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9 Treats for Your Breaking Bad Party

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1. Blue Ice Cocktails

There are probably dozens of cocktail recipes based on the show by now, but Flavorwire’s Blue Ice and the Avalon of Beverly Hills’ Blue Crystal both seem like appropriate and delicious choices. Blue Ice is made with vodka, blue Curacao and lime juice, while Blue Crystal is a little more complex, featuring clear corn whiskey, Malibu, pineapple juice and blue Curacao.

Alternatively, if you just want a quick way to get hammered in true Jesse Pinkman style, try combining blue Curacao and vodka and serving shots of the mixture in test tubes.

2. Margarita

For those who prefer more classic cocktails with a simple Breaking Bad twist, A Pinch Here, A Dash There’s Blue Crystal margarita sounds like a great option. It’s essentially a classic margarita with blue Curacao in place of sweet and sour and crushed blue rock candy on the rim in place of salt.

3. Beer

Obviously you don’t have time to run out and brew your own Breaking Bad beer before the premiere—but don’t worry, Albuquerque’s Marble Brewery already has you covered with their Heisenberg Dark. Unfortunately, you’ll probably have to make it to the brewery in person to get a hold of this one.

4. Blue Raspberry Pineapple Slush

While you probably shouldn’t have any kids at a Breaking Bad party, you might have a few people under 21 or designated drivers. For those refraining from the drink, Bakin’ Bit’s blue raspberry pineapple slush is a great blue beverage option.

Of course, if you’re looking for an easier non-alcoholic beverage option, try some blue Gatorade, but make sure no one gets a bottle without first repeating Jesse’s line of “Yo, Gatorade me b*tch.

5. Los Pollos Hermanos

The commercials for Los Pollos Hermanos indicate that the chicken has a little bit of a kick, so you can always grab some spicy chicken from your local Popeye’s. But if you prefer the DIY approach, try the tasty recipe from The Hungry Bunnie. This tasty treat features a breading with sourdough bread crumbs, garlic powder, salt and chili powder (Jesse’s secret ingredient). Serve with a little dyed rock salt for that authentic Gus Fring feel.

If you really want to go all out, print out some labels for your Los Pollos Hermanos food. This cup design by LPF user great1 is a good place to start.

6. Rock Candy

Let’s face it—when it comes to Breaking Bad, there’s no more iconic food than blue rock candy. In fact, Alberqurque’s The Candy Lady creates the crystal blue sugar rocks you actually see on the show, and in real life, and Aaron Paul is a big fan of pushing the sweet "drugs" on people who stop by the studio. You can even buy some of the official Breaking Bad candy on The Candy Lady’s site.

While it’s too late to order official Breaking Bad crystals before the premiere, there are plenty of recipes to make your own online. If you want a fairly traditional rock candy, Sugar Hero has a pretty straight forward recipe, but I recommend The Glut Life’s recipe. Not only are the pictures and instructions perfectly in line with the show, but the rock candy itself sounds fantastic as it includes blue Curacao for flavoring and a pink of the Jesse Pinkman secret ingredient—chili powder.

7. Donuts

If you happen to live in Albuquerque, you can always swing by Rebel Donut and grab a few Blue Sky donuts. Not only were these beauties inspired by the show, but they are also a favorite of those working on the program, including Aaron Paul (pictured above).

Of course, if you don’t live near Rebel Donut, you can always buy some donuts at your local chain and adorn them with your rock candy as a suitable substitute.

8. Cookies

It takes a lot of skill to reproduce the amazing details the Breaking Bad cookies by Semi Sweet, but if you fancy yourself a great cookie or cake decorator, you can always try. If worse comes to worst, you can always just claim your failed attempt at decoration shows how you think Walter White will end up at the end of the series (once he’s been hit with a bomb).

9. Cake

For those with more skills in old-school cake decorating methods, this cake that resembles the teddy bear from the plane crash in season three. Again, you might not do as great of a decorating job as Redditor hollyicing, but the bear was refuse from a plane crash, so no one should expect it to be perfect.

If you still don’t think you have enough snacks, feel free to run down to your local 7-11 and grab some Funyuns, because “Funyuns are awesome.” If you aren’t big on Los Pollos Hermanos, you can always try making some of Gus’ paella or Tuco’s Burritos. Or you can have a breakfast buffet in honor of Walt Jr. With so many great options, there’s no excuse to have a half-assed menu at your Breaking Bad party.

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3 New Details J.K. Rowling Just Revealed About the Potter Family
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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the June 26 publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK, we dove into some magical lore. J.K. Rowling recently shared a few more tidbits of history about everyone’s favorite boy wizard on Pottermore, this time about the history of the Potter family. Here are three things we learned.

1. WHERE THE POTTER FORTUNE CAME FROM

One of Harry’s ancestors was responsible for potions that might sound familiar to Harry Potter fans. According to Rowling, the Potters descend from a 12th-century wizard named Linfred of Stinchcombe, an eccentric healer who cured his Muggle neighbors’ bouts of pox while experimenting with more complex magical medicine in secret. “Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion,” Rowling writes. Without his ancestor’s skills, Harry’s arm would have never regrown its bones in Chamber of Secrets.

Later, another of Harry’s relatives used his potions skills to lucrative ends. Harry’s grandfather, Fleamont Potter, created Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion, quadrupling the family fortune.

2. HOW THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK ENDED UP IN THE FAMILY

Harry’s invisibility cloak is perhaps his most valuable inheritance, allowing him to take part in a lot of mischief throughout his time at Hogwarts. The cloak originally came from Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers who received the Deathly Hallows. Harry is distantly related to Peverell, whose granddaughter married Hardwin, the son of the potion-inventing Linfred. Iolanthe Peverell inherited the cloak from her grandfather (though only because of the absence of male heirs). She maintained the family tradition of keeping the cloak a secret and from then on, it was given to the eldest child of each generation.

