In New Jersey, a family’s Halloween decorations have some neighbors saying the display goes too far because it features three babies – dolls, of course – covered in blood and hanging from nooses.
"It's not scary, it's gross. It's disgusting. It's horrible," said one neighbor.
Lily and Greg Krueger, who put the display together in their front yard, don’t understand why some people find the babies so disturbing.
"I think I just want to have fun on Halloween,” said Greg. “I think it's a cool decoration. Maybe they don't think it is, but I do.” (FoxNews)
When Lay's asked its customers to come up with new flavors for its Do Us A Flavor contest, a few stood out from the rest.
Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, and Mango Salsa were all finalists.
From that strong group, a winner has been chosen.
Be on the lookout for Wasabi Ginger Lay's on store shelves in your neighborhood in the near future.
The flavor, which was submitted by New Jersey nurse Meneko Spigner McBeth, joins Cheesy Garlic Bread as winners of the chip contest.
Meneko takes home a cool $1 million – or a portion of sales – for her work. (NYDailyNews)
A bad breakup can make a woman do crazy things – but what one woman in China did certainly takes the cake, or in this case, takes the bucket of fried chicken.
26-year-old Tan Shen was so upset after her boyfriend broke her heart that she turned to KFC for some comfort food. Apparently, it was so comforting that she decided to stay at the fast food chain until she felt better ... which turned out to be a week.
She told a local news station that "she didn't want to return to her apartment, because it was full of memories of her boyfriend." So she camped out at KFC eating chicken wings and "thinking."
But when the media jumped on her story, she got so embarrassed that she left the restaurant, quit her job, and moved in with her parents in a different province. (Cosmo)
Not surprisingly, there is a message board on Reddit called "Gone Wild" that is filled with nude photos that both male and female users can post for everyone to "enjoy." One woman pulled the best prank on the pervy users of this site – she posted a photo that clearly looks like the top of a woman's cleavage, but it was actually a photo of her husband's butt crack!
When she first posted the photo, Poshpink330 received over 50 private messages complimenting her photo and asking to see more. So, she posted the uncropped photo, which clearly shows that it's a picture of the top of her husband's butt in a pair of pushed down boxers.
Lots of guys thought the prank was hilarious, but there were just as many that were seriously mad about her joke. Apparently guys don't like being duped into fantasizing about what they think is a woman's chest when it's actually a guy's plumber's crack. Awesome. (Cosmo)
Back to the Future II was in theaters in 1989 and it featured Michael J. Fox, playing Marty McFly, riding a skateboard with no wheels – a hoverboard – in the year 2015.
Well, right now it’s 2014 and there’s a Kickstarter campaign that’s offering anyone who pledges $10,000 one of the world's first 10 production hoverboards.
A company called Hendo Hover thinks they’ve figured out the technology and are putting the finishing touches on the product.
While the thing really does hover, it will only hover on special surfaces because it uses magnets, just like a magnetic levitation train.
So you won’t be able to fly around like Marty did in the movie, but you’ll still get to feel what it’s like to move around without rumbling wheels beneath you. (MaximumPC)
In an effort to ruin all the fun for grown ups, a mom in Florida managed to get 8,000 people to sign a petition asking Toys R Us to pull the "Breaking Bad" dolls from its shelves.
The action figures of Walter White and Jessie Pinkman are taking an "indefinite sabbatical" according to the toy store and one person is especially offended by this.
Bryan Cranston, who played Walter White on the show hit Twitter after the news to say, "I'm so mad. I am burning my Florida mom action figure in protest."
The Royals will not go quietly. On Wednesday night in Kansas City, the Royals evened up the World Series at one game apiece by beating the San Francisco Giants 7-2.
The Royals win comes after after the Giants took Game 1 Tuesday night by a score of 7-1.
Wednesday night's game was tied 2-2 until the Royals opened it up in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring five runs, including a two-run homer courtesy of Omar Infante.
Following Infante's homer, Giants reliever Hunter Stickland exchanged some angry words with Salvador Perez, who scored on the homer, which led both benches to clear, but there were no punches thrown.
Blog Wednesday 10/22
The jalapeno enchiladas aren't the only hot items at a Chili's restaurant in Florida. A cook who shared half-naked photos of himself inside the restaurant's kitchen is now unemployed.
The cook, who goes by the name Justin Speekz, is seen in the photos sprawled out across a table that's used to prepare food. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which keeps an eye on restaurants, said that since there was no food seen in the picture, there was no violation.
However, Chili's wasn't so forgiving and released a statement which reads, "Chili's clearly does not encourage this type of behavior in our restaurants. We maintain very high standards of food quality, safety and cleanliness and took immediate steps to ensure the restaurant continues to follow these requirements. Additionally, we ended this team member's employment after learning of his conduct." (USA Today)
Craft beer is a huge trend and it’s making smaller breweries a lot of money.
Well, Pepsi is rolling out craft soda – and hopes it will catch on with Americans.
Earlier this month, PepsiCo began experimenting with a new beverage called Caleb's Kola, which comes in glass bottles, has the phrase "honor in craft" prominently displayed, and is sweetened with real cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.
The cola is named after Caleb Bradham, Pepsi's founder, who first developed the recipe more than 100 years ago.
The stuff is currently being sold at Costco locations in Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Who knows …? It could turn out to be a dud, or it sweep the nation. (WashingtonPost)
According to a new survey, Americans took the least amount of vacation time in almost four decades last year.
While this probably took a toll on their energy and productivity, it also took a toll on their pocketbooks as they gave up billions of dollars in compensation.
The report for the U.S. Travel Association said the average employee with paid time off used 16 of 21 vacation days in 2013, down from an average of 20 days off from 1976 to 2000.
Those 169 million days of unused vacation time was worth $52 billion in lost benefits.
If you were one of those people who lost vacation time because you worked instead, you were pretty much working for your employers for free … (Reuters)
Blog Tuesday 10/21
Do you consider yourself a moody person? It might be because you were born in the summer.
According to a new study, the season you’re born in affects your moodiness.
Researchers in Hungary found that those born in the winter tend to be calm, friendly, and lovable as adults.
On the other hand, those born in the summer are supposedly moody complainers when they get older.
It seems the season of birth determines how certain things unfold in the womb and how the nervous system develops. (CNET)
You might think your Halloween costume is going to be pretty unique, but there's a very good chance it won't be.
Yahoo.com published the results of its most searched-for Halloween costumes and the results are pretty ho-hum.
Some of the top contenders include: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Elsa from Frozen, Star Wars costumes, and the obligatory pirate costume – all of which might be cute, but pretty yawn-worthy nonetheless.
So if you want to stand a chance at winning your party's Halloween costume contest, do yourself a favor and pick something that didn't make it onto Yahoo's list. (Uproxx)
Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town will perform the "Star Spangled Banner" at the World Series.
Trisha will be in the spotlight with the anthem tomorrow (Tuesday) before Game One when the San Francisco Giants take on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Little Big Town will perform before Game Three on Friday.
Apple just got bigger. The tech company had a record-breaking quarter, raking in $8.5 billion in profit thanks in part to their new iPhone 6 models released last month.
Apple sold 39 million iPhones during their fiscal fourth quarter, that's up from 33.8 million sold during the same period in 2013. Their profit for that period was also 13.3 percent higher than it was a year ago with revenue skyrocketing from $42.1 billion from $37.4 billion in that same period.
