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11/30/2012

David Wright, Not Gilda's Club? and #5ThingsOnMyChristmasList

Good morning!

David Wright is all the buzz on Twitter in New York as he is getting the biggest contract in Mets' history.   According to ESPNNewYork.com, Wright has agreed to a deal that will keep him playing as an Amazin' until at least 2020.  A source says the deal is worth $140-million -- almost as good as hitting Powerball!  

Palestine is a hot topic on social and search this morning after the United Nations voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, a sharp rebuke to the U.S. and Israel.  The story is on ABCNews.com.

In Wisconsin, the Madison-area chapter of Gilda's Club sparked outrage on social media by changing its name to Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin.    Gilda Radner was a popular comedian and original cast member of Saturday Night Live, but she died of cancer in 1989 at the young age of 42.  Gilda's Club was formed in her name to honor her legacy and provide support for people with cancer.  The executive director in Madison, Lannia Syren Stenz, said the organization decided to change the name because most college students were born after Radner died.  Is that not the point of honoring someone's legacy?    More than a few found themselves pointing that out in angry comments on the group's Facebook page.  "The only educating you're doing is teaching kids that when they die from cancer, their name will be erased from history in 20 years because the next generation doesn't know who they are. Way to give them hope!” wrote Mark Warneke from Arlington, Texas.   The Madison chapter has responded on Facebook with a statement too long to post here, but this line is worth noting: "All affiliates have always been given the choice to be called Gilda's Club, The Wellness Community, or Cancer Support Community. That is because we are an organization that empowers its network to make these kinds of decisions locally."   You can read the full statement on its Facebook page.

With December upon us, it seems the holiday spirit is taking hold as we find many people tweeting about Christmas.    One of the most popular topics is #5ThingsOnMyChristmasList.    Here's a quick glance… a few people want 5 of the same thing.

@DADDYjenn  a car, a car, a car, a car, and a car

@Lyssaaaa33  iPhone5, Winter Jacket, NorthFace, A Fleece & Moneyyy!

@patriciachantel: A Kitten**. Iphone5. MacBook. Mac makeup & Victoria secretes gift card.

@LeaMFrank  Money, car, travel, to be left alone while vacations, and Glee Season 3 DVD would be nice.

@albertcanicosa 100 Gazillion Bucks, 1 ton of gold, diamonds and other precious crystals. And a pet pony

@MeredithO_o 1) Nikes 2) iPad 3) Nail polish 4) Gift cards 5) 1D album

@ThatTechGuy23  1. Brand New iMacs 2. Brand New iMacs 3. Brand New iMacs 4. Brand New iMacs 5. Brand New iMacs

@EmilyBragdon clothes, clothes, clothes, shoes and spray.

@patrickabad24  1.that person 2. that person's heart 3. that person to fall invole with me 4. World Peace 5. cancer to disappear

 @SwaggieSK  lol i'm non christian but 1- @justinbieber 2- @justinbiebr 3- @justinbieber 4- @justinbieber 5- @justinbieber

Somehow, I don't think Justin Bieber can come gift wrapped, but I could be wrong.

This woman apparently wants Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel for Christmas… or at least for him to win the Heisman Trophy… as you can see in this viral video on YouTube.

 

Super Mario comes to life in the real world in this new video form Sweden.

 

Jimmy Kimmel has a new viral video - taste testing the new $7 Starbucks coffee!

 

New driving video from Russia, where they seem to let anyone AND anything on the road…

 

And finally, a cat, a bird and a little red dot.

 

That's the trend!

I'm off next week, but the trend will go on….  Have a terrific weekend!

Bob

 

 

11/29/2012

Powerball, Lindsay Lohan and An Officer's Kindness

Good morning!

