There May Soon Be A Way To Detect Your Feelings Wirelessly!

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(PCM) There is even more evidence that technology is overtaking our lives with the news that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now developed a way to detect an individuals feelings using wireless signals.

The team feels that they have no found a way that by sending wireless signals that measure heartbeats they can detect a human’s emotional state by the way that the wireless signals bounce off the human body.

The researchers claim that their device is over 87% accurate in using the heart rate and are able to detect emotions such as joy, happiness, anger and sadness within the human body. The device is able to predict the body’s reaction to various emotional states. The device would work much the same as an electrocardiogram, however there would be no need for a sensor in the body, as the heart rate would be monitored wirelessly.

It is the hope that this particular type of device could be used by advertisers to be able to measure and gauge audience reaction to certain products or ideas or as a way to monitor individuals who are dealing with anxiety or certain forms of depression.

 

 

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Chubby Checker Talks 50 Years Of The Twist and the #TwistChallenge

chubbycheckertwistjpg(PCM) On Saturday, August 6, 1960, Dick Clark presented Chubby Checker and The Twist and the dance floor changed forever. In addition to revolutionizing the way that people would dance and spawning countless renditions of twisting, Chubby Checker’s The Twist still currently holds the title of being the number one song of all time.

The Twist changed the way we dance, and much of popular culture as we know it today!

September 21 celebrates National Twist Day. To further the celebration Chubby Checker has partnered up with Mascots For A Cure, a very special non-profit, to launch the #TwistChallenge.  The challenge will be in a similar vein to the ice bucket challenge and raise funds and awareness to twist away childhood cancer through challenges, videos, social and traditional media.

We are challenging everyone to do The Twist and post their images and video on their social media accounts using the hashtag #TwistChallenge and of course support the children and their families by donating to this wonderful cause to help bring an end to childhood cancer once and for all. The first Mascots helping us with the Twist Challenge include Jurdy (the Hero of Happy-ness), The Philly Phanatic, Wally from the Boston Red Sox, Clark from the Chicago Cubs, the Oriole Bird, Screech from the Nationals, Bernie Brewer, Pittsburgh’s Jolly Rodger, Poe from the Baltimore Ravens, Thunderbug from Tampa Bay, Hugo the Hornet, YoUDee, Rocky Bluewinkle, 76ers Franklin and MFAC’s own Sir Roland BraveHeart.

We had a chance to catch up with the legendary Chubby Checker to discuss the #TwistChallenge, over 50 years of twisting, his legacy and more.

When asked about how he became involved with Mascots For A Cure and the idea for the #TwistChallenge Chubby tells us “My publicist Shelly Field was contacted by Mascots For A Cure and they said they wanted to use The Twist and told her the idea for the #TwistChallenge. She said ‘Let’s talk to Chubby about it’ and I thought it was a great idea. It’s all about childhood cancer and children having cancer. That’s very serious stuff.”

“Years ago, back in 1965, I believe. Danny Thomas, who was alive then, and he had St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. I did a charity tour for him and I was concerned and said ‘Danny, why are you doing this?’ and he says ‘Chubby, we have to leave something when we die and children being sick, especially with cancer, it disturbs me.’ He said ‘when I go on stage or go on TV and do whatever I do all I can think about is these children, these young children that have cancer. So, I’ve lent my life to that, so when I leave here it will be for them’.”

“Usually I’m not involved with charity that much, I give to charity all the time, but to get involved, this is very serious stuff. When you see a young child and I was in the hospital several years ago when I saw a kid and this guy, his kid had cancer, and I used to work at a chicken market on 9th St. and while I was working there for three or four years, this young boy every year or so, he would come with his father and he would have a bandage wrapped around his head because he had some brain tumors that were cancerous. They were able to raise 220 million dollars for ALS when they were throwing water on everybody with the #IceBucketChallenge and I hope we are just as successful with raising funds and awareness with the #TwistChallenge as well.”chubby01We were curious to know if Chubby ever expected The Twist to take off the way that it did spawning countless twist songs and multiple dance crazes all over the world. He revealed, “We never saw it coming. I remember I didn’t even want to do the song. We did the fourth cut and there was a lyric saying ‘Daddy’s sleeping and Mama ain’t around’ and Dave Apple who produced the song said ‘Chubby, there’s a flat note on ‘Daddy’s sleeping’  and I said ‘Dave, it’s almost time to graduate high school, my grades are terrible. I’m going to go home and try to catch up, Dave, they’ll never know.’ (laughs)  Little did I know!

Chubby told us about his newly remixed and remastered version of The Twist saying “We went in the studio and we took the songs we recorded in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’73 and what we did was we went and remastered every bit of it. In other words, we took each track that we had, some of which were recorded in the 1960’s and on maybe only ten or twelve tracks and then ten years later we went in the studio and recorded it again and the reason I did that was because the original ones were not being released and we wanted to public to have the songs, so we went in and recorded them again.”

