Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Kickass Senior Citizen of the Day

Granite Stater Rachel Gilbert, a diehard NASCAR fan who hasn’t driven a motor vehicle in over 15 years, got to live out a dream by taking a racecar for a spin around the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Oh, did I mention Gilbert just turned 100? “I can’t make up my mind that I’m here, really, at 100 years old,” the speedy centenarian told WMUR.

In addition to the laps, the track presented her with VIP tickets to the July Sprint Cup, and even scored her an autographed shirt signed by her favorite driver, Carl Edwards.

Movie Trailer of the Day

First official trailer for Jesse Peretz’s Sundace-screened dramedy Our Idiot Brother.

The film, which stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, and Steve Coogan, is scheduled to hit theaters August 26.

Secret Passage of the Day

McMills Construction approached Beausoleil Architects for help installing a garage in the bottom floor of a property on Oak Street in San Francisco’s Upper Haight district in order to maximize the tenant’s rent.

By hiding the space behind a retractable facade indistinguishable from the rest of the historic Victorian apartment house, they were able to avoid running afoul of the city planning department strict appearance codes.

Check out the “garage door” in action below:

End Of An Era? of the Day: FBI Folds Online Poker

The domains of online poker’s three largest sites — PokerStarsFull Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker — were seized today by the FBI in what the LA Times calls a potential “death blow to the thriving industry.”

In addition, eleven of the sites’ executives were indicted on charges of bank fraud, money laundering, and other violations of a 2006 anti online gambling law passed by Congress. Two executives have been arrested, while a manhunt is underway for the rest.

“These defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits,” said US attorney Preet Bharara in a statement.

No word yet on what will become of the massive amounts of money presently stored in users’ accounts.

UPDATE: As of 5:30PM EST, two of the sites appear to be online, though reports are emerging that American users are being turned away from cash tables.

This Changes Everything of the Day

Who knew Rebecca Black’s “Friday” was actually a song about the JFK assassination? The government knew, man. The government knew.

(inb4 “Friday” isn’t actually a song about the JFK assassination.)

Source: sonicbloom

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New Music of the Day

The Lonely Island – “Turtleneck & Chain” (feat. Snoop Dogg)

Title track off the dudes’ upcoming Incredibad follow-up, due to drop May 10 via Universal Republic.