Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Heading for a Breakup?

Now that the whole "Twilight" thing is starting to wind down, so apparently is the relationship between ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART. --The not-always-reliable "Us Weekly" says they're growing apart because they spend so much time away from each other. --A source says, quote, "They are doing a lot of soul-searching about their relationship . . . they've burnt each other out." --But it seems like it's Kristen more than Rob who wants out. The source says, quote, "He is always worried about her leaving him. --"She will blow him off, and it makes him crazy. Rob's eager to settle down, but Kristen is far from ready to walk down the aisle."

Ashton Kutcher Tried to Keep Demi Moore with a $100,000 Lexus:

Even though ASHTON KUTCHER nailed a girl less than half DEMI MOORE'S age on their anniversary, he didn't want to lose her. --Sources say Ashton was so desperate to keep Demi that he bought her a 2012 Lexus LS 600h L earlier this month. It's a top-of-the-line hybrid, and it set him back more than $100,000. --Obviously, it didn't work. There's no word if Demi kept the car anyway. (--Here's a picture of a Lexus LS 600h L.) (Tirekick.com) --Demi is reportedly doing some "soul-searching" in Hawaii as we speak.

Katy Perry Says She's Not Pregnant . . . She Just Likes Fast Food and Booze:

Despite her slightly plumper physique these days, KATY PERRY once again denies her womb is occupied. Her answer when asked the question yesterday was, quote, "Hell no!" --Instead, she offers this explanation . . . quote, "I like In-N-Out Burger and Taco Bell and if you want to make that pregnant that's your problem." --As far as WHEN she'll let RUSSELL BRAND knock her up, she says, quote, "I still love drinking alcohol so not yet."

Jennifer Lopez Did Some Grinding with Her Young Stud at Her AMA After-Party . . . But She May Have Hooked Up with Marc Anthony Earlier This Month:

JENNIFER LOPEZ hosted an "American Music Awards" after-party Sunday night at L.A.'s Greystone Manor. And while there were several celebrities in attendance, J-Lo really only had time for her 24-year-old dancer-boyfriend Casper Smart. --Sources say they spent much of the night in a private box, dancing, grinding and whatnot. She also kissed him and rubbed his head. (???) (--Here are some pics of Casper backing up J-Lo during her AMA performance . . . and one of J-Lo BACKING THAT ASS UP into Pitbull.) (Us, People) --But Casper may not be the only guy J-Lo is nailing these days. Rumor has it that she hooked up a couple weeks ago with . . . her ex MARC ANTHONY. --The two of them were in Puerto Rico working on their Latin singing competition "Q'Viva! The Chosen" . . . and a source says that while they were there, Marc never stayed in his own hotel room. --And the source believes they'll start fornicating again when filming resumes next month . . . quote, "It's inevitable. Marc has this hold over her." --But another source adds, quote, "They may sleep together, but they're over."

Justin Bieber Let His Pants Droop Again . . . And He Was Wearing Pink Underwear:

JUSTIN BIEBER is still wearing droopy drawers. And on Monday, during an outing with SELENA GOMEZ in L.A., they drooped low enough to reveal PINK UNDIES. (--Check out the pics here.) (Radar Online)

Playing Guitar Left-Handed Led to Kurt Cobain's Suicide . . . And Other Celebrity Conspiracy Theories that Make No Sense:

It's been almost 18 years since KURT COBAIN killed himself, and a lot of people still want to know why. Well, we might finally have the answer: --It's because he played guitar left-handed. (???) --That's one of five Insane Celebrity Conspiracy Theories that Make Sense . . . according to a list at Cracked.com. Here's the rationale . . . --Kurt suffered from terrible stomach pain, which a doctor diagnosed in 1993 as a pinched nerve in his spine caused by scoliosis. Kurt had even admitted that he self-medicated with heroin. --Kurt didn't have to be a left-handed guitarist. He was ambidextrous. But for whatever reason, when he took up the guitar he CHOSE to play as a leftie. And that was a bad choice. --The website says that Kurt's spine was "curved out a bit on his right side" . . . and when you play left-handed, all the weight of the guitar is on your right side, because the strap goes over your right shoulder. --So all those years playing guitar left-handed made his scoliosis worse . . . which in turn made his stomach problem worse . . . which led to his heroin addiction . . . which led to his suicide. --Case closed? --Here are the other four Insane Celebrity Conspiracy Theories that Make Sense . . .

--MICHAEL JACKSON'S voice never got deeper . . . and he had boundary issues with young kids . . . because he was CHEMICALLY CASTRATED.

--THOMAS JEFFERSON had Asperger's . . . which is a form of autism.

--ELVIS PRESLEY died from chronic constipation.

(--You can read more about these conspiracy theories here.)

