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Burger King, Prince Of Hot Dogs?

Posted 2/10/2016 9:40 pm by

Burger King is a company in crisis.  Sure, all signs point to the company’s resurgence thanks to a 5 for $4 offer to get people into doors, but there’s still the perception that Burger King is America’s second (or third) fast food choice, and that won’t change any time soon unless Burger King changes it. […]

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Google Offers 2GB Of Free Storage For Safe Computers

Posted 2/09/2016 5:44 pm by

We live in an unsafe world.  It seems like every day, there’s some sort of new terror to be worried about.  Be the fears real or invented, fears they remain, but it’s up to companies like Google to encourage vigilance, make sure users pay attention rather than just follow blindly, and make sure everyone works […]

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Leopard Goes To School In India

Posted 2/08/2016 5:27 pm by

With every passing year, it seems like people are getting closer and closer to the habitats of some of nature’s most dangerous creatures.  In places like India, for example, those creatures can be really, really dangerous.  India is home to many rare and dangerous big cats, and those big cats are increasingly coming into contact […]

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Johnny Cash, The Tarantula In Black

Posted 2/04/2016 8:59 pm by

Let’s not kid ourselves.  Spiders are creepy.  Even cool-looking spiders are still enough to make normal people feel all squicky inside.  It takes a special kind of person to devote time to studying, classifying, and discovering new species of spiders.  However, people do it, and people find new species of spiders all the time.  See, […]

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Eagles Versus Drones

Posted 2/02/2016 9:21 am by

The more drones reach out to the skies, the more problems people are having with them.  Drones are straying into airports, traveling onto people’s property, and can be a huge nuisance in the wrong hands.  That’s why Dutch police are searching into ways to control drones.  There are ideas to remotely hack them, shoot them […]

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“Groundhog Day” On Groundhog Day

Posted 2/01/2016 5:36 pm by

In the classic movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray stars as a weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over and over again.  He wakes up to Sonny and Cher, gets dressed, and goes out to watch weather-predicting rodent Punxsutawney Phil determine whether or not there’s going to be six more weeks of winter.  Every […]

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Facebook Launching Ride Sharing Platform

Posted 1/29/2016 8:41 pm by

Ridesharing platforms are big.  Uber is the thing to do if you’re going out on the town and don’t want to have to worry about finding parking, and Lyft is right there behind them, separated by only a few stray pink mustache hairs.  Now it looks like a bigger company is going to get out […]

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Charlotte Rampling Calls Diversity Complaints Reverse Racism

Posted 1/22/2016 1:01 pm by

For the second year in the row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rolled out an Oscar list that was pretty pale in color.  No blacks were nominated for any of the major award, and of course, that means black celebrities have been complaining non-stop.  Of course, when some people speak out, others […]

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Mos Def Arrested In South Africa

Posted 1/20/2016 1:36 pm by

Mos Def has had a lot of careers.  He was a child actor, a rapper, transitioned into adult acting, and is known around the world for his prowess in the entertainment world. However, he’s not known for his political and personal beliefs, which are… well, unusual.  Mos Def has been arrested in South Africa for […]

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Goodbye St. Louis! Rams Moving Back to Los Angeles

Posted 1/13/2016 5:24 pm by

Stan Kroenke is a man with a dream, and that dream is to be the king of West Coast football.  Thanks to a clause in his contract with the Edward Jones Dome, the city of Saint Louis either had to replace the stadium, upgrade the existing stadium, or the team would be free to move. […]

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David Bowie Dead At 69

Posted 1/11/2016 6:51 pm by

The Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, the Space Oddity, the guy in the tight pants from Labyrinth, David Bowie has had a lot of identities over his career, morphing from rock to soul to electronica to movie star to music superstar to androgynous chameleon.  He was even the first artist to be covered in a […]

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Mein Kampf To Be Published In Germany

Posted 1/08/2016 10:14 am by

It’s been 70 years since the death of Adolph Hitler, and that means the copyright to a very famous book is finally expiring.  Since the death of Hitler, Bavaria’s government has used their control over Hitler’s copyright to keep Mein Kampf out of German publishing houses.  The book’s been available all along, but not from […]

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Hotel Burns Near The Burj Khalifa

Posted 12/31/2015 8:14 pm by

Dubai has been on a really impressive building building streak in the last few years.  It seems that every week Dubai is doing something else impressive, like building the world’s largest building.  Still, fast growth means there are some problems every so often.  It seems that every cool project has some kind of problem to […]

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Breaks All The Records

Posted 12/21/2015 7:45 pm by

On Thursday night last week, I and a whole lot of other people was at a movie theater to watch Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  The last time I was this excited for a movie was when Episode I: The Phantom Menace, and despite that, I was still really excited for The Force […]

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Mayor And Council Brawl At Birmingham Meeting

Posted 12/15/2015 8:45 pm by

You would be surprised by just how much power local mayors have.  You’d think that an official in a town would be fairly limited, but you’d be wrong.  Mayors can be very powerful, and like all politicians, they are prone to their vices.  After all, they’re only human.  And humans can have disagreements.  The mayor […]

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LeBron James Signs Lifetime Nike Deal

Posted 12/07/2015 6:22 pm by

There’s just something about LeBron James that seems to be able to capture the imagination of the public.  Maybe it’s part of the circus that surrounds him:  free agency signing specials, moving from his hometown team to a big media market, moving back to Cleveland, and so on.  Everyone seems to want to pay attention […]

