Two Bodies Were Found In The Real Housewives Of New Jersey's Torched Car
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Two Bodies Were Found In The Real Housewives Of New Jersey's Torched Car

The housewives are always getting into some shit.

Kim DePaola, a frequent personality on Real Housewives of New Jersey might have just made history for having the oddest real housewives moment. Which, if you think about it, is quite the accomplishment thanks to Teresa Giudice and Danielle Staub.

Here's what happened.

Investigators were called to the scene after calls from nearby New Jersey residents informed them that a car had been set on fire. When they arrived, they found more than just a car engulfed in flames.

It's reported that DePaola's Audi was set on fire, following the murder of two men, who were shot execution-style.

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No one has been arrested yet, and the two bodies have not been identified. However, according to NBC New York, DePaola's son was driven to the airport that Thursday by his friend Aaron Anderson. Anderson's mother told the station that her son hadn't been answering her calls since the incident.

Although there are still a lot of questions that need to be answered, DePaola's fans were given this brief message, thanking them for their support during this tragic time.

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Why Car Racing Games Are Boring

I said it.

With so many interesting and diverse genres of video games out today, it's unsurprising that car racing games exist and are still popular.

People like going fast. The ability to drive a car really, really freaking fast with no real-life consequence is thrilling, especially when you attract police attention and have to out-maneuver them (I think of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit as I type this).

If you haven't gathered already, my dabbling in racing sims died on the PS2. Maybe it's because I'm a "lol dumb girl," or because I never had any vested interest in cars prior that could solidify my desires to race virtual cars really fast, but really, it just got boring.

Yeah, mechanics can vary from game to game, but most of the time you're just either racing on an actual racetrack, playing a rip-off of the Fast and Furious series or both.

Yes, you can play mad bumper cars that end in explosions (very nice) but why should we do the same thing every time? The only appeal, really, is testing out newer, sleeker models you'll never be able to afford.

A lot of the hype also dies when you are actually of age to get your license and do some driving in reality. Once you actually get the little thrill of driving above 60 irl, or even that sneaky 90+, making a virtual car go vroom and smacking into other cars, buildings and landmarks just doesn't have the same appeal.

Granted, Dirt 4 is currently rocking a 9.2 score on IGN, but here's the issue: normal gamers these days aren't interested in the genre anymore. While critics and reviewers might have glowing, gushing praise for a game (that isn't doing anything new), I have not seen a single word about it outside of critic reviews.

My friends don't care, I don't care, I haven't seen anybody care. Why? Because it's stale.

That's probably why Rocket League became so weirdly popular, a hybrid car-soccer game where you drive around and attempt to score goals on the other team. Cars in a new, interesting dynamic, who'd have guessed? Mario Kart will be popular forever since it's accessible even to people who don't play video games, but what's the draw for the entire racing sim genre?

There's a reason that car games aren't at the forefront of the industry anymore... only the diehards are still playing.

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Orange Is The New Black Season 5 Trailer Packs Some Heat

"If this is a real riot, do you think this is a step forward or backward for equality?"

The Netflix original favorite Orange is the New Black just gave us a preview of the first minute of season 5. And things look heated.

Very heated. Find out what happens next on June 9, when the entire season will be available to binge.

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This Guy Dressed In Trash Bags To Steal A Cash Register

ROBBERS ARE TRASH. (Get it?)

Here's a new one!

A man in New Jersey (of course it was New Jersey) dressed up in a bunch of trash bags and burst into a (thankfully) empty convenience store in order to steal money, and eventually took the whole dang cash register.

No, that wasn't a Mad Lib. It's something that actually happened.

And because we live in the glorious year of 2017, when literally anything you can think of is on the internet for our consumption, there is a spectacular video of Trash Bag Man:

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I have sooooo many questions, comments, and concerns.

1. Sir, did you not realize those trash bags might not make for the most agile outfit ever? There's a reason you're slipping and sliding all over the counter: you're wearing TRASH BAGS.

2. Did he not have enough trash bags while making the outfit? If you'll notice, the one on his torso is black, but the bag on his head (and the ones on his feet) look like the plastic bags you get your takeout in! Sir, if you don't own more than one trash bag, maybe you have bigger fish to fry in your life than stealing money.

3. Why'd you have to make such a mess on your wait out, man? That's just rude. You're already stealing their money, and now you're making a mess they've gotta clean up in the morning. Pretty whack.

4. Just... why? WHY? WHY TO ALL OF IT?!?

5. This video really got me thinking about the man in those trash bags, and his outfit choice.

I think I understand why he wore them: to make it very hard to identify him outside of the store, in the real world, where no one wears trash bags all over town.

However!

What if the guy we're dealing with here is just some random dude who dresses up in the complete wrong outfit for every occasion? Like, he has no sense of appropriate attire at all?

He wears a full baseball uniform (Phillies, because he's from South Jersey) to the dentist's office, for instance, or he wears an inflatable sumo suit to go grocery shopping. He put on a suit jacket made entirely out of lettuce when he went to pick up his dry cleaning and didn't understand the confused looks.

Maybe we're just dealing with a terribly out-of-touch man who wanted to steal some money (stop doing that!) and thought the head-to-toe trash bag look was the most appropriate 'fit he could get off? Makes as much as anything else in this video, right?

In any case, this is my new favorite thing. If you'll excuse me, I have to go see if there are any trash bags left in my apartment...

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A Reading List For The Road

Whether in a car or in the air.

Traveling is a very fun time, but sometimes the actual traveling part... kinda sucks. Some people can stare out the windows of a car, bus, train, plane, boat or whatever forever, but sometimes you just need something to pass the time.