If you are not able to call in sick with cash this morning, join the club.  Plenty of people are sharing their disappointment on Twitter.  Only 2 lucky lottery buyers will be cashing in on Powerball's record $587-million jackpot.   One ticket was sold in Missouri and the other in Arizona.   Eight others will take home a smaller $2-million prize, and 58 others won $1-million.  Nearly nine million others won even smaller prizes.  The winning numbers for the jackpot were 5, 23, 16, 22 and 29. The Powerball was 6.   The next drawing is Saturday for a meager $40-million.

Where goes Lindsay Lohan so goes trouble, or so it seems.   Police arrested the actress after a fight at a nightclub in Chelsea.    Lohan faces assault charges after an argument with another woman at Club Avenue escalated and Lohan allegedly punched her.    Lohan was arrested at another nightclub in September after an incident in which a pedestrian claimed Lohan struck him with her car, and kept going.   That case was not prosecuted.   In another incident, Lohan claimed a Congressional aide assaulted her in a hotel room.  Police arrested him, but those charges were later dropped.  

NYPD Officer Larry DePrimo has become a viral sensation on Facebook.   A couple from Arizona captured his picture giving a pair of boots to a man who had no shoes in Times Square.    

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The couple did not know the name of the officer, but they shared the picture with the NYPD, which posted it on Facebook. "I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared," Jennifer Foster wrote.   It was just a matter of time before the identity of the officer would become known.  Officer DePrimo, 25, is normally assigned to the Sixth Precinct in the West Village.   Of the encounter, he said it was freezing outside.  "I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold," he said.    He talked to the man, found out his shoe size and got him a pair of boots. 

Zig Ziglar used to say "money’s not the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen."   The motivation speaker, who wrote more than 30 books, died in Texas.  He was 86.   He was often described as the world's most popular motivational speaker as his books, audiotapes and seminars on living a balanced live through the "power of positive thinking" attracted millions of followers.  Ziglar started out as a door-to-door salesman, but became influenced by the power of self-help speakers and began giving talks at church and Rotary Club meetings.   Within a few years, demand for his speaking grew to the point where he started his own business.  He wrote his first book in 1974 in which he urged readers to re-evaluated their lives with a "checkup from the neck up" and to quit their "stinkin thinkin." Ziglar kept on motivating and inspiring people for years to come.  He retired in 2010.

Jon Gruden rumors is a popular search this morning, but the ESPN football analyst says don't believe them.   He says the Tennessee Volunteers have not offered him a job.   The rumored deal with also make him part owner of the Cleveland Browns.  Gruden is also rumored to be a top candidate should the Philadelphia Eagles fire Andy Reid at the end of the season.   The former NFL coach told ESPN Radio that people should ignore the chatter.  "I'm just trying to hang on to the job I have, to be honest with you," he said.

A guy in Washington became so freaked out by a big spider in his bathroom that he made a video that went viral.  The last 30 or 40 seconds are worth watching.

 

Then we have a guy who makes magic with dough, and he's not a baker.

 

A cat with a unique way of trying to get affection is getting a lot of YouTube attention.   Check out the ears.

 

Finally, a cat that likes to play ping-pong!

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

11/28/2012

How to win Powerball and the Ghost in the Elevator

Good morning!

So this morning's Trend could be the last one that I ever write if destiny puts the winning Powerball ticket in my hand.   I’m sure my Facebook friend requests will increase substantially if I do win the half-billion dollar jackpot.  Of course, the odds of that happening…  So how does one improve the odds?   Should I take out a second mortgage and buy 10,000 tickets?   It probably won't move the needle.   A quick scan of the internet finds a page that explains how to calculate the likely winning numbers using a spreadsheet and previous Powerball results.   I'm guessing if this strategy really worked the jackpot would probably never be as high as it is.   Some people say they use key dates in their lives to pick their numbers.   That might work.  If buying 1 ticket has the same chance of winning as buying 100, then using numbers that actually mean something could increase the karma.   It's all about karma, you know.  I usually just do the random generator picks when I do play the lottery.   That's actually what most people do, and it turns out 70-80% of the winning tickets are computer generated, although I must admit it has not paid off for me.   There's always the office pool too.   Eight co-workers at a meat-packing plant in Nebraska won the last record Powerball jackpot… so maybe there is value in the power of more.  ABC News has 5 tips on how to play Powerball to win.  However you play, if you do play, good luck!   And remember, we may be related if you win.   You can watch the Powerball drawing LIVE right before Eyewitness News at 11:00 p.m. on Channel 7.

