Would You Spend A Night Alone In Dracula’s Castle?


(PCM) Two very lucky (or unlucky) winners, depending on how you look at it, could win a chance to stay overnight in Dracula’s Castle on Halloween night courtesy of AirBNB. Bran Castle, otherwise known as Dracula’s Castle, is located just north of Bucharest, Romania isolated in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. The rules for the contest jokingly state “No garlic or garlic-scented items allowed, including perfume!” as obviously one wouldn’t want to ward off the Count.

Two people will be allowed to rest in velvet covered coffins in the secluded area of the castle referred to as The Counts crypt and will spend the entire night complete alone together in the creepy castle. In all seriousness, can you really think of a better way to spend Halloween eve? AirBNB launched the promotional contest which will pick the castle’s first ever overnight guests since Romania’s post-World War Two communist regime expelled the owners, the Habsburg royal family, almost 70 years ago. The castle is currently a well-known tourist attraction and museum in the region, however this will mark the very first time that they have allowed an overnight stay.

It is worth nothing that Castle Bran was never actually a part of Bram Stoker’s famous novel “Dracula”, however Romania’s notorious 15th century ruler Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), whose life inspired the book, may have rested his head there at one point in time.

Airbnb said the winning pair will tour through the castle’s labyrinth of dark corridors to eventually discover a secret passage to the grand dining room. There, an intimate candlelit dinner will await, prepared in a traditional way, exactly as described in Bram Stoker’s novel: “A hearty, blood enriching meal of robber beef steak and paprika hendl chicken.”

“Bran Castle is where the legend of Dracula was born, and I have many stories to share as I guide the guests through the dark secret passages of the castle for a private unveiling of its many mysteries,” said Dacre Stoker, a descendant of Bram Stoker who will play the role of Jonathan Harker, a character from the novel.

Would you be willing to enter the contest and sleep in a coffin for the night? We think it definitely sounds like an epic adventure, but one that we will most likely sit out this time around!


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Police Search For U.K. Woman Who ‘Got Busy’ With A Headless T-Rex Statue At Children’s Theme Park


(PCM) The fact that we even had to write that title is quite unsettling!  It seems that one woman in U.K. simply could not control herself when she came upon a headless T-Rex statue located in a children’s theme park near the area of Devon. She proceeded to lift up her skirt and “get down to business” with the headless T-Rex statue in broad daylight and in full view of other park visitors.

The local police are currently searching for the woman, as there was also a second incident where she exposed herself at a local area bar, as well! This lady seriously has no shame! A spokesperson for the Exmouth Dino Trail theme park says “”Whilst we have had some deliberate damage to the dinosaurs in past weeks, this episode brings things to an all time low as far as these important and very popular assets to our town are concerned.”

We certainly cannot fathom what would possibly be a turn on when looking at a headless baby T-Rex statue at a children’s theme park, as surely one has reached an all-time low/desperation level to partake in this kind of obscene behavior. Let’s hope the authorities are able to locate this woman and get her the kind of help she apparently needs!

Police Search For U.K. Woman Who ‘Got Busy’ With A Headless T-Rex Statue At Children’s Theme Park was contributed by a Myth

PCM Joins Chubby Checker and MFAC For The #TwistChallenge

chubbylifestyle(PCM) Pop Culture Madness is happy to join in the “Twist Away Childhood Cancer Challenge with Chubby Checker and Jurdy” – benefiting the non­profit organization, Mascots for a Cure. #TwistChallenge is a viral, online campaign challenging kids and adults to do The Twist with a friend, classmates, family members, co­workers or a mascot!

Especially a Mascot! Get your school or organization involved!

Participants are asked to twist for 36 seconds or less, as sadly, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer everyday in the U.S. This exciting campaign launches September 21st, on “National Twist Day” and will continue through 2016 and beyond. September also happens to be “National Childhood Cancer Awareness” month. Chubby is launching the campaign in videos with Jurdy the “Hero of Happy-­ness”.

Participating is as easy as 1-2­-3 (+4*)!

  1. Do The Twist and film it by yourself or with a group and post to your social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube)
  2. Go to our website, MascotsForACure.org to pledge a donation
  3. Call out others to take the #TwistChallenge too! Challenge a rival mascot or team, another school or store location, a coach or player from your team, a CEO or managers of your organization, a rival company or organization or anyone else that you might have a great connection with and think would accept your Twist Challenge. That includes your friends, family and co­workers!
  4. *TELL THE WORLD!* on Facebook and other social sites, and include our hashtags: #TwistChallenge, #TwistAwayChildhoodCancer, #MFAC, #ChubbyChecker, #Jurdy, #NationalTwistDay

You can Twist alone, or with friends. If your friends don’t show up, challenge them!

