Starbucks has released a new Frappuccino flavor, and they are basically conceding that the beverage is a giant cup of dessert. Starting today, customers looking for a massive dose of both caffeine and sugar can order a “Caramel Waffle Cone” Frappuccino, which, is essentially “waffle cone syrup and dark caramel sauce” and coffee put into blender which is then “topped with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces and more dark caramel sauce.” Sure, it’s essentially a liquified ice cream cone with some coffee in it, but, the summer-only offering is still more creative than whatever “Pumpkin spice” is supposed to be. The 16oz Grande only contains 400 calories of sweet waffle cone deliciousness. Discuss
The new face of the $20 bill will soon be featured as the subject of a Hollywood biopic. Deadline is reporting that Seith Mann (a filmmaker who's directed episodes of TV shows including The Walking Dead, Homeland, Dexter, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy and more) will be at the helm of a film that takes a look at the incredible life of one of American history’s most courageous figures.
A devout Christian, Tubman survived years of abuse from slave owners, before escaping and establishing the "underground railroad” to help other slaves escape to freedom. Later, she went from being a cook and nurse in the Union army to becoming a spy who guided raids and assisted in the freeing of hundreds more slaves. The Civil Rights hero is having somewhat of a cultural moment: In addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill (in the coming years), Tubman will also be featured in the HBO adaptation of the book Bound for the Promised Land, which is being produced by Viola Davis. Discuss
Two American men working for the group “Teams for Medical Missions” were found murdered in Jamaica on Saturday. Both 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols lived int he area where they built homes and conducted evangelistic outreaches while working for the American organization.
According to reports, the two men were both on their way back from checking in on a house the group had been building for a local in-need family when they were attacked. So far, no one has been arrested, but the area is known for having high rates of violent crime. In a statement on Facebook, the group said,
TEAMS for Medical Missions remains committed to serving the people of Jamaica and demonstrating the unconditional love of Christ. Our T4MM family is grieving and we covet your prayers. We serve an amazing God who is able to bring beauty from ashes and it is in Him that we put our trust.
One of the tech world’s great mysteries has been solved. Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has revealed to several major outlets that he is the inventor of the digital currency “Bitcoin,” an identity previously only know as Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright proved to the BBC, GQ and Economist that he was the actual mind behind the controversial online currency—which is extremely difficult to track—by demonstrating that he knew of early “cryptographic keys” used to create the currency. Following the interviews, the chief scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation released a blog post saying, "I believe Craig Steven Wright is the person who invented Bitcoin.” Other high-profile members of the Bitcoin community also say they believe Wright.
Wright said that he is revealing his identity to end investigations and speculation into his private life. He told the BBC, "There are lots of stories out there that have been made up and I don't like it hurting those people I care about. I don't want any of them to be impacted by this … I don't want money. I don't want fame. I don't want adoration. I just want to be left alone."
He is said to hold a large quantity of Bitcoins worth nearly $450 million Discuss
It looks like Will Ferrell will no longer be playing former president Ronald Reagan. Last week, reports surfaced that the comedy guru would star as the former president in an upcoming film, which focuses on the later years of Reagan’s presidency. According to early reports from Variety, the plot centered around an intern convincing Reagan he was only an actor portraying a president as he suffered from dementia.
The news sparked an immediate backlash from the Reagan family, who expressed their concern about the film. Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, told The New York Post,
There’s nothing funny about Alzheimer’s. It is terrifying for the families of those who suffer from it. They live with the fear [of] what will change next, they have to live with this terror and grief every day. This movie is cruel, not just to my father, but to the millions of people who have the disease, and the millions more who care for them and watch them suffer every day.
In a statement to Fox News, a rep for the actor said, "The ‘Reagan’ script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project." Discuss
Well, this is strange. Over the last few days, all of the content on Twitter accounts and Facebook pages belonging to Radiohead and Thom Yorke have been deleted. At the same time, fans in the U.K. received weird leaflets that said “Sing the song of sixpence, burn the witch. We know where you live.” Huh. Could the flyers contain clues to an upcoming album release date?
Is it all part of an “anti-viral” marketing campaign (as suggested by Vulture), hinting about the new album? Is Radiohead just being weird because they are Radiohead? All of the scenarios seem plausible, though considering some recent rumors about the new record, a long-awaited new Radiohead album finally coming this summer seems likely. Discuss