Blog Posts by Eric Pfeiffer

  • Paramedics rush to Lindsay Lohan’s hotel; sources say actress is ‘fine’

    Lindsay Lohan appears at A&E Networks 2012 Upfront at Lincoln Center in New York (Kristina Bumphrey/AP)[UPDATE: 4:22 P.M. EST]

    • Paramedics rushed to scene Friday morning
    • Sources report actress is "fine"
    • Actress was reportedly "not feeling well" after hectic schedule

    Lindsay Lohan's spokesman says the actress is "fine" after reports Friday morning that paramedics rushed to her California hotel.

    "Producers were concerned when she did not come out of her room and called paramedics as a precaution. Lindsay was examined and is fine, but did suffer some exhaustion and dehydration," spokesman Steve Honig said in a statement to Reuters.

    "Lindsay was never taken to a hospital; reports to the contrary are false. She is resting now and is hoping to be back on set later this afternoon," Honig added.

    Lohan was originally believed to be unconscious in her hotel room Friday morning and paramedics rushed to the scene, ABC News first reported.

    However, multiple news outlets quickly confirmed that the actress, 25, is "fine" and plans to return to work.

    "She took a nap before shooting her final scene," a

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  • Bunny statue named Peace stirring controversy with some Mass. vets

    There's a bunny backlash in one Massachusetts town (

    A veterans group is upset that a giant, fiberglass rabbit sculpture has been put on display next to a war memorial in Oakdale Commons in Dedham, Mass.

    "Why isn't it down here where the playgrounds are? And they have it sitting right next to the monument," Vietnam veteran Frank Currin told

    The rabbit, now named Peace, is part of an effort to raise money for the arts, and the city reportedly plans to place 15 total fiberglass bunnies around Dedham. The town has a long history with pottery, which the rabbit structures are meant to honor. Local business Dedham Pottery, founded in 1896, also uses a rabbit in its logo.

    Originally named Leroy, the rabbit sculpture was created by a veteran to honor another local vet who died in January. "It's definitely been discouraging," Jennifer Barsamian, co-founder of Dedham Shines, said of the controversy. "The committee that put together this monument approved the placement of this rabbit, so we were completely surprised and caught off guard."

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  • Richard Branson hopes the Scarlet Ibis will once again flourish in the British Virgin Islands. (Charlie Smith/Virgin)

    Virgin Media mogul Richard Branson announced through his blog that his company is in the process of reintroducing three species of birds to the British Virgin Islands. The three speciesthe Flamingo, the Scarlet Ibis and the Roseate Spoonbillhaven't been seen there for 100 to 150 years.

    "This is the first Scarlet Ibis born in the British Virgin Islands for over 100 years" Branson writes on his blog. "They are completely different colour to their parents, which I suspect is so they are not so noticeable to predators when they are young. They turn the incredible scarlet colour after a couple of years."

    Along with the Scarlet Ibis birth, Branson says that the flamingo program has been a "fantastic success," with 70 birds born there in 2012 alone.

    "We hope in time to have the same success with the Scarlet Ibis as we have had with the Flamingos, so the British Virgin Islands as a whole can enjoy the beauty of these birds," Branson wrote.

    Flamingos once flourished in the Virgin Islands, though their numbers deteriorated after a combination of modern development and hunting from the human population.

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  • ‘Call Me Maybe’ parody featuring ‘Corgi Rae’ (VIDEO)

    The Pet Collective, a producer of pet entertainment videos, has released a new video that re-enacts the worldwide sensation "Call Me Maybe." But instead of a young pop singer, this version features dogs re-enacting scenes from the hit music video.

    Watch in delight as a pair of dogs and one skeptical cat create an all-pet sounds version.

  • Connecticut man calls 911 over errant deli sandwich order

    A Connecticut man called 911 over a sandwich order gone wrong. (Original images: (AP/Getty Stock)A man at a Connecticut deli called 911 and asked the authorities to intervene after he became concerned that the sandwich shop was not preparing his order correctly.

    "Um, hi. My name is Rother McLennon and I'm at Grateful Deli," the man says on the 911 recording. "I specifically asked for um little um, turkey, and little um ham and a lot of cheese and a lot of mayonnaise…and they are giving me a hard time so I was wondering if you could stop by and just…"

    That's when the dispatcher responds in disbelief, asking, "You're calling 911 because you don't like the way they're making your sandwich?"

    "Exactly," McLennon answers.

    CBSNewYork reports that the dispatcher calmly advises the caller to not buy the sandwich and to leave the store.

    "He's telling me he won't make it for me again, just because of that," McLennon pleads. "So, I just want to solve this the right way, you know?"

    "They playing games with me," he continues. "So, I'm just wondering if you could come by?"

    After what sounds like

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  • Oregon man reportedly contracts the plague after trying to rescue mouse from cat

    A Rocky Mountain Laboratories image depicting the Yersinia pestis bacteria, which causes the plague (AP)

    An Oregon man appears to be suffering from the plague after he tried to rescue a mouse from the mouth of a feral cat.

    "This can be a serious illness," Emilio DeBess, state public health veterinarian, tells the Oregonian. "But it is treatable with antibiotics, and it's also preventable."

