Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Here's Video of Miley Cyrus Cuddling Up with Josh Bowman:

It's going to be pretty hard for MILEY CYRUS to deny that she's dating actor JOSH BOWMAN now that VIDEO has surfaced of them cuddling up at some park over the weekend. (--Check it out here.) --Miley and Josh co-star in the upcoming movie "So Undercover". Before Miley, Josh was giving his business to AMY WINEHOUSE.

Kelsey and Camille Grammer Have Reached a Deal that Should Allow Kelsey to Get Remarried This Month:

KELSEY and CAMILLE GRAMMER have reached an agreement that should allow for a quickie divorce. That means Kelsey will probably get to go ahead with his plan to marry girlfriend Kayte Walsh later this month. --Kelsey and Camille should be officially divorced by Thursday. --Camille was initially worried about signing divorce papers before any financial terms were worked out. Since they didn't have a prenup, that was probably a smart move. --But she gave in after Kelsey posted a $2 million bond to ensure her stake in his pension . . . which was one of the things she was most worried about losing.

Is Shia LaBeouf An Ongoing Problem at Mad Bull's Tavern?

SHIA LABEOUF'S tussle at Mad Bull's Tavern in Sherman Oaks, California over the weekend may not have been an isolated incident.
-We already heard one regular say that Shia and his friend act like DRUNKEN A-HOLES. And now another source is seconding that assessment. --This one says, quote, "Every time Shia comes to the bar, he's a problem and it's starting to get old."
-In fact, just a few weeks ago, Shia instigated a shoving match involving almost 15 people. Luckily, staff was able to break it up before it escalated. --But Richard Disisto . . . the owner of Mad Bull's . . . continues to downplay the whole thing. He says, quote, "The boys were out drinking, boys had too much to drink, one guy comments to the other and the next thing you know someone gets punched. --"Whattya gonna do? It happens." (--Here's video of Shia completely ignoring a photographer's questions about the fight.)

Miley Cyrus Vowed to Never Smoke in Her 2009 Autobiography:

Now that we know MILEY CYRUS is a smoker, it makes the following passage from her 2009 autobiography, "Miles to Go", more interesting . . . --"I guess my idea of a good party is someone getting their face smashed in cake, not getting smashed. I don't drink and I would never smoke. --"I always say that for me, smoking would be like smashing my guitar and expecting it to play. I'd never do that to my voice, not to mention the rest of my body."

Someone Is Stalking Mark Zuckerberg . . . On Facebook:

Justice doesn't get any more poetic than this: Facebook founder MARK ZUCKERBERG had to get a restraining order against a guy who was stalking him . . . ON FACEBOOK. --It goes a little further than that, though. 31-year-old Pradeep Manukonda has also tried to get to Zuckerberg at his own home . . . and at Facebook offices. --Apparently, Manukonda has been asking Mark for money for his cash-strapped family. And Mark says he has used language that threatens his personal safety, as well as the safety of his girlfriend and his sister --One of his Facebook messages to Zuckerberg said, quote, "Please help me, then I am ready to die for you. Please understand my pain."


Kacey Jordan Is Going to Star In a "Re-Creation" Of Her Time with Charlie Sheen:

What kind of world do we live in when $30,000 doesn't even buy you the slightest bit of loyalty? --KACEY JORDAN . . . the HOOKER who pocketed 30-large for an underwhelming sexual encounter with CHARLIE SHEEN during his 36-hour bender . . . has been flapping her lips to anybody who'll put a microphone in front of her face. --And now she's taking it a step further. Some porno studio is paying her, quote, "tens of thousands of dollars" to star in a Triple-X re-creation of her time with Charlie. --Apparently, the studio wanted to get all the girls who partied with Charlie to do it, but Kacey is the only one who agreed. There's no word who'll play Charlie. (--Meanwhile . . . Charlie had another party on Super Bowl Sunday . . . but it wasn't as elaborate as the ones he usually throws. (--In the very theater where Charlie used to love watching and critiquing porno with mattress actresses, Charlie watched the Super Bowl while drinking . . . GATORADE.)

Dr. Conrad Murray's Trial Will Be Televised:

Let the media circus begin: News cameras WILL be allowed in the courtroom when DR. CONRAD MURRAY goes on trial for allegedly causing the death of MICHAEL JACKSON. --Cameras will NOT be allowed during jury selection . . . which begins in late March. But they'll be turned on when opening statements begin during the first week of April.

