Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December 15, 2009 - Blog



ELIN NORDEGREN surfaced over the weekend for the first time since her supposed Thanksgiving meltdown. She was photographed pumping gas near her home in Florida. And she WASN'T WEARING HER WEDDING RING. This doesn't necessarily mean that Elin is leaving TIGER WOODS . . . but some people say she is.

Britain's not-always-reliable "Sun" tabloid says Elin is planning a TRIAL SEPARATION after the holidays . . . and she's even talking to divorce lawyers. --Meanwhile, Tiger allegedly tried to convince her to have another baby to patch up the marriage . . . an idea that Elin is, quote, "horrified" by.


TIGER WOODS picked up two new angels over the weekend. Their names are JULIE POSTLE and THERESA ROGERS. Here's what we know about them . . .

Everything we know about Julie Postle comes from her ex-boyfriend, Brian Kimbrough. He went to the media whining about how Tiger stole Julie from him. --He claims Tiger was constantly calling and texting Julie . . . and his name would come up on her phone as "Mr. Brightside".

(--That's the title of a song by THE KILLERS about a jealous male lover. Here are the lyrics, if you care . . .) http://www.metrolyrics.com/mr-brightside-lyrics-the-killers.html

Kimbrough says the affair started in 2004, before Tiger was married . . . but continued even AFTER he got hitched --He also claims that Tiger told her he didn't marry ELIN NORDEGREN for love . . . quote, "His marriage was for publicity. She said it was for his image and the tabloids, and it wasn't real." --Theresa, meanwhile, is a MAJOR COUGAR. She's in her 40s . . . and like Julie, she was with Tiger before and after he got married. In fact, she was probably with Tiger longer than any of his other angels.

Theresa joins RACHEL UCHITEL as a client of grandstanding attorney GLORIA ALLRED. --There's one more name kicking around the blogosphere. It's LOREDANA JOLIE. She's another girl who was supposedly whored out to Tiger by that madam, Michelle Braun.
(--That brings the number of alleged Tiger hookups to AT LEAST 12. With more to come, I'm sure.)

-- RACHEL UCHITEL got her public apology yesterday from JOY BEHAR. Joy rattled off a quick apology on "The View" . . . and Rachel's attorney later said she accepted it. Case closed.

-- CORI RIST . . . one of Tiger's many Angels . . . finally broke her silence on the "Today" show yesterday. Thus, she is now officially promoted from ALLEGED mistress to just plain MISTRESS. (--Unless she's lying, of course.) (--Check out video of her interview here . . .)http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/34413364#34413364


Rumors started circulating that KATE HUDSON and ALEX RODRIGUEZ have broken up . . . after A-Rod spent this past weekend partying like he was single. -While Kate was in New York promoting her new movie, "Nine", Alex was living it up at a Miami club with TWO WOMEN. A witness says, quote, "He was acting very single, and Kate was definitely not there." --We should note that Kate was on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on Thursday night, and Dave made a sly comment about the relationship.

Kate tried to be coy, and said, quote, "Yeah, he's a friend of mine. Nice guy." (--So if Kate and Alex really DID break up, we don't know when it happened. In other words, it's not really clear whether they broke up BECAUSE Alex was tomcatting in Miami . . . or if he was tomcatting in Miami because they had just broken up.)


COURTNEY LOVE has lost custody of her 17-year-old daughter, FRANCES BEAN COBAIN. Frances has been placed under the guardianship of Courtney's former mother-in-law, Wendy O'Connor. (--That would be KURT COBAIN'S mother, obviously.)

The guardianship was established during a court hearing on Friday, and is for Frances' personal and financial well-being. (--Frances turns 18 next August.) --Kurt's sister, Kimberly Dawn Cobain, was named co-guardian. --Courtney wasn't present for Friday's hearing.--The court proceedings are SEALED, so we don't know why this happened. But if you've been reading Courtney's blog and / or Twitter posts over the last few years, you can kind of guess.

