Monday, December 13, 2010



Miley Cyrus Was Caught on Video Taking a Bong Hit . . . But the Drug She Smoked Isn't Illegal Yet:

TMZ has posted a video of MILEY CYRUS taking a BONG HIT . . . then acting pretty stoned. It was allegedly taken during a party at Miley's home on November 28th . . . five days after she turned 18. --After taking the hit, Miley says, quote, "Okay, I'm about to lose it now. I'm having a little bit of a bad trip right now." --Then she does a lot of giggling, and mistakes someone else for her "boyfriend", LIAM HEMSWORTH. (--The video was shot by a friend of Miley's, and she's obviously not worried that she's being filmed. There's no word who made the video public . . .)
(--WARNING!!! The clip contains bleeped profanity . . .)
(--That song in the background is "Comedown" by BUSH.) --We should note that the drug Miley smokes is called SALVIA . . . and it's LEGAL in California. At least for now. --It's an herb that has psychedelic properties, much like LSD. --A spokeswoman for the DEA told E! Online, quote, "It's a powerful hallucinogen and it helps you have visions . . . People smoke it solely to get high and hallucinate. When someone smokes salvia, they are not in control of their psychology." --The DEA currently lists Salvia as a "drug of concern" . . . meaning that they're looking into whether or not it should be classified as harmful and illegal. --Salvia's supporters, however, are quick to point out that it's a natural herb, and it's not addictive. (--Miley is currently in New Orleans filming a movie called "So Undercover" with KELLY OSBOURNE.

Billy Ray Cyrus Is Upset About the Miley Bong Hit Video . . . But He Says Things are "Out of [His] Control Right Now":

BILLY RAY CYRUS has seen the video of his daughter MILEY taking a bong hit. And while he's not happy about it, he doesn't seem to think there's anything he can do about it. --Friday night, several hours after the video leaked, he said, quote, "Sorry guys. I had no idea. Just saw this stuff for the first time myself. --"I'm so sad. There is much beyond my control right now." (--It's not clear if he's saying that because he and Miley's mom, TISH CYRUS, are divorcing . . . because Miley is now a legal adult . . . or perhaps BOTH.) --KATY PERRY, on the other hand, has no problem with Miley's new leisure-time activity. She Tweeted, quote, "Wait Miley got high? Where have I been?! Buried under the tinsel obiv. --"@mileycyrus meet my friend @snoopdoog... He'll hook ya up!"

Selena Gomez Says She's Not Dating Justin Bieber:

JUSTIN BIEBER and SELENA GOMEZ were spotted having breakfast at an IHOP in Philadelphia this past Thursday . . . and they were HOLDING HANDS. --But Selena would like you to know they're NOT dating . . . quote, "It was pancakes! Oh my gosh! [He's] one of my best friends . . . It was just pancakes!" --She added, quote, "Who doesn't like pancakes? We were both performing in the same place so we went and had pancakes together. That's all it is. All innocent."

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Are Married:

NICOLE RICHIE and JOEL MADDEN got married Saturday at the Los Angeles estate of Nicole's adoptive father, LIONEL RICHIE. --Celebrity guests included Joel's twin brother Benji, Khloe Kardashian, Samantha Ronson, and Gwen Stefani with her husband Gavin Rossdale. --The ceremony was conducted by REVEREND RUN of RUN-DMC. --For reasons unknown, the festivities also included an ELEPHANT. (--Here's video of the elephant being prepped for his duties . . . whatever they were . . .)
--Nicole is 29, Joel is 31. They've been together four years and they have two children together: 2-year-old Harlow and 15-month-old Sparrow. (--Sparrow is a boy. But I have a feeling confusion will follow wherever he goes for the rest of his life.)

Russell Brand Claims He Had Sex with Nine Women in One Night:

Now we know why RUSSELL BRAND decided to settle down with KATY PERRY: Having sex with several women a night started to get BORING. --He says, quote, "I was having sex with different women three, four, five times a day. In Ireland, nine in one evening.--"When you have sex that often, by a law of averages you're likely to have boring sex. My fame meant instead of taking someone for a date I was able to go, 'Let's do sex right now'."

