A woman in Idaho – who stands at six-foot-three and rocks a 44DD bust – makes her living hanging out, and occasionally squashing, men who have a fetish for bigger gals.
38-year-old “Amazon Amanda” finds that most of her clients are short men who wish they were even smaller.
So, these guys write Amanda checks to squash, crush, and wrestle them – or to just walk around in public with her. (Daily Star)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is living the good life.
He’s making millions of dollars every year.
Earlier this year, he won a Super Bowl ring.
And, he’s driving a white Lamborghini … that he surrounds with velvet ropes when he parks.
Someone was able to take a picture of his car – and the velvet ropes – in Oakland while he was there shooting a film.
Imagine that …
He parallel parks his Lambo – then pulls velvet ropes and brass stands from the trunk?
Except, there’s not much trunk space in that rocket of a car. Maybe he had them delivered to his parking space.
When you’re a Super Bowl champion star running back, you can get away with almost anything. (SBNation)
Are you a woman who has ditched the razor in favor of hairy legs? If so, you're not alone ... and we have a club to prove it!
An online blog called The Hairy Legs Club encourages women to tell their story of when and why they stopped shaving their legs. They're also encouraged to send photos. (Yahoo)
Garth Brooks is on pace to become the best-selling solo act in history when he releases his music digitally. He's already the top-selling artist in the country since 1991. As it stands now, Elvis Presley narrowly has Garth beat with sales 134.5 million albums to Garth's 134 million.
Until recently, Garth was opposed to releasing music digitally.
Garth Brooks talks about releasing music digitally. "It's a pretty big step. It's pretty scary. It's a cool form. And if it's used right it can do wonders for the artists. And even better it can do wonders for the songwriters. When you do it right, we'll all succeed."
John Travolta has lost an important court case, which could blow the lid off a secret love life.
A California appeals court judge ruled against the actor, who had placed a cease-and-desist letter on a former employee. Douglas Gotterba worked for Travolta as his private pilot during the 1980s. Many believe Gotterba was also his secret lover. Three decades later, the Gotterba desperately wants to tell his story.
He’s reportedly writing a revealing tell-all book, which will have chapters detailing how his professional relationship with Travolta evolved into something much more personal. (Entertainment Weekly)
It's one thing to abstain from sex. It's another to do it in order to earn money for charity.
That's what Australian Peter Lynagh did when his friend bet him $2,000 that he couldn't go a year without having sex.
Lynagh decided that if he won, he'd give his winnings to the charity Free To Shine, which helps keep Cambodian girls out of the sex trade industry.
This bet eventually went viral and others started contributing to the cause.
Lynah ended up winning the bet and, with support from the online community, was able to donate a whopping $50,000 to the charity.
He says that remaining chaste for a year was a real "journey of self-discovery" and "really humbling," but that he'd rather not be abstinent for another year. (Elite Daily)
Blog Tuesday 7/22
An Illinois woman who shoplifted a dress from a boutique couldn't wait to show it off ... and now she's in big trouble.
Danielle Saxton posted selfies on Facebook showing off a new dress, which she had apparently stolen from a clothing store. Around the same time, the store posted a photo of the dress that was stolen and asked Facebook for help in finding the thief who took it. Well, after some social media sleuthing, the store was directed to Saxton's Facebook page and they called the police to find her. When they did, they found her actually holding some of the stolen merchandise, including the dress, some shirts and some jewelry.
They arrested her and then discovered that she's wanted on another warrant. (WSIL-TV Illinois)
A warning to parents – if you set limits for your kids, you may have a child who grows up to be like Lee Weir. The 27-year-old from New Zealand, who wasn't allowed to watch theSimpsons when he was a kid, has just set the Guinness World Record for most tattoos of a single, particular cartoon character.
Weir's body is covered in Homer Simpson tattoos – 41 to be exact. Each one shows Homer in a different incarnation including as a jack-in-the-box and as a donut. Weir, who gave up drinking this year, says the money he spent on the tattoos is what he would have otherwise used to buy booze. (Guinness World Records)
Tim McGraw has come forward to explain the alleged slapping of a fan after she ripped his pants at his Atlanta show last weekend.
"It was an unfortunate situation all the way around. It happened, it happened in a split-second. It was a pure instinctive reaction. I think you just have to move on. It was just one of those things that happens and nobody feels good about it and nothing can be done about it. You're in that position, you're out there, you're vulnerable things happen and sometimes you react."
Brad Paisley has responded to the incident in which a woman with an infant was asked to leave the pit during his show.
The issue at hand was that pit was unsafe for a baby and that the baby had no ear protection. The woman was given an option to be moved to a different area of the venue or get a refund. She opted for a refund, but not before ranting about the incident and posting a video on YouTube.
In the clip police told the woman, “Your child doesn’t have hearing protection on. The crowd is going to start surging forward. Where you’re at, your child can get crushed.”
Brad watched the clip and agreed that the officers handled the situation properly. He says, “When my kids go to concerts, and believe it or not, they were there at that one, and they rarely go, they look like Princess Leia. They have these huge earphones. And they’re back at the sound board, because even back there it’s 100 decibels.”
Brad hopes that the woman will learn from the experience rather than "pretending to be a victim."
When it comes to earning money, Robert Downey Junior is a true superhero.
