Miranda Lambert has been asked to autograph some interesting things. Perhaps the most unusual is a prosthetic leg with her picture on it.
The artificial leg belongs to nine-year-old Kalyn Squires, who's been a double amputee since she was an infant because of a congenital disorder. Kalyn met Miranda at a show in Mississippi. Ran not only signed her leg, but gave her some other signed goodies.
Miranda isn't the only star to get the honor of having a picture on Kalyn's leg -- she has a picture of Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan on her other leg. (WSMV-TV)
Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, is set to unveil a new extreme food for 2015 – deep-fried nachos on a stick.
This stick of beef will be smothered with refried beans, rolled up in Dorito crumbs, and then deep-fried to perfection.
Once this taste explosion is pulled from the grease, it will be smothered in cheese and sour cream.
Willie's Reserve -- a connoisseur brand of weed developed by Willie Nelson and his family -- as well as their own pot store, is coming to states where the sale of marijuana is legal.
The stores will not only sell Willie's brand, but also strains developed by other growers as long as they meet his discriminating environmental standards. The stores, which will also carry branded bongs, will launch sometime next year. (The Daily Beast)
Jana Kramer and her football-player fiancé, Michael Caussin, met in the most modern of ways -- on Twitter.
First Michael started following her on the social media site. Jana thought he was pretty cute, so she followed him back. The rest as they say is history.
Jana Kramer says after she followed him on Twitter, their relationship began. he direct messaged me. Then I finally gave him my number because my manager is also on my Twitter. She was can you just give him your number already because your blowing up my phone with y'alls messages."
The couple started dating in August and got engaged on her birthday in December. There's no word yet on a wedding date.
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There can be no denying that Taylor Swift is really into Calvin Harris.
For the second time in as many nights, the musicians were arm-in-arm. The Twitterverse exploded with photos from Nashville of the couple enjoying a Kenny Chesney concert. Taylor snuggled with Calvin as he brought in her close by wrapping his left arm around her waist.
A source confirmed (quote) “Yes, there is a spark there, but she's not an easy sell these days. She's seeing what kind of guy he really is. She makes guys work for it. At this point, he is still chasing her.” (Beautiful Ballad)
Blog Thursday 3/26
The next time you think about ignoring a jury duty summons, just think about Owen Fazenbaker the Third.
Instead of showing up for jury duty and making up a phony excuse why he couldn't serve, the 32-year-old Pennsylvania man simply ignored it. He did this a whopping 11 times in the past two years, and on Monday he was arrested in the last place you'd think he'd be -- in a courthouse.
Fazenbaker was in court trying to lower his child support payments when the judge realized that he'd failed to appear for jury duty almost a dozen times. The judge said he found it "ironic" that he "could find his way to court for that but couldn't show up when called for jury duty."
Refusing to serve jury duty carries a $500 fine and 10 days in jail. For ignoring 11 summonses, Fazenbaker was facing 110 days in jail and $5500 in penalties, but the judge let him off with just a $500 fine and told him he better serve the next time he gets a notice. (New York Daily News)
Dumb criminals make a policeman's job easy, which is why cops in Maine should say thank you to Christopher Wallace.
The 24-year-old was wanted in connection to a January robbery in which cooking equipment had been stolen from a campsite. He must have assumed that if police hadn't gotten him after a couple of months they must have forgotten about it. He was wrong. Officers arrived at his house after he'd posted on Snapchat that he was home. But when an initial search of the house failed to net them their man, cops went back onto Snapchat and saw that Wallace had posted another update saying that police were in his house and couldn't find him because he was hiding in a kitchen cabinet.
So officers walked back into the kitchen, opened up the cabinets and sure enough, there he was. Cops pulled him out and placed him under arrest. (CentralMaine.com)
Things got a little hairy recently in a Norwegian town where a man was arrested for shaving off his hair and beard and then gluing the clippings onto another man's bald head.
The unnamed perpetrator, who is in his 40s, told police that the victim asked him to do it. The prosecuting attorney said, "He was bald, so the accused claims that they had agreed to create a toupee for the aggrieved party." The accused, who has a criminal history and is suspected in a number of other crimes, later violated a restraining order against the man he gave the homemade hairpiece to. (NY Daily News)
Drivers try all sorts of stuff to get away with driving in carpool lanes, but this gimmick takes things to a whole new level.
A man in Washington state was pulled over in a carpool lane for driving with a cardboard cutout of the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World.”
The trooper who caught the guy – and then gave the driver a $150 ticket. (WashingtonPost)
The dating site WhatsYourPrice.com, where you submit a dollar amount in order to get a date, crunched the numbers and ranked the schools, based on the actual prices men are willing to pay for a first date with a female student there.
Looking for a new job? Here’s a good place to start …
Forbes and Statista.com asked more than 20,000 American workers a simple question: “On a scale of 1-10, how likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else?” They took those results and came up with America’s Best Employers of 2015.
According to an industry insider, Canadian strip clubs are struggling because young guys are playing video games.
Just 10 years ago, the city of Toronto was home to 63 strip clubs. Today, it only has 14.
And Tim Lambrinos, director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada, is blaming Nintendo.
“It seems that young Canadian males are more distracted with other types of interests,” Lambrinos said. “Game Boys, plugging in things and so on, and it’s almost as if the young women are the ones bringing them out to the clubs now.” (CBC)
A New Jersey man was arrested last week after he crashed his car into a utility pole and assaulted a police officer by biting his shoe.
Police say 34-year-old Robert Jurgensen was driving drunk when he crashed his Cadillac into a utility pole, causing electrical wires to fall to the ground. When police arrived, they couldn't approach him because of the dangerous live wires, so they instructed him to stay inside the vehicle for his own safety.
But Jurgenson ignored their instructions and exited the vehicle. That's when he rushed the officers and bit one of their shoes. He also kicked another officer in the leg. Jurgenson was finally apprehended and placed under arrest. He was taken to a nearby hospital with some injuries and charged with driving while intoxicated in addition to several motor vehicle violations. More criminal charges are pending. (NJ.com)
A Florida man found out earlier this month that spilling a cup of booze on a police officer's shoes is not an effective way to convince him that you weren't driving drunk.
The 38-year-old man, who has not been named, was pulled over for speeding. While talking to the driver, the officer detected a smell of alcohol and vomit, and asked if he'd been drinking. The man eventually admitted to having "a couple" of drinks. The officer then noticed a cup inside the car that had a liquid in it and asked what it was. The man claimed it was just Red Bull and ice, and then poured it out on the officer's shoe. When the officer asked why he dumped it all over his shoe he replied, "You know what was in the cup."
The driver refused to take a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer, and was charged with driving under the influence. (Northwest Florida Daily News)
The Princeton Review has apologized for insulting Taylor Swift's grammar skills in an SAT prep book.
Earlier today (Tuesday), a Swiftie pointed out on Tumblr that the book botched the lyrics to T's "15." It quoted the song as saying, "Somebody tells you they love you, you gotta believe 'em." But the actual lyric is, "When you're 15 and somebody tells you they love you, you're gonna believe them." Taylor then replied, "ACCUSE ME OF ANYTHING BUT DO NOT ATTACK MY GRAMMAR."
The Princeton Review folks are trying to make up for the misquote, tweeting, "Sorry@taylorswift13! We’ll make it up to you. Pick a #grammar lover fan. 2 tickets to a U.S. show on us!" But publisher and senior vice president Rob Franek wouldn't take back the point about grammar, saying, "‘Somebody,’ as you know, is a singular pronoun, and if it’s singular, the rest of the sentence has to be singular.” In other words, it should be "he" or "she," not "they."
No word on whether Taylor has taken the Princeton Review up on its offer. (MTV)
A new app called Words U improves your texting vocabulary by switching out common words and replacing them with fancier ones.