Donald Trump Says He's Worth $7 Billion:

DONALD TRUMP has a new book coming out December 5th called "Time to Get Tough". And it includes a full disclosure of his finances. --Trump says he was so close to running for president that he prepared the Public Financial Disclosure Report required of all presidential candidates. Since he just had it hanging around, he decided to put it in the book. --And we have an advance look at it. Here it is . . . --Trump is worth a little over $7 BILLION. --$270.3 million of that is in "cash and marketable securities."
-$3 billion is estimated as "Brand Value" . . . which is, quote, "the financial impact of intangibles such as brand, strategy execution, innovation, and post-merger integration." --$3.2 billion is in real estate owned entirely by Trump. --And $900 million of that is real estate partially owned by Trump. --And by the way . . . Trump still isn't totally out of the race. He writes, quote, "Some people have yet to realize how serious I was and am about running for the White House . . . And whether it's me or someone else, we need the kind of thinking that can produce this kind of success."

Wesley Snipes is Being Sued by American Express:

Even though WESLEY SNIPES is behind bars for tax evasion, The Man is STILL messing with him. American Express is suing him over a supposed $30,000 bill. --What makes this extra-ironic is that in the original "Major League" movie, Snipes and his teammates did a commercial for American Express. --It ended with Snipes sliding across home plate, holding up an Amex card and saying, quote, "Don't steal home without it." (--You can see the ad here)

There's a "Rocky" Musical in the Works:

We criticize the film industry all the time for lacking originality, but what about Broadway? It seems like there's at least one show per year that's based on a movie. And that trend isn't likely to reverse itself anytime soon. --SYLVESTER STALLONE is teaming up with real-life boxing brothers WLADIMIR and VITALI KLITSCHKO to produce "Rocky: The Musical". --Budgeted at $15 million, the show will debut in Germany next November . . . and Stallone will bring it to America sometime after that.

The New Batman Movie Takes Place Eight Years After "The Dark Knight":

When "The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters next summer, it'll be four years since the release of "The Dark Knight". But the new movie is actually set EIGHT years after Batman took out the Joker. --Director CHRISTOPHER NOLAN says, quote, "It's really all about finishing Batman and Bruce Wayne's story. We left him in a very precarious place. --"Perhaps surprisingly for some people, our story picks up quite a bit later, eight years after 'The Dark Knight'. So he's an older Bruce Wayne; he's not in a great state." --Batman and the movie's villain Bane . . . played by TOM HARDY . . . have an all-out brawl in this movie. Hardy says, quote, "It's not about fighting. It's about carnage. The style is heavy-handed, heavy-footed, it's nasty. --"Anything from small-joint manipulation to crushing skulls, crushing rib cages, stamping on shins and knees and necks and collarbones and snapping heads off and tearing his fists through chests, ripping out spinal columns. --"He is a terrorist in mentality as well as brutal action." (--In the comics, Bane broke Batman's back. We don't know if that happens in "The Dark Knight Rises".)

"Saturday Night Live's" 25 Most-Repeated Characters:

"New York" magazine has just released a very comprehensive report on "Saturday Night Live", in which they tracked the show's Most-Repeated Characters. --It includes the full 36 seasons . . . and 7,798 sketches . . . from October of 1975 through this past May. None of this fall's episodes counted, which is understandable, since they say this thing took a whole year to do. --They did NOT include political impressions, because it skewed the results. For example, they found that DARRELL HAMMOND played Bill Clinton in 77 episodes over the years.

--Here are the 25 Most-Repeated Characters, which have all appeared over 12 times.

1.) Emily Litella, played by Gilda Radner . . . 25 episodes, from 1975-1979.

2.) Father Guido Sarducci, played by Don Novello . . . 24 episodes, from 1978-1981, 1985-1986, 1989, 1993, 1995.

3.) Mr. Bill from "The Mr. Bill Show", voiced by Walter Williams . . . 22 episodes, from 1976-1981.

4.) Wayne Campbell, played by Mike Myers . . . 21 episodes, from 1989-1994, 2011. (--Dana Carvey's Garth appeared in 18 of those, but that character didn't make the overall list. Maybe they didn't count him because he was the sidekick. Either way, Dana managed to make the list twice with other characters.)

5.) The Culps, played by Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer . . . 21 episodes, from 1996-2002.

6.) The Church Lady from "Church Chat", played by Dana Carvey . . . 20 episodes, from 1986-1990, 1996, 2000, 2011.

7.) Hans and Franz from "Pumping Up", played by Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon . . . 20 episodes, from 1987-1992, 1994, 1999.

8.) Stuart Smalley from "Daily Affirmation", played by Al Franken . . . 20 episodes, from 1991-1995, 2002.

