Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Rihanna and Chris Brown Want to Stop Talking About the Assault:

RIHANNA and CHRIS BROWN want to stop talking about the night he assaulted her last February. And they went on Twitter to tell everyone to get over it. --It all started when a fan asked Rihanna to leave it in the past. Rihanna responded, quote, "AGREED! People won't stop asking about it. It's (effin') annoying! Nobody wants to relive that, but some ppl can't respect that!" --She continued, quote, "I get it. They wanna raise awareness to young girls! But it ends up just making me look bitter, pitiful, spiteful and angry!" --Then Chris Tweeted his own message to their respective fan bases, saying, quote, "Y'all starting to sound extremely childish! #teambreezy and #rihannanavy It's pointless. --"Love team breezy & thank you rihannanavy for supporting ya girl."

Eva Longoria Is Not Adopting a Baby:

There's been a rumor going around that EVA LONGORIA is adopting a child from Haiti. It's not true. That is all.

If Pink Gives Birth to a Boy, She Wants to Name It After an Irish Whiskey:

PINK doesn't know the sex of the baby she and husband CAREY HART are going to have soon. But if it's a boy, she has a name picked out. She wants to call him JAMESON . . . after the Irish Whiskey. --That's not the only reason, though. The name has a deeper significance than that. --She says, quote, "My dad's name is James, and my brother's name is Jason. [Carey and I] are both Irish, Carey's middle name is Jason, [and] Jameson . . . we like whiskey. That's a no brainer." --But Carey might not be into it. Unlike most celebrities, he wants the kid to have a NORMAL name. --Pink says, quote, "I'm all about meaning, and Carey feels like he had a girl's hair cut and a girl's name, and he doesn't want kids to have a weird name . . . I have to get him on the boat for originality, so I'm working on him."

Kim Kardashian Says She's Single and Dating:

On "The View" yesterday, KIM KARDASHIAN addressed rumors that she's nailing HALLE BERRY'S lucky Caucasian baby-daddy, GABRIEL AUBRY. --She didn't really clear anything up, though. She said, quote, "Um, I am single and I'm dating. I'm having fun." --She added, quote, "I'm really trying to be a little more private about my dating life. But it doesn't mean I don't meet gorgeous, amazing people."
(--Here's video of that exchange . . .)

The "Harry Potter" Kids Are Among the Richest People in Britain Under 30 . . . And They All have Robert Pattinson Beat:

The three kids from the "Harry Potter" movies are at or near the top of a list of the richest people in Britain under 30. --DANIEL RADCLIFFE tops the list, with a net worth of about $75.5 million. --He's followed by KIERA KNIGHTLEY, with about $46.8 million. --Daniel's "Harry Potter" co-stars follow in third and fourth place. EMMA WATSON follows Kiera with $32.1 million . . . and RUPERT GRINT is next with $29.5 million. --In a victory for "Harry Potter" over "Twilight", ROBERT PATTINSON finished FIFTH, with $28.7 million. (--The list goes to 20. You can read the whole thing at the link below. Some of the names you'll recognize, some you won't.) (--Also, the amounts are given in POUNDS. So you'll need a currency converter to change everything to U.S. dollars . . .)

A Casting Director For "The Hobbit" Was Fired For Seeking Extras with Light Skin Tones:

A casting director for PETER JACKSON'S "Hobbit" movies was fired for seeking extras with light skin tones to play Hobbits. --There's reportedly video footage of this guy at a casting call, telling people, quote, "We are looking for light-skinned people. I'm not trying to be . . . whatever. It's just the brief. You've got to look like a Hobbit." --He also told a woman of Pakistani heritage that she was too dark-skinned to play a Hobbit. --A spokesman for Peter Jackson's production company says they did NOT order this guy to look for particular skin tones . . . quote, "No such instructions were given. --"The crew member in question took it upon themselves to do that and it's not something we instructed or condoned. It's something we take very seriously."

The Guy Who Directed "The Empire Strikes Back" Is Dead:

Director IRVIN KERSHNER died Saturday after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 87. --Kershner is best known for directing "The Empire Strikes Back". --His other films include "Robocop 2", the Bond flick "Never Say Never Again" and the 1978 horror flick "The Eyes of Laura Mars", which was the film he made just before "Empire Strikes Back".

