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by Brian Stephenson posted Sep 3 2015 9:24AM

The cast of the 21st season of "Dancing with the Stars" was revealed on "Good Morning America"yesterday . . . and it's as underwhelming as usual, especially if you've followed the previous announcements.

Here's the full cast list, and the pro they'll be dancing with:

1. Gary Busey is dancing with Anna Trebunskaya.

2. Racist chef Paula Deen is partnered with Louis van Amstel.

3. 17-year-old Bindi Irwin, the daughter of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, is dancing with Derek Hough.

4. Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys is paired with Sharna Burgess.

5. R&B singer Chaka Khan is dancing with Keo Motsepe.

6. Toni Braxton's sisterTamar Braxton is partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

7. Singer Andy Grammer is dancing with Allison Holker.

8. "Spy Kids" actress Alexa PenaVega is partnered with Mark Ballas.

9. Alexa's husband Carlos PenaVega is paired with Witney Carson. Alexa and Carlos are the first married couple to compete against each other on the show

10. Reality star Kim Zolciak from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is dancing with Tony Dovolani.

11. Vine star Hayes Grier is partnered with Emma Slater.

12. Triple Crown-winning American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza is dancing with Karina Smirnoff.

13. Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos is paired with Lindsay Arnold. He's one of the heroes who helped stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month.

Season 21 premieres on Monday, September 14th. For the first time, Len Goodman will not be back as a judge. He isn't going to be replaced, so there will only be three judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Julianne Hough.

If you missed it, Gary Busey announced that he's doing it on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday night, by riding onto the set on a HORSE. (Here's video.)

by Brian Stephenson posted Sep 2 2015 10:21AM

If you're going to blow a new job opportunity, might as well go out HUGE.

A 23-year-old guy from Aurora, Illinois interviewed for a job last month, and the HR manager wound up hiring him.

But not long after she called him to give him the good news . . . she got two NAKED SELFIES from him.

It turns out he did it by accident . . . he meant to text the photos to someone else, but got confused.

She told her bosses, and they went to the cops. But the guy told them it was a mistake, and everyone believed him.

So the woman decided not to press charges . . . but the company withdrew the job offer.

(Chicago Tribune)

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by Brian Stephenson posted Sep 1 2015 8:36AM

There's a new website called RoadSnacks.net, and they're clearly not here to make friends. Because they just released a list of the ten WORST places to live in America.

The results are based on things like unemployment rates, income versus cost of living, education spending, and crime rates. Check 'em out . . .

1. Macon, Georgia.

2. Jackson, Mississippi.

3. Detroit, Michigan.

4. Knoxville, Tennessee.

5. Chattanooga, Tennessee.

6. Rockford, Illinois.

7. Savannah, Georgia.

8. Memphis, Tennessee.

9. Mobile, Alabama.

10. Springfield, Missouri.

The best places to live are Alexandria, Virginia . . . Plano, Texas . . . and Bellevue, Washington.

(RoadSnacks)

(You can see the ranking for every city here.)

by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 31 2015 8:26AM

Remember when everyone smoked?  Now they've shaken the addiction and replaced it with NEW addictions to caffeine and sugar.   And our noses are totally on board.

 

A new poll found the five smells that make us feel most at home, and the five smells around the house we HATE.

 

Our five favorites are:  Coffee brewing . . . cookies baking . . . clean sheets . . . pot roast . . . and pasta sauce.

 

The five we hate the most are:  Cigarette smoke . . . garbage . . . the litter box . . . mold and mildew . . . and fish.

 

The poll also found that the most common way we try to fight a bad smell is lighting a candle.  Air fresheners are second, and opening a window is third. 

 

(Huffington Post)

by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 28 2015 9:18AM

JERRY SEINFELD and his 12-year-old son Julian set up a lemonade stand in their Hamptons neighborhood.  A few of Julian's friends were helping out, and the proceeds were going to a children's charity.

 

But a neighbor called the police on them, complaining about all the people it attracted.  The cops came by and shut it down, because they didn't have a permit, and cars were illegally parking on the street.

 

Jerry's wife posted an Instagram photo of Jerry and the kids jokingly putting their hands behind their heads as if they were being arrested . . . with the caption, quote, "Lemonade dreams crushed by local neighbor, but not before raising lots of money.  Thanks to all of our customers and big tippers!"

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by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 27 2015 9:12AM

Most of us are in the habit of Googling whatever pops into our head . . . no matter how RIDICULOUS or EMBARRASSING it is.  Unfortunately, there's a chance that a lot of other people around you are ALSO Googling the same random nonsense.

 

 

A real estate website called Estately analyzed searches from each state to find what embarrassing thing people there are Googling more than people anywhere else.  Here are our 12 favorites . . .

