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Tanked Ep.58 for Tuesday June 16 2009


- Beers
- I'd Tap Microsoft's Bing! The Bing Challenge, or is it just another Porn Tube.
(can we live without the Goog?)


The Week After the DTV Switch over

Americans have survived the transition to digital television without incident.

The sky did not fall and there was no major shortage of digital converter boxes Friday

when full-power broadcasters across the nation turned off their analog TV signals and

started broadcasting only in digital. Calls to broadcasters and the Federal Communications

Commission have been heavy the past few days, but officials say that the volume is within

what the agency had expected.

Officials said Saturday that more than 317,000 consumer calls were made to the FCC on Friday,

The largest volume of calls came from broadcast markets serving major cities, most notably Chicago,

Dallas-Fort Worth, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

So when are other countries getting the job done? Notwithstanding their size, many already have,

including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands. Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal

should finish the task over the next two to three years. Most that haven't completed the job are doing so gradually.

Cnet and Ars Technica




Sony And Paramount Might Merge To Form Mega Movie Making Robot Of Destruction.

The CEO of Gamco Investors, who owns shares of Viacom, said that Paramont and Sony might be talking about a possible merger within the next six to 12 months.
Forbes has more:

Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures could merge with Sony Pictures, Universal Studios or another movie studio amid a wave of consolidation in the industry over the next few months, veteran investor Mario Gabelli said in the latest issue of Barron's.

The chief executive of Gamco Investors Inc, who owns shares of Viacom ( VIA - news - people ), said he expects dealmaking among movie studios as they seek to cut costs. Today there are seven or eight motion-picture studios. A round of consolidation will occur in the next six to 12 months because of the costs of financing, prints and advertising, the benefits of globalization and such,' Gabelli said. 'We hear talk of something going on.'

Click HERE to read the rest.

Hmm...this is big news. I know it's just investor talk, but that same line of talking started well before the MGM/Sony merger talk was ever made public and everyone working at MGM (including me) were eventually laid off once the deal went through months and months later. Just because stuff like this is speculation doesn't mean talks aren't happening as we speak.

But what would we call the new studio? Sonymount? ParaSony? If Paramount and Universal merged would they be called Universal Mount? The possibilities are endless!

Top Box Office

Tomatometer Percentage Movie Gross
The Hangover
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Night at the Museum: B…
Land of the Lost
Imagine That
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation
Angels & Demons
Drag Me To Hell

Hiller goes to the Moon Chris gives his two cents on the Duncan Jones sci-fi flick. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) GERTY (Kevin Spacey) Company:Lunar


Israeli woman mistakenly junks $1 million mattress

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli woman mistakenly threw out a mattress she said had almost $1 million inside, setting off a frantic search through tons of garbage at a number of landfill sites on Wednesday. The woman told The Associated Press that she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise present on Monday - and threw out the old one.

The next day, she said, she remembered that she had hidden her life savings inside the old mattress. "I woke up in the morning screaming, when it hit me what happened," said the Tel Aviv woman, who asked not to be identified.

She went to look for the mattress, but it had already been hauled away by garbage collectors, she said. Searches at three different landfill sites turned up nothing.

She said the money was in U.S. dollars and Israeli shekels. She refused to say how she acquired such a large sum. "It was all my money in the world," she said. There was no way to verify her claims, and she refused to disclose key details.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said he was not familiar with the case and no report had been filed.

The Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot published a picture of the woman searching through garbage at a dump in southern Israel. The picture shows the woman, dressed in a white top and black pants with her back to the camera, picking through a huge pile of trash that fills the frame about 10 feet (3 meters) in all directions.

Yitzhak Borba, the dump manager, told Army Radio that his staff was helping the woman, saying she appeared "totally desperate." He said the mattress was hard to find among the 2,500 tons of garbage that arrives at the site every day.

He said he increased security at the site to keep would-be treasure hunters away.

The woman said the money had been stashed in a mattress because she had had "traumatic experiences with banks" in the past. She would not elaborate.

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Man cuts off own penis to protest parents' bride choice

The Sydney Morning Herald

June 1, 2009

An Egyptian cut off his own penis on Sunday in protest at his parents' choice of bride,

a police official said.

The 25-year-old labourer from the village of Sheikh Eissa in southern Egypt was taken to hospital

in stable condition, the official said, adding that the man had also mutilated his testicles.

"He was in love with a woman but his parents rejected her and told him to marry another woman

he didn't want. He took a knife and cut off his penis in his room."

Doctors were unable to reattach the severed member, the official added.

Boobie burglary

The Copenhagen Post

Monday, 15 June 2009 13:57 KR News

Police are interested in anyone who may have recently

increased their cup size after a pair of implants was stolen

Police responded to an unusual theft at a hospital in Grindsted, mid-Jutland, recently,

after it was reported that a pair of silicone breasts had been stolen from an operating theatre,

according to public broadcaster DR.

The hooter heist occurred sometime between Thursday 4 June and last Monday.

No information has been released about the size of the stolen implants,

so it is not known what cup size police are looking for.

However, police in Billund are eager to speak with anyone who
may know something about the theft or who have seen the unusual haul.