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01/14/2013

Golden Globes, scene-stealing toddlers and panda cubs

Good morning!

The Golden Globes are buzzing this morning after Ben Affleck got some vindication for not earning an Oscar nomination.  Affleck won best director honors and his film "Argo" won best drama picture at the Globes.  Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which leads the Oscar nominations, only won a single Golden Globe.  The other big winner of the night was "Les Miserables," which won best musical or comedy, best actor for Hugh Jackman and best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway.

The other big story out of the Globes was Jodie Foster, who sort of came out of the closest without really coming out, and hinted at retiring from acting without actually saying that she was retiring. The speech sparked a mixed discussion on social media, ranging from "brilliant" to "what?" Even writers seemed dazzled and bewildered at the same time. Backstage, Foster dispelled any notion that she was retiring. "I could never stop acting," she said. "You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses." And when asked her intended message, Foster said, "That people change."

In viral video news, it's Fighter vs. Food. UFC star Anthony "Showtime" Pettis takes on a carton of eggs, one slow-mo roundhouse kick at a time.

  

Lots of searching going on for Justin Timberlake this morning as he has released his first original song since 2006. "Suit & Tie" features Jay-Z.  It's available on iTunes todayTimberlake wrote on his website that the song is part of an upcoming album called "The 20/20 Experience," due out later this year.

A musician's unusual video getting a lot of attention. In "Sheet Music," Andrew Huang creates a beat using only a large sheet of paper and a pair of scissors.

  

The other hot topics this weekend revolve around the NFL playoffs as New England, Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco all advanced to their conference championships. Players getting a lot of buzz include the retiring Raven Ray Lewis; Patriots back-up RB Shane Vereen, who scored three times in the win over Houston;  49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who racked up 181 yards running in the win over Green Bay; and Matt Bryant, who kicked the game-winning  field goal in the thriller between Seattle and Atlanta.

Kate Middleton's due date has been revealed!  The palace office says the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are expecting their first child to be born in July.

A 17-month-old baby stole the show when he ran out on stage and started dancing during his dad's concert. Adorable Ethan crashed the performance and upstaged his dad, Coffey, during the New Year's Eve event.

  

Finally, the San Diego Zoo has welcomed its newest resident. Panda cub Xiao Liwu debuted with his mom and is now viewable by the public every day.

  

That's the Trend!

01/08/2013

AJ and Katherine, the Bachelor and Skip Rope

Good morning!

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and his girlfriend are separately the hottest searches around the web this Tuesday. AJ led the Crimson Tide to their third BCS championship in four years by bashing top-ranked Notre Dame, 42-14, Monday night.  The nation's leader in passing efficiency completed 20 of 28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns in a game that might have even been better than his MVP performance against LSU a year ago. He moved past John Parker Wilson to set the school record with 49 career passing touchdowns with a year to go since McCarron has already announced he'll return for his senior season instead of turning pro.

McCarron's model girlfriend, Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, became a hot topic on Twitter after she garnered a lot of screen time during the game. In addition to gaining 90,000 followers on the social networking site, she got asked on a date to a strip club by Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Darnell Docket, who accidentally tweeted his phone number in what he intended to be a direct message. Game announcer Brent Musburger is also getting attention for perhaps being a bit too infatuated with Webb. Sure the game was a blowout, but the 73-year-old commentator may have spent a BIT too much time discussing how quarterbacks get all the hot women.

Pictures allegedly showing teen sensation Justin Bieber smoking pot at a party continue to generate a lot of traffic. Bieber was photographed last week at a hotel-room party in Newport Beach holding what appears to be a joint with rapper Lil Twist and several other people. There are also a few empty beer bottles in the frame. Some fans and parents are outraged by the photos, especially considering Bieber's status as a role model to younger kids.

An escalator accident that left six people hurt in the Exchange Place PATH station in Jersey City has turned Alex Rodriguez (no, not that one) into a viral video celebrity. His video of the escalator suddenly changing directions and throwing riders into disarray has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. And yes, we had him on our air.

