Archive for September 5th, 2011
The little understood effect that the Moon has on dolphins is about to fascinate you when you discover it being explained in an online video documentary created by conspiracy theorists.
Prefer standing up rather than sitting down while watching the television on Tuesdays as there is a 50% increased chance a car or lorry is about to smash through your living room wall.
You are about to have a series of eureka moments on the 10th. Don’t tell anyone about the second and fifth, they are too embarrassing.
You are about to absentmindedly mix the exact same serum they used when they made the 1957 horror movie The Incredible Shrinking Man. Don’t worry, it was only Orange squash. “Ah the magic of the movies,” thinks Planet Pluto.
Today marks the 65th birthday anniversary of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and to celebrate the Googles have come up with this animated tribute inspired by the late, great(est) singer’s lyrics, whimsical style, and flashy stage costumes.
Jennifer Hom, who led the Doodle team in both ideas and Freddie fandom, says she and her colleagues spent about three months studying Queen records and assembling their animation, which they’d hoped would turn out to be “just as colorful” as its subject. The end result works well, and even makes good use of “Don’t Stop Me Now”—a song off the band’s 1978 Jazz that we’re admittedly not super-fond of (most of our favorites are on the first five records, with the entirety of A Night at the Opera—aka “the one with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on it”—at the top of the list, earning 11 out of 10 stars). Clocking in at 98 seconds, the Doodle is Google’s second-longest after their two-minute tribute to Charlie Chaplin. Big fans of legendary mustaches over there, it seems! No complaints so far.
Mercury’s death in 1991 from AIDS-related complications led to the establishment of the Freddie Mercury Phoenix Trust, which is also honoring the singer’s birthday by hosting its annual “Freddie for a Day”—part of its fund-raising efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A great (and perhaps the only) reason to wear a bright yellow jacket. [NBC]
NORFOLK, Va. WAVY – Thursday night, police arrested the sailboat owner, Michael Calabrese, for a second time since that incident. Calabrese is accused of being drunk in public. He also reportedly defecated in the back of a police car.Calabrese met with the Coast Guard and city staff at the site where the boat washed ashore during the storm. According to Norfolk spokeswoman Lori Crouch, Calabrese appeared to be intoxicated, but denied it. There were beer and other alcohol bottles strewn on the beach nearby.Coast Guard personnel asked Calabrese what his plan of action was to remove the badly damaged sailboat from the beach. He reportedly said he wanted to dig a pit from the boat to the water and then tow the boat to Cobbs Marina. The Coast Guard told him this was not possible, as the vessel was not seaworthy.
From Georgia, uh, comes the most pernicious piece of anti-used games propaganda I’ve ever seen. A mother of two small children says she will from now on buy new games because she found a hand-drawn pornographic picture inserted in the case of a used one bought at GameStop. The kicker? This all went down on in a town called “Cumming.”
As reported (live! They did a live shot for this!) Action News Avenging Troubleshooting Crusade Detective WSB-TV spoke to Aggrieved Mother Traci Turner (of Cumming, Ga.), who bought a used copy of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games at the Cumming GameStop. When her son opened the case, he discovered a cartoon drawn on the inside cover.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is the godfather of one of Rupert Murdoch’s daughters, according to an interview with Murdoch’s wife Wendi Deng in Vogue UK.
Blair, along with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, was present when Murdoch’s daughters, Grace and Chloe, were baptized on the banks of the Jordan river in 2010. The Vogue article says that he is Grace’s godfather. She was born while he was still in office. The piece also describes him as “one of Murdoch’s closest friends.”
The admission is one of the clearest signs yet of the deeply close ties that Blair’s Labour party cultivated with Murdoch after decades of poisonous relations. Top members in the party were convinced that Murdoch held the key to their electoral success, especially after 1992, when The Sun famously proclaimed that it had played a crucial role in Labour’s shock loss to John Major. As Blair turned the party rightward, he also began a campaign to woo Murdoch. In the most infamous incident, he even flew to Australia in 1995 to attend a News Corp. conference. Blair’s plan paid off when the Murdoch press endorsed Labour in 1997.
Even with all of that history, the news of the depth of Blair’s relationship with Murdoch is still sure to cause controversy in the midst of the phone hacking scandal. The scandal first broke in 2006, while Blair was still the Prime Minister. Allies of Blair’s successor, Gordon Brown, have claimed that he told Brown to back off any real investigation into phone hacking. (The current Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has sought to firmly distance himself from the Murdoch press.)