CHRISTMAS IS BEHIND US…and now it’s time to reflect on the year that was. All this week I’ll attempt a “Best of 2010.”
Let’s start with the Top 10 Videos of 2010.
10. The Chatroulette Guy: Chatroulette was one of Google’s most-searched-for terms in 2010. In March, a piano player named Merton used the site to record himself singing improvised songs to strangers.
9. Pants On The Ground: General Larry Platt introduced the world to Pants on the Ground on American Idol in January.
8. The Best Cry Ever: In April,…on the A&E show Intervention…former boxer Rocky Lockridge broke down in front of his son .and accidentally gave his best Chewbacca impression.
7. OK Go’s Rube Goldberg Machine: In March…OK Go posted a video for This Too Shall Pass that featured an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine. It’s been viewed more than 20 million times.
6. The Old Spice “I’m On a Horse” Ad: The Old Spice “I’m on a horse” ad has been viewed over 24 million times since February…and the guy in the ads scored a minor acting career out of it.
5. Basil Marceaux: The Next Governor of Tennessee: Basil Marceaux’s unsuccessful campaign for Governor of Tennessee got a major boost in July, after he said he wanted to get rid of all gun permits …then rambled on before telling voters to “have a nice day”.
4. Double Rainbow: In anuary, Paul “Yosemite Bear” Vasquez got overwhelmed with emotion when he saw a double rainbow in his backyard. And he SWEARS he wasn’t high at the time.
3. The “Trololo” Guy: At the beginning of the year, for better or worse, the world discovered a Russian singer named Eduard Khil, and he became known as “The Trololo Guy”.
2.) The Kid Who Performed “Paparazzi”: In April, a 12-year-old named Greyson Chance uploaded a YouTube video of him performing LADY GAGA’SPaparazzi. And a bunch of girls in the background seemed pretty impressed. ow the video’s been viewed over 34 million times.
1. The Bed Intruder Song: In July, the guys who do Auto-Tune The News remixed the “Bed Intruder” news report, and their video has now been viewed over 50 MILLION times.
I WANT TO TAKE just a minute of your busy Christmas Eve and say THANK YOU to everyone that has stopped by and read STRAIGHT FROM THE FOX HOLE.
I started SFTFH in August after being fired from mornings at 107-5 FRANK-FM. Initially the idea was to use this section of my website to help keep my show prep skills sharp and to showcase some of my abilities. After four months it has turned into much more than that for me.
Thank you for all of your comments, well wishes, kind words and prayers. In all of my years of radio I have never felt such support and encouragement. It hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Some of you wanted me to slam Nassau Broadcasting and the management at 107-5 FRANK-FM after I was cut loose…or at least tell you why I was fired. I have refrained from doing that…and will continue to do so…because I don’t feel like anything positive can come from slamming a former employer. Negativity breeds more negativity…and I’m all about Karma! Did I have complaints…and negative things that I could say? Of course I do…but what good could possible come from airing them publicly. In my opinion…none.
I will tell you that I was not fired for performance. In six years the ratings for the morning show were always solid…through three different partners AND even when I hosted the show solo for two years…it was ALWAYS rated top 5.
The truth is…FRANK’s sister station 99.9 THE WOLF had a failing morning show with sagging ratings. They had experimented with having a third person on their show but the dynamics didn’t work out with that particular person. The station management was still convinced that adding a third person to that show was the shot in the arm that it needed to increase ratings…instead of just replacing the show.
When they looked at budgets the only place that they could find money to hire that person was my salary. So they decided that the morning show brand on FRANK was strong enough that it could survive without me…at least until the first of the year when they could hire someone for half of what they were paying me. So the decision was made to fire the highest paid air personality in all of Nassau Broadcasting.
Some have asked if I’m angry. The answer is more complicated than just yes or no. I do feel decieved by a few people. And I’m disapponted in people that I thought were my friends haven’t even picked up the phone to call or text…or gone to their computers to drop an e-mail or a Facebook message. But hey…to use the most overused phrase ever…”It is what it is.” I go to bed each night knowing that I gave each show 100% and I tried to be a good co-worker and friend to all. The truth be told…at this point it no longer matters to me. Just as I have been from the beginning…I am squarely focused on the future and well being of my family and my career.
