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.
Blog Tuesday 8/26
According to a new report from the Census Bureau, there are 4.7 million 23-year-olds living in America these days, which means there are more 23-year-olds around than any other age.
The second biggest age is 24 – and the third biggest is 22.
That’s a lot of early-20s young adults banging around, trying to find jobs and make their way in the world ... some more successfully than others. (New York Times)
Word got leaked recently about a secret menu item at Arby's called The Meat Mountain sandwich.
Apparently it started when Arby's created a poster that showed every type of meat they offer piled up like a mountain and, for some reason, customers started asking for it in sandwich form.
The $10 sandwich consists of: 2 chicken tenders, 1.5 ounces of roast turkey, 1.5 ounces of ham, 1.5 ounces of corned beef, 1.5 ounces brisket, 1.5 ounces of Angus steak, 1.5 ounces of roast beef, 3 half-strips of bacon, and 2 slices of cheese (one Swiss, one cheddar). Yum? (Business Insider)
Cops in England are looking for one cool criminal who stole a case of beer from a grocery store ... while dressed as a penguin.
Surveillance cameras caught him waddling out of the store with the brew and cops have circulated a photo of what they are calling the "quite conspicuous" suspect. (NY Daily News)
Nobody REALLY gets in trouble for uploading movies that are still in theaters onto the internet for people around the world to steal, right?
Philip Danks of England got almost three years in prison for filming Fast & Furious 6 from the back of a movie theater and then uploading it. The pirated copy of the film was downloaded 779,000 times, costing Universal Pictures more than $4 million.
The dumbest part of this whole story was that Danks himself only made about $1,650 from the entire venture. (Yahoo)
The estimated damages from Sunday's Northern California earthquake could add up to losses as high as $4 billion, especially if you add in the damages sustained by wineries and other businesses that cater to tourists in the area.
If there is any good news, it's that about more than half of that sum is expected to be covered by insurance companies, according to the Kinetic Analysis Corporation.
Robert Hartwig, who is president of the institute, said, "The main source of claims could well be commercial claims, those coming from wineries and vineyards and other commercial interests. It will take a while for the business owners to sort this out."
The quake also created major structural damages to buildings in Napa, with 33 red-tagged as being uninhabitable.
British inventor and stuntman Colin Furze is getting more and more famous out there on the Interwebs because he’s doing amazing work, inventing amazing things.
He’s the guy who built realistic Wolverine claws, wrist-mounted flamethrowers, and a giant, butt-shaped fart machine.
His latest gadget is a full-body metal safety suit that he specifically designed to withstand fireworks close-up.
He tried the suit out, filmed the experience, and survived.
Which means he lived another day to invent something else to capture our imaginations. (Daily Star)
Brad Paisley’s Moonshine in the Trunk is out today (Monday). The 15-track collection features the summer smash “River Bank,” plus collaborations with Carrie Underwood(“High Life”) and Emmylou Harris (“Gone Green”). Moonshine also features Brad’s youngest son Jasper on harmonica and his son Huck’s first grade class. The album's closing track, “Me and Jesus,” was mixed onboard Air Force One during Brad’s trip to Afghanistan with President Obama in May.
The album was tracked at Brad’s home studio, which now boasts a fully stocked bar with an authentic Guinness stout tap imported from Ireland.
Blog Friday 8/22
A man in Bulgaria finally won a 15-year legal battle and was able to fulfill his dream of changing his name to Mr. Manchester United.
The guy, formerly known as Zdravkov Levidzhov, now has the same legal name as his favorite soccer team.
He also took his love for the team to even more ridiculous heights by getting a tattoo of the team’s logo on his forehead.
Sort of puts those shirtless guys in body paint at NFL stadiums to shame, doesn’t it? (SI)
Northern Illinois University has just put some backward rules in place regarding Internet usage.
They are blocking students from accessing all social networks, Wikipedia, and porn.
So … what’s left?
The new policy applies to the school’s Internet connection only, which means the students do still have choices.
If they want to check their Facebook or Instagram, they could stroll down to the local Starbucks. Or drop out and surf the Internet like normal 20-somethings. (BetaBeat)
Nick Cannon admits his marriage to Mariah Carey is on the rocks.
The America's Got Talent host confirmed the rumors today (Thursday) telling The Insider that "there is trouble in paradise. We have been living in separate houses for a few months."
Last night TMZ reported that the divorce lawyers are already hammering out a settlement.
Nick remained tight-lipped on what caused the split, but he denied that infidelity was to blame. He added, "My main focus is my kids."
The couple, who are parents to three-year-old twins, wed in 2008 and even celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in April.
PredictionMachine.com has run 50,000 computer simulations of the 2014 NFL season and has determined that there will be a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl – but this time, the Denver Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 24 to 23.
In the simulations, the Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game – and the Seahawks knocked out the New Orleans Saints to win the NFC.