Chris Rock Helped Calm a Woman Down After She Went Into Labor at a New Jersey Mall:

CHRIS ROCK helped calm a woman down after she went into labor at a New Jersey mall Friday. --Rock was at Neiman Marcus in the Garden State Plaza when a woman standing next to him went into labor. So Rock sprang into action . . . doing what he does best. --A witness says, quote, "He was making the crowd, and the woman in labor, laugh. She recognized who he was immediately, and he stayed there until the paramedics took her away."

Oprah Winfrey Is the Most Charitable Celebrity . . . By a Mile:

OPRAH WINFREY is the most charitable celebrity . . . and by a mile. That's according to The Giving Fund, which releases a list of the 30 most charitable stars every year. --In 2009 . . . the most recent year for which figures are available . . . Oprah gave $41.4 million to charity. Author NORA ROBERTS finished a distant second with $4.45 million. Which is about 10% of what Oprah gave.
(--Check out the complete list here . . .)

Justin Bieber Tops Two of Google's "Zeitgeist" Lists:

Google has released its annual "Zeitgiest" lists . . . which track the fastest-rising topics. JUSTIN BIEBER topped TWO of those lists: Fastest Rising People and Fastest Rising in Entertainment. -He came in THIRD on the overall Fastest Rising list, which went like this . . .
1.) Chatroulette

2.) iPad

3.) Justin Beiber

4.) Nicki Minaj

5.) Friv

6.) Mixer

7.) Katy Perry

8.) Twitter

9.) Gamezer

10.) Facebook

--And then there are Google's Fastest FALLING topics. They are . . .

1.) Swine flu

2.) Wamu

3.) "New Moon"

4.) Mininova

5.) Susan Boyle

6.) "Slumdog Millionaire"

7.) Circuit City

8.) Myspace layouts

9.) Michael Jackson

10.) National City Bank
(--Check out all the Zeitgeist lists here . . .)

The New Narnia Movie Had a Disappointing Debut . . . But Still Beat Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp:

The new "Chronicles of Narnia" movie made just $24.5 million this weekend, which is the worst opening weekend for any of the three "Narnia" movies. --For comparison, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" made $65.6 million its opening weekend, and "Prince Caspian" took in $55 million in its first week. --But it was still enough to beat ANGELINA JOLIE and JOHNNY DEPP'S new flick, "The Tourist", which made $17 million.

1.) (NEW) "Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", $24.5 million

2.) (NEW) Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's "The Tourist", $17 million

3.) Disney's "Tangled", $14.6 million. Up to $116 million in its 3rd week.

Check Out the Trailer for "Thor":

"Thor" hits theaters on May 6th . . . starring CHRIS HEMSWORTH as the title character, ANTHONY HOPKINS as his father Odin and NATALIE PORTMAN as the eye candy. (--Check out the trailer here . . .)

The American Film Institute Has Chosen the Top Movies and TV Shows of the Year:

The American Film Institute has chosen its Top 10 movies and TV shows of the year. They don't actually rank them, though, or even choose a top pick. Somewhat surprisingly, the final season of "Lost" did NOT make the list.
(--You can see a VIDEO that reveals all their picks here . . .)

Top Movies:

--"The Social Network"
--"Toy Story 3"
--"True Grit"
--"The Town"
--"Black Swan"
--"The Fighter"
--"The Kids Are All Right"
--"127 Hours"
--"Winter's Bone"

Top TV Shows:

--"The Big C"
--"Boardwalk Empire"
--"The Walking Dead"
--"30 Rock"
--"Modern Family"
--"Breaking Bad"
--"Mad Men"
--The HBO miniseries "The Pacific"
--The HBO miniseries "Temple Grandin"

Production on "Glee" Has Been Shut Down By Tonsillitis:

The cast of "Glee" was supposed to shoot a musical performance for their post-Super Bowl episode last Friday . . . but production was shut down because of a TONSILLITIS EPIDEMIC. --It's unclear who is sick . . . and how many cast members are affected, but we do know DIANNA AGRON is one of them. (--She plays Quinn, the hot blonde cheerleader who got pregnant in the first season.) --She posted Twitter message saying, quote, "Note to self: Should have gotten a flu shot. In bed, hoping that medicine, soup, my computer and a marathon of movies will be the cure." (--"Entertainment Weekly" says it was tonsillitis. It's unclear if there are multiple sicknesses going around . . . or if it's a flu bug. Not that it really matters.) --Filming is set to resume today, although the musical performance that was going to be shot Friday has been rescheduled for next month.

"The Closer" Is Coming to an End:

TNT has announced that there will be one more full season of "The Closer" and that will be it. Production on a seventh season will begin next spring, and it's expected to air from the summer into the fall. --The current, sixth season is airing now. The finale is scheduled for January 3rd. --"The Closer" is still doing well in the ratings . . . but TNT says KYRA SEDGWICK made the decision to cut it off after the seventh season.

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

--"Monday Night Football" . . . 8:30 to 11:30 P.M. Eastern on ESPN. (--The Houston Texans host the Baltimore Ravens at Reliant Stadium in Houston.)

--"Skating with the Stars" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (-- Bethenny Frankel, Rebecca Budig, Johnny Moseley and Brandon Smith compete.)

--"The Sing-Off" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. (--The remaining groups collaborate to sing Green Day's "21 Guns" a cappella.)

--"Two and a Half Men" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on CBS. (--"Glee's" Jane Lynch returns as Charlie's shrink when he needs some help getting over his breakup with Jenny McCarthy.)

--"Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Mariah Carey performs songs from her Christmas album "Merry Christmas 2 You".)

--"Intervention" [10th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery Channel. (--The OCC gets the chance to build a bike for the Chicago Blackhawks until some miscommunication has them scrap the bike and start over.)

--"Howe & Howe Tech" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Discovery Channel.

MTV's Top 25 Songs of 2010:

After an elaborate 10-day countdown, MTV's complete Top 25 Songs of 2010 list is finally out . . . and USHER'S "OMG" received the top honor. Here's the Top 10:

1.) "OMG", Usher

2.) "Runaway", Kanye West

3.) "Power", Kanye West

4.) "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)", Rick Ross

5.) "(Eff) You", Cee Lo Green

6.) "Dancing on My Own", Robyn

7.) "Fancy", Drake

8.) "On to the Next One", Jay-Z

9.) "Love the Way You Lie", Eminem featuring Rihanna

10.) "Telephone", Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé

(--You can find links to write-ups on each of the Top 10, here.)

(--11 through 17 can be found, here . . . and here's the link to 18 through 25.)

Justin Bieber Was the Most-Streamed Music Artist in 2010:

JUSTIN BIEBER has yet another distinction to add to his continually growing . . . distinction cabinet. "Billboard" reports that Justin was the world's most-streamed music artist in 2010. (--This is according TubeMogul, a company that analyzes online video data.) --So just how many Justin streams were there? Over ONE BILLION. For real. --And it's actually much more than that. The analysis only included data from YouTube and MySpace. Also it only counted streams for the five biggest music publishers . . . meaning that unofficial Justin content was probably not counted. --Perhaps this isn't too surprising. Justin's video for "Baby" has become YouTube's most viewed video of all-time. It's currently been watched 405 million times. --But here's a crazy way to look at it: Those music publishers have had 14.8 billion streams overall . . . meaning that he accounts for 6.9% of all streams. So, roughly one of every 14 streams for the top five publishers was Justin Bieber.

--Here's the Top 10, along with the number of streams they've had in 2010.

1.) Justin Bieber, 1.07 billion streams

2.) Lady Gaga, 879 million streams

3.) Eminem, 710.8 million streams

4.) Rihanna, 521.5 million streams

5.) Shakira, 404.1 million streams

6.) Black Eyed Peas, 345.1 million streams

7.) Miley Cyrus, 323.2 million streams

8.) Taylor Swift, 241.9 million streams

9.) Linkin Park, 186.2 million streams

10.) French electronic musician David Guetta, 178.7 million streams

Debbie Harry Was Almost Murdered By Serial Killer Ted Bundy?

