Alexis Norman Blows it On The Star Spangled Banner
Alexis Normand sings the American National Anthem in the 2013 Memorial Cup game between the Portland Winterhawks and the Halifax Mooseheads. – We feel bad for this girl. Apparently, so did the audience. Notice they tried to help her out near the end.
NASA has been monitoring meteor explosions on the surface of the Moon since 2005, and have announced that they observed and recorded an explosion in March that was so bright it would have been visible from Earth without a telescope. The impact was nearly 10 times as bright as others that had been previously recorded. Scientists estimate the meteor was about the size of a small boulder and released as much energy as five tons of dynamite. Unlike Earth, the Moon has no atmosphere to protect it, so meteoroids don’t burn up as they approach the surface. Over the past eight years, NASA has observed more than 300 impacts.
Oxbow Wins Preakness
There will be no Triple Crown winner yet again this year, after Kentucky Derby winner Orb managed only a fourth-place finish in the Preakness on Saturday (May 18th), behind winner Oxbow. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
NYC’s Bloomberg: Being a Plumber May Be Better Than Going to College
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks college may not be the best bet for many high school grads unless they are really smart, saying on his weekly radio show Friday (May 17th) that they may be better off being a plumber. The New York Daily News cited Bloomberg as saying, “The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren’t rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class. Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College — being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal. You don’t spend . . . four years spending $40,000, $50,000 in tuition without earning income.” Bloomberg also said another benefit to learning a trade, like plumbing, is that it’s hard to outsource or computerize those kind of jobs.
Car Thieves Accidentally Butt-Dial Cops
Police in Fresno, California were able to arrest two men after they accidentally butt-dialed 9-1-1 and detailed their entire burglary plan. Sergeant Jaime Rios said they were able to listen in as the two 20-year-old men, Nathan Teklemariam and Carson Reinhart, talked about their burglary plan and then carried it out. He explained, “I have never heard of something like this. There have been times where the dispatcher hears something like this, but never has a call come in before a crime being committed and staying on all the way to the end.” (Gawker)
Dating On The Metro In Prague
Transportation officials in Prague plan to help single residents find a partner by designating specific train cars as dating cars. A spokesman for the transportation company, Ropid, said, “In the metro you can already read and learn, so why not find a partner? We want to make life more pleasant. People today have no time to meet. We do not know yet whether the dating car will be the last carriage on each train and whether it will work day a week or one an hour. We need to do some fine tuning.” (Metro)