Linda Sharps


I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.

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    A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding four families that wanted to adopt children. Chrystal Marie Rippey, 34, admitted she concocted a devious scheme in which she pretended to be pregnant in order to fool adoption agencies and families who wanted to adopt. Rippey told these people she was willing to give up her unborn child and went on to bilk them for rent, utilities, gifts, food, and living expenses. In the case of one family, Rippey went so far as to move into their house and allow them to bring her on a two-week vacation.

    After all that heartbreak, what Rippey actually ended up pleading guilty for was a single count of wire fraud. If you ask me, this horrible woman is getting off way, way, WAY too easy.

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    If you enjoyed the Walking Dead Bad Lip Reading video that was released back in May of 2013, have I ever got some great news for you. The folks who turned that whole dramatic Governor battle from season 3 into a silly musical number have created a hilarious new parody of season 4.

    For those who need a refresher on the Bad Lip Reading phenomenon, it's a YouTube channel created by an anonymous music/video producer who dubs nonsensical -- yet perfectly timed -- vocals over existing footage. Bad Lip Reading has famously spoofed Twilight, Hunger Games, the NFL, Game of Thrones, and more, but for us zombie fans, their Walking Dead series may be the best of all.

    Wait until you see Daryl arguing with Beth about his turtle. His turtle named Anthony.

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    Whoooooooo likes a good ghost story? (See what I did there? Ha ha ha ha ha I'll be here all week, try the veal.) There's a video circulating from a New Mexico police station that's been sending tingles down people's spines, because the murky image caught on camera is reportedly a spirit from beyond the grave.

    That's according to one of the police officers, anyway, who's convinced he saw a phantom-like figure walk across a fortified sally port area on Saturday morning. The spooky sighting is now preserved on video for us all to speculate over, so put on your best ghost-busting proton pack and take a look at the evidence.

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    I'm sure a lot of teachers use humor as a coping method when their jobs get frustrating. I'm sure a lot of teachers even joke to their students about how they occasionally imagine various fictional ways to get the kids to pay attention in class, like maybe through the use of helpful robots that encourage the kids to focus. But robots that also carry out the teacher's command to execute every teenager who acts out in class? I'm pretty sure as a parent that would worry me, so I'm not surprised a San Diego County teacher was forced to resign for voicing that exact fantasy.

    High school biology teacher Tuyet-Mai Thi Vo resigned from Oceanside Unified School District after she was investigated for telling her students that if she could, she'd program cyborgs to kill any student who misbehaved or didn't turn in their homework. Interestingly, she then received a glowing letter of recommendation from the superintendent and collected a $92,000 settlement on her way out the door.

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    For some reason, a really powerful and accurate piece by a Forbes author was deleted yesterday. Thanks to the web caching capabilities of the Internet, however, we can still read it, and marvel at how true it is. It's titled "Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities," and I think you'll agree with every single one of contributor Bill Frezza's points.

    What's really amazing about this post, aside from the incredibly appropriate accompanying image which depicts a young woman provocatively swilling from a bottle of wine while splayed out on the floor, is the fact that Bill Frezza is the President of The Beta Foundation, the house corporation for the Chi Phi fraternity at MIT. It's deeply heartwarming and not at all terrifying to know this person is in a position to advise young fraternity bros and help them develop healthy, respectful attitudes toward women.

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