Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Angelina Jolie Has Never Had Plastic Surgery . . . And Doesn't Plan On Doing So in the Future:

ANGELINA JOLIE would like you to know that she's NEVER had any plastic surgery . . . and she doesn't think she ever will. --She says, quote, "I haven't had anything done and I don't think I will. But if it makes somebody happy then that's up to them. --"I'm not in somebody else's skin to know what makes them feel better about themselves. But I don't plan to do it myself." --Angelina is also pretty stoked that JOAN COLLINS basically called her the only really beautiful actress working today. --She says, quote, "That is so sweet and so flattering. It means that much more coming from her, because she is just so gorgeous and cool and has been forever." --And then there's this: Angelina and BRAD PITT might make another movie together someday. At least they're open to it . . . quote, "We talk about it often but it's just hard to find the right thing. --"We want to find that really great script, that special project, so we keep looking. We'll find it one day."

Josh Duhamel Has Learned His Lesson About Behaving On Airplanes:

JOSH DUHAMEL learned a very important lesson last week when he was thrown off an airplane for refusing to turn off his BlackBerry. --He told "Access Hollywood", quote, "I learned that it's best to always turn them off, [that was] not my favorite moment . . . Lesson learned."

Wesley Snipes Failed In His Attempt to Have His Surrender Date Pushed Back Until After the Holidays:

There is now a picture of WESLEY SNIPES in the dictionary, next to the phrase, "Delaying the inevitable." Snipes is supposed to FINALLY give himself up this Thursday to begin serving a three-year sentence for tax evasion. --But he asked the judge if he could surrender on January 6th instead, because he has, quote, "four minor children" and he didn't want to miss the holidays with them. --The judge refused . . . noting that Wesley was originally sentenced more than two and a half years ago, so he's had plenty of time to get his affairs in order. --He also said what most of us are probably thinking . . . quote, "The sooner he begins his sentence, the sooner it will end." (--Think about it: if Wesley had just jumped in and started serving when he was sentenced, he'd probably already be out with good behavior.)

Jesse James Is E! Online's Douchebag of the Year:

E! Online has dropped yet another year-end list. This time, it's Douchebags of the Year. The top spot is kind of a no-brainer. It's JESSE JAMES. Here's the rundown . . .

1.) Jesse James

2.) Charlie Sheen

3.) John Mayer

4.) Kate Gosselin

5.) Mel Gibson

6.) David Arquette

7.) Scott Disick (--He's Kourtney Kardashian's A-hole boyfriend, and the father of her baby.)

8.) Taylor Momsen

9.) Jay Leno

10.) Kanye West
(--See why each of these fine folks made the cut at this link . . .)

All Those Celebrities Are Back on Twitter . . . Thanks to a Billionaire:

Last week, several celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Ryan Seacrest . . . left Twitter in an effort to raise money for an AIDS charity. The goal was for them to remain off Twitter until $1 million was raised. --Well, maybe people care a lot less about celebrity Tweets than anybody thought, because the "fans" weren't putting up the kind of money they'd hoped for. --Now obviously, the world won't turn properly if Serena Williams can't tell us what she had for breakfast, so something had to be done. --So the charity kind of CHEATED. The celebrities themselves put in a bunch of money in order to get the total up to $500,000 . . . then a pharmaceutical billionaire by the name of Stewart Rahr matched it. --We're not sure how much the celebrities had to pony up, but E! Online says that as of Friday, the public had only contributed about $184,000. (--Hopefully, this will serve notice to all these celebrities: Your Tweets may be a fun distraction, but nobody REALLY cares about them.) (--Think about it . . . Lady Gaga has more than 7 million followers. If they NEEDED her Tweets so badly, just ONE-SEVENTH of them could have contributed a dollar each. Or every one of them could have contributed 15 CENTS. But they didn't.)

Bristol Palin Is Hitting Back At Kathy Griffin for Making Fun of Her Weight:

As you may have noticed, BRISTOL PALIN very likely became the first celebrity to ever GAIN weight during her tenure on "Dancing with the Stars". --Well, KATHY GRIFFIN hosted Sunday night's "VH1 Divas Salute to the Troops" . . . and she made sure to mention that. --As soon as she did, the troops in the audience started booing her. But she continued, quote, "No, come on, come on. She gained like 30 pounds a week, I swear to God, it was fantastic. She's like the white Precious." --Not surprisingly, Fox News gave Bristol a platform to respond. And she said, quote, "The audience's reaction to this 'comedian' spoke volumes, and the decent people I know would probably have booed her, too. --"I hope people didn't have to pay money to hear her negativity and criticisms." (--So Bristol refused to take it lying down. I guess there's a first time for everything.)

