Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Chaz Bono Will Live to Dance Again!

Big news, America: CHAZ BONO WILL DANCE FOR YOU AGAIN! --Chaz survived the first elimination on "Dancing With the Stars" last night. METTA WORLD PEACE . . . a.k.a. L.A. Laker RON ARTEST . . . was the first contestant sent packing. (--Which means that my other favorite contestant, DAVID ARQUETTE, is coming back, too.)

Rosie O'Donnell Has a New Girlfriend . . . And They Met at Starbucks:

ROSIE O'DONNELL has a new girlfriend . . . and she met her at a Starbucks. Her name is Michelle Rounds and she's a corporate headhunter for an IT company. --A source says, quote, "They met at a Starbucks a few months ago. They are adorable together and are very, very happy." (--Rosie's new piece is actually pretty hot. Check out a picture here.) (D-Listed)

Jane Lynch Chose Ron Howard as Her Childhood Crush . . . Because He Was Non-Threatening:

When JANE LYNCH was young and struggling with her sexuality, she chose RON HOWARD as her schoolgirl crush. Not Ron Howard the director, but "Happy Days"-era Ron Howard. --Why? Because he was NON-THREATENING . . . which made him a much less intimidating fixation for a girl who was pretty sure she was gay. --Jane says, quote, "Ronny Howard, like Davy Jones, like Donny Osmond . . . they're non-threatening sexual men. They're kind of boyish, they don't have any hair on their bodies . . . they're these non-threatening boy-man figures, Ken doll figures." --She adds, quote, "I didn't feel comfortable in my person. I was so sure there was some other place I was supposed to be, some other family I was supposed to be (in) . . . 'The Brady Bunch' is really where I thought I belonged . . . --"And there was some other body I belonged in. Unfortunately I was stuck with the one I was in, and it gave me a lot of heartache and a lot of wishing I was someone else." (--You can watch the video of her entire "Today Show" interview here.)

Amy Schumer Won't Take Back Her Joke About Dead "Jackass" Star Ryan Dunn:

If you caught the CHARLIE SHEEN roast, then you probably noticed that comedian AMY SCHUMER is adorable . . . and VICIOUS. She even told a joke that included dead "Jackass" star RYAN DUNN. --She was actually cutting on fellow roaster STEVE-O. She said, quote, "I truly am, no joke, sorry for the loss of your friend Ryan Dunn. I know you must have been thinking, 'It could have been me.' --"And I know we were all thinking, 'Why wasn't it?'" (--Here's video of that one.) --Well, Amy got some Twitter backlash over that joke, but she's not backing down. She says, quote, "If anyone feels offended then they are justified but I don't think it was out of line. It was not my intention to offend but I stand by my joke. --"It's a roast and we're going for the jugular. It was a joke about Steve-O and not about Ryan. I hope people understand that." --One person who WASN'T offended by that joke . . . or anything else Amy said . . . was Charlie Sheen himself. --Yesterday, he Tweeted, quote, "Shocking!! @amyschumer ... You're beautiful... funny... and incredibly mean!! And I love you!! Xo."

Random Sheen-Anigans:

#1.) "Two and a Half Men" creator CHUCK LORRE has finally spoken out about firing Charlie. He said, quote, "We were concerned with our friend's well-being. --"That was the whole thing. We were concerned our friend was gonna die, and everything we did was hopefully to keep that from happening."

#2.) The "Queen of Mean" LISA LAMPANELLI couldn't make the roast because of a scheduling conflict. But she was Tweeting live during it. (--You can see a collection of her Tweets here.)

#3.) Roaster JEFFREY ROSS was among a group of people who watched the roast and the premiere of "Two and a Half Men" with Charlie at his house Monday night. And he wrote about the experience. (--Here's the story.)

#4.) Charlie Sheen enjoyed the "Two and a Half Men" premiere. A source says he called ASHTON KUTCHER'S first scene, quote, "the best intro for a new a character on a TV show of all time." --He especially liked the fact that Ashton was, quote, "revealed through the dusty exploded smoke of my remains."
Here's What Celebrities Have Been Tweeting About the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

The U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy officially ended yesterday and you know who's got opinions on that? CELEBRITIES! Here are some of their tweets about the end of "DADT" . . . and like you'd expect, they're all thrilled about it:

--LADY GAGA: "What a tremendous and beautiful day, DADT is officially repealed and the new order is in place. Sending all my love and gratitude to service members."

