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07/31/2012

Olympic sidebars, Lana Wachowski and the Mp3 Experiment

Good morning!

Yes, the Olympics are once again the dominant discussion online, but not all of it has something to do with the games.   For instance, Twitter is ablaze with #RejectedOlympicEvents such as Quidditch, Temple Run and chicken fighting.

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British Olympic diver Tom Daley   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool, file)

It's not all fun and games, though.   Police in the UK have arrested a teenager for allegedly abusing diver Tom Daley on Twitter.   After finishing fourth in the men's synchronized 10m platform diving event on Monday, the teenager allegedly sent a tweet to Daley telling him that he had let down his father.  Daley's dad died last year from brain cancer.   Daley responded with a tweet of his own, "After giving it my all… you get idiot's sending me this…"

Meanwhile, Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was sent packing from the Olympics on Monday for tweeting a message that his own team said "gravely insulted and violated" the dignity of South Korea, which had defeated the Swiss 2-1.   The 23-year-old Morganella is the second athlete to get the boot from the games over a tweet.  Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was expelled last week.

Then there's the controversy over NBC asking its Olympics social media partner Twitter to suspend the account of a British journalist who sharply criticized its Olympic coverage.  Guy Adams, who is based in Los Angeles, had been pushing the #NBCFail hashtag over the time delay in broadcasting events.   Adams' tweets were sharply critical of NBC's coverage, but he apparently crossed a line when he tweeted the email address of an NBC executive.   Twitter cutoff Adams shortly thereafter, citing a violation of terms of use.   Critics charge that Twitter is violating freedom of speech.  The issue is fueling quite a debate.

And then there's the reporter for Sky News who got a surprise while reporting on the games.  A soccer fan interrupted his live report by wrapping her hand around his head and smacking a kiss on him.     The reporter was fasting for Ramadan (when people refrain from food, drink and sexual contact), but still laughed about the incident.  "I am truly fasting," he joked.

 

Among some non-Olympic trending topics … "Saved by the Bell" actress Elizabeth Berkley becoming a new mom!  The 40-year-old actress, also famous for her role in the very bad movie Showgirls, and husband Greg Lauren welcomed their first child together on Friday.  

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Actress Elizabeth Berkley  and husband Greg Lauren (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Filmmaker Lana Wachowski, who used to be Larry Wachowski, made a rare public appearance to promote the upcoming movie Cloud Atlas.  Lana directed and wrote the movie with her brother Andy (of Matrix fame) and director Tom Tykwer.   Lana, 47, first announced her transition from Larry a decade ago.   The movie explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.

 

And a widely circulated New York Times article in support of WikiLeaks turned out to be a FAKE.  The article with a byline belonging to former editor Bill Keller (he didn't write it) expressed support for WikiLeaks under the First Amendment.   The article looked so authentic that Storify reports some New York Times reporters shared it on their Twitter accounts before learning that the post was a fake.   The giveaway was the URL, which was incorrect.  Storify explained, "Many phishing websites use words, preceding the 'official' URL as a way to spoof websites and mislead people. The fake website was incredibly intricate and well done, which helped the op-ed spread quickly."

From Improve Everywhere comes the 9th edition of the Mp3 Experiment.

 

Back to the Olympics, and conspiracy theorists suspect a UFO was floating above the Opening Ceremonies.

 

Speaking of UFOs, what is this?

 

Video of a couple of Russians dropping a grenade off the side of a boat has gone viral.   It was apparently for some sort of TV or movie shoot, based on the comment, but it didn't go quite as planned.

 

And finally, a U.S. Olympic team tribute to The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

07/30/2012

Olympic Spoilers, Dick Cheney and Crazy Cat Videos

Good morning!

