When I was a kid the song Strawberry Fields by The Beatles always made me cry. I have no idea why. There was just something kind of sad about it. I listen to it now and I don’t even get a little misty…but back then…I’d sob like I just fell off my bike.
According to a new poll…these are the Top 10 songs that make men cry in 2010.
1. Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.
2. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
3. Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
4. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor
5. With or Without You by U2
6. The Drugs Don’t Work by The Verve
7. Candle in the Wind by Elton John
8. Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
9. Unchained Melody by Todd Duncan (Todd sang the original version for a 1955 prison flick called Unchained. The Righteous Brothers version was recorded ten years later.)
10. Angels by Robbie Williams
I’m shocked there isn’t a Michael Bolton song on that list…but then again he’s doing enough crying for all of us!
However, before he left, he said he thought judge Bruno Tonioliwas mean to him. His exact words were, “Bruno was inappropriate and disrespectful” in his criticism of his dance the night before. What Bruno really said was, ”This is the worst jive in 11 seasons.”
Well, the producers have Bruno’s back. The show issued a statement…saying, “Bruno’s role as a judge is to give his honest opinions on the quality of the dances he’s judging, which is what he did in this case. While we respect the feelings of our celebrities and dancers, we don’t feel Bruno should be expected to apologize for doing his job.”
I actually think it’s funny that Michael Bolton wants an apology from Bruno for being offensive…especially since the WORLD still wants an apology from him for that ridiculous haircut he had in the 80′s!
The American Idol auditions are underway. Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tylerare sharing their first impressions of life at the judges table.
J-Lo says, ”I really wanna put the contestants through the wringer in the sense that I don’t want to let anybody who’s really great not go through because they’re really nervous or whatever. I think we work with them a little more than maybe you’ve seen in the past. We give them more of a chance, because we know what it’s like to be out there.”
Steven echoes that sentiment. He said ”Some of the kids are so young that I’m not sure if they can get how long it’s taken me to be successful and how many clubs I had to play and how I was judged…and how hard it was to take. They all took our criticism well. There were a lot of tears. It was kind of hard for me. But I’ll get over it.”
Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe posted a picture of himself with the new panel on Twitter. Take a closer look and you’ll notice that Randy Jackson is in Simon’s old seat, all the way to the right.
If your kids are like mine…they LOVE Silly Bandz. If you don’t know about Silly Bandz, they’re the rubber bracelets that became a huge fad with elementary and middle school kids. They come in different shapes and the kids wear them and trade them. They became so popular that even Major League Baseball got in on the act. My boys have Red Sox Silly Bandz.
Anyway…it looks like the fad is dead. Because like any fad, once the adults start joining in, the coolness factor plummets. And adults have joined in.
According to the New York Daily News, adults have started wearing Silly Bandz when they go out so they can use them to flirt.
People like them because it’s an easy way to show someone you’re interested without being too aggressive…you can just walk up and hand them one of the bracelets. It’s like a pick-up line, just without talking.
One woman told the paper, quote, “There’s no enforced etiquette about it. It’s a non-intimidating way to initiate contact . Then you can exchange numbers or Facebook pages.”
So let me see if I have this straight…single people now go out to bars, trade bracelets made for children, and keep in touch through a website made for college kids. And they make fun of married people for being lame? Riiiiight!
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the 2010 nominees yesterday.
While I’m not exactly thrilled with the list…at least it’s better than last years lame crop of contenders. Making the list this year…
Alice and his original band mates have been eligible since 1994…but this is the first year they’ve even been nominated. In case you didn’t know…when Alice Cooper started out in the late ’60s, it was the name of the band…as well as the stage name of the lead singer. So this nomination is apparently for the full, original band. Alice’s first true solo album was Welcome to My Nightmare. It was released in 1975…so Alice could have technically been inducted on his own.
Bon Jovi, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Donovan, Dr. John, Tom Waits, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex and Chuck Willis were also nominated.
Every year when the nominees for HOF come out, there’s a big debate over who should and shouldn’t have been nominated. When rappers get nominated, the debate gets even more heated.
It doesn’t seem like too many people will protest the Beastie Boys since they kind of straddled the line between rap and rock.
That leaves LL Cool J to take all the heat…and he is. If he gets in, he won’t be the first rapper in there. He’ll be joining RUN-DMC and Grandmaster Flash.
There was one pretty big snub… KISS wasn’t nominated. That’s kind of a slap in the face because last year, they got nominated for the first time. And let’s be honest…like them or not…they changed the face of music in the mid 70′s. Of course they covered the face with make-up…but you get my point!
To be eligible for induction into the HOF, an act has to have released its first record at least 25 years prior to the year in which it was nominated. That means anyone nominated now, in 2010, has to have released something in 1985 or earlier. But remember, the people from this list who make it into the HOF will be the Class of 2011.
