Friday, January 21, 2011


Did Beyoncé Lose Her Virginity to Jay-Z?

BEYONCÉ may have revealed that she kept her virginity intact until JAY-Z came along. --In an interview with one of the not-always-reliable British tabloids, she supposedly said, quote, "People would be surprised as to the lack of experiences I've had. When I was 12, 13, I had my first boyfriend, and he was my boyfriend till I was 17. --"At that age, that was a long time. I've always been very loyal and a little more mature. --"Though I was too young for it to really be a boyfriend . . . we didn't live together, we didn't, you know . . . That was my only experience with a guy, and since then I've only had one other boyfriend in my life: Jay."

Jesse James and Kat Von D Are Engaged:

This is new: JESSE JAMES making an impulsive and irrational decision involving a trashy, tattooed chick. --Jesse and his new girlfriend, "L.A. Ink" star KAT VON D, are ENGAGED. It's been seven months since Jesse's divorce from SANDRA BULLOCK became final. --Jesse tells "People" magazine, quote, "You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. --"An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs. --"I have never met anyone so kind and loving and committed to making the world a better place every day. My love for her is beyond description. So honored that she said 'yes.' Growing old with her is going to be a (effin') blast!" --Kat adds, quote, "There is no one else for me. He's the one." --Asked if she'll move from L.A. to Austin, Texas to live with Jesse fulltime, Kat said, quote, "If only it were that easy. Having two places we call home will be good for now. In the end, home is where the heart is, and my heart's with him." --Jesse later added, quote, "I would gladly go through all I have been through again, if in the end I could have Katherine." --That sounds like a bit of a slap in the face to Sandra. But she was tipped off in advance that this would be happening this week. And while she's not overjoyed, she's kind of in a different place, raising her adopted son Louis. --A source says, quote, "It may seem like only yesterday that Jesse and Sandra split, but for her, life has changed so much, that it seems like ages ago."

Are Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift Back Together?

JAKE GYLLENHAAL and TAYLOR SWIFT might be back together. They reportedly had dinner together Wednesday night at a restaurant called Bound'ry . . . which is near Taylor's condo in Nashville. --One source says, quote, "They were cordial to one another, but not affectionate." And another adds, quote, "There was no holding hands, but they seemed happy together. They sat next to the fireplace just chatting away." (--Jake broke up with Taylor several weeks ago, then spent "Golden Globes" weekend hitting on pretty much everything that menstruates.)

Is Jason Sudeikis Dating Heather Graham Now?

Maybe chicks do dig a guy with a sense of humor. "Saturday Night Live" clown-ass JASON SUDEIKIS and "Mad Men" minx JANUARY JONES just broke up. -And the other night, Jason was spotted at some showbiz event chatting up HEATHER GRAHAM. And at the end of the night, they LEFT TOGETHER.

George Clooney Got Malaria in Africa:

You can make fun of GEORGE CLOONEY'S activism and charity work all you want . . . as long as you can also claim that you've contracted malaria . . . TWICE. --During his trip to the Sudan in Africa earlier this month, George caught Malaria for the second time. --Luckily, when you have MONEY, Malaria isn't a death sentence. George took some medicine and he's completely recovered. And he uses that to make a point. --His rep says, quote, "This illustrates how with proper medication, the most lethal condition in Africa can be reduced to a bad 10 days instead of a death." --George will talk about his malaria . . . and everything else that's going on in the Sudan . . . on PIERS MORGAN'S new CNN talk show tonight.

George Lucas Does Not Believe The World Is Ending Next Year:

It turns out GEORGE LUCAS doesn't believe the world will end next year after all. --His rep says, quote, "I spoke with George. He was not serious when he talked about the end of the world in 2012 but he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth. --"These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he's going to digitally insert into 'Indy 5' along with a roster of famous dead actors." --SETH ROGEN started all this chaos. He claimed that George was talking SERIOUSLY about the 2012 Apocalypse during a meeting between the two of them and STEVEN SPIELBERG. --Rogen also joked that if Lucas has a ship to take him into space when the world ends, then he wants a seat on it. --But George's rep says, quote, "Seth Rogen is a funny guy, but George and Steven are taking CHRIS ROCK with them on the Millennium Falcon!"
Justin Bieber's Haircut Costs $750:

Do you want to look like JUSTIN BIEBER? (--Or TOM BRADY?) You'll need to have an extra 750 bucks in your pocket every few weeks. Because that's what Justin pays for each one of his golden haircuts. --Vanessa Price . . . who "created" Justin's look back in 2009 . . . says, quote, "I usually cut his hair every couple of weeks when he's on tour." --Obviously, any Supercuts will CLAIM they can give you a Bieber on the cheap. But do you really want to trust your son's hair to some amateur?)


Natalie Portman's New Romantic Comedy Is This Week's Biggest Movie:

#1.) "No Strings Attached" (R)

Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher enjoy carnal relations with each other under a strict "no strings attached" rule . . . until Ashton breaks the rule by falling in love. Their random group of friends includes Ludacris and "The Office's" Mindy Kaling. --It's directed by Ivan Reitman, whose classic films include "Stripes", "Ghostbusters", and the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedies "Twins", "Junior", and "Kindergarten Cop".

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#2.) "The Way Back" (PG-13) (Limited)

Jim Sturgess . . . the guy who played Jude in "Across the Universe" . . . is a Polish prisoner who organizes an escape from a Siberian Gulag during World War Two. --Colin Farrell and Ed Harris escape with him, and the girl from "The Lovely Bones", Saoirse Ronan, joins their group during a 4,000 mile walk across the Gobi Desert and the Himalayas. Farrell does his best fake Russian accent. Harris plays an American.

Is Willow Smith Going to Be the Next Annie?

JADEN SMITH is the new Karate Kid . . . so why not make WILLOW SMITH the next Annie, right? -WILL SMITH is reportedly in talks to remake "Annie" . . . the musical about an orphan girl who gets adopted by a rich guy . . . as a starring vehicle for Willow. --JAY-Z . . . who signed Willow to his record label . . . may help with the music. --There's a connection here that no one could have predicted back in the day: Jay sampled the song "Hard Knock Life" from "Annie" for his 1998 single "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)".

Check Out the Trailer for "Rubber": A Movie About a Killer Tire:

If you thought every horror concept had been used up, I'm here to tell you you're wrong. "Rubber" is a movie about a KILLER TIRE. Yes, a CAR TIRE that comes to life and kills. And while its release date is listed as April 1st, it's not a joke. It's a real movie.
(--It even has a trailer . . . which you can see here.)

Clint Eastwood Will Direct Beyoncé In a Remake of "A Star Is Born":

CLINT EASTWOOD is going to direct BEYONCÉ in a remake of "A Star Is Born". --The plot revolves around an aspiring singer who falls in love with a troubled former star, who helps put her on the road to stardom. --There's no word yet who'll play the male lead. But this project has been kicking around for a few years . . . and at one point, studio suits were hoping to pair up Beyoncé with WILL SMITH. (--But we should note that there is absolutely no evidence that he's still in the running or even considering it.) --This movie has actually been made THREE TIMES already. The original version came out in 1937, and starred JANET GAYNOR and FREDRIC MARCH. --In 1954, it was remade with JUDY GARLAND and JAMES MASON. --The most famous version came out in 1976. It starred BARBRA STREISAND and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON. It won the Best Original Song Oscar for "Evergreen", as well as five Golden Globes.

The Ratings for "American Idol's" Premiere Were Down, But They're Not Alarming . . . Yet:

"American Idol" has been sinking in the ratings for three seasons now, and with all the changes it's gone through since last season, it was going to be interesting to see how many viewers are still onboard. --Well, we now have the answer: Ratings for Wednesday's premiere were down significantly from last year, but it wasn't an alarming drop-off . . . at least not yet. --The two-hour premiere averaged 26.1 million viewers. That's down 13% from last season's 29.8 million. It was also down 18% in the coveted demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds. --The good news is: It's still crushing everything else it's up against, and should easily be one of primetime's top shows, if not the #1 show. (--Its competitors are "Dancing with the Stars" and "NCIS", which is still on its bewildering ascent.) --The bad news is: "Idol" has now sunk to the point that this season's debut was the least-watched premiere since Season One, when no one knew what "Idol" was. --And things could very well get WORSE . . . assuming that some people will tune out after having checked out the dynamic between the new judges. (--The numbers from last night's follow-up episode aren't available yet.) --But executive producer NIGEL LYTHGOE isn't concerned. He says, quote, "I am thrilled and delighted at the reaction to the new panel." --He also pointed out that the premiere numbers were 45% higher than last season's final performance show (20.1 million viewers), and 18% higher than the season finale (24.2 million viewers). --And earlier this week, Nigel said he wasn't worried about ratings . . . quote, "I don't think it's a make-it-or-break-it point. It's certainly a changing point. It's a crossroads here. But no, make-it-or-break-it I would have said is around [Season] 15."

(--Here are a few updates on the rejected contestants who auditioned on Wednesday's show: 18-year-old Christopher Cordeiro . . . the dorky Boy Scout kid . . . is being promoted to the rank of "Eagle Scout" today. So at least he has that.)

(--And Yoji Pop . . . the Japanese guy who said he grew up impersonating MICHAEL JACKSON . . . was not joking about that. TMZ dug up a video of his MJ act from two years ago. He isn't bad. Watch the video, here.)

The Premiere Ratings From All 10 Seasons of "American Idol":

For your reference, here are the ratings for all 10 seasons of "American Idol".

Season 1 . . . the year KELLY CLARKSON won.
Premiere: 9.9 million viewers . . . Finale: 23.02 million viewers.

Season 2 . . . the year RUBEN STUDDARD won.
Premiere: 26.5 million viewers . . . Finale: 38.1 million viewers.

Season 3 . . . the year FANTASIA BARRINO won.
Premiere: 28.6 million viewers . . . Finale: 28.8 million viewers.

Season 4 . . . the year CARRIE UNDERWOOD won.
Premiere: 33.6 million viewers . . . Finale: 30.3 million viewers.

Season 5 . . . the year TAYLOR HICKS won.
Premiere: 35.5 million viewers . . . Finale: 36.4 million viewers.

Season 6 . . . the year JORDIN SPARKS won.
Premiere: 37.4 million viewers . . . Finale: 30.8 million viewers.

Season 7 . . . the year DAVID COOK won.
Premiere: 33.4 million viewers . . . Finale: 31.7 million viewers.

Season 8 . . . the year KRIS ALLEN won.
Premiere: 30.4 million viewers . . . Finale: 28.8 million viewers.

Season 9 . . . the year LEE DEWYZE won.
Premiere: 29.8 million viewers . . . Finale: 24.2 million viewers.

This season, Season 10 . . . Premiere: 26.1 million viewers

Is Steven Tyler Being Inappropriate Toward the Female Contestants?

The "American Idol" blogosphere is accusing new judge STEVEN TYLER of acting inappropriate toward the female singers on the premiere. One blog described him as "leering," and pointed out that "Idol" even ran a montage of him flirting with the girls. --But perhaps his most questionable comment was directed toward perky 16-year-old Victoria Huggins. Steven said that the skirt she was wearing left, quote, "just the right amount [of leg] showing . . . that's nice." --She didn't seem to mind . . . responding, quote, "Well, I gotta appeal to the boy audience, but yet I wanna be a lady." (--Here's video. It begins at the 3:00 mark.)

The PTC Calls for a Federal Probe Into the "Child Pornography" on MTV's "Skins" . . . and Taco Bell Pulls Its Sponsorship:

The Parents Television Council has ramped up its assault on the hyper-sexualized new MTV show "Skins", which it previously referred to as "the most dangerous show for children that we have ever seen." --The PTC is calling for a federal investigation into the show . . . for breaking CHILD PORNOGRAPHY laws. --In letters sent to the Department of Justice and the Senate and House Judiciary Committees . . . the PTC says, quote, "In addition to the sexual content on the show involving cast members as young as 15 . . . --"PTC counted 42 depictions and references to drugs and alcohol in the premiere episode. It is clear that [they] knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti-child pornography laws]." --MTV has not directly responded to the PTC's claims . . . but a rep for the network said, quote, "'Skins' is a show that addresses real-world issues confronting teens in a frank way. --"We review all of our shows on an ongoing basis to ensure our shows comply with laws and community standards. We are confident that 'Skins' will not only comply with all applicable legal requirements, but also with our responsibilities to our viewers." --But that doesn't mean MTV is hell-bent on keeping "Skins" THIS racy. --The "New York Times" is reporting that MTV executives recently sat down with "Skins'" producers, and asked them to make changes, or tone things down. --They say MTV is nervous about the third episode, which is supposed to air on January 31st. In the episode, a character played by a 17-year-old boy struggles with a super engorged manhood after taking some Viagra-type pills. --At some point, that character is shown running down the street naked from behind. --It should also be noted that the show DOES air on cable . . . after 10:00 P.M. . . . with a rating of MA-TV. But according to Nielsen data, over one-third of the viewers who watched the premiere were under 18. (--That's 1.2 million of the 3.3 million who tuned in. And that number will probably SKYROCKET next week, after teenagers hear how freaked the PTC is about this show . . . and spread the word on Twitter.) --By the way, after the PTC called for people to BOYCOTT Taco Bell over their sponsorship of "Skins", Taco Bell pulled their ads . . . --Quote, "We've decided the show is not a fit for our brand, and have moved our advertising to other MTV programming." (--This is Taco Bell pretending that they have no prior late-night relationship with stoned, up-to-no-good teenagers.)