Janet Jackson Says Her Brothers Used to Tease Her About Her Weight:

JANET JACKSON has been struggling with her weight her entire life. But when she was a kid, it was particularly tough to deal with. And her older brothers didn't help much. --All of them . . . even MICHAEL . . . would call her names like horse, pig, cow and SLAUGHTER-HOG. --In an interview coming up on the "Today" show, she says, quote, "I would literally bang my head up against the wall because I didn't feel attractive . . . There was a lot of pain in my life. But I did. I felt very unattractive." --She has a much better handle on things now, though . . . quote, "I still have issues with it. I don't bang my head up against the wall, but I still have those moments. --"And I think it'll probably continue but at least I know how to deal with it now. And I'm in a much better space." --Janet's emotional stability wasn't helped by her father . . . who wouldn't even let her call him "Dad". --She says, quote, "He said, 'I'm Joseph to you. You do not call me dad.' That affects you as a kid." --Still, she said, quote, "I know my father loves me. He just has a very, very different way of showing it." (--The interview airs on Friday's edition of "Today" . . . and on Sunday night's episode of "Dateline NBC".)

The 50 Most Beautiful Women In Film:

The "Los Angeles Times Magazine" has put together a list of the 50 Most Beautiful Women in Film. Their criteria was . . . whatever they wanted it to be. They basically just made it up. Here's the Top 10 . . .

#1.) Isabelle Adjani . . . (--She's French. There's probably not much you would have seen her in. Except maybe Roman Polanski's "The Tenant" way back in 1976. But she's still working.)

#2.) Brigitte Bardot . . . (--One of the biggest sex symbols of the '50s and '60s. She hasn't acted in almost 40 YEARS, though. These days she's a pretty militant animal rights activist.)

#3.) Kim Basinger

#4.) Monica Bellucci

#5.) Halle Berry

#6.) Louise Brooks . . . (--An old-school actress from the '20s and '30s.)

#7.) Claudia Cardinale . . . (--An Italian minx. She was in Federico Fellini's "Eight and a Half" and the original "Pink Panther" in 1963, and the classic western "Once Upon a Time in the West" in 1968.)

#8.) Julie Christie . . . (--She was Lara in "Dr. Zhivago" in 1965. More recently, she was Madame Rosmerta in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban".)

#9.) Jennifer Connelly

#10.) Joan Crawford

(--Despite being AskMen.com's Most Desirable Woman in the World, "Gossip Girl" minx Blake Lively only came in at #30 with the "L.A. Times Magazine".) (--You can see the whole list here. Just use that funky number pad to the right to jump around.)

The Super Bowl Has Once Again Set an All-Time Ratings Record:

Sunday's Super Bowl . . . in which the Green Bay Packers barely held off the Pittsburgh Steelers, by a score of 31-to-25 . . . was the most-watched TV program OF ALL TIME --According to the early numbers, an estimated 111 million people watched the game. That eclipsed last year's Super Bowl, which attracted 106.5 million people, by almost 5 million viewers. (--The Saints beat the Colts in that one, 31-17.) --This is the second straight year that the Super Bowl has set a new all-time ratings mark. Before last year's game, "M*A*S*H" held the record for 27 years. 106 million people tuned in for the "M*A*S*H" season finale in 1983. --Sunday's game continues an upward trend. The Super Bowl audience has grown by nearly 25 million people over the past six years. Here's the rundown:

--Super Bowl 39 . . . the Patriots beat the Eagles in 2005: 86.1 million viewers.

--Super Bowl 40 . . . the Steelers top the Seahawks in 2006: 90.7 million viewers.

--Super Bowl 41 . . . the Colts defeat the Bears in 2007: 93.2 million viewers.

--Super Bowl 42 . . . the Giants beat the Patriots in 2008: 97.4 million viewers.

--Super Bowl 43 . . . the Steelers defeat the Cardinals in 2009: 98.7 million viewers.

--Super Bowl 44 . . . the Saints win over the Colts last year: 106.5 million viewers.

--Super Bowl 45 . . . the Packers win on Sunday: 111 million viewers.

--Fortunately for everyone, recent Super Bowls have been relatively close games. In each of those six years, the game has been within less than a touchdown at some point in the fourth quarter. --It would've been interesting to see if this year's ratings would've trailed off if the game continued to be the rout that it was when the Packers were up 21-3 late in the second quarter. (--But then again, "close games" or "intriguing match-ups" probably didn't cause the Super Bowl audience to grow by 25 million people in six years.) (--From that . . . and the incredible ratings surges for regular season games . . . it's easy to see that interest in the NFL is COLOSSAL right now.) (--That's why NO ONE will win if the current NFL labor dispute isn't settled in time to prevent a lockout that could wipe out the 2011-2012 season.)

The Post-Super Bowl "Glee" Did Well . . . But Didn't Set Any Records:

Even though the Super Bowl scored a HISTORICAL audience on Sunday . . . the hyped episode of "Glee" that followed the game only did OK. --Roughly 26.8 million people watched it. That's fantastic for an episode of "Glee". It's more than double the 11.6 million the show has been averaging this season, and easily the show's highest-rated episode ever. --But it didn't set any Super Bowl Sunday records. --Last year, 38.7 million people watched the post-Super Bowl series premiere of "Undercover Boss" . . . and "Friends" set the all-time record for post-Super Bowl programming with 52.9 million viewers back in 1996. --On the flip side, "Glee" did have the highest-rated episode of any scripted show in three years, and it beat out the post-Super Bowl episode of "The Office" from the year before last. 22.9 million people tuned in for that.

