Today our technology is far from perfect, and a new iPhone bug is capable of crashing the phones with just one text message. Website 9to5Mac reports the bug only travels via iPhone-to-iPhone communication. After the user revives the text, Messages will crash repeatedly, and it may force the iPhone to reboot. The string of text that causes the bug looks something like this: "effective. Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗". This isn't the first time iPhones have experienced this either, 9to5Mac noted in 2013 that certain Arabic characters could cause issues in both iOS6 and OS X 10.8. If you've been affected by the bug, Forbes suggests you can fix the issue by "having the person who pranked you send another message" or "[sending] yourself a message through Siri or your Mac." Apple has released this statement: "We are aware of an iMessage issue caused by a specific series of unicode characters and we will make a fix available in a software update." If an iPhone can be crashed with a text message, what do you think other bugs are capable of doing to our technology?
Ben & Jerry's debuted a new ice cream flavor yesterday (May 27th) called Save Our Swirled as part of its campaign to raise awareness about climate change. Every carton of Save Our Swirled, which is raspberry ice cream with marshmallow and raspberry swirls and chunks of dark and white fudge ice cream cone, has a link to sign a petition calling on world leaders to work toward 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Although Ben & Jerry's social mission activism manager told Yahoo Food there's no significance to the flavors chosen, he did note that some of its main ingredients, including vanilla from Madagascar and cocoa from Uganda, could be affected by climate change. Ben & Jerry's has done some political activism before, for instance, temporarily renaming its Chubby Hubby flavor Hubby Hubby in 2009 to support gay marriage, but this is the first time it's introduced a new flavor as part of an ongoing global campaign.
We asked Hollywood . . . politely, I might add . . . not to remake "Point Break". But they did it anyway, and it comes out on Christmas Day. They just released the first trailer yesterday.
It's the same basic premise as the 1991 original:
A hip, young FBI agent infiltrates a gang of criminals who are also extreme athletes. Along the way he starts to identify with them, and falls into a full-on BROMANCE with their leader . . . which complicates things.
The new version stars LUKE BRACEY as the FBI agent, Johnny Utah. He's an Australian actor who played the CIA operative chasing Pierce Brosnan in "The November Man". He was also Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation".
KEANU REEVES played Utah in the original.
Bodhi, the head bad guy, is played by Venezuelan actor EDGAR RAMIREZ. He was in "Zero Dark Thirty", "The Bourne Ultimatum", or "Wrath of the Titans". Bodhi was originally played by PATRICK SWAYZE.
A man from Kenya named Felix Kiprono is offering a massive dowry for Malia Obama's hand in marriage, including 70 sheep, 50 cows, and 30 goats.
Malia is only 16. It's unclear how old Felix is, but he's a lawyer with a huge amount of livestock, so let's just say he's got a few years on her.
Felix hopes to make his offer to President Obama personally when he visits Kenya in July, and he insists his love is "real" . . . that he's NOT after the family's money . . . and that they would lead a, quote, "simple life."
He says he'll teach Malia how to milk a cow, and cook traditional porridge and sour milk like other woman there.
Quote, "I will propose to her on a popular hill in Bureti near my father's land where leaders and warriors are crowned. The place is called Kapkatet, which means 'victory.'"
Felix claims he's been interested in Malia since 2008. She was NINE at the time.
But remember, other cultures have different customs.
For example, here, it's perfectly fine for a 25-year-old rapper like Tyga to date an underage reality star like Kylie Jenner.
A former Marine in Oklahoma had a pretty cool Memorial Day weekend. Bill Larkin is 90 years old, and lives outside Tulsa. And back in 1943, he was a month from graduating high school when he dropped out to fight in World War Two.
At that point he was 17, which wasn't technically old enough to enlist. But he was 6-foot-4, so they decided he wasn't your AVERAGE 17-year-old. He ended up serving in Guam and Iwo Jima as a tank driver.
After he made it home, he looked into getting his high school diploma. But they told him he'd have to enroll for a full semester, just to take one history class.
So he decided it wasn't worth it, and got a job as a truck driver. Then he worked as a supervisor for a construction company until he retired a while back.
He never got his diploma though . . . until last Thursday, when his high school gave it to him at their commencement ceremony, 72 YEARS after he was supposed to graduate.
Bill says a high school diploma probably won't be all that useful for him at this point, but he's grateful to have it anyway.