Two Potential Super Bowl Ads That Fox Rejected:

Fox rejected two potential Super Bowl ads yesterday.

--One ad was from a "conservative comedy website" called The spot features bobbleheads of PRESIDENT OBAMA and JESUS, and is basically just drumming up publicity for their site. (--Watch the ad, here.) (--I don't know how a cheap-looking t-shirt and novelty site could pony up the MILLIONS needed to buy a spot during the Super Bowl. So maybe they had someone backing them . . . or this "rejection" WAS their publicity stunt.) --And then, in what is becoming an annual tradition, Fox denied an ad from, an online dating site for people who want to have an affair. It features mattress actress Savanna Samson in her underwear. (--You can watch that ad, here.) --NBC also rejected's ad proposal last year. --Both ads were essentially deemed, "unacceptable."

Friday TV Reminders:

--"Medium" [SERIES Finale] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Kitchen Nightmares" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"My Big Redneck Wedding" [4th Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on CMT.

--"Primetime: What Would You Do?" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. (--Scenarios include a waiter insisting an overweight customer choose healthier options, and a single mother of four who can't afford her groceries.)

--"Fringe" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. (--Christopher Lloyd guest stars as Walter's music idol, who was in Walter's favorite band in the 1970s.)

--"Your Own Show: Oprah's Search for the Next TV Star" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Arsenio Hall is the guest mentor.)

--"Onion News Network" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on IFC.

--"Portlandia" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on IFC. (--A comedy that pokes fun at the lives of Oregon residents. It features "SNL's" Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, who was the singer of the Oregon band Sleater-Kinney.)

--"Spartacus: Gods of the Arena" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Starz. (--Lucy Lawless and Dustin Clare star in a six-episode prequel about how the House of Batiatus rose to prominence in the gladiator business.)
--"Friday Night Alright: World Stage" . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on VH1. (--Vampire Weekend performs.)

Saturday TV Reminders:

--"Get Out Alive" [1st Season Finale] . . . 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Discovery.

--"Austin City Limits" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on PBS. (--Sonic Youth and The Black Keys perform.)

--"Pit Bulls & Parolees" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Animal Planet.

--"Saturday Night Live" . . . 11:30 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. on NBC. (--Robert De Niro guest hosts and Diddy-Dirty Money is the musical guest.) (REPEAT)

Sunday TV Reminders:

--"Biography: Johnny Cash" . . . 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. on A&E.

--"NFC Championship Game" . . . 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. Eastern on Fox. (--The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago.)

--"AFC Championship Game" . . . 6:30 to 9:30 P.M. Eastern on CBS. (--The New York Jets battle the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.)

--"The Simpsons" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on Fox. (--James Lipton and David Mamet have cameos when Homer learns about parenting from a 1980's sitcom.)

--"Mean Girls 2" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC Family. (--"10 Things I Hate About You's" Meaghan Martin plays a new student who defends a social outcast, played by Jennifer Stone from "Wizards of Waverly Place".)

--"Hawaii Five-0" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on CBS. (--"Aquamarine's" JoJo guest stars as the daughter of a missing scientist who heads a Tsunami Warning Center.)

--"Kourtney & Kim Take New York" [SERIES Premiere]. . . 10:00 to 10:40 P.M. on E!

--"Holly's World" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:40 to 11:00 P.M. on E!

--"Top Gear" [1st Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on History Channel.

--"Oprah Presents Master Class" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on OWN. (--Simon Cowell it this weekend's guest.)

--"Robot Chicken" . . . 11:45 P.M. to Midnight on Adult Swim. (--Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump performs.)

"Tik Tok" by Kesha Was the Best-Selling Global Digital Single of 2010:

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry . . . an organization that represents the recording industry on a global level . . . has released its annual list of the Best-Selling Global Digital Singles. --And the top single of 2010 was "Tik Tok" by KE$HA, which sold 12.8 million downloads worldwide. Incredible. (--Question: Is this why the world hates us? Or is the production of horrid music like this the only reason the rest of the world is tolerating us? Maybe we can all find common ground in our embarrassing guilty pleasures. Discuss.) --This is the first time in the HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE that a song has amassed more than 10 million worldwide downloads in one year. Last year, LADY GAGA topped this list after 9.8 million people (legally) downloaded "Poker Face".

--Here's the Top 10:

1.) Ke$ha, "Tik Tok" . . . 12.8 million downloads
2.) Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance" . . . 9.7 million downloads
3.) Eminem (with Rihanna), "Love the Way You Lie" . . . 9.3 million downloads
4.) Lady Gaga (with Beyoncé), "Telephone" . . . 7.4 million downloads
5.) Usher (with Will.I.Am), "OMG" . . . 6.9 million downloads
6.) Katy Perry, "California Gurls" . . . 6.7 million downloads
7.) Train, "Hey, Soul Sister" . . . 6.6 million downloads
8.) Justin Bieber, "Baby" . . . 6.4 million downloads
9.) Black Eyed Peas, "I Gotta Feeling" . . . 6.1 million downloads
10.) Paramore, "CrushCrushCrush" . . . 6.1 million downloads

Check Out Pink's Video for "(Effing) Perfect":

PINK has released the video for "(Effing) Perfect" . . . and it's pretty heavy. --It features Tina Majorino . . . who was Deb in "Napoleon Dynamite" . . . as a girl who's been an outcast her whole life. It gets so bad that she takes a razor blade and cuts the word "perfect" into her arm . . . before eventually finding her way. (--You can check out the video, here. ***WARNING***: "(Effing) Perfect is UNCENSORED in this video . . . and on a visually disturbing note, the brief cutting scene at the 2:24 mark is pretty graphic.)

Drake's Inspirations Include "Winnie the Pooh" and "Charlotte's Web":

Here's something you may not have known: DRAKE is obsessed with "Winnie the Pooh" and "Charlotte's Web" . . . to the point where he's dropped some major coin on first-edition books. --Drake says, quote, "I bought the first-ever 'Winnie the Pooh' books, like all four 'Winnie the Pooh' books. It cost me a lot of [money], man. I probably could have bought a small car for that." --But these aren't just side hobbies. Drake says "Winnie the Pooh" has been one of the inspirations for his next album, "Take Care". --He explains, quote, "'Winnie the Pooh' is like super not hip-hop, [but] that's my influence, man, 'Winnie the Pooh' on this next album." (--It's not clear exactly HOW Winnie influenced the album . . . or if we'll actually be able to RECOGNIZE that influence in the music.)


Former "Dancing with the Stars" host SAMANTHA HARRIS gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday. (Full Story)

Because his jaw was removed in 2006 due to cancer, ROGER EBERT will wear a "prosthetic chin" for his brief appearances on his new show, "Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies". (Full Story)

MICHAEL JACKSON'S estate is suing KATHERINE JACKSON'S business partner, Howard Mann. They claim he has illegally made MILLIONS off Michael's name. (Full Story)

MEGAN FOX and tennis stud RAFAEL NADAL got all sexy for Armani print ads. (Full Story)

The "National Enquirer" says there's a TODD PALIN sex scandal. (Full Story)

SNOOKI and J-WOWW are reportedly shooting a pilot for a "Jersey Shore" spin-off this weekend. (Full Story)

JENNIFER HUDSON will drop her second album, "I Remember Me", on March 22nd. (Full Story)

BRUNO MARS did a stripped-down version of KATY PERRY'S "California Gurls". (Video)

"Survivor" winner FABIO got picked up from jail in a LIMO. (Full Story) Oh, and he thinks the cops are trying to railroad him. (Full Story)

JADEN SMITH will perform with USHER and JUSTIN BIEBER at the Grammys. (Full Story)

For the 25th Year In a Row, NFL Football Is America's Most Popular Sport:

Calling baseball "America's pastime" is getting to be patronizing at this point. Because football passed it a long time ago . . . and that ain't changing anytime soon. --The Harris Poll just released their annual list of the most popular sports in the U.S., and for the 25th year in a row, NFL football was number one. --When they started this poll in 1985, the margin was tiny. Pro football got 24% of the votes for favorite sport . . . pro baseball got 23%. In the most recent survey, in 2010, that margin was 31% for the NFL, 17% for MLB. --Baseball still managed to beat out all of the other major U.S. sports. College football came in third, at 12% . . . auto racing was fourth, at 7% . . . and pro basketball came in fifth, at 6%. --Those are followed by hockey . . . men's soccer . . . men's college basketball . . . men's golf . . . track and field . . . bowling . . . men's tennis . . . boxing . . . horse racing . . . women's tennis . . . and swimming. --Four sports didn't even get 1% of the vote: women's pro basketball, women's soccer, women's college basketball, and women's golf. --For what it's worth, mixed martial arts isn't included in this survey. (--And neither is pro badminton. What the hell? Get some culture, Harris poll.) (PR Newswire)

Sure, the Economy Wreaked Havoc On the Country . . . But Traffic's Never Been Better:

This is pretty much the textbook definition of looking for a silver lining. Yes, the recession has had an impact on every single person in this country. Yes, it's wreaked havoc on all of our jobs. Yes, it's hurt countless people's lives. --But when it comes to TRAFFIC . . . my God, it's never been better. --According to a new study from the Texas Transportation Institute, in 2008 and 2009, the U.S. saw a HISTORIC drop in traffic jams. --Traffic jam data goes back to 1982. Every single year since then it has either stayed the same or gone up. Until the recession. Then the roads cleared out, and the amount of time people lost to traffic jams went down 13%. --Nationwide, in 2009, the average driver wasted 34 hours in rush hour traffic. That dropped things all the way back to 1996 levels. --David Schrank co-authored the report. He says, quote, "The economy is so tied to transportation. When jobs go away, bottlenecks on the road disappear and things ease up." (Kansas City Star)

In 1969, 15% of Parents Drove Their Children To School . . . Now It's Up To 75%:

Looks like the media has achieved its goal of convincing parents that the second you let your children out of your sight, something bad is going to happen to them. --According to the National Household Travel Survey, 75% of parents now drive their children to school. In 1969, it was only 15%. --And parents drive their kids even though at least half of the school-age children in this country live within two miles of their schools. --In a lot of cases, parents do it because they're worried about their children walking . . . they're afraid their kids will get hit by cars, bullied, approached by predators, or all of the above. --But there's another reason the number has gone up, and it's not related to 'helicopter parenting' . . . you know, where parents are always 'hovering.' --It's because there are more two-car families now than there were in 1969, so there's a car available to drive the kids to school. --And even though half of kids live within two miles of their schools . . . the kids who don't live within two miles of the school often live further away than kids a few decades ago, so driving them is a faster option than having them take the bus. (Dallas Morning News)

A Disabled Man Can't Get To a Phone When His House Catches On Fire, So He Posts an S.O.S. On Facebook . . . And It Works:

Being obsessed with Facebook SAVES LIVES. --51-year-old Bob Chambers of Spokane, Washington has muscular dystrophy and has a lot of difficulty moving around. So earlier this week, when he was home alone and the house caught on fire, he thought he might be SCREWED. --His toaster had caught on fire and smoke was starting to fill the room, but Bob couldn't move enough to get to the phone. So he used the only communication method he had available: Facebook. --Bob plays the Facebook game Evony, which is a medieval strategy game. He went into the chat room and typed, quote, "Help me. My house is on fire and I can't get out." He also typed his address. --Two of his online friends . . . one in Indiana and one in Texas . . . saw the message and called their local 911 numbers. --Those calls were passed on to Spokane, and the fire department made it to Bob's house only TEN MINUTES after he posted the S.O.S. Firefighters were able to contain the toaster fire before it could spread. --Bob's wife is named Pat Ducham. She says, quote, "I hated [Evony] because he doesn't pay attention to me or anything else in the house. Now I've got to bite my tongue because it saved his life quite possibly." (Spokesman-Review)

A 13-Year-Old Boy Is Saved From a Pack of Wolves By . . . The Music of Creed?

