Saturday, April 21, 2007

Amazingly huge wave!

This almost looks fake. I hope it's not!

Difficult to feel sorry for a guy when he does stuff like this...


"Iran hostage Arthur Batchelor's (see photo above) admission that he cried himself to sleep after his captors likened him to Mr Bean and stole his iPod was scorned as a national embarrassment.

Yet just days after a barrage of criticism for selling his story, the 20-year-old reveals just how little he has learned from the whole debacle.

This picture (see below) shows the Operator Mechanic staging a tasteless re-enactment of his 13 days in captivity as he celebrates his home-coming in a Plymouth nightclub. He laughs as he pretends to be held at gunpoint, his ordeal - and his fellow servicemen's vitriolic response to his behaviour - seemingly a long way from his mind."


Click here for more.

KevJumba: Be happy

Some music trivia

Did you know that Soft Cell's Tainted Love is a former holder of the Guinness Book of World Records feat for most weeks on the Billboard Top 100 chart? In 1981-82, it stayed on the charts for a then-record-breaking 43 weeks.

Comedienne Nicole Sullivan is 37 today

Former MADtv star Nicole Sullivan turns 37 today. She was a favourite on the show, with characters such as The Vancome Lady:

Singer Paul Davis is 59 today

You'll likely remember Paul Davis from his catchy hits, including 65 Love Affair and I Go Crazy.

Money Magazine's "Top 5 Dumbest Renovation Fads"

Money Magazine has come out with their "Top 5 Dumbest Renovation Fads." In order, they are:

  • The great room craze
  • The kitchen stadium
  • The garage that ate your home
  • Porches in the wrong place
  • Built-in lighting

Click here for the article.

Happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 81 today

I bet you forgot, huh? You didn't even send her a card, huh? Well, then, prepare to be beheaded! :) Check out this video that I found on YouTube. Really well done.

Friday, April 20, 2007

KevJumba: Peer pressure and bleached hair

Pet food recall: Royal Canin (specific to Canada)


"Following Royal Canin USA's discovery of a melamine derivative in rice gluten in some of its dry pet food products and its decision to recall these products, Royal Canin Canada has decided to remove Sensible Choice Diet and certain veterinary prescribed specialty diet products from distribution.

The following Royal Canin Canada products are being recalled:

- ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET CANINE EARLY CARDIAC
- ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET CANINE SENSITIVITY RC (Rice and Catfish)
- ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET CANINE SKIN SUPPORT
- ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET FELINE HYPOALLERGENIC HP
- ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET FELINE SENSITIVITY RD (Rice and Duck)"


Click here for the rest of the news release.

Alec Baldwin loses visitation rights with daughter

After chewing out his daughter in a vicious telephone message, actor Alec Baldwin has had his visitation rights temporarily suspended by a judge. "Even though it’s obvious that Ireland’s mother, Kim Basinger, leaked the tape to the TMZ Web site — either Basinger or her divorce lawyers — it may not matter. Baldwin’s screamfest at his only child has already caused family court judge in Los Angeles to suspend his visitation rights temporarily." Click here for more of the story. Click here for my blog entry from yesterday. This suspension should come as no surprise to anyone who's listened to the horrific message. You'll find a link to it in my previous entry.

Pet food recall: Royal Canin (specific to U.S.)


Royal Canin USA Announces the Voluntary Nationwide Recall of its Dry Pet Food Products Containing Rice Protein Concentrate

Rice protein concentrate from China tainted with melamine derivative prompts recall announcement

ST CHARLES, Mo., April 20 /CNW/ -- Royal Canin USA is announcing today that the company has determined there is a melamine derivative in the rice protein concentrate in some of its dry pet food products. Although Royal Canin USA has no confirmed cases of illness in pets, we have decided to voluntarily remove all of our dry pet food products containing rice protein concentrate. We are taking this proactive stance to avoid any confusion for our customers about which Royal Canin USA products are safe and which products may be affected.


"We are as passionate about the health and happiness of our customers' pets as we are of our own, so we are committed to taking the steps necessary to ensure this never happens again," said Olivier Amice, President and CEO of Royal Canin USA.

