Friday, April 29, 2011

Who knew the Silver Surfer huffed spraypaint?

Indiana man busted 48 (FORTY-EIGHT) times since 1992 for 'huffing' toxic vapors.

Kelly Gene Gibson looks like he could be a completely normal guy.

An Indiana man's recent bust for "huffing" paint fumes marks the 48th time he was charged over his obsession with inhaling the toxic chemicals.

Kelly Gibson has been in trouble with the law repeatedly since 1992 because of his alleged addiction, police said.

In his latest bust, which took place more than a week ago, police responded after Gibson and his wife, Kelly, got into an argument outside their apartment, according to WANE News in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kelly told officers her husband was in their apartment but she was afraid to go in, WANE reported. When police went inside, the entire place reeked of paint fumes and Gibson was shirtless with his hands and face covered in silver paint.

He had a plastic bag in one hand, police said, and a can of silver spray paint in the other. He was also dazed and glassy-eyed.

Gibson was arrested and charged with inhaling toxic vapors.

Whether or not he's the human incarnate of the silver surfer, this silver-faced man is a hero--though not exactly a super one--in my book.

via nydailynews

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Please just watch the trailer.

Is this real life?

“I’ll never kiss anyone without a six-pack.”

“I’m fit, I’m flirty and I’ve got double-Fs.”

“My biggest fear is getting wrinkles.”

Do you know what a Geordie is? Yeah, we didn’t either until now.

Introducing “Geordie Shore,” the UK version of “Jersey Shore,” complete with fist pumping lads and heavily eye shadowed lasses. While the original characters are living it up in Italy, the newest cast of eight hails from Newcastle.

Ranging from 18 to 26 — Jay, Holly, James, Sophie, Vicky, Charlotte-Letitia and Greg – have an uncanny likeness to the original characters. Besides the muscles and spray tans, above is a selection of some of their lines pulled from the trailer.

MTV UK will premiere the Geordie Shore on May 24th, 2011.

I can't wait.

via wallstreetjournal

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hang on bro, I can't hear you over this tornado

Guy stays on phone while TORNADO TEARS THROUGH AIRPORT.

On Friday, a tornado ripped through the Lambert Airport in St. Louis, moving planes and lifting the ceiling off of Concourse C, sending glass everywhere.

"Planes were diverted to other locations as emergency crews probed the debris for more wounded. Mayor Francis Slay said Lambert would be shut down "indefinitely."

The storm lifted the roof off Concourse C and sent plate glass flying everywhere. Four people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries after glass shattered as the storm hit, airport spokesman Jeff Lea said. An unspecified number of others were treated at the scene for cuts blamed on flying glass.

Passengers from at least two planes were stranded briefly on the Lambert tarmac because of debris but were later taken away by buses. An Air National Guard facility at the airport was reportedly damaged.

The airport's main terminal sustained the most damage. Airport director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge said roughly half of that structure's windows were blown out, sending glass and rain into that building. Elsewhere on the property, trees were toppled and power lines downed, further limiting access to the airport even hours after the storm left its destruction."

via huffingtonpost

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Racist McDonalds menu options via lawsuit; McStinkynigger, McNigshit

Lawsuit Alleges Landmark Steakhouse Employees Referred to African-American Customer as 'McStinkynigger' and 'McNigshit'

In the Corona del Mar universe, Landmark Steakhouse is for MILFs-in-training, for gals not old enough for the Quiet Woman but too old to serve as eye candy over at Gulfstream. Its food is forgettable; its drinks pedestrian. I wouldn't go there if the meal was free, but I never once felt uncomfortable at the restaurant on account of my ethnicity or even my empty wallet.

Thank God I'm not Mark McHenry. In a federal lawsuit filed last Friday, McHenry--who is African-American--alleged Landmark employees replaced his name on credit card receipts with crude racial slurs; McStinkynigger, and McNigshit--this, despite the fact he was a regular customer at Landmark.

Eek! The general manager and owner of the group that owns Landmark, CDM Restaurants, of course deny their establishments are racists, but the evidence presented above is pretty damn damning that they're at least guilty of having idiot employees. We'll see what a judge has to say.

via ocweekly

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Shootout at Internet Cafe: CHECK EMAIL OR DIE TRYIN'

As I read this story, the lyrics of a great street poet--50 Cent--come to mind:

Fuck, boy, you can see it to believe it;
Tryna dodge and wave it, end up a paraplegic;
Believe me it's easy, I'll hurt you, I'll merk you;
I'll pop summin', drop summin', I ain't gonna stop huntin'

An attempted armed robbery of an Internet café in Seminole County early Tuesday left one of the suspected robbers dead and deputies combing Pine Hills for his accomplices.