“This time we had 35 or 40 tracks. We didn’t know that in the future we could take Chubby’s voice and just take his voice and the other tracks that were from 1974 and put new musicians in the back and have a whole new song (laughs). We didn’t do that, but we just made it… better.  It sounds the same but it just sounds better. It records, plays and acts with all the new music and new technology that is out here.”

“We formatted The Twist to match the new equipment that you now here the music on the radio. It’s just better and it jumps out at you. It’s better than the other one, sounds the same… but better.”chubby04We asked Chubby to reminiscence a bit and take us through what it was like getting that call to perform on the show.  He reveals with a laugh, “We didn’t know. Bandstand was Bandstand and everybody loved it. At 3:30pm in the afternoon there was no one on the streets because they were watching Bandstand. I don’t think people realized that when Chubby Checker came on American Bandstand, that Bandstand changed that day. It was never going to be the same again because dancing changed on that show.”

“But to answer your question, when I was on American Bandstand what was it like, I was scared to death, I was nervous, I was in the number one spot in the world and I didn’t know at that time that I was going to magnify the number one show in the world into MTV and everything else. We didn’t know that, but we did that. I talk about it and I’m glad you have this and you can record it because long after I’m gone out of here, someone can play this and go back to the roots of what the dance floor became because of Chubby Checker started the fateful day on American Bandstand. Everybody was looking, everybody was there, the whole world was watching, and dancing was transformed that day.”

Chubby described his introduction to the world, and how Ernest Evans, the man, became Chubby Checker, The Legend. A legend who could refer to himself in the third person without skipping a beat. “The minute Chubby came on Bandstand, Dick Clark was already a big star, but when Chubby Checker came on Bandstand, and I want people to listen to this, as I have a few people out there who are negative Chubby Checkers, but Dick Clark was already a big star when Chubby Checker came on American Bandstand and I say this and I quote ‘When Chubby Checker came on American Bandstand, Dick Clark became a super monster star’  and Bandstand became something it never was before because dancing changed forever.”chubby03It wasn’t just the dance itself that made The Twist a hit… there was something else, and Chubby told me the secret… “I’m looking at the girl, the girl’s looking at me and we’re not touching, but we’re doing something. We’re exploring our sexuality while being fully dressed, what’s more hotter than that?”

We tell Chubby just how excited we are to participate in the #TwistChallenge and urge everyone to participate to support this wonderful cause. Chubby reminds us “Don’t be thinking about The Twist, you be thinking about those kids that have cancer. That’s what it’s all about. You think about those children out there that have cancer and their families and their futures. The futures of these children who have been touched by this dreadful, dreadful disease and pray for them. Ask God to put his hands upon these children and heal them.”

Chubby was a mix of warmth and confidence in our conversation. It’s been said that ‘it ain’t bragging if you can pull it off” and Chubby pulled it off. He changed the world in both music and popular culture. 50-odd years after reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Pop and Dance charts, the world is still twisting. The Twist has been the biggest “#1 Song” according to Billboard magazine for 55 years. He can stand tall, and dance with confidence, and he can brag if he wants to. He’s one of a very small number of people who made the world a more fun and better place.chubby02Chubby is also true road warrior and we were curious what some of his plans were for the future. He tells us, “We’re all over the place. We’re going to cruise in Australia and then we are moving around out to Las Vegas and we are going to be in Kansas and guess where we are going to be on the 16th of November? Dick Clark’s American Bandstand in Branson, Missouri. How about that? (laughs)

“I can never shake that man. He’ll be with me forever. His wife gave me the name Checker, she put Checker on the Chubby, so I’m going to be with this guy forever and ever and my birthday is on the 3rd of October and we’ll be in Bilouxi, Mississippi on the 1st of October and the 8th and 9th we’re going to be in California at some of the casinos there.”

“Galveston, Texas is on October 15th and we are even visiting Newbury, South Carolina, the closest I can get to where I was born and on the 25th of October we’re going to be in The Villages in Florida. We are moving around and everything is wonderful. I’ve got my band with me and we’ve got the bus, but you know something Kristyn, I’m a happy guy, everything’s cool. Remember to think about those kids, I love you sweetheart!”

Chubby Checker called me ‘sweetheart!’ :swoon::

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Everyone Is Talking About Corey Feldman’s Bizarre ‘Today Show’ Performance

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(PCM) It appears that actor Corey Feldman fancies himself a musician these days. Actually, he has been trying to break into the mainstream music realm for quite a few years with limited success. He managed to release a few albums over the years and play a one-off gig here and there, but that was about it, that is until now!

The internet is buzzing about Feldman’s recent appearance on “The Today Show” as his performance was just about as bizarre as you would expect it to be, so much so, that we doubt NBC will even be releasing any additional video clips. Feldman claims that he is currently collaborating with Snoop Dogg on a new track called “Go 4 It”, which is perhaps why he was asked to appear on “The Today Show” in the first place.

