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08/31/2012

Eastwooding

If nothing else, the Republican Convention has sparked a new internet craze called Eastwooding.  Inspired by Clint Eastwood's talk with an empty chair at the RNC, people in droves are posting photos themselves talking to empty chairs.  There's even a Facebook page, a Twitter account (@Eastwooding) and a hashtag (#Eastwooding), many Eastwooding tags on Tumblr and photos on Instagram.   Eastwooding is the new Tebowing.  

A few samples:

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This is my own personal offering.  Not as impressive as the others...

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This one comes from the Tumblr servertastic.

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From Twitter user @ColinDickey, we have a dog and chair.

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The horse and chair comes from the Facebook page Eastwooding.

Are you Eastwooding?   Send us your photos at iWitness@wabc.com, tweet us or post them on our Facebook wall.

Mitt Romney, Clint Eastwood and Robin Roberts

Good morning!

Two big trends coming out of the final night of the Republican National Convention.   Mitt Romney began his closing argument with a speech that unified Republicans and attempted to sway Independents and disgruntled Democrats to vote for change.  "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family," Romney told the energized crowd.  

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined by Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, waves to delegates after speaking at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

He told considerable detail about his own personal story and laid out with far fewer details a 5-point plan to create 12-million new jobs in America.   Romney spent a lot of time talking about the President, blaming the economic woes on Obama's background in government compared to his own business background.   He also linked President Obama to the last one-term Democrat, Jimmy Carter, by borrowing a line from Ronald Reagan's playbook, "This president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office."  The speech drew mixed reaction on social media sites with Republicans cheering, Democrats criticizing and undecided still appearing undecided.

 

Here are some of the messages that we received on Facebook:

Harold Sharpe I believe he knows what he is doing unlike what we have, unfortunately. I think Obama is in over his head and just doesn't have what it takes. I think someone should have replaced him.

Corrine Ristaino McGrath Promises, promises . He looks and sound so fake right down to the jet black hair. I don't trust him or Lyen Ryan.

Richard Castro Romney did great! I love how he stood for his faith and beliefs! It's so sad how people are so blinded by a past leader that their put anybody into office who lacks any experience and refuse to admit that they put the wrong man in charge for the last 3 1/2 years. The definition of stupid is repeating the same mistake over and over. America, let's not be stupid about this decision. USA!

Joan Johnson I was not satisfied at all, I know Obama speech is going to put Romney to shame, I can't wait.

Roseanne Spataro Scandariato Nothing has changed in 4 years. If you can't get the job done, then it's time to hire some one else to do it! If I didn't do my job right I would get fired. So for me I have not seen results in 4 years, maybe it's time for change!

Dale In-Sales HORRIBLE !! Romney will try to steal the election somehow, there is nobody in their right mind that would vote for Romney unless they are a greedy white billionaire who takes rights & equal pay away from women & sends jobs overseas.

The other trending topic out of last night's convention is Clint Eastwood.  The 82-year-old Hollywood icon gave an interesting speech that some say electrified the crowd, while others described it as bizarre as Eastwood talked to a chair described as Invisible Obama.   

 

The moment inspired a Twitter account, @InvisibleObama that by early this morning had more than 38,000 followers.   President Obama's team also tweeted out a picture with the caption "That seat is taken."

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The Democrats hold their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina beginning next Tuesday.

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Robin Roberts is trending this morning after word that the Good Morning America co-anchor's mother passed away overnight.   Roberts began her medical leave from a bone marrow transplant a day early so she could visit her ailing mother.   ABC News reports that Roberts made it "home to Mississippi just in time to see her."  Lucimarian Roberts was 88.   She was the first African-American to head Mississippi's board of education. She also collaborated with her daughter on a book titled, "My Story, My Song — Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith

Country music star LeAnn Rimes has sued two women who she claimed illegally recorded a conversation with her and posted it online.  Rimes claims that Kimberly Smiley and her daughter Lexi Smiley secretly recorded a telephone conversation "to spitefully ensure that out-of-context excerpts of that recording would be disseminated to the public on various websites" and to portray Rimes "in an egregiously false and negative light and cause her emotional distress."  The Smileys were supporters of the ex-wife of Rimes' husband, Eddie Cibrian.   For her part, Kimberly Smily admits making the recording, but denies that she did anything wrong.  "It's just a celebrity who's too full of herself," she said.  In California, it's illegal to record someone without their knowledge.

