TROUBLE the 12 million dollar dog seemly set for life, but how long is that? The millionaire Maltese mutt is 8 earth years and almost 60 dog tears old. It begs to wonder does TROUBLE have a will? Can dogs have wills? Whom will she leave all of her loot?
I LOVE BRITISH COMEDY, WITH AN EXPLANATION OF WHY THIS IS FUNNY YOU CAN TOO. YOU SEE RICH PEOPLE OFTEN EMPLOY DOMESTIC HELP TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN IN THE UK. THE CHILDREN OFTEN DEVELOP A BOND WITH THEIR "NANNY" THIS SKIT FROM THE CATHERINE TATE SHOW, EXPLORES THE BOUNDARIES OF COMIC POSSIBILITIES WHEN THE CHILDREN'S NORMAL "NANNY" IS REPLACED BY A SUBSTITUTE NANNY WHO COMES FROM A MORE RURAL REGION OF ENGLAND, WHERE THEIR LANGUAGE IS A COLORFUL COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH. ENJOY !
White House pranksters covered Rove's Jaguar in plastic wrap on the private driveway next to the West Wing. Rove's car was adorned with an "I love Barack Obama" bumper sticker and twin stuffed-animal eagles on the trunk. Oh, and there was a stuffed-animal elephant on the hood.
Rove, the top White House political strategist who recently announced his resignation, had left his car on the driveway while visiting Texas and traveling with President Bush.
He got back to the White House early Wednesday evening, ventured out to the driveway and - with a big smile - began unwrapping the car. Rove got some help from a few eager children who had come by the White House to watch Bush arrive on the South Lawn in the Marine One helicopter.
Rove seemed to assign blame for the prank to Al Hubbard, the chairman of Bush's National Economic Council. Rove playfully pointed the finger at Hubbard while the kids ripped off the plastic wrap.
Sometimes even a kids'-show host needs to sit back, relax, loosen his bow tie...and take in a triple feature of porn. On July 26, 1991, Pee-wee's Playhouse host Paul Reubens had such a night out in Sarasota, Fla., leading to his arrest for indecent exposure. (He pled no contest and paid a fine.) Save a self-mocking MTV appearance two months later (''Heard any good jokes lately?''), Reubens laid low for the next decade.
CAREER IMPACT: MAJOR Reubens' comeback with 2001's Blow was overshadowed by a second arrest in '02, after photos of nude teens were found in his L.A. home. (He pled guilty to possession of obscenity, but maintained the photos were ''vintage erotica.'') This fall, Reubens has a recurring role on ABC's Pushing Daisies, and he's also written scripts for two more Pee-wee movies.
Following a nervous breakdown which ultimately lead to a bloody slugfest with her hubby Blake Fielder Civil, British songbird Amy Winehouse enjoys some much needed R&R while on holiday in the Caribbean on Tuesday.Donning a barely-there bikini, the talented yet tortured soulstress proudly showed off her frail figure as she slowly begins her descent back to good health. I do however think a little time in rehab would be better for BOTH of them. But I suppose when you have that much money it takes a little longer to hit rock bottom.
Perhaps crippled by the "been there, done that" ennui that so many people associate with their jobs, Jeremy decided to take a break from f***ing porn stars in 1996 to record a rap track with DJ Polo called "Freak of the Week." The video features cameos by Corey Feldman, John Bobbitt, Joey Buttafuoco, Grandpa Munster and a whole lot of women in thongs who hate their fathers. WOW LOOK AT ALL THE STARS, I SAW LYNN REDGRAVE,HEDI FLIESS,SIR-MIX-ALOT,ICE-T,DR DRE, ECT
Her Madgesty's hyphenate could easily read ''singer/actress/pisser-offer of the powers that be.'' And on the massively successful Blond Ambition tour in 1990, Madonna's antic — including simulated masturbation on stage — angered Pope John Paul II and the Vatican, who publicly condemned the singer's unholy performance. On the Canadian leg of the tour, Toronto police even threatened to arrest the Material Girl for indecency. In response, she cheerfully included ''the fascist state of Toronto'' in her preshow prayers (as captured in the 1991 tour doc Truth or Dare) — and refused to alter a thing.