I know that many of you expected that I would land at another station in Portland…or elsewhere…very quickly. Unfortunately, in this day and age…not to mention the economy…the radio business doesn’t work like that usually. Particularly when you do a morning show. There are only so many openings at one time anywhere in the country.
That isn’t to say that I haven’t had job offers…I have. The first just two weeks after being cut loose by Nassau Broadcasting. However, they were not opportunities that would have been good for my family for a variety of reasons…either financially or long-term security. The job in San Antonio would have been a wonderful opportunity…but things don’t always work out as they should.
The good news is that I have several different job situations in the works at stations across the country…and I’m confident that I will be hosting a new morning show in the next 2 months. Of course once I’ve closed a deal and I’m free to make an official announcement you can count on hearing it here first.
In the meantime, I will continue to post STRAIGHT FROM THE FOX HOLE on a weekday basis…with updates thoughout the day on my Official Facebook Page.
Again…than ALL of you for reading. Have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year.
I LOVE WESTERNS. It’s my favorite genre of movie. Since The Godfather is my all-time favorite film…most people assume that my favorite type is mob movies. While I do love them…there’s nothing like a great western.
Here’s something else a lot of people don’t know about me…since I’ve been about 10 years old…one of my BIGGEST dreams is to play an outlaw in a western. It doesn’t have to be a big role…I don’t need to be a star or anything. I’d be thrilled to have a small part as a member of an outlaw gang or something like that. Maybe I could rob a bank or be in a shootout…whatever…as long as I could ride into town on a cool horse with my hat pulled low, and a six gun strapped to my leg.
Jeff Bridges plays the aging U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn…hired by a young girl to track down the man who murdered her father. Matt Damon plays a young Texas Ranger who joins the hunt, and Josh Brolin is the guy they’re after.
If you need to reach me this afternoon…you’ll have to leave a voicemail because I can’t wait to get my popcorn for this one. If you’re going to see it too…look for me. I’ll be the guy in the cowboy hat!
THE OTHER MOVIE that I HAVE to see…LITTLE FOCKERS…also opens today. The third Meet the Parents flick adds Jessica Alba to the mix as a sexy pharmaceutical rep working with Ben Stiller. In this one, Robert de Niro gets suspicious of Greg all over again while visiting for the twins’ birthday.
All the original cast is back…Owen Wilson returns as Teri Polo’s former fiancé, who thinks he has another shot with her after it seems like Jessica Alba’s after Greg.
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS actually hits theaters on Christmas Day. Jack Black plays a mailroom clerk at a newspaper who bluffs his way into covering a story on the Bermuda Triangle…and then gets shipwrecked on an island surrounded by tiny little people. Jason Segel, Emily Blunt and Billy Connolly are also in it.
DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE…the movie COUNTRY STRONGmay be playing. It comes out today in limited release and then nationwide on January 7th.
I think this looks really good…Gwyneth Paltrow plays a country singer trying to revive her career after a stint in rehab. Garrett Hedlund from TRON: Legacy is the young stud she turns to on the road, Tim McGraw plays her husband/manager, and Gossip Girl’sLeighton Meester is the pretty little singer who steals her thunder on their tour. Maybe the best part is that Gwyneth does all of her own singing.
ALRIGHT…that’s it for today…short and sweet. The postings will probably be a bit sporadic through the holidays…but will be back full-force in January.
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CHRISTMAS IS ONLY A FEW DAYS AWAY. I thought I had finished all of my shopping until yesterday when Jack and Nick reminded me that we need to buy a gift for Zora, our Boxer.
Since Zora gives us presents all year long…mainly in small piles on the bathroom floor when we leave her home alone for too long…I suppose it’s only fair to give something back.
According to a poll by the Associated Press, the majority of pet owners…53%…plan to give their pet a gift for the holidays. Dogs are more likely to get presents than cats, 56% to 48%. Women are also more likely to buy gifts for