Canadian Reporter Lori Welbourne goes topless in Live interview in front of mayor [ Pics and Videos ]

Keep your eyes up, Mr Mayor! The moment a Canadian journalist took off her top while interviewing local government leader

  • Lori Welbourne was talking to Walter Gray, mayor of Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada ahead of Sunday's Go Topless Day
  • 'What if I went walking down the street topless?' she asked
  • But before Gray could answer her question, Welbourne handed him her microphone and undid the strap on her dress, exposing her breasts
  • Gray continued the interview in good humor

A Canadian radio host and newspaper columnist took off her top during an interview with her local mayor this week and continued asking him questions bare-chested.
Lori Welbourne, who hosts the radio show On The Rocks and writes a column for the Province newspaper, was talking to Walter Gray, mayor of Kelowna in British Columbia, about whether it was legal in the town for women to bare their breasts in public.
'What if I went walking down the street topless?' she asked in the recorded interview.

But before Gray could answer her question, Welbourne handed him her microphone and undid the strap on her dress, exposing her breasts.

'What are you doing,' he asked, to which she replied, 'it's really hot in here.'
After regaining his composure, Gray explained that while someone may be tempted to call the police there is little authorities could do because it is in fact entirely legal for a woman to be topless anywhere a man can be.

Welbourne's stunt was in anticipation of Sunday's Go Topless Day.
Public toplessness is not illegal anywhere in Canada unless it's deemed to be indecent. It is also legal for women in a range of American states though plenty still outlaw.
'So I can go topless here in Kelowna?' Welbourne went on.

'Well, evidently,' Gray said. 'I'm not suggesting you should do that but I don't think you’d be committing any crime or breaking any bylaw.'
Groups of women turned out shirtless in cities including New York on August 25 to celebrate a women's right to bare her breasts in public. The annual event was started in 2007.
Welbourne went on to ask the mayor whether he was aware we are all naked under our clothes and whether he had any piercing and he replied in good humor.
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From bee venom to snails, some women (and Simon Cowell) will use ANYTHING to banish their wrinkles

You want me to put WHAT on my face? From bee venom to snails, some women (and Simon Cowell) will use ANYTHING to banish their wrinkles 

  • New beauty treatment in Japan uses snails to deliver antioxidants to the skin
  • It is one of many strange facials currently available on the market
  • The Mail sorts the science from the fiction to find out which treatments work

Are there any lengths we won’t go to in an effort to defy the visible effects of age? The answer is no,  if the latest slimy trend in Japan is anything to go by. 
Earlier this month it was reported that people there are forking out £165 for a facial treatment where live snails are applied to the skin. 
Medical experts claim the sticky gel snails produce contains antioxidants that help the skin retain moisture, and remove dead cells. 
In fact, this freaky facial is far from the most bizarre – but do any of them work? We spoke to the experts to find out.


FACIAL: Live snails slither across the face, delivering antioxidants to the skin. The garden variety are not recommended due to contaminants. This facial is available only in Japan but you can buy snail gel in the  UK (Dr Organic Snail Gel, 50ml, £19.99,

CELEB DEVOTEES: Actress Katie Holmes is said to use the gel.

FARCE OR FACT: Chilean snail farmers noticed they had very smooth hands, and this sparked a skincare revolution. A study released this year showed that daily application of products containing snail slime improved fine lines. A 2007 clinical trial using snail gel on rats showed it was excellent for wound-healing.

EXPERT: Cosmetic doctor Dr Mervyn Patterson at Woodford Medical says: ‘The slimy mucus will have a moisturising effect.’


FACIAL: VIP Stem Cell Facial,  £180, Stem cells are extracted from the placentas and umbilical cords of herds of sheep in New Zealand. The cells are flash-frozen and made into serums, which are applied as a face mask in combination with microdermabrasion, a glycolic peel and red-light therapy.

CELEB DEVOTEES: Simon Cowell and Kim Kardashian.

FARCE OR FACT: Clinical trials are under way – initial results apparently show ‘remarkable improvement in wrinkles and age spots’.

