Some Philadelphia Eagles fans were FURIOUS after last week's game against the Carolina Panthers, because the Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards, and the Panthers only had one penalty for one yard.
This was the first time in NFL history that one team had over 120 penalty yards while the other had less than 10.
The Eagles still won the game 28-to-23 . . . but Philly fans still took aim at referee Pete Morelli and his crew. In fact, one of them launched a petition asking the NFL to ban Morelli from Eagles games, because he's biased against them.
The petition argues, quote, "Over the last four [Philadelphia] games he has officiated, the Eagles were flagged a total of 40 times for 396 yards, while their opponents in those games were flagged a mere 8 times for 74 yards."
As of last night, the petition had over 73,000 signatures.
Morelli hasn't commented . . . perhaps because he can't stand Eagles fans.
But the NFL Referees Association, said, quote, "Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating . . .
"These attempts to sensationalize statistics and create click-bait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided."
FootballZebras.com has a complete history of the Eagles games Morelli has officiated . . . and let's just say there's a reason why the petition only mentions the last four Philadelphia games. Beyond those, the claim doesn't stick.
The game just before the last four was also against Carolina. And that time, the Panthers were penalized for 101 yards, while the Eagles were only set back 30.
Online targeted advertisements have long seemed invasive to anyone paying attention, but it turns out they can be used to track your location and app use by anyone with $1,000 to burn. Study leader Paul Vines, with University of Washington explains, "Anyone from a foreign intelligence agent to a jealous spouse can pretty easily sign up with a large internet advertising company and on a fairly modest budget use these ecosystems to track another individual's behavior." Since it's so easy to do this, study authors say it's something the advertising industry "needs to be thinking about." The scariest part: the victim doesn't need to engage with the ads at all in order for the purchaser to get information about them. (EurekAlert!)
This could have been a huge bridezilla moment, and no one would have blamed her . . .
A couple named Marilia Pieroni and Matheus Martins got married in Brazil a few weeks ago. It was supposed to be an outdoor wedding, but it rained. So they moved it inside.
And a stray dog that was covered in MUD kept crashing the ceremony to get out of the storm.
It walked in during the bridal chorus, right when she was about to walk down the aisle. Then it came BACK, and some guests shooed it outside again.
Then during the vows, it walked in AGAIN . . . went straight up to the altar with its muddy paws . . . and laid down on the end of her VEIL. It was a long veil, so part of it was on the ground. And THAT'S where the dog decided to take a nap.
But instead of freaking out, Marilia thought it was GREAT, and told everyone to let him stay. So he stayed through the ceremony, then ran out once the rain stopped.
They could tell he was a great dog though. So Marilia and Matheus spent a week tracking him down, and ended up ADOPTING him. They cleaned him up, named him Snoop, and he's part of the family now.
It's autumn, and that means apples, pumpkin-spice flavored things, and of course pumpkins. A new trend sees parents painting their babies' butts to look like pumpkins and posting the photos on Instagram. The festive photos are hashtagged with #pumpkinbutt and have the internet divided. Mom blogger Gina Fenton of Extreme Mom wrote in a post, "Say no to pumpkin butts! Babies are not chalk boards are blank canvases, for God's sake." Still, others have shared the images with one person writing, "Omg! This is the cutest thing ever." (Buzzfeed)
You'd need a pretty specific combination of body types to pull this off. One person who's really strong, and one who's pretty flexible . . .
Police in northern France were baffled by a string of robberies that had been happening on an airport shuttle bus. The trip took a little over an hour. And people kept saying stuff had been stolen out of their luggage.
That didn't make sense, because their bags were in the cargo hold UNDER the bus the whole time, and no one had access to them. So it seemed like it must have happened before they were loaded in.
But then one of the bus drivers figured out what was happening . . . when he noticed a large suitcase start MOVING on its own.
When the bus got to the airport, one of the passengers picked the bag up and tried to leave with it. But the driver had called the cops, and they were there waiting.
