The Coast Guard is worried about having too many obese people on boats. On Dec. 1, it amended a federal rule that recalibrated the average weight of a passenger at 185 pounds, a 25-pound jump, which means the maximum capacity for vessels has dropped dramatically. “The U.S. Coast Guard feels the U.S. people have gotten fatter over time,” said Capt. Ed Sparrow, owner of a Miami-based charter yacht called Holiday of Magic. The Holiday of Magic has seen its own legal capacity drop from 49 to 35 passengers.
Some don’t see a problem with the new regulations, so long as they can still make their cruise. “Oh, God, yeah. I’m 251 with sandals,” David Kushner of Chenango Bridge, N.Y., said as he boarded the Key Largo Princess glass-bottom boat last week for a sunset cruise with his wife of 43 years.—-
A little black bear was found in the back of a Vancouver garbage truck yesterday morning. Video here.
You can stream and download El-P’s Metallica and Prince mashup (“Purple Rain” + “The Unforgiven II”) here. It’s called “Purple Metal.”
Air Force personnel stationed at Wake Island Airfield in Alaska found a vinyl collection worth something between $90,000 and $250,000 neatly categorized in a small room in the operations building of the base. The 611th Air Support Group’s Detachment 1 is now working to get the nearly 9,000 vintage vinyl records back to their owner, the American Forces Radio and Television Network in Alexandria, Va.
After Alec Baldwin’s run-in with American Airlines, he decided to make a cameo appearance on SNL this weekend. It would appear that American Airlines retaliated by pulling 30 Rock from their inflight entertainment lineup, but a spokesperson for the airline was quick to explain that NBC rotates which programs it offers onboard the AA flights. Sketch
The CityBeat offices want this for x-mas.
Charlotte Gainsbourg (The Science of Sleep) is reuniting with director Lars von Trier (Melancholia) for his latest effort, Nymphomaniac.
Director Tony Kaye (American History X) is set to direct Attachment, a thriller written by actor Christopher Denham (Charlie Wilson’s War). The story will center on a married teacher who has a one-night stand with a student but things really get weird when the boy returns to date her daughter and begins stalking her.
A Beaver, Pa., man by the name of Devonte Davon was one of four men in a car during a routine traffic stop. His defense attorney argues that the bag of weed found in the car could have belonged to any of them, but what else could Davon have meant when he asked the arresting officer, “Can I have my weed back?”
Happy Birthday to Christopher Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Jamie Foxx, James Kyson, Ted Nugent, Dick Van Dyke, Cameron Douglas, Wendie Malick and Hannah Montana.