CAREER IMPACT: POSITIVE The papal disapprobation only enhanced her taboo-taunting persona. The same year, she released a greatest-hits collection, as well as a little single called ''Vogue.''
The moon eclipse will be visible in Melbourne from 6.52pm tonight, with the total eclipse from 7.52pm to 9.22pm.
In the first such occurrence since 2000, the Earth will block the sun's light shining on the moon, allowing only scattered sunlight to illuminate the planet's biggest satellite.
Stargazers can expect the moon to shift between shades of red, orange and yellow, as the atmosphere filters out most of the blue light.
The colours will depend on the extent of volcanic gas and dust in the atmosphere filtering the light. Senior weather forecaster James Taylor said today the best views of the astronomical event would be in Melbourne's northern and north-western suburbs.
"There is some moisture moving in so there is likely to be some low level cloud out tonight, but there's no need to throw in the towel, because there is reasonable chance that there will be breaks in the cover," Mr Taylor said.
The lunar eclipse is visible at full moon when the sun, Earth and moon are perfectly aligned.
The last total eclipse was on July 16, 2000, according to Perry Vlahos from the Astronomical Society of Victoria.
"This is a lucky occurrence, especially because it's happening at a good time for kids and grown-ups alike to be able to enjoy," Mr Vlahos said.
He said those who wished to see the eclipse did not need any special equipment.
``All you need to do is walk outside and make sure you have an uninterrupted view of the eastern horizon,'' Mr Vlahos said.
The Astronomical Society of Victoria has invited the public to view the eclipse through telescopes, which will be set up from the top deck of the Ikea car park in Richmond from 6pm.
Dr Tania Hill, a Melbourne Planetarium astronomer, said it was completely safe to watch a lunar eclipse.
Ancient Chinese astronomers believed the eclipse showed the moon being consumed by celestial dragons.
Astrologers believe the full moon eclipse represent the time of endings, often in which we are forced to release attachments or relationships that are diverting us from our destiny.
The eclipse will be visible across the Pacific rim from Australia's east coast to the west coast of the American continent.
If you miss this one, the next total eclipse will not occur until 2011. Share this article What is
Surrey, British Columbia - A hot air balloon caught fire and crashed in mobile-home park and campground on Friday evening, injuring as many as 11 people, police and a witness said. Two other people were unaccounted for.
The cause of the accident was not known. Weather conditions were clear at the time of the sunset flight. At least three 30-foot (9-metre) mobile homes caught fire, said Don Randall, a witness who lives in the RV park. No one was reported hurt in those blazes.
Witnesses said passengers screamed and jumped to the ground as the balloon's basket caught fire. The balloon reportedly took off from a grassy field with 12 passengers.
The balloon went up about 400 feet (122 meters) in the air, "at which point it melted enough of the balloon - it collapsed," said Randall, who took pictures of the fiery scene. "The basket was basically a fireball, it just dropped like a stone."
People who had been riding in the balloon suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals in the nearby Vancouver area, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Roger Morrow said in a statement.
Fifteen ambulances, two air ambulances and eight fire trucks raced to the scene at the Hazelmere park, he said. Smoke could be seen billowing from the crash site from miles away, CTV said.
Randall said at least two vehicles were damaged along with the mobile homes.
The hot-air balloon, which CTV reported was operated by Fantasy Balloons Charters based in Langley, British Columbia, was one of several balloons in flight at the time. - Sapa-AP
"Obviously there's one element of the excitment of a fight to the death that people are sometimes attracted to," says Ascione, a professor of psychology at Utah State University and the author of several books on animal cruelty. "But then when you look at the people who go to a dog fight, you have other people motivated by other things. Some are there for the gambling, others who want to see the blood, others who are looking to make a drug deal, others trying to build a reputation."
There is no shortage of controversial sports stories, but for sheer breadth of issues, it's hard to match what has fallen out of the Michael Vick saga.
Vick pleaded guilty to his part in a dogfighting ring in court papers filed Friday, saying he funded gambling activities and was complicit in the killing of "six to eight dogs," but said he never gambled or received proceeds from fight purses. Vick will formally enter a plea at the U.S. District Court in Richmond tomorrow, but the NFL moved quickly to suspend him indefinitely on Friday, noting the conneciton to gambling in particular. THE FULL STORY - NY DAILY NEWS
Ten million-year-old fossils discovered in Ethiopia show that humans and apes probably split six or seven million years earlier than widely thought, according to landmark study released Wednesday.
