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June 2011


State of Georgia, Charlize Theron and RIP Tom Kenny

Trending red hot this morning is State of Georgia, the new ABC Family show


Raven-Symone plays Georgia, a wannabe actress who has just moved to New York City with her science geek best friend, Jo, played by Majandra Delfino.   The show premiered last night, and 7online talked to  both stars -- the interview was our most popular story on Wednesday.

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is a hot talker after the 38-year-old mother of two posed topless wearing just jewelry and a pair of fishnet tights in a photoshoot for Vanity Fair.  The star also made a splash in London last night, making a surprise appearance at the live show of Glee.

Also from London, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, star of BBC’s The Tudors, is trending after an apparent suicide attempt.   The 33-year-old actor is thought to have taken pills.  Rhys Meyers entered into rehab for a fourth time earlier this year. (UPDATE:  The Hollywood Reporter quotes source saying it was not a suicide attempt, but he did relapse and was hospitalized briefly for that.)

Charlize Theron in a still from the 2009 film, 'The Road.' (Dimension Films)

Charlize Theron is buzzing after telling CNN's Piers Morgan that she will probably never walk down the aisle, despite campaigning for same-sex couples to have the right to marry.  She has long claimed that she will not wed until same-sex marriages is made legal in every state, but the Oscar winner said she has no desire to become a bride.  Theron, whose mother shot and killed her father in self-defense, is adamant her parents' bad marriage is not the reason.  She says she just wants long-term relationships.  Theron split from Stuart Townsend last year after almost a decade together.

For the third year in a row, RIP Tom Kenny is trending on Twitter.   The voice of SpongeBob is still alive and well and living somewhere near Bikini Bottom.  Who knows why the rumors of his death started, but there are even Facebook pages dedicated to RIP Tom Kenny.

From YouTube this morning, we have evidence that size does not matter when it comes to sheep herding.  Nancy the Chihuahua has been caught on camera herding sheep with all the skill of a seasoned Border Collie.  Nancy weighs just 2.5 lbs, but confidently herds sheep more than six times taller than her.  


Then we have a baby named Jonah rocking out to Pantera.  The title Metal Head Baby is appropriate.


Justin Bieber has the most shared video on YouTube this morning, and it's a commercial for Google Chrome.  The spot shows Bieber's rise to fame using the internet.  Meanwhile, Bieber's girlfriend, Selena Gomez, has the most popular video featuring her backstage meeting Shia LaBeouf, the star of Transformers.  Watch out Justin!


Finally, an oldie but goodie popped into the trends this morning.  It's a video from 2009 that shows why you should always avoid interviews with a donkey in the background.


That's the trend!

Have a great day,



Coming home from war

Our pick of the day comes by way of a viral video that caught our attention.  The video shows a soldier on his third tour of duty in Iraq coming home early to surprise his son.  


The source of the video is a website called Welcome Home Blog, which features countless videos of military men and women reuniting with their families.  It's an amazing collection of emotion as loved ones come home.

The site also has Facebook and Twitter pages.   Be forewarned, you may need a box of tissues handy if you plan on watching any of these videos.

Getting ready for a social network war

Good morning!

A social network war is about to unfold as Google is rolling out it's answer to Facebook.


Google+ is the company's not so secret project that turns all of the search engine into one giant social network.  The project has been delayed several times.  Google began rolling out a very limited field test on Tuesday.  Mashable.com has some screen shots available and more details.  Should be interesting to watch how it plays out as Google is the big player in search, but a late comer in social.

The latest chapter of Transformers is on the big screen and star Shia LaBeouf is making headlines.  LaBeouf, who plays Sam Witwicky, says this Transformers will be his last in the series.  LaBeouf also claimed in an interview with Details that he had an affair with former co-star Megan Fox while filming the first Transformers movie.


"Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them," he said. "I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry onscreen."

Okay then.

Meanwhile, David Duchovny and Tea Leoni say they have split up again.  They separated in 2008 shortly before Duchovny checked into rehab for sex addiction, but reunited the next year.  No reason was given for their latest break-up.

Mission Impossible is trending on Twitter because the trailer for the new movie has been released on YouTube.  The movie hits the big screen in December.


Not interested in summer movies, seems people are lining up fun activities for the summer as searches for “summer bucket lists” and “bucket list” are up on Yahoo!  According to Yahoo!, women are more interested in creating bucket lists, as they account for 81% of searches this week for “bucket list ideas.”

More videos of those UFOs spotted last Friday over London are popping up and trending on YouTube...


....while people are flipping for an out of this world first pitch by a Cirque du Solei performer at Monday's game between the Padres and Royals at Petco Park.


That's the trend!

Have a great day,



The Pope tweets

It seems even the Pope is using Twitter now.

Pope Benedict XVI tweeted for the first time today, and that's hard to top for the pick of the day.  

The Vatican even provided video of the Pope tweeting away on his iPad.


The Pope used his inaugural tweet to announce the launch of news.va, a Vatican news and information portal.


The Vatican Twitter account had about 12,000 fans before the tweet.  It's over 26,000 tonight.

Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, explained the Holy Father's reasoning for expanding the Vatican's online presence: "I want to be present where people come together," he has said.

The Pope's tweet also comes as his marks his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination.




Not your ordinary horse race

Just love the crew at Improve Everywhere.  Their latest mission took place at Le Carrousel in New York's Bryant Park.


