The Real Names Of These Fictional Characters Might Just Surprise You!

(PCM) We all grew up watching cartoons and identifying with various company mascots over the years and usually identified them by their nicknames for example Cap’n Crunch or Scooby-Doo. But didn’t you ever wonder about the actual real names of some of these characters?

Wonder no more!  We have complied a list of some of the most well-known fictional characters and revealed their mysterious real names!

1. Cap’n Crunch



Real Name: Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch

2. Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons

Real Name: Jeff Albertson

3. Scooby-Doo


Real Name: Scoobert Doo

4. The Wizard Of Oz

Real Name: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmanuel Ambroise Diggs

5. Woody from Toy Story


Real Name: Woody Pride

6. MacGyver

Real Name: Angus MacGyver

7. Mr. Clean


Real Name: Veritably Clean

8. Cookie Monster

Real Name: Sid

9. Hello Kitty


Real Name: Kitty White

10. The patient from the Operation Board Game

Real Name: Cavity Sam

11. Barbie


Real Name: Barbara Millicent Roberts

12. Winnie The Pooh

Real Name: Edward Bear

13. Peppermint Patty


Real Name: Patricia Reichardt

14. The Monopoly Guy

Real Name: Milburn Pennybags

15. Tweety Bird


Real Name: Tweety Pie

16. Casper The Friendly Ghost

Real Name: Casper McFadden

17. Entourage’s Turtle


Real Name: Salvatore Assante

18. The Muppet’s Guy Smiley

Real Name: Bernie Leiderkrantz

19. The Skipper


Real Name: Jonas Grumby

20. Alf

Real Name: Gordon Shumway

21. The Pillsbury Dougboy


Real Name: Poppin’ Fresh

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THINX Panties Could Revolutionize The Way Women Deal With Their Period


(PCM) Period, “that time of the month”, a visit from Aunt Flo, on the rag, no matter how you describe it a monthly menstrual cycle is something that millions of women across the world deal with each and every single day. It is generally something that a lot of women dread and certainly not something that we choose to talk about very openly.

A company called THINX wants to change all that and have created an amazing new panties line that promise to be “stain and leak resistant, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support”. Could the days of shopping for endless tampons and maxi-pads be finally coming to an end?

According to their website, where you can order THINX panties in a variety of super-cute styles, “THINX is made up of THINX QuadTECH, super-thin high-performance materials that resist stains and leaks, wick moisture and provide anti-bacterial support. The first line of THINX can completely replace panty liners on days when you want light support or it can act as back up to your traditional disposable or washable/reusable methods on heavier days.” Sounds like an absolute dream come true!

THINX is the brain-child of Antonia Dunbar, Miki and Radha Agrawal and they come in three different styles. Hiphugger ($34), cheeky ($29), and thong ($24) and although the price is a bit high for panties, they are completely reusable and think of all the money you will be saving not having to purchase all those pads and tampons each and every month.  Thus far the feedback on the THINX panties has been fantastic and many of the reviews claim they actually work. THINX has also partnered up with the startup AFRIPads to give seven pads to a girl in the developing world for every pair of underwear sold.  Not a bad deal at all!

What do you think? Would you be willing to put THINX to the test?

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Manhattanhenge And Why You Should See It!


(PCM) For those that may not know, Manhattanhenge occurs when the sunset aligns perfectly with the city of Manhattan’s grid. It only occurs four times per year, twice with a full sun and twice with a half sun, and all four times the sun full illuminates both the north and south sides of every cross street in the boroughs grid.

Manahattanhenge was named by Neil deGrasse Tyson and he has declared it to be “a unique urban phenomenon in the world, if not the universe”. Neil deGrasse Tyson has also offered up several tips about just how to get the perfect photo and view of this unique phenomenon. 

He says, “Position yourself as far east in Manhattan as possible. But ensure that when you look west across the avenues you can still see New Jersey. Clear cross streets include 14th, 23rd, 34th. 42nd, 57th, and several streets adjacent to them. The Empire State building and the Chrysler building render 34th street and 42nd streets especially striking vistas.”

The dates and times for Manhattanhenge 2015 can be found below and be sure to arrive about 30 minutes early to ensure yourself a good viewing spot. 

Half Sun on the Grid
Friday, May 29 8:12 P.M. EDT
Monday, July 13 8:21 P.M. EDT

Full Sun on the Grid
Saturday, May 30 8:12 P.M. EDT
Sunday, July 12 8:20 P.M. EDT


Manhattanhenge And Why You Should See It! was contributed by a Myth

Why Do Pennies Symbolize Good Luck?


(PCM) Many of you may not know, but May 23rd is Lucky Penny Day, but just why are pennies so lucky in the first place? Why not a lucky dime … or even a lucky quarter? There are several myths about just why the penny symbolizes good fortune and we are here to break down a few of the most popular legends and myths. 

Many people are aware of the adage “See a penny. Pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck” however, did you know that picking up a penny that is not face-up could have just the opposite effect. Also, once you go ahead and pick up that penny, many feel that is your sign to pay it forward and pass along the penny to a friend to bring them some good fortune as well. 

In early days people believed the metal was a gift from the gods which was given to man as a protection against evil forces. This in turn eventually led to the belief that metal brought about good luck causing people to begin carrying around a “lucky penny” or coin in their pocket.  In the Victorian era, brides began placing pennies in their shoes as a replacement for a silver sixpence which was incredibly difficult to find.  It was believed that the penny would bring wealth and good fortune to the newlywed bride and groom. 

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Lucky Penny Day such as starting a lucky penny jar for your kitchen, placing the first penny you receive in a day in your pocket with the belief that it will attract more throughout the day, placing a penny in the bottom of your shoe to bring about good fortune for the day and of course visiting your nearest wishing well or fountain and tossing a penny over your left shoulder into the water while making a wish. 

