Friday, June 09, 2006

Oh shit dude, run!

iPods more popular than beer?

In a rare instance, Apple Computer Inc.'s iconic iPod music player surpassed beer drinking as the most "in" thing among undergraduate college students, according to the latest biannual market research study by Ridgewood, N.J.-based Student Monitor.

Nearly three quarters, or 73 percent, of 1,200 students surveyed said iPods were "in" - more than any other item in a list that also included text messaging, bar hopping and downloading music. In the year-ago study, only 59 percent of students named the iPod as "in," putting the gadget well below alcohol-related activities.

This year, drinking beer and, a social networking Web site, were tied for second most popular, with 71 percent of the students identifying them as being "in."

The only other time beer was temporarily dethroned in the 18 years of the survey was in 1997 - by the Internet, said Eric Weil, a managing partner at Student Monitor.

Though beer might soon regain its No. 1 spot, as it quickly did with the Internet a decade ago, the iPod's popularity is still "a remarkable sign," Weil said. "For those who believe there's an excessive amount of drinking on campus, now there's something else that's common on campuses."

However, the truth is there’s probably a real strong correlation to iPods and beer. A lot of people listen to them while drinking beer… article here.

Totally not real, but cool looking.

Overheard on the streets of New York:

Girl: He only stuck it in, so it doesn't count.
Boy: Stuck it in? Like what's that mean?
Girl: I dunno, like three thrusts, tops.
Boy: Yeah, you're a virgin still. It has to be at least five thrusts to count.
-74th St & Ditmars, Jackson Heights

Girl #1: Will you stop staring up at the buildings? You look like a terrorist.
Girl #2: Uh...
Girl #1: Tourist. I mean tourist.
-53rd & 6th

Man with facial hair: You can only really pull off a Fu Man Chu if you're a cop, a gay porn star, or a pirate.
-Virgin Records, Times Square

Chick: I hate this museum. It's filled with stuffed monkeys who all look like they're crying.
-D train at 81st St, Natural History Museum

College kid on cell: He used my razor to shave his balls....I didn't know what to do, I just stood there.
-85th & 2nd

David Letterman, on the Senate voting against the gay marriage amendment: "It was a very close vote. 43 voted 'yea.' 44 voted 'ney.' And 3 voted 'fabulous'” ("Late Show," 6/6).

Happy Jihad dude!?!

Bathroom Break

(thanks taylor)

Man speeds just to dry off his wet car

Police confiscated the car and driver's license of a Dutchman caught speeding who said he only wanted to dry his car after he had washed it.

The 27-year-old was stopped in Amsterdam driving at 68 MPH (108 km/h), 31 MPH (50 km/h) over the speed limit, police said.

"Because he did not have his driver's license with him, his clean car was confiscated until he produces it," a police spokeswoman said. Article here.

Baby Shiloh, set of pictures cost 4.1 million

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got top dollar for the first pictures of baby Shiloh- but they made the weekly celeb glossies work for it.
All the weekly magazine editors were summoned to the offices of the Getty photo agency at Canal and Varick late Saturday night. "We were sequestered into separate and un-air-conditioned offices," said one. "

The photos were shown to us around 10 p.m. to midnight, and then we had to submit bids by 6 a.m. Sunday morning. No one got any sleep at all, as it was a manic game of phone-tag to top each other's bids. I'm convinced it was Brangie's revenge on the weekly magazines." The pictures went to People for $4.1 million. Click here to see more pictures.

Teachers caught having sex in classroom

Two Florida teachers have resigned after middle school students observed them having sex in a locked classroom.

Officials learned of the trysting last month when students at Coleman Middle School, a Tampa public school, reported spotting teachers Frances Sepulveda, 30, and Bryant Wilburn, 29, getting busy.
According to an investigative report prepared by Hillsborough County school officials, one student said that he saw Sepulveda with "her pants down, bouncing up and down, and Mr. Wilborn standing and sitting behind Ms. Sepluveda."

Though there was paper covering the usually unlocked door's window, students saw through a "hole and a crack" in the paper.

After initially denying to an investigator that they were having sex in school, Sepulveda, a foreign language teacher, and Wilburn, a gym instructor, admitted to the assignations. One of the young witnesses said that Sepulveda, pictured at right, pulled her out of her following class and told her to "keep quiet and not to say what she saw." The teachers resigned shortly after being confronted about the May 22 classroom incident. Article here.

Nice dude, perfect family event...?

Gas can through window, shotgun to face?

State police are investigating a bizarre incident that left a Powell County home destroyed by fire.

The incident began at about 4 a.m. Thursday at a home on Verdin Ridge Road in Clay City. Sharon Fugate said that she was awakened when a burning gas can was hurled through a window of the home. Her boyfriend threw the burning gas can back outside and they were able to put out the fire still burning on the bed covers.

