Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Taylor Swift is the highest-ranking country star on Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful celebrities. The financial publication determined rankings based on the celebrities' pre-tax earnings between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, as well as media visibility and presence on Facebook and Twitter. Swift placed 12th on the list, followed by Miley Cyrus at No. 13, Kenny Chesney at No. 54, Rascal Flatts at No. 62, Toby Keith at No. 67 and Keith Urban at No. 76. Oprah Winfrey topped the list with earnings of $315 million and a No. 1 ranking in TV/radio.(CMT.com news)
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Experts at Ancestry.com found that Pattinson and Vlad III Dracula are connected through their relationship to the British royal family.
While Prince William and Prince Harry are Pattinson’s distant cousins, Vlad the Impaler was their distant uncle, reports News.com.au.
“Tracing Pattinson’s family back to Vlad was difficult research, but the pieces that unraveled created the perfect accompaniment to the Twilight Saga,” Anastasia Tyler, a genealogist, said.
“Without any myth or magic, we find royalty and vampires lurking in Pattinson’s life – making his story just as supernatural as the one he’s playing on screen,” Tyler added. (freshnews.com)
10 am. to noon: Costumed characters from Nick Jr.'s "Go, Diego, Go!" children's TV show, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
11 a.m.: Grand opening ceremony at The Village Green Stage
Noon to 3 p.m.: Meet John Schneider, The Village Green Stage
4 to 5 p.m. Summer fashions show featuring clothing and accessories from The Village's retailers, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
10 am. to noon: Costumed characters from Nick Jr.'s "Go, Diego, Go!" at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
5 to 7 p.m.: The Trailer Choir, an American country music group, at The Village Green Stage
9 p.m.: laser light show, The Village Green Stage
10 a.m. to noon: Costumed characters from Nick Jr.'s "Go, Diego, Go!" at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Reptile World Show in the mall near Claire's
noon to 3 p.m.: Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, former Redskins Dave Butz and Dexter Manley, and the Washington Redskin Cheerleaders, mall center court
1 to 5 p.m.: Cartoon Network's Move It Movement Tour aimed at 6- to 14-year-olds, north parking lot near MichaelsJuly 10
11 a.m. to noon: Buzzy & Blinky's Kids Club Hour With Ridemakerz, near Buzzy's Play Park
2 to 6 p.m., "Top Chef" contestants, Le Gourmet Chef in the mall
Beginning June 17, Music on the Green will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through July on the Village Green near Bravo! Cucina Italiana.
Some details of scheduled events, particularly the "Top Chefs" event and bands in the concert series, may change. For updates, check at the mall's customer service center.
In addition to the scheduled events, there will also be an autograph and photo session in July with Peter Facinelli, who played Dr Carlisle Cullen in the "Twilight" movies and Dr. Fitch Cooper on "Nurse Jackie." The date and time will be announced soon.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
The tapes were in a warehouse full of Michael Jackson's belongings that went up for auction after Joe Jackson failed to pay a storage bill.
Mann says most of them were performances from a variety series the Jacksons did for CBS in 1975.
And he says that the Jacksons were between record contracts at the time, which means they're his and he can do whatever he wants with them.
But an attorney for Michael's estate says those songs are Michael's intellectual property, and thus they belong to the estate. He plans to sue Mann if he releases them.
I guess there are WAY more people than we realized who don't like the guv'ment comin' on their property askin' them all sorta personal questions 'n such.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, since May 1st, when census takers started going door-to-door . . . 409 of them have been ATTACKED.
About 48 million U.S. residents . . . or about one out of every six people . . . didn't fill out and mail in their census forms. So more than 635,000 Census takers have been going door-to-door trying to count them. Of the 409 incidents . . .
--132 people have pulled a weapon.
--88 have taken a swing at the census counter.
--24 have sic'ed their dogs or other animals.
--12 have fired gunshots.
--And 12 have KIDNAPPED and held the census taker against his will.