Gary Bryant, 21, was one of two men who walked into the Allied Veterans Internet Café at 3030 East Semoran Boulevard about 1 a.m. and later ended up dead after a shootout with a security guard.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office has since released surveillance video of the gun battle, which took place at the strip-mall business.

The video shows Bryant and the other man entering the building. They immediately become involved in a conflict with a security guard.

Gunfire erupts, and the security guard fires a round and that strikes Bryant in the back as he heads for the door to exit the business.

Before leaving the scene in an older-model tan Oldsmobile, one of the robbers fires several gunshots into the business.

The Seminole Sheriff's Office said one of its investigators saw the vehicle and tried to stop it, but the driver sped off.

Shortly afterward, deputies said the vehicle arrived at a Value Inn on Clarcona-Ocoee Road near U.S. Highway 441, where the two other men inside the vehicle left Bryant's body.

Orange County deputies chased two men in the car, but the men fled in the vehicle — which deputies later determined was stolen — into the Pine Hills area of west Orange and ran away on foot.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office used K-9 units to try to track the two men, who remained at large Tuesday.

Bryant, meanwhile, was declared dead at a hospital.

He was on probation for robbery, according to the Seminole sheriff's office. Public records also show that he was arrested as a juvenile on charges including resisting an officer without violence, vehicle theft and robbery with a firearm. He also has been charged as an adult, including a December 2009 arrest for escape.

Details of that arrest were not immediately available Tuesday.

Internet cafés have become targets of criminals in recent years because they're known for having thousands of dollars at any given time, critics of them say.

Tuesday's incident was at least the third robbery or robbery attempt at an Internet café in Florida this year.

via orlandosentinel

Top 15 Prescription Drugs in America

Remember what the Bible says: He who is without sin, cast the first rock. And I shall smoketh it.

These are the best-selling prescription drugs in America, according to the research firm, IMS Health. They form the shadow of our nation's ailments. Among pharmaceutical industry watchers, the big news is that the top 10 drugs are generics, i.e. the ones Big Pharma makes little money on. For the casual observer, what stands out is that five drugs treat high blood pressure and by far the best-selling drug in this country is Vicodin. People are stressed out and hurting, apparently.

The top 15 highest-grossing drugs treat a similar but not identical set of conditions, according to IMS. Three drugs treat heart disease and cholesterol. Three more treat depression and bipolar disorder. Arthritis and asthma each have two drugs in the top 15. Acid reflux, diabetes, anemia, cancer and pain round out the list. All of the medicines with the exception of Oxycontin are for chronic conditions.

Comparing the two lists, the most striking contrast is the revenue potential of mental health drugs, which don't get prescribed that often, but rank way up on the sales list. Lipitor is the only medication that makes both lists.

via theatlantic

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Snooki the secret slimmer reveals her new summer body on Twitter. Also some Jersey Shore cast updates!

Jersey Shore star Snooki has made no secret of her battle with weight and three months ago she vowed to cut out alcohol to lose the pounds.

And it seems the 23-year-old, real name Nicole Polizzi, has stuck to her word.

The reality TV star posted a picture of her new slimline figure on her Twitter page today, declaring: 'Ready for Summaaa!!!'

She later added: 'Water is my new best friend. #dieting.'

Snooki has been lying low since the third season of the Jersey Shore wrapped last month, save for a few appearances at WWE wrestling events.

And judging by her new body, which looked trim and toned in hot pants and a midriff baring top, she has used her time to focus on getting in shape.

Her fans were suitably impressed, with one tweeting: 'Skinnnnnyyyy!'

Another added: 'Looking TONED and TANNED! Looks awesome!!!!

In January, Snooki declared: 'My number one [resolution] is definitely to keep up with my training and keep losing weight and getting toned,' she told E! News.

'I try to eat healthy. I just have to quit the drinking so much. If I do drink, it's going to be, like, vodka and seltzer...maybe like two or three.'

Snooki has admitted that she suffered from an eating disorder during high school, at one point weighing a worrying 180lbs.

The new look Snooki is set to get even more air time having just signed on for a spin-off show with Jenni 'JWoww' Farley.

Their co-star Paul ' Pauly D' DelVecchio also landed his own programme.

While the shows are yet to be titled, MTV have confirmed that two new programme will go ahead.

Snooki and JWoww, 25, will team up together for a series that follows the two girlfriends as they deal with life away from Jersey Shore.

'The locale may be different, but the friendship is sure to remain the same,' MTV said in a statement.

