Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Is Hayden Panettiere Dating New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez?

HAYDEN PANETTIERE recently broke up with her boxer-boyfriend WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO . . . but there might be a new athlete in her life. --Hayden was seen getting flirty with New York Jets quarterback MARK SANCHEZ at In-N-Out Burger in Laguna Hills, California on Monday. Although a source says they're, quote, "just friends." (--If they're NOT just friends, Hayden should have an easier time with Mark between the sheets. Remember, she told Ellen that she and Wladimir could make it work, despite the fact that he was 6-foot-5 and she's 5-foot-2.) (--Well, Mark is 6-foot-2, so he's still got a foot on Hayden. But one would assume it's at least a little bit more manageable.)

Christopher Knight Says He and Adrianne Curry "Just Need Some Perspective":

A paparazzi scumbag caught up with CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT yesterday and asked him to comment on his separation from ADRIANNE CURRY. --All he would say is, quote, "We just need some perspective . . . that's all it is . . . I love her dearly." (--Here's video. And I have to give the cameraman props for working in a reference to Christopher's classic "Brady Bunch" line, "Pork chops and apple sauce.")

The Girl Who Was on the Jet Ski with Sean Kingston When He Crashed Describes the Accident:

SEAN KINGSTON remains in critical but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He has a tube down his throat and he's breathing with the help of a ventilator. --But his rep says, quote, "He is aware of what is going on around him . . . [he is] sedated but fully conscious." --Meanwhile, the woman who was on the back of the jet ski when it crashed described the accident yesterday. Her name is Cassandra Sanchez, and she's a longtime friend of Sean's. Turns out she only suffered minor injuries. --Cassandra says she and a girlfriend went to Miami Beach to ride with Sean and one of his friends. The four of them hit the water on two jet skis. --She says, quote, "Both jet skis pulled out of the dock at the same time and we were going so fast we just blasted past them. When we turned a corner and crashed . . . they were so far behind us they didn't even see us crash." --What they crashed into was a bridge. Cassandra says that as they approached it, she screamed, quote, "We can't fit under there! Are we going to try and go under there? Sean, stop!" --Sean tried to turn, but they were going so fast he lost control. The next thing Cassandra remembers is waking up in the water in pain. Their friends on the other jet ski were there, and Sean's pal was trying to position him so he wouldn't swallow too much water. --Cassandra says, quote, "[Sean] was coughing up blood, foam and pink stuff." When he regained consciousness, he kept repeating, quote, "I'm hurting. I'm hurting." --They were eventually assisted by two men who were out on a boat nearby . . . one of whom just happened to be an off-duty Coast Guard member. --Kingston is expected to be in the hospital for at least the next few weeks. (--Here are some pictures of the jet ski. You can't really see any damage, but supposedly, one of the handlebars was ripped off.) (TMZ)

Michael Lohan and the Situation's Dad May Box Each Other:

There might not be any two guys on the planet right now that I'd rather see beat the tar out of each other than MICHAEL LOHAN and FRANK SORRENTINO . . . a.k.a. the father of "Jersey Shore" moron MIKE "THE SITUATION" SORRENTINO. --Lohan is a proud member of "The Celebrity Boxing Federation" . . . which is kind of a misnomer, because he's probably the most famous guy involved in it. --Be that as it may, Lohan doesn't like the fact that Frank has been making those Internet videos trashing his own son. So he made a comment that he'd like to get Frank Sorrentino in the ring. --Well, Sorrentino issued a video response . . . peppered with F-bombs, as usual. And while he didn't specifically accept the challenge, it sounds like he's game. --He said, quote, "I heard Michael Lohan passed a comment on me, or about me regarding my boy and that he wants to fight me. --"Hey Mike, let me send you a [effin'] message so you get this [effin'] loud and clear, okay? You should be careful what you ask for because you may get it. --"I don't know who the [eff] you think you're talking to or who the [eff] you think you are, but I'll tell you one thing my friend . . . you bit off more than you can chew." (--There's a lot more to the video, and you can watch it here. WARNING!!! THIS THING IS LOADED WITH UNBLEEPED PROFANITY.) --Lohan and Sorrentino are actually going to see each other this weekend. On Saturday, Lohan is boxing a guy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida . . . and Sorrentino is supposed to be the guest referee. (--This is what people in the sporting world would call a DREAM MATCH. But not because it represents two top-notch opposing forces doing battle to establish ultimate supremacy in an honorable contest of mind, body and will.) (--No, it's a dream match because these guys are going out there to hurt each other . . . and nothing would be more pleasurable than to see both of these guys get hurt!) (--It's like Alien vs. Predator . . . Megashark vs. Giant Octopus . . . or Freddy vs. Jason. Having one of them out of our hair for good would be nice . . . but imagine how much better the world would be if they DESTROYED EACH OTHER!)
Naomi Campbell is Mad at the Cadbury People . . . For Comparing Her to a Chocolate Bar:

NAOMI CAMPBELL is RAGING again . . . but this time she might have a good reason. She's thinking about suing the Cadbury candy people, after they ran an ad in U.K. newspapers that compared her to a chocolate bar. --The ad . . . which ran last week . . . shows the new Dairy Milk Bliss candy bar sitting on a pile of diamonds. And it says, quote, "Move over Naomi . . . there's a new diva in town." (--Check it out here.) (Independent) --Apparently, Naomi asked them to pull the ad and they refused. So she's now considering her legal options.
-She says, quote, "I am shocked. It's upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people. I do not find any humor in this. It is insulting and hurtful." --A rep for Cadbury . . . which is owned by Kraft Foods . . . said the ad was meant as, quote, "a light-hearted take on the social pretensions of Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss." --He added that the campaign was no longer in circulation, and the company has no plans to repeat it.

Check Out a Spoof of "Harry Potter" and Charlie Sheen for the "MTV Movie Awards":

MTV did a mash-up of "Harry Potter" and CHARLIE SHEEN to hype this Sunday's "MTV Movie Awards". --It's Harry Potter . . . who's NOT played by Daniel Radcliffe . . . giving a Charlie Sheen-style interview. (--Check it out here. It's pretty amusing if you can get past "Harry's" TERRIBLE accent.)

Angelina Jolie Says Cleopatra Was Not a Sex Symbol:

A lot of people think of CLEOPATRA as some kind of sexy, voracious nymphomaniac. That image was NOT dispelled by the 1963 film "Cleopatra" . . . featuring ELIZABETH TAYLOR at her sexiest in the title role. --And now, with ANGELINA JOLIE set to star in an update, you'd think the trend would continue. And you'd be WRONG. --Angelina wants to throw some TRUTH TORPEDOES at the Cleopatra story . . . and portray her as historians have come to know her. -She says, quote, "My performance will never be as lovely as Elizabeth's. We are trying to get into a different truth about her as a pharaoh in history and not as a sex symbol, because she really wasn't. --"Even this idea of her having many lovers . . . it was possible that it was only two. She is very interesting, but she wasn't a great beauty." --She adds, quote, "She has been very misunderstood. I thought it was all about the glamour, but then I read about her and she was a very strong mother, she spoke five languages and she was a leader." (--Angelina's Cleopatra movie isn't scheduled to hit theaters until 2013. It's being directed by DAVID FINCHER, who did "The Social Network".) (--He's also worked with her husband BRAD PITT three times . . . on "Seven", "Fight Club", and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".) (--With all due respect to both Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie, the only Cleopatra who ever truly mattered on the big screen was CLEOPATRA JONES. Right on, sweet sister!)

Snooki Was Spotted Wearing a Neck Brace, But She Was Just Messing Around?

SNOOKI was spotted wearing a NECK BRACE in Italy yesterday . . . which was strange because she reportedly refused medical treatment after crashing her car into a police car over the weekend. --But don't worry, Snooki's fine. Apparently, it was all a JOKE . . . because at one point, she yanked it off, and started laughing. (???) (--All this MUST be endlessly amusing to the two police officers who WERE treated for whiplash, cuts and bruises after the accident. You can check out the pictures of Snooki's neck brace here.)

It's the End of an Era: PBS Is Adding Commercials to Their Shows:

PBS will no longer be free of commercial breaks. Yesterday, network executives announced that they're going to start running ads during at least some of their shows beginning this fall. --The ads will be the usual corporate and foundation sponsor ads that currently air in between shows. Except now, they'll air every 15 minutes . . . so they'll actually interrupt the shows, just like on regular TV. --They're doing it because, A.) Everybody needs money these days . . . and, B.) There's a HUGE viewer drop-off when the promotional spots come on after shows.

Patrick Dempsey Said the Next Season of "Grey's Anatomy" Will Be His Last, But His Rep Said It Might Not Be:

PATRICK DEMPSEY appeared to drop a little bomb in an interview with the Italian "Vanity Fair" . . . when he said that he was on his way OUT of "Grey's Anatomy". (--For all the dudes, Patrick plays Dr. Derek Shepherd . . . a.k.a. McDreamy.) --He said the show's upcoming season is, quote, "gonna be my last. I do not know what's going to happen to the other characters, but for me it's done." --He added that leaving after eight seasons would be, quote, "bittersweet because it's been great, and a great part of my life. But I can't see me doing it anymore." --That seems pretty cut and dry . . . but Patrick's rep later "clarified" his comments, saying, quote, "He was referring to the fact that his contract is up at the end of next season and we have no idea what the future holds." Sure. --Regardless, it's not even a sure thing that the SHOW will be back next year. --A while back, Ellen Pompeo said she isn't planning on renewing her contract beyond this coming season, and last month, "Grey's" creator Shonda Rhimes said she's approaching the next season as if it could be the last.

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

--"NHL Stanley Cup Finals" [Game 1] . . . 8:00 to 11:00 P.M. Eastern on NBC. (--The Vancouver Canucks host the Boston Bruins.)

--"Minute to Win It" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. (--"Jackass" co-stars Steve-O and Ryan Dunn compete for charity.)

--"So You Think You Can Dance" [Audition Show] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"America's Got Talent" [Audition Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"Franklin & Bash" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on TNT. (--"Saved by the Bell" superstar Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer play attorneys who aren't above breaking the law to help their clients at a stuffy law firm.)

--"Haunted Collector" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"Love in the Wild" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--What do you get when you strand 10 single men and 10 single women in the jungles of Costa Rica to find love? The newest form of reality dating shows, that's what.)

--"Men of A Certain Age" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TNT.

--"The World According To Paris" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Oxygen. (--Paris Hilton returns with a new reality show about her life as she struggles with the HORROR of turning 30.)

--"The Real World: Las Vegas" [25th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on MTV.

Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" Sold 1.11 Million Copies in Its First Week, and Came Close to Being the Best Debut in a Decade:

It's official: LADY GAGA'S "Born This Way" had an epic debut. reports that the album sold 1.11 million copies in its first week. More specifically, it moved 1,108,000 copies. (--It was almost 1,108,001 . . . I found myself trying to download the album off Amazon for 99 cents last Monday night. I'd had a few ill-advised shots of Jagermeister. But fortunately, Amazon was slammed at the time, and my order didn't go through.) -According to Billboard, it was the best single-week sales number since 50 CENT moved 1.14 million copies of "The Massacre" in its first week back in March of 2005. --Had "Born This Way" sold 40,000 more copies and edged out 50 Cent, it would've become the best debut in a decade . . . since 'N SYNC'S "Celebrity" debuted with 1.88 million in sales back in 2001. --Here are some more stats on Lady Gaga's big week: --"Born This Way" became just the 17th album to sell a million copies in one week since Soundscan began tracking sales data 20 years ago, in 1991. --It's Lady Gaga's first #1 album. Her first album "The Fame" peaked at #2 . . . her "Fame Monster" EP only reached #5 . . . and "The Remix" topped out at #6. --It became only the third album in the past three years to sell a million. The others were TAYLOR SWIFT'S "Speak Now", which did it in October of last year . . . and LIL WAYNE'S "Tha Carter 3", which did it in June of 2008. (--And again, it outdid both of those.) --Gaga is only the fifth woman in the past 20 years to have a million-plus week. Britney Spears leads that list . . . she sold 1.3 million copies of "Oops! I Did It Again" back in 2000. Whitney Houston, Norah Jones and Taylor Swift also did it. --There still aren't any concrete numbers on Amazon's role in this . . . but from what we've heard, they sold close to 500,000 copies during their two 99-cent promotions last Monday and Thursday.

Is Lady Gaga on a Diet of Baby Food?

Does LADY GAGA survive on a diet of BABY FOOD? A so-called "source" tells "Heat" magazine, quote, "She's not eating healthily at all. She's substituting meals for jars of baby food." Apparently, this is called the, quote, "goo diet." (???) (--Or she could keep herself in shape in a more normal way . . . by working closely with a personal trainer. That's what we heard last week.)

Panic! At the Disco Singer Brendon Urie Broke His Ankle Onstage:

PANIC! AT THE DISCO singer BRENDON URIE broke his ankle while performing onstage in Florida over the weekend. --He suffered the injury while climbing back onstage after going into the crowd. --But Brendon went on with the show . . . although he had to take off his shoe and sock for the rest of the gig. --He told the crowd, quote, "There's like a softball in my ankle . . . my left leg is done for the show, if you don't mind . . . the show will go on if you'll have us." --He added, "Oh, it's gross people . . . it's pretty nasty . . . it looks like my grandma's goiter. It's disgusting, it's not fun." (--You can see video of him taking off his shoe and sock, here. ***Note***: The video shows the MASSIVE SWELLING on his ankle. If that's not something you want to see, you might want to pass on it.) (--Brendon also posted a few pictures on Twitter. Here's a look at his swollen foot, and here's a less-gross picture of his leg all wrapped up in a bandage.)

Check Out Video of Weezer Covering Radiohead:

A video has surfaced online, which features WEEZER covering RADIOHEAD'S "Paranoid Android". It wasn't at a gig, it was recorded in a studio. (--It's unclear how or if the cover will be released . . . but it's pretty good.) (--You can check out the video, here.)

Rihanna Has Released Her "Man Down" Video:

RIHANNA unleashed her "Man Down" video on BET yesterday. --On Twitter, Rihanna described the video as, quote, "#Gritty #GULLY #Emotional #JAMRock Very strong underlying message 4 girls like me! #ListenToYoMama." (--You can check it out, here. It kind of cuts out at the end, but it's the best version that was available online last night.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

DR. DREW PINSKY continues to say JEFF CONAWAY did NOT die of an overdose . . . he died from over-USE of prescription opiates. (Full Story)

"Jackass" jackass STEVE-O walked out on a charity event for the American Diabetes Association over the weekend, because they served meat for lunch. He said, quote, "It's like serving alcohol at an AA meeting." (Full Story)

The entire KARDASHIAN clan made a video lip-synching to KATY PERRY'S "E.T." (Video)

HARRISON FORD says that when he was young someone told him he'd have to change his name to become famous. Here's what he came up with: KURT AFFAIRE. (Full Story)

After "The Hangover Part 2" smashed all manner of box office records over the weekend, this was a foregone conclusion: They're already working on the screenplay for Part 3. (Full Story)

DONALD SUTHERLAND has been cast as President Snow in "The Hunger Games". (Full Story)

NBC will host the next Super Bowl on February 5th . . . and they've decided to give "The Voice" the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot. NBC has not said whether or not that episode will be the second season premiere. (Full Story)

Adele has postponed five upcoming North American tour dates because she has laryngitis. She's planning on resuming the tour June 4th in San Francisco. No make-up dates have been announced yet. (Full Story)

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have put out a promo video for their upcoming reality talent show, "Q'Viva! The Chosen". In the clip, J-Lo says it's, quote, "probably going to be the biggest thing that I've been involved with yet." (--It's probably NOT going to be bigger than "American Idol". At least not in the U.S.) (Video)

Here's the latest on GEORGE LUCAS' "Star Wars" TV show: George says he's written 50 hours of scripts for a live-action show, but he's not going to begin production until technology advances to the point where the show is, quote, "economically feasible." (Full Story)

If you would've liked CHICKENFOOT'S debut album if it was heavier and better . . . there's good news! Guitarist JOE SATRIANI says they're recording their next album and it's, quote, "heavier and better than the first one." (Full Story)

The "National Enquirer" claims 47-year-old MELISSA GILBERT . . . who played Laura on "Little House on the Prairie" . . . is doing the next season of "Dancing with the Stars". (Full Story)


Osama Bin Laden Offered Surprisingly Good Salaries and Vacation Time:

Let this sink in for a second: OSAMA BIN LADEN gave his Al Qaeda employees more vacation time than your company gives you. No joke. --The CIA has been digging through the files that were recovered during the raid on bin Laden's compound, and they came across what basically amounts to Al Qaeda's human resources manual. Here's what they found. --Married employees got seven paid vacation days for every three weeks they worked. For unmarried employees that dropped to five days. Again, both of those policies are better than any American company we've ever heard of. --Employees with one wife got a salary of $108 per month. --That's considerably less than any of us make, but pretty decent for Pakistan, where the average person makes $41 a month, or Afghanistan, where the average is $14 a month. --Single employees got slightly less money. Employees with more wives got slightly more money. --There's no word if this kind of salary and vacation package is still available now that bin Laden's gone. (NPR)
You Need To Take a Vacation Day Every 62 Days . . . Or You Could Become "Aggressive or Ill":

The stereotypes say we're lazy, but Americans are NOT good at taking vacation days. But according to a new study, even if you don't take a lot of actual vacations . . . you really do need to take a day off every few months. --The study found that it's actually bad to go more than 62 days without a vacation day. That's the average tipping point when people go from being, quote, "fresh and focused [to] anxious, aggressive, and ill." (Metro)

Goldman Sachs Once Lost $1.3 Billion of Gaddafi's Money . . . And Needed Security to Get Out of Libya:

Now THIS is choking under pressure. Because when a crazy, war-prone dictator picks you to invest his money . . . that's the one time when you REALLY shouldn't poop the bed. --In 2009, MUAMMAR GADDAFI, the dictator from Libya who's our new public enemy number one, had Goldman Sachs invest $1.3 BILLION of his money. And they didn't do a good job. Or even a remotely passable job. --In fact, they made such bad investments that they lost 98% of his money. --Two Goldman bankers actually went to Libya personally to tell Gaddafi his $1.3 billion was now down to $26 MILLION. --And he was SO ANGRY that Goldman actually had to send in a security team to help get its bankers out of the country. (Wall Street Journal)

Twitter Can Accurately Predict the Stock Market?

Hey, maybe Twitter's NOT 100% frivolous. Maybe. --According to a study out of Indiana University, Twitter might be able to accurately predict the STOCK MARKET. --Researchers took almost 10 million tweets from people in the U.S. and looked for keywords to indicate people's moods when they tweeted. --They found that when people were calm and happy, the stock market would rise about three or four days later. When people were alert and negative, the stock market would drop a few days later. (Scientific American)

And Now, Three New Things to Worry About:

#1.) It's been a while since a 'CELL PHONES CAUSE CANCER' study, but here we go. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, says cell phones MIGHT be a carcinogen that MIGHT be linked to cancer. --Of course, your genetic makeup and how long you're exposed are the real reasons why ANY carcinogen would give you cancer . . . from phones to pesticides to coffee. So take this for what it's worth. (Yahoo Health) (--For more info, you can try emailing the WHO's Chris Black at And check out a list of five ways to reduce cell phone radiation, here.)

#2.) Does FACEBOOK MAKE YOU LESS FRIENDLY? In a new British survey, two out of three people said they regularly interact with people on Facebook who they'd never interact with in real life. --70% also said they think basic conversation and friendliness is DYING because of texting, emailing, and social media. (ANI)

#3.) How can the number be this high? According to an American Red Cross survey, 21% of Americans, or one in five, SAY THEY'RE FAIR OR POOR SWIMMERS. 3% can't swim at all. --About 78% of people say they plan to do at least one water-related recreational event this summer. (PR Newswire)

The Average Person Will Spend $106.49 on Father's Day:

Here's an easy way to figure out how much to spend on your dad for Father's Day this year: Just follow what everyone else is doing. Thinking for yourself always has been vastly overrated. --According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend about $11.1 BILLION on Father's Day this year, which is an all-time high. That means . . . the average person will spend $106.49 on dad, up from $94.32 last year. --The survey also found that the most popular gift is an outing . . . 42.3% of people plan to take their father out either to a meal, golf, the movies, or something similar. (MediaPost)

Did You Know There Are Things Your Credit Card Company Won't Let You Buy?

You know, if the credit card companies REALLY want to fully replace cash in our lives, they should let us be as SKETCHY as we want with the stuff we buy. --According to the website, both Visa and MasterCard ban their card holders from buying chips at a casino, paying for online gambling, or even donating to certain charities. Like, for example, a fund for the document hacking site WikiLeaks. --And American Express takes it even further. It has all of those bans, plus they won't let cardholders pay for legalized medical marijuana or sign up for online porno sites. --All of the companies say they aren't blocking those transactions out of any moral code, but rather that those have the highest rate of risk for them. (Smart Money)

15% of Divorces Are Now Caused By Video Games?

You'd never suspect them, but the Mario Brothers are trying to break up your marriage. --According to an annual study by Divorce Online, up to 15% of the divorces in the last year cited VIDEO GAMES as a contributing factor to the marriage breaking up. "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty" were the games cited most frequently. --The year before, video games were cited in 5% of divorces. The researchers say the jump is probably because of the recession . . . more people are staying indoors, and that can feed video game addiction. (Deseret News)

A Man Survives Being Shot In the Face When His Dentures Deflect the Bullet:

81-year-old Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes of Alta Floresta, Brazil should be dead. And not from old age. --Last week, Zacarias was working in a bar he owns when a robber came in, demanded money . . . and SHOT HIM IN THE FACE for resisting. --The bullet was headed for Zacarias' brain and would've killed him. Only it hit his DENTURES on the way . . . deflected off them . . . and ended up lodging in his throat. --The bullet is still there because the hospital felt that removing it right away would be too risky. Zacarias is still recovering . . . and there's no word on whether the police have tracked down the shooter. (Washington Post)

A Man Spends 100 Hours and $2,100 to Rescue His Dog From Under a Boulder:

I think we'd probably all be appalled to hear how much the average dog owner would spend to save their dog's life. It's got to be more than the price of a Kia. Arguably more than the price of a Lexus. --And considering all that . . . Steve Porter of Melbourne, Australia got a decent bargain. --Last week, Steve's four-year-old Jack Russell terrier, Jessie, was chasing a rabbit and got trapped under a 45-TON BOULDER. She couldn't get out. But Steve wasn't letting her life end that way. --He stayed by the boulder for about a week, feeding liver to Jessie by attaching pieces to a long piece of wire. --And, he hired a company with hydraulic equipment to come and move the rocks. It took almost the whole week, but they managed to get the rocks moved and free Jessie. --She was dehydrated but otherwise okay. --And the entire thing cost Steve $2,100. (Melbourne Herald Sun)

A Woman Goes to Chanel, Tries On a $10,000 Ring . . . And Is Now Suing Because She Couldn't Get It Off:

In New York, a woman named Rosy Mizrachi Gindi went to a Chanel store and tried on a $10,000 ring. She could get the ring on . . . but she couldn't get it off. --After she and the employees tried desperately to get the ring off her finger, she had to go to the emergency room. It took doctors about three hours to remove the ring without having to cut it. --And now, the stupidity . . . Rosy is SUING Chanel. She's seeking unspecified damages for the PAIN and EMBARRASSMENT caused by getting the ring jammed on her finger. Chanel hasn't commented on the suit. (New York Post)


A Man Is Arrested For Destroying a Security Camera So He Wouldn't Get Caught Breaking Into . . . His Own Apartment:

There was absolutely no reason for 27-year-old Jesse Allen Hottinger of Akron, Ohio to be forever branded as a stupid criminal. He just made one completely ILLOGICAL, unnecessary decision. --Over the weekend, Jesse locked himself out of his apartment and decided to break in. But for some reason, he was afraid of being caught on the building security camera breaking into his own apartment. Even though, ya know, that's legal. --So Jesse decided to DESTROY the camera before he broke in. Unfortunately for him, the camera DID catch footage of him destroying it . . . so he's been charged with vandalism. (Akron Beacon Journal)

In Maryland, a Man Talks Loudly on His Cell Phone About How He's Wanted . . . Other People Turn Him In, and He's Arrested:

There's just something so perfect about a guy getting arrested because he was being loud and obnoxious on his cell phone. If only that could happen more often. --On Monday night, 32-year-old Richard Vermalyea of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was staying at the Traveler's Motel in Delmar, Maryland. And in the middle of the night, he was talking loudly on his cell phone. --People in other rooms could hear what he was saying . . . and he was telling a friend that there are warrants out for his arrest for failure to appear in a theft case and a probation violation. So another guest called the cops . . . and Richard was arrested. (Delmarva Now)


News Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

All you 'hookah' lovers who think it's safer than cigarettes . . . Oops. Since a hookah session can last up to an hour, with people taking long, deep breaths, it can actually equal 100 cigarettes. And because it's a communal hose, it can spread TB and herpes. (Full Story)

Bob Krause turned 90 in Los Angeles last week . . . and celebrated living 85 years with diabetes, a world record. (Full Story)

Someone in Washington captured footage of Bigfoot! Yeah, it's probably a hoax, but you know you're going to check out the video anyway. (Full Story)

53% of people aged 16 to 30 would give up their sense of smell before their phone?
(Full Story)


#1.) Two Videos of Dads Sacrificing Their Kids to Catch Foul Balls:

You've probably seen videos of dads at baseball games who catch foul balls while they hold on to their kids. But in the last few days, two dads have done the EXACT opposite. --At a Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins on Saturday, a guy DROPPED his daughter to try to catch a foul ball . . . and didn't even catch it. And at Monday night's game between the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks, a guy in the stands made a diving catch . . . and took out at least one little kid in the process. (--Search YouTube for "Dad Drops Daughter at Dodgers Game" and "Dad Takes Out Kids to Catch Foul Ball.")

#2.) A Softball Player Fouled a Ball Off Her Own Face . . . and Her Eye Immediately Started Gushing Blood:

In a game against Georgia on Saturday, the freshman catcher for Baylor University's softball team fouled a ball off her own face . . . and immediately started gushing blood from her right eye. --It's amazing it doesn't happen more often, because when you watch the video, it's a direct hit. According to reports, she suffered multiple fractures and got some stitches, but she's okay. (--Search YouTube for "Baylor Softball Player Fouled Ball in Face.")

#3.) Here's a Circus Elephant Helping with the Tornado Clean-Up in Joplin, Missouri:

The Piccadilly Circus was supposed to perform in Joplin, Missouri this week. But because of all the tornado damage, they couldn't. So instead of going to the next city, they volunteered their elephants to help with the clean up. --There's a video online of one of them pulling a car out of the wreckage. (--Search YouTube for "Elephant Assists in Joplin Tornado Clean Up." It starts pulling at :21.)

#4.) A Drug Cartel Killed Five People Outside a Mexican School, and a Kindergarten Teacher Calmed Her Students by Leading Them in a Sing-a-Long:

Suspected drug cartel members killed five people outside a school in Monterrey, Mexico on Friday (--about 90 miles from the Texas border.) --And a kindergarten teacher kept her students calm and out of harm's way by having them lie down on the floor, and leading them in a sing-a-long. She took cell phone video of it, and you can see the kids starting to panic when they hear automatic gunfire. --Then they calm down and start singing. And one of them even smiles. (--Search for "Mexican Kindergarten Teacher Has Students Sing Songs as Gunbattle Rages." You can hear gunfire at :23 and :31. The singing starts at :42.)

Five Ways to Minimize Cell Phone Radiation:

Yesterday, the World Health Organization announced that it's adding cell phones to its list of carcinogens. In other words, the radiation from your phone might be giving you cancer. And in general, the smarter your phone is, the more radiation it gives off.

--So here's a list from CNN of five ways to make cell phone use safer.

#1.) Start Using a Wired Headset. A headset that plugs into your phone only emits radiation from the wire, and it's not very much. A wireless device like a Bluetooth gives off less radiation than your phone does, but it's still quite a lot.

#2.) Use Your Speakerphone More Often. Obviously, don't use it when you're sitting in Starbucks. But keeping your phone a few inches away can make a big difference. --For example, when you hold your phone two inches from your head, you're exposed to four times less radiation.

#3.) Switch Sides. If you always hold your phone in your right hand, then the right side of your head gets all the radiation. And the same goes for a Bluetooth. A lot of people only use it on one ear. But it's better if you alternate.

#4.) Don't Talk on Your Phone While You're Driving. First of all, it's not safe because it's distracting, even if you're talking hands-free. --But your phone also emits more radiation when it's in motion, because it has to constantly connect to new cell phone towers. And it gives off more radiation when you have a weak signal too, because it has to work harder.

#5.) Send More Text Messages. The less time you spend with your phone next to your face, the better. (


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