Thursday, January 12, 2012



An Absent Katy Perry Won Five People's Choice Awards:

KATY PERRY might be regretting her decision to skip last night's "People's Choice Awards" . . . because she won FIVE trophies . . . more than anybody else. --She got Favorite Female Artist . . . Favorite Tour Headliner . . . Song of the Year for "E.T." . . . Favorite Music Video for "Last Friday Night" . . . and Favorite TV Guest Star for her appearance on "How I Met Your Mother". (--We assume Katy bagged on the ceremony because of her split with RUSSELL BRAND . . . although she didn't admit that.) --"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" was right behind Katy with FOUR wins. --JOHNNY DEPP and EMMA STONE each won TWO.
--One of the coolest moments of the night was when TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" won Favorite Cable TV Comedy . . . and BETTY WHITE and the rest of the cast hit the stage to accept. --JANE LEEVES got Betty a standing ovation by announcing that she turns 90 next week. And Betty said, quote, "I didn't do anything. 90 just happens to you." --On the flip side, ADAM SANDLER kind of laid an egg while accepting the People's Choice award for Favorite Comedic Actor . . . when he thanked all the teachers he remembered from his school days. --Claiming that he couldn't remember their actual names, he gave them nicknames like "Always Smiling Guy With the Plaid Pants", "Shop teacher Mr. Nofingers", "Art teacher Miss Never-wore-a-bra" and "Mr. Gym Shorts With the Tip Hanging Out".

The People's Choice Awards - The Complete Winners List:

Movie Awards:

Favorite Movie of the Year: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Favorite Movie Actor: Johnny Depp

Favorite Movie Actress: Emma Stone

Favorite Movie Icon: Morgan Freeman

Favorite Movie Star Under 25: Chloe Moretz

Favorite Comedy Movie: "Bridesmaids"

Favorite Comedic Movie Actor: Adam Sandler

Favorite Comedic Movie Actress: Emma Stone

Favorite Drama Movie: "Water for Elephants"

Favorite Action Movie: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Favorite Action Star: Hugh Jackman

Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

Favorite Animated Movie Voice: Johnny Depp in "Rango"

Favorite Movie Superhero: Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern

Favorite Book Adaptation: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"

TV Awards:

Favorite Network TV Comedy: "How I Met Your Mother"

Favorite TV Comedy Actor: Neil Patrick Harris

Favorite TV Comedy Actress: Lea Michele from "Glee"

Favorite Network TV Drama: "Supernatural"

Favorite TV Drama Actor: Nathan Fillion . . . from "Castle"

Favorite TV Drama Actress: Nina Dobrev . . . from "The Vampire Diaries"

Favorite Cable TV Drama: "Pretty Little Liars"

Favorite Cable TV Comedy: "Hot in Cleveland"

Favorite New TV Comedy: "2 Broke Girls"

Favorite New TV Drama: "Person of Interest"

Favorite Daytime Talk Show Host: Ellen DeGeneres

Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host: Jimmy Fallon

Favorite Competition Show: "American Idol"

Favorite TV Crime Drama: "Castle"

Favorite Sci-Fi TV Show: "Supernatural"

Favorite TV "Celebreality" Star: Kim Kardashian

Favorite TV Guest Star: Katy Perry on "How I Met Your Mother"

Music Awards:

Favorite Male Artist: Bruno Mars

Favorite Female Artist: Katy Perry

Favorite Song: "E.T.", Katy Perry (featuring Kanye West)

Favorite Album: "Born This Way", Lady Gaga

Favorite Band: Maroon 5

Favorite Pop Artist: Demi Lovato

Favorite Hip-Hop Artist: Eminem

Favorite R&B Artist: Rihanna

Favorite Country Artist: Taylor Swift

Favorite Music Video: "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)", Katy Perry

Favorite Tour Headliner: Katy Perry

(--You can compare the winners in each category against the other nominees that they beat at
Are Katy Perry's Parents Trying to Hook Her Up with Tim Tebow?

This story is ridiculous . . . but at the same time, the implications are HILARIOUS. So it's worth a few minutes of our time. --As you probably know by now, KATY PERRY'S parents, KEITH and MARY HUDSON, are very religious. In fact, they're pastors. And they know what Katy needs to get over her breakup with RUSSELL BRAND: --A little TEBOW TIME. --"OK!" magazine claims they've invited TIM TEBOW to speak at their church in Huntington Beach, California . . . on a day when Katy is going to be there. And they're hoping for a HEAVENLY HOOK-UP. --A source says, quote, "Katy has mentioned on more than one occasion how much she likes Tim. Katy's mom firmly believes the best cure for heartache is to quickly fall in love again, --"In her mind, Tebow is the perfect guy for her daughter. He's handsome, charming, intelligent and above all, a good Christian."