Jason Babin may want to buy a few extra Powerball tickets since the Philadelphia Eagles' youth movement has left him unemployed.   They cut the All-Pro defensive end in the midst of a long and disappointing season.   The 32-year-old Babin has only 5.5 sacks this season compared to 18 in 2011.    His release will allow younger players to get some time as the Eagles season winds down.   The question is where does Babin end up?  A team can claim him off waivers, but they will be on the hook for $1.65 million that Babin is owed this year, plus another $10-million over the next three seasons.

Some Texans may have petitioned the White House to secede from the union after President Obama's win on Election Day, but others are petitioning for what they consider more important reasons.   They want the President to oust Jerry Jones as owner of the Dallas Cowboys.  ESPN Dallas reports "Steven M" from Fort Benning, Georgia created the petition on the White House website, writing "Cowboys fans worldwide have been oppressed by an over controlling, delusional, oppressive dictator for way too long."   Well, the petition garnered 4,000 signatures before the White House took it down citing a violation of "terms of participation."

Melissa Rycroft is finally a winner.   After getting passed over on The Bachelor and coming in third during her first stint on Dancing With The Star, Rycroft brought home the Mirror Ball trophy.   She and professional dance partner Tony Dovolani won the All-Star season of DWTS.   You can read more about her win on our Mirror Ball blog.

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx says he never thought he would get married again, but it's hard to break habits.   Sixx popped the question to Courtney Bingham over the weekend.    She said yes to the rocker and his ginormous engagement ring said to be 6 carats.   Hard to say no to a rock that size! Sixx's book "The Heroin Diaries" is being developed into a Broadway musical.

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(Twitter.com/JessicaSimpson)

Sure to be a hot trend today - Jessica Simpson is pregnant again! US Weekly reports that sources say Simpson is expecting her second child seven months after giving birth to daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson.  Simpson is engaged to former NFL pro Eric Johnson.   No comment or confirmation from Simpson. 

The viral video of the week is a prank performed on the Brazilian hidden-camera show Programa Silvio Santos.   The clip is called Ghosts in the Elevator.   Unsuspecting people board an elevator in which the lights start to flicker, then go off and back on.   When the lights come back on, a creepy-looking girl has joined them in the elevator.    What happens next… well, you have to watch.   Some bloggers say it's the scariest elevator prank ever!

 

Okay, this next video is just GROSS!   A guy in Brazil was filming a really big anaconda when the giant snake expelled a COW!

 

Next, some amazing anamorphic illusions in which flat paper images turn into 3D objects.

 

Finally, a dog turned volunteer firefighter as crews cleaned up storm damage in the Netherlands.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

11/27/2012

#GivingTuesday, Girl Meets World and Bryce Brown

Good morning!

We have had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and today is #GivingTuesday.    It's all about finding a way for you, your family, your community, your company to join in the act of giving during the holiday season.    The idea is the brainchild of Henry Timms, deputy executive director of the Jewish community center 92nd Street Y, and Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation.   Timms came up with the concept during the holidays last year and appeared Calvin for the foundation's support.   As of this morning, more than 2,000 partners are listed on the GivingTuesday website, including corporations, nonprofits, schools and religious groups.

The 90s are making a comeback.   One of the big TV hits of the decade, Boy Meets World, is getting renewed life in the form of a spinoff called Girl Meets World. 