   

Sean Lowe and "The Bachelor" are top treading topics after the third-place finisher in "The Bachelorette" began his quest for love on the 17th season of the hit ABC show. Some of Sean's crazies included a "Fifty Shades of Gray" fan who wanted to tie him up with a necktie and a woman who exited the limousine in a full wedding dress. He whittled down his 26 potential suitors to 19. As always, you can get the latest show news from Jen Matarese's Coming Up Roses blog.

http://www.cominguprosesblog.com/

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles have gone their separate ways, according to multiple reports. While Swift, 23, and Styles, 18, shared a whirlwind romance that was heavily publicized for the past couple of months, a number of news outlets are reporting that the pop-star pair have officially broken up. According to the New York Post, Swift and Styles called it quits while vacationing in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands on January 4. While the pair flew to the islands on Tuesday, January 1 with friends, Swift reportedly caught an early-morning boat ride and flight off of the island - by herself.

Apparently the best way to prank people is by using their own words. "Echoing People" might be going viral, but I find it more annoying than a "prank."

  

Huell Howser, the homespun host of public television's popular "California's Gold" travelogues, has died at age 67. Howser died at his home Sunday night from natural causes, said Ayn Allen, corporate communications manager for KCET. No other details were available. For years, "California's Gold" took viewers to many parts of the Golden State, with Howser doing folksy, highly enthusiastic interviews and narration in a distinctive twang he brought with him from his native Tennessee.

If you ever wondered what 600 guitars playing John Lennon's "Imagine" would sound like, it actually sounds pretty good. Darjeeling Hills came alive with the sound of music on January 3 when hundreds of guitarists strummed along as a tribute to one of Delhi's rape victims.

 

A Chicago lottery winner who mysteriously died is also a trending topic. With no signs of trauma and nothing to raise suspicions, Urooj Khan's sudden death just as he was about to collect nearly $425,000 was initially ruled a result of natural causes. But nearly six months later, authorities have a mystery on their hands after medical examiners, responding to a relative's pleas, did an expanded screening and determined that the 46-year-old Khan died shortly after ingesting a lethal dose of cyanide. The finding has triggered a homicide investigation.

Finally, from the same producer who brought you Rebecca Black's "Friday" comes a new duo known as Tweenchronic. Check out the official music video for "Skip Rope." To sum up, it is horrible.

   

That's the Trend!

12/26/2012

The Trend - Babies, deaths and holiday videos

Good morning!

It's the day after Christmas, the day when people groggily wake up from their holiday slumbers (hangovers) and head to the malls to return those unwanted gifts and use their new gift cards. Retailers are hoping for a strong post-holiday surge after a less-than-stellar shopping season.  This year, the season was marred by bad weather and rising uncertainty about the economy in the face of possible tax hikes and spending cuts early next year. Some analysts say the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown may also have chipped away at shoppers' enthusiasm.

Speaking of Christmas, one man's reaction to getting a ticket to the college football national championship game has gone viral. As of this writing, the video has been viewed nearly 1.7 million times.

   

Jessica Simpson's daughter has the news all spelled out: "Big Sis." Simpson on Tuesday tweeted a photo of her baby daughter Maxwell playing in the sand, the words "Big Sis" spelled out. The 32-year-old old singer and personality has been rumored to be expecting again. The tweet appears to confirm the rumors. 

Next up, the first lady reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (with a little help from first dog Bo) at a children's hospital.

   

Two celebrity deaths are trending. Charles During, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89. Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV's "The Odd Couple" and the crime-fighting coroner in "Quincy, M.E.," died Monday, a son said. He was 90.

Finally, YouTube brings you the top 10 holiday videos of 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLjd9OT1rI6vQ7kDAhcQOMZ2velfi5N7f9

That's the Trend!

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.

10/26/2012

Sandy, The Donald and a Headless Magician

Good morning and happy Friday!

The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday. With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts predict at least $1 billion in damage.

The stage is set as Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba, continues to barrel north. A wintry storm is chugging across the country from the west. And frigid air is streaming south from Canada.

