Saturday, December 31, 2011


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Janet Jackson wins award

She shouldn't really be happy about this one though. PETA has awarded her top honors as "Grinch of the year." Janet is designing a new line of clothing for Blackglama. She refuses to denounce fur so PETA's membership has denounced her. Cameron Crowe and Kim Kardashian are also on PETA's list. Grinch

New Year--new laws

Around the country there will be 40,000 new laws that go into effect in 2012. There will be new laws dealing with the usual stuff like abortions, immigration, civil unions of gays, and protecting the young. In Utah it will be illegal to have drink specials so no more happy hour for them and in Georgia, golf carts will need new safety features if they will be driven off of the course. new laws

Monday, December 26, 2011

suitcase zoo

A man packed 247 animals into his suitcase and tried to board a plane. Luckily a scanner saw movement in the suitcase and had to investigate. Two animals were dead and others were in danger of dying during the flight. The man faces 10 years in prison for attempted smuggling of the animals. packed suitcase

Here's your sign.

This sign has been dubbed the best fan sign of the year. It comes from the Packers/Bears game on Christmas day. Don't mess with a smart woman! sign

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Rich from $1

An Australian woman played a slot machine on $1 left by someone else. She hit a jackpot of $100,000 but the casino refused to pay because of a rule stating that a person cannot win from abandoned money. The rules have been relaxed since then and the casino has handed over a check. $1 win

Lost dog returns in time for Christmas

Dogs get lost and returned all the time. This one though was thought to be dead. Stevie Oedipus Wonder was born blind and was abused and abandoned by a previous owner. Stevie was taken in by Belinda Gutierrez earlier this year. He accidently slipped out of the house one day. The landlord claimed that the dog had died but to everyone's surprise, he came home just in time for the holidays. All of this happened thanks to an animal care shelter, a teacher, and craigslist. blind dog

Baby Noel

A newborn baby was left in a box near a church in Philadelphia. She was almost thrown out with the trash but luckily was discovered in time to save her. Homer Keller, an employee of the church, was cleaning up outside and was ready to put the box in the trash when he heard a sound. He thought there was a kitten in the box until he pulled back the cover and discovered the 5-hour old baby. She's doing well but there are no clues as to who her mother might be. baby

Another big donation for the Salvation Army

Someone in Wisconsin dropped a single coin into a red kettle. That is not anything unusual until we get into the story a bit further. The gold coin is worth $1600. The Salvation Army wasn't sure at first that it was real but they were real pleased to find not only that it was real but also what it was worth. gold coin

Sunday, December 18, 2011

anonymous donation

A woman called the Salvation Army to say that she had left something "special" in one of their kettles. The surprise was retrieved; it was a $2,000 ring wrapped in a $50 bill. A note accompanied the gift which read that it was needed more by others than the original owner. ring donation

"Sister Wives" in court

Kody Brown and his 4 wives would like to return to Utah but are facing legal problems because of their plural marriage. They've filed suit against the state of Utah claiming that their constitutional rights have been violated. They testified for 1 1/2 hours; after which the judge said that he would take the case under consideration. Kody is legally married to Meri, his first wife. The other three are "commitments." Brown family

New American Idol judge

Howard Stern has joined the American Idol judges. This will probably shake things up a bit. He claims that he will be honest and tell what he really thinks. Bring on the new season!! Howard the judge

Lost toddler found

21-month-old Jason Burton wandered away from his home and was lost in the woods. He spent a night all alone with temps dropping to the 40's overnight. He was discovered by a couple of deputies. The toddler was asleep on a log. toddler

$130,000 toilet?

A company in Japan has made one. It's got 72,000 crytals plus many luxury features. At that price, I'd have to live in it. expensive toilet

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Polar Express Train wild ride

Three cars and the engine derailed on Thursday night with 370 passengers on board including 100 children. It happened shortly after leaving the Utica NY station. All of the cars remained upright and no one was injured. Santa visited while everyone waited for buses to take them back to the station. Christmas train

Lunar eclipse pictures

The last lunar eclipse until 2014 is now just a memory. View pictures.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Jeff Gordon...break dancer?

