There’s been a LOT of talk about 2016 being the worst year ever.
Tons of beloved celebrities died, social media became an unbearable cesspool, racism got super popular again, and, of course, depending on your political views, you know how all that went.
But according to a new poll from the “Huffington Post” and YouGov.com, most people don’t think 2016 was really THAT bad.
Only 31% say the year went terribly for this country, and only 19% think it went terribly for them personally.
Now . . . that definitely DOESN’T mean 2016 was great. Only 4% of people think the year was excellent for the country, and only 6% say it was excellent for them personally. Yikes.
But in spite of all that, somehow we’re STILL optimistic. 34% think 2017 will go better for the country, and 40% think it will go better for us personally.
First Chyna now Prince? Police are investigating a death at the estate of superstar Prince
Police are investigating a death at the estate of superstar Prince in Carvery County, Minnesota, according to Carver County Sheriff spokesman Jason Kamerud. “We are not releasing any information regarding the identity of the person who died until next of kin is notified,” Kamerud said.
Developing story – more to come — CNN
TMZ Reports it’s definitely Prince.
FULL STORY: Well this was completely unexpected. DAVID BOWIE died yesterday at the age of 69. He’d had cancer for a while, but kept it pretty much a secret. They didn’t say what kind.
Here’s what the official statement said. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”
Obviously Bowie was a rock icon for over 40 years, and his career incorporated glam rock, soul, pop, and electronica.
His big breakthrough was the 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”. That’s the one with “Moonage Daydream”, “Starman”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and “Suffragette City”.
Ziggy Stardust kind of became his alter ego for a while too . . . the pale white makeup, the big orange hair, the weird androgynous outfits.
And he had other personas and styles over the years. Basically he was doing a weird mixture of rock, art, and fashion 40 years before Lady Gaga. And that might have been as influential as his music.
Believe it or not, he only had two #1 songs in America . . . “Fame” in 1975, and “Let’s Dance” in 1983.
Other Bowie classics include “Space Oddity”, “Changes”, “Rebel Rebel”, “Young Americans”, “Golden Years”, “Heroes”, “Modern Love”, “Under Pressure” with QUEEN, and Little Drummer Boy” with BING CROSBY.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and got the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
He also did a bunch of acting: He played an alien in “The Man Who Fell to Earth” . . . a vampire in “The Hunger” . . . the Goblin King in “Labyrinth” . . . and Pontius Pilate in the Martin Scorsese movie “The Last Temptation of Christ”.
More recently, he had a pretty big part in “The Prestige” . . . the movie where Christian Bale and High Jackman were rival magicians . . . and did a cameo as himself in “Zoolander”.
His real name was David Jones, but he changed it so he wouldn’t be confused with DAVY JONES of THE MONKEES. And he had a permanently dilated eye after being punched in the face in a schoolyard fight over a girl.
He married the model IMAN in 1992, and they were still together. They had a daughter, and Bowie had a son from a previous marriage too.
His most recent album was “Blackstar”, and it just came out on Friday . . . which was also his 69th birthday.
Cause of Death: “Patient laid down the boogie and played that funky music til he died.”
cause of death I’d like to see
This is some glazed, powdered, Boston cream-filled irony right here.
52-year-old Don Pemberton of Mesa, Arizona is an Ironman athlete . . . which means he does triathlons that include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile marathon at the end. Most of us couldn’t even do ONE of those.
He was out training earlier this month, and was about 30 miles into a 90-mile bike ride when he went into CARDIAC ARREST. Yes, even though he’s in insanely good shape, it turns out one of his arteries was 85% blocked.
He managed to stumble toward the nearest building, where he fell and blacked out. And it happened to be a DUNKIN’ DONUTS. Even better, one of the employees happened to have CPR training.
Her name is Hannah Bentley, and she did chest compressions until paramedics showed up and took him to the hospital. Without Hannah, he would’ve died.
As far as we can tell, he hasn’t acknowledged the irony that his super-healthy body was saved by a donut shop. But he HAS thanked Hannah for saving his life. He’s also raising money to send her on a cruise, at GoFundMe.com/CruiseForHannah.
(NBC 12 – Mesa)
Ironman Athlete Saved by a Dunkin’ Donuts Employee