Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Is Khloe Kardashian Pregnant?

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM have made it clear that they're not doing anything to prevent pregnancy. And the not-always-reliable "New York Post" says that their passive approach to fertilization has paid off. --A so-called "source" says, quote, "Khloe has been hiding a tell-tale bump behind flowing dresses and oversized handbags." (--There's no official word yet.)

Vanilla Ice Claims He "Broke Up" with Madonna After She Put Out Her "Sex" Book:

Back in the early '90s, MADONNA did a little fornicating with VANILLA ICE. And it sounds like Ice is a little confused about who wore the pants in that relationship. --Ice claims he broke off the relationship after eight months . . . after she put a dirty picture of the two of them in her book "Sex". --He says, quote, "I was hurt to be an unwitting part of this slutty package. It was disgusting and cheap. We were in a relationship, yet it looked like she was screwing all these other people." -But he also gave Madonna some sexual props . . . quote, "Going out with Madonna was exciting. She was older than me and a great lover. -"She's still the oldest person I've ever been with, so it was an experience." (--Vanilla Ice was 24 at the time . . . Madonna was 33.)

Owen Wilson Is Going to Be A Dad:

OWEN WILSON is going to be a father. Owen has fetused Jade Duell . . . his girlfriend of more than a year. Despite her pregnancy, they have no plans to get married yet. --This will be the first child for both of them. There's no word on a due date. Owen is 42 years old.

Shakira Has Broken Up With Her Boyfriend of 11 Years:

SHAKIRA has been single since this past August. She announced on her blog yesterday that she and Antonio de la Rue . . . her boyfriend of 11 YEARS . . . had decided to, quote, "take time apart from our romantic relationship." --But the split might only be temporary. She added, quote, "We view this period of separation as temporary and as a time of individual growth as we continue to be partners in our business and professional lives. --"Our friendship and understanding of one another is unwavering and indestructible." --A source adds, quote, "There was no big drama, it's just one of those things where they had been together a long time and realized they were more friends and business partners than lovers. It's sad, but they could get back together. They just needed a break."

Michael Douglas Thinks He Has Beaten Throat Cancer:

So much for that "stage 4" crap. MICHAEL DOUGLAS is pretty confident that he BEAT THROAT CANCER --In an interview with MATT LAUER airing this morning on the "Today" show, Michael says his tumor is gone and, quote, "The odds are . . . that I've got it beat." --Whether he beat it or not, the cancer did teach him an important lesson about spending time with his family. --He says, quote, "It's put a timeline on my life. I'm 66 now. You know, I'm fortunate I've got a mother who's 88. She'll kill me. She may be 87. My father's 94. So, you know, I feel good about those genes. --"But it's definitely a third act. And so you're a little more conscious of your time in how you choose to spend it." --The experience has definitely made him appreciate his loved ones more . . . quote, "There's a much deeper feeling. --"And I've talked to other cancer survivors about this, that . . . that happens, that you just really, really appreciate what's important in life." --Michael still has to be checked on every month to make sure he's in the clear. He says, quote, "I guess there's not a total euphoria. I'll probably take a couple of months of getting checked out. But it's been a wild six-month ride." --And he'll be dealing with the side effects of his treatment for a while . . . quote, "[My] salivary ducts have been closed down as a result of the radiation, probably for at least a year or two --"So your mouth is very dry . . . [which] particularly affects you at night, for sleeping. Still have the cheek factor, which will progressively go away. But that's about it." --Michael says his appetite is back. Which is a good thing, because he lost about 32 pounds during the ordeal and he wants to put it all back. He's preparing to star in a movie about LIBERACE for director STEVEN SODERBERGH. --He says, quote, "I can eat anything I want. They want to keep the cardio down because they want me to put some more weight on. --"I lost a lot of muscle mass, so I'm going to work on that. I'm going to get my fingers ready for Liberace, you know…."
Will Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Avoid the Oscars . . . Because Anne Hathaway is Hosting?

TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES may boycott the Oscars this year . . . because ANNE HATHAWAY is one of the hosts. (--She and JAMES FRANCO are co-hosting this year's show, which airs on February 27th.) --And it's all because Anne imitated Katie in a "Saturday Night Live" sketch back in November. --Apparently, Tom and Katie felt backstabbed by the skit. Especially because they supported Anne when she broke up with her boyfriend Raffaello Follieri a few years ago, after he got involved in a huge financial scandal that landed him in prison. --They even took her to a Tina Turner concert to lift her spirits. (???) --A so-called "source" says, quote, "Tom and Katie don't want to have to cross paths with Anne. Katie feels they were really supporting at a difficult time so she feels let down that Anne took to national TV to make fun of her. --"Anne didn't even warn her it was going to be on TV." --Tom's rep wouldn't admit to any of this nonsense. All he'd say is that whether or not Tom attends will depend on his shooting schedules. (--Here's the offending "SNL" clip . . . which is actually one of their HI-larious "Miley Cyrus Show" sketches . . .

Michael Jordan Thought He Caused a Woman to Faint . . . But He Didn't:

MICHAEL JORDAN was vacationing with DEREK JETER in the Caribbean recently. One day when he walked into a cafe, a woman FAINTED. --The next day, according to the "New York Post", Jordan called the front desk and asked if, quote, "the girl who passed out when she saw me was doing okay."--The thing is, Jordan didn't cause the woman to faint. She just got squeamish while talking to a doctor about her son's broken nose. --A so-called "source" says, quote, "She got so upset by what the doctor was saying about her son, she literally fainted to the floor." (???)

Check Out a Clip of the Song Michael Lohan Paid Someone to Write and Record for Lindsay:

A clip of that song that MICHAEL LOHAN paid someone else to write and record for LINDSAY has hit the World Wide Web of Insanity. --It's called "My Rose", and it is the proud work of DELIOUS KENNEDY from the R&B group ALL 4 ONE. It's not some sweet little ballad either. It's a pretty bangin' club track. (--Check out the clip here . . .)

Check Out Some Pictures From Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson's "Just Friends" Dinner:

TMZ posted some pictures from LINDSAY LOHAN and SAMANTHA RONSON'S "just friends" dinner on Saturday night in Venice, California. (--Check 'em out here . . .) (--WARNING: There is almost NOTHING INTERESTING about these photos . . .)

Ashton Kutcher Wants Schools to Teach the Female Orgasm:

It's time for another edition of SHUT THE EFF UP WHEN GROWN FOLKS IS TALKIN'! And for the second time in a row, our subject is ASHTON KUTCHER. --This time, he's not predicting the End Times. He's encouraging high school sex education instructors to teach women about their orgasms. --Ashton stars in the upcoming sex comedy "No Strings Attached" . . . which apparently makes him some kind of expert. --He says, quote, "For women in the sex education process in schools, the one thing they teach about is how to get pregnant or how to not get pregnant, but they don't really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women. --"The male orgasm is actually right there and readily available to learn about because it's actually part of the reproductive cycle, but the female orgasm isn't really talked about in the education system. --"Part of that creates a place where women aren't empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves, and from a purely entertainment point of view, to create a movie with a female lead that's empowered with her own sexuality is a powerful thing. --"And if we can give teenage people something to think about from a sex perspective, I would say it would be to open a conversation where women are empowered with their own sexual experiences from an educational level as well as an entertainment level."

Peter Yates, the Director of "Bullitt" and "Breaking Away", Has Died:

Director PETER YATES . . . probably best known for the 1968 STEVE MCQUEEN action flick "Bullitt" . . . died Sunday at the age of 81, following a long illness. --Yates' more recognized films include "Mother, Jugs and Speed", "The Deep" and the 1979 bicycle racing drama "Breaking Away", which earned him one of two Oscar nominations for Best Director. (--The other was for "The Dresser" in '84.) --Yates also directed the somewhat cheesy but still underrated sci-fi cult classic "Krull" . . . which was released in 1983 and featured a then-unknown LIAM NEESON in a minor role. (--Not to mention THE GLAIVE . . . one of the COOLEST WEAPONS EVER!!! Check out the trailer for "Krull" here . . . and FEAR THE GLAIVE . . .) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PnFQIUfles

