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Showbiz & Celebrity / OPRAH, I'M YOUR DAD!
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:25:38 AM »
Man Steps Forward Claiming He's Oprah's Father

By PopEater Staff 

Oprah WinfreyAn 84-year-old farmer says he's Oprah Winfrey's biological dad.

Nohr Robinson wrote Oprah a letter, agreeing to submit to a paternity test to prove his allegations, The New York Post reports.

"I told her [in a letter], if she wanted, I'd give her one," Robinson told the Post of a DNA test. The talk show host never wrote back, according to the WWII vet.

"I never got no answer. I never did get no answer. If I did, it didn't get to me," he added.

Robinson claims he doesn't want any of Oprah's money, just the chance to speak to the women he believes is his daughter.

"I'd like her to call me," he explained of his motives.

Oprah was raised by her mother, Vernita Lee, and Lee's boyfriend.

The National Enquirer first reported of the alleged ties between Robinson and Oprah.

Jokes and Humor / Four Worms and a Lesson to be Learned
« on: April 20, 2010, 12:05:28 AM »
Four   Worms  and a Lesson to be  learned

A minister decided that a visual demonstration  would add emphasis
to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed  into four separate jars..

The first worm was put into a  container of  alcohol.
The second worm was put  into a container of  cigarette smoke.
The third worm  was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean  soil.

At the conclusion of the  sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm  in alcohol - Dead.

The  second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead

The Third worm in  chocolate syrup -Dead

Fourth worm in good clean soil  -Alive.

So the Minister asked the congregation, "What did you  learn from this demonstration?"

Bella was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,

'As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'   ;D ;D ;D ;D

Showbiz & Celebrity / 10 Worst Star Sprangled Banner Renditions Ever
« on: April 14, 2010, 09:05:46 PM »

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Health and Food / Why Women Hoard Bras
« on: April 10, 2010, 10:41:46 PM »
Why women hoard bras
Fri Apr 09 2010

Lisa Wright Staff Reporter

When times are tough, people scrimp and save. But what’s with all the bras stacked up across the pond?

A new survey has revealed that British women own a staggering 124 million bras — enough to stretch nearly three times around the world. ;D

The survey, by market researchers, polled 3,000 women aged 18 to 65. It found that the typical female owns 13 bras but wears only eight of them regularly.

“Most women have a bra for each outfit or occasion, but many get condemned to life in a drawer” after one or two wears, says a website spokeswoman.

At an average cost of 28 British pounds, that means 3.47 billion pounds — $5.32 billion — of bras never see the light of day, the survey indicates.

Bra hoarding sounds a little odd but it isn’t at all shocking to Liliana Mann, a lifelong lover of lingerie who has kept abreast of the undergarment-wearing trends of women for decades.

Toronto’s resident `boob expert’ says it’s not just Brits who hoard their bras, noting that most women in developed countries do so, particularly in recessionary times.

“It’s an easy pick-me-up and the least expensive luxury for women,” says Mann, who runs four Linea Intima lingerie shops in Toronto. “You may not be able to afford a car or a vacation right now, but you can create a fantasy at home.

“It’s a hard item to resist,” continues Mann, whose stylish and sexy bras run from $60 to $250. “Women usually say they’re shopping for two or three but end up buying five, even now.”

Mann’s 25-year-old business has not sagged but instead has held steady in this recession, to the point where she was able to open up her fifth location in London, Ont. in 2008, “right when all hell broke loose” in the economy. Mann also just put the finishing touches on a renovation to her Bayview Village location to make it look more like a boudoir.

BRA HOARDING also relates to the very practical nature of the fairer sex, whose favourite bras worn in regular rotation still tend to be nude, black and white to match most clothing.

“Women especially don’t like to give up their things, even when they’re old or falling apart or don’t fit anymore, because we always think we can use them again down the road,” says Mann. “And a bra is such a small item that it doesn’t take up hardly any space so it’s easy just to leave them in a drawer.”

She’s not surprised that the poll also revealed 42 per cent of women have never been properly measured for a bra, while many had no idea what their correct size was.

She offers customers professional bra fittings on site and claims to be able to tell in a matter of seconds whether a woman is wearing the right bra for her figure.