James Franco and Anne Hathaway Will Host This Year's Oscars:

JAMES FRANCO and ANNE HATHAWAY will host the Oscars next year. "The 83rd Academy Awards" go down on February 27th. -The producers released a statement saying, quote, "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons . . . fresh, exciting and multi-talented." --There were also two hosts at the last Oscars, when STEVE MARTIN and ALEC BALDWIN teamed up. HUGH JACKMAN hosted the 2009 ceremony, JON STEWART hosted in 2008 and 2006, and ELLEN DEGENERES hosted in 2007.

Here Are Eight of the Ten People Barbara Walters Found "Fascinating" This Year:

BARBARA WALTERS has unveiled eight of the 10 people that will be featured on her annual "Most Fascinating People of the Year" special. (--This is a huge deal. It's 80% of a year's worth of Barbara Walters fascination.)

--This year's list includes:

--Justin Bieber

--Betty White

--Prince William's new fiancée Kate Middleton

--Sandra Bullock

--New "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez

--Sarah Palin

--LeBron James

--The cast of "Jersey Shore"

--The two remaining names . . . including this year's #1 most fascinating person . . . won't be revealed until the special airs next Thursday night, at 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--This is Barbara's 18th "Most Fascinating People" special.) (--Last year, Michelle Obama received the top "honor." In 2008, it was Tina Fey. It was "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling in 2007, and Nancy Pelosi in 2006. And in 2005, Barbara was most fascinated with Camilla Parker Bowles.)

Tuesday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on ABC.

--"Shrek the Halls" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Christmas in Rockefeller Center" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow and Josh Groban perform for the 78th annual tree lighting. It's hosted by Al Roker and Natalie Morales from the "Today" show.)

--"Stargate Universe" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"Private Chefs of Beverly Hills" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Food Network. (--Rock legend Meat Loaf's 60th birthday party is catered.)

--"The Biggest Loser" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Gymnast Nastia Liukin leads a surprise stamina-testing challenge.)

--"19 Kids & Counting" [4th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on TLC.

--"360 Sessions" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 11:00 P.M. on IFC. (--Lost Prophets perform.)

--"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Akon and Katy Perry will perform. And Eva Longoria is your host.)

--"Strange Days with Bob Saget" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E. (--Bob Saget investigates American subculture as he travels with the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization and rides with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club.)

--"Sons of Anarchy" [3rd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:30 P.M. on FX.


--"Twilight: Eclipse" (in stores Saturday) - Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are all back for the third "Twilight" movie, which involves an epic battle between the werewolves, the good vampires, and some evil vampires created by the redheaded vampire Victoria, who wants Bella dead.

--"Vampires Suck" - A "Twilight" parody starring "90210's" Matt Lanter as Edward SULLEN, and former "Gossip Girl" stud Chris Riggi as "were-chihuahua" Jacob WHITE. Some chick named Jenn Proske is "Becca", the girl they're fighting over.

--"Knight and Day" - Tom Cruise survives a mission he was never meant to complete . . . and Cameron Diaz is a normal chick caught in his search to figure out who set him up. It's played for laughs, with all the action you'd expect from a Tom Cruise spy flick.

--"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" - Nicolas Cage and Alfred Molina play two rival sorcerers fighting over modern-day Manhattan. "Tropic Thunder's" Jay Baruchel is the young kid that Cage recruits and trains to help him in his magical duels.

--"Going the Distance" - A romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a couple stumbling through a long-distance relationship after an intense six-week summer fling. Christina Applegate plays Drew's overprotective sister.


--"The Lucy Show: The Official Third Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set. (--This was the show she did after "I Love Lucy". It ran for six seasons and co-starred Vivian Vance for the first three seasons. You'd know Vivian better as Ethel Mertz.)
--"Parks and Recreation: Season 2" . . . a four-disc DVD set.
--"Jillian Michaels: 6 Week Six-Pack" . . . a single-disc DVD set.


--"Glee: The Music, Volume 4", the latest album from the cast of "Glee" (--18 new songs from the second season, including four songs from the Britney episode, plus Gwyneth Paltrow's cover of Cee-Lo's "Forget You".)

