Newt Gingrich's poll numbers took a sudden rise Monday, and it caught many political experts off-guard, but not Twitter experts. New research by the website 140elect.com asserts that the number of new followers a candidate gains on Twitter is a leading indicator of his or her poll numbers. Here's a breakdown of how the website arrived at its conclusion: Gingrich's poll numbers were sliding until a September 7, 2011, debate at which he received a spike in new followers (1,200 to be exact). This was preceded by a steady gain in the polls. After last week's GOP debate, Gingrich received 1,100 new followers, which predicts another jump in the polls for the candidate. Mitt Romney experienced steady increases in the polls and in his number of Twitter followers until October 11, when both numbers began to decline. Herman Cain is the only GOP candidate to break this trend. His followers have decreasedRead More »from Twitter Experts Predict GOP Success, Mad Men Creator Hints at Series Finale Secrets
Hip-hop artist and clothing designer Jay-Z is being scrutinized for allegedly profiting off of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Last week, friend and fellow business mogul, Jay-Z and Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons tweeted a backstage photograph of himself standing next to Jay-Z, who was wearing a T-shirt that read, "Occupy All Streets." Simmons's tweet and the tee, from the Jay-Z owned company Rocawear, quickly became an online sensation as people scoured the Net trying to get their hands on the shirt. However, the excitement quickly turned to contempt when Rocawear issued a statement saying that the company has not made a commitment to monetarily support the Occupy Wall Street Movement. In response, an Occupy Wall Street leader called profiting off the shirt "an insult to the fight for economic civil rights." The "Occupy All Streets" T-shirts were selling for $22 on the Rocawear website, but only for a briefRead More »from Jay-Z’s “Occupy All Streets” T-Shirts Spark Outrage, Artist Exhibits More than a Million Flickr Images
The Internet is constantly stirring the pot when it comes to the hippest restaurants and food trends. There are food blogs, people tweeting about food, and even pictures of food. The latest food phenomenon being talked about in social media comes from chicken franchise Kentucky Fried Chicken. An employee recently uncovered a 50-year-old book from Colonel Harland Sanders himself in the KFC archives. Within the book is a secret manuscript from the KFCmid-1960s. In the first chapter, the colonel describes the nearly 200-page book as "the story of a man's life and the story of the food he's cooked and eaten." Also included are the colonel's recipes for casseroles, omelets, pancakes, and pies that reflect his love for "old-time country and farm cooking." KFC is looking into putting portions of the book online, as well as turning some of the new-found recipes into menu items for its stores. Do not get yourRead More »from Long-Lost Manuscript Reveals KFC’s Other Secret Recipes, Yelp Makes Fun of Rick Perry’s Gaffe
Eddie Murphy is out as the host for the 2012 Academy Awards, and Miss Piggy and her long-time beau Kermit the Frog are in? Well, that's what some people are hoping. Murphy, a legendary comedian, was named as host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards in early September. However, news broke Wednesday that Murphy had stepped down from his duties as a first-time host. His announcement came just one day after his friend and former Oscar's producer Brett Ratner resigned after making controversial remarks on "The Howard Stern Show." Almost immediately after news of Murphy's resignation became public, eight-time host "Billy Crystal" began trending on Twitter. Crystal is also the top choice in Yahoo!'s informal online poll. However Crystal is not the only name being thrown in the hat. Other famous names being suggested are Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Martin, and Will Ferrell. But when it comes toRead More »from Campaign for Muppets to Host Oscars Goes Viral, Batali’s Hitler Remarks Lead to Banker Boycott
Ever wonder if you might be able to break a world record with your spare change? Well that's exactly what Tai Star from Tucson, Arizona, did. Star filmed himself strategically stacking more than 3,000 coins on top of a single dime. To make the feat even harder, he performed this task on the corner edge of a table. It took him seven hours to complete the vase-shaped tower consisting of 600 quarters, 501 dimes, 313 nickels, almost 1,700 pennies, and 5 foreign coins. Add it up, and that's more than $230 in change. Star uploaded the video to the website RecordSetter.com. In the time-lapsed video, you can see the coins collapse at one point. In keeping with his patience, Star carefully starts stacking again. This is not the first time that Star has tried to set a world record and succeeded. He currently holds 11 unique records on the site, from tallest tower to tallest coin tower and, of course, mostRead More »from Man Sets Jaw-Dropping World Record Stacking Coins, Woman Fired From Animal Shelter After Taking Pictures of Dogs
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