The Census Bureau doesn't speculate WHY people attacked its counters . . . so we don't know if the attacks were by illegals afraid to be counted, people who don't want the government knowing their personal info, or people with other reasons.
They did say that this isn't a new phenomenon . . . every 10 years, when they do a full census and send counters around, there are a small number of attacks.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
If you're the kind of person who carries around a LUCKY CHARM, congratulations: There's now scientific evidence that shows you DON'T deserve to be mocked incessantly. In fact . . . keep on carting that moon rock or rabbit's foot around.
A study at the University of Cologne in Germany found that people who are superstitious actually DO perform better on tasks and tests than people who aren't.
The researchers ran several different tests, and each one finished with the same result: The superstitious people ruled.
In one test, the researchers had people on a putting green. They told half the people they were getting a ball that had been lucky all day, and told the other half "this is the ball everyone has used so far."
The people who were told they had a lucky ball made an average of 6.42 putts out of 10 . . . the other people made an average of 4.75 out of 10.
In another test, they took people who had lucky charms and brought them into a room. Half of the people had their charms taken away to, quote, "be photographed" . . . the other half got to keep their lucky charms with them.
Then, all of the people played a memory game. The people who got to keep their lucky charms performed MUCH better than the people who didn't.
The researchers say the effect happens because superstitions about luck actually give people more confidence . . . help them set higher goals . . . and actually encourage them to work harder.
(the guardian, UK)
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Have you heard the story about the woman who left her DOGS more money in her will than her son? If not, here's what you need to know:
In March, 67-year-old Gail Posner died from cancer. And when her only child, 46-year-old Bret Carr, finally got a look at the will, he was shocked to find out his mom had decided to leave three times more money to her dogs than to him.
We're not dealing with small amounts of money here. Gail left $3 MILLION to her DOGS . . . and $1 MILLION to Bret. But it gets worse: She left another $26 MILLION to her bodyguards, maids, and personal trainer.
Gail got her fortune from her father, Victor Posner, who was a real estate mogul. He died from pneumonia in 2002.
-So now, Bret has decided to SUE to overturn his mom's will. He says she MUST have been tricked by her staff to leave them . . . and the dogs . . . so much money.
According to Bret, quote, "She never would've done that unless she was under extreme influence."
His claim to the money isn't rock solid, though . . . he had an on-again, off-again relationship with his mom while she battled with addictions to drugs and alcohol.
As for the $3 MILLION dogs, they're two Chihuahuas that wear Cartier collars and dog clothing . . . so they'll probably need that money to keep living the lifestyle they've grown accustomed to. (???)
And actually, this isn't the first time the Posner family has freaked out over a will, either. When Victor died in 2002, he willed his money to his former girlfriend instead of his children. They sued and eventually got a $14 MILLION settlement.
This is strange . . . but probably a pretty useful trick if you're going swimming in a place that's known for jellyfish. If you want to avoid getting stung, try putting on PANTYHOSE.
Most jellyfish have very short stingers that can't even get through the mesh of the pantyhose. And ones with longer stingers usually don't sting unless they're triggered by contact with skin . . . and the pantyhose prevent that too.
So what about our upper body? I guess a gurdle would suffice...sure will look funny...OR start a new trend!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
At this point, there's not a donkey show in the world that could get me to visit Mexico. I just feel like all us gringos are getting kidnapped the second we step across the border.
Well . . . the Mexican government HATES that we're all scared to travel there, and they decided to do something about it. So they took a group of 13 reporters on a tour of southwest Mexico to prove just how safe and tourist-friendly the country is.
And . . . the reporters were promptly KIDNAPPED.
Surprisingly enough, the kidnappers weren't drug lords . . . they were MACHETE-WIELDING Nahua Indians, who are in a serious territorial war with other indigenous groups over land all over the country.
A group of 15 people who were filming a beer commercial for Corona were also kidnapped by the Nahua.