Another idea is to put the phrase “A penny for your thoughts” into use and when you see someone lost in thought, break out your lucky penny, hand it over to them in exchange for sharing whatever is on their mind. No doubt this could lead some absolutely fascinating stories and interactions. Give it a try! 

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It’s Mardi Gras Time! Bring On The Beads And King Cakes!

(PCM) Happy Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday!  Mardi Gras is the cultural celebration in preparation prior to the fasting season of Lent!  The holiday, heavily celebrated in New Orleans, consists of many parades, dancing, wearing costumes, overturning social conventions and general fun and debauchery.

According to Wikipedia, Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the pair to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiane, which included what are now the U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

In 1723, the capital of Louisiana was moved to New Orleans, founded in 1718. The first Mardi Gras parade held in New Orleans is recorded to have taken place in 1837. The tradition in New Orleans expanded to the point that it became synonymous with the city in popular perception, and embraced by residents of New Orleans beyond those of French or Catholic heritage. Mardi Gras celebrations are part of the basis of the slogan, Laissez les bons temps rouler, (Let the good times roll).

The parades in New Orleans are organized by Carnival krewes. Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, Moonpies, and small inexpensive toys. Major krewes follow the same parade schedule and route each year.


Another Mardi Gras tradition is the King Cake. For those that don’t know a King Cake is traditionally a braided bread like cake often baked with cinnamon swirls and light frosted with confectioners sugar icing and decorated with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold and green.

Traditionally a small plastic baby is baked into the King Cake as well and the person who gets the baby in his or her slice of cake is said to be blessed with luck and prosperity throughout the year and they must provide the King Cake for next year’s celebration.

Below find a fabulous King Cake recipe that was featured in Southern Living:

1 (16-ounce) container sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 (1/4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 to 6 1/2 cups bread flour*
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Purple, green, and gold-tinted sparkling sugar sprinkles

Creamy Glaze ingredients:
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 4 tablespoons milk

Stir together first 4 ingredients. Stir in 2 tablespoons milk, adding additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until spreading consistency.

Cake Preparation:
Cook first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Set aside, and cool mixture to 100° to 110°.

Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a 1-cup glass measuring cup; let stand 5 minutes.

Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until smooth. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4 to 4 1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until dough is doubled in bulk.

Punch down dough, and divide in half. Roll each portion into a 22- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup softened butter evenly on each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter on each rectangle.

Roll up each dough rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at 1 long side. Place one dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends of roll together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with second dough roll.

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 20 to 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 375° for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Slightly cool cakes on pans on wire racks (about 10 minutes). Drizzle Creamy Glaze evenly over warm cakes; sprinkle with colored sugars, alternating colors and forming bands. Let cool completely.

Also, if you can’t be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, don’t fret! You can join the party from the comfort of your own home with Earthcam! Take part in the festivities with EarthCam’s live streaming webcams, regardless of your location.

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8 Must Have Apps To Plan Valentine’s Day Last Minute!


(PCM) Whether you met that special someone on February 13th forgetting that the next day is Valentine’s Day or cupid’s big day simply slipped your mind, we’ve got you covered with the 8 must-have apps to plan a successful Valentine’s Day last minute.

1. Open Table: No dinner reservations? No problem! Find available tables near you or wherever the night may take you, make reservations instantly and discover restaurants with the OpenTable app. With over 20,000 bookable restaurants in the US, Canada and Mexico, OpenTable helps you spend less time waiting and more time enjoying your meal.

Available on: iOS and Android

2. Red Stamp Cards: Need a thoughtful Valentine’s Day card in a hurry? Snap a photo + quickly create a thoughtful card for your Valentine with the free Red Stamp Cards app! Cards can be tweeted, texted, emailed or posted to Instagram and Facebook for all to see.

Available on: iOS and Android

3. BloomThat: Have flowers delivered to you in under 90 minutes. BloomThat provides a fresh take on flowers where you can forget the 8-hour delivery window. Individually crafted bouquets, handwritten notes and bike messenger deliveries create a unique experience that makes it fun to both send and receive flowers.

Available on: iOS

4. Ibotta: From chocolates, candies and wine to champagne, movie tickets and restaurant dinner deals, Ibotta is here to help you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day! Enjoy your romantic day while putting real cash in your pockets. Unlock and redeem rebates on all your favorite Valentine’s Day items at over 200 of the biggest retailers in over 100,000+ locations across the country. With Ibotta your ideal Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to break the bank.

Available on: iOS and Android

5. Slots of Love – Romance Ideas & Tips: Let’s face it, everyone can use a helping hand this Valentine’s Day! With Slots of Love you will always have romance ideas at your fingertips. You can either use the slot machine to randomly suggest an idea or you can brown ideas for him and her. Comes in handy if you’re searching for that quick romance action or idea!

Available on: iOS

6. Couple: Score some major bonus points with your Valentine with the Couple app that organizes an syncs you and your sweeties memories. Share photos, create personalized calendars, write lists and more with your partner instead of clogging up your single love sick friends’ feeds on social media.

Available on: iOS and Android

7. Valentine’s Day Recipes: Cook a romantic meal for two that your Valentine will think took you ages to plan. Making delicious food can be easier than ever with nearly 140 easy Valentine’s Day recipes. With all this, plus easy-to-follow-instructions and beautiful full-color photos of every recipe, dinner for two will be served shortly!

Available on: iOS

8. DateEscape: If all else fails this Valentine’s Day and you need to plan a quick exit from a disaster date, DateEscape can make it happen. Exit boring (and creepy) dates with ease. Spark jealousy in the opposite sex as DateEscape places fake emergency calls and texts to bail you out of a sticky situation.

Available on: iOS

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