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The world is getting bigger – and so are its people. In 1981, fewer than one in nine people were considered obese. Now, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 19 of the 34 OECD member countries have a majority of their population that is either overweight or obese.
And when it comes to fat citizens, the U.S. is number one. According to data from the OECD, these are the 9 most obese countries in the world:
A Kansas woman could be called public enemy "number one" after she was busted for accosting an 11-year old girl and stealing ... her urine!
Crystal Hopper allegedly grabbed the child at a gas station and forced her to pee into a cup – because she needed a clean urine sample to use for a drug test. Hopper had failed one test and insisted that the results were wrong, offering to submit another sample. The court agreed, but rather than risk using her own fluids again, the woman went in search of a fresh source.
Hopper admitted taking the urine from the girl. She told detectives, “I don’t know why there was morphine in my urine ... so I asked her to pee in a cup, just in case.” (Wichita Eagle)
A woman in England feels that she has to quit her job … BECAUSE SHE’S TOO PRETTY.
33-year-old Laura Fernee claims that she can no longer work as a scientific researcher because “her slim figure and pretty face attracted unwanted attention from her male colleagues.” She also claims to be ostracized by her female co-workers because they’re jealous of her.
And while we respect any woman who feels that there is something keeping them from doing their job, we’ve seen pictures of Laura and we think she’ll probably be just fine in the workforce. (Daily Mail)
Actress Helen Mirren fulfilled a young man’s dying wish recently, by dressing up as the queen of England and having him over for tea and cookies.
10-year-old Oliver Burton is facing his third battle with cancer and also has down's syndrome. One of his biggest wishes was to go to Buckingham Palace and meet the Queen. But when the real Queen of England said she would not be able to meet with him, Dame Helen stepped in.
She sent a limo and paid for them to see her current play, in which she plays the Queen, and then invited Oliver and mother backstage, where Mirren, dressed as the Queen, introduced him to her corgis and her butler served tea. She even knighted him.
The best part is that Mirren was so convincing, little Oliver didn’t even know she wasn’t the Queen and he’s still riding high from the experience. (Daily Mail)
The killer tornado in Oklahoma didn't only affect those in the state. People all over the country were affected -- or at least their TV viewing.
CBS decided to pull Monday night's season finale of Mike & Molly because its plot featured a tornado.
The network said in a statement, "Due to the tragic events this afternoon in Oklahoma, we are pre-empting tonight's season finale of Mike & Molly, which has a related storyline."
Instead, the network opted to show a repeat, but added, "The season finale will be broadcast at an appropriate date."
The episode now on the shelf is titled Windy City. A network plot summary reads: "As [a] tornado descends on Chicago, Mike and Molly each confess important news to each other."
A British man is facing some hefty medical bills after having his injury claim denied by the insurance company of the getaway van driver he'd just pulled a heist with.
David Joyce said that he and his uncle had just stolen a set of ladders and were trying to make a speedy escape when he fell off the back of their vehicle and suffered a head injury. His lawyer told a judge that Joyce was justified in claiming compensation because he didn't think his uncle would be driving in as "reckless a manner as he did."
His first claim was rejected by a judge last year, and an appeals court kicked him to the curb yet again this past week. (Daily Mirror)
After all the crappy stories in the news lately about waitress humiliating their patrons, we thought we'd turn the tables – but in a good way ..
Cece Bruce has been working at the Indianapolis Steak 'n Shake for two years, while also putting herself through school, and in the time she struck up a nice little friendship with one of the regulars, a woman named Miss Jo.
Well, Miss Jo recently left CeCe a 7000% tip on her $6 check, which came out to a total of $451.97.
When asked why Miss Jo hooked Cece up so generously, she said she knew that the waitress had to pay a lot of bills. We love Miss Jo! (The Frisky)
1. Star Trek Into Darkness - $70.6 million 2. Iron Man 3 - $35.2 million 3. The Great Gatsby - $23.4 million 4. Pain & Gain - $3.1 million 5. The Croods - $2.8 million
Singers Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are reportedly joining the next season of X Factor.
According to TMZ the pair will be replacing Britney Spears and L.A. Reid and joining returning judges Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell.
TMZ says Kelly and Paulina "are in final negotiations to join the show, with only minor details left to be hammered out before they sign on."
Faith Hill could be sitting in the hot seat next to Simon Cowell on The X-Factor -- that is, if the rumor mill is cranking out the truth. Several gossip blogs are reporting that Faith, who just gave up her Sunday Night Football promo spot, is a prime contender for one of the judging positions on the show.
Pregnant teens are up against some discrimination in White Cloud, Michigan, right now.
The White Cloud School District is banning pregnant students from showing any belly in their yearbook photos, claiming it goes against their abstinence-only sex-ed policy.
If these girls want to be included in the memory book, they have to re-shoot from the waist up. (The Frisky)
If you had your heart set on buying the bikini Farrah Abraham wore on the cover of her sex tape, you'll have to wait a bit longer. eBay has pulled the listing because it hasn't been washed since the Teen Mom wore it.
TMZ says the auction site sent Vivid -- the porn studio behind the release of Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom -- an email, saying, "Due to health and hygiene concerns, our policy does not allow used clothing to be listed on the site unless the item has been washed first."
Before the listing was pulled, bidding had reached $14,700. Vivid will reportedly wash the pink two-piece and re-post it in a couple of days.
Blog Friday 5/17
Now you can own a little piece of history -- the bikini that Farrah Abraham wore for the cover shoot of her porn video.
Vivid Entertainment has put the item up on eBay with a minimum bid of $500. As of this morning (Thursday), there's one taker.
The item is listed as "used," and TMZ reports that this means it hasn't been washed since Farrah wore it for the shoot. There's apparently residue from her fake tan and glitter from her body lotion.
Bidding ends just before midnight on Wednesday.
The date has been set for the live TV presentation of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood as Maria Von Trapp. The three-hour event will air on NBC on December 5th -- kicking off the holiday season.
Carrie says she's thrilled to introduce the classic show to a new generation of fans.
A Michigan woman was left spinning her wheels during a robbery attempt – because she accidentally locked herself into her getaway car and was unable to leave the scene of the crime.
The woman, whose name was not released, loaded up the vehicle with items she stole from a hotel on the Upper Peninsula, but when she finished piling in the goods, she hopped in – and found out she didn't have the keys. That wouldn't normally be a problem, but the busted-up car had broken interior door latches and power windows -- meaning she couldn't even roll down the window to get out.
Workers noticed the missing items and spotted the panicked crook outside, so they called cops, who freed her from one lockup and drove her down to another one. (Click On Detroit)
Tim McGraw came to the rescue of a woman who collapsed during his show in Atlanta last weekend.
The woman, who's been identified only as Paula, says that when she came to, Tim was in front of her with a glass of water. He even kissed her forehead. Paula says she passed out because of the heat generated by the close quarters in the pit in front of the stage.
An ice cream parlor in London started selling breast milk ice cream – and, believe it or not, they can't keep the stuff in stock. The particular flavor, called Baby Gaga, comes from 15 different, um, suppliers, and is infused with vanilla and lemon zest. It sells for around $22 a scoop. (Mom.me)
Blog Thursday 5/16
A family that prays together ... walks naked in the street together? Well, at least that's what one North Carolina family believes. Cops responded to a call that a family was walking naked in the street, and when they arrived, that's exactly what they saw.