Apple is also continuing to innovate with their new Apple Pay system that was rolled out Monday. The system allows people to make purchases at more than 200,000 retail locations, but CardHub Senior Analyst John Kiernan [pr: CURE-nin] says that's just a drop in the bucket.
"That really only represents five-percent of the total number of retail locations in the U.S., so there are very few stores where you can actually use your phone as your wallet."
The Kansas City Royals are pulling out all the stops for the World Series. The team is welcoming South Korean superfan Sung Woo Lee back to Kauffman Stadium for Game 1 of the series on Tuesday.
Lee, who became a sensation on social media, threw out the first pitch at a game earlier this season, and during his last visit the Royals were red hot. In fact, they swept the San Francisco Giants while he was at the stadium.
On Monday he took to Twitter to post a photo of himself along with the caption, "Shout out @Royals in the middle of Seoul!!! Tomorrow I leave Korea early morning...Please wait for me Kansas City."
He's expected to arrive in Kansas City Tuesday at 1 p.m. and some fellow Royals fans are planning to welcome him back.
Superstition sometimes can be a big part of baseball, so perhaps the Giants should be worried.
There are no blockbusters hitting video today (Tuesday), but there's plenty of entertainment.
The best way to describe Earth to Echo is a present-day E.T. Three kids encounter an alien who's stranded on Earth and wanted by the government. Astro from A Walk Among the Tombstones is probably the biggest name in the cast.
In The Purge: Anarchy, all crime is legal for 12 hours each year. Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez star.
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a married couple looking to put some spice back into their marriage in Sex Tape. But things get out of hand when the tape gets out into the open.
A drunk Michigan woman who got into her car late Saturday night to meet her boyfriend at a local bar got herself into a heap of trouble because she mistakenly drove to the wrong place.
Her first clue that she wasn't at the right bar was the fact that the parking lot was full of police cars and cops. That's because the 39-year-old had mistakenly driven herself to the Van Buren County Jail. An officer on duty spotted her in the parking lot and smelled booze on her breath. A breathalyzer test found that her blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. She is facing drunk driving charges. (NY Daily News)
Country will collide with the pop world in a big way at next month's CMA Awards. Little Big Town and Ariana Grande will perform together, and Miranda Lambert andMeghan Trainor will duet on Meghan's monster hit, "All About That Bass."
The 48th annual CMA Awards will air live on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 5th.
It's Kevin Hart to the rescue.
The comedian has helped a shuttle driver at Los Angeles International get her job back after she was suspended for taking a selfie with Hart while on the clock. He tells TMZthat National Car Rental gave Genesha Bradley-Douglas her job back after he made a short video asking them to show some "compassion."
"It's called the 'Kevin Hart effect,'" he joked, adding that in light of the story, TMZ should tell everyone, "I'm a nice guy."
Vice President Joe Biden is embarrassed again, but this time it's not for something he did or said. Rather, it's been revealed that his son was discharged from the Navy reserve earlier in the year after he tested positive for cocaine, sources said on Thursday.
In a drug test back in June 2013, Hunter Biden tested positive for cocaine, according to the sources who weren't authorized by the Navy to speak on the record.
Biden was discharged from the Navy reserve back in February 2014, Navy spokesman Commander Ryan Perry confirmed. However, he said he couldn't release any additional details due to privacy laws.
The 44-year-old Biden, who is a partner in an investment firm, said in a statement released by his lawyer that he regretted the incident. "It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge. I respect the Navy's decision. With the love and support of my family, I'm moving forward."
VP Biden's office referred questions about the incident to his son's lawyer.
A New Mexico man was arrested for drunk driving, even after making cops an offer he thought they couldn't refuse.
Luis Rodriguez-Neri was pulled over after cops saw him crash his car into a light pole. When officers asked if he had been drinking, the man admitted to slamming six shots of rum before hopping into his car and refused a field sobriety test. But he had what he thought was a surefire way to get the cops to take it easy on him. He offered them a Mountain Dew.
We can see doughnuts or possibly coffee working in this situation, but as it turned out, the cops were not interested in doing the Dew. In fact, they added a second charge to his arrest. In addition to a DUI charge, he's also in trouble for bribing a public official. (Huffington Post)
Some industrious Florida women are hoping that they can raise funds by promising to deliver a really crappy 2015 ... to donors willing to shell out a few bucks for a calendar they're calling "Ladies of Manure."
The women are all members of the Fertile Earth Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about home gardening, composting and, yes, poop. The calendar features photos of a dozen different women posing pin-up style with various types of manure – from basic cow droppings to worm poop – and funds will go to help bring dung to the dungless all over Florida.
Project Manager Julia Poliadis says, "It's a resource, not waste. Cows are not just adorable, but their poop is pretty darn amazing!" (Miami New Times)
Everybody should have a hobby – even if that hobby is strapping a jet engine to a Volkswagen Beetle.
Well, that’s exactly what Ron Patrick did – and it’s awesome.
According to reports, it’s 100% street legal.
And, it only cost $200,000 to fit a 150 horsepower jet engine to the back of the Beetle.
Forget Ferraris and Lambos. This thing is a total chick magnet. (BroMyGod)
After the Giants dramatic, walk-off 6-3 win over the Cardinals Thursday night, the World Series match-up is complete. Beginning Tuesday in Kansas City, the Giants will meet the Royals in the fall classic.
San Francisco earned the honor with a thrilling comeback victory over St. Louis.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Giants answered later that inning when Joe Panik knocked out a two-run homer. In the fourth inning, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner made a rare slip up giving up homers to Matt Adams andTony Cruz to give the Cards a 3-2 lead.
Once again the Giants had an answer. Michael Morse came in to pinch hit in the eighth inning and homered off St. Louis reliever Pat Neshek to tie it up at 3-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants were at it again. Pablo Sandoval singled,Brandon Belt walked and then Travis Ishikawa delivered the final shot -- a walk-off three-run homer to win the game, the National League Pennant and a trip to the World Series.
Charlie Sheen has just cleared his schedule for the month of November, which was supposed to include one important event -- his wedding. According to RadarOnline, Sheen and his porn star fiancee Brett Rossihave called it quits. Th
Blog Thursday 10/16
A 30-year-old Connecticut man, who may have a bit of a Mr. Clean complex, was arrested earlier this week for what's been described as "aggressive mopping."
John Thornton allegedly snatched a mop from a cleaning lady at a Double Tree Hotel and began mopping the floor around her in an aggressive manner, and at one point cornered her and pushed the mop over her feet. Police were called and found the employee crying and visible frightened.
Thornton was arrested and while being transported to the police station, he shouted obscenities and threatened officers. He's charged with breach of peace and making threats. (CBS News)
According to a new study, the love pet owners feel for dogs is pretty much the same as the love mothers have for babies.
Researchers showed women pictures of their young children and their dogs and found that the same parts of the brain lit up for both.
The brain regions that deal with emotion, reward, and relationships were affected by the pictures.
But when women were shown pictures of random kids and random dogs, the scientists didn’t see the same effect. (WashingtonPost)
A new survey from Bankrate.com says that two out of three Americans are holding back on consumer spending – and that’s causing the economy to sputter, even with the holiday season approaching.
The survey found that people in the 30 to 49 age group are most likely to limit their monthly spending.
And, those who were surveyed said they’re not spending more because their income has leveled out. No raises and no promotions mean no extra spending.
Because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of the economy, things are kind of stuck as long as everyone continues to just sit on their wallets.