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(ABC Television)

Ben Savage, who played Cory Matthews, confirmed via Twitter that he is going to be on the show, "I'm going to be a father!  Well, on TV at least.  The 'Boy Meets World' sequel is officially happening!"   Danielle Fishel also confirmed the news on Tumblr.   She will reprise her role as Topanga.  Of course, they're all grown up now and on the new show will be a married couple raising a 13-year-old daughter - hence the name, Girl Meets World.  The show will air on the Disney Channel, although no launch date has been announced.

Meanwhile, Angus T. Jones is buzzing because he is denouncing the show that made him one of Hollywood's highest paid teenagers.    Jones blasted "Two and a Half Men" as filth and asked people to stop watching.  "I'm on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don't want to be on it," he said in a videotaped testimonial.   Jones made the video for Forerunner Chronicles, which is linked to the Voice of Prophecy Seventh-Day Adventist church in Los Angeles.  Jones worships there.  So if he doesn't want to be on the show and doesn't want us to watch, does this mean he will give back all the money he made?

 

Chris Brown is trending after his Twitter account vanished from the Twitter-sphere.    The account disappeared after a series of nasty and vulgar tweets between Brown and comedy writer Jenny Johnson, who has tweeted jokes about Brown's assault on Rihanna in the past.   BuzzFeed captured the exchange, although be warned that the language is vile.   Reports say Brown took down his account after the exchange.

Dolly Parton is one of the most popular topics of discussion this morning after her appearance on Nightline in which she dished about her love life, addressed rumors that she is gay, talked about losing a drag queen lookalike contest and building a multimillion dollar entertainment empire.   You can see the interview on ABCNews.com.

Bryce Brown is getting heavily searched after his performance on Monday Night Football.  Brown ran for 178 yards in his rookie debut, breaking the Eagles rookie record of 134 yards held by Correll Buckhalter since 2001.   Brown's performance did not help the Eagles win, though, as the Carolina Panthers handed Philadelphia its seventh straight loss, 30-22.

From the gang at Improve Everywhere, the Black Friday Dollar Store Prank.

 

This video answers the question, what if your friends acted like dogs and cats?

 

From Harvard, a student filmmaker making a some sort of movie unexpectedly caught some surprising looking cyclists as the rode by.

 

Everything is Gangnam Style these days…. Even Christmas lights…

 

Finally, CeeLo Green and The Muppets have teamed up for a new holiday music video going viral!

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

11/26/2012

Cyber Monday Deals, Giants Win and Lohan's Tax Bill

Good morning!

It's all about finding the deal today.   After a record holiday weekend with more than $59 billion spent at stores and online, experts are predicting Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year, will be up 20 percent over a year ago to $1.5 billion.   The deals started at midnight with Amazon.com offering 60 percent off a Panasonic VIERA 55-inch TV and Sears offering $30 off a Maytag washer and dryer.

The deals are also flowing on Twitter under the promoted hashtag #CyberMonday and Radio Shacks #24Dealsin24.   Just searching Cyber Monday yields an array of offers, and some deals are not limited to do online.  Best Buy is offering a $25 savings code for orders more than $250 picked up at a store.

Good Morning America has a hot tweet with a link to an article laying out the best Cyber Monday shopping deals that they could find.

For those not buzzing about shopping on this Monday, football appears to be the other hot topic.   The Giants are among the top Twitter trends after last night's thumping of the Green Bay Packers.   ESPN First Take posed one of the top tweets in that trend - "Is this the beginning of a Super Bowl run for the Giants?"   They sure looked tough last night.

Colin Kaepernick is also a hot topic again this week after starting again for the 49ers and leading them to another win over New Orleans.   Kaepernick completed 64 percent of his passes, threw for one touchdown and ran for another, while starting quarterback Alex Smith - who was deemed healthy enough to suit up - watched from the sidelines.

One of the popular searches this morning is for more information about Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale's daughter.   Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Saturday at the age of 23.  She had lupus and spent much of the last month in the hospital.  Kevin McHale has been on leave from the Rockets since November 10.