9.) Tommy Flanagan, a.k.a. the Pathological Liar, played by Jon Lovitz . . . 19 episodes, from 1985-1987, 1989, 1997.

10.) Mary Katherine Gallagher, played by Molly Shannon . . . 19 episodes, from 1995-2000, 2009.

11.) Pat Stevens from "The Pat Stevens Show", played by Nora Dunn . . . 18 episodes, from 1985-1990.

12.) Roseanne Roseannadanna, played by Gilda Radner . . . 17 episodes, from 1977-1980.

13.) The Spartan Cheerleaders, played by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri . . . 17 episodes, from 1995-1999.

14.) Samurai Futaba, played by John Belushi . . . 16 episodes, from 1975-1979.

15.) Margaret Jo McCullin and Terry Rialto from "The Delicious Dish", played by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon. . . 15 episodes, from 1996-2002, 2010.

16.) Leon Phelps from "The Ladies' Man", played by Tim Meadows . . . 15 episodes, from 1997-2000.

17.) Mango, played by Chris Kattan . . . 15 episodes, from 1997-2002.

18.) Dieter from "Sprockets", played by Mike Myers . . . 14 episodes, from 1989-1993, 1997.

19.) Linda Richman from "Coffee Talk", played by Mike Myers . . . 14 episodes, from 1991-1994, 1997.

20.) Dr. Jack Badofsky, played by Tim Kazurinsky . . . 14 episodes, from 1982-1984.

21.) Pat Riley from "It's Pat!", played by Julia Sweeney . . . 14 episodes, from 1990-1994.

22.) Richard Laymer, played by Rob Schneider . . . 13 episodes, from 1991-1994.

23.) The Nerds, played by Bill Murray and Gilda Radner . . . 13 episodes, from 1978-1980.

24.) Frankenstein, played by Phil Hartman . . . 13 episodes, from 1987-1991, 1993, 1996.

25.) The Killer Bees, played by John Belushi and everyone else . . . 13 episodes, from 1975-1976, 1979. (--Note: They were the first "SNL" characters to recur.)

(--For more information, hit up NYMag.com. The story has a slideshow at the top, which includes pictures and descriptions of each character . . . along with their signature quotes and catchphrases.) --The purpose of the study was to determine which "SNL" seasons relied on repeating existing characters . . . and which ones had more original content.) (--So they put together an "Originality" chart, which compares the seasons, and lists the most-repeated characters from different "eras." Here's the .PDF.)

Shocking News: "Bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez Have Split Up:

The romances forged on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" do not last . . . that's a proven fact. Of the 22 seasons of both shows, only TWO of the couples are still together. That's a 9.1% success rate. --It would've been THREE couples . . . but yesterday, Season Six "Bachelorette" ALI FEDOTOWSKY and ROBERTO MARTINEZ announced that they're done. No reason was given for the split. --Last month, they said that they were postponing their wedding, and there was speculation that they were breaking up . . . but Ali downplayed it at the time. --She said, quote, "We didn't meet in the most traditional way. We had a very short courtship and we only knew each other nine weeks before we got engaged. We're still figuring out our lives as individuals. --"We're still engaged, we're still living together . . . we just don't feel the need to walk down the aisle right now." (--Or EVER, I guess.) (--All of the original relationships forged on the 15 seasons of "The Bachelor" have failed, including the one from the season that aired earlier this year.) (--Season One "Bachelorette" TRISTA REHN is still married to RYAN SUTTER. They've been married for nearly eight years. And ASHLEY HEBERT who was on the most recent season of "The Bachelorette" is still with the guy she chose, J.P. Rosenbaum . . . but they're not married.)

Protect Yourself from Ricki Lake with Olives, Avocados and Shellfish:

Chances are: You will probably never be attacked by RICKI LAKE . . . and she will probably never try to kill you with her bare hands. --But since I can't guarantee that with ABSOLUTE certainty . . . here's how you could protect yourself from a potentially lethal Ricki Lake assault: 1.) Arm yourself and your home with olives and avocados. She HATES them. 2.) Always keep a syringe filled with shellfish or shellfish extract . . . if such a thing exists . . . on your person. In the event of a Ricki Lake attack, just inject the shellfish into her. She's "extremely allergic" to it, so it'll probably stop the attack. --Surprisingly, Ricki voluntarily revealed these vulnerabilities when filling out a 25 Things You Don't Know About Me questionnaire for "Us" magazine. --She also said she LOVES Broadway show tunes, "Little House on the Prairie", scuba diving, playing poker, modern art, hummingbirds, tequila, Legos and, quote, "a good sale." So avoid those things to help prevent a Ricki Lake attack. (--You can check out Ricki's complete list at UsMagazine.com.)

