Ya want proof that Billy Idol is still Rockin' it big time!? The 61 year old rocker (that's right...61) was not showing his age last night (Thursday) on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He got together with original guitar god Steve Stevens and knocked White Wedding out of the park! See the performance below. ...and for the hell of it; below that is an appearance on the Letterman show from 1984.
Researchers in Sweden think they've figured out why some whiskeys taste better with a little water mixed in. And it's not because it dilutes it. It's because of a compound called guaiacol that gives them that smoky flavor. (It's pronounced GWHY-uh-call.)
Water and whiskey don't really mix on a molecular level. So they used computer models to see how the molecules interact. And when you add water, it pushes the guaiacol to the TOP of the glass. So you get more flavor in each sip.
They haven't figured out exactly how much water to add. It depends on the type of whiskey, and also just personal preference. But they do say to err on the side of caution, because too much water could dilute it and kill the flavor.
The "Hollywood Reporter" claims there's an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone movie in development.
There aren't any details yet, but this would probably be the third "Star Wars" anthology movie, behind "Rogue One", which came out last December, and the untitled Han Solo movie, which is coming out in May of next year.
If that's the case, this would be the one that Disney has penciled in for 2020.
There's no script, so obviously there's also no cast. But Ewan McGregor has repeatedly said that he'd be down to come back. He played Obi-Wan in the prequel trilogy.
That COULD make sense, age-wise . . . if the stand-alone movie takes place between the first two trilogies, like "Rogue One" did. Of course, Obi-Wan was very old in the original trilogy, when he was played by Sir Alec Guinness. Obviously, Alec can't reprise HIS role . . . since he died back in 2000.
For what it's worth, Stephen Daldry is in talks to direct. He has three Oscar nominations for directing "The Reader", "The Hours", and "Billy Elliot".
You've probably heard about the eclipse happening on Monday. And if you're hoping to take some pictures of it, here's a quick guide on how to do it with your phone . . .
1. Use a solar filter. To take pictures during the eclipse, you need to cover your phone's lens with either a solar filter or your eclipse glasses. Regular sunglasses will NOT work. And only take the filter off if you're lucky enough to be in the path of totality, when the sun is completely covered.
2. Use a tripod to keep your phone stable. To minimize any small movements made by your hands.
3. Take pictures of stuff around you. If you don't have a solar filter, eclipse glasses, or a tripod, take pictures of the stuff going on around you during the eclipse . . . like pets, and other people looking up at the sky.
4. Practice this weekend. Practice by taking photos just after sunset to get an idea of what the light levels will be like during the eclipse.
5. Keep your expectations in check. Let's be real . . . cameras on phones were meant for selfies and other quick shots. So don't expect AMAZING eclipse photos from your smartphone.
If you're getting hyped for KID ROCK's Senate run next year, DON'T. According to TED NUGENT, it's not happening.
He says, quote, "Somebody write this down: Kid Rock ain't running for squat . . . Some goofball in the Michigan GOP just pulled it out of their ass and said, 'What about Kid Rock?'
"Kid Rock's rocking and rolling, he's touring, he's writing songs, he's recording, he's got a full-time job and he's a great man . . . But that the GOP and the media continue to milk this nonsense is one of the most embarrassing chapters for the Republican party." (Loudwire)
If you ever received one of those robocalls telling you that you could win a free cruise, you might be eligible to get a payment of up to $900. A class-action settlement says that Resort Marketing Group made the calls from 2009 to 2014 without permission in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and people who got them could get up to $300 per call, for up to three calls. A judge gave preliminary approval of the settlement last month, saying the companies have to give between $7 million and $12.5 million to pay out claims. You can find out if you're eligible by checking your phone number at the settlement site: http://bit.ly/2wcUrH2
How much do you care about where your water is bottled? A 352-page lawsuit filed in Connecticut this week alleges that Nestle Waters' has been making false claims about Poland Spring water for more than 20 years. The complaint argues the average shopper associates spring water with a naturally occurring spring, thus allowing companies to charge a premium price compared to water not from a spring. The 11 plaintiffs say Nestle has been labeling common bottled groundwater as "100% Natural Spring Water" since 1993. The lawsuit even goes as far as accusing Nestle of creating fake springs on its bottling sights. They're seeking at least five million dollars in damages for false advertising, breach of contract, deceptive labeling, and consumer-law violations. A spokesperson for Nestle Waters North America claims "Poland Spring is 100% spring water. It meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations defining spring water [...]." (Consumerist)
There's an 84-year-old woman near Edmonton named Mary Grams who lost her engagement ring while she was pulling weeds in her garden in 2004.
