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Monday, January 16, 2017

Gene Cernan, an early NASA astronaut who was the last man to set foot on the moon, died Monday, NASA announced in a tweet. He was 82.

Details of Cernan's death were not immediately known.

Cernan was the commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972 – the last lunar mission and one of the final Apollo flights. When Cernan stepped out from lunar module "Challenger" he became the 11th person to walk on the moon. His lunar module pilot, Jack Schmitt, was the 12th. But as commander, Cernan was the last to re-enter the lunar module, giving him the designation of being the last person to walk on the lunar surface.

His words would not become as famous as Neil Armstrong's first sentence spoken from the moon, however, Cernan's final goodbye to the moon was just as poetic.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Legendary professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who thrilled fans for decades with his splash from the top rope as one of the original high flyers, died Sunday from stomach cancer. He was 73.

His daughter, who wrestled under the name Tamina Snuka, posted on Instagram with the hashtag #BestDad to announce Snuka's death.


Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his thinking. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, has been discussing a prospective bid with a small circle of advisers, including Rob Morrow, who has emerged as his political consigliere. Morrow has worked at Clarium Capital, the San Francisco-based investment management firm and hedge fund that Thiel started. Those who have been in touch with the 49-year-old entrepreneur are skeptical that he'll enter the race. He is a deeply private figure, and California is unfriendly territory for a Republican -- particularly a pro-Trump one. The president-elect won just over 30 percent of the vote there. read more


The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will end "The Greatest Show on Earth" in May, following a 146-year run. Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, told the Associated Press declining attendance combined with high operating costs are among the reasons for closing. Feld said when the company removed the elephants from the shows in May 2016, ticket sales declined more dramatically than expected. The company broke the news to circus employees Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami. Ringling Bros. has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. The final shows will be in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.


Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lay's Do Us A Flavor contest returns for a fourth year, once more offering budding snackologists who come up with a halfway edible new potato chip flavor a million dollars. Previous winners include the obvious choice, the bad one and I wasn't paying attention.

After skipping a year to perform a Flavor Swap operation, Do Us A Flavor returns once more, this time asking chip flavor creators to pitch their taste combination like some sort of performing Lacheys.

Chip creators are urged to go to the Lay's website to create a pitch, selecting flavors, choosing bag color and style and even submitting YouTube videos and images to help round out their presentation.

Flavor submissions are being accepted until March 19, after which four or so finalists will be chosen and featured in a Snacktaku tasting video. That's not an official Lay's thing, it's just what I do.


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