--"The Beginning", Black Eyed Peas (--It includes "The Time (Dirty Bit)", the single with the chorus that borrows heavily from the "Dirty Dancing" theme song "(I've Had) The Time of My Life". You can revisit the video, here.)

--"Joy", Fefe Dobson (--It features the singles "Ghost" and "Stuttering".)

--"I Am...World Tour", Beyoncé [A deluxe CD + DVD combo.]
--"Only One Flo (Part 1)", Flo Rida (--His guests include Akon and Ludacris.)


Could Disney's "Epic Mickey" Be A Sleeper Pick For Game Of The Year?

--"Epic Mickey" (E) . . . Mickey Mouse's first stand alone game in more than 15 years is out today, exclusively for the Wii. In what could be the most underrated game of the year, Mickey makes his way through levels based on classic Disney cartoons like "Steamboat Willy" and "Clock Cleaners". Mickey uses a magic paint brush and paint thinner to draw or erase objects that can help him progress through each level. You can also draw objects like a TV to distract enemies or a clock to slow down time. e is helped throughout the game by Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and some of his other Disney friends. The villains include Captain Hook, the clock from "It's a Small World" (???), and Mickey's evil "half brother". he game also includes a simple Disney-centered morality system, which will produce alternate endings depending on your actions. Check out the cinematic trailer here.

--"Deadliest Catch: Sea of Chaos" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial in honor of Captain Phil Harris, who was hospitalized for a stroke this year and passed away in February. As the captain of your own boat you'll have to make tough decisions like hiring the correct sailors and picking the appropriate hull size of your boat to balance your speed and the amount of crabs you can carry. The PS3 and Wii versions of the game will utilize the motion control capabilities of each system, so you can look forward to pulling up crab pots with your own hands. Listen to Captain Sig Hansen talk about "Sea of Chaos" here.

--"Nail'd" (E10+) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and PC. An off-road racing game where you race ATVs and motocross bikes across extreme courses like Yosemite National Park, which results in you being vertical or upside down most of the time.

ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)

Justin Bieber Has a Vocal Coach Helping Him Through Puberty:

Puberty is hitting 16-year-old JUSTIN BIEBER . . . finally . . . and since his voice is changing, he has a vocal coach helping him through it. (--Or at least he is according to Britain's not-so-reliable "News of the World" tabloid. But this story seems reasonable and believable . . . so why not?) --A "source," with knowledge of Justin's puberty status, says, quote, "Justin is physically developing at a slower rate than most guys so his voice is only breaking now. --"He's working with the best in the business . . . a specialist [named] Jan Smith . . . to make sure he gets as much vocal rest as humanly possible for a working pop star. It's the same people who worked with Usher when his voice broke." --Justin's voice isn't the only thing that's changing. He's also toying with his hairstyle, which could be risky . . . since his old one had become a trademark, apparently. --His bangs are shorter than usual now . . . and his so-called "side-swept flip" (???) has also been toned down a little bit.

A New Justin Bieber Song Has Hit the Internet:

A new JUSTIN BIEBER song called "Latin Girl" has hit the Internet. Or at least, we THINK it's new. There's no real information on the track, so it's unclear HOW or IF it'll be officially released. (--You can listen to "Latin Girl", here . . .)

Usher Is Willing to Be the Next Michael Jackson:

USHER has made an acute observation: The world is currently without MICHAEL JACKSON . . . and it NEEDS a new Michael Jackson to take the throne. --And he's nominating HIMSELF to step into Michael's shoes. (--The ones he wore while performing. Not the ones he wore while tooling around Neverland and Bahrain . . . or the ones he wore while acting weird around kids.) --Usher tells Britain's "Daily Star" tabloid, quote, "We lost Michael Jackson . . . [and] a lot of pressure is on me and I don't mind taking it. --"The impression that I would like to leave [after performing on tour] is that [I'm] really stepping it up to a level where people can hopefully compare me to people like Michael Jackson. --"I basically tear myself apart emotionally, energetically, connecting with you and making sure that you enjoy this moment." (--Is Usher really the closest talent we have to a "King of Pop" right now? And talent aside, he doesn't seem to have the so-called "X" factor to be a Michael Jackson. For better or worse, his protégé JUSTIN BIEBER seems better suited.)