Two children, their mom and their grandmother were walking au naturel. Why were they doing it? The adults told cops that God told them to. The mother and grandmother were taken to the hospital for a physical and mental evaluation. (Charlotte Observer)
*JUST BE GLAD YOU’RE NOT ON THE STAFF ATPEOPLE MAGAZINE -- THEY PULLED AN INTENSEALL-NIGHTER THIS WEEK TO CHANGE THE COVER
-- MAGAZINES CLOSE ON MONDAY NIGHTS -- THAT SCHEDULE’S BEEN IN PLACE FOREVER -- IT’S THE REASON ANGELINA INSISTED ON HAVING HER
NEW YORK TIMES PIECE RELEASED MONDAY AT MIDNIGHT – IT’S WORTH NOTING THAT, EVEN THOUGH BRAD & ANGELINA HAVE WORKED WITH “PEOPLE” IN THE PAST, THEY DID NOTRELEASE AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT TO THEM, CHOOSING INSTEAD TO GO WITH “THE STANDARD” IN ENGLAND FOR BRAD PITT’S QUOTE -- STILL, “PEOPLE” CITED “UNNAMED SOURCES” CLAIMING ANGIE WILL GO AHEAD & HAVE HER OVARIES REMOVED
-- THE ACTUAL ARTICLE IS A MISH-MASH OF OLD PHOTOSAND ANCIENT QUOTES FROM OTHER MAGAZINES (LIKEESQUIRE IN 2007), PLUS TV INTERVIEWS (LIKE “60 MINUTES” IN 2011) – FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON, BRAD & ANGELINASTOPPED WORKING WITH “PEOPLE” LAST SEPTEMBER – THERE’S SPECULATION THAT A CERTAIN COVER STORY(ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE) PUT THEM OFF THE MAGAZINEFOREVER, BUT THAT ISN’T KNOWN FOR SURE – ALSO—AS WITH ANY STORY OF THIS MAGNITUDE—THERE’S ALREADY A GROWING BACKLASH, EVEN FROM SO-CALLED “FRIENDLY” PUBLICATIONS LIKE USA TODAY…
AFTER NEARLY THREE YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS (WHERE HIS RANKINGDROPPED AS LOW AS #58) TIGER WOODS IS AGAIN THE #1 GOLFER IN WORLD – HE RECLAIMED THE SPOT BACK ON MARCH 25th, ONE WEEK
AFTER ANNOUNCING HE WAS DATINGLINDSEY VONN
– CLEARLY SHE’S BEEN GOOD FOR HIS GAME
-- SO NOW HE WANTS TO MAKE HER HIS WIFE AND HAVE MORE KIDS – SHE’S AGREED, BUT THERE’S ONE MINOR COMPLICATION
-- A SOURCE CLOSE TO TIGER SAID “LINDSEY TOLD HIM SHE’D MARRY HIM, BUT SAID SHE WANTS HALF OF HIS
$600 MILLION DOLLAR FORTUNE IF
THEY DIVORCE. PLUS, AS INSURANCE AGAINST HIM STRAYING, SHE WARNED HIM HE’LL HAVE
TO PAY HER 20 MILLION FOR EVERY INCIDENT
OF CHEATING. SHE’S A SMART COOKIE, AND SHE’S MAKING TIGER PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS”
-- ANOTHER SOURCE SAID “PLAIN AND SIMPLE, LINDSEY DOESN’T TRUST TIGER, EVEN THOUGH SHE’S IN LOVE WITH HIM. SHE’S EVEN JOKED TO HIM THAT TIGERS RARELY CHANGE THEIR STRIPES. THE VERY TRAITS THAT HE APPRECIATES ABOUT LINDSEY—HER STRENGTH AND BRAINS—ARE COMING BACK TO BITE HIM IN THE BUTT.
Lady Antebellum's Golden is the nation's number-one album, according to the latest SoundScan figures. It sold 167,000 copies in its first week out, besting the Great Gatsby soundtrack by some 30,000.
But Charles Kelley says they didn't really have a plan when they were working on the album.
"We just try to pick the best songs. A lot of time it just comes down to that. That dictates everything. The songs kind of guide you in the right direction."
Jaden Smith has no plans to be emancipated -- not while he can still mooch off his old man.
Jaden set the record straight on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, saying, "See, here's the thing that you need to understand: I'm not going anywhere. The thing that people don't get is everything at this house is free! So I can get anything and everything at his house, so I'm going to be there 20, 30 more years."
Will Smith, who was also on Ellen, explained that he was joking when he said he was going to emancipate his son for his 15th birthday.
Jaden also joked that his father said he can move out only when he becomes a huge success. ''He says as soon as I have a movie that's bigger than one of his movies, I can get my own house.''
The father and son duo co-star in the upcoming sci-fi flick After Earth.
An Illinois man was arrested for drunkenly falling and passing out on his mother, pinning her to the kitchen floor for hours.
The 81-year-old woman was trapped beneath the weight of her son for several hours before she was finally able to get relatives to call police. When first-responders arrived at the residence, they reported that the legs of the mother and son were intertwined and the son as passed out on his mother. The mother was taken to the hospital where she had surgery on her hip, which was broken in three places.
Robert Golba, 55, was taken to the hospital to be treated for alcohol poisoning. Golba had an order of protection and under the terms he was not allowed in the residence under the influence of any drug or alcohol. Golba was charged with one count of felony violation of order of protection. (Now.MSN.com)
There’s no time more romantic than your honeymoon – unless you’re Mohammed Ahmed, that is.
The 21-year-old Illinois man was honeymooning in Florida, when he decided to leave his wife at the hotel and solicit a prostitute.
Unfortunately for him, the woman turned out to be an undercover cop, who ended up throwing him in jail.
When Ahmed didn’t returned to his room, his new wife got worried and called the sheriff’s office to report him missing.
(GATWICK, ENGLAND) Women carry a lot of things around in their handbags -- including germs. English cleaning services firm Initial Washroom Hygiene did a study that found women's handbags are home to more bacteria than the average toilet seat.
One out of five of the handbag handles tested contained enough bacteria to pose a risk to human health. And leather handbags had the most bacteria because the spongy texture provides the perfect growing conditions.
As for the inside of the bags … Bottles of hand cream were the biggest breeding ground for germs, but lipsticks and tubes of mascara were almost as bad.
The company's technical manager Peter Barrett explains, "Handbags come into regular contact with your hands and a variety of surfaces, so the risk of transferring different germs onto them is very high, especially because bags are rarely cleaned. And once these germs are on the bags, they're easily transferred by the hands to everywhere else."
Peter also says there's a simple solution to this contamination problem: Use an antibacterial wipe to clean your hands and bag on a regular basis.
