Tuesday, January 30, 2007

[big gasp] Whoa!

Survey finds McDonald's coffee is better than Starbucks

When Consumer Reports magazine compared coffee from mega-chain Starbucks with java from three fast-food restaurants, the surprising winner was – McDonald’s.

The magazine had trained tasters sample a medium cup of black coffee from McDonald’s, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks, and found the best cup of joe under the golden arches.

McDonald’s coffee "beat the rest,” according to Consumer Reports. It was "decent and moderately strong. Although it lacked the subtle top notes needed to make it rise and shine, it had no flaws.”

As for Starbucks, its coffee "was strong, but burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.” Article here.

Kevin Federline's Super Bowl commercial

Greased, naked dude disrupts high school lunch

A high school lunch period was disrupted Monday by a greased, naked student who ran around screaming and flailing his arms until police twice used a stun gun on him, authorities said.

Taylor Killian, 18, had rubbed his body with grapeseed oil to keep from being caught, and got up after the first time he was shocked to continue running toward a group of frightened students huddled in a corner at Westerville North High School, Lt. Jeff Gaylor said.

"That prank went a little farther than he intended, I guess," Gaylor said. Officer Doug Staysniak was monitoring the lunch period when Killian, with long hair and a full beard, ran in the room toward students, who screamed and ran away. The officer is normally assigned to a middle school and did not recognize Killian as a student, Gaylor said.

Police said that an administrator ordered Killian to stop, but that the student made a sexual gesture and kept running.

Killian is in jail and charged with inducing panic, public indecency, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. School officials reported that Killian was a good student, Gaylor said. There was no indication of substance abuse or a medical problem. Article here.

TV van falls through ice while shooting ice-safety segment

After five hours of work, recovery efforts were called off Monday because the CBS 58 (WDJT) live van was stuck in a lot of mud.

Jim Konkol has been coming to the lake most of his life and was shocked to hear some one drove on the frozen canal. "They probably didn't know about it. It looks like a road but it's not," Konkol tells TMJ4’s Jonathan Vigliotti.

This mess happened while a photographer with 58 was covering a story on the dangers of thin ice. She didn't realize she was driving down an iced canal.

Police are keeping an eye on the area until efforts resume again Tuesday morning. Channel 58 representatives have also been on scene. They say they're just glad no one was hurt. Article here.

Wow, this blowfish is pretty cool looking!

James Blunt is moving to avoid paying taxes?

British singer/songwriter James Blunt is reportedly moving to Switzerland to avoid paying taxes on the 9.8 million dollars he's made on his debut album, "Back to Bedlam."
In honour of the event, Swiss ski resort, Verbier, has named a chairlift after the singer. Verbier's director of tourism insists Blunt is joining esteemed company. He says, "He is the godfather of the new lift. It is an honor. Diana Ross, a popular celebrity in Verbier, has been godmother of a lift since 1998." Source.

Ferrari 575 GTC, looks pretty cool, don't you think?

New book is written entirely in text messages

A novel whose narrative consists entirely of mobile phone text messages has been published in Finland.

"The Last Messages" tells the story of a fictitious information-technology executive in Finland who resigns from his job and travels throughout Europe and India, keeping in touch with his friends and relatives only through text messages.

His messages, and the replies -- roughly 1,000 altogether -- are listed in chronological order in the 332-page novel written by Finnish author Hannu Luntiala. The texts are rife with grammatical errors and abbreviations commonly used in regular SMS traffic.

"I believe that, at the end of the day, a text message may reveal much more about a person than you would initially think," said Luntiala, who also is head of a company that keeps databases on people living in Finland.

Sari Havukainen, spokeswoman at Finnish publishing house Tammi, said the company is considering translating the book into other languages. Article here.

Photoworthy: the beach reflection

Air Force dude does some serious closet dancing

Penn State chick 'knocked out' by moose head?

A college student claims she was injured when a "moose head with antlers" fell off the wall of a Pennsylvania State University laboratory and landed on her head.
According to Amy Walters, the falling moose head struck her in the right temple and knocked her into a chair, where the stuffed item landed in her lap. The February 2005 incident, Walters claims in a Court of Commons Pleas complaint, has left her suffering from severe headaches.

Walters was attending a biology class in the lab, which had "several wild game heads displayed on the walls about the room." As she peered through a microscope "directly beneath the moose head," Walters claims, she was struck on the head by the plummeting hunter's trophy. Walters charges the university with negligence for failing to ensure that the moose head was "properly affixed" to the lab wall. Her complaint does not specify monetary damages, but contends that she has suffered "loss of enjoyment of life" and "embarrassment and humiliation." Article here.

Honda del Sol transformed into a Star Wars car...

One-third of students in Texas don't graduate

One out of three Texas students don't graduate, and more students drop out than finish high school in the state's largest cities, according to education experts.

Statewide, more than 2.5 million students have dropped out of Texas high schools in the last 20 years, and each graduating class loses about 120,000 students from freshman year to senior year, according to the San Antonio-based Intercultural Development Research Association.

The research group says more than half of students in Texas' largest cities drop out. The dropout rate among blacks, Hispanics and low-income students is about 60 percent, according to the Center for Education at Rice University.

The statewide dropout rate is about 33 percent — or 20 points higher than what the Texas Education Agency reports. Experts warn that the high dropout rate will lead to economic and social problems. Full Article Here.

Dave Chapelle 'Sesame Street' stand-up = hilarious

Dude accidentally fires gun in bathroom, strikes another dude

A man accidentally discharged a new pistol he was unfamiliar with, firing a bullet that nicked his arm and eventually ended up striking a man using the bathroom in another building, police said.

However, since the bullet traveled through two walls, across a courtyard and ricocheted off a shower wall, it left only a small bruise on the chest of the man it hit and did not require treatment, police said.

"It's one of those freak happenings," police Sgt. Mark Trimble said Monday. Trimble said Erick Hovermale of Casper was cited for misdemeanor discharging a firearm in city limits. Article here.