System of a Down Will Reunite for a Tour Next Year:

SYSTEM OF A DOWN will reunite for a tour next year, after going on an "extended hiatus" over four years ago. They last performed together in August of 2006. --For now, they have 10 shows scheduled in Europe, beginning June 2nd in Italy. There's no word on when they might play in the U.S., but more dates will reportedly be announced soon. (--Watch for updates at SystemOfADown.com, here.)

Lady Gaga's Next Album Will Be "Much Deeper Than a Wig or Lipstick or an (Effing) Meat Dress":

LADY GAGA has already said that her next album "Born This Way" will be her "absolute greatest work" and that it'll be an "anthem for her generation" . . . and now she's hyping it as the, quote, "greatest album of this decade." (--It's unclear if she means THIS decade . . . as in the 2010s . . . or the PAST decade . . . as in the 2000s. Not that this delineation matters in the slightest.) --But interestingly enough, Gaga also seems to be taking the album MORE seriously than some of the superficial things she does for attention . . . or "art." --She says, quote, "Not for nothing, the album's finished and it's (effing) really good. I promise to give you the greatest album of this decade, just for you. --"['Born This Way'] is so much deeper than a wig or lipstick or an outfit, or an (effing) meat dress . . . [it's] about what keeps us up at night and what makes us afraid." (--She made these comments during an overly-emotional break in-between songs during a performance in Poland over the weekend. You can see video below. ***WARNING***: It's UNCENSORED . . . and there are some NAUGHTY WORDS.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aymyj-jL-68

A New T.I. Single Featuring Christina Aguilera Is Online:

A new T.I. song called "Castle Walls" has popped up online. It features CHRISTINA AGUILERA . . . and will be on T.I.'s "No Mercy" album, which drops next Tuesday. --The song includes the lyric: Quote, "See with the Phantoms and Ferraris in the driveway / But you see it came in exchange of a sane man's sanity. --"Your vision jaded by the Grammys on the mantle piece / Just switch your camera lenses, you will see the agony." (--You can listen to it below. ***WARNING***: It includes UNCENSORED PROFANITY.)
--Meanwhile, a preview video from T.I.'s upcoming VH1 "Storytellers" episode has hit the Internet. In the clip, T.I. explains his song "Rubber Band Man", and then performs it with the help of a full band.
(--Here's the link. ***WARNING***: The song has UNCENSORED PROFANITY.)
--T.I. says he used to wear rubber bands on his wrist to, quote, "signify how much money he anticipated making in that day." He wanted to have them on hand, literally, so that he could keep his money neat. --His "Storytellers" episode airs next Friday night.

Nelly Blames His Label for Disappointing Album Sales:

NELLY'S new album "5.0" dropped earlier this month, and it only sold 63,000 copies in its first week out. These days, that was still good enough to chart at #10, but Nelly wasn't satisfied . . . and he's blaming his label for the poor sales numbers. --He says, quote, "A record deal is a 50/50 partnership! As [an] artist it's your job to provide the record company with music that [the record company] can sell. --"Who should be held responsible when an artist has a history [of] selling records . . . so it's not like a new artist [and] no one knows his or her name? Benefit of the doubt: Maybe no one wants to hear music from that artist? --"Well if that was true, then the artist would not have a #1 song! […] The fact is that someone needs to hold up their end of the partnership! If folks say they didn't even know when the album came out . . . --"If you only ship 200,0000 [copies] of an album, how many are you (effing) tryin' to sell? The artist doesn't control that . . . nor does he or she control marketing." (--Nelly's last album "Brass Knuckles" sold nearly 84,000 copies in its first week.) (--In 2004, Nelly released TWO albums at once . . . and they BOTH sold over 300,000 copies in the first week. "Suit" debuted at #1 selling 396,000 copies, and "Sweat" came in at #2 with 342,000.) (--And in 2002, "Nellyville" sold 714,000 copies in its first week out.)

Check Out Diddy's Latest Video:

DIDDY has released a video for "Coming Home" . . . a track off his "Last Train to Paris" album, which is scheduled to hit stores on December 14th.(--Here it is . . .) http://www.eonline.com/videos/v92697_diddy-dirty-money-coming-home-video.html


When DAVID CASSIDY was arrested for DUI earlier this month, his sobriety test was captured by the dash cam of one of the cop cars. And it's got SOUND.


