Well, friends, I must admit, last week was a rough one for me. The weekend – a girls’ weekend, at that – was a welcome respite. Lots of food, some retail therapy, maybe a drink or two, and I’ll be feeling pretty good heading into the new week. Or at least better than some people.
ICYMI, Jack Black died over the weekend…if you believe the Twitter of his comedy rock band, Tenacious D. But it turns out that Black is alive and well, but he was a victim of a fate almost worse than death – a hacking.
The tweet announcing Black’s demise read, “I’m sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother” and was followed by another tweet that included the hashtag #RipJackBlack. The weird tweets continued for about six hours before the band regained control of their account, tweeting:
WE had our Twitter account hacked. We can assure you that Jack is ALIVE and WELL and that this was a sick "prank".
— Tenacious D (@RealTenaciousD) June 5, 2016
[Via New York Daily News]
Clif Bar Lovers
I am not personally a fan of Clif Bars, but several of my girl friends (those who pretend that they eat healthy) try pushing them on me pretty regularly. But it looks like the bars aren’t exactly healthy…in fact, they may be making the people that eat them sick.
Clif Bars are the latest in a line of products to be recalled after it was discovered that they contain sunflower kernels that may have been contaminated with listeria, which can cause gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, aches, and fever, or more serious issues such as meningitis. Since the possible contamination was announced on May 3rd, 39 separate recalls of products, such as salads, trail mixes, and snack bars, that used the sunflower kernels have been announced, while no cases of illness have been reported.
I haven’t seen any recalls of salt-and-vinegar potato chips, so I’ll just stick with those. [Via CNN]
Governors Ball Attendees
I may be uncool, but I had to google what the “Governors Ball” was before I could write this. Turns out, it’s a music festival on Randall’s Island in New York, with Courtney Barnett, Prophets of Rage, Kanye West, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie, Betty Who, Vic Mensa, and Two Door Cinema Club scheduled to take the stage on Sunday. However, the third day of the event was canceled on Sunday due to inclement weather and people were pissed:
— Frankizzy (@Frankchez) June 5, 2016
— baby j (@Janee_Archie) June 5, 2016
— baby j (@Janee_Archie) June 5, 2016
— Michelle (@mich_nam) June 5, 2016
Honestly, the last person I would stand in the rain to see in Kanye West, but what do I know? At the very least, some of the artists announced that they would play alternative shows:
— Prophets of Rage (@prophetsofrage) June 5, 2016
— hooligan (@VicMensa) June 5, 2016
— courtney barnett (@courtneymelba) June 5, 2016
NYC!!! Here we fucking go!! Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight! pic.twitter.com/pOtE4k6RgQ
— Two Door Cinema Club (@TDCinemaClub) June 5, 2016
[Via Huffington Post]
While most Super Bowl champions take a trip to Disney World, Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib decided to visit a very different kind of “fun park” this weekend, and is paying for it dearly: Talib was shot in the leg early Sunday morning during a fight at a strip club in Dallas.
According to the Dallas Morning News, “A customer pulled a gun and shot one person about 2:45 a.m. inside the V Live club on Empire Central Drive near Interstate 35E, Dallas police said. Another person was wounded outside the club as the fight continued. The two victims were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and police were looking for others who were involved in the incident.”
Talib was treated and released from Medical City Dallas Hospital, although there are not any reports on the extent of his leg injury. The Broncos’ Vice President of Public Relations, Patrick Smyth, tweeted late Sunday afternoon:
We've spoken with Aqib Talib, who is being treated at a Dallas hospital for a gunshot wound to his leg. He's OK & we're gathering more info.
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) June 5, 2016
The Broncos are scheduled to be at The White House for the customary Super Bowl Champion visit with the President. No word on if Talib will still make the trip, but if so, his conversation with Barack should be pretty interesting. [Via Dallas Morning News]
It’s how we greet our friends. It’s how we get everyone’s attention to start yet another pointless meeting at the office. And now it’s under attack.
A new campaign from the Diversity Council Australia addresses the use of words that have no place being utilized in an office setting.
But when discussing the campaign, its chairman, David Morrison, told ABC News Breakfast, “These are little things but a lot of the research done by the diversity council has shown these tap drips of exclusive language, gender-based language, or inappropriate language has as much deleterious or disadvantaged effect as something where you’re saying something blatantly inappropriate to another human being,” and posits that the use of “hey guys” is not appropriate, despite most people assuming it is a gender-neutral term.
Luckily, we have an alternative:
— Juanita Phillips (@Juanita_Phillip) June 1, 2016
What do youse think? [Via Mashable] .