--ELLEN DEGENERES: "Don't Ask Don't Tell is officially over. It's a good day."

--KATHY GRIFFIN: "Don't Ask Don't Tell is officially over! We are a safer country with ALL our brave heroes having equality."

--GEORGE TAKEI: "It's nice to celebrate good news: Don't Ask Don't Tell is now history! Thanks to our LGBT soldiers for their brave service."

--JANE LYNCH: "DADT . . . gone! Good riddance."

--WANDA SYKES: "Congratulations to all of our service members who can now truly be all that you can be. DADT was a hot mess."

Tony Bennett Says We Caused 9/11:

It's hard to go after a legend, but when somebody says something this asinine, you have to call them on it . . . --On "The Howard Stern Show" earlier this week, TONY BENNETT said that the 9/11 attacks were OUR FAULT. --He said, quote, "They flew the plane in, but we caused it. Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop. --"But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists? Two wrongs don't make a right." --Tony also said that back in 2005, when he was receiving a Kennedy Center honor, PRESIDENT BUSH admitted to him that invading Iraq was the wrong decision. --He said, quote, "He told me personally that night that, he said, 'I think I made a mistake.'" --As for why Bush would tell him that, Tony said, quote, "He had a special liking to me." (--Here's video.)

Tom Sizemore Got Arrested Again . . . This Time on an Outstanding Warrant:

TOM SIZEMORE has been arrested again . . . but at least this time it wasn't drug-related. Tom got pulled in on an outstanding warrant by cops who were investigating a car theft by Tom's ASSISTANT. --See, Tom's assistant was living with him . . . so after the cops arrested the guy, they went to Tom's apartment to search it. --During that search, they realized that Tom had a warrant for misdemeanor battery . . . related to a 2009 incident in which he allegedly roughed up his then-girlfriend. So Tom was arrested, booked and released on $26,000 bail. --Tom's rep says he was arrested due to a CLERICAL ERROR. He claims the warrant was for uncompleted community service . . . but Tom DID complete his hours.

John Travolta is Very Bald:

JOHN TRAVOLTA showed off the extent of his baldness recently, during a tennis outing with friends. (--Here are some pics.) (Daily Mail) (--And here's video of Travolta discussing the theft of his Benz . . . and saying, quote, "at least it wasn't a jet.")
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Won't Confirm or Deny He's Playing Robin in the New Batman Movie:

There's a rumor going around that JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is playing Robin in the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises". --Officially, his character is named John Blake, and he's a Gotham City cop. But some people claim his character will indeed become Batman's sidekick by the end of the movie. --In a recent interview, Gordon-Levitt actually kind of stoked the fires by refusing to confirm OR deny the rumor. --When he was asked point-blank if he's Robin, he laughed and said, quote, "You know I can't have this conversation, man." (--You can see the video here.)

Check Out the First Trailer for "J. Edgar", Starring Leonardo DiCaprio:

The first trailer for "J. Edgar" . . . starring LEONARDO DICAPRIO, NAOMI WATTS and ARMIE HAMMER . . . hit the web yesterday. (--Check it out here.) (--"J. Edgar", directed by CLINT EASTWOOD, hits theaters in November.)

You Can Win a Walk-On Role in the Next "Resident Evil" Movie:

Want to win a walk-on role to play one of the UNDEAD in the next "Resident Evil" movie? You might even get close enough to MILLA JOVOVICH that you'll finally have a shot to seduce her and make sweet half-Ukrainian babies with her. --If you want to enter the contest, you have to be 18 to 34 and submit a one-minute video acting out your favorite line from past "Resident Evil" movies. The submission deadline is October 3rd . . . the movie films in Canada later this year.

Ratings Roundup: "Two and a Half Men" Posts Its Best Number Ever, the Sheen "Roast" is Also Huge, "Dancing With the Stars" Suffers:

It's rare these days that there's a night in television that's an EVENT. But last night was. And here's how the TV watchers in this country divided their time . . . --ASHTON KUTCHER'S debut on "Two and a Half Men" drew the highest rating in the show's HISTORY . . . and a rating that sitcoms NEVER get anymore. It drew 27.76 million people. Those are "American Idol"-type numbers. --It also gave a monster lead-in to CBS's new show, "2 Broke Girls", which drew 19.2 million people. That's the biggest number for a sitcom debut since "Inside Schwartz" ten years ago. In other words . . . it's not a guarantee of future success. --Over on Comedy Central, the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" was also HUGE. It drew 6.4 million people, making it the second-most watched show in the network's HISTORY, bigger than any "South Park" or "Daily Show" ever . . . or any of the previous roasts. --Weirdly enough, the top rated show in Comedy Central history was JEFF DUNHAM'S 2008 holiday special. --So some show had to suffer . . . and "Dancing With the Stars" took the bullet. CHAZ BONO and the other stars drew 18.57 million viewers . . . which is down 24% from last fall's debut and its lowest-rated first episode in all 13 of its seasons. --"The Playboy Club" on NBC had a rough start too. Only five million people watched, which immediately puts the show on the list of potential cancellations. --Even with the low ratings, the crusaders at the Parents Television Council are still going after it. They've called on members to complain to companies that advertised on the show last night. Those include Chrysler/Dodge and Unilever, which advertised its brands like Hellman's Mayonnaise and P.F. Chang's Home Menu.

Is Regis Quitting "Live" Because of Money?

There's one main theory emerging for why REGIS PHILBIN is leaving "Live With Regis & Kelly" . . . and it's the most generic reason possible. He's leaving over MONEY. --By all reports, Regis has been making $21 MILLION a year for the past three years. When his contract was up earlier this year, Buena Vista TV wanted to give him a PAY CUT. And Regis wouldn't do it. So he quit. --A source says, quote, "They were very foolish. There aren't a lot of [syndicated] hits and 'Live' is a cash cow, so why risk Regis leaving?" --Even though he just turned 80, he's not planning on retiring. He's already taped a pilot for a possible new reality show. --Regis agreed to stay with "Live" until November 18th, right at the end of November sweeps. They'll be rotating co-hosts with KELLY RIPA until they decide on a replacement.

Here's What Steve-O Looks Like After Taking Mike Tyson's Fist to His Face at the Charlie Sheen "Roast":

On the "Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen" last night, STEVE-O from "Jackass" was one of the roasters. So was MIKE TYSON. And Steve-O decided he wanted to FEEL TYSON'S FIST on his face. --So, twice during the show, Steve-O had Tyson hold out his fist . . . and then Steve-O took running, face-first dives into it. He ended up with a broken nose and a black eye . . . and CHARLIE SHEEN tweeted a photo of it. (--Check it out here.) (Source)

Michael Vick's Return to Atlanta Topped the TV Ratings . . . and Six Other Shows Also Beat the Emmys:

We already knew football crushed the Emmy's in the ratings . . . but we didn't know how many other shows also beat it. The Emmy's ended up coming in 7th in the ratings, behind football, the "America's Got Talent" finale, and a rerun of "60 Minutes". --As far as premieres go, NBC's two new sitcoms "Up All Night" and "Free Agents" pulled solid numbers. HANK AZARIA'S "Free Agents" only got 6.1 million viewers, but CHRISTINA APPLEGATE'S show cracked the Top 10 at #8 with 10.9 million viewers. --Meanwhile, the series premieres of the CW shows "The Secret Circle" and SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR'S "Ringer" attracted 3 million and 2.8 million, respectively . . . which is actually pretty good for the CW. .

1.) The "Sunday Night Football" game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, NBC, 23.4 million viewers (--Atlanta won the game, 35 to 31.)

2.) The "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick" pregame show, NBC, 18.3 million viewers

3.) Wednesday's season finale of "America's Got Talent", NBC, 14.4 million viewers

4.) Tuesday's "America's Got Talent", NBC, 13.7 million viewers

5.) The third segment of the "Football Night in America" pregame show, NBC, 13.4 million viewers

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

--"The X Factor" [Two-Hour Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid, and Simon Cowell are the judges.)

--"The Middle" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Ray Romano guest stars as an old friend of Mike's.)

--"H8R" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Eva Longoria and Scott Disick try to change the opinion of people who hate them.)

--"Modern Family" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC.

--"Criminal Minds" [7th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Harry's Law" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC. (--"Human Target's" Mark Valley joins the cast as attorney Oliver Richard.)

--"America's Next Top Model" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on the CW. (--Ashlee Simpson is a guest judge.)

--"The Ultimate Fighter" [14th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Spike.

--"CSI" [12th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Ted Danson joins the cast as the team's new boss, D.B. Russell.)