EXPERT: ‘When the placenta emerges from the sheep, it is full of stem cells,’ says Darren McKeown, a cosmetic doctor. ‘But by the time the cells have been processed, they are dead.’ Dr Patterson adds: ‘The glycolic peel will benefit skin tone.’


FACIAL: Harmony Clear Lift, from £125, Light – using a Pixel Q-Switch laser – is transformed into acoustic soundwaves as it hits the dermis (the lower layer of skin) to stimulate firmness.

CELEB DEVOTEES: It’s too new even for A-listers.

FARCE OR FACT: Photoacoustics is the formation of sound-waves following pulsed light absorption in a solid object. In trials the laser has proved its efficacy in skin rejuvenation, and has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

EXPERT: ‘This is a take on the  well-known method of wounding an area in order to stimulate healing and, as such, it may be effective,’ says Dr Patterson.


FACIAL: Rodial Freeze Treatment, £55, Rodial Glamoxy products contain Syn-ake – a neuropeptide which gives a mild freezing effect on wrinkles. This replicates the effect that real snake venom would have.

CELEB DEVOTEES: Gwyneth Paltrow, Cheryl Cole, Kylie Minogue and Sienna Miller.

FARCE OR FACT: Neuropeptides were originally hailed as a viable Botox alternative. Trials conducted by Rodial showed that after just  90 seconds, wrinkles were less noticeable, and there was a 52 per cent reduction within 28 days.

EXPERT: ‘There is some effect, especially in high concentrations,’ says Dr McKeown. ‘But it will be very small compared with Botox.’


FACIAL: The Active Reverse Facial at The Sanctuary Spa, £90, 0845  521 4567 or £175 with Nichola Joss, Developed by celebrity facialist Nichola Joss, this procedure incorporates a massage within the mouth, working on muscles inside the upper lip, cheek and jaw area. It encourages circulation, lifts the face, works on muscle tone and temporarily reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

CELEB DEVOTEES: Keira Knightley and Kate Moss.

FARCE OR FACT: Studies show that sports massages increase blood flow in muscle capillaries, therefore aiding muscle repair. The International Journal Of Neuroscience showed that massages increased serotonin, the ‘feel-good’ hormone.

EXPERT: ‘The increase in circulation caused by manipulation may give the face a health glow,’ suggests Dr Patterson. ‘There will be a temporary improvement in complexion.’


FACIAL: Heaven’s Bee Sting Facial, from £55, The Bee Venom Mask contains natural antibiotics to heal skin and the venom effect increases blood flow, causing cell renewal and increased collagen production.

CELEB DEVOTEES: The Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Cornwall.

FARCE OR FACT: Manuka Doctor, a rival company  to Heaven, has run trials showing that bee venom provides protection against sun damage and has antibacterial properties. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of muscular dystrophy, arthritis and MS.

EXPERT: ‘Bee venom costs about £500,000 a kilo so you couldn’t use much in such a reasonably priced facial,’ says Dr McKeown.


FACIAL: Black Diamond/Venus Freeze Facial at Neville Salon, from £200, Uses Black Diamond 111skin products, developed by surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandris, and based on a compound developed in Russia to offset the ageing effects of space travel on astronauts. It’s applied using a galvanic current, which helps push ingredients into the skin. Then radio frequency is used to stimulate the body’s natural wound repair process.

CELEB DEVOTEES: Cara and Poppy Delevingne.

FARCE OR FACT: Diamonds are being developed in a form known  as nanodiamonds to accurately deliver cancer drugs directly to tumours. It is from these applications that the 111skin Black Diamond range is inspired. Clinical trials have shown a substantial decrease in wrinkle depth and appearance after four weeks.

EXPERT: Dr Patterson says: ‘Radio frequency is likely to be the most effective part of the treatment.’

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They've got looks, talent and wads of cash! Meet the highest earning celebrities under 30... and Lady Gaga tops the pile

They've got looks, talent and wads of cash! Meet the highest earning celebrities under 30... and Lady Gaga tops the pile

It's the list every young gun in showbusiness wants to be on - and it's not the Vanity Fair Oscar Party roll-call.

A placing in the Forbes annual Highest Earning Celebrities Under 30 carries even greater cache than a one-on-one with Harvey Weinstein or Simon Cowell amongst youthful stars.