Meanwhile Pauly D, 29, will be the star of his own 12-episode show, which follows his dream to become a world class DJ.

Franchise deals have already been nutted out with the network for the untitled spin-off projects that will air in 2012.

Season four of Jersey Shore is set to be filmed in Italy later this year, but sources say there have already been problems and delays.

Many Italian nightclubs and hotels have banded together to oppose MTV camera filming in the venues.

'Producers are also having a really difficult time finding venues for the cast to party at too,' an MTV source told Radaronline.

According to the insider, venues are resistant to allow cameras in their venues, due to the gang's outrageous behaviour in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

And opposition to the reality star's in Italy isn't the only problem.

It has also been revealed that some of the cast members are yet to sign their contracts.

via dailymail

Saturday, April 16, 2011


China slaps ban on time travel, claiming it's 'absurd' and 'promotes reincarnation'.

It's the basis for some of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time - The Terminator, Back to the Future, Black Knight, just to name a few.

But if you ever find yourself in China wanting to check out what Bill and Ted willn't be up to last week, forget it. Time traveling is banned.

In a bogus move by the Cultural Revolution-loving dudes at China's State Administration for Radio, Film and Television, it has been decided that TV shows that deal with changing history "lack positive thoughts and meaning".

"The time-travel drama is becoming a hot theme for TV and films," it says.

"But its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable."

Some observers claim the real reason behind the ban is that the recent rash of TV time travel dramas focus too much on perceived happier times in the past for its citizens.

No dice, say the administrators.

"Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty," they claim.

Time travel plots are made up? Go on with you.

No, it's true - "they casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.”

So no Dr Who? (Or Amy Pond, for that matter.) Not quite.

They're guidelines only that "discourage" such content, rather than outright ban it.

But if you want to test out what the words "guidelines" and "discourage" mean when it comes to Chinese administration officials, be our guest.

Just make sure you've got a deranged inventor ready to fire up the flux capacitor if it all appears to have gone pear-shaped.

Not that they would know...


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I yelled to the cabby "Yo, homes smell you later!"

The license plate said fresh, and had a dice in the mirror!

But how much did that bi-coastal cab ride cost?


"We've all heard the classic tale: a young Prince from West Philadelphia (born and raised) takes a "rare" cab to his Auntie and Uncle's house in Bel-Air to claim his throne. But with a cab to the airport alone costing around $50, it's pretty hard to imagine how much a bi-coastal trip in a taxi would cost (and yes, we know that in the extended version of the song he talks about flying, but on TV he seemed to cab it all the way there). Thankfully, College Humor has put a number on it by looking up the route on a fare-finding site, finally putting to rest how much Will Smith spent getting to his palatial new home. Uncle Phil really is loaded!"

via huffingtonpost

Monday, April 11, 2011

USPS: Kilos of Cocaine? If it fits, it ships!

What can Brown White do for you?

The mail from Puerto Rico supplies loved ones in Connecticut with a steady stream of tropical foods, gifts and other packages. For drug traffickers, it is also an irresistible pipeline for smuggling cocaine.

The U.S. Postal Service and private overnight couriers have become popular among drug kingpins in Puerto Rico, a favored stepping stone for Colombian cocaine. Federal investigators say the criminals ship to areas with big islander populations such as Connecticut for sale in local cities and beyond.

"Anywhere there is a good amount of Puerto Ricans, you see the issue," said Martin Vega Jr., a postal inspector in Hartford who is assigned full time to detect narcotics in the mail.

The cocaine, generally one or two kilograms per parcel, arrives stashed inside everything from car parts to bologna. In cities such as Hartford and New Haven, authorities say traffickers often have packages delivered to a false address and wait for the delivery truck. In other cases they stop drivers along their routes and ask for packages with their names on them. Or they pay addicts to pick up the parcels.

Authorities across the country have reported seeing Puerto Rican traffickers among those using the mail as low-cost carrier for drugs. Although no statistics are available on which states receive the most, the cocaine sent from Puerto Rico to major cities such as New York and Chicago often pales in comparison with the amount of marijuana or methamphetamines sent from within the continental United States.

"The majority of illegal drugs that are coming in the mail, with the exception of cocaine, are coming from the west coast," said Erin Mulvey, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in New York City.

Michael Romano, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said drug seizures nationwide have been on the rise as the agency fights the smuggling more aggressively.

In fiscal year 2010, authorities seized 37,700 pounds of illegal drugs and 1,319 people were arrested, he said. That compares with about 8,000 pounds of drugs found in the mail in each of fiscal years 2005 and 2006.

