Thursday, August 24, 2006

Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

JIANGSU, China (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Farmers in Jiangsu, China, are hiring strippers to attract larger crowds to funerals. According to, the townspeople believe the more people at the funeral, the more luck the deceased’s family will have. The competition among mourners has become so strong that some families are resorting to hiring entire troupes of entertainers including singers, nude women dancing with snakes and people bathing in public.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – A 26-year-old man was found naked and unconscious in a stolen yacht in Palm Beach, Florida. Travis Tomasello had passed out in the ship’s crow’s nest with a 12-gauge shotgun. He claims a friend picked him up in the $350,000 yacht so they could “go party.” He was arrested and bail is set at $70,000.

CHICAGO – A 29-year-old man thought he’d get himself out of an embarrassing situation at the Chicago O’Hare airport by claiming his penis pump was a really a bomb. He says he lied to security because he didn’t want his mother, who was nearby, to know what it really was. He is now looking at up to three years in prison for felony disorderly conduct.

SOMERSET, England – Farmers in Somerset, England, are so convinced that cows moo in a regional accent that they’ve brought in the experts to confirm it. A phonetics professor at the University of London admits “this phenomena is well attested to birds. This could be true of cows.” The farmers believe the cow’s moo reflects their owner’s dialect and is a result of the “close bond between farmer and cow.”
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Jeanne Wolf’s Hollywood: Celebrity Advance Items From Movies.Com

HOLLYWOOD (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The hip hop duo OutKast takes being outcasts seriously. In fact, Andre 3000 and Big Boi thrive on it, especially the mixed reviews the soundtrack for their new movie, Idlewild is getting. Andre 3000 tells columnist Jeanne Wolf that he and Big Boi have had “haters” since the first album and admits, “It’s become part of our sound. You know, that is a muse. Even though it’s negative, it’s a positive muse.” His partner, Big Boi, agrees and confesses: “We need them haters. Please stay on your job. We have ‘hatorade’ served at all OutKast screenings.”

HOLLYWOOD – Playing a football player in Invincible was a real pain for Mark Wahlberg but it did wonders for his bad back. According to Jeanne Wolf, Wahlberg says one tackle made by another actor fixed his bad back and “just straightened everything out.” He didn’t get to enjoy it though because, as he puts it, “Every single day, I was wrapped from head to toe and popping Ibuprofen.”

HOLLYWOOD – Actress Elizabeth Banks had a quiet time playing opposite Mark Wahlberg in Invincible. According to Jeanne Wolf, when Wahlberg rehearses a scene, he whispers his lines and that confused Banks, who plays his girlfriend. Banks admits she could barely hear him and was worried until the director told her not to worry because “when the camera is rolling, Mark really blows up.”

HOLLYWOOD – When you’re making a film called Beerfest, you better expect to drink a lot of brew. Lots of it. That’s the philosophy director Jay Chandrasekhar used while making the movie, both on screen and off. As he tells Jeanne Wolf: “We had a real live chug at a restaurant with German cast members while we were filming and they beat us, which was a shock because we’re real fast chuggers.”

HOLLYWOOD – Most actors in sports movies have to get in shape before filming, but not Beerfest cast member Steve Lemme. He tells Jeanne Wolf that he didn’t have to get in shape for drinking because, he admits, ‘I’ve had 24 years of experience.” Lemme says the film has “a lot of belching, but most of the time we were downing real beer, and that just brings out those nice foamy belches.”

HOLLYWOOD – Matt Dillon plays an alcoholic in his new film, Factotum, but that doesn’t mean he truly went into character. As he tells Jeanne Wolf, “I didn’t need to go out and get drunk to play the guy, I’ve got enough experience with that. I can tell you on the set we were drinking tea and non- alcoholic beer. No booze was consumed in the making of this film.”

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