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August 2011


Daryl Hannah, a bag of weed and the boy who built a house


Actress Daryl Hannah has been arrested!  She and some other protesters gathered in front of the White House to demonstrate against a planned oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.  


Hannah told The Associated Press the protesters want to be free from dependence on fossil fuels. The group calls for clean energy investments instead.    Hannah sat down on the sidewalk and refused orders from U.S. Park Police to move, so they arrested her.

A bag of weed is the hot trend on Twitter.  It appears to have started trending after a Tweet linking to a story about a 61-year-old housewife in New Zealand.  She lost a black bag at a ferry terminal.  Someone turned it into police.  Inside the bag, police found 20 grams of cannabis and a cell phone.  When it began to ring, officers answered and explained the bag had been turned into the police station. When the housewife showed up to claim the bag, she got busted.

Madison Square Garden is trending because on this date one year ago Justin Bieber, who was just 16 at the time, sold out the Garden in 22 minutes.

Another 16-year-old named Austin Hay is still in high school, but he's building his own house. It's only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage at just 16 years old. Right now, it's parked in his parents' backyard, but he's built it on wheels so he plans to take it to college and then wherever he goes after he graduates. 


That’s the most viewed video in New York City today.  Also from YouTube,  Redbull's surfers attached flares to their surfboards for some night waves and cool pictures….


Then we have a VMA tribute to Britney Spears from the Femme Fatale dancers….


And NFL quarterback Sam Bradford made a fan in the stands cry!  Hey, there's no crying in football… or was that baseball? Check out what happened.


That's the trend!

The venerable Bill King will be trending the next couple of days as I finally head home after six days stranded by Irene.

Have a great day!



Dancing, Madden and hurricane videos

Good morning!

The hot topic online this morning is the new cast of characters on Dancing With The Stars.   The new cast revealed last night includes Nancy Grace, Ryan O'Neal, Ron Artest and Chaz Bono.  

You can see pictures of all of the cast members by clicking here.

Burning Man, the weeklong counter-culture arts festival , is underway in the Black Rock Desert.  Tens of thousands of people descend on the Nevada desert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this unusual gathering.   This year marks another milestone - it's the first time the festival has even sold out.  You can read more about it on the festival's website www.burningman.com.

Madden 12 went on sale at midnight, making it a trending topic. 

Electronic Arts made an effort to upgrade the game this year.  Early reviews say the game looks and plays brilliantly, but there are some flaws.  One reviewer says commentary is kind of annoying.   Sounds just like the real thing then.

Much to the delight of his creditors and to the disgust of dog lovers, the Eagles signed Michael Vick to a six year, $100-million deal.

Fresh off Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Katia is trending in New York City.   It's forecast to become a major hurricane by Sunday.  Early models from the National Hurricane Center show it is likely to stay out at sea. 

Let's hope so, especially after seeing so much death and destruction caused by Irene.

Many of the most popular videos are flooding across the northeast.  First, some of the intense flooding in Fleischmanns, New York is captured by some visitors….


Not sure where this video was taken, but it shows a car going down a raging river.   Fortunately, it appears no one was inside it.


In Vermont, someone was rolling when the flood took out a covered bridge built in 1870 over the Williams River in Lower Bartonsville village in the town of Rockingham, Windham County.


A mind-boggling video comes from Manville, New Jersey where, according to a commenter,  the National Guard was sent into the flood waters to try to rescue some stranded civilians.  Unfortunately the water was deeper than anticipated.


And despite all those hurricane videos, the most popular video on YouTube is, of all things, a pole vault snap! Dmitry Starodubtsev' pole broke while pole vaulting at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Deagu.


And in a snap, that’s the trend!

Have a great day!



Hurricane relief trends

Good morning!

While much of the east coast is wondering what Irene will do, the rest of American seems to be wondering what Ben will say.  

Jackson Hole has been a hot trending topic on Google, Twitter and other sites.  That's where Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak later today, at the Federal Reserve economic symposium.   Many are wondering if he will hint about what the Fed might do to help the stagnated economy.  Odds are he's not going to give us a clue.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had a groupie in Moammar Gadhafi.   Rebels found a scrapbook of Condi Rice photos in Gadhafi's compound.  

