Aug 11 2012

Elevator Don'ts & Airport X-Ray

Don't stand so close to me and other elevator don'ts. TODAY 

 

The office elevator is already kind of an awkward place. Here’s how you can make it more awkward for everyone else:

Talk on your cell phone.

Don’t hold the door for others

Stand too close to everyone else even when the elevator isn’t crowded.

A new survey from CareerBuilder finds that those are the most –- but by no means only –- things that annoy co-workers during the ride up to the office or down to the street.

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Man Falls Asleep on Airport Baggage Belt, Goes Through X-Ray. Good Morning America

A photo that appears to be of a man going through an airport X-ray machine is making the rounds on the Internet.

A Norwegian tourist fell asleep on a baggage belt at Rome's Fiumicino airport and traveled 160 feet before being identified by an X-ray scanner, The Telegraph reported.

The 36-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was due to check in for a flight to Oslo, but found no one on duty at the airline desk. He leapt across the counter and fell asleep on the baggage belt with his bag beside him, the paper reported. The man then traveled for 15 minutes through the secure baggage area before being spotted on an X-ray scanner by airport officials.

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Aug 11 2012

Olympic Stories

Usain Bolt wins Olympics 200 meters title, breaks Twitter record. TODAY

When Usain Bolt won the 200 meters, the Twitter world went nuts — so much so that the Jamaican speedster generated another kind of Olympic record.

"Record alert!" Twitter said in a tweet. "@usainbolt sets a new Olympic Games conversation record with over 80,000 TPM for his 200m victory."

TPM is Twitterspeak for tweets per minute.

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Athletes reveal their post-Olympic pig-out plans NBC News

For four long years, they have resisted the siren call of the greasy hamburger and the enticing whispers of the milkshake. 

Now that their competition in London is done, several U.S. Olympians are done fighting the urge to break their strict diets. Bring on the fries, pizza and steak, and let 100-meter hurdles silver medalist Dawn Harper show the way.

“I want something bad,’’ Harper told TODAY.com. “I will find grease and dip my finger into it.’’

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Nike takes marketing gold with neon-yellow shoes. NBC News

As the Olympics wind down, marketing experts are awarding a gold medal in ambush marketing to Nike, which scored with bold commercials, smart PR moves and its distinctive, ubiquitous neon-yellow Volt shoes.

Nike, which always manages a high Olympic profile despite its non-sponsor status, outwitted big-money Olympic backers such as Visa, McDonald’s and adidas - which reportedly paid $155 million for its official London 2012 sponsorship - with its nervy campaign, according to marketing experts.

“The shoes were one of the first things I noticed during the Games,” said Leslie Smolan, co-founder of Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding firm in New York

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Scrunchies May Be Fashion Gold Again Thanks to Olympics. Shine from YAHOO!

As the Summer Olympics have captured hearts and spirits around the world, we are grateful for the inspiration, patriotic pride, and sense of oneness in the world they provide. However, the biggest gift the 2012 games may have given the world is even more significant for many -- the revival of the scrunchie.

Yes, it's true, those adorable, powerful little gymnasts just may have given women around the world the most perfect present -- permission to wear scrunchies again. They sported them during their daring routines, and people took note. On Twitter and in print, fashion followers everywhere are debating if the scrunchie is indeed going to make a mainstream fashion comeback, and more importantly, if it should.

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Aug 11 2012

Inspirational Kids

Hero boy, 4, dies after saving 3-year-old girl in pool. NBC News 

The parents of Xander Vento, a little boy who was forced under the water while saving another child at a neighborhood pool in Fort Worth, Texas, earlier this week, say they are taking their son off life support.

Cris and Misty Vento released the following statement Thursday:

"We’ve made the extremely difficult decision to remove our precious son Xander from life support. We send heartfelt thanks to all of you who kept our family in your thoughts and prayers; we’re appreciative of your love and support.

We in some way hope our son’s life serves as an inspiration. He was the angel in the pool who sacrificed himself to save another. And now he continues to give as an organ donor. We were blessed to have such a kind and caring boy as Xander who set an example for all of us and even now he will be saving lives by giving of himself."

Xander, 4, held a struggling 3-year-old girl above the water, and after becoming exhausted, slipped below the water’s surface, the Associated Press reported. He was found at the bottom of the pool. After Xander was pulled from the water, rescuers did get a pulse from him, the Dallas Morning News reported, but he was unable to breathe on his own before they loaded him into a helicopter.

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12-Year-Old's Heart-Breaking, Life-Affirming Videos. Shine from YAHOO! 

An incredible girl is teaching hundreds of thousands of Internet followers what courage means. Talia Joy Castellano, who turns 13 on August 18, was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer that forms in the nerve cells, in 2007. Numerous rounds of chemotherapy eventually left her bald. Not a fan of wigs, she preferred to use cosmetics to feel pretty and confident--and developed some sophisticated skills. About a year and a half ago, she started a video blog channel featuring makeup tutorials and has uploaded over 150 videos so far. "I love makeup," she says, "using it as my wig." Her mom, Desiree, beams that her daughter "has made bald beautiful."

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