As a precaution, Royal Canin USA is voluntarily recalling the following dry pet food products:

ROYAL CANIN VETERINARY DIET(TM) (available only in veterinary clinics)

Dry Dog Food:


1) Canine Early Cardiac EC 22
2) Canine Skin Support SS21

Dry Cat Food:

1) Feline Hypoallergenic HP23

ROYAL CANIN SENSIBLE CHOICE(R) (available in pet specialty stores
nationwide)

Dry Dog Food:


1) Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Senior
2) Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Puppy
3) Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Adult
4) Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Senior
5) Rice & Catfish Meal Formula Adult

Based on today's announcement, pet owners should immediately stop feeding their pets the Royal Canin USA dry pet food products listed. Pet owners should consult with a veterinarian if they are concerned about the health of their pet. No other Royal Canin diets are affected by this recall and CONTINUE TO BE safe for pets to eat.


Along with this announcement, Royal Canin USA will no longer use any Chinese suppliers for any of our vegetable proteins."

For more information, click on the headline for visit the Royal Canin website.

Remembering Benny Hill, who died 15 years ago today

Saucy and beloved British comedian Benny Hill died 15 years ago today, although it seems like just yesterday that I was watching his show and having a good laugh. In the first clip, Benny is the one in bed with the large red afro wig.




Here's a trademark "chase" scene from the show. These remain ingrained in pop culture to this day and have been even parodied in Family Guy.


Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kalanporterforums.com - Why am I getting so many hits from there?

Does anyone know why I'm getting so many hits from www.kalanporterforums.com? If so, please leave a comment. I looked through the site but can't find anything obvious. UPDATE -- April 20/07 -- Figured it out. They're all reading and waching this April 10th entry.

Actor Alec Baldwin's cruel and enraged telephone message to his 11-year-old daughter

Sounds like someone needs anger management... BIG TIME. What a stupid and mean thing to do to your own daughter. If you hate her mother, fine... but don't go after a kid's jugular. Sheesh! Heartless. Just plain heartless. And clearly mentally lacking. Click here for the article. Click here to listen to the unbelievably vitriolic telephone message.

Kalan Porter video blog - April 16, 2007

Here's a video blog update from 2004 Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter. Oh my God... he said sh*t. Kalan!!! Tsk tsk. LOL Well, I guess that answers the question of whether or not he'd say sh*t if his mouth was full of it, eh?

Rough couple of weeks for comic strip lovers: Co-founder of "Wizard of Id" dies eight days after collaborator Johnny Hart

"Brant Parker, who for decades illustrated "The Wizard of Id" comic strip, has died just days after the passing of his collaborator on the comic. He was 86. Parker, of Lynchburg, died Sunday at a nursing facility there from complications of Alzheimer's disease and a stroke he suffered last year, said Kathy Kei, an editor of "The Wizard of Id" at Creators Syndicate. Eight days earlier, the strip's writer, cartoonist Johnny Hart, died of a stroke at his storyboard, according to his wife. He was 76. The pair collaborated on the strip for more than 30 years beginning in 1964, each winning the National Cartoonist Society's highest honor, the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year. In 1997, Parker handed the illustration of the cartoon over to his son, Jeff Parker, who continued working with Hart by fax." Click here for the rest of the news story. Click here to visit the Wizard of Id comic strip website.

Wow! I earned an "Honourable Mention" in the Global Humor category of the 2007 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition!!!

Way back on January 5, when this blog was but a mere week old, I wrote about how I'd submitted an entry to the 2007 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition organized by the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. I submitted a revamped version of a column that was published on June 21, 2006, in the Moncton Times & Transcript that talked about how my mother used to send me to the store for Kotex and cigarettes when I was just a young tyke. The competition received more than 1,300 entries in four categories: 1) Dayton Humor (specific to Dayton, Ohio, where the contest is based); 2) Dayton General Interest; 3) Global Humor; 4) Global General Interest.

I submitted my story -- "The Kotex Kid Strikes Again" -- and am pleased to announce that I received an honourable mention in the Global Humor category! What a thrill to be chosen in a contest dedicated to one of my writing mentors, Erma Bombeck. Her sarcastic, self-deprecating yet emotionally charged writing is a style that I identified with when I was young and it's one that I use to this day because it's one with which I'm comfortable.

The winner in my category is LouAnn Edwards (Beaverton , Oregon) for her essay, “Mom on the Sauce,” while honourable mentions went to me and and Del Shannon (Boulder, Colorado) for “Republican Hair.” Well this just made my day!

Read more about the competition by clicking here, and click here for my essay. Click on the photo above to go to the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.

