Cool stuff: petition for a boys' Easy Bake Oven, celebrity quotes and mini jokes

Posted Online: Dec. 07, 2012, 9:43 am
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Eighth-grader petitions Hasbro to market Easy Bake Ovens to boys
What to get a little boy for Christmas that isn't the usual toy car set, video game or sports item? One fresh-faced activist suggests an Easy Bake Oven.
McKenna Pope, 13, is petitioning toy maker Hasbro to stop marketing the kitchen set only to young girls, asking for images of boys to also be placed on Easy Bake boxes.
The Garfield, N.J., eighth-grader, moved to action by her 4-year-old brother's attempts to cook on top of a lamp's light bulb, already has scored nearly 18,000 signatures on her petition on
On the petition, Pope writes she found the lack of packaging or promotional materials featuring boys to be "quite appalling." The girly purple and pink colors used on Easy Bake ovens didn't help either.
"I feel that this sends a clear message: women cook, men work," she wrote. "I want my brother to know that it's not 'wrong' for him to want to be a chef."
As Pope points out, many of the top figures in the culinary industry are men — behemoths such as Emeril Lagasse, Gordon Ramsey, Wolfgang Puck and many more. On Hasbro's website, the Easy Bake brand is included under "Cooking & Baking Games for Girls."
To really pound her point home, Pope uploaded an adorable video where she goads her brother into explaining the trouble with wanting an Easy Bake Oven (he also hopes for a dinosaur).
"Only girls play with it," he said, while attempting to bake cookies.

Notable quotables

"Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on 'Two and Half Men' with whom I have worked over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family." — Actor Angus T. Jones, 19, in a statement apologizing for slamming the hit sitcom he's been a part of since 2003. In an interview with a religious website, Jones said he has had a religious conversion and joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He urged fans to "Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth."

"I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime, but I also feel like the time has come. The time is nigh. It's soon. I got a good feeling about it." — Actor Brad Pitt on the possibility of a wedding soon with Angelia Jolie. He made the comments recently at the premiere of his new film, "Killing Them Softly," hosted by the Cinema Society in New York.

"When you're younger and have the early success that I had — it sounds like the worst Hallmark cliche — but I didn't have anyone to share it with. I don't mean I wanted someone to sit by the fire with. But when you have a family and children, you kind of see yourself reflected in them. I want to make the kinds of movies that my kids are proud of. I have higher standards, in a way, for them." — Actor and director Ben Affleck, who was chosen by EW magazine as their entertainer of the year.

Mini ha-has
Q: Is it better to write on a full or on an empty stomach?
A: Neither. Paper is much better.

Q: Where do fish wash themselves?
A: In the river basin.

Q: Where do cars get the most flat tires?
A: Where there is a fork in the road.

Source: "The Biggest Riddle Book in the World"


Local events heading

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1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.

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