Roseanne's Snickers Ad Was the Most-Watched Super Bowl Commercial:

The people at TiVo say the Super Bowl commercial that was watched, rewound and re-watched the most times was: The Snickers commercial featuring RICHARD LEWIS and ROSEANNE BARR. --The most re-watched moment of the entire broadcast came during the game. It was Pittsburgh's final play of the game, when quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw an incomplete pass to receiver MIKE WALLACE. (--The announcers initially thought Green Bay may have committed pass interference on the play, which would've kept Pittsburgh alive. But the officials didn't call a penalty, and replays seemed to show that it was a clean play.)

--Here are the Top 10 most re-watched Super Bowl commercials, according to TiVo:

1.) The Snickers ad with Richard Lewis and Roseanne Barr [Video]

2.) The Best Buy ad with OZZY OSBOURNE and JUSTIN BIEBER [Video]

3.) The PepsiMax "Love Hurts" ad [Video]

4.) The Darth Vader Volkswagen Passat commercial [Video]

--By the way, the kid who wore the Darth Vader costume was on the "Today" show yesterday. His name is Max Page. He's six years old and he hasn't seen the "Star Wars" movies yet. --Max and his mom . . . who's pretty hot, actually . . . also talked about how he was born with a congenital heart defect, and now has a pacemaker. (--Well, OK. Every kid has to have a sob story these days. You can watch the interview, here.)

5.) The Doritos "Best Part" commercial. That's the one where the guy rips off his coworker's pants just to inhale the crumbs. [Video]

6.) Teleflora.com's "Help Me Faith" ad [Video]

7.) The Doritos "House Sitting" commercial. That's the one where the guy brings things back to life by sprinkling Doritos crumbs on them. [Video]

8.) E*Trade's "Tailor" ad [Video]

9.) The Chevy Cruze Eco "Misunderstanding" ad [Video]

10.) Bridgestone's cool "Carma" commercial [Video]

Joan Rivers and Taylor Hicks Slam Christina Aguilera for Screwing Up the National Anthem, But Fergie Has Her Back:

Now that we've had a full day to digest CHRISTINA AGUILERA'S National Anthem blunder, it's time to ask: What do random celebrities have to say about it? --Well, JOAN RIVERS and Season Five "American Idol" winner TAYLOR HICKS absolutely roasted Christina. (--Special thanks to Taylor for coming out from under the rock of obscurity to toss in his two cents here.) --Joan said, quote, "How stupid can you get? . . . --"Christina must have been thinking about food, that's why she forgot the words. 'O say can you see . . . french fries.' She's gotten so big, she looks like she could eat Lady Gaga. Great way to get rid of competition." --And Taylor Tweeted, quote, "Christina Aguilera hopes 'true spirit' of anthem came through. What a JOKE. Practice OUR ANTHEM before using it. --"Just ask for a Teleprompter. They don't have to show the prompter on TV. Or just memorize it and go slow. Or use it as a publicity stunt." --But FERGIE . . . whose BLACK EYED PEAS performed the halftime show . . . defended her. In a radio interview, she said, quote, "She's one of the best singers of our time. You get nervous at these things. [She's] human."

Simon Cowell Has Revealed More "X Factor" Details, Including Its $5 Million Grand Prize:

SIMON COWELL dropped a few details about "The X Factor" yesterday. Some of the stuff is new . . . and some of it has been mentioned before. Here's a rundown: --First off, the winner will receive a $5 MILLION record deal, which Fox says is the largest guaranteed prize in TV history. It won't be a lump sum, it'll be paid out over five years. (--The deal will be with Sony Music.) --Also, anyone age 12 or older can try out, and unlike "American Idol" that includes groups and bands. --Simon said, quote, "I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer . . . times have changed. You have to make a case-by-case decision based on them as a person. [I learned] I have to be more open-minded. --"I don't believe Susan Boyle would've got through in the old-fashion audition method . . . God only knows what we would have said to [Lady Gaga] if she walked into 'Idol' with a lobster on her head three years ago." --Simon confirmed that he'll be a judge, but said the rest of the panel hasn't been figured out yet. An announcement on the others isn't expected for "several weeks." Simon also wouldn't say PAULA ABDUL WON'T be one of them. --Simon said, quote, "I'm a massive fan of Paula. We've been in regular contact. I'm not going to say today who we are going to confirm or not, because the truth is we haven't made up our minds up yet . . . --"It comes down to who I think is interesting, and the commitment and the expertise each person offers." (--Other names that have been rumored include: Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, British singer and "X Factor" judge Cheryl Cole, Katy Perry and Will Smith.) --"X-Factor" auditions begin March 27th . . . and will be held in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York City and Seattle. If you're interested in auditioning, hit up this site: http://www.fox.com/thexfactor/registration/.
Simon Cowell Isn't Watching This Season of "American Idol":