The Iron Man star tops Forbes' list of highest-paid actors for a second straight year. Downey is estimated to have raked in $75 million between June 2013 and June 2014, about the same he earned year before. Marvel's Iron-Man and Avengers films have made almost $4 billion in worldwide ticket sales.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson came in second with $52 million in earnings, followed by BradleyCooper ($46 million), LeonardoDiCaprio ($40 million) and Chris Hemsworth ($37 million).
Philip Seymour Hoffman left his entire $35 million estate to his longtime girlfriend because he didn't want his children to become "trust fund kids," according to court documents.
In a recent court filing, the late actor's accountant says Hoffman repeatedly rejected his suggestion to set aside money for his three children. Instead, Hoffman, who died in February at age 46, left everything to the longtime partner and the mother of his children, MimiO'Donnell.
The actor's will is expected to be approved by the court because there isn't anything suspicious about it.
The Kansas City Chiefs are inviting fantasy football fans to conduct their drafts at Arrowhead Stadium.
On September 1st, for the low, low price of $85 per person, you and at least seven friends in your fantasy league can hang out where the real, live team plays.
And, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet included ... and free beer!
Do the Kansas City Chiefs know how to take care of their fans or what? (ForTheWin)
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian have plans to take over the Hamptons for a new spin-off show their doing called I. But the community they're invading isn't going down without a fight.
The residents and realtors of the upscale beach community of Southampton, New York, have pretty much unanimously refused to rent a house to the K sisters for fear that the girls will "attract trash and ruin Southampton." (TMZ)
When people say that iPad has apps for everyone, they truly mean EVERYONE – even animals.
Apps for cats have become a booming online market and they're not as easy to make as you think!
For example, one popular cat app called Catch the Mouse took developers a long time to figure out the movement patterns of cats' prey so that the cat would actually recognize the little virtual guy as a mouse.
And much like people, bright colors and "reward noises" help the cat have a much more satisfying playing experience.
So try one of these apps out on Mr. Whiskers and see how he likes it ... as long as you don't mind a couple of paw prints on your screen. (The Atlantic)
Are you fan of the idea of a 3-day work week? Then you and the second richest man on the planet have something in common!
Mexican telecommunications tycoon Carlos Slim wants to revolutionize the way we work by shortening our work week to just 3 days a week and lengthening the span of our career until we're in our 70s.
According to Slim, "With three work days a week, we would have more time to relax; for quality of life. Having four days [off] would be very important to generate new entertainment activities and other ways of being occupied."
He also believes our current retirement ages date back to when people didn't live as long, and should be raised to 70 or 75. (Newser)
It seems orange really is the new black -- at least in Michigan.
Saginaw County Sheriff WilliamFederspiel says the popularity of the Netflix series has forced him to change his inmates' jumpsuits from orange to black-and-white stripes. He says, "It's because as you see shows on television, like Orange Is the New Black, some people think it's cool to look like an inmate of the Saginaw County Jail with wearing all-orange jumpsuits out at the mall or in public. It's a concern because we do have our inmates out sometimes doing work in the public, and I don't want anyone to confuse them or have them walk away."
The new uniforms cost $11.73 each -- the same as the orange ones -- and they typically last for about two to three years of wear.
Police in Beverly Hills have been talking with Justin Bieber's condo neighbors about the wild parties he's been throwing in the building and are apparently giving them permission to make a citizen's arrest if they see anything illegal.
Cops visited Bieber six times over the weekend after receiving complaints about loud music and drug use going on inside the building. Bieber was not cited because he agreed to turn down the music and cops didn't see any drug use going on. But according to TMZ, police explained to residents that they can't make an arrest if they don't see anything, but told them that residents can actually make a citizen's arrest if they witness something going on. Basically, they would hold Bieber until cops arrive. This could get very interesting. (TMZ)
Blog Monday 7/21
Little girls live to pick flowers and arrange them on their head like crowns or around their wrists like jewelry.
It turns out that little girls and grown men have a lot in common.
Beard gardens are a thing now and they involve men gathering foliage and arranging them in their beards and taking pictures of them.
Some men have been featured on runways with the flowery look and others have put their pics up on pinterest (or their girlfriends did it for them).
So if you're walking down the street and see a man rocking a beard full of flowers, there's actually a chance he's not crazy. (Esquire)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly gotten a body double for their daughter North.
A source tells Britain's Daily Mirrorthat the couple spent $500,000 to hire a look-alike to shield the 13-month-old from the paparazzi. The insider explains, "There were auditions held in L.A. at a specialist agency and in the end they found a child who is the spitting image of their daughter. They also hired a body-double nanny, who they hope will really throw paps off the scent."
Rory McIlroy won the British Open on Sunday by two strokes over Sergio Garcia andRickie Fowler, but he wasn't the only big winner. Rory's win also helped his father win big.
Gerry McIlroy put down 200-pounds on a bet with 500-to-one odds in 2004 that his son, then just 15, would win the famed golf tournament some time during the next decade. As a result, the elder McIlroy won 100,000 pounds -- $170,000 -- as his son walked away with this third major golf victory.
Friends of the McIroy family also got in on the action in 2005, betting 200 pounds against 250-to-one odds of him winning the Open before he turned 50. That bet paid out an additional 80,000 pounds.
Blog Thursday 7/17
Earlier this week, NASA held a panel discussion about the search for extraterrestrial life, and the scientists there said that they will be able to find livable planets within the next 20 years – and even track down aliens.
