Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Britney Spears unreleased magazine cover

The above picture of Britney Spears pregnant (obviously) is from next month's Bazaar magazine shoot. Supposedly, Britney decided to scrap the photo set, so these might not even be published. Click here to see more pictures.

In other news...

Britney Spears is outraged by people's reactions to her interview as a poll conducted after the show revealed 87 percent of the audience had less respect for her.

According to "Spears is now attempting to do damage control and had photographers to take pretty pictures of her with professional hair, makeup and wardrobe. She has tried to sell the pictures and an exclusive interview for $200,000 but there were no takers. OK! Magazine finally bought the photos and the interview but only for $5,000."

(disclaimer: these images displayed are presumed to be public domain, taken from here. if you own an image and would like us to remove it contact me)

$20 bill is no longer accurate, tree is gone

Heavy storms that created flooding through the Mid-Atlantic States also impacted the White House.

A tree that has stood in front of the White House came down during heavy storms last night. The large American Elm was not planted by a president or first lady but it shares a piece of history in any case.
The NBC White House Bureau reports that the tree is featured prominently on back of the $20 bill. It can be found in the far right corner of the image on the back of a $20 bill. The tree is believed to date back 140 years to the Andrew Johnson White House.

No one was injured when the tree limbs fell. There is no word as to whether the image on the back of the $20 bill will be changed.

Hell naw, I’d never jump in this pool

Summer toy: inflatable raft carries 6 people

It’s an inflatable raft that can carry up to 6 people!

The smaller raft at the front is there so you can actually climb onto the thing, and the large bucket-shaped attachment can be used as a cooler for soft drinks or even a couple of beers. The sun shade can be detached if desired, and there’s a tethering point so you can secure the raft if necessary.

The raft can carry a total weight of 1020 pounds and costs $320. The electric air pump is an optional extra though. The Cabana Islander is available from Sky Mall.

McDonald's and watermelon = death?

(thanks russell)

American Idol winners are from the south?

Ever wonder why all of the “American Idol” winners have thus far hailed from Southern states? According to information released today by The NPD Group, a leading consumer and retail information company, the results of text-message voting on the popular Fox Network talent show, “American Idol,” might actually affect the final voting outcome. After all, Cingular Wireless has a dominant share of its subscriber base in the South and significantly more of those subscribers use text messaging, than do Cingular subscribers in other regions of the U.S.
Based on recent data from NPD’s Mobile Consumer Track service, nearly half of Cingular's subscribers are located in the South, and more than 18 million (42 percent) Cingular subscribers in the U.S. actively use text messaging. In fact more than twice as many Cingular subscribers (nearly nine million) in the South do so, as in any other region. By comparison just over four million use text messaging in the West, three million in Central states and three million in the Northeast. According to NPD Wireless Industry Research Director Drew Hull, this regional skew might have been large enough to affect the voting outcome.

“Cingular has partnered with the show’s producers to provide text-message voting solely from Cingular phones, so it’s certainly possible that Southern subscribers might have more of a voting edge, than those in other regions in the U.S.,” Hull said. “Had ‘American Idol’ partnered with another carrier with a higher percentage of their subscriber base in another region, the results might have been different.”

*South – 46 percent (20 million subscribers)
*West – 23 percent (10 million subscribers)
*Northeast – 16 percent (6 million subscribers)
*Central – 15 percent (7 million subscribers)

The list of “American Idol” winners and their home towns (in case you forgot), as listed on American Idol’s Web site, is as follows article here:

* Taylor Hicks (2006) – Birmingham, Alabama
* Carrie Underwood (2005) – Checotah, Oklahoma
* Fantasia Barino (2004) – High Point, North Carolina
* Ruben Studdard (2003) – Birmingham, Alabama
* Kelly Clarkson (2002) – Burleson, Texas

You're the only one who understands me

Dude's suicide bullet also kills 16-year-old

A man who committed suicide at a party also killed a 16-year-old girl when the bullet traveled through his head and struck her in the chest, authorities said.

Jacob R. Lee, 19, and Lorena Mocko, 16, were found shot to death at around 1 a.m. Saturday, Lincoln County authorities said.

Lee shot himself and the bullet passed through him and fatally struck Mocko, Lincoln County Sheriff Daryl Anderson said Tuesday.

"It was just a total freak thing," said Jeri Mitchell, a friend of Mocko's mother.

Mocko, who lived across the border Canadian border in Fernie, British Columbia, was in town visiting her father and a boyfriend when she was shot, Mitchell said. Article here.

Nice World Cup 'header'

Spanish forward Luis Garcia hits heads the ball away so hard it deforms when it makes contact.

Judge masturbates and uses penis pump?

The court reporter for former Tulsa, OK District Judge Donald Thompson testified Monday that she saw his penis "at least 15 times" and that she saw him urinate into a wastebasket twice during trials.

