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Today Show anchor Mike Leonard announced his official retirement from broadcasting this week, capping an impressive 32-year career in TV journalism.

His family at the Today Show bid him farewell in a special tribute.

He announced his retirement with an tribute to a not-so-ordinary person in his own life - wife Cathy - who has inspired him "to see the beauty in our everyday existence.”

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Kim Jong Un is Time's 2012 Person of the Year ... if the magazine's online readers have their say anyway. He was chosen by a landslide margin, hilariously.

Time readers picked North Korean leader over President Barack Obama, Gabrielle Douglas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Jon Stewart in an online vote.

Kim Jong Un, Time Magazine

It doesn't mean Kim will be named Time's official Person of the Year 2012, which is announced December 19; that call is entirely the Time editorial board's.

Still, the son and successor of the late Kim Jong Il - who was also named the Onion's Sexiest Man Alive earlier this fall - received 5.6 million votes.

That's 5.6 million more than either Kim ever got in North Korea! Axis of Evil BURN!!!!

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A Florida man has been charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting his drunken roommate in an argument over a pork chop ... seriously.

Thomas Hahn, 55, killed one of his three roommates on Tuesday night after the roommate arrived home drunk, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Thomas Hahn Mug Shot

The two had argued about how to cook pork chops and police said the alleged murderer took a .22-caliber Ruger rifle and fired at least three shots.

Two shots struck the roommate, killing him immediately.

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A 41-year-old man died Wednesday of injuries sustained when the garbage bin he slept in was emptied into a trash compactor in Fort Worth, Texas.

Police say the man was seeking shelter from the cold when a garbage truck lifted the bin in which he was sleeping and emptied it into its compactor.

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Officer Sharron Neal says workers stopped the contractor when the man began to scream. He was in cardiac arrest when he was removed but revived.

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A Texas dad carved a pentagram on his son Wednesday because 12-12-12 was a lucky day ... or so this clearly deranged human being claims.

"I shed some innocent blood," Brent Troy Bartel, 39, told a police dispatcher afterward.

"I inscribed a pentagram on my son." Why, he was asked? "Because it’s a holy day.”

Brent Troy Bartel Mug Shot

While he was carving a pentagram on a six-year-old on 12-12-12, Bartel’s wife was at a neighbor’s home, telling police he was attacking their son.

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NASA's so-called "Apocalypse Video" has been released a week in advance of next Friday's end of the world as we know it - December 21, 2012.

The agency wants you do know the famous Mayan apocalypse prediction is not going to happen. In fact, it's not even a real prediction they made!

NASA's video, titled "The World Didn't End Yesterday," was originally supposed to be released December 22, but made its way online this week.

The four-minute clip explains how the idea of the Mayan apocalypse is a hoax, and that 12/21/12 is just the end of their calendar ... before the next one.

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A 2043 census projection estimates that white Americans will be the minority at that time, reflecting the dramatic demographic shifts in the U.S. population.

The Census Bureau's newly released population projections predict that this will occur two years after the total population exceeds 400 million people.

Census Projection

This highly symbolic shift to a "majority-minority" nation is due to the huge growth of the U.S. Hispanic population while the white population will decrease.

Not just as a percentage of the nation, but in total numbers.

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A video depicting the moments before a Midtown execution style murder has gone viral, and the NYPD is furiously searching for the suspect in the slaying of Brandon Woodward.

The video is chilling, especially when you know the tragic result:

A fatal gunshot to the head killed the 31-year-old Woodard, whose killer slipped casually back into a car and drove off after the Monday afternoon murder.

The shocking Midtown execution clip was captured on a security camera, but the victim's family is as stumped about her son’s murder as cops seem to be.

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A three-mile wide asteroid will fly by Earth over the next few days, offering astronomers and even average citizens a rare close-up ... relatively speaking of course.

The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be just 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach early Wednesday, nothing close to Deep Impact style.

That's too far away to pose any impact threat on this pass, but close enough to put on a pretty good show through top-notch telescopes, researchers say.

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December 12, 2012, or 12-12-12, is a once-in-a-lifetime day - and it's whipping math geeks, lovebirds and superstitious individuals everywhere into a frenzy.

While there's no actual Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart wedding going down (despite what the tabloids claim), plenty of others are tying the knot today.

12/12/12

There will never be another date like 12-12-12, after all ... the world is ending only nine days later, according to the Mayans' famous apocalyptic prediction.

Even if those fools are somehow wrong, it's a long ass time until 1-1-2101.

Not only is getting married on 12-12-12 a cool story, but it makes for easy-to-remember anniversary date. There's still 12 hours left in the day, fellas!

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