Cleveland, OH – Viral hero Charles Ramsey may have gotten free McDonald’s burgers for life, but that doesn’t mean anyone has to up and name a sandwich after him.
The Cleveland kidnapping hero who famously set aside his McDonald’s Big Mac to help rescue three women held captive in Ariel Castro’s house spoke against the apparent franchising of his own name on Friday. Ramsey says he’s not endorsing a group of restaurants trying to make a “Ramsey burger” to capitalize on his fame, and is asking them to keep his name out of it.
“I never told these people they could use my name for this,” he said in a statement released through his attorney.
The restaurant where Ramsey worked started the trend by creating a special burger dubbed the “Ramsey Burger” in honor of his heroic deed. Over a dozen restaurants in the area have now done the same, and Ramsey isn’t happy about it.
The owner of the local chain released a statement on Friday, saying that they will drop their “Ramsey Burger” from the menu.
“We are saddened to hear that Chuck did not take this – or the offer of so many Cleveland restaurants to give him free meals – in the spirit we intended,” Scott Kuhn of the Driftwood Restaurant Group said in a statement.
Ramsey was lauded as a hero after he helped Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight break out of the Castro house on May 6. Ramsey’s attorney says that he has not authorized any merchandise named for him, and is yet again attempting to steer attention away from himself and toward Castro’s victims.
“Ramsey encourages people to do things that will help the victims,” the statement from his lawyer continued.
What do you think? Should Charles Ramsey burgers become a thing?
Is Katherine Webb engaged? That really all depends on who you ask.
Although nothing has been confirmed by anyone remotely close to Webb or her boyfriend A.J. McCarron, reports suggest that the couple could soon be headed down the path to wedded bliss.
According to FOX Sports, rumors about Katherine Webb’s possible engagement started with a tweet from Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen.
The post included a picture of Webb and Teigen at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama. At first glance, the picture appears to show nothing more than a group of people enjoying a plate of shrimp. However, the image becomes something else entirely when you catch a peek at Webb’s finger.
Of course, the ring in question could be nothing than that — a ring. Since nothing has been confirmed on an official level as of this writing, it’s wise to take this information with a grain of salt. At this stage in the game, it’s all just unchecked speculation.
The folks at College Spun seem to have a keener eye than most. After giving the photo in question a once-over, they determined that the ring on Katherine Webb’s finger is actually a gift she received from McCarron on Valentine’s Day. Sorry to disappoint.
In order to confirm their suspicions, the website dug around for another image. Sure enough, they found a picture of Webb taken at Hangout Fest taken on the same day. According to them, the ring on her finger isn’t tied to any engagement that they are aware of at the moment.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) May 18, 2013
— Mike Brantley (@MikeBrantley) May 19, 2013
Katherine Webb made the news earlier this week when reports surfaced that she consumes only 1,120 calories per day. However, she later tweeted that these rumors were incorrect since she can’t seem to keep her hands off chocolate.
What do you think about the rumors that Katherine Webb is engaged? Are you convinced that the ring on her finger is a gift she received on Valentine’s Day?
Madison, WI – If you take a little trip up north, you might spot the infamous “Thong Cape Scooter Man,” an anonymous menace to public decency who cannot be captured because he’s technically not breaking any real laws.
The “Thong Cape Scooter Man” expresses himself by riding around town on a scooter completely nude save for a thong and a short zebra-print cape.
This unlikely super hero has sparked numerous calls to police, most recently after he was spotted at the John F. Kennedy Elementary School while children walked to the bus after school.
Though he didn’t do anything lewd aside from simply drive by, parents and staff were disturbed by the sight of him.
Police dropped by the 56-year-old man’s house, but admitted that he technically hadn’t broken any laws.
“He said he exercised poor judgment by going by the school at that time of day, it was unintentional and he just happened to be traveling through the area,” police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
The “Thong Cape Scooter Man” was intentionally not identified by name, and told the sergeant that his trips around town are well-documented on social media. The sergeant familiarized himself with the Madison phenomenon by checking him out on YouTube.
Police did their due diligence, checking with the city attorney’s office to see if he had broken any laws. He hadn’t.