Fortunately, all 28 people were released after the Nahua questioned them and decided they weren't a threat . . . but the Nahua refused to give back their cameras and other equipment.
The U.S. State Department still has a travel warning reminding all of us to be very careful when we travel to Mexico . . . especially the most dangerous areas like the southwest.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
A company in Hong Kong is now selling the first fully-functional LIGHT SABER. But they're NOT toys to play with at a "Star Wars" convention. These light sabers are REAL WEAPONS.
The company is called Wicked Lasers, and their light saber is called the Spyder 3 Pro Arctic. The laser beam that shoots out isn't thick like in "Star Wars", but it's just as DANGEROUS. Here are some of the warnings they give on their website:
The laser can BLIND someone by burning their retinas.
If it makes contact with skin, it can FRY it.
And, lasers this powerful may cause CANCER if you're exposed to them too much.
But, if you're still on board, these things sell for $197.97, plus about $30 for shipping to the U.S.
CLICK HERE NOW for the website.
Months ago a teenage girl saved her friend from choking to death using the Heimlich maneuver she saw on SpongeBob Squarpants (a cartoon on The Cartoon Network). AND NOW...he's done it again, but this time with a younger viewer.
In Washington Township, New Jersey, an eight-year-old boy saved a five-year-old boy from drowning . . . ALL thanks to "SpongeBob".
Both of the boys were with their families at a neighborhood party. The five-year-old boy, Andrew Gentile, waded into a small lake where some of the kids were swimming.
But the lake was deeper than he thought, and when his feet couldn't touch the bottom he started panicking.
Eight-year-old Reese Ronceray saw him, ran into the lake, swam over to Andrew, fished him out of the water . . . and took him to shore by wrapping one arm under his armpits, and using the other arm to swim.
And Reese learned that technique from SpongeBob, who apparently did it in an episode when he was saving a drowning friend. Once the boys were on the shore, Andrew was fine . . . he didn't need CPR, he was just shaken up.
In honor of Reese, his elementary school held "Reese Ronceray Day" this week . . . and the mayor of Washington Township is planning to give him special recognition.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Your little Princess can have lunch with America's Princess - Miss Carissa Cameron!
Between now and Monday June 28th at Noon, you need to email us the cutest pictures of their little Princess. Email to: email@example.com
If they’re dressed up like a princess, even better, but not mandatory. Girls must be between 3 and 16 years old.
We’ll take the first 50 we receive, and post them online so people can vote.
You can vote until 8AM, Monday, June 28th ,and the picture with the most votes will win the grand prize...(the winning Princess and 2 guests) join Miss
Good luck, and don't forget to wish upon a star!!!
A Man Spotted Himself . . . Randomly . . . In The Background Of His Fiancee's Childhood Disney Vacation Photo
Even though this REALLY stretches the definition of what does and doesn't qualify as "news" . . . it's an absolutely INCREDIBLE coincidence.
Alex and Donna Voutsinas are newlyweds in Boynton Beach, Florida. A few days before their wedding, they were going through their old family photos, and found one of Donna's family trip to Walt Disney World when she was just a little girl.
Alex looked at the background of the photo and spotted something incredible: A guy who looked like his FATHER.
They looked closer and realized it WAS Alex's father . . . and he was pushing a stroller with a baby ALEX in it. In other words, Alex was randomly in the background of his future wife's Disney World vacation photo.
It's even more of an incredible coincidence since Alex's family lived in Montreal, Canada, at the time, and happened to be taking a rare trip to Disney World. Once Alex was an adult he moved to Florida and met Donna at work.
-Donna says, quote, "I was glad he proposed before [we found] the picture, because I know that it was because he loves me and not because he thought it was meant to be, it was fate."
(Take a look at the photo. Donna is in the pink, posing with Smee from "Peter Pan" and her siblings. Alex's dad is the guy in the blue shirt pushing the stroller in the background) Story from NBC in Orlando.
We hate to sound like terrible local news anchors here, but this works for them, so we're going to steal it: Something in your house might be POISONING YOUR CHILDREN.