When I posted this info yesterday on my Facebook page the debate fired right up. So let’s get it rolling here….what do you think? Who do you think will make it from this list? Who should have been nominated? Leave your comments below.
I’ve always been told that normal is boring! Are you normal?USA Today has come up with a six-question quiz to figure out what is normal versus abnormal. Here are the questions…see where you land.
1. How often do you pick your nose? The most common answers are every day or sometimes, maybe weekly. The least-normal behavior is never picking it. There should have been an option of every time I’m in the care alone!
2. Did you lie about your weight on your driver’s license? Only about three out of 10 people lie, so it’s more normal to tell the truth.
3. For women: How much time does your husband or boyfriend spend per week watching football? None is actually the most common answer. Three hours or six hours are also normal. More than 12 hours is not normal.
Thank God they didn’t ask a question about watching baseball on MLB Network or ESPN…I would have been off the charts!
4. Have you ever searched for your ex online? About three out of five people have run a search.
5. For married people: Are you still in love with your ex? Two-thirds of people are not…making that the most normal. A surprising one out of five people say they are…so I guess it’s not that abnormal.
6. Are you normal if your spouse has never seen you naked? Only about one out of 14 people think it’s normal if you’ve never been nude in front of the person you’re married to.
I don’t know how you do…but according to this test I’m VERY NORMAL. Booooooring!
Either this is the luckiest guy alive…or it’s an omen of what’s to come. Last week, a guy named Trey Turner was visiting his long-distance girlfriend, Kelsey Kramer, in Brooklyn, New York. Trey had plans to propose to her under the lights of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Unfortunately, Trey was nervous….so after he got down on his knee and reached into his pocket for the ring…it fell out of his hand. He lunged at it, but it was too late…the ring had rolled right off the side and was headed for the East River.
But that’s when Trey’s miracle happened. Instead of falling into the river, the ring fell onto some scaffolding below.
In the meantime, Trey delivered his smooth proposal…and Kelsey said yes.
Two days later, city transportation workers retrieved the ring off the scaffolding. Trey was back in Florida at that point, so one of the Department of Transportation workers got the honor of slipping the ring onto Kelsey’s finger.
They…Trey and Kelsey, not the DOT worker and Kelsey…are planning to get married next April.
That wedding can’t happen fast enough… especially after the news yesterday from the U.S. Census Bureau. They released new data which found that the marriage rate in the United States just hit its lowest point in at least 130 years!
In 2009, only 52% of Americans 18 years old and over said they were married. That’s down from 57% in 2000.
The Census has only been collecting that data since 1880…and the percentage has never been lower than it was last year. The economy is definitely a factor…people are less likely to jump into marriages when their finances and careers are so up in the air.
Combine that with the younger generation being cool with waiting into their 30s to lock it down, and you get the lowest marriage rate ever.
The Census also found that in 2009, for people 25 to 34, 46.3% were never married, and 44.9% are currently married, or had been married and are now divorced.
That’s the first time in history that the “never married” group was larger than the “married” group.
And finally…there was a pretty major mix-up on yesterday’s live season finale of Australia’s Next Top Model. The host accidentally announced the wrong winner! And she didn’t realize what she’d done until after the wrong girl gave her acceptance speech. Classic!
I think we just found the next person to do one of those Southwest Wanna Get Away commercials!
OK…I didn’t want to laugh…but couldn’t help myself!
Check out this wedding announcement: TARA WANG IS MARRYING AUSTIN DECOCK. We’re proud to report that Tara Wang and Austin DeCock of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota have announced their engagement, and will marry on October 16th.
Here are a few more details…she works as a unit clerk at a hospital. Austin graduated in 2004 from St. Johns University. The wedding is in Moorhead…and the reception is at the Dilworth Community Center.
I know…it’s immature…but c’mon that’s pretty funny. My only concern is that they’ll name their kid Harry. Meanwhile, a guy I’ve had on the air several times over the years…comedian George Lopez…and his wife Ann are getting divorced after 17 years.
They issued a statement that said,”The decision
is amicable and by mutual agreement. They remain dedicated parents, and committed partners in business and their philanthropic organization, The Lopez Foundation.”
Back in May, there were tabloid reports that George had been enjoying the talents of several prostitutes. He denied them, obviously.
If the reports are true…it’s even worse than just cheating on your spouse. If you’ll remember, Ann actually donated a kidney to George back in 2005, after he was diagnosed with a genetic condition that caused his kidneys to deteriorate.
So there’s a lesson for all you single people…make sure to include both of your kidneys in your prenup agreement.
It’s the ultimate case of irony. Last December, British millionaire, Jimi Heselden bought the company that makes Segways.
For those of you that don’t know…Segways are those motorized personal transports that look like a podium with wheels. They’ve been around for nine years and were supposed to revolutionize transportation. They didn’t.