He just doesn't want anyone to say he deserves it because he's a hero. He says the only heroes he knows are the guys who DIDN'T come home.
A new survey on Memorial Day spending is out, and the average person will spend a total of $225 on three things . . . food, booze, and DEALS. Here's how it breaks down . . .
1. We'll spend an average of 70 bucks on food this weekend. 51% of us plan to cook at home . . . 44% are going to a barbecue or picnic with friends and family . . . and just 5% of us are going out to eat.
2. 47% of us are buying alcohol, and spending an average of $55 on it. 81% plan to buy beer . . . 47% will buy wine . . . 23% will buy vodka . . . and 21% will buy whiskey.
3. The average person looking for DEALS this weekend will spend about $100 shopping. 34% of us plan to buy clothes . . . 22% are buying something for the house . . . 21% are buying shoes . . . and 12% are looking for deals on electronics.
People made fun of McDonald's for bringing back the Hamburglar as a middle-aged dad with skinny jeans. So how will they react to THIS?
KFC just announced they're bringing back Colonel Sanders. He'll be in their new TV commercials starting Monday, in honor of KFC's 75th anniversary.
The original Colonel Sanders wasn't a character . . . he was a real businessman named Harland Sanders, and he started Kentucky Fried Chicken. Unfortunately he died in 1980.
So for the new ad campaign, he'll be played by . . . Darrell Hammond from "Saturday Night Live". He's the guy who does Bill Clinton, and Sean Conneryin the 'Celebrity Jeopardy' skits with Will Ferrell.
He's not a member of the cast anymore, but he became their announcer last year after Don Pardo died.
And in the new commercials, they're going for more of a SPOOF of Colonel Sanders than a recreation of the real thing. Maybe that's for the best?
Does it bother you when aging rock stars like STEVEN TYLER and BRET MICHAELS use their celebrity to launch country careers? Well, it's definitely annoying the hell out of some country performers.
CLAY WALKER tells the "Modesto Bee", quote, "I can't stand to see outdated rock 'n' rollers coming in to play country music. That really [ticks] me off. We have great singers, great country musicians.
"There's no reason we have to dilute it by letting people in the format that don't have any business being in the format."
WILL HOGE may have even coined a name for it when he Tweeted, "New genre, "Carpetbagger Country: When your career goes south, so do you. Y'all discuss." (Carpetbagger country. Bam! Somebody call Urban Dictionary.)
SAMMY HAGAR has taken some shots at DAVID LEE ROTH and VAN HALEN recently, so it isn't surprising that Dave would jab back at Sammy when he was asked if he'd sing any of Sammy's songs on the Van Halen tour.
He said, quote, "Well, there's a credibility issue there. Good, bad, or in the middle, you know Roth means it, the other guy doesn't. And that's why it sold half as well . . . never did better than half. And why would you bring that into the proceedings?
"This hamburger don't need no helper . . . ain't no rehearsin' pants in my closet."
It's happened to almost everybody-- you are introduced to someone new, and then forget their name within a few seconds. Experts are now explaining why it's easier to remember faces than it is to remember names. In a new video from ASAPScience, producers Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown explain that our brains are hardwired to recognize facial details, but not to process arbitrary data. In other words, because names are random and hold no specific information, the brain struggles to remember them. Additionally, when you meet someone brand new, your brain is worrying about what you'll say next, and what the person will say next, and isn't totally focused on what the other person is saying in the moment. The effect is amplified if you're not totally interested in the new person you're meeting.
A dogged fan at the Royals-Yankees game in Kansas City on Saturday caught a ball after nearly two years of waiting, then immediately gave it away to a child.
But according to one local news report, she may have had a change of heart and tried to get it back.
The woman sitting by the Royals dugout reached out in front of a child to catch the ball, which had been tossed into the stands by a Royals player, then theatrically kissed her biceps afterward. It may have been a little long-overdue revenge, as the same woman was seen on camera almost catching a ball in 2013... only to have a kid snag it at the last moment.
The story seemed to have a happy ending for everyone when she turned around and gave it to a child anyway. But one local news station thinks she may have tried to get it back -- showing video of the woman apparently saying "Give me my ball back" shortly afterward.
"I think what happened was she thought she was off camera," KCTV-5 sports reporter Brad Fanning speculated. "She wants her ball back."