The Olympics have been the hot topic over the weekend as both winners and losers are being tweeted, searched and discussed.   Spoilers also sparked a raging debate after media outlets, including NBC, began tweeting and posting results before particular events were broadcast.    Twitter's new Head of TV, Fred Graver, jumped into the fray with his own thoughts with a blog post last night.   He wrote that he believes the Olympic experience on Twitter will be revolutionary for television coverage going forward:

 "The athletes are tweeting like crazy. People in the venues are tweeting like crazy. The network and producers (like Jim Bell) are tweeting like crazy. The Olympics are an intense demonstration of what’s become a fact of life: we get our news from Twitter. This morning, competitors and observers learned that Michael Phelps dropped out of the 400M freestyle relay through Twitter. We’re getting insider news like never before. Most interesting – the audience is tweeting like crazy – and it’s not all positive. #nbcfail is, if not a trending topic, then one that a lot of people, including the network, are aware of."

You can read more of Fred's post at fredgraver.com.

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United States' Ryan Lochte (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

The weekends top Olympic searches included Jordyn Wieber, who is out of the gymnastic competition; Montenegro, which lost to the USA in water polo; Dana Vollmer, who broke the 100m butterfly world record and lost her swim cap mid-race; Ryan Lochte, who routed fellow American Michael Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley; and John Orozco, who led the USA men's gymnastics team to the top of the qualification round.

You can follow all the Olympic results at espn.go.com/olympics

Other trending topics this morning…. Former power couple Arnold Schwarzanegger and Maria Shriver can't unload their Carpinteria, California.  It's already priced less than the $4.7 million that they paid for the 25-acre Santa Barbara ranch.   According to RadarOnline, it's been on the market since January with no takers.

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Dick Cheney is trending after an exclusive interview with ABC News' Jonathan Karl about his heart transplant and recovery.  He also has a few choice words for President Obama, and Sarah Palin.  

Sounds like the Phillies have thrown in the towel on this season after getting swept by the Braves.  Reports say a deal is in place to send the Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence to San Francisco for catching prospect Tommy Joseph.

A very viral video over the weekend is the happiest worker at this year's Olympic games.

  

A bit of road rage caught on tape here as an SUV takes revenge on a car… while watching, keep in mind that the passenger window was open in the car.

 

Next, we have the cat taking revenge on a young girl dancing.  Watch until the end…

 

Finally, one more cat… this one appears to be waxing the floor.

  

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

07/26/2012

Olympics, Carly Rae Jepsen and Alexa Vega

Good morning!

On the eve of the opening ceremony, the Olympic games are beginning to trend in earnest.   The games date back to the times of the ancient Greeks, which featured combat events and chariot racing in addition to athletic events.   The origin of the games is the stuff of myth and legend, and the most popular are tied to Heracles and his father Zeus.   Legend has it that Heracles called the games Olympic and established the tradition of holding them every four years.  The first known games were held in 776 BC based upon inscription found at Olympia which listed the winners of a footrace held every four years.

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This year's games are being held in London, which is a trending topic on Twitter this morning.   One of the most popular stories about one of the people who traveled to London for the games.  His name is Chen Guanming and it took him 2 years to get there.  Why?  Because he cycled more than 37,000 miles from eastern China using his rickshaw, passing through floods, war zones, mountain passes and extreme temperatures during his journey.  Guanming said it was the only way he could afford to come to the host city for the games.   He said he hoped to "spread the Olympic spirit" along the way.

The games have actually already begun, making Alex Morgan a popular search trend.  She helped to lead the U.S. women's soccer team to an opening victory over France.   The U.S. team fell behind early, but came furiously back to tie and then Morgan scored on a 25-yard rocket to give the Americans the lead for good.

Carly Rae Jepsen says no maybes about it.  That's not her in a sex tape that Perez Hilton first reported this week.   Jepsen tweeted, "Crazy morning.  Discovered someone put up a sex tape claiming to be me.  Ridiculous.  Obviously not me."   It's not the first time a fake sex tape featuring a Jepsen look-a-like has surfaced, and TMZ reported on Wednesday that a third is floating around out there in the web world.   Jepsen, 26, did have her computer hacked earlier this year. 

Meanwhile, Spy Kids actress Alexa Vega showing that world that she is all grown up with a steamy looking new profile photo  on Twitter that started a buzz online. 