Anyway, in a tragic twist, Jimi was riding a Segway around his massive country estate in England on Sunday…when he accidentally steered it off of a cliff …plunged 30 feet…and died. Investigators don’t suspect any foul play, and they’re looking into Jimi’s Segway to see if it was faulty.
I’m not sure it’s true but…I heard his last words were, “Remember, I’m not only the Segway president, I’m also a clie-yaaaaaaant!”
I don’t know which would be scarier…driving my Segway off of a path or being on board a plane when it crashed. Well on Sunday night, a plane carrying 64 passengers had to make an emergency landing in New York when the plane’s landing gear failed to fully deploy.
While you’re not supposed to have your phone on during take off or landing…I guess all rules are out the window in case of an emergency. One of the passengers used their cell phone to get it all on video.
The footage is pretty dark, but you can see sparks out the window when the plane touches down. And you can hear a flight attendant yelling “heads down” over and over again.
And finally…Halloween is a month away and the stores are already overflowing with candy…but this year there’s something new in the store. For generations, Peeps candies have been associated with Easter. For most of us, it’s hard to imagine Easter without chewy marshmallow rabbits that we weren’t allowed to put in the microwave.
Well, a few years ago, someone at Just Born, the company that makes Peeps, finally realized that it might help their business to make candy for other holidays too…but none of those ever really caught on.
This year, things might be different. Just in time for Halloween, there are new Peeps Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins. They’re pumpkin-shaped, covered in either milk chocolate or dark
They don’t really look all that much like a pumpkin, but for my money anything covered in dark chocolate can’t be bad!
It’s Monday, which means everyone hates their job a little bit more than usual…at least those of you that have a job!
Me? Well I’m just sitting here at the kitchen table waiting for the phone to ring. Today may actually be the day that one of the stations I’ve been talking to makes an offer that I can’t refuse.
Over the weekend someone asked why I didn’t just change career fields. After 27 years? I really can’t imagine doing anything else other than radio. A colleague suggested becoming a Program Director…which isn’t too far of a stretch I suppose. I’d certainly know how to work with a morning show, and air talent. But I’m not so sure I’m ready to put away the headphones just yet and become an accountant or something like that!
However, if you’re looking to make a drastic career change, here are five jobs you probably haven’t considered, that pay pretty well…
5. A “shot girl” in New York City. According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, girls who sell shots at bars in New York make up to 25 cents for each shot they sell, plus tips. That translates into somewhere between $300 and $600 a night.
4. Junket Operator for Chinese Casinos. If you can convince millionaires to gamble at a casino in the city of Macau, China, you can earn 1.2% of whatever they gamble. And baccarat pays 2.7%. Typically, that adds up to around $60,000 a year.
3. Pearl Diver. If you’re diving offshore, you can make up to $1,200 a day. And on a related note, oil and gas divers who work on drilling platforms…like the one that sank in the Gulf of Mexico… make up to $80,000 a year.
2. Master Sommelier. If you want to work at an upscale restaurant, and recommend certain wines to go with certain meals, just become a sommelier. Obviously you have to know a thing or two about wine, but it pays between $80,000 and $160,000 a year.
1. Submarine Cook. In Australia, a senior submarine cook with more than six years of experience earns $187,000 a year. The down side is everyone calls you Cookie…and chances are you have to share a bunk with another dude. Did I mention you’re in a submarine…for a loooong time…and you cook? It may not be long before your bunk buddy wants you to cook up something real special just for him!
Me? I think I’ll just keep looking for another morning show to host!
As my family and I prepare to move…where ever that may be…we’ve started looking at ways to scale back what we have to move. My youngest son wants to have a yard sale…but I’m not so sure. I look around the house and think what do we have that anyone would want to buy?
I think that’s what happened to Octomom, Nadya Suleman on Saturday. The sad part is she really needs the money. She’s about $7,500 behind on her mortgage, and has a balloon payment of $450,000 due in less than two weeks.
One of the items on sale was an autographed nursing bra! I don’t know if anyone bought that …but the eight little devil Halloween costumes that her octuplets wore last year went for $50. Not apiece…just 50 bucks for all of them.
Someone shelled out $50 for a refrigerator she once used for baby formula. An autographed Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey sold for $125…but it was signed by Nadya Suleman!
People could also pay 10 bucks for a photo with the Octomom…and for $100 she would throw the octuplets into the picture, too.
The sale did draw a lot of interest. It started at 10:00 A.M., and by 10:30 there were already 150 people there. Cops eventually had to close off Nadya’s street to traffic.
I don’t know how much money she raked in, but I’m guessing it was just a hair less than the 450-large she needs. I’m pretty sure that offer to do a porn is looking better and better.
