Good Vs Bad Drivers
Katy Chamberlin says she's a better driver than most people she sees on the road. The San Francisco human resources specialist believes she's more observant than the average driver, noting that she's never caused a traffic accident, but has been rear-ended twice by drivers who she thinks were texting.
Yet when asked about speeding, driving tired or texting at traffic lights, she comes clean.
"I have been that person who does not realize the traffic has moved forward because I was texting, or had to suddenly slam on the brakes because I was not aware that traffic had stopped," says Chamberlin, 41. "Which totally takes away from me saying how observant I am. When this has happened, I put my phone away and think about how stupid it was to be texting while driving."
This Day In History: Lennon's Killer Sentenced
On this day in 1981, Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon, a founding member of The Beatles, one of the most successful bands in the history of popular music.
On December 8, 1980, Chapman shot and killed the 40-year-old singer, songwriter and peace activist, outside Lennon’s New York City apartment building, the Dakota, where he lived with his wife Yoko Ono and their young son Sean. Lennon, who was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, shot to fame in the 1960s with The Beatles, whose multiple best-selling albums and hit films, such as A Hard Day’s Night (1964), turned the group into hugely influential global pop icons. After The Beatles broke up in 1970, Lennon embarked on a successful solo music career, writing and performing such songs as “Imagine” and “(Just Like) Starting Over.” He also directed a 1972 documentary film, also titled Imagine, which was a sometimes-surreal glimpse at a day in the life of Lennon and Ono, set to their music.
Dognapping Rising Due To Economy
Pets and the economy have a curious relationship. Overall spending in the pet industry has risen steadily over the past few years, even as the economy has struggled. But spending on pets isn’t entirely recession-proof, as demonstrated by the increase in owners who are choosing cremation when their pets pass away, rather than electing for trendy (and more expensive) cemetery plots and burials. Now the tough economy is giving owners extra reason to watch their pooch’s back — because there has been a rise in dogs being stolen or kidnapped.
Top 10 Worst Fake British Accents
Forest Whitaker is an Oscar-winning actor who can effortlessly turn his hand to mean monarchs. But a convincing British accent? Not so much. And while there is much to admire in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game, Whitaker's kidnapped British soldier Jody does not distinguish himself in the vocal department. His "Why didja sting me Mista Scorpion?" speech, albeit nothing short of compelling when it comes to drama, is pretty much laugh-out-loud funny however else you want to slice it. In fact, on reflection, the spoiler alert shouldn't have been "she's a he," but more, "that's not British but something far stranger."
The World's Best Spots To Find Vampires
Vampires and their stories seem to be enjoying an eternal renaissance in contemporary fiction and film. Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire kicked off the modern raft of tales, and the popularity of more recent book and movie offerings like Twilight and True Blood shows that folks are, well, batty for vampire tales. So where can you go to learn more about these creatures of the night? Discover the top destinations with this excerpt from Lonely Planet's Best in Travel.