A few years ago Gadhafi declared his love for her during an interview. “Leezza, Leezza, Leezza ... I love her very much,” he said.  They met two years later, and he presented her with a diamond ring and a locket with his image etched inside. While neither Rice nor any of her people will discuss the scrapbook, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland called it "deeply bizarre and deeply creepy."

Not that Gadhafi would be interested, but Minka Kelly is a single lady again.  Her publicist confirms that she and Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter have ended their three year relationship.   Kelly stars as an angel in the upcoming ABC show Charlie's Angels.

(AP Photo/Marion Curtis, StarPix)

Victoria Secret model Marisa Miller has landed a role of an empty vessel.  She's going to star in the super natural action flick movie R.I.P.D. starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges.  Miller will be Bridges' avatar.

Fahrenheit 451, the great novel by legendary author Ray Bradbury, is a hot topic on many blogs this week.   Bradbury, who turned 91 on Monday, announced that another of his novels is headed to the big screen.  Dandelion Wine was first published in 1957.   It's a collection of short stories that Bradbury wrote about childhood.  "This novel represented to me the childhood I never had. My childhood had been stolen by the ravages and destruction of post World War II Russia and “Dandelion Wine” restored it back for me," he told Deadline.

Guillermo del Toro's 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' has hit the big screen.  Critics give it generally good reviews, but advise don't go see it if you're afraid of the dentist.

One of the most popular videos on YouTube is a dream iPhone 5 with a laser keyboard, holographic display and a battery life of about two minutes.


From Fota Wildlife Park, Cork comes a penguin that does not follow the crowd…


And from Russia, a classic standoff between cat and dog…


That's the hurricane relief trend!

Have a great day,



Steve Jobs, Aaliyah and racing the tortoise

Good morning!

Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO is dominating the discussion this morning.  

Jobs, Apple and pancreatic cancer are among the top searches on Google, but it's Steve Wozniak who is leading the related searches.   The Apple co-founder told Bloomberg in a telephone interview that Jobs always “wanted to be an important person”, adding that he “wanted to do it by having a company”.   As for speculation about Jobs' departure now, Wozniak said "I’m not close enough to him now to tell you what his reasons were for resigning."  You can read more about the resignation on abcnews.com.

Hurricane Irene is also a hot topic this morning.  Videos are already getting posted of Hurricane Irene.  Various clips show flooding and the storm in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.




The earthquake is also still getting lots of play, including the most popular video on YouTube featuring the Ravens Torrey Smith's reaction to the ground shaking…


Also from Baltimore, fans are paying tribute to Mike Flanagan, the great Orioles pitcher.  He won the Cy Young Award in 1979 and pitched in two World Series.   He later worked as a coach, broadcaster and executive.  Flanagan was found outside his home by authorities who received a 911 call at 4:26 p.m. on Wednesday.  The cause of death was not known.   He was 59.  One of the best tributes that I found on Twitter is from an Orioles blogger who writes about a letter that he sent Flanagan as a child, and the thrill of getting a response: (http://roarfrom34.com/content/i-was-once-mike-flanagans-biggest-fan)

A lot of people are searching and discussing Aaliyah on the 10th anniversary of her death.  

R&B singer and actress Aaliyah poses for a photo in New York on May 9, 2001.(AP Photo/Jim Cooper)

The 22-year-old R&B singer died when a twin-engine plane crashed moments after takeoff in the Bahamas.    The accident cut short a promising life and career.  At 22, Aaliyah had released three albums, had a string of hits starting when she was 15, and just wrapped up filming her first movie, Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned.   The movie was released in February 2002.

Another young and rising star Rihanna is fending off rumors all over the internet that she is seen in a sex tape with Roc Nation rapper J Cole.  The story goes that J Cole, who was touring with Rihanna earlier this year, lost his smart phone.  It's speculated the video was on that phone, and now someone is trying to sell it. However, Rihanna jumped on Twitter while on vacation in St Tropez to deny any such tape exists.

Emma Stone is trending because Jim Carrey made a video for her.   The 49-year-old actor declares his love for the 22-year-old It Girl.  It's actually kind of creepy because it's unclear if he's joking.  It's sparked quite a debate on his website with hundreds of comments.  Watch the video and decide for yourself: http://www.jimcarreytrulife.com/video-post/jim-carreys-message-to-emma-stone

And finally, what's faster - a tortoise or a man in motorized wheelchair.  It's trending video this morning on YouTube.


That's the trend!

Have a great day,



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:


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:


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. 


