After Englishman Rhodri Marsden tweeted about a bad date, he told Trending Now that he instantly received about 20 tweets from people sharing their cruddy date tales. That then set off a domino effect of hundreds of people tweeting Marsden their own dating horror stories. One man tweeted that he accidentally pushed his date down a staircase. A woman said her date took her to a parking lot to show her his motorbike. He revved it up for 10 minutes then did a lap and rode off. Another wrote, "met a bloke for what was supposed to be lunch. He told me he didn't like what I was wearing and said I should go home and change." One guy tweeted about a date where a woman brought 25 photos of poet Sylvia Plath's gravesite as a "conversation opener." After the bad date tweet-a-thon Marden gained 5,000 followers. In an email he told Trending Now, "with the role of social media, we're turning into a generation ofRead More »from Tweeters Share Worst Date Stories, Woman’s Tweet Gets Her Booted from Restaurant, and Christine O’Donnell Walks Out of Piers Morgan Interview
"Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino may become one of the first celebrities who is paid not to endorse a brand. In a statement, clothing manufacturer Abercrombie & Fitch asked the Situation to stop wearing its shirts on-air.
"We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans. We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino and the producers of MTV's The Jersey Shore to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."
Despite those strong words, Abercrombie & Fitch wasn't always so anti-Sitch. In 2010 after the first season of "Jersey Shore," theRead More »from Abercrombie and Fitch Shuns ‘The Situation,’ Drug Companies Shut Down Facebook Pages, and a Device That Mutes Celebrities On TV
Thanks to social media apps like FourSquare, FoodSpotting, and Instagram, restaurant goers can snap pictures of their meals and instantly share them online before even getting the check. But tech-savvy foodies beware! A new D.C. eatery called Rogue 24 bans cell phones and cameras. The restaurant, which serves a 24-course dinner for $175 per person, actually makes patrons sign a 2-page contract ensuring they won't pull out their cellphones while on the premesis of the multi-course meal eatery. "All guests should be able to enjoy the experiences that surround them at Rogue24 free of distraction," says the contract. The document also stipulates that if a reservation is canceled within 72-hours of the dinner, would-be customers must cough up 50 percent of the would-be meal. And don't even think of canceling after 3 p.m. on the same day of the reservation, because you'd have to pay 100 percent of the the dinnerRead More »from D.C. Restaurant Bans Cell Phones, President Obama On FourSquare, and Mercedes Gives Boy a Limb
Extreme couponing is becoming extreme stealing. Bargain hunters across the country are reportedly stealing newspapers for their money-saving coupon inserts. The thieves may have been inspired by the popular show Extreme Couponing on TLC, where pcoupons-1eople save thousands of dollars by coupon clipping. One woman in Arkansas is being charged for stealing 185 copies of her town's Sunday paper for the coupon inserts. The woman, who is a member of a coupon club, says she didn't think she was breaking the law because the papers were left outside a grocery store for pick-up. Newspaper thefts for coupons have been reported in Alabama, California, Florida, Utah and Texas. Here's how the shtick goes in many cases: a person will insert enough coins for one newspaper at an automatic roadside stand, and once the door is open he or she will steal all of the coupon-filled newspapers in the stack. Some coupons from stolen papers even end up for saleRead More »from ‘Extreme Couponing’ Leads to Arrests, Rapper ‘The Game’ In Trouble With Police Over Tweet, and San Francisco Transit Gets Hacked
romneyMitt Romney is taking heat for calling corporations people. While the Republican presidential candidate talked about taxes at the the Iowa State Fair, a heckler interrupted to argue against corporate tax breaks. That's when Romney said, "Corporations are people, my friend." When members of the crowd disagreed, Romney continued, "Of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people." The comment spurred a tidal wave of comments across social media. On social media, some people said Romney technically was right since people make up corporations. One person tweeted, "he's correct. Corporate earnings *do* go to people, not some great robotic maw." On the flip side, many attacked Romney's comments on Twitter. One person said, "Romney if corporations are people then they are the most greedy, heartless and unpatriotic of all." Tweeters also jokingly compared Romney's comment to CharltonRead More »from Mitt Romney Humanizes Corporations, Bert and Ernie Contemplate Marriage, and This Weekend’s Eye Candy
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