This can get tricky when cooped up in a tiny space, especially on a plane when you have no wi-fi and your phone is on airplane mode (or at least it should be). Yeah, you could watch movies on your phone, laptop or iPad, but if you're trying to preserve battery life, that might not be the best move, either.

Luckily, books will never hurt you like that.

If you like some easy reading on the road, this is the list for you. Some shorter, some longer, some light-hearted and some with darker tones, there's a little bit of something for everybody on here. You might find the time flying by on your ride when you finally pull your nose out of one of these books.

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

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This book follows Sugar Legowski-Garcia, a high school girl who has been ridiculed for being fat by the world around her. Forced to care for her home and her morbidly obese, bed-ridden mother, as well as endure abuse at the hands of her brother, Skunk, Sugar feels trapped in a life that she desperately wants to escape.

Then she meets a boy named Even (not Evan), and she begins to see a future for herself that she could never envision before.

Sugar is a coming of age story that's easily accessible and enjoyable. It might not be groundbreaking, but it leaves a lasting impression on you after you put it down.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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Ceony Twill has just graduated from her magic academy, assigned to apprentice under the magician Emery Thane to bespell paper instead of the metal she wanted so badly.

As she discovers that paper magic is actually really, really cool, she also learns about the forbidden magic that exists in this colorful world. A practitioner of blood magic comes and quite literally steals Thane's heart, and Ceony must do whatever it takes to get it back--even traveling into his heart itself.

A vividly built, fascinating world with a compelling story, The Paper Magician is a great read for anybody who enjoyed Harry Potter, or just fantasy in general. It's the first of a trilogy, so if you enjoy it, you have two more books you can read!

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness


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Tired of reading stories about the hero? Ever wonder about the people in the background of those events? Then The Rest of Us Just Live Here might be the book for you.

High schooler Mikey isn't one of the "indie kids," who all have unusual names and/or powers. He's just trying to graduate and avoid uncertain death at the hands of various would-be apocalypses over the years, always stopped by the "indie kids." Mikey just wants to ask out his crush, Henna, in peace, and deal with growing up without being eaten by a zombie.

Very tongue-in-cheek and self-aware, The Rest of Us Just Live Here gives a unique twist to the genre, and is relatively light-hearted and a fun, quick read.

Reality Boy by A.S. King


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If you like watching reality television, this might be a good pick for you. The story of Gerald Faust, a former child reality TV star, Gerald has grown up with a lot of problems following the television stint. With no friends and nobody who understands, the people around Gerald are waiting for the worst from him, despite all of his efforts to prove them wrong.

Darker--not terribly dark, but darker--than some of the other books on this list, Reality Boy really makes you consider the aftermath of what can only be described as an invasion of someone's life on reality television. However, there are moments of sweetness that make the book not terribly depressing. It's worth it, I promise.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

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This is definitely a book for anybody who enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy. Taking place in the aftermath of a nuclear war, a small group of survivors band together before warring over which family will lead. Fifty years later, the tradition of marrying the daughters of the losing family, the Westfalls, to the sons of the winning family, the Lattimers, is enforced to maintain peace in their community.

Enter Ivy Westfall, to be wed to Bishop Lattimer, and to kill him, despite the odds stacked against her.

An easy read, The Book of Ivy isn't as innovative as The Hunger Games, but it has complex questions of morality that keep you hooked, as well as a startlingly decent romance in a genre where so much feels forced.

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Why You Should All Be Watching "Terrace House"

Now THIS is reality TV.

While other people may enjoy watching The Bachelor or Keeping Up With The Kardashians, I much prefer shows where I actually like the people I'm watching. Sounds bizarre?

Well, it is - at least in the American reality TV world.

The Japanese reality show, Terrace House, first aired in 2012 and has now become a popular franchise that's spawned two spin-offs and a movie. The show's premise is simple: six strangers live together in a beautiful house and get to know one another.

The amount of time they spend in the house is completely dependent on them, so they can leave whenever they want. Some cast members don't even stay for the whole season.

The show's "no script" concept makes it more realistic, and honestly, even a bit boring at times but that's the entire appeal of Terrace House.

These people don't go out clubbing every night or spend hundreds of dollars on bottle service, they don't ride around in limos or Lamborghinis and they don't have sex at all hours of the day.

The ages of the cast members range from 18 to early 30s, but one thing is kept constant: there are always three girls and three guys. This isn't necessarily to make relationships happen, although it can, it simply makes for interesting interactions among the entire cast.

While the show is being filmed, the cast lead their lives as usual, going to school, work or taking naps. The only difference from their daily routine is that they're being recorded.

This results in a lot of scenes eating dinner together, lounging in the living room or laying in bed.

The best part of the show is how well everyone handles conflict. Honestly, Americans could learn a thing or two from them. When there's a problem, everyone sits down and talks about it - either as a group or one on one.

And, from the way they speak, it's clear that the issues they bring forward have been discussed off-camera as well, showing these people actually do talk to one another. Things can get heated on occasion, but there are never physical altercations.

Sounds crazy, doesn't it? No cat fights or drunken brawls.

One of the best parts of the show may in fact be the commentators. Instead of using the standard reality TV "confessional" - that thing where someone talks directly to the camera to explain what they're thinking - the show has a collection of comedians who summarize and discuss the events of the episode.

This doesn't happen often, usually only at the beginning and the middle of the episode, but it provides a lot of humor. They've been working together for years, so they have a friendly rapport with one another, resulting in a lot of comedy.

Sure, the show is in Japanese and you'll have to read subtitles most of the time, but plenty of other reality TV shows have been popular with language barriers - remember the Jersey Shore? They barely spoke English.

All I can say is that you should give Terrace House a shot and watch an episode or two. You might not be able to watch other reality shows again.