Another Great Reality Trainwreck From TLC
440-pound Gregg Casarona is being featured on the TLC series “Sex Sent Me to the ER”. He was a virgin when he and his girlfriend, 110-pound Jen Gerakaris, decided to make love. Her head went through a sheet rock wall during their heated moment of passion. Gregg tells TLC, “My initial reaction was, ‘I killed her. This is my first time. And Jen is dead.’” Jen asked him: “Why’d you stop?” “He looked like he was about to have a heart attack. So I just wanted to lighten the mood.”
Favorite Movie Quotes
Lovefilm recently asked movie fans to name their favorite movie quote. Here are the top ten.
1 – “I’ll be back” (Terminator, 1985)
2 – “Bond. James Bond” (Dr No. 1962)
3 – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” (Mary Poppins, 1964)
4 – “Who you gonna call?” (Ghostbusters, 1984)
5 – “Elementary, my dear Watson” (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1939)
6 – “Heeeere’s Johnny!” (The Shining, 1980)
7 – “Run Forrest, run!” (Forrest Gump, 1994)
8 – “You talking to me?” (Taxi Driver, 1976)
9 – “Goooood morning Vietnam” (Good Morning, Vietnam, 1988)
10 – “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” (Apocalypse Now, 1979)
The Real Walter White
A California man who dealt meth out of his home will be spending more than 12 years in federal prison. Walter Jack White was sentenced on Monday (December 16th) on a meth possession and a firearms conviction. White was responsible for 32-pounds of meth and ended up getting shot by his son. Brandon Jay Joseph White shot his father over a drug debt in front of their house. (Billings Gazette)
Britain Latest Country to Make Switch to Plastic Currency
Britain on Wednesday (December 18th) announced that it will begin printing its currency, the British pound, on plastic bank notes, switching from the cotton-based paper that’s been used for 300 years. More than two dozen other countries have already made the switch to plastic currency, including Canada and Australia, although the U.S. isn’t expected to join them. Although plastic wears better than paper, a main reason countries are switching is because the plastic notes are a lot harder to counterfeit. There have been some complaints about the plastic notes, however, in countries that have adopted them, chiefly that the bills are slippery and difficult to fold.
Officials Ready For A Snowy Superbowl
If Mother Nature decides to dump a whole lot of snow on this year’s first-ever outdoor, winter-weather Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, officials say they’re ready. Game organizers held a press conference yesterday (December 18th) to assure the public that snow won’t stop the February 2nd game, saying the stadium has several snow melters than can clear the field quickly, and removable snow chutes that can funnel snow out of the seating and concourse areas. The New Jersey Department of Transportation also assured that they had enough trucks and salt to clear the roads that people would need to travel to get to the game in the event of a snowstorm. The officials said they would only consider rescheduling the game in extreme circumstances, but noted that’s the case with every Super Bowl.
Holiday Sales Below Expectations So Far
There’s less than a week to go until Christmas, and sales so far have been disappointing for retailers, coming in below expectations. That comes as the amount of discounts stores are offering are up 13 percent from last year, the highest level since 2008, according to BMO Capital Markets. Shoppers got used to big discounts during the Great Recession, and now expect to see those markdowns before they spend money, which cuts into retailers’ sales and profits. Even with the discounts, fewer shoppers are turning out, with ShopperTrak saying the number of shoppers from November 1st through Sunday dropped 16.5 percent compared with last year. Despite that, both ShopperTrak and the National Retail Federation are standing by their sales forecasts for the holiday season, knowing that six of the season’s top 10 spending days are still left.
Nearly Half Prefer ‘Happy Holidays,’ ‘Merry Christmas’ Close Behind
Whether stores should greet customers with “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” has become increasingly politicized in recent years, with some conservative pundits charging that using “Happy Holidays” is part of a secular “war on Christmas.” A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute asked Americans which they prefer, and found that just under half, 49 percent, favored “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” out of respect for people of different faiths, up from 44 percent in 2010, while close behind at 43 percent were those who prefer “Merry Christmas.” Responses split along political lines, with Republicans favoring “Merry Christmas” and Democrats the other two, and generationally, with two-thirds of young adults okay with “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” compared to just 39 percent of seniors.