“The sergeant told the school staff Thong Cape Scooter Man was free to ride on,” DeSpain said.
You can check out a video of a couple Madisonites chasing down the “Thong Cape Scooter Man” below:
Mega Man X is blasting its way onto Wii U’s virtual console by June.
Capcom’s classic series Mega Man helped define the side-scrolling shooter for generations to come. It was simple, but hard, practically a trademark of Capcom these days. It featured the blue bomber, an android of sorts who blasted pretty much anything that moved and gained the powers of his robotic rivals.
Mega Man X was created to take advantage of a more powerful console at the time, expanding the gameplay of the classic and adding depth without sacrificing the core that gamers craved. Alongside groundbreaking titles such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario World, it helped make the Super NES a console that gamers would swear by as new consoles came and went.
Capcom’s 16-bit marvel introduced us to a new cast of characters that weren’t possible in the era of the original NES. Zero, Vile, Sigma, and of course a new plethora of bad robots to blast and take powers from helped revive the Mega Man franchise and made Mega Man X the classic that old-school gamers love.
Mega Man X has met with positive reviews for its gameplay, sound, and graphics, as well as its attempt to augment the aging Mega Man franchise. Mega Man is a classic that isn’t going away as long as there are new consoles to port it to.
Porting Mega Man X to the Wii U Virtual Console was just a smart idea that will help Nintendo on its quest to be relevant once again. Mega Man X is slated to hit the Wii U Virtual Console May 30, and alongside future releases such as a 3D Mario, Batman: Arkham Origins, and the recent release of Resident Evil: Revelations, Wii U may be turning some heads that had been previously aimed at the Xbox One.
Are you excited about playing Mega Man X on the Wii U Virtual Console?
Actor, director, and playwright Tyler Perry made a surprise visit to Finland Middle School in Columbus, Ohio, Friday.
The 43-year-old arrived at a musical concert and shocked the nearly 700 students and faculty by donating $100,000 to help student athletes in the city’s South-western schools. The South-western schools earned national attention when their athletics and extracurricular activities were cut in 2009. The clubs and other activities were later resurrected for a fee after a ballot request was approved by voters.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, Perry was drawn to the school after he saw a Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel report about Finland teacher Mary Mulvany, who started a foundation to raise scholarship money to cover the student athletes’ fees ranging from $75 to $150 per sport. Perry said he was inspired by Mulvany’s efforts, and wanted part of his donation to go to Finland and another part to go Mulvany’s foundation.
“Hundreds of kids will be helped by what he did today,” Mulvany said.
Perry said he wanted to sponsor as many kids as he could. The Madea actor, who was named the highest paid man in entertainment by Forbes in 2011, has made several charitable donations in the past. In 2009, Perry donated $110,000 to an Atlanta-based homeless shelter, Covenant House. He also donated a 15-passenger van to the shelter, which would “be used to rescue young people from the hopelessness of the street,” according to president Kevin Ryan.
“His generous donation will provide immediate help to kids in crisis as well as the long-term support that will transform their lives,” Ryan added.
In 2012, Perry replaced a disabled Decatur woman’s stolen van. The 24-year-old woman, Alicia Day, had her specially-equipped van stolen from her driveway one night. She called the van “her whole life” as it was her only means of transportation to doctors appointments and her part-time job as a greeter at Home Depot. When Perry heard about the theft, he called Day and told her he wanted to replace the van that same day.
Perry drove to R&R Mobility Vans & Lifts in Conyers, Georgia, where the Day family bought the original van 12 years prior. Perry convinced the manager to open the store (it had already closed by the time he got there) so that he could purchase a new van for Day. The family chose a silver customized 2011 Volkswgaen American that cost nearly $60,000.
What do you think of Tyler Perry’s donation?
The IRS and other agencies allegedly began targeting a Texas businesswoman after she became politically active particularly in the area of exposing vote fraud.
Catherine Engelbrecht, who operates a small manufacturing plant in the Houston area with her husband, never had any issues with the government until July 2010 when she applied for tax-exempt status for True the Vote. This is a grass-roots organization that seeks to root out vote fraud and train volunteer election monitors for polling places. She also sought the same status for another organization, the King Street Patriots.