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Target Crashes Into Cyber Monday

Posted 11/30/2015 4:47 pm by

Target’s gotten so popular that they have difficult staying online.  Target’s website tends to crash under high loads, if only because Target is offering such cool things at such good prices.  Even when Target is prepared to handle a big crowd, they’re not really prepared to handle the kind of crowd they draw.  Target’s website […]

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Golden State Breaks NBA Record With 16-0 Start

Posted 11/25/2015 5:50 pm by

It’s been a really good few sports year for the San Francisco Bay area.  The Giants won the World Series in 2014, and the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title later that same year.  While the Giants have been kind of a let-down lately, not advancing in the MLB playoffs, the Warriors have continued […]

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Newborn Discovered Sharing Manger With Jesus

Posted 11/24/2015 7:44 pm by

There’s nothing quite like a live Nativity scene.  Some poor churchgoers shivering in costumes meant for a much hotter country, hopefully warmed by good cheer and discreet heaters.  However, some churches bring their nativity indoors, and it was one nativity scene in Queens, New York where the manger was put to good use once again, […]

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Giant Spider Webs Blanket Tennessee Town

Posted 11/23/2015 7:35 pm by

Spiders are scary.  There’s nothing quite as unsettling as a spider, except for perhaps a dozen spiders.  What’s scarier than a dozen spiders?  How about millions of spiders and hundreds of feet of spider webs!  A half-mile of spider-webs are draped all along the town of North Memphis, Tennessee.  A warm fall triggered a spider ballooning, […]

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You Won’t Stream Adele’s New Album

Posted 11/19/2015 7:13 pm by

Adele has a lot of power in the music industry, because she’s one of the biggest stars in the musical world.  So when Adele and her camp decide something’s not right for their client, it doesn’t happen.  In this case, Adele is flipping the bird to streaming services.  Adele’s new album 25 will not be […]

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Uber Faces $50 Million Fine In Pennsylvania

Posted 11/17/2015 8:07 pm by

These days, I think everyone is using or working for some sort of ride-sharing service.  Of these, the most popular has proven to be Uber, which is running into problems left and right in places with strong cabbie culture but a real boon to places without taxis.  Everyone but cabbies and state governments, who miss […]

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Charlie Sheen To Announce Rumored HIV Positive Status.

Posted 11/16/2015 5:55 pm by

Four years ago, Charlie Sheen’s public melt-down was big news.  It seems like he was in the papers daily, ranting about this or that, mentioning his tiger blood and talking about how he was winning.  That was a long time ago.  These days, Charlie Sheen’s public profile is a lot lower, but he’s still making […]

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New York State Goes After Draft Kings/Fan Duel

Posted 11/10/2015 8:15 pm by

Fantasy football is America’s true national pass-time.  Everyone I know who likes sports (and a lot who don’t) play fantasy football.  I’m in a league and I run a league on my own for my friends, and every year the leagues keep getting more and more popular.  Everyone loves fantasy football, even real players, and […]

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SeaWorld Is Ending Killer Whale Shows

Posted 11/09/2015 6:49 pm by

Everyone loves to see exotic animals, no matter what they’re doing.  People line up at zoos just to watch tigers eat, polar bears swim, and animals generally doing animal things.  Most animals don’t even get to do some special show, but the whales at SeaWorld have always been different.  The centerpiece, the thing that gets […]

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Ex-Walmart CEO Makes Emergency Plane Landing

Posted 11/03/2015 6:28 pm by

Most of the time, air travel is perfectly safe.  Even when there are problems with equipment, most of the time the plane doesn’t take off and the problems are discovered before any issues arise.  That’s not always the case, but planes are usually built in with redundant equipment to prevent catastrophe.  However, when emergency landings […]

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Kansas City Royals Win The 2015 World Series

Posted 11/02/2015 7:52 am by

Last year, the Cinderella story ended early for the Kansas City Royals, as they were beaten by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.  They fought to the seventh game of the World Series, but couldn’t quite bring it home.  Call it practice for this season.  The Kansas City Royals topped the New York […]

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American Pharoah Wins The Breeders’ Cup

Posted 10/31/2015 6:25 pm by

There are bigger horses, but there might not be many better horses.  Bob Baffert’s 3-year-old colt American Pharoah has been exceeding expectations since he first stepped on the race track, and now he’s joined the legends of the sport with a season that pretty much any horse short of Secretariat would be impressed by.  American […]

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Military Blimp Escapes, Crashes In PA

Posted 10/28/2015 5:33 pm by

Blimps are pretty cool.  Just think about it, giant floating bags of air traveling on the winds or moving via churning motor.  They’re great, both from a sheer fun standpoint and from a usefulness standpoint.  Blimps can do a lot of things, provided they cooperate.  A multi-million-dollar military blimp decided to not cooperate, escaping confinement […]

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Cops Add Nunchucks To Their Arsenal

Posted 10/27/2015 6:09 pm by

In every martial arts movie, there’s a scene where someone breaks out the nunchucks.  A very simple weapon, two sticks connected by a chain, the weapons are very useful in a situation where the other person is unarmed.  They’re also useful at stopping criminals in their tracks.  Even the cops are getting wise to that. […]

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