Would you be willing to help your favorite local restaurant find a thief? That's exactly what popular Boston-area burrito chain Boloco is hoping its patrons will do. The Boylston Street location of the regional chain was burglarized by three men Sunday. The surveillance cameras recorded the break-in and theft of a safe-deposit box, so the restaurant owners are not waiting for the police to investigate. Instead, they decided to start their own investigation by saturating social media to try and catch the alleged crooks. In addition to announcing a $1,000 reward on its Facebook page for any tips leading to an arrest, the restaurant has also created a viral video by adding haunting music to the surveillance video and posting it to YouTube. Boloco's owners explained the video on their Facebook page by saying, "It's 2012 . . . and we think everyone needs to . . . work together to reduce and one day eliminate evilRead More »from Boston Restaurant Uses Social Media Blast to Help Apprehend Burglars
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- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Tue, Jan 31, 2012
For the first time ever you may be able to hear what deep-sea fish sound like. Most of us have heard dolphin and whale noises, but not fish that lurk much deeper near the ocean floor, more than 2,200 feet below the surface. Scientists at the University Massachusetts at Amherst used a deep-water hydrophone to record a full day of noises from the sea floor, and they may not sound like what you would expect. In the recordings, the fish sound more like ducks, birds, and maybe even pigs with a series of quacking, chirping, and grunting. Marine ecologists hypothesized more than 50 years ago that even though the creatures live in total darkness, they're not living in total silence because they have to communicate for survival and reproduction. The scientists teamed up with commercial fishermen and spent 24 hours recording the sounds of the sea floor of Welkers Canyon, just south of New England's Georges Bank. WhatRead More »from Scientists Capture the Sounds of Deep-Sea Fish for First Time Ever
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Mon, Jan 30, 2012
Still looking for Super Bowl tickets? You may be in luck, but you're going to have to work for them. Jason Elia told ESPN 97.5 in Houston that he is giving his tickets to the person who gets him the most Twitter followers. Elia, a television writer who lives in Nashville, spent $8,000 on two tickets to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. He was going to take his football-loving girlfriend to the big game, but his plan went kaput. On November 7, he found out he had bladder cancer. When he told his girlfriend, she dumped him. In an interview with Trending Now, Elia said his girlfriend "could not handle the stress of having a boyfriend with cancer." To make matters worse, Elia was planning to propose to her on Christmas. Perhaps the cruelest twist of fate is that his ex-girlfriend still wanted the Super Bowl tickets. According to Elia, his ex-girlfriend says the tickets are rightfully hersRead More »from Woman Dumps Boyfriend With Cancer But Still Wants His Super Bowl Tickets
Politicians give speeches all the time. It just comes with the territory. Often, they employ speech writers whose only job is to prepare and write clear messages that are structured with certain themes and positions the person reading the speech wants to articulate. But, what happens when it's found that your speech writer was a famous Hollywood producer and the speech you gave was not written for you, but used in a movie? That's the scenario with Australian Transport Minister Anthony Albanese who is being accused of plagiarism. In the speech, Albanese attacks the leader of a rival party by copying Michael Douglas's character's speech in 1995's The American President. Douglas plays widower Andrew Shepherd, the President of the United States, who falls in love with a lobbyist. After the Liberal party's federal director uploaded a video comparing the two speeches on YouTube. Alabenese responded on Twitter,Read More »from Australian Politician Attacks Rival with Plagiarized Speech from American Movie
- Melissa Knowles | Trending Now – Thu, Jan 26, 2012
This story sounds too impossible to be true, but it is. John Tyler was born in 1790, and he was the 10th president of the United States in 1841. Believe it or not, he has two living grandchildren. For perspective consider this: When Tyler was born, George Washington was giving his State of the Union address. When Tyler became president, the civil war was still 20 years away! But how is this possible? Here's some math for you: Tyler had 15 children, and in 1853 he was 63 when his son Lyon Gardiner Tyler was born. Lyon had six children, with two of them, Harrison Ruffin Tyler and Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr., born when he was in his 70s in 1924 and 1928 respectively. Both men, now in their 80s, still live in Virginia. If you think this is unlikely, you are not alone. On Twitter, people are calling this unbelievable and saying it boggles the mind.
Now we want to hip you to a new movement designed to affect localRead More »from Shock Over 10th U.S. President’s Grandsons Still Living
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