Polar Vortex is on its way and we are supposed to be getting record cold temperatures. Tonight its going down to 8 degrees in Philly and same thing tomorrow. Bundle up! Among other forecasts: 32 below zero in Fargo, North Dakota; 21 below in Madison, Wisconsin; and 15 below in Minneapolis, Indianapolis and Chicago, with wind chills that could drop into the minus 50s and 60s. Schools in cities including Chicago, St. Louis and Milwaukee and the entire state of Minnesota were closed, and residents were warned residents to stay indoors. The South isn’t being spared, with single-digit highs expected Tuesday in Georgia and Alabama as the weather moves east.
Uncle Phil Passes – Haven’t talked to you guys for a while, so we gotta talk about James Avery, aka Uncle Phil, passing away from open heart surgery complications. We all felt a connection with Uncle Phil while we watched the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. Poor guy he was 68 and he was from right here, Atlantic City, NJ. Jada Pickett said some nice words on facebook. ‘Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend. James Avery who we all lovingly know as Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince has passed.”
Alfonso aka Carlton also had some words,”The world has lost a truly special man. I am very saddened to say that James Avery has passed. Even though he played my father on TV, he was a wonderful father figure to me in life. He will be deeply missed.”
and Jazzy Jeff also had some words, RIP James Avery…Thank U for the talks,travel tips and the jazz cd’s. A great Friend and Even Better Person…You will be Missed!!
Jennifer Hudson’s Good Deed – Jennifer Hudson’s long time friend and assistant, Walter Williams, got the surprise of his life when he opened his Christmas gift from J-Hud. J Hud uploaded a video to her Instagram showing Williams finding out that she was buying him a house! He understandably started screaming and jumping for joy at the act of kindness. Williams and Hudson met as kids in elementary school and he started managing her after high school- entering her in competitions and sticking with her throughout the American Idol process. Williams said, “I promised her that I wouldn’t stop until the whole world saw her. You know, out of all this, all the press and the accolades, she has remained true to herself. She’s still the same sweet girl I met in grammar school. She’s still Jennifer.” Hudson has called Williams her “closest friend”.
One Twin Born In 2013 And Other In 2014 – Most twins are born on the same day and more importantly in the same year. Well that wasn’t the case with these stories. A mother in Abilene, Texas gave birth to twin girls- Gabriella being born just before midnight on 12/31/13 and Sophia being born just after midnight on 1/1/14. Both girls are said to be in good health. Similarly in Washington, DC twin baby Yaleni was born at 11:58PM on New Years Eve while her brother Brandon was born at 12:01AM on New Years Day. A third set of twins in Canada was born at 11:52PM and 12:05AM. The mother of the Texas twins says that they will have separate birthday parties. Pretty Cool
Colorado Selling Legal Weed – January 1st marked first day that recreational marijuana could be bought and sold in Colorado. Most of the shops are located in the city of Denver. Owners claim that first day sales surpassed $1 million with the state hoping to bring about $2 billion in revenue over the course of the year. The first $40 million of tax profit is dedicated school construction while the rest will be devoted to marijuana regulation. Accompanying the first day of sales were a number of satirical articles about the state’s move. One in particular took Facebook by storm. The spoof from Daily Currant that went viral claimed, “Colorado is reconsidering its decision to legalize recreational pot following the deaths of dozens due to marijuana overdoses.” The article asserted that 37 people had died from weed overdoses. Despite the site’s ‘About’ section clearly saying, “Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world” people still bought into the story sharing it as fact. One bamboozled reader commented, “This story just blows me away. Thirty-seven people died in Colorado on New Year’s Day when marijuana was legalized…Doctors say they expect hundreds more imminent deaths. This is more deaths than an average day in Iraq and the Afghanistan wars combined.” There’s a big divide between satire and fact.
What Happening With Paul Walker’s Character? – Following Paul Walkers tragic and untimely death there was much speculation around the future of the Fast and Furious series. Production of the 7th installment was halted so that Universal could provide support to Walker’s family as well as the F&F cast, crew and filmmakers. Reports have surfaced that existing footage of Walker will be used in the 7th movie and that his character will be given a “proper send off” and written out and not killed off. Rumors have swirled that Walker’s brother would take his place but that has not been confirmed. The film which was slated for a 2014 summer release has been pushed back until April 2015.
A Two Penis Man – A man with 2 sets of genitals has come out via Reddit to describe his rare condition. He has ‘diphallia’ and explains that the condition is neither genetic or inherited. The first case was reported back in 1609 with there being a 1 in 5.5 million chance of someone being born with multiple genitalia. The man who goes by, DDD, says that he is bisexual- being in committed relationships with men and women, knew of his difference at an early age, had urination difficulties and underwent surgery and avoids using public urinals to avoid questions. He also admitted that he considered doing porn but then decided against it. Should you be curious DDD posted pictures of his members online to prove that it’s real. Check out the Q and A HERE and the picture HERE.
ATT Wants You! – If you have T- Mobile, AT&T may have a couple of hundred dollars to put in your pocket. Reports have surfaced that AT&T is offering current T-Mobile users up to $250 for traded in smart phones and $200 for those who switch services- totaling $450 in incentives. AT&T’s press release said that their “larger and more reliable 4G LTE” network and “superior smart phones and award-winning customer service” would be beneficial to current T-Mobile users. An official statement made by T-Mobile’s CEO did not seem to amused. It read, “This is a desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them. I’m flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T’s cash to build a far superior network and added Un-carrier moves to take tons of their customers – and now they want to bribe them back! Consumers won’t be fooled…nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!”