From one hot mess to another…Lindsay Lohan was jailed again on Friday without bail…and released that night on appeal!
The judge had decided that he needed more time to review Lindsay’s case…so he locked her up and denied her bail. If that ruling had been allowed to stand, Lindsay would have remained behind bars until a hearing on October 22nd.
It sounds like Judge Fox wanted to give Lindsay the 30-day sentence he’d promised her for violating her parole, but he knew the jail would just spit her right back out again due to overcrowding. So instead, he refused to grant bail…meaning that she’d spend the month locked up. Then, on October 22nd, he could sentence her to 30 days, but give her credit for time served.
But Lindsay’s attorney filed an appeal before a different judge, saying that Lindsay had a right to bail. That other judge agreed. Bail was set at $300,000…and Lindsay walked.
There were two conditions, though: Lindsay has to get another SCRAM bracelet, and she has to stay out of bars. She also can’t possess drugs or associate with known drug users, and she has to submit to law enforcement searches any time and for any reason, no warrant necessary…and we all know this has worked so well in the past!
Katy Perrywas the musical guest onSaturday Night Livethis weekend…and not surprisingly, they pulled her into a sketch so they could make fun of her Sesame Street controversy.
And in case you missed it…Elmo and Grover were on Good Morning America on Friday to discuss the Katy Perry cleavage scandal. Watch the video HERE.
Wow, this week flew by! It’s hard to believe that last Friday at this time I was flying out for an interview…on two hours sleep! Maybe that’s why I wasn’t really nervous when it came time for the actual interview. I was just too punchy.
However, I don’t recommend the “no sleep” method” the next time you have an interview. There are just too many ways you can screw it up otherwise. I’m just hoping I got lucky and didn’t say something stupid enough to disqualify myself from contention!
The job placement company Accountemps just finished a survey of more than 1,400 chief financial officers who handle hiring for their companies. They asked them: What part of the job hunt do people screw up the most?
Here’s the top answer: 32% of people…just about one out of three…make the most mistakes and/or the biggest mistakes during their interview!
Resumes get the second-most mistakes. 28% of people make at least one major mistake on their resume.
Reference checks came in third, at 10%.
Not doing a proper interview follow-up is fourth, at 9%.
Messing up in your cover letter…or not sending one…is fifth, at 8%.
This guy may need to spruce up his resume. A police officer in Moncks Corner, South Carolins couldn’t resist the naughty temptation of a bikini car wash…and over the weekend, it cost him his job.
The officer drove past the Rockstar Tattoo Studio, which was holding a bikini car wash staffed by friends of the tattoo parlor, and employees from a local strip club. So he decided to do what any red-blooded American man would do in that situation…he let the ladies wash his patrol car. No harm…right? Wrong!
Unfortunately for the officer, someone took photos. Those photos made it on to Facebook…and then found their way to the chief of police.
On Wednesday, the chief announced that the officer was no longer with the department. But it gets better…it turns out one of the special ladies doing the car-washing was a deputy in the local sheriff’s department, and a tattoo parlor regular. But it turns out she’s not being disciplined, since she participated on her own free time, for charity, and wasn’t on duty. And actually, the cop wasn’t on duty either….but having his cruiser washed violated department policy.
Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, who’s out of prison and trying to reconnect with a daughter who wants nothing to do with him. Shia LaBeoufplays her fiancé, who just happens to be a young Wall Street trader in need of Gordon’s help. It’s directed by Oliver Stone, who did the first one in 1987.
The only way I’m going to see that movie this weekend is if I go today when the kids are in school. They’ve already made me promise that I’ll take them to go see Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole….an animated flick about a group of owls trying to find the mythical guardians of their world, to protect it from an impending attack.
What is it about talking animals that’s so cool? I actually think this looks pretty good too!
I’ll admit it…I’ve text messaged while driving. Not all the time…but even one time is too many. In truth, there’s no such thing as a text message that’s so urgent you have to send it while you’re driving.
The government released a study yesterday that shows the number of deaths because of texting while driving is soaring.
In the three years from 2005 to 2008, the number of fatalities from texting while driving went up 28%…from 4,572 deaths to 5,870.
To put that number in perspective, 5,870 deaths would be the equivalent of a plane crashing every single week!
The study also found that drunk drivers are actually lessinhibited and distracted than drivers who are using cell phones or texting. So please, stop texting while you drive. Because it’s extraordinarily dangerous. Really…your friend can wait to find out their message made you LOL. You certainly don’t want them to get a text later saying that you were DOA!
Dancing with the Starssure didn’t waste any time capitalizing on Bristol Palin’s family ties.
E! Onlinereports that Bristol and her partner, Mark Ballas, are currently in the Palins’ hometown of Wasilla, Alaska filming some “homecoming” footage. Naturally, the assumption is that momma grizzly, Sarah Palin will be featured in the montage.
