Thursday, February 10, 2011



Lindsay Lohan Pleaded Not Guilty to a Felony Theft Charge:

As expected, LINDSAY LOHAN pleaded NOT GUILTY to a felony charge of theft yesterday. --Lindsay is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice California. The necklace was only returned to police AFTER the media reported that the cops had obtained a warrant to search Lindsay's home for it. --Still, Lindsay claims the store . . . Kamofie & Company . . . LOANED the necklace to her. --Lindsay was booked and released on $40,000 bail. (--That's 20-grand for the theft charge and another 20,000 for allegedly violating her probation.) --But the judge in this case sounds a little more hardcore than the last guy she had to deal with. --He told her, quote, "You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you . . . While this case is percolating to a resolution . . . if you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail." --He added, quote, "What I'm telling you is that you need to follow the laws just like everybody else . . . You're no different than anyone else. So please, don't push your luck. --By the way . . . Lindsay was also ordered to stay away from Kamofie & Company. It turns out someone in her camp had sent flowers to the store to make nice, but they were a little creeped out by the gesture. --Lindsay is looking at three years in prison if convicted. Plus, she could also do a little time for violating her probation . . . which doesn't end until August. (--Here's video of Lindsay listening while the judge politely reams her out.) --After Lindsay's day in court, DR. DREW Tweeted his support . . . saying, quote, "I am mortified how [Lindsay] is getting attacked when she is so fragile and just establishing her sobriety. Not at all what she needs." --And Lindsay replied, quote, "Thank you for your support. I appreciate it."

The Many Theft Accusations Against Lindsay Lohan:

Yesterday marked the first time LINDSAY LOHAN has ever been charged with theft. But it's not the first time she's been ACCUSED of stealing something. Not by a long shot. --In January of 2008, a woman named Masha Markova accused Lindsay of stealing her $11,000 mink coat from a club in New York City. Lindsay was even photographed wearing it. --Eventually, the coat was quietly returned to Markova, and they reportedly reached some kind of financial settlement that kept the justice system from getting involved. --Around the same time, model Lauren Hastings accused Lindsay of stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from her closet. Hastings was out of town at the time, but the chick who was house-sitting for her threw a party, and Lindsay was a guest. --Witnesses told Hastings that Lindsay was picking through her stuff and handing what she wanted to her bodyguard. --In June of 2009, $400,000 worth of jewelry disappeared from a photo shoot Lindsay was doing for "Elle" magazine. But the magazine issued a statement saying it did not hold Lindsay responsible. --And last April, Lindsay was questioned by police over a missing $35,000 Rolex watch. The owner later asked police to drop the case . . . claiming she'd accidentally left it at Lindsay's house (--The word is that prosecutors want to bring all of this up if Lindsay's case goes to court. But the Markova woman . . . the mink owner . . . has already said she's not interested in testifying, since she settled her beef with Lindsay already.)


Charlie Sheen Wants to Pay One-Third of the Salaries for "Two and a Half Men" Crew Members Who Are Out of Work:

There's word going around that CHARLIE SHEEN plans to return to work next week to finish filming this season of "Two and a Half Men". In the meantime, however, the crew has missed two weeks of work. --TMZ says that Charlie will make it up to them by paying ONE-THIRD of their salaries for those two weeks . . . as long as CBS and Warner Brothers cough up the rest. (--Warner Brothers produces the show. CBS is the network it airs on.) --But an unidentified CBS exec told TMZ that nobody else is ready to return to work on Monday . . . and that the earliest the show can get back into production is the end of the month. --A Warner Brothers rep wouldn't comment on Charlie's alleged offer . . . but he did say, quote, "We sincerely hope that Charlie's rehab is going well. --"We hope that he is healthy in the very near future and we look forward to the return of production of 'Two and a Half Men'."

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz Are Getting Divorced:

ASHLEE SIMPSON has filed for divorce from PETE WENTZ, after just two and a half years of marriage. --They issued a statement saying all the usual things, like how this was a "difficult decision", but they "remain friends" and will continue to make raising their son their "number one priority." --Ashlee is seeking spousal support and primary custody of their 2-year-old son Bronx, with visitation for Pete. --Obviously, Pete and Ashlee aren't going to come right out and tell us why they broke up. That's what anonymous sources are for. Unfortunately, they're kind of all over the map on this one. --One source says Pete and Ashlee have just been, quote, "growing apart for quite some time," and that the split was amicable --But another source says Pete started acting funny . . . quote, "It's really all about Pete's erratic behavior. She really wanted out." (--There's no word what constituted "erratic behavior" in this case. --Then there are sources that say tensions have been simmering for a while, because Ashlee made the decision to scale back on her showbiz career to be a mom, while Pete still wanted to be a rock star. --Things came to a head this past summer, when Ashlee got HAMMERED at a party and got into a verbal throwdown with Pete's ex, actress MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG. --A source says, quote, "[Ashlee was] reverting to drinking and going out, because she is sick and tired of her life. [It's] an outlet for her unhappiness, and Pete is getting fed up." --It's not clear when Ashlee and Pete officially separated, but they were seen together just last week, walking around West Hollywood with Bronx. (--Here's a photo.)

