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What the heck is the RDS?

What is RDS?

 

If you have a radio with the logo like this, you have RDS!

"RDS" stands for "Radio Data System" and it allows FM broadcasters to send far more than just an analog audio signal out over the air waves. Using a 57 kHz "subcarrier," stations can transmit digital RDS data for reception by RDS-equipped FM tuners. This technology opens up a whole new range of conveniences and help to the listener with RDS reception capability. RDS began in Europe where it is now very successful. RDS is also increasingly popular in the Far East and now is making substantial headway in North America. In fact, over 700 radio stations in the United States, most of them in major metropolitan markets, now broadcast RDS information on a regular basis.

Just what kind of additional information can you expect? That depends on what the broadcaster transmits and what your tuner can pick up. We’ve divided them into two categories: Static and Dynamic.

RDS "Static" services include:

Program Service Name (or PS for short): This simply displays a name of call letters instead of the broadcast frequency. With more and more stations identifying themselves with names like "STAR101," or "BOSS 104," it’s a no-brainer to see how even this one aspect of RDS service makes finding your favorite station much easier!

Program Type Code (PTY): This identifies a particular type of broadcast (Rock, Jazz, Sports, Talk, News, Classical, etc.) So far, 24 categories have been defined and assigned but the RDS system has reserve capability built in so that emerging styles of broadcasting won’t be left out. The advantage here is that most RDS-equipped tuners let you scan available broadcasts by program type so you can find what you want quickly. Also, when a station changes its format (from Country to Easy Listening, for example), it’s very easy for that station to transmit a new RDS "flag" that will automatically update your RDS-equipped tuner.

Program Identification Codes (PI): This is one of the rarely-seen "hidden" RDS features that lets you keep in touch with your favorite broadcasts even when you’re traveling. Technically speaking, PI is a four-digit hexadecimal code based on a station’s individual call letters. It tells your RDS tuner what signal it’s receiving at any given time (frequency, PTY code, etc.) You’ll see how RDS uses the PI information when you read Alternate Frequency (AF) immediately below.  

RDS "Dynamic" services:

Radio Text (RT): This feature allows a broadcaster to send up to a 64 character message that could scroll across your radio’s display, things like sports scores, song titles, artist or album names, even advertisements.

 

Every Radio is different, some show the RDS data as it’s transmitted, some make you press a TEXT button and some even make you stop the car to see the messages!   Some will scroll our messages and some only show the first 25 characters and that’s all you get!  

In case you think this only works in Car Radio’s you might check your cell phone.  If it has an FM radio chip, it will receive our station and probably decode our RDS messages!


 

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A Chip So Hot It's Sold One At a Time

Junk food enthusiasts with a knack for self-punishment are testing their mettle by eating the world's spiciest chip and documenting their anguish on social media. Now in its second year, the Paqui #OneChipChallenge sees grown men don athletic headbands and enter the gauntlet of spice by eating just one of Paqui's Carolina Reaper chips. 
 
 
Paqui's marketing stunt, which sacrifices real human taste buds to promote its borderline cruel product, is going strong in its second year. The company released the second version of its Carolina Reaper chip on Wednesday, which apparently packs 25% more spiciness than its last Reaper chip. Now, all the spicy big boys are vying to be the toughest chip man in America: Paqui's new chips are selling on the company's website for $4.99 each -- yes, a single chip made with Carolina Reaper peppers costs more than an average bag of regular chips. For masochists, this is welcome news, as the chips sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale during last year's contest. 
 
For those of you who don't fear the reaper, there's a grand prize on the line, which you can enter by following Paqui's instructions. This year's chips don't quite match the fire-belching pain of Pepper X, the world's spiciest zombie-pepper which took 10 years and some serious tinkering to engineer. So just know that if you do jump in the fire, it could still be worse. Although it probably won't seem like it. 

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Would You Spend Halloween Night in the Paris Catacombs?

Want to get real spooky this Halloween? We have your solution. Airbnb rented out the Catacombes of Paris, the world's largest grave that's home to the remains of more than six million people. 
 
 
It was originally created when the typical graveyards became overcrowded in the late 18th century and is clearly one of the spookiest places on the planet. 
 
 
Never one to be afraid of a stunt, Airbnb rented out the place for the night, costing them over $200,000. 
 
 
Two lucky winners will get dinner, scary story time, and some rest surrounded by skulls and dead bodies. It'll make for one extreme Halloween.
 

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Binadu Burgers for One Day Only

Arby's is continuing its newfound reputation for being the fast-food chain with the most unexpected menu options. Whether it's porchetta, gyros, or pork belly, Arby's is trying things -- albeit in limited runs -- that other fast food purveyors won't bother touching. (At least, the big ones won't. Bareburger is one smaller chain that has served ostrich, boar, bison, lamb, elk, and venison.)
 
In its latest announcement, Arby's is putting deer back on the menu. Its first release of a venison sandwich was last October, but it was limited to "five select hunting-centric states" where stores sold out within hours. This time, the sandwich will again be short-lived but will be available nationwide. That makes Arby's the first fast-food chain in the US to offer venison at a national level.
 
 
Venison sandwich hunters need only stop by an Arby's on October 21 for the opportunity to lay their calloused mitts on the latest addition to the meat mountain. The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic and topped crispy onions. The whole ordeal is finished with a Cabernet steak sauce infused with juniper berries.
 
Supplies will be limited, so it could sell out quickly once again. The chain couldn't get enough deer from the US since it's not regularly consumed on such a large scale. It had to turn to a New Zealand source to provide enough grass-fed, free-range deer. Arby’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor told WHAS it took a full year to secure enough product for what he believes is the "biggest venison promotion in the world any restaurant" has ever put together.
 
Additionally, that same day, the roast beef chain will debut an Elk Sandwich. Like with the first run of venison, the elk sandwich will be available in "hunting-centric states." One restaurant in each of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana will get the sandwich.

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Addams Family Animated Reboot in Development

MGM has long been developing an Addams Family animated movie, but there hasn't been much (if any) movement on the project in recent years. That's about to change, as they've just handed the director's chair to Conrad Vernon, the co-director of Sausage Party as well as Shrek 2 and others. Pamela Pettler, who has some experience with the macabre in animation with Corpse Bride and Monster House, is writing. According to THR, they're already animating this as we speak.
 
The Addams Family were created as single panel gag cartoons for The New Yorker. But their real pop culture claim to fame didn't come until 1964 when a TV series ran for three seasons and then endlessly in syndication, plus a handful of less memorable revivals. 
 
 
Two of the three feature films produced in the 1990s, The Addams Family and Addams Family Values (with a killer cast that included Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, and Christopher Lloyd) are tremendous fun, and feel a little closer to the humor of the original Charles Addams cartoons than the TV series did. An animated movie could really do some fun, weird stuff. There's no release date yet, but hopefully they'll give us something seasonally appropriate in October.

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Sir Rod Stewart Pays Big Money to Hang with Pope Francis

The lot reads: "This is a very rare chance to watch Papal Mass as a personal guest of the Pope himself as he delivers a rousing Mass to the gathered audience from a raised pulpit - right beside this, the winner will be situated in the VIP area reserved for a select number of hand-picked guests, all personally approved by His Holiness. After Mass, Pope Francis visits his waiting guests in this exclusive area, stopping to take and give benedictions.
 
"You will have the privilege of a private tour of the Sistine Chapel after closure, where the Swiss Guard will open the Vatican gates just for you and your party - with your expert guide leading you through the corridors of the city. You will also be taken on private tours of the Vatican Museum and the Basilica with no one but your guide to disturb you, as well as normally restricted areas such as the Necropolis below the Basilica. All guests will also receive an incredibly rare, personalized and hand-written benediction from Pope Francis to take away as a memento or gift!"
 
 
Rod kicked off bidding earlier in the night by pledging £4,000 for a caviar and champagne experience at luxurious London hotel The Ritz whilst his wife Penny Lancaster helped to drive up the bids for the second lot - an exciting morning at ITV visiting 'Good Morning Britain' and 'Loose Women' - by promising the winner she and her fellow 'Loose Women' panellist Gloria Hunniford would join them for lunch.
 
