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  • Do NOT play horse with this guy

    Posted by Otis Day

    From Yahoo sports

    Murray State freshman Isaiah Canaan typically spends a few minutes at the end of practice each day hoisting up crazy trick shots better suited for a game of H-O-R-S-E than anything else.

    Never has he even attempted one quite like the shot he sank during an actual game on Tuesday night.

    With the shot clock running down late in the first half against Southeast Missouri State, Canaan retrieved a loose ball just in front of the mid-court stripe and had no choice but to flick the ball at the basket from his knees. Against all odds, it banked in, giving Murray State a 29-12 lead and earning Canaan the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter's top plays on Wednesday. 

    "I've always dreamed of being on SportsCenter, but I never thought it would be like that," Canaan said by phone Wednesday. "We do some crazy shots after practice, but we'll either be behind the goal or somewhere in the stands. We've never been out there on the court on our knees. I still don't know how that went in." 

    Canaan's shot was the top story on Murray State's official athletic site on Wednesday, ahead of the team extending the nation's longest winning streak to 16 and clinching the Ohio Valley Conference title.

    The Biloxi, Miss. native appeared on ESPN's First Take on Wednesday morning, conducted a series of interviews with local reporters in the afternoon and plans to recreate the shot for a Kentucky TV station in the evening.

    "I'm going to see if I can get 3 out of 10," Canaan said. "I'm going to see if I can live up to that."

    How will Canaan top that shot? The only way he can think of is to hit one just like it at the buzzer to win a game.

    "I know coach definitely won't draw that play up, but if it happens that way, that would be wonderful," he said.

  • Here's what lost is really about!

    Posted by Otis Day

    I'm about a season and a half behind on Lost.  Ever since I canceled pay TV I've lost my DVR....so i only get around to it online when I think about it.  So I'm still about 6 episodes from the end of LAST season.  But I'm pretty sure I know what's going on anyways.  I've had it figured out since day 1.  This is all a dream Bob Newhart is having.  Mark my words.

  • The Muppets have gotten cool

    Posted by Otis Day

    I'm sure this won't take off quite like manamana, but it's pretty funny.  Don't know what manamana is?  Yeah, I ran into a few people this weekend that didn't either.  Season 1, episode 1 of The Muppet Show....1st skit was Manamana.  Enjoy!

  • Jay Leno appears in Late Show with David Letterman ad!!!

    Posted by Otis Day

    How did they get Leno to do this?  Or did they dupe him?  Is this a Doritos ad that somehow CBS got to use for The Late Show?  Did Leno really agree to do an ad for Dave's show when he'll be going back to back with Dave again after the Olympics?

    Update 02/08/10 

    Got an email with a link to the backstory on the Leno/Letterman/Oprah ad.  Crazy stuff here!

    February 7, 2010, 8:44 pm

    How the Letterman-Oprah-Leno Super Bowl Ad Came Together

  • Men At Work charged with Plagiarism for "Down Under"

    Posted by Otis Day

    Men at work

    Men At Work vs. The Man: '80s Band Charged With Plagiarism

    Posted Thu Feb 4, 2010 12:30pm PST by Lyndsey Parker in Stop The Presses!


    Allegations of plagiarism in the music business are nothing new--not even a Beatle, George Harrison, was safe from such charges, and everyone from Coldplay to Larry "Pants On The Ground" Platt has been accused of artistic thievery. The latest artist to face the music, to speak, is '80s Australian band Men At Work, and in this particular case, a judge has quite shockingly ruled against the band. Apparently this judge thinks Men At Work weren't working hard enough when coming up with original ideas for their biggest and most iconic hit, "Down Under." .

    This week Australian Federal Court judge Peter Jacobson ruled that the flute passage in Men At Work's popular new wave ode to life in the lower hemisphere bears a distinctive resemblance to "Kookaburra Sits In The Old Gum Tree," an Aussie children's folk tune written 75 years ago by schoolteacher teacher Marion Sinclair. "I have come to the view that the flute riff in 'Down Under' in the 1979 recording and 1981 recording infringes on the copyright of 'Kookaburra,' because it replicates in material form a substantial part of Ms. Sinclair's 1935 work," stated the judge..