Did you know that BLONDIE singer DEBBIE HARRY was almost murdered by serial killer TED BUNDY? That's what she says. --Debbie says that back in the early '70s in New York City, she accepted a lift from Bundy . . . not knowing who he was, of course. But then she noticed something suspicious: His car door didn't have a handle on the inside. --She adds, quote, "The hairs on the back of my neck just stood up. --"I pulled the door handle from the outside. He tried to stop me by spinning the car, but it helped me fling myself out. Afterwards I saw him on the news. Ted Bundy." --Debbie has apparently been talking about this on-and-off for the past 20 years. --But the site claims to have mythbusted Debbie's claim that it was Bundy, saying, among other things, that Bundy was never in New York City. (--You can read their rundown, here.)

Dr. Dre Is 45 . . . But His Doctors Say He Has the Body of a 31-Year-Old:

DR. DRE is 45 years old . . . but he's apparently in FANTASTIC shape. --He tells "XXL" magazine, quote, "I make sure that I take care of myself. I feel like, now I feel much better . . . and actually look better, to me . . . than I did when I was in my early 20s or 30s. I'm definitely healthier now. --"That has a big part to do with it, just staying healthy. It definitely keeps your confidence up. I've actually had tests on my body, and the doctor said [it's like] I'm 31. So I'm riding with that."


DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER is going to Canada to track down RANDY and EVI QUAID. Although maybe announcing it on Twitter wasn't the best strategic move.

Tennis legend MARTINA NAVRATILOVA was trying to climb Africa's Mt. Kilimanjaro . . . but she developed fluid in her lungs at 19,000 feet and had to be taken back down and hospitalized. She's okay now, though.,,20448757,00.html

MICHAEL JACKSON fans are trying to stop a British TV special that will recreate Michael's autopsy. It's set to air on January 13th.

There's a rumor going around that NEVE CAMPBELL from the "Scream" movies is dating ISAIAH MUSTAFA . . . a.k.a. The Old Spice Guy.

ELIZABETH HURLEY and her husband, Indian "textile heir" Arun Nayar, are divorcing amid rumors that she cheated with a British cricket player.

Here's a list of movie titles after which you're supposed to be able to say, "That's What She Said!" Some of them work, some of them really don't.

Somebody mashed up the audio from the "Black Swan" trailer with visuals from "Showgirls". It works.

"So You Think You Can Dance" tops E! Online's list of the Top 10 Reality Shows of 2010.

GWYNETH PALTROW will do another episode of "Glee". There's no word yet when that'll happen.


A Tea Party Candidate and the Former Head of BP Tied for Quote of the Year:

If you've managed to block the sad, sad memories of CHRISTINE O'DONNELL and the BP oil spill out of your memory . . . here's a year-in-review list that'll bring both of those messes flooding right back. --Fred Shapiro is an associate librarian at Yale University who compiles the "Yale Book of Quotations" . . . and he puts out an annual list of the top 10 quotes of the year. --This year, there's a tie for first place, between Republican Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell, and BP's former CEO, TONY HAYWARD. --O'Donnell's quote is "I'm not a witch" . . . which she said during one of her Senate campaign ads, after news came out that she used to dabble in witchcraft when she was younger. --Hayward's quote is "I'd like my life back" . . . which he said after the BP oil spill. -Shapiro says he picked O'Donnell's "witch" line because, quote, "It was such a remarkable unconventional quote to be part of the political discourse." --He picked Hayward's quote, "[Because] people resented the fact that he was wanting to get back to his yacht races . . . when those little problems were dwarfed by the magnitude of what people on the Gulf Coast were dealing with."

--Here's the full list of the top 10 quotes of the year . . .

#1.) Tie: "I'm not a witch." Christine O'Donnell in her Senate ad, October 4th. And . . .