The Pinktober Gala raises money for the Caron Keating Foundation, set up in memory of Gloria Hunniford's late daughter who passed away in 2004 after a battle with breast cancer. Sophie Ellis Bextor provided entertainment at the event whilst Richard Madeley hosted.

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Halloween Traditions From Around the World: Scotland and Ireland

All Hallow’s Eve or All Saint’s Eve (whatever you call it):  it is the old Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, pronounced sow (as in cow)-en.  Celebrated in Ireland and ancient Britain this was the mark of the New Year, the time that summer was ending and the onset of winter beginning. A magical time when the veil between the worlds of the living and dead was at it’s thinnest.   It was believed that the dead revisited their homes and the fairies came out to roam.  Some say Samhain was the God of Death but there is no evidence to back this theory.  The Celts didn’t believe in demons, instead it was fairies that were the makers of mischief.
 
 
In order to stave off any mischief from occurring during the evening of Samhain, homeowners would set out a “treat” of milk or food in hope of deterring any “tricks” being played upon their household.  A small meal would also be left for a deceased relative who came visiting.  In the 19th century, the Catholic Church made Nov. 1st All Saints Day, thus the pagan festival of Samhain merged with the Catholic holiday and became All Hallow’s Eve (the night before the holy day).  Eventually, people began to dress up to deceive the spirits and therefore go out during All Hallow’s Eve to walk freely among the spirits and perhaps collect the “treats” left for the dead?!
 
 
Irish folklore tells the story of Stingy Jack who tricked the Devil not once but twice.  After being tricked into captivity by Jack a second time the Devil agreed not to take Jack’s soul when he died.  However upon his demise Heaven didn’t want him either, so Jack asked the Devil to take him but since a promise was made the Devil sent him on his way into the night with a burning piece of coal to light his way.  Jack carved out a turnip to hold his coal and has been wandering ever since.  Folks began to call this lost soul “Jack of the lantern” and later shortened it to “Jack O’Lantern.”  Later the Scots and Irish began carving scary faces into turnips and potatoes and set them in front of their homes on All Hallow’s Eve to keep away the evil spirits.  When the Irish began immigrating to the U.S. during the potato famine they brought along their traditions.  Pumpkins which are a native fruit to the U.S. became an excellent replacement for turnips. 
 
Another thing associated with Halloween is dunking for apples.  That was actually part of divination rituals performed at the end of the year to see what the future would bring.  “Ducking for Apples” foretold marriage.  The first person to bite one would be the first to marry in the new year.  Another divination ritual was peeling an apple, the longer the peel before breaking off the longer your life.
 
So remember with Halloween soon approaching, leave a little something out for the visiting relatives!

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Stay in Dracula's Transylvania Castle

Bran castle, which is located in the principality of Transylvania, Romania is the only edifice in the entire country which exactly matches the description of legendary vampire Dracula’s castle in Bram Stoker’s novel. Which makes sense, as it’s been reported that the author used a description of the very same castle as a reference whilst writing. And this Halloween, thanks to Airbnb, you and a guest can win a complimentary trip to stay there in vampiric style.
 
 
The rental company’s promotion, which requires no purchase, is perfect for horror, history, and literature fans alike. Upon arrival – “anytime after 7pm,” as specified on the contest page – the winners will be greeted by their host Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of the famed writer, and taken on a guided tour through the castle’s labyrinthian corridors. Following the tour is a grand candlelit dinner in the main dining hall, before the guests are left to rest in the Count’s Crypt – in which they will sleep in velvet-lined coffins. To enter, you need only submit a short answer to the following question: “what would you say to the Count if you were to come face-to-fang with him in his own castle?” Just be sure to leave your garlic and crucifixes at home, as neither are welcome within the hallowed walls.
 
 

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Sansa Stark Marries a Jonas Brother

Joe Jonas, 28, and 21-year-old girlfriend Sophie Turner, star of Game of Thrones, announced on Sunday that they are engaged. Both posted on their Instagram pages a photo of her wearing a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring and matching eternity band. They tagged each other in the pics.
 
"I said yes," she wrote.
 
"She said yes," he wrote.
 
A source confirmed the engagement to E! News.
 
The actress and the DNCE singer have been dating since at least late 2016.
 
 
Last month, they appeared to adopt a Siberian Husky puppy together. Turner had posted pics of the pup, writing, "Meet the newest addition to the krew @porkybasquiat." She tagged Joe, who also posted his own pic of the dog.
 
Years ago, Sophie and her family adopted Zunni, the Mahlek Northern Inuit dog who played Sansa's late dire wolf Lady on Game of Thrones.
Joe will be the second Jonas brother to tie the knot. His brother Kevin Jonas, 29, has been married to wife Danielle Jonas since 2009. They have two daughters.
 
"Yeah!!!!!!!" Kevin commented on Joe's engagement announcement photo.
Younger brother Nick Jonas, 25, responded to the pic by commenting "YES!!!" and also penned a separate Twitter post.
 
"Ahh! Congratulations to my brother...and sister in law to be on your engagement, he wrote. "I love you both so much. @joejonas @SophieT."
 
 

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Buffalo Wing Latte!?!

Are you over the Pumpkin Spice Latte and are looking for the next new drink of the moment?
 
Tim Hortons has you covered. The Canadian coffee and doughnut chain has released a Buffalo Latte. For a limited time, the company is offering this special drink at two locations in upstate New York—Buffalo and Depew. The area is both the home of the original buffalo wings and the first U.S.-based Tim Hortons cafe. And according to Stephen Goldstein, regional president of Tim Hortons, both the chain and buffalo sauce were born in 1964, so naturally, the company decided to combine them.
 
 
The drink combines espresso, steamed milk, mocha, buffalo sauce flavoring, and cream on top. It’s then sprinkled with buffalo seasoning and is available hot or cold. While Goldstein calls the “unlikely pairing” an “unexpectedly delicious sweet and spicy treat,” the schtick is more likely to drive attention to the chain than actually cause a new cult following. But who knows? Perhaps Buffalo Lattes will be the next big craze hitting the nation.

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The Weeknd Announces 'Starboy' Comic Book With Marvel

Ahead of his appearance at New York Comic Con today, The Weeknd has announced a collaboration with Marvel Comics. “The Weeknd and Marvel present: STARBOY… comic book coming soon,” the singer wrote on Twitter. He’s previously teased the comic in a series of Instagram and Twitter posts earlier this week. Last month, the Weeknd appeared on Gucci Mane’s new single “Curve.“

 

 

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3 Bears Break Into Colorado Restaurant

DENVER ? They couldn’t find porridge or, for that matter, Goldilocks.
 
But that was of little concern to the three bears that broke into a pizza shop in Estes Park, Colorado, this week.
 
Judging from surveillance footage of the early Sunday heist, the ursine family ? unlike Goldilocks ? was perfectly content eating food that wasn’t “just right.” The mother bear and her two cubs made a meal of cold pizza dough and salami, rifling through a trash can and a prep table to find it.
 
Antonio’s Real New York Pizza shared the video on Facebook. The bears gained entrance to the kitchen by ripping the drive-through window out of the wall, according to the restaurant. They ate more than 40 pounds of dough and caused around $1,000 in damage. Restaurant owner Antonio DeSousa asked that the bears be treated with mercy if they’re caught. 
 
 
 
“The bears need help and we need to figure out how to help them,” DeSousa told “Inside Edition.” “We moved into the woods knowing full well they existed, and the idea they should die because they’re starving is ridiculous.”
 
Estes Park passed an ordinance earlier this year requiring bear-proof trash containers. DeSousa speculated the law “forced the bears’ paws” and inspired a more creative hunt for food.
 
DeSousa elaborated on his thinking in a followup Facebook post:
 
I’ve been thinking about this all day and am embarrassed by the “rules” in place for the wildlife we’ve encroached upon. A bear’s sense of smell is 2100 times ours. They can smell your blood but don’t kill you for it, yet if they are removed from town and dropped off in some random place, then use their sense of smell to return, they are killed. All they want is calories with which to hibernate. Man kills for far less than food to eat. We have to come up with a better set of deterrents than creating rules which ensure their euthanization based on the need to eat.