Following the filing, the FBI apparently showed up several times, the IRS audited her personal and business returns and asked hundreds of intrusive questions about True the Vote, plus the ATF made a surprise inspection of her business as did OSHA. The Texas equivalent of the EPA also inspected the premises.
None of these investigations amounted to much of anything, but True the Vote still has not received its IRS tax exemption nearly three years later.
Like many Tea Party and related groups following the revelations of improper IRS conduct that emerged this month, she is suing the agency in federal court to get to the bottom of this in the discovery process.
Apparently at least two Democrat lawmakers also complained publicly about True the Vote. “Catherine now says that she ‘absolutely’ thinks that because she worked against voter fraud, the Left was irked and decided to target her.”
When asked by FNC’s Megyn Kelly (see embed below) about whether this was an attempt at intimidation, Engelbrecht said that “I don’t want to believe that but when you look at the time line of events, it’s almost impossible to make any other assumption … it’s statistically inconceivable that all that would happen in such short a time and that never happened before.”
Attorney Cleta Mitchell, who is representing True the Vote and other Tea Party and politically conservative organizations in their legal actions against the Internal Revenue Service, said this is “just the tip of the iceberg. . . . I think there’s definitely a Chicago-politics-style enemies list in this administration, and I think it permeates this branch of the federal government.”
Added Mitchell: “These people, they are just regular Americans. They try to get dead people off the voter rolls, you would think that they are serial killers.”
Watch Catherine Engelbrecht talk about her ordeal involving government harassment in an interview with Megyn Kelly:
Liberals and others who bitterly oppose photo ID to vote and other measures often toss around the term about voter suppression, but some observers have raised the implication of another form of voter suppression in the IRS misconduct scandal: “In the end, the IRS managed to put its thumb on the political scale by squelching political activity on the right — some groups report curtailing get-out-the-vote efforts, spending piles of money on legal fees or disbanding altogether in the face of IRS inquisitions. And all of it happened during a close and hotly contested presidential election where such mischievousness could make a real difference.”
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Suffolk, VA – Here in America, pulling down your pants and showing your butt to a school bus full of young children is generally frowned upon. But that, nor common sense, didn’t stop 34-year-old Lisa Grant from doing it.
Grant will be catching up on some sleep behind bars for the next few months after the Virginia mom mooned a school bus full of 45 children, Fox News reports.
She was actually aiming for the bus driver.
Grant admits that she had a very nasty tiff with the bus driver who had sent a note home explaining that Grant’s son was a bit unruly on the bus lately. A school spokesperson called the note a “warning.”
But Grant wasn’t going to take the warning lying down — or standing up, as it turns out. She is accused of showing her derriere in the school bus’ general direction last November, though she denies that she mooned the driver.
Presumably, there are 45 witnesses who said otherwise.
“I did not moon the bus. I did not flash,” she said. “I take full responsibility for my actions, for my disorderly conduct, for my arguing with her. I take full responsibility for that, but she also deserves the same thing I got.”
According to the Associated Press, Grant was convicted this week of disorderly conduct and sentenced to six months in jail, with five months of her sentence suspended. She worked out a deal to serve her time on the weekends.
She did not elaborate on why the bus driver deserved the same thing she got.
Check out video of the “mom moons school bus” story below (includes footage of the original incident):
Initial reports of Tim Curry’s stroke were apparently a little off the mark.
Earlier this week, news of the actor’s health problem started to make the rounds online. Although several outlets — The Inquisitr included — reported that Curry suffered the stroke on May 23, apparently it actually occurred last July.
The original report surfaced over at the Daily Mail. The article suggests that Tim Curry collapsed at his home on Thursday. However, the actor’s agent claims that the incident happened at the Rocky Horror Picture Show star’s last year.
During her chat with the website, Marcia Hurwitz addressed early reports that Curry’s speech had been impaired by the stroke. Hurwitz assured everyone that this simply wasn’t the case.
“Tim is doing great. He absolutely can speak and is recovering at this time and in great humor,” she said.
