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)
Blog Wednesday 9/24
Alaska news reporter Charlo Greene became an Internet sensation yesterday after she quit her job on live TV to fight for the legalization of marijuana. The video went viral and now she's explaining why she did it.
In a new video, Greene -- who is the President and CEO of the Alaska Cannabis Club, spends three minutes explaining why she quit her job and why she's making it her life's work to fight for the legalization of marijuana. And it turns out that Greene, who's real name is Charlene Egbe, not only talks the talk when it comes to pot, she also smokes a lot of it. A former neighbor says he had to get a restraining order against her because her constant pot smoking stunk up his apartment and made his young daughter sick. He also claims that she threatened him after he reported her to police. (TMZ)
C'mon, you had to know this was coming -- the three-breasted woman who's been all over the news this week is a phony.
Jasmine Tridevil claimed that she'd had plastic surgery to add a third breast in an effort to get guys to stop fawning over her. But it turns out that she's just been wearing a prosthesis. She apparently had her luggage stolen at Tampa International Airport, and before she got it back, police took an inventory. And guess what? She listed the three-breasted apparatus as one of the missing items.
In case you were wondering, Jasmine says the thing is worth $5000.
Steve-O isn't afraid of hackers. The Jackass star has challenged them to leak his nude photos.
Today (Tuesday) Steve tweeted a censored naked picture of himself in front of the Hollywood sign, saying, "I just added lots of crazy nude photos to my iCloud. Let’s see how good these hackers really are! #HackSteveO."
Steve-O then posted another pic, tweeting, "Dear iCloud hackers, let’s see how good you are. I have 6 years worth of crazy pics waiting for you… #HackSteveO."
If you’re a fan of Pumpkin Spice and you’re a fan of Oreos, then today is a great day for you, because Pumpkin Spice Oreos are a real thing – and they’re in stores for the first time today.
And, give Nabisco, the makers of Oreos, some credit. They actually waited until it was actually fall – and not summer – to roll out the cookies. (MTV)
A little bit of America died this week as a Russian company called Oasis Beverages purchased Pabst Blue Ribbon – as well as a bunch of other brands – for over $700 million.
That’s right. Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, and Colt 45 are now under Russian control.
Just for spite – and to even the playing field – an American corporation needs to make a move for a Russian vodka company or two. (NYTimes)
There have been a rash of stories in the news about women finding odd companionship with cardboard cutouts.
First there was a woman who took "Bradley Cooper" with her wherever she went, then there was one with Ryan Gosling's likeness, and now a 25-year-old Las Vegas woman has upped the ante by actually MARRYING her cutout of Twilight fantasy vampire Edward Cullen.
Performance artist Lauren Adkins loved the character so much, she got bought a cutout at a store and decided to "exchange" vows with him via a crowdfunded wedding ceremony.
Sounding a little less crazy, Adkins says, “This work focuses on the female escapist fantasy in its most popular forms – primarily finding ‘true love’ – and the extent to which it seeps into our real lives."
Adkins announced that the two honeymooned in L.A., and even hiked to the Hollywood sign (although they had to go at night because ... well ... vampire). (Her)
Blog Tuesday 9/23
Charlie Sheen may be returning to the scene of the crime -- for the series finale of Two and a Half Men.
Charlie, who famously had an acrimonious split with creator Chuck Lorre a few years ago, says he's been in touch with show producers, and they've been discussing an idea for bringing back his character. After he left the show, writers killed off his character.
Charlie says, "We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."
Forget about a reconciliation -- Kris Jenner has filed for divorce from BruceJenner, a year after their split.
According to TMZ, the divorce is already a done deal and "everything has been worked out with their business managers." There was no prenup and they have already agreed to a property split. Neither of them will get spousal support. And they have joint custody for their only minor daughter, 17-year-old Kylie.
Kris cites those old "irreconcilable differences" for the divorce. Still, TMZ says the breakup is "totally amicable."
