7th Billionth Baby Born Today

The United Nations recognized newborn Danica May Camacho as the world’s symbolic seventh billionth baby in the world. Danica was born in the Phillipines just before midnight Sunday evening.

She is the second child of parents Camille Dalura and Florante Camacho and is the center of a media frenzy. The U.N. delivered a cake and other gifts for the family including a scholarship and finances to help Danica’s parents establish a general store.

Despite being awarded the official title, Danica was not the only baby born this Halloween. Couples all over the world are claiming that their babies are the actual 7th billion newborn. A baby boy born at St. Thomas’ hospital in London has also been hailed the world’s 7th billionth child and was presented with a teddy bear from the House of Commons by Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Jenny Tonge, Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and hospital staff just … Read the rest…

It Just Got REAL Out Here: Domino’s Vs. Pizza Hut!

Never let anyone tell you that it’s not real out here in these streets.

It just got real, son.

The Star-Banner of Ocala (via WhatIFeelIsHot) is reporting that two managers of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Lake City, in north-central Florida (and WHERE ELSE, really?), have been charged with burning down a rival Papa John’s location. The motive? Police say one of the men admitted that he believed with his competitor out of the way, more pizza lovers would flock to his restaurant.

The Papa John’s was gutted in the Oct. 20 fire.

Both men – Sean Everett Davidson, 23, and Bryan David Sullivan, 22 – were booked on an arson charge and were being held in jail.

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Proposed Law Could Ruin YouTube Experience for Us All

Alright, whether you are a Belieber or not, do you think it’s fair to put Justin Bieber behind bars for up to five years because he got his start singing songs by other people on YouTube? No way!

But a new bill that’s getting passed around Congress, S.978, would make it a felony to post videos that contain copyright-infringing music. It’s not just Bieber who has been a party to this trend, but thousands of aspiring musicians and even just kids having fun.

Still, Bieber is certainly the biggest star these days who has his career thanks to YouTube, but if the bill had been passed, he could have faced jailtime for singing songs like Chris Brown’s “With You” on the internet. Hence, the name given to the efforts to stop this bill is “The Free Bieber campaign.”

Copyright law is so out of control that just singing someone else’s … Read the rest…

The CBS Eye Turns 60

The CBS Eye, one of the most successful and identifiable symbols in history, turns 60 today. The Eye, which was first introduced during the Network’s station breaks on Saturday, October 20, 1951, will be celebrated today on-air and on CBS.com and CBSNews.com.

By 1951, CBS Television had seized the broadcasting spotlight, debuting “I Love Lucy” among other shows that year, and CBS President Frank Stanton felt the time had come for a distinct identity for CBS Television by means of establishing an on-air symbol.

The man behind the design, Bill Golden, was inspired while driving through Pennsylvania Dutch country. He was intrigued by the hex symbols that resembled the human eye that are drawn on Shaker barns to ward off evil spirits as well as a drawing he admired, that had the look of an eye, in a publication featuring Shaker art. Graphic artist Kurt Weihs helped create the final … Read the rest…

“Cassette Tape” Cut From Oxford Dictionary

It may have been a long time since most people last listened to a cassette tape, but the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) just gave cassettes a crushing blow. No longer will “cassette tape” be included in the Concise edition of the OED. “It was so past its prime that it was not worth keeping it in,” editor-at-large Jesse Sheidlower told USA Today.

To make matters a bit worse for those put off by the removal decision, words like “retweet,” “cyberbullying,” “sexting” and “mankini” are being added. Seriously, mankini?

“Cassette tape” will, however, still remain in the extremely large unabridged version of the OED. While it’s true that cassette tapes aren’t a best seller these days and automakers have stopped equipping cars with cassette decks, Time Magazine noted that while other words that are getting the cut, like “brabble” and “growlery,” truly aren’t really used anymore, cassette tapes aren’t that ancient … Read the rest…

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