Virgin Galactic Crashes in California Desert, Kills Co-Pilot

Virgin Galactic, the rocket ship owned by Richard Branson on which many celebrities had planned to blast off into space, crashed this afternoon in California’s Mojave Desert.

Reports indicate that one co-pilot died in the accident, while others were seriously injured and at least one individual airlifted to a local hospital.

Galactic Pic

Reads a statement released by Virgin:

“Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.”

The names of those on board at the time of the accident have not been released.

Branson confirmed the tragedy on Twitter, writing:

“Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I’m flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team.”

Virgin Galactic had planned for years to sell trips in which the vehicle transports passengers approximately 62 miles above Earth, allowing them to experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.

In June of last year, Justin Bieber said that he and manager Scooter Braun had signed on to take one of the $250,000-a-person commercial suborbital flights, even claiming he would love to film a video in space.

Also, Lady Gaga had said she hoped to board a Virgin Galactic flight in 2015 and perform a song as part of the Zero G Colony music festival.

Weather does not appear to have been a factor in today’s crash, as the rocket had successfully separated from its carrier plane during all of its 34 previous flights.

Our thoughts go out to the victims on board.

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Parents Prank Son, Tell Loved One He Has Ebola

Ummm… gotcha?

In the following video, parents in Las Vegas have a bit of fun with their child by taking his temperature and then telling him he has contracted Ebola.

And how does the boy react to the news? See for yourself:

The footage was uploaded to the Instagram account of the boy’s uncle, who responded to critics that came down harshly on the prank by explaining its origin thusly… and angrily:


Where does this stand when compared to other epic pranks, such as the person who faked being pregnant and or the killer clown prank that still gives us nightmares?

Click through a number of examples and decide now:

Walking Dead Zombies Stalk NYC Residents

In order to promote The Walking Dead, AMC sent some zombie to New York City to scare the heck out of residents. Watch what transpired here.

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Focused Cat Remains Totally Transfixed by… Something

It doesn’t take much to get a cat’s attention.

Sometimes, in fact, all it takes is a cat’s very own tail. Admittedly, that body part can be especially fascinating.

Other times, something as innocent as a lemon can cause a feline to totally flip out and do battle with an inanimate object, clearing wondering: What the heck is this thing?

And then other times, a cat can become transfixed by, well… we have no idea by what. But good luck breaking the concentration of this adorable furry friend:

What could he possibly be staring at?!? A fly? A neighbor cat? Pictures of Kate Upton nude?

We may never know. But we can still watch this video and laugh at it a lot.

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Amanda Bynes UNLOADS on Twitter: My Father is a Sexual Predator! Sam Lutfi is Ugly!

Amanda Bynes is officially out of the psychiatric facility, and showing us why she was committed there in the first place with a Twitter rant for the ages.

Amanda Bynes in Court Photo

To the surprise and dismay of many, Amanda Bynes was released from psychiatric care last night after the facility decided they could not hold her there.

She had been placed under a 30-day involuntary hold at the Pasadena, Calif., hospital, but lobbied to be released and officials shockingly obliged.

Believing she was lucid and that legally she could not be held there any longer, he involuntary commitment was invalidated and she was cut loose.

Almost immediately, we’re seeing why that decision will be immediately second guessed and may even prove extraordinarily dangerous before long.

In an epic and ongoing Twitter rant, the actress accused her father of sexual assault for the second time, and announced plans to get out of her conservatorship.

Here’s what she’s had to say in the last three hours:

  • It is not illegal to talk about my personal business.
  • I am going to court today with my lawyer to prove that I am more than capable of handling my personal life and finances and I am enraged
  • I got released from the hospital that Sam Lufti and my parents arranged to send me to because my dad is humiliated by what he’s done
  • I got a 4.0 grade point average at @FIDM and I am fully capable of taking care of myself and my finances and my parents just want to take
  • The police filed a report against my dad – I am not able to be in the same room with him. He is a sexual predator and he SHOULD BE IN JAIL
  • I am going to court with my lawyer today to fight my mother and father over control of my personal life and control of my finances
  • People need to hear the truth about who I really am – I need to show the judge that not only do I not need ANY help making decisions about My future, I was planning on transferring to NYU, and I was never homeless, I was living in the nicest hotels until I found the right apt in NY
  • So sorry you’ve been fooled by Sam Lufti and my parents, but they are lying about stealing money from me and i cannot continue to allow them to abuse me anymore!
  • Thank You everyone, have a great day :)
  • Also Love Bugs, I look horrible right now because I had a procedure done under my eyes to remove micro cysts under my eyes, so I need to Wear a bandage To Court :-)
  • Sam Lufti is Ugly
  • jilly is pretty
  • I hate you
  • I am crying
  • I am ug butt
  • My sister is not as un pretty as me
  • My Dad Is UGLY FOOLS
Amanda Bynes is Dope

Amanda Bynes thinks she is dope. The actress has posted this photo to Twitter.

