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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.
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Jimmy Fallon’s #MisheardLyrics Tweets Are a Trip [Video]

When my little brother was about ten he thought the lyrics to Lit's My Own Worst Enemy were as follows,

"Can we forget about the things I said when I was drunk?I didn't mean to call you fat"...

And for a very long time I thought words to Van Halen's "Panama" were actually "Hand in Mine, hand in mine"...

Yep.

Misheard lyrics are pretty darn funny. Jimmy Fallon highlighted the hilarity on The Tonight Show with this week's hashtag #MisheardLyrics.

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Woman Who Shot Up Grand Rapids’ McDonald’s Denied New Trial, Will Serve Up to Seven Years in Prison [Video]

Shaneka Torres, the 30 year-old-woman who fired a gun into a McDonald's on 28th St. after the restaurant failed to add bacon to her burger, has been denied a new trial.

WZZM-13 reports that Torres' attorneys argued that something that was said by prosecutors during her original trial may have swayed the jury. 

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Mike Babcock Thanks Red Wings Fans in Full-Page Ad in Detroit Free Press

Earlier this week, head coach Mike Babcock announced that he would not be be returning to the Detroit Red Wings next season.

Babcock took out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press to say goodbye and thank fans "for an amazing 10 years."

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110-Year-Old Man Says Secret to Long Life is Drinking Beer Every Day

 

More and more people are surpassing the 100 years old these days and it's got a lot of us wondering: "What's the secret?"

Whether it's consuming raw eggs and staying single or downing three Dr. Peppers a day, each of these impressive old folk has their own method to prolong their lives.

I think I like this 110-year-old Nebraska man's the best: He owes his long long life to drinking beer.

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Dog Flu Confirmed in Grand Rapids [Video]

This spring an outbreak of canine influenza sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the states surrounding Michigan.

Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana have all seen cases of the virus, some of them deadly.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has now confirmed three cases of dog flu in Michigan: two in Grand Rapids and one in Macomb County, Wood TV 8 reports.

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Naked Dude Clears Mosh Pit at Metal Show [Video]

I saw a lot of crazy costumes, crowd surfing and people generally having a good time in the pit at the Slipknot show at Van Andel Arena Saturday.

But I sure didn't see anything like this. It's certainly one way to clear a mosh pit...

This video shows a naked guy going wild in a mosh pit at a metal show in Willow Grove, Penn., last weekend.

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Grand Rapids Makes ‘Most Underrated Cities in U.S.’ List

Grand Rapids has been making lots of lists! We're the reigning Beer City USA, USA Today crowned GR “America’s Best Beer Town” in 2014, and in 2015 Groupon named GR the Best City to Visit in the U.S.

But maybe Grand Rapids still isn't getting as much recognition as some bigger cities.

Buzzfeed put it out there that it seems like the same places--New York, L.A., San Francisco--  steal the spotlight all the time. So they asked people what other cities are totally awesome and deserve to be hyped too? Grand Rapids made the list!

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Slipknot Rocked ‘The Devil in I’ at Van Andel in Grand Rapids Saturday Night [Video]

 

Slipknot showed lots of love to Grand Rapids Saturday night at Van Andel Arena! It was the band's final stop on their Prepare for Hell Tour with Hatebreed.

Corey Taylor told the thousands of fans packing the arena how much the band appreciates them and feels like they're family. He even reminisced about playing at the Orbit Room here in GR back in the day!

And the Slipknot family showed that love right back, especially when the band struck the opening cords of "The Devil in I"!

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Ex-Three Day’s Grace Frontman’s New ‘Supergroup’ Saint Asonia Performs Live for First Time at Rock on the Range [Video]

Former Three Day's Grace singer, Adam Gontier is fronting a new band, Saint Asonia.

Also in the group are Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, Stereomud and Dark New Day bassist Corey Lowery and Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe.
 
Last week they released their first single "Better Place" and over the weekend Saint Asonia played live for the first time at Rock on the Range.

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