Is Khloe Really a Kardashian . . . or Did She Have a Different Father?

Have you ever noticed that KHLOE looks a little DIFFERENT from the other KARDASHIANS? So has she. --In fact, on an April 2009 episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians", Khloe got a DNA test to prove that KRIS JENNER was her real mom. Turns out she was. But that only told HALF the story. --What about Khloe's dad, ROBERT KARDASHIAN? Did he provide the other half of the miracle that produced Khloe? In the new issue of the "Star", two women say he did NOT. --And those two women were married to Robert after he and Kris got divorced. --JAN ASHLEY . . . Robert's second wife . . . says, quote, "Khloe is not his kid . . . he told me that after we got married." --And ELLEN KARDASHIAN . . . Robert's third wife and widow . . . adds, quote, "Robert did question the fact that Khloe was his. Any normal man would if they knew their wife had cheated on him." --Kris admitted in her recent book that she cheated on Robert . . . but Jan and Ellen both say Robert always knew. --Ellen adds that Robert told her he and Kris weren't even sleeping together when Khloe was conceived. --But she adds that Robert cared for Khloe just as much as the other kids . . . quote, "He never would have considered a DNA test. He loved Khloe very much." (--Here's video of the episode where Khloe tests her mom's DNA. Unfortunately, it includes audio commentary from the Kardashian girls. But it's still watchable.) --So why are these ladies blabbing to the "Star"? Well, in Ellen's case, it might have something to do with her FINANCIAL SITUATION. --She filed for bankruptcy in 2010 . . . and this past October, the bank foreclosed on the home she shared with Robert. --Ellen was only married to Robert for a few months before his death in 2003. (--Here's video of Ellen explaining why she's telling her story. There's no word whether the "Star" paid her or Jan.)

Khloe Mad! Khloe Kardashian Lashes Out at Her Former Stepmothers:

KHLOE KARDASHIAN hit up Twitter yesterday to lay the verbal smackdown on her two former stepmothers . . . who are claiming that ROBERT KARDASHIAN wasn't her real dad. --She said, quote, "The audacity you have to mention my father's name like this! Should be ashamed of urself! --"I let a lot of things slide but this one is really low... YOU ARE DISGUSTING! (yes you know who YOU are)." (--For the record, that's technically NOT a denial.) --Here's what Khloe's mom, KRIS JENNER, had to say about the rumors . . . quote, "So stupid. All so silly. Just another day." --And a Kardashian family spokesman added, quote, "It's not true. This is absolutely ridiculous and not true. Of course, Khloe is Robert's daughter." --Then there's this: In a sworn declaration Robert filed to annul his marriage to Jan Ashley after five months, he said that he has FOUR BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN. (--You can see the document here.) (--On an unrelated Kardashian note, KIM is going to co-host "Live" with KELLY RIPA on January 23rd . . . kicking off a week in which Kelly will have all-female co-hosts.)

A Jeweler Claims Olivier Martinez Gave Halle Berry an Engagement Ring:

Here's more evidence that HALLE BERRY and French actor OLIVIER MARTINEZ are engaged: --A representative for the jewelry designer Gurhan told "People" magazine that they made Halle's diamond and emerald engagement ring. --Halle and Olivier have been together for over a year. She's 45 . . . he's 46. They met on the set of the 2010 movie "Dark Tide". --Halle has been married twice already. She was with baseball player DAVID JUSTICE for about four years in the early '90s . . . and she was married to musician ERIC BENET from 2001 to 2005. --She also has a 3-year-old daughter named Nahla with her ex-boyfriend, GABRIEL AUBRY. (--And if she weren't a celebrity, we'd say, "Damn, that girl gets around." Why is there that double-standard with famous people?) (--It seems like they can sleep with as many people as they want . . . and have multiple children with multiple partners . . . without being considered easy or immoral.) (--What if a woman in your neighborhood had Halle's sexual track record? You'd call her TRASH, and ladies, you'd NEVER let your husband go over there to fix her garbage disposal.)
Patrick Swayze's Widow Doesn't Wear Her Wedding Ring Anymore Because Her Connection to Him Is Deeper Than That . . . Or Something:

PATRICK SWAYZE'S widow, LISA NIEMI, doesn't wear her wedding ring anymore. And she has her reasons. I'm just not sure they make sense. --She says, quote, "About a year ago or eight months ago, all of a sudden, I had this bizarre thought and it didn't really make sense to me, but I had a moment when I went, 'You know what this ring says? I'm married to his physical form.' --"And actually my connection to him, since he has been gone, has been much deeper than that. And I felt like in a way, for me personally, wearing the ring was lying about the depth of our relationship." (--Swayze died of pancreatic cancer in September of 2009. He was 57.)