It turned out the guy was working with an accomplice, who was hiding INSIDE the suitcase. Once the bus would start moving, he'd unzip himself . . . go through the other bags . . . and steal anything valuable, including laptops.
Both guys are about 40 years old. The one who hid in the suitcase was sentenced to eight months in jail on Monday. The other guy had a slightly longer rap sheet, so he got a year in jail.
It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day, which seems awfully specific, even for a random holiday. But anyway, Hostess figured out a pretty good way to celebrate it.
Apparently they calculated how many Hostess cupcakes you could jam into a Ford Focus hatchback. And if you guess right, you'll win a year's worth of Hostess cupcakes.
If you want to enter, you just need to tweet a guess before 3:00 P.M. Eastern tomorrow by using the hashtag #BuckleYourSweetBelt. Stop rolling your eyes at how lame that hashtag is. Remember: You're in it for the cupcakes.
You probably haven't thought about the Hamburger Helper mascot very much lately . . . but somehow, you still know it off the top of your head: It's a glove with four fingers and a smiling face on the palm.
Well . . . someone tweeted a joke over the weekend asking for help figuring out what its SKELETON could possibly look like under there. And the official Hamburger Helper account tweeted a response yesterday . . . that was surprisingly creepy.
They tweeted an "X-ray" look inside the glove, which shows a skeleton with FOUR ARMS controlling the four fingers. Now you know.
It's too bad that irony has gone from funny to frustrating in this day and age, because the irony here is at HEAD EXPLODING levels.
There's a picture going viral from the New York Jets versus New England Patriots game from Sunday. A Jets fan who's wearing a shirt that says "I Stand For the National Anthem" was photographed . . . SITTING on the American flag.
That's right . . . he spread his flag out on some artificial turf near some food carts inside the stadium and sat on it. Oh, and he's also drinking a beer out of a straw. Seems like a good dude.
Security is super tight for Season 8 on Game of Thrones. HBO brass has decreed that actors won't even get episode scripts, according to reports. Instead, they'll be fed dialogue through earpieces a la Johnny Depp. This news comes down after Season 7 was plagued with plot leaks and spoilers. Do you think actors will be as convincing in their roles if they can practice ahead of time with scripts?
Everybody's FAVORITE unemployed quarterback COLIN KAEPERNICK filed a grievance against the NFL yesterday . . . accusing the league of making a secret pact to keep him out.
Obviously, no NFL owner or team is obligated to sign him . . . and when he initially launched his National Anthem protest, he HAD to know that he'd be offending a lot of people and risking his career.
But under the league's collective bargaining agreement, the owners are NOT allowed to band together to blackball a player. So, you CAN not sign him . . . but you can't collude to keep him out.
On one hand, it sure looks like the NFL is blackballing him . . . whether you agree with it or not. 39 quarterbacks have been signed since Colin became a free agent, and many of them are no-name guys they're just pulling out of the woodwork.
And let's be honest . . . even with Aaron Rodgers possibly out for the season, there's basically no chance Colin gets a call.
But that said, it seems like it would be VERY difficult to prove that the owners are working together on this. You'd need some kind of hard evidence.
It's far more likely that they all just decided on their own that he was not worth the distraction . . . the controversy . . . and potentially even driving a WEDGE into their fan-base.
The protests are still an active situation in the league . . . and even if you're a supporter of Colin's right to protest, if YOU were running a business, would you risk bringing him into the fold right now?
It's worth noting, that it was Colin's CHOICE to be a free agent. And filing this grievance probably makes it even LESS likely that a team will sign him any time soon.
So, whether or not you think it's fair, he's made his own bed.
We've got a bunch of stats here for Friday the 13th. Hopefully they'll make you feel LESS nervous . . .
1. 74% of people say they've had bad luck on a Friday the 13th in the past.
2. But that could just be people overstating things. Statistically speaking, today isn't any more dangerous than any other day. A study out of Finland found there's no increase in bad things happening on Friday the 13th.
3. 5% of people plan to stay in their house all day today just to be safe.
