The first round of the NFL draft went down last night, and there were several takeaways . . .
As expected, the first two picks were quarterbacks. The Stupid Los Angeles Rams took JARED GOFF, and the Philadelphia Eagles selected CARSON WENTZ. The Rams and Eagles had previously traded up into the Top Two.
Offensive tackle LAREMY TUNSIL was supposed to go as high as #3 . . . but he ended up falling to the Miami Dolphins at #13, thanks to a BONG HIT.
Just 13 MINUTES before the draft was supposed to start, a video was posted on Tunsil's Twitter account showing him smoking a BONG out of a gas mask. Both the video and the account were deleted shortly afterward.
Tunsil says his account was hacked, apparently by someone who wanted to sabotage him. And that's not a stretch . . . even the stupidest person in the world wouldn't post this video as they're literally IN the audience at the draft.
Tunsil later admitted that smoking pot in the video was a "mistake," and that it happened "years ago." He's passed all his recent drug tests, and says, quote, "I promise to work hard on and off the field."
There's talk that Tunsil's stepfather was the one who hacked his account . . . because they are NOT on good terms, but he told TMZ he had nothing to do with it.
We may soon be getting a national mammal, with the House of Representatives voting this week to give the title to the North American bison. The bipartisan National Bison Legacy Act is expected to be approved by the Senate, and will then go to the president for his signature. Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri said, "No other indigenous species tells America's story better than this noble creature," calling the bison a "symbol of strength, native American culture and the boundless Western wildness." There were once millions of bison roaming the plans of the U.S., but their population was reduced to just over one thousand by the turn of the 20th century as they were subjected to mass slaughter as part of the nation' expansion west. Due to preservation efforts led by former President Theodore Roosevelt, the Wildlife Conservation Society and its flagship Bronx Zoo, and others, the bison was slowly reintroduced in the wild, and there are now an estimated 500,000 of them in the U.S.
Would people get this up in arms over a lawn gnome? Jim Grinstead of Nashville, Tennesse says he finds it "utterly ridiculous" that his homeowner's association is ordering him to remove his front-yard zombie statue after five years. Grinstead says he and his wife have lived in their home for ten years and affectionately call the zombie statue "Clawed." He was surprised to receive a letter from the homeowners association ordering him to get rid of the statue, which depicts the head and arms of a zombie climbing up out of the ground. The letter reads, "During a recent inspection of the community on April 19th, 2016, it was noted that there is a zombie in your yard that needs to be removed." Grinstead tells WKRN-TV, "I think the homeowner's association needs to lighten up a little bit. We have a sense of humor and that is how we want the world to think of us. It's how we think of ourselves. People will stop sometimes and take pictures of Clawed. Our friends get a kick out of it when they come over and we've never had a complaint about him." He plans to remove the statue this week, despite his objections.
People really get creative when they want something done. A group of residents of Devine Street in Jackson, Mississippi, caught the attention of their city's government by throwing a birthday party for a pothole. They placed balloons and a sign in front of the 16-month-old pothole and its two "younger brothers" in a mock celebration. The sign reads, "I have been here over a year! My little brother potholes too! 311 calls about us started on February 2015!" Eddie Prosser said he was behind the sign and was looking to add a bit of humor to the situation. Apparently his efforts paid off, as shortly after the "birthday celebration" city crews came to fill the pothole with dirt. Residents are hopeful the city will come back to pave over the hole.
SHIA LABEOUF has a face that many, many people would love to punch. And that's no excuse for what happened here. But we can understand . . .
Mario Licato of Brooklyn, New York was getting off the subway in Manhattan on Saturday night, when a guy ran up to him and punched him in the left eye.
Then he yelled, quote, "This is because you look exactly like Shia LaBeouf!"
And it's true: Mario DOES look like Shia LaBeouf. He says people have pointed out the resemblance many times. Quote, "I've been stopped on the street at least 10 times in my life."
The guy who punched him was in his mid 20s, around six feet tall and muscular. The cops are pulling some surveillance videos to try to track him down. Mario wound up not needing stitches, but he's still got a massive black eye.
And given how attention-hungry the REAL Shia is these days . . . with his pretentious art performances . . . we're thinking it's a matter of time before he reaches out to this guy for some weird project.