*MAYBE YOU HEARD THAT, EARLIER THIS MONTH, GREEN DAY FRONTMAN BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONGCALLED SOUTH KOREAN POP STAR PSY “THEHERPES OF MUSIC”, EXPLAINING “JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT’S GONE FOREVER, IT COMES BACK”
-- NOW, FINALLY WE HAVE PSY’S RESPONSE – HE TOLD FUSE TV HE’S NOT INSULTED – HE SAID “I KIND OF LIKE IT. HE’S SAYING I’M LIKE HERPES THAT KEEPS COMING BACK. I THINK IT’S REALLY COOL. AND I APPRECIATE THAT” (END QUOTE) – SOME GUYS ARE JUST IMPOSSIBLE TO OFFEND…
Blog Wednesday 5/15
Kip Moore is an inked man!
With two number-one hits under his belt, Kip treated himself with a visit to a tattoo artist in Nashville to get his first piece on his right bicep. The ink is “Psalm 40” -- a Bible verse that motivated Kip to stay in Tennessee at a time when he'd almost given up on music and moved back home to Georgia.
Will Smith gave his son a movie career -- now he wants to give him his freedom.
Will plans to give Jaden the special gift of liberty for his 15th birthday this year. He tells London's Sun,"[Jaden] says, 'Dad, I want to be emancipated.' I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh.'"
Will says he understands his son's desire to be on his own, because he grew up with a strict father. "If kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand."
Father and son have appeared in three movies together, including the upcoming After Earth.
Christina Aguilera is returning to The Voice, Us Magazineconfirms.
The singer will be back in her coach's chair for the fifth season, while new additions,Shakira and Usher, will both likely take time off from the show. A source explains, "Shakira wants to take a season off to take care of the baby. She has an option to come back too. And Usher is doing a movie, so he couldn't do season five if they wanted him to."
Cee Lo Green is also reportedly in talks to return.
Before this year's Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars even began filming, Trace Adkins laid it on the line for his cast mates who were, well, acting like celebrities.
He told them, "OK, lets just get this out of the way right now. If any of our careers were going great, none of us would be here. So I don't want to any of this diva prima donna bull from any of you all." Trace added that if he had a hit last year, he wouldn't be there at all.
Trace is in the top two going into Sunday night's finale. The show airs at 8 p.m. on WTVA.
20 kids were in a limo on the way to their high school prom in Florida when a van flipped right in front of them.
Dressed in tuxedos, dresses and high heels, the teenagers scrambled out of the car and helped save the five adults and two kids that were trapped inside.
Even though the students were left startled and a bit traumatized, they still went to the prom ... and their friends even helped the kids get the blood out of their prom clothes. (NPR)
Blog Tuesday 5/14
Like expensive burgers? How about one that costs $325,000? While tasting a burger this expensive might be tempting, there's something you should know first: The reason this burger is so expensive is because it was grown in a lab from 20,000 thin strips of "cultured muscle tissue."
Yep, lab-burgers are being tested to see if the middle man – or "middle cow," actually – can be all but eliminated in the future, thus helping the environment and possibly convincing vegetarians to consume meat.
According to researchers, “It’s really about the conversion of feed to meat … In cultured meat production it’s much more efficient; only the meat is produced, and not all the other parts.” You want fries with that? (Jezebel)
(GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND) Both men and women lie to their partners. But when online retailer MyCelebrityFashion.co asked 1,400 women between 18 and 30 just what they lied to their partners about, 52% of the women said they claimed to have slept with fewer people than they actually had.
The second most-common lie told by women was the reason they broke up with their previous lover (38%), followed by: How much they spent on clothes (33%), their job (28%), their financial situation (25%), their age (18%), their cheating (18%), their weight (12%), the size of their breasts (9%), and their natural hair color (5%).
Despite this appetite for deception, 63% of the women surveyed said lying led to arguments in a relationship -- and 55% said they'd be "upset" if their partner lied to them. Another 21% said they'd be "angry." And 13% said they'd stop trusting their partner.
So why did these women lie? 55% of them said they did it to make their partner like them more. As has been said, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics …
Beyonce is no stranger to a lavish life, but Bey's tour rider was allegedly leaked online – and some interesting things were revealed.
Rumor has it that she demands that the bathrooms in her dressing rooms have new toilet seats, and must feature a special (and expensive) red toilet paper.
These rolls, which are lightly scented and three-ply, are about $3 a pop and come from a European company called Renova.
(DALLAS, TEXAS) Dogs are a man's -- or a woman's -- best friend. They're also good for your health. The American Heart Association compared studies from around the world and found that pet ownership -- particularly dog ownership -- "is positively associated with a decreased risk of heart disease."
There are two reasons for this. One is that people who own dogs walk them, so they walk more than the average person -- and this has a beneficial effect on their levels of obesity and cholesterol. It also reduces their stress levels. Or … it just might be that healthier people are more likely to be animal lovers.
Baylor University professor Dr. Glen Levine, who headed the study, says, "People take better care of themselves if they have a strong bond with their pet, and they're more motivated to live longer. But you can't adopt a dog or cat, then sit on the couch eating potato chips and smoking cigarettes and assume you're going to live forever."
(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Rednecks are everywhere. But where are you most likely to find them? To answer this burning question, Austin,Texas real estate blogger Natalie Grigson ranked cities all acrossAmerica according to such "redneck friendly" criteria as:
The percentage of the city's population that didn't complete high school. The number of NASCAR tracks close by. And the numbers of guns and ammo stores, taxidermists, cowboy boot stores, Country radio stations, Walmarts, and riding lawn mower and tractor repair shops per capita.
Natalie got all this information from the U.S Census Department and YellowPages.com. And she found the No. 1 "redneck" city in America was … Atlanta, followed by Kansas City, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Nashville, Tulsa, Fort Worth, Arlington, Texas; Sacramento, Cleveland, and Mesa, Arizona.
Natalie says, "If your city's number ranking is smaller than the number of cars in your yard, you just might be a redneck."