Knowing this, why even play the games? Let’s just give the Lombardi trophy to the Denver Broncos and save us all a lot of time and hassle. (Yahoo Sports)
Blog Thursday 8/21
British researchers have developed technology that takes sound and turns it into energy for mobile phones.
In other words, they’ve figured out how to charge cell phones by yelling at them.
The sound required for a charge could be triggered by loud cheers or even moderately noisy restaurant chatter – with louder volumes, of course, giving you more power.
Could this be the end of having to scramble to find outlets throughout the day just to stay connected? (Daily Mail)
The Duggar family continues to grow. Just two months after getting hitched, Jill andDerickDillard have announced they're expecting their first child. Jill, one of the stars of TLC'S 19 Kids and Counting, tells People magazine, "Both of us want as many kids as God will give us."
According to Tiquiq.com, here’s a rundown of the most expensive college football tickets in America:
Ohio State: $237
Notre Dame: $228
Texas A&M: $192
Keep in mind … The players on the field aren’t getting a salary. That’s a lot of money the NCAA is raking in that isn’t going to the guys battling it out on the field.
It’s probably a good thing that summer is almost over, because there are reports of guys around the world wearing crop tops.
You know … T-shirts that are cut off, exposing the belly.
And, we’re not talking about rock stars here or ridiculous runway models. Actual adult men are putting these things on, looking in the mirror, and feeling OK about themselves.
It might be time to get this summer over with – and start again fresh next year. (Telegraph)
File this under: things that a child or a stoner wishes for.
The companies bathroom.com and choccywoccydoodah.com have teamed up to create an entirely chocolate bathroom.
Inspired by the way people were getting bathroom "suite" and "sweet" confused online, the two companies came together and decided to make a powder room complete with a chocolate sink, tub, bidet, and toilet.
The choco-furniture, which supposedly has a six-month shelf life if kept at room temperature, is selling for around $133,000 and has an estimated 9.4 million calories worth of chocolate.
So if you'd like to do your business in the same place as you eat dessert, this is the place for you.
While college football fans are using this time to study and debate the various pre-season polls, fans who prefer to watch the other personnel on the field can check out this definitive Cheerleaders of College Football Pre-Season Poll, ranking the Top 25 cheer squads.
A Brazilian drug dealer had nothing to crow about when cops caught him selling coke while awaiting trial – after he attached his house-arrest ankle bracelet to his pet rooster.
Isaac Selau was supposed to stay within the confines of his home, but decided that he needed to fly the coop in order to sell the rest of his cocaine stash. A patrolman spotted a man matching Selau's description dealing drugs on a corner not far from his place, so he sent another officer to check out the property – where he found the bird, with the electronic monitor hanging from a tag around its neck.
The cop also found cocaine, some weed and a handgun. (Daily Mirror)
In Wisconsin, a woman decided to hop the fence at a zoo to get up close and personal with a 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally.
At first, things were just as giraffe-lover Amanda Hall planned as Wally gave her a gentle and loving lick with his giant tongue.
And then, Wally had a change of heart and kicked Amanda in the face.
Amanda, who was visiting Wisconsin from California, ended up getting a ticket for “Harassment of Zoo Animals” and fined $686.
Well, ain’t that a kick in the head.
Just in case you think it might be fun to hug your favorite giraffe, keep in mind that giraffes are actually capable of killing lions. Getting away with a bruised face and a $600 fine isn’t all that bad. (Daily Mail)
A 23-year-old groom-to-be in Connecticut faked his own death to get out of his wedding.
Tucker Blandford and his “almost-bride” Alex Lanchester had a whirlwind romance in college and got engaged before she had to go back home to England.
As their wedding day approached, Tucker got cold feet and did what any rational man would do who didn’t want to walk down the aisle … he faked a suicide. Badly.
Tucker called Alex and pretended to be his dad – and gave her the bad news.
“I’m dead … er … my son is dead.”
Sweet girl that she is, Alex called Tucker’s mom to offer her condolences – and learned the truth. Tucker was alive and well.
It’s that time of year again – time to duck and cover at the office ... and assemble your fantasy football team without your boss realizing you’re wasting company time.
Well, according to a new study, you fantasy football guys out there are wasting company time to the tune of more than $13 billion.
Consulting firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas admits that it’s crazy to try to figure out how much work is lost because of fantasy football – but they made a run at it anyway.
They figure that 18 million working people play fantasy sports – and those team owners spend an average of two hours a day working on their team or teams instead of their job.
Over a 15-week fantasy NFL season, that’s a staggering $13 billion.
But anyone who’s enjoyed the thrill of a solid season of fantasy football knows that it’s well worth it – even if it is destroying our national economy. (Fox Sports)
There is new music coming from Trisha Yearwod.
On Tuesday night she announced that she has signed with RCA Records and is working on an album called, PrizeFighter. There is no word yet on when it will be released.