A blue moon will grace the skies today.  No, the moon will not appear blue.   It is the second full moon of August, and that's why it's called blue moon.   The two full moons will not rise in a single month again until July 2015.

From the viral video pool, Darth Vader may have met his match in a dog,

 

Next, a dramatic interpretation of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" as it might be performed by actor Sir Ian McKellen.

 

Fantasy footballers now have their own parody of Call Me Maybe as "Adrian Peterson" makes the case in Draft Me Maybe.

 

I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it.  A bird uses bread to catch a fish.

 

Then we have an epic unloading fail.

 

And finally, how to recover from a fail (note: contains some foul language.)

Watch video here: http://vimeo.com/48198115

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

 

08/30/2012

Ryan, Rice and White House Beer

Good morning!

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are hot topics this morning following last night's convention.   Ryan won rousing standing ovations from the faithful as he made the case for smaller government and a better day ahead.   While supporters cheered, fact checkers challenged many of Ryan's assertions.   That GM factory in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin actually closed before Obama became president.  

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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Some of Ryan's biggest cheers came during his attacks on President Obama.   "College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life," he said.

 

Ryan had a tough act to follow in Condoleezza Rice.    She may have set the stage for a future presidential bid with one of the most highly marked speeches of the convention so far.    Rice touched on key policy issues, but also drew upon personal reflection. "And on a personal note: A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham - the most segregated big city in America.  Her parents can't take her to a movie theater or a restaurant, but they make her believe that even though she can't have a hamburger at the Woolworth's lunch counter, she can be President of the United States. And she becomes the Secretary of State," she said.

The convention wraps up tonight with the man of the hour, Mitt Romney formally accepting the Republican nomination for president.    You can see the speech live on Channel 7 and on 7online.

While Republicans may have the spotlight, but President Obama is still getting the buzz on Twitter.   A hot topic is his Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, a popular social news site.   He only answered ten questions, mostly soft ball questions but that is not unusual for any candidate in this sort of format.  The site was also overwhelmed with traffic once word got out.  One of the questions, when will the White House beer recipe be released?  "It will be out soon!  I can tell from first hand experience, it is tasty," the President responded.

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Pete Souza/The White House

Another trending topic on Yahoo! is an incident in which an African-American camerawoman for CNN was allegedly assaulted at the Republican Convention.   According to reports, a man threw peanuts at the woman and yelled, "This is how we feed animals."  The man was escorted out of the convention.  CNN later issued a statement confirming the incident, adding it "worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment."

Meanwhile, another African-American, rising Republican star Mia Love, fell victim to an online assault.   Someone hacked her Wikipedia page with racist and sexist epithets.   Love, who is Brooklyn-born and now a mayor in Utah, delivered a brief speech at the convention on Tuesday night.    Most of the changes to her Wikipedia are too inflammatory to repeat her, but one of the tamer changes accused her of being a "sell-out" to the "right wing hate machine."   The hacks have since been removed.

And then there's the author who wants 25-grand from Mitt Romney.   Judith Freeman writes in The Los Angeles Review of Books that in the 1880s her great grandfather William Flake paid to bail out Miles Romney on polygamy charges.   Miles and his three wives then skipped out of town, she writes, and left Flake "holding the bag."   He wound up spending six months in prison.     Freeman writes, "Mitt Romney seems to have sufficient funds now to cover his ancestor's old debt, I'd like to call upon him to do so. I've done some calculation, and $1,000 from the 1880s would today be worth about $25,000, not counting interest (and since I'm not a smart enough to figure up the interest, I'm willing to let that part slide).  No comment from the Romney camp.

A crazy fight was caught on camera in Times Square.  The two men went at it with crutches and road block signs.

 

In Spain, the annual tomato fight has become a viral sensation.

 

Not sure where this one took place, but it sure looks like fun.  It's called shooting the tube!

 

And finally, holding hands with a seal.

 

That's The Trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

08/29/2012

RNC, Kelsey Grammer and Motorcycle Man

Good morning!

The Republican National Convention is the hot topic as Mitt Romney gained a historic nomination for President, becoming the first Mormon to ever be a party's choice for president.    While Romney had his crowning moment, his wife, Ann, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had the spotlight.    Ann Romney made a clear appeal to women, a group that has not rallied to her husband's campaign.  "I love you women!  And I hear your voices," she said.  "You are the best of America."   Romney painted her story as one not of a fairytale, but "a real marriage" that included five boys and struggles with MS and breast cancer.   She received her biggest ovation when she said of her husband, "No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live."

