Thursday, January 13, 2011


Did Taylor Swift Get Dumped By Phone Again?

TAYLOR SWIFT got a lot of mileage out of her claim that JOE JONAS dumped her over the phone. Well, she might have a new story to tell. --"Us Weekly" says that JAKE GYLLENHAAL went all Alexander Graham Bell on Taylor's ass, too. (???) --Sources say Taylor was completely blindsided . . . quote, "Taylor is really upset and hurt. She doesn't know what she did for him to just put a stop to it. She feels really burned by him." --Her pain was evident at last week's "People's Choice Awards". A friend says, quote, "She was not her usual bubbly, over-animated self. She didn't eat anything, seemed very sad and definitely wasn't having a good time."

Is Kate Hudson Pregnant?

"People" magazine says that KATE HUDSON is pregnant. The father is MATT BELLAMY from the British band MUSE. They've been dating for about nine months. --There's been no official word yet from Kate, but a so-called "source" says, quote, "They couldn't be more excited. Kate is really happy. She was always excited to have kids again at some point." --Kate already has a 7-year-old son named Ryder with her ex-husband, CHRIS ROBINSON of the BLACK CROWES. Kate is 31 years old.

Eva Longoria Did Not Have Her Wedding Date Tattoo Removed:

In a picture taken over the weekend, it looked like EVA LONGORIA had gotten that tattoo of her wedding date removed from her wrist. She didn't. Apparently, she just splashed some cover makeup on it. --Because Eva has posted a message on Twitter and Facebook saying, quote, "Just so everyone knows I still have all my tattoos. Nothing is being removed, although I am always up for more tattoos!:)" --Shortly after marrying San Antonio Spurs scumbag TONY PARKER, Eva had their wedding date . . . July 7th, 2007 . . . tattooed on the inside of her right wrist in Roman numerals. He got the same thing on his ring finger. --Eva also has the word "nine" tattooed on the back of her neck . . . because that's Tony's jersey number. -In related news . . . Tony's SEXTING partner is a free woman. ERIN BARRY and her husband BRENT are officially divorced. --Brent used to play ball with Tony on the Spurs. It was Tony's relationship with Erin . . . which may or may not have ever been physically consummated . . . that probably led to his breakup with Eva.

Is Kelsey Grammer a Cross-dresser?

CAMILLE GRAMMER may have dropped a bombshell on yesterday's "Howard Stern Show". Because she KIND OF admitted that her estranged husband KELSEY is into CROSS-DRESSING. --Here's how it played out . . . -Howard was suggesting Kelsey is GAY . . . because during a previous appearance on his show, Camille had suggested that "La Cage Aux Folles" was, quote, "the right play" for Kelsey. --Camille said, quote, "He likes being with women, but there's something between us that didn't click." --Now, "La Cage" is about gay men who own a DRAG CLUB. That clicked with Howard's co-host, Robin Quivers, who said, quote, "What's the reason, he likes to dress as a woman?" --Camille giggled and said, quote, "I'm not saying it . . . I'm not saying it." --Howard and Robin started pressing Camille for details. For instance, they asked when Kelsey first shared his fetish with her. --Camille said, quote, "That was a gift to me. That was a super, special surprise." --But then she said, quote, "I'm not discussing this now . . . I'm gonna be smacked with a lawsuit! You've got to ask his new [fiancée]." --And she added, quote, "He's a man, very much a man. He's all man!" --Camille said Kelsey, quote, "wasn't into sex that much", but that they still had a loving relationship and an emotional connection. She added, quote, "I think he's straight, but there are times I didn't think so during our marriage." --One last note: Camille says that Kelsey was so insecure that he wouldn't let her go to the beach or out with friends . . . and she couldn't even have a LOVE TOY. --Kelsey's rep has issued the following response to all of this . . . quote, "While it is not clear why Camille Grammer continues making public statements about her marriage to Kelsey, it is crystal clear that Kelsey will continue not responding, regardless of content."(--Here's audio from the interview . . .)

Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are the Most Influential Celebrities: has put together a list of Hollywood's Most Influential Celebrities . . . and STEVEN SPIELBERG and OPRAH WINFREY pretty much own it. --Using some arcane mathematical formula that ranked 6,000 celebrities based on 46 different attributes, Forbes gave Spielberg and Oprah a 53% rating . . . meaning that 53% of the population thinks they're influential. --Ties were broken by looking at a celebrity's, quote, "marketing effectiveness" . . . which is a combination of awareness, public appeal and other factors. --Spielberg edged out Oprah in that category, so he got the top spot.