“Our breasts have different sizes, shapes and weights. Some women are heavier or have sloped shoulders... That’s really why I’m on a mission here, because it has an effect on your well-being and your self-confidence when you look better, and it all starts under your clothes.”

She never recommends going bra-less after puberty. “It’s okay if you’re in the south of France, or if you’re at home engaging in some hanky-panky. Otherwise, I don’t think so.”

Since the survey relates to women in England, Mann says she suspects a couple of the royals have a few extra bras lying around. They could clearly use some help getting strapped into a proper one, she adds.

“I would love to do a fitting with the Queen of England and Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall). It’s a shame because they shop at Harrods and Rigby & Peller, which are great, but because they’re royalty, they’re probably being told what they want to hear.

“I tell it like it is because once you find a good bra you never go back. It can make you look up to 10 pounds lighter and 20 years younger.”

Mann would like to help two Americans in particular, Meg Ryan and Laura Bush, noting the former first lady “always has nice lipstick and hair and clothes but her breasts are hanging down around her waist.” ;D

A rule of thumb when you’re unsure is to go for a smaller width and possibly a bigger cup, she tells us. For instance a lot of the women who think they are 34B are often 32C, but they don’t account for the give in elasticity from both washing and wearing.

She equates new bras to new shoes. “A bit tight is better than too wide because they will conform to your shape.”

Technology / Brand New iPad, giposposan og Baseball bat!
« on: April 09, 2010, 02:23:39 AM »
Apple's latest iPad is flying off store shelves, with an estimated 300,000 already sold in the U.S. But some are fighting back against all the hype over the new touch-screen gadget. In a YouTube video that's quickly become a viral hit, a group of teens take turns smashing up their newly purchased $500 (US) iPad with an aluminum bat and the results aren't pretty. Fans of Apple might want to shield their eyes.

General Topic / 13-Year-Old Boy to Attempt Everest Summit
« on: April 07, 2010, 11:24:29 PM »

    13-Year-Old Boy to Attempt Everest Summit
    Tue Apr 6, 2010

A 13-year-old California boy plans to try to climb Mount Everest in a quest to reach the summits of the highest peaks on all seven continents.

If Jordan Romero succeeds, he'll become the youngest person to conquer the world's highest mountain.

Jordan will attempt the ascent to 29,035 feet with his father and his father's girlfriend, both experienced outdoors people who have helped train the teenager for top-level mountaineering.

When Jordan was only 9, a school mural of the seven summits inspired his ambitious goal.

"I told my dad about it and he didn't say no. He just explained the difficulties and what I'd have to do. We started training right away," said Jordan, who was scheduled to depart for Nepal Monday night.

At age 10, he became the youngest American to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. He's steadily checked off four of the tallest peaks since then, including Alaska's Mount McKinley, which many climbers consider to be a more technical climb than Everest.

18 Disastrous Invasive Species (That Happen To Be Delicious)

April 6th, 2010 by Tim

Invasive species are a major problem the world over. They kill local plants and animals, clog streams, destroy habitats, and devastate anything natural in their path. Sometimes they were introduced for a purpose, sometimes they escaped into the wild — but they always cause trouble. However, there is sometimes one redeeming feature of the proliferation of an animal in a new environment — they can be crazy freaking delicious!

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Silver and Common Carp
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Green Crabs
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Red Deer
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Chinese Mitten Crab
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Rainbow Trout
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Sports and Fitness / NBA To Start Charging Teams For Free Throws
« on: April 07, 2010, 10:37:25 PM »
NBA To Start Charging Teams For Free Throws

April 6, 2010

NEW YORK—In an effort to increase the league's revenue and offset the expensive cost of foul shots, commissioner David Stern announced Monday that the NBA would begin charging teams a $50 fee per free throw attempt. "We just can't afford to keep them free anymore," said Stern, adding that not charging for foul shots was causing the NBA to lose $25 million a year. "We believe this is a fair price. Now, if teams don't want to pay the fee they can just take the ball out-of-bounds." According to Stern, the NBA will now offer free throw insurance throughout the playoffs, allowing players to reshoot missed attempts for an additional $150.

Inspiration & Hope / Rend Your Hearts, Not Your Garments!
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:28:15 AM »
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LGU Philippines / Why Do We Listen to Politicians?
« on: February 13, 2010, 03:56:54 AM »

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Love Talk / I love YOU more or He/She loves ME more?
« on: February 13, 2010, 03:48:51 AM »
7 out of 10 Filipinos will choose partners who love them more, survey shows

By Lawrence de Guzman
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Would you choose as a lifetime partner the person you love more or the person who loves you more?

For seven out of 10 (71 percent) adult Filipinos, the answer is a partner who loves them more, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

The Fourth Quarter 2009 Social Weather Survey asked respondents, "If you could choose only one among the following as your lifetime partner, which would you pick? (The person who loves me but I love more, or the person I love but who loves me more.)"

Panlilio: They are undoing a miracle

By Tonette Orejas
Central Luzon Desk

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— Wearing black to symbolize the “death of truth,” supporters of priest-turned-governor Ed Panlilio reacted with anger and indignation to his unseating by the Commission on Elections which declared Lilia Pineda the winner of the 2007 gubernatorial election.

Some 700 supporters of Panlilio gathered at the grounds of the provincial capitol for a prayer-vigil that started a few hours after the Comelec’s 2nd Division announced its decision on Thursday.

Priests, nuns, theologians and pastors wore black shirts. Others covered their mouths with a strip of black cloth.

“How can we entrust the election of 2010 to [the Comelec] if it could not be trusted with its count in 2007?” said Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

He said the election commissioners will have quite a lot of explaining to do before people can believe that “the wife of Bong Pineda, a veteran in patronage politics, was a victim of cheating by a priest candidate, a total neophyte in politics,” David said.

Showbiz & Celebrity / APO Hiking Society to Disband
« on: February 13, 2010, 03:38:36 AM »
Time to say goodbye

By Nestor Torre
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Fans of the Apo Hiking Society were recently shocked by the popular singing group’s announcement that it will disband by the middle of the year. Its 40-year career has produced so many great songs and vibrant musical
memories that fans can’t be blamed for wanting the music to go on—and on.

But, Jim, Buboy and Danny now have other priorities and want to make their exit while they’re at the peak of their musical game.

World Daily News / Coin scam alleged after cities lose $1.5M
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:59:18 AM »
Coin scam alleged after cities lose $1.5M

Tue Feb 09 2010

Nickels, dimes and quarters at a time, a Toronto company hired to sort through change from parking machines and transit fares is under investigation after at least $1.5 million went unaccounted for in three GTA cities and Hamilton.

Avero Security Inc., an armoured truck company, had been contracted to count, roll and deposit money from Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga and Hamilton.

But in many cases, funds that were to be deposited never made it in the municipalities' bank accounts.

At the time, in 2007 and 2008, Avero executives apologized and promised to fix the errors. So, while cities waited for their money – unaware similar irregularities were occurring across the GTA – Avero trucks continued to collect cash for months. Police are investigating.

World Daily News / Trenton commander faces murder charges
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:57:45 AM »
Trenton commander faces murder charges

Arrest of respected military 'big shot' ends hunt for predator and sends shock waves across Ontario.

He was the model military man, rising quickly through the ranks and enjoying a 23-year career in which he brushed shoulders with top-level government and commanded one of Canada's most important military bases.

But on Monday, Col. Russell Williams' career took an unexpected turn when he appeared in a Belleville courtroom, shackled at the ankles and charged with the first-degree murders of two women.

Williams' arrest was the stunning culmination of a 10-day search for Jessica Lloyd, a 27-year-old woman from the Belleville area who vanished in late January. The 46-year-old colonel also has been charged in the death of Marie-France Comeau, a 37-year-old corporal found dead in November, as well as two counts of sexual assault in connection with two home invasions near Tweed, Ont., last September. (Toronto Star)

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So, like, what's up with Tiger Woods this morning?

Valentinestiger Good deal. Apparently all he has to do is keep his paws to himself for six months and all will be well in marriage-ville. He may want to try getting put in a medically-induced coma. NY Post has this lovely, hopeful story:

"Philandering golf legend Tiger Woods is getting a last chance at romance from his betrayed wife. Elin Nordegren has given Woods six months to prove he won't cheat on her - for what would be the umpteenth time - in order to save their troubled marriage, a new report reveals. Elin - who picked up Tiger last week as he left a Mississippi sex-addiction rehab clinic - "has been convinced there is hope for the marriage," a close friend of the wife told Britain's Sunday Mirror newspaper. "The doctors told her she shouldn't underestimate Tiger's ability to learn new coping skills and grow as a person. And they say he has made remarkable progress," the friend said. Elin, 30, visited Woods during his recent stint at the Gentle Path treatment center in Hattiesburg and participated in counseling sessions with him. "It is so hard for Elin," the Swedish stunner's friend told the Mirror. "The reality is there is still a lot of love left for Tiger. That's why she is willing to give him another chance. "She would hate herself if she just gave up on him. But one thing is for sure," warned the pal. "Elin won't be duped twice." Woods, 34, had affairs with up to a dozen or more women during his marriage to Elin. The Mirror reported that Elin's friends have said she has locked up her wedding ring in a safe, with one gal pal saying she will only put it back on her finger "when she has made up her mind what the future holds." Elin has been stung by allegations that she wants to milk Woods for a divorce settlement worth hundreds of millions of dollars. "There is not enough money in the world to buy Elin's love," her friend said. "After five years of marriage, she feels she has to try to make things work." Elin was spotted in Florida yesterday carrying presents - apparently for their son, Charlie, who was celebrating his first birthday. The couple also have a 2-year-old daughter, Sam. Meanwhile, Woods' caddie is shooting down reports that the golfer will return to competition at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, which begins Feb. 17."

Showbiz & Celebrity / 'My Way' can be killer karaoke tune in Philippines
« on: February 10, 2010, 01:49:34 AM »
'My Way' can be killer karaoke tune in Philippines

Tue Feb 09 2010 (Toronto Star)

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES–After a day of cutting hair, Rodolfo Gregorio went to his neighbourhood karaoke bar. Putting aside his glass of Red Horse Extra Strong beer, he grasped a microphone with a habitué's self-assuredness and briefly stilled the room with "My Prayer," by the Platters.

Next, he belted out crowd-pleasers by Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. But Gregorio, 63, a witness to countless fistfights and occasional stabbings from disputes over karaoke singing, did not dare choose one beloved classic: Frank Sinatra's version of "My Way."

"I used to like 'My Way,' but after all the trouble, I stopped singing it," he said. "You can get killed."

The authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling "My Way" in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fuelled.

But the media have recorded at least six victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the "My Way Killings."

The murders have spawned urban legends about the song and left Filipinos grasping for answers. Are the killings the natural by-product of the country's culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?

Filipinos, who pride themselves on their singing, may have a lower tolerance for bad singers. Indeed, most of the "My Way" killings have reportedly occurred after the singer sang out of tune, causing other patrons to laugh or jeer. "The trouble with 'My Way,' " said Gregorio, "is that everyone knows it and everyone has an opinion."

Whatever the reason, many karaoke bars have removed the song from their playbooks. And the country's many Sinatra lovers are practising self-censorship out of perceived self-preservation.

Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines. In the past two years, a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for monopolizing the microphone at a bar and a Thai man killed eight of his neighbours in a rage after they sang John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads."




Unplanned pregnancy warning to older women over 35

Age alone is not a contraceptive, experts warn

Experts fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age.

The Family Planning Association (FPA) believes the message on infertility and age has gone "too far".

Although fertility does wane, women can still fall pregnant well into their thirties, forties and even fifties.

Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under 16s, figures for England and Wales show.

In 2008, both of these groups had an abortion rate of four per 1,000 women.
There are many reasons why some women opt for an abortion - including birth abnormalities in the baby, which are more common when the mothers are older.

But FPA says its anecdotal evidence suggests some of the abortions are because women wrongly assumed they could not get pregnant because they were too old.

Aimed at women aged 35 and over, the FPA's new campaign 'Conceivable?' reminds women to stay vigilant about unplanned pregnancy and to keep using contraception until after the menopause if they do not wish to become pregnant.

Chief executive of the FPA Julie Bentley said: "Whilst the message about fertility declining with age is an important one, it is often overplayed, alongside disproportionate messaging about unplanned teenage pregnancies.

"It sends an inaccurate message to women and society that only the young fall pregnant and is leading older women to believe their fertility has gone long before it actually has."

Once is enough

She said women should realise it is entirely conceivable that just one night of unprotected sex in your late 30s, 40s and even 50s can end in an unplanned pregnancy.

"Our helpline receives calls from such women, shocked this has happened to them.

"They thought their age would protect them from becoming pregnant."

She said in general all methods of contraception were suitable for the over-35s.

Women aged 30 to 34 continue to have the highest fertility rate - 113.1 live births per 1,000 women.

But the rate among women aged 40 and over has more than doubled since 1988, from 5.1 to 12.6 per 1,000 women, and there were more than 26,000 live births to women in this age group in 2008, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Emily James of Marie Stopes International said: "Many older women facing an unplanned pregnancy are completely shocked to find themselves in this position - many assume that their irregular periods are due to menopause, and are surprised to learn that they are in fact pregnant.

"It is vital that women of all ages are provided with the information, support and advice they need when deciding whether or not to continue with an unplanned pregnancy."


Patients with amygdala injury 'unafraid' to gamble

The amygdala is associated with fear

Californian scientists think they may have discovered the part of the brain which makes people fear losing money.

The study, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looked at two patients who had damaged their amygdala, deep within the brain.

These patients were less worried about financial losses than the normal volunteers they were compared with.

The scientists say this could translate to how people make decisions in fields ranging from politics to game shows.

'Loss aversion' describes the avoidance of choices which can lead to losses, even when accompanied by equal or much larger gains.

Game behaviour

"You've just answered the £500,000 question correctly and have moved on to the final question.

"You're down to your 50:50 lifeline but don't know the answer.

"If you get it right, you'll win £1 million; if you get it wrong, you'll drop back to £32,000.

"The vast majority of people would take the 'loss averse option' and walk away with £500,000."

This study, carried out by scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), set out to find out if the amygdala plays a role in causing loss aversion.

It looked at two women who had a rare condition which produced lesions on their amygdalae but no other brain damage.

The lesions prevented them from perceiving, recognising or feeling fear.

The two women were each matched with six control volunteers who had similar age, income and education.


The participants were offered a series of gambles to test whether the chance of losing money affected their willingness to gamble.

The study found that healthy volunteers would only opt to gamble if the potential gains were one and a half to two times the size of the potential losses.

But the patients whose amygdalae were damaged would play even if there was a much poorer ratio between gains and losses, and one sometimes played even if the potential loss was greater than the potential gain.

The authors say that a fully functioning amygdala appears to make people more cautious, and afraid of losing money.

"It may be that the amygdala controls a very general biological mechanism for inhibiting risky behaviour when outcomes are potentially negative, such as the monetary loss aversion which shapes our everyday financial decisions," said Dr Benedetto De Martino, who is currently a visiting researcher at University College, London.

He pointed out that loss aversion has been shown in many settings including high stakes game show decisions, financial markets, politics, and also in monkey behaviour.

It probably derives from "a basic evolutionary defence mechanism", he said.

He added that it was helpful to understand its basic biological mechanisms so that policymakers could design policies to address it.

'Elegant experiment'

John Aggleton, Professor of Psychology at Cardiff University, said:

"This is a novel and exciting study. The authors conducted a very elegant and neat experiment.

"The amygdala is an area of the brain that is important for normal emotional responses and for how we perceive our environment.

"It plays a subtle role in helping people to learn the attributes of good things and bad things.

"Most people have been found to have a bias against losses, but this study shows very clearly that when the amygdala is damaged, this "loss aversion" disappears."

Sports and Fitness / Terminator to carry Olympic torch
« on: February 09, 2010, 01:46:00 PM »

The Terminator will run with the Vancouver Olympic torch.

Vancouver Games officials say California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the onetime actor who starred in films such as James Cameron's The Terminator, will carry the torch this Friday, ahead of the 2010 opening ceremony.

The Great One's father, Walter Gretzky, will also take part in the torch relay in its final hours, running in Vancouver.

The star-studded lineup for the final days of the relay also includes astronaut Julie Payette, who will run Wednesday, and singers Jann Arden and Michael Bublé on Thursday.

Rolly Fox, the father of Canadian hero Terry Fox, will bear the torch Friday near English Bay, after Seb Coe, a former Olympian and chairman of the London 2012 organizing committee.

The 106-day relay is in Langley and Surrey on Monday, as it makes it way toward Vancouver for the start of the Games.

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