Archive for ‘Life’

2011/03/04

Gaddafi Has Mariah Carey ‘Embarrassed’

Now that revelations about the multi-million dollar paychecks the A-list celebrities were cashing from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s kids, publicists are working overtime.

Mariah Carey turns 41 this month but still hopes to play the bimbo card of 20 years – and 60 pounds – ago.

“I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for,” Carey said in a statement undoubtedly written by one of many celebrity publicists that were working overtime this week. “I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”

Beyoncé is likewise playing us for fools when she blames “a third-party promoter” for booking her for the 5-song, $2 million New Years gig with the Gaddafis.

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2011/03/03

Puppy Survives Two Euthanasia Tries

A puppy that survived two attempts to euthanize it now has hundreds of people hoping to adopt him.

The puppy was one of five stray dogs that a Sulphur, Oklahoma animal control officer euthanized last week – or so he thought. The officer found the puppy alive the following day inside a trash bin set aside for dead animals.

“He was prancing around. He heard me drive up, and he looked up and saw me,” the officer, Scott Prall, said yesterday.

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2011/03/01

Whatever Happened To Pickpocketing?

Pickpocketing in America was once a proud criminal tradition, rich with drama, celebrated in the culture, singular enough that its practitioners developed a whole lexicon to describe its intricacies. Those days appear to be over.

“Pickpocketing is more or less dead in this country,” says Harvard economist Edward Glaeser, whose new book Triumph of the City, deals at length with urban crime trends.

Marcus Felson, a criminologist at Texas State University who has spent decades studying low-level crime, calls pickpocketing a “lost art.” Last year, a New York City subway detective told the Daily News that the only pickpockets left working the trains anymore were middle-aged or older, and even those are few and far between.

“You don’t find young picks anymore,” the cop told the paper. “It’s going to die out.”

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2011/02/23

Hey, Hey, We’re (Most Of) The Monkees

Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, will reunite for a series of 10 gigs in the UK this May. Stops include in Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Cardiff, Birmingham, and one at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The band, best known for “The Monkees” television show that launched them in 1966, had nine top 40 hits including Daydream BelieverI’m a Believer and Last Train to Clarksville.

Critics initially slammed the manufactured nature of the band, with The Byrds going so far as to mock them in their single So You Want to be a Rock ’n’ Roll Star.

While John Lennon dismissed them as “the Marx Brothers of Rock,” in 1967, The Monkees outsold both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined.

The fourth original band member, Mike Nesmith, is not participating because he, apparently, still has hopes of being taken seriously as a musician.

2011/02/23

For Colds, Zinc May Beat Chicken Soup

Medical research on zinc shows that cold sufferers probably have a better option than just tissue and chicken soup, according to a new review of research that has been done on the connection between zinc and the common cold.

Taken within 24 hours from the onset of symptoms, zinc lozenges, tablets or syrups can cut colds short by an average of a day or more and sharply reduce the severity of symptoms, according to the review’s authors.

Among the studies cited was a 2008 report in The Journal of Infectious Diseases that found zinc lozenges cut the duration of colds from seven days to four, and reduced coughing from five days to two.

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2011/02/23

Party Dog

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2011/02/18

Chinese Micro-Bloggers Rescue Toddler


The six-year-old climbed out of the car and the crowd in the town of Qianjiang swept forward to see him. His grandfather picked him up, hugged him tight and wept.

Peng Wenle’s story has gripped many in China, the tale of a boy kidnapped three years ago, and returned to his family last week, thanks to Twitter-like micro-blogs.

Security cameras filmed the kidnap, a man carrying the boy away in the night. Despite the video evidence the police could not find Wenle.

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2011/02/18

Picasso To Go Through Israeli Checkpoints

A joint initiative between the West Bank’s International Art Academy Palestine and the Netherlands’ Van Abbe Museum hopes to bring a Pablo Picasso masterpiece to Ramallah for public display in April.

It is believed to be the first time a Picasso masterpiece will go on display in the Palestinian territories, the BBC said.

What began as a simple request to the Dutch museum to borrow Picasso’s ‘Buste de Femme’ (1943) became an “elaborate research on procedure,” organizers said, including re-examination of international business agreements, the Oslo Accords and the context of the Palestinian art scene.

“This all works to highlight the abnormality of the Palestinian reality,” the organizers said in a statement.

The project is also being filmed as part of a documentary.