There’s optimism about all this because these guys are getting very good at creating amazing telescopes. As those telescopes get better, the deeper they’ll be able to reach into space and find E.T.’s. (Washington Times)
There are tons of cartoons from our childhood that we wish would make a comeback.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have (more or less), and now it's time for something we loved as little girls ...
Child star/voice over actress Emily Osment is breathing new life into a beloved character from our collective childhood as she takes on the role of voicing Rainbow Brite.
So grab your footie pajamas, a bowl of your favorite sugary cereal and get ready to relive your favorite Saturday morning cartoon memories! (io9)
When 4-year-old Annabelle wished for a real live unicorn to keep as a pet, her mom had the heartbreaking task of telling her daughter she couldn't have that because unicorns aren't real.
However, like any good parent, Annabelle's mother gave her a counter-offer. She asked her daughter what her second wish was and when Annabelle said it was to be a flower girl in a wedding, her mom was determined to make it happen.
Not having any friends who were even close to getting hitched, Annabelle's mom took her to the steps of City Hall in Brooklyn and had Annabelle hold a sign asking to "be your flower girl."
A couple on their way into get married agreed to have the little girl be part of their wedding and thus another childhood dream was fulfilled.
And what was Annabelle's favorite part of the experience? "Giving flowers to the bride." (NBC)
We're all used to being preyed upon by sales girls the second we step out of the dressing room to check out our clothes in the fitting room mirror.
But one UK shop is trying something a little different – take away the sales girls and leave the compliments.
The plus-sized store Yours Clothing has installed pre-recorded compliments in the fitting rooms to lift your self-esteem (and lift the store's sales) while you contemplate your purchase.
The fitting room voice says things like:
"Girl, you look flawless."
"You're a goddess on the inside and out."
"Those floral shorts would look amazing with a logo tee (with you in it, obviously)."
"You make that dress look a thousand times better."
"You'll totally get the job in that outfit."
It's an interesting idea, but when it comes to clothes shopping, shouldn't honesty be the best policy? (Huff Post)
The most-popular show on TV may be in reruns for months to come.
The TV production season is just beginning to get underway, for premieres in September, but the lights are off on the set of The Big Bang Theory. The entire cast is holding out for bigger paychecks.
Insiders say CBS is offering significantly less than what Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuocoare asking. Last season, the trio earned around $350,000 per episode per person, but those salaries could triple.
Negotiations are basically stalled. Without a contract, these actors will not be showing up to work. At this stage, it’s unclear when the new season will get under way for the most-watched comedy. Source: Deadline Hollywood
Blog Wednesday 7/16
24-year-old Claire Leeson really took Keeping up with the Kardashians to heart. The London resident has spent $30,000 on plastic surgery to make herself look exactly likeKim Kardashian.
Claire claims bullying in high school gave her terrible self-esteem issues and somehow finding the Kardashian's reality show helped her find her confidence and ultimately her obsession. She looks so much like Kim after doing her makeup, hair and donning sexy clothes and heels – or, as she calls it, "getting her Kimmy on" – that she works as a Kim Kardashian look-a-like. Too bad it doesn't pay as well as the real-life Kimye. Claire is in debt up to her fake eyelashes and has collectors beating down her door. But instead of paying, she is planning another surgery to inject fat deposits into her butt so she doesn't have to wear fake padding anymore.
Claire says it's all worth it, though, because, “When I get my Kimmy on I feel like I’m unstoppable and untouchable ... I feel strong, and I feel that I have built enough confidence to love myself a little bit more.” Too bad you couldn't gain that confidence by getting your Claire on instead ...(BuzzFeed)
When you go to the movies, who do you go with? Your wife? Girlfriend? A date?
Well, a guy in South Carolina took two chimpanzees.
Myrtle Beach Safari director Dr. Bhagavan Antle took the chimps to see – of all things – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Of course this is especially interesting – or disturbing – considering that movie is about primates taking over the world and dominating humans.
Dr. Antle even let the two chimps buy their own popcorn by handing money to the vendor.
Supposedly, one of the chimps was able to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys by reading their facial expressions. This smart one would often clap for the good guys and bark at the bad guys.
Listening to a chimp bark at bad guys while watching a movie in a theater could get annoying – but it beats the chimp throwing his poo at the screen. (ABC News)
Blog Tuesday 7/15
Forget the fancy schmancy wedding and opt for something more casual ... and where you can get fries with that.
15 McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong are now offering full wedding packages for those who want to tie the knot "til McDeath does them part."
And if that's not enough, they also host engagement, anniversary and bridal shower parties.
If you're asking yourself why in the heck the burger giant would bother doing this, the answer is crazy ... because people want it!
Mickey D's has already hosted dozens of weddings, so now they simply streamlined the process and even offer various packages that range in price from $373 to $1290.
No word yet if Ronald McDonald will be officiating ... (CNBC)
The Church of England finally said "yes" on Monday to women serving as bishops after two decades of debate.
The first female bishop could be named before the end of this year and at least three others may be appointed next year, according to church officials.
The decision was made by the General Synod, which is the tri-level governing board of the Church of England that consists of bishops, clergy and church followers. The vote was 351 in favor and 72 nays on the measure with 10 opting to abstain, passing with the required two-thirds majority.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in a statement, "Today marks the start of a great adventure of seeking mutual flourishing while still, in some cases, disagreeing."