Meanwhile, her cooking career continues to heat up as her Food Network Show Trisha's Southern Kitchen makes its season debut on Saturday. She's also launching a cookware and cutlery line. Her third cookbook, Trisha's Table, is due out next spring.
Blog Tuesday 8/19
There are more ways to vote than at your local polling place. Many people support the companies that support their political affiliation. And now you can too.
There's a new smartphone app called Buy Partisan that lets you scan grocery store items and more to find out which political party that company supports.
It even provides you with itemized breakdowns for the CEO, board of directors, PACs, and employees. (In The Capital)
If you want your banana-eating experience to go from good to great, a product from Argentina has the perfect solution.
It's called the Destapabanana, and it's the kitchen appliance to end all kitchen appliances.
What it does is it cores your banana and then fills it with anything from Nutella to frozen yogurt to take your snacking experience from yawn to yum.
No word when it will be available in U.S. stores. (Metro)
Brad Paisley is having trouble putting down his cell phone these days. He can’t stop leaking Moonshine in the Trunk tracks! His latest tweet sharing “American Flag on the Moon” from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center reached astronaut Reid Wiseman all the way at the International Space Station.
But when Brad’s at home, his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley makes him put down the smartphone. He tells the Boston Herald, “She says, ‘When you’re home, be home. Put it down!’ I’m not as good as I’d like to be with that, but, hey, I do better than most people.”
Back in 2009, Brad said he scored major brownie points when he dedicated “Then” to Kimberly during a White House performance.
“That was one of my wife’s proudest moments I think. When she got involved with this redneck hick from Tennessee I don’t think she ever saw herself in the East Room of the White House (laughs) being serenaded. For the first time, she’s probably convinced she didn’t make a huge mistake.”
NBC has confirmed that Don Pardo, the veteran TV and radio announcer who famously opened Saturday Night Live with his booming voice for every season, but one, has died. He was 96.
Long before SNL, Pardo began his career at NBC in 1944. Sixty years later, he semi-retired, but kept doing his famed voice work on SNL from his home in Arizona.
He also worked on game shows. He was the first announcer on The Price is Right back in 1956 and stayed with the show until it moved to ABC in 1963. He also did voice work on a number of other NBC game shows, including Jeopardy!, Winning Streak and Jackpot!He reprised his role on Jeopardy! in the 1984 video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody song "I Lost on Jeopardy."
Blog Monday 8/18
According to a report from the PEW Institute, we will be having sex with robots by 2015. Lead researcher Stowe Boyd seems pretty sure that this is coming. In the report, he states, “Robotic sex partners will be a commonplace, although the source of scorn and division, the way that critics today bemoan selfies as an indicator of all that’s wrong with the world." (ExtremeTech)
A professor of psychology at the University of California (San Diego) tackled one of the great scientific mysteries of our day… whether or not dogs get jealous over attention. No joke. Emotion researcher Christine Harris applied the full force of her highly educated brain on an experiment that involved dog owners ignoring their pets while petting and talking sweetly to stuffed animals and jack-o-lantern pails.
The results of the nine-month study were, unfortunately, inclusive. It’s possible that dogs get jealous, but it’s a basic form of jealousy. It seems the dogs weren’t too worried about the jack-o-lanterns. On the other hand, they saw the stuffed animals as rivals. (Columbian)
For many people, the snooze button is a part of the wake-up routine each and every morning.
Unfortunately, psychiatrists have found that dipping into and out of sleep in the early morning is bad for you.
In general, the more you snooze, the more confused your body and brain get. Your brain doesn’t know if it’s supposed to prepare your body for action or not. So, when you actually do put your feet on the floor, you’re not operating at peak levels.
And, by getting up at different times each morning – depending on how many times you’re hitting the snooze button – your internal clock gets thrown off, which results in less sleep over the long run.
The best thing to do – obviously – is set your alarm for the time you actually have to get up, then … actually get up! If you do this, eventually you won’t even need an alarm because your body will know exactly when it’s supposed to be awake each and every morning. (Huffington Post)
A new study has found that marketing – and not taste – is responsible for your loyalty to whatever beer you've been drinking.
Researchers gave beer drinkers a blind taste test and they couldn't distinguish between three major competing beer brands.
The stuff all pretty much tastes the same.
So, it’s all about the commercials. And, your habits when you’re in the liquor store. (The Denver Channel)
Posted: Sunday 12:50PM Aug. 17, 2014 PT
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $28.4 million 2. Guardians of the Galaxy - $24.7 million 3. Let’s Be Cops - $17.7 million 4. The Expendables 3 - $16.2 million 5. The Giver - $12.76 million
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held on to the top spot at the box office. The franchise reboot earned $28.4 million in its second weekend, raising its total to $117.6 million.
Guardians of the Galaxy stayed in second with $24.7 million. The Marvel flick has no taken in $222.3 million.
Let's Be Cops opened in third with $17.7 million. The comedy has made $26.1 million since opening on Wednesday.