86-Year-Old Dick Van Dyke Is Engaged to a 39-Year-Old Woman:

86-year-old comedy superstar DICK VAN DYKE is doing what all rich, old men SHOULD do: He's marrying a woman who's less than half his age. (???) Her name is Arlene Silver and she's 39. --Dick says, quote, "I'm telling you, I'm having the greatest retirement. All my contemporaries are going out and playing golf. And I'm marrying a beautiful girl." (--Here's a picture of them together.) (

Did Jennifer Aniston Get a Purse for Christmas . . . When She Wanted a Ring?

The not-always-reliable "In Touch Weekly" says that JENNIFER ANISTON and JUSTIN THEROUX had a massive blowout over the holidays . . . because he picked the wrong Christmas gift. --See, Jennifer was expecting an engagement ring . . . but instead she got A PURSE. --A source says, quote, "She was all set to say yes. She was stunned. She started fighting with Justin, and the fight lasted for days." --It got so bad Justin went to stay at a friend's apartment . . . quote, "He needed space. Jen feels she's putting so much into the relationship and Justin should commit to her, but she should be careful about putting him under too much pressure."

Does Jennifer Lopez Give Her Boyfriend $10,000 a Week . . . So She Doesn't Have to Pay For Him All the Time?

JENNIFER LOPEZ doesn't want to pay for her 24-year-old boyfriend CASPER SMART everywhere they go. So she devised a simple solution: --She gives him a $10,000-a-week allowance so he has his own cash. But there's a condition: He has to use some of it on her. --A source says, quote, "She hated having to whip out her credit card every time they go to dinner. Jen figured it's easier to give Casper a weekly stipend, and she thought $10,000 was a nice round number. --"Jen doesn't want to go over the top, showering Casper with too much, but she also wants him to up his game. --"Jen is hoping Casper won't think twice about buying presents for her kids or whisking her off for a surprise weekend getaway." --MARC ANTHONY knows this is going on, by the way . . . and he's not happy about it. The source says Jennifer, quote, "loves that he's freaking out about it."

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Daughter is the Youngest Person to Ever Make the "Billboard" Charts:

Thanks to JAY-Z'S new song "Glory", his daughter BLUE IVY CARTER is officially the youngest person to ever make a "Billboard" chart. --Blue . . . who was just born on Saturday . . . appears at the end of the song. At least her CRYING does. And Jay was smart enough to give her a credit by calling the song "Glory featuring B.I.C." (--Those are her initials, obviously.) --The song made its debut this week on the R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart, at #74. --Jay isn't the first person to come up with this idea. When STEVIE WONDER recorded the song "Isn't She Lovely?" for his newborn daughter Aisha nearly 40 years ago, he included some of her infant noises. --BUT . . . he didn't credit her on the track. Also, the song didn't chart right away. Aisha was almost 2 when it finally did in 1977.

Angelina Jolie Gives President Obama a Mixed Review:

Listen up, America: It's time to start making some tough political decisions. And who better to look to for guidance than celebrities? (???) --Today, we have ANGELINA JOLIE'S take on PRESIDENT OBAMA. Turns out she's not sold. -At a premiere for her movie "In the Land of Blood and Honey" on Tuesday, she said, quote, "I think there are many, many things I think have gone in a wonderful direction and there are a few things I am disappointed in but I don't feel like tonight is the night to clarify. --"But there are many wonderful things that have moved forward, and of course, some other things that are very frustrating." --She was also asked about a comment she allegedly made a few years ago, claiming Obama would be a one-term president. She denied it . . . saying, quote, "Reported by who? By 'Us Weekly'? You gotta read better papers." --You can watch the interview here. --And obviously, her mixed review isn't going to keep her from a meeting at the White House. Yesterday, she and Brad Pitt met with Obama in the Oval Office to discuss, quote, "her work on preventing mass atrocities and combating sexual violence against women." (--Check out some photos here.)

Random Tebow:

#1.) According to a monthly ESPN poll, TIM TEBOW was America's favorite athlete in December. --The runners-up were, in this order, Kobe Bryant, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

#2.) If you're into bogus, manufactured controversies, I have this: There are people who say TIM TEBOW'S game-winning touchdown pass against the Steelers last Sunday was ILLEGAL, because not enough men were on the line of scrimmage. --It's not true. (--You can read more about this here.)

