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Olivia Munn is giving one mother of a gift!

The X-Men actress, 37, is quick to admit that her childhood in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was far from quiet. “At my house there’s a lot of screaming going on,” she says in the latest episode of MyHouzz, adding that her family is “very blunt and sarcastic.”

Her mom, Kim, who was born and raised in Vietnam, is at the center of the spirited group, always playing host to their family and friends.

“My mom thinks that cooking is the most important thing,” she says. “There’s always an open door policy for dinner.”

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But the kitchen, living room and dining room in her home were far from functional for Kim and Munn’s stepfather, Sam. Not only were the countertops too tall — “She’s a hobbit,” Munn jokes — but the overall layout wasn’t conducive for their big gatherings. So for the ultimate Mother’s Day gift, Munn sought out Travis Morelock of MIDMODERNdesign and together they transformed the dark, dreary and cluttered abode into a bright, open and modern retreat for the couple.

“If there’s anybody in the world that I think deserves it, it’s her,” Munn says.

In the kitchen, Morelock cleverly borrowed some space from the attic (the existence of which was a surprise to Munn) to raise the ceilings, and also incorporated extendable racks in the cabinets so Kim wouldn’t have to stand on a step stool.

The walk-in pantry is an immediate favorite of Kim’s when she’s finally able to see the space, however the rice cooker and steamer built into the island clearly take the top spots among the new features.


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“All of the functionality is custom made to fit your tiny height,” Munn tells her ecstatic mom. Kim adds, “I’m very happy and I can’t wait to cook and invite a lot of people by to see my new house.”

The sectional sofa in the living room is a smart solution that allows everyone equal access to the TV. The dining room now sports modern light fixtures and a plenty of seating for parties. An old fireplace was also replaced with built-in shelves for her collectibles, although Munn notes Kim, “has a lot of dolls for a grown woman.”


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While Kim says she is “very, very grateful” for the update, it’s Munn who is thankful she can give back to her role model.

“My mother and all of her uniqueness has definitely shaped who I am today,” Munn says. “My mom always instilled this feeling of self worth in me, and that I knew that my dreams mattered even if they were close to impossible. Without that I wouldn’t have even tried it in Hollywood.”

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Adele Surprises Grenfell Tower Firefighters With Cake And Cuddles

The firefighters at the Chelsea Fire Station in London were met with a great surprise when Adele stopped by to hang out. And she brought cake!

The 29-year-old stopped by Monday to thank the firefighters for their courageous efforts following the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower last week that left at least 17 people dead and dozens more in critical condition.

Photos of Adele’s visit were posted by the London Fire Brigade’s Twitter on Tuesday. They said they were “humbled” by everyone’s support and that they shared a cup of tea with singer.

Firefighter Rob Petty also shared the images of the visit on his Facebook page, also noting that they had tea and “a cuddle” with Adele.

Station manager Ben King told The Independent that “she just turned up at the station and knocked on the window and said she has some cakes for us.”

“So we opened the door to her and then she took her sunglasses off and said: ‘Hi, I’m Adele.’”

King also said that the department has had “so much support for the local community and we cannot thank everyone enough.”

Adele’s impromptu visit to the station comes after she visited the Grenfell Tower on Thursday, not even 24 hours after the devastation. During that visit, the singer was asking if anyone needed help and went “around and hugging everyone she could to comfort them.”

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Ariana Grande Surprises Young Fans Injured In Manchester Attack

Ariana Grande brought a much-needed smile on Friday to the faces of some of her young fans who were injured in the Manchester terror attack.

The pop star paid a surprise visit to youngsters at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, who continue to be treated following the May 22 suicide bombing following her concert at the Manchester Arena.

Grande spoke with and hugged the children, and posed for photographs. 

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She left some gifts:

And she also penned a heartfelt note to one of her fans:

She surprised those she couldn’t visit with video chats:

Adam Harrison, whose daughter Lily sustained spinal injuries in the attack, said she was “on cloud nine” following Grande’s visit.

This means more to us than all the amazing things people have done this week,” said Peter Mann, whose daughter Jaden was also injured in the blast.

“So happy she came I could burst. Never seen Jaden so happy; even cried again myself,” Mann told the BBC.