Despite all the star power, The Expendables 3 debuted in fourth with a disappointing $16.2 million. The action sequel was expected to earn between $20 and $25 million.
The Giver premiered in fifth with $12.8 million.
Blog Thursday 8/14
Nick from Dude Foods has unveiled his latest creation: deep fried spaghetti dog on a stick. He basically shoved a stick through a grilled Italian sausage and wrapped it in cooked spaghetti. Then battered it in flour, egg and breadcrumbs -- and plunged it into a fryer for about 45 seconds. A tastebud explosion, for sure, with the added bonus of maybe, possibly, exploding an artery or two.
Every month a huge population of women head to the store to spend money on period products. It's not an option whether you buy them or not – it's a health requirement. So, why doesn't insurance cover these products?
Many women have been asking this question recently, and it makes sense. Tampons and pads are considered cosmetic products ... and as all women know, they are anything but. On top of that, these products are expensive. You could spend $10 on a box of tampons -- that's a lot of money if you are barely scraping by as it is. (Cosmo)
The Little League World Series is up and running and it's made all the more interesting by the fact that a girl named Mo'ne Davis is playing.
She is a 13-year-old from Philadelphia and she is a force to be reckoned with on the field. Mo'ne has a 70-mph fastball and struck out six batters in her last game.
The eighth grade honor roll student will be the 18th female player in LLWS history. But she won't be totally alone out there.
Emma March will be representing Canada’s South Vancouver league, making this the third time ever that two girls have played in the Series at once. (The Frisky)
According to a new survey from the Federal Reserve, four out of 10 American households are showing signs of financial stress.
Many are struggling with tight credit, education debt, and retirement issues – and this is causing these families to report that they’re "just getting by" or struggling to do so.
The crazy thing is that the actual Great Recession lasted only from 2007 to 2009. It’s been five years since we were officially out of the recession and almost half of all American households are still having a hard time financially. (Los Angeles Times)
70-year-old Joanna Scarpitti of Delaware passed away recently, but not without one final joke.
The woman known for her sense of humor made her youngest daughter, Lucy, who shared her love for the movie The Wizard of Oz, promise to make the first line in her obituary "Ding dong the witch is dead."
Lucy says she has received some negative comments online for the obituary, but she defends her words, saying she was just honoring her mother's wishes and that the movie was something special between the two of them. She also made good on the promise to bury her beloved mother in black and white stockings and ruby slippers. That's really kinda awesome. (Huffington Post)
Blog Wednesday 8/13
It’s Shark Week, which is pretty much a yearly reminder that there are monsters under the surface of the ocean that want nothing more than to devour you whole.
But really, statistically speaking, your chances of being attacked by a shark are about a one in 11.5 million. To put things in perspective, your chances of dying in a car accident are about one in 6,700. That’s a big difference.
If you’re looking to lower your odds of getting thrashed by a great white even further, you might want to stay away from these shark attack hotspots:
New Smyrna Beach, Florida – Home to an amazing 238 attacks, this Florida beach consistently has more shark attacks than any other beach. But on the bright side, there has yet to be a fatal attack.
Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida – Though the number of attacks is alarmingly high here, local surfers do not stay away … and many actual victims of shark bites say they cannot wait to get back out on the water.
Perth, Western Australia – It seems sharks migrate to Western Australia. So when you put a bunch of beach lovers and tourists into the mix, bad things happen, including a number of fatal attacks. (TheInertia)
Blog Friday 8/8
It appears that a resolution has been reached in the Tim McGraw slapping incident at his July 13th show in Atlanta.
Tim's representatives tell Country Weekly that the matter between Tim and Jesslyn Taylor -- the woman at the center of the incident -- has been resolved. The following statement was issued to the magazine: “The matter between Tim McGraw and Jesslyn Taylor stemming from an Atlanta concert has been mutually resolved the old-fashioned way -- with a simple conversation.”
A few weeks back, Tim appeared to have swatted Jesslyn, who'd grabbed his leg and caused his jeans to rip. Tim says that he reacted instinctively.
Here are some fun facts about sharks to get you in the mood for The Discovery Channel’sShark Week, which kicks off on Sunday:
The main reason fishermen kill sharks and take their fins is to supply the demand for shark fin soup, which many people mistakenly believe gives them sexual potency.
Most sharks live in shallow water, close to shore, because that’s where most of the food is.
The fastest shark is the mako, which can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
Shark meat contains dangerously high levels of mercury and other heavy metals.
Sharks really don’t like to eat humans because we’re too bony. They’d much rather have a fat seal for dinner. (Epicurious)
Forbes ran the numbers and tried to figure out which college football coaches are worth their huge salaries – and which ones weren’t.
They matched winning percentage against the coaches’ salaries to see which schools were getting the biggest bang for the buck.
Here are the top five colleges getting their money’s worth from their football coaches:
Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly
Florida State University’s Jimbo Fisher
University of Alabama’s Nick Saban
Michigan State University’s Mark Dantonio
University of South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier (Forbes)
Some people believe the mid-life crisis is caused by the way our brains are wired. They believe it’s inevitable – kind of like the male version of menopause.
