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Why Tom Cruise Puts Bird Poop On His Face

The secret to Tom Cruise’s boyish good looks? Bird poop. The actor indulges in a expensive facials in which nightingale excrement is mixed with rice bran and water, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. “Tom doesn’t go in for Botox or surgery but he does pay close attention to all the new and popular natural treatments,” says a Now magazine…

Newser / June 27, 2012

Summer Myths Debunked

There are so many myths about summer safety, it’s a wonder anyone has any fun. Heard that poison ivy is contagious? Not true. Scared of swallowing watermelon seeds? They’ll just pass through you. The Washington Post debunks a host of summer myths:
Mosquitoes love people who taste sweet? Nope—mosquitoes are more into your breath. They…

Newser / June 26, 2012

“Sterilization Team” Cleans Away Madonna’s DNA

Madonna is so amazing that, she apparently fears, her fans may just want to steal her DNA. So she does what any normal person would do: She has a “sterilization team” charged with wiping down her dressing room after every gig so that no stray hair, skin, or saliva remains. The Mirror gets this fascinating tidbit from…

Newser / June 25, 2012

To Spur Creativity, Try A Noisy Café

Forget peace and quiet—a little noise can be your friend when it comes to generating ideas, a study finds. Sure, you don’t want sirens blaring outside your window, but the “ambient noise” of, say, a hopping coffee shop could actually help you work better. It’s distracting, but in a good way: It can prompt “disfluency&#8221…

Newser / June 24, 2012

Flowers Really Can Make Love Bloom

Trying to woo her? It’s scientifically proven that flowers will make the job an easier one, reports the Telegraph. Psychologists in France conducted a study in which five attractive young men approached 600 women on the street; each introduced himself, complimented her looks, and asked for the lady’s phone number so he could invite her out…

Newser / June 23, 2012

Porno ‘Boot Camp’ Helps Teens Tackle Addiction

Know a teen who’s hooked on porn? The Oxbow Academy, a boot-camp style facility in Utah, is treating teenagers with pornography addictions by using holistic therapy, banning phones, and insisting on lie detector tests, the Daily Mirror reports. Dubbed the Porn School, Oxbow charges heavily—nearly $9,000 a month—but is trying to tackle a problem that increasingly afflict…

Newser / June 22, 2012

Behind Kim Kardashian’s Sex Tape … Her Mom?

We all know that Kris Jenner, mom to the Kardashian Klan, cares more about her children’s well-being than, say, their level of fame, right? So it’s a bit shocking to hear that Kris Humphries, destined to forever be known as the ever-so-brief spouse of Kim Kardashian, claims Jenner actually told Kim to make the infamou…

Newser / June 22, 2012

Airport Finds Duchess’ Tiara, Decides To Sell It

When Glascow airport workers discovered a diamond tiara in lost luggage in 2006, officials made a surprising decision. Instead of trying to discover who owned the tiara, they sold it and other jewels (worth, it turns out, $157,000) found in the same bag to a local dealer for a few grand and donated the buck…

Newser / June 21, 2012

Charlie Sheen: Why I Love Prostitutes

Charlie Sheen continues his “I’m Not Crazy Anymore, Really” Tour in Playboy, telling the magazine his weird behavior was caused by a “psychotic break” after years in the spotlight and many failed relationships. “I finally just said the things I had always been thinking.” But when he infamously said he was “winning,” the truth wa…

Newser / June 20, 2012

Netflix Lovefest: Guy Streams 252 Movies In One Month

Comedian Mark Malkoff, the same guy who once lived on a plane for 30 days, wanted to find out how many movies he could possibly stand, er, watch on Netflix in one month. The answer: Two hundred and fifty-two (his goal had been 250). In recognition of his achievement, Netflix invited Malkoff to its Lo…

Newser / June 19, 2012

“True Blood'”s Muse: Rick Santorum

“True Blood””s just-begun Season 5 has its roots in the Republican primaries. No, there weren’t any known vampires running for office—but the policies of Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum were scary enough, says show creator Alan Ball. While watching the primaries, Ball found himself “asking what would it be like to have a theocracy i…

Newser / June 18, 2012

“Game Of Thrones” Cameo: Bush’s Severed Head

Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed a familiar head on a spike in the 10th episode of Season 1 of “Game of Thrones”—George W. Bush’s. A prop head of the former president was used as one of the traitors’ heads on spikes, the show’s creators say in their DVD commentary, explaining that its use wasn’t political, io9 reports. “George…

Newser / June 14, 2012

2nd Contestant Claims Miss USA Was Rigged

A second contestant confirms what Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin first claimed: Miss Florida Karina Brez saw a list of the top five Miss USA finalists hours before the live telecast June 3. “I saw Florida backstage and she was very, very flustered and upset,” the anonymous contestant tells Fox News. “She was able to reveal…

Newser / June 13, 2012

Signs Rihanna Is Falling Apart

The media is moving on from “zombie apocalypse” to “Rihannapocalypse.” The gossip rags are teeming with stories about the singer’s rebellious ways, and Newser rounds up the juicy tidbits:
Sign No. 1 that she’s nearing breakdown: The singer apparently spent yesterday shopping in SoHo … wearing a strapless bra … that was pretty darn see-through,…

Newser / June 12, 2012

To Sleep Better, Partner Up

The snoring, the sheet-stealing, the random kicks: Sleeping with a partner may sound like bad news, but the Wall Street Journal reports that it might actually be good for your health. Writing for the Journal, Andrea Petersen notes that some recent studies’ findings “run counter” to previous ones indicating that women get better sleep when solo and both me…

Newser / June 11, 2012

I’ll Have Another Drops Out Of Belmont Stakes

I’ll Have Another’s Triple Crown hopes have been dashed: The horse won’t race in the Belmont Stakes, his trainer says. Following the horse’s outing this morning, Doug O’Neill spotted swelling. “He has the start of some tendonitis in the left front leg,” O’Neill told Dan Patrick. The trainer can’t explain what caused the trouble. “It’…

Newser / June 8, 2012

Paris Jackson: Masks Were So We Could Be Normal

Paris Jackson was “confused” about why she had to wear a mask in public when she was younger, she tells Oprah on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” via the BBC. “I understand it now, why my dad would want our face to be covered,” she said. “Like when we went out without him, we wouldn’t be recognized, so…

Newser / June 7, 2012

Ray Bradbury Dead At 91

Renowned sci-fi author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at age 91, i09 is reporting, with confirmation from his family and biographer. The report does not indicate the cause of death. “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him,” his grandson Danny Karapetian said. “He influenced…

Newser / June 6, 2012

Woman Wins $900K From Guy Who Gave Her Herpes

Reason to wear a condom No. 437: Giving someone an STD can be really expensive. A 49-year-old Oregon woman won a lawsuit last week against the 69-year-old man she says gave her genital herpes on their fourth date, the Oregonian reports. The jury awarded her $900,000, almost the entire amount she’d been asking for, declaring…

Newser / June 5, 2012

Banning Big Sodas: Nanny State Or Smart Move?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban sodas bigger than 16 ounces from being sold in New York City (with afew exceptions), and as the AP points out, he’s likely to get his way considering he appoints everyone on the city’s Board of Health. Read more…

Newser / June 4, 2012

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