Common sense would dictate that more close calls behind the wheel occur in wet, inclement weather than when conditions outside are perfect.
But that's simply not the case, claims a San Diego-based company named Lytx. "Our data shows there are nearly double the number of near-collisions when the weather conditions are clear than when it's stormy," Del Lisk, Lytx's vice president of safety services, said in a statement.
So maybe don't text and drive when you hit the road this Labor Day Weekend...
John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, who was denied parole for the eighth time last week, says he now realizes how stupid his actions were.
"I am sorry for causing that type of pain," he told his parole board, according to a transcript of his hearing released yesterday. "I am sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory."
He also said he'd understand if his request for parole was again denied. "Many, many people loved him. He was a great and talented man and they are still hurting," he admitted. "It's not a regular crime."
A survivor of last year's Boston Marathon bombing who was seen in an iconic photo in his shredded clothes as his staggered away from the explosion site tied the knot over the weekend with a nurse who helped him recover. James Costello met Krista D'Agostino while undergoing nearly two weeks of in-patient therapy at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital after undergoing multiple surgeries to treat the burns he suffered. D'Agostino happened to be at the hospital for six weeks as part of her job as a traveling nurse. The couple get engaged last December, and said their vows on Saturday at Boston's Hyatt Regency Hotel, which, like a lot of vendors involved in the wedding, donated its services for the couple.
What do people in your state buy when nobody is looking? eBay has combed its data to come up with a nifty map that reveals what products are most often bought in every state.
The results are well, weird.
Delaware residents go nuts for robotic vacuums, while New Jersey folks have a weakness for men's cologne and Nebraskans love their food. Meanwhile, in Oregon, people are so paranoid that they're stocking up on security and surveillance equipment.
Kia has a new commercial that is a take-off on the Weird Science Movie...Nerd Hamsters creating "Sexy" female Hamsters...the only problem we see is the music...they should've used Thomas Dolby's "She blinded me with science", just like the movie! But just in case you forgot, we posted that video too!
It's time for a late August tradition . . . a list about today's college freshmen that makes you realize you're so old, you might as well wither up and die.
Beloit College in Wisconsin just released their annual "Mindset List" . . . where they list a bunch of things about college freshmen that'll make you feel ancient. This year's freshmen were born in 1996, so here are some highlights about their mindset . . .
1. They were just starting kindergarten when 9/11 happened.
2. They've never known life without "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" . . . he took over the show in 1999, when they were three.
3. They were never seduced into smoking by Joe Camel . . . he was gone by '97.
4. They've never known life without the WNBA . . . it started in 1997.
5. Bill Gates has been the richest man in the U.S. their entire lives.
6. They've never experienced the AIDS crisis . . . the number of cases of Americans dying from AIDS has been going down their entire lives.
7. They have never used Netscape as a web browser.
8. They never had to hide the "Playboy" magazines they somehow got their hands on . . . since they were old enough to want to see naked women, there's been a ton of Internet porn.
Minnesota Timberwolves 2014 first-round pick Zach LaVine joined trade additions Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young for a photoshoot on Tuesday prior to their public unveiling at the Minnesota State Fair.
It's the first time all four players have been seen in their new Minnesota uniforms - a sight Timberwolves fans should get used to fairly quickly.
Wiggins and Young sat down for interviews after the shoot, with Wiggins pledging to try his best and calling Minnesota, "the best spot for me," while the 26-year-old Young is "ready to help lead these young guys."
A confidential survey asked 82 current NFL players to fill in the blank on this statement: "The only way I'd play for ['X' team] is if they doubled my salary."
And yeah, you guessed it, the LEAST desirable team is the Oakland Raiders. They released the Top Five. Here they are:
1. The Oakland Raiders, 23%. Haven't had a winning record in 11 years.
2. The Buffalo Bills, 19%. Have only had a winning record once in 14 years.
3. The Cleveland Browns, 16%. Have only had a winning record once in 11 years.
4. The Jacksonville Jaguars, 9%. Haven't had a winning record in 6 years.
5. The Green Bay Packers, 6%.
The Packers being unfavorable is sort of surprising. They have a solid fan base, and they've had winning records in each of the past five years . . . not to mention a Super Bowl win in 2011. They also have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.
Henry Rollins has apologized for the "F**k Suicide" column he wrote for L.A. Weekly, in which he criticized Robin Williams’ decision to take his own life.