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,



Irene, iPhones and say something nice

Good morning!

Hurricane Irene is atop the trends this morning, as the storm churns across the Caribbean and threatens to hammer the east coast.  It’s a hot topic of discussion on Twitter and searches for the hurricane are spiking 4699% on Yahoo! Searches for hurricane tracking, the National Hurricane Center and past hurricanes (Katrina, Andrew) are way up. According to Yahoo! Clues, Florida, Texas and New York are searching the most details for Hurricane Irene. You can track the storm using our Tropical Tracker.

Speaking of Irene, Kate Winslet is making headlines after rescuing Sir Richard Branson's 90-year-old mom.  His multi-million dollar Caribbean estate on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands was destroyed by a fire thanks to lightning from the storm early Monday. 


The Oscar winner, her boyfriend and her family were staying in the eight-bedroom Great House, along with Branson’s mother, daughter Holly and her friends.  Branson thanked Winslet on his blog for carrying his mom to safety.  

Actress Jennifer Garner and actor/director Ben Affleck are a hot topic as they are expecting for the third time. 


The couple has two daughters, 5-year-old Violet and 2-year-old Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck.  More on this story over at OTRC.com.

A few music legends will release new albums today. Barbra Streisand and Tom Waits both have albums coming out and both are buzzing on Yahoo!, Waits is spiking 607%.  The majority of searches for both artists come from those over 45 according to Yahoo! Clues data.

People are still searching heavily for the $99 deal on the soon-to-be phased out  HP Tablet, helping to drive Staples to the top of the search charts.  Meanwhile, Best Buy gave away the iPhone 3GS on Monday - a one day only deal.  That's right for FREE!  Okay,  nothing is really free…  You had to sign a new two-year contract.  Why did Best Buy do this and Apple allow it?  Nothing official, but speculation is they're making room for the iPhone 5 expected at the end of September.

One of the most popular stories in Texas is no fish tale.  It was just a man and his young boy versus a 7-foot shark. And they were alone in a kayak during the fight about a quarter mile into the Gulf.  YIKES! They captured the entire episode on video. 


You can find more on the story at KTRK’s website and on ABCNews.com.

June Bum Park is a South Korean artist who has gained lots of attention for his unusual videos in which he in essence plays God, using the depth of field between his hand and the objects below, making him appear to be controlling the action.   Some of his videos are trending again thanks to a couple posts on blogs.   


You can read more about his work at http://www.pilotlondon.org/artists/details.php?id=53&year= and at http://thegrandnarrative.com/2008/03/10/a-korean-artist-parking-building-and-crossing/

In keeping with unusual sites, we have the amphibious car show in Switzerland.  Owners showed off their World War II-era military transporters, jeeps and vintage-style cars to the 26th meeting. 


It turned out to be the largest ever in Europe, featuring 55 amphibious cars.

Improv Everywhere has a new video that is trending among the most viewed in the country.  This time they installed a podium and megaphone in the middle of New York's busy Union Square with the message "Say Something Nice."  So did anyone have anything nice to say?  Watch the video.


He's not trending for saying something nice, but he did something good.  Actor Ryan Gosling is trending after breaking up a street fight on 8th Street in the East Village, and it's all on video.


And parents in Spain are making people smile with their time lapse video of cleaning up baby.


That's the trend!

Have a great day,



Libya, Bora Bora and lots of viral videos


Libya is a hot trending topic this morning after rebels claimed to be in control of most of the capital of Tripoli on Monday.  They advanced over the weekend, and the fall of Moammar Gadhafi's nearly 42-year regime seems likely.  Scattered battles continue in the capital and Gadhafi's whereabouts remain a mystery. 

The events in Tripoli also hot on YouTube with numerous raw videos being uploaded from the scene.



With HP getting out of the computer business, the company dropped the price of its Tablets to $99 for the 16GB, creating a mad rush at retailers and online.  They've been selling out rapidly.

Bora Bora became a hot destination overnight as the rest of America tries keeping up with the Kardashians.  In this week's episode, the family went on a trip to Bora Bora and they meet Kim’s boyfriend Kris (who is now her hubby… their weekend wedding continues to be a hot topic on Twitter).

Speaking of the Kardashian wedding, a must see video is the kid who stole the spotlight during a CNN report on the wedding over the weekend.


