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Groundhog Phil saw his shadow on Thursday morning, in front of thousands of eagerly waiting people, which predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Every year, on February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, to predict the weather for the rest of the season. Punxsutawney Phil is making predictions for the last 125 years and this year, it is his 126th prediction.
At 7:25 am, around 18,000 people gathered in front of Phil’s burrow to witness the prediction of groundhog Phil at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to legend, changes in seasonal weather can be predicted by Phil’s sighting of his shadow. If he sees the shadow, there would be six more weeks of winter and if he is not seeing it, there would be an early spring.
The celebration of Groundhog Day began with Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800s and its first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob was made on February 2, 1887, claims a website dedicated to Punxsutawney Phil, groundhog.org.
However, the groundhog predicted an early spring for Canadians ;)
Groundhog handler Ron Ploucha holds famed weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil after he made his annual weather prediction on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on the 126th Groundhog Day, February 2, 2012. Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. (Reuters) Continue »
Adidas unveiled its new 2012 NBA All-Star game uniforms Thursday, saying that designs are supposed to pay homage to the uniforms donned by the 1992 All-stars, which included game most valuable player Magic Johnson. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who both have megadeals withh adidas, will wear bright orange versions of their signature sneaker lines – Howard, the adiPower Howard 2, and Rose, the adizero Rose 2.5.
Other gear getting a makeover include:
Warm-up jackets – along with the jerseys, these lightweight, windbreaker style, full-zip jackets feature a hardwood heather pattern inspired by the floor of the Orlando Arena in 1992 and sun-drenched Florida. They also feature elbow patches and a laser perforated color contrast.
Warm-up pants – these are functional stretch denim pants that feature mock denim stitching and pockets.
Both the jackets and pants feature tonal grey coloring with East (Blue) and West (Red) accents for a stylish off-court look to match the laid back Florida vibe.
Shorts – these woven shorts are inspired by board shorts and feature a sublimated mesh pattern for high performance and breathability. Along with the jerseys, they also feature tonal blue and red colors and three stripes of silver and gold accent coloring on the sides in order to stand out. Continue »
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As the name implies, the “Tough Guy” challenge is not for the faint of heart. The 2012 event saw nearly 6,000 ice-cool competitors from around the world flock to the British Midlands in hopes of winning the coveted title.
The competitors, both men and women, ploughed through an eight-mile assault course in Perton, near Telford, Shropshire, that was made up of “25 obscurantismalistic obstackels (sic).” With guts of steel, the gluttons for punishment waded through muddy, sub-zero swamps and crawled through electrified tunnels – all while marshals dressed as commandos fired blank artillery shells and threw thunder flashes and smoke bombs over their heads.
Sunday’s race – the 25th in the event’s history – attracted runners from over 20 nations. Each was required to sign a “death warrant,” clearing the organizers of any legal responsibilities in the event of injury or death.
German junior doctor Knut Hoehler, 26, braved muck and mayhem (and a bloody head injury) to come first, in a time of one hour 11 minutes and 57 seconds.
Competitors cross obstacles at the annual Tough Guy event in Perton, England. Tough Guy claims to be the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal. (Jon Super/Associated Press) Continue »
Actor Nicolas Cage finally got waxed. Cage was presented with his own wax statue at the Musée Grévin in Paris, France and, frankly, it doesn’t do him justice. In fact, it makes Cage look much older than his 48 years.
Cage stands next to his wax likeness. (Reuters / Gonzalo Fuentes) Continue »
Hundred of spectators turned up to see participants being pulled by horses to reach the finish line during the 2012 World Skijoring Championship held over the weekend in Whitefish, Montana. The championship consists of Open Division, Sport Division and Novice Division competitions. Mule races are also a part of Skijoring championships.
Skijoring, which originated in Scandinavia about 700 years ago as a means of transport during the winter months, is a specialized competitive sport where competitors on skis are pulled by a horse, dog or motor vehicle. It’s a common winter sport held in many countries when there is snow in winter. Only horses and mules are used in the championships.
Marc Quest is pulled off a jump by Veron Kiser and horse Chance during the World Skijoring Championships in Whitefish, Montana, Jan. 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Matt McKnight) Continue »
Kate Upton landed the No. 2 spot in AskMen’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012 poll; and her new Beach Bunny Swimwear Ads make it clear why.
