Alex's Antics

 

TUES 12/18/12

  • Kat Von D is engaged to Deadmou5. He proposed to her on Twitter.
  • The NRA has taken down their Facebook page in the aftermath of last week's shootings.
  • Twitter has struck a deal with Nielsen to create a Nielsen Twitter TV Rating that will measure the total audience for social TV activity on Twitter, including both people who comment and people who are exposed to their comments.
  • Be on the lookout for 2 large trailers (18 wheeler types) with "McKinney" on the sides. Apparently, someone drove off with them and, inside: about $2 million worth of stolen Nintendo Wii systems.
  • There's a new novel called, "Elimination Night," that is a thinly-veiled account of what went on during Steven Tyler and J-Lo's first season as judges on "American Idol" and it's not flattering.
  • A new company, Car2Go, has launched in Seattle and is offering a Smart car for you to use, anytime, for just 38 cents a minute. It includes free parking.
  • A new study says that December is the best month to buy a car, as it's the month with the biggest discounts on price.
  • It sure sounded like Samuel L. Jackson dropped an F-bomb on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend. By the way, very moving tribute to the shooting victims on SNL, with the New York City Children's Choir singing "Silent Night."
  • Jack Hanlon, who starred in a couple of the "Our Gang" comedies a way back when, has died at the age of 96.
  • Katherine Heigl has seven dogs and two kids. She says she wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but she wouldn't have it any other way.
  • If you follow Kelly Clarkson on Twitter, you saw a picture of her engagement ring.
  • A federal judge has sentenced a man who hacked into the personal online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other women to 10 years in prison. This was the case where nude photos taken by Johansson herself and meant for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds showed up on the Internet.
  • How could the Westboro Baptist Church sink any lower? They're planning a protest at Sandy Hook Elementary.
  • Scientists in Europe actually bothered to do a scientific study on why Rudolph's nose is red.  They found that the average reindeer has a higher concentration of red blood cells in its nose than humans . . . and Rudolph's must've been even higher than that.  Those extra cells help prevent freezing and regulate his brain temperature, which makes him the ideal candidate to pull the sleigh. 
  • There are a LOT of people confused about the difference between the original Christmas story, and all the OTHER stuff we've added over the years.  In a new survey, 37% of parents and children said they believe that baby Jesus' first visitor was SANTA CLAUS.  2% think Jesus was born in Beirut, not Bethlehem.  And 2% thought Mary and Joseph were on their FIRST DATE when she found out she was pregnant.
  • Every year, stores put out their Christmas stuff earlier and earlier.  But now Christmas is a VICTIM of that precedent.  A Kmart in Ohio has already moved out their Christmas stuff . . . to put out their Valentine's Day merchandise.
  • Last week in China, a man flying to Kenya wanted to avoid overweight baggage fees.  So he wore his clothes . . . ALL OF THEM.  He put on 61 shirts, and nine pairs of jeans.  And he might've gotten away with it too . . . if he'd remembered to take the batteries out of the pocket of his bottom pair of jeans.  The metal detector went off and he had to strip all the way down.
  • A British magazine says that if you step back and look at the big picture, 2012 was the best year in human history.  There's never been less starvation, less disease, or more prosperity in the world . . . even with economic problems in some first-world countries.  Deaths from disease, natural disasters, and war are down.  And people worldwide are living longer, healthier lives than ever. 

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