If you’re planning a trip for summer vacation, here’s an idea you might not have considered …
How about traveling to Chernobyl? You know, the site of the worst nuclear power accident in history?
Lucky for us, the radiation levels that blasted into the air, ground, and water in 1986 have finally dropped to the point that visitors can tour the facilities.
Unfortunately, tourism in the Ukraine is heavily regulated, so if you want to go, you’ll need to submit a formal application ASAP.
If your application gets accepted, you'll be provided with a local guide to show you around.
You’ll also receive a personal radiation detector, which is kind of like the equivalent of going to the Caribbean and being given sunscreen. Safety first! (Thrillist)
Life is tough. There’s so much to do – and so little time.
Well, maximize the time you do have by being productive … while sitting on the toilet.
Read (For Real) – Instead of wasting time on Twitter, read something you should have read a long time ago, like Catcher in the Rye. Get some culture when you can, you ape!
Groom – Grab a clippers and take care of your ugly toenails. Or swipe your girlfriend’s tweezers and knock down that unibrow.
Work on Your Grip – While you can’t bench press or do dumbbell curls on the pot, you can exercise your forearms by squeezing on a hand gripper.
Make a Schedule – One of the best ways to be more productive is to plan well. But, who has time? You do! Take the quiet time you spend on the throne to plan your days, weeks, and months ahead. (GuyCodeBlog)
It’s good to be the King of Beers.
According to industry statistics, one out of every five beers sold in America is a Bud Light.
Not only is Bud Light the top seller, it's way out in front – with nearly three times the sales of its closest rival, Coors Light. (Vox)
It’s hard to date – or marry – someone with very different religious views. Same goes for politics. And, the same goes for being romantically involved with someone who roots for a different NFL team.
Well, GreenBayPackersLovers.com is the answer for anyone out there who’s looking for love, but refuses to hook up with fans of any other teams.
And since fans of the Packers pride themselves on being some of the most loyal in all of sports, there’s something to be said for the singles you might find on the site …
Loyal fans should – you would think – make loyal mates, right? (Fansided)
Blog Wednesday 4/16
A Maryland man had more than just a bad hair day when he tried to rob a beauty salon – and then had to call his mom to pick him up from the failed heist.
Ryan Trembly put his finger under his shirt in an attempt to mimic a gun, but the receptionist wasn't buying it and gave him the boot. Trembly left and went into a neighboring business to use the phone – which he used to arrange a ride home.
The receptionist noted the license number of the car that picked him up – and cops traced it to his mom's house, where he was arrested. (Capital Gazette)
In what might be the greatest scientific breakthrough since the discovery of gravity, scientists have determined that identical twins have the same body odor.
Seriously. Real live researchers making real live money studied this – and found that twins have the same stink – even when they don’t live together.
It seems that your B.O. has very little to do with what you eat or the air you breath – but instead has almost everything to do with your genetics.
So the next time someone complains about the way you smell, you can just tell them you were born that way. (io9)
A man was taken into custody Tuesday night, on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, after police reported finding suspicious bags at the finish line.
One of the bags contained a rice cooker filled with confetti. Pressure-cooker bombs were used in last year's bombings that killed three and injured more than 260 others.
According to an eye-witness, the man was dressed in all black and wore a black veil and a backpack on his back while yelling, "Boston strong, Boston strong."
Matthew VanWinkle said, "He was weird looking. He was wearing a black veil, a black hat, and no shoes."
The bomb squad investigated the packages and detonated them. The suspect was later identified as 25-year-old Kayvon Edson. The disturbance occurred just hours after a memorial service commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Marathon bombings.
The former Ku Klux Klan leader suspected of killing three people at two Jewish-affiliated facilities in Kansas was charged Tuesday with one count of capital murder and one count of first-degree premeditated murder.
The charge of capital murder comes with the possibility of a life sentence or the death penalty, but prosecutors have yet to decide if they'll seek the death penalty in the case.
Frazier Glenn Cross, the 73-year-old former leader of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was charged with killing a boy and his grandfather outside a Jewish community center in the Kansas City on Sunday and then an elderly woman at a Jewish assisted living facility.
Although it appears that Cross was targeting Jews, all of his victims were Christian. According to Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass, police investigators said that they had "unquestionably determined" that Cross's actions were a hate crime. However, no hate crime charges were announced on Tuesday.
While appearing in court on Tuesday, Cross was in a wheelchair and wore an anti-suicide smock. He said that he could not afford an attorney.
A study to be published Wednesday suggests that marijuana can cause potentially harmful changes in the brains of young users related to motivation and emotion.
The study, a collaboration between Northwestern University's medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, showed correlations between abnormalities in the brain and the number of times users smoked marijuana.
Co-senior study author Dr. Hans Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University, said, "What we're seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with."
A Texas woman has some jail time on tap after she developed a craving for a beer while on vacation in Florida – and sent her eight-year-old daughter out to go get it for her.
Key West cops say that Suzanne Simon smelled of alcohol and began slurring her words when they went to her hotel to question her after her 12-year-old son was spotted walking down the street – and told them that Simon booted him from the family car for mis-reading the GPS. The eight-year-old, who was on the scene, told officers that she'd been ejected from the vehicle as well, and sent in search of some brewskis.
The children are said to be fine, and are being held at an undisclosed location while Simon awaits a court hearing on child endangerment charges. (KHOU)
If your internet speed gets slower in the next few weeks, blame it on the Heartbleed bug.