We’ll help – we’ll be looking for the #TwistChallenge and our other hashtags, and we will be sharing them too!



Chubby’s  Facebook page

jurdyMascots helping us with the Twist Challenge include Jurdy, The Philly Phanatic, Chuck E Cheese, A&W Root Beer mascot Rootie, 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, Reggy the Party Dude, 76ers Franklin and MFAC’s own Sir Roland BraveHeart.

Jurdy is the hero of “happy-ness” at work, play and in schools & communities. Spreading happy-ness is just part of what Jurdy does, Jurdy is there to be a friend for anyone, especially children, having a hard time in life situations, feeling alone or offer some hope and positivity. Jurdy promotes smart choices, helping others, anti bullying, anti-drugs, anti-violence and making this world a better, safer kinder place.

Chubby Checker, the man who brought us The Twist, took some time to tell us about why he was so eager to join the #TwistChallenge…

chubbycheckertwistjpg“Years ago, back in 1965, Danny Thomas 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 said, ‘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’.”

“After all those years it comes back up again. Here I am, many years later, and the #TwistChallenge comes up, and what is it? Childhood cancer. Who would not be sympathetic to such a cause, because children are the future? In 20 years, those 5 year olds and 7 year olds will be between 25 and 30, and I don’t know if we are going to find the cure for cancer, but we can fight it as much as we can, and if we can lend our time, and especially my fame, to such a thing, it’s the least that I can do. We are lending all of this to childhood cancer and on the 21st of September it’s going to be #TwistChallenge Day and it’s so easy for people to get on the dance floor as it represents good health!”

“We would like everyone to give some money on #TwistChallenge Day and don’t stop giving it, give it all the time, and help cancer leave this planet and children, the young children that suffer with cancer. My mother died from cancer, and my uncle died from cancer, and it’s a terrible thing that happens and there’s nothing you can do.”

Read our interview with The Legend

Read about The Twist

Schools we expect to hear from include: St. Joseph’s University, Duke, North Carolina, University of Delaware, Tulane, St. John’s, UMass, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Western Kentucky, Syracuse, James Madison, Tennessee, Auburn, Xavier, Wake Forest, Wilmington University, Georgian Court University, Drexel University, Rosemont, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State.

If you school isn’t on this list, JOIN IN!

Other groups and people who have signed on include: Alex’s Lemonade, St. Lucie Mets, Chattanooga Lookouts, Wilmington Blue Rocks, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Greenville Drive, Tampa Yankees, Columbia Fireflies, Portland Trailblazer Damien Lillard, Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton and Bronze Medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton

Official Site


About Mascots For A Cure
MFAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and their families battling cancer. Through its passion, relentless pursuit of its goals, and the power of mascots, it fosters hope, laughter, joy, positive memories and love to support children and their families affected worldwide. Sir Roland Braveheart is MFAC’s official mascot. For more information, visit www.mascotsforacure.org.

About Chubby Checker
Born in rural Spring Gully, S.C., and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Chubby Checker rose to national prominence in 1959 with his debut record, “The Class,” which hit No. 34 on the Billboard pop chart when Checker was just 17. By the time he was 18 years old, his second hit single, “The Twist,” had skyrocketed to # 1. Nearly five decades later, in 2008, Billboard magazine would name “The Twist” the No. 1 song of the Billboard Hot 100’s first 50 years.
Chubby Checker’s  Facebook page.

About Jurdy®
Jurdy®, the “Hero of Happy-ness,” is an animated and mascot character created by Jenifer Jurden, CEO of SHOUT b cause, LLC (SBC). SBC helps companies and organizations raise awareness and effectively drive home positive messaging to their target audiences. Leading the charge through rallies and marketing communications is Jurdy®, a powerful tool in teaching children from all backgrounds how to make good choices in life. For more information, visit www.jurdy.com.

About Pop Culture Madness
The Pop Culture Madness network of websites have been gathering and sharing news and trivial information about Popular Culture and Pop Music since 1999.

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Our New Obsession! A Shirt-less Man Building Primitive Structures In The Woods


(PCM) We always found ourselves to be suckers for the strong and silent types. Suppose that is why we have developed such a fascination with the YouTube video series “Primitive Technology” which features a delightfully shirt-less man working on do-it-yourself projects in the woods using only primitive technology.

