Tim McGraw agrees with People magazine, which recently named Sandra Bullock the "world's most beautiful woman." He tells the magazine, "I think she’s a fantastic lady. She’s really down to earth. I think that she’s a really solid person. That’s the nicest compliment I can give anybody in this business. She’s really somebody that’s just genuine."
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow and Meghan Trainor are also featured in the issue, which is available now.
Plenty of professional baseball players still dip or chew tobacco in the dugout and on the field.
And, city officials in San Francisco don’t like this – and are hoping to pass a law that would ban smokeless tobacco use at AT&T Park, home of the Giants.
“San Francisco will send a simple and strong message,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the bill. “Tobacco use in sports will no longer harm our youth, our health.” (Los Angeles Times)
Elaborate prom-posals are all the fad this time of year, as high school kids come up with clever, creative and crazy ways to invite a date. But one Washington senior really bombed his prom-posal and will have to spend prom night at home.
Ibrahim Ahmad thought it would be funny to wear a vest filled with fake explosives and then stand on a table in the cafeteria during lunchtime to ask a classmate to the prom. He held up a sign that said he was "the bomb." Well, the school faculty didn't see the humor in the stunt and suspended him for five days, which will include the prom.
The girl he asked was apparently flattered by the bomb-posal and accepted his invite, even though he's not allowed to go. Instead, the couple will have a dinner date on prom night. (The Columbian)
1. Furious 7 - $18.3 million 2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 - $15.5 million 3. The Age of Adaline - $13.4 million 4. Home - $8.3 million 5. Unfriended - $6.2 million
Pepsi is taking the artificial sweetener aspartame out of its diet sodas.
Beginning in August, Diet Pepsi, Caffeine-Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi will now be sweetened with a blend of sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Whatever those are. (Reuters)
It's Monday ... how are you feeling about your workplace? Well, this story might make you feel even worse. Adobe, the computer software company behind programs like Photoshop, just dished out thousands of red boxes to its employees. Inside were a candy bar, a Starbucks gift card – and a debit MasterCard with $1,000 on it.
The company is encouraging its employees to work on new, innovative ideas ... and they figured the $1,000 might help.
But, that gift card came with no strings attached. They can spend the cash on whatever they want. Clothes, booze, concert tickets ... whatever. Adobe won't check up on them.
Not a bad gig. Now back to your regularly scheduled work day ... (Business Insider)
Bruce Jenner's historic two-hour interview had people talking on Friday. Though none of the Kardashians or his youngest daughters appeared on the special, they did show their support on Twitter.
Kylie tweeted, "Understandingly, this has been very hard for me. You will hear what I have to say when I’m ready to but this isn’t about me... I’m so proud of you, Dad. You are so brave. My beautiful hero."
Kendall wrote, "So very proud of you, my hero."
Khloe Kardashian tweeted, “Just finished watching #BruceJennerInterview with the family. Bruzer, I’m sooo proud of you! Dads really are heroes.”
Kourtney Kardashian wrote, “Couldn’t be a more proud daughter. With courage and bravery, let’s change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce’s side and support him.”
Kim Kardashian wrote, “Love is the courage to live the truest, best version of yourself. Bruce is love. I love you Bruce. #ProudDaughter.”
Rob Kardashian wrote, “You have always been a role model to me and now more than ever, I look up to you. LOVE YOU.”
Kris Jenner, who divorced Bruce last year, wrote, "Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero."
Not everyone was supportive. Kim Kardashian's 72-day husband Kris Humphries got into hot water after he tweeted, "Man, I’m glad I got out when I did #Gottadoyou" He later clarified his remarks, writing, “I have and always will support Bruce hence #Gottadoyou. Now recognize I was too vague and sincerely apologize for the way this came across.” He added in another tweet: "#FullySupportBruce."
Lady Gaga wrote, “#BruceJennerABC Now that is bravery.”
Rob Lowe wrote, “I was proud of Bruce Jenner in Montreal and I’m proud of him tonight. Some have to fight more than the rest of us for their happiness.”
Jimmy Fallon wrote, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. #BruceJenner #Brave"
Miley Cyrus wrote, “I LOOOOVE LOOOVE LOOOVE Bruce Jenner!!!!!!!”
Debra Messing tweeted, "Bruce Jenner -- An American Hero yet again. You changed EVERYTHING tonight. Thank you. #brave #authentic #beautiful"
Ariana Grande wrote, “Bruce Jenner is beautiful. We all need to commit to making this world a more loving, supportive, SAFE /non judgmental place to be ourselves.”
David Spade wrote, “So far I like Bruce Jenner more than all of the Kardashians combined.”
Blog Friday 4/24
In Asheville, North Carolina, a boutique hotel has partnered with a local animal shelter to showcase one dog at a time – with the hope that each dog will win the heart of a hotel guest and find a permanent home.
When you enter the lobby of the Aloft Asheville Downtown you will see a dog wearing a yellow vest with the words “adopt me,” printed on it.
Guests were recently greeted by a Chihuahua named Taco. But, luckily for Taco, a guest took him home, making room for another dog to be brought into the mix.
Already pet-friendly, the hotel has taken their love of animals to new levels – and their program is enjoying a 100-percent adoption rate, as well as earning rave reviews from guests. (Fox News)
Aaron Schlechter loves dogs. More accurately, he loves naming them.
So, he established a business that takes advantage of this unique skill set that he has been honing since he was a little kid.
He set up a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of raising $3,700 to fund his dog naming business – and the honchos at Kickstarter shut him down.
The first rule on Kickstarter's guidelines page is, "Projects must create something to share with others ... at some point, the creator should be able to say: ‘It’s finished.’”
Unfortunately, wandering the earth, naming dogs doesn’t really fit the criteria.
So, Aaron is taking his talents elsewhere, possibly to a GoFundMe page where he’s hoping to raise $1.2 billion in order to buy the entire Kickstarter site so he can change the rules. (Mashable)
With medical marijuana now legal in 23 states, the growing marijuana industry is only going to get bigger. Case in point: Pot is now being sold to help sick pets.
Biscuits, snacks and capsules containing cannabis compounds are being marketed to owners of sick and/or elderly animals as natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatory supplements.
According to experts, these products aren't getting the pets stoned. Instead, it’s all about treating things like epilepsy and inflammation, along with relieving pain. (ABC News)
So this is a thing … Girls are painting the undersides of their nails red – to look like Louboutins. [You know … those expensive Christian Louboutin shoes that have the signature red bottoms.]
Facebook now has 1.44 billion users. That’s more people than the entire population of China.
And here’s how obsessed with social media we are … Americans spend one out of every five minutes on either Facebook or Instagram. (Daily Dot)
Everybody Loves Raymond child star Sawyer Sweeten has died of an apparent suicide. Sawyer, who played Ray Romano's son Geoffrey, was reportedly visiting his family in Texas on Thursday when he shot himself in the head on their front porch. He was 19.
Sawyer's twin brother Sullivan and sister Madylin played his siblings on the series, which went off the air in 2005. (Us Magazine)
Blog Thursday 4/23
A Japanese woman who claims she caught her boyfriend cheating threw all his Apple products into a bathtub.
At the end of the day, the carnage was unthinkable.
He lost three Macbook Pros, an iMac, two iPads, an iPad Mini, three iPhones, and some accessories.
According to the scoreboard, that’s over $8,000 in electronics.
But really, what most guys want to see is a picture of the woman this poor guy was cheating with. We’re all asking … Was she hot enough for all this trouble? (Value Walk)
While Tim Tebow might be the most famous back-up and out-of-work quarterback in the history of the NFL, it doesn’t mean he’s had smooth sailing throughout his career.
Things have been looking up for him, though, as he signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He found a team! That’s great!
But … according to the wise guys in Las Vegas, he’s a very serious underdog to actually be on the roster when the Eagles kick off their season in September.
The oddsmakers have Tebow as a 5-to-2 underdog.
If you’re a believer and you think he’s going to make the team, for every $1 you risk, you’ll take home $2.50.
So … All you Tebow fans … Are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? The sports books in Vegas certainly hope so. (Pro Football Talk)
Derek Hough's season with Dancing With the Stars is in doubt.