--Here's the list . . .

#1.) Steven Spielberg, 53%

#2.) Oprah Winfrey, 53%

#3.) Dr. Mehmet Oz, 45%

#4.) Rush Limbaugh, 41%

#5.) Barbara Walters, 40%

#6.) Bono, 40%

#7.) L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson, 40%

#8.) Dr. Sanjay Gupta, 40%

#9.) Glenn Beck, 40%

#10.) Bill Cosby, 39%

(--You can check out the justification for all their picks here . . .)

One of Tom Hanks' Other Sons Is a Rapper Under the Name "Chet Haze":

Everyone knows that TOM HANKS' son COLIN is following him into the acting biz. But Tom has another son who's apparently a wannabe RAPPER. (--Tom has four kids from his two marriages: Three sons and a daughter.) --CHESTER HANKS is a student at Northwestern University. And he recently composed a rap anthem to his school called "White and Purple". He even put a video on YouTube. --Oh, and his rap alter ego is "CHET HAZE". --The song includes lines such as . . . --"White kicks / Purple kush / This is college, hittin' blunts after hittin' books." --And . . . "Got a call from the brothers in the frat house / I'm with my girl, tryin' to get up under that blouse / She a freshman / She a freak though / In the bed, but a lady in the street, yo." (--Here's the video . . .)

Nicole Kidman Admits She's Tried Botox:

In news that will shock absolutely no one, NICOLE KIDMAN says she's tried Botox. In news you may find much harder to believe, she claims she doesn't use it anymore. --She says, quote, "I've tried a lot of things, but aside from sports and good nutrition, most things don't make a difference. I have also tried Botox. --"I didn't like how my face looked afterwards. Now I don't use it anymore . . . I can move my forehead again!"

25 Things You Don't Know About Steven Tyler:

STEVEN TYLER is the subject of "Us Weekly's" latest "25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Here are the highlights . . .
--I have swum with dolphins.
--I sang four songs from "Abbey Road" to Paul McCartney.
--I used to hunt and trap as a kid.
--I hate leeches.
--I had a pet raccoon named bandit.
--I'm a fragrance cognoscente. Love my oils.
(--Check out the rest here . . .)

Charlie Sheen Missed Work Yesterday . . . Because of an Ear Infection:

CHARLIE SHEEN did not make it to the set of "Two and a Half Men" yesterday . . . but it wasn't because he was still hung-over from his latest typically epic hookers-and-blow misadventure. Instead, it was just an ear infection. For real. --A doctor connected with the show confirmed to TMZ that Charlie has a, quote, "serious, ongoing ear problem." Charlie's rep says he'll be back at work as soon as his ear feels better.

Did Charlie Sheen Hang Out with Bombshell McGee Last Weekend?

CHARLIE SHEEN was supposedly chillin' with a "revolving door" of porno stars in Las Vegas last weekend . . . and now TMZ says JESSE JAMES' former mistress BOMBSHELL MCGEE was one of them. --Bombshell had befriended Bree Olson, one of the girls that Charlie was hanging out with. It's unclear if anything actually happened between Charlie and Bombshell. (--Here's video of Bree and Bombshell McGee kissing . . .)
Movie Characters Who Were Supposed to Die . . . But Didn't:

Throughout history, there have been numerous instances where a movie character was set up for DEATH . . . but ultimately saved by a script rewrite. Here are some of the most famous cases . . .

--"Lethal Weapon 2": At the end of the movie, MEL GIBSON'S character, Martin Riggs, gets shot several times, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" plays, and . . . HE LIVES. --Apparently, the producers decided they had a real franchise on their hands. (--There ended up being two more "Lethal Weapon" flicks.)

--"Rocky 5": Rocky was supposed to die in his street fight with Tommy Gunn. SYLVESTER STALLONE thought better of it . . . and 16 years later, in 2006, he gave the character a much more respectable send-off with "Rocky Balboa". --"First Blood": In the original novel, John Rambo dies at the end. Stallone even filmed that ending. But ultimately, he decided to spare the character . . . and his bank account was most appreciative. (--Here's the original ending . . .)
--"Scream": DAVID ARQUETTE'S goofy cop character, Dewey, wasn't supposed to make it out of the first movie alive. Director WES CRAVEN actually shot the ending both ways: With him living and dying. --For some reason, the decision was made to keep him around . . . and he'll be back for the upcoming "Scream 4".