And coming top of the list this year is 27 year-old Lady Gaga who raked in an eye-watering $80 million between June 2012 and June 2013. 

Made of money: Lady Gaga earned $80 million in the last year... but still doesn't seem to be able to afford a top 

The Born This Way singer hauled in the dollars despite having to cut short a lucrative concert tour after undergoing hip surgery.

She spent weeks in a wheelchair - a gold plated Louis Vuitton one of course.

Musical talent dominated this year's list.

Justin Bieber came second on the annual Forbes list - and he hasn't yet turned twenty

Ranking an admirable second place was teen idol Justin Bieber, 19.

Despite more bad publicity than good over the last 12 months, Bieber isn't quite on the breadline with an annual income of $58 million.

Those teenage girls clearly have some spare money to spend.

Taylor was pipped to first place by musical rivals Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber

And taking third place is the young country music star Taylor Swift. She clearly has more luck with her finances than with her string of disastrous boyfriends.

The 23 year-old You Belong With Me singer, who has dated 1D's Harry Styles amongst others this year, pocketed a cool $55 million.

Her earnings received a boost thanks to her album Red which sold 1.2 million copies in the first week.

It was a good year for singer songwriter Calvin Harris who made $46 million

Barbnados-born beauty Rihanna came in a respectable fifth place in the top earners under 30

Meanwhile Scottish singer songwriter Calvin Harris, 29, has made a fortune after morphing into a global DJ sensation.

He beat 25 year-old Rihanna into fourth place with earnings of $46 million. 

Not bad for a boy who was discovered on MySpace.

Barbadian beauty Ri-Ri came in close behind with $43 million.

 Katy Perry  took sixth  place in the Forbes top ten

Songbird  Adele took seventh place in the Forbes top ten

Songbird Katy Perry took sixth place.

Californian girl Katy, 28, who last month told Vogue how ex husband Russell Brand asked for a divorce by text message, is still a big earner making $39 million.

This whopping paycheck came despite a relatively quiet year. 

The first of the non-musicians to make the list is the gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence who became Hollywood's darling this year with her Best Actress Oscar winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

Jennifer Lawrence is the highest ranking actor in the rich list, propelled by her Oscar-winning performance in Silver Linings Playbook

Her earnings reached $26 million and things are only going to get better for the 22 year-old who can now command millions per movie.

And Londoner Adele, who won an Oscar this year for Best Original Song for Skyfall matched her age with her income this year. The 25 year-old earned $25 million.

Just behind Jennifer is Kristen Stewart, 23, with $22 million.

Twilight's Kristen Stewart made a mint thanks to the Vampire franchise and a starring role in Snow White and the Huntsman

Bring up the rear: Taylor Lautner came tenth at the tender age of 21

While her love life may have gone down the pan this year thanks to a highly publicized affair with married director Rupert Sanders and subsequent break up with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, her income remains unaffected.

And finally, Taylor Lautner may look like he has just stepped out of high school but he is yet another Twilight millionaire. The 21 year-old grabs the tenth spot matching Kristen's income with $22 million.

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Obese shop assistant, 22, shamed into losing 10 stone after she sits on garden bench during visit home with new boyfriend - and smashes it to pieces

Obese shop assistant, 22, shamed into losing 10 stone after she sits on garden bench during visit home with new boyfriend - and smashes it to pieces

  • Alexandra Collings, from Treharris, South Wales, broke bench in two
  • Slimmed from 22 stone and size 22 to 12 stone and size 12
  • Lost weight by adopting healthy diet of fresh fruit and joining gym
  • Dumped boyfriend after he tried to tempt her with fattening foods
  • Has new boyfriend and says: 'Now I smile when we sit on a bench in the sun together'
A woman was shamed into losing ten stone after she broke a garden bench she sat on when she took her new boyfriend home for the first time.

Alexandra Collings, 22, was left sitting in a pile of splintered wood after the bench buckled beneath her.
Alexandra, who weighed 22 stone at the time, had taken her new boyfriend home to meet her mother Brenda, 60, when she perched on the bench - and was mortified to feel it crack beneath her and suddenly give way.