Extreme haunted houses are a new trend in Halloween fright that rely more on terror than a normal person would ever be comfortable with. A prime example of this is McKamey Manor in San Diego.
The manor features a no-holds-barred night of torture that can last up to seven hours. The people of McKamey Manor are allowed to tie you up, gag you, put you in a cage, and do a bunch of other legal, but horrifying, things to the unsuspecting visitor. In order to be a part of this night from hell, you must be 21, you must sign a waiver, and and you must be in excellent physical condition.
And after doing all that, you STILL might not make the cut. That's right! There are so many crazy people who WANT to be trapped in a freezer and choked next to a dirty toilet that you will have to wait and see if you're even chosen to go on this psychotic adventure. Good luck with all that. (Boing Boing)
Professional clowns think American Horror Story: Freak Show is giving their kind a bad name. The horror series features a serial killer called Twisty the Clown -- and the head of the nation’s biggest clown club says the character is contributing to "clown fear."
Glenn Kohlberger, president of Clowns of America International, complains, "Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare."
And Twisty, he thinks, is killing the clown business. Kohlberger says, "We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or 'clown fear.'"
A Minnesota man ended up on Santa's "naughty" list after dressing up like the jolly old elf for a drunken bender – and ending up passed out in his own vomit at a stranger's house.
Brock Quinn Johnson wandered away from a "zombie pub crawl" at his college and broke into a house in full Santa gear, but instead of stuffing stockings, he started blowing chunks – alarming the teenaged residents who found him so much that they called 911. Cops arrived on the scene to wake the slumbering St. Nick, who admitted he had no idea where he was or how he'd gotten there.
Homeowner Tom Sullivan, who returned in time to see the end of the drama, took things in stride, saying, "Fortunately, it had a happy ending, but no one will ever think of Santa the same way." (UPI)
An English-speaking parrot who disappeared from its owner's California home four years ago has miraculously returned, only now he speaks Spanish.
Darren Chick has no idea where his African grey parrot named Nigel has been for four years before being discovered in the backyard of another California home. The owners of that home checked the bird's microchip ID and returned him to his owner.
Nigel, other than speaking Spanish now and asking for someone named Larry, is said to be in good shape. (Reuters)
A British burglar couldn't make a clean getaway, but his victims are cutting him some slack for cleaning up their house after he broke in and made himself at home there.
Lukasz Chojnowski [pr: choy-NOW-ski] was sleeping soundly in the bed of homeowners Pat Dyson and Martin Holby, who were shocked to find him under their covers – and even more surprised to see that he'd tidied their kitchen and neatly stacked the mail and newspapers that had arrived while they were on vacation. The intruder had prepared meals, done dishes and taken bubble baths during his stay, but since he didn't steal anything and left the place in better shape than when he got there, no charges were pressed.
His lawyer said, "The defendant chose the house because he initially thought it was empty. He said the garden was overgrown and he entered. He stayed there for two days, hoping the owners wouldn't return because he didn't have anywhere else to stay." (Express U.K.)
It didn't take long for Florida Georgia Line's new album, Anything Goes, to hit number-one on the iTunes All Genre and Country Albums charts shortly after it was released today (Tuesday.)
Also making its debut today is a mobile app that allows you to listen the new album mixed in DTS Headphone:X -- a new audio technology that replicates listening to music in the recording studio with sound coming from 11 speakers.
A Florida man tried staking a claim to a piece of real estate – by attacking the owners and claiming he owned it because his sister had been burned at the stake there as a witch.
Michael T. White stormed into a neighboring yard waving a chainsaw above his head and muttering about witches and the book of Revelations – until that home's owner forced him off the property at gunpoint. White then descended on another home, where he threw a 12-inch dagger at a resident, shouting that he was "lord of the estate" and could converse with the animals that were present.
The second homeowner fired a shotgun, grazing White in the arm and sending him running towards a local convenience store, where he was apprehended by police. (Orlando Sentinel)
This is sad ... According to a new survey sponsored by gaming website MobileSlots.com, 17 percent of single men would rather have an iPhone 6 than a girlfriend.
Even worse, two percent said they’d leave the girlfriend they were with if they were promised an iPhone 6 for doing so.
Three percent of guys with significant others admitted that they were closer to their phones than to their girlfriends. (Metro)
Who knew Brad Pitt is a gun nut?
In a recent interview, the liberal actor revealed that he's a firm believer in the right to bear arms -- and got his first gun when he was barely out of diapers.
Brad, who was born in Oklahoma and raised in Missouri, tells the Radio Times, "There's a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors' weapons. My brother got my dad's. I got my grandfather's shotgun when I was kindergarten."
And he still has guns. Brad said when he's with his family, he doesn't feel safe unless he has a gun in the house. He adds, "The positive is that my father instilled in me a profound and deep respect for the weapon."
You knew this would happen … there are already Ebola costumes all over the internet.
Costume company BrandsOnSale.com is one of the outlets selling an Ebola Containment Suit costume and the description reads: “The deadly Ebola virus has landed in the United States and the crisis has reached new levels of domestic escalation. You are sure to be prepared if any outbreak happens at your Halloween party. This will literally be the most 'viral' costume of the year." Yikes.
The question is, is it too soon? Or, is all fair game when it comes to a Halloween costume?
Good news for anyone out there chugging booze and abusing your liver …
Coffee is helping repair the damage.
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute found that people who drink three or more cups of coffee a day have lower enzyme levels – which indicates a healthy liver – than people who stay away from coffee.
The scientists are continuing to study why coffee boosts those enzyme levels, but in the meantime, feel free to continue enjoying your brew. (HuffingtonPost)
So much for America being the leaders of the free world …
According to a new survey, citizens of the Czech Republic are the beer-drinking champions of the world.
Retale.com crunched the numbers of the world’s beer consumption and found the Czech people consume 149 liters of beer per person every year.
Austria finished in a distant second with 108 liters, followed by Germany, Estonia, and Poland.
As for America? Not even in the top ten.
We placed 14th on the list with only 77 liters – just behind Slovenia, Panama, and Australia.
Move over, bushy brows – there's a new eyebrow craze in town. It's called blinged-out brows, and just like it sounds, it's all about decorating your brows with gemstones and crystals. Leading the charge is makeup giant, Benefit. They are offering bling brow services at all their brow bar locations, and they are selling do-it-yourself kits, too. Surely you will find these at your local Sephora, but until you see it mainstream, you might want to save the look for a night at the club or maybe a music festival. Pay attention, though, celebs will be rockin' this before you know it. (DailyMail)
Blog Tuesday 10/14
A Minnesota woman lied about her age on Facebook -- which wouldn't be newsworthy until you learn that she was forced to do it, since FB didn't allow her to fill in her real age ... of 114.
Anna Stoehr decided to celebrate her 114th birthday by signing up for Facebook, but when she got started, she noticed that the pull-down birthday menu only went back to 1905 – and she was born five years earlier than that. Figuring she planned to be around to use the site for a good long time, she lopped a full 15 years off her age, and reinvented herself as a young vixen of 99.
Mrs. Stoehr, who accesses Facebook on her iPad, took the time to drop a note to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to change the age parameters – and she wrote it on a typewriter. (Metro)
A Florida man was recently busted for possession of synthetic marijuana, but it's the “Scars, Marks, Tattoos or other distinguishing features” section of his police report, along with his mug shot, that are most intriguing.
46-year-old Victor Thompson has his entire head tattooed to make it look like he's wearing a New England Patriots helmet.