After news of Tim Curry’s health problems started circulating around the web, Hurwitz contacted the folks at USA Today to clarify these reports. Instead of happening this week, the actor’s agent confirmed that his stroke occurred last July.
“He has been going to physical therapy doing very well and in great humor. He thanks everyone for sending him good wishes,” Hurwitz told the publication.
Although the time frame has been clarified, it’s unknown how the miscommunication happened. The Daily Mail hasn’t updated the original report as of this writing.
Regardless of when the stroke occurred, fans have been sending well-wishes to the actor on Twitter. A handful of their reactions to the news are included below.
Wow, Tim Curry suffered a stroke. Get well soon Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
— RinaHereAndNow (@RinaHereAndNow) May 25, 2013
Tim Curry had a massive stroke no no no I need Pennywise and Doctor Frankenfuter
— Cas(kank)s (@Cassidy0Johnson) May 25, 2013
I was upset to find out about Tim Curry having a stroke, he is in my thoughts and I wish him a speedy recovery. A truly remarkable man !
— Dal (@Alberta_Raised) May 25, 2013
Most people probably known Tim Curry from his role in the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. However, the actor has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows over the years. His big screen credits include Clue, The Hunt for Red October, Congo, and Charlie Angels.
The Inquisitr hopes Tim Curry continues to recover from his stroke.
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Star Trek Into Darkness star Alice Eve thinks that NASA is up to something. Namely, hiding proof that aliens exist.
The svelte British actress has dealt with her fair share of extra-terrestrials in Star Trek Into Darkness and Men In Black 3, but the 31-year-old bombshell’s interest in aliens isn’t limited to her film career. She thinks that they really exist, and that NASA is hiding the proof.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, she talked about a Skype chat she took part in with Star Trek co-stars Chris Pine and John Cho (as well as J.J. Abrams, for good measure) with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
She said that it was an interesting experience, and that she’s not entirely convinced that NASA is being straight with us about the existence of alien life.
“That was definitely the coolest thing we’ve done. I mean, we’ve shared the movie with countries around the world, but we got to Skype … with the guy in a space station. And he was turning around in the air when we were talking to him and when he would talk, he would suddenly let go of his mic and it would just stay there. It was a very weird experience,” she said.
Abrams talked about an astronaut he once spoke to who claimed to have seen “forms or shapes” that made him believe that aliens exist. The response from the Space Station astronaut left much to be desired.
“And the response that the guys at the NASA base gave us was so rehearsed and so clear that they had seen [aliens],” she said, joking that she hopes she doesn’t get abducted for her response.
Watch the video below!
[Image via: Joe Seer / Shutterstock]
Larry Hagman’s estate is accusing the actor’s granddaughter of stealing family jewelry.
A lawyer for the estate claims that Noel Hagman is in illegal possession of a Raj necklace and matching earring set that belonged to the late Dallas star’s mother, actress Mary Martin, which she later gave to her son.
Noel Hagman is claiming that a family member gave her the jewelry, although she hasn’t identified the individual. So far, no family members have come forward as having given her the heirlooms.
The estate wants Hagman to return the jewelry, or pay double their value if she doesn’t give them back. The documents filed by the estate do not give a specific history or estimated value of the jewelry.
Noel Hagman is a shoe designer who is “artistically driven by the concept of ‘wearable and functional art.’” She created her first mixed-media Shoe Art in 2008, and has since gone on to have her shoes featured in fashion shoots and editorials, as well as contemporary art galleries.
Larry Hagman died on November 23, 2012 after a battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. At the time of his death, Hagman has already filmed six of fifteen episodes in the second season of TNT’s Dallas revival. His character, corrupt oil baron J.R. Ewing, was shot (again) and killed in the episode “The Furious and the Fast.” In a throwback to the original series, the show adopted the catchphrase “Who killed J.R.?” as a promotional teaser for revealing his murderer.
The real-life Southfork Ranch, which was used for exterior shots during the show’s original run, was swarmed with visitors coming to pay their respects shortly after Hagman died. Each room in the ranch has a theme for each character of the original series, and J.R.’s rom had flowers and a card for visitors to sign.
