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Kermit the Frog takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the Nude

Aug 21, 2014 -- 3:16pm

 

(gmanetwork.com)

Kermit the Frog takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the nude
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Even the Muppets are getting in on the madly viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—and one of them has set a record of sorts by being the first to do so fully naked.

That's no other than Kermit the Frog, who did so from a hot sticky swamp - after World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon challenged him to get drenched in freezing cold water.

He said he had had 10 bags of ice delivered to the swamp so they could melt into several gallons of freezing cold water.

"Not only am I ready and willing to accept this challenge, I am to my knowledge the first to do it absolutely naked," he said.

Even the Muppets are getting in on the madly viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—and one of them has set a record of sorts by being the first to do so fully naked.

That's no other than Kermit the Frog, who did so from a hot sticky swamp - after World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon challenged him to get drenched in freezing cold water.

He said he had had 10 bags of ice delivered to the swamp so they could melt into several gallons of freezing cold water.

"Not only am I ready and willing to accept this challenge, I am to my knowledge the first to do it absolutely naked," he said.

Although Kermit said being drenched with cold water could make him dormant and his heart stop, he took the challenge—and survived.

"No problem, I'm okay ... sheesh," he said.

Kermit also passed on the challenge to his "Muppets Most Wanted" co-stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell.

On its website, the ALS Association said it has has received $31.5 million in donations from July 29 to Aug. 20, up from P1.9 million in the same period last year.

"The ALS Association’s mission includes providing care services to assist people with ALS and their families through a network of chapters working in communities across the nation and a global research program focused on the discovery of treatments and eventually a cure for the disease. In addition, The Association’s public policy efforts empower people to advance public policies in our nation’s Capital that respond to the needs of people with ALS," the group said on its website.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death, robbing the brain of the ability to control muscle movement. Patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed

Ice Bucket Challenge With A Stun Gun. Let's Just Hope This Doesn't Catch On.

Aug 18, 2014 -- 4:14pm

 

(huffingtonpost.com)

Sometimes a good thing can be taken too far. Like wayyyy too far.

A Seattle-based character called Phoenix Jones took on the ice bucket challenge to benefit research for ALS, as many are doing. But Jones went one crazier.

He had someone shock him with stun gun right after the water was dumped on his head. Then another icy bath, in the form of a mini pool on the ground, awaited his shocked body as he fell in.

Jones has received attention for leading a vigilante movement of self-styled superheroes to controversial effect. But there's no crime-fighting in the video above, just nuttiness.

And in case you need us to say it: Please don't try this at home. Seriously
 

5 Facts You Didn't Know About Robin Williams

Aug 14, 2014 -- 5:41pm

(Huffingtonpost.com)

Robin Williams lived an amazing life before his death at the age of 63. In the beginning of his career, Williams struggled as a street mime in front of New York’s Museum of Modern Art; by the end, he was the type of performer who could lift the spirits of a long-time friend in the hospital to our nation's troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait and everyone in between. Moreover, once Williams reached the top, he remembered to look back on where he came from: The actor famously helped Jessica Chastain become the first person in her family to go to college, funding her full-ride scholarship to Juilliard when she was just starting out herself. There's certainly no doubt Williams will be missed by both fans and colleagues. Below are some of the little known moments of Williams' inspiring career.

1. Robin Williams improvised most of Genie for "Aladdin."

Apparently, the Academy Awards rejected the bid for "Aladdin" in the Best Adapted Screenplay category because so much of Williams role ended up being improvised. According to producer and director John Musker, Williams ended up improvising about 70 impressions to be used in the film as well. In a Reddit AMA, Williams explained:

Initially they came in and I was just doing the scripted lines and I asked 'Do you mind if I try something?' and then 18 hours of recording later, they had the genie. I just started playing, and they said "just go with it, go with it, go with it." So I improvised the character. I think that in the end, there were something like 40 different voices that I did for that role.

Williams was known for improvising most of his iconic roles in some way or another

2. Robin Williams dressed in scrubs and surprised his friend Christopher Reeve in the hospital following his career-ending accident.  

Reeve and Williams became good friends when they both attended The Juilliard School together. Williams claimed at the time that Reeve was "literally feeding me because I don't think I literally had money for food or my student loan hadn't come in yet, and he would share his food with me." In his book, "Still Me," Reeve wrote about Williams visiting him in the hospital:

Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. He announced that he was my proctologist, and that he had to examine me immediately...it was Robin Williams...for the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.

Williams later surprised Sharon Osbourne in a similar way after she was diagnosed with cancer.

3. During the filming of "Schindler's List," Robin Williams called Steven Spielberg to tell him jokes and lift his spirits.

Spielberg called these "comic care packages over the telephone."

In his Reddit AMA, Williams explained:

I think I only called him once, maybe twice. I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going 'thank you.'

 4. In high school, Robin Williams was voted by his classmates as the "Least Likely To Succeed." 
 

Williams attended Redwood High School in California where, during his senior year, he was voted both "the funniest and least likely to succeed."

Later in life, Williams would win five Grammys, two Emmys and an Academy Award.

5. Robin Williams' favorite childhood book was "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," which he'd read to his kids. 

Here is Williams' description of reading his favorite book from childhood to his kids:

Growing up, it was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said "don't do any voices. Just read it as yourself." So I did, I just read it straight, and she said 'that's better.'

And one of his thoughts on death. 

 
 

 

 


 

Are You A Parent That Texts And Drives????

Aug 12, 2014 -- 5:56pm

A new survey by Liberty Mutual reveals that 42% of teens have asked their parents to stop texting while driving. Other findings:

- 40% of teens say their parents either ignore them or justify their actions when they try to stop them from risky driving actions

- 58% of teens say their parents text and drive

- 5% of teens have been in a car with a parent who was under the influence of marijuana

- 84% of parents have stopped dangerous driving habits at their children’s request
 

Twins Have Swingin' Time With Johnny Cash

Aug 08, 2014 -- 3:25pm

 

Folsom Prison Blues doesn’t belong to any one generation. It can get anyone moving, especially if you’re strapped into a  Jolly Jumper..

Nine-month-old twins Reece & Levi absolutley love their new Jolly Jumpers & Johnny Cash....

 

Hormel Creates Bacon Grease Fuel For Bikes

Aug 06, 2014 -- 4:52pm

(bizjournals/com)

Hormel Foods Corp. will send a motorcycle fueled by bacon grease on a road trip to promote the International Bacon Film Festival.

Advertising agency BBDO Minneapolis came up with the bacon-powered motorcycle concept, KAAL-TV reports.

The bike doesn’t run on pure pan drippings. Austin, Minn.-based Hormel sends grease from its Black Label Bacon plant in Rochelle, Ill., to Manitowoc, Wis.-based Bio-Blend Fuels Inc., which converts into a biofuel.

The motorcycle gets between 75 and 100 miles per gallon, and its exhaust carries a bacon scent.

Hormel said it recruited a “bacon lover” to ride from Austin to San Diego, where the Bacon Film Festival will be held in August. A team of 12 will travel with the bike and film the journey and show the documentary at the film festival, according to the Austin Daily Herald.

 

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