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Sorry, Jewish 13-year olds around the nation. But you can stop trying now: there’s no way you’ll come up with the best Bar Mitzvah invitation of 2013.
That honor belongs to a young man named Daniel, who raps about his life-altering event on May 11 in a video that is creating quite the viral sensation.
Set against the instrumental of “Welcome to Atlanta,” the online invite includes appearances by Charles Barkley and the Mayor of Atlanta; is sponsored by Bacardi; and features a promise that there will be “straight kosher munchin.”
Seriously, what more could one ask for when turningMore >
Move over, Danica Patrick. There’s a new female athlete making headlines around the country.
Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche competed in the first-ever women’s UFC bout last night, with Rousey demonstrating why she may be a trailblazer for years to come in the arena of women sports.
She won the match toward the end of the first round with her signature arm bar.
Rousey – a former judo star with only two years of pro MMA experience, wondered afterward whether this was truly “real life,” adding:
“I felt like the UFC champion, and I know how hard I am working. This was a wild ride,More >
The greatest basketball player in the history of mankind celebrates a milestone birthday today.
Michael Jordan turns 50!
The former Bulls star and six-time NBA champion is now a partial owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. They are atrocious at basketball, but MJ was amazing. Just watch these highlights for proof:Michael Jordan Highlights
Send Jordan your best birthday wishes right now and then do the same for these famous people also turning a year old on February 17:
- Ed Sheeran (22)
- Paris Hilton (32)
- Chord Overstreet (24)
- Denise Richards (41)
Here is the originalMore >
Jiroemon Kimura is the world’s oldest man … ever. He was born in 1897!
The 115-year-old recently became the oldest living human after the death of Dina Manfredini. Now he’s also officially the oldest man who has ever lived.Jiroemon Kimura, World’s Oldest Man Ever
The former postal employee has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He lives with his son’s family near Kyoto, Japan.
The previous holder of the title of oldest man ever was Christian Mortensen, a Danish-American, who lived 115 years and 252 days before dying in 1998.
The Mayan calendar was off the mark today.
December 21, 2012 is here and so are we. What a JOKE. On the plus side, at least after the end of the world doesn’t happen today, we can stop reading about it, right?
One wonders why we ever even did.
“There’s no real prophecy that says this is the end of the world,” said Christopher Powell, a noted Mayan archeologist, told ABC. “Not from the Mayan ruins, anyway.”
The Archaeological Institute of America adds, “Whatever the significance of the date is, it is significance we put on it; it’s not the significance the Maya put onMore >
He may have spent months on the American Idol stage, earning millions of votes in order to be crowned the 11th champion in series history, but Phillip Phillips is not anxious for a break.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since undergoing kidney surgery, the singer said he’s sick of recovery and excited to perform in front of fans this summer on tour.
“I’ve kind of been going crazy just looking at the four walls surrounding me,” Phillips said, adding that he loves to sleep, but he’s ready to be active once again.
Phillips has mostly just been “resting and recovering” since the JuneMore >
This is pretty great.
In a commencement speech to Wellesley High School seniors this week, teacher David McCullough Jr. delivered a highly unusual message for such an occasion. Simply put, he told the class before him: you are not special.
Said the son of a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian:
“Think about this: even if you’re one in a million, on a planet of 6.8 billion that means there are nearly 7,000 people just like you.”
What was McCullough’s point? That accolades have come to mean more than “genuine achievement.” As a consequence, heMore >