[Photo credit: Noel Hagman/Facebook]
This may sound like a bad joke, but the Hanson brothers have debuted their own line of beer.
The pop group introduced MmmHops (get it?) Pale Ale to a group of people at the recent Hangover Part III after party in Los Angeles on Monday night.
According to E! Online, the Hanson brothers got into the beer business with a little help from the folks at Mustang Brewing. The company is based out of Oklahoma, the same state where the band grew up.
Zack, Taylor, and Isaac Hanson were at the star-studded red carpet event for Todd Phillips’ new comedy. At some point during the evening, one of the brothers joked that people can “now get a hangover with Hanson.”
Mustang Brewing founder Tim Schoelen told Beer Pulse that the batch of MmmHops Pale Ale making the rounds at the Hangover after party was for promotional purposes only. Apparently the beverage hasn’t found its way to your corner liquor store just yet.
“The final recipe is yet to be determined. In fact, Hanson was in our brewery this week working with us on a pilot brew. They’re great guys and serious craft beer fans. We look forward to working with them,” he explained.
Since The Hangover Part III features the band’s hit single “MmmBop,” the brothers decided to use the party as a clever promotional opportunity. According to People, an early scene in the film features Zach Galifianakis singing along to the popular tune.
Taylor Hanson even managed to get a shot of Hangover star Ed Helms at the event. Both guys are holding a bottle of MmmHops Pale Ale. You can check out the photo below.
Unfortunately for fans who are eager to get drunk on the band’s brew, it’s unknown when MmmHops will make its way onto retail shelves.
Are you a fan of the Hanson brothers? Would you be willing to give their beer a shot?
A national security speech from President Obama was repeatedly interrupted this week by a Code Pink activist named Medea Benjamin. Confronted for her actions on CNN, Benjamin was labeled “rude” and “crazy” by anchor Carol Costello.
Things were uncomfortable from the start when Benjamin appeared on Costello’s show Friday morning. Benjamin objected to being called a “heckler” right away, despite derailing Obama’s speech no less than three times and engaging the POTUS in a tense dialogue in the midst of his speech.
“I actually had an invitation to get in and I felt compelled to speak out,” the Code Pink activist said.
“You clearly interrupted the president, though,” Costello shot back. “That would be heckling.”
“I don’t call it heckling,” Benjamin countered. “I call it speaking out because the president is not implementing policies that we need to see changed.”
Costello rebutted that Obama was talking about the very things that Benjamin was protesting for, but Benjamin disagreed.
The CNN anchor then pointed to Facebook followers of hers, telling Benjamin that the considered her interruptions to be “rude to the president of the United States,” and “a little crazy.”
“I think killing innocent people with drones is rude,” Benjamin replied.
“I think keeping innocent people in detention for 11 years is rude. I think not respecting the lives of Muslim people who are killed is rude. There are a lot of rude things about our policies. Speaking out is actually not rude.”
You can watch the exchange below, and let us know what you think. Was Medea Benjamin rude to President Obama, or do more of us need to make some noise about these controversial issues? Sound off!
Boston, MA — Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona got into a pre-game wrestling match with old friend Don Orsillo last night in the visitor’s dugout at Fenway Park. It was all in good fun, though, although Orsillo seemed to get the worst of it.
Orsillo is the affable long-time Red Sox television play-by-play broadcaster who has had a good-natured feud with the former Red Sox skipper who is making his first visit to Boston as Indians manager. Regular viewers of Red Sox games on NESN know that Orsillo tends to be sensitive about his wardrobe and his hair, or at least seems to spend a lot of time talking about it on the air.
In the of video of the dugout horseplay embedded below which was shot by NESN field reporter Jenny Dell, Francona wants to say hello to Orsillo who in turn asks him “to stay there and be nice.” Of course Francona then proceeds to grab Orsillo’s tie, messes with his hair, and otherwise puts the broadcaster in a bear hug. As Orsillo retreats, Francona says “come back, you big baby.”
The Red Sox defeated the Tribe 8-1 last night. Both teams are in second place in their respective divisions.
