://instagram.com/hanni_davis/

Photo: https://instagram.com/hanni_davis/

I do it a lot, but eating before bedtime isn’t healthy. I also have a hard time falling asleep some nights. Voila! According to this article, these four foods below 200 calories may just do the trick…

– Caffeine-free tea or sugar-free hot chocolate
– A handful of dry cereal or slice of whole wheat toast
– Graham crackers
– Warm milk

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Life & Style Weekly reports exclusively that Demi Moore was recently vacationing in Connecticut with her new, slightly younger boyfriend. Events Editor Juliet Izon also talked about Scott Disick’s partying ways despite the fact that Kourtney Kardashian just gave birth to their new baby girl, and the interesting comments Russell Brand made about he and Katy Perry’s personal life.

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Life & Style Weekly talked about the departure of both Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez from “American Idol.” Events Editor Juliet Izon also talked about Kourtney Kardashian’s new baby and the recent divorce settlement between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.

With the addition of an iPad to my fleet of technology and the subtraction of sleep and free hours in the day, I’ve recently joined and have posted exclusive content to a number of new networks on the web and yonder. I’m all about expanding and producing a larger amount of more compelling content in 2012 – so some of this should come as no surprise. If you’re on any of these networks, feel free to join in on the fun!

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