The humiliation was enough to encourage Alexandra to embark upon the healthy eating and exercise regime that helped her lose 10 stone.

Super slimmer: Alexandra Collings, 22, lost ten stone stone after she broke a garden bench she sat on when she took her new boyfriend home for the first time
Speaking about the embarrassing incident that spurred her on to lose weight, she said: 'I felt pretty nervous
he was the first boyfriend I had ever introduced my mum to.

'She was out on the patio so I led him out into the garden, holding his hand. I walked over to the garden bench and kicked off my flip flops and plonked myself down.
'There was a massive crack and then I felt the bench collapse - my backside landed to the ground with a thud, my legs sprawled out on the floor.

New figure: Alexandra had just brought her boyfriend home to meet mother Brenda, 60, for the first time when the bench crash led to the crash diet, she decided to go on a healthy diet and embark on a grueling exercise regime; she is now a svelte size 12

'I could feel my cheeks redden and flush with embarrassment. It was mortifying.
'I had scratches sure, but my pride was what hurt the most.'
Alexandra, from Treharris near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, was overweight as a teenager and her diet consisted of pork pies, chocolates and sweets.
She said: 'Every day I could feel my size 22 jeans groaning to hold in my bulging belly.
'I worked as a shop assistant and I tried to pretend I didn't care to customers.'
To lose the weight, she joined a local slimming group just days after and started a strict of salads and fresh fruit.

Supportive: She now weighs 12 stone and has a supportive new boyfriend Richard Jones, who loves her just the way she is

Alexandra split from her then boyfriend who refused to support her new healthy lifestyle and kept tempting her with chips and fattening foods.
Alexandra managed to lose a staggering 10 stone over the course of 18 months.
She now weighs 12 stone - just right for her 5ft 9in frame - and has a supportive new boyfriend Richard Jones, 31.
Alexandra said: 'I even bagged myself a gorgeous new man.
'He couldn't believe it when I showed him my "big" pictures.
'But Richard accepted me for who I was completely. Every time we sit on a bench in the sun together I have a big smile on my face.'

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The Hypno Boob Job: I went up three cup sizes after seeing a hypnotist (at a cost of £900)

Ever since she lost 14st three years ago, Ashley Weller had been unhappy about the size of her breasts.
But as a single mother with three children, she couldn’t afford plastic surgery.
So when the 26-year-old heard about a hypnotherapist who said she could make her bust bigger simply by thinking about it, she decided to give it a go – even though it seemed too good to be true.

Her cup runneth over: Ashley says she has had to buy new bras to accommodate her new assets

Unlikely as it sounds, Miss Weller claims the treatment worked, boosting her bra size by three cups from a 36C to a 36E.
Her hypnotherapist, Felix Economakis, claims he cleared psychological blocks in her mind that were stopping her breasts from growing. 
Mr Economakis, a chartered psychologist, said: ‘The mind basically controls the body and if you know how to work with the mind you can get it to make changes in the body.

'I was thinking of having a boob job operation but it looks like I won't be needing one now': Ashley says she has gone from a 36C to a 36E following Felix's sessions

‘We know emotions affect the body. When people get stressed they get headaches, for example.
‘Using hypnosis, I can work directly with the mind. I speak to the part that controls hormones to encourage growth.
‘There are many reasons for these blocks, for instance, during puberty women associate big breasts with unwanted male attention when they were not emotionally ready.’

Three years ago, Miss Weller, a full-time mother from Horley, Surrey, had an operation to have a gastric sleeve fitted, and lost 14st – but her breasts got smaller, too.
She said: ‘When I lost all the weight, my boobs went saggy and horrible. Having three children has ruined them too.
‘When I heard about the hypno boob job I felt excited and wanted to give it a go. I was sceptical about it at first and it took me a while to get my head around it.’
Miss Weller had three hynotherapy sessions at Mr Economakis’s office in London. The sessions, each lasting an hour and a half, cost £900.