If Courtney's not back on drugs, she's been doing a pretty good impression of someone who is. At the very least, she hasn't appeared to be mentally stable in some time. --Courtney's lawyer jumped out and tried to do some damage control. Here's his statement . . . quote, "Courtney's been clean for years and is perfectly fine. This is simply about Frances preferring to live with her grandmother at this time.

"Frances is 17 and a strong-willed child, and this is a decision she made on her own. No matter what, Courtney loves her daughter more than anything in the world."
#2.) A man by the name of Steven Burky was arrested yesterday on charges of stalking and violating a court order . . . after he was seen near the school that BEN AFFLECK and JENNIFER GARNER'S daughter goes to. --Jennifer got a restraining order against Burky in November of 2008, saying he'd been stalking her since 2002.


The wife of CHARLIE MURPHY . . . the older brother of EDDIE MURPHY . . . passed away Sunday at the couple's home in New Jersey after a battle with cancer. --Here's the official statement . . . quote, "Tisha Taylor Murphy, wife of comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, passed away peacefully on Sunday with family at her side after facing the challenges of cancer for the past two years.

"The Murphy Family appreciates all of the support they have received from friends and fans and requests privacy during this very difficult time." --Charlie and Tisha had been married since 1997. They have two kids together . . . and Charlie has another child from a previous relationship.

(--You probably know Charlie as one of the stars of "Chappelle's Show". His most famous skits were those "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" segments, where he'd talk about all the crazy things he did as a member of Eddie's entourage back in the day.) (--The classic "I'm Rick James, (B-word)" sketch was one of those.)


Over the weekend, CHRIS BROWN went on a Twitter rant, because he thought stores were secretly boycotting his new album, "Graffiti". --He said that he personally went to a Wal-Mart in Wallingford, Connecticut, and couldn't find his album anywhere. But, employees at that store are now denying that they're intentionally keeping "Graffiti" off their shelves. --A "sales associate" named Gerald Blodgett says, quote, "We're sold out of it. We did have it in stock, but we sold out completely as soon as it hit the shelves."

The company also released a statement . . . saying, quote, "We are surprised at the comments online. All Wal-Mart stores nationwide have carried the CD since its release, including the Wallingford store mentioned in the post. --"This store actually sold through its initial shipment over the weekend. The majority of our stores today are showing they do have copies available." --Of course, in this case, Chris should have been GLAD the store didn't have his CD.

Especially since it's NOT selling at a lot of stores. "People" conducted their own investigation . . . (???) . . . and according to their research, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Trans World and Newbury Comics stores nationwide had "Graffiti" in stock. --Many of those stores reportedly said sales had been a lot slower than expected . . . and that Chris' label, Jive Records, had over-shipped the CD to retailers.

Before its release, it was expected to sell between 150,000 and 175,000 copies, but early estimates show that it only sold around 100,000 copies. (--Chris' disc hit stores last Tuesday. Specific sales numbers for its first week will be out later today.) --Meanwhile, there's also a new group on Twitter called #graffitionracks, where fans are tracking whether or not "Graffiti" is available at their local stores.

People are posting pictures of "Graffiti" on the shelves . . . talking about the album . . . encouraging people to buy it . . . and posting domestic violence statistics. (???)(--If you care, you can check out that thread, here . . .)http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23graffitionracks--Speaking of Twitter, Chris abruptly deleted his account, @MechanicalDummy, yesterday afternoon. His last Tweet read: Quote, "I WANNA THANK MY FANS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT. I LOVE YALL. GOODBYE!!!!!!!!!!!!" --It's unclear if the cancellation had anything to do with his boycott FREAK OUT . . . but for the sake of argument, let's all agree that it DID.


First NICK JONAS said that his side-project, NICK JONAS & THE ADMINISTRATION, was influenced by ELVIS COSTELLO . . . and now, he's trying to compare himself to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S. (--Technically, he already has a leg-up on both those guys . . . since neither one of them were in a globally-huge teen pop band as teenagers. Of course, it's too early to say whether that will be a bigger help or hindrance for Nick's career.)