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It's a huge day for Microsoft as its latest operating system, Windows 8, is released for general availability. Reviews are mixed among newspapers and tech magazines, but CNN Money says that in Windows 8, the iPad has its first real challenger because it's the first to put the full PC experience on a tablet. Windows 8 offers the ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the new Surface tablet, a function that the iPad does not. But the price tag for the new Surface, $599 with its touch keyboard cover, may keep initial sales low.

John Sununu's claim that Republican Colin Powell only endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama because both men are black set the Twitterverse on fire over the controversial comments. Sununu is the former New Hampshire governor who served as White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush and is now an advisor to Mitt Romney. Powell is a retired four-star Army general who was secretary of state for President George W. Bush. The comments are coming from both sides of the fence. Here are a few of them:

Michael Ian Black@michaelianblack If Sununu thinks Colin Powell supports Obama only because he's black, does that mean Sununu supports Romney only because he's a douchebag?

John Galt Report@JohnGaltReport #JohnSununu tells the truth and the #EvilMedia pounces. Obama LIES about 9-11 #benghazi terrorist attack and the #EvilMedia says nothing.

ABFoundation@ABFalecbaldwin Sununu's towering stupidity is as valuable as Powell's endorsement in this race.

Wayne Dupree@NewsNinja2012 Media is trying to drum up last ditch effort to help Obama by demonizing #JohnSununu statement on Colin Powell

The boxing world is remembering famed trainer Emanuel Steward, who died Thursday at the age of 68. Steward was the owner of the legendary Kronk Gym and a standout trainer for boxers including Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya and Wladimir Klitschko. Victoria Kirton, Steward's executive assistant, said he died at a Chicago hospital but declined to disclose the cause of death.

"It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend, well I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade," Klitschko said Thursday. "I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship."

David Letterman is making headlines after he took Donald Trump to task Thursday over "The Celebrity Apprentice" star's "bombshell" announcement that he'd donate $5 million to the charity of President Obama's choice if the commander-in-chief would release his college and passport records and applications. Appearing on "The Late Show," Trump said he would go even higher and that the offer is all about transparency. "Would you give him one of those giant checks?" Letterman quipped with his arms spread wide. Letterman's Top 10 list for the evening was called "Lame October Surprises," which number 1 was "Donald Trump offering $5 million to unearth anyone who still takes him seriously."

A dark, "Thriller"-inspired new video is among the most viewed of the day. "Moon Trance" has been viewed nearly a half-million times as of this writing.

   

It's a "Quarter Past Midnight," and night skiing is both dangerous and haunting.

   

Finally, get into the Halloween spirit with a magician's crazy (and scary) headless man trick.

   

That's the Trend!

10/25/2012

Hurricane Sandy, Full House slam and how to grow a stache

Good morning!

Lots of chatter on Twitter about Sandy. Hurricane Sandy, that is, and where the storm might be headed after passing over Cuba and the Bahamas. Will it hook left and pound the east coast somewhere between the Chesapeake Bay and New England, or will it hook right and head quietly out to sea? The answer is still not clear, but you can track Sandy with our AccuTrack Interactive Radar and count on meteorologists Lee Goldberg, Bill Evans, Jeff Smith and Amy Freeze to keep us up to date with the latest information as the forecast evolves.

https://twitter.com/search?q=Sandy&src=tren

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/feature?section=weather&id=6969862

The San Francisco Giants continued their red hot play from the NLCS as the World Series opened against Detroit last night. No one was hotter than Pablo Sandoval, who joined the ranks of Reggie Jackson, Babe Ruth and Albert Pujols by hitting three home runs in a World Series game. The Giants crushed the Tigers 8-3 in game 1.

http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=321024126

If your team didn't make the World Series, don't be upset. It could always be worse, as is the case for the saddest St. Louis Cardinals fan. He's 4, and his video is going viral.

