Back in the Old West, every Texas Ranger needed a good horse. And the most committed members, probably had TWO. But does that also apply to the Texas Rangers BASEBALL TEAM in 2017?
Yesterday, the Rangers signed their stud second baseman ROUGNED ODOR to a new six-year, $49.5 million contract. And to seal the deal, they threw in TWO HORSES. (???) (It's pronounced Roog-ned Oh-DURE.)
He has four horses back at home in Venezuela . . . and when he's there, he rides every day. And we aren't talking about casual strolls around his property.
He's a full-on Venezuelan cowboy, who loves the sport 'bull-tailing,' where cowboys ride horses and work to grab the bull by the tail and 'flip' it. A bull is considered flipped when all four legs are sticking up.
But he's also a rancher who loves animals, so clearly Texas is the IDEAL spot for him. The Rangers wanted to make sure he knew he was the ideal guy for them too, so they tossed in two "elite" horses for him to have here in the U.S.
(Here's a photo of them, which the journalist insists is NOT a joke.)
A comet is getting closer to Earth than it ever has before, and that's no joke. The Comet 41 P/Tuttle-Giacombini-Kresák will be as close as 13.2 million miles from our planet between now and Monday, April 3rd. It will be closest tomorrow (Saturday, April 1st), but even then you likely won't be able to see it with the naked eye. Space.com says stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere should look through a small telescope or binoculars to see the comet. The last time this comet came around was May of 1973, when it appeared 10,000 times brighter than normal-- a mystery that has yet to be explained.
Crayola revealed yesterday (March 30th) that the golden-yellow "Dandelion" crayon is being taken out of its classic 24-crayon box, breaking the news one day earlier than they'd originally planned. Instead, Crayola will devote today -- which is National Crayon Day -- to unveiling Dandelion's replacement, which will be revealed at an event in Times Square that will be livestreamed on Facebook.
Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN is accused of drugging and raping a woman at a Florida hotel.
The 27-year-old woman told police she and Irvin left a Fort Lauderdale bar in the early hours of March 21st, and went to his hotel room. She started feeling sick, and then the last thing she remembers is fighting him off.
When she woke up the next morning, Irvin was leaving the room to check out. She took an Uber home and called 911. She also texted him, asking if they had sex, and he told her he wouldn't do anything to hurt her.
Michael's version of the events is a lot different. He claims the woman FOLLOWED him back to his room, but he had an early flight, and he was only there for 15 minutes. And he claims another man was there.
Michael's lawyer calls the allegations "completely false," and says the woman was, quote, "very drunk that night." These days, Irvin is an analyst for the NFL Network. (TMZ)
I think most of us are too trusting of Wikipedia, considering that its entire mission statement is basically, "Hey you! Dummy! Write this encyclopedia entry for us, k cool?" And here's a perfect example.
A 22-year-old guy named Justin Miret got pulled over in Port St. Lucie, Florida on Friday for blowing a stop sign. And the cop found Justin had a suspended license and no insurance.
So he was arrested for, you know, driving with a suspended license and without insurance.
And as the police officer was putting him in the cop car, Justin complained, quote, "That's the last time I listen to Wikipedia about driving. It said I would just get a ticket."
He's going to be in court in two weeks for a hearing.
There are some mornings where I'm pretty sure there's NO coffee in the world that's strong enough to wake me up. Now I'm LITERALLY going to be able to put that to the test. The world's STRONGEST coffee is finally on sale in America.
It's called Black Insomnia Coffee, and it debuted in South Africa last year. It has 702 milligrams of caffeine in a 12-ounce cup.
That's more than three times the caffeine in the same size cup at Starbucks . . . about nine times the caffeine in a can of Red Bull . . . or 21 times the caffeine in a can of Coke.
That's still a safe amount to drink, although you always need to be careful with extreme amounts of caffeine. A study from 2005 found it probably takes five grams of caffeine to put your life in danger . . . which would be seven cups of this coffee.
Black Insomnia just went on sale on Amazon and it sold out immediately, but you can hop on their waiting list to get an alert when it's available again.
Alec Baldwin found his comedic soul-mate in 30 Rock producer, writer, actor and comedy queen Tina Fey. But according to a revealing new cover story in Vanity Fair, Baldwin’s feelings were not always merely friendly.
"When I first met Tina Fey—beautiful and brunette, smart and funny, by turns smug and diffident and completely uninterested in me or anything I had to say—I had the same reaction that I’m sure many men and women have: I fell in love," he says in the article, which is an excerpt of his book, Nevertheless: A Memoir.
Sadly, the 58-year-old comic was spurned when he asked if Fey was single. "She pointed to a man sitting along the wall. Or maybe he was standing? This was Jeff Richmond, Tina’s husband. Jeff is diminutive. Tina describes him as 'travel-size.' When I saw him, I thought, What’s she doing with him?"
Baldwin also reveals that what has become one of his signature roles – his impression of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live – almost didn’t happen.
“When [SNL producer] Lorne [Michaels] called me and asked, ‘Do you want to do this?,’ I said, ‘No, I don’t want to be Trump on TV!’ Because anytime you do any kind of mimicry, it’s of somebody that you appreciate,” Baldwin, who’s hosted SNL a record 17 times throughout his career, writes. “I didn’t hate Trump. I just didn’t want to play him. But Tina and Lorne pushed me, so I finally said yes.”
In a video interview with Vanity Fair he explains further: “I was supposed to do a film. And the people who were doing the film were supposed to escrow money to guarantee that I would get paid. And they didn’t put the money in escrow. And that’s when I hung up and said I’m not going to go do the movie and I’m going to go do the thing with Lorne. And I think to myself, ‘What if I hadn’t done that?’… It’s turned out to be this incredible opportunity.”