It Sounds Like Demi Lovato's People Are Admitting She Hit That Backup Dancer:

DEMI LOVATO'S people might have admitted that she cold-cocked that backup dancer . . . but they did so in a back-handed kind of way. --The dancer, Alex Welch, told "People" magazine, quote, "To this day, I haven't gotten an apology. I've heard nothing. That's sad if you think that person is your friend." --She added, quote, "We were on the plane with the Jonases having this awesome time and I didn't get a call or text from Demi or a 'hey, you got a problem with me,' nothing. --"And she walks up and punches me and literally walked away and got in her seat. No one should walk up and do that and brush it over, it's not right." --Alex also said that if she doesn't hear from Demi, she's prepared to sue. --And in response, Demi's rep said, quote, "Demi feels awful about what happened. Right now, she is 100% committed to her treatment. --"We are in the process of engaging with Alex's lawyer and hope to resolve this as quickly as possible." (--Sounds like an admission of guilt to me.)

Is A-Rod dating someone new?

ALEX RODRIGUEZ spent Thanksgiving with CAMERON DIAZ. But this past weekend, he was with another woman. --Witnesses say he attended a fashion show in Miami with a, quote, "tall, insanely gorgeous, Brazilian-looking model." --And earlier in the week, he was seen at Equinox Gym in South Beach with, quote, "an unidentified pretty blonde." (--To be fair, we have no idea what the rules are between Cameron and A-Rod this time around. I mean, if it's not exclusive, then he's not cheating.)

Kelsey Grammer Is Engaged:

KELSEY GRAMMER and his girlfriend, Kayte Walsh, are engaged. He's 55 . . . she's 29. There's no word yet on a wedding date. --Kelsey started dating Kayte while still married to his gastrically-challenged wife CAMILLE . . . who's now on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills". They're in the process of getting divorced. --Kayte got pregnant over the summer, but miscarried the child.
Kellan Lutz Wants a "Normal Girl":

Despite their recent hotel hook-up, KELLAN LUTZ and ANNALYNNE MCCORD appear to be broken up. And now, Kellan claims he wants a "normal girl." --He says, quote, "[I want] a normal girl. I just want someone who can bowl, throw a football, and likes to be athletic. And really just loves life and is happy and smiles. It's tough to find someone who can take a time out and just live."

Elizabeth Edwards Has Stopped Getting Cancer Treatments:

ELIZABETH EDWARDS has stopped her cancer treatments, because the cancer spread to her liver and there's really nothing more doctors can do for her. --The family issued a statement saying, quote, "Elizabeth has been advised by her doctors that further treatment of her cancer would be unproductive. She is resting at home with family and friends." --That family does indeed include her estranged husband, JOHN EDWARDS. --Elizabeth also posted a message to her friends on Facebook. She said, quote, "I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces: my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. --"These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. --"It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know. With love, Elizabeth." --Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She seemed to be doing well lately, but doctors discovered last week that the cancer had spread.

NFL Legend Don Meredith Has Died:

Legendary NFL quarterback "DANDY" DON MEREDITH died Sunday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 72. --Don was the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys when they joined the NFL in 1959. He led the team to the 1966 and '67 NFL title games . . . both of which they lost to the Packers. --He retired just before the start of the 1969 season, at the age of 31, and went straight into broadcasting. --In 1970, he became part of ABC's original "Monday Night Football" announce team, along with HOWARD COSELL and KEITH JACKSON. He left in 1984. (--He actually left ABC for NBC in 1974, but returned to "Monday Night Football" in 1977.) --One of his trademarks was to sing WILLIE NELSON'S "The Party's Over" whenever it looked like a team had the game won. --Meredith was also famous for his TV commercials for Lipton Tea. (--Here's one of them . . .) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfx9rVMw9B0

Does George Lucas Want to Digitally Resurrect Dead Actors and Make Movies with Them?

This may not be true. It comes to us from one of those not-always-reliable British tabloids. But it's still something we might have to deal with at some point in the near future. --GEORGE LUCAS reportedly wants to digitally resurrect dead actors and put them in new movies. --A British actor by the name of Mel Smith . . . who is apparently friends with Lucas . . . says, quote, "George has been buying up the film rights to dead actors in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together. --"So you'd have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck alongside today's stars."

The 10 Highest-Earning Reality TV Stars:

TheDailyBeast.com has put together a list of The 10 Highest-Earning Reality TV Stars. (--That's definitely a rant-instigating title . . . but I'm not in the mood.) --The list takes ALL income into account . . . including salaries from their shows, endorsement deals, clothing lines, appearance fees, "party-hosting gigs," et cetera. --KIM KARDASHIAN came in at #1, with an estimated take of $6 million this year. Here's the Top 10, with their estimated 2010 earnings and most popular show . . .

