Archive for September, 2013

Billionaire: $65 million to man who marries lesbian daughter

Gigi Chao (right) with partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong. (AP Photo)

Gigi Chao (right) with partner Sean Eav at an event in Hong Kong. (AP Photo)

Would you marry a wealthy, attractive lesbian for $65 million?

If the answer is yes, and you are male, consider taking your studly talents to Hong Kong, where billionaire shipping tycoon Cecil Chao says he’ll pay a king’s ransom to any man who can convince his daughter to ditch her lesbian lover.

The winner of the “marriage bounty” doesn’t have to be rich, just “kind-hearted,” said Chao, 76, who claims to have had sex with 10,000 women and wants his daughter to have a relationship Chinese society will find acceptable.

Same-sex unions are not recognized in Hong Kong, but Gigi Chao, 33, a businesswoman educated in England, “married” her longtime lover Sean Eav recently in Paris.

The ceremony didn’t please pops, who began spreading the word that his daughter needed a “good husband.”

Gigi Chao, who runs one of her father’s holding companies, is a trained helicopter pilot and architect, so she has a lot …

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‘Inciting chaos’ arrest after man barks at police dog

Man's best friend, until you bark at him while drunk. (AJC file photo of Putnam County K-9 'Aska')

Man's best friend, until you bark at him while drunk. (AJC file photo of Putnam County K-9 'Aska')

It has never been scientifically proven, but take it from my wife, people aren’t as funny as they think they are.

This is especially true of drunk people, and, super especially, drunk people messing with cops.

This once again became obvious at a DUI roadblock in western Pennsylvania where a man was arrested for DUI and “inciting chaos” after barking at a police dog named “Chaos.”

It’s never a good idea to hassle cops, even furry ones.

Inciting chaos is a real criminal charge and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.

See? That’s not funny at all.

Here’s some more Monday news that isn’t funny:

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Report: U.S. trashes 40 percent of food

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This little piggy went to market, then to a smoker. (Photo courtesy of Steven H. Walker)

If divorce or some other disaster has ever forced you to do your own grocery shopping, you may have noticed the “sell by” stamps on food.

Or, maybe you’ve seen the “best by” dates emblazoned on ice cream.

The mishmash of dates does little but confuse consumers, according to a report by The Washington Post.

It contributes to this sad statistic: About 40 percent of all food grown in the United States is thrown away.

A Harvard study alleges better date labelling would reduce food waste and maybe feed a few hungry people like that guy at the top of the exit ramp holding the cardboard sign.

The Dating Game: How Confusing Food Date Labels Lead To Food Waste In America” says if a third of the food currently wasted was redistributed, it could provide the entire diet of every “food insecure” person in the United States.

The federal government has never instituted a uniform system of food dates, …

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Baby animals back ‘Adorable Care Act’

Obamacare costs expected to rise as pets are added to universal healthcare program. (Facebook image)

Obamacare costs expected to rise as pets are added to universal healthcare program. (Facebook image)

Not everyone is a fan of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, but America’s cutest inhabitants seem to like it.

The “Adorable Care Act” social media campaign features pictures of kittens, puppies and other baby animals alongside messages supportive of the new law.

The White House issued a statement Thursday saying they were not behind the Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts. But, “the Adorable Care Act was highlighted by official White House channels as a creative way” to draw attention to the start of the Affordable Care Act’s registration period, a White House official told Politico.

The first image shared by the White House’s official Twitter account was of a mouse in a tiny swing with a thought balloon saying “I can rest easy knowing that lifetime caps on health coverage have been eliminated.”

I wasn’t aware Obamacare covered rodents, or even kittens and puppies. …

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O.J. Simpson caught stealing prison cookies

Life's tougher than the 1973 NFL schedule. (Getty Images)

Life's tougher than the 1973 NFL schedule. (Getty Images)

Prison life ain’t sweet. But prison cookies?

Even a man tough enough to rush for 2,000 yards in a 14-game season could not resist their delectable allure.

O.J. Simpson, whom you may recall from a little trial in the last century, has been caught stealing from the prison cookie jar, reports the Daily Mail.

The 66-year-old Simpson, who once bypassed NFL linebackers like they were fat prison guards, was unable to sneak by lunchroom sentries at the Nevada lockup he currently calls home.

According to the article, guards noticed turgid inmate #32 had something under his clothes as he returned to his cell. Upon inspection, the heist was exposed, cookies tumbled to the floor and Simpson’s new teammates laughed at him.

“O.J. just stood there with a goofy grin on his face as the guard kept digging inside his shirt and throwing the cookies on the floor,” said an anonymous source in The National Enquirer, so who knows if this …

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Teacher who lost job for bikini pics poses for Hustler

After teaching, Sprauer found the dress code for lingerie models to be much more relaxed. (Facebook photo)

Unlike teaching, it's pretty much impossible to get fired for violating the dress code as a lingerie model. (Facebook photo)

The line between posing for a bikini calendar and Hustler can be as thin as a G-string.