Here's a news flash for you: SIMON COWELL has NOT watched an episode of "American Idol" this season, which probably shouldn't come as a surprise. (--If Simon wanted to watch the same tired old "Idol" auditions this year, he could've stayed with the show and had a front row seat, not to mention an extra $130 MILLION in the bank.) --Simon explained, quote, "I haven't seen a full episode. I've seen three minutes of a recap. From what I've seen and from what I've heard, it all seems to be going well. --"What I was more concerned about [was] the ratings falling off a cliff, and that the whole genre might be over. But people are still excited about these shows . . . [and] I think they've done a good job."

Regis Philbin Has Delayed His Retirement from "Live!" . . . So the Show Has Time to Plan His Goodbye Episode:

REGIS PHILBIN has agreed to delay his retirement from "Live! with Regis and Kelly", supposedly to give the show more time to plan his goodbye episode. Regis originally planned on leaving in August, but now he'll stay on until November. (--So instead of a meager seven months, the producers now have a much more reasonable 10 MONTHS to plan a suitable goodbye party. Thanks, Regis. That extra time must feel like a huge burden being lifted off their backs!)

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

--"Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on History Channel. (--Larry the Cable Guy travels America learning how everyday people "git r done". Tonight he learns how to make moonshine.)

--"Traffic Light" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--Three college buddies cope with different stages in their relationships with women.)

--"Parenthood" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on NBC. (--"Sex and the City's" John Corbett guest stars as Drew's slacker musician father.)

--"1000 Ways to Die" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Spike TV.

--"Hardcore Pawn" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TruTV.

--"Detroit 1-8-7" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Detroit boxing legend Thomas "Hitman" Hearns plays himself when a boxer's fiancée turns up dead.)

--"The Good Wife" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--The firm discovers a mole when Alicia takes on a class-action lawsuit and goes up against Michael J. Fox.)

--"White Collar" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. (--Billy Dee Williams plays an ex-con from June's past who pays her a visit after being released from jail.)

--"My Life as Liz" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on MTV.


--"For Colored Girls" - based on the play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf". Each woman represents a serious issue facing black women . . . including rape, abortion and domestic violence. --The all-star cast includes Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Macy Gray, and "Diary of a Mad Black Woman's" Kimberly Elise. It's directed by Tyler Perry.

--"The Romantics" - Katie Holmes plays a bridesmaid trying to avoid getting sucked into a love triangle with her ex-boyfriend on the night before his wedding. "True Blood" minx Anna Paquin plays the bride and Josh Duhamel is the groom.

--"Life as We Know It" - a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as godparents who can't stand each other. But after their goddaughter is orphaned, they move in together for her sake and eventually fall in love.

--"It's Kind of a Funny Story" - Keir Gilchrist checks himself into a hospital's psychiatric ward and gets stuck with the nutcases for five days. "The Hangover's" Zach Galifianakis plays an older patient who takes him under his wing . . . and Emma Roberts plays another troubled teen he falls in love with.

--"You Again" - Kristen Bell finds out her brother is marrying her high school rival: Odette Yustman, the hot chick in "Cloverfield". Betty White as Kristen's grandma. And Kristen's mom and Odette's aunt were ALSO high school rivals. They're played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver.

--"Middle Men" - Luke Wilson plays a businessman who immerses himself in the sex industry while helping build the world's first billing company for online smut. Kelsey Grammer is a senator he blackmails, and James Caan is a mobster collecting on a loan.

--"Paranormal Activity 2" - This time the action takes place at the home of Katie's sister and her unsuspecting husband. And since it's a prequel, Katie's back too.

--"My Soul to Take" - A serial killer vows to kill seven kids born the night he died. When people start dying, the survivors think one of them is the reincarnated killer. It's written and directed by "Nightmare on Elm Street" genius Wes Craven.

--"I Spit on Your Grave" - A remake of the deeply disturbing 1978 cult classic about a woman who's abused and raped by a group of men. She escapes and comes back to get her revenge by torturing and killing each of them.

--"Wild Target" - A British comedy about a lovestruck assassin who ends up protecting the girl he was sent to kill. The assassin's played by Bill Nighy, who you know as Davey Jones in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. And Emily Blunt plays the girl. "Harry Potter's" Rupert Grint gets recruited for her protection too.

--"Tamara Drewe" - "Prince of Persia" minx Gemma Arterton stars in a British comedy about a woman who returns to her childhood home and causes chaos when all the horny men realize how hot she's become.

--"Ong Bak 3" - Tony Jaa returns to once again star as a 15th century Thai warrior named Tien. In this one, Tien is almost beaten to death, and then has to rebuild his strength before a final battle with a supernatural warrior named the "Demon Crow".