Jeff Gordon showed off some moves during "After the Lap" on Thursday night in Las Vegas. It wasn't the kind of moves you would expect from a race car driver though. Jeff agreed to do some break dancing. Watch the video.

Mindy McCready's son to be returned to his grandmother

Country music singer, Mindy McCready, has been in a custody battle with her mother over the singer's young son. After visiting her son at her father's Florida home, Mindy took the boy and went to Nashville instead of returning him to her mother. McCready was found at her boyfriend's Arkansas home hiding in a closet with her son. She feels that she has done nothing wrong. A Florida judge had issued an order to have the boy returned. Mindy McCready

Job applications can be brutal

An 18 year old looking for a job with the Brinks armored car company decided to knock on the window of a truck and startled the driver. A call was placed to police saying that it was a possible robbery and the teen was arrested. He only remained in jail a few hours and then was released. He came away a bit smarter and with a job application for the city's street department. misunderstanding

Sunday, November 20, 2011

NBC brings back The Munsters

Instead of being a comedy, it will come back as a drama with all the usual characters. NBC may be banking on the latest success of monsters in mainstream movies and television series. The Munsters

Moms cheer for football team

A small school in Michigan (215 students) has no cheerleading squad. The football team is in the playoffs and some of the moms wanted to show support for the boys. They wear a spare jersey belonging to their sons and shout cheers from the sidelines even bringing back some old cheers that haven't been heard in a while. cheering moms

Shrinking lakes in Texas show surprises

The drought in Texas has brought unexpected results. A town, grave sites, and an Indian burial ground are just some of the things that have been discovered. Because of laws against disturbing sacred burial sites, no further excavation will be done there. The other graves discovered, however, will be exhumed and moved to a cemetery. town exposed


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Beer Hunter's Express

Saturday, November 19 was the Beer Hunter's Express. Two buses full of wild women went to 5 different spots to party. They also had dinner along the way from North Country Steak Buffet. My friend, Wendy, goes every year and always has a blast. It does look like fun.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

buy a "thin" house

The definition of a thin house is one in which you can touch the walls when standing in the middle of the room. There are a number of reasons why these houses were built. See some pictures and prices here.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chase driver will not race at Texas

Kyle Busch has been sanctioned for his role in crashing Ron Hornaday in Friday nights truck race. He will not be able to drive on Sunday so Michael McDowell will be in the number 18 car at Texas. In 7th place, just 57 points behind Carl Edwards, this will probably end any chance he may have had to win the championship. Kyle Busch

Marriage on Conan O'Brien's late night show

Conan legally officiated during a marriage ceremony on his show Friday night. They were filming in New York City where same sex marriage is now legal. The show's costume designer, Scott, wed his long time partner, David. Here's wishing them a lifetime of love. Conan wedding

Cleaning woman makes huge mistake

She cleaned what she thought was a stain from a piece of art worth a million dollars. The artist was Martin Kippenberger who passed in 1997. The piece was on loan from a private collector. Now decisions have to be made...try to restore it if that's even possible...trash it...file charges. That's one thorough cleaning woman--she may get offers for jobs...she might need another one in case she has to pay for the art. That would be an expensive lesson. million dollar oops

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Justin Bieber a dad?

A young woman has come forward claiming that Justin Bieber fathered her 3-month -old son. She says that they met after a concert and had an encounter in the bathroom at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. He's denying it, of course, so we'll have to wait for the results of the DNA test. daddy Justin?

Jeremy Mayfield in trouble again.