Terry Francona is the beloved former Red Sox skipper who led the time to two World Series in 2004 and 2007. Going into his first season as Cleveland Indians manager, had a 1029–915 record as a big league manager (.529). He managed the Phillies for four season and the Red Sox for eight. Francona, who shares the “Tito” nickname with his dad, played for several MLB teams as an outfielder and first basemen from 1981 to 1990.
Don Orsillo has been the play-by-play announcer for the Red Sox since 2001. In 2011, Orsillo reportedly dislocated Francona’s pinky finger after the manager again messed with his hair.
Watch the raw video of the Terry Francona-Don Orsillo rumble filmed by Jenny Dell apparently on her cell phone and then the humorous recap with Red Sox color commentator Jerry Remy:
[Top image credit: Keith Allison]
Fast and Furious: Showdown is a terrible game, and we all saw it coming.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of video games based on movies? If you said they suck, you already know how this review roundup is going to go. Like that console that saw its reveal on May 21, it’s just a disappointment.
Fast and Furious: Showdown is a video game based on the whole movie series, and the production time was extremely fast. That alone should tell you this game was a rush job meant to cash in on the blockbuster Vin Diesel film Fast and Furious 6. Very few games made as tie-ins to blockbuster films are ever worth playing even once. It’s a law, like physics.
That said, here’s what the critics had to say about Fast and Furious: Showdown, in case you want more educated proof.
This is a racing game at its bare minimum. You won’t get any of the excitement that the Fast and Furious films generated. It tries, with a drunken stagger, to emulate the films with its gameplay, including some of the stunts from the films such as dragging a safe behind a Dodge Charger through the streets of Rio. However, there is nothing memorable about any of it. All of the voice acting is done by sound-alikes and Vin Diesel is as present here as he was in 2 Fast 2 Furious (not at all).
The maybe three hours you’ll spend playing Fast and Furious: Showdown are plagued by some of the most ridiculously unbalanced difficulty we’ve ever seen. The difficulty flips between patronizingly simple and stupidly difficult. It’s like the game is trying to make you stop playing it.
Each level in Fast and Furious: Showdown starts with a race before four devastating similar events. Yes, one of four different events are all you have to look forward to in unbelievably generic environments as you try to plod through the unrealistic racing physics and tedium that Justin Lin would probably shake his head at. Even the music is generic and forgettable.
We would suggest using the money this game costs and just seeing Fast and Furious 6 with the usual complement of snacks and soda. Do you agree that Fast and Furious: Showdown is just another movie tie-in video game that shouldn’t exist?
Morgantown, WV – Two girls have been charged with the grisly death of an honor student, a classmate at University High School who was presumed missing until her body was found several months later in another state.
The community never truly believed 16-year-old Skylar Neese was a runaway. The straight-A student just disappeared one night last summer, on the eve of July 6, 2012, and wasn’t seen again until her remains were recovered in Wayne Township, Pennsylvania, in January, about 40 miles from her family’s home in Star City.
Surprising details emerged when one of Skylar’s so-called friends later admitted to luring her from the apartment in the middle of the night, stabbing her to death, and disposing of her body under some branches in Pennsylvania with the aid of an accomplice.
A released transcript of a plea hearing revealed that 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf, a friend and fellow student of Skylar’s, confessed that she and another girl carried out a plan to kill Skylar. On January 3, Shoaf told authorities where to find the body, but investigators did not officially confirm the id on the remains until March.
Surveillance captured Skylar getting into a vehicle at the end of her street the night she went missing. Authorities surmise the girl intended to return because she left willingly, without obvious signs of fear or physical persuasion, and with no money or her contact lenses. When Skylar didn’t return, it was suggested she ran away – but again, it was odd that she left without taking anything significant.
That night the girls drove together to Wayne. The suspects pretended to socialize with the victim and carried out their plan – stabbing and leaving Skylar behind. Unable to bury her after, the perpetrators concealed the body with branches.
The calculated brutality of the plot shocked the community – as the girls who committed the slaying were garish enough to comfort Skylar’s mother and aid in the search effort, according to the Huffington Post.
