Ben Carson mixed up the real estate term 'REO' with Oreo cookies

Can you picture a scenario in which Oreo cookies are discussed at a House Financial Services Committee hearing?

No? That’s OK. No need to imagine hypotheticals, because as it turns out, on Tuesday HUD Secretary Ben Carson name-dropped the popular Nabisco sandwich cookie on the stand. He accidentally mixed Oreo cookies up with REO, a common real estate term. Casual!

After California Congresswoman Katie Porter asked Carson to explain a disparity in REO rates, she took the time to confirm that he actually knew what REO stood for. And it’s a good thing she double checked, because Carson most certainly did not know.

“Do you know what an REO is?” Porter asked.

“An Oreo?” Carson replied.

“No, not an Oreo. An REO. R-E-O,” she clarified.

“Real estate…” he guessed.

“What’s the ‘O’ stand for?” Porter pressed.

“Organization?” he ventured.

“Owned. Real estate owned. That’s what happened when a property goes into foreclosure,” Porter explained.

Oy vey.

For those who aren’t fluent in real estate lingo, like Carson it seems, an REO, or “real estate owned,” references a certain property that’s “foreclosed-upon” such as a house, apartment, or piece of land that ends up in a lender portfolio after an unsuccessful sale. The lender, oftentimes a bank, becomes the owner of the property.

According to Porter, who tweeted the exchange later in the afternoon, REO is “a basic term related to foreclosure” that HUD Secretary Carson should have known.

Bottom line: Carson messed up.

After the hearing, Carson tried to recover from the blunder by obtaining a pack of Oreo cookies and offering them, along with a thank you note, to Porter. He even tweeted some photos to charm people.

It was a valid attempt to make amends, but also a royally embarrassing one, especially since the hearing was focused on the foreclosure of homes, which is no laughing matter.

In true brand fashion, the official Oreo Twitter account was quick to get in on the action, tweeting an alternate definition of REO: “Really excellent OREO (cookie).”

Ughhhhhhh. Read the room, everyone. And when in doubt, remember, you don’t always have to tweet.

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f91239%252f9f47e008 d9be 42ab ba5f cf3c09d48c51.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=m57snfswluvn8gbaqygh mo0x0m=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Link to original source

Best graduation gifts for him: 50+ gift ideas

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable’s commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness.
If you buy something, Mashable may earn an affiliate commission.

Every year, graduation season means a fresh new batch of grads are about to enter full-on adulthood. If you know a guy who is gearing up to walk across the stage in a cap and gown to receive his diploma, but you’re not sure what to get him for his special day, keep reading.

College graduation is a great time for gift giving because there are so many different categories of things graduates would be happy to receive. You can go the practical route and gift smart home devices or kitchen appliances. Or you can opt for a more fun gift like gadgets or games. You could even venture into the subscription service world for a gift that keeps giving even after graduation day.

Practical seems to be the standard for graduation gifting and you’ll definitely find some truly useful gifts in this guide, but it’s also nice to switch it up with some fun and personal gifts, which we’ve also included.

Dive in to 50+ of the best college graduation gifts for men:

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Link to original source

This 'Game of Thrones' meme is brilliant and should be studied in any film class

Warning: The following post contains spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones may have come to an underwhelming end, but the memes keep on giving. The film boys are out, and they have takes.

While not all fans were pumped with how the show ended, it has always been visually stunning, aside from a few wayward beverages. From the incredibly detailed costumes to the shots of sweeping landscapes, we can at least agree on one thing: Game of Thrones is beautiful. But one cinephile took to Twitter to emphasize just how amazing the one scene in the finale was. 

Fresh off her murderous rampage after destroying the city she tried to liberate, Daenerys turns to face her army of Unsullied and Dothraki soldiers. As she walks toward her force, her dragon opens his wings and takes flight, and the queen appears to have dragon wings sprouting from her back, too. 

We get it. Daenerys is basically a dragon, because she’s the mother of dragons. It’s like, super on the nose. 

But Twitter user @jhilll1181 captioned the clip, “This shot is brilliant and should be shown in any film study class.”

Stunning? Sure. Beautiful? Hell yeah. But brilliant? OK. 

If there’s anything Twitter is useful for, it’s making fun of people. Other Twitter users hopped in his mentions to tell him that his take was bad. 

The tweet quickly became a copypasta, and other Twitter users posted what they believed were brilliant shots that should be taught in every film studies class. 