TV Series On DVD:

--"Project Runway: The Complete Eighth Season" . . . a four-disc DVD set.

--"The Guardian: The Final Season" . . . a six-disc set of the series that starred "The Mentalist's" Simon Baker as a high-powered corporate lawyer sentenced to community service as a child advocate for Legal Aid. It ran for three seasons.

--"The World Is Yours", MOTORHEAD!!!

--"Now That's What I Call Music! 37" . . . featuring Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair"!!! That SHOULD be enough for anyone, but the rest of the disc includes . . . Eminem, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Pink, Ke$ha, Bruno Mars, Pitbull, Trey Songz, Mike Posner, The Ready Set and Waka Flocka Flame.

--"Now That's What I Call a Modern Songbook" . . . a special edition of 18 songs, including older music from Norah Jones, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, The Fray, Maroon 5, Colbie Caillat, Train, OneRepublic, and Josh Groban.

--"The Sing-Off: The Best of Season 2", The Sing-Off (--A disc of 11 performances from the a cappella show's second season. You can listen to all of the music from the second season by clicking on each of the five episodes, here.)

Country Releases:

--"Thompson Square", Thompson Square (--Keifer and Shawna Thompson are a husband and wife duo. Watch the video for "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" here.)

--"Waylon Jennings: The Music Inside, Volume 1", Various Artists . . . (--The first installment in a trilogy of discs dedicated to the music of Waylon Jennings, with the remaining two coming out later this year.) (--Performers on this first disc include Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson, James Otto, Randy Houser, Shooter Jennings, Alabama, Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin, and Waylon's wife, Jessi Colter.)

--"Bright Morning Stars", The Wailin' Jennys (--Three Canadian minxes, whose band name is obviously a pun on the great Waylon Jennings. You can get a feel for their sound by checking out their song "Prairie Town" here.)

--"Guitar Laboratory", Steve Wariner


There's a New Mario Game for the Wii Today:

--"Mario Sports Mix" (E) . . . exclusively for the Wii. In this one you get to use Mario and the usual cast of Nintendo characters to compete in street basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, and both field and ice hockey. Check out Mario dunking in Luigi's face here.

--"Test Drive Unlimited 2" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and DS. A racing game that features the world's most luxurious cars. SUVs and other off road vehicles have been added this time around for when your races take you off the asphalt.

In what might be the least fun co-op mode ever in a video game one player will drive while the other player reads the map. Check out the trailer here.

--"Body and Brain Connection" (E) . . . on Xbox360. This doctor-approved brain training game uses the Kinect to test up to five people in math, logic, reflex, memory and physical-related exercises. And your stats tell you who has the "youngest brain".

--"Naruto Shippuden: Shinobi Rumble" (T) . . . on the DS. Play as Naruto, Sasuke and the other 14 characters in this portable fighter based on the "Naruto" manga comic.

--"You Don't Know Jack" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, Wii and DS. The classic video game trivial show has been tweaked for this generation of consoles. It will new feature new question modes and online play.

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

GISELE BUNDCHEN'S rep says she was misquoted . . . and she never said sunscreens were "poison". (Full Story)

STEVEN SEAGAL was in the corner of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion ANDERSON SILVA when he defeated VITOR BELFORT at UFC 126 over the weekend. And he claims he INVENTED the kick that Silva used to knock Belfort out. (Full Story)

Griffin Gluck . . . who plays JENNIFER ANISTON'S son in "Just Go With It" . . . says Jen is, quote, "really good with kids" and "really good at parenting." (Full Story)

The "New York Times" says KEITH OLBERMANN is moving on to AL GORE'S network, Current TV. He's expected to make it official sometime today. (Full Story)

RIHANNA'S single "S&M" has been re-named "Come On" in the U.K. . . . and Rihanna is not happy about it. When a fan asked her if she was OK with the change on Twitter, she responded, quote, "Absolutely not." (Full Story)

LADY GAGA is bumping UP the release of her single "Born This Way". It's now coming out this Friday. She was originally going to debut the song at the Grammys on Sunday. (Full Story)


For Your Valentine's Day Pleasure, Here are Some Numbers on Candy, Flowers, Jewelry, Marriage, and Dating:

--1,317. The number of candy and chocolate manufacturers in the U.S. California has the most, Pennsylvania is second.

--24.3. Total number of pounds of candy consumed by the average American in 2009. That averages out to about one candy bar every one-and-a-half days.

--18,509. The number of florists in the U.S.

--26,683. The number of jewelry stores in the U.S. Last February, they combined for $2.4 BILLION in sales.

--2.1 MILLION. The number of marriages in the U.S. in 2009. That's an average of about 5,800 per day.

--28.2 and 26.1. The average age of men and women, respectively, getting married for the first time in 2010.

--73%. The percentage of married women who made it to their 10th anniversary.