*BROOKE MUELLER AND LINDSAY LOHAN HAVE MORE IN COMMON THAN JUST BEING TREATED AT THE BETTY FORD CLINIC – 2 DAYS AFTER DOCTORS STOPPED GIVING LOHAN ADDERALL, CHARLIE SHEEN’S EX-WIFE HAD HER SUPPLY OF THE DRUGCONFISCATED
-- IT WAS PRETTY MUCH A NO-BRAINER – BROOKE IS IN THERE FOR AN ADDICTION TO CRYSTAL METH: ADDERALL IS A MILDER, PHARMACEUTICALVERSION OF THAT – A SOURCE AT THE CLINIC SAID “WHENEVER BROOKE GOES OFF ADDERALL, SHE COMPLAINS SHE GAINS WEIGHT. BUT SHE SAYS SHE’S TAKING IT FOR ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER. SO THEY GAVE HER ADIFFERENT PILL FOR THAT WHICH WON’T TRIGGER A RELAPSE. AND NOW SHE’S EXTREMELY UPSET”
-- ACCORDING TO THIS SOURCE “WORKING OUT TO STAY IN SHAPE ISN’T SOMETHING BROOKE DOES. SHE SMOKES LIKE A CHIMNEY AND HAS TERRIBLE EATING HABITS. SHE EATS JUNK FOOD NON-STOP AND HAS A WEAKNESS FOR DORITOS”
-- HERE’S AN AMAZING FACT: LOHAN’S BEEN TO REHAB 6 TIMES: BROOKE’S BEEN TREATED FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE A TOTAL OF 20 TIMES! – IF THAT’S NOT A NEW RECORD, IT MUST BE CLOSE…
AN IMPORTANT STORY BROKE LAST NIGHT: ANGELINA JOLIE HAS AN OP-ED PIECE IN TODAY’S NEW YORK TIMES, WHERE SHE BRAVELY REVEALS SHE HAD A “PREVENTATIVE” DOUBLE MASTECTOMY AFTER FINDING OUT SHE HAD A GENE WHICH INCREASED HER RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER -- DOCTORS TOLD HER SHE HAD AN 87% CHANCE OF GETTING IT, AND A 50% CHANCE OF GETTING OVARIAN CANCER -- SO A LITTLE OVER THREE MONTHS AGO, SHE UNDERWENT THE FIRST OF MANY MEDICAL PROCEDURES, INCLUDING GETTINGRECONSTRUCTIVE IMPLANTS -- HER DOUBLE MASTECTOMY WAS FINISHEDAPRIL 27th – SO NOW, HER CHANCES OF GETTING BREAST CANCER HAVE DROPPED FROM 87% TO 5%
-- SHE WRITES (QUOTE) “I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE A PARTNER, BRAD PITT, WHO IS SO LOVING AND SUPPORTIVE. SO TO ANYONE WHO HAS A WIFE ORGIRLFRIEND GOING THROUGH THIS, JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE TRANSITION. BRAD WAS AT THE CENTER WHERE I WAS TREATED FOR EVERY MINUTE OF THE SURGERIES. WE MANAGED TO FIND MOMENTS TO LAUGH TOGETHER. WE KNEW THIS WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR OUR FAMILY AND THAT IT WOULD BRING US CLOSER. AND IT HAS.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I DO NOT FEEL ANY LESS OF A WOMAN. I FEELEMPOWERED THAT I MADE A STRONG CHOICE THAT IN NO WAY DIMINISHES MY FEMININITY”…Definitely worth reading. It’s OnlineNow.notlong.com
Blog Monday 5/13
Since Blake Shelton will be working on their second wedding anniversary Tuesday, he met wife Miranda Lambert on tour Thursday in Bakersfield, California to ring in the anniversary of Blake’s proposal. Miranda was in town on the Locked & Reloaded tour withDierks Bentley when Blake surprised the audience mid-concert with his latest single “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Post-show Miranda tweeted , “Thanks Bakersfield for a great night! Hope you liked the surprise! Greatest fans in the world. And three years ago today @blakeshelton asked me to marry him. Pretty great moment in my life … I really like him!”
Blake was the first to respond, retweeting, “She likes me!”
Good news/bad news regarding two ABC shows: Nashville has been picked up for a second season, while Reba McEntire’s sitcom Malibu Country has been dropped after one season.
The official Twitter account for Nashville revealed Friday, “Breaking <a class="_hootified" a="" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.premiereprep.com/layout/set/print/prnshared/prnprint#" href="http://www.premiereprep.com/layout/set/print/prnshared/prnprint#" #nashville"="" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 153); text-decoration: none; font-weight: bold;">#Nashville has officially been picked up for season two!” The news sent cast mates Clare Bowen(Scarlett), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Ray Wisdom (Coleman Carlisle) and Hayden Panettiere (Juliette) into a frenzy with celebratory Twitter posts. Hayden tweeted, “NASHVILLE SEASON 2! I’ve finally finished jumping up and down on the bed with excitement! Ah!”
Meanwhile, Reba took to Twitter to share her bad news with followers on Saturday,posting , “So I guess you’ve all heard we did not get a second season pick up for@Malibu_Country. Not to worry. Everything happens for a reason! :) Here’s to our new and exciting adventure, whatever it may be. So looking forward to it. Love you all for your constant support!”
Congratulations go out to Darius Rucker, who received an honorary doctorate of music at his Alma mater, the University of South Carolina over the weekend.
Darius was one of the speakers at the Saturday morning commencement, recalling his time at USC where he formed Hootie & Blowfish with three fellow students in 1986. In his speech, Darius described living in the Moore men’s residence hall, singing Billy Joelalone in a shower that he jokingly described “as a big prison bathroom” with six showerheads and no curtain. He also encouraged students to make the most out of their education, saying, “I want you to take time, take some real time [and] find something that makes you want to give ‘til it hurts.” Source: The State
Seth Meyers is moving from Saturday Night Live to Late Night.
The Weekend Update anchor has been named Jimmy Fallon's replacement as host of the NBC late-night talk show. Jimmy is moving to The Tonight Show in 2014.
The show will be renamed Late Night With Seth Meyers, with his SNL boss Lorne Michaels as executive producer. Seth joked, "I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car." He added, "12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."
The premiere date for Late Night With Seth Meyers hasn't been announced yet.
A brother and sister in Florida were bagged by police ... after making off with with a van full of Frito-Lay products.
Darren Hagerman, 25, and Jessica Huggar, 22, were arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft after police caught the pair pulling away from a Frito factory in Ocala, Florida. Darren and Jessica were stopped after cops spotted a two-year-old jumping around in the backseat of their vehicle, which was filled with hundreds of bags of potato chips, Cheetos and pork rinds.
Darren allegedly told police that they took the snacks from a dumpster behind the factory as a way to make money. They later found out that Darren had a master key that worked on the gate lock to the plant. According to a few staffers, they’ve been chasing Darren away from the plant for years. The toddler was taken to a relative after the siblings' arrests. (Yahoo)
Taco Bell is testing a new taco -- for breakfast. Never mind that old Mexican-inspired morning favorite the breakfast burrito; the folks are Taco Bell are testing a Waffle Taco at select locations in Orange County, California.
The new creation, which is being sold for 89 cents, features scrambled eggs and sausage folded into a waffle, with syrup instead of hot sauce. It's only being offered from 7 through 11 a.m. at select locations.
On this day (May 13th) in 1958, Velcro became a registered trademark. The widely used fabric hook-and-loop fastener, with its cringe-worthy ripping sound, was invented by a Swiss engineer in 1941.
Blog Friday 5/10
Randy Jackson is done with American Idol.
Randy -- the last remaining original judge -- tells E! News, "After 12 years of judging onAmerican Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."
This comes on the heels of a report that all four current judges are to be fired at the end of the season. Idol is suffering through its worst ratings in its 12-season history.
You may find this story hard to swallow – but a man is telling the tale of how he was swallowed by a hippo ... and survived.
17 years ago, travel guide Paul Templer was leading a group of clients in kayaks near Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls when they encountered a rogue hippo, which flipped a colleague’s boat.
Just before Paul reached the boat to save his fellow guide, he was engulfed in darkness ... in a place he says was slimy and smelled of rotten eggs. Having realized he had been swallowed by the hippo, Paul somehow managed to escape during the animal's next breath. But the hippo wasn’t going to let him get away without a fight, leaving Paul with almost 40 puncture wounds before the animal submerged again.