Canadian actor Hayden Christensen turns 26 today

Hayden Christensen turns 26 today. Notably, he has starred in Life as a House and Star Wars II, III and VI. Here's the trailer for Life as a House, one of my favourite movies. Very inspirational. He played the troubled teen son. If you haven't seen this movie, you should rent it. It's a real treat.

Hollywood bombshell Jayne Mansfield would have been 74 today

Blonde Hollywood starlet and actress Jayne Mansfield was born on this day in 1933. She died nearly 40 years ago in a horrific car accident on June 29, 1967, that killed two other adults in the car. Thankfully, her three children survived the crash. One of those children grew up to be Emmy-winning actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson on NBC's Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Here's a video of Mansfield at the Golden Globes with actress Mickey Rooney.



Here's a clip of Mariska when she co-hosted The View.

It's not a bad thing to just let kids do nothing

Hump Day
Published Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Appeared on page D6, Moncton Times & Transcript

It seems that every time I talk to friends with young children, they tell me horror stories of being busy beyond belief because of the many activities that their offspring are involved in.

Between music lessons, catechism, sports, art lessons and a myriad of other things, these parents seem to be run ragged and barely have time for their friends anymore. Of course, they have their priorities straight. After all, their kids come first. No argument there. But it seems to me that they must be in need of an adult conversation at some point, wouldn't you think?

I don't know about you, but I just don't remember being that bloody busy when I was a kid. Well, I played minor hockey and scored all of three goals in nine years. I guess that makes me the William Hung of minor hockey. (If you don't watch American Idol, you won't get that pop culture reference. Just skip to the next paragraph and we'll call it even.) To add insult to injury, fully one-third of my total lifetime goals were against my own team. I can't remember, but it was likely the winning goal, too.

Time after class was spent doing homework, watching some TV and maybe playing outside, depending on the weather. Today, kids can barely sit down to for a good old-fashioned three-alarm temper tantrum before being whisked away in a mini-van for oboe lessons, origami workshops or a course on how to feng shui their daycare classroom. It's all gotten a little bit out of hand, hasn't it?

Of course, things have changed since I was a kid. Since I attended French-language schools where nearly every student was Roman Catholic, catechism was taught in the classroom so there was no need to drag us to a church basement every week for us to learn about our faith. First communion, first confession and confirmation were all done with our class. If there was a non-Catholic in the class (which was rare), they sat out and went to another classroom to do homework or something else productive.

These days, parents are being forced to get involved in their children's faith . . . and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. I believe in the separation of church and state and no public school should adhere to, or be affiliated with, a specific religion. Private schools, of course, can do as they please. But back in the 1970s, it was a different world.

It was convenient for Acadians to have catechism taught in class because 99 per cent of them were Roman Catholic and the other one per cent were lying. French-language schools could get away with teaching catechism in class because the teachers and students were of one faith. That's no longer necessarily the case, however.

With one parent working outside the home and one at home, my upbringing was pretty standard. But with my father needing to be at work very early every day at the cookie factory he worked in, there was no running around town until all hours of the night. By 8 p.m., things were very much winding down at home. By 9 p.m. at the latest, the kids were all in bed. By 10 p.m., so were my parents.

I'm not so sure that those hours have changed with today's kids, but it seems like planned after-school and weekend activities have taken over kids' lives to the point of no return. We're not allowing them to relax and rest. It's go, go, go!

Listen to me, talking like an expert on child rearing, would ya? Don't you just hate preachy people like me? It's like Santa Claus teaching a course on Chanukah.

But seriously, people need to take a step back and learn to relax. I have friends who were away nearly every single weekend this winter with their kids at sporting events. I don't know how they do it. I treasure my weekends like a man lost in the desert cherishes a drop of rainwater. I need them to rejuvenate, do what I want, visit people, and wind down. Of course, there's the odd weekend when you're busy, but they should be the exception, not the rule.

We have to let kids be kids. I have two friends whose daughter had a complete meltdown one weekend a few years ago. She had the tantrum from hell. Finally, she blurted out that she just needed to rest sometimes. Just the thought of going to more events all weekend drove her to tears. She just wanted to play with her toys and stay in her pyjamas on Saturday morning. And there's nothing wrong with that, you know?

Thankfully, her well-meaning parents saw the light and promptly cancelled a few things.

Of course, there's a happy medium.

Many a time when I was kid - especially during the summer when I was a bit older - I would have loved to have something to do. It's too bad that computers weren't around in those days. I'm pretty sure that I could have conjured up some sort of trouble for myself.

