Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • ‘World’s coolest dad’ builds Olympic-style luge track for his kids

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 hrs ago

    In a serious bid to become World's Coolest Dad, a New Jersey father turned his snow-and-ice-covered lawn into an Olympic-style luge track for his kids.

    Joseph Colangelo, a 29-year-old from Cranford, N.J., said he spent the last several weeks creating the 55-foot track outside his home.

    "[My neighbors] thought I was crazy for shoveling my yard," Colangelo wrote on Reddit. "They may have been right but at least now there's a sweet ride on our property."

    Colangelo, a father of three young children, said he built the walls during successive snowstorms and watered the track every day for nearly a month.

    The results, captured with a GoPro camera, impressed even jaded commenters.

    "Looks like you guys got some pretty good speed there," one wrote.

    "Awesome!" wrote another. "I can just imagine every other child in the neighborhood wonder [ sic ] why their own dads aren't so creative."

    "Dad of the year," another declared.

    An "insurance guy," though, offered a word of caution:

  • 20 Internet words that didn't exist when Yahoo launched 20 years ago

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 12 hrs ago

    Yahoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, and plenty has changed in the world — and on the World Wide Web — since its launch in 1995.

    To commemorate two decades on the Internet, Yahoo News editors came up with a list of Internet-era words and phrases that didn't exist when the company launched. Among them: "blogs," "selfies," and even "social media." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was just 10 years old when Yahoo came online, tweets were strictly bird noises (without character limits) and Tumblrs weren't missing vowels.

    YAHOO AT 20: FULL LIST OF OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOP 20 LISTS

    Below, to show how the digital landscape has changed over Yahoo's tenure in the tech world, 20 words and phrases that came into existence or were popularized after Yahoo went live in 1995.

    Blog

    Bitcoin

    Clickbait

    Crowdsourcing

    Friend [verb] and Like [noun]

    Flash mob

    GoPro

    Hashtag

    Internet meme

    Photobomb

    Podcast

    Selfie

    Social media

    Text [verb]

    Sext [verb]

    Smackdown

    Troll

    Tweet

    Viral

    Wi-Fi

  • Dakota Johnson’s ‘SNL’ ISIS spoof stirs outrage online

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    A “Saturday Night Live” commercial spoof is stirring outrage online over its depiction of a female high school graduate who leaves her family to join the Islamic State militant group also known as ISIS.

    The ad, starring “SNL” host and “50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson is a spoof of the Toyota commercial that portrays an Army-bound daughter being dropped off at the airport by her father. In the “SNL” version, though, the daughter is being picked up by Islamic militants in a Toyota pickup truck.

    “You be careful, OK?” says the father, played by Taran Killam.

    “Dad, it’s just ISIS,” she replies.

    When a teary-eyed Killam instructs one of the militants, played by Kyle Mooney, to “take care of her,” he replies, “Death to America.”

    As the truck drives away, a voice-over assures Killam: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

    While the studio audience seemed to laugh, plenty of viewers at home didn’t find it so funny.

    Very distasteful of #SNL making fun of the Isis crisis on tonight's episode

  • 'American Sniper' juror watched movie but says it didn't affect judgment

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Potential jurors in the murder trial of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh, were not disqualified for seeing "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated movie based on Kyle’s book of the same name. And at least one of the 12 jurors who found Routh guilty in the murder of Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, admitted he saw it.

    "It gave me a better outlook on Chris' role as a Marine," Barrett Hutchinson told ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "What the job entitled, a greater respect for it."

    But Hutchinson, who did not specify when he saw the film, said it did not affect his judgment.

    “You just put that to the side, and take in the facts and make your own judgment," Hutchinson continued. "I put the fact that Chris was a Marine out of my mind, and looked at Chris as a person, looked at Chad as a person, looked at Eddie as a person."

  • Worker seriously hurt in NYC partial building collapse, fire officials say

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Emergency workers responded to a partial building collapse on the west side of Manhattan Wednesday.

    A spokesman for the FDNY told Yahoo News that the three-story building, located on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th avenues, was under construction.

    One construction worker was transported to the hospital with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, the spokesman said, as first responders continued to look for any other victims and assess the site.

    Aerial photos of the scene showed scaffolding collapsed onto a school bus parked outside the structure.