--"Return of the Jedi": Han Solo was NOT supposed to survive the "Star Wars" saga. The plan for the third film was to have Han's friends rescue him from Jabba the Hut . . . but for Han to later die in the raid on the Death Star. --It was GEORGE LUCAS who nixed the idea. HARRISON FORD wanted Han to die, as did writer Lawrence Kasdan. --Gary Kurtz . . . who produced the first two movies . . . recently said, quote, "George decided he didn't want any of the principals killed. By that time there were really big toy sales and that was a reason."

--"Full Metal Jacket": MATTHEW MODINE'S character, Private Joker, ended up being the main character. But he was supposed to die when Private Pyle . . . played by VINCENT D'ONOFRIO . . . went postal.

--Modine himself convinced director STANLEY KUBRICK to keep him alive.

Update: TBS Loves Conan . . . Conan Is Cool with David Letterman . . . and Conan and Jay Leno May Never Speak Again:

CONAN O'BRIEN may not have maintained the crazy ratings he was pulling during his show's debut week, but TBS is thrilled with what Conan IS still bringing in. --The head of programming at the network says, quote, "I discount the first week's ratings, as anybody should for a talk show or even a scripted program. --"It's landing right about where we expected it to. At this number, 'Conan' will run as long as he wants it to." -The key to TBS' excitement is Conan's appeal to YOUNGER audiences. Now, 'Conan' is averaging about 1 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, which is the most coveted advertising demographic. --If you factor in DVR numbers, "Conan" eclipses "The Tonight Show" in this demographic, 1.44 million viewers to 1.35 million. "Letterman" has even less, with 1.15 million. --Even more telling: The median age of "Conan's" viewers is 33, which is drastically lower than "The Tonight Show" and "Letterman", which both have median ages of 56. --So if Conan has an open invitation to stay, how long does he see himself on TBS? --He says, quote, "My goal is not to do this forever. I just want to do this really well for a period of time until I have nothing left to say and then go away." --Conan also says that he talked with DAVID LETTERMAN over the holidays. --He explains, quote, "It was just a quick call. We hadn't spoken in a long time. He said, 'I haven't checked in on you and want to make sure we're good.' I said, 'We've always been good.' I said he didn't owe me a call, but I appreciate it." --Naturally, that sentiment doesn't extend to JAY LENO. When Conan was asked if he thought he'd EVER talk to Jay again, he said, quote, "I . . . no . . . I don't think so. --"I don't think there's . . . there's nothing to be figured out. We all know the story. Life is short. I have kids and family and life to live. I don't think about it too much. And I'm sure he's busy."

Lisa Kudrow and Andy Richter Were Originally Considered for Roles on "Modern Family":

Could "Modern Family" have starred LISA KUDROW? Maybe. --A "casting breakdown" from when "Modern Family" was still in development has popped up online . . . and apparently Lisa was being considered for the role of Claire Dunphy. JULIE BOWEN was eventually cast in the role. --Here are the show's other original casting ideas: -Gay couple Mitchell and Cameron could've been played by ANDY RICHTER and TONY HALE . . . a.k.a. Buster from "Arrested Development". JESSE TYLER FERGUSON and ERIC STONESTREET landed the roles instead. --It's unclear if any of them were ever actually offered a role. But there is one thing we know for sure . . . --CRAIG T. NELSON was offered the part of Jay Pritchett, but he turned it down. They ended up casting ED O'NEILL. --Two parts that were set from the beginning were those of Phil Dunphy and Gloria Pritchett. TY BURRELL and SOFIA VERGARA were on the early cast list for those roles . . . and they ended up getting them. (--If you're interested, you can see the "casting breakdown," here.)
And Now . . . Oprah Documents the Cause of Her "Massive Macaroni-and-Cheese-Eating Tailspin:

OPRAH WINFREY will be PIERS MORGAN'S first guest when his new show takes over LARRY KING'S old timeslot on CNN next Monday. --An outtake from the interview has hit the Internet . . . in which Oprah explains her maniacal macaroni-and-cheese binge of 1998. (???) --It happened right after her movie "Beloved" was destroyed at the box office by the killer doll flick "Bride of Chucky". --She says, quote, "[I went into] a massive, depressive macaroni and cheese-eating tailspin. It premiered on a Friday and I remember hearing on Saturday morning that we got beat by something called 'Chucky'. I didn't even know what 'Chucky' was. --"So, I asked my chef at the time to make some macaroni and cheese . . . and I ate about 30 pounds worth. I'm not kidding. I'm not kidding!" (--She's probably kidding. Probably. But let's hold out hope that she's not.)
(--How is this an outtake??? This is GOLD. You can see the video, here . . .)
(--"Beloved" did get smoked by "Bride of Chucky" . . . and "Practical Magic", which also opened that weekend. You can see a chart of that weekend's box office results, here.)