Thompson is on trial on four felony counts of indecent exposure, which allege that he used a penis pump to masturbate while on the bench.

The court reporter, Lisa K. Foster, provided powerful and emotional testimony Monday about the "shocking and disgusting" things she saw from 2001 into 2003. Foster was Thompson's court reporter for 15 years. He fired her in September 2003 for reportedly cooperating with an investigation of his alleged misconduct.

Foster also told jurors that she saw Thompson "shaving his scrotum" during closing arguments in an August 2003 murder trial.
Thompson pulled his penis out of his pants, pulled it close to his body with his left hand, and began shaving his scrotum with a disposable razor. "It wasn't long strokes" with the razor. "He was sort of picking at it," she testified.

She told jurors that she was also sickened when she saw Thompson work his penis pump on himself during tearful testimony from Skyla's grandfather about the last time he saw the child alive.

Foster testified that she first began hearing unusual "shoo-shoo" noises in court in September 2000. She said she heard the same noises again in January or February 2001, and realized then that they were coming from Thompson's bench. Softly sobbing, Foster told jurors that when she looked in the judge's direction, she saw a plastic cylinder over his penis, and his right hand squeezing something that produced the noises.

Clee testified last week that she also saw Thompson's penis during a trial, as did the judge's former bailiff, Zelma Hindman.

Foster said she took three photographs of the penis pump under the judge's bench to show her husband and others in case they thought she might be crazy or lying.

Although she tried to keep what she was seeing to herself, Foster told the court, she did make steno notations of the noises she heard during trials. Those notations appear as repeated "sh, sh" in her steno recordings. The notations were also pegged to audio recordings of some of the trials in which the pump noises were heard.

Foster will be cross-examined Tuesday by the lead defense attorney, Clark Brewster of Tulsa. Article here.

What do you think? Is he a good dancer?

Firefighter takes soda from burning house?

A Plainfield, Indiana firefighter resigned Tuesday after being accused of removing a soda from the refrigerator of a burned home and drinking the beverage.

Tracy Fisher, 37, Zionsville, faced termination because of that incident and complaints about his performance in the firehouse and his behavior in public.

“He had removed what was described as soft drink, but regardless of whatever the (item) is, it’s a violation. It is actually theft,” said Fire Chief Byron L. Anderson.

The alleged removal of a soft drink from a burning house took place in May when the residents were out of town.

Fisher, an emergency medical technician and paramedic, was suspended with pay June 12. He faced a range of disciplinary actions, up to termination, at a Town Council hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Article here.

Korean soccer fan protest? WTF?

A South Korean soccer fan protests against what he considers to be the referee's unfair judgment after South Korea's national soccer team lost to Switzerland in their World Cup Group G match as they watched the match on a screen in Seoul. Switzerland defeated South Korea 2-0.
I'm confused, how is this protesting? He just looks like an ass-clown to me...?

How to get that perfect shave

The perfect shave is what all men strive for every morning when they bring their razor up their chin – an effortless shave that’s baby smooth.

A dull disposable razor dragged across a layer of foam or gel on your cheeks is a step backward from the past, not an improvement. Now that men of all ages are paying more attention to their appearance, it’s no wonder that the hottest trend right now in male grooming is a return to the traditional wet shave – and millions of men have been shocked to discover that the “old fashioned” method of shaving they thought went out with the Hula Hoop is actually the best quality shave you can get.

Q: What is “wetshaving” and how is it different from the way most men – and women – shave today?

A: Wetshaving is just what the term implies – keeping your face (or for women, their legs) wet with plenty of hot water before, and during, the entire shave. In fact, you should always shave after a hot shower, not before (if you need to shave without taking a shower, washing your face with hot water for a few minutes will suffice). With a layer of hot water between your skin and the lather, the blade skims the surface instead of dragging on it, which is the main cause of irritation, redness, and “shave bumps”.
Wetshaving gives you more effective shaves and better looking skin. The hot water opens the pores of your skin and relaxes your facial muscles, and it softens your whiskers for more effective cutting. Believe it or not, but your whiskers are tougher than the edge of a razor blade, and shaving “dry”, or mostly dry as with the vast majority of shaving creams, foams, and gels on the market, means you’re literally tugging on each and every hair on your face instead of neatly slicing it at the skin’s surface and moving on without irritating your skin. The key to proper wetshaving is keeping your face as wet as possible at all times during the shave. Even if you keep your current tools and routine, you’ll marvel at how much closer and more comfortable shaving can be when you keep your face hydrated at all times with lots of hot (not scalding) water.

The perfect shave has three ingredients: a good razor, a good brush, and glycerin-based shaving cream. But the biggest difference between wetshaving and the way most guys shave today is the use of a shaving brush. A good badger-hair shaving brush is the single most important ingredient in getting the perfect shave -- if you change no part of your shaving routine except to add a good shaving brush to the mix, you’ll be astounded at how much better and more enjoyable your shaves become. Click here to read the full article.