You're not going to believe it . . . but we've FINALLY found something good that's come from CREED making music. --Earlier this week, 13-year-old Walter Eikrem of Rakkestad, Norway was walking home from school, listening to music on his phone. Suddenly, he found himself face-to-face with a pack of FOUR WOLVES. --Walter says, quote, "I was afraid they would attack me." So he remembered something his parents had told him: Instead of running from wild animals, make as much noise as you can to try to scare them off. --So he quickly scrolled through his phone to find the loudest rock music he could find . . . and the first song he found that met that description was "Overcome" by Creed. He blasted it as loud as he could out of the phone's speakers. --He also started screaming and flailing his arms to try to scare the wolves off. --AND IT WORKED. Walter says, quote, "They didn't really get scared. They just turned around and simply walked away." (--Creed has that effect on most living things, ya know.) (Der Spiegel)
A Band In Mexico Refused to Play Past 4 A.M. . . . So Someone Threw a Grenade Onstage and Shot Two Band Members:

If you watch the news, it's seems like you can't do ANYTHING in Mexico without getting yourself killed. Like, as soon as you cross the border, someone's just waiting there to kill you. --On Monday, in Guadalajara, Mexico, a band called La Excelencia was playing at a bar. When they finished their set, four drunk guys demanded an encore . . . or else. So the band played until 4:00 A.M., when the bar closed. --But apparently that wasn't enough, and the guys wanted the band to keep playing. But they'd already been going for hours, so they declined. --And the guys reacted pretty much as you'd expect . . . they threw a GRENADE on stage . . . started a panic as the crowd ran out of the bar . . . and started SHOOTING at the band. --Two members of the band were killed. When the grenade went off, other members were injured, and so were some people in the crowd. --The guys who threw the grenade and fired the shots fled the scene, and the always-reliable Mexican police say they don't have any leads. (CBS News)

A 23-Year-Old Woman Solves Her Own Kidnapping . . . And Cracks a Cold Case From 1987:

In July of 1987, Carlina White was born at Harlem Hospital in New York. When she was 19 days old, a fake nurse KIDNAPPED her from the hospital. The police were never able to track her down and the case went cold. --That is . . . until a few weeks ago, when Carlina cracked the case HERSELF. --Carlina is now 23 years old. She grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut with the name Nejdra Nance, and believed the woman raising her, Mary Pettway, was her biological mother. --But Carlina always suspected something wasn't right. Last year, she started surfing missing persons websites. And her suspicions were confirmed . . . when she found a baby picture that looked like her. --Back on January 4th, she contacted her birth mother, Joy White. DNA tests proved Joy really was Carlina's mother. And on Wednesday night, they reunited in New York. --As for the kidnapper . . . the police don't believe that Mary Pettway was the one who took Carlina as a baby. They say they do have a suspect, quote, "but not enough probable cause to make an arrest." (New York Daily News)

Laredo, Texas Is Getting a Bookstore . . . So It *Won't* Be the Only Large City In the Country Without One Anymore:

There's just no way this is a distinction that ANY city would be proud of. One year ago, the B. Dalton bookstore in Laredo, Texas closed . . . making it the only large city in the entire country that didn't have a SINGLE bookstore. --And they've had that title for a full year. Laredo has a population of around 230,000 . . . and zero bookstores. The closest bookstore was 150 MILES AWAY, in San Antonio. Well . . . that's finally about to change. --A Books-A-Million bookstore has finished negotiations and will move into the Mall de Norte in Laredo. --Newark, New Jersey is closest to taking the title of biggest city without a bookstore. There's only one bookstore within the Newark city limits, although there are plenty nearby in New Jersey and the New York suburbs. (NBC 8 - Laredo)


It Just Might Be Okay To Keep On Wearing Your Jeans Without Ever Washing Them:

Good news: No, you DON'T have to wash your jeans every time you wear them. And if you're willing to base your behavior off one guy's semi-scientific experiment . . . you may never have to wash them again. --Josh Le is a student at the University of Alberta, Canada. He decided to do an experiment where he wore the same pair of jeans for FIFTEEN MONTHS without ever washing them once. --And, allegedly, it wasn't because he's a guy and therefore absurdly lazy about jean washing. No . . . he says he wanted to break them in so they'd fit perfectly and have nice, unique lines and creases. --Anyway, after 15 months, he took his jeans to a human ecology professor named Rachel McQueen to test them for bacteria. And while the swabs turned up five different kinds of bacteria . . . NONE of them posed any kind of health hazard. --Rachel found the highest concentration of bacteria in the crotch of the jeans. Which is nasty. But they were just regular skin bacteria . . . no E. coli or staph or anything like that. --She says, quote, "I didn't see any evidence, but that could be unique to Josh. I mean, he wore underwear, which can be helpful." (Toronto Star)

Your UGG Boots Could Be Swimming With Bacteria:

Here's a good reason to buy IMITATION UGG boots for fifteen bucks at Payless and not drop ten times that on the real things. You know, besides your cheapness. --According to a podiatrist in New York, UGG boots and other boots that are made with real sheepskin can be breeding grounds for harmful bacteria . . . which can lead to fungus, food odor, and inflammation. --If you don't want to stop wearing your real sheepskin boots, to keep yourself safe you should always wear socks . . . let your boots dry for 24 hours if they get wet . . . and make sure to clean them regularly, inside and out. (Stylelist)

Letting Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed . . . Could Kill You?

This sounds like something so over-the-top and sensationalist that it belongs on the six o'clock news . . . but, according to a veterinary medicine professor in California, letting your dog sleep in your bed COULD KILL YOU. --Dr. Bruno Chomel of the University of California, Davis, says that too much close contact between pets and their owners can put them at real risk for disease and infection. Some of those could even be life-threatening, like parasites or the PLAGUE. --Chomel says this doesn't happen THAT frequently, and children and people with weaker immune systems are at a much higher risk. But since 56% of dog owners say their dog sleeps in their bed . . . it's something you should really watch out for. --But, if you REFUSE to kick your pet out of bed, make sure to keep your pet's vaccinations up to date . . . wash any area, especially open wounds, if your pet licks it . . . and stop MOUTH KISSING your damn dog. (AOL News)


#1.) Here's A Chubby Woman With Two Teeth and a Lousy Singing Voice Doing Billy Joel . . . Karaoke:

Here's the next YouTube sensation! Or maybe not. It's a woman with two teeth, two chins, and absolutely NO singing voice posting karaoke-style videos. And one of the best so far is her rendition of "You May Be Right" by BILLY JOEL (--Search for "You May Be Right u8a22." She gets going at :24, and puts on a SWEET motorcycle helmet at :56. Then at 4:16, she talks about people telling her she's crazy.)

#2.) A Guy Asked for $1 Million on YouTube . . . And Someone Said Yes?

Two months ago, a comedian in New York City named CRAIG ROWIN started posting videos on YouTube asking for a million dollars. And now he says some millionaire has actually decided to give it to him. --The check for $1 million is supposed to be handed over to Craig during a live performance on February 2nd at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan. Of course, there's also a chance it's just a stupid publicity stunt. --Check out the videos, and see what YOU think. (--Search for "Craig Rowin Million Dollar Success." At 1:18, the girl who plays April on "Parks and Recreations" tells him to spend his money on a new personality.)

#3.) A Flight Attendant's Boyfriend Proposed Over the Intercom in Mid-Flight:

During a flight from Portugal to Spain, a guy proposed to his flight-attendant girlfriend over the plane's intercom. And the rest of the crew was in on it, so they got it on video. --Now the video is a huge hit on YouTube. The best part is how she responds. She's standing at the opposite end of the airplane when he asks, so she picks up the other intercom . . . and says yes.
(--Search for "Mid-Air Proposal for Air Stewardess." The proposal starts at :19.)

#4.) CBS Cares About Your Testicles:

CBS has released a Valentine's Day-themed public service announcement . . . about testicular cancer. The first line is, quote, "Wanna do something special for your woman on Valentine's Day? Examine yourself for testicular cancer." (--Search for "CBS Cares Testicular Cancer." The guy in the video is former "One Life to Live" star Chris Beetem.)

#5.) Have You Seen the Crazy Facial Exercise Videos on YouTube?

Have you seen the face workout videos on YouTube? They're from the 80's, and some chick with big hair explains that you can avoid plastic surgery by doing some simple breathing and facial exercises. And when she does them, she looks possessed. (--Search for "Crazy Funny Face Lift Exercises")

Four Bad First Date Signs . . . That Are Actually Good:

If you go out on a first date this weekend and don't really click with the other person, don't write them off just yet. Here's a list from of four BAD first date signs that can actually be GOOD . . .

#1.) Your Date Is Really Nervous. Most people are nervous on first dates, so don't overreact if they seem uptight or their palms are sweaty. It might even mean they like you.

#2.) Your Date Is Currently Seeing Other People. If they tell you they're seeing other people, it just means they're being upfront and honest, which is good. Honesty is a requirement for any good relationship. --On the other hand, if your date is in a SERIOUS relationship with someone, and they're going behind the other person's back, that's obviously different. Whatever you do, don't date that person. Explore them carnally, maybe. Date . . . no.

#3.) You Argue. According to, arguing with someone on a first date can actually be a good sign, because it means you're both passionate. And that means your relationship will never get boring. --But if you're on a first date and you get into a shouting match, by all means, feel free to delete their number.

#4.) They Start Asking Rapid-Fire Questions. It means they're probably just trying too hard, which is another sign they like you. But if they don't stop, just turn the tables and start asking THEM questions. --People who ask a lot of questions on first dates are usually much more relaxed by date number two. (

Seven Reasons You Shouldn't Have Sex on the First Date:

There are two types of people in this world . . . those who think sex on the first date is okay, and those who don't. Now, we're not choosing sides here, but we've got seven reasons from "Ask Men" on why it's better to WAIT.

#1.) Waiting Creates Anticipation. These days . . . between texting, instant messaging, and social networking . . . we live in a society of immediate gratification. --But waiting to have sex gives you something to look forward to. It's more difficult, and not nearly as fun, to get to know each other AFTER you've already gotten naked.

#2.) It Challenges Both of You. Waiting to do the deed makes you seem more challenging to win over. This means SHE'LL have to do some work to chase YOU. --When you bone on the first date, you're showing her you're VERY interested right off the bat. What's the fun in that?

#3.) It Shows You Don't Think She's a Slut. If you get nasty the first time you go out, she's going to think you just see her as a cheap date. She'll assume you do this with ALL women you meet, and will worry that she looks like a slut. --Holding off on sex shows you respect her and want to know more about her than just how she looks naked.

#4.) It Keeps You Interested. When you go all the way on date #1, you run the risk of losing interest too fast. You've heard the phrase "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free", right? Yeah, it's true.

#5.) It Shows You're a Gentleman. Chivalry is still alive and well, and one of the best things you can do is pass on first-date sex. Getting-it-on after knowing each other a few hours makes it seem like you're only after one thing. Waiting makes you seem like a gentleman.

#6.) It Gives You Time To Evaluate Her. Since you guys just met, you don't REALLY know her. If you add sex into the mix too quickly, you might miss out on some crucial info. --Like, what if she's the crazy chick who assumes that you're a full-on couple after you've rubbed genitals? Like the 'Stage Five clinger' from "Wedding Crashers"? You should know her vibe before taking things to the next level.

#7.) Good Things Come To Those Who Wait. Sex is obviously an important part of any relationship. But holding off will just make it even BETTER when it actually happens. --By then you'll know if you've got chemistry, you'll know some of her quirks, and it'll be something that cements your relationship, rather than the foundation it's built on. (Ask Men)

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Selena Gomez Has a Mole on Her Chest That Can Help You Tell When Nude Pictures of Her Are Fake:

There's a supposed "nude" picture of SELENA GOMEZ floating around the World Wide Web of Celebrity Smut. But her people say it's a Photoshop job. --Here's a statement from her rep . . . quote, "The alleged photo of Selena Gomez is absolutely not her. Selena's family is pursuing all available remedies to deal with the offender." --Anyway, we thought this would be a good time to alert you to the fact that Selena has a very obvious marker that can often be used to identify FAKE nudes. --It's a mole on her right breast. --So if you see an alleged "nude" pic of Selena WITHOUT this mole, you know you're looking at a phony. --Of course, anyone with half a brain can just insert the mole onto a Photoshopped picture. And if they start doing that, we can't help you, Cowboy.

Is Justin Timberlake Texting Olivia Munn?

Last year, "Us Weekly" claimed that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE cheated on JESSICA BIEL during a steamy, three-day affair with OLIVIA MUNN. Everybody denied it, of course. --But now "Life & Style" is picking up where they left off . . . saying that Justin is trying to rekindle things with Olivia. --A so-called "friend" says that Olivia has several texts from Justin on her phone . . . all of which were sent in the last few weeks of December. --One said, quote, "My relationship is basically over" . . . and another said, quote, "I'm thinking about you." --The friend saw PART of a third text, but not the whole thing. What she saw was, quote, "You don't know how hard it is . . ." --And how is Olivia reacting to this? Apparently with guarded enthusiasm. The source says, quote, "She's super flattered, but she's not stupid. She's not expecting it to go anywhere . . . but she'd love it if it did!"

Hugh Hefner Says "Playboy" Is Coming to the iPad . . . Uncensored:

Sexual content on your iPad? There's about to be an app for that. --Up to now, Apple has been very careful to keep images that are even remotely racy off the iPad. But apparently, they're loosening things up. --HUGH HEFNER says that "Playboy" magazine is coming to the iPad in March . . . in its natural state. --Answering questions from fans on Twitter, Hugh said, quote, "'Playboy' on iPad will be uncensored." (--Last year, Apple boss Steve Jobs spoke about the "freedoms" offered to users of the iPad and iPhone.)

Antonio Sabato Jr. Is Expecting a Son . . . Whose Middle Name Will Be Kamakanaalohamaikalani:

"Actor" ANTONIO SABATO JR. is expecting a baby boy this spring with his girlfriend, singer Cheryl Moana Marie. --They're naming him Antonio Sabato the Third, but they're also giving him two unique middle names. --One is Kamakanaalohamaikalani. It means "a beloved gift from the heavens." (--"Ka Makana" is gift, "Maikalani" is "from the heavens," and "aloha" isn't just a Hawaiian greeting, it also means affectionate and love.) Cheryl is Hawaiian, which kind of explains that. (--And there are 22 letters in that name, by the way.) --The boy's other middle name? Harvey.

