What do you get when you bring together an eccentric NAB Hall of Famer and the leader of the most reviled and despotic regime on the planet? We don't know either, but there they were: Dennis Rodman and North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Rodman, among the best rebounders in basketball history, visited North Korea to take part in the filming of a television program about the country. Kim
Jong Un is said to be crazy -- for basketball -- and took in a game with Rodman. Their meeting happened just after North Korea ran an underground nuclear test that was widely viewed as very public saber rattling directed at the U.S.
Rodman had high praise for Kim Jong Un and apparently had little trouble swallowing the idea that the struggling North Korean people were just as enamored of their leader.
Both lip-syncing and high-profile performances of the national anthem have had their share of hard times. It's not easy doing either anymore. The stakes have gone up. Ever since the infamous Milli Vanilli lip-synced live and on record, it's become ever so difficult for talented pretend-singers to get away with it.
Throw in the video era and it's virtually impossible to put one over on audiences on the lookout for any sign they're being lip-synced to. Likewise, the national anthem has been mangled a fair number of times in very public fashion, Roseanne Barr being among the most famous examples.
But what happens when you commingle lip-syncing with performing the national anthem? Probably nothing that will end well. Beyonce's January mashup of these two high-wire activities caused a stir that might not have been the kind of publicity she wanted.
No matter where you are on the political spectrum, it's clear that our leaders in Washington, D.C., aren't terribly popular anywhere except in, well, Washington, D.C. The reasons for that range far and wide, depending on ideology, and our poor congresscritters just can't catch a break. They're either doing too much, doing too little or doing just enough of things people don't like. The result is unhappiness all around and approval ratings at the bottom of a deep well.
Finally something has surpassed the difficulty of assembling an Ikea bookshelf: Ikea living down the horse meat story. The furniture seller has been in the news after traces of horse meat were found in a batch of its Swedish meatballs.
For a lot of people, horses are beautiful creatures that are best left with a measure of dignity and freedom instead of being eaten, and for a lot of people, Ikea provides an affordable, wide range of home furnishings (albeit with unpronouceable names). This collision is just a shame all the way around.
Do you Yahoo? You'd better be in your office when you do! Well, that will be true at least for Yahoo! employees, who learned that come this summer all telecommuters would have to offer a more corporeal presence in the office -- the days of working from home will soon be over.
The move has stirred up plenty of debate, particularly among working mothers, about the merits of telecommuting versus the benefits that might come from employees working together on site. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who is behind the policy shift, thinks companies innovate best when together in a collaborative, in-person, atmosphere.
These two things should not be allowed anywhere near each other. Electrical appliances and water just don't mix, and yet from time to time, usually through carelessness, people end up mixing them anyway, sometimes with tragic results. Hair dryers + water = an illogical equation.
Twitter seems to be the devil on the shoulder for many a person, but particularly for celebrities. There's just something about being famous and having the ability to instantly broadcast 140 characters of seriously deep thought to an adoring world that just seems to get them in trouble, or at least extremely embarrassed.
Charlie Sheen, Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton and Alec Baldwin are just a few celebs whose tweets have gotten them in hot water ("No, no, I didn't go to England; I went to London," Hilton once tweeted).
Perhaps the famous among us should make sure their publicists review their tweets before they make that final send. More likely though, they will continue to steer clear of good judgement and say whatever the heck 140 characters will get them.
The recent meteor strike in Russia really drove home an age-old truism: Meteors and planets do not play well in the universe together. What else is there to say except "Look out!"?
Meteors don't seem terribly respectful of planets that are just floating along, minding their own business. Russia saw many people injured and a ton of property damage during the February strike, which happened, strangely enough, on the same day as an asteroid buzzed Earth's tower. It's just not safe anywhere anymore!