Max Greenfield’s Videos About Homeschooling His Daughter Are Comedy Gold

Max Greenfield is every parent right now

If you’re a fan of New Girl (my 16-year-old daughter says it’s a must-watch), you’re likely already in love with Max Greenfield, who plays Winston Schmidt. But get ready for your heart to grow three sizes bigger because watching him homeschool his daughter is hilariously adorable.

Greenfield and his daughter, Lilly, are doing what we all are — trying our best to navigate the life of homeschool parent/teacher/student without strangling each other in the process. It’s been quite some time since most of us have been in school and, well, it’s showing. The father-of-two has been filling in his fans on the harrowing process on social media (which you must immediately follow) and it’s impossible to watch and not belly laugh.

As the actor takes us through the world of nouns and mustaches (both are tricky), you can see by the look on his face the reality of the situation is starting to set in. But, as Lilly points out, if he hadn’t spent so much time “puff puff puff”ing and “glug glug glug”ing through his own high school and college years, he may make a better teacher.

Another update comes as Greenfield tries (and fails) to read, “The Birchbark House” and his daughter sends a message to her teacher to tattle on him. “My daughter sent this message to her teachers today! Just in case you were wondering what bottom looks like,” he says next to a picture of her note. Busted.

He also shared a riveting video of himself reading a passage to Lilly (who is rightly on her phone) and it’s no wonder she doesn’t understand. He titles this one simply, “shit show” and I can say with every fiber of my being I know exactly how he feels.

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Lilly soon emerges as the hero we all need in times like these, telling her dad in one video to stop singing because “he has a dog shit voice.”

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Then, just when you think things can’t possibly get better, Greenfield eggs her on by asking, “how long does it take to spell Massachusetts,” to which she replies, “Dad, I need your shit like I need a hole in the head.” Bless this child and everyone who has been involved in raising her.

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“God bless the teachers (the real ones),” Greenfield captioned one of the videos after he realizes Lilly is both on TikTok and doing dance moves behind him.

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This is the entertainment we can all use right now and a much-needed break from our own homeschooling adventures.

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You Can Now Order Girl Scout Cookies Online

Buy some Girl Scout Cookies for yourself and have boxes delivered to those on the front line

The Girls Scouts of USA is doing its part during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure we all have our share of their wonderful cookies while we’re at home — and you can donate boxes to the healthcare workers on the front line, too.

The organization announced Friday it’s now selling Girl Scout Cookies online after it suspended all in-person events during its peak season to help stop the spread of the virus. That means we can support the scouts while eating our weight in Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Caramel Delights while stuck at home with our families. Sounds like a win-win to me.

“For 108 years, Girl Scouts has been there in times of crisis and turmoil,” Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo said in a statement. “And today we are stepping forward with new initiatives to help girls, their families, and consumers connect, explore, find comfort, and take action.”

GSUSA launched a new campaign called the Girl Scouts Cookie Care program, allowing cookie fans to order as many as their heart’s desire and have them shipped directly to their homes. “And to ensure girls are getting the tools they need to become our world’s ambitious change-makers, the organization also launched Girl Scouts at Home, a national online platform where all girls and families — not just Girl Scout members — can access free, self-guided activities from GSUSA’s expert programming,” the statement said.

“As the country’s expert on girls, Girl Scouts is uniquely poised to help the millions of girls and their families adapting to a new reality. With Girl Scouts at Home, families everywhere can access self-guided, free activities to keep them engaged and connected to their communities and the larger sisterhood of girls,” the organization said.

If you’re trying to limit your sugar intake these days, you can order boxes and have them delivered to first responders, volunteers, hospitals, and other “essential workers” fighting the spread of the virus. “By buying and donating cookies, Girl Scout Cookie fans are helping sustain our life-changing programs for girls — and bringing joy and comfort to those on the frontlines of this crisis,” Acevedo said.

The organization called its Girl Scout Cookie program the “financial lifeblood” that helps it deliver life-changing programming to 1.7 million girls. Many of us look forward to ordering from our favorite Girl Scout or meet neighborhood kids when they come to you door selling cookies but times have changed and these programs are an awesome way to still support them from a distance.

