Friday, January 14, 2011


Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend Have Broken Up:

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and RUPERT FRIEND have broken up. They dated for about five years . . . beginning when they met on the set of the 2005 flick "Pride and Prejudice" . . . (--SANS zombies.) --A so-called "source" says Keira walked a few months ago because she felt it was, quote, "time for her to move on." --Her father told one of the not-always-reliable British tabloids, quote, "She is focused on her career . . . that's the way things go, unfortunately. The only option is to get on with things." --Another source says Rupert didn't enjoy the media attention Keira got . . . and, quote, "the pressure took its toll."

Kelsey Grammer Says He's Getting Remarried in February . . . Even Though His Wife Won't Grant Him a Quickie Divorce:

KELSEY GRAMMER is trying to get a judge to grant him a quickie divorce from his wife CAMILLE, even though they haven't settled their financial issues. --Camille . . . probably wisely . . . is fighting it. She's worried she'll lose out in the settlement. --She says Kelsey's motivation is just to, quote, "remarry as soon as possible" . . . and she adds, quote, "I do not believe his is a sufficient reason to prejudice my rights to the community estate, especially given the large and complex nature of our estate." --But on "Letterman" last night, Kelsey said he plans to marry his 29-year-old fiancée, Kayte Walsh, sometime in February. --He also said that his kids with Camille . . . 9-year-old daughter Mason and 6-year-old son Jude . . . are, quote, "doing okay." He added, quote, "We've been spending quite a bit of time with them, Kayte and I." --Meanwhile . . . Camille says she met Kayte for the first time yesterday . . . and it was, quote, "a little uncomfortable at first." --But she adds, quote, "Then I met her and I shook her hand and I looked into her eyes and I thought, 'She's okay, she's nice.' It's really important for me and Kelsey to be friends and amicable for our children's sake."

Tony Parker Is Taking Refuge in Basketball Since His Split with Eva Longoria:

Poor TONY PARKER. It must be so difficult to completely wreck your marriage through actions you had total control over. He most certainly deserves our pity. --Tony tells some French newspaper that the b-ball court is his sanctuary ever since EVA LONGORIA ditched him for exchanging intimate texts with another guy's wife. --He says, quote, "The most important thing is to stay strong mentally, even if these are very difficult times. I've take refuge in basketball because that's what I've done best since my youth." --Tony says he's trying not to let his personal life interfere with the job he does for the San Antonio Spurs . . . quote, "You have to know how to keep things in perspective. --"I am, first of all, a basketball player. I've done this for so very long . . . For me, it's been essential to be successful on the court." --Parker also thanks his teammates, coaches, family . . . and even the city of San Antonio . . . for their support.

OH MY GAWD!!! Justin Bieber Was Hospitalized Yesterday . . . But He's Okay:

10 million female hearts skipped a beat yesterday, when word started spreading that JUSTIN BIEBER was in the hospital. --It wasn't an Internet hoax. It really happened. But Justin is fine now. Apparently, he had an allergic reaction on the set of "CSI", and was having trouble breathing. --A source says, quote, "His doctor met him [at the hospital]. He stayed at the hospital about 30 minutes and was discharged." --Justin's rep . . . who would not confirm or deny it was an allergic reaction . . . said, quote, "He's fine now and back on the set." --Justin is scheduled to present an award at Sunday's "Golden Globes". (--Here's a new preview for Justin's 3D flick, "Never Say Never" . . . which hits theaters on February 11th . . .)

Watch an 11-Year-Old Girl Get a Makeover from Snooki:

Would you let your daughter do this? AOL filmed SNOOKI giving an 11-year-old girl a makeover . . . so she could look, quote, "bangin'." (--Check it out . . .)

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Is Back In Rehab:

A.J. MCLEAN of the BACKSTREET BOYS has gone back to rehab. This will be his third time. (--His previous stints were in 2001 and 2002, for alcohol and cocaine abuse.) --A.J. posted the following messages on Twitter earlier this week . . . quote, "I love u all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomm!" . . . and, "See u on the other side!" --Sources say A.J. was getting out of control, and it was messing up plans for this summer's Backstreet Boys / NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK tour.

Taylor Momsen Has Apologized for Accusing Her Parents of Messing Her Up:

Somebody should tell "Gossip Girl" actress TAYLOR MOMSEN that tough, rebellious rock chicks . . . like the kind she wants to be . . . don't do sissy things like APOLOGIZING to their parents. -Back in November, Taylor told "Revolver" magazine that she's messed up now because her parents started her working in showbiz at the age of 2. --She said, quote, "No 2-year-old wants to be working, but I had no choice. My whole life, I was in and out of school. I didn't have friends. I was working constantly and I didn't have a real life." --Well, she's regretting those words now. She says, quote, "[After reading the article, my parents felt] horrible! I love my mom and dad. Maybe I didn't have the childhood people think you should have, but I still went through the ages. --"I was still a child. Maybe it wasn't a conventional one, but you know . . . I like where I am now so it's OK. I think my parents have learned by this point that none of [what they read] is probably true, and words can be put in your mouth."