The five-time champ suffered major injuries while rehearsing for the 10th anniversary special. His rep says Derek broke a toe on his right foot and suffered sprains to his left ankle.
That forced him out of the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City this week and mostly likely puts the kibosh on his performance on next Monday's Dancing With the Stars.
Derek, who was spotted walking with crutches Wednesday morning, wrote on Instagram, "This is new territory for me. I'm usually able to work through injury, but this one has literally floored me. But like I said before I'm determined to come back all guns blazing." (Us Magazine)
Southern California's Venice Beach wants to get back to its European roots and will ask the Los Angeles City Council to allow women to go topless at the beach.
By a vote of 12-2 Tuesday, the Venice Neighborhood Council said it "supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless. Now the L.A. City Council will take up the group's recommendation.
In making the recommendation, the Neighborhood Council said, "Venice Beach was founded and designed around the European culture of Venice, Italy, and ... topless [sun]bathing is commonplace throughout Europe, much of the rest of the world and many places within the U.S.”
Topless sunbathing is currently prohibited by the Los Angeles Municipal Code, so the Venice Neighborhood Council will send letters to City Councilman Mike Bonin, L.A. MayorEric Garcetti and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, hoping to change that rule. (Los Angeles Times)
Blog Wednesday 4/22
This is awesome … A woman has worn the same thing to work every day for the last three years. Matilda Kahl, who works as an art director for a NY ad agency, says she was sick and tired of spending so much time every morning thinking about what she was going to wear. And after it dawned on her during a meeting that the men in her office never had to deal with those decisions, she decided to eliminate the stress and wear the same thing – black pants and a while silk shirt – every day.
And if you are wondering whether she gets bored with it, the answer is no. “During the weekdays, I have so many creative challenges at work to keep my mind stimulated that I don’t feel an urge to express myself creatively through what I wear,” she said. Besides, she wears her other clothes at night and on the weekends.
Matilda has 15 versions of the white silk top and six pairs of black pants, so she doesn’t have to do laundry every day. (Business Insider)
Mindy McCready the Musical, a theatrical piece that follows the life of Mindy McCready, will debut in Los Angeles on May 8th.
Co-written star Jennifer Blake, the musical follows her life from the early '90s when she was a karaoke singer in Florida to her tragic death by her own hand.
The show will run for six weeks at the Spirit Studio in Silverlake, California. (Rolling Stone)
This is for all the college students about to face finals … pulling an all-nighter won’t work. College students are notorious for staying up all night in an attempt to remember everything they need for an exam, but the exact opposite it true: If you want to remember, you need to sleep.
Researchers at Brandeis University in Massachusetts found that sleep is essential for memory; in fact, the memory neurons that convert short-term memories into long-term memories are most effective during sleep.
So put down the coffee and energy drinks and get some rest. (Daily Mail)
The Miami Dolphins wanted to bring the magic of your living room to the stadium – and it seems the effort is paying off.
Some lucky fans can now watch the game in front of them live on the field, as well as on full-size TVs in one of the 32 "living rooms" at the renovated Sun Life Stadium.
Each “living room” has four seats with 30-inch recliners and the option of added TVs – all near the 30-yard line.
But to sit there, you’re going to need to open your wallet. The four seats cost $75,000 per season, but they do include food, drinks, and access to a lounge area.
Believe it or not, all 32 living rooms have sold out, and demand has been so high – even at that price – that the team has started a waiting list. (ESPN)
When former Jeb Bush staffer Ethan Czahor lost out on a dream opportunity to work with a presidential campaign because of a history of offensive tweets, he wanted to teach others the lesson he had learned the hard way.
Over the course of the next few months, Ethan created an app that would scan users’ social media history and alert them to potential problems, with the idea of being able to delete any problem posts before they could be seen by an employer.
The app is called Clear and it uses a word-search function to find potentially offensive posts – and then alerts the user so he or she can delete them.
Ethan hopes his app will serve as a reminder that what we put online stays there forever. (Business Insider)
To celebrate the Philadelphia Eagles signing Tim Tebow to a contract, the Philly Pretzel Factory has developed the Tebow pretzel.
It’s a food miracle, to be sure … a pretzel in the shape of Tim Tebow … Tebow-ing.
The search for the mythical creature known as the Loc Ness Monster has gone high-tech by using Google satellite maps and Street View cameras.
In the hunt for the creature, Google took its 360-degree Street View cameras under water to produce an explorable map of the 800-foot-deep lake in Scotland. Google also collaborated with Adrian Shine, the head of the Loch Ness and Morar Project, who says he's racked up more than 1,000 sightings of the creature. (Wired UK)
Bruce Jenner gave a photographer a sneak peek into his new look as woman yesterday.
The former Olympian-turned reality star stepped outside his Malibu home wearing a striped, floor-length dress and New York's Daily News has the exclusive photos. The snapshots come just days before his interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer where he is expected to talk about transitioning into a woman.
Meanwhile, Bruce's ex-wife Kris Jenner still insists she had no idea that Bruce wanted to become a woman and says he never talked about it during their 25-year marriage. According to TMZ, Kris says she knew only of Bruce's desire to dress like a woman and his sexual transition never even came up until after their divorce.
Mila Kunis has been hit with one of the most ridiculous lawsuits ever and it's all over a chicken.
Kristina Karo, a Ukrainian-born woman trying to launch a singing career in LA, says she was best friends with Kunis back in the old country and when they were in first grade, Kunis stole her pet chicken. She says Mila often came over to play with the chicken and then one day, she stole it. Karo, who released this video last year, says the clucking theft caused her a lifetime of emotional distress and it's gotten in the way of her pursuing her dream. Karo believes the stress is worth about $5,000. (TMZ)
Blog Tuesday 4/21
Florida cops had very little trouble cracking the case of a fellow officer who was busted buying rocks of cocaine -- then telling them it was for his wife!
Deputies on a surveillance patrol observed a nervous-looking Christopher Heredia approach a woman on a sidewalk, then follow her to a parking lot where he appeared to exchange cash for a suspicious looking baggie. They waited until he got back into his vehicle and pulled him over, discovering several vials of crack as well as drug paraphernalia in his car -- all of which he said was actually meant for his wife.
Officers on the scene advised him to pipe down, then booked him on charges of purchase of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Somehow, we think that law enforcement career just went up in smoke. (CBS Miami)
Scientists from Penn State analyzed 100,000 galaxies – so, what did you do today? – and found that 50 of those galaxies are producing and using large amounts of energy.
You know that means?
All that energy being produced and used could be the result of advanced alien civilizations.
Aliens are guilty of global warming, too!
While the astronomers looking through the telescopes aren’t sure the energy isn’t the result of natural stuff going on, it certainly has their interest.
They’re going to expand their efforts to seek out even more kinds of energy and, hopefully, find more evidence of aliens out there. (Daily Mail)
Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger are putting their relationship on hold.
E! News says the two "haven't exactly broken up, but they're not really together, either."
The couple had been dating for five months, but things took a nose-dive when Patrick was photographed with a bikini-clad brunette in Cabo San Lucas last month. At the time he tweeted, "Omg. It's one of my best friend's girlfriend... Would NEVER do anything against my GF."
The actor, who famously played Captain Kirk on Star Trek, has a solution to solve California's drought crisis and it's not completely out of this world. William Shatnerwants to build a pipeline and import water to the Golden State from Seattle.
In an interview with told Yahoo's David Pogue, the actor said, "I want $30 billion … to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline. Say, from Seattle — a place where there’s a lot of water. There’s too much water. How bad would it be to get a large, four-foot pipeline, keep it above ground — because if it leaks, you’re irrigating!”
To fund the project, Shatner plans to start a Kickstarter drive to raise $30 million to build the pipeline to send water from soggy Seattle to arid California. (Los Angeles Times).
This week's top video picks include an action sequel and an indie fave.
Taken 3 brings back Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills, the ex-spook with a "particular set of skills." This time around, he's framed for the murder of his wife, played by Famke Janssen, and goes about exacting revenge, clearing his name and protecting his daughter, Maggie Grace.
