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Tanked Episode 309 for Tues Dec. 16, 2014





Google’s year-end search data follows last week’s top 10 music-videos on YouTube that they released – Katy Perry earned the top spot with her video for “Dark Horse.”

Here are the global top search terms for 2014:

1. Robin Williams

2. World Cup

3. Ebola

4. Malaysia Airlines

5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

6. Flappy Bird

7. Conchita Wurst


9. Frozen

10. Sochi Olympics

A new study by found the U.S. is definitely a BUTT country, not a boob country.

Only 10 states prefer boobs to butts . . . Idaho is the most pro-boobs state . . . and Mississippi is the most pro-butt state. Michigan is on the Butt Train!



Cards against Humanity:

Black Friday sale.



Sony to Theater Owners: Pull 'The Interview' If You Want

As hackers issued new threats of violence on Tuesday, Sony Pictures began telling theater owners who had booked The Interview that they are free to drop the movie, and that the studio will support them whatever decision they make.

The situation appears to be very fluid: Neither the National Association of Theatre Owners nor the individual national theaters chains have yet publicly spoken about the situation. But according to some insiders, exhibitors are wary of becoming liable if they show the movie and any violence occurs.

The discussions have also involved requests from theater owners that Sony provide heavy security if they do go ahead and play the film. At the same time, some feel that Sony is throwing the decision about whether or not to show the movie into their laps when the studio itself should be making that call. It remains to be seen if, as a result of discussions that have taken place throughout the day, Sony ultimately decides not to release the film at this time. Sony representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, has been scheduled to open in wide release on Christmas Day, when it will bow against such other movies as Universal's Unbrokenand Disney's Into the Woods.


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No more foamy beer, thanks to magnets

Few sights at a bar are more deflating than a bottle of beer overflowing with foam. This overfoaming, called gushing, arises when fungi infect the barley grains in beer’s malt base. The microorganisms latch onto barley with surface proteins called hydrophobins. During the brewing process, these hydrophobins can attract carbon dioxide molecules produced by the mashed barley as it ferments, making the beer far too bubbly. Brewers try to tamp down the gushing by adding hops extract, an antifoaming agent that binds to the proteins first. Now, food scientists in Belgium have hit upon a technological solution: magnets. When the team applied a magnetic field to a malt infused with hops extract, the magnets dispersed the antifoaming agent into tinier particles. Those smaller particles were much more effective at binding to more hydrophobins, blocking carbon dioxide and decreasing gushing, the team will report next month in the Journal of Food Engineering. During tests in a real brewery, the magnets decreased excess foaming so effectively that brewers needed much lower amounts of hops extract—a potential cost-saving measure. Future studies could explore whether magnetic fields alone could reduce foaming on an industrial scale, the team says.

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Guy Friends See Each Other Naked For The First Time


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Mom calls into C-SPAN to tell her pundit sons to stop arguing

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Whether it be at the Christmas dinner table or on television, moms do not want their kids bickering.

Pundits Dallas Woodhouse, a Republican, and his brother Brad Woodhouse, a Democrat, learned their lesson when their mother called into C-SPAN to chastise them for bickering.

The two were discussing bipartisanship onWashington Journal with host Steve Scully when a call came in from "Joy" from North Carolina. The brothers greeted their fellow southerner until she started to speak, to which Dallas said, "Oh God, it's Mom."

"You're right, I'm from down south," she said. "And I'm your MOTHER."

"I disagree that many families are like ours," she continued. "I don't know many families that are fighting at Thanksgiving. I was very glad that this Thanksgiving was a year you were supposed to go to your in-laws. I'm hoping you'll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas. I would really like a peaceful Christmas."

While the pundits' mother was on the phone, Scully asked her what it was like raising her boys.

"It hasn't been easy," she replied, adding that she loved them both.

Mrs. Woodhouse is a registered Democrat, but admitted she has split her ticket.

Bungled Marriage Proposal Forces Evacuation

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutchman's attempt at a romantic wedding proposal was simply smashing.

The unidentified lover in the central town of Ijsselstein rented a crane, planning to descend in front of his girlfriend's bedroom window first thing Saturday morning, play her a song and then pop the question. Instead the crane toppled over, smashing a large hole in the neighbors' roof.

The man clambered to safety and no one was injured.

According to the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper, the girlfriend said "yes" anyway. After speaking with police, the pair traveled to Paris to celebrate.

Then the crane fell again during attempts to right it with a larger crane, bashing in the rest of the neighbors' roof. The town's mayor is on the spot after the building was declared unsafe. Six apartments were evacuated.

Cow Flees Idaho Butcher Shop, Gets Chased By Police

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit.

Pocatello Police Chief Scott Marchand tells the Idaho State Journal ( that his officers fired two shots at the heifer because it posed a safety risk.

The cow had escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, on Friday afternoon.

Early in the chase, an officer shot the cow in the head but the wounded animal kept running.

The cow led police and animal control officers on a chase on foot and in vehicles through the city's north side. It rammed an animal control truck and two police cars.

The animal was eventually cornered in a residential backyard about 3 miles away, and was shot and killed by a police officer.


'Don't Jerk And Drive' Campaign Pulled


Jerking isn't a joke and they know it.

Unfortunately for the South Dakota office of Highway Safety, some people think their new safe-driving campaign around the slogan "don't jerk and drive" was a bad idea.

The ad campaign, intended to keep people from over correcting and jerking their steering wheels in icy conditions, struck some as offensive because of its allusion to masturbation.

"I decided to pull the ad," Trevor Jones, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety said in a statement obtained by the Argus Leader. "This is an important safety message and I don't want this innuendo to distract from our goal to save lives on the road."

One of the critics, according to the paper, was state Rep. Mike Verchio who planned to ask the department what it was thinking before the TV commercials and social media promotions were yanked.

The Highway Safety office insists the double entendre was intentionally inserted to get people's attention.

In icy conditions, drivers should avoid the urge to jerk the steering wheel, an ad for the campaign shown above says.

"Resist the urge to jerk the steering wheel. Over correcting only creates more chaos," the narrator says. "Besides, nobody likes a jerker."

11-Year-Old Girl Steals $10,000, Hails Cab Halfway Across Country

An 11-year-old girl stole thousands of dollars from her grandma and then told a cab driver to take her halfway across the country so she could meet a 16-year-old boy she'd been chatting with online.

Alexis Waller is safe and sound and will not face any charges after her pre-teen hijinks, according to KARK.

Authorities said Waller stole $10,000 from her grandmother's sock drawer in Bryant, Arkansas. Then she hitched a ride with a stranger to Little Rock where she called a cab.

Waller told the cab driver to take her to Jacksonville, Florida.

"I said I need to go to Jacksonville, Florida," Waller told KARK. "He's like, 'do you have money' and I'm like, 'yes.'"

The total cost of her trip would have been $1,300.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Waller got about 500 miles toward her destination, until cops got in touch with the cabbie, who told them the pair were in the Atlanta suburbs.

Her parents said they are upset with their daughter, but also very glad to have her home.

Waller might be a troublemaker, but her parents could have it much worse.