Showbiz Triumph!!! John Travolta and Kelly Preston Show Off Their New Baby in This Week's "People":

JOHN TRAVOLTA and KELLY PRESTON show off their new son, Benjamin, in the latest issue of "People" magazine. --This is not a "replacement baby" because they lost their 16-year-old son Jett to a fatal seizure two years ago. John and Kelly say they had actually been trying to have another child for three years before she got pregnant almost a year ago. --Benjamin was born on November 23rd. --John says, quote, "He's brought us a new beginning. He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose." --While Benjamin was being born, their 10-year-old daughter Ella was in the waiting room with family friend KIRSTIE ALLEY. --John and Kelly said their favorite moment with Benjamin so far was his first smile.

Aretha Franklin Denies She Has Pancreatic Cancer:

ARETHA FRANKLIN denied she has pancreatic cancer in an interview yesterday with "Access Hollywood". --She said, quote, "Well, there was just so many wild things out there and just so many things being said that weren't true. Just felt I needed to address it a little. --"I don't know where 'pancreatic cancer' came from. I was sitting there reading the newspaper and it was saying someone in my family said that. No one in my family ever said that to anybody." --Aretha still won't reveal what her health scare was . . . but she said, quote, "I really just began to not feel good and I said, 'Oh, no this is it, I can't do any more concerts till I know what the problem is.' --"I went through a number of procedures before I knew what was wrong." (--It was actually a pain in her side that initially sent Aretha to her doctor for a diagnosis.)

Lawrence Taylor Will Avoid Jail on Sex Charges . . . But He'll Have to Register as a Sex Offender:

Remember back in May, when New York Giants legend LAWRENCE TAYLOR got arrested for soliciting an underage prostitute? Well, he'll have to register as a sex offender over that. But at least he's not going to jail. --Taylor pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped the more serious charges of third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a minor. --Taylor could have ended up with four years in prison. Instead, he'll get six years' probation. And he'll have to pay a $1,300 fine. --LT will be formally charged on March 22nd. (--Taylor was accused of paying a pimp $300 to have sex with an underage runaway in a motel in Montebello, New York. He claimed the girl told him he was 19.) (--The man who supplied Taylor with the girl is facing federal sex trafficking charges.)

"The Green Hornet" and "The Dilemma" Hit Theaters Today:

#1.) "The Green Hornet" (PG-13)

Seth Rogen plays a millionaire playboy who becomes a masked crimefighter after his father is murdered. Jay Chou plays his sidekick Kato, Cameron Diaz is his secretary and the bad guy is played by Christoph Waltz . . . who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the head Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds". --It's based on the 1960s TV series that only ran for one season . . . but launched the career of Bruce Lee and inspired millions of kids to learn kung fu. (--Check out a fight scene from the show here . . .
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#2.) "The Dilemma" (PG-13)

A comedy starring Vince Vaughn as a guy struggling with how to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Kevin James plays his friend, Winona Ryder is the adulterous wife, and Channing Tatum is the guy she's nailing. Jennifer Connelly and Queen Latifah are also in it. --A few months back, there was some controversy about Vince Vaughn's character saying, "Electric cars are gay." That line was quickly removed from the trailer, but director Ron Howard refused to take it out of the film itself.
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Adam Sandler Will Play Andy Samberg's Dad:

ADAM SANDLER is going to play ANDY SAMBERG'S dad in a movie . . . even though he's only 12 years older in real life. (--Adam is 44 . . . Andy is 32.) --The movie is called "I Hate You Dad". Samberg will play a guy who's getting married . . . and Sandler will play the dad who moves in on the eve of the wedding and starts feuding with the bride-to-be.

Seth Rogen's Character in "The Green Hornet" Was Based on a "Male Paris Hilton":

In "The Green Hornet", SETH ROGEN'S character is a spoiled, hard-partying trust-fund baby before he becomes a superhero. And Seth based the character on PARIS HILTON. --He says, quote, "We kind of based him off a male Paris Hilton, as embarrassing as that is to say." --Director Michel Gondry says that in crafting the character, they looked to the offspring of people who have, quote, "accomplished great things" . . . but who themselves are known mainly for their misadventures. --And Rogen adds, quote, "We probably give them a little more credit than they've gotten in the past and we explore why they're such jerks and why they act out. Maybe it's because they didn't get the attention they wanted."

