Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Kevin Federline Has Reproduced Again:

I begged the state of California years ago to sterilize KEVIN FEDERLINE. Nobody listened. And now, this . . . --Kevin's girlfriend Victoria Prince popped out a baby girl Monday night. They named her Jordan Kay. This is Victoria's first child, but K-Fed's FIFTH. --He has two sons with BRITNEY SPEARS: 5-year-old Sean Preston and 4-year-old Jayden . . . and two kids with actress SHAR JACKSON: A 10-year-old daughter named Kori and a 7-year-old son named Kaleb. (--And here's something to keep in mind, people: Your man K-Fed is only 33. He will be potent for MANY YEARS TO COME. How many more Federlines do you want? Because he can keep on makin' 'em and makin' 'em.)

Porno Star Capri Anderson Is Not Part of the Charlie Sheen Roast:

Mattress actress CAPRI ANDERSON . . . the woman who locked herself in the bathroom when CHARLIE SHEEN went on his naked hotel tirade in New York City last year . . . will NOT be participating in Charlie's Comedy Central roast. --Capri said yesterday that she was, quote, "considering a request" to appear. But Comedy Central quickly shot that down, saying, quote, "Capri Anderson will not be participating in the roast nor attending. There has [been] no invite." --There's still no word who'll be roasting Charlie, other than host SETH MACFARLANE. The show airs on September 19th, the same night ASHTON KUTCHER debuts on "Two and a Half Men".

Charlie Sheen is Challenging His Roasters to "Go Deeper":

CHARLIE SHEEN knows he's going to be bombarded with drug and hooker jokes at his roast next month. But he's hoping his attackers bring more than that to the podium. --He says, quote, "I'm challenging these geniuses to go a little bit deeper, be less obvious." --He adds, quote, "I don't see myself getting into a fist fight or never speaking to someone afterwards. But I'm curious to how deep they're all going to go. But I do get the last word, right?" (--Here's video.)

Taylor Momsen Doesn't Want to Act Anymore:

TAYLOR MOMSEN is finally 18 . . . which means she can be as inappropriate as she wants to be onstage with her silly rock band. She'll also be spending more time onstage, because she's retiring from acting. At least she WANTS to. --She says, quote, "I quit 'Gossip Girl' and now tour and am in a band. That's pretty much all I want to do. Hopefully, I'll be able to only do that for the rest of my life." (--Her band, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, is on tour with EVANESCENCE.)

Anne Hathaway Rapped About the Paparazzi on "Conan" Last Night . . . and It Was Awesome:

ANNE HATHAWAY was a guest on "Conan" last night, and she performed a RAP she wrote as a way to relieve some of her frustration with overly aggressive paparazzi. And it was AWESOME. (--Check it out here.) --She said it was, quote, "in the style of LIL WAYNE". And whatever you think of her rapping skills, you have to give her props for going all out. --Also, her boyfriend, actor ADAM SHULMAN, was photographed taking a hit off what looks like a POT PIPE in Hollywood over the weekend. He was sitting in the passenger seat of a car, with a friend sitting next to him. (--Here's the picture.) (Radar Online) (--We should probably note that we have no idea what's in that pipe. It could be a LEGAL BLEND. Sure, it's doubtful. But anything's possible. Or if it IS weed, perhaps he has a prescription?)

Justin Bieber Had Part of a Street Named After Him in a Texas Town for One Day . . . Thanks to an 11-Year-Old Girl:

JUSTIN BIEBER had part of a street named after him yesterday in Forney, Texas . . . which is near Dallas. And it was thanks to the town's Mayor, 11-year-old Caroline Gonzalez. (???) --Yeah, I misled you just a little bit there. Caroline won a contest to be MAYOR FOR A DAY. It was designed to get kids interested and involved in government. --And Caroline's first act as mayor was to rename part of Main Street JUSTIN BIEBER WAY. --She said, quote, "[It's] because I really like Justin Bieber. I like his music and I like him. And I thought, why not have a street in my hometown named after my favorite singer?" --Sadly, Justin Bieber Way is no more. It existed only for the day . . . just like Caroline's authority in Forney, Texas. (--They did put a sign up, though. Here's a picture of Caroline standing next to it.) (E! Online) (--And here's a news report, where you can hear from both Caroline and the REAL mayor of Forney.)

Did Kobe Bryant Rough a Guy Up . . . At Church?

KOBE BRYANT is being accused of roughing a guy up AT CHURCH. --The alleged incident occurred Sunday at St. Therese of Carmel Church in Carmel Valley, California. --The victim says Kobe yanked his cell phone out of his hand, injuring his wrist. Apparently, Kobe thought the guy was taking pictures of him and his wife Vanessa. --But when Kobe looked at the phone and couldn't find any pictures, he gave it back to the guy. The man reported the incident to San Diego Police, who now want to talk to Kobe about it. --Kobe's attorney says, quote, "[Kobe is] aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him, and is prepared to defend against them fully."

Check Out LeBron James Holding a Panda:

LEBRON JAMES is currently touring Asia for Nike. Yesterday, he found himself at the Chengdu Panda Reserve in China . . . and subsequently Tweeted a picture of himself holding one of its residents. (--Check it out here.) (Source)

Matthew McConaughey Will Play a Former Male Stripper!

We often say that certain actors were "born to play" certain roles. George C. Scott was born to play General Patton. And I would say that both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger were born to play The Joker. --But nobody was ever more BORN TO PLAY a particular role than this . . . --MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY . . . who spends more time with his shirt off than on . . . has been cast as a FORMER MALE STRIPPER in a movie called "Magic Mike". --This is an interesting movie, because it's based on actor CHANNING TATUM'S life when HE was a male stripper at the age of 19, before he made it in Hollywood. --ALEX PETTYFER is actually playing the character that's based on the young Channing. Channing is in the movie, too, but as the title character, Magic Mike . . . who mentored the young, hairless Channing. --McConaughey's character is named Dallas, and he owns the club where they work. -DEMI MOORE is also in the movie. She's playing a RANDY COUGAR who sinks her claws into Pettyfer's character. (--I just thought of something brilliant: Randi Cougar . . . best name for a mature porno minx EVER! You're welcome, Vivid.) (???)

The 50 Most Entertainingly Craptacular Films of All Time:

A website you've never heard of called has put together a list of the 50 Most Entertainingly Craptacular Films of All Time. --Obviously, there's plenty on here worth debating. For instance, "They Live" (#5) and "The Toxic Avenger" (#16) are actually BRILLIANT movies. (--That's my opinion and I change it for no one.) --But they probably hit the nail on the head by giving the top spot to "Road House". I can see the argument that it's the most entertaining movie with the least artistic value EVER. Here's the Top 10 . . .

#1.) "Road House"

#2.) "Crank"

#3.) "Showgirls"

#4.) "The Skulls"

#5.) "They Live"

#6.) "Independence Day"

#7.) "Shoot 'Em Up"

#8.) "Bad Boys"

#9.) "Varsity Blues"

#10.) "Maximum Overdrive"

(--You can check out the complete list . . . with a trailer for each movie . . . here.)

Dr. Phil Has Landed an Interview with Casey Anthony's Parents:

DR. PHIL has landed an interview with CASEY ANTHONY'S parents. Naturally, he'll ask them about the death of their granddaughter . . . and their daughter's murder trial. (--Casey was acquitted of murdering her daughter last month.) --The interview will kick off "Dr. Phil's" 10th season, on Monday, September 12th. --And from the way Dr. Phil is promoting it, it sounds like we're going to see some award-winning journalism. He explains, quote, "I looked them straight in the eye and asked them some very tough questions. --"Despite living under a media microscope for years, their story has never really been told . . . nothing is off limits during this interview."

Former "Will & Grace" Star Sean Hayes Is Working on a Gay Version of "Two and a Half Men"?

Remember SEAN HAYES? He's the guy who played Will's flamboyantly gay best friend Jack on "Will & Grace". Well, he's developing a new sitcom for NBC, and it sounds a lot like a GAY version of "Two and a Half Men". --Or at least a more LITERAL version of the '80s sitcom "My Two Dads". --There aren't many details yet, but we do know the premise: It's about two men struggling to raise a 12-year-old . . . and the two men are a gay couple. --We're assuming that Sean would star as one of the dads, but that isn't 100% clear. There's also no title yet, and it's too early to say when it might make it to TV.


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

--"To the Mat" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CMT. (--Ricky Schroder plays a retired wrestler and country singer Laura Bell Bundy plays a financial consultant helping him save his struggling wrestling school.)

--"America's Got Talent" [Results Show] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Four wild-card acts advance to the semifinal round.)

--"Royal Pains" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA. (--Autumn Reeser is a marathon runner whose temperature spikes dangerously high.) (--You know her as Taylor on "90210", Lizzie on "Entourage", and Katie on "No Ordinary Family".)

--"Ghost Hunters Int'l" [3rd Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"Ton of Cash" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on VH1. (--NFL line-backer Dhani Jones hosts as 14 contestants compete for the chance to win a million dollars by transporting the money across 300 miles of treacherous terrain.)

--"State of Georgia" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC Family.

--"Hollywood Hi-Tech" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on DIY. (--Transgender-hating Adam Carolla gets help with a hi-tech installation.)

--"Hot in Cleveland" . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TV Land. (--Huey Lewis guest stars as a former rock-star boyfriend of Wendie Malick's character.)

--"Love In the Wild" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"Legend Quest" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Syfy.

--"Outrageous Kid Parties" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Rocco's Dinner Party" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Bravo. (--The remaining chefs create a party to celebrate Liza Minnelli's 65th birthday.)

--"Made" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CMT. (--Adults are given a lifestyle makeover in order to reinvent themselves. In the first episode, former World Tag Team Champion Matt Morgan trains a police officer to wrestle.)

--"Happily Divorced" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on TV Land.

--"Cee-Lo Green: Talking to Strangers" [Special Edition] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Fuse. (--No guests are listed on his site at this time.)

Michael Jackson's Estate Had KISS Removed from Michael's Tribute Concert Because of Gene Simmons' Pedophile Comments:

Earlier this week, we heard KISS would perform at the MICHAEL JACKSON tribute concert in October . . . even though GENE SIMMONS once said there was no doubt in his mind that Michael was a child molester. --Well, Michael's estate complained, and the concert's organizers RESCINDED the offer to KISS . . . and said they had not been aware of Gene's comments, which were made last year in an interview with "Classic Rock" magazine. --Gene hasn't said anything publicly about KISS being dropped from the show. (--And by the way: What does it say about Gene Simmons that he's convinced Michael molested children, but accepted this gig anyway?) --For the record, Michael's estate is "concerned" about the tribute, which has been endorsed by Michael's mom KATHERINE and half of his family members. --The estate is threatening legal action against the event's promoters, claiming that they're exploiting Michael . . . and that they may be stealing from his estate. --The promoters claim the proceeds from the tribute will be donated to charity, but a lawyer from the estate is questioning that . . . and is accusing them of trying to cash in on Michael's name. --The lawyer also argues that the promoters don't have proper permission to use Michael's images and songs . . . because it's "intellectual property that's controlled by the estate." (--Keep in mind, the tribute is happening in less than two months. I currently have the over-under of this thing actually getting off the ground at 35%.)

Tony Iommi Is Shooting Down Rumors of a Black Sabbath Reunion:

A report in Britain's "Birmingham Mail" tabloid says that the original BLACK SABBATH lineup is reuniting for a new album and tour. They even quoted guitarist TONY IOMMI. Unfortunately, it's not true. At least not YET. --After the story made waves online, Tony clarified the situation on his website. --He said, quote, "I'm saddened that a Birmingham journalist whom I trusted has chosen this point in time to take a conversation we had back in June and make it sound like we spoke yesterday about a Black Sabbath reunion. --"At the time, I was merely speculating, shooting the breeze, on something all of us get asked constantly, 'Are you getting back together?' --"[It's] absolute nonsense . . . to my old pals, Ozzy [Osbourne], Geezer [Butler] and Bill [Ward], sorry about this, I should have known better." --The original Sabbath hasn't released an album since "Never Say Die!" in 1978 . . . they haven't toured since the summer of 2005 . . . and they haven't gotten together publicly since their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in early 2006.

Bono Is Even *Richer* . . . Thanks to Facebook:

If there's one musician who doesn't need any more money, it's BONO. Every U2 tour brings in a boatload of money . . . but that isn't his only source of income. --Back in 2009, Bono's company sank $210 million into Facebook . . . and now, Britain's "Guardian" newspaper claims that investment is worth $975 million. --In other words, Bono has made $765 million over the past two years . . . just for joining the Facebook bandwagon. And joining FIVE YEARS late, to boot. (--It's gotta be nice to have $210 million to throw around.)

Lady Gaga's "You & I" Video Is Online . . . And It's Creepy:

LADY GAGA videos are always weird . . . bizarre . . . arty . . . unintelligible . . . and unbelievably overdone. (--Which can be a good thing or a bad thing.) --Anyway, her latest video, "You & I", adds CREEPY to the mix . . . with some haunting visuals at the beginning, and then several scenes of Lady Gaga hooking up with herself. One of the Gagas is her MALE alter ego Jo Calderone. --Oh and her mermaid alter ego, Yuyi, is also in the video, along with many other "versions" of Lady Gaga. (--Here's the video. Just so you know: It isn't explicit, but it does feature some near nudity and simulated sex.)
Skid Row Demands to Be Put Up in "First Class" Hotels . . . Like "Comfort Inn": has published a batch of random details that they found in summer tour riders. Here are a few of the highlights: --Skid Row demands promoters put them up at, quote, "nothing less than a first class hotel." So what does Skid Row consider a "first class hotel"? Well, the band says these will do: Quote, "Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, Sleep Inn, et cetera." --The Incredible Fainting MEAT LOAF would like to be provided with complimentary OXYGEN TANKS. His rider asks for two tanks, along with "two adult oxygen masks and one additional nebulizing oxygen mask with Albuterol Neublizer." (--A nebulizer is basically an attachment that allows medicine to be inhaled through a vapor mist.) --But that isn't enough to keep Meat Loaf from dying at your venue. He also, quote, "requires that two local EMTs be available to administer oxygen and/or care as needed beginning 30 minutes before a show. THIS IS A MUST." (--For more, hit up The Smoking Gun, here.) (--There's also information on how much various performers earn per concert. Ke$ha makes $200,000 a gig, Meat Loaf makes $100,000, M.C. Hammer makes $40,000, Skid Row makes $13,500 and Tone Loc rakes in $5,000.)

Sugarland's Stage Manager Probably Saved Their Lives on Saturday . . . *And* The Band Has Decided to Continue Their Tour:

So far, five people have died as a result of Saturday's stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. But it could have been way worse, if not for SUGARLAND'S stage manager, Hellen Rollens. -As you may recall, the weather was looking bad, but there was no rain, and no high winds . . . yet. The band was planning to go on . . . but Rollens decided to hold them backstage because she "had a feeling" things weren't right. That "feeling" saved lives. --Soon after, the freak windstorm came roaring in and destroyed the stage. A spokesperson described it like this, quote, "Everybody was standing in a prayer circle getting ready to go onstage . . . -"(Then) as Rollens was walking down the ramp, the stage fell. So her decision to hold them for literally a minute saved every band member and crew's life." --Meanwhile, JENNIFER NETTLES and KRISTIAN BUSH released a new statement yesterday. They said part of their own healing process is to get back on the road. So, they're continuing the tour, which stops in Albuquerque, New Mexico tomorrow night. --They're also in the process of planning a private memorial in Indiana to honor the fans who died. But they're waiting until grieving families have "time to go through their own services" before moving forward. (--You can read their statement, here.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

PRINCE HARRY has broken up with his girlfriend. Maybe now he'll hook up with PIPPA MIDDLETON like the world seems to want him to. (Full Story)

SALMA HAYEK doesn't mind treating her daughter to the best that life has to offer. She says, quote, "I never understood the point of being privileged if you don't get to have the privileges." (Full Story)

BRAD PITT hired a whole train to take himself, his family and 350 crew members from London to Glasgow, Scotland, where he'll continue to film the zombie movie "World War Z". (Full Story)

MILEY CYRUS has been inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame. (???) (Full Story)

"Price Is Right" tapings were canceled yesterday because DREW CAREY fell and separated his clavicle during his morning run. Production is supposed to resume today. (Full Story)

BLINK-182 halted a gig in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday night . . . so they could safely remove a praying mantis from the stage. (Video)

JAY-Z and KANYE WEST have added more dates to their "Watch the Throne" Tour. (Full Story)

Every Single Hour of TV You Watch Takes 22 Minutes Off Your Life:

Remember this the next time you settle into the couch for an eight-hour marathon of "Teen Mom" on MTV: It's LITERALLY speeding up your path to DEATH. --A new study out of the University of Queensland in Australia found that for every single hour of TV you watch, it takes 21.8 minutes off your life. --So if you watch three hours of TV tonight, you can take one hour off your life expectancy. --If you watch an average of six hours of TV a day over the course of your life, it could cost you a total of almost five years. --Now, keep in mind, the study didn't really factor in other lifestyle choices. So, if you watch TV but you don't smoke and exercise daily, you're going to be better off than someone who sits in front of the TV, smoking, and drinking gravy. --But in general, it's a warning that watching TV . . . and just sitting on the couch, not moving . . . can have a MUCH more negative effect on your health than you realized. (The Telegraph)

Over 7,000 Men Die Each Year Trying to Preserve Their Honor:

Guys sometimes take stupid risks. You probably didn't need scientists to tell you that. But now, thanks to them, stupid risk-taking has a name. --It's called a "culture of honor." Dr. Ryan Brown is a psychologist at the University of Oklahoma, and he says that's what makes guys do crazy things to preserve their reputation as a man . . . and hurt themselves or die in the process. --More than 7,000 guys a year die in accidental deaths trying to preserve their honor. --Guys in the West and South are more likely to give in to peer pressure and hurt themselves trying to defend their honor, with South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming being the three biggest "honor states." --States where guys are least likely to care about their reputation are New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. --Guys living in cities in honor states are 14% more likely to die in a car crash, drown, or over exert themselves . . . all "culture of honor" behaviors. --Guys in small towns or rural areas of honor states are 19% more likely to die. --Dr. Brown found that women live by a culture of honor too, but it doesn't affect their behavior as much as it does for men. (Everyday Health)

A Study Figures Out the Three Lies That are Acceptable in Online Dating:

It's almost impossible to fill out an online dating profile without telling any lies. I mean . . . everyone else on there is lying, so if you're going to compete, you've got to join in. --A new study out of Michigan State University figured out the three types of lies that are okay to tell when you're filling out your online dating profile . . . the lies that won't blow up in your face and ruin things when you meet someone face-to-face.

#1.) Small exaggerations. If you're 5-foot-9, it's okay to list yourself with an inch or an inch-and-a-half difference. Basically, if the average person couldn't eyeball the difference, the lies are alright.

#2.) Things you can hide. Let's say you're a casual smoker. You know a lot of people list "No smoking" as an important trait. So if you think could meet someone, and quit without them ever knowing, just say you're a "non smoker."

#3.) Idealized things that are going to come true. If you fill out your profile when you're in the middle of a diet, it could be okay to list a slimmer body type . . . because by the time you go on a date with someone, it could be true. --Those were the only three lies that were universally accepted . . . everything else studied came off as TOO deceptive. That included using old photos, making big exaggerations, and even lying about your hobbies. (Wall Street Journal)

A Study Finds That Women Will Happily Choose Dating Over Being Good at Math and Science:

If it comes to being smart or having a boyfriend, women will choose . . . a BOYFRIEND. --Don't blame me for saying it. I'm not the one who invested in a giant research study to prove it. Yeah, I'm looking at you, University of Buffalo. --According to a study out of Buffalo, researchers found that when women are trying to date or have a new guy enter their lives, they actually tend to shy away from studying math, science, technology, and engineering. --In other words, they tend to abandon fields that are traditionally male-dominated when they're trying to present themselves as a datable woman. --The researchers say, quote, "When the goal to be romantically desirable is activated, women pursue less interest in math and science. Intelligence goals in masculine fields conflicts with . . . traditional romantic scripts and gender norms." (The Atlantic)

6.6% of Americans Would Like to Hunt an Endangered Species?

I'm not sure what kind of rush you get from shooting an elephant or a panda, and frankly, I don't want to know. But a surprising number of people do. --In a new survey by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, 6.6% of Americans said they'd pay to go on an African safari to hunt endangered species. --70.4% said they'd want to go on a safari just to LOOK AT African wildlife. The rest aren't interested in a safari. --The IFAW is choosing to look on the bright side of this . . . they're spotlighting the fact that far more Americans would rather NOT hunt endangered species. (PR Newswire)

The Average Speed on America's Fastest Roads Has Dropped to 81 Miles-Per-Hour:

You know those stretches of road where you just put the pedal down and FLY? The ones where there aren't any twists, you never see cops, and there are hardly any other drivers? --Yeah . . . people aren't blazing down them like they used to. --A traffic data company called INRIX analyzed GPS data to analyze how fast people are going on roads that are notorious for being drag strips. And it turns out we're getting safer. --In 2010, the average driver went 85 miles-per-hour down the fastest roads in the country. In 2011, that's dropped 5%, to 81-miles-per-hour. --Jim Bak is a spokesman for INRIX. He doesn't think we're necessarily getting safer . . . just cheaper. Quote, "High gas prices are slowing drivers down" . . . because slower highway speeds mean better fuel economy. (Yahoo Autos)

In Mid-August, a Poll Reveals the Five Sexiest Halloween Costumes:

I guess it's never too early to start getting your Halloween costume together . . . even if you order it right before you head out to the beach or a summer barbecue. --A lingerie company called Jada Michaels ignored the fact that it's only mid-August and just released the results of a survey asking men to rank the five sexiest Halloween costumes. Here you go. --Keep in mind all of these are the "sexy" version . . . so, when we say "pirate" we don't mean wearing a peg-leg and a big overcoat. More like lingerie and maybe an eye patch.

#1.) The "Home Again" costume. This is a pin-up girl style costume that makes it look like you're waiting for a guy to get home from World War Two. It's got a camouflage dress with a removable skirt.

#2.) Superhero. Complete with mask, cape, a skin-tight suit, and boots.

#3.) Gangster. Looking like the "Bonnie" of Bonnie and Clyde. But Bonnie on her sexier days.

#4.) Pirate. Think Penelope Cruz or Keira Knightley from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, not Johnny Depp.

#5.) Feline. Leopard, cat, you know, the standards.

(PR Newswire)

Green Bay is the Top City for Fantasy Football in the U.S. . . . New York is at the Bottom:

Football is always a big deal in Green Bay . . . but now that they're the reigning Super Bowl champions, it seems like it's reached epidemic levels. --Which is why this isn't a huge surprise. Yahoo Sports has ranked the 32 NFL cities based on the popularity of fantasy football . . . and Green Bay, Wisconsin is easily number one. --It's also the smallest NFL city, with a population of around 104,000. Of those people, one out of every 29 participates in a fantasy football league. --The rest of the top 10 are Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Washington, D.C., San Diego, Baltimore, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. --On the other end, New York has the lowest fantasy football participation . . . but, then again, it's also the largest NFL city. Only one in 77 New Yorkers participate in fantasy football. --The rest of the bottom five are all warm weather cities. Just ahead of New York are Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, and Phoenix. (Time)

Want to Win at Rock-Paper-Scissors? Here's How:

Rock-paper-scissors SEEMS to be a completely random game . . . but an expert claims you can use strategies to help you win. --Graham Walker is a rock-paper-scissors veteran, and organized the last five World Championships of 'RPS' . . . that's what 'insiders' call the game. --He says the key is to realize that, while the game may SEEM random, most humans aren't, and act according to predictable patterns. --The first rule of RPS is "Rock is for Rookies." Inexperienced players tend to lead off a game by throwing rock first. No one knows why, but it means you can lead off with paper and earn yourself a quick victory. --Next is the rule of threes: People don't like to throw the same thing three times in a row. They think it makes them seem too predictable. That means that if someone has thrown rock twice, you can bet they won't do it again. So if you throw scissors, you'll either beat their paper, or settle for a tie. --This next tip seems kind of sketchy, but Graham says it works: People tend to mimic gestures they see other people making. So if you make a lot of hand motions holding out two fingers, you might be able to subconsciously influence your opponent to throw scissors. And you'll be waiting with rock. --Finally, after losing, a person often leads off the next game by throwing what would have won last time. So if your paper covered his rock last time, he'll probably throw the scissors that would have cut your paper. And you'll be waiting with rock. (Yahoo)

A Prison Won't Let an Inmate's Friend Visit . . . Because They Look So Much Alike, They Might Try to Switch Places?

One of Britain's most violent prisoners is a guy named . . . Charles Bronson. And that's not even the best part of the story. --Bronson first went to prison for robbery in 1974, and doubled his seven-year sentence due to bad behavior . . . mainly for fighting inmates and guards. He spent 10 years of his 14-year sentence in solitary confinement, and he's been moved 120 times. --He's served his sentence and been released twice, only to be sent back within two months each time. While in prison, he's taken hostages a dozen times during standoffs with guards, and once covered himself in butter and attacked six guards. --For some reason, a group of people have started a "Free Charles Bronson" movement, claiming he's a poet and artist who raises money for charity. --And one of the leaders of that movement is a 55-year-old gym owner named Steve Swatton. Steve recently asked to visit Bronson at Wakefield Prison in West Yorkshire (--about 50 miles northeast of Manchester). --But the prison has rejected all of his requests to visit Bronson, because of security reasons . . . but they won't give a more detailed explanation. --And Steve says he knows the REAL reason he's not allowed to visit . . . it's because he LOOKS JUST LIKE Charles. And the prison is afraid they'll switch places. (This is Plymouth) (--Here are photos of Steve and Charles. You be the judge. Could they pull off a mistaken-identity prison break that's straight out of a bad '80s movie?)


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

One in four girls begins considering plastic surgery between the ages of ten and fifteen. That's according to a new survey released by . . . a cosmetic surgery company. (Full Story)

A 19-year-old in Galveston, Texas told cops he was a 500-year-old vampire . . . after he was arrested on Saturday for breaking into a stranger's apartment in his boxers, walking into her bedroom, making growling and hissing noises, then biting and hitting her. Also, he kinda looks like Matt Damon in his mugshot. Or maybe Chris Pine? (Full Story)

According to a new study out of Columbia Business School, shoppers spend more when they're relaxed. (Full Story)

#1.) Check Out a Crappy Ad for a Local Clothing Store . . . That Looks More Like an Ad for a Strip Club:

Most of the commercials you see for local stores are awful, but some are so awful they're AWESOME: There's a chain of clothing stores in Tennessee called Divine Rags . . . and their commercial is more like an ad for a STRIP CLUB. --The guy who does all the talking has a thick accent, and seems like the owner. And when he asks one of the girls where she got her "fabulous" outfit, she starts to answer . . . but he shushes her and says, quote, "They always say they got it from Divine Rags." --Then at the end, he kisses a dog and starts laughing like an evil villain for no apparent reason. (--Search for "Divine Rags Commercial.")

#2.) Check Out What 40,000 Watts of Bass Does to a Girl's Hair:

If you've ever been in a car with a huge sound system, you know that you can actually FEEL the bass. But this is WAY too much bass: --There's a video on YouTube of a girl sitting next to a speaker that's pumping out 40,000 watts of bass . . . and it makes her hair look like she's being blasted by an industrial-sized fan. (--Search for "Mega Bass 40,000 Watt RMS." The bass kicks in at :06.)

#3.) And Now, a Guy in a Classic Car Does Donuts . . . Indoors:

There's a new video online of a guy doing donuts in his classic Shelby Cobra from the 60's . . . and he does them INDOORS. It's a big empty room with a pillar in the middle, and he never goes really fast, but it's still a pretty tight space to be doing donuts. --He leaves skid marks all over the floor, does nine donuts in a row, and never touches the walls or the pillar. (--Search for "Living Room Drifting.")

#4.) Would You Donate Money to Help the Government Pay off the Debt?

There's a new parody online where an Obama impersonator asks Americans to donate money to help pay down the federal deficit. --He says if you give $5,000, you get to sit in his chair in the Oval Office. If you donate $50,000, you get to create your own law. And for a BILLION, you get JOE BIDEN. (--Search for "Obama's Kickstarter Campaign to Solve the Debt.")

Four Ways People Waste Money on Their Pets:

I assume people know that most pets don't NEED clothing, unless they're sick, hairless, and old. Especially not DESIGNER clothing. But in the winter, you still see dogs running around in sweaters all over the place. --So if you want to keep wasting money on your dog's wardrobe, go ahead. But if you want to STOP flushing money down the drain, here are four more ways people waste money on their pets.

#1.) Expensive Pet Beds. Dogs and cats need a soft place to lie down, but they don't know the difference between an old comforter and a $300 bed. So don't go overboard. They might actually PREFER the comforter, because it smells like you.

#2.) Expensive Treats. If your vet tells you buy a certain kind, buy them. But most pets like the cheap treats just as much as the expensive ones. And if you look at the ingredients, almost ALL pet treats are pretty gross.

#3.) Grooming. Some dogs . . . like collies and German shepherds . . . shed a lot more than other breeds. --But if you brush most dogs once a day . . . or even once every FEW DAYS . . . you don't have to pay a professional groomer very often, if at all. The same thing goes for most cats.

#4.) Pet Strollers. Yes, they actually exist, which just goes to show how many people treat their dogs like children. But unless your dog has trouble getting around, it should WALK with you and get some exercise. --And if you try taking your CAT for a walk, you'll just freak it out. (Reader's Digest)


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