9 Amazing Stories Of Real Life Castaways

9 Amazing Stories Of Real Life Castaways – Castaway stories hold a fascination for most of us! There is something almost romantic but utterly terrifying about the idea of ending up stranded on an island and we find ourselves mesmerised by these stories!

So Oddee have put together their 9 most amazing. The titles are as follows!

The fisherman who was lost at sea for a staggering 13 months

The family who survived on turtle blood while lost at sea for 38 days

The New Zealander who lived his dream of being a castaway in the South Pacific

The Inuit woman who survived alone on an Arctic island for two years

The castaway who was threatened with illegally squatting by park officals

The man who spent 60 days on a deserted island armed with only a video camera

The couple who conducted a social experiment while living as castaways

The shark fisherman who were lost at sea for 10 months

The newlyweds who were stranded on an island by a lazy elephant seal

You can read about each one of these stories on more detail on Oddee here.

Go beyond ‘Garp’: Watch these 6 lesser-known Robin Williams films

We really did lose an amazing sole last week when the great Robin Williams passed away from a suspected suicide. Out of love and respect a lot of fans are watching back and talking about movies from his long and fruitful career and although his loved characters such as Garp are being celebrated and talked about a lot we must remember he covered many genres and did many movies.

Today.com put up a list of the lesser known movies worth watching. Here is the list

‘One Hour Photo,’ 2002
‘The Fisher King,’ 1991
‘Insomnia,’ 2002
‘Awakenings,’ 1990
‘The Butler,’ 2013
‘Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction,’ 2008

This is a great list although not that lesser known. Just do a search through his IMDB and there are a ton of movies you may never have heard of, some really worth seeing in my opinion. One of my faves that many have not seen is 2004′s The Final Cut.

“Set in a world with memory implants, Robin Williams plays a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people’s recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger.”

It’s a very interesting movie.

Do you have any lesser known movies to add?

15 Summer Box Office Disasters From The Last 20 Years

There have been some stinking box office disasters over the years! Some just flopped beyond all reason (they seemed like a good idea) some were obviously a bad idea from the outset and someone should have stopped them way before production!

Of all the horrible movies some manage to eek a profit but many cost the studios dearly and Rolling Stone have put together a list of the 15 worst summer movie box office disasters.

Below is a summary of the list with the name, budget, year and box office takings. You have to agree many of these movies should never ever have been made!

1. ‘The Lone Ranger’ (2013) – Budget: $215 million. Box Office: $260 million

2. ‘Speed Racer’ (2008) – Budget: $120 million. Box Office: $94 million.

3. ‘The Adventures of Pluto Nash’ (2002) – Budget: $100 million. Box Office: $7 million

4. ‘R.I.P.D.’ (2013) – Budget: $130 million. Box Office: $78 million

5. ‘Green Lantern’ (2011) – Budget: $200 million. Box Office: $219 million.

6. ‘Stealth’ (2005) – Budget: $135 million. Box Office: $76 million.

7. ‘The 13th Warrior’ (1999) – Budget: $160 million. Box Office: $61 million.

8. ‘Around The World In 80 Days’ (2004) – Budget: $110 million. Box Office: $72 million.

9. ‘Gigli’ (2003) – Budget: $54 million. Box Office: $7 million.

10. ‘K-19: The Widowmaker’ (2002) – Budget: $100 million. Box Office: $65 million.

11. ‘North’ (1994) – Budget: $40 million. Box Office: $7 million.

12. ‘Catwoman’ (2004) – Budget: $100 million. Box Office: $82 million.

13. ‘Battlefield Earth’ (2000) – Budget: $73 million. Box Office: $30 million

14. ‘Evan Almighty’ (2007) – Budget: $175 million. Box Office: $173 million

15. ‘The Avengers’ (1998) – Budget: $60 million. Box Office: $48 million.

And here you can find Rolling Stone’s full slideshow with more details about each movie:

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/pictures/15-summer-box-office-disasters-from-the-last-20-years-20140716/1-the-lone-ranger-2013-0321600

Remains found after fisherman taken by croc at Adelaide River

Remains found after fisherman taken by croc at Adelaide River – Yesterday early evening (Monday 18th August 2014) a 57 year old man was believed to have entered the water to un-snag a fishing line in Australia’s Northern Territory on the Adelaide River when he was taken by a crocodile.

Now police have revealed that human remains have been found appearing to confirm the worst.

The man’s wife heard a scream and saw a crocodile tail splash but did not see her husband taken according to initial reports.

Our thoughts are with the man’s wife and family.

Details sourced from: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/2014/08/19/remains-found-after-fatal-nt-croc-attack.html

UN warns 30,000 Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar facing ‘potential genocide within days or hours’

UN warns 30,000 Yazidis stranded on Mount Sinjar facing ‘potential genocide within days or hours’ – The worsening situation in Iraq and Syria is getting to a point now that is beyond horrific with the seeming growing rise of the ISIS militant group hold on the countries.

Despite 100s of Humanitarian drops, lots of media coverage and a reasonable awareness of the situation the UN is warning of a chilling potential genocide of 20,000 up to 30,000 people stranded in the Mount Sinjar area.

The stranged Yazidis and Christians are facing a huge threat from the ISIS militant group and the UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards put out a warning yesterday saying that “a mass atrocity and potential genocide within days or hours”.