Cake stars Jennifer Aniston as a woman suffering from chronic pain so bad it causes her to be bitter and angry at everyone. But the suicide of another member of her support group, Anna Kendrick, forces her to re-examine the way she lives her life. Britt Robertson and William H. Macy co-star.
New TV to video includes the first season of Naked and Afraid, the third season of Yukon Men and the second season of The Musketeers.
Blog Friday 4/17
Passengers on board a flight from Norway to Newark International Airport are very lucky that one particular piece of cargo didn't pay the cabin a visit.
A wolverine that was being transported from a zoo in Norway to a wildlife center in Alaska had landed in Newark to make a connecting flight. But when workers went to move the critter onto his new plane, they noticed that the little guy had chewed through his metal cage and his head was sticking out. He apparently didn't like being locked up during his flight. The wolverine, though agitated, stayed in his cage even though he could have walked out and potentially wandered around the plane, which would have caused some problems for passengers.
A veterinarian was called to the airport to tranquilize the animal and safely move him into a new (and hopefully stronger) cage for the second leg of his trip to Alaska. (New York Times)
A Long Island, New York man took care of a little bedbug problem and in the process, managed to burn himself and torch his rental car.
44-year-old Scott Kemery was parked in a lot outside a supermarket when he decided to follow his friend's advice about getting rid of bedbugs inside the car. He soaked the car's interior in rubbing alcohol, which he expected to kill the blood-thirsty critters. But while he waited for the alcohol to do its job, he lit a cigarette -- in a car drenched in a highly volatile flammable liquid. The car, as anyone could have warned him, burst into flames. Kemery was lucky to escape with his life. He did, however suffer second-degree burns. (New York Post)
A Pennsylvania woman must be feeling like a bird brain after wrecking her car, because she was trying to give a cup of coffee to her passenger -- her pet parrot!
Angel Holyfield veered off the road and through a guardrail, deploying her vehicle's air bags and knocking her briefly senseless. When cops arrived at the scene to find out what had caused the wreck, she blamed the whole mess on the bird, saying it likes to have a cup of java while it rides around with her.
Holyfield says she was distracted when the parrot started pecking at a plastic lid in an effort to get at its beverage, and cops confirmed that there was bird feed in the cup holder next to the coffee -- which might give them grounds to charge her with reckless driving! (WTAE)
At five years old, Na’ama Uzan has already taken a major step in changing the life of her special needs older brother.
Na’ama’s brother, seven-year-old Nadav, was diagnosed with the brain disorder as a toddler. So, Na’ama has spent the last year selling drinks out of a stand in Toronto, asking friends and neighbors to help raise money to find a cure for Nadav.
If she keeps at it, who knows how much she can raise. (The Star)
It’s Friday, so here’s something that might ease your Saturday morning hangover. If you have a few too many tonight, skip the late-night burger and eat some cucumbers before you go to bed instead. Cucumbers have a detoxing effect on the body, allowing you to better process the booze and balance your electrolytes, so you’ll feel less hungover in the morning. (You Beauty)
Despite speculation, Giuliana Rancic says Fashion Police is "definitely coming back" and that she'll be on the panel.
Production on the E! show halted following the sudden departures of Kelly Osbourneand Kathy Griffith. But Giuliana tells Access Hollywoodthat the Zendaya/dreadlocks controversy "shows that a lot of people were watching the show and enjoyed the show. So yeah, it's coming back in September, in time for the Emmys."
She says Brad Goreski will return but doesn't reveal who else will be on the show.
blog Thursday 4/16
A 20-year-old counterfeiter in Florida was caught making funny money, and now the only ones laughing are investigators, who had a very easy time catching him.
Tony Torbert is facing federal charges for printing up phony $20 bills in his bedroom. He led police right to him when he posted an ad on Craigslist offering "legit counterfeit money." He posted his phone number, so cops called him and set up a meeting to buy his fake cash. After selling phony bills, heroin and marijuana to the undercover officer, he was arrested on felony counterfeiting and narcotics distribution charges.
Torbert told police that he's been making counterfeit bills since he was in high school and even led them the printer he used to make them. (The Smoking Gun)
People use all sorts of excuses to get out of jury duty, but being Chief Justice of the Supreme Court apparently doesn't work.
Justice John Roberts reported for duty this morning (Wednesday) in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Rockville, Maryland. He was considered for a civil trial involving a car crash and answered two questions, but was not chosen for the jury. He left the courthouse without talking to the press.
It's not the first time a justice has been called. Justice Elena Kagan has reported for jury duty in Washington at least twice, and Justice Stephen Breyer was called in Massachusetts a decade ago. (Washington Post)
Very soon, you may be able to buy stock in adultery. Ashley Madison -- the website that hooks up people looking to have affairs -- is eyeing an IPO.
According to Bloomberg News, the site's parent company, Avid Life Media, is looking to raise up to $200 million with a public offering on the London exchange. It actually tried and failed to roll out an IPO in Canada about five years ago, but its sales have quadrupled since then, to $115 million in 2014.
Though Ashley Madison does 50 percent of its business in the U.S., exec Christoph Kraemer says the company is planning a British stock offering because European attitudes toward adultery are more liberal.
A very, very jealous Chinese man got his girlfriend to agree to gain weight so she wouldn’t attract other men.
And, we’re not talking a few pounds here. 25-year-old You Pan put together a meal plan that involved gigantic meals, and even went so far as to wake her up in the middle of the night to feed her snacks.
The result? 20-year-old Yan Tai’s weight doubled – from 100 pounds to 200 pounds – in a couple years.
You Pan rewarded Yan Tai with a marriage proposal that included a bouquet made of chocolates in front of a strip mall that included their favorite restaurants.
If you like rocks, and have a spare $4.3 million lying around, there’s a house for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona, that is actually built into a boulder. The house, 60% of which is made from rock, was once called “the most original home in America.” (Business Insider)
Blog Wednesday 4/15
An Illinois man who thought he could strike it rich by robbing a suburban house ended up in the gutter -- when the homeowner clocked him with a bowling pin during the heist.
Joshua Ziebarth was able to wrangle his way into the residence through an unlocked garage door in the wee hours of Sunday morning, but the commotion awoke the resident, who came downstairs to find the 19-year-old, who was armed with a knife. The intended victim was able to grab a souvenir bowling pin off a shelf and smash the intruder over the head, stunning him and opening a wound that required several stitches to close.
We'd say that response shows the homeowner has a set of 16-pound...well...let's just say he has guts to spare. (New York Daily News)
Here’s a rundown of some great freebies being offered in honor of Tax Day. You’re welcome.
Hard Rock Café – The good news? You can get a free Local Legendary Burger. The bad news? The promotion is called “Sing for Your Supper,” which means you have to sing a song in front of the restaurant to get your grub.
Great American Cookies – Stop in for a free sugar cookie. No singing required.
Schlotzsky's – Visitors to the deli get a free sandwich as long as they take a picture of themselves in the restaurant and upload it to their social media account.
Staples – Free paper shredding. It’s not sexy, but it’s something.
Kona Ice – Free shaved ice is being offered to soothe stressed out taxpayers.
Arby’s – They’re keeping up with their tradition of offering free snack-sized curly fries all day. You might want to visit the restaurant AFTER mailing your tax forms, because sending in greasy paperwork might just trigger an audit.
What better way to relax and unwind than to have a bunch of snakes slither all over you? Believe it or not, there’s a spa in Israel that offer a snake massage.
According to spa owner Ada Barak, snakes have a relaxing effect on people (really?), so she decided to use them in some massages. The nonvenomous snakes are put all over your body … from your back to your face. Relaxed yet? (Marie Claire)
Having a wedding is expensive … but so is going to one. According to American Express, the cost of attending a wedding is a whopping $673.
This number factors in things like plane tickets, hotel room, wedding gift, and new outfit. (Elite Daily)
This news shouldn’t surprise anyone …. A new study reveals that while airlines are making more money than ever – their service is worse than ever.
The study, done by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University, looked at data from 2014 and rated the 12 largest U.S. airlines based on the number of on-time flights, lost luggage, passenger complaints, and people bumped from flights.
The results: Overall, airlines lost 13% more bags, received 22% more customer complaints, bumped 3% more people from flights, and only 76.2% flights were actually on time.