Kris and Bruce married in April 1991. It was her second marriage and his third.
The next time you have a raging nosebleed, forget the cotton balls and, instead, stick some bacon up your nostril.
A team of doctors at the Detroit Medical Center received an Ig Nobel Prize for ending a kid’s unstoppable nosebleed by pushing strips of cured meat up his nose.
The boy suffered from a disorder that stops his blood from clotting.
The team says the salt in the meat drew out moisture, while the meat’s high-clotting factor stops the bleeding.
The cure was based on an old wives’ tale about the effectiveness of meat against nosebleeds.
The Ig Nobel Prize goes to the most creative medical advancements every year.
And, you have to admit, jamming bacon into a child’s nose is way out there. (Time)
According to a new survey, men are more likely to lose their smartphones than women.
The poll found that 46 percent of men admitted to being likely to lose smartphones and other gadgets.
On the other hand, only 27 percent of women said losing these things was a concern. (Cleveland)
A restaurant in London is fired up about the NFL a game over there this weekend and is celebrating by offering the most American dish you can imagine.
Ed’s Easy Diner has created a “pizza burger platter,” which is two large beef patties, two slices of cheddar cheese, and a big helping of bacon – in between two mini-pizzas.
Every pizza burger also comes with three sides including onion rings, coleslaw, and a large helping of Ed’s “chunky fries.”
So while Londoners are watching the Miami Dolphins square off against the Oakland Raiders, they can get the full American experience of eating until they burst – and waddling out of the bar after the game is over. (Metro)
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star SugarBear denies that he's been cheating on his wife Mama June. She reportedly dumped him after finding out he had a profile on a dating site. Sugar Bear also told TMZ he's "not allowed" to talk about the split. Meanwhile, Honey Boo Boo's UnclePoodle has gotten engaged to his boyfriend Alan.
Blog Monday 9/22
Vintage clothing is pretty awesome, but vintage clothing that is barely wearable because it’s dirty and falling apart ... that’s not awesome at all! Especially when said vintage clothing is selling for almost $700!
Would you believe Urban Outfitters is trying to sell a pair of obviously falling apart and hideously dirty overalls from the 1940s for $650?! Who is going to buy this?! That’s not all ... They’ve also got a pair of nasty jeans from the '40s going for $398 and a ripped, torn-up pink T-shirt that doesn’t look authentic at all for $159! (Buzzfeed)
It's not unusual to see Mike Tyson standing over a badly beaten man, but this is one case where "Iron Mike" not only had nothing to do with it but was actually there to help.
A man was riding his motorcycle to Las Vegas when a taxi cab cut him off and sent him flying off his bike and onto the pavement. Alive but badly injured, the man opened his eyes and saw Tyson rushing to his aid. The former champ witnessed the accident and went into full superhero mode. He slammed on his brakes, stopped traffic and ran to the man's side where he reportedly kept him calm until paramedics arrived on the scene. The driver tells TMZ he plans to send Tyson a thank you card and a fruit basket. (TMZ)
Blog Wednesday 9/17
A recent charity auction featured a trip for four to join the Cleveland Browns offensive line at buffet table at the Browns training facility.
The dinner date, which includes hanging out and chowing down with Alex Mack, Mitchell Schwartz, Joel Bitonio and John Greco, sold for $1900 -- which might cover the cost of the food that will be consumed, especially considering the total weight of the players is 1254 pounds.
BeautifulPeople.com, a dating website that’s been catering exclusively to only physically attractive people for the past five years, has launched a new “adopt an ugly person” mentor program to open its doors to more members.
You see, becoming a member of the site isn't easy. According to managing director Greg Hodge, 90 percent of people who apply aren’t admitted. So now, BeautifulPeople members can -- out of the goodness of their hearts -- “adopt” a non-member and teach him or her how to be beautiful.
Because everybody knows that there’s nothing more important in the whole world than your looks.
