It’s a sluggish Monday morning, for sure. For some of you, it’s probably due to a little bit of overindulgence this weekend. For others, it can instead be attributed to staying up late to watch The Oscars. I personally skip that whole hoopla and look at the dresses/winners the next day. But while Sunday night’s losers probably didn’t have a great weekend, there are still some people that had a worse weekend than you.
I have to be honest: my immediate question when I read this was, “People still use Blackberrys?” But apparently they do, and now they will have one less way to communicate with their friends who have moved into the 21st century.
In a post on their site, the makers of the WhatsApp messaging app announced that they will be ending support for all Blackberry devices. One app may not seem like a big deal, but over 900 million people use WhatsApp and send over 10 billion messages through it every day.
In the post, the WhatsApp peeps say Blackberrys “don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
They also recommend that if users want to continue using the app, they do what everyone who knows someone who owns a Blackberry is thinking: upgrade your damn phone. [via Mashable]
When I was in second grade, I came home with my school pictures. My mom opened the envelope and immediately started cracking up. When she finally stopped convulsing, she showed me what had thrown her into hysterics: the photo had captured a big, giant snot just south of my nostril. Being a fantastic parent, she refused to let me get it retaken and proudly displayed the photo in a frame in our living room. Yes, I was only 8, but I can understand the embarrassment NBC Reporter Hallie Jackson is suffering.
Jackson was reporting on Chris Christie’s endorsement of Donald Trump live on air when her nose started running.
Jackson, to her credit, just kept going. And even better, she tweeted this later on in the day:
— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) February 27, 2016
Girlfriend could give lessons in how to recover from embarrassment. Where was she when I was in 2nd grade? [via The Daily Mail]
These Dudes Having A Bachelor Party
Bachelor parties usually wind up costing guys a significant amount of money, whether it’s on strippers, gambling or booze. But for one group of dudes from England, they wound up owing a lot more.
According to The New York Post, “German police say the pilot of a Ryanair plane from London to Bratislava made an unscheduled landing to eject members of a bachelor party — including the groom. Federal police say the six men had disturbed security on board the plane and ignored the crew’s instructions, prompting the pilot to land in Berlin late Friday.”
So what’s the price for the guys, aside from a complete ripping from one (very likely) pissed off bride? Each man faces a fine of 25,000 euros (about $27,300), plus possible civil suits from the airlines.
Ouch. [via The New York Post]
It’s pretty hard to believe that one of the richest women in the world had a bad weekend. But even Oprah probably feels a $24,000,000 hit to the pocketbook.
The almost constant commercials in which O tells us that she’s losing weight while “eating bread every day!” did not stop Weight Watchers from reporting a 21% drop in fourth-quarter net revenue – which caused the company’s shares to plummet 20% on Friday. That means Oprah took a pretty big hit.
Now, let’s put this in perspective: the former talk show host has made nearly $75,000,000 since she bought a 10% stake in the weight loss program a few months ago. But still – I imagine that only 24 of anything Oprah really wants to lose is pounds. [via TMZ]
Colorado Pot Tourists
Apparently, this is going to be a column full of embarrassing stories for me. This past Halloween, I tried my first-ever pot gummy…and wound up passed out in a public bathroom.
But a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine says I’m not the only one to have such an experience.
Looking at visitors to the state of Colorado, which legalized weed in 2012, the study found that “the number of out-of-state tourists who ended up in the emergency room with pot-related symptoms doubled from 2013 to 2014, while the number of visits by locals remained about the same.” Among the symptoms that affected the patients were psychiatric issues; high blood pressure and increased heart rate; and nausea or vomiting.
Northwestern’s Howard Kim, a professor of emergency medicine and a coauthor of the study, said that the differences between ingesting and inhaling are a big part of the problem. He told Vice, “I think a lot of visitors aren’t really aware of the difference between inhaled or smoke products and ingested marijuana products. And that’s a big problem there, people eat a pot brownie or a cookie and think they should feel something immediately, and then when they don’t, they take another one or two, then when they kick in a few hours later they really feel it.”
Well, thanks, Dr. Kim. That would have been some helpful information about four months ago. [via Vice] .