The man crafts everything from building and housing structures to axes and other weaponry and forges from scratch. It is truly impressive to watch. The videos are filmed using very little dialogue and features only the noise of nature and the of course the gorgeous scenery.

We could seriously watch these videos all day!  This video series is the complete package, eye candy plus learning new thing!  Score!

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What Is With All The Alien Sightings Near Peru? New Video Evidence Surfaces!


(PCM) New video evidence has surfaced from a gas station surveillance camera in Peru that allegedly shows a small alien creature lurking along side the busy roadway.  Apparently, reported alien sights have been a big thing in South America recently, especially near the country of Peru.

This new video is incredibly freaky as you can clear see some kind of creature moving about in the distance. One man, who is definitely braver than any of us, actually attempts to approach the creature, but it takes off quickly into the tall grass.  Currently, experts are trying to determine if the video footage has been tampered with or if this new sighting is some sort of elaborate hoax, but it definitely has people talking!

What do you think? Alien encounter or elaborate hoax?

What Is With All The Alien Sightings Near Peru? New Video Evidence Surfaces! was contributed by a Myth

My Journey To Health, September First is New Years Day

AutumnNo matter how you want to look at it, somehow in the last 20 years or so September first has become New Years Day.  The whole world comes back together again after being dispersed in every different direction.  Sure the kids are back in school but that is not the only thing that restarts.  Many groups and organizations go on hiatus during the summer months and come back with September.  Co-workers are back together again.  Football pools start as do teams and the season.  Theater groups start their new seasons and there is something fresh and crisp in the air as summer fades and autumn begins.

I feel a sense of hope and a sense of a fresh start in the beginning of September.  This is a much brighter hope and a cleaner start than on New Year’s Day.  In fact on January first I feel a bit let down.  On January first we have had three months filled with wonder.  Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November and Christmas in December then it all stops and the hard months of snow and ice hit.  It’s sort of sad and it that melancholy moment we are supposed to establish new goals for ourselves and dream new dreams?  I say NO!

Now is the time to dream new dreams, hope new hopes, make new plans and follow through in all of it.  With Fall coming on the air gets cooler and our energy levels go up.  We begin to feel a sense of newness as we see the labors of summer bear fruit, literally.  Pumpkins apples and other forms of nature’s bounty line our supermarkets.  Old recipes come out for soups and stews and other dishes that lay dormant through the summer months because, “It is just too hot to cook.”

I believe our desire for new experiences are aroused as some will begin to take courses or start a new hobby.  And what wonders happen in nature as the trees prepare for their long winter sleep and the squirrels and other small animals fatten themselves for the coming cold.

I have plans that I am already putting into motion for the Fall and resolutions I have made.  The pool that my neighbors have so graciously allowed me to use for exercise will soon be covered over and so a new exercise plan has been developed.  I joined Planet Fitness where I can receive free personal training and I have already met with my trainer and she is preparing to help me exercise without using my legs and feet too much as there is damage there.  I meet with her at 6 a.m. on Labor Day.

I have committed to a LIVE THE DREAM LIVE one day conference being given by Bearj Jehanian and James Levin on Saturday September 17.  I have also been able to make the commitment to write more and work more focused on my weight and health issues by Tom Anderson, The Purpose Guy, who is a great life coach.  I am gathering, as much as I can, people around me who think positively but with a lot of energy to cheer me on.  It seems there is a lot of truth in the saying that “No man, or woman, is an Island.”

By the end of October, if all goes as planned, I will also begin working on my Master’s degree.  This is something that I really need to do if I want to work.  So right now, new exercise, new seminars and new classes as well as old traditions and joy will begin as The Fall season rolls in.

I also was led to a new app for my phone called Smule.  It is a karaoke app that allows me to sing as well as record my performance.  I love the opportunity to make music.  I recorded Beauty and the Beast this morning.

I am also working on my spiritual side by studying The Gospels and reading about a great Christian singer and song writer named Rich Mullins who truly lived out the message of Jesus while he was alive.  Check out some of his music if you can.  He is truly inspiring.  There is a lot of his material on YouTube.

What about you?  It’s not too late.  What will you do to make your life better this New Year?  What a great time to decide on new ways to eat, as so much food will be available.  Getting those pesky 10 pounds off could be easy by eating correctly and raking the leaves..  What are you curious about?  Do you want to learn about the stars or about photography or how to paint?  There is no better time than right now to make those decisions.  A whole new world can open for you right now.  Just take the first step.

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