April’s issue of Vanity Fair hits newsstands Thursday, March 30th. Nevertheless: A Memoir is due out this month from Harper.
A 46-year-old woman in New York named Shannon Lombardo recently threw out her wedding ring AND her engagement ring. She put them in a paper towel after she cleaned them, and threw it in the trash.
By the time she realized, the city had already picked up the trash from her building. So she figured they were gone.
But someone at the sanitation department told her not to give up. So she and her husband went to a processing center in Jersey where they store trash before it goes to a landfill.
Workers were able to pinpoint which garbage truck picked up their trash, and narrowed it down to a pile of 800 bags. Then two workers named Sekou Callender and Gabriel Moreno helped sift through it all. And Gabriel FOUND the rings less than an hour later.
Shannon says the rings have new meaning to her now, because it proved there's, quote, "hope and goodness in the world." Gabriel says this type of thing is pretty common though, and they train for it.
Another woman in New York did the same thing back in November, and found her rings. And a woman in Missouri tossed a 12.5-carat ring worth 400 GRAND in the trash last year but got it back.
You're going to learn a LOT about your priorities by how you answer this one simple question: What's better, a good night of sleep or good sex?
According to a new survey, 64% of people say they'd rather have . . . a good night of sleep. What happened to all of us? We used to be so horny.
If you break it down by gender, 78% of women pick good sleep over good sex. Men are split exactly 50-50.
The survey also found the top five things that contribute to a good night of sleep. They are: A great mattress . . . the room being a good temperature . . . a dark room . . . silence . . . and good pillows.
Cash Cab is coming back. Discovery Channel announced that it is reviving the Emmy-winning game show, which previously ran for 10 seasons until its cancelation in 2012. The series will return later this year. While the new Cash Cab will still feature the usual unsuspecting passengers getting into innocuous cabs only to find out they're part of a game show, the revival will include the added bonus of sometimes featuring celebrities behind the wheel. Passengers will still be evicted from the cab should they get three questions wrong, and a cash prize will still be up for grabs. Comedian David Steinberg has signed on as executive producer, though a host has yet to be announced.
Playing hard to get is not in the cards for Val Kilmer.
The 57-year-old Top Gun star spent much of the weekend posting bizarre, besotted tweets detailing his admiration for Cate Blanchett, on a personal and professional level.
A typical post explained how he once flew all the way to Australia just to chat, but was stymied by her husband: “Once I flew all the way to Australia just to talk to Cate Blanchett. Her husband met me first. Or, instead, I guess, to be accurate.”
A follow-up tweet included this unsolicited glimpse into his psyche: “And recently I’ve had 2 dreams with #CateBlanchett in them. Her husband wasn’t in either of them.”
Blanchett, 47, is married to Australian playwright Andrew Upton. They share four children together: Dashiell John, 15; Roman Robert, 12; Ignatius Martin, 8; and Edith Vivian Patricia, whose adoption the couple announced three years ago.
Blanchett and Kilmer appeared 2003’s The Missing together and both have small roles in Terrence Malick’s Song to Song.
City living isn't always easy, but a new study shows those who put up with the hustle and bustle are more patient than those who live in suburbia. Published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers had participants think about densely populated areas and then gave them a survey asking about when they wanted to have children, or when they would prefer to receive a reward (a small amount now, or a larger amount later.) Results across all six experimental conditions found those who thought about densely-populated areas typically prolonged their preparation time for life events. This means two things: 1) that environments are still affecting human behavior in an evolutionary way, and 2) that city dwellers may seem like they are living the fast life now, but in life overall they take things slower.
The public memorial for CARRIE FISHER and her mom DEBBIE REYNOLDS went down Saturday at Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. About 1,200 people were there.
It included a speech by DAN AYKROYD, who was once engaged to Carrie . . . an appearance by R2-D2 . . . music by "Star Wars" composer JOHN WILLIAMS . . . and a brand new original song by family friend JAMES BLUNT, called "I'm Here to Let You Go".
Debbie's son Todd Fisher called the event, quote, "a show and not a memorial because my mother didn't like memorials and funerals."
There were several dance numbers featuring students from Debbie's dance school, including an homage to one of her most famous movies, "Singin' in the Rain" . . . and a performance by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.
Aykroyd told the crowd he once had to perform the Heimlich on Carrie when she choked on a Brussel sprout. And he said, quote, "I know these women will have a song for us when we arrive at the crossing. After all, we're only seconds behind."
So the Final Four on Saturday will be UNC vs. Oregon, and South Carolina vs. Gonzaga. They beat Xavier on Saturday, even though they made a weird shot on the wrong basket at one point. Gonzaga Scores on Bounce Off Floor.
The new "CHIPS" movie is definitely trying to be its own thing. It's a goofy comedy, whereas the original was only UNINTENTIONALLY funny. They even changed the name by putting it in all caps.
In the original series, the "i" and the "s" were lowercase, because they don't mean anything. They were just added to make an acronym out of "California Highway Patrol".
That being said, ERIK ESTRADA does have a cameo. But the Jon to his Ponch, LARRY WILCOX, does not. Because he wasn't asked. He told Vulture.com, quote, "Basically, I wasn't invited to my own party."
Larry actually had the rights to the show for a while, but his ability to do anything with them was always held up by threats of a lawsuit from the original creator. And when Larry tried to pitch a movie version, this guy beat him to the punch. He's producing the new "CHIPS", and Larry's out in the cold.