Other people think it’s a made-up excuse for guys to go wild one last time. Either way, it does happen to a lot of men. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you might want to be on the lookout for these warning signs:
You want to spend your Saturdays playing football instead of watching it on the couch.
Your college plan of being a novelist is keeping you awake at night.
You worry your wife doesn’t find you sexy anymore.
You worry a younger person is going to steal your job.
Your hobbies and habits don't really make you happy. (Men’s Health)
Forget honoring a family member or picking a name with a special meaning.
Now a website called AwesomeBabyName.com will make suggestions based on what domains are still available (because heaven forbid you pick a meaningful name for your child and you can't give him the gift of a website bearing his moniker).
It'll even direct you to a site where you can purchase the name they've suggested for you (we're not sure, but we're assuming these sites are in business together).
So forget grandma and ditch the "juniors" ... the new way to pick the perfect name for your little one is by letting what's basically on online magic 8 ball decide! (Business Insider)
Tickets for Garth Brooks's September 19th show at Atlanta's Philips Arena go on sale today (Friday) at 10 a.m. [ET].
Garth's 10 Chicago shows have shattered his previous record for ticket sales for a single North American city. In October of 1998, he sold 162,822 tickets for his nine show in Minneapolis. The Chicago shows have already surpassed that, and tickets are still being sold.
If history is any indication, there's a good chance more shows will be added as the day goes on.
Blog Thursday 8/7
Though his action hero status is new, Chris Pratt has known his way around firearms for awhile.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star tells Esquire magazine that he has a huge gun collection and has even bought one for his wife Anna Faris. Chris says he got her a gun in case someone breaks into their home while he's away and she needs to blow "their [effing] brains out."
As far as being an action hero, he says, "When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, 'I don’t think so.' I just didn’t picture myself getting the role."
Guardians of the Galaxy opened at number-one over the weekend, earning nearly $100 million.
George Clooney is one step closer to putting his bachelorhood behind him.
He and fiancee Amal Alamuddin have gotten their marriage license in London, where she lives. The two plan to say their "I do's" in Italy. The two have been spending a lot of time lately in Lake Como, where the actor has a villa.
We've all been watching as Bertha spun harmlessly in the Atlantic, but the real tropical action is in the Pacific. Hawaii is facing a one-two hurricane punch now that Julio has strengthened to hurricane strength.
First, the Big Island is facing a direct hit from Hurricane Iselle. It is forecast to strike overnight Thursday into Friday morning. It currently packs top winds around 90 miles an hour but is expected to weaken slightly before landfall.
But right on its heels is Hurricane Julio. As of now, the National Hurricane Centerexpects the storm to pass to the north of the island chain, passing closest to the Big Island on Sunday morning. At that point, it will likely have weakened back into a tropical storm.
Hawaii hasn't been struck by a hurricane or tropical storm since 1992.
Cops are set to put the squeeze on a Long Island woman who drunkenly crashed her car into the front of a local fire station and had to be pulled out of the wreckage – with a stolen python wrapped around her neck.
Sarah Espinosa sideswiped two fire trucks before slamming her Prius into the station door, an accident that stunned, but didn't seriously injure her. When firefighters came to her aid, they saw that the large ball python was coiled around her upper body – and got her to admit that she'd just swiped it from a nearby Petco.
The snake was returned to the pet shop, while Espinosa was taken to jail, where she was charged with DUI, possession of marijuana and petty theft for the snake-napping. (Long Island Press)
Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Sara Evans and Zac Brown Band are among the artists who have teamed up with The Doobie Brothers for Southbound -- an album of collaborations with country stars on some of their biggest hits.
Doobie Tom Johnston tells Rolling Stone magazine, "Country has changed since the days of Hank Williams. It's taken on a rock tinge. Truthfully, the traditional style of rock & roll has kind of gone away. No one is representing it the way it used to be represented. Country music has sort of picked up the slack. That's why those artists are huge right now."
Southbound comes out November 4th.
"Black Water" with Zac Brown Band
"China Grove" with Chris Young
"Jesus Is Just Alright" with Casey James
"Listen to the Music" with Blake Shelton and Hunter Hayes on guitar
"Long Train Runnin'" with Toby Keith
"Nobody" with Charlie Worsham
"Rockin' Down the Highway" with Brad Paisley
"South City Midnight Lady" with Jerrod Niemann
"Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" with Tyler Farr
"Takin' It to the Streets" with Love and Theft
"What a Fool Believes" with Sara Evans
"You Belong to Me" with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of Johnnyswim, and Vince Gillon guitar
Rob isn't the only Kardashian with weight issues. Sister Kim is desperately trying to lose some pounds she gained after giving birth.
