Thursday, December 16, 2010


Nikki Sixx dating Denise Richards?


"Us Weekly"
says that DENISE RICHARDS is enjoying the old BUMP AND TICKLE with MOTLEY CRUE bassist NIKKI SIXX. He's 52 . . . Denise is 39. --A so-called "source" says, quote, "They've been neighbors for years. They have a lot in common and are taking things slowly. --This past Saturday was Nikki's birthday. And on Friday night he Tweeted that he had, quote, "a midnight rendezvous planned with a beautiful maiden." (--Denise is, of course, Charlie Sheen's ex-wife. She also fornicated with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora for a while. Nikki's most recent girlfriend of record was tattooed minx Kat Von D . . . who's now swapping gravy with Jesse James.)



Jake Gyllenhaal Is Taking Things Slow With Taylor Swift:


Everybody knows by now that JAKE GYLLENHAAL and TAYLOR SWIFT are together . . . even if they won't admit it. But in a new interview with "USA Today", Jake DID talk about the relationship. --He said, quote, "It's going to be a long, slow burn for me. I'm not rushing into anything."



Is Michael C. Hall dating Julia Stiles?


This could be awkward: MICHAEL C. HALL might be nailing "Dexter" co-star JULIA STILES . . . while he's divorcing his OTHER "Dexter" co-star, JENNIFER CARPENTER. --If this is true . . . and at this point we have no reason to actually believe it is . . . that doesn't necessarily mean this relationship broke up Michael and Jennifer's marriage. --When they announced their divorce, they said they'd been, quote, "separated for some time."



Kevin Spacey Almost Kind of Admits He's Gay:


In a new interview with "The Daily Beast", KEVIN SPACEY comes about as close as he ever has to admitting he's gay. But he still doesn't pull the trigger. --The man interviewing Spacey is gay himself . . . and out of the closet, obviously. And he asks Spacey flat-out why he doesn't "claim" his gay compatriots. --And Spacey says, quote, "Look, I might have lived in England for the last several years but I'm still an American citizen and I have not given up my right to privacy." --The interviewer tells him he doesn't think being gay is a private matter . . . to which Spacey replies, quote, "People have different reasons for the way they live their lives. You cannot put everyone's reasons in the same box. --"It's just a line I've never crossed and never will." --When the interviewer suggests that Spacey might be living a lie, he answers, quote, "I don't live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie. --"That is a presumption that people jump to." --Then the interviewer suggests that keeping one's sexuality private is a LIE OF OMISSION.

--And Spacey replies, quote, "Look, at the end of the day people have to respect people's differences. I am different than some people would like me to be. --"I just don't buy into that the personal can be political. I just think that's horse(crap). No one's personal life is in the public interest. It's gossip, bottom line. End of story." --He adds, quote, "Look, I think finally this is a very important issue to be discussed. I do. --"Mainly because of how sad it is that young people in this country . . . and even around the world where they don't have the freedoms and rights we do . . . are being subjected to the kinds of abuse they are being subjected to. --"That's what is shameful."



The Most Re-Tweeted Tweets of the Year:


In this world of fleeting electronic discourse, perhaps the best longevity a person can hope for is to Tweet something . . . and have millions of their followers RE-TWEET it. --With that in mind, here are the 10 Most Re-Tweeted Tweets of 2010 . . .


#1.) Stephen Colbert: "In honor of oil-soaked birds, 'tweets' are now 'gurgles'."


#2.) Drake: "We always ignore the ones who adore us, and adore the ones who ignore us."


#3.) Lil Wayne: "Aaaaaaahhhhhhmmmmm baaaaakkkkkkkkkk!" (--Posted after he got out of prison, obviously.)


#4.) Justin Bieber: "Te quiero mucho mi amor." (--It means, "I love you very much, my love" . . . and your daughter will probably tell you it was a message DIRECTLY TO HER.) (!!!)


#6.) Joe Jonas: "I cry because I love Justin Bieber!!!"


#7.) Lady Gaga: "I'm beautiful in my way, 'cause God makes no mistakes. I'm on the right track, baby. I was Born This Way."