She searched for a few weeks, but couldn't find it. So she bought a replacement ring without telling her husband. She says she was too embarrassed to tell him about it.
But now all's right with the world again. Because Mary's daughter-in-law was picking vegetables from the same garden recently . . . and FOUND the ring embedded in a CARROT.
It looks like the carrot started growing through the ring, and got too big for it. So the middle is a lot skinnier, and the ring is wrapped around it.
The only person Mary told about it back then was her son. So he remembered the story, and knew it was hers as soon as his wife showed it to him.
Mary's husband passed away about five years ago, so she's pretty excited to have the ring back. Apparently he never found out she lost it. But she says if he was still around, he'd think the whole thing was hilarious.
By the way, this isn't the first time something like this has happened. Just last year, a guy in Germany found his wedding band three years after he lost it gardening. And that ring was ALSO lodged in a carrot.
(CBC / Global News)
(Here's a photo of Mary's ring still wrapped around the carrot.)
We're in the heart of mosquito season. This is for all the people who DON'T need me to tell them that. It's six possible reasons mosquitos like you more than other people . . .
1. You produce more carbon dioxide. Pregnant women produce more of it when they breathe, so do people who are overweight. A study in 2009 found it attracts more mosquitos for some reason.
2. You run hot. A study two years ago found they're attracted to people with higher body temperatures. Which could be caused by a fever, or just being out in the sun.
3. You have type-O blood. A study in 2004 found it attracts more mosquitos than other blood types. Some of us also secrete a chemical that TELLS mosquitos what our blood type is. And if you do, they like you more.
4. You have a certain microbial make-up that mosquitos love. Meaning the bacteria on your skin. Everyone's is different, and mosquitos like some more than others.
5. You're a big drinker. A study in 2002 found mosquitos were much more attracted to people after they drank beer. Even just one beer was enough to do it.
6. You're just not being careful. If you're out camping and you're the only one without bug repellant on, then obviously you're a prime target. So be careful, especially when you're around lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water.
Talk about being put on an emotional roller coaster. The Connecticut Lottery's mobile app malfunctioned over the weekend, and read some winning tickets as losers. Lottery officials shut down the app for an hour after identifying the error, and encouraged players who checked tickets between about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday (August 12th) through 10:30 a.m. Monday (August 14th) to scan them again. They're investigating the cause of the malfunction. (UPI)
Someone put together a list of foods that can easily put you in an early GRAVE. Here are nine of the most dangerous foods in the world. And you might have a few of them in your kitchen right now . . .
1. Hot dogs. Especially for children. In the U.S., they're the #1 choking hazard for kids under three years old.
2. Raw alfalfa sprouts. They're a perfect environment for things like E. coli and salmonella. Over the past 20 years, they've been linked to about 30 serious foodborne illness outbreaks.
3. Shellfish, especially raw oysters. You can get food poisoning. And they can also be deadly if you don't realize you have a shellfish allergy.
4. Fugu, which is a type of blowfish. It has to be prepared exactly right, because there's enough poison in one fish to kill 30 people. Which is why it's banned in the U.S. (Here's an old "Simpsons" episode where Homer orders one.)
5. Raw baby octopus from Korean restaurants. It's supposed to be served while it's still SQUIRMING. And you can choke to death if the suction cups latch on to the inside of your throat. About six people die every year from it.
6. Cazu Marzu cheese. It's Italian, and literally means "rotten cheese" because they use live MAGGOTS to ferment it. It's banned in the U.S. for sanitary reasons.
7. Unpasteurized cheese. Meaning the milk wasn't sterilized, so bacteria could still be in there. Most types are banned in the U.S.
8. Uncooked kidney beans. There's a specific protein in them that can make you sick, even if you just have a few. They're fine once they're cooked though.
9. Bagels. Eating them probably won't kill you, but CUTTING them might. Roughly 2,000 people go to the emergency room each year with bagel-related injuries. Avocado injuries are also common.
A dad is Frisbee Golfing with his two sons who are annoyed because they want him to STOP talking, and GET playing. So he does, and proceeds to toss a long distance hole-in-one . . . and then screams like crazy about it.
A great show from the '90s that always seems to get forgotten is The Drew Carey Show. An underrated classic to be sure. I was reminded earlier today of the "In Ramada Da Vida" episode where Drew and the gang hold auditions for their band, The Horn Dogs. Everyone from Slash to Dave Mustaine to Johnny Lang auditioned. Eventually they picked Joe Walsh (or Ed as he was known) because he was "sloppy and slow" and wouldn't make the other guys feel like such bad musicians. Check out the classic "Guitar Auditions" scene below.