But you've got to hand it to this guy, he didn't leave out any details. Each side of his head has the Patriots logo on it. On the back of his head he has Tom Brady's number 12, the word "Patriots," an American flag and an NFL logo. But perhaps the funniest thing is the name of the helmet maker, Riddell, inked on his forehead. The only detail he added was to the top of his head, where he has the Super Bowl trophy and the signatures of his favorite players – replicas of the signatures of players Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker and Randy Moss. Only Gronkowski is still on the team.
Kelly Clarkson is staging a Christmas benefit, and she's called in favors from some of her famous friends -- namely Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks,Ronnie Dunn, Kacey Musgraves, Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Charles Esten from the TV show Nashville and Meghan Trainor.
Kelly, who has lived in Nashville for the last seven years, says it her way of showing her appreciation for the people of Music City. “I love my adopted hometown of Nashville with all of my heart and I am so honored to be able to give back to the community alongside some of my favorite artists and friends for my first annual Miracle on Broadway benefit concert!"
Miracle on Broadway, which benefits four local charities takes place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on December 20th.
A comedy club in Barcelona, Spain, is now using facial recognition technology to count how often customers laugh so it can charge them by the chuckle.
There’s no cover charge.
But each time a customer laughs, a tablet on the back of each seat tallies a mark – and customers are charged 38 cents per laugh.
Don’t worry. If the comic crushes it and you spend all night laughing until it hurts, the maximum charge for one night is just $30. (BBC)
According to a new study genetics might be at least partly to blame for the amount of coffee you drink.
Researchers analyzed the coffee drinking habits of 120,000 people and identified six gene variations linked to coffee and caffeine consumption.
These different genes could explain why a cup of coffee makes one person woozy, another person jittery, while still another energized. (DailyDigestNews)
If you’re stuck at work and miserable it might give you hope to know there are jobs out there – really, paying jobs – that are actually fun.
Here’s a rundown of some dream jobs that actually exist:
Lego Master Builder – There are 40 people in the world who play with Legos for a living. These Master Builders are definitely living the good life.
Prop Master – A prop master is responsible for pretty much everything else you see on TV and on the big screen. That’s a lot of toys to be in charge of.
Video Game Tester – Just loving video games won’t get you the gig. You’ve got to be really good at playing and have spectacular endurance. And, there is work involved. You have to find programming bugs and figure out how to fix them. (Fast Company)
New York Rangers star player Rick Nash made a big decision during Sunday night's home opener against the Maple Leafs that he had to know could cause some mixed feelings among fans and other players around the league.
Nash, who has been the team's best player over their first three games of the season, scored a goal in the first period and then left the game right after the second period with his team down four goals. He had gotten word that his pregnant wife's water broke and was about to deliver their baby. He was able to make it in time for the birth. The Rangers, however, were unable to mount a comeback and lost the game 6-to-3.
The team's next game is Tuesday night and he is expected to play. The topic of professional athletes leaving their teams to be with their wives has come up a lot lately. This past spring, Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets received a lot of support but some criticism when he missed a few games to be with his wife and new baby. (NY Daily News)
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star Uncle Poodle was arrested Monday for allegedly vandalizing his ex-boyfriend's car.
According to TMZ, Honey Boo Boo's uncle broke off a University of Georgia tag from the front of his ex's Dodge 1500 last month while it was parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
The ex and his new boyfriend reportedly witnessed Poodle and his fiance driving away after the incident. Adding to the mix, TMZ says Poodle's fiancé used to date Poodle's ex's new boyfriend.
Poodle was charged with trespassing and held on $1,000 bond.
Blog Monday 10/13
Josh Brolin's younger brother Jess is homeless and survives by eating trash, according to Britain's Mirror. The 41-year-old reportedly inherited a six-figure trust fund after his mother died in 1995, but the money has apparently run out. Jess lives on the streets in Ojai, California, about 80 miles from the Malibu mansion his father, James Brolin, shares with Barbara Streisand. A spokesman for the Brolin family says they have offered help, but Jess has refused it.
It's happened again. Two toddlers were injured Sunday after an unsecured bounce-house became airborne on a New Hampshire farm and was blown about 50 feet in the air before it came crashing down to the ground with the kids inside.
A two-year-old boy who was critically injured in the accident was transported by helicopter to Tuft's Medical Center in Boston while a three-old was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital to be checked out, but he wasn't seriously injured.
Gary Bergeron, who works at the farm, said he inflated the bounce house to dry it out from the weekend's rain, and blocked it off with hay bales. Still, the two young boys were able to find a way inside before it took flight.
Students at a university in England are being encouraged to help the environment ... by peeing in the shower.
Even though most of the 15,000 students at the University of East Anglia are probably doing it anyway, the "Go with the Flow" campaign suggests that peeing while taking a shower will help the environment by cutting down the number of toilet flushes.
Students behind the campaign explain, "Over a year we would save enough water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool 26 times over. Imagine how big an impact it could have if we could get everyone in East Anglia, or even the UK, to change their morning habits."
But what about the potential health risks of having people urinating in the shower? Well, experts say that as long as the water is running and pee is going down the drain, it shouldn't pose any risk. (Slate)
A Detroit Lions fan will have to watch every game from his living room instead of Ford Field from now on because the team has officially banned him from the stadium.
The unidentified man is accused of shining a laser pointer in the faces of Buffalo Bills players during last Sunday's game. The Bills won the game on a 58-yard field goal by kicker Dan Carpenter, who – along with other Bills players – complained about the green laser light coming from the stands.
The Lions say they used technology to identify the fan and he actually admitted to doing it. He was slapped with a $50 disorderly conduct ticket and the Lions have revoked the season tickets belonging to his relative. (Detroit News)
You've heard of flash mobs by now, but what about Mass mobs?
Mass Mobs are a new phenomenon popping up all over Detroit in order to revive old churches and breathe new life into them.
The first mob started in April and drew a crowd of 150 people, but after the Detroit Free Press ran a story about it, the size of the next Mass Mob doubled.
Now, mobs are drawing crowds of 2,000 people ... and it's not just the people that are giving these churches a boost.
The most recent Mass Mob's collection basket brought in more than $19,000 (about 10 times the amount donated at a typical Mass).
1. Gone Girl - $26.8 million 2. Dracula Untold - $23.5 million 3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - $19.1 million 4. Annabelle - $16.4 million 5. The Judge - $13.3 million
Jason Aldean’s annual Concert for the Cure on Saturday night in Detroit raised $660,000 for the Susan G. Komen organization. Detroit’s Race for the Cure co-chairKatrina Studvent says 75-percent of the donation will be used locally, while the remaining 25-percent will benefit national research.
Jason Aldean talks about the annual Concert for the Cure.
“When people think about breast cancer, obviously it’s a terrible disease. But that show that we do is as much about celebrating the people that have beat the disease as much as it is about remembering the people who have lost their battle with it.”
Early estimates show Jason’s new album Old Boots, New Dirt is headed for a number-one debut on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard, the 15-track collection is expected to sell up to 300,000 copies its first week out.
We’re on the lookout for first wedding photos from Jerrod Niemann and wife Morgan Petek, who tied the knot this weekend in Puerto Rico. Folks from Jerrod’s inner circle have been hitting social media with pictures from the destination wedding. But so far, official details have yet to surface.
A New Mexico man is planning one Whopper of a lawsuit after a Burger King manager responded to his complaint about cold onion rings by pulling a knife, then tasering him.
