Sep 26, 2012

Man Doesn't Use Cell Phone for a Day

(CNN) - There are approximately 331 million cell phone users in the United States. But one day last week, there was one less: Me.

My CNN editors asked me to participate in an experiment where I won't use my cell phone for one whole day. I thought: How hard could it be? (story)
Following the publication of this story, thousands of parents called CNN volunteering their teenagers to write a similar article.

Ann Romney Appears on Leno

(Washington Post) - Ann Romney, wife of Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, made her first late night show appearance Tuesday night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". She says she hopes Americans will put prejudices aside to elect the first Mormon president. (story)

She also hopes Americans will keep some of their prejudices and not reelect a black president.

Sep 4, 2012

Russell Crowe Saved by Coast Guard

(E News) - Russell Crowe knows a thing or two about saving the day onscreen, but it was the Gladiatorstar who needed a little rescuing over the weekend. The 48-year-old was bailed out by the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday after he and a friend got lost while kayaking off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., according to authorities. (story)
Crowe says he wasn't confused, just method acting for a sequel to A Beautiful Mind.

Aug 29, 2012

Ann Romney Promotes Mitt Romney

(San Francisco Chronicle) - Hours after a roll-call of states confirming that Romney won the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination, Ann Romney urged voters to “get to know” her husband and told them, “You can trust Mitt.”

“You may not agree with Mitt’s positions on issues or his politics,” Ann Romney said in a nationally broadcast speech on the first full day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. (story)

"To be honest, sometimes Mitt doesn't agree with his own issues or politics," Ann continued.

Aug 27, 2012

New Study On Sleepwalking

(NPR) - Alon Avidan, director of the University of California, Los Angeles, Sleep Disorder Center, is a neurologist who studies sleepwalking. "We do not understand the reason why people sleepwalk," he says. (story)
Researchers Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia have suggested people sleepwalk in order to into the Sundance Film Festival.

Aug 21, 2012

"The Office" to End in 2013

(Reuters) - Award-winning comedy "The Office" will end its run on U.S. television in 2013 after eight years as part of a "creative decision" caused by the departures of several key cast members, executive producer Greg Daniels said on Tuesday. (story)
Mitt Romney and Republicans have pointed out this is one more American office closing under Obama's watch.

Aug 16, 2012

Galaxy Creating Stars at Record Pace

(TG Daily) - Astronomers have identified an "extraordinary" galaxy cluster which scientists describe as one of largest objects in the universe.


Interestingly, stars are forming in the Phoenix cluster at the highest rate ever observed for the middle of a galaxy cluster. (story)
The star forming galaxy is in stark contrast to the TV show American Idol, which hasn't formed a star in years.

Aug 15, 2012

Anti-Jewish Leader Discovers He's Jewish

(NPR) - One of the leaders of Hungary's Jobbik Party, which the Anti-Defamation League says is one of the few political parties in Europe to overtly campaign with anti-Semitic materials, has discovered that he is himself a Jew. (story)
In a related story, Paul Ryan has discovered that he himself receives Medicaid.

Aug 14, 2012

Largest Python Ever Found

(Business Week) - A 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python found in the Florida Everglades set a state record for both its size and the 87 eggs the snake was carrying, according to an official at the national park. (story)
Because it was housing and developing 87 snakes, the python was nicknamed "The U.S. Senate."

Jul 26, 2012

15 Lb Lobster Set Free By Governor

(Washington Post) -  A 15-pound lobster facing a sentence of lunch has received a pardon from Connecticut’s governor. (story)
After the decision, a 14 pound lobster in the same tank cursed the day he started Weight Watchers.

Jul 25, 2012

Sherman Hemsley Dies

(Philadelphia Inquirer) - Sherman Hemsley, 74, a onetime mail sorter from South Philadelphia who moved on up to the East Side of New York as George Jefferson in a celebrated 1970s sitcom, died yesterday at his home in El Paso, Texas. (story)
Doctors report that just before his death, Hemsley was feeling a little wheezy.

Jul 16, 2012

Microsoft, NBC split MSNBC

(NPR) - Microsoft is pulling out of the joint venture that owned MSNBC.com, freeing the world's largest software maker to build its own online news service. (story)
Building off his history of providing helpful advice, Microsoft's new service will be anchored by Binky the Paperclip.

Jul 9, 2012

New Luxury Floating Island

(CNN) - Do you crave the seclusion of your own private island, but hate being tied down in one place? If so, an Austrian firm has developed the solution to your troubles -- a man-made floating "island", complete with two small diesel engines for whenever you fancy a change of scenery.


The oval-shaped "Orsos Island" has been designed to combine the mobility of a yacht with the comfort of a house. (story)
The floating house/yacht was inspired by the hit movies "Titanic" and "The Towering Inferno."

Jul 5, 2012

San Diego Fireworks Show Explodes At Once

(LA Times) - One of the largest Fourth of July fireworks shows in the nation was ruined in San Diego Wednesday after a glitch caused all the pyrotechnics to ignite all at once.  The pyrotechnics are launched from five barges in the San Diego Bay, and this year's show – the 12th annual spectacle – was advertised by the port as being "bigger and more intense than in past years"  (story)
Given the fireworks show was 12 years old, it makes since as it began its teenage years it would experience a pre-mature explosion.

Jun 27, 2012

Dementia and Nursing Homes Complicate Relationships

(NPR) - Although no law forbids intimate relationships between people with dementia in nursing homes, staff and family members often discourage residents from expressing their sexuality, says a recent report in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (story)
At last, a man finally has a legitimate excuse for forgetting his anniversary.