Blog Posts by Eliza Murphy

  • Hot Wheels Challenge Sets World Record


    Hot Wheels have been a hot toy for a long time. But for 40-plus years, the loop the cars raced through was toy-sized. You could never imagine doing that in real life, right?

    Wrong.

    Set your eyes on the Double-Loop Challenge. At more than six stories high it's the biggest double-loop ever attempted.

    Team Hot Wheels set a Guinness World Record at the X-Games in Los Angeles this weekend for their feat on life-sized replicas they built. The Double Loop Dare track is modeled after a toy track set called Double Dare Snare.

    Yellow driver Tanner Foust and green driver Greg Tracy safely completed the stunt, which was the first-ever of its kind.

    "You have to enter the loop at 52 miles an hour or so. Best way I could describe it is like driving into a brick wall," Tracy explained.

    He's spent his entire life with Hot Wheels and was pumped to do the loops in real-life.

    "It was absolutely the coolest thing I've ever done," Tracy beamed.

    Like a toy come to life, they did it. Both

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  • Adele Is Pregnant and 'Over the Moon'


    Adele, the world's biggest-selling pop star at the moment, didn't want the gossips saying "rumor has it," so she announced on her website today that she is pregnant. The site crashed due to a large amount of traffic after the news was revealed.

    "I'm delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together," the note on her website states. "I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx."

    "Simon" is Adele's boyfriend Simon Konecki, the head of the charity Drop4Drop which brings clean water to developing countries. The two have been dating since last year. She told "Vogue" of Simon earlier this year.

    "He's wonderful. And he's proud of me, but he don't care about what I do or what other people think. He looks after me. I don't think I would have gotten through the recovery for my [vocal cord] surgery if it hadn't been for him," Adele told

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  • Do 'Weeds' Stars Dig Weed?

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    The Showtime hit "Weeds" is going up in smoke. The series premiere this Sunday, July 1, will mark the show's eighth and final season.

    "Weeds" had its dramedy debut in 2005, helping to boost the careers of actors Hunter Parrish and Alexander Gould, along with its leading lady, Mary-Louise Parker. The show established itself as an outstanding comedy and earned Parker a Best Actress Golden Globe for her role as the marijuana-selling mom, Nancy Botwin.

    With the show going into its last season, we were curious where its stars stood on the controversial topic of toking up or keeping clean.

    Here is what they've said:

    Mary-Louise Parker

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    Mary-Louise Parker didn't try pot until she was 45, according to Vanity Fair. And even then, she claims she didn't smoke it; she licked a pot-laced lollipop once to cure her nausea when she was sick. But Parker claims the lollipop experiment left her unimpressed.

    "My entire life, I never wanted anything to do with marijuana. So when I was sick, I

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  • Curious Toddler Lands TV Role with His Monkey Moves


    Kids tend to monkey around, but 3-year-old Spencer Howell of, Ashburn, Va., takes the prize for his unique monkey moves, literally.

    Spencer is the only toddler to dance his way into an upcoming "Curious George" DVD set to be released Aug. 7, 2012.

    As the winner of the first-ever "Curious George Dance Contest," he will be featured in the new "Curious George: Dance Party!" DVD, and given the chance to show off his moves when he meets George in person. No date has been scheduled yet, but Katy Howell, Spencer's mom, says she thinks Curious George will be heading to his preschool for the special meet-and-greet.

    "I'm sure all the kids will be very excited. But they did ask me 'How is Spencer with characters in costume?" Howell laughed.

    The "Curious George Dance Contest" invited parents across the country to submit a video of their child exercising their creativity by showing his or her best dance moves to the show's theme song. Howell didn't see the contest originally, but is

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  • Alleged Burglar Pinned When Door Rolls Down on Him


    This alleged burglar in Massachusetts got a crushing blow when he got his head stuck under the door of a Rent-A-Center during an attempted break-in, according to police reports.

    Police say Manuel Fernandes, 53, was trying to steal from the Brockton, Mass., store late Monday night, but got himself in a jam when the loading dock door rolled back down on him.

    He was stuck there for nine hours until police came to the rescue and arrested him.

    John Rodriguez, the Rent-A-Center's manager, reportedly came to work around 8:45 a.m. to find the man trapped under the heavy metal door.

    Rodriguez told The Enterprise, "I happened to walk in and he was there, I saw that little head sticking out."

    Rodriguez took out his cell phone to capture the man on video. The robber can be heard claiming he was just "trying to fix the door."