Today (Tuesday), Kim ranted on Twitter about her even curvier figure, saying, "Off to an intense workout. Can’t seem to shake this last 15-20 lbs of baby weight. No more excuses. My baby is 1 years old! UGH."
The new mom lamented that it's "so much harder to lose after [having a] baby though" and whined, "My hips & butt are huge now! They were big to begin with!"
The 33-year-old says she's trying to regain the body she had a few years ago.
While she's looking to lose weight, Kim is gaining something else -- a name. The reality star announced today (Tuesday) that she's legally changing her name to Kim West.
Urinating in public isn't something we generally condone. But some farmers use urine to help their gardens and farms and it's actually pretty cool.
Why do they do this? Two reasons: nitrogen and phosphorous. Both of those chemical compounds are in urine and they are great for fertilizing plants.
And one organization wants to upgrade "pee-cycling" to something so big, that farmers everywhere can benefit from it.
The Rich Earth Institute of Vermont has enlisted 170 people to donate their wee to a farmer who uses it to fertilize hayfields in place of synthetic fertilizers.
So start thinking about your tinkle differently. It may just save the planet! (MNN)
Who needs fantasy football when you can play … fantasy golf?
Seriously. It exists.
If you just can’t wait for fantasy football, there’s at least one company offering you the chance to put together your “team” of golfers – and see how they do in this year’s PGA Championship, which starts tomorrow (Thursday) in Louisville, Kentucky.
It’s a $20 buy-in, with a grand prize of $20,000 – and $100,000 in total prizes.
Not bad … but it’s fantasy GOLF!
Do you really need to get your fantasy fix that bad? (DraftKings)
A cold beer (or two) tastes great on a hot summer day. Before you say yes to another brew, consider what you'll have to do to burn it off ...
Calculations based on a 130-pound woman and a 150-calorie beer.
Big Bang Theory co-stars Simon Helberg and KunalNayyar have signed new contracts with Warner Bros. Television, ending the salary dispute that delayed production on the upcoming season.
The Hollywood Reporter say the two -- who play Howard and Raj, respectively -- "secured sizable raises from their $100,000 per episode contract." Earlier in the week, stars Jim Parsons, JohnnyGalecki and KaleyCuoco agreed to raises of $1 million per episode.
Now that everyone has signed on, production on season eight begins tomorrow (Wednesday).
Hope you didn't spend a lot of money on that custom iPhone case -- you're going to need a new one in a month or so.
According to USA Today, Apple will reveal its latest iPhone on September 9th. The techie rumor mill says there will be two models -- one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.5-inch screen. The iPhone 5s has a 4-inch screen. Other features will reportedly include:
A replacement app for iPhoto that will make it easier to move pictures from your phone to other devices or online backup.
The ability to open an app within an app -- for example, you'd be able to open a photo app from inside a chat app.
A better keyboard, more similar to Android devices.
New apps to streamline your home-automation and health apps.
Apple is also set to unveil its digital smartwatch in October.
Blog Tuesday 8/5
A company in Texas is offering a service for grieving pet owners that includes blasting the cremated remains of dead pets into space.
The company – Celestis – has been sending human remains into space since 1997, and now it’s moving into pets, with packages costing anywhere from $995 to $12,500.
The cheapest service lets your pet’s ashes fly into space on a commercial flight and then come back to you. The most expensive service actually launches the remains into deep space or even to the moon.
The first pet-remains flight will take place in October of this year for Apollo, a Australian shepherd. (Metro)
Disciplining your bratty kid can be hard. But one mom found a way to make sure her daughter got the message loud and clear.
A North Dakota mom who was at the end of her rope with her teen's obnoxious behavior decided to make a Facebook page to sell her daughter's Katy Perry concert tickets to the highest bidder.
A quote on the page stated simply that tickets were up for grabs because of a "spoiled brat daughter doesn't deserve these tickets."
The pair went for $90 in just 5 minutes.
What the mom also got was a barrage of attention – both negative and positive – for posting the ad, but that didn't phase her, saying to a local news station, "It doesn't matter what side you're on, you're always wrong to somebody. I think a lot of parents are like me and feel they are being bullied over how they should parent their own children."
Despite having gone 8-8 the last three seasons and missing the playoffs the past four years, the Dallas Cowboys had the nerve to include playoff tickets in the ticket packages sent to season ticket holders.
This includes a ticket to the NFC Championship game – which “America’s Team” hasn’t played in since 1995.
What makes this move especially bold is that the Cowboys are the only team in the entire NFL to do it. (ESPN)
Well it’s that time of year again … time for Princeton Review to rank the biggest party schools in the nation.
This year’s winner is Syracuse, which is an interesting champ because it is not one of the large state schools that usually top the list.
The private university moved up from number five last year, dethroning the University of Iowa, which took the runner-up slot this time around.
The party school rankings are based on survey responses of students at the schools about such things as the use of alcohol and drugs on their campuses, the number of hours they study each day, and the popularity of the fraternity and sorority scene.
