Today marks the solemn anniversary of the King’s death.  Elvis Presley was found at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was 42 years old.

If you’ve never been to Graceland, it is definitely worth the trip.  If nothing else, leave your name on the wall outside the gates.

In honor of Elvis’ death, here are a couple of things you MAY not know about the King.

  • Elvis has a ‘Bacon number’ of 2.  He was in Harum Scarum (1965) with Suzanne Covington, who was in Beauty Shop (2005) with Kevin Bacon.  Of course, his ex-wife starred in the awesome “Naked Gun” movies.
  • He was obsessed with UFOs.  Makes sense as he was apparently abducted by an alien and was a loyal member of an alien race. Very strange.
  • Remember that racy “Hound Dog” performance on tv?  It was on “The Milton Berle Show.” I had always thought it was his appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” but those came later, with a price-tag of $50k for 3 appearances.
  • He had a twin brother, Jesse, who died at birth.  Elvis was born 35 minutes later.
  • Elvis reportedly disliked “Clambake” more than any other movie he ever made… and with that, enjoy the trailer:

Four men died in Idaho on Monday after they were “horsing around” on a boat.

One man was standing up in the front of the boat and another man pushed him into the water as a joke, not realizing he could not swim.

With this tragic event coinciding with the anniversary of the sinking of the Swedish warship, Vasa, here are the most tragic disasters at sea:

5. Vasa (1628) – Only 30-50 people perished, but what’s notable about one of Sweden’s top tourist attractions is that it traveled only one mile after being launched before it sank. The Swedes are definitely better at building things now.

4. RMS Titanic (1912) – One of the worst peacetime maritime disasters, with 1,517 dead. Definitely the most famous, though.  Thank/blame Leo for that one.

3. RMS Lancastria (1940) – The converted cruise ship was ferrying British troops and civilians when it was bombed by German planes.  The ship sank within minutes, taking around 2,500 lives.

2. MV Dona Paz (1987) – The worst disaster during peacetime with nearly 4,400 dead. This passenger ferry collided with an oil tanker in the Philippines, with both ships sinking within 4 hours of the collision.

1. MS Wilhelm Gustloff (1945) – The “greatest ship disaster and sinking in history.” Named after the assassinated German leader of the Swiss Nazi party, this cruise ship transitioned  into a hospital ship during WWII before turning in to a barracks ship. Over 9,000 people died when hit by a torpedo from a Russian submarine, sinking in less than 45 minutes.

For the 23rd year in a row, Discovery Channel gives us “Shark Week” – and this year, comedian/host Craig Ferguson dives down with the beasts of the sea.

One problem with “Shark Week” is that it only lasts… well, a week.

So for the other 51 weeks of the year, we’ve got to rely on “Jaws” and “Open Water.”

If you’re looking for more of a laugh, though – I give you these 5 awful shark attack movies:

5. Sharks in Venice – Seriously. This was a movie. It does have a Baldwin brother in it, though.

4. Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus – “The California coast is terrorized by two enormous prehistoric sea creatures as they battle each other for supremacy of the sea.” Do yourself a favor and watch the trailer!

3. Raging Shark – This is a “low budget, straight-to-DVD” movie with “several hilariously bad moments that B movie shark fanatics will enjoy.

2. Shark Attack 3 – Megalodon – Not only is it a bad shark movie, some have it as one of the worst CGI special effects movies ever.  Not quite sure what a megalodon is, either.

1. Jaws 3D – While “Jaws” deserves the top spot for best shark attack movie, this ‘sequel’ deserves worst spot.  Maybe it would be cool now with ‘Avatar’-like special effects, but this one was made in 1983. Too bad it wasn’t “National Lampoon’s Jaws 3: People 0” as some had intended.

With less than a month before spending 7 days ‘crewing’ Waypoint II in the British Virgin Islands as part of a bareboat sailing vacation, preparations have begun.  However, questions remain…

Where to moor (or run aground)?  What to drink (Pusser’s Rum)? What to eat (everything)?

Well, I won’t eat everything… after some research, there are a couple of things from the sea that don’t seem that enjoyable, like these 5 non-tasty treats:

5. Any fish with Ciguatera This poisoning is found in certain reef fish, and it cannot be cooked out of them.  While the symptoms include typical food poisoning issues plus possible numbness, it is not life threatening and goes away after one to two weeks.