A Caribbean island 1,000 miles southeast of Florida, Puerto Rico holds appeal for traffickers because of its long coastlines, its proximity to source countries such as Colombia and its status as a U.S. territory.

Once drugs are smuggled into Puerto Rico, typically from the neighboring Dominican Republic, it is easier for them to reach the U.S. mainland. While customs inspectors can freely open any suspicious package entering the country, parcels mailed within the United States — including Puerto Rico — cannot be opened without a search warrant from a judge.

Postal inspectors rely on undisclosed profiling techniques to pick out packages for investigation. Vega said inspectors cannot open a parcel without permission from the sender or addressee or a warrant, though he said they have developed successful methods.

Connecticut-based mail inspectors confiscated 40 parcels with illegal drugs in the last fiscal year, with 184 pounds of marijuana and 16 pounds of cocaine, according to the Inspection Service. That was down from previous years, and authorities said numbers can vary widely based on enforcement strategies. Statistics were not available for the precise amount originating in Puerto Rico.

Last week, state police arrested two people in Waterbury, Conn., after they allegedly accepted a package mailed from Puerto Rico containing a kilogram of cocaine, with a street value of $33,000.

"The problems with Puerto Rico have jumped more on the radar screen in recent times," Romano said. "We have postal inspection teams across the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico to rid the mail of these narcotics."

He said the agency is especially concerned about the risks to clerks or letter carriers who could become unwitting victims of traffickers who use violence to obtain packages. Another agency spokesman, Lawrence Dukes, said it does not have statistics on any drug-related assaults.

In Connecticut, where Puerto Ricans account for about 6 percent of the 3.5 million people, Vega says a small but steady amount of cocaine is hidden among the mountains of packages that islanders send to extended family and friends.

The DEA says most of the cocaine reaching New England arrives hidden in cars or trucks from the Mexican border, but large-scale traffickers also send small shipments by mail two or three times a week. In Connecticut, the major cities have also served as gateways for drugs bound for western Massachusetts and Vermont, according to Brian Crowell, DEA's assistant agent in charge for Connecticut and Rhode Island.

"It's either going to Puerto Ricans they grew up with in Puerto Rico or they have family connections with so they can apply pressure to people if things go missing and to keep people from cooperating," Crowell said.

Authorities have had some successes catching the smugglers.

In May 2010, Connecticut drug kingpin George Sanchez was sentenced to nearly 28 years in federal prison for his role in a group that shipped drugs from Puerto Rico to homes in Bridgeport via the mail and other courier services.

Federal prosecutors say he smuggled in about two kilograms of cocaine each week by wrapping the drugs inside electronic devices such as video cassette players, clothing and other items. Some of it was processed into crack and supplied to other traffickers in the city, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

In Puerto Rico, U.S. agents arrested seven Postal Service workers in September following a DEA investigation, code-named Operation Dirty Eagles. The workers were accused of shipping cocaine and heroin to the U.S. mainland.

The Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, which investigates corruption cases, declined to comment on whether postal workers elsewhere are suspected of cooperating with traffickers.

Vega, one of 13 postal inspectors in Connecticut, was the only one on narcotics duty until another inspector was recently assigned to help him.

"I am busy," he said. "I think we're doing a very good job of at least reducing the amount that is being sent, because we seize quite a bit."

For Vega, who is a Puerto Rico native, one advantage of the job has been regular trips to the island to help with investigations. But the assignments can be bittersweet.

"It bothers me that the island that I still call home has been trampled on and overtaken by the drug trade," he said.

via WSJ

Ladies: I bet you can't wait to get your hands on these designer MaxiPads!

Finally, a designer option for the feminine-hygiene-fashion-forward crowd!

Earlier this week U by Kotex launched a collaborative contest with costume designer Patricia Field, inviting people to redesign the maxi pad. "Girls have choices in all aspects of their lives, so why should they settle for boring and institutional feminine care products?" said the company in a statement.

Ridiculous marketing ploy? Clearly. But if you check out the 600-plus colorful maxi pad submissions the company has collected on its website since Monday and don't find yourself coveting at least some of them, you are a stronger woman than I. Among my favorites are this pad to the right, inspired by the street artist Banksy, and oddly, all the skull and crossbones biker pads, of which there are many.

Winners of the contest will be invited to work with Patricia Field (costume designer for "Sex and the City") later this year to design a pad that will be on shelves in 2012.

Want to design your own? - ubykotex

via latimes

Sunday, April 10, 2011

According to the FBI: Roswell did happen, and UFOs do exist...?

Thank you, United States Government--I knew I wasn't crazy!