4. This is only the fifth time in the past three decades that Friday the 13th has happened in October. The previous ones are 1989, 1995, 2000, and 2006.
5. Every single year has to have at least one Friday the 13th, and some years can have up to three. The next one is in April of next year.
The butt-dial seen round the world. Mark Ruffalo accidentally left his phone streaming to Instagram Live for an audience of 2,500 Tuesday night.
Not a big issue normally, but he happened to be sitting in the audience of the L.A. premiere of Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel's next big superhero movie.
Before the film started, he joined his Thor costar Jeff Goldblum onstage to greet fans. He used Instagram Live to show viewers at home how many Marvel fans had shown up to see the film. Then he put his phone in his pocket instead of cutting the stream.
Security is so tight around these premieres, audience members are required to seal their phones in bag, but Ruffalo was obviously given the green light. The 10 minutes of audio that went live has since been removed from his Instagram story, but several fans recorded and reposted it via social media.
The good news is, the buzz is very positive.
The film adapts several storylines and introduces Tessa Thompson's new superhero character, Valkyrie.
Losing track of your kid in a corn maze isn't a big deal . . . it's actually like a fall tradition. But losing track of your kid in a corn maze and not realizing it until the NEXT DAY? Yeah, that's a whole different level.
A family went to a corn maze in West Jordan, Utah on Monday night, and the parents lost track of their three-year-old son.
But somehow, they didn't realize it until the NEXT MORNING, when they called the cops and told them their son might still be in the maze.
Fortunately, someone else found the kid on Monday night. But he couldn't tell them enough about himself for them to find his family, so he wound up with child protective services.
So far, no charges have been filed, but the police are investigating how it POSSIBLY took the parents so long to call them.
For what it's worth, the cops say the parents showed up at their station with TEN other kids, so maybe they just can't keep track of all of them? Obviously, though, that's not a good enough excuse.
The Boy Scouts of America just announced a BIG change yesterday . . . for the first time in their history, they've decided to admit GIRLS.
And that decision will certainly make a bunch of people angry, as all decisions relating to gender equality do these days, but here's who's REALLY angry: The Girl Scouts. Because, you know, admitting girls is already kinda their thing.
The Boy Scouts decided to start letting girls who are between seven and 10 years old join the Cub Scouts as of next year. And they're going to let them start working their way up to Eagle Scout as of 2019.
Each local scout organization can decide whether to have both boys and girls together in the same troop, or to have separate troops for boys and girls.
So why would girls want to join the Boy Scouts? A study found that the Girl Scouts tend to push more activities like art and, of course, selling cookies . . . while the Boy Scouts push more science activities and individual problem-solving skills.
Also, being an Eagle Scout tends to be seen as more prestigious by the public . . . who might not even know of the highest rank in the Girl Scouts, which is a Gold Award. The Girl Scouts don't agree with ANY of that, though.
They've been against the co-ed idea since the Boy Scouts first started tossing it around earlier this year . . . and one of their executives said yesterday, quote, "We are unparalleled in our ability to build great female leaders."
Oreo seems to release a new flavor about every month or two, but now the company has taken things a step further with the introduction of "mystery flavored crème" cookies. It's a sweepstakes with real cash prizes on the line for people who guess the mystery flavor correctly (they are the only ones who get entry into the contest.) So far the most popular guess online is that the flavor is "Froot Loops." Other guesses: creamsicle, and lemon. (Consumerist)
It's almost Friday the 13th . . . and THEN it's almost Halloween. So Gizmodo put together a list of the 19 Scariest, Freakiest Haunted Houses in Movies and TV. Most of the houses don't have actual NAMES, so just the titles will do. Here's the Top 10 . . .
1. "It" (2017)
2. "Poltergeist" (1982)
3. "The Haunting" (1963)
4. "Hausu" (1977)
(Also known as "House". It's a Japanese movie, and it really is one of the WEIRDEST things you'll ever see.)
