The Filthy Truth the Classifieds Don’t Want You to Know! 2.19.20

It’s like one of those click-bait headlines on the news… “The filthy truth the classifieds don’t want you to know!” But really, there’s some enterprising souls who’ll try to sell anything. An. Ee. Thing. We’ve all gone through the classifieds, trying to find a couple of tires or maybe a cd collection. But the true horrors of classified ads, the seedy underbelly? There’s some really troubling stuff, a chunk of concrete, anyone? A mysterious bag of what we are pretty sure is just garbage? It gets worse.

BTW: ready for more classifieds weirdness?


Also, we’re losing our edge, people! Utah is not the “least sinful state” in the nation. What happened here? I’m very disappointed in all of us. What state is the most sinful? Yeah, I’m pretty sure you were correctly guessing Nevada, too.


The Boy Scouts of America have filed for bankruptcy. The Todd, as an Eagle Scout by the age of 14 (with palms!) this is a sad day. But their reason for filing may not be what you expected.


There’s all kinds of stories about people calling 911 for utterly ridiculous reasons. But what if:

  1. You’re a mom of 5, including an infant.
  2. Your breast milk has decided to dry up.
  3. It’s 2:30 am and your poor little guy is wailing.
  4. No one you know will answer their phone.

What happens next is beautiful.


Church Ball: Starts With a Prayer, Ends With a Riot – 7.16.19

Church Ball: Starts With a Prayer, Ends With a Riot.

We all know that “Church Ball” at the ward can be brutal – what do they call it? “The only riot that starts with a prayer.” Someone just took a case to the US Supreme Court for “excessive injury” from an LDS ward game.

BTW: have you ever seen the movie Church Ball? Very entertaining. Find it here.

It sounds like a country song- police pulled over a drunk guy in a stolen truck with an open bottle of bourbon and a gun. But wait, there’s more. So much more.

Our No AC Challenge continues – with cheating accusations – and why we don’t think the “Urban Deer” are so cute anymore. BTW: if you have some genius ideas on how to survive the searing hell of summer here in Utah without AC, we’d love to hear them! We’re giving away a $50.00 gift card on August first for one of your recommendations. Please leave a comment below.

(Cover screencap image courtesy of Halestorm Entertainment)

Amazon Won’t Stop Sending Me Packages – 6.27.19

Amazon Won’t Stop Sending Me Packages. So you find a box from on your doorstep. That you didn’t order. The next day, another one. Then another. All random crap like knick-knacks and home shaving kits. And Amazon won’t tell you who’s sending them. We’ll explain. Because it gets weirder.


Coming at you from Red Butte Gardens today- have you been here recently? Freaking paradise. It’s not summer for us until we visit our favorite gardens there, like the children’s gardens and the pond. For you, it’s not summer until you… what? Share! For some of my girlfriends, it’s not summer until they’ve read some spicy romance novels. Here are three of my favorite writers – you’ll love them!

There’s a scary new real estate scam that’s cost Utah over $200 million in the last year- be warned! There’s hope for even the most couch-bound among us with a new study linking music and exercise… and here’s a new one the EMTs have never heard, “I mean it! The bear shot ME!”

Take A Bite Of That Cake And I’ll Shock You Senseless – 6.18.19

Take A Bite Of That Cake And I’ll Shock You Senseless. You’re thinking about eating that cake. Then as you lift the first forkful to your lips, your watch shocks you. There is such a thing! An adverse conditioning watch for bad habits- we’ll explain.

There’s a cool new app here in Utah that can match you up to an interesting short-term job. Like, if you wanted to learn how to make cotton candy at the fair for the afternoon, or shelve books in someone’s library. It’s called Bacon, which is the only shocking thing to us because frankly- anything related to the word bacon should have been bought online by now.

A prequel to the “Hunger Games” is on the way! Sadly, I’m not letting myself freak out yet because it’s being released in May of 2020. Soooo… we got a while.  And there’s a new medical delivery system for pets that spells disaster. Or the munchies. Picture a spray attachment that sprays a calming medication into the air to “calm your pets down.” Let’s just examine the disastrous potential of this, shall we?

Remember all those lovely, tasty things from childhood? We’ve been looking them up to see if they’re still wonderful these days. Today: Cracker Jacks.  Editor’s note: anyone remember Fluffernutter sandwiches? Have a look at their tasty factor here.

(Image credit: Tekhne)

The First Picture Of A Black Hole Or Eye Of Sauron From LOTR? – 4.12.19

The First Picture Of A Black Hole Or Eye Of Sauron From LOTR?  Is it just me, or does the first picture ever of a Black Hole look just like the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings, look at the side by side comparison.

