5 Reasons Why We Love Zooey Deschanel

Yesterday we talked about Lisa Kudrow, (well, technically about her character Phoebe on “Friends”) because of her birthday and all, but the TV is full of awesome and inspiring ladies we’d like to talk about. Today we will focus on one such lady of a newer generation than Lisa: Zooey Deschanel. Admit it, there isn’t a lot you can do to resist the charms of this awesomely smart and funny and pretty lady. And there are a lot of reasons for it; here are just 5 of them.

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1. She’s more than a talented actress and she stands up for ideals.

Whenever she’s involved in a debate where she feels like the values or ideals which she believes in are belittled, she stands up for them in a gracious, but firm manner. Her most recent such exploit was when she kindly explained to writer Mike Albo that “not every woman is dying to give birth” and he should stop putting people in such narrow boxes with his prejudice. To us, that raised her immediately to a feminist icon status, and the best thing about it is that she argues for what she believes in graciously and with an admirable understanding for the diversity of options and values.

2. She’s also a talented artist; very much so actually.

All this talk of how she’s more than just an actress shouldn’t make us forget her acting skills in any way. Sure, she didn’t win any Academy Awards yet, and she’s known mostly for sweet movies like romantic comedies and such, but that doesn’t mean she’s not playing her part(s) in a truly inspiring fashion. If you’ve seen 500 Days of Summer (2009) you can’t have not been moved by her initially cynical manic pixie dream girl kind of character. Also, if you’re watching the ongoing New Girl TV series, how can you not love her weird and goofy and insanely cute and attractive character, Miss Jessica Day? It would be impossible, really.

3. Her name is just so awesome: Zooey Deschanel.

Seriously, how can your name be Zooey Deschanel? Does no one see how ridiculously attractive and goofy and cute that name is, all at the same time? It sounds as if she isn’t a human being, but an alluring species of flower. I picture it being a dark and hypnotizing purple. The only other celebrity we know with a name which sounds as if he grew up in a planthouse is Orlando Bloom, but while he’s cute, he’s not nearly as fascinating as Zooey.

4. She has a few also famous look-alikes, but she’s still the best.

She’s often been compared to Katy Perry, or Krysten Ritter, or Lizzy Caplan, but she’s still the awesomest of the bunch (well, unless you’re a hardcore Katy Perry fan, in which case we apologize). It’s most interesting that her looks seem to be pretty distinctive and rare, with the brunette hair and white skin and enormous blue eyes, so the fact that there are a few other celebs that resemble her is actually kind of funny.

5. She has a lovely blog about cute and meaningful things.

Before she was as famous as she was now, Zooey Deschanel started a cute women’s blog together with a couple of her girlfriends, where they blogged about a whole bunch of cute things, but also debated serious issues like protests, feminist issues, relationships with the significant other or with family, body confidence issues and so on. Now, she doesn’t have the time to blog anymore, but is still an honorary member of the site. The site runs now mostly on fuel from a bunch of carefully selected contributors, but maintains the initial spirit wonderfully, under the supervision of its initial founders. Oh, and it also has a super-cute name: Hello Giggles.

These were out top 5 reasons for liking Zooey Deschanel a lot, beyond her looks and even her mere acting skills. How about you, do you like her, and if so, what do you like the most?

10 Funny Menu Items

Ordering a meal in a restaurant can be a nerve racking experience at times. It is made even worse when you have to make your choice from inexplicable and funny menu items like the 10 funny menu items on this list.

The Tart Waitress

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I have to admit, the rest of this menu looks pretty classy. I’m not stylish or cutting edge enough to have ever tried marinated artichokes. I wouldn’t recognize a piece of manzano cheese if it slapped me in the face. However, the elegance of the menu is let down by the promise of a tarty waitress.

The Weird Stuff

Funny Menu Items

I don’t know where to start with this funny menu. I do know that harsh fresh you is going to be my favorite insult from now on. The irritable scalloped kidney sounds more like a nasty disease than a menu item. It might be worth a try I suppose.

The Ice Dessert

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I’m a big fan of cheese cakes. I would be really tempted to have one as dessert in this place. However, the 10lb bag of ice might be a more tempting option. Are you expected to eat all that frozen water, or is it a sort of compress to put on your hugely bloated stomach after pigging out on wings and nuggets?

The God Menu

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Eating isn’t usually a religious experience. But, if you order God with vanilla from this restaurant it might well be.

The Crap Item

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So, you really like seafood, do you? I’m sure your arteries are grateful for this. If you really want to treat yourself to some sea based treats, why not add some crap onto it? The foot long option gives you more crap than you could possibly imagine.