Owen Wilson Named His Baby Robert Ford Wilson:

If it matters to you, we've got the name of OWEN WILSON'S baby boy. It's Robert Ford Wilson. --Some of you might recognize Robert Ford as the name of the guy who shot JESSE JAMES. (--The Old West outlaw, not Sandra Bullock's cheating a-hole ex-husband.) --Apparently, the "Robert" comes from Owen's dad, Robert Wilson.

Jon Gosselin Got a Real Job:

Millions of people in this country can't find work. But guess who can? JON GOSSELIN. --"Life & Style" magazine says that Jon is working for a place called Global Green Property Services . . . a company that helps properties and other companies become more environmentally friendly. --Jon is in sales. He basically cold-calls people and tries to sell them Global Green's services. (--Here's Global Green's website.) --A so-called "source" says, quote, "It's a modest job. He doesn't get a huge salary. Jon doesn't long for fame at all. He's much more content blending in and being able to live his life without the world watching."
25 Things You Don't Know About Pauly D:

"Us Weekly" is serving up 25 Things You Don't Know About PAULY D. from "Jersey Shore". Here are the highlights . . .

--"I don't eat any fish."

--"I wash my hair every day."

--"I'm a Belieber."

--"I fly home once a week for a haircut . . . same guy for 14 years!"

--"I say a prayer every night before I go to bed."

--"I get a manicure every other week. A DJ's hands have to look good."

--"I eat three to four apples a day."

--"The most important woman in my life is my mom."
(--You can check out the rest of the list here.)

Is Bristol Palin Giving Her Son Her Own Last Name?

It sounds like BRISTOL PALIN is trying to nudge LEVI JOHNSTON out of their son Tripp's life. And Levi seems okay with it. --According to the "National Enquirer", she just changed Tripp's last name from Johnston to PALIN. --And a so-called "source" says that Levi agreed to the name change on one condition: That he doesn't have to pay child support. --The source says, quote, "Levi is so cheap and will do anything to get out of paying any money for Tripp. He doesn't care about spending much time with Tripp. --"Bristol does everything and her boyfriend Gino has been more of a father figure to Tripp over the past couple of months than Levi. --"Bristol wants to fully eliminate Levi from her life and Levi is making it easier than ever for her."

Khloe Kardashian Is Taking a Twitter Break So She Can Remain Positive:

KHLOE KARDASHIAN announced yesterday that she's taking a Twitter break because of recent, negative comments aimed at her and husband LAMAR ODOM. --She said, quote, "The negativity that I see, hear, or read today is out of control. I'm signing off Twitter for a little so I can remain my positive self." --There's no word how long the break will last, or what specifically caused it. But if I had to guess, I'd say it was Lamar's interview with "Playboy" in which he said, quote, "When people see us in person, they see Khloe's not small. I'm not small."

Betty White Survives on Licorice, Hot Dogs, French Fries and Diet Coke:

BETTY WHITE turned 89 this week. What's her secret? Licorice, hot dogs, French fries and Diet Coke. At least that's according to her co-stars on "Hot In Cleveland". --JANE LEEVES says, quote, "She eats crap. She eats Red Vines, hot dogs, French fries and Diet Coke. If that's key, maybe she's preserved because of all the preservatives." --WENDIE MALICK adds, quote, "She eats red licorice, like, ridiculously a lot. She seems to exist on hot dogs and French fries."
Denise Richards Is Learning How to Deal With Charlie Sheen:

DENISE RICHARDS has two young daughters with CHARLIE SHEEN. That's gotta suck. But she's learning to live with it . . . and learning how to keep Charlie's behavior from affecting their kids. --She told "Access Hollywood" yesterday, quote, "I think a lot of people are concerned about Charlie . . . what becomes difficult is things become so public. --"I try my best to keep that quiet from our daughters because, you know, this is something I've never dealt with in my life until this situation. --"I'm learning how to deal with it. Just keeping a lid on it for our kids has been my main priority. It does become difficult." --Meanwhile . . . claims that Charlie spent $26,000 on THREE HOOKERS during his recent bender in Las Vegas. --One girl got $10,000 for four hours of "work" . . . and he paid the other two 8-grand apiece. (--The $10,000 girl was "Ginger" . . . the girl we heard about yesterday that he'd found online.)

Anne Hathaway Will Play Catwoman in the new Batman Movie:

ANNE HATHAWAY will play Catwoman in the third Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises". --Well, technically, it was announced that she's playing Selina Kyle. But since Selina Kyle IS Catwoman, the assumption is pretty safe. --Seeing as how this is the last Batman movie CHRISTOPHER NOLAN is writing and directing, it seems ridiculous that he would introduce the Selina Kyle character and NOT have her be Catwoman. --She's also kind of a love interest for Bruce Wayne (slash) Batman, even though they're not always on the same page. -Anne reportedly beat out Keira Knightley, Rachel Weisz, Blake Lively and Natalie Portman for the role. --We already heard that Nolan was bringing TOM HARDY over from "Inception". And now we know his character. -He's playing a villain called Bane . . . which is odd. Because Tom is a pretty normal-sized guy, while Bane is, like, a massive ball of muscle. (--In the comics, Bane is infamous as the guy who BROKE BATMAN'S BACK.) Nolan says this will be, quote, "a new interpretation" of the character. --Bane appeared in the 1997 flick "Batman and Robin", starring GEORGE CLOONEY as Batman, and ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER as Mr. Freeze. Bane was played by some huge, unknown pro wrestler named Jeep Swenson. --Catwoman (slash) Selina Kyle was played by MICHELLE PFEIFFER in "Batman Returns" back in 1992. In 2004, HALLE BERRY played a DIFFERENT Catwoman in the AWFUL stand-alone flick "Catwoman". (--"The Dark Knight Rises" hits theaters in July of 2012.)

Robert Downey Jr. Is Out of "Oz" . . . And Johnny Depp Might Take His Place:

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. has dropped out of Disney's "Oz, The Great and Powerful" . . . which is kind of a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz" focusing on how the Wizard BECAME the Wizard. --There's no word why he backed out, but JOHNNY DEPP is in talks to replace him.

Regis Philbin Is Not Retiring for Health Reasons:

On Tuesday, REGIS PHILBIN suddenly announced that he'd be leaving "Live! with Regis and Kelly" later this year . . . and on yesterday's show, he clarified a few things about his intentions. -First, he's NOT quitting for health reasons. --Regis said, quote, "No, I'm not sick. I'm fine." After showing some newspaper clippings . . . he added, quote, "I don't want to get morbid about this, but I almost felt like I was looking at my obituary." (--It's unclear if the "he's sick" rumor was rooted in anything other than an educated guess. Regis will turn 80 years old in August.) (--In 2007, he had triple bypass surgery, and this past December, he had hip-replacement surgery. He took a month off the show, and returned January 4th.) --Regis also confirmed that he's NOT retiring from TV altogether. He said, quote, "I wasn't clear about that. I'm not retiring from television . . . I'm just leaving this show." He still hasn't discussed any specific future plans. --But he isn't upset about all the rumors. He added that he's "moved" with all the "sentimental" discussion and press over his announcement. (--You can watch this clip from the show, here.)

Was Joan Rivers Dropped from Fox News Because of Some Negative Comments She Made About Sarah Palin?

JOAN RIVERS and her daughter MELISSA were scheduled to be on the Fox News show "Fox & Friends" today, but yesterday they dropped her. --Joan believes she was cut over some negative comments she recently made about SARAH PALIN. But Fox insists that's NOT the case. --Over the weekend, Joan told TMZ that she wanted Sarah to go to "another planet [and] get out of our faces." --Then she was asked if she thought Sarah should be blamed for the massacre in Arizona earlier this month. Joan responded, quote, "[People] are right to blame Sarah for the shootings. […] This woman is just stupid and a threat." (--You can watch the clip at TMZ, here.) --Joan claims a "Fox & Friends" producer TOLD her she was being dropped over the comments . . . but publicly, Fox is saying that the show was over-booked, and that the producer "mistakenly canceled" the appearance instead of rescheduling it. --The Fox rep claims they're, quote, "in the process of booking her" on a future show, but Joan may not be interested. She said Fox can, quote, "go (eff) themselves."
TV's Perviest Characters: has put out a list of TV's Perviest Characters. --The site defines "pervy" as people who seem to obsessively think about sex . . . but, quote, "rarely get any (at least with other people . . . on purpose)." Here's the list, along with some of their rationale:

--"CSI Miami's" Horatio Caine . . . played by David Caruso.

--"He's just so leathery and acts as though he's perpetually sneaking up-skirts through the shades he refuses to remove. There has never been another character on television that made me feel violated just by crouching down at a crime scene."

--"The Suite Life of Zack & Cody's" Zack Martin . . . played by Dylan Sprouse.

--"There's something deeply disturbing about a sex-obsessed 12-year-old. I get it, you're supposed to be starting to think about girls at that age, but I would hope you're not chasing tail like the Tasmanian Devil."

--"Hot in Cleveland's" Elka Ostrovsky . . . played by Betty White.

--"Watching Elka deliver stiff lines of hackneyed innuendo every week, out-dueling legitimately attractive women for local dudes makes me regurgitate things I ate a month ago. Elka wanting sex is perverted enough, but bragging about wanting it is the stuff of legends."

--"Family Guy's" Glen Quagmire . . . voiced by Seth MacFarlane.

--"His entire identity is based on having lots of sex, but there's something sleazy about his dedication to luring women back to his den of questionable judgment. There's an element of trickery and deception that the perv must rely on to score."

--"The Office's" Michael Scott . . . played by Steve Carell.

--"Michael has so little knowledge about women and sex that he is arguably more naturally perverted than anyone else on TV."

--"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's" Charlie Kelly . . . played by Charlie Day.

"I'll be honest, Charlie made the list for his stalking skills. Stalking is a huge contributor to perviness. Just ask Duane Chapman [of] 'Dog the Bounty Hunter'!"

--"Boy Meets World's" Mr. Feeny . . . played by William Daniels.

--"He's got it all. Working closely with the kids for all those years, unable to let go, following them all the way through college. He's an older, distinguished single gentleman, and the mustache . . . ahhhh, the mustache!" (--The full commentary can be found at TVSquad, here.)

"Survivor" Winner Fabio Has Been Arrested:

JUDSON BIRZA . . . who you may know as "Fabio," the winner of the most recent season of "Survivor" . . . was arrested yesterday afternoon. --Cops in Santa Monica, California, saw Fabio skateboarding in the street, which is illegal. But according to TMZ, they also noticed that he was "acting strangely." --He was eventually booked for "suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance," but there's no word yet on what that substance was. --He was also booked for an unrelated DUI warrant and a probation violation. As of late last night, he was being held on $37,000 bail.
Thursday TV Reminders: (--Check your local listings.)

--"American Idol" [New Orleans Auditions] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Fox.

--"The Big Bang Theory" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on CBS. (--Rick Fox guest stars as Bernadette's ex-boyfriend.)

--"Community" . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on NBC. (--Malcolm-Jamal Warner guest stars as Shirley's ex-husband.)

--"Perfect Couples" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on NBC. (--A sitcom about three couples in various stages of their relationships. It stars Olivia Munn.)

--"The Office" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC. (--Michael anxiously waits for Holly's answer about their relationship, while the staff shares their New Year's resolutions.)

--"Parks & Recreation" [3rd Season Premiere] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on NBC.

--"CSI" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on CBS. (--Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese guest stars as a schoolteacher with a naughty nightclub alter ego who woos Greg.)

--"Masters of Survival" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Discovery Channel. (--Survival experts Les Stroud, Bear Grylls, Cody Lundin, Dave Canterbury, Myke Hawke and Ruth England offer tips for survival scenarios.)

--"Royal Pains" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on USA.

--"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" [1st Season Finale] . . . 9:00 to 10:15 P.M. on Bravo.

--"Fairly Legal" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:15 P.M. on USA. (--"The L Word's" Sarah Shahi stars as a mediator trying to save her late father's law firm.)

Panic! At the Disco Have a Release Date for Their Next Album:

The next PANIC! AT THE DISCO album "Vices & Virtues" will come out on March 29th. The first single "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" will be out February 1st. This is the band's first album since 2008's "Pretty. Odd.". --Since then, Panic! At the Disco has gone through a lot of changes. It lost its exclamation point . . . regained it . . . and lost half of its band members. (--It didn't regain them.) --The band is currently just two people: Singer (slash) "multi-instrumentalist" BRENDON URIE and drummer SPENCER SMITH. (--Guitarist RYAN ROSS and bassist JON WALKER left the band in 2009.)

Josh Homme Says He "Died" and Came Back to Life After Leg Surgery:

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE singer JOSH HOMME says he, quote, "died" while having leg surgery last year . . . but then came back to life. Or something like that. --He tells "NME" magazine, quote, "I had an operation and died and survived on the table. I had surgery on my leg and there were complications and I died on the table. I was in bed for three months." --Josh is back now, though. About a month ago, his doctors cleared him to go back to work. He's currently working on the next Queens of Stone Age album.

