The Best Way to Assemble Hard Shell Tacos Will Save You from a Soggy Mess

Do you prefer hard shell or soft shell? It’s a question that comes your way at pretty much ever Tex-Mex restaurant out there, including “fast food” joints like Chipotle, and sometimes it can freeze you in your tracks!

Honestly, they’re both delicious. I mean, if you prefer hard shells on your tacos, you might not be eating the most authentic Mexican dish, but hey – who doesn’t love a little crunch to go with their food?

They are, of course, the slightly messier version of an already messy dish (I know if my toddler wants a crunchy shell, I just cringe while I say okay).

If you do the same, there’s some hope: you might be making a mistake during assembly that makes them even harder to eat.

Here’s a little tip that could help you keep your taco together longer.

Reddit user hyteck9 suggests that, instead of filling your taco with the meat (which can make your shell a bit soggy on the bottom) then veggies, cheese, and ending with salsa, you switch up the order.

I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out: put the cheese on the bottom.

Then, continue with the beef or chicken or whatever, followed by the veggies and salsa.

If you do it this way, the cheese melts from the heat of the meat and the shells and can act like a sort of glue for a tortilla tempted to break.

This option, of course, requires that you warm your shells a bit or use hot meat, but come on. You’re already doing that, aren’t you?

Happy eating!

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A 13-Year-Old Girl Was Charged with a Felony for Doing “Finger Guns” at School

A middle school student in Kansas was arrested and charged with a felony after pointing her fingers, in the shape of a gun, at five classmates before turning her finger gun on herself.

felony.

The incident happened at Westridge Middle School in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City.

The 13-year-old student reportedly mimed the actions in response to being asked by another student to point out “five people you would kill,” according to Overland Park Chief of Police Frank Donchez.

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Students reported the incident through the districts anonymous website form, meant to allow students to turn in bullies without fear of reprisal, and school principal Jeremy McDonnell stepped in to interview those involved.

He then contacted the school’s resource officer, according to Donchez.

“The officer then determined that several of the students are genuinely fearful of this girl, and combined with prior knowledge that he has, felt that an arrest was warranted.”

The student clearly has prior incidents in her past that concerned school officials, but Donchez says he won’t share them since the girl is a minor, and the district declined to comment.

The girl is facing a criminal charge and, if found guilty, time in a juvenile detention center.

She’s now living with her grandfather, Jon Cavanaugh, in California, and he had this to say about the situation.

“I think that this is something that probably could have been handled in the principal’s office and got completely out of hand. She was just mouthing off.”

As for Donchez, he resents reports and headlines claiming the arrest was made due to simple hand gestures.

“Victims in this case were genuinely concerned and fearful of this individual. When you combine that with the history that we’re aware of, and the students are aware of, when you combine all that and that these individuals were genuinely in fear, that’s why the arrest was made.”

This isn’t even close to the first incident of its kind – a first grader was suspended for finger guns in 2015, and the year before that a 10-year-old in Ohio was suspended for similar actions. In 2018, an adult in Pennsylvania was found guilty of disorderly conduct for pointing a finger gun at his neighbor.

But this gurl has been charged with a felony – something that is a first. Donchez defended his decision, saying, “I’ll take heat all day long for arresting a 13-year-old. I’m not willing to take the heat for not preventing a school tragedy.”

If only we could get people to take real guns as seriously as those pantomimed with fingers, we might be getting somewhere.

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15 Disney Movies You May Not Even Know Exist

When it comes to Disney movies, there are so many beloved classics that’s it hard to keep track of all of them. Years and years of groundbreaking, memorable films that defined the childhoods of millions of people.

…And then there are these Disney films. The other ones. The ones that history has consigned to the dollar bin.

Frankly, I didn’t even really know that any of these existed, but I guess you can’t produce only hits all the time, right?

Take a look at these 15 Disney movies that you most likely have never even heard of.

1. The Biscuit Eater (1972)

2. Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)

3. Those Calloways (1965)

4. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

5. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

6. The Barefoot Executive (1971)

7. The Million Dollar Duck (1971)

8. The Castaway Cowboy (1974)

9. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

10. Gus (1976)

11. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

12. Candleshoe (1977)

13. The Cat from Outer Space (1978)

14. Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)

15. Fuzzbucket (1986)


Do you know of some that we missed?

Let’s see them in the comments!

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20 Underrated Horror Movies You Might Want to Watch During Halloween Season

You’ve probably watched most of the classic horror movies that pop up around the Halloween season, but unless you’re a fanatic, you might have missed a bunch of lesser-known creepy movies that offer big scares.

Try these underrated horror movies on for size.

These suggestions come to us from the Buzzfeed community…and I added a couple of my own personal favorites on at the end.

1. 1408 (2007)

“1408 is really good, and the theatrical ending is way better than the original. It’s such an underrated movie.”

2. Funny Games (2007)

“Funny Games should definitely be on this list! It’s so creepy and after seeing it, the sound of a golf ball dropping on a hardwood floor STILL gets to me.”

3. Absentia (2011)

“If you’re looking for low-key, atmospheric horror, here it is.”

4. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

“I’m a huge horror movie fan, and when I saw Trick ‘r Treat I thought it would be a mediocre horror movie. But boy was I wrong, it’s brilliant! It has a campy feel to it but it was just as intense as most horror movies.”

5. The Evil Dead (1981)

“The Evil Dead is the best cult classic of horror. The effects are campy but creepy as hell and the next two in the trilogy take it to the next level. Seriously, Evil Dead is one of the only horror movies I can watch on repeat. Sam Raimi is a genius.”

6. Contagion (2011)

“I know it’s only rated PG-13, but the most terrifying part about this movie is how realistic it is!”

7. The Fourth Kind (2009)

“It’s about aliens and probably won’t scare everyone who watches it, but it’s definitely the movie that kept me up the longest. I’ve seen the classics, but this one still gives me chills when I think about it.”

8. Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2014)

“It’s an unspoken rule with horror that sequels suck, but Cabin Fever 3 is an exception. It’s gory, intense, clever, and pretty much everything a horror movie should be.”

9. The Mist (2007)

“This movie isn’t scary because of what’s in the mist, but because of how all the survivors turned on each other. That’s what truly scared me the most. Seeing The Mist was also one of the few times I’ve been open-mouth shocked at an ending.”

10. Creep (2004)

“Creep is a British film based in the tunnels of the London Underground. It terrified me when I first saw it and still does now.”

11. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

“This movie is brilliantly scary. It’s a South Korean horror film about a girl returning to her family home following a stay in a psychiatric unit. One of the scariest scenes features the main character’s sister hearing a strange noise in the middle of the night and hiding under the covers. Without cutting away from her on the bed, we hear the door open, footsteps towards the bed, then see the blankets pulled down away from her face. It’s honestly terrifying, gorgeously shot, and has such a great twist ending.”

12. Monsters (2010)

“It flew way under the radar and was unfairly brushed off as a poor-man’s Cloverfield, but this is a must-see. This film is a good chronicle of two characters trying to survive something much bigger than themselves, and it really wins during the last half hour. It’s beautiful, scary, and surprisingly thought provoking.”

13. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

“The 1978 version with Donald Sutherland is the creepiest atmospheric sci-fi horror film I’ve ever seen!”

14. Final Destination 3 (2006)

“Everybody needs to see Final Destination 3. The rest are pretty meh, but the third installment totally revolutionizes the horror genre. There’s no movie like it!”

15. Shutter (2004)

“Horror movies don’t scare me too easily, but the one horror movie that seriously freaked me out was The Shutter. This horror movie freaked me and my sister out so much that she couldn’t sleep for a week. I watched it years ago, and the name Natre still freaks me out.”

16. Hide and Seek (2005)

“Hide and Seek with Dakota Fanning and Robert De Niro was such a well thought out movie. The whole thing is really suspenseful and keeps your mind going. It’s a different kind of horror than most and I absolutely loved it. It’s definitely a must see.”

17. Pulse (2006)

“In an era where people are so reliant on technology and Wi-Fi, the movie Pulse really hits you hard.”

18. Dead Silence (2007)

“The movie is a mix of horrifying dolls and unexpected plot twists. I watched it when I was about 13 or 14 and had nightmares for months afterwards. To this day it’s still the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.”

And here are a couple that I recommend…

19. High Tension (2003)

Two friends retreat to the countryside in France and are stalked by a psycho killer hell-bent on killing them and anyone else who gets in his way. Creepy!

20. Angel Heart (1987)

Mickey Rourke plays a 1950s private eye who is hired to track down a singer that disappeared in Times Square after World War II ended. A really creepy, atmospheric film that sees Rourke travel through the seedy underworld of New York and New Orleans.

Add your own underrated gems in the comments!

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This Is Why You Should Never Squash a Stink Bug

If you live in the U.S., there’s a good chance you’ve encountered a brown marmorated stink bug – though the species is native to Asia, it has now been spotted in 43 states since its arrival around 1998.

Though they typically remain outdoors (unless they find themselves carried inside on clothing or other material), they might come inside seeking warmth in the cooler months of fall and winter. Since they’re not small – typically a half-inch long or more – you’ll probably spot them when they do.

