Tag: News

Famous TV Sign-Offs

To mark the release of Anchorman 2, here is a look back at famous anchormen and their signature “sign-off.” You stay classy, BRI Fans.

hi-anchorman-ap-Sign Offs“Good night, and good luck.” Possibly the most famous sign-off in TV history, this phrase was coined by 1950s CBS News personality Edward R. Murrow (Person to Person, See It Now). He had gotten his start on CBS Radio during World War II, broadcasting from the rooftops of London buildings during the German blitz. With the line, Murrow was earnestly reaching out to the audience in an attempt to provide comfort. He kept the line after the war.

Uncle John’s Celebrity Shaming Department: Wish Denied

Even much-loathed celebrities like Donald Trump and Paris Hilton have gone out of their way to fulfill the request of sick or dying children who wanted to meet them. Here are the surprising stories of famous people and companies who said no to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (and other similar charities).

make a wish deniedIna Garten

Garten hosts the Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, in addition to writing six bestselling cookbooks. In 2010, the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacted Garten on behalf of six-year-old leukemia patient Enzo Pereda, who wanted nothing more than to spend a few hours cooking with the celebrity chef. But Garten turned him down. In 2011, the Foundation asked Garten again. Again, she turned them down. After the news was made public, Garten apologized, and a representative said it was an oversight, and that Garten receives “100 requests a month to support charitable causes,” and can’t possibly fulfill them all. After the incident became a publicity nightmare, Garten reached out to Pereda’s family, and had suddenly found time in her busy schedule to cook with the sick child. No thanks, said Pereda and Make-A-Wish—they were working on fulfilling Enzo’s #2 wish: to swim with dolphins.

No Whey? Yes Whey: The Truth About Greek Yogurt

The truth about greek yogurtA few years ago, a new product hit your grocer’s dairy case seemingly out of nowhere: Greek yogurt. It’s an extra-thick, extra-creamy, and protein-heavy version of. The main difference, besides the thick, almost cheesecake-like consistency: There’s very little liquid in a container. Popular brands include Yoplait and Chobani. And Ben and Jerry’s has a frozen version. How popular is Greek yogurt? In New York state alone, production at yogurt plants has tripled over the last five years to more than a billion pounds per year. Want to know the truth about Greek yogurt?

Welcome to Book Mountain

We know you like books, because, well, you’re here. We also you like weird stuff, because, well, you’re here. Behold, Book Mountain!

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No, it’s not Disneyland’s latest mountain-themed attraction but literary hounds might consider it the Happiest Place on Earth. You won’t find any bobsleds or animatronic animals at Bibliotheek Spijkenisse, the new public library located outside of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, but you will find books. Lots of ‘em.

Interesting Hurricane Notice [updates]

• Image from the National Hurricane Center. (LOTS of info there.)

From the Mount Holly, New Jersey, National Weather Service office, check this out—especially the part we’ve bolded:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
241 PM EDT SUN OCT 28 2012

…AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS STORM TO IMPACT THE AREA…

SANDY IS EXPECTED TO SLAM INTO THE NEW JERSEY COAST LATER MONDAY NIGHT, BRINGING VERY HEAVY RAIN AND DAMAGING WINDS TO THE REGION. THE STORM IS A LARGE ONE, THEREFORE DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT CENTER
OF THE STORM AS ALL AREAS WILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT IMPACTS.

THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE AN HISTORIC STORM, WITH WIDESPREAD WIND DAMAGE AND POWER OUTAGES, INLAND AND COASTAL FLOODING, ANDMASSIVE BEACH EROSION. THE COMBINATION OF THE HEAVY RAIN AND PROLONGED WIND
WILL CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR LONG LASTING POWER OUTAGES AND SERIOUS FLOODING.