Grande made the hospital visit soon after returning to Manchester for the first time since the May 22 attack, which killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

It came ahead of her all-star “One Love Manchester” benefit concert at the Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Greater Manchester on Sunday. 

Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and Pharrell Williams are all set to perform. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross’ “We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.”

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Carrie Underwood Surprises Fans With National Anthem At Husband’s Game

On top of being a country superstar and an adoring mother, Carrie Underwood is one seriously supportive wife.

On Monday, Underwood ― who’s married to Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher ― surprised hockey fans with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem before game three of the NHL playoffs when Fisher’s team played the Chicago Blackhawks at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

For the powerhouse performance (watch a video above), the seven-time Grammy winner sported her husband’s No. 12 jersey and painted her nails to match the team’s blue and gold colors. 

Underwood may have been a good luck charm for Fisher because the Predators won the game 3 to 2. 

The couple tied the knot in July 2010 and welcomed a baby boy named Isaiah in February 2015. 

“Time sure does fly when you’re having fun and you marry up,” Fisher wrote to his wife in an anniversary Instagram post in July 2016. “I’m very grateful to have an amazing wife and mother by my side!”

Underwood shared a similar sentiment, writing, “Six years ago today, I said ‘I do,’ to this handsome fella. I meant it then and I mean it now. God put us together and continues to bless our marriage. I couldn’t imagine this life without you.”

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A dinner date with my Valentine @mfisher1212 . ❤️️

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Taylor Swift Surprises 96-Year-Old Fan With At-Home Visit And Performance

Taylor Swift is known to surprise her fans every once in a while, but this recent meet-and-greet really pulls at the heartstrings. 

The 27-year-old spent the day after Christmas in New Madrid, Missouri, visiting 96-year-old Cyrus Porter, a World War II veteran and Swift superfan. Porter recently opened up about his love of the singer in an interview with local news station KFVS, and Swift was clearly moved. In a “Christmas miracle,” she surprised Porter, and nearly 60 of his relatives, at his home on Monday, spending over an hour with him. 

Swift’s dad, Scott, shared a video of the surprise on his Facebook page: 

In his interview, which went viral over the weekend, Porter said Swift “puts on a show no one else puts on,” which is why he’s one of her biggest fans. His fandom also allows him to connect with his more than 20 grandchildren, some of whom were present for Swift’s surprise visit. Family members shared photos and video clips of the moment on Twitter: 

Swift even performed for the Porter clan, serenading a beaming Cyrus as the rest of the family danced and sang along to “Shake It Off.”

“My Popo was ecstatic! He was grinning from ear to ear and even had tears in his eyes,” family member Caroline Fowler told E! News. “The first thing he said to her was ‘How did you get here?’ He loved every moment. He told her how he was proud of his family, his country and Taylor Swift!”

“It was the best day ever and our family is thankful for this!” Fowler added. “It meant so much for the family to see him so happy!”

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Chris Pratt Surprises Anna Faris With A Wedding Ring Upgrade For Christmas

Chris Pratt’s character in the sci-fi drama “Passengers” might be kind of a creep, but in real life the actor is an unabashed romantic. 

On the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of the space-flight romance, Pratt’s wife, actress Anna Faris, revealed that he had upgraded their wedding ring with some serious bling two days prior. 

“He just got me this ring. I know. Like, two days ago,” she told E! News on the red carpet while flashing the gorgeous diamond. “I look [at it] and I’m like, ‘I can’t believe it, either!’ He’s an incredibly romantic man and I’m very, very lucky.”

“She got me a tractor,” Pratt quipped, “so we’re kind of even!”

The stunning oval-cut stone, circled by a halo of diamonds and offset with a sparkly gold band, appears to be considerably bigger than Faris’ original wedding ring.

After the premiere, Faris gave a shoutout to Pratt as only she could, in a tweet responding to a message from InStyle about her blinding new bling. 

Sounds about right. 

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Golden Globes’ Surprises & Snubs: Finding Dory Gets Lost, Tom Hanks Isn’t Flying High

The 2017 Golden Globe nominations are here, and although a few big names earned awards buzz leading up to the noms, they won’t have a shot at the prestigious award.

A few lesser known films, television shows and actors, however, pulled some out-of-left-field nods (congrats to Sing Street and Aaron Taylor-Johnson!).