Did Charlie Sheen really pay Lindsay Lohan's tax bill?   TMZ reports that Sheen cut Lohan $100,000 check to help cover the tax bill.   The two met on the set of Scary Movie 5 last September, and according to TMZ, they have been spending a lot of time together.

Over the weekend, Psy's song Gangnam Style surpassed Justin Bieber's Baby as the most watched YouTube video of all time with more than 825-million views.  The song, which pokes fun at Gangnam, an affluent suburb of Seoul, South Korea, has topped the charts around the world and inspired too many to count parody cover videos.

 

One of the most popular videos today on YouTube is Turkey Surprise in which a man traveled from Hong Kong to his family's home in New York for Thanksgiving.

 

Students in a speech 101 class were dealt a surprise when after four months their teacher revealed that he does not really speak with an accent.  The video has gone viral with nearly a half-million views.

 

And finally, a dog that knows how to get the cat in the house.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

11/21/2012

Jack Taylor, Divorce on Facebook and Thanksgiving Turkeys

Good morning!

You might call it a Taylor-made performance.   A kid named Jack Taylor shattered the NCAA scoring record by netting 138 points for Grinnell in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible in Division III play last night.   Yes, 138.   I didn’t make a typo this time!  Taylor made a shot every 20 seconds, 108 in all, sinking 52 of them along with seven free throws to set the new record.  

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(AP Photo/Grinnell College, Cory Hall)

The 5-foot-10, 170 pound sophomore from Wisconsin had been mired in a scoring slump over the weekend, so his coaches thought the best way to break that streak was shoot away.  Boy, did he ever!   He said he felt like "anything I tossed up was going in."  Taylor's performance even impressed the pros.  "That's crazy, man," said Kobe Bryant after the Lakers beat the Nets.  "I don't care what level you're at.  Scoring 138 points is pretty insane."   Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks could not believe someone had taken more than 100 shots.  "I never heard of nothing like that.  That's like a video game," he said.  

Former world boxing champ Hector "Macho" Camacho is a hot topic after getting shot in the face while sitting in a car in Puerto Rico.   Another man in the car was killed.   Doctors said Camacho, 50, is expected to survive, although his condition was described as delicate.   The bullet entered his jaw, exited his head, hit his right shoulder and shattered two vertebrae.    Camacho, who had struggled with drug and alcohol problems over the years, could be left paralyzed from the shooting, doctors said.   No motive for the shooting has been revealed.  No one has been arrested.

Race car driver Danica Patrick has put the brakes on her marriage after 7 years to Paul Hospenthal.  Patrick let everyone know about it the way that a lot of couples are doing it lately - she posted it on Facebook.   "I am sad to inform my fans that after 7 years, Paul and I have decided to amicably end our marriage. This isn't easy for either of us, but mutually it has come to this. He has been an important person and friend in my life and that's how we will remain moving forward," she wrote.

Thanksgiving is the other big trend on social and search networks.   So many recipes are trending on Google that I'm hungry just looking at the search results.  Of course, turkey will be on the menu at most households.   Why do we eat turkey on Thanksgiving anyway?  I mean, Ben Franklin wanted to make the turkey the national bird - more respectable than the eagle and a true native American, he said.   45 million turkeys would be getting a pardon tomorrow if Franklin had won his argument.  So why are we eating this bird that could have been an American symbol.  Legend has it that back in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I was celebrating a harvest festival with peacock, wild boar and a baked goose when she learned that a Spanish Armada, on its way to attack England, had sunk.   The Queen was so happy that she ordered more roast goose!   What does that have to do with turkeys?   Well, the early settlers brought the harvest festival custom to America, but they could not find a goose, so they went with what they could find - wild turkey.  Of course, that's just one of many legends.  Who knows what the truth really is.   Perhaps we should look to Dickens for making turkeys popular at holiday feast.  After all, Scrooge's first act of kindness in A Christmas Carol was giving a turkey to Bob Crachit's family.   At the time, only the wealthy could afford a turkey.   Whatever the case may be, enjoy whatever is on your menu tomorrow.