According to the report, the Top 5 Domestic Airlines are:
ABC has released another teaser of Bruce Jenner's highly anticipated interview. And in this one, we get to hear from the former Olympian himself.
Though his face remains hidden, Bruce is heard saying, "My whole life has been getting me ready for this."
The two-hour special, which airs on April 24th, is believed to deal with Bruce's transition into a woman.
A source told People magazine, "Bruce's primary goal is to bring awareness to this issue in order to help others in the transgender community."
Blog Tuesday 4/14
The bomb squad was called to investigate a suspicious package at Sacramento's sheriff's department on Friday, but no one will have to face the music -- because it turned out to be an old eight-track tape!
A passer-by called 911 to report seeing something weird propped up on a ballot box in the voter registrar’s office, which shares a parking lot with the law enforcement agency, so investigators were dispatched to the scene. The initial responders determined that the package in question was not dangerous, but were too young to grasp what it actually was.
A sheriff’s Department spokeswoman who did recognize the familiar object says, "We still had to X-ray it and make sure it was safe, but it was just an 8-track tape.” (KTXL)
David Letterman has named the guests for his final 28 shows.
The late-night vet will sign off on May 20th, but before then he'll sit down with Bill Murray, George Clooney, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Downey Junior,Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Sarah Jessica Parker,Don Rickles, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Short, John Travolta, Michael J. Fox and Alec Baldwin.
Musical guests will include Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews Band, Mumford and Sons,NorahJones, Amos Lee and Tracy Chapman.
More guests will be announced soon.
Who'll join Dave for his last show is still under wraps. (People)
Reba McEntire is itching to get a part on the ABC drama Nashville, but she won't be satisfied playing herself.
Reba was recently on the show singing her latest single, "Going Out Like That" for theirOn the Record series. She tells Entertainment Tonight, "Now I've already told all of 'em, I said, 'OK, I want to come back as a villain on music row or something like that.' That'd be fun."
She hasn't quite shaken the TV bug since her sitcom Malibu Country ended.
Reba says she'd like to do another sitcom. "I would love to do another sitcom, but you just gotta find that right material. It's just like finding the right song. When the song or the material for the script is right, then you know it's perfect."
She says she'd also be up for a reunion show with the cast from her first sitcom, Reba.
Well, this is a baseball first … The Cincinnati Reds have created a “Nursing Suite” at their stadium. It’s "a quiet place for moms to feed and care for their babies," said Reds spokesman Michael Anderson.
The Reds teamed up with Pampers and local contractor Fischer Homes to create the Pampers Nursing Suite at the Reds' Great American Ballpark. (Today)
She may have announced her plans to run for president on Sunday, but apparentlyHillary Clinton can still buy lunch undercover.
On Monday, on her campaign road trip to Iowa in her new van nicknamed "Scooby," Clinton made a stop at a Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio. Sporting shades, she walked in and ordered a chicken burrito bowl to-go, and left without anyone in the place recognizing her.
In fact, Hillary was so low-profile the restaurant's manager had no idea she had stopped in until he was contacted by a reporter from The New York Times and then checked the footage from a security camera.
Chipotle manager Charles Wright said, "The thing is, she has these dark sunglasses on. She was just another lady."
Apparently, Clinton's quest to be an "everyday Americans" is working. (USA Today)
Justin Bieber's Coachella experience ended with the teen getting put in a chokehold and thrown out of the festival.
According to TMZ, the Bieb tried to enter the artist's entrance where Drake was performing, but he wasn't allowed in because the area was at capacity. Justin tried to argue that he couldn't stand in the crowd because he'd be overwhelmed by fans, but security hasn't having it.
A Coachella staff member then tried to escort the singer inside, but a security guard reportedly grabbed Bieber from behind and put him in a chokehold. Then the star and his entourage were kicked out of the festival.
Justin is said to be thinking of taking legal action.
Blog Monday 4/13
LeBron James took to Twitter to honor Lauren Hill, the 19-year-old college basketball player who pursued her dream and played this season for Mt. Saint Joseph in Cincinnati – despite having an inoperable brain tumor. Sadly, Lauren passed away on Friday.
Lebron called her an inspiration and a leader and described the impact she had on him, even though the two never met. (USA Today)
Here’s the content of the Tweets:
Dear Lauren Hill,
You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc., etc.! Your time spent on earth will never be forgotten.
I hate that I never got the chance to meet you in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life you touched, you made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!!
You're in a far better place now and please don't have too much fun up there without all your family and friends.
Can you please tell my Grandma I said hello. Don't be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about you plenty of times. Until we officially meet again, take care and continue to be that LEADER we all love!
Sincerely, LeBron James
According to a new study from Oxford University, kids who play video games for an hour or less per day are not at risk of anti-social behavior; in fact, they are better students, more emotionally stable, and less aggressive.
So basically, video games turn you into an awesome human being.
But be careful …
The study also found that students who play video games for three or more hours are more hyperactive, more aggressive, and less attentive.
So, sit down, turn on your Xbox, and set a timer for two hours and 59 minutes and you’ll be golden. (TheAustralian)
1. Furious 7 - $60.6 million 2. Home - $19 million 3. The Longest Ride - $13.5 million 4. Get Hard - $8.6 million 5. Cinderella - $7.2 million
Furious 7 is still cruising atop the box office. The sequel was the number-one movie for a second straight weekend with $60.6 million. It's made $252.5 million in its first 10 days of release.
Home, the animated flick featuring the voices of Jim Parsons and Rihanna, remained in second with $19 million.
The Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride opened in third with $13.5 million.
Get Hard dropped a spot to fourth with $8.6 million, while Cinderella fell from fourth to fifth with $7.2 million.
A Virginia woman showed a real "can-do" attitude -- by continuing to sip from her tall boy of beer as paramedics were rescuing her from the wreckage of the car she'd just crashed.
Tricia Kight had taken a trip to a convenience store to buy a case of brewskis and decided to crack one open on the way home -- which distracted her enough that she blindsided another car and disabled both vehicles. A first responder noticed that Kight had a leg injury and began to treat it, but she continued drinking -- and when the medic pulled the beer away, she reached down and popped the top on another.
Police say Kight had a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit -- and had taken two Percocets to boot. (WAVY)
Farrah Abraham is going from teen mom to porn star to...plastic surgeon? Yes, that's the plan.
Farrah -- who's had several cosmetic procedures herself -- tells Gossip Cop, “From seeing the best and the worst in the industry and experiencing it as well, it has me wanting to pursue and achieve the best in education to help men and women from trauma scenarios to reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries."
And Farrah has high ambitions. She says, "I hope to inspire and help others fulfill their best selves as I do my best to become the top doctor in the nation in my future."
The former reality star has already found a mentor -- Dr. Sergio Alvarez, who she will shadow at his Miami office in the summer.
Blog Friday 4/10
You won't be seeing those "creepy Rob Lowe" DirecTV ads anymore. The satellite TV provider has taken them off the air after a decision by the Better Business Bureau unit that reviews ads for truthfulness and accuracy. It sided with cable giant Comcast, and said the commercials "conveyed a comparative and unsupported superiority message."
While DirecTV said they would appeal -- they've already begun a new series of ads. One that aired Thursday morning on a cable sports channel featured a woman riding a talking horse.
Lowe could be back, though. DirecTV executive Jon Gieselman tells the Los Angeles Times, "We try to retire campaigns at their peak — before they jump the shark." As for the former brat packer, Gieselman says, "We've talked with Rob about doing something else in the future. He loves the campaign. He's completely gotten into the characters."
A young boy who got sick inside a Portland, Oregon, bookstore has written an adorable letter apologizing to the staff for making a mess on their floor.
The boy, named Jack, felt really bad about vomiting on the floor inside Powell's Books during a recent visit and wanted to apologize. He addressed his handwritten letter to the attention of "Barf cleaners" and included a Ben and Jerry's gift card.