In an interview, Nick said, quote, "I'm kind of modeling [the group] after BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND. --"It's kind of the look we were going for stylistically on the album cover and just the project in general. [Springsteen] pours so much passion and emotion into all of his songs every night and I hope I can capture that too." (--The album hits stores on February 2nd.)


Earlier this year, there was talk of a possible SUPERSTARS OF THRASH TOUR, which would feature METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX. --The speculation eventually died down. But yesterday, out of the blue, reports emerged that all four bands WOULD be touring together . . . (!!!) . . . in Europe.

A press release on Metallica's website . . . with the title ""The Big Four" . . . reads: Quote, "You've been posting and chatting about it for months and we're here now to confirm it . . . [we] will all share the same stage for the first time EVER! --"Look for the four of us at the Sonisphere shows in Warsaw, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic on June 16th and 19th, 2010, with a few more of the festival dates still in the works. You can be sure these shows won't be the only ones."

We're hoping that leaves the door open for the "Big Four" to tour America . . . but who knows. --METALLICA drummer LARS ULRICH says, quote, "Who would have thought that thrash metal's Big Four would not only still be around and more popular than ever, but will now play together for the first time? What a mind(eff)! Bring it on!" (--If this actually happens, it's HISTORY. Metallica and Megadeth singer DAVE MUSTAINE on the same tour? What kind of money is allowing this to happen???)


Ten years ago, the world was a vastly different place. And now that we're about to begin a new decade, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at how much the world has changed in that time. --To show how far we've come, "New York Magazine" came up with a list of 16 once-common items that were made obsolete in the 2000s.

Check it out:
#1.) Answering machines#2.) Lickable stamps#3.) Foldable maps#4.) Cathode ray tube TVs#5.) Incandescent light bulbs#6.) Paying for pornography#7.) Smoking in bars . . . which is on its way out, even in states where it's still allowed#8.) Fax machines#9.) Hydrox cookies (--which are similar to Oreos)#10.) Cassette tapes#11.) Floppy disks#12.) Phone books#13.) Polaroid photos#14.) Bank deposit slips . . . which are in the process of being replaced by check-reading ATMs#15.) Subway tokens#16.) The Rolodex (New York Magazine)


If you love having a warm neck and chest, but you hate the UNBEARABLE HASSLE involved with wearing a scarf, then I've got just the thing for you . . . --It's called the Necky and, according to the product website, it's, quote, "the world's first scarf designed to keep your neck and chest totally warm and protected."

Honestly, that's a terrible description of the Necky . . . for several reasons. Not the least of which is that it isn't really a scarf. It's more like a fleece BIB that slides over your head, covering your neck and chest. (Jezebel)

(--You can buy a Necky for $9.95 here . . .)

(--Check out an ad for the Necky here . . .)


Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But a lot of people STILL skip it. Here are three reasons you shouldn't.

#1.) IF YOU SKIP BREAKFAST, YOU'LL GAIN WEIGHT. It sounds backwards, but it's true. When you skip meals, your metabolism slows down because your body thinks you're out of food.

Think about it this way: If you got stranded in the wilderness with nothing to eat, your body would stop burning calories so it could survive as long as possible. --And even though YOU know you'll be eating lunch in a few hours, your BODY doesn't. So having breakfast keeps your metabolism going, and it can help you lose weight, as long as you stay away from unhealthy breakfast foods like sausage and waffles.

#2.) IF YOU SKIP BREAKFAST, YOU'LL JUST GORGE LATER. People who skip breakfast tend to have a big lunch. And since skipping breakfast makes your metabolism slow down, a lot of what you eat at lunch will be stored as fat.

