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9. CheggFollowing on the heels of Twitter’s successful IPO, the debut of Chegg, an online textbook rental company, was watched closely by Wall Street and the tech world to gauge just how frothy the IPO market might be getting. At least at this point, not every tech stock is an automatic home run—Chegg tumbled 23 percent in its first day of trading, and slid further in the ensuing week. The performance showed Wall Street has not yet reached the IPO euphoria of the dot-com bubble, good news.
8. 58.comMore and more Chinese companies are choosing to list on U.S. stock exchanges. 58.com, a classifieds listing site known as the Chinese version of Craigslist, debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in October. The company managed to double its IPO price over the course of the next month. The success of Chinese stocks in U.S. may soon lure Alibaba, an e-commerce giant based in Hangzhou, which could net a market valuation of $100 billion.
7. Burlington Stores Inc.The discount retail chain best known for its Burlington Coat Factory stores went public for a second time in October after being taken private in an acquisition by Bain Capital in 2006. The company, which operates 500 stores, got a 40 percent pop on its first day from its IPO price of $17. The stock peaked above $40 in November, and analysts project the company will generate $4.43 billion in revenue this year.
6. GogoGogo has become the go-to source for Internet service on airplanes and in airports. The company, which provides Internet access on 81 percent of airplanes that have Wi-Fi in North America, raised $187 million at an IPO price of $17 per share. The company’s stock is now hovering around $30 and is likely to benefit from new FAA rules that will allow passengers to use mobile devices during takeoff and landing and even make phone calls during flights.
4. Tri Pointe HomesThe public debut of the housing company Tri Pointe Homes in January was the first IPO in the homebuilding sector since 2004, according to Bloomberg. The company raised $233 million by pricing its IPO at $17 per share. Its IPO was another sign of the ongoing recovery of the housing market and the steady increase in home prices in the last two years. Another homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Home Corp., went public in April, raising $629 million.
3. SeaWorld EntertainmentSeaWorld Entertainment, which runs 11 theme parks that attracted 24 million guests in 2012, saw its shares jump 24 percent on its first day of trading from an IPO price of $27 per share. The company, now owned by the Blackstone Group after being held by beer giant Anheuser-Busch Inbev, is facing several headwinds. Its stock price fell in August after it lowered ticket prices due to dwindling attendance. Throughout the year the company has been fending off controversy connected to the film Blackfish, a documentary about the 2010 killing of a SeaWorld trainer that played at the Sundance Film Festival and was broadcast on CNN in October.
2. Empire State Realty TrustYou can now own a piece of one of New York’s greatest landmarks. The Empire State Realty Trust, which operates the Empire State Building and 20 other New York properties, went public in October, raising $929.5 million for the company at a price an IPO price of $13 per share. It was the second-largest IPO ever for a real estate investment trust, according to Bloomberg. But the company will soon face competition filling its Midtown Manhattan offices when the One World Trade Center opens in 2014.
1. TwitterThe most anticipated Internet IPO of the year was a success for both Twitter and Wall Street. The social network’s stock leapt 73 percent in its first day of trading, from $26 to $44.90. It was a stark contrast from Facebook’s IPO just a year and a half earlier, which was overpriced and suffered from technical glitches. Wall Street has granted Twitter a valuation of around $23 billion, in the league of Netflix and LinkedIn. Now the company, which has earned no profits, will have to prove it deserves it.
10. JumpCamAt first blush, it may not be obvious what’s different about JumpCam, an app for taking and sharing short videos. But it’s built around a feature that isn’t anywhere near as plain-vanilla as its look and feel. Rather than just letting you share clips with friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers, it lets you collaborate with them, piecing together shots into mini-movies, which can grow and evolve over time.
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9. Putting your money where your mouth isWe’ve all used social media as an outlet for our outrage. But Hasan Syed took his complaining to the next level when he spent more than $1,000 to call out British Airways on Twitter. The Chicago-based business owner bought a promoted tweet after the airline lost his father’s luggage, forcing him to cancel a planned trip to Germany. And it worked: press about his gambit guaranteed Syed hundreds of thousands of eyeballs beyond the 50,000 he paid to target with his initial advertisement. The incident also ushered in a new era of complainvertising, in which customers use social media to amplify their own disgruntled voices. As for Syed? His father’s luggage was returned, along with an apology.
8. Fashionably late to the partyAt this point, it’s hardly news when someone famous decides to join Twitter. But the folksy octogenarian investor made headlines with a tweet that was equal parts charming and “he said what?!” Buffett may not have tweeted many times since, but his introductory tweet will remain the stuff of legend.
