Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Across-the-Board returns to it’s regularly scheduled blogging

I’m back… sort of. My work schedule is still freakin’ crazy, but it’s been a while so I decided to get the blogging out of my system. I’m hoping to blog every day this week -- but I’m not sure if I’ll be able too. Keep checkin’ back…

I did want to share the very eventful past weekend I had. This past Friday night, my roommates and I had our huge 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Ask anyone, it was a rockin’ party – and there were some pretty damn ugly looking Christmas sweaters (see below).
I also did manage to pick-up an Nintendo Wii this weekend. It was quite the ordeal. I woke up at 5 AM and stood outside in line at Target. I was the 20th person waiting (out of 60), and they only had 15 Wii’s in stock. So being that I was already awake (it was 7 AM at that point), I decided to drive around to 5 different other places. I finally found a small video game store that had 6 Wii’s in stock. I was the 6th person in-line. Lets just say the video game gods were watching out for me ;). The Wii sports game that comes with the system is pretty fun. Tennis is by far the best game on it. I also grabbed the new Zelda game which is actually really fun.

I will admit, after playing the Wii for a couple hours yesterday, myself and my roommate have pretty damn sore arms and backs. I found myself struggling to get out of bed and move my arms to even brush my teeth. Oh well, the pain is totally worth it. See below.

Hmm... what'd the duck do to deserve this?

The Top 10 Saddest Songs in the World

The Verve's hit 'The Drugs Don't Work' has been named the saddest song in a new scientific study. An expert in physiology and music analysed physical reactions to a number of rock and pop songs and deemed the 1997 track to be the saddest ahead of 'Angels' by Robbie Williams.

The study, sponsored by Nokia UK, measured heart rate, respiratory response and skin temperature to find the saddest songs.

"A slow tempo song like The Verve's 'The Drugs Don't Work' slows down the heart compared to most of the other songs and compared to white noise - in other words, it works like the emotional state of sadness.

'LDN' by Lily Allen was declared the happiest song in the study, followed by Abba's 'Dancing Queen' and REM's 'Shiny Happy People'.

The Top 10 Saddest Songs:
1. The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work
2. Robbie Williams - Angels
3. Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
4. Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
5. Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U
6. Will Young - Leave Right Now
7. Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?
8. Christina Aguilera - Beautiful
9. James Blunt - Goodbye My Lover
10. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

This is what older brothers do for fun

High school students 'unloads' in salad-dressing

A student accused of sexually relieving himself into the cafeteria salad-dressing was due to hand himself over to police on Monday.

17-year-old Marco Raphael G. Castro, of Wheaton, Illinois, allegedly did the bad thing into a small bottle of ranch salad dressing at his high school canteen, then returned it, and watched as other students consumed it.

The salad dressing was in use for two days on December 6 and 7, before it was washed and refilled (with salad dressing, not the other thing). Because it was washed, there may be little evidence remaining from the crime.

He was caught after allegedly bragging to friends about his adventures in self-pleasuring. One of them then told a teacher. School Principal Jill Bullo described it as an 'unusual and disgusting' incident.

Castro – who reportedly got the idea from Jackass: Number Two, is said to have been cooperative with police investigations. He may now face charges of disorderly conduct and attempted battery. Article here.

S-EXITup baby, sEXITup!

Miss USA is a cocaine addict and a slut?

Hard-partying Miss USA Tara Conner was booted out of her ritzy Trump Place apartment and fled the Big Apple to her tiny Kentucky hometown with her reputation in shambles, as reports swirled yesterday that her runner-up had already been tapped to replace her.

Miss USA pageant boss Donald Trump said pageant officials were continuing to "study the situation," and wouldn't make an announcement until next Tuesday. A source said pageant officials had requested that Conner submit to testing for recreational drugs.
"She has a really bad drug problem. Everyone at Miss USA hated her. She slept with [Blink 182's] Travis Barker and she sleeps with all the club promoters," said one source.

She has also been linked romantically to two of the owners of the club Stereo, MTV veejay Damien Fahey, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, and DJ AM's assistant.

"She was latching onto a crew of promoters because she had no other friends and she was using them for drugs," a friend said. "She started utilizing hip New York City people in the night-life scene to feed her addictions."
One friend said Conner had a very competitive personality that drove her toward the Miss USA title - but wasn't so interested in being the pageant queen, and often complained about what was required of her.

"She always complained how it was a pain in the ass to wake up in the morning and she had to get crazy s - - - done to her teeth," the friend said. "The girl can wake up in the morning and flip a switch and change into Miss USA. Honestly, she's kind of like Lindsay Lohan." Article here.

