The National Retail Federation asked nearly 7,000 parents what they planned to purchase for their children this Christmas.
For the first time in over a decade, Barbie dolls were not at the top of Santa’s Wish List. Instead, Disney’s Frozen has overtaken Barbie.
Little girls are dreaming of waking up and finding Queen Elsa under the tree.
What boys want hasn’t changed for some time: They want LEGOs. Hollywood movies drive holiday sales. Their next choices after LEGOs include Marvel action figures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, andTransformers.
Among the top 10 toys girls will be getting this Christmas are Disney’s Doc McStuffins,My Little Pony, Monster High Dolls and iPad tablets.
Thanksgiving is here. Christmas is right around the corner. And then, it’s time to start worrying about New Year’s -- and New Year’s Resolutions. If you’re into that sort of thing, you might be making a resolution to get in shape. Luckily, the candy and food company Nestle has your back. Their scientists are working on a drink that will supposedly, hopefully, eliminate the need for exercise. Can you imagine skipping the gym -- and just popping the top on a shake or soda? Or, stuffing yourself at Thanksgiving dinner guilt-free, because a drink will boost your metabolism and burn off all that stuffing and gravy?
It sounds too good to be true, but Nestlé is on it and they’re optimistic. (Geek)
How about this for a sign of the times… A pot shop in Colorado is offering $1 joints on Black Friday. The joints normally sell for $7. Now there’s a doorbuster special that might be hard to ignore. The Grass Station store in Denver is offering other stuff as well, including hot prices on edibles, ounces and accessories. Doors open at 8:00 am, so it might be time to pitch a tent and get in line for these “Green Friday” sales, like, right now. (Bloomberg)
The advice? Just leave them on the ground. Leaves help your lawn because they create a healthy habitat for chipmunks, earthworms and other critters. They poop and your grass is healthier for it. And, by not spending all your weekends raking leaves, you’ll have more time to watch football. Bonus!
Blog Tuesday 11/25
You may be gearing up for Black Friday this week, but according to Amazon, it's already here.
The online mega-retailer kicked off its Black Friday sales last Friday and plans to turn things up a notch by posting new sales every 10 minutes, as well as having six special "Deals of the Day" – three on Thanksgiving day and three more on Black Friday.
And to get ready for the shopping madness, Amazon hired a bunch of seasonal workers ... 80,000 to be exact. (Huffington Post)
With Thanksgiving weekend coming up, you'll have plenty of time to catch up on movies -- and this week brings plenty of new releases.
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and the rest of the gang are back in The Expendables 3. This time around, they go up against one of the co-founders of the Expendables, who's gone rogue.
If you haven't gotten your dystopian fill with the new Hunger Games flick, maybe check out The Giver. Brenton Thwaites plays Jonas, who is assigned to be the Receiver of Memory -- and learns the darkest secrets of his colorless society.
Pierce Brosnan is the title character in The November Man, a retired CIA agent living out a quiet existence in Switzerland who's lured out of retirement for one last mission.
Tyler Perry is back as his signature character in the holiday flick A Madea Christmas. It's a case of Country Mouse, City Mouse as Madea is persuaded to help her friend pay her daughter a surprise visit.
And we don't normally highlight direct-to-video holiday movies, but you may want to check out A Merry Friggin' Christmas, starring the late Robin Williams.
Thanksgiving in America has become all about overeating, hiding from your visiting in-laws, watching football and then taking a nap. Growing up, we were always told that the reason we got tired right after Thanksgiving dinner was because of a chemical in the turkey. Do you remember hearing about the soporific effects of tryptophan?
Well, it’s a myth. Turkey meat does contain tryptophan, which is a chemical that helps your brain regulate sleep. But so do other foods. For example, cheddar cheese has more tryptophan than turkey does -- and you don't conk out after every grilled cheese sandwich, do you?
The problem is actually overeating. When you ingest a ton of carbs, your body releases extra insulin to keep your blood sugar in check -- which makes you drowsy. So, don’t blame the turkey for your fatigue. Instead, blame the side dishes. (WashingtonPost)
If you've started shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ve probably noticed that stores have a lot of stuff on sale. You can get turkeys for mere pennies a pound with special promotions.
But if you’re loaded -- like, really loaded -- and don’t care what Thanksgiving dinner costs this year, you might want to consider spending the holiday in New York City, where one restaurant is offering a Thanksgiving meal for $35,000!
The Old Homestead plans the following deluxe throwdown for the money:
$8,750 foie gras
Turkey brined with $1,750 wine and stuffed with seven pounds of ground Japanese wagyu filet mignon
Butternut squash infused with black truffles
Poached bourbon-soaked pears with pumpkin paste dusted with 24-carat gold flakes
That’s right. 24-carat gold flakes on your dessert. Have you ever heard of anything so obnoxious? (NYDailyNews)
An Arizona man showed a distinct lack of horse sense by getting into a street fight -- and then punching out a police horse sent to help break it up.
A very blitzed Bryson Albert and an acquaintance of his were duking it out in the middle of the street when an officer rode up on a steed named Blitz and tried to rein the men in. Albert's unbridled anger got the best of him in the heat of battle, and he swung a right hook at the horse's mouth -- earning him a charge of assault on a working animal.
After taking Albert into custody, officers found he had a large bag of pot in the pocket of his pants. He tried to deny the charge, saying the trousers belonged to his brother. (KPHO)
A Scottish woman who wanted to curry favor with her father put her body on the line and let a restaurant tattoo it ... just to get her old man a year of free meals.