Lil Wayne Made a Killing Playing Uno in Prison:

LIL WAYNE talks about the eight months he spent at Rikers in the new issue of "Rolling Stone", which hits newsstands TOMORROW. --In the interview, Wayne says he made a KILLING off gambling on Uno with his cellmates. (--In his letters from prison, Wayne repeatedly talked about how he was "kicking ass in Uno." So, he was NOT joking. That's awesome.) --He tells "Rolling Stone", quote, "I'd bust a (N-word's) ass at Uno. We gamble for phone time. I'd take (N-word's) commissary: Lemme get them cookies, lemme get them chips, get that soup." --Wayne adds that he was so good that no one wanted to play with him anymore . . . quote, "They'd be like, 'Oh, we thought you were asleep.' Like you can't look inside my cell and see that I'm right there! We ain't got no doors!"


Nominees for the "22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards" were announced yesterday. (Full Story)

Have you heard the rumor about HILARY DUFF being pregnant? It's not true.
(Full Story)

Did CHRISTINA AGUILERA go to a birthday party for "Hurt Locker" star JEREMY RENNER, get wasted and pass out in his bed? Probably not. (Full Story)

MATT DILLON came to the aid of a woman who collapsed and hit her head at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday. (Full Story)

Here's a sure sign that the Apocalypse is near: SNOOKI is a "New York Times" best-selling author. (Full Story)

There's a movie being made about the British teacher whose students sang the chorus of the classic PINK FLOYD jam, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)". Not to spoil it for you, but he got FIRED for letting the kids do it. (Full Story)
RICKY GERVAIS . . . who starred on the British "Office" . . . is finally going to be appearing on the American version. It's a brief cameo, which will air at the beginning of next Thursday's episode. (Full Story)

CBS has announced the cast of the next "Amazing Race", which premieres on February 20th. It's an ALL-STAR season . . . and "School of Rock" screenwriter Mike White, and his dad, are onboard. (The Full Cast)

Not surprisingly, the ratings for "Piers Morgan Tonight" dropped significantly on Tuesday, its second night. It dropped from 2.1 million viewers to 1.3 million. (Full Story)

BRAD WOMACK . . . who's currently doing his second turn on "The Bachelor" . . . has a rap sheet. E! News says he was busted in 1993 for forging a driver's license, and that it was hidden under his birth name, Stephen Bradley Pickelsimer. (Full Story)

KATY PERRY has announced her summer tour dates. It begins in June. (Full Story)

People Whose Names Start With Letters at the End of the Alphabet Are More Likely To Make Impulse Purchases?

This is one of the stranger studies we've seen . . . and on the surface, it seems like it makes ZERO sense . . . but the theory behind it is actually solid. --Researchers at Georgetown University and Belmont University found that people whose last names start with letters at the end of the alphabet are more likely to make impulse purchases. --In other words, if your last name is Thomas or Young or Zimmerman, you're more likely to make an impulse buy than someone whose last name is Anderson or Branley or Davidson. --Now here's the theory. Schools often have children line up in alphabetical order, so kids with last names later in the alphabet are always at the end of the line. --That makes them develop a complex about being forced to wait at the back of the line . . . or to grab at whatever scraps are left behind by the kids at the front. --As adults, that makes them act quicker and leads them to impulse buys . . . because they're still conditioned to believe they have to grab the best things available when they have the chance. --People who were in the front of the line don't have that sense of urgency, because they're conditioned to believe they'll get the first crack at things. --The researchers backed up this theory when they found that married women make impulse buys based on their maiden names, not their married names . . . their buying is still tied to the name they had as a kid. (IO9)

When Walmart Comes To Town, Super Chubbiness Follows:

Add this to the list of societal ills we can blame on Walmart. According to a study by the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, when a Walmart opens in town . . . everyone in town gets CHUBBIER. --The researchers found that a new Walmart translated to an average weight gain of 1.5 pounds per person over the next decade. It also boosts the area's obesity rate by 2.3%. --They believe this is because food is cheaper at Walmart . . . and those cheap foods aren't usually the ones that are good for you. (Montreal Gazette)

Turns Out Those Twisty Light Bulbs Aren't the Miracle Everyone Thought:

Remember when those new, energy-efficient twisty light bulbs came out and people started instantly judging you for having regular old light bulbs? Yeah . . . turns out the twisty ones are good, but aren't QUITE as miraculous as advertised. --The light bulbs were originally estimated to last 9.4 years. Turns out, in reality, their lifespan is 6.3 years . . . making them a THIRD less effective than people thought. --And while that's still way better than the old kind . . . these bulbs just aren't exactly as great as predicted. (Wall Street Journal)

Those Tribute Coins They Sell On TV Aren't Very Good Investments . . . And They Aren't Even Coins:

Next time you're watching late-night cable and find yourself drawn in by an infomercial for special, American tribute coins . . . you might want to resist the urge to pick up the phone and dial. --They aren't good investments. They aren't even actual COINS. They're made by the National Collector's Mint, which is a private company, and not the government. And other than about 60 cents of gold plating, they don't have any actual value. --Robert Hoge is an American coin expert. He says, quote, "Those so-called Buffalo gold pieces are simply conniving promotions intended for marketing to unwary, uninformed would-be buyers." --The National Collector's Mint says that these kinds of reports, quote, "do not focus on the money we've donated to charities, or how creative our commemoratives are, or how beautiful and affordable our coin tributes are." (Walletpop)

Would You Hold Your Wedding at a Funeral Home?

There's something that just feels symbolic about standing at the altar, waiting for your bride to walk down the aisle . . . and knowing that you'll be cremated in the very same building someday. --According to the National Funeral Directors Association, that's a pretty common sight now. --Because more and more funeral homes nationwide are booking WEDDINGS, PROMS and PARTIES on days when they don't have funerals. --According to the NFDA, almost 10% of funeral homes have offered up their venues for special events. In almost all of the cases, these are funeral homes that have expanded and added a community center or party room to their property. --James Olson owns a funeral home in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He's hosting his first wedding this year. He says, quote, "A lot of [wedding halls] are shutting down because of the economy, while we aren't going anywhere." --Paulita and Tony Flores of Indianapolis were married at a funeral home last month. Paulita says, quote, "At first, when I saw it was a funeral home, it did concern me. But when we walked in . . . I fell in love and thought it was perfect." --BUT, she says, she did choose to do the wedding indoors, not in their courtyard in the back. Quote, "I was worried that people would be creeped out . . . and that when taking pictures, the cemetery would be in the background." (USA Today)
You're Never Going To Believe This, But One Out of 12 People at Major Sporting Events is Drunk:

Here's some earth-shaking news, courtesy of some researchers who have apparently never left the house. Sports fans get drunk. --I know. I can't believe it either. --Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis ran a study at two stadiums . . . one Major League Baseball stadium and one NFL stadium . . . although they didn't release the names of the teams that play in those stadiums. --And they found that 8% of adult fans, or one out of 12, is legally drunk while they watch the game. --40% of adult fans, or two out of five, had at least some alcohol. --They say that TAILGATING is the main reason people get drunk. People who tailgate before a game are 1,400% more likely to be drunk than people who don't. (NPR)

The Governor of Hawaii Has Finally Tracked Down President Obama's Birth Certificate:

--Hawaii's new governor, Neil Abercrombie, has finally tracked down PRESIDENT OBAMA'S birth certificate. His legal, original, actual birth certificate that proves he was born in Hawaii. --Abercrombie says, quote, "Our investigation [found] it actually exists in the archives, written down." --Their next step is to actually get it out of the archives. Abercrombie didn't say when that was going to happen. --Conspiracy theorists called birthers have said Obama's birth certificate is fake, he was actually born in Kenya, or the U.K., or Indonesia . . . and that would make him ineligible to be president. To be president, you must be born in the U.S. --Abercrombie says that he wants to do whatever it takes to prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but as for the birthers, quote, "You're not going to convince those people because they have a political agenda. They're never going to be satisfied." (New York Daily News)


Police In Colombia Busted a Drug-Smuggling Pigeon Trying To Fly Reefer Into a Prison:

In Colombia, EVERYONE deals drugs. Men deal drugs. Women deal drugs. And today we have a story that shows . . . even the BIRDS deal drugs. --The police in Bucaramanga, Colombia recently arrested a PIGEON for trying to smuggle reefer into a prison. They caught the pigeon with 1.6 ounces of marijuana strapped to his body. --Turns out, that was just a little too much cargo for the pigeon, and he was struggling to fly over the prison wall. The police nabbed him. --Of course, the police don't believe that the pigeon was working on his own. A commander says, quote, "This is a new case of criminal ingenuity. They were trying to smuggle drugs into prison with messenger pigeons." (FOX News)

Police in Germany Bust a Drunken Owl Staggering Around In the Road:

In Germany, EVERYONE gets drunk. Men get drunk. Women get drunk. And today we have a story that shows . . . even the BIRDS get drunk. The police in Pforzheim, Germany recently busted an OWL for public intoxication. They caught the owl staggering around in the middle of a street, with drooping eyelids, and no care at all for the cars speeding around him. --They also found two small bottles of schnapps near him. He was taken to a local bird expert who hydrated him until he sobered up, then sent him on his way. There's no word on where he got the alcohol. (Huffington Post)


According to "Forbes", a bunch of big chains might not make it through the year, including Borders, Blockbuster, Quiznos, and FYE. (Full Story)

Grandfather of the Day: A guy in Florida got hammered and took his 18-month-old grandson out for a stroll . . . then passed out next to the stroller by a busy road. (Full Story)

Want to teach your kids where babies come from? Try the "MamAmour" birthing and breast-feeding doll, a realistic-looking pregnant doll, complete with umbilical cord and placenta. (Full Story)

A guy in Washington state went bird watching, and found his own stolen van, which had been missing for five weeks. (Full Story)

The list of gifts the Obamas have received from foreign leaders includes $132,000 in jewelry from the king of Saudi Arabia, $33,000 worth of silk ties from the Prime Minister of Italy, and a $20,000 silk embroidery of China's President Hu's first family. (Full Story)


#1.) Have You Seen the 'Swinging Baby' Video? It Looks Too Crazy to Be Real . . . But It Is:

There was a video going around called the "baby-swinging yoga" video, and it looks too crazy to be real. But it is. It shows a Russian woman swinging a baby around by its arms and legs, and she swears it helps babies the same way yoga helps adults. --And she even owns a legit baby-swinging business in Egypt. But experts say it's VERY dangerous, and it's not beneficial for babies at all --YouTube took the video down after they called it "shocking and disgusting", but you can still see it at, which labeled the video "Baby Nunchucks".

#2.) Someone Edited the Words Out of Sarah Palin's Recent Speech . . . So It Only Has Her Breathing:

This is just weird: Someone took SARAH PALIN'S recent video message about the Arizona shooting, edited out what she said, and just left all the times she was breathing or took a breath. --So yeah, the whole video is just Sarah Palin breathing. It's called "Palin's Breath," and somehow it has over a million views on YouTube.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Seth Rogen Says That George Lucas Actually Believes the World Will End Next Year:

You know those loony 2012 nutjobs who think the world is coming to an end next year? GEORGE LUCAS is one of them. --That's according to SETH ROGEN, who recently heard George's theories during a meeting between the two of them and STEVEN SPIELBERG. --Seth says, quote, "George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it. --"He's going on about the tectonic plates and all the time Spielberg is, like, rolling his eyes, like, 'My nerdy friend won't shut up, I'm sorry . . .' --"I first thought [Lucas] was joking . . . and then I totally realized he was serious and then I started thinking, 'If you're George Lucas and you actually think the world is gonna end in a year, there's no way you haven't built a spaceship for yourself.' --"So I asked him... 'Can I have a seat on it?' He claimed he didn't have a spaceship, but there's no doubt there's a Millennium Falcon in a garage somewhere with a pilot just waiting to go. --"It's gonna be him and Steven Spielberg and I'll be blown up like the rest of us." (--You can watch a video montage of various "Star Wars" characters saying the line, "I've got a bad feeling about this," here. Enjoy.)

Lindsay Lohan Has Passed Around 10 Random Drug Tests Since Leaving Betty Ford:

It's about time for some GOOD news about LINDSAY LOHAN, don't you think? Well, here it is . . . --MICHAEL LOHAN says that Lindsay has passed up to 10 random drug tests since being released from Betty Ford a few weeks ago. --He says, quote, "Lindsay is doing four or five tests a week and she has passed all of them with flying colors. She's doing really great right now. She is serious about staying healthy and is avoiding all the old things she used to do."

Was Cheryl Burke Touched Inappropriately By a TSA Agent?

"Dancing with the Stars" CHERYL BURKE may have been touched inappropriately by a TSA screener. --Yesterday, Cheryl Tweeted that a certain part of the agent's anatomy may have made a bit too much progress into a certain part of hers. (--It's not clear how serious she was . . . but here's a screen cap of exactly what she said.)

