Paul is an octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium in Germany. He’s also psychic. Or at least, really freaking good at picking who is going to win World Cup matches. Aquarium workers place two boxes in front of Paul, one with the German flag and one with the flag of whoever they’re playing. Both boxes are filled with octo treats and Paul has to pick one. Using this method, he predicted Germany’s win today over Ghana. But he doesn’t always just root for the home team. Last Friday, he predicted that Serbia would beat Germany, and they did, 1-0 in a big upset. So if you’re planning to place bets on future games Germany is playing in—better wait to hear who Paul the psychic octopus picked first. I wonder if odds on his picks are 8-1? [AOL] Keep reading »
Edith Shain — who claimed to be the nurse kissed by a sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World World II — has died at age 91. Shain said on August 15, 1945, she had just gotten off her shift at a hospital when she and a friend went to Times Square to
find some hot sailors celebrate the end of the war. A sailor grabbed her and dipped her backward in a kiss as a photographer for Life snapped a pic. The photog never got the sailor or the nurse’s names, but Shain has maintained throughout her life that she was the recipient of the world’s most famous smooch. [AP] Keep reading »
World Cup Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi slapped a female sports reporter across the face with an open palm after his team lost to the United States earlier today. Witnesses say Saifi was walking through the interview area when he saw journalist Asma Halimi, who writes for the Algerian newspaper Competition, in the room. Without saying a word, he struck Halimi in the face; also without saying anything, Halimi responded by hitting him back. Saifi then threw a sports drink at the wall and Halimi left with security. Apparently, Saifi did not like an article Halimi had written in the past. The journalist said she intends to file an official complaint with FIFA, soccer’s governing body, as well as the Algerian team.
WTF, dude? You don’t just walk up to a journalist and hit her in the face because you don’t like an article she wrote? It’s no excuse if you were angry because you just lost a match. Seriously, you’re an adult. Grow a pair and get over it. [Um, also, go USA! -- Editor] [Yahoo Sports] Keep reading »
Oil covered marine animals and birds aren’t the only greased up things washing up on the shores of the Gulf; Spirit Airlines wants to remind you that there are babes on those beaches too! Palm. Meet. Forehead. [Talking Points Memo] Keep reading »
If you don’t watch Telemundo, you might not know the name Maria Celeste Arraras. She appears on “Al Rojo Vivo” on Telemundo and on the “Today” show and she is called the “Katie Couric of Spanish television.” Earlier this week in Today’s Lady News, I reported that on May 28 in Miami, Arraras was allegedly the victim of domestic violence at the hands of her boyfriend. According to The New York Daily News (in an article tastelessly titled “Latina TV Host Maria Celeste Stars In Own Abuse Saga”), a police report of the incident said the boyfriend, Raul Quintana, hit Arraras several times, pulled her by her hair and threw her on the floor.
That alleged assault would be horrifying enough for most women. But the blog Tiger Beatdown has posted a transcript of Arraras’ 911 call to report the alleged incident and the operator’s dismissive treatment of a panicky Arraras is straight-up galling. Like, Amelia actually gasped when she read it. Keep reading »
Uh oh. Feminist icon Gloria Steinem has some choice words — actually, just one four-letter word — for CBS’ Katie Couric about reality TV.
Steinem says dating shows like “The Bachelor” are “incredibly stupid” and “what is most offensive about them is it’s not equal opportunity stupidity.” Couric points out that shows like “The Bachelorette” exist, too, but Steinem and Jehmu Greene, president of the Women’s Media Center, explain that there are more reality dating shows where women are vying for a man. “I have a kind of motto,” Steinem says. “S**t is better if it’s equally divided. It’s still a problem, but if it’s equally divided, it’s at least not a political problem.”
Do you agree? [CBS News] Keep reading »