1.) Kim Kardashian, $6 million . . . "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"

2.) Lauren Conrad, $5 million . . . "The Hills"

3.) Bethenny Frankel, $4 million . . . "The Real Housewives of New York City"

4.) Audrina Patridge, $3.5 million . . . "The Hills"

5.) Kate Gosselin, $3.5 million . . . "Jon & Kate Plus 8"

6.) Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, $3 million . . . "Jersey Shore"

7.) Khloe Kardashian, $2.5 million . . . "Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami"

8.) Kourtney Kardashian, $2.5 million . . . "Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami"

9.) DJ Pauly D, $2 million . . . "Jersey Shore"

10.) Kendra Wilkinson, $2 million . . . "The Girls Next Door" and "Kendra"
(--To read the write-ups on each "star", hit up this slideshow.)

The "Skating with the Stars" Cast Has Been Hit with Illness and Injury:

There have been crazy stretches where "Dancing with the Stars" has been SLAMMED with injuries and illnesses . . . both to the dancers and the stars . . . and yesterday, the same thing happened to "Skating with the Stars". --BRANDON SMITH . . . who stars on the DEMI LOVATO show "Sonny with a Chance" . . . was rushed to the hospital yesterday during rehearsals. --Brandon was vomiting and having trouble breathing, so someone called 911. Naturally, he didn't skate last night, but he should be OK. His rep says he either caught a bad virus . . . or it's food poisoning. He's expected back next week. --Then a few hours later, skater BROOKE CASTILE, who's JONNY MOSELEY'S partner, went to the ER after she sliced open her finger while rehearsing on the ice. Jonny's skate caught her hand when she fell . . . and it got pretty ugly. --Several reports say the cut went "down to the bone." (--There's actually video of the incident. It's hard to see how the injury happens, but afterwards, you can see the blood. ***WARNING***: If you have a weak stomach, you may want to pass on this video. It's a little bloody.)
--Brooke was taken to the ER . . . but amazingly, she returned a few hours later to skate. (--Give her some props for coming back to perform . . . and just sacking it up in general. She didn't even panic after her finger was sliced open.)

Carrie Ann Inaba Believes "Dancing with the Stars" Needs a "Vacation" from the Palin Family:

After BRISTOL PALIN'S long and "controversial" run on "Dancing with the Stars", there was speculation that the show's producers were interested in bringing in her dad TODD PALIN for next season. --It's still unclear how legitimate that rumor is . . . but judge CARRIE ANN INABA thinks the show could use a break from the Palin family hysteria. --She says, quote, "I think one Palin was enough for awhile. I think we need to go on a Palin vacation for a minute." --She explains, quote, "Although it was great media attention, I think it was too controversial. I think people got confused about what they were rooting for: Are you voting for dancing on the show or are you voting for a [political] party? ---"I think that made it very uncomfortable for a lot of people who just want to see a dance competition. I like to keep it simple. I think it diluted the nature of the competition." (--Carrie is partially right. People watch "Dancing with the Stars" to see dancers and stars, and the Palins . . . controversial or not . . . are neither. So let's get back to casting this thing with stars. It's really that simple.)

Ed O'Neill Doesn't Think Jane Lynch Deserved to Win Her Emmy:

Former "Married . . . with Children" star ED O'NEILL . . . who's currently on "Modern Family" . . . doesn't think that JANE LYNCH deserved the Emmy she won earlier this year for "Glee". --It isn't anything personal, he just doesn't think Jane's character, cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester, is complex enough to draw Emmy consideration. --Ed tells "TV Guide", quote, "I love Jane, honestly I do. I'm dying to star in one of Christopher Guest's movies alongside her, but I don't think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. [Sue Sylvester] is just a one-note character." --Ed might be a little biased, though, because his TV wife, SOFIA VERGARA, was competing with Jane for that Emmy. --He says, quote, "Sofia is just so, so funny. I don't think people realize how hilarious she is. She's so sharp with her wit, it's amazing." --Interestingly enough, Ed did NOT mention anything about "Modern Family's" JULIE BOWEN, who was competing against Jane and Sofia for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. (--Julie plays his daughter.) (--The other actresses nominated in that category were: "30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski, "Two and a Half Men's" Holland Taylor, and Kristin Wiig from "Saturday Night Live".)


TUESDAY TV REMINDERS: (--Check your local listings.)

--"Minute to Win It" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"A Charlie Brown Christmas" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Inside the Actors Studio" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--James Franco.)