A new FBI site, The Vault, is an electronic reading room that has over 2,000 documents covering many different subjects. A memo written by the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office to the FBI Director on March 22, 1950 was discovered that confirms the Roswell UFO incident in 1947:

An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.

According to Mr. (redacted) informant, the saucers were found in New Mexico due to the fact that the Government has a very high-powered radar set-up in that area and it is believed the radar interferes with the controlling mechanism of the saucers. No further evaluation was attempted by SA (redacted) concerning the above.

via FBI

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Want to join the mile high club, but scared of flying?

Stay a night in the Kingdom Tower!

Saudi Arabia-based Kingdom Holding Company, headed by Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, is going ahead with its plan to build a 1.6-kilometre-high tower in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah.

The tallest tower in the world when completed, already informally dubbed the mile-high tower, will be double the height of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which is currently the world's tallest man-made structure.

The mile-high tower overlooking the Red Sea will be built on an area of 3.5 million square meters in the Obhur Gulf, 20 kilometres north of the Jeddah city centre and not far away from Jeddah's King Abdulaziz International Airport.

According to official information issued by the company, a city to be constructed around the tower will sprawl over an area of 23 million square metres at a total investment of $26.6 billion. The city will have the capacity to accommodate 80,000 people in addition to shopping and entertainment facilities. It will have hospitality facilities catering for up to a million visitors.

Although the plan was put forth in 2008, it has just recently been given the approval to begin construction.

Random fact: It will take 12 minutes to get to the top in an elevator.

What if Wu-Tang existed during the heyday of the vinyl era?

What would their vinyl covers look like?

Graphic designer Logan Walters re-imagines Wu-Tang covers in the Blue Note aesthetic.

I really get the feeling of the Motown era when I look through these, but anyways, I picked my favorites from 'Wu-Note' gallery and listed them below:

For the rest of them and more info on the graphic designer here: Logan Walters

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thirsty for a Monster Energy Drink? - New Flavor: Deadmau5

deadmau5 fans rejoice, Monster has a new energy drink flavor!

A man has filed a lawsuit against the maker of Monster Energy Drinks. He claims he found a dead mouse at the bottom of his can, and he has the lab work to prove it.

"Anytime anyone talks about monster, I just get that sick feeling in my stomach," says Vitaliy Sulzhik.

It happened March 20, 2010. Sulzhik remembers it like it was yesterday. He went into the Fred Meyer in Des Moines, and bought himself a Monster Energy Drink. When he finished drinking it, he didn't realize another monster would be at the bottom.

"I put it down and I felt it was still heavy. So I backwashed it and all this debris went into my mouth," says the 19 year old. "Then I looked in the can and I saw the tip of the tail and I vomited everywhere."

It was a dead mouse inside the can. His attorney sent the can to MDE Inc., a forensic and engineering laboratory in Seattle, which cut open the can. They conducted a series of forensic tests on behalf of his client, and Monster's insurance company.

X-rays and autopsies showed the mouse didn't suffer any trauma, like from a mouse trap, nor was it killed using poison. In other words, there were no signs the mouse was killed and then forced through the opening.

"You hear these wild stories out there. Sure, you're a little skeptical at first," says Reed Yurchak, Sulzhik's attorney. "But everything here has checked out."

Yurchak says Hansen Beverage Company is aware of the findings, but still refuses to believe his client.

When contacted by phone, the drink-maker declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Sulzhik hasn't drunk anything from a can since.

via krem

Unemployed? McDonalds hiring 50,000 people, adding 3-4 employees to every restaurant

McDonald's plans to hold its first national hiring day later this month - and unemployed potential burger-flippers are lovin' it.

The chain wants to fill 50,000 new openings at its restaurants across the country in a giant hiring spree on April 19.

Business is booming for the fast food king, and the company wants to add thousands of new Mcstaffers so that more restaurants can stay open 24 hours a day.

The down economy has led to less turnover at restaurants, the company said, and the hiring boom is looking to add between three and four new employees to every McDonalds in the U.S.

The Oak Brook, Ill., company held a similar event in its Western region last year - where more than 60,000 people applied for the 13,000 positions.

Job-hunters can apply in person or online, and some restaurants will hold interviews April 19.

Jan Fields, president of McDonald's U.S.A., told CNN the new hires would increase the U.S. workforce to 700,000.

The average pay of the jobs is $8.30 an hour, and some restaurant mangers can make $50,000 a year, Fields said.

via nydailynews

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Jacob Tucker’s rise from D-III obscurity peaks with dunk crown

This will likely be the end of Jacob Tucker's 15 minutes of fame, but what an ending it is.