Several weekends per year, though, we'd end up at a local used bookstore with my mother where we'd exchange our old books for new ones.

Those were really fun times - choosing a whole whack of new books and comic books to read over the next several weeks until we were ready to bring them back and exchange them for more.

I really miss those days when we'd exchange our old Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny comics for new ones: Archie, Richie Rich and the Beagle Boys.

As a kid, sometimes it was just nice to sit back and relax with an Uncle Scrooge comic book and pretend that I was the one swimming through a pile of money in my own giant vault.

It wasn't such a bad thing, you know. Your kids should try it some time.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The American Idol Sanjaya phenomenon finally comes to an end

In a week where the U.S. saw the largest mass school shooting in the country's history, American Idol voters got a nasty dose of reality and finally decided to say bye-bye to Sanjaya Malakar in favour of other much more worthy contestants. As I predicted, Sanjaya was joined in the bottom three by LaKisha but -- shockingly -- Blake was also in the bottom three instead of Phil. I think people assumed Blake was safe and voted to save Chris after Simon's apparent slur against Virginia Tech. I really don't think that Blake will see the bottom three again for a long time -- if ever. So Sanjaya leaves. Now what will we talk about? Sanjaya cried while his "goodbye" video aired and changed the lyrics of Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About" to "Let's give them something to talk about other than hair..." Funny stuff! He went out on a high note. Thanks Sanjaya. It was fun while it lasted, kid. Click here for more. I actually believe that Sanjaya was really good for creating a lot of buzz surrounding the show.

Virginia Tech assassin Cho Seung-Hui sends multimedia manifesto to NBC News

Click here for NBC News video coverage of the Virginia Tech assassin's motives for killing 32 innocent people. Click here for NBC News web (print) coverage. Scary stuff, yet fascinating. What I find particularly disturbing is that this man was clearly mentally ill but kept slipping through the cracks in the system. It is the understatement of the century that this tragic incident will no doubt have lawmakers working overtime to rectify any weaknesses in the system that so clearly failed to keep this dangerous man off the streets.

Winning photographs unveiled in contest communicating personal experiences with HIV/AIDS through photography

Lovers of dramatic photography will appreciate the creativity and emotion that went in to the entries in this contest.

"Broadway actress and HIV advocate Sheryl Lee Ralph today (April 16) unveiled the winning photographs of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company's (NYSE: BMY) REYATAZ® (atazanavir sulfate) "Fight HIV Your Way" Photography Contest. The contest was developed to provide individuals whose lives have been touched by HIV with a way to express their feelings and emotions about their personal experience with the disease. The grand prize winning photograph and 50 second place photographs will be showcased in a public exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York City from today until April 18. The exhibit will subsequently be displayed in select cities across the U.S.

Howard Grant of Oakland, California, a retired architect and proud father of two, submitted the grand prize winning photograph. Grant's description of his photograph submission captures the strength he found to overcome personal obstacles: "I felt boxed in by concepts such as 'terminal illness,' 'damaged goods,' 'poz/neg.' The bravery and compassion of friends liberated me to pursue new paths and passions. All I had to do was face a new direction and step out of the box." Grant will be honored at a special gala opening this evening."

Click here for the rest of the news release. Click here for the gallery of winners.

American Idol prediction for tonight

I haven't done my usual amount of research for this prediction, so I'll likely be way off. I'm just going with my gut. Bottom three will be Phil, LaKisha (yes, LaKisha) and Sanjaya (yes, Sanjaya). I think Chris will be saved by the call-out he did to his friends at Virginia Tech and the rudeness it was met with by Simon. Phil has been in the bottom three forever and I think he'll be there tonight. I think LaKisha's star has fallen for the past few weeks. Last night, she was awful and screechy. I think the Sanjaya thing is coming to an end. I think Phil will go tonight despite a good performance last week. He just doesn't have the fan base, despite being a very likeable guy. Sanjaya will be with Phil in the bottom two and LaKisha will be the first sent back to the safety of the sofas. So we'll see what happens!

Sale of incandescent lightbulbs to be phased out in Ontario by 2010

"Ontario is moving to phase out the sale of "inefficient" incandescent lightbulbs in favour of the new compact fluorescent type. By 2012, the province plans to ban the old-style lightbulbs, which have been around since about the 1870s. Ontario will not make it illegal to use incandescent bulbs, but after the deadline they will not be available on store shelves." Click here for the rest of the news item. The eyeglasses industry must be thrilled. Despite their being more energy-efficient, many people complain that compact fluorescent bulbs just aren't bright enough. Lots of eye strain all around!