The handful of teeth from the earliest direct ancestors of modern gorillas ever found -- one canine and eight molars -- also leave virtually no doubt, the study's authors and experts said, that both humans and modern apes did indeed originate from Africa.
The near total absence to date of traces on the continent of apes from this period had led many scientists to conclude that the shared line from which humans and living great apes emerged had taken a long evolutionary detour through Eurasia.
But the study, published in the British journal Nature, "conclusively demonstrates that the Last Common Ancestor (of both man and ape) was strictly an African phenomenon," commented paleoanthropologist Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University in Ohio.
Lovejoy described the fossils as "a critically important discovery," a view echoed by several other scientists who had read the paper or seen the artifacts.
"This is a major breakthrough in our understanding of the origin of humanity," Yohannes Haile-Selassie, a physical anthropologist at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, told AFP.
The most startling implication of the find, the scientists agree, is that our human progenitors diverged from today's great apes -- including gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees -- several million years earlier than widely accepted research based on molecular genetics had previously asserted.
The trail in the hunt for physical evidence of our human ancestors goes cold some six or seven million years ago.
Orrorin -- discovered in Kenya in 2000 and nicknamed "Millennium Man" although its sex remains unknown -- goes back 5.8 to 6.1 million years, while Sahelanthropus, found a year later in Chad, is considered by most experts to extend the human family tree another one million years into the past.
Beyond that, however, fossils of early humans from the Miocene period, 23 to five million years ago, disappear. Fossils of early apes especially during the critical period of 14 to eight million years ago were virtually non-existant -- until now.
"We know nothing about how the human line actually emerged from apes," the authors of the paper noted.
But the new fossils, dubbed "Chororapithecus abyssinicus" by the team of Japanese and Ethiopian paleoanthropologists who found them, place the early ancestors of the modern day gorilla 10 to 10.5 million years in the past, suggesting that the human-ape split occurred before that.
There is broad agreement that chimpanzees were the last of the great apes to split from the evolutionary line leading to man, after gorillas and, even earlier, orangutans.
Conventional scientific wisdom, based on genetic "distances" measured by molecular geneticists, had placed the divergence between chimps and humans some five to six million years ago. Orangutans are thought to have parted company with our ancestors 13 to 14 million years ago.
"If the new discovery is in the gorilla lineage, then this will definitely substantially push back the split time between apes and humans," Halie-Selassie at Kent State told AFP.
The scientists leading the team that found the fossils -- Gen Suwa of the University of Tokyo, and Ethiopian paleontologists Berhane Asfaw and Yonas Beyene -- calculated that the human-orangutan split "could easily have been as old as 20 million years."
They determined that the teeth belonged to gorilla ancestors based on unique shared characteristics of the molars, which had evolved for a diet of fibrous foods such as stems and leaves.
The match is not exact, however, and could prompt some scientists to challenge the findings.
The teeth fragments, found in barren scrubland some 170 kilometres (100 miles) east of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, almost went unnoticed.
Asfaw recalled the chance discovery.
"It was our last day of field survey in February 2006, and our sharp-eyed field assistant, Kampiro, found the first ape tooth, a canine," he said.
"He picked it up and showed it to me, and I knew that this was something new -- Ethiopia's first fossil great ape."
I want to live my next life backwards. You start out dead and get that out of the way. Then you wake up in an old age home feeling better every day. You get kicked out for being too healthy; go collect your pension, then when you start work, you get a gold watch on your first day. You wo rk 40 years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You drink alcohol, you party, you're generally promiscuous, and you get ready for High School. You go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a baby, and then... You spend your last 9 months floating peacefully in luxury, in spa-like conditions; central heating, room service on tap, larger quarters every day, and then, you finish off as an orgasm.
SIGGRAPH 2007 will bring an estimated 25,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to San Diego, California, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from 5-9 August at the San Diego Convention Center.
Today's technological innovations will change the way we work, live, and play in the future, often in unexpected ways. The SIGGRAPH 2007 Emerging Technologies program will feature more than 30 exhibits, spanning the realm of technology." From YouTube