UConn Football player Johnny McEntee showing his skills in the offseason.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Oh man, this is PERFECT for the day after Valentine's Day. Here's a video of a guy who thought it was a good idea to propose to his girlfriend in a mall food court on her lunch break. Apparently that's where they met a year ago to the date. He even recruits the musical talent of out his token, guitar-playing friend to lead the crowd in a "Sweet Caroline" sing-a-long after he takes a knee and pops the question! Also overheard in the video: "I love the way you curl up next to me on the couch and purr like a little kitten." Dude... that's the best you've got for the woman you're planning on spending the rest of your life with? Talk about pussy on the proverbial pedestal. It appears he asks for the lucky lady's hand in marriage right by the Panda Express and a KFC Express, which means this happy couple can grab a mashed potato bowl and order of orange chicken to celebrate after she says "yes." Spoiler alert: They don't end up grabbing that meal. Brutal, bro. But what the hell did you expect when you proposed to your girlfriend in a FREAKING MALL FOOD COURT?! Watch the soul crushing, yet awesomely hilarious FAIL video after the jump.
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Yesterday, as the last act of a three-day media extravaganza timed to Boeing's Sunday unveiling of the 747-8 Intercontinental, I got a chance to take a first-hand look at the Dreamliner assembly line.
By now, the story of the 787 is well-chronicled. Originally unveiled on July 8, 2007, (07/08/07) the plane was supposed to take its first flight later that year and begin carrying passengers in the spring of 2008. But one delay after another, caused by mechanical problems, work stoppages, supplier slowdowns, and even an on-board fire, has to date kept the all-new plane out of the hands of Boeing's carrier customers.
sometime in the third quarter of this year.
All that drama aside, as an airplane nut, it was a lot of fun to get a chance to see the 787 assembly line in person. For one thing, there's nothing like seeing industrial production on the scale of Boeing's Everett plant--said to be the largest building in the world, by volume. For another, because of its advanced body--made from composite materials rather than metal--seeing the 787 in its unfinished form is downright cool.
Rather than having the standard brushed metal look common to other in-progress Boeing planes, the Dreamliner fuselage comes delivered to Everett--via the gargantuan custom cargo 747 known as the Dreamlifter--with a pristine glossy white primer. That makes the plane look clean and promising in a way that the others that I've seen in progress in Everett haven't.
But that's neither here nor there. As Boeing moves toward putting the Dreamliner in the hands of ANA and other carrier customers--including Air India, for which one of the planes I saw was being built--it's an important sign that it is turning the planes out at a rate of two aircraft a month.
The company line is that Boeing will build between 25 and 40 747-8 Intercontinentals and Dreamliners this year, split roughly 50/50. But Fancher explained that by late 2013, when the aviation giant's new South Carolina assembly plant is up and running, it will be turning out 10 787s a month.
For now, though, with the plane still in testing, the planes coming off the line aren't going anywhere. Indeed, until they're certified for flying passengers, Boeing isn't even building out their interiors or putting engines on them. That's because that work, and that gear, is expensive, and the company feels it is better to simply stockpile the planes in Everett--where it currently has 24 Dreamliners sitting on various tarmacs--until certification. At that point, it shouldn't take too long to get the planes ready for delivery, though Fancher wouldn't specify precisely how long.
As it is currently laid out, the Dreamliner assembly line takes up a single, albeit huge, bay in the Everett plant. When the giant fuselage barrels--because they are made from composite materials, the fuselage is not comprised of body panels but rather complete tube-shaped sections--come off the Dreamlifter, they are transported into the plant via a massive door.
All Dreamliner parts are first placed in what is called "position zero," where they will sit for 24 hours to ensure that they can all adjust to the temperature. Next up is "position one," where all the major parts are structurally joined. Then it's on to "position two," where the landing gears are added, making it possible for the young Dreamliners to proceed ahead on their own wheels.
On any given day, then, Boeing has four Dreamliners under construction, one each at position one, position two, position three, and, yes, position four. As you might expect, each successive position means more progress toward completion.