"That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me,” Rollins wrote in a note posted to his website on Friday.
“It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result.” Rollins went on to say that he has suffered from depression and that he should have known better than to say the things he did. "I get so mad when I hear that someone has died this way,” he continued. “Not mad at them, mad at whatever got them there and that no one magically appeared to somehow save them."
In the original column, Rollins criticized Williams for traumatizing his three children by committing suicide.
Regardless of how you feel about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, NO ONE is going to be a fan of this. Some company is now selling an Ice Bucket Challenge Halloween costume.
The costume is a blue plastic bucket with a sheet of plastic coming out, and fake ice cubes attached to the sheet. And that's it. I guess you have to walk around holding it over your head all night, so better make sure your shoulders are nice and strong.
The costume also comes with a blue ice cube tray that you can carry with your other hand.
It's on sale for $39.99, plus at least $10 for shipping and handling. And the company behind the costume says they'll donate $10 to ALS for every one they sell.
While college football fans have long found creative ways to catch a buzz during pre-game tailgate parties, the taps usually shut off once they arrive at their seats.
But more and more college football stadiums are now serving beer, with Southern Methodist, North Texas and Alabama's Troy University pushing the figure to 21 schools which have authorized beer sales in their on-campus venues (11 schools serve beer at off-campus stadiums).
Interestingly, when West Virginia started serving beer inside its stadium in 2011, alcohol-related incidents at Mountaineer Field went down dramatically, as fans got a lot less loaded prior to games.
So what do you think? Should college stadiums continue to serve alcohol as a means to get more fans into the seats?
FXX started its epic Every Simpsons Ever marathon yesterday and it will continue until September 1st.
The network spent $750 million acquiring all 25 seasons of The Simpsons, which will run every single one of the 552 Simpsons episodes in existence, plus 2007's feature film The Simpsons Movie.
The series will air 24 hours a day and precedes the network's planned October launch of a "Simpsons World" digital hub that will allow cable subscribers to watch every episode on demand via desktop, mobile device or set-top box.
Mo'ne Davis, the Philadelphia pitcher who keeps shutting out her male peers in the Little League World Series, can add another milestone to her resume: She's the first Little Leaguer of either gender to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.
"Last week, this week, maybe next week, she's owned the sports conversation," Sports Illustrated manager editor Chris Stone said. "How often do you get to say this about a 13-year-old girl? It's the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story."
The NFL may have overestimated how far musicians will go to play the halftime show of the Super Bowl.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the NFL reportedly asked Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay for money in exchange for securing the halftime slot, which ensures exposure to hundreds of millions of viewers.
However, sources told the Journal that the idea received a decidedly chilly reception when the NFL proposed it to the artists.
In the past, the NFL hasn't paid artists to play the halftime show, but has covered travel and lodging expenses.
A mom was fed up with her kids ignoring her phone calls, so she decided to do something about it!
Eventually, she developed an app called Ignore No More, which enables parents to effectively lock their child's phone from afar if they won't pick up. If a kid wants the password required to regain access to her usual array of smartphone accoutrements, she has to call home to get it.
“My son needs to call me because I’m the person that has the unlock password,” she says. “It takes away texting, it takes away the gaming, it takes away calling their friends.”
However, the child will still be able to call 911, should an emergency arise.
Kanye West and Paul McCartney might be recording together, according to The New York Post.
The Post quotes sources saying that West and McCartney have been secretly working in the studio together on a number of tracks that "could develop into an album"—including one number titled "Piss on My Grave."
Kanye was at McCartney's show in Los Angeles last week, too. As improbable as the pairing seems, McCartney said last year that he would be open to collaborating with hip-hop heavy hitters like Kanye West or Jay Z.
Earlier this year someone over at EliteDaily.com had an amazing idea: Follow LeBron’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers and pull together fictitious Hometown Teams for each NBA franchise, solely made up of players in the league that hail from that state or region.
Unfortunately, the Minnesota Timberwolves hometown starting five of Nate Wolters, Alan Anderson, Mike Miller, Mike Muscala and Kris Humphries was a bit underwhelming...
Well, now another awesome person from BestTickets.com has compiled hometown rosters for each of the teams in the NFL!
Were the Vikings able to field a more competitive hometown team than the Timberwolves did? Take a quick look above at the Minnesota Hometown Roster... Not bad huh?