#3.) What's CHARLES BARKLEY'S take on Tebow-mania? He says, quote, "The national nightmare continues." (--Read how Sir Charles feels about Saint Tim here.)


Mark Wahlberg is a Smuggler, Queen Latifah is a Choir Director, and "Beauty & The Beast" is in 3D:

#1.) "Contraband" (R) (Trailer)

Mark Wahlberg plays a family man forced back into his old life as an international smuggler, after his brother-in-law messes up a drug deal. Kate Beckinsale plays his wife, and she dyed her hair blonde for the movie, so there's that.

#2.) "Joyful Noise" (PG-13) (Trailer)

Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton play rivals leading their church choir to a national competition. And it doesn't help that Dolly's grandson has the hots for Latifah's daughter, played by Keke Palmer from the Nickelodeon show "True Jackson VIP".

#3.) "Beauty and the Beast 3D" (G) (Trailer)

The 1991 fairytale hits theaters in 3D for the first time. If that's not enough to tempt you, they're including a new animated short before the movie with the characters from "Tangled", called "Tangled: Ever After".

"Avatar 2" May Not Be In Theaters Until 2016:

JAMES CAMERON has said that he'd like to get "Avatar 2" into theaters by Christmas of 2014 . . . with "Avatar 3" following a year later. But it doesn't sound like that's going to happen. --Producer Jon Landau said this week that the second installment is still, quote, "four years away" . . . which, if my math skills haven't abandoned me . . . means 2016.

Ashton Kutcher Is Open to Doing Another Season of "Two and a Half Men" . . . But There's No Deal in Place Yet:

Last year, ASHTON KUTCHER signed a one-year contract to replace CHARLIE SHEEN on "Two and a Half Men". Now, he says he's open to doing another season, but no deal is in place yet. --Ashton says, quote, "['Two and a Half Men' is] outperforming the [ratings] numbers from before I was here, so I think people are responding to it. For me, having a show that people like and people want more of, that'll dictate my decision. --"I have a couple of [movies] I think I'm going to do during the summer during the hiatus. Right now I am looking at it as a hiatus. I'm having a lot of fun with these guys and interested in coming back." --The feeling is mutual. --A CBS executive said that they've begun preliminary talks with Ashton's people . . . but they've just scratched the surface at this point. (--By the way, Ashton is looking a lot more clean-cut these days. He's cut his hair, and shaved his beard. You can check out some pictures, here. Is it just me, or is he suddenly starting to look a little like Charlie Sheen?) (PopSugar)
(--Also, Ashton is wearing his WEDDING RING in those pictures. And he's also PLAYING with it in his hands . . . as if he wants to make sure it's noticed.)

Thursday TV Reminders:

--"30 Rock" [6th Season Premiere] . . . 8:00 to 8:30 P.M. on NBC.

--"17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards" . . . 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. on VH1. Sean Penn is honored with the Joel Siegel Award. (--Here are the nominees.)

--"Rob" [Series Premiere] . . . 8:30 to 9:00 P.M. on CBS. Rob Schneider stars as an average guy who marries a Mexican-American beauty and is shunned by her traditional father, who's played by Cheech Marin.

--"The Office" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on NBC. Andy tries to get the whole office involved when Oscar enters a trivia contest and Dwight tries to land a different job when he visits Sabre headquarters.

--"Grey's Anatomy" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ABC. The doctors divide into teams as they prepare for a risky surgery involving conjoined twins.

--"The Finder" [Series Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Fox. Michael Clarke Duncan and Geoff Stults star in this series of a former military policeman who believes a brain injury he suffered in Iraq allows him to find anything and anyone. John Fogerty guest stars when his guitar is stolen.

--"Sins and Secrets" [2nd Season Premiere] . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on ID.

--"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on HBO. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky revisit their first two documentaries to exonerate the West Memphis Three, the teens accused of murdering three 8-year-old boys in 1993.