But . . . unlike the local news, we're not going to make you sit around through 21 minutes of garbage and filler to find out what the SILENT KILLER is. It's fruit drinks and snacks. You're welcome.
According to a study by a nonprofit group called the Environmental Law Foundation, more than 85% of the fruit drinks and snacks they tested contained lead.
The state of California has some of the strictest laws about chemicals in food. In California, the "safe" threshold for lead is half of a micro gram per day.
More than 85% of the products tested in this study had at least one sample containing MORE lead than that.
Now . . . before you PANIC, remember that not every sample of every product was high in lead. So if your kid's eating one serving of a "dangerous" fruit cocktail every day, he probably won't be poisoned.
But you should stay informed on which products do contain lead . . . so you can make sure your kid isn't taking down TONS on a daily basis.
CLICK HERE NOW for the products tested!!!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I don't know if I'm comfortable wearing underwear that's smarter than I am.
A team of scientists at the
The underwear's brain is in its elastic waistband. That waistband contains an electronic biosensor that measures your blood pressure, heart rate and vital signs. If you're hurt, it can even release painkillers right into your body.
The project was funded by the
Joseph Wang is the nano-engineering professor at UCSD who led the project. He says, quote, "[These] monitor the injury of soldiers. The goal is to develop minimally-invasive sensors that can locate and identify the type of injury."
Down the road, he thinks these could expand beyond the military, quote, "for remote monitoring of the elderly, alerting for any potential stroke, diabetic changes and [any] other biomedical scenario."
I wonder if they still work great after you have them long enough to wear HOLES IN THEM…if nothing else - at least it provides great air flow !
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
The special country issue of "People" magazine doesn't hit newsstands until Friday . . . but they're already promoting what's in the issue.
There's some stuff about MIRANDA LAMBERT and BLAKE SHELTON'S wedding . . . and the BROOKS & DUNN All-Star salute.
And then there's the yearly list of the hottest guys. TIM MCGRAW is on the cover as "country's hottest guy". We also found what is, supposedly, the rest of that list.
There are 25 names, and some of them are pretty obscure, so we grabbed 15 of the more familiar artists and listed them in alphabetical order. Check it out . . .
#1.) TRACE ADKINS
#2.) JASON ALDEAN
#3.) LUKE BRYAN
#4.) KRISTIAN BUSH (of Sugarland)
#5.) KENNY CHESNEY
#6.) BILLY CURRINGTON
#7.) TOBY KEITH
#8.) JOE NICHOLS
#9.) JAKE OWEN
#10.) BRAD PAISLEY
#11.) BLAKE SHELTON
This is the kind of story that makes a guy say, "Why didn't she just let go of her purse?" and makes a woman say, "I totally get it."
On Tuesday, a 22-year-old woman was walking in downtown Edinburgh, Scotland, when a car pulled up next to her. (The woman's name wasn't released.) One of the three men in the car called out to her and she walked over.
When she got close, one of the guys reached through the window and grabbed her Louis Vuitton purse. The car sped off . . . but that bag is EXPENSIVE, and the woman wasn't about to let it go that easily.
For our male listeners, Louis Vuitton bags cost anywhere from $650 to several thousand dollars.
So she held on, DRAGGING behind the car, as they tried to shake her off. When the guy holding her purse realized she wasn't going anywhere, he decided to let go.
Somehow, the woman wasn't hurt badly, but she did go to the hospital to get treated for some minor injuries.
The police haven't caught the guys in the car just yet, but they're on the lookout for big Manley cross dressers without purses.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Now it's time to feel better about ourselves by calling other people dumb! An economist named Rob Pitingolo put together this list of the 52 largest cities in the U.S., ranking them from SMARTEST to DUMBEST.
-It's not a perfect list . . . he didn't go around and actually give I.Q. tests to people in these cities . . . it's entirely based on the number of people with college degrees per square mile in each of the cities.