GWEN STEFANI took her 4-year-old son Kingston out for a MANI-PEDI. He got a different color on each nail.


Actor MARK RUFFALO is on the terror advisory watch list of Pennsylvania's Office of Homeland Security. Why? Because he opposes natural gas drilling and organized screenings of the documentary "Gasland", which is critical of drilling techniques. But he thinks the whole thing is, quote, "Pretty (effin') funny."


BOB GELDOF co-wrote the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", which was the inspiration for "We Are the World". And now he says, quote, "I am responsible for two of the worst songs in history." (???)


The fine folks at Vivid Entertainment have released a totally non-pornographic trailer for "Superman XXX: A Porn Parody" . . . which you'll be able to enjoy in January.


LINDSAY LOHAN was allowed to leave Betty Ford to spend Thanksgiving at her West Hollywood condo. SAMANTHA RONSON was among those who celebrated with her. Lindsay's dad, MICHAEL LOHAN, showed up, too.

RELATED COMEDY: (NC-17) . . . Lindsay Lohan spent some of her Thanksgiving with Samantha Ronson. When asked how dinner was, Lindsay simply said, "finger licking good."


BRISTOL PALIN'S girth wasn't the only thing that expanded while she was on "Dancing with the Stars". Her wallet did, too. Getting to third place earned her $345,000 . . . and it's also leading to more big-money offers. Plus, she gets $35,000 per speaking engagement.


STELLA MCCARTNEY . . . daughter of PAUL . . . popped out another kid last week. She's a girl named Reiley. That's the FOURTH for Stella and her husband, Alasdhair Willis. The others are 5, 4 and 3 years old.



Buying All of the "12 Days of Christmas" Items Would Cost You Almost $100,000 This Year:

Every year, PNC Wealth Management researches how much it would cost for you to buy all of the gifts in the "12 Days of Christmas" song. And GOTT DAMM . . . calling birds, golden rings, and partridges in pear trees are getting expensive. --This year, if you wanted to buy all of the items from the song, it would cost you $96,824. That's up 10.8% from last year. --That's the price for buying everything in the song each time it's repeated. So you'd end up buying 12 partridges in pear trees, because it's mentioned 12 times. You'd only have to hire 12 drummers drumming once. --If you only wanted to buy everything in the song once, it would cost you $23,439, which is up 9.2% from last year. --The biggest jump in price this year is for the three French hens. Last year they would've cost you $15 per hen . . . now they've jumped up to $50 per hen. --Nine ladies dancing are up 15% from last year . . . they'll cost you $6,294.03, or almost $700 per lady. (--For those prices you should be able to get them dancing topless and arguably bottomless. Look into that.) --No items went down in price from last year, and only three stayed the same: Four calling birds, six geese-a-laying, and eight maids-a-milking. Those eight maids still work for a standard $7.25-an-hour minimum wage. (PNC Christmas Price Index)

--A partridge in a pear tree: $161.99, up 1.3% from last year

--Two turtle doves: $100, up 78.6% from last year

--Three French hens: $150, up 233.3% from last year

--Four calling birds: $599.96, no change from last year

--Five golden rings: $649.95, up 30% from last year

--Six geese-a-laying: $150, no change from last year

--Seven swans-a-swimming: $5,600, up 6.7% from last year

--Eight maids-a-milking: $58, no change from last year

--Nine ladies dancing: $6,294.03, up 15% from last year

--Ten lords-a-leaping: $4,766.70, up 8% from last year

--Eleven pipers piping: $2,356.20, up 3.1% from last year

--Twelve drummers drumming: $2,552.55, up 3.1% from last year
Online Shopping and Old-Fashioned Regular Shopping Were Both Up From Thanksgiving Weekend Last Year:

Hey, it looks like Americans are willing to spend money again! Either that, or retailers were so desperate for our business that they offered better Black Friday deals than ever . . . and we just couldn't refuse. --According to all reports, shopping and spending were up this year, compared to Thanksgiving weekend from last year. --On Friday, malls across the U.S. sold $10.7 BILLION worth of merchandise. That's up 0.3% from last year. And there were 2.2% more customers than there were at malls last year. --These numbers only count malls, not stores like Walmart or Target or Best Buy, unless they're attached to shopping malls. --Overall, the National Retail Federation says that about 212 MILLION Americans, or about TWO-THIRDS of the country, visited stores or websites during Black Friday weekend. That's up from 195 million last year. --Online spending this weekend was up 14% this year. --And all of those early Black Friday deals that websites were offering on Thanksgiving DEFINITELY worked . . . spending on Thanksgiving was up 28% from last year. (Sign On San Diego)