This little dude's got some 'pug eyes'

picture is dedicated to cory f's obsession with cute pets

Tallest man in the world shoves his fist down dolphin

FUSHUN, China -- Bao Xishun, the world's tallest man, reaches in to retrieve objects from the stomach of a sick dolphin at an aquarium in Fushun, in China's northern Liaoning province. Bao, whose arms measure more than a meter in length, was called in by the aquarium after experts failed to surgically remove unidentified objects from the stomachs of two dolphins. Bao was able to reach in and retrieve the objects, which turned out to be pieces of plastic from their pool surround. Despite a few remaining small pieces of plastic in their stomachs, local experts expect the dolphins to recover soon. The 2.36 meter-tall (7.7 feet) Bao was confirmed as the world's tallest man by the Guinness Book of Records in 2005.

Britney Spears, WTF-kind of dress is this?

The slide

Dude rapist is raping other dudes?

HOUSTON, TX - A rapist who preys on young men has struck five times in the Houston area since mid-September, and police said Monday there may be even more victims, but they are too ashamed to come forward.

"I wish we had a link between the victims, because we might have a better chance of catching him," said Lt. Richard Whitaker of the police department in Baytown, where took of the attacks took place. "We don‘t have any affirmative links at all."

Investigators believe that rape is the motive, even though some victims were robbed. DNA testing is under way in an effort to identify the attacker.

"I think he just sees one that he prefers, and then he begins to follow them and gather information, finding out where they live and watching their house," Whitaker said. The victims have all been men in their late teens. Article here.

Pretty incredible keeper save (soccer)

I'm assuming this movie is rated NC-17, or XXX

Kid finds $24,000 cash in movie theater, returns it?

Christopher Montgomery, 19, found $24,000 in cash as he was cleaning between seats. The student returned it. Every dollar.

Montgomery, a liberal arts student at Nassau Community College, yesterday was reluctant to talk about his choice. "He won't come out; he's not the type of kid that likes attention," said his mother, Donna Montgomery, 49, outside the family's home. "He said, 'It's no big deal.' I think he's embarrassed."

But for the Hewlett woman who nearly lost the $24,000, it was a very big deal indeed. The untraceable wad of $100 bills, rubber-banded together inside a zippered bank pouch, tumbled unnoticed from the purse of RoseMarie Limoncelli, 39, as she sat Friday inside the AMC Fantasy theater. Limoncelli runs a business, and like many this time of year, she's been a bit harried lately.

"It's the holidays and I'm running in all different directions and trying to do my shopping in between," she said. On Friday, she still hadn't made it to the bank when it came time to accompany her 8-year-old daughter, Sabrina, to see "Happy Feet" at 7:15 p.m.

Halfway through the film, Sabrina climbed onto Limoncelli's lap. To make room for her daughter, Limoncelli slid the purse under her seat, where it tipped over. The bank pouch must have fallen out in the dark, she said.

On the way home, mother and daughter stopped for ice cream. In line at the cash register, pint of Häagen-Dazs in hand, Limoncelli made the the blood-chilling discovery. The deposit bag was gone.

"My heart stopped," she said. "My whole body was shaking." Frantic, she called her husband at home. The money wasn't there. She dialed information for the movie theater's number -- and was apoplectic when they placed her on hold.

"It was like the longest two minutes of my life," she said. "I screamed at the operator when she tried to give me the address and I said, 'I don't care, just give me the number!' ... I was hysterical, crying."

When she called the theater, Limoncelli experienced the holiday miracle she will likely recount for years to come. After examining the cash, Christopher Montgomery had handed the pouch over to his manager.

Limoncelli said he refused a cash reward, but she hopes he'll at least accept a gift certificate to P.C. Richard & Son. Article here.

Not your traditional stop sign...

Cameron Diaz loves to have sex, all-the-time.

Cameron Diaz has come up with a recipe for happiness, and it involves having sex. All the time.
She told the Sydney Morning Herald: “Sex is the most amazing stress reliever. I actually think it’s the best thing for everything! I think it should be 100 per cent part of everyone’s life on a day-to-day basis. We’d all be a lot happier! I love being physical, I love to get my heart-rate up and I love sweating. Sex is undoubtedly the best way to do that!” Source.

dog + airplane + zero gravity

Man pulls 7-foot python from toilet

An Australian wildlife worker pulled a 7-foot python out of a septic tank Wednesday after a plumber found it hiding in a woman's toilet, officials said.

Peter Phillips, a wildlife officer for the Northern Territory's Parks and Wildlife Service, was called to remove the snake after a plumber who was fixing the blocked toilet discovered it curled in the pipes.

"The & resident originally called a plumber because her toilet was blocked," Phillips said in a statement released by the Northern Territory government. "I arrived to see a large python head peering out of the toilet bowl."

Phillips removed the snake from the septic tank because he said it had grown too big to be pulled straight out of the toilet. The mostly nocturnal Carpet Python had probably taken up temporary residence in the septic tank because it was a good place to hide during the day and hunt for frogs.

"The tank was obviously a great home, because the snake was so fat and healthy it was it difficult to retrieve," he said, adding that the nonpoisonous snake will be released. Article here.