--393. The number of dating services in the U.S., including online dating sites.

--19%. The percentage of married people who are on their second marriage.

--8. The average length, in years, of first marriages that end in divorce. For people who get remarried, it happens an average of three-and-a-half years after the first marriage ends. (PR Newswire)
Chocolate Is Healthier Than Fruit! At Least According To a New Survey From . . . Hershey's:

I hate to be a conspiracy theorist . . . but for some reason, I think this study was done with an ulterior motive. --According to a new study, chocolate is actually healthier than fruit! A study that was conducted by . . . Hershey's. --Really. It was done at the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition. They found that cocoa powder actually contains more healthy compounds and antioxidants than fruit juices and a lot of fruits themselves. --They're pushing for cocoa beans to be added to the list of "superfoods" . . . which are foods that have exceptional nutrition, and antioxidants, and also taste good. Strawberries, blackberries, and oranges are all considered superfoods. --The study didn't take into account that the chocolate we eat isn't just pure cocoa . . . it's almost always filled with things that other fruits aren't . . . like fat and sugar. (Express.co.uk)

15% of You Are Having More Sexual Relations Because of the Winter Storms:

There's a MUCH smarter way to stay warm during brutal winter weather than cranking up the thermostat, and pushing your electric bill into the four-figure range. --According to a new poll by the Associated Press and Weather Underground, 15% of Americans who've been stuck inside because of winter storms say that they've had MUCH MORE SEX than usual. --Unfortunately, another 15% have had the opposite reaction . . . either the weather has made them feel un-sexual or it's just too cold to take their pants off, because they've had LESS sex during the winter. --The rest of the people surveyed said the weather hasn't had any impact on their sex lives. --Only 8% of people said that winter is the season that makes them feel the most sexual. Summer was number one, spring was number two, and fall was number three. --But . . . even though it's not the most sexual time, it's the time when the most relationships start. Of people in relationships, 29% said they started in winter, 26% in both fall and spring, and only 19% in summer. --25% of people surveyed said they'd had to cancel a date because of the weather. (Orlando Sentinel)

Random Hook Ups Make You Happier If You're Upset . . . But Make You Upset If You're Happy:

According to a new study, if you're planning to go out and have some random fornication with a stranger . . . do it as a way to get over a bad mood. Don't do it because you're having a great day and want to top it off right. --Researchers at the University of Louisville found that people who hooked up when they were depressed became HAPPIER and LESS LONELY after they were done. --But when people were happy and hooked up, they ended up LESS HAPPY and lonelier. --In other words . . . when you're feeling lonely, a little bit of strange sexual intercourse makes you feel connected again. But when you're ALREADY happy, dropping it on a stranger just depressingly reminds you that human contact can be fleeting. (SND)

A New Book Tells You Who You Should Marry, Based On Whether You're the Oldest, the Youngest, a Middle Child, or an Only Child:

Here's a good new passive-aggressive excuse to break up with someone: "I'm sorry, our birth orders just aren't compatible." How can someone even respond to that? --There's a new book out called "Birth Order: What Your Position In the Family Really Tells You About Your Character". And it lays out the most compatible people for you to date, based on their birth order. Check this out.

--First-born with last-born works. Oldest siblings are more likely to want to take care of people, and youngest siblings want to be cared for.

--Only child with youngest child works. People who are the youngest in their family inspire creativity and freedom in people who didn't have any siblings.

--Two last-borns work. They might be too immature together, but they can also bring out the best in each other.

--A middle child is compatible with anyone. Middle children tend to be able to adapt to anyone. They can calm down an overbearing first-born, get along well with another middle child, support someone who was the youngest, or let an only child take charge.

--Two first-borns DON'T work. There's too big a risk for conflict, since first-borns are usually competitive and want to be in charge.

--First-born and only child DOESN'T work. Both are used to being in charge and getting their way.

--Two only children DON'T work. It's just too much of both people thinking of themselves. (MyDaily)
A New Proposal In Texas Would Punish Parents If Their Kid Gets Caught Sexting:

You're gonna be good parents, dammit . . . even if the government has to FORCE you. --Yesterday in the Texas state legislature, a proposal was introduced that would punish PARENTS if their kids get caught sexting. Your kid sends a nude photo, you get charged. --Under the bill, sexting would be a class C misdemeanor. Any teenager who gets caught would have to go to court, along with their parents. The parents could get sentenced to a family education program. --As for the kid, he or she would also be sent to that education program. --Right now, the kid would be looking at potential charges of trafficking child pornography, which could land them in jail and as a registered sex offender. --The lawmakers in Texas who proposed the bill think that's too harsh . . . teenagers and their parents need to be educated about the problems of sending nude photos of yourself out into the world. --A Texas state senator named Kirk Watson, who's a Democrat, proposed the bill. And the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott, who's a Republican, supports it. There's no word on when the legislature could vote on the bill. (Houston Chronicle)

Three of the Five Most Miserable Cities In the Country are In California:

California is in trouble. Lots of trouble. Over the past eight years, all sorts of positive things there were Terminated . . . and now there's just a huge budget crisis, high unemployment, and ridiculous taxes. --So this list makes a lot of sense. On the new annual "Forbes" list of the most miserable cities, California has EIGHT of the top 20 . . . including three of the top five . . . and number one.

