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'Hello' from the Pitt Panthers

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The long layover: It's every flier's nightmare.

Try as you might to plan for it, you can only do so much before boredom starts to kick in and you just want to board the plane to get to your destination.

Next time you find yourself waiting around, just do what the Pitt men's basketball team did: Create a lip-synch video.

The team had a long layover (six hours!!) in San Francisco last weekend on its way back from Japan, so naturally, they paid homage to Adele's "Hello." They didn't stop there, though — some Bieber fever was developed during the wait, too.

Very nice use of time, guys. Wish the videos were longer? You might get your wish:

Maybe head coach Jamie Dixon will take part in this one?

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Sorry, folks, Pittsburgh's Joe Manganiello is officially unavailable

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Sorry, folks, Joe Manganiello is officially unavailable. Not that he really was beforehand, being engaged to "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara and all. But Sunday night's wedding made it official, official

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Yes, the Mt. Lebanon native tied the knot in what looked to be a fairy-tale wedding from Ms. Vergara's (or is it Mrs. Manganiello?) Instagram account.

Reports say the couple — who began dating in July 2014 — got married at The Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Fla., and Mr. Manganiello at one point even gave the full "Magic Mike" treatment to his new bride. 

 

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 Too cute. More photos from the wedding through the Instagram account can be found here.

But don't worry yinz, Mr. Manganiello still hasn't forgotten his roots, as was evident in his September visit. The "Magic Mike" actor was at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC then to chair the Oct. 2 Children’s anniversary gala.

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(Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette)

“Pittsburgh will always be my home, my heart is never going to be far from here....and Children’s to me, is the face of Pittsburgh," he said.

Who knows, maybe during his next visit, his bride will come along, too.

 

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We're not kitten: Pittsburgh ranks third for 'cat ladies' in U.S.

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(Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan earlier this year. Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Women love cats.

Specifically, single Pittsburgh women.

Or so says a report by Nielsen Scarborough, posted in the Seattle Times.

The study found that Pittsburgh ranks third among the 50 largest U.S. market areas for single women living alone with at least one cat — aka "cat ladies." 

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Only Seattle and Portland ranked higher than us, as seen in the Seattle Times map.

We have some close company, though: To the east of us, Harrisburg ranks seventh, and to our west, Columbus, Ohio, ranks eighth.

The report confirmed women are more likely to have a pet cat than men. It surveyed 400,696 respondents nationwide on a wide range of lifestyle and consumer behaviors between February 2013 and March 2015.

But why cats? Because they're easier to live with.

The article explained in an interview with Clea Simon, author of "The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats," that cats "do well in small spaces, and if a woman works long hours, she doesn’t have to worry about running home to walk the cat."

Furthermore:

  • "Cats accept affection when they want it, but also have very clear boundaries. Women admire that. A lot of men might not get it, but setting boundaries can be an issue for us — society encourages women not to. I can’t tell you how many women have said to me: 'I wish I could be more like my cat.'"

So while there may not be a special someone (yet) in your lives, ladies, know you're not the only ones who consider cats the purrfect roommate in the meantime.

After all:

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And the Oxford Dictionaries 2015 Word of the Year is…

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An emoji.

Not THE word "emoji," but AN emoji (officially, the "Face with Tears of Joy" emoji, as it is called.) They say there's a first time for everything and in this case, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a pictograph for the first time ever. And you, Pittsburgh, technically have yourself to thank (or blame, depending on what your feelings are about this.)

If you recall from our August "Digs" post, the viral smiley face — :) — was born here in Pittsburgh. That simple creation has spawned the evolution of emojis since then.

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(Carnegie Mellon professor Scott E. Fahlman, shown in his home office in September 2007. Photo by Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

So what exactly is an emoji? According to the Oxford Dictionary

  • An emoji is ‘a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication’; the term emoji is a loanword from Japanese, and comes from e ‘picture’ + moji ‘letter, character’. The similarity to the English word emoticon has helped its memorability and rise in use, though the resemblance is actually entirely coincidental: emoticon (a facial expression composed of keyboard characters, such as ;), rather than a stylized image) comes from the English words emotion and icon.

So why the emoji? "There were other strong contenders from a range of fields. ... But [face with tears of joy emoji] was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015," Oxford says in the post.

"Emojis (the plural can be either emoji or emojis) have been around since the late 1990s, but 2015 saw their use, and use of the word emoji, increase hugely." Oxford goes on to explain that it partnered with SwiftKey, a leading mobile technology business, "to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and [face with tears of joy emoji] was chosen because it was the most used emoji globally in 2015."

You can take a look of said frequency emoji use in the map here.

Among other words that made the cut (but didn't get the top honor): 

  • Brexit (noun): A term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

  • ad blocker (noun): A piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.

  • refugee (noun): A person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution or natural disaster.

and.....

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  • lumbersexual (noun): A young urban man who cultivates an appearance and style of dress (typified by a beard and checked shirt) suggestive of a rugged outdoor lifestyle.

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Better-Maid Donuts in Crafton Heights is back in business

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For those who have been craving doughnuts from the Pink House on Steuben Street, crave no more: Better-Maid Donuts is back.

If you recall, the popular Crafton Heights shop was put out of business back in April when an errant van tore a hole (seriously) through the building.

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Asked back then if he planned to rebuild, owner Ken Smith (pictured top) said "We’ll see."

Well, safe to say from this morning that locals are happy he did.

Mr. Smith said the shop opened at 6 this morning and the doughnuts were all "sold out" by 6:57 a.m. Mr. Smith — who does all the baking himself — said that he had made 80 dozen donuts the night before.

Welcome back to the neighborhood, Better-Maid Donuts.

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Photos by Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette. Check out the video below or on our Facebook page.

 

 

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