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Workers In 14 Amazon Warehouses Test Positive For Coronavirus

The virus is impacting 14 of Amazon’s locations prompting concern for workers and customers

As more and more people practice social distancing and look to order from companies like Amazon for essential goods, the company announced that 14 of its locations have employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.

In recent days, warehouse workers at two separate sites in New York City (Staten Island and Queens), and workers in Jacksonville, Fla.; Oklahoma City; Brownstown, Mich.; Katy, Tex.; Wallingford, Conn.; and Shepherdsville, Ky., have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Amazon officials. Yesterday, four additional locations in Houston; Edison, New Jersey; Romulus, Michigan; and Shelby Township, Michigan were reported. Amazon operates over 110 warehouses in the US.

Not only is this a problem that could impact deliveries for customers, but lawmakers are calling for additional safety measures for employees who are showing up to work every day in the midst of this pandemic. Amazon responded to claims it wasn’t putting the health and safety of its workers as a number one priority.

“The safety and well-being of Amazon’s employees must be paramount, and given the nature and scope of Amazon’s business, the safety and well-being of the millions of Americans who are Amazon customers are also at stake,” Kristin Lynch, a spokeswoman for Cory Booker, said. Others like Sen. Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar echoed their concern.

“Any accusations that we are not properly protecting our employees are simply unfounded,” Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president of public policy, said in a statement. “Our employees are heroes fighting for their communities and helping people get critical items that they need in this crisis.” Amazon has announced recently they plan to hire another 100,000 workers to keep up with the increased demand.

On Monday, Jay Carney, Amazon’s senior vice president of global corporate affairs, also sat down with CNN’s Jake Tapper to discuss specific recommendations for customers who may be concerned about receiving packages from Amazon. One recommendation is to wipe down all packages with a disinfectant. The second (if it contains non-perishable items) is to leave the packages outside for longer than the virus can survive, which is believed to be 24 hours on cardboard. Customers should also open packages outside and throw the boxes away immediately.

The retail giant also stated that it has increased how often its warehouses are being cleaned and changed some of its internal practices to ensure social distancing, like staggering shifts and break times. Some facilities that have reported coronavirus cases have been shut down for deep cleaning and others asked to self-quarantine if they were in contact with someone who has been infected. The company is also giving all of its workers in quarantine two weeks’ paid leave.

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Loss Of Smell And Taste Might Be A Coronavirus Symptom

As new data emerges, loss of smell and taste may be a coronavirus symptom

As doctors continue to treat people testing positive for COVID-19 and scientists rush to collect data from patients, a new trend is emerging — anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, a loss of taste, have been noted as a possible sign of the infection.

On Friday, ENT UK, a professional organization representing ear, nose and throat surgeons in the United Kingdom asked people who have lost their sense of smell and taste to self-isolate, citing reports from colleagues around the world, the New York Times reported. In the United States, doctors have now asked for the loss of sense of smell and taste to be added to the “list of screening tools” for Covid-19.

“We really want to raise awareness that this is a sign of infection and that anyone who develops loss of sense of smell should self-isolate,” Prof. Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, wrote in an email. “It could contribute to slowing transmission and save lives.”

As more and more data is collected, some who tested positive are coming forward to say they, too, have experienced this symptom. National Basketball Association player Rudy Gobert tested positive and said he couldn’t smell or taste anything, The Mercury News reported.

Dr. Rachel Kaye, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Rutgers, said colleagues in New Rochelle, N.Y. alerted her to the possible symptoms after sharing that many who tested positive in that community also complained of anosmia. “This raised a lot of alarms for me personally,” Dr. Kaye said because those patients “won’t know to self quarantine.”

The American Academy of Otolaryngology posted information on its website, urging medical professions to take this into consideration even if patients show no other symptoms. “Anecdotal evidence is rapidly accumulating from sites around the world that anosmia and dysgeusia are significant symptoms associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” it said. “Anosmia, in particular, has been seen in patients ultimately testing positive for the coronavirus with no other symptoms.”