 

 

1.  Washington:  "sandals and socks."

 

 

2.  New Mexico:  "The Hot Chick" . . . as in the Rob Schneider movie from 2002.

 

 

3.  North Dakota:  "Limp Bizkit."

 

 

4.  Illinois:  "Is WWE fake?"

 

 

5.  Iowa:  "According to Jim" . . . the Jim Belushi sitcom.

 

 

6.  Wisconsin:  a Google image search for pictures of outhouses.

 

 

7.  Maryland:  "Am I a virgin?"

 

 

8.  Indiana:  "Arby's".  And also, "How big is average?"

 

 

9.  Delaware:  "Newark girls."

 

 

10.  Maine:  "Nickelback lyrics."

 

 

11.  Tennessee:  "Is Bigfoot real?"

 

 

12.  Mississippi:  "Penis enlargement." 

 

 

(Estately)

 

 

(You can see all of the embarrassing Google searches for each state here.)  

 
by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 25 2015 8:51AM
What gadget would you miss the most if it got taken away? The answer probably has a lot to do with your age. A new survey asked people "what device would you miss the most?" And the majority of people trended toward two answers: If you're under 45, it's your phone . . . if you're over 45, it's your TV.

Here are a few more results from the survey.

1. People ages 16 to 24 are the most likely to miss their phones . . . but they're also the most devoted to their video game consoles.

2. People from 35 to 44 would miss their phones the most overall . . . but they also love their tablets and computers.

3. Very few people under 55 would miss newspapers or magazines if they went away.

4. And older generations still don't care about cell phones. Only 2% of people over 75 say their phone is their most important gadget.

(Gizmodo)
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by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 24 2015 8:18AM

Someone posted a list of the top ten things you shouldn't own after you turn 30. 

 

 

Here's what they came up with . . .

 

 

1.  Unframed posters.

 

2.  Trophies from high school.

 

3.  Too much IKEA furniture.  One or two things is okay, but not your entire place.

 

4.  A collection of shot glasses.

 

5.  A lava lamp.

 

6.  A huge shelf full of DVDs.  And the same goes for CDs.

 

7.  Picture frames with inspirational messages on them, like "Live, love, laugh."  One or two are okay, but not 20.

 

8.  A beanbag chair.

 

9.  Glow-in-the-dark stars that go on your ceiling, unless they're in your kid's bedroom.

 

10.  Fake plants.  By the time you're 30, you should be able to keep a REAL plant alive.

 

 

(Stuff.co.nz)

 
by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 21 2015 8:17AM

This is a pretty brilliant Starbucks scam right here.  And you'll be disappointed you didn't think of it, because you would've saved a fortune AND you would've been WAY less obnoxious than this guy in the process.

 

A Starbucks employee named Brad Halsey just shared the story about a nightmare customer at his store who figured out a loophole to get free coffee 365 days a year.

 

When you get a Starbucks gift card, you can register it with your birthday . . . and you get a free drink that day.  This guy bought 365 cards and registered each one for a different birthday . . . so he gets a free drink every single day.

 

He goes to the same Starbucks every time, and there's a chance the employees would've let him get away with it if he'd been cool . . . but he's not.

 

He orders an iced quad Venti vanilla white mocha with heavy cream . . . then he takes the marker and draws arrows on it giving the barista a bunch of extra instructions.

 

For example, quote, "Two pumps of white mocha here, then add five pumps of vanilla.  That should take us to this line here where you're gonna add cold heavy cream up to this ridge.  Make sure to add it before the espresso."  He sounds horrible.

 

Now that this story is out, we'd expect that Starbucks will shut down this loophole. 

 

 

(Business Insider)

 
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by Brian Stephenson posted Aug 20 2015 8:43AM

The whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing was as much about vanity as it was charity.  It mostly took off because people liked posting videos of themselves getting drenched in ice water on Facebook.

 

But it raised over $100 million, and it looks like that money might have ALREADY made a huge impact. 

 

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University now think they might be on their way to finding a CURE for ALS.

 

In a study published this month, they said they think they've figured out how a protein called TDP-43 might be responsible for the disease. 

 

And they were able to do the study because of the Ice Bucket Challenge donations.

 

Basically, the protein clumps up inside the neurons of people with ALS, as well as 45% of people with a type of dementia called FTD, but scientists didn't know why it mattered.

 

The new study found that TDP-43 is supposed to prevent cells from using the wrong genetic information to make other proteins.  But it stops working when it clumps together, so the cells malfunction and die.

 

Now, it could be years before they figure out how to stop that from happening, so this might not help people who are currently suffering from ALS.  And they want people to keep donating, because they'll need more funding going forward.  But they think this could eventually lead to a treatment, or even a cure. 

 

 

(HopkinsMedicine.org / Science / Washington Post)

(Here's a video of the researchers talking about it.)

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