If your boss is into the whole science thing, take THIS to him and see if you can get yourself permanent four-day weekends.
A new study out of the University of Melbourne in Australia found that we should only be working three days a week.
The researchers found that our brains can only really function at their peak levels for about 25 hours a week. After that, the quality of our work declines REALLY quickly.
The drop is so bad that if you ever try to pull a crazy 70-hour week, your brain is basically USELESS by the end.
Now, there is one catch. The study only included people over 40, so it's possible that younger people can hang in a little longer. But still, no matter how old you are, at some point too much work just makes your brain shut down.
There goes that BEYONCÉ, scaring white people again. Her "visual album" "Lemonade" is ultimately about a relationship strained by infidelity.
But she also goes crazy with a baseball bat, and shows that same kind of rage that agitated Whitey during the Super Bowl. And according to conspiracy theorist (slash) professional jackass ALEX JONES, we should ALL be afraid, white AND black.
Because he has figured out that "Lemonade" was funded by the CIA for the purpose of starting a RACE WAR.
He said, quote, "This is just to get people to act like total morons, so they can basically be arrested, set up, and put in jail . . .
"This is to get us all at each other's throats, when we're all Americans getting screwed over by the NSA, and foreign banks and derivatives.
"We're all getting our kids attacked and aborted, and shot up with vaccines and GMOs. We're all in this together . . . [And] the police are being federalized and geared up for what's about to happen."
Back in the day, PRINCE used some pretty vulgar language, but he stopped swearing in his music years ago . . . partially because of his faith as a Jehovah's Witness.
And a member of his church says that once he made the change, he didn't put up with others using profanity either. Quote, "If you swore at Paisley Park, he would charge you between $10 and $3 dollars per swear word. And he wasn't joking.
"You had to pay in cash in the bucket . . . he had a backup singer come in from Los Angeles . . . she was there for a rehearsal, and she put money in the cuss bucket all the time. She was just throwing it in."
After news broke of Prince's death yesterday (April 21st), some brands posted social media tributes to the iconic musician, in what's become a sometimes questionable trend by companies after celebrity deaths. But while, as Mashable noted, some of them were appropriate, such as ones from music brands or companies based in Prince's home state of Minnesota, or ones that were particularly thoughtful, others seemed to be just using Prince's death to draw attention to themselves. Some of those brands apparently realized that themselves and later deleted their posts, including Cheerios and alcoholic drink brand Four Loko.
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JOHN MELLENCAMP Mellencamp's career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. The Voice of The Heartland continued to evolve artistically with Plain Spoken, John's 22nd full length album. Mellencamp is incredibly acclaimed. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a Grammy winner, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, and Americana Music Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, will John receives the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award - another milestone in his brilliant career. He is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. The social activism reflected in his songs helped catalyze Farm Aid, the concert series and organization that has addressed the struggle of American family farmers for more than 25 years. The unique instrumentation of his band and his poignant songs about everyday life in the American heartland, are widely credited with being the forbearer of the Americana/No Depression genre of rural-inflected music. The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is a musical with music and lyrics by John Mellencamp, a libretto by author Stephen King and production by T Bone Burnett. The musical completed 2 successful tours in North America and is currently in workshop in London. John Mellencamp completed an 80-city tour in North American in 2015, and is continuing the journey for more lucky fans in 2016.
2016 has claimed another legendary musician. PRINCE passed away yesterday morning at his Paisley Park compound just outside Minneapolis. And he was only 57.
He was found unresponsive in an elevator, and paramedics weren't able to revive him. He was pronounced dead less than 25 minutes later.
There's no word on a cause of death. An autopsy will be done sometime today. TMZ has a photo of him leaving a pharmacy on Wednesday night. Supposedly, it was the fourth time he'd been there this week.
His people say he'd been suffering from flu-like symptoms for the past few weeks. And last Thursday, he performed a show in Atlanta, but got so sick on the flight home that his private plane had to make an emergency landing.
Then he was hospitalized and released. And on Saturday, he showed up at a dance party and told the crowd that he'd be fine. He said, quote, "Wait a few days before you waste any prayers." Which is kind of ominous.
But TMZ says the plane made an emergency landing because he'd suffered an OVERDOSE.