Beth Faulds of Glasgow responded to a Facebook post from the owner of Shish Mahal, an eatery her dad has been patronizing her whole life, and agreed to have its name inked on her hip in exchange for 365 days worth of chow. Beth, 30, said that her dad is difficult to shop for and relishes the food at the restaurant, making the deal a no-brainer.
She told Britain's Mirror, "I already had a couple of lilies on my hip to symbolize my mother and was struggling to think of an appropriate symbol for my dad. So, [the logo] has taken pride of place alongside the lilies on my right hip as two symbols of my parents." (Daily Mirror)
In Portland, Oregon, a salesman has made it a habit to spend his lunch hour every Wednesday NOT eating lunch.
Instead, he skips his lunch to raise money and awareness for the Oregon Food Bank, which helps feed hungry families.
32-year-old Anton Cobb sits in a park, on a table decorated with a red and white checkered tablecloth – next to a sign that reads: “I am skipping lunch so that 30 children won’t. Will you join me?”
It’s his one-man, one-hour, once-a-week campaign to fight child hunger.
People donate money each week and he gives the cash to the food bank.
Over the past few months, he’s raised about $400 – or about 1,200 meals.
Cobb hopes the campaign, which he calls hOURLUNCH, will spread.
“I look forward to this every week,” he said. “It’s a gift in the middle of the day.” (DailyGood)
Blog Monday 11/24
Between Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson – among many others – the NFL has endured one of its roughest seasons in history. The bad press has been constant and the league seems to have mishandled a lot of it.
But guess what? People are still watching the games. In fact, a LOT of people are still watching the games.
The top 11 most-watched shows this season are all NFL games. And, amazingly, 28 of the top 30 television shows this season have been NFL games.
Only Game 7 of the World Series and an episode of NCIS cracked the top 30.
So, it’s clear that fans will watch football no matter what is going on off the field.
And with the weather getting colder and colder in many parts of the country, ratings are expected to go up as fans stay inside to avoid the winter weather. (ESPN)
An anonymous person has been sending envelopes filled with $1,000 cash to charities in and around the city of Redford Township, Michigan.
The person, who only identifies himself or herself as “Anonymous - 1679” has sent money to the local library, an animal welfare non-profit organization, a civic and leadership training group, a credit union, and a group that helps needy families get holiday meals and gifts for their children.
As for who is behind the donations?
Well, trying to figure it out is part of the fun for the people of the city.
“Anonymous - 1679” is certainly a clue. And, whoever it is certainly has a big, fun heart. (Patch.com)
In Portland, Maine, a logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her out.
44-year-old Leo Moody was driving home from work when he saw a flipped SUV under water.
Moody said one of the SUV's passengers told him her baby was in the back seat, so he swam in ice cold water to the vehicle and cut through seatbelts to free the seat.
He then delivered the three-month-old to dry land, where another passerby, Wade Shorey, performed CPR on the child, resuscitating her.
The men insist they are not heroes ... "We are just normal people that did what needed to be done," said Shorey. (WCSH)
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - $123 million 2. Big Hero 6 - $20.1 million 3. Interstellar - $15.1 million 4. Dumb and Dumber To - $13.8 million 5. Gone Girl - $2.8 million
During Sunday Night Football on NBC, Bob Costas confirmed worst-kept secret in show business: The half-time performer at the Super Bowl will beKaty Perry.
We’ve known for weeks that Katy will take the field on February 1st in Phoenix. However, Katy and the half-time sponsor Pepsi needed this time to craft a special video announcement.
In a two-minute clip, Katy takes us into her half-time show testing lab. She hints that her special musical guest will arrive via a time machine. Also, there will be 1,000 kittens, edible glitter and a unicorn with her on stage.
Oh yeah, she may ride a fire-breathing shark, too.
Blog Friday 11/21
Ever notice that your deodorant, soap, and razors cost more than your guy’s? It’s not because our products are any better. It’s because manufacturers raise the prices on women’s products.
In fact, women pay up to $1,300 a year more than men for the exact same products.
Why is this? It’s simply because marketers know they can get away with it. According to Emily Spensieri, president of Female Engineered Marketing, "They [manufacturers] know women will pay more. So they are going after them a little more aggressive that way. Whatever the market will bare, that's the choice they make." (Huffington Post)
If you’re having the family at your house this year, there’s a chance you’re stressed out. There’s only so much you can do between leaving work on Wednesday and eating on Thursday.
Well, stop stressing. Here are some ways to get prepped in advance, so that Turkey Day can be calm and – maybe – enjoyable.
Reserve the bird – Reserve a turkey and schedule a pick-up, then you can skip running around trying to find the right size when there are fewer birds to choose from.
Wash now – When was the last time you used your table linens? Take them out and wash or iron them now. All you'll have left to do is lay it on the table.
Get your tools ready – Dig out your gravy boats and turkey carvers. That way they’re at hand on Thursday.
Freeze – Make and freeze homemade cranberry sauce and pie crusts ahead of time. It'll save you many hours on Thursday.
Stock the Bar – Make sure you have plenty of beverages on hand. Load up on wine, water, juice, cider, and plenty of glassware.
While you might think that stores roll out the Christmas decorations and play Christmas music too early, the truth is, they know what they’re doing.
Well, a new survey found that 79 percent of people begin holiday shopping before Thanksgiving – and 20 percent start before September.
Now this is what you call a beer run. An Australian man was charged by police after parking his plane outside a pub while he went inside for a beer.
Seems the man had just bought the wingless two-seater light aircraft and decided to celebrate with a drink before heading home.