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie walks onto the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP J. Scott Applewhite)

Governor Christie delivered the night-ending keynote address, usually sharp on attacks on the opponent.   But Christie avoid mentioning President Obama by name, and spent a long time talking about his own life and record as governor.   He capped the speech by labeling "Mr. President" as a poll-driven leaderless politician.  "I'm here to tell you tonight that it is time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House.  America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and we need them right now," he said.

Both speeches drew immediate reaction on Facebook and Twitter.  Here is a sampling from Twitter:

blackmore1 ‏@blackmore1

Dick Morris was right on about Ann Romney she hit it out of the park! last night was awsome all the speakers

 

Carlos Rivera ‏@cfrivera

What I learned from the RNC: 2) Ann Romney is genuinely in love and thinks Mitt is a great man. She also knows how to do what she is told.

Donna ‏@zdonna362

Ann Romney is the cheerleader everyone hated in high school! Rah Rah Willard!

Daniel Jackson Hall ‏@BoxCzar

"@politicsofamy: How can u hate Ann Romney?" RATIONAL PEOPLE CAN'T. LIBERALS, HOWEVER, ARE NOT RATIONAL AND LOVE TO FIND REASONS TO HATE!

David Aldridge ‏@daldridgetnt

Chris Christie is a very good public speaker...but is he endorsing Mitt Romney, or himself?

iZenBoxer‏@iZenBoxer

Totally impressed with Chris Christie. HE has the leadership qualities that Obama lacks ! No nonsense & accountable.

Jon Hopper ‏@Hoppalicious

Surprised how many knowledgeable conservatives actually read between the lines & realized Chris Christie's speech was his '16 kickoff #RNC

Nick Napoli ‏@nnaps124

Chris Christie no different than other R's just louder and angrier. Tax cuts for the rich and bigger defense budgets don't be fooled America

Matt Campbell ‏@gahannamatt

I want Chris Christie for chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in the Romney admin! #chrischristie

Bart Styes ‏@bartstyes

Ann Romney came across as a sincerely good person last night. Love drives her. Then Christie came out yelling about respect over love.

The convention continues tonight with Rep. Paul Ryan accepting the Republican nomination for Vice President.  We'll have streaming coverage of the RNC on 7online.   ABC News coverage begins at 10:00 p.m. on Channel 7.

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(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)   

Lots of tweeting about New Orleans and Louisiana this morning as Hurricane Isaac hammers the region on the same day that Katrina did her damage seven years ago.  Isaac is no Katrina, but the storm is still causing flooding and damage along the Gulf Coast.

Kelsey Grammer is trending after he and his fourth wife Kayte Walsh sat down for an interview with Oprah about Kayte's role in the end of the actor's 13-year marriage to Camille Grammer.    The couple's divorce played out on the Bravo series "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," where Camille accused Kelsey of cheating on her.  He was, with Kayte.   They're now married with a baby.  As for Camille, Kelsey said  she always wanted to be famous and was angry because she had given up so much to be with him.

Someone has stolen Dr. Phil's '57 Chevy.   According to TMZ, Phil and a friend were working on the classic car, but could not get it started.   So, they stuck it on a flatbed to a repair shop in Burbank.   Several hours later, word came that someone stole the vehicle valued at $100,000.

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For sale signs outside Muhammad Ali’s boyhood home in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

The childhood home of Muhammad Ali is up for sale.  The owner is asking $50,000 for the small white house in western Louisville where the boxing legend grew up as Cassius Clay.   A state historical marker sits outside the house, recognizing that Ali once lived there with his parents and brother.

From YouTube, a man who can imitate a motorcycle.  He' quite good.

 

And here we have an encounter with a Koala while kanoeing.

 

And finally, twin babies dancing to daddy's guitar.

 

That's the trend!

Have a terrific day!

Bob

 

 

08/28/2012

New Orleans, Conventions and The Howling

Good morning!

Two big stories are trending this morning:  Isaac and the Republican National Convention.   First, Isaac is bearing down on New Orleans and a stretch of the Gulf Coast, and even though it's approaching on the eve of the 7th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it's not anywhere near as big of a storm.   Isaac will pack a punch, though, and many are tweeting prayers and good wishes using the keyword "New Orleans" and the hastag #Isaac.   Our Jim Dolan is there too, and not only can you see his reports on Eyewitness News, but you can also follow his tweets @JimDolan7.

