Monday, January 15, 2007
Woman drinks so much water she dies, for a Wii
A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner's office said Saturday.
Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner.
"She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her."
It was not immediately known how much water Strange consumed. A preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death," said assistant Coroner Ed Smith.
John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station's owner, said station personnel were stunned when they heard of Strange's death.
Initially, contestants were handed 8-ounce bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes. "They were small little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy," said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland. "They told us if you don't feel like you can do this, don't put your health at risk."
Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. "My bladder couldn't handle it anymore," he added. After he quit, he said, the remaining contestants, including Strange, were given even bigger bottles to drink. Article here.
Britney Spears has a new boyfriend: Isaac Cohen
"...the 25-year-old male model has taken down his personal MySpace profile - but not before a revealing screenshot of the page was captured. Referring to himself as "Eyezik" and vowing "This is my year!" the Encino, Calif., resident's deleted page cited his interests as "duuurtt bikes, 4 Wheelin', kung fu flicks, rappin', slappin', tappin'" and facetiously names the Bible as his favorite book, claiming to have used pages of Leviticus 4:20 to roll "sweet, sweet chiba" joints." Source.
12-year-old stabs friend in the heart with a comb
A seventh-grader will spend two years in a Racine County girls' prison for stabbing a classmate in the heart with a comb.
How much time she spends behind bars after that could largely depend on her, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Anthony Milisauskas said Thursday.
The child originally was charged in adult court with attempted murder for stabbing a classmate and former friend, during an argument about prank phone calls. Under state law, any child age 10 or older charged with a homicide-related offense is automatically charged as an adult.
If she had been convicted as an adult, the girl could have served up to 45 years for attempted murder. Even the lesser charge she pleaded to carried a 15-year prison sentence, in an adult court.
The victim, also 12, had a metal comb handle embedded four or five inches into her chest wall, including two inches in her heart. A 31-minute surgery with bolt cutters saved her life. She is expected to recover fully, but might need more surgery. Article here.
New Movie Review: 'Alpha Dog'
After the failure of court efforts by attorneys for Jesse James Hollywood to halt the release of Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog, featuring Justin Timberlake, the movie finally arrives this weekend. Critics are damning the movie as strongly as the attorneys for Hollywood, accused of ordering the murder of a teenager in retaliation for his brother's drug debt. Alpha Dog is reportedly based on the case.
"Sordid" is an adjective used in numerous reviews. But many go far beyond that description. Michael Booth's review in the Denver Post is typical. "I truly doubt Hollywood will produce anything this year that bottoms Alpha Dog for offensively bad filmmaking," he writes. Yet, the movie also receives a handful of respectable notices, too. Writes Claudia Puig in USA Today: "Alpha Dog is a gritty, gut-wrenching and disturbing film." And Lou Lumenick in the New York Post surprisingly takes a middle-ground calling it "irresponsible, uncommercial but surprisingly watchable."
Wedding guests cancel for Saints playoff football game
Tara Chauffe understands she'll have some competition on her wedding day. She's getting married in New Orleans Saturday evening, the same time the Saints will be playing the Philadelphia Eagles in the Superdome. Chauffe says she's already had a dozen guests who've canceled because of the playoff game.
She knows they have tickets and she's trying to be sympathetic. But two bridesmaids and a groomsman who have seats for the game are giving them up to attend the wedding.
Chauffe and husband-to-be Corey Boland say they'll probably have a TV at the reception, so guests can track the Saint's fortunes. But they'll turn the sound down so there won't be any cheering interrupting their first dance. Article here.
College student 'streaks' and gets drilled by car?
A celebratory streaker dashing across a street following Florida's college football national championship victory ran into the path of a car and is hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.
Injured was Matthew T. Schlagheck, 23. Police said the accident happened about 1:06 AM. Schlagheck came out of a house at and ran into traffic, police said.
"He was streaking. He ran out of the house. There was a break in eastbound traffic. He ran through the cars but never looked east, and a car was traveling west," Sgt. Keith Kameg said. "He ran into the car. He was knocked in the air and landed about 15 feet away."
Schlagheck was listed in critical condition at Shands at the University of Florida Monday afternoon. Police said he is expected to survive.
No one managed to climb the light poles to sit on the crossbars, as they did when Florida won the NCAA basketball championship in April, because the city greased the poles with PAM cooking spray. But some people tried.
"The one I saw was like a cartoon. He got a running start, hit the pole, hugged it and slid right down," Kameg said. "He seriously looked like the Roadrunner." Article here.
Donald Trump's letter to Rosie O'Donnell:
I hope you had a wonderful vacation with your wife -- you needed the rest.
An article in today's New York Post, indicates that you blew up at Barbara Walters for being a 'liar.' Actually, I don't blame you, but in fact she lied to both of us! After your maniacal and foolish rant against me two weeks ago, Barbara called me from her vacation (I did not call her) in order to apologize for your behavior. She had heard that I was going to retaliate against you and tried to talk me out of it. She very much wanted me to go on the show as soon as she got back so that she could 'patch things up' (I said no). To be exact, she said that 'working with her is like living in hell' and, more pointedly, 'Donald never get into the mud with pigs' and, 'don't worry, she won't be here for long.' Barbara knows exactly what she told me over the phone and she has to live with it. Perhaps that's why her initial statement was so mild!
In another incident, when I saw her eating at Le Cirque about two months ago and asked how 'Rosie was doing,' 'she sarcastically rolled her eyes and said 'Donald, do you have to ruin my meal.'
In any event, you have a good reason to be angry. Please give my warmest regards to Kelly [sic]!
Sincerely, Donald J. Trump
P.S. I was surprised that you let your spat with Barbara get into the newspapers, but, as I have always said and as you proved with Rosie, the magazine, you are very self destructive. You must work on this for your own good! Source.
Dude breaks pedals on bike for world record 82 hours
49-year-old George Hood began riding a stationary bike at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge at 4 a.m. Wednesday and surpassed the previous record of 82 hours by 8:28 p.m. Saturday. He stopped several minutes before midnight after completing his goal of 85 hours.
"He's very grateful — and very tired," said Matt Baron, a spokesman for Five Seasons. Baron said Hood was talking and thanking his supporters right up to the end, but was taken by paramedics to a hospital as a precaution after he got off the bike.
The record of 82 hours was set last year by Brian Overkaer of Denmark. As Hood neared the 82nd hour — and spun more than 1,000 miles — he sped up.
The Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor and 23-year federal law enforcement veteran had been averaging 12.7 mph. Coming down the final stretch, he cycled at 13.5 mph.
About 200 people gathered at the club to cheer him on. Hood hoped the feat would help raise thousands of dollars for the Illinois chapter of COPS, an organization that helps the families of slain police officers. Illinois COPS president Jennifer Morales has said Hood could be the largest single fundraiser the local group has had. Article here.
Simon Cowell thinks Bob Dylan is boring? WTF?
Simon Cowell, says he has never bought a Dylan record because he "bores me to tears."
The British pop impresario says in the February issue of Playboy that he would "plug my ears and run in the other direction" if he were to see a 21-year-old Dylan singing "Blowin' in the Wind."
Cowell, 47, is not known for holding back when it comes to issuing verdicts on the wannabe stars who flock to the top-rated talent show. Last season, he said a female contestant was so fat that the stage should be enlarged, and he suggested that another hopeful should shave his beard and wear a dress.
On the other hand, he told Playboy that inaugural champ Kelly Clarkson is "a young Aretha Franklin," and he much preferred her music to Dylan's. Article here.