Top of the List: Inauguration continuation and male labor pains
Here are the stories people were talking about on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
1. INAUGURATION CONTINUATION: No rest for the weary. After a full day of Inauguration events President and Michelle Obama were back at it again on Tuesday. They attended a traditional prayer service with Vice President Biden and his wife Jill at the National Cathedral.
Before the President tucks away his tux for good, there’s one more inaugural ball on the list. On Tuesday night he and the first lady will celebrate with campaign and White House staffers.
2. INAUGURATION INNOVATIONS: From the runway to the history books. Designer Thom Browne is headed for household name status after the first lady donned one of his designs at Monday’s inauguration festivities. Browne is in France debuting his latest menswear collection, but took some time to pop the cork on champagne to celebrate.
"You can never predict life to happen this way, and I’m just so fortunate and so honored and so proud she chose mine," said Browne.
The coat Michelle Obama wore was inspired from a men’s necktie pattern. Browne started his business in 2001, but has only been creating women’s fashions for two years.
It was a repeat performance for Jason Wu who was once again Michelle Obama’s go-to gownsmith for the Inaugural ball. Four years ago he was thrust into the fashion flashpoint after the first lady chose his design for the first inauguration.
the day progressed from fashion to fatigue, to the yawn seen around the world. The inaugural festivities may have been a bit too much for Sasha, the President’s 11-year-old daughter who was caught yawning on camera during her dad’s speech.
Meanwhile President Obama took a moment to soak it all in. A microphone caught him saying, "I want to take a look one more time. I’m not going to see this again" after his speech in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Speaking of inauguration, an incorrect spelling ended up trending on twitter.
3. LABOR PAINS: What would happen if men gave birth? It’s an age old question, and now we may have an answer. As a stunt two Dutch TV hosts hooked themselves up to a machine that stimulates the pain of childbirth through electrodes attached to their stomachs. The contraption creates "labor pains" that eventually get longer, stronger and closer together just like childbirth. The pair said they did it so they could empathize with women, but ABC News’ Senior Medical Editor, Dr. Jennifer Ashton says it’s close but no cigar.
"You can think of it like a very strong Charlie horse, but is it as painful as labor? My opinion would be it isn’t’," she said.
The macho men lasted 2 hours on the machine, considering the average labor is 12 to 14 hours, they’ve got a long way to go.
4. WRESTLER PINNED: Caught on tape was an unexpected competitor in the wrestling ring for an 18-year-old in South Dakota. In the middle of his match, a 100 pound spotlight fell from the ceiling landing right on top of him. On the Today Show this morning he showed he has a sense of humor about it.
"...and I was thinking, 'wow this guy’s kind of aggressive' and then I realized it’s the light," he said.
The teen had to get stitches in his head but he hopes to be wrestling again by this weekend.
5. BECAUSE IT WAS THERE: A group of climbers in Cedar Falls, Iowa braved icy temperatures to scale a frozen silo. Since the Midwest has a lack of mountains it seemed like the perfect way to get in a Himalayan style workout. Climbers did it mostly for the thrill, and a class credit at the University of Northern Iowa. The youngest climber was 10 years old.
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