The note read: "This Ben and Jerry's card is for the people who cleaned up the throw up of a kid on Friday the 28th. I don't know their names but I thank them a lot and I'm sorry again for throwing up and hope you enjoy your ice cream." He signed it, "Jack, aka the kid that puked right next to the bathroom." The letter was later posted on Twitter and has since gone viral. (ABC Los Angeles)
Sometimes you just have to have a bean and cheese burrito ... and going out to get one is just too much work. Well, your prayers have been answered, because the CEO of Taco Bell just revealed that they are testing out a delivery service to become a more "on-demand" brand.
No word yet on the market the delivery service will be tested in ... but we're pretty sure it will be somewhere there's a college or two. (Cosmo)
An artist in Los Angeles has been posting street signs around the city that read: “No Kardashian Parking Anytime.” And these things aren’t just cheap flyers taped to a pole. These look like real street signs. One of them is right outside the Kardashian’s store, Dash, on Melrose.
The artist responsible goes by the name Plastic Jesus, and you can check out photos of the signs on his Instagram page. Oh, and according to police, what he is doing is vandalism, but the department has not received any complaints about the signs. (People)
This is awesome … For a while, the IKEA in Beijing, China, encouraged shoppers to take naps on their furniture. Well, people did – so much so that other shoppers weren’t able to view the merchandise. So, the company had to change its policy and no longer allow napping.
The only problem is that no one is listening. Even when asked to get off the furniture, people aren’t getting up – and if they do, they just go find a quieter area to go take a nap. (Mashable)
The Obama White House has taken a bold step in the bathroom department. For the first time ever, the executive mansion complex now includes a gender neutral restroom for staffers and visitors.
The restroom change is part of the series of moves the Obama administration has made to show sensitivity to the rights of LGBT community members.
The gender-neutral restroom isn't actually located in the White House, but inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located near the White House, where many staff members have offices and meetings are held.
White House spokesman Jeff Tiller said, "The White House allows staff and guests to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity, which is in keeping with the administration's existing legal guidance on this issue." (NBC News)
Blog Wednesday 4/8
A report released on Tuesday revealed that Russian hackers broke into the a White House computer system and were able to view sensitive files, including President Obama's schedule.
According to reports, these are likely the same hackers who months ago broke into computers at the State Department.
Although the hackers accessed the White House system, sources say they did not gain access to any classified information, only information considered "sensitive" was viewed, including the president's schedule.
National Security Council spokesman Mark Stroh downplayed the news, saying, "This report is not referring to a new incident — it is speculating on the attribution of the activity of concern on the unclassified EOP network that the White House disclosed last year."
He continued, "We took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity.” (New York Post)
Naked, high and hallucinating in traffic is no way to go through life, but a 34-year-old Florida man decided to give it a try anyway.
Cops in Fort Lauderdale say Matthew Kenney was high on "flakka," a synthetic hallucinogen, when he stripped off all his clothes and ran through traffic. He later told police that imaginary killers had stolen his clothes and were trying to kill him. According to the police report, he explained that he would "rather die than be caught by these unknown people." He added that the imaginary killers would stop chasing him if he got hit by a car. Police arrested Kenney and brought him to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. (The Smoking Gun)
Burger King has offered to pay for an Illinois couple's wedding. It's the least they can do considering all of the free advertising the bride and groom are giving them.
Joel Burger and Ashley King are getting married in July and the fast food chain was incredibly amused when they read the announcement of the Burger-King wedding. The happy couple eventually received a Skype call from Burger King's corporate office and was told that BK would like to throw them a whopper of a wedding reception.
A spokesperson for the company says, "When Burger King Corporation heard about the happy Burger-King couple, we felt an overwhelming urge to celebrate their upcoming marriage. All we ask in return is that they live happily ever after, and maybe name their first child Chicken Fry." (Buzzfeed)
A couple airports in Sweden are offering an awesome and fun way to spend time during layovers by providing old school video games for people to drop their quarters into.
The special machines actually accept any currency from any country, so you can get your groove on with “Pac-Man,” “Galaga,” or “Space Invaders.”
And here’s the coolest thing … all the money plunked into these games is being donated to the Red Cross, which means you’re playing for a good cause. (Engadget)
The most popular degree achieved by the world’s 100 wealthiest people is … none.
That’s right. Of the world’s 100 richest people, 32 of them never finished college.
Who knew that being a dropout paid so well?
The second most common degree on the rich list is engineering, with 22, followed by business at 12.
Handfuls of the richest people on the planet also earned degrees in the arts, economics, finance, science, math, and law. (Telegraph)
This is a scary stat ... In 2014, more than 31,000 of the plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States were on patients 18 and younger. The most popular procedures among teens were ear reconstruction, nose jobs and breast enlargement or reduction.
"Plastic surgery for certain concerns, such as a large beak or hooked nose, prominent ears, or extremely large breasts, can help teenagers who experience angst over these issues," says plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer L. Walden. "In a matter of hours, their life can change dramatically." (The Stir)
Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reviewed 11 popular diets and found that Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers were the only two that resulted in long-term weight loss. (NY Daily News)
There’s an app that lets you see what you would look like if you lost weight. “Visualize You” has you upload a photo of your face and enter your height and weight, along with your target weight. It then shows you a photo of what you’d look like after the weight loss. (Yahoo)
Blog Tuesday 4/7
When J.C. Huizenga sold his Michigan factories, he didn’t just take the money and run … he shared it with his employees.
Huizenga, chairman of the Huizenga Group, handed out nearly $6 million in bonuses to more than 575 workers. He says it was his way of thanking the employees for helping grow the company, which has annual sales of $170 million.
"I'm a son of a garbage man, so, I can appreciate people for what they contribute," he said.
The bonuses ranged from $500 to $50,000, depending on job duties and years of service.
"It was very appropriate, when we sold the company, that the employees should participate in the wealth we created," he said. (CBS News)
A dog who spent five years in the animal shelter was finally adopted … because of a photo posted on Facebook.
Gabby Stroup, manager of the North Fork Animal Welfare League in Southold, New York, shared a photo of Chester with his paw on a sign that read: "Why doesn’t anyone want me? I’ve been waiting five years. Everyone at the shelter tells me what a good boy I am. So why has no one adopted me? I promise to be good and love my new family … Please maybe you are my new family. I sit and wait for you to come. – Chester”
The photo quickly went viral. "I posted the original photo on the League's Facebook page and by later that day there were over 6,000 shares," Stroup said. "Someone suggested I make him his own page and I did, at about 3:30 p.m., and that evening there were close to 2,000 likes."
Then the phone started ringing. “People called from Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Nova Scotia, Australia and more – people tearing up as they called,” she said. But then Dana Dor and her family came to visit Chester … and it was a perfect match. He has now found his forever home. Thanks, Facebook! (Buzzfeed)
Cops in New Jersey are looking for the owner of a goat who was caught being a baaaadboy over the weekend.
Police responded to reports of a small goat that was seen headbutting the door of a home. Officers who arrived at the scene were able to corral the hard-headed animal, but have no idea where he came from. The Paramus Police Department shared a picture of the disorderly critter on Facebook and asked for help in identifying the owner. Meanwhile, the little guy has been turned over to Animal Control. (NJ.com)
ABC confirmed today (Monday) that it will air a "far-ranging, exclusive interview" with Bruce Jenner conducted by Diane Sawyer later this month.
The network didn't say what Bruce talks about, but there's a good chance he'll finally reveal that he's changing genders. The former Olympian hasn't commented on the rumors, and his family has only hinted at what's happening the past few months.
The Hollywood Reporter says the two-hour interview was conducted before the February car accident in which a woman was killed. It will air April 24th on a special edition of20/20. (USA Today)
After months of rumors, pens have been put to paper and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is now signed to the Big Machine label roster for a country album. It will also be his first full-length solo record in a four-decade-plus career.
Steven says, "My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothersand the Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots."
He's begun working with some of Nashville's top writers, including Eric Paslay, Hillary Lindsey, Cary Barlowe and Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three. The album will be out before the end of the year. (Rolling Stone)
Duke won their fifth National Championship Monday night by holding off Wisconsin 68-63 in a hard-fought game that nearly went down to the wire.
It was so close that the lead changed hands 16 times before Duke took control in the final seven minutes, outscoring Wisconsin 14-9 to get the win.
Although Duke star Jahil Okafor was hampered by foul trouble for much of the second half, the Blue Devils other freshman stars came up big, scoring a combined 60 points, with guards Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen combining for 39 points.