Here’s who will have – and who should have had – a chance at a Golden Globe award on Jan. 8.

Films

Snub: Denzel Washington

Although the Oscar winner was recognized for his acting in Fences, his directing work for the 1950s-set drama failed to secure him a nomination or a best motion picture drama honor. While Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) earned their predicted nods, Tom Ford’s work for Nocturnal Animals may be the surprise that knocked Washington out of the running.

Surprise: Deadpool

The superhero comedy starring Ryan Reynolds got lots of love from the Golden Globes, earning major nods in best motion picture – musical or comedy, and best performance by an actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy. The film took home the award for Best Comedy Sunday night at the Critics’ Choice Awards, but don’t expect Wade Wilson to walk away with an Oscar nod — the Globes honor more films by splitting drama and comedy/musical into separate categories.

Snub: Finding Dory

The Pixar sequel fans waited 13 years for just couldn’t find its way into the Golden Globe nominations. The forgetful yet lovable fish voiced by Ellen DeGeneres scored with reviewers and at the box office (it’s earned over $ 1 billion worldwide), but was edged out in a year full of strong contenders in the best animated feature film category, including Disney’s Moana as well as the lesser known French import My Life as a Zucchini.

Surprise: Sing Street

No one saw this Irish import sitting next to Deadpool and La La Land in the best motion picture – musical or comedy category. The Sundance darling written, co-produced and directed by John Carney (Once) features original music combined with popular songs that complement the movie’s 1980s setting. For Sing Street, the nomination is likely the prize.

Snub: Tom Hanks

The veteran actor already has eight Golden Globe nominations — with half as many wins — under his belt, but he won’t add another for Sully, in which he played pilot Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger during the 2009 “miracle on the Hudson.”

Snub: Silence

Martin Scorsese‘s 30-years-in-the-making passion project was completely shut out of the nominations despite predictions for best motion picture – drama and best director. Star Andrew Garfield scored a nomination, but it was for his role in Mel Gibson’s directorial return, Hacksaw Ridge.

Snub: The Birth of a Nation

Nothing. The period drama that ignited Hollywood with fiery hype before being engulfed in controversy (there was outrage directed at filmmaker Nate Parker over his involvement in a college rape trial) was completely dismissed from the nominations. The film fizzled at the box office as well, earning just $ 7.1 million in its opening weekend.

Television

Leading the pack this year was no surprise, The People v. O.J.: American Crime Story with five nominations, followed by Westworld and The Crown both with three.

It was impossible to ignore the boom of Netflix considering its two breakout shows, Stranger Things and The Crown, both of which received a nomination in best television series – drama. The Crown’s Claire Foy also landed a nom for best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama, as well as Winona Ryder for Stranger Things. However, Netflix’s darling Orange is the New Black was completely absent for the first time since its debut.

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Comedian Jeff Foxworthy Surprises Mother At The Grocery Store By Paying Her Bill

Here’s a touching story to brighten up your Monday morning. 

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy paid it forward, literally, over the weekend when he decided to foot the bill for a woman named Robin McFadden at the grocery store.  

McFadden told Fox 5 she decided to go “couponing” at the store with her three sons after one of them finished a basketball game. 

“I was at the register and between me worrying about my items and the kids fussing, I didn’t even know that Jeff Foxworthy was standing behind me,” she said.

McFadden said that she overheard a man ask the cashier how much cash she needed to cover the bill, which was a total of about $ 25. When she turned around, she realized it was Foxworthy. 

“He laughed, walked around me, put his card in the machine and said ‘watch this.’  I told him that he was going to make me cry, gave him a hug, thanked him and took the photo!”

McFadden shared the photo of herself with the comedian on Facebook, writing, “The kids were restless and look who was behind me. He paid for my order when I wasn’t looking! I love Jeff Foxworthy!” 

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The Broad Surprises

For the many visitors who’ve flooded The Broad Museum at its official opening this past weekend, the experience was full of surprises. Built by prominent architectural firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the museum building grabs ones’ attention from the get-go. Its striking façade is covered with a porous, honeycomb-like veil with a single eye-like window, which stares across the street at its older cousin, MOCA.