The Parents Television Council Says MTV's New Show May Be "The Most Dangerous Show for Children That We Have Ever Seen":

MTV is launching a new show on Monday called "Skins". It's not a reality show . . . it's a remake of a successful British series about a bunch of teenagers during the last two years of high school. --And just like the UK version, the kids in the MTV remake will explore dysfunctional families, mental illness, eating disorders, sexual orientation, substance abuse, and death. --Or as MTV puts it, quote, "an emotional mosh-pit that slams through the insanity of teenage years. They'll crush hearts and burn brain cells." (--So, sort of like "Jersey Shore", only more intelligent.) --Naturally, the Parents Television Council is all over it. Especially MTV's online campaign . . . an interactive map where users, quote, "Post the truth about the biggest parties, heartbreak, friends, sex, and every kind of trouble." --Based on what they've seen, PTC president Tim Winter says, quote, "Skins may well be the most dangerous show for children that we have ever seen." Which pretty much just guaranteed that your kids are going to check it out. --Based on the trailers, it DOES look ridiculously over-sexed, like a teen soap opera, with amateur acting and bad lighting. In other words, your kids are gonna love it. (--You can check out the trailers here . . .)
(--WARNING! They include uncensored F-bombs and the B-word . . .)
"Charlie's Angels" Is Getting Rebooted By ABC:

"Charlie's Angels" already got remade into a movie by CAMERON DIAZ and DREW BARRYMORE. And now, ABC has decided to see if it can squeeze a little more blood out of that stone. --ABC has ordered a new "Charlie's Angels" pilot. It will be set in modern-day Miami . . . but will still feature the same formula with three sexy crime fighting females. --Drew Barrymore is one of the executive producers. None of the Angels have been cast yet.

One Of the "Glee" Executive Producers Has Signed On To Produce That Reality Competition About "Glee" Casting Sessions:

Back in November, we heard that there was going to be a reality show about the casting sessions for "Glee". The show is called the "Glee Project" and it will air on Oxygen in June. --Well, RYAN MURPHY is one of the three guys who runs "Glee" . . . and, apparently, if there's anything "Glee"-related happening, he wants to make sure he's involved in it. Murphy just signed on to executive produce "The Glee Project". --It will be the same old talent competition reality show formula . . . with the winner getting a seven-episode arc on the next season of "Glee".

Paris Hilton Gets Another Reality Show . . . This Time On the Oxygen Network:

Ya know, I was just thinking "I sure do miss PARIS HILTON on my TV, someone ought to give that girl another show." So thank you, Oxygen Network, for stepping up and filling the void. -Yesterday, Oxygen announced that it's going to debut its new series, "The World According To Paris", in the spring. --Oxygen says it will focus on the highs of Paris's life, like turning 30 and having relationships . . . and the lows, like having to do community service as a result of her drug possession charge. --Oxygen didn't give a specific airdate.

More Than 30 Million People Tuned In To See President Obama's Address On Wednesday:

PRESIDENT OBAMA spoke at the memorial service in Arizona on Wednesday . . . and people really wanted to see what he had to say. According to Nielsen, 30.8 million people tuned in to hear Obama's remarks from 8:45 to 9:15 P.M. Eastern. --The speech aired live on seven networks, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, FOX News, and MSNBC. The 30.8 million includes all of their audiences combined.

(--Check your local listing for times in your area.)


--"Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Katherine Jackson guests.)

--"The Ricky Gervais Show" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on HBO.

--"16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on VH1. (--Kristin Chenoweth is this year's host. You'll find all the nominees here.)

--"Primetime: What Would You Do?" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Scenarios include underage teens drinking in public, teens dining and dashing on their bill and EMT's who ignore a collapsed woman because they are on break.)

--"Flying Wild Alaska" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--A reality show about a family-run airline transporting supplies to remote areas of Alaska.)

--"Comedy Central Presents: Best of 2011" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--A sneak peak at performances by comedians Al Jackson, Michael Kosta, Mike Vecchione and Louis Katz for the upcoming season.)

--"Funny or Die Presents" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . Midnight to 12:30 A.M. on HBO.


--"AFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Eastern on CBS. (--The Baltimore Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.)

--"NFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The Green Bay Packers battle the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.)

--"American Idol: Welcome Home Special" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox. (--The past 9 Season winners share what their lives were like before the show along with their family and friends.)

--"DSW Presents the 2011 Miss America Pageant" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Joy Behar, Marc Cherry, Marilu Henner, Mark Wills and Tony Dovolani are the judges . . . and Brooke Burke hosts with "The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison.)

--"Behemoth" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--"Eureka's" Ed Quinn . . . who played Nathan Stark on the show . . . stars as a scientist investigating volcanic activity only to discover an enormous monster capable of destroying mankind.)