Joe (Ed) was actually on a few other episodes where he showcased his kick-ass playing.
Hard to believe it turned 35 on Sunday, August 13th! I don't know about you, but my ultimate high school movie...not to mention one of my favorite movies of all time is Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I was a junior in high school. I could relate every single one of those characters to people I knew. I knew a Brad, a Stacy, everyone knew a Spicoli. I like to think I was the guy who would've made it with Phoebe Cates' character (who could forget that "Moving in Stereo" bikini scene???) but I would've been the dweeb trying to buy Van Halen tickets off Damone. Let's celebrate the 35th anniversary of Fast Times with some video.
Just because Starbucks hasn't started serving it's Pumpkin Spice Latte in stores yet doesn't mean you can't find pumpkin-y goodness elsewhere. Low-calorie ice cream, Halo Top, just released a new flavor: Pumpkin Pie. It's just 360 calories per pint, and can be found in store freezers through the end of November or while supplies last. Just last week Halo Top released seven other new flavors, so you'll have your pick of choices next time you pick some up. (Women's Health)
This happened a few years back...but it's definitely worth revisiting. The Iron Maidens, a beautiful Iron Maiden tribute band out of California. Check out the video below...as talented as they are beautiful! We need to book these ladies to come to Fargo...maybe even Moondance Jam 2018!! Go to their website and shoot them a message!
NBC is still obsessed with bringing back "The Munsters". Five years ago, they kicked the tires on a modern version called "Mockingbird Lane", but they never got it off the ground. Instead, they just aired the pilot as a Halloween special.
Now, they're developing a new version. There aren't many details, other than that it's set in Brooklyn, where they, quote, "struggle to fit in with their neighbors."
The original sitcom aired from 1964 to 1966 on CBS. It took place in a fictional California suburb. There was also a syndicated spin-off called "The Munsters Today" that aired for a few seasons back in the '80s.
I'm pretty sure this family isn't going to mess with EVIL SPIRITS again . . . because the score now stands at Evil Spirits 1, Family 0.
A family in Costa Mesa, California held a ceremony on Tuesday night to ward off evil spirits, which involved lighting a bunch of candles.
And . . . they accidentally burned down their house.
Firefighters were able to put it out within 20 minutes to keep it from spreading and fortunately, no one was injured. But I'm thinking no evil spirits were injured either, so it was NOT mission accomplished.
And they're not the only people to have BIG trouble playing with fire this week. A 46-year-old guy in Dowagiac, Michigan was trying to burn a bees' nest on Wednesday when, somehow, he accidentally set HIMSELF on fire.
He was airlifted to the hospital to be treated for burns.
Video of a woman butchering the national anthem has gone viral. She's completely off key, bungles the lyrics, has no sense of timing . . . and even sounds drunk. This was at a Demolition Derby at the Summit County Fair in Utah.
Tons of people complained, so the fair issued an apology. Their excuse was that someone recommended her, and since there was no soundcheck, they didn't know what to expect. The "singer" posted her own apology on Facebook.
O.J. Simpson's agent back at the time of OJ's infamous Bronco chase is after 22 years attempting to sell the actual Bronco driven by AC with OJ in the back to Pawn Stars. He's kept it hidden for 22 years. Find out if Rick buys it on the next episode airing on the History Channel this Get a preview below!
You knew this was too good to be true. Halo Top, now the best-selling ice cream in U.S. grocery stores, is not really "healthy ice cream," as its marketing claims. According to NBC News, the makers of Halo use an additive called erythritol to reduce its sugar content. That makes it truly low calorie. A whole pint of Halo vanilla has only 240 calories. But nutritionists say the additive can cause diarrhea and bloating.
It's nice to see that Metallica is true to their local roots. The San Francisco Giants held the fifth annual Metallica Night on Monday at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants took the field against the Chicago Cubs. Metallica got to throw out the first pitch and James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Hammett also played an instrumental solo version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." James Hetfeld commented: "They are a bunch of local boys doing good and we are hopefully in the same department as that. It's basically a fun night. Local people. Local music."
Macanda, Illinois, will be the center of the universe for a few brief moments on Aug. 21, 2017. The town of 600 people a six-hour drive from Chicago will be the dead center of the solar eclipse that everybody's talking about. If you think you'd like to be there on the big day, forget it. The Chicago Tribune says the town is all booked up, and camping is not allowed.
Now that America has approximately 245 million craft breweries, I know they're in a race to figure out GIMMICKS to stand out from the crowd. But is this REALLY a good one?