Tracy Morgan is going to be OK. The actor told reporters “I feel strong” as he was transported form his home. Though, he did use a walker for assistance.
It was five weeks ago that he survived a bone-crushing accident. An 18-wheeler plowed into the back of the limo van Morgan was riding in. One of his buddies, fellow comedian James McNair, did not survive the wreck. So Morgan feels fortunate to be alive after such a terrible ordeal.
The reporters applauded the former star of 30 Rock. He gave them the peace sign and said, “Love you, thank you very much. Appreciate it.”
New, creepy details have emerged about the night Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with her stalker last month.
According to papers obtained by TMZ, the actress investigated a loud bang inside her house at 1 AM and saw Joshua Corbett, dressed in black, standing in her hallway. She shut and locked her bedroom door and called 911. When police arrived, Corbett pleaded with Bullock not to press charges. A police search of Corbett's home found some disturbing items. In addition to an arsenal of weapons, he had a scrapbook of magazine photos of Bullock along with handwritten notes saying, "I will forever be thinking of you and Louie, my son, as you are my wife by law, the law of God and you belong to me and me to you." He also forgave Bullock for "anything you may have done" and referred to her as "hot and intelligent, lissome and taught."
Corbett was charged with burglary as well as possession of a machine gun and stalking. (TMZ)
Blog Monday 7/14
A Florida woman was arrested last week for stretching the boundaries of proper behavior by stopping her truck in the middle of the road to do some yoga ... while stripped to her undies ... and high on heroin.
Michelle Cernak pulled over near Ocala and walked to the double yellow line, where she dropped her pants and began striking yoga poses – with her sweat pants around her ankles. An officer responding to the scene says that Cernak was "acting suspiciously," so he decided to take a look inside her vehicle, where he found the stash of smack and hypodermic needles.
Cernak admitted to ingesting heroin before starting her morning exercise regimen, so the officer transported her to jail – where she could go to the mat for a long stretch. (UPI)
An engine of an Air India Flight with 313 passengers caught fire on Sunday after hitting a bird, forcing the plane to return to Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey for an emergency landing.
The incident occurred just few minutes after takeoff when the pilot reported flames coming from an engine located on the plane's left side. Before returning to the airport, the pilot dumped fuel in preparation for the emergency landing.
There were no reported injuries, although an ambulance was waiting for the plane at the terminal. The flight, which was headed for Mumbai, also suffered multiple blown tires in the ordeal.
Here's something you never thought you'd hear: Smelling farts is good for you ... as in, can prevent cancer good for you.
According to researchers at the University of Exeter small doses of hydrogen sulfide − the compound produced during digestion that causes gas − can help preserve mitochondria, which is vital to cell life.
"Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a health care hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," said Dr. Mark Wood, professor of biosciences.
So next time your wife or girlfriend gives you grief for letting one rip – tell her she should thank you for saving her life. (Newser)
Blog Friday 7/11
Sony Music Nashville announced a new record deal with Garth Brooks this morning (Thursday) in Nashville.
Garth will assemble his longtime group of studio musicians for his new music. For the first time in his career, his music will be available digitally through GarthBrooks.com. New social media accounts are also in the works.
Details on the opening date for a world tour will be disclosed to a fan named Andy on July 14th as a promise from Garth. The two connected in Las Vegas over New Year’s Eve when Andy questioned Garth about an opening date. Garth joked it was that night, but Andy was dissatisfied. Garth then promised to call him personally with the news.
Garth also addressed the cancellation of the Ireland shows. He said, “I would crawl, swim, fly this weekend” to meet with the prime minister to negotiate the dates.
The Federal Trade Commission is looking out for parents whose children might have accidentally made purchases while playing video games on mobile devices. On Thursday, the FTC filed suit against Amazon.com, alleging that they unlawfully billed parents for the in-app purchases their kids may have accidentally made.
The suit claims that thousands of parents have been subjected to such charges, including one whose daughter managed to ring up $358 in in-game charges. The big problem, according to the suit, is that Amazon doesn't "require a password to validate payment information."
If the FTC wins, Amazon will be forced to refund "millions of dollars" to those who have paid the charges rung up by their children without parental permission.
If you love beef but hate the fat, there is another animal protein on the market that is soaring in popularity as a red meat alternative ... yak meat.
But how did yaks, that are only really known to live it up in Tibet, end up in the USA?
Oddly enough, the founder of the Boy Scouts brought them here in the early 1900s on the assumption that if buffalo liked our terrain, so would yaks.
And those who sell it and eat it are pretty darned excited about it.
One yak farmer exuberantly describes it like this: "Interest in exotic meats has always been there, but now people are becoming more conscious of it. Yaks are amazing. It’s a divine meat! It’s something different … more and more farmers should go for it." (Yahoo)
Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly have just announced the nominees for the2014 Emmy Awards, which will take place August 25th, hosted by Seth Meyers, and broadcast live on NBC. Here are the nominees in the major categories
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey)
Kerry Washington (Scandal)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom)
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad)
Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)
Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)
Christina Hendricks (Mad Men)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Josh Charles (The Good Wife)
Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family The Big Bang Theory Louie Veep Silicon Valley Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black)
Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Louis C.K. (Louie)
Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Allison Janney (Mom)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell (Modern Family)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Andre Braugher(Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family)
Adam Driver (Girls)
Fred Armisen (Portlandia)
Outstanding Mini-series or Movie
American Horror Story: Coven
The White Queen
Bonnie and Clyde
Outstanding TV Movie
The Normal Heart
The Trip to Bountiful
Sherlock: His Last Vow
Blog Wednesday 7/9
A Washington state man turned the Good Book into a bad trip – after he broke into a stranger's house in the middle of the night to quote scripture, while high on LSD.
The homeowners were awakened in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when the unidentified, naked man crashed through their front door and began loudly reciting passages from the Bible while running around the house. The woman residing there dialed 911 while her husband grabbed a baseball bat to investigate the situation, then chased the nude intruder into the street.
Cops responding to the scene say they discovered the man, still naked, wandering down the street and talking to himself. He was taken to a hospital after revealing that he'd taken a large quantity of the psychedelic drug. (Seattle Times)
The controversy about the Washington Redskins name has done some good – it led to the capture of a fugitive.
Jake Close was recently asked for his opinion on the Redskins controversy by the Press Enterprise in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and he gave the paper permission to include his comments along with his face and name in the paper's "Your Opinion" section.
A Bloomsburg University police officer recognized Close, who was wanted for jumping his bail on a DUI case, and tracked him down. Close was arrested at the Bloomsburg student rec center on Sunday and sent to jail on $25,000 bail, pending extradition to New York.
And what was Close's comment on the Redskins? "They should change the mascot to a potato!"
Blog Monday 7/7
A discount store employee discovered that it's still a good idea to "just say no" – when a wanna-be robber walked in with a gun and walked out empty-handed because the clerk yelled at him to get out.
The suspect, described as a tall white male in his mid-30s, entered the Dollar General and made a beeline for the checkout, where he ordered the cashier to open the till and hand over the cash – telling him he had a gun and was willing to use it. That didn't have much of an impact on the worker, who looked the guy in the eye and firmly refused the demand – telling him to get out of the store immediately.
The tactic worked, and the thief turned tail – leaving his image on surveillance cameras so that cops can haul him in for attempted robbery. (WTSP)
A pair of crooks in Florida made off with the haul of their dreams – then got busted for taking a nap at the scene of the crime.
Sebastian Gaarlandt and Kristine Gankos broke into several cars in the parking lot of a condo complex in Casselberry, stealing electronics, including several GPS devices, as well as other personal effects. The excitement of the heist apparently took a lot out of them, since they then climbed into their getaway car – where they both fell asleep.
One of the car owners called cops to report a break-in, and when an officer was dispatched to the scene, he found the pair snoozing away, surrounded by the stolen items. (Bright House Network)
Taiwanese doctors had nearly written off a young woman as a hypochondriac for complaining about stomach pain until they finally took an X-ray – which revealed she'd had a fountain pen lodged in her gut for nearly six months.
Shing Feng had seen a number of doctors, none of whom seemed able to give her an answer about the issue, which started as mild discomfort, but eventually became so bad she couldn't eat properly or concentrate on her studies. She finally found a physician affiliated with a hospital, and he ordered the X-ray, which revealed the pen, positioned at an awkward angle.
She was wheeled into surgery almost immediately, since the staff agreed she was at risk of serious injury, or even death. In recovery, she said she didn't recall swallowing the object, but imagined it might have happened during a drunken celebration after her finals. (Daily Star)
There's no greater tradition that the summer road trip, and according to the editors ofOutside magazine these are the 10 best, most adventure-packed road trips in the U.S.
Eureka, California, to Coos Bay, Oregon
Southern Colorado Loop
Grand Canyon, Arizona, to Moab, Utah
Jackson, Wyoming, to Glacier National Park, Montana
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Olympic Peninsula loop, Washington
The Big Island loop, Hawaii
Las Cruces, New Mexico, through West Texas
Duluth, Minnesota, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
New Orleans, Louisiana, to Apalachicola, Florida
The 4th may be over, but there's another great reason to celebrate in July − it's National Bikini Month. Bikinis can be traced back to the Ancient Romans, where drawings showed Roman women wearing bikini-like outfits during athletic competitions.
But the modern bikini was introduced on July 5, 1946, and the man officially credited with its creation is Louis Réard, a French mechanical engineer. Apparently Réard was running his mother's lingerie business in Paris and noticed that the women on the beaches in St. Tropez kept rolling up the sides of their swimsuits to get a better tan. Thus came the inspiration for the modern marvel known as the string bikini. So have a cold one in honor of Louis ... then head to your local beach or pool to celebrate his great achievement and this great month.
There are so many debatable issues in the world – politics, religion, whether soccer is worth watching. Thanks to The Huffington Post, there's now one we can all enjoy debating – the hottest women's swimsuit movie moments.
We may not remember much from certain movies, but if there was a hot actress in a bikini, there's a very good chance we'll remember the scene.
Many guys will never forget Phoebe Cates' red bikini in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Or Carrie Fisher's gold bikini in Return of the Jedi. Some other guys can't get the image of Bo Derek in 10 out of their heads or stop fantasizing about Halle Berry in Die Another Day or Jessica Alba in Into the Blue.
If you go to the web site you can go through a collection of memorable photos and rank them. So far, Phoebe Cates is the one to beat.
Graduation is over and if you're a high school student, you're probably pretty proud of what you've accomplished in the last four years.
Now ... allow us to burst your bubble.
Meet Maadhav Shah. Though he's only 16 years old, the California teen already holds three associate's degrees and recently scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT.
He recently graduated from American River College (ARC) near Sacramento with degrees in math, physical science, and social science, and STARTED as a student there at the ripe old age of 10.
Now here's where it gets even weirder. Even though he has college degrees, Maadhav is still working on graduating from Granite Bay High School, where he is starting his senior year in the fall.
Shah hopes to study engineering at Stanford or Cal Tech ... and there's no doubt in our minds that we'll all eventually work for him someday. (Yahoo)
A day after Chris Colfer's Twitter account was hacked, his Glee co-star Lea Michelewas hit.
On Friday morning, a tweet was posted to her account announcing that the actress was pregnant. But Lea set the record straight, tweeting, "Before this gets out to the media, I would like to announce to my fans that I am pregnant. #BabyBoy."
She added, "Guess @ChrisColfer and I should have known better than to make our passwords the names of our cats."
On Thursday, a hacker posted to Chris's Twitter account that he had been fired fromGlee. The actor, who on an airplane when the post went up, later wrote, "Apparently I missed quite the INTERESTING day while aboard my flight. I'm just glad I wasn't 'killed by a fruit truck' again."
America may be out of the running, but four other nations' teams are still nursing hopes of becoming soccer's world champions. Quarter-final matches Friday and Saturday have determined the semi-final matchups.
Brazil will face Germany tomorrow (Tuesday), and Argentina will take on The Netherlands Wednesday.
Argentina will have to do without midfielder Angel Di Maria, who was injured Saturday. Brazil will be without its captain, Thiago Silva, due to yellow cards, and star strikerNeymar, who was kneed in the back and suffered a broken vertebra Friday.
Blog Friday 7/4
Brad Paisley will do his latest single, "River Bank," Sunday on Rising Star. The show airs at 9 p.m. [ET] on ABC.
The song is the first preview of his upcoming album, Moonshine in the Trunk, which will be out August 25th.
Taylor Swift's Red tour has smashed the record for highest grossing country tour of all time.
The tour, which ended recently after 15 months of shows, took in $150 million. That passes Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul 2 Soul tour, which grossed $141 million during 2006 and 2007.
The Red tour wrapped up June 12th in Singapore.
Blog Thursday 7/3
A Florida man was arrested after getting in his licks – by running his tongue over a stranger's front door and mooning the neighbors when he failed in an attempt to break in.
Scott McLean Zacher was handcuffed after cops were called to the scene of a disturbance outside the home – which Zacher insisted belonged to a friend of his. The 43-year-old, who works as a teacher, reportedly resisted cops, saying he hadn't done anything wrong, and just wanted to visit his pal.
Deputies still took him into custody, charging him with disorderly intoxication and trespassing. (Tampa Bay Times)
A 25-year-old Swedish guy has what might be the world's longest name.
The man, who was born Alexander Ek, goes by the name Papah Long Nameh for short, but his full legal moniker contains 63 names. That's a record in Sweden and possibly the world. It's also cost him a lot of money. In Sweden, citizens are allowed one free name change. After that it costs about $184 for each change. He's changed his name six times before eventually settling on the ridiculously-long name.
So what is his full name now? Here it is: Kim-Jong Sexy Glorious Beast Divine Dick Father Lovely Iron Man Even Unique Poh Un Winn Charlie Ghora Khaos Mehan Hansa Kimmy Humbero Uno Master Over Dance Shake Bouti Bepop Rocksteady Shredder Kung Ulf Road House Gilgamesh Flap Guy Theo Arse Hole Im Yoda Funky Boy Slam Duck Chuck Jorma Jukka Pekka Ryan Super Air Ooy Rusell Salvador Alfons Molgan Akta Papa Long Nameh Ek. (Newser)
A South Carolina woman is behind bars after a remarkably bad day that began when she stole a car and ended when she fell through the ceiling of a hospital.
31-year-old Christie Lee Davis had a day that will keep cops very busy for a long time writing up a detailed police report. Police say Davis drove a stolen car over to a friend's house but was asked to leave when she became disruptive. That's when she climbed back into the car and drove it into the side of the house. When cops arrived to arrest her, she told them she was feeling sick, so they took her to a nearby hospital. While there, she was given permission to use the bathroom. She apparently tried to escape, because several minutes later she came crashing through the hospital ceiling and landed on a security guard who suffered injuries. She also caused $1,000 in damages.
Davis was taken to jail and held on $3,000 bail. She's been slapped with a slew of charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, assault and battery. (Spartanburg Herald Journal)
A Utah woman got arrested after trying to help her sister light up more than just some candles on her birthday – by buying a bunch of meth from an off-duty cop.
Heather Rodriguez approached the officer and told him she wanted to pick up a nice surprise for her sister, and was hoping he had some meth. He didn't produce any drugs, but when she pulled out a pipe that appeared to be covered in meth residue, the officer surprised her with a different sort of present – a call to his colleagues, who took her into custody on charges of possessing drug paraphernalia.
She initially said that she was only holding the pipe for a friend, but ultimately admitted she'd gotten herself into a meth of trouble on her own. (Daily Herald)
At Thanksgiving time, Butterball opens up their Turkey Talk-Line to help people through the challenge of getting that bird on the table.
In the same spirit, anyone grilling out over the Fourth of July weekend this year will be able to talk to a Grill Master, thanks to Longhorn Steakhouse.
A team of “Certified Grill Masters” will be available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. You can call them, text them, and even hit them up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to solve your barbecue problems.
