WIDESPREAD PANIC IN THE RAP WORLD -- THE HIGH-END COUGH SYRUP THAT'S BECOME THE “LEAN” OF CHOICE FOR JUSTIN BIEBER,SOULJA BOY, AND MANY OTHERS HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN TAKEN OFF THE MARKET – ALL DUE TO ITS REPUTATION AS A WIDELY-ABUSED DRUG – A REP FOR ACTAVIS---THE COMPANY THAT MAKES THE MIS-USED COUGH SYRUP---SAYS "GIVEN RECENT MEDIA ATTENTION, WE’VE MADE THE BOLD,UNPRECEDENTED DECISION TO CEASE PRODUCTION AND SALES OF OUREXTREMELY PROFITABLE CODEINE COUGH SYRUP. WHILE USING IT HASKILLED SEVERAL RAPPERS, IN OUR DEFENSE, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEMSTOPPED COUGHING” -- BEFORE ACTAVIS PULLED THE PLUG, THE STREET VALUE OF A PINT BOTTLE WAS ABOUT $800 -- BUT PANICKED RAPPERS ARE NOW OFFERING INSANE SUMS TO BUY UP WHATEVER'S LEFT – ONE (VERY) PROMINENT HIP-HOP ARTIST HAS ALREADY OFFERED HIS DEALER UP TO $100,000 TO GET WHATEVER’S LEFT
Blog Wednesday 4/23
According to a new study, laughing makes your brain work better – especially in older adults.
Researchers found that scores on memory tests improved, pleasure hormones increased, and stress hormones decreased for people who simply watched 20 minutes of funny videos without being distracted.
So the next time you can’t remember where you left your keys, avoid scrambling through the house on a rampage – and instead chill out with something that makes you laugh. (ABC News)
While most people – both male and female – would agree that a low, breathy voice is “sexy,” a new study says men aren't very good at it.
Researchers found that women were much better at lowering their voice and adding a touch of hoarseness than men.
Men, unfortunately, got worse when they tried – and ended up turning women off. Or, scaring them. (Time)
Out on the frontier of extreme food, a pizza chain in Canada has taken things to a whole new level.
Instead of layering multiple toppings on one another, Boston Pizza is layering actual pizzas on top of one another.
By stacking pizzas, Boston Pizza – which has 350 locations north of the border – is asking customers why have a slice of pizza when you can have a slice of pizza CAKE? (Thrillist)
Happy people seem to have it all figured out. They get along with people, take life in stride, and seem to find a silver lining in even the most awful of circumstances.
If you want to be more like these people, we have a few tips for ya:
Surround yourself with good people.
Actively express gratitude to as many situations as you can.
Don't let anyone stop you from pursuing your goals.
Live the life you want to live – not the life you think others want you to live. (Yahoo)
Blog Tuesday 4/22
There are some skills that guys should make a point to master. Unfortunately, these life skills aren’t taught in school. Men need to pay attention – and maybe do some Internet research – to get this stuff right:
Powdered alcohol has been approved by U.S. regulators.
This new product, called Palcohol, comes in a packet – kind of like Emergen-C – except that when you tear it open, pour it into water, and shake … you get hard liquor.
The first flavors to be released will be cosmopolitan, margarita, mojito, and lemon drop.
The imaginations of serious drinkers have already gone into overdrive.
It’s been suggested that sneaking Palcohol into college sporting events and movie theaters would be a breeze.
Also, there will most certainly be people who try snorting the stuff.
This might be the biggest advancement in drinking technology since … the EZ Drinker Beer Helmet. (TheVerge)
A Belgian music festival has made a video featuring female dancers twerking to classical music with the hope of exposing the music to a new audience, but not everyone approves.
Musical Toronto posted a piece on Monday with the headline, "Classical music festival goes too far with tasteless Twerking video." In the post, Michael Vincent writes, "Watching this makes me wonder what this festival was thinking? I'd hazard a guess: classical music can be just as cool and has as pop music. But my impression is that it comes across as hollow and trashy."
