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October 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!


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.



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.


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.


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!


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!


Horses and Bayonets, Apple and Hunter Pence

Good Morning!


After last night’s final debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, "horses and bayonets" is one of the top trends on the internet and on Twitter for Tuesday. The heavily searched term, is from President Obama’s response to Mitt Romney’s remarks about the navy being “smaller than any time since 1917”. Obama responded by saying, “You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed.”

 While the debate as a whole didn’t break any records on twitter (only 6.5 million tweets, compared with 10.3 million tweets in the first debate and 7.2 million in the second), analytics from Topsy, the term “horses and bayonets” was mentioned on twitter nearly 60,000 times in one minute.  According to the Huffington Post, the Obama campaign capitalized on the heavy traffic by buying the search term “Bayonets”. 

Immediately following Obama's comments, a Horses and Bayonets Tumblr was created.

If you missed any of the debate last night, you can catch the full transcript here.  

Lance Armstrong is also another heavily searched topic on the web this morning, after he was stripped of his Tour de France titles.  As of Monday night, Armstrong’s twitter profile still mentioned that he was a 7-time Tour de France winner from 1999-2005, however early Tuesday, his bio simply reads: “"Raising my five kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can." 


Many people are also anticipating Apple’s announcement this afternoon. CEO Tim Cook will hold a presentation at 1 p.m. Eastern Time in San Jose, California. Analysts are expecting him to unveil a smaller iPad, which will measure about half the size of a regular tablet. This would make the “iPad mini” a direct competitor against Amazon’s Kindle and Google’s Nexus 7.  While Apple has not said anything about the device, the price is expected to range anywhere from $250-330.


Another topic that is being discussed this morning are the San Francisco Giants, who shut out the Cardinals 9-0 last night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons. One of the most-talked about moments from the game is Hunter Pence’s three-run double. Pence’s bat broke and hit the pitch a total of three times. If you missed the hit, you can watch it here.

That's the Trend!


Lance Armstrong, Taylor Swift and Picking Up a Girl at the Gym

Good morning!

Lance Armstrong is the hot topic of the morning after being formally stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's government body.  

 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

The decision follows a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his times.   "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling," International Cycling Union President Pay McQuiad said.  The decision has been met with a lot of reaction on Twitter.

The NFL is buzzing this morning after another Sunday of close games.   Pittsburgh and Green Bay are leading the searches their victories.  The Steelers overcame mistakes to earn their first road victory in Cincinnati to move into second place in the AFC North.   Green Bay looks ready to roll after thumping St. Louis, 30-20.  For Jets and Giants fan, it was the tale of agony and ecstasy.    The Jets rallied to take a 4th quarter lead on New England, only to lose the game in overtime, 29-26.   The Giants overcame a late Redskins touchdown with an Eli Manning to Victor Cruz 77-yard pass to win 27-23.

Two notable deaths are being talked about.  George McGovern, a progressive leader among Democrats for many years, died at the age of 90.   McGovern lost a bid to become president in 1972 to Richard Nixon.   The Watergate scandal, a bungled attempt to wiretap the offices of the Democratic National Committee, happened during the campaign.   The South Dakota senator tried to make an issue of it, but it was too late to save his campaign from its own missteps.   McGovern lost in one of the worst landslides ever.  Nixon ended up resigning two years later.

Bollywood fans are mourning the loss of filmmaker Yash Chopra, the King of Romance.  He was admitted to the hospital last week with dengue fever.  Chopra had been improving, but took a sudden turn for the worse and suffered multiple organ failure.  He was 80.   Chopra made 22 films, the last of which will be released later this year.   He had planned to retire after finishing Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

Kim Kardashian, who always seems to be trending, is a hot topic this morning after writing on her blog that she dresses better when boyfriend Kanye West is around.  Must be true love.   Kardashian is off to Italy to celebrate her 32nd birthday.

(Courtesy Kim Kardashian's blog)

Singer Adele is trending after word came out over the weekend that she welcomed a baby boy with boyfriend Simon Konecki.    Adele had announced last June that she was expecting.   The exact birth date and the baby's name have not been revealed.

Taylor Swift is literally red hot this morning on Twitter with the release of her new album, Red, and an appearance on Good Morning America.

Speaking of Taylor Swift, a new Breaking Bad parody of her song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" has gone viral.   This one is called "We Are Never Ever Gonna Cook Together."


A new Kids React video has gone viral.  In this one, kids are reacting to the 2012 Election.


Here we have an example of how to pick up a girl at the gym.


And finally, the first steps from a panda cub at the San Diego Zoo.


That's the trend!

Have a great day,






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.


That's the Trend!


Darth Vader's wife, A-Rod's bikini model and compost-powered cars

Good morning!

Herman Melville's classic novel "Moby Dick" was published for the first time 161 years ago, and Google is celebrating with a Doodle honoring the occasion. The search engine's tribute to Melville's best known work depicts a scene from the book where Captain Ahab commandeers a boat to strike at the huge whale, and it's also the top trend ON Google.

In the strange news department, "Darth Vader's wife" is the top search on Yahoo after an Englishman was arrested for punching the Dark Lord of the Sith's wife in the face. Ikbal Hare, 35, is charged with assault after he confronted Darth Vader because he believed the Jedi was canoodling with his wife. He took a swing at Vader and missed, striking his wife in the cheek before fleeing the scene. And oh yeah, Darth Vader used to be named Mark Nokes, but he legally changed his name years ago.