Wisconsin was led by their star big man Frank Kaminsky, who dropped in 21 points, but was shut down in the final minutes by the tough Duke defense.
With their fifth national title, Duke's Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski [pr: Sha-chef-ski]) is now second only to UCLA's John Wooden in terms of national titles, but he has a long way to go. Wooden racked up 10 titles coaching the Bruins from 1948 through 1975. (USA Today)
The world's oldest-known living person has died at the age of 116, officials said on Monday. Gertrude Weaver, who was living at a senior care facility, only got the title last week -- and held it for a mere six days before passing away.
According to the Gerontology Research Group, Weaver was born on July 4th, 1898. According to the group. there are only a trio of people alive who were born before 1900.
Weaver attributed her longevity to treating people kindly and was enjoying her moment in the spotlight before she passed. Kathy Langley, the administrator of the Silver Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Arkansas, said, "She certainly enjoyed it. We are devastated by her loss."
With Weaver's passing, Jeralean Talley, who lives in the Detroit suburb of Inkster, becomes the new title holder. She was born on May 23rd, 1899, so she'll turn 116 next month. She attributes her longevity to faith, saying, "It's the Lord. Everything is in his hands." (Reuters)
Blog Monday 4/6
For most Major League Baseball fans, it’s Opening Day.
For fans of some teams, like the Washington Nationals, there’s a lot of reason to celebrate. Your team is talented and has a chance to win it all.
For fans of other teams, like the Philadelphia Phillies, it might be a long season. Your team isn’t expected to set the world on fire.
But … your stadium is serving awesome food. And, hard liquor. It’s going to be a fun summer after all.
Get in line right now, Phillies fans, for a Triple Triple Wayback Burger. It’s a 2,200-calorie, nine-patty, burger extravaganza. And even better ... you’ll be able to wash that burger down with mixed drinks with hard liquor.
This is the first year for both that monster burger and hard liquor in the land of the Phillies.
A full belly and a bit of a buzz in the sunshine can go a long way toward dulling the pain of your less-than-stellar baseball team. (Uproxx)
To be or not to be … a Shakespeare clone.
A writer in China has spent over $200,000 on plastic surgery to look like his favorite author, William Shakespeare. The 34-year-old has had 10 surgeries including eye reconstruction, a nose job and a face lift. He looks different … just not sure he look like Shakespeare. See the photos here. (Mirror)
If you’re miserable that it's Monday, here’s some news that might make you feel better – as long as you don’t live in New York City.
New Yorkers have the longest work weeks among the country's 30 biggest cities, putting in an average of 49.1 hours each week – including about six hours of commuting time.
It’s even worse for those working in finance, who may put in up to 53 hours. (Mashable)
The Final Four is now down to two: Duke beat Michigan State, and Wisconsin upset Kentucky on Saturday.
Duke and Wisconsin will face each other Monday night in the NCAA Championship, starting at 9:18 pm ET.
As we gear up for that showdown, let's take a quick look at how Duke and Wisconsin were able to advance.
In Saturday's first game, Michigan got off to a fast eight-point lead, but that didn't last long, as Duke's defense was able to shut down the Spartans. The Blue Devils' offense was led by freshmen powerhouses Justise Winslow and Jahil Okafor, with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Senior Quinn Cook chipped in with 17 to help Duke cruise to an easy 81-61 victory.
In the second game, the once-perfect Kentucky Wildcats were upset by the Wisconsin Badgers 71-64. Frank Kaminsky celebrated his birthday by hitting for 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds to lead the Badgers' comeback.
The victory was soured a bit when Kentucky's Andrew Harrison used a racial slur aimed at Kaminsky in a post-game interview, but the Wisconsin forward took the high road and all but shut down the incident on Sunday.
Blog Thursday 4/2
Decades after it retired the slogan "you deserve a break today," McDonald's announced Wednesday that it's giving a break to employees at 1,500 of its restaurants in the form of raises.
By July 1st, the fast-food chain is planning to up employee pay for about 90,000 employees in its corporately controlled stores to at least $1 over the legal minimum wage, to about $9.90 an hour. In 2016, the average will rise to more than $10.
The bad news is that the decision doesn't necessarily affect the 750,000 workers employed at more than 12,500 franchised locations, although the corporate move could pressure the franchise owners to follow the lead.
Steven J. Easterbrook, who's been serving as chief executive of McDonald's for a month, said in a statement, "We know that a motivated work force leads to better customer service, so we believe this initial step not only benefits our employees, it will improve McDonald's restaurant experience." (The New York Times)
If you think Major League Baseball as a force in the sports world is in decline, think again.
They just crunched the numbers and found that player salaries will average over $4 million when the 2015 season begins on Sunday.
That’s up just a wee bit from an average of $50,000 a player 40 years ago – which was the last year before free agency.
Much of this money, of course, comes from all the money being made on the television rights.
So even though young people don’t seem to be tuning into the games, some people are, enough to flow millions into the pockets of the players. (NBC Sports)
It all started on Twitter with a picture of Jennifer Nettles going to yoga class without a stitch of make-up on. What followed was a selfie Twitter storm of photos of from women all over the Twitter-verse posing with the hashtag #nomakeupselfie.
Jennifer was clearly overwhelmed by the chain reaction she caused. She posted, "Can't get to all of you. But, suffice it to say, I am in love with all your pretty#Nomakeupselfie pics. #prettypretty. #naturalbeauty."
Research shows that men are better at conducting Google searches than women.
Guys are wired to dig in and quickly get direct information.
They are far more active than women in the way they search.
Guys generate more questions in the same time and click on more links per minute.
Women, on the other hand, spend longer reading through stuff – and are less likely to dismiss something as useless. (Telegraph)
Eventually, science always catches up with common sense.
Most people knew, deep down, that bacon was good for us. How could it not be? It brings everyone who eats it so much happiness.
Well, a new study out of Switzerland has found that bacon – because of the niacin that’s in there – lowers cholesterol, which lowers the risk of heart attack and coronary disease.
So there you go. Eating bacon might help you live longer. You’re welcome. (Food Beast)
A Florida cop slapped the cuffs on a drunken dude -- because the guy slapped him after getting a free ride to his motel.
Rodney Timothy Shaw showed up at a fire station, boozed up and belligerent, and said he wanted to be taken to his sister's house. A dispatcher summoned cops to the station and they agreed to drive the man to his destination, but his sister refused to allow him inside. Shaw then asked for a ride to a motel about eight miles away, and the officer went along with the plan.
When they arrived at the motel, Shaw got out, then turned and let loose with some profanity before slapping the cop and attempting to walk away, laughing. He found it less amusing when he was taken to the county jail and charged with battery on a police officer -- a third-degree felony. (Gainesville Sun)
Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey and rich donor Salomon Melganwere charged with corruption by federal prosecutors on Wednesday for their roles in a bribery scam.
According to prosecutors, the New Jersey senator received nearly $1 million in campaign contributions and gifts in trade for using his office to help the Florida eye doctor.
The 61-year-old Menendez faces 14 criminal counts, including eight for bribery. Melgen, who is also 61, face 13 counts, including eight for bribery. (USA Today)
That New York City police detective caught in a viral video dressing down an Uber driver has been punished. He's been put on modified duty.
The punishment comes after the detective's tirade was caught on video by Uber passenger Sanjay Seth. In the clip, Patrick Cherry, a member of NYPD's Joint Terrorism Task Force, is caught yelling at the driver, shouting epithets, banging on the car and asking the driver how long he's been in the U.S.
Throughout the detective's rant, the Uber driver tries to apologize, which only seems to add more fuel to the fire.
The exchange started after the detective was trying to park his car without using his turn signal, which prompted the Uber driver to hit his horn. (USA Today)
Blog Wednesday 4/1
Because boiling water apparently takes too long ... Barilla has created a new line of pasta called Pronto that cooks in cold water. You put the dry pasta directly in cold water, and it not only cooks, but it absorbs the water so you don't even need to clean out a starchy watery pot. You can even use chicken stock for a little more added flavor. (TheStir)
Now you can get your cappuccino with a side of kale. Starbucks has started serving made-to-order smoothies, including, yes, a green smoothie with kale.