"South Detroit" May Not Exist . . . But Steve Perry Says He Wrote It Into Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" Because It "Sounded Right":

Legendary JOURNEY singer STEVE PERRY is finally explaining why he name-checked "South Detroit" in "Don't Stop Believin'" . . . even though it doesn't exist. -The lyric, of course, is: Quote, "Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit." -As the "Detroit News" points out, "With downtown Detroit right on the river, there is no 'South Detroit.' That would put the [city boy's] home somewhere in the depths of the Detroit River." (--If you're familiar with Detroit, you know that Detroit ends at downtown. Windsor, Canada, is south of the river. Below that, there are some towns that are referred to as "Downriver," but that area was rural back in the '80s.) (--There is a SOUTHWEST Detroit . . . where there's apparently some good Mexican food . . . but there's no "South Detroit." You can see a map, here.) --Steve, who's from San Francisco, tells "New York" magazine, quote, "I ran the phonetics of east, west, and north, but nothing sounded as good or emotionally true to me as South Detroit. The syntax just sounded right. --"I fell in love with the line. It's only been in the last few years that I've learned that there is no South Detroit. But it doesn't matter." -So why is "Don't Stop Believin'" set in Detroit to begin with? --Steve says it was written after the band stayed at a hotel in Detroit . . . and he remembered something that he saw out the window in the middle of the night. --He says, quote, "I was digging the idea of how the lights were facing down, so that you couldn't see anything. All of a sudden I'd see people walking out of the dark, and into the light. And the term 'streetlight people' came to me. --"So Detroit was very much in my consciousness when we started writing."

The Red Hot Chili Peppers Postponed Their Tour Because Anthony Kiedis Needed Foot Surgery:

The RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS have postponed their tour . . . because singer ANTHONY KIEDIS' foot was messed up, and he needed to get it fixed. --The Peppers released a statement saying, quote, "Anthony recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot and is expected to make a full recovery." --The tour was supposed to begin next Friday, but instead it'll start on March 29th. Make-up shows have been scheduled, and tickets for the old dates will be honored at the new ones. (--An updated itinerary is up at (--Anthony has been dealing with foot problems since the Peppers' Stadium Arcadium tour back in 2007. He recently said, quote, "I stayed out on tour with broken bones in my feet from jumping off the bass drum . . . (--"[It's] kind of agonizing, and it led to me being in a bad state of mind.") (--So, Anthony has been in agonizing pain since 2007 . . . and he waited five years, until right before their 2012 tour to go get it taken care of??? Either he's one hell of a stubborn guy . . . or we're missing something here.)

Madonna's New Album Is Titled "M.D.N.A.":

MADONNA has announced that her next album will be called "M.D.N.A.". It's expected to be released sometime in March. --Madonna said there's a chance it could be available sooner than that. If, quote, "people hack in to my server and leak it." (--And someone might. That's probably going to come off sounding like a challenge. You can't win.) --She didn't say what the title stands for . . . if anything. Maybe she just took four letters from her first name, and threw some periods in because she thought it looked cool. (--Maybe it's M.D.N.A. as in Madonna DNA . . . maybe it's an edgy play on MDMA, the acronym for the drug "ecstasy." Or maybe it's MD, NA . . . as in "Doctor, Not Available.") (--We did some additional digging for you on Google. There's a site called, which is the home of the Machinery Dealers National Association. It doesn't seem like something Madonna would reference on an album.) --By the way, Madonna was also recently asked for her thoughts on LADY GAGA . . . and she had this to say: Quote, "When I first saw her, I was really impressed by her and she was cool. She did remind me of me back in the day. --"I do think she is very talented." (--I guess that's an endorsement . . . but not a ringing one.)


Showbiz Extras . . . Random Links to Additional Stories:

The New York State Health Department investigated the hospital where BEYONCÉ gave birth, to determine whether complaints from other patients who say they were mistreated are true. Apparently they didn't find anything, because the case was dismissed. (Full Story)

Irish attention whore SINEAD O'CONNOR Tweeted yesterday that she needed help finding a psychiatrist because, quote, "I desperately need to get back on meds today. Am in serious danger." Then she Tweeted that she got the help she was looking for. (Full Story)

Step aside, CHAZ BONO. The formerly-female son of WARREN BEATTY and ANNETTE BENING is both transgender AND GAY. (Full Story)

LGBT Comedy: Top Pieces Of Advice For Chaz Bono Shopping For A Penis

"Napoleon Dynamite" star JON HEDER admits he's turned down a lot of "raunchy" movies because of his Mormon upbringing. (Full Story)

In her new book, JENNIFER HUDSON wrote that she turned down the lead role in "Precious" because she, quote, "wanted to try a role that had nothing whatsoever to do with my weight." But now, she claims weight had nothing to do with her decision. (Full Story)

First KELLY CLARKSON did it . . . and now, NICOLE SHERZINGER is following her lead by ENDORSING RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT. (Full Story)

WILL SMITH is hosting Nickelodeon's "25th Annual Kids Choice Awards". It airs live on March 31st. (Full Story)

THE SITUATION was on "Live with Kelly" yesterday . . . and he admitted that some stuff on "Jersey Shore" is STAGED. Then he said he was joking . . . but not everyone thinks he was. (Full Story and Video)