A feud is developing in the music world between rock legends Van Halen and boy band One Direction. The two groups have been trading insults and reportedly got in a nasty verbal altercation Tuesday night in England. Bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie's 21-year-old son, tweeted that the five members of One Direction somehow insulted him and Creed guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garrett Whitlock in the lobby of a hotel. The Twitter rant went like this:

"Fun fact: Was just insulted by that -----y boy band #OneDirection in the lobby of our hotel this morning! Greetings Birmingham!"

"No joke. That ACTUALLY HAPPENED. That group of kids in #OneDirection were d-------- to @IIEROCKII @GWDrums and I"

"They must call themselves that because all of their hair points in #OneDirection"

Whitlock added: "Had a run in with some boy band in the hotel lobby. no worries. I can’t take a insult from someone who doesn’t even write there (sic) own tunes."

So far, no one from One Direction has responded to the Tweets or addressed the incident, but the band's fans shot back by saying they have no idea who Wolfgang Van Halen is.

The Gregory Brothers continue their autotune series in one of the day's hottest videos. This time, they're taking on the Town Hall debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.


In other entertainment news, rapper Eminem is now 40 years old, Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green welcomed son Noah Shannon Green on September 27 and "American Horror Story" launched its second season, "Asylum," to great fanfare Wednesday.

To counter Felix Baumgartner's historic and record-setting skydive from the edge of space, Conan O'Brien set to break another record, this one for the world's shortest freefall. Watch as a daredevil drops a devastating four inches and into the record books.


Alex Rodriguez just can't seem to get any good press these days. The struggling Yankees slugger was set to be benched again Wednesday night before rain benched everyone in the team's must-win ALCS game against the Tigers. But the real criticism comes from the news that after he was taken out in the 8th inning of game 2 at Yankee Stadium, the highest paid player in the game was still trying to score. A-Rod reported wrote a note on a ball and had it delivered to two cuties sitting behind the dugout, even while the Yankees were losing and trying to mount a comeback. Now, there is a face to one of the women, and it turns out she is a bikini model. That has sparked a huge internet search for Kyna Treacy, 33, who started her own line of barely-there swimsuits called Kini Bikinis.


Next up, an extremely rare 15-foot oar fish was caught on camera off the coast of Mexico. Even the locals had no idea what kind of fish it was.


Finally, the Onion skewers the popular TED Talks series with a vision of the future - one filled with compost-powered cars.


That's the Trend!


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!


Presidential Mashups, Hulk Hogan's sex tape and a single Scarlett

Good morning!

It was just another Manning Monday for the Denver Broncos. After a nightmare first half that saw the San Diego Chargers jump to a 24-0 lead, Payton Manning engineered his greatest comeback as a Bronco. He completed 13 of 14 for 167 yards and three touchdowns in the second half as the Broncos wiped out the deficit and then some to win 35-24. Manning's counterpart, Phillip Rivers, had a meltdown, throwing four interceptions - 3 in the fourth quarter and 2 returned for touchdowns - and fumbled the ball away twice in the loss. Both teams are now 3-3 and sit atop the AFC West.



One other trending sports story is the Giants evening the NLCS against the Cardinals at a game apiece. The Giants, powered by a four-run fourth inning, beat the Cardinals 7-1 in game 2. The series heads to St. Louis for game 3 tomorrow. The Yankees try to get one in the win column tonight, when they play at Detroit in game 3 of the ALCS.


Trending already is round 2 of the Presidential debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney at Hofstra University. Romney's first debate performance dramatically shifted the momentum in the race, moving Romney from fading in the polls to charging ahead toward the finish line. For Romney, tonight's debate means be the same guy as the first one. For Obama, he faces a hurdle of trying to overcome the perception of being an empty chair in the last debate. Live coverage begins on 7online at 8:00 p.m. The debate begins at 9:00 on Channel 7, 7online and the Eyewitness News iPad app.  


And if you're not sure who will win the battle of words, get a head start by check out the epic rap battle. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama square off in one of the day's most viewed videos. More than 1.5 million views is pretty viral.


And if that's not enough presidential mishmash for you, check out the candidates dub-singing Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold."


Also buzzing this morning is the death of three-time BMX world champion Kyle Bennett. He was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning near Houston, Texas. Bennett, who was 33, was part of the first-ever U.S. BMX Olympic team in 2008, but did not reach the medal round of the Beijing games.


Hulk Hogan has filed a pair of lawsuits of the sex tape that showed up online. Hogan, 59, said he had consensual sex with Heather Clem about six years ago in the home she shared with her husband, Todd, but did not know he was being recorded. The video showed up on Gawker, a gossip website. Hogan is seeking $100-million in the case, suing Gawker and the Clems. He also wants rights to the video.

If you can sit through it, many people are watching a YouTube video on the history of quantum mechanics. Turns out it all started with a light bulb.


Scarlett Johansson is back on the market. People magazine reports that Johansson and advertising executive Nate Taylor went their separate ways last week. The couple dated for about a year.


Meanwhile, Katie Holmes is apparently telling pals that she is done dating actors, according to RadarOnline.com. However, Holmes, who divorced Tom Cruise, says she is not in a hurry to jump back into a serious relationship just yet. She isn't even dating, but RadarOnline says Holmes is being introduced to a lot of artists. Hmmm.


Finally, did you ever wonder what San Francisco would look like if it was completely deserted?


That's the Trend!


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.


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!