All words simply fail us at this point.

It would be so, so funny if it weren’t so, so sad and a little scary. It’s not clear if Bynes really will be in court today and the outcome if so is even less certain.

After her parents’ first conservatorship lapsed this summer, Amanda moved out of their house, failed out of school, and got arrested for DUI again.

A period of bizarre behavior soon followed.

Sam Lutfi, her “friend” and Britney Spears’ former confidant, engineered a ruse earlier this month that ended with Bynes confined to the hospital.

She’s clearly not happy about this.

Her current whereabouts are not known, but she’s already made quite an appearance on L.A.’s Sunset Strip, specifically in the middle of one hotel lobby.

Bynes tried to get a room at London hotel after her release, but was turned away; Amanda has stayed there before and caused problems, TMZ reports.

The actress’ response? Reaching into her bag, grabbing a giant wad of money and tossing the bills into the air in the direction of the front desk.

Stay tuned.

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Lisa Rinna: Makeup-Free on Instagram!

Lisa Rinna is the latest celebrity to go makeup-free on Instagram.

The latest member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast went online yesterday and posted a a revealing, all-natural selfie, doing so as part of UNICEF’s #wakeupcall campaign, which lends support and awareness to children displaced by the civil war in Syria

Lisa Rinna, No Makeup

“I woke up like this’ #UNICEF #WakeUpCall,” the actress wrote as a caption.

Countless stars, from Demi Lovato to Bethenny Frankel to Kim Kardashian, have posted make-free selfies online over the years.

But others participating in this specific movement include Cindy Crawford (who posted a barefaced pictured to Instagram on Monday) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who got in on the same act last week.

Veteran models Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Elle Macpherson have also contributed to the social media-fueled awareness effort.

We applaud each and every one of them and we look forward to seeing what sort of craziness Rinna will bring next season to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian’s doesn’t lie about the fact that makeup MAKES her who she is. She’s shared more than one tutorial about how to get her signature look using highlighting products to contour her face.

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Kittens Recreate Gone Girl, Present… Gone Purrl!

The following video features a number of kittens recreating the smash hit movie Gone Girl, with one cat voicing the character of Ben Affleck and another voicing the character of Rosamund Pike and…

… we had you at “kittens recreating Gone Girl,” didn’t we?

Courtesy of the genius folks at The Pet Collective, check out thus purr-fect re-enactment now:

This isn’t the first time cats have come to life as iconic movie characters.

Remember Guardicats of the Galaxkitty? Or the time a handful of kittens did their version of the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer? Talk about something that’s disturbing and hilarious!

We guarantee you’ve never seen a cuter version of an adult psychological thriller, based on a book, than the video posted above.

Feast your eyes now on “Gone Purrl” and then on these awesome cat photos:

Inception Cat

It’s a cat…holding a kitten…which is holding a kitten. Is the top still spinning? Someone get Leo D. on the phone ASAP.

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Taylor Swift Album on Pace to Set 2014 Sales Record

This just in: people really like Taylor Swift.

As if the gushing reviews for her new album didn’t make that clear enough, consider the early sales figures:

It is already on pace, after barely one day of release, to move 1,000,000 copies in a week.

Taylor Swift Performs in Hollywood

This would make “1989” just the 19th record to EVER sell one million copies in seven days since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

It would also make the album the first in 2014 to do so, while making Swift the first singer to have three separate million-selling weeks.

In 2010, “Speak Now” moved 1.05 million copies and “Red” then sold 1.21 million two years later.

If “1989” crossed the one million plateau, Swift will notch the biggest sales week for an album since… her very own “Red” in 2012.

So clearly Swift being absolutely EVERYwhere these days – from closing down Hollywood Boulevard to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live… to appearing on The Voice last night – hasn’t made folks sick and/or tired of Taylor Swift.

Quite the opposite, in fact. It’s merely helped proved one very simply fact:

This is Taylor Swift’s universe. The rest of us are merely existing within it.

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Selena Gomez, Other Stars GUSH Over New Taylor Swift Album

In case you have somehow not heard, Taylor Swift’s new album is now available to download.

And while fans rush over to iTunes (is there any doubt “1989” is poised to break every conceivable record?), many celebrities have already listened to Swift’s new record and have gone online to offer up their VERY positive assessment of it.

Leading the way, of course, is Taylor’s bestie, Selena Gomez.

