10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

Happy Ending…, The best Airship…, Vince Young is now a Buffalo Bill…, Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel…, Firefly…, College pitcher wins million dollar…, Guinness World Record for largest wave surf…, Best. Summer. Movies. Ever…, Scientists discover key mechanisms…, gay couples…

1. ABC renews Happy Endings. Suck a million

Here’s the antidote to finding out that all of your favorite NBC comedies are buddying up with Whitney Cummings and Dane Cook: ABC, the network that’s constantly threatening to steal the Peacock’s laughter thunder (had NBC not already greenlit every new and returning series with a vaguely comedic conceit), announced this afternoon that Happy Endings will live to see a third, 22-episode season.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

2. The best Airship pictures you’re going to see today

Who doesn’t love airships? Dirigibles, zeppelins and aerostats. They’re just so stately and romantic — and, as it turns out, a completely impractical method of transport. To many of us, the airship instantly symbolizes the romance and wonder of past dreams of escaping gravity — and in many cases, the zepplin is also the infallible sign of an alternate universe.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

3. Vince Young is now a Buffalo Bill, demands you put the lotion on its skin or it gets the hose again

The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran free-agent quarterback Vince Young to a one-year deal, the team announced Friday. The former Eagles and Titans signal caller agreed to a $2 million deal with an additional $1 million in playing time incentives, according to ESPN.com.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

4.  Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel becomes America’s favorite basketball coach by saying nine little words about the Miami Heat – “They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA”

Indiana coach Frank Vogel wasted no time on Thursday taking shots at the Miami Heat, claiming the Heat are “the biggest flopping team in the NBA.” Led by Heat forwards Udonis Haslem and Shane Battier, the Heat drew the fourth-most charges in the NBA during the regular season, according to Hoopdata.com. Vogel took issue with the Heat’s exaggeration of contact instead of choosing to make plays above the rim.

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5. Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” crew, flying high ten years later. (SPOILER ALERT: it’s not coming back.)

If, ten years ago, you would have told the superfans who were calling themselves Browncoats that the stars of their beloved and — just-canceled — space western Fireflywould one day be at the top of the Hollywood food chain, you’d have gotten plenty of crazy looks. But today, you could also be teasing, “I told you so.”

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

6. College pitcher wins million dollar MLB 2K12 challenge

At the same time that the real CC Sabathia was preparing to start for the Yankees uptown in the Bronx on Thursday, his simulated character in the MLB 2K12 video game pitched well enough to lead the Yankees to a 10-1 rout of the Tigers and earn a $1 million check for Christopher Gilmore.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

7. Surfer sets Guinness World Record for largest wave surfed after taking on 78′ tall monster. Keanu Reeves seen waiting to arrest him on the shore 

Thrill-seeker Garrett McNamara has taken the Guinness World Record for the largest wave ever surfed after riding a 78-foot tall break off the coast of Portugal in November. Confirmed by a panel of experts at the annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, McNamara, 44, beat the previous mark held since 2008 by surfing legend Mike Parson by just one foot.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012

8.  1980: Best. Summer. Movies. Ever

I’m hoping you read my summer movie preview in the Datebook section of the Chronicle this weekend, written specifically for the 13-year-old demographic. As you can tell, I’m optimistic about 2012. “The Avengers” exceeded expectations, and “Prometheus,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Brave” and “The Dictator” all have potential.

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9. Scientists discover key mechanisms behind tinnitus, get a ringing endorsement

Research into hearing loss after exposure to loud noises could lead to the first drug treatments to prevent the development of tinnitus. Researchers in the University of Leicester’s Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology have identified a cellular mechanism that could underlie the development of tinnitus following exposure to loud noises. The discovery could lead to novel tinnitus treatments, and investigations into potential drugs to prevent tinnitus are currently underway.

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10. You remember that time in the 10th to 12th centuries when the Christian church had no problem marrying gay couples? Yeah, that was a pretty cool time 

One of the most common arguments against same sex marriage is that “one man, one woman is the way it’s always been for thousands and thousands of years.” Yeah, but no. Humanity has and continues to practice almost every arrangement possible in the name of love, politics, religion and economics. While a man and a woman has been the most common due to biological impulse, it’s not everyone’s preference. Hell, between the 10th and 12th centuries, Christian churches had little problem performing same sex marriage.

10 Cool Stories Of the Week – May 05th to May 12th, 2012