Feldman, looking like a mix between Lord Voldemort and Michael Jackson, choppily danced robotically around the stage flanked by his band of women dressed as angels whom he referenced as “Corey’s Angels” (clever … really!).  Judging by the reactions people are having via social media, it appears that Feldman many have to hit the drawing board once again in an attempt to launch his music career.

He appeared to be taking this dead seriously, while those that were able to catch the performance thought the entire thing was utterly hilarious!  Check out the YouTube clips that surfaced below:

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Woman Sues Her Parents For Posting Her Embarrassing Baby Photos Online

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(PCM) Seriously, people these days will come up with a lawsuit for just about anything! An 18-year old Austrian woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, is suing her own parents for posting embarrassing baby photos of her on Facebook. She claims that over the last seven years her parents have continually posted more than 500 images of her as a baby and refused to take them down even though the woman has requested their removal several times.

It seems she reached her breaking point and made the decision to get the courts involved. Her parents feel that because they took the photos (and you know, she is their daughter and all) that he has the right to post the images. The woman obviously does not feel the same way and says “They knew no shame and no limit—and didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot—every stage was photographed and then made public.”

Despite how ridiculous this lawsuit seems the woman’s lawyer feels that she has a good chance of victory over her parents if she can show that the images violated her right to a personal life and her parents could be forced to not only pay for her legal fees, but also her “pain and suffering”. Good grief!  Aren’t parents allowed to be proud of their children. More than likely the photos were only posted in good fun.

Why do we get the feeling that if this case succeeds we are going to be seeing more and more of this type of lawsuit popping up all around the world, as we are sure there are more than a few people out there who have some embarrassing baby pictures taken by their parents that they would rather not share with the world a.k.a. Facebook.

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It Will Be A True Miracle If ‘Miracle Mattress’ Can Stay In Business After Controversial 9/11 Ad

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(PCM) There are literally no words to fully describe the idiocy of the folks over at Miracle Mattress store in San Antonio, Texas. The store manger a two colleagues decided to create a video showcasing their sale in honor of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks calling it the Twin Towers sale.

Never ever should a national tragedy such as this one be used to boost sales, however these morons thought that it was fantastic idea, that is until the negative feedback began rolling in! You have to see this crazy video. We can’t believe anyone would think this was a good idea, as it is in complete poor taste.

The video has since gone viral and it was initially posted to the Miracle Mattress Facebook page. The offensive video was quickly removed and the store manager Cherise Bonnano who is seen in the video, has issued an emotional apology to the San Antonio news. She had the audacity to say “We are not hate, we are love. We are somebody that stands out. We’re Miracle Mattress, we make miracles happen. For our lives to be in danger, that’s not what we ever wanted,

Store owner Mike Bonnano also issued a statement saying “Effective immediately, Miracle Mattress will review our entire marketing strategy to ensure a stringent approval process will be in place to stop this from ever happening again. We will also engage a personnel review to hold these employees accountable for their actions.”

The store has also said that 30% of all sales made this weekend will be donated to the 9/11 foundation, however something tells us that is not going to be very much money as many people are already threatening to boycott the store. The store is currently closed indefinitely after they received several threats. No word on if they plan on reopening anytime soon.

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New ‘Grease’ Fan Theory Changes How You View The Entire Film

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(PCM) A new fan theory surrounding the cult-hit film “Grease” has popped up on Reddit and everyone is losing their minds. The new theory suggests that our beloved Sandy Duncan was actually dead the entire time. No “Summer Nights” or “Hand-Jive”, as the theory suggests that the entire story line for the film takes place inside Sandy’s head.

The Reddit post goes on to explain that in the song “Summer Nights” Danny claims that he met Sandy on a beach singing “I saved her life, she nearly drowned”, however the theory claims that Danny actually never rescued Sandy at all and that she ended up drowning in the ocean. As she was dying she was dreaming that she had fallen in love with the hunky Danny who she had previously seen on the beach.

This theory explains the ending of the film where it appears that Danny and Sandy are driving his car up into the clouds, however it is actually Sandy flying off into heaven. Still seems a little far-fetched to us, being huge fans of the film, but I guess it could make some sense if you look at it that way. The theory also states that the last line of “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” is “Goodbye to Sandra Dee.” Food for thought for sure!

The post goes on to say that the ending of the film is just too perfect. “Danny and Sandy are back together despite everything, Rizzo SUDDENLY isn’t pregnant AND Kenickie suddenly decides that he actually loves her, the geeky kid gets onto the sports team, EVERYTHING is suddenly okay, just the way that sweet, innocent Sandy would have wanted it to be.”

Another fan theory suggests that it was actually Danny who died during the beach rescue attempt and the film is based upon how he would have imagined the scenario to unfold. He even made up the name “Sandy” because they died together on the beach. That is definitely an even darker take on the story. We prefer to look at “Grease” as a happy high school love story, how about you?

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