Interestingly enough, there's NOT bad blood between Larry and Erik, even though there was back in the day. Larry says, quote, "I only really see him at signings and charity events . . . Erik's a funny character.
"As I've matured, I've realized he's just an entertaining, smart-aleck guy."
Old-school BOSTON drummer JOHN "SIB" HASHIAN died Wednesday on a CRUISE SHIP. He was on one of those "Legends of Rock" cruises, and was actually performing when he collapsed.
Both CPR and a defibrillator failed to resuscitate him. He was 67. There's no word on the cause of death.
Hashian played on Boston's first two albums . . . a.k.a. THE GOOD ONES: Their self-titled debut in 1976, and the 1978 follow-up "Don't Look Back".
One of Hashian's daughters has been in a relationship with DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON since 2007, and they have a kid together. The Rock posted a family photo on Instagram, and said, quote, "Rest In Peace & Love to my second dad Sib Hashian . . . What an amazing family he created, loved, watched over and protected."
And the band said, quote, "Sib's high-energy drumming on the early Boston albums and tours leaves a legacy that will be remembered by millions." (If you look at old pictures of Boston, Sib was the one with the POWER 'FRO.)
It feels like this was only a matter of time: Someone just turned Girl Scout Cookies into BEER.
The Southern Tier Brewing Company in New York just made a new beer called Thick Mint . . . which is a high-alcohol stout that's brewed with cocoa and mint to taste like Thin Mints.
Now . . . the beer isn't officially sanctioned by the Girl Scouts, but it dances around a trademark violation just enough that you should be able to get your hands on it if you want to try it. You can find where it's for sale near you at STBCBeer.com.
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Breakfast cereal sales continue to fall, with both parents and health-conscious Millennials put off by years of stories about all the sugar in them and also perhaps by the cost. But London-based startup Cereal Motel is using a different appeal to sell the traditional breakfast food to adults, creating products with racy names and box designs. The company sells four cereals on its website, called Vice Krispies, Porn Flakes, Booty Pops and Sugar Tits, which retail for about $10 each. Vice Krispies, similar to Cocoa Krispies, is a chocolate multigrain rice. Porn Flakes compare to Corn Flakes, Sugar Tits are like Frosted Flakes, and Corn Pops become Booty Pops. All have suggestive box-front images, including the Booty Pops design that's a spoof on Kim Kardashian's photo that broke the internet from the cover of Paper magazine that showed champagne flowing from a bottle in her hands over her head into a glass perched on her famous bottom. (Foodbeast)
The NFL's war on touchdown celebrations has reached a NEW level of absurdity. Which is saying something . . . because the league has been very fixated on eliminating these celebrations for years now.
The Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent says they're putting together some sort of "educational training video," which will, quote, "show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations." (???)
Obviously, that's ridiculous . . . and no 'educational' video is going to be taken seriously by the players. It couldn't NOT be lame even if QUENTIN TARANTINO directed it, and it involved Sam Jackson fighting snakes with a jackhammer on Air Force One.
When it comes down to it, end zone celebrations are always going to walk a subjective line, and the only thing the league can REALLY do to stop it is ramp up the personal fines and team penalties. But ultimately, I have to ask: WHY?
Yes, if the celebrations are WAY over the top or vulgar, then they deserve unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. But most of them are harmless emotion and fun, that only last a few seconds. Is it really THAT big of a problem?
Apparently dogs don't even have the patience to play Monopoly. A Redditor shared a photo on the social networking site purporting to show an X-ray of a Monopoly game piece dog swallowed by a real dog. Posted by Reddit user brainyblond, the unmistakable shape of the Yorkie dog from the classic board game is visible. Brainyblond wrote, "No joke-- everyone in the vet office was giggling all day because of this. First, because it was a dog, second, we got a beautiful picture of it!!
Americans like Labrador retrievers so much that it's almost getting boring.
The American Kennel Club just released their list of the most popular dog breeds from last year. And for the 26th year in a ROW, people brought home new Labrador retrievers more than any other breed. Here are the top 10 . . .
The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years last season, so it's no surprise that it's being turned into a movie. Former Chicago catcher DAVID ROSS is behind it.
He retired after the World Series, and is now a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars".
He has a book on the way called "Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages". It'll be out on May 9th, and the movie will be partially based on it.
In fact, the working title of the movie is also "Teammate: My Life in Baseball" . . . although, it's easy to see that being changed.
Ross says, quote, "It was said all during the 2016 season that if you made a movie about the magical run with all its amazing subplots, no one would believe it. Guess what? Believe it!" There's no timetable for the movie yet.
(David seems like a great guy, but this book seems very personal to him. For the movie to be successful, it would probably have to draw on a lot of the Cubs lore . . . but he only spent two seasons in Chicago.)
(It was a thrilling World Series, and it was a dominant Cubs season, but the MAGNITUDE of the win was almost entirely about the ups and downs over the past century . . . not merely a singular, "magical run.")
Now that hackers have violated every female celebrity's privacy by hacking their iPhones, they're moving on to the rest of us. And this ain't good.
Apparently, a group of hackers called the Turkish Crime Family managed to get a list of at least 300 million people's iCloud passwords.
And they've told Apple they're going to log into those accounts and remotely wipe the data on ALL of their iPhones on April 7th . . . unless Apple pays them a ransom. They want either $75,000 in Bitcoin or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards.
They say if Apple pays up, they'll delete the list . . . but it's a tricky spot for Apple. $100,000 is insignificant to a company that big . . . but once you start negotiating with hackers and blackmailers, it sets a dangerous precedent.
So what should YOU do? One, you should back up anything that's important from your phone ASAP, especially photos. Two, change your iCloud password.
And three, hope that either the hackers are bluffing or Apple figures out how to protect you so this just winds up being a false alarm.
If you use a public restroom in China you should probably only plan to go number one, just to be on the safe side. One of the busiest bathrooms in Beijing will now only give toilet paper to those who use a face-scanner. The Guardian reports the move has been made to combat widespread toilet paper theft by the elderly. Here’s how it works: If you want toilet paper, you need to stand in front of a high definition camera for three seconds after removing any hats or glasses. Only then will you receive your toilet paper ration of 60 centimeters (nearly two feet). If you show up too often, you’ll be denied. And you better make sure your business is done the first time, because you need to wait nine minutes to receive another toilet paper ration. http://www.menshealth.com/guy-wisdom/china-face-scanner-toilet-paper-theft
Would you bleed in order to woo someone? Eighteen-year-old Lee DePaauw from Queensland, Australia was drinking with a group of friends that included British tourist Sophie Paterson. He sought to impress Paterson by jumping into the Johnston River to prove "backpacks were more likely to get eaten by a crocodile than Australians." That theory didn't hold up, as Paterson says she then "watched in horror" as a ten-foot gator chomped up De Paauw's arm. De Pauuw was dragged nearly 20 feet by the croc until he punched it in the eye with his other, less maimed arm. The teen is still in the hospital receiving treatment for broken bones and several gauges. Paterson has agreed to go on a movie date once De Pauuw is released from the hospital. De Paauw told local media, "It was all worth it. She's beautiful, caring, and kind.
A woman in Canada proposed to her boyfriend with a bouquet of Doritos "roses" during a Vancouver Canucks hockey game. Amanda Mussio's boyfriend, Brandon Haubrich, was selected "at random" to participate in the stadium's "Puck Shuffle" when he unveiled a message that read "Will you marry me?"
by Guiness World Recordsposted Mar 20 2017 12:00PM
An Austrian guy who competes in those World's Strongest Man competitions recently set a world record . . . by letting four guys on motorcycles try to rip his LIMBS off. They tied his arms and legs to four motorcycles, and revved the engines until he couldn't take it anymore. His final time was 24 seconds!!
"Beauty and the Beast" set box office records with a massive $170 million opening at the U.S. box office. It was the biggest opening ever for a PG movie. The previous record-holder was last year's "Finding Dory", with $135 million.
It also snagged the record for best March opening . . . taking the title from "Batman v. Superman", which debuted to $166 million last March.
"Beauty and the Beast" also had the 7th best opening of all time in the U.S., and it's the second-best non-summer opening behind "The Force Awakens", with $248 million.
All this success means EMMA WATSON is going to make serious bank here. She was paid $3 million upfront, but depending on how well "Beauty and the Beast" does, she could pocket up to $15 million. And its total worldwide box office . . . after ONE WEEKEND, remember . . . is already at $350 million. So she's not gonna starve.
Here's this weekend's Top 10:
1. NEW: "Beauty and the Beast", $170 million.
2. "Kong: Skull Island", $28.9 million. Up to $110.1 million in its 2nd week.
3. "Logan", $17.5 million. Up to $184 million in its 3rd week.
4. "Get Out", $13.2 million. Up to $133.1million in its 4th week.
5. "The Shack", $6.1 million. Up to $42.6 million in its 3rd week.
6. "Lego Batman", $4.7 million. Up to $167.4 million in its 6th week.
7. NEW: "The Belko Experiment", $4.1 million.
8. "Hidden Figures", $1.5 million. Up to $165.6 million in its 13th week.
9. "John Wick: Chapter 2", $1.2 million. Up to $89.8 million in its 6th week.
10. "Before I Fall", $1 million. Up to $11.3 million in its 3rd week.
Rock 'n' roll legend CHUCK BERRY passed away on Saturday afternoon at his home in Missouri. He was 90. He'd been found unresponsive, and when the EMTs arrived, they were unable to revive him.
According to Chuck's family, his health had deteriorated recently, but he spent his last days at home surrounded by his family and friends.
Chuck was one of the pioneers of rock music, and is best known for the songs "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock and Roll Music", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Johnny B. Goode", and "My Ding-a-Ling".
He was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986.
"Rolling Stone" ranked him fifth on a list of the '100 Greatest Artists of All-Time,' and they also ranked him seventh on a list of the '100 Greatest Guitarists.'
Writer Chuck Klosterman has said that in 300 years Chuck will still be remembered as the rock musician who most closely captured the essence of rock and roll.
And John Lennon once said, quote, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."
Last fall, Chuck announced that he was recording his first album of new material in 38 years. It's called "Chuck", and it sounds like he was able to finish it. It'll be out sometime this year, but there's no release date yet.
The album is dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta 'Toddy' Berry. In the announcement, he said, quote, "My darlin', I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
The list of musicians who were influenced by Chuck Berry is very long, but it's topped by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Yesterday, Mick Jagger said, quote, "I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever."
Bruce Springsteen said, "He was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived."
Alice Cooper said, quote, "All of us in rock have now lost our father."
And Brian Wilson said Chuck taught him how to write rock, and inspired him as a lyricist.
If your pizza comes with the wrong toppings, you've got three options. Eat it anyway, send it back, or THIS I guess . . .
An 18-year-old guy named Djuan Bowers and two friends ordered pizza at a place in Nashville on Tuesday. One of his friends was a 17-year-old named Tynerick Turner. The other was a 16-year-old whose name hasn't been released.
