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Pop Culture Has Messed Up the Dictionary

So how do you use the word "literally?"

In the literal sense? That would be the correct way. But it's become so common to use the word incorrectly, it's hard to think of an example of what the correct way would be!

How about this. "I literally ran into your sister this morning," meaning I bumped into her and maybe knocked her down, or possibly crashed my car into her car. Literal meanings are actual and not figurative. You mean it exactly as you say it.

But not anymore!

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Ridiculous Party Trailer with Hot Tub Makes the Tailgating Experience Even More Memorable

Why tailgate when you can tailgate in style?

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New iPhone Making Debut September 10

 

According the the Reuters News service, Apple Inc., the worlds largest technology company, is expected to present it's redesigned iPhone on September 10th.  The rumor mill is swirling about the possible new features of the iPhone 5, including larger screens, cheaper models in a range of colors.  Click "Read More" to see pictures of what it'll look like!

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East Texas Town Welcomes Filming for a New Bigfoot Movie

Does Bigfoot really exist?  If it does, East Texas might be its home, and many Bigfoot seekers have come here looking for clues, many of which have ended up on Youtube.

Now you may be seeing your friends and acquaintances from East Texas in a new movie about the legend or reality of Bigfoot, depending on which philosophy you subscribe to.  Shooting starts today in Mineola on a movie called "Bigfoot Wars."

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Ellen Trout Zoo Hatches New Snakes

Earlier this week - on Monday - two rare Louisiana Pine Snakes hatched at the Ellen Trout Zoo.

The zoo says on it's website that Louisiana Pine Snakes are a moderately large species of harmless snake related to the Bull and Gopher Snakes but are found only in isolated areas of west central Louisiana and East Texas. They are thought to be one of the rarest snakes in the United States and are being considered for listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Monopoly Gets Rid of the Jail!

We have no attention span right now.  We want everything quickly, right now, when we want it.

And that means long leisurely board games like Monopoly have decided to change with the times and come out with fast, turbo, express versions of themselves.

Hasbro has decided to take the jail out of Monopoly to speed up the game, since sitting in jail causes one to lose turns and wait to play.  What's Monopoly without the jail?!

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Local Charities to Benefit From United Way Funds

The local United Way is in the middle of deciding how to divy up about $700,000 this year.

Several local agencies have requested the help, and the Angelina County United Way spent much of Tuesday interviewing those groups and listening to them make their case.

Today they're meeting to start making decisions on who gets how much.

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SFA Student Does Well in National Jingle Contest

A good commercial jingle is one that gets stuck in your head and makes you sing it at random moments.  You're doing laundry or taking a shower, or doing some other mundane task, and the next thing you know you're singing the jingle!  EVERYONE knows it.

A group of four students in East Texas came just short of winning a national contest, but may have accomplished the creation of one of those "ear worms."

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Creative Man Proposes Using 8,000 Post-it Notes

Brett Beutler wanted his girlfriend to know their love was going to stick.

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East Texas Man Dies in Parachute Accident

It was a parachuting adventure that went horribly wrong over the weekend, that claimed the life of an East Texas man.

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Breakup Note Left for Cheating Boyfriend Is a Hilarious Scavenger Hunt

Here are a couple life lessons to live by: Always sign out of your Facebook, folks. Oh, and also don't cheat on your girlfriend. Valuable lessons to takeaway from this deceptively cheerful breakup note peppered with hearts and exclamation points. 

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East Texans Honor Veterans This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is usually a day to relax at the lake, fire up the grill, or take in a baseball game.

But it's more than a day off.  While we're enjoying the festivities, it's important to remember why we're not at work.  To take time to honor military veterans!

A group gathered in Lufkin Saturday at the Garden of Memories cemetery to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and if you were there you probably saw the multitude of flags.  

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