He drove the plane down the main street in Newman, Western Australia, and then parked it outside the bar.
He passed a sobriety test – but was charged with endangering the life, health and safety of residents because he left the engine running and the propeller was spinning. (Orange.co.uk)
If your little one dressed as Elsa for Halloween, she wasn't alone ... not by a long shot.
Since the release of the movie a year ago, there have been 3 million Elsa or Anna dresses sold in North America alone.
And to put that in further perspective, that's about how many four-year-old girls there are on this continent.
So if your little girl wants to feel like a one-of-a-kind princess, you may want to encourage her to try dressing up as someone who isn't from Arendelle. (Yahoo)
Blog Thursday 11/20
Now we know why the woman Michael Phelps was with the night of his DUI arrest has been so secretive -- she's transgender.
Taylor Lianne Chandler posted a lengthy note on Facebook last night (Wednesday) telling her side of the story. She wrote, "I knew that if him and I were photographed or seen together, the media would want to know who I am... To him I said it was because I grew up with a famous father. The truth is I have been living with secrets my whole life."
Chandler admits to her own checkered past, having been arrested for extortion and a DUI. She says that despite a driver's license that read "female," she was put in a men's jail cell and raped. But she says she's been living a "normal" existence for the past 20 years.
She believes that Phelps's troubles are probably going to put an end to their relationship, because his handlers will want to minimize distractions as he attempts a comeback in time for the 2016 Olympics.
Blog Wednesday 11/19
Back in May of 2013, one of the most amazing prehistoric discoveries in recent memory was made on an island off the coast of Russia.
Under the ice, scientists found a 40,000-year-old woolly mammoth with most of its body still intact.
So now, South Korean scientists are debating whether to use the DNA of the animal – known as Buttercup – to make a clone of a woolly mammoth.
Yes, woolly mammoths might once again roam the earth.
For many boys, this would be the coolest thing ever. Woolly mammoths and dinosaurs are awesome.
But, c’mon … Didn’t anyone see Jurassic Park? When you’re messing around with cloning giant creatures, it just doesn’t end well. (Telegraph)
Your 2014 Sexiest Man Alive is Chris Hemsworth.
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel revealedPeople magazine’s cover featuring the 31-year-old actor probably best known as Thor in Marvel's Thor and Avengers films.
Hemsworth joked with People magazine about the title of Sexiest Man Alive. “I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to my wife, Elsa Pataky, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies. I'm above that, now.’”
Runners up to the Sexiest Man Alive title included Chris Pratt, Idris Elba, Blake Shelton, Jamie Dornan, Michael Strahan, Tim Tebow, Matt Bomer and Scott Foley.
Blake would have been an intriguing pick by taking the hand-off from the 2013 Sexiest Man Alive Adam Levine, also of The Voice.
Oddly, Chris has been absent from the big screen since last year’s release of Thor: The Dark World. Though he has several movies on the docket for early next year, including the next Avengers chapter where the civil war commences.
Hemsworth is the older brother of Miley Cyrus’s ex-fiance, Liam Hemsworth, who stars with Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games franchise.
What could be better than welcoming the arrival of your new child? How about welcoming the arrival of your new grandchild on the exact same day?
It happened for one Florida woman last week. Nine months ago, Heather Penticoff and her daughter, Destinee Martin, found out on the same day that they were both pregnant. Their doctors even gave them both a November 11th due date.
A due date, of course, is never an exact science, but it was for this duo. Heather first gave birth to a baby girl named Madeline, and then just three hours later – at the same hospital – her grandson Damien was born. Both moms and babies are doing fine. (USA Today)
Next week, Netflix was to launch a one-hour comedy special featuring Bill Cosby.
The show was already taped, in San Francisco, before the resurgence of sexual assault accusations against the legendary comic.
Netflix really has no choice but to press pause on the special, but it may not be completely canceled. A spokesperson said in a statement released last night, “At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby 77.”
This latest development places even more pressure on NBC to cut ties with the controversial comedian. Earlier in the year they’d touted a sit-com deal with Cosby. To their dismay, they could cancel the show, but Cosby’s iron-clad contract stipulates he still gets paid a bundle.
Charles Manson will have an actual wedding next month at Corcoran State Prison, but there won't be a DJ, there won't be shrimp cocktail and the wedding cake will likely be a Hostess Cupcake from a vending machine.
The California Department of Corrections has shared some of the plans for the serial killer's upcoming wedding to his 26-year-old fiancee Afton Elaine Burton. The bride and groom will be allowed to hold hands during the ceremony and can share a first kiss, but that's it. No time together in solitary confinement. Also, Manson will have to wear his prison garb, while the bride can wear a dress.
The happy couple will be allowed to invite up to 10 guests who are not inmates and the reception will include a meal consisting of items from a vending machine. (TMZ)
Blog Tuesday 11/18
An 85-year-old Texas man knows he has a friend in his four-year-old dog, Buddy, but it wasn't until a few days ago that he realized just how loyal Buddy is.
J.R. Nicholson of San Angelo called for an ambulance because he felt dizzy. EMT workers arrived at Nicholson's home to transport him to the hospital, which was about an hour away. They had no idea that the 35-pound Beagle mix was coming too. Buddy actually hitched a ride on the outside step of the ambulance so that he could be with his owner. They didn't know he was there until about 20 miles into the trip when another driver flagged down the ambulance and told them the dog was holding on for dear life.