According to Fancher, Boeing is 80 percent through certification testing on its 787 Rolls-Royce engine configuration and about 60 percent through on certification testing for its General Electric engines. To date, Boeing has seven Dreamliners flying in its test program, and the company received over the weekend equipment needed for testing fixes to the power panel that caused the fire aboard one of the planes in November.
And while some may be skeptical of Boeing's ability to get the 787 in customers' hands, Fancher said the company is "on track" to meet its current third-quarter plan.
For now, then, Dreamliner enthusiasts will have to keep on waiting for their first ride. But for those lucky enough to get to visit the plane's assembly line here, that wait is just a little bit easier.
In other countries, McDonald's franchises sell different things. Big Macs are made with lamb in much of India. In Greece, a Greek Mac consists of several smaller patties tucked into a pita. In Hong Kong, you can get a burger sandwiched between compressed sheets of glutinous rice. At a McDonald's in Hong Kong, you can also get married.
According to Reuters, "McWeddings" may actually make sense for cash-strapped lovers:
"With two wedding parties confirmed for this year and around 70 other couples in talks, the American fast food giant is hoping this sideline will take off at a time of economic uncertainty, particularly with traditional Chinese weddings and banquets often imposing a huge financial burden on young couples."What we want to know is, a year from now, will the same franchises give these couples the opportunity to divorce with the same speed and ketchup-flecked cuteness with which they got hitched? We're thinking that each marriage should come with a coupon for divorce lawyers willing to work for unlimited shakes and half their normal hourly rates: if the coupon is redeemed before the 1st of the following year.
However, there’s only one casting announcement that we truly care about… the next Bond Girl. Thus far there are rumors of Rachel Weisz and Kim Kardashian in the coveted role. Regardless of who lands the next Bond Girl role she’s going to have some big shoes to fill. Here’s a look at Bond Girls through the years.
Born: March 19, 1936
Measurements: 37 1/2-22-35
Only Bond girl that appeared in the Peter Seller’s Bond parody Casino Royale in 1966, as Vesper Lynd, and the Bond novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Born: March 17, 1928
Initially cast as Miss Moneypenny. Her daughter, Kate, was an extra in 1995′s GoldenEye.
Born: January 31, 1942
Won Miss Rome title in 1960. In 1967, starred in the Bond parody Operation Kid Brother with Sean Connery’s younger brother Neil.
Born: December 12, 1927
At 38 she was the oldest Bond girl.
Born: January 12, 1937
Began stage acting at age 12. Her first on-camera appearance was in 1951.
Born: May 19, 1941
Was originally considered for the lead Bond girl role in From Russia With Love.
Born: April 26, 1941
Is a former Miss France.
Began career as a model and appeared in “Playboy,” “Modern Man,” “Cavalcade,” “Beau,” “Ace,” “Parade,” “Best for Men,” “Dapper,” and “Escapade.”
Born: September 26, 1941
Was a former Miss Jamaica and had the role of the gypsy Zora in From Russia With Love.
Born: June 10, 1937
She was originally considered for the lead Bond Girl Domino Derval.
Born: November 20, 1943
Was the first Asian Bond Girl and had appeared in almost 70 films before getting hitched to 007.
Born: August 26, 1941
Switched roles with Mie Hama because Hama had difficulty with the English language.
Born: February 22, 1938
First German Bond Girl who appeared as the leading role in the play “Der Neurosenkavalier” more than 500 times.
Born: July 20, 1938
Measurements: 34-25-36 1/2
Became a Dame, which is equivalent to Sir, in 1994 for her contributions to film and theater. Was also one of the first major actors to appear nude on-stage in 1970′s “Abelard and Heloise”
Born: November 8, 1945
Played the part of Buttercup in the Peter Sellers 007 parody Casino Royale in 1966.
Jill St. John
Born: August 19, 1940
The first American Bond Girl with an IQ of 162. Was taking classes at UCLA when she was 14.
Born: March 1, 1946
Sister of the late Natalie Wood who received her Bond role after appearing in Playboy.
Born: February 15, 1951
Does not actually have English ancestry, despite her persona, her father was from Eastern Europe and her mother was Dutch.
