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Remote Control: The Shows You’ll Want To Watch The Week Of June 26th 2009

The television pickings are always a touch slim come summer. Surviving without new episodes of “Lost” and “Friday Night Lights” is hard enough, but now we can’t even look forward to new helpings of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Ahhh! But never fear. Yes, there are a few good things on TV this week. Here’s the stuff you don’t want to miss. Keep reading »

Bernie Madoff Gets 150 Years In The Slammer

Bernie Madoff was just sentenced to 150 years in prison for running a ponzi scheme that spanned 20 years, rolled $65 billion into his pocket, and swindled many bold-faced names like Jon Malkovich, Steven Spielberg, Elie Weisel, Kevin Bacon, and Kyra Sedgwick. Now, this guy deserves some serious punishment, but 150 years? The average American man lives to be 75, and Bernie is 71 now. Which means, oh, four years in prison. Why didn’t the judge just say “life?” [NY Times]

This got us thinking: who else has gotten a super long prison sentence? Find out, after the jump… Keep reading »

Michael Jackson’s Death Eerily Reminds Us Of Elvis

As details emerge about exactly what happened to Michael Jackson, I can’t help but notice—doesn’t this sound an awful lot like Elvis? After the jump, a side-by-side comparison of the superstars’ deaths. Long live the King and the King of Pop. Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Katy Perry Eats Pizza In The Bath

Katy Perry posted this photo of her on Twitter, so presumably it’s her? I always knew she looked like the kind of girl to eat pizza with a fork and knife. [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Jon & Kate Plus 8: A Perspective On Why The Show Should Go On

The divorce papers have been filed. The announcement has been made. After 10 years of marriage, eight kids, months of speculation, and an dizzying number of tabloid covers, Jon and Kate Gosselin of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ are officially dunzo. No surprise there. But what is surprising is that, divorce aside, “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ will go on. On June 29th, there will be an ode to the couple’s marriage—in other words, a highlights episode. Then the show will go on a break until August 3rd to give the family “some time off to regroup,” as a TLC spokesperson put it. After that, the show will resume. The house will now be the constant—the kids will always live there, while Jon and Kate switch off time in the family home. [AP]
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All About Neda Agha-Soltan

Yesterday, we showed you the extremely disturbing video of an Iranian woman, Neda, being shot at a protest in Tehran. At the time, not much was known about her—who she was, why she was at the protest, or even if her name was really Neda. But today, the details are emerging. We now know that Neda’s last name was Agha-Soltan, and that she was only 26 years old. She majored in philosophy, but even though women in Iran aren’t allowed to sing in public, she secretly took lessons and wanted to be a pop singer. In fact, she was with her voice coach when she died. The two had gone to the protest, but as it started to turn violent, headed back to their car. When Neda stepped out to get a breath of fresh air (the car had been roasting in the sun all day) she was shot, most likely by a sniper on top of a building. [NY Times] Keep reading »

What We Think Jon And Kate’s Announcement Will Be

By now, you’ve probably seen the promo for tonight’s “special episode” of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ approximately 98 times. If you’re one who likes to jump to conclusions, you’re probably assuming that the big announcement the commercial teases is that Jon and Kate are getting divorced. But I’m not so convinced—they’ll probably drag out that drama for another eon or so. After the jump, my best guesses at what this big announcement could be: Keep reading »

Barack Obama To Talk About Being A Papa

Sasha and Malia Obama must be two of the only girls on in the country who aren’t embarrassed by their father. Sure, he makes a corny joke every now and then, but come on—in addition to the whole being president thing, he dresses well, plays a mean game of basketball, and got them the puppy they’d been begging for all year. Not to mention that, about a week before being inaugurated, he wrote an open letter to them in Parade Magazine. “I know that you’ve both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn’t have let you have. But I also know that it hasn’t always been easy for you,” he wrote. “When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me—about how I’d make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn’t seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours.”

Yeah, that made me a little teary, too. Barack Obama takes being a father very seriously. Which makes sense considering that his own dad—a Kenyan man who fell in love with a white midwestern woman while studying at the University of Hawaii—left when Barack was two. Keep reading »

Teens Getting High On Morning Glory Seeds?

Okay, I will totally admit it. Once when I was a teenager, my friend and I ate a whole lot of nutmeg because we heard it gives you a minor high. It didn’t work—we both ended up with really upset stomachs and orange tongues. So I’m not too surprised to hear that, these days, kids are chowing down on morning glory seeds. Evidently, the seeds contain a chemical called LSA that’s similar to what’s found in acid? A guy in Boston who runs a garden store noticed that lots of high schoolers were dropping by and buying morning glory seeds in bulk, supposedly for their moms. But then one kid squealed that they were actually crushing the seeds, soaking them in water, and drinking the resulting concoction. So now this guy has a strict policy—he won’t sell morning glory seeds to anyone under the age of 18. Even if they’re with a parent.

Drinking morning glory seed juice just doesn’t sound like a good idea. The seeds are treated with mercury and all kinds of other nasty chemicals that don’t do a body good. See the full report, after the jump. [My Fox Boston] Keep reading »

The World’s Weirdest Lip Balms

The World's Weirdest Lip Balms

Do you have a chapstick problem? Do you slather on the stuff approximately once every four minutes and compulsively use it until there is nothing (nothing!) left in the tube? We know the feeling. We’re all for cherry, pomegranate, and watermelon, but we’re so over fruity balms. We want something different. And now there’s proof that there is a god: Just in time for Easter, Peeps lip balm! Because your mouth should always taste like Easter candy. The perfect Easter basket stuffer. Click through to see more of the world’s most unusual lip balms. [$5.99 Amazon]

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