So far, so good. The View's season premiere on Monday was the daytime show's best in eight years.
Nearly four million viewers tuned in to watch Rosie O'Donnell's return, making it the best premiere since she joined the show in 2006. It was also the series' second-highest premiere in its 17-year history. However, it fell way short of the five million viewers who tuned in to watch Barbara Walters's final episode in the spring.
Rosie was joined by new panelists Rosie Perez and NicolleWallace, and longstanding moderator Whoopi Goldberg.
Shia LaBeouf has finally met someone crazier than he is.
The actor has gotten a restraining order against a woman who, according to TMZ, "showed up at his house eating watermelon on the driveway" and screamed that she's going to blow up his house. She also said, "You are Albert Einstein and we belong together."
The woman, Graciela Nahle, has allegedly showed up at Shia's house three times, once with an infant in her arms. She has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from the actor.
The Minnesota Vikings have done an about-face on Adrian Peterson and have banned him from all team activities until his legal issues regarding child abuse allegations are resolved.
The team's announcement comes just a day after the team reinstated the star running back after keeping him out of Sunday's game. Peterson, who was indicted last week on child abuse charges for beating his four-year-old son, is also accused of a separate abuse incident involving another child last year. The Vikings have placed him on the exempt/commissioner's permission list which bars him from all team activities. The team had received a lot of criticism for reinstating him. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, along with Senator Al Franken called for his suspension. Radisson hotels pulled its sponsorship of the team and Minnesota Health, another sponsor, said it will make a decision soon regarding their continued sponsorship.
Vikings ownership released a statement which reads, "After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role -- and the responsibilities that go with it -- as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community." (ESPN)
Blog Monday 9/15
A wedding photo found in the debris of the World Trade Center in the days following the September 11th terrorist attack has been returned to its owner 13 years later.
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe has been posting the photo on social media for the past 13 years in hopes of finding the photo's owner or any of the six people in the picture. This year, the photo truly went viral with more than 40,000 sharing it, including country singerBlake Shelton. He tweeted it to his more than 7.3 million followers.
Finally, last week, Fred Mahe contacted Keefe to say that he was the owner of the photo and that everyone in it is still living.
Mahe, who now lives in Colorado, told ABC News, "On 9/11 I saw the worst of humanity, [but] on 9/12 I saw the best of humanity. Elizabeth is 100 percent 9/12."
Mahe worked on the 77th floor of the second World Trade Center tower and had the photo tacked to the wall of his cubicle. He was not in his office on 9/11.
According to a new study, teenagers who smoke weed daily are 62 percent less likely to graduate from college than non-smokers. The researchers concluded that staying away from hippie lettuce has “broad health and social benefits." Among the findings, marijuana users are far more likely to use other drugs and less likely to finish high school or college.
While this sounds terrible, it’s important to remember that the researchers did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship. It’s just that those who do smoke have a higher incidence of these problems. Nobody knows how much the results are skewed by kids who are inclined to drug use or less than motivated to finish school and use weed as just one aspect of their slacker lifestyle. (Vox)
While Labor Day is in the rear view mirror, it’s actually -- officially -- still summer.
The last day of summer is September 22nd, which means you still have more than a week to enjoy these ridiculous summer foods:
Deep Fried Tequila Shots - Defying the laws of physics, the geniuses atOhBiteIt.com figured out how to cram hard liquor into deep fried nuggets of fun.
Krispy Kreme Burger - It’s a bacon cheeseburger that uses two Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts for buns. What’s not to like?
Bacon Wrapped Cheese-Filled Hot Dogs - Everything tastes better with bacon… especially cheese-filled hot dogs.
Batter Fried Corn-on-the-Cob - Why eat boring and healthy corn-on-the-cob when you can slather it with batter and drop it into hot grease? (Brosome)
Sarah Palin's family reportedly gotten into a drunken brawl at a snowmobile party in Alaska Saturday.