Trending on YouTube is a viral video about dumb ways to die.   It's not a very funny video, but it might save a few lives.   Nearly 14-million views so far!

 

TV News blooper here from Austin, where a drunk fan made a surprise appearance during a reporter's live shot.

 

A Cobra Jet doing a wheelie and then crashing is getting a lot of attention.

 

And now from Russia, a lesson in how to make a left turn like a boss.

 

Here's a guy trying to high kick a light (who knows) and misses in an epic fail.

 

And finally, a swinging dog.

 

That's The Trend!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving, spend wisely if you shop, and remember, don't drink and drive!

Bob

 

 

 

 

11/20/2012

Gaza Conflict, Colin Kaepernick and Treadmill Desks

Good morning!

The conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas is among the top trending topics on Twitter this morning after another Palestinian rocket struck the outside of Jerusalem.    The rocket landed harmlessly in an open area, but it also came as diplomats worked to try to get the two sides to agree to a cease-fire.  President Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the region to try to help bring a peaceful end to the conflict.   N.J. Burkett is tweeting updates and photos from Israel @njburkett7.

Colin Kaepernick might not be a name you know, unless you are a 49ers or Bears fan.   It's name you'd like to forget in Chicago, or if you are San Francisco starting quarterback Alex Smith, who is sidelined by a concussion.  

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(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Kaepernick made his NFL debut in a dominating performance on Monday night, especially impressive considering he dissected the second-stingiest scoring defense in the NFL.   Kaepernick completed 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns and no interceptions in the Niners 30-7 defeat of the Bears.   "What do think the headlines will be tomorrow?" asked 49ers owner Jed York after the game.  How about Quarterback Controversy?

Selena Gomez ended up in the emergency room at a Los Angeles hospital after the American Music Awards on Sunday.   No big deal, though.   She wanted to get tested for strep throat because "her throat was bothering her."   Meanwhile, for all the talk about Gomez and Justin Bieber calling it quits, they were spotted holding hands backstage and then together at the official post-show party.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has filed for divorce from his wife, Julie, after 25 years, citing irreconcilable differences.   They have two children.   Campbell is an Irish musician who played for Dio and Whitesnake before joining Def Leppard .   Campbell replaced Steve Clark, who died in 1992.

Not only do you need to be careful what you post on Facebook, but you may want to watch what you Like.  At least in India.   Police in Mumbai arrested two women who posted and liked a comment criticizing the shutdown of India's financial hub for the funeral of a rightwing leader Bal Thackeray.     The women were released on bail, the comment withdrawn and an apology made, but angry supporters of Thackeray ransacked an orthopedic clinic belonging to an uncle of one of the women.

Nicole Delien is a real life sleeping beauty.   The 17-year-old girl once slept for 64 days, from Thanksgiving to January.   Delien has a rare sleep disorder called Kleine-Levine, or Sleeping Beauty Syndrome, which affects 1,000 people around the world.   She does wake during the spells, but only for brief times - long enough to eat and go to the bathroom, but she remembers nothing.   It's like a sleepwalking state, her mom says.   Delien has missed out on holidays, a family trip to Disney World and even a chance to meet Katy Perry (although the singer arranged to meet her later back stage at a concert in Connecticut.).  It took several hospital trips for doctors to pinpoint what was causing the long sleeping spells.   Delien is now on medication to try to spread the episodes farther apart.

Would you work at a treadmill desk?   That’s right - do your work at a desk while walking on a treadmill!  James Levine, an obesity expert at the Mayo Clinic, came up with the idea and at least some offices are giving it a go.    The treadmill desk is trending thanks to a feature about it on NPR.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a viral video shows you how to peel a potato in just seconds without even using a peeler.