Ron Howard Says The "Arrested Development" Movie Is a Priority:

We haven't heard anything about the "Arrested Development" movie in quite a while. But finally, we have some new, sort-of news --Producer RON HOWARD says he believes that the movie is finally, quote, "front-and-center" on creator MITCH HURWITZ'S list of priorities. --Ron says, quote, "Mitch's television company was very successful . . . good for Mitch . . . and slowed things up a little bit for 'Arrested Development' fans. --"What happened is that he became such an important television superstar that he began developing a lot of pilots and he really wanted to follow through with that --"So he put in a couple years doing that . . . always letting the 'Arrested Development' movie percolate . . . and now he's done that. I think this is really now front-and-center in his mind." (--Which sounds great . . . except that it tells us NOTHING about when we might finally SEE this movie.)

Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis Will Return for "The Hobbit":

"Entertainment Weekly" claims it's official that IAN MCKELLEN and ANDY SERKIS will return for the "Hobbit" movies. --McKellen played the wizard Gandalf, and Serkis played Gollum, in the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. --Unlike some of the other characters returning from the "Rings" movies, Gandalf and Gollum actually appeared in the original book, "The Hobbit".

Colin Farrell Will Star in the Remake of "Total Recall":

COLIN FARRELL will star in the remake of ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER'S 1990 sci-fi classic "Total Recall". --In the original, Arnold played a construction worker on Earth who learns he was actually a freedom fighter on Mars who had his memory erased. It also starred a relatively unknown SHARON STONE. --The remake is due out sometime next year . . . and for a change, it WON'T be in 3D.

CBS Has Announced the Cast of "Survivor: Redemption Island":

CBS has announced the cast of the 22nd season of "Survivor", "Survivor: Redemption Island". --As you already know if you watched last season's reunion show, there's a new twist this season: Redemption Island. It'll give the castaways a chance to re-enter the competition after they've been voted off. --When the first castaway is voted off, he or she will go to Redemption Island alone. When a second castaway joins them, they'll compete in some sort of "duel" to stay. --The duels will likely continue . . . until at some point, the person left on Redemption Island will be given the chance to re-enter the game. --CBS also revealed the cast, which will feature 16 new castaways, and two former "Survivor" stars. For whatever reason, CBS won't identify them until later this week . . . but rumor has it, it'll be "Boston Rob" Mariano and Russell Hantz. (--Boston Rob has already done THREE "Survivor" seasons: Marquesas, All-Stars, and Heroes Vs. Villains. Russell Hantz has done TWO: Samoa and Heroes Vs. Villains. So if you watch "Survivor", you know who they are. --Among the "nobodies" are two former NFL players: First there's Steve Wright, a 51-year-old former offensive lineman who played for the Raiders, the Cowboys and the Colts over 10 seasons, from 1981 to 1993. --And then there's a guy you've probably never heard of named Grant Mattos, who barely appeared in a half dozen games with the San Diego Chargers back in 2003. (--He's only 29, but is already out of football. He's now a YOGA INSTRUCTOR.) (--You can check out all the contestants' bios . . . complete with photos, videos and their occupations, hobbies and crap like that, here . . .http://www.cbs.com/primetime/survivor/
--"Survivor: Redemption Island" premieres on February 16th.

A New Comedy Awards Show Is in the Works:

Comedy's version of the Grammys is on its way. --The first annual Comedy Awards ceremony will be held on March 26th. It'll be broadcast on April 10th. (--It'll air simultaneously on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick at Nite. --The show will recognize "the year's best comedy films, television series and digital content" . . . and will feature awards for "writers, directors and actors as well as lifetime achievement honors." (--There used to be a comedy awards show called the American Comedy Awards, but it was shut down in 2001 after 15 years. And in 2003, Comedy Central launched another one called The Commies, but it didn't last either.)

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

--"Millionaire Matchmaker" [4th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--Former Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell asks for help with his love life.)

--"The Good Wife" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Leelee Sobieski guest stars as the girlfriend of a murder suspect, who's probably the real killer.)

--"The Game" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET. (--Tia Mowry's sitcom moves to BET after its cancellation on the CW.)

--"Tosh.0" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Comedy Central.