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Taylor Swift Introduces the Swift Life

The Grammy winner has yet another surprise for fans in the form of a soon-to-be unveiled app. In a newly released video on her YouTube page, the savvy star introduced "The Swift Life," an upcoming app from the House of Swift designed to be a "creative, inclusive and community-driven place for users to better connect with each other… and Taylor," so the video's description states. 
 
While it remains to be seen whether or not Taylor herself will pop up on the app to drop a line, it certainly wouldn't be surprising considering she's known to not-so-subtly comment on her fans' Instagram accounts. 
 
The preview of the app promises exclusive Swift content—including "Taymojis"—as well as the chance to listen to new music, chat with other fans and see new pictures and video of the star.
 
"I think you guys are really going to like this," the songstress says into the camera. "I mean—I hope. It would be preferable if you did."
 
Don't worry, excited Swifties. The preview promises the app will be available late 2017. With less than three months left in the year, it will be here before you know it. Plus, with less than a month until the release of her sixth studio album, there will be plenty of content for the app to showcase. 
The only question is...are you ready for it?

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What is Egg Coffee?

You might think that a macchiato made with turmeric is a wacky by-product of our Instagram-obsessed U.S. food culture, but over in Hanoi, the capital and undisputed epicenter of coffee culture in Vietnam, locals have been doing something way wackier for decades: mixing eggs into coffee. And since Vietnam is the second-largest coffee exporter on earth behind Brazil, it’s high time we perk up to the trend.
 
Coffee was first introduced to Vietnam in the 19th century by the French, and the addition of sweetened condensed milk (now a signature) developed in response to a scarcity of milk. Egg coffee, meanwhile, has been around since the 1940s, when a bartender in Hanoi whisked eggs into his coffee because he couldn't find fresh milk. The result was decadent and delicious, so he opened Cafe Giang, introduced cà phê trúng (egg coffee), and Hanoians have loved the drink ever since.
 
Fast-forward to June 2013, when Sara Leveen and Ben Lowell, both alums of Stephen Starr’s STARR Restaurants, traveled to Vietnam for a month of research. On their first day in Hanoi, the couple (who are now engaged) found themselves at Cafe Giang, and after just one egg milk mustache, they were hooked.
 
 
After returning to NYC to plan the opening of Hanoi House, their restaurant in the East Village, Leveen and Lowell knew they wanted to serve the Hanoian food they had fallen in love with. Hanoi House opened in January and is, to date, one of the only places where you’ll find that magical egg coffee in Manhattan.
 
The drink starts with chicory Cafe Du Monde coffee, whose bitterness makes it an ideal base, brewed with a phin, a single-serving coffee filter specifically used for Vietnamese coffee. Then, Lowell blends egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk and sugar, and adds a spoonful of brewed coffee to the mix. He froths the concoction until it resembles cake batter, then dollops it by the spoonful over the coffee and serves it unmixed so that customers can decide whether to cautiously drink the coffee through the egg topping or mix everything together.
 

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Frankie Muniz Doesn't Remember Being on Malcom in the Middle

Former child star Frankie Muniz said he doesn’t remember acting in the hit sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle” because of damage to his brain caused by a series of strokes and concussions.
 
“I’ve gotten to really do anything I wanted to do, but the truth is I don’t really remember much of that,” Muniz said in an interview that aired on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday night. “I think it almost feels like it wasn’t me. There’s no negative feelings, I just don’t remember.”
 
Muniz, 31, told viewers he’s suffered nine concussions and several mini-strokes that have made him forget much of his formative years.
 
“It makes me a little sad,” he said. “Things pop back into my mind I should have remembered.”
 
After starring in the sitcom, Muniz went on to pursue a career as a musician and race car driver. The brain damage happened before he took up racing, he said.
 
“I don’t know what the cause of it is,” he told Fox News. “It’s just how my brain is, so I thought that was normal. I didn’t know I should remember going to the Emmys.”
 
“Malcolm in the Middle” ran from 2000 to 2006 and helped launch the career of Bryan Cranston, who went on to star in “Breaking Bad.”
 
Cranston said he tries to help his former co-star remember events he’s forgotten.
 
“I will tell him, remember this? Remember that from ‘Malcolm’?”
 
The child star said his girlfriend Paige also helps his memory by keeping a daily journal of their activities for him to look at.

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Brooklyn Must Have a Vampire Problem

Flyers have appeared in the past month along the Avenues in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. They advertise monster disposal and a website is included.
 
It connects you to "The Ambrose Light," a blog that focuses on politics and life in Bay Ridge. It was created a few months ago by Dan Hetteix.
 
 
He describes the site and the card as satire. It is also meant to encourage people to register to vote.
 
The Ambrose Light or Tower was the lighthouse at the southern end of New York Harbor. It was removed in 2008.

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Baby turns 1, Parents Splurge

Housewife Emily Qian, 36, spent about $12,000 on her daughter's one-year-old birthday celebrations last month.
 
The birthday lunch for 70 guests at a five-star hotel here cost about $7,000. The customised, two-tiered birthday cake and dessert spread cost about $3,000, and decor and photography for the event another $2,000.
 
"I know, it's crazy right?" says Ms Qian.
 
"But it was important to me that things were done up tastefully. Besides, this was hassle-free. I just told the vendors what I wanted and they executed things well."
 
She is among parents here who are forking out thousands of dollars to celebrate their children's birthdays with a bang - not to show off, they say.
 
They are willing to splurge for a variety of reasons: It is a milestone birthday, a chance for the family to gather, it makes the grandparents happy and it is also convenient to take up packages offered by local businesses.
 
Ms Qian's daughter Faith was treated to a Red Riding Hood-themed birthday party.
 
There were large red balloons, a balloon arch with a woodland theme, and a dessert table decked out with confections supplied by home-grown bakery Little House of Dreams.
 
"My daughter doesn't remember a thing, but it's fine," says Ms Qian, who is married to bank analyst Danny Ng, 40.
 
"She's the only grandchild and I wanted things to be grand. I want my parents - her grandparents - to be happy with the celebration."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Guillermo del Toro's Official Tequila Looks Like a Prop from One of His Movies

There’s already a Hellboy whiskey that was released earlier this year, but if you’re looking for something a little harder, former Hellboy film franchise director Guillermo del Toro has something that you might want to get your hands on.
 
Beloved horror, fantasy and sci-fi filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with the tequila company Patrón to offer his own extra añejo tequila for the ages. Before you think this is just an instance of another celebrity trying to make some extra cash by slapping their name on a bottle of alcohol, you should understand that del Toro comes from Jalisco, Mexico, which is the home of tequila itself. Plus, once you see the bottle, you’ll see that del Toro put the same kind of effort into this little endeavor as he does his motion pictures.
 
Here’s what Guillermo del Toro had to say about his tequila in the official press release:
 
 
Plus, del Toro got to design the packaging, and it’s right in his wheelhouse:
 
 
The press release goes on to describe the package and the aged tequila inside:
 
 
You can get your hands on the Guillermo del Toro tequila right now at various liquor retailers, but there are limited quantities available with a suggested retail price of $399 per bottle. But if you’re Guillermo del Toro fan who love tequila, you couldn’t ask for a better item.

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Woman Goes Blind After Playing Mobile Video Game Non-Stop

A 21-year-old woman from Dongguan, China, was recently diagnosed with retinal artery obstruction in her right eye, after playing a popular smartphone game almost non-stop.
 
The woman, known only as Wu, apparently noticed that she couldn’t see anything with her right eye on October 1st, while playing her favorite mobile game, King of Glory. Thinking she was just tired, she went to bed, but when she woke up the next day, she was still blind in her right eye. Her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a serious condition known as retinal artery obstruction. This usually only occurs in older patients, but doctors said that Wu’s eyes were incredibly fatigued by the stresses of constantly staring into the small smartphone screen.
 
 
Wu admitted that she had probably spent a little more time than she should have to play on her phone. On a regular day, she would come from work and start playing without any breaks for seven or eight hours straight. She works in finance, so she spent most of her day at the office staring at a computer screen, which only put more pressure on her eyes. Things were even worse on her days off, as pretty much all she did was play on her smartphone and sleep for a few hours.
 
