Olympic gymnastics champion Gabby Douglas back home in the USA on the “Tonight” show Monday night with an admiring fellow guest, First Lady Michelle Obama! Host Jay Leno, who noted that Douglas’ last name was an anagram for “USA gold,” asked Gabby if she intended to compete in the next Summer Games, in Rio de Janeiro.”Oh, definitely,” Gabby replied saying she is definitely looking ahead to 2016 already! Douglas became the third consecutive U.S. athlete and first African-American to win the all-around title. She and her teammates gave the U.S. its first Olympic title in women’s gymnastics since 1996. She admitted indulging in post-Olympics fast food to the wrong person: healthy eating advocate Mrs. Obama, who teased the champion. “You’re setting me back, Gabby,” Obama told her. “Sorry!” replied the athlete, who confessed to chowing down on a McDonalds’ breakfast sandwich to celebrate her victories.
Who isn’t haunted by some of the maniacal movie laughs you remember from all the films you’ve seen? Here’s a collection of 100 of the greatest insane laughs ever on film! See how many you can watch & listen too before they start to drive you over the edge too!
As The LEGO Group celebrates its 80th Birthday, we take a look back at its history with this short animated film. It’s a great story of staying positive through all of life’s ups and downs, and persevering through the hard times for what your life’s vision is and the inspiration to realize it!
Is music humanity’s drug of choice? What is the mysterious power behind it’s ability to captivate, stimulate and keep us coming back for more? Find out the scientific explanation of how a simple mixture of sound frequencies can affect your brain and body, and why it’s not all that different than a drug like cocaine.
A picture of a man floating in the water with his sleeping dog has gone viral. And the story behind it has touched millions of hearts everywhere. John Unger says his 19-year-old dog Schoep, which he rescued as an 8 month old puppy, saved his life. Unger told the Duluth News Tribune that after splitting from his fiance several years ago, he began having suicidal thoughts. “To be honest with you, I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me (that night). He just snapped me out of it. I don’t know how to explain it. He just snapped me out of it. . . I just want to do whatever I can for this dog because he basically saved my ass.” And now he is doing everything in his power to make Schoep’s twilight years as comfortable as possible. Schoep suffers from arthritis and hip dysplasia, which causes pain John eases through floating in Lake Superior each evening where the water is warm this time of year. Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who captured the now-viral photo of the two, explains “Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones.” The popularity of Hudson’s photo has sparked a wave of donations to help pay for laser treatment for Schoep’s arthritis, and Hannah, who is selling prints of the photo, “John & Schoep,” on her website, says she’ll donate a percentage of the sales to help pay for Schoep’s veterinarian bills. Photo by Stonehouse Photography
This already popular video is literally three years old, but has just had a second viral surge, amassing over 250,000 hits just this week. The Euler’s Disk is an educational science toy that is based on the studies of the 17th century scientist, Leonard Euler. Give Euler’s Disk (pronounced like “Oiler’s Disk”) a spin and observe the hypnotic display of light and continually changing sound. The movement seems to go forever with amazing sounds and reflections. For a good 45 seconds, it seems like the disc will finally fall, but it somehow continues to spin, sounding more and more space-like with every moment.
Just call this one “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours:)”
Superb graphical comparison by the New York Times. Evolution of the human race, literally. Usain Bolt has made history again, first for being one of the few to ever win a gold medal twice in the 100 m run, and, more importantly, for breaking the fastest time in history. Just how fast is Usain? He is almost a blur compared to older runners. The first Olympic 100 m runner, Thomas Burke, would have been nearly sixty feet behind Usain today. Amazing.
These rules for good writing were by far, the most “liked” and shared item from my facebook postings on my personal & fan page this past week!
Because of the time zone difference this year with the London Olympics, nearly all the major events of the summer games have been shown on tape delay in prime-time by NBC, and the chorus of complaints from the viewing public has been long and loud that they want to watch them “live”, no matter what time they happen! BUT in the world of reality, the results are the highest ratings in well over a decade, even though most people already knew the results of what they were about to watch. That was just one of the big surprises to come out of our new age of technology accoriding to NBCUniversal Research guru Alan Wurtzel. With all the new digital & mobile devices available, this Olympics also brought in teens & younger demographics all the networks are after. Take a look!
Hey, these days, every living thing on our planet is into new technology! LOL
The Perseid meteor shower is underway this weekend. There’s more to see than meteors, however, when the shower peaks on August 11th through 13th. The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up in the middle of the display. Watch this NASA video for more details!