Follow Improve Everywhere on Facebook at http://facebook.com/improv.everywhere

John Wayne Gacy, Lorenzo Charles and the stolen video camera

Good morning!

Topping the trend this morning is John Wayne Gacy.  Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann cited John Wayne as an inspiration during her campaign kickoff in Waterloo, Iowa on Monday.  Bachmann said the actor hailed from the town as she touted growing up in Iowa. In fact, Wayne was not from Waterloo, but from Winterset.  Serial killer John Wayne Gacy came from Waterloo.  Oops!  Not sure I would have known that either, but then again I'm not kicking off a campaign for president.

Another news story trending this morning is Los Alamos. With the memories in mind of a 2000 fire that destroyed hundreds of homes, more than 12-thousand residents evacuated because of another approaching wildfire. An ominous orange haze was visible at night as firefighters worked to get it under control.


A wildfire crests over the hills above Los Alamos National Labs Sunday June 26, 2011 in New Mexico. A fast-moving wildfire forced officials at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to close the site Monday. (/AP Photo)


Lorenzo Charles is also trending after he was killed in a bus accident.  He is best remembered as the the forward whose last-second dunk gave underdog North Carolina State a stunning win in the 1983 national college championship game.  Charles grabbed Dereck Whittenburg's 30-foot shot and dunked it at the buzzer to give the Wolfpack a 54-52 win, sending coach Jim Valvano spilling onto the court, scrambling for someone to hug in what is one of the most memorable moments of the NCAA tournament.

Searches for all things beef are up this week on Yahoo!. Specifically, people are interested in “how to cook filet mignon,” “how to cook tri tip roast,” “how to make Mongolian beef,” “how to grill the perfect steak,” and even “how to age beef.”  Now I’m hungry.

The new 3-D movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens at midnight at theaters across the country, but it is a yet to be released movie that is the most viewed on YouTube.   The next Disney/Pixar release called "Brave" has nearly a half-million views since being released last night.


Another trending video is Mac the Corgi getting to know his new sister, Lacie. The big dog appears to have the advantage, but the puppy has the last laugh.


And my favorite video of the day so far is the guy who put down his video camera while visiting Cannes, France.  Of course, it was stolen, but the crime was caught on tape because the camera was still rolling.  Wait until you see where he found it!


That's the trend!

Make it a great day,



Pick of the day: Progress at the World Trade Center


Spotted these pictures in my Facebook stream this afternoon from our friends at the Gothamist. Jake Dobkin went down to the World Trade Center site to see how construction of 1 World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial is progressing. 


Click the links below to see more photos of the progress... the last link is an amazing panaroma view from way up high:

Slideshow: http://gothamist.com/2011/06/27/exclusive_world_trade_center_progre.php#photo-1

Larger photos: http://www.bluejake.com/2011/06/ground-zero.html

Panorama view: http://gothamist.com/attachments/jake/pano3_large.jpg

Mirage or a hoax?

The most popular video in Europe comes from ITN (a broadcast network in Britain) of scenery over the Xin'an River in East China.


The video shows a city skyline, mountains and trees, but according to the reporter, none of it is really there.  It's all a mirage.

Or is it a hoax?

Watch the video and decide for yourself.



Tiffany Green, Asteroid and the surfing shark

The BET awards are all over the trend this morning, but the name getting all of the attention is Tiffany Green.  Tiffany Green is not a celebrity, although she is now an internet sensation. She is a Nicki Minaj fan who won the chance to present the Coca-Cola Viewers' Choice award.   When it came time to announce the winner, she tapped a tablet and announced Chris Brown.   When she looked up, and looked up with panic on her face, she said Rihanna had actually won.  


Various photos like the one above are all over Twitter of her look at that moment.

You can watch the clip here (about 1:20 into the video): 


After the show, Green went on Twitter to say "The tablet [expletive] said CHRIS BROWN....the TELEPROMPTER said Rihanna. What the [expletive]??????"  Stephen G. Hill, a BET executive, also went on Twitter to say human error led to the mistake, and that he was the one who made the error.

Oh yeah, and Rihanna didn't win either.  Drake actually took home the award.

An RV sized asteroid will come very close to Earth this morning, according to NASA.   The team that monitors near-Earth objects (NEOs) says the asteroid that will pass only 7,500 miles above the Earth around 9:30 a.m.  According to NASA, "This small asteroid, only 5-20 meters in diameter, is in a very Earth-like orbit about the Sun, but an orbital analysis indicates there is no chance it will actually strike Earth on Monday."  Whew!

Nigel Thornberry is trending worldwide on Twitter.   No one seems quite sure what has caused the stir about The Wild Thornberrys character, but he's a big hit on Tumblr too.   How smashing are you?

A couple of videos making for watercooler conversation include one-armed veteran Michael Kacer reaching over the rail and catching a foul popup with his hat in the bottom of the first inning of Saturday's Yankees game.


Orlando Sentinel photographer Jacob Langston was taking some video of a surfer off New Smyrna Beach in Florida last week when he heard another surfer scream, "Dude!  Did you see that?"   He didn't notice it at the time, but when he checked the video -- a four-foot spinner shark had jumped over a surfer. 


And from the freaky pet parade on YouTube are trending videos of a cat under the direction of a comb and a dancing Chihuahua.  





That's the trend!

Have a great day,



How to avoid getting hit by a train

A red hot video comes from a 44-year-old man in Leicester, United Kingdom who demonstrates quite effectively how to avoid getting hit by an oncoming train.