The smoothies, made with Dannon yogurt, will be available in Starbucks stores in Washington state, Oregon, Alaska, Northern California and Idaho. (Reuters)
Duck Commander the Musical -- a stage production about the family who brought us A&E's Duck Dynasty -- comes alive in Las Vegas next month.
The show features a musical score of country, gospel and pop music set to a multi-media backdrop that transports fans to Louisiana for the telling of the Robertsons' rags-to-riches story. The show opens April 15th at the Crown Theater at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino.
A Florida woman was thrown in jail last week for violating her probation after a urine sample she'd submitted turned out to be Gatorade.
Knowing there was no way she'd pass a mandatory drug test, Tabatha Coulumbe found the flavor of Gatorade which best resembled urine and tried to pass it off as a legitimate urine sample. Coulumbe, who was on probation for a 2013 animal cruelty charge, was arrested after her probation officer questioned her about the unusual color of her sample and the strange test results.
A real urine sample later tested positive for amphetamines. (The Smoking Gun)
A French man is in a boat load of trouble after calling emergency crews out to help him administer CPR -- to a rubber boat he was trying to bring back to "life."
The 22-year-old, whose name was not released, had been performing CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the rubber dinghy for several minutes before he decided to dial an emergency number for backup. The dude, who was described as "highly intoxicated," insisted there was a man inside who "isn't moving, doesn't reply and must be saved," but when cops arrived, they found him blowing frantically into the blow-up valve of the craft itself.
The officers canceled the call to fire crews and took the man into custody, placing him in the station's drunk tank. (New York Daily News)
Girls at a middle school in Oregon are feeling really great about themselves – and it's due in part to a couple of their classmates who are showing them how beautiful they are.
Avery Burn and Genae Vanek are 7th graders at Rock Creek Middle School in Happy Valley, Oregon. And while it seems odd that anyone could not feel great about themselves in a town called Happy Valley, the two friends noticed that a lot of other girls were struggling with low self-esteem and issued with body image.
So Avery and Genae started the Love My Reflection campaign. With the help of a local beauty salon, they handed out 100 compact mirrors, each one with a personal message reminding girls that they're beautiful, smart, unique and awesome. The girls wrote on theLove My Reflection website, "Love My Reflection is a project based on the belief that beauty doesn't come in a size or shape and that all girls have the right to feel beautiful, confident, strong, and amazing."
And it appears to be working. Everyone wants the mirrors and they say girls are doing a lot more smiling and are feeling more confident. They've even been contacted by other schools in the area who want to get involved with Love My Reflection. (People)
Google Maps recently unveiled a feature that allows users to play “Pac-Man” in almost every city in the world.
Just open Google Maps and the satellite view at the bottom left of your screen. Then click the little Pac-Man icon.
Google will analyze your surroundings and use the roads to create the game board.
If your location isn’t suitable for play, Google will allow you to select a new area – or click “I’m Feeling Lucky” to be transported to a random area.
As if you needed another diversion to waste your time on at work. (TheNextWeb)
In the men’s bathroom of a Chinese restaurant in the city of Taiyuan, the owners have lined up a bunch of mannequins wearing lingerie on the wall above the urinals.
That’s right. While you’re taking care of your business, these lovely “ladies” are staring at you. And, maybe judging you?
The restaurant has received complaints from customers about suffering stage fright. (Coed)
Well, here’s one of the most frustrating things you’ll hear today …
Nutrition experts are now saying that obsessively eating healthy can be an eating disorder.
If you eat like garbage, they’re angry. If you eat healthy, they’re angry. You just can’t win.
Health officials actually have a name for this “disorder,” calling it orthorexia nervosa.
It seems the current wave of clean eating diets, such as Paleo and raw food, are causing people to take things too far, and making people exhibit obsessive-compulsive tendencies. (Uproxx)
If you’re a heavy drinker, you might know that you’re leaning on your liver to keep you healthy as your liver works non-stop to filter toxins out of your blood.
Researchers have known for a while that having three drinks per day increases your risk of getting tumors in your liver in a big way.
But luckily, a new study says you can do something about this – and it’s probably something you’re already doing … chugging coffee.
Drinking coffee may help protect your liver from the effects of all that booze you’re drinking.
The scientists want to study this more and still recommend that guys stick to two drinks per day.
But in the meantime, reach for a little more coffee. Other than giving you the jitters, it can’t do too much harm. (MedicalDaily)
Let's hope this is an April Fools' joke, because a selfie shoe can't be real ... can it?
Apparently, shoe company Miz Mooz has created a pair of women's heels that has a portal in the toe to stick your iPhone in. There's even a button inside the shoe that you can hit with your toe to capture the image. You better do yoga, though – because you're going to have to get your leg pretty high up in the air to get the perfect pic.
You can pre-order your pair on Thursday for $199. Say cheese ... or, rather, toe cheese! (Glamour)
Blog Tuesday 3/31
Whoopi Goldberg, the co-host of The View, is sharing her views on the use of medical marijuana -- something she's become a big advocate for.
In a new interview with High Times magazine, the comedian and noted pot-user says she mostly smokes these days to help her glaucoma. She says, "I had just been smoking a long time before the glaucoma -- and for the fun of it." After she was diagnosed with the eye disorder, she says “What I did notice was that there were fewer headaches. Didn’t take me long to see there might be a correlation. Almost all my use nowadays is medical.”
Whoopi says she doesn't see any reason why kids who are battling medical problems shouldn't be able to benefit from the affects of medical marijuana. She argues, "What about the children? These parents are being treated like criminals -- because, as a last resort and after much research, they’ve decided that cannabis may help their kid. They know they may face jail time, but these are their kids, and they will do everything they can to bring peace to the convulsions or calm after the chemotherapy." (Page Six)
Comedy Central is expected to announce today that South African comedian Trevor Noah will take over for Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show -- according to the New York Times.
The 31-year-old comedian, who has made a few appearances on The Daily Show as a contributor, had previously been mentioned as a possible front-runner to replace Stewart who will leave the show later this year. Noah, who is currently on a comedy tour in Dubai, says he couldn't believe it when he found out about his new gig. He says, "You don’t believe it for the first few hours. You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you can’t really get alcohol."
Noah's predecessor and current host Stewart released a statement saying, "I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.” He adds that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it."
Narcotics officers in an Indonesian town recently collected more than three tons of marijuana and decided that the best way to discard it was to burn it.
Authorities, wearing protective masks, built a huge bonfire and tossed in the entire stockpile of weed. But as you might expect, the fire sent out huge clouds of smoke -- the likes which haven't been seen since The Grateful Dead's 1977 tour -- and nearby residents reported getting high. Some complained of dizziness and headaches.
Officials informed residents that the smoke inhalation would not lead to any long-term health problems. Just a mad craving for Chalupas and Funyons. Police also disposed of large amounts of ecstasy and crystal meth, but did it without burning them. (UPI)
A Florida cop wiped the smile off a drunk's face by cuffing him after he jumped on her hood while naked and snapped the wipers off the windshield!
Officers were initially summoned by a witness who complained that Antuan Anderson was rolling around on the sidewalk with no clothes on, causing a scene. When the deputy pulled up, Anderson hopped on the car and pulled the wipers off, shouting, “I’m famous now look at what I did.”
After subduing the 32-year-old, cops surveyed the extent of his rampage, which included pulling a stop sign out of the ground, breaking the mailboxes of several homes and leveling a basketball hoop. It's gonna take a lot of work to wipe the slate clean after that! (TC Palm)
For the rest of March Madness, Hooters is serving their wings wrapped in bacon and then smothered in their signature Daytona sauce.
From now until the Championship Game on April 6th, they’re offering a special “Courtside Eats” menu that includes the bacon wrapped wings, as well as beer cheese and pretzels, and Porky’s Revenge, a half-pound hot dog smothered in Hooters chili, shredded cheeses, and fresh jalapenos. (BroBible)
If you’re trying to eat healthier, life just got a lot easier for you, thanks to the government and Frito-Lay.
When the Obama administration introduced new nutrition guidelines last year, the goal was to limit the amount of junk food accessible at schools.