The Veil Brewing Company in Virginia and Evil Twin Brewing in New York just teamed up to make a new IPA . . . out of FRIED CHICKEN.
Now, they only use a tiny amount, and they say it doesn't make the beer taste at all like fried chicken. So what's the point? I guess the fact that I'm talking about it right now means their mission was accomplished.
Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon are family in more ways than one.
They are the rare Hollywood couple to have been married for nearly 30 years, but in 2012, their union became all the more remarkable when they found out they were actually distant cousins.
Sedgwick made light of the finding during a panel at the Television Critics Association's press tour Sunday.
"I figured I was going to be related to Kevin Bacon — I mean, most white people are related, ultimately," said the 51-year-old said. "I wasn't surprised, honestly. Frankly, I figured that was part of the reason that they wanted to do both of us. I had to act surprised."
Sedgwick and Bacon appeared on PBS'Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr. when they found out they were related.
"I want… Americans (to) realize how united we are as people… There's so much animosity… and one of the things that I want the series to do is to show that, deep down, we are all Americans," said Gates at the time. "We've been sleeping together from the very beginning of the country."
The pair married in 1988 and share two adult children.
Have you ever looked at what a stranger is doing on his or her phone just because you could? Well Apple is worried about your privacy, and it seems they're looking to do something about nosy onlookers. AppleInsider has discovered a patent Apple has filed called "Displays With Adjustable Angles of View" that discusses using an "electrically adjustable lens array" within the screen to target the backlight in a way that only one person could see the screen at a time. The patent was filed in June 2016, but became public knowledge late last week. (Fox)
Here's something you never realized: it's possible to resuscitate a lizard after it drowns. We know this because a woman named Amy Hooks posted a video to YouTube of her giving chest compressions to a unresponsive lizard she fished out of the family pool. After enough compressions the lizard gives a twitch, and then resumes breathing on its own. The video ends with the lucky lizard sunning itself and recovering. (UPI)
This kind of sportsmanship is amazing, especially when your adrenaline's up . . .
A 23-year-old guy named Jesse Orach was about to win a 10K race in Portland, Maine on Saturday. He also won the same race last year. But he started suffering from HEAT STROKE this time. And right before the finish line, he collapsed.
So the guy in second place easily could have passed him and won. But instead, he picked Jesse up . . . ran the last few feet with him . . . and PUSHED him across the line so he finished first.
The second place guy's name is Robert Gomez, and he's 34. He's never won the race before. He took third in 2010, and finished second this time.
He said afterward that Jesse ran the better race and deserved to win. And when he saw him on the ground, he just knew he had to help.
Jesse collapsed again after he finished, and didn't even know he won until later. He spent about an hour in a medical tent, and they said his temperature got up to 107 DEGREES. Luckily he'll be okay though.
One of the race officials said they could technically disqualify both of them, because you're not allowed to help another runner. But they decided NOT to do that.
"The Karate Kid" is coming back . . . and it's coming back with RALPH MACCHIO and WILLIAM ZABKA . . . who played his nemesis Johnny in the original movie!!!
They're doing a 10-episode online series for YouTube Red called "Cobra Kai", and it'll debut sometime next year.
Here's the deal: It's 30 years later, and Johnny is reopening the Cobra Kai dojo in order to redeem himself, and in the process he rekindles his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso.
Meanwhile, Daniel has been struggling to keep it together without the help of Mr. Miyagi. PAT MORITA died in 2005, and obviously, they're not recasting his role. So poor Daniel will be WAXING OFF on his own.
It sounds like there'll be a little more comedy here than in the movies, but YouTube says it'll also be packed with, quote, "heart and thrilling fight scenes." And let's hope a CRANE KICK or two. (The Wrap)
A lot of people are excited about the solar eclipse that'll cut across the U.S. on August 21st. The last time we had one this good was 99 years ago. But apparently a once-in-a-lifetime event like that just isn't exciting enough these days . . .
A flea market in western Kentucky is throwing a big eclipse party. And people who live nearby are upset . . . because they're planning to do a big FIREWORKS display in the middle of it.
It'll only last about a minute. But the total eclipse will only last 2 minutes and 21 seconds. And people who just want to experience the total darkness say it'll ruin it.
Organizers are defending the idea though. Basically, they just think fireworks during an eclipse is awesome.
(By the way, if you want to watch the eclipse without burning your eyeballs out, libraries around the country are giving away more than 2 million FREE pairs of eclipse glasses this month.)