--"Cupcake Wars" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Food Network. (--Four master chefs go head to head for the chance at $10,000 and an opportunity to serve their bake goods at a tree-lighting ceremony in Hollywood.)

--"Eureka" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--"Saturday Night Live's" Chris Parnell guest stars as a scientist whose unstable hydrogen crystal threatens Eureka during the town holiday party.)

--"In Treatment" [3rd Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"Detroit 1-8-7" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--"Touched by an Angel's" Della Reese guest stars as the mother of a boy missing since 1967 whose remains are found with the remains of a missing white woman.)

--"Running Russell Simmons" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Oxygen.

--"Warehouse 13" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--Pete and Myka investigate robberies that have been linked to a malevolent Santa.)


--"Inception" - Leonardo DiCaprio plays a guy who's an expert at using technology to enter other people's dreams and steal information from their minds. And now he's gathered a team that includes Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to help him do the impossible . . . instead of steal an idea, he wants to PLANT one.

--"Twilight: Eclipse" (in stores this past 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.

--"Shrek Forever After" - Rumpelstiltskin tricks Shrek, who ends up in an alternate universe where he and Fiona have never met. Mike Myers is Shrek, Cameron Diaz is Fiona, Eddie Murphy's Donkey, and Antonio Banderas returns as a much chubbier version of Puss in Boots.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Law & Order: Season Eight" . . . a five-disc DVD set.
--"Hoarders: Season Two, Part 1" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Boy Meets World: The Complete Fourth Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set. (--It ran for seven seasons.)
--"Vega$: Season 2.1" . . . a three-disc DVD set. (--It ran for three seasons.)
--"Dragnet: Season 3" . . . a four-disc DVD set. (--It ran for four seasons of the old school TV series that ran in the late '60s and starred Jack Webb as Sergeant Joe Friday and Harry Morgan as his partner, Joe Gannon.)
--"Bonanza: Season 2, Volume One" . . . a five-disc set. (--It ran 14 seasons.)

--"Strip Me", Natasha Bedingfield (--This is her third album. It includes the singles "Touch" and the title track.)

--"Wonders of the Younger", Plain White T's (--With the single "Rhythm of Love".)

--"The All American Nightmare", Hinder

--Daft Punk's "Tron Legacy" soundtrack.

--"No Mercy", T.I. (--The title was originally "King Uncaged", but T.I. had to scrap that when he was sent back to prison for a probation violation.) (--The police found him in possession of ecstasy during a traffic stop in September.) (--His guests include: Chris Brown, Kanye West, Drake, Pharrell, Eminem, Kid Cudi, Trey Songz, Young Dro, The-Dream and Christina Aguilera.)


The Latest Expansion for "World of Warcraft" Hits Stores Today

--"World of Warcraft: Cataclysm" (T) . . . The third expansion for most successful MMORPG (Massively Multi-Player Online Role Playing Game) is out today on PC. he 11 million plus subscribers who shell out fifteen bucks a month to run around Azeroth slaying dragons, forming dance parties or making music videos (???) are receiving lots of new features to make sure they don't go outside and make real friends. ou can now play through over 3,500 new quests with Goblins and Worgen (which are basically like werewolves), in addition to classic races like elves and orcs. rchaeology is a new secondary skill that players can learn. You can gather artifacts from all over the world and piece them together to earn rewards. layer-formed guilds have also gained the ability to advance in level and gain guild achievements. Check out the official trailer here.

--"Tron: Evolution" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii, PC, DS and PSP. In this action game based on the new "Tron" sequel you control a program written by Jeff Bridge's character Kevin Flynn. Light cycle racing and identity disc battles are a few of the mini games that you encounter as you try to figure out the latest dilemma in cyberspace.

Have a look "Tron: Evolution's" sexy graphics in the teaser trailer here.
ESRB Game Ratings: (E) for Everyone; (T) for Teen; (M) for Mature (18+)
AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Has Been Convicted of Marijuana Possession:

AC/DC drummer PHIL RUDD has been convicted of pot possession. He was fined $250 . . . and will shell out another $133 in court costs. --Rudd was busted in New Zealand back in October . . . after police searched his boat and found 25 grams of marijuana. --Rudd's lawyer tried to get him off by arguing that it was a small amount of weed, and that a conviction may prevent him from entering certain countries on tour. --But the judge wasn't having it. She said, quote, "It was not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette."

