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DARTH VADER FOR PRESIDENT

DARTH VADER MORE POPULAR THAN ANY PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL

According to a new survey, Darth Vader is more popular than all the 2016 presidential hopefuls.

While this must be disturbing to all the politicians who have hopes of getting into the White House, things could be worse as the survey also found Congress is far less popular than Jar Jar Binks – who just happens to be the most hated character in the Star Wars universe. (Washington Post)

FART MACHINE BLASTS FRANCE

MAN BUILDS LARGEST FART MACHINE – AND BLASTS IT AT FRANCE

Some months back, a guy became famous on the Internet for creating a pair of awesome – and working – Wolverine claws.

Well, he’s back at it again, this time building the world’s largest fart machine.

Colin Furze – who lives in England and must really have a lot of free time on his hands – built the machine and blasted it at France, sending a roaring raspberry 21 miles across the sea. (KentOnline)

Where do the Millionaires live?

Wanna marry a millionaire? Better move to New York.

According to a study by Spear’s magazine and Wealth Insight, 4.63% of NYC’s population have assets of $1 million or more (excluding their primary residence). The other U.S. cities home to a lot of millionaires were Houston and San Francisco.

On a global scale, New York City has the fourth highest number of millionaires in the world − behind Monaco and the Swiss banking centers of Zurich and Geneva. Frankfurt, Germany, was fifth and London was sixth.

Here are the Top 20 Global Cities by Millionaire Density:

  1. Monaco (29.21%)
  2. Zurich (27.34%)
  3. Geneva (17.92%)
  4. New York (4.63%)
  5. Frankfurt (3.88%)
  6. London (3.39%)
  7. Oslo (2.90%)
  8. Singapore (2.80%)
  9. Amsterdam (2.63%)
  10. Florence (2.59%)
  11. Hong Kong (2.58%)
  12. Rome (2.54%)
  13. Dublin (2.40%)
  14. Doha (2.31%)
  15. Toronto (2.29%)
  16. Venice (2.25%)
  17. Brussels (2.11%)
  18. Houston (2.09%)
  19. San Francisco (2.07%)
  20. Paris (2.04%)

Weird News

WEIRD NEWS: Rear Feat

In Brazil, a 35-year-old visitor to a prison was caught with a lot of contraband up his butt. The full laundry list included …

  • Two cell phones
  • Two batteries
  • One pair of pliers
  • Two drill bits
  • Eight small hacksaws
  • Five nails
  • Three sim cards

The guy was busted when he tried to avoid the X-ray machine and appeared “nervous.”

Of course, it was a bad day at the office for the prison guards who had to get that stuff out of there. (DeathAndTaxesMag)

WEIRD NEWS: Something Fishy About This Theft

A Florida man is hoping not to get a raw deal when he goes on trial for shoplifting – after getting busted stuffing a tray of supermarket sushi down his pants.

Anthony Arnold Poucher walked into a Publix market and picked up a sampler of raw fish and sushi rolls, then tried to hide it down the front of his jean. But a security guard noticed something was fishy and stopped him before he could leave the store.

Poucher told officers that he was homeless and had no cash for food, and he swiped the $12 worth of sushi because that’s how he rolls.

He’s due in court early next month to answer the theft charges. (NWF Daily News)

WEIRD NEWS: Shirt Gets Him Cuffed

A wanna-be bank robber in Colorado ended up getting cuffed because of his choice of shirt – which had his name prominently displayed on the front.

John David Martinez strolled into a Wells-Fargo branch wearing a polo shirt with his name printed on it, then approached a teller to hand her a bag and a note telling her to fill it with money or else. She complied, but a surveillance camera captured his image, while an outdoor camera caught his license plate as well – giving cops enough evidence to find Martinez in less than five hours.

The police report says that the 68-year-old was concerned because “he told his wife that he had borrowed the money and did not tell her that he had robbed the bank.” He was booked on felony robbery charges the same day. (UPI)

WEIRD NEWS: Another Fine Meth!

Cops didn’t need a crystal ball to file drug charges against an Oklahoma woman – since she called them to complain that someone had laced her crystal meth with something weird.

