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You couldn't get farther from Joey Potter if you tried. Katie Holmes is returning to TV in a new role, and it's pretty much the opposite of her old Dawson's Creek character. She'll be playing a fancy-pants Manhattan socialite -- and it sounds like a juicy role. She's signed on to a new ABC drama. The pilot doesn't have a title yet, but it's from the creator of Behind the Candelabra, so I'm expecting some soapy fun. Could this be the perfect role for Katie?
Ever wish you could get the inside scoop on what's not safe to eat from fast food restaurants? Well, you're in luck. That conversion happened in this Reddit thread people can't stop talking about: "Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant?" Restaurant workers spilled, and now the world has a very handy list of fast foods to avoid. But what's the big picture, here? What did we learn from the fast food "don't eat" conversation?
For some parents, the question isn't, "should you spank your children?" -- it's "how soon can you start spanking?" The answer made my jaw drop.30 percent of babies are spanked before they can even walk. Seriously, that's not a typo: 30 percent of babies under the age of one are spanked by a parent at least once a month, according to a study of 2,788 families. Spanking babies ... really, parents? How's that working out for you?
Someone's career in crime is off to a shaky start. You have to see this adorable photograph posted on Reddit. A crafty 5-year-old forged her mom's signature, but she got one crucial detail wrong: She signed it "Mommy."Psst. Kid. Imma let you in on a little secret. That's not how "Mommy" signs her name. See, she has this other name. Maybe you've heard Daddy use it?
This public appearance is so cringe-worthy I can hardly stand to even write about it. George Zimmerman signed autographs at the New Orlando Gun Show. He was the featured guest of The Arms Room, a gun shop that supported him through his trial. Apparently this is his way of giving back. "The concept of being able to pay them back for what they did for me and seeing my supporters face to face was something I just couldn't pass up," Zimmerman told Fox 35.
So how did the giving-back public appearance go? Not quite as well as the planners probably hoped. It kind of makes you wonder, with friends like Zimmerman, does the gun industry really need any enemies?