The next time you reminisce about your Film Theory 101 class, check yourself before sharing it on Twitter or risk getting meme’d. The North remembers, and Twitter never forgets. 

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f91501%252f1811c9ad 1a1e 4564 b2d5 5032cdc9eb30.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=iahrsyl 00w8csc0zzqm6yqhz7g=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Link to original source

'Game of Thrones' fans AOC and Elizabeth Warren did not like the finale

Warning: The following post contains spoilers for the finale of Game of Thrones

It’s been more than 24 hours since the Game of Thrones series finale aired on HBO, so according to an unwritten U.S. law, the American people may now openly discuss spoilers on social media.

Good thing! Because dedicated GOT fans, Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, had a lot of thoughts they wanted to get off of their chests.

On Tuesday, Warren shared a video of her and AOC discussing the highly-anticipated finale, and turns out the episode majorly let them down.

“So did you see Game of Thrones last night?” Warren casually asked AOC, to which the Congresswoman replied, “I did. I’m sad. I’m disappointed about it.”

“I was just really… meh,” an unimpressed Warren agreed.

“I feel like we were just getting so close to having this ending with just women running the world and then the last two episodes it’s like, oh they’re too emotional, the end. It’s like ugh this was written by men.'” AOC frustratedly explained.

“Yeah, exactly. Can’t do that,” Warren added.

Both women shared that they were even willing to join Team Sansa in the final hours of the show, but were once again disappointed when Sansa chose to remain Queen of the North rather than “go for the big one.”

“We need to get some feminine analysis up in HBO,” AOC concluded. Warren echoed, “They need some help on this.”

In the past, AOC joked that her ideal Game of Thrones episode would end with the monarchy giving way to democracy. “Can you imagine if no one ends up on the throne and they transition to democracy?” she previously said on the Yahoo News podcast Skullduggery. “Wouldn’t that be badass?”

Unfortunately, the show ended with a white man who lacked experience and had no real desire to rule winning the throne, so it’s clear to see why she and Warren might be unhappy with the outcome. 

Several people have also compared the Game of Thrones finale to the 2016 election, and argued that the show failed its women. Love when television mirrors reality, don’t you?

AOC also tweeted the video, writing “Working family-focused policies + Game of Thrones gender convos. Elect you an official that can do both.” She then told followers to “keep an eye out” for another video of her and Warren dropping later this week, so who knows what’s in store for us.

Cms%252f2019%252f5%252f25ef9b79 22c7 d4b5%252fthumb%252f00001.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=7sawcxapt3ysbmleqr0tcee  9g=&source=https%3a%2f%2fvdist.aws.mashable

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Link to original source

'And I oop' is having another moment and the memes are too good for this world

If you ever find yourself in need of something to say in the mortifying seconds after you realize you’ve make a mistake, consider this timeless, charming phrase: “And I oop.”

If those three short words sound familiar, it may be because they’ve been floating around the internet since October 2015, when Jasmine Masters — a drag queen best known for competing on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race — iconically uttered them in a video titled “Jasmine Masters handle your liquor.”

Around the 4:30 mark, the discussion about people needing to know their drinking limits came to an abrupt end when Masters exclaimed, “and I oop!” After taking a few minutes to recover, Masters went on to explain, “I just hit my balls.”

[embedded content]

Since the video was uploaded to YouTube, the good people of the internet have given “and I oop” the meme treatment, imagining alternate scenarios for the phrase and dubbing the audio over other hilarious clips. After @eazy_a_714 shared the Masters clip on Twitter in March, the love for “and I oop” returned in full force.

As “and I oop” memes make the rounds online yet again, let us take time to marvel over some of the best jokes based off of the mood-changing three words. (The pig video deserves some sort of award.)

Masters has addressed the love for “and I oop” several times on social media, posting video compilations of fans saying the phrase along with “and I oop” songs.

There’s even been some “and I oop” merch made.

[embedded content]

Be warned, once you “oop” there’s really no going back. I know because I’ve said the phrase out loud at my desk at least 10 times while writing this article.

Uploads%252fvideo uploaders%252fdistribution thumb%252fimage%252f91259%252f50dd4cc7 ca5f 43fa a127 8dd498b36b1a.jpg%252foriginal.jpg?signature=2bzpzheefianhsrlusixtio gbm=&source=https%3a%2f%2fblueprint api production.s3.amazonaws

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Link to original source