Kristen Stewart Wants to Set Up a Charity for Sex Workers:

KRISTEN STEWART played a teen stripper (slash) prostitute last year in a movie you never saw called "Welcome to the Rileys". --Well, making that movie had such a profound effect on her that she wants to start a network of halfway houses for runaways who get caught up in the sex trade. --She says, quote, "That would be amazing. Right now, it's the thing I feel most connected to."

Jennifer Aniston Is "Fascinated" by "The Bachelor" . . . Even Though She Doesn't Understand It:

Like a lot of people, JENNIFER ANISTON is, quote, "fascinated" by "The Bachelor" . . . even though she can't understand it. --She says, quote, "I was mesmerized by how these girls, they meet this guy, they have three dates together or something, and they're weeping as though they've just lost the love of their life. I don't understand that." --Here's something else about Jennifer that you might find interesting: She went to high school with CHASTITY BONO in New York in the late 1980s . . . long before Chastity became A MAN NAMED CHAZ. --Jennifer says, quote, "Every day a group of us would go to Chaz's house after school. I haven't spoken to him in a while."

Check Out Some Pictures of Elton John's New Baby:

ELTON JOHN and DAVID FURNISH are introducing their new baby boy, Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, to the world on the cover of the new "Us Weekly". --Inside the magazine, Elton says that holding his son for the first time was an amazing experience . . . quote, "I've never felt anything like it in my life. You're so awestruck. What can you say? You take it in. --"The feeling, the joy, the warmth of his body, his breathing . . . I will never forget that experience ever." --Furnish adds, quote, "He's a content little guy. He's very peaceful . . . He just loves to be nurtured, cuddled, and sung to." (--Zachary was born on Christmas Day . . . just like the kid in Elton's song "Levon". The mother has not been identified. Elton is reportedly Zachary's biological father.) --Elton and David also say they haven't given up on Lev, the 2-year-old Ukranian orphan they once tried to adopt . . . or Lev's 4-year-old brother, who's HIV-positive. (--By the way . . . Elton and David are donating all the money from "Us Weekly" to various charities.)
Dr. Drew Spent Monday Night in the Hospital with Leptospirosis:

DR. DREW spent Monday night in the hospital with LEPTOSPIROSIS . . . which is an infectious disease that causes flu-like symptoms including jaundice, muscle pain and fever. --He Tweeted, quote, "Spent the night as a patient in the hospital. Seems I may have picked up Leptospirosis in the West Indies. This is just brutal." --Dr. Drew and his wife left for a second honeymoon on January 8th, and had just returned home Monday morning. (--Leptospirosis is commonly contracted through contact with contaminated animal urine. Which makes one wonder: Just exactly how were Dr. Drew and his wife celebrating their second Honeymoon?)

Charlie Sheen Tried to Pick Up a Chick Online During His Vegas Bender Last Week:

During CHARLIE SHEEN'S infamous Vegas bender earlier this month, his hotel room was described as a "revolving door" of mattress actresses. But even THAT wasn't enough for Charlie. --He was trying to pick up chicks online, too. He went on a website called CityVibe and found the profile of a girl named "Ginger". He tried to hit her digits, but her phone was dead. --So he e-mailed her, saying, quote, "I'm an A-list actor you mite like to meet." (--Here's the e-mail.)

Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez Are Doing a Book Together:

MARTIN SHEEN and EMILIO ESTEVEZ are working on a book called "Along the Way". It'll be about the, quote, "professional and spiritual journey" they took while making a movie called "The Way". (--Emilio directed it, and he and Martin star.) --This is NOT a family tell-all, so don't expect any dirt on CHARLIE SHEEN. Or any input from him. Emilio says, quote, "Charlie will be mentioned, of course, but not given a voice."

Jake Gyllenhaal Was Flirting All Over the Place Over the Weekend . . . While Taylor Swift Can't Even Think About Dating Yet:

JAKE GYLLENHAAL is definitely over TAYLOR SWIFT. But the feeling might not be mutual. --According to various reports, Jake was flirting all over the place over "Golden Globes" weekend. --Interestingly enough, one of the chicks Jake was mackin' was another one of JOE JONAS' exes, just like Taylor. On Saturday night, Jake and CAMILLA BELLE were enjoying each other's company at a party. --A witness says, quote, "They hung out together the entire night. They were talking intimately, and laughing. There really seemed to be chemistry, a connection. --"Jake and Camilla were flirting all night. And before he left, I saw him very affectionately touching her arm. She is definitely his type." --After the "Globes", Jake reportedly took a shot at both MARIA MENOUNOS and SCARLETT JOHANSSON at a party. But he ended up spending most of the night with MILA KUNIS. --A witness says, quote, "They ended up talking in a corner practically the entire party. They were laughing and smiling a lot. It was really flirty and they both looked like they were having a lot of fun." --For the record, Jake and Mila did NOT go home together. -Instead, he went to the Chateau Marmont, where he met up with his "Brokeback Mountain" co-star MICHELLE WILLIAMS. A witness says he had his hand on her knee while he was talking to her. (--I have a hard time believing he'd hook up with Michelle, given that he was pretty tight with HEATH LEDGER. I could be totally wrong, but I'd like to think they have more of a brother-sister thing going on.) --Jake might be living it up, but his ex-girlfriend TAYLOR SWIFT isn't. A friend says she still hasn't recovered from the breakup. --But Taylor's anonymous friend adds, quote, "Taylor is not exactly a loner, but she fares well on her own and will be fine if she doesn't hook up with a guy immediately."

Tammy Lynn Michaels Is Blogging About Melissa Etheridge's New Girlfriend:

To paraphrase an old bit of wisdom: Hell hath no fury like a hot lesbian scorned. --TAMMY LYNN MICHAELS hit up her very angry blog to write another very angry diatribe outlining her very angry feelings toward ex-wife MELISSA ETHERIDGE. --As you may have heard, Melissa is now dating a woman named Linda Wallem. She created EDIE FALCO'S new show, "Nurse Jackie". And she was also very good friends with Melissa and Tammy when they were a couple. --She was even Melissa's "best man" at the wedding. --Anyway . . . Tammy lays the scorn . . . and the accusations . . . on pretty hard in her new blog. First, she accuses Melissa of having her replacement ready before they had even broken up. --She says, quote, "I moved out November 23rd, 2009. She said it would help. I was convinced it would too and I trusted there was no one else. --"I didn't know. There was someone moving in as I was moving out. --"People" magazine says that Melissa and Linda didn't become a couple until several months after Melissa and Tammy broke up. Tammy disputes that timeline. --She writes, quote, "One of my little sweet peas told me otherwise much earlier than that, Pooper magazine. They should have shut the bedroom door." (--Here, Tammy is probably referring to one of the TWINS she bore for Melissa back in October of 2006.) --Oh, and then there's this: Tammy says that after she moved into a rented house, Melissa's assistant accidentally delivered a box of ADULT LOVE TOYS to her new place. --She says, quote, "Three weeks later a box of new toys was delivered and her assistant brought it to my rental house as a mistake. I opened it and that's when I felt something was up. --"I called her [and said] 'I have your new (penises) on my kitchen counter?'" (--You can read the entire post here.)

Did Sandra Bullock and Scarlett Johansson Have Dinner Together Over the Weekend?

SANDRA BULLOCK told AL ROKER this week that she's not dating RYAN REYNOLDS. And here's more evidence to back it up . . . --A so-called "source" says that Sandra and Ryan's soon-to-be ex-wife SCARLETT JOHANSSON actually had dinner together this past weekend . . . quote, "They've always gotten along so Sandra explained exactly how she felt about the whole Ryan situation. --"She didn't want anything to get in the way of their friendship. There is no awkwardness between Sandra and Scarlett."

Check Out a Picture of Miranda Kerr Breastfeeding Her New Baby:

It's confirmed: MIRANDA KERR and ORLANDO BLOOM are the proud parents of a baby BOY. And his name is Flynn. --Miranda says it was a natural childbirth, with no pain meds . . . and it was, quote, "a long, arduous and difficult labor." (--Flynn was born on January 6th.) --More importantly, Miranda has already Tweeted the first of what will hopefully be MANY pictures of her BREASTFEEDING. (--Check it out here.)

Holly Madison Met Her New Man On Twitter:

People have been meeting and starting relationships online for longer than you'd probably think . . . in chat rooms, on dating websites and on Facebook, just to name a few places. --But something about meeting over Twitter feels even less personal than these other options. --But that's how former "Playboy" model HOLLY MADISON met the guy she's currently dating. . . one Jack Barakat. --She says, quote, "We met through a mutual friend and then somehow somebody retweeted something funny he said on Twitter. --"So I started following him, and then we started Tweeting each other back and forth! --"So then we started direct messaging each other and then exchanged numbers. --"We were texting for months, and finally when I had my vacation, I was like, 'Do you wanna come hang out with me?' and he did and we hit it off right away."

Lamar Odom Says Khloe Kardashian Is Not Small:

We've all thought it at one point or another, but maybe only her husband can say it: --In the new issue of "Playboy" magazine, LAMAR ODOM admitted that his wife, KHLOE KARDASHIAN, isn't exactly petite. --He was asked if there's a possibility that a tape of their taboo, interracial lovemaking might ever hit the streets. And he said, quote, "When people see us in person, they see Khloe's not small. I'm not small. --"People see us and are probably like, 'Damn, I wonder how that looks.' We wouldn't have anything to be ashamed about, but no, that's not going down."

Arnold Schwarzenegger Will Be Back . . . On The Big Screen:

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER will be back . . . on the big screen. He told an Austrian newspaper that he's reading various scripts. --He said, quote, "One script, which I considered a long time ago before governor, is delighting me particularly. --"I would play an older [German] soldier, who gets the order at the end of the war to kill a bunch of kids. But he doesn't do it and gets them to safety at the risk of his life. It has all kinds of adventure. The script is based on a true story." (--We're not sure, but this script MIGHT be based on the book "Ostermann's War", by James J. Cullen.) --But Arnold thinks that his days as a big-budget action star are behind him, and he wants to dial his career down a little, like CLINT EASTWOOD. --He says, quote, "Throwing myself around the room and shooting people is no longer in there. [But] I'm like a sponge that soaks up knowledge and is constantly willing to learn new things." (--It's sort of an interesting time for Arnold to come to that conclusion, though . . . because turning old people into action stars has never been cooler. In fact, there were two high-profile examples of it just last year.) (--Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren did it in "The Expendables". And then there was Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman in "Red".)

Kevin Smith Says Bruce Willis Was a Jerk on the Set of "Cop Out":

KEVIN SMITH directed BRUCE WILLIS and TRACY MORGAN in last year's "Cop Out". The movie flopped, both critically and commercially. But at least it was fun to make, right? --Wrong. --Kevin was on some comedy podcast recently, and he revealed that working with Bruce Willis was a pretty difficult experience. --First, he mentioned that one of his stars, quote, "wouldn't even sit for a (effin') poster shoot." -When asked who he was talking about, Kevin replied, quote, "Everyone knows who it is. Put it this way, remember the really funny guy in the movie? It ain't him. --"He's a (effing) dream. Tracy Morgan, I would lay down in traffic for. Were it not for Tracy, I might've killed myself or someone else in the making of that movie." --As for working with Bruce, he said, quote, "It was difficult. I've never been involved in a situation like that where, one component is not in the box at all. It was (effin') soul crushing. --"I mean, a lot of people are gonna be like, 'Oh, you're just trying to blame the movie on him.' No, but I had no (effing) help from this dude whatsoever."

Regis Philbin Is Leaving "Live! with Regis and Kelly":

79-year-old REGIS PHILBIN is RETIRING from "Live! with Regis and Kelly". He made the announcement on yesterday's show. --Regis said, quote, "Well, I've got one of those announcements to make today . . . I don't want to alarm anybody, but I have to tell you this because it's going to happen: --"This will be my last year on the show. It's been a long time, it's been 28 years. --"It was the biggest thrill of my life to come back to New York, where I grew up as a kid watching TV in the early days, you know, never even dreaming that I would one day have the ability, or whatever it takes, to get in front of the camera and talk to it." --Then, he joked, quote, "There is a time that everything must come to an end for certain people on camera . . . especially certain old people!" (--You can watch video of his announcement, here.) --Regis' departure date hasn't been determined yet. He said, quote, "this is going to happen at the end of the summer, the fall, whatever it is, we don't know that yet." --Kelly responded by saying, quote, "I think I can only speak for America, and all of us here, when I say it has been a pleasure and a privilege and a dream come true [working with you]. And I wish I could do something to change your mind." (--For what it's worth, TMZ claims Kelly didn't get much of a heads-up that this was happening. They say he told her 15 minutes before the show began.) --Kathie Lee also chimed in, but she doesn't think Regis is retiring all together. She said, quote, "He'll never retire. I think his most enjoyable days are ahead of him and I hope to be a part of them." (--Regis didn't discuss any future plans.) --Producers have announced that "Live!" will continue with KELLY RIPA, but they haven't figured out who will replace Regis yet. --It's unclear whether a permanent replacement will be named before Regis leaves. --When KATHIE LEE GIFFORD left in 2000, the show went through a one-year transitional period, when it was just called "Live! with Regis". In 2001, Kelly became the permanent co-host, and it was renamed "Live! with Regis and Kelly". (--The show started as a local New York City broadcast called "The Morning Show" in 1983. Regis co-hosted with CYNDY GARVEY . . . the first wife of baseball star STEVE GARVEY.) (--Kathie Lee took over for Cyndy in 1985, and it was re-named "Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee". The show went into national syndication in 1988.)