Sources say he was rushed to the hospital so doctors could give him a so-called "save shot" to counteract the effects of an opiate.
According to TMZ, the doctors told him to stay in the hospital for 24 hours, but Prince and his entourage left after just THREE hours because he couldn't get a private room. And when he left, he was, quote, "not doing well."
There's no official comment on any of that . . . but obviously if that was the case Prince would've been in a weak state, especially if he was still using drugs.
Meanwhile, the "Santa Monica Observer" is floating another theory. They have anonymous sources saying Prince died of AIDS. Supposedly he contracted it back in the '90s, but was on meds to keep it under control.
He was also a Jehovah's Witness . . . and supposedly he was recently convinced to STOP taking the medications and leave it up to God and prayer. That seems suspect though, because he's been a member of the church for about 20 years. So why would he just NOW give up the medication?
For what it's worth, Prince's last show in Atlanta got rave reviews, and he wasn't showing signs of being sick. He ended the show with "Purple Rain".
Tragic news reported yesterday as The Purple One was found dead in his Paisley Park estate at only 57 years old.
ARETHA FRANKLIN went on MSNBC to talk about PRINCE with BRIAN WILLIAMS . . . and she suggested that he may have died of the Zika virus.
She said, quote, "They're saying flu-like symptoms . . . I'm wondering if it has anything to do with this Zika virus." Common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, and joint pain . . . but people rarely die of it or get sick enough to go to the hospital.
Within hours of PRINCE's death, every celebrity in the world had dropped everything to issue some sort of tribute on social media. That is, everyone except Kim Kardashian. As of last night, she hadn't commented.
Perhaps she's still a little upset from the time five years ago when Prince asked her to get OFF the stage because she wouldn't dance.
Dominos made headlines when it made it possible to order pizza using emoji, and now Pornhub has adapted the idea. That's right-- Pornhub has announced it will now offer a free "emoji mobile video delivery service" where users can text emoji corresponding to certain types of porn, and receive that porn in return. The service launched yesterday, and U.S. users can text with the proper emoji to get corresponding dirty videos on their phones. CoreyPrice, Pornhub's Vice President, says of the service, "This enhances our arsenal of digital capabilities, streamlining our content recommendations, delivering them directly to our user's mobile devices. Think of it as our way of spreading the love, digitally."
It seems that every year wether or not an artist was slected to be inducted into the hall, someone is complaining about the process and the peeps running the operation. Who knows maybe by next year things will shape up a bit. Rolling Stone asked and the masses have answered, who would you like to see inducted in 2017? See who made the list HERE
Researchers at the University of Melbourne have found evidence that aging brains function best when they work part-time. The research shows that employees over the age of 40 showed the highest level of brain function when they worked three days per week. The study results showed that cognitive abilities worsened among those who works more hours, or few hours, per week. They were lowest among those who worked 50 to 60 hours per week and in those who didn't work at all. The findings suggest that some work is good for your brain but too much can be damaging, at least for middle aged or older workers. The report said, "Work can be a double edged sword. It can stimulate brain activity. But, at the same time, long working hours and certain types of tasks can cause fatigue and stress, which potentially damage cognitive functions."
It's hard to find food that DOESN'T taste good on a burger. But it looks like Wendy's was able to dig up a few examples.
Wendy's in Japan is selling a new burger that uses baby corn as a topping, along with cream cheese based creamed corn sauce. It also has lettuce, onions, tomato, and a pretzel bun. But once again . . . cream cheese based creamed corn sauce.
The burger costs $5.87, and there's no word on how they're selling. Prediction: Terribly.
BRIAN JOHNSON commented for the first time since AC/DC replaced him with AXL ROSE. But he didn't stir any drama . . . he just clarified his own situation.
He said he "risked total deafness" if he kept performing at large venues "where the sound levels are beyond [his] current tolerance." And he didn't have a choice but to leave the tour.
But he's NOT retiring. Quote, "My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that . . . I'm hoping that in time my hearing will improve and allow me to return to live concert performances . . . only time will tell."
Some people are taking that as Brian saying that he'll still write and record WITH AC/DC . . . but he doesn't specifically say that, and the band hasn't either. And if that was the case, you'd think someone would make that clear.