The customer, whose name was not released, says that he asked manager Francisco Barrera for a warmer bag of rings when he checked his order and found them to be cold. Barrera turned to an employee and mocked the request in Spanish, not knowing that the man spoke the language and understood that the manager had no intention of offering the replacement.
When he then asked for a refund, Barrera allegedly flipped out, attacking him with the knife and stun-gun. Barrera, who had been accused of violence against customers before, was taken into custody on charges of battery. (KRQE)
A man in Northern Ireland is going to be on ice for a few months after busting up a pub's walk-in freezer when he locked himself in, thinking it was a men's room.
Cops were called to the bar to investigate a possible burglary after Sean McEvoy triggered an alarm while trying to break out of the freezer he'd locked himself in at the tail end of a bender. McEvoy was gone by the time the officers arrived, but he left his cell phone behind, making it easy to track him to his home – where he admitted he had no idea where he'd been that evening.
The judge hearing McEvoy's case sentenced him to at least three months behind bars, citing his long police record and the fact that he'd been banned from the bar some time before. The justice said, “I have explained to him if he is going to have a career as a criminal, it is not a good idea, as he always gets caught, because of the alcohol." (Sunday World)
If you want to win your wife’s weight in beer, you may want to head to Maine this weekend for the North American Wife Carrying Championship.
If you carry your wife across the finish line first, not only will you win her weight in brew – but you will win five times her weight in cash.
The competition is Saturday, October 11th at the Sunday River Resort in Newry and features a 278-yard obstacle course.
Prizes will also be awarded for the team with the greatest combined weight and the couple with the greatest combined age. (UPI)
Cleveland Cavaliers fans are super excited for the start of the basketball season and for good reason – the return of LeBron James.
For the first time since – well, since LeBron left Cleveland – Cavs fans believe they have a legitimate shot at making a run for a championship. Everyone in Ohio is excited, including 39-year-old Jason Goudlock who currently resides in prison for an aggravated assault he committed in 1994.
He has his fourth parole hearing coming up this month, and though he's been denied parole on three previous occasions, he's hoping the Ohio parole board shares his excitement for the basketball season understands his argument for why he should be released now. He wrote a letter to the board explaining, "I would truly like to witness in person LeBron James’ pursuit of an NBA championship for my beloved hometown." (Norwalk Reflector)
There's plenty new to choose from this weekend at the theaters, but your best choice might be to save your money.
Addicted SKIP IT
Not made available for reviews -- almost always a bad sign.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day THEATER (if you have kids)
Rotten Tomatoes score: 59
Metacritic score: 52
Dracula Untold SKIP IT
Rotten Tomatoes score: 27
Metacritic Score: 34
The Judge WAIT FOR VIDEO
Rotten Tomatoes score: 49
Metacritic score: 44
Blog Thursday 10/9
A restaurant in London believes they've created the world's most expensive burger.
The Honky Tonk restaurant teamed up with Groupon to create the Glamburger – in honor of the online coupon site selling its five-millionth food and drink voucher.
So what's in the Glamburger? Oh, just a bunch of things you probably can't afford. It's a half-pound patty of Kobe beef from Japan, venison from New Zealand, poached lobster, black truffle brie, Beluga caviar, bacon and a duck egg covered in an edible gold leaf. It's also topped with mango, champagne and white truffle. Basically, this is not a burger you'd put ketchup on.
Groupon plans to give the Glamburger away to one lucky contest winner. (Today.com)
According to Ranker.com these are the Top 10 Best NFL Stadiums:
Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, Wisconsin
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Missouri
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis
CenturyLink Field – Seattle
Soldier Field – Chicago
Cowboys Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Heinz Field – Pittsburgh
NRG Stadium – Houston
Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver
Looks like L.A. will finally be getting a football team.
According to a league source, the NFL will most likely send a team back to Los Angeles within the next two years.
The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are the three teams most likely to make the move. The Rams and Raiders both played in L.A. and left after the 1994 season. The Chargers played in L.A. in 1960 before moving south to San Diego.
A new stadium is in the works but the team would likely play at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena or the L.A. Coliseum while the new stadium is being constructed. (NBC Sports)
First there was the story that Facebook was not going to allow people to use fake names anymore – something they have since apologized for and reversed their decision on.
And now it appears that they are going in a completely different direction.
Apparently Facebook is working on stand-alone app that will allow users to interact with each other without ever having to reveal ANY personal information about themselves – including their name.
So to sum up, the company that recently started suspending accounts of people who didn't put their legal name on their profile page is now developing an app so people don't have to put their legal name on their profile page. (NY Times)
Of all the fast food chains in the country serving up French fries every day, Americans say McDonald's has the very best.
According to a YouGov survey, 34 percent of Americans prefer the fries at McDonald's more than any other fast food restaurant. Burger King and Five Guys come in at a distant second and third. White Castle and Nathan's are at the bottom of the list.
The majority of Americans (15 percent) believe the best burger is found at Burger King and Five Guys. Wendy's comes in right behind them with 14 percent of the vote. Chik-Fil-A was rated the overall best chain and Subway was voted the healthiest.
Blog Wednesday 10/8
The fast food drive-thru has traditionally been a necessary convenience for everyone, from busy parents who have no time to cook dinner for their kids to hard-working men and women who need to grab lunch on the go. But many of you drive-thru fans may have noticed that it's not always so fast.
In fact, a new Drive Thru Performance Study finds that fast food drive-thru lanes are getting slower and slower. The average customer these days spends over three-and-a-half minutes waiting for their food. That's a 40-second increase compared to last year and the longest wait time in 17 years. So what's up with that?
Well, first of all, fast food menus have gotten bigger with a lot more items. And that means the old lady you're waiting behind at the ordering speaker is going to take more time to make up her mind. Also, having it your way is a great idea but it takes employees longer to prepare your burger with no onions, lots of ketchup, just one pickle and unsalted fries. (USA Today)
No question should ever be asked through a closed bathroom door if I'm inside.
If you think I'm speeding now, you should see me drive when you're not in the car.
Don't be afraid to ditch the makeup. Natural is sexier.
My guy friends ... Not only are they not negotiable, they're your best sign that I'm not a whack job.
When the game is on, we will pay attention to you if you're nice about it. Bark, and we shut down.
I just may lie to make you feel good. Don't be angry about this. You really weren't looking for the truth anyway.
You can have sex with us any time you want. Seriously.
Anytime you cook for us, we're happy.
Apple can't catch a break with their new iPhones. Now that everyone has settled down about the bending phones, customers are complaining that the iPhone 6 is pulling out their hair. We've gone from Bendgate to Hairgate!
Both the 6 and 6 plus have received complaints that the small seam between the aluminum of the phone and the glass of the screen is catching users' hair and pulling it out. It's not just an issue with head hair, either. Bearded users are complaining that their facial hair is getting yanked out by the phones. Ouch!
Of course there is now a #HairGate – so if you don't believe it's happening, check out the photos for yourself. (Newser)
Fall may be a good time to shake up your style (or get one). A good place to start is to get rid of some clothes.
According to Mandatory.com, here are some things you should take out of your closet and burn …
Cargo pants and shorts
Cameron Crowe has killed a TV series based on his 1989 film Say Anything, according to EW.
NBC announced Monday that they were moving ahead with a half-hour comedy that would pick up a decade after the original Say Anything left off. Immediately after the announcement both Cameron and the film's star John Cusack took to Twitter to say they were against the show. The director said he had no idea the series was in the works and that he was trying to kill it. He succeeded. NBC has cancelled the project.