But whoever made their pizza put the wrong toppings on it. It's not clear if they complained, but while they were driving away, they retaliated by OPENING FIRE on the pizza place.
Apparently the 16-year-old was the one who pulled the trigger. Luckily they didn't hit anyone, and no one was hurt.
An undercover cop happened to be doing surveillance nearby when it happened. So he started tailing them and called for backup.
Police found three guns in their car, including one that was stolen. And it turned out the car they were in was ALSO stolen.
They're facing a bunch of charges, including weapons possession, auto theft, and aggravated assault.
Someone looked at a bunch of scientific studies, and came up with a list of random things, and the age when you're BEST at them. At least statistically. Here are the ten we thought were interesting . . .
1. Learning a new language. Your ability to do it peaks when you're around 7 or 8.
2. Remembering people's names . . . 22 years old.
3. Finding someone to marry . . . 26 years old.
4. Running a marathon . . . 28 years old.
5. Playing chess . . . 31 years old.
6. Remembering people's faces . . . also 31 years old.
7. Winning a Nobel Prize . . . 40 years old. That's when the average winner has done it.
8. Making your peak salary at work . . . 39 years old for women, and 48 for men.
9. Doing math in your head . . . believe it or not, around 50 years old.
10. Having a strong vocabulary . . . late 60s or early 70s. There's a bit of a decline after that.
And in general, our happiness level peaks at 23, and again at 69.
Guys don't generally wear cologne because they like it. It's all about attracting the ladies. Which is why this is brilliant: A fragrance company called Demeter just released a new scent that makes you smell like KITTENS.
It's called "Kitten Fur," and they describe the scent as, quote, "the olfactory essence of the warmth and comfort [from] just behind a kitten's neck."
A four-ounce bottle costs $40 at DemeterFragrance.com. You can also get a sample for $3 . . . a bottle of kitten-scented body wash for $20 . . . or some kitten-scented lotion for $22.
If kittens aren't your thing, their other scents include "Popcorn" . . . "Giant Sequoia" . . . "New Baby" . . . and "Gin and Tonic."
Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you're planning on going out and downing a few too many adult beverages to celebrate, here are four things you can do to prevent a massive hangover . . .
1. Drink Gatorade or coconut water. It's smart to have a glass of water between drinks so you don't get dehydrated . . . but coconut water or Gatorade is even better. They hydrate you AND replace electrolytes, which are nutrients you lose when you drink.
2. Take vitamins. Hangovers aren't JUST about dehydration. Inflammation and the production of free radicals in your body also make you feel like crap. Antioxidants help with that, so pop a multivitamin, or drink acai or pomegranate juice before going out.
3. Order a burger instead of a salad. The severity of a hangover is directly related to how you metabolize alcohol . . . and THAT depends a lot on what you eat.
You want to eat a meal that contains carbs, protein, and fat BEFORE you go out drinking . . . and red meat has an especially high concentration of amino acids and B vitamins that help process the negative byproducts of alcohol.
4. Stick with clear liquor. Vodka and gin have fewer toxins and impurities than dark spirits like whisky and rum.
Unfortunately, all the preparation in the world can't guarantee that you won't get a hangover. So here are four things you definitely SHOULDN'T do if you end up with one . . .
1. Don't take Tylenol. Acetaminophen and alcohol are both processed in the liver. So when you mix the two, your liver is forced to work overtime . . . and toxic byproducts can accumulate. And even a little bit of those byproducts can cause liver damage.
2. Don't drink OJ. It's not dangerous like taking Tylenol is, but the acidity of the citrus juice might not sit well with your stomach and it could make you feel WORSE.
3. Don't have more than one or two cups of coffee.
Coffee is a diuretic, so it can dehydrate you even further when you're already dehydrated. And caffeine narrows blood vessels, which increases blood pressure, so if you have a headache, it could make it worse.
4. Don't drink more alcohol. It's true that drinking more the next day when you're hung over CAN make you feel better, simply because alcohol dulls your senses. But it's only temporary relief, and ultimately you're prolonging the agony.
Your body eventually has to process all the toxins you spent all night shoving in it, and drinking more just extends the timetable.
Yoga pants might be really comfortable, but they're hurting the environment. Researchers say comfy clothes like yoga pants, fleece jackets, and sweat-wicking athletic items are made from synthetic materials that shed microscopic plastic fibers called "microfibers" when they're laundered. The wastwater system eventually flushes these microfibers into natural waterways, which eventually reach the ocean. Other recent studies have shown that microfibers can end up in the stomachs of marine animals, including seafood, like oysters. Experts increasingly suggest that manufacturers of washing machines may need to be targeted next in efforts to reduce plastic waste in the oceans...
You've probably heard the stat that you have a one in 9.2 QUINTILLION chance of filling out a perfect NCAA tournament bracket. And while that's technically true . . . it's not QUITE accurate.
That number is based on you flipping a coin to predict every game. In reality, there are certain things that are almost certain to happen in the tournament . . . like the four number one seeds beating the four number 16 seeds.
And, if you follow basketball during the year, you can make educated predictions about other games too. Upsets will always happen, and that's where you'll need some luck to kick in . . . but all in all, your odds of a perfect bracket aren't THAT bad.
According to ESPN, if you've got some knowledge about college basketball, your odds of a perfect bracket are about one in one or two billion.
Those are still crazy odds . . . but WAY better than one in 9.2 quintillion, right?
Getting hammered on St. Patrick's Day is a longstanding tradition . . . in America. St. Patrick's Day wasn't a big party in Ireland until AFTER Irish Americans started doing it. Here are four other traditions that aren't actually Irish . . .
