Pop Culture Update 6/30/06

Pop culture Update-Check your old LP’s, there may be a fortune there. Top ten wimpiest cars of 2006 and a “Friend” tries it again. Much more.

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Baby and big, big dog

Quote of the Day
"In Florida a 96-year-old woman is running for mayor.
When asked if she knew who she was running against,
she said, "Time."
--Conan O'Brien

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What you eat can help make you beautiful!

  • GET CLEARER SKIN As you know, calcium is good for bones. But it's also great for clearing skin. Calcium-rich foods like skim milk, low-fat cheese, and yogurt can help keep your skin pimple-free. No zits = good times!

  • WHITEN YOUR TEETH We all know that sodas, coffee, tea and sugary foods can stain and discolor teeth. But did you know that certain foods can actually help whiten those suckers up? Crunchy foods like apples and celery help clear stain-causing substances off teeth enamel.

  • GET RID OF PUFFY UNDEREYES No one wants puffy undereyes. If you've got 'em, up your intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces inflammation and can help send your bags packin'. Bell peppers are great for this since they're super-high in the vitamin. Oranges, spinach and grapefruits are also rich in vitamin C.

  • LOOK YOUNGER Almonds have amazing anti-aging properties. Not only do they contain a lot of Vitamin E (you know, the vitamin that's often isted as an ingredient in anti- wrinkle creams), but they also contain igh amounts of fatty acids (which help keep skin plump and supple), as well as the antioxidant selenium. Just be sure not to eat too many of these crunchy beasts. They have great beautifying properties, but they also contain a whole lotta calories. A handful is plenty!

  • STRENGTHEN NAILS Keep nails strong and moisturized by eating lots of protein. Protein is what builds up keratin; the substance nails are made up of. Skinless boneless chicken breast, lean turkey, tuna and beans are all good (and tasty) sources.

  • HAVE SHINIER HAIR Foods rich in vitamin B are fantastic for making dull hair shinier. You can get a lot of "The B" (our affectionate nickname for this vitamin) from eggs, milk, green veggies, and poultry. Silica is also very important for keeping hair elastic, shiny and healthy. Raw oats, cucumber skin, onions and bean sprouts are all major sources of this mineral.

  • FIX DRY SKIN Faced with dry, flaky skin? Have fish for dinner! Fish (especially oily fish like salmon) contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for hydrating and nourishing skin.

  • CHEW ON THIS: Don't forget. June is National Papaya Month! Papaya is an
    excellent source of vitamin C and it tastes great, too.

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    Check Your Old Albums

    Came across this tidbit and decided to remind yon readers to check that old LP collection. If you've got a copy of this rare Beatles' album you can make big bucks.

    From Wikipedia:
    Beatles Butcher coverIn early 1966, photographer Robert Freeman had The Beatles in the studio for a conceptual art piece entitled "A Somnambulent Adventure." One of the pictures in the series featured three members of the group seated (with George standing), dressed in butcher smocks, smiling maniacally, while they were draped with pieces of meat and body parts from plastic baby dolls. The group went along with the adventure as they were tired of the usual photo shoots they had done for over 3 years running. Other photographs from the shoot were actually published in a British music magazine with no real uproar.

    In the United States, Capitol printed 750,000 copies of the record with this photograph on the sleeve. These were shipped to disk jockeys and store managers. It has recently been substantiated that the record was indeed for sale in some stores in limited areas, probably for only one day. Reaction was immediate and almost unanimous: everyone hated it. The record was immediately recalled. All copies were ordered shipped back to the record label, leading to its collectability.

    Faced with so many jackets already printed, Capitol Records decided to merely paste a new cover over the old one. Thousands of these were sent out. Many people attempted (and failed) to peel off the pasted over cover, revealing the "naughty" image below. In spite of the relative non-rarity of this item, it is one of the most valued items in the hobby of record collecting. Original non-pasted-over, fully-sealed stereo copies of this record (there are a few with all these qualifications) fetch well over USD$10,000. A copy in much worse shape might be had for about USD$500.

    The Wimpiest Cars of 2006

    Now you're talking about something I know nothing about.

    But for the reading public I plow on doggedly with this Business Week report on the wimpiest cars of 2006.

    Listed below, the top ten, not necessarily in any order.

  • Mitsubishi Montero
  • Jaguar X-Type
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Lincoln Zephyr
  • Hyundai Tiburon
  • Buick Terraza
  • Suzuki Forenza
  • Ford Ranger
  • Chrysler Sebring
  • Volkswagen Golf


    Click on the link above to get details on horsepower, gas mileage and the general reasons why these cars are classified as the wimpiest. Because I just don't know why and frankly, I've never heard of most of those cars listed above.

    Jacko and the Nanny

    One of the more interesting gossip tidbits this past week has been the rumor that Michael Jackson plans to wed his Nanny. The reason, as scuttlebutt has it, is that Debbie Rowe, the "womb-for-hire" mother of his children, is allegedly fighting Jackson for custody of the children.

    The solution would be for Jacko to get married, to give the illusion that his is a "normal" life in which to raise children. At least, I must surmise, as Jackson sees it.

    Scuttlebutt also has it that Jacko's Nanny would be delighted to marry him. Although there's the pesky problem that the woman already IS married.

    It's always something with the weird one, eh?

    Jacko Can't Wed Nanny: She's Married
    Monday, June 19, 2006
    By Roger Friedman

    The nanny to Michael Jackson's kids, Grace Rwaramba, isn't going to marry the pop star, nor is she drugging him, either.

    As for the first part, it would seem impossible anyway, since - surprise! - she is already married to someone else, and has been for more than a decade.

