Morning Meme: Josh Peck Grew Up Studly, Sir Elton Brings Us “Sherlock Gnomes” and Elizabeth Vargas Confused by Teabagging

Bradley Cooper says that while he’s been sober for seven years now, Bradley Cooperthere was a time when a lack of confidence drove him to drugs and alcohol. “I was so concerned what you thought of me, how I was coming across, how I would survive the day. I always felt like an outsider. I just lived in my head.”

Is JetBlue courting the Brony market? And just what is “clop?” Hint: You probably don’t want to know.

In the interest of fairness, the fact checkers have some issues with some of the statements the Democrats made at their convention.

New details continue to emerge about the Husbands comic book. First, it’s a digital edition, though there will be a bound collection in the spring. And it takes place in a different universe, where superpowers exist, which begs the question of what kind of superpower someone like Cheeks would have. And yes, I’m more than a little jealous that Out got exclusive artwork.

Mother Jones has put together a collection of the five comically bad antigay ads, though to be fair, they’re mostly talking about production values. There was that bad Gary Bauer ad from this week, and the infamous Gathering Storm ad, but also a spooky one from the 1950s.

The world’s riJosh Peckchest woman, Australian mining heiress Gina Rinehart, thinks that Australian miners should look to the labor market for mining in Africa for inspiration, where the workers are paid $2/day.

Huh. Rush Limbaugh said something racist about President Obama. Must be a day that ends in “y.”

No. Just no.

But a big, powerful, absolute yes to the transformation of Josh Peck, who has gone from chubby loser on Drake and Josh to a seriously sexy furry hunk of a man today.

Scientists have developed a set of algorithms that allow thermal cameras to pick out drunk people in a crowd. I have to wonder if they can distinguish between drunk people and folks that have just worked out. And if you train them on the crowd on Bourbon Street, do they just look like the night scope after a flash grenade has gone off?

Anonymous is claiming to have pulled off a Mission: Impossible operation and swiped copies of Mitt Romney‘s tax returns from PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ offices, and are reportedly ransoming them for $1 million BitCoins. Depending on who pays, they’ll either release them or shred them. PriceWaterhouseCooper says they don’t have any evidence of the breach, but find it plausible enough to involve the Secret Service.Maria Sharapova

The Women’s Tennis Association has an active program in place to eliminate grunting in women’s tennis. They’re developing sound meters to measure grunts, standards about what grunting is too loud, and teaching younger players not to grunt when playing. Is this really that much of an issue, or have I just been spoofed by The Onion?

There had been rumors of a Gnomeo & Juliet sequel, and now we have a title in Sherlock Gnomes. I assume we can expect more music by Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John, but can we get Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the famous gnome detective?

An Alabama high school football game made it on ESPN, and one of the teams chose to raz the other team by unfurling a banner that read “Purple? Man, That’s Gay” in reference to their opponent’s uniforms. Their parents must be so proud. Wait – it’s Alabama, they probably are.

Michael Sinam ThomsenIn case you were wondering just what the family in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is making for their ratings-busting show, it’s only about $40,000 for the first season, or about $4,000/episode.

Michael Sinem Thomsen, Mr. Gay Denmark, has come out – as a gay Muslim. “I participated in the Mr. Gay competition because I wanted to show to gay and straight people that gay Muslims exist, and that I am proud to be one of them. And furthermore that modern Muslims exist, even straight modern Muslims.”

Studies show that becoming fit in middle age doesn’t necessarily make you live longer, but it does make you live better. The diseases and downsides of aging are delayed, meaning the bad parts of being old don’t come as soon, or last as long. As someone who is making a serious effort at the gym for the first time in my life at age 40, I can live with that as an outcome. And if I get my six-pack fully back, that’s just a bonus.

 

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