Tuesday TV Reminders:

--"NCIS" . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. Robert Wagner returns as Tony's father, who's become a murder suspect after being found in his car with a body in the trunk and no memory of the night before.

(--The timing of this episode couldn't be better . . . or worse . . . given the fact that the investigation into Natalie Wood's death has been reopened . . . and Wagner is most likely the focus of it.)

--"The X Factor" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. The top nine finalists perform.

--"Jeff Dunham: Birth of A Dummy" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bio. Ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham is profiled.

--"Man Up!" . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on ABC. Dan Cortese guest stars as Will's childhood tormentor. And his son carries on the family bullying tradition by tormenting Will's son Nathan.

--"Dancing with the Stars" [13th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ABC. Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian perform their favorite dance before the final two dance an instant samba to determine the winner. Music Guest: Lady Antebellum.

--"Millionaire Matchmaker" [5th Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Quints by Surprise" [3rd Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on TLC.

--"Workaholics" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on Comedy Central.


"Glee" Karaoke, the Latest "Zelda", and a New WWE Rasslin' Game Are In Stores This Week:

--"The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword" (E10+) . . . on Wii. (Trailer) Link must use the Skyward Sword to travel between sky and land to figure out why they've become separated for the 16th entry in the "Legend of Zelda" series. With the Wii MotionPlus attachment for your Wiimote you'll finally have complete control of Link's swords . . . so instead of just standing in front of your TV moving your arm up and down you may actually feel like you're cutting down bad guys.

--"Karaoke Revolution: Glee 3" (T) . . . on Xbox360 and Wii. (Trailer) "Gleek" out with 35 songs from Season Two. The track list includes "Firework", "Born This Way", "Time Warp", "Loser Like Me", and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".

--"WWE '12" (T) . . . on Xbox360, PS3, and Wii. (Trailer) The roster for this rasslin' game includes WWE legends like Brock Lesnar, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, and The Rock, as well as favorites like John Cena, the Undertaker, and Randy Orton. (--You'll find the full line up here.)

Two People Named Their Kid After the Hero in "Skyrim":

#1.) The makers of "Skyrim" challenged fans that happened to have kids on the game's release date to name their child after the game's main character in exchange for free games from that company for life. Of course, two people were crazy enough to take them up on it. Here's a picture of little Dovahkiin.

(--Speaking of "Skyrim", the game sold 3.5 million copies in the first two days, and is expected to earn over 450 million dollars worldwide)

#2.) Last week we told you PETA was going after Super Mario. Well, now they are claiming the whole ordeal was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. (Full Story)

(--Even if it was just a publicity stunt that doesn't mean those crazy Taiwanese animators can't give their interesting take on Mario wearing a Tanooki suit.)

--"Conan the Barbarian" - Your new Conan is Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on HBO's "Game of Thrones". Ron Perlman plays his father, and the bad guy is Stephen Lang, from "Avatar" and the TV series "Terra Nova". (--Check out this bad-ass clip from the movie, which shows young Conan competing with other boys from his village when they get ambushed by a rival tribe. Everyone else runs away, except for Conan.) (When Blood Is Spilled)

--"Super 8" - The sci-fi collaboration between Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams is about a group of kids making a movie on 'Super 8' millimeter film in 1979 accidentally capture footage of a military train crash. And when they watch it . . . they notice something alien escaping from the wreckage.

--"Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" - The fourth "Spy Kids" movie stars Jessica Alba as a retired spy who's forced to reveal her secret to her two bratty stepkids . . . and they become the new spy kids of the franchise. The original spy kids are both grown up, but they return to help out too. Ricky Gervais does the voice of their robot spy dog, Jeremy Piven is the villain, and no "Spy Kids" movie would be complete without Danny Trejo as Machete.

TV Series On DVD:

--"Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns: Season 3" . . . a three-disc DVD set.

--"The L Word: The Complete Series" . . . a twenty four-disc DVD set.

--"Doctor Who: The Complete 6th Series" . . . a six-disc DVD set.

--"Survivor: Season 6 - The Amazon" . . . That's the one with Christy the deaf girl that was won by swimsuit model Jenna Morasca. Oops, did I spoil it for you? Get over it! It was SEVENTEEN frickin' seasons ago. Surely you've found something else to watch by now.


This Week's CD Releases:

--"Talk That Talk", Rihanna . . . Jay-Z raps on the title track. It also features the singles "We Found Love" and "You Da One".

--"Here and Now", Nickelback . . . featuring the singles "When We Stand Together" and "Bottoms Up".

--"Break the Spell", Daughtry . . . featuring the singles "Renegade" and "Crawling Back to You".

--"Beg for Mercy", Adam Lambert . . . otherwise known as the runner-up on Season Eight of "American Idol". This is his second release.