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An even bigger surprise greets visitors upon entering the museum lobby, whose warping, dancing walls, with their sinuous lines, give the impression that visitors just entered into a dark, mysterious cave. I had the privilege of visiting The Broad several times during its construction, and every time the romantic architecture of its lobby made me think of an operatic overture, taking place before the curtain goes up. Just think for a minute about the impersonal, bank-like lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York… Here in LA, the entrance to our newest museum puts one into a particularly adventurous mood.

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The last few days, I’ve been snapping pictures of The Broad both day and night. It definitely commands attention. With almost 50 years of art collecting, LA philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have amassed an impressive collection of 2,000 contemporary artworks, which is housed in their new museum on its three floors. But only 250 works were chosen for the inaugural display in the galleries on the first and third floors. The rest of the collection is stored in a specially designed storage facility occupying the museum’s second floor.

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Knowing the Broads’ particular affection for the art of Jeff Koons, it was somewhat expected that his numerous sculptures would dominate a few rooms. Of course, it’s impossible not to be impressed by his gigantic shining blue Balloon Dog. But wisely, Koons’ rather boring, inept paintings were left to rest in storage.

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There are interesting and unexpected juxtapositions of various artworks, as is the case of larger than life sculpture by Charles Ray of a formally dressed businesswoman, with an unintentional and surprising resemblance to Carly Fiorina. Next to it, there is a monumental lightbox transparency by Jeff Wall, with a staged scene of battle with dead soldiers coming back to life. Don’t ask… You just have to see it.

Every time I encounter Robert Therrien’s huge sculpture — a seemingly banal furniture set consisting of a dining table and chairs — I find myself in awe. And I bet that you, my friends, will feel the same when you find yourselves dwarfed by the gigantic scale of this sculpture — one of my favorites here.

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The inaugural exhibition demonstrates not only the width of the Broads’ collection, but also shows its sustaining focus on the art of several artists particularly appealing to them. Any major museum would be lucky to have such in-depth collections of Cy Twombly and Jean-Michel Basquiat as those assembled by the Broads.

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During my first visit to the museum, I spent almost three hours slowly walking through the numerous galleries, snapping photos and chatting with fellow art aficionados. Some were rather critical of what they deemed rather unadventurous and predictable choices. I told them to take a look at the huge catalog of the Broad collection, and see how many more surprises they find. I dare anyone to go to the room with a curving wall showing the provocative black paper cutouts by Kara Walker and call it unadventurous. And when I stepped into the dark gallery awash with music and holding 9 large screens projecting bizarre, fascinating videos by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, I felt as if the mysterious, operatic promise of the museum’s cavernous lobby had been fully fulfilled.

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Newlyweds Robert and Teresa Ly know how to have a good time. 

That couldn’t have been more evident at their August 22 wedding in Maitland, Florida. During the reception, the couple shot a surprise music video that included dancing and lip-syncing along with their 250 guests. Oh, and they filmed the whole thing in a single take. 

Teresa told The Huffington Post that she and Robert considered doing a dance with just the bridal party, but decided against it because they wanted to include as many of their family and friends as possible. 

“Robert and I stand for fun in our business and personal life so when it came time to plan our wedding, we wanted it to be fun for not only ourselves, but ultimately all our guests,” she said. 

Under each table at the reception was an envelope that told guests what their role in the video would be. 

“Each person in our bridal party was in charge of a song/section,” the bride told HuffPost. “They helped put our guests into position and briefed them for about 10 minutes. They really didn’t know what was about to happen.”

The music medley kicks off with Frozen’s “Love Is An Open Door,” followed by other jams including Silentò’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” T. Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Maroon 5’s “Sugar” and a sweet finale to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.”

“Our guests had a blast!” the bride said. “Before the wedding reception, we had already made the claim that it was going to be epic and I think we did a pretty good job at delivering on our promise.” 

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The sweet story of an elderly man’s tuxedoed surprise for his wife on their 57th anniversary has spread like wildfire on the Interwebs this week as netizens everywhere celebrated the Georgia couple’s enduring love.

James “Jim” Russell told ABC News that he and his wife Elinor don’t typically celebrate their wedding anniversaries in a big way, but this year, his family encouraged him to do something extra special.

So on May 20, Russell — who says he’s known Elinor “since she was in pigtails” — donned a tuxedo and, bearing an armful of flowers and chocolates, surprised his beloved in her hospital room. Elinor has reportedly been hospitalized for the past month.