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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus gavels the Republican National Convention open in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The rain delayed Republican National Convention begins tonight in Tampa.   Bill Ritter (@BillRitter7) and Dave Evans (DaveEvansABC7) are covering the RNC for Eyewitness News, and we'll have live continuous coverage on 7online beginning at 7:00 p.m.    You can follow convention updates from ABC News and Eyewitness News using the hashtag #2012GOP on Twitter.

Since April 2011, when Mitt Romney officially entered the race, YouTube reports that close to 600,000 videos mentioning Obama or Romney have been uploaded to YouTube, and these videos account for close to 2 BILLION views.  The latest video from Obama has a half-million views in just over a day.

 

Since Romney announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, he has seen a surge in both YouTube channel subscribers (a 300% increase since the Ryan announcement) and video views. Their first video together, “America’s Comeback Team” has racked up over 1.1 million views in two weeks.

 

Are the Foo Fighters done as a band?   That's what people have been searching to find out after the Foo Fighters closed out the Reading Festival in Leeds over the weekend.  According to frontman David Grohl, the concert was the last for the foreseeable future.   "You guys realize we've got a lot of songs to play.  It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time," he told the crowd.   The performance came 20 years after Nirvana's last show in England, and Grohl gave a shout out to former Nirvana mates Krist Novoselic and Kurt Cobain before launching into These Days.   The band is playing a few more dates in September in the states, but that could mark the end of the road for the Foo Fighters.   The ban won five Grammys for Wasting Light this year.

It was Kill Bill Monday on Twitter.   First, Bill Nye, who had a viral video over the weekend, became the target of a death hoax with thousands of RIP tweets for the not yet departed children's show science guy.  Then, Bill Cosby's premature death became the second Kill Bill trend of the day on Monday evening.   The long-time comedian is still alive.  It's also not his first brush with Twitter death.   In 2010, he was killed so many times that he told CNN, "I don't want to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported (dead)."  Long live the Bills.

Rosie O'Donnell is trending again thanks to word that she tied the knot in private with her girlfriend Michelle Rounds in June.   Rosie blogged that they were going to hold a public ceremony on August 14, the same day that she suffered a heart attack.    The wedding had already been postponed because of Rounds illness.  She suffers from desmoid tumors, a rare, cancer-like disease.   Rosie, 50, writes that the couple will eventually hold a ceremony for family and friends to attend.

Ellen DeGeneres may have a future as a real estate agent.   According to Us Magazine, DeGeneres flipped Brad Pitt's house for $13-million, netting a $1-million profit.   DeGeneres and her partner, Portia de Rossi, purchased the Malibu home from Pitt and Angelina Jolie about a year ago.    After a few renovations, the house and its 4,000 square feet of living space overlooking the ocean went back on the market.   DeGeneres sold it to a cosmetics entrepreneur.   Not too long ago, DeGeneres and de Rossi sold their Beverly Hills home to American Idol host Ryan Seacrest for a whopping $37.5 million.

Jessica Alba is trending because she has gone blond for her role in the upcoming movie Sin City 2.   Alba tweeted photos of her new look.

The most viewed video on YouTube this morning is an incredible dunk by Indiana Pacers guard Paul George.

 

Motor Trend has a viral video with the world's greatest drag race, featuring 9 of the world's best vehicles in a quarter-mile race for glory.

 

A man doing a high kick is trending on YouTube thanks to a post on Reddit.com.

 

What happened when a skunk made an appearance at a high school football game?

 

Finally, a puppy Husky practicing for his future howling.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

08/27/2012

Snooki, Isaac and The Best Joke Ever

Good morning!

While Republicans gathered in Florida, a tropical storm threatened the Gulf Coast and earthquakes shook the left coast, the social world was buzzing about Snooki.   Nicole Polizzi gave birth to a baby boy -- or as her rep put it "another Guido" - on Sunday morning.  

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(Courtesy http://twitter.com/snooki)

Lorenzo Dominic LaValle weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces.   The 24-year-old Jersey Shore star hopped on Twitter to share the news, "I am SO IN LOVE with my son Lorenzo Dominic.  I had my little man last night, healthy at 6lbs!  HE'S MY WORLD!"

All eyes of the Gulf Coast are watching Isaac as the tropical storm intensifies, likely to a Cat 2 hurricane, as he approaches.    The storm appears to be headed for New Orleans on the eve of the 7th anniversary of Katrina.   That hurricane was stronger, but Isaac will still be a serious threat for the city because of the potential for a strong storm surge.   Hurricane warnings are in effect from east of Morgan City, Louisiana to Destin, Florida.   A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana, and 53,000 residents of St. Charles Parish have been ordered out ahead of Isaac's arrival.   We'll have continuing updates on Isaac throughout the day on Eyewitness News.  You can follow tweets on the storm under the hashtag #Isaac.