The unassuming 5-foot-11 guard from tiny Division-III Illinois College, whose journey to Thursday's NCAA slam dunk championship began with a YouTube audition video that became a viral sensation, is officially college basketball's top senior dunker.

He won the competition in Houston by pulling off a series of jaw-dropping throw-downs.

Tucker earned a perfect score of 50 in the first round with a through-the-legs finish off of the bounce. He was the only competitor to notch a 50 in the opening round, and that gave him some leeway on his second attempt.

First, he started in the right corner and ran towards a ball placed on the right block. Tucker executed a cartwheel and grabbed the ball all in one motion, but missed the dunk after springing upwards. With his allotted time running out, he still pulled off something simple, yet solid enough to get him to the semifinals — Your ho-hum 360-degree, two-handed jam.

There, while trailing sophomore Illinois College teammate/dunk assistant Nathan Kohler down the left sideline, he grabbed his partner's toss off of the side of the backboard and executed a smooth 360 spin while finishing with one hand. That easily locked him into the finals.

He went second in the final round, and had to top a 46 posted by UNC-Asheville's John Williams.

That's when it got really interesting, as Tucker first made two attempts at a through-the-legs 360 dunk, but couldn't put it down.

He'd later tell ESPN's Holly Rowe that was his original back-up option, but went for it first since that dunk had never been done in the NCAA competition. Then, he reverted to the first choice, which proved to be the breadwinner.

Kohler stood just off to the right side of the hoop with the ball held over his head. Tucker charged in from the corner, completely cleared Kohler — also listed at 5-11 — grabbed the ball and threw in a two-handed reverse slam. ESPN replays measured his vertical leap on the dunk at a ridiculous 46 inches.

He scored a 49.

"It's unbelievable, just because a lot of these other guys here are D-I players," he said afterwards. "They're used to being on the national stage, and this dunk contest, to their schools, didn't necessarily mean as much. To be able to represent my school on a national stage is a real honor."

You can say that the gimmick of Tucker simply being there helped him win it, but that would be inaccurate. He had to win a Facebook fan vote to get to Houston as the only non-Division-I participant, but convincingly proved himself worthy.

It also didn't hurt that the rest of the competitors left something to be desired when compared to Tucker's well-planned arsenal. Against a somewhat lack of creativity by others in a field that featured no one else shorter than 6-foot-3 and antics such as Cincinnati's Darnell Wilks advertising his Twitter page on a custom-made headband, Tucker was a silent assassin.

Tucker, who averaged 14.8 points and an impressive-given-his-height 7.1 rebounds a game this season for the Blueboys, appeared quiet the entire night while waiting his turns on the sidelines. But he finally cut loose a bit after his title-clinching dunk, when he jokingly executed the Aaron Rodgers championship belt celebration with Memphis' Will Coleman.

Then, fittingly, there was the prize for winning it.

Instead of a bulky trophy that he'd have to awkwardly carry on to a flight back to central Illinois, Tucker was presented with a custom-made, WWE-style belt.

Just awesome. Purely awesome.

Barring Disney getting a hold of the movie rights to this tale — which you can never really count out — this is likely the last you'll hear of Jacob Tucker. But it's hard to think of a more impressive way for him to dip away from the spotlight.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Billionaire Spotlight: Russian billionaire buys $100M Silicon Valley home

The U.S. housing market may be struggling to regain its footing, but the $100 million sale of a single-family home in the heart of Silicon Valley shows that luxury properties are still in demand.

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, a big investor in Facebook, daily deal website Groupon and "Farmville" game maker Zynga, bought the lavish, 25,500-square-foot mansion in Los Altos Hills, Calif. The sale is believed to be one of the largest in U.S. history for a single-family home.

Donald Trump sold his Palm Beach mansion for $100 million in 2008 to Russian fertilizer billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev. Trump told The Associated Press at the time that it was the largest estate sale ever in the U.S.

Milner, the 49-year-old founder of Internet investment firm Digital Sky Technologies and chairman of Group, has no immediate plans to move into the mansion, spokesman Leonid Solovyev told The AP. Solovyev and another spokesman for the billionaire declined any further comment.

The mansion is a French-style chateau in the Loire style set on 18 acres in hills overlooking San Francisco Bay, the architect, William Hablinski, told The AP. Hablinski said the cost of the project, which took about six years to complete, was not a big concern during the building process. He would not comment on how much the seller, Fred Chan and his wife Annie, paid to build it.

"It did have a budget, it just went far beyond," he said.