So if you have questions about choosing the right cut of steak, grilling temperature, or what seasoning to add, reach out to them.
Several characters from the super-popular Disney movie Frozen are heading to Once Upon a Time next season.
Two of the roles have just been cast. Scott Michael Foster (Greek) will play Kristoff and Elizabeth Lail will play Anna (who was voiced by KristenBell in the movie) in recurring roles. Elsa, who was introduced at the end of the season-three finale, hasn't been cast yet. The character is expected to debut in the first episode this fall.
If you were on the fence about watching Sharknado 2: The Second One, here’s some news that might get you to pay attention – and maybe even take the time to see the movie.
Jared the Subway Guy is in it.
Which means Jared the Subway Guy will probably be eaten alive by a shark.
How can you put a price on seeing that? (BroBible)
British doctors voted to ban cigarettes for anyone born after the year 2000.
The ban passed at the British Medical Association’s annual meeting and will lead to the doctors’ union twisting the arm of the government because – of course – doctors can’t pass laws. Politicians can.
A spokesman for the British Medical Association explained the hard line stance this way: “Smoking is not a rational, informed choice of adulthood. Eighty percent of smokers start as teenagers as a result of intense peer pressure.
“It’s not expected that this policy will instantly prevent all people from smoking, but rather it will de-normalize cigarette smoking. The level of harm caused by smoking is unconscionable.” (BMA)
Jeremy Meeks, the California felon who made headlines for his handsome mugshot, has been picked up by Blaze Models in Los Angeles.
His new rep Gina Rodriguez (a former porn star who represents such D-listers as Farrah Abraham, Octomom, Tan Mom and V. Stiviano) thinks he could rake in as much as $30K a month with his new career.
There's just one small problem ... he's being held in jail with bail set at over $1 million.
Rodriguez is trying to secure Meeks some modeling deals so whenever he gets out, he can hit the ground running. (Gawker)
Blog Tuesday 7/1
Butter is back! New reports show that we are consuming about 23 sticks of butter a year on average, which is up a lot from the days when we preferred the chemical stuff. In fact, butter consumption is ahead of margarine for the third straight year.
Even though we are eating more of the real stuff, our love for butter doesn't even come close to it did in the 1920s when the average American consumed 72 sticks a year. (Time)
The World Cup is such serious business that some want you to alter your breakfast habits in advance of Team USA's do-or-die match against Belgium on Tuesday.
American breakfast institution the Waffle House sent out a tweet on Monday saying, "We don't believe in Belgium waffles." That message was re-tweeted more than 7,600 times with many like-minded souls, including Jake McDonald, picking up the ball with their own variation. He wrote, "Going to @Wafflehouse tomorrow to enjoy some AMERICAN waffles. #boycottbelgium #BeatBelgium #USAvsBEL #ussoccer."
As many suspected would happen, Shia LaBeouf has checked into a private 12-step rehab facility. A nurse and security guard had been called in advance and awaited his arrival.
A source revealed, “Shia was nervous. He didn't look good all morning. It didn't look like he wanted to do it, but he knew he had to.”
Paparazzi snapped shots of the scruffy, 28-year-old actor carrying a copy of the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous. A nice signal to Hollywood power-players that he’s serious about cleaning up his act.
However, at the very least he could have chosen a dog-eared copy. No one would be surprised if his crisis manager team purchased the “Big Book” earlier in the day and thrust it Shia’s hands. Source: Daily Mail
If you want to know who is going to win a sporting event, all you need to do is ask an animal.
That's what workers at SeaWorld in San Antonio were thinking when they asked a tortoise to predict the winner of today's World Cup match-up between the the U.S. and Belgium. Henry the African spurred tortoise was presented two soccer balls, one with an American flag on it and one with the Belgium flag on it. And wouldn't you know it, Henry picked the American ball. So now you can place your bets with full confidence that the Americans will win today. (KSAT - San Antonio)
Blog Monday 6/30
1. Transformers: Age of Extinction - $100 million 2. 22 Jump Street - $15.4 million 3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 - $13.1 million 4. Think Like a Man Too - $10.4 million 5. Maleficent - $8.2 million
Transformers: Age of Extinction blew away the competition at the box office, taking in $100 million in its debut weekend.
22 Jump Street was a distant second with $15.4 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 was third with $13.1 million.
Last week's number-one movie, Think Like a Man Too, dropped to fourth with $10.4 million.
Maleficent was fifth with $8.2 million.
Blog Friday 6/27
Last (Thursday) night on Broadway, Shia LaBeouf put on an arresting performance-- and he wasn't even on stage.
Six police officers were needed to escort the troubled actor from the audience watching a production of the musical Cabaret. LaBeouf was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing.
During the first act, the 28-year-old actor obnoxiously smoked cigarettes and was disruptive. Police waited until intermission to arrest LaBeouf. He was sobbing as they cuffed him and carted him off in the squad car.
Following intermission, Cabaret cast member Danny Burstein posted to Facebook the all-clear signal. “Ladies and gentlemen, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.”
At the police department, LaBeouf was so belligerent, and constantly spitting, that officers forced him into a restrictive face mask. He reportedly told the cops -- in colorful language inappropriate for the radio — exactly what he would do to them the moment they uncuffed him.