At that point, they opened the door and let Buddy inside for the rest of the ride. Nicholson was kept at the hospital overnight but was allowed to see his four-legged pal. (San Angelo Standard Times)
A boy in Purcell, Oklahoma, has new respect for the law, after a police officer there went above and beyond the call of duty, and personally replaced the 13-year-old's stolen bike.
J.J. Weaver had his bike stolen off his front porch recently, which was a special problem because that bike was his primary means of transportation.
When you’re a kid, having a bike means having freedom.
Purcell Police Officer John Idlett wrote up an incident report and promised to keep an eye out for the stolen property.
He then returned the next day with a surprise – a brand-new bike.
"He wanted to get me a better bike," Weaver said, "and I told him I was thankful for what I had. Thank you for getting that." (HuffingtonPost)
High school football is serious business – especially in the South. The rivalries are heated and the Friday night games draw the attention and attendance of entire cities.
But that didn’t stop one JV coach in Mississippi from offering up one of his own quarterbacks to the opposing team after that team lost their quarterback to injury during a game.
At the start of the second half, with the score of 21-0, Brandon Bulldogs quarterback Mason Matheiu was asked to switch sides and lead the visiting Northwest Rankin Cougars.
Matheiu explained, "When I went over there, I guess my team really didn't know what to think, but I told them I was planning on going there and we were going to score a couple times."
Matheiu ended up leading his new team to two touchdowns and really enjoyed the opportunity.
“The Cougars are a great group of guys. I mean, I loved it. It was great.” (MSNewsNow)
Last year, infamous murderer Charles Manson claimed he wouldn't marry his frequent visitor Afton Elaine Burton, but it's now been revealed that the couple has acquired a marriage license.
The 26-year-old Burton moved to California when she was a teenager to be able to visit Manson on a regular basis. The 80-year-old Manson is still doing time after being convicted of conspiracy to commit multiple murders.
A spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed that the marriage license, which was obtained on November 7th, has been sent to Corcoran State Prison, where Manson has been held since 1989. He's been behind bars in state prison since 1971 on a life sentence for his role in the Tate-LaBianca murders that occurred in 1969.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine last year, Burton, who prefers to be known as Star, said that the couple would tie the knot. "I'll tell you straight up, Charlie and I are going to get married. When that will be, we don't know. But I take it very seriously. Charlie is my husband."
At the time, Manson dismissed the claim, saying, "That's a bunch of garbage...We're just playing that for public consumption."
North America has a new highest paid athlete. That honor -- and all that cash -- goes to 25-year-old Giancarlo Stanton, a star outfielder for the Miami Marlins. The team is expected to announce Wednesday morning that they signed him to a record $325 million, 13-year deal.
The deal should keep Stanton on the Marlins for several years, but it does include an opt-out provision that allows Stanton to leave Miami shortly after he turns 30, as well as no-trade clause, according to sources.
Stanton's deal tops Alex Rodriguez's $275-million deal with the New York Yankees.
A Georgia man has become the latest drunk idiot to call 911 looking for a date.
Police say Kevin Morris dialed the emergency number claiming to have important information about a wanted man. He then said he wished to make a deal in exchange for the info. The dispatcher wasn't having it and that's when Morris told her she had a sexy voice. He even asked for her phone number and made several more sexual comments.
The dispatcher sent a couple of deputies over to his house and when they arrived they determined that Morris was drunk and also in possession of marijuana and cocaine. He was arrested for drug possession and unlawful conduct. (WALB-TV)
Blog Wednesday 11/12
There was a holiday in China yesterday called "Single's Day," which is known as sort of an anti-Valentine's Day. Well, one man was hoping that yesterday would be the last Single's Day he would ever celebrate, because he chose the day to propose to his girlfriend ... with the help of 99 iPhones 6s.
He took all the phones, brought them to a public parking lot, and arranged them in the shape of a heart. But the girl said no. Standing in a heart. Made of 99 iPhones.
This proposal denial had to be as crushing for the young man as the story is confusing to us. (Seriously, what's the point of buying 99 iPhone 6s?)
Not to mention that this poor guy is out $82,000 ... the price of all the phones. Ouch. (Yahoo)
Scientists in England and Germany conducted a study to figure out the exact dance moves that were more successful for men in attracting women – and which moves women found unattractive.
Using motion-capture technology, they were able to see the moves by creating computer generated videos and discovered that men should try to achieve a larger motion of the head, neck, and torso while dancing.
Legs are also important, more specifically leg speed, especially when bending and twisting the right knee.
And if you don’t know what to do with your arms when dancing, don’t worry. The researchers found no relation between arm movement and dancing ability. (Yahoo News)
America's best-selling drug is not Prozac. It’s not Viagra. It’s not Ritalin.
Instead, it’s an anti-psychotic called Abilify that actually does two things.
It's designed to treat severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
But the reason it’s a raging best-seller is because it’s now also widely prescribed for depression.
Crazy thing, though … It works for treating depression, but the FDA can't explain how it works.
It doesn’t matter. Because it works, Americans bought $6.9 billion worth of the drug over the last year, topping sales of all other major anti-depressants combined.
Somebody is absolutely, positively getting rich here. (Newser)
Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol again.
Randy stepped down from the judges panel after season 12 but returned the next season as a mentor. In a statement, he says, "After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave American Idol. I'm proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever."
The Idol's 14th season -- with returning judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban andHarry Connick Junior -- kicks off in January.
It's not even mid-November quit yet, but retailers such as Target and Best Buy are already whetting the appetites of bargain shoppers by announcing their Black Friday deals now.