The estate has a ballroom, screening room, wine cellar, gym, spa and pools inside and out.

"It has a beautiful rotunda in the entryway, flanked by stairs up both sides," Hablinski said. "And a motor court that ensures security and privacy."

The $100 million price is based on the documented transfer tax of $110,000, which was provided to the AP by the Santa Clara County Assessor's Office.

The Wall Street Journal reported the sale price Thursday. That followed a report on the deal last week in technology blog TechCrunch.

The mansion's price tag dwarfs the $50 million paid for the three-story, 48,000-square-foot Le Belvedere mansion in Bel Air last year, said Betty Graham, president of Coldwell Banker Previews International, which listed that property. Graham said the number of homes that sold for more than $20 million last year in the Los Angeles area tripled from 2009, a sign that the luxury market has been strengthening.

"The smart money is back in real estate," Graham said.

Still, at the highest end of the ultra-high price range, some homes remain unsold going on well more than a year.

At the top of the list is the 56,500-square-foot estate owned by the widow of the late TV producer Aaron Spelling. The French chateau-style mansion set in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles was placed on the market two years ago for a jaw-dropping $150 million. A Beverly Hills, Calif., property known as Fleur de Lys has been on the market more than a year for $125 million.

via AP

Scranton woman hides heroin, money & loose change in... herself

After crashing her car Sunday, police said a Scranton woman suspected of burglarizing the Dunmore Inn was found to have a sizeable stash of drugs and money hidden in an unlikely location.

According to a criminal complaint:

Dunmore police Officer Anthony Cali asked Scranton police Officer Nancy Baumann to detain Karin Mackaliunas, 27, 1609 Mulberry St., at the scene of a crash at the North Seventh Avenue off-ramp Sunday evening.

After her car was towed, Ms. Mackaliunas was ready to leave the scene of the crash when Officer Cali contacted Officer Baumann and asked for Ms. Mackaliunas to be detained because she was suspected of stealing items from the inn.

After searching her for weapons, Officer Baumann found three bags of heroin in Ms. Mackaliunas' jacket.

But as the officer drove her to Scranton police headquarters to charge her for drug possession, Officer Baumann noticed Ms. Mackaliunas fidgeting in the backseat of the cruiser.

After a struggle with Officer Baumann during a more thorough search at headquarters, Ms. Mackaliunas asked to speak with Sergeant Michael Mayer and told him she had hidden more heroin in her vagina.

A search of Ms. Mackaliunas by a doctor at Community Medical Center turned up 54 bags of heroin, 31 empty bags used to package heroin, 8.5 prescription pills and $51.22.

Ms. Mackaliunas was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

via thetimes-tribune

Friday, April 1, 2011

Having a Bachelor Party in Vegas?

Fly around and shoot stuff

Making laser tag an adult game is nearly impossible, unless all the kids are naked! Going adult more tastefully: Air Combat Ace.

Started by retired a Air Force Vet who missed the adrenaline of being shot at, ACA's cobbled together nearly a dozen professional fighter pilots willing to put guests in the cockpit of actual planes outfitted with custom laser targeting systems and lead 'em through evasive combat tactics, which they'll desperately need upon returning home from Vegas to their girlfriends. A limo'll drive you to the facility, where a 50min "fighter pilot" brief on basic maneuvering & equipment fitting's all you'll need before hopping in a carbon-fiber Extra 330LC, capable of traveling over 200mph and equipped with line-of-site transmitters, a gun reticule, and a smoke system that triggers when you're hit, though generally speaking, if your hits have created a smoke system you probably shouldn't be flying a plane, bro. By your side'll be your trusty instructor/ wingman, who'll teach you the art of dogfighting, high-g maneuvering, and low level formations, while also walking you through five plane-to-plane mid-air "engagements", fitting, as proposals generally are better if you aren't flying by the seat of your pants.

Each plane's mounted with four cameras to capture the action, and the day's topped off with a trip back to the Squadron Bar, a restored airplane hangar where the booze and apps'll flow between games of darts and pool, another place those pervy kids should keep their suits on!

via thrillist

Live Fish and Turtles Keyrings Sold in China

Yes, you read that right.


Keyring ornaments are perhaps the most useless item you'll ever carry in your pocket or stuff in your purse -- but now, thanks to an increasingly popular item being sold in China, it can easily be the cruelest, too. For the price you might expect to pay for some kitschy trinket, Chinese street vendors are selling live animals, permanently sealed in a small plastic pouch where they can survive for a short while as someone's conversation piece. Apparently, these unimaginably inhumane keyrings are actually quite popular -- and worst of all, it's totally legal.