Getting a boost: Ashley Weller, 26, claims that three hypnotherapy sessions with Felix Economakis have caused her breasts to grow by three cup sizes

She said: ‘I sat in a chair and then I felt really relaxed. 
'The next thing I knew Felix was telling me to wake up. I felt really refreshed – like I’d just had a long sleep.
‘I didn’t notice any change straight away. It wasn’t until the second session when I noticed my bra felt tight.’
She added: ‘I feel a lot more  confident about my boobs now.

Having the 'hypno boob job': Ashley says the sessions, where Felix claims to unblock the growth hormones responsible for enlarging breasts, were 'relaxing'

'A boob job can cost around £4,000 but I’d never have been able to afford that. 
'It goes to show there’s something out there other than surgery. 
'It does work. People should give it a go.’

Satisfied customer: Ashley with hypnotherapist Felix Economakis who says he is the only practitioner in Britain offering this service

But medical experts were rather more sceptical. Dr Ian Campbell, a GP from Nottingham, said: ‘Breasts can change for lots of reasons. 
'It can be as simple as being down to weight gain or hormonal changes.
‘The possibility that it is as a direct result of hypnotherapy is remote or impossible.’
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2013 Sony World Photography Awards

Two homeless street children were playing in the smoke created from burnt straws at Chittagong, Bangladesh. Suddenly dense smoke covered them and they were trying to protect themselves and escape. (Kazi Riasat Alve, Bangladesh, Shortlist, Split Second, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

Portraits of children and youths who survived the massacre on the island of Utoeya outside Oslo (NO) on 22nd of July 2011. Cecilie Herlovsen (17) hid at the south end of the island, where she was shot in her arm, her shoulder and chin. The last bullet was stopped by her wisdom tooth, which most likely saved her life. Cecilie had to amputate her arm. (Andrea Gjestvang, Norway, L'Iris d'Or Winner, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

Usain Bolt of Jamaica races ahead of Ryan Bailey of the United States, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Justin Gatlin of the United States and Tyson Gay of the United States to win the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Adam Pretty, Australia, Finalist, Sport, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards/Getty Images) 

New Year's eve traditions in Romania (Alecsandra Dragoi, Romania, Youth Photographer of the Year, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

The southern winter sky shows off its best in this 240 degree view of the Milky Way behind the Quiver Tree Forest near Keetmanshoop, Namibia. Both Magellanic clouds are visible on the left, while the central bulge of our own galaxy contrasts with the warm glow of light pollution from the nearby town. (Florian Breuer, South Africa, Shortlist, Panoramic, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

That girl stand firm in the 'storm', When confronting challenges, she will never give up. (Hoang Hiep Nguyen, Vietnam, Open Photographer of the Year, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

The twins Laura and Beln on the day of their fifteenth birthday celebration. In Latin America, the celebration of the fifteenth birthday of a teenager is very important because it marks the transition from childhood to maturity. (Myriam Meloni, Italy, Finalist, Arts and Culture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

The protagonists of my pictures are taken out of the context of place and time. They share visual kinship which is further emphasized by the scenery among which they are placed. We can only wonder what their relationships out of the frame are and whether the community they have formed in front of the eye of the camera really exists. It is entirely up to us to decide what conclusions we will draw and whether we will resist the temptation to classify and judge quickly. (Natalia Wiernik Poland, Student Focus Photographer of the Year, 2013 Sony World) 

Little girl of Turtuk Village, Nubra Valley, Ladakh, India. (Sandipan Mukherjee, India, Shortlist, Smile, Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

How often we arrived in an airport of an unknown city, ask for a taxi and drive into it in the search of our hotel or our meeting. That route through the window, longer or shorter, is the first impression we get of the city, and it's completely new for us. Quick glances to the locals, to the streets with no names, to the buildings. We astonishingly recognize those touristic icons that we see passing by, we track them and unsuccessfully put them in place because we haven't explored the city yet. That feeling of ephemeralness is what I pretended to get in this project, to which I aim to add more cities. New York, Paris and Marrakesh are the first chosen metropolis, on purpose, because they represent three continents and three cultures. I don't ask the taxi driver what do I want to see. I just simply let me being carried, with my open eyes and aware of what happens outside the car. I shoot left and right, back and forth, with the avidity of a tourist, enthusiast of his new destination. (Daniel Duart, Spain, Finalist, Travel, Professional Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards) 