Here’s a rundown of the Top 10 party schools on this year’s list:
If you've had just about enough of your friends clogging your Facebook feed with pictures of their newborn baby, you might want to take a page out of Jan and Chase Renegar's playbook.
The couple decided to turn the tables on all the new mommies and daddies by doing a full professional portrait session with their baby – a Jack Russell terrier named Snuggles.
The couple did all the traditional baby photos, like watching him sleep or swaddling him in a cloth, and people seem to love this idea.
Just don't try to enroll Snuggles in pre-school ... that might be taking it a little too far. (The Frisky)
If you like your heart disease with a side of liver failure, a bar in England has a treat for you!
It's quite literally deep fried alcohol and it's a take on Britain’s sherry trifle, a traditional layered dessert.
The British couple who invented the sinful snack did it by soaking pieces of sponge cake in every alcohol from Sour Apple Schnapps, to Cola-flavored Bailey's and created something so popular that they sold out within hours of introducing them.
No word on how drunk these little desserts will get you ... but we have a feeling anyone underage won't be able to try them. (Elite Daily)
Blog Monday 8/4
The stars of the hit sit-com The Big Bang Theory are glad you like the show. But they're not coming back to work until they get the pay increase they believe they're owed.
By the way, the increase the three main actors are asking for is $1 million per episode, up from $325,000 per episode.
Though we're assuming that number is still a drop in the bucket compared to what the network earns from its advertisers, that's still a hefty some for people who aren't exactly risking life and limb in a coal mine or dealing with life and death as a nurse in the ER. (Hollywood Reporter)
In his Madison Square Garden headlining debut on Friday, Blake Shelton made time to poke fun at fellow Voice coach Adam Levine.
In the middle of the show, Blake joked, “I’ve gotten to meet some of the coolest people doing that show… All of the different performers they have, working with all the other coaches, except Adam -- Adam’s a d-bag -- but working with all the other coaches has been awesome.”
The night also included a shout-out to tourmate Gwen Sebastian and country pop superstar Taylor Swift. Humbled, Blake admitted he felt out of place at MSG, adding that the venue was made for more “poppy” singers like Taylor.
It seems as far-fetched as a real sharknado -- but a Sharknado perfume? Yeah, that's an actual thing.
On her website, star Tara Reid is selling a scent called Shark by Tara. The fragrance is described as a "light and refreshing perfume perfect for day-to-day wear." For some reason, it doesn't smell like a shark. The perfume "incorporates a plethora of 'lavender' colored flowers, which is Tara’s favorite color" and boasts "nodes" of iced mint, violet, lemon, jasmine, amber and musk.
There's hope for Israel and Palestine -- Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton have made peace.
The two former frenemies ran into each other in Ibiza, but instead of acting like Justin Bieber and OrlandoBloom, they posed for a photo. Kim posted it on Instagram, writing, "Reminiscing about the 1st time we went to Ibiza in 2006! @parishilton it was so good to see you & catch up!! Loves it lol."
Paris, of course, introduced the world to Kim back in 2005. When Kim got much more famous than the socialite, their relationship went south. In 2008, Paris famously dissed Kim during a radio interview, saying her butt "looks like cottage cheese stuffed in a trash bag." Your move, Israel and Palestine.
You may be feeling a slight bulge in your wallet after you tank up -- gas prices fell 18 cents in July.
That's the biggest July decline in six years. The average price for a gallon of regular is $3.52. And experts say that unless there's a major hurricane or a huge Middle East calamity that halts production, prices should drop even more in August.
Five years after Michael Jackson's death, Neverland Ranch is set to be sold.
The 3,000 acre property will reportedly be put on the market by Colony Capital, who own a primary stake in the estate. The company bought out the late singer's $23 million mortgage to save it from foreclosure in 2008. The Jackson estate tells Forbesmagazine, "We are frustrated, bitterly disappointed and saddened that it has come to this. Sadly, Michael lost control of Neverland during his life as a result of advice from a former manager."
The property, which Michael lived in from 1988 until his child molestation trial in 2004, is estimated to be worth about $27 million, but could fetch as much as $60 million.
Neverland fell into decline after Jackson's death in 2009, but was restored last year.
Blog Thursday 7/31
Brandon Poulson is living out the dream of being plucked from obscurity and signed to a big baseball contract.
The 24-year-old Poulson, who was never drafted, played baseball and football at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. He left school to work for his father's excavating business operating heavy machinery, such as driving 18-wheelers, front-loaders and backhoes. He ended up playing baseball in a Sunday night men’s league.
Last fall he returned to competitive baseball at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University – and was surprised when he was clocked throwing 100 miles per hour at their scout's day. The Minnesota Twins heard about him and signed him to a $250,000 deal this week. He's been assigned to their rookie league club in Elizabethton, Tennessee. (USA Today)
Here are some myths about weight loss that might be preventing you from reaching your goals:
Slow weight loss is better – Many experts recommend losing no more than two pounds a week. But recent research suggests that people who lose weight faster are more likely to continue losing and to keep it off. So, a fad diet to jump start your efforts can boost confidence and give you motivation.