Both retailers showed off their latest deals on their respective websites on Tuesday, with Best Buy advertising a 50-inch Panasonic LED HDTV for only $199.99, while Target is offering a 39-inch Vizio LED HDTV for $130 off its usual price as special "doorbuster" deals available only in stores.
Both retailers are also advertising deals on iPads, Beats headphones, Blu-ray discs and video games.
You won't actually have to wait until Black Friday to start shopping. Both stores are opening on Thanksgiving night, with Best Buy opening at 5 p.m. local time, while Target follows an hour later.
And believe it or not, a pair of shoppers in Beaumont, California are already camping out in front of a Best Buy in hopes of getting first dibs on the specials.
A Massachusetts woman is under arrest after she attacked a bartender and pulled out her false teeth.
Police say 46-year-old Caterina Froio-Chaput paid a visit to the bartender – whom she suspected was sleeping with her husband. When the bartender asked her to leave, Caterina started hitting her in the face and pulled the false teeth out of her mouth. She then allegedly picked up a beer bottle and threw it at her, striking her in the chest.
When police arrived, Caterina denied having the bartender's teeth, but cops searched her and found the chompers in her pocket. She then apparently accused the bartender of planting the teeth on her to get her in trouble. She was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon – the deadly weapon being the beer bottle, not the teeth. (The Telegram)
A South Carolina teenager caused quite a stink at his Walmart job – by swiping sticks of deodorant and then returning them to the shelves after using them on his pits!
Security guards at the store started keeping an eye on Chandler Roberts after they noticed him sneaking milk and cookies from a grocery aisle into a break room without paying for them. Soon, they found that the 18-year-old had a number of ways to spice up his life – including "borrowing" a dab or two from tubes of Old Spice deodorant that he put back so they could be sold to customers.
After he was confronted by store management, Roberts broke a sweat and admitted to stealing over $1800 worth of merchandise during his stint as a clerk – some of which he was able to return. (The Smoking Gun)
Blog Monday 11/10
A Kansas man was arrested after breaking into a woman's house in search of dough ... cookie dough!
The homeowner says she was awakened by a commotion on the first floor of her house, and when she went downstairs to check on it, she saw an intruder standing in her kitchen with his head buried deep in her freezer compartment. She ran out of the room and dialed 911. Cops arrived to find the 28-year-old still on the scene.
He told the responding officers he was hungry, so he broke into the home, which he thought belonged to his aunt, in order to scarf down some uncooked dough. The woman was not hurt in the incident, but the intruder was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary. (Wichita Eagle)
A girl's birthday party in Memphis turned into one of the dumbest brawls ever when a mom and her teenage daughter got into a fight over chicken wings.
Police say 45-year-old Angel Murphy and her family were celebrating another daughter's birthday when her 13-year-old daughter became angry that there were no chicken wings left. The girl tried to attack her sister but Murphy intervened and a skirmish ensued, prompting the police to arrive. As they tried to take the mom into custody, she allegedly pushed an officer. The daughter also got physical with officers and both were placed under arrest.
Murphy was taken to jail and charged with domestic assault and disorderly conduct. The teenage daughter is due in juvenile court. (WTVR-TV)
Katie Mulrennan of Ireland is a 26-year-old teacher who has gone around the world teaching English as a second language. She searches for international jobs on Craigslist, and recently applied for a position in South Korea. She was immediately refused an interview, and while that's not necessarily odd, it was the response she got from the employer that was shocking.
They basically told her she would not be granted an interview because she's Irish and the Irish are all drunks. This is not a joke. The actual response read, "I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind."
Katie had already secured a job by the time she got the shocking response, and was laid back enough to laugh about the ridiculousness of it, but she thankfully reported it to Craigslist anyway. (Independent)
1. Big Hero 6 - $56.2 million 2. Interstellar - $50 million 3. Gone Girl - $6.1 million 4. Ouija - $6 million 5. St. Vincent - $5.7 million
Big Hero 6 edged out Matthew McConaughey's Interstellar in a tight race at the weekend box office. The animated superhero flick opened with $56.2 million, whileChristoper Nolan's sci-fi epic took in $50 million.
Gone Girl climbed from fourth to third with $6.1 million.
Ouija, which had been number-one for the past two weekends, dropped to fourth with $6 million.
In its fifth week of release, St. Vincent finally cracked the Top 5. The Bill Murray -Melissa McCarthy comedy earned $5.7 million.
Macaulay Culkin is alive and well.
The former child star laughed off an Internet rumor that he was dead over the weekend by posting a photo of himself parodying a scene from the 1989 movie Weekend at Bernie's.
Macaulay, who is a member of The Pizza Underground, a Velvet Undergroundtribute group, tweeted, "We're on tour, you silly people. One of the great things you can do when you're alive is stop for lunch in Breaux Bridge, LA."
The death hoax began last week after a Facebook memorial page was set up for the 34-year-old star.
Sam Hunt is coming off a history-making week with his debut album Montevallo.According to Billboard, Sam is country’s first solo male in 22 years to have a first collection debut at number-one on the Country Albums chart and have a lead single hit number-one on the Hot Country Songs chart all in the same week. The last act to accomplish such a feat was Billy Ray Cyrus in 1992 when Some Gave All debuted at number-one while “Achy Breaky Heart” topped the Hot Country Songs chart. Many of the Montevallo songs were inspired Sam’s romantic relationship with a lady from the Alabama town the album is named after So far, Sam is still waiting for an official review from the Montevallo muse.
Blog Friday 11/7
Good news: Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan, have just had a baby girl.