1. Pinching people for not wearing green. America invented it . . . and no one likes it.
2. Drinking green beer. That's another one we came up with. Most bars in Ireland don't serve it. If you want to be authentic, drink Guinness or Irish whiskey.
3. Drinking Irish Car Bombs. That's when you drop a shot of Irish whiskey and Bailey's into a pint of Guinness, and chug it. A guy in Connecticut came up with it in 1979.
But the name is a reference to the terrorist attacks in Ireland when the IRA was active, so obviously a lot of Irish people think it's offensive.
4. Wearing green leprechaun top hats. In traditional Irish folklore, leprechauns wore pointy hats . . . and they were RED. Not to mention that St. Patrick was traditionally associated with the color blue.
Hacking has been in the news because of the whole Trump wire-tap thing. KellyAnne Conway said microwaves can turn into cameras over the weekend, and the Internet went nuts with it.
Here are four ways to deal with gadgets that really CAN spy on you . . .
1. Put tape over your computer camera. You'll feel like a conspiracy theorist, but it makes it impossible for hackers to use it. You can also disable your mic. Some people even crack open their laptop and REMOVE the microphone.
2. Don't let every phone app track your location. Some of them don't have the same level of security as things like Facebook and Google Maps. So they might be easier to hack into. You can change your tracking preferences in your settings.
3. Update your phone's software. Hackers are constantly creating fresh viruses, and finding new ways to hack into stuff. A lot of those software updates include security fixes that make it harder.
4. Turn off your phone's voice-recognition feature. Newer phones have a "hands free" option, so you don't have to push the button to ask a question. Like with new iPhones, you can just say "Hey Siri," and she'll respond.
Meaning she's always listening in, waiting for you to say it. Which could make it easier for hackers to listen in. Google Home and Amazon Echos do it too. But they both have a mute button that lets you turn the microphone on and off.
"Bon Jovi’s latest tour is a little different from the band’s previous travels around the country. The reason: the absence of Richie Sambora. This is the first time Jon Bon Jovi and company have kicked off a tour without Sambora, who left the group in 2013. As Bon Jovi recalls it, it was an abrupt departure...."
Who says the elderly can't party? Doreen Grett is a grandma who was so down to take shots with a group of college girls while vacationing in Mexico. Doreen's granddaughter, Peyton Grett, tweeted a screenshot photo of her dear old granny preparing to take a shot with a group of girls she met on her vacation. Doreen captioned the photo of her and her new BFFs with "Shots with the girls", and in that moment, Twitter fell in love with the party animal. One of the members of Doreen's new squad, Anna Amsberry, replied to Payton's tweet with a video of Doreen and the girls taking shots, and said that they were so glad to have met their new friend...
Some people have a knack for taking a sick joke too far. Police were called to the home of Micah Risner and Nataleigh Schlette in Sandusky, Ohio on Thursday (March 9th) night after getting 9-1-1 calls from three 'hysterical' family members. The concern arose after Risner posted photos on Facebook of Schlette covered in ketchup in their bathtub along with an apology for killing her as a practical joke. Both Risner and Schlette were arrested and charged with inducing panic.
I'm gonna go ahead and say Nick Nolte was in no way a part of this study.
I have a LOT of personal proof that alcohol is a GREAT way to forget things . . . for better or worse . . . but apparently that's not entirely true. According to a new study, alcohol doesn't make you forget things . . . in fact, it HELPS your memory.
Now, there's a catch. Basically, alcohol helps you remember things really well from right BEFORE you started drinking.
And the researchers think it could be because the booze stops new memories from being formed . . . so nothing is competing for space in your brain with those memories you made right before you got drunk.
Kong: Skull Island pulled in $61 million on its opening weekend, a 35% bump over industry projections four weeks ago and $11 million more thanThe Hollywood Reporter thought the Warner Bros./Legendary monster pic would reap.
Positive word-of-mouth may be helping to drive the movie’s success. RelishMix reports that hashtag activity for Kong tripled since Thursday from 5.2K to 17.3K on Saturday across Twitter and Instagram.
Logan also had a good weekend, with the Wolverine threequel raking in $37.9 million in its second weekend. Get Out surged past $100 million total on Saturday, the shortest time a Blumhouse title has ever taken to reach that pinnacle, beating Split’s 19-day run to $100 million.
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The Top 10 Takes at the Box Office
1.) Kong: Skull Island (20th/Leg): $61M /Wk 1
2.) Logan (Fox): $37.9M (-57%)/Total: $152.7M/Wk 2
3.) Get Out (UNI): $21.07M (-25%)/Total: $111.05M/Wk 3
4.) The Shack (LG): $10M (-38%) /Total: $32.2M/Wk 2
5). The LEGO Batman Movie (WB): $7.8M (-33%) / Total: $159M/Wk 5
6.) Before I Fall (OR): $3.1M (-33%)/Total: $9M/Wk 2
7.) Hidden Figures (FOX): $2.765M (-27%) / Total: $162.86M / Wk 12
8.) John Wick: Chapter 2 (LGF): $2.7M (-44%) / Total:$87.4M / Wk 5
9.) La La Land (LGF): $1.77M (-41%) / Total: $148.4M / Wk 14
10.) Fifty Shades Darker (UNI): $1.63M (-54%) / Total: $112.9M/ Wk 5
According to a new survey, only 17% of us get at least eight hours of sleep a night. And with Daylight Saving Time, it's even lower today. Here are the top eight reasons your job might be harder because of the time change . . .