It can be hard sitting next to the same coworkers day after day. A new study recently published in the journal "Emotion" found being nice to your colleagues can actually make you feel good. Researchers had employees at a company in Madrid fill out weekly surveys on their happiness levels, noting in each how often they had been on the receiving end of nice or not-so-nice gestures. A handful of the participants, the controls, received special instructions to be extra-nice to their colleagues through little gestures. Researchers write, "The acts of kindness don't go unnoticed. The receivers observed more prosocial behaviors in the office and by the end of the study, they were reporting ten times more prosocial behaviors than the controls." Also, the receivers of the kindness felt more in-control of their days at work.
by Womens Health Magazineposted Aug 3 2017 10:00AM
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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is proudly posing nude on the cover of Women's Health at age 45.
Vergara says she was motivated to do so to add a dose of realism to the all-too-often youth and perfection-obsessed magazine industry.
She tells Women's Health: "Here's a woman, 45, being able to show her body. It's not like before, when it was just young girls who would make the cover of a magazine,"
Vergara says she also isn't afraid to embrace her curves: "It's not about having muscle or cut abs. I don't have abs because I'm not 'I need to be like a fit model with a perfect body.' That would take too much effort!"
Embracing your current body – with all its perceived flaws – is essential, Vergara says.
"I'm 45. Even if you want to, at this time in your life, you can't be perfect," Vergara says. "It's not that you hate it, or that you're upset about it, but it is our reality. We're changing. I see it happening to me."
Still, she admits that always wants to look her best. "For good or worse, it's the way I grew up: Accept yourself but also be better than yourself."
She also mentions that her husband, Joe Manganiello, who has made his share of scantily clad appearances in True Blood and Magic Mike, was initially taken aback when she said she was posing nude.
"Joe's like, 'F-ck, you're going to be naked in everything now? Why?'" says Sofia.
She does give her husband credit for motivating her, despite the unavoidable obstacles nature gifted her with: "I can barely do a pushup. I wish I could be a little more athletic, but when you're born with these gigantic boobs … I've had them since I was 13, and then they got bigger when I was pregnant and had the baby."
If you're wondering why FLOYD MAYWEATHER is boxing MMA star CONOR MCGREGOR later this month, he broke it down quick and simple on the first episode of Showtime's "All Access: Mayweather v. McGregor".
He said, quote, "I mean, am I the highest-paid athlete out there? . . . We not talking about no contract. We not talking about no contract for no four years, or no contract for no five years. I can do it in 36 minutes.
"$300 [MILLION] or better. In 36 minutes."
That's more than $8 million per MINUTE. So, easy call.
Conor will make $100 million, but he isn't complaining, because that will be the largest payday for an MMA fighter.
'Game of Thrones' is a big deal, and the HBO-series features many mythical creatures, one of which is the "direwolf." The creatures look similar to Siberian huskies, and as a result more people want to own the dog breed. Back in January, the Peninsula Humane Society reported it received twice as many requests for huskies as usual, and now one Bay Area shelter says it has seen a spike in huskies being brought back. Patta LaCava, with the Bay Area Siberian Husky Club, says, "It's a fantasy. People like the fantasy without looking into what the reality of owning one of these dogs is like. [...] They are very high-energy. And they're not super trainable because they get very bored with training." (Daily Mail)
It was 30 Years ago today, Guns N Roses begin filming the video that changed the course of their career. Their debut, Appetite for Destruction hit the shelves on July 21st, 1987 to little fanfare and small sales. Their first single, It's So Easy fizzled...so they needed to do something. On August 1st, 1987 they got together with video director Nigel Dick...yes, Nigel Dick who had done videos for Tears for Fears...yes, Tears for Fears. When it was done, it had all come together perfectly and GNR was on their way to rockin' the world. Check out the Welcome to the Jungle video below.
Every year, the Center for Science in the Public Interest gives out its "Xtreme Eating Awards" to the LEAST HEALTHY things chain restaurants are serving up around the country. And I really need to stop viewing it as a to-do list.
Here are some of this year's winners . . .
1. IHOP's Cheeseburger Omelette with a side of pancakes, at 1,990 calories.
2. Buffalo Wild Wings' Cheese Curd Bacon Burger with fries, at 1,950 calories. That's about the same as eating five bacon double cheeseburgers at Burger King.
3. The Carnivore Pizzadilla appetizer at Dave & Buster's, which is the combination of a meat lover's pizza and a quesadilla, at 1,970 calories.
4. Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Napoletana, at 2,310 calories . . . making it worse for you than eating an entire pizza.
5. The loaded sweet potato at Texas Roadhouse, which might make you think you're adding a vegetable to your meal . . . but adds 770 calories.
6. And the Flying Gorilla cocktail from Cheesecake Factory, which is a 950-calorie alcoholic milkshake.