But even though our justice against insect invaders is typically swift and mortal, common sense should prevail with stink bugs – don’t squish them.

I mean, unless you enjoy the pungent aroma of skunk or rotten cilantro permeating your rooms.

 

They’re called stink bugs for a reason: the bugs release a terrible scent whenever they feel threatened, and that includes as they die. So really be careful in handling them, period.

Things to try: nudging them alive onto a piece of paper or into a cup, using a vacuum, or leaving out trays of soapy water in the hopes they might take their own lives.

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The good news is that you’ll probably only see a few in your house, if any, so you shouldn’t have to figure out how to handle an army of the little buggers.

Another bright spot, scientists are saying that the samurai wasp – the stinkbug’s natural predator in its native habitat – has arrived in the United States. The parasitic wasp has been spotted in 10 states and is expected to spread.

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I’ll let you decide whether or not you consider that good news.

I definitely to do. *shudder*

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MIT Engineers Say There’s a New Blackest Black Color

Vantablack, the world’s “blackest black” pigment since 2016, has been controlled by artist Anish Kapoor.

But as of now, he no longer owns the blackest black out there because engineers at MIT have developed a new material that is 10 times blacker than Vantablack.

The new material, made of carbon nanotubes, absorbs 99.995% of all incoming light.

They created it by vertically aligning the microscopic carbon filaments, which resulted in a sort of fuzzy forest of trees that they them grew on a piece of chlorine-soaked aluminum.

The results were published in a scientific journal, as well as displayed in an exhibition at the New York Stock Exchange.

The artwork on display is called The Redemption of Vanity and was conceived by Diemut Strebe in collaboration with MIT professor Brian Wardle. Together, they covered one of the shiniest objects they could think of – a 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond worth 2 million dollars – with the new black pigment. This made it appear to be a black void in front of another black background.

Wardle talked a bit about the project and why he thinks it’s important”

“There are optical and space science applications for very black materials, and of course, artists have been interested in black, going back well before the Renaissance. Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s ever been reported, but I think the blackest black is a constantly moving target. Someone will find a blacker material, and eventually we’ll understand all the underlying mechanisms, and will be able to properly engineer the ultimate black.”

The scientists made the discovery on accident – they were looking for a way to grow carbon nanotubes on materials that would boost electrical conductivity, not a blacker black than Vantablack – but they couldn’t help but notice how black their substance became as it grew.

Now, they’re applying for a patent for the technology. And word on the scientific street is that the artists who were irked about Kapoor’s monopolization of Vantablack will be pretty happy to have an alternative.

I, for one, am new to the ruckus and completely fascinated.

Blackest blacks and their blacker challengers are a thing scientists and artists throw down over. Who knew?

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Jane Fonda Was Arrested in D.C. for Protesting Climate Change

Jane Fonda has a long history of social activism and her latest cause is climate change.

A video posted to Twitter shows her being handcuffed and taken away by authorities while protesting for climate action at the U.S. Capitol building.

A spokesperson for the Capitol police confirmed that 16 people were arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating” and charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.

What that is, I don’t know.

Per Fonda’s website, Fonda was “inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created.”

“I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore – and even worse – empower – the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this.”

She plans to hold weekly demonstrations in D.C., called Fire Drill Fridays, and calls Swedish activist Greta Thunberg an inspiration.

“Every Friday through January, I will be leading weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill to demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in. We can’t afford to wait.”

Being in her 80s isn’t going to stop Fonda from continue a decades-long fight to change the planet and society for the better.

“Our climate is in crisis. Scientists are shouting an urgent warning: we have little more than a decade to take bold, ambitious action to transition our economy off of fossil fuels and onto clean, renewable energy.”

I’m not sure that protests and arrests are going to get anything done in Washington, but they can’t hurt.

And you never know – maybe they will make a difference after all.

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Volunteers Are Taking Elderly People on Rickshaw Rides to Get Them out into Nature

I love this!

This is about as wholesome of a story as you’re gonna see today. A company in Denmark called Cycling Without Age allows volunteers to take senior citizens on rickshaw rides to get them outdoors and into nature.

Ole Kassow explained how and why he started the project back in 2012: “I saw an elderly gentleman sitting in front of a nursing home. As usual, I was on my bike and came up with the idea that maybe he wanted to join me and we could get to know each other. I rented a rickshaw and it took off from there. The man became my friend, his name is Thorkild.”