#1.) "I'd like my life back." Tony Hayward to reporters, May 30th.

#3.) "If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested." Airline passenger John Tyner to TSA workers at the San Diego airport, November 13th.

#4.) "Don't retreat. Instead, reload!" Sarah Palin Tweet, March 23rd.

#5.) "Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Los mineros de Chile!" A Chant at the Chilean mine rescue, October 13th.

#6.) "I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies. They're saying: My goodness, what can we do to turn this country around?" Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle, January.

#7.) "We have to pass the [health care] bill so you can find out what is in it." Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, March 9th.

#8.) "I'm going to take my talents to South Beach." LeBron James, on his ESPN broadcast "The Decision", July 8th.

#9.) "You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?" Christine O'Donnell, during a Delaware debate, October 19th.

#10.) "They should never have put me with that woman. She was just a sort of bigoted woman who said she used to be Labour [Party]." Gordon Brown, British prime minister from the Labour Party, talking about a voter he met, April 28th. (Associated Press)
(--You can email the guy who compiled the list, Fred Shapiro, at

UGG Boots Are the Most Counterfeited Item Of 2010:

If you just got an incredible deal on some UGG boots from a guy standing outside a Pizza Hut . . . you'll never believe this, but they're probably fake. --A website called SiteJabber just put out a list of the top 10 counterfeited items and brands for 2010, and in most cases they're cheap knockoffs of luxury brands that most of us would have a tough time buying legit. Check 'em out . . .

#1.) UGGs

#2.) Coach handbags and other leather items

#3.) Tiffany jewelry

#4.) Athletic jerseys

#5.) Perfume

#6.) Nike sneakers, especially Air Jordans

#7.) Ed Hardy and Juicy clothes

#8.) Watches, mostly Rolex, Omega, and TAG Heuer

#9.) North Face, especially jackets

#10.) DVDs, mainly box sets of TV series


The Worst Selling Cars of the Year Include Suzukis, Mazdas . . . and a Porsche:

Auto sales actually got better overall in 2010 . . . Americans bought about 11.5 million cars, up from 10.4 million in 2009. And some brands . . . like Buick, Cadillac, Infiniti, Ford, Hyundai, and Jeep . . . had massive years. --But some brands weren't even CLOSE to that lucky. "Forbes" put together this list of the 10 worst-selling cars of the year . . . all of which saw their sales decrease between 30% and 60% from 2009. Here's the list of the unfortunate 10 . . .

#1.) Smart ForTwo, down 61%

#2.) Subaru Tribeca SUV, down 61%

#3.) Mazda RX8, down 50%

#4.) Suzuki SX4 sedan, down 47%

#5.) Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV, down 42%

#6.) Suzuki Equator pickup, down 39%

#7.) Toyota Yaris compact, down 38%

#8.) Mazda Tribute SUV, down 36%

#9.) Scion xD compact, down 31%

#10.) Porsche Cayman, down 31%


Women Love When Men Drive Like Men . . . And Men Love When Women Brings Snacks In the Car:

A British car accessories company just finished up a survey asking men and women what they secretly love and hate about the way the other gender handles themselves in a car. --And basically, it can be summed up like this: Women like when men drive like MEN, as long as they don't get TOO aggressive and dangerous . . . and men like when women bring food in the car. --Here are all the findings from the survey . . .

--Women love when male drivers know how to fix a flat tire or a broken-down car . . . know how to park in tight spaces . . . drive in reverse like a pro . . . have a good natural sense of direction . . . and drive like a MAN should drive on the freeway.

--Women hate when male drivers tailgate other cars . . . drive too fast and dangerously . . . use a cell phone . . . start road raging . . . keep changing the radio station . . . or live up to the tired old stereotype and refuse to ask for directions.

--Men love when female drivers remember to pack food and snacks for long trips . . . ask for directions when they're lost . . . show some courtesy on the roads . . . avoid road rage . . . and talk to stay awake on night trips.