After being banned from NASCAR for failing a drug test, Mayfield fought the ruling but has not been allowed to race again. Now he's been arrested for meth possession. Police were searching his home for stolen items when the drugs were found. He's out on bail but it doesn't look good for him. Jeremy Mayfield

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Racing loses another

Russ Wallace, father of Rusty, Kenny, and Mike, passed away yesterday. He recently suffered a stroke and passed from complications. He was 77. His work ethic and racing ability was a driving force in his children's racing careers. Russ Wallace

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Zimbabwean man says that he is in love with a donkey

This is just comical and pathetic. This poor guy says that he hired a prostitute for $25 but when he woke the next day, he was accused of having sex with a donkey. He's now claiming that the prostitute became a donkey sometime during the night and he is truly in love with the animal. A judge will decide his fate after a mental examination. love story

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

baby bear visits grocery store

Saturday a young cub wandered into an IGA in Ketchikan, Alaska. It didn't seem hungry to onlookers--just trying to hide from all the people. Someone eventually grabbed it and released it outside the store. It hasn't been seen since. Hopefully it found it's mama and has returned to the wild. visitor

LoCash loses one of their own.

Ryan 'Troop' Jones passed away recently with complications of pneumonia. He was the fiddle player in the band. My heart goes out to all those affected by his departure. Troop

Saturday, October 15, 2011

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free cookies

An airport is probably not the place you would expect to get free cookies but at an Indiana airport, that is exactly what you get. And now, late arrivals can also get cookies. At 8:30pm, the free cookies were no longer available but passengers were so adamant about their cookies that a kiosk has been set up just for them. free cookies

"Up" House re-created

The Bangerter brothers got permission from Disney to build an exact replica of the "Up" house in Herriman, Utah. Even the mailbox represents the two main characters. Herriman's population is about 20,000 and has already seen 27,000 visitors to the house. "Up" House

$6400 for a toilet?

Seriously? What could possibly make a toilet worth $6400? Apparently one that washes and dries it's user. Plus it has a touch screen for other luxuries. There's an am/fm stereo and a foot drier. When the toilet is closed, it doesn't even look like one. It opens, flushes, and closes automatically. Numi by Kohler

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Oct 8 is World Zombie Day

From 2008 to present day, World Zombie Day has been growing in popularity. Pittsburgh PA, Fort Myers FL, Dallas TX, and Asbury Park NJ are just a few places that hold zombie events. Soon there may be one near you. World Zombie Day. Here is a picture of my son TJ as a zombie.

Fluffy saves 3-year-old.

A mutt named Fluffy came to the rescue of a 3 year-old girl as she was about to be attacked by a pit bull. The two dogs ended up out in the street still fighting until a passing driver ran their car into the pit bull. The pit bull's owner took both dogs to the vet where they were both doing fine. hero Fluffy

Fake cop vs. real cop

An undercover police officer was pulled over by a man who was impersonating an officer. The fake cop was the one who ended up being arrested. He had an outstanding warrant and was taken to jail. fake cop's stupidity

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Racing video

A crash left one car ablaze and upside down. Without regard for his own safety, another driver came to his aid and he was rescued without injury. Racing can be very exciting and sometimes even the crashes but only when no one gets hurt. This one is amazing to watch. crash

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Two-faced cat

'Frank and Louie' is the name of the cat who actually has two faces. The right mouth eats but the left nose twitches along with the right one. He has three eyes but only the outer two work. Most two-faced cats live about 4 days but Frank and Louie is 12 years old. He will get his own spot in Guiness Book of Records in 2012. two-faced cat

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Shortest racing career

Matt Kenseth's wife was injured in a crash during practice for a charity race. She crashed into a pit road wall and broke a shoulder blade. She was treated and released but by her choice, her racing career is over. Katie Kenseth

Sheen and Warner Bros. come to an agreement

They have settled out of court on an undisclosed amount. Charlie Sheen has even apologized some for his actions. He said that he would've fired himself too.