   

So Donald Trump's October surprise was an offer to donate $5 million to the president's charity of choice if he would release his college and passport records. We don't expect the president will actually take up Trump on his offer, but he did respond during an appearance with Jay Leno. Mr. Obama joked that it all goes back to their childhood days in Kenya. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer fields," Obama said. "He wasn't very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over." All kidding aside, President Obama says he has never met Trump.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/obama-talks-donald-trump-tigers-with-jay-leno-on-tonight-show/

Tom Cruise has filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the publishers of Life & Style magazine. The suit stems from articles that reported Cruise had abandoned his 6-year-old daughter, Suri. Cruise's attorney, Bert Fields, called the stories a "vicious lie." Bauer Publishing did not comment on the lawsuit. Cruise and Suri's mother, actress Katie Holmes, divorced earlier this year. Even if he wins, Cruise will reportedly donate the money to charity.

From one Tom to another, Tom Hanks made an appearance on Jimmy Fallon to perform a poetry slam about the 1990s sitcom "Full House." Wake up, San Francisco!

   

Journalist and former View co-host Lisa Ling is expecting her first baby, a girl. She told Anderson Cooper, "I was trying to keep it quiet for a long time, but now I'm getting to a point where I just look like I have a beer belly." Ling, 39,  suffered a miscarriage a couple of years ago. After that experience, she launched a website called Secret Society of Women, where women can share their personal experiences.

In another video gaining steam on YouTube, Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Kevin Love is shaving his head for breast cancer awareness. And he has enlisted the help of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

   

Finally, it's How to Grow a Moustache with Nick Offerman. It's all in honor of Movember.

   

That's the Trend!

10/24/2012

Showing up to your own funeral, Donald Trump, and Ozzie Guillen

Good morning!

Apple's iPad Mini is still getting a lot of buzz this morning.  While the 7.9 inch tablet  is not as robust as the current iPad (or the forthcoming update), the device can run all the apps made for the iPad 2 in the same resolution.   It's also lightweight and can be held in one hand.   Yet, it's not as small as a Kindle or a Nook, for example, which have been popular among women.   Some analysts believe the iPad mini will be a big hit in the workforce.   The price point also is not competitive from a consumer standpoint.  At $329, it's a lot more expensive than either of the aforementioned tablets.   A little lower price could have dealt a deathblow to other popular tablets.  Still, the iPad Mini is likely to be very popular.  Apple CEO Tim Cook noted at the event that the company has sold 100 million iPads since the rollout just a couple of years ago.

What is Donald Trump going to be tweeting about President Obama today?  That is the burning question for Trump's 1.6 million Twitter followers.   He tweeted yesterday about a big announcement today.   Speculation is the message refers to Trump's promised "October surprise" involving President Obama.    An Irish betting company is taking wagers on what the revelation might be, everything from "Obama is not American" to "Obama is an alien."   My guess is he's going to offer President Obama a spot on Celebrity Apprentice should he lose the election.

Ozzie Guillen has been fired.   He did not have a very good first year managing the Miami Marlins.  It started off with his controversial comments about Fidel Castro, and just went downhill from there.  

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has been sacked, this time by Eva Longoria.   US Weekly described the split as an amicable parting of the ways.   Just last month, Longoria, 38, revealed that the two were dating (after months of speculation).  Sources say the split had more to do with lifestyle differences than anything else.   Sanchez, 25, likes to go out, while Longoria is "more focused on her career and philanthropic work."  

A man in Brazil is making news after showing up at his own funeral.   According to reports, Gilberto Araujo was identified by his brother at the city morgue.   The body was moved to his mother's house for a wake.   A few hours before the funeral, a friend saw Gilberto walking down the street and told he was about to be buried.   When Gilberto showed up at his own wake, "some people fainted and others were so scared they ran away.  It was a big shock," a family friend told G1 Online.   I bet it was.  Authorities blame the mix-up on the fact that Gilberto and the actual dead guy, Genivaldo Santos Gama, look a lot like.

Yet another Gangnam Style video is trending this morning – this time it is Halloween style. A house in Virginia hung 8,500 bulbs outside their house and synced it up to the song

  

Another video that is popular this morning is one of ‘Honey Boo Boo’ who appeared to use her time on TV with Dr. Drew as naptime.

  

And finally, a video that is out of this world, so to speak. The Ohio State University Marching Band performed in the shape of a dancing alien and the DeLorean from Back to the Future on October 19th vs. Purdue.

 

 That's the Trend!

10/19/2012

Fast cars, long field goals and Gaga 2012

Good morning!