    The Ultimate Teddy Bear

    Here it is, the "Invention of the Week". Which would be a robot panda, pictured below. That is not a person dressed as a panda, ladies and gems. That is a robotic panda and I have a real problem imagining a child playing with such a thing.

    Teddy Bear Robot

    Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg Having Marital Woes

    We lost all admiration for Caroline Kennedy when she awarded Nutjob Jack Murtha with a "Profile in Courage" award. What a way to defame her father's memory.

    At any rate, Caroline Kennedy has pretty much lost everyone close to her in her life and it causes no joy to discover her marriage is on the skids. Assuming the rumors are true.

    From Rush and Malloy-NY Daily News:
    Have Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg hit a rough patch?

    As the couple's 20th wedding anniversary approaches next month, some friends are worried about their marriage.

    The very private pair did show up together at last month's American Museum of Natural History gala. But, more often than not lately, Caroline, 48, is seen without Ed, 60.

    "They're kind of leading separate lives," says one friend. "But Ed is still very involved in the lives of their children" - Rose, 17, Tatiana, 16, and John, 13.


    From: **NY Daily News BLIND ITEM 6/18**

    Which TV celebrity who has a full-time job professing her happy marriage probably doesn't know about her husband and her (male) decorator?

  • Kelly Ripa
  • Star Jones


    Which storied celebrity marriage ended with an "intervention" when he told her, "Yes, I cheated, but it's either the coke or me"? Since they're both now with other people, I guess we know how that turned out.

  • The obvious guess would be Pitt/Aniston, but I don't remember reading anything that suggested drugs were a factor.
  • Gotta be the Lachey/Simpson marriage, as there were rumors about Jessica's
    coke use.

    Matt Lauer and Britney Spears

    I am surprised that Matt Lauer, a fellow who should be stretching his muscles and feeling his oats what with Katie finally gone, has not yet slashed his wrists over that pathetic, PATHETIC! Interview with Madame Britney.

    That sob fest was so clearly orchestrated as a PR cleansing of Britney's image as a bad mother (which she is, I'll never buy ANY excuse for riding around with that baby in her lap). Poor Matt.

    The little bad mother, who is pregnant with soon-to-be-abused baby number two, used Matt and played him like a violin.

    Aw, goodness. The paparazzi chase her all the time and Britney is tormented. Sure, Britney. You would be just another neglectful mother were it not for the paparazzi that you and your celeb friends use to keep your name out there.

    Matt.....Good God Matt. Complain to your handlers! Have you no shame, man? Let Paula Zahn interview the Britneys of the world.

    From the NY Daily News:

    Britney Spears insists she's "a good mom" and her marriage to Kevin Federline is "awesome," despite rumors she's keeping company with her baby's male nanny.

    In an interview to air Thursday with NBC's Matt Lauer on the "Today" show and "Dateline," the tearful 24-year-old pop star also claimed the paparazzi have turned her into an "emotional wreck."

    Dismissing media reports that she's banished her aspiring rapper husband to the basement, Britney insisted she loves Federline.

    "He helps me. He has to. I'm (an) emotional wreck right now," she said.

    She added that she doesn't know if people are rooting against her marriage, but "if they are that's sad."

    Spears and Federline married in the fall of 2004, baby Sean was born last September, and Spears announced last month the couple is expecting baby number two.

    American Idol 2006 Update

    Having documented every single AI show for the 2006 competition, I like to follow up on how Taylor, he who dances like a white man trying to be a black man, McPhee, et al, are doing.

    Now we have Taylor Hicks performing with Snoop Dogg the rapper.


    Taylor Hicks is everybody's brother-in-law, he is our accountant. A rapper? Taylor, please! Find your own genre and stick to it.

    Snoop Dogg Joined by 'American Idol' Hicks
    Snoop Dogg's fans were stunned when "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks joined the rapper onstage in Alabama to perform "Gin and Juice."

    Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, was performing at Birmingham's City Stages festival on Saturday when the Alabama native joined him for a surprise duet.

    The silver-haired soul singer played the harmonica during the song and performed some of his famous dance moves later in the rapper's set.

    The "Friends" Keep Trying

    Anyone notice how the cast of "Friends" has pretty much done nothing since the cancellation of the series?

    Dear Lord, remember how cute Katie interviewed them, the endless hype about the demise of the show? Joey's show was a bust. Jennifer Aniston has to arrange to have surreptitious topless pics of her in the tabloids. I have not seen much of the others.

    Now Lisa Kudrow, the dippy Friend, is giving it a try. As a producer!

    "Friends" was an okay show. It ran its course. The later lack of success of the key players is indicator that a hit show was a hit show, not any sign of the incredible talent of the stars.

    Even if Katie Couric does an interview.

    Lisa Kudrow By Nellie Andreeva
    Wed Jun 14, 2:45 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former "Friends" star Lisa Kudrow and her producing partner, Dan Bucatinsky, have signed a two-year TV development deal with her old employers at NBC.

    Under the pact, NBC Universal Television Studio will get the first crack at the duo's comedy and drama projects, moving Kudrow and Bucatinsky's 3-year-old production venture Is or Isn't Entertainment from its original home at Warner Bros. TV.

    "Lisa and Dan have an incredibly sophisticated and distinctive taste," said Shelley McCrory, senior vice president for comedy series at NBC Universal TV. "They are a great talent magnet, and they are very prolific. She is a great performer and producer, and he is a terrific writer, so the two are a great team."

    While the deal is for Kudrow and Bucatinsky's services as producers, Kudrow is said to be open to starring in a project the two develop if the right one comes along.

    More Gossip/Speculation HERE
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