How To Fold A Fitted Sheet — It’s Totally Foolproof!

My friend Leah sent out a plea to Facebook this morning: how do I fold a fitted sheet? It’s been one of mankind’s most pressing questions, up there with “What’s the meaning of life?” and “Where have all the cowboys gone?” I mean, it’s a lowly linen. Surely it can be folded!

But the fitted sheet is the asshole of all sheets. It curls up, turns in on itself, and ultimately refuses to be tamed. Most people just ball it up into some puffy mess, maybe even going so far as to fashion that blob into a sloppy square of sorts. Let me tell you something: I’ve been there. But I have been enlightened. I now know how to fold a fitted sheet.

Like many people, I turned to YouTube to show me the light. There are dozens of videos on the subject, but all of them are confusing. They start off easy — put your hands in two corners and then fold one corner on top of another. Great! But then every. single. video just BREEZES through the next part, which is the trickiest part of all. The experts tell you to just “feel along the way” and place the next corner on your hand. Or tuck another corner into another corner. But which “way” do we feel upon? And what happens when your sheet has already turned into a jumbled, inside-out mess?

No need to panic at the disco. I have come up with a method that is simple and easy to follow, and I feel reasonably confident that my video explains everything clearly. It’s basically a variation on the corner-grabbing technique, except I use a flat surface to help out. I’m sure if you get really good at this version, you can probably fold the fitted sheet without ever having the place it on the floor or your bed. But for the rest of us, this will have to do.

Watch the video above, and let me know if it works for you. And if it’s still tricky, I’ll go and make another one! I just want to help the world with one of its problems. Help me help you (and the world).

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #69: Government Shutdown! New Britney Spears Video! Moby Dick!

You guys, this was a good one….

There’s only one podcast on earth that can discuss the government shutdown, Britney Spears’s new video, and Moby Dick without skipping a beat. We discuss all that and more on this latest episode of “Banter with Ben and Lisa.” Also going into the banter blender: “Gravity,” ghost tours of Savannah, biker gangs, Grand Theft Auto V, and what your Facebook status updates might say about you. Plus, more etiquette lessons from 1888. Come listen!

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BANTER WITH BEN AND LISA #47: Gay Facebook, Pregnant Kim Kardashian, and The Real World

From the official description:

This week on Banter with Ben and Lisa, Ben Mandelker (bsideblog.com) and Lisa Timmons (wherelisalives.com) welcome back Marcos Luevenos for another rowdy discussion of all things pop culture. The trio tackle all those red gay marriage profile pictures on Facebook as well as Kim Kardshian’s much documented pregnancy and the “Real World’s” notable MTV history. There are many tangents and off-shoots along the way, as well as one very squeaky dog. Come listen!

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10 Fixes For ‘Draw Something’ That We’d Like To See

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Draw Something surfaced in late February of this year, and within days it became a top seller, going so far as to reach 50 million downloads in only fifty days. It has blown up all over pop culture, causing many people to abandon their endless Words with Friends games and opt for the quicker, more amusing thrills of drawing.

The game certainly has an appeal, but it’s not without its flaws. In fact, ask anyone whose played it for more than thirty minutes, and you’ll hear more than a fair share of grousing about the technical aspects. Truth is, Draw Something is a shoddy, shoddy app whose smart concept has somehow kept it afloat despite its shortcomings.

Luckily, gaming giant Zygna purchased OMGPOP, the small publisher of Draw Something, and soon we will be treated to a much-needed update. Rumor has it the next iteration will feature better social media integration, more words, and who knows what else.

I’m hopeful that Zygna will fix all the major problems, but in case they don’t, here are the major things that should be improved with the game.

Update: Timing is everything. Turns out Zygna released an update JUST TODAY fixing several of these issues. Yay! But still far from perfect…

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An Amahzing Story

Happy Endings is the funniest sitcom on TV at the moment, and one of its most endearing characters is that of Penny Hartz, played by SNL alum Casey Wilson. Chief among Penny’s quirks is her penchant for saying “amalzing” instead of “amazing,” a nifty bit of slang that is routinely rejected by the other characters on the show. Of course, I am an impressionable youth, and as such, I realized that I’ve started to incorporate “amalzing” into my everyday speech — first as a tribute to Penny but now because I can’t help myself.

That’s why yesterday afternoon, when I had twenty minutes to kill before meeting someone (appropriately enough at a bar called The Happy Ending), I decided that I would Like “amalzing” on Facebook. You can only imagine my surprise to learn that there was no Facebook page dedicated to “amalzing.” There was, however, a page dedicated to “amahzing,” which is apparently the more accepted spelling of the word. The “Amahzing” page, however, is dedicated to some product or line of something-or-another, and it most certainly is not affiliated with Happy Endings. Therefore, I took it upon myself to make a page for “Amalzing” for the sole purpose of being able to have “Ben likes Amalzing” on my Timeline.

Fun times. Fun, silly times.

But what a strange turn this simple story would take…

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Seven Things That Are Annoying Me Today

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I didn’t really know what to write about this afternoon; so I thought I’d maybe whine for a little bit since I seem to do that well, and it’s been a while since I’d bitched about anything in particular. Back in the early days of this blog when I was under a non-compete with TVgasm, I wasn’t allowed to write about TV; so I spent a good amount of blog real estate telling tales of gross people at the gym or embarrassing gaffes whilst attempting to exit a parking garage.

I don’t really have any good stories on that front, but I did realize at some point this afternoon that I have a few things that have been annoying me today, and why not air them out in public? It is the blogger way, after all. Continue reading

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Ep. 12: Banter With Ben and Lisa

Usually Lisa and I get together on a Friday to do our nifty podcast, but this time around, we caught up on Sunday night at her place where she not only cooked me up a lovely dinner, but also a generous mug of cocoa. With our stomachs full, we then got around to bantering, and this time around, we reviewed some of the pie entries for the Cool Whip Gift Basket contest. It turned out that neither of us were really into it though; so we just switched to gabbing about The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and then an engaging discussion about John Mayer and how he became such a douche. Enjoy!

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AND WHATNOT: Worst Red Carpet Pose Ever; Also, Auto-Correct Mishaps, ‘Survivor,’ and LA’s 99 Essential Restaurants

Starcasm: Worst red carpet pose ever? Konnie Huq at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Premiere
Hispanic Business: Lynda Carter to Megan Fox: Shut Up
Socialite Life: Mischa Barton’s Extensions Cause Stank Face
AP: The eyes have it: Woman chased, bitten by raccoon
HuffPo: The Funniest Auto Correct Fails (PHOTOS) (thanks jash. This made me cry)
LA Now: Australian businessman arrested in fatal Sunset Strip crash involving Bentley; Detectives say alcohol may be factor
ABC 7: Calif. AG sues maker of ‘Brazilian Blowout’
Bottle Service is for Tourists: The Alliance
LA Weekly: A Movable Beast: L.A. Weekly’s 99 Essential Restaurants
The Dartmouth: Blitz Lives
gas•tron•o•moy: Kam Hong Garden – Monterey Park
Movieline: Survivor: Ranking Nicaragua’s Top 10 Finalists

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