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


I'm Terrie Burbs on facebook. Join me there and tell me where you were and what you were doing 10 years ago on 9/11.

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