    It's unclear what caused the collapse. The NYPD spokesman said the department is investigating.

     

  • Jon Stewart mocks media questioning Bill O'Reilly's Falklands 'war zone' stories

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    Jon Stewart weighed in on the controversy swirling around Bill O'Reilly's Falklands War reporting on Tuesday, mocking the media for questioning the Fox News host's assertion that where he was covering the 1982 conflict — in Buenos Aires, Argentina — was a "war zone."

    “Really? We’re going after O’Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone?” the "Daily Show" host asked, pointing out the "No Spin Zone" tagline of O'Reilly's cable news show. “Misrepresenting the zone he is in is kind of his hook.”

    Stewart presented a recent segment on O'Reilly's "Factor" which included a correspondent "who disproves global warming by wandering around Boston pointing at snow."

    Even Fox News' slogan — "Fair and Balanced" — is "a textbook case of trolling," Stewart quipped. "No one's watching them for the actual truth."

  • Woman sets Guinness World Record for massive Slinky collection

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    A New Mexico woman's lifelong obsession with Slinkys is now in Guinness World Records for her massive collection of the 1940s-era coiled spring toys.

    Susan Suazo, of Los Lunas, N.M., was recently certified by Guinness for her collection of 1,054 Slinkys.

    Suazo began collecting them more than 40 years ago after she got one as a Christmas gift from her parents. A vending machine at a restaurant where she worked fueled her Slinky addiction.

    “I worked in a café, and it had a vending machine,” Suazo told KOAT-TV. “Every time I had a couple of quarters, I would go buy myself a Slinky.”

    These days, Suazo, who works as a telecommunications specialist, spends her free time scouring eBay for rare and vintage Slinkys. Suazo is hoping eventually to go to China, which she describes as a Slinky mecca.

    “There are so many that are produced in China that I can’t find here,” she told the Valencia County News-Bulletin.

    So why does Suazo love Slinkys so much?

    "It's gotten out of control," she said.

  • O’Reilly continues defense of Falklands War reporting: ‘I want to stop this now’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continued his vocal defense of his reportingduring the Falklands War on Monday as former CBS News colleagues continued to challengesome of his stories.

    On “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday, the embattled host showed archival footage of the 1982 reports that he requested from CBS, in part, to prove that protests he was covering near the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were violent — a characterization some of his former colleagues dispute.

    “I reported accurately the violence was horrific,” O’Reilly said.

    His guest on the show, Don Browne, a former NBC bureau chief who covered the Falklands War, described the situation on the ground as “intense,” though stopped short of characterizing it as a “riot” or “war zone,” as O’Reilly has characterized it.

  • Stewart, O’Reilly weigh in on Giuliani’s controversial Obama comments

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly both weighed in on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s suggestionthat President Barack Obama doesn’t love America. And not surprisingly — given their history of on-air battleson each other’s shows — the cable hosts had markedly different takes on the controversy.

    Stewart of “The Daily Show” took particular issue with Giuliani invoking Sept. 11 to defend his comments.

    “You know, President Obama didn’t live through September 11th,” Giuliani said on “The Sean Hannity Show” last week. “I did. President Obama didn’t almost, you know, have a building fall on him. Myself and my police commissioner and my fire commissioner did.”

    “Shut up,” Stewart said, referring to Giuliani’s remarks. “You know you’re not the mayor of 9/11, right? You don’t own 9/11. You don’t own anything but the unique willingness to crassly exploit it.”

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  • Columba Bush's lavish spending habits scrutinized

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    The history of U.S. political spouses whose lavish spending habits have attracted public attention is about as old as the country itself.

    First lady Mary Todd Lincoln was known as a compulsive shopper roundly criticized for her indiscriminate spending and shopping binges during the Civil War. Nancy Reagan’s expensive tastes and designer dresses earned her the derogatory nickname "Queen Nancy." Calista Gingrich owed as much as $500,000 to Tiffany’s, according to financial disclosures made during Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential run. First lady Michelle Obama’s taste for fashion — she once wore $540 sneakers to a food bank — is well-documented.

    Add Columba Bush to that list.

    In 1997, she paid $31,000 for two pieces of jewelry ($15,000 for a Roman coin necklace and $16,600 for a diamond-studded Rolex) — both financed through the jeweler.