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Gwyneth Paltrow guest hosts and Cee Lo Green is the musical guest.)


--"NFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The Seattle Seahawks take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago.)

--"AFC Divisional Playoffs" . . . 4:30 to 7:30 P.M. Eastern on CBS. (--The New York Jets battle the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.)

--"Biography" . . . 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. on A&E. (--Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith.)

--"The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards" . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Ricky Gervais returns as host and Robert De Niro receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award. You'll find the nominees here:

--"The Simpsons" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Fox. (--Alyson Hannigan guest stars when Smithers gives Moe's bar a makeover and it becomes a gay bar.)

--"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Chef Paula Deen and snowboarder Shaun White volunteer to build a new home for a family whose son made a miraculous recovery from a life-threatening illness.)

--"Desperate Housewives" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Larry Hagman begins a two episode guest stint as the boyfriend of Lynette's alcoholic mother.)

--"Big Love" [5th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on HBO.

--"The Cleveland Show" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--"Glee" co-stars Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Matthew Morrison guest when Cleveland and Donna fight over who's the better parent for Roberta.)

--"Brothers & Sisters" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Prodigal son Tommy . . . played by Balthazar Getty . . . returns home for a visit, along with his new girlfriend.)

--"I Survived… Beyond & Back" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Biography.

--"Denis Leary and Friends Present Douchebags and Donuts" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central. (--Denis Leary along with fellow comedians Lenny Clarke, Adam Ferrara and comedienne Whitney Cummings perform.)

--"Oprah Presents Master Class" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Maya Angelou is the guest.)
The Dire Straits Song "Money For Nothing" Is Too Offensive For Radio In Canada:

According to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council . . . or CBSC . . . the "Dire Straits" song "Money For Nothing" is too offensive for broadcast on Canadian radio. --If you know the song, then you probably know why: In the third verse, MARK KNOPFLER drops three F-bombs . . . meaning the gay slur that starts with the letter 'f', and rhymes with the last name of the one-and-only Bob SAGET. --Sticking with the Bob Saget theme, it goes like this: "The little [Saget] with the earring and the makeup. Yeah buddy, that's his own hair. That little [Saget] got his own jet airplane. That little [Saget] he's a millionaire." --Obviously, the lyrics are from the viewpoint of a homophobic blue-collar delivery dude who thinks rock stars are ridiculous . . . but that they clearly have a better gig. So it's a dig at how guys diss rock stars for being wussies . . . when they're really just jealous. --But that was 26 years ago. Now, the CBSC, says, quote, "The societal values at issue a quarter-century later have shifted and the broadcast of the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather than those of 1985." --It started last year, when a listener complained that the word was offensive to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. And now the CBSC has agreed. --So they've ordered Canadian radio stations to use an edited version of the song. (--Hopefully with the word Saget.)

"Spinner" Magazine Names the 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs In Rock . . . And Keith Richards Beats Out Jimi Hendrix For Number One:

"Spinner" magazine just released a list of the Top 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in rock history . . . and JIMI HENDRIX did NOT get his usual spot at number one for "Voodoo Child". Nope. He lost out to the Stones. --The KEITH RICHARDS riff from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" took the top spot on the list. "Spinner" calls it, quote, "The most iconic three chords in rock 'n' roll history." Here's the Top 10 . . .

1.) "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", The Rolling Stones

2.) "Voodoo Child", Jimi Hendrix

3.) "Iron Man", Black Sabbath

4.) "Heartbreaker", Led Zeppelin

5.) "Johnny B. Goode", Chuck Berry

6.) "You Really Got Me", The Kinks

7.) "Sweet Child o' Mine", Guns N' Roses

8.) "Back In Black", AC/DC

9.) "Money For Nothing", Dire Straits

10.) "Enter Sandman", Metallica
(--Check out the complete list of 50 here . . .)

Is This a Lost Recording of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis?

There's a guy in Nashville named Rod Lambert, and he says a tape he bought ten years ago at a yard sale features an informal, lost recording of ELVIS and JERRY LEE LEWIS. --Rod says he only realized what was on the tape two years ago, and had some forensic audio experts make sure it was legit. But the company in charge of Elvis' catalog says while it's definitely Jerry . . . it's not Elvis. --And judging from the excerpt out there so far . . . it's hard to tell if it's them. Especially the part that's supposed to be Elvis, it doesn't really sound like him. According to Rod, it's 1960, they're at Jerry's house, and Elvis is just back from the army. --It's 30 minutes long, and basically Jerry expresses his admiration for Elvis, they sing, they jam, and they talk. Supposedly Elvis doesn't say much, but the conversation covers psychiatrists, drugs, women, sex . . . and Dick Clark. --At one point Jerry says, quote, "If you don't like Jerry's peaches, then get your (effin') ass away from my tree." (--Which may not make sense, or may be a reference to oral pleasures. Either way, it's awesome.)