Born: March 3, 1949
Was the first African-American love interest for James Bond. She gained exposure by working at the Playboy Club as a Bunny.
Born: October 6, 1942
Was married to Peter Sellers from 1964 to 1968 and was portrayed by Charlize Theron in the film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Born: February 12, 1945
This former model is the only actress to play a lead role in two different Bond Films. Her first was in The Man With The Golden Gun and her second was Octopussy in 1983. She’s also an extra in 1985′s A View To A Kill.
Born: August 27, 1947
This former Playboy regular is married to Ringo Starr.
Born: January 16, 1949
Refused an offer to pose nude for Playboy and even films that called for it, such as Force 10 From Navarone. She also turned down the role of of Ursa in Superman.
Born: April 15, 1947
Was original choice for Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me but turned it down because of her self-imposed hiatus, however, director Lewis Gilbert convinced her to play the part of Holly Goodhead before she left acting.
Born: March 23, 1950
This French actress has remained active in films, although mainly in Europe.
Born: August 18, 1957
Was interviewed for the lead in Moonraker. Went on to become a spokes-model for Chanel in the 90′s.
Born: December 15, 1948
Met her future husband, and future James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan while on the set of For Your Eyes Only.
Born: December 13, 1958
Was a professional ice skater in the 70′s.
Born: September 24, 1950
Was Miss Sweden in 1970.
Born: December 8, 1953
Measurements: 35 1/2C-24-35 1/2
First Bond Girl and first woman to pose naked in Playboy to win an Oscar.
Born: December 31, 1945
This former model is rumored to have turned down a role in Octopussy because she wanted to work with Sean Connery was returning as James Bond in Never Say Never Again.
Born: October 15, 1955
Measurements: 34B-21-34 in 1976 and 36-21-34 in 1984
Was not only a Bond Girl but also one of the last original Charlie’s Angels.
Born: May 19, 1948
Lived with Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren for four years, who appeared with her in the Bond film A View to a Kill, though contrary to popular rumor they were never engaged.
Born: October 10, 1956
Was born in Nigeria.
Born: December 27, 1960
Wrote, produced and hosted the TV special Bond Girls Are Forever in 2002.
Born: February 11, 1961
Is currently married to Richard Gere and was once married to Griffin Dunne.
Born: March 27, 1967
Turned down a Playboy spread and is currently married to actor Benjamin Bratt.
Born: June 4, 1970
Measurements: 34-23 1/2-33 1/2
Was originally offered lead role in L.A. Confidential, but turned it down. That role went to former Bond Girl Kim Basinger.
Born: November 5, 1964
Gave Conan O’ Brien a demonstration of her character’s signature move while promoting GoldenEye.
Born: August 6, 1962
This former Miss Malaysia is one of the only female stars whom Jackie Chan lets do her own stunts.
Born: December 8, 1964
Was a San Franciso 49ers Cheerleader before acting.
Born: February 17, 1971
The former Mrs. Charlie Sheen was voted the “Worst Bond Girl of All Time” by the readers of British newspaper Daily Mail.
Born: November 17, 1966
Measurements: 36 1/4C-23 1/2- 35 1/2
Began acting at the age of 14. Her first role was in the French film The Party (1980).
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Born: July 27, 1968
Measurements: 39D-25 1/2-35 1/2
This Italian hottie has also been seen in The Sopranos and more recently The Rite with Anthony Hopkins.
Born: January 28, 1979
Can play the piano and cello and can speak French and German.
Born: August 14, 1966
This former high school cheerleader is the first Oscar winner to become a Bond Girl.
Born: July 5, 1980
This French vixen has composed music for the flute and piano.
Born: September 15, 1977
Reached fourth place in the 1996 Miss Italy contest.
Born: January 12, 1986
Despite beating out 1500 other actresses for her role in Quantum Of Solace, she lost out roles in Iron Man 2 to Scarlett Johansson, and the Dark Knight Rises to Anne Hathaway.
Born: November 14, 1979
This Ukrainian-born actress trained as a model in Moscow and as a ballerina in the Soviet Union as a child.