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TODAY's Takeaway: Mika reveals weight, anchors' sibling rivalries

Aug. 15, 2013 at 6:24 PM ET

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From anchors' sibling rivalries to Mika Brzezinski's weight revelation, take a look at what was talked about on TODAY Thursday.

1. Kidnapping survivor Hannah Anderson’s apparent decision to log onto a social media site and share her experience just two days after her abduction surprised many. Some questioned her alleged actions, but mental health experts told TODAY.com that her behavior is not unusual.

“Some of it is a way of convincing yourself it really happened,” psychologist Jaine Darwin said. 

Video: New details have been released in the case of James DiMaggio, who was killed in a shootout with FBI agents in Idaho after allegedly abducting 16-year old Hannah Anderson and killing her mother, brother and dog in their Calif. home. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports.

2. Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski tweeted her weight Monday night, causing a bit of a stir on the Internet. She later encouraged her followers to join in on the weight reveal by tweeting their numbers as well. 

Willie Geist and Al Roker tried to get Natalie Morales to share her number on TODAY, but she politely ignored the request. “You’re not going to get it out of me,” she joked.

After more prompting from Willie and Al, she firmly said, “To me, the number on a scale means nothing, as long as you’re healthy and you’re strong.”

Would you publicly reveal your weight? Tell us here.

Video: “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzenzinski is getting buzz online after stepping on a scale and revealing her weight in a tweet as fans wonder: Should women care about that number at their feet?

3. Kids these days: The latest tween (and teen) trend is Rainbow Loom bracelets made from crocheted, multi-colored rubber bands. The product’s inventor Choon Ng has already sold one million kits, and the company’s YouTube videos have so far received 3.6 million views.  

“My daughters started doing this, making bracelets about three years ago. I saw them making the bracelets, so I wanted to learn from them,” Ng told TODAY. 

Video: Rainbow Loom kits, which enable kids to make customized bracelets out of rubber bands, are the latest fad among the younger set. Aoife Rouse, an 11-year-old expert, shows the anchors how to get in on the craft craze.

4. Natalie Morales shared her sibling rivalry story on TODAY Tuesday, so the siblings of Willie Geist and Al Roker decided to regale us with their own tales of sibling mischief. Apparently a 10-year-old Willie made his little sister, Libby Wildes, watch a traumatic movie at the tender age of 5.

“(Willie) made me watch 'Friday the 13th,' where Jason murders a lot of people in the woods. It’s really, really disgusting and horrible. I was obviously traumatized,” she said on TODAY. 

Video: After Natalie Morales garnered national attention earlier this week when she revealed her sister once made her drink pee, the TODAY anchors thought it fair to let their siblings call in to tell their sides of the sibling horror stories. Psychologist Jennifer Hartstein discusses how sibling rivalry can be a normal part of growing up.

5. Want a new way of looking at (and eating) a bagel? Bantam Bagels, a new shop opening in New York’s West Village, will serve “Bantams," or bagel holes, which look an awful lot like doughnut holes but are filled with anything from plain cream cheese to cheddar Dijon cream cheese.

Perfect for the calorie-conscious, the holes will satisfy your bagel craving without impacting your waist line — unless you can't stop eating them.

Bagels Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in New York, NY (Rebecca Davis / TODAY)
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A variety of Bantam's "bagel holes" on the TODAY set.

And that's TODAY's Takeaway!

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