Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • Spirit Air gets in on the 'get mile high' jokes with Denver fares

    Spirit Airlines

    Spirit Airlines, keenly aware that Colorado has recently legalized recreational marijuana, has launched a tongue-in-cheek promotion aimed at folks who may be considering a celebratory trip to the mile-high city of Denver.

    The discount airline's website features an ad that reads, "The No Smoking Sign Is Off (in Colorado). Get mile high with $10 off your next flight. Fares so low they're barely legal in some states." The graphic was reportedly also sent out via email.

    The promo quickly sparked a flame on Twitter. Some folks seemed to think it was smart business and in good humor.


      The joke didn't work for everybody, though.

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  • Nancy Grace: Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a 'horrible idea'

    When it comes to recreational marijuana, Nancy Grace is a bit of a buzz kill.

    The television personality paid a visit to CNN's Brooke Baldwin to speak about the legalization of pot in Colorado. 

    Grace is not a fan of the law, telling Baldwin she thinks that legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a "horrible idea." Grace said that she wouldn't want anyone on pot to take care of her kids or drive a cab. She then went for the jugular, claiming that anyone who disagreed with her was "lethargic, sitting on the sofa, eating chips ... fat and lazy."

    Whoa. The gauntlet had been thrown down. The only question was whether or not pot enthusiasts could summon the will to get to a Web-enabled device and fire back.

    They did, and the humorous retorts did not disappoint.

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  • Because science! Cool stuff that only happens in the freezing cold

    Cold weather can be a drag. But it can also be an opportunity to do wacky science things that won't work in August. Around much of the country where freezing temperatures have kept folks inside and bundled up, some are braving the weather to conduct a few experiments.

    Meteorologist Eric Holthaus took it upon himself to test the theory that boiling water turns instantly into snow if the air is cold enough. Holthaus tossed a pot of boiling water into the minus 21°F air and — voila! — instant snow flurries.

    Holthaus told Storyful: “Today was the coldest weather I’ve ever personally experienced, and the first time I’ve tried this trick. Sure enough, it works!”

    Holthaus wasn't the only one to have a little fun with the bitter cold. Ontario resident Chris Gillett poured boiling water into a pressurized water gun and then went outside to see how the water stream would react. See the fire extinguisher-like effect below.

    Why use boiling water? For reasons that remain a mystery — even to scientists

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  • Don't drive drunk, even in a video game

     

    Drunken driving is always a bad idea, even in a video game.

    To help bring home the point, Belgian advocacy group Responsible Young Drivers produced a clip featuring a professional videogamer who goes by the name AMO_RACING87.  We first saw the clip over at video game blog Kotaku.

    AMO_RACING87, who is described as one of the world's most talented Gran Turismo players, takes a couple shots of whiskey and then wobbles over to his monitor and console for a  few laps in the popular racing game.

    Things don't go well. The driver can't seem to take the turns. He runs into walls, crashes into cars, and generally drives like he's, well, drunk.

    Of course, this is hardly ground breaking research. The fact that alcohol diminishes one's ability to drive is known by (hopefully) everybody. Still, people tend to forget this during the booze-infused holiday season. Another reminder to get a designated driver doesn't hurt.

    Follow Mike Krumboltz on Twitter at @mikekrumboltz.

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  • Phil Robertson defender Sarah Palin admits to not having read his interview

    After Phil Robertson, the patriarch of "Duck Dynasty," made controversial remarks about homosexuality that were published in GQ magazine,  former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke out in his defense.

    However, when asked by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren if Robertson's remarks were offensive and whether or not she had any objection as to how he worded his comments, Palin said she didn't know what Robertson had actually said, Politico reports.

    “I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin explained on Fox News’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" on Monday.

    On December 18, shortly after the "Duck Dynasty" controversy began, Palin took to Facebook where she wrote, "Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."

    Palin's comment drew over 428,000 likes on the social network. Robertson's original comments in GQ expressed his opinions
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  • Inspired by sick friend, kids rock to raise money for cancer research

    The Runaway Hamsters aren't exactly the Beatles. Well, not yet, anyway. But the group of 9-year-old sibling rockers clearly have their hearts in the right place.

