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Jon Rips Mitt Romney’s Tax Rate

Jon Stewart ripped into Mitt Romney’s tax return last night, and Elizabeth Warren showed up later to hammer home the point. “How can you justify making more in one day than the median American family makes in a year, while paying an effective tax rate of the guy who has to scan your shoes at the airport?”…

By: Newser / January 26, 2012

Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Joe Paterno’s Funeral

Joe Paterno’s death caused, to put it mildly, mixed reactions: The Hollywood Reporter has a roundup, and it includes everything from George HW Bush’s glowing remembrance of the Penn State coach to this zinger from a Late Show writer and producer: “Will there be a moment of silence for Joe Paterno, to honor his silence when he discovered children were…

By: Newser / January 23, 2012

Did Rihanna And Chris Brown Secretly Tweet Each Other?

Rihanna and Chris Brown appear to have sent each other “secret love tweets”—and by “secret,” we mean completely public messages posted on a social networking site. The “secret” part? Neither Rihanna nor Brown mentioned the other by name. Brown tweeted yesterday, “Love U more than u know!” and just two minutes later, Rihanna appeared to respond, tweeting, “I’ll…

By: Newser / December 30, 2011

And The Worst Celebrity Baby Name Of 2011 Was…

Celebrities tend to choose some very, er, interesting names for their offspring, but this year two names stood out: Bear Blu Jarecki, born to Alicia Silverstone, and Moroccan Cannon, born to Mariah Carey. Those two tied for the worst celebrity baby boy names of 2011 on a new BabyNames.com poll, ABC News reports. Read more…

By: Newser / December 29, 2011

Van Halen And Diamond Dave Are Back!

Van Halen is back: The iconic rock band announced a tour yesterday featuring original members Eddie and Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth. (Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, replaced original bassist Michael Anthony in 2007.) The band has had its problems—the Los Angeles Times cites “that whole Gary Cherone nightmare of 1998,” as well as the…

By: Newser / December 27, 2011

Demi Lovato Furious Over Disney Anorexia Joke

After battling anorexia, singer/actress Demi Lovato is furious her former boss, the Disney Channel, joked about the eating disorder on a TV show. A character on the program Shake It Up said recently: “I could just eat you up. Well, if I ate.” Lovato responded in an incensed, all-capitals tweet. “I find it really funny how a…

By: Newser / December 26, 2011

Thoughtful, Pricey Gifts Are A Waste Of Time

Are you the kind of person who spends hours fretting over the perfect holiday gift? Or who tries to impress by spending big? Don’t bother, because it’s not helping your cause, writes John Tierney in the New York Times. In fact, price matters a lot more to the giver than to the recipient—and gift-getters would rather have money…

By: Newser / December 21, 2011

Oops: Idol Winner Has Lip Sync Miss At Macy’s Parade

Entertainers of the world, we understand you need to lip sync every now and then. All we ask is that you at least come close to making it look real. Today at the Macy’s parade, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery most definitely did not, notes the Huffington Post. The recording of his “The Trouble With Girls” got off…

By: Newser / November 24, 2011

Sex Can Be “Mind-Blowing”

LiveScience takes note of what may be the weirdest possible consequence of sex: amnesia. A medical journal recounts the recent case of a 54-year-old woman who showed up at the ER complaining that she barely remembered a thing from the past 24 hours: Diagnosis: transient global amnesia, triggered by the sex she had with hubby.

By: Newser / October 15, 2011

New Sesame Street Muppet Is Poor And Hungry

“Sesame Street” has got a hungry, impoverished new character—and it isn’t Oscar the Grouch or the Cookie Monster. Lily, a 7-year-old girl whose family often struggles to get enough to eat, will appear in the show’s prime-time special “Growing Hope Against Hunger” this Sunday, reports Entertainment Weekly. The Wal-Mart-sponsored special looks at the issue of hunger, which…

By: Newser / October 9, 2011

Next Reality TV Stars: Mandela’s Granddaughters

Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, meet Zaziwe, Swati, and Dorothy: The newest trio of ladies to enter the big bad world of reality TV will be none other than Nelson Mandela’s granddaughters, the women announced today in Johannesburg. The unnamed show, which will likely air next year, will follow the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway (34, a…

By: Newser / October 1, 2011

Lefties, Righties Split On Food As Well

If you like deep-dish pizza, you’re a lot likelier than fans of thin crust to have conservative politics, according to Hunch, a taste-tracking website that cross-referenced millions of responses to discover that the differences between left and right don’t end at the dinner table. Among its findings:

Liberals are slightly more likely to prefer…

By: Newser / September 24, 2011

1 In 4 Men Fall In Love In “Seconds”

Forget notches on the bedpost: When it comes to true love, men fall hard fast. Most think they can tell whether it’s “the real thing” after a single date, whereas women aren’t certain until the sixth, a study finds. For nearly a quarter of men, things move even faster: They believe in love at first…

By: Newser / August 20, 2011

New Plastic Surgery Trend: The “Pippa Butt Lift”

Forget Kim Kardashian’s butt: This year, it’s all about Pippa Middleton’s rear. “The latest craze here in the US and all over the world is to get the Pippa Butt Lift,” a Miami plastic surgeon tells the Telegraph, declaring Pippa the “new queen of booty.” The craze started, of course, after the royal wedding whe…

By: Newser / August 14, 2011

America’s 40 Worst-Dressed Cities

US fashion is as diversified and geographically distinct as food or accent, but as GQ found when ranking 40 American cities based on fashion, our bad taste in clothing is rampant regardless of which coast you’re on. Take a look at the results of their “deeply scientific, irrefutable poll” to see where your city stack…

By: Newser / July 17, 2011

Texas Woman: I Was Fired For Gray Hair

Maybe another reason to dread that first gray hair: A 52-year-old former real estate branch manager says she was fired because she wouldn’t dye her hair. She claims her boss ordered her to hide her gray hair and wear “younger fancy suits” when the branch moved to an upscale area. When she refused, she say…

By: Newser / July 10, 2011

Dogs Are Expert Readers… Of You

Dogs know when we’re paying attention to them—and when we’re looking the other way, a study suggests. Pairs of experimenters carrying treats stood equidistant from a dog and called out to it. One of the pair had her back to the dog, while the other faced it—and every canine tested, whether a domestic pup, a…

By: Newser / June 19, 2011

We’ll Miss You, Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage

News that Randy “Macho Man” Savage died in a car accident age 58 has triggered plenty of nostalgic tributes. From David Brown, Yahoo Sports:

“A small part of my childhood died. … Other than Hulk Hogan or Andre the Giant, no WWF rassler was more popular than Savage in the late 1980s,” writes Brown,…

By: Newser / May 21, 2011

Wasilla High School Bans Song By Gay Rock Legend

An Alaska high school choir was up in arms after the principal banned a song for graduation because it was written by a gay rocker. Wasilla principal Dwight Probasco banned the 1975 Queen hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” from a graduation ceremony after complaints from parents about the sexual orientation of songwriter and lead singer of Queen,…

By: Newser / May 14, 2011

In Death, Elizabeth Taylor Reveals James Dean’s Dark Secret

Elizabeth Taylor knew a painful secret about close friend James Dean—but, in a 1997 interview with Kevin Sessums, she asked the journalist not to reveal it until after her death. In a column for the Daily Beast, Sessums recalls that interview for POZ, a magazine dedicated to AIDS activism. “I loved Jimmy,” she said of…

By: Newser / March 26, 2011

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