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(From Alexa Vega's Twitter)

The photo shows Alexa, 23, in a bikini top.  It's for her upcoming movie Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez.  The movie is due out next year.   Earlier this month, Vega filed divorce from her much older husband, Sean Covel, citing irreconcilable differences.

Jimmy Kimmel is back with another viral video featuring celebs reading actual mean tweets directed at them.  More than 600,000 views so far.

  

Also gone viral is a parody of Gotye's Someone That I Used To Know from Eric Schwartz.

  

So a bear cub got trapped in a trash dumpster somewhere and needed some help getting out.  When momma bear could not do anything, someone came along in a pick-up truck with the solution. A ladder.

  

Meanwhile, in Russia…. Keep your eye on the sidewalk.

  

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

07/25/2012

Sherman Hemsley, Christian Bale and The Wife Prank

Good morning!

Sherman Hemsley tops the trends this morning after his death sparked more than a half-million searches on Google.   The Broadway and television actor will be best remembered for his role on television as George Jefferson.  

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Hemsley, a South Philadelphia native, was performing on Broadway in 1971 when he got the call from Norman Lear to play the role of Archie Bunker's neighbor in All In The Family, but he did not formally join the cast as Jefferson until the theatrical run of Purlie ended two years later.   Hemsley moved on up to his own series, The Jeffersons, in 1975.  The sitcom ran for 11 seasons.  Hemsley died at his home in El Paso.  He was 74.

Another hot search is for actor Christian Bale, who made a surprise visit to Aurora, Colorado to visit the victims of last week's movie massacre.   Bale, who plays Batman in The Dark Knight series, posed for pictures at the hospital with the victims.  Carey Rottman posted one picture on his Facebook wall and wrote, "Wow!!! Thank you so much for the visit Christian!! What a great guy!  Still in shock!"  Class act.

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(Carey Rottman/Facebook)

The romance may be over between Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who have been dating for three years.   Us Weekly says it is set to publish photographs of a "marathon makeout session" between Stewart and director Rupert Sanders.   He's 41, married with 2 kids.   According to the report, Sanders and 22-year-old Stewart "seemed like they couldn't get enough."

Apple sparked a trend and a selloff after posting earnings below estimates for the fiscal third quarter and projected a weaker than expected fourth quarter outlook.  Apple dropped 5 percent in after hours trading.

Foursquare is a trending topic on Twitter after rolling out its first advertising products - promoted tweets and highlighted posts.  Gotta make money some day!

Cole Hamels is going to be rolling in dough after agreeing to a 6-year, $144 million contract extension with the Phillies.  

And one more baseball note sparking a Twitter trend this morning, the Miami Marlins sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers in a four player deal.

It took 7,000 Post It notes to make this viral video.

 

From southern Oregon comes a kite display unlike any that you have ever seen!

 

A tourist from Australia got a little too close to an iceberg in Greenland as a huge chuck of it fell into the ocean and created a huge wave.

 

Then we have the worst prank ever performed on a wife by her husband.

 

Guess where he is sleeping tonight?!  Maybe he needs to watch this next video… a history of wooing women as performed by czda (don't asking how to say it).

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

07/24/2012

James Holmes, Ichiro and Olympic Videos

Good morning!

James Holmes, the accused Colorado movie gunman, looked dazed and disheveled during his first court appearance on Monday, sending searches for and shares of his picture in court through the roof.

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Holmes, 24, appeared unshaven with dyed reddish-orange hair in a prison jump suit, occasionally looking bug eyed and sometimes as though he might fall asleep.   He will be back in court next week to face formal charges in the shootings that killed a dozen people and wounded another 58.

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The victims of the Colorado movie massacre are also being remembered on social media sites.   A photo of the 12 people who died originally posted by our sister station, KGO-TV, on its Facebook page has several thousand shares since yesterday.   Several Facebook pages and groups in support of the victim have also popped up.