A Chicago woman recently had her name legally changed to MRS. KANYE WEST. She also has Kanye's name tattooed on her arm, and on her backside. (Full Story)

LA TOYA JACKSON will guest star on "90210" in February. (Full Story)

KE$HA has a new haircut. She shaved the side of her head. It looks as good as you'd expect. (Full Story)


Getting Into a Weekly Fight is Good for Your Marriage:

You know when you're having a fight with your husband or wife, and all of a sudden they bring up something you did like five weeks ago that's completely irrelevant to the fight at hand? That's because they've been holding it in. And that's NOT good. --According to a new survey out of India . . . but one that we think makes a LOT of sense here too . . . the KEY to a long and happy marriage is to get into a WEEKLY FIGHT. --And it makes sense. When you air your beefs once a week, it keeps little things from building up and becoming bigger deals than they should be. --The survey found that about 45% of couples fight weekly . . . and almost all of them agree they kinda like that. --It also found that some couples fight TOO much though . . . 12% of women and 8% of men say their spouse starts a fight with them DAILY. (Khaleej Times)

Owning a Car and a TV Makes You More Likely to Suffer a Heart Attack:

Shocking news . . . it turns out you should exercise and not sit around if you want to have a healthy heart. --This comes from a new study by researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden. They looked at more than 29,000 people in 52 countries. --People with so-called 'first-world' luxuries like a car and a television were 27% MORE LIKELY to suffer a heart attack than people who don't have either one. --We know what you're thinking: This is just a way to single out obese Americans. But the study found that 25% of people in poor and middle-income countries had cars and TVs, and they ALSO had a higher risk of heart attacks. --So the real problem is that if you have those two items, you're far more likely to lead a sedentary life. TV and car owners in rich countries are twice as likely to be sedentary at work and home. And they're FOUR TIMES as likely in poorer nations. --People who worked in more physically challenging jobs were less likely to suffer heart attacks, but the study found that leisure time was important too. --Doing any kind of exercise during your leisure time dropped your heart attack risk by between 13% and 24%, depending on how hard you worked. 70% of people who live in wealthy nations NEVER do anything in their free time that raises their pulse. (Breitbart)

Here Are the Five Car Companies With the Most Loyal Customers . . . and the Five With the Least Loyal:

J.D. Power and Associates released their annual Customer Retention Study of the auto industry.
--And nearly half of the people who bought a new car last year went with the same brand of their previous car. The 49% retention rate was up 1% from 2010. 19 of the 33 major car companies saw their retention rate increase from a year ago. --The most common reason people gave for switching brands was that the company didn't have the type of car they wanted. Other reasons were: The car cost too much to maintain, had too many problems, and didn't retain its value.

--Here are the companies with the best customer retention rates:

#1.) Hyundai: 64% of their customers stuck with them for their next car, up 4% from last year, when they were ALSO number one.

#2.) A tie between Ford and Honda, at 60%.

#3.) A tie between BMW and Kia, at 59%.

--Saab had the lowest retention rate, at just 7%. Behind them were Suzuki (20%), Dodge (21%), Scion (24%), and Chrysler (26%).

(PR Newswire)

Subway is the Most Beloved Brand in the U.S., Amazon is Second . . . Apple is Tenth:

Every year, a company called YouGov releases rankings of the most popular brands in the country. The results are based on surveying people about whether they've heard something positive or negative about a brand in the last two weeks. --Here are the top 10 most popular brands in the country. And they're not really what you'd expect.

#1.) Subway


#3.) History Channel (--proving their decision to STOP making shows about history and start making shows about pawn shops and aliens was a good idea.)

#4.) Google

#5.) Cheerios

#6.) Lowe's

#7.) Ford

#8.) Discovery Channel

#9.) Target

#10.) Apple


Really? People Spent $1 Billion on Crocs Last Year:

Think CROCS are ugly? Think the fad of wearing them is over? Think they're a gimmick that needs to die? It ain't happening. --Last year, Crocs made $1 BILLION in revenue . . . that's the most they've EVER made in their 10-year history. In other words, the fad isn't over . . . it's getting stronger. (Shine by Yahoo)

For the First Time Since 1965, Murder Isn't One of the Top 15 Causes of Death in the U.S.:

Let's all congratulate our fellow Americans. And it's okay . . . you can even walk up and congratulate a fellow American who's a stranger. Odds are he WON'T kill you. --The CDC just released its list of the top 15 causes of death in the U.S. for 2010. And for the first time since 1965 . . . that's 45 years . . . homicide did NOT crack the list. --In fact, you're now more likely to die from choking on your own vomit than from murder. --Homicide was bumped off the list by pneumonitis. That's a lung sickness that happens when food or vomit goes down your windpipe and causes damage to your lungs. It mostly happens in people 75 and older. --Heart disease was the number one killer in 2010, claiming more than 595,000 lives. Cancer was second, leading to more than 573,000 deaths. Chronic lower respiratory diseases were in a distant third, with over 137,000 deaths. --Pneumonitis led to 17,000 deaths, which put it in 15th place. Homicide is the 16th biggest cause of death, with just under 17,000. --There are a few main reasons for the drop in homicide deaths. One, better police work and public health programs aimed at stopping domestic violence. --And two, the population is OLDER than ever, and older people are less likely to be murdered. So, since a large segment of the population is now over 50, homicide death rates aren't as significant. (Washington Post)

A Woman Saves Her Own Life . . . By Coughing Up a Tumor:

Well this is ONE way to beat cancer, I guess. And even the most disgusting-sounding method of beating cancer is still beating cancer. --37-year-old Claire Osborn is a mother of six in Coventry, England. A few months ago she was driving and started coughing. She ended up coughing up a LUMP OF TISSUE that was the same color as LIVER. --Claire knew that ain't right, so she went straight to her doctor. --They tested the lump and found out it was a metastatic adenocarcinoma . . . which is a serious type of cancer that can form in the back of the mouth. --That's right . . . she COUGHED UP HER OWN CANCER. --It's SO aggressive that her doctors told her she'd still need chemo . . . even though she coughed up the bulk of it. But when they ran a test, they didn't find any traces of cancer left. She fully coughed up the entire thing.--Claire had no idea that she had cancer . . . so coughing it up definitely saved her life. --Doctors say Claire was lucky she coughed hers up . . . only about 5% of people with tumors in their mouth and throat find them accidentally. Usually they're found after someone notices symptoms, like trouble swallowing. (ABC News)

A Jet Ski Rider is Saved After Nine Hours . . . Thanks to His SpongeBob SquarePants Bathing Suit:

We've heard stories before about "SpongeBob SquarePants" saving lives . . . usually from kids learning mouth-to-mouth or how to dial 911 from watching the show. Well here's ANOTHER notch in SpongeBob's belt. --On Monday night, 29-year-old Eric Bettanin of Townsville, Australia was out Jet Skiing when his Jet Ski BROKE DOWN. He was stranded in the middle of the ocean. --He was stuck there for NINE HOURS until he saw a Coast Guard boat in the distance. He wanted to get their attention . . . and that's when he turned to SPONGEBOB. --Eric was wearing a bright yellow SpongeBob SquarePants bathing suit. So he took it off and started waving it at them. --That DID get the Coast Guard's attention, and they came over and rescued him. --The police say Eric is extremely lucky. Quote, "Given the choppy seas, strong winds, and the man's light clothing, he is extremely fortunate to have survived." --Eric is alive . . . but IS looking at a $153 fine for going more than two nautical miles from land without an emergency beacon. (Herald Sun) (--Here's a photo of Eric with his SpongeBob board shorts.)

Some Girl Scouts in Ohio Are Boycotting This Year's Cookie Sale . . . Because Their Campground Got Indoor Plumbing?

A group of Girl Scout troops in Northeastern Ohio are boycotting their annual cookie sale . . . because they think their new camp sites are too NICE. --Here's what happened: The Girl Scouts had seven camp sites in the area. They were "rustic" campgrounds, which means that the girls had to rough it when they camped there, including outhouses or "all-natural" bathrooms. --But the regional Girl Scout directors decided to sell five of the camps, and convert the other two into something called Premier Leadership Centers. They sound more like community centers than campgrounds, and include . . . INDOOR PLUMBING. --And apparently, that upset several Girl Scout leaders: They think the new sites de-emphasize camping, and staying there obviously wouldn't be the same experience as a rustic campout. --So the girls have formed a group called Trefoil Integrity, to fight to keep the campgrounds open. (--Trefoils are one of the cookies the Girl Scouts sell each year.) --And several troops have voted to cut off cookie sales, since cookies provide the main source of funding for the Ohio Girl Scout Council. (Chicago Tribune)


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

According to a new survey, frequent travel helps romantic relationships. And the top romantic destinations for Valentine's Day are San Diego . . . Savannah, Georgia . . . and Seattle. (Full Story)

62% of people say their love handles and stomach area are the part of their body they're most uncomfortable with. 45% would give up sex for a year to lose an inch . . . 66% would give up chocolate . . . and 75% would give up clothes shopping. (Full Story)