--Men hate when female drivers take forever to maneuver in or out of parking spaces . . . put on makeup at red lights . . . are slow to drive when a light turns green . . . and talk to passengers instead of watching the road. (Daily Mail)

Google Has the Happiest Employees of Any Company In the U.S.:

Apparently it makes people happy to be part of a company that's taken over the world . . . AND has a chef on staff who cooks you all your meals for free. --According to a nationwide survey by, Google has the happiest employees of any company in the U.S. --Google has a reputation for taking care of its employees: They pay well, there's a lot of opportunity for advancement, they cook all your meals, there's a company gym, and they even have an on-site medical staff if you need a quick doctor's visit. --The rest of the top five happiest companies are 3M, DTE Energy, Qualcomm, and . . . believe it or not . . . the U.S. Military. --For the survey, employees rated their happiness in areas like growth opportunity, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, management, and job security. Almost 100,000 employees were surveyed. --The company on the top 50 list with the lowest average salary was Costco. It came in 30th, and has an average salary of $40,250. --The company with the highest average salary was Sun Microsystems, where the average employee makes $101,662. But they only came in 46th overall on the list. (CareerBliss)
(--You can see the full top 50 here . . .)
If Your Parents Get Divorced, Get Ready To Pay Way More for College:

You know how whenever a couple gets divorced, they tell their kids that it's not their fault? But on some level, it really IS the kids' fault? Here's some parental revenge. --A new study by Rice University and Harvard University found that kids with divorced parents pay more than TWICE as much for their college education as kids whose parents stay together. Here's how it breaks down . . .

--If your parents stay together, you pay an average of 23% of your college education.
--If your parents get divorced and then both remarry, you pay an average of 47% of your college education.
--And if your parents get divorced and stay single, you pay an average of 58% of your college education.
--The researchers say it's not really shocking . . . it basically backs up what people know about divorce and its impact on families and money.
--But they believe it's a NEW example of how divorce has an impact on children . . . and can lead to future problems with the kids' educations and career paths. (Inside Higher Education)

A Woman is Suing Her Ex-Fiancé After He Has a Wild Bachelor Party, Calls Off the Wedding, And Sticks Her With the $95,000 Bill:

Weddings cost a GOTT DAMM fortune . . . so when someone gets cold feet and leaves their fiancé at the altar, it's not just breaking their heart . . . it's breaking their credit rating too. --On October 2nd, 32-year-old Dominique Buttitta and 31-year-old Vito Salerno of Hoffman Estates, Illinois were supposed to get married. But four days earlier, Vito called off the wedding. Dominique ended up getting stuck with the $95,000 tab. --And she wasn't going to take that hit all by herself. So she SUED him. --Dominique filed a lawsuit on Friday for breach of promise to marry and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She's seeking to get back all $95,000 in damages, plus the cost of the lawsuit. --According to Dominique, a month before the wedding, Vito had a bachelor party at a strip club in Chicago called the Pink Monkey where he, quote, "engaged in flirtatious and amorous acts in public," including lap dances. --He didn't come home that night, and started acting distant. He even started telling people the wedding was off. Dominique finally confronted him on September 25th. He denied everything . . . but called off the wedding two days later. --Dominique says that the four days' notice left her stuck with $30,000 to the banquet hall, $11,000 worth of flowers and lights, $10,000 for an orchestra, $5,000 for her wedding gown, and more. --Vito and his attorney haven't responded to the suit yet. (Chicago Sun Times)

A New Study Proves It Basically Takes an Act of God To Change Someone's First Impression:

First impressions are important. We all know that. It's why we all take showers at least four times a week. --According to a study at Loyola University Chicago . . . first impressions are even MORE permanent than we thought. --In the study, they had students fill out evaluations on their professors at the beginning of taking a course and at the end. What they found? Only 3% of the people's final evaluations came out different than their first impressions. --In other words, if you apply that to your life . . . for every 100 people you meet, odds are 97 of them are going to stick with their first impression of you unless something MAJOR happens to change things. (UPI)

Word of the Day: Rebound Job:

rebound job (noun) /ree bound jahb/ - the workplace version of a rebound relationship. After being laid off, one takes a rebound job . . . a quick, easy-to-get job that's not permanent or up to your qualifications but makes you feel like you won't die jobless. --Example: After I got fired, I stopped at Burger King for lunch . . . and while I was there, I applied for a quick rebound job too. And that's how I became the best assistant fry cook in a three-county area.


