Saturday, September 28, 2013

Megan Young crowned Miss World

                Megan Young is Miss World 2013   

Miss France, Lorphelin is the 1st runner-up, while Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey is the 2nd runner-up. Filipina beauty Megan Young bested 126 entrants around the world as she took home the coveted Miss World title.

"I promise to be the best Miss World ever," Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country's flag.

Megan Young wins the Miss World 2013 crown and here's her victorious moment during the pageant held in Bali, Indonesia

Held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia, the crown was personally handed to Young by 2012 Miss World title holder, Wenxia Yu of China.

The 127 contestants vying for the crown were introduced Saturday wearing evening gowns shimmering in sequins, many of them with plunging necklines and slits up the leg. Four candidates dropped out earlier, mainly due to illnesses, said Syafril Nasution, one of the local organizers.

Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, 20, took second place, while Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, 22, came in third.

Other entrants who made it in the final round of the competition are Miss Brazil Sancler Frantz, Miss Spain Elena Ibarbia, and Miss Gibraltar Maroua Kharbouch.

Megan Young made history as the first Miss World winner from the Philippines. The 23-year-old actress and film student bested more than 120 candidates from around the world to seal the country's very first blue crown.

                                        Question and Answer

Candidates have 30 seconds to tell the judges why they deserve to be Miss World 2013

"I believe i should be the next miss world i want to genuinely help people in the world. Beauty from within and kindness that changes people’s lives and kindness in something that a deaf can hear and the blind can see"
-Miss Gibraltar

"I treasure a core value of humanity and that guides people why they act the way they do. I will use this to show other people how they can understand each other... as one, we can help society"
-Miss Philippines Megan Young

"It will be an honour to become Miss World because it’s a very prestigious title"
-Miss France Marine Lorphelin

"I would like to say to those people in need that I would give my energy and passion to make their life more easier and happier"
-Miss Spain

"Miss World is a reflection of a value of a woman. Beauty with a purpose with miss world I would be able to help many people. And i believe beauty opens doors and beauty with a purpose opens minds and hearts"
-Miss Brazil

"I believe Miss World should be a woman of substance, who is compassionate, if given once in a life time opportunity, I would influence life of young women and make difference to the life of the less privileged"
-Miss Ghana

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hockey crowd sings after 8 year old's national anthem glitch

Elizabeth Hughes, 8, made her debut signing the national anthem at an AHL Norfolk Admirals (the Tampa Bay Lightning's affiliate) game against the Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers' affiliate) last Friday night. Angelic voice, bundle of nerves ... and then after the words "gave proof," her microphone abruptly cut out.

What happened next might be something we've seen before at a sporting event, but that never lacks for inspiration (and maybe a misty eye or two). There's a moment around 1:30 into this clip that gives us hope for humanity:

An 8-year-old girl is about to suffer a moment of extreme embarrassment that's not of her creation. A woman in the crowd cackles at this moment; not laughs, cackles. You then hear someone "shoosh" those like her during the brief silence. You then hear the crowd pick up the tune in unison.

From Kim P., an Admirals season-ticket holder who sent over the clip:

The little girl did not lose composure at all and after a second the crowd took cue and started singing. But even the players were singing and did a stick tap at the end.

According to Elizabeth's mother Dorothy Shiloff Hughes (on YouTube), she was invited to sing at another Norfolk home game this season. Hopefully without incident; but if there is one, at least she knows hockey fans have her back.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Golden-Voiced Homeless Man Captivates Internet

This clip speaks for itself -- literally. The Columbus Dispatch discovered a homeless man along Ohio's I-71 claiming to have "the God-given gift of voice." His name is Ted Williams, and he's an ex-radio announcer according to the note he scrawled on a piece of cardboard that he uses to solicit change from drivers. And wow, does Williams ever deliver for a dollar. Williams tells the Dispatch about his struggles, but thankfully "alcohol and drugs and a few other things" haven't diminished Williams' velvety vocal cords, and he says he's two years clean now.

"I have a god given gift of voice. I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times. Please! Any help will be greatfully appreciated. Thank you and God bless. Happy holidays," says Williams' roadside sign for help.

Like Williams, the radio industry has fallen on hard times in the past decade, but given the viral power of this video, we expect more than a few morning show and late-night appearances, and perhaps even a job, will be in Williams' near future. In fact, Reddit reports that Ted has already been tracked down by Columbus area radio show The Morning Zoo and will appear on tomorrow morning's show, so tune in!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Death Of The Nintendo Wii | The Blog of Death

Meet Aki Higashihara. She might look like your typical Japanese pin-up with a blog and a smile, but she is anything but. This is the woman who could be killing the Nintendo Wii. The woman with the worst luck of all time. Here’s a rundown of her run-in with unfortunate events. Anyways, her blog isn't called THE DEATH BLOG without reason.
An ongoing legend circulating in the Japanese internet forums is regarding the Japanese celebrity Higashihara Aki (東原亜希). Currently 27 years old, she can be see on television in the role of variety shows, sports anchor.

What's remarkable about her, is that a great deal of the things she mentions or makes a remark about tends to meet an untimely demise and implode by sheer chance or bad luck within a timespan of roughly 3 months.

Back on January 16 of this year, she blogged this:

(translated In English)

Morning, while it's still warm.

I went to Tsuruoka Hachiman-guu in Kamakura~ :|

So crowded!

But there was a Gingko store there.
So curious so curious

I wanted to eat Gingko~


Though it may be most commonly seen in nutritional supplement pills in the United States, Gingko tree nuts are edible.

So two months after she blogs about gingko specifically at the Tsuruoka Hachiman-guu shrine specifically, the sacred gingko biloba tree topples in calm weather after surviving countless earthquakes and typhoons over the centuries.

Just a coincidence you say?
Check out this list before making any conclusions.

  • Becomes a campaign girl for the Dreamcast --> The Dreamcast is utterly defeated by the PlayStation 2.

  • Dates the Judo athlete Inoue Kosei who was virtually unparalleled in the world at the time, who then suddenly becomes fifth place in the Summer Olympics of 2004.

  • Attends the Kano Cup Judo World Grand Prix for the first time in Jan 2005, where Inoue Kosei tears his left pectoral muscle.

  • Every horse she selects in horse races, even horses heavily favored to win, always lost. Her record stands at 38 consecutive losses. Many jockeys come forward and ask her to not select them as her favorite.

  • 2007/5, The top three horse she selected as her favorite all breaks bones one after another.

  • 2007/7/1, on a talk show, jockey Take Koushirou jokingly asks her to pick any horse but his, and she responds with a joke that she'll write his name many many times in her notebook. 2007/9/9, Take falls off his horse with bruises all over, a broken rib and punctured left lung.

  • Jokingly mentions she'll write the names of all horses in her notebook (by then dubbed the Death Note) except her favorite, named Vodka. That year, equine influenza spreads in the Japan Racing Association stables forcing races for that year to be canceled. Vodka develops an inflammation of the ankles and cannot race as well.

  • 2007/9/23, selects the most favored horse as the one she will bet on in the Kobe Newspaper Cup (horse racing). The record of 100% of most-favored horses winning for the past 10 years is blown away as the horse finishes in 12th place.

  • 2007/12/23, after only 3 months as a regular host on the horse racing program "Super Keiba", the show is cancelled after a 20 year run.

  • Marries Inoue Kosei in 2008/1/15. 4/29, he loses out on the Judo championships and is not selected to represent Japan for the Summer Olympics.

  • Every contestant in the K-1 Kick boxing Grand Prix she has rooted for has been defeated.

  • 2008/2/28, appeared in a promotional event for McDonald's --> The brown worm-like parasite Anisakis,Terranova is found from Fillet-O-Fish patties the following day.

  • 2008/3/7 Mentions the snack Umai-bo on her blog --> 6/27, an Umai-bo factory burns down.

  • She used to be a campaign girl for the money lending firm DIC --> 2008/8/8 DIC goes out of business.

  • 2008/8 The Japanese judo team at the Summer Olympics suffer their worst year ever. Higashihara was in attendance.

  • 2008/8/15 A rival of Inoue who prevented him from going to the Olympics and is hated by Higashihara wins the gold medal.

  • 2008/6/15 Attends a promotional event for a brand of milk at Aqua City Odaiba --> 2008/8/18 A fire at Aqua City Odaiba.

  • 2008/8/17 Announces she will hold a wedding with Inoue Kosei at the Imperial Hotel in October --> A fire occurs at the Imperial Hotel.

  • 2008/8/21 Higashihara returns to Japan --> The Japanese Women's Softball team defeats the United States for their first gold medal.

  • 2008/9 The making-of of a commercial for Myojo ramens starring Higashihara is opened to reporters. --> 9/10 Parasites are found from Myojo instant yakisobas. 10/24 Traces of insecticides are found from ramen manufactured in a particular factory.

  • Becomes a campaign girl for Asahi Beer --> Asahi Beer loses it's lead in the beer market.

  • Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare --> The ministry is mired a series of scandals such as bureaucrats mentioning women as "baby-making machines" in discussing the declining birthrate, financial records of pensions are revealed to be a complete mess and some parts are irrecoverable.

  • Goes on vacation to South Korea --> The Korean Won plummets.

  • Sends a message of encouragement to fellow celebrity blogger Ogura Yuuko --> A fire erupts at one of the Yakiniku stores owned by Ogura.

  • Puts photos of a pizza she ate at the family restaurant chain Saizeriya on her blog --> A scandal where trace amounts of the poison melamin is found in Saizeriya pizzas occurs.

  • Writes comments of endorsement for a book. --> Publisher files for bankruptcy.

...and many many more

That’s pretty terrible.

Well this same woman has a blog that has become quite popular on the internet in Japan, especially due to the fact that everything she involves herself with seems doomed to failure.

Well she just took on Nintendo. It’s the latest addition to her blog.

She writes that she's playing Mario, and it looks like she bought the Wii Sports Resort bundle with the new Wii Remote Plus controller. This comes as Nintendo Wii sales slow drastically. Coincidence? Dun dun dunnnnn.

So what does this mean for Nintendo? Are the Kinect and Move really going to blow it out of the water? Can one woman’s run in with misfortune take down the gaming tycoon?

Saturday, October 2, 2010