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How Justin Theroux Asked Jennifer Aniston To Marry Him

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux took a private jet to New York City for his birthday celebration, and sat side-by-side at Manhattan’s Blue Hill restaurant looking “like a long-term couple in love,” a source tells People. Then Theroux—who had been “dying” to propose—whipped out an eight-carat diamond ring, reports the Daily Mail. “It’s a huge emerald-cut diamond. It’s a rectangle with tapered diamond baguettes on the sides,” a friend tells Life & Style. “Just after Jen got engaged, she called all her friends and told them about it. She was so happy and said she loves the ring. I think she was overwhelmed and overjoyed by the size and beauty of it!” Read more…

George Zimmerman Nearly Broke, Wants Floridians To Foot His Bill

George Zimmerman is almost out of money—so his lawyer is about to ask the public to foot the bill for his trial. “He really has to live as a hermit, unfortunately,” says lawyer Mark O’Mara. “He’s not doing well. He’s getting by.” His legal defense fund is down to $50,000, he has $20,000 in unpaid bills, and both he and his wife are in hiding—meaning neither of them is working. They’re also paying for security since “Seminole County is unquestionably the most dangerous county, most expensive county for him to be in,” O’Mara says.

So O’Mara plans to ask the court to declare Zimmerman indigent—or officially broke—which is where the public comes into the equation, because an indigency ruling would mean the state pays all Zimmerman’s legal expenses other than lawyer fees. Read more…

Ayn Rand Wouldn’t Love Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan adores Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand, calling her “the reason I got involved in public service.” But the feeling wouldn’t be mutual, writes Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic. First off, the very idea of “public service” is pretty un-Randian: She calls the notion of the “public interest” inherently unfair. And taking a look at his voting record, Rand would likely be dismayed. Read more …

Stomach Sleepers Have Sexier Dreams

Snoozing on your stomach may increase dreams about sex, says a new study. Hong Kong researchers surveyed 670 students, collecting data about sleep postures and dream content and found that stomach sleepers reported more erotic dreams than anyone else. They also described more feelings of “persecution,” “being tied up,” and “being locked up,” reports the Daily Mail. The reason for such reveries? Researchers think it might have something to do with the brain getting less oxygen, which results in the sensation of feeling constricted. Read more…

Humorist David Rakoff Dead At 47

David Rakoff, longtime contributor to This American Life, essayist adored for his cynical point of view, and beloved voice for the gay and Jewish communities, died of cancer yesterday at 47, reports the Huffington Post. Some tributes:

Margalit Fox, New York Times: Rakoff was a “was a social anthropologist of postmodern life” who was often praised for his “singular style, which combined an amiable dyspepsia with an almost palpable undercurrent of melancholy.” Read more …

Louisiana School Says They’ll Stop Kicking Out Pregnant Girls

A Louisiana school that has received some pretty outraged press in recent days over its unusual pregnancy policy—students who were suspected of being pregnant were forced to take a pregnancy test, and those who refused or were, indeed, with child were kicked out—is changing said policy. Pregnant students will no longer have to be home-schooled, said the chair of the board of the Delhi Charter School, who offered some pretty amazing rationale for why the policy existed: No one thought anything was wrong with it. Read more…

Randy Travis Nude When Arrested For DWI, Threatened To Shoot Cops

Country crooner Randy Travis is having a bad year: He was arrested last night on suspicion of drunk driving, and it’s his second arrest since February (when he was busted for allegedly getting drunk in front of a Baptist church after a fight with his girlfriend). This time around, Travis was busted in Texas after crashing his car … and he was totally naked when cops arrived, TMZ reports. He then refused a breathalyzer and allegedly threatened to shoot and kill the officers, which got him a second charge of felony retaliation and obstruction. Read more…

Gay? Check The Pupils

Scientists have a new way of investigating a subject’s sexuality: It’s all in the eyes, they say. Instead of using invasive methods—such as a band around the penis—to determine sexual response, researchers at Cornell simply measured the dilation of subjects’ pupils in response to erotic videos, using an infrared lens. The scientists say it could be the most accurate way of determining a person’s sexuality, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Read more…

Robert Pattinson Accuses Kristen Stewart Of Having 2nd Affair

he Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart saga just gets messier, at least by Radar’s reporting. The gossip site now says that Pattinson, who reportedly fled to Reese Witherspoon’s side after news of Stewart’s dalliance broke, is accusing Stewart of having an affair with the man she fled to: Giovanni Agnelli. She has apparently been staying at the producer’s home (he worked with her on 2010′s “Welcome to the Rileys”) since leaving the lovenest she and Pattinson shared. Read more…

Suri Heading to New $40K “World” School

Suri Cruise isn’t going to be a Catholic school girl after all. She’s about to book it to a new institution of learning, the for-profit $40,000-a-year Avenues World School that overlooks the High Line park in Chelsea, just blocks from Suri and Katie Holmes’ Manhattan home. The ultra-tony 215,000-square-foot school opens this fall for the first time. It’s going to specialize in a global learning perspective and bilingual education (so 6-year-old Suri will be experiencing half-day immersion in Spanish or Mandarin). Read more…

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