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Pop Culture Update 3/10/06

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Recent pop culture events that hit the headlines or just plain intrigue.


The Supreme Snicker

What with the Supreme Court all locked and loaded with fresh judges, we understand there are hearings on no less than the country’s lakes, rivers, and streams as well as partial birth abortion. Yet the case involving Anna Nicole Smith is not only garnering the most attention, it is also garnering the most snickers.

We understand Smith’s case involves correct jurisdiction over the legal distribution of funds in a will. Beyond that we’re more confused than anything, save the humor of buxom Anna Marie appearing before the sober justices of the highest court in our land.

For gossip purposes, we do note with a raised eyebrow that bit about Smith being abusive to her aging and ailing husband.

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From IMDB.com:

America’s top judges will decide the fate of Anna Nicole Smith’s fortune after the buxom blonde broke down in court in Washington, DC yesterday. The model/reality TV star faced the Supreme Court as part of her ongoing bid to inherit a portion of her late husband J. Howard Marshall’s fortune. Wearing all black, Smith started weeping at one point in the proceedings as she sat quietly in the back row of the courthouse. Justice Stephen G. Breyer expressed sympathy for her claim, referring to a US district court’s finding that her former son-in-law E Pierce Marshall had altered and destroyed documents to keep the fortune out of the young widow’s hands.

Breyer also cited evidence that detectives were employed to keep Smith away from her bedside. But Marshall’s spokesman, David Margulies, was defiant on the courthouse steps as the hearing ended – he denied any wrongdoing by his client and portrayed Smith as a gold-digger, adding, “She was abusive to him (the late J. Howard Marshall). She was cruel to him.” But Smith’s attorney, Kent Richland, was optimistic his client would win her day in court.

[ADBLOCKHERE]Man Forced to Marry Goat

Heh.

And he had to pay a dowry as well.

From BBC.uk:

A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his “wife”, after he was caught having sex with the animal.

The goat’s owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders. They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi.

“We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together,” Mr Alifi said.

Mr Alifi, Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat.

“When I asked him: ‘What are you doing there?’, he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up”.

Here’s a Story That Has Urban Legend Written All Over It

This has been sitting in my in-box for a couple of weeks now and there’s been no Snopes’ revelations as of yet.

Seems an entire family in Turkey has been discovered that can only move about in the same fashion as early hominids; specifically, that is, on all four limbs. Also, family members cannot hold their necks upright and have other “deformities” that weren’t deformities for our ancestors.

There is a link to a video depicting this phenomenon.

I’ve searched Snopes and re-visited the site, yet I can’t shake the notion that this is either a hoax or explained by other means.

From Iararat.com:

Image hosted by Photobucket.comAn editor of a noted scientific journal says he has discovered a genetic defect that seems to set back the clock on human evolution by more than a million years. Its victims walk on all fours and mouth a primitive language, the scientist reported. He added that the syndrome may literally undo eons of evolution, and thus reflect with some accuracy what our ape-like ancestors were like.

Stevie Wonder and the Sculpture

Since he’s been such a hit in this year’s American Idol and everything, we can’t think of a more deserving singer.

From Soultrain.com:

Musical Legend Stevie Wonder To Be Honored With An Original Artis Lane Sculpture To Be Unveiled March 4, Prior To The 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards

Stevie Wonder honored with sculpture from renowned artist Artis Lane

Pasadena, Calif. (PRWEB) February 21, 2006 — Musical legend and humanitarian Stevie Wonder will be honored with the unveiling of an original larger-than-life sculpture by renowned fine arts painter and sculptor Artis Lane, to be presented to Wonder immediately prior to the 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards on Saturday, March 4 in the Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium at 1:00 p.m.

Too Late to Bid For the Tree

By the time yon reader checks it out, the tree with the image of the Virgin Mary will likely have been sold to the highest bidder. A picture of the blessed tree is below. I see nothing resembling the Virgin Mary save some crumbling bark.