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Outrage as five-year-olds get sex-education book on how to achieve orgasms and put on a condom in Germany

Outrage as five-year-olds get sex-education book on how to achieve orgasms and put on a condom in Germany

  • The book, called 'Where Do You Come From?', sparked outrage 
  • It features graphic images of a couple called Lisa and Lars having sex
  • One of the cartoon images shows Lisa putting a condom on Lars
  • Parents complained to the Berlin Senate, the city's governing body

German school children as young as five were given a sex-education book giving graphic advice on how to put on a condom and how to achieve orgasms.
Explicit: Parents were left outraged after a school in Germany gave sex education books featuring explicit images to children as young as five
Explicit: Parents were left outraged after a school in Germany gave sex education books featuring explicit images to children as young as five

Outraged parents complained when youngsters at a school in Berlin were given the book, called 'Where Do You Come From?', which features explicit cartoon depictions of sex.

Instructions: One of the pictures in the book, which features Lisa and Lars, shows Lisa putting a condom on Lars

Instructions: One of the pictures in the book, which features Lisa and Lars, shows Lisa putting a condom on Lars

The book, which shows a couple called Lisa and Lars engaging in various of stages of intercourse, shows Lisa putting a condom on Lars and another image of the pair having sex.

Outrage: Children as young as five at a German school were given access to an explicit sex education book which teaches how to put on condoms and how to achieve orgasms (picture posed by actors)
Outrage: Children as young as five at a German school were given access to an explicit sex education book which teaches how to put on condoms and how to achieve orgasms (picture posed by actors)

According to Spiegel Online, the school in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin did not initially respond to parents' complaints.
It was only when the local press got wind of the controversy and complaints were made to the city's governing body, the Berlin Senate, that anything was done.

The book is still said to be available at the school but not readily accessible by pupils.
Parents were not only concerned by the images featured in the book, but also by some of the explicit descriptions used.

The book, aimed at educating children aged five years and upwards, reads: 'When it's so good that it can't get any better, Lisa and Lars have an orgasm,' and 'the vagina and penis feel nice and tingly and warm.'

Politician Dorothee Baer of the Christian Social Union party in Bavaria said: 'Sex education should accompany the development of children, but not speed it up.'
Monika Grutters from the Christian Democratic Union Party told the Die Welt newspaper that she is against 'unnecessary zeal' in sex education.

Rude: The book features a variety of images featuring Lisa and Lars having sex
Rude: The book features a variety of images featuring Lisa and Lars having sex

Where Do You Come From? was first published by Loewe Verlag in association with German family planning group Pro Familia in 1991.

The publishing house said that the book is no longer being produced as some of its messages are out of date and added that it is being replaced with a book called 'Was I in Mummy's Stomach Too?' which the publishers say is less explicit.

Two raunchy: The book is to be replaced with a toned down, modernised version
Two raunchy: The book is to be replaced with a toned down, modernised version

The outrage comes as teachers in the UK have been encouraged to introduce pornography into the classroom, using sex education lessons to explain that porn is 'not all bad' and 'hugely diverse'.
The recommendations, included in an educational guide, suggest that teachers confront 'myths' about porn and inform children as young as five about sexualisation.

The guidance could have significant influence in British schools after the Government's decision to keep sex education lessons voluntary, leaving schools to devise their own ways of teaching the subject.

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WrestleMania 29 - Highest-grossing event in WWE history

The WrestleMania 29 extravaganza will now go down as the highest-grossing event in WWE history, per a press release the company sent out earlier today. As industry publication Variety notes the entire WrestleMania weekend garnered the company a whopping $72 million, up significantly from last year's $67 million for WrestleMania 28. It also drew 80,676 fans to New Jersey's Met Life Stadium, once again up from the crowd of 78,363 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. Variety also noted that the pay-per-view, headlined by the heavily-anticipated rematch between The Rock vs. John Cena, is projected to have done 1.2 million buys. Down slightly from last year's record-breaking 1.3 million purchases, but still a tremendous number.
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Bang With Friends Launches Site To Help You Have Sex With Strangers At SXSW

Hooking up at SXSW was never very hard, but it just got easier. If you’re in Austin this week and looking for that special someone to have anonymous sex with, look no further: Bang With Friends has extended its hookup app to make it available for the unwashed hordes social media experts looking for a little love after a margarita… or six.

