Thursday, December 30, 2010

IHOP (pancakes) drops lawsuit against IHOP (prayers)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:26 PM

International House of Prayer may get to keep its acronym ... or not.
  • International House of Prayer may get to keep its acronym ... or not.

The International House of Pancakes' trademark-infringement lawsuit against the International House of Prayer is over.

The Los Angeles Times reported that IHOP (pancakes) was settling the lawsuit out of court with IHOP (prayer). Pancakes dropped its lawsuit on December 21, citing "ongoing mediation with the defendants."

So is someone getting paid? Hard to tell. Now, no one's really talking about the case.

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Children of Spy offer a folk-rock cool-down on New Year's day

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I spy Children of Spy.
  • I spy Children of Spy.

Children of Spy's interests, according to the band's Facebook page: "Pickled eggs, beer, space, Kessler, the perpetual motion machine, The El Rancho Truck Plaza and Restaurant in Cabool, Missouri, and grilled tilapia." If you're looking to gain insight into the Tennessee band's sound, you can't get much more specific than that. But we can gloss it for you if metaphor isn't your strong point: Children of Spy crafts rickety folk songs that bring to mind the golden days of indie folk. (That's the early aughts, for all you mainstreamers.) A Matt Pond PA cover might slip unnoticed between the band's soft, fuzzy tunes, which bear such apt titles as "Catch the Wind" and "Daddy Long Leg."

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Tropolis sounds like a thick Capri Sun

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:15 PM

It's a drink snack.
  • It's a drink snack.

"Hey, Ken, is that a drink I can eat?"

"Yup. It's Tropolis -- the new fruit puree in a pouch that you squeeze into your mouth because chewing and popping the top on a can is too much effort."

The ad campaign might go something like that for Tropolis, a new fruit-puree drink-snack hybrid that PepsiCo is rolling out, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.

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Video hates on the Chiefs' playoff prospects: 'Talking to a Chiefs fan is useless. They have delusions of grandeur'

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Are Chiefs fans too hyped for the playoffs?
  • Are Chiefs fans too hyped for the playoffs?

Kansas City Chiefs fans, you may want to skip this Xtranormal-style video. The video, titled "Kansas City Chiefs Fan talking with Sane Person," might just burst your bubble with its aggressive debunking of Chiefs fans' Super Bowl hopes.

Then again, it's posted on YouTube by someone by the name of ChiefsAreTheWorst. So what do you really expect? (Watch it after the jump.)

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Lady Gaga was in Omaha this weekend -- and we've got a sighting [Updated]

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

A fan -- Mikaela Olson -- and Lady Gaga at the Sydney Bar in Benson Sunday night.
  • A fan -- Mikaela Olson -- and Lady Gaga at the Sydney Bar in Benson Sunday night.


UPDATE, Dec. 30, 11:42 AM: You can win tickets to see Gaga's date in Omaha. The Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau will give away two tickets to the March 17 Lady Gaga concert at Qwest Center Omaha. To win, go 'like' the official Omaha, NE Facebook page and fill in the entry form between now and Feb. 27. The winner will be randomly selected on February 28.

As Lady Gaga announced at her tour stop at the Sprint Center in August, the pop icon is dating a good ole Midwesterner. (She dedicated one of her new songs to her Nebraska love, Luc Carl.) Sightings of the star popped up around Omaha over the weekend, including a visit to the Waiting Room Lounge, where Gaga and her boyfriend stopped in to see Little Brazil, according to the Omaha World-Herald. We spoke to Maggie Cox, an Omaha resident, who happened upon Gaga -- and chatted with her -- in her yoga studio last night.

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Bruce Burns, violent sexual predator, escapes from Larned State Hospital (updated)

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Bruce Burns is on the loose.
  • Bruce Burns is on the loose.

UPDATE: Burns was taken back into custody Saturday night, about 15 miles from point of escape, reported the Star.

A "dangerous sexually violent predator" has escaped from the sexual predator treatment program at Larned State Hospital.



Authorities are looking for 41-year-old Bruce Franklin Burns, who somehow escaped around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. 

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Our last recap: NYE options this weekend! Go out! Do it!

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:55 AM

The Appleseed Cast is just one of your options.
  • The Appleseed Cast is just one of your options.

By this point, you're probably so overwhelmed by all of the show-going possibilities on New Year's Eve that your best plan is to crawl into a fetal position and suck your thumb while watching Snooki the ball drop in Times Square on your TV. But you must persevere, reader! Wayward is here to help!

We've outlined our favorite NYE choices in our handy-dandy, go-to guide, after the jump.

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Sorry, guys, food comes first for women

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

This is some lady's dream date.
  • This is some lady's dream date.

The good news for men is that women fantasize as much as men. The bad news for men is that they're more likely to be thinking about a chicken parm.

A story in Time details a new survey from Shape Smart, which shows that 25 percent of women think about food in a given half-hour. In contrast, only 10 percent of women think about sex.

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Enrique Iglesias is now NSFW

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Please don't let your 10 year-old watch this video.
  • Please don't let your 10 year-old watch this video.

We thought you'd like to see Enrique Iglesias and lots of naked boobs, and hear an earworm that includes the phrase, Tonight I'm fucking you. (Actually, that's the refrain. And the title of the song.) After all, your 10 year-old daughter saw Iglesias at Mix 93.3's Jingle Jam at the Sprint Center about a month ago. Hopefully the pop star didn't break this one out of the old catalog.

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Update: Mama's 39th Street Diner will definitely reopen, owner says

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM

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Mama's 39th Street Diner had a heyday. It's over.

UPDATE (Thursday, December 30): Fat City finally received a reply, via e-mail, from local developer Del Hedgepath, owner of the building where Mama's 39th Street Diner is located, verifying that the restaurant -- which was rumored to be closed permanently -- is in the process of renovation for a spring reopening. Hedgepath writes:

"If Mama's is not reopening, that would be news to me. There have been some insurance issues that have delayed the rebuilding, but as far as I know, the build-out started..." 

 

Fat City received a phone call on December 28 from Ira Auerbach, the co-owner of Mama's 39th Street Diner. The rumors of Mama's closing are false, he insists. He says the restaurant will tentatively reopen in "a couple of months."

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