4. Sea Wasp (aka box jellfish) – Not that I would want to eat anything named “wasp” or “jellyfish,” but this can kill you within 5 minutes of being stung.  Apparently wearing women’s pantyhose will prevent this from happening… seriously.

3. Ocean water Water, water, everywhere, and not a drop to drink. Consuming salt water not only dehydrates you, but high amounts of salt can also cause the kidneys to shut down. “Without functioning kidneys you die.” I’ll just stick with bottled water.

2. Shark – Not only do sharks contain high amounts of mercury, but I still think we are lower on the food chain than they are.

1. FUGU – aka Pufferfish – Considered to be the most poisonous of all fish to eat.  While it is a Japanese delicacy, anything that can cause death within 24 hours of eating is not worth it… unless it is deep fried.

This week marks the 70th anniversary of Bugs Bunny’s debut. On July 27th, 1940, “A Wild Hare” was released featuring Bugs and his old pal, Elmer Fudd, where we were introduced for the first time to the immortal line, “What’s up, Doc?”

Among the other ‘Looney Tunes’ out there: Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Taz, Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Yosemite Sam, Pepé Le Pew and Speedy Gonzales.

While all of these animated characters are notable for good reasons, do you remember these awful cartoon characters?

5. Snark (Thundercats) – Kind of like the ewoks of the Thundercat world…. but this series has the most amazing opening sequence, so that certainly has some redeeming factor.

4. Azrael (Smurfs) – His whole existence is based upon eating a smurf, and his laugh is just like that of supervillian, Gargamel. At least he’s smart enough to realize that all of their plans are destined to fail.

3. Care Bears (Care Bears) – All of them.  How did they go from the cover of greeting cards, to getting their own show, to starring in three feature films?

2. Orko (He-Man) and She-Ra – He-Man was awesome.  Adam, Prince of Eternia, not so much.  But nothing was more annoying than Orko, the comic relief of the series…  Then there was He-Man’s long-lost identical twin, She-Ra.  I wouldn’t be surprised to find out at the end of the series that Skeletor was their father.  Regardless, this creates a great excuse to watch this clip.

1. The Great Gazoo (The Flinstones) – Seriously?  A little green alien?  Perhaps his introduction to the story was when this show ‘jumped the shark.’ If you don’t remember him, do yourself a favor and click HERE.

Firestick Plant

“My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison.Hospitalized Mon.Excruciating pain.Now home.Pray my sight loss is restored” – tweet today from @RickWarren.

Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” was ‘pruning a firestick plant,’ got some sap on his hands and then wiped his eyes, setting off an intense pain that left him speechless.

While this plant is pretty dangerous, how about these 5 most dangerous plants in the world:

5. Tobacco Plant – Only putting this on the list because of how many people it kills every year when smoked.

4. Water Hemlock – When the USDA says it is “the most violently toxic plant that grows in North America,” then it has to go on this list.

3. Deadly Nightshade – The name says it all, but oh, how juicy those berries look… which is why they’re dangerous for the kids.

2.Oleander – Great looking plant, which is why so many people have them growing in their homes (and schools!)  This plant is so toxic that you can actually get sick from eating the honey of a bee that used an oleandar for nectar!

1. Castor Oil PlantGuinness Book of World Records lists this as the deadliest plant in the world.  The poison, Ricin, is made from the beans, with a lethal dose between 4 to 8 seeds.

You may have heard of the United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., that hit severe turbulence on its way to Los Angeles.  21 people were injured, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Denver.

This latest airline incident coincides with the 10th anniversary of Air France’s Concorde crash in Paris, which marked the “beginning of the end of this aircraft’s career.”

Rather than focus on the safety of airlines, how about the top 5 WORST airports for pilots to take off and land from.

5. Washington Reagan National (DCA) – Although the approach from the south is straightforward, landing from the north involves straddling the Potomac river, while avoiding the White House, the Pentagon, and the 14th Street bridge that Air Florida #90 crashed in to in 1982.

4. Madeira Airport, Funchal (FNC) This island way off the coast of Portugal looks like you’re landing on a very short bridge, with a mountain on one side and the ocean on the other.

3. Paro Airport, Bhutan (PBH) – You cannot avoid it if you’re traveling to Bhutan as it is the country’s only paved airport.  Just hope you like to bank left and right while avoiding the mountains surrounding.  Apparently there are only “eight pilots in the world” who are certified to land here.