    The Boise, Idaho, foursome – 9-year-old Isabella (drums) and 8-year-old triplets Abby (keyboard), Gabby (vocals) and Riley Keen (guitar and bass) – recorded an original single titled "RunAway" to raise money to fight cancer. They were inspired by a friend who is fighting the disease.

    Earlier this year, their friend Matt Dittrich was diagnosed with cancer. Gabby told KTVB that Matt has a brain tumor and lost his hair due to treatments. He has trouble walking and has to use a wheelchair.

    Wanting to help their friend, the kids set out to produce their own CD with some funds fronted by their parents, according to KTVB. They've raised over $1,200 so far. The albums are available for sale on the group's Facebook page. CDs are $5, with the proceeds reportedly going toward worthy causes.

    "100% of the profits will be donated,"

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  • Study: People with HIV have life spans approaching those of general population

    People with HIV now have life spans approaching those of the general population, according to a study published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

    According to the study, a person in his or her 20s who contracts HIV can now expect to live into the 70s. This is vastly different from the 1980s when the diagnosis of HIV meant one only had a few years to live.

    The study's authors followed individuals pursuing combination anti-retroviral therapy (ART) from 2000 to 2007. Despite the overall improvements in life expectancy, not everyone is benefiting equally. "Differences by sex, race, HIV transmission risk group, and CD4 count remain," the study explains.

    The higher life expectancy is largely due to improved treatments with fewer side effects for those who are able to afford them.

    The Vancouver Sun spoke with HIV researcher Dr. Julio Montaner who contributed to the study.

    Via the Vancouver Sun:

    In 2000, the average 20-year-old newly diagnosed with HIV could expect to live another 36 years. By

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  • Lonesome man's quest for a friend on Christmas has happy ending

    Here's a story that reads a bit like a Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie. But it's real, so no eye-rolling is allowed, OK?

    James Gray was feeling a little down. With nobody to spend the holidays with for the 10th year in a row, the 85-year-old Irishman living in London placed an ad in the newspaper seeing if anybody was willing to hang out with him.

    The ad drew only one response, from a person who later backed out, Gawker reports.

    Fortunately, things took a happier turn once the Irish Post ran a feature story on Gray and his quest for company.

    Via the Irish Post:

    “I just want to find someone in time,” he said.

     “I am used to the loneliness, but I do not want it to be the same this year."

    “I think there must be quite a few lonely people around and I am on my own, so it would make sense I think if someone came here for Christmas lunch."

    A short time later, Gray received a slew of replies from folks around the world who would be more than happy to spend the holidays with the retired butler.

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  • The best gifts come in large cardboard packages on the front lawn

    It goes without saying that Christmas is a special time, especially for kids. We could get sentimental and pretend it's because of the spirit of the holiday or the togetherness or whatever, but let's be honest — it's all about the presents.

    Or is it? The folks over at HooplaHa compiled a collection of clips that feature kids getting a surprise reunion with a parent, back from military service during Christmastime in years past. The rub: Each parent is hiding in a cardboard box that looks like a huge present.

    While some of the boxes are more elaborately wrapped than others (You got me a refrigerator for Christmas?), the reactions of the kids are nearly identical: Pure joy.

    Follow Mike Krumboltz on Twitter at @mikekrumboltz.


     

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  • Why did Macaulay Culkin make a boring video of himself eating a slice of pizza?

    There are must-see videos, and then there are videos of Macaulay Culkin eating a slice of pizza.

    Just – you know – sitting around, eating a slice of pizza. Looks like cheese, maybe. Ripping at the crust, adding some spice, and crumpling up the brown paper bag like a boss.

    Not watching this video won't be a regret whispered to a loved one on your deathbed. But if you have a few extra minutes, give the "Home Alone" star's home video a watch. We'll explain more in a bit.

    Still there? OK, turns out there's a story to the video. Culkin was apparently offering his take – a homage, if you will – on the great Andy Warhol, who once "starred" in a short video that featured him eating a hamburger from Burger King. Warhol's carnivorous clip was part of a bizarre '80s film called "66 Scenes from America," directed by Danish filmmaker Jorgen Leth.

    Curious? Have it your way, below. Note that both videos are exactly 4 minutes, 28 seconds.

    So, why did Culkin post a video imitating Warhol? That's between him

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