It's not clear if she was actually trying to get the ball back, just messing with the kid or speaking to someone else entirely. But if she really wanted to keep the ball, maybe she should've pulled this sneaky move instead.
In case you missed it, McDonald's announced last week that they're bringing back the HAMBURGLAR. But not the cartoonish, round-headed Hamburglar you remember.
The new one is a middle-aged hipster with a scruff and skinny jeans, played by a real actor. And they just put out their first commercial with him.
It shows him outside a McDonald's holding one of their new sirloin hamburgers. I guess we're supposed to believe he stole it, but it's not really clear. Because right after he says his "Robble Robble" catchphrase, his nagging WIFE keeps calling him.
He's supposed to be running errands and getting supplies for a birthday party, and has to lie about what he's up to.
People online have already started criticizing it for being a lame commercial, so McDonald's responded by saying it's not a commercial . . . it's a short video. (???)
You can check it out by going to twitter.com/mcdonalds.
Your Arizona Cardinals are not on the list of NFL teams to take advertising money from the Department of Defense and then pretend that it was pure patriotism.
Even more good news, this crass commercialization of American ideals was exposed by Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake.
Flake's office who found out that a number of NFL teams were "honoring" U.S. servicemen and servicewomen only after they were paid to do so by the DOD. Several news operations have reported on the practice.
As Flake told ESPN on Monday, "You go to a game and you see a team honoring 'Hometown Heroes,' and you think it's some sort of public service announcement, that the team is doing it out of the goodness of their heart. Then you find out it's paid for? That seems a little unseemly."
According to ESPN the teams involved and the amount of money they collected from the Defense Department are Atlanta Falcons, $1,049,500; Baltimore Ravens,$884,500; Buffalo Bills $679,000; Indianapolis Colts, $620,000; Minnesota Vikings, $605,000; Green Bay Packers, $600,000; New York Jets, $377,500; Kansas City Chiefs, $250,000; Cincinnati Bengals, $138,960; Dallas Cowboys, $62,500; St. Louis Rams, $60,000; Pittsburgh Steelers, $36,000; Cleveland Browns, $22,500, and Miami Dolphins, $20,000.
Flake has sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Defense and the chief of the National Guard in which he asks for a full accounting of all such arrangements in other sports. The letter reads in part that in addition to the NFL Flake's office found contracts between the DOD and "Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, a NASCAR speedway, and National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic departments."
He added, "It is troubling to learn that taxpayer funds are being used to compensate these teams for honoring and recognizing U.S. military service members."
It's troubling on several levels.
First, that the teams would ask for the money.
Second, that the Defense Department would pay it.
Are the military's public relations and marketing people so inept they couldn't get NFL teams to honor troops for free? And as for the NFL ... really? This is how you're willing to make money? On the backs of troops?
Just keep this in mind: The next football game you attend might feature a lot of red, white and blue, but the NFL's true color, and only color, is green.
The NFL delivered its punishment yesterday (May 11th) for Deflategate and they came down hard on the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, suspending the star quarterback for the first four games of the season, fining the Super Bowl champions $1 million, and taking away next year's first-round draft pick and a fourth-round pick in 2017. The league also indefinitely suspended the two Patriots staffers believed to have carried out the plan to deflate footballs. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said the league-sponsored Wells Report found "substantial and credible evidence" that Brady knew the two were deflating the balls, and also cited his failure to cooperate with investigators. Brady's agent, Don Yee, ripped the punishment, saying, "the discipline is ridiculous and has no legitimate basis," and called the Wells Report "an incredibly frail exercise in fact-finding and logic." He said Brady will appeal. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement, "Despite our conviction that there was no tampering with footballs, it was our intention to accept any discipline levied by the league. Today's punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation. It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence." Although Brady -- who Kraft said "has our unconditional support" -- is able to appeal through the players' union, it's unclear what the owner could or will do. OR...Maybe give ol' Tom Brady a pacifier to suck on.
Olive Garden is famous for their breadsticks. They may not be the most delicious thing in the world, but that's not the point. The point is . . . everything tastes better when it's UNLIMITED.
And Olive Garden just announced they're upping their game next month . . . they're going to start making breadstick SANDWICHES.
