Santa Claus Runs For Office In Alaska’s North Pole


(PCM) What are the odds that a man with the legal name of Santa Claus decides to run for office in the small town of North Pole, Alaska? Well, such is the case, as an Alaskan newspaper is reporting that a man named Santa Claus has just announced that he will be in the running for a seat on the City Council in the tiny city of North Pole, Alaska. The small city is located just south of Fairbanks and boasts a population of 2,000 individuals.

Santa Claus is the man’s legal name as it appears on his Alaska issued drivers license and he also happens to be the former president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce. There are currently two seats available for election to the City Council, however no one has filed for the seats during the normal filing period. Wonder if he is saving one for Mrs.Claus?  Or how about Rudolph?

Either way, it would make perfect sense! You can read all about North Pole, Alaska’s very own Santa Claus and his political aspirations here!

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Could Kanye West Really Be Serious About His 2020 Presidential Bid?


(PCM) Many got a good laugh when Kanye West took to the stage at the MTV Video Music Awards and revealed that he has plans to run for President of the United States in the 2020 election, however according to wife Kim Kardashian he is actually serious about his bid.

During her recent appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Kim revealed that she was just as surprised as everyone else when Kanye revealed his political goal saying “That was news to me! That wasn’t a discussion in our household” beforehand”. Kim went to say “I believe he is serious and I know that if he puts his mind to something he’ll do his best. It’s been fascinating just hearing all the conversation that’s gone on since that announcement. I don’t know if that was planned and I just didn’t know about it or if he just came up with that idea then and there.”

DeGeneres remarked that Kanye did say that he was high when he took to the stage to make the announcement and accept his MTV Video Vanguard Award, however despite that fact he is still not shying away from the idea of a 2020 Presidential bid. That is definitely a bit of a scary thought and as the interview went on, it seems that Kim had more concern over the redecorating of the White House rather than her husband’s political platforms saying “That’s a big thing to not talk to your wife about — but I think it would be so much fun to be in the White House. I was joking with him, I was like, ‘You’re going to have to make it to a second term’ — because he loves redecorating — so I was like, ‘You’re going to want to redo the whole White House, and we’re not going to be able to enjoy it so we’re going to just have to go with the flow.’ ”

If this happens in 2020, we think it might be time to move!

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Congressman Takes A Sip From Water Glass Used By Pope Francis


(PCM) A photo which shows Philadelphia Democratic congressman Bob Brady taking a sip of water from a drinking glass used by Pope Francis has been making it’s way around the internet. U.S. Rep Brady, a Catholic, made his way up to the lectern after Pope Francis had completed his speech to Congress members in Washington, D.C., and nabbed the Pope’s drinking glasses which still contained a good amount of water.

He took the glass of water back to his office and then had a sip and shared some with his wife Debra and two additional staff members. Brady claims his reasoning is simple, telling the Philadelphia Daily news “How many people do you know that drank out of the same glass as the Pope?”

Brady also shared the water with Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, who along with his wife and mother all dipped their fingers into the water glass. Brady also saved the rest of the water that was left in the glass in a bottle to later use as a blessing for his four grandchildren and his great-granddaughter.

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White House Renames Mt. McKinley To Denali


(PCM) In a historic move that is being bet with some criticism, the Obama Administration has revealed that they will be officially changing the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali. The news of the name change has been revealed on the eve of President Obama’s historic visit to Alaska and it is a major symbolic gesture towards Alaska natives who have informally been calling the mountain Denali, which is an Athabascan word meaning “high one”, for years.

Some people, especially coming from the state of Ohio, are criticizing the name change as the Obama Administration is entering into a decades-old conflict between residents in both Alaska and Ohio. People from Ohio are proud that the federal government recognized our 25th President William McKinley and named the peak after him, as he was from Ohio and assassinated in his second term as President.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says “With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska”. There has been no official word yet as to whether or not the people of Ohio will formally file a petition to block the name change, however people in Alaska are honored as they have been trying to have the name change recognized since 1975.

At 20,320 feet, Mt. McKinley stands as the continent’s tallest, and is still growing at a rate of about one millimeter per year. Known for its majestic views, the mountain is dotted with glaciers and covered at the top with snow year-round, with powerful winds that make it difficult for the adventurous few who seek to climb it.

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Giggles The Pig Runs For Mayor


(PCM) As if the city of Flint, Michigan did not already have a bad enough reputation, but now due to some sort of clerical error in city’s electoral department, a pig named Giggles is now in the running to be the cities new mayor. 

The clerical error made by the city caused all of the mayoral candidates to miss the petition deadline, so therefor none of their names will appear on the official voting ballots. The election will not be up to write-in candidates, and hence Giggles the pig has her fair shot. 

Mike Ewing, Giggles owner, says that he saw the clerical error as an opportunity to launch a political campaign for Giggles, who also happens to have her own Facebook page and the trending hashtag #Giggles4Flint. The Facebook page now has over 3,000 likes and continues to climb. 

Ewing and several others were also angered that one of the mayoral prospects was previously convicted of murder and the clerical error was the final straw to make him decide to take action. The residents of Flint are mortified that their city could not even get a simple mayoral election correct. 

In praise of Giggles for mayor, Ewing posted the following campaign message “I hope that you will vote for her as a mayoral candidate who has never murdered a human. She has never placed citizens in harm by driving drunk on the highway, and has never interrupted public business and public meetings. She is a sweet and intelligent animal – which is more than can be said for some candidates.”

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April 15th – Tax Day in the United States

IRSApril 15th – Tax Day in the United States

Tax Freedom Day is the day that the money that you earn that particular year, on average, stops going into the government’s pocket and starts going into yours.
Tax Freedom Day By Year:
April 24, 2015
April 21, 2014
April 18, 2013
April 13, 2012
April 12, 2011
April 9, 2010
April 8, 2009
April 16, 2008
April 24, 2007
April 26, 2006
April 21, 2005
April 15, 2004
April 14, 2003
April 17, 2002
April 27, 2001
May 1, 2000

The Gettysburg address is 269 words, the Declaration of Independence is 1,337 words, and the Holy Bible is only 773,000 words. However, the tax law has grown from 11,400 words in 1913, to over 7 million words in 2012. This does not count additional information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

There are at least 480 different tax forms, each with many pages of instructions. Even the easiest form, the 1040E has 33 pages in instructions, and all in fine print.

The IRS sends out 8 billion pages of forms and instructions each year. Laid end to end, they would stretch 28 times around the earth.

Nearly 300,000 trees are cut down yearly to produce the paper for all the IRS forms and instructions. The total number of computers thrown out the window, or kicked with a frustrated foot is unknown.

American taxpayers spend $200 billion and 5.4 billion hours working to comply with federal taxes each year, more than it takes to produce every car, truck, and van in the United States.

The IRS employs 114,000 people; that’s twice as many as the CIA and five times more than the FBI.

60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own return.

Taxes eat up nearly 40% of the average family’s income; that’s more than for food, clothing and shelter combined.

“To you taxpayers out there, let me say this: Make sure you file your tax return on time! And remember that, even though income taxes can be a ‘pain in the neck,’ the folks at the IRS are regular people just like you, except that they can destroy your life.”
– Dave Barry

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