Experts now think that fixing the damage caused by the virus will be a lot more complicated than just changing our passwords. They've now figured out that hackers are able to create fake websites that mimic legitimate ones and can fool security certificates into thinking those fake sites are authentic.
The solution seems to be for all the infected sites on the internet -- which are now thought to number about half a million -- to revoke their current security certificates and issue new ones. And that process could significantly slow web browsers down for a while, as thousands of companies scramble to add new security fixes.
As a nine-year Major League veteran, outfielder Jeff Francoeur was a popular player with a rocket for an arm and a great clubhouse presence. But he's also incredibly gullible and that made him susceptible to a fantastic prank.
Francoeur played for five Major League teams but is currently playing for the San Diego Padres' triple-A affiliate the El Paso Chihuahuas. His teammates decided to have some fun at his expense and teamed up to convince him that that their pitcher Jorge Reyes, was deaf.
For a month, the team laughed as they watched Francoeur try to communicate with Reyes by talking slowly and using hand gestures. After a month, the team let him in on the joke and he was stunned to finally hear Reyes speak. The Chihuahuas made this great video documenting the entire prank. (The Big Lead)
Government officials in Munich, Germany have set up “Urban Nudity Zones” that allow citizens to walk around naked without fear of being busted for indecency.
People in Germany’s third largest city are now officially welcome to go naked as long as they stay within six designated areas across the city.
The locations are secluded in parks – but they’re surprisingly not fenced off or hidden away. One spot is barely 10 minutes from Munich's main square. (TheAtlanticCities)
What should be done to a man who picks on disabled children in his community? One judge thinks he should wear a sign stating just that.
A 62-year-old Ohio man who has been accused of picking on his neighbor's disabled kids for the past 15 years has been ordered by a judge to wear a sign saying the following: "I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in."
Meanwhile, the offender also has to serve 15 days in jail, undergo anger management classes and counseling, and write a letter to the family he was harassing. (Huffington Post)
Alison Michelle Ernst -- the woman who threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton last week -- has been charged. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. According to the New York Daily News, she has a bizarre connection to Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.
Federal authorities have charged Ernst with trespassing and violence. Local authorities in Nevada are still mulling a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge. She's due in local court on June 24th, but a federal court date hasn't been set.
You'd have to guess that an insanity plea isn't out of the question, though. In 2012, Ernst appeared in a Colorado courtroom insisting that she had evidence that Holmes is innocent of the theater shooting, which killed 12 and wounded 58. She even filed a motion alleging that Holmes was "mind-controlled" by a ring of "worldwide crooks," and asking that he be released to her. Unsurprisingly that motion was denied.
Months later, she reversed course -- sort of. She posted on a personal website a legal document asking for a restraining order against Holmes, claiming that he was possessing her mind.
Blog Friday 4/11
The 29th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Nine acts were inducted overall.
The E Street Band was inducted by their frontman Bruce Springsteen. They performed three Springsteen tracks, "Kitty's Back," "The River" and "The E Street Shuffle."
KISS were inducted by Tom Morello. But due to the drama and sinping in the press with the Hall, no version of the band performed. Nirvana were inducted by ex-R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic played Nirvana songs for the first time in 20 years with all female singers -- Joan Jett on "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon on "Aneurysm," St. Vincent's Annie Clark for "Lithium" and Lorde on "All Apologies."
Peter Gabriel was inducted by Coldplay's Chris Martin. Gabriel performed "Digging in the Dirt," "In Your Eyes" and with Martin, and "Washing in the Water."
Linda Ronstadt was inducted by Glenn Frey. She didn't travel to the induction because of her her battle with Parkinson's disease. An all-star lineup of Stevie Nicks (performing with a broken foot), Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow and frequent Ronstadt collaborator Emmylou Harris paid tribute by performing performing five of her hits, including "When Will I Be Loved" and "Different Drum."
Hall and Oates were inducted by The Roots drummer -- and fellow Philadelphia native -- Questlove. The duo did their hits "She's Gone," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and "You Make My Dreams"
Cat Stevens -- now calling himself Yusef Islam -- was inducted by Art Garfunkel and performed "Father and Son," "Peace Train" and "Wild World."
Former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were recognized in the Non-Performer category by producer Peter Asher.
This year's TV broadcast will air a more than a month-and-a-half later on May 31st on HBO.
Blog Thursday 4/10
In case you had your hopes up that reality shows were going away, you're going to want to put a pin in that for a while.
A website just released a list of 15 new reality shows that are set to air on TV this year, and they range from quirky to downright dumb.
Here are a few of our faves:
Married At First Sight– (A+E) An algorithm matches up strangers who will tie the knot upon their first introduction. (We assume the divorce special will air soon after).
Curvy Girls Bridal - (Discovery) Because apparently if you're not a size 2, you need a show dedicated to squeezing your hips into a gown.
Tree People - (Discovery) Literally a show about people who live in trees.
Welcome to Allentown (Discover) The show follows a "musical family" who live on a bus together.
Whatever you do, don't say we didn't warn you! (Cosmo)
If you only reach for a spoon when it's time to dig into some Ben and Jerry's or stir your tomato sauce, you are totally doing it wrong.
Here are some other great uses for spoons (you're welcome in advance):
Press the back of two cold spoons against the area under your eyes to get rid of bags.