Doctors initially believed that both Paul’s arms and part of his injured leg would have to be amputated. But in the end, he lost only his left arm. Paul still works as a travel guide today. His essay in the U.K.’s The Guardian has since gone viral. (People)
DATELINE: CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA) Two men went to a remote area near Babcock State Park last Wednesday so they could steal copper wire from high-tension lines -- after shooting them down with a rifle.
The shooter's aim was true, but when the lines fell to earth, one man became tangled up in the downed lines -- and he was electrocuted. After emergency dispatchers received a 911 call, local deputies and National Parks Service Rangers arrived at the scene -- and arrested 22-year-old Charles Norris for attempting to commit a felony and disruption of a public utility.The dead man was not identified pending notification of his family.
(DESBOROUGH, ENGLAND) Call it puppy love. An English woman, Sue Doherty, spent $800 so her dog -- a six-year-old Spitz named Sheena -- could be married to her friend Sue Wilding's dog, a year-old Pomeranian named Gethin.
The two canines met at a weekly dog show that both women attend eight months ago and it was apparently love at first bite.
The cost of the wedding included $238 for renting the venue, $124 worth of custom-made dresses for the "bride" and "groom," a $116 custom-made cake, $77 worth of flowers, and $238 worth of food (which was mostly dog biscuits).
The dogs walked down the aisle to the sounds of the Proclaimers' "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" and Paul Anka's "Puppy Love." Animal registrar performed the ceremony, where their bow vows were: "I promise to bark when you bark. To run to the door when you do. I will share all my toys, treats, bones, and bed with you. As our eight paws become four, I will love you now and forever." Then they exchanged ring toys. Woof!
(BALTIMORE, MARYLAND) This Sunday is Mother's Day. And one of the longest-lasting decisions a mother -- and father -- will make is what to name their children. Do you choose something traditional -- or do you pick something a little different that will reflect your child's individuality?
The Social Security Administration just released a list of the most-popular baby names that were given out in 2012. And Jacob topped the boys' list -- for the 19th year in a row -- followed by Mason, Ethan, Noah, William, Liam (which made its Top 10 debut, pushing out Daniel), Jayden, Michael (which was No. 1 from 1961 to 1998), Alexander, and Aiden. Sophia was the most-popular name for girls -- it's been No. 1 since 2010 -- followed by Emma, Isabella, Olivia, Ava, Emily (which was No.1 from 1996 to 2007), Abigail, Mia, Madison, and Elizabeth (which bumped Chloe out of the Top 10). But what names are becoming more popular? For boys, it's Major, followed by Gael, Jase, Messiah, Brantley, Iker, King, and Rory -- all of which jumped more than 100 spots on the list of 500 most-popular names.
The girl's name that gained the most in popularity was Arya, followed by Perla, Catalina, Elisa, Raelynn, Rosalie, Haven, Raelyn, Briella, Marilyn, Adelynn, and Hanna. All of these jumped more than 100 spots last year.
Two factors are making certain names more popular. One is the growth of America's Latino population, as reflected in names like Gael, Perla, Elisa, Iker, and Catalina.
The other is the names of celebrities' children like Mason (Kourtney Kardashian's son) and Jayden (Britney Spears's son) or characters from popular movies and TV shows like Arya -- or Aria -- from Game Of Thrones and Pretty Little Liars and Cataleya (which was the name of Zoe Saldana's character in Columbiana and is also a variation of Catalina). It's better than naming your child after a product, like "Skype" …
Blog Wednesday 5/8
The country is still captivated by the three women who were freed from captivity on Monday and the good Samaritan who helped free them, Charles Ramsey.
The restaurant dishwasher, who has become a viral video sensation, told CNN'sAnderson Cooper on Tuesday that he's now having trouble sleeping because he was living right next to the house where the captive women were being held and didn't know it.
(LONDON, ENGLAND) It's not exactly like stealing money from your kid's piggy bank, but when online shopping site CouponCodes4u asked 2,600 U.S. parents if they'd ever taken money out of their children's savings accounts -- 49% of them admitted they'd done this. And 51% of them said they didn't feel guilty about it!
36% of the people who'd taken this money said they needed the cash to pay bills. And 29% said they took it to pay off debts. But 18% said they used this money to buy birthday presents -- and 12% said they spent this money on a family vacation. Almost half the people who admitted to taking money from their children's saving accounts said they didn't replace it -- because they couldn't afford to.
One out of three parents said they might take money from their kids' savings accounts -- but only if they needed it to pay health-related bills. And 17% said they'd NEVER take this money, either because they didn't want to jeopardize their child's future -- or because they'd feel guilty for doing it.
But only one-third of Americans said they'd set up savings accounts for their kids. One out of four said they put money into these accounts every month, but 46% said they did this "whenever they could." Another 46% said they had no saving accounts for their kids, so they couldn't raid them if they wanted to.
*AFTER 25 YEARS, PRIME TIME’S LONGEST-RUNNING SHOW “COPS” IS LEAVING FOX TV – IT HAS ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE THEME SONGS IN TV HISTORY, WHICH JUST ABOUT ANYONE COULD SING RIGHT NOW IF YOU ASKED – THEGOOD NEWS FOR FANS IS THAT IT’S ALREADY BEEN PICKED UP BY SPIKE TVAND WILL CONTINUE TO AIR THERE AT ITS REGULAR 8 PM TIME SLOT – BY THE WAY, EVERY ALLEGED CRIMINAL YOU’D SEE HAD TO SIGN A RELEASE FORM BEFORE THEY COULD BE SHOWN ON CAMERA – THE PRODUCERS PAID THEIR FINES, EVEN FOOTED THE BILL FOR LAWYERS IF THEY WERE NEEDED…
Blog Tuesday 5/7
With a gazillion apps clogging up our smartphones, celebrities are now getting in on the act.
Here are a few of the stranger ones:
Tyra’s SMIZE YOURSELF app – Tyra Banks shows you how to “smize” (smile with your eyes).
Dwayne Johnson’s Rockpocalypse by Dwayne – Fight zombies that are running loose on The Rock’s movie set. And eat pie and get tattoos.
Britney Spears’ It’s Britney app – You can actually insert Brit-Brit into your photos. Have fun with that.