Kassow pointed out how loneliness and isolation has become an epidemic among older people: “Our modern fast-paced lifestyle means that we value youth and careers and sometimes forget to appreciate the older generation and their wisdom. That means many people become isolated and lonely as they grow old.”

Since its beginnings in Denmark, Cycling Without Age has become so popular that is has spread all over the world and now has 1,100 locations, 1,500 rickshaws, and 10,000 “pilots” who take seniors out for rides in the fresh air.

The program has proved to be a big hit on all sides of the globe. In Scotland, two 95-year-old twins have enjoyed the rides immensely. The manager of the care home where the twins live said,

“Almost all of the residents have been out on the trishaw and it has brought back many memories of days gone by when motorised transport was rare. Sharing stories has been amazing and made staff think how hard life must have been in the 1940s and 50s when the only means of transport for most people was a bike. It was while on the trishaw the funny stories kept coming as Nancy and Janet, who have rooms next door to each other, shared their secrets of the bike rides over the years.”

And in Canada, the program has been lauded for its help with people suffering from dementia. A great idea that is obviously very popular for good reason!

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A Dr. Pepper Cream Soda Flavor Will Hit Shelves in 2020

Got a hankering for something new in the soda game? Well, you’re in luck, friends.

It was recently announced that a Dr. Pepper and Cream Soda flavor will be hitting shelves next year in regular and diet forms.

The new flavors made their debuts at the recent National Association of Convenience Stores trade show (yes, it’s a thing) in Atlanta. Attendees are able to get sneak peeks at new beverages and snacks at the event. One visitor took a photo of the new products and shared her review on Instagram.

The person described the new drink: “New Dr Pepper & Cream Soda in both regular and diet varieties will be out March 2020! Due to the added vanilla flavor, these aren’t as strong on the classic Dr Pepper taste. Therefore, the flavor here is much less polarizing than original Dr Pepper. I actually like this flavor, unlike the original!”

In an email, the folks at Dr. Pepper said, “News this sweet is too good to keep to ourselves. We are excited to confirm Dr Pepper & Cream Soda is REAL, and we look forward to treating our fans to this next-level flavor as it starts to hit shelves nationwide in March.”

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There are some other new soda concoctions that are going to hit the shelves soon as well. Cinnamon Coca Cola is available now through the end of 2019 and Winter Spiced Cranberry Sprite is also available now until December 31, 2019.

What do you think? Are you excited about these new products from Dr. Pepper? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

On another note, I really want to be invited to this trade show next year so I can sample all the new snacks and treats…hit me up if you’re going.

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Studies Show That Having a Dog Helps People Have Longer and Better Lives

I’m sure that this won’t be news to some of you.

Dogs and people go together like peanut butter and jelly. Of course, your dog will eat your peanut butter and jelly when you’re not looking, but I digress.

Dogs make us crazy happy, and a recent study gives us even more reason to bring these fuzz balls into our homes. Turns out, dogs help their owners live longer.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the study looked at cardiovascular research from between 1950 and 2019 for evidence that dogs decrease the risk of heart disease in owners.

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Well, they found it in droves. People who had survived heart attacks were less likely to have another heart related event and were also less likely to ultimately die from cardiovascular disease if they owned a dog. In fact, owning a dog was shown to boost heart health.

But researchers found it wasn’t just heart conditions dogs improved. The data from millions of patients over all those years of study also showed owning dogs lowered the rates of death from any cause. The study stated that dogs decreased the risk of dying by anything by 24 percent.

Health aside, according to a different 2019 study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, dogs can also be credited to improving your overall quality of life.

Which is good, because if you’re going to live longer, you want a high quality life.

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Even participants who suffered from chronic pain reported more socialization and lowered rates of depression and anxiety.

Dogs are also shown to help people manage emotional and mental health, says a 2016 study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. When participants mapped out their social structures, dogs consistently were placed as most central to their social lives.

Another 2019 study, this one published in the journal Aging and Mental Health, showed that older people received mental health benefits when they owned dogs. Having a pet around gave them purpose and decreased feelings of loneliness.

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Another segment of society benefitting from dog ownership is youths experiencing homelessness. The animals create a barrier to getting into shelters, but the yong people studied reported feeling more loved than those who didn’t have dogs, according to a 2015 report in Child Psychiatry and Human Development.

What about people who cannot responsibly take care of dogs in their current environment or situation? All is okay. Current Opinion in Psychiatry research from 2015 tells us that even interacting with someone else’s dogs or volunteering to take care of other dogs can be hugely beneficial.

So, the science is in: dog love is a health tonic.

Take a dog for a walk, scratch his ears, rub her tummy and soak up all the healthy goodness for a longer and happier fur-filled life.

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