Ricky Gervais Is Annoyed with All the Speculation Out There, and Says He'll Never Host the "Golden Globes" Again:

RICKY GERVAIS responded to all the MADNESS over his "Golden Globes" performance on his blog . . . and it sounds like he's pretty ANNOYED with it all. --Ricky said, quote, "All the same conspiracy theories as last year too: 'So and so was offended' . . . 'hasn't been invited back yet' . . . exactly the same as last time . . . --"'Paul McCartney was furious' . . . no he wasn't. And nor was Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. I was drinking with them after. --"Why do people have to embellish? They're allowed to say they hated it. They're allowed to say they didn't find it funny, that it was tasteless, over the top, or whatever. But why do they speculate and make stuff up?" --He added, quote, "Don't worry, I know the answer. Because it's more interesting than 'it went fine and some people won some awards and then went to a party.' But that's all that happened." --You can read the entire post . . . and see a picture of him posing on a balcony in nothing other than a pair of gold boxers, here.) --Ricky also denied talk that producers scolded him in the middle of the show, when he seemed to have disappeared for about an hour. --Meanwhile . . . Ricky was stopped by the paparazzi yesterday, and he informed them that he doesn't plan on hosting the show next year, even if he's asked. --He said, quote, "It doesn't really matter [if they want me back], because I'm not going to do it again anyway . . . I think twice is enough." (--You can watch video of Ricky saying this, here.)

Simon Cowell Turned Down $130 Million-a-Year to Do Both "American Idol" and the American "X Factor":

A new book called "American Idol: The Untold Story" . . . which just came out . . . claims SIMON COWELL turned down a $130 MILLION-a-year salary from Fox to do the American version of "X Factor" AND re-up with "Idol". --Supposedly, he initially agreed to the deal, but then decided against it, possibly because he no longer wanted to work with his former partner, "Idol" creator Simon Fuller. (--They haven't been on good terms for years now.) --Fox did end up landing "X Factor" anyway, and it'll premiere in September. There's no word how much Simon ended up getting for just doing that.

Mark Harmon Is America's Favorite TV Personality:

Last month, the market research company Harris Interactive conducted their annual survey to determine America's Favorite TV Personality. They polled 2,331 adults, and now they've released the results. --This year, "NCIS" star MARK HARMON surged to #1 after being #8 last year. He was followed by last year's #1 OPRAH WINFREY and "House" star HUGH LAURIE. Here's the Top 10:

#1.) Mark Harmon. He was #8 last year.

#2.) Oprah Winfrey tied with "House" star Hugh Laurie. She was #1 last year . . . he was tied for fourth.

#4.) Conan O'Brien. He wasn't in the Top 10 last year, but has been before.

#5.) Jon Stewart tied with Charlie Sheen. Last year Jon was came in sixth, and Charlie followed at #7.

#7.) Ellen DeGeneres. Last year, she tied for fourth with Hugh Laurie.

#8.) Bill O'Reilly. He was #10 last year.

#9.) David Letterman. Same as last year.

#10.) Steve Carell. He wasn't in the Top 10 last year, but has been before.

--Two people fell out of the Top 10 this year . . . and for what it's worth, both of them were ranked pretty high. Last year, GLENN BECK was #2, and JAY LENO was #3. (--And the year before that Jay was #1. Since last year's poll was conducted in December of 2009 . . . anyone have any idea what might have happened in 2010 to completely SINK America's beloved Jay Leno???)--Among men, Mark Harmon ranked #1 . . . while women went with Oprah Winfrey. Oprah was also #1 with people from the East Coast, while the West Coast went with Harmon. The Midwest loves Conan, and the South enjoys Charlie Sheen's antics. --Political parties aside, "conservatives" went with Harmon and Bill O'Reilly. "Moderates" went with Oprah . . . and not surprisingly, those crazy "liberals" were all about Jon Stewart. --People 46 and older tended to go with Harmon, O'Reilly and Sheen, while the youngest demographic, 18- to 33-year-olds chose Conan. Hugh Laurie was biggest among 34- to 45-year-olds. (--For an even broader breakdown of this poll . . . including previous years' results . . . hit up Harris Interactive at this link.)

"Skins" Delivered Great Premiere Numbers for MTV:

3.3 million people watched the series premiere of MTV's super-sexed new show "Skins" on Monday night. That's a pretty strong number . . . even though MTV did help it out by airing a special Monday episode of "Jersey Shore" just before it. --It also became a Top Two trending topic on Twitter. --So, it looks like "Skins" will be sticking around, which can't make the Parents Television Council happy. Last week, they said "Skins", quote, "may well be the most dangerous show for children that we have ever seen." (--"Skins" is a remake of a popular British series of the same name. And as usual, if you're a fan of the original British version, you were probably disappointed by the American one.)

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

--"American Idol" [10th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox.

--Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance" [Performances] . . . 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS.

--"Dog the Bounty Hunter" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on A&E. (--As Dog tracks down a fugitive, viewers get a tour of the rarely seen tent cities of Oahu.)

--"Tyler Perry's House of Payne" [6th Season Finale] . . . 9:30 to 10:00 P.M. on TBS.

--"Hot in Cleveland" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 10:30 P.M. on TV Land. (--Mary Tyler Moore guest stars as Betty White's cellmate after Elka spends a few hours behind bars until her friends can bail her out.)

--"Retired At 35" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:30 to 11:00 P.M. on TV Land. (--A sitcom about a guy who quits his job in New York to move into a retirement community with his parents, played by George Segal and Jessica Walter.)

--"Law & Order: SVU" . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on NBC. (--"24's" minx Shohreh Aghdashloo guests as a shady detective complicating one of Olivia's investigation.)

--"James Ellroy's LA: City Of Demons" [SERIES Premiere] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on ID. (--Crime-fiction author James Ellroy examines historical crimes in L.A., from the Black Dahlia to the "Hillside Strangler".)

--"Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" [4th Season Finale] . . . 10:00 to 11:00 P.M. on VH1.

--"Blue Mountain State" [2nd Season Finale] . . . 11:00 to 11:30 P.M. on Spike TV.

Aerosmith Will Start Recording Their Next Album This Weekend:

After everything that has happened with AEROSMITH over the past two years . . . --The tour canceling, the public bickering and fighting, the break-up, the reunion . . . and basically, all that happening again when STEVEN TYLER landed the "American Idol" gig . . . it looks like Aerosmith is finally ready to get down to business again. --That's because they're going to begin collectively working on their next album this weekend . . . or so says Steven Tyler. --While out promoting "Idol", which premieres TONIGHT, Steven said, quote, "We've certainly been writing. I know [guitarist] Joe [Perry]'s got some licks, and I got a bunch of songs that I've written for [myself] and / or Aerosmith. --"I will be flying out of New York and be back in L.A. [to] watch the premiere. I get Thursday off, and Friday I'm writing with [producer] Marti Frederiksen, and Saturday we're into a writing program with the band." --So it sounds like the plan is for them to be recording in L.A. while Steven is doing "Idol" . . . then hit the road during the show's off-season. --Steven explained, quote, "We're already booked for a tour for November [and] December, that should be South America and Japan . . . so what you hear in the press of Aerosmith getting in the way of 'American Idol', it just isn't so." --By the way, on "Letterman" Monday night, Steven finally admitted to NOT being sober when he fell off the stage and broke his shoulder in August of 2009. (--That was the incident that started what has been a virtually endless stream of bickering and controversy that surrounds Aerosmith to this day.) --Steven said, quote, "It's not any news here about my drug use and addictions in the past. A couple years ago, I was [using the sleeping pill] Lunesta because of some problems with my feet." --He began SNORTING it . . . and that's what he did before that show. --Steven added, quote, "That shows you what kind of a drug addict I was . . . I was looking for any excuse to get high . . . not anymore." (--You can find a clip of Steven explaining this at, here.)

Vince Neil Is Going to Prison for Driving Drunk:

MOTLEY CRUE singer VINCE NEIL will do two weeks in prison. --Vince is expected to accept a plea deal in his DUI case at a hearing next Wednesday. As part of the deal, he's agreeing to serve 15 days behind bars, and another 15 days under house arrest. He'll begin his term on or before February 15th. --Vince was arrested last June with a blood alcohol level that was nearly three times the legal limit. In a statement, he said, "I have recognized that you can't drink and drive at all. I take full responsibility for my actions and will learn from this experience." --But this is a lesson Vince should have learned 27 years ago, when his drunk driving KILLED A GUY. --Back in 1984, Vince got loaded, got behind the wheel and smashed his car into another vehicle. His passenger . . . HANOI ROCKS drummer NICHOLAS DINGLEY, a.k.a. RAZZLE . . . died. --And the two people in the other car were seriously hurt. He served 15 days of a 30-day sentence, and shelled out $2.5 million in restitution to the victims.

Kanye West Went on Another Media-Bashing Twitter Extravaganza:

KANYE WEST has unleashed yet another media-bashing Twitter frenzy . . . in which he addressed several rumors, and mocked the idea that they'd become "news." --The two main things he focused on were his supposed "Twitter war" with BRITNEY SPEARS and that watch with his face on it. --Here's some of his rant: Quote, "Just saw that MSNBC said I tried to start a Twitter war with Britney. This (crap) takes the air out [of] my lungs sometimes . . . from blogs to news reports . . . enough already!!! All I do is focus on my work. --"There's a new lie everyday . . . a new media spin . . . I never got a watch with my face on it!!! A company tried to give that to me 9 years ago! --"I'm one of the most considerate people in real life. Maybe over considerate. Over caring. Overly real. There is no astronaut training for celebrity . . . even though this whole life is so outer space! --"When I said the comment about Britney, I was giving her props for being #1 not dissing her at all! That was the whole joke!!! I know intelligent people know this so bear with me. --"But stop making it seem that my aim is to hurt or down people! That's just not my style! As pop stars we're all in this (crap) together! We on the inside of the TV!

--"If the media wants to make a story, just say I have atrocious spelling and terrible grammar . . . if you don't give 'em a story, they just make one up. I'm just trying to focus and stay creative! Keep bringing dope (stuff) to the world! --"I won't always say the right thing but my heart is always in the right place."


ASHTON KUTCHER says he "waited" to have sex with DEMI MOORE. But he doesn't say how long he waited. (Full Story)

Was "Golden Globe" winner PAUL GIAMATTI really charging people $5 to take pictures with him at an after-party? (Full Story)

RENEE ZELLWEGER missed the "Golden Globes" because boyfriend BRADLEY COOPER'S father died on Saturday. (Full Story)

MARIA SHRIVER'S father died yesterday. (Full Story)

Is the Los Angeles district attorney close to filing criminal charges against MEL GIBSON for allegedly hitting OKSANA GRIGORIEVA last year? (Full Story)

The SERIES FINALE of "Hannah Montana" drew 6.2 million viewers on Sunday. It wasn't the show's biggest audience . . . but it was above average. (Full Story)

PIERS MORGAN'S new show "Piers Morgan Tonight" took over LARRY KING'S timeslot on Monday night . . . and it drew 2.1 million viewers. That's more than double what Larry was averaging in that timeslot last fall. (Full Story)

KINGS OF LEON, ARCADE FIRE and KANYE WEST will be headlining this year's Coachella music festival in Indio, California. The Strokes, Duran Duran, Lauryn Hill, Animal Collective and Bright Eyes will also be there. (--You can find all the details at

CHER'S new song, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" . . . from the movie "Burlesque" . . . is #1 on "Billboard's" Dance / Club chart. That makes Cher the first female singer to have #1s in SIX consecutive decades. (Full Story)

Seven years after breaking up, 80% of O-TOWN is reuniting. But unfortunately for anyone who STILL may be a fan, the 20% that isn't coming back is the only one you probably remember: ASHLEY PARKER ANGEL. (Full Story)

Don Kirshner . . . the music executive who helped created THE MONKEES . . . passed away on Monday. He was 76. In the '70s, he produced the ABC series "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert" . . . and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Full Story)

The FOO FIGHTERS have posted a 30-second "tease" for one of the songs off their upcoming album, which is expected out sometime this spring. (--Here's the link.)

"Law and Order: Los Angeles" seems to be in trouble. It just had a major casting overhaul . . . and now, NBC will temporarily remove it from their schedule beginning in February. New episodes of "Parenthood" will take its place. (Full Story)

In a video that's been making the rounds, DR. DRE seemed to be announcing that "Detox" would finally be released on April 20th . . . or 4/20 . . . but a rep says he was talking about something else. (Full Story)

SNOOP DOGG'S 11th album, "Doggumentary", will drop March 29th. That is all.


Over the Past Few Decades, Violent Crime . . . Especially Against Children . . . Is Way, Way Down:

The point of this story isn't to say "Drop your guard, leave your doors unlocked at night, and let your kids take candy from strangers, because the world is safe again." If we start dropping our guard, we could undo all of these positives. --But as it stands, crime in this country . . . especially violent crimes against children . . . just keeps going down. Check out these statistics:

--Homicides of kids under 14 are down 36% from 1993.