Mark even posted a fun picture on Twitter of him posing with Sarah. The caption is: “Me and Mama Palin . . . Alaska is awesome.”
I guess it was sort of inevitable that the show would do something like this…but it’s funny that they didn’t waste any time at all getting to it. Especially since Bristol danced just well enough to think she’ll be sticking around for a while.
It was the worst kept news since the final scene in Titantic…but American Idol FINALLY announced their new judging panel yesterday. As rumored it will be Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler…and his big lips, alongside singer/actress Jennifer Lopez…and her delicious booty…teamed up with everyones favorite hip uncle, Randy Jackson.
Despite having all the time in the world to set this thing up, there were technical problems with the live online feed. Some streams weren’t working at all, and others broadcast without sound for most of the introductions.
If you missed it, or just want to relive the magic…watch it with sound HERE!
There’s no official word on the contract terms, but the word is that Steven will get $18 million and J-Lo will be paid $12 million for one season. By the way, it turns out that FOX did give Jennifer the ”first-look” deal…meaning that she will be developing film and TV projects, and FOX has the first right of refusal on those projects.
With the announcement yesterday, we can expect the “Aersomith is breaking up” rumors to start. Steven addressed that issue during the press conference following the big announcement. Hear what he had to say HERE.
Perhaps the biggest news is that Jimmy Iovine, the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records, will be serving as an in-house mentor to the contestants. Essentially, he’ll be grooming his own future talent, because Idol recently switched their label partnership from Sony to his label.
Jimmy will basically be Simon’sreplacement in the sense that he’ll be the contestants’ harshest critic. His official title is American Idol’s music czar.”
Jimmy’s arrival also means there won’t be a need for guest mentors every week. However, they said the door would still be open for artists who express interest in coming on the show and offering the contestants feedback.
Along those lines, the show is also moving away from one-artist theme weeks. They want to start allowing contestants to grow within their strongest genre. So now the country singer doesn’t have to sing rock, and the rock singer doesn’t have to sing Celine Dion! THANK GOD for this change! Producers say that the music choices will still be focused a little, but by things like decades.
I have to tell you…I’m excited about the new season. I think it was a smart move by the producers of Idol to tweak things a bit, and go out and get some big name talent as judges. These are both performers that have been there and done that. Both have highs and lows in the business and should have solid advice for would-be stars.
Now let the arguing begin on which is bigger…Steven’s lips or J-Lo’s booty!
Kids shouldn’t be allowed to use
Facebook. Here’s why…a 14 year-old girl in England, scheduled her birthday party for October 7th.
To invite her friends, she posted her party as an event on Facebook.
There was only one problem…when she set up the party, she forgot to uncheck the box that says “anyone can view and RSVP.” So suddenly, random people started RSVPing to the party. Then their friends saw it and started responding. And before she knew what the heck was happening…21,000 people around the world had signed on to attend her 15th birthday party.
Obviously not everyone was going to attend…but it freaked out the kids mom! She cancelled the party, took away the girls Internet privileges, and called the police…because even after she took the invitation down, people re-posted it and pledged to show up for the party on October 7th.
Which reminds me…I have to book my airfare today.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Ashton Kutcher is a DB! True to its word, the Startabloid printed text messages yesterday that Ashton allegedly sent to a 21-year-old woman he nailed behind Demi Moore’s back.
Here’s a quick recap if you’re coming late to the party…Ashton met Brittney Jones when he went bowling with Demi and the girls in July. She slipped him her number, and he started texting her.
Among his texts was the classic, “What are u wearing now?” Now in his defense here…it may be unoriginal, but it’s a classic because it works! But I digress….
Anyway, more importantly, they arranged a little “alone time” at Ashton and Demi’s house….while Demi was away filming a movie. Word on the street is that they ended up doing it on a couch…and just in case you don’t know…ALWAYS believe the word on the street!
For a month afterward, they kept texting. In one exchange, Brittney asks Ashton when he’s going to have an empty house again. He replies….”Not sure maybe the end of the month.”
Here’s a picture of Brittney. Not exactly ugly…but she’s no Demi Moore.
Here’s my question: why do you cheat on Demi Moore?
Ashton is living the DREAM! He’s married to a HOT woman. She’s smart, she’s famous, she’s rich…and did I mention she’s DEMI MOORE…and she’s HOT?
Oh, and in case you didn’t know…Ashton and Demi’s fifth anniversary is tomorrow. Maybe she’ll give him a new cell phone!
I guess if things do go south in the relationship they could hire this guy.
I’m not exactly sure where my job search is going to end up taking me…but I’m certain that it won’t be South Bend, IN. If you look closely at this sign you’ll see why! However, I can’t help but wonder what the number one reason is! Any guesses?
The craziness of Christmas has already started at my house. Now that school has started my boys are talking to other kids about all of the latest “really cool” stuff!