According to reports, son Track Palin mixed it up with a man who may have dated his sister Willow, and daughter Bristol Palin punched out the owner of the house where the party was being thrown.
No one pressed charges, though, so no arrests were made.
Alaskan political blogger Amanda Coyne writes, “Word is that Bristol has a particularly strong right hook, which she employed repeatedly, and it’s something to hear when Sarah screams, ‘Don’t you know who I am!’ And it was particularly wonderful when someone in the crowd screamed back, ‘This isn’t some damned Hillbilly reality show!’”
The Palins were asked to leave the party, which was sponsored by the annual Iron Dog snowmobile race.
A police spokeswoman confirmed that about 20 people were involved in the fight.
Richard Kiel, the 7-foot-2 actor best known for playing the James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday at the age of 74.
A caused of death hasn't been announced, but TMZ says Kiel was hospitalized recently for a broken leg in Fresno, California.
He appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows over the past 50 years -- includingHappy Gilmore, The Longest Yard, TheTwilight Zone and Gilligan's Island. But he's best remembered for his roles in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
Kiel was initially cast to star in TV's The Incredible Hulk, but lost the role two days into filming because he wasn't muscular enough. He was replaced by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.
It looks like Ray Rice and his wife aren't the only ones who will be seriously hurt by the video that showed him knocking out his then-fiancé in an elevator.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's job seems to be on the ropes as a report surfaced Wednesday that league executives had the video five months before TMZ posted it on the web Monday.
Now the league has hired former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to investigate the growing scandal surrounding the video.
Goodell has promised his full cooperation in the investigation that'll be overseen by New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney.
According to a report by the Associated Press, a law enforcement official sent the video of the elevator incident to an NFL executive, and that same official -- who requested to remain anonymous -- played AP a 12-second voicemail from an NFL phone on April 9th, acknowledging that the tape had arrived. A female voice says thanks and adds, "You're right. It's terrible."
Baltimore Ravens fans who own Ray Rice jerseys may be too disgusted to ever wear them again, so maybe a free pizza will help. A Baltimore restaurant is offering a free pizza for anyone who trades in a Ray Rice jersey.
The owners of Hersh's Pizza and Drinks say they're giving Ravens fans an opportunity to make a statement against domestic violence. They released a statement saying, “Come trade your Ray Rice Ravens Jersey in for a free pizza at Hersh's. These jerseys will save us money on toilet paper this week.” The restaurant also plans to donate $2.70, for every number-27 Rice jersey it receives, to The House of Ruth -- a Baltimore charity which helps victims of violence. (NY Daily News)
If you don't care much for free pizza, the Ravens announced that fans can now exchange their Ray Rice jerseys at official team stores. They'll announce full details of the jersey exchange later. The New England Patriots did the same thing following the Aaron Hernandez arrest on murder charges. (NBC Sports)
Rutgers University wants nothing to do with Ray Rice. The NFL star who holds every rushing record at the New Jersey university is being erased from the school's website page listing its NFL alumni and edited out of a "Knights in the NFL" video that plays during home games.
Rice's appearance in the video during last Saturday's game was met with some boos from the crowd and the university has announced that he will no longer be seen in the video because he is "not currently a player" on an NFL roster. Rice was suspended indefinitely yesterday following the release of the video showing him strike his wife. (NJ.com)
Katy Perry may have just come out of the closet -- as the subject of Taylor Swift's nasty new tune, "Bad Blood."
Yesterday (Monday), Rolling Stone released an interview in which Taylor said the song is about an unnamed female singer who she once saw as a friend, but now treats as "a straight-up enemy" for both business and personal reasons. While Taylor wouldn't drop any hints about the frenemy's identity, Katy dropped a hint, tweeting, "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing..."
The reference, for non-film buffs, is to the lead character in Mean Girls, who was known for the evil streak beneath her sweet exterior.
Rumor has it there's an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters in the works. Billy Murraysays he's not only in favor of it, but he's offering casting suggestions.