“During my days off, I would wake up at 6am, eat breakfast and start playing until around 4pm. I would stop and eat something before taking a short nap and continue playing until 1am or 2am. Sometimes, I would even be too lazy to stop and eat,” the 21-year-old told Sina.
 
World of Buzz reports that instead of going out with her friends or just resting during China’s Golden Week holiday, Wu decided to stay in and go on a King of Glory playing marathon. Her eyes couldn’t take the stress anymore, and she ended up blind in one eye. The young woman is still in the hospital, where doctors are trying to restore her vision, but, so far, they have made little progress. When flashing a light in her eyes, Wu still reported seeing nothing with her right eye.
 
 
After Wu’s case went viral in Chinese media this week, ophthalmologists used the opportunity to remind people to only use their smartphones and computers for 30-minutes to an hour, take frequent breaks and look into the distance frequently to relax the eyes’ focusing muscles and relieve stress.

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Man Claiming To Be From The Year 2048 Says He's Back With A Dire Warning

A Wyoming man accused of public intoxication allegedly told police he traveled from the year 2048 to warn mankind of an impending invasion by extraterrestrials.
 
 
Bryant Johnson issued his grave warning to Casper police Monday night after officers were called about the man and his out-of-this-world message, according to an arrest report obtained by HuffPost.
 
Johnson, who police said smelled of alcohol and spoke with slightly slurred speech, allegedly told officers that “the aliens were coming next year and we needed to make sure to leave as fast as possible.”
 
According to the report, he didn’t specify an exact date or time for the aliens’ arrival.
 
He refused to speak with nurses or doctors and instead insisted on meeting with “the president” of the town, police said.
 
Johnson informed the officers that he was able to travel through time because the aliens filled his body with alcohol. He also claimed he stood on a “giant pad” which then transported him to the year 2017 — though he said he was supposed to be sent to the year 2018.
 
Johnson, who was allegedly found with a blood alcohol concentration of .136, was eventually transported to the Natrona County Detention Center without further incident.
 
Of course, the joke could be on us when all this turns out to be true.

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5 Hospitalized In Hazmat Scare Caused By Pumpkin Spice

A Baltimore high school was evacuated and five people were taken to a hospital on Thursday in a hazmat scare that turned out to be a pumpkin spice air freshener. 
 
The Cristo Rey Jesuit High School wrote on its website that a “strange odor” was detected on the third floor at 2:30 p.m. 
 
“It was a smell that they certainly weren’t used to,” Bill Heiser, the school’s president, told the Baltimore Sun. “It appeared to be getting stronger.”
 
The school was evacuated, with emergency medical teams treating some people on the scene as the Baltimore City Fire Department’s hazmat unit investigated the odor. 
 
“Five members of our community were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure,” the school said. 
 
 
 
The local CBS station reported that four of the patients taken to the hospital reported nausea due to the odor, with one taken in for treatment on an unrelated issue. 
 
The Sun said the odor was traced to a plug-in aerosol air freshener with a pumpkin spice scent.  
 
“It’s better safe than sorry,” Baltimore fire spokesman Roman Clark told the newspaper. 
 
Classes have since resumed.

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Venezuelan Thieves Stealing Zoo Animals For Food, Police Say

Venezuela authorities are investigating the theft of animals from a zoo in western state of Zulia that were likely snatched to be eaten, a further sign of hunger in a country struggling with chronic food shortages.
 
A police official said two collared peccaries, which are similar in appearance to boars, were stolen over the weekend from the Zulia Metropolitan Zoological Park in the sweltering city of Maracaibo near the Colombian border.
 
“What we presume is that they (were taken) with the intention of eating them,” Luis Morales, an official for the Zulia division of the National Police, told reporters on Tuesday.
 
The chaotic collapse of the country’s socialist economic model has created chronic food shortages that have fueled malnutrition and left millions seeking food anywhere they can find it, including in trash cans and dumpsters.
 
President Nicolas Maduro blames food shortages on opposition protests that have blocked streets and highways and a broader “economic war” led by adversaries with the help of Washington.
 
But zoo head Leonardo Nunez said a wave of thefts that in recent weeks had affected 10 species including a buffalo, which he said was cut into pieces, was orchestrated by “drug dealers” seeking to sell the animals.
 
“They take everything here! The animals weren’t stolen to be eaten,” Nunez said in an interview on Wednesday.
 
Mauricio Castillo, a former zoo director, said thieves had made off with two tapirs, a jungle animal that is also similar to a pig that is described as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
 
Shortages have also left zoos without sufficient food to feed animals, with some 50 animals starving to death last year at a Caracas zoos, according to a union leader.
 
The government denied the animals had starved, insisting they had been treated “like family.” 

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Robert Englund Suggests Kevin Bacon for the New Freddy Krueger

If you don’t already know how character rights work, it breaks down like this: studios need to use characters at least once every few years, or the rights to those characters revert back to another studio. With that in mind, it’s about time for New Line to do something with Freddy Krueger, who hasn’t been seen on-screen since Jackie Earle Haley donned that creepy Christmas sweater for the 2010 remake of Wes Craven‘s classic. And while Haley is a great actor in his own right, there was a lot about the remake that just didn’t feel right.
 
 
 
 
Actor Robert Englund, who played the infamous dream invader from 1984 until 2003, was recently interviewed by Cinema Blend and had some words about who he thinks should tackle the character next. His answer? Kevin Bacon, who got his start in 1980’s Friday the 13th, ironically enough.
 
“Well the gossip I’ve heard, and I don’t know how valid this is, but there has been some talk about using, or perhaps he’s been approached, Kevin Bacon. Yeah. I think that would be great. He’s in one of my favorite little horror movies, Stir of Echoes, and you should check it out if you haven’t seen it. And I just think Kevin’s the right size. I think he respects horror movies. He doesn’t make fun of them. I think it would be real interesting.”
 
 
The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Even in the case of some lesser celebrated films like Hollow Man, Bacon has proven himself to be one of the few actors in Hollywood who really understands horror films, and his weird, kind of creepy charm would be perfect for a character like Freddy Krueger, who knew how to make us laugh while scaring the pants off us at the same time. Bacon himself has shown an interest in playing the character, as evidenced by this tweet from last year:
 
 
 
Will it happen? Who knows. But could it happen? Absolutely. And that’s more than we can say for a lot of fan casting out there, no matter how good it is.

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Kate Winslet Keeps Her Oscar in the Toilet

Kate Winslet keeps her Oscar in her toilet.
 
The 41-year-old Academy Award winner won the prestigious prize for her role in the 2008 movie 'The Reader', and she stores the golden statuette in her loo to allow people the chance to have some alone time with the special gong.
 
Speaking on 'Lorraine' on Tuesday (03.10.17), she said: "That's the reason for it being in the toilet ... I wanted to give people an opportunity to have that moment. I remember when I went to Emma Thompson's house when I was much younger and didn't have an Oscar.
 
"Her Oscar was on the back of the loo and I picked it up and then years later I was giving my own speech.
 
"I couldn't believe it. Never give up on your dreams."
 
 
 
 
Set in post-war Germany, 'The Reader' follows teenager Michael Berg (David Kross) who begins an affair with Hanna Schmitz (Winslet).
 
Winslet's latest movie sees her star opposite Idris Elba in survival love story 'The Mountain Between Us', and while shooting the motion picture the pair would often have to "make stuff up" if the weather conditions were not suitable.
 
She said: "That is what's amazing about this film. We didn't know what to expect out of every day.
 
"We would have four different versions of the day on our call sheet and one would be, you know, we can only fly if there's no wind, or only fly in light wind or only fly to 8,500ft not 10,000ft.
 
"And if we couldn't fly, we would literally just have to make stuff up. We'd have to change location, change dialogue and it was fantastic to work in that kind of spontaneous environment.
 
"And I have to say, the world is beautiful up there. I was very awestruck by how incredible it as in the Canadian Rockies and I really loved it."

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Halloween Movie Calendar, Day 3...

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Killers Chart First Number One LP with 'Wonderful Wonderful'

Thirteen years after the Killers released their debut LP, the Las Vegas rockers landed their first Number One album on the Billboard 200 with Wonderful Wonderful.
 
Brandon Flowers and company's first album in five years sold 111,000 total copies in its debut week, Billboard reports. The album's sales were bolstered by a promotion that paired free copies of Wonderful Wonderful with tickets to the band's upcoming tour.
 
The Killers' previous chart high occurred in 2006 when Sam's Town, the follow-up to their breakthrough 2004 album Hot Fuss, peaked at Number Two. The band's previous album, 2012's Battle Born, reached Number Three. All five of the Killers' studio albums have finished in the Top 10.
 
Despite the Number One finish, Wonderful Wonderful actually had the lowest-selling first week sales of any Killers album since Hot Fuss; even Day & Age, which peaked at Number Six in 2008, sold 193,000 copies in its opening week. Sam's Town, in finishing second in 2006, tallied over 300,000 copies its first week.
 
 
 
Down at Number Two, with 51,000 total copies, was Macklemore's Gemini, the rapper's first charting album as a solo artist. Of Gemini's 51,000 copies, 27,000 came from traditional sales, with streaming equivalent albums (SEAs) and track equivalent albums (TEAs) making up the rest.
 
Two more new releases debuted in the Top 10: Rapper Kevin Gates' By Any Means 2 finished at Number Four with 40,000 total copies and Jhene Aiko's Trip bowed at Number Five with 37,000 in sales.
 
Lil Uzi Vert's Luv Is Rage 2 led the batch of Top 10 returnees by ending the week at Number Three, ahead of Post Malone's Stoney (Number Six), Imagine Dragons' Evolve (Seven), Kendrick Lamar's Damn. (Eight) and Khalid's American Teen (Nine). Ed Sheeran's Divide closed out the upper tier at Number 10.

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Beverly Hills Doesn't Want Justin Beiber

Justin Bieber has been trying to rent a house in Beverly Hills, offering up to $100,000 a month — but none of the homeowners in the exclusive area want him because of his reputation for trashing mansions.
 
The singer has been holed up at a Beverly Hills hotel, where we are told he is a “semi-permanent resident,” having rented at the hotel for up to a year because he can’t find a mansion to rent in the area.
 
A Hollywood real estate source exclusively told Page Six, “Justin wants to rent a big estate, but many of the owners of the big Beverly Hills properties, which are for rent, have clubbed together to agree that nobody should rent to Justin.
 
“You would think that they would want the cachet of having him at their homes — and Justin is offering $100,000 a month for places that aren’t anywhere near worth that. But he and his entourage have a reputation of trashing his rental homes and then being difficult where it comes to paying for the repairs.
 
“So instead he’s become a resident at a hotel, where the well-heeled guests have been doing double takes seeing him at breakfast on his own with his tattoos and baggy pants.”
 
In 2015, a Beverly Hills home rented by Bieber was trashed at a Grammys party hosted by Meek Mill and attended by Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Chris Brown and Bieber.
 
And let’s not forget 2014’s “Egg-gate,” where Bieber had to pay a neighbor $80,000 after throwing eggs from his own home in Calabasas — which he sold, reportedly to Khloé Kardashian — after the incident. Bieber pleaded no contest to a vandalism charge and attended anger management classes.
 
Meanwhile, back at his Beverly Hills hotel, other guests have been stunned to see the singer skateboarding out of the property.

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Halloween Movie Calendar, Day 2: The Skeleton Key

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Cambodian Farm Breeds Mutant Hulk-Like Pigs

Photos of extremely muscular pigs bred by a farm in Cambodia have been doing the rounds online, sparking controversy about genetically modified animals.
 
The Hulk-like pigs are apparently bred by Duroc Cambodia, a pig farm in the Asian country’s Banteay Meanchey province. The company’s Facebook page is littered with photos and videos of these freakishly muscular animals that appear to be the result of some extreme genetic tampering. Some have accused the breeder of using hormones and steroids to turn the pigs into nightmarish monsters but seeing as Duroc Cambodia is also selling insemination kits to people wanting to grow their own, their unnatural physique is most likely caused by genetic modifications.
 
 
 
 
 
Duroc Cambodia has been sharing updates on the incredibly muscular pigs since December of last year, including videos of the animals struggling to walk under the weight of all that muscle mass and trying to keep their heads up. Photos of the mutant pigs recently went viral online, leaving most social media users furious. 
 
 
 
 
The desire for freakishly large muscles in pigs is believed to be fueled by greed, as breeders look to maximize their profits by artificially increasing the amount of meat per animal. A similar case made headlines in 2015, when scientists in China and South Korea created double-muscled piglets. Double-muscling is also practiced in cattle, with the Belgian Blue breed being known as the “bodybuilders of the bovine world”.

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Halloween Movie Calendar, Day 1: Scream. "Hello, SidNEY!"

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Marilyn Manson Crushed On Stage, Hospitalized

Marilyn Manson suffered an injury onstage while performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Saturday.
 
The 58-year-old shock rocker was singing his cover of The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This") and had just ended a long note when a stage prop of two giant guns fell on him. Paramedics soon rushed to the scene and he was transported to a hospital for treatment.
 
"Crew rushed stage to lift it off him during #sweetdreams, he's unresponsive and they pull a sheet to cover stage and carry him off. Show canceled," wrote Instagram user @jotah_peh_, who posted video of the accident on his page. "Craziest and saddest concert I've ever seen. #getwellsoon Manson, we love you."
 
 
 
 
 
"On Saturday night, the legendary performer suffered an injury on stage towards the end of his set at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom causing him to cut the show short," the singer's rep told E! News in a statement on Sunday. "He was treated for the injury at a local hospital and will be recuperating at home in Los Angeles."
 
The extent of Manson's injuries was not revealed.
 Several of his upcoming concerts on his Heaven Upside Down tour have been canceled as a result of the accident. He was set to tour the United States and parts of Europe until around the beginning of December.
 
"Marilyn Manson is being forced to cancel several of his October dates on his forthcoming U.S. tour," his rep said in a statement to E! News. "The shows from Boston, October 2 through Houston, October 14 will be rescheduled for a later date."
"Manson hopes to return to the stage soon, more details on upcoming shows to follow," the rep said, adding, "Manson's 10th album Heaven Upside Down will be released this Friday, October 6 via Loma Vista."

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Hugh Hefner Will Be Buried Next To Marilyn Monroe

Hugh Hefner will be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood star whose radiant looks helped launch his publishing career. The Playboy founder, who died Wednesday from natural causes at age 91, purchased the crypt next to Monroe's at L.A. cemetery Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park for $75,000 in 1992.
 
Monroe appeared on the first-ever Playboy cover in 1953 – with her nude, color photo becoming the magazine's inaugural "Sweetheart of the Month" centerfold (later renamed the "Playmate"). Almost six decades later, the controversial publishing mogul told CBS Los Angeles that he still felt a "double connection" to the model-actress, who died in 1962. "She was the launching key to the beginning of Playboy," he said. "[And] we were born the same year."
 
In 2009, the Playboy mogul told The L.A. Times he had many friends buried in this particular cemetery – plus, he couldn't imagine a bigger marquee for his resting place. "I'm a believer in things symbolic," he said. "Spending eternity next to Marilyn is too sweet to pass up."
 
However, as Monroe told biographer George Barris in her memoir, Marilyn: Her Life in Her Own Words, she was "embarrassed, even ashamed" of the nude photos. She posed for pinup photographer Tom Kelley as a young, struggling actress – signing the images "Mona Monroe" and earning a $50 modeling fee. Hefner secured the photos four years later from a Chicago calendar company, after Monroe had risen to fame in films like All About Eve.
 
Despite choosing his final resting place next to Monroe, Hefner never wound up meeting the actress – though they did talk once over the the phone. "She was gone, sadly, before I came out here," he told CNN in 2011. 

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Scary Clowns Will Deliver You Doughnuts This Halloween

One Dallas doughnut shop has you covered with a scary clown doughnut delivery service.
Riding the wave of the recent Box Office hit Stephen King’s It, the Hurts Donut shop has decided to implement a new, Halloween-themed delivery option for their delicious treats. For just $5 extra, you can have your donuts delivered by a person dressed as a menacing real-life Pennywise and subsequently scare the pants off of your unsuspecting friends and family members. Not only will this clown deliver a fantastic fright, but he will immediately make amends for your prank by handing the recipient a dozen of Hurts’ delicious treats! Who can stay mad while chowing down on homemade donuts, glazed to perfection?
 
 
 
In an interview with Guidelive, Hurts co-owner Kas Clegg said “We always try to keep up with the trends, and clowns are trending right now. It’s fall and it’s getting close to Halloween, so we just wanted to spice it up a little bit and do a super fun delivery. We just love scary clowns.” Clegg claims that the movie It was not the direct inspiration for her idea, but it definitely helped the idea gain traction. As of right now, the clown delivery service is only available in the Frisco area of Dallas, and for a limited time only. However, since their ingenious idea recently went viral online, there’s a chance they may keep it available for a while longer, and even expand to other areas.
 
 
 
“If we have enough interest in surrounding communities, let us know in the comments below, we may pick a day for out of town clown deliveries as well!” Hurts Donut announced in a Facebook post.

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Chinese Court Creates "Divorce Exam" That Couples Must Fail to End Their Marriage

Getting a divorce is never easy for anyone involved, but it is particularly difficult at the Yibin People’s Court, in China’s Sichuan Province, where one magistrate recently implemented a divorce exam that both the husband and the wife must fail in order for their divorce application to be approved.
 
The divorce exam is the brainchild of Wang Shiyu, a judge at the People’s Court of Yibin County, who, after noticing that divorces accounted for an alarmingly large percentage of the court’s cases, decided to do something about it. His intention was to make couples think twice before ending their marriage, and also give them an opportunity to reminisce the good times they had together. So he came up with a series of questions for both husband and wife, which they must answer separately. If they score under 60, Wang approves their divorce application, if not, well, they have to keep working on their marriage, whether they like it or not.
 
“Our intention is to know the real marriage status of the couple involved. They might also examine themselves and give consideration to the other half. After recalling bits and pieces of their marriage, they will be more rational towards it,” judge Wang said.
 
“As a county with a population of more than a million, the court in Yibin receives hundreds of cases each year, with half of them being domestic ones. Divorce cases account for a large percentage. As I also have a family and a child, when I’m dealing with these cases, I don’t want to see couples getting divorced in haste,” the magistrate added. The written exam consists of three parts – fill in the blanks’, ‘short question’ and ‘statements’ – with questions covering basic information like family members’ birthdays, favorite foods, date of the couple’s anniversary, as well as more in-depth ones like ” What responsibility did you take up in this family?”, “What did you do good and what did you do bad?”, “What is marriage and family to you?”
 
 
After both the husband and wife turn in their papers, the judge reads their answers and scores them. Here’s the catch, though – no one knows the criteria by which the papers are scored, and he refuses to reveal them. 
 
One of the first couple to go through Wang Shiyu’s divorce exam, on September 14, scored 80 and 86 respectively. Those were considered high scores, so the judge denied their divorce application, advising them to keep working on their marriage. Wang said that the husband had a gambling problem and was disrespectful to his wife, but because they had scored so well on the test, he decided that their marriage was not beyond saving.
 
News regarding the divorce exam recently went viral on Chinese social media, and got mixed responses from the public. While some applauded Wang’s intention to prevent couples from divorcing on the spur of the moment, while others argued that divorce was a personal matter, and that magistrates were better of focusing on other things, like alimony, custody of any children.

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New Brunswick Takes Fun Out of Halloween

Changes to a controversial Halloween bylaw that banned trick-or-treating for older teenagers and set an early curfew on the pursuit of sugary loot don’t go far enough, the deputy mayor of a northern New Brunswick community says.
 
“I wanted to demolish it altogether but I got outvoted,” Kim Chamberlain said in an interview Tuesday of the Bathurst city bylaw that made it illegal for teens over the age of 14 to parade door-to-door dressed as ghosts and goblins, and set a 7 p.m. cut off. “At least we were able to make some modifications.”
 
The new rules – expected to pass third reading in early October – forbid anyone older than 16 from trick-or-treating and extends the curfew to 8 p.m.
 
Those caught with a “facial disguise” in public after curfew – like a zombie mask or witch’s veil – or anyone over 16 found roaming the streets for treats can be fined up to $200.
 
Chamberlain called it an overreach for city councillors to impose Halloween rules, noting that homeowners can turn out their porch lights if they don’t want trick-or-treaters past a certain hour.
 
“It’s silly,” Chamberlain said.
 
The first iteration of Bathurst’s Halloween bylaw was brought in after a troubling rash of Halloween-night mischief.
 
Chamberlain said older kids were actually stealing candy from younger kids, something she argued can be dealt with by parents and police without a specific bylaw.
 
Meanwhile, the bylaw also sets out that Halloween is celebrated on Oct. 31. Some New Brunswick communities have in the past moved spooky celebrations to Oct. 30 when Halloween falls on a Sunday.

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Enter To Win!

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Jordana Brewster Says She Wants Michelle Rodriguez to Stay in Fast and Furious Franchise

Fast and Furious franchise star Jordana Brewster caught up with E! News at the 27th Annual Environmental Media Association Awards, hosted by Jaden Smith, at Barker Hanger on Saturday night.
 
While at the EMAs, Brewster said that the environment "is one of the most important causes." The 37-year-old, who donned a floral wrap dress, added, "I don't see taking care of the environment as a luxury anymore, it's essential and I think everyone is waking up to that now."
 
Additionally, the Lethal Weapon star dished about what was coming up for her fast-moving and wildly popular film franchise—and admitted that she wanted her longtime co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who threatened to walk away from the franchise over the summer, to come back.
 
The loyal pal did admit she wants her longtime co-star to continue on her role as bad-ass babe Letty, Brewster said, "I just hope she stays in it because I love Letty, and I love Michelle."
 
 
Additionally, when asked about how she feels about the possible spin-off, Brewster said, "I thought there was a spin-off happening...I think if the franchise is successful then there can be spin-offs, that'd be great! So that's how I feel about it."
 
In April, rumors started swirling that Universal was hoping to do a spin-off that would focus on the characters originated by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in The Fate of the Furious.
As for the OG franchise, Fast & the Furious 9 and 10 have already been confirmed—the first of which is scheduled for release on April 19, 2019, and the second on April 2, 2021.

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Mexican Modeling Agency Cancels Male Beauty Contest After Failing to Find Handsome Candidates

The “Mr. Model Tabasco 2017” male beauty contest was supposed to bring together the most handsome men in the Mexican state of Tabasco, but the modeling agency behind the event recently announced its cancellation, after failing to find candidates that met their beauty requirements.

 

In order to be accepted as contestants for the Mr. Model Tabasco pageant, candidates needed to have a height of at least 1,78 m, be between 17 and 27 years old, have a “harmonious face and body”, have a college degree or an education equivalent to their age, speak English, have a valid passport, and not be a stripper. Apparently, these requirements proved to be a big problem, as just a few days before the contest, organizers had only selected 6 candidates. Those didn’t really meet the agency’s beauty standards either, so they ultimately decided to cancel the whole event.

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Kylie Jenner Is Pregnant

The Kardashian family is growing!
 
Kylie Jenner is pregnant, according to TMZ and other outlets. She is reportedly expecting her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott. 
 
The 20-year-old E! reality star and makeup mogul has been romantically linked to her rapper beau since at least early April, when the pair attended the 2017 Coachella Arts & Music Festival together. Since then, Kylie and Travis have yet to comment publicly one their relationship but haven't shied away from flaunting PDA and even getting matching tattoos. 
 
Jenner was photographed wearing an oversized graphic T-shirt while out with a friend in Los Angeles on September 12. 
 
In an episode of Life of Kylie, she offered a rare glimpse into her personal life. "I've had more fun this past month than I have in like years," Kylie explained. "Like the last three years of my life were just like a blur. I just stayed in the house all day."
 