    Music company Larrikin, which acquired the rights to "Kookaburra" nearly two decades ago, filed the suit after hearing a snippet of "Down Under" played on an Australian quiz show last year. And now, after this week's ruling, Larrikin stands to collect a substantial amount of royalties (somewhere between 40 and 60 percent) from Men At Work, "Down Under" songwriters Colin Hay and Ron Strykert, and record labels Sony BMG and EMI. .

    "It's a big win for the underdog," Larrikin's lawyer Adam Simpson told Australian reporters--although, sadly, Marion Sinclair will not be seeing any of that money (she passed away long ago), and neither will any of her heirs, since the song's rights were sold to Larrikin in 1990 after Sinclair's death. .

    After the surprising ruling, Men At Work singer and songwriter Colin Hay published a lengthy and very emotional statement in Australia's Herald Sun. "The copyright of 'Kookaburra' is owned and controlled by Larrikin Music Publishing, more specifically by a man named Norm Lurie. Larrikin Music Publishing is owned by a multi-national corporation called Music Sales. I only mention this as Mr. Lurie is always banging on about how he's the underdog, the little guy. Yet, he is part of a multi-national corporation just like EMI Music Publishing. It's all about money, make no mistake," he wrote..

    You know, Colin has a point..

    "It is indeed true, that Greg Ham (not a writer of the song) unconsciously referenced two bars of 'Kookaburra' on the flute, during live shows after he joined the band in 1979, and it did end up in the Men At Work recording," Hay conceded. "When Men At Work released the song 'Down Under' through CBS Records (now Sony Music), in 1982, it became extremely successful. It was, and continues to be, played literally millions of times all over the world, and it is no surprise that in over 20 years, no one noticed the reference to 'Kookaburra.'" .

    Well, Colin certainly has a point, there, too. .

    "Mr. Lurie claims to care only about protecting the copyright of Marion Sinclair, who sadly has passed away. I don't believe him. It may well be noted, that Marion Sinclair herself never made any claim that we had appropriated any part of her song 'Kookaburra,' and she wrote it, and was most definitely alive, when Men At Work's version of 'Down Under' was a big hit. Apparently she didn't notice either." .

    Again, Colin makes a good point. .

    Colin Hay makes many other good points, actually; his full statement can be read at http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/men-at-works-colin-hays-statement-on-court-battle-over-down-under-and-kookaburra-in-full/story-e6frf7jo-1225826917098

    So, do you think the Australian court's ruling was fair? Are you Team Men At Work or Team Larrikin? Who's the real underdog here? Compare and contrast the two songs below:

     

    "This outcome will have no real impact upon the relationship that I have with our song 'Down Under,' for we are connected forever...'Down Under' lives in my heart, and may perhaps live in yours. I claim it, and will continue to play it, for as long as you want to hear it." - Colin Hay

  • People would rather have a fat spouse than a bald one

    Posted by Otis Day

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    So 45% of Americans would rather have a fat spouse than a bald one?  What if you're both?  Oh yeah, then your divorced with 2 kids stuck in a booth at a fast food resturant while your friends laugh and take a picture of you.

    From UPI:

    MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Forty percent of married Americans would rather their spouse be overweight than bald and 45 percent try to hide thinning hair, a U.S. survey indicates.

    The survey of 1,001 U.S. adults, conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of Rogaine, an over-the-counter brand-name version of minoxidil made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. that promotes hair regrowth, also says 57 percent say they are not physically attracted to people with thinning hair.

    Seventy-five percent of Americans incorrectly cite stress as a leading cause of hair loss, while 35 percent say frequently wearing a hat thins hair and 24 percent blame over-styling of hair.