The symptoms, doctors around the world are now sharing, should be considered an indicator to screen patients for the virus and “warrant serious consideration for self isolation and testing of these individuals,” the academy said.

“Most ENTs have on their own accord tried to scale down,” Dr. Kaye said, as elective procedures in many states have been canceled or rescheduled. But this new information should be top of mind for all doctors seeing patients.

Overall, “I think we’re getting a little bit more insight into the types of symptoms that patients might have,” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on New Day on Monday morning. “Initially this was thought to be almost solely respiratory.”

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Neil Diamond Shares Revamped ‘Sweet Caroline’ To Help With Hand-Washing

‘Sweet Caroline’ updated for a global pandemic

In times of crisis such as these, we need a few silver linings here and there to keep us all sane. Cue beloved singer/songwriter Neil Diamond who recently updated his iconic hit “Sweet Caroline” with some new lyrics to remind everyone that personal hygiene is very, very important.

Diamond posted a video on Twitter of himself and his dog sitting next to the fireplace, which in and of itself is calming enough. But he picked up a guitar and told viewers, “I know we’re all going through a tough time right now. But I love you and I think if maybe we sing together, well, we’ll feel a little bit better.”

Travelers Share Photos Of Long Lines, Close Quarters In Airports Across The U.S.

Medical screenings are leaving people waiting in airports for hours

Airline passengers are returning to the U.S. in droves after President Donald Trump announced additional travel restrictions from 28 countries in Europe, including the United Kingdom and Ireland. As a result of this and required medical screenings at airports before passengers can leave, people waited in line for hours in close quarters, causing additional stress and confusion amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As people share pictures of airports around the country, politicians are blasting the administration for its incompetence, asking them to do more. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker took to Twitter Saturday complaining about new restrictions and what it’s doing to Chicago’s biggest airport, O’Hare International Airport.

“The crowds [and] lines [at] O’Hare are unacceptable [and] need to be addressed immediately,” Pritzker wrote, adding in a separate tweet, “The federal government needs to get its s**t together. NOW.”

The closeness of people in line and overcrowding, in general, are a major concern as U.S. health officials urge people to engage in “social distancing” to slow the spread of infection. Mayor Lightfoot echoed Pritzker’s sentiments, saying in part, “No one has time for your incompetence.”

 

Travelers shared pictures from airports such as Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, among others, showing massive lines and overcrowding.

“To the frustrated people trying to get home, I have spoken with the mayor and our Senators and we are working together to get the federal government to act to solve this. We will do everything within our power to get relief,” the Chicago governor tweeted.

The Trump administration said it is “aware of the lines” and frustrated travelers, with Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf asking for patience, saying additional screening capacity is being added.

“Right now, we are working to add additional screening capacity and working with the airlines to expedite the process,” Wolf tweeted. “I understand this is very stressful. In these unprecedented times, we ask for your patience.”

Acting commissioner Mark Morgan echoed Wolf’s statement, saying in part, “We are aware of the reports of increased wait times at some airports across the nation. CBP along with medical personnel are working diligently to address the longer than usual delays. Nothing is more important than the safety, health and security of our citizens.”

O’Hare is one of 13 airports authorized by the Department of Homeland Security to screen passengers returning from restricted countries.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, said the U.S. hasn’t reached its peak yet of the coronavirus, as the number of cases nears 3,000. “We have not yet reached our peak,” Fauci said at a White House briefing Saturday. As of Sunday morning, there were at least 2,885 coronavirus cases in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C. At least 60 people have died.

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Rita Wilson Makes ‘Quarantunes’ Playlist For People Self-Quarantining

Rita Wilson asked fans for song recommendations on Twitter

Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson recently announced they were both diagnosed with the novel coronavirus while the two were in Australia doing pre-production work on a film about Elvis Presley — a film in which Hanks is starring. Wilson decided to fill some of her time in quarantine by creating a playlist for everyone to enjoy, and we love her for it.

The actress took to Twitter on Friday, asking fans for suggestions on a playlist she could put on Spotify for anyone in need of a pick-me-up while at home (so… everyone). “I want to make a @Spotify playlist for people self-quarantining,” she wrote. “Something that might relate to isolation, perhaps? Can you send some song ideas that I can add? Also, what should we call it? Quarantine Choruses? This is what one does in quarantine. [You] think of stuff like this.”

 

As hoped, people gave dozens of suggestions and the “Quarantunes” playlist was born. Her playlist features 32 songs and runs around two hours. Two glorious hours to let the music take us away while we scramble to find things to entertain our kids (for those now out of school), make meals, and generally keep our heads above water.

The playlist contains some classics, like Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting,” “So Far Away” by the great Carole King, “Dancing With Myself” by Bill Idol, and Queen’s “I Want To Break Free,” as well as several tunes from Wilson herself. For those who didn’t know, Wilson is a talented musician with several albums and is a prolific songwriter.

“What I’ve learned with songwriting is to always tell the truth, to never settle for something that’s just OK,” said Wilson on her website. “And to have found that at this point in my life is a gift.”

Hanks has been equally positive on social media. “Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other,” he wrote in his latest post, a nod to Mister Rogers, who he played in the film It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood.

He also posted an update after their announcement, saying in part, “We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball.”

It seems the pair are keeping their spirits high and helping us all cope in the process.

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One Italian Town Had Wine Pouring From Its Faucets Instead Of Water

Unfortunately, it only lasted a couple of hours

Italy isn’t a country at the top of many people’s vacation lists right now, but what if we told you there was actual red wine pouring from faucets instead of water? Would that change your mind?

It’s not the work of Jesus Christ himself but a “technical malfunction” at the Setticani winery near the Castelvetro area of Modena in Italy’s northern Emilia-Romagna region that had residents filling up their pitchers with a nice Lambrusco instead of water. The malfunction was caused by a faulty valve in the washing circuit within the bottling line which seeped through the town’s waterline.

Unfortunately, as with all good things, the wine on tap was short-lived. The glitch lasted about three hours and impacted about 20 homes, said Giorgia Mezzacqui, deputy mayor of Castelvetro. But the malfunction did mean those lucky residents got about 1,000 liters of ready-to-be-bottled wine straight from source-to-faucet. It’s like farm-to-table — but better.

 

The incident may not have lasted long, but it provided a brief respite for residents thinking non-stop about the coronavirus, which has hit northern Italy the hardest. “At a time where we have very little to smile about, I’m glad we brought some levity to others,” Mezzacqui told CNN. “Hopefully, some day, they’ll remember us and will want to come visit us.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be great if you were, say, doing a load of washing at the time, but coming out your kitchen faucet straight into a bottle, now that’s the stuff dreams are made of. One could even argue taking a shower when it happened wouldn’t be too shabby either. Sure, you wouldn’t be able to collect it (well, except for in your mouth), but it would make for the world’s most relaxing shower ever.

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The local water board sent out technicians as quickly as possible (good for the winery, bad for residents), but not before families had “bottled as much of the precious liquid as they could to enjoy later at a lunch or dinner along with other typical Modenese specialities,” according to the Gazetta di Modena.

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The coronavirus outbreak has paralyzed and disrupted economic and social life in Italy, particularly in Castelvetro, a popular destination for food and wine enthusiasts coming to visit from across the globe. But since the COVID-19 outbreak, 80 percent of tourism destinations in the region have had cancellations, Mezzacqui said. Today, Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of the governing coalition’s Democratic Party announced that he had contracted the virus. “Well, it’s arrived; I also have the coronavirus,” The New York Times reported.

We could all use moments of levity like this right about now. If they could come in wine form, even better.

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‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New ‘Star Wars’ Action Figures

The new ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ action figures include everyone’s favorite characters

True Star Wars fans could argue for hours about which movie is the best (It’s Return of the Jedi; that’s the best one), but no one can argue with the release of brand new Star Wars action figures to pay homage to one of the greats.

