Wednesday October 23, 2019

Archive for the ‘Interesting’ Category

How the world’s best athletes use ‘super powers’ to win

Over the years, athletes, coaches — and, yes, governments — have spent hundreds of hours researching supernatural means to get a win, whether through mind-control, fringe psychology or bizarre rituals. Much of this history is revealed in “The Men on Magic Carpets: Searching for the Superhuman Sports Star”. The investigation sent Hawkins on a three-year journey through the mystical underbelly of sports to those who try to unlock the power of the human mind.  More…

L.A. Developers Have a Big Problem: Too Many New Megamansions

Real-estate experts estimate that there are about 50 ultra high-end spec houses under construction in the area, from Beverly Hills to Bel-Air and Brentwood. The unprecedented wave of development has its roots in the heady days of 2014 and 2015, when foreign buyers poured into Los Angeles and luxury markets across the country logged record sales.  More…

Here’s the value of $1 in each state

The value of $1 varies depending on where you go. According to new data Opens a New Window. compiled by 24/7 Wall Street from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), a dollar goes the furthest in America’s "poorest states," such as Mississippi and Alabama.  More…

Ex-flight attendants expose sexist, seedy world behind the glamour

Mary Joyce Bochroch was a college sophomore, engaged to her hometown boyfriend, when she crossed paths with the woman who changed everything. The small-town girl was dazzled by the idea of air travel, and applied to be a TWA stewardess herself. When she got the job offer in 1965, she broke things off with her fiancé and quit school. “I’m sure glad I didn’t get married,” she says. “Instead, I got to see the world.”  More…

Uber’s first employee, who’s now a billionaire, credits his success to this 1 tweet

Ryan Graves tweeted Uber Opens a New Window.  co-founder Travis Kalanick Opens a New Window. a "tip" in 2010 — and nearly a decade later, became a billionaire. The 35-year-old businessman, who’s also the founder and CEO of Saltwater, reached out to Kalanick provided his email address after the billionaire businessman said he was looking for potential employees for a start-up company.  More…

Drugs, sex and death inside the infamous Chateau Marmont

Of all the jaw-dropping things — movie-star affairs, secret parties and tragedies of many stripes — that have happened at the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood, the most notorious remains comedian John Belushi’s 1982 drug death. Lesser known, however, are the stories of celebrity copycats who seemingly wanted to follow in his footsteps.  More…

Holzhauer squeaks out 18th win in nail-biting ‘Jeopardy!’ battle

James Holzhauer is one game away from breaking yet another “Jeopardy!” record. On Monday night, the 34-year-old professional gambler from Las Vegas eked out another triumph despite a slow start against rivals.  More…

Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t want to say famous line in ‘Titanic,’ says James Cameron

"Titanic" produced so many iconic scenes and lines, but there was one particularly memorable moment in the 1997 blockbuster that star Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t thrilled about. In a new interview with BBC’s "Movies That Made Me," James Cameron opens up about DiCaprio’s memorable “I’m the king of the world,” line, which the director went on to shout in cringing fashion at the 1998 Oscars.  More…

15 Shirley Temple facts you should know in honor of the late child star

Hollywood became dimmer on Feb. 10, 2014 when Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who brought joy to Americans during the Depression died at age 85. As a tot, Temple was the country’s top box office draw from 1935 until 1938, and beat out Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and Joan Crawford — just to name a few.  More…

Reba McEntire explains why she turned down iconic ‘Titanic’ role

Reba McEntire admitted she turned down the role of a lifetime. On Thursday’s “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” the 63-year-old revealed she was initially cast as the “unsinkable” Molly Brown in the 1995 blockbuster “Titanic” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. However, the country crooner had to turn down the epic romantic drama due to scheduling conflicts.  More…

Frozen cat found buried in snow thawed by animal clinic

This feline may have just wasted one of her nine lives. A Montana cat named Fluffy was found frozen and buried in snow by her owners this week — and brought back to life by a team of veterinarians. “Amazing success and survival story from this week,” wrote Montana’s Animal Clinic of Kalispell.  More…

Jet stream helps flight reach 801 mph due to jet stream

A Virgin Atlantic flight from Los Angeles to London reached the ground speed of 801 mph with the help of strong winds, according to reports. The blistering speed was reached while at 35,000 feet above Pennsylvania. The Boeing 787 twin-jet aircraft was given a boost by a furious jet stream, the high-altitude air current along which storms travel.  More…

How to anonymously collect lottery winnings in New York

The winners of the largest-ever New York Lottery jackpot have pulled off the even more historic feat of collecting their checks anonymously — by following the advice of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The group of 23 Long Island coworkers scored the Mega Millions’ eye-watering New Year’s Day jackpot of $437 million, lottery officials revealed.  More…

Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot could put hole in S. Carolina budget

The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget.  More…

The list of bogus ‘hate crimes’ in Trump era is long

In the wake of the arrest of actor Jussie Smollett, who was charged with staging his own racist and homophobic attack, here are just some of the other crimes that have been given prominent play by the media since the 2016 election — often accompanied by politicians decrying, “This is America today” — that turned out to be frauds:  More…