Day: July 2, 2013

Has medical transplant technology gone too far?


WATCH: Orlando Bloom Sings in ‘Lord of the Rings’ Spoof


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The Lord of the Ring’s director Peter Jackson uploaded a video entitled “Goodbye Orlando” on Sunday, after Orlando Bloom finished “battling a serious Orc for all 12 hours of shooting – part of the Battle of the 5 Armies for the third Hobbit movie.”

On his Facebook page, the Oscar-winning Jackson explained that he just “couldn’t resist” having the actor sing along with the electronic song dedicated to a single line his character, Legolas, shouts in The Two Towers after spotting the Uruks: “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard.” The footage above shows Orlando playing peek-a-boo with an iPad showing the video as he sings/shouts along with the chorus.

(MOREPRISM Speculation and The Lord of the Rings: The ‘Palantir’ Connection)

The music video itself–which has lines from Gollum and Celeborn interjected intermittently–went viral back in 2005 with accompanying LegosThe Office, and 

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Video: How Hollywood Does the Gettysburg Address


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150 years after Lincoln gave his speech eulogising the Battle of Gettysburg, it has become one of the most celebrated speeches in history. Here’s a pop culture tribute to the Gettysburg Address.

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Zimmerman Trial Roundup: Day 6


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The second week of George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial began with a recording of the neighborhood watch volunteer describing his fatal encounter with 17-year-old Trayvon Martin to a police officer soon after it happened.

Plus, actor Jamie Foxx explained his decision to wear a Trayvon Martin T-shirt at the BET awards on Sunday night

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Talking Cigarette Packs Try to Get Smokers to Quit


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Smokers have grown accustomed to graphic warnings on cigarette packs, detailing the havoc cigarettes can wreak on their lungs, their teeth, their libidos, basically anything related to their well-being. But in case they haven’t gotten the message, health researchers have devised a new way to grab smokers’ attention: cigarette packs that talk back to their owners.

(MORE: FDA Approves New Cigarettes in First Use of New Regulatory Power Over Tobacco)

Researchers at the University of Stirling in Scotland have designed packages that play a recorded message each time the lid opens. The BBC reports that the message would warn smokers about fertility risks and offer a helpline number for further information on quitting. The messages showed initial promise among a sample group of libido-concerned teenage smokers. Aside from the content of the message, some test subjects considered quitting just to make the packs shut up. According to the Daily Mail…

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WATCH: Russian Rocket Explodes on Launch


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An unmanned Russian rocket veered off course and exploded in a fireball seconds after liftoff. The rocket launched from the Baikonur Space Station in Kazakhstan, and was broadcast live on television. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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Meet BG: The Johannesburg Zoo’s Tweeting Honey Badger


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Don’t panic, but there’s a honey badger following you …on Twitter.

Meet BG, a resident of the Johannesburg Zoo in South Africa and quite possibly the world’s first tweeting honey badger in captivity:

In a video, the Johannesburg Zoo explained that it didn’t have the resources to hire a social media expert and decided to fill the position by promoting from within. Specifically, they turned over their @ZooTweetsLive Twitter feed to BG, a seemingly affable honey badger with an attitude.

To help BG implement his social media strategy, his cage has been outfitted with motion-sensors, which are linked to his Twitter account. When BG wanders to his feeding bowl, it triggers a camera that lets him take part in that great social media pastime of taking a picture of his meal:

BG Badger Selfie

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The topics of BG’s tweets run from commentary on his…

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