Complete article via Ma’an News Agency

2011/02/17

Doctors Discover Knife In Man’s Brain – Had Been There 4 Years!

A man who went to the doctor complaining of a headache was shocked to discover that a 4-inch knife blade had been stuck in his brain for over four years.

Li Fu from Yunnan Province, China, was stabbed during a robbery in 2006. Doctors who treated him failed to notice the knife buried deep in the 37-year-old’s skull.

Incredibly, it wasn’t until Li visited the doctor last month to complain of continuous migraines that doctors finally made the grim discovery after a routine X-ray.

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2011/02/16

Intellectual History Of Sports Illustrated

In a 2005 column, Bryan Curtis argued that “Sports Illustrated helped create the sex-sports nexus, by bringing the supermodels directly to the fans.” The entire column is reprinted below.

When you spot the supermodel Carolyn Murphy in repose on the cover of the new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, the first unseemly thought that crosses your mind is: “What is Carolyn thinking?” OK, maybe not. But—no groans, please—that’s the question we’re here to answer today. In its 41 years on newsstands, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has been hailed as the arbiter of supermodel succession (Tiegs to Porizkova, Macpherson to Ireland) and as a commercial juggernaut ($35 million in ad sales this year). But it has yet to be celebrated as a magazine with the kind of sophisticated intellectual framework of, say, the Partisan Review. We plan on advancing that argument, just as soon as we finish ogling Carolyn Murphy.

Complete article via Slate

(If you just want to see a big photo of this year’s swimsuit cover model, Irina Sheik, click here.)

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2011/02/15

McWeddings Now On Hong Kong Menu

Blushing brides can now celebrate their big day with a Big Mac at their very own McWedding as wedding ceremonies are now on the menu at McDonald’s in Hong Kong, complete with apple pie wedding cakes, dresses made of party balloons and a McDonald’s buffet.

Couples tying the knot at the fast food chain will be most likely waiting in line with Ronald McDonald than walking down the aisle, as the restaurant will remain open as usual.

Wedding toasts will be alcohol free – it’s banned in the restaurants. Perhaps a chocolate shake will suffice.

2011/02/15

That’s All – Brazil’s Ronaldo To Retire


Three-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldo Nazario – simply Ronaldo to millions of fans in Brazil – confirmed his retirement on Monday at the age of 34.

The goal scoring genius who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title announced his decision at a press conference in Sao Paulo.

“I’m stopping my career as a professional footballer,” he said, his voice breaking. “It’s been a beautiful, emotional, marvelous career.

“These last two years, I’ve had a long series of injuries, from one side to the other, one leg to the other, one muscle to the other. The pain pushed me to think about the end of my career.”

2011/02/14

At Grammys, Lady Gaga Is A Laid Egg


At the 2011 Grammy Awards, Lady Gaga went meatless, instead arriving in a giant egg hoisted by topless go-go boy toys.

Kelly Osbourne tweeted: “You will not believe your eyes when you see how @ladygaga showed up to the Grammys.”

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2011/02/14

Painful…But Weirdly Fascinating

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2011/02/13

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away


Malaysia’s government is stepping up its campaign to stop Muslims from celebrating Valentine’s Day, saying it encourages immorality. As part of a publicity campaign called “Mind the Valentine’s Day Trap,” leaflets have been distributed to Muslim university students urging them to avoid Monday’s celebration.

The anti-Valentine’s Day campaign by the country’s Islamic authorities goes back to a fatwa issued in 2005.

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2011/02/12

I Knew Her When She Was Little… :)

Introducing the hottest new sensation in the US today, Christina Rinaldo.

I got her her first spotlight when she was like 7 years old. I’m so proud of her (and of her great sisters and brother, too)! PLEASE PUT THIS VID ON YOUR FB PAGE! Thanks!


Never Kiss N Tell Broms featuring Christina Rinaldo
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2011/02/11

How SEO Makes You Stoopid

The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage. But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published this week: “Chelsy Davy & Prince Harry: So Happy Together?”

The two-sentence article was just a vehicle for a slide show of photographs of the couple and included no actual news. But “Chelsy Davy” was one of the top searches on Google that day, and soon after the article was published it became one of the first links that popped up in Google’s search results.

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2011/02/11

Deaf Dog Learns Sign Language

A dog who couldn’t hear has learned some sign language thanks to inmates at a U.S. prison and children at a school for the deaf.

Inmates at a Missouri prison trained the deaf dachshund named Sparky in sign language and then asked the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton to take him in.

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