Inspired by the Olympics, a 34-year-old Brit on holiday in the southern French city of Biarritz reportedly decided to go for a swim all the way across the Atlantic, but was forced to turn around less than a quarter-mile offshore.
The unnamed man allegedly told his friends he wanted to swim to New York — 3,600 miles from Biarritz — to bring the Olympic spirit to America. His pals allowed him to pursue his endeavor, believing the declaration to be a joke.
But it quickly became apparent that the man was very serious: He jumped in the water and swam until he was out of sight. It was only then that lifeguards rushed out to rescue the wayward swimmer.
After some back-and-forth over his ability to actually made it to his destination, the man agrees to return to land.
Darius Rucker is currently putting the finishing touches on his third Capitol Nashville album, due this fall. In just a few weeks, he’ll kick off the album with the release of a new single entitled ”True Believers.”
“We just finished the vocal for the single, and I’m excited,” he tells Billboard. “I think this is the best record I’ve ever made, and I can’t stop listening to it. On ‘Charleston, SC 1966′ we just wanted to pick up where we left off, but with the new album, Frank Rogers (his producer) and I wanted it to sound a little different.”
“I don’t plan to slow down anytime soon,” he says. “I wanted to make country records, and my manager got me a deal. But, I didn’t know if I was going to get to make another one. Now, they are letting me do a third, and probably a fourth, so I don’t want to stop or slow down.
As of now, no official release date has been set for Rucker’s new album, but we do know fans can expect it this fall.
Toby Keith is set to undergo some sort of a “minor outpatient procedure” this week, although no other details have been made available. It was announced that Toby’s concert scheduled for August 2nd at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin has been postponed to August 30th due to this procedure.
There were rumors last week that Brad Paisley was in talks to possibly become a judge on the next season of American Idol, and sources have confirmed to The Country Vibe that Brad and his people will indeed be in Los Angeles this week meeting with top Idolexecutives about having him join the show. Toby Keith recently revealed to Inland Empire Weekly that he was approached byIdol about joining the show in early July. He says he turned them down because he didn’t have enough time to make such a big commitment. Plus, Toby said he prefers to watch sports on TV so he hasn’t kept up with American Idol because he’s usually watching either football or baseball.
If Brad Paisley does join American Idol, he will join Mariah Carey, who recently signed on as a judge for season 12, which kicks off in January.
Luke List is a Web.com tour golfer from Florida, and Golf Channel enlisted him for one of their regular "facts about the community" bumps for coverage of this weekend's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational at Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbus. Unfortunately, Golf Channel supplied Luke with a bizarre and entirely-false set of facts. Here's what Luke informs Golf Channel viewers:
"Ohio was founded in 1812 by Christopher Columbus And became the state capital in 1816 Ohio State is the largest university in the country"
Now here are actual FACTS about Ohio:
Ohio was founded in 1803. Christopher Columbus died in 1506.The state capital of Ohio is Columbus, not Ohio. (Columbus wasn't founded by Christopher Columbus, either.) Columbus was named state capital in 1812, but wasn't officially a city until 1816. And Ohio State is NOT the largest university in the country. It was, once, but hasn't been for quite a long time. Arizona State is the largest university (by enrollment) in the country. Luke's from Florida, so he has no way of knowing these facts are BS (well, he should have known the Christopher Columbus part, but whatever). Where does Golf Channel come up with this stuff.
Could this be the world's MOST EMBARRASSING way to get hurt? On Tuesday night, 22-year-old Kevin Beaudette of Tupper Lake, New York was injured trying to sneak into . . . wait for it . . . a NICKELBACK concert.
Nickelback was, um . . . rockin’ out the Saratoga Performing Arts Center as only Nickelback can do, and Kevin wanted in. So he tried to climb up an embankment to get inside.
But the incline was too steep . . . and also, Kevin was drunk. That combo was too much and he ended up falling down about 40 FEET into a gorge.
The fire department had to come rescue him. The extent of his injuries wasn't released, but he's out of the hospital already so it couldn't be THAT bad.
Hasn't this guy ever heard of faking a fever to get out of work early? Or making up a doctor's appointment? ANYTHING but this.
24-year-old Casey James Fury of Portsmouth, New Hampshirewas a civilian contractor who was working on one of the Navy's NUCLEAR SUBMARINES. On both May 23rd and June 16th, he wanted to get out of work early.
So his strategy was . . . to START FIRES. On a NUCLEAR sub.
According to an affidavit filed yesterday, he did about $400 MILLION in damage between the two fires. He said he wanted to get out of work because he suffers from anxiety, and his ex-girlfriend had just started dating another man.
On both days, he DID get out of work early. And as a reward, he's facing a possible sentence of . . . LIFE IN PRISON for arson. That's right. Life.
Jo Dee Messina has always been known to speak her mind. She is well respected and never holds back. The woman is full of girl power and Jo Dee took to her Twitter page a few hours ago to express what seems to be her extreme dislike for country musics own Chris Young tweeting,
OMG! Just saw @ChrisYoungMusic. He was ugly, arrogant and rude. Really country radio? This guys an ass.
She even went as far as to reply to a fan who came to Chris’s defense to say just how rude he was. There has been no Twitter reply from Chris as yet but we are keeping an eye out.
In our wonderful world of social media artists are able to share their truest, most up to date and emotional feelings about whatever is on their mind. It is a world I love to live in and I know fans love having such close access to their favorite musicians and artists.
It's no secret that TRACE ADKINS has had a few scrapes in his life. He was flat out asked about the last time he had to punch some unlucky dude.
He answered, quote, "1989? I haven't had to do it in a long time." But don't go thinking Trace is a man without feelings. They also asked when he cried last . . . and he had a pretty moving story to tell about that.
Trace said, quote, "We were doing one of those GAC, 'Great American Heroes' shows, and we were in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I was talking to this guy who founded this organization called Paws With A Cause and he just tore me up.
"He and his wife started this thing 33 years ago and then she died a month ago, and two days before she died, she found out we were coming to do the show about them and the thing that they founded, because they're heroes and then she died.
"But he still wanted to go forward and do the show because he knew it meant so much to her. He choked me up."
JENNIFER NETTLES usually shows solidarity with KRISTIAN BUSH when people ask if she's going to put SUGARLAND out of its misery and go solo. But this time she actually left the door open for each of them to go their separate ways.
She said, quote, "Kristian and I are very supportive of each other in that way. He's been off and writing with everybody on the planet, and I don't have anything on the books right now as far as scheduled to go in . . .
"But I hope to be able to do that one day. And we both do actually, so we'll see."
A nasty sinus infection forcedALAN JACKSON to cancel his show Friday in Los Angeles . . . AND Sunday at the Jukebox Music Festival in Anderson, California, about 200 miles north of San Francisco.
The Jukebox festival was SO counting on ticket sales from Alan's show that they actually had to shut down early.
Alan's L.A. show is rescheduled for this Wednesday. Fans holding tickets to his Jukebox concert can use them this Friday in Stockton, California
When Google's doyenne Marissa Mayer was named the new chief executive officer at Yahoo, she made headlines. And when she subsequently announced that she's expecting a baby in October and intends to work through a very brief maternity leave, she reignited media commentary on this summer's button-pushing topic: a working mother's effort to embrace both professionalism and parenthood without chaffing. Some have described Mayer's decision as a watershed for women who want to feel they can—here it comes, again—"have it all." Others have criticized her choice as naive and not very motherly. But since when did the notion of loving your career equate to not loving your children?
Experts uphold a mother's right to work. "I absolutely think women should work while on maternity leave, primarily because a lot of women I've known over the years are really dedicated to their jobs. They're also deeply devoted to having their family and their spouse." says Susan Heathfield, a management consultant who writes about human resources at humanresources.about.com.
Jessica Herrin is the CEO and founder of the jewelry and accessories company Stella & Dot. She's also the mother of two girls, and has become dexterous with juggling parenting and professionalism. Like Mayer, Herrin chose to work through her maternity leave. "I think it's important for working women to be authentic about what makes them happy and not to conform to society about being a pregnant person working," she says. "I'm wired to want to work all the time. I would go nuts if I tried to stay home."
If you are a pregnant professional, you should know that there are many good reasons for abstaining from work post-delivery. But there are also a few good reasons to continue working, if possible. Here's a handful:
1. The working world has changed. Professionals no longer need to chain themselves to their office desk to get work done. Generous Wi-Fi access, smartphones, and tablet computers have birthed flexible schedules and mobile offices, and it's possible to stay home with a newborn and still stay tuned in to your job's tasks. Many of the companies that make WorkingMother.com's list of 100 Best Companies allow employees telecommuting privileges and the chance to compress their work weeks—two options that could work well for a brand-new mom. Some companies also permit automatic phase-back hours for new parents. "This allows you to work part time when you get back," explains Jennifer Owens, the editorial director of Working Mother Media. "It's like a soft-landing back into work."
2. Your new baby will sleep a lot at first. "I always thought maternity leave was quite ironic," Herrin says. "Provided that you don't have a difficult birth and an extended labor, that is. Because you deliver your baby, and three days later, you're fine. And your baby is primarily sleeping. You actually have the time to go back to work if you choose." Herrin brought her youngest with her to the office very soon after giving birth and was able to grow her business while also bonding with her baby. "I truly had a newborn at work," she says. "I definitely worked shorter days for the first two months. And I only lived a mile away from my office."
3. You can use it as catch-up time. Do you have a few company reports straggling? This could be your chance to revel in not having office distractions and catch up on those loose ends. Or perhaps it's a good time to take an online seminar that pertains to your profession. Maybe you could even do as Herrin did (while at home on maternity leave with her first daughter) and explore your entrepreneurial side. "I had another full-time job while I was starting Stella & Dot," Herrin says. "And I used my maternity leave to start my new business. I was really focused on the underpinnings of my business models."
How to Take a "Working" Maternity Leave
Pregnancy is your prep time for your new home life as well as your modified professional life. Whether you decide to stay at home on a traditional leave, or if you opt to work for some or all of your allotted time off, there are steps you should take to ensure a smooth transition:
First, familiarize yourself with your company's familyleave policy. Owens says seven weeks is the average amount of paid maternity leave offered by Working Mother's 100 Best Companies. Even if you work for a place that doesn't offer paid time off, keep in mind that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) mandates that employers with 50 or more employees permit those employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off per year to care for their child if they choose. To be eligible to use FMLA leave, you must have worked with a company for at least 12 months. "Many companies might also have an anniversary trigger on their benefits, where you have to work a certain amount of time before the benefits would kick in," Owens says.
Next, find a good caregiver for your child. "The No. 1 thing I would recommend for a woman who wants to go back to work quickly is to have a full-time caregiver," Heathfield says. "Thenmom can have flexibility about what days and hours she works." Finding full-time help isn't feasible for all working moms, but whether you arrange for your family to give you assistance or if you decide to leave your child at daycare, your system and schedule should be firmly set to return to work.
Then, alert your boss to your pregnancy and propose your modified schedule. You don't have to tell your boss about your working plans at the same time as you tell him or her about your pregnancy. But if you're thinking of proposing a less-traditional working schedule after becoming a parent, then you should introduce that idea as soon as possible. "Look at your request from your manager's point of view and try to assuage any possible fear," Owens suggests. "This is a business pitch that you should set up as you would any proposal. Ask them to let you try your new schedule and suggest revisiting whether it's working in 30 days, or 90 days."
Finally, allow yourself time to adjust. New parents must accept the fact that their time is now no longer their own. "Everything from doctor's appointments, to daycare, to school closings, to sick nannies—those are the kind of situations that are inherent to parenthood," Heathfield says. "The more flexibility and understanding a company can offer its employees, the better it will be for everyone."
Herrin suggests new moms banish the notion of a mythical work-life balance. "I think of it as a work-life integration," she says. "I would say 'balance' suggests that everything is in check. If you peer inside my life, you'll see it's beautifully messy. ... It's about making sure to prioritize what's important to you. I don't forgo quality interactions with my children, but I do forgo some things that other moms do, like volunteering at my childrens' library, for instance. That's not my calling."
A well-heeled but clumsy customer shelled out more than 10 grand for two glasses of the world's most expensive cognac at London’s Playboy Club late last week, but then accidentally smashed the 234-year-old bottle of liquor, valued at 60 grand.
London's Evening Standard reports the haughty hooch was destined for a Guinness Record for the world's most expensive cocktail, but when the customer lifted the bottle of 1788 Clos de Griffier Vieux, he bobbled it, sending it smashing against the floor.
Master mixologist Salvatore Calabrese was to craft an Old and Wise with the centuries-old cognac, part of his million dollar-plus collection of old spirits. He's still in mourning. "We all just froze, then it sunk in," he said. "I've been heartbroken. Not because of the value of the bottle, but because it is a piece of history that has been lost."
What's worse is because the bottle was opened, any insurance on it was voided. The clumsy customer, a businessman friend of the barman, remains anonymous.
45-year-old Tonya Ann Fowler of Winder, Georgia was arrested recently. Her mugshot ended up on the cover of "Bad and Busted" which is one of those local papers that specialize in publishing mugshots of people who've recently been arrested.
Tonya wasn't happy with the way she looked in the photo . . . so on Sunday, she called 911 to COMPLAIN about it. The dispatcher told her that she shouldn't use 911 unless there was an emergency.
Later that day, Tonya called 911 AGAIN, because the owners of the house where she'd been staying kicked her out and she needed someplace to store her sleeping bags.
Police arrested her for disorderly conduct and misusing 911 . . . and gave her the chance to take a NEW mugshot. No word yet on whether or not she liked the new one.
So you get to the airport and realize you brought your GUN. You don't want the TSAto confiscate it but you don't have time to take it home or you'll miss your flight. WHAT DO YOU DO? The answer is . . . not this.
On June 24th, 69-year-old Soren Muir Johnson of Eagle Point, Oregon was flying out of Portlandand realized he had his loaded gun with him.
So he came up with a BRILLIANT plan: He'd hide the gun underneath a PLANTER BOXin the airport. That way, he could just grab it when he got back from his trip.
But security watched him hide the gun . . . and he was arrested for reckless endangerment.
By the way, if you find yourself in this situation, you AREallowed to put a gun in your checked luggage. You have to declare it when you check in, the gun can't be loaded, and it has to be in a hard, locked container.
So Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem at The MLB All Star game last night. In my opinion he knocked it out of the park - Did a GREAT job and was a good pick to represent us country folk. It even was capped off with a flyover from a stealth bomber. But that's not what everyone is saying this morning.. They are paying more attention to Luke glancing down at his hand a couple times during the performance. Did he write lyrics on his hand for a cheat sheet of sorts, I will let you decide that for yourself... But again, in MY opinion I don't care if he had lyrics for the song in front of him - There are TV camera's everywhere, there are millions of people watching at home - so there may have been some nerves involved.. He IS human..... At least he didn't grab his crotch, spit on a flag or punch a baby... He just might have had a few of the lyrics written down to prevent an EPIC stumble....I don't blame him... Check out the performance below and decide for yourself....
Oh and for what it's worth, other stars cheat too. Martina McBride says the National Anthem is too important to screw up, so she ALWAYS has the lyrics on hand just in case...
It's difficult to make demands at gunpoint and have them work when your demands THEMSELVES prove you aren't a threat to shoot anyone.
Last week, 24-year-old Rodney Gene Lewis of Winter Haven, Florida was drunk outside a Walmart . . . then barged into the store waving around his gun. He walked up to the sporting goods department and demanded . . . BULLETS.
That kinda tipped off the employees that his gun wasn't loaded and he wasn't really a threat to shoot them if they didn't give him those bullets. So they refused, under their policy not to sell ammo to someone when the weapon is present.
Then, they called the cops. Rodney started arguing and SCREAMING about how the cops were going to take away his 'First' Amendment right to carry his gun.
Yeah, um . . . he meant the Second Amendment . . . although I guess the First Amendment DOES give him the right to YELL about the gun, so he wasn't totally wrong.
He was arrested on several charges, including improperly exhibiting a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and disorderly intoxication.
A couple who was cuffed for dancing the Charleston on a New York City subway platform last July is swinging again -- into court.
The New York Post reports Caroline Stern, 55, and her boyfriend, George Hess, 54, were at the Columbus Circle subway station after enjoying music at nearby Jazz at Lincoln Center, when they were inspired to dance to the sound of a subway steel drummer.
Their lawsuit allege cops told them that wasn't allowed -- even though the couple claims they were the only passengers on the platform -- and when Hess tried to film their interaction with the officers, "That’s when eight ninja cops came from out of nowhere." Hess claims he was tackled and cuffed, and that the pair spent 23 hours behind bars.
They were slapped with multiple charges, including resisting arrest, but all were ultimately dropped -- but the couple just filed suit against the city for damages in Manhattan federal court.
We hear about brawls at weddings all the time over here, but usually they're at low-budget affairs. You don't usually hear about them happening at $60,000 weddings in fancy British castles.
That's exactly what happened over the weekend. 25-year-old Danny Gutherie is a professional British soccer player, and on Sunday he got married to 23-year-old Rebecca Middleman at the AllertonCastle near Harrogate, England.
According to reports, even though it was an expensive and upscale wedding, everyone was HAMMERED drunk . . . and as people were sitting down to dinner, a fight broke out.
How do people fight at a classy wedding? In this case, it started with them THROWING LOBSTERS at each other . . . then ended when someone PUNCHED the bride in the FACE.
She was taken to the hospital. Police came to break things up, although they didn't say if any arrests were made. Then ended up having to come back two more times when MORE problems broke out. Below is a picture of the castle where the beatdown took place and a picture of Gutherie and his new bride.
JAKE OWEN and his former lingerie model wife Lacey Buchanan are expecting their first child . . . a girl . . . in November. That's roughly eight months from when they got engaged, back on April 7th. They were married on May 7th.
Who cares about the dates, right? Well, Jake does.
He told "People", quote, "We actually found out Lacey was pregnant after I had asked her dad for his permission. The way we saw it, the baby news was a bonus on top of the engagement.
"But we didn't want anyone to think we were getting married because Lacey was pregnant, and we wanted to celebrate our wedding first.
"From the day I met her, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to marry her, and we always knew we wanted a family!"
Do you buy Jake's story that he already asked Lacey's dad for her hand before he knocked her up? I'm always suspicious when someone tries too hard to explain something to me. Makes it sound fishy.
But I also don't see why it's such a big deal . . . unless Lacey's old man is super religious or old school about such things.
KENNY CHESNEY got a huge honor before taking the stage Saturday night at Heinz field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Rooney family . . . who own the Pittsburgh Steelers . . . gave him a giant cast iron Six For Six plaque. It represents Kenny selling out his sixth show at the stadium . . . and the Steelers winning six Super Bowl championships.
Kenny's a football nut so he was beyond excited. He, said, quote, "I believe this might be the best gift I've ever gotten on the road. It epitomizes all the heart and energy and passion that this crowd has, that this town has."
They also gave Kenny a Steelers helmet signed by former Super Bowl MVP and Hall Of Famer FRANCO HARRIS.
THE BAND PERRY performed a special acoustic concert in Tennessee last week for the Greeneville, Astros, their hometown baseball team.
A portion of the proceeds benefited United Way. The team also presented them with their own custom bobbleheads. (Full Story)
When KEITH URBAN'S song "You Gonna Fly" went to Number One . . . LOCASH COWBOYS got tattoos.
That's because they co-wrote the song and made a pact that if it ever hit the top they'd celebrate by getting ink.
If it stays this hot, expect to see a lot more people committing crimes like THIS. If your unit happens to break down, try to keep your, um . . . cool.
Last week, 54-year-old Stan Nguyen of Daytona Beach, Florida had a hot weather crisis . . . his air conditioning unit broke. He called a repairman named Sean Hickman, and Sean went to his house Friday to fix it.
Unfortunately, the unit was severely damaged. As Sean tried to explain that, Stan FLIPPED OUT, pulled a GUN on him, and said he couldn't leave until he fixed it.
To show he was serious, Stan tried to fire the gun at the ground, but the safety was on. So while he took it off, Sean made a run for it, hid behind his van, and called for help.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in all this. Stan was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
It's always nice to see fathers and sons doing things together. Even this.
About Friday morning, a 39-year-old man and his 18-year-old son were home in Anchorage, Alaska. And apparently, they were doing some father-son bonding over marijuana, LSD, and ecstasy. Their names weren't released.
Eventually that father-son bonding turned into arguing . . . over a woman they both apparently liked. Then they started arguing over who was going to get to do the rest of the drugs. And THEN things got ugly.
First the 18-year-old stripped NAKED, and then the father stripped down naked too. Then they started wrestling. They WRECKED their house, CRASHED through a front window, and kept brawling naked in the street.
Then they took their anger out on the neighborhood. One neighbor says the 18-year-old, quote, "just snapped off [my mailbox]. Then he drop-kicked my pickup a couple times. I didn't see any damage to it. Of course, he was barefoot."
Both men were arrested for assault. The father also got a resisting arrest charge and the son got a criminal mischief charge.