On Sunday, February 9, in 1964, 73 million viewers in the US and millions more in Canada watched the Beatles' American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The band's very first LP, "Meet the Beatles," sold 3.6 million albums in the first two months in the US, and Capitol Records went on to sell 15 million Beatles albums in the States in 1964. These were different albums, with different combinations of songs than the Beatles albums released in England. That separate release pattern continued until June 1967 with the release of the "… Read more
Action Bowling Free is a bowling game for iOS devices. Although it delivers fairly realistic graphics, it's not nearly as challenging as real bowling, and we found ourselves growing bored with it relatively quickly.
Action Bowling Free offers two ways to achieve the task of sending the ball down the lane: You can either swipe and release the ball, or actually swing your device in a bowling motion. The latter option is a little trickier, as you have to remove your thumb from the screen to release the ball as you swing, and this seems like a good way … Read more
Not everyone is lucky enough to quit their job live on TV in front of 100 million people.
Not everyone is brave, rude, or foolhardy enough either.
Still, machine engineer Gwen Dean decided to sit next to John Turturro during the Super Bowl and offer a little excitement to her boss, Ted.
It was said at the time that Ted had no idea she would do this. The only person who knew, other than the production team, was Dean's dad.
So what of the aftermath? Dean appeared on the "Today Show" to reveal all.
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No, I can't believe Radio Shack can actually emerge from its '80s bunker. But you have to admire the effort. And, frankly, the honesty in admitting what it had become.
Many chose the ad in which stars from the 1980s arrive at a Radio Shack with the express purpose of gutting it as their favorite ad of the night.
So, as the company watched its shares rise just because of that ad, it pumped out more videos to make you believe that '80s were just a phase it went through for around 30 years.
Here's Cliff Clavin from &… Read more
If there was any question about whether football or porn is more popular, a study produced after the Super Bowl leaves little to the imagination.
According to PornHub, visits to its giant archive of free porn were down 6 percent nationwide during the Super Bowl on Sunday. As the site pointed out in a blog post, that's a significant number in a country of more than 300 million people.
The numbers were even starker in Denver and Seattle, the home cities for the combatants in the big game, won by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8. PornHub concluded that there was … Read more
The Denver Broncos' pummeling by the Seattle Seahawks didn't dampen the number of selfies, video uploads, and text messages sent from the Super Bowl, with the wireless carriers reporting a significant spike in traffic.
Verizon Wireless saw an explosion of data usage. At the busiest hour, the carrier saw the number of data connections rise by a mind-boggling 800 percent versus a year ago in New Orleans. Verizon said it shattered its record for data usage in a single hour during the half-time show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
AT&T, meanwhile, said it … Read more
There are a million stories in the naked city, and all of them are using the hashtag #EsuranceSave30. And boy, are some of them offensive.
Sunday night just after the Super Bowl ended, the insurance company Esurance announced a contest in which it would give away $1.5 million to one lucky Twitter user who included that hashtag in a tweet. The contest quickly went viral, making it (and Esurance) the biggest social media winner of the evening -- and likely this year's Oreo.
The hashtag was a reference to the fact that the contest was announced in the … Read more
Monday will, no doubt, be full of interviews with Gwen Dean's boss, Ted.
Or, rather, her former boss.
It was Dean, a machine engineer, who turned out to be GoDaddy's promised quitter.
So there she was during the second half of a flaccid game, trying to perk it up with John Turturro at her side.
She stared into the camera and said: "Hi, Ted. I quit."
Clearly, she'd rehearsed for some time. One of her hands was covered by a puppet, who joined in her message, the finale of which was "Ciao, baby."… Read more
So how did you feel about VW's "Wings" Super Bowl ad (video below)? You know, the one about its German engineers getting their wings -- real ones -- when a car hits 100,000 miles.
As I watched, attempting to avoid beer, wine and cranial discomfort, I mused: "Oh, look. All VW's German engineers are men."
I was saved from that troubling thought by William Shatner, who tweeted: "@Priceline spared no expense on their version of the @VW commercial! https://vine.co/v/Mz0mH5upxdZ."
When I came to America, I always had a problem with Radio Shack.
Who shops in a shack? Bad things always happen in shacks. No one's ever happy in a shack.
Shaq wasn't named after Radio Shack.
Now, some would say at least 10 years too late, Radio Shack wants to address its image problem.
An amusing Super Bowl ad begins with a Radio Shack employee taking a call.
He tells his sidekick: "The '80s called. They want their store back."
What follows is a thing of beauty. The 1980s were always known for their beauty, … Read more