#3.) SKIPPING BREAKFAST MAKES YOU STUPID. It's been proven that kids score higher on tests if they eat before they go to school. And the same goes for you. --If you're skipping breakfast and having trouble focusing at work, there's probably a connection. (Yahoo.com)


It never ceases to amaze me all the ridiculous "academic" studies that somehow manage to get funding.

For example, you've probably been told that it's more painful to remove a Band-Aid slowly, than if you remove it quickly and all at once. But it seems researchers at James Cook University in Australia weren't convinced.

So they had 65 test subjects remove Band-Aids either quickly or slowly, and then rank their pain reactions on a scale of ZERO to TEN. So what did they learn? --Overall, it's nearly TWICE as painful to remove a Band-Aid slowly than ripping it off quickly.

A guy named Dr. Carl O'Kane led the study. He says, quote, "It's fascinating that if you had a preconception that slow was going to be more painful, in fact it was. --"So it also suggests that pain is not just what you perceive, but what you think you will perceive when you get the painful stimulus. So there's a lot of cultural and psychological factors there as well." Basically, that's a long-winded way of saying it's more painful to remove a Band-Aid slowly, at least in part, because people think it's more painful.

In other words, the study was completely pointless. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)


This family synched up their Christmas lights with their son's "Guitar Hero" video game to create "Christmas Light Hero."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXjbMIZzAgs(Search Terms: "Christmas Light Hero" "Guitar Hero" video)

To remind people that soda can make you gain weight, the New York City Department of Health released this disgusting ad showing a man drinking a glass of fat.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F4t8zL6F0c(Search Terms: man drinking fat NYC health anti-soda ad)

Here's a live-action version of the "Simpsons" opening . . . set in the Ukraine.http://www.stupidvideos.com/video/just_plain_stupid/Ukranian_Live_Action_Simpsons_Opening/(Search Terms: Ukrainian live action Simpsons opening)

Here's an oddly impressive video of a guy beatboxing and playing the flute at the same time.http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1926289(Search Terms: awesome beatboxing flute video CollegeHumor.com)


Even in a recession, you're expected to tip certain people during the holidays. Your doorman, your trash collector, and your yoga instructor might all be expecting tips. Here's a guide from "Real Simple" magazine to help you give the right amount to the right people.

#1.) YOUR BUILDING SUPERINTENDENT. Anywhere between $20 and $100, depending on how helpful he's been.

#2.) YOUR DOORMAN. $20 to $100. The average tip is $50, but if you have multiple doormen, then $15 each is fine.

#3.) YOUR GARDENER. $20 to $50. But if he comes over all the time and does a lot for you, you can give up to a week's pay.

#4.) YOUR HANDYMAN. $15 to $40, depending on how much you've had him do.

#5.) YOUR TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTORS. If it's a private service, tip $10 to $30 total. If it's run by the city, check their regulations on the Internet. They might not allow tipping.

#6.) YOUR DOG WALKER. A week's pay or a gift worth that amount.

#7.) YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER. Don't give money. Assuming the school allows gifts, try to spend $25 or less, and include a handwritten note.

#8.) YOUR DAY-CARE STAFF. If it's just one person, then $50 to $100 is appropriate. If it's a team of people, $20 to $25 each is fine. And pair it with a homemade gift from your child.

#9.) YOUR BABYSITTER. Give cash or a gift that's equal to one or two night's pay. You can give her a present instead, but avoid kid-oriented gifts. In other words, don't buy something for your kid, then try to pass it off as a legitimate gift for your babysitter.

#10.) YOUR NEWSPAPER DELIVERYMAN. If it's an adult, $10 to $30, or the price of one month's subscription. If it's a kid, you can get away with giving less.

#11.) YOUR CLEANING LADY. Up to a week's pay and a small gift.

#12.) YOUR PERSONAL TRAINER, YOGA INSTRUCTOR, OR MASSAGE THERAPIST. Whatever one visit costs. Or give a modest gift, but avoid unhealthy things like chocolate and cookies. (RealSimple.com)


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