To mark the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back, Hasbro is releasing a bunch of new action figures from the fan-favorite film. It’s like my childhood flashing before my eyes — but better — because these figures are so life-like and detailed, it’s like you’ve been transported back to the ’80s.

The images of the new action figures were displayed during Saturday’s New York Toy Fair, which introduced the new Star Wars: The Black Series six-inch figures. Characters include Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and Yoda (the really old one, not the old one). There’s also a TIE fighter pilot, rebel soldier, and AT-AT driver.

Unfortunately, we have to wait to get our hands on them (for our kids, of course) until spring, so the pics will have to tide us over until then. Each figure includes details about where each character is in the film, like Lando with his blue cape, and Han Solo and Leia in outfits for Hoth.

According to CNET, the Retro Collection is also bringing back the Hoth Ice Planet Adventure board game. The game made its first appearance in 1980 when the film was released, but this new game comes with an exclusive snow speeder action figure. The game will retail for $25 and will also be released this spring.

If you’ve been silently weeping over the end of the Skywalker Saga and binge-watching The Mandalorian, there may be some good news in your future. Multiple outlets have reported that a new Star Wars movie is in development with Sleight writer-director J.D. Dillard and Luke Cage. If true, Dillard would be the first black filmmaker to oversee a Star Wars project. Unfortunately, it’s too early for any details on characters, release date, or much of anything, including whether it would be released in theaters or straight to Disney+.

According to StarWars.com, other toys revealed during the show include an animatronic version of the Child from The Mandalorian; an adorable plush version of the Child; a LEGO Star Wars building set of the warrior’s ship, the Razor Crest; a LEGO Star Wars BrickHeadz version; and releases of some classic games, like Trouble and Operation with a Star Wars twist.

Until then, we (ahem, I mean our kids) will just have to ask very nicely for some new action figures to keep us busy until another movie drops.

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Rick Moranis Returns To The Big Screen For New ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ Film

After a nearly 25-year hiatus, Rick Moranis is back

Fans of Rick Moranis, it’s time to do a happy dance. The Second City Television (SCTV) alum and star of major blockbuster hits like Ghostbusters, The Flintstones, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, and Parenthood, is making a comeback in a sequel to the beloved Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series titled Shrunk, Deadline reports.

Disney was trying to keep Moranis’ return under wraps, but some news is just too good to keep secret. As previously reported, the movie’s original director Joe Johnston is returning for the project, with Frozen’s Josh Gad also starring in the film. The movie will center around Gad’s character, who is the son of Moranis’ character, Wayne Szalinski, an aspiring scientist that also manages to shrink his kids. The 1989 movie was such a hit, it lent itself to two sequels, Honey, I Blew Up the Kids and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.

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Moranis hasn’t been seen much since, stepping away from on-screen acting to raise his kids. His wife, costume designer Ann Belsky, died from breast cancer in 1991, and he struggled to balance single parenting with acting. “I’m a single parent, and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies,” he told USA Today in 2005. “So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”

Moranis did some voice-over work in such films as Disney’s Brother Bear movies and The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie; and, coming up, Moranis will appear in Netflix’s Martin Scorsese-directed documentary An Afternoon With SCTV. SCTV was a sketch comedy show that gave Moranis and others, like Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, and Joe Flaherty their respective big breaks in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids is a movie that’s a must-see for kids of all generations. You get to see Moranis’ kids nearly miss getting hit by truck-sized drops of water, make friends with a giant ant, fight a scorpion, and take on a giant cookie (which is just a regular cookie, but when you’re only an inch tall, it’s massive). It’s the quintessential make-believe world that all kids should get lost in.

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It would be impossible to imagine another sequel without Moranis’ quick wit and nerdy charm. He declined an offer to appear in the 2016 all-female Ghostbusters reboot and doesn’t have a role in the forthcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, due for release in July, but we’re over the moon that he’s joining the cast for Shrunk, which will appear on the big screen and not on Disney+.

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