The match-up for the National League Championship Series is set after the San Francisco Giants edged out the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals finished off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday.
First in St. Louis, the Cardinals used a familiar script in their 3-2 win over the Dodgers. The Dodgers were up 2-0 going into the seventh inning, but once again Dodgers aceClayton Kershaw began to crack. He allowed to two singles, setting the stage for Matt Adams, who hit it out of the park to put the Cards up by one run.
The Dodgers threatened to score in the ninth, but they came up empty handed.
Over in San Francisco, the Giants beat the Nationals 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Nationals rookie Aaron Barrett melted down after Matt Thornton allowed a pair of singles to Joe Panik and Buster Posey. Panik scored on Barrett's wild pitch in the dirt to Pablo Sandoval, putting the Giants up by one.
The Nats had a runner on first in the ninth, but couldn't score.
Blog Tuesday 10/7
A 19-year-old Chicago area man's plan to join the Islamic State terrorist organization was foiled when he was arrested Saturday at O'Hare International Airport, federal authorities announced Monday.
The teen's plans were so elaborately laid out that he had a plane ticket to Vienna with a connecting flight Turkey and then had a contact to guide him across the Syrian border. He also left a letter for his parents explaining what motivated him to take such action.
In the three-page letter found in his bedroom, Mohammed Hamzah Khan wrote, "We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day. I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this."
If he was successful in his travels, Khan had hoped to join ISIS in "some type of public service, a police force, humanitarian work or a combat role," according to the criminal complaint filed against him.
P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens has become one of the premier defensemen in the NHL, and he says his pregame coffee is his secret weapon.
Sure the cup of joe gives him a boost of energy, but it's not exactly why he drinks it. Subban says the beany beverage fills his tank with gas, as in flatulence.
Speaking with a Quebec radio station, Subban says coffee gives him gas and he holds it in until he hits the ice and lets it go on opposing players. He explains that while he tangles with players in front of his net, he farts to annoy them. That must be how Montreal knocked off Boston the playoffs last year. Of course he better be careful since his own goalie is usually directly behind him. (Deadspin)
Forget your supersoft bristles and your electric motors. Your toothbrush ain't go nothin' on the Reinast Luxury Toothbrush.
This new brush is the most expensive one we've ever heard of, selling for a whopping $4,000.
It isn't motorized or connected to your Bluetooth and it certainly doesn't do the brushing while you're asleep.
The Reinast is so pricey because it's made of titanium and supposed to be a thing of opulent beauty ... not just another "toothbrusher" that all of us peasants use.
Or as the head of the company put it, "The type of client we have in mind and are currently selling to are those with an incredibly high net-worth. People who have their own yachts, people who have their own private jets – it's for people who can spend this amount of money on a product they deem beautiful. And one that doesn't exist on the market elsewhere."
So there you have it – you can pay rent for 6 months or get a toothbrush. The choice is yours. (Gizmodo)
How far was this man willing to go to escape his wife’s nagging? All the way up a coconut tree, apparently.
The 76-year-old man from Malaysia was booted from his living room by his wife of 50 years, who wanted to clean in there.
Seems that was the last straw for the guy. He walked straight out of their home and climbed up a 30-foot-tall coconut tree.
His 70-year-old wife spent three hours pleading with him to get down. She finally called the fire department, who used a ladder to bring him back down to solid ground.
No word on what his wife had in store for him once he got there. (Metro)
This week's big new video releases bring us some action, some feel-good and some comedy.
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, a sci-fi action thriller set in the near future in which aliens attack and devastate Earth -- and Cruise lives out a Groundhog Day-like existence where he's killed in battle, reincarnated and forced to do it again and again.
Mad Men's Jon Hamm is a baseball talent scout in Million Dollar Arm. He hopes to find the next pitching ace by scouring the cricket fields of India.
A Million Ways to Die in the West is a comedy-western with an ensemble cast featuringAmanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, Charlize Theron, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and many others. MacFarlane also wrote and directed.
TV that's new to video includes the third season of American Horror Story: Coven, the first season of the Fargo series, the second season of The Following, the first season ofHemlock Grove and Sharknado 2: The Second One.
Michael Phelps may be drying out in more ways than one. Following his arrest last week for a DUI, and his plan to enter a treatment program, USA Swimming announced Monday that they're suspending the Olympic star for six months.
As a result, he won't be able to compete until April 6th, 2015. The organization is also halting his funding for six months and he'll have to withdraw from the 2015 world championship team, so Phelps won't be in the water next August in Kazan, Russia, which is considered an important step for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The 29-year-old swimming sensation acknowledged his mistake in a statement issued Sunday. "I recognize that this is not my first lapse in judgment, and I am extremely disappointed with myself. Swimming is a major part of my life, but right now I need to focus my attention on me as an individual, and do the necessary work to learn from this experience and make better decisions in the future."
Baywatch beauty Nicole Eggert has traded the beach for an ice cream truck.
The 42-year-old star has left Hollywood behind and launched her very own "Ice Cream Shoppe on Wheels." Nicole describes her new venture as a "family run business bringing a fun, unique, and innovative twist to the ice cream man." The twist? The ice cream man is a former TV star.
According to Yahoo! News, Nicole has been cruising around Los Angeles for the past two weeks in her aqua-colored truck selling everything from old-fashioned root beer floats and ice cream cake to simple ice cream scoops and popsicles.
Blog Monday 10/6
A baker in Ventura, California, has set up a Kickstarter campaign to help save her "Dessert Hearse."
Deborah Dawson has actually been selling pies, tarts, and cakes out of a 1967 Cadillac Superior hearse for the past few years, but she now needs operating cash, so she’s turning to the Kickstarter community for help.
Just in time for Halloween.
It seems her Dessert Hearse needs $20,000 in repairs.
Who knew hearses were so expensive to maintain?
If you chip in to help keep the hearse on the road, you’ll get brownies and coffin-shaped plaques. Or, if you write a big check, you’ll get a catered 300-person party. (LAWeekly)
Running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, is one of the most macho things a man can do in his life.
But, let’s be honest. It’s not for everyone.
The bulls are big and angry – and they have horns. Guys get gored through the guts. Who needs the hassle?
If you want to have the experience of running through crowded streets in Spain from giant objects, consider forgetting about running with the bulls – and put running with the BALLS on your bucket list.
Mataelpino, a small town of 1,700 outside Madrid, is now the home to “running of the balls.”
In this new version, you run away from giant 275-pound Styrofoam balls.
Yes. Sure. They can roll over you. And, you might get stepped on or elbowed by other guys.
But, unlike bulls, the balls won’t stab you through the liver. (IO9)
Charlie Sheen is being sued for sexual battery by a dental technician.
Margarita Palestino claims the Anger Management star flipped out during a dental visit, ripping off his nitrous oxide mask and grabbed her breast. When she tried to put the mask on him, Charlie allegedly jumped out of his chair and threatened to kill her.
Margarita also claims that Charlie lunged at one of the dentists with a knife and that he was high on crack.
His lawyer, Marty Singer, called it a "ridiculous claim by an opportunist looking to make her 15 minutes of fame."
The Olympic swimmer announced his decision via Twitter on Sunday -- less than a week after his second DUI arrest in 10 years. He wrote that the past few days have been "extremely difficult" and that he recognizes that this isn't "his first lapse in judgment."