Samuel L. Jackson’s iSam app – This app acts as a soundboard for all your favorite Samuel-isms. (Gizmodo)
Blog Monday 5/6
*WHO EVER HEARD OF THIS? LINDSAY LOHAN IS AT THE BETTY FORD CLINIC AND IT’S NOT COSTING HER A NICKEL – NOT ONLY THAT, THE REASON SHE WALKED IN AND THEN TURNED AROUND & WALKED OUT OF HER PREVIOUS CLINIC (THE ONE IN NEWPORT BEACH) IS THAT WAS SHE WAS EXPECTING $30,000FROM
THEM [CALLED AN “HONORARIUM”, PROBABLY FOR ALL THE PUBLICITY AND FUTURE CLIENTS SHE’D BRING]
-- BUT WHEN THEY DIDN’T COME THROUGH WITH THE CASH, SHE ACCEPTED AN OFFER TO STAY FREE AT BETTY FORD – ALL THIS INFO COMES FROM VETERAN REPORTER ROGER FRIEDMAN AT FOX NEWS – HE SAYS “BETTY FORD DID SUCH A BAD JOB WITH HER THE 1st TIME SHE WAS THERE, THEY WANTED A 2nd CHANCE” [THAT’S WEIRD – USUALLY IT’S DRUGGIES ANDCRIMINALS WHO WANT SECOND CHANCES, NOT REHAB CLINICS]
-- SO NOW LINDSAY IS AT THE FAMOUS FACILITY, WHERE SHE’LL DO HER 90 DAYS AT NO COST, ALSO SMOKE HER BRAINS OUT (AND POP HER PILLS) -- IF ALL THIS PANS OUT, SOME OF THE CREDIT MUST BELONG TO HER LAWYERSHAWN HOLLEY -- FRIDAY MORNING IT WAS REPORTED THAT (AFTER BEGGING HER ALL DAY THURSDAY) HOLLEY TOOK HER BACK – NO ONE’S EVEN SURE WHY LOHAN FIRED HER IN THE FIRST PLACE – SHE’S ONE OF THETOP ATTORNEYS IN L.A. – SHE WAS THE LATE JOHNNIE COCHRAN’S RIGHT HAND MAN [WOMAN] – SHE LEARNED MORE FROM HIM THAN SHE DID AT LAW SCHOOL -- MAYBE YOU DIDN’T LIKE THE VERDICT, BUT COCHRAN—AND SHAWN HOLLEY—GOT OJ SIMPSON OFF FOR A DOUBLE MURDER DESPITEOVERWHELMING DNA EVIDENCE – AS FOR THE BUMBLING NEW YORK LAWYER SHE HIRED, HE’S LONG GONE…
Charlie Sheen's twin boys have been removed from their mother Brooke Mueller's home -- reportedly because she's fallen back off the wagon.
According to TMZ, officials removed the four-year-olds from the home because they deemed it an "unsafe environment." But the boys aren't staying with Charlie -- they're with his ex, Denise Richards.
A hearing is set for next week to try to come up with a more permanent arrangement.
Here comes the bride...in a camo wedding dress?
Yes, that's what Honey Boo Boo star Mama June (aka June Shannon) wore when she got hitched to Mike Thompson (aka Sugar Bear) Sunday in their Georgia backyard. Sugar Bear donned camo pants, by the way.
Friends and family, including Honey Boo Boo herself (Alana Thompson) and big sisters Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs, joined the couple as cameras rolled on the Cinco de Mayo ceremony. June said, "My sister baked the cake, and we spent most of the money on barbecue. We stayed true to our roots and made the focus on the family and my commitment to Sugar Bear. You can definitely plan an event on a budget!"
According to People magazine, the two won't say whether they've actually gotten married -- or just recommitted to each other.
A Florida man who was found to have a pocketful of crack cocaine told cops that he couldn't have committed the crime of drug possession – because he'd just committed the crime of stealing the pants he was wearing, and hadn't even checked the pockets.
Johnny McCoy was initially detained for riding a bicycle without the necessary lights, and when cops asked if he had anything illegal on his person, he said no – but when an officer checked his pants' pockets, he found a handful of crack rocks.
McCoy insisted he had no idea about the history of the traveling pants, since he'd just stolen them from a church. He's being held on drug charges. (TC Palm)
Blog Tuesday 5/2
A Florida man ended up getting grilled by cops after he repeatedly called them to ask that they grill up and deliver him some burgers – along with side orders of Kool-Aid and weed.
Jarvis Sutton called 911 nearly 80 times with his order, but couldn't find any first-responders willing to fill it. After a few hours of non-stop calls, they did send over a patrol car to arrange for a different sort of delivery – namely, taking Sutton to jail on charges of abusing the 911 system.
To prove that he really did need the burgers, Sutton treated himself to a snack on the way to the lockup – he chewed through and ate the foam surrounding the metal caging in the back of the patrol car. (Tampa Bay Times)
(WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND) Question: Would you name your child Lucifer? Or Christ Or Anal? These are just some of the names that parents in New Zealand have tried to give their children.
But New Zealand's Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages doesn't allow people to give their children names that "cause offense to a reasonable person" or are "unreasonably long" or "resemble an official title and rank." So people who wanted to name their kids, Prince, Princess, Royale, Eminence, Honor, Bishop, Justice, Majesty, Constable, President, Saint, or Messiah were out of luck.
Same goes for people who wanted to name their child Rogue, 4Real, Mafia No Fear, and Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. Names that were single letters (T or J, etc.), double initials (SP, H-Q, A.J.), numbers (3rd, 5th, 89), Roman numerals (III, VI), or symbols (asterisk, period, the star sign) were also rejected. But "Neveah" -- heaven spelled backwards -- and "Phoenix" were two of the most popular names given to children in New Zealand in 2012.
New Zealand isn't the only country where names must be approved. Iceland is one andSweden -- where rejected names included Superman and Metallica -- is another. But seriously, aren't Chief, King, Baron, Duke, or Lady the names you'd give your dog?
Move over ranch dressing ... there’s a new dip in town.
America is being bombarded with a growing demand for hummus.
The creamy Middle Eastern cuisine staple is gaining such popularity that U.S. farmers are even trading in their tobacco crops for chickpea crops – and at lightning fast speed!
And Sabra, the main hummus supplier, is about to spend ... wait for it… $86 million to expand its plant in Richmond, Virginia.
Time to get friendly with the garbanzo bean – because it ain’t going anywhere! (Yahoo)
Blog Wednesday 5/1
A California man is suing a major airline for a half million bucks after he says it sent his reputation down the toilet – by having him detained for not flushing after visiting the facilities in mid-flight.
Salvatore Bevivino says that the problems started shortly after takeoff when he pushed a call button to request that a flight attendant bring him a soda – only to be told that he had to order his beverage from a touch screen system instead. He said it didn't work and stopped another attendant and asked for a drink once again, and finally got one – but when he got up to use the bathroom after downing it, things got weird.
One of the crew claims that Bevivino began spouting obscenities, which he denies, and that he refused to flush. The pilot had him detained after landing as "a person of suspicion," which he claims caused him "humiliation, emotional distress and damage to his personal reputation" – a combo platter he believes is worth a cool half-mil. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A New Hampshire man probably realizes he waited too long to split from a carnival – after spending his entire life savings at a game booth and coming away with nothing but a stuffed banana.
Henry Gribbohm says that he was trying to win an X-Box for his kids at the booth, but ended up dropping a whopping $2600 and "winning" the large yellow toy – which is topped with a wig of dreadlocks. The game involved tossing balls into a tub, and he says that when he practiced, it seemed easy enough, but something changed when he started playing for the prize and the balls kept popping out.
Gribbohm came back to complain the next day, and the operator offered him $600, which he took, but says he's still planning to sue. The carnival operator says it's "pretty next to impossible” to lose that much money at the game. (CBS)
If you like spin class and swimming, you’re going to love the new exercise trend out of New York.
Aqua Studio has a new class called underwater cycling – where the bikes are actually submerged in water.
If this seems to worry you, don’t be nervous. Cycling in the pool is supposed to be easier! (Yahoo)
Some guys like skirts on a woman. No, not like … LOVE.