He tells the Toronto Star, "Melissa [McCarthy] would be a spectacular Ghostbuster. And Kristen Wiig is so funny. God, she’s funny. I like this girl Linda Cardellini a lot. And Emma Stone is funny. There are some funny girls out there."
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have also been mentioned. Bridesmaids director Paul Feighas said he wants to make the film.
Murray, however, won't be part of any Ghostbusters reboot.
Mel Brooks pulled an awesome prank when he put his hands and feet in cement at Hollywood's TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday. The 88-year-old wore a prosthetic finger -- leaving 11 fingerprints in the cement. The ceremony was held to mark the 40th anniversary of his film Young Frankenstein.
Blog Tuesday 9/9
Glen Campbell's final recording will be included on the soundtrack for the documentary of his final tour.
Rolling Stone reports that "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" was recorded in Los Angeles in January 2013, following the conclusion of Campbell's Goodbye Tour. Written specifically for the tour-based documentary I'll Be Me, "I'm Gonna Miss You" will be among the five songs -- which also include a live version of "Wichita Lineman" -- on a five-song EP, on sale September 30th.
Co-written by Campbell and Julian Raymond, who produced his pair of albums this decade, "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" deals with the realities of Alzheimer's and the setbacks Glen has dealt with since receiving the diagnosis.
If you've ever been nasty to a waiter or waitress, you may want to change your ways – judging by a new survey that shows just how many ways servers can get revenge!
The poll, conducted by the employment journal Human Performance, shows that you're probably safe from having someone spit in your food – but pretty much every other dirty trick is in play.
79 percent of the 438 servers surveyed say they mocked diners behind their backs, which most of us could live with. Then again:
78 percent lied about what's in a dish, or about something being unavailable.
65 percent made customers wait extra long for food, letting it get cold or too warm.
61 percent said they intentionally ignored diners trying to get their attention.
43 percent argued with customers.
11 percent increased the tip on the credit card slip.
And yes, a few servers – six percent in all – said they spit or put something else nasty into the food.
How’s this for having a good day …?
A guy in New York was cleaning out his truck and found a winning $3 million lottery ticket.
Auto shop owner Jerry Ritieni bought $20 worth of lottery tickets in July and shoved them into the center console of his truck – and didn’t give them a second thought.
One month later, he spent some time going through the numbers one-by-one, and matching them up with the winners.
"It took a minute for me to comprehend that I just hit the jackpot,” said Ritieni. “I was like, 'No way, no way!’”
He says the only plan he has for the money is to secure his kids’ future.
You can't just walk up to Elizabeth Hurley and plant a big wet kiss on her ... unless the price is right.
Hurley auctioned off her lips for an auction benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the prize went to a 27-year-old billionaire who decided that $80,000 was a small price to pay to get to lock lips with the British bombshell in front a shrieking crowd.
And in case this story wasn't weird enough, the winner, Stan Bharti, is also married with three kids ... and he says his wife is totally cool with it.
Oh well ... at least the money went to charity. (Daily Mail)
The Birkin Bag has long been coveted as a status symbol for the rich and famous. But the newest version of the purse is really turning heads ... mostly because of its pricetag.
The latest incarnation of the bag is made from crocodile skin, has white gold clasps, and is studded with diamonds.
And with celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, and Kim Kardashian all sporting one, you probably won't be surprised to find out that the accessory goes for around $200,000.
So let's put that in perspective for the rest of us ... Would you like to buy a purse or would you rather have four years' salary? (Daily Mail)
Taco Bell is at it again. First it was the Waffle Taco and now their latest breakfast creation is something called the Biscuit Taco.
Basically it's egg, cheese and either sausage or bacon on a flat biscuit that's folded over to resemble the shape of a taco.
They're even testing out a version with a fried chicken tender in there, served with a drizzle of jalapeño honey sauce for added authenticity. (Food Beast)
According to the Huffington Post, here are some things to never say to a middle-aged man:
"Did you really just get a red Corvette?"