After his arrest last Tuesday, the gold medalist said he was “deeply sorry” for driving drunk and would “take full responsibility” for his actions. Phelps was arrested for DUI in 2004.
Luke Bryan is Mardi Gras bound! The hip-swiveling singer will headline the 2015Endymion Extravaganza and serve as Grand Marshal of the parade on Valentine’s Day next year.
“Roller Coaster” is also the new number-one on the Mediabase chart this week, marking another chart-topper for co-writers Cole Swindell and Michael Carter (Luke’s lead guitarist and bandleader). The two were just in Nashville last week celebrating the number-one success of Thomas Rhett’s “Get Me Some of That” with Rhett Akins.
Blog Thursday 10/2
More and more guys are wearing – and showing off – their fancy, colorful socks.
These statement socks have become a popular fashion accessory for guys everywhere from Wall Street to Silicon Valley.
Instead of hosiery, it’s being called brosiery – and it’s a way for guys to be expressive and unique, making inroads toward replacing neckties and pocket squares.
Fashion insiders also consider these colorful socks to be like lingerie for men. Only the guy knows what’s under the pants, but when they walk, they give a little peek.
And while you can get your hands on fancy socks at discount retail stores, you can also spend up to $185 for a single pair of socks at a store like Barney’s.
That’s, like, more than 90 dollars a sock. And, at the end of the day, they’ll smell the same as socks you could have bought at Walmart. (TheAtlantic)
You may be married ... even happily. But that doesn't mean that you don't have a Backup Husband.
What in the name of holy matrimony is a backup husband, you ask?
A Backup Husband is a "Plan B" guy, often consisting of an old friend who you know always had feelings for you.
Other possible "Backup Husbands" include exes, workers and anyone you consider a "buddy." And chances are, whether or not you're willing to admit it, you probably have one. (Jezebel)
Hollywood has itself a new little leading lady. Mila Kunis gave birth to her and Ashton Kutcher's baby girl Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
It's the first child for both. There were no specific initial reports on the baby's weight or name, but we know she has good genes.
According to TMZ, the two stars showed up without bodyguards or family early Tuesday morning and headed straight to a delivery room.
The couple are expected to get married in the near future. It'll be Mila's first. Ashton was previously married to Demi Moore, but their six-year union ended in 2012.
Production of the TV show Anger Management has been halted.
Charlie Sheen fractured his nose. His excuse is pretty lame. He forgot which end of his backyard pool was shallow.
Sheen’s rep declared (quote) “Charlie was playing with one of his dogs in the pool and he accidentally dove into the shallow end, thinking it was much deeper. Charlie cut his nose.”
However, another source said what everyone else is thinking (quote) “This sounds like the beginnings of another one of his famous meltdown.” Source: New York Daily News
Indeed, TMZ is reporting this morning that Sheen is being investigating for assaulting his dentist with a knife. The dental technician suspects Charlie was coked out of brain. Probably smoking it from a glass pipe. When she placed a mask over his face to inhale nitrous oxide, he totally flipped out. He eventually pulled a knife, according to his dentist.Source: TMZ
From the believe it or not file, former Clippers owner Donald Sterling reunited with V. Stiviano -- the woman involved with the racist rant that led to his downfall -- Wednesday at his mansion in Beverly Hills.
If that wasn't strange enough, Sterling's wife Shelly found out about the meeting and called the police, thinking that she must have broken into the house.
Police responded but found out that V. was an "invited" guest, so she wasn't arrested and she stayed after the cops packed up and left.
There's bad blood between Shelly and V. Shelly filed suit against her husband's alleged mistress, saying she stole $1.8 million from Donald, and since they're still married, half that money is hers.
A couple of Georgia cops could be in hot water ... after mistaking Spaghetti-O's for meth during a routine traffic stop.
Officers pulled over Ashley Gabrielle Huff and noticed a spoon in the passenger seat, which was coated in a "suspicious" substance that they thought to be cooked-on meth. Huff, who has no criminal history, protested her innocence, but was still hauled into jail.
She remained behind bars for two days while trying to raise bail, and was ordered to go to drug counseling while cops awaited results of tests on the dirty spoon – but was arrested a second time when she missed one of those appointments. She was finally released three weeks later when the results came back – negative for drugs, but positive for pasta sauce. (Gainesville Times)
A British experiment was designed to show how little people read the “terms and conditions” boxes that pop up online.
A team of security researchers set up a mobile WiFi hotspot in two busy London districts but before a user could connect, he or she had to sign terms and conditions that mentioned a “Herod clause,” which traded free Internet for ownership of the person’s first-born child “for the duration of eternity.”
Six people agreed.
Of course, it’s illegal to sell children.
The researchers just wanted to prove that people rush through stuff they see on the Internet – and that not paying attention could have terrible consequences. (The Guardian)
Scuba organizations say recreational divers shouldn't go below about 130 feet, but an Egyptian diver recently went a bit deeper – dropping more than 1,000 feet below the ocean surface and setting a world record in the process.
Ahmed Gabr plunged about 1,090 feet into the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt.
According to Guinness World Records, that dive, which is about as deep as New York City's Chrysler Building is tall, is the deepest scuba dive ever.
It took Gabr 12 minutes to reach the record depth and the rest of the day to return to the surface.
"I traveled with nine tanks and decompressed for 14 hours on the way back up," he said, adding that he felt "unbelievable" when he finally got to the top. (HuffingtonPost)
According to a new study, men get along better when there's drinking involved.
Researchers found that when there was alcohol around all-male groups, the guys "caught" smiles easily, as if the smiles were contagious.
When alcohol was served to mixed groups and all-female groups, the booze did not have this affect. (Washington Post)
Just what the world needs ... a selfie drone. Christoph Kohstall, a physics researcher at Stanford, has come up with a prototype for a wearable selfie drone that basically flies off your wrist long enough to snap your photo and then returns to you like a boomerang.
The technology is still pretty far off, but companies like Intel are throwing their full support behind Kohstall – so we probably won't have to wait too long before we can take our selfie game to the next level. (Tech Crunch)
We now know why North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un has been missing in action. If you believe a report Tuesday in the U.K.'s The Telegraph, he's "become so fat while in office that his ankles have fractured under his own weight."
According to the report, the 31-year-old has been packing on the pounds to such an extent that he had to be hospitalized to undergo an operation after his ankles gave out during a demanding stretch of official appearances. He was reportedly wearing shoes with Cuban heels, which made him taller, but left him with sprained ankles during long walking tours of military bases and factories.
According to a new study from Canada, eating cheese and other dairy products every day can be beneficial to your metabolism, lower your blood pressure, as well as reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity.
That’s right. Cheese … the miracle drug.
Researchers found that most people just aren't eating enough cheese – and concluded that eating at least two-and-a-half servings of cheese each day is the way to go.
An Idaho truck driver's "take this job and shove it" moment has landed him behind bars after he abandoned his truck hauling 37,000 pounds of raw chicken.
42-year-old Christopher Hall was driving the frozen chicken cargo through Montana when he stopped at a truck stop, called his employer and demanded a raise. When his demands weren't met, he ditched the truck and the $80,000 worth of fowl inside. Authorities believe the truck, which was surrounded by flies with an appetite for rotting chicken, may have been sitting at the rest stop for a month before someone noticed juices leaking out of it.
Police in Nampa, Idaho, tracked Hall down and arrested him for a parole violation and may charge him with theft. The truck was towed to a landfill. (Seattle Times)
We're about to see a lot more of Michael Strahan -- the morning show host is going to strip in Magic Mike XXL.