7. Making it soPatrick Stewart isn’t just the latest celebrity to perfect the art of using Twitter to get closer to his fans. By sharing photos of himself wearing an amazing Halloween costume or enjoying his first-ever New York City slice, the Star Trek star is subtly tweaking his public reputation as an actor known mostly for serious roles. But the best example, with nearly 1000 RTs and counting, is simply a photo of the actor playfully referencing his most famous part.
6. Livetweeting historyAdam Kitzenberg isn’t the first person to livetweet a major news event that made headlines the next day. But this startup founder’s tweets about the shootout between the alleged Boston bombers and the police gave the nation a real-time look at a news story that horrified—and captivated—the nation.
5. Oreo turns the lights back onWhether you thought it was brilliant or just plain silly, you have to admit that Oreo’s “Power Out?” tweet was a stroke of advertising genius. The timely tweet was the result of a quick collaboration between ad agency 360i and Oreo executives during the game’s 34-minute partial blackout. The massive social media hit ushered in a new era of real-time social advertising, proving big brand commercials doesn’t always have to cost millions.
4. Millions stood with WendyMajor TV networks didn’t initially cover Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ successful filibuster of an anti-abortion bill, but the Internet was definitely paying attention. Viral hashtag #StandWithWendy and a YouTube livestream helped raise awareness as the famously pink-sneakered politician passionately made her case for 11 hours straight. More than 125,000 #StandWithWendy tweets were sent per hour during the campaign’s peak. The hashtag was more popular than #StandWithRand, which supporters used when tweeting about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster in March.
3. The year in surprising tweetsMany were surprised when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took to Twitter to wish Iranian Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah. The message was bolstered after Foreign Minister Javad Zarif—who had his own Twitter moment announcing the recent P5+1 nuclear deal—replied to Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, with a similar message of acceptance. Some dismissed the event as a publicity stunt, but others declared a new era of Twitter diplomacy.
2. How to write the perfect tweetMia Farrow dropped the mother of all “You are not the father” bombs when she implied in a recent Vanity Fair interview that Frank Sinatra, not Woody Allen, might be the father of her biological son Ronan. The MSNBC host didn’t confirm if his blue eyes are actually from Ol’ Blue Eyes, instead, he just left us with this gem of a tweet.
1. Tweeting your way to an IPOTwitter announced its eagerly anticipated IPO filing via—what else?—Twitter. It was the perfect way for the social network to get the news trending.
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9. Winnie RoseJimmy Fallon’s baby might not be able to talk yet, but we’re pretty sure she already takes the cake for funniest celebrity baby of the year. Winnie is named after Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, which is where Fallon proposed to his wife Nancy. After trying to have a child for five years, the couple decided to go with a surrogate.
8. Carmen Gabriela BaldwinAlec Baldwin might have a tenuous relationship with his 17-year -old first child — we all remember the answering machine recordings in which he called her a “rude, thoughtless pig” at 11 — but this year he decided to go in for round two. Carmen was born in August to Baldwin and his yoga instructor wife Hilaria Thomas.
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6. Everly TatumChanning and Jenna Tatum met on the set of Step Up, a film they costarred in together. Four years into marriage, the couple welcomed the creatively named Everly to the world. Rather than play the paparazzi game with first photos, Channing revealed his daughter on his Facebook page on Father’s Day.
5. Sebastian Taylor ThomazKanye’s ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, had a baby this year, too. She and rapper Wiz Khalifa had their first child, named Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, in February. The two were married in July 2013.
4. Axl Jack DuhamelNot ones to eschew a strange baby name trend, actor Josh Duhamel and Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie had son Axl in August. For the most part, Fergie kept quiet about the pregnancy to the press.
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2. North WestAnother baby of the year was born to parents that really work to stay in the spotlight: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. North West was born on June 15, twelve days after Kardashian’s divorce from basketball player Chris Humphries was finalized. The baby’s highly anticipated first photo was leaked by none other than Kris Jenner’s, Kardashian’s mom.
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10He Wanted To Be Spider-Man
All of us have fantasized about possessing superpowers, but for most of us, these are just idle daydreams. Michael Jackson was a little more serious about his obsession. In the late ’90s, he tried to purchase Marvel Comics, which had filed for bankruptcy. His dream was to produce a Spider-Man movie starring himself. Unfortunately for Michael, this venture failed, and the role of Spider-Man went to Tobey Maguire and film finally came together.
Jackson wasn’t done. When he heard of an upcoming X-Men movie, he lobbied hard to get the role of Professor X, the mutants’ chrome-domed paraplegic leader. Few roles might have been less appropriate for him. Veteran Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart eventually got the part.