    The unnamed man, in his 50s, is receiving medical attention and is listed as being in critical condition. Doctors have not officially confirmed that he is suffering from the plague but say he is showing several symptoms leading to a likely diagnosis.

    What may be the most fascinating aspect of his condition is that this is not the only recent case of the plague in Oregon or in the U.S. In fact, The Oregonian says it's the fifth such case in the Beaver State since 1995. DeBess says Oregon holds the record for modern cases of the plague in the U.S. with about one case per year since 1934. In that time, four people have died from their symptoms associated with the blood infection.

    There is a plague

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  • Stolen Picasso lithograph found leaning against park fence

    The recovered Picasso lithograph (Novato police)A Pablo Picasso lithograph worth an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 was discovered leaning against a park fence in Northern California, two weeks after it was reportedly stolen by a group of teenagers.

    The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reports the lithograph, "femme au chignon" (woman with bun), went missing from the Novato, Calif., mansion of imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, authorities said.

    The stolen lithograph was reported missing after 100 teenagers held an unauthorized party on the property, Novato police Sgt. Eric Riddell said.

    "It appears the unknown suspect(s), placed the painting there and intended it to be found," Riddell said.

    Greg Atamaniuk was walking nearby when he spotted the lithograph leaning against a fence. "It's something that you don't find usually on your morning hikes," he said.

    It is one in a series of 50 prints from 1957 and was valued between $30,000 and $40,000 according to a 2008 Sotheby's auction.

    "All I did was walk around a little

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  • Squid ‘spermatophores’ get stuck in diner’s mouth

    A giant squid feeds on smaller squid bait used by fisherman (Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum of Japan/AP)

    A 63-year-old Korean woman who was dining on boiled squid was horrified to discover that sperm from the squid had painfully stuck to her tongue and cheeks.

    The Squid A Day site reports that the woman experienced severe pain in her mouth after biting into the squid. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) explains what happened in further detail:

    "She did not swallow the portion, but spat it out immediately. She complained of a pricking and foreign-body sensation in the oral cavity. Twelve small, white spindle-shaped, bug-like organisms stuck in the mucous membrane of the tongue, cheek, and gingiva were completely removed, along with the affected mucosa," the article abstract states.

    "On the basis of their morphology and the presence of the sperm bag, the foreign bodies were identified as squid spermatophores."

    Squid A Day notes that the squid's internal organs are normally removed when the squid is prepared for a dish, so this is not something the average consumer

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  • $450 pizza sold in Canadian restaurant

    Nader Hatami hold's two of his restaurants less expensive pizzas (Kim Stallknecht/The Province)

    Who in their right mind would pay $450 for a pizza? "A very rich person," Nader Hatami, owner of the Steveston Pizza Company tells The Province.

    The Vancouver eatery has already sold one of the $450 pies and seven other orders for a $120 version. "I never thought I'd sell so many," Hatami said.

    So what exactly do you get on a $450 pizza? Specifically, the high-end meal known as the "C6" comes topped with a thermidor of lobster and black Alaska cod and a side of Russian osetra caviar.

    Meanwhile, The Global News adds that the $120 version is topped with roasted garlic, Icelandic scampi, smoked steelhead and lobster ratatouille.

    [Related: Burger King introducing bacon sundae]

    "The idea was to make a culinary statement," Hatami said. "I don't know if you've tried our pizza but each one is pretty unique."

    According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive pizza in the world -- before Hatami's -- was offered by Gordon Ramsey's Maze restaurant for $178. It is topped with

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  • Texas sheriff’s office sued after bogus mass grave claim from ‘psychic’

    Police search for "mass graves" at the rural Texas home in 2011 (AP/KPRC-TV)Joe Bankson and Gena Charlton have filed a lawsuit against the Liberty County Sheriff's Office and several media organizations after the Texas couple made global headlines in 2011 when their property was searched for a "mass grave" that was later debunked as nothing more than a bad tip from an alleged psychic.

    "Not a single body was found buried in the backyard," attorney Andrew B. Sommerman told The Dayton News. "This all started with a psychic who gave them (the sheriff's office) a tip — a bad psychic who had given the sheriff's office tips in the past that were wrong."

    Along with the sheriff's office, Sommerman says the couple is filing suits alleging false statements against several media organizations, including KPRC, Belo Corp. The New York Times, CNN America, Thompson Reuters and ABC News.

    The Dallas Observer reports that in their lawsuit, the couple alleges the search resulted in "mental anguish," financial loss and "substantial damages" to their reputations.

    When asked what the couple hopes to achieve, Sommerman said, "A little dignity. Vindication … At least now everyone will know the truth."

    In June 2011, local officials, the FBI and several national media organizations descended on the property as reports began to circulate that 25-30 bodies were buried on the grounds. After a search that Sommerman says left extensive damage to the property, police were forced to admit that their only "evidence" had come in the form of a tip from a 48-year-old grandmother, and self-described psychic, going by the name of "Angel."

    In their lawsuit, which was filed last week in the 193rd Judicial District in Dallas, Bankson and Charlton claim they have been unable to return to their rented home because, "everyone looks at them askance because of the accusations made against them."

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