He confirmed the casting news this morning (Monday) on Live With Kelly and Michael. His co-host Kelly Ripa then asked a few questions. "How much nudity can I expect? Do you need to be waxed? Do you need to see my laser lady?"
The former NFL star joked that the movie's wardrobe guy had called him about costumes. "Why did he even call me about wardrobe because apparently, there ain't nothing to be worn. It's kind of a thong thing."
Michael got the gig after stripping down when Magic Mike star Channing Tatum showed up on Live in 2012.
The sequel, which also stars Joe Manganiello and Jada Pinkett Smith, hits theaters on July 1st, 2015.
The George Jones Museum has found a home near Lower Broadway -- the tourist mecca of Nashville.
George's widow Nancy says the 44,000-square-foot space on Second Avenue North would house not only the museum collection, but also a restaurant and a performance space. She says, "We hope that this will draw George's friends and fans worldwide to our great city. George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City."
No word on when the museum will open.
A new study has found that dogs feel jealousy − especially when their owners show affection to other dogs.
Researchers at UC San Diego did a study where dogs watched as their owners started to pet and give attention to an animated toy dog. The real dog would then start showing signs of jealousy – like pushing at their owner or the other dog.
"Our study suggests not only that dogs do engage in what appears to be jealous behaviors, but also that they were seeking to break up the connection between the owners and a seeming rival," said psychology professor Christine Harris. (Today)
Nobody likes when a bunch of construction is going on next door, but Mark Zuckerbergis taking it too a whole new level.
Zuckerburg is building a new $10 million home in San Francisco, and the residents of Dolores Heights are not only putting up with constant earsplitting jackhammer noises, but any chance they had at parking their cars on their street has gone the way of the dodo.
The Facebook billionaire has been paying several people to camp out overnight in the parking spots surrounding his construction project in order to save spaces for all the workers in the morning – which is nice if you're a construction worker and a nightmare if you're a resident.
There's even an "eye in the sky" closed circuit camera where it's assumed Zuckerberg can watch the project take shape.
Neighbors can't wait for this home construction (and the hijacked parking spaces) to be over, sometime in the spring of next year. (CBS)
In an effort to improve the taste of Thai food at restaurants – and weed out bad restaurants – the government of Thailand spent $1 million to develop a robotic food tester.
The new government-funded Thai Delicious Committee says it will be using its new machine as "an intelligent robot that measures smell and taste in food ingredients through sensor technology in order to measure taste like a food critic."
The committee also plans to sell the machines around the world for $18,000 a piece so people can grade local Thai cuisine with it – and wants a stamp of approval to be featured on the menus of restaurants that use official recipes.
Clearly, the people of Thailand take their food very, very seriously. (NY Times)
Blog Monday 9/29
There's been a bit of a shakeup in the college football polls -- Alabama has overtaken Florida State at number-one in the Amway Coaches Poll.
The Seminoles had a rough go of things against North Carolina State on Saturday, eking out a 56-to-41 win over the Wolfpack. The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, manhandled conference foe Florida, 42-to-21. Florida State does stay on top of the Associated Press poll, with Oregon at number-two and Alabama at number-three.
The week's other big riser is UCLA, which is now at number-eight in the AP poll and number-nine in the coaches' poll.
Police in Oklahoma City are searching for a car jacker with a unique signature ... he sucks on a pacifier.
The man, who has been dubbed the "Binky Bandit," allegedly robbed and carjacked a man in a convenience store parking lot.
Surveillance video taken near the scene shows the suspect sucking on a blue pacifier.
In fact, the video is so crazy that Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow of the Oklahoma City Police Department reminded the public that while he looks childish, the "Binky Bandit" is dangerous and wanted for a felony.
“It’s something that we don’t see very often, a man who is our suspect in such a violent crime to have a pacifier but we can't forget the fact that it is a very serious crime,” she said. (Huffington Post)
The owner of a noodle restaurant in China admitted to police that he added opium to his food − to get customers hooked and coming back for more.
The controversy began when a 26-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving and tested positive for opium. The guy spent more than two weeks in jail before his family was able to convince police to investigate their suspicions that he had been served spiked noodles.
Apparently his family members went back to the restaurant and tested their urine after eating there. They told police the results showed that they, too, had tested positive for opium.
The restaurant owner was brought in for questioning and he confessed to putting powdered poppy − the main ingredient in opium − in his food, so people would keep coming back for more.
The man originally arrested for DUI was released and all charges against him were dropped. (UPI)
This can't be true ... can it?
Designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis and tech company Acer have teamed up to create an absurd new way for people to take pictures of themselves.
Introducing the SELFIE SOMBRERO!
This sparkly pink monstrosity of a hat has a huge 360-degree brim with a drop down pocket for your tablet (not smartphone, but TABLET).
Thanks, but we'll just stick with the old fashioned way for now ... (Yahoo)
A T-shirt that was found in a department store in the Philippines has been taken off the shelves. Believe it or not, the store was actually selling a T-shirt reading, “It’s Not Rape It’s a Snuggle With a Struggle,” with two hands forming the shape of a heart in the middle. The shirt was being sold in the boys' department. And even more unbelievable – this shirt is still available online.
The controversy began when the shirt was photographed by American tourist Karen Kunawicz, who then posted it to her Facebook page. “I was shaking I could not take a proper photo,” Karen wrote. “Insulting to women and girls and as a mom of a soon to be 13-year-old, it made me want to throw up.”
After Karen posted the pic, it went viral and the company was forced to issue an apology and a promise that it wouldn't allow any other merchandise like this in the store.
But it begs the question ... How did it get there in the first place and how many would have been sold if not for this woman's outrage? (Yahoo)
Blog Thursday 9/25
Here’s a blast from the past …
In 1997, the Coca-Cola company was trying to compete with Mountain Dew, so they marketed Surge to boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 24.
They ran a $50 million ad campaign and even had a Super Bowl commercial.
The sugary, caffeine-loaded soda lasted about a year – and then disappeared.
Well now, Surge’s original drinkers are now in their late 20s to early 40s and are riding a wave of 1990s nostalgia, to the point that some were able to organize online atSaveSurge.org and get Coca-Cola to bring the stuff back.
Surge is available only on Amazon and – for now anyway – for only a limited time.
If you're curious how many days a year on average you spend in a grumpy mood, allow us to answer it for you ... it's probably 10.
A new study says that women spend about 10 days totally down in the dumps.
Some say that shopping helps boost their spirits, while other turn to exercise, chocolate or alcohol.
What do men say they do when their wife is moody? 68% admitted they just zone out. (Daily Mail)
Most of us know better than to roll around in mud while wearing our bridesmaid dress.
But when their bride-to-be sister, Shannon Hall, died suddenly in a car accident last month, her four sisters could think of no better tribute then to complete an Udder Mudder race wearing the bridesmaid dresses they prepared to wear for their sister's wedding.
This might seem silly or even borderline disrespectful, but that's not the case at all.
Shannon had already signed her family up for the Mudder and jokingly demanded everyone run the race in formal attire.
And with Shannon gone, the family – along with 27 others – decided to pay tribute to the high-spirited 24-year-old by honoring her wish in gowns that were going to be worn for Shannon anyway.
When asked how the experience was, one of the sisters put it simply, "I really missed having Shannon here, but I know she's laughing, she's smiling, she's glad we did it." (ABC)