9He Really Did Have Vitiligo
Throughout his youth, Michael Jackson had a medium-brown, African-American complexion, but in the 1980s, his skin lightened considerably. Questioned, Michael claimed that he had a condition called “vitiligo.” Years later, his autopsy report confirmed the claim.
Vitiligo is a vanishingly rare skin disorder that causes melanin-producing cells to malfunction and fail. The precise cause is unknown, but it is tied to the autoimmune system. Vitiligo does not operate in a uniform fashion. It manifests in splotches that tend to continually grow and change shape. Jackson bleached his skin with a cream called Porcelana, but we don’t know whether the bleaching was an attempt to even out the patches or whether the bleaching itself sparked the vitiligo.
Michael was very close with his dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein. He even married his nurse, Debbie Rowe, who went on to have Michael’s children, Michael jr. and Paris. The couple divorced in 1999. Rowe recently announced her engagement to Jackson’s friend, gay porn producer Marc Schaffel.
8He Was Secretly Balding
Michael Jackson always appeared to have flawless hair. As a little boy, he had an afro, and as an adult, he grew flowing black locks. However, after 1984, he was forced to wear wigs.
While filming a Pepsi commercial simulated to look like a live concert, Michael caught on fire in a pyrotechnics accident. During the commercial’s sixth take, an explosion went off too early, setting Michael’s hair alight. For several moments, he continued dancing, not realizing what had happened.
Members of the cast and crew quickly swarmed him and extinguished the flames, but by then, the damage was done. He suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face and scalp. To compensate, he had his hairline permanently tattooed onto his forehead and wore a wig attached to hair that his autopsy called “sparse.” Footage of the incident remained under wraps for 25 years but was leaked by Us Weekly in 2009, a move strongly condemned by Pepsi.
Photo credit: Georges BiardThe Pepsi incident had far-reaching repercussions besides torching Michael’s hair. The grueling operations he endured afterward are said to have kicked off his addiction to painkillers and obsession with plastic surgery.
In Moonwalk, his 1988 autobiography, Michael admitted to two rhinoplasties (ostensibly to help him breathe better) and a dimple created in his chin. He gave a laundry list of causes for other differences in appearance—everything from puberty to a vegetarian diet to stage makeup and lighting—but he obviously went through an extensive number of procedures.
Doctors have suggested that Jackson suffered from body dysmorphic disorder. It is believed that he had surgery to enhance his cheekbones, alter his lips, and lift his forehead, in addition to his numerous nose jobs. It has been reported that his father Joe used to insult Michael as a child, calling him “big nose,” which may have sparked the problem.
By the late ’90s, the nose was little more than a stump. When the UK’s Daily Mirror ran a picture of Jackson in 1992, calling him “hideously disfigured,” he sued them. The paper settled out of court in 1998.
Jackson purchased Bubbles the chimpanzee as a baby from a primate research facility in Texas in the early 1980s. For years, the two were inseparable, Bubbles riding on Michael’s hip like an infant to various public appearances and events. The press had a field day with this relationship, often dreaming up weird tabloid stories about the ape as they had for his owner.
Bubbles ate at the dining room table with Jackson, slept in a crib, and learned to use the toilet. Michael even taught him to moonwalk. Some of Michael’s other chimps were markedly less well behaved, including Max, who would take off his dirty diaper before climbing into bed.
However, as Bubbles aged and went through puberty, he began to grow ever more strong and aggressive. Fearing his son might be attacked, Michael was forced to give Bubbles to a sanctuary.
In 2003, a bizarre story emerged that Bubbles attempted suicide and had to be rushed to the hospital. Today, Bubbles, is in his thirties and lives at the Center for Great Apes in Florida. According to his keepers, he spends his time painting, listening to flute music, and hanging out with his friend Sam, an older chimpanzee.
In the mid-1980s, around the same time as he began lightening his skin, Michael Jackson became a tabloid phenomenon. He grew to despise his reputation as “Wacko Jacko,” but this curse was largely of his own making.
One of the first sensational tales about Michael emerged in 1986, when it was announced that he was spending time in an oxygenated hyperbaric chamber to defy aging. It would later turn out that he himself had actually leaked this untrue story to the press.
Another story emerged that Michael had tried to buy the remains of “Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick. This, too, was a complete fabrication by Michael and his manager, Frank Dileo.
Later, he would complain to biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli: “Why not just tell people I’m an alien from Mars? Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They’ll believe anything you say, because you’re a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, ‘I’m an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight,’ people would say, ‘Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He’s cracked up. You can’t believe a single word that comes out of his mouth’.”
