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  • The recent Ebola diagnosis of a man in Dallas has turned up the paranoia across the U.S. And now photos from a concert in Africa have scaremongers working overtime. Here they are, pictures of R&B star Akon performing at the International Day of Peace celebrations in Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is seen crowd-surfing over the hands of the 60,000 concertgoers in a giant bubble. Seems harmless enough, but some people are assuming that he chose this method of transportation as a way to avoid coming in contact with the deadly virus.

    Ah, Internet rumors.Ah, Internet rumors.

    It all started when the website the Source posted an article that read in part, "The Ebola virus is no joke, and to avoid contracting it from anybody, when Akon left the stage to crowd surf with the people that were attending his concert, he did so in a huge plastic protective bubble." Twitter took care of the rest of the assumptions about the man in the bubble. But let's take a step back and look at Akon's history with the giant

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  • It seems that parental humiliation of kids is a common theme on social media these days. Remember Tommy Jordan, who released a video in which he shot holes in his daughter's laptop after she posted a few status updates about how unfair her life was? That video has had more than 39 million views on YouTube. The latest parent to inflict social media punishment is Jeannie Crutchfield, from Casper, Wyo. When she found out that her 14-year-old daughter, Ricki Durant, had been skipping class, she decided to take matters into her own hands, and those hands were carrying a video camera. Crutchfield followed her daughter to school, through the hallways, making sure that she went to class, all while the camera was rolling. She posted the video to Facebook, where it has been viewed more than 100,000 times. In the video, Ricki is seen trying to walk away from her mom while Crutchfield asks her, "Why am I here, Ricki?" and a stream of other questions.

    There's probably nothing more embarrassing to a

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  • A great way for advertisers to have viewers remember their client's product is to use laughter. Just ask Geico, which had an insanely popular commercial in 2013 featuring a hump-day-loving camel. You remember it, right? "Guess what day it is?"

    There's a new ad to leave you in stitches — brought to us by General Electric. It features funny guy Jeff Goldblum promoting GE's new Link light bulb. In the over-the-top spot, the "Jurassic Park" actor plays Terry Quattro, a boastful, egotistical celebrity who owes his success to good lighting. In the commercial, the Terry tells the audience, "Now you can get successful-guy lighting at normal-guy prices."

    The Link light bulb lasts 22 years and costs $14.97, which works out to 66 cents a year. That, Terry explains, is what he spends on moist towelettes every 13 seconds. You can even control the lights by using the Wink app on your smartphone, which connects to a Wink hub that is plugged into the wall socket, Terry adds.  The video is going

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  • Reporters sometimes face a dilemma: Witnessing events in their communities, they are tasked to report what they see, for their viewers and readers, without crossing any lines of involvement. But sometimes, on a human level, that is just not possible.

    On Friday, in Tampa, Fla., local TV reporter Cameron Polom became a part of the story he was covering — the disappearance of 10-year-old Paul Ezekiel Fagan. He had been last seen the afternoon before, playing in his grandmother's yard. Paul's grandmother, Hazel Epps, who has custody of the boy and with whom he lives, called the authorities at 8 p.m. after unsuccessfully searching for him on her own. Officers scoured the neighborhood late into the rainy night and early morning looking for the boy.

    Friday morning, after a local press conference on Paul's disappearance, Polom, a 30-year-old reporter for ABC News affiliate WFTS, was walking down the street when he saw a young boy come out from behind overgrown brush in the yard of nearby home.

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  • For reporters who interview actors about upcoming movies in which they're appearing, it always helps to see the film in question. Failing that, you can always do some quick online research. Those steps would have saved KWGN Denver's Chris Parente the embarrassment he experienced while interviewing the stars of "The Skeleton Twins," Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig.

    The segment, like many entertainment interviews, began easily enough, with the actors describing the plot of the film. Then, the interview took a turn for the awkward when Parente asked Wiig if she had any advice for actors about appearing in nude scenes. The problem with the question? Wiig doesn't appear nude in "The Skeleton Twins."

    Luckily for viewers, and for Parente himself, seasoned comedians Hader and Wiig made light of the errant question by talking about other scenarios that the film doesn't contain, like how Hader actually appears naked and upside down throughout the film and how the movie takes place on Mars.


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