Pakistan is planning to level bin Laden's hideout on live TV, to prevent it from becoming a shrine. (Full Story)

A majority of people say they no longer care if their boss is male or female. (Full Story)


#1.) Jason Alexander Hits on 17-Year-Old Courtney Stodden in a New Video:

JASON ALEXANDER teamed up with DOUG HUTCHISON and his 17-year-old wife COURTNEY STODDEN for a new video on, and some people think it goes too far. --That's because at one point, Jason . . . who plays a Dr. Phil-type named Donny Clay . . . uses a cell phone to caress Courtney's CHEST while she's in a bikini. Then he spends the rest of the video hitting on her. --It's supposed to be a parody of when Dr. Drew did an ultrasound of Courtney's breasts in November to prove they're real. But Donny Clay says he wants to know what's in her HEART, and has some kind of iPhone app that can check. --Some parts of the video are funny, but some are just WEIRD . . . like when he talks to her about having sex behind the couch. (--Search for "The Donny Clay Show with Courtney Stodden.") (--WARNING: A 17-year-old being stroked by a 52-year-old is definitely sketchy, and the video also includes an unedited S-word and the line, "You are up my a***.")

#2.) Someone Prank Called C-SPAN and Asked About the Size of Mitt Romney's Junk:

Some guy prank called C-SPAN Tuesday morning and asked New Hampshire's Republican Party chairman Wayne MacDonald, quote, "Do you believe that Mitt Romney has a big penis?" --C-SPAN hung up on him immediately, but apparently they have an ISSUE with prank callers . . . or at least ONE. --There's a montage online of some guy who's gotten on the air at least half-a-dozen times. Topics have ranged from circumcision to the magazine "Tiger Beat". It's not clear if this was the same guy or not. (--Search for "Does Mitt Romney Have a Big Penis". He asks it at :28. The montage is on Search for "Waffle-Face C-SPAN Prank Calls. WARNING: The first video includes the word "penis." The second video includes the F-word.)

#3.) Have You Seen the Fake Video of Harrison Ford Watching "Indiana Jones" for the First Time?

In case you missed it, somebody took a video from last year of HARRISON FORD playing a video game called "Uncharted 3". And they superimposed scenes from the "Indiana Jones" movies on his TV screen . . . so it looks like he's watching THOSE, and he's totally into it. --It starts out explaining that Harrison has never seen the movies . . . which obviously can't be true. Then it shows him absolutely riveted. --It was posted last week, but now the people who made it have taken it a step further . . . and posted a video of him watching HIMSELF watch the movies. In other words, they took the video from last week and superimposed THAT on his TV screen. (--Search for "Harrison Ford Watches Indy for the First Time" and "Harrison Ford Watches Harrison Ford.")

#4.) The Newest Hollywood Beauty Secret Is Called . . . Photoshop:

Just about every photo you see in magazines has been airbrushed, which is why this commercial parody is so great. --It's on, and at first it seems like a regular ad for the next big 'Hollywood beauty secret.' But then 30 seconds in, you find out the name of the product is "Fotoshop" --According to the ad, it can brighten your eyes, whiten your teeth, clear up any blemishes . . . and even "adjust your race" if you want it to. (--Search for "Fotoshop by Adobe Jesse Rosten.")

Six Breakfast Foods That Help Fight Off a Cold:

More people get sick this time of year than any other. But eating the right things can help you stay healthy. If you're a fitness nut, you might know this stuff. But for the rest of us, here are six breakfast foods that help boost your immune system.

#1.) Blueberries. They have more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable, and also have vitamin C. They're good for breakfast because it's easy to put them on cereal, in yogurt, or in a shake.

#2.) Pumpkin Seeds. They're loaded with zinc, which is an ingredient in a lot of cold medicines, like Zicam nasal spray. They work well in cereal, yogurt, and oatmeal.

#3.) Eggs. You're probably already eating them. And that's good because they have a good amount of selenium, which is essential for your immune system. If you HATE eggs, you can also get selenium in milk or cottage cheese.

#4.) Papayas. An average papaya has more than three times the amount of vitamin C you need in a day. And they also have beta-carotene, which is another immune booster.

#5.) Lemons. Too much sugar can weaken your immune system. So using lemon whenever you can is better. Just don't put it in your coffee or tea if there's already milk in it. The acid from the lemon will make the milk curdle.

#6.) Kiwi. They're loaded with vitamin E, and one kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange. Plus, pound-for-pound they have almost as much potassium as bananas. And the antioxidants in kiwis are good for your respiratory system.



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