#8.) Kanye West: "I'm sorry Taylor."


#9.) Rihanna: "Justin Bieber just flashed me his abs in the middle of a restaurant! Wow! He actually had a lil 6 pack! Sexy, lol! #Beliebersplzdontkillme"


#10.) (Stuff) My Dad Says: "Don't focus on the one guy who hates you. You don't go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog (crap)."



Sandra Bullock Is "People" Magazine's Woman of the Year:


magazine drops its Best and Worst of 2010 issue this week. And they've named SANDRA BULLOCK Woman of the Year. Here are some of the other honorees . . .


--First Couple: Barack and Michelle Obama


--Glam Parents: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie


--Fighter: Michael Douglas


--Class Act: Elin Nordegren


--Big Gun: Sarah Palin


--Ultimate Survivor: Bret Michaels


--Out and Proud: Ricky Martin


--The Next Generation: Will Smith's kids


--Comeback Kid: Conan O'Brien


--Most Talked About Couple: Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift



Aretha Franklin Is Happy to be Home:


ARETHA FRANKLIN is home from the hospital . . . about two weeks after undergoing surgery for a mystery ailment that MIGHT be pancreatic cancer. --She issued a statement yesterday saying, quote, "I've been at home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis." --She added that she plans to be up and about soon . . . quote, "I'm hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit before January 2nd, as well as a performance of 'Dreamgirls' at the FOX before it closes." --Aretha's rep added, quote, "The Queen of Soul is in great spirits and very happy to be home where she will be resting in anticipation of spending the upcoming holiday season with her family. --Aretha still hasn't confirmed or denied whether she has pancreatic cancer. According to some reports, doctors have given her about a year to live.


Michael Vick Wants to Own a Dog Again:


MICHAEL VICK is legally barred from ever owning a dog again . . . for obvious reasons. But Vick thinks he's ready for a new pet. And he thinks it would actually help him. --He says, quote, "I would love to get another dog in the future. I think it would be a big step for me in the rehabilitation process. --"I think just to have a pet in my household and to show people that I genuinely care, and my love, and my passion for animals." --Vick blames his upbringing for not knowing that dogfighting was wrong . . . quote, "When I was younger I got caught up in dog fighting . . . It was something to do. --"I hate to use our culture as an excuse. It is what it is. I love animals. I love dogs. I love birds. I love all types of animals. But this is just the way I was brought up. Nobody ever told me it was the wrong thing to do." --Vick says that he works with the Humane Society and goes out on speaking engagements . . . even though the courts don't make him. And he claims he's learned his lesson. -He says, quote, "Dogfighting is prominent all across the country, and I know it goes on in a lot of different urban areas. --"A lot of kids have probably seen it happening before. Hopefully, they're not involved in it, and hopefully they take away from what happened in my situation and avoid it at all costs."



Ryan Gosling Thinks People in Hollywood Need Real Jobs:


RYAN GOSLING thinks people in Hollywood need real jobs. And he believes that so seriously that he even went out and got a job at a deli after "The Notebook" became such a huge hit. --He says, quote, "[People in Hollywood] have meals. They go to Pilates. But it's not enough. So they do drugs. --"If everybody had a pile of rocks in their backyard and spent every day moving them from one side of the yard to the other, it would be a much happier place."



Lindsay Lohan Is 100 Days Sober Today:


LINDSAY LOHAN is officially 100 days sober today . . . according to "Life & Style" magazine. --A so-called "insider" says, quote, "She's been very public with friends about sharing her day count . . . It's great she's made it this far, but she's got a long way to go." --Meanwhile . . . DINA LOHAN would like you to know that Lindsay is the one who backed out of "Inferno" . . . the movie in which she was going to play "Deep Throat" star LINDA LOVELACE. --The filmmakers made it sound like they dropped Lindsay . . . but Dina says, quote, "The movie is about a drug addict and a porn star . . . it is hard when you are a serious actor with what she has been through, we don't need that. --"Lindsay was disappointed because she really wanted to do it, but she felt that it would not be good for her after what she has experienced. --"It was hard for her to turn it down, because it was an amazing role." --MALIN ACKERMAN from "Watchmen" and "The Heartbreak Kid" took over the role.)