(--You can check out the excerpt and Rod's description at his website . . .)

Eminem, Cee Lo, and Katy Perry Will Perform at the Grammys:

The performers for the 2011 Grammy Awards were announced yesterday . . . and the list includes Eminem, Cee Lo, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, and Katy Perry. --Eminem got top billing, since he leads everyone else with 10 nominations, including Album of the Year, Record and Song of the Year, and Best Rap Album. --Cee Lo's a little bit more of a surprise, since he has four nominations for a song with the F-WORD in the title: "(Eff) You" is up for four awards, and was nominated under its original title, even though there's a radio-friendly version called "Forget You". --Britney Spears was NOT on the list . . . there was speculation this week that she might be performing, which her representatives denied. Looks like they were right. --Eminem performed last year with Drake and Lil Wayne, and Lady Gaga opened last year's show with Elton John. Cee Lo and Katy Perry have performed in other years too, but this'll be the first time for Arcade Fire and Miranda Lambert. --More performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks to try and drum up interest in the show, since these names were all pretty much expected. --The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards live telecast goes down Sunday, February 13th.


TOM HANKS' son Chester . . . a.k.a. CHET HAZE . . . is indeed serious about a hip-hop career.

JOHN KRASINSKI . . . a.k.a. Jim from "The Office" . . . might not be too happy that someone posted his old prom picture on the Web. He looks a little dorky.

Former Betty Ford worker DAWN HOLLAND is JACKED that prosecutors showed up at her house yesterday to get a statement about the LINDSAY LOHAN case. She still doesn't want to cooperate.

"Ad Age" magazine says that celebrity endorsements are, quote, "largely ineffective and fail to yield the benefits popular wisdom promises."

SELMA BLAIR from the "Hellboy" movies is pregnant.,,20457771,00.html

Here's some Friday morning irony for you: Actor JOHN DYE passed away of a heart attack Monday. He was only 47. Yeah, his last name is Dye . . . AND he's best known for playing the Angel of Death on "Touched by an Angel".

Check out this HILARIOUS video of DEREK and JULIANNE HOUGH and MARK BALLAS from "Dancing with the Stars" trying to make it as a pop trio on British TV 10 years ago.

The not-always-reliable British tabloids say that BONO is sitting on about $768 million worth of Facebook stock.

Legendary singer ETTA JAMES is battling dementia and leukemia . . . and her husband of 41 years is fighting for control of her money, because she gave power of attorney to her two sons.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA will be performing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl on Sunday, February 6th. Although the NFL hasn't officially confirmed it yet.

KELLY CLARKSON Facebooked with a fan about when her new album is coming out. She said, quote, "Supposedly March but who the heck knows . . . Just know that I am trying to get it to y'all asap!"

If you thought "[Bleep] My Dad Says" was a risqué sitcom title . . . ABC is planning pick up a new show called "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23".

Another one of Hef's former hos . . . KENDRA WILKINSON . . . is rumored to be part of the next "Dancing with the Stars" cast. The new season begins in March.

GREEN DAY will release its new live CD / DVD combo on March 22nd. It's entitled "Awesome As (Eff)", with music from their 2009-2010 21st Century Breakdown tour, and DVD footage shot last January in Japan.

Three Out of Ten Americans Lie To Their Spouses About Money:

I don't want to freak you out . . . but there's about a one in three chance your husband or wife lies to you about money. --According to a new Harris poll, 31% of married Americans say that they lie to their husband or wife about money. --All of the people surveyed have combined finances, so the lies they tell are about hiding cash . . . keeping a secret, separate bank account . . . running up debt . . . making secret purchases . . . or not revealing how much they really make. --Hiding cash is the most common lie . . . of the people who lie, 58% said it's about hidden cash. --There was no difference between men and women . . . both genders lie the same amount. --About one-third of the people surveyed also said that they know they've been lied to about money. --Of those couples, 67% said it led to an argument and 42% said it permanently affected the trust in the relationship. AND . . . 16% of those said that the lie led to a divorce and 11% said it led to a separation. (Yahoo News)

63% of People Say That When Their Alarm Goes Off In the Morning, They're Ready To Wake Up and Jump Out Of Bed:

Who are you people? You people who hear your alarm clock and don't reach over, start pounding the snooze button, and trying to do half-awake math of exactly how long you can get away with sleeping? --Apparently, there are more of you than there are of us. And that's frightening. A new survey by Phillips Consumer Lifestyle found that 63% of Americans say that when their alarm goes off, they're ready to wake up and get out of bed. --Only 37% of us don't feel like we're ready to get up when the alarm goes off. --BUT . . . even if people wake up to their alarm clocks, they're not totally awake. 56% of people say they don't consistently get a good night's sleep.
--And about 25%, or one out of four, admit they've taken naps at work. --85% said they think they'd be more productive at work if they slept more. (AOL Jobs)

The Best Way To Get a Nice, Healthy Tan Is . . . Eating Vegetables?

