Gabe Kapler: Coconut oil is the world’s greatest lube

Gabe-Kapler-RaysFormer MLB outfielder Gabe Kapler is a fitness freak. He was one of the most chiseled players in the league during his 12 seasons as a pro, and Kapler now runs a lifestyle and fitness blog that gives readers pointers on how to stay healthy and fit. He also throws in a few bonuses that might help you with either the ladies or your dominant hand.

On Monday, Kapler wrote a post about the benefits of using coconut oil in everyday life. He claims organic coconut oil is a great teeth whitener, skin rejuvenator, lip moisturizer and more. His closing thoughts on the matter got a bit more saucy, if you will.

You’re moisturized and smelling tropical, your teeth are white and your face looks like you’ve just visited a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. The sun has set, and the moon is out. Perhaps you have a friend nearby, perhaps it’s just you by your lonesome … well, this is awkward. I’ve promised you authenticity, honesty and openness. Take this how you wish and I’ll spare you the step by step. Coconut oil is the world’s greatest lubricant. I can’t help where your mind goes with this. Once the ball leaves the bat, I can’t steer it.

In other words, toss out the KY jelly, Lubriderm, or whatever else you might use during personal time with your lady friend or yourself. Be sure to thank Gabe later.

H/T Fenway Pastoral via Deadspin

Little Birdman fan Gianni Zandri is next level with his tattoo detail

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Little Birdman fan boy Gianni Zandri is so detailed in his resemblance to the real Birdman — Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen — that it’s really incredible.

Little Birdman has received attention going back to last year when he showed up to Heat games sporting a mohawk. At the time he resembled Birdman, but he didn’t exactly have the full look down.

It wasn’t until later that his dad started taking him to an artist before games so he could have Birdman’s tattoos colored onto his body. According to the New Times, the process took 4.5 hours and was done the first time so Gianni could get a picture with his favorite player.

Little Birdman blew up during Game 6 of the Finals last year when Shaq invited him onto the court and took a picture with him. Soon after LeBron James’ mother Gloria met him and had him take a picture with LeBron. He was even invited into the locker room last year to hold the Larry O’Brien Trophy!

What’s so impressive is Gianni’s attention to detail with the tattoos; as he’s gotten more into it, he’s increased the amount of tattoos he has drawn on his body.

The picture below is from last year’s Finals:

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Tracy Morgan car crash scene video is pretty chilling

This video recorded after the fatal car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday morning that killed one person and left three including Tracy Morgan in critical condition takes you straight to the scene and is nothing short of chilling.

63-year-old James McNair was killed. Morgan suffered a broken nose, broken ribs and a broken leg in the crash. He supposedly was the person who was pulled from the limo as seen in the video.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old truck driver Kevin Roper had not slept in over 24 hours before the crash that was caused when he plowed into the limo carrying Morgan, McNair, Ardie Fuqua and Jeffrey Millea. Four other vehicles were caught up in the crash but no one from those vehicles were injured.

Roper reportedly is facing one count of second-degree vehicular homicide and four counts of fourth degree assault by auto.

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Mark Brunell’s daughter Caitlin wins Miss Alabama


Mark Brunell is not the only winner in his family. The three-time Pro Bowler’s daughter, Caitlin Brunell, was crowned Miss Alabama on Saturday night.

Caitlin, 22, recently graduated from the University of Alabama. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old and performed Disney’s “Let It Go” during the talent portion of the competition.

“I’m in complete shock,” Brunell said after winning the competition, via AL.com. “I don’t know if I even have words to describe, but I have worked so hard for this moment. I could not be more proud to represent this state. This is an absolute honor and blessing. I’m just so thankful.”

Saturday was Brunell’s third time competing in the Miss Alabama pageant. She will now represent Alabama in the Miss America Pageant this September in Atlantic City.

Photo: Twitter/Caitlin Brunell

There is a sick Karate Kid mural in Encino on Ventura Blvd


I happened to be driving down Ventura Blvd. in Encino Thursday and spotted this brilliant Karate Kid mural on the side of a Floyd’s 99 barbershop. It was so striking I of course had to stop and take a picture of it and share it here. Why? Because if you like and read LBS, there’s no way you don’t also like “The Karate Kid.” Check that: if you’re a living, breathing human being, there’s no way you don’t like The Karate Kid.