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

--"[Bleep] My Dad Says" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Bonnie and Vince plan to renew their vows in a second wedding. Ed Begley Jr. guests as her dad.)

--"Grey's Anatomy" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Arizona asks Mark for advice in her attempt to reconcile with Callie.) (--Callie and Arizona were a deliciously lesbian couple on the show, until Arizona went to work in Africa.)

--"Police Women of Cincinnati" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Ace of Cakes" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Food Network. (--Betty White guests when chef Duff Goldman prepares a cake for her favorite animal charity.)

--"Beyond Scared Straight" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:30 P.M. on A&E. (--Five troubled teen girls visit Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, California to speak with inmates and learn about the harsh realities of prison life.)

Taylor Swift Sets Another Record . . . with the #1 Album in a Record-Low Sales Week:

When TAYLOR SWIFT'S latest album "Speak Now" hit stores in October, it had the largest sales week of the past five years by selling more than a million copies in its first week. -Well, Taylor's back at #1 again this week . . . and the 52,000 copies she just sold has the distinction of being the LOWEST tally for a #1 album since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.

1.) "Speak Now", Taylor Swift (52,000 copies)
2.) "Pink Friday", Nicki Minaj (39,000 copies)
3.) "Doo-Wops & Hooligans", Bruno Mars (38,000 copies)

The Next Jane's Addiction Album Will Have an Updated Sound . . . with Elements of Muse and Radiohead:

JANE'S ADDICTION is recording their first album in eight years, and PERRY FARRELL says it'll have an updated sound . . . with elements of bands like MUSE and RADIOHEAD. --He explains, quote, "It's a strange mixture of that post-punk Goth darkness that Jane's had, with what's going on today with groups like Muse and Radiohead. --"As much as I want to appease fans and make old Jane's fans love me, I just can't help myself from moving forward." --Jane's is hoping to have a single out by March, and is expecting the album out sometime this summer. It's going to be called "The Great Escape". --Perry says the title could mean a lot of things . . . quote, "It's conceptual. It could be escaping to the outdoors, or the great escape could be in your mind. --"We might even be able to escape the expectations of the old Jane's fans and come out with another great record." --They plan to tour soon after its release, but they need to find a bassist first. --Former bassists ERIC AVERY, FLEA and CHRIS CHANEY are apparently out . . . and former GUNS N' ROSES / VELVET REVOLVER bassist DUFF MCKAGAN, who played with Jane's recently, quit the band over creative differences. --TV ON THE RADIO bassist DAVE SITEK is playing bass on the new album, but technically he's still a temporary replacement. Perry doesn't sound too confident that he'd tour with them.

Muse is Worried That Their Lasers May Blind Them:

MUSE recently conducted an experiment . . . and discovered that the lasers they use in their live shows may be dangerous to their eyes. --Drummer DOMINIC HOWARD explains, quote, "We got some big white balloons, threw them into the audience and decided to focus the lasers on them. It was like a slow burn that gradually disintegrated them into nothing. --"We all thought, 'What the hell will our corneas be like in 20 years?' We could end up like that amazing vocal group the Blind Boys of Alabama . . . doing it really well, but not seeing anything."
Kanye West Bought an $180,000 Watch With His Image on It:

This definitely shouldn't come as a shock to you. KANYE WEST has dropped $180,000 on a watch, which was customized to include his own likeness. -It's an 18-carat yellow gold watch . . . with over eight karats of yellow, black, brown and white diamonds, which were cut and placed to form an image of his face. (--The watch looks like this . . .) (--USHER had one of these made, too. Of course, his featured his own face . . . not Kanye's. Usher paid $250,000 for his.)


Someone hacked into SELENA GOMEZ'S Twitter and Facebook accounts and left some foul language on her pages . . . not to mention the following message . . . quote, "JUSTIN BIEBER SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

This is how you know your family is a bad influence: LINDSAY LOHAN is going to skip both of her grandmothers' birthday parties in order to concentrate on her sobriety.

