Sunday, February 26, 2006

Scientists calculate that money DOES buy happiness.


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'Idol' contestant strikes poses for Maxim


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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, as reviewed by The Filthy Critic
  • "Pure masturbatory horseshit."
  • "Sometimes a movie's title tells you it's gonna be more full of itself than one of those contortionists who can suck his own dick. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is just that. Not the contortionist; that would have been more entertaining. I mean the movie. It stinks of vanity the way an 82-year-old lady does of cheap perfume and soggy diaper."


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Drew Lachey Wins 'Dancing With the Stars', just edging out Tom Arnold and the late Sebastian Cabot


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Film Jerk's invaluable Early Report for February 26th


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"ARMED CHENEY TO GUARD PORTS"
"Shotgun-packing Veep Offers Solution to Port Controversy"


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Lineup Analysis
  • In theory, this constructs your ideal line-up from data you provide. It is certainly not traditional. It consistently places one of your worst hitters in the #3 spot. In my example - a guy with a .325 OBP and a .425 slugging avg. Using more traditional thinking, I expected that guy to be batting eighth.


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Ken Lay is broke


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"IHOP restaurants are offering free pancakes on Tuesday - National Pancake Day"


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A classic film moment - Dr.Evil and Scott Evil on The Jerry Springer show


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Weekend Box Office Results, February 24-26, 2006
  • It was good and bad news for new releases. The sum of all new releases was about as predicted, but individually none of them performed as predicted. Madea's Family Reunion took in an astounding thirty million dollars, while the other two releases finished with about half of their expectations
  • It was good and bad news for Paul Walker as well. His new release (Running Scared) flopped like a carp, but his doggie movie continued to outpace expectations, and dropped only about 20% from its excellent opening weekend.




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Psycho Path
  • Other contenders include Divorce Court and Unexpected Road


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Totally disgusting video - fake ad for feminine hygiene products


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Vince Young's Wonderlic result: reportedly 6/50
  • Successful quarterbacks rarely score below 20.
  • The highest active player in the NFL (Kevin Curtis of the Rams) scored 48/50
  • Only one player in history has scored 50/50, Harvard's Pat McInnally, a receiver/punter for the Cincinnati Bengals who scored a perfect 50 in 1976.


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"Khrushchev's Secret Speech -- Full Annotated Text"
  • Fifty years ago this week, unknown to those of us in the West, Khrushchev denounced Stalin behind closed doors. The link provides the full text of his speech.
  • The heroic saga has a sad ending. Here is a recent news story about the recent rehabilitation of Stalin's reputation. Fifty percent of Russians view Stalin's role in history as positive while Khrushchev, like Gorbachev, is not held in very high esteem by mainstream Russians.


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Hey, Scoop:

About a week ago Other Crap posted a link to a site with images from old Victoria's Secret catalogs. While taking a look through them I thought one of the models in the 1977 issue looked familiar, but I couldn't put my finger on where I had seen her before. A day or two ago, the Fun House included posted pictures from the movie "The Boy in Blue" with images of Melody Anderson and then I suddenly realized where I'd seen that model before!

Scoop's response:

I'm pretty sure he's right. As far as I can tell, that's not just a woman who looks like Melody, but that actually IS Melody Anderson, the pretty Canadian actress who left show biz to get an advanced degree. Helluva good eye!



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Sarah Polley topless, in The Secret Life of Words


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"Here are some absolutely amazing anagrams of famous people." Well, of their names, actually.


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The Strange Curse of "Hot Lead and Cold Feet"
  • Don Knotts and Darren McGavin died in the past few hours. I hope Jim Dale has paid up his life insurance.


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The Bono Nobel Peace Prize Quiz


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The result of a Google Search for March 20th.


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Kolchak contiinues to research the paranormal - from beyond the grave
  • "Darren McGavin, the husky, tough-talking actor who starred in several TV series, played a grouchy dad in the holiday classic "A Christmas Story" and had other strong roles in such films as "The Man with the Golden Arm" and "The Natural," died Saturday. He was 83."
  • He was one of my favorite character actors, and someone who has been around since my earliest memories.


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