The smartest city turned out to be San Francisco, with 7,031 bachelor degrees and graduate degrees per square mile.
The rest of the top 10 smartest cities are: New York City . . . Boston . . . Washington, D.C. . . . Seattle . . . Chicago . . . Minneapolis . . . Providence, Rhode Island . . . Philadelphia . . . and Miami.
And the "winner" for dumbest city is . . . Oklahoma City, with 159 degrees per square mile.
The rest of the bottom 10 are: Jacksonville, Florida . . . Birmingham, Alabama . . . Louisville, Kentucky . . . Nashville, Tennessee . . . New Orleans . . . Kansas City, Missouri . . . Memphis . . . Virginia Beach . . . and Indianapolis.
At this point, we all know how dangerous it is to use our cell phones while we're driving. But since 81% of us totally IGNORE all that and still talk while we're driving . . . here are even MORE stats about why it's the most dangerous thing we all do.
According to Dr. Amy Ship . . . who works as a physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston . . . 28% of all car accidents in the U.S. are caused by someone using a cell phone while driving.
And talking on a cell phone while driving is 400% riskier than driving undistracted.
Ship also says that talking on a cell phone in the car is about as dangerous as driving while you're drunk or drugged up.
LUKE BRYAN has made "People" magazine's hottest country guys issue . . . again. He was also in it last year. Luke says he did the sexy photo shoot for the issue at a private home on the cliffs of Santa Monica, California.
"People's" hottest country guys edition comes out one week from today . . . and yes, we'll be all over it.
Is he really that hot ladies? Leave your comments below OR tell us who YOU thought should have been the hottest Country guy.
KELLIE PICKLER recorded her single, "Makin' Me Fall In Love Again", because she didn't want to be known as a man-basher. She says, quote, "When I first heard the song, that's where I was in my life, and that's where I feel like I am right now.
"So it was really cool to be able to have that positive, happy song 'cause I don't want to get the reputation of a man-basher, you know, where all I do is record songs that are about heartache, because, behind heartache, there was always once love.
"Right now, I am in that particular stage in my life, and so it's really cool to sing that song and feel it."
Friday, June 11, 2010
The Boston Consulting Group put out its annual report on wealth around the world . . . where they rank all of the countries based on their percentage of millionaires.
And the U.S. finished in seventh place. Even though we've got 4.7 million millionaire households . . . which is BY FAR the most in the world . . . that's only 4.1% of our households.
Singapore is has the most millionaires, percentage wise. It has a population of 4.7 million . . . and 11.4% of the households in Singapore are worth at least $1 MILLION.
The full top 10, based on percentage of millionaires, goes: Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, United States, Belgium, Israel, Taiwan.
The countries with the MOST millionaires, not the highest percentage, are the U.S., Japan, China, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The number of millionaire households worldwide went up by 14% last year, to 11.2 million . . . that's about where the total was before the global recession.
Less than 1% of the households worldwide are worth at least $1 MILLION . . . but those households own 38% of the world's wealth.
I probably won't drop hundreds of dollars on the new iPad, but I've gone to an Apple Store to mess around with one. And . . . well . . . after hearing this I'm NEVER going to do that again.
The "New York Daily News" secretly swabbed the iPads on display at four different Apple Stores around New York City, and found they're just CRAWLING with the diseases and bacteria of everyone who's touched them before you.
Two of the iPads had the bacteria that causes staph infections . . . two had a type of nasty YEAST . . . and two had bacteria that cause nasty rashes. So . . . if you are going to touch them . . . WASH YOUR HANDS when you're done.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This sounds really cool but totally pointless, so, obviously we're into it. On its next two shuttle missions, NASA is taking thousands of photos of Americans up to space. And, if you want your photo to be included, it's easy and it's free!
CLICK HERE NOW and upload your photo, and next time they head into space, it'll go with them. There's no scientific reason for this . . . it's not alien outreach or anything . . . it's just a way for NASA to make us feel included.