Extra humanitarian efforts are being devised to try and reach food and water to these people but it may possibly not be enough and as far as I can tell, beyond the warning there doesn’t seem to be much of a solution to this sad sad crisis.

The whole situation is one that seems so hard to solve. Intervention may end in another semi-occupation by the US or another large power but standing by and doing nothing seems so wrong too.

As a bystander my only tool seems to be able to hope and pray and talk about it with those that are unaware.

I sincerely hope these poor people find a way to survive this unthinkable situation.

Please read more here.

5 Forgotten 80′s Superstars Who Still Work More Than Most Modern Megastars

The 80′s made a ton of massive superstars. Think of Arnie, Sly in the action world, a ton of wiseguys and beautiful women, child supremes and more. But fast-forward and many are nowhere to be seen, or are they?

So can you think of 5 Forgotten 80′s Superstars Who Still Work More Than Most Modern Megastars?

There are a fair few.

Here is a summary (and my thoughts) from a list published by Filmonic.

5. Sigourney Weaver – She successfully made it out of the alien cover and became a legit actress but heading into the 90s did stumble over a few flops. However she kept the hard work up and to this day we see her in movie after movie. The fact that she was cast in Avatar shows that she is still at the top of her game.

4. Joan Cusack – Joan still pops up all over the place and like her siblings she seems to work hard! She now plays the middle aged woman with her characteristic style!

3. Anthony Michael Hall

2. John Cusack – John just works and works and works, making multiiple movies most years! A great actor who doesn’t always pick great scripts but every now and then shines super bright! He also writes an directs! A work-a-holic maybe!

1. Judd Nelson – This guy is great and turns up a lot of TV still. He keeps working hard and even writes novels now!

See the full list with their thoughts here: http://filmonic.com/5-forgotten-80s-superstars-still-work-modern-megastars?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Filmonic+%28Filmonic%29

9 strange sports-related deaths

9 strange sports-related deaths – From deaths of an entire team due to a lightening strike, slipping on a banana peel, getting a pierced heart from your own golf club and more there are some very very strange sports-related deaths out there! Sometimes humans go in the strangest ways!

At the end of the day many of us pass for reasons that seem stupid, almost funny in hindsight (no, I am not saying death is funny but it is often ironic).

Oddee has put together a list of 9 bizarre sports related deaths which includes Harry Houdini, a children’s entertainer and more. It can be seen here.

Chess deaths leave sour note at Norway tournament after two participants die

Two deaths have left a sour note at a Norway chess tournament after two participants died in unrelated deaths.

The first death happened to during play, a 67 year old participant, a member of the Seychelles team, collapsed during the final round against Rwanda. When the emergency help came in people scurried thinking the defibrillator was a gun!

The second death was a man found dead in his hotel room. He was a player from Uzbekistan.

Both deaths have no suspicion of foul play and were said to be of natural causes.

Incredibly sad!

The kids of ‘Harry Potter’ then and now Toofab

The kids of ‘Harry Potter’ then and now Toofab - The casting for Harry Potter all those years ago was a big deal. Harry was so imprinted in people’s minds that people all had an opinion about what he should look like. Then when little Daniel Radcliffe was shown the world many rejoiced and many said “That’s not Harry!”. But now, many years later Radcliffe is very much Harry, I would imagine when J.K thinks of Harry she now thinks of Radcliffe! He took the role and grew as an actor, despite recently saying he hated his Potter acting!

The other characters were contentious too, some said Hermione was not geeky enough, some complained about Ron but now they are the characters after many years. It’s made it difficult for the actors to grow past those roles but they are working on it and some very successfully now.

The internet of course still casts them in the light of Potter, many ogle now at the chubby Neville Longbottom’s turn as a swan from his previous ugly duckling status, many are surprised at the rap career trying to be made by the blonde baddie! They talk about what a great actor Ron became and what a genuine nice bloke he seems!

Anyway, Toofab put together a pretty cool then and now gallery. It’s interesting to see the pictures side by side!

See the gallery here.

Inside Robin Williams’ Addiction Battle

The sadness of the passing of a true comedy genius and manic soul is far reaching. The world stopped when it heard of the passing of Robin Williams. However his apparent suicide was a dark one, one that hurts even those who knew very little about him. He will be missed so badly.

I wanted to share my thoughts as published on another blog, Frugal Zeitgeist, they can be seen below….

I’m not going to pretend here that I know anything about the late Robin Williams personal battles or what drove him to his apparent suicide.

I do know the world has lost yet another bright star and the universe is noticably dimmer for the loss.

Robin Williams lit up and made the best of almost every project he was cast too however behind the over the top mania a man with addicted demons and serious down swings existed. The confidence in the world we saw was likely countered with equal self hate and he was extremely open about the addictions he fought for his entire life.

When I heard the news of his death I was of course shocked but we must remember he was yet another great man who suffered a much under publicised ilnness. Depression is only a part of what he suffered and addiction often is yet another part.

Robin Williams was bi-polar, manic depressive. Like many comedy greats (and other greats too) he suffered a very real illness.

Robin will be missed so so sorely but the media needs to be straight up and stop along this depression path, in my opinion.

Read more about manic depression and Robin Williams in Psychology Today here.