One of my favorite newer country music songs and the story behind it:
To celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (yes, that’s apparently a thing), the five guys of YouTube’s Dude Perfect channel organized a Bubble Wrap battle of epic proportions -- and it was totally magnificent.
The battle was held at the Charlotte, North Carolina, headquarters of Sealed Air Corporation, the makers of Bubble Wrap. There, the lads jousted, raced scooters and played a round of paintball, all with the added cushioning power of rolls and rolls of the poppable stuff.
Bubble wrap sumo wrestling, anyone?
Security-obsessed pop star Taylor Swift has been hacked.
On Tuesday, the 25-year-old's Twitter account was breached by some folks who took the opportunity to give themselves a couple of shout-outs.
The hacked tweets were deleted about 15 minutes after they were posted, and The Verge reports that Swift's Instagram account was also compromised for a short period of time, as well.
A user by the name of @Lizzard, whose Twitter account has now been suspended, threatened to release nude photos of Swift in exchange for Bitcoin payment.
In his profile, @Lizzard claimed to be the "Leader of Lizard Squad," and a member of “LulzSec, Anonymous, UGNazi, ISISGang, GoP, globalHell, stc, zf0, htp, el8, GoD. lurk moar” located in North Korea (and as BuzzFeed points out, "Info from Dataminr seems to suggest his ties to North Korea could be legit").
Swift responded to news of the hack via her Tumblr, which she tagged "#HACKERS GONNA HACK HACK HACK HACK HACK."
"My Twitter got hacked but don’t worry, Twitter is deleting the hacker tweets and locking my account until they can figure out how this happened and get me new passwords. Never a dull moment," she wrote, before later learning news that her Instagram had also been hacked.
"Now Instagram. This is going to be a long day," she added.
Swift also didn't seem worried about threats from the hackers who claimed they would release her nude photos, as she later tweeted
Before his tour kicks off this week, Sam Hunt had a little dress rehearsal, singing his new single ‘Take Your Time’ on ‘Ellen.’ The always-encouraging hostess even bragged about the country newcomer’s accomplishments before he took the stage.
“In only six months, our next guest has become a country music superstar with five songs already in the Top 40,” DeGeneres told her massive audience.
Then, the famous blue walls separated, revealing Hunt and his full band. The singer grinned as he took the mic, beginning the song with spoken word. His performance started off simple, with Hunt standing with his hands behind his back. When the pace picked up, the singer picked up the mic, walking around the stage.
Hunt harmonized with his acoustic guitar player, making the live performance in front of millions seem almost intimate. As the drum beat ended, he thanked the crowd before DeGeneres walked up to talk with him about how he made the transition from college football to Nashville music.
“I did go out to rookie camp with the [Kansas City] Chiefs but that was short lived,” Hunt reveals in the clip above. “I didn’t make it on out there and I already was pretty dead set on moving to Nashville, so a few months later I headed up.”
A 5-year-old boy in Plymouth, England, was given a $24 invoice for missing a friend's birthday party in an unusual dispute that appears to be heading to court.
Alex Nash was supposed to attend the party at a local ski park in December, where kids were treated to snow tubing, tobogganing and lunch. However, Alex's parents said they realized at the last minute that he also had plans to see his grandparents that day.
"We asked Alex what he wanted to do," Alex's dad, Derek Nash, told Sky News. "He chose to be with his grandparents."
Nash said he didn't have contact information for the birthday boy's parents so he intended to apologize later.
Instead, Alex came home from school on Jan. 15 with an invoice in his backpack.
The bill, dated Dec. 14, lists "1 Childs Party No Show Fee" at a cost of 15.95 pounds, or $24.
“I thought it was a joke to begin with. I am lost for words," Nash told the Plymouth Herald.
Nash said he visited the birthday boy's mother and told her he had no intention of paying.
"I told her she should have spoken to me first and not put the invoice in my son’s school bag," the Herald quoted him as saying.
The Daily Telegraph has published what it says is a Facebook conversation between Tanya Walsh (Alex's mother) and Julie Lawrence (the mother of the birthday boy).
"If I had known that I would have to pay if Alex did not go, then I would have paid you the money, no problem," Walsh wrote. "I do not like fighting with people, and would prefer to settle this amicably."
"I don't like fighting with people either, and was not best impressed when Derek turned up on my doorstep, and said you won't get any money out of me, rather rudely, I do admit it rattled me," Lawrence replied. "the amicable way round this I believe would be to pay me the money and let a lesson be learnt, I hope this is agreeable?"
Walsh did not find that agreeable and Lawrence is now threatening to take the matter to court.
Clive Coleman, legal correspondent for the BBC, said on the network's website that the parents would have a hard time collecting the money.
"(F)or there to be a contract, there needs to be an intention to create legal relations. A child's party invitation would not create legal relations with either the child 'guest' or its parents," Coleman wrote.
The Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre, where the party was held, is listed in the delivery address of the invoice. But the company wrote on its Facebook page that it wants nothing to do with the dispute.
"No invoices are ever sent out from the centre to private individuals," the company said. "This is a disagreement between the two parents involved and the fact that the centre has been named on the invoice is fraudulent.
But the biggest victim here may be a childhood friendship: Alex said his friend has stopped playing with him, the Herald reported.
Craig Morgan wasn’t too happy with a recent tweet from comic actor Seth Rogen, and he took to social media to let it be known.
Rogen mocked Clint Eastwood‘s latest movie, ‘American Sniper,’ which tells the story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. history: Directed by Eastwood, the film stars Bradley Cooper, who scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. ‘American Sniper’ also scored Oscar nods for Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.
Rogen wrote: American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.
The movie that shows in the third act of ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is a parody titled ‘Nation’s Pride,’ a false Nazi propaganda film. Morgan — who served 10 years of active duty in the Army, followed by a stint in the Army Reserve — didn’t care for that joke, as he made clear in a long post to Facebook.
“You are fortunate to enjoy the privilege and freedom of working in and living in the United States, and saying whatever you want (regardless of how ignorant the statement) thanks to people like Chris Kyle who serve in the United States military,” Morgan wrote, calling Rogen’s tweet “inaccurate and insensitive.”
He added, “I’m sick and tired of people like you running your mouth when you have no idea what it takes for this country to maintain our freedoms. If you and anyone like you don’t like it, leave.”
Rogen later clarified his remarks, posting, “I wasn’t comparing the two. Big difference between comparing and reminding. Apples remind me of oranges. Can’t compare them, though. I just said something ‘kinda reminded’ me of something else. I actually liked ‘American Sniper.’ It just reminded me of the Tarantino scene.”
Morgan’s most recent album is ‘The Journey (Livin’ Hits). The second single from that collection, ‘We’ll Come Back Around,’ is currently at country radio.