Monday, August 14, 2006

Angry wife confronts husband at restaurant

There is debate if this is real or not… the girl in the video has a website, http://thatgirlemily.blogspot.com. It's a blog, supposedly written by "Emily" who during the past two weeks has discovered that her husband "Steven" is cheating on her. Coincidentally she started her blog just before all these interesting things in her life began occurring. She’s decided to get even with “Steven” by placing a large billboard near where he works with this message on it:

Hi Steven, Do I have your attention now? I know all about her, you dirty, sneaky, immoral, unfaithful, poorly-endowed slimeball. Everything's caught on tape,Your (soon-to-be-ex) Wife, Emilyp.s. I paid for this billboard from OUR joint bank account.

Emily's blog and billboard, as almost everyone who has posted about it agrees, just screams viral marketing. AtleastIhavechicken.com has summarized some of the reasons why it's probably a viral marketing campaign:

1) Emily has gone to some effort to conceal her identity;

2) Her blog is too well written (grammatically speaking) and the story unfolds a little too neatly to be real;

3) Since she started her blog, someone using the username ThatGirlEmily has been comment spamming numerous message boards. See here, and here, and here.

4) In addition to the billboard in New York (which seems to be real), an identical billboard has also been spotted in LA. The dual billboards, in my opinion, is the real clincher, because why would Emily, if she were real, pay for billboards in different cities?

I don't know who's the mastermind behind ThatGirlEmily, but here are the leading theories:

1) It's a viral created by an outdoor billboard company, to demonstrate the effectiveness of billboard advertising. (kind of like the Outhouse Springs campaign)

2) Or it's a viral for a Court TV show. Possibly Parco P.I. (this is Gawker's favorite theory)

Emily vows 14 days of vengeance. So I'm sure we'll eventually know the real story behind this. via

**UPDATE**

Confirmed that his is indeed fake. Court TV was behind the entire campaign -- it was a viral marketing campaign to promote one of its programs, “Parco P.I."

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/24/business/media/24billboard.html?ex=1311393600&en=57604bfc2c8bb89d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss

Indonesian baby girl born with TWO-heads?

Syafitri, an Indonesian baby born with two heads, sleeps in a Jakarta hospital August 10, 2006. The four-day-old baby girl weighs 7 pounds and 450 grams.

Look closely, he’s using just a tarp…

Driver gets 70 speeding tickets in 5 months

As a mortgage broker in Arizona, Francesca Cisneros is used to working with big numbers. It's the double-digit speed limits she has trouble with.

Cisneros racked up 70 speeding tickets in the last five months, a record for the Scottsdale Police Department, police said on Friday.

Speeding cameras in Scottsdale, a suburb of Phoenix, snapped pictures of the 32-year-old woman as she tore through the sun-baked city in her Honda Civic between March 2 and July 31.

"She told arresting officers she was speeding because she seemed to be late for client meetings all the time," Scottsdale Police Department spokesman Mark Clark told Reuters. "I guess she's got some time management issues."

The second-worst offender in the department's history accumulated a mere 25 tickets, Clark said. Police said Cisneros said she threw her speeding tickets away because she thought nothing could happen to her if she didn't pay them. Clark said Cisneros faces some $11,000 in fines and could have her license suspended. Article here.

Some crazy New York bike messengers:

Left-handed men get bigger paychecks?

Left-handed men, often seen as having an advantage over right-handed counterparts in sports like tennis, also enjoy much better paydays, a new study says.

Left-handed men with at least some college education earned 15 percent more than similarly educated right-handers, while those who finished college earned about 26 percent more, wrote Christopher S. Ruebeck of Lafayette College, and Joseph Harrington and Robert Moffitt of Johns Hopkins University in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

There are "several suggestive and economically and statistically significant results that suggest further support for the notion that handedness matters," they wrote. "We do not have a theory that reconciles all of these findings."

The researchers did not find a similar effect among women.


The data used for the study were hourly earnings taken from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a set of surveys including individuals aged 14-21 in 1979 who were interviewed every year until 1994 and every other year thereafter. Source.

He's dead, and he's also dead.

Jennifer Aniston and Vince are NOT engaged?

Despite what you may have heard, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are not engaged. Aniston's people says Us Weekly was wrong when they claimed Vince proposed with "a ring bigger than Brad's."
Aniston's spokesman Stephen Huvane claims:"They are not engaged. The Us story is a complete fabrication. She has no ring, there was no proposal and they are not engaged. I could not be more clear about this." Source


It looks like Us Weekly has responded by saying they are still engaged regardless of her denying it. Not sure how that's possible -- if Aniston's spokesman directly is denying the claim? WTF?

The cheap way to fix your air-conditioning

Daughter given up for sex -- for her husband?

A woman afraid of losing her boyfriend while she was recuperating from surgery arranged to have her 15-year-old daughter be his sex partner for two months.

The man and woman now face felony charges. Police said evidence against them includes a written contract signed by all three that specifies the sexual services and the "pay" the girl would get, including clothing and body piercings.

The investigation also has led to additional charges against the 37-year-old man for the alleged sexual abuse of a second girl who is younger than 13.

Michael Jon Fitzgibbon, of Muskegon, remains in the Muskegon County Jail after a judge denied bail in one of the cases. The mother is not being identified to protect the daughter, who is a victim of sex abuse and not facing charges.

The woman posted a $25,000 surety bond after her 60th District Court arraignment Tuesday on three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person 13 to 15 years old. It is a 15-year felony.

Muskegon Heights Detective Calvin Mahan said the woman "helped facilitate" a two-month sexual relationship between her boyfriend and her daughter. Mahan said the woman "was going to have some surgery and she was afraid she was going to lose her boyfriend." Article here.

Crazy & Funny Cats

iPods banned from airline flights? Noooooo!!!!!

Fly without an iPod? No way, say some lovers of the digital music players. But British authorities are banning iPods, laptop computers, cell phones and other portable electronic devices on their flights. It's feared the gizmos could be used to fashion detonators for a terrorist bomb.

Jeremy Horwitz is editor-in-chief of iLounge, an iPod-oriented Web site. He said that, for his readers, going without their iPods is tougher than going without a cigarette on a long flight.
Horwitz said having to listen to the airline's choice of music or a baby crying makes for a long, difficult flight. He said that while the ban is official in the U.K., he heard from iPod users that the portable players are also being barred at some U.S. airports.

Horwitz said he hopes the security restrictions will soon be eased to allow the media players back in the passenger cabin. Article here.