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The Grammy Awards

Before we set out in exploring this article, i would like to mention that this list of albums are possible Grammy winners, not the actual winners, so don’t let your hopes rise too high with this list. And by the way, i found this article through Green Day’s official website and i put it on mainly because i was interested in the Green Day part of the article and a little on the Taylor Swift part. Anyway, the point is, i think i can assure you that this article is trustworthy and not some junk some bored person somwhere had made up. And it is on the Los Angeles Times (thats the wibsite the link led to, lol) which makes it more reliable in a way, i guess…

Grammys 2010: An early look at album of the year (Part 2)

 Green Day Taylor Swift

For the first time, the Grammy eligibility year has been moved up from the end of September to the final day of August. In making the change, the eligibility period for the 2010 Grammy Awards was shortened to 11 months (the Grammy year will be back to a 12-month cycle, with the new qualifying dates, for the 2011 awards).

Ultimately, this means that heavy hitters such as Mariah Carey and Jay-Z will now have to wait until 2011 to see their albums get Grammy recognition. An album now must be released no later than Aug. 31 to be in the Grammy running.

That means it’s time to look at the albums most likely to be lauded by Recording Academy voters in the album of the year field, Grammys’ biggest prize. Note, however, what follows is not a reflection of the year’s best albums. No discussion of that sort could happen without mention of Metric’s “Fantasies,” Lily Allen’s “It’s Not Me, It’s You” and on and on and on.

For now, however, get your pencils and scorecards ready. Here’s an early look at some of the works most likely to receive album of the year attention when Grammy nominations are unveiled at the end of the year.

This is Part 2 of the installment. Click here for Part 1 to see what you missed. Pop & Hiss will be back to see how wrong we all were in December.

Green Day, ’21st Century Breakdown’

Grammy potential: The East Bay pop-punk band already has three Grammys to its name, and two stemming from 2004’s “American Idiot.” The latter, in fact, scored a nod for album of the year, signaling Green Day’s complete makeover from snotty, bored suburbanites to socially conscious rockers with new-found theatrical ambitions. It hit a number of Grammy sweet spots. “American Idiot” was a blockbuster success, revitalizing Green Day’s career, and doing so with grand, artistic ambitions.

Grammy deserving: With “21st Century Breakdown,” the band continues down the same path it set forth on “Idiot,” creating an album fit for Broadway or the mosh pit. Like “Idiot,” “21st Century Breakdown” is the work of a veteran band still willing to take chances. The album has more of a direct theme than “Idiot,” and at 18 tracks, the concept may be stretched a bit thin, but songs such as “Horseshoes and Handgrenades” and “Last Night on Earth” reveal that Green Day hasn’t lost is ferocious edge while developing its softer, sweeter, more Grammy-friendly side.

Whitney Houston, ‘I Look to You’

Grammy potential: Plenty have been waiting for Houston’s return, and you can bet Recording Academy voters are among her most ardent supporters. She has six Grammy wins to her name, including an album of the year trophy for her work on the soundtrack to 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” While her 2002 album “Just Whitney” failed to snare an album of the year nod, she’s largely been missing in action since, at least if you were looking for her outside the tabloids. If “I Look to You” is a moderate critical success — and early signs are that it is — then Houston’s album of the year prospects will be judged on the marketplace. If it’s a hit, book it. If she’s fading from the top 10 by time Mariah Carey releases her “Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel” on Sept. 29, Houston may be relegated to pop and genre fields.

Grammy deserving: Initial reactions to “I Look to You” are positive, although not glowing. Houston’s weapon was her voice, and it’s lost some of its thrill. A scaled-back Whitney, especially one paired with A-list producers, from R. Kelly to Stargate to Akon, isn’t necessarily all that different from any number of pop divas. That all being said, “I Look to You” may play it safe, but it’s a pleasurable listen from start to finish. “Million Dollar Bill” is blissfully retro, and “Salute” packs a feisty, kiss-off punch.

Taylor Swift, ‘Fearless’

Grammy potential: And here, ladies and gentleman, is your 2010 front-runner for the Grammy album of the year. The country princess is not only the biggest star of the moment, she’s been embraced by the Recording Academy. Swift, remember, was the standout star of last year’s first-ever prime-time Grammy nominations special. She also performed on the awards with Miley Cyrus, despite not having a nomination. Additionally, her “Fearless” may very well end up the best-selling album of 2009, as well as the release with the most Grammy nominations. She has critics in her corner, including at least three from the Los Angeles Times, and her album has already spawned three hits. This is the year of the Swift.

Grammy deserving: If anything holds back Swift from taking this category, it may be the fact that while she’s received generally favorable reviews, she’s far from critic-proof. Additionally, those who have witnessed her award-show performances, including her duet at this year’s Grammy telecast with Cyrus, saw a young singer whose vocals don’t always rise above an amateur level. But that is not her appeal. She’s pitched as an ol’-fashioned singer/songwriter, and one with upstanding moral values who relates to her fans by filtering teen issues through an adult prism. It does, however, walk a line between honest and calculated, and voters would be right to let her get one or two more albums under her crystal-emblazoned belt before giving her the top prize.

Phoenix, ‘Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix’

Grammy potential: The only problem standing in Phoenix’s way is whether or not enough voters will hear them. Phoenix has released an album that’s right in the Coldplay sweet spot, and the French pop band has steadily built its career over four albums. Longtime Grammy observers may be rolling their eyes at the band’s inclusion here, as Phoenix still belongs to a cult audience, even if that fan base is growing. Yet the band has spent 15 weeks on the top 100 of the pop charts, and is coming back to the U.S. for a fall tour. A long shot at this point, but the band is one more television performance from breaking out. It’s also important to note that with music sales down, it’s easier for an act like Phoenix to stand out, and the group brings a level of credibility to the telecast, something the Grammys reacquired last year when they embraced Radiohead.

Grammy deserving: “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” is a warmly inviting record, the rare pop record that successfully emerges ambient textures with exuberant melodies. There’s a hypnotic quality to nearly all of these songs, be it the way the vocals fade into synths in “Girlfriend,” or the guitars that get lost in a disco rush in “1901.” A stylistic leap over the band’s prior efforts, and the group has already been rewarded. This is its first to reach the U.S. pop charts, and it has already sold more than 100,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. There’s no way it could ever win, sadly, but it deserves to be in the conversation.

Maxwell, ‘BLACKsummers’night’

Grammy potential: Whitney isn’t the only comeback story this year. Maxwell hasn’t released an album since 2001, and “BLACKsummers’night” is already a commercial success. Six weeks after its release, and it’s still in the top-15 on the U.S. pop charts, resting this week at No. 11. Maxwell has never been nominated in the top category, but he’s no Grammy stranger, and has been up for best R&B album. It’s possible for both Maxwell and Whitney to get nominated, as “BLACKsummers’night” is pure R&B elegance, and Whitney’s “I Look to You” is essentially a straight-up pop album.

Grammy deserving: Maxwell should have been nominated for an album of the year when he released his 1996 debut “Maxwell’s Urban Suite Hang,” and this is probably his best release since. The Los Angeles Times’ Ann Powers gave it four stars, writing that Maxwell’s “music is libidinally compelling because it is complex. Following the example of his acknowledged influence Al Green, Maxwell’s singing teases out the subtle gradations of feeling in a lyric.” And it hits a span of emotions without telegraphing them, as it’s a seductive, yet devastatingly heartbreaking record. Look for it on year-end lists, and look for it in this field.

Pop & Hiss will be back close to the unveiling of the Grammy nominations to offer our final Grammy picks for album of the year.

–Todd Martens

One thing i’ve noticed out of that post…”snotty rockers”…why is he calling rockers that? Is that his (author’s) general opinion on rockers? Why, so? Seriously, i’m curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that rockers these days make good music but they are quite modest and aren’t publicly revealed as other artists in other genres, so they are considered as snotty or stuck ups (!)….

“…while developing it’s softer, sweeter, Grammy-friendly side”…this is another complication and disturbance to my mind. What does he mean by Grammy-friendly side? So, now we have music that the Grammy award choosers would like and wouldn’t. So, does that mean, real talent is not really counted for because what is chosen in what the majority of the choosers or voters like? Seriously, its a complication and i’m starting to wonder if this is what our world is turning in to, over seeing real talent and judging music and other things by how cool they are or by something similarly unfair. It’s the same thing with the whole writers-versus-musicians war i’ve been contemplating about which is a whole other story, really

Leave us a comment on what you think even if it’s just to say that Green Day rocks or to give us a full on contridiction to what i had added at the end there…whatever it is, we’d like to know!! 


More on Exams…

i’m so very sorry if you clicked on this post, all serious and hoping to learn some more real good tips on how to revise and write your exam to get that big and bold EXCELLENCE on your paper….because this post is just stupid (yes, even, i, the creator of this post admit it!). This post is full of nonsense that a sudden but well thought out inspiration had led me to do.

You see…as i was reading Alisha’s post (which has some REAL and helpful hints and tips!) and saw the maths test pic, i got the sudden brainstorm that i shud hop on to google (not literally because that would result in a smashed up laptop that would put me in solitary confinement…my parents version of it!) and seek out some other pics of people’s test papers which they wrote stupid answers on! some of them (hopefully all) are a major crack up!

so here…check ’em out!

I love the last one and to be honest, don’t get most of the other ones. Maybe if you do, you can tell me…lol.

it took me a while to get that lol.

awesome comment!

another version of the pic alisha put on. I gess this is verryyy common in exams lol.

lol. nice elephant.

funny.

hey, at least he/she’ll pass his english exam when he/she has to describe things…

thats all for now. hoped you enjoyed!


Whittaker’s VS Cadbury

I have to admit, I am a Whittaker girl, so I thought I’d put up the ad that’s been centre of attention for the past few weeks. I think it’s really quirky and unless you’ve watched it before, it’s a slight shocker.

It compelled me to think that maybe this was a contributing factor in Cadbury’s decision to bring back cocoa butter to their chocolate. There is a slight possibility.

I’m not going to say much more… The brilliant ad speaks for itself.

That last part hits the NZ target audience right where it hurts the most… their patriotic ego. This is definitely my favourite ad of the year!

And just so I’m being fair please vote for your favourite chocolate so I have something to prove… WITH STATISTICAL EVIDENCE :


The weirdest thing happened today…

These arent my glasses but they look similar ;)

These aren't my glasses but they look similar 😉

It was a normal boring day at school and me and Hafsa were hanging around with a bunch of friends. After the bell rang for fourth period, I realized I didn’t have my glasses, so me and Hafsa went back to our lockers and turned the place upside down looking for them. Now, the reason I probably lost them and got to class ten minutes late is that I never actually wear them (I don’t need them…they’re like 0.4…pssssh)!

But anyway, I go through my bag twice and my locker and Hafsa triple checks and we can not find them ANYWHERE. We even tracked back everywhere I’d been since I last remember holding my glasses (it  was like my childhood phase dream of wanting to be a detective coming true). Finally, Hafsa decides to check her locker just INCASE I’d left them there for some really strange reason… So  she reaches into her pocket for her keys and can you guess what she pulls out? Go on take a guess….

Yeah, she finds MY glasses in HER pocket.

The CRAZIEST thing? Neither of us know how they got there. I have no recollection of giving them to her or leaving them anywhere near her and she doesn’t remember putting them in her pocket. And besides why would she put them in her pocket instead of giving them to me if she found them somewhere? How weird is that??

And since it’s a mystery let’s put our imaginations out there and make completely ridiculous assumptions about how they may have got there… So, if you think you know, put your theory down in the comments.

My Theory:

Before I start let me just tell you, I don’t do sci-fi, but I’m trying, so it’s kinda… rough?

IT WAS A PORTAL AND AN ALEIN ABDUCTION.

Yeah, that’s right. A portal and an alien abduction. Here’s what I assume happened:

1. We were abducted by an alien army and they knocked us out using some super complex alien formula of a sedative or something that they injected into us.
2. The aliens then did some tests and blah dee blah dee blah (you know… they usual thing)
3. Then they erased our memories (taking extra safety measures… I like it, I like it. It’s like Hafsa. Perhaps she’s related to aliens? Hmm… maybe I’ll put up a theory about that too, what do you think?) and  then they sent us back using a portal.
4. The portal then went through a complication involving communication difficulty some data was shuffled and manipulated. The aliens managed to retrieve the information and put it back together at super speed but my glasses were left in her pocket.
5. There. That’s it. The mystery is solved. Yeah?

Okay, I know how this sounds and you’re probably thinking ‘what a complete cracker’, and if we’re not on the same wavelength, you are free to share your own theory about this that may or may not be somewhat as rational as mine. 😀

ps I like this… being an idiot is so much FUN! Oh come on… don’t pretend you don’t do it too! And don’t pretend you can do it as well as I can… 😉

We will get to the bottom of this!! (with your help 🙂 )


Brad Pitt: Green Day Concert With The Boys

okay, maybe some of your getting really tired of this huge Green Day phase i’m going through (if you have no idea what i’m blabbering about, go to the Music page and you’ll know what i’m talking about) but this is way too interesting to pass. I found this while i was on the Green Day website.

Sat, 08 August 2009 at 5:25 pm

Brad Pitt: Green Day Concert With The Boys!

 Brad Pitt gets in some father-son bonding time with his two oldest sons — Maddox, 8, and Pax, 5 — at the Green Day concert in the first row of section 114 at the New Orleans Arena on Friday (August 7).

Band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool rocked out for a straight 2.5 hours.

At one point during the concert, Bille Joe commanded. “Everybody off your asses!”

Even Brad obliged!

Bradd Pitt in Green day concert

Interesting aye? Um…is it just me or does it seem a bit awkward for Brad Pitt to be in a Green Day concert. Then again, who am i to judge? He’s got every right to be there!

In any case, leave us a comment and tell us what you think!


Dancing Dumbledore

Check this out guys!!! It’s soooo funny. Being a HP fan, i’m always on the look out for vids like this and now i found one that’s worth showing. All credits to Youtube and a friend who told me how to find it!!

And here’s something you may or may not have seen. In any case, its funny.

if you want to see more of the Potter Puppet Pals, go on YouTube and type it in and you’ll find it.

Hope you enjoyed!!


Did you know…

guess what?? u prolly alredy guessed because of the title (maybe) but i’ll give an announcement anyway…i found AWESOME and COOL did you know facts!!!!

….okay, maybe you guys aren’t as excited about this as i am but these facts are preetttyyy cool (lol i tried to get that mysterious feeling there…hmm…). And all it took was a lil’ bit of typing and a click on google (as usual). seriously, don’t you guys think google is reeeaally cool??? i mean, i would’ve prolly failed a lot of my assignments without google! So GO GOOGLE!!!

anyway, back to the (future…no, sorry, i’m kidding and i find that (oddly) funny because i’m on a huge high!) facts thing. Here’s what i found…

So, here we go…did you know…

-six year olds laugh an average of 400 times a day and adults laugh an average of 15 times a day (no wonder having a child in the house lightens up the house although there’s two more adults around as well!).

– When you blush, the lining in your stomach turns red as well (wow, blushes are pretty powerful things).

-When William Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s dream was performed in London in 1662, Samuel Pepys, an old time critic, said that it was a “the most stupid ridiculous play that i ever saw in my life”(…i wonder how the guy would feel now for saying that!)

Top signs of Internet Addiction:

 * You wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and stop to check your e-mail on the way back to bed.

* You name your children Eudora, Mozilla and Dotcom.

* You turn off your modem and get this awful empty feeling, like you just pulled the plug on a loved one.

You spend half of the plane trip with your laptop on your lap…and your child in the overhead compartment.

* You decide to stay in college for an additional year or two, just for the free Internet access.

* You laugh at people with 28,800 modems.

* You start using smiley’s in your snail mail.

* Your hard drive crashes.

* You haven’t logged in for two hours. You start to twitch.

* You pick up the phone and manually dial your ISP’s access number.

* You try to hum to communicate with the modem. And you succeed.

(rigghhtt…and i thought i was addicted to the internet!)

–  Things that make you go ‘hmm…’ (and annoy you ALOT!…these ones are a bit common, maybe you’ve heard of them or maybe you haven’t! =P)

People who point at their wrist while asking for the time…. I know where my watch is pal, where the heck is yours?

  People who are willing to get off their butt to search the entire room for the TV remote because they refuse to walk to the TV and change the channel manually.

When people say “Oh you just want to have your cake and eat it too!” Hello! What good is cake if you can’t eat it? Who doesn’t want to have their cake and eat it? What else am I going to do with my cake?

 When people say “it’s always the last place you look”. Of course it is. Why would you keep looking after you’ve found it? Do people do this? Who are they? Where are they? And Why??

When people say while watching a film “Did you see that??” No, I paid $12 to come to the cinema and stare at the floor. Then I miss the next scene for answering the doofus’ question!

 People who ask “Can I ask you a question?”…. Didn’t really give me a choice there, did ya?

When something is ‘New and Improved!’ Which is it? If it’s new, then there has never been anything before it. If it’s an improvement, then there must have been something before it, so it couldn’t be new.

When people say “Life is short”. What?? Life is the longest thing anyone ever does!! What can you do that’s longer?

 When you are waiting for the bus and someone asks “Has the bus come yet?” If the bus came would I be standing here? Yeah the bus came but I decided to wait for you!

Here’s a bit of human stats. They are really weird and make you think: is this for real??? …

– 45% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star.

-70% of the poor people in the world are female.

-In a day 34,000 children die every day from causes that are related to poverty and hunger.

– In a lifetime, the average driver will honk 15,250 times.

– 1 out of 350,000 Americans get electrocuted in their life.

– Of married couples, 70% of men and 60% of women have cheated on their spouse

– According to research, Los Angeles highways are so congested that the average commuter sits in traffic for 82 hours a year.

– Annually, the amount of garbage that is dumped in the world’s oceans is three times the weight of fish that is caught from the oceans.

When i first started this post, i was admiring Google. So i thought…why not find some good solid facts about google that would interest our viewers and…here i am, giving you facts about our very useful and fast (unless you’re bandwith (did i spell that right?)  finishes) search engine!

– Google’s name is a play on the word googol, which refers to the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, “Mathematics and the Imagination” by Kasner and James Newman. Google’s play on the term reflects the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.

– Google started as a research project at Stanford University, created by Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were 24 years old and 23 years old respectively (a combined 47 years old).

– Google’s index of web pages is the largest in the world, comprising of billions of web pages. Google searches this immense collection of web pages often in less than half a second.

– Google receives daily search requests from all over the world, including Antarctica.

– Users can restrict their searches for content in 35 non-English languages, including Chinese, Greek, Icelandic, Hebrew, Hungarian and Estonian. To date, no requests have been received from beyond the earth’s orbit, but Google has a Klingon interface just in case.

– Google has a world-class staff of more than 2,668 employees known as Googlers. The company headquarters is called the Googleplex. (i wonder where it is because i want to work there now! Imagine, working at a place called Googleplex (i find the name cute, lol).

– The basis of Google’s search technology is called PageRank™, and assigns an “importance” value to each page on the web and gives it a rank to determine how useful it is. However, that’s not why it’s called PageRank. It’s actually named after Google co-founder Larry Page.

– Googlers are multifaceted. One operations manager, who keeps the Google network in good health is a former neurosurgeon. One software engineer is a former rocket scientist. And the company’s chef formerly prepared meals for members of The Grateful Dead and funkmeister George Clinton.

– The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’.

– The infamous “I’m feeling lucky” button is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.

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And now it comes to an end. But don’t worry we’ll be back with something else that’s interesting (hopefully) soon enough! While we do, go check out the other pages and leave us a message!!!!

Anyway, i hope you enjoyed that little fact field trip and come back soon for more. See yah!!


Twilight Shocker…

Thursday July 30, 02:02 PM

Lefevre shocked over ‘Twilight’ dumping

By Yahoo!Xtra Entertainment

Summit Entertainment’s decision to replace Rachelle Lefevre in the upcoming Twilight movie, Eclipse, was a shock to actress herself as well as fans of the series.

Yesterday the company announced that redheaded actress Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, would replace Lefevre as vampire Victoria in Eclipse, due to begin filming in Vancouver on August 17.

Summit blamed ‘scheduling conflicts’ for the decision to replace the 30-year-old Canadian with Howard, who last appeared on the big screen in Terminator: Salvation.

Lefevre has played Victoria through previous two instalments of the series – Twilight, released last year, and the upcoming New Moon.

The actress has a role in independent film Barney’s Version, co-starring Paul Giamatti, also due to begin filming on August 17 in Quebec, on the other side of Canada.

Rachelle Lefevre released this statement to the media today.

“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules.

“My commitment to Barney’s Version is only 10 days. Summit picked up my option for Eclipse. Although the production schedule for Eclipse is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those 10 days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for Eclipse, never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honour it. Summit chose simply to recast the part.

“I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of Eclipse only the very best.”

Fans of the Twilight series have already taken their fight for Summit to retain Lefevre public online.

Ok, to be honest i’m not much of a Twilight fan anymore. That obsession died out ages ago. But i do think this is kind of sad. This article’s from Yahoo! so it’s believable. If she was backing out of this, then i think it would have been all gud but Summit Entertainment is just…cutting her out. That’s not nice. I’ve always thought there was something…cold about Summit. Although i think her little farewell statement is a bit overdoing it, i think it’s sad and rather stupid to cut her off like this. I mean, she was part of the reason Twilight rocketed last year. You can’t deny that; there are heaps of fans out there that would hate to see her leave. And if Summit takes her out, they might just lower the number of Twilight lovers. But maybe i’m jumping to conclusions here. No matter how trustworthy Yahoo! is, it’s still media and who can trust the media?

Snappy

Well…that’s my opinion. So what do you guys think? I assume there’s a lot (and i mean a LOT) of Twilight Fans out there. So don’t be shy to drop us a comment about what you think about this and come back to check out for more news!! Later.



Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince rocks box office

Friday, July 17, 2009,15:15 [IST]

By Raymond Ronamai

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest Harry Potter series, has stormed the box office like never before, witnessing a wonderful opening. It has broken the old record for Wednesday midnight screenings of $18.5 million held by the Batman movie The Dark Knight, which was released last year.

Buzz up!The Dark Knighthold s the highest one-day US box office record by $67.1 million and went on to $203.7 million in its first five days in theatres. It’s overall earning worldwide was $1 billion. The five Harry Potter films based on the books written by J.K. Rowling have raked in $4.5 billion worldwide.

There was scepticism around the recently released Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince due to the ongoing economic recession and the entrance of other franchises like the Twilight films. Many thought that Twilight films would steal away Harry Potter audience. But reality proved otherwise, with tickets of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince selling like hot cakes. Maybe the two-years gap between the last Harry Potter film and the latest offering has created curiosity amongst the film lovers.

Now, talks are doing the rounds that Harry Potter film series would topple even James Bond movies as the top earning franchise in box office history. James Bond movies earned 5 billion dollars from 22 films while five Harry Potter films have already raked in 4.48 dollars billion. With the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princeand more films in the offing, it has every chance to beat James Bond movies.

More than the performance of the film at the box office, its lead actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have become a rage amongst the film buffs especial teenagers.

So the movie was a success! I haven’t watched it yet…i’m waiting ’til it’s on DVD and that’s gonna be a long wait. But i’m all ready to wait for it, i guess…!!!


Rumour Has It: Some widely believed rumours-BUSTED!

Heard about the one about ATM envelopes poisoned with cyanide? How about the one about the Hawaiian tourists who have taken rocks or sand from the island, and angered the goddess of fire and volcanoes, Pele, and have been followed by bad luck since? Or perhaps you’re more familiar with the one about Donald Duck being banned from Finland because he didn’t wear pants?

Well, two of them are false, and one of them is supposedly true. So here I go busting these urban legends…

The rumour goes something like this; a customer died after licking an envelope at a teller machine to make a deposit, and according to the police, Dr. Elliot at the Women’s College Hospital found traces of cyanide in the lady’s mouth and digestive system. Police traced the poison to the glue on the envelope she deposited that day, and upon further inspection, found six more. The poison was mixed with the glue and was colourless and odourless. They suspected some sicko was targeting a particular bank and had been putting these envelopes beside machines at different locations. It was sent by Kimberly Clarkson from the Crime Unit, Department for Public Health. It even gave a number-416 563 9905.
This warning begin circulating on the internet in 1999 (and I thought chain-mails were the invention of some new generation nincompoop…turns out not, maybe like it’s an old family tradition or something?). There was no such death and there were definitely no such envelopes. When asked about the emailed warning, Women’s Health and Sciences Centre said it is not connected with the note, and they don’t even have a Dr. Elliot on their staff. And that’s not all, Kathleen Harte, manager of communications for Toronto Public Health claimed that, ” It’s a hoax. We have no such person on staff. The Public Health Department doesn’t have a crime unit. There is no death to our knowledge that occurred. If somebody had died of cyanide poisoning we would have heard about this.” Well, all I have to say to that is, if you’re going to make up a scarelore, at least do some research first!

This one, is said to be true. It’s a Hawaiian legend-anyone that removes a piece of rock from the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park will incur the wrath of the Goddess Pele. Terrible curses will follow those that do prompting them to soon abandon the rock(s) in the interest of self preservation.

Now, although I am slightly skeptical of this, I certainly do find it very interesting. Can a souvenir, pocketed with no immoral intention result in a horrible series of unforgiving tragedies? Well, thousands have come  to believe that yes, they can.

Why it all happens? Well, legends say that Pele, the Goddess of fire and volcanoes is angered when the rocks (which she sees as her children) are taken from her that she puts a terrible curse on the thief, as a way to get even. She is especially protective of volcanic rock and sand, two of the items tourists thoughtlessly purloin as a token of their holiday.

To prove that I’m not just spinning this out of thin air for my amusement, I have proof from a reliable source (snopes.com) about this. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and numerous other hotels are flooded with packages containing sand, shells and rocks from guilt-ridden vacationers who attempt at breaking the sudden downpour of bad luck and disasters that have ensued them. Some of these packages are accompanied by notes begging for forgiveness and mercy of the goddess as such;

Please take this sand and put it back somewhere on you island. I have had very bad luck since it came into my life and I am very sorry I took it. Please forgive me and I pray that once I send it back where it comes from, my bad luck will go away.

Please return to soil. I have been having bad luck.

Ever since we have taken items, we have had nothing but bad luck and medical problems. We apologize for taking items, so we are returning them to Hawaii.

We placed the rock last fall on a cast iron chair in our garden, this spring the chair’s leg had fallen off. This is the least of the problems we have had since we have taken the rock.

Pele’s professed jinx is not of the mild kind either. Those allegedly afflicted by it have had grievous things occur; pets have died, jobs have been lost, houses burnt down, sudden deaths and illnesses striking loved ones, marriages broken…scary huh?
What comes to mind after researching and writing up this report? Unfortunate things happening right after you pick up a rock from a Hawaiian volcano-sheer co-incidence topped by desperate and superstitious attempts at trying to turn their ‘bad luck’ around or Goddess Pele’s jinx? Personally, I’m not so sure that I’m one of the thousands who believe this curse to be real.

Donald Duck was once banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear pants. And also because he cavorted with an unmarried female duck. That’s one we frivolously love to believe. And I hate to break it to you, but it’s nothing more than a speculation-and it gets slightly political, too as I discovered.
This myth begins in 1977, when Helsinki found itself in a bit of a financial tight spot. This lead to Mr Markku Holopainen, a local Liberal Party rep, proposing a meeting of the board of youth affairs. There, he suggested they stop purchasing Donald Duck comics for youth centres. A year later, while Holopainen was in the midst of an election campaign for a seat in the Finnish parliament, information was leaked to the press that he was responsible for the ‘ban of Donald Duck from Helsinki’ (now I wonder who told…). The chairman of the board failed to defend Holopainen (not surprised-he was a candidate himself). Holopainen made a futile attempt at explaining that the decision to discontinue the purchase of the comics was solely due to monetary reasons and was made concordantly. Holopainen failed to convince the press and lost the election to the board chairman (hmmm…see what I mean about it being just a teensy bit political?).
When a similar incident had taken place in the town of Kemi, Finland, the international press had mirthfully exaggerated the story with headlines such as, ‘Finland bans Donald’ and ‘Donald Vanishes from Libraries,’ reporting that Donald was expelled due to concerns over his lack of pants (it’s funny, really, what the media assumes and what we are prepared to believe) and questions about his marital status (he’s a duck for Gods’ sake, not to mention a cartoon!). As the foreign news filtered to Finland, the local tabloids didn’t attempt to verify the story-instead they just ran articles on the reaction it was receiving abroad. ‘Donald Not Married; Politicians Outraged!’ and ‘Donald, Where Are Your Trousers’ were also among the headlines in papers overseas, Finns were told.
But the hullabaloo was gone as instantly as it came. Disney cartoons became more popular on Finnish television, leading the more cynical to wonder if this had been a publicity stunt by Disney. If it was, you have to give it to them, it was pretty guileful and quirky.
The whole no pants business turned out rather political and unethical than you would assume.

Tell us what you think about these legends and rumours. Have you heard of the cyanide envelopes? Do you believe in the curse of Hawaiian Goddess Pele? What about Donald Duck? 😀 So feel free to drop a comment on this because we’d love to hear some different opinions on this topic. Urban legends, myths and rumours-there’s some pretty interesting stuff that you can uncover if you just do a little bit of research. And if you’ve heard a few other rumours you’re wondering about, feel free to let me know and I’ll try to dig it up!!


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