Wednesday, February 16, 2011



Billy Ray Cyrus Says "Hannah Montana" Destroyed His Family . . . And If He Had It To Do Over Again, He Wouldn't:

It is ON between BILLY RAY CYRUS and the show that made him a household name again. In an interview with "GQ" magazine, Billy Ray comes down HARD on "Hannah Montana". --He says, quote, "I'll tell you right now . . . the damn show destroyed my family." --With his marriage in the crapper and MILEY going off the rails, Billy Ray has nothing but regret about doing the show. --He says, quote, "I hate to say it, but yes . . . I'd take it back in a second. For my family to be here and just be everybody OK, safe and sound and happy and normal, would have been fantastic. --"Heck, yeah. I'd erase it all in a second if I could." --Because he chose to do the show with Miley in order to stay close to her, Billy Ray says he was unfairly blamed for every scandal she got involved in . . . from her too-sexy "Vanity Fair" photo shoot to her pole-dancing escapades. --He even claims Miley's handlers set him up to take the fall . . . quote, "All those people around, they used me every time. It became so obvious that, man, no matter what happens, they're going to put you up there and let you take the bullet." --But he let it happen because, quote, "That's what daddies do . . . Okay, nail me to the cross. I'll take it."
--But last year, Billy Ray had enough of being Miley's garbage boy. Her 18th birthday party was being held in a 21-and-over club . . . and her people wanted Billy Ray there so that if any bad press came out of it, they could say he endorsed it. --Billy Ray refused to show up. He says, quote, "I started realizing I'm being used. If I would have went out there I would have been right in the middle of all this stuff that's going on right now with the bong. --''They'd be hanging my ass. I had the common sense . . . I said, 'This whole thing's falling apart up there and they just want to blame all this stuff on you again.' I'm staying out of it."
As For That Bong Scandal . . .
One thing Miley's people told Billy Ray to stay out of was the bong scandal. He says, quote, "I didn't know what the footage was. They told me, it was none of my business. --"I'm dealing with somebody that had only known my daughter for possibly four years, and I'm her daddy. I was pretty damn insulted. And I took that as the ultimate alarm. --"'It's none of your business'! None of my business that you're out running around L.A. trying to buy kids' computers and phones because there's something about my daughter?"
Billy Ray's More Worried About Miley Than Himself:
Obviously, Billy Ray isn't really worried about himself. He's worried about Miley. He says, quote, "I'm scared for her. She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. --"I know she's 18, but I still feel like as her daddy I'd like to try to help. Take care of her just a little bit, to at least get her out of danger." --He adds, quote, "I want to get her sheltered from the storm. Stop the insanity just for a minute. When you go through what she's been through, it takes a beating on you. And there comes a point where you just got to step back."
Is Miley Just Like Cobain, Anna Nicole and MJ?
Billy Ray even draws parallels between Miley and certain celebrities who died too soon. --He says, quote, "I'm concerned about Miley. I think that [KURT COBAIN'S] world was just spinning so fast and he had so many people around him that didn't help him. --"Like ANNA NICOLE SMITH . . . you could see that train wreck coming . . . MICHAEL JACKSON . . . I was trying to reach out to Michael Jackson." --One of the reasons things have gotten to where they are is because Billy Ray tried to be more of a FRIEND to Miley than a PARENT. --He says, quote, "I should have been a better parent. I should have said, 'Enough is enough . . . it's getting dangerous and somebody's going to get hurt.' --"I should have, but I didn't . . . Honestly, I didn't know the ball was out of bounds until it was way up in the stands somewhere."
Is Satan At Work to Destroy the Cyrus Family?
Disney owns "Hannah Montana", and "Hannah Montana" destroyed the Cyrus family. So it's Disney's fault, right? Not necessarily. Billy Ray has his eye on another possible culprit: SATAN HIMSELF. --Billy Ray says his soon-to-be ex-wife TISH made the whole family get baptized before they moved to Hollywood to keep them strong. But it didn't work. --He says, quote, "Driving to work each day in the City of Angels, was this sign. A physical sign. It could have easily said 'You will now be attacked by Satan. Entering this industry, you are now on the highway to darkness.' --"It's the way it is. There has always been a battle between good and evil. Always will be. You think, 'This is a chance to make family entertainment, bring families together . . .' and look what it's turned into."
Billy Ray Never Made A Dime Off Miley:
Even though Billy Ray was on "Hannah Montana" with Miley, he's not her manager, and has no say in her professional career. He says he did the show for PEANUTS just to be near her, and he's never taken advantage of her success. --He says, quote, "For the record, to set it straight, I want to tell you: I've never made a dime off of Miley. You got a lot of people have made percentages off of her. --"I'm proud to say to this day I've never made one commissioned dollar, or dime, off of my daughter."

"Two and a Half Men" Creator Chuck Lorre Made Fun of Charlie Sheen At the End of His Two Shows Monday Night:

"Two and a Half Men" co-creator CHUCK LORRE took shots at CHARLIE SHEEN Monday night, at the end of both "Men" and his other comedy, "Mike & Molly". --But before we can explain HOW he did it, we have to drop a little TV industry lingo on you. --You've probably never heard the term "VANITY CARD" before, but you've seen tons of them. --They're those quick little stills . . . or sometimes there's actual motion in them . . . that come at the very end of a show, to say who the executive producer was. --For example, J.J. ABRAMS' vanity card is that "Bad Robot" clip. TINA FEY'S is the baby in the peacock costume. --Perhaps the most famous vanity card of them all is the one used by producer Gary David Goldberg for his Ubu Productions. It features a picture of a black lab holding a frisbee in its mouth. --A voice says, quote, "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog" . . . followed by a single bark. (--You can see it here.) --Anyway, Chuck Lorre very often puts little messages or jokes on his vanity cards. And on Monday, they both appeared to be aimed at Charlie. --The "Two and a Half Men" card DEFINITELY was. It said, quote, "I exercise regularly. I eat moderate amounts of healthy food. I make sure to get plenty of rest. I see my doctor once a year and my dentist twice a year. I floss every night. --"I've had chest x–rays, cardio stress tests, EKG's and colonoscopies. I see a psychologist and have a variety of hobbies to reduce stress. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't have crazy, reckless sex with strangers. --"If Charlie Sheen outlives me, I'm gonna be really pissed." --The card that ran after "Mike & Molly" was more veiled. It didn't mention Charlie by name, but it talked about someone who partied in order to stop feeling, quote, "dead inside" . . . and then died. (--Check out those vanity cards here and here.) --TMZ caught up with Charlie last night and got his response. He said, quote, "Chuck I will outlive you. I will piss you off. I miss you, man." (--Here's video.)

Did Frankie Muniz Assault His Girlfriend and Threaten to Kill Himself?

Former "Malcolm in the Middle" star FRANKIE MUNIZ got into a little trouble over the weekend. --On Friday, Frankie and his girlfriend Elycia Turnbow got into a heated argument over, quote, "prior relationships." Turnbow told police that Frankie held a gun to his head, possibly with the intent of committing suicide. --She made a member of Frankie's band take him to the hospital. (--Frankie is the drummer for a band called YOU HANG UP. He hasn't done much acting since he put his showbiz career on hold to become a racecar driver a few years ago.) --When Frankie returned from the hospital later that night, they started fighting again. Turnbow says Frankie, quote, "punched her in the back of the head, and threw her into a wall." --At this point, Turnbow called the cops. --When they showed up, Frankie denied putting the gun to his head. He told them, quote, "I grabbed the case, but not the gun . . . it isn't even loaded." But police did find the gun, and it WAS loaded. They took it. --Frankie also told them that the only reason he went to the hospital was because he fell and hit his head while Turnbow was yelling at him. --As for the assault, Frankie said he was only defending himself because SHE had attacked HIM . . . and that she fell down during the chaos. He said he wouldn't assault her because, quote, "I love her too much. She is the woman I want to marry." --Police didn't arrest anyone, but they said someone might get locked up if they had to come back. --Yesterday, Frankie's rep issued a statement denying Turnbow's allegations . . . quote, "Frankie and Elycia had an argument a few days ago. The police were called to the residence. --"A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping. There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal. She was not assaulted." --The rep added that Frankie and Elycia are still together and, quote, "moving forward with their lives and with their relationship."

Is "Selleck Waterfall Sandwich" the Strangest Website of All Time?

There are some pretty weird websites out there, but we've found one that might be among the weirdest . . . if not THE weirdest. --It's called Selleck Waterfall Sandwich . . . and the name describes quite literally what you'll find there. --It's just Photoshopped pictures that contain three key elements: A sandwich or sandwiches . . . a waterfall . . . and TOM SELLECK. (--Describing the pictures won't do them justice. This is one of those things you have to see for yourself. Check it out here.) (--And don't forget to scroll all the way down and play the official Selleck Waterfall Sandwich THEME SONG.)

Elizabeth Taylor's Health Is Improving:

ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S health is improving, a week after she was hospitalized for symptoms of congestive heart failure. --Her rep says, quote, "Since being admitted, there has been steady improvement in her condition, and over the weekend she has had visits from family and close friends. --"Her medical team is gratified by her progress to date, and it is hoped and expected that this will continue over the next few days. For now, she will remain under their care in the hospital for continued monitoring." --Liz . . . who's 78 . . . has been suffering from congestive heart failure for several years.

Check Out Pictures of Several of This Year's "Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit woman:

Wanna see a motherload of pictures of this year's "Sports Illustrated" swimsuit minxes . . . including cover girl IRINA SHAYK and naturally busty BROOKLYN DECKER? Thanks to the power of the Internet, you don't have to buy the magazine. (--Here they are. You're welcome.)

Eduardo Cruz's "Eva" Tattoo Is Old . . . And It Has Nothing to Do With Eva Longoria:

PENELOPE CRUZ'S brother EDUARDO may have the word "Eva" tattooed on his arm. But it apparently has nothing to do with his alleged girlfriend, EVA LONGORIA. --Eva's rep says it's an old tattoo that Eduardo's had since before he met Eva . . . and it has, quote, "nothing to do with her."


CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan Was Beaten and Sexually Assaulted in Egypt:

Remember when CBS News correspondent LARA LOGAN was detained by Egyptian police on February 3rd? Well, that's not the worst thing that happened to her over there. --This past Friday . . . after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down . . . Lara was covering the celebrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square when she was beaten and sexually assaulted. --CBS released the following statement yesterday . . . quote, "[Lara] and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.--"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. --"She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering. --"There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time." (--Obviously, that's all we know about the attack at this time.)

Matt Damon Could Have Starred in "Avatar":

Would "Avatar" have been as good with MATT DAMON in the lead role instead of SAM WORTHINGTON? Because that almost happened. --Matt says, quote, "I had to pass on 'Avatar'. I was desperate to work with [James] Cameron. It didn't work out because of scheduling. But it didn't work out too badly for 'Avatar'."

Should KCBS Reporter Serene Branson Return to Work "Very Soon"?

Yesterday, KCBS-TV released another update on reporter SERENE BRANSON . . . saying that she, quote, "wants us to know she followed-up with a visit to the doctor for some medical tests . . . and hopes to be back on the air very soon." (--Serene is the reporter who suddenly began talking gibberish during a live, post-Grammys report last Sunday night. You can revisit the video, here.) --There were no new updates on her health. In fact, everyone seems to be talking as if they're ready to move on . . . and ignore what happened. (--Maybe I'm off-point here, but the more I watch that video, the more I can't believe that there wasn't something medically wrong with Serene.) (--There's "being tripped up," and there's "being tongue-twisted," and there's times when you can't grasp and spit out the words that you're trying to say. But what happened to her is way beyond that . . . at least in my experience.) --Some experts are concerned . . . and don't think all this should just be swept under the rug. Neurologist Dr. Jesse Eisenberger told "Good Morning America" that she could have a condition called Aphasia. --He described it as, quote, "a symptom that can be related to a stroke, or it could be other things, such as a partial seizure." (--Some have pointed to this video of Wisconsin anchor SARAH CARLSON apparently having a mild seizure on the air last month. She has epilepsy, and had a brain tumor removed four months ago. She's OK.) --And a neuro-interventional radiologist tells E! Online, quote, "If [Serene] isn't getting herself to a hospital, that's crazy. I would start with an MRI . . . I would not let this go." (--The point is: Serene should not rush back to work until she's exhausted EVERY attempt to figure out what caused this. Maybe it just happened . . . but to me, it seems far more likely that something's wrong.)

The Nominees for the First "Comedy Awards" Have Been Announced:

The nominees for the first "Comedy Awards" have been announced, and "30 Rock" led the way with seven nominations. (--Browse the full list of nominees, here.) --The "Comedy Awards" are being hyped as "the Oscars of the comedy business." Comedy Central will air the ceremony on April 10th. No host has been named yet.

"Live to Dance" May Be Canceled:

Nothing is official yet, but claims CBS will NOT be bringing back PAULA ABDUL'S reality show, "Live to Dance". --A so-called "source" says Paula was given the bad news last Friday, and she was floored . . . quote, "she spent the weekend at her home, surrounded by friends, rehashing CBS's devastating decision and wondering what she would do next." (--But there's a decent chance this turns out to be a blessing in disguise . . . because it would clear Paula's schedule to join SIMON COWELL on the American "X Factor".)

Nearly 27 Million People Watched Sunday Night's Grammys:

Sunday night's Grammy Awards notched their best ratings in a decade. 26.7 million people tuned in to watch LADY GAGA hatch from an egg and JUSTIN BIEBER learn that maybe it's not his world after all. --Last week's "American Idol" broadcasts round out the top 3.

1.) "The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards", CBS, 26.7 million viewers
2.) Wednesday's "American Idol", Fox, 24.1 million viewers
3.) Thursday's "American Idol", Fox, 21.9 million viewers


--"Survivor: Redemption Island" [22nd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. (--This season's twist is that players are given a chance to reenter the game by defeating other banished players in head-to-head competitions. "Survivor" rivals Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz also return to the game, and join a tribe of nobodies.)

--"American Idol" [Performance Show] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"The Middle" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on ABC. (--"The Hills" minx Kristin Cavallari guest stars as Axl's biology teacher.)

--"Better with You" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--JoAnna Garcia's real life husband New York Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher guest stars as himself when Ben accidentally throws off his game with the help of an unlucky leather jacket.)

--"Modern Family" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on ABC. (--Shelley Long returns as Mitchell's mom shows up for Lily's second birthday with her new boyfriend, Matt Dillon.)

--"Mr. Sunshine" . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Nick Jonas guest stars.)

--"Ghost Hunters International" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"My Strange Addiction" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Forest Whitaker and Janeane Garofalo star in this "Criminal Minds" spin-off.)

--"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--"Will & Grace" minx Debra Messing guest stars.)

--"Face Off" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy. (--The contestants must create an original horror-movie villain with an accompanying movie poster, title and tagline, which will be judged by "Friday the 13th" director Sean Cunningham.)
Did Lady Gaga Spend 72 Hours In the Egg Before Hatching at the Grammys?

In LADY GAGA'S recent interviews . . . on "The Tonight Show" Monday and on RYAN SEACREST'S radio show yesterday . . . she's been claiming that she spent THREE DAYS in the egg thing she was in when she arrived at the Grammys. --She told Seacrest, quote, "I was in there for about 72 hours. It was a very creative experience. It was time for me to really prepare and think about the meaning of ['Born This Way'] and get prepared for the performance. --"I really wanted to be born on stage. The creative vessel was helpful for me to stay focused. We had it backstage so that I was able to really stay in this sort of creative, embryonic incubation. --"I'm so passionate about this record and the meaning of the album." --She also said that the "vessel" was "temperature controlled." (--C'mon, let's be real here. Regardless of what Lady Gaga says, there's no way she spent the three days leading up to the Grammys inside that little thing. She would've needed to eat, drink, bathe and use the restroom.) (--I'm willing to believe that she spent an hour or two straight inside it before hatching, but that's it. This is Lady Gaga, not DAVID BLAINE.)

Lady Gaga Explains Her Random Whitney Houston Shout Out:

LADY GAGA told RYAN SEACREST yesterday that she'd been meaning to thank WHITNEY HOUSTON for AGES . . . --So, when she abruptly announced that Whitney was her inspiration for "Born This Way" at the Grammys, it was NOT just a conveniently-timed response to all the talk about the song ripping-off MADONNA'S "Express Yourself". --Lady Gaga said, "I can't tell you how much I listened to [Whitney] growing up. She was my vocal idol for so many years. I sort of planned to thank her a long time ago, at some point. I said, 'If I ever win a Grammy I'm gonna thank Whitney' . . . so I did." (--On Monday night, she told JAY LENO that she has heard from Madonna recently . . . and Madonna said she approved of "Born This Way".) --By the way, Lady Gaga has also announced that her shows at Madison Square Garden next week will be taped for an upcoming HBO special. --It'll air on May 7th . . . a few weeks before Lady Gaga's new disc "Born This Way" hits stores on May 23rd. (--The shows are happening on Monday and Tuesday.)

Was Justin Bieber Photographed With His Fly Down at the Grammys?

Was JUSTIN BIEBER'S worst case scenario on Sunday that he wouldn't win a Grammy . . . or that he wouldn't win a Grammy AND that he'd be photographed with his fly down? --Because the latter may have happened. --E! Online claims he was caught with his fly down while posing for pictures backstage. It does appear that there is SOME sort of "wardrobe malfunction" happening . . . but from the picture, we can't say for sure that it's his zipper. (--Check out the picture, here.) --By the way, reports that an EXPANDED version of Justin's movie, "Never Say Never", will hit theaters on March 4th. It'll include "20 pieces of music not in the current edition." The new version will be called "Never Say Never 2.0". --Some of the new edits were supposedly made after fan test screenings back in December. Both versions will likely make the DVD, which will be out in August.

Did Justin Bieber Buy Something for Selena Gomez at Victoria's Secret?

JUSTIN BIEBER and his dad were supposedly spotted at a Victoria's Secret in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day. An employee said they left with "multiple large bags" . . . but wouldn't reveal the specific purchases.

Justin Bieber Received a Best New Artist Award . . . in Britain:

If it weren't for the American Revolution, there's a chance JUSTIN BIEBER would've secured this year's Grammy for Best New Artist. --Last night, Justin took home the Best International Breakthrough Act award at the Brit Awards, the U.K. version of the Grammys. He beat out Bruno Mars, the cast of "Glee", The National, and the Australian rock band The Temper Trap. (--Sadly, it's kind of a hollow victory since ESPERANZA SPALDING wasn't among the nominees. We'll never know if she could have beaten him again.)
Fantasia Boycotted the Grammys Because She Wasn't a Part of the Aretha Franklin Tribute:

FANTASIA won her first Grammy on Sunday, but she wasn't there to accept it. And that was an intentional decision. (--She won Best Female Vocal Performance for her song "Bittersweet".) --Fantasia told BET's "106 & Park" that she was BOYCOTTING the Grammys, because she wasn't included in the ARETHA FRANKLIN tribute. --She said, quote, "I'm going to be very honest with you. You know I wasn't at the Grammys last night. I'm kind of going through my own little thing . . . --"There is no way I could've sat there and not got the happy feet and wanted to jump on the mic, because [Aretha] is my favorite . . . so I felt like, you know, at the end of the day I should have been on that stage so, I kind of did my own little thing." --The tribute DID feature: Christina Aguilera, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Hudson, Florence from Florence and the Machine and Martina McBride. (--As pouty as all this sounds, Fantasia's love of Aretha Franklin is well documented. She was featured on Aretha's song "Put You Up on Game", has referenced her in interviews, and has participated in other Aretha tributes.) (--Interestingly enough, word has it that Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson are competing for the opportunity to play Aretha in a movie about her life.) --By the way, the Aretha tribute led an poll, which asked viewers for their favorite Grammy performance. It had 39% of the vote . . . and was followed by LADY GAGA'S "Born This Way" performance, which got 27%.

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Has Been Dropped from Their Tour to Get Treated for a Nasty Spider Bite:

SLAYER will tour without guitarist JEFF HANNEMAN . . . after he suffered a nasty spider bite that gave him a flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis. It's a rare infection in which a bacterial virus attacks skin, fat and body tissue. (--If you REALLY want to be grossed out, you should Google "necrotizing fasciitis" . . . the pictures are very hard to stomach. So I guess this is an appropriately gruesome disease for a death metal god.) --Slayer has decided to continue without him, mostly because of all the dates they've had to cancel over the past year or so because of singer TOM ARAYA'S illnesses. (--There's no word when Jeff could be back.)


The "National Enquirer" claims that O.J. SIMPSON was severely beaten in prison a few months ago by a racist skinhead. (Full Story) But prison officials say it's a phony story that circulated once before, in 2009. (Full Story)

LINDSAY LOHAN will do the Top 10 List on "The Late Show with David Letterman" tomorrow night. (Full Story)

SEAN PENN and WYCLEF JEAN have squashed their beef . . . and even appeared at the same Haiti benefit show Friday night. (Full Story)

90-year-old showbiz legend MICKEY ROONEY is afraid that his stepson is after his money . . . and might even try to kidnap him. (Full Story)

MEGAN FOX and BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN were spotted on Valentine's Day . . . picking up a vacuum cleaner head at Best Buy. (???) (Full Story)

Actor KENNETH MARS died of pancreatic cancer Saturday, at the age of 74. He played the Nazi playwright in the original movie version of "The Producers" in 1968 . . . and the police inspector with the fake arm in "Young Frankenstein". He was also the voice of King Triton in "The Little Mermaid". (Full Story)

Not surprisingly, several artists featured on Sunday night's "Grammys" saw their music sales increase. (Full Story)

MOTLEY CRUE singer VINCE NEIL began serving his two-week sentence for DUI yesterday. (Mugshot)

Eminem, Lil Wayne, the Arcade Fire, the Strokes, Florence & the Machine, the Sword, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, the reunited Buffalo Springfield, Dr. John, Gregg Allman and Loretta Lynn are just a few of the acts lined up for this year's Bonnaroo. (Full Story)

Some guy who was tripping on acid broke into MOBY'S house and just sat in his living room. Moby discovered the guy at 7:00 in the morning. Instead of calling the cops, he gave the guy 20 bucks and a sweatshirt and sent him on his way. (Full Story)

CEE-LO has released his new video, "Bodies". It's over five minutes long, and includes cameos by Janelle Monae, Kerry Washington, Common and designer Karl Lagerfeld. (Video)


Has the Secret Formula For Coca-Cola Finally Been Discovered?

The secret formula for Coca-Cola has always been one of the most heavily-guarded secrets in the world. It's up there with the secret recipe for KFC, where the government is keeping the aliens, and what happened to Tony Soprano. --So this is pretty big news: Over the weekend, producers from the public radio show "This American Life" said they stumbled across the formula when they were digging through 32-year-old archives of the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution". --On February 18th, 1979, there's an article about Coca-Cola founder John Pemberton, with some photos of his hand-written journal. And one of them shows what they BELIEVE is the secret formula for Coke. It's been right there, all along. --The recipe contains everything from sugar, vanilla, and caramel, to lime juice, alcohol and cinnamon. (--You can see the full recipe on the next page.) --The researchers reproduced the recipe, and some people said they couldn't tell the difference. But it never tasted quite right. --Yesterday, Coca-Cola spokeswoman Kerry Tressler said a company historian tested the recipe, and that it wasn't quote, "the real thing . . . our formulation is our company's most valued trade secret, and we will not be coming forward with that formula." --She also addressed some famous rumors about the recipe: Yes, it exists, hand-written on a piece of paper, and it's kept in a bank vault. But no, it's not true that only two people in the company know the recipe at any given time. --Kerry says that one's false, and that, quote, "We cannot confirm the number of people who are familiar with the formulation, but it is only a small handful." (Time / LA Times)

Here's the Secret Recipe For Coca-Cola . . . Supposedly:

The main syrup:

--Fluid extract of Coca: 3 drams USP. (--'USP' stands for United States Pharmacopeia . . . they set standards for the preparation of medicine.)

--Citric acid: 3 ounces

--Caffeine: 1 ounce

--Sugar: 30 (--30 what? The quantity on that one remains a mystery.)

--Water: 2.5 gallons

--Lime juice: 2 pints, one quart

--Vanilla: 1 ounce

--Caramel: 1.5 ounce or more, for color

The secret "7X" flavor . . . Every five gallons of syrup gets two ounces of flavor.

--Alcohol: 8 ounces

--Orange oil: 20 drops

--Lemon oil: 30 drops

--Nutmeg oil: 10 drops

--Coriander: 5 drops

--Neroli: 10 drops

--Cinnamon: 10 drops

Both Men and Women Stalk Their Partners Online, But They Do It Differently . . . Women Break Into Email, and Men Use Hidden Cameras and GPS:

If you have a feeling you're being stalked online . . . like someone's been digging in your email or logging onto your Facebook . . . we have bad news. It's probably true. --These days, there's a whole lotta stalking going on. At least according to a new study out of East Carolina University in North Carolina. --The study found that PLENTY of men and women are cyberstalking their partners. Only they do it in different ways. Women are more likely to bust into someone's email or Facebook. Men are more likely to take a higher-tech route. --34% of women admitted to breaking into their partner's email more than once, versus 14% of men. --Women were also more likely than men to intensely monitor their partner's Facebook activity and cell phone records. --But men were more likely to take things a step further. 3% of men said they've HIDDEN A CAMERA in their partner's room, and 5% have used a secret GPS device or software to monitor their partner's location. --No women in the study reported using a hidden camera or GPS device. --A very small number of men also reported installing a spy program on their partner's computer to monitor all of their behavior online. A few women reported that they'd done that too. (New Scientist)

A New Survey Finds Black Women Have Way, Way More Body Confidence Than Everyone Else:

Let's hear it for all my gorgeous Nubian sisters out there. You KNOW you look good. So who cares if you weigh a delicious 250 and that dress is a size eight. It's not how it fits, it's how you wear it, baby. -"Allure" magazine just released the results of its annual survey on beauty, and the big takeaway is . . . black women have SO much more body confidence than anyone else, it's outstanding. Check out these findings . . . --Black women and Hispanic women are twice as likely as white women to say they don't want to change their bodies in any way. --Black women and Hispanic women are more likely than white women to feel like they're more attractive than their significant other. --One out of three black women think of themselves as THE most attractive person in the room. And black women are the least likely of any group to be on a diet. --And black men are MORE than happy to agree that black women are the most attractive women out there . . . --Black men were the most likely to embrace CURVINESS . . . they say they want curvier hips and a rounder or larger butt on a woman. --Black men and Hispanic men were almost twice as likely as white men to say the BUTT is the most attractive part of a woman --The survey also found that the race that women find most attractive is . . . no race. 64% of women said that mixed race people are the epitome of beauty. --86% of people surveyed said that middle-aged women today are perceived as more attractive than they were 20 years ago. --And finally . . . of the males surveyed, the younger a guy was, the more likely he was to agree with the statement "Cougars are hot." (PR Newswire)

As the Economy Has Gone Down, the Mail-Order Bride Business Has Gone Way Up:

Here's a VERY strange side effect of the economy sputtering out. While it's had a negative effect on the majority of businesses, it's led to an absolute boom in the MAIL-ORDER BRIDE industry. --John Adams runs a company called A Foreign Affair, which matches up American men with women from all over the world. He says as the economy gets worse, they get busier and busier. --The reason? Quote, "When times get tough, single men tend to re-evaluate their priorities, and love moves to the top of the list. --"They start looking at what's important, they understand that relationships and people are much more important than materialistic things. And that's when they start looking for ways to find that right person." --And, for some men, when they strike out with all the women over here, their answer is to reach out to women overseas who'll marry a stranger for American citizenship and a better life . . . at least in theory. --It costs several thousand dollars, minimum, to get a mail-order bride . . . and then, of course, you take on the role of the sole provider for the family. (My Fox DC)

The Women Who Holds the Record for World's Largest Breasts Is In a Coma After Trying To Commit Suicide:

See. Having UNTHINKABLY ENORMOUS BREASTS just might NOT be the one and only key to eternal happiness. --30-year-old Sheyla Hershey of Houston, Texas is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for having the WORLD'S LARGEST BREASTS. And now she's in the hospital, in a coma, after trying to commit suicide. --Sheyla set the record when she got implants to take her to a triple-K cup size. Then she pressed her luck and tried to get them blown up even more, to a triple-M cup. But those got infected and she had to have them removed altogether. --Yesterday, she was scheduled to have surgery to get her triple-Ks put back in. But the night before, she OD'd on pills to try to kill herself. --Sheyla has bipolar disorder and has been in therapy over her breast obsession. -Before her suicide attempt, she said, quote, "Once I reclaim my identity as the World's Biggest Boobs I can be a better role model for my daughter. I feel so ugly without my breasts. Without them, I don't know who I am." --Her husband Derek says doctors don't know when she'll get out of the coma. (London Sun) (--On Shelya's website, there are some barely, barely safe-for-work photos of her back when she had her giant breasts.)

NASA May Have Found a New Planet . . . One That's Even Bigger Than Jupiter:

If you haven't been the same since a bunch of a-hole nerds decided to ruin your childhood by deciding PLUTO wasn't a planet anymore . . . we might have your fix right here. --Scientists believe that a NASA telescope has picked up a NEW ninth planet. A bigger planet. A better planet. --The planet is named Tyche (--pronounced TY-KEE). And it's huge. It could be up to four times bigger than Jupiter, which is currently the largest planet. --Tyche is more than 15,000 times farther from the Sun than the Earth is. That's making some astrophysicists think that Tyche actually used to revolve around a different star, but the Sun was so powerful it pulled Tyche in. --After more data is collected, the International Astronomical Union will decide whether Tyche should be considered the ninth planet . . . or if it needs its own special classification. --They'll also get the final say on the name. (The Independent)


A Strip Club Customer Says He Was Robbed By . . . Two Nerds:

In this economy, even the nerds sometimes have to take to a life of crime. "Battlestar Galactica" fan fiction websites just don't generate the ad revenue they used to. --Yesterday, around 3:00 A.M., a 26-year-old man was robbed inside a strip club in Indianapolis called Club Paradise. And he told the police the robbers were, quote, "two nerdy looking guys." --They hit him on the head and stole $400 from him. They didn't leave behind any clues, like an inhaler or a retainer, so the police are still looking for them. (Indianapolis Star)

A 75-Year-Old Man Is Accused of Assaulting His Ex-Wife with Grapes . . . After She Refused To Meet His New Girlfriend:

There are a lot of layers to this story, but the strangest one is . . . you can go to jail for throwing a grape at someone? I thought this was America. --75-year-old Sebastiano Russo of Orange City, Florida still lives in a house with his 71-year-old ex-wife, Claire Russo. They've been divorced since 2003. --But since Sebastiano began DATING again, his living situation with Claire became a powder keg waiting to explode. --The explosion finally happened last week. --Sebastiano came home drunk and announced that he wanted to bring his new girlfriend to their home. There's no word on how OLD his new girlfriend is. --Claire said no way. They argued, he threatened to kill her and burn the house down . . . and then grabbed a GRAPE off the table and threw it at her. One single grape. It hit her in the face. --She wasn't injured . . . but Sebastiano was still arrested for two domestic violence charges: felony aggravated battery on a person age 65 or older, AND misdemeanor assault. (Orlando Sentinel)

A Man Is Arrested After a Fight Breaks Out with His Girlfriend . . . Because He Changed His Facebook Status To "Single":

There's no slap in the face quite like a public Facebook slap in the face. Apparently. --Last week, 21-year-old Eric Wilson of Palm Bay, Florida changed his Facebook relationship status from "In a Relationship" to "Single." --And that change was news to his girlfriend. Or at least to the woman who THOUGHT she was his girlfriend. --She saw the status change and flipped out. They argued . . . and Eric ended up breaking her TV, pushing her against a wall, and threatening to shoot her. --The police reported to the scene and Eric was arrested and charged with battery. --We tracked down Eric's Facebook page and, for what it's worth, he's STILL listing himself as single. (Florida Today)

A Drunk Driver Is Arrested After Claiming He Was Just "Mowing the Sidewalk":

This is a fairly creative excuse for drunk driving. I mean . . . it's completely illogical and you'd have to be drunk to think of something like this . . . but still fairly creative. --On Sunday, 46-year-old Steve Urbansky of Lorain, Ohio was driving drunk and got his car stuck in a snow bank along the side of the road. When the police got there he was trying to dislodge the car. --And he gave them an excuse for why he'd crashed. --He told them, quote, "[I was] just trying to mow the sidewalk." --Instead of thanking him for doing such a noble but mostly unnecessary bit of community service, Steve was arrested for DUI. He has two prior DUI convictions. (FOX 8 - Cleveland)


A guy in Ohio paid $300 to propose to his girlfriend during a Valentine's Day lunch . . . using a public bus ad. He bought the ad for a week, and arranged for the bus to be stopped outside the restaurant. (Full Story)

A 16-month-old girl in Myanmar was born with 12 fingers and 14 toes . . . setting the world record for most "digitally enhanced." (Full Story)

Check out the least and most expensive places to own a car. Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus were in the top ten cheapest . . . and San Jose, San Diego, LA, and San Francisco were among the most expensive. (Full Story)

Photo of the Day: A full-sized Optimus Prime tractor trailer is currently in New York City for the 108th annual Toy Fair. And it received a bunch of parking tickets from the NYPD.

Watch out for a popular identity theft scam that's been gathering steam: The scammers tell you that you missed jury duty, and ask for your Social Security number to verify that you never received your summons. (Full Story)

Stupid Criminals: A 27-year-old in Michigan tried to blow up his girlfriend's apartment by severing the natural gas line in her kitchen . . . but it turned out she had an electric stove. So he stabbed her, punched her TV, cut up her coat, and took off. (Full Story)

Stupid Criminals: A women in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct . . . after entering a grocery store's walk-in freezer and peeing on $508 worth of baked goods. (Full Story)

The Dalai Lama's nephew had been walking across Florida to draw attention to Tibet's struggle for independence . . . but 25 miles in he was run over by an SUV and killed. (Full Story)


#1.) Check out a 7-Year-Old Crying Because Justin Bieber Lost the Grammy for Best New Artist:

Well, the Best New Artist Grammy winner ESPERANZA SPALDING has ruined at least one kid's year. Someone posted a video on YouTube of their 7-year-old son crying because JUSTIN BIEBER got robbed. But the kid kinda seems like he's forcing it. (--Search for "Jonah Cries for Justin Bieber at the Grammys")

#2.) George H.W. Bush Started Crying While Reading a Love Letter He Sent to Barbara In 1994 . . . Then Barbara Told Him He Could Be Speaker of the House:

In case you missed it, GEORGE BUSH SR. and BARBARA BUSH were on the "Today" show on Valentine's Day, and George had to hold back tears while reading a love letter he sent Barbara in 1994. --Then when he was done, Barbara put her hand on his knee and told him he could be Speaker of the House . . . which was an obvious knock on current Speaker, JOHN BOEHNER. (--Search for "George Bush Cries on the Today Show." He starts getting emotional at 1:07.)

#3.) Someone Made an All-Snow Replica of Castle Grayskull From "He-Man":

Maybe you were a fan of the He-Man cartoon in the '80s, or played with the toys. Or maybe you just love the 1987 Dolph Lundgren version, "Masters of the Universe" . . . also featuring Courteney Cox. Either way, you're familiar with Castle Grayskull. --That's where He-Man chilled out when he wasn't taking on Skeletor. And a sculptor in Brooklyn made a cool replica using snow from the last big storm. You can check out video of the finished product on YouTube. (--Search for "Snowmageddon's Castle Grayskull") (--Interesting side note: In the 1987 movie, Skeletor was played by Frank Langella, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for playing Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon".)

Do You Have Bad Breath and Not Know It? Here's How to Tell . . . And How to Get Rid of It:

According to an article on, 90 million Americans have bad breath. And you might be one of them but not even realize it. That's because you smell your own breath every single day, so your brain gets used to it, and you stop noticing --But there are also a lot of people who THINK they have bad breath, and don't. So here's how to figure out if you do. --The most common thing people do is breathe into their hand and smell it. But that doesn't really work. Instead, you should LICK the back of your hand, wait a few seconds, then smell the back of your hand. Seriously. --Because contrary to popular belief, bad breath doesn't have anything to do with dental hygiene. Unless you have a rotting tooth or something else nasty going on. It's all about your TONGUE. --So if you're not down with licking the back of your own hand, just look at your tongue in a mirror. If it's pink and smooth, your breath is probably fine. --If it looks white and scaly, your breath might smell like Charlie Sheen after a three-day bender. --If that's that case, here's what to do: First of all, drink more water. If your mouth is dry, it's easier for bacteria to grow on your tongue. --And chewing sugar-free gum is better than using mouthwash or a mint, because it forces you to produce more saliva, which stops bacteria from growing. Mouthwash and mints DO work, but not for very long. --If your breath really stinks, you should also start watching what you eat. Obviously garlic, onions, and curry can cause bad breath. But so can beer, wine, coffee, and soda. And anything with a lot of sugar promotes the growth of bacteria. --Two things that are GOOD for your breath are cinnamon . . . which has essential oils that help KILL bacteria . . . and green tea, which does the same thing. --And even though they contain sugar, fruits that are high in vitamin C . . . like berries, melons, and oranges . . . can help freshen your breath naturally. --If you try all that, and you STILL have bad breath, see your doctor. It can also be a sign you have a chronic sinus infection, acid-reflux disease, a liver or kidney disorder, diabetes, or even cancer. (


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