You've heard of wedding planners, but have you heard of proposal planners? Emad, a medical resident in Buffalo, New York, wanted to plan an extra-special way to propose to his girlfriend, Bita. He turned to Sarah Pease, a proposal planner from Brilliant Event Planning, to help him design an impressive surprise.
Emad told Bita that he had bought a dinner through Groupon at Olivier Chang caterers in New York City. When the couple arrived, Bita thought it was a bit strange that they were the only customers, but Emad convinced her it was part of the Groupon deal. He had much more explaining to do, as well. Photographer Sofia Negron was there, snapping away; Emad told Bita the shots were for promotional materials for the venue. The music consisted of Bita's favorite songs. A coincidence, Emad said. When the food and drinks arrived -- reflecting the couple's French and Italian travels -- the hints became even clearer.
- Sarah Bernard | Trending Now – Mon, Jul 30, 2012
You've heard of wedding planners, but have you heard of proposal planners? Emad, a medical resident in Buffalo, New York, wanted to plan an extra-special way to propose to his girlfriend, Bita. He turned to Sarah Pease, a proposal planner from Brilliant Event Planning, to help him design an impressive surprise.Read More »from New York City Man Proposes to Girlfriend with Groupon Ploy
With the help of social media, news now spreads faster than ever. And sometimes that speed comes at the expense of fact-checking or even making sure an article is real at all. That's what happened this weekend when a fake opinion piece purported to be written by former New York Times editor Bill Keller made its way around the Web Saturday night. The article titled, "WikiLeaks: A post postscript," was a rousing defense of the group that is usually known more for its document releases than for pulling online pranks.
There were a few reasons the article appeared to be the real deal. The page contained links to the Times' website and the site itself, opinion-nytimes.com, sounded official. It was even tweeted out using a fake Twitter account that was similar to Keller's. The piece even fooled many journalists including the Time's own tech writer Nick Bilton who re-tweeted it to his 120,000 Twitter followers.
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- Mia Trovato | Trending Now – Fri, Jul 27, 2012
Who knew grabbing some lunch could be so interesting. Thanks to the 'Brown Bear and Salmon Cam' set up in the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, watching brown grizzlies catching their midday meal of sockeye salmon in the Brooks River has become an internet sensation. Explore.org set up the live stream and during the bears' peak feeding times, viewers can watch the burly animals wait patiently, pounce, and emerge victorious with a meal. FYI: What happens after that, may or may not be an appealing sight. CNN reporter Lizzie O'Leary is credited with spreading the word about the cam on Twitter two days ago. Since then the hashtag #Bearcam has been steadily trending.
Viewers have described the bears' food hunting as "mesmerizing." And some are even getting a bit of lunchtime inspiration out of the feed. One user joked,"Woke up with the strangest craving for salmon tacos. No idea why."
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- Mia Trovato | Trending Now – Fri, Jul 27, 2012
Social media has played a key role in drumming up excitement for the 2012 London Olympic Games, but just what kind of information and observations athletes are allowed to post and not post is getting, well, complicated. One day after a Greek triple jumper was pulled from her Olympics team for a racist tweet, two other athletes are coming under fire for tweeting photos of their Olympic Village passes. Authorities view the photos as a serious security threat. Conceivably someone could use the athletes' Twitter images to create a counterfeit pass.
Carli Lloyd, a star midfielder on the U.S. women's soccer team, tweeted a shot of her badge to 51,000 followers. Zac Purchase, a British rower, tweeted two photos, one of his pass and another of his "Olympic Identity and Accreditation Card."
Many athletes have been using social media to give followers and friends a behind-the-scenes look at their Olympics journeys. TheRead More »from Olympians in Hot Water Over Pictures Posted to Twitter
- Mia Trovato | Trending Now – Thu, Jul 26, 2012
Don MacKenzie racked up quite a bill at a Waterford, Connecticut, restaurant, but he didn't eat a thing. MacKenzie "ordered" a 17-pound lobster that had become known as "Lucky Larry" specifically to save the crustacean from facing a steamy melted-butter-and-lemon-filled demise. MacKenzie figures Lucky Larry must be close to 80 years old given his size, and felt he deserved to be returned to the waters to live out the rest of his days.
Said MacKenzie, "This lobster has seen World War I, World War II, seen the landing on the moon and the Red Sox win the World Series. He's made it this far in life. He deserves to live."
MacKenzie took Lucky Larry out on his boat Tuesday and sent him off into the Long Island Sound. As he did so the Niantic River bridge operator sounded his siren.
Perhaps inspired by MacKenzie's rescue operation, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plucked a 15-pound lobster from the Rough restaurant in Noank and released it into Mystic River.
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