Kathy Griffin did her first stand-up gig since an infamous photo shoot featuring a severed Donald Trump head got her fired from so many scheduled engagements. Griffin apologized immediately after publishing the photos on social media, but in the months since, has become increasingly defiant about it. Griffin made her grand entrance wearing a Trump mask while giving audience members the middle finger. Griffin saved much of her ire for the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. "That guy seems to be what's called a rapist," she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm using it as a broad term. There's a lot of them, and they are everywhere." She was taking the stage as the opening act at the annual Aid for AIDS fundraiser Best in Drag Show in L.A.
If you're not using emoji you must be living under a rock. Apple will be adding new emoji to its collection when it releases it's latest software update this week. Among the new additions you'll find a breastfeeding mother, women wearing hijabs, gender neutral individuals, dinosaurs, fairies, zombies and more expressions including 'swear face,' and 'mind-blown,' and even foods like broccoli and dumplings. All of the new offerings are a part of a 2017 emoji update decided upon by emoji non-profit governing body the Unicode Consortium who sets the global standard for the colorful pictographs and ensures they can work across software platforms. (Fox)
Men are said to handle being sick worse than women do, and a recent study even confirmed men call in sick and go to the doctor with common colds more frequently than women do. Now a poll of 2,000 adults from Britain reveals eight percent of men say they've visited the doctor for a runny nose, and 55 percent of women say their significant other regularly "exaggerates" cold symptoms. Over a third of those polled said illness caused arguments in their relationship, and just over 50 percent of women said they show signs of sympathy when their partner is sick (66 percent of men claimed the same.) Another interesting find: 63 percent of men claim they 'battle through' the flu, but experts say it's more likely they simply have a cold and believe they have the flu as it's much more difficult to power through flu symptoms. (The Sun)
Comedian RALPHIE MAY died at a private residence in Las Vegas on Friday. He was only 45. He had just performed at Harrah's the night before.
TMZ says Ralphie had been battling pneumonia for six weeks, but kept performing anyway, and died of a heart attack. In a radio interview just a couple weeks ago, he told the hosts he was battling bronchitis.
Ralphie finished second on "Last Comic Standing" in 2003. He went on to do specials for Comedy Central and Netflix.
Ralphie and his wife Lahna Turner split in 2015, but she posted a tribute to him on Facebook. They have two kids: April June May and August James May.
If you're passionate about sports watching a game can be quite stressful, finds a new study. Published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, the data shows people's pulses increased by 75 percent when watching a hockey game on TV and by 110 percent when watching one in person. That equates to the cardiac stress of actually playing a sport, and could put some spectators at a higher risk of heart attack and sudden death. Researchers suggest patients with existing heart conditions talk to their doctors about the potential dangers of watching exciting sporting events. (Time)
Netflix is raising its prices by 10% next month on most plans . . . and naturally people will be angry. But let's face it, you're going to pay, because . . . "Stranger Things".
The price hikes won't affect ALL of their plans . . . but since they're changing the most popular ones, most of their 53 million customers will be affected.
So, subscribers who pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99 . . . or $1 more per month. And the price of the premium tier will be raised 17%, from $11.99 to $13.99.
The basic $7.99 plan is staying the same for now. It's unclear if or how the old-school DVD plans will be affected.
The new prices will go into effect in November. Netflix is officially notifying customers on October 19th, 30 days before they'll have to pay the higher price.
Season Two of "Stranger Things" hits Netflix on October 27th, and the timing is probably NOT a coincidence. If you're planning to bail, that gives you less than a month to watch it before the cost goes up.
Seth Meyers on Netflix Raising Prices
Someone poured through ten years of sales data to find out which type of Halloween candy each state buys the most of. So it's really what each state HANDS OUT the most. And the overall favorite is CANDY CORN. Maybe because it's cheap.
Candy Corn took the top spot in six different states . . . Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Rhode Island, and South Carolina.
Next is Sour Patch Kids. It's #1 in five states . . . Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and New York.
Five different candies took the top spot in four states . . . M&M's, Milky Ways, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, and Tootsie Pops. Skittles and Starburst are the top choice in three states each.
