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The odds of winning are almost as bad as the odds of surviving.

By Rich_Maloof Nov 30, 2012 5:40PM

Lottery officials are expected today to name the two Powerball winners who will share this week’s record $587 million jackpot. By now, you know it’s not you. So you’ll have to wait a little longer on that gilded in-ground pool next to the helipad — though it was nice to daydream, for a while, of how generous and crazy rich you were going to be.

Photo: Carlo Allegri/Newscom/ReutersWhile the winner from Dearborn, Mo., reportedly posted a message on Facebook reading, “Thank you God, we won the lottery,” a look back over some winners past makes you wonder whether it’s the big man above or the guy down below pulling the strings on the lives of lottery winners.

 

Budget chain installs noise meters to keep guests quiet.

By Rich_Maloof Nov 29, 2012 5:57PM

Even if you’re too old to jump up and down on the beds, an overnight in a hotel is still kinda fun. Room service, housekeeping and a concierge are all on hand to grant every wish, but the one thing a hotel can’t guarantee a guest is a good night’s sleep. The biggest aggravator? Other guests.

But Premier Inn aims to keep every other guest quiet so that you can get some shut-eye once your $13.95 in-room movie concludes. At the budget chain’s 690 locations, newly installed noise meters detect excessive commotion in the corridors. When a thoughtless neighbor gets loud in the hall after hours, the meter is tripped and a wall-mounted sign flashes a message to please be quiet.

Photo: Rex Features

 

Garlic sales boom in western Serbia, as locals try to ward off the country’s most famous bloodsucker.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Nov 29, 2012 5:11PM

Long before Twilight, True Blood, Vampire Diaries and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the idea of bloodsucking, flesh-eating vampires existed in many early cultures. Although most people consider these mythical fanged creatures folkloric beings, in some regions of the world, vampires are cause for real fear. 

When the local council of Zarozje village in western Serbia issued a public health warning that famous local vampire, Sava Savanovic was on the loose, the announcement induced mass hysteria, reports DailyMail.co.uk.  

Photo: Purestock/Alamy

 

It’s a rough neighborhood. Just ask Kevin Clash.

By Rich_Maloof Nov 29, 2012 3:33PM

The Children’s Television Workshop first aired Sesame Street 43 years ago, on Nov. 10, 1969, as a family-friendly byproduct of America’s cultural revolution. Within months, a state commission in Mississippi voted to ban the show, set on an urban street, for its “highly integrated cast of children.”

In the decades since, persistent messages of peace and tolerance have stoked only some of the controversies surrounding Sesame Street’s Muppets and their human friends.

As the allegations of improper conduct continue to surface against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash we thought we'd review some other memorable Sesame Street controversies.

Photo: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images

 

Forecast for a big win in the Sunshine State looks favorable; $83 million worth of tickets sold.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Nov 29, 2012 12:14AM

OK, Florida. You’re kind of showing off with your Powerball sales. A Fort Lauderdale newspaper is claiming that the Sunshine State has the best chance of winning tonight’s $550 million Powerball jackpot. And it’s not because they have optimism on their side; Florida players have bought more than $83 million worth of tickets.

Photo: Chris O'Meara/APMore on MSN Living: 50 things everyone should know about marriage

That’s more tickets than any other state. Despite Florida’s unstoppable spending, the odds of winning are still 1 in 175 million. On the bright side, no matter the odds, someone has to win, right? 

 

Top searches reveal no one can keep up with the Kardashians.

REDMOND, Wash. -- As we look back at 2012, Bing searches show it was a year of familiar faces, momentous events and baby fever.

While last year people were singing “Baby, baby, baby” with Justin Bieber as the most-searched person of 2011, 2012 was the year of the real baby, as celebrity births were five of the top 10 celebrity events. From new reality stars such as Honey Boo Boo to viral hits such as “Gangnam Style” and airwave darlings such as Taylor Swift, Bing captured history through the searches that mark the year’s most fascinating people, sensations and moments in time.

Photo: (Clockwise from left) Denise Truscello/WireImage; channelORANGE/Twitter, Supplied by WENN; Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesBased on the aggregation of billions of search queries conducted on Bing this year, here are the much-anticipated top search lists for the most-searched people, news stories, athletes, musicians, celebrity events, social networks and TV shows.

 

Ohio woman pleads guilty to breaking and vacuuming.

By Rich_Maloof Nov 27, 2012 3:24PM

Today we bring you a story that should go down in the annals of crime right alongside "Man Fixes Spare Tire for Stranger" and "Mom Baked Me A Pie."

A 53-year-old woman pleaded guilty to attempted burglary after she entered a house, tidied up a bit and left.

According to the Associated Press, Susan Warren of Elyria, Ohio, was apparently bored and later told authorities she just “wanted something to do.” She entered the home of another Ohio woman named Sherry Bush and got to work.

Photo: Junos/Getty ImagesThe Cleaning Fairy, as Warren has been dubbed, washed some coffee cups, took out the trash, vacuumed and dusted. On the table she left a bill for $75, handwritten on a napkin and included her name and number.

 

A lone beagle attempts a six-month ocean crossing.

By Rich Maloof

RMS Titanic, before being set on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic, was a hulking mass of metal and human ingenuity. If that 46,000-ton, 175-foot high “unsinkable” ship went down in history as the quintessential symbol of man’s hubris, how will a pint-sized, 30-pound vessel with three-foot sails be remembered? As a model of humility?

Robin Lovelock, a British scientist and toy-boat hobbyist, just hopes his craft will survive its trans-Atlantic journey. If Snoopy Sloop makes the 6,000 mile hop across the pond successfully, it will be the first vessel to complete an unmanned crossing of the ocean.

Photo: Courtesy of Robin Lovelock

 

 
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