Recent pop culture events that hit the headlines or just plain intrigue
Shelly Winters, Rest In Peace
My favorite character played by Ms. Winters was in The Poseidon Adventure. In that movie she was an overweight has-been who swore she had one more last swim underwater in her. Which she did. Winters’ character swam some distance underwater as the plot required to get the remaining cast to safety. Winters’ character died after that swim but the rest were saved.
May Shelly Winters rest in peace in heaven where everyone is skinny and can swim underwater for hours.
Now This Is Neat
Imagine how much genuine comet dust would get on E-bay. Even more so from a comet named Wild 2. The possibilities are endless. Comet dust enclosed in necklaces. Comet dust sprinkled throughout the burned ashes of the cremated. Comet dust good luck charms could get some buyers.
Then again, consider the scams.
DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah, Jan. 15, 2006 (AP Online delivered by Newstex) — After a seven-year journey, a NASA space capsule returned safely to Earth on Sunday with the first dust ever fetched from a comet, a cosmic bounty that scientists hope will yield clues to how the solar system formed.
The capsule’s blazing plunge through the atmosphere lit up parts of the western sky as it capped a mission in which the Stardust spacecraft swooped past a comet known as Wild 2.
“This is not the finish line. This is just the intermediate pit stop,” said project manager Tom Duxbury of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., which managed the $212 million mission.
Ebert and Roeper’s Worst Movies of 2005
Provided as a public service. I never saw a single one.
Roger Ebert’s Worst Movies of 2005:
1. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
2. Dukes of Hazzard
3. Dirty Love
5. Son of the Mask
10. Fantastic Four
Richard Roeper’s Worst Movies of 2005:
1. Dukes of Hazzard
2. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
3. Monster in Law
4. The Longest Yard
6. Miss Congeniality 2
7. The Man
8. Guess Who
10. The Legend of Zorro
Dr. Who Comes to America
A cult classic, soon to be available on the Sci Fi Channel.
The BBC has reached an agreement with Sci Fi Channel to air the first season of the new Dr. Who series starting in March. It will air at 9:00 p.m. on Fridays as part of Sci Fi Friday, along with shows such as the remake of Battlestar Galactica. The original Dr. Who series was a cult favorite when it aired in the United States on PBS. The new series was success on BBC both in terms of critical review and ratings.
Sci Fi Channel also has an option on the second series. As part of the arrangement, release of the DVD set of the first season has been delayed until July 4, 2006 rather than around March as originally planned.
An Action Rife for Derision
Pamela Anderson, she of the big boobs, is on a quest. It’s an important one so don’t snort. The lady wants the bust, heh, of KFC founder Colonel Sanders, removed from Kentucky’s state Capitol building. What was the good Colonel’s crime that has Pam so upset?
He’s guilty of cruelty to chickens, says Pam of the great intellect.
At times, ladies and gems, the actresses and actors of our world must embrace a cause for purposes of publicity. Why Pamela Anderson chose alleged cruelty to chickens as her cause can cause smirks. Lots of guffaws about breasts and such come to mind.
How serious can such an action be? Banning a bust of the very innocent Colonel Sanders, now how much traction is this going to get?
Pamela Anderson Takes Aim at KFC
The actress called the Kentucky native’s likeness “a monument to cruelty” to chickens in a statement issued by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the animal rights group.
The statement did little to ruffle feathers in Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s office.
“Colonel Sanders was one of Kentucky’s most distinguished citizens, a great entrepreneur and a fine charitable man of faith, and he certainly has a place in Kentucky history. We believe he warrants appropriate recognition as such,” Fletcher spokeswoman Jodi Whitaker said.
It Was Bound to Happen
Seems it’s mostly the female unborn in India that do not get born.
Cultural factors in India make pre-natal selection more of a factor than it might be elsewhere. Female children are expected to provide handsome dowries upon marriage. A male child not only carries on the family name, but is the recipient of those dowries.
Which is why there’s a problem in India with the live births of female children, coincidentally more amongst the wealthier and more-educated in India.
In our own country, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling which took the legislation and oversight of abortion out of the lawmaking process on to a federal right, many late-term partial birth abortions are for the purposes of sex selection. It’s a little known fact and for now, thankfully, partial birth abortion is rare though the civilized would argue it shouldn’t happen at all.
Thus begins the mucking up of nature’s plan. With no human or scientific intervention, Mother Nature manages to get it pretty much right, with female and male births practically equal.
Does not anyone see the problem here? A country with a higher percentage of males than females might soon be the norm. How on earth can this ever be a good thing?
By Scott Baldauf, Staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor
Fri Jan 13, 3:00 AM ET
NEW DELHI – Banned by Indian law for more than a decade, the practice of prenatal selection and selective abortion remains a common practice in India, claiming up to half a million female children each year, according to a recent study by the British medical journal, The Lancet.
The use of ultrasound equipment to determine the sex of an unborn child – introduced to India in 1979 – has now spread to every district in the country. The study found it played a crucial role in the termination of an estimated 10 million female fetuses in the two decades leading up to 1998, and 5 million since 1994, the year the practice was banned. Few doctors in regular clinics offer the service openly, but activists estimate that sex-selection is a $100 million business in India, largely through mobile sex-selection clinics that
can drive into almost any village or neighborhood.
The practice is common among all religious groups – Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, and Christians – but appears to be most common among educated women, a fact that befuddles public health officials and women’s rights activists alike.
Blind Item Fun
BEN WIDDICOMBE’S GATECRASHER
Which emaciated actress was grinding her teeth so hard while presenting
at the National Board of Review Awards that the crowd was making bets
how much booger sugar she had loaded up on before the ceremony?
Some Additional Info:
Other stars in the audience who came to present awards included Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sarandon, Queen Latifah, Ellen Barkin, Martin Scorsese, Eric Bogosian, Gretchen Mol, director Tod Williams, director Kenneth Lonergan (suffering from laryngitis), Amanda Peet, S. Epatha Mekerson, Transamerica director Duncan Taylor, Mrs. Henderson writer Martin Sherman, Good Night and Good Luck star David Strathairn and actor/director Reuben Santiago Hudson, who’s inherited the legacy of directing plays left behind by the late August Wilson.
Ellen Barkin admitted she was drunk.
Amanda Peet looking too thin in a dress that just hung on her.
Gretchen Mol (presenter)
Solving the Rubik’s Cube in 11.13 Seconds
11.13 seconds? While they bring their own cube to the competition, a computer program randomly sorts the squares so all contestants start with a properly mixed cube.
Well I’m impressed all to hell.
A 20-year-old California Institute of Technology student set a new world’s record for solving the popular Rubik’s Cube puzzle, turning the tiled brain-twister from scrambled to solved in 11.13 seconds.
Leyan Lo is part of Caltech’s Rubik’s Cube Club, a brainy clutch of students that hosted the competition at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco. Lo’s record-setting time came early Saturday, among his first five tries in the preliminary rounds.
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