Lynette Rae Sampson called 911 to say that she needed someone to come out and check on a tin of meth that she had sitting out on her kitchen counter. When an officer arrived on the scene, she took him over to where she’d stashed the drug and said she suspected that there was something unhealthy mixed in with it.

When Sampson opened the tin, the officer observed a hollowed out lightbulb and two baggies, all filled with the drug, and began questioning the woman. According to the police report, she began sweating profusely and saying she was hearing voices – then admitted she’d smoked some meth just before calling the cops.

A police spokesman said, “Once you think you’ve seen it all, something new will surprise you.” (Enid News)

WEIRD NEWS: Teen Has 232 Teeth Removed

If you’ve ever had a tooth pulled you know that it’s no picnic. But imagine what it would be like to have multiple teeth pulled, like say – 232 of them!

A teenager in India recently underwent a seven-hour surgery on his gums to have 232 tiny teeth removed. Doctors say Ashik Gavai’s condition is very rare (uh, you think?) and was likely the result of a benign tumor in the gum, which caused the formation of tiny teeth. The extractions have left the boy with 28 teeth in his mouth. (BBC News)

WEIRD NEWS: Raging Heifer on the Loose

Police in Sweden are warning residents about a rampaging pregnant cow that’s on the loose. 

This heated heifer somehow broke free from a farm and has so far sent two men to the hospital. One of them was reportedly head-butted by the cow and the other was dragged along the ground. Police arrived at the scene but the cow had already escaped. A police spokesperson is warning, “The cow is about to give birth and is irritable.” Her poor husband. (Sweden’s The Local)

WEIRD NEWS: Drunk Passenger Tries to Open Wrong Door

A drunk airline passenger is in trouble … and all he did was try to use the plane’s bathroom.

Tomasz Mucha of Poland enjoyed a few beers and some vodka on his flight from Krakow, Poland, to Dublin, Ireland, and got up to use the bathroom. He pulled on the door but it wasn’t opening. And it wasn’t because the bathroom was occupied. It’s because he was actually pulling on the plane’s emergency door. He was able to lift the door handle but fortunately couldn’t get the door open and the flight crew escorted him back to his seat.

When the plane landed he was arrested and eventually slapped with a hefty fine. Strangely enough, this was his very first time on a plane. (UK Daily Mail)


Weird Al is Back

"WEIRD AL" YANKOVIC: Fun to Be #1   

"Weird Al" Yankovic still can’t believe that he has his first number-one of his 35-year career.

The man who created hit parodies of songs by Michael Jackson in the 1980s, Nirvana in the 1990s and rapper Chamillionaire in the 2000s saw his latest album, Mandatory Fun, hit the top of the Billboard 200chart powered by a campaign of eight music videos released in eight days. Yankovic admits that topping the album chart is something he’s still “trying to wrap my brain around… The fact that I’ve been able to make a living out of this all this time that to me alone is success. But to have this kind of validation at this point in my career is pretty amazing.”

Here’s a couple of historic feats “Weird Al” scored this week:

  • Mandatory Fun is the first comedy album ever to debut at number-one and the first comedy album to top the album chart since Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut did it in 1963.
  • "Word Crimes," the parody of Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," debuted at number-39 on the Hot 100singles chart. That means Yankovic joins a very select group of artists who’ve had Top 40 hits in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s — Madonna and Michael Jackson are the only other people to do that.

Shia LaBeouf: Judge Postpones Disorderly Conduct Case

A New York judge has postponed Shia LaBeouf's disorderly conduct case as lawyers try to hammer out a resolution.

Attorneys on both sides told a judge today (Thursday) that they’re exploring an agreement to resolve the matter and asked for more time. Shia’s due back in court on September 10th.

The actor, who is being treated for addiction problems, was arrested in June after he allegedly disrupted a performance of Cabaret

Source: Hollywood Reporter

 

Bill Murray News

BILL MURRAY: Shows Up at Ice Cream Social

Bill Murray has shown time and time again that he has a knack for making a day better just by making a surprise appearance, and he’s done it again — this time appearing at an ice cream social.

