Dude graduates college in ONE YEAR... WTF?
David Banh, an 18-year-old from Annandale, just graduated from the University of Virginia in one year. With a double major.
His college education, almost entirely covered by a patchwork of scholarships, cost him about $200. And he sold back textbooks for more than that. Now he's starting graduate study at U-Va. with a research grant.
So at this point, he's technically running a profit. He's upending two trends: Most students take longer to graduate than you might think -- about two-thirds of freshmen at four-year colleges in Virginia manage to finish within six years. And tuition gets more expensive every year.
He was helped by the fact that U-Va., as a public school, costs a lot less than most private colleges. And that the university accepted many of his Advanced Placement credits from high school; many of the most selective private schools wouldn't. As it was, he doubled up on course credits and took more physics over the summer to finish his second major.
Many professors would like students to explore and experiment in college rather than cram in as much as possible at top speed.
"He's one of a kind," said Vicki Doff, his counselor at the competitive magnet Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County. "Absolutely amazing kid academically, incredibly persistent, bright, focused and determined. His academic record was second to none. I've been here over 20 years, and I've never had a student take the course load he did in his years here." Article here.
Man jailed for putting urine in coffee at work?
There will be no trial for an Ohio postal worker accused of urinating in his co-workers' coffee. Thomas Shaheen admitted Monday that he put urine in the break room coffee pot at the Wolf Ledges, Ohio, post office branch earlier this year. Shaheen was sentenced to six months in a jail work release program.
He was also ordered to pay his co-workers $1,200 to reimburse them for the video camera they rented to help capture him in the act.
Shaheen told his former co-workers during his sentencing that he was sorry for what he did. "I just wanted to tell you I'm really sorry," said Shaheen. "I don't know what came over me. I hope you find it in your heart to forgive me. I'm really sorry, I just want to get my life over, get my life going again."
"He not only watched us drink the coffee but the majority of the shop, his own friends and fellow workers, about 20 of us all together, he would sit in the same room with people and watch them drink his sick little brew and think nothing of it," said postal worker Jene Jackson. Article here.
Sounds like one hell of a place to eat
This place really exists in New York! Click the image to see the actual menu. The founders motto: “I love burgers. I love cupcakes. That’s it.” Oh -- they also deliver, f*ckin' sweet restaurant!
Brad Pitt not Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible
Brad Pitt has been lined up to replace Tom Cruise in the next Mission Impossible film. It is a move that will make Pitt the highest-paid actor in Hollywood history.
Paramount Pictures, the company behind the franchise, ended their long-running partnership with Cruise and is planning to install Pitt in the lead role.
The firm is determined to keep the lucrative series alive after Mission Impossible:III took 398 million at the box office, with the previous episode taking 545 million.
An insider told London Lite: "MI:IV will not include Cruise's character, agent Ethan Hunt. They're considering a brief mention, saying Hunt retired to live a safe life with his new wife. They're set on Brad taking over as a gutsy new head operative who puts together his own unique team of specialists."Sources say Paramount is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Pitt on board, and is even willing to make him the highest-paid movie star in history, with a salary topping 40 million. Article here.
Steve-O masturbated on Nicole Richie? WTF?
Jackass star, Steve-O, was on the Howard Stern show yesterday and admitted that he never actually had sex with Nicole Richie, but he did jerk off on her back while she was sleeping.
He said: "She had her back to me and she was dead asleep when I rubbed the first one out. I was, like, trying to wake her up when I was rubbing one out... and ultimately I squeezed her hard enough the second two times she was totally awake. She never rolled over to face me. I was being so careful not to offend her in anyway because I wanted to be in those tabloid magazines!" When asked if he had a problem with her being too skinny, he said: "I didn't care what she fuckin' ate. I think she looks a lot damn better skinny than fat!" via
Nevermind the girls -- can you find "that guy"?
Tractor-trailer crashes into girls' bedroom
Two little girls, who apparently couldn't sleep, got out of the bed they shared less than a half-hour before a tractor-trailer plowed through their bedroom.
Cori Morgan, 7, and her sister, Shadia, 3, had left their bedroom for the living room just before the 4:30 a.m. crash, said Cerrisa Moore, whose mother owns the house.
The girls' parents, Cody Batiste and Sally Morgan, both are deaf. "When it happened, I just thought it was the rain," Batiste said through sign language interpreter Phyllis St. Cyr.
"There was a big noise, and I was puzzled," Batiste said. "Cori looked around and said the bedroom was all messed up."
Willie Edwards, a trucker for Edwards Transport of Houston, was cited for reckless driving, said Cpl. Mark Francis of the Lafayette Police Department. Before hitting the house, Edwards hit a light pole and a traffic control box. He was treated for minor injuries. Article here.
Stephen Colbert & Steve Carell = funny dudes
Both these guys are easily two of the funniest people on TV right now. Stephen Colbert is hands down the best talk show host at conducting TV interviews. Period. He’s quick at off-the-cuff jokes, and improv… plus I’m just a sucker for his type of dry humor.
An honest pre-flight announcement:
"Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to welcome you aboard Veritas Airways, the airline that tells it like it is. Please ensure that your seat belt is fastened, your seat back is upright and your tray-table is stowed. At Veritas Airways, your safety is our first priority. Actually, that is not quite true: if it were, our seats would be rear-facing, like those in military aircraft, since they are safer in the event of an emergency landing. But then hardly anybody would buy our tickets and we would go bust.
The flight attendants are now pointing out the emergency exits. This is the part of the announcement that you might want to pay attention to. So stop your sudoku for a minute and listen: knowing in advance where the exits are makes a dramatic difference to your chances of survival if we have to evacuate the aircraft. Also, please keep your seat belt fastened when seated, even if the seat-belt light is not illuminated. This is to protect you from the risk of clear-air turbulence, a rare but extremely nasty form of disturbance that can cause severe injury. Imagine the heavy food trolleys jumping into the air and bashing into the overhead lockers, and you will have some idea of how nasty it can be. We don't want to scare you. Still, keep that seat belt fastened all the same." Click here to keep reading...
Photoworthy soccer ceiling painting
Skip lines at Six Flags, if you eat a cockroach?
Some people will do anything for money. But what would you do for a free pass on a roller coaster ride? If you're willing to eat a giant creepy, crawling cockroach, Six Flags Great America has a deal for you.
The park is getting ready for their annual pre-Halloween Fright Fest. And they have this new attraction they hope will bring more visitors, but the new attraction has also gotten the attention of the local health department.
Madagascar roaches. They are about 3 inches long and look a bit different than the cockroaches we are used to seeing in the United States. But starting October 13, visitors can skip to the front of the line if they eat a live roach.
"What we're asking is that volunteers who want to eat a live Madagascar hissing cockroach will be able to go to the front of the line of their choice," said Jim Taylor, Six Flags Great America.
The park spokesman says this attraction went over so well at one park for Fright Fest last year, this fall, 12 parks will be taking part in the eat your way to the front of the line promotion.
"Our roaches are bred in a sterile environment. These are not considered pests. They are the Madagascar variety, as I mentioned. They are safe to eat," said Taylor. Article here.