Jenner continued, "Now it's like, I feel like I can be more myself. I feel way more free. I'm just like really, genuinely happy right now."
 
The celebrity has also discussed the pitfalls of dating in the public eye, revealing in a Life of Kylie confessional that she often struggles with keeping details of her personal life behind closed doors. 
 
"The hardest part about having a relationship for me is just that it's blasted all over the internet," Jenner reflected. "You have to hear about other people's opinions on who you're with. It's a lot. Most of the time it's just not true. Like you have no idea what I'm like in a relationship, what kind of bond I have with somebody else."
 
"You cannot win with the Internet. There's no winning," Kylie added. "It's just unnecessary negativity. I feel like I'm in a relationship with the world sometimes."
 
And in a 2015 interview with Teen Vogue, Kylie revealed her hopes to one day welcome children of her own: "When I look to the far future and decide to have kids, I need to have a million girls. Ten years from now—in 2025—I hope I have a kid."
Kylie and her famous family members have not weighed in on the youngest Jenner sister's pregnancy.
 
Scott has not weighed in on the possibility of becoming a dad either.

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Someone Flushed Heaps Of Money Down Swiss Toilets

Swiss authorities are investigating reports that someone flushed tens of thousands of euros down the toilets of a bank and several restaurants in Geneva, clogging their pipes.
 
Several months ago, toilets near a bank vault in the city were stuffed with 500-euro bills, which had apparently been chopped up with scissors. More bills were discovered clogging nearby restaurants’ toilets in the following days, Bloomberg reported, citing local authorities.
 
In Switzerland, where the currency is the Swiss franc, it’s not a crime to destroy banknotes, according to the BBC. However, the European Union prohibits the destruction of large amounts of its currency.
 
So far, it appears curiosity alone has prompted local authorities to launch a criminal investigation.
 
“There must be something behind this story,” Henri Della Casa, a spokesman for the Geneva prosecutor’s office, told Bloomberg. “That’s why we started an investigation.”
 
A Spanish lawyer reportedly paid to repair the toilets where the money was found, though it’s not clear why, according to a French news report in the Tribune de Geneve, translated by NPR. 
 
Vincent Derouand, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, declined to comment when the BBC asked whether a lawyer had been questioned in the case.
 
The production of the 500-euro bill is slated to be phased out next year over concerns that the notes are used for illegal activities, the BBC reported. They will still be legal tender, however.

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Nicki Minaj Promises Best Era Yet

Nicki Minaj has said in a new interview that doesn't know how far along she is with her new album, but she knows she "has to release a classic at this point." Speaking to Dazed about a decade in the music industry, Minaj offered an update on her new music. She promised that her next project will usher in an era "a billion times more epic than anything ‘Anaconda’ could have delivered. I think this era will definitely be the most memorable and the most impactful of my career yet.”
 
Asked how far the follow-up to 2014's The Pinkprint is from completion, Minaj was a little less certain. “I can’t say if I’m 50 percent, 80 percent or 10 percent done because I don’t know,” she said. “Tomorrow, I might walk into the studio and decide that I don’t like anything I’ve done in the last six months. Or tomorrow I might walk in and feel like the whole album is done. There’s so much beauty in not knowing.”
The Queens rapper teased a new collaboration with Young Thug (“I was so blown away by his artistry") and said that she wants to be honest in her new music. “Everyone is so filtered these days. I’m just back to being reckless and being a Southside, Jamaica, Queens, New York rapper. You know? I kind of feel like I’ve been having freedom with my look and my music. It doesn’t mean that I won’t go into depth about my experiences on this album…I’m going to go even deeper than I went with The Pinkprint, because I have a lot to talk about. Why not? I feel like when your fans wait two years for you to put out another album, it has to be worth it. It has to be an honest exchange of dialogue.”
 
In August Minaj broke her own record for the woman rapper with the most songs in the Billboard Hot 100. Yo Gotti-collab "Rake It Up" gave Minaj her 14th record to be in the top 10.

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Unauthorized Stranger Things Pop-up Warned From Netflix, 'Don't Make Us Call Your Mom'

Earlier this summer, two Chicago nightlife impresarios who are super into Stranger Things decided to turn one of their bars into the Upside Down, only instead of being a scary alternate reality where you might encounter a Demogorgon, it was just an incredibly elaborate pop-up serving Eggo waffle–garnished cocktails. It quickly turned into a runaway hit with the show’s fans around town, but that attention wasn’t so good for owners Danny and Doug Marks once Netflix got wind of their unofficial homage: DNAinfo reports that the company’s legal counsel has mailed them a letter explaining that Netflix’s intellectual property isn’t something they can just use without permission.
 
But you’ve got to give the geeky attorney who wrote it some credit — firm and to the point, but he stayed in character the entire time:
 
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Danny and Doug,
My walkie-talkie is busted so I had to write this note instead. I heard you launched a Stranger Things pop-up bar at your Logan Square location. Look, I don’t want you to think I’m a total wastoid, and I love how much you guys love the show. (Just wait until you see Season 2!) But unless I’m living in the Upside Down, I don’t think we did a deal with you for this pop-up. You’re obviously creative types, so I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s important to us to have a say in how our fans encounter the worlds we build.
We’re not going to go full Dr. Brenner on you, but we ask that you please (1) not extend the pop-up beyond its 6 week run ending in September, and (2) reach out to us for permission if you plan to do something like this again. Let me know as soon as possible that you agree to these requests.
We love our fans more than anything, but you should know that the demogorgon is not always as forgiving. So please don’t make us call your mom.
 
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Probably the dorkiest cease-and-desist in the history of copyright law. Fans around Chicago — which has really been tribute central lately, with that big Saved by the Bell diner — have been filling the space to capacity for the past month. Understandably, the Markses were already planning to extend the bar’s run, but Netflix’s cease-and-desist buried any hope of that at basically the worst time: Season two of Stranger Things debuts in a little over a month, but the bar’s final day will be October 1.

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True Lies Will Return

After smashing box office records with Titanic, James Cameron segued to television with a primetime series. Now, after topping Titanic’s record haul with Avatar, Cameron is returning to TV with what is one of the hottest projects this development season: a TV series take on his 1994 action comedy True Lies that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. I hear the project, from Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV, is about to be taken out to the networks. Rene Echevarria is the writer/showrunner, exec producing with Cameron and Lightstorm’s Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau. The 1994 movie centered on Harry Tasker (Schwarzenegger), a computer salesman/family man who lives a double life as a government spy. During a top-secret mission, Harry discovers that his mousy wife Helen (Curtis), is seeking adventure. Harry sets out to give her the excitement she craves while battling Middle Eastern terrorists who threaten nuclear war with the U.S. 
 
After Titanic, which nabbed 11 Oscars, Cameron co-created and exec produced his first and only TV series to date, Fox’s sci-fi drama Dark Angel starring Jessica Alba. Echevarria worked on the show for its entire 2-season run, first as a co-executive producer and then as an exec producer. Lightstorm president Sanchini also served as a producer on the series. Echevarria, who co-created/executive produced the USA Network series The 4400, most recently served as an exec producer/co-showrunner on ABC’s crime dramedy Castle and also exec produces the upcoming MTV series Teen Wolf.

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Fergie and Josh Duhamel Call it Quits

Singer Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel have announced they are splitting up after eight years of marriage.
 
They have revealed they went their separate ways earlier this year, but kept the news private for some time in order to adjust to the situation.
 
And the pair - who started dating in September 2004 and married in January 2009 - have vowed to remain united to support their four-year-old son Axl.
 
They said in a statement: "With absolute love and respect, we decided to separate as a couple earlier this year.
 
"To give our family the best opportunity to adjust, we wanted to keep this a private matter before sharing it with the public. We are and will always be united in our support of each other and our family."
 
The former couple hasn't been seen together for some time, so it is unclear when they split, but they did celebrate their wedding anniversary together in January.
 
At the time, the Transformers actor shared a family photo on Instagram and wrote: "8 years!! Love you babe (sic)"
 
The news comes less than a week after Fergie, 42, laughed off speculation she and Duhamel were expecting their second child together.
 