A Man Is Busted For Driving In the Carpool Lane . . . Using a "Go, Diego Go!" Stuffed Toy as His Passenger:

A few weeks back, state troopers in Washington saw a guy driving in a carpool lane with a strange looking passenger. --It was fuzzy, kind of oddly shaped, had huge unblinking eyes . . . and completely still. So they pulled over the car. And that's when they figured out the driver didn't actually have a passenger . . . he'd just buckled a large STUFFED TOY in his driver's seat. --The toy was a large stuffed version of Diego from the "Dora the Explorer" spinoff show "Go, Diego, Go!". The man admitted he was late for work so he strapped in his daughter's doll so he could take the carpool lane. He got a $124 ticket. (Gather)

A Convenience Store Clerk Fights Off a Robber Holding a Three-Foot Machete With . . . a Feather Duster?

These have to be some of the most COWARDLY criminals ever. In Waltham, Massachusetts, two guys busted into a convenience store and demanded cash. One of them was carrying a THREE-FOOT MACHETE and the other claimed he had a gun. --The clerk barely flinched. First, he calmly stirred his coffee. Then he called 911, and reached down and grabbed HIS weapon of choice . . . a pink FEATHER DUSTER. --For some reason, that SCARED the guy with the machete and the guy with the gun . . . and they took off. Police are still looking for the men. (NBC 7 - Boston) (--You can see security footage of the machete-versus-duster battle here . . .)

A Woman Who Committed Major Identity Theft Admits She Did It For Breast Implants and Arm Fat Lipo:

This woman is headed to prison, all because her breasts were too small, her arms were too big, and her IQ is clearly way too low. --Last week, 30-year-old Shatarka Nuby of Tamarac, Florida, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for identity theft. And she admitted she did it so she could afford breast implants and arm fat lipo. --Earlier this year, Shatarka stole another woman's identity by reaching into a mailbox and pulling out the woman's college application. Then she ran up nearly $20,000 worth of debt. --A good chunk of that was at the Pinnella Cosmetic Surgery center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Shatarka went there, lied about her identity, and got the implants and lipo. -In May, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service arrested Shatarka. She ended up pleading guilty to aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud. --The judge gave her two-and-a-half years to send a message that identity theft should be treated like a major crime. --The victim's credit was destroyed, and like all identity theft cases, the victims have to spend at least $1,000 and TONS of their time fixing their record. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)


The Las Vegas 'stripper-mobile' is back on the road . . . delivering bikes and toys to a local charity for Christmas:

A reindeer escaped from a Christmas tree lot in Santa Maria, California and was on the loose for over two hours last Thursday . . . until a cowboy on horseback managed to lasso it and bring it back:

A state legislator in Oklahoma was so proud he bagged a deer, he called local media outlets to talk about it. But it turned out he didn't have a permit, even though he helped write state hunting laws:

Check out a list of states people are moving out of, including New York, Illinois, Ohio, Nebraska, and Kansas:

Almost 2,000 flights have been cancelled in Chicago because of the huge snowstorm in the Midwest:

A guy asked for "extra nuts," then threw a dead squirrel through the drive-thru window at a Hardee's in Illinois. He's been arrested:,0,7587554.story

#1.) The Roof of the Metrodome Collapsed Under Heavy Snow:

The Minneapolis Metrodome collapsed under heavy snow early yesterday morning. And Fox Sports intentionally left the cameras on inside, just in case it happened. So there's great footage of it on, with sound. --First, water started pouring in through holes in the roof, then a big hole opened up and a huge mound of snow crashed onto the field. (--Search for "Metrodome collapse footage." You have to watch a 15-second ad before the video starts.)