Bad news: They've joined a long list of celebrities to name their child a crazy name.
The little girl's name is (drumroll, please) ... Avri Roel.
A Civil War artillery officer was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama on Thursday, 151 years after he was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg.
The posthumous honor went to Alonzo Cushing, a Delafield, Wisconsin, native. When presenting to award at the ceremony attended by more than 25 of Cushing's relatives, Obama said it "is a reminder that no matter how long it takes, it is never too late to do the right thing."
Cushing was just 22-years-old when he was killed during a Confederate assault in which his six-gun battery was hit hard by rebel artillery. Although he was wounded in his right shoulder and the abdomen, Cushing refused to leave his post, telling his fellow soldiers "he'd fight it out or die in the attempt," Obama said.
In a ceremony Thursday, President Obama honors Alonzo Cushing with the Medal of Honor.
"Alon commanded his battery along the wall on Cemetery Ridge fending off punishing fire from General Lee's troops in advance of what we now know as Pickett's Charge."
Although he was eventually shot and killed by advancing Confederate forces, he was able to halt the attack.
In a ceremony Thursday, President Obama recounts Alonzo Cushing's final moments.
"Alon ordered his men to continuing firing at the advancing columns. He used his own thumb to stop his gun's bent, burning his fingers to the bone. When he was hit the final time, his gun spoke out for him one final time before he feel to the ground."
The honor came only after Congress made an exemption so Cushing could be honored after years of research by his supporters. Usually, recommendation have to be made within two years of the heroic act with the medal presentation coming within three.
A little girl in Hercules, California, came home from trick-or-treating with an unusual goodie – a baggie of meth.
Luckily, the dad spent some time helping his eight-year-old sort through her candy, because it was during this time that he found the hidden baggie.
The dad immediately turned the bag in to police, who instantly recognized it as meth.
The police investigation is ongoing, although they currently have no suspects.
If found, the tool who put the drugs in the kid’s bag will most likely face felony charges. (NYDailyNews)
If you are a video game geek, it is a great time to be alive.
The new games are getting better and better, and the vintage games – even ones from way back in the day – are available wherever and whenever you want them.
The Internet Archive officially opened The Internet Arcade, a free collection of arcade games that anyone can play right in their Internet browser in the comfort of their own home.
That means you can get your hands on over 900 games from the heyday of the arcades of the 1970s and 1980s, including such classics as Centipede, Burger Time, Frogger, Golden Axe, and Moon Patrol.
And the best news of all? You don’t even have to throw quarters into the machines to play. (Forbes)
Here's a rundown of the televised winners at the 48th annual CMA Awards.
Entertainer of the Year
Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Duo of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
New Artist of the Year
Album of the Year Platinum by Miranda Lambert
Single of the Year
"Automatic" by Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
"Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
Blog Wednesday 11/5
Donald Trump appeared on NBC's Today show this morning (Tuesday) and took time out from praising himself to announce the cast for the next season of Celebrity Apprentice. The competitors will be:
Sharknado star Ian Ziering
Pop star Kevin Jonas
Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Gold-medal gymnast and Dancing With the Stars winner Shawn Johnson
The Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen
Talk show host Leeza Gibbons
Actress and former Miss USA Kenya Moore
Major League Baseball outfielder Johnny Damon
Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens
The Cosby Show's Keshia Knight-Pulliam
Gold medal-winning snowboarder Jamie Anderson
Joan Rivers will also appear -- she filmed several scenes before her death in September.
Season 14 of Celebrity Apprentice kicks off on January 4th on NBC.
A Connecticut man bit off more than he could chew when he was pulled over for speeding and driving erratically – and then tried to eat the paperwork from his Breathalyzer test!
Kenneth Desormes was clocked well over the speed limit on a stretch of highway in upstate New York, so a trooper stopped him for questioning, then noticed he smelled strongly of alcohol. The cop thought he had enough evidence to detain Desormes, so he took him to the local police station to run a breath test, but as the machine was printing out the results, the suspect tore the paper from it and stuffed it in his mouth, attempting to swallow it.
Desormes had to eat humble pie when he was unable to actually swallow the paperwork – which showed him to be at nearly double the legal level for driving. (Daily Mail)
A Florida man got popped by cops after he went berserk at a car dealership, grabbing an armload of promotional balloons and chasing customers with a machete.
Cops were called to a Kia dealership in Fort Pierce after James Touchstone rolled into the parking lot in a heavily damaged car and started causing a ruckus by throwing things and cursing at everyone who crossed his path. He then ran across the road to another car retailer and snatched their entire stash of balloons, returning with those in one hand and a large machete in the other.
Officers were able to subdue Touchstone, who admitted to drinking a full bottle of gin, but insisted he'd been off crack for three years – which didn't keep him from kicking the window out of the patrol car after he was tossed in the back seat. (TC Palm)
Blake Shelton leads the country nominees for the People's Choice Awards with two nods -- the all-genre Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Male Country Artist. Others in the Male Country Artist category are Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw. Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Lucy Hale and Miranda Lambert round out the Favorite Female Country Artist category. The nominees forFavorite Country Group are The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band.
Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere is up for Favorite Dramatic TV Actress. Taylor Swift is up for three trophies -- Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off.”
Online voting is under way at PeoplesChoice.com. The People’s Choice Awards air live from Los Angeles’s Nokia Theater on January 7th on CBS.
Here comes Uncle Poodle!
The reality star, who appeared on TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo before it was cancelled, is looking to star in his own spin-off.