"Have you had your prostate checked?"
"Is that your girlfriend or your daughter?"
"Is that your wife or your mother?"
"Did you have work done?"
The city of Berkeley, California, is offering a unique benefit for low-income residents – free marijuana.
Starting next summer, Berkeley residents who earn less than $32,000 per year – or $46,000 per family – and have a prescription for medical marijuana will be able to get it for free from one of the dispensaries operating within the city.
Under the law, which was passed unanimously by the city council, dispensaries must set aside two percent of their weed for this program.
While, of course, there are critics who think this law is madness, supporters say that marijuana is recognized as a legal medicine in the state of California and – as medicine – people who need it shouldn't be kept away from it due to lack of funds. (CBS News)
Home Depot confirmed on Monday that their payment security system was in fact hacked and experts are warning that it could be as bad as the huge data hack that hit Target and their customers last year.
The big-box hardware chain admitted that the data breach could affect their customers in the U.S. and Canada, but there might be some possible good news -- there is no proof that their online customers or customer PIN codes have been compromised.
Home Depot Chairman and CEO Frank Blake said in a statement, "We owe it to our customers to alert them that we now have enough evidence to confirm that a breach has indeed occurred. It is important to emphasize that no customers will be responsible for fraudulent charges to their accounts."
News of the possible breach broke last week, but wasn't confirmed until Monday. The problem could date back until April and affect of all the chain's 2,200 stores in the U.S.
According to PageSix.com, here’s a rundown of the most expensive insured celebrity body parts:
Dolly Parton’s breasts – $600,000
Madonna’s breasts – $2 million
Mariah Carey’s legs – $1 billion
Julia Roberts’ teeth – $30 million
Jennifer Lopez’s butt – $27 million
Daniel Craig’s entire body – $9.5 million
Keith Richards’ middle finger – $1.6 million
Bruce Springsteen’s voice – $5.7 million
A mystery virus has hit children across the U.S. and has the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions searching for some answers.
In Denver, more than 900 children have been seen for severe respiratory illness since mid-August with 86 of those admitted to Children's Hospital Colorado. Meanwhile in Columbus, Ohio, 73 children have been admitted to Nationwide Children's Hospital there.
In addition to Colorado and Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky have also requested assistance from the CDC in investigating clusters enterovirus.
According to the CDC, those most likely to be hit by the illness are young children and those who suffer from asthma.
Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases said that the reported cases could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases. We're in the middle of looking into this. We don't have all the answers yet."
1. Guardians of the Galaxy - $10.2 million 2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $6.5 million 3. If I Stay - $5.7 million 4. Let's Be Cops - $5.4 million 5. The November Man - $4.2 million
Joan Rivers got her Hollywood funeral.
Tons of celebrities packed Temple Emanu-El in New York City Sunday to pay their respects to the comedian. Howard Stern and Deborah Norville delivered eulogies, while the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Hugh Jackman performed.
Howard said, "She was my hero. A trailblazer. I hope Joan is somewhere right now chasing Johnny Carson with a baseball bat."
Other stars who bid the legend farewell included Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelly Osbourne, Paul Shaffer, Barbara Walters, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and Donald Trump.
In her 2012 book I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, Joan said she wanted her funeral "to be Hollywood all the way."
Using DNA evidence, investigators believe they have identified the man who was Jack the Ripper 126 after he committed a string of horrible murders.
It was done by examining a shawl found of the body of one of the Ripper's victims,Catherine Eddowes.
A businessman named Russell Edwards bought the shawl in an auction in 2007 and then hired Dr. Jari Louhelanien, a genetic evidence expert, to examine the DNA found on the shawl.
According to Louhelanien's tests, the blood found on the shawl belonged to the victim Eddowes and her killer, Aaron Kosminski, a Polish hairdresser who had immigrated from Russian to London. Kosminski's name was also found in the notes of Chief Inspector Donald Swanson, who believed he knew the identity of the Ripper, but didn't have enough evidence to convict him.