As a child star, Michael suffered hideous abuses at the hands of his father. He was routinely whipped and cursed at, and in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit upon seeing the man. This likely caused his adulthood childlike behavior and drew him to children such as Macauly Culkin, entertaining them at his Neverland Ranch.
Neverland is a sprawling 2,700-acre private amusement park with its own zoo, carnival rides, and two railroads. The ranch takes its name from Peter Pan‘s “Never Never Land,” where boys never grow up. It seemed at first that Michael was merely trying to recapture the childhood that he had never been able to enjoy. But darker allegations surfaced in 1993, when Evan Chandler accused him of molesting his 13-year-old-son Jordan. Michael’s insurance company settled out of court for a sum reported to be $15 million.
Later, Evan Chandler would emerge as something of an odd duck himself, becoming both a part-time screenwriter and a dentist. Carrie Fisher, in her book Shockaholic, claimed that Chandler would perform unnecessary dental procedures on her in the 1980s just so she could get morphine. She called him “this freak” and said he made her skin crawl.
After the settlement, Chandler claimed Michael Jackson fans were stalking him, and he underwent plastic surgery to disguise his appearance. In 2006, Evan reportedly attacked his son Jordan with a barbell and mace. In 2009, five months after Michael died, Evan Chandler committed suicide via gunshot to the head.
Jackson again faced child sexual abuse charges in December 2003. Police raided Neverland Ranch, and Michael left the property, never to come back, claiming that it no longer felt like home. A trial began on January 31, 2005, and Jordan Chandler left the country to avoid having to testify. He’d previously filed for emancipation from his parents, horrified by what they had forced him to say about Jackson. A jury found Michael not guilty of all charges on June 13, 2005.
In 2013, choreographer Wade Robson (who had testified in the 2005 trial that Michael had never touched him inappropriately) filed a suit against the Jackson estate, claiming that he had in fact been abused by Michael as a child. In May 2014, a hearing will review if the lawsuit is viable.
Certainly, Michael’s relationships with children were unorthodox, and allowing them to sleep in his bed was inappropriate, but a retrospective of all the evidence points to his innocence in ever sexually abusing a child. Dozens of kids who spent time with Jackson were questioned during the investigations, and all of them swore that he’d never done anything sexual in their presence. Asked to describe Michael’s penis, Jordan Chandler had asserted that the man was circumcised, a fact which was his autopsy revealed as false. Likely, several parties thought their relationships with Jackson were the ticket to a quick payday, a horrible fate for a man who was otherwise charitable and kind to a fault.
Your typical prison is populated with a motley crew of murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. These men have done unconscionable things, but even they retain some code of honor. Those serving time for victimizing children wear targets on their backs and are subjected to beatings and worse. Should Michael Jackson have been convicted and sent to prison, this danger, along with his fame, would have required him to be separated from the general population in virtual solitary confinement for the duration of his sentence.
However, Jackson’s family had no intention of allowing him to suffer the indignities of prison. When the 2005 trial wound down, Jermaine Jackson arranged to have a private jet on standby to take Michael to Bahrain. The tiny Middle-Eastern island nation has no extradition treaty with the US. According to Jermaine, Michael was not aware of the plan.
2His Patented Shoes
Michael Jackson was one of the best dancers of his or any generation. Though he did not invent the moonwalk, he certainly perfected it. However, even Michael wasn’t capable of defying gravity—in the music video for “Smooth Criminal,” he is seen standing at a 45-degree angle, far beyond any human’s capability.
This was accomplished by way of US Patent No. 5,255,452, granted to Michael and two partners for their “Method and Means for Creating Anti-Gravity Illusion.” This method was a pair of shoes, footwear with slot in the heels to hook onto retractable pegs in the floor. Michael patented the device not to generate income but to keep others from using the effect. Fortunately for imitators, the patent expired in 2005 after its owners missed a payment.
Before the ill-fated “This Is It” concert series, Michael Jackson had planned a massive Las Vegas comeback in 2005. This would be no bland, tired regurgitation of the classics—Michael had a grand vision which included solar-powered costumes that would change color with the stage lights. The show would be promoted by a massive, 15-meter (50 ft) tall robot version of Michael, which would roam through the Nevada desert within view of McCarran airport. When this did not prove feasible, another plan was hatched to build a Michael Jackson–themed hotel and casino, which would feature a laser-blasting android at the entrance.
Unfortunately, he was fresh off his child molestation trial, and his star had fallen considerably. Despite meeting with high-powered casino moguls like Steve Wynn, he failed to secure the necessary funding for this ambitious venture. The robot ended up a fantasy Michael took to his grave.
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