Thursday, November 29, 2007

Flash Lites: Rip ‘N’ Read Pop Culture Recap

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Courtney Love is skipping out on the States. The controversial musician-turned-actress, who recently pulled out of buying Kate Moss’ north London apartment, is now looking to settle into the rockin’ suburbs of London’s Richmond area. Richmond is currently home to Pete Townshend of The Who, and Mick Jagger’s ex, Jerry Hall.

HOLLYWOOD – Josh Hartnett is a fan of the bumps and bruises that come with the business. The 30 Days of Night star refuses to use a stuntman during his dangerous scenes, and also never calls in sick to the set. Hartnett says, “I’ve had glandular fever and I’ve still gone on the set, even though my throat was raging and my mind was saying to me, ‘Hey Josh, shouldn’t you have had this in your teens?’ There have been times when I’ve broken knuckles in screen fights, and once I broke a blood vessel in my eye. I soldier on. I don’t like to disappoint anyone.”

HOLLYWOOD – Don’t look for Hayden Panettiere to spend time in the tabloids for any trashy behavior. The Heroes hottie says that unlike Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, she leads a boring, tame Tinseltown life. She says, “You can’t schedule a rehab for me. And I don’t think you can schedule any DUIs. I think I’m going to be one of those boring girls.”

HOLLYWOOD – Dustin Hoffman credits his youthful looks to some traditional teen skin trouble. Hoffman says he suffers from acne, and at 70 years old, still takes medication to keep the skin condition stable. He says, “It’s a double- edged sword. I had maybe the worst case of acne. I could go into the Guinness Book of Records for having the oldest case of acne. I don’t mind it as much as I used to, but having said that, it gives me oily skin which tends to give me less wrinkles which tends to allow my hair to stay on my head, so it’s my revenge.”
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Holiday Briefs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Anchorage, Alaska, thanks to one drunken moose. A moose became a spectacle in front of a downtown bar after he got tangled up in Christmas lights from a tree, walked to the couryard of a bar, settled on a pile of crab apples, and got drunk off the fermented fruit. Rick Sinnott, a Fish and Game biologist who checked on the moose dubbed “Buzzwinkle” says, “He just had this goofy look on his face. He was either drunk [from the crab apples] or had gastric distress. You can’t do much for a drunk moose except wait for him to sober up. These country moose can’t always hold their liquor.”

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – A thinning budget is causing the town of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, to take the “Christmas” out of their annual holiday celebration. Each year, the town hosts the traditional Dickens Christmas Festival, but this year, due to a low budget, the city needs to advertise the festival by posting fliers in local schools. This means the word “Christmas” had to be removed from the title of the event, because words like “Santa,” “Christmas,” and “Nativity” can’t be said in schools, and many locals are upset about the change. The event – now called the Dickens Holiday – takes place this weekend (Nov. 30 - Dec. 2).

RESTON, Va. – The figures are in and it looks like Internet shopping on Cyber Monday (Nov. 26) this year really caught on. According to comScore Networks, online shoppers in the U.S. spent a record-setting $733 million shopping online the Monday after Thanksgiving – a 21 percent increase over the same day last year. So far, online shoppers have spent $10.74 billion total this holiday season, and total number of cyber sale seekers is up 38 percent.

LONDON – Christmas for U.K. office workers is going to be “Scrooge-tastic” this year. According to a survey by Chartered Management Institute, 30 percent of companies in the U.K. won’t hold an office holiday party this year for their employees. That could be because 50 percent of office managers believe the atmosphere at end-of-the-year celebrations is “forced,” while 20 percent feel Christmas celebrations are a “chore.” Still, 52 percent of employees say Christmas parties improve the working environment, but only 30 percent of organizations actively promote a more relaxed atmosphere as Christmas approaches.
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Around The Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

MAGLAJ, Bosnia (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A slumbering thief in Maglaj, Bosnia, must’ve gotten a poor night’s sleep before attempting to rob a home. The crook broke into a house and stole two bracelets and an earring before falling asleep on the couch mid-burglary. The homeowner found the thief sleeping in the living room and called police, who quickly arrested and interrogated him. One officer says, “He saw the couch and just sat down to rest for a while and fell asleep.”

MELBOURNE, Australia – A man in Melbourne, Australia, is in a mess of trouble for putting the pedal to the metal – and driving with no brakes! The 32-year-old man has been driving around with no brakes in his car, putting the vehicle in reverse every time he wants to stop. This past Monday (Nov. 26), the speed demon collided with three cars after running several red lights. Police are charging him with dangerous driving among other driving offenses, and are appealing for anyone who may have seen the man driving erratically about town.

HYANNIS, Mass. – The luck may soon run out for a lottery winner in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Timothy Elliot won a million dollar jackpot in the state lottery, but in the past seven years, Elliot has twice been convicted of bank robbery, and a condition of his parole is that he is not allowed to purchase lottery tickets. It’s now up to a judge to decide if the lucky winner gets to keep his cash.

GLASGOW, Scotland – Scotland’s new slogan isn’t doing much to attract tourists. After six months of development and $250,000, Scotland revealed their new slogan, which is simply “Welcome to Scotland.” The mediocre moniker is drawing heavy criticism from people who believe the time and money could have been better spent.
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