--"Memories of a Beautiful Disaster", James Durbin . . . The debut album from the "American Idol" finalist who overcame Tourette's and Asperger's Syndromes. Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars plays on a track called "Outcast".

--"That's Life", Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. . . . the jazz singer who won the sixth season of "America's Got Talent". This is his debut album.

--"Immortal", Michael Jackson . . . This is the soundtrack to the Cirque Du Soleil production of "Michael Jackson: Immortal".

--"My Life 2: The Journey Continues, Act 1", Mary J. Blige . . . The title makes it a sequel to her 1994 album "My Life". Her guests include Nas, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Rick Ross and Beyoncé.

--The "Muppets" soundtrack, which includes classic Muppets songs, as well as a couple performed by Amy Adams and Jason Segel for the movie.

--"Speak Now World Tour Live", Taylor Swift . . . A CD / DVD set featuring live performances from Taylor's 2011 "Speak Now" tour. The set includes a 34-song double-CD . . . and a 17-song DVD with plenty of bonus content.

Is the New Van Halen Album Going to Be Filled with Old Songs? Sammy Hagar Thinks So:

Nothing is official yet, but it's basically a sure bet that VAN HALEN is working on its first album with DAVID LEE ROTH since 1984 . . . and its first album overall since the GARY CHERONE one, which came out in 1998. --Since it's been so long, there's a lot of curiosity about their new sound . . . but according to SAMMY HAGAR, the music might not be "new" at all. --He tells "Rolling Stone", quote, "I heard this record is old outtakes from the old days. I mean, stuff from before I even joined the band." (--That was in 1985 . . . so that means this stuff dates back to the '70s and early '80s.) --He adds, quote, "They aren't working with new material. EDDIE [VAN HALEN] and Dave didn't actually write new songs. They took old stuff from previous sessions. --"I don't think it's a bad idea. It's kind of interesting. Bob Seger did it, and so did the Rolling Stones. I think it's an interesting thing to do in your old age if you can't come up with fresh, good stuff . . . or you can't get along." --Now, Sammy definitely isn't the best source for "inside" information on Van Halen, and he readily admits it. He even says it's been five YEARS since he heard this . . . and he doesn't really know what's been happening behind the scenes.

Lady Gaga Says Her Next Album Will Feature a Duet with Elton John:

LADY GAGA is planning on doing another duet with ELTON JOHN. --During an appearance on a British talk show, Lady Gaga explained, quote, "My next duet, I believe, will be with Elton. I'm already working on my next album, and I played him a song that I wrote and he really loved it . . . --"[But] I don't want to give anything [else] away!" --Lady Gaga and Elton's previous duet was "Hello Hello", which was recorded for the "Gnomeo and Juliet" soundtrack. --By the way, Lady Gaga's 90-minute "A Very Gaga Thanksgiving" special will air Thursday night at 9:30 P.M. on ABC. (--If you want to know what to expect, here's a 30-second ad that ABC is running for it.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

Sergeant Scott Moore says that MILA KUNIS exceeded his expectations when she attended his Marine Corps ball with him over the weekend. (Full Story)

LIZA MINNELLI tripped over her dog and broke her leg in three places. (Full Story)

JOHN NEVILLE . . . who played the Well-Manicured Man on "The X-Files" and the title character in the movie "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" . . . died Saturday. He was 86. (Full Story)

JUDD APATOW thinks the Oscars should have a separate category for comedy. (Full Story)

"The Godfather Part 2" is widely-regarded as the greatest sequel of all time. It even won the Best Picture Oscar. But when some paparazzi scumbag asked director FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA if he was planning to make another "Godfather" flick, he replied, quote, "There should have only been one." (???) (Video)

NBC is developing a new show with Jim Henson Studios about a human family . . . who lives next door to PUPPETS. So it's like "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", without all the "pretend." The show will be called "The New Neighbors". (Full Story)

What kind of sweet, harmonious love could JUDAS PRIEST singer ROB HALFORD and QUEEN frontman FREDDIE MERCURY have made? The world will never know. These two gay studs only met once, very briefly, at a club. Halford says, quote, "We were two ships passing in the night. He waved, I waved. The place was packed, and we never got a chance to connect." (Full Story)

T.I. has named his next album "Trouble Man". He says it'll cover some of the insanity from his past . . . quote, "This is the first project where I'm talking about things that I've experienced before that I'm not necessarily experiencing now." There's no release date. (Full Story)


Occupy Small Business this Saturday! And Buy Something While You're There, You Whiny Bastard:

With Black Friday coming up, all eyes are on the big retail chains, and who's going to open earliest. Your Walmarts, Best Buys, Targets . . . they're the ones who get a ton of press and a ton of sales. -If you're sick of it, maybe you can get behind a brilliant new Thanksgiving shopping holiday: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. --American Express is behind it . . . which is kind of ironic, since they don't exactly scream SMALL business . . . but here's the idea: --On Saturday, shop at a local mom and pop business. Buy your dad some tools from a local hardware store instead of Home Depot. Buy some clothes from a local boutique instead of the Gap. --Because small businesses are just important to the economy . . . if not MORE important . . . than the big guys. --According to American Express, they create HALF of the jobs in this country. And in the past 17 years, 65% of net new jobs have come from small businesses. --So far, the American Express Facebook page for Small Business Saturday has over 2.3 MILLION "Likes." You can find it at facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday. --One reason might be the discounts they're offering: $100 worth of free advertising on Facebook for small businesses, and $25 to shoppers who register. --And based on a survey, 89 MILLION PEOPLE plan on participating in Small Business Saturday. That's almost a third of the country. --By spending money in your community . . . and spending it with the business owners who ALSO spend in your community . . . it could have a bigger impact on the economy than any government bailout to a bank or big business. (CBS News / Facebook) (--You can go to the AMEX Small Business Saturday Facebook page and enter your ZIP code to find popular small businesses in your area here.)

The Number One Wish for 46% of Single People This Holiday Season is to Find Love . . . 15% Would Rather Have a New iPhone:

Match.com surveyed single people about what they want this holiday season. Here's what they found . . . --Almost HALF of single people . . . 46% . . . say their number one wish for the holidays is to find love. 29% went with finding a new job . . . and 15% said getting a new iPhone was their biggest holiday wish, OVER both love AND employment. --The biggest source of stress for single people during the holidays is . . . people asking them about being single. 41.3% say the "why are you still single?" question from family and friends is the most difficult thing to deal with. --And apparently, men are less likely to want to deal with it than women. Men are more likely to lie about being in a relationship to their families than women. 29.2% of men have lied versus 16.7% of women. --Less than 10% of single people say they worry about finding a date for a holiday party. --And finally, 30.3% of women say they most admire Santa for his monogamy . . . 19% of men say they most admire him for his self-employment success. (Match.com)
Two-Thirds of Us Eat Leftovers All the Way Through Thanksgiving Weekend:

Looking forward to a nice hot plate of turkey and mashed potatoes on Thursday? Of course. Looking forward to having some reheated turkey and half-week old mashed potatoes on Sunday? Well . . . get ready. --According to a new nationwide survey, 65% of people say they're still eating Thanksgiving leftovers THREE DAYS after Thanksgiving . . . or more. --And 50% of people want those leftovers so badly they INTENTIONALLY prepare way too much food. (PR Newswire)

Three Random Facts About Thanksgiving Dinner:

#1.) Almost 88% of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving. It's believed that there's no other day of the year where one food is so widely and universally eaten.

#2.) Not everyone eats a home-cooked Thanksgiving. About 14 million Americans . . . or approximately 5% of the country . . . will eat at a restaurant.

#3.) Pumpkin pies are the best sellers at Thanksgiving. Apple pie is the second-most popular Thanksgiving pie. Chocolate pies are third. (Patch)

People Really Do Gain Weight Over the Holidays . . . But They Only Put on About a Pound:

Two recent studies . . . one from the University of Oklahoma and one from Tufts University . . . looked at whether people really do gain more weight over the holidays than they do the rest of the year. --The bad news is that people really DO gain more weight from late November to early January. The good news is that it's only about a pound. --People were weighed several times a year, and the ONLY time they consistently put on weight was over the holidays . . . and they never lost the weight they put on. --Overweight and obese people gained more weight than the average person, and one in seven overweight people put on more than five pounds in December. --If you're thinking you'll go on a diet over the holidays to prevent the weight gain, don't get your hopes up. People who said they were trying to LOSE weight . . . ended up gaining about half a pound. --The reason for the weight gain over the holidays is . . . exactly what you'd think: A combination of decreased physical activity and an increase in eating and drinking. (Aiken Standard)

Here are the Five Most Common Types of Awful Bosses:

We hate bosses who have bad tempers. We hate ones who take credit for our work. But those aren't the worst. No . . . the worst bosses are the ones who are MINDLESS BUREAUCRATS. And they're everywhere. --There's a new poll out of Britain that asked people about their worst boss's character traits. And it found that these are the five most common types of awful bosses, in order:

#1.) Bureaucrats, 25%. A boss who sticks to the rules whether the rule makes sense or not. They'd never stick their neck out for you, they won't take chances, and they fixate on the little details without seeing the big picture.

#2.) Egomaniacs, 23%. They believe they're always right and never wrong. They have an opinion on everything but it's never a debate . . . whatever they say is correct.