The original Karate Kid actually takes place in “The Valley,” which is what people call the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles, which is where I grew up. In the movie, Daniel LaRusso moved from New Jersey to Reseda, which is a city in the Valley. His girlfriend in the movie, Ali Mills, lives in Encino, which is described as a wealthier area in the Valley where some snobs live. I grew up in Encino and am definitely a huge snob, so the stereotype is still accurate. And the karate tournament where Daniel-San beats Johnny by doing the crane stance? That was the All Valley Karate Tournament, which is depicted in the mural.

After doing a little digging around, this story I found in the Argonaut Online provides the best background for the mural. The owner of Floyd’s happened to meet a graffiti artist named Jonas Never at a bar and saw his work. He then commissioned Never to create murals on the sides of various barbershops around the city. Never tries to make the mural fit in with the location of the shop as much as possible, which is how the Encino location got the Karate Kid treatment. There’s also a “Point Break” themed mural at the Hermosa Beach location, an “Outsiders” mural at the Sherman Oaks location, and Never has created many other murals around the Venice area, including one of Arnold.

These are some beautiful works of art that really help bring out the community feel. How can you not love them?

Man robbed at gunpoint on bike, captures it on GoPro camera (Video)

Bike-armed-robberAssuming this video isn’t a well-executed viral prank, it is a fantastic example of how frightening the world can be.

A man was minding his business riding his mountain bike through some trails in Somerset West, South Africa, recently when he was approached by a man holding a gun. The armed robber demanded that he turn over his bike and any other valuables, but he forgot to take the GoPro camera.

According to the YouTube description, the thief – who had two accomplices — made off with the bike, a cellphone, car keys and Oakley sunglasses. He looked directly into the GoPro at one point but decided not to take it. That ultimately led to his arrest, as the footage produced an image of the robber that was clear as day.

Fortunately, the biker was not injured in any way. He handled the situation well and did what he was told, which was wise. And, just as you might have figured, the camera footage helped lead to arrests.

From The Citizen in New Zealand:

With the help of the GoPro police managed to arrest two suspects on Sunday, a day after the incident occurred, with the third being arrested on Monday.

“Thorough investigation work led investigators to the suspects with the help of the footage,” said Traut.

The first suspect was arrested on Sunday at his residence in Sir Lowry’s Pass and a Luger firearm was seized. The same day another suspect was arrested in Sir Lowry’s pass, while a third was arrested on Monday.

The three men made a brief court appearance on Tuesday and will remain in custody until their court date later this month.

Video via @1000steps
H/T The Big Lead

Florida Judge John Murphy picks actual fight with public defender in court (Video)

A Florida judge is stepping down temporarily and seeking anger management after he instigated a physical altercation with a public defender in a courtroom on Monday.

Florida-courtFlorida Judge John Murphy allegedly became furious during the scheduling of a trial when public defender Andrew Weinstock refused to waive his client’s constitutional right to a speedy trial. Murphy lambasted Weinstock and told him how much he is angering him before challenging him to step outside the courtroom and fight.

“You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy said. “Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.”

“You know I’m the public defender,” Weinstock shot back. “I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client.”

At that point, Murphy told Weinstock “If you want to fight, let’s just go out back and I’ll beat your ass.”

The two men stepped outside the courtroom where one was heard yelling, “You want to f– with me?” Weinstock later claimed that Murphy grabbed him by the collar and punched him in the head.

“According to the lawyer, the judge grabbed him about the collar as soon as he walked into the hallway and began punching him in the head, and the lawyer just tried to stop the blows,” Weinstock’s boss Blaise Trettis explained, via Reuters. “And the deputies came into the hallway and pulled the judge off the lawyer.”

Regardless of who was right or wrong, that is obviously some seriously disturbing behavior from a person who is supposed to remain objective and decide the fate of those who have been accused of a crime. But hey, we’ll take a great viral video any way we can get it.

H/T Toucher and Rich