Remember when SAMANTHA RONSON'S bulldog Cadillac mauled a neighbor's dog to death last year? Well, Samantha had to ship him off to relatives on the East Coast to keep authorities in West Hollywood from putting him down.

PETER FONDA was driving along Sunset Boulevard yesterday afternoon when he came upon a car along the side of the road that contained the body of a man who had committed suicide.

KEVIN JAMES and his wife Steffiana are expecting their third child.

TYLER PERRY scored a whopping 19 nominations for the NAACP Image Awards, thanks to the TV show "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and the movies "For Colored Girls" and "Why Did I Get Married Too".

"The Big Bang Theory" is going to be around for a LONG time. And that's a good thing. (--Unless you don't like the show, I guess.) CBS has just picked up THREE more seasons . . . meaning it'll continue through at least May of 2014.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND'S next gig is an Internet series of five- to seven-minute "webisodes" that will premiere on Hulu in March. It's called "The Confession" . . . and Kiefer is playing a hitman, who's trying to explain his killings to a priest.

The CW dropped "The Game" a few years ago after it only drew 1.8 million viewers. But BET picked it up, and its premiere episode drew an absolutely CRAZY 7.7 million viewers on Tuesday night.

A New Study Finds Talking On Your Cell Phone Makes You a *Safer* Driver. Wait . . . What?

Ever since everyone got cell phones, we've heard how dangerous it is to use them in cars. Every study, survey, report, statistic, analysis, number crunch, and "Oprah" episode has found that using a cell phone horribly distracts you. --UNTIL NOW. A new study from economists at the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics has found that driving while talking on your cell phone actually makes you SAFER. Seriously. --Now . . . before we get into this, obviously, it flies in the face of every other study, so please, take this for what it's worth and always be safe. On to the study . . . --The researchers gathered data on people making calls in cars, by analyzing cell phone calls that kept switching cell phone towers . . . showing that the person making the call was on the move. --Then, they compared that data to car accident data in the area. --They couldn't find any significant connection between cell phone calls and a rise in car accidents. If anything, they found that times and areas that had a lot of calls actually had a small dip in the number of crashes. This was true across all states. --So . . . how the HELL can this be true? Their best theory is that all the hype about the danger of cell phones in cars has sunk in . . . so when people are using a phone, they make sure to stay EXTRA focused and aware of the road. (Jalopnik)

The Average American Eats Out Three Times a Week . . . And a Lot of Them Are Taking Cell Phone Pictures of Their Food:

If you feel guilty for going out to eat all the time, or think other people are judging you because they actually cook and stuff . . . it's time to see if you're normal. --According to a new survey by Zagat, the average American eats out . . . 3.1 times a week. --Mostly for financial reasons . . . it's almost always cheaper to buy groceries and cook, unless you're subsisting off of the McDonald's dollar menu and Little Caesars $5 pizzas. 15% of people say they're eating out less now than six months ago. --The survey also found that 54% of people think it's RUDE and INAPPROPRIATE to text, tweet, email, or talk on a cell phone at a restaurant . . . but only 16% think it's rude to use your cell phone to take a PHOTO of your food. --68% of people said they oppose the idea of putting a tax on high-sugar drinks, and 53% said they're against the government regulating the amount of SALT in meals. --But only 9% were against laws requiring restaurants to post a letter grade that shows their most recent health inspection score. New York City and Los Angeles both have those laws. --The survey also found that Las Vegas has the highest average meal price in the U.S., at $47.53. That's up $3 from last year. New York and Miami came in second and third. The national average is $35.44. (PR Newswire)

January 17th Is the Most Depressing Day of the Year:

According to a psychologist in Wales, this Monday, January 17th, is the most DEPRESSING day of the year. --Dr. Cliff Arnall says he figured out that the third Monday of the year is the most depressing day of the year because of all kinds of bad news converging on that day . . .

--The weather sucks.

--It's been long enough since Christmas and your vacation that your good feelings from them have worn off.

--Your Christmas credit card debt becomes a reality.

--You've started struggling or you've already failed on your New Year's resolutions.

--And your next vacation feels so, so, so far away.

