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08/24/2011

Earthquakes, hurricanes and muppets

 

When the earth shock, social media rocked.   Facebook and Twitter reported record numbers following Tuesday's earthquake.  Within four minutes of the earthquake, Facebook said the term “earthquake” appeared in the status updates of 3 million users. Twitter reported more than 40,000 earthquake-related Tweets within a minute of the shaking. At one point, 5,500 Tweets per second on the quake were being sent, which is more than Osama Bin Laden’s death in May and on par with tweets related to the Japanese quake in March. 

After the initial "what the heck just happened?" tweets came the most popular Tweets related to the earthquake.   By far, the most retweeted Tweet is a picture of the devastation:

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(http://jmckinley.posterous.com/dc-earthquake-devastation)

And then we have these:

thetweetofgod: There was just a 5.8 earthquake in Washington. Obama wanted it to be 3.4, but the Republicans wanted 5.8, so he compromised.

oprahreadsnews: EARTHQUAKES FOR EVVVVVeeerrryyyyOOOOnnnneeeeeee!!! New York gets an earthquake, DC gets an earthquake, Virginia gets an earthquake...

katz: "I felt that earthquake last week" - Brooklyn hipster

darthvader: I just felt a tremor in the Force. No wait, that was an earthquake.

yuckybot: Text "You spilled your chai latte" to 90999 to donate $1 to the victims of the U.S. East Coast earthquake.

hodgman: This guy in the cafe and I agree that we liked the earthquake when it first started. But now it's like, the wrong people are into it.

 

Of course, dozens of videos have been uploaded to YouTube as well… Some genuine, like a guitar player interrupted 56 seconds into his performance…

 

And others poking fun at the event, like this report by a three-year-old girl…

 

You can watch a playlist of earthquake videos by clicking here.

And now that earthquake is past, Hurricane Irene has replaced it has the most popular natural disaster  in the news.    The hurricane is now a dangerous Cat 3.   You can track it using our Tropical Tracker.

Terry Moran's interview with Glen Campbell is a hot topic this morning.  Campbell, who is 75, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which slowly stripping away the memories and abilities that define one of music's greats.

"I have been blessed, I really have," Campbell said. "I really have, I figured it out that I'm not that bright, but God gave me a break."

His guitar playing made him famous and sought after by such names as Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys.

Campbell is embarking on a farewell tour, one of the many topics discussed in the interview.  You can read more on abcnews.com and watch Campbell perform below:

 

Pat Summitt stunned the sports world with news that she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, the Alzheimer's type.   The 59-year-old Hall of Fame basketball coach says she  struggled for several months with how to tell the women's basketball players at Tennessee, recruits and fans that she was having memory loss problems. At first, she chalked up the problems to side effects of a medicine she was taking.   Summit plans to return for her 38th season as coach with help from her assistants.

Most people diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's are in their 40s and 50s, though some are in their 30s. It accounts for only 5 percent to 10 percent of all Alzheimer's disease cases.  Medications help to slow the progression.

You can learn more about Alzheimer's by visiting the Alzheimer's Association online.

Twitter has been buzzing with rumors of a separation between Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.  Absolutely not true, the couple says.

“Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumours circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact,” the couple said in a written statement.

Besides the earthquake, one of the most popular tweets of the day is this picture of an epic math fail in an advertisement:

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(http://yfrog.com/h77bsemj)

Today's Google Doodle celebrates Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, who would have turned 112 years old today.  Borges is seen in the Doodle overlooking a complex imaginary world. 

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He penned magic realism literature.   Ficciones and The Aleph, collections of short stories, are among his most famous books.

 Speaking of complex imaginary worlds, check out a short film called Portal: No escape.  It's one of the most popular videos on YouTube.

 

Also on YouTube, from Russia comes video of a firefighter exam, which looks impressive until you ask the question where's their equipment?

 

And the most shared and one of the most watched videos of the day is the Muppet Show Theme Song featured on the just released The Green Album…

 

That’s the trend!

Have a rock steady day,

Bob

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