You can tell it's a rather slow day for the Trend when the top web search is a fast car. "2014 Corvette" is the hot topic after Chevy announced that the seventh generation of the uniquely American sports car will make its debut on January 13, just before the American International Auto Show kicks off. The car has been dubbed C7 by eager auto enthusiasts and is expected to have a dramatically redesigned exterior and a more upscale interior, as well as run more efficiently.

Next up, Tim Tebow the running back? It appears Tebow might be adding a new job title to an already lengthy list after coach Rex Ryan said he would consider adding the do-it-all backup quarterback to the banged-up New York Jets backfield against the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Jets have used Tebow sparsely so far, and whether or not any of this will actually happen are still just vague rumors.

Actress Sylvia Kristel, the Dutch star of the hit 1970s erotic movie "Emmanuelle," has died of cancer at age 60. Kristel, a model who turned to acting in the 1970s and had been fighting the disease for several years, died in her sleep Wednesday night. Her breakthrough came in "Emmanuelle," an erotic tale directed by Frenchman Just Jaeckin, about the sexual adventures of a man and his beautiful young wife, played by Kristel, in Thailand. She went on to star in several sequels to "Emmanuelle," as well as in Hollywood movies, including "Private Lessons" in 1981.

Mitt Romney's son continues to be a top trend after admitting he wanted to take a swing at the commander in chief during the Hofstra debate. The GOP nominee's oldest son, Tagg, was asked by a North Carolina radio host Wednesday how it feels to hear the president "call your dad a liar" - a word Obama never used although he repeatedly said Romney's statements weren't true. Tagg laughed at the question. "You want to rush down the debate stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can't do that because, well first cause there is a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because it's the nature of the process," he said.

An emotional moment from Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" is one of the top videos of the day. Jodi DiPazza, a young girl with autism, joined Katy Perry on stage to sing "Firework" with the pop star. Jodi struggled as a toddler, but now she plays the piano and is continually improving. The event raises money for autism education and airs Sunday night.

   

Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez are both trending following the Yankees blowout loss to the Detroit Tigers in game 4 of the ALCS. Both were benched heading into the game, but played late and went a combined 0 for 3 as the Tigers completed the sweep. Granderson even managed to strike out in his one at-bat. Rumors are swirling that A-Rod's days in pinstripes are numbered, but Yankees managed just two hits in the game, and they came from Nick Swisher and Eduardo Nunez.

New York's hitting was abysmal throughout the playoffs. Robinson Cano was at .075 (3 for 40) with no home runs, including a 29 at-bat hitless streak. Granderson was 3 for 30 with 16 strikeouts, Swisher hit .167 (5 for 30) with two RBIs, Russell Martin hit .161 (5 for 31) with one RBI and Eric Chavez finished 0 for 16 with eight strikeouts.

Can't decide between Obama and Romney? How about Lady Gaga? The Hillywood Show  gives you a taste of what a President Gaga administration might be like. Gaga 2012!

 

Finally, a Washington high school senior might be seeing his college prospects increasing after he kicked a 67-yard field goal to send Central Valley High School to overtime in its game against Shadle Park, which it won 62-55. Austin Rehkow set the state-record as time expired. According to the National Federation of High Schools Record Book, Rehkow's kick is tied for the second-longest kick in the country. Dirk Borgognone, of Reno, Nevada, holds the record with a 68-yarder back in 1985. ESPN reports that Rehkow only has a partial scholarship offer from Eastern Washington.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/lifestyle&id=8852750

That's the Trend!

10/17/2012

Binders of women, Bachelorette breakup and an epic chase

Good morning!

Forget about Big Bird! The hot internet search of the day, as well as the top parody and meme, is "binders full of women." The second presidential debate is still the big topic of the day, but the quick phrase uttered by Republican candidate Mitt Romney is the dominating online trend.  And yes, it now has its own Twitter account, @Romneys_Binder, with more than 12,000 followers before the debate ended.

On Facebook, it has nearly 20 different Facebook pages, including one with nearly 136,000 likes. The parodies started pouring in after Romney said that while he was governor of Massachusetts, he sought qualified women for his administration. Romney said he went to "a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks,' and they brought us whole binders full of women."

