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Viral photos, nitrous oxide and videos that make you ask why

Good morning!

A picture can say a thousand words, they say, and this picture pretty likely sums up the story of the relationship between President Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.


They had an intense, finger-waving encounter on the tarmac of a Phoenix airport that's sparked sensation online. Brewer told a reporter that the two were discussing a section in her political memoir, "Scorpions for Breakfast," in which Brewer depicted Obama as "patronizing" during an earlier meeting at The White House.    The President was apparently disturbed by this description. Brewer said Obama told her "that he didn't feel I had treated him cordially."   At one point, Brewer waved her finger at the President, and of course that's the picture has gone viral.   Wonder if she'll get another invite to the White House anytime soon?

Another picture making the trend come from Rihanna, who tweeted a photo showing off some new permanent body art that is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows. 


It's a new tattoo with the inscription‘Thug Life’ across her knuckles - inspired by the California rapper Tupac Shakur.   To Tupac, who died after being shot four times in 1996 at the age of 25, “Thug Life had a deeper meaning than most people realize.  It is the opposite of someone having all he needs to succeed. Thug life is having nothing and overcoming all obstacles to succeed.

Miley Cyrus is buzzing after she gave her boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, a phallic cake for his birthday.  Sorry, this is a family blog so no pictures here.  You can find them easily enough on your own.  Hemsworth is about to become famous because he plays Gale in "The Hunger Games."

Nitrous oxide is a popular topic after reports say that's what landed Demi Moore in the hospital. According to the reports, Moore was doing "whip-its" -- a type of nitrous oxide inhalant -- when she lapsed into semi-consciousness.  "Whip-its" are mostly used by much younger people who are looking for a cheap thrill, and as this example shows a cheap thrill can have a costly consequence.

One for the Money is the new Katherine Heigl movie due out tomorrow.  Heigl not only stars in the film, but she bought the rights to the popular Janet Evanovich novels about a lingerie seller turned bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum.   The first movie is three years in the making.   Heigl, 33, hopes to make at least a couple of films out of the books. There are 18 of them in the series.

A bizarre and mysterious skin condition known as Morgellons disease is still a mystery after four years of study.  Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found no sign of an infectious agent, parasite or environmental exposure that could explain it.  People with the condition complain of crawling, itching and stinging sensations and they often see tiny fibers or filaments that poke out of sores on their skin.  While the study could not pinpoint a cause, roughly half of the people in the study had illnesses and most were psychiatric in nature.  Doctors have long suspected the condition was psychiatric rather than infectious.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met for a record-tying tenth time in a Grand Slam event this morning, creating a trending topic on Twitter.  Nadal beat Federer 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal.   The longtime rivals played with the intensity they normally display when they meet in Grand Slam finals.

A trending video, first uploaded on January 16, shows an unusual accident in Kikla in northwestern Libya.   A marquee tent being caught by the downdraft from what appears to be a CH-47 Chinook helicopter is blown end over end, scattering a crowd of people.


Hold on to your hats… This is what happened when the winds hit 90+ mph in Palm Springs a few days ago.


I often find myself asking why when looking at some of these videos.   In this one, a man invented a human hamster wheel.


A group of Canadians have sent a man into space, and not just any man.  Lego Man.  Why?  We can only wonder.


Finally, Syracuse University student Sam Morrison has a viral video after he did 365 backflips in 2011.  Why would he do this? Morrison bet his dad $100 that he could do a backflip a day for one year, and he captured most of those flips on camera.



That's the trend!

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