On the west coast, a series of earthquakes rattled parts of Southern California on Sunday.   Dozens of small to moderate quakes knocked trailer homes off their foundations, shattering windows and rattling nerves in a small farming town east of San Diego.   The strongest was a magnitude 5.5 about three miles northwest of Brawley, California.  Geophysicists say the activity could continue for several days.   Earthquake swarms are characteristic of the region, known as the Brawley Seismic Zone, but it has been 7 years since the last time a major cluster occurred.

The most searched topic over the weekend was Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.  He died on Saturday at age 82.  

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(AP Photo/file)

He largely stayed out of the public eye after that monumental moment 43 summers ago in July 1969.   Armstrong became a teacher at the University of Cincinnati and sat on various boards after leaving NASA, but he rarely gave interviews or autographs.   He probably could have run for President, but Armstrong chose a course outside of the limelight.  

Call Me Maybe singer Carly Rae Jepsen has revealed her boyfriend - singer-songwriter Matthew Koma.   She told People magazine during an appearance at the U.S. Open's annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day over the weekend that "He's a really great guy and really talented."

Rihanna may be looking for a new boyfriend in Robert Pattinson, according to OK! Magazine.   The report cites a source that she has been sending him "sexy, funny texts"  to cheer him up after his girlfriend Kristen Stewart was caught lip-locked with director Rupert Sanders.   Rihanna may have her work cut out for her, though.  According to the source, Pattinson has been "resisting her."

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic "Circle 7" logo that Channel 7 viewers have come to know.  The "Circle 7" logo was unveiled by our sister station KGO-TV on August 27, 1962.  G. Dean Smith of San Francisco designed the logo.  It would be used by ABC stations in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles in the years that followed.

"The Science Guy" Bill Nye is trending on YouTube and sparking a social discussion after warning parents not to teach creationism to their children because it does a disservice to them and the U.S.

 

Speaking of science, video of a two-faced cat named Venus has been buzzing this weekend…

 

And finally, two unfunny guys have a tremendously viral video with the best joke ever.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

08/24/2012

Lance Armstrong, Facebook Apps and Canoodling

Good morning!

It's a sad day in the sports world.  Lance Armstrong survived testicular cancer, persevered to conquer the most difficult bicycle races in the world, but the 40-year-old has decided to stop fighting allegations that he used banned substances to boost performance during his career.  "There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.'  For me, that time is now," Armstrong said in a statement.  

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The decision means the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency will ban Armstrong for life and recommend that he be stripped of his record 7 Tour de France titles.  "This is a heartbreaking example of how the win-at-all-costs culture of sport, if left unchecked, will overtake fair, safe and honest competition," Travis Tygart, chief executive of the USADA, said. 

Armstrong's decision also sparked a flurry of reaction on Twitter, although the top tweets are not what you might expect…  @KCTodayfm tweets "So what if Lance Armstrong took drugs,he was the first man on the moon & they can never take that away from u Lancey baby #lancearmstrong."…. And @BorowitzReport adds, "By far, Lance Armstrong's darkest legacy will be that he convinced millions of men it was okay to wear bike shorts."… and finally, this tweet from @colin_dunlap, "The only banned substances Lance Armstrong has truly been found guilty of using in France are soap and deodorant."

A very rare immune disease found in Asia is a hot topic on Yahoo! this morning.    The disease causes AIDS-like symptoms, but it is not associated with HIV, researchers at the National Institutes of Health said.   The disease is also not contagious.    The findings, released in the New England Journal of Medicine, found patients were making antibodies that attacked their immune systems, but it is unclear why it is happening.   Cases are extremely rare - only about a dozen reported since 2004. 

Facebook has rolled out its faster iPhone and iPad app.   The app was re-built to offer a much better experience for Facebook users on iOS.    I've downloaded both apps and can say for sure that Facebook has dramatically improved the experience.   You can read more about the changes at Mashable.com.

Justin Bieber now has more than 27 million followers on Twitter.  Long live the Beliebers, as they say.

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Another wingsuit man has taken flight with a trending video on YouTube. This time, Alexander Polli soars over parts of New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland in a wingsuit.

 

From Earth to Mars, and NASA's viral video of Curiosity's descent onto the Red Planet.