The more interesting story here is the springing up of these “iSoldIt” stores across the country.

The phenomenon of eBay has certainly impacted this country’s economy it would seem.

From iSoldIt.com:

Image hosted by Photobucket.comiSold It on eBay is holding a seven-day auction beginning Monday evening, February 27, of a live 50-foot tree that has drawn worldwide media and community attention for a four-foot image it bears of the Virgin Mary. Thousands of people from as far away as Mexico City and Korea have come to the South Dallas family’s yard to see and pray at the tree since the image appeared in November 2005. As the story of the Virgin Mary’s image spread throughout the United States, Mexico and Central America, the tree became a magnet for the ill and just about anyone seeking hope, all praying at the tree for a cure or for personal miracles.

Russell Crowe Victim Fired

As posted here, it seems that Russell Crowe lost his temper and pounded a hotel employee with a telephone. Said employee received a big settlement from the star who should take some anger management courses. Now as we understand it, this employee has been fired.

From the Daily Telegraph:

SOMEWHERE in Sydney, Russell Crowe is smiling – the hotel clerk he threw a phone at has been fired.

Nestor Estrada scored $130,000 from the Oscar-winning actor in an out-of-court settlement from the June 6 incident at the Mercer Hotel, New York, which dragged Rusty’s name through the dirt for much of last year.

He might need the cash now because Confidential has learned that just before
Christmas the hotel fired him.

This week, they’ve even begun contesting his unemployment benefits.

Crowe ended up on criminal charges from the incident and was lucky to escape with a reprimand from a Manhattan court in November.

Media Nuggets

Culled from my own secret source. Believe at your own risk.

  • Reuters Posts Disappointing 2006 Outlook – Reuters shares fell 10 percent to $7.11 in trading.

  • CBS Records $9.1B Loss on TV, Radio Charges – CBS Corp. reported a loss of $9.1 billion in the fourth quarter on hefty charges to write down the value of its radio and television businesses.
  • Viacom profits tumble to new lows.
  • More details on the Journalists poll – It was conducted after the National Press Club meeting. About 480 journalists participated. 87% believed Hillary will be Dems’ nominee. 71% believed she will lose. Also 52% believed Gore will win if he gets nomination. Expect to see articles, like, Clinton will cost party win.
  • Orrin Hatch at the recent Alfalfa club dinner “Hillary has a serious health problem, first diagnosed among women in Japan, called ‘Retired Husband Syndrome.’
  • Fox frequenter Ellis Hanican and Court TV’s host Lynne White will host the new “Henican & White,” a new afternoon drive show on WOR 710 AM Radio…
  • Media revolving door – Judy Woodruff returns to PBS, for a project examining young people(!)’s views on religion, politics and other issues, including America’s role in the world.
  • Get a Load of This Hog

    This picture and text passed through my in-box this past week and I did a double take. A family could live, heh, high on the hog for a year on this fellow.

    Larry Earley lives about 30 miles from Orlando, in the very rural community of Okahumpka, just off the Florida turnpike in Lake County, Florida. He has 20 acres of land and on it, a few cows and horses. Mostly it’s pasture land that is fenced with woods surrounding him.

    He is neighbored by a larger cattle ranch. His neighbor has complained for several years that wild hogs had been raiding his cattle feeders and salt licks.

    Last month he saw what he thought was a cow in his pond and went to see if it was stuck in the mud and would have to be pulled out. When he got close enough to realize it was a hog, the thing made a charge at him. He had driven his truck down to the pond and carries a pistol in it (as any Florida redneck would, and I say that with genuine affection). He got his handgun and when it came at him again, he shot it twice and killed it.

    Wild hogs in Florida usually run from 100-400 pounds with a 400 pounder being a monster. Because this one had been feasting on grain for several years it had grown to mammoth size. When Larry took it to the processor it weighed in at over 1100 pounds! The meat has no wild taste, as it was grain fed.

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      omgzzzz at the hog. WOW.