--Stockton, California was named the most miserable city for the second time in three years. It's about an hour and 40 minutes east of San Francisco. Last year it was replaced by Cleveland, Ohio . . . this year, Cleveland dropped down to 10th.

--In the past six years, the median home price in Stockton has gone down 67%, its unemployment rate is up to 18.1%, and its violent crime rate is one of the worst in the country.

--The miserable cities list uses 10 factors: From serious things like unemployment, crime, home prices, and taxes . . . to other annoying, but less critical things like weather, commute times, and how the local sports teams are doing.

--The top 10 most miserable cities are: Stockton, California . . . Miami, Florida . . . Merced, California . . . Modesto, California . . . Sacramento, California . . . Memphis, Tennessee . . . Chicago, Illinois . . . West Palm Beach, Florida . . . Vallejo, California . . . and Cleveland, Ohio.

--Eleven through 20 is: Flint, Michigan . . . Toledo, Ohio . . . Fort Lauderdale, Florida . . . Youngstown, Ohio . . . Detroit, Michigan . . . Washington, D.C. . . . Fresno, California . . . Salinas, California . . . Jacksonville, Florida . . . and Bakersfield, California. (Forbes)

Random Fact: Pharmacies Are Becoming One of America's Most Popular Robbery Targets:

Right now, banks are still the most popular places to ROB in this country. But there's a contender that's rising FAST. --According to the "New York Times", PHARMACY robberies are climbing quickly. The main reason is that a ton of people in this country are becoming addicted to prescription drugs like OxyContin . . . so more people are stealing them. --There have been about 1,800 pharmacy robberies in the past three years. That doesn't quite approach bank robberies, which are over 5,000 a year . . . but while the pharmacy number is climbing, bank robberies are slightly declining. (New York Times)

It's Official: Email Is For Old People:

Every time you send an email, just realize this: When you hit the send button, you might as well eat dinner at 4:30 P.M., hitch up your pants, and move to Florida to play shuffleboard. Because email is now officially for OLD PEOPLE. --According to a new study, between December of 2009 and December of last year, the amount of email use by people aged 12 to 17 dropped 59%. For 25 to 34 year olds, it dropped 18%. --In fact, email use dropped for every age group . . . except people over 55. People 55 to 64 spent 22% more time emailing. For people 65 and over, email use went up 28%. --Instead of emailing, younger people prefer to communicate . . . well . . . every other way. Except actually talking to each other, naturally. Facebook, instant messaging, social media, and texting all went up as email use went down. (TechCrunch)
The Catholic Church Gives Its Blessing to an iPhone App That Lets You Confess Your Sins . . . to Your Phone:

Want absolution for your sins? There's an app for that. The U.S. branch of the Catholic Church has given its blessing to an iPhone app called "Confession" . . . that lets you confess your sins, then walks you through your penance. All for $1.99 in the app store. --The Church did say that they don't consider the app a replacement for actually going to confession in person, but they think it will help Catholics engage in religion using new technology. (New York Daily News)

The Second-Largest Group of Immigrants Caught Sneaking Across the Mexican Border are . . . From India?

Obviously, Mexicans and other Latin Americans are the people most likely to sneak across the Mexican border with the U.S. The second-most common group makes . . . well, much, much, less geographical sense. --According to the Department of Homeland Security, the second-largest group of immigrants sneaking in via Mexico are . . . from INDIA. Thousands of people are leaving India, flying 10,000 miles to Mexico, then sneaking in to the U.S. --The main reasons they go through such a long, dangerous journey are to get away from poverty and religious or political persecution in India. At least 1,600 Indians have been caught sneaking across the border in the past YEAR. --Homeland Security says there's no evidence that any of them have ANY connection to terrorism. (Los Angeles Times)


Super Bowl Stupidity #1: The CHRISTINA AGUILERA National Anthem controversy continues! Apparently, the over-under on song length was 1:54, but it took her 1:53.7. So some sports books aren't sure whether to pay out. (Full Story)

Super Bowl Stupidity #2: Remember the guy who somehow slipped 37 seconds of porn into a Tucson-area broadcast of Super Bowl 43? Well, the FBI might have finally caught him. (Full Story)

Sarah Palin tried to trademark her and Bristol Palin's names, but her application was rejected . . . because she forgot to sign it. (Full Story)

On Saturday, a Belgian guy finished running his 365th marathon . . . in 365 days. Really. (Full Story)