There's a petition going around calling for Uncle Poodle and Sugar Bear to star in their own spin-off show. But with reported tension between the two men over custody of Honey Boo Boo, it's not likely to happen. Still, Poodle, whose real name is Lee Thompson, is interested in getting back on TV.
According to TMZ, Poodle and his fiance already have an idea for a show -- they'll move to New York City in a reverse Green Acres.
But Poodle says he'd do it only if his nieces are allowed to make guest appearances, since they shouldn't be responsible for their mother's decisions.
Remember how crazy everybody went when a frowning feline known as "Grumpy Cat" took over the internet?
Grumpy cat (actual name: Tartar Sauce) was put on everything from pajama pants to backpacks, and the world just couldn't get enough.
Well, be careful what you wish for, society, because coming this Christmas on the Lifetime Network is the movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever.
Grumpy cat will be voiced by Parks and Rec actress Aubrey Plaza ... and the movie will be sure to seal little Tartar Sauce's fate as an internet has-been that we can't wait to be done with.
A Cleveland-area woman ended up getting a patrol-car ride to jail – after calling 911 to demand someone give her a patrol car ride to her house.
The woman, whose name was not released, was slurring her words when she dialed the emergency number to say she'd gotten lost after storming out of a bar during a fight with her sister. She wandered in the direction of the nearest main street in order to find a pay phone, then realized she didn't have the cash for a cab, so she decided to try plan B – which ended up standing for Busted.
She was taken to jail to sober up, then charged with disorderly conduct. (Plain Dealer)
According to Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible, which puts out an annual ranking of the best whiskies in the world, the best hooch isn’t being distilled here in America.
Even more surprisingly, there’s no whiskey from Scotland in the top five.
The best whiskey on the planet right now comes from Japan.
No joke. And, no, we’re not talking about sake.
After tasting 1,000 whiskies to determine which is the best, Jim Murray decided that the Yamazaki Single Malt Sherry Cask from Japan is tops. Actually, it’s better than that. Murray describes it as “near indescribable genius.”
In case you were wondering, America had two whiskies in the top five – with William Larue Weller and Sazerac Rye 18-Year-Old coming in second and third place. (NYDailyNews)
Blog Monday 11/3
When it comes to women's undergarments, we all know that ladies love frilly, lacy, silky things, right?
According to British underwear manufacturer Marks & Spencer, women are buying men's underwear like crazy these days.
And why are we ladies making up almost half the customer base for men's underpants? Simple.
As one female writer put it, “Because they are so comfy”.
We can't wait for the trend to go the other way and have men storming Victoria's Secret for their own underthings. (The Guardian)
A Florida man had a Monopoly on ironic clothing choices last week when he managed to get himself arrested on drug charges – while wearing a T-shirt with the slogan, "Go directly to jail."
Micah Dailey was ready to roll more than just a pair of dice when cops searched him and found about 20 grams of pot and drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. Since he had no "get out of jail free" card, Dailey had to come up with $6,500 in real money to secure his release from jail, where he was charged with two misdemeanors. (New York Daily News)
The Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners have banned all wearable technology gadgets, which includes Google Glass and smartwatches.
If the theater staff thinks you’re recording illegally they will notify police.
While many individual theater owners have already banned these devices, the new policy was approved for the whole industry during the ShowEast convention, where theater owners gather each year.
So if you’re going to wear Google Glass to the theater, do it at your own risk. (Newser)
1. Nightcrawler - $10.9 million 2. Ouija - $10.9 million 3. Fury - $9.1 million 4. Gone Girl - $8.8 million 5. The Book of Life - $8.3 million
Mama June will get paid for the un-aired season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo -- but she's not getting her full salary.
According to TMZ, TLC "does not believe June deserves full payment" because they're blaming her for the show's cancellation.
Sources say "show execs are deeply concerned and upset that June has put [her children] at risk by dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel" so they've "deducted a significant amount from what she would have gotten if the show aired."
Everyone else in the cast will get paid in full.
The scandal surrounding reality star Mama June Shannon is hitting one member of the family particularly hard.
Honey Boo Boo's dad Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson reportedly passed out on Sunday because of stress related to his ex allegedly rekindling her romance with a sex offender.
Paramedics were reportedly called when Sugar Bear lost consciousness. He was up by the time help arrived, but was still taken to the hospital. Sugar, who had fainting spells last year, is a diabetic.
Sugar's life has been in turmoil for awhile. He and Mama June separated earlier this year. And then his ex made headlines when she allegedly reunited with Mark McDaniel, who recently served 10 years in prison for molested her then 8-year-old daughter Anna. As a result, TLC has canceled the family’s reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Blog Friday 10/31
When you’re at your Halloween party – or parties – this weekend, dazzle your family and friends with your amazing knowledge of Halloween trivia:
Americans weren't too excited about Halloween … at first. In the early colonies, religious beliefs kept people from embracing the holiday because of its dark themes.
Today, Halloween is America's second largest commercial holiday. Only Christmas is bigger.
It takes between 90 and 120 days for a pumpkin to grow.
Approximately $4 billion is spent each year on costumes, decorations and parties. As for candy? How about a cool $2 billion.
The original jack-o'-lanterns were made from turnips, beets, and potatoes.
A Halloween full moon is even more rare than a white Christmas. The next one will occur in 2020. (HuffingtonPost)
Christmas is nice, but Halloween is the best holiday of the year for kids. They get to dress up in costumes, pretty much blow off a day of school, and then go door-to-door for free candy.
The sugar from that candy goes straight to the brain. Boom!
