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Win This! Smithsonian Channel Swag Bag

We might love celebrity gossip and trashy reality TV, but we’re science, art, and history buffs, too. Some weekends, we even watch documentaries to enrich our knowledge and trivia reserves instead of putting on “Real Housewives” marathons. So if you’re anything like us, then you’re sure to enjoy quality programming from the Smithsonian Channel, including “Stories from the Vaults,” which lets viewers inside the museum’s private labs and get a glimpse of rarely-seen artifacts, and “Vampire Princess,” which examines the Count Dracula legend and offers another theory about a woman who may be the mother of all vampires that’s supported by scientific evidence. [$31.48, "Stories from the Vault"; $11.24, "Vampire Princess"]

Win This! We’re giving away a swag bag from the Smithsonian Channel that includes DVDs of “Stories from the Vaults” and “Vampire Princess,” a duffel bag, and a T-shirt, but you have to work if you want it! Leave a comment before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 11, telling us about your most rewarding trivia experience. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner on Friday, March 12. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. Good luck!

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Smithsonian Channel Spotlights “Women In Science”

The Smithsonian Channel is focusing on determined lady conservationists this Women’s History Month during a new programming block called “Women in Science.” These female scientists have stepped out of their labs and into the wild in efforts to study and protect the creatures and environments they hold dear. The premiere episode, “Running with Wolves,” airs Sunday, March 7, at 8 p.m. and documents biologist Gudrun Pflueger who, after suffering a brain tumor, has dedicated her life to saving Canada’s wild wolves. As you can see from the preview above, these women take an extreme look at their subjects. Not only do they live in their environments, but they go as far as examining the animals’ droppings in a quest to learn more. The other episodes will air at 8 p.m. on March 13, 20, and 27. Keep reading »

Quotable: Pam Gave Birth The Same Day Jenna Fischer’s Sister Did In Real Life

“The same week that we were shooting the episode where Pam’s baby is born, I was becoming the aunt for the very first time. Literally the day we shot Pam’s going to the hospital, my sister was going to the hospital, and the same day we shot me coming home from the hospital, my sister came home from the hospital. It was crazy! I got to name my baby! I said I would really love to name the baby after my niece, so I did.”

Jenna Fischer on lobbying “The Office” writers to have Pam and Jim’s baby be named Cecilia, after her sister’s newborn baby. Keep reading »

Quotable: Don’t Count Out Buzz Aldrin On “Dancing With The Stars”

“Walking on the moon was a piece of cake. This is a challenge! I’ve probably neglected my Lightfoot Louie on the dance floor, but I always have a lot to learn. I didn’t take up skiing until I was 50 … I come from strong Swedish stock and have been pretty good shape for a while. I walk pretty fast in the airport.”

—Buzz Aldrin on why he thinks his odds on “Dancing with the Stars” are better than we gave him [People] Keep reading »

The Premiere Of “The Real Housewives Of NYC” Was, In A Word, Grating

Midway through last night’s premiere of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” I noticed something funny. My heart was beating faster than normal and my breathing was shallow. I felt like I had just had eight cups of coffee back to back, and that the caffeine was surging its way through my body. In other words, I felt really stressed out. Why? Because the show was basically just a compilation of fights between very aggressive, annoying women over very stupid things. Things started with LuAnn De Lesseps grilling Ramona Singer because her husband had, months before, dared to mutter the word “countless” under his breath in her presence and the whole thing was SO UPSETTING. From there, Ramona totally flipped out, oscillating between chihuahua going for the throat bite and Buddhist monk in touch with the pulse of the universe. A few minutes later, Bethenny Frankel went to meet LuAnn for coffee—where LuAnn picked another stupid fight over a comment Bethenny had made last season about paying for LuAnn’s surfing lessons. And that was really just the tip of the fight iceberg. Keep reading »

Battle Of The Genealogy TV Shows

Two shows focused on finding well-known Americans’ ancestors are hitting the small screen at about the same time. “Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” premiered on PBS Feb. 10, and “Who Do You Think You Are?” will air beginning March 5 on NBC (it originated as a BBC show back in 2004). Both explore the roots of famous people, so which one should you watch? We break down the shows, after the jump. Keep reading »

The Bachelor Takes His Sausage Out For A Date

Where did “The Bachelor” Jake Pavelka take Vienna Giarardi out for their first date in the world where the rest of us live, otherwise known as “reality”? Find out — and watch the video! [Also, nice mock turtleneck, douche. -- Editor Amelia] [TMZ] Keep reading »

Why I’m Voting For “American Idol” Contestant Crystal Bowersox

The ladyfolk really redeemed themselves last night on “American Idol.” I was impressed by Lilly Cole’s rendition of “A Change Is Gonna Come.” I was moved by Katelyn Epperly’s crooning version of Coldplay’s “The Scientist.” And I am still a fan of resident oddball, Siobahn Magnus, who devoured Aretha Franklin’s “Freedom.” But there is one contestant I am totally in awe of … Crystal Bowersox. As many of you know, the men and women switched nights this week because Crystal was severely ill in the hospital. They didn’t tell us why, but it sounded very serious. All she said was, “I’m a tough cookie.” Food poisoning? A heart condition? Cancer? Keep reading »

Did Jake Have A Girlfriend The Entire Time He Was On “The Bachelor”?

Jake Pavelka comes off as pretty much the most genuine guy on the planet. But one woman, who’s keeping her name under wraps, says that he’s a liar, liar, pants on fire. She claims that she and Jake were together when he left to film “The Bachelor.” She says that, while Jake claims his life’s passion is flying planes, he really wants to be an actor and was hoping to forward his career by doing the show. The day after Jake returned from filming, she says he called her and said he still loved her. He also said that the women on the show, including Vienna Girardi, meant nothing to him and that he was forced by the producers to propose. Radar has the first interview with this woman. “When you get down on one knee and propose marriage to someone, I take that very seriously,” she says. “The fact that he did that exclusively because he was instructed to do that, it disappoints me so much.” Keep reading »

Jessica Simpson Discusses John Mayer And That “Mom Jeans” Fiasco With Oprah


On yesterday’s episode of “Oprah,” Jessica Simpson responded for the first time to John Mayer‘s blabbermouth statement to Playboy — that she’s like crack in the sack. He, for the record, apologized to her in writing (email or text, we wonder) and she has not and doesn’t plan on accepting it. Good for her! After all the rumors about Jessica still pining away for Mayer, it’s nice to see her standing up for herself, but also seeming disinterested in his smarmy ass. Keep reading »

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