Heather Mills Is Taking Credit for the Beatles Finally Coming to iTunes:

No one has talked about PAUL MCCARTNEY'S ex-wife HEATHER MILLS lately . . . not in the U.S., at least . . . and maybe she's trying to change that. --Heather claims SHE deserves the credit for bringing THE BEATLES and iTunes together. She insists that she, quote, "organized it all." --She tells Britain's "Daily Mail", quote, "iTunes? I organized it all with [Apple boss] Steve Jobs. But there's no way I'm going back to court for more money. It was all settled at the time and that's it." (--I don't think she'd have a LEG to stand on anyway. Sorry Heather.)

Dr. Dre Sold Almost His Entire Record Collection, But He Kept Nirvana's "Bleach":

DR. DRE told "Vibe" magazine that he recently sold his massive record collection, which included about 80,000 vinyl albums. --He did it because he wasn't using them anymore. Although he added that, before it was gone, he wrote down everything that he loved so that he could order it later. (--We're assuming this means Dr. Dre has gone DIGITAL, but he didn't say that. It's just hard to believe that he'd give everything away, then re-order it in vinyl.) --Dre did keep THREE albums . . . Curtis Mayfield's "Super Fly" soundtrack, Nirvana's first album "Bleach" and Barry White's "Greatest Hits".--Wait. Nirvana? --Yeah. Dre explained, quote, "That's one of my favorite albums ever made. I still listen to that (stuff) to work out."


KIM KARDASHIAN is not pregnant with KANYE WEST'S baby . . . or anyone else's.


Former "Baywatch" babe DONNA D'ERRICO was singled out and ordered to get one of those body scans at Los Angeles International Airport. And she says the male TSA agents pulled her aside because she's hot.


There's a rumor going around that DAVID HASSELHOFF will take over SIMON COWELL'S seat at the judging panel on "Britain's Got Talent". The Hoff was a judge on the first four seasons of "America's Got Talent".


KATIE COURIC will dance with MATTHEW MORRISON on "Glee".


This is the very definition of a MUST-READ: RANDY and EVI QUAID are reportedly going to write a TELL-ALL book, exposing that supposed conspiracy of STAR WHACKERS.


Here's a fun list of movies in which songs were used for comedic purposes. Videos are included.


On last night's "Chelsea Lately", CHELSEA HANDLER denied she's picking on ANGELINA JOLIE because she's friends with JENNIFER ANISTON.


JUSTIN BIEBER trading cards will be available beginning sometime THIS WEEK at Walmart, Target, Toys "R" Us, and other stores. The packs will include five cards, and a sticker . . . and will run you $1.99 a pop.


ENRIQUE IGLESIAS let a drunk fan get up onstage and sing with him.



Check Out the Ten Least-Safe Cars of All Time:

A website called Auto Shippers just put out this list of the 10 least-safe cars of all time . . . and the list is filled with older cars that were recalled, legendary cars that have reputations as being insanely dangerous, and two models from 2009.

#1.) Ford Pinto. It blew up during accidents. The gas tank was accidentally positioned so that it would EXPLODE even in a minor bumper-to-bumper accident.

#2.) Briggs & Stratton Flyer. This car came out in 1915 and didn't have doors, a windshield, or any kind of protection from impact.

#3.) Peel Trident. This car was tiny and offered pretty much no protection to the two people jammed inside.

#4.) 1960-63 Chevy Corvair. The engine released toxic fumes, and the steering wheel would IMPAIL people during crashes.

#5.) 1974-76 Bricklin SV-1. The body was made out of bonded acrylic and fiberglass, which couldn't handle the engine's heat . . . and BURNED its drivers.

#6.) 1985 Yugo GV. The cars would generally just start rattling and fall apart.

#7.) 2009 Smart Fortwo. It gets amazing mileage, but drivers were getting ejected during crashes where they were barely going 40 miles-per-hour.

#8.) 1984-88 Ford Mustang. These always ranked toward the top of the list for total DEATHS . . . people want to drive them fast, but they're not safe enough to handle crashes with those speeds and conditions.

#9.) 1984-88 Chevy Corvette. More people died in this model than any other car in HISTORY . . . people bought them, drove them recklessly, and crashed them.