Diddy's newest signee Machine Gun Kelly is making news after getting arrested for disorderly conduct after a planned flash mob got way out of hand in Ohio over the week.  The video is all over YouTube.


On to sports, where the U.S. Open is a week away, but tennis fans are already making it trend…. And Football is still in pre-season, but fans are already fired up.  A fight between a Chiefs fan and three Ravens fans is among the most viewed in New York City.


The play of the weekend comes from the minors where Logan Schafer, centerfielder for Nashville (Brewers Triple A team), had a ball bounce off his head and into a triple play against Omaha.


Another trending video is a remote controlled pick-up on a beach.  Yes, a little pick-up truck rides around a California beach and attempts to pick-up a girl.


Then a dad shows the world what happens when his four-year-old sleeps in…


And finally, the trending animal video of the weekend is an orangutan toweling off at a zoo in Japan.


That's the trend!

Have a great Monday,



Ridley Scott to direct new Blade Runner movie

For the second time this week, Blade Runner has jumped into the trends... only this time it's the movie, not the athlete...  British director Sir Ridley Scott will make a new instalment of his 1982 cult sci-fi classic.  


Alcon Entertainment said the film will be a prequel or sequel, rather than a remake of the Philip K Dick adaptation.   It's not known if the star of the original movie, Harrison Ford, will have any involvement on the project.

Read more on OnTheRedCarpet.com




Autonomy, Fright Night and Seven Nation Army

Good morning!

Autonomy is the hottest trend on Google and a hot stock after Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday plans to spend $10.25 billion in cash to acquire the United Kingdom-based software and services company.   In the process, HP is exiting the WebOS and PC business.   It's not much of a surprise, really.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs said back in June, "We're going to demote the PC and the Mac."  And this move along with Google's move to acquire Motorola Mobility to strengthen its position in the smart phone industry only underscores that we are moving into a post-PC era, and one dominated by mobile devices.  H-P is even getting out of that business to focus on a trend called "cloud computing."  H-P is already the biggest seller of the server systems to companies to manage such applications.  Autonomy gives it the software and services needed by companies to build that business.

Reports say an agreement has been reached to release at least two of the "West Memphis 3" -- three men convicted in the 1993 killings of three Cub Scouts.    

Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin will be in court Friday for a surprise hearing.  Each of the men had asked for a new trial on the grounds that DNA evidence exonerates them, reports the station.  None of the DNA gathered in the case has matched any of them.   The bodies of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore were left in a water-filled ditch in West Memphis. Prosecutors say the three men killed the boys as part of a satanic ritual. Echols was sentenced to death while Misskelley and Baldwin received life sentences. Get more on this story from ABCNews.com.

The remake of 1985 cult classic Fright Night is in theaters and trending.  Critics say it's a different movie from the original, featuring terrific performances by Colin Farrell and David Tennant.

Adele's 21 is the top album download on iTunes this week… the top movie download is Something Borrowed… and the hottest free app is Extreme Road Trip - your gas pedal is stuck, so you have keep it rolling and jumping….


One of the  top shared stories on social media sites is a crackdown by Apple against counterfeit products in New York City.  According to Reuters, Apple has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against two stores in Queens, alleging that they sold unauthorized cases, headphones and other accessories for the iPhone, iPad and iPod. (http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/19/apple-cracks-down-on-counterfeit-products-sold-in-nyc-files-law)

The top tweet so far today comes from @ioerror: "Why be concerned about showing your face at a protest? This is why: http://t.co/cPOEuBO http://t.co/KSx36Y9 #surveillancestate"

A top shared video and one of the most viewed is a pretty impressive waterspout along Carolina Beach in North Carolina…


Fan cams of the basketball brawl between Georgetown and China are among the most popular videos of the day…


The latest offering from the UFO channel (yes, there's a UFO Channel on YouTube) shows two jets escorting a UFO…  Where?  When?  No explanation, but it's getting hit hard via Twitter…


Speaking of aircraft, Donald Trump is showing off his 757…


And finally from Brazil comes this strangely viral video of a man jumping into a field and then performing the White Stripes song Seven Nation Army…


Seems like a good way to end a long week.

That's the trend!

Make it a fantastic weekend,



Gas station crash caught on camera

From KTRK in Houston, two men are lucky to be alive after nearly getting hit by an SUV that flipped into a car at a gas station.  The incident was captured by surveillance cameras.



More on this video is available by clicking here.