Alex's Antics

 

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW THURS 12/20/12

 

  • Rihanna has sunk $12 million into a new seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion in Pacific Palisades.
  • Antonio "L.A." Reid is quiting the TV talent show "The X Factor" after two seasons.
  • Scientists in Brazil have named a species of orchid bee "Bazinga," after "The Big Bang Theory"'s very own Sheldon Cooper.
  • There's a new high-tech belt that you can wear around your waist that vibrates whenever you slouch. Posture!
  • There's a rumor going around that Rihanna and Chris Brown are planning a big New Year's Eve wedding.
  • Carrie Underwood wasn't happy how her voice sounded in Des Moines, so during the concert, she announced that whatever money she made that night, she's donating it back to the local community.
  • On the heels of the news that NBC News' chief foreign analyst Richard Engel and his production crew escaped almost a week in captivity in Syria, the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders announced that 88 journalists were killed while covering stories around the world in 2012.
  • Bronson Pelletier, who played a member of the wolf pack in the "Twilight" movies, was arrested Monday at Los Angeles International airport for public drunkenness -- his second of such arrests in just 10 days -- after he urinated on the floor in the Terminal 2 gate area.
  • Cassadee Pope, who was country singer Blake Shelton's protege, won the third season of NBC's "The Voice."
  • Miss Pennsylvania has been ordered to pay the Miss USA pageant $5 million for defamation.
  • The Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses III, whose death has puzzled historians for centuries, apparently had his throat slit in a succession plot concocted by his wife and son. CT scans of his mummy revealed the fatal injury.
  • If you've only been dating someone for a few months, and you're panicking over what to get them for Christmas, here's a little guidance.  GO CHEAP.  In a new survey, 61% of people say that it's more awkward to receive a gift that seems too expensive for that point in the relationship than a gift that seems too cheap. 
  • If the world really DOES end tomorrow, here's how it's going to go.  Scientists say the most likely scenario would be a DARK COMET hitting Earth.  Dark comets aren't covered in snow and ice so they're harder to spot in space.  It would kill the people in the area of impact, and shoot so much dust into the atmosphere that the rest of us would die slowly and painfully too.  Have a great Thursday! 
  • Gower Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee has no security, and after last week's school shooting in Connecticut, many parents are worried . . . including one who's a staff sergeant in the Marines.  So each day, he stands guard outside the school, in uniform.  He doesn't have a weapon, but parents and kids say his presence helps them feel better.
  • Think your commute sucks?  A guy hit a woman on the train in Chicago with a sock full of FECES.

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