Keep the back of that cold spoon handy to press against the back of a hickey to make it less noticeable.
Place a tablespoon up against the bottom of your eyebrow to get a better arch when applying your eyebrow makeup.
Dip the spoon in hot water and place the back against a zit to help it heal faster. (Cosmo)
Guys who grew up in the '80s might want to withdraw the money they've put away for retirement or their kids' college funds to afford this gem. The original Knight Rider KITT car is on the auction block.
The talking car, which served as David Hasselhoff's sidekick on the show, is currently owned by Hoff, but he's willing to part with it. However, fans need to know that the 1982 Trans Am does not actually come with the robotic KITT voice. You could probably install a GPS device that can talk to you, though.
The starting bid is $15,000 and the car is expected to go for anywhere between $30,000 and $50,000. (The Squander)
Here's one way to show your displeasure with politicians ... the tiny town of Divide, Colorado, population 127, held an election for mayor. The candidates were all animals. No, really. A hedgehog, a cat, a horse, a donkey, a wolf, and six dogs were on the ballot. The furry winner takes over for the current mayor, a three-legged cat named Walter.
There's more to it than just a vote against two-legged politicians. The unincorporated town of Divide doesn't actually have a human mayor, so they've made their online "election" a fundraiser for the local animal shelter. To vote for a candidate you had to donate a dollar, with all proceeds going to the Teller County Animal Shelter.
Voting began in February, and according to the shelter's director, over $9,000 had been raised by Tuesday, when voting ended. The new mayor is a bloodhound named Pa Kettle. (Daily Mail, Fox21News)
Blog Wednesday 4/9
A Texas woman got her nose out of joint about a pot deal gone bad and ended up in handcuffs – because she called cops to get them to get a refund from her dealer.
Evelyn Hamilton dialed 911 to complain that she'd paid 40 bucks for what she described as a bag of "seeds and residue." An officer dispatched to her home asked if she still had the inferior weed in question, and she pulled it out of her bra – a move that didn't get her any sympathy, but did get her arrested for possession.
She was released later that day after posting $500 bail. (WGHP)
An Oregon man proved that sometimes you can judge a book by its cover – by getting himself busted for driving under the influence while wearing a T-shirt proclaiming himself to be "Drunk as [crap]."
Ross Allan McMakin's girlfriend called cops to report that she'd tried to stop him from hitting the road because she thought he was too wasted, but he managed to pull the keys away and drive off. By the time a deputy managed to pull him over, McMakin had driven into oncoming traffic, sped along a sidewalk and smashed into a mailbox.
The 21-year-old was booked on a number of charges, and posed for his mugshot wearing the T-shirt proclaiming just how drunk he was – which turned out to be twice the legal limit for driving. (UPI)
If you love a good manicure as much as you love binge-watching reality competition shows, then you're going to want to reacquaint yourself with the Oxygen Network.
They've created a new show called Nail'd It (which is hosted by former "Cheetah Girl" Adrienne Bailon) that pits top nail designer/artists against each other for a $100,000 cash prize.
Some are describing it as "Project Runway, for fingertips."
We just hope they create looks that we can actually wear instead of just dream about while we reapply our Lee Press On Nails ... (Jezebel)
The Louisiana lawmaker who was caught kissing an aide on surveillance video may be riding out the storm, but the woman he kissed is paying a price the for scandal.
33-year-old Melissa Hixon Peacock is no longer on Congressman Van McAllister's payroll and on Tuesday her husband said that he was leaving her over the kissing incident.
Her husband, Heath Peacock, also had some choice words for the 40-year-old congressman, who he once supported with a $5,200 campaign donation.
Peacock told Inside Edition, "He's had a hand in not only turning my life upside down, but also my son's. He's not who people think he is. If people really knew him, he wouldn't be elected. This religious family man -- this is completely false. He's not like that. He's the most non-religious man I know."
In a statement, McAllister said he was "very sorry," adding, "I'm asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve"
A North Carolina man loves mayonnaise so much that he wants to spend the rest of eternity inside a mayo jar.
Larry Clinton is a lifelong fan of Duke's Mayonnaise, a regional brand known around the southeast. For years he's been saying that when he dies he wants his cremated remains to be buried inside an empty Duke's jar. Now, thanks to his daughter, the 67-year-old can live out the rest of his life knowing that his dying wish will come true. She contacted the company, told them about her father's wish, and they custom made two jars for him, each with his full name on the label.
Clinton's daughter, Teresa Clinton-Edge, says, "My father eats Duke’s Mayonnaise on everything: peaches, pears, baloney sandwiches, banana sandwiches. He says he cannot remember a time that Duke’s wasn’t a part of his family and the food. I’m 43 and that’s the only mayo we’ve ever eaten.”
She says her dad is thrilled to know that he'll someday be buried in the mayo jar, although he hopes it doesn't happen soon. I don't know, with all that mayo he eats? (ABC News)
Marvel has just declared war on DC. It was announced today (Monday) that the next Captain America movie will be released on May 6th, 2016, the same day as the Man of Steel sequel. That's the one co-starring Ben Affleck as Batman.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned $96.2 million over the weekend, giving it the biggest April debut ever.
But we won't have to wait till 2016 to see Cap on the big screen again. He'll return in in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Life's not looking too sunny for an Oklahoma man who was arrested for impersonating a cop – in order to get a discount on a spray tan.
