Friday, July 30, 2010
Looking at the latest trends in the world of the teenager, I've run across such things as collectible "Silly Bandz", a new social networking platform called "Formspring", "Half-Baldies" - where girls partially shave their heads and , of course (yawn) vampires.
The most disconcerting thing I found was "digital drugs". It's gone from sniffing glue and raiding grandma's medicine cabinet to loggin onto the net to get high. What? That's what I said. No longer do you have to wait for Jimmy Sunshine to make you smile - YouTube is your new connection.
I-dosing uses sound frequencies to manipulate your brain and create a physiological effect that resembles a “high”. Like Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and your friend Tommy's couch in his parent's basement. Truth be told, it all sounds (pun intended) pretty innocent, its biggest negative effect is that it may lead to the usage of actual drugs - a gateway sound if you will.
So, while other generations peeled mushrooms off of cow’s dung and eroded their brains with RobitussinDM and Magic Eye 3D paintings, teens today are listening to an mp3 that made you half consider smoking a cigarette.
IN CASE YOU'RE Feeling EXPERIMENTAL
Pfizer is planning to distribute a children’s form of Viagra under the guise of treating a lung ailment that affects 600 kids each year.
According to the New York Post:
Viagra, which modifies blood flows, could reduce unusually high blood pressure in a child’s lungs, or pulmonary arterial hypertension. Symptoms include dizziness, chest pain and fatigue.
A panel of FDA advisers will determine on Thursday whether to green light the kid’s version.
If Pfizer’s drug meets FDA requirements for children’s treatment, Pfizer would get an extra six months of exclusive Viagra sales without generic competition. Viagra sales in 2009 were $1.89 billion. Its patents expire in 2012.
The FDA asked Pfizer to create this child-friendly version of Viagra to help children affected with the rare lung disorder in 2001, which Pfizer declined to do until now. Why the sudden change of heart to want to help kids? Presumably due to their desire to extend the patent since, as it currently stands, competitors would be able to sell a generic version of Viagra in 2012, a move which could cut Pfizer’s Viagra profits by half.
So, good news for people who are big fans of kids having healthy lungs and throbbing erections as well as shady corporate maneuvering. And funny, yet slightly misleading, headlines! Which accounts for pretty much all of us, I assume.
You may or may not know this, but the Japanese have a thing for weird drinks.
As a nation, they love soft drinks. Surveys show that about 40% of the nation's citizens drink at least one soft drink every day. That's about 50 million people.
And, trends come and go very quickly in Japan, so soft drink companies are constantly coming out with new stuff.
Here's a rundown of some bizarre soft drinks that are currently on sale in Japan:
- Pepsi Blue Hawaii -- It's Pepsi, flavored with Pineapple and Lemon.
- Fanta Furufuru Shaker -- It's a Jello drink that gets fizzy when you shake it.
- Melon Milk -- Melon is actually a favorite fruit flavor in Japan, so it was only a matter of time before they mixed it with milk.
- Bilk -- 70% beer, 30% milk. No joke.
- Kid's Wine -- The beverage company Sangaria makes "wine" for children.
- Placenta Drink -- One of the ingredients is the placenta from a pig.
- Eel Soda -- An energy drink made with eel extract.
- Okkikunare Drinks -- Okkikunare is Japanese for "make them bigger." These apple, peach, and mango flavored drinks are infused with a special ingredient that supposedly enlarges breasts.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
In all likehood, come November in Wisconsin we will have a choice between Dem. Tom Barrett and either Scott Walker or Mark Neumann for the Republican party. But just imagine if a wildcard like Basil Marceaux candidate for Tennessee Gov. hit the scene - that would be fun!
Let's be sure to say during this week of EAA in Oshkosh that airplanes crashing are not funny (Jack Roush) but a harmless practical joke in the air is VERY funny especially when caught on camera. Here is a pilot that faked a mid-air blackout and the camera operator's reaction is GOLD Jerry Gold I tell you!
If you buy clothes at Wal-Mart, better watch out -- the store may be spying on you from your closet! The retail giant plans to put radio frequency "smart tags" on all underwear and jeans, which will let them track where each garment goes! The tags are removable but they never stop working, so if you toss them, Wal-Mart would know where. Creepy! Wal-Mart says the tags are designed to keep track of inventory, but critics says it's way too Big Brother-y for stores to know where we wear their clothes!
Full Story on Thefrisky.com
In the photos -- which were taken around 6:15 PM on Tuesday at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh -- you can see the plane veer to one side while attempting to land ... and then violently crash. Roush -- who's the owner of Roush Fenway Racing -- and his only passenger Brenda Strickland were both transported to Theda Clark hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Incredibly, this is the second time Roush has crashed a plane and lived to tell about it ... back in 2002, his aircraft ended up in a lake in Alabama, where he was rescued by a retired Marine who lived close by.