Simon Cowell's Virginia Tech faux-pas

UPDATE -- 9:56 p.m. -- Simon says he's horrified after watching the show back. I'm not sure what Simon Cowell was thinking when he rolled his eyes at contestant (and Virginia native) Chris Richardson's condolences to his friends at Virginia Tech. Cowell, who'd just criticized Richardson's performance, was apparently taken aback at Richardson's message to his friends at Virginia Tech to "be strong," etc. He forgot, unfortunately, that the eyes of 30 million people were on him when he rolled his eyes in a sign of frustration at Richardson's comments, which he considered to be an attempt at deflecting attention away from his earlier critisicm. Cowell's rudeness and straight-talk has been his charm, but there's a limit. After being told by producers that his eye-roll was shown on TV, he commented (very awkwardly and out-of-the-blue) later in the broadcast that it was a challenging week for the contestants because of the tragedy and that he and his fellow judges sent their thoughts and prayers to the families, as well. This is going to be the story of the week, folks. Has he stepped over the line? I think he has. The begrudging respect that viewers had for him may not be sustained by this major error on his part. Click here or here for reports. Click here for a video of the incident.

Hump Day: It's not a bad thing to just let kids do nothing

Hi everyone. Check out the latest "Hump Day" column on page D6 of today's Moncton Times & Transcript. Today's column is all about the busy lives that kids lead.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Creator of Atkins Diet died four years ago today

Physician and cardiologist Dr. Robert Atkins died four years ago today on April 17, 2003, following complications from a fall. You'll know his last name from the famous (or infamous, depending on what you think of it) diet that bears his last name. Following recent studies that showed that the Atkins Diet is among the most effective for weight loss, you're going to be seeing a big resurgence in the low-carb way of eating over the coming months. Click here for Jimmy Moore's most excellent Livin' La Vida Low-Carb blog. It's an amazing blog, one of the best I've ever seen!

Happy 59th birthday to Czech composer Jan Hammer

If the name Jan Hammer sounds familiar, it's because he composed this:

He survived the Nazis but couldn't avoid a crazed gunman at Virginia Tech -- and died a hero trying to protect his students

"Liviu Librescu, 76, was a Holocaust survivor, who his son said, will be remembered as a hero. He "blocked the doorway with his body and asked the students to flee," Joe Librescu told AP. "Students started opening windows and jumping out." The elder Librescu, a professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech told AP. He was born and received his advanced degrees in Romania." Click here for more on the victims of yesterday's shootings at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Pet food recall: Natural Balance Venison & Brown Rice (dry dog food), Natural Balance Venison & Green Pea (dry cat food)

"Natural Balance Pet Foods recalled two kinds of pet food after receiving reports of animals vomiting and experiencing kidney problems, the Food and Drug Administration said Monday. The recall includes all date codes of Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Food. The company does not know the cause of the problem, but said it is focused on one particular lot. Natural Balance Pet Foods is working with the FDA to investigate the matter and is urging consumers to not feed either pet food product to their animals." Click here for the rest of the news story. Click here for the government warning. (The company's website seems to be down right at the moment.) Ironically, I was at a pet food store yesterday and overheard the clerk strongly recommending the "Venision & Green Pea" cat food because it was safe. I guess he spoke too soon.

New Brunswick political shocker: Two Tory MLAs defect to Liberals

Joan MacAlpine-Stiles

Wally Stiles

The Progressive Conservative caucus in New Brunswick is down by two today following the shocking defection of Joan MacAlpine-Stiles (Moncton West) and Wally Stiles (Petitcodiac) to Premier Shawn Graham's Liberals. (The couple is married. MacAlpine-Stiles was a cabinet minister in former premier Bernard Lord's government.) Standings in the Legislative Assembly are now 32 Liberals and 23 Progressive Conservatives. I follow politics quite closely but never saw this coming. Wow! Click here for more. The change took place at 11 a.m. today.

Determined driver trying to get away from police

Wow... this guy really has some crafty driving skills, I must say. Not sure how it ended, but doesn't look like the police were giving up too easily. Gotta give them both an "A" for effort.