--The happiest day of the year, according to Arnall, is the third Friday in June. This year it'll be June 17th. (MNN)

The Economy's Getting Better, So Companies Are Letting People Take Martin Luther King Day Off Again:

--According to a new nationwide survey, about 30% of companies will give their employees a paid holiday on Monday for Martin Luther King Day. --Last year, only 28% of companies gave employees MLK Day as a paid holiday. The jump isn't huge . . . but it's still a sign that the economy's starting to get better and companies are feeling a little more generous with their days off. --Even though the number dipped a bit in the recession, companies today are WAY more generous than they used to be. And, because we love stirring the pot, less racist. --In 1986, only 14% of companies gave workers a paid holiday on MLK Day. In 1993, it was 24%. It hit 30% for the first time in 2003 and has now leveled off around there. --There's no major connection to the size of the company and whether they give their employees a day off on Martin Luther King Day. --The survey found that 32% of companies with more than 1,000 employees are giving workers the day off . . . as are 29% of small businesses. (Naperville Sun)
The Homeless Guy With The Golden Voice Is Off To Rehab:

TED WILLIAMS is compressing the entire fame cycle into the shortest time span ever. Two weeks ago he was homeless. Then he became instantly famous for his golden voice. Then he did the media tour. Then his troubled past came out. --And now, less than two weeks later, he's headed to rehab. (--All he needs to do is squeeze in a ROBERT DOWNEY JR.-style comeback and he's done.) --On Monday night, Ted and his daughter got into an argument at a hotel in Hollywood. They were detained by the police but no one was arrested. --Apparently his daughter was confronting him because he's still drinking every day, even though he's had a ton of trouble with alcoholism. And Ted has finally admitted that yes, she was right . . . he is still drinking. --So yesterday on the "Dr. Phil" show, DR. PHIL convinced Ted to go to rehab. --Dr. Phil says, quote, "If Ted is ever going to get better, he's got to be honest with himself and admit he's addicted to drugs and alcohol. I've told him it's not going to be easy . . . but this is a big step in the right direction." (People)

Three Out of Four Dog Owners Think Their Dog Is Better At Predicting the Weather Than a Meteorologist:

Knowing the way Americans feel about their dogs, I don't find this the least bit surprising. --A new survey by the Associated Press and found that 72% of dog owners . . . or about three out of four . . . believe their DOG is better at predicting the weather than a professional meteorologist. --Cat owners are a little more down-to-earth. A little. Only 66% of them think their cat can predict the weather better than a pro. --And 47% of dog owners and 41% of cat owners say they have proof of this . . . their pet warned them about a change in the weather long before they heard it from any other source. --How did they warn them? 64% tried to hide in a safe place . . . 56% whined or cried . . . 52% became hyperactive or unpredictable . . . and 36% barked or meowed nonstop. Obviously, based on the math, some pets did more than one. --Scientists have proven that animals can sometimes predict bad weather because of changes in air and barometric pressure outside . . . but there's no proof they have any sort of weather-predicting sixth sense. (Newser)

Bad News: Your Zodiac Sign May've Just Changed:

If you believe in astrology, and you've lived your life based on your Zodiac sign . . . you may have been living a LIE. --Astronomers in Minnesota took the zodiac and adapted it based on the way the Earth's axis was shifted during the Babylonian period, when it was created. That threw off all of the dates when the sun is in each zodiac constellation's "house."

--So . . . if you want to believe today's scientists, here's the way that Zodiac signs are ACTUALLY supposed to break down . . .

--Capricorn: January 20th to February 16th.

--Aquarius: February 16th to March 11th.

--Pisces: March 11th to April 18th.

--Aries: April 18th to May 13th.

--Taurus: May 13th to June 21st.

--Gemini: June 21st to July 20th.

--Cancer: July 20th to August 10th.

--Leo: August 10th to September 16th.

--Virgo: September 16th to October 30th.

--Libra: October 30th to November 23rd.

--Scorpio: November 23rd to December 17th.

--Sagittarius: December 17th to January 20th.

(Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Word of the Day: Five Dollar Save:

Five dollar save (noun) /fyve doll urr sayve/ - after telling a bad story, saving it and making it interesting by wrapping it up with the phrase "And then I found five dollars." --Example: "So yesterday I went outside and thought it was going to be raining, but it wasn't, so I just carried my umbrella all day long and never opened it. Uh . . . uh . . . and then I found five dollars!"