Despite my argument that we haven’t even celebrated Halloween yet, they’ve already started compiling a list of things they want this Christmas.
And they’re not the only ones…Toys “R” Us just released their list of Hottest Toys for Christmas! Here’s a few of the things you can exect to see on your kids list this year:
* Cuponk. Cuponk is a cup, and you try to bounce a ping pong ball into the cup. Yes, a cup. It’s literally just a cup. Oh, and it lights up when the ball lands. It sells for $15.
* Disney Princess & Me dolls
* Toy Story 3 Tri-County Landfill playset
* Imaginext’s remote-controlled, talking Bigfoot the Monster
* Sing-a-ma-jigs. These are dolls that sing when you squeeze their belly.
American Idol will finally announce the judges for the new season this afternoon at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific.
Of course Ryan Seacrest will introduce the new panel, which EVERYONE in the world believes will be Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, and my dawg, Randy Jackson. The obligatory press conferencewill follow. You can watch it live right HERE.
I’m pretty sure this guy is too old to audition for Idol…but I’d still love to see the judges faces as he sang! His name is Guy Daniel Francis and he does a thing online called Tourette’s Karaoke. He really does have Tourette’s syndrome. Here he is singing a profanity-laced version of the R.E.M. song Losing My Religion. Beware: LOTS of F-bombs!
Thank God for Internet search engines because I have two boys that ask alot of questions…and I usually have no idea what the answer is.
While I’m not the smartest guy in the room, I am savvy enough to say, “Let me think about that for a few minutes.” Then I run off to the computer and come back with the answer…and look brilliant! Consequently, Jack and Nick think I’m a LOT smarter than I really am.
However, there are questions that even a search engine can’t answer. The website Ask Jeeves launched 10 years ago. They eventually got rid of the Jeeves thing and became Ask.com…and while they only get a fraction of the web traffic Googlegets…over a billion people have asked a question there.
So they compiled a list of the top 10 most common “unanswerable” questions that people have asked in the past decade. Here are the 10 most common questions that they just can’t answer:
1. What is the meaning of life? 2. Is there a God? 3. Do blondes have more fun? 4. What is the best diet? 5. Is there anybody out there? 6. Who is the most famous person in the world? 7. What is love? 8. What is the secret to happiness? 9. Did Tony Soprano die? 10. How long will I live?
Sigmund Freud said that every guy really just wants to have sex with his own mother. Ummm…I don’t know about you…but NOTHING could be further from the truth! This new study tends to agree a little more with me than the good doctor…but not completely.
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that a man is more attracted to a woman if he takes a quick look at a photo of his mom right before he meets her. It works for women too. A woman was more likely to be attracted to a man if she took a quick look at a photo of her father beforehand.
The main reason is that when we have one of our parents in mind, we tend to look for his or her qualities in the new person we’re meeting. And yeah, we can’t help ourselves, we’re just attracted to those qualities.
It doesn’t make a ton of sense biologically though. In theory, we should want to date someone who looks nothing like our parents because of our strong, built-in desire to avoid incest.
But according to the guy that did the study a lot of data in social psychology suggests that seeing a resemblance to our parents tends to facilitate attraction between people.
So what this means for my single friends is that next time you’re out, take along a photo of mom or dad. So at 3:00 A.M. when you’re deciding whether or not to take a questionable person home, glance at the picture and you’ll find a whole new set of women or men attractive!
Of course if my mom looked like Katy Perry then it might be a different story! Katy did a guest appearance on Sesame Streetand sang a cleaned-up version of Hot N Cold with Elmo…which would be fine and not very noteworthy, except that she was sporting massive cleavage…and in several scenes, she’s running…and her boobs are bouncing like CRAZY! Take a look.
And now, the obvious question: Is Katy’s outfit appropriate for Sesame Street? In my opinion…not unless all of a sudden Sesame Street has tramps walking, or in this case running, the streets.
Hey c’mon, you know me…I’m no prude…but these are little kids that emulate people they see on TV. If this had been the VMA’s or the Grammys…then no problem. But it’s Sesame Street…put on a shirt!
Of course let me know when you’re gonna wear that dress on grown-up TV ’cause that’s some MUST SEE TV right there!
I couldn’t care less about a movie stars birthday…unless it’s one of my all-time favorites…Bill Murray. Bill turns60 today…but it’s also memorable for Bill because today marks the 40th anniversary of his arrest for drug trafficking!
The story goes like this. . . Bill was arrested for trafficking pot on his 20th birthday. He was at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, waiting to board a plane to Denver, when he jokingly told another passenger that he had bombs his luggage. A ticket agent overheard him, thought he was serious, and alerted federal agents.