2. Tegucigalpa Toncontin Airport, Honduras (TGU) – “The airport is situated in a valley surrounded by hills, meaning pilots have to execute some hair-raising turns just to line up for a difficult landing.” Check out this video at Jaunted to see for yourself.

1. Saint Martin (St Maarten) (SXM) – Just look at the video below, and you’ll understand why this airport is the worst airport in the word to land.  At least once you disembark, you’re at the beach.

Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to start her 90 day sentence today for violating her probation.  For those of you who have been in a cave, click here for more on this story.

Lohan will be serving out her sentence at Lynwood jail, the same facility where Paris Hilton has spent time. While she’ll have her own bathroom, there is no smoking and cell phones and internet are not allowed.

While her time in jail won’t be fun, it certainly could be worse.  Here’s a look at five of the WORST prisons in the world:

5. ADX Florence (Colorado, USA) – aka ‘Supermax’ – Some of the most dangerous prisoners in the US are held here.  Amenities in each cell include a bed, shower, sink, toilet and TV.  The bad news is that if you’re here, you’re probably never going to leave.

4. Lurigancho Prison (Peru) – The prison where Joran van der Sloot would serve his time.  “Fifty percent of the inmates have AIDS or tuberculosis, and you can die from eating the food.”

3. Imrali Prison (Turkey) With depictions like that from ‘Midnight Express,’ Turkish prisons have an awful reputation. Imrali prison has been noted as having harsh conditions, but conditions may be improving. Some say Diyarbakir Prison is the worst, but it is now closed.

2. Any prison in China or North Korea.  While an inmate died playing “hide & seek” in one Chinese prison, it is hard to imagine things would be any better in a North Korean facility.

1. Most lists out there have Carandiru Prison in Brazil as their number one.  However, it was demolished in 2002. So let’s just enjoy a picture of the beach for now:

Money Magazine released a list of the top 25 cities in the U.S. where homes are affordable.

You can buy in Deerfield Beach, FL, for around $67,000, thanks to the housing market crash. If the beach and sun is not for you, then head up to Fargo, ND.

If you’re not watching your budget, then check out these five of the most expensive homes in the world.

5. “The Manor” – Los Angeles, CA – Did you ever watch “Beverly Hills, 90210” or “Melrose Place“?  If so, you contributed to famed producer Aaron Spelling’s home. It can be all yours for the price of $150 million.

4. “Fairfield PondThe Hamptons, NY – Summer is here, and Manhattanites head to the Hamptons.  If you’ve got $170 million, this one can be yours! The $150k hot-tub is included.

3. “The Penthouses at One Hyde Park” – London, England – Considered the most expensive flats in the entire world.  Among the amenities are bullet-proof windows and a panic room.

2. “Villa Leopolda” – French Riviera – The most famous person to own this house?  King Leopold II of Belgium, although some rumors claim Bill Gates has owned it at one time. If you want this one, make sure you continue to employ the 50+ gardeners it takes to maintain the lavish landscape.

1. “Antilla” – Mumbai, India – The world’s first billion dollar home with 27 floors, no two being the same. You have to see the pictures to believe it.

An airport in China was forced to cease operations last week due to an unidentified flying object, and there are PICTURES of it.

Was the UFO man-made, or from an alien planet?  Only the pilot knows…

But here are the top 5 most amazing UFO encounters ever caught on tape:

5. Roswell, NM (1947) – Not the most amazing encounter based on photographic evidence, but it is virtually impossible NOT to put Roswell on any UFO list.  There are some pictures claiming to be of the debris field of a downed UFO.

4. Belgium (1989/1990) – Beginning in late 1989, there were a series of UFO sightings, leading to one of the most famous UFOs caught on camera.  Skeptics claim they were helicopters,

3. On July 4th, alien aircraft were seen descending over major city centers all across the world… Oh, sorry – That was a movie.

2. Turkey (2008) – Was it a hoax?  Sirius UFO Space Science Research Center in Turkey says it was the “most important images of a UFO ever filmed”.

1. “Phoenix Lights” (1997) – Then Arizona Governor Fife Symington ridiculed it, having someone dress up as an alien at a press conference and take credit for the mysterious sighting… years later, Symington admitted he had seen the lights and didn’t admit it as not to cause panic, saying “it remains a great mystery.”

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