Earlier this year, Florida teacher Olivia Sprauer was forced to resign after students and school administrators discovered her fully-clothed pinup girl pics.

The mother of two, who “twerked” with students while teaching freshman English at Martin County High School (Stuart, Fla.), had intended to leave teaching, go to graduate school and pursue modelling, she said at the time.

“I don’t make pornography,” Sprauer, who goes by the name Victoria James when modelling, said in May. “I don’t do spread-eagle shots for the camera, so I don’t think Hustler is going to work out.”

Four months later, Sprauer, now divorced, announced on Facebook she will be appearing in the January edition of Hustler magazine.

The photos were shot Tuesday and, according to James … I mean Sprauer … …

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Auburn fan jailed in ‘Grand Theft Auto’ mayhem

Zachary Burgess (Photo by San Andreas Police Department)

Zachary Burgess (Photo by San Andreas Police Department)

Video game players love realism, but one fan of the Grand Theft Auto franchise wanted it a little too real.

Auburn football fan Zachary Burgess, of Hoover, Ala., allegedly stole a car, kidnapped a woman and rammed nine cars prior to his team’s tilt with LSU Saturday.

Burgess, 20, a freshman lacrosse player at Auburn, told Baton Rouge police he “wanted to see what it was really like to play the video game Grand Theft Auto.”

According to the local NBC station, Burgess jumped into the driver’s seat of a truck the owner had left with the engine running. A female in the passenger seat said she was held against her will as Burgess punched the gas and slammed into multiple cars while trying to flee the parking lot.

The woman managed to leap out of the car during the mayhem.

Burgess, who can’t drive as well as Franklin, abandoned the vehicle nearby and was held by a “group of witnesses” until police arrived. Hopefully they …

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Immigration reformed as Americans flock to Mexico

The economic climate of Mexico is ideal for capitalism, according to quality television.  (AP Photo/AMC, Lewis Jacobs)

The economic climate of Mexico is ideal for capitalism, according to quality television. (AP Photo/AMC, Lewis Jacobs)

For the first time, more Americans are moving to Mexico than Mexicans are moving to the U.S., reports The New York Times.

The reason? Capitalists in the “Land of the Free” can’t resist Mexico’s cheap labor. It’s now just as cheap to manufacture goods for the U.S. market in Mexico than China.

Since The Great Recession, about as many Mexicans leave the U.S. as move here, the article says, but Americans are making a run for the border. Americans now comprise 75 percent of Mexico’s one million foreign residents, up from 50 percent a few years ago.

About 12 million Mexicans are thought to be living in the U.S.

American and Canadian retirees are moving to more touristy areas on the coast, but central Mexico is attracting auto manufacturers and software development companies.

With rampant crime and a lax regulatory environment, it’s a bit like the economic Wild …

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New York fines companies for fake online reviews

Customer review trust is not given, it is earned. (Amazon.com)

Customer review trust is not given, it is earned. (Amazon.com)

Fake online reviews are a comedy genre of recent vintage, but not everyone is laughing.

Today, New York regulators will announce they are cracking down on companies that post deceptive reviews of products and services on the Internet.

Nineteen companies have paid fines totaling $350,000 according to an article on The New York Times website. The companies either paid for fake reviews, or hired people for as little as $1 to gin up some praise.

The misleading prose was found on sites such as Yelp, Citysearch, Yahoo and Google.

I always check out online reviews before making a major purchase and find the ones on Amazon to be helpful. I don’t regularly use other review sites but post your opinion below.

Fake reviews pay. A 2011 Harvard study found a one-star ranking increase on Yelp boosted sales by almost 10 percent.

Another study indicates 10 to 15 percent of online reviews are not legit.

How bad is the problem?

Last …

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Study: Welfare often pays more than work

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The hassle of work.

Work can be a hassle.

Waking up before dawn, driving to the office, listening to co-worker noises (including voices), typing stuff using semi-proper grammar and punctuation … all of that can weigh on you after a few minutes.

Fortunately, in many states, welfare pays more than the 9-to-5 grind, according to a study by The Cato Institute.

How much does welfare pay? It depends on where you live because welfare benefits are distributed at the state level.

Instead of cutting-and-pasting the entire study I will give you my analysis of the 52-page PDF in all caps like a blog commenter.

IF YOU HAVE A MINIMUM WAGE JOB AND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR WELFARE, TAKE AMTRAK TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TODAY

Why? According to the study, a welfare recipient in the nation’s capital could receive about $50,000 a year in pre-tax benefits. Divide that by 52 weeks and 40 hours and you get a “wage” of more than $24 an hour.

The writers of the study allege the “high level of benefits”  make …

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