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text_messageTwo central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a total of 217,000 messages to each other.

However, one of the two was surprised when he had a $26,000 bill.

Nick Andes, 29, and Doug Klinger, 30, were relying on their unlimited text messaging plans to get them through their elaborate plans for breaking some sort of record, so Andes didn’t expect such a big bill.

Andes said that his bill came in a box that cost him an additional $27.55. Andes said he “panicked” and called T-Mobile, which told the Associated Press it had credited his account and was investigating the charges.

Before beginning their attempt at this thumb sore, Andes searched for the largest monthly text message total, and found that a man named Deepak Sharma in Indian had sent 182,000 in one month.

Andes and Klinger were able to set up their phones to send multiple messages. During a February test run they found they could send 6,000 or 7,000 messages on some days, prompting the March messaging marathon.

“Most were either short phrases or one word, ‘LOL’ or ‘Hello,’ things like that, with tons and tons of repeats,” Andes told the Associated Press.

Andes sent more than 140,000 messages, and Klinger sent more than 70,000 to end the month with just a totalof just over 217,000, he said.

Read the full article, here on Yahoo.


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observe_and_report1Seth Rogen has surged onto the entertainment scene recently because of movies like Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri.

But his recent movie, Observe and Report, has put Rogen into a role where even though he is the central character, he’s not exactly “hero” but is more or less a type of bad guy.

One scene, in particular, is being criticized for crossing the line.

 The scene  in question involves Seth Rogen’s character, delusional mall cop Ronnie Barnhardt, in bed with the women on his dirty dreams, Brandi (Anna Faris). At dinner, Ronni had plied his date with Valium washed down with tequila shots to the point where she pukes and passes out. But there’s Ronnie on top of Brandi in bed, grunting away over her dead-to-the-world body.

It appears to be a classic date rape case, until Brandi wakes up to say, “Did I tell you to stop motherfucker?”

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said, “The thing that must be pointed out is that the bipolar Ronnie is acting totally in character. Consent or no consent wouldn’t faze Ronnie, who has completely lost touch with his moral center, if he ever had one.”

So what do you think, is it rape or consensual?

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According to an article on GameInformer, Guinness World Records has compiled some of the biggest records for the hit franchise.

Most Successful Entertainment Product Launch

On April 29, 2008, Grand Theft Auto IV generated $310 million of sales worldwide in one day, five times the revenue generated by The Dark Knight in its first 24 hours of release.

Most Controversial Video Game Series

The GTA franchise has been the most consistently controversial game franchise in history. Over 4,000 stories news stories have been published about it, with accusations ranging from glamorized violence, alleged connection with real-life crimes, and the presumed corruption of gamers. Numerous lawsuits have also been leveled against Rockstar Games. GTA IV was even banned in Thailand!

Largest Voice Cast in a Video Game

GTA IV boasts a total credited cast of 861 voice actors, including 174 actors playing named characters, DJs, and TV voiceovers. Many of the additional 687 voices were volunteered by people who just wanted a chance to be heard in the game.

Highest Production Budget

In an interview with The Times in April 2008, GTA’s producer Leslie Benzies estimated that production costs on GTA IV reached $100 million, smashing the previous record of $70 million set by Sega’s Shenmue.

Largest Grand Theft Auto Environment

GTA: San Andreas features the largest playing area in the series. Up to four times larger than the other GTA titles, it contains three cities, 12 towns, and many miles of virtual countryside with an area of roughly 17 square miles.

Largest In-Game Soundtrack

GTA IV features 18 radio stations playing 218 licensed tracks, beating the previous record of 156 songs set in GTA: San Andreas.

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Tuesday night, President Obama addressed Congress and the nation to rally together during these economic hardships.  Obama asked worried  Americans to pull together for recovery Tuesday night and declared reassuringly that the U.S. “will emerge stronger than before.”

According to an articleon Yahoo, Obama said, “Tonight I want every American to know this: We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.”

The article also said:

“The president aimed to drive home several points:

• He inherited the mess, and a quick turnaround is unlikely. Not only did the recession emerge on Bush’s watch, the Bush approach wasn’t the right one.

• He’s tackling the situation on multiple fronts. Already done: the massive stimulus plan, an overhaul of the separate $700 billion bailout for the financial sector, and a $275 billion rescue for struggling homeowners. On the way: decisions about limping U.S. automakers, a move to broadly rewrite financial industry regulations and perhaps more money aimed at propping up banks.

• Thinking short-term won’t do the trick. Focusing even amid the crisis on longer-term goals such as helping the millions without health insurance and switching the U.S. to greater dependence on alternative energy sources is crucial to the nation’s economic well-being.”

So what do you think? Will President Obama be able to pull us out of this economical ‘depression.’ What do you think of his speech if you watched it?

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