SHANIA TWAIN is now completely unshackled from her guru (slash) ex-husband MUTT LANGE. According to "People", the necessary documents were filed this week in Switzerland that finalized their divorce.
They have one son together, eight-year-old Eja. (--pronounced Asia) There's no word yet on the custody arrangements.
Shania hasn't released a statement, and I doubt she will. She's notoriously private. But her friends are yapping away to "People" . . . mostly saying Shania's still deeply involved with her studly Swiss boyfriend, FREDERIC THIEBAUD.
Shania and Frederic were together last month at the Swiss Red Cross Ball and a friend who was there said, quote, "She was radiantly happy. Her happiness certainly shone through. They are a great addition to each other's lives."
Another friend added, quote, "Shania and Fred are a couple that fit together. Things are getting really serious with Fred." (above's a photo of Shania and Fred at the Swiss Red Cross ball . . .)
Male Video of the Year - Keith Urban – " 'Til Summer Comes Around"
Female Video of the Year - Miranda Lambert – "White Liar"
Group Video of the Year - Lady Antebellum – "Need You Now"
Duo Video of the Year - Brooks & Dunn – "Indian Summer"
USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - Luke Bryan – "Do I"
Collaborative Video of the Year - Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins – "Hillbilly Bone"
CMT Performance of the Year - Carrie Underwood – "Temporary Home"
Video of the Year - Carrie Underwood – "Cowboy Casanova"
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Freeze it off! There's nothing we'd all love more than to lose a few pounds. The only problem is . . . we're also all very lazy. Which is why THIS just might be the best thing ever . . .
Last year, a handful of doctors started performing a procedure that's similar to liposuction, except it's non-surgical, and it doesn't require any recovery time.
It's called Cryolipolysis (--pronounced "CRY-OH-lie-PAHL-eh-sis"). It's a painless, non-invasive way to break down fat cells by FREEZING them off. A dermatologist named Dr. David Goldberg developed the procedure. He's tested it on 200 patients, and he says just a single three-hour "cooling" treatment can cause up to a 25% reduction of fat cells over the next two to four months.
It sounds amazing, right? But before you run out and drop $1,500 on it, there are a couple things you should know:
#1.) The FDA has NOT approved it as a fat remover. That doesn't mean you can't get it . . . it's perfectly legal if your doctor recommends it. It just means the FDA doesn't condone it.
#2.) It's NOT covered by health insurance.
Ya, I know you're thinking "no problem, I'll just buy a couple bags of ice and...". It's not that simple. There's a special process that ensures that you don't end up with frostbite or worse.
Read more about it and CLICK HERE NOW.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Tigers Pitcher Armando Galarraga would have pitched a perfect game if it weren't for the Blown Call By Umpire Jim Joyce. Armando says he's not mad that the Ump made a mistake ... he says he feels good and hopes to continue pitching well.
CLICK HERE NOW to see it!
The tenth season "Dancing with the Stars" just wrapped last week, and there's already talk on the World Wide Wasteland regarding "stars" that could be future cast members. Here's the quick rundown:
"Life and Style" magazine quotes a so-called "show insider" that says they're pursuing LINDSAY LOHAN . . . although there's no word if she's even interested.
Meanwhile, FERGIE of the BLACK EYED PEAS recently told "Inside Edition" that she would, quote, "quite like to go" on "Dancing with the Stars" . . . and JOAN RIVERS told HollywoodLife.com that she wants to do it.
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In March, a new website launched called GoTryItOn.com. Basically, it allows women to upload photos of themselves in different outfits, along with a little blurb explaining the type of event they're dressing for.
Then visitors who want to give their opinion can vote on whether the person should "wear it" or "change it." Or they can just leave a written review explaining their thoughts on the overall look.
And GoTryItOn.com isn't just for women. According to the site's operators, about 20% of the users are men.So get your fashion guru sense on and give your 2 cents, or get someone elses - CLICK HERE NOW to check it out.