If you have never used Bang With Friends, it works like this: You go to the site, click Facebook Connect, and choose from a mosaic of friends who you’re “Down To Bang” with. And if one of your friends also clicks on you to indicate that they’re Down To Bang as well, you’re both sent an email suggesting that you just get it over with and hook up already.

Well, the site has launched a new landing page at, which is aimed at hooking up attendees that might be interested in, um, banging. Unlike the original web app, BWF’s SXSW page shows you other attendees who have connected with the SXSW page, highlighting them with a special SXSW symbol. Because, you know, this is all about SEX. At SXSW.

In addition to the SXSW-specific site, Bang With Friends is partnering with MakeLoveNotPorn’s Cindy Gallop, who is speaking at the event. BWF minions will be handing out limited-edition-branded condoms during her session.

It’s all mainly promotional fluff for the site’s bigger mission of connecting people who’d like to have sex with one another. And on that front, it seems to be doing pretty well — already, Bang With Friends has had about 750,000 users connect to the site, submitting some 16 million “Down to Bang” clicks since the site launched. Of all those clicks, about 180,000 pairs have been successfully matched… Though there’s no word on how many of them ended up doing the deed.

Bang With Friends isn’t the only app to tap into SXSW’s hookup culture to get ahead. Social network Qpid is using the event as a way to get users sharing their sexual health status. You know, as a way to ensure other people don’t get your STDs.
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'My rats love me, when I cry they lick my tears': Meet the woman whose rodent-obsession has spiraled out of controlRat mania: Chantal Banks, who stars in an upcoming episode of TLC's My Crazy Obsession, has a total of 19 long-tailed friends in her two-bedroom home

A woman has told how she loves rats more than people, including her estranged husband.Chantal Banks, who stars in an upcoming episode of TLC's My Crazy Obsession, has a total of 19 long-tailed friends - which she describes as children - in her two-bedroom home.She lets each of the rodents lick her lips, nibble food from her mouth and run across her while she sleeps.

Her rat mania started when she was just 16 years old.'When you find your purpose in life you know it, and that’s what happened to me when I saw the first rat,' she said in a preview of the TLC show.

Comfortable lifestyle: Mrs Banks has created hammocks inside the cages for the rat
'I’ve had them pretty much ever since and I’ll never be without them.'Mrs Banks found someone who was able to deal with her love of rats and for 11 years she was married to Chester.

The couple have a son together, Kevin, who says: 'I grew up with siblings and they were rats.'But now Mrs Banks' obsession has spiraled out of control, her marriage has hit the rocks and she has moved out of the family home.

'Chantal would go out and buy two or three rats for whatever reason and then I’d find out about it later... I didn't want any rats,' Mr Banks explains. While he is hopeful that his spouse will stop hitting the pet store, Mrs Banks says the relationship is well and truly over.'My husband didn’t really want to take care of my rats anymore and it was very demoralizing and it was very difficult,' she recalls.'My husband will never have the type of bond that I have with my rats.'

Now living alone in her own apartment Mrs Banks dedicates much of her time to her little furry pets.Each rat has human name such as Lily and Janice, which apparently reflect their personality.'Burka likes to eat but he doesn’t like to exercise. Janice loves to kiss, Lilly is my jumper.' the mother-of-one chimes.While she likes eating with them and teaching them tricks she also delights in 'huffing' them.The act involves her enthusiastically nuzzling the rodent's belly.

Dealing with the rodent mania: Mrs Banks' husband Chester (left) has had enough of the rats, while her son Kevin is quite fond of them and describes them as his siblings (right)

'It smells good, it smells like nachos!' she exclaims.When she doesn't see her rats for a while she says that she suffers from GGMR, standing for 'I Gotta Get More Rats.'Summarizing her obsession she says: 'I love rats more than I love people. I can’t live without them. 'My rats love me, they don’t judge me. They love me for who I am. When I cry they lick my tears.'

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