And one final visual illusion from my facebook postings & tweets this past week that I titled “What the….”
Singer/Songwriter Neil Diamond, who was finally inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame just over a year ago, received another long overdue honor Friday morning in Hollywood as his Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled in front of the Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood, just north of Hollywood Blvd! During his career, Diamond has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide and had 37 top 10 singles. His greatest hits include “Cherry, Cherry,” “Kentucky Woman,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Love on the Rocks” and “Heartlight.” Diamond’s star – the 2,475th one awarded – coincides with his return to the Greek Theatre 40 years after he recorded “Hot August Night.”!
Jesse “Arizona’s Favorite Dog” is back, and this time he tackles chores that most humans wouldn’t find enjoyable; complete with his award-winning smile. He also finds new ways to help out around the house; including vacuuming, dusting, cleaning up puddles, as well as being a well-rounded member of the community by helping clean up garbage at our local park.
This is one of the coolest little creations to keep you occupied and relaxed this summer! It’s a black square of little boxes once you click on the link coming up. Then click one of the boxes, any box, and you’ll hear a musical note as the box lights up. Click another and the Magic Music Square will play that note back to back with your first note…the beginnings of your own music creation…click a third box that will light up with another musical note, and you can literally keep it going till you’ve got all the lit boxes playing your unique composition over and over! Have fun making your own kind of music! Click Here to get started!
Robotic rover Curiosity successfully landed in Mars’ Gale Crater this past Sunday. The goal of the $2.5 billion mission is to find evidence that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting life. After touchdown, the Curiosity rover sent home telemetry signal and black-and-white pictures from the surface of Mars. The first images sent by the Curiosity, though clouded by dust kicked up during the landing, clearly showed the rover, with its wheels firmly on the ground. The mission will help gather crucial data for an eventual manned expedition to Mars, Bolden said. Curiosity aims to discover if the planet was once able to support life, and whether it will be able to do so in the future. Curiosity’s mission is expected to last for at least two years. The rover will seek out carbon-based compounds, which could prove that life once existed on Mars.
ANIMATION OF THE COMPUTER CONTROLLED LANDING OF THE MARS ROVER BELOW!
The final phase of Curiosity’s automatic landing sequence involved a hovering ‘sky crane’ that lowered the car-sized rover to the ground, and then deactivated by crashing into the surface of Mars. The technique had never been attempted in previous planetary exploration missions. The landing, described by NASA as “seven minutes of terror,” proceeded smoothly and within the planned timeframe. Deviations from the expected path of descent were within the lower range of engineers’ expectations, NASA scientist Adam Steltzner said. Just over a quarter of the craft’s 400 kilograms of fuel were expended during the powered flight phase.
BELOW – ACTUAL IMAGES FROM CURIOSITY AS IT DESCENDED TO MARS!
NASA/JPL-Caltech stop-motion video shows 297 frames from the Mars Descent Imager aboard NASA’s Curiosity rover as it descended to the surface of Mars. These thumbnail images were received on Earth on Aug. 6, 2012, and cover the last two and a half minutes of descent.
An emotional Michael Phelps ends his record-breaking career after winning his 18th gold medal in the men’s medley relay, 22 medals in all making him the most decorated Olympic champion ever! Phelps was literally made to be a swimmer, and has a reach that extends three inches further than his height, relatively short legs which lower drag, and flipper-like size 14 feet that can rotate 15 degrees more than average.
So you think just because you’re rich and drive a $257,000 Ferrari 458, you can just drive away from an officer writing you a parking ticket. Not in New York City where Julien Chabbott, 28, had tried to stop Police Officer Felix Recio from writing a ticket outside a SoHo hotel Saturday by snatching it out of the cop’s hand, according to a criminal complaint. Then Chabbott went back inside the hotel, before returning to his Ferrari and ducking into the driver’s seat against Recio’s directions. Chabbott revved the engine as Recio shifted his leg to block the front of the car and continued writing a parking ticket for being in a “No Standing” zone, and not having the car’s registration or inspection posted, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Despite the officer’s orders to stop, Chabbott slowly inched forward, hitting Recio’s knee before driving over his foot, according to court documents & the video. Recio smacked the driver’s side window, pulled open the door and ripped Chabbott out of the car, shouting, “Get out, let’s go.” The injured cop and another officer then pinned Chabbott to the top of the car, and eventually handcuffed him on the pavement.