Clerks at a tanning salon called cops after Dustin Bell walked in and started acting shady – by flashing a badge and saying he wanted a $34 spray tan for 10 bucks. When officers arrived on the scene, Bell had the badge pinned to his sweater – and claimed he'd found it in at a car wash in a nearby town.
A quick call to the department that issued the badge revealed that it had been stolen from an officer on that force, who also lost some credit cards that turned up in Bell's wallet. He was taken into custody on suspicion of false impersonation, larceny and concealing stolen property. (Tulsa World)
Pro golfer John Daly has had to make some big lifestyle changes over the past several years in the name of good health.
After publicly battling issues with his weight and alcoholism, Daly decided to have lap-band surgery and get himself cleaned up. He's dropped several waist sizes and has been clean and sober for six years. But one of the hardest things for him to give up has been his Diet Coke habit.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Daly says he now only drinks about a dozen cans a day. Only a dozen, you ask? Yes, that's a small amount compared to the 26 or 28 cans he says he used to drink every day.
Daly says he would still drink that much if he could, but after having lap band surgery, it would be harmful for him. Although it's hard to imagine that he's so concerned about his health since he still smokes about 40 cigarettes a day. (Bleacher Report)
Blog Monday 4/7
A New York City thug must have misunderstood the phrase "order in the court," because he tried to place one -- asking for a cocktail from the judge who was about to sentence him to prison.
Akeem Monsalvatge, who was found guilty of an armed stickup, was standing before the bench when he decided to ask the judge if he got one last request. When the judge didn't shut him down, Monsalvatge asked, "Do I get a last meal? Can I get a Patron margarita?" -- an order that went unfilled by the unamused Raymond Dearie, who gave the man 32 years in prison instead.
It’s harder to get some entry level jobs at Walmart than it is to get accepted into Harvard.
Only 8.9 percent of all applicants get accepted at Harvard.
But last year, when Walmart opened a store in Washington, D.C., there were over 23,000 applications for 600 jobs. That's an acceptance rate of 2.6 percent.
So the next time you’re shopping at your neighborhood Walmart store, just remember how special the employees helping you are. They could be – quite literally – the best of the best. (WashingtonPost)
According to a new study, being a vegetarian isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Researchers found that vegetarians do a better job of controlling their weight and do drink less booze, but they also have generally poorer health, poorer quality of life, and a higher need for health care than people who eat meat.
They’re also twice as likely to have allergies, have a 50 percent higher chance of suffering from a heart attack, and a 50 percent higher chance of getting cancer.
It’s enough to make you want to throw a big slab of animal flesh on the grill, isn’t it? (CBS)
Most boys at one time or another played with Legos.
They were popular decades ago – and they remain popular now.
Unfortunately – if a Polish priest is correct – the toys are tools of Satan.
Parents in Poland received a warning about the dangers of letting their children play with Legos.
Father Slawomir Kostrzewa believes the plastic blocks can lead children to the dark side and destroy their souls.
He’s especially bothered by the series of Monster Fighters and Zombie mini-figures, which he claims are “about darkness and the world of death, from which children needed protecting.” (Telegraph)
Blog Wednesday 4/2
Whether you loved it or hated it, the series finale of How I Met Your Mother was a ratings bonanza. More than 13 million people tuned in Monday night, making it the show's top-rated episode.
The previous record of 12.3 million was set by "The Pineapple Incident," which aired in November 2005, during the show's first season.
In comparison The Walking Dead's season four finale Sunday gathered 15.7 million viewers.
In Texas, a college professor supposedly taught students the wrong material for an entire semester.
Students signed up for “Intro to Chemistry” at Lonestar College-University Park in Houston.
But even the smartest kids in the class struggled in a big way.
Finally, just before the final exam, it was discovered that the professor was teaching the more advanced “General Chemistry” – which is why almost none of the students could keep up.
To balance everything out, the professor ended up giving extra credit to every students’ final grades, turning “F’s” into “B’s” in many cases. (Newser)
People all over the world will be wearing blue today (Wednesday) for World Autism Awareness Day.
For the seventh straight year, autism organizations around the world will celebrate the day with fundraising and awareness-raising events. In addition to people wearing blue, many landmarks like the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls and the Sydney Opera House will be illuminated with blue lights.
According to a recent study, autism rates have more than doubled since 2000 and now one in every 68 eight-year-old children are believed to be affected by autism. (AutismSpeaks.org)
Blog Tuesday 4/1
Rascal Flatts' guitarist Joe Don Rooney and his wife Tiffany Fallon have a third child on the way, expected in late summer, a rep told People magazine.
The new little rascal will join siblings Jagger Donovan, who is five-and-half, and Raquel Blue, who is three-and-half-years-old.
The couple told People, "We are so thrilled and feel so blessed to bring another little angel into our world. Jagger and Rocky are very excited, too. They're going to make a great 'big brother-big sister duo' as the Rooney circus continues."
New York's Fashion Week is always good for a gasp and a laugh when it comes to new trends that designers are predicting.
But Marc Jacobs has taken it to another level by showing off a dress that will set you back a whopping $28,000 if you order it.
The dress isn't dipped in gold or covered with diamonds either.
Here's how The Cut explains the price of this frock: "Each individual flower on this dress is made of organza and hand-filled with three meters of yarn to create a pillowy look. The flowers were then crafted into fabric, as commissioned by Marc Jacobs's design studio, and it took three people an entire week to make it."
BOX-OFFICE REPORT 1. Noah - $44 million
2. Divergent - $26.5 million 3. Muppets Most Wanted - $11.4 million 4. Mr. Peabody and Sherman - $9.5 million 5. God’s Not Dead - $9.1
How I Met Your Mother ends its nine-season run Monday night.
There are a lot of theories about what will happen on the series finale. One rumor is that Ted has been telling his kids how he met their mother because she has died. Last week star Alyson Hannigan told Jimmy Kimmel that the finale has "a surprise ending," though she didn't give any details. She said, "I think the writers really wrapped it up the way the fans wanted it to be wrapped up, and they're going to answer all the million questions that everybody has. And more."
What we know will definitely happen on the one-hour episode is that we'll finally learn how Ted met his two children's mother.
Dennis Rodman has been pushing the boundaries of fashion for some time, but the baller may have overstepped those bounds recently.
For some reason, the former NBA star played a game during the Legends of Basketball Tour 2014 in Argentina dressed like a drag queen. His ensemble included a spiky blonde wig and purple lipstick.
(LINCOLN, NEBRASKA) Frying bacon, fresh brewed coffee, draft beer, and just-cut grass. These are some of a man's favorite smells. And now you can wash your hands and smell just like them.
Lincoln, Nebraska's Adam Anderson noticed all the soaps in his house were "girly scented" and thought "this is not how a man's hands should smell." So he decided to make soaps with more "manly scents" -- and made his first batch in his kitchen.
Adam started with bacon, coffee, beer, and cut grass, then made soaps that smell like buttered popcorn, red wine, margaritas, cannibis, top soil, a bonfire, a cedar log cabin, a baseball glove, muscle rub, cash, and urinal mints.
Adam says, "Once people were brave enough to smell the samples, they couldn't believe how dead-on the smells were, and fell in love with them. But they're not just for men. Lots of women enjoy the scents, too." You can buy any one of the ManHands soaps online. Price: $5.95.
Blog Friday 3/28
( HOUSTON ) One of these days, doctors may have a pill which makes anyone skinny. Currently, there’s a drug that literally sucks the fat right out of mice. Doctors call it the “fat zapper”. Dr Wadih Arap of the M.D Anderson Center says (quote) “If even a fraction of what we found in mice relates to human biology, then we are cautiously optimistic that there may be a new way to think about reversing obesity.” When the “fat zapper” drug is injected into overweight mice, they slim down to “normal” size. Yet, the drug attacks every organ in the body, meaning there is a potential for dangerous—and unwanted—results. Doctor Arap will test the drug on baboons next to see if he can duplicate the results. If successful, the next test subject could be Mayor Rob Ford.
Researchers at Georgia Tech University analyzed 1.1 million, randomly-selected photos and found that pictures with faces were 38 percent more likely to get “likes” and 32 percent more likely to be commented on than pictures that didn’t include faces.
It seems that because we’re social animals, we’re naturally attracted to faces.
Psychologists point out that our love of faces is engrained in us at a very early age. As babies, we look for the faces of our parents for love and support.
So now, when we see pictures of faces – any faces – we’re more likely to respond positively.
It’s funny how closely our social media habits and reactions reflect real life. (Mashable)
Here are some ways to know if you’re broke …
You crumple your ATM receipt really tight before throwing it out.
You fill up your gas tank for $10 or less.
You use things that aren’t toilet paper for toilet paper like … napkins.
You borrow DVDs from the public library.
You eat bologna. (Hint: Your mom fed you bologna because she didn’t want to spend a lot of money on food for you.)
You go to the bathroom immediately upon entering the bar to avoid buying the first round.
You go to the mall for free cologne.
You talk about what you’d do if you had money. (BroBible)
You would think holding the record for the world’s biggest hamburger would be enough of an achievement for most men.
Well, Brett Enright isn’t “most men.”
Brett already had the record for the world’s largest hamburger when he created the world’s largest hot dog at the Miami-Dade County Fair in Florida – which weighed in at a whopping 125 pounds.
He brought in a 100-foot-long mobile grill with a huge tractor trailer to cook it for three hours to make it happen.
He ended up baking a giant bun for the dog – and cut the whole thing up, selling it off for $1 per portion.
Not a bad deal for getting to be a part of history. (MiamiHerald)
Zac Efron risked his life to save his bodyguard during that bizarre late-night attack. At least that's what the bodyguard claims.
The unidentified man tells TMZ that he and the actor were "cruising" around downtown L.A. over the weekend, when they ran out of gas and rolled to a stop at the bottom of a downtown L.A. off-ramp.
For some reason a group of homeless men then attacked him with something like a shank and stabbed him in the face, stomach and chest. That's when Zac sprung into action, getting out of the car and swinging a vodka bottle at the transients. The bodyguard says Zac thwarted the attack.
The brawl went down in an area known as a hotbed for drug activity, and TMZ points out that the bodyguard has a criminal record for drugs and violence. And of course Zac recently spent time in rehab.
Blog Thursday 3/27
The Durham Bulls, which is a minor league team of the Tampa Bay Rays, is scheduled to wear R2-D2 uniforms for Star Wars Night on May 4 – you know … May the 4th be with you?
After the game, the jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina, so at least playing professional baseball while looking like a geek will all be for a good cause. (Coed)
MORE STORIES KEEP COMING OUT ALLEGING THAT, BEHIND THE SCENES,ELLEN DeGENERES IS THE WORST KIND OFNIGHTMARE – A SOURCE ON THE SET SAYS "INSTEAD OFHOSTING THE OSCARS SHE SHOULD WIN ONE. SHE LIGHTS UPWHEN THE CAMERAS ARE ON, BUT DURING REHEARSAL, SHE'S A MONSTER” -- SHE ALSO HAS A "NO EYE CONTACT” RULE – ANOTHER SOURCE SAID "EMPLOYEES LIVE IN FEAR OF HER. THE PRODUCERS FIRE PEOPLE IF SOMETHING ANGERS ELLEN OR WHEN A SEGMENT GOES WRONG. SHE ALSO COMPLAINS THAT SHE'S SICK OF TALKING TO CELEBRITIES, CLAIMING ‘MOST OF THEM ARE ‘EGOMANIACS WITH NOTHING TO SAY” – MEANWHILE, SHE AND HER GIRLFRIEND PORTIAARE SECRETLY SEEING A MARRIAGE COUNSELOR, HOPING TO AVOID A $220 MILLION DOLLAR DIVORCE SHOWDOWN – THEY’VE BEEN ARGUING NON-STOPOVER ELLEN'S “GIRL CRUSHES” AND LAVISH SPENDING…
MANTECORE, THE WHITE TIGER THATMAULED ROY HORN'S FACE (THAT'S ROY AS IN "SEIGFRIED AND"), HAS DIED AT AGE 17 -- THE TIGER HAD BEEN LIVING AT THE “SIEGFRIED & ROY SECRET GARDEN” AT THEMIRAGE HOTEL, (WHERE THEY DON’T DO ANYTHING BUT STILL HAD A LIFETIME CONTRACT) -- ACCORDING TO CNN, IN THEIR HEYDAY, SIEGFRIED & ROY MADE MORE MONEY THAN ANY ACT IN THEHISTORY OF VEGAS – THE TRAGIC INCIDENT HAPPENED RIGHT AFTER THE WHITE TIGER RODE A BIKE AROUND THE STAGE & HONKED THE HORN – FOR ALL ITS SUCCESS, THE INCIDENT (IN OCTOBER 2003) WAS INEVITABLE:YOU DON’T TAKE A TIGER OUT OF ITS NATURAL HABITAT AND TEACH IT TO DOSTUPID TRICKS TO ENTERTAIN GAMBLERS -- CNN’S EULOGY SAID “REST IN PEACE, MANTECORE. I'M SORRY YOU HAD TO LIVE IN VEGAS AND DANCE FOR GAMBLERS INSTEAD OF GETTING A CHANCE TO BE A REAL TIGER”
Blog Wednesday 3/26
A French satellite has captured images of 122 objects in the southern Indian Ocean that could potentially be debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
The images, which were taken three days ago, show objects of varying sizes located in the same area that the search has been focused on. Search planes have been dispatched to the location. (CNN)
A Girl Scout in Oklahoma has set an new record for the most cookie sales in the history of organization.
Katie Francis of Oklahoma City sold 18,107 boxes during the 7-week cookie-selling season. The previous record was set by Elizabeth Brinton, who sold approximately 18,000 boxes one year in the 1980s.
How did she do it? Katie says it took a lot of time, commitment and asking everyone she met to buy cookies. Sounds like she's going into sales. (HuffingtonPost)
If you hate your job and you’re looking to shake things up in your career, consider one of these obscure jobs - that actually pay pretty well:
Furniture Tester – The world needs human furniture testers because machines and robots just can’t give feedback about how comfortable different pieces of furniture are. You could get paid $31,000 per year to just … sit there.
Urine Farming – Deer urine is a $44 million business as hunters use the stuff to bag big bucks. To you, deer urine could be liquid gold.
Sex Toy Tester – Sex toy testers are employed by sex toy manufacturers to test out the functions of the toy. This fulfilling career pays up to $39,000 per year.
Paper Towel Smellers – Paper towel companies employ paper towel sniffers to make sure that their product is odorless. Salaries range from $19,000 to $52,000 a year. (ThoughtCatalog)
A company has created a travel package that will allow you to live like James Bond for three weeks – for the low, low price of $800,000.
That’s right. If you’ve got a nearly a million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you can visit cities around the world and re-live some of 007’s greatest adventures.
Eventually, you’ll make your way back to Jamaica, where you’ll stay at Ian Fleming’s estate.
Included in the deal are access to a vintage Bond car, helicopters, and speedboats.
If money’s an issue here, don’t worry. You can get all the Bond movies on DVD for less than a couple hundred bucks. (Uproxx)
Blog Tuesday 3/25
According to GQ, here are some simple habits to help you get as lean as possible, as fast as possible:
Grease your pans with olive-oil cooking spray – You just can’t afford the calories in a pat of butter.
Use small blue plates – Small plates trick your brain into thinking you're eating more and studies have shown that blue objects suppress appetite.
Drink a glass of water before every meal – You’ll end up ingesting up to nine percent fewer calories.
Cut out soda – The dumbest empty calories on the planet.
Work standing up – After sitting for just an hour, your body slows the production of fat-burning enzymes by as much as 90 percent. Get a standing desk for your health and your waistline.
Walk – Walk wherever and wherever you can. And, get a dog. One study found that people who walked their dogs 20 minutes a day dropped an average of fourteen pounds in a year.