Website of the Day: Make Google Translate Into Your "Personal Beatboxer":

Thank GOD for the nerds of the world who sit around for hours figuring out stuff like this. There's a new trick going around the Internet . . . someone figured out how to make Google Translate beatbox. (--Go to http://translate.google.com) --You go to Google Translate, then type a specific phrase of nonsense into the box. Then you ask it to translate it from German to German . . . yeah, German to German . . . and click 'listen.' On cue, Google starts beatboxing. (--The phrase to type in is: "pv zk pv pv zk pv zk kz zk pv pv pv zk pv zk zk pzk pzk pvzkpkzvpvzk kkkkkk bsch". Here's a link so you don't have to type it in.)

Word of the Day: Stall Stall:

stall stall (verb) /stall stall/ - the act of remaining in a toilet stall until everyone else has cleared out of the bathroom, to remain anonymous. --Example: I never drop bombs when I'm out at a bar, but I had to over the weekend . . . so I took a five-minute stall stall before I could sneak out of there.

A Man In New York Saved A Guy Who Fell On the Subway Tracks . . . So He Wouldn't Be Late To Work:

We REALLY want to call 36-year-old Carlos Flores of East Harlem, New York our Hero of the Day. We really do. If only he hadn't talked to the media and been a little TOO honest about his superhero motivations. --On Sunday around 8:00 A.M., Carlos was at a subway station, waiting for a train to take him to his job at a grocery store. The train was about three minutes away. --Suddenly another guy waiting for the train had a SEIZURE, and fell off the platform onto the tracks. And while other people on the platform started yelling at the guy, "Get up! You're going to get hit!" . . . Carlos decided to actually jump down and save him. --He managed to help lift the guy back up onto the platform, just as the train was rolling into the station, JAMMING on its brakes the entire way to try to avoid hitting Carlos. --All this sounds incredibly heroic, and it should. But when the media tracked down Carlos to interview him, he gave his REAL motivation for saving the man's life. --He said, quote, "I was thinking, 'If he gets hit, I can't go to work. It's Sunday. I can't miss out. It's a time-and-a-half day." So, yes, saving a life motivated Carlos . . . but the $19-an-hour he was set to make at the grocery store was ALSO a big part. --The man who fell on the tracks was taken to the hospital, and he's going to be okay. As for Carlos, he didn't stick around to see the man get taken away . . . he hopped right on the train and made it to his shift on time. (New York Daily News)

The Miami Heat's Problems Have Cost a Bar Owner $30,000 . . . And Counting:

When LEBRON JAMES decided to go to the Miami Heat, people in the media overreacted and instantly declared that the Heat would be the greatest team in the history of mankind. And the people of Florida bought into the hype. --John Todora owns a bar called Whiskey Tango in Hollywood, Florida. And he offered a new special for this season's Heat games: If you're watching the Heat at his bar and they lose, he'll knock $25 off of everyone's bar tabs. --He figured it would be a great promotion to get people into his bar for the Heat games . . . and since the geniuses in the sports media were predicting the Heat might lose as few as 10 out of 82 games, it seemed like low-risk, high-reward. --Well . . . it turns out the Heat haven't been playing so well. Jamming a few superstars on a team with a bunch of scrubs hasn't produced legendary results. Eighteen games into the season, they've won ten games . . . and lost EIGHT. --Those eight losses have already cost John more than $30,000. And there are still 64 regular-season games to go. --He says he didn't buy any insurance for his season-long promotion so, quote, "We're kind of at the mercy of the Heat." --He does believe that if the Heat keep losing, his losses will go down. Quote, "In New York, they'll keep watching so they could boo and get angry. Here . . . people will jump off the bandwagon as quickly as they jumped on." (CNBC)

A Store Owner Sold Himself a Lottery Ticket . . . And Won a $1.8 Million Jackpot:

68-year-old Ron Rea owns a store called Tobacco World in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. And every day, he sells himself about $20 worth of lottery tickets. --After doing that for years and years, on November 18th, he finally sold himself a winner. --One of Ron's tickets was for the Match Six Lotto drawing . . . and he won a jackpot worth $1,782,432. --But those aren't his only winnings. Because the winning ticket was sold at his store, he'll get an extra $10,000 from the lottery . . . even though he sold the winning ticket to himself. --Even if you buy $20-a-day worth of lottery tickets for your entire life, the odds are you still won't win a major jackpot. Ron says he only plays for million dollar jackpots because, quote, "If you hit, your life's changed." --He says he and his wife will use the money toward their retirement. (Washington Post)

McDonald's Makes More From Happy Meals Than Three Other Major Food Chains Combined:

Here's a quick statistic to remind you just how GIGANTIC and ALL POWERFUL McDonald's still is. According to "Ad Age", McDonald's Happy Meals account for just under 10% of their business. --But based on McDonald's $30.9 BILLION in total sales, that still means that every year, their Happy Meals alone bring in $3.1 BILLION . . . which is more money than Panera Bread, IHOP, or Dairy Queen make COMBINED. (Ad Age)

New Genetically Mutated Apples Never Turn Brown . . . And They May Be On the Way To the U.S. Soon:

You can go crazy thinking about where all your food REALLY comes from. Because if you saw the chemicals and labs and factories, you might never eat anything again . . . unless you hunt or gather it yourself. --Still, the concept of GENETICALLY MUTATED FRUIT freaks me out. And a Canadian biotech company just created a genetically mutated version of the APPLE . . . tweaked so that after you slice it, it never turns brown. --They've asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve the apples for sale here. They're evaluating the apples right now, but there's no word on when they might be available in the U.S. (Yahoo News)

A Mother, a Father, and Their Newborn Son All Share the Same Birthday . . . But the Odds of That Happening Aren't as Crazy as You'd Think:

Back in 2009, 21-year-old Jamal White of St. Paul, Minnesota met 22-year-old Tiara White of St. Paul. They thought it was funny that they had the same last name. Then they found out they had the same birth date, November 24th. --They were even born at the same hospital. --They ended up getting together and, early this year, Tiara got pregnant. --Last week she delivered their son, Jamal Junior on . . . November 24th. --And that wasn't on purpose. His due date was the 19th, and the doctors weren't going to induce labor until the 26th. Tiara ended up going into labor on the 23rd, and Jamal Junior was born on the 24th. --This all SEEMS like a long shot . . . but the odds of three people in the same family having the same birthday aren't that ridiculous. --A mathematician from the University of Minnesota says the odds are one in 133,155. That's about seven out of every million (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

A Man Steals a Nissan From a Dealership By Driving It Through Glass Doors . . . But Ends Up Getting Caught When He Quickly Runs Out of Gas:

For a brief, fleeting moment, Jacory Phillips of Albany, Georgia pulled off an explosive, cinematic, "Gone In 60 Seconds"-style car theft. --But then something happened to him that never happens in the movies. --On Thanksgiving, Jacory broke into a Nissan dealership in Albany, grabbed the keys to a 2011 Nissan Altima, and stole it by driving it THROUGH the glass showroom doors and right off the lot. --About 50 miles later, the car was on empty, he rolled it into a gas station . . . and started begging people for gas money. --The gas station called the police, and they showed up and arrested Jacory. --Jacory has a long police record, including a battery and assault charge for PUNCHING HIS OWN MOTHER back in 2008. (Albany Herald)

A Man Ends Up In Jail After Getting Too Drunk At His High School Reunion and Fighting the Bartenders:

Everyone wants to make an impression at their high school reunion, right? Well NO ONE'S forgetting what this guy did. --On Saturday night, 40-year-old Matthew Huston of West Chester, Pennsylvania was at his 20th reunion at a hotel called the Concordville Inn. The police didn't release the name of his high school. --Like most people at high school reunions, Matthew was drinkin'. But he had a little too much. And then he kept drinking and had WAY too much. --He got so belligerent that the hotel staff asked him to leave. And that's when Matthew got into a BRAWL with three bartenders. --He got in a few good shots . . . punches, not more shots of liquor . . . before they were able to hold him down. When state troopers got there, Matthew started swinging at THEM too, and punched one in the face. --He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on law enforcement, simple assault, resisting arrest, public drunkenness, persistent disorderly conduct, and harassment. (Philadelphia Daily News)