Then, they heard yelling, went out the front door and Fugate says her neighbor was standing nearby, pointing a shotgun. She says he started shooting and continued shooting at her as she and her boyfriend ran.

It was only later, after calling for help from the safety of someone else's home that she found out her house had been destroyed by fire after all.

"I don't know what I did to deserve this," said Fugate. "I don't have nothing to bring my kids to. Nothing to go back to." Fugate said her children weren't with her at the time of the fire, but she says she had hoped to bring them home next month. She also said everything she owns has been destroyed.

The fire chief showed LEX 18 some pictures from inside the house, and he said that based on the evidence he's seen, the fire looks very suspicious. State police are investigating, but so far they haven't said who, if anyone, they might be looking for. Article here.

There’s a curly hair in my coffee…

Ronald McDonald has duct tape and beads?

Nearly a week after Ronald McDonald statue disappeared from a bench outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Miramar Beach, the fast food icon was found sprawled in front of a house on Matthews Street.

Duct tape covered his mouth and Mardi Gras beads hung around his neck. A typed note taped to his chest gave few clues as to where he spent the last six days.

“I went out for a little vacation, sorry for the fuss,” the note began. “But I’m back now. I didn’t mean to cause such a problem, but maybe you should bolt me down better next time.”

A homeowner called police about 7 a.m. Friday, while neighbors gathered to have their pictures taken with Ronald. “My girlfriend was going to work this morning. She came back and she said, ‘You wouldn’t believe it. Ronald McDonald was on a mailbox two doors down,’ ” said T.J. Swafford, who brought his digital camera to the scene.

“The statue is in kind of a crucifix pose,” he added. “They put him close enough so that he looked like he was tied to the mailbox.”

A Niceville police officer arrived on scene, followed closely by city workers who loaded Ronald into a van and toted him to the police station. There, he waited in a chair for transport.

“He’s a big publicity star,” said Lt. Dave Popwell. “Every officer in the department has had his picture taken with him.”

Popwell said they were waiting for someone from McDonald’s or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, which took the theft report, to pick up the statue. In the meantime, they were leaving the duct tape on, he joked. “We left it on,” he said, laughing. “He was making too much noise.”

The note asked that whoever found Ronald to return him to the nearest McDonald’s so that he could resume his “civic duties.” It was signed, “Love, Ron.” Article here.

HEMI-Powered BBQ Grill?

Tim Kowalec built this HEMI-powered BBQ grill for Chrysler’s "What Can You HEMI?" contest in 2005. Tim’s "manly man’s barbecue grill" featured a 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI engine, and can cook 240 hot dogs in 3 minutes! Article here or click here for Hi-Res Photos.

Road Rage is caused from disease?

A new study suggests as many as 16 million people suffer from an actual disease that contributes to road rage.

A University of Chicago expert said most people think enraged drivers just need an "attitude adjustment." But experts now think there's a "biology and cognitive science" to some of the bad behavior behind the wheel.

A study released in the Archives of General Psychiatry says not everyone who leans on the horn or throws things around suffers from intermittent explosive disorder. But when it does occur, doctors say, the pattern of angry outbursts starts showing up around age 14.

According to the National Institutes of Health, which has funded research into the disorder, "people with IED may attack others and their possessions, causing bodily injury and property damage. Typically beginning in the early teens, the disorder often precedes -- and may predispose for -- later depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders."

Harvard Medical School professor Ronald Kessler said the findings are "news to a lot of people." He said even mental health specialists don't grasp that some 7 percent of the population may be affected.

I think this is totally bogus. Whatever. Article here.

Bad doggy

Saying the "F"-word costs $325,000 now

The U.S. Congress sent a bill to boost fines tenfold to $325,000 on broadcast television and radio stations that violate decency standards.

The legislation, which Bush is expected to sign, caps fines at $3 million for continuing violations. The House approved it by a 379 to 35 vote on Wednesday, while the Senate passed the measure by unanimous consent last month.

The current maximum fine is $32,500 per violation.

The legislation is the culmination of two years of lobbying for higher fines sparked by pop singer Janet Jackson, whose bare breast was briefly exposed on national television during the 2004 Super Bowl football halftime entertainment show.

Twenty CBS Corp. (CBSa.N: Quote, Profile, Research) television stations were fined a total of $550,000 for the stunt. But that penalty was a fraction of what CBS charged for 30-second advertising spots during one of the most-watched annual sporting events.

U.S. regulations bar obscene material from being aired and limit broadcast television and radio stations from showing indecent material, like sexually explicit scenes or profanity. Indecent content is only allowed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when children are less likely to be watching or listening.

Those regulations do not apply to satellite television and radio, or cable television. Some lawmakers had considered expanding the rules to include those subscription services but feared a court would find that it violated free speech rights.

Shortly after the Jackson incident, the House had passed a broad bill to raise fines to $500,000 per violation and make it easier to fine individuals who pushed the envelope on broadcast television and radio. Article here.