In fact, one man claims that 99% of men prefer women in a skirt over a pair of pants. (Jezebel)
TMZ reports that the actress hit the NYC bar scene Monday night -- four days before she's due to start her court-ordered stint in rehab -- and she behaved herself.
Linds reportedly hung out at The Bitter End to watch some of her pals perform at a Jam Fest event and drank only soda. An eyewitness says she was so "very well behaved" that people in the joint barely noticed her.
Lindsay is expected to enter a treatment center in the Hamptons on May 2nd, where she's supposed to stay for 90 days.
*FROM NOW ON, THE BEST THING TO DO WITH FARRAH ABRAHAM IS JUST IGNORE HER: THE HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT (WHO LATER GOT A GED DEGREE)
SAYS SHE’S USING HER SEX TAPE MONEYTO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO GET AMASTER’S DEGREE – ONE SOURCE SAID “IN WHAT? LUBRICANT?” – NOT ONLY THAT, TMZ WAS THE FIRST TO REPORT SHE WAS GETTING IN THE “HIGH 6 FIGURES” TO SIGN WITH VIVID VIDEO – THE MEDIA ROUNDED IT OFF AND CALLED IT “A MILLION” – BUT ORIGINALLY FARRAH SAID SHE WANTED $2 MILLION – SO NOW, WITHOUT TELLING VIVID VIDEO, TMZ, ORANYONE ELSE, SHE CLAIMS SHE WAS PAID $1.7 MILLION, NEARLY TWICE THE AMOUNT REPORTED
– EVER SINCE “TEEN MOM”, SHE’S TRIED
AND FAILED TO REMAIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT, SIGNING WITH A MODELING AGENCY (WHERE SHE ENDED UP WALKING A RUNWAY THAT LOOKED SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE A STRIP CLUB) – SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK FOR HER, PUT HER NAME ON IT, AND IT’S ALREADY OUT OF PRINT -- THEN SHE DECIDED TO BE A SINGER, AND LATER TWEETED THAT HER MUSIC SUCKED, AND IF IT WASN’T FOR AUTOTUNE, IT’D BE UNLISTENABLE…
Blog Tuesday 4/30
A businessman in Queens, New York, started a privately funded nonprofit organization called Pet Food Stamps to help people who are down on their luck feed their pets.
Marc Okon was saddened to hear stories of poor people who would feed their pets before themselves, so he started the program, which lets people who are already on government assistance apply for free pet food. (Fox News)
The minor-league Toledo Mud Hens are celebrating their upcoming Star Wars weekend by having the players wear Chewbacca jerseys.
To be clear here, they’re not wearing Chewbacca costumes – which would be even more awesome.
Instead, they’re wearing normal weight baseball jerseys that make them look like they’re furry and have Chewy’s ammunition belt slung over their shoulders.
And, just in case you wanted to look like a baseball-playing wookie, the jerseys will be auctioned off after the weekend is over. (Yahoo Sports)
*THE LAST TIME THE COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GOT THIS MUCH ATTENTION, KATE UPTON WAS BURSTING OUT OF HER BIKINI – IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD, THE COVER THIS WEEK FEATURES NBA VETERAN JASON COLLINS– NOW 34, AND PLAYING FOR HIS 6th TEAM, HE’SNOT A SUPERSTAR: BUT HE IS IN THEDEPARTMENT OF COURAGE – AS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SAYS “TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MEN HAVE PLAYED IN THE NFL, NBA, NHL ANDMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. UNTIL NOW, NONE REVEALED THEY WERE GAY UNTIL AFTER THEY RETIRED” -- SUPPORT FOR COLLINS WAS INSTANT: EVERYONE FROM SHAQUILLE O’NEAL TO THEPRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES – SHAQ SAID “CHARACTER IS FOUND IN THOSE WHO LEAD. I AM SO PROUD OF MY FRIEND JASON COLLINS FOR SHOWING ALL OF US WHAT LEADERSHIP LOOKS LIKE” – ONE OF THE MOST LEGENDARY PLAYERS IN HISTORY (NOW A BROADCASTER) CHARLES BARKLEY SAID “THIS WAS A GREAT DAY FOR THE NBA” – LATER HE ADDED “WE’VE ALL PLAYED WITH GAY GUYS, IT’S NOT REALLY A BIG DEAL” – BUT IT IS: OTHERWISE, WHY WOULD HE GET A PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM THE PRESIDENT, OFFERING HIM SUPPORT AND CONGRATULATIONS ON HIS COURAGE?-- THERE ARE A MILLION SIDEBARS TO THE STORY, HERE’S ONEOF THEM: HE CHOSE HIS JERSEY #98 IN HONOR OF MATTHEW SHEPARD, THE VICTIM OF A GAY HATE CRIME IN 1998 – THEN THERE’S THE SOON-TO-BE-FIRED JACKASS ON ESPN, CHRIS BROUSSARD (brew-SARD), WHO CALLED COLLINS A (QUOTE) “SINNER, OPENLY REBELLING AGAINST GOD” – ESPN HAD TO ISSUE A “PRE-FIRING” APOLOGY, SAYING “WE’RE FULLY COMMITTEDTO DIVERSITY AND WELCOME JASON COLLINS’ ANNOUNCEMENT”…
Blog Monday 4/29
There are a million ways to motivate you to lose weight, but few are more stressful than the newest trend to hit the market.
It's called Fitbit and is a "doomsday device" of sorts that shuts the power of in your fridge so that all your food spoils if you don't work out enough that day.
The device costs less than $100 (unlike your grocery bill), and has sensors in it that will shut down the electricity to your fridge if you're not doing the exercise you promised to that day.
And while we think this is an interesting concept, we're not willing to let a week's worth of food go bad to prove it. (Huffington Post)
In case you’re wondering, you can be too hot to live in certain places.
Omar Borkan Al Gala is a photographer, actor and poet from Dubai who was ousted from Saudi Arabia because of how good looking he is.
In fact, the country's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vices has kicked three hot men out of the country – in an effort to keep women pure. Apparently they believe when men are too good looking, women have thoughts of lust or love, which will cause them to commit forbidden acts. (Jezebel)
In the history of celeb feuds, this is a strange one: Lindsay Lohan and Tom Brokaw.
Linds is supposedly telling friends the newsman's comments about her ruining last year's White House Correspondent's dinner were harsh. Brokaw refused to attend the gala this week, claiming LiLo ruined it for him simply by showing up last year.
According to TMZ, LiLo isn't particularly bothered by the comments, but thinks Brokaw is publicly picking on her for no good reason.
We're told if invited again, Lindsay would be happy to go. Last year, she went as Greta Van Susteren's guest.
Ashton Kutcher got physical with a security guard at a country music festival in Indio, California over the weekend.
According to TMZ, the actor was in the VIP at Stagecoach to check out Dwight Yoakamwhen a woman approached him to say hi and shake his hand. But when Ashton tried to greet the woman, security rushed in and shoved the both of them. Eyewitnesses say theTwo and a Half Men star and the security guard "went at it, each violently shoving the other." Ashton's friends reportedly had to restrain him.
The witnesses tell TMZ that Ashton was not the aggressor. They say the security guard was overzealous and out of line.
The Grand Ole Opry dedicated its shows over the weekend to the late George Jones.