Starting June 1st, you'll be able to get a chicken parm or meatball sandwich that uses breadsticks as the roll. They'll only be available during lunch, and they'll cost $6.99 for the meatball and $7.99 for the chicken parm.
The bad news is that the sandwiches AREN'T unlimited . . . you only get one. The good news is that they come with a side of unlimited breadsticks. No joke.
Here's something you probably never knew about MORGAN FREEMAN: He's a bona fide REEFER MANIAC.
He says, quote, "My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I'll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! [Legalization] is really a long time coming, and it's getting legs . . . longer legs.
"Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink it'll quiet you down, but two or three and you're [effed]."
He adds, quote, "And what negative effects does it have? Look at Woodstock 1969. They said, 'We're not going to bother them or say anything about smoking marijuana,' and not one problem or fight. Then look at what happened in '99."
Morgan doesn't just use marijuana to journey to the center of his mind. He still has pain in his arm and hand from a 1997 car accident . . . and he says pot is, quote, "the only thing that offers any relief."
Shaquille O'Neal, at more than seven feet tall, doesn't go down lightly. The former basketball player was on the set of TNT during halftime when he took a tumble, losing a shoe and breaking part of the set when he toppled. He didn't break his funny bone, though, tweeting out his favority memes from the spill and promising the best meme-writer $500 cash.
ST. MARYS, OH—Apparently content to hang around dead people rather than celebrate like a normal person, area weirdo John Mills spent most of Mother's Day at a local cemetery, creeped-out sources confirmed. "This is your mom's special day, and you're supposed to be taking her to brunch or a spa, not staring at some tombstone," reported the sources, adding that lurking in a graveyard like some sort of ghoul may in fact be the very worst way to honor the woman who gave you life. "Is it too hard to do something nice for your mother just once a year? Then again, with that miserable look on his face, I bet his mom's happy he forgot all about her." At press time, sources reported that the freak had tossed some flowers on the ground that would've looked so much nicer in a vase in his mother's home.
The Internet LOST ITS MIND yesterday when SLASH said "never say never" to a GUNS N' ROSES reunion. The thing is, he said absolutely nothing new.
It was during an interview with "CBS This Morning" . . . and obviously he's not the one who brought it up. He said, quote, "I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that."
Asked what the "right reasons" would be, he said, quote, "I mean, that's a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing . . . it's really between the guys in the band."
Then, asked if he thought a reunion was likely, he said, quote, "Never say never."
In other words, he said A WHOLE LOT OF NOTHING, and a G'n'R reunion is NO CLOSER TO HAPPENING than it ever was. Get over it.
McDonald's is bringing back its Hamburglar character to network TV for the first time since 2002, but the burger thief is back with a makeover. Instead of the round-faced, buck-toothed Hamburglar we used to know, he now has a slick new look, including a black trench coat and red leather high tops. McDonald's VP of U.S. Marketing, Joel Yashinsky, told Mashable, "We felt it was time to debut a new look for the Hamburglar after he's been out of the public eye all these years. He's had some time to grow up a bit and has been busy raising a family in the suburbs and his look has evolved over time." Twitter was divided over the new-look Hamburglar, with some saying he looked sexy and others calling him creepy. The Hamburglar will appear in ads for McDonald's new Sirloin Third Pound Burger, in online videos, and across Mickey Dee's social media platforms with the hashtag #RobbleRobble, his traditional catchphrase.
Wild Weasels, Flying Drones, Potato Diggers, Vicious Prairie Dogs were just some of the names submitted for UND's new nickname. There were a lot of people who think alike. Roughriders, Pilots, North Dakota, Storm, Spirit, Sodbuster and Warriors were common suggestions.
There's 2 lists...some that are good and some that are not so good...and both are on both lists!
A Maryland sixth-grader earned some Internet fame on Thursday (April 30th) for cutting off the leader of the free world during his interview with President Obama. Twelve-year-old Osman Yahya was interviewing the president as part of a "virtual field trip" hosted by Discovery Education at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library in Washington, D.C. Obama was giving a bit of a lengthy answer about his love of reading when Yahya told him, "I think you've sort of covered everything about that question." Obama took the whole thing amusingly in stride, but Yahya wanted to make clear to Politico later that he hadn't meant any disrespect. He said, "I didn't mean to cut him off. I was just nudging him to get on," and explained he was just trying to wrap things up before lunchtime, saying, "Most students were hungry."