Tuesday, October 31, 2006

John Kerry serenades the mother f'ing snakes

Oprah gives away $300,000 to entire audience

Oprah Winfrey has famously given members of her audience new cars, paid off their debts and fulfilled their wildest dreams. Now she's given them what she calls the "gift of giving back."

On a show that aired Monday, Winfrey gave more than 300 audience members $1,000 debit cards sponsored by the Bank of America to donate to a charitable cause.

Winfrey called the show her "favorite giveaway ever". "I can honestly say that every gift I've ever given has brought at least as much happiness to me as it has to the person I've given it to," the 52-year-old talk-show host said. "That's the feeling I want to pass on to you."

People can give the entire sum to one person -- relatives aren't eligible -- or they can split it among charitable causes. Audience members also received a DVD recorder to tape their stories for a future show.

"You're going to open your hearts, you're going to be really creative, and you're going to spend it all at once on one stranger or spend a dollar on every person," Winfrey said. "Imagine the love and kindness you can spread with $1,000." Article here.

The yearbook editor must of missed this one:

Safest & Most Dangerious Cities in the U.S.

The Safest Cities in the U.S. (via)
1.)Brick Township, NJ
2.)Amherst, NY
3.)Mission Viejo, CA
4.)Newton, MA
5.)Troy, MI
6.)Colonie, NY
7.)Irvine, CA
8.)Cary, NC
9.)Greece, NY
10.)Coral Springs, FL

The Most Dangerious Cities in the U.S.
1.)St. Louis, MO
2.)Detroit, MI
3.)Flint, MI
4.)Compton, CA
5.)Camden, NJ
6.)Birmingham, AL
7.)Cleveland, OH
8.)Oakland, CA
9.)Youngstown, OH
10.)Gary, IN

Something in this picture is not right, ;)

Dude tries to scare Halloween treaters, dies?

A man died after his head slammed into the side of a trailer as he bungee jumped out of a tree to frighten passengers on a Halloween-themed hay ride.

Several hundred people were attending the Trail of Spooks Hay Rack Ride on Saturday night when Frank Kester was fatally injured.

"The cable that kept him suspended snapped," said Kassie Johnson, who was on the ride when the accident occurred. "At first I thought it was just a dummy falling out of the tree. The trailer bumped up in the air when he hit. Then everyone started screaming."

The Nowata County Sheriff's Department said Kester was taken to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Centre in Kansas, where he was pronounced dead.
Kester, who was wearing a body harness, also hit a passenger's foot as he fell. The passenger was not seriously hurt and was treated at the scene.

The 2.4km long trail, which was open on Friday and Saturday, raises money for the community's volunteer fire department. Kester was among more than 100 volunteers who participated. Article here.

"Scrabble" furniture... clever!

Popular kids toy accidently says the "F" word?

A North Carolina dad says his son's action figure is spouting the "F" word.
Philip Morton is asking Toys "R" Us to take the "Elite Operations Role Play Set: Police," off their shelves. Morton says the toy cop cusses when you take a nightstick out of its belt.
A spokeswoman for Toys "R" Us says its an isolated problem, probably due to a faulty micro chip. The spokeswoman says the chips were reprogrammed after the chain got another complaint earlier this year.

But Morton says the company shouldn't take any chances and should stop the sales of the talking cop toy. Article here.

I don’t care if he’s passed out, this takes talent

New Movie Review: "Saw III"

As horror films go, Saw III fared fairly well with critics. Gene Seymour in Newsday commented that the movie twists "the cringe dials toward ever higher frequencies." Ben Rayner in the Toronto Star praised it for being among "the rare breed that actually improves upon, rather than dishonors and degrades, the original. A good time in hell, if you're into that sort of thing." Roger Moore in the Orlando Sentinel concludes, "The Saw trilogy comes to a rip-cut, planed and sanded ending in Saw III."
On the other hand, Wesley Morris on the Boston Globe wrote, "What's remarkable about these movies is how much the craftsmanship degrades with each episode." Jeannette Catsoulis in the New York Times dismissed the movie as "a deadening barrage of grungy rooms, mortified flesh and elaborate torture." And Lou Lumenick, in Saturday's New York Post, commented, "Saw III is nasty, repulsive, disgusting - and loaded with enough viscera to probably sell at least $30 million worth of tickets this weekend. Gorehounds, enjoy." (source)

Kellie Pickler's new/first song is just OK


Remember Killie Pickler from American Idol last year? She was the really smart blonde girl who almost made it to the final round of the competition [wink, wink]. This is her first single, and it seems semi-sorta OK.

Controversial Halloween decorations?

Some neighbors in Mount Horeb said they think one family has gone too far with its Halloween decorations. Decorations around Vicki France's home included dolls, covered in fake blood, hanging from nooses tied to tree limbs in France's yard. At least one doll has a knife through its chest.

Mount Horeb police said they received one complaint and asked France to reconsider her decorations, but France didn't change the display. France said that the display isn't about dead babies, but it's meant to be like the scary dolls in the movie "Chucky" and the doll contraption from the movie "Toy Story."

"Every year we decorate for Halloween and this year, I happened to stop at an estate sale and saw these dolls, and thought, 'Oh, what can I do with that?'" France said. Article here.