Frito-Lay, famous for their delicious junk food, took a look at the guidelines and fixed their Flamin’ Hot Cheetos recipe, cutting fat and salt and adding in whole grains.
And, wonder of wonders, because of the changes, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos are no longer considered to be junk food and can legally be sold in schools. (Uproxx)
Through the years, the NFL has had problems with players getting arrested – and the arrests have been ugly.
Drunk driving is ugly. Domestic abuse is ugly. Right now, Aaron Hernandez is on trial for murder. That’s as ugly as it gets.
Well, New Orleans Saints cornerback Brian Dixon was busted and booked in Miami – mug shot and all – for something a little less serious.
He was arrested for riding a moped.
Unfortunately for Dixon, mopeds aren’t permitted on the streets of Miami.
And when Dixon questioned the officers about why he couldn’t ride the moped, maybe a little too forcefully, he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest.
He posted a $1,000 bond and is now free to do whatever he wants – except ride a moped on the streets of Miami and yell at cops. (DailyMail)
When Dayna Rumfelt’s marriage ended after eight years, she knew she wanted to get rid of her wedding dress. But she didn’t want to just get it out of her sight. She wanted something more symbolic. So, she set out to destroy it.
In a seven-month odyssey she dragged it through the mud, jumped in a lake wearing it and played paintball in it … before burning it in a giant bonfire.
“I felt such a sense of relief watching it burn,” Rumfelt said. “Almost all my negative energy had transferred to the dress over time, and it had made me so sad to see it. I slept really well the night of the bonfire. The dress just had to go.” (Yahoo)
This is awesome ... some real-life "Golden Girls" at the Pleasant Pointe assisted living home in Ohio bared (almost) all in a calendar to raise money for charity. This calendar isn't about humor – it's about sexy 80- and 90-year-old women showing their stuff and raising money for kids in need.
For $12 you can see 98-year-old Miss January in her birthday suit, holding a medicine ball that covers all her unmentionables, while 88-year-old Miss March is wearing just a green top hat and a smile. These women prove you can be sexy at any age! You can order a calendar here. (Ohio.com)
The big new movies out on video this week all got critical raves, though they had varying degrees of success at the box office.
Benedict Cumberbatch plays genius mathematician Alan Turing in the World War 2 bio-pic The Imitation Game. Turing invented a machine that cracked the Nazis' Enigma code, but his homosexuality led to many personal issues in a far less tolerant time. Keira Knightley co-stars.
Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastainas space explorers who use a wormhole to discover worlds light years from Earth.
In Wild, Reese Witherspoon is a woman who decides to leave behind a pattern of self-destructive behavior and embark on a thousand-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail.Laura Dern and former child star Gaby Hoffman co-star.
TV that's new to video includes the fifth season of Lovejoy, the third season of Veep and the first season of Silicon Valley.
Blog Monday 3/30
In Michigan, a 58-year-old man saw some warm brownies on the kitchen counter and dug in.
Unfortunately, the brownies ended up giving him stroke-like symptoms because they were pot brownies, baked by his 17-year-old daughter.
First responders arrived on the scene and brought him to a hospital.
It was there that he learned his daughter made the dessert from marijuana that she “got from a friend.”
The good news is the guy was released from the hospital and will recover fully.
The bad news is his daughter will probably face criminal charges for the weed. (USAToday)
A hacker tweaked Tinder in such a way that made hundreds of men think they were talking to women – when, in fact, they were really talking with each other.
The programmer wrote code that identified two men who “liked" one of his fake female profiles and matched them to each other.
The messages the guys wrote – some aggressive, others boring, but all of them flirting – were sent back and forth to one another through the dummy profile.
Once they figured out what was going on, some of the guys were angry, others were confused, and still others appreciated the humor of it. (DailyMail)
According to a new study, sleeping for more than eight hours a night is linked to an increased death rate.
Researchers put study participants into three groups: those who slept six hours a night, those who slept between six and eight hours and those who slept for more than eight hours.
The mortality rate of the six-hour group was 12% higher than the eight-hour group.
But it was those who slept more than eight hours who were most likely to die, with a 30% higher mortality rate than those who slept between six and eight hours.
This makes sleeping more than eight hours a night just as dangerous as drinking an excessive amount of alcohol on a daily basis. (BBC)
Harrison Ford is out of the hospital and finally back home after spending three weeks in the hospital recovering from the injuries he sustained in his March 5th plane crash.
The 72-year-old actor landed in UCLA Medical Center after crashing-landing his vintage World War II plane on a golf course. He suffered a large laceration on his head, a broken pelvis and a broken ankle. (People)
Hugh Jackman will don his adamantium claws just one more time.
The actor says the next time he plays Wolverine will be his last. He broke the news Saturday by posting an Instagram picture of the superhero’s claws along with the caption, “WOLVERINE…ONE LAST TIME. HJ.”
Hugh has portrayed the Marvel character in seven movies beginning in 2000. His final appearance is expected to be in the sequel to The Wolverine, which hits theaters in March 2017. (Gossip Cop)
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The Final Four is now set after Michigan State beat Louisville in overtime 76-70 and Duke crushed Gonzaga 66-52 on Sunday.
On Saturday, Wisconsin did away with Arizona 85-78 and Kentucky held off Notre Dame 68-66.
So, on Saturday Duke will play Michigan State followed by Kentucky facing Wisconsin.
As we anticipate the big games, let's take a quick look at how the Final Four teams advanced.
On Saturday, Wisconsin was led by Sam Dekker, who nailed five of the Badgers' 10 three-pointers in the second half. Dekker had a career high of 27 points, while Frank Kamisky scored 29 for Wisconsin.
It’s a dream come true … you can now live in the mall. Online shopping has forced more and more malls to close their doors. But one mall has gotten a second life … as an apartment complex.
The upper floors of the Westminster Arcade in Providence, Rhode Island, have been converted into micro lofts. There are 38 units with rent starting at $550 a month. These units are very small – ranging from 225 to 300 square feet. But there’s already a waiting list. (Redbook)
Blog Friday 3/27
Miranda Lambert has been asked to autograph some interesting things. Perhaps the most unusual is a prosthetic leg with her picture on it.
The artificial leg belongs to nine-year-old Kalyn Squires, who's been a double amputee since she was an infant because of a congenital disorder. Kalyn met Miranda at a show in Mississippi. Ran not only signed her leg, but gave her some other signed goodies.
Miranda isn't the only star to get the honor of having a picture on Kalyn's leg -- she has a picture of Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan on her other leg. (WSMV-TV)
Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, is set to unveil a new extreme food for 2015 – deep-fried nachos on a stick.
This stick of beef will be smothered with refried beans, rolled up in Dorito crumbs, and then deep-fried to perfection.
Once this taste explosion is pulled from the grease, it will be smothered in cheese and sour cream.
Willie's Reserve -- a connoisseur brand of weed developed by Willie Nelson and his family -- as well as their own pot store, is coming to states where the sale of marijuana is legal.
The stores will not only sell Willie's brand, but also strains developed by other growers as long as they meet his discriminating environmental standards. The stores, which will also carry branded bongs, will launch sometime next year. (The Daily Beast)
Jana Kramer and her football-player fiancé, Michael Caussin, met in the most modern of ways -- on Twitter.
First Michael started following her on the social media site. Jana thought he was pretty cute, so she followed him back. The rest as they say is history.
Jana Kramer says after she followed him on Twitter, their relationship began. he direct messaged me. Then I finally gave him my number because my manager is also on my Twitter. She was can you just give him your number already because your blowing up my phone with y'alls messages."
The couple started dating in August and got engaged on her birthday in December. There's no word yet on a wedding date.
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There can be no denying that Taylor Swift is really into Calvin Harris.
For the second time in as many nights, the musicians were arm-in-arm. The Twitterverse exploded with photos from Nashville of the couple enjoying a Kenny Chesney concert. Taylor snuggled with Calvin as he brought in her close by wrapping his left arm around her waist.
A source confirmed (quote) “Yes, there is a spark there, but she's not an easy sell these days. She's seeing what kind of guy he really is. She makes guys work for it. At this point, he is still chasing her.” (Beautiful Ballad)