Here are a few stand-alones that are only first in ONE state: Almond Joys are #1 in Connecticut . . . Hershey's Kisses are #1 in Nevada . . . Lemonheads are #1 in Louisiana . . . 3 Musketeers are #1 in Mississippi . . . Life Savers are #1 in Delaware . . .
Georgia buys more Swedish Fish than any other Halloween candy . . . Alaska is the only state where Twix is #1 . . . and Montana wins for LAMEST Halloween candy. The one they buy the most of is GUM, specifically Double Bubble.
Two surprise SNUBS were Butterfingers and Kit Kats. They came in 2nd or 3rd in a few states. But they're not #1 anywhere.
Carolina Panthers quarterback CAM NEWTON made a bizarre, sexist remark during a press conference yesterday.
A female reporter from the "Charlotte Observer" asked a pretty routine question . . . quote, "I know you take a lot of pride in seeing your receivers play well, Devin Funchess has seemed to really embrace the physicality of his routes and getting those extra yards . . .
"Does that give you a little bit of enjoyment to see him kind of truck sticking people out there?"
Cam laughed, and said, quote, "It's funny to hear a female talk about ROUTES."
(Here's video of Cam. His body language is also disrespectful.)
Needless to say, the reporter didn't appreciate that.
She Tweeted, quote, "I don't think it's 'funny' to be a female and talk about routes. I think it's my job."
She added, quote, "I spoke with him after and it was worse. I chose not to share, because I have an actual job to do today and one he will not keep me from . . . He did not apologize."
Naturally, Cam is getting a lot of backlash for this online. The Panthers say Cam regrets the exchange . . . but a generic statement from the team doesn't seem very sincere.
Have you ever stayed at a hotel that promised a "free breakfast," then you get down there in the morning and it's one pot of stale coffee and a tray of dry danishes and toast?
Well, BRAVO to a court in Germany that just took a stand against that gross injustice.
There's a tech company in Muenster, Germany that was offering "free breakfast" to its employees . . . but all they put out was a tray of plain rolls and some free coffee. And they got a TAX BREAK from it because they called it a perk.
Well . . . they wound up in tax court this week, and the court ruled that no, their bread and coffee did NOT count as breakfast. They said a real breakfast has to include meat, cheese, or at least spreads like butter or jelly.
And that's bad news for the company . . . because they claimed that tax break for three full years.
The court ruled they need to pay about $1.75 per employee PER DAY for all three of those years. That should add up to roughly $84,000 in back taxes.
It's hard to miss candy corn on store shelves these days-- it is October, after all. And though the candy has been around since 1898 there is still heated debate over whether it's an enjoyable treat, or one that should be avoided. It's also notable that Brach's now makes candy corn in several different flavors, including cookie, strawberry "Vampire Teeth," green apple "Witches Teeth", and sea salt chocolate. (Yahoo/ Brach's)
Everyone's wondered at some point if maybe we're living in "The Truman Show" . . . or if this is all a "Matrix"-type simulation . . . or we're all just characters in some alien civilization's reality show.
Well . . . scientists at Oxford University in England and Hebrew University in Israel just proved we're not.
Their proof is pretty complicated, as it should be, but here's how I understood it . . . at least based on all the quantum physics knowledge I've acquired during my career as a radio personality.
It has to do with an anomaly in gravity that happens in highly magnetic fields in low temperatures. They found that the anomaly would be IMPOSSIBLE to simulate . . . it would take more particles than there are in the universe to fake it properly.
So that means we can't be living in a world that was artificially created, because it would be impossible for the creators to pull off that quantum phenomenon.
Got it? No? Well that's fine. Just know everything in this world is totally real . . . for better or worse.
TOM PETTY was so beloved among celebrities and other musicians that they didn't even wait until he was officially dead to start sending him off. (???) Here are some highlights:
1. Paul Stanley: "No! We've lost Tom Petty. From our opening act in the seventies to becoming a brilliant songwriter and performer. I've loved his music."