Check Out the Trailer for a Movie Where Brad Pitt Plays Sean Penn's Dad . . . in Flashbacks:


There's a movie hitting theaters in May called "The Tree of Life". --It's about a kid who grows up having to reconcile what he learns from his loving, nurturing mother and his much-harsher dad . . . who tried to teach him that the world was tough, and he had to be tougher to get along in it. (--Or something like that.) --Anyway . . . the interesting thing about this one is that SEAN PENN plays the kid as an adult . . . and in the flashback scenes, BRAD PITT is his dad. (--Check out the trailer here . . .)



"The Beaver" Hits Theaters in March:


MEL GIBSON'S new movie finally has a release date. "The Beaver" will open in a limited run on March 23rd . . . then open wider on April 8th. (--It was originally supposed to come out this year, but Mel had some kind of image problem or something.) (???)


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


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


--"Gift of the Magi" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. on the Hallmark Channel. (--"The Practice's"
Marla Sokoloff stars in this retelling of the classic O. Henry short story, about a couple who each makes a personal sacrifice for the other's Christmas gift.)


--"Brew Masters" [1st Season Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Discovery.


--"Burn Notice" [4th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA.


--"The Peacemaker" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E. (--A new reality series about a gang mediator who's trying to arrange a truce between the rival factions in South Central Los Angeles.)


--"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on FX. (--This Christmas episode was previously only available on DVD but makes its TV premiere, as the gang sets out to discover the joy of Christmas.)


--"Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2010" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TBS. (--The Old Spice guy Isaiah Mustafa is your host.)



MTV's Best Albums of 2010:


MTV's Bigger Than the Sound column has released its Best Albums of 2010 list, and like everyone else this year, they made KANYE WEST'S "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" #1. Here's the list:


1.) "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy", Kanye West


2.) "The Monitor", Titus Andronicus


3.) "Body Talk", Robyn


4.) "The Suburbs", Arcade Fire


5.) "Contra", Vampire Weekend


6.) "High Violet", The National


7.) "This Is Happening", LCD Soundsystem


8.) "The ArchAndroid", Janelle Monae


9.) "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty", Big Boi


10.) "The Age of Adz", Sufjan Stevens


11.) "The Guitar Song", Jamey Johnson


12.) "Treats", Sleigh Bells


13.) "Teflon Don", Rick Ross


14.) "Halcyon Digest", Deerhunter


15.) "Recovery", Eminem


16.) "Teen Dream", Beach House


17.) "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys", My Chemical Romance


18.) "Brothers", The Black Keys


19.) "Becoming a Jackal", Villagers


20.) "A Thousand Suns", Linkin Park


(--You can find their write-ups on each of these albums here . . .)



Pink Floyd Can Prevent EMI from Selling Their Individual Tracks Online:


PINK FLOYD has won another court case against their label, EMI. A British court ruled that the band IS able to prevent EMI from selling individual digital tracks from their albums without permission. --EMI was apparently trying to take advantage of a potential loophole. Their contract with the band, which was signed in 1999, allowed the label to sell its catalog ONLY as complete albums, but didn't specifically mention digital downloads. (--Of course, that was just before "digital music" was something that would be addressed in contracts. Napster launched mid-1999 . . . and it was another four or five years before people started BUYING digital music online.) --Pink Floyd argued that the spirit of the agreement should extend to digital releases, and the court agreed. (--This was actually EMI's appeal of a ruling in favor of the band earlier this year. So this court just upheld that judgment.) (--Pink Floyd and EMI are also in a much larger legal entanglement. The band claims the label owes them more than $15 MILLION in unpaid royalties from sales between 2002 and 2007.) (--As of last night, there were still DOZENS of Pink Floyd tracks available individually on iTunes. It's unclear if this new ruling means that those will come down, or if the band has already signed off on those being available.)