Selena and Taylor Collage

The occasional Justin Bieber girlfriend posted the above collage of her and Swift on Instagram today, along with a heartfelt message for her close friend.

“From hotel room album listening parties, kitchen dance floor album listening parties to driving on the pch, windows down album listening parties. -The best part is we were the only ones there,” Selena wrote, adding:

“Each time. So happy, honored and proud to know you and your diaries. @taylorswift #1989 BUY IT!!! -now I’ll listen live from drowning in my bed sheets.”

Here’s a rundown of what many others have Tweeted about Swift’s new album:

Lena Dunham: My favorite songs on #1989 are This Love, Blank Space, Out of the Woods and also every single song.

Ed Sheeran: Go grab yourself @taylorswift13’s new album, it just came out and it’s stellar.

Lorde: i first heard style driving down the pacific coast highway and it was EVERYTHING i chair-danced so hard you have no idea #TS1989.

Sarah Hyland: “Cuz you know I love the players/ and you love the game”- @taylorswift13. I love this woman.

Tavi Gevinson: 1989 RESURRECTED MY SOUL/thought i was bored of writing about anything/talk 2 me abt the chemical change taking place in my body re: “Style”

Odeya Rush: “When I was drowning that’s when I could finally breathe” ironic how  breathtakingly beautiful these lyrics are. @taylorswift13 #TS1989

Ingrid Michaelson: All You Had To Do Was Stay. #TS1989

So… have you picke dup “1989” yet? What is YOUR favorite track off the album?

Taylor Swift Twerking

Taylor Swift Twerking and grinding against Taylor Swift in an amazing GIF mashup of Taylor Swift photos.

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Jaylen Fryberg: Memorial For School Shooter Stirs Conrtoversy

Last week, a school shooting in Washington left three dead and five critically wounded.

The shooter – 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg – died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sadly, incidents such as the Marysville High School rampage are all too common in American schools these days, with the most recent taking place at Reynolds High School just four months ago.

Fryberg’s attack marks the 11th pre-meditated school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in December of 2012.

It’s a story most Americans know all too well at this point, but there are several ways in which the Fryberg tragedy stands out as unique.

By all accounts, Jaylen Fryberg was not an angry loner, but a well-liked student athlete.

Unlike previous school shooters, he didn’t target bullies or those more popular than himself. Instead he attacked his own friends, and even one of his cousins.

Jaylen was elected Homecoming Prince just weeks before the shooting and was described as happy and outgoing by his friends and classmates.

Perhaps that’s why students have been more open in sharing fond memories of the troubled young man.

A makeshift memorial has sprung up at a chainlike fence outside of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School campus and to the surprise of many, one section features an outpouring of grief and sympathy for Jaylen Fryberg:

“Jaylen, you’re an amazing kid, I love you,” reads one message scrawled on a Mylar balloon.

“Jaylen, I may not have known you well, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about you,” reads another note.

Other messages written by students include:

“Jaylen, wheres do I begin? You were my brother, my best friend. I love you, bro!”

“Jaylen, I will never forget your beautiful smile.”

“Zoe and Jaylen! You guys will be missed terribly.”

The last message refers to 14-year-old Zoe Galasso who was the first to die in the shooting.

On social media and in comment boards across the Internet, many have expressed their belief that it’s inappropriate to honor Fryberg’s life in the same place where family and friends pay tribute to those he murdered.

Others have pointed out, however, that it’s only when we acknowledge the tragedy of a young man feeling compelled to commit such an atrocity that we can hope to get to the root cause of such once-unimaginable behavior.

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Oscar Taveras Dies in Car Accident; St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Was 22

Oscar Taveras, one of the most promising young players in Major League Baseball, was killed today in a car accident in his native Puerto Rico.

He was 22 years old.

Oscar Taveras Image

Taveras’ girlfriend also died in the accident, according to police in Puerto Plata.

Taveras debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals this season and batted .239 in 80 games. He was scheduled to compete for a lot more playing time next year.

The rising star was heading from Jameo to his hometown of Sosua, though few other details regarding the crash have been released.

“We’re still investigating at the scene. We’ve had some heavy rainfall here lately. It might have contributed to the accident,” said Lieutenant Junior Lopez Reyes of the Puerto Plata police.

Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak released a brief statement in which he expressed grief and shock, writing:

“Obviously, we have deep condolences to his family. We are still waiting for more details before issuing a full statement.”

Paul Walker

Paul Walker died in a car accident on November 30, 2013. He left behind a daughter and a burgeoning film career.

Taveras started the 2014 season as number-three on’s list of top 100 prospects. He hit a home run in his major league debut against the San Francisco Giants and hit a game-tying round-tripper against the Giants in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series this month.

We send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.

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