Cannibal Rats Infesting Ghost Ship?

Here’s a weird story for your Freaky Friday. An abandoned ship is drifting in the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s thought to be infested with rats. Since the rats have no other food source, they are believed to be feeding on each other.

That’s right. Cannibalistic rats, on a ship, possibly headed for Scotland.

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This story has made-for-TV movie written all over it. Something in the neighborhood of “Sharknado,” like Ship-Rat-Wreck. RodenTitanic? Rat-pocalypse? Cannibal Pi-Rats of the North Atlantic? And a heroic exterminator in a kilt! What do you think?

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Google’s Top Searches in 2013

Sometimes, I’m curious about what other people are thinking. What do they wonder about? What do “normal” people look for on the Internet?

Google has put together a nice visual representation of the year’s top searches. The mosaic of clickable images is like a 2013 yearbook of what people searched for on Google. It’s a fun and interesting way to remember what people were thinking about. Included: the royal baby, Nelson Mandela, twerking…

View Google Zeitgeist 2013.

If you’re in a hurry, watch the Year in Review below. You’ll get a whirlwind review of 2013 in just 90 seconds.

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Really, CNN? That’s your top story?

This is what I saw when I checked my CNN headlines widget a few minutes ago:

Jessica Simpson's Bosom is the Top Story?
Jessica Simpson's Bosom is the Top Story?

Did you see the headline for the Top Story? “Jessica Simpson finds a bosom buddy…”

Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t know whether to be amused and relieved that there’s nothing more important than Jessica’s bosom in the news at the moment, or annoyed at CNN for leading with such a ridiculous headline. A bit of both, I guess.

And since you’re probably dying to know what the story is about, here’s the blurb:

Jessica Simpson and Dolly Parton have found more to bond over than their blonde locks and country crooning. The famously busty pair found common ground this week over the difficulties of having an ample bosom.

So there you have it. Now you know. You’re welcome. 😛

Brand New Twilight Fan Community at Club Twilight

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Hello, friends! I’ve been working on a new project for the last month or so, and it’s now ready for action. If you’re a fan of the Twilight saga, go to Club Twilight right now and sign up!

Still here? Okay, well I’ll tell you a bit more about the development side of the Club. It’s built on Flux.com, which is a social media platform acquired by MTV Networks. It’s pretty easy on the admin side, and features a built-in content moderation process, which makes it easy to keep the Club clean. That’s important in the Club Twilight community, since membership is open to Twilighters as young as 13 years old.

Also, the Flux neighborhood is home to lots of other popular networks, including The Colbert Report, Comedy Central, The Hobbit Site, MTV, and many MANY more. Once you have a (free) Flux member account, you can use it to join all of your favorite Flux communities. That makes it easy to find new friends and share content and messages across networks.

So, if you love the Twilight books, movies, actors, photos, news and rumors, please visit Club Twilight and check it out. I’m giving away 50 free “Find your own vampire” t-shirts to some lucky Club members. Just register and upload a profile photo for a chance to win! Cheers!

By the way, I’m “Another Cullen Girl” on Club Twilight and across Flux. If you see me there, please say hi! 🙂

Aaaargh! Avast ye!

A hearty yo-ho-ho to you, mateys!

Yes, it’s Talk Like A Pirate Day, and I couldn’t let it pass without a quick piratical acknowledgement.

In other news, you might be wondering who won that big AdSpace contest. Never fear… Entries are being tabulated, and the lucky swashbucklin’ scallywag will soon be announced! And don’t worry if you missed out on the first contest, because we’re doing it again! Details forthcoming.

Have a great weekend, ye scurvy dogs! (and I mean that in the sweetest way)

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This sad story caught my attention

I don’t really know how I ended up at this blog, but once I read the story that goes with it, I thought I’d pass it along. It’s called Silent Auction for Carol. Here is the description from the site:

Carol Decker, my wife, had an emergency cesarean section on June 10, 2008. After the surgery she developed life-threatening hypotension from a septic pneumonia infection. After fighting for several weeks, the medicine she was on to save her life had the unfortunate side effect of blocking blood flow to her legs, left arm and eyes.

Since then, Carol has had both legs below the knee amputated, her left arm amputated and she is blind. Carol was transferred to Harborview after an extended stay in ICU at Swedish Hospital, which insurance has covered to an extent and the rest we have had to pay for out of pocket. Carol will now begin inpatient rehab, which her insurance will not cover, and is estimated to cost somewhere around $80,000.

The site hosts an ongoing auction of donated items, such as jewelry and handmade blankets, etc. 100% of the profit goes directly to Carol. If you’re a parent, or feeling particularly compassionate, you might want to visit the site and check out the auction items. If you don’t want to bid on the active item, you can just donate money. Or if you’re crafty, maybe you’d like to donate an item for the auction. I’m going to look into that. 🙂

Got a few minutes to kill?

In conjunction with the upcoming, super-fabulous, awesome-tastic E for All video game expo, I have helped develop a quick survey about women and video games. Fun, right? So if you have a couple of minutes (seriously, it’s very short), and especially if you’re a woman, please go take the survey. There will be a PoshMama/E for All prize drawing for people who participate in the survey, and the results will be presented at the end of September. Thanks!