Sounds worse than it is! But, seriously, people are crazy with their pets. Just the other day I saw a woman getting fro-yo for her dog because "he was feeling down." Anyway! Since the Obamas are getting their new Portuguese water dog tomorrow, we should prepare to see the first dog with his own Secret Service name like Rollick along with his own white house. See if you can sort the true crazy from the made-up crazy in my quiz.Take the Quiz
That fallout was quick: Billboard reports that due to last week's raise in iTunes prices for popular songs to $1.29, many of those popular songs have dropped in download ranking (that's one way to get them back down to 99 cents!).
Personally, the only time I download single songs from iTunes is for popular songs (you know, the ones you can't get out of your head and need to have now), but I'm annoyed by the price jump, so I may go somewhere else. Considering the majority of you said you bought music online the last time I asked, tell me, where do you go for your paid music downloads?
Last Friday, a 32-year-old woman leaped a fence and scaled a wall to jump into a Berlin Zoo enclosure holding four polar bears (including Knut). Six zookeepers attempted to distract the bears, but she was still bitten several times by one of the creatures. Even though it was their normal feeding time, she was able to be pulled out safely – minus those injuries – and was rushed to the hospital for surgery. Now after my initial shock, I flashbacked to a similar situation that so disturbed me as a child, that I instantly recalled that story when hearing this one. Learn what stuck in my head some 22 years later, when you read more
- The Afghan "rape law" is nothing new. — The XX Factor
- Sarah Palin's pick for Alaska's attorney general allegedly defends marital rape, too. — The Frisky
- Apple's Steve Jobs is currently working from home. — geeksugar
- Chuck Todd to get his own MSNBC weekend politics show. — Huffington Post
- Why Obama shouldn't waffle on Cuba. — Salon
- The eldest of Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar's 18 offspring is expecting his own child. — lilsugar
- A bright lime green SPS-3000 was spotted in the wild at a Sony factory in China. — Joystiq
- Netflix is looking for an experienced engineer to lead the gaming platforms team, which means that Netflix might make its way to the Wii and PlayStation 3 . . . eventually. — CrunchGear
- A new "solar city" is being planned near Charlotte County in Florida, and will include a 75-megawatt solar plant. — Switched
- Planning on getting a new smartphone soon? You may just want to wait, because Palm, Apple, and RIM plan on releasing new phones by the end of June. — Silicon Alley Insider
- Not everyone is happy with the second-gen Kindle screen. Many are taking to Amazon forums to talk about their Kindle font issues. — Wired
A revolution might be coming this Wednesday, April 15. Antitax protests, known as tea parties, have been brewing around the country, and they could boil over on tax day. T.E.A. stands for "taxed enough already."
On Wednesday, conservatives around the country will evoke the spirit of the American Revolution. Some of the transgressions of congress and the president to be protested include: voting for a $500 billion tax bill without even reading it; spending trillions of borrowed dollars; wanting government-controlled health care; trying to take wealth and redistribute it to others; and appointing a defender of child pornography to the number-two position in the Justice Department.
Basically there's a lot going on. Some sample slogans offered by TeaPartyDay.com? Party Like it's 1773. Obamanomics: Chains You Can Believe In. Commander and Thief. Your Mortgage Is Not My Problem. Liberty Is All the Stimulus We Need.
Economist Paul Krugman thinks the Tea Parties, which he calls AstroTurf — aka fake grass(roots) — should be mocked. To see why, read more
Sounds like Iron Chef wines will need to make room for some company: Top Chef wines. The New York Times reports that Bravo is moving beyond mere product placement on its shows, and is licensing its own line of products. Besides wine, the cable network's planning floral arrangements, cutlery, and cooking classes. In case your screen wasn't sufficiently overwhelmed with product plugs from Glad, Swanson, and Diet Dr Pepper, future Top Chef episodes will feature food-and-flora arrangements (such as a mix of daisies and brussels sprouts) in the background, with an onscreen graphic telling where to purchase the products.
Want to chop like a cheftestant? There'll also be branded knives from Master Cutlery and online cooking classes led by the contestants. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the show while sipping on TC wines by Terlato Wines International, the group behind big labels like Santa Margherita and Rutherford Hill.
With waning advertising revenue, a number of media brands have turned to product licensing to bring in much-needed profits. In the past, Bravo charged a fee for featuring the likes of Glad and Swanson on Top Chef. But with its new licensing arrangements, the network will ring in even more money, receiving cuts from the sale of all its products sold online.
Do you think this will be a successful strategy for Bravo? Could you see yourself buying Top Chef-branded knives, wine, cooking classes, or flower arrangements?
The 1.5 million Americans with relatives in Cuba will soon be able to travel freely to Cuba and transfer money to their family members on the island. The Obama administration hopes that the ease in restrictions will help reduce Cuban dependence on the communist regime, eventually making way for political change.
Under Bush, Cuban-Americans were only allowed to travel to Cuba for two weeks every three years.
The administration will also allow US telecom companies to provide cell phone and television services to Cubans.
An official announcement will come later today. Do you think it sounds like a good plan? Should all Americans be able to travel freely to Cuba?
I'm no rocket scientist, but I do know that if you start an open naming contest, fans of Stephen Colbert will quickly beam the comedian to first place. That's what happened to NASA when it decided to ask the public for suggestions on what to name a room in the space station, now called Node 3.
"Colbert" won the contest, but NASA still has the option to reject the write in winner. Tonight, a real-life scientist will go on the Colbert Report to share NASA's decision.
What does Stephen think NASA should do? He said: "Certainly I hope NASA does the right thing. Just kidding. I hope they name it after me."
The first family invited 30,000 friends (and a handful of bunnies) over today to participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This is the first year that tickets to the event were distributed online. The White House boiled and dyed 13,000 eggs for the roll, and all children under 10 will receive a wooden egg souvenir.
The Obamas are also using the tradition that dates back to 1878 as a chance to highlight healthy living. There are kid yoga classes, dance workshops, basketball games, and other physical activities planned. The kids were also treated to a performance by Fergie and a presidential reading of Where the Wild Things Are.
Check out some pictures from the South Lawn!