 

The legend of Zelda comes to life in this unusual digital short.

 

Just when you thought you saw the last Call Me Maybe cover video, the Miami Dolphins take on the troops in Afghanistan.

 

Finally, a red panda baby gets surprised in this viral video. 

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

11/19/2012

Justin Bieber, Gronkowski and Green Bean Caserole

Good morning!

The American Music Awards in two words: Justin Bieber.  His three wins included artist of the year.  Plus, Jenny McCarthy gave him a very big kiss!  Nicki Minaj won a pair of awards for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and album, Pink Friday.   The most buzzed about performance featured Korean rapper PSY and MC Hammer with the viral hit Gangnam Style.

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Lots of football trending after Sunday's NFL games, but the most buzzed about story is the Gronk apparently breaking his arm.  The Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left the game against the Colts after scoring two touchdowns.    A team spokesman said he had an arm injury and left it at that, but reports out of Boston say Gronk suffered a broken forearm in the 55-24 win.   The Patriots play the Jets on Thanksgiving.

In college football, the new AP poll puts Notre Dame at number 1 thanks to a pair of stunning upsets.  The Fighting Irish need only to beat USC (7-4) to secure a spot in the BCS title game for the first time.  Notre Dame has been voted national champion 8 times, the last in 1988.   The only other school with as many AP championships is Alabama, which ranks number 2 this week.   If the Irish win next week, and then Alabama beats Auburn and then wins the SEC title game against number 3 Georgia on December 1, then 'Bama and Notre Dame would battle for the BCS crown.   But as we know, anything can happen in football.

Mitt Romney is getting blasted by members of his own party for suggesting that he lost the election because President Obama offered "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.   Romney told top donors on a conference call, "What the president, the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote."   Newt Gingrich had a harsh response during an appearance on ABC's This Week: "I just think it's nuts.   I mean, first of all it's insulting."   Romney's comments also drew condemnation from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who said "Rhetoric like this keeps digging a hole for the Republican Party."

Thanksgiving is also trending - namely, popular recipes for the big feast:  green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and honey baked ham.

And yes, Black Friday may be a few days away, but the holiday shopping madness has already begun, and searches are high for Wii U.   The game machine, designed to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers, hit the market on Sunday.   It's the first new game console in a long time, and with sales for video games trending toward tablets and mobile phones, one wonders how many Wii U buyers are out there.

A Justin Bieber video has gone viral - well, that wouldn't be a big deal except that this video comes from the special ed kids at Poway High School in California.   They're hoping Bieber takes notice and makes an appearance at their annual Special Olympics next month.

 

A 3-year-old discovered that Atomic Warhead candy is really SOUR!  Check out the reaction.

 

Disney has a trending video with this time lapse of the park transformed from Halloween adventure into the Holiday Magic.

 

You may have seen a dog chasing a cat, but how about an Orca chasing a dog?

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

11/17/2012

President Obama is "not impressed"

 

 

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Before President Obama went airborne on an overseas trip to Asia, he had a picture go viral with Olympic Gymnast McKayla Maroney.

On Thursday, gold medal winner Maroney and her fellow teammates visited the Oval Office where the Commander-in-Chief impressed Maroney with his rendition of her “McKayla Maroney is not impressed” scowl. The photo was posted by the White House's official twitter account.

Obama said he admitted to using the scowl at least once a day.

11/16/2012

Twinkies for sale on eBay

With word that Hostess is closing and Twinkies may be headed for the history books, people are buying up Twinkies and putting them on eBay.   In one case, the asking starting bid for a single Twinkie is $5,000.  For a whole box, the starting bid is $10,000!!! 

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The seller notes that it is one of the last boxes available "before the Zombie Apocalypse."  We assume all of this ding dong madness is a joke, but you can find a whole list of lesser priced Twinkies and other Hostess treats on eBay.