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by Freedman posted Aug 13 2014 3:42PM

Australian newspaper The Advertiser is reporting that Australian sharks love AC/DC. "Eyre Peninsula tourism operator Matt Waller has discovered that great whites are attracted to the Australian hard rock band more than any other - even more than berley.

Several times a week his Adventure Bay Charter company cruises down to Shark Bay at the Neptune Islands, south of Port Lincoln, to view the world's largest predatory fish.

The sharks are particularly attracted to top-selling songs If You Want Blood and Shook Me All Night Long with their low frequencies.

Mr Waller discovered the unusual attraction for sharks when taking tourists out on his swim with great white sharks trips.

"We know the AC/DC music works best by trial and error, and we are doing more research to see what works best with different species of shark," he says.

It all started when Mr Waller did some research on the internet to see what companies use to help repel sharks.

"I asked a couple of them how to attract sharks and they said they hear best at frequencies from 20 to 1000 hertz," Mr Waller says.

"Quite often we see the sharks on the surface, but most of the time our guests want to get in the cage and see them up close.

"I've seen the sharks rub their faces on the cage where the sound is coming from as if to feel it."

Mr Waller believes the attraction of sharks to AC/DC has much to do with the low frequency range of their music, which is compatible with the very sensitive hearing of sharks.

"The sharks come to Neptune Island, which has the largest population of fur seals in the world, to stock-up on a high energy diet of the fur seals," he says.

The attraction of great white sharks to AC/DC music echoes the practice of Pacific Islanders in attracting sharks by rattling coconut shells together under the water."

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by Freedman posted Aug 12 2014 2:58PM
Actor Robin Williams holds up his Oscar after winn

As we all mourn the loss of Robin Williams, I just came across a great article in the Huffington Post that shows what a huge talent he was. "Robin Williams lived an amazing life before his death at the age of 63. In the beginning of his career, Williams struggled as a street mime in front of New York's Museum of Modern Art; by the end, he was the type of performer who could lift the spirits of a long-time friend in the hospital to our nation's troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait and everyone in between. Moreover, once Williams reached the top, he remembered to look back on where he came from: The actor famously helped Jessica Chastain become the first person in her family to go to college, funding her full-ride scholarship to Juilliard when she was just starting out herself. There's certainly no doubt Williams will be missed by both fans and colleagues. Below are some of the little known moments of Williams' inspiring career.

1. Robin Williams improvised most of Genie for "Aladdin."

2. Robin Williams dressed in scrubs and surprised his friend Christopher Reeve in the hospital following his career-ending accident.

3. During the filming of "Schindler's List," Robin Williams called Steven Spielberg to tell him jokes and lift his spirits.

4. In high school, Robin Williams was voted by his classmates as the "Least Likely To Succeed."

5. Robin Williams' favorite childhood book was "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," which he'd read to his kids.

You can read the entire article here: It has some great backstory and pictures as we mourn the loss of a man that provided so much laughter to so many.

by Freedman posted Aug 7 2014 3:16PM

tosses fan's cellphone at concert

The Toronto Sun is reporting that "Rocker Peter Frampton lost his cool at a concert in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday when an unruly fan ignored his repeated requests not to film his performance on a cellphone.
The Show Me the Way hitmaker turned his back in disgust at one point but when the front row fan kept taking shots and video of the guitarist, Frampton turned and asked for the fan's phone. Online reports on social media differ with some suggesting the rocker hurled the phone into the rafters of the concert venue, while others claim he simply tossed the device backstage and continued with his set.

Onstage Magazine's Larry Philpot, who was at the show, writes, "You could see the absolute look of desperation and frustration on Peter's face. I have never seen an artist so upset before... and the guy in the front row (was) unrelenting - apparently with no self control, considering he's already flipped Peter off and turned around and called the rest of the audience a bunch of deadbeats." Philpot adds, "Peter ends the song, walks over and with a huge smile on his face bends down and says, 'Hey, can I see that? Can I see the photos you've been taking?' The guy hands him his phone and Peter stands up, spins, and flings for the rafters! Yes! The phone went flying to the back of the stage and we all erupted in cheers! With years of experience playing guitar, we just knew he had a great arm!"

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