--"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" [13th Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--Anika Noni Rose guests as a maid accusing a diplomat of rape.)

--"Revenge" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. (--"Brothers & Sisters" minx Emily VanCamp stars in this so-called modern-day adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" . . . set in the Hamptons.) (???)

--"Toddlers & Tiaras" [4th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC.

Check Out New Music From Daughtry and Backstreet Boys and a New Video From Hole:

#1.) DAUGHTRY is contributing a song called "Drown In You" to the new Batman video game "Batman: Arkham City". The game hits stores on October 18th, but the song has already been released. (--You can listen to it here.)

#2.) Here's a sentence that hasn't been said in a LONG time: The BACKSTREET BOYS just released a new song. It's called "Lost In Space" and it doesn't sound that good to us, but we always WERE more 98 DEGREES types. (--Check it out here.)

#3.) COURTNEY LOVE and her band HOLE just released a new video . . . and if you haven't heard a Hole song in a decade or so and you're wondering . . . yes, they sound just like they did in the '90s. --The video is for a song called "Samantha" . . . which they released 18 months ago . . . and it shows Courtney running around a post-apocalyptic war zone in a wedding dress. (--Here's the link.)

Adele Interrupted a Concert to Get Medical Attention to a Fan Who Had Fainted:

On Monday night, ADELE was performing at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London, England. And as she started singing her song "Rumour Has It" . . . she heard a commotion in the crowd. -Apparently, someone had fainted. And when she realized it, she stopped singing and said "MEDIC!" into the microphone. Then she walked to the front of the stage and asked for the crowd to clear so the person could get medical attention. --After paramedics helped get the person out of the crowd . . . and confirmed they were alright . . . Adele went back to singing.

What Does the Name of Coldplay's Album, "Mylo Xyloto", Mean? Prepare to Be Disappointed:

On October 24th, COLDPLAY will release their fifth album. It's called "Mylo Xyloto". And CHRIS MARTIN has finally explained what that means. --Nothing. --Martin says, quote, "It just feels fresh to us, it's new. It doesn't mean anything except that [album's] music. It sort of has a nice appearance to it with all those O's. We had it on one of our many lists for about two years. --"Maybe in the old days before anyone knew what a Snickers was, that word would've sounded weird as well, or Google, or Yahoo. So why not try to invent something new?"

Demi Lovato Says Her Album is "Grown Up But Not Too Grown-Up":

Obviously you don't need any more convincing to buy DEMI LOVATO'S new album "Unbroken", which came out yesterday. I might go buy a second copy just so I can have a spare in case the first one isn't within arm's reach. --But the way Demi describes it could somehow achieve the impossible and make you want it EVEN MORE. Here's her take on the vibe and the theme of the album. --She says, quote, "I think it's grown-up, but not too grown-up. I'm not a kid anymore, but I'm also not a full-grown woman either. So I'm in that in-between stage, trying to figure out where that is. I'm figuring it out, just like my fans are." --One more note on this album: Yesterday, Demi was spotted at a Best Buy in New York . . . buying it. (--Here are photos of her making the buy.) (Source)
Ice-T Just Provided the Annual "Older Rapper Complains About Today's Money-Obsessed Younger Rappers" Rant:

Just like clockwork, every year or so, some older rapper gives an interview where he blasts today's younger rappers for being obsessed with money and not delivering any real message with their music. --This year, the honor goes to ICE-T, who used to provide REAL messages with his music, like how he supports killing cops. --In a new interview, Ice says, quote, "I want to see some little [mothereffers] get together like a PUBLIC ENEMY and give these fools a wake-up call like, '[Eff] this jewelry and cars [bullcrap]' and bring it back to armageddon! --"Don't get it twisted, the people that are making music now, I'm not mad at them . . . I'm just saying the conscious music is lacking. There's no roots . . . I miss edgy music. Saying you sell drugs, that's not edgy to me, let's talk about some issues."


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

When NICOLE SCHERZINGER appeared on "Conan" the other night, Conan couldn't stop staring at her boobs . . . and she CALLED HIM ON IT. (Photos) (Video)

In case you missed it, HUGH JACKMAN was the guest host of the WWE's "Monday Night Raw" this week . . . and he actually got to clock a guy. (Video)

KOBE BRYANT has been offered $800,000 a game . . . $600,000 after taxes . . . to play basketball in Italy. (Full Story)

PARIS HILTON was commended by a judge for going over and above in completing community service for her cocaine bust. She was supposed to do 200 hours . . . she did 228. (Full Story)

After being arrested TWICE for DUI in recent weeks, pro rassler MATT HARDY has now been arrested for DRUGS. So he's on his way to rehab. (Full Story)

STEVEN SPIELBERG won't release his Abraham Lincoln movie until after the 2012 election, because, quote, "I don't want it to become political fodder." (Full Story)

On "Ellen" yesterday, BRAD PITT said that he and ANGELINA JOLIE still don't want to get married until EVERY American has that right. But he added, quote, "The kids are puttin' on the heat." (Video)

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" hits DVD on November 11th. (Full Story)

There's a story going around that ROBERT PATTINSON is recording an album. He's not. (Full Story)

DARYL HALL'S online show "Live From Daryl's House" is headed to TV . . . it will be syndicated in 95 markets starting Sunday. (Full Story)

METALLICA will perform in India for the first time ever on October 28th. (Full Story)

JOHN SINGLETON . . . who directed "Boyz N the Hood" . . . is in talks with ICE CUBE to possibly direct a movie about N.W.A. (Full Story)


Politics Don't Matter When You're Trying to Have Sex With Someone . . . But it Does Matter If You Want a Relationship:

According to a new study, no matter how passionate you are about your political beliefs, there's one thing you'll happily compromise for. And you can probably guess what it is. --Dr. Rose McDermott is a political scientist at Brown University in Rhode Island. And she found that people are totally willing to SELL OUT on their political beliefs if it's going to GET THEM SOME SEX. --In her study, when single people were trying to have sex with someone, they didn't care about that person's politics at all. A Tea Partier would be willing to get-it-on with a communist hippie . . . and vice-versa. --BUT . . . when people were actually interested in a long-term relationship, THEN politics DO matter. --The study also found that only 14% of online daters include their political interests in their profiles. --In fact, people were much more willing to talk about their WEIGHT than their political preferences. (Psych Central)

Bad News . . . If You're Over 30, You're Probably Starting to Shrink:

Old people shrink. We all know it. Your tiny grandma is living proof. And here's the bad news: You didn't realize it, but if you're over 30 . . . YOU'RE probably one of those shrinking old people. --A new study from Harvard found that people can start shrinking a tiny bit as early as 30 . . . losing up to a quarter of an inch to one-third of an inch every decade. If it doesn't happen to you at 30, it probably will start by 40. --In the study, men lost an average of 1.2 inches from age 30 to 70, and were down an average of two inches by age 80. Women lost two inches from 30 to 70, and 3.1 inches by age 80. --The reason we shrink is because the disks between our vertebrae very gradually lose fluid and flatten out . . . plus muscles lose mass and the arches of the feet flatten out a little bit. --And bad habits make the shrinking happen faster . . . cigarettes, alcohol, extreme weight fluctuations, and lots of caffeine can all speed up height loss. (Wall Street Journal)

Young People are More Likely to Order Off the Value Menu at Lunch . . . and Guys are More Likely to Order Combo Meals:

One in three people eat out for lunch at least twice a week, according to Technomic's Lunch Consumer Trend Report. -More than half of people surveyed said that they skip lunch at least once a week, and two thirds say they replace lunch with a mid-afternoon snack at least once a week. --When people do eat out, they're loyal: Even though two out of five people say eating a variety of foods is important, 47% say they go to the same few restaurants at lunch time. --Just about everyone says it's important to get a good value when they buy lunch, but that means different things to different age groups. --18-to-34-year-olds focus on price and are more likely to build a meal by ordering several items from a value menu. --People over 45 are more health conscious, and look at the quality of what they're eating, even if that costs more money. --Guys are more likely to order a combo meal. And women are more likely to order half-portion pairs, like a cup of soup and half a sandwich. (PR Newswire)

One in Five Workers Knows Someone Who Lied on Their Resume:

In this economy, you'd think people would be tempted to fudge their resumes to increase their chances of getting hired. And you'd be right. --A survey by a national temp agency called OfficeTeam found that people have been doing just that. --One out of five people surveyed said they know someone who lied on their resume. --The most common lie job applicants tell is about their previous job duties. 58% of resume liars embellish their responsibilities at their old company. --The next most common lie is on education, with 34% of dishonest resumes embellishing that part. Next are employment dates and job experience. --But the liars aren't fooling as many people as they think. 43% of hiring managers say they think applicants are often dishonest on their resumes. --One red flag is when you describe your skills in an ambiguous way. Phrases like "familiar with" and "involved in" could mean you're hiding your lack of real experience in that area. (PR Newswire)

68% of Dog Owners Say They Won't Spend Less on Their Pet in a Bad Economy:

In a tough economy, everyone has to make sacrifices . . . except for dogs. --In a survey for National Dog Week, which started Monday, found that seven in ten dog owners will NOT spend less on their pet, despite the poor economy. --Overall, Americans spent $55 billion on their dogs last year. One in five people surveyed said they spend $100 a month, on average. Another one in eight spend at least $50 a month. --The most expensive part of owning a dog is the vet bills. 57% of dog owners said that was what drove up their costs the most. --Food and treats were the next biggest cost, followed by medication and boarding. --Some of the ways owners ARE willing to cut costs are by buying cheaper brands of food, or having friends or relatives watch the dog when they travel, instead of paying to board them. --Some other interesting facts from the survey: Half of all married couples own a dog, but only one in three single adults do. And people who live in large families are 14% more likely to have a dog than people who live alone or with one other person. (PR Newswire)

Bangkok is the Number One City to Visit in the World:

On a new list of the best cities to visit in the world, Bangkok, Thailand came in number one. And in a surprise, the list that loved Bangkok so much is in "Travel + Leisure" . . . not a magazine like "Pervert's Quarterly". --The rankings are based on reader votes on six factors: Culture, food, shopping, history, cost to get there, and cost once you're there. --Bangkok got the top spot because of its cuisine, nightlife, Buddhist temples, and low prices. Here's the full top 10 . . .

#1.) Bangkok, Thailand

#2.) Florence, Italy

#3.) Rome, Italy

#4.) New York, New York

#5.) Istanbul, Turkey

#6.) Cape Town, South Africa

#7.) Siem Reap, Cambodia

#8.) Sydney, Australia

#9.) Barcelona, Spain

#10.) Paris, France

(Travel + Leisure)

(--You can check out more cities on the list here.)

Terrorists Have Started Hiding Bombs in Turbans . . . Should the TSA Search Giant Afros Too?

Just when the TSA announced that we might be able to keep our shoes on at airport security, the terrorists have made their next move. -The former president of Afghanistan is a guy named Burhanuddin Rabbani. He was killed at his home in Kabul on Tuesday . . . by a turban bomb. --Burhanuddin met with a visitor, and when he went to hug him, the guy detonated an explosive device that he'd hidden in his turban. --This is the second time in the last three months that turban bombs have been used in an assassination. The mayor of Kandahar was killed by one in July. --The attacks create a tough situation for airport security. Searching a person's turban will obviously raise questions of racial profiling, and cultural sensitivity. --The TSA ran into a similar problem on Monday, when Isis Brantley of Dallas was in the Atlanta airport. --Isis wasn't wearing a turban, but she did have a giant Afro . . . and TSA agents SEARCHED her HAIR for explosives. (NY Daily News / NBC DFW)

A Paraplegic Hunter Shot Himself in the Foot with a Crossbow . . . and Pinned Himself to the Floor of His ATV:

John Champion is a 21-year-old paraplegic in Gulf Hammock, Florida (--about 100 miles northwest of Orlando). --On Sunday night, he decided to go hunting with a crossbow, and went out on an ATV at a place called the Fiber Factory Hunting Club. --But while he was cocking his bow, John accidentally SHOT himself in the left foot. The bolt went all the way through his foot, and broke several bones . . . but that wasn't the worst part. (--They call arrows "bolts" when you use a crossbow.) --The bolt pinned John's foot to the floorboard of his ATV, and trapped him there. --He couldn't get his foot loose, so he decided to drive the ATV out of the woods to get help. But he got stuck in some brush on his way out. --Other hunters and family members rescued him, and John was taken to a local hospital. (--They don't say how long he was stuck there, or how his family knew to come looking for him.) (WTSP)

A Gang of Drag Queens Has Been Robbing Florida Stores and Stealing Sequins, Shiny Fabric, Bras, and Feather Boas:

Police have caught a gang of cross-dressing thieves who were robbing stores in the Orlando area. -Over the past year, 19-year-old Demitri Marsh, 22-year-old Antonio Webb, and 18-year-old Renford Patterson have gone to stores while dressed in drag, and stolen thousands of dollars worth of feather boas, sequins, fabrics, and bras. --The manager of a local Jo-Ann Fabrics said, quote, "They'd come in and order yards of fabric . . . stuff it in their man purses and leave. They could wipe out a whole section of boas in seconds." --But the law finally caught up with them at a different Jo-Ann Fabrics on Sunday. --The three suspects entered the store, and then one of them, who was wearing a tank top and multicolor tights at the time, was seen putting the following items into his handbag: --Five packs of black feathers, two packs each of red and black lace gloves, eyelashes, five bra pads, five butt pads, five gel inserts, three handbags, two boas, three pairs of costume glasses, and ten bandanas. --Some of the drag queens surrendered immediately, others made a run for it, and one swore at a clerk and threatened to cut her. The three suspects were charged with felony retail theft. (Orlando Sentinel)


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

If fantasy football isn't your thing, why not try . . . fantasy hunting? Seriously. Just go to to set up a free profile and choose your team. (Full Story)

Six Italian scientists went on trial for manslaughter yesterday . . . for failing to predict a 2009 earthquake. (Full Story)

According to a survey of Netflix users, due to the Netflix price changes, 16% say they'll cancel, another 14% will strongly consider it, and 30% will use their Redbox more. 60% of Netflix users also use Redbox. (Full Story)

For show-and-tell, a kindergartner in Missouri brought in his mother's crack pipe, and an ounce of crack. His mom was arrested. (Full Story)

A woman in Florida with a double-uterus just delivered healthy non-identical twins . . . one from each uterus. (Full Story)

#1.) To Mark the End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a Soldier Came Out to His Dad Over the Phone . . . and Posted a Video of It on YouTube:

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' officially ended yesterday. And if you've ever wanted to know how nerve-racking it is for someone to come out to their parents, check this out: --On Monday, an American soldier stationed in Germany called his dad in Alabama and came out of the closet . . . then posted a video of it on YouTube. He's extremely nervous in the video. But luckily, his dad was okay with it. (--Search for "Soldier Tells Dad He's Gay." He tells him at 2:56.)

#2.) A New Video of the Reno Air Show Crash Shows the Impact: has new footage of the plane crash at a Reno air show last Friday. The death toll has now climbed to 11. Other videos showed the crash, but not the actual impact. This one shows everything. (--Search for "New Reno Air Crash Video Shows Impact." It happens at :22.)

#3.) A Guy Swaps Faces with Paris Hilton, Brad Pitt and Michael Jackson:

Here's something creepy looking: A software developer named Arturo Castro used a program called FaceTracker to make a video where he stands in front of his computer camera, and it looks like different celebrity faces are grafted onto his face. --He swaps faces with Paris Hilton, Fidel Castro, Steve Jobs, Marilyn Monroe, Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson, Barack Obama and more. (--Search for "Faces by Arturo Castro." He does his own face at 1:22.)

#4.) And Now . . . Learn the Rules of Rugby by Watching Half-Naked Women Run Around in Slow Motion:

I know this is America . . . and it's football season . . . so you probably don't care about the Rugby World Cup going on right now in New Zealand. But you might after you hear this . . . --Australia's version of Axe Body Spray is called Lynx . . . and they released a video that teaches you all the main rules of rugby. But instead of big Australian guys showing you what to do . . . they used half-naked women running around in slow motion. (--Search for "LYNX Rules for Rugby." In case you DO actually care, USA has one win and one loss so far, and they play Australia on Friday.)

Three Things You Never Think to Clean, but Should:

You've heard how dirty your keyboard at work is, right? The average work desk has about 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. And that's really gross considering that 83% of Americans eat at their desks. -Here are three more things you never think to clean, but probably should.

#1.) Your Phone. Your cell phone or your home phone can make you sick. Cell phones get covered in bacteria because we take them with us everywhere, and use them without washing our hands. --Home phones collect bacteria because usually, more than one person is using it. Work phones are a little safer if you're the only one using it.

#2.) Your Dishwasher. The hot water kills the bacteria INSIDE the dishwasher. But the edges of the DOOR are a breading ground for mold and mildew. And it happens on the rubber cushioning of your refrigerator door too.

#3.) Your Indoor Garbage Cans. Even with a bag, the inside of trash cans can accumulate germs and bacteria. So every few times you take out the trash, scrub the inside of the can too. (Reader's Digest)


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