Tuesday, July 26, 2011



Authorities Still Don't Know What Killed Amy Winehouse:

An autopsy performed yesterday on the body of AMY WINEHOUSE was inconclusive . . . meaning we still don't know what killed her. --And we probably won't know until the results of the toxicology tests come in . . . which could take several weeks. --Meanwhile, Britain's "Sun" tabloid says that Amy may have been dead for up to SIX HOURS before a security guard found her in her bed at around 4:00 P.M. Saturday. A source says rigor mortis had already begun to set in. --At 10:00 A.M. that morning, she told her security team she was going to sleep. That was the last time anyone spoke to her. --Amy will be laid to rest at a private funeral today. --Yesterday morning her parents, Mitch and Janis, met with fans who continued to gather outside her London home. Mitch told them, quote, "I can't tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us. --"We're devastated and I'm speechless, but thanks for coming. Amy was about one thing, and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends, and to you guys as well."

Amy Winehouse Had a Checkup the Night Before She Died:

Some tabloids have suggested that AMY WINEHOUSE was out buying drugs and going off the rails the night before her death. --But sources tell Britain's "Sun" tabloid that she was actually in pretty good shape . . . at least during the early part of the evening. --Because of her history of drinking and drug use, Amy was kind of frail, so she was going in regularly for checkups. And she'd just had one Friday night. The doctor was reportedly happy with her condition and saw no cause for concern. --Technically, no one can vouch for what Amy did in between that checkup and her death the following day. But we do know that later that night, she was banging on her drum set loud enough for neighbors to complain. --Meanwhile, a police source told "People" magazine that there was no sign of drug use or paraphernalia in Amy's house. --But the source adds that Amy was in bad shape overall . . . quote, "She had been admitted to hospital by ambulance on a regular basis suffering seizures. Her nervous system was shot to pieces. --"The last time she was taken to hospital was about two weeks ago after the collapse of her latest tour. She was found in the street and taken to a private London clinic." --And one of her reps suggested that she's been off the wagon recently . . . quote, "She was on the mend but she lapsed over the past month. Her death has come as a great shock. She was a fantastic talent and a sweet girl."

Microsoft, Apple and Amazon All Rushed to Capitalize on Amy Winehouse's Death:

It goes without saying that there's going to be a big sales rush on AMY WINEHOUSE albums. But is it tasteless for retailers to try to capitalize on that? I ask because, not surprisingly, pretty much all of them did. --Shortly after Amy's death, Microsoft was encouraging people to buy her music from their online outlet Zune. --A message appeared on their Xbox 360 public relations Twitter account, saying, quote, "Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking 'Back to Black' over at Zune." --After getting tons of negative feedback, Microsoft sent out another Tweet saying, quote, "Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse 'download' tweet seemed purely commercially motivated. Far from the case, we assure you." --Meanwhile, Apple posted a picture of Amy on the front of the iTunes store with the caption, "Remembering Amy Winehouse". --And Amazon posted a brief obituary . . . with a link to a page where you can buy her music.

As Expected, Amy Winehouse's Music is Selling Like Crazy:

Even if online retailers WEREN'T exploiting AMY WINEHOUSE'S death, it was pretty much assured that her music was going to start selling like crazy after her death. --Amy's "Back to Black" album will probably end up in the Top 20 of "Billboard's" top 200 album chart, with between 20,000 and 25,000 copies sold. --And keep in mind, that's just from Saturday to Sunday night. The chart is calculated from Sunday to Sunday . . . and tabulation for this week's chart ended about a day and a half after news of Amy's death broke. --Before she died, the album was only selling about 1,000 copies a week. --"Back to Black" is also the #1 album on both iTunes and Amazon.com. On both sites, it's followed by ADELE'S album, "21". Which is interesting, since a lot of people would say Amy paved the way for the popularity of artists like Adele. --Meanwhile, Amy sold about 100,000 digital singles . . . which is 1,800% more than the previous week's total of 5,000. Not surprisingly, "Rehab" is her top-seller. --The official version of the "Rehab" video on YouTube has a little over 8.5 million views. More than 4 million of those happened after Amy's death.
Amy Winehouse Randoms:

#1.) A clinical psychologist who recommended that Amy get help from a state-sponsored drug rehab facility says Amy declined and opted for an expensive private clinic instead, because that way she could, quote, "be told what she wanted." (Full Story)

#2.) The memorial outside Amy's London home continues to grow. (Photos)

#3.) The "Today" show made a pretty embarrassing mistake in their coverage of Amy's death yesterday. While showing a clip from the "You Know I'm No Good" video, they ran a caption that identified the song title as "You Know I'm Dead". (???) (Pic and Video)

Adrianne Curry Got Kicked Out of Comic-Con for Showing Too Much Buttcheek:

Reality TV star ADRIANNE CURRY is every geek's dream. She's SMOKIN' HOT . . . and she loves to dress up as half-naked sci-fi characters and go to Comic-Con. --Unfortunately, when she showed up this year as Aeon Flux, she got KICKED OUT for showing too much of her backside. She had to cover her cheeks by tying a shirt around her waist in order to get back in. --Adrianne actually had TWO Comic-Con outfits this year. The second one was a slutty version of the "Star Wars" Imperial Guard uniform. (--Check out pictures of both outfits here.) (The Superficial)

Larry King Would [Eff] Sanjay Gupta, Marry Anderson Cooper and Kill Wolf Blitzer:

"GQ" magazine decided to play a game of FMK . . . (--a.k.a. [Eff], Marry, Kill) . . . with LARRY KING. And surprisingly, he went along with it. --His choices were WOLF BLITZER, ANDERSON COOPER and SANJAY GUPTA. --He said, quote, "Okay. Sex with Sanjay Gupta. He's the prettiest of the three. Kill Wolf Blitzer. Even though he's Jewish, the name sounds German. You have to kill the German when you're Jewish. --"So I'd marry . . . Anderson Cooper. That's logical."

Gene Simmons Has Finally Proposed to Shannon Tweed:

GENE SIMMONS and SHANNON TWEED have been playing house together for 28 years. -And in all that time, even though they're PRACTICALLY married and raising two kids together, Gene has vowed that he would NEVER TIE THE NOOSE. --In the meantime, he's been (allegedly) nailing anyone he damn well pleases. --Well, that's been taking its toll on Shannon, and the tension has been playing out this season on their A&E reality show, "Gene Simmons Family Jewels". --But on tonight's season finale, Gene finally gives in and PROPOSES. (--Here's the clip. We don't know if she says yes, but judging by the way she's crying, she probably does.)

Jay Cutler Has Changed His Relationship Status to "Single" . . . And May Have Blown Things with Kristin Cavallari By Being Too Controlling:

Chicago Bears quarterback JAY CUTLER has changed his relationship status on Facebook to SINGLE. He also posted a message to his fans warning them not to dis his ex, KRISTIN CAVALLARI. --He said, quote, "Thank you all for the support, but if you talk bad about Kristin I will delete and block you. It's unnecessary and heartless. --"Also, don't say now I can play football, I could play football when I had her compared to when I don't. Football is the least of my worries, so have some respect." --Meanwhile, a "source" says Jay ruined the relationship . . . quote, "He was beyond controlling and didn't really like Kristin going out. --"When she did go out, he called all the time and demanded to know exactly where she was going and who she was with. He made her choose between him and being friends with a lot of her girlfriends."

Jesse James and Kat Von D Called Off Their Engagement:

Tattooed losers JESSE JAMES and KAT VON D have called off their engagement and broken up, according to "People" magazine. --Jesse says, quote, "I'm so sad because I really love her. The distance between us was just too much." --He means it literally . . . Jesse moved to Austin, Texas to be closer to SANDRA BULLOCK after he humiliated her. Kat Von D lives in L.A. and does that reality show "L.A. Ink". --She confirmed it on Twitter and wrote, quote, "I am no longer [with] Jesse . . . and out of respect for him, his family and myself, that's all the info I'd like to share. Thanks for respecting that. --Which is an amusing thing to say, since "respect" isn't a word that's usually associated with either of them. Two months ago, Jesse gave an interview where he was asked to compare his sex life with Sandra Bullock, and his relationship with Kat Von D. --He said quote, "That one is an easy no-brainer," and that Kat is "100 percent" better. . . "If she cheated on me, I would forgive her and still love her." --He also said, quote, "We have something special that I've never felt with anyone I've ever been with. She loves me like no woman ever has, 100%. --"We like the same music, we like tattoos, we like art, everything. I believe 100% that she loves me and you know what? I've never believed that about anybody." (--So . . . liking the same music, tattoos, and art wasn't enough?)

Showbiz Photo of the Day: Why Does Ben Affleck Have a Justin Bieber Haircut?

BEN AFFLECK was spotted in Santa Monica yesterday with a JUSTIN BIEBER haircut. (--Check it out here.) (Daily Mail) Is it real? Is it a rug? Is it for a movie? Or does he think he looks good in it? These questions, for the moment, have no answers.

Check Out Pictures of Justin Bieber and His Dad Getting Their Matching "Jesus" Tattoos:

A few months ago, JUSTIN BIEBER and his dad Jeremy got matching tattoos of the word "Jesus" written in Hebrew on their sides. And now, for some reason, we have pictures of the event. (--Check 'em out here.) (D-Listed)


Video Game Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

#1.) There's a new Xbox coming out that will be bundled with the "Star Wars: Kinect" game. It has blue and white colors like R2D2 and comes with a golden controller like C3P0. It also beeps and whistles like Artoo when it powers up or the disc tray opens. (Full Story)

#2.) Preorders have begun for the upcoming "Star Wars" PC game, "The Old Republic". It's expected to hit stores by Christmas. (Full Story)

#3.) 18% of "Mass Effect" players choose to play as the female version of Shepard. If that's includes you, then you'll like this: If you go to the "Mass Effect" Facebook page then you can help pick the new look for the female Shepard in "Mass Effect 3".

#4.) Check out this trailer for "Assassin's Creed: Embers". It comes with the Signature Edition of "Assassin's Creed: Revelations", which is available as a free upgrade if you pre-order from GameStop. (Video)

#5.) Here are the "Best Games Still To Come in 2011." You're welcome. (Full Story)

#6.) (CAREFUL!) Check out this HILARIOUS video from "Firefly" star Nathan Fillion, that's done as a gaming PSA for the embarrassing problem of "swamp ass". (Video)

#7.) The PS3 game "No More Heroes" is going to have some kind of stripper mode that lets you strip down the female characters until they're practically nude. (Full Story)

#8.) Today's only new game release is an erotic horror puzzle game for the Xbox360 and PS3 called "Catherine". It's rated (M) and is about a guy who's cheating on his girlfriend and then starts having crazy nightmares where demons are trying to kill him. (Trailer)
The Top-Earning TV Personalities:

The unstoppable list-makers at Forbes.com have put together a rundown of the highest-paid TV personalities . . . for the year between May of 2010 and this past May.

--Here it is:

1.) Oprah Winfrey, $290 million

2.) Simon Cowell, $90 million

3.) Dr. Phil McGraw, $80 million

4.) Ryan Seacrest, $61 million

5.) Donald Trump, $60 million

6.) Bethenny Frankel, $55 million (!!!) She was on the first three seasons of "The Real Housewives of New York City" . . . but pretty much all of this came from her "brand," which includes foods, drinks, clothes and a future daytime talk-show.

7.) Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman and Judge Judy Sheindlin tied with an estimated $45 million apiece

10.) Glenn Beck, $40 million

(--You can flip through Forbes.com's mini write-ups on these people, here.)

Chord Overstreet Has Decided *Not* to Return to "Glee":

If speculating on the futures of "Glee" cast members is your idea of a good time . . . this has clearly been a very exciting summer for you. Here's the latest: --CHORD OVERSTREET . . . the studly blond guy who plays Sam Evans . . . has decided NOT to return to the show. --"Glee" co-creator Brad Falchuk says, quote, "We wanted him back because we like Chord personally and had some good stories planned for him . . . --"[But] he decided he would have opportunities elsewhere that he would like to pursue, and we can't force him to work. We told him to go with God." --A while back, there was a big to-do over Chord's contract situation. The show declined to pick up his option to be a regular cast member on the upcoming season, but the producers wanted him to agree to come back in a lesser capacity. --Apparently, that isn't happening. --By the way, Falchuk also reiterated the comment he made at Comic-Con this weekend . . . insisting that CHRIS COLFER, LEA MICHELE and CORY MONTEITH are NOT leaving the show after next season, when their characters graduate. --He claims Ryan Murphy, who's also a co-creator of the show, was misquoted when he said that they would be gone . . . even though Murphy has said that repeatedly. There's still no response from Murphy on that.

Watch Four Minutes of Highlights from Mariah Carey's "Insane" HSN Appearance:

MARIAH CAREY spent TWO HOURS hawking her fragrances and jewelry on HSN late Sunday night . . . and she probably annoyed EVERYONE who was watching. (--Although, maybe I shouldn't be so quick to judge. If you're watching HSN in the middle of the night, you must have a skewed sense of entertainment.) --If you somehow missed out on it, Gawker.com edited together a four-minute video, which supposedly showcases Mariah's, quote, "insane HSN appearance." --It's actually less insane than it is UNBEARABLY IRRITATING, especially in this condensed four-minute version. Thanks, Internet. (--Here's the link to the video.)
Tuesday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"America's Got Talent" [Performance Show] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"101 Ways To Leave A Game Show" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Deadliest Catch" [7th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery. (--It's followed by a one-hour behind the scenes special at 10:00 P.M.)

--"Hawthorne" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TNT. (--Chi McBride guests.)

--"Aftermath with William Shatner" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bio. (--The Shat interviews Chilean miner rescuer Jeff Hart.)

--"Gene Simmons Family Jewels" [7th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on A&E.

--"Nail Files" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TV Guide. (--Dean McDermontt guests.)

--"Toya: A Family Affair" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on BET.


--"Source Code" - Jake Gyllenhaal goes back in time using a program called the Source Code. The only drawback is each trip is limited to only 8 minutes, which really sucks when you're trying to stop a bomb from going off and you keep getting blown up over and over again.

--"Trust" - David Schwimmer directed this story about a teenage girl targeted by a middle-aged predator, who lures her into an online relationship by pretending to be a teenage boy. Clive Owen and Catherine Keener play her unsuspecting parents.

--"Dylan Dog: Dead of Night" - Brandon "Superman" Routh stars as Dylan Dog in this horror comedy that's based on a popular comic book. Dylan is a private detective who takes on vampires, werewolves and zombies as part of his job.

--One of the better casting decisions was putting Sam Huntington in the role of his whiny friend. You'd know him as the neurotic werewolf on SyFy's "Being Human". You'll also recognize Taye Diggs and rassler Kurt Angle among the undead.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe" . . . a single-disc DVD set.
--"Jersey Shore: Season Three (Uncensored)" . . . a four-disc DVD set.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"LP1", Joss Stone (--It includes her single "Somehow". You can preview a few songs from the album at JossStone.com.)

--"Here I Am", former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland (--Lil Wayne is on the single "Motivation". Other guests include Big Sean and Rico Love.)

--"Rabbits on the Run", Vanessa Carlton (--It includes the song "Carousel".)

--"Legendary Weapons", Wu-Tang (--A compilation mix-tape featuring Wu-Tang members with various other rappers. All the living Clan members except GZA appear on it.) (--The whole thing has leaked online. You can stream it, here.)

--"Game Tested, Streets Approved", Black Rob

"Jersey Shore's" DJ Pauly D Will Join Britney Spears' Tour:

DJ PAULY D from "Jersey Shore" has been added to BRITNEY SPEARS' Femme Fatale tour. He'll open for Britney and NICKI MINAJ by spinning some records. He makes his debut next month. --Pauly D will be at the final six dates of the North American leg. That's: August 17th in Grand Rapids, Michigan . . . the 19th in Pittsburgh . . . the 20th in Columbus . . . the 22nd in Indianapolis . . . the 24th in Raleigh . . . and the 25th in Charlotte. --In a statement, he said, quote, "I am so excited . . . Britney is one of my favorite performers and certainly one of this generation's most influential artists. It's an amazing platform to connect with my fans around the country."

Check Out Video of Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys on the Same Stage:

Over the weekend, BOYZ II MEN made a surprise appearance on stage with NKOTBSB . . . the touring supergroup made up of NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and the BACKSTREET BOYS. It happened in Orlando, Florida. --All three groups performed Boyz II Men's song "End of the Road", which immediately sent all the 30-something-year-old women back to their High School proms. (--Here's video. And here's video of Boyz II Men's introduction.)

Half of Michael Jackson's Family Is Planning a Tribute Concert for Michael . . . But There Aren't Many Details Yet:

Half of MICHAEL JACKSON'S family has announced that they're organizing a tribute concert for Michael . . . but there aren't many details yet. --Here's what we know: It's being called "Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert", and it's scheduled to happen on October 8th at the Millennium Center in Cardiff, Wales. The event will reportedly last "at least four hours." --The Jackson family members involved in this are: Michael's mother Katherine, his sister La Toya, and his brothers Tito, Jackie and Marlon. --There's no word what Michael's sisters Rebbie and Janet think of this . . . but brothers Jermaine and Randy are speaking out against it. --They're not opposed to the idea of a tribute concert, they're just not cool with the timing. As it stands now, the concert would likely be held during the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray . . . which is set to begin on September 20th. --They released a statement saying, quote, "There will come a time and place for an amazing and deserving tribute to Michael. But we feel that the most important tribute we can give to our brother at this time is to seek justice in his name." --There's no word on any performers yet, but Tito says it'll feature "all the artists [Michael] admired and respected so much." The family says the performers will be announced leading up to August 4th, when tickets go on sale.

Jay-Z and Kanye West Have Announced the Tour Dates for "The Throne":

JAY-Z and KANYE WEST will call themselves THE THRONE when they're touring for their upcoming collaborative album, "Watch the Throne". --And The Throne's tour has just been announced. It'll run from September 22nd in Detroit through November 3rd in Boston. (--You can check out all the dates, here. There are 24 dates so far. It's unclear if more will be added later.) --"Watch the Throne" will be released digitally on August 8th . . . and the CD hits stores on August 12th. If you purchase tickets to one of their concerts online, you'll get a free digital copy of the album.


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

How does JESSICA BIEL maintain that amazing body of hers? She says, quote, "I have no life. I spend a lot time in yoga class." (Full Story)

OZZY and SHARON OSBOURNE spent $10,000 on a Yorkshire terrier puppy at a charity auction. (Full Story)

DAVE CHAPPELLE has apologized for that crappy standup performance in Miami on Monday night. And he made sure to apologize to the Seminole Indians, since it happened at the Seminole Hard Rock. (Full Story)

STEVEN SPIELBERG was fined 172 Euros by the Italian Coast Guard after he drove his speedboat too close to shore. He apologized profusely, and paid the fine the next day. GWYNETH PALTROW was on the boat with him at the time. (Full Story)

UFC goon TITO ORTIZ admits that he "cried a little" after he banged up his Rolls Royce Phantom in a three-car accident over the weekend. (Full Story)

CEE LO GREEN has announced that the next GOODIE MOB album will be called: "We Sell Drugs Too". It'll be their fifth album, but their first since 2004. There's no release date, but it'll be out sometime this fall. (Cee-Lo's Twitter)

An Irish bookie has put out the odds on how CHARLIE SHEEN'S character will be written out of "Two and a Half Men". The leading theory is that he'll drive his car off a cliff. (Full Story)

"TV Guide" says JAMES FRANCO is headed back to "General Hospital" . . . and this time, he's sticking around for a, quote, "longterm" storyline. (Full Story)

JOHN GOODMAN will guest-star in "at least six episodes" of "Community" next season. He's playing the new vice dean of the school's air conditioning repair program. (Full Story)


The Average Worker Hates Monday Morning So Much They Don't Smile Until 11:16 A.M.:

We have the results of a survey about how much people hate Mondays. Yes, today is Tuesday. For some reason they didn't release this survey until yesterday afternoon. But at least we're as FAR from next Monday right now as you can get.

--Here's what a survey found out about how much workers hate Mondays. (--Just like Garfield.)

--The average person doesn't SMILE until an average time of 11:16 A.M. on Monday morning.

--50% of people are at least a little late for work on the average Monday.

--People only average about three-and-a-half hours of productivity on a Monday.

--And the main ways people try to get over being miserable on Mondays are, in order: Watching TV . . . having sex . . . doing online shopping . . . eating chocolate . . . and planning a trip. (The Telegraph)

It Takes the Average Person Less Than 40 Minutes to Eat Three Meals:

If this study is true, then we're truly champions at the number of calories we consume per second. Because we're deliciously chubbier than ever . . . and also spending LESS TIME EATING than ever. --According to a new survey out of England, but one that really seems to apply over here too, the average person spends less than FORTY MINUTES total eating their three meals a day. --The average person eats breakfast in seven minutes and 20 seconds . . . lunch in 12 minutes and 49 seconds . . . and dinner in 19 minutes. That adds up to 39 minutes and nine seconds of eating. --The survey also found that half of people say they're so busy they sometimes skip lunch totally. Women are more likely to do that than men. --45% of people say they MULTITASK during most meals. --31% of people watch TV during breakfast, and 53% watch TV during dinner. --And nine out of ten people say that when they do get a chance to sit down for a family meal, they really enjoy it and feel better afterward. (Daily Mail)
One in Three Women Say They'd Never Leave the House Without Makeup:

I guess you have to be impressed by this dedication to looking HOT and blemish-free? --According to a new study by QVC in England, one out of three women say they would NEVER leave the house without wearing makeup. And 23% reapply makeup within a few hours of being out. --Overall, the women surveyed say they think about their appearance an average of nine times a day . . . and say that job interviews and first dates are the times they're most nervous about how they look. (Indian Express)

The Most Common Fashion Influence on Mothers is . . . Their Daughters?

Here's a PERFECT way to get your daughter to stop dressing too sexy for her age. Makes sure she knows that if she leaves the house in a tube top, fishnets, and eight-inch stripper heels . . . MOM is going to do the same next week. --According to a new study out of Temple University in Philadelphia, the most common place that mothers find fashion and beauty inspiration is . . . THEIR DAUGHTERS. --The study uses the term "consumer doppelgangers," and that basically means that moms who want to feel hip and fashionable will copy their daughters' clothing, makeup, and style . . . even if it REALLY isn't appropriate for them. --The study also found that teenage girls who think of themselves as fashionable are not influenced at ALL by how their mothers dress. --The researchers say it's one of the first studies to find that parents can be heavily influenced by their children. Usually it's the opposite, with parents influencing their children. (Toronto Sun)

Speeding Causes the Most Fights Between Couples in Cars . . . Here are the Other Seven Reasons:

ALL couples get into fights in the car. Even those obnoxious couples who swear they never fight and live their entire lives like a Disney fairytale . . . you know they've screamed at each other in the car at some point. Driving stresses people out.

--A new survey asked couples for the MAIN cause of their fights in the car. And here are the top eight responses, in order:

#1.) Speeding, which was picked by 23% of the people in the survey

#2.) Getting lost, 18%

#3.) Tailgating, 13%

#4.) Being too aggressive, 12%

#5.) Bad parking, 5%

#6.) Bad radio selections . . . Like listening to any station other than this one, 4.7%

#7.) Driving too slowly, 4.6%

#8.) The kids fighting in the back, 4%

(--The remaining 16% picked 'none of the above.') (Auto123)

New Orleans is Named America's Best City for Singles:

At some point, EVERY single person should go to New Orleans. Especially since, once you're married, you should be kinda worried about seeing how your spouse is going to behave there. --And on "Travel and Leisure" magazine's brand new list of America's best cities for singles, New Orleans is ranked number one. --The rankings are based on survey results on nightlife, culture, the attractiveness of the locals, food, music, and diversity. Here's the full top 10 . . .

#1.) New Orleans, Louisiana

#2.) Austin, Texas

#3.) Las Vegas, Nevada

#4.) New York, New York

#5.) Chicago, Illinois

#6.) Miami, Florida

#7.) Nashville, Tennessee

#8.) Denver, Colorado

#9.) Providence, Rhode Island

#10.) Savannah, Georgia

--Of the 35 cities included in the survey, the bottom five for singles are: Santa Fe, New Mexico . . . Salt Lake City, Utah . . . Anchorage, Alaska . . . Baltimore, Maryland . . . and Portland, Maine. (Travel + Leisure)

A Couple Whose First Date was 6-7-08 is Getting Married on 9-10-11:

Back in 2008, 30-year-old Ericka Randall of New Jersey met 38-year-old Patrick Evans of Pennsylvania online. She was upset that her friends had all forgotten her birthday. Patrick made a big deal out of it . . . and planned a dinner for her. --That dinner was their first date, and it was on June 7th, 2008. In other words, it was on six, seven, eight. (--On 06-07-08. Get it?) --They've been dating ever since. And they're getting married this year. The date they picked? Saturday, September 10th, 2011 . . . or, nine, ten, eleven. --So . . . they went from a first date on 6-7-8 to a wedding on 9-10-11. --Ericka and Patrick are having a destination wedding in Jamaica and they say the date, quote, "lined up perfectly." --Ericka also says that on their wedding, quote, "I'm planning to send him a gift at 12:13 that day, before we get married at 3:00. It has to be worked in there." (--Yeah, that works in 12 and 13, but not 14. Oh well.) (Shine)

A New Study Finally Answers the Question: Just How Smart is Your Dog?

Your dog could be a lot smarter than you realize. Maybe you should've read to him or taken him to the symphony . . . instead of pretending to throw the ball but just hiding it behind your back. --According to a study from the University of Florida, the average dog actually has the potential to be pretty damn smart. (--Maybe even smarter than the average University of Florida student. KIDDING! You're all brilliant. Go Gators.) --Here's how it breaks down. The average dog . . . --Has the intelligence of a two-year-old human. --Is capable of understanding about ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE WORDS and gestures. --Can actually count to five. --Can perform very basic math in its head, especially when it comes to food. --And is so good at reading human body language, it can make calculated decisions about who to beg for food from based on the best chance of success. (CBS 3 - Springfield, Massachusetts)

If Jesus Went to School With Harry Potter, Which Hogwarts House Would He Be In?

Here's a ridiculous one for all you "Harry Potter" nerds out there . . . meaning anyone who likes "Harry Potter". A blog called Experimental Theology tried to figure out which Hogwarts house JESUS would've been placed in. --Quick background: In "Harry Potter" there's the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where a magic hat sorts students into one of four "houses" based on their personality traits. I know. --So where would Jesus have been placed? Here are the choices . . .

--Gryffindor. That's where Harry Potter and his friends were placed. Gryffindor values courage and bravery.

--Slytherin. This is for the most ambitious and cunning wizards, who also come from "pure blood" . . . meaning both parents have magic powers. All of the bad guys in the series were in Slytherin.

--Ravenclaw. Ravenclaw values intelligence and learning.

--Hufflepuff. Hufflepuff doesn't really have a strong set of criteria. According to a song the Sorting Hat sings, the founder of Hufflepuff once said, quote, "I'll teach the lot, and treat them just the same."
--And because of that, the bloggers believe that Jesus would've been in . . . Hufflepuff. Not that he wasn't courageous, brave, ambitious, cunning, intelligent, or smart . . . --But because a major part of Jesus' greatness came with his willingness to be with the rejects and castoffs, the people who weren't "special" . . . and that's who ends up in Hufflepuff. Now you know? (Experimental Theology)

A Guy Woke Up After Being Declared Dead for 21 Hours . . . And Found Himself in a Morgue Refrigerator:

On Saturday, in Libode, eastern South Africa, a 50-year-old man had a major asthma attack and his family believed he was dead. Instead of calling the hospital, they called an undertaker, and the body was transported to the morgue. --About 21 hours later, on Sunday afternoon, the man WOKE UP. And found himself in the morgue refrigerator. He started yelling and screaming, which freaked out the workers there . . . and they ran away. --According to the health department, the man was eventually checked out by doctors and is actually alright. They encouraged families to actually, ya know, make sure someone's dead before they send a body to the morgue. (BBC)

Two 62-Year-Old Nudists are Hurt When They Crash a Jet Ski . . . A Jet Ski They Were Borrowing and Riding Nude:

I don't know who'd let someone borrow their Jet Ski and ride it COMPLETELY NUDE. There's not enough bleach and disinfectant in the world to make THAT sanitary. --But it happened over the weekend in Florida. Someone very generous let a couple of 62-year-old NUDISTS borrow their Jet Ski. --As they cruised around completely naked near the Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Osceola County, Florida, they ended up CRASHING. And they were hurt. --The woman had some cuts and bruises, and the man had to be airlifted to a hospital with two broken arms and a cut on his head. It wasn't in the report, but we're assuming all their naughty parts were unscathed. (Orlando Sentinel)


A Cop Catches a Baby Thrown at Him by a Kidnapping Suspect . . . Then Makes the Arrest:

This is a story that turned out well but could've gone horribly wrong . . . and it's all thanks to one cop with GREAT HANDS. --About 12:30 A.M. yesterday, police in Chicago got a call about a KIDNAPPING. A man in his 20s, whose name wasn't released, had gotten into an argument with a woman he was dating . . . and ended up KIDNAPPING HER ONE-YEAR-OLD. --When the cops got there, the man was leaving the scene, holding the baby. --And when he spotted the cops, he turned and . . . THREW THE BABY AT THEM. -Fortunately, the officer in the path of the baby had those nice, reliable hands . . . and caught the baby before it could hit the cement. The baby was amazingly unharmed. --Then the man punched the other cop and a brawl broke out. Both cops were cut during the fight, and one had to be hospitalized with a sprained shoulder . . . but they ended up taking down the man and arresting him. --Charges against the man are still pending. (Chicago Tribune)

A Groom Was Arrested at His Own Wedding Because He Was Jealous of His Bride Dancing With a Groomsman . . . And Punched a Cop:

On Saturday, 31-year-old John Jacob Twombly of Des Moines, Iowa got married. And at the reception afterward, he got drunk. --At one point, he spotted his new wife, Khamla Twombly, dancing with one of his groomsmen. And that sent John into a JEALOUS, DRUNKEN RAGE. --He stormed over to them and pushed the groomsman. The guy fell over and knocked over a ceramic column . . . which landed right near an off-duty cop. --That cop called for backup. As he did, John started taking SWINGS at him. --The off-duty cop avoided all of John's punches, but another officer who showed up did NOT. He took a serious shot from John. --John was arrested . . . again, at his OWN WEDDING . . . and was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, interference with official acts, and two counts of assaulting a police officer. (Des Moines Register)

Random News Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

A new billboard from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is going up near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway . . . warning people that hot dogs can cause colorectal cancer. (Full Story)

A German woman in Florida threatened to kill her boyfriend because, quote, "as a German person it is part of her culture to confront an adversary." (Full Story)

For $800,000 you can buy an entire town in North Dakota. (Full Story)


#1.) If the Federal Debt Has You Stressed . . . Try "Spenditol":

There's still no debt deal between Democrats and Republicans. And if America's huge federal debt has you stressed, you're not alone. --But now there's a fake medication that can help! A conservative group is running a parody ad for a prescription drug called "Spenditol." --The tagline is, "Spenditol makes you feel better now, and pushes off the really bad stuff 'til later . . . for [our kids] to deal with." (--Search YouTube for "Spenditol.")

#2.) And Now . . . a Dog That Can't Figure Out How to Doggy Paddle:

Most dogs instinctively know how to swim . . . that's why they call it the doggy paddle. But apparently not ALL dogs. There's a new video on YouTube called "Funny Dog Swims" where a dog completely and utterly fails at the doggy paddle. --It just swims around in circles splashing, and constantly looks like it's about to drown. (--The dog starts spinning around in the water at :10 and :45.)

#3.) A Little Girl Told a Little Boy She's Going Marry Him . . . and He Freaked Out:

Some men are terrified of marriage. And apparently that fear can start at a very early age . . . --There's a video online of a little girl named Christina telling a boy named Owen that she's planning to marry him when they grow up . . . and they're both about five years old. --But he starts screaming "No" over and over . . . and then he starts crying. --Even though he keeps screaming at her and freaking out, the little girl won't give up: She just keeps insisting they WILL get married someday. --By the end of it, the little boy refuses to even look at her . . . but she keeps getting in his face. --And it ends with him still crying while she tells him, quote, "You're GOING to marry me." (--Search CollegeHumor.com for "Little Boy Doesn't Want to Get Married." The screaming and crying starts at :25. Don't miss her marriage threat at :47. He refuses to look at her at 2:10.)

#4.) A Pastor Lead a Ridiculous Prayer at a NASCAR Race . . . That Included the Line, "Lord, I Want to Thank You for My Smokin' Hot Wife!"

In case you missed the NASCAR Nationwide race in Nashville on Saturday, the pre-race prayer was one of the more bizarre moments in the history of the sport. --A Baptist pastor named Joe Nelms thanked God for, quote, "these mighty machines that you've brought before us. Thank you for the Dodges and the Toyotas. Thank you for the Fords . . . thank you for GM performance technology . . . and Goodyear tires that bring performance and power to the track." --It sounded like he was imitating the scene in "Talladega Nights" where WILL FERRELL thanks his corporate sponsors during grace. And that's EXACTLY what he was doing, because he wrapped up by thanking God for his, quote, "smokin' hot wife." --Then he ended with the line, "Boogity, boogity. Amen!" (--Search YouTube for "Best Prayer Ever - Pastor Joe Nelms - NASCAR Nationwide." It starts at :13.)

#5.) Check Out an Incredibly Bad Scene from the Lame 1994 Version of "Fantastic Four":

The "Fantastic Four" movies aren't considered the best superhero flicks, but they made hundreds of millions of dollars. But before that, they made one in 1994 that nobody saw. And if you check out some of the clips on YouTube, you'll know why: --It shows Ben Grimm right after he turns into the Thing. The costume is awful . . . although the new movies didn't do much better . . . but the writing and acting are worse. --When he first sees himself in the mirror and yells, "Look at me," whoever uploaded the video even added the words "Oscar Clip" at the bottom, because it's so hilariously bad. (--Search for "Fantastic Four 1994 - The Thing." He yells "look at me" at 1:20.)
Seven Things That Are Actually Getting Cheaper:

It seems like just about everything costs more than it used to. And prices for everything from coffee and bacon, to rent, health care, and used cars have hit all-time highs. --But according to "Time" magazine, here are seven things that are actually getting cheaper.

#1.) Pools. Sales of in-ground pools have dropped 75% since 2004. And it's caused what "The Wall Street Journal" called, quote, "one of the most dramatic discounting eras ever seen." --If you're in the market, most companies are offering big discounts, and throwing in extra stuff for free.

#2.) IKEA Products. By cutting the cost of materials, transportation, design, production, and marketing, IKEA is lowering prices on everything by two to three percent this year. And they're also doing the same thing NEXT year.

#3.) Volkswagens. Most cars are getting more expensive, but in the last two years, Volkswagen has lowered the base price of both the Jetta and the Passat. --Last year, they dropped the price of the Jetta by about $1,700 to $15,995
And the 2012 Passat starts at $19,995, which is $7,000 cheaper than the 2011 model. Although, according to car experts, the new models aren't quite as good.

#4.) Real Estate. Homeowners aren't happy about this one, but it's great if you're planning to buy. In the last few years, housing prices have decreased by one-third, which is even more than they did during the Great Depression.

#5.) Solar Panels. 66% more Americans had solar panels installed in the first quarter of 2011 than in 2010. And it's partly because the price of solar panel equipment has dropped 15% over the last year.

#6.) 3-D Televisions. Last July, a 50-inch 3-D television cost about $900 more than a regular 50-inch TV did. But right now, the 3-D version is about $400 more.

#7.) Going Into Space. A company called SpaceX is developing new rockets that will make space travel one-third to one-half cheaper. But it'll still cost about $100,000 per person. So . . . start saving now? (Time)


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