The couple shared a meal in her room, then watched her favorite TV shows. Elinor told ABC News that the duo “had a wonderful time.”

“Being in a hospital bed, you get bored so when they came in, it made me smile like the younger days when we were dancing,” she said.

The couple’s granddaughter, Reid Russell, shared photographs of the special occasion on Twitter this week. Her tweet promptly went viral, racking up more than 25,000 retweets.

On Thursday, Russell wrote that she was “blessed” to have her grandparents in her life.

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Dan Williams, Oklahoma Teen, Surprises All 1,076 Girls At His School With Valentine’s Day Gifts

Wanting every girl at his high school to feel loved on Valentine’s Day, one big-hearted Oklahoma teen decided to surprise all of them with cards and candy this year — a total of 1,076 girls.

According to KFOR, Dan Williams, a student at Edmond High School in Edmond, Oklahoma, had to work all summer to raise enough money for the surprise gifts. “To know that someone cares about them, that’s the best feeling in the world I think,” he told the news outlet.

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Though Williams intended the gifts to be anonymous, he was reportedly unable to keep his identity a secret for long.

He’s since won the praise of his classmates — and the school itself.

On Valentine’s Day, Edmond High School, whose mascot is a bulldog, honored the young man with this tweet:

Dan Williams: You’re a champ.
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Zappos Surprises Delivery Man

Every year we ship packages to millions of customers across the nation, so we’re constantly wowed by the hard work of the delivery people from our shipping partners. As a small token of our appreciation, this “Thank a Mail Carrier Day” we wanted to thank our HQ’s local delivery people in a special way. Today we encourage everyone to #ThankAMailCarrier!

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Jamie Foxx Surprises Movie Audience With a Special Message for His Annie Costar

Jamie Foxx Surprises Movie Audiences With a Special Message for His Annie Costar, Quvenzhané Wallis.
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Genre: Musical / Comedy / Family
Cast:
Jamie Foxx
Quvenzhané Wallis
Rose Byrne
Bobby Cannavale
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
David Zayas
and Cameron Diaz

Directed by: Will Gluck
Screenplay by: Will Gluck and Aline Brosh McKenna

Based on the musical stage play “Annie”
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin

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Beyonce Surprises Fans With New Album Featuring Jay Z, Blue Ivy, Drake

Beyonce knows her way around a holiday surprise. The singer end-capped 2013 with an “exclusive visual album” that hit iTunes as Thursday ticked into Friday morning. Her fifth LP is entitled “Beyoncé” and features tracks with Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean and the singer’s daughter, Blue Ivy.

Every song on the album also comes with its own music video, a mammoth investment for a singer at Bey’s level. The project comes amid whispers that Beyonce — who let the Presidential Inauguration and Super Bowl pass without a new single — wouldn’t let 2013 go without a new album. Whispers turned into a reality that played out on Twitter, where fans excitedly shared the news, mostly in all-caps messages that included the letters “OMG.”

Previously teased tracks “Standing in the Sun” and “Grown Woman” (which apparently has a video on the way, too) — did not make the album. “I see music,” Beyoncé said in a press release provided shortly after the album hit iTunes. “It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music.”

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” she continued. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

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Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns

Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns


A History of Mud-Slinging, Character Assassination, And Other Election Strategies—Revised and Updated for 2012!  Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!       •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!”      •  1960: Former president Harry Truman advises voters that “if you vote for Richard Nixon, you ought to go to hell!” Full of sleazy anecdotes from every presidential election in United States history, Anything for a Vote is a valuable reminder that history does repeat itself, that lessons can be learned from the past (though they usually aren’t), and that our most famous presidents are not above reproach when it comes to the dirtiest game of all—political campaigning.  Today’s political pundits express shock and disappointment when candidates resort to negative campaigning. But history reveals that smear campaigns are as American as apple pie. Anything for a Vote is an illustrated look at 200-plus years of dirty tricks and bad behavior in presidential elections, from George Washington to Barack Obama and John McCain. Let the name-calling begin!       •  1836: Congressman Davy Crockett accuses candidate Martin Van Buren of secretly wearing women’s clothing: “He is laced up in corsets!”     •  1864: Presidential candidate George McClellan describes his opponent, Abraham Lincoln, as “nothing more than a well-meaning baboon!

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