#2.) CNN Meant to Cut to a Story About Congress . . . But Cut to the Explosive Diarrhea Scene From "Dumb and Dumber" by Mistake:

I'm not sure how a mistake this bad happened on real TV: CNN was doing a story on the student protests in England, then set up a story about Democrats and Republicans fighting in Congress. --But instead of showing the political clip, they accidentally cut to the explosive diarrhea scene from "Dumb and Dumber". --When they cut back to correspondent Ali Velshi, he said, quote, "We didn't just put that on TV, did we?" CNN was planning to use the clip for a story about unusual treatments for digestive problems.
(--Search for "CNN Dumb and Dumber blooper." They cut to it at :17.)

#3.) A Church Used a Real Camel In a Christmas Pageant, and It Collapsed onto Three of the Pews:

A Baptist church in West Palm Beach, Florida decided to use a real camel for its Christmas production this year, and all did NOT go as planned. As soon as the camel walked in, it got nervous . . . then fell over onto three rows of pews.
(--Search for "Christmas camel falls into crowd." It falls at :18.)

#4.) You'll Never Believe How Annoying This Professional Hand Model Is:

A woman named Ellen Sirot is one of the most-successful HAND MODELS in the world, and she takes her job VERY seriously. --An old news report from 2008 is suddenly popular online because someone dubbed her "The Worst Person in the World." And it's true, she's pretty unbearable . . . --She wears gloves all the time, and says she doesn't do anything that would risk an injury to her hands, including OPENING DOORS.
(--Search for "Ellen Sirot Worst Person in the World.")

#5.) Someone Taught Their Cocker Spaniel How To Cross Its Eyes:

This is stupid, but someone posted a video on YouTube of their cocker spaniel doing a trick you've NEVER seen a dog do before: It somehow learned how to cross its EYES. It only happens for a split second, so you have to watch close.
(--Search for "Teddy the cocker spaniel crosses his eyes.")

#6.) An Assistant Coach for the Jets Intentionally Tripped a Dolphin's Player Yesterday:

During yesterday's game between the Jets and the Dolphins, a strength coach for New York named SAL ALOSI intentionally stuck his knee out on the sideline and tripped Miami defensive back NOLAN CARROLL. --Carroll fell down, and stayed down, then limped off the field under his own power. But it must not have been too serious, because Carroll eventually returned to the game. --It's hard to see the trip, even in slow motion. But it was definitely on purpose, and Alosi later issued an apology.
(--Search for "Sal Alosi trip.")
Five Cleaning Tips to Prevent You From Getting Sick:

If you're hoping to be one of the lucky people who doesn't get sick this winter, here's a list from "Woman's Day" magazine of five cleaning tips that will help prevent a cold . . .

#1.) Disinfect Your Cell Phone. The heat generated by the cell phone, combined with the moisture from your breath, make a perfect environment for nasty things like staph and salmonella. --So you should wipe down your phone with antibacterial wipes regularly. And you should also wipe down the remote control for your TV.

#2.) Clean Your Keyboard. First, unplug it and shake it over a garbage can. If you have a laptop, take it easy on the shaking. Then clean it with a wipe that's safe for electronics, not a damp cloth. And you can use a Q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean in between the keys.

#3.) Clean Your Kids' Toys. For plastic toys, the best thing to do is fill the kitchen sink with two parts hot water and one part vinegar. Then let the toys soak for 15 minutes. --And don't forget about the toys your kids use in the BATHTUB. After each bath, you should rinse them under hot water and put them somewhere they'll dry out. Otherwise, they might get moldy.

#4.) Clean Your Heating Vents. There are germs in the dust that collects on your heating vents, and they end up in the air you breathe as soon as the heat kicks on. --So you're supposed to take the vent covers off, clean them, and vacuum the inside of the heating ducts.

#5.) Wash Your Hand Towels. Germs can live for hours on towels and clothing. So according to "Woman's Day", the towel hanging by your bathroom sink is supposed to be washed DAILY. --And this seems really wasteful . . . but if you're not willing to do that much laundry, they suggest using PAPER towels. (


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