The Weird Menu

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I don’t know which funny menu item sounds more appetizing here. I am a sucker for fried rolled up trousers. But the false dog-meat pork has got my mouth watering as well. Otherwise, I guess I’ll just need to be boring and settle for a plain old stewed gastric pig.

The Wikipedia Entry

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Is there anything on Earth tastier than getting an unreliable internet encyclopedia? Then, you can pop it in a wok and stir frying the beejezus out of it. I think not.

The Boner Meat

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Err, I think I’ll stick to the scampi if you don’t mind. And another thing: who the hell eats chips (French fries) in pitta bread? That’s just about the worst thing I’ve ever seen on a menu. The chips and cheese sounds sort of tempting though, in a gooey, horribly sticky sort of a way.

The Irish Dinner

Funny Menu Items

If you have ever fancied eating a traditional Irish dinner, there apparently isn’t too much to it. Just pop a potato in the microwave, and line up a few beers.

The Fried Nonsense

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Perhaps the most difficult thing about eating in this restaurant is choosing between whether you want your nonsense fried or boiled. It’s a tough choice. I’m sure you will eventually be able to settle down to a lovely plate of nonsense.

The Best for Sale Signs for a Home

If you are currently interested in purchasing a home, then you probably keep an eye out for tempting for sale signs. Would any of these following signs be of interest to you? This is our list of the best for sale signs for a home.

The Not Haunted House Sign

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It is always reassuring to see that the house you consider purchasing doesn’t have any unwanted spirits in it. I don’t know about you but when I go to view a property I always like to get the whole haunting issue out of the way as soon as it is polite to do so; usually, this is just after asking about the heating bills and parking rights.

The Painfully Honest Sign

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Being honest in life is a good thing, it really is. Sure, it might cause you some problems along the way but you will feel a lot better about yourself if you adopt this ethical approach. However, you can correct me if I’m wrong here, but I can’t help thinking that there are times when it is possible to be just too honest.

The Baffling Sign

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Do you know what the strangest thing about this for sale sign is? It isn’t the fact that the price has plummeted so low from the initial $475,000 value. It isn’t even the fact that the owner just wants the bus fare out of the place. No, it is the fact that they are offering hot cider to prospective buyers. Who drinks hot cider anyway? Is that the turnkey item which will really ‘seal the deal’ in this offer?

The Mice Sign

Funny House for Sale Signs

When did including rodents with the purchase price of a house become a good thing? For some reason, I would have thought that haggling for them separately would be more dignified. But, what do I know about selling real estate?

The Croaking Owner Sign

The Best for Sale Signs for a Home

I have absolutely no idea what is going on here. This sign indicates that the owner is about to pass away and wants to sell his or her home. But, why would you even say that on a sign? Also, why does it say liver free? I guess I’ll never know the answers to these questions.

The Free Pizza Sign

House for Sale Signs

Let’s face it; the house you buy will probably be far and away the biggest investment you ever make. It will leave you with a crippling debt for decades to come and will have you gasping in pain every time the interest rate goes up even slightly. All of this means that you will need to be very careful about buying the right place based on cold, hard financial facts. Hey, would a free pizza help you make up your mind? Go on, then. It has pepperoni on it. No extra charge!

The Multiple For Sale Signs

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Some sort of inner real estate instinct is telling me that Belvedere Place isn’t somewhere I want to live. After all, everyone who lives there wants out of the blooming place. I guess this could be a nice place for you if you like to meet a lot of new neighbors all the time. No word on whether any of those houses are haunted or have mice though, eh?

Insane Cloud Formations to Take Your Breath Away

Have you ever looked up at the sky and had your breath taken away? Of course, you have. The sky is filled with amazing sights such as, well, clouds. You might not think that clouds are particularly exciting but the following insane cloud formations will change your mind.

The God Cloud

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This photo recently caused a bit of a stir online recently, as it appears to show a face that some people claim is the face of God. Jeremy Fletcher is the chap who took this photo in England and certainly looks pretty awesome as well as a bit creepy.

The Bird Cloud

Insane Cloud Formations

This amazing cloud picture makes it look as though as some sort of giant bird taking off over the water. I have no idea what it all means. Is it some sort of harbinger of doom or is it a sign that we are about to set off on the journey to a brave new world? Or maybe it’s just a weird cloud formation.

The Lenticular Cloud

Amazing Cloud Formations

I don’t want to get all geeky and technical but this is what cloud experts call lenticular clouds. Personally, if I was in charge of naming clouds I would have called them “pancake clouds”, which is why I’m not trusted with important jobs like naming clouds. They tend to form near mountains such as, hey, Mount Fuji in Japan. People often mistake them for UFOs, although there is also the possibility that people also mistake UFOs for lenticular clouds, I guess.