    "What people don't always know is that hereditary hair loss accounts for 95 percent of all hair loss, and can affect men as early as their late teens and early 20s," Dr. Robert Leonard, founder and chief surgeon of Leonard Hair Transplant Associates and member of the board of governors for the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, said in a statement. "By age 40, approximately 40 percent of women will experience some degree of thinning hair."

    Unfortunately most don't realize their hair is thinning until they have lost 50 percent of it, but it's easier to keep the hair you have than to restore what you have lost, Leonard adds.

    The online -- by invitation -- survey was conducted Nov. 12-17 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

  • PETA Wants a robot to replace Groundhog with a robot

    Posted by Otis Day

    Punxsutawney Phil

    PETA has gone off the deep end.  I knew it last year when they freaked out when Obama swatted a fly.  Now it's for SURE.  They want to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robot groundhog.  What about Jimmy the groundhog in Sun Prairie?  Are we gonna just continue to ignore his existance?  I'm going with Jimmy...cause he DIDN'T see his shadow today...so winter is almost over.  Phil did...so down with Phil!

    Here's the story from the Christian Science Monitor:

    By Chris Gaylord / February 1, 2010

    With Groundhog Day just a few hours away, eyes turn toward Gobbler's Knob in Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Punxsutawney Phil will waddle from his hole, look for his shadow, and announce whether winter will tighten its grasp or step aside for Spring.

    But this year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) thinks it's time for the nation's hairiest weatherman to enjoy an early retirement. PETA's proposal: instead of parading and manhandling the wee groundhog, replace ol' Phil with a robot.

    It's time to consider "retiring Phil to a sanctuary and replacing him with an electronic groundhog," says the official PETA blog. "Phil is forced to be on display year round at the local library and is denied the ability to prepare for and enter yearly hibernation.... Add to that the displeasure of large, screaming crowds, flashing lights of cameras, and human handling."

    Animatronics have come a long way – last year, the Horizons blog even joked that President Obama should consider a robot dog. Rather than look for its shadow, an iPhil could analyze the latest weather patterns, perhaps even project how global warning might permanently usher in an early Spring.

    Yet, won't a Phil-bot lack the cuddly charm of a real groundhog?

    One PETA commenter thought so: "I think retiring Phil is not the best idea. Is living at a library with children who love him and show him affection that horrible?" asks Adam in response to the post. "He would suffer more hardship back in the wild then continuing what he has been doing his whole life. Also when you say screaming crowds, who is screaming? He's not Bono."

    The Altoona (Penn.) Mirror, located 90 minutes southeast of Punxsutawney, ran an editorial today denouncing the proposed robot outsourcing. "We agree with William Deeley, president of the Inner Circle of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, who said Phil is 'being treated better than the average child in Pennsylvania.' Indeed, Phil is treated like a king, surely the envy of all of his fellow groundhogs."

    PETA's animals-in-entertainment specialist, Gemma Vaughan, wrote to Mr. Deeley that "These normally shy animals -- who are constantly on alert when they are out of their burrows -- become stressed when they are exposed to large, screaming crowds; flashing lights from perhaps hundreds of cameras; and human handling.... Other popular exhibitions have featured robotic penguins and dolphins who swim and communicate just like real animals do, and we think that an animatronic groundhog would similarly mesmerize a crowd full of curious spectators in Punxsutawney."

    Another commenter, Bri, supported PETA's idea, saying that "I think it is a good idea to retire Phil. Yeah, sure he is living a great life, but that life was not naturally meant to be for him. It would be like keeping a bear in your house to keep as a pet, when it should be in the wild. Phil is not a domesticated animal. He is a groundhog. Living with humans is not natural to a wild animal."

    My favorite thing are the comments afterwards.  One guy wrote:

    PETA has opened my eyes to the misery that all fuzzy pets suffer at the hands of their owners. I have released my dog, cat and hamster to the wild, and have replaced them with a robot dog, a robot cat, and a Roomba vacuum. I couldn't find a robot hamster.

    Maybe he should check the Roomba?