Friday's sold-out Opry performance featured surprise guest Brad Paisley, who closed the show with "Amazing Grace" with Jon Conlee. Montgomery Gentry performed "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes," while Christian country artist Jason Crabb covered "He Stopped Loving Her Today." At Saturday's show, newcomers Kristen Kelly and Morgan Frazierperformed "Choices" and "White Lightning," respectively.
The fate of what would have been the Possum's final concert is up in the air. George was booked to headline a sold-out, all-star show November 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with performances byGarth Brooks, Kid Rock, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels Band, Dierks Bentley, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Ray Cyrus. According to the Tennessean, Keith Richards also planned to attend the show. In a handwritten note to the Possum, Keith wrote, "Thank you so much for asking me to your gig. It's a real honor for me. I'll be there by hook or by crook, and I'm 'Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down.'"
Hats off to Cody Harlan, Jonathan Cook and Robert Trutt, who successfully snagged a 277.7-pound bull shark ... with their bare hands.
The three were fishing for pompano near Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, on Thursday when they crossed the massive shark near the shore. The trio failed at baiting the shark with their line and decided to take a risk. Wading in chest-deep water, Cody grabbed the shark's tail and started pulling it to shore. Jonathan and Robert joined in when Cody was in knee-deep water with the fish.
Once on land, the three discovered the shark had a 40-pound fish stuck in its jaws, choking on its dinner. Jonathan added, "Otherwise we could have been its dinner." (NWF Daily News)
(KNUCKLEHEADS IN THE NEWS -- DATELINE: GAINSVILLE, FLORIDA) William Daniel Lloyd was hungry, so he decided to do some squirrel hunting. But he didn't have the proper weapon, so he taped a .40 caliber cartridge to the business end of a Pumpmaster 760 BB gun, and went outside in search of game.
Sighting a squirrel, he pulled the trigger -- and the BB struck the cartridge's primer, which caused it to explode, blasting shrapnel into William's arms and legs and sending him to the hospital. William -- who had previously done time for grand theft and trafficking in stolen property -- was also served papers for discharging a firearm in public and being in possession of ammunition. No word on the squirrel's condition.
Blog Friday 4/26
Attention junk-food junkies -- the wait is almost over. Twinkies will return to store shelves across the country in late July.
Michael Cramer, executive VP of Hostess Brands told NBC, "We expect to be making and selling in July. Probably the later half of the month before the product hits the stores."
The rest of Hostess snack offerings should be back in stores by August and September.
It was back in November that Hostess Brands was shuttered after a bitter battle with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grin Millers International Union.
Now the company is making a comeback under new ownership, following its purchase by the hedge funds Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. in April for $410 million.
In order to stay competitive at work, many middle-aged guys are dabbling with makeup, such as powders and concealers.
But, of course, they don’t call it makeup. Instead, they call it skin care products – and buy stuff that’s undetectable and discreet. (TimesUnion.com)
Jason Aldean and his wife, Jessica Ussery, have split, according to Us Weekly. The news comes seven months after Jason was photographed kissing one-time American Idolcontestant Brittany Kerr.
Earlier this month, Jason attended the ACM Awards without Jessica by his side.
Although an insider claims that the couple split at the beginning of the year, Aldean's rep only confirmed that "Jason and his wife are having problems." The rep added, "It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
Jason Aldean and his wife, Jessica Ussery, have split, according to Us Weekly. The news comes seven months after Jason was photographed kissing one-time American Idolcontestant Brittany Kerr.
Earlier this month, Jason attended the ACM Awards without Jessica by his side.
Although an insider claims that the couple split at the beginning of the year, Aldean's rep only confirmed that "Jason and his wife are having problems." The rep added, "It's a private family matter, and we hope everyone will respect that he would like to keep it that way."
An elderly Indiana man proved that he still had plenty of fight in him after he used a snow shovel to pummel a guy stealing items from his garage – and then gloated about it on Craigslist!
The scrappy senior noticed that his garage light was on and went out to investigate, finding the intruder rifling through his possessions. When the thug charged at him, he grabbed the shovel and smacked him around until he fled. Apparently pumped up by his win, the homeowner spiked the ball by heading to his computer to spread the news.
He wrote: "This message is for the thief and his friends that has been stealing tools and miscellaneous items around our neighborhood and town. How does it feel to get whacked with a long handle shovel by an old man, not once, but twice? If you want to try again, come on back.
"I posted this in the free postings, since this guy thinks everything in our community and my garage is free. If you have a friend that is all black and blue, bruised up with a lousy excuse. He may be a thief!" (WFIE)
A Florida woman ended up behind bars for calling 911 to complain that she'd been robbed of 50 bucks – by a drug dealer who wouldn't return the cash she gave him after she decided she didn't want to go through with the transaction.
Katrina Tisdale dialed the emergency number twice to report a theft, but when officers responded to the call, she told them she needed help in retrieving the money she'd given to her regular dealer because she realized she didn't have any other cash left over from her social security check.
Tisdale was arrested on charges of misusing the 911 system – the same charge that landed her in jail two years ago. (Tampa Bay Times)
(FOSTER CITY, CALIFORNIA) If you're a teenager -- or the parent of a teenager -- you know it's prom season. And it's a really big deal. How big? Visa surveyed 3,000 American families and found they'll spend an average of $1,130 on their teenager's prom this year, up 5% from last year. And up 41% from 2011, the first year that Visa began tracking this.
It's not just the price of a prom dress -- which can be anywhere from $100 to $500 -- that's included in this cost. There's event tickets, limousines, hotel rooms, after-party events, corsages, accessories, hair, makeup, and -- for the guys --a tuxedo rental, which can be anywhere from $60 to $200.
On average, parents are picking up 59% of the tab. The teens are paying the rest. But families who earn less than $50,000 a year are spending about $100 more than the national average. And families that earn more than $50,000 will spend about $100 less.
But single parents spend far more on average ($1,563) than married parents ($770). And families in the Northeast are averaging $1,528, followed by the South ($1,203), the West ($1,079), and the Midwest ($722). The survey also found that12% of the families weren't spending anything on the prom, so they weren't included in the average cost.
*MARK WAHLBERG, NOW A SUCCESSFUL ACTOR AND PRODUCER, DOESN’T TALK MUCH ABOUT HIS DAYS AS ANUNDERWEAR MODEL OR A SINGER INMARKY MARK & THE FUNKY BUNCH – WAHLBERG HAS ALWAYS STAYED CLOSE TO HIS BOSTON ROOTS – SO WHEN TMZ ASKED IF HE’D REUNITE WITH THE FUNKY BUNCH TO RAISE MONEY FOR VICTIMS OF THE MARATHON BOMBING, HE SAID HE’DDO IT -- THE GROUP WAS AN INSTANT HIT IN 1991 WHEN THEIR FIRST SINGLE “GOOD VIBRATIONS” SHOT TO #1 IN THE U.S., SWITZERLAND AND SWEDEN
-- YET TO BE HEARD FROM IS THE SONG’S SECRET WEAPON, SINGERLOLEATTA HOLLOWAY, WHOSE VOCALS WERE SO ESSENTIAL, SHE WAS GIVEN A FULL SHARE OF THE ROYALTIES…