--Homicides of kids 14 to 17 are down 60% from 1993.

--Overall, homicides in the U.S. are down 40% from 1992 and rape is down 28%.

--Child abuse is down 26% from 1993.

--And child sex abuse is down 38% from 1993.

--BUT, because there's 24-hour news . . . there are more crime shows on TV . . . and more horror stories about child abuse and abduction being spread online . . . most people think crime is going UP. --In a poll in 2009, 74% of Americans said they believe crime is going up . . . even though, across the board, it's going way, way down. --A lot of different things go into those drops in crime, but two of the biggest are police technology . . . and parents being smarter and more careful with their children. (Pasadena Star News)

The Age When Women Are Most Likely To Have Sex on the First Date Is . . . When They're in Their 40s:

We've always believed that when it comes to the ladies, the older the berry, the sweeter the juice. And according to a new survey . . . the older the berry, the quicker they'll let you squish that juice. --"Men's Health" found that if the chemistry is right, women in their 40s are the most likely to have sexual relations with you on the first date. --29% of women in their 40s regularly get-it-on on the first date. So do 28% of women in their 30s and only 17% of women in their 20s. --Women in their 40s also ENJOY sex the most . . . 86% say they reached their moment of climax the last time they had sex. Only 48% of women in their 30s and 38% of women in their 20s said that. (Asylum)

You Can Have Sex In Space . . . But Your Children Will Be Born With Serious Problems:

Good news and bad news here. The good news: If you ever find your way up into space . . . and ever find someone up there who wants to make the zero gravity beast with two backs with you . . . you can go for it. Everything works up there. --The bad news? If you do conceive a child . . . it WILL cause problems for them. Researchers at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Canada tested zero-gravity reproduction using zebrafish inside of a special bioreactor. --And they found that, in almost every case, the fish that were born had serious, debilitating, and usually fatal mental and physical deficiencies. (New Scientist)

A Man Is Woken Up When a Naked Woman Shows Up In His Bed . . . And for Some Reason, That's a Bad Thing:

--The Canadian in question is single, and on Saturday around 3:20 A.M., he was asleep in his apartment on Vancouver Island in Canada. --Suddenly he felt someone climb into bed with him. And it was a FULLY NAKED WOMAN. --And to him, this was a BAD THING. --So he called the police. When they got there they found the woman asleep in his bed, quote, "quite intoxicated." --They found her ID in her purse, and it turned out she lived in the same building, but on another floor . . . and for whatever reason, her key worked in the guy's lock. --The police took her into custody to sober up, but she wasn't charged with any crimes. (UPI)

One Out of Three Teenagers Ignores the Facebook Friend Requests From Their Parents:

It doesn't matter how universal Facebook gets . . . kids STILL don't want their parents coming anywhere near them online. --According to a new survey by Kaplan Test Prep, 35% of teenagers say they're NOT Facebook friends with their parents. Of that group, 38% say that their parents have tried friend requesting them, and they've just ignored it. --For the teenagers who ARE Facebook friends with their parents, 16% say their parents FORCED them to become friends as a condition of being allowed to use Facebook. (Parentdish)

College Kids Today Spend 51% of Their Time Socializing . . . And 7% Studying:

If you've got a kid in college or heading off to college, your worst fears are true: You really may be paying $120,000 for beer pong training. --According to a new study of more than 3,000 full-time college students at 29 schools nationwide, college kids spend more than HALF of their time socializing, at 51%. They only spend 9% in class and 7% studying. --The study also found that they're not even learning that much, especially for the first two years. After two years in college, 45% of students didn't have any significant gains in learning. After four years, 36%, or almost two out of four, didn't show any gains. --BUT . . . college has either gotten easier or kids have become geniuses at beating the system . . . because the average student surveyed had a GPA of 3.2. (USA Today)

Science Has Finally Figured Out the Undisputed Best Hangover Cure:

It's about GOTT-DAMM time. Science has FINALLY figured out the undisputed best way to cure a hangover. Although it's not exactly revolutionary. --Michael Oshinsky is a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University, and he tested different hangover cures on lab rats. And he found the best way to beat a hangover is . . . COFFEE and ASPIRIN. That's it. --Oshinsky found that you get a hangover because of a chemical that alcohol can produce. Caffeine and anti-inflammatory medicine block that chemical . . . so the combo of coffee and aspirin relieves hangover symptoms. --He also found that hangovers have nothing to do with being dehydrated . . . so you don't have to worry that drinking coffee is going to make things worse by dehydrating you even more. (The Telegraph)

Um . . . What? A Surf Shop In California Celebrated MLK Day By Offering 20% Off All Black Products:

It's hard to imagine how ANYONE with even half a brain could've let this idea become a reality: Thalia is a surf shop in Laguna Beach, California, and they've been getting a lot of heat for a Martin Luther King Day sale they ran. --On MLK Day, they advertised a sale of 20% off all BLACK PRODUCTS. And they Photoshopped King's head onto a photo of a surfer in a wetsuit. --Naturally, people flipped out over the ad. Yesterday, they posted an apology and said, quote, "In no way did we intend to hurt or offend anyone." (OC Weekly)
Does Steve Jobs Secretly Have Cancer?

No one from Apple has confirmed this rumor . . . at least no one who's alive . . . so take it for what it's worth. But according to "Fortune" magazine, they were told by a former Apple employee that STEVE JOBS has cancer. --That employee was Jerry York, who was a director at Apple. He died last March. He told the reporter about Jobs having cancer, off the record. Now that he's died, "Fortune" says it's fine for them to break that off-the-record agreement and report this. --According to York, Jobs had pancreatic cancer in 2004 and took a leave of absence. In 2009, the cancer came back and he went to Basel, Switzerland to have it treated. --On Monday, Jobs took another medical leave from Apple. There's no word when he'll be back. --The survival rate today on neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer is 55% to 57%. When Jobs first got cancer in 2004, it was only 20%. --Apple is keeping quiet about Jobs' condition. When they announced his leave yesterday, Apple's stock dropped 2%. It rebounded yesterday when they announced they made a record $6 BILLION profit last quarter. (Fortune)

A Man Is Arrested After He Fights His Sister . . . For Selling Drugs To His Girlfriend:

There's just CLASSINESS all around here. Earlier this month, 25-year-old Chad Chessher of Shalimar, Florida was at home with his girlfriend . . . and she told him she'd just bought some DRUGS. From his SISTER. --Chad was furious that his sister was enabling his girlfriend's drug problem, so he went over to his sister's house to confront her. They argued and then started physically fighting. --Their fight crossed the line, though, from "siblings scrapping" to "people beating each other" . . . he headbutted her and pushed her, and she punched him in the face. --He was arrested for battery. There's no word on whether the sister will be arrested for drug dealing. (Northwest Florida Daily News)


A Man Was Shot For Eating His Friend's Cake, Or His Friend's Fries . . . No One's Sure Which:

On Monday, in Philadelphia, a 31-year-old man was SHOT by a friend for eating his food. That we know for sure. Exactly what food led to the shooting . . . well that's a mystery. --The "Philadelphia Daily News" says the food was CAKE. They say the man was in the backseat of his friend's car and started eating some cake. They argued, got out of the car . . . and the driver shot his friend in the chest. --CBS 3 in Philadelphia has a different report. THEY say the man was in the backseat and started eating some of his friend's FRENCH FRIES. They argued, got out of the car . . . and the driver shot his friend in the chest. --The "Daily News" is taking a hard stance that their cake story is correct. They interviewed an investigator who said it was cake, not fries. BUT . . . that investigator wanted to stay anonymous, which hurts their credibility a little bit. --Whether it was a cake- or fry-induced shooting, it was bad . . . the man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. --His friend is still on the run. (Philadelphia Daily News / CBS 3 - Philadelphia)

Two Men Ice Fishing In Michigan Are Attacked By "A Female Wielding a Fish":

If there was ever going to be an ICE-FISHING BRAWL, this is juuuuust about how I'd picture it going down. --On Saturday, two men in their early 20s were ice fishing at Black Lake, which is in Norton Shores, Michigan. (--If you don't know what ice fishing is, it's when you go out onto a frozen lake, make a little hole in the ice, and then fish through the hole.) --A 29-year-old woman from Fruitport, Michigan was also out ice fishing on the lake. (--Her name wasn't released.) And she was upset that the guys had set up their ice fishing shanty too close to her ice fishing shanty. --So she walked over to the guys, told them she needed to relieve her bladder and was going to do it on the ice . . . and she asked them to look away. When they turned their heads, she ATTACKED. --According to the police, the men were attacked by, quote, "a female wielding a fish." That's right. The woman had brought a fish with her and started smacking the men in the backs of their heads with it. --The police came to the scene, but the men decided not to press charges. (Muskegon Chronicle)


Here we go again. I think they do this every year, but Iran has banned the production of all Valentine's Day gifts or decorations, to stop the corrupting influence of Western culture. (Full Story)

Forget all the Snoop, Dre, and NWA you listened to during your rebellious, white, suburban adolescence: Compton is now a safe place to live! And by that we mean murders are down 75% over the last 20 years. (Full Story)

A man in Laos said he killed his pregnant wife with an axe . . . so he could use the fetus to make a lucky lottery charm? (Full Story)

A monk was stopped at an airport win Greece with the skeleton of a nun in his luggage. But don't worry . . . he says it's the remains of a saint. He's been arrested for theft and desecration. (Full Story)


#1.) Rob Lowe Drops F-Bombs and Punches People in the New Promo for "Parks and Recreation":

"Parks and Recreation" returns to NBC's line-up tomorrow night, and the new promo on is ridiculous . . . and also FILLED with profanity. --ROB LOWE joined the cast at the end of last season, and in the promo he starts dropping F-bombs and assaulting the other cast members when he finds out that he hasn't been on TV for five months.
(--WARNING: This video includes the F-word ten times and "a**hole".)
(--Search for "Rob Lowe goes nuts")

#2.) Here's A Ten-Foot-Tall Drunk Puppet at an Irish Street Festival:

The best thing about street fairs is that you can drink . . . outside . . . in the street. And in Ireland, nothing says 'street fair' like a scary ten-foot-tall puppet walking around acting hammered. --That's what a guy did recently in the Irish town of Dromore. If you don't believe me, check it out on YouTube. --The puppet looks like a taller version of Statler and Waldorf, the old hecklers from "The Muppet Show". Except with a severe drinking problem. (--Search for "Giant puppet Arthur")

#3.) A Singer Slapped His Guitarist For Playing a Horrible Guitar Solo:

There's a video on YouTube of a horrible foreign rock band performing at a low-rent concert, and after the guitarist plays an absolutely awful guitar solo, the lead singer SMACKS him.
(--Search for "singer slaps guitarist over solo")

#4.) Some Idiot Did a Backflip Off a Two-Story Building . . . And Contrary to What He Said Afterward, He Was NOT Okay:

There's a video on of some idiot who decided to do a backflip off the roof of a two story building. And right before he does it, everyone on the ground says it's a bad idea. --But he does it anyway and hits the ground HARD. Then he gets up and pretends he's okay . . . but he OBVIOUSLY isn't.
(--WARNING: This video includes the S-word the N-word.)
(--Search for "failed backflip off two-story roof". He jumps at 1:02.)
The Best Months to Buy Things in 2011:

You can save a lot of money if you buy things when they're off-season. So if you're planning a big purchase, you might want to hold off for a few months. Here are the best things to buy throughout the year . . .

This month Is a Good Time to Buy . . . Bikes and sporting goods because retailers have to bring in new inventory and slash prices on old stuff. --And it's also a good month to buy an air conditioner, because NO ONE is buying an air conditioner this month.

February Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Digital cameras, because most of the big electronics trade shows will be over by then. That means all the new models will be available in stores, and the old models will cost less. --Chocolate is also cheaper after February 14th . . . for obvious reasons.

March Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Winter clothing, because winter is almost over. And luggage, because it's not a popular time of year for traveling. --Boat show season also ends in March, so if you're in the market for a YACHT, wait a few months.

April is a Good Month to Buy . . . Car parts and sneakers. And vacuum cleaners go on sale because the new models arrive in June.

May is a Good Month to Buy . . . Patio furniture and party supplies. And cookware goes on sale because of all the upcoming graduations and weddings.

June is a Good Month to Buy . . . Gym memberships, because the weather is nice. It's also a good month to buy tools and men's suits, which both go on sale for Father's Day. --April, May, and June are also good months to find sale prices on TVs that are manufactured in Japan, because the fiscal year for most Japanese companies ends in March.

July Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Furniture, because stores start trying to push their old inventory.

August Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Camping equipment, because it takes up a lot of space, and stores won't have room for it during the holidays. --And laptops, which go on sale in August because that's when recent high school graduates are about to leave for college.

September Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Cars, because you can still find last year's model on the lot, but it'll be a lot cheaper than earlier in the year.

October Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Jeans, because there's always a lot of leftover inventory from the back-to-school sales.

November Is a Good Month to Buy . . . A new TV, because there are good sales leading up to Christmas, and the technology isn't outdated yet.

And December Is a Good Month to Buy . . . Anything wedding-related, which is convenient if you're going home for the holidays and want to do some wedding planning with your mom. (