--"Onion SportsDome" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Matt Oberg and Matt Walton host this parody of sports broadcasting.)

--"Lights Out" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on FX. (--A guy named Holt McCallany stars as ex-heavyweight boxing champion Patrick "Lights" Leary who struggles financially and physically after a catastrophic title bout.)

--"Teen Mom 2" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.

--"Let's Stay Together" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on BET. (--Former Pussycat Doll Nadine Ellis and Bert Belasco star in this romantic comedy series that follows couples through the ups and downs of relationships.)


--"Piranha 3D" - An underwater tremor unleashes prehistoric piranha on a lake during Spring Break. Elisabeth Shue plays the town sheriff . . . and Jerry O'Connell plays a "Girls Gone Wild"-type scumbag who gets his penis bitten off. (--Some of the cast did a Funny Or Die video in which they mockingly campaign for an Oscar. Watch it again here. British minx Kelly Brook points out she's on the cover of September's "Playboy". See a few of her pics here.)

--"The Freebie" - A married couple experiments with a night of sexual freedom . . . no strings and no questions asked. They're played by Dax Shepard and a chick named Katie Aselton, who's from the FX fantasy football show "The League".

--"The Social Network" - Jesse Eisenberg plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the story of how he created the site and pissed off everyone close to him in the process. Your new "Spider-Man", Andrew Garfield, plays Zuckerberg's friend and cofounder Eduardo Saverin. Justin Timberlake is also in it.

--"Alpha and Omega" - Justin Long and Hayden Panettiere are two wolves trying to get home after being captured and shipped hundreds of miles away from their pack. Christina Ricci, Danny Glover, and Dennis Hopper play some of the other wolves.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Hot In Cleveland: Season One" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Funny Or Die Presents: Season One" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Rules Of Engagement: Season 4" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"Criss Angel Mindfreak: Season 6" . . . a two-disc DVD set.
--"ER: The Complete 14th Season" . . . a five-disc DVD set. (--It ran for 15 seasons.)
--"All In The Family: The Complete 8th Season" . . . a three-disc DVD set. (--It ran for nine seasons.)


--"Showroom of Compassion", Cake (--It's their first album in over six years. The album recorded using solar power exclusively. Cake's studio . . . which is located in Sacramento . . . is wired to run on solar power only.)


Make Your Own Superhero to Fight Alongside Batman and Superman in "DC Universe Online":

--"DC Universe Online" (T) . . . for the PS3 and PC. After Brainiac destroys what's left of the Earth's heroes, Lex Luthor travels back in time to give average citizens the superpowers they'll need to help fight off the evil yet to come. You can get caught up on the whole back story with a six-minute featurette here . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBxtlPZrn4Q
(--Even if you aren't into superheroes you can skip to 4:13 to see some animated and just barely covered Wonder Woman Boobage.) With your new powers you can choose to stand with heroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman . . . or wreck havoc on Metropolis and Gotham City alongside the likes of The Joker and Lex Luthor. As you progress in the game you will choose a mentor from the major DC superheroes and villains. During initial multiplayer combat, you'll be able to fight other players using your mentor. Eventually, you can unlock all your favorite heroes and villains to square off against the thousands of comic book nerds gunning for your life. Check out the latest trailer to see just how badass YOU can be.

--"Venetica" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and PS3. In this action role playing game you play as Death's daughter. She struggles to save the world from total annihilation.

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

Is "Bieber Fever" Hazardous to a Kid's Health?