Brian didn't mention Axl by name . . . he only alluded to the band touring with a "guest singer." No one is saying Axl will be a permanent member of AC/DC, but there have been rumors that Brian and AC/DC aren't on the best terms.
But his statement did thank ANGUS YOUNG and CLIFF WILLIAMS for their support.
Hey love him or hate him you have to admit watching Trump campaigning to be your next president is entertaining to say the least! Looks like the Donald could be facing possible prison time, see why HERE
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump had an embarrassing 9/11-related "oops" last night (April 18th) as he was speaking at a campaign rally in Buffalo ahead of New York's primary today. Intending to fire a shot at rival Senator Ted Cruz over his derogatory line about "New York values" from earlier in the campaign, Trump mistakenly used the name of the 7/11 convenience stores when he meant to say 9/11. Trump said: "I was down there, and I watched our police and our fireman, down there on 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action. I saw the bravest people I've ever seen, including the construction workers, including every person down there. That's what New York values are about." Trump apparently didn't realize his mistake, as he kept right on with his speech....
Last week, the head of AMC movie theaters said they might start allowing TEXTING during movies, and the Internet went nuts over it. Some people thought it was a good idea, but a lot more people thought it was TERRIBLE.
And thankfully, those people won out. After all the backlash, AMC posted a Tweet on Friday that said, quote, "No texting at AMC. Won't happen. You spoke. We listened."
It also included a statement from the CEO who originally suggested it . . . and he said that after hearing the feedback, it was obvious that it's a concept their audience "does not want."
AC/DC made it official . . . AXL ROSE is their new singer. He's replacing BRIAN JOHNSON, who split with the band after his doctors said he was at risk of permanently losing his hearing.
Brian had been with AC/DC since 1980. In a statement they thanked him for his contributions, and said they "understood and respected" his decision to stop touring to save his hearing.
It's interesting they put it that way, since Brian's friend Jim Breuer claimed he was being squeezed out of the band, and that it WASN'T his decision. In any event, Brian hasn't commented.
AC/DC says Axl will sing for them on their European tour, which kicks off next month. There are 12 shows in all.
He'll also do the 10 U.S. shows that were postponed, but those haven't been rescheduled yet. There was no mention of AC/DC playing with GUNS N' ROSES on their summer tour though . . . that was the rumor going around.
Axl isn't permanently joining AC/DC yet. The band just said he'd "offered his support" to fulfill their touring commitment. So there's no indication that they'll continue together after that . . . assuming AC/DC keeps going.
Also, Guns N' Roses headlined at Coachella on Saturday night, and Axl brought out guitarist ANGUS YOUNG for two AC/DC covers . . . "Whole Lotta Rosie" and "Riff Raff". He said, quote, "Since I can't run around for you, we're gonna bring out a friend, put a little life into things for us."
Axl's bum leg had him sitting on his throne again.
Making out is a pretty distracting thing to do, but this couple was really oblivious to their surroundings. The Tap Inn Bar and Casino in Billings, Montana was held up at gunpoint at 1 A.M. on Monday (April 11th), but some patrons were caught on camera making out through the entire incident. They're either super in love and we can all learn something from them, or they were super drunk.
A new survey found that one out of three people say they go on the same vacation every year. Is that sad . . . or kind of awesome?
There's nothing wrong with going to the same place for vacation every single year. You're not experiencing the majestic wonder of the world, but hey . . . watching the gradual evolution of Clearwater, Florida is pretty sweet too.
And when people are on that same old vacation, 34% always go to the same restaurants . . . 26% go to the same bars . . . and 10% try to get the same HOTEL room.
On a related note, another survey found the first thing the average person does on vacation is . . . try to get on WiFi.
65% of people get on the Internet within seven minutes of checking into their hotel.
And 45% say having free WiFi is more important than having a good view.
The Los Angeles Rams are leaning toward making Cal quarterback Jared Goff the top overall pick after acquiring the selection Thursday from the Tennessee Titans, but a team source added that the team would also consider North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz before it has to make the pick on April 28.
The source said that one reason the Rams made this deal now was to give the team "two weeks to debate between Goff and Wentz. You can make a convincing case for both. Both are going to be good."
Rams coach Jeff Fisher talked to reporters about both quarterbacks Thursday.