They didn’t find any bombs in his luggage, but they did find five, two-pound bricks of pot, that were valued at $20,000. Bill, who was a pre-med student at Regis University in Denver, ended up pleading guilty to a possession charge and getting five years’ probation. He dropped out of school not long after that.
The funny thing is that Chicago vice cops were actually at the airport looking for him, because they had received a tip that he was going to be trying to bring some weed back to Denver with him.
That story makes this scene from Caddyshack all that much funnier!
Man I love me some Bill Murray! Caddyshack has to be one of the greatest of all times. As a matter of fact I’m going to go watch it right now. In the meantime, feel free to leave your comments…and look for another Straight From The Fox Hole tomorrow.
What a great weekend! So before I get to today’s ramblings…I’d like to thank all of you that sent me e-mail, made Facebook posts, or left comments here on the site wishing me luck on my interview this past weekend.
It was fun for me to check my messages and see you speculating where in the world I might be, and to read your kind words. Thanks to all of you for being so supportive. My family and I appreciate that more than I could ever express.
I’m still not going to tell you where I was until I know for sure that’s where we’re going…but when I have it all nailed down you’ll be among the first to know. However, that picture above is a clue!
OK…on with the blog.
I did something this weekend that I’ve never done in my life. I ate pizza for breakfast! I thought it was a better choice than a hot dog with mustard and onions from Nathan’s Famousthat I saw another guy shoving in his mouth at the airport in Charlotte. Still it just didn’t feel right for a guy that tries to watch what he eats and pay attention to his health.
However, I don’t feel so bad about it this morning after reading about Mark Haub…a nutrition professor at Kansas State University. He wanted to prove that losing weight can make you healthier…no matter how you lose it.
So he game up with a plan…not one that any doctor or nutritionist would approve of…but a plan that actually worked. He lost 13 pounds in less than a month, he dropped his bad cholesterol, and increased his good cholesterol by sticking to this diet:
Breakfast: A Little Debbie snack cake or a Twinkie, plus sugary cereal with milk.
Lunch: The same thing.
Afternoon snack: More Twinkies or cakes, plus a hot dog or Doritos.
Dinner: Low-calorie vegetables and milk.
Late night snack: More Twinkies or cakes.
Even though most of that is just sugar and chemicals, all added up, he ate fewer calories each day than he’d need to maintain his starting weight. So, very gradually, he’s dropped pounds and become healthier. He says the key to his diet is restraint. Junk food tastes good…but you have to keep the portion size under contol.
Really? That’s it? Well DUH! That’s the key to eating healthy too. Mashed potatos with grave taste REALLY good. I can only have one portion…even though I’d like the whole BOWL. He said he isn’t promoting this as an actual diet plan, but just wanted to show there are alternatives to weight loss.
However, with that thought in mind I’m going to the store later and stocking up on Snickers, ice cream sandwiches, and potato chips.
The downside to that diet is that you’ll probably need to go and buy new jeans. If you do…DO NOT WASH THEM! According to guy in charge of brand concepts and special projects for Levi Strauss, the best way to take care of your jeansis to rarely ever wash them.
He says that denim really does shape to people’s bodies, and when you wash jeans you lose some of that shape. The less you wash them the better the jeans become. He also says that when you put jeans in the washing machine, it agitates the denim and makes the fibers swell and bloom. That causes the yarn to tense up and shrinks the jeans.
So how are you supposed to keep them from becoming disgusting and gross? Spotclean spills with a damp sponge and then hang them in the bathroom so that when you take a shower, they get a little steam to freshen them up. Then every six months do a deeper cleaning. He says to fill your bathtub about six inches high with room temperature water, adds two tablespoons of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Liquid Soap…then lay a pair of jeans flat in the water…let them soak for 20 minutes, and hang them to dry…
preferably in the sun.
Here’s someone that may be doing a lot of laundry very soon…in prison!Lindsay Lohan admitted on Friday when she Tweeted: ”Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result. Substance abuse is a disease, which unfortunately doesn’t go away over night. I am working hard to overcome it and am taking positive steps forward every single day and doing what I must do to prevent any mishaps in the future. This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I’m prepared to face the consequences.” She added, ”I am so thankful for the support of my fans, loved ones and immediate family, who understand that I am trying hard, but also that I am a work in progress, just as anyone else. I am keeping my faith, and I am hopeful. Thank you all!!!”
No one is sure what she tested positive for, but TMZ says it was cocaine. They also say that she may have failed more than one test.
The judge warned Lindsay that a dirty test would land her back in jail for 30 days….but he hasn’t called Lindsay in for a hearing yet, so we don’t know what he’s going to do. The good news is that if she has to go back to rehab she gets a family discount at her father’s new rehab center!