Well, even though there should be nothing to complain about when it comes to free candy, we all know there IS something to complain about … Lame candy.
Not all candy is created equal. Here’s a rundown of some Halloween candy – or other trick-or-treating goodies – that just fall flat:
Halloween is FINALLY here so here are some lesser known facts about what is possibly one of your all-time favorite holidays ...
Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainophobia.
Halloween is recognized as the 3rd biggest party day after New Year's and Super Bowl Sunday.
It is illegal to dress up like a priest on Halloween in Alabama. (Huff Post)
Blog Thursday 10/30
In a recent Today Showsurvey, a whopping 72% of viewers said they believed in ghosts. Most admitted they hadn't ever seen or experienced a spirit or a haunting, but that clearly isn't enough proof to make people doubt their existence.
There's nothing more adorable than a baby in a Halloween costume. The right costume, anyway.
One costume company has pushed the boundaries of good taste by selling a baby costume ... in the shape of a pot leaf.
Brandonsale.com is selling this thing for $29.99 and ensures the buyer that this costume is "just the right combo of cute and edgy."
We don't even know where to begin on this one. (Gawker)
Here’s a fun fact you might not know about Fireball Whiskey … it contains propylene glycol, which is an ingredient in antifreeze.
Here in America, the government doesn’t care. Uncle Sam is like, “If people want to get jacked up on cinnamon-flavored booze, no problem! Even if it’s got a little extra antifreeze kick to it.”
In Europe, they’re not so cool with their people guzzling antifreeze – so there are actually two versions of the whiskey … one with American levels of propylene glycol and one with less of the chemical in it.
Well, a problem arose because a shipment of American-style Fireball was accidentally sent to Finland and Sweden.
Government officials there pulled the stuff off the shelves, leaving many partiers without Fireball Whiskey this Halloween.
Bummer for them. But for Americans, the flow of Fireball Whiskey continues! (Bustle)
Hide your kids, hide your wife and hide your husband -- because Internet celeb Antoine Dodson is set to fight none other than the real-life intruder who broke into his home in a celebrity boxing match.
Dodson rose to fame in 2010 after giving a viral interview to a Huntsville, Alabama news station about a man who sneaked into his house and tried to rape his sister. Dodson said, "Well obviously we have a rapist in Lincoln Park. He's climbing in your windows, he's snatching your people up, trying to rape them so you need to hide your kids, hide your wife, and hide your husband." His fame was cemented when an auto-tuned version called the "Bed Intruder" song was released.
Now Dodson will have a chance at revenge when he meets Rashaad Cooper in the ring. The match will be broadcast on the pay-per-view platform ETV.com on November 2nd.
The San Francisco Giants are baseball's World Champions for the third time in five years after beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 of the World Series.
The hero and series MVP was Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, who after winning Games 1 and 5, came in as a reliever in Game 7 to shut down the Royals once again in the final five innings.
Offensively, the Giants got things going with a rally in the second inning.
Blog Wednesday 10/29
A Florida woman saw red after she was turned away while trying to donate blood ... and drove her car through the front window and into the middle of the plasma collection room.
Pamela Miller approached the door of DCI Biologicals and was turned away by the nurses on duty, so she strolled back to her bright red Honda Accord. But rather than leave, the 35-year-old gunned her engine and aimed straight for the blood bank, which she tore through at a high rate of speed, leaving people leaping out of the way and smashing bottles of Dracula's favorite drink everywhere.
Investigators are looking into whether drugs played a role in the incident – or whether Miller was just the ultimate Type A personality. (Orlando Sentinel)
Joan Rivers's daughter Melissa is getting set to file a lawsuit over her mother's death in September.
TMZ says Melissa has retained a law firm that will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic where Joan stopped breathing, and against the doctors who were involved. The suit, however, won't be filed for around a month.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s office determined that the 81-year-old comedian had her oxygen supply cut off while undergoing a medical procedure.
Just in time for Halloween ... we have some awesome news about chocolate.
A new study found that flavanols (which are found in the cocoa bean) can reverse age-related memory loss.
Now for the bad news ... You'd have to consume about 20 chocolate bars a day (900 milligrams of flavanols) in order to be in the running for getting the desired effect.
So while becoming a full-blown chocoholic seems like a pretty good life, we should probably wait until these flavanols come out in (chocolate-flavored) pill form. (The Frisky)
Former baseball star Jose Canseco shot off his middle finger in a gun accident.
His fiancée Leila Knight tells TMZ that Jose was sitting at a table in their Las Vegas home cleaning the gun when it went off. He didn't know it was loaded.
Canseco was undergoing surgery Tuesday night to see if the finger could be reattached.
The shot tore through the middle finger on his left hand and doctors have already warned that he'll never have full use of it again.
The nurse who was quarantined in a portable tent at a New Jersey hospital against her will, despite having no symptoms, has no plans to follow the quarantine set by her home state of Maine now that she's returned, her attorney said Tuesday night.
Steven Hyman, an attorney representing nurse Kaci Hickox said, "Going forward she does not intend to abide by the quarantine imposed by Maine officials because she is not a risk to others. She is asymptomatic and under all the protocols cannot be deemed a medical risk of being contagious to anyone."
Hyman added, that the 29-year-old Hickox will, however, follow all the self-monitoring guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Maine.
Maine Governor Paul R. LePage said in a statement that health care workers, like Hickox, who return to Maine after visiting West Africa should remain under a 21-day home quarantine and have their condition monitored actively.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday President Obama said those health care workers traveling to West Africa to fight Ebola should be thanked, not shunned due to fear.