Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Robin Thicke Do “Blurred Lines”
This was done in the Late Night Music Room. The only instruments used were the kind you’d find in an elementary classroom… Recorder, Xylophone, cowbells, casio keyboard, etc.
Wednesday’s Powerball Jackpot is at $400 million! As it stands, it would be the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever. The highest was $590.5 million , won on 18 May 2013.
Flying cars may sound like something out of “The Jetsons,” but Israel’s Tel Aviv is soon set to be the first city to welcome SkyTran’s futuristic transportation trains. The mass transit system of magnetically levitating pods was co-developed by engineers from NASA’s Ames Research Center and the privately held SkyTran company. Plagued by heavy traffic, the city of Tel Aviv is hoping to use SkyTran’s pods in order to offer energy and environmentally-friendly alternatives to cars and buses, The Times of Israel reported. According to the planners, “sky trains” are a cheaper and faster transportation system and will help reduce congestion and pollution. The city of Tel Aviv recently hired US consultant company Jenkins Gales & Martinez to help speed up the process in building the SkyTran track but no official timetable has been announced.
Another Reason NOT To Buy Stuff From Someone You Met In A Fast Food Restaurant Parking Lot
After posting an ad online an Australian woman bought two iPhones for $1,300 from someone in a McDonald’s parking lot. But when she opened the boxes later they contain just one apple each.
Was ‘Jeopardy!’ Unfair to Connecticut Eighth-Grader Contestant?
A Connecticut eighth-grader who got to compete on the kids edition of the TV game show Jeopardy! is saying he was cheated when he was ruled out in Final Jeopardy by host Alex Trebek for misspelling what was the right answer. In the episode that was filmed in February and aired last week, Thomas Hurley III correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question about the Emancipation Proclamation that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, but spelled it “emanciptation,” leading to him being ruled out by Trebek. It didn’t affect the outcome of the game, since the winning contestant had a big lead going into Final Jeopardy and got the right answer, and Hurley wound up finishing in second place, winning $2,000 as the runner-up. But he’s still unhappy about it, telling The News-Times of Danbury, “I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final Jeopardy! question. It was just a spelling error.” Jeopardy! producers defended Trebek’s decision, writing in an email, “If Jeopardy! were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players. We love presenting young people as contestants on our show and make every effort to be fair and consistent in their treatment.”
Seattle Gov’t. Considering Ban on Offensive Words — Like ‘Brown-Bag Lunch’
ABC News reports that Seattle officials are considering a ban on the use of certain “offensive” words in a government setting, but some of the terms targeted are raising eyebrows. Like “brown-bag lunch,” for instance, and “citizen.” In a memo defending such a ban, Elliot Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights suggested that “residents” be used instead of “citizens,” since city government serves all residents of Seattle whether or not they are citizens. And he said that “brown-bag lunch” could unintentionally bring up racist connotations, with suggested other options given of “sack lunch” or “lunch-and-learn.” ABC says the memo comes after the state legislature voted to remove gender-specific words from official records, so words like “freshman” and “journeymen” will be replaced by “first-year” and “journey-level.”