#10.) 2009 Kia Rio. Even with modern safety standards, the car manufacturing was crappy enough that Kia Rios put a surprisingly high number of people in the hospital when they were rear-ended. (Auto Shippers)

"Consumer Reports" Names AT&T the Worst Wireless Service Provider in the U.S.:

This isn't going to be a shock to people who own iPhones . . . or to anyone who's ever tried to have a conversation with someone who owns an iPhone. --In the issue of "Consumer Reports" that comes out today, AT&T was named the worst wireless service provider in the country. And for now, AT&T has an exclusive contract to sell the iPhone. --AT&T was the only carrier to have a significant drop in customer satisfaction from last year. More than half of the AT&T users surveyed have an iPhone. --Verizon usually wins these surveys, but this year they came in second. U.S. Cellular actually got the highest ratings of any national carrier. --Sprint came in third, finishing just behind Verizon. T-Mobile came in fourth, and AT&T finished last. --AT&T issued a response to the survey saying, quote, "We take this seriously and continually look for new ways to improve . . . our dropped call rate is within one-tenth of a percent of the industry leader. [That's one extra] call dropped in 1,000." (Los Angeles Times)

A Linguistics Group Says the Top Words For 2011 Will Include References To Palin, Obama, and Twitter:

We've still got a solid three-and-a-half weeks of 2010 left . . . but it seems people are ready to just put this horrible, horrible year on ice and look ahead to 2011. --A linguistics group called the Global Language Monitor just put out their list of the top phrases for 2011. They base the list on trends, upcoming events, and how much these words and phrases are starting to appear in the media. Check 'em out:

#1.) Twenty-eleven. That's the way that people are choosing to pronounce the year, rather than saying "two thousand eleven."

#2.) Obama-mess. This is any problem that's caused by . . . or that people blame on . . . PRESIDENT OBAMA.

#3.) Great Recession.

#4.) Palinism. This is any word that SARAH PALIN makes up as she talks. The big example from 2010 was when she used the word "refudiate."

#5.) TwitFlocker. This term is a placeholder for the next big social media trend that follows Facebook and Twitter.

(Yahoo News)

The Federal Reserve Spent $120 Million Printing Over a Billion Hundred-Dollar Bills . . . All of Which Have a Printing Error and Need To Be Destroyed:

You see news stories all the time about how the government is throwing away our money. But today we have a story about how they're LITERALLY throwing away our money. --The Federal Reserve recently printed a whole new batch of $100 bills with new high-tech anti-counterfeiting features, like a 3D security strip. --There was only one problem. When they actually PRINTED the bills, millions of them somehow got FOLDED before they hit the printer. So they were all left with a blank strip running across the front. --Overall, the government printed 1.1 billion bills, or $110 BILLION worth of currency. That's about 10% of the entire supply of U.S. currency. And the printing cost the government . . . and taxpayers . . . $120 MILLION. --And now the Fed is going to have to DESTROY all of the bills and throw them away, because they're unusable. --For now, the bills are sitting in a vault in Fort Worth, Texas while SOMEONE tries to figure out a way to salvage them. --But it doesn't look like there's any hope . . . there are so many bills it would take 30 YEARS to hand-sort the good ones from the defective ones, and no one has come up with a machine that could handle the sorting. (CNBC)

Attractive People Make $250,000 More Over Their Lifetime Than Ugly People:

It's time to give some hope to one of the most oppressed, underprivileged, underappreciated groups in the U.S. . . . super-attractive people. --Daniel Hamermesh is an economist from the University of Texas who just ran a major study on the connection between attractiveness and earnings. --And he found that the average good-looking person makes about $250,000 more over the course of their lifetime than someone less attractive. --He says that's not a gigantic difference, because of how long our careers last, but it's the same financial difference as getting an extra one-and-a-half years of school. --If you work for 45 years, that's a difference of about $5,500 a year. --In Hamermesh's study, he found the attractiveness difference affects women less than men. Women who are rated in the bottom-third of attractiveness make about 4% less than average-looking women. --But men who are rated in the bottom-third of attractiveness make 13% less than average-looking men. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Word of the Day: Aluminum Digger:

aluminum digger (adjective) /uh loom eh numb dig gur/ - a woman who wants to be a gold digger but doesn't have the skills down yet, so she can only target a lower-income group of men. --Example: "Man, that girl I was dating always wanted to go to Subway and get double meat on her sandwich. I work hard for my minimum wage, I can't be dating such an aluminum digger."

Websites of the Day: Brilliant Ghetto Christmas Decorations and Art Made Of Dog Poop:

--Not everyone can afford a real Christmas tree or wreath or nativity scene. Here are 11 photos of brilliant Christmas decorations made out of things like shopping carts, cheap beer, tires, and even feminine hygiene products . . .
--I guess this is proof that when you're an artist, everything in the world is your canvas. Here's a website devoted to art projects made out of DOG POOP . . .