Want to get a nice tan right now, in the dead of winter, without going on a vacation you can't really afford . . . AND without channeling your inner New Jerseyan and going to a tanning salon? --Start pounding down some broccoli. --Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham, in England, just finished a study that found eating more fruits and vegetables actually has a positive impact on your skin tone. --Quote, "Eating five more portions [of fruits and vegetables] ups your carotenoid levels, which gives your skin golden tones." --Carotenoids are antioxidants that help prevent damage to your skin, and bring out more color. --Stephen says, quote, "The more red and yellow tones found in the skin, the more attractive the people were found to be." --And in his study, the people who ate five extra servings of fruits and vegetables were voted the most attractive. (BBC)

Check Out the Top 10 Snowiest Cities In the U.S.:

Right now, the answer to "What's America's snowiest city?" is ALL OF THEM." But, historically, some cities get it worse than others. So this seems like as good a time as ever to talk about them. compiled this list based on historical records, which vary from city to city but go back anywhere from 50 to 150 years. These are the top 10 major metropolitan areas that average the most snow year in and year out.

#1.) Denver, Colorado, an average of 60.3 inches of snow every year.

#2.) Cleveland, Ohio, 59.3 inches

#3.) Salt Lake City, Utah, 58.5 inches

#4.) Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, 49.9 inches

#5.) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 47.3 inches

#6.) Boston, Massachusetts, 43.2 inches

#7.) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 43 inches

#8.) Detroit, Michigan, 41.1 inches

#9.) Chicago, Illinois, 38.8 inches

#10.) New York, New York, 28.9 inches

A Three-Year-Old Boy Calls the Police To Report That His Babysitter Is Drunk:

When I was three, I didn't know how to use the phone . . . didn't know what 911 was . . . and didn't realize that when people drink a funny-smelling liquid and start stumbling around, they're hammered drunk. --A three-year-old in Aberfeldy, England, is clearly more "with it" than I was. --The boy was home alone with a babysitter, a 39-year-old woman named Jacqueline Robertson. And she . . . was DRUNK. She drank an entire bottle of wine on the job, and was chugging down a second one. --So the three-year-old got on the phone . . . and called 911. (--Technically, in England, it's 999, not 911, but we like to Americanize things.) --He told the dispatcher that he was worried that his babysitter was drunk. When the cops got there, she proved it . . . by throwing a wine glass at one of them and just missing the officer's head. --She was arrested for assault and neglect. (STV)

You're More Likely To Conceive a Child Through In-Vitro If There's a Clown Dancing Around the Doctor's Office?

Remember that movie "Patch Adams", where Robin Williams played a doctor who helped his patients by wearing a red clown nose and making them LAUGH during treatment? --A team of doctors in Israel just finished a study of women who were getting in-vitro fertilization treatments. And they found the odds of conceiving a child through IVF were BETTER when there was a clown gallivanting around the doctor's office. --In the study, half of the women received just straight-up treatment . . . embryos were transferred to their wombs, with nothing out of the ordinary. --But the other half were entertained by a, quote, "medical clown" . . . whatever the hell that is . . . while they waited to have their treatment. --The result: 36% of the women who were entertained by the clown became pregnant, versus 20% of the women who weren't. The clown almost DOUBLED the odds of success. --Shevach Friedler led the study, and he thinks the clown worked because he helped cut the stress . . . which helped the women relax . . . and made their bodies more receptive to the embryos. --Quote, "Patients suffering from infertility, undergoing IVF, are incredibly stressed. So I thought this intervention could be beneficial for them at the crucial moments after embryo transfer." (Reuters)

A Bouncer Survives a Stabbing When the Knife Hits His Wallet . . . Filled With 20 Credit Cards:

If you're one of those people who just can't say no to every new credit card offer you see . . . listen up. --Those credit cards might actually SAVE YOUR LIFE. --In Witten, Germany, a 31-year-old bouncer survived a STABBING because of his massive collection of credit cards. On Sunday, he threw a drunk guy out of the bar . . . and the guy responded by STABBING him in the chest FOUR TIMES. --Only the knife didn't go into his chest. The bouncer had his wallet, stuffed with 20 cards, in his breast pocket, and the knife kept hitting that. Of the 20 cards, there were some video store ones in there . . . but most were credit and debit cards. --A police officer on the scene said, quote, "The cards acted as a protective vest. Everyone at the police station checked their wallets and no one had 20 cards." (National Ledger)