Ichiro is a Yankee.   One of baseball’s great hitters was acquired in a trade with the Seattle for a couple of prospects on the same day that the Yanks opened a series against the M’s.   Ichiro Suzuki has slowed a bit at the plate as he is nearing the end of his career, but the Yankees are hoping that he can fill the slot of Brett Gardner, who is out for the season.   Ichiro will wear No. 31, not 51 as he did with Seattle.  That was Bernie Williams’ number with the Yankees.   In his first game as a Yank, Ichiro got a hit and caught the final out in New York’s 4-1 win over his former team.

Chick-Fil-A may have lost The Muppets and others with its stance against same sex marriage, but it’s gained Mike Huckabee.   Huckabee called for a “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” on Wednesday, launching a Facebook page for the event.   “No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple.  Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-Fil-A,” Huckabee wrote on his Facebook page.  More than 88,000 people have accepted the invitation, although another 660,000 people have yet to accept the invitation.

Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, is being remembered.    Ride flew into space in 1983 aboard space shuttle Challenger.   She took a second trip aboard the same shuttle in 1984.   Ride would have made a third trip, but the Challenger disaster scrapped those plans.   She went on to serve NASA in a number of other capacities before becoming a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego and director of the California Space Agency.  Ride died 17 months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She was 61.

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birthday of another great woman in history, Amelia Earhart.  She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, and she vanished during an around the world flight attempt in 1937.   Earhart was born 115 years ago today.

 

The U.S. women's soccer team has done a cover video, and it's not Call Me Maybe.   Nope!   This one is Party in the U.S.A.

 

Continuing with the Olympic theme, we have some Olympic trick shots!

 

Here is a 60-year-old man who could be an Olympian… Well, at least he can bench 300 pounds, on his birthday.

 

And finally, a video featuring an 8 year old break dancer originally uploaded in 2010 is trending yet again….

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

07/23/2012

Bachelorette, Teen Choice and Carrying the Cat

Good morning!

Emily got her man, making the Bachelorette a hot search item this morning.    She had to make a tearful goodbye to either Arie or Jef, and discover if a happy ending would be possible with the other.   You can read about the season finale on our Coming Up Roses blog.

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Twilight, The Hunger Games and Justin Bieber were all big winners at the Teen Choice Awards.   Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 took home awards for choice romance movie and choice movie actress (Kristen Stewart), and the saga received the ultimate choice award.   The Hunger Games took awards for choice book, choice movie: sci-fi/fantasy and choice actor: sci fi/fantasy (Josh Hutcherson).   Four honors went to Justin Bieber, who won choice male artist, choice music star of the summer, choice male fashion icon and choice single by a male artist (Boyfriend).   Taylor Swift was the choice female artist.

Joe Paterno is trending after his landmark statue on the Penn State University campus in State College, Pa. was removed.   The university faced mounting pressure to remove the statue after evidence indicated that Paterno was move involved in a cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal than previously believed.   The university is expected to face stern disciplinary action from the NCAA today.   That's already a trending topic on Twitter.

Ernie Els is the British Open champion after an epic meltdown by Adam Scott, who lost a four shot lead with four holes to play.   Scott bogeyed on the final four holes, while Els hit a 15-foot birdie to win the crown.   The moment was not lost on Els, who has known the agony of defeat in big tournaments.  "You're a great player, a great friend of mine," Els told Scott.  "I feel very fortunate.  You're going to win many of these."

Usher's stepson, Kile Glover, has died almost two weeks after a boating injury on Lake Lanier in Georgia.   Kile and a 15-yearold girl were floating on a pontoon boat when another member of their party ran over them with a personal watercraft.   Glover, 11, suffered a serious head injury and never regained consciousness.   The girl suffered injuries, including a broken arm.   Kile was Usher's stepson from a previous marriage. 

RIP Amy Winehouse is a trending topic on Twitter as fans mark 1 year since her death.

Even the U.S. Marines are getting into the Call Me Maybe cover fun with the most shared video this weekend.

 

Another hot music video is a Maroon 5 mash-up featuring Victoria Justice and Max Schneider.

