1 Looking for something soft and furry to brighten up your weekend?
We’ve just been introduced to a charming calico kitten that’s currently up for adoption and looking for a forever home.
Julie Johnson of Bakersfield’s Animal Care Center featured the six-week-old cat, dubbed Sarah on Friday’s Pet of the Week segment, part of TBC Media’s daily simulcast with NEWSTALK 1180 KERN. The program showcases adoptable pets once a week.
Johnson said Sarah is one of many cats brought in during the spring, when the shelter experiences an influx of animals.
“We probably have in excess of 60 kittens,” Johnson said, adding that shelters don’t have the capacity to handle that many animals at once.
Sarah is up for adoption at the Mt. Vernon Shelter Avenue — and the fee is just $5 in the month of June. For more information, call: 832-7387.
2 When we misbehaved as children, many of us found ourselves in a time-out, or spanked. Back then it may have seemed brutal, but we were lucky considering the type of punishment Japanese children face. Well, that at least one Japanese child faced.
Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka went missing in a bear-inhabited forest in northern Japan after his parents apparently abandoned him as punishment on Saturday, reports The Guardian. Tanooka’s parents told police he went missing while on a family hike, but they later admitted they left him behind as a punishment for throwing rocks at people and cars.
He was left without food and water.
Six days later, Tanooka was found alive and unharmed by military personnel in a military bunker about 25 miles from where his parents abandoned him. He only had a few scrapes.
“The first thing I said to him was that I was really sorry. He nodded and said OK, like he understood,” said his father.
He admitted the punishment was excessive.
3 When the Team Visa Olympic athletes are packing for their trip to Rio, they can add a new NFC-enabled payment ring, made by Visa, to their packing checklist.
Why not have a payment ring? Life takes Visa.
The ring is battery-powered and water-resistant, says TechChurch.com. “Team Visa athlete and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin can go from the pool to payment all with the tap of her ring,” says the company.
Franklin and Phelps will most likely not be wearing their nifty rings in the pool, but at least the option is there.
Visa will also be deploying 4,000 NFC-capable POS terminals around Olympic venues, says TechChurch.com, to help with the new payment method.
The summer games kick off on Aug. 5.
4 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is extremely versatile. He’s an actor, wrestler, inspiration — and may one day be a politician.
In an interview with BritishGQ, Johnson said, “I’ll be honest, I haven’t ruled politics out.”
“I can’t deny that the thought of being governor, the thought of being president, is alluring,” he said. “And beyond that, it would be an opportunity to make a real impact on people’s lives on a global scale.”
There is no time right now in Johnson’s life to juggle a political and Hollywood life. Time.com says Johnson is working on at least 11 projects, including three movies and his own line of gym bags.
Move over Arnold Schwarzenegger. There might be a new body-building governor in town.
5 Don't be surprised if the next time you stop at a cafe, Google is sitting outside wearing a beret, cigarette in hand, bemoaning bourgeoisie values.
That's right: Your favorite internet search engine wants to be an artist.
It's not quite there yet, by the way, though it is producing impressive work.
An online story by Popular Science says Google's DeepDream program has been reinterpreting existing art work, and in the process, "finding random dog faces, swirls and hands where there are none."
Users upload their photos and run it through the program. Out pop images described as "surrealistic" at best, and at worst, "psychedelic nightmares."
Again, it's not so much that DeepDream is coming up with new art as it's making yours more trippy. That said, it's fairly interesting stuff.
We might add that Google's artistic ambitions don't end with visual art. Its Project Magenta group is also working on a music generator and video maker.
If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, imagine what the world's leading internet site will come up with one day.
6 A handwritten love letter from President John F. Kennedy to one of his alleged mistresses is up for auction with RR Auction in Boston, says ABC News.
The four-page letter was written in 1963 and is believed to be for Mary Meyer, a Washington painter.
The letter was never delivered, according to Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of the auction house.
"He even had second thoughts about writing it," Livingston told ABC News.
Kennedy writes in the intimate letter, "Why don't you leave suburbia for once -- come and see me -- either here -- or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it -- on the other hand you may not -- and I will love it. You say that it is good for me not to get what I want. After all of these years -- you should give me a more loving answer than that. Why don't you just say yes?"
According to Livingston, bids might top $30,000 by the time the auction closes on June 23.
7 Uber and Lyft are on the same team now. The companies are conspiring with Walmart to take on Amazon.
The two driving services will help Wal-Mart with its last-mile grocery deliveries to customers as part of a test program starting in two weeks in Denver and Phoenix, says the Los Angeles Times.
This is how it works: Customers order items online and schedule a delivery time. Next, Wal-Mart employees will call a driver to pick up and deliver the order to the customer.
Wal-Mart will charge a delivery fee of $7 to $10. Customers will not pay the drivers.
Soon we may never have to leave our homes.
8 Business Insider found an Airbnb listing for the lair from the latest “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, and that’s not even the best part. It’s going for $10 a night.
Leonardo the host with a Turtle Airbnb profile photo, says in the listing, “We know ninjas need sleep too so we have three bedrooms upstairs for you to get your zzzs on. We also hooked you up with free pizza delivery and some swag for you at check-out.”
The loft includes a glow-in-the-dark basketball court and arcade complete with video games. The apartment is in Tribeca, a New York neighborhood in lower Manhattan.
Talk about a childhood dream come true. Except, not surprisingly, it’s completely booked up. Hey, do you think that $10-a-night offer was a gimmick intended to create movie buzz?
The Ninja Turtle franchise’s sequel was released on Friday.
9 Michael Jackson’s last home is for sale. The “Thrill Villa” in Las Vegas has been listed for $9.5 million, according to Realtor.com.
Jackson lived in the mansion from 2007 until his death from an overdose in 2009.
The 16,122-square-foot mansion on 1.7 acres has seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and even its own medieval-style chapel. And let’s not forget about the MJ shrine.
The mansion was built in the 1950s in Mexico and transported brick by brick to Las Vegas.
10 After some discussion between senior leaders and their ink’d subordinates, the Marine Corps has new tattoo regulations.
Tattoos above the neck are not allowed. They must be hidden when “wearing a properly fitting crew-neck shirt.” Tattoos are the arm must be two inches above the elbow or one inch below, according to Business Insider. You can only have one tattoo on one finger, and it can’t exceed three-eighth of an inch in width. And leg tattoos must be at least two inches below and above the knee. The wearer must be able to cover it with his hand.
The regulation reinforces the overall intent that “any tattoo, regardless of where it is, cannot express sexism, nudity, racism, vulgarity, or anything that is offensive and is of a nature to bring discredit to the Marine Corps or damage the nation’s expectations” about Marines.
Does that mean we can’t get “Semper Fi” tattooed across our forehead?
Compiled by The Californian’s Elizabeth Sanchez, John Cox and Charmaine Cleveland.