Yasuteru Yamada BBC

Old People Line Up to Clean Radiation in Japan →

Mr. Yamada:

I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live. Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 or 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.

Basically a group of 200+ retirees are volunteering to expose themselves to high levels of radiation so the younger men and women don’t have to.

Making the ultimate sacrifice to protect the lives of their children, and their children’s children. <3

Coming soon to a restaurant near you!

For decades there was only one way to use the humble ketchup packet, and it was messy. Now, thanks to a redesign by Heinz, fast-food lovers have a choice: the traditional squeeze play — or the option to dunk.

You want fries with that, in the minivan? No problem.

The redesigned ketchup pack, unveiled Thursday by H.J. Heinz Co., is shaped like a shallow cup. The top can be peeled back for dipping, or the end can be torn off for squeezing. It holds three times as much ketchup as a traditional packet.

Read Story: After 40 years, Heinz revamps ketchup packets -- MSNBC

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Conan's Closing Words

Conan O'Brien, Final Episode as Host of The Tonight Show:

"Before we end this rodeo, a few things need to be said. There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can't say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this:

Between my time at Saturday Night Live, The Late Night Show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we're going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.

Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting The Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I've had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we'll find a way to make it fun.

And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don't be cynical. I hate cynicism- it's my least favorite quality and it doesn't lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen..."

Stay classy, Conan.

Conan: "People of Earth..."

In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn't the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way.



Kobe Bryant's Game Winning Shots


Date Score Opponent Notes
05/09/99 101 - 100 Rockets Playoffs, game-winning FTs with 5.3 secs left
12/27/99 108 - 106 Mavericks Game-winning FTs
02/13/01 113 - 110 Nets OT Game-winning layup with the and-1
05/10/00 97 - 96 Phoenix Playoffs, jumper over Jason Kidd
06/14/00 120 - 118 Pacers NBA Finals, off reb and put back*
11/16/00 112 - 110 Kings OT game-tying 3 pointer for OT, & jumper for win
02/07/01 85 - 83 Phoenix Jumper with 2.7 sec
01/02/02 87 - 86 Nuggets Offensive reb and the jumper
02/22/02 96 - 94 Hornets First career buzzer-beater jumper
03/24/02 97 - 96 Kings Fade-away with 36 sec
05/12/02 87 - 85 Spurs Playoffs, off reb for the put back
12/06/02 105 - 103 Mavericks 28-point game comeback, spin-around jumper
04/04/03 102 - 101 Grizzlies Buzzer beater jumper
04/06/03 115 - 113 Suns Final jumper with 28.6 sec
12/19/03 101 - 99 Nuggets Game after the trial, fade-away
02/17/04 89 - 86 Blazers Layup and the foul
03/03/04 96 - 93 Rockets Jumper over Yao with 22 sec*
03/21/04 104 - 103 Bucks OT jumper with 25 sec
04/14/04 105 - 104 Blazers OT game-tying 3-pointer for OT, & g-winning 3-pt buzzer beater
03/13/05 117 - 116 Bobcats Pump fake jumper for the win
11/02/05 99 - 97 Nuggets OT jumper after the Kwame brick
12/04/05 99 - 98 Bobcats Game-winning FTs
01/07/06 112 - 109 Clippers Game-winning off-the-window shot*
01/12/06 99 - 98 Cavaliers Jumper against Lebron with 8 sec, & Lebron choking
04/30/06 99 - 98 Suns OT game-tying tear drop for OT, and game-winning jumper
01/14/08 123 - 121 Sonics OT game-winning jumper
01/09/09 121 - 119 Pacers Jumper against Jarrett Jack with 3 sec
12/04/09 108 - 107 Heat Game-winning buzzer-beater 3-pointer over Wade
12/16/09 107 - 106 Bucks Game-winning buzzer-beating jumper over Bell
01/01/10 109 - 108 Kings Game-winning buzzer-beater 3-pointer 4.1 seconds left and 0.1 remaining
01/31/10 90 - 89 Celtics Game-winning jumper over Ray Allen with 7.3 remaining
02/23/10 99 - 98 Grizzlies Game-winning three 4.3 remaining
03/9/10 109 - 107 Raptors 17-foot fadeaway with 1.9 left

* denotes eventual game-winner

Source: List of Kobe Bryant Game Winning Shots