 

Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke's dancing moves before she runs have gone viral.   Someone put her warm up routine at the World Junior Championship in Barcelona to music and it's taken the internet by storm.

 

The Man of Steel teaser trailer is out!

 

Finally, the dog carries home the cat.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

07/20/2012

How the Aurora massacre spread on social media

Good morning!

The horrific mass shooting a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado is once again showing how small the world has become with the advent of mobile social tools.  

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Almost immediately, people jumped on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and YouTube to post something about the shootings.

A collection of tweets compiled on Storify shows how events transpired on Twitter just prior to the shooting up until this very moment.   The full list of tweets is located at the bottom of this post.

As word spread of the shootings, reaction followed on Twitter from all corners under the hashtag #theatershooting.

David Karp (Tumblr founder) ‏@DavidKrap

So #theatershooting is about a person who kill people while watching a movie. This will never get out of my head whenever im in theaters.

Seán O'Sullivan ‏@OSullivanMUFC

How many people will it take to die for America realise the absolute stupidity of its love affair with guns? #theatershooting

Darnell McDonald ‏@MacDime54

It's a sad day when you have to worry about going to the movies. Let's keep the victims and there families in our prayers#theatershooting

EJ Velazquez ‏@abcfan443

Now I'm sure this will raise high concern of security, next time we go the theatres. I just stunned at this whole #TheaterShooting.#NoWords

Professor Snape ‏@_Snape_

Sometimes, this world can truly be a horrifying place. They just wanted to see a movie. #TheaterShooting

Frazier Germon ‏@EFrazierG

I won't get any work done today, I can't rationally figure out#theatershooting, my heart hurts for everyone there.

One of the theatergoers uploaded a video taken with a smartphone showing the chaos that followed the shooting.    We would not be surprised to see more videos as the day unfolds.

 

We also are using social media to get a glimpse into the lives of those who have been killed or wounded in Colorado.  

A man posted on Reddit.com that he was among the wounded.  "I am one of the 50 wounded in the Aurora theater shooting," he wrote. "Here are a few photos of my very lucky but nonetheless terrifying brush with death."   Warning: the pictures are graphic.  This is the link: http://www.reddit.com/tb/wvbbk

And aspiring sportscaster Jessica Ghawi (Redfield), who tweeted just prior to the shooting and then lost her life to the gunman, recently blogged about getting caught up in another shooting in Toronto last month.

“I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm‘s way," she wrote.  "It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.'

Jesse Spector, who writes for The Sporting News and knew Jessica, tweeted: "Words are useless. Guns more so. If you ever had any interaction with @JessicaRedfield, you know the world is much worse off without her."

And finally, people have taken to Tumblr to express their thoughts.  This post from Tumblr user http://thelyricaldiaries.tumblr.com/.

"What terrifies me the most about this shooting is how eerily similar it is to the Dark Knight Trilogy. Innocent civilians, masked men, mass killings. This is chaos. America seems to be becoming Gotham. It scares me that we live in a world where the villains outweigh the heroes."

You can find more at http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/aurora

That's the trend.

Have a good weekend,

Bob

 

 

 

07/19/2012

Chick-fil-A, Ann Romney and Exploding Chocolate

Good morning!

A hot topic this morning is  Chick-fil-A, and it has nothing to do with the food.   During an interview with the Baptist Press, company president Dan Cathy made it clear that the fast food chain is anti-gay marriage.    The restaurant is "very much supportive of the family," he said.  "The biblical definition of the family unit."  The quotes, which come at the end of the article, put on record what critics say the actions of Chick-fil-A have indicated for years.

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Ann Romney is trending on Twitter after using the term "you people" during an interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.   Responding to questions about why her husband has not released their tax returns, Ann said "We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life."  The response set off a firestorm of criticism on Twitter.

 The Nazis planned to kill Winston Churchill is another popular search.   According to recently revealed secret documents, the plan hatched by the Nazis involved assassinating Churchill with exploding chocolate bars.  Yes, exploding chocolate bars.  Dark chocolate too.  The scheme was ultimately foiled by British spies.

India is mourning the loss of its first Bollywood super star, Rajesh Khanna.  He was often called "India's heartthrob" as he made his name playing romantic leads in a string of hit films in the 1960s and 1970s.   Khanna had been ill for some time, and died at his home on Wednesday at the age of 69.  The funeral procession drew thousands of fans even in monsoon rains.

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Modern Family star Sofia Vergara tops the list of best paid actresses on television, according to Forbes - which also made her its cover girl.   The 40-year-old Columbian actress earned an estimated $19-million between May 2011 and May 2012.

Here's a shocker… a cover of Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe is a top trending video on YouTube this morning….  This one comes from a young man who changes the lyrics and the title to Farm It Maybe.

 

Here's a new song… No Doubt returns to the scene with Settle Down, and the video has more than 1 million views so far.

 

A coyote and a mountain lion come face to face in this video captured at Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in California.

 

And finally, Maru the cat and the thin box.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

07/18/2012

Provigil, Mermaids and Finding Nemo

Good morning!

Is the secret to success Provigil?   An ABC News report sparked a heavy amount of searching for the drug.

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Provigil is only approved for narcolepsy, sleep apnea or for people who work odd hours, but many others are also taking it.   So many that Provigil has been nicknamed "Viagra for the brain."

Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is back in the news after offering what he called "indisputable proof" that President Barack Obama's birth certificate is a fake.   Arapio formed a committee to investigate the long-form birth certificate released by the White House, and yesterday he rolled out the experts to prove "that document is not real."   The committee says it found that the birth certificate has inconsistencies in coding used at the time of Obama's birth and that the document, as presented, had been altered.   Arpaio called the findings grave and "an imminent threat to national security and U.S. immigration laws."   No comment from The White House or the Obama campaign, although Hawaii's attorney general issued a statement saying the certificate is, in fact, valid.

Continuing with the conspiracy theme, the re-broadcast of the fictional documentary "Mermaids: The Body Found" apparently continues to confuse people into believing an actual mermaid body has been found, sparking searches and social discussions.   The first showing of the program had such a profound impact that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a statement on its website that mermaids don't exist.

Troubling news for Cowboys and Seahawks fans after the arrests of Dez Bryant and Marshawn Lynch.   Cowboys receiver Bryant surrendered to police after allegedly attacking his mother over the weekend, while Seahawks runningback Lynch got busted for drunk driving in Oakland, California.

Kate Beckinsale is a hot search after Allure magazine released a cover story and photo shoot with the 38-year-old model and actress.   The quote getting the most buzz is when Beckinsale revealed that she didn't start feeling attractive "until I was 29 and with Len (Wiseman - her husband of nearly 8 years)."

Disney-Pixar fans are buzzing over a report that Finding Nemo 2 is in the works.  

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Deadline reported that John Carter director Andrew Stanton has been tapped to direct the sequel.   Rumors are also abound that Toy Story 4 is also in the works.  Tom Hanks, who is the voice behind the toy cowboy Woody, told BBC News that he believe Disney-Pixar was planning another chapter in one of the most successful franchises in animated history.   Another sequel from Disney-Pixar, Monsters University, is due out next June.

Ladies and gentlemen, Ironman Robert Downey Jr. at Comic-Con!

 

Also from YouTube, at last the two most covered songs of the year have become one in this viral video that mixes Gotye's Somebody That I Used to Know with Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe.

 

A couple of disturbing videos trending… first, a head-on crash involving a driver going the wrong way on a Mississippi highway.

 

And a film crew captured an epic mudslide on camera while on location in British Columbia.   The crew was standing in the spot of the mudslide just a few minutes earlier.

 

Some pranksters got more than they expected when their target of a "hitman" prank started fighting back. (Note: Contains adult language)

 

Finally, a woman trying to park her car gets a little support from rowdy soccer fans in Germany.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

07/17/2012

Manhole cover lifts passing vehicle

Remarkable video of a manhole blowing and lifting a passing vehicle into the air.   The poster does not list the location, but it is (from all accounts) off another Russian dashcam.