Can you even imagine how terrifying a home invasion would be? You, hiding in a closet and desperately calling the police? Here’s a chest-cam view from a SWAT officer responding to a call here in Utah. Wait for it…

We’re rich! I just checked my family’s names out on Utah’s Unclaimed Property list- everyone has money coming but ME. We’ll show you how to check your nameCan you imagine spending the night in the Louvre in Paris under the Mona Lisa? We’ll tell you how to enter, but you have to hurry, the contest is about to close.


(cover image credit: NASA Event Horizon Collaboration)

Daddy-Daughter Dates: Sweet. And Sometimes Smelly – 4.9.19

Daddy-Daughter Dates: Sweet. And Sometimes Smelly. When the Todd takes our Zoe on a “Daddy-Daughter Date,” it’s always sweet. And sometimes smelly.


There was a particularly entertaining “Anti” protester at General Conference this weekend, you’ll love him. New Zealand may not have the Running of the Bulls, but they have something cuter. We introduce you to possibly the worst person in a position of power here in Utah. Ugh.


And in Tell Me Something Good, the most epic 13-year-old boy in North America. When his father leaves the family in dire circumstances and his mother working 2 jobs and taking the bus, this kiddo leaps into action. (BTW: need more stories of awesome kids and their… uh… awesomeness? Have a look at our “Kid tested and kid approved jokes” here.)

Be Our Guest Celebrity Reporter At FanX! – 4.8.19

Be Our Guest Celebrity Reporter At FanX! Wanna be our guest celebrity reporter at FanX at the Salt Palace next weekend? We’ll tell you how to win your spot as we begin the show today. Remember how funny Karl Urban was at last year’s FanX?

Also, Lehi REALLY hates chalk, since they’re prepared to charge a group from “Moms For Clean Air” for using it. Progressive news from General Conference last weekend… the most terrible “When Animals Attack” video from an unlikely source… and a delightful story of instant karma involving a poacher.

Switching To Daylight Savings Time Is Really Anticlimactic Now… 3.11.19

Switching To Daylight Savings Time Is Really Anticlimactic Now… Ever notice what a letdown the Daylight Savings Time switch is? Now with cell phones, you don’t have to remember a thing… except for how to make your car’s clock switch back.

We (unwisely) hosted a slumber party for Zoe’s 8th birthday. Did you know that 8 year old girls can scream in a pitch that actually makes blood come out of your ears? For reals!


When the Todd cooks, he likes to cook big. In this case, too big. Enjoy his tasty recipe for beef shanks. If you can fit them in your oven, that is. For a tasty roasted cauliflower dish to go with it, click here.


Do you have your tickets yet for the 4th Annual Todd & Erin Psychic Fair? We will sell out before the event on March 22nd! Get tickets and more info here.

Stupid Valentine’s Day Gifts – The “50 Shades of Gray DOUBLE Blindfold Kit” – 2.13.19

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Stupid Valentine’s Day Gifts – The “50 Shades of Gray DOUBLE Blindfold Kit.” We’ve got some of the weirdest gifts for Valentine’s Day- like “fundies” that two people can wear at the same time (ewwww) and my favorite- the “Fifty Shades of Gray Double Blindfold Kit.” Um… if you’re both wearing a blindfold, doesn’t that seem…? Never mind.

The Todd shows you what to cook when someone drops off 5 massive bags of fresh spinach- tastiness! (By the way- if you’re trying to eat better, there’s tons of tasty spinach recipes from the Todd’s Test Kitchen here.)

Plus Sting and the Chainsmokers are coming in concert to Salt Lake City! We have your sneaky inside tip on getting your tickets first.

Alone For The Holidays Instead Of With People You Can’t Stand – 12.5.18

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Alone For The Holidays Instead Of With People You Can’t Stand:

So here’s a tricky one: are you spending the holidays alone this year? Even harder- do you not want to go “home” for the holidays? It’s a very tricky, emotional situation, so Dr. Julie Hanks is here to walk us through it and show how this could be an absolutely wonderful month.


“Buy The Foam Grip Lightsaber- It’s Really Comfy!”

Mark Hamill himself has to school an auction house about trying to sell off the “only” lightsaber used by Luke Skywalker. There’s a school system in New York that’s letting kids earn token they can spend at their vending machines that dispense books instead of snacks. Oh, and meet the 7 year old who made 22 million dollars this year opening toys. You heard me. (image credit: United States Air Force)


Dealing With A Holiday Dilemma?

Have you missed any of Dr. Julie Hanks’ amazing interviews about the holidays? “Raising A Non-Greedy Kid During The Holidays” is here.  “Stopping Family Fights During The Holidays With One Simple Phrase” is here. And “The Myth of the Perfect Holiday” is here.