3. WHAT HARRY’S GRANDPARENTS WERE LIKE

According to Rowling, Harry’s paternal grandfather was a good sport about his unusual name. “Fleamont was so called because it was the dying wish of Henry’s mother that he perpetuate her maiden name, which would otherwise die out,” she writes. “He bore the burden remarkably well; indeed, he always attributed his dexterity at dueling to the number of times he had to fight people at Hogwarts after they had made fun of his name.” After years of trying to have children, he and his wife, Euphemia, finally had James. They were struck down by dragon pox before Harry was born.

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7 Kids Who Wrote Letters to the People in Charge
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When adults write letters to companies, they often go ignored and unanswered. But when a kid picks up a crayon and throws in some adorable misspellings, the letter makes an impression. Check out these seven kids who went straight to the source when they saw a problem or had a question—and see how the companies handled it.

1. COLIN'S LETTER TO LUCASFILM

A 7-year-old Padawan named Colin was deeply disturbed that Jedi Knights aren’t allowed to get married. Instead of just accepting the status quo, Colin decided to take up his case with the man in charge: George Lucas. Last year, he dropped a handwritten note to Lucasfilm, saying, “I want to get married without becoming a Sith. Please change the rule.”

Much to Colin’s excitement, Lucasfilm responded. “It sounds like the Force is strong with you, and you are showing great wisdom by asking your question," the letter read. "When you find someone that you can connect to in a selfless way, then you are on the path of the light, and the dark side will not take hold of you. With this goodness in your heart, you can be married.”

You can see Colin opening his package below:

2. SOPHIA'S LETTER TO CLARKS SHOES

In 2015, 8-year-old Sophia Trow visited Clarks Shoes with her mother to get some new shoes for school. She spied some kicks with dinosaurs on them, but when she asked to try them on, the salesclerk told Sophia that the shoes were made for boys and wouldn’t work for the “female bone structure.” Sophia went home and picked up a pen, writing, “Why can’t girls have dinosaur shoes? I like dinosaurs and fossils, so I think other girls might as well.” Clarks responded to Sophia and apologized for the clerk’s actions, saying that the “Stomposaurus” shoes can be worn by anyone, and that a range of unisex shoes was underway.

3. CHARLOTTE'S LETTER TO LEGO

In 2014, 7-year-old Charlotte went to the store and wasn’t happy with the options she found there for girls—so she let the company know:

“I don’t like that there are more lego boy people and barely any lego girls. ... All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks. I want you to make more lego girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun ok!?!”

LEGO agreed. “We have been very focused on including more female characters and themes that invite even more girls to build,” they wrote back. About a month later, they released images of the Research Institute, a set created by geophysicist Ellen Kooijman. It includes female paleontologists, astronomers, and chemists, as well as accessories such as a dinosaur model, a telescope, and a lab kit.

4. DEXTER'S LETTER TO NASA

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Someday, Dexter Walters wants to go to Mars. When he heard about the possibility of a future mission to the planet, he went straight to the source to ask what he can do to improve his chances for being chosen in the future. “I heard that you are sending two people to Mars and I would like to come, but I’m 7, so I can’t,” he wrote in a 2013 letter to NASA. “I would like to come in the future. What do I need to do to become an astronaut?"

Two weeks later, he had a response. NASA sent all kinds of Mars goodies, including pictures of the planet and the Curiosity Rover. “Just think—in a few years, you could be one of the pioneers that may help lead the world's activities for better understanding our earth and for exploring space," they wrote back.

5. KATIE'S LETTER TO GOOGLE

In 2014, a little girl named Katie was sad that her dad didn’t seem to be home much because he spent a lot of time at work. So, she grabbed a teal crayon and wrote his boss at Google a letter. “Dear google worker,” she wrote:

“Can you please make sure when daddy goes to work, he gets one day off. Like he can get a day off on wednsday. Because daddy ONLY gets a day off on Saterday. P.S. It is daddy’s BIRTHDAY! P.P.S. It is Summer, you know”

Katie’s letter worked. Her dad’s boss replied and agreed that her father had been working hard and deserved some time off; as a result, Google gave him the whole first week of July as bonus vacation time.

6. ELLA'S LETTER TO SOUTHERN RAIL

When her daddy started coming home later and later every night last year, 6-year-old Ella Porter from East Sussex, England, asked Southern Rail to cut it out:

“Dear Mr. Railway man
My daddy is always late home and I miss him very much because he always used to tuck me into bed and this makes me upset. Please get him home on time. Daddy says you take all his money, that is why I can’t go to Disney Land. I really want to go to Disney Land.”

Southern Rail felt bad about the situation, apologizing for the delays. “Trains for Victoria and London Bridge travel over the most congested part of the whole of Britain’s railway network,” they explained. “We and Network Rail are determined to improve the situation and have made some additional changes to the timetable today to help with this.”

7. WALKER'S LETTER TO U.S. JOINT SPECIAL OPS

In 2013, 6-year-old Walker Greentree was playing with his friend when his mom told them to quiet down. “Be quiet like a [Navy] SEAL,” she told them. Walker’s friend responded that ninjas can be more silent than SEALs, so Walker decided to investigate. He wrote to then-head of U.S. Special Ops Admiral William McRaven to ask, and also wondered how long McRaven could hold his breath. Admiral McRaven didn’t disappoint, sending Walker a special coin along with a note:

“I think ninjas are probably quieter than SEALs, but we are better swimmers, and also better with guns and blowing things up. I can hold my breath a long time, but I try not to unless I really have to. Remember, if you want to be a SEAL, you must do two things: listen to your parents and be nice to the other kids. If you do that then you can probably be a SEAL too.”

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