Witnesses report Shia was incoherent and stumbling before the show started. Tina Marie Miller claimed, “If we didn't know who he was, we'd assume he was a bum, literally, from how he looked and acted. Honestly, I wasn't thinking of drunk or drugs.”Source: ABC News
Blog Tuesday 6/24
Video gaming is now a college varsity sport with schools squaring off, just like they might do on the football field or basketball court.
And, one private university in Chicago is actually offering scholarships for gamers.
Robert Morris University Illinois is offering 50% of tuition and 50% of room and board to experts of the game League of Legends. When you tally it all up, scholarship winners are getting $19,000.
Not to shabby for just goofing off with a game. (Forbes)
A researcher gave vocabulary tests to men and women to see which words they recognized – and which words they didn’t.
These tests found there are words that most men know – that many women don’t.
If you’re watching the World Cup games – or at least watching the United States team World Cup games – here are some fast facts that will make you sound like soccer genius to your friends:
The average player runs about seven miles during the course of a game. And, referees end up running even more.
There are 12 different stadiums hosting games in Brazil, with seating capacity ranging from about to 43,000 to almost 77,000. The stadiums have been an average of 92.8 percent full in the early round of the tournament.
Most oddsmakers currently have Brazil to win the 2014 tournament, followed by Germany, Argentina, and Spain.
3.2 billion people around the world watched the last World Cup final, nearly half the planet’s population. (Today)
Kim Kardashian is protesting the protest of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Celebrities have been boycotting the famous establishment because its owner, theSultan of Brunei, has enacted anti-gay laws in his country. But in an essay on herblog Kim explains why she no longer supports the protest. She writes, “For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn’t even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now… We shouldn’t punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years!”
She adds, "I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution."
Though the ratings continued to decrease last year, American Idol producers are sticking with their judges' panel.
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Junior will return for their second season together, along with host Ryan Seacrest.
In a statement, Fox's David Hill said, "Jennifer, Keith, Harry and Ryan are the very best in the business at what they do, and I'm thrilled that they are returning to American Idolfor another season."
Simon Cowell was rumored to be making a return to help stave off the ratings decline, but that may have been wishful thinking.
Auditions for season 14 continue Wednesday in New Orleans.
President Obama may be known around the world, he might enjoy World Cup soccer, but there's no way his face should be on a collectible mug featuring England's World Cup Team players, and yet, that happened.
Someone at the British company that made the cups put a photo of Obama wearing a British soccer jersey on the mugs instead of Manchester United's center back Chris Smalling.
The distributor of the mugs pinned the mistake on an "apprentice" who used Google to find images of the players on the team, but mistakenly ended up with a photo of Obama. They explained, "He copied the first picture he liked the look of and the result was that the President of the United States has ended up on an England cup instead of the English defender."
There is now a candy out there made from Ghost Peppers, which happen to be the hottest peppers known to man.
Popping just one little Ghost Pepper Super Hot Candy Balls in your mouth is, as you can imagine, painful.
The sensation of eating one has been described as “needles … needles everywhere.”
Calling these crazy things candy seems a bit off. (Time)
There's just something about a hunky bad boy that makes women forget common sense. Six-time convicted felon Jeremy Meeks caused quite a stir on the Stockton, California, Police Department's Facebook page when his mug shot was posted after he was arrested on felony weapons charges.
Jeremy's mug shot is so sexy it went viral – with nearly 70,000 likes and 20,000 comments, mostly from women totally enamored with the 30-year-old's baby blue eyes and chiseled jaw. Word travels fast over social media and comments like, "I would arrest him too ... hottest bad boy I've seen" and "Momma, I'm in love with a criminal" flooded the law enforcement site.
A spokesperson for the Stockton PD told a local news station that Jeremy is "one of the most violent criminals in the Stockton area," but even $900,000 bail isn't a deterrent for Jeremy's newfound fan base. With his sudden and swift internet fame, Jeremy Meeks might be able to leave his life of crime behind for a modeling gig, and if that doesn't work out for him, he certainly won't be hard up for dates after serving his time! (ABC News)
Additional details on Tim McGraw's struggle with substance abuse have surfaced on the web. In his new cover story with Men's Health, Tim reveals until seven years ago, there weren't many times he went onstage without "something" in his system.
He says, "I drank too much. I partied too much. And did other things too much. Chemically. No needles or that kind of stuff, but … use your imagination."
Tim adds his wife Faith Hill was the one who got him to stop, saying, "When your wife tells you it's gone too far, that's a big wake-up call."
Tim's Men's Health issue hits newsstands on Tuesday.
Rian Johnson will write and direct the eighth Star Wars movie.
Johnson, who directed Brick and Looper, takes over the franchise from J.J. Abrams, who is now shooting Episode VII in London. Johnson will also write the treatment for Episode IV, but will not direct it.
He also directed three episodes of Breaking Bad, including "Ozymandias," which many considered the series' best.
Episode VII is set to come out in December 2015. A a new Star Wars is scheduled to be release every year after that.
The U.S. almost stunned Portugal in Sunday's World Cup contest. Almost. Just before the game ended in stoppage time, SilvestreVarela scored, changing what could have been a U.S. victory into a 2-2 tie.
Portugal got out to a fast start, scoring a goal early on, but Jermaine Jones answered for Team USA, scoring early in the second half.
With just nine minute remaining in regular time, Clint Dempsey scored to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead, and what many presumed, the victory. Yet, Varela scored that goal with just seconds remaining to steal the win from the U.S. and break hearts all over America.