According to scientists, the violin screech they use in horror movies works so well because it sounds like the alarm calls in nature:


The Federal government is making local governments replace their highway signs . . . because they've decided that a mixture of upper and lower case is easier to read than all-caps:


Doctors are trying to figure out why a man goes temporarily blind every time he has sex. They think it's because of vasoconstriction . . . the same condition that can cause erectile dysfunction:


More parents are fighting childhood obesity by putting their infants on diets:


A Seattle hotel is offering tourism packages where guests don't have to leave the room:



#1.) A Little Kid Fell Out of the Stands at a Football Game:

During Friday's football game between UCLA and Arizona State, a little kid fell out of the stands and landed on the ground behind one of the end zones. He fell about ten feet, but according to the Associated Press, he wasn't seriously injured.
(--Search for "boy falls from the stands UCLA Arizona State.")

#2.) Some Guy Got Drake's Face Shaved Into the Back of His Head:

Some idiot had the rapper DRAKE'S face shaved into the back of his head, and it didn't look right at all. In fact, it looked more like PRESIDENT OBAMA with a lazy eye and a broken nose. (--Search for "Drake's face shaved in the back of his head.")

#3.) Here's a Hot girl in a Bikini Dancing Like an Idiot:

There's a video on YouTube of a girl dancing like she's at a rave . . . which would make sense if she wasn't face-down in the shallow end of a pool, and wearing a bikini. --She starts out lying at the edge of the pool flopping around. Then she eventually stands up and goes nuts. (--Search for "what mushrooms did she eat video." She stands up at 1:25.)

#4.) Here's a Mean Trick To Play on Your Dog:

Somebody took the glass out of a door, then tried to get their dog to walk through. Eventually it did, but it took a lot of coaxing.
(--Search for "dog stuck behind invisible door." It tries to come back in at :37.)

#5.) Check Out This Guy's Hilarious Reaction to Dirty Lyrics:

There's a new video online of a guy listening to the NICKI MINAJ song "Did It On Em" for the first time. And he likes the lyrics WAY too much. --The song has a lot of profanity, so I can't quote from it on the air, but there's a part where she talks about going to the BATHROOM on someone, and the guy absolutely loses it.
(--Search for "dude really loves Nicki Minaj song.")
(--WARNING: This video includes a lot of profanity, including the F-word.)

Five Secrets Your Dry Cleaner Won't Tell You:

With all the parties and events that happen around the holidays, you'll probably be making at least one extra trip to the dry cleaners. --But if you want to avoid the expense, here's a list from "Cosmo" of five secrets your dry cleaner doesn't want you to know . . .

#1.) Most Clothes Don't Need to be Dry-Cleaned. If it's made of cotton and it's one color, dry-cleaning is a waste of money. But if you're not sure, try this: --Wet a q-tip and dab it on a part of the clothing no one will see, like under the armpit of a shirt, or inside the waistband of a pair of pants. If any color comes off on the q-tip, the clothing should be dry-cleaned.

#2.) If They Don't Offer a Deal for New Customers, You Should Ask for One. Dry cleaners want repeat customers, and some are willing to give a 10 to 20 percent discount to get them. All you have to do is ask. --But it only works at small, family-owned dry cleaners. Don't expect a deal if the person you ask makes minimum wage.

#3.) You Can Get a Better Deal In January and February. Between New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day, there aren't any major holidays people dress up for. So some dry cleaners offer 20 to 30 percent discounts to bring in more business. --And if yours DOESN'T, tell them you'll have a bunch of extra stuff cleaned if they give you one.

#4.) There's No Such Thing as "Organic" Dry Cleaning. There aren't any government standards for green dry cleaning yet. --And most cleaners who offer "organic" services use hydrocarbon, which is technically organic because it comes from the earth. But in reality, it's only slightly less toxic than the regular stuff.

#5.) The Plastic They Use Can Ruin Your Clothing. The plastic covers they return your clothes in are made of polyethylene, which starts to break down as soon as light hits it. And it can make the colors on your clothing fade. --So when you get them home, take the plastic off everything before you hang it in the closet. (Cosmopolitan.com)


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