A fizzy vitamin tablet, popular around the world because it’s supposedly a miracle hangover cure, will soon be in a drugstore near you.
Berocca, which has been around since the 1960s and been available in over 70 countries, has been purchased by Bayer for sale in the U.S.
While Berocca makes no official claims of being able to cure hangovers, it does promote itself as a way to “put back what a hectic lifestyle takes away.”
The company says the vitamins in the pill, as well as drinking it with plenty of water, are what make customers feel better.
The tablet also contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, along with potassium and zinc.
If it works, it could be a billion-dollar hit. (BusinessWeek)
Blog Friday 9/5
Dancing With the Stars promises that you'll see celebrities dancing. It's in the show's title. So why is it that next season is featuring people that nobody has ever heard of?
Season 19 of DWTS, which premieres September 15th, features such "stars" as actorJonathan Bennett (Aaron from Mean Girls), UFC champion Randy Couture, Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, PBS host Tavis Smiley, and YouTube "celeb" Bethany Mota.
This lineup makes us wonder if the network wants to broaden its horizons or if they truly can't find any celebrities who are interested in doing the fox trot ... (Gawker)
Details for Joan Rivers' funeral haven't been announced, but we may have a hint of things to come from the comic's 2012 book I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me.
In the book, Joan joked about what she wanted at her funeral. She wrote, "When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action… I want craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way."
She continued, "I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want a eulogy; I want BobbyVinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely.' I want to look gorgeous, better than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that, even in the casket, my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s."
We'll find out if Joan's funeral is as glitzy as all that on Sunday when she's memorialized at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.
The end-of-summer doldrums will continue at the box office this weekend with the only new wide-release opening being the religious Elvis-tinged musical drama The Identical, starring Seth Green, Ashley Judd and newcomer Blake Rayne.
That makes it likely the top of the box office heap will look exactly as it has for the past four weeks -- with Marvel and Disney's Guardian of the Galaxy on top.
The sci-fi space flick is expected to earn in the neighborhood of 9-to-10-million dollars in its sixth weekend. It's been quite a ride for Guardians, which has already passed fellow Marvel/Disney property Captain America: The Winter Soldier's 259.8 million-dollar take to become the top-grossing film (domestically) of 2014. To date, Guardians has pulled in 282.6 million dollars in the U.S. and 555.7 million dollars globally.
The Identical, on the other hand, is expected to pull in less than 3 million for its U.S. debut weekend, unless those religious folks and '50s music fans turn out in droves.
We have news that is going to PERK Friends fans right up.
Warner Bros. Television Group has teamed up with Eight O’Clock Coffee to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse from the hit 90's sit-com at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan.
The festivities are going to kick off this month and the shop will be complete with many props from the show, including the original orange couch that the cast spent many scenes on and even appearances from James Michael Tyler, who played the barista "Gunther" on the show.
So if you've always dreamed of getting a cup o' joe at Central Perk, you'll finally have your chance (albeit a decade after the show ended). (EW)
We're sorry to have to let the cat out of the bag ... but it turns out that Hello Kitty, the pop culture character that we have known and loved for 40 years, is not a kitty after all.
She may have whiskers and pointy ears, but according to the curator of the Japanese American National Museum in L.A., which is about to launch a new exhibit featuring the cartoon character, Hello Kitty isn't a cat ... she's a little girl.
According to her official back story, Hello Kitty, whose real name is actually Kitty White, is actually a 3rd grade girl from a suburb of London. She does, however, have a pet cat named Charmmy Kitty, and apparently she likes to dress and look like a cat. Oh, and she's also got a twin sister named Mimmy, her boyfriend’s name is Dear Daniel, and she likes to bake cookies and play the piano. Her birthday is November 1st.
