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An Abandoned Milwaukee Shopping Mall Is Turned Into A Magical Winter Wonderland For Local Kids

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. Some even say they’re magical. A group of Boys & Girls Clubs members would wholeheartedly agree after the once-in-a-lifetime experience they just had courtesy of Samsung and YouTube sensation Casey Neistat. Samsung and Neistat teamed up to find an abandoned mall they could transform into a winter wonderland to give back in their own way. After scouting several locations, they landed on Northridge Mall in Milwaukee, and they reached out to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee with an invitation to participate. A select group of members from the Clubs’ video production and STEM programs were told they would have an opportunity to be part of a video shoot with Neistat, but most of the project’s details were kept quiet. Little did these youth know, they were in for an experience they would never forget.

The night before the planned video shoot, Neistat visited the Fitzsimonds Boys & Girls Club under the guise of providing an overview of the project. Their enthusiasm bubbled over as carts of gifts were wheeled in, and the youth learned they would each get to keep a Samsung Chromebook Pro, and the Club would be gifted a TV and 30 Samsung Note8s for use in programming. It seemed the excitement of this project had already peaked, but less than 24 hours later as school let out, two busloads of Club members were transported to Northridge Mall, which permanently closed in 2003. Neistat met them at the mall entrance and told them to have their Samsung Note8s ready for filming. In the middle of the mall was a winter wonderland right out of a child’s dream – fluffy snow, a giant, edible gingerbread house, an ice rink, train rides, sledding down escalators, a Santa bearing gifts, and of course, hot chocolate.

No doubt was this experience fun, but it goes much deeper than that. It was clear in that moment, in that space, their kids were special, and they felt it. Why else would people go to so much work to create this dreamlike experience? In the middle of an abandoned mall, these children could forget their problems, their worries, and be lost in joy.

While Neistat and Samsung hosted this experience, it was made possible by the contributions of hundreds of people who spent weeks creating this wonderland in a space with no heat, running water or electricity. It was a labor of love. And there were many more acts of kindness that took place when the Note8s were turned off. Some of the children participating did not own warm weather gear suitable for this experience. The production crew went out and purchased coats, hats and gloves for every participating child who needed them. And following the event, more donations of warm weather gear poured in from the crew, which have since been given to Club members in need.

You can make a donation to the Boys & Girls Club HERE.

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Festive Coca-Cola Bottle Ties Into A Holiday Bow

Coca-Cola is getting into the holiday spirit in the U.K. with limited-edition packaging labels that, when peeled, tie into a festive bow.

The 1.75-liter Coca-Cola Christmas Bow Bottles are available for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Coke Zero and Coca-Cola Life at select supermarkets across Western Europe.

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2017 Freddy Funko 24-Piece Pint Size Heroes Advent Calendar

Funko is kicking off the holiday season with this very special item! It’s their very own Freddy Funko Advent Calendar with 24 exclusive Pint Size Heroes!

Open all 24 doors to reveal a holiday-themed Freddy Funko Pint Size Hero behind each one! Your advent calendar includes a wintery display for your new holiday Freddys.

The Freddy Funko Advent Calendar is a Funko Shop limited edition exclusive.

Order HERE for $50.

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Amazon Announces 2017 Top 100 Holiday Toys

Amazon has revealed its list of the 100 most popular playthings set to take 2017’s holiday season by storm, with a continued focused on STEM items, pet-themed toys and blockbuster movie licenses.

All products will be available through the online retailer’s website and by using Alexa-enabled devices.