    Police plan to charge him with breaking and entering and malicious damage to property.

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  • The Spice Girls Are Back! But Where Have They Been?


    Attention all children of the '90s: Your lives are about to get a lot spicier!

    The Spice Girls have finally reunited for the first time since their 2007-2008 reunion tour, gathering in London Tuesday to announce the launch of their new musical, "Viva Forever!" The announcement came from an appropriate location - the St Pancras Hotel - where they filmed their smash hit "Wannabe" video in 1996.

    The musical's website touts the new show as the tale of one girl who follows her dreams. It explains how "Viva Forever!" delves into the girl's "journey into the world of overnight celebrity and its impact on her mother, and the friends she thought she'd have forever."

    Set to premier Dec. 11 at London's Piccadilly Theatre, the show is being produced by famed Broadway mogul Judy Craymer, who is also responsible for ABBA's musical hit "Mamma Mia!"

    Despite not actually starring Posh, Scary, Baby, Sporty and Ginger in the flesh, "Viva Forever!" will feature the hit "girl power" songs of the

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  • Drew Brees Teams Up Against Concussions in School Sports


    Drew Brees, the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, has taken some pretty hard hits in his career and knows the dangers involved with playing football professionally.

    That's why he's lent his name to the PACE program - Protecting Athletes through Concussion Education - to make the sport safer. The PACE campaign teams with ImPACT, a widely-used computerized concussion evaluation system. All the NFL teams and many NHL teams use this technology.

    Brees, 33, joined us this morning along with many 'Who Dat?' Nation fans to discuss the importance of raising awareness to the danger of concussions. He said the most important thing is "Knowing how to recognize them, identify them and then treat them."

    Brees explained, "In a lot of cases, I think for me as a young athlete, there was times where, hey, I got my bell rung. Well, getting your bell rung can be a mild concussion or a concussion. So this raises that awareness."

    PACE is a program that provides free concussion

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  • Kate Must Curtsey to 'Blood Princesses'

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    Despite the fact Kate Middleton may one day become queen, she recently learned she must bow down (or in this case, curtsey) to "blood princesses" when she's not in Prince William's company. According to the new Windsor protocol, this includes Kate curtseying to the Princess Royal, Princess Alexandra, and the daughters of the Duke of York, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

    Kate does not need to bend the knee to Beatrice and Eugenie when she is with William, however. But confusingly enough, she still must curtsey to the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, The Telegraph reports.

    The Queen recently circulated around the royal household an updated copy of the Order of Precedence, which is an official paper listing, in descending order, the rankings of the different members in the Royal family.

    The document clarified Kate's status: As a former commoner, she must show reverence by

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  • 'Ryan's Banana Split Party' Sparks Surprise Visit

    Photo Courtesy: Diane RobertsRyan Roberts, not even 2-years old, has managed to start a social media frenzy with his story of struggle. When Ryan's mother, Diane Roberts, found out her 21-month-old only had a few weeks left to live, people kept asking what they could do to help. Her response?

    "What you can do is not take tomorrow for granted. Just go have a banana split with your kids. Put a smile on their face and create a memory. They'll remember that forever," Roberts told ABC News.

    When family friend Melissa Neidhardt heard Roberts' desires, she took to her Facebook to create "Ryan's Banana Split Party." Originally only inviting her 200 friends to the event, it was an online plea for everyone to help fulfill Roberts' wish: To create a happy memory by having a banana split for dinner, uploading a picture of it to the Facebook event, and think of Ryan while you enjoy that moment with your children.

    The page has now grown to 50,000 attendees, with families all over the world uploading

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  • David Kirchhoff's Top 5 Tips to Become Your Own Weight Loss Boss

    He's not just the president of Weight Watchers, he's also a client.

    David Kirchhoff, president and CEO of what must be the most famous weight-loss support group and corporation in the world, joined us this morning to tell his personal story and explain how Weight Watchers is now reaching out to men.

    His book, "Weight Loss Boss: How to Finally Win at Losing - And Take Charge in an Out-of-Control Food World," is about Kirchoff's story, and offers tips on slow, steady weight loss and maintenance.

    The numbers are scary. More than one-third of all Americans are obese. Forty-five million say they are trying to do something about it. Until now, most of the focus has been on women- their weight struggles, their diets. Now Weight Watchers is going after the guys, with a very high profile and outspoken spokesman.

    Charles Barkley has jumped on board, saying he can't believe he's getting paid to lose weight. The retired basketball player told ABC's "20/20" in May that he's lost 42

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