We've heard of giving up beer for Lent – but this is a first. A Canadian man gave up FOOD for Lent and REPLACED it with beer.
He's drinking a special blended brew called a Dopplebock with extra oats (for engergy) and he also drinks apple juice, sweet tea and tons of water.
Call him crazy, he claims that he's doing it for all the right reasons and that he hasn't even gotten drunk yet! (Sun News Network)
There is a new wedding trend rising up out of the Southwest – and it's bizarre, to say the least.
The thing to do now at your reception, apparently, is to have a donkey walking around to serve beer and to stand still so people can pet it and take pictures with it.
Why is this a thing? We're not really sure. But the beasts of burden tend to be good at interacting with people and lightening the mood of the nuptials.
Don't believe this actually exists? Try calling Haul N Ass in Arizona ... They'll make a believer out of you! (NY Mag)
The Brooklyn Nets will continue to play their home games at Baclays Center but the company that runs the NBA franchise is planning to move to Russia, in keeping with the Kremlin's request in order to fight new U.S. sanctions against Russia.
Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov showed his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin in remarks to reporters at the Kremlin. He said, "A Russian company will own the basketball club. This [move] does not violate any NBA rules, and I will bring it [under Russian jurisdiction] in accordance with Russian law."
Prokhorov ran against Putin in the 2012 Russian presidential election, but is supporting his former foe. He hasn't personally been hit with any U.S. sanctions.
TAYLOR SWIFT IS TAKING A BREAK FROM DATING AT THE URGING OF HER BUSINESS TEAM—THEY BELIEVE SHE’S A “MAN REPELLENT” – A SOURCE IN HER CAMP SAYS “TAYLOR’S ADVISERS ARE TIRED OF SETTING HER UP ON DATES ONLY TO HAVE HER STRANGE PERSONALITY SCARE MEN AWAY.TAYLOR IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND MEN FOR DUE TO THE NATURE OF HER MUSIC, WHICH FOCUSES ON HEARTBREAK AND EX-BOYFRIENDS. NONE OF THE GUYS SHE SHOWS INTEREST IN WANT TO BE THE SUBJECT OF AMEAN SONG SIX MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD OR BE PAINTED THE BAD GUY, SO TAYLOR’S TEAM WANTS HER TO TAKE A BREAK FROM MEN”… What a dumb story that was. But the news isn’t all bad for Taylor: in a highly scientific survey conducted by VH1 she was named the ‘Singer With The Best Legs’, beating Shakira, Rihanna, Miley & more
Blog Monday 3/24
A Delaware man showed off more than just his dance moves when he got wasted and climbed on a stranger's SUV to shake his naked booty -- to a captive audience of the driver and her six-year-old daughter.
Darren Staats admitted that he was high on PCP when he jumped atop the vehicle with his pants around his ankles and began boogieing to the beat of his own drummer. The driver tried to push him off the roof with a stick, but had no luck, so she called cops who managed to drag him off the truck and cuff him.
Police charged him with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.
A Las Vegas man says he was falling apart at the seams when he invaded the costume room of a popular show – in order to steal a disguise as a way of escaping imaginary enemies who were chasing him.
Joey Kadmiri ran into the backstage area of the Thunder Down Under revue waving a gun and shouting about someone wanting him dead. When it was pointed out that no one else was in sight, Kadmiri admitted that he was high on meth, a state that often made him hallucinate.
Cops managed to cuff him after a struggle, but he's refusing to go to court to answer charges, claiming the officers are out to get him as well. He says, "I didn't try to hurt anyone. I know myself. I was just trying to protect myself and be safe." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
BOX-OFFICE REPORT 1. Divergent – $56 million
2. Muppets Most Wanted – $16.5 million 3. Mr. Peabody and Sherman – $11.7 million 4. 300: Rise of an Empire – $8.7 million 5. God’s Not Dead – $8.6 million
Divergent under-performed, but still managed to ring up a strong debut weekend. The sci-fi thriller earned $56 million -- though some analysts were projecting it to make $100 million.
Muppets Most Wanted opened in second with $16.5 million.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman dropped from first to third with $11.7 million.
300: Rise of an Empire went from second to fourth with $8.7 million.
God's Not Dead, a faith-based drama featuring Kevin Sorbo, DeanCain and Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, premiered in fifth with $8.6 million -- despite playing in only 780 theaters.
In Michigan, a children’s art center held a fundraising event that involved guys eating 20-foot-long bratwursts that weighed close to six pounds.
So instead of a lame silent auction or black tie dinner, the FLY Children’s Art Center lined up 12 competitors and had them devour giant sausages for the amusement of others. There’s nothing subtle about that.
They ended up raising $7,000. And, most likely, walking away with a bit of indigestion. (HuffingtonPost)
It was an awesome weekend of college hoops.
All across America this morning, some campuses are thrilled with what went down – and others are crushed. Just ask students at Duke University how they’re feeling this morning.
Well, a new survey found that the success of a university’s sports teams has a lot to do with the overall happiness of the students. Need proof?
Here’s a rundown of the happiest colleges in America. As you’ll see, they’re all sports powerhouses:
10. Kansas State University
9. The University of Texas at Austin
8. The University of Georgia
7. Brigham Young University-Provo
6. The University of Florida
5. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are going to be parents.
A source confirms to E! News that the actress is pregnant with the couple's first child. The news comes just weeks after the two reportedly got engaged. Despite rumors that Mila is having twins, the insider says she is expecting only one bundle of joy.
Another source tells People magazine the two are in no rush to walk down the aisle. "It won’t necessarily be a short engagement. They haven’t begun planning the wedding yet."
If you're NCAA Men's Basketball bracket is in shambles today, don't worry because you're not alone. Upsets abounded over the weekend as highly favored teams like Wichita State, Kansas and Villanova were all bounced by lower seeds.
Arquably the biggest loss took place in the Midwest region, where number-one seeded and undefeated Wichita State went down to eight-seeded Kentucky, 68-to-66.
In the South, 10th-seeded Stanford also stunned second-seeded Kansas by a score of 60-to-57. The victory came on the heels of Stanford's victory over seventh-seeded New Mexico.
Another major upset came earlier in the opening round, when 14th-seeded Mercer shocked third-seeded Duke by a score of 78-to-71. Mercer's Cinderella story wouldn't last however -- they lost in the next round to 11th-seeded Tennessee, 83-to-63.
Blog Friday 3/21
If you think words like "selfie" and "duckface" are annoying, you're going to need to sit down for this list. Here are some other phrases that are among the most popular (aka: overused) among people in their 20s and they're pretty freaking annoying ...
Social media gets dangerously close to stalking every time a new app is created and "SocialRadar" and "Connect" are no exceptions. These two apps gather all the info you post about where you are and what you're into and allow others to search for you around the city, by tons of different categories, ie: if you're single, if you like the same TV shows, if you're in a 25-foot radius of the searcher.
There's even a way to set an alert if any of your friends are visiting from out of town and happen to be in your area. It's a little creepy – then again, if you're really trying to travel or hang out off the grid, you should probably stop posting your whereabouts on Instagram and Facebook anyway ... (Yahoo)
If fancy burgers are your thing and you have an extra $250 burning a hole in your wallet, we suggest you get yourself to Beer & Buns at the St. Giles Court Hotel in New York City STAT.
Chef Wisit Panpinyo is cooking up something that is way too good to be true ... and probably way too much of a good thing. It's a Kobe beef burger topped with shaved truffles, sautéed foie gras, beluga caviar, pancetta, and a “secret sauce.”
Sure these ingredients are decadent and the burger is probably a party in your mouth. But $250?? Think we'll stick with the 6-dollar burger at Carl's ... (Yahoo)
(SEATTLE, WASHINGTON) Starbucks sells coffee, a lot of coffee. The company has more than 11,000 stores in the U.S. alone. Now it’s going to start selling beer and wine – but only after 4pm – and only in stores that are located near restaurants and theatres where there’s a lot of evening foot traffic.
Starbucks has already tested this idea at 26 stores, which will expand to 40 by the end of this year, and eventually 1000 nationwide. Along with 10 different wines and a variety of beers, the company will offer a special evening menu of desserts and snacks – everything from bacon-wrapped dates, truffle mac & cheese, parmesan-coated chicken skewers with honey-mustard glaze, and artichoke & goat cheese or chicken & roasted tomato flatbreads.
(MONTREAL, CANADA) When it comes to food, your sense of smell is more important than your taste buds, which reduce everything you eat to salty, sweet, sour, bitter, or earthy sensations – or some combination of these.
That’s why a Canadian company Molecule R has developed the “Aromafork,” which has a built-in spot for a scent strip that -- when paired with food – tricks your brain into tasting a completely different combination of flavors.
All you have to do is place a blank, blotting paper-like strip in the fork’s special indentation and add a drop of a flavor solution. The company is selling packages that contain four forks, four droppers, 50 blank strips and 21 different flavors -- everything from chocolate, banana, coconut, and butter to strawberry, basil, ginger, and wasabi – which you can pre-order before they arrive in stores in June. Price: $58.95.
(LONDON, ENGLAND) Question: What’s the worst time to be a parent?
English oral hygiene manufacturer Bonjela asked parents this question and half of them said their kids’ teenage years were the hardest.
The parents said that during an average year their teenagers had sassed them back 95 times, ate all the food in the fridge 84 times, went into a sulk 71 times, and asked them for money 70 times.
They also screamed at their parents 59 times, locked themselves in the bathroom 66 times, and slammed a door -- or refused to talk to their parents -- 51 times.
Blog Thursday 3/20
It was bound to happen. Pamela Anderson says her teen sons know about their mom and dad's infamous sex tape.
She tells Elle magazine, "I don’t know if they’ve seen it, but they know about it. They know about everything. Stupid Internet. I don’t know why everyone is so impressed with it."
But the 46-year-old is done with sex tapes. Ever since cutting her hair, she's a changed woman. Pam says, "At first I thought I looked like Anderson Cooper or like a Q-tip or something. But now I feel really powerful."
She adds, "I thought it would be weird having sex with short hair but then I kind of got into the mode."
When 21-year-old Travis Rice broke into a car dealership on March 10 and used his cellphone as a flashlight, he didn’t notice his ID card fell out.
The dealership’s owner found the card the next morning and gave it to the police, who looked Rice up on Facebook, where he’d posted photos of himself posing with some of the car keys he’d stolen. (Travis was also in the same clothes that surveillance footage showed him wearing during the burglary.) Police then arrested him for burglary, grand theft (four cars were stolen) and violating probation.