According to The Global Times, these keyring accessories containing live animals are widely available and sold publicly in subway stations and on sidewalks. Potential buyers (read as animal-abusers) have the choice between a living Brazil turtle or two small kingfish, sealed in an airtight package along with some colored water. One vendor claimed that the trapped creatures "can live for months inside there" because the water contains "nutrients," though veterinarians have already disputed this claim.

"I'll hang it in my office, it looks nice and brings good luck, " said one customer who purchased the turtle.

As the cruel trinkets continue to gain in popularity, thankfully so to have the voices of animal rights supporters in opposition to the inhumane treatment of the animals they contain. "To put a living thing inside a sealed and confined space for profit is immoral and pure animal abuse," Qin Xiaona, director of the NGO Capital Animal Welfare Association, told the Global Times.

Even some right-thinking passersby are trying to do their part in saving the animals' lives where they can. "I bought one to free it. It looks so miserable," said one woman, unnamed by the Times.

Despite the fact that the selling of animals as keyring ornaments is a clear-cut case of animal cruelty, it is actually entirely within the law. Chinese law prohibits the sale of wild animals -- a designation which evidently does not apply to the Brazil turtles and kingfish being sold.

For the time being, in lieu of legislation which may or may not come to pass outlawing the sale of living creatures as objects of amusement, Xiaona suggests people use their better sense to squelch the trade. "If nobody buys it, the market will die," she says.

Sadly, it is likely that so too will the animals which have already been sealed in their colorful, transparent tombs -- gasping for the final breath of air they've been packaged with, as they peer out to a world in which their lives are considered essentially worthless. And in such a dark hour, it's hard not to believe our very humanity awaits a similar fate.

via the global times

10 Questions for Wiz Khalifa

The tasty treats may have been the first spotting upon entering The Marcel at Gramercy Hotel in New York City. But it wasn’t mini burgers, jumbo onion rings, mozzarella sticks, or bowls of pink and red Starbursts that drew in the crowd. It was hip-hop phenom Wiz Khalifa, who entered the room wearing a jean jacket, camouflage BBC hoodie, navy Chuck Taylors, and a backwards cap. The “Black and Yellow” rapper wasted no time introducing himself before taking flicks and chatting with well wishers.

Wiz has more than one reason to be flying high. Rolling Papers, his Atlantic Records debut, is in stores now. With production from Stargate and Jim Jonsin, and appearances from Too $hort, Chevy Woods, and Curren$y, the Pittsburgh MC quells his detractors, especially those who say he’s gone pop. “Everything takes time, so with time will come the healing…for those who think that. Everybody else thinks it’s great!” he says with a smile.

Sitting down with, Wiz fires off answers to questions including who he’d most like to smoke with, which actor would play him in a biopic, the rapper that left him starstruck, and the craziest rumor he’s heard about himself. He does so carefree because these days, he has two types of paper to roll.

1. How many tattoos do you have, and which is your favorite?
I have too many to count… And this is my favorite [points to wrist]. “Self made.” It describes your boy.

2. If you could smoke with anyone, who would it be?
I would smoke with Charlie Brown, the grown version though, because we’d probably have some fun stuff to talk about.

3. Do you have any nicknames aside from Wiz?
Nope. Just the short version of my real name [Cameron], Cam. That’s it though.

4. Name a song that you wish you had recorded.
[The Notorious B.I.G.'s] “Mo Money Mo Problems” is definitely a song that someone else did that I wish I would have done. That’s a great song.

5. Have you ever been starstruck?
Yeah, I was just starstruck today. I met Cam’ron. That kind of blew me away.

6. If you could cast any actor to play you in a movie, who would it be?
I would get that lil’ homie from “Everybody Hates Chris” [Tyler James Williams]. He would play me.

7. What is the craziest rumor you’ve heard about yourself?
That I was 5’6”. Somebody said they had seen me and I was 5’6”, which is outrageous—I’m taller.

8. Some have criticized Rolling Papers for being too commercial sounding. What do you say to those critics?
Just wait, you know? Everything takes time, so with time will come the healing…for those who think that. Everybody else thinks it’s great!

9. What’s one thing you want to do before you die?

10. Describe your life in three words.
Fu cking awesome!


Film Spotlight: Hobo with a Shotgun

A homeless vigilante blows away crooked cops, pedophile Santas, and other scumbags with his trusty pump-action shotgun.

The new trailer delivers some fantastic one-liners:



"Jerk off, you shit licker."

"Put the knife away, kid, or I'll use it to cut welfare checks from your rotting skin"


via IGN