Southwest boots another celebrity passenger

Leisha Hailey starred in "The L Word" on Showtime. She was on a plane with her girlfriend and they shared a kiss. For this, they were escorted off the plane. Southwest issued an apology of sorts but it seems that they have a habit of doing this over and over again. booted for kissing

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Adoption with minutes to spare

11-month old Alyssa wasn't theirs yet but they were determined to make that happen. A young mother had come into their church months before with a newborn that she could no longer care for. She willingly gave her to church members and eventually signed off her rights. After being passed around to different homes, Tracey and Marshall McClain became attached and wanted the baby to be theirs. Unfortunately, Marshall, became ill and didn't have much time left. He was a vietnam vet and wanted his benefits to go to Alyssa but that was impossible without the adoption. Under South Carolina law, if the father is known, he must also sign off rights before the child can be adopted. So, the search began. He was finally located at the Moss Justice Center in York. The McClain's lawyer didn't have 30 days to wait for a response to filing an adoption notice so he went straight to the jail to visit Alyssa's father. The father didn't even know he was one; but after some consideration, decided to sign off. From there, things fell into place. A cancellation became available on the docket, the guardian was also available, as was the woman who did the home study on the McClain's. Court documents were signed at 12:09pm. Tracey phoned home to let them know that Alyssa was theirs. Marshall McClain received the news and 8 minutes later he was gone. emotional adoption

Friday, September 23, 2011

Cheech & Chong push brownies

General Mills Fiber One Brownies have a new spokesperson--actually two of them. Cheech and Chong have signed on to promote eating healthy brownies. General Mills hopes that the duo will bring attention and sales. Chong says, "Get high on fiber." brownies

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Historic Carousel

Jane Walenta and her husband bought a carousel which was set to be parted out. They paid $385,000 and set out to restore it to it's original luster. It now stands in the DUMBO (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood. For $2, riders can enjoy views of the East River, Brooklyn, and the Manhattan skyline. It is described as a "transparent jewel box" and at night after the carousel is no longer running, there will be screens inside the pavilion that will act as a backdrop for lights shows. carousel

US Postal Service

The USPS is still debating about what to do. Will we go without delivery all winter? Or will it just be Saturday delivery that will cease? Experts say that the Post Office should be run like a business instead of making cuts if they want to remain in the black. USPS

Large snails found in Florida

Giant African land snails have been found in Florida. These snails can get up to 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. They destroy 500 different types of plants, cause damage to buildings, and can cause meningitis. A desperate search is on to find the snails and freeze them so that damage is minimal. snails

Boy found in the woods

A teenager was found wandering after walking out of the woods in Germany. He claims that he lived there for the past 5 years with his father after the passing of his mother. He speaks fluent english but doesn't know much more than his first name and where he's lived with his father for the last few years. wandering boy

Jimmie Jam in Chicago

I had the most wonderful time on Thursday, September 15. I went to the House of Blues in Chicago for Jimmie Jam. The concert included Edwin McCain and The Bodeans. The music in itself would have made for a fantastic night but to top things off, Jimmie Johnson and Michael Waltrip were there. Anybody that knows me, knows that I am a huge NASCAR fan. But I am an even bigger fan of Michael Waltrip. It was a total surprise that he was there. I luckily got him to pose for a picture with me--I was like a little kid--just giddy. Lowe's and Delta faucets were two big sponsors of the event--so grateful that they were on board.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


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The Chase

NASCAR's top 12 Chase contenders are ready to start battle next week for the Championship. Last nights race from Richmond was exciting from start to finish. Two cautions had come out before lap 9. The race went on to tie the all-time high caution record at Richmond with 15. Drivers went at each other like it was the last race of the season. On laps 9-11 only the sound of the cars could be heard as announcers and fans remained silent in honor of those who lost their lives 10 years ago. championship chase

Kyle Busch
Kevin Harvick
Jeff Gordon
Matt Kenseth
Carl Edwards
Jimmie Johnson
Kurt Busch
Ryan Newman
Tony Stewart
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Brad Keselowski
Denny Hamlin

