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The ‘Cell Phone Slows Restaurant Service’ Story Going Viral Has Some Holes in It

I'll admit, after reading the story of a "restaurant" that did a "study" (sorry for all of the "quotation marks"), I thought it sounded legit enough to post it on Facebook, so I did. Later, I read another article on the Happy Place blog that disputed some of the "results" listed in the original article. Are you still with me? Good.

I usually try to check things out at places like Snopes.com (an excellent resource for sorting out online fact from crap), but this time, I didn't do any fact-checking. Happy Place did, though, and you can see what they concluded here.

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Trace Adkins, Chely Wright, Billy Ray Cyrus
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Trace Adkins Among Country Stars Trapped in New York City During Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy crashed into the east coast on Monday night, and Trace Adkins was among a handful of country singers trying to stay safe in the Big Apple. Chely Wright and Billy Ray Cyrus also took to Twitter to describe what was happening as the 100-year storm flooded the New Jersey and New York coastline. 

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NYC Opens Casino

You now have another option for gambling.  In New York City, they just opened their first casino.  That's right, you don't have to go to Louisiana or Las Vegas for a good time now.  How about killing two birds with one stone?  Gambling and sight seeing in NYC!  Sounds like an expensive weekend!

It's called Resort World Casino and has over 5,000 machines! No dealers though, everything is virtual

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Tokyo Named World’s Most Expensive City
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Tokyo Named World’s Most Expensive City

You may have to dig deep into your pockets to get to Tokyo.

You may have to dig even deeper to stay.

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Man Sets World Record for Extinguishing Cigarettes in His Mouth
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Man Sets World Record for Extinguishing Cigarettes in His Mouth [VIDEO]

Stunt man Richie Magic is officially a world record holder after he extinguished 70 lit cigarettes in only 60 seconds - in his mouth.

Initially, his attempt was supposed to be part of the roll out for New York City's new ban on smoking in public places. However, because it was discovered that Magic still smokes - as you will hear in the video below, nicotine oozes off of his voice - he was forced to perform his sickening stunt without much pomp or circumstance.

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Will Smith Forced to Move Giant-Sized Trailer
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Will Smith Forced to Move Giant-Sized Trailer

Though he's beloved by millions of moviegoers, Will Smith ticked off a number of Manhattan residents this week by parking his 1,150-square-foot, double-decker trailer right on the street.

According to the NY Post, SoHo residents and business owners

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ghtning Strikes New York's Empire State Building Three Times [VIDEOS]
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Lightning Strikes New York’s Empire State Building Three Times [VIDEOS]

There was a major thunderstorm that raged through New York City on Tuesday night. The rain came pouring down and the thunder slammed loudly throughout the night.

A lot of dogs were hiding under beds, children were scared, and adults were pretending not to be. The storm was so crazy that New York's most famous landmark, The Empire State Building, was struck by lightning at least three times -- and even cooler than that, it was caught on video!

Watch it happen, along with nine more lightning-strike videos of famous buildings after the jump.

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