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Usually the most controversial thing about the Duggars is ... the fact that Jim Bob and Michelle reproduced an amazing 19 times. Of course, the family is also famous for their strong Christian values, so when one of them takes on Catholicism, you know eyebrows will be risen.
"I have nothing against individuals who are Catholic. I know a lot of Catholics who are great people. What I DO have a problem with is the teaching that man can merit God’s favor through his own works or the works of other fallen men,” he wrote, quoting Ephesians 2:8-9.
Clearly controversial and clearly the type of press the Duggars have managed to avoid for so long! You can't help but wonder what the family thinks about Ben's rant.
Pharrell Williams may be most known for "Happy" recently, while Miley Cyrus may be most known for twerking and sticking out her tongue. Combine those two forces, and what do you get? Miley and Pharrell in his new video, "Come Get It Bae." The video starts off flashing the words "Beauty has no expiration date," then features a bunch of, well, young, beautiful women dancing around in a studio. In heels, of course. Because why not!
Pharrell, for the most part, sits there and smiles at all the hot women, most likely thinking that it must be good being Pharrell. (According to Rolling Stone, this is an homage to George Michael's "Too Funky" clip. In case you wanted to know.)
But then of course, clearly diverting from said homage, Miley shows up about two minutes in, and any guesses as to what she immediately does? You bet: She looks at the camera and sticks her tongue out.
There are some MAJOR Game of Thrones spoilers ahead. Like season 1 spoilers. If you've watched at least that far or know what happens, read on, my nerdy friend, read on. As most of you are well aware, the most shocking moment of season 1 was when Eddard Stark, played by Sean Bean, got his head chopped off. The typical "good guy" character and one of the most recognizable faces from the cast -- it had every fan going, "Did they really just do that?!?"
Well perhaps Bean is a little bit bitter about what happened now that the series has really taken off (season 4 just wrapped up and was the most-watched show in HBO history, taking over from The Sopranos). An interviewer mentioned that Bean may be able to come back because flashbacks will most likely be featured in season 5. And then Bean may have accidentally revealed a HUGE spoiler fans of the series have long been speculating about.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has been making headlines -- both for his musical talent, obviously, and for his recent remarks against war. Speculation has mounted that these comments were meant to be "anti-Israel." Why do you care? Well, for the first time ever, Eddie performed John Lennon's "Imagine" in response to the controversy, and it was pretty fantastic, regardless of what you think about his politics!
At his July 18 solo show in Meco, Portugal, he did talk about war, but then he performed the song accompanied only by his guitar. "I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it," Vedder said in his introduction, per Consequence of Sound. "It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it."
It's hard enough wrapping one's mind around the tragedy that befell this year for the people aboard Malaysia Airlines flights. One plane goes missing; the next gets shot down by a missile -- it's almost too surreal to believe. It would be devastating enough to know that one family member or friend lost their lives on one of these flights, but imagine if you lost relatives on both flights.
That's the sad story of one Australian woman. Kaylene Mann's brother Rod Burrows and her sister-in-law Mary Burrows were on Flight 370 when it disappeared in March and still hasn't been found. On Friday, poor Mann then discovered that her stepdaughter, Maree Rizk, was killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.