#3.) Visionaries, 20%. They have big, creative ideas . . . but they're out of touch with reality and what it'll take to make those ideas happen. They also like brainstorming but hate making plans for action.

#4.) Volcanoes, 19%. These are the bosses who go through crazy mood swings. Sometimes they're happy and positive . . . sometimes they turn on you out of nowhere and start screaming. You never know where you stand.

#5.) The cold fish, 13%. They're more worried with what they do than with their employees. They come off as withdrawn, unemotional, and uncaring. And they're always suspicious of their employees too. (FemaleFirst.co.uk)
More Than Half of Facebook Users Have Posted a Political Message on Their Facebook Wall:

THIS is the reason I only scroll down my Facebook wall a few times a week. Because it's not just the home of baby pictures and people trying to sell concert tickets . . . it's also the home of mind-numbing comments on politics. --According to a new poll of Facebook users, more than HALF . . . 51% . . . say they've posted a political message on their Facebook wall. --It didn't ask how many people posted well-researched, educated, reasoned political messages on their Facebook wall . . . but it's also possible that numbers that low haven't been invented. --But those messages people DO post actually work. 36% of people say they've actually CHANGED AN OPINION based on a political comment a friend posted. 64% have not. --Health care is the top political issue on Facebook, at 18%. The federal budget is second, at 14%. Education is third, at 13%, and taxes are fourth, at 12%. --The survey also found that 67% of social media users voted for PRESIDENT OBAMA in 2008. If they could relive the 2008 election today, knowing what we know now, only 53% would vote for Obama. (Mashable)

Cops are Summoned to an Elementary School After a Girl Kisses a Boy in Gym Class:

We really had it good as kids. Because when we were in school, if a girl came up and kissed you, you were a hero. You weren't a VICTIM and she wasn't a CRIMINAL. --Last week, at Orange River Elementary School in Fort Myers, Florida, the assistant principal . . . 56-year-old Margaret Ann Haring . . . saw a girl walk up to a boy and KISS HIM during gym class. --The children's ages and grade weren't released. --And Haring's response was . . . to call CHILD WELFARE OFFICIALS. Because she was worried she'd just witnessed a sex crime. You know, that notorious sex crime of an elementary school-aged girl kissing an elementary school-aged boy. --The person at the child welfare office told her to contact the sheriff. So she did. And a sheriff's deputy was dispatched to the school to investigate. --The deputy concluded that there were, quote, "no new allegations of sexual abuse" so no charges were filed against the girl. (The Smoking Gun)

Male Characters in Movies Get Two Thirds of the Speaking Parts . . . and Females Show More Skin:

USC's School for Communication and Journalism looked at the 100 top-grossing movies of 2009 . . . and found it was a sausage party. --Two thirds of the 4,432 characters that had speaking roles were male. That was almost exactly the same as the breakdown for movies the year before. --But even though men get more lines, women get to show more skin. (--So, it all evens out?) -One in four female characters were shown in sexy clothing like swimwear and unbuttoned shirts, while only one in 20 male characters were. --One in four women also showed full or partial nudity, while one in 12 men did. --Check out some of the other results: One in ten female characters were described by another character as being attractive, compared to one in 40 male characters. --Female characters aged 13 to 20 were just as likely as older females to wear sexy clothes or show skin. --According to the research, men and women might be portrayed differently, because MEN are the ones making movies. Only one in thirty of the top-grossing films were directed by a woman, and only one in eight were written by one. --In movies directed by women, female characters had 47% of the speaking parts compared to 33% of the parts with male directors. Four in 10 characters created by female screenwriters were women, compared to three in 10 with male writers. (Miami Herald)


Mugshot of the Day: A 24-Year-Old Woman Drives Drunk, Knees a Cop in the Groin, Then Gives Us a Two-Thumbs-Up Mugshot:

We're going to run down the laundry list of what this woman did last Thursday night during her drunk driving arrest . . . and you'd never believe she produced such a HAPPY, SMILING MUGSHOT. Here we go . . . --On Thursday night, 24-year-old Michelle Watson of Prescott, Arizona was driving drunk in her Honda Civic. Her blood-alcohol level was THREE TIMES the legal limit. --She crashed into several curbs and went up on the sidewalk. --When the cops pulled her over and told her to walk in a straight line, she told them, quote, "I don't have to walk [effing] anywhere." --Then she shoved and wrestled with one cop . . . and KNEED ANOTHER IN THE GROIN while she was being handcuffed. --Finally, she kept kicking the inside of the cop car to escape. --And after all that, when she got to jail and they took her mugshot, she gave a huge smile AND a FONZIE TWO-THUMBS-UP to the camera. --She's been charged with aggravated assault on a cop, resisting arrest, and a, quote, "DUI - super extreme." (Jalopnik) (--Here's her mugshot.)
A Woman Crashes While Driving Drunk and Blames It On . . . the New "Twilight" Movie:

How many more lives must "Twilight" ruin? There's blood on your hands, pale actors. --Early Saturday morning, a Kendall County, Illinois sheriff's deputy spotted a car in a ditch off the side of the road. --When he approached it, he saw there was NO FRONT TIRE . . . and the driver appeared to be extremely drunk. --That driver was 18-year-old Olivia Ornelas of Aurora, Illinois. --As the cop arrested her, she told him she'd gotten drunk after a fight with her boyfriend . . . over "Twilight". He'd promised they were going to go see "Breaking Dawn", he backed out, and she was furious. --Even with that airtight defense, she was still hit with a DUI and unlawful consumption of alcohol by a minor. (The Smoking Gun)


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

There's a 78-year-old woman in England who says she can't sleep at night . . . because a ghost keeps groping her. (Full Story)

According to a new study, the key to a happy retirement is . . . SEX. (Full Story)

Online bullying seems to have leveled off . . . but bullying by TEXT is now on the rise. (Full Story)


#1.) Check Out How Much Damage Two Toddlers Can Do to a Living Room . . . Armed with Just a Five-Pound Bag of Flour:

There's a new video on YouTube called "Family Home Destroyed by Avalanche" . . . but it has nothing to do with snow. It's a woman walking through her house . . . after her two toddlers got into a bag of FLOUR. --According to the post, she was in the bathroom, and they pulled a brand new, five-pound bag out of the cupboard. And somehow, they managed to cover EVERYTHING in it, including two couches, the entire living room floor, and a big screen TV. --The mom walks out and starts filming them . . . and says "Oh, my gosh" over and over again for three minutes straight. But the kids have no idea they did anything wrong.

#2.) Two Guys Made Out in the Background of a News Report in Spain:

Spain's equivalent of the Republican Party is called the Popular Party. And they had a huge victory in Spain's elections over the weekend. --Then during a live news report about it in Madrid, two gay guys stood behind the reporter and MADE OUT. Apparently it was some kind of protest, because the Popular Party wants to repeal Spain's same-sex marriage laws. --Search for "Al Jazeera Gay Kiss in Spain." They start kissing at :30.)

#3.) Ron Paul Is the Target of the Newest "Bad Lip Reading" Video:

The guys who do the "Bad Lip Reading" videos have a new one. This time they take on RON PAUL . . . and it might be the best one yet. It's hard to pick the best part, but it might be a minute-and-a-half in, when he threatens to, quote, "haunt your prostate." --Apparently they signed a deal with FunnyOrDie.com, because that's the only place it's posted. (--Search for "Ron Paul Bad Lip Reading." WARNING: This video includes the words "ass" and "feces.")

#4.) What Do Men Really Think About Facebook? Check out "The Gentlemen's Rant":

There's a YouTube series called "The Gentlemen's Rant", where a group of guys rant about everyday things . . . like work, traffic, and going to Starbucks. And they're always pretty funny. --But there's one they did about Facebook, and everything they said about it was DEAD ON. Among other things, they're sick of people posting pictures of food, and caring too much about their own birthdays. --And they hate all the annoying alerts they get about friends who changed their profile pictures. (--Search for "The Gentlemen's Rant: Facebook.") (--WARNING: This video includes the word "ass.")

Four Free Apps to Make Black Friday Shopping Less Stressful:

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and things can get a little crazy out there. But your cell phone can make things a little easier. --For example, there's a free app called "TGI Black Friday" that lets you easily scan Black Friday ads for all the major retailers. Here are four MORE free apps that might come in handy this Friday.

#1.) "Price Check" by Amazon.com. It lets you look up products and compare prices by taking a picture, saying the name of the product, or typing it. Or if you're already at the store, you can just take a picture of the barcode. --You can get "Price Check" on the iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry.

#2.) "ShopSavvy". Just like "Price Check," it lets you comparison shop by scanning the product's barcode. But it also tells you how much it's selling for online, AND at other stores in the area. It's available on the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone.

#3.) "FastMall". It has maps and interactive navigation tools for more than 1,250 malls across the country. So if you're at a mall you don't know that well, you won't have to waste time searching for stores. --It tells you the fastest route to each one, and if you can't take the escalator because you're pushing a stroller, it takes that into account too. Plus, it uses GPS to help find your car in the parking lot. It's available on the iPhone and the Android.

#4.) "Lemon". This one's good if you always lose receipts. With "Lemon," you take a picture of each receipt, then it files it away so it's easy to find. And it can also create bar graphs to help track what you're spending money on. --"Lemon" is available on the iPhone and the Android. (CNBC)


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