ODDITIES & SOCIAL BLAH BLAHS

By Malcolm Out Loud | The latest and hotest in social blahs and those oddities that leave you shaking your head.

Flight attendant must pay model $101,000 for burns from soup spill

A model has been awarded $101,928 for extensive injures incurred on a flight from Incheon, Korea to Paris.<p>The model, identified only by her last name Chang, was traveling on Asiana Airlines’ business class in 2014 when the incident occurred, the StraitsTimes reported.<p>While on the flight, a crew …

Airlines

CNN host rips Megyn Kelly: ‘Real journalists’ took cuts for her ‘ginormous salary’

CNN host Bill Weir slammed Megyn Kelly’s salary and hosting ability on Monday, saying "real" journalists took cuts for her "ginormous" salary, after the NBC News morning show star criticized Jane Fonda earlier in the day.<p>Kelly used her platform on Monday to blast Fonda for continuing to bring up …

Jane Fonda

If Tim Cook Had Kids, He Wouldn't Want Them on Social Media. Here's What He'd Teach Them Instead

His comments come as politicians, institutions, and behavioral experts are beginning to take a critical look at the impact of social media.<p>Tim Cook, who leads one of the world's largest tech companies, took a hard stand against social media late last week.<p>"I don't have a kid, but I have a nephew …

Tim Cook

The 3 Richest Americans Have as Much Money as the Bottom 50%

3.7 billion people saw no increase in their wealth in 2017<p>The richest 1% of the global population received 82% of wealth created in 2017, while …

Income Inequality

Megyn Kelly Blasts Jane Fonda: 'She Has No Business Lecturing Anyone'

Yes, “Today” show host is talking about actress’s strong anti-Vietnam War stance<p>Megyn Kelly is fighting back against actress Jane Fonda’s continuing …

Jane Fonda

Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares her #MeToo moment, praises movement: ‘It’s about time’

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has never shied away from speaking out about gender inequality — even back when she was a college student and an instructor acted inappropriately with her, she revealed on Sunday.<p>The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice was at a panel in Park City, Utah, attending the Sundance Film …

Kate McKinnon

12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tourism backlash has been in full effect over the last 12 months, with several destinations announcing they'd had enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems.<p>Unsurprisingly, this has posed a a dilemma for mindful travelers planning their next …

Italian Riviera

Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

• <b>Bill Gates has set strict rules in his home regarding the use of cell phones and other technology.</b>• <b><br>The policy speaks to the growing consensus in Silicon Valley that consumer tech is too addictive, and potentially harmful to young brains.</b><p>For all his success in designing world-changing technology, …

Silicon Valley

Fodor’s says you should avoid traveling to this US state

When planning trips in 2018, travelers are being advised to steer clear of the ‘Show Me’ state.<p>That’s what Fodor’s Travel Guide is advising its …

Missouri

YouTube mulls 'consequences' for Logan Paul amid dead body controversy

YouTube is considering "further consequences" for a millionaire YouTube star who caused controversy after filming the body of a man who had just killed himself in Japan's Aokigahara forest for his popular vlog.<p>Breaking its silence on the video, which was published on New Year's Day, a spokesman …

Logan Paul

Why Saunas Are Ridiculously Good for You

A visit to the sauna is more than just relaxing; it seems to have real heart and cardiovascular benefits, as well. A group of researchers from the …

Wellness

A new report says we should tax meat-eaters like smokers

<b>Meet the meat tax</b><p>Eating too much meat and smoking both have an impact on the public, from an environmental and health perspective. Meat production …

Agriculture

Man Declared Dead by 3 Doctors Wakes Up in Morgue Just Hours Before Autopsy

They were about to open him up.<p>Spanish prison authorities are baffled after a prisoner who was declared dead by three separate doctors woke up in the …

Crime

Apple investor pressed on comments about youth iPhone addiction

Hedge fund mogul Barry Rosenstein found himself playing defense on Tuesday.<p>The Jana Partners founder was pressed on his very public move to get Apple …

iOS

Drones to be tested with passengers on board this year

Test flights for the first British passenger drone will begin this year.<p>Martin Warner’s Autonomous Flight Y6S will carry passengers for the first …

Drones

NFL’s Roger Goodell not worried about TV ratings despite backlash over kneeling, concussions

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shrugged off declining television ratings, saying the league’s games resulted in some of the highest-rated shows in 2017.<p>"We always want ratings to go up, but we're 37 of the top 50 shows, which is higher than ever," Goodell told a small group of reporters shortly …

Roger Goodell

6 Ways To Let Go Of Someone You Never Thought You'd Say Goodbye To

When you meet someone you fall for and build a relationship over a period of months or years, only to part ways, the damage done can haunt you for …

Relationships

Woody Harrelson: 'I used to have my head up my ass'

Laid-back stoner Woody Harrelson used to see life through a haze of smoke, but since he quit, his career has come into sharp focus. He talks to Martyn Palmer about film, family – and Trump’s mayhem<p>As a kid growing up in Texas, Woody Harrelson daydreamed about being a cop and, later, some kind of …

Frances McDormand

The Ocean Floor Is Sinking Under The Water Weight From Melting Glaciers, And It’s As Bad As It Sounds

So much extra water is being added into the world’s oceans from melting glaciers that the ocean floor is sinking underneath its increasing weight. …

Climate Change

Starbucks Just Announced It's Going To Charge For Cups

Now this will make customers think. Or will it?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You go to Starbucks every morning.<p>You buy your life-saving bean-based potion.<p>And what do you do with the cup?<p>Many people just throw them away. They …

Starbucks

Twitter Says it Won't Block World Leaders

Twitter announced Friday it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial," citing a need to promote a …

Leadership

Did Jeff Sessions Just Increase the Odds Congress Will Make Marijuana Legal?

The attorney general has created intolerable uncertainty for a growing industry that is now demanding legal protections from Congress. And lawmakers are listening.<p>When Jeff Sessions announced Thursday morning he had removed the barrier that had held back federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana …

Cannabis

YouTube’s Logan Paul Debacle Highlights Its Content Moderation Problem

Logan Paul’s controversial dead body video is a watershed moment in YouTube’s effort to grapple with a vast content moderation problem.<p>YouTube has a content crisis — again. On the heels of the company’s child exploitation problem, it finds itself facing a new wave of criticism after high-profile …

Logan Paul

New Year’s Eve in Times Square sounds like a urine-soaked hell

Standing on your feet for hours during the freezing cold, not having a single sip of water because there’s no restroom to relieve yourself, and being …

Mariah Carey

The First Supermoon of 2018 Will Appear on New Year's Day - And It's Even More Special

Wolf moon.<p>On January 1 – New Year's Day – we'll see the first supermoon of 2018.<p>Different cultures around the world have given various names to each …

Moon

Matt Lauer Spotted With ‘Mystery Woman’ After Wife Annette Roque Meets With Lawyer, Takes Off Wedding Ring

Matt Lauer may be trying to save his marriage with Annette Roque, but over the weekend the embattled <i>Today</i> show star was spotted taking a “mystery …

Annette Roque

Construction workers just accidentally discovered 30 perfectly preserved dinosaur eggs

The holidays are all about happy surprises, and paleontologists got one heck of a shock earlier this week after learning about an unexpected …

Dinosaurs

Ringo Starr, Bee Gees' Barry Gibb Receive Knighthood

"It's an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work," Beatles drummer says of New Year's Honours<p>Ringo …

Ringo Starr

Lots of People Already Crashed Their Brand New Drones This Christmas

With gifts given and Christmas Day drawing to a close, drone expert Faine Greenwood is taking up a different kind of holiday tradition: rounding up …

Drones