Mammatus Clouds

Crazy Cloud Formations

It’s time for some more technical words now as we look at a spectacular mammatus cloud formation. This involves clouds with pouches hanging off the bottom of them and usually means that a thunderstorm is on the way. I have no idea why these ones are red, though.

Asperatus Cloud

Bizarre Cloud Formations

What the hell is happening to the sky in this picture? This is something known as an asperatus cloud formation to experts and as “a blooming weird big thing in the sky” to the rest of us. This type of insane cloud formation is so rare that it was only given its own classification in 2009. I bet you didn’t know that the world of cloud watching was as exciting and fast moving at this, did you?

Roll Cloud

Insane Cloud Formations

The roll cloud is another type of weird cloud formation that usually means that a massive thunderstorm will be along before too long.

The Shelf Cloud

Insane Cloud Formations

This stunning cloud formation is a shelf cloud and it is a variant of the previous type of cloud we just looked at. It looks kind of scary, huh? I get the feeling that a thunderstorm might be on the way.

The Rather Rude Cloud

Bizarre Cloud Formations

Who knew that the sky could flip the bird as well? This rather rude cloud was pictured in Scotland. Jeez, you don’t want to upset the clouds when you go there.

The Horse Cloud

Amazing Cloud Formations

I reckon this is a fake picture of a cloud. After all, when did you ever look up to the sky and see a giant horse up there? However, I think I will be keeping a closer eye on the clouds near me from now on.

6 Pieces of Advice for a Future Winner

Here are 6 pieces of advice for a future winner as how to work more efficiently and turn whatever you have to do into pleasure. Well I’m talking about a real job, or a business that you wanted to get into in the first place.

#1. Start doing something

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We all have friends who are constantly boasting about things like “I had the idea of creating something like Facebook first. Had I done something, I would have been rich by now.” This is a pathetic way of thinking. Not until you start doing something as a consequence of your initial idea, will your brilliant spark start shining. We’ve all got them, don’t we?

#2. Lack of time is never an excuse

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This is the most common excuse people use. Even though most people claim they’d love to open up a new business, or learn how to play an instrument, write a book or whatever, they can never find the time to actually do that! Come on, now, are you for real?

You don’t have to give up your job, you just have to use your spare time wisely. No more Internet, Facebook or Game of Thrones. Your idea is much more important. A few hours a week are more than enough to advance in whatever you want to do.

Once you start investing in something new, you’ll also realise whether this effusion is for real or not. If you lose your enthuziasm on the way, it means it was never meant to be.  So stop making up excuses, will you? You are the only one responsible for your dreams.

Moreover, the perfect timning will never just pop out of the blue. You’ll always be too young, or too old, or too poor, or too fat to go after your dream, if you postpone all the time.

#3. Meetings are toxic

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Meetings are a waste of time. They use abstract concepts insted of concrete ideas. They last too long and provide too little. They always deflect from the subject. There’s always someone present there who is keen on sharing his neverending opinions about subjects exterior to the business of the day.

Instead try applying something else: use a timer. When the alarm rings, the meeting is over. End of discussion. Also try calling less people to the meeting. Unfortunately the more the merrier rule doesn’t apply in this case. The meeting should always take place where the problem occured, not in an arid meeting room.

End with a solution and decide who’s in charge for implementing the solution.

#4. Sleep

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This is not an article discussing the lack of sleep. Nevertheless, it is generally known to turn people into stubborn hatable individuals. Moreover it affects creativity, optimism and your temper. The most balanced individual can turn into a hysterical ill-natured person once he’s tired.  Your being tired will eventually turn against you.

#5. Hire people who can write

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If you have to choose from several individuals, pick the one who can write. Despite  your working field, someone who can write is really useful. That’s because someone who’s got this talent has a clear had, and good communication skills. Nevermind the extrovert-introvert dihotomy. These people can just make things easier to understand. They can easily be in someone else’s shoes and they know what to ommit when carrying a message. What more coud you wish for?

#6. Don’t take your inspiration for granted

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We all have ideas. They are immortal by excelence. But inspiration on the other hand is as mortal as your 20-yar old dog.  So if you really want to do soemthing, do it now! Your ideea is not the kind of thing to preserve on a shelf until you find the time to develop it.

The coolest thing about inspiration is that it gives you the impetus of a 6-year old. Inspiration is like a time machine. It’s simply miraculos, it arises your productivity and it motivates you like never before. So start working and stop compalining.