It’s been a banner week for Ted Williams. The 53-year-old spent 20 years living on the streets in Columbus, Ohio, his life ruined by drugs and alcohol. But then a video of the silky-voiced homeless man went viral–and bam!–he’s got a job and has been reunited with his mother
. On Thursday, Williams saw his 90-year-old mother for the first time in nearly two decades. “You always told me to pray, and I’ve been praying. This has been a dream, a dream and a prayer,” he told his mother Julia, who lives in New York. Williams was in New York to record a voiceover spot for Kraft Foods, make appearances on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Today.” Of course, what was Ted’s mom, Julia, most concerned with? He accidentally told the world she was 92 when she’s actually 90. Keep reading »
From artist Joseph Barbaccia’s Integration series: BLAMe. Not quite sure what that title means, but I like the idea here. Feeling a little vulnerable? Wish you were better armed? Well, have a handgun transplanted onto your hand, and you are a post-feminist Terminator. One question, though. When the bullet exists the forefinger, will it mess up my manicure? [Joseph Barbaccia] Keep reading »
The Ouija board has been the preferred form of occult entertainment for middle school sleepovers throughout time. I mean, how else would I have known that I’m going to have my first child when I’m 32? Wait! I am 32! Holy crap! I’m about to get pregnant any minute now. But I digress, the important news here is that “Charlie’s Angels” director McG has signed on to direct “Ouija,” the film based on the freaky board game. What will it be about? A horror flick? A comedy? The story line is being kept about as mysterious as the game itself. But I swear it’s happening. I swear, I’m not making it up. A spirit told me. I didn’t push the marker. It wasn’t me. I wasn’t even touching it! [Vanity Fair] Keep reading »
Why did “Good Morning America” weather woman Heidi Jones lie about an attempted sexual assault in Central Park? Because she wanted the attention.
Jones had claimed she’d been attacked by a man in Central Park while jogging and that bystanders scared him off. Later, she claimed the same man — Hispanic, in his 30s or 40s — showed up outside her apartment building and threatened her by saying, “I know you went to police.” She also claimed the NYPD refused to take her statement when she reported the disturbing events. Presumably, given her public profile, Jones was then given police protection by the NYPD for several weeks; they accompanied her to work, to the movies, and even out walking her dog. But over time, the detectives started to realize her story was not consistent. When confronted, Heidi confessed she “did make this up.” Keep reading »