Lady Gaga Doesn't Like to be Called "Gaga" in Bed:

If you ever have the pleasure . . . or whatever you'd like to call it . . . of accompanying LADY GAGA to the boudoir, here's a tip for you: Don't call her "Gaga" in the heat of passion. She's not into that. --ANDERSON COOPER interviewed Lady Gaga for a "60 Minutes" piece that airs this Sunday before the Grammys. And she said there are still people who refer to her by her given name, Stefani Germanotta. --She added, quote, "Especially in bed." --Anderson said, quote, "You don't want somebody yelling out 'Lady Gaga' in the throes of passion." --And Gaga responded, quote, "No, that would freak me out."

Are Katy Perry and Russell Brand Already in Marriage Counseling?

Is there already trouble between KATY PERRY and RUSSELL BRAND? "Life & Style" magazine says that Katy has been, quote, "asking friends to recommend a marriage counselor." (--Katy and Russell got married in October . . . after just four months together.)

Fantasia Isn't Pregnant . . . She's Chubbing Up for a Movie Role:

Recent pictures of FANTASIA looking heavier than usual have sparked pregnancy rumors. But it turns out she's NOT with fetus . . . she's chubbing up for a movie role. --Her manager says she's been told to gain 30 to 45 pounds to star in a film about legendary gospel singer MAHALIA JACKSON. (--The part about Fantasia playing Mahalia IS true. So the weight gain part probably is, too. Mahalia was on the heavy side.)

Miley Cyrus Admits Her Legal Bong Rip Was a Bad Idea:

MILEY CYRUS admits that getting caught on video taking a bong rip . . . even though the drug she was smoking was totally legal . . . was a bad idea. --In the new issue of "Marie Claire" magazine, Miley was asked if she was judged too harshly . . . given the fact that a lot of people her age do a lot worse. --She replied, quote, "But they're not Miley Cyrus. They're not role models. So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for." --She added, quote, "I made a mistake . . . I'm disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans." (--Was the mistake smoking salvia . . . a hallucinogenic herb . . . or was the mistake GETTING CAUGHT smoking salvia? I don't hear Miley saying she's tossing the bong aside, do you?) --But she also said, quote, "I've never, ever claimed to be perfect. I mean, since I've started ["Hannah Montana"], I've always said, 'I'm gonna make mistakes.' --"I know this. And I think that that is one of the reasons why people related to me. Why kids related to me." --Despite her various troubles in 2010, Miley has some very specific goals for the rest of this year. She wants to, quote, "spread love and change the world in 2011." (--Speaking of Miley . . . here's video of her DENYING that she's dating JOSH BOWMAN, her co-star in her upcoming movie "So Undercover".)

Kevin Smith is Grateful to Seth Rogen . . . For Turning Him Into a Stoner:

Contrary to popular belief, KEVIN SMITH was NOT a stoner all those years that he played pot smoker Silent Bob in his own movies. But he is now. And he has SETH ROGEN to thank. --Kevin directed Seth in the vastly-underrated comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" . . . and during the shoot, Seth opened Kevin's mind to the wonders of the WACKY WEED. --And now that he's smoking, Kevin actually gets MORE done. --Kevin says, quote, "One of the most talented people I worked with in my life was Seth Rogen. I got so much from him. He re-energized me in a weird way. I became a stoner because of Seth Rogen. --"He made it seem like career stoning was possible. This is a functioning stoner. He's the first person I've ever met who's a weed-smoker and dude comes to work on time, never has a problem, has brilliant ideas, is constantly writing. He's productive. --"That dude gave me the greatest gift I've had in the last five years . . . It's made me more productive. I've done more in the last two years than I had done in any single two-year stretch prior to that." (--Here's video.)
Khloe Kardashian Knows People Call Her "Ugly", "Fat" and a "Transvestite":

You know all that smack you talk about celebrities online? They actually read that stuff. --KHLOE KARDASHIAN says, quote, "I'm the ugly sister. I'm the fat one. I'm the transvestite. I have had those mean things said about me at least twice a day for the last five years. It's horrible, you know? But I can brush that stuff off."

Don't Worry: Jennifer Aniston Is OK:

People have an image of JENNIFER ANISTON as some pathetic spinster who sits home every night talking to her cats who are all named Brad and cutting up magazines with ANGELINA JOLIE on the covers. --Obviously, that's not true. In the new issue of "People" magazine, Jennifer says the biggest misconception about her is that she's unhappy. She adds, quote, "I'm really happy. Really!" --She adds, quote, "I think people honestly just want to see me as a mom and married and barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. And I just want to say, 'Everybody, relax! It's going to happen.'" (--Jennifer turns 42 tomorrow.)