2. David Coverdale: "So sad to hear of Tom's demise . . . such a wonderful talent and super guy. R.I.P."
3. Kid Rock: "Just when I thought today could not get any worse . . . R.I.P. Tom Petty. Thank you for your beautiful music and inspiration."
4. Nickelback: "We're heartbroken beyond words. Shattered. Tom Petty's music has been a huge part of our lives."
5. Ted Nugent: "The great gifted hardworking American soulmusic master Tom Petty is dead at 66. We thank and salute the great musician for enriching so many people's lives with his brilliant songwriting, soulful performances and virtuoso bandmates. RIP Tom Petty. His music and soul will live forever."
6. Ringo Starr: "Great news Tom is fighting the good fight peace and love."
7. Nathan Followill from Kings of Leon: "Tom Petty was one of the biggest inspirations for me as a musician. This one will hurt for a long time. Truly one of the sweetest people on earth. Rest In Peace brother."
8. John Mayer: "I loved Tom Petty and I covered his songs because I wanted to know what it felt like to fly. 'You belong somewhere you feel free.'"
9. Kevin Smith: "One night when I was 11, I played 'The Waiting' by Tom Petty on a jukebox 100 times in a row. Loved the man's voice and his art."
10. Brian Wilson: "I'm heartbroken to hear about Tom Petty. Tom was a hell of a songwriter and record-maker. He will be missed by everyone who loves music."
Relaxing in a steamy sauna can apparently be good for your health. University of Eastern Finland researchers published their new findings in the American Journal of Hypertension. They looked at over 1,600 middle-aged men, all with high blood pressure. All participants were split into three groups: those heading to the sauna once a week, those going two to three times a week, or those going four to seven times a week. They discovered the risk of having high blood pressure decreased by 24 percent among men who went to the sauna two to three times a week, and decreased by 46 percent among those who visited the sauna four to seven times a week. It's thought the steam-filled rooms help dilate blood vessels, flush toxins out of the body, and help adults overcome stress. (Daily Mail)
Having a few too many drinks can leave your head pounding and your stomach churning the next day, but you may also notice you feel anxious and overwhelmed. These feelings have been dubbed "hangxiety" and can happen when alcohol's effects begin to wane. Dr. Aparna Iyer, with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center explains that when you drink alcohol the levels of dopamine in the body rise, but when those levels drop back down it can leave you feeling moody, or anxious. To combat these feelings you should try exercising or even watching one of your favorite comedies. (Daily Mail)
People use a lot of words to describe port-a-potties. Gross. Disgusting. Ungodly. Foul. Hell on Earth. But I'm going to add one more to that list today: Heroic.
Some construction workers were building a hotel in Aurora, Colorado last week, and one of the plumbers lost his balance and FELL from the eighth story. That means he was roughly 100 feet in the air when he fell.
But miraculously, he didn't land on the ground . . . he landed directly on top of a PORT-A-POTTY. And it absorbed his fall so well, he survived.
He was injured and needs surgery . . . but he's expected to make a full recovery.
(CBS 4 - Denver)
(Here's a picture of the port-a-potty, where you can see the dent it took as it saved the guy's life.)
Someone shot into a crowd of 30,000 people at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas near the Mandalay Bay casino last night. It happened just after 10:00 p.m. local time.
Over 50 people are dead, and there were more than 200 wounded, which makes it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
JASON ALDEAN was performing when his set was interrupted by the sound of automated gunfire and he ran off the stage.
(It was the end of a three-day country music festival called Route 91 Harvest held in an open area called Las Vegas Village that's across from the Mandalay Bay Casino and the Luxor.)
There were several long bursts of gunfire, with long pauses in between while the shooter was reloading. The shots came from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay. The SWAT team had to use explosives to breach the room and take him out.
The suspect was killed by that SWAT team. He was a 64-year-old local resident named Stephen Paddock.
The cops were still looking for his female companion last night.
Jason Aldean posted a statement to confirm he's okay. Quote, "Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don't know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe.
"My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate"