Mostly Useless Knowledge…
– CNN and the tech blog Sonny Dickson claim the new iPhone 5C has a plastic casing which reduces manufacturing costs by $17 per phone
– Entertainmentwise claims Kanye West and Miley Cyrus recorded together after the VMA’s. They reportedly did a remix for his remix CD
– The Consumerist claims Apple will release the iWatch in 2014. It may cost $199
– The Hollywood Reporter claims Harry Connick Jr is the frontrunner to join JLo and Keith Urban as American Idol judges
– The Texas State Fair is serving deep fried Nutella
– The NCAA has suspended Heisman winner Johnny Manziel for a half against Rice for an “inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs”
Starbucks is secretly serving the addicting Pumpkin Spice Lattes already. According to sources, you can start ordering Pumpkin Spice Lattes with a secret code: PSL10. Starbucks confirmed it on its official Facebook page.
Burger Flavored Ice Cream
A ice-cream shop made a hamburger ice cream to celebrate National Burger Day in England. The ice cream created by Sorbitium came with toppings such as candied bacon and dill gherkin ripple. Customers even topped it off with some ketchup to complete the snack. Unsurprisingly new burger flavor hasn’t been well received by everyone. (MSN Now)
Man Fined After Swallowing Human Toe
A customer was fined $400 after he swallowed a human toe at a bar. The severed body part had been dropped into a shot of whiskey as part of a tradition in Canada. The ritual involves somebody drinking a Sourtoe cocktail and having the toe touch their lips. If you swallow the toe, you face a fine. Matthew Campbell was more worried about how they were going to find a replacement, adding: “Who wants to donate a replacement?” The toes have been reportedly donated by living donors that lost them in an ailment or accident. (Metro)
Far Fewer People Applying for Mars Colonization Mission Than Hoped
Apparently there’s not all that many people who want to colonize Mars. Because of that unsurprising fact, a private mission that plans to establish a colony on the Red Planet in 2023 has received far fewer applications, 165,000 from around the world, than its one million target, with the deadline on Saturday (August 31st). That big gap could affect the Mars One Foundation’s planning, since the application fees — which range from $5 to $75 — are being used to fund their early activity. Eventually, however, Mars One plans to pay most of the costs through a global media event around the colonization. Mars One plans to land four people on Mars in 2023, with supply ships and four additional colonists to launch every two years after that to grow the colony. The Foundation is looking to choose 24 people by 2015 for the first six colony flights, with at least two rounds of the competition to be broadcast on TV and the Internet. There are no plans to bring any of the colonists back to Earth.
Hacker Releases More Paintings He Says Done By Ex-Prez George W. Bush
Gawker on Tuesday (August 27th) published photos of two paintings that were supposedly created by former President George W. Bush. Gawker got them from the hacker Guccifer, who released Bush family emails in February that revealed paintings by Bush, including ones of him in the bathtub and shower. That was when the world learned that the former president had taken up the hobby, which he has said changed his life. Six more paintings were released by the hacker in March. One of the two new paintings shows two dogs resting in the grass, and the other shows a cat.
Christie Shrugs Off Columnist’s Criticism for Calling Reporter a ‘Dope’
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie is famous for his blunt, confrontational personality, and he wants everyone to know that he’s not changing. Christie, who many expect to make a presidential run in 2016, yesterday (August 28th) shrugged off New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s criticism of his calling a reporter a “dope.” Christie had made the comment about a New York Daily News reporter after the journalist had an exchange with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan. Dowd wrote that Americans, quote, “like to elect nice guys, not belittling blowhards,” and said Christie needs to take care of what she called his “temperament problem” before going on the national stage. Christie dismissed the suggestion of national ambitions, saying, “I’m not running for anything nationally, so why should I care about that?” He stated, “I think folks around here know that I am willing to take as well as I give. I didn’t wake up this morning worried and petrified about what Maureen Dowd on the op-ed page of the New York Times thinks about me.” Christie also defended calling the Daily News reporter a dope, saying he’s free to express his opinion, just as the newspaper was within its right to have called him “fatso” in a recent headline.