This week's "Hump Day" column...

... is all about how busy kids are these days. It seems that today's younger generation is completely caught up in the rat race of an enormous number of activities. I don't remember things being that busy when I was young. You can read all about it in this week's column that appears tomorrow on the editorial page of the Moncton Times & Transcript.

Monday, April 16, 2007

State of Montana launches gritty new anti-meth awareness campaign

"Known for its gritty and hard-hitting portrayal of meth use, the latest ads for the Montana Meth Project don't disappoint. Created by Venables Bell & Partners, the PSAs were directed Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream") and shot by DP Harris Savides ("Zodiac"). Final Cut Editor JD Smyth also lent his talent to the campaign." Click here for more. Here's a sample of some of the ads. Warning: Strong content.









33 dead, 29 injured in Virginia university shooting spree

What horror! Today, an incredible 33 people died in a shooting spree at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, and another 29 were injured, making it the largest school shooting in U.S. history. The (apparently) lone gunman is also dead. Click here to visit the university's website.

Well, I spoke too soon...

Back on March 6, I blogged about the imminent official announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, who seemed destined to be the future Queen of England (and Canada). Well, it's now over and they are splitsville. Did you happen to see the news coverage of the British press following her around like a pack of wild dogs? The pressure must be amazing.

Very cool new motorcycle

Happy 80th birthday to Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) turns 80 today, although I think he looks much younger. He is certainly very spry for his age. But you know what they say, 80 is the new 70. Or is it 60? One thing is for sure, he is in much better form at 80 than John Paul II was. Although supposedly elected as a transitional pope (i.e. a pope who wouldn't live long, thus giving the Roman Catholic Church time to search for a more long-term successor), he may surprise people by being around for many years to come. Here's a video of the announcement of when his ascension to the papacy was announced on April 19, 2005. So dramatic! Great stuff.


Happy 60th birthday to Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty turns 60 today. You'll remember him for his big hit Baker Street, which (if anyone cares ;-) ) is one of my favourite songs of all time:

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Canada's first national lottery draw was 33 years ago today!

From the CBC Archives: "It's 9:30 p.m. on April 15, 1974. At lottery parties being held in homes all across Canada, folks cross their fingers and kiss their $10 tickets. They watch with bated breath as the winning numbers for Canada's first national lottery are announced live on CBC Television. In the end, nine lucky ladies from Quebec City share the jackpot of $1 million tax-free — making it the world's biggest lottery payout at the time." I wonder if anyone thought back then that lottery jackpots would grow so large... and so frequent? Click here for more from the CBC Archives site.

How to tear a telephone book in half

Co-founder of Deluxe French Fries dies at 89

Laudia Thériault has died at the age of 89. She and her late husband, Laurier, co-founded the very successful Deluxe French Fries Ltd. based in Moncton. The canteen that they started on St. George Street eventually evolved in to the successful chain of fish'n'chips restaurants. My late paternal grandfather, Émile Cormier, worked at the St. George Street location for several years.

Bury the past with a wedding ring coffin from Jist Enterprises

Well, now I've heard everything... and they'll probably make millions! Click here for the news release. Click here for the official website.

The latest "SNL Digital Short" video by Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg

This is Dear Sister, the latest SNL Digital Short by Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and his talented team of writers. They also previously brought you the now-famous Lazy Sunday and D*ck in a Box videos. I fell asleep on the sofa last night and woke up in the middle of this. (The non-SNL star in the video is Shia LaBeouf, who did a fine job hosting the show for the first time last night!) "Mmmmm what do you sayyyyy..." Man, that song is now ingrained into my head and it won't leave! The video doesn't make much sense. People just keep getting shot. But it's that song! So addictive. It's called Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap.



Here's the entire song's video:

Wow! Talk about a sewer backup!

I've been through a few of these at my house (the problem was eventually permanently fixed, thank God), but nothing quite this bad! Holy moly!

Bewitched's Elizabeth Montgomery would have been 74 today

Elizabeth Montgomery, who starred in the much-loved TV series Bewitched, would have been 74 today. She died in 1995. Here are the opening credits to the show.



Happy 52nd birthday, McDonald's!

The very first McDonald's opened in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 15, 1955. It may surprise you to see what the original Ronald McDonald looked like!

Don Ho shown the do'

"Tiny Bubbles" crooner Don Ho has died from heart failure at the age of 76. Click here for the Associated Press news item. Click here for his official website.