The app, designed to help college students master SAT vocabulary, helps you learn new words every day – and impress your friends.
It even has an option to look up the definition of each word used.
You get smarter without really even trying that hard. (DailyMail)
Think the gender pay gap isn’t real? Consider this: Even in nursing, a profession dominated by women, men make more than women. New data has found that male nurses make $5,100 more than female nurses in the same positions. (NY Times)
The Chicago Cubs haven't done a whole lot of winning over the past, say, 100 years – but they were big winners on Sunday and it had nothing to do with baseball.
Before taking the field for a pre-season game against the Padres, about 25 Cubs players, coaches and manager Joe Maddon took part in a fundraising event called "Respect Bald" and shaved their heads to raise awareness and money for children battling cancer.
Fans were invited to join the players too. For a $100 donation, fans could have their heads shaved alongside their favorite player. It was a fun event for everyone involved, but more importantly, the event raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer. (Sports Illustrated)
During a recent hockey game in Winnipeg, Canada, nine-year-old Keaton Hamin won a stick signed by the Winnipeg Jets’ Tyler Myers.
Seven-year-old Alyx Delaloye, who sat near Keaton, was so excited about the hockey stick that she ran down to see it close up.
Keaton noticed that Alyx was fighting cancer, so he gave the stick to her, thinking that she deserved it more than him.
After the game, Alyx and her family were invited into the locker room and met the whole Jets team.
And since the game, Keaton and Alyx have become good friends and have hung out a few times, sharing their love for hockey and the Jets. (ViralNova)
Mulder and Scully are returning to TV.
After months of speculation, FOX announced today (Tuesday) that The X-Files will be revived in a six-part series premiering this summer.
Series creator and executive producer Chris Carter says, "I think of it as a 13-year commercial break. The good news is the world has only gotten that much stranger, a perfect time to tell these six stories."
Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will reprise the roles they played from 1993 to 2002 on the small screen and in two films on the big screen. (Hollywood Reporter)
You will never drunk text again. A new app called Drunk Mode lets you block contacts of your choosing for up to 12 hours. And this is great … you can only unlock these numbers if you are able to solve difficult math problems. Yeah, good luck doing math when you’re drunk. Brilliant. (Daily Mail)
Blog Tuesday 3/24
If you go to the Ballpark in Arlington to see the Texas Rangers play, you’ll have the opportunity to get your hands on some of the greasiest, craziest food in Major League Baseball.
The Ballpark is offering such things as Fried S’mOreos, Bacon Cotton Candy, Bacon Beer, and Deep-Fried Corn On The Cob as part of their “State Fare” menu, which is inspired by all the nutty foods being sold at fairs across the country.
So, put down that hot dog and those nachos. They’re not nearly unhealthy enough.
A married couple in New Jersey have been together ever since they met on a blind date in 2004, but they were shocked recently when they found out that they had actually crossed paths when they were kids back in 1988.
Jourdan and Ryan Spencer were watching some of Jourdan's old family videos and spotted something that sent chills down their spines. In one particular video, Jourdan is seen with her family visiting Sesame Place amusement park in Pennsylvania. Jourdan, then 10 years old, was waiting in line for a water slide and her family was waiting for her at the bottom. Then suddenly, a boy happened to walk across the screen. It was Ryan, then 13 years old.
The couple replayed the video several times and couldn't believe it. They invited their families over to watch the video and they, too, couldn't believe it. Jourdan says she doesn't believe for a second that it was just a coincidence and that there was something bigger at play that day. (Huffington Post)
When college student Pradnya Mandhare of Mumbai, India, was walking home from class, a drunk man tried to attack her. But he was messing with the wrong woman.
Pradnya says after the man tried to touch her inappropriately, she hit him with her bag … then dragged him by his hair to the police station. She says that even though bystanders saw her fighting with the man, no one stepped in to help … so she took matters into her own hands.
"When I tried to avoid him, he grabbed me,” she said. “I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag.
He was trying to hit me, but I could overpower him because he was stinking of alcohol and I could make out that he was drunk," she said.
"Dragging him by the hair and walking was tough, because he was trying to escape and I was afraid he would attack me. He kept telling me not to drag him along and that he would come with me on his own, but I did not let go. I finally managed to hand him over to the police."
A defense attorney in Connecticut was in court with his client last week and ended up having to defend himself.
Vincent Fazzone was speaking to his client when the judge interrupted him and said, "when you're done speaking with your client we need to talk to you." That's because when he stood up, a baggie containing two ounces of marijuana fell out of his pocket. A marshal picked it up and brought it to the judge.
His paralegal explained that Fazzone doesn't smoke pot and that he had it in his pocket because his client asked him to confront her child about the dangers of drugs. Fazzone apparently forgot that he had it in his pocket. Well, the judge appears to have bought the excuse but still ticketed him for possession and made him pay a $150 fine. (Hartford Courant)
Last week, Bobbi Kristina’s cousin recorded a song “Pray For BK.”
This week, Jerod Brown-Carter will be added to Bobby Brown's prayer list. Krissy’s cousin was arrested Monday. Atlanta's Fox 5 TV reports he was caught for the second time driving without a license and providing a fake name to police.
In the early morning hours of Monday, Jerod Brown-Carter was pulled over because cops say there was a distinctive aroma of marijuana wafting from his car. Jerod denied he had any drugs. But when asked to identify himself, Jerod could not produce a drivers’ license. Even worse, he gave police the name of “Jahraim Wallace Reid.”
An hour later, the arresting officer determined the name was fake. He finally got Jerod to cough up his real identity and then discovered there was an outstanding arrest warrant for him in another Georgia county.
This is where it gets too funny. The original arrest warrant is for False Representation to Police and Driving Without A License. Jerod is a repeat offender.
There's a new flavor at a Dairy Queen in Michigan, and it's called "stupid." It's inspired by a group of teenage girls who recently stole cash from the tip jar and bragged about on social media.
Police say the group of five girls swiped the cash, ran out of the store and fled in a car. Witnesses grabbed their phones and took pictures of the girls and their getaway car, but as it turns out, cops didn't even need the photos. That's because one of the girls posted a video of themselves driving away from the DQ and waving their stolen cash on Snapchat along with the caption, "Robbed Dairy Queen tip jar." The video circulated quickly and was eventually viewed by police.
There's no word on whether police have identified them yet, but when they do, the owner of the Dairy Queen hopes they'll be be let off with a warning and a lesson learned. (Huffington Post)
A New York man says he was fired from his job at Home Depot because he had a tattoo of his girlfriend's name.
He's partially right, and Home Depot admits that. It's not that having a tattoo is against store policy, it's just that Kirk Soccorso's girlfriend's name is Isis, which of course is the same as the terrorist organization. Customers might not like seeing that on one of the store's employees.
Kirk says he got the tattoo, which is inked on the inside of his lower lip, without realizing it was the name of a terrorist group. Home Depot admits that the tattoo was part of the reason why Kirk was fired, but not the only reason. Managers say there was another personnel matter.
Kirk, who is no longer with his girlfriend, is considering taking legal action. (UPI)
Hot, 20-something female teachers getting caught having sex with their male students has become so widespread it’s almost an epidemic.
It actually takes a lot for a hot-for-teacher story to break new ground, which is why this one is so special.
In Virginia, a 28-year-old math teacher named Erica Mesa is in hot water for getting carnal with two students, aged 16 to 18.
Erica allegedly sent nude photos of herself to the students, as well as got it on with them at her home while her husband wasn’t around. And, in her SUV too.
But what puts Erica’s story over the top is that she admitted to having sex with one teen while another was in her basement “waiting his turn.”
Well, it’s good that they teach kids how to take turns in school. All those lessons seem to be paying off.
Erica currently faces a maximum of 22 years in prison.
And, her marriage is most likely shot. (DailyMail)
Kathy Griffin may have landed another hosting gig after ditching Fashion Police last week.
The New York Daily News says the comedian "made a big impression" on The View’s producers when she sat on the panel last Monday. Now they're said to be considering Kathy to replace Rosie O'Donnell as a permanent co-host.
An insider says, "She was great and has Whoopi's backing. Whoopi loves Kathy. The View would be a perfect fit if Kathy wanted to fly to New York weekly."
Earlier this month Kathy quit Fashion Police amid the controversy from Giuliana Rancic’s comment about Zendaya’s dreadlocks.
Blog Monday 3/23
Jason Aldean married Brittany Kerr in Mexico tonight (Saturday) surrounded by close family and friends.
Jason told US Weekly, "This is the best day ever –- I've got my girl here, my friends, my family – it's the best day ever!"
Brittany says, "Today has been the best day of my life. I feel like the luckiest woman to have been able to marry my best friend."
Among the guests in attendance were Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson and Jason's daughters (from his first marriage), 12-year-old Keeley and 7-year-old Kendyl.
Jason and Brittany have been dating for two years.
This is scary … The FDA has just approved genetically modified apples that won’t turn brown when they are cut. The apples will be marketed as Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden. Just like grandma used to eat … (Bloomberg)
There’s a village in China where almost all of the residents live into their 90s.
And when asked about the secret of their success, “elder statesman” Yu Fangyin – age 99 – offered up a simple recipe.
Smoke and drink.
Yu Fangyin smokes. He also drinks more than two-and-a-half gallons of rice wine every month.
This guy is feeling so healthy that he’s hoping to find a wife, joking that he’ll start looking next year, after his 100th birthday.
It seems that longevity – at least this guy’s longevity – doesn’t have anything to do with what he’s eating or drinking, but instead his commitment to being happy.
If smoking and drinking make you happy, it might not be all bad. (DailyMail)
A new app for the upcoming Apple Watch will be able to tell users how their behavior is impacting their life expectancy.
Life Clock displays a countdown based on the app’s prediction of the expected time of the user’s death.
It calculates each user’s life expectancy based on information he or she enters into the app.
In an effort to be up-to-date and accurate, the Life Clock adjusts by a number of minutes when a user does something healthy – and decreases when he or she does the opposite.
So, you get extra minutes to live when you exercise and eat healthy – and lose minutes when you don’t get enough sleep and smoke cigarettes.
This kind of tool might just scare some people straight. But … Probably not. It’s too hard to turn down a cheeseburger even if it means losing seven minutes at the end of your life. (Wired)
According to ESPN, which runs a massive March Madness bracket game for its visitors, 99.3% of all brackets were already busted after day one of the tournament.
So if you thought you were going to come into the office today and brag about your prediction skills and basketball knowledge, you’re probably out of luck and probably more likely to be hiding from your co-workers than talking smack to them.
Oh, well. Better luck next year. But probably not. (SBNation)
All right. We’re done with one wave of March Madness games. Hopefully the U.S. economy hasn’t crumbled.
According to a recent survey, almost three in 10 Americans have been watching March Madness games at work, with 39% of these slackers watching from their work computers.
Another poll found that 56% of American workers spent an hour of each work day following the games.
And, here’s where things really get bad.
A full 14% of fans actually took a sick day – or plan to take one – to watch part of the tournament.
The next games start this Thursday, March 26th. That gives you a few days to start faking your illness or building your alibi. Good luck. (WSJ)
1. The Divergent Series: Insurgent - $54 million 2. Cinderella - $34.5 million 3. Run All Night - $5.1 million 4. The Gunman - $5 million 5. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $4.6 million
Before he sued, Justin Bieber's egging victim demanded a million dollars for "destroying his reputation as an online auto industry leader," TMZ reports.
Sources say Jeff Schwartz believes he's now "known everywhere as the guy Bieber egged and spit on," and it's damaging his career. So when the Bieb refused to pay up, that's when Jeff Schwartz sued, alleging that he and his family were harassed by the singer and his bodyguards.
Last year, Justin pled no contest to vandalism for the egging incident and was given two years probation. He also paid his former neighbor $80,000 in damages, but apparently he's not satisfied.
Blog Friday 3/20
Earlier this week, a bill was presented to lawmakers in Nevada that would give people permission to buy marijuana for pets as long as it is recommended by a veterinarian.
That’s right. Weed for your dog or cat. Or hamster. Or iguana. A stoned iguana. Now that would be something to see.
The road to legalization of this stuff sure has had its twists and turns ... (Reuters)
There are two types of people in the world … Those who put the toilet paper roll on so the paper hangs in front of the roll and those who put it on with the paper hanging behind.
And, these two groups of people have been at each other's throats for decades.
Who’s right? The “over” people or the “under” people?
Well, we now have a definitive answer.
Thanks to Google’s patent database, the original 1891 patent application for the toilet paper on a roll was brought to light and … drumroll, please … the paper is supposed to hang OVER the roll.
This March Madness, a blast from a ref’s whistle will instantly stop the game clock, thanks to a new technology that detects the whistle, even when the crowd is screaming and yelling.
It seems that old school whistles – with the little pea inside – had problems when the referee blew too hard or when spit collected in the chamber.
Those whistles were gradually replaced with a different design that funnels the breath through three chambers, which combine to create a steady, three-toned screech.
And this season the NCAA is syncing up that screech to a gadget that automatically stops the game clock. Tests show that the speed of the system, which stops the clock faster than the average human operator, could add up to 30 seconds of playtime to a typical college game, which means 30 more seconds of action! (NYTimes)
Never mind that controversy over which email account she was using, Hillary Clinton thinks Americans need to have more fun.
Speaking Thursday at the American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City, the likely Democratic presidential candidate said, "There's a huge fun deficit in America. We really need camps for adults."
Clinton even joked that if the member of Congress had more fun, perhaps they'd get along better. She added, "The red cabin and the blue cabin have to come together and actually listen to each other." (ABC News)
The birth of a child is arguably a parent’s most treasured memory.
So when Jason Larke, an electrical contractor in Australia, took an out-of-town job that lasted four weeks, he feared that he would miss the birth of his third child.
The electronics company Samsung stepped up and offered to help Jason and his wife Alison by letting them use a virtual reality headset.
The experience was filmed and broadcast to the headset, allowing Jason to watch the birth of his son in real time, as if he were in the delivery room, even though he was really 2,500 miles away. (Mashable)
Looks like a good weekend to fire up Netflix.
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Blog Thursday 3/19
Two British men were arrested after they walked into a supermarket and bought 12 food processors. No, buying food processors isn't illegal, but it raised some suspicion among employees who knew about a particular reason why someone would need so many of the machines.
Employees notified police and told them the only reason someone would need so many food processors was if they were dealing drugs. It turns out they were right. Police investigated Gavin Etchell and Thomas Davies and discovered that they were running a "well-equipped" drug operation and were using the machines to cut cocaine with an over-the-counter pain reliever to increase their profits.
Both guys copped to the drug operation and were sentenced to time behind bars. Etchell received a nine-year sentence and Davies got six-and-a-half years. (Mirror)
A 77-year-old Utah man who enjoys a little nude backyard sunbathing has been ordered to cover up -- or else he'll end up showing off his naughty bits to a cell mate.
Myron Lee Kipp has been sunbathing in his backyard au naturale for 30 years and no one ever complained, even though he could sometimes be seen from a neighboring church. But some new neighbors moved in and weren't very pleased with the view, so they notified police -- who busted him for public lewdness. At the time, he argued that he could do whatever he wants on his property.
Earlier this week, a judge offered a plea deal that Kipp happily accepted. He could still sunbathe in his backyard but needs to wear swim trunks. And as long as keeps himself covered up over the next year, his record will be tossed out. (Daily Mail)
If you happen to be on the lookout for tickets to the big Floyd Mayweather – Manny Pacquiao fight AND you’re interested in having sex with 24 different women, you’re in luck.
Sheri’s Ranch, a brothel in Nevada, is offering an amazing package deal.
You get two tickets to the fight, round-trip airfare to Las Vegas, car service, and a lodging for the weekend at Sheri’s resort.
Oh yeah, and the opportunity to “visit” all 24 women that work at the brothel.
You might have to get a second job, though, because you’ll have to write a check for $100,000.
But considering halfway decent tickets to the fight already cost up to $17,000 each, it’s not that bad of a deal. (SportsMole)
Will driving become a thing of the past? Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks so. Musk believes with the accuracy and safety of self-driving cars, humans could be banned from driving in just 20 years. Why? Because robot-driven cars are safer. Instead, we will all be reading, watching movies, or doing whatever … while the car safely takes us to our destination.
No road trips? No cruising in a convertible on a sunny day? No Sunday driving to nowhere? No sense of freedom after getting your driver's license? Sounds awful … (Daily Mail)
Liza Minnelli has checked into rehab.
The 69-year-old has been in a Malibu treatment facility for several days for alcohol abuse, according to TMZ. A rep says the star is making "excellent progress" and points out that "Liza has valiantly battled substance abuse over the years."
Liza's mother Judy Garland, who battled addiction most of her life, died in 1969 from an overdose of barbiturates.
In another tragic story that shows the danger of responding to Craigslist ads solo, a 26-year-old Colorado pregnant woman was stabbed and had her baby "removed " Wednesday when attempting to buy baby clothes.
Tragically, the baby did not survive the ordeal.
Police responded to a call from a home in Longmont at about 2:45 p.m. and found the victim beaten and cut in the stomach with a knife.
The suspect in the stabbing, a 34-year-old woman who placed the ad and lived at the home, went to the hospital with the baby claiming she had suffered from a miscarriage. Officials believe she may be mentally ill.
The victim was transported to nearby Longmont United Hospital and underwent surgery. She is expected to survive.
Police Commander Jeff Satur said, "This is a tragic case for a mother right now. She came by this house. She was attacked, and her baby was removed from her." (Denver Post)
Blog Wednesday 3/18
According to a new British survey, half of married men admit they find their mother-in-law attractive.
Even more shocking, one-in-six said their mother-in-law was better looking than their wife.
One out of four of the men surveyed admitted to flirting with their mother-in-law and 31% believe their wife's mother is attracted to them.
This is so messed up on so many levels. (DailyMail)
If you’re picking your March Madness bracket based on social media chatter, then you’ve got to pick Kentucky to go all the way.
According to data collected by Facebook between February 15th and March 14th, Kentucky led the nation with the most mentions, followed by Duke, No. 4 Louisville, and No. 10 Ohio State. (ForTheWin)
A New York man ended up busted on DUI charges after he barreled into a state trooper's car -- on foot!
Officer Mark J. Cepiel had pulled into a gas station to fill up the tank of his cruiser when another vehicle pulled in next to his, and Mark Masterson exited -- and walked right into the side of the car. Capiel continued to watch as Masterson stumbled into the station, then over to the pump, where he fumbled the nozzle enough to prompt the trooper to ask him to take a sobriety test.
The 50-year-old was taken to the agency's nearby barracks, and his blood-alcohol level was found to be .18, which is more than twice the legal limit in New York. Masterson was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and released to a third party, who drove him home. (New York Daily News)
All six of Johnny Cash's albums produced by Rick Rubin are being released together as a vinyl box set.
The albums -- American Recordings, American Recordings II: Unchained, American Recordings III: Solitary Man, American Recordings IV: The Man Comes Around, American Recordings V: A Hundred Highways and American Recordings VI: Ain’t No Grave -- will be available on March 24th.
Some say the albums represent some of Johnny's most creative work.
Raven-Symoné defended former Univision anchor Rodner Figueroa for an outrageous comment he made about Michelle Obama.
During a segment on El Gordo y la Flaca, Rodner said the First Lady looked as if she was in the cast of Planet of the Apes.
But today (Tuesday), guest co-hosting on The View, Raven said she didn't think the quip was "racist." "Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals. Is that rude? I look like a bird…so can I be mad at somebody that calls me Toucan Sam?"
Rodner apologized for his comment, but was still fired from Univision. (MSNBC)
No surprise here. Fashion Police is going on hiatus.
The E! show has been rocked by controversy and two high-profile defections, but the network insists it will return in September. In a statement, execs say, "We look forward to taking this opportunity to refresh the show before the next awards season. Our talented co-hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski, along with executive producerMelissa Rivers, will continue their roles as we evolve the show into its next chapter for the legions of Fashion Police fans around the world."
This comes just days after new host Kathy Griffin departed and then trashed the show, which was scheduled to return at the end of March. A few weeks back Kelly Osbourneleft, following that Zendaya / dreadlocks controversy.
Blog Tuesday 3/17
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You may think of St. Patrick’s Day as one of the biggest drinking days of the year, but it’s actually closer to the bottom of the Top 10 list.
It's a good week for family-friendly video releases.
Quvenzhane Wallis plays the title character in the latest remake of Annie. Jamie Foxx is Daddy Warbucks. Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne also star.
The animated Penguins of Madagascar features the voices of Benedict Cumberbach,Ken Jeong and John Malkovich, among others. The birds get into the spy game to keep a villain from taking over the world.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is a biblical epic starring Christian Bale as Moses, leading the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Also starring are Joel Edgerton, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley.
Top Five is Chris Rock's writing and directorial debut. It depicts the world of -- surprise, surprise -- stand-up comedy. The all-star cast also bosts Rosario Dawson,Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Cedric the Entertainer, Whoopi Goldberg, Gabrielle Union and Tracy Morgan.
There's not much TV that's new to video, but check out the second season of the classicWKRP in Cincinnati.
Blog Monday 3/16
A Connecticut man thought he could open the door to love by banging on doors and asking to meet his new wife -- before setting one of those doors on fire!
Alex Chambrello, who might've had more luck using his real name, rather than calling himself "Lucifer From Hell," wasn't wearing any pants while dashing through the snow in his quest for love. Chambrello, who was described as "under the influence," crashed his car into a ditch and wandered into a condo complex, where he started banging on doors and shouting that he needed a wife -- while warning everyone to steer clear because he had come from "the inferno."
He started a fire at one unit, which first responders managed to put out, and punched a woman in the face at another. Chambrello -- who's covered in tattoos including one that says “Conquer All Evil” with a depiction of Jesus and the Virgin Mary -- is charged with a number of offenses, including arson and indecent exposure. (Daily Mail).
According to Priceline.com, here’s a rundown of the Top 10 most popular Spring Break destinations:
New York City
Orange County, Calif.
San Francisco (MarketWatch … includes a full list of the top 50)
According to the American Gaming Association, an estimated 40 million Americans will fill out more than 70 million brackets – and bet approximately $9 billion on the NCAA tournament this year.
Amazingly, this $9 billion is more than double what was bet on the Super Bowl, which “only” saw $3.9 billion dollar’s worth of action.
The report from the American Gaming Association also pointed out that the total number of brackets expected to be filled out this year will be greater than the number of ballots cast for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.
1. Cinderella - $70.1 million 2. Run All Night - $11 million 3. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $6.2 million 4. Focus - $5.8 million 5. Chappie - $5.8 million
Brett Eldredge is number-one on the Mediabase chart this week with “Mean to Me.” It’s his third love song to hit number-one following “Beat of the Music” and “Don’t Ya.”
Brett Eldredge says he doesn’t mind being Mr. Love Song.
“Now I get to break it down and really be intimate and personal one-on-one kind of a song, and it’s just, I love that feeling. I love having girls sing it back to me, as well.”
Captain America is dating Snow White!