How much time do Americans spend managing their fantasy football teams at work?
Two hours per day, according to a new study by a Chicago firm, which pencils out to approximately $13 billion per year in wasted wages over a 15-week fantasy football season.
"One cannot entirely dismiss widespread phenomenon such as fantasy football or deny that it has some impact on workplace productivity," said the firm’s CEO. “Undoubtedly there are managers, supervisors and IT professionals who will attest to a slowdown in output from certain workers around this time of year."
Here's a shocker: Most people wish they could take back their decision to get their ex's name tattooed on their body.
TheDaily Mailhas compiled a list of the top 10 most regretted tattoos, based on feedback from cosmetic clinic professionals.
Below are the culprits, starting with the biggest demand for removal:
1. Lower back tattoo (tramp stamp)
2. Tribal tattoos
3. Name of now insignificant partners
4. Drunken mistake
5. Changing body shape (the tattoo doesn’t look like it used to)
6. Poor quality (inking that went wrong)
7. Job hunting (visibility on places like wrists)
8. Music bands (bands breaking up)
9. Eye brows (not happy with look of them)
10. Change in interests (likes and dislikes have changed)
Just to take a step back for a moment and be fair, most of these stadiums are no longer considered new and have actually been around a very long time, but nonetheless are an embarrassment to their local fan base: i.e. Tropicana Field in Tampa and the Oakland Coliseum (Pictured above).
Soenjoy reading this list, and if you're from or know someone who lives in one of the cities where these buildings exist, say a prayer and hope for a new facility soon, because some of these venues are downright brutal!
Every once in a while, a veggie comes along that helps define a generation, lending his unique insight to a wide array of pop culture avenues. This is the story of the Hip-Hop Carrot, a weird-looking root vegetable whose picture was posted to reddit's Photoshop Battles page. Here are some of the best!
Who are the best American bands of the last 50 years?
Grantland's Steven Hyden has endeavored to answer this question by dividing America's greatest rockers (and rappers) by when they reigned supreme, with several holding the "title belt" for more than 12 months.
Click on this link to see Hyden's 22 titleholders, along with the years in which they were the best in America (you can read Hyden's flimsy rationale for not including Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street band in his preamble).
There has been no shortage of amazing fan catches at baseball games. From one-handed grabs by baby-toting dads, to gloveless wizards using their beer cups to make the grab, seemingly every night brings us a must-see clip.
Then came Monday at Wrigley Field, and the fan catch of the year.
Heck, perhaps it's the greatest MLB fan catch of all time.
Don't believe us? Watch this:
Yup... a gray-haired grandpa losing his balance, leaning over a fence and avoiding falling to his death by making a one-legged snag of a Mark Reynolds home run ball to grandma's delight.
Have you heard of the "Fire Challenge" yet? It is arguably the dumbest social media trend to date, in which people light themselves on fire and post the footage to Facebook, YouTube or other sites.
When Janie Talley's 16-year-old son wanted to take the challenge, she was apparently totally cool with it. But the cops weren't: When the boy suffered minor burns after lighting himself on fire with nail polish, police arrested Talley for her parental negligence.
The 41-year-old Talley "was present and aware of what her son [was] doing and facilitated the recording," the Charlotte Observer reported.
But where to draw the line when supporting your child's passions?
NASCAR driver TONY STEWART struck and killed 20-year-old driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race on Saturday night. And road rage may have been a factor . . . Ward got out of his car after spinning out, and walked over to confront Stewart as he made his way around the track again. Stewart's car swerved into Ward, and his body was thrown 50 feet down the track.
In an apparent attempt to lure U.S. patrons north of the border, KFC is going to start serving beer at two of its "KFC Fresh" locations in the Toronto area.
"KFC Fresh hand-crafted sandwiches and freshly grilled chicken wraps are stacked with taste that pairs perfectly with a cold beer. We'll be serving Molson Canadian, Coors Light, Coors Banquet and Heineken beers starting sometime this Fall," confirmed David Vivenes, KFC Canada's Chief Marketing Officer.
One of Vivenes' marketing colleagues told Eaterthat it may expand its alcoholic offerings to "other markets."
Let's hope these "other markets" are right here in the Valley!
The most credible report to date asserting that Minnesota power forward Kevin Love will be traded to Cleveland has emerged from the desk of Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, who insists that the Timberwolves will trade Love to the Cavaliers in exchange for the league's last two #1 picks, Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, as well as a future first-rounder.
The deal won't be officially consummated until August 23, however, due to league rules surrounding the trading of just-signed rookies like Wiggins.
Upon landing in Cleveland, where he'll reportedly sign a multi-year contract extension, Love will help form the NBA's most dynamic trio, along with point guard Kyrie Irving and some guy named LeBron James.
"Huge Kenny Loggins fan" Erick Sanchez is looking to turn his Washington, D.C., home into a veritable "Danger Zone," having launched a Kickstarter campaign bent on getting the soft-rock legend to play his living room.
"If you're looking to make a dream come true, put your money where your ears are and drop some cash," Sanchez writes in his fundraising appeal, which is well on its way to meeting its $30,000 goal. "Don't do it for me. Don't do it for Kenny…Do it for America."
Sanchez’s bid may be more legit than you’d think, as he’s already had a “heart to heart” discussion with Loggins about the proposed gig.
Fans of "Weird Al" Yankovic have started a petition on Change.org demanding that the wacky pop star be considered for next year's Super Bowl halftime show.
"Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event," fan "Ed B." from Seattle wrote in his somewhat awkwardly worded petition.
As of Wednesday morning, the petition--which looks like it went online Tuesday--had already garnered more than 4,500 signatures.
SPINprovides their Dream Set List for a "Weird Al" Super Bowl Halftime Show here.
Remember last winter – the 8th coldest winter EVER?
Remember starting your car at least 20 min before you left home? Remember all the consistantly icy roads? Remember leaving your water running to prevent pipes from freezing?... REMEMBER?!
Well to our dismay, the Weathermen are already rolling out their early forecasts for winter... and they DON'T look good. The team at Firsthand Weather has released their Preliminary 2014-15 Winter Forecast, and they're predicting well below temps...
There's a guy from Ohio whose screen name is "The General", and he left an Amazon review a few months back for the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, it's a thermostat you can control remotely from your phone.
He gave it five stars. And the reason he loves it is because he can mess with his wife since she cheated on him.
Turns out his wife found a new guy, cheated on him, ended things with him, and even kicked him out of the house. Now she and the new guy, a banker named Carl, get-it-on in the house.
And The General can mess with them while they get it on by changing the temperature on the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat from his cell phone.
Sometimes he'll drop the temperature down to 40 degrees. Sometimes he'll crank it up to 80. And sometimes, when they go on vacation, he blasts the air conditioning the entire time to drive up their electricity bill.
A hotel in tony Hudson, NY, has found a novel way to keep negative reviews off Yelp and other sites — fine any grousing guests.
The Union Street Guest House charges couples who book weddings at the venue $500 for every bad review posted online by their guests.
“Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not,” reads an online policy. “If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review . . . placed on any internet site by anyone in your party.”
If you take down the nasty review, you’ll get your money back. (Umm thanks?)
For any bad reviews that do make it online, the innkeepers aggressively post “mean spirited nonsense,” and “she made all of this up.” Click here for those...
Oddly, the hotel didn’t respond to a request for comment...
The first NFL preseason game was last night, which means football season is FINALLY here . . . and no one is forced to care about baseball again until March (especially us Twins fans). So let's kick it off right . . . with some negativity and hate!
A new survey on Reddit.com asked people to name the NFL team they hate the most . . . then broke the results down by state. And it's really interesting . . . the rivalries are all over the place.
There's no team that truly dominates, like the Yankees or Red Sox probably would in baseball, or how the Lakers would in basketball.
Mostly, states seem to focus on their legitimate division rivals. New York hates the Patriots. Most of New England hates the Jets. Louisiana hates the Falcons, Georgia hates the Saints. Illinois hates the Packers, Wisconsin hates the Bears.
There are a few good exceptions. Arizona hates the Steelers . . . who beat the Cardinals in their only Super Bowl appearance a few years back. Indiana hates the Patriots, thanks to Tom Brady constantly standing in the Colts' way.
And weirdly, Tennessee hates the Houston Texans. The Oilers left Houston a while back to become the Tennessee Titans . . . so I'm not sure why that made Tennessee angry at Houston . . . but for some reason, it did. Also, why would the Dakota's hate the Vikings as much as they do? They're the team next door... Odd.
(You can read more on each state's most hated NFL team here...)