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Nation’s Oldest Zoo Welcomes Newest Baby Giraffe July 21, 2010

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America’s Oldest Zoo welcomed a new addition to their family July 17.

Zoo officials say Stella, the Zoo’s 9-year-old giraffe, gave birth to a calf during the morning hours. They say the newborn is the first giraffe born at the Philadelphia Zoo in 13 years.

The unnamed baby giraffe is the first offspring for Stella and Gus, the Zoo’s 4-year-old male giraffe.

The Zoo says the mom and newborn are doing just fine, but there’s no word on when the two will be ready for the public eye in the zoo.

My parents are proud giraffe ADOPT parents through the Philadelphia Zoo’s adoption program!


Amazon Just Got a Little Better for Students July 19, 2010

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Can Amazon get any better?

Well, it just did for college students. The website is now offering a free student membership, aptly named Amazon Student.

The membership includes a one-year, on-the-house Amazon Prime subscription. (That’s a $79 value, just so you know.)

So, next time you order books, electronics, or whatever strikes your fancy you’ll get free two-day shipping. It also includes overnight shipping for just $3.99 per item. Wow, now that’s a bargain!

Better yet, all you need to provide is a .edu email address and answer a few quick questions about your school and major to sign-up.

Five Pounds of Philly Goodness July 16, 2010

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Every city has their staple food items. Philly’s just happen to be: soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, Tastykakes, and Peanut Chews (some of the best stuff around).

Well, for those of you craving all four in one sitting, Jake’s Sandwich Board at 12th and Samson Streets introduced “The Jake’s 5 Pound Philly Challenge.”

According to their website, the belly-buster challenge consists of a two-foot, three pound sandwich (steak, pork, brisket, or all three),  four soft pretzels, a box of either Krimpets or Kandy Kakes (that’s 24 if you do the math), 24 Peanut Chews, and a Champ Cherry soda!


Did I mention it’s $35? Ah, there’s a catch though. It’s f-r-e-e if you can finish it all in 45 minutes and you get your snapshot plastered on the wall.

Hey, where’s the Rita’s Italian Ice?

Where are the Krimpets at Citizens Bank Park? July 3, 2010

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Peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jacks. These are staple items at an ever-changing ballpark environment, but one item is missing from that list at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.


If you venture down to South Philly for a Phillies game or tune in at home, you’re bombarded with Tastykake advertisements. By why don’t they sell the iconic, Philly baked goods at home games?

Well, we finally have an answer. In an interview with Philly.com, the company said there’s two reasons: Its products have a short shelf life, and the high temperatures at games don’t help.

An official statement to Philly.com said, “Until we can absolutely ensure that the product will remain fresh and delicious in the heat, we won’t offer a subpar product to Tastykake or Phillies fans.”

However, there is one glimmer of cream-filled hope. Tastykake says it’s working with the Phillies and Aramark to provide an “optimal product assortment” to sell at the Bank.

So, there you have it Krimpet and Kandykake lovers.