Shoaf pled guilty to second-degree murder as an adult in Monongalia County Circuit Court on May 1 and awaits sentencing. Her accomplice’s identity has been concealed due to juvenile confidentiality.
It’s unclear how long the three girls had been friends or just how close they were. There is also no clear explanation of a motive behind the murder. Prosecutors plan to recommend a 20-year prison sentence. But Shoaf could get as many as 40 years under the law.
[Image via Facebook Justice For Skylar Neese – Parents Pictured - missing flyer]
A so-called bowling shoe law is being proposed to help protect alleys from slip and fall lawsuits.
Since it is now illegal for folks to smoke inside bowling alleys, some people decide to take a quick cigarette break outside while wearing the rental shoes. Since smokers will sneak out for a puff regardless of the weather, they often return to the lanes with very wet feet.
According to the New York Daily News, the combination of wax floors and slippery shoes often cause people to take a tumble. As a result, they often file lawsuits against these businesses.
The proposed legislation would require bowling alleys to post signs that ask patrons to not step outside while wearing rental shoes. This would prevent them from being liable for any injuries that may occur on the lanes.
New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger are sponsoring the bill. They hope the legislation will cut down on the number of lawsuits these establishments face from bowlers looking to collect some cash from a slip and fall.
“We have legislation that puts warnings on cigarette packages, so there are many laws that that provide for warnings to people to do what is common sense. There may be people who will look up and see the warning sign, and they just might be reminded that it is unsafe with these particular type of shoes that are designed to to slide to begin with.”
The Associated Press reports that bowling shoe lawsuits have increased substantially since smoking inside alleys became illegal. Although most people know not to get bowling shoes wet, the number of businesses getting sued has prompted Gallivan and Schimminger to take action.
Under the proposed law, anyone ignores the signs cannot sue the bowling alley if they accidentally take a stumble while going for the spare. Although Gallivan said the law might seem more than a little silly, apparently some people need to be reminded of things others see as common sense.
“Some things that might seem small to others, might be of significance to another group,” he added.
What do you think of the proposed bowling shoe law?
[Image via Shutterstock]
Michael Bolton opened up about Kanye West and losing his virginity in a recent interview with the Huffington Post. And no, Kanye had nothing to do with Bolton losing his virginity.
The 60-year-0ld musician appeared on HuffPo Live this week and talked to host Abby Huntsman about some of the most significant moments in his life. Bolton, who has dated stars like Nicollette Sheridan and Teri Hatcher, said that he lost his virginity at the age of 14.
Bolton said: “Unlike Santa, the tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny, sex was real. Soon other girls were more than willing to get naked with me. I was stunned at my luck. I’ll be forever grateful for that. My First was a patient, kind, gifted and enthusiastic instructor. Once she’d introduced me to the glories of sex, I realized what I’d been missing for the first precious thirteen years of my life. I had to make up for lost time. So I immediately asked when we could do it again.”
Bolton, who is currently promoting his new autobiography, “The Soul of It All,” also opened up about his long career in music and some of music’s biggest names. Bolton said that he was a big fan of Jay-Z but thought that Kanye had to “chill” a little bit. The musician also said that rap music generally rubs him the wrong way because it frequently denigrates women.
Bolton said: “In general rap can push the wrong buttons with me. Primarily because of the association and the suggestion of a certain value with women. There’s a kind of diminishing in self esteem.”
Here’s a video of Michael Bolton’s interview with HuffPo Live.
“The Soul of it All,” which tells the “backstage story” of Bolton’s life, is available now on Amazon.
Are you a fan of Michael Bolton?
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Actress Elisabeth Moss sat down with Andy Cohen on Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live, and sounded off on her Mad Men co-star Jon Hamm’s recent press woes. Namely, that they are obsessed with his junk.
During the “Plead the Fifth” segment, Cohen asked ”Is it true what they say about Jon Hamm’s ham?”
Instead of balking the question, Moss proved that she can be just as plucky as her character, Peggy Olsen.
“Well, I mean, we’ve all seen the pictures so I mean I would suppose so. That’s all I know.”
Months ago, a report alleged that AMC executives had to ask Hamm, the show’s star, to start wearing underwear because his “manhood” was visible through the various period costumes he had to wear for Mad Men.
The implication was that Hamm is very well-endowed, making his visible phallus all the more distracting, and requiring heavy air-brushing for promotional images.
Hamm himself sounded off on the controversy in a March 2013 issue of Rolling Stone. Though there are definitely far worse things people can say about you in the press, Hamm was pretty offended by all of the coverage his wang was getting.
“Most of it’s tongue-in-cheek,” he said. “But it is a little rude. It just speaks to a broader freedom that people feel like they have – a prurience….They’re called ‘privates’ for a reason. I’m wearing pants, for f**k’s sake. Lay off. I mean, it’s not like I’m a f***ing lead miner.
“There are harder jobs in the world. But when people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn’t part of the deal … But whatever. I guess it’s better than being called out for the opposite.”
You can watch a clip of Elisabeth Moss on Watch What Happens Live below, with a longer clip here.
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The Disney Channel has decided to pull an episode of Jessie after fans and parents were upset about gluten-free diet jokes that were made during the show. Viewers were able to access the episode before it aired on TV through Video-on-Demand and they obviously weren’t too fond of the gluten-intolerance humor.
The Walt Disney Company released a statement in response to the backlash, noting that the specific episode, which was called “Quitting Cold Koala,” will not air during it’s regular programming.
“To our viewers, we received your feedback about tonight’s “Jessie” episode…We are removing this particular episode from our regular programming schedule and will re-evaluate its references to gluten restrictions in the character’s diet,” the company said about the episode. “Please accept our apologies for the upset this episode caused you and your family.”
In the specific Jessie installment on the Disney Channel, the character Stuart needs a gluten-free diet, and he takes a lot of heat for his food allergies from other characters as they sit around the dinner table.
Amy Raslevich, one of many mother’s who’s seen the episode already, was very upset and even went on to start a petition on Change.org.
“(Disney) characters made it okay to characterize a real illness as an annoyance that is justification for the ‘cool kids’ to make fun of the ‘others,’“ Raslevich wrote in her petition against the show. “This isn’t acceptable for anyone. It is the definition of bullying.”
She also wrote about her two children, whom both have Celiac Disease, which requires a strict non-gluten diet. Raslevich went on to explain that the episode was “very upsetting” for both of her kids.
The petition must of worked, as the Disney Channel won’t be airing the episode during it’s regular time-slot and instead will review the insensitive jokes, though it’s unknown if anything more will come of it.
Here’s video of a few of the gluten-free jokes from the Disney Channel’s show.
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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger was released May 22 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Here’s what the critics said about it.
If anything, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger could have suffered from bad release timing, but thankfully Xbox One was the equivalent of an awkward silence. We came, we saw, we didn’t care. Therefore, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger could be that surprise release that makes us forget what the Xbox One wasn’t.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a Western-themed first-person shooter about the life of Silas Greaves, a slinger of the glorious guns. It includes bullet-time abilities and several game modes to keep you quick on the draw and ready for your next kill. New to the series is the inclusion of skill points that allow you to upgrade your skills and survivability. Techland’s newest title breathes fresh air into the dusty and sun-baked genre of Old West games.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger brings an element of humor to the plate, but not too much. It starts out with a bar scene where Silas Greaves tells the patron to shut up and let him tell the story. The use of a dime novel as a framing device is glorious because it leads to Silas breaking the fourth wall a few times, and the Western movie parody panels that pop up when new characters or items are introduced always get a chuckle.
As Silas Greaves tells his story, we are treated to flashbacks, which is where the gameplay comes in. The linear gameplay style has you tracking down and tackling Wild West legends like Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, and more.
Unlike most shooters these days, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger seems to add some realistic physics to the gunplay. Each and every bullet fired from your trusty six-shooter rings out with a booming blast that echoes around the valleys of the Old West and slams into villainous cowboys with a thoroughly satisfying splat. It doesn’t feel like you’re waving a plastic gun that somehow devastates everyone you aim it at.
You wouldn’t expect a game in 2013 about Old West gunfights to be that interesting, but Techland managed to pull it off in this downloadable outing.
What do you think of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger?