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Professors in Belgium put their toxicology screening skills to use at the Antwerp library by screening 10 of the most borrowed books in the library with bacteriology and toxicology tests.The results were not only startling but gross.
Each of the 10 books screened tested positive for traces of cocaine — not enough that could affect people if they touched it, but enough that they might test positive for the drug. The grossest result, however, had to be when they discovered traces of the herpes virus within the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey. The professors assured people that the concentration of the virus was so minimal that the public was at no risk.
The next time you plan on reading a trashy book from the public library, you may want to wear gloves. That, or use a Kindle.
JAY Z, an international entrepreneur, music legend, style icon, sports agent and philanthropist, enters the fragrance business with the launch of his first men’s eau de toilette, “GOLD JAY Z,” which will debut on Friday, November 29th at major department stores throughout the U.S. Created by JAY Z with Firmenich perfumer extraordinaire Ilias Ermenidis, GOLD JAY Z is a fragrance that reflects an unmistakable ultra luxurious signature. Inspired by an icon, the white fougere fragrance is perfected through a layered blend of yellow ginger, white cardamom and grapefruit with a hint of blueberry. At the heart, a refined infusion of violet leaf, cypress, lavender and luxurious vetiver with a thread of pink pepper gives a tailored, modern signature. A rich note crafted with golden amber, patchouli, teak and bourbon vanilla give a final shot of gilded sensuality.
Designed by JAY Z, the fragrance is in a pure white matte flask with the GOLD JAY Z logo raised and etched in gold. As expressed in the gilded cap, “Power,” “Pride,” “Confidence,” “Strength,” “Success,” and “Courage,” captures the essence of GOLD JAY Z.
“I was impressed with JAY Z’s style and confidence and was drawn to the ease with which he carries himself and all of his success,” says Ilias Ermenidis. “He has a natural cool that people want a piece of. In developing GOLD JAY Z, I wanted to capture both the vibrant ambitious part of JAY Z’s charismatic persona and his effortless style that he naturally embodies through a fusion of notes chosen by JAY Z.”
“JAY Z is one of the world’s leading artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists and visionaries of our time,” says Donald J. Loftus, President of Parlux LTD., Inc. “He continues to re-write rules and sets new standards, turning everything he touches into gold. His first fragrance, GOLD JAY Z, captures his original style and distinct brand of success.” –
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Joseline Tried To Fight Mimi after Mimi Called Her A Prostitute On Atlanta House Wives Reunion (video)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Beyonce called in a concert for a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, rapper Young Jeezy released a song in Martin’s memory and Russell Simmons called for peace after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of the teenager.
There was a wide range of reactions by celebrities after jurors cleared Zimmerman late Saturday of all charges in the 2012 shooting death of the unarmed 17-year-old Martin.
Beyonce took a moment to honor Martin during her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Her concert started about 30 minutes after the Zimmerman verdict began to circulate.
“I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” the pop star said as the stage grew dark with just a few key lights shining.
Beyonce then sang the chorus of “I Will Always Love You,” a song, fittingly given the location, written by country music star Dolly Parton and brought to a global audience by the late Whitney Houston, before transitioning into her hit “Halo.”
It was just one of several reactions from celebrities and artists following Zimmerman’s acquittal by a six-woman jury. Much of it focused on the perceived outrage of the situation. But others had more poignant responses.
Young Jeezy posted a new song, “It’s a Cold World (A Tribute to Trayvon Martin),” to his Facebook page with a comment: “I am in no way shape, form, or fashion … trying to capitalize off of the latest series of events. These are my true feelings and my form of expression about it.”
Simmons, a producer and entrepreneur, posted a blog entry that said he’d be supporting the Trayvon Martin Foundation in helping to repeal laws like Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. He signed off, “God bless you little brother. Rest in peace.”
He also called for those upset with the verdict to channel their energy away from violence on Twitter, telling followers “we must remain peaceful. No matter what, remain peaceful.”
For the most part, it appeared protesters did with few reports of damage late Saturday and early Sunday in Tallahassee, Fla., Atlanta and California.
“If u have any anger this evening,” Simmons wrote on Twitter, “put that energy into challenging these horrible laws that allow overly-anxious neighborhood watchmen to carry guns and shoot innocent people. “
Real Life Love and Basketball – Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is engaged to Minnesota Lynx guard Monica Wright
Wright confirmed the engagement following Minnesota’s 91-59 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Sunday night.
Durant, who was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, just completed his sixth season in the NBA. The 24-year-old forward averaged 28.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.
Beyonce has announced a new set of shows for her “Mrs Carter Show World Tour”. She’s now doing nearly fifty shows between now and December. The dates will see her performing in Latin America and North America, between September and December, after performances at V Festival this summer. It appears that Beyonce is using the tour to put off working on her fifth album. Ne-Yo recently revealed that she was still trying to figure out what she wanted it to be. A title and official release date have yet to be announced but new music has appeared online, such as the ballad ‘Rise Up’, for the animated movie.
Beyonce’s tour dates are as follows. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.
June 28: Los Angeles, CA – BET Experience-Staples Center
June 29: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 01: Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
July 02: San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 05: Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
July 06: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
July 07: New Orleans, LA – Superdome
July 09: Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
July 10: Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
July 12: Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center
July 13: Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 15: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
July 17: Chicago, IL – United Center
July 18: St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
July 20: Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 21: Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
July 22: Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
July 23: Boston, MA TD – Garden
July 25: Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
July 26: Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
July 27: Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
July 29-30: Washington, DC – Verizon Center
July 31: East Rutherford, NJ – Izod Center
August 02: Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun
August 03-05: Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
August 17: Chelmsford, England – V Festival
August 18: Staffordshire, England – V Festival
August 31: Philadelphia, PA – Made in America Festival
September 08: Fortaleza, Brazil – Arena Castelao
September 11: Belo Horizonte, Brazil – Mineirao Stadium
September 13: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio
September 15: Sao Paulo, Brazil – Morumbi Stadium
September 17: Brasilia, Brazil – Estadio Nacional
September 20: Caracas, Venezuela – Universidad Simon Bolivar
September 26: Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio de los Deportes
September 28: San Juan, Puerto Rico – Coliseo de Puerto Rico
November 30: Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
December 02: San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion at San Jose
December 03: Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
December 06: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
December 07: Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
December 09: Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
December 10: Houston, TX – Toyota Center
December 12: Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
December 13: Chicago, IL – United Center
December 14: St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
December 16: Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
December 18: Washington DC – Verizon Center
December 19: Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
December 20: Boston, MA – TD Garden
The younger McCain, 27, serves as a lieutenant in the Navy, stationed in Guam where he is a helicopter pilot. Swift, 29, a Bay area native, is a captain in the USAF reserve. The couple met in Guam.
The wedding ceremony was held at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, with a reception following at the California Academy of Sciences, said the rep.
The festivities were attended by all of the McCain children, reports The Washington Post. Also attending the couple’s rehearsal dinner Friday night at the Tonga Room of the Fairmont Hotel, said the newspaper: former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The groom’s sister, Meghan McCain, 28, shared the joyous occasion through live Tweets throughout the weekend.
The couple planned to honeymoon in Africa, after which Jack McCain is slated for another deployment.
If anyone shows you that you can start from the bottom and rise to the top, it’s Oprah Winfrey. Here are 10 things you may not know about The Great One:
1) The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran from 1986 – 2011, was the highest rated show of its kind in the history of television.
2) Oprah was a single teen mom. Her son died as an infant.
3) Oprah was r@ped at 9 and pregnant by the age of 14.
4) Winfrey co-anchored a local television show at the age of 19 and then moved into daytime television after helping the #3 show in the city rise to #1
5) Oprah is given credit for delivering a million votes to Barack Obama during the very close 2008 Democratic Primary
6) Oprah’s name is biblical, coming from the book of Ruth.
7) Oprah was conceived in a one-time encounter. The couple split up soon after.
8) Oprah’s genetic makeup is 89% Sub-Sahara African
9) Oprah was so poor during her days in Mississippi that her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, used to send her to school with dresses made out of potato sacks. Clearly, this didn’t make her a trendsetter at school.
10) Oprah’s grandmother taught her to read before the age of 3 and she was nicknamed “the preacher” for her ability to recite bible verses.
Kristie (pictured left) and Kirstie Bronner (pictured) are identical twins with identical grade point averages, so why shouldn’t they share the honor of being Spelman College‘s first-ever sister co-valedictorians, reports WSB-TV.
The road to one of this country’s leading historically Black colleges was not a walk in the park for the girls; they worked hard to maintain their high grade point averages in high school. According to Kirstie who spoke with WSB-TV, “Before we came to college, we prayed that we would keep 4.0′s all the way through, but I don’t think we ever really expected it.”
But apparently there is strength in numbers, and as sisters who have traveled along the same path, sharing the same educational goals for success, the young women seemed to fuel each other, as evidenced by their noteworthy standing at Spelman, “You can have strength together,” Kristie points out.
When the young women arrived at the Atlanta college, they said they really pushed themselves to the limit to maintain excellent grades, even making themselves physically ill. Eventually, both Kirstie and Kristie learned from their mistakes, self-corrected, and managed their college workload in a way that would not negatively affect their health.
“We learned how to have a balance to life and then to be able to appreciate the journey of college and be more healthy and be more happy,” Kristie said.
The music majors, who will graduate in a few days, say that their collegiate experience taught them a valuable life lesson, “You don’t have to be the smartest. You don’t have to be the one who came in with the prior knowledge to be the one to succeed,” Kristie said. “It’s a great testimony and it’s also fun to be able to share it with one another. I don’t think we’d want it any other way.”
As the Baltimore Ravens’ third-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Missouri Southern defensive tackle Brandon Williams has an entirely new set of challenges ahead of him: He’s got to adapt to an NFL system against pro-level talent after starring at a smaller school, but that’s nothing compared to the task he undertook last summer. Williams, the son of a single mother, carried and cleaned portable toilets to make extra money.
“Sometimes, you got a little poop on you,” Williams told Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun during the Ravens’ recent rookie minicamp. “Every time I was doing that, I said to myself, ‘I gotta work harder, I’m not doing this the rest of my life.’ It motivated me to get better.”
Williams said that he pretended the outhouses were offensive linemen when he was lifting them into his truck. “I acted like I was playing football. I just made it fun.” Williams’ toughness, that ability to do a job others would not, is legitimate. His mom tried to hold the family together while working in factories and driving a bus, but it wasn’t easy. For half of Williams’ freshman year in high school, the family was homeless, keeping their belongings in their car.
“It was so tough, but my mom dealt with everything and she told me not to worry about it and just focus on school and sports,” he recalled. “It grounded me, and I never forget where I came from. The long road is a great road to travel because it makes you appreciate everything you’ve got.”
That focus was clear to Missouri Southern head coach Darryl Daye, who helped Williams become just the third player ever from a Division II school to be named a three-time All-American. And when Williams was invited to the Senior Bowl as a result, he clearly impressed against allegedly tougher competition. He then benched 225 pounds 38 times at the scouting combine, seeming to confirm Daye’s assessment that Williams is “crap-house strong.”
“No job is too small for him,” Daye told Wilson. “He’s what you want your son to be like: honest and true blue, a pleasure to coach. Brandon came up really rough, but he never let anything stand in his way. His mother is a very old-school, stern woman who raised him to be a Christian and to always have that humble mentality.”
Per the NFL’s slotting system for draft picks, Williams will make about $515,000 this season as part of a four-year contract that would pay over $2.6 million if he’s able to see all of it. The 6-foot-1, 335-pound lineman will start his NFL career as Haloti Ngata’s backup, but could see time alongside the big fella in certain defensive packages.
Certainly, whatever challenges are ahead of him will look small compared to what he’s been through.
“I worked a long time and I taught him to be a hard-working young man,” Shelly Washington, the rookie’s mother, told Wilson. “I’ve done every kind of job because it wasn’t negotiable. It had to be done and I didn’t complain. That’s what we’re all about.”