The video in question features five females dancing provocatively -- in a number of different costumes -- to Dvorak's "Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco." At the conclusion of the clip, viewers are reminded, "You just listened to 3 minutes of classical music." Vincent writes, "I'm not so sure about that."
Netflix is doing good business. The disc rental and streaming service added 2.25 million new subscribers in the first quarter of 2014. The company's CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells also announced in a letter to shareholders that they plan to raise the prices of their streaming service by $1-to-$2 for new members in different countries later this year. That could mean that the service in the U.S. will be up to nearly $10 a month.
The price increase will likely apply to new members only, while existing subscribers would stay at $7.99 for a "generous time period." In Ireland, where they tested a similar price increase earlier this year, existing members were given a two-year window before they had to pay the increase.
A video the captain of the ill-fated South Korean ferry made four years ago is coming back to haunt him. In the video, he said that the ferry was safe as long as the passengers followed the crew's instructions.
Ironically, the crew reportedly ordered the passengers of the ferry to stay in their cabins when it sank last Wednesday.
As of Sunday, the death toll had climbed to 64, with 238 still missing and presumed dead. The ship was carrying 476 passengers and crew, 339 of those were students and teachers on a high school field trip.
The 69-year-old caption of the ferry, Lee Joon-seok, and some of his fellow crew members have been arrested.
According to new data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 260,000 Americans with Bachelor’s Degrees making $7.25 or less.
More than a quarter of a million people are working for minimum wage.
The increase in these educated minimum-wage workers is due to a lack of jobs in higher-paying fields – and also to the growth of minimum-wage jobs, which have increased more than any other type of job over the past six years. (ThinkProgress)
Have you ever been so stressed out that you wanted to break something, so you did and then immediately regretted it because now you have a big hole in your wall or little tiny pieces of your grandmother's fine china all over the place? Yeah, we've all been there.
Now there's a new business in Boise, Idaho, that lets you come in when you're a little frustrated and break their stuff. It's called Das Breakroom, and you can go there for a little stress therapy. Customers can just walk in to the cash-for-smash business and destroy all sorts of stuff – like windows, computers and cell phones. Those who have done it say it's therapeutic. (KBOI-TV Boise)
Nike gave a sneak peek at their new Air Jordans XX9s – and the company is excited about the revolutionary design.
They’re also excited about the $225 price point.
It’s amazing that Air Jordans have been such a strong brand for so long, with the first version of the shoe being released in 1984 … 30 years ago! (SI)
Kevin Sharp, known for his 1996 hit "Nobody Knows" as well as granting wishes to critically ill children, died Saturday from "ongoing complications" from stomach operations and digestive problems, according to his website. He was 43.
Kevin began his career while being treated for bone cancer when he met producer David Foster through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and never forget about that gift. He spent much of his time visiting sick children and speaking to cancer patients. He became a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was named their Wish Granter of the Year in 1997.
IT WASN’T THE BEST WEEKEND FOR JOHNNY DEPP – UPDATED REPORTS CLAIM HIS LATEST MOVIE “TRANSCENDENCE” COST $120 MILLION TO MAKE,
