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Janna

I grew up in South Haven, Michigan.  Gotta love the lakeshore. Still feel a yearning for the beach, pretty much daily.  Moved to Grand Rapids to go to Calvin College. Fell in love with GR and have been here since! (Go Beer City USA!)   Big fan of crime TV, the '90s (scrunchies! Saved By the Bell!), my own rude and feisty cat, the beach (you may have thought I covered that already, but I really really love it, OK?), reading,  people watching, drinking on patios, playing the most inappropriate cards in Cards Against Humanity, and my dear dear family.
Dan Maurer/ Free Beer & Hot Wings
Dan Maurer/ Free Beer & Hot Wings
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Update: West Michigan Man, Dan Maurer, Gets Surgery on 100-Pound Scrotum [Video/Audio]

Earlier this summer,  “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Show” talked with Dan Maurer, the 39-year-old Burlington man suffering from a condition that caused his scrotum to grow to somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds.

At the time, he was raising money to help fund the surgery that would change his life.

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Comedian Adam Hills (Photo credit: Scott Barbour, Getty Image)
Comedian Adam Hills (Photo credit: Scott Barbour, Getty Image)
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Westboro Baptist Church Accepts Offer For Free Trip To Iraq, Comedian Adam Hills Donates Flight Money to Charity Instead [Video]

Crazy hate group heads to Iraq to protest dangerous militant group? That should go well. To bring you up to speed: Last week, comedian Adam Hills went on awesome rant on his show The Last Leg about the dickheads at Westboro Baptist Church threatening to picket Robbin Williams' funeral.

He offered to fly every WBC member to Iraq to picket "the people threatening to behead Christians if they don't convert."  Westboro Baptist then started a twitter war, saying why sure, they'd love go to Iraq. In fact, they even claimed to have been before. Yeah, right. 

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Photo Credit: Universal Music Group
Photo Credit: Universal Music Group
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Throwback Thursday: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1990 Concert Tour ‘Coming Out of Our Shells’ And Guest Appearance on Oprah [Video]

Some are saying the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is terrible. However, is it worse than that one time the Ninja Turtles went on a rock concert tour, made an album sponsored by Pizza Hut, then went on Oprah to promote it? Because that was a real thing that happened. Back in August of 1990, the turtles hit the stage with "Coming Out of Their Shells".

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Did a Missouri Shopping Mall Make the Worst TV Commercial Ever?

When my brother and I were kids, we used to call every local commercial we saw a "fake commercial". Apparently we were production snobs and anything that had questionable lighting, bad acting, and poor camera work, we deemed "fake". Well, this Back to School shopping commercial made by East Hills Mall in St. Joseph Misouri has all those things. Plus awkward singing! And beat-boxing!

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Janna Hoke/ WGRD
Janna Hoke/ WGRD
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Today is National Rum Day! Celebrate with Janna’s Top 5 Rum Drinks

I had no idea how awesome August 16th is! It's National Tell a Joke Day AND National Rum Day. Who knows how it got decided that today would be the official day for those two things... but I'm for it. I enjoy  jokes and also rum!

Now, I know rum can get a bad rap. It's too sweet, it's girly, real drinkers drink whiskey or gin, bla bla bla. Well, today I say whatever to that. I love rum. And it is, after all, rum's own special day. So, we should celebrate. With cocktails, of course. Here are my favorite rum drinks:

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‘Amazeballs’, ‘YOLO’, ‘Douchebaggery’, ‘Side boob’ Added to Oxford Dictionary

SMH: The Oxford Dictionaries  just updated the words in their online database and it's full of  internet slang and pop culture references. Yes, "SMH" is in there. Along with "FML", "bro hug", "cray", and "hot mess". Well, I'm feeling pretty confident-- I totally know these words! I must be pretty hip. Oh wait, there's more ? Um, what's a "dox"? Or a "cotch" ? Ok, maybe I'm not that hip. If your vocabulary could use an update, read on for more new words.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images
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Bret Michaels To Hold First Ever ‘Life Rocks’ Motivational Seminar [Video]

Bret Michaels: rocker, reality TV star, and now-- motivational speaker.  

When I first heard this I thought, hmmm, is he going to give advice on hair extensions? How to bang skanks on a bus?

It turns out Michaels does actually have a real charity that helps people called Life Rocks.

On Sept. 24 at Hard Rock in Orlando, he's holding the first interactive Life Rocks Seminar: "Life Lessons, Let's Talk".

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‘Smile Bitch Training Camp’: For Serious-Faced Ladies Ruining Catcallers’ Days All the Time

I have a condition. It's called resting bitch face. And it's pretty serious. So serious, in fact, complete strangers often yell at me: "Why you look so mad? Smile!"

I used to try to explain, "Hey, I'm not angry or anything, this is just what my face looks like ..." Or, God forbid, what if I was actually was having a bad day? Is it OK to not be smiling then? Not according to men who don't know me, yet are are compelled to make my face their business and harass me. Luckily, there's a new video that will teach me to smile all the time, so that my serious face will never ever again ruin some random dude's day. It's called "Smile Bitch Training Camp".

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Janna Hoke/ WGRD
Janna Hoke/ WGRD
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SNL’s Schweddy Balls and Other Snacks Will Soon Be a Real Thing

Always wanted to wrap your mouth around some Schweddy Balls? You're in luck! To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Saturday Night Live has teamed up with candy franchise It'Sugar to bring some of their famous foods to life.

According to Foodbeast.com, more than 50 snack and novelty items will be available starting September 13th at more than 60 it'Sugar locations and online.

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Photo Illustration: David Ramos/Getty Images
Photo Illustration: David Ramos/Getty Images
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What is Uber? Grand Rapids’ New Transportation Option [Video]

There's a new car service app in Grand Rapids!

If you've ever been disappointed by taxi cabs in Grand Rapids, you might want to check it out. Take my situation Saturday.

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The B.O.B.’s Liquor License Suspended for 10 Days

WZZM reported in April, that The B.O.B. was sentenced to a 3-day liquor license suspension. The downtown Grand Rapids bar, restaurant, and nightclub tried to appeal that decision. Tuesday, the Michigan Liquor Commission not only upheld the original suspension, but extended it to 10 days. 

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