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

retired firefighter--face of 9/11

Bob Beckwith was already retired 10 years ago when that fateful day happened. He went to help his grandson who had been hit by a car. He stayed with his grandson until the ambulance arrived then stopped by his home on his way to the hospital where he learned about the crashes. At the hospital, along with his family, he learned that his grandson would be fine. His thoughts then turned to what was unfolding at the World Trade Center. His family convinced him for two days that he shouldn't go down there. But on September 13, he learned that a friend's son had not come out yet and he decided it was time to act. He put on his old helmet, an FDNY t-shirt, and talked his way through the barricades. He helped in many ways but the most memorable was when a Secret Service Agent told him to help the "next person" up onto the rubble. That person just happened to be President George W. Bush. Instead of leaving as he had been told by the Secret Service, President Bush convinced him to stay and they had a picture taken together. This picture graced the cover of the New York Post and later Time magazine. After turning down several invitations to tell his story on national programs, Bob finally relented and began making public appearances. When offered money for these appearances, he asks instead that the money be donated to the Burn Center. Bob's story

9/11 close call

A woman was on her way to work on the 77th floor at the World Trade Center. She was running late and had an encounter with Gwyneth Paltrow. They were walking and ended up face-to-face. After doing the back and forth "dance" thing, they laughed and went on their way. When the woman got to the station to catch her train, it was just pulling out. The woman feels those few moments that made her late for the train probably saved her life and credits Gwyneth Paltrow with making that happen. She has mailed a letter to Gwyneth to let her know. life-saving "dance"

no mail this winter?

Budget problems may prevent mail from being delivered this winter. Congress is discussing the possibility of emergency funds. 3500 post offices may close; leaving 120,000 people out of work. no mail?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

kicked off plane

The lead singer from Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, was asked to leave a plane because his pants were to saggy. He exclaimed, "Don't you have better things to do than worry about that?" Then tried to take his seat but didn't make it because he was asked to leave the plane. Southwest Airlines has apologized for the incident. offensive pants

no White House visit for some NASCAR drivers

Schedule conflicts will keep some drivers from accepting the invitation to visit. There is no political undertone to any of it--they all have, what they claim, is a good reason for not going. White House snub?

Polar bear visits

A night guard on a Norwegian ship alerted the crew that a polar bear had come on board. While the crew stayed safe in the steering cabin, the bear sniffed around for about a half hour. bear visit

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Living in a box

Old metal shipping containers are being used in creative ways. Homes are being made from the used boxes. Some are just one box with just the essentials and others are incorporated into larger homes. Using the containers saves money and reuses discarded materials. examples

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kyle Busch loses his driver's license

Kyle Busch has pleaded guilty to speeding and no contest to reckless driving. He loses his license for 45 days, receives a fine of $1000, gets 30 hours of community service, and one year unsupervised probation. Bush was pulled over while driving a hand-built LFA sports car. He was doing 128 in a 45mph zone near a church and day-care.
Then he told the arresting officer that it was "just a toy." His attorney thinks he was treated unfairly. Busch incident

no apostrophe for Old Navy

Old Navy has partnered with several higher learning institutions to create sports t-shirts. Unfortunately the shirts are lacking an apostrophe and a proof-reader is probably lacking a job now. Old Navy fail

9/11...10th anniversary

The date has become famous because of the tragedy that happened 10 years ago. It is a day of grieving and remembrance. It is time to take that day back from the terrorists. A couple plans to marry on that day--for them, it will be a day of celebration. Eddie Casinover and Christine Briggs will wed on 9/11 after winning a wedding contest. Musket Ridge Golf Club decided to run the contest to shed light on the fact that most civilians are avoiding doing anything that might be a celebration on that day. I know there are many quotes out there along this thought: Forgetting our past--dooms us to repeat it. My daughter entered the military one week before that fateful day which sent me for a loop. I, for one, will not give in to terrorists and will take back my September 11 from now on. I will never forget that day or those that we lost. 9/11 anniversary

Washington Monument closed

After the earthquake on the east coast, a crack has been discovered in the top of the Washington Monument. This will keep the monument closed until further notice. It was a 5.8 earthquake but has only caused some structural damage. That can be fixed or replaced; lives cannot. I was visiting Virginia Beach last week. Looks like I left for home just in time. earthquake

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Chely Wright weds

Chely Wright marries Lauren Blitzer in a ceremony at Blitzer's aunt's house. Both wore white gowns but no veils. Barbecue was served to the 200 or so guests. A reverend and rabbi both officiated in an interfaith ceremony. wedding