PLUS ANOTHER $60 MILLION TO MARKET – THAT’S $180 MILLION, AND IT OPENED IN 4th PLACE WITH $11.1 MILLION– IT ACTUALLY DID A LITTLE BETTER IN CHINA, BUT THAT’S DUE TO THE AGGRESSIVE PROMOTING OF DMG ENTERTAINMENT (BASED IN BEIJING) – AFTER WARNER BROTHERS READ THE SCRIPT, THEY WENT LOOKING FOR A PARTNER TO SHARE THE RISK: DMG NOT ONLY PUT UP HALF THE CASH, THEY ALSO CONVERTED IT TO 3-D AND IMAX 3-D (BUT ONLY FOR CHINA) – AS FAR AS THE U.S. GOES, BOX OFFICE MOJO SAYS (QUOTE) “IT WOULD BE SURPRISING IF IT ENDED UP MAKING $30 MILLION” -- THIS IS DEPP’S 4th FLOPIN A ROW (FOLLOWING “THE LONE RANGER,” “DARK SHADOWS” AND “THE RUM DIARIES”)
-- HE MUST’VE KNOWN IT WAS A STINKER – HE ONLY PROMOTED IT IN ONE FOREIGN COUNTRY – IF YOU GUESSED “CHINA”, YOU WIN – WITH 4 FLOPS IN A ROW, HIS ASKING PRICE WILL PLUNGE -- HE OWNS HIS OWN ISLAND IN THECARIBBEAN – HOPEFULLY HEPAID CASH FOR IT – YOU’D HATE TO SEE THE HEADLINE “JOHNNY DEPP’S ISLAND REPOSSESSED”…
Blog Friday 4/18
NOW THAT “MAD MEN” IS DRAWING TO A CLOSE,ANOTHER HOT & SINGLESCIENTOLOGIST IS ON THE MARKET – 31-YEAR-OLD ELISABETH MOSS HAS PLAYEDPEGGY OLSEN SINCE THE START – AND PRIOR TO THAT, SHE DID 7 SEASONS ON “THE WEST WING” -- THE LONDON MIRROR SAYS SHE AND TOM “DISCREETLY” SPEND TIME TOGETHER IN L.A, AND HE LOVES IT THAT SHE’S “DOWN TO EARTH” -- IN A NEW INTERVIEW, SHE SAID "I’M SOLUCKY TO HAVE THIS JOB, BUT IT’S STUPID. I MEAN, I WAKE UP, DRESS IN SOMEONE ELSE’S CLOTHES, ANDPRETEND I’M SOMEONE ELSE ALL DAY. WHO ELSE DOES THAT? JUST STRIPPERS & ACTORS” -- IN THE SAME INTERVIEW, SHE ALSO OPENED UP ABOUT HER BRIEF MARRIAGE TO "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’S FRED ARMISEN: THEY MET IN 2008, MARRIED A YEAR LATER, AND DIVORCED 8 MONTHS AFTER THAT – SHE SAID “HE’S SO GREAT AT DOING IMPRESSIONS. BUT THE BEST IMPRESSION HE DOES IS THAT OF A NORMAL PERSON. TO ME, THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP”…
A Colorado woman with cancer has little time left on this Earth and one wish – that someone will come forward and adopt her beloved dog.
Patricia Cudd has stage 4 breast cancer and lives in a cramped little motel room with her pitbull named "Sherlock," who she rescued a few years back.
Since Cudd adopted Sherlock, she says he has taught her so much about life ... things we all take for granted like having more fun, looking out at the sun and just plain going outside.
Doctors have given her no more than 6 months to live, and Cudd wants to make sure that her faithful companion has a loving home to go to after she's gone. After Cudd's plea got out, hundreds of people have contacted her, hoping to be Sherlock's new "forever home." (9 News)
According to a new study, women are tired of guys with beards – and are now more attracted to clean-shaven faces.
Which means if you’ve just spent the last 12 months perfecting your beard in hopes of getting lucky … well … you’re out of luck.
Researchers say that our culture has reached “peak beard.”
It’s all downhill from here – especially for hipsters. (TheGuardian)
There is now a service that holds nightclub parties for children under the age of 12 ... during the off hours of the hottest clubs in New York City.
Fuzipop parties usually draw about 200 kids, and the events, which are supervised by parents, cost $20 for a parent and child and $60 for a family of four.
That’s right. Parents are taking their little kids clubbing … which isn’t creepy at all, is it?
Parents booze it up while the kids sip apple juice from champagne flutes – all while listening a nine-year-old DJ spin and scratch turntables. (CNN)
Last Sunday, Game of Thrones fans went berserk because of what happened during the episode.
Well, if you’re a serious – like REALLY serious – Game of Thrones fan and you want the show to be more a part of your life than just a Sunday night sit-down in front of your television, consider getting your hands on a remote control flying dragon – for the low, low price of $60,000.
Hammacher Schlemmer sells the 40-pound monster that’s capable of cruising through the air at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
And here’s the best part … It shoots a three-foot propane-powered flame from its mouth when on the ground.
A fire-breathing dragon!
Just think of how you could use this thing to intimidate your jerk neighbors. (GizMag)
Blog Thursday 4/17
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”