I remember when I was a little boy I had to memorize the capitals to all 50 states for a test in 4th grade. I was a pretty good student in school but I could procrastinate like the best of them. I remember telling my Mom about my little test that was coming up...oooooh....the next morning! I hadn't studied as I was told and my Mom was not one to let her lil' man fail and certainly not over something as simple as a few measly capitals! She and I created a song to help me remember all 50 of them. I don't remember how the song goes now but it was a lengthy little ditty that had us up until the weeee hours of the morning. Well, despite the lack of sleep, the song helped me pass that test with flying colors. (Thanks again Ma! You were a musical genius!) Anywhooooo, the following video reminded me of that experience and it's pretty darn fun. Senator Al Franken shows off his US knowledge in a slightly different manner by drawing the entire United States by memory at the Minnesota State Fair recently. The video is fun and worth the watch. Check it!
Having known so many people that have been affected by this recession, the following movie trailer struck home with me. Being fired from a job in this tough time can either make or break you. For the individuals in the new documentary called Lemonade, things are looking up.
"More than 70,000 advertising professionals have lost their jobs in this “Great Recession.” Lemonade is about what happens when people who were once paid to be creative in advertising are forced to be creative with their own lives."
Via Towleroad comes a clip from CNN that is absolutely riveting. The clip shows a car accident that took place in Milwaukee where a mother flipped her car while driving with her two children that left them all trapped in the burning vehicle. The scene is tense, scary and panicked but in the end it is truly amazing. The clip is tough to watch but it will leave you with a comforting feeling that there are still people out there willing to risk their lives for their fellow man. Watch.
Did you hear about the guy that flew over the Alps who WAS NOT flying in an airplane but rather a jet pack strapped to his back with wings?! You need to! I love the ingenuity of some folks.
Taken from the Daily Mail: Some people go fishing on their day off. Yves Rossy likes to jump out of a small plane with a pair of jet-powered wings on his back and loop the loop above the Swiss Alps. The self-built contraption took the former fighter pilot five years to build and perfect - and yesterday he gave it its maiden flight. Stepping out of an aircraft at 7,500ft, Rossy unfolded the 10ft rigid wings strapped to his back as he plummeted earthwards. Passing from freefall into a gentle glide, he triggered the four jet turbines and accelerated to 190mph above the mountaintops. Steering with his body, Rossy dived, turned and soared again, flying what appeared to be effortless loops from one side of the Rhone valley to the other. At times he climbed 2,600ft before diving again, leaving a trail of special-effects smoke in his wake.
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My friend Jason just flew back home to California from London. He was greeted by the wildfires that are ravaging his neighborhood in Southern California. His single tale is one among milions in this awful tragedy but it speaks volumes. Check out the story in his own words by clicking here. Keep your fingers crossed that the winds die down and less destruction is amassed.
Whoa - the word is out that Katie Couric isn't too happy about her switch to CBS from her highly successful run on The Today Show. What she should be worrying about is not giving clearance on what photos of her are used. I saw the cover of my New York Magazineand thought, based on the headline "Oh my god...What did I do?", it was a story of a man who had a sex change and was now regretting his choice! No kidding. That is such an awful photo of her. I just...can't...even look at it. Yikes. In the article, Katie admits to slapping a CBS editor after he inserted one of her most hated words "sputum" in to her newscast one evening. Someone is a weeeee bit sensitive these days! If I were the photo editors at NY Mag, I'd watch my back. Katie's one tough cookie and she isn't afraid take it to the ring. That picture choice is worth more than a few slaps. What happened to the sweet Katie that everyone loved? Sounds like girlfriend needs a change of scene. Perhaps, due to ratings, she'll get just that.