Monday, June 30, 2008

Women Prefer Stubble in Men

Gentlemen may prefer blondes, but women seem to prefer stubble. That is, they prefer men who have stubble on their faces not only for sex, but for love and marriage, according to a study mentioned in the London Telegraph.

"Stubble is the way to win a woman’s heart," the article begins. "Researchers found that women are more attracted to men with stubbly chins than those with clean-shaven faces or full beards."

Women in the study consistently regarded men with stubble as "tough, mature, aggressive, dominant, and masculine," the article says. Not only that, such men were viewed as the best partners, whether that partnership was a brief fling or a long-term relationship. The study participants were British women between 18 and 44 years of age.

The study suggests that stubble may be a "signal of aggression" because it makes the lower jaw look bigger, and draws attention to the teeth as "weapons." Hmmm, but don't many British people have bad (or missing) teeth? Perhaps these stubbly men are perceived as being able to gum an assailant into submission.

Maybe Don Johnson was really ahead of his time when he cultivated that two-day beard look back in Miami Vice in the early '80s!

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin Videos from YouTube

George Carlin is, sadly, no longer with us, but his works will keep us laughing (and thinking) for a long time to come. Here's a collection of five George Carlin videos from YouTube. They don't include the famous "7 Words You Can't Say on Television," but I think Mashable has a link to that one on this page.

The five videos on this page are "Voting," "Ten Commandments," "Airline Announcements," "Saving the Planet," and "Religion is Bullsh*t."

Rest in peace, George.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Department of Irony: Iowa Flood Museum is Flooded

What happens when a once-in-a-lifetime event occurs more than once in a lifetime? Well, it catches a lot of people by surprise and creates some odd ironies. That was the case this week when heavy rains came to Iowa and flooded a museum.

But it's not just any museum: Fort Madison, Iowa has a museum to the many floods that have occurred in the area. The biggest was the 1993 flood, which was thought to be of such magnitude that it was a "100 year flood." This is the fourth time the flood museum has been flooded since the "Flood of '93" exhibit was added to the museum.

Unfortunately, last week's flood has left the Fort Madison flood museum like the rest of Fort Madison, and like much of that area of Iowa: completely underwater.

In another ironic twist, visitors to the town have been coming by the flood museum to take pictures of it in its flooded condition.

You can hear more in this story here.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Meghan McCain's Writing Life Moving from Blog to Book

Meghan McCain, the 23-year-old daughter of presidential candidate John McCain, isn't limiting her writing career to her blog. The creator of McCain Blogette, an irreverent look at her life on the campaign trail, has said that she is going to write an illustrated children's book about her father. set to be published during the first week of September — just when the Republican Party is holding its national convention in Minneapolis.

Meghan McCain, the daughter of the presumptive Republican nominee and his second wife Cindy, is not your typical candidate's daughter, as you can tell from an article in GQ. Though the Columbia University graduate agrees with her father on many issues, she's a socially liberal young woman who voted for John Kerry in the 2004 election, thinks Barack Obama is "sexy,' and is a fan of burlesque stripper (and former Marilyn Manson wife) Dita von Teese.

With Meghan McCain blogging the general election campaign for the Republican side and Obama and his young supporters representing the Democratic side, there's going to be quite a lot of youthful energy in this battle for the White House.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Fox Questions Obama's "Terrorist Fist Jab" - Is Howie Mandel a Jihadist?

UPDATE: E.D. Hill on June 10th apologized for the characterization of the fist pound as a "terrorist fist jab," according to TV Newser. It's also been reported that on the same day Fox News announced that E.D. Hill's show "America's Pulse" had been canceled, but she is apparently going to be reassigned somewhere within the company.

A Fox News Channel reporter did a segment last week on Barack and Michelle Obama's fist bump, or pound, by saying, "A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently."

Huh? Since when is the fist pound, a staple of hip-hop greetings and baseball players, among many other people, a "terrorist fist jab"? The reporter, E. D. Hill, did not explain her remark, or repeat it again during her interview with a "body language expert," who also made no reference to the gesture as being anything but a greeting.

But if this fist pound is some kind of sinister greeting, what does that mean... hey, Howie Mandel the "terrorist fist jab" many times in each episode of "Deal of No Deal"!

Should Mandel be declared an enemy combatant? What about the mysterious "Banker"... is he some kind of jihadi financier? And if Howie gets sent to Gitmo, do all the models with the briefcases have to go, too?

I'm sure Fox will sort all this out for us... thank God they're on the case and keeping us safe from dangerous game-show hosts!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Clinton Meets Obama at Her Home; is Said to Demand "The Obama Pound"

[SATIRE] Barack Obama is meeting with Hillary Clinton tonight at her apartment in Washington, D.C. Speculation had focused on Clinton wanting the spot, but recent rumors have said that Clinton wants something else... something more personal... the Obama fist bump, referred to as The Obama Pound.

The whole world saw Obama and his wife Michelle exchanging fist "pounds" on the podium on Tuesday night. Apparently Ms. Clinton saw that and his looking to secure her own piece of street cred and hip-hop cool with the newly minted presumptive Democratic nominee.

Sources close to Mrs. Clinton say that her support of Obama will hinge on whether she can secure the much-coveted Obama Pound. Mrs. Clinton was overhead by observers this afternoon saying, "I'm not coming around, until I get The Pound!"

Told by her staff that her request for the Obama Pound was unusual, unconventional or, well, just plain bizarre, Mrs. Clinton retorted: "I want that friggin' pound! I will get that Obama Pound and I won't go back to Chappaqua without it!"

Mrs. Clinton's staff had no comment on the matter. There were rumors among Michelle Obama's camp that she would not allow her husband to give Mrs. Clinton a fist pound unless Clinton beat Mrs. Obama in a Jell-O wrestling match.

Asked to comment on this rumor, Michelle Obama would say only, "There's always room for Jell-O."

Monday, June 02, 2008

Celebrity News: Tatum O'Neal, Gina Gershon, Uma, and More

It's been a busy day in the ever-bizarre world of celebrities and their hijinks. Here are links for more information:

Gina Gershon is in the news for a role, but not on the big screen: a new article in Vanity Fair implies that Gershon was one of several women former president Bill Clinton might have had affairs with during his travels around the country. The article refers to these as "rumors" or "gossip," so it's unclear how much truth there may be to the reports. (And some news sources insist on calling her Gina Gerson.)

Tatum O'Neal, is arrested on possession of crack and cocaine near her New York apartment, along with the guy who was selling it to her. The actress who won our hearts as nine-year-old in Paper Moon is now 44 years old.

Kelsey Grammer of "Frasier" and "Cheers" has been hospitalized in Hawaii after suffering a mild heart attack.

The man who's been stalking Uma Thurman has been ordered released from jail. He will be on probation and will be required to seek psychiatric care.

And on a sad note, rock and roll innovator Bo Diddley has died at the age of 79 of heart failure. Rest in peace, Bo.