Johnny Depp Will Have a Cameo In Adam Sandler's Upcoming Movie, "Jack and Jill":

JOHNNY DEPP has a cameo in ADAM SANDLER'S upcoming comedy "Jack and Jill" . . . in which Adam plays both members of a set of male-female twins. That's the word from director Dennis Dugan himself. --He didn't say what Johnny is doing in the movie. (--"Jack and Jill" is filming right now. There's no word yet on a release date.)

Check Out the 230 Most Underrated Character Actors:

Some user on the Internet Movie Database . . . at . . . has put together a list of the 230 Most Underrated Character Actors. --These are actors you've seen in tons of movies, and whose faces you'll recognize immediately . . . but whose names you might not have ever heard before. (--A few people on the list whose names you'd know include Ned Beatty, William H. Macy, Tim Curry, and Charles S. Dutton. Listing the rest would be an enormous waste of time. Just check them out . . . with pictures . . . here.)

Did "Bachelor" Brad Womack Propose to Another Woman "Weeks" Before Filming This Season?

BRAD WOMACK is currently in the midst of his SECOND run on "The Bachelor", after famously rejecting BOTH his final selections during his first go around. That was Season 11, when he decided he didn't want either DeAnna or Jenni. --But a real-life woman named Laurel Kagay tells "Us Magazine" that Brad proposed to her last summer "just weeks" before leaving to film the current season of "The Bachelor". Obviously, she turned him down. --And this wasn't the first time she said "no". Laurel says she's been dating Brad on-and-off for the past eight years, and he has asked her to marry him "countless" times. --Laurel says she decided to make this public because, quote, "I'm sure the girl he picked would want to know that he was proposing to another woman right before he started taping the show. I would want to know." --And he DOES pick a woman this time . . . we think. --Earlier this season, Brad told E! Online that he found a keeper this time . . . quote, "When I say I'm in love, I mean it with every bone in my body. I am happier than I've been in 10, 15 years. Not a single [regret]. I'm very much in love." --He added that the chances are, quote, "damn good" that he'll be married next year at this time. (--Let's hope he's referring to love with one of the remaining "Bachelor" chicks, and not relying on a Hail Mary "yes" from Laurel.)

Norm MacDonald Is Getting a "Sports Show" on Comedy Central:

Legendary "Saturday Night Live" star NORM MACDONALD . . . who owned "Weekend Update" like no one else ever has . . . is getting a new show on Comedy Central. --It's called the "Sports Show with Norm MacDonald" . . . and it is what it sounds like. Norm will be talkin' sports . . . while being funny, naturally. Production starts this month, and the first episode will air in April. (--Unlike "The Onion's" new Comedy Central show "SportsDome", which is a spoof of "SportsCenter", Norm's show will tape in front of a studio audience.)

The "Glee" Post-Super Bowl Ratings Bonanza Didn't Last:

If Fox was hoping to get "Glee" a lasting ratings bump by giving it the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot . . . it didn't work . . . at least in the short run. --After amassing 26.8 million viewers after the game on Sunday, Tuesday's episode only drew 11.4 million viewers, and that's DOWN slightly from the 11.6 million viewers "Glee" has been averaging this season. --The last new episode before the Super Bowl had 11.1 million viewers. (--No one was expecting "Glee" to suddenly pull 20 million viewers a week after the Super Bowl, but Fox had to be hoping for at least a LITTLE bump, right?)

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

--"American Idol" [Hollywood Round] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"The Office" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC. (--As Michael's relationship with Holly continues to grow, their displays of public affection begin to disturb everyone else.)

--"Grey's Anatomy" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Meredith's dad returns to Seattle Grace with stomach pains . . . and a young tattooed girlfriend.)

--"Royal Pains" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA. (--Hank treats a park ranger struck by lightning, who's played by comedian Jim Gaffigan.)

--"Parks and Recreation" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Megan Mullally returns as Ron's ex-wife Tammy, and she hooks up with Tom.)

--"Ace of Cakes" [SERIES Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on Food Network. (--Duff creates a DeLorean shaped cake for the stars of "Back to the Future" to celebrate the films 25th Anniversary.)

--"Fairly Legal" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on USA. (--"Warehouse 13's" Eddie McClintock guest stars as a chef seeking legal advice from Sarah Shahi.)

Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas is Defending Their Super Bowl Show:

TABOO of the BLACK EYED PEAS has heard some of the criticism of the group's Super Bowl halftime show, and he's cool with it. --He tells, quote, "The fact is 110 million people watched that [the performance]. So if you have 40 million people who loved it, you're going to have 60 million who hated it because that's how life is. --"If we've got 40 million people who loved it, I'm happy with that." --Earlier this week, FERGIE critiqued her own performance, calling it a little "pitchy." She said, quote, "Some of my notes were pitchy to me. But it was so exhilarating. The whole thing. It was so big. That's a once-in-a-lifetime thing." --Taboo says the Peas were more focused on how the show LOOKED than their own singing and dancing . . . quote, "It was more about the spectacle because people already know we move and we're dancers, so they've seen that from us. --"This time we wanted to give you a spectacle, a visual besides something you've already seen, and I think we were criticized for, 'Oh, they were stiff . . . they didn't want to move.' But in actuality, it was about the light show, it was about the production." (--I was ambivalent about the show, but I'll give him that. At a quick, pop-up concert like the Super Bowl halftime show, it's hard to expect perfect sound . . . both technically and from the performers. And a lot of it did look cool.)

Activision Has Pulled the Plug on the "Guitar Hero" Franchise:

Is the playing-music-with-plastic-instruments video game phenomenon over? --Activision seems to think so, because they're pulling the plug on the "Guitar Hero" franchise. An exec explained, quote, "We simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics." --This just means there will be no NEW "Guitar Hero" games. They'll still sell the existing games and downloadable extras for the foreseeable future. (--It's also possible that Activision simply doesn't believe they can compete with the "Rock Band" franchise any more, now that "Rock Band 3" has taken it to the next level by adding keyboards to their game.)

Eminem, Muse and the Foo Fighters Will Headline Lollapalooza:

Lollapalooza isn't expected to announce this year's lineup until April, but the "Chicago Tribune" is reporting that this year's headliners will be MUSE, the FOO FIGHTERS and . . . EMINEM. (--Yeah, I don't get it either . . . but KANYE WEST is headlining this year's Coachella. And for better or worse, we're in an era of hip-hop and pop . . . so maybe they had to do what they had to do.) --Naturally, festival organizers wouldn't confirm the report. This year's Lollapalooza will be held the weekend of August 5th, in Chicago's Grant Park.

Justin Bieber and James Blunt Made Up Their Own Versions of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on "Ellen":

LADY GAGA'S new single, "Born This Way", doesn't come out until tomorrow, but that didn't stop ELLEN DEGENERES from trying to perform it on her show yesterday. All she had to go on was the lyrics, which Lady Gaga released earlier this week. --So Ellen sang what she thought the song would sound like . . . then she invited JAMES BLUNT and then JUSTIN BIEBER to take stabs at it. (--You can watch video, here. James comes out at the 2:50 mark, followed by Justin at the 4:20.) --As you may recall, Lady Gaga actually did give us an idea what "Born This Way" will sound like, when she sang a few lines a cappella at last year's "MTV Video Music Awards". (--You can revisit that, here. And you'll want to fast-forward to the 4:10 mark.)

The Strokes Are Giving Away Their New Single as a Free Download:

THE STROKES are giving away their new single "Under Cover of Darkness" as a free download on their website . . . but only for today. (--Technically, they put it up yesterday, and made it free for 48 hours.) --You can check it out at

Nicki Minaj Rises Into the Top Spot on the "Billboard" Album Chart:

It took her 11 weeks to get there, but NICKI MINAJ now has a #1 album. Her debut album "Pink Friday" moved another 45,000 copies in its 11th week to narrowly block the Christian rock band RED from the top spot. Here's this week's Top 10 . . .

1.) "Pink Friday", Nicki Minaj (45,000 copies)
2.) (NEW) "Until We Have Faces", the Christian rock band Red (43,000 copies)
3.) (NEW) "Musica + Alma + Sexo", Ricky Martin (32,000 copies)
4.) "Doo-Wops & Hooligans", Bruno Mars (32,000 copies)
5.) "Loud", Rihanna (29,000 copies)
6.) "Kidz Bop 19" (28,000 copies)
7.) "My Kinda Party", Jason Aldean (27,000 copies)
8.) "Speak Now", Taylor Swift (27,000 copies)
9.) Pink's "Greatest Hits ... So Far!!!" (25,000 copies)
10.) "Recovery", Eminem (25,000 copies)

Snoop Dogg Has Endorsed a Product That Cuts Down on Weed Odor:

SNOOP DOGG has endorsed something called Blunt Magic, which "reduces the smell and smoke output when smoking." --It's simple: You spray the product directly ON whatever you're smoking. That's it. They say it's "all-natural and food-safe," and has been approved by the FDA. It comes in two different flavors: Grape and blueberry. --In a statement, Snoop said, quote, "Roll Doggy style with Blunt Magic and see what it do. Check out our product . . . and let me know what you think. --Blunt Magic is already available at "convenience stores, specialty smoke shops and online." It's going for $6.99 a bottle on

Game Must Pay a Jewelry Company $91,000:

LINDSAY LOHAN isn't the only celebrity in trouble over jewelry. An L.A. judge has ordered GAME to pay a jewelry company $91,000 in unpaid bills. --Game had a company called Lemmerman's make at least six pieces of custom jewelry a few years ago . . . and never finished paying it off. The company took him to court for the unpaid portion of the bill, plus interest. (--That's the $91,000.)
"American Idol" Producers Are Doing a Country Singing Competition on CMT:

CMT is doing another "American Idol"-type talent show . . . but this time it has some heavy hitters behind it. --It's being produced by NIGEL LYTHGOE and his son SIMON. Nigel was an executive producer on "American Idol" . . . and you may recognize him as one of the judges on "So You Think You Can Dance". He also co-created that show. --The new show is called "CMT's Next Superstar" . . . and it's supposed to debut sometime in April. They're doing 10 episodes . . . and will announce the winner during the "CMT Music Awards". No word yet on who the judges will be. --Here's Nigel explaining why this show will be so very different, quote, "Country music is all about storytelling, personalities and putting yourself into the songs. --"This show is not about going to a set, it's about being in a location that has history to it. We're down and dirty in the heart of Nashville. --"It's not just going to be another 'American Idol' production, why would I be involved in that? I've got the best. From my point of view, I want to change it up totally."


KELSEY and CAMILLE GRAMMER will be officially divorced today. (Full Story)

Did ALEX RODRIGUEZ get caught picking his nose in a clothing store? (Full Story)

TISHA CAMPBELL-MARTIN admits she has the lung disease sarcoidosis . . . but denies tabloid reports that she's dying from it. (Full Story)

WILLOW SMITH wants BRAD PITT to play her adopted father in the "Annie" remake. (Full Story)

Comic book fans, take heed: Spider-Man is joining the Fantastic Four . . . taking the place of the Human Torch, who was killed off last month. And they're changing their name to the Future Foundation. (Full Story)

CEE LO GREEN will sing "Forget You" at the Grammys this Sunday, and the performance will also feature GWYNETH PALTROW and the Muppets! The Jim Henson Company says it was Cee Lo's idea to invite the Muppets. (Full Story)

A security guard on the set of "NCIS" was killed yesterday when he was hit by a van. It was a freak accident that apparently happened when the driver had some kind of medical emergency, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle. (Full Story)

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry has created a new show called "Hallelujah", which he's describing as "'Glee' for conservative Republicans." It could be ready in time to be considered for ABC's schedule next year. (Full Story)

RIHANNA will tour North America this summer. She's announced seven dates so far, the rest will be revealed later. You can see her itinerary at



A Married Republican Congressman Has Resigned After Sending a Shirtless Photo To a Woman On Craigslist:

Chris Lee is a Republican congressman from New York. At least he was. He resigned yesterday . . . after he was caught trolling for women on Craigslist. And of course, he's married. Here's what went down. --On Friday, a 34-year-old woman posted in the 'Women Seeking Men' personals of the Washington, D.C. Craigslist. She said she was looking for a man who doesn't "look like a toad", was over six feet tall, 30 to 40 years old, and financially and emotionally secure. --Lee responded from a Gmail account, and said he was a 39-year-old divorced lobbyist . . . even though he's actually a 46-year-old married Congressman. He also attached a SHIRTLESS photo. --They started talking back and forth, and even though Lee said he was a lobbyist, he used his real name. She Googled him . . . realized that the guy in the shirtless photo was a Congressman . . . and cut things off. --Then she forwarded all the correspondence and the shirtless photo to the website Gawker, and they published the story. --Early yesterday, Lee wouldn't confirm or deny anything, but said he needed to, quote, "work this out with my wife." Lee and his wife have one son together. --Then later in the day, he sent out a press release, resigning from Congress. It included his apology, quote, "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff, and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all." (Gawker) (--Check out Lee's official Congressional photo, and the shirtless photo he sent to the woman on Craigslist.)
A Republican State Representative In Tennessee Credits Her Political Success To . . . Her Time As a Hooters Girl:

The future leaders of this country aren't in the high school debate clubs or sitting in ivy-covered buildings at prestigious East Coast colleges. No . . . they're wearing tight white tank tops, tiny orange shorts, and slangin' overpriced buffalo wings. -In November, 29-year-old Julia Hurley was elected as a Republican state representative in Tennessee. And she credits her political success to . . . her time working as a HOOTERS GIRL. --When Julia was in college, she started working as a waitress at Hooters. She says that while she was there, she started learning about business and networking. --And, quote, "I know that without that time in my life I would not be as strong-willed and eager to become successful. If I could make it at Hooters, I could make it anywhere." --She says that some of her former customers at Hooters even made campaign contributions. --While she was at Hooters, Julia also worked as a model in some pretty risqué photos. When she was running for the state House, her opponents tried to use her Hooters background and the modeling shots against her . . . but it didn't work. (Long Island Press)

Michelle Obama Has Banned Her Daughters From Using Facebook:

Something makes me think this is REALLY for the best. PRESIDENT OBAMA'S daughters aren't on Facebook. --Yesterday, during an interview on the "Today" show, MICHELLE OBAMA said that her daughters don't have Facebook profiles because, quote, "I'm not a big fan of young kids having Facebook." --Sasha Obama is nine and Malia is 12 --Michelle says that maybe the girls can be on Facebook once they're older. (AOL News) (--Of course, by that time, Facebook won't be cool anymore and they won't even WANT to be on it, but that's not really the point.)

Fort Wayne, Indiana Refuses To Name a Building After a Beloved Former Mayor . . . Because His Name Was Harry Baals:

From 1934 to 1954, Fort Wayne, Indiana had a fantastic mayor. He was beloved in town. He won four terms. He was mayor longer than anyone else in Fort Wayne history. --But the city is now REFUSING to bend to popular demand and name a new government center after him. Because his name was . . . HARRY BAALS. (--Yes, it's pronounced like you think it is.) --That's "Harry" spelled "H-A-R-R-Y" and "Baals" spelled "B-A-A-L-S" . . . but it's the pronunciation, not the spelling, that's holding up the city leaders. --Harry died in 1954, while he was still in office. His family today has changed the pronunciation of their last name to "Bales." --Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that the city leaders are refusing to drop Harry Baals on the building because, quote, "We realize that while Harry Baals was a respected mayor, not everyone outside of Fort Wayne will know that." --There's only one problem. This story BLEW UP LIKE CRAZY online yesterday . . . and the people have spoken. --The city has a website called, where people initially voted on the name for the center. Before yesterday, Harry Baals had a few hundred votes. As of last night he was up to well over 10,000. --The next closest competitor, the Anthony Wayne Government Center, has fewer than 500 votes. Even with this support as a testicl . . . err, testament . . . to the popularity of Harry Baals, the city isn't budging on the name. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

The Valentine's Gift That People Want the Most Is a Romantic Getaway . . . But Most of Us Have Never Gotten One:

According to a new survey, the Valentine's Day gift that people want the most is a romantic getaway. Although the survey was conducted by Orbitz, the travel website, so we can assume that 'romantic staycation' wasn't an option. --Almost half of the people surveyed said a romantic getaway is the Valentine's gift they want the most . . . but 85% of the people surveyed said they've never actually given or received a trip as a romantic gift. --The most popular destination for a romantic getaway is, quote, "a bungalow on a remote beach." A bed and breakfast in wine country came in second . . . a boutique hotel in the city is third . . . and a ski chalet in the mountains is fourth. --San Francisco was voted the sexiest city in the U.S., just beating Miami and New York. --So far, the most popular destination for Valentine's weekend this year on Orbitz is Las Vegas . . . same as last year. --The rest of the top 10 are: Orlando . . . Cancun, Mexico . . . New York . . . Chicago . . . Oahu . . . New Orleans . . . Miami . . . Los Angeles . . . and San Francisco. (PR Newswire)
Divorces Skyrocket 36% Around Valentine's Day?

You're SUPPOSED to use Valentine's Day as a reminder to think about the amazingness of romance. It's not supposed to go down like this. --According to, a website that posts ratings and profiles for doctors and lawyers, Valentine's Day is also the time of year when DIVORCES skyrocket. --Apparently, a lot of people take a long, hard look at their marriages . . . realize that the romance is dead . . . and can't fathom even one more Valentine's Day of choking down a heart-shaped box of chocolates together. So they end things. --The survey found that divorce filings jump 36% around Valentine's Day, compared to the previous six months. Even higher than after the holidays, when a lot of people come down from the Christmas high and end things. --Kelly Chang is a divorce lawyer in Los Angeles. She says she always sees the Valentine's Day rush, and there are two main people who cause that rush. --Quote, "[There are] the 'delayed New Year's resoluters' who are moving forward on their resolution to be single, just a month late . . . and the 'waiting to exhalers' who file for divorce [because] of their spouse's actions on Valentine's Day." --Cary Cheifetz is a divorce lawyer in New Jersey and he has another theory on why people get divorced in mid-February. Quote, "People wait until they know what their spouse's bonus and income situation will be in the new year." (New York Post)

Men Are Twice as Likely as Women To Say "I Love You" In the First Week of Dating:

According to a nationwide survey by "Glamour" and Ralph Lauren, men are TWICE as likely as women to say "I love you" within the first week of dating. --Which proves one of two things: Either men have gotten softer, more emotional, and more like the princes in fairytales . . . or they'll say ANYTHING to get sex within a week of meeting you. --More than 19% of men have told a woman "I love you" within a week, versus 10% of women. --The men in the survey also said the number one thing they want to receive for Valentine's Day is to hear "I love you." --Nine out of 10 people surveyed . . . both men and women . . . believe there's such a thing as true love. --88% of men said the compliment they want to hear the most is "you're so funny." 93% of women said the compliment THEY want to hear most is "you have a great smile." (PR Newswire)

Thursday Has Replaced Saturday As the Most Popular Night To Go Out:

Apparently "casual Fridays" have become "hungover Fridays." And you know what? We're totally fine with that. Weekends SHOULD start on Thursday. Eff The Man. --According to a new survey, THURSDAYS have replaced Saturdays as the most popular night to go out. And whether that means going out to dinner, going to a movie, or yes, going out and getting blackout drunk . . . Thursdays are king now. --62% of people overall, and 72% of people under 30, said Thursday is the night when they're most likely to go out. Saturday came in second, Friday came in third, and Sunday came in fourth. --For people who have a tamer definition of going out, 65% say they eat out instead of cooking on Thursdays . . . and 45% of people say they try to squeeze in their grocery shopping on Thursday nights to avoid the weekend lines. (Daily Mirror)

Here are Some of the Strangest Taxes and Tax Breaks In the U.S.:

Think the government is content just taking income tax on every dollar you earn, and sales tax on every dollar you spend? Come on. Here are some actual, extra, obscure taxes from around the country. And a few random tax breaks too. A few.

--Body piercing tax. In Arkansas, there's a 6% tax on body piercing. And also on gutter cleaning and pet grooming.

--Haunted house tax. In New York, operas and musicals are exempt from sales taxes . . . but any Halloween show with music has to pay a tax.

--Death tax. In Seattle, Washington, you . . . or really your family . . . owes a $50 tax when you DIE.

--Stripper tax. If it isn't hard enough being a stripper in Utah, there's an extra 10% tax on strip clubs.

--Double amputee tax break. In Oregon, if you're a double amputee, you get a $50 tax break. But if you're a single amputee . . . no break.

--100-year-old free spirit tax break. In New Mexico, you can get a good tax exemption if you're 100 and older. But only if no one else claims you as a dependent.

--Ottoman empire tax break. In California, if you were persecuted by the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923, you get a tax break. This one's for victims of the Armenian Genocide during World War One. But still . . . Ottoman Empire? (Forbes)

Identity Theft Went Way Down In 2010 . . . Because Our Identities Aren't Worth Stealing Anymore:

It's a bad time to be an identity thief . . . because none of us have an identity worth stealing anymore. --In 2010, the number of identity theft victims in the U.S. went WAY down . . . from 11 million in 2009 to 8.1 million. --The total value of losses dropped from $56 BILLION in 2009 to $37 BILLION. And the average losses per victim dropped from $5,000 in 2009 to $4,600. --Because of the credit crisis, it's a much tougher road for identity thieves. --It's become a LOT harder to open up credit lines in someone else's name without rigorous background checks . . . and the amount of credit being passed out is way down. --So unless you steal the identity from someone with an 800 credit score and you can answer all of the questions required for a background check . . . you're out of luck. (The Register)

A Woman Has Sued After Being Hit In the Head At a Concert By a Crowd Surfer:

In 2009, a woman named Ijdella Vanderklok of Winnipeg, Canada was at a BLINK-182 concert. And no, this story isn't just to make fun of her for going to a Blink-182 show in *2009*. Maybe she thought she was stepping into a time machine. --No. While Ijdella was at the concert, someone started crowd surfing. And we're not going to make fun of him either for crowd surfing at a Blink-182 concert in 2009. --The crowd surfer was DROPPED right onto Ijdella. She says she suffered serious injuries to her leg and is now disabled. --So she's SUING the concert venue, which is the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, for providing insufficient security and not doing its part to discourage crowd surfing. --Her lawyer says that Ijdella knew there might be crowd surfing at the concert, but she assumed she'd be safe if she didn't surf or pass a surfer herself. Quote, "My client was not aware she was placing herself in danger." --There's no word on how much she's seeking in the lawsuit. --The MTS Centre wouldn't comment on the lawsuit. (CNews)


A Bank Robber Almost Escapes From the Police . . . When They Grab Him By His Prosthetic Arm and It Falls Off:

Earlier this week, 26-year-old Matthew Meguiar of Orlando, Florida robbed the Fairwinds Credit Union in Orlando. The teller alerted the police, and they got there before Matthew even left the bank. --As he walked out, a sheriff's deputy grabbed his arm. And . . . IT FELL OFF. --Turns out Matthew had a prosthetic arm. And when the deputy grabbed it, he detached it. That actually could've given Matthew a chance to ESCAPE, but the deputy shook off the surprise, put down the arm, and grabbed Matthew. --He tried to handcuff him, but couldn't really figure out how . . . so he and some fellow officers just held Matthew while they questioned witnesses. --Matthew didn't even end up getting any money . . . the teller filled up a bag with bills, but it was too big to fit through the slot in the teller's cage, so Matthew walked out empty-handed. (--Or . . . um . . . empty-one-handed?) --He was arrested for attempted robbery. (Orlando Sentinel)

A Drunk Driver Pulls Herself Over When She Mistakes the Lights On a Sign For Police Lights:

I always say we've got to do whatever it takes to get drunk drivers off the streets. And this is one way. One stupid way. --27-year-old Nicole Scott of Sandusky, Ohio was recently driving in her Dodge Avenger, and she was drunk. As she drove, she thought she saw red and blue police lights up ahead, so she pulled over. --There were two problems for Nicole. One . . . they weren't police lights, they were actually lights on the sign for a roller skating rink called Skate World. And two . . . when she pulled over, she pulled right into a snow bank, and got STUCK. --Some actual police did end up driving by, they saw the car lodged in the snow, and came to help. -Nicole refused to take a sobriety test because she told the cops she wasn't driving . . . her friend Ray was driving but ran off. Then she changed the story to blame her friend Samantha. Then her friend Courtney. Then finally her friend Brittany. --The cops saw a half-full bottle of Michelob Ultra in the car . . . and the only footprints in the snow near the car were Nicole's. Plus she was having trouble walking straight. --She was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and having an open container. A tow truck company got her car out of the snow bank. (Sandusky Register)

Super Bowl Stupidity: Four Navy jets did a fly-over of the stadium in Dallas at the start of the game, even though the retractable roof was closed. It still cost taxpayers $450,000. (Full Story)

Some coaches really go the distance for their players, but this takes it to another level. Tom Walter is the coach of Wake Forest's baseball team, and on Monday, he donated a kidney to his freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan. (Full Story)

Check out a list from of 'The 50 Happiest Cities to Work in." San Jose, California is number one . . . followed by San Francisco . . . Jacksonville, Florida . . . Miami . . . and Washington, D.C. (Full Story)

A quadriplegic man is suing Disney after they left him on the "It's a Small World" ride for 40 minutes, while they evacuated other passengers after the ride stalled. (Full Story)

A new study in England shows that giving teenagers the morning-after pill for free . . . increased STDs in teenage girls. (Full Story)

The Good News: There are more trees in the U.S. now than there were 100 years ago! The Bad News: It's quantity over quality. The average age of forests today is younger than it was before European settlement. So they're home to fewer animals, plants, and insects. But hey . . . more trees! (Full Story)


#1.) A Walk-On Quarterback at UConn Posted a Crazy Trick-Shot Video on YouTube . . . And Now He's an Overnight Sensation:

There's a walk-on quarterback at the University of Connecticut named JOHNNY MCENTEE, and he's never played a single down as quarterback. But he's become an overnight sensation because of a new football trick-shot video he posted on YouTube. --Every shot he makes is impressive, including the one where he knocks a water bottle off a guy's head from 20 yards away. But the BEST shot is the last one: --He throws a football through a basketball hoop from way up in the stands at the other end of UConn's basketball arena. (--Search for "Johnny McEntee Trick Shots." He knocks the water bottle off at 2:10, and takes the basketball shot at 4:33.)

#2.) AdWeek Condensed All 61 Super Bowl Ads Into a Two-Minute YouTube Video:

If you missed any of the Super Bowl ads last weekend, AdWeek posted a two-minute montage on YouTube that includes clips from all 61 of them. (--Search for "61 Ads from Super Bowl 2011 in 2 Minutes.")

#3.) A Semi With Five Feet of Snow on Top of It Went Under an Overpass . . . And It Was Awesome:

There's a new video on YouTube of a tractor-trailer driving down a highway in Illinois with about five feet of snow piled on top of it . . . which makes it way too tall to fit under any overpass. --So when it goes under one at full-speed, there's a huge explosion of snow. (--Search for "Snow Explodes as Semi Passes Under Bridge.")

#4.) Bill O'Reilly Interrupted President Obama 48 Times During Their Pre-Super Bowl Interview:

BILL O'REILLY interviewed PRESIDENT OBAMA before the Super Bowl and said beforehand that it would be more like a conversation than a regular Q&A. But let's just say O'Reilly has a different definition of 'conversation' than a lot of people. --In 15 minutes, he interrupted Obama a total of 48 times, and there's a montage of all of them on YouTube. (--Search for "O'Reilly Interrupts Obama 48 Times.")

#5.) Jennifer Aniston and Tila Tequila Did "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis": has a new episode of "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis". In this one he interviews JENNIFER ANISTON, but is much more interested in his first guest, TILA TEQUILA.
Five Popular Valentine's Day Flowers, and What They Supposedly Mean:

Giving red roses on Valentine's Day is kind of 'safe,' so some guys like to branch out. But BEWARE . . . the magazine "Marie Claire" says the flowers you pick might send the wrong message. --Clearly this is total nonsense, but here are the secret meanings behind five popular types of flowers.

#1.) Yellow Tulips. They mean you're hopelessly in love with her, but you're worried she's not that into you.

#2.) Orchids. They supposedly represent "refined beauty", but "Marie Claire" also says they make you look pretentious.

#3.) Pink Carnations. They represent "a mother's love", so they're more appropriate for Mother's Day than Valentine's Day.

#4.) Coriander. It's actually an herb, but it's used as filler in bouquets. And according to "Marie Claire", it represents "lust", and means you're more interested in sex than you are in having a meaningful relationship.

#5.) Peonies. They look kind of like carnations and represent "shame and bashfulness" . . . so your woman might think you're having an affair.

--Anyway . . . let's thank "Marie Claire" for adding even more anxiety to a 'holiday' that already has enough. And remember: Buying ANY kind of flowers on Valentine's Day is better than not buying them at all. (


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