These celebrities escaped death and have good pilots, well built planes, and a bit of luck to thank for it. Last Thursday a vintage World War II plane flown by Harrison Ford struck the top of a tree and crashed in a golf course. Ford is expected to make a full recovery. At other times, people are not so lucky. The theories about what happened to that Malaysian flight 370 are plentiful. Some people think that there was an explosion, the radar tracking system was turned off, it flew under cover of another plane, hijackers took over the plane, or somebody hid the plane on a remote airstrip for mysterious purposes. Let’s all be glad and thank our lucky stars together.
Harrison Ford reported engine problems in his World War II-era Ryan Aeronautical ST3KR plane and requested a return to Santa Monica Municipal Airport last week. He crash-landed on Penmar Golf Course in Venice about 800 feet southwest of a runway, according to HuffPost. A doctor named Sanjay Khurana said the plane dropped like a rock and it felt like an earthquake. Ford’s son, Ben Ford, released a statement that Ford would be okay.
Sandra Bullock was on a flight from Texas to Wyoming in 2000. There was decreased visibility and the plane missed the runway, landing in a place it wasn’t supposed to be. “I had my german shepherd. The front nose of the plane was in the snow so all we could see was just white coming through. We had been hit in the back of the head with things. I was freaking out,” said Bullock on Graham Norton’s show. Nobody was hurt in the crash.
Patrick Swayze had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes when he made an emergency landing in 2000 according to Hollywood.com. Police from Prescott Valley, Arizona said there was no substantial physical evidence that he was drunk in the 1978 Cessna. Swayze was planning to fly from Van Nuys, CA to Las Vegas and he blamed a pressurization problem on the crash. However, they did find a box of beer in his plane!
In 2008, Obama was just a senator back then. He still had obligations and was on a plane that crashed into another plane at Midway airport. There were no injuries. Obama probably flies in better planes now. Planes that don’t crash into others with lots of security and backup systems in place. At least, we would hope that they give the president an indestructible plane. Obama is still in office until 2017.
You go through the pain through getting a tattoo and then it gets burned off in a plane crash. That is what happened to Travis Barker in 2008. The plane carrying Barker crashed while taking off from Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. The tires blew out and the captain aborted the take-off at high speed. Four people died and Travis Barker survived with Adam Goldstein. Both surviving passengers filed lawsuits claiming damages against the estates of the dead pilots.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore were flying from Las Vegas to New York when they had to make an emergency landing in 2009. Nobody was injured. “My plane just had to do an emergency landing. Engine overheated. Fire engines everywhere. Good times,” tweeted Kutcher. They split up in 2011 after being married for six years. Kutcher now has a baby with Mila Kunis and Demi was seen with a drummer named Sean Friday in Hollywood.
Wilmer Valderrama was on a plane with Ashton Kutcher and Colin Hanks when their 11-seater plane lost pressure in 2003. The plastic that goes over the emergency exit went flying across the plane and then the masks dropped down, according to People. They were flying back to Hollywood after a Mardi Gras weekend. An auxiliary power unit malfunctioned and the plane depressurized. Everybody survived. Valderrama was recently photographed by Demi Lovato while he was working out and she said “This is mine?.”
Miranda Lambert was on a private jet that had to make an emergency landing in Clarksburg, West Virginia last year. The went to Instagram and wrote, “Our plane had an emergency landing in Clarksburg WV. But don’t worry, we found platinum fire suits. Yes!” The plane lost pressure and spent three hours on the ground before taking off again. Miranda put out a new music video called “Little Red Wagon.”
When a rear hatch flies off the plane, that’s not a good sign. Bono from U2 suffered injuries from his flight to Berlin in 2014. The Learjet 60 D-CGEO was taking them to the Bambi International Music awards. The tailage at the rear end of the plane became detached. Authorities at the Berlin airport confirmed that the jet landed with a damaged tailgate. He reportedly lost his luggage during the incident. Better to lose that than other things!
Ben Cauley has an amazing story to tell. He is the only survivor of a 1967 crash that killed eight passengers including Otis Redding. They were headed to a dance club called the Factory in Madison, Wisconsin. The plane went nose first into Lake Monona. Nobody knows why the plane crashed. Cauley recalled that they were told they couldn’t turn on the heat because of a low battery. James Brown claimed that he warned Redding not to fly.
Ed Robertson is the lead singer for the band Barenaked Ladies. They had hit songs such as “One Week,” and “The Old Apartment.” He was on a Cessna 206 floatplane that crashed in a wooded area near Bancroft, Ontario. His wife Natalie and their friends Julie and Jeff Jones were also on the plane. The plane stalled and Robertson landed it in the trees. They had to get out through the windows and nobody was hurt.
Jay-Z was on a plane with Nick Cannon with groupies way before Beyonce and Mariah came into the picture. Cannon told Charlemagne that they landed and a speeding limo crashed into the front of the plane. The driver was a female fan who was a little too excited to meet the celebrities. Jay-Z remained calm throughout the ordeal and got another jet. Jay just bought a Swedish company that controls music streaming services called Wimp and Tidal.
Jackson Rathbone was a character in “Twilight” but he was not Edward Cullen. He was on a JetBlue flight that mad an emergency landing in Long Beach, California. Flight 1416 was carrying 142 passengers and one of its engines malfunctioned. The pilot turned around and landed back in Long Beach half an hour after taking off. The runway was shut down for several hours due to the incident. Nobody was injured.
P. Diddy was on a plane heading to Miami when his plane was struck by lightning in 2005. They had to make an emergency landing in Palm Beach. Nobody was hurt. Diddy has been in the studio with Kanye West, The Weeknd, The Lox, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, and Cassie. He also has anew album coming out called “MMM.” He posted on Instagram that he is back doing music for 12 months only.
Allen Collins was one of the founding members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 1977, he and his band were on a Convair CV-300 when they ran out of fuel and crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitiarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the pilots died in the crash. Collins suffered two cracked vertebrae in his neck. Collins died in 1986 from complications after a car accident.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.