"We've also done private workouts with Jared and with Carson already," Fisher said. "We did those at the end of February, early March. We were the first ones in. We're familiar with both of them in addition to those other prospects on this roster. So, the skill sets are different, the personalities are different, the background is different, the competition is different, and that's what makes this such a challenge."
Rams general manager Les Snead said the team had done "90 to 95 percent" of its research on the pick but would not reveal a decision until the draft.
Tennessee sent the top selection, along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year, to the Rams in a blockbuster trade in exchange for Los Angeles' first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans will also get the Rams' first- and third-round picks in 2017.
Sources told ESPN that the trade was agreed to Wednesday night, but the Rams didn't want to steal any thunder from Kobe Bryant's final game. It was decided the Titans would announce the deal at 9 a.m. ET Thursday. Fisher confirmed Thursday that the Rams asked Titans to keep the trade quiet until the next day.
"There was no need for the news of the trade to get out while Kobe was playing his last game," one Rams official told ESPN. "Kobe deserved his night, and there was no reason for this trade to be announced on his night."
Titans-Rams Trade Details
Nine draft selections were exchanged in Thursday's trade that sent the 2016 No. 1 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams.
TITANS GET RAMS GET
'16 1st (15th overall) '16 1st (1st overall)
'16 2nd (43) '16 4th (113)
'16 2nd (45) '16 6th (177)
'16 3rd (76)
'17 1st-round pick
'17 third-round pick
League sources told ESPN's Ed Werder that the Philadelphia Eagles -- despite signing Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel this offseason -- were among the teams expressing interest in the No. 1 pick, but the team withdrew from discussions earlier this week.
Believing they had their franchise quarterback in 2010 No. 1 overall pick Bradford, the Rams traded away a high draft pick in 2012, sending the No. 2 overall selection to the Washington Redskins for three first-round picks and a second-rounder. Washington used that No. 2 pick to select Robert Griffin III.
Neither quarterback worked out for his team. Bradford was dealt to the Eagles in a March 2015 trade, and Griffin signed with the Cleveland Browns last month after being released following a 2015 season in which he did not take the field.
The Rams currently have three quarterbacks on the roster: Case Keenum, who finished last season as the starter; Nick Foles, acquired in the Bradford trade; and Sean Mannion.
ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner contributed to this report.
A 30ft (9m) model of the Loch Ness Monster built in 1969 for a Sherlock Holmes movie has been found almost 50 years after it sank in the loch.
The beast was created for the Billy Wilder-directed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, starring Sir Robert Stephens and Sir Christopher Lee.
It has been seen for the first time in images captured by an underwater robot.
Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine said the shape, measurements and location pointed to the object being the prop.
The robot, operated by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime, is being used to investigate what lies in the depths of Loch Ness.
VisitScotland and Mr Shine's The Loch Ness Project, which gathers scientific information on the loch's ecology and the potential for a monster, is supporting the survey.
Mr Shine told the BBC News Scotland website: "We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected.
"The model was built with a neck and two humps and taken alongside a pier for filming of portions of the film in 1969.
"The director did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy.
"And the inevitable happened. The model sank."
Mr Shine added: "We can confidently say that this is the model because of where it was found, the shape - there is the neck and no humps - and from the measurements."
The model was floated out to a place in the loch where only a few months earlier claims of sighting of Nessie had been made.
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was made in the US and UK in 1969 and released in cinemas in 1970.
It was directed by Billy Wilder, a famous figure of Hollywood's "golden age" whose long catalogue of features included Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe.
The Sherlock film tells of the detective investigating the disappearance of an engineer. The case takes him to Loch Ness and an encounter with a monster.
Sir Robert Stephens played Holmes, Colin Blakely was Dr Watson and Sir Christopher Lee was the sleuth's brother, Mycroft Holmes.
Talented special effects artist Wally Veevers, whose other work included 2001: A Space Odyssey, Superman and Local Hero, led the building of the 30ft-long Loch Ness Monster.
It sank on its first outing on the loch while being towed behind a boat.
Wilder is said to have comforted Veevers after watching his creation disappear beneath the waves.
The director, who had also been dogged with problems lighting scenes at Loch Ness, had a new monster made - but just its head and neck - and moved the filming to a large water tank in the film studio.
Kongsberg's torpedo-shaped Munin drone is equipped with sonar imaging and has already made several sweeps of the loch's bottom.
Among other material the drone has already detected have been the wreck of an unidentified sunken boat.
However, measurements made using the device dispute a claim made in January of a new deepest point in the loch.
A tour boat skipper Keith Stewart recorded a depth of 889ft (270.9m) on sonar equipment he uses.
The official maximum depth, which still remains in place, is 754ft (229.8m).
Kongsberg's survey work forms part of Mr Shine's ongoing called Operation Groundtruth,
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, added: "No two areas around or on the water feel the same - whether it is a sense of awe at the beauty of the scenery or a feeling of anticipation at what might surface from below the waters.
"We are excited to see the findings from this in-depth survey by Kongsberg, but no matter how state-of-the-art the equipment is, and no matter what it may reveal, there will always be a sense of mystery and the unknown around what really lies beneath Loch Ness."
The BLACK KEYS say they regret inducting STEVE MILLER into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last week . . . because in addition to tearing into the Hall after after the ceremony, Steve also didn't care about them.
DAN AUERBACH says he grew up a big Steve Miller fan, and so he was excited to be there . . . and he's disappointed they didn't get better vibes in return. In fact, things were so bad that they left the venue right after their speech, while Steve was still performing.
Things were uncomfortable right from the start . . . because when they first met Steve, he told them he couldn't wait to get out of there. And he also had NO IDEA who they were, even though he knew that they'd signed on to induct him.
He adds, quote, "There's a time and a place to stand up and be angry. But when people are honoring you for how great you are, that's not the [effing] time or place.
"I hated being a part of that. I hated the feeling in my gut of being connected to that negativity."
For years, people have claimed that PINK FLOYD's "Dark Side of the Moon" album syncs up with "The Wizard of Oz". And now they're saying it syncs up with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
Supposedly if you start the album as the opening scroll ends, and play it three times all the way through, the lyrics match the movie. Here are five spoiler-heavy examples.
1. When Poe wakes up in Kylo Ren's torture chamber, the lyric "I'm not afraid of dying / Anytime will do" from "Great Gig in the Sky" plays. And the scream happens right as Poe opens his mouth.
2. In the song "Us and Them", the word "Black" syncs up with Finn getting Luke Skywalker's light saber. Which is maybe a little racist, since Finn is black. But when the word "Blue" is spoken, Finn turns the light saber on . . . and it's blue.
3 & 4. (Major Spoiler!) In Han Solo's last scene, the camera focuses on him when the lyrics say "I never said I was afraid of dying" . . . when he grabs Kylo's light saber, you hear "Keep your hands off my stack" from "Money" . . . and when Kylo kills him, the lyric says, "Don't give me that do goody-good bull[crap]."
5. And as Rey makes her way toward Luke at the end of the movie, the lyrics to "Brain Damage" say, "The lunatic is on the grass / Remembering games, and daisy chains and laughs / Got to keep the loonies on the path."
The connection on this one is in the daisy chain line, since Rey is played by Daisy Ridley.
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Event Alert: The Ralphie May performance this evening at The Fargo Theatre has been postponed.
We will announce a new date ASAP. If you have tickets, we encourage you to hold onto them until the new date is announced.
Ralphie stated, "I am postponing my shows in Fargo, Sioux Falls and Burnsville out of respect for the Native American community and safety for all parties. A video that surfaced on YouTube hurt and offended many people and I am truly sorry. I thought I was a well-read, educated man. I know nothing. I'm a product of mass media and the US public school system. I have learned so much this week and I want to learn more. My eyes are open and I hope to be a conduit for things that we are not taught."
Ralphie has already spoken to one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement and he will be speaking with them again this week. He plans to return to Fargo to perform for fans as soon as possible. He has pleased crowds for over 25 years and he wants this to be no exception.
How much would you be willing to pay to attend a music festival? Well, for a cool $1 million you can attend the Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland, and it's not just for concert tickets. The money will get you private jet transfers for you and five other guests to "anywhere on the planet" and you'll have access to two private, luxury cars, including drivers and security for a week in Iceland, helicopter transfers, access to the main Secret Solstice 2016 event, and a private aerial tour of Iceland, tickets to the world's first concert inside the dormant magma chamber of a volcano, access to the world's only party inside a glacier, and a private trip to Iceland's Blue Lagoon reserved only for your travel party. There's a lot more,too, including two private performances by two different prominent Icelandic acts.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the festival features some of the most prominent acts from around the globe such as Radiohead, Of Monsters and Men, Deftones, St. Germain, Afrika Bambaaataa and more!
Even if you're not scared of snakes, this one could give you nightmares.
Some construction workers in Penang Island, Malaysia were doing work on a building when they spotted a giant python. How giant? It was 26 FEET LONG. Once that length gets verified, it'll be a world record for the longest snake ever.
A bunch of them picked it up, and it promptly DIED. Probably because of the stress of being captured.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony went down Friday night. The televised version won't air on HBO until April 30th . . . but here are seven highlights:
1. STEVE MILLER took a little shot at the Rock Hall during his speech . . . criticizing the lack of inclusion of women. But that was NOTHING compared to how he lit into them after the ceremony.
He called the evening a, quote, "lazy night" with "a bunch of fat cats" . . . and said "it's not a real pleasant experience." He also said it felt like being in a, quote, "[B.S.] reality TV show."
He said the Hall doesn't respect the artists, and he called for them to turn it over to new people. He didn't elaborate . . . but in another interview, he complained that he only got two tickets to the ceremony, and if he wanted more for his band or their wives, the Rock Hall wanted $10,000 APIECE.
A spokesperson for the Hall responded, quote, "Rock 'n' roll can ignite many opinions. It's what makes it so great. The Hall was honored to induct Steve Miller tonight and congratulates him."
2. N.W.A called out GENE SIMMONS during their speech for recently saying that he's "looking forward to the death of rap." MC REN said, quote, "I want to say to Gene Simmons, hip-hop is here forever. Get used to it."
ICE CUBE said, quote, "We [are] rock 'n' roll . . . Rock 'n' roll is not an instrument. It's not even a style of music. It's a spirit that's been going on since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, heavy metal, punk rock, and yes, hip-hop."
Gene responded on Twitter, quote, "Respectfully, let me know when Jimi Hendrix gets into the hip-hop Hall of Fame. Then you'll have a point."
3. ROB THOMAS inducted CHICAGO, and he mocked the idea that they're SOFT. He said, quote, "If you think Chicago was your mom's band, man I want to party with your mom." He also joined the band for a verse of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?"
4. KID ROCK inducted CHEAP TRICK, who performed "Surrender" and "I Want You to Want Me". Kid said a lot of acts THINK they're great live . . . but, quote, "Then you go and see Cheap Trick. That's when you think, 'We kind of suck. I better step up my game.'"
5. METALLICA drummer LARS ULRICH had this to say while inducting DEEP PURPLE . . . "Almost without exception, every hard rock band of the last 40 years, including mine, traces its lineage back to Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple.
"They are always considered equal. In my heart, I'm bewildered that they are so late in getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." Amen.
6. RITCHIE BLACKMORE didn't show up because he couldn't get on the same page with the rest of Deep Purple . . . but the other members all honored him in their speeches. And as expected Chicago's PETER CETERA was also absent.
Backstage, STEVEN VAN ZANDT said, quote, "It's the greatest honor of your life. It's going to be the first line of your epitaph . . . and when people don't show up [to the induction ceremony], man, that [ticks] me off. Because it's hard to get in."
7. The Hall paid tribute to two musicians who recently died . . . David Bowie and Glenn Frey. David Byrne and The Roots teamed up to perform Bowie's "Fame", and Sheryl Crow sang "New Kid in Town" by The Eagles to honor Frey.
The trailer for the next "Star Wars" movie hit the web yesterday. It's called "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story", and it's a PREQUEL to the original, 1977 "Star Wars". It comes out in December.
And some people are already complaining online, because the hero is a chick . . . just like in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".
She's a rebel fighter who has to infiltrate the Death Star, and she's played by FELICITY JONES from "The Theory of Everything". There's actually some speculation that she's the mother of Rey from "The Force Awakens".
There's also talk that FRANK OZ is on his way to a British movie studio where some "Star Wars 8" production is going down. Frank does the voice of Yoda, so people are thinking he might show up in the movie.
We all know Yoda is DEAD, but he could be one of those "Force ghosts" . . . or maybe he's appearing in a flashback. Yoda's voice was heard in "The Force Awakens", during a vision Rey had. But they used old audio for that.
This survey would've gotten answers that were so much more REAL if it'd happened before political correctness became so hot again.
A new survey asked people what's more important: Looking good or feeling good? And 82% of people went with feeling good.
Here are a few other results from the survey . . .
1. 92% of Americans say they exercise.
2. The top three benefits of exercising are getting healthier . . . feeling good . . . and dealing with stress. (That's all SO politically correct. How about getting your lats so swole that they pop out of your shirt? THAT'S not a benefit?)
3. 78% of people say they have at least some body image issues.
4. And 64% say they get discouraged by the, quote, "unrealistic body images" they see in the media.
A rugby team in Argentina recently banned a player for life, for kicking another player in the FACE as hard as he could. Technically they banned him for 99 years . . . so if he lives to 130, maybe they'll throw him back in there?
Steven Tyler focusing these days mainly on his solo tour, a more intimate setting in nature of course, all to support his current country music adventure. However 2017 it's back to his Aerosmith duties, but does that also mean Aerosmith's farewell?? Read what he has to say HERE
You have to believe that sometimes certain people are brought into your life for a reason, minor league baseball player and little league coach Isaac Wenrich is a firm believer of that! See how one of the kids on his team recently saved his life HERE
Two cops recently came up with a list of ways to get out of a ticket if you're pulled over. And some we'd seen some before, like don't argue, and know where your registration is. But here are a few you might not think about . . .
1. Put your turn signal on as soon as possible, even if there's nowhere to pull over. That way they know you're at least trying to. But if they turn their lights AND their siren on, it means they think it's a good place to stop, so pull over right away.
2. Kiss up to them BEFORE they go to their car to run your info. That's usually when they decide whether or not to give you a ticket. And once they write one, they can't take it back. Writing a ticket and then ripping it up only happens in movies.
3. Don't be short with them, but don't talk too much either. They might get suspicious if you give a one-word answer to every question. But they might just get annoying if you start rambling too much.
4. Try to make them laugh. Which sounds a little risky, but apparently it works. We're assuming a bad joke has the opposite effect though. So don't force it.
5. Mentioning that you know a cop DOES work sometimes. So if you can work it into the conversation, go for it. Or if you were in the military or someone in your family is, that might work too.
"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" made about $170 million its first weekend in the U.S., but only $52 million this past week, which is a 68% drop-off. And that's the fifth largest EVER for a movie that opened with at least $100 million in ticket sales.
With that said, it was still good enough to easily take the top spot at the box office. Here's the Top 10:
1. "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice", $52.4 million. Up to $261 million in its 2nd week.
2. "Zootopia", $20 million. Up to $276 million in its 5th week.
3. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2", $11.1 million. Up to $36.5 million in its 2nd week.
4. NEW: "God's Not Dead 2", $8.1 million.
5. "Miracles From Heaven", $7.6 million. Up to $46.8 million in its 3rd week.
6. "Allegiant", $5.7 million. Up to $56.4 million in its 3rd week.
7. "10 Cloverfield Lane", $4.8 million. Up to $63.6 million in its 4th week.
8. NEW: "Meet the Blacks", $4.1 million.
9. "Eye in the Sky", $4.06 million. Up to $6.1 million in its 4th week.
10. "Deadpool", $3.5 million. Up to $355 million in its 8th week.
Bloody raids? Yes please. Merciless pillaging? Well one doesnt like to be rude, but.. Loathsome invasions? Well, yeah! The Vikings are infamous for their fearsome conquests—but they were also expert seafarers, skilled traders, and courageous explorers. They travelled far and wide, crisscrossing the known world from Scandinavia to Europe and into Asia, leaving a trail of evidence that suggests they were far from just vicious warriors. Through stunning CGI recreations and careful investigation of archeological evidence, "Vikings Unearthed" unravels the secrets of these intrepid adventurers. And now, new evidence is coming to light that these pioneering people may have ventured even farther than we had suspected. Renowned space archeologist Sarah Parcak takes up the case, and is on the trail of the Vikings. What she discovers just might rewrite history.
Wednesday, April 6 at 9 pm on PBS