Here are some of the debate takeaways from the web world: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/the-internet-responds-to-the-hofstra-debate

Footage from the debate is also some of the most watched and searched for Tuesday night.

   

The mild earthquake that struck in Maine and was felt throughout the New England states is a top trend on Google. The quake caused no apparent damage or injuries, but it rattled residents throughout the region. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 4.0 magnitude quake hit around 7:12 p.m. and its epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, was about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. The quake was first estimated to be 4.6 magnitude but was later downgraded.

The Detroit Tigers used Justin Verlander's powerful right arm and the continued hitting woes of the New York Yankees to push the Bronx Bombers to the brink of elimination in the ALCS. Benching struggling  sluggers Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher in favor of Brett Gardner and Eric Chavez did little to spark the Yankees, who managed only three hits off the Tigers' ace before a rally fell short in the 9th. New York sends C.C. Sabathia (15-6) to the mound in Game 4, while Detroit counters with Max Scherzer (16-7).

Zumba instructor and alleged hooker Alexis Wright continues to be a hot search. The 29-year-old is charged with engaging in prostitution in her dance studio and in an office across the street and secretly videotaping many of her encounters. Police said she kept meticulous records suggesting the sex acts generated $150,000 over 18 months, and the state has released the names of many of her alleged clients. The list included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

One guy is trying out Taylor Swift lyrics as pick-up lines. Will any of them work?

   

It would appear that televised dating might not be the right fit for Emily Maynard. The single mom's second turn on ABC's "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" series has ended in a broken engagement. After weeks of rumors, Maynard and Jef Holm confirmed their split to People.com on Tuesday. Maynard described it as "a very difficult and heartbreaking decision." Maynard competed on the 15th season of "The Bachelor," where she accepted Brad Womack's proposal in the season finale. They, too, broke up a few months later.

You may never have wondered which of the hot smart phones out there handles a blender best, but now you have an answer.

   

Finally, it's the most epic remote-control car chase you've ever seen.

   

That's the Trend!

10/15/2012

A Record Skydive, Stolen Biebs and a Half-Court Shot

Good morning and happy Monday!

Felix Baumgartner is dominating the web to kick off the week after his historic plunge Sunday.  In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, the daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever - a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert. Baumgartner hit Mach 1.24, or 833.9 mph, according to preliminary data, and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or a spacecraft after hopping out of a capsule that had reached an altitude of 128,100 feet above the Earth.

The video of his stunt is also the top trend on YouTube, having been viewed more than three-quarters of a million times as of this writing.

  

And if you want to see it reenacted with LEGOs.

  

Arlen Specter continues to be a hot search after the longtime Pennsylvania Senator who developed the controversial single-bullet theory in JFK's assassination died over the weekend. Specter lost his battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 82.

Abby Wombach burritos is the top trend on Yahoo after the U.S. soccer star won burritos for life from Chipotle. "So chipotle today told me I was getting a gold card that I get free burritos for life," the two-time gold medalist tweeted. "Happiest day ever."

New video of Justin Bieber performing "Beauty and a Beat" that was allegedly stolen and illegally posted is tearing up YouTube, having been viewed more than 20 million times since it was posted last Friday.

  

"Gossip Girl" star Taylor Momsen is at it again, appearing nude in a new spoken word "music" video. Momsen now fronts a punk rock band called The Pretty Reckless, according to RadarOnline, and the video for "Under the Water" reportedly ends with a stark image of the super skinny Momsen stark naked.

A baby born last Thursday in Iowa is a dream alignment for numerologists. Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born on October 11 at 1:14 p.m. That means the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-11-12-13-14.

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/lifestyle&id=8847615

A dad has created a time-lapse video of the first 21 years of his son's life. Ian McLeod took a photo of young Cory every day since birth, and then compiled all 7,500 shots into the video. "21 Years" quickly went viral and has racked up more than 875,000 views.

   

Finally, a student at San Diego State University nailed a half-court shot to win a car during Midnight Madness.

   

That's the Trend!