A Guy Selling Food Stamps Door-to-Door Was Busted When He Emptied His Pockets To Show He Didn't Have Stamps . . . And Drugs Fell Out:

Who would've guessed it . . . a guy going door-to-door illegally selling food stamps ISN'T a criminal genius? In Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a 33-year-old man, whose name wasn't released, was walking around, trying to get people to buy his food stamps. --When the cops stopped him, he said he didn't have any stamps on him . . . and to prove it, he turned out his pockets. And he wasn't lying . . . there were no food stamps in his pockets. --But there WERE drugs. So when he turned out his pockets, a small baggie with white residue fell out. The exact drug wasn't released . . . but he was arrested for misdemeanor narcotic possession. (Northwest Florida Daily News)

Two Guys Robbed a Liquor Store In Georgia . . . And Their Footprints In the Snow Led Police Right To Their Apartment:

You really can't serve up a trail for the cops better than this. In Dalton, Georgia, 19-year-olds Sebastian Love and Adrian Estrada robbed a liquor store around 4:00 A.M. The store was closed, they smashed the window, and stole a bunch of liquor. --But it had just snowed that night. So, as they walked back home to their apartment complex, they didn't realize they were leaving footprints in the snow. Footprints that went, literally, door-to-door from the liquor store to their apartment. --The cops who reported to the liquor store's alarm saw the fresh footprints, followed them, knocked on their door . . . and arrested them. They were charged with burglary and criminal damage to property. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


A man has been charged with domestic battery . . . because he trained his dog to bite his girlfriend when they argued:

A baby girl in Idaho was born at 1:11 A.M. on January 11th . . . that's 1/11/11. And her older sister was born on 9/9/09:

A court in Philly is trying to prosecute a drug-trafficker who's deaf, mute, and illiterate:

70% of the country currently is covered in snow . . . and every state in the U.S. has snow on the ground except Florida:

Want to volunteer for a trip to Mars? At least 400 people are already interested. There's only one-problem . . . it's a one-way trip:

A couple is promising to name their baby after whoever returns their missing dog?

Long distance moves are at an all time low in the U.S. . . . only 1.4% of people moved across state lines in 2010, down from 1.6% in '09:

#1.) Hillary Clinton Ate It While Boarding a Plane in Yemen:

Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON took a spill on Tuesday while boarding a plane in Yemen. She made it up the stairs fine, but caught her foot on something when she stepped through the door, and ended up on the floor. --But unlike the 2009 fall that fractured her elbow, this time she's fine. (--Search for "Hillary Clinton trips boarding plane." It happens at :10.)

#2.) All Four Members of a Band Played One Guitar . . . At the Same Time:

Here's something you've probably never seen before: The indie band LITTLE COMETS has a song called "One Night In October", and they posted a video on YouTube of all four band members playing the song on one guitar . . . at the same time. --The bassist plays the two lowest strings on the guitar, the two guitar players play the other four strings, and the drummer pounds his hands on the front. And somehow, it actually sounds pretty good.
(--Search for "Little Comets one guitar." They start playing at :18.)

Five Signs a Guy's About to Ask For Sex:

People always joke about how guys want to have sex all the time. That's not really true, but the result is that women always wait for guys to initiate things. Which kinda blows, because it's actually a MAJOR turn-on for guys when WOMEN initiate things. --Anyway . . . whether you want to satisfy your guy . . . or AVOID him . . . here's a list of five ways to tell when he's ABOUT to want some lovin' . . .

#1.) He Touches His Nose. According to a recent study, the nerves in a guy's nose are somehow linked to his manhood . . . which explains why SNEEZING feels so good.

#2.) He Hooks His Thumbs in His Belt Loops. According to Cosmo, he's subconsciously trying to get you to think about his junk. (--And he's also subconsciously looking like a redneck.)

#3.) He Starts Rubbing Your Shoulders. Cosmo says it's a subconscious signal that he wants to grab something ELSE.

#4.) His Pupils Dilate. If his pupils get bigger while he's looking at you . . . or while he's looking at a Victoria's Secret catalog . . . it's a sure sign he's aroused. --Of course, constantly monitoring the size of his pupils isn't very practical. Plus, they'll also dilate if there's even a slight change in lighting.

#5.) He Lowers His Voice. A study published in the "Journal of Nonverbal Behavior" last year showed that men naturally lower their voices when they're turned on. And it's NOT some conscious way of trying to sound manlier . . . --Because the researchers studied women too, and they ALSO lowered their voices when they were aroused. (Cosmopolitan)


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