The nationwide HYSTERIA over JUSTIN BIEBER . . . or "Bieber Fever," as some people refer to it . . . can easily become an obsession among teen girls. Maybe even an UNHEALTHY obsession. --One "expert" claims it could actually be HARMFUL to a kid's mental health. --Dr. Alan Ravitz, a child psychiatrist, says that even though young girls have been freaking out over teen idols for decades . . . things are different now, because of stuff like Twitter and Facebook, which allow fans to feel intimately close to the stars. --For one, Ravitz is concerned about the "death treats" that Justin's "fans" sent SELENA GOMEZ, when pictures of them kissing popped up online --He says, quote, "Where are the parents? Who's trying to guide these kids? --"Who's telling them to be polite and civil to each other? In a way, it's analogous to terrorism, where the only thing important is your own personal agenda and if anyone gets in the way of that, you're allowed to do whatever you want to them." --He adds, quote, "If you're a 10-year-old and you get a Tweet from Justin . . . you can't think, 'Well, he probably has a PR person who generates these tweets for him.' You as a 10-year-old think, 'Oh, he's sending this to me, he is telling me about his life. --"So on the one hand, he has this PR team creating this sense of false intimacy, and on the other hand he creates a problem for himself because he encourages intrusion into his private life. I don't think he can have it both ways." --But while Ravitz seems to be saying that Justin's people are complicit in all this . . . he does believe that ultimately parents have to keep their kids grounded.
--He says, quote, "I think it's the responsibility of the fan base to get realistic about their perceptions. It's less Justin Bieber's responsibility, and more the responsibility of the parents of those kids who reacted so uncouthly. --"[Justin's management is] just focused on revenue generation, which is a reasonable thing to be focused on . . . running a business." --So if these girls are susceptible to becoming TOO wrapped up in Justin's world . . . 2.0, or otherwise . . . what exactly are they in danger of? Well, that's a little unclear. --Ravitz says that kids with pre-existing psychological issues are more likely to be negatively affected by becoming overly obsessed and preoccupied with Justin Bieber. --But Ravitz says that he doesn't see things getting TOO crazy. He adds, quote, "I don't think anyone's going to kill themselves if Justin Bieber has his hand on Selena Gomez's butt."

Britney Spears' New Single Is Up on iTunes:

BRITNEY SPEARS' new single "Hold It Against Me" hit iTunes this morning. It's that song we already heard . . . but this time it's Britney doing the vocals, obviously. --The lyrics include: Quote, "If I feel my heart was beating loud / If we could escape the crowd somehow / If I said I want your body now / Would you hold it against me?"
(--You can listen to the iTunes preview, here . . .)

(--You can listen to the whole thing, from its premiere on RYAN SEACREST'S radio show, here . . .)


--Britney's next album, which is still untitled, is supposed to be out in March.

Did Taylor Swift Promise Jake Gyllenhaal That She Wouldn't Write a Song About Their Relationship?

As soon as I heard TAYLOR SWIFT and JAKE GYLLENHAAL had broken up, I started looking forward to the song Taylor would eventually write about their brief linking of minds, and perhaps bodyparts. After all, it's what she does. --But I may be disappointed because a so-called "source" told the website ShowBizSpy.com, quote, "Jake is very uncomfortable with having his private life in the media, which was one of the reasons he and Taylor didn't work out. --"He and Taylor remain close friends and she has promised nothing from their relationship is going to end up in a song. She's grown up a lot in the last year and understands that some things are not for her fans." (--Since this is from an unnamed source, there's no way to know for sure that Taylor even made such a pledge. But even if she did, time has a way of making promises like that irrelevant.) (--I mean, Taylor will be writing songs for the rest of her life. And trust me, if she feels inspired to tell a story about their time together, she won't hold back. And if it's a kickass song, she'll share it with the world.)

"Precious" star GABOUREY SIDIBE has a boyfriend.


DEMI LOVATO posted a message on her Facebook page yesterday, thanking her fans for their support.


MARION COTILLARD . . . who plays Mal in "Inception" . . . is pregnant with her first child.


Here's a rundown of today's action in the preliminary hearing of DR. CONRAD MURRAY.


Director Michel Gondry was relieved when NICOLAS CAGE quit as the villain in "The Green Hornet" . . . because Cage wanted to play the character as a Rastafarian with a Jamaican accent.


73-year-old "Star Trek" legend GEORGE TAKEI has joined the cast of an upcoming live-action Nickelodeon show called "Supah Ninjas". He's playing the grandfather of a kid who finds out he's a NINJA. There's no premiere date yet.


ABC renewed six of their shows for the 2011-2012 season, including "Grey's Anatomy", "Private Practice", "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town". However, "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" are still on the fence.


JANET JACKSON has unveiled some North American concert dates. Her tour is scheduled to run from March 4th in Houston through April 23rd in Las Vegas.


