I LOVE me some lobster, although this kind of ruins it for me. New scientific research has proven shellfish such as crabs, lobsters and shrimp feel pain. They say when you drop a lobster in a pot of boiling water, or crack open a crab with a mallet - they feel tremendous pain. The scientists were able to prove this by giving crabs in a tank two holes to crawl into. One hole included an electric shock - the other did not. Over time, the crabs would only crawl into the hole without the shock. This led to a discussion of how we can humanely kill our shellfish before cooking. We had one woman call in who puts the lobster in the freezer before boiling it, so that it just gently falls asleep and doesn't feel anything. I'm thinking of using a sleeper hold from the WWE on my lobster, so that it loses consciousness first. Maybe a pillow over it's mouth...
Manti Te'o, the star linebacker of Notre Dame's football team, has admitted that the widely-reported death of his girlfriend from leukemia during the 2012 football season was apparently a hoax, claiming he was duped by the alleged scam as well. Te'o, who led the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship game this year and finished second for the Heisman Trophy to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, said in a statement Wednesday that he fell in love with a girl online last year, who he says now turned out not to be real. During the season, Te’o announced that his purported girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, died of leukemia in September. It happened to be the same day Te'o's grandmother died, triggering an outpouring of support for the player at Notre Dame and in the media. Now, responding to a story first reported Wednesday by the sports website Deadspin, Te'o has acknowledged that Kekua never existed. The website said that there were no records of a woman named Lennay Kekua anywhere. Te'o denied that he was in on the hoax. "This is incredibly embarrassing to talk about, but over an extended period of time, I developed an emotional relationship with a woman I met online," Te'o said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "We maintained what I thought to be an authentic relationship by communicating frequently online and on the phone, and I grew to care deeply about her." Deadspin reported that the image attached to Kekua's social media profiles, through which the pair interacted, was of another woman who has said she did not even know Te'o or realize that her picture was being used, according to Deadspin. The website reported that it traced the profiles to a California man, who is an acquaintance of Te'o and of the woman whose photo was stolen. The university said that it has referred the matter to authorities while Te'o currently prepares for the NFL draft, according to his statement. NOW, social media is jumping on the newsest craze replacing "planking" and Tebowing"...yes, it's called "Te'o-ing", where people post pictures of themselves and their imaginary girlfriends. AND, the website www.barstoolsport.com is selling a t-shirt with a shamrock and the phrase "Play like tour fake girlfriend died today" on it. Classy!
AS HEARD IN AMY'S NEWS THIS MORNING...
SRC, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company is launching the SRC STEM Scholars Program and the SRC Community Internship Program. In addition, they are increasing their support of the national Honor Flight program. The SRC STEM Scholars Program was designed in conjunction with the CNY STEM Hub and will support Central New York students who are planning to pursue a degree in a field related to science, technology, engineering or math. Scholarships of $10,000 ($2,500/year for four years) will be presented to four high school seniors who are entering college in the fall of 2013. As part of the program, SRC STEM Scholars will also be guaranteed an internship at SRC after their sophomore and junior years of college and will participate in a summer “Pipeline Program” where they will learn more about careers in STEM fields. Scholarship applications are now available at www.srcinc.com/stemscholars. The scholarships are open to students in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cortland or Cayuga counties who are United States citizens and have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The selection process will be anonymous and based on the student’s overall academic record, participation in relevant extracurricular activities and articulation of their plans for college and beyond. Preference will be given to students majoring in electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science or those who are attending a college or university in New York State. Applications are due on March 5, 2013 and the recipients will be notified by the end of April.
The SRC Community Internship Program is being coordinated through a partnership with the United Way of Central New York. This program will provide paid summer internships to college-level dependents of SRC employees at local non-profit organizations. The program is designed to give the students real-world experience and a chance to earn extra money for college while filling a much needed resource gap for the agencies. The paid internships will be fully funded by SRC and made available in all the company’s locations across the country. SRC is partnering with local United Way chapters to find organizations in need of interns and will provide the resources to match the students with the organizations based on skills and interests. For more information, visit www.srcinc.com/stemscholars
LOCAL NERDS ON TV
TBS is taking the glory of nerd-dom to the next level in the new unscripted competition series King of the Nerds, hosted by actors Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds and The Long Riders) and Curtis Armstrong (Revenge of the Nerds and Ray). The show invites 11 competitors spanning the full nerd spectrum to come together to face challenges that will test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. The nerds will first compete as teams before moving on to individual challenges, all with the goal of being named the quintessential master of all things nerdy and winning the $100,000 prize. King of the Nerds will air Thursday at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Throughout the season, the nerds will live together in "Nerdvana" and face challenges like a giant game of chess, a debate, live gaming and a dance-off. One competitor will be eliminated each week, leading to the ultimate champion being crowned "King of the Nerds."
Alana and Danielle, two of the contestants on TBS’s new unscripted competition series King of the Nerds, are from C. N.Y.
Hometown: Corning, N.Y.
Live-action role player and comic fan who often uses onomatopoeia instead of adjectives.
Hometown: Rome, N.Y.
Game reviewer who has more than 100,000 subscribers for her gaming vlog and considers her appearance to be top of the charts at a “nerd 10.”
NEW IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND
Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
* Broken City -- An ex-cop is hired by a corrupt New York mayor to investigate the mayor's wife, who is suspected of having an affair. However, he soon realizes that he's been double-crossed by the politician. Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones star. Rated R.
* The Last Stand -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is a sheriff in a border town who lends a hand to authorities trying to capture a drug kingpin headed for Mexico. Johnny Knoxville and Forest Whitaker also star. Rated R.
* Mama -- Two young sisters are found, five years after their parents died and the girls went missing. However, something's amiss with the kids as they begin living with their uncle and his girlfriend. Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain stars in this horror film. Rated PG-13.
And expanding into wide release:
* Silver Linings Playbook -- The Oscar contender for best picture stars Bradley Cooper as a man who leaves a mental institution, moves back in with his parents, and meets a woman -- Jennifer Lawrence's character -- with her own set of personal problems. Cooper, Lawrence and co-stars Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver all received acting nods for next month's Academy Awards. Rated R.
MALARKEY FOR TODAY
Most people do this every week, however close to 20% of people say they don’t even do this every month:
1) clean their bathroom
2) fool around
3) *** change their sheets