What a weird week of news… Every now and then there’s some crazy story happening in the world that gets a lot of media attention, but some sort of record had to have been set this week with the amount of ridiculous stories that were published in the last seven days.
We’ve got a lot of that, and some other interesting bits of tid. So — as that there title at the top so clearly lays it out — in case you missed any of it, please allow us to catch you up.
Only an Idiot
Remember all of those “stop, look, and listen” presentations in grade school? Those were to prevent young students from being run over by morons like this.
Shena Hardin of Cleveland, served a two-day “sentence” this week for repeatedly driving on a sidewalk to pass a school bus that was picking up/dropping off students. NPR reported that Hardin “had been seen pulling her dangerous stunt several times this school year.” The bus driver who Hardin passed, caught her in the act with a cellphone camera and reported the incident to police.
Her sentence? Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey S. Carr (only in Cleveland) ordered Hardin to stand at the scene of the crime for two mornings with a sign that read “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” She also had her license suspended for 30 days and was slapped with a $250 fine.
Judge Pinkey was not happy, though, with the way Hardin held the sign during those two days, saying she was missing the point and was being defiant — Hardin held the sign low, smoked some cigs and was on her phone both mornings, according to reporters who provided photographic evidence.
After completing her publicly-humiliating sentence, Hardin had this to say to the reporters she ignored the previous 48 hours: “I broke traffic laws no different from running a red light or texting while driving. All have the potential of dangerous consequences. It’s a learning lesson for me and an example for my daughter that if you make poor or bad choices then you have to suffer the consequences. But this won’t break me, and I’ll move forward.”
Fifty Nifty (un)United States
Apparently, 150 years later, there are still some rifts between the states and federal government.
Just short of two weeks after Election Day, when Barack Obama soundly defeated “Republican” challenger Mitt Romney, petitions have been filed in 30 states to secede from the Union. What’s worse is that these petitions have somehow gathered thousands of signatures.
Fear you not, sane reader of ours, there’s really no legal way for this to happen. The petitions would have to go through Congress, which we all know gets nothing done these days, and changes would have to be made to the Constitution. Maybe more importantly, the changes have zero support from elected officials who have called the petitions ridiculous.
Even Texas Governor Rick Perry, who’s state has seen the most signatures with 70,000, is anti-secession. His office sent out the following statement on the petition:
Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it. But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas, that are making tough decisions to live within their means, keep taxes low and provide opportunities to job creators so their citizens can provide for their families and prosper. We cannot allow Washington’s tax and spend, one-size-fits-all mindset to jeopardize our children’s future, undermine our personal liberties and drive our nation down a dangerous path to greater dependence of government.
It’s unbelievable that that many people actually think seceding from the U.S. is the logical thing to do here. Why would you even wonder out loud if it makes sense?
Then there’s this: A second petition was filed in the city of Austin, to secede from the state of Texas and remain a U.S. territory.
What are they feeding people down there?
Guy’s Big Bite
Whenever inserting Guy Fieri into a conversation, there’s only two possible reactions: Love him, or hate him.
After reading Pete Wells’ review of Guy’s new restaurant “Guys American Kitchen & Bar” in Times Square, the answer’s pretty clear on how he feels.
Wells’ article, which presents Fieri with over 30 scathing questions, is so expertly crafted (as only a writer/editor could appreciate), yet so laden with cynicism that one must wonder if there’s some sort of hidden agenda.
Guy himself asked the same question in an interview on the Today show.
Personally, I can see where both sides are coming from in this. Guy was defensive about his restaurant, which is only a few months old. He said that while they strive for perfection, it’s hard when they’re just starting out. Fieri also has 11 restaurants throughout the country to worry about, on top of the work he does for Food Network.
On the other hand, Fieri is a celebrity chef and it’s expected that he produce celebrity-like quality. As much as he says he likes to be a hands on owner, I’d be shocked — if the review had any truth to it — if he put anything into the place other than his name.
I have a guilty pleasure for celebrity gossip. As much as it makes me sick to the stomach, I also find some kind of sick joy in it. Not sure why, but I deal with it.
So there’s this. The breakup of the young celebrity power couple, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.
The breakup itself is not new news, but some of the ridiculous rumors flying around make it a headliner that you should be sure not to miss. Here’s a quick roundup:
- Bieber, 18, apparently on two separate occasions proposed to Gomez, 20, just months before they broke up.
- Reports were around while they were still together that they actually were engaged.
- Gomez may have been encouraged by her “team of professionals” to stay with the Biebs because it was good for her brand; also, it’s possible that the entire relationship was a publicity stunt.
- The Biebs is a desperate young man, trying to win the heart of his one-true-love back, despite there being several instances of flirting, Anthony Weiner-ing, and hanging with other celebs.
Can’t handle it…
More will come on this story, in the form of a news article on my day-job’s website, but here’s the gist of it. A new study was released by the American Association of Orthodontists that shows more that one-third of adults are unhappy with their smile.
The rest of the details go like so:
- Social impact: 36% say they think they would have a better social life if they had better teeth.
- Love-life impact: 77% of women think crooked teeth are worse than a receding hairline.
- Professional impact: 78% think people with crooked teeth are unsuccessful.
Are you happy with your smile?
This is the first time I can officially type that hed in the history of history.
Since 2004, thanks to the boom the internet has had and the subsequent crash in print advertising, Google’s ad revenue is higher than all print media outlets in the U.S. combined — through the first half of 2012.
The rest is from Feliz Richter of Statista:
We have played with the numbers a little bit and found an interesting piece of information that nicely illustrates how ad markets have changed in the past decade: in the first six months of 2012, Google raked in $20.8 billion in ad revenue, while the whole U.S. print media (newspapers and magazines) generated $19.2 billion from print advertising. That is, Google, a company founded 14 years ago, makes more money from advertising than an industry that has been around for more than a hundred years.
Given the fact that Google operates globally, the comparison is obviously unfair and shouldn’t be judged scientifically, but nonetheless it shows how big Google’s ad business really is and how small print advertising has become.
Hit the source — this — to see the chart that depicts the trend in ad revenue over the past 7.5 years.
If you have any other news you think should be pointed out or any reaction to the stories above, share them in the comments!