Word of the Day: Southbest:

Southbest (adjective) /sowth besst/ - When flying on Southwest Airlines, this describes the joy you feel when no one chooses to sit in the middle seat next to you. --Example: My trip to Vegas got off to an amazing start. I had an "A" boarding pass for my Southwest flight . . . I picked a seat . . . and as the plane filled up, people took all the middle seats except the one next to me. It was the Southbest.
A One-Armed Man Robs a Motel Clerk . . . By Pretending His Missing Arm Was a New Injury:

If you've got one arm and you're devoted to a life of crime . . . might as well look at your missing arm as an asset, I guess. --Around 5:00 A.M. yesterday morning, a one-armed man showed up at the Dollar Inn Motel in Indianapolis, Indiana. He pretended he was badly hurt . . . that his missing arm was a FRESH injury . . . and asked the clerk for help. --The clerk was 24-year-old Adrian Phillips and she thought the guy had just lost his arm, so she opened up the front desk's protective, bulletproof glass window to help him. --Once it was open, the one-armed man pulled out a gun and pointed it at her. --She gave him $200 and he ran off. --The police are still looking for him. (Indianapolis Star)


A Woman Steals a Mink Fur Coat . . . By Stuffing It In Her Plus-Sized Underwear:

--46-year-old Stephanie Moreland of Bloomington, Minnesota, is a CANDY-COATED lady. The police say she tips the scales around 270. --And she was just arrested for stealing a $6,500 short mink fur coat . . . by stuffing it down her pants and into her plus-sized underwear. --Stephanie went to the Alaskan Fur Company in Bloomington and tried on the mink coat. When the store employees turned away, she shoved it down her pants and into her underwear. --Mark Stehlik is the police commander of Bloomington and he says, quote, "She had modified her underwear. She cut the rear out so that, from the back, it appeared she was not wearing underwear, and then stuffed it down the front." --She left the store, and they took down her plate and called the police. Three days later, the police went to her house. She admitted to stealing the coat but said she'd already sold it. The officer told her she was going to be taken to jail. --And that's when she lifted up her dress . . . and pulled out the mink coat. That's right: When the cops came, she shoved the dress BACK in her safe hiding place. --She was arrested for theft. There's no word on when the Alaskan Fur Company will get their coat back . . . or how they're going to clean it. (CBS 4 - Minneapolis)

Police Are Called To a Bar In Illinois After a Man Angrily Rips a Photo of A.C. Slater from "Saved By the Bell" Off the Wall:

Apparently, there IS someone in the world who doesn't love "Saved By the Bell". I'm just as shocked as you are. --In Homer Glen, Illinois, there's a BRILLIANT place called Mullets Sports Bar & Restaurant. On their walls, they have photos of some of the most famous mullets of all time. --One of the photos features MARIO LOPEZ, from back when he was playing A.C. Slater on "Saved By the Bell". --During those early '90s years, he had a full-on curly mullet. It matched well with his acid-washed Z. Cavaricci jeans with two rows of belt loops. And Mullets Sports Bar was paying him a tribute by putting that photo . . . above a urinal. --But last week, that didn't sit right with a drunken customer, whose name wasn't released. He RIPPED the photo of Slater off the bathroom wall, and SMASHED the frame on the floor. --The bar owner called the police. Rather than arresting the man, they just had him pay $11 for the broken frame. When they asked him why he'd torn down the photo, he responded, quote, "I just don't like Slater." (Chicago Tribune)


The Jets and Patriots have been trash talking a lot about their game this weekend. Pats receiver Wes Welker took it to a GREAT place . . . taking a shot at Jets coach Rex Ryan's foot fetish by mentioning feet 11 times in a press conference.

It was too snowy for city of New Haven, Connecticut to take an elderly man to dialysis . . . so a local news team gave him a lift.

A man was arrested for defecating on church property . . . and when a cop asked him how much he'd had to drink he said, "Enough, cracker."

House members get a three-step tip sheet on how to deal with gunmen. One: Run. Two: Hide. Three: If all else fails, attack.


#1.) An IBM Supercomputer Is Going to Be a Contestant on "Jeopardy":

For years, IBM has apparently been working on a supercomputer named "Watson" that's specifically programmed to be good at the game show "Jeopardy". And now he's finally ready to compete. --At a taping today, Watson is taking on the show's two biggest champions: KEN JENNINGS, who holds the record for most-consecutive wins with 74. And BRAD RUTTER, who holds the record for most total winnings. --The three episodes featuring Watson don't air until the middle of February. But yesterday they did a practice run without Alex Trebek . . . and the supercomputer won. You can check out the video on YouTube. --In case you're curious, Watson has 15 terabytes of RAM, and can access the equivalent of 200 million pages of text. (--Search for "IBM Watson trial run Jeopardy." Watson answers the first question at :55.)

#2.) A Female Contestant on "Minute to Win It" Had to Do a Sexually Suggestive Task With Soda Bottles:

A female contestant on a recent episode of the show "Minute to Win It" had to complete a task that was a little more sexually suggestive than most tasks on the show. --It's kind of hard to explain, but it involved four two-liter soda bottles filled with gumballs . . . and the woman who did it must own a Shake Weight. (--Search for "Minute to Win It one handy chick.")

#3.) Mama From "Mama's Family" Made Fun of the Homeless Guy, Ted Williams:

VICKI LAWRENCE played Mama on "Mama's Family" in the '80s, and now she's reprising her role to make fun of Ted Williams, the homeless guy with a great voice. --There's a new video online of Vicki dressed as Mama standing on a street corner. And she's holding a cardboard sign that says she has the God-given ability to make people laugh. (--Search for "Vicki Lawrence calls out Ted Williams.")
(--WARNING: This video includes the words "ass", "bastards", and "hell".)

#4.) An 8-Year-Old Girl Had Technical Difficulties While Performing the National Anthem . . . So the Entire Crowd Started Singing With Her:

An 8-year-old girl named Elizabeth Hughes made her singing debut last Friday when she performed the National Anthem at a minor league hockey game in Norfolk, Virginia. --But with 30 seconds left to go in the song, her microphone cut out, and she looked like she might stop. She didn't though . . . because everyone in the arena started singing with her.
(--Search for "Elizabeth Hughes National Anthem." The mic cuts out at 1:27.)

#5.) A Homeless Guy on the New York City Subway Was Woken Up . . . When a Rat Ran Across His Chest:

A new video is getting a ton of views on YouTube. It's of a rat running around on a New York City subway train. Then a homeless guy who's sleeping on one of the benches wakes up . . . because the rat runs up his leg and across his chest.
(--Search for "rat wakes up homeless man.")
(--WARNING: This video includes the S-word.)
Five Reasons Watching Football at a Bar is Better Than Being at the Game:

The second round of the NFL playoffs is this weekend, and if you're like most people . . . you don't have tickets. But that's okay, because you should actually feel LUCKY you're not going to the game. -Here are five reasons watching football at a bar is better than being at the game . . .

#1.) The Cost. Obviously, it's the main advantage of not going, because the tickets alone cost more than you can possibly spend at the bar, even if you drink all day.

#2.) The View. Watching from the 50-yard-line would definitely be fun. But how many times have you ACTUALLY had seats on the 50-yard-line? --Because unless you really spend a lot, you end up with seats that are either fifty rows back, or in the corner of the end zone.

#3.) The Selection of Alcohol. Most stadiums have two or three different beers to choose from, but any half-decent sports bar has five times that. And unlike the concession stands at the stadium, a bar WILL serve alcohol during the fourth quarter.

#4.) The Socializing. Watching football at a bar is much more of a group activity.
At the game, you can basically talk to the two people sitting next to you, and that's it.

#5.) The Weather. The Falcons and Packers play in the Georgia Dome, but aside from that: the Ravens play the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Seahawks play the Bears in Chicago, and the Jets play the Patriots in Foxborough. --And the temperature in all three cities is supposed to be below freezing. So be thankful this weekend when you're sitting on a warm bar stool. (

Three Post-Breakup Strategies . . . Which One Works Best for You?

Breaking up with someone sucks, but deciding what to do AFTER you break up can be even harder. Here are three common post-breakup scenarios, and why each one either works . . . or not.

#1.) The Clean Break. The idea behind this strategy is "out of sight, out of mind." You have to completely cut off communication. It sounds brutal, but it makes it WAY easier to move on. --With a clean break, you'll be more likely to get your friends and family to help you stay busy, instead of holding out hope that you might get back together with your ex.

#2.) Staying Friends. In theory, staying friends is a nice idea, but most people do it when they still have feelings for the other person. --Generally, the person doing the dumping likes the idea of staying friends because it helps them feel less guilty . . . and the person who got dumped keeps hanging on to the hope that you'll reconcile. So someone is bound to get hurt. --Instead of rushing right into the friend zone, take a temporary no-contact break, then rebuild the friendship once you're both comfortable with the relationship's new status.

#3.) Exes with Benefits. One ex's no-strings-attached sex is usually the other one's "proof" that there are still feelings there. No matter what, there will still be some lingering feelings after the breakup, and it's difficult to separate those feelings from sex. --Eventually, one person is going to want to move on, and then you're going to have to go through ANOTHER breakup. Is it even worth it? Probably not. You're better off just finding someone new to rub genitals with. (


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