 

There's nothing like a blooper on live television, but this one will be remembered for awhile - and it's certainly buzzing online now.    CTV news anchor Andrew Johnson tried to make an innocent transition from a story about a place where couples come to "canoodle" into weather.   Well, "canoodle" does not mean what Johnson apparently thought…

 

Kayakers in a California bay got a bit of a surprise from a humpback whale this week as seen in a video with more than one million views and still going…

 

And finally, introducing Bentley the bulldog puppy…

 

That's the trend!

Make it a great weekend,

Bob

 

 

08/23/2012

Mother and toddler saved on tracks

 

A shocking video captures a woman cradling her 4-year-old son last evening as she stepped right off a Red Line platform and onto the rails — before two anonymous heroes leaped down and rescued the pair.  For more on this story, go to http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1061155279&pos=breaking

A proposal on a train

A man surprised his girlfriend by proposing to her on a train in California. The couple met on Caltrain a few years ago.  The man invited family and friends on board for the proposal.

 

 

Sam Claflin, Dog Shaming and a New York Celebrity

Good morning!

Hunger Games fans are excited to learn that Sam Claflin has been officially cast in the role of former champion Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  Claflin, a 24-year-old British actor who appeared most recently in Snow White and the Huntsman, will star as a previous champion with ravishing good looks and charm who returns to the arena with other former champions for the 75th annual Hunger Games.  

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(Photo courtesy OTRC.com)

Based upon Suzanne Collins' bestseller, Caflin's character in the book meets Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) wearing nothing but a fishing net with some strategically placed knots.  Should make for an interesting scene in the movie version, which is set to hit the big screens in November 2013.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been spending this week before the walls of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Manhattan, reports say.   He is learning the banking ropes for the big screen adaptation of businessman's Jordan Belfort's memoir The Wolf of Wall Street.  Belfort spent a life in banking, but wound up in jail for money laundering.   DiCaprio teams with director Martin Scorsese for the fifth time to make the movie.  Filming begins this weekend.

Paul Ryan's college sweetheart is the top trend on Yahoo!   The reason:  She is African-American.   The story started trending after a post on TheRoot.com  by Keli Goff headlined "Does Paul Ryan's Black Ex-Girlfriend Matter?"   The answer is no, but she raises the question to show the contrasts between the public personas and the personal lives of politicians and others in the public eye.   Ryan's sister-in-law is also an African-American.   Her conclusion is that when it comes to matters of a particular community, we should look to the person's public policies not their personal life.

Another hot topic on Yahoo! is the story of a Texas judge who says his county needs to raise taxes to beef up the police force in case of a civil war if President Obama gets reelected.   Yes, he is serious.

Former President Bill Clinton is trending on Twitter after making a commercial to support President Obama.

 

And hurricane is the buzz word surrounding next week's Republican National Convention as we keep a close watch on Tropical Storm Isaac.   The worst possible scenario is that Isaac, still hundreds of miles away from Florida, stays on a western track into the Gulf of Mexico, then curves east into Tampa.   Tampa, like New Orleans, would be vulnerable to a storm surge that could flood the city.   That is the WORST case scenario.   Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn downplayed any serious threat to the convention, encouraging everyone to "Come on down!"

A man's tattoo has sparked a health alert.   According to ABC News, the 20-year-old man received the tattoo in Rochester, New York in October 2011.   Shortly thereafter, he noticed a raised bumpy rash, so he went to the doctor who treated his arm with topical steroids.  The problem only got worse.   Eventually, he went to see a dermatologist, who did a skin biopsy and discovered a wormlike bacterium related to tuberculosis.   The discovery helped to connect the dots in an outbreak of tattoo-related skin infections.   The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dog Shaming is red hot thanks to a new Tumblr.   Owners pose their pets behind shaming signs in photos.   Some examples:  "I harass small children for food" and "I sneak out of bed at 5 a.m. to poop on the floor, and then get back into bed like nothing ever happened" and this one...  

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You can see more at http://dog-shaming.com/.

A 2-year-old girl dancing to a beat box is among the most shared videos on YouTube this morning.

 

Here's an unusual video that is one of the most viewed this morning… A woman shows how to separate the yolk from the egg using a water bottle.  Why?   I guess because she can.

 

And here we have a demonstration of how to ride the world's smallest bicycle.  (NOTE: this is not the original video, but it is trending).

 

Finally, a social experiment… check out how a guy named Brett Cohen became a huge celebrity on the streets of New York City without actually being one.

 

That's the trend!

Have a terrific day,

Bob