Upton, a glorified Sports Illustrated model who has gained fame for her enviable curves and her sweet smile, is the face of Beach Bunny Swimwear’s Spring 2012 collection. The blonde stunner poses in the ad campaign and a number of catalog shots. The picturesque setting and colorful bikinis make for a stunning pictorial. Continue »
Rihanna recently dropped $160,000 for new artwork, a Swarovski crystal bedazzled Marilyn Monroe portrait that glistens in the light because she reportedly identifies with the fallen star.
British artist Claire Milner was commissioned through Gemstone Creative to construct the five square-foot mural of Monroe for 23-year-old Rihanna’s Beverly Hills mansion. The artwork, which took four months to complete, is comprised of more than 65,000 Swarovski crystals weighing in at a total of nearly 120 pounds. Continue »
Austerity in Europe, the increase in taxes and slashing of social services several national governments there have been forced to undertake as a result of the ongoing sovereign debt crisis, has been protested in many forms.
The United Kingdom saw a massive general strike in November. Unruly crowds have unleashed mayhem on the streets of Rome and Athens. Spanish youth gather in public plazas there on a near-daily basis to give speeches, sing protest songs and make their presence as the self-proclaimed “indignant” heard.
Perhaps no recent protest, however, has been as personal as that of Mateus and Leonor Silva, of Lisbon, Portugal. The unemployed couple had been living in a parking lot trailer for 21 months, they told Reuters, because they had no money to pay rent and could not receive other assistance. With their two school-age daughters, they lived a meager existence, covering the roof of their home with a tarp and drying their laundry on its side. Then on Jan. 25, they were evicted by city police and left.
Until last week. In an act of protest and defiance, the couple came back to the spot where the shell of their former home was still standing. In full view of police, Mateus started throwing rocks at the trailer. Friends helped the couple overturn the small structure. Then Leonor set it on fire.
Mateus Silva and his daughters at their Lisbon trailer, before being evicted. (Reuters) Continue »
Artefacts that were stolen from the National Museum of Iraq and archaeological sites during the chaos following the U.S. occupation in 2003 have been returned by Germany. Reportedly, 45 items were returned among thousands stolen relics, which were seized by the German police at a public auction. They were returned to the Iraqi officials at a ceremony in Berlin on Monday.
Among the pieces recovered were a 4,500 year old golden vase, a bronze axe head, an Assyrian grey coloured stone, a goddess Basusu statue, clay tablets bearing cuneiform script, a metal amulet and other artefacts.
An Afghan specialist displays an ancient pre-Islamic sculpture that was returned to Afghanistan at the Afghan National Museum in Kabul January 30, 2012. Germany this week returned the sculpture looted during Afghanistan’s civil war, giving hope to Kabul’s cultural mavens that the rest of its stolen treasures will also make their way home. Picture taken January 30, 2012. (Reuters) Continue »
South African model Candice Swanepoel, best known for her work with luxury brand Victoria’s Secret, has added another feather to her crown by featuring in the new spring campaign by designer Prabal Gurung.
Regarded as one of the world’s top earning models, Swanepoel has earlier appeared in a number of other fashion campaigns for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Fürstenberg, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier and numerous other designers. However, it was only through the luxury lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret campaigns and fashion shows that Swanepoel became a well-known name in the global fashion industry. Continue »
In this undated time exposure photo provided by Sandia National Laboratories, a light-emitting diode, or LED, attached to a self-guided bullet at Sandia National Laboratories shows a bright path during a nighttime field test. The New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories announced Tuesday that its engineers have invented a bullet that directs itself to a target like a tiny guided missile and can hit a target more than a mile away. According to Sandia Labs engineers, the bullet twists and turns to guide itself toward a laser-directed point. Officials say it can make up to thirty corrections per second while in the air. (Sandia National Laboratories)
A copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa that was painted at the same time as the original in the same studio is displayed at the Prado Museum in Madrid. The museum says the copy it has is the earliest replica of the masterpiece. A museum spokeswoman said the work was painted side by side with the 16th century original that hangs in the Louvre in Paris and was done by one of Leonardo’s key students. (Paul White/Associated Press)
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