More than seven years after HBO's hit drama series The Sopranos aired its final episode, some folks are still trying to figure out if the series' protagonist Tony Soprano lived or died after the final scene faded to black.
Some thought they had an answer on Wednesday when a journalist from Vox reported she had series creator David Chase on the record saying that "no" Tony isn't dead, but only apparently that wasn't the case.
After Chase's supposed answer went viral, he felt the need to clarify, saying in a statement, "Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point. To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer."
One thing we do know for sure is that James Gandolfini, the actor that played Tony, died last year of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome.
It's Labor Day Weekend ... which means chances are you are going to over-eat. That's no surprise. But it may surprise you how much you over-indulge. According to a new survey, the average person eats about three times more at a BBQ than they would during a normal meal.
People chow down on about 1,800 calories at a barbecue, while a typical meal at home would be about 500 to 700 calories.
And what are we eating? The top five BBQ foods are: burgers, hot dogs, salad, potato salad and coleslaw. A plate with one helping of each has around 900 calories. And most of us (61 percent according to the survey) go back for seconds.
Oh, and that's not even counting the alcohol. Have two glasses of wine or a couple of beers and that's an extra 400 calories or more.
The survey, done by a health care organization in the UK, also revealed that 59 percent of people don't worry about healthy eating at barbecues. (Daily Mail)
Blog Wednesday 8/27
Looks like prom dresses and makeup are in Hayden Panettiere’s future. The Nashvillestar revealed at Sunday’s Emmys that she’s having a baby girl.
In a red carpet interview with Giuliana Rancic, Hayden added that she has her work cut out for her. She said, “I have to shop. I want to paint the room… I’m working with my amazing interior decorator, Ben Vandiver, who did my house in Nashville. He’s trying to do something that she can grow up in, and you don’t have to change everything.”
Though Hayden and fiance Vladimir Klitschko haven't announced a name, she did say that her biggest pregnancy craving is chicken soup.
Nashville returns to ABC on September 24th.
Candace Cameron Bure's run on Dancing With the Stars stoked the embers, and where you smelled smoke, it seems there's a fire. It looks like a Full House reunion is in the works.
John Stamos, who played bad boy Uncle Jesse on the show, is trying to put together a new series, according to TV Guide. The reboot would incorporate many of the original stars, including Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Candace Cameron Bure.
Stamos has an ownership stake in the show, which was a staple of ABC's family-friendly Friday Night lineup until 1995. Reruns have been airing on Nick at Nite the past few years, pulling in excellent ratings.
Florida cops were able to flush out a group of strung-out meth dealers after they freaked out their neighbors by firing guns at imaginary intruders – and then throwing their toilet out the window in an attempt to nail one of the non-existent foes.
A newspaper carrier passing the house called 911 after she heard screams and saw three people banging on the window and claiming that their home was surrounded by intruders. Cops raced to the scene to find Matthew Tyler McDaniel, Damian Joseph Hines and 18-year-old Madison Star Douglas in a state of panic, claiming they'd been held hostage.
Cops eventually got inside the house and found a huge stash of meth, and a hole where one of them had ripped the commode off the wall in order to throw it at the invisible intruder. Douglas claimed she'd been stabbed, with the knife broken off in her stomach, but there was no evidence of that, either. (Dothan Eagle)
For Kenny Chesney fans bummed about his 2014 break from the road, get ready for the big pay-off. The Big Revival is 11 tracks of all new music including his hit single “American Kids,” plus collaborations with Grace Potter, Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski.
Kenny Chesney reveals he needed a year off to take his music to a new direction.
“It was really important for me to not repeat myself. I mean, I couldn’t go out there and record ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem’ again and ‘Big Star.’ But then again I didn’t want to follow a trend then either. And that meant changing a few things creatively. And it meant that the process was a little longer, a little more frustrating, but twice as rewarding.”
While it hasn’t officially been announced, Kenny does plan to tour The Big Revival in a huge way. A massive stage production is already in the works.