Hopefully you drive one of these cars. Cars.com had their mechanics come up with a list of cars they HATE…because they never break down. And even when they do break down, it doesn’t cost much to get them fixed. Here are the best in each category:
SEDANS: The Toyota Camry and the Toyota Corolla. Mechanics also hate the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord because they last forever, and any problems are usually easy to diagnose and fix.
HYBRIDS: The Toyota Prius is just as cheap to fix as any other Toyota, except for the hybrid components. Most mechanics don’t make any money on the Prius though because right now, the only place you can get the hybrid parts fixed is at a registered Toyota dealer. If you want to buy American, the only model that come close to the Japanese when it comes to reliability is the Ford Fusion Hybrid.
MINIVANS: Minivans are less reliable in general, because they’re bigger and have more parts that can break. But mechanics say the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey are the cheapest and easiest to maintain.
ALL-WHEEL-DRIVE AND SUV’S: When it comes to SUV’S, mechanics make the least amount of money on the Honda CR-V and the Honda Element. For all-wheel-drive cars, they make the least amount on the Subaru Impreza and Subaru Forester.
BREAKING NEWS…this just in! No one cares about The Apprentice…especially now that they’re back to casting non-celebrities. An estimated 4.7 million people tuned in forseason premiere Thursday night. Compare that with the 8.27 million people that watched last season’s premiere of the Celebrity Apprentice that Bret Michaels won.
Here’s a clip from the premier.
Yeah…I won’t be watching either. I gotta catch up on my sleep!
It takes a special kind of person to travel hundreds of miles to show up at an American Idol audition…take this one for example…
Well now you can save the airfare and just use the Internet to film yourself being a jackass in your bedroom at your parents’ house. The brain trust at American Idol are accepting audition videos on MySpace from now through October 6th.
The videos can’t be longer than 40 seconds, and you must perform a song, acappella, from an approved list. And you have to be between 15 and 28 years old. If you’re good enough…or must likely, if you suck enough…you’ll be given the opportunity to audition live in front of the judges, whoever they end up being.
Here’s my real problem with all of this…American Idol presents an image of being cool, hip, and on the cutting edge of discovering new talent. If that’s true, then why the hell are they on MySpace? That’s the vast wasteland of social media. There’s nothing there except virtual tumbleweeds. Everyone is on Facebook and Twitter.
FOX better hurry up and make the official announcement about some new judges or they’re going to lose those of us holding out hope that they can re-invent this show without Simon Cowell.
While American Idol isn’t using Facebook….everyone else is. Which brings me to this: I don’t need to know every time you go poop! That’s just too much information…so don’t feel the need to share that news with me on Facebook.
As a matter of fact there are several thing you should keep to yourself when posting on the worlds favorite social media network. With their questionable new privacy settings, you never know who’s going to be able to see what you post…so here are five things you should NEVER reveal.
1. YOUR BIRTH DATE AND PLACE. Believe it or not, with this information, identity thieves could predict most…or even all…of your Social Security number.
2. VACATION PLANS. Review Tuesday’s blog for more on this one…but posting “I’m going to Hawaii!” is a GREAT way to get burglars to your house. So just post photos when you get back instead.
3. YOUR HOME ADDRESS. About 40% of people list their home address on social networking sites. And 60% say they have “friends” on those sites that they don’t know personally. That’s a pretty dangerous combo.
4. CONFESSIONS. Don’t talk about how you hate your job, that you lie about sick days, or that you smoke reefer. Employers now include Facebook as part of their background checks, and 8% of companies have fired someone over social media.
5. PASSWORD HINTS. Your online banking, credit card, 401K and other websites probably had you give a password hint…info only you would know. So make sure not to post things like your mother’s maiden name or your first pet’s name on Facebook.
I pray to God that one of these guys isn’t flying the plane tomorrow when I fly out for my interivew! The Boston Herald filed a request with the FAA and got medical records data for pilots from the past three years. They found that since 2008…15 pilots have been treated for or diagnosed with schizophrenia.
292 pilots have attempted suicide. The most famous case was four months ago when a JetBlue pilot threatened to “harm himself in spectacular fashion” just an hour before he was set to take off.
2,700 pilots have been treated for alcohol abuse, and 1,253 have been diagnosed as alcoholics.
1,377 pilots have been treated for drug abuse, and 94 have been diagnosed as drug addicts.
87 pilots were treated for or diagnosed with sexual deviance, including pedophilia, voyeurism, or fetishism.
23 pilots have been treated for or diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, 80 for major affective disorders including bipolar disorder, and 2 for paranoia.
Added up, that’s 5,923 pilots who’ve been treated or diagnosed!
I’ve decided if this interview doesn’t go well tomorrow, perhaps I can get a job delivering room service to Megan Fox.
No Straight From The Fox Hole tomorrow since I’ll be busy trying to convince someone to pay me ridiculous sums of money to do perform a morning show each day on their radio station. However, check my Facebook page and/or Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.