T.I. Has a Disappointing Debut at #4 with "No Mercy":


T.I. is currently cooling his heels in prison for a probation violation and he probably won't be too happy with this news: even SUSAN BOYLE is outselling him. Yeah. --T.I.'s last three albums have all debuted at #1, but his latest disc, "No Mercy", only managed to hit 4th place on the charts. It sold 159,000 copies in its first week. --That's well below the 243,000 copies that my beautiful Susan Boyle sold of her holiday album, "The Gift", which is already in its fifth week on the charts. Here are the Top 10 albums . . .


1.) "The Gift", Susan Boyle (243,000 copies)


2.) "Speak Now", Taylor Swift (201,000 copies)


3.) "Christmas Album", the cast of
(193,000 copies)


4.) (NEW) "No Mercy", T.I. (159,000 copies)


5.) "O Holy Night" [EP], 10-year-old Jackie Evancho (149,000 copies)


6.) "Pink Friday", Nicki Minaj (82,000 copies)


7.) "Illuminations", Josh Groban (75,000 copies)


8.) "Glee, the Music Volume 4" soundtrack (74,000 copies)


9.) "Loud", Rihanna (71,000 copies)


10.) (NEW) Daft Punk's score to "TRON: Legacy" (71,000 copies)



Kanye West Has Recorded a Christmas Song:


KANYE WEST has recorded a HOLIDAY track called "Christmas in Harlem". It's supposed to hit iTunes sometime today . . . if it hasn't already. --An unfinished version hit the Internet yesterday. In addition to Kanye, it features Teyana Taylor and CyHi Da Prynce. (--You can listen to it, here . . .

--The final iTunes version also features Cam'Ron, Jim Jones, Big Sean and Musiq Soulchild. (--You can check it out at the link below. ***NOTE***: This version contains AUDIO TAGS.)





PAMELA ANDERSON graces the cover of the January issue of "Playboy". It's her 13th cover, and she does more than just get naked in the issue. She also writes poetry.



"Sources" say RYAN REYNOLDS and SCARLETT JOHANSSON just grew apart, and no third party was involved.,,20450833,00.html




DAVID ARQUETTE told Howard Stern yesterday morning that he thinks he's having a nervous breakdown, and he's drinking a lot because he's heartbroken.




Fox News has put together a list of the 14 Biggest Celebrity Meltdowns of 2010. No big surprise at #1: MEL GIBSON. Not all of them really count as "meltdowns", but it is what it is.




The A.V. Club . . . which is the non-satirical entertainment section of the "Onion" newspaper . . . has published a list of the Top 15 Worst Movies of 2010. They gave the top spot to M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN'S
"The Last Airbender".,49052/1/



After an "American Idol" taping in Vegas earlier this week, JENNIFER LOPEZ said the younger kids were bringing it . . . quote, "The 15- and 16-year-olds really have been some of the biggest surprises . . . and the ones who have really blew us away.",,20449799,00.html



E! Online put out an amusing list of The Top 10 Craziest Housewives of the year, from Bravo's continually-expanding "Real Housewives of . . . (Whatever)" series. The #1 craziest is DANIELLE STAUB of the New Jersey version.



A trailer for the third season of "Jersey Shore" is out. It premieres on January 6th.



Another prison letter from T.I. has been posted on his website. This one is more of the usual . . . he thanks his fans, and laments the, quote, "unfortunate set of circumstances" he has to "endure for a career with so much potential."



A show called "Outland" is being developed in Australia, which is about "a gay science-fiction fan club." It's being described as a gay "Big Bang Theory".






Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Is Named the "Time" Magazine Person of the Year:


What do Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, Ted Turner, and Joseph Stalin have in common with Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg? --Besides their desires for WORLD DOMINATION . . . they're now all members of the "Time" magazine Person of the Year club. Yesterday, 26-year-old Zuckerberg was named the Person of the Year for 2010. --And he broke the news with a Facebook status update. Obviously. --He wrote, quote, "Being named 'Time' Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I'm happy to be a part of that." --In 2010, Facebook added its 550 millionth member. One out of every 12 people on EARTH has a Facebook profile. The site accounts for one out of every FOUR page views in the U.S. And the membership goes up 700,000 people PER DAY. --This was also the year that Zuckerberg really became more of a public figure. Even though the movie "The Social Network" was HIGHLY dramatized and inaccurate, it still brought a ton of attention to him and the origin of Facebook. --Zuckerberg's net worth also went over $6 BILLION this year. And . . . he donated $100 MILLION to Newark, New Jersey public schools and pledged to donate at least half of his wealth to charity. --"Time" didn't just choose him because of his resume . . . they also chose him for his vision. Zuckerberg has a vision to take the anonymity out of the Internet and make sitting in your room, alone, at your computer a social experience. And it's working. --Zuckerberg is the second-youngest person to win the "Time" award. CHARLES LINDBERGH was the first winner, back in 1927, after his legendary trans-Atlantic flight. He was 25 at the time. --The runners-up to Zuckerberg were the Tea Party . . . Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks . . . the Chilean miners . . . and Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai. -Last year's Person of the Year was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. (Time) (--You can read the Person of the Year story about Zuckerberg here . . .),28804,2036683_2037183,00.html



"Whatever" is the Most Annoying Word or Phrase of 2010:


It's been like 15 years since every sitcom punchline involved some character saying "Whatever" . . . but the scars are still cutting us deep, every day. --A team at Marist University in Poughkeepsie, New York released the results of a poll of the most annoying words or phrases of the year . . . and "whatever" took the top spot.


--39% of Americans picked "whatever."



--"Like" came in second place, with 28%.



--"You know what I mean" came in third, with 15%.



--"To tell you the truth" came in fourth, with 10%.



--And "actually" came in fifth, with 5%.



--The other 3% aren't sure. (--Oh WHATEVER. Make up your minds.)



--In 2009, "whatever" was also picked as the most annoying word of the year. The rest of the top five from last year was: "you know" . . . "it is what it is" . . . "anyway" . . . and "at the end of the day." (Marist Poll)



A New Survey Figures Out the Best Online Flirting Line In the World:


Here's the NEW secret of seduction. Well . . . it's online dating seduction, but that still counts. --A dating site called Badoo surveyed almost 200,000 users, using 11 different languages, to come up with this list of the MOST successful online flirting lines to say to women. --And number one is . . . "You have beautiful lips." It worked across all cultures, languages, and nationalities. Here's the full top six list of compliments that work on women online . . .


#1.) Lips


#2.) Skin


#3.) Ears


#4.) Legs


#5.) Clothing


#6.) Hair


--For U.S. women, after lips, complimenting their clothing was the next-most-successful line.





How Proactive of Them! LinkedIn Has Compiled a List of the Most Overused Business Buzzwords of 2010:


Nothing says "I'm an incredible, unique person you just NEED to hire" like loading your resume up with a bunch of generic business buzzwords, right? --LinkedIn just released a list of the top 10 buzzwords that people in the U.S. use the most frequently in their profiles. We're going to create some synergy and share them with you, so we can all get on the same page:


#1.) Extensive experience


#2.) Innovative


#3.) Motivated


#4.) Results-oriented


#5.) Dynamic


#6.) Proven track record


#7.) Team player


#8.) Fast-paced


#9.) Problem solver


#10.) Entrepreneurial




Word of the Day: Hit Me Up:


Hit me up (verb) /hitt mee uhp/ - this was named the number one most commonly used phrase in Facebook status updates in 2010. It means "contact me." Abbreviation form is HMU. --Example: I can't believe "hit me up" was the most popular phrase people used on Facebook this year. Anyway, hit me up later if you want to have sex.



As Women Get Richer, They Start Looking for an Older, Better Looking Husband:


Everyone knows what a trophy wife looks like . . . but what does a trophy husband look like? A new study says it's NOT what I'm picturing: A young, black-haired European with olive skin, six-pack abs and linen pants, probably named Fernando. --The study out of Scotland found that as women get richer, what they really want is a husband who's OLDER and HANDSOME. A GEORGE CLOONEY type. --Basically, when a woman doesn't have as much money, she's willing to give you a pass on looking kinda troll-like if she thinks you can provide for her and the family. --But once money stops becoming an issue, she wants someone attractive and distinguished. (LiveScience)



"Beauty Sleep" Is Real . . . The Less You Sleep, the Uglier You Look:


The study here isn't exactly groundbreaking . . . but researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, say if you get a full eight hours of sleep, you look better than if you've been awake on a 30-hour bender. No, really.--The researchers wanted to test the concept of "beauty sleep." They took photographs of volunteers waking up after a nice eight hours of sleep . . . and then took photos after the volunteers stayed up for 31 straight hours. --When other people rated the photos, they almost always said the sleep-deprived photo looked less healthy and less attractive. (BBC)


A Court Rules That If You Get Divorced, There's No Such Thing as Pet Visitation Rights:


Think about THIS before you get divorced. If your ex gets to keep your dog . . . there's now legal precedent that says you may NEVER get to see him again. --In Hamm, in western Germany, a woman filed a lawsuit, trying to force her ex-husband to allow her visits with their dog. When they were initially dividing up property, he got to keep the dog. --Yesterday, a court ruled that no, there's no such thing as pet visitation rights . . . a pet is property that gets divided. So, just like you wouldn't get rights to visit a refrigerator or a "Lost" season six box set, you don't get dog visitation rights, either. (AFP)



Thieves Burn Down a 35-Foot Christmas Tree In Birmingham, Alabama . . . So They Can Steal Its Copper Wiring:


This is one of those stories that makes you a little bit scared for humanity. Because it's hard for any rational person to understand the mentality behind a crime like THIS. --Yesterday morning, around 4:00 A.M., thieves BURNED DOWN the giant Christmas tree in downtown Birmingham, Alabama . . . so they could steal the copper wiring that was being used to light it. --Thieves use gasoline to burn off the plastic that covers copper wire . . . and then sell the copper as scrap metal. The police believe they didn't mean to burn the tree . . . but when they pulled off the lights and set them on fire, it spread. --The police are still investigating who might've done this. --The tree is 35 feet tall and is an institution in downtown Birmingham. This is the first time anyone's ever damaged it. --City officials initially weren't going to replace the tree but a local radio station . . . 98.7 Kiss FM . . . kicked in the $7,500 to replace it. (--And, once again, the radio saves Christmas. We ARE the REAL HEROES.)
(Birmingham News)





A 71-Year-Old Woman Fights Off and Knocks Out an Attempted Rapist Using a Frying Pan!


Now THIS is justice. --Over the weekend, 25-year-old Kevin Funderburk of Hutchinson, Kansas broke into a 71-year-old woman's house . . . and tried to force himself on her. But she wasn't going to take it. --She grabbed the nearest item . . . a FRYING PAN . . . and started BEATING Funderburk on the head with it. That didn't just stop the attempted rape . . . it knocked him UNCONSCIOUS. --A police detective says, quote, "When we arrived, he was unconscious and lying in his own vomit in the back of his house." --He was taken to the hospital, where doctors stapled his scalp back together. --He finally woke up and, yesterday, he appeared over video camera in front of a judge. He's been charged with attempted rape, aggravated battery, criminal restraint, and criminal damage to property. (Hutchinson News)



A Man Blames a Hit-and-Run Accident On . . . New-Car Smell?


Has someone finally found a downside to sweet, intoxicating, delicious new-car smell? Please say it ain't so. --This summer, Martin Erzinger of Eagle, Colorado was driving his one-month-old Mercedes when he passed out behind the wheel and rear-ended a man on a bicycle. Martin kept driving until he finally crashed into a concrete barrier. --And, according to Martin, the reason he passed out was . . . NEW-CAR SMELL. -He suffers from sleep apnea, and he and his lawyer say that the new car fumes triggered it and made him pass out behind the wheel. They even found a forensic expert who could back that claim up. --The man on the bike suffered some legitimate injuries . . . the worst one is that his spinal fluid now leaks and causes him terrible headaches. --Martin is definitely charged with two misdemeanors from the crash. But, if the new-car smell defense works, he could get out of a much more serious third charge . . . a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury. --Prosecutors are reviewing Martin's claims. (Vail Daily)



More kids are asking Santa for basic stuff like underwear and socks this year, instead of fancy toys:



A candy company didn't meet its sales goal, so instead of getting a trip to Hawaii, the sales team gets sent to . . . Fargo, North Dakota:



A World Cup Soccer official says that gay soccer fans should refrain from sexual activity at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, because gay sex is illegal there:



Here's the annual report from physicists and doctors who analyze Santa's trip, with buzzkill information like: He'd have to go 650 miles per second to finish every home in one night . . . which would vaporize him due to air friction:



A strip club in Wisconsin put up a "no negroes allowed" sign. The owner says it's because he's had trouble with black people in the past:



IRS audits jumped by 11% this year, with wealthy people and charities the most likely to get audited:





#1.) Justin Bieber Stopped a Concert to Break Up a Girl Fight . . . That Started When He Threw His "Terrible Towel" in the Crowd:



JUSTIN BIEBER had to throw his weight around during a recent performance in Pittsburgh. Bieber was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers "Terrible Towel" in his waistband. Then he threw it into the crowd, and chaos ensued.



--A group of girls started playing tug-of-war with it, and Bieber told his band to stop because he didn't want someone to get hurt. Eventually, he pointed to one of the girls and said, "Give it to her."



(--Search for "Justin Bieber stops fight.")



#2.) A High School Basketball Player Body Slammed a Referee . . . And Has Been Charged With Felony Battery:



A high school basketball player shoved a referee, then BODY SLAMMED him during a game in Arcadia, Florida on Monday (--about 45 miles east of Sarasota). And now the six-foot-seven 18-year-old has been charged with felony battery.



--Police officers were at the game, and immediately led him out of the gym after it happened. Video of the incident is posted on



(--Search for "player body slams ref during H.S. game." It happens at 1:30.)



#3.) Bret Michaels Flirts With His GPS in a New Ad for the MyFord Touch:



BRET MICHAELS stars in a promo for Ford's new navigation system, the MyFord Touch. The ad shows Bret sitting in an SUV having a conversation with the female GPS voice . . . and it turns out she's a huge fan.



(--Search for "Bret Michaels MyFord Touch.")




#4.) A Drunk BASE Jumper Did a Front Flip Off a Bridge . . . While a Cop Was Standing Next to Him Telling Him Not To:



There's a new video on YouTube of a BASE jumper . . . who looks HEAVILY intoxicated . . . getting ready to jump off a bridge in Big Sur, California. Then just as he's about to jump, a cop shows up and tells him to get down.



--He got down . . . by doing a front flip off the bridge and landing safely at the bottom. Then he got arrested.



(--Search for "Jester BASE arrest.")



(--WARNING: This video includes the phrase "pissed off".)



The Hidden Costs of Three Popular Christmas Presents:


If you're giving someone a gadget this Christmas, it's important to know that there are some hidden costs they . . . or YOU if you're the parent . . . will have to deal with. Here are three Christmas presents that cost more than you think . . .



#1.) E-Readers. It's the most-gifted product on right now, partly because it's only $140. But just keep in mind that the average owner buys three books a month.



--So that means they'll spend between three and four hundred dollars in the first year. Plus, subscriptions can be expensive too. The most-downloaded magazine is "The New Yorker", which only costs $3 a month.



--But a subscription to "The Wall Street Journal" costs $15 a month.



#2.) Smartphones. Over the course of a two-year contract, the average smartphone plan costs about $2,000. And if your kid goes way over on minutes, it'll be more.



--But if you're getting a smartphone for an ADULT who won't be using the Internet much, you can save a lot of money by getting a LIMITED data plan.



--For example, the UNLIMITED data plan for the iPhone 4 costs about $3,300 over two years. While the limited data plan costs about $2,400.



#3.) Video Game Systems. After the initial cost of the system, the average owner buys four games a year at an average price of $40 per game. That's $160 a year, plus they'll need accessories.



(--The hot new games are ALWAYS $60 when they first come out. It takes a few months before the price drops, which turns it into a battle of endurance between you and your kids. So odds are, you'll be paying full price more often than not.)



--For example, the Nintendo Wii only comes with one controller, but up to four people can play. And extra controllers cost $30 each. (SmartMoney)





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