Aspiring actor and ice cream maker Joe Nicchi owns an ice cream truck and found out that Murray was filming a movie up the block, so he parked his truck near the set and hosted a “Bill Murray Ice Cream Social.” He hoped his ice cream would lure his idol to the truck and it worked. Murray found out about it and walked over for some soft-serve. Nicchi says “He was so complimentary, he even tried to pay me but I refused to take money from him. I said, ‘I just wanted to meet you, you’re my inspiration,’ and he was so receptive and so nice.” It turns out this isn’t the first time Nicchi used his ice cream to meet celebrities. He’s previously hosted a “Courtney Cox Ice Cream Social” and a “Halle Berry Ice Cream Social” near sets where they were filming. (People)

"Women shouldn’t provoke beating"

ESPN’S Stephen A. Smith is in hot water after suggesting that women could take steps not to “provoke” men into beating them.

Smith made the comments on the network’s First Take, responding to NFL star Ray Rice's two-game suspension for knocking out his fiancée.

In a rambling speech that was mainly about what he would do if a female member of his family was beaten, he addressed women, saying, “We got to also make sure that you can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen. We know they’re wrong. We know they’re criminals. We know they probably deserve to be in jail. But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way.”

Smith’s ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle didn’t appreciate the message, tweeting, “So I was just forced to watch this morning’s First Take. A) I’ll never feel clean again B) I’m now aware that I can provoke my own beating.” She later tweeted, “I was in an abusive relationship once. I’m aware that men & women can both be the abuser. To spread a message that we not ‘provoke’ is wrong. Violence isn’t the victim’s issue. It’s the abuser’s. To insinuate otherwise is irresponsible and disgusting. Walk. Away.”

Smith took to Twitter to defend himself, admitting that he could have been more “articulate” in his statements, but adding, “I wasn’t BLAMING women for anything. I was simply saying to take all things into consideration for preventative.” Smith also said that while he had “profound” respect for Beadle, he was “annoyed” by her criticism.

News Minute Israel UPDATE

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start tomorrow morning. The military says that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time and end at 8 p.m. However, the military warns that it will “respond if

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UNITED NATIONS-ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS. UPDATE: israel: 12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday. JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.. The military says in a statement that

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Diplomats gathering…Feds monitoring arrest death probe…Cellphone “unlock” law

PARIS (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will join other foreign ministers in Paris tomorrow to push for a cease-fire in Gaza, where more than 820 Palestinians and more than 30 Israeli troops have been killed. Kerry will be joined by his

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JERUSALEM (AP) — After signs that there could potentially be a pause in the deadly violence in Gaza, Israel’s defense minister has told troops that the ground invasion could be widened “significantly.” More than 820 Palestinians have been killed,

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No truce yet…Obama urges Central America to work on immigrant issue…Stocks finish lower

JERUSALEM (AP) — After 18 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas, a seven-day truce isn’t yet within reach. Secretary of State John Kerry, who’s been trying to arrange the cease-fire, told reporters in Egypt that there’s more work to do. The

JERUSALEM (AP) — There’s no deal yet. Secretary of State John Kerry says he still hasn’t been able to get Israel and Hamas to call a 7-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza war, but he’s continuing to try. His comments in Cairo came after days of

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Israel reportedly rejects cease-fire plan…Obama meets with Central American leaders…Patient had ammunition

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media say the country’s Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a U.S. proposal for a temporary pause in Israel-Hamas fighting. The proposal by Secretary of State John Kerry calls for a temporary truce during which Israel

CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has delayed his departure from Egypt for several hours, to talk again with the officials from Qatar (GUH’-tur) who are serving as a go-between with Hamas. It’s part of the effort by Kerry and U.N.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Five Palestinians are reported dead after protests in two West Bank towns over Israel’s 18-day military operation in Gaza. The mayor of one town says two people were killed there when clashes broke out after an Israeli motorist 

JERUSALEM (AP) — Palestinian hospital officials say four Palestinians have been killed during West Bank protests against Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip. The circumstances of the shootings in two separate villages are not yet clear.