Chris Evans and Lily Collins are a couple, according to Us Weekly, after the two met at Vanity Fair's star-studded Oscars party last month.
An insider says, "It's just the beginning stages. But they're having a lot of fun and seeing where it goes."
The Avengers star previously dated actress Jessica Biel from 2004 to 2006. And the Mirror, Mirror star has dated Jamie Campbell Bower, Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron.
In the most hilarious way, Taylor Swift may have just responded to National Enquirergossip claiming she had her gams insured for $40 million. On Saturday, Taylor hit Twitter with a picture of a cat scratch on her upper left thigh, captioning, “GREAT WORK MEREDITH I WAS JUST TRYING TO LOVE YOU AND NOW YOU OWE ME 40 MILLION DOLLARS.”
The top seeds for the NCAA men's basketball tournament, announced Sunday, include Duke University, Villanova, Wisconsin and top-ranked and still unbeaten Kentucky.
Kentucky racked up their latest win earlier on Sunday, beating Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference tournament title game, giving them a perfect 34-0 record this season.
This is the second-consecutive years that a team has gone into the post-season with a perfect 34-0 record. Wichita State did it last year and was the first team to go into the tournament unbeaten since the University of Nevada-Las Vegas did it back in 1991.
The tournament has 68 teams going at it in four different geographical regions, each with its own number-one seed.
The action started with two games on March 17th and 18th in Dayton, Ohio with full play tipping off March 19th. The championship game is set for April 6th in Indianapolis.
With Kathy Griffin leaving Fashion Police on the heels of Kelly Osbourne, E! executives are reportedly "considering" canceling the show.
A source tells the New York Daily News, “They have off this month, but don’t be surprised if they cancel it quietly in a matter of weeks, when the craziness dies down a little. Melissa [Rivers] is a producer, not a leader; she can’t get control of the situation.”
The trouble started last month when Giuliana Rancic joked about Zendaya’s hair smelling like “weed.” Now, according an insider, the show has been labeled a “hassle” by execs, who are "upset" that celebs are now trashing the show.
The source adds, “Lena Dunham, Rosie O’Donnell and Jane Lynch all tweeted supporting Kathy. That’s not good. E! can’t survive without celebrity cooperation.”
Also, don't be surprised if Giuliana exits as well. The source says she's had it with the drama and would be "happy to go... She’s like, let the thing die already.”
Fashion Police is scheduled to return on March 30th.
Blog Friday 3/13
According to Census Bureau statistics, the man’s name “Gary” is going extinct.
The name has been plummeting in popularity since the early 1950s, when America saw nearly 39,000 baby Garys born.
This is compared to 2013 with only 442 – the lowest since 1928.
The name is now ranked number 578 in America.
It’s the end of an era, so hats off to Gary Busey, Gary Sinise, Gary Oldman and Gary The Snail. (Metro)
There’s been a surge of interest in exotic cars from the 1980s, cars that were often featured on posters in the '80s.
For example, a Lamborghini Countach from the early '80s is now valued at $1.25 million, up from just $400,000 five years ago.
Prices have also gone through the roof for early '80s Porche 911s, Ferrari Testarossas, and Panteras.
It’s as if the teenagers with those posters on the wall finally grew up and finally earned enough money to buy their dream cars.
Wedding season is right around the corner, and if you plan to walk down the aisle anytime soon, you better start saving money.
According to a new study by The Knot, couples spent an average of $31,213 on their weddings last year. That’s up more than 4% from $29,858 in 2013.
Couples getting married in New York City spent the most – an average of $76,328 last year. Couples in Utah spent the least, with an average of $15,257. (Yahoo)
Andy Samberg has been named the host of the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star will preside over TV's biggest night on September 20th. It will air live from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre on FOX.
Bruce Rosenblum, the chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, said, "Andy has excelled in all aspects of the television universe, both from behind and in front of the camera."
Andy won an Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics in 2007 for the song "Dick in a Box," along with Justin Timberlake.
Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced on July 16th. (Reuters)
Kathy Griffin is following in Kelly Osbourne's footsteps and leaving E!’s Fashion Police.
The comedian, who replaced the late Joan Rivers as host on the series, made the announcement on Twitter today (Thursday).
She wrote, “When I chose to step into the shoes of my beloved friend Joan Rivers atFashion Police, I was thrilled to continue her legacy as a woman being brash and eccentric on television. After seven episodes of Fashion Police, I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on.”
The move comes just weeks after Kelly Osbourne exited the show following the controversy surrounding Giuliana Rancic's joke about actress Zendaya's dreadlocks at the Oscars.
Kathy added, "My brand of humor, while unrepentant and unafraid, is all about context. There is plenty to make fun of in pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it… I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference. I want to help women, gay kids, people of color and anyone who feels underrepresented to have a voice and a laugh."
Fashion Police is scheduled to return with new episodes on March 30th. (Variety)
NBC News is down another staffer.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman has resigned just a few months after violating an Ebola quarantine. The newswoman lost credibility last year after returning from Liberia and then breaking a 21-day home quarantine by picking up take-out at a New Jersey restaurant. Snyderman was NBC's chief medical editor since 2006.
The news comes weeks after NBC suspended Brian Williams for six months. (Huffington Post)
It seems like these days 11-time NBA All-Star LeBron James just can't get any respect, not even from the youngest of basketball fans.
Playing without his signature headband in Thursday night's game against the Spurs, a little kid sitting behind the bench gave number-23 the old double-barred salute. Directly in LeBron's field of vision, the fan who couldn't have been more than nine-years-old, flipped the small forward off, before his dad forced his hands down and made him knock it off.
LBJ played it cool, keeping his head on a swivel and acting like it never happened. But you know Twitter never misses a chance to shoot.
The little kid flipping off LeBron... you know he was raised on the Southside behind the Mayan theater on Military.
Am I tripping or did I just see a 6 year old give double birds to LeBron? SMH
That young Spurs fan who flicked off LeBron is the real MVP.
Blog Thursday 3/12
A minor league baseball team has created a new food monster.
The Krispy Kreme Donut Dog is a hotdog wrapped in a Krispy Kreme doughnut, smothered with bacon and raspberry jelly.
But when you see it, you get the idea that it’s not so much a food as it is a dare. (Yahoo Sports)
Breaking Bad fans can take things a bit too far. Case in point: throwing pizzas on the roof of Walter White's fictional home.
Things have gotten so out of hand that series creator Vince Gilligan is calling on fans to cut it out.
In an interview on the Better Call Saul Insider podcast, Vince said fans reenacting the pizza tossing scene is causing a problem for the people who live in the Albuquerque home. "Let me tell you: There is nothing funny or original or cool about throwing pizzas on this lady's roof. It is just not funny. It's been done before. You're not the first."
Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul and on Breaking Bad, joked, "And if I catch you doing it, I will hunt you down." (Mashable)
Congratulations … you now spend more time on your phone every day than you do sleeping.
According to a new survey, people spend an average of 8 hours and 21 minutes sleeping every day – but they spend an average of 8 hours and 41 minutes on their phones, tablets, or laptops.
A whopping 81% of smartphone users have their phones on all the time, even in bed.
And chew on this … people spend more time checking their emails or social media accounts in the morning than they do eating breakfast or getting showered and dressed. (Daily Mail)
Why write down everything you eat when you can just wear a necklace that will do it for you?
WearSens is a metal ring that you wear round your neck to monitor everything you eat.
It has built-in sensors that are triggered by vibrations in your throat when you eat and drink. You just sync it to your phone, which buzzes if you go over your daily calorie limit.
The device, which was created by engineers at UCLA, also lets you know if you eat too much of the wrong kind of food or even if you drink or smoke too much.
Co-founder Majid Sarrafzadeh said, “Many nutrition methods are based on writing down what you eat. But this method has low compliance so we wanted to overcome these issues and wanted to do something that a pedometer does for activity.” (Inquisitr)
Will Ferrell is set to make baseball history.
The comedian will play every position for 10 different baseball teams in five spring training games Thursday (March 12th). He'll play for the Mariners, Athletics, Cubs, Angels, Reds, Diamondbacks, Giants, White Sox, Dodgers and Padres.
It's for a new special being filmed for HBO. The stunt is in honor Bert Campaneris, the first player to play every position in a game, and will be dedicated to cancer awareness. (Chicago Tribune)
Early this morning, amid the protests outside the Ferguson Police Department, two officers were shot.
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described their injuries as “very serious.” For the most part, the protest was peaceful and officers had begun to depart when suddenly at least three shots rang out.
Chief Belmar said in a press conference (quote) “These shots were directed exactly at my officers. I don't know who did the shooting, to be honest with you.”
According to the St Louis Post-Dispatch, a 32-year-old officer was shot in the face. A 41-year-old officer took a bullet in the shoulder. Both are members of the Webster Groves Police Department and were taken to a nearby Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Demonstrators gathered shortly after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced his intentions to step down next week. In the wake of the Department of Justice report, Jackson is the sixth Ferguson employee to be fired or resign.
However, last night, about 60 people gathered at the police station to demand even more sweeping reforms.
Blog Wednesday 3/11
Charlie Sheen wasn't happy about last month’s Two and a Half Men finale.
The actor, who expressed interest in returning to the show, blasted producer Chuck Lorre for showing a Sheen lookalike getting crushed by a piano on the last episode. Charlie told TMZ, "To go to that low, to be that immature, that completely un-evolved and that stupid. In my face, really? You must feel safe... You must feel safe where you live... I don’t care if he lives or dies. It doesn’t even matter."
Sheen had a bitter feud with Lorre in 2011 before he left the show and was eventually replaced by Ashton Kutcher. Though it was rumored that Charlie would return for the series finale, Lorre decided against it.
A Tennessee woman is up to her ears in trouble after she was busted for trying to walk out of a K-mart with stolen earrings -- an entire display case full of them!
Quashanda Wolfe reportedly cut through a security cable that was attached to a counter-top display case, hoisted the three-foot case into her oversized shopping cart and wheeled it right out the front door. Security cameras caught her snipping the wires on a second display, but she left that one behind because it contained less valuable trinkets than the $9000 worth of earrings she hoped to get away with.
After being transported to jail, Wolfe told officers she'd planned to hock the swiped goods so she could buy "stuff" for her child. (Kingsport Times-News)
An 18-year-old guy from Ohio thought he’d found the love of his life online.
The only problem, as he saw it, was that she lived over 7,000 away.
Well … that wasn’t the only problem. It seems she didn’t feel the same way.
The guy flew from Ohio to China, in order to profess his love to her. She broke his heart and things got even worse for him.
After being rejected, he got super drunk and almost drowned.
“He was unconscious and lying in a pool of his own vomit,” said a police spokesman. “It looks as if he might have fallen in the water at some stage as his clothes and shoes were soaked. To be honest, he was so inebriated, he could easily have drowned.”
The teen was taken to a hospital, where he regained consciousness, only to find out that he had also lost all his money.
In St. Louis, Missouri, a woman started an organization called Sweet Celebrations that throws birthday parties for kids in homeless shelters.
When Beth Brockling started, she was celebrating a birthday here and a birthday there.
But now, they’re up to 300 birthdays a year.
"A lot of work goes into these parties," said volunteer Marlena Lee. "We have party planning that we do once a month."
These are little celebrations that make a big impact. Many times, the birthday parties are a new beginning, certainly making the kids happy ... but also giving them hope. (KSDK)
While in Australia to film the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie,Johnny Depp was seriously injured. However, he was not on set, nor filming at the time.
Any amateur detective would suspect alcohol played a role in this mysterious injury. It happened over the weekend, on his personal time.
A spokesperson from Disney confirmed that Depp is flying to the United States for surgery on his hand. Despite his absence, the filming schedule will not be terribly impacted in his absence. Disney promises that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released around Independence Day -- in another two years! (The Wrap)
Blog Tuesday 3/10
Police in Pasadena, California are looking for a cookie monster, only not the lovable, blue Sesame Street character. The one they're looking for used a fake $100 bill to rip off a bunch of cookie-selling Girl Scouts.
Cops say the man first tried to use the counterfeit bill to buy groceries inside a supermarket but was turned away when employees spotted the fake. So on his way out of the store, he stopped at a table where the scouts were selling cookies, bought three boxes with the phony note and took $85 back in change. One of the moms later realized it was a fake and notified police.
Surveillance cameras captured a clear photo of the man and police are asking for the public's help in finding him. Meanwhile, the supermarket felt bad for the girls, so management stepped up and donated $1000 to the Girl Scout troop. (Pasadena Star-News)
Not even a deadly car crash can stop Bruce Jenner from transitioning to womanhood.
According to Radar Online, Bruce has scheduled sex-change surgery for this summer. The site says he'd temporarily slowed down his therapy in the aftermath of that accident last month, in which he slammed into the back of another car in Malibu. But now things are full steam ahead and he's ramped up his visits to his gender-reassignment doctor.
If this report is true, Bruce will go under the knife toward the end of the summer.
If you can’t get to church and make a proper confession during Lent, one “priest” hopes you’ll just pick up your iPhone and confess through Snapchat.
A San Antonio man by the name of @priestDavid is upsetting local – real – priests by accepting confessions via the disappearing photo app until March 16th.
The denomination of @priestDavid – as well as his location – are unknown. This guy is clearly a rogue spiritual leader, in no way associated with the Catholic Church, and offering a service that doesn’t even “count” for Catholics.
For it to count, Catholics have to go to an honest-to-goodness priest, either behind a divider or face-to-face.
But if confessing to @priestDavid makes you feel better, it all seems pretty harmless – especially since your sin is programmed to disappear in 10 seconds. (FoxNews)
We really can learn a lot from kids …
When a boy in her Pre-K class called her “ugly,” 4-year-old Siahj Chase, who goes by Cici, had the perfect response. She told him, “I didn't come here to make a fashion statement. I came here to learn, not look pretty.”
Cici told her mom that when the little boy told her she looked “bad,” she said, “Did you look in a mirror lately? Bye, bye, see you later, you're making me mad.'" (Good Housekeeping)
We all know that you should never go to the grocery store on an empty stomach, but new research suggests that we should not go into ANY store – or even shop online, for that matter – if we are hungry.
A University of Minnesota study found that when we are hungry, we buy more than we need when it comes to clothes, electronics, and even office supplies.
"It seems hunger puts a person in a mode of getting stuff in general, which goes beyond food," says University of Minnesota's Alison Jing Xu, who came up with the idea for the study after noticing that she bought 10 pairs of tights, instead of the two she intended to buy, when she hadn't eaten in a while. (Woman’s Day)
Apple announced their smartwatch was coming last year, but on Monday, they gave all the details about the new product, including the April 24th release date and the time-pieces' various price-points and features.
At Monday's event, held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple CEO Tim Cooksaid the "Apple Watch is the most advanced timepiece ever created."
Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals some of the features of the company's new watch. OC:...five years old.
"With a built in speaker and microphone, you can receive calls on your watch. I have been wanting to do this since I was five years old."
You can also read and answer text messages and emails on the new device, as well as use Apple Pay to buy merchandise. It also has a number of features tied into health and fitness, including a pulse monitor and the ability to track steps and distances.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Apple watch can receive messages.
"Right from your wrist, you can receive messages. And a tactic engine alerts you by tapping your wrist so you can read and respond to that message instantly if you want."
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the Apple watch can use Apple Pay
"You can pay with Apple Pay using your Apple Watch. You can view your photos, you can control your music and you can interface with Apple Watch with Siri just using your voice."
The gadget, however, comes with a hefty price tag. The Apple Watch Sport will run from $349 to $399, while the Apple Watch will start at $549 and tops out at $1,099 depending on the band selected and the size of the watch. There's also the high-end Apple Watch Edition, will is made in gold and will start at $10,000.
The watches will hit stores on April 24, but you can pre-order the device on April 10th, the same day they'll be available for viewing in the Apple Stores.
The company also unveiled a new line of updated MacBooks and that Apple TV, which will drop in price from $99 to $69, will debut HBO's new streaming service, HBO Now, in April for $14.99 a month, with the first month free for early subscribers. (San Jose Mercury News)
Blog Monday 3/9
This is such a cool story … A man who was bodyshamed and ridiculed for doing nothing more than dancing at a concert is getting the last laugh – and then some.
Someone – anonymous of course – posted photos of “Dancing Man,” as he’s been dubbed, on the messageboard 4Chan, along with the cruel comment: "Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”
The photos caught the attention of Cassandra Fairbanks, a writer at The Free Thought Project in Los Angeles. On Thursday, in an effort to track him down, she posted the photo on Twitter along with the message: "Anyone know this man or who posted this? There's a huge group of ladies in LA who would like to do something special."
By Friday, after more than 11,000 Tweets with the hashtag #FindDancingMan, she had her man.
His name is Sean and he lives in London. And more than $32,000 has already been raised through gofundme to bring Sean to L.A. for the ultimate dance party.
But it gets even better. Now celebrities including Pharrell Williams and Moby have expressed interest in joining the party. Looks like it's Dancer - 1, Cowardly bully – 0. (People)
Brian Williams might have become a joke, but the newsman wanted to tell jokes. In fact, he wanted it so bad he was willing to leave NBC, his network home for the past 22 years, and replace David Letterman.
New York magazine says Brian pitched CBS head honcho Les Moonves last year about becoming the next Late Show host, but he was turned down. Stephen Colbert got the gig instead.
That wasn't Brian's first attempt at a late-night comedy gig. A few years ago, he reportedly tried to take over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno.
Brian has been suspended from NBC's Nightly News for six months for "misrepresenting" events that occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003.
There are some Full House fans kicking themselves right now.
John Stamos visited the San Francisco home seen in the sitcom on Friday and photo-bombed a group of fans, who had no idea Uncle Jesse was standing right behind them. Stamos posted the pic on Instagram and wrote, “Boy, these youngsters have 0.0 idea what they’re missing. #Fullhousehouse. #TURNAROUND.”
The home appeared in the opening credits of Full House, which aired from 1987 until 1995.
Chris Evans and Chris Pratt proved once again that they're superheroes even off the silver screen.
The Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy stars visited with patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of their Super Bowl bet. They did the same thing at Christopher’s Haven in Boston last month.
According to the bet, if Pratt's Seahawks won the big game, Evans would visit Seattle Children's Hospital dressed as Cap. And if Evans' Patriots won, Pratt would visit Christopher's Haven dressed as Star-Lord.
The Patriots won, but the two Chrises decided to visit both hospitals. (Gossip Cop)
Blog Wednesday 3/4
Jon Stewart continued his feud with wrestler Seth Rollins on Monday's WWE Raw.
The war of words began last month when Rollins boasted that he was the best candidate to take over The Daily Show when Jon retires. Stewart responded by saying, "You just stepped in a world of hurt, my friend. I'm coming for you Rollins, and you're gonna see it: 160 pounds of dynamite."
Then on Monday night, Jon surprised the the packed stadium and walked into the ring with Rollins. He said, "How could I make a fool out of a man dressed like a SWAT team stripper with Lady Gaga hair? I'm not here to do that! You're my friend! You may be stronger than me, you may be better looking than me, you may be taller than me -- but let me tell you this. I have something you will never have, which is respect."
Rollins then jumped up and grabbed the comedian. Fortunately, Randy Orton showed up and gave Jon the opportunity to kick Rollins in the nuts and escape. (Us Weekly)
Recently we brought you the story of the parents who got tattoos on their legs to match the birthmark their daughter was born with. And now there's the story of a father who did something similar for his little girl.
The man's daughter wears a large hearing aid, so he recently honored her by getting a tattoo of that hearing aid on his skull.
A touching side-by-side picture of the father and daughter – whose names have not been made public – is making the rounds on social media, with many users commenting that this guy is “Father of the Year.”
The girl’s hearing troubles are, of course, unfortunate. But having a father like this guy in her corner is very, very special. (Mirror)
The NHL trade deadline came and went Monday afternoon with many teams making moves to secure a playoff spot or build for the future. The Minnesota Wild pulled off a deal before the deadline ... but for an entirely different reason.
The Wild dealt a player and a draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defensemanJordan Leopold. The move was done partly to solidify their chances of making the playoffs (they're currently in the wild card spot) – but mostly because Leopold's daughter asked them to. Leopold is a native of Minnesota and it's where he lives with with his wife, three daughters and one son. But his kids miss him and hate not having him around, so his 11-year-old daughter penned a letter to the Wild a couple of months ago asking them to contact Columbus about trading for her dad.
The letter was never sent, but Jordan's wife posted it on Facebook and it went viral. In fact, Wild management saw it were touched by the moving letter which read, "We are living in Minnesota right now and I am lost without my dad and so is my mom, my two sisters, and my brother. It has been since November and we cannot take it anymore. Please, please, please ask the Jackets if you guys can get him." So on Monday the Leopolds got their wish.
Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher jokes that the pressure to trade for him was "immense" after reading the girl's letter. And the Blue Jackets were happy to oblige. Their GM said, "The Leopold [trade] was about doing the right thing for a guy that’s been a great pro for us, done everything we’ve asked." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
A burglar in Wales will be getting his just desserts after being busted for breaking into a woman's home, then falling into a food coma from eating too much ice cream.
Matthew Waters downed an entire tub of Ben and Jerry's after sneaking into Julie James's house -- then climbed into a bed in a spare room to sleep it off. The 51-year-old grandmother's screams woke Waters and chased him out the door, but she got a good enough look at him to give police a description that led to his capture.
The judge who heard Waters's case called him a nuisance and gave him eight months behind bars -- a sentence you might call the cherry on top of the whole incident. (Daily Mirror)
According to some number crunchers at All State Insurance – who have access to all sorts of auto accident statistics – here’s a rundown of the U.S. cities with the worst drivers:
Just in time for Spring Break, a great white shark was caught from a beach in Panama City, Florida.
The juvenile shark was caught by a bunch of guys who actually attempt to catch and release sharks as a hobby – and catching a great white is a big deal for them, as well as for many people, including swimmers.
They ended up releasing it back into the ocean, which sounds scary.
But really, it’s no big deal, even if you’re Spring Breaking in Panama City.
Like it or not, sharks are everywhere. It’s their ocean, not ours.
Even though there are definitely sharks swimming around in that ocean, the odds of encountering one are so low it’s ridiculous. (WideOpenSpace)
According to a new study from Germany and Australia, people who are in love have a higher tolerance for booze.
It seems that when your brain is flush with the pleasure hormone oxytocin – as it often is when you’re in love – drinking alcohol doesn't mess with your motor skills.
The oxytocin blocks moderate to heavy alcohol doses from affecting your brain, allowing you to stay cool.
But, there’s a limit. Drinking heavily – even while in love – will still cause you to stumble, drool, and fall asleep at the bar. (LATimes)
Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, which means we will be setting out clocks an hour ahead. That extra light at night is going to be great – but it may take a few weeks to get used to losing that hour of sleep in the morning.
One way to make the transition easier is to go to bed earlier – starting tonight. If you go to bed 15 minutes earlier tonight, then 15 minutes earlier than that on Thursday and so on, by Saturday night you will be going to bed a full hour earlier. Doing that will, hopefully, help with the one hour of sleep you'll be losing on Sunday morning … or, really, Monday morning when we have to go to work. (Health)
91-year-old Barbara Beskind just landed her dream job as a tech designer in the Silicon Valley. Barbara has wanted this job for 80 years.
When Barbara was just 10 years old she discovered her passion for invention when she made a hobby horse out of old tires. From that moment on she wanted to become an inventor. But this was the 1930s – and Barbara was told only men could study engineering. So instead she went into the Army, where she served as an occupational therapist.
But after seeing a news report about design firm IDEO, she decided to send them her resume. "It took me about two months to write my resume, paring it down from nine pages,'' she told the Today show. "Then I wrote the letter and sent it by snail mail." And, yes, she got the job – working on projects related to aging.
She takes public transportation to her job every Thursday – where she is greeted by hugs from her co-workers ... most of them 6 to 7 decades younger than her.
William Shatner didn't make it, but J.J. Abrams, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pinewere among the 300 people who bid farewell to Leonard Nimoy Sunday morning.
E! News says the Star Trek star was fondly remembered at the "intimate" funeral. RabbiJohn L. Rosove, who delivered the eulogy, said everyone who attended was an important part of Nimoy's life. "There was nobody there who didn't mean something to [his wife] Susan and Leonard or to their children and grandchildren."
Quinto, who plays Spock in the current Trek movies, was also a speaker.
Shatner, who couldn't attend the L.A. service because he had a charity event in Florida the night before, told Local10.com that his co-star "had a good, long life, he did a lot of things, he inspired a lot of people, he was loved by a lot of people and he loved a lot of people. It's sad that you have to be reminded that life is that short."
Nimoy died at age 83 on Friday.
Blog Tuesday 3/3
The terrorist group known as ISIS has used social media to spread their agenda and recruit new followers, but now social media is striking back. Over the last few days, Twitter has suspended at least 2,000 accounts affiliated with the terrorist group and their supporters.
J.M. Berger, a terrorism analyst who monitors ISIS online messaging, said, "Twitter has been doing a whole lot over the past week. They've slammed them pretty hard, including the official media distribution guys."
The shutdown of their accounts has angered ISIS and their supporters, which have subsequently posted online threats against Twitter in posts, mentioning founder Jack Dorsey by name and using his photo.
A Twitter spokesperson that the company's security group is "investigation the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials."
Berger, the co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror, added, "I would certainly be concerned if I were Twitter." (ABC News)
Karma was delivered instantly to an Irish criminal whose attempt to break into a car ended in epic failure.
Surveillance footage showed the man walking up to the car, which belongs to the owner of a nearby pub, and throwing a small rock at the window. The glass didn't break, so he left and returned with a brick. When he chucked the brick at the window it bounced off and hit him square in the face, knocking him out.
The car's owner found him lying in the street. When the man came to, he threatened the owner and said he was going to burn down his pub. When the police arrived, he told officers that the pub owner beat him up, not realizing that surveillance cameras had caught the whole comical episode on tape. (The Irish Independent)
A Nebraska man is behind bars for hiding marijuana inside a sour cream container which he labeled "not weed."
The 21-year-old was pulled over by a cop on suspicion of drunk driving. Upon searching the vehicle, the officer found the container and believed that there was probably weed inside, despite the label saying there wasn't. He, of course, was right and arrested the driver, who was charged with DUI and possession of marijuana. (Lincoln Journal Star)
A baby girl who was kidnapped 17 years ago has miraculously returned to her family.
Baby Zephany was taken from her parents Celeste and Morné Nurse when she was only three days old. Someone crept into the hospital and snatched her up. There were no leads and authorities had no idea where she went. Her parents went on to have three other children, but still celebrated Zephany's birthday every year.
Then last month, their other daughter Cassidy started high school and classmates noticed that she looked just like an older student in the school. The resemblance was uncanny, so she invited the other girl over to her house for coffee. As soon as her father Morné saw her, he knew right away. This had to be Zephany, although she now had a different name. He called police to the house and a subsequent DNA test confirmed it. She was their missing daughter.
The woman responsible for kidnapping Zephany has been arrested and charged. Meanwhile, Zephany was placed in the care of the government and will eventually be returned to her real family. (People)
Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s billionaires – and basketball legendMichael Jordan is finally on it.
With the money Jordan makes from Nike and his ownership of an NBA franchise, it makes sense that he’s worth over a billion.
Along with being considered the best basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is also the best-paid athlete of all time. Not a bad resume.
Most of his cash comes from Nike – an estimated $90 million per year – but his most valuable asset is his stake in the Charlotte Hornets, worth more than $500 million.
Jordan was one of 290 people to join the billionaire list for the first time, a record number. (Forbes)
This week's big new video releases include a blockbuster and a critically acclaimed real-life tragedy.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One continues the dystopian series with Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson and the final scenes with the latePhilip Seymour Hoffman.
Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo star in Foxcatcher, the true story of how eccentric millionaire John du Pont lured a number of amateur wrestlers to train with him -- and into a downward spiral that ended in tragedy.
TV that's new to video includes the third season of Longmire and the third season of the '80s cops drama CHiPs.
Blog Monday 3/2
Posted: Sunday 12:25PM Mar. 01, 2015 PT
1. Focus - $19.1 million 2. Kingsman: The Secret Service - $11.8 million 3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water - $11.2 million 4. Fifty Shades of Grey - $10.9 million 5. The Lazarus Effect - $10.6 million
Snapchat is taking a stand against teens and sexting and telling those under 18 to keep their clothes on.
The app put the following warning in their guidelines section: "Don't use Snapchat for any illegal shenanigans and if you're under 18 or are Snapping with someone who might be: Keep your clothes on!"
But will posting a warning have any effect? Probably not. (NY Daily News)
Everyone has one … the “crazy friend.” Is that person you? Here are some signs you are the crazy friend in your group …
People tell you you’re being loud.
You’re never the responsible one when you go out drinking.
You’re the entertainment.
Some people can’t handle you.
You don’t have a filter.
You always have a story to tell.
People ask if you’re OK when you’re not talking.
Your friend’s friends know about you.
Your drunken alter ego has a name.
You’re the star of your friends’ Snapchat stories (Elite Daily)
Blog Friday 2/27
This week Facebook added a fill-in-the-blank option for gender, so users can describe their gender identity any way they want. Previously, Facebook had 58 options for gender.
“Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” Facebook said in a statement. (Time)
Pinterest users are mainly women, but it seems that men are starting to get in on the pinning action. According to Pinterest, the number of men using the site has increased a whopping 73% in the past year. And what are these guys pinning the most? According to the site, it’s fashion, DIY projects, hiking, and travel. (Buzzfeed)
The American Kennel Club has released its annual list of the most popular dog breeds in America, and for the 24th year in a row, the Labrador retriever is America's favorite. While the Lab being top dog isn't big news, the fact that the French bulldog made the list for the first time in almost 100 years is something to bark about.
Here are the Top 10 most popular dog breeds in the U.S:
Adrian Peterson may soon be back in the game after a federal judge reinstated the Vikings star Thursday. However, the NFL appealed the ruling shortly after it was made.
The legal volleying means the Minnesota running back's status remains pretty much the same as it was, with the team issuing a two-sentence statement saying that his status will be decided by the NFL, the players' union and the legal system.
The Vikings' statement said, "Adrian Peterson is an important member of the Minnesota Vikings, and our focus remains on welcoming him back when he is able to rejoin our organization."
In the 16-page ruling on Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't have the authority to suspend Peterson for more than two games. In response, the NFL put the running back on the commissioner's exempt list and filed an appeal.
The trouble started for Peterson back in May 2014 when it was discovered that he used a switch to whip his four-year-old son. (Star Tribune)