A Woman Is Suing a Restaurant . . . Because She Broke Her Hand Reaching For Some Toilet Paper:

On New Year's Eve 2007, 58-year-old Sheri Schooley of South Rockwood, Michigan was having dinner with her husband at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant. --At one point, she went to the restroom. And as she reached to grab some toilet paper, the metal cover of the toilet paper dispenser fell down on her hand. Quote, "It looked like the dispenser was up, but it wasn't latched." --It broke a bone . . . and now, three years later, even after surgery, she says she still can't use the hand. She even quit her job as an administrative assistant because she couldn't type anymore. --Oh, and she also says it ruined her BOWLING game. She had to switch to her left hand, which dropped her average from a 140 down to a 95 or 100. --So . . . she wants to sue Texas Roadhouse. They wanted to have the lawsuit thrown out, because they say it's crazy to assume they're liable for such a TINY detail like the way their toilet paper dispensers are latched. --This week, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that, yes, Sheri can sue. The Chief Justice wrote, quote, "There is no evidence that employees inspected toilet paper dispensers to see if they were closed." --There's no word on how much money Sheri is suing for. (Detroit Free Press)

There's a One In Six Chance Your Grandma Is Cheating On Your Grandpa:

Cheating on your husband or wife isn't just for athletes and "Maury Povich" guests anymore: According to a new survey out of Britain . . . ONE out of SIX people over 50 say they CHEAT on their partner. --One out of three people over 50 also say they, quote, "sleep around" . . . and one in four say they have more than one ongoing sexual relationship. --And when people 50-plus cheat on their partner or have random anonymous sex with strangers, they're the least likely age group to use condoms. (Daily Mail)
Given the Choice Between Skiing, Sledding, or Shoveling Snow, the Most Popular Activity Is . . . Shoveling?

Either this survey screwed up . . . or no one can ever say Americans are LAZY again. --Nestle commissioned a survey asking people what they like to do when there's a huge snowstorm. And given the choice between skiing, sledding, or shoveling snow that's piling up in the driveway, the most popular pick was . . . HARD LABOR. --23% of Americans said they, quote, "enjoy" shoveling snow. Only 17% picked skiing or sledding.

--Here are some other findings from the survey . . .

--Women like making snowmen much more than men.

--Women are more likely to read a book, cook, or bake when it's snowing outside than men.

--79% of Americans have had at least one snow day in their lives where they were able to stay home from school or work.

--Half of Americans believe snow days are DYING, though, because people can now work from home. (PR Newswire)

Scottish Men Were Officially Told To Start Wearing Underwear Under Their Kilts . . . And They're *Not* Happy About It:

A real Scotsman NEVER, EVER wears anything under his kilt. They let their haggis flop around, and if you decide to look, that's your problem, not theirs. --Well . . . there's an organization called the Scottish Tartans Authority that's in charge of maintaining the standards of traditional Scottish dress. And they've just dropped a BOMB. --They've told Scottish men that the custom is over . . . and it's time to start wearing underwear under kilts. --Brian Wilton of the Scottish Tartans Authority says, quote, "We are saying, 'Please use common sense and decency as it can be unhygienic and offensive.' If you are [renting] a kilt, wear underwear because some of them are left in horrible state." --This may make logical sense to Wilton and his organization . . . but it's NOT going over well with men in Scotland or overseas. --39-year-old William Fleming of Washington, D.C. marches in an annual Christmas parade in a kilt. Quote, "A man's a man. A Highlander doesn't need underwear. If we did wear underwear, it would be made of, like, twigs." --Robin Naysmith, who runs the Scottish Affairs Office at the British Embassy, says that he's still going to wear his kilt how he wants. Quote, "Achhh. I wouldn't take that [announcement] too seriously. Each to his own, we say." (Washington Post)

U.S. Airways Has To Divert a Flight After a Dog On Board Gets Loose and Bites Two Passengers:

I've flown on U.S. Airways before. And not to be an a-hole, but this actually kinda sounds like an IMPROVEMENT over their usual horrific flight experience. --Yesterday morning, U.S. Airways had to divert a flight . . . after a dog got loose on board and BIT two of the passengers. --The flight was going from Newark to Phoenix. One of the passengers brought a small dog on the plane . . . which is legal, as long as you pay a fee and keep the dog in a carrier. --But after take-off, the passenger let the dog out of her carrier. It started running up and down the aisles barking . . . it bit a man who tried to slow it down . . . and then it bit a flight attendant. --The pilot diverted the flight and made an emergency landing in Pittsburgh to make sure the bites could get looked at. The two victims were treated for minor injuries, the dog was boarded and shipped to Phoenix, and the plane left for Arizona. --The passenger who brought the dog was only identified as an 89-year-old woman who was traveling from New Jersey to Palm Springs, California. The dog was a 12-pound Manchester terrier named Mandy. --It doesn't look like the woman is going to be facing any penalties or charges for her dog getting loose.
(USA Today)

A Herd of Elephants In India Got Hammered and Went On a Deadly Rampage:

Getting HAMMERED, staggering around, and leaving massive amounts of destruction in your wake isn't just for humans anymore. --Last week in a remote part of eastern India, a herd of ELEPHANTS got their trunks into enough wine to get them completely obliterated. -People in the area had been stockpiling fermented rice wine for a local festival. It's basically the Indian version of moonshine. --About SEVENTY elephants wandered into town, sniffed out the wine, and drank it before the locals realized what was happening. An official told the press, quote, "they staggered through . . . throwing life completely haywire." --After a FOUR-DAY stampede, the final tally was 60 homes destroyed and THREE PEOPLE DEAD. --India's elephant population is around 21,000, which is the biggest in Asia. And elephants that get a taste for human food . . . or wine . . . are known to wander into villages to try to get at the food. (The Guardian)

Looking for an out-of-the-way real estate investment? The 1.4 acre property of the Unabomber is for sale. But there's no cabin anymore . . . they moved it to a museum in Washington, D.C.:


A nutritionist rated airline food on how healthy it is, and United topped the list, with four stars. U.S. Airways was the worst, with one-and-three-quarter stars:


A scientist has found that babies and young children are immune from "catching" yawns:


Now you can get your peanut butter cups with bacon inside:


A guy changed his name to Captain Awesome in honor of a character on the TV show "Chuck". And a judge ruled that he can legally sign his name as a right arrow, a smiley face, and a left arrow:


Why not go to the doctor online? Just type in your symptoms, and get a diagnosis and prescription within minutes:



#1.) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Got Impaled on a Traffic Light During a Christmas Parade:

Whoever planned the Christmas parade in Richmond, Virginia this year screwed up big time. Because they failed to realize that their huge Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer balloon was too big to fit under the town's traffic lights. --And when they tried to go around the first one, the top of Rudolph's head got impaled on a pole. Then everyone watched as his entire face started deflating. (--Search for "Rudolph balloon Christmas parade tragedy." It happens at 2:15.)

#2.) A Fully pregnant Christina Applegate Did a FunnyOrDie.com Video Called "Prenatal Pole Dancing":

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE'S first child is due sometime this winter. And she just did a parody for FunnyOrDie.com called "Prenatal Pole Dancing", which is exactly what it sounds like: Pregnant women trying to pole dance seductively.
(--Search for "Christina Applegate Prenatal Pole Dancing.")
(--WARNING: This video includes the F-word and other profanity.)
#3.) An A Cappella Group Did a Hanukkah Version of the Taio Cruz Song "Dynamite":

There's an a cappella group at Yeshiva University in New York City called the Yeshiva Maccabeats, and for Hanukkah . . . which ends Thursday . . . they recorded a new version of the TAIO CRUZ song "Dynamite". --The chorus goes: "I flip my latkes in the air sometimes, singing ay-o, spin the dreidel".
(--Search for "Yeshiva Maccabeats Candlelight.")

Six Limited-Edition Foods with Cult Followings:

For those of you out there who salivate uncontrollably over the McRib . . . I'm talking to you Bill Clinton . . . it's no longer available at most McDonalds. They stopped selling them nationwide on Sunday. -And fans are hoping it won't be another 15 years before they're back. But the McRib isn't the ONLY menu item that shows up every once in a while, and then goes away. Here are six more limited-edition foods with cult followings . . .

#1.) The McDonald's Shamrock Shake. They've been selling it every March for St. Patrick's Day since 1970. And even then, not every McDonald's has it. So die-hard fans go to ShamrockShake.com to find the closest one that does.

#2.) The Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. It's been around since October 2003, and most Starbucks locations will still be selling it until sometime after Christmas --The Pumpkin Spice Latte is so popular that this year, Starbucks.com held a one-day contest and asked people to submit Haiku poetry about it. In just eight hours, nearly 500 entries were submitted.

#3.) Dreyer's Limited Edition Egg Nog Ice Cream. Since the 1950's, it's been available every November and December. And each year they sell the equivalent of 10 million scoops.

#4.) Sweethearts. They're the little hearts with words on them that you can only buy during the six weeks leading up to Valentine's Day. And in those six weeks, about EIGHT BILLION are sold.

#5.) Mallomars. They were first sold in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1913, when they didn't have refrigerated trucks to transport them during the summer. --So even though there are plenty of refrigerated trucks around today, Nabisco still only sells them from September to April. And in those seven months, they sell enough packages to stretch from New York City to Detroit.

#6.) Girl Scout Cookies. They're the ultimate limited-edition food with a cult following. And between January and April every year, the Girl Scouts of America sell about $700 million worth. (Woman's Day)


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