The top 25 holiday toys and games include:

– FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
– LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 (847 Piece)
– Fingerlings Glitter with Blanket – Interactive Baby Monkey Rose – Amazon Exclusive
– Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
– Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant
– Soggy Doggy Board Game
– Disney Princess Dance Code Belle – Amazon Exclusive
– Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights and Sounds
– Nerf Nitro FlashFury Chaos
– Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway Playset
– FurReal Makers Proto Max – Amazon Exclusive
– LEGO Ninjago Destiny’s Bounty 70618 (2295 Piece)
– Enchantimals Panda Tree House Playset
– DropMix Music Gaming System
– Cozmo
– Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby (Brunette)
– Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle Toy – Amazon Exclusive
– Tegu Travel Pals Building-and-Stacking-Toys (6 Piece)
– Seedling Littles Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape Kit
– Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio
– Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset
– Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
– Osmo Genius Kit
– Automoblox Mini SC1 Chaos & HR5 Scorch, 4.5″ x 1.75″
– Hape Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone

Check out the full list HERE.

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Happy New Year From THE FIRE WIRE

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To friends, family and readers of THE FIRE WIRE,

Thank you all for your kind support in 2016. I truly appreciate you reading my blog and sharing the link with your friends.

I’ll do my best to scour the internet in 2017 and provide you with up to the minute gadget news, comic book features, entertainment updates, unusual art, interesting infographics, eye-popping posters and fun trivia.

I wish you and your families a very safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

Warmest Regards,

Larry

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Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

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In honor of Home Alone’s 25th anniversary, Quirk Books is publishing Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook: a re-imagination of the story as an endearing Christmas fable. Featuring engaging illustrations by Kim Smith, the book is sure to enchant readers both young and old. In its colorful pages, readers will encounter bumbling burglars, brilliant bobby traps, and Kevin’s ability to fend for himself. Complete with famous lines like “I made my family disappear!” and scenes of Kevin screaming after trying his dad’s aftershave lotion, Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook offers all the fun of the original movie in a darling hardcover package whose read-aloud story teaches lessons about responsibility and the importance of family.

With an amusing read-aloud story and enchanting, immersive illustrations, this charming adaptation can be enjoyed year after year alongside The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and other Christmas storybook classics.

Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook ($18.95) will be released on October 20, 2015.

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Happy New Year From THE FIRE WIRE

To friends, family and readers of THE FIRE WIRE,

Thank you all for your kind support in 2014. I truly appreciate you reading my blog and sharing the link with your friends.

I’ll do my best to scour the internet in 2015 and provide you with up to the minute gadget news, comic book features, entertainment updates, unusual art, interesting infographics, eye-popping posters and fun trivia.

I wish you and your families a very safe, healthy and Happy New Year.

Warmest Regards,

Larry

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Epic Halloween Kid’s Costumes

Halloween is only 9 days away and you’re still struggling for a costume idea for your child. Here are some suggestions that might inspire you…

Help me Obi Wan, you’re my only hope

Just Beat It

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul

And we are going to paint a happy little cloud here

Smoking will stunt your growth

How do I walk in this thing?

I hope that’s Apple Juice

Just Wrong

Say my name. Heisenberg. You’re Goddamn Right

Can You Hear The Lambs Clarice?

Gym, tan, candy

Napoleon, don’t be jealous that I’ve been chatting online with babes all day

Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?

When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It’s for fun.

I pity the fool

My name is Prince

Party on Wayne. Party on Garth

That’s not a real beard, that’s carpet

You’re Fired

An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

Finger lickin’ good

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Ray Villafane’s Intricately Carved Pumpkins

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From his site:

If you have yet to try and carve a pumpkin in a 3-D manner, you need to. Its fun and everybody enjoys a cool pumpkin. Unfortunately they begin to rot less than a week after carving so be sure to take plenty of pictures. You can experiment with ways of preserving them but I find nothing works better than a nice photo. Some chefs that I have carved for put lemon juice on the faces to help slow down the natural molding process that will occur.

Picking out the right pumpkin is very important. You need a pumpkin with a thick wall. To get this kind you will have to choose one that is very heavy for its size. Also avoid perfectly round pumpkins and opt for ones that have a protruding ridge that sticks out on one side. These shapes make nice faces as you could imagine how difficult it would be to carve a 3-D face onto a shallow flat surface.


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