A new study claims watching TV is bad for your heart . . . even if you DO exercise. Scientists say people who spend more than four hours sitting watching TV or surfing the web are more than twice as likely to develop serious heart problems.



Washington, D.C. Is the Most Literate City In the U.S.:

Well, at least we know that the people in Washington, D.C. can READ all of the bad press they get on a daily basis. A new study found that D.C. is the most literate city in the entire country. --The study wasn't just based on literacy rates, but also whether people actually DO read . . . so it also checked out newspaper and magazine subscriptions, libraries, and Internet resources. --The rest of the top ten is: Seattle, Washington . . . Minneapolis, Minnesota . . . Atlanta, Georgia . . . Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania . . . San Francisco . . . St. Paul, Minnesota . . . Denver . . . Portland, Oregon . . . and St. Louis, Missouri. -Eight of the 10 least-literate cities are in California and Texas, and the bottom 18 are all in California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado. --Stockton, California came in last place. --Right above it are Aurora, Colorado . . . Bakersfield, California . . . Anaheim, California . . . Arlington, Texas . . . El Paso, Texas . . . Corpus Christi, Texas . . . Long Beach, California . . . Santa Ana, California . . . and Glendale, Arizona. (USA Today)
(--You can see all of the cities ranked here . . .)

Here Are Some of the Stupid Things You Can Bet On For the Royal Wedding:

PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON are getting married on April 29th . . . but the online bookies are already opening themselves up for tons of incredibly STUPID bets about the wedding. Here are some of the stupidest . . .

--Wedding dress color. Ivory is the favorite at two-to-one . . . cream comes in second . . . and white is third. Vanilla is the long shot at 16-to-one (--Or, as a man hears those colors, white, white, white, and white.)

--Song for the first dance. The favorite is "You're Beautiful" by JAMES BLUNT at five-to-one. AEROSMITH'S "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" is second at seven-to-one. BRYAN ADAMS' "Everything I Do (I Do It For You)" is at eight-to-one.

--The long shot is "Sex on Fire" by KINGS OF LEON, at 50-to-one.

--Location of the bachelor party. Scotland is the favorite at 10-to-11. It's followed by London and North Wales. New York City is the long shot at 10-to-one.

--Color of the Queen's hat. The favorite for QUEEN ELIZABETH'S hat is blue, at seven-to-two. She wore blue to PRINCE CHARLES' first wedding. Light blue, pink, and purple are next. Black is the long shot at 22-to-one.

--Length of Kate's wedding gown train. The favorite is 6.5 to 16.5 feet, at five-to-four . . . less than 6.5 feet is next, at six-to-four . . . and more than 25 feet is the long shot at eight-to-one. (Time)

More Than One-Third of Women In the U.S. Think About Their Weight At Least Three Times a Day:

America's a country that's really obsessed with weight loss. It's a great, engaging topic to bring up when you're in the middle of hour three at a buffet and you're running out of stuff to talk about. --According to a new survey, more than one out of every three American women say that they think about their weight at least three times a day . . . and 81% don't feel like they're at their ideal weight. --Almost HALF believe that they will finally . . . against all odds . . . hit their ideal weight in 2011. --The main reasons people give for having trouble losing weight are stress, time demands, family obligations, and financial problems. (PR Newswire)

Scientists Have Invented a Device That Will Make Your Trips To the Dentist Less Horrible . . . By Blocking Out the Sound of the Drill:

Here's a pretty brilliant invention by some scientists in England. With their invention, trips to the dentist might NOT be the most awful thing in the world anymore. They'll still be awful, just not the MOST awful thing in the world. --The team has invented a special chip that attaches to the earphones on your iPod . . . and blocks the sound of the drill. --The chip works like noise-cancelling headphones. --It's designed to only filter out the sound waves that match the drill . . . so you can still hear your music, hear the dentist talking, hear the suction thing they jam in your mouth . . . just not the drilling sound. --Dr. Mark Atherton of Brunel University was one of the developers. He says, quote, "The dental drill noise is so distinctive that the brain recognizes it and people hear it [and have] anxiety. They dread it." This chip will help people overcome that fear. --The chip is in prototype form right now, but Atherton says that when it's ready to go to market, it will be cheap enough that all dentists will be able to easily afford it for their offices. (BBC)
Today's Teenagers Actually Prefer Praise and Compliments To Sex and Money?