Yesterday, a German guy was trying to celebrate his tenth wedding anniversary by hanging a banner from a local bridge . . . but slipped, fell onto the highway below, was run over by two cars, and died. (Full Story)

A Secret Service Agent assigned to Nancy Reagan shot himself on Friday. He was trying to put his gun in his holster, and accidentally shot himself in the hip. Also . . . Nancy Reagan has a Secret Service detail? (Full Story)

Nine friends in their 20s died at a 'Lunar New Year' party on Sunday in Vietnam . . . because they lost power, drove a car inside the house, used the lights and the radio to continue the party, and died of carbon monoxide poisoning. (Full Story)

#1.) Meet 'Wild Bill' . . . The Chubby Utah State Basketball Fan Who Distracts Opposing Players with Ridiculous Disney Costumes:

For the last two seasons, a chubby super-fan named 'Wild Bill' has been attending Utah State home basketball games dressed as various Disney Characters. And last week, he dressed up as the teapot from "Beauty and the Beast". --Then when a visiting player was shooting free throws, Wild Bill started dancing while the entire student section sang "I'm a Little Teapot". In the video, the Nevada player misses the first shot . . . but makes the second one. (--Search for "Wild Bill Mrs. Potts." It shows him dressed as a shirtless Peter Pan at :20, and they start singing around :40.)

#2.) Some Guy Invented a Helmet That Can Shave Your Head in 20 Seconds:

Some guy in New York has invented the "Shaving Helmet." It's a motorcycle helmet, with four built-in electric razors and "automatic shaving cream injection." You just put on the helmet, push a button, and 20 seconds later you're bald.
(--Search for "The Shaving Helmet." He puts it on at :34, and finishes at 1:08.)

#3.) Did Dallas Give Michael Vick the Key to the City?

There's a mini-controversy brewing in Dallas, because the Vice Mayor awarded MICHAEL VICK the key to the city on Saturday night. But yesterday, after complaints about Vick's dog-fighting past, the real mayor asked for the key back. --He said, quote, "Official Keys to the City are presented by the Mayor . . . for an elected official of international status. Clearly, this was not the case in this situation and done without my knowledge or approval." --Even better, in 2009, a radio host in Dallas named RICHARD HUNTER adopted one of the pit bulls used in Vick's dog-fighting ring. So after the award, Hunter confronted Vick with a picture of the now happy and healthy dog. --Hunter waited for Vick to walk off the stage, then told him that he adopted one of the dogs. Vick wouldn't stop to talk, but one of his bodyguards said, quote, "We don't care about the dog". (--WARNING: This video includes the F-word.) (--Search for "Michael Vick Confronted by Dog Owner Richard Hunter." The guy says they don't care about the dog at 1:38.)

Four Complaints About Modern Life That Are Total B.S.:

It's easy to be negative these days, what with the economy in the crapper . . . and all that turmoil in Egypt. (???) But a lot of the things people complain about just aren't backed up by statistics. Here's a list from "Cracked" of the top four.

#1.) Everything Is So Expensive. In 1950, you could get a decent car for $500, and gas was about 25 cents a gallon. But you have to put that in perspective: --A low-end job in the service industry only paid a dollar an hour. So even though you could get a steak for 50 cents, that was a lot. --The truth is, when you adjust for inflation, the prices of most things have stayed pretty much the same. And some things have gotten a lot cheaper. --For example, in 1954 a high-end color TV . . . with a 15-inch screen . . . cost around $1,300, which was half a year's salary for some people.

#2.) People Are Getting Dumber. In reality, the average I.Q. score is 24 points higher now than it was in 1914. Plus, the tests have gotten harder because of something called the Flynn Effect. --A score of 100 was the set average then, and it still is today. But someone who scores 100 on an I.Q. test in 2011 can actually learn things much more quickly than someone who scored 100 in 1945 could. --Here's how "Cracked" magazine put it: Quote, "If you scored 100 on a test back in the day, you might actually be considered slightly mentally challenged now."

#3.) Processed Food Is Killing Us. It's definitely better to eat non-processed food, and there was less processed food 50 years ago. But think about this: --Before 1966, food companies didn't have to list the ingredients on the label. So you had no idea what kind of chemicals and additives they were using. --And most of the un-pronounceable ingredients you see in processed foods today are just preservatives, which are necessary to make sure the food doesn't rot before you eat it. --On a related note, people forget that the refrigerator is a relatively new invention. And before the 1930s, basically nobody had one. So food-borne illnesses were much more common.

#4.) Crime Is Out of Control. There was a huge spike in crime during the '80s, but right now the crime rate in America is at its lowest since the 1950s. --And even though a lot of people are out of work, the crime rate is actually lower than it was before the recession hit. The FBI recently announced that violent crime was down 6.2% in the first half of last year. --It only SEEMS like there's more crime today because that's all they talk about on the news. (Cracked.com)


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