She said: "I've heard so many rumors about all of that. I have no idea what's in the future."
 
Instead, the singer is focused on the release of her upcoming solo album Double Dutchess, and admitted making the record has felt like she is "birthing" another child.
 
She said: "I just turned all my videos in yesterday to everybody.
 
"It's like I'm birthing a different kind of baby. I feel like I'm birthing this thing out. It didn't come from my belly, but it came from my soul."

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Lt. Governor Stops by To Talk Hurricane Harvey Relief

Acting Governor Ray Tenorio stopped by the Star 101 Rocketship in his usual chipper upbeat mood to talk about something that means a great deal to him. Helping hurricane victims. Acting Governor Tenorio spoke about how different neighbors in the region, as well as mainland relief have helped Guam a great deal in the past. The Acting Governor also talked on the morning show about how eager and pleased he is to be able to give back with this boot drive.  
 
 
PRESS RELEASE from Governor’s office: 
 
The generosity of the people of Guam is shining through once again. Today’s boot drive for Hurricane Harvey relief collected $14,096.93.
 
“Our island has experienced some of the worst storms – Omar, Paka, Pongsona,” Acting Governor Tenorio said. “We understand how hard it is to rebuild our lives after natural disasters hit. I want to thank the people of Guam for opening their hearts and showing our brothers and sisters in the states that they are not alone.”
 
The donations will be given to the American Red Cross, one of the organizations leading Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. The Acting Governor reiterated his gratitude to everyone who made the boot drive a success.
 
“Kudos to all of our GovGuam agencies that participated in the boot drive and everyone who has donated,” Acting Governor Ray Tenorio said. “Thank you for being there for the people of Texas, especially in their time of need.”

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Adam Levine Expecting Baby Number 2

Singer Adam Levine and his wife Behati Prinsloo are expecting baby number two.
 
The Maroon 5 frontman welcomed his first child, daughter Dusty Rose, back in September, 2016, and exactly a year on, the proud parents have announced the supermodel mum is pregnant again.
 
Behati took to her Instagram account on Wednesday (13Sep17) to share the happy news, captioning a photograph of herself in a bathing suit sporting a baby bump in front of a bathroom mirror, she wrote, "ROUND 2.....", referring to her second pregnancy.
 
Adam previously gushed about becoming a father, admitting parenthood helped him tap into parts of himself he didn't know he had.
 
"I've been a parent for three weeks; what do I know?" he told U.S. radio host Ryan Seacrest last year (16). "I don't know anything, but it's kind of part of the beauty of it, honestly. There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kind of kick in and switch on. It's a beautiful experience."
 
The Moves Like Jagger hitmaker also revealed he came up with a name for little Dusty with the help of American comedienne Ellen DeGeneres.
 
"If anyone needs to name their child, Ellen's really good at it," The Voice mentor said during an appearance on her show, before confessing naming Dusty was one of the hardest tasks he's ever faced.
 
"The name game is tough game," the star sighed. "It's a very hard, arduous (game). It's really screwed up to actually have to put yourself through that."
 
Adam and Behati married in 2014.

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Kelly Clarkson: 'I Hated My First Five Years In Music'

Kelly Clarkson has dubbed her first five years in music “hell”.
The singer was catapulted to stardom after winning the very first season of American Idol in 2002. Since then she’s gone on to release seven albums, with an eighth on the way, but has pointed out in a new interview that success doesn’t necessarily equal happiness.
“I was tired and working with people who weren’t good people. It made me miserable,” Kelly told British newspaper Metro of her split from RCA Records, who she’d been with for 15 years. “The first five years of my career were just hell. Everybody wanted me to be something that I wasn’t, look like something I wasn’t, sing something I didn’t want to sing.
“I wish I’d stockpiled these POS songs that would come my way. They’d be like, ‘This is going to be amazing’, and I’m like, ‘How come no one else has cut it, then?’ We were very successful, I’m not pooh-poohing that but it doesn’t mean happiness.”
Kelly, 35, is now signed to Atlantic Records and is gearing up for her first release, Meaning of Life, under her new label in October.
She admits that her American Idol winner’s song, A Moment Like This, is no longer “her jam”, but Kelly is over the moon with her new material.
“At this point in my life, I’m not working with people I don’t want to work with,” the mother-of-two stated. “It’s been an environment that’s more productive, you know, constructive criticism. Everybody has been respectful and honest.

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Sharks in the Basement

Lagrangeville, New York police found seven live sharks and three dead ones in a basement pool inside a home. The sandbar, leopard, and hammerhead sharks were between two and four feet long.
 
According to the Associated Press, "marine wildlife experts took blood samples and measured and tagged the sharks before transferring them to the Long Island Aquarium in a truck equipped with water tanks, oxygen and climate control."
 
An investigation is underway. Sounds to me like a low-budget supervillain's lair.

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Selena Gomez Keeps it Real

When she's not blowing up radio airwaves or touring the world, Selena Gomez is ruling Instagram. With 126 million followers, she is undeniably the queen of the social platform -- and as the first user to reach 100 million Insta followers last September, the 25-year-old is now being recognized in Time magazine's "Firsts" project.
 
Deemed as "The Tastemaker" for her Instagram accomplishment, Gomez shared a personal story about her mom's influence on where she is today and growing up pre-social media. Yet, her humble upbringing is part of the reason she's so invested in her fans and social following. As the "Fetish" singer has shown over the years across all of her social media, she takes any recognition very humbly, and her most recent honor is no different. Upon the "Firsts" project being unveiled, Gomez took to her Instagram to share a heartfelt thank you and meaningful message about making a difference.
 
"Sometimes it's incredibly difficult to wake up every day knowing there is so much going on in the world," she wrote. "At times I feel selfish, I ask why, I ask how can this change? Will it actually ever change? I try to contribute my heart before anything, because it can be so easy to lose the desire to have hope when sometimes all I want to be is angry. When I read about the beautiful women who wake up consciously every day to make a change, it inspires me to want to do so much more. Not really sure how I got so lucky @time but thank you for highlighting the power of what we can and will always strive to be. I believe in the goodness in the land of the living. I hope this is just the beginning of more change."

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White House Locked Down Because of Yoga Mat

The U.S. Secret Service has restored access to the White House and surrounding areas after objects were thrown over the fence. Secret Service initially told reporters that the lockdown, which lasted roughly 45 minutes, happened because someone threw a sign and a yoga mat over the fence. Later, the “yoga mat” was identified as a notebook (must have been a fairly large one). Both items were "deemed nonhazardous."
 
The incident coincided with the anniversary of Sept. 11, one of the nation's most scarring days.
Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Park were blocked off by White House security immediately following the event for about an hour, but the areas have since been reopened to the public.
President Donald Trump was attending a 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon. He returned to the White House during the lockdown.

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Scientist Invent New Flavor of Chocolate

A chocolate firm says they've created a fourth type of chocolate after milk, dark and white - the first new type in 80 years.
 
Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut says it used the ruby cocoa bean to create a confectionery with “berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness”.
 
The new sweet, named Ruby after its characteristic red hue, is only the fourth ever type to be created since the white version in the 1930s - according to the firm - which hopes it'll be a hit among chocoholics and foodie millennials alike. The flavouring comes from the cocoa bean itself, which means the flavours and colouring are entirely natural with no berries or berry flavour added.
 
Angus Kennedy, an industry expert, told The Sun, that it's "very different and clever stuff. It’s refreshing and has a light, creamy texture."
 
“It tastes so light and fruity you don't really realise you're gobbling up one chocolate the other, so it means consumers will be able to eat more of it than other types of conventional chocolate. British chocolate expert Dom Ramsey told The Independent that he is "sceptical" of the claim that a fourth type of chocolate has been created.
 
"A few years ago, French chocolate company Valrhona launched a caramelised white chocolate that they also sold as the 'fourth type of chocolate', and that turned out to be little more than marketing.
 
"Barry Callebaut are not giving much away about what this new chocolate is, or how it is made, but as I understand it, they’ve used a combination of processing techniques and specific cacao varieties to produce a milk chocolate that has lightly fruity colour and flavour.

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