This current generation of teenagers has grown up their whole lives being told they're special and perfect and unique. They didn't have to do anything to earn it. They're special just for being themselves. --So when they have to go a few minutes WITHOUT someone telling them they're amazing, it seems like they LOSE THEIR MINDS. --A new study by Ohio State University found that college students crave PRAISE and COMPLIMENTS more than they crave anything else . . . alcohol, friendship, food, even SEX and MONEY. --Brad Bushman, who led the study, says, quote, "We looked at all the things college students love and they love self-esteem more. [It] makes them feel good. I think people seem to value it more today than in the past." --Bill Corsaro is a sociologist at Indiana University, and he agrees. Quote, "More and more kids are being raised with high expectations. So achieving and being praised for that achievement is what's most important in their view of themselves." (USA Today)

Instead of Cigarettes, The New Prison Currency Is . . . Honey Buns?

Gorging on junk food has easily replaced smoking as America's number one vice. And nowhere is the change more evident than . . . our country's prisons. The CIGARETTES inmates traded in prison have lost their value, and a new currency has stepped up. --And apparently, that currency is . . . honey buns, those generic, plastic-wrapped honey buns that they sell at gas stations and convenience stores. (--We first told you about them in September, when two prisoners in Florida brawled over them.) --Prisoners can buy the honey buns for about $1.25 each at the commissary . . . but they're worth SO much more than that. Here are some stories out of the U.S. prison system about the HAVOC being wreaked by honey buns. --Female inmates in Maryland used honey buns to sweeten a wine they'd made by fermenting their orange juice. --A death row inmate in North Carolina asked for a honey bun for his last meal, to go with his sirloin steak and popcorn shrimp. --In Virginia, a man's lawyer saved him from the electric chair . . . so he paid the lawyer with the only currency he had, honey buns. --In Florida, some prisoners would trade honey buns for people's Social Security numbers. They ended up committing more than $1 MILLION in tax fraud using the numbers they got. --And finally, in both Michigan and Florida, inmates were killed by other inmates in disputes over stolen honey buns. (St. Petersburg Times)

A Man Finds Out His Daughter Is Being Rushed To the Hospital and Crashes His Car . . . Into the Ambulance Taking Her To the Hospital:

It's AMAZING that this story didn't turn out more tragically. --In Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, a man got a call that his four-year-old daughter had a SEIZURE and was being rushed to the hospital. --And, like any father would do, he jumped into his car to drive to the hospital and meet her there. --But on the way, he was driving so fast and recklessly that he crashed his car. HEAD ON. Into the ambulance that was carrying his daughter. --Somehow, the girl wasn't hurt. But the ambulance driver and the father were. So all three were admitted to the hospital. --No word has been released on how the girl is recovering, or how her dad and ambulance driver are recovering from their injuries. (Pottstown Mercury)


A Woman Is Busted Using a Stolen Credit Card When She Goes To a Restaurant and Orders 255 Chicken Sandwiches:

I'd guess that most people who use a stolen credit card try to act as inconspicuous as possible. A woman in Cambria, New York did the EXACT OPPOSITE. --The woman went to a restaurant in Cambria called Hearth & Vine with a stolen credit card and ordered . . . 255 CHICKEN SANDWICHES. Total cost: Around $3,000 --That's the exact kind of order that gets the entire staff talking. Collectively they realized that something suspicious was going on, and they called the credit card company, which confirmed that the card was stolen. --There's no word on whether the police arrested the woman . . . all they'd say is that an investigation is under way. (Buffalo News)

A Drunk Driver Tries To Avoid a Ticket By Saying He's Taking His "Lonely Goat" On a Date:

I'm not sure what excuse you can give to a cop that'll get you out of a DUI . . . but this isn't even CLOSE to a contender. --In Kretzyn, Poland, police pulled over a 54-year-old driver . . . who had a GOAT in his car . . . and was swerving. His blood-alcohol was three times the legal limit and they told him he was going to be arrested for drunk driving.--His excuse? His goat was, quote, "lonely" and he was escorting him on a date at a friend's farm, where they'd met a female goat. Quote, "[We] had some vodkas to break the ice, then more to celebrate, and by the time we left, [I] was very drunk." --For some reason, the cops still arrested him. He's looking at losing his license and possible prison time. (Metro)


A new study rated 170 different brands of bottled water . . . and found that filtered tap water may be better for you:


Just a heads up if you're thinking of naming your kid Crystal, Ashton, Chelsea, or Track . . . the Pope says faith starts with giving your kids more Christian names:


A three-year-old girl in England was the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with breast cancer . . . and she beat it:


An undercover cop in the UK infiltrated the environmental protest movement for ten years, and visited 22 countries . . . then switched sides and offered to give evidence on their behalf:


Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was sentenced to three years in prison for money laundering:



#1.) A Flash Flood in Australia Washed Away 20 Cars in a Parking Lot:

People in Queensland, Australia have been dealing with devastating floods for the last two weeks. And the flooding on Monday was the worst. --A flash flood in a town called Toowoomba killed at least eight people, including four children, and 72 other people were reported missing. --Now there's footage on YouTube of the water streaming through a parking lot and washing away twenty cars. Then it shows the aftermath, and the cars are just stacked on top of each other.
(--Search for "Toowoomba flood 2011.01.10." They start being washed away at :59, and you can see the after-effects at 5:15.)

#2.) Someone Doctored the "No Baby" Video and Asked Yes-Or-No Questions about Snooki, Justin Bieber, and Charlie Sheen:

If you haven't seen the "No Baby" video yet, you should check it out: A baby in a bathtub answers "no" to every question her dad asks. --And you should also check out the new, doctored version of it on YouTube where the baby is asked TOPICAL questions, like: "Does Snooki know how to read?" and "Is Justin Bieber a virgin?" (--Search for "No Baby Spencetology." And thanks to our buddy Spence and the Morning Zoo at 98.5 KLUC in Vegas.

Four Dangerous Mistakes People Make When They're Feeding Their Cats:

Some people go to pretty extreme lengths to pamper their cats, and they STILL screw up their diet. Here's a list of four common feeding mistakes that can make your cat sick, or worse . . .

#1.) Giving Them Too Much Food. Just like with people, obesity in cats can lead to a bunch of problems, including diabetes, arthritis, and heart problems. --And it's easy to overfeed them, because in 2011, most cats are basically couch potatoes. --On average, they only need somewhere between 25 to 35 calories a day, per pound. So that means a ten-pound cat needs about 300 calories a day to stay at a healthy weight. --In layman's terms, that's about a half can of wet food, and a half cup of dry food, depending on what brand you buy.

#2.) Forcing Them to Be Vegetarians. Yeah, apparently this is one of those things people do now. --And if you know a lot about feline nutrition, it's possible to keep a cat somewhat healthy by adding in synthetic versions of the nutrients in meat. But it's definitely not GOOD for them. And they need some of those nutrients to survive. -For example, a lack of taurine, which is found in animal tissue, can give your cat heart and lung problems, and even lead to blindness and death.

#3.) Giving Them Homemade Cat Food. There's a lot more in a can of wet cat food than you'd expect. For example, a lot of people who make their own cat food don't balance the meat with the right amount of calcium. --They don't realize that in the wild, the cat would be eating the meat AND some of the bones of whatever it caught. --Also, a diet that's too heavy in tuna can lead to joint pain, brittle bones, and dry skin. And a diet too rich in raw fish can cause muscle weakness, seizures, and even brain damage. In other words, it's better if you just buy canned wet food at the grocery store.

#4.) Only Feeding Them Dry Food. Unlike dogs, cats are designed to get most of their water through their food. So if you only feed your cats dry food, they're constantly dehydrated, which can lead to urinary tract problems. --Here's a comparison: A mouse is about 70% water, which is probably what your cat would be eating if it was on its own. Wet food is 78% water, but dry food is only 5 to 10% water.


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