Hard rock fans looking to get hitched can do it this summer at Ozzfest. The festival promoters are offering up "Unholy Matrimony Packages," where the bride and groom and a wedding party of eight get general admission pit tickets, an official wedding ceremony by an ordained minister (Ozzfest's MC Big Dave), an Ozzfest cake and champagne toast as well as an exclusive backstage tour. Ozzfest kicks off its brief run August 14th in Devore, California with Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Black Label Society, Drowning Pool and Nonpoint on the bill.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
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I guess Van Halen just has problems with guys named "Dave". It’s taken him more than 30 years, but the The Kinks’ Dave Davies has finally offered his opinion on Van Halen’s cover of "You Really Got Me". His verdict? “I’m sure Eddie Van Halen played better when he was drunk.”
Classic Rock’s Rob Hughes met up with Davies last week and they got talking about Van Halen’s 1978 cover of The Kinks classic.
Davies didn’t seem overly impressed by the VH version. Here’s what he had to say:
“Van Halen’s version was very Middle America. It was like, ‘Hey man, look at me with my tight trousers! Here’s our version of You Really Got Me!’ “There’s the thing: good art isn’t always about having the comfiest technique. I shouldn’t encourage him, but I’m sure Eddie Van Halen played better when he was drunk. But it must be a good record if people like it.
“We got pissed off though, when we played America. The Kinks had an album out called Low Budget  and we ended up touring and playing stadiums. Some kid came up to me after one of the gigs and said: ‘I like your cover of Van Halen’s You Really Got Me.’ You have to smile sometimes.” Ouch!
Video is king.
Last week pictures hit the net showing the before and after of a boat off Cape Town South Africa getting flattened by a breaching whale. the pictures went viral.... in other words people went crazy and logged onto the net in whale-size numbers. I can't imagine what this video will do for business and hits. WOW! It's so much more frightening in real-time. Enjoy - from a nice, safe distance.
THE KINGS OF LEON ARE ONE OF THE FEW BANDS SELLING OUT THEIR CONCERTS THIS SUMMER -- BUT FRIDAY NIGHT IN ST LOUIS, THEY QUIT THEIR OWN SHOW AFTER ONLY 3 SONGS -- THEY WERE BEING BOMBARDED BY PIGEON POOP -- THE MANAGEMENT OF THE VERIZON AMPHITHEATER WARNED THEM IN ADVANCE THEY WERE HAVING A "SIGNIFICANT PIGEON PROBLEM THIS SUMMER, AND WERE DOING ALL THEY COULD TO FIX IT" -- BASS PLAYER JARED FOLLOWILL SAID "WE DIDN'T WANT TO CANCEL, SO WE WENT FOR IT. WE TRIED TO PLAY. BUT IT WAS RIDICULOUS"
-- ACCORDING TO THE GROUP'S MANAGER "JARED WAS HIT SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE FIRST TWO SONGS. IT'S NOT ONLY DISGUSTING, IT'S A TOXIC HEALTH HAZARD. THE BAND REALLY TRIED TO HANG IN THERE" -- FOLLOWILL SAID THERE WAS ALREADY POOP ON HIS PEDAL AND THE CARPET WHEN HE WALKED ONSTAGE -- THE ATTACK STARTED DURING THE OPENING NUMBER, WHEN HE GOT BLASTED IN THE FACE -- A CREW MEMBER WIPED MOST OF IT OFF, BUT THEN HE GOT BOMBED AGAIN -- IN THE MIDDLE OF THEIR THIRD SONG, HE WAS HIT IN THE CHEEK AND SOME OF IT LANDED NEAR HIS MOUTH -- HE SAID "WE WERE PLANNING TO DO 20 SONGS THAT NIGHT. BY THE END OF THE SHOW, I WOULD'VE BEEN COVERED FROM HEAD TO TOE" -- REFUNDS WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING THIS MORNING...
According to a new book -- "Sex, Drugs and Bon Jovi" -- the bodacious pics of the band cavorting with topless women on a bed are from a 1985 photo shoot that was deemed way too risque for the public. So, the sexy snapshots never saw the light of day ... until now.
The guy who wrote the book -- Bon Jovi's tour manager at the time -- claims Jon went ballistic trying to keep the photos under wraps ... because he was afraid they'd ruin his reputation. It's unclear if he was more worried about the bedroom shots or the pose with Michael Jackson.
No need to fear, Jon. The pics just prove what everyone already assumed -- being a rock star is AWESOME.