You need a reasonable weight loss goal – Shooting for crazy weight loss goals often gets better results than setting modest, easily attainable goals – because it causes you to be ambitious in your thinking and to take drastic action.
You must be “ready” to lose weight – You don’t need to completely focus on weight loss in order to drop pounds. Incorporating any positive changes into your life is a step forward and something to be proud of.
Never weigh yourself – People who do a daily weigh-in increase their chances of losing weight compared to those who step on the scale just once a week. (ABC News)
Northwestern University is the latest campus to offer gender-open restrooms – also known as gender-neutral, unisex, or all-gender.
You know … anyone and everyone can use them.
There are more than 150 campuses across the country that have already converted some of their traditional bathrooms into gender open bathrooms.
And, for the most part, students are comfortable with the change and don’t hesitate to use the new restrooms. (TheCollegeFix)
Reebok has released their own bacon. Seriously.
The stuff is actually made by U.S. Wellness Meats – and was distributed to participants of the Reebok Crossfit Games, which is why it actually makes sense.
You see, bacon fits with many of the athletes’ Paleo diets – which, as you may know, focuses on meats, vegetables, and nuts.
And this bacon is special because it has no nitrates, sweeteners, or MSG.
It’s "healthy" bacon. Well … It’s as healthy as bacon can get. (CoolMaterial)
If watching The Little Mermaid as a kid gave you fantasies about living out the rest of your days underwater, you're in luck! (Sort of).
The Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy offers a place for you to flap around in the water like a mythical sea creature ... while working on your core and cardio.
For just $40, the class will give you use of a mermaid tail, a lesson on how to swim without floaties in the ocean, and a bunch of pictures of your experience.
They even cater to Mermen too!
So if this sounds like the aquatic experience of a lifetime, get thee to the Philippines and get your "Ariel" on! (Distractify)
Jamie Foxx has been cast to play Mike Tyson in a bio-pic, according to Variety.
Jamie has been impersonating Mike for years. During an appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael back in May, Jamie expressed his interest in the project. He said, "I got a chance to hang out with Mike when Mike was at his height and I watched [him] go from his height to where he is now, and I talked to him about doing his story. I had my makeup artist dress me up as Mike Tyson… People were literally coming up asking for autographs. So hopefully, Mike, if you’re listening, let’s make history."
Blog Wednesday 7/30
A Michigan man developed a case of acid reflux before scarfing down a pizza ... because he downed a large quantity of LSD on his way to a parlor where he showed up armed and nearly naked.
The man, whose name was not released, was wearing only a towel wrapped around his waist when he arrived at Happy's Pizza with his three kids in tow. He appeared to be disoriented and began waving around a .40 caliber handgun, which went off, sending a bullet into the restaurant's door.
That bummed the gent's trip enough to send him wandering back to his nearby home on foot – where cops found him standing on his porch, still clutching the weapon. They persuaded him to drop it and took him to a hospital for observation.
We're guessing he'd have ordered the mushroom pie. (MLive)
Most men and women shop differently. But apparently there are some purchases that men make that they don't want us to know about.
Here are some of the things men buy undercover:
Guns – Whether it be for home protecting or hunting, some girls just aren't into the guns their guy buys.
Bath accessories – Guys like to be pampered too. They just don't always want you to know about it.
Video games – Games can be pretty childish, but that doesn't mean your man is going to give them up anytime soon.
Extreme adventures – Your guy might not want you to know that he's planning to jump out of a plane or swim with sharks ... but he'll probably do it anyway. (Your Tango)
Forget fresh linen, ocean breeze and morning dew ... Flick Candles is putting some serious reality (and humor) into their candles. Check out some of the best:
A Chinese man went into the hospital because of a stomach ache – and learned that he’s a woman with period cramps.
Talk about a day not turning out the way you expected …
Doctors discovered that the married 44-year-old has a full set of female reproductive organs – as well as male plumbing, which had kept him and his wife happy for the past 10 years.
So other than having to pop a few Midol here and there, life should continue on like normal. (Mirror)
Orlando Bloom did something a lot of people would love to do -- take a swing at Justin Bieber.
According to witnesses, Orlando and Justin were in the same restaurant in Ibiza, Spain early Wednesday morning. The two scuffled and at one point Justin screamed, "What's up bitch?" Orlando then swung at Justin and the young singer fled the restaurant. The crowd, which included ParisHilton, LindsayLohan and Diddy, was clearly on Team Orlando. When Bieber left, they all applauded.
It wasn't immediately clear why the two had tussled, but they do have a history. Justin allegedly canoodled with Orlando's then-wife MirandaKerr after a 2012 Victoria's Secret fashion show. Then this April, Orlando was spotted hanging out with Justin's girlfriendSelenaGomez.