+
More

7 times Stephen Colbert didn't just push the envelope — he crushed it.

Here are just a few of many moments from "The Colbert Report" that remind me of how much I already miss the show.

1. When he called the President of the United States of America a "skinny bitch."

In defense of corporations, of course.


Watch the video.

2. When he was somewhere between 0 and 100 percent impressed by George Bush.

George P. Bush, that is — son of Jeb, nephew of George W., and grandson of George H.W.

Watch the video.

3. When he politely let two famous musicians know their song kinda really, really sucks.

Nice try, fellas. You live and you learn, right?


Watch the video.

4. When he warned us that a big gay storm was coming.

With a hilariously awkward/sexy political ad.

5. When he learned how to make $800,000 disappear.

Like a true political pro.

6. When he tried to kill his uncle with a Christmas card.

Because taxes.

7. When he DESTROYED at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

And fulfilled his dream of meeting George W. Bush. You'll love every minute of this.

"The Colbert Report" brought truthiness and laughter to millions of people for nine years.

While the show is no more, the legend of his character lives on through his loyal fandom (Colbert Nation) and the magic of the Internet.

In 2015, Colbert will become host of "The Late Show," taking the desk David Letterman has captained since 1993.

His audience will be much larger (yay for basic cable!), so here's to hoping he brings some of that truthiness to his new stage. This country really needs it.

Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

Keep ReadingShow less
Education

Teacher of the year explains why he's leaving district in unforgettable 3 minute speech

"I'm leaving in hopes that I can regain the ability to do the job that I love."

For all of our disagreements in modern American life, there are at least a few things most of us can agree on. One of those is the need for reform in public education. We don't all agree on the solutions but many of the challenges are undeniable: retaining great teachers, reducing classroom size and updating the focus of student curriculums to reflect the ever-changing needs of a globalized workforce.

And while parents, politicians and activist debate those remedies, one voice is all-too-often ignored: that of teachers themselves.

This is why a short video testimony from a teacher in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County went viral recently. After all, it's hard to deny the points made by someone who was just named teacher of the year and used the occasion to announce why he will be leaving the very school district that just honored him with that distinction.

Keep ReadingShow less

Goodbye. Maureen. Your "favorite child" will miss you.

What makes a good obituary? First, it should probably reflect the essence of the recently deceased person in an authentic, honest light. Second, it should feel personal, showing how that person’s life affected the lives of others. Then, of course, the right dash of humor can certainly help spark joy in an otherwise solemn moment.

New York Times journalist Caity Weaver achieved all those things masterfully in a eulogy written for her mother—the coupon-clipping, chronically late, green-thumbed Dr. Maureen Brennan-Weaver.

Caity clearly put her knack with words to good use, because her hilarious tribute quickly went viral on Twitter, leaving people not only with a good giggle, but a very precise picture of her mom.
Keep ReadingShow less