1. It seems like your day goes slower. That was the number one answer. 29% of the people in the survey agreed with it.
2. Being tired makes you feel less motivated.
3. It makes you less productive.
4. You have a harder time remembering stuff.
5. It takes longer to complete certain tasks.
6. You get irritated by your coworkers more easily.
7. You make more mistakes.
8. It makes you resent your job more.
Also, a new CDC study looked at which jobs mess with people's sleep schedules the most. The jobs where you're least likely to get at least seven hours of sleep include switchboard operators, railway workers, food prep supervisors, and firefighters.
The jobs where you're MOST likely to get enough sleep include air traffic controllers . . . church workers . . . teachers . . . and farmers.
If DAX SHEPARD ever dies mysteriously, his wife KRISTEN BELL is probably going to jail. Even if she didn't do it. And it's Dax's fault.
"Entertainment Weekly" sent Kristen to interview "Dateline" host KEITH MORRISON, in honor of the show's 25th anniversary. And since Keith has hosted a million episodes about spouses who kill each other, she admitted something to him.
She said, quote, "My husband is a bit of a jokester and once searched on my phone, 'How to get away with murdering my husband.' If he ends up dead, how much trouble do you think I'm in?"
And Keith basically told her she's SCREWED . . . because it's on HER phone, and she can't prove who did it.
I think it's safe to call Panda Express "inauthentic" Chinese food. And now, we can call it inauthentic MEXICAN food too.
Because there are four Panda Express locations in southern California that are now serving ORANGE CHICKEN BURRITOS. The burrito shell is a scallion pancake, and you fill the burrito with rice or chow mein, orange chicken, and toppings.
There's no word on whether they plan on taking this nationwide.
The website Glassdoor.com just released their list of the highest paying jobs in America in 2017, and it sure is lucrative to be a drug dealer.
A legal one, since almost all of the top jobs are medicine and pharmaceutical related. Although I'm sure the guys doing it illegally are pulling in solid cash too. Anyway, here are the 10 best-paying jobs, and their average salary . . .
It's probably eating ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER alive that he can't run for president. Especially now that he's trading online barbs with PRESIDENT TRUMP. He'd probably like nothing more than to be the one to send him packing in 2020.
But maybe there's another way. Sources say he might run for the Senate in 2018. But not as a Republican, like he was when he was governor of California.
His views are so different from Trump's, that he'd run as an independent . . . and he'd probably spend a lot of time OPPOSING Trump and getting under his skin.
His rep won't admit it, though. He says, quote, "Right now [Arnold's] focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California.
"We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that."
A 45-year-old guy named Gregory Heilig crashed his car in Gainesville, Florida on Sunday and blocked a lane of traffic. When the cops got there, they gave him a breathalyzer test, and he blew a .233 and .237 . . . around three times the legal limit.
And when they told him the results, he admitted he was driving drunk because, quote, "I can't argue with physics. Physics is physics."
I'm not sure if they had the heart to tell him the breathalyzer test is actually chemistry. Anyway, he was arrested for DUI and damaging property.
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly star in the latest "King Kong" remake, but don't call it that. They'd rather you say it's "a completely new original story that redefines the myth of Kong." Whatever.
John Goodman commissions an expedition to an uncharted island to prove that monsters exist. It takes place in the '70s, at the end of the Vietnam War, with Samuel L. Jackson leading troops who end up at war with the other monsters on the island.
The Kong in this movie is over 100 feet tall and still growing. So by the time they do the "Godzilla vs Kong " sequel in 2020, he should be a lot bigger than what you see here.
There have been lots of rumors about iPhone 8 kicking around for some time now, and the latest one is that Apple will call the new model "iPhone Edition." It wouldn't be the first time Apple has used the Edition tag-- the luxury version of the Apple Watch also carried the label, and costs $1,249. So this rumor does nothing to quell fears that the next iPhone could cost upwards of $1,000. The name also suggests that the Edition version will be a premium iPhone, perhaps unveiled alongside an iPhone 7S and 7S Plus...
There's a 45-year-old guy in Asheville, North Carolina named Walter Beals, who recently lost a ton of weight by climbing stairs on his lunch break.
He used to be about 440 pounds. Then he started climbing the stairs at the courthouse where he works, and lost 170 pounds. So he's down to about 270 now.
He walks up eight flights . . . takes the elevator back down to save his knees . . . and then does it 12 more times. Which is like walking to the top of a 100-story building.
A while back, he started comparing it to stuff to stay motivated. Like, how many floors would it take to climb to the top of Mount Everest? Then once he passed that, he decided to go the whole way to OUTER SPACE.
He had to climb the equivalent of 50 miles to do it . . . or 21 THOUSAND flights of stairs . . . and finally got there last week. He wore an astronaut costume, and a bunch of friends waited for him at the top with a sign that said, "Welcome to Space."
But here's the part he didn't expect. He met a woman online a while back named Susannah, who thought the stair thing was a cool idea. So she asked if she could come climb stairs WITH him. And now they're a couple.
What a strange era we live in, where a kid messing with his sister becomes international news. You know, back in my day, we messed with our sisters just for the love of messing with them, not to get famous.
A kid named Samuel Annis from Johnstown, Ohio didn't think his sister was taking good care of her goldfish, so he took them out of her tank last week and replaced them with BABY CARROTS. Then he posted a picture of it to Twitter and put the fish in his tank to take care of them until she noticed.
She never did. But the INTERNET did . . . and his tweet about replacing the fish has now gone viral. There's STILL no word on whether his sister has figured out what's going on.
I'm not sure this is a testament to good food or good marketing, but I'm kind of leaning toward option B.
A new survey asked people what chain has the most "CRAVEABLE" burgers, and the number one pick is . . . White Castle.
And not to take anything away from their tiny blessings of meat and grease, but a big reason people may've picked White Castle is because they've been using the marketing slogan "What You Crave" for years. That connection may've seeped into our brains.
The rest of the top 10 most craveable burgers are: Krystal . . . Burger King . . . In-N-Out . . . Whataburger . . . Five Guys . . . Red Robin . . . Carl's Jr. . . . Fuddruckers . . . and The Habit.
The survey also asked people the most craveable chain overall, and White Castle didn't win that one . . . Krispy Kreme and Cinnabon both beat it out.
When your coworkers keep popping by your desk to talk to you, it's really tough to get your work done . . . so you can get back to important things. You know, like aimless web surfing. So here's a pretty brilliant solution.
There's a new app for the Google Chrome web browser called "NOPE." When you click it, the app calls your cell phone. Then you can pick up that call, start having a fake conversation that SEEMS important, and your coworker should walk away.
You can get it for free by Googling "nope chrome."
If you're HUNGOVER right now and you're trying to beat it by pounding Bloody Marys . . . first of all, have a great day at work. And second of all, I've got some bad news for you.
A new study found that the WORST way to treat a hangover is to try to drink it off. The researchers found that we THINK alcohol helps because it temporarily numbs the pain . . . but ultimately, your symptoms will come back even stronger.
So what IS the best cure? Unfortunately, the researchers say the only thing that'll really work is time.
The White House press corps won’t need to worry about staying caffeinated covering the new administration thanks to a new espresso machine gifted by Tom Hanks yesterday.
Hanks surprised the press corps for the third time in 13 years with an espresso machine and added a note encouraging the journalists to continue their work. “Keep up the good fight for the truth, justice and the American way,” Hanks wrote in a note accompanying the gift. “Especially for the Truth part.”
Hanks first sent the press corps an espresso machine in 2004, when he and his family were visiting the White House. The actor was apparently surprised to find working journalists in the press area without a simple coffee pot and had an espresso machine delivered a short time later.
The actor replaced that machine for the “poor slobs of the Fourth Estate” in March 2010 after noticing the machine looked run down during a stop at the White House.
Be as judgmental as you want if you're a vegetarian. But this type of vegan EXTREMISM will not be tolerated . . .
A 26-year-old woman named Judith Armstrong crashed into the side of a truck that was hauling a bunch of chickens near Athens, Georgia last month. Then she rammed it AGAIN when the truck slowed down. So it was intentional.
She lost control of her car the second time and spun out. Then she fled the scene . . . but didn't realize her LICENSE PLATE broke off. So cops found it on the ground, ran the number, and tracked her down at her house.
She told them she rammed the truck because she's vegan, and didn't like that it was hauling chickens. Which seems like a TERRIBLE idea when you're concerned about animal welfare. She also said she drove off because she was worried she might lose her license. (Like a . . . oh I don't know . . . chicken?)
She ended up getting a DUI. So she'd been drinking, or she was on drugs. (Fun fact: Most types of liquor ARE vegan-friendly. Most types of beer and wine aren't.)
She's also facing charges for hit-and-run, obstruction, and aggressive driving. No chickens were hurt in the accident, but the truck WAS on its way to a processing plant.
So..a baseball bat went flying into the Mets dugout during a spring training game against the Marlins yesterday. And a Mets minor leaguer named Luis Guillorme SNAGGED it out of the air like it was no big deal.
Fans are getting their first look at David Michod’s real life drama War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Tilda Swinton and Topher Grace. In the teaser, Brad Pitt can be seen depicting the smug General Glenn McMahon, who was brought down by an expose. The film is based on the best-seller The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Netflix will release the film May 26th.
The subject of Oprah Winfrey’s potential presidency has come up before, and the media mogul herself has firmluy quashed it, but it looks like she may be reconsidering her stance.
Appearing on The David Rubenstein Show Wednesday, Oprah said that the current political climate has forced her hand.
Host David Rubenstein asked Oprah: "Have you ever thought that—given the popularity you have [and] we still haven't broken the glass ceiling yet for women—that you could run for president and actually be elected?"
Oprah responded: "I just thought, 'Oh, gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough, I don't know.' And now I'm thinking…Oh!"
In 2015, Oprah and her best friend Gayle King talked about a potential run on CBS she said: "Not in this lifetime."
OPRAH WINFREY has always laughed off the idea of running for president. But she might not be laughing anymore. In an interview she did back in December that just aired this week, it's clear that she now thinks she could do it.
Quote, "I actually never considered the question, even the possibility. I just thought . . . 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience. I don't know enough.' And now I'm thinking, 'Oh.'"
Don't get too excited, though. Even though Oprah now believes she CAN be president, that doesn't mean she WANTS to. In fact, she added, quote, "That won't be happening." (Here's video.)
You may also recall Oprah was on "The Late Show" in January. They were talking about Michelle Obama, and Stephen Colbert asked if she'd ever consider running for President. Oprah's response: "NEV-ERRRR! Ever. No, no, it's not my thing."
"U.S. News & World Report" looked at 68 different stats to figure out the best and worst states to live in. They factored in everything from jobs and infrastructure, to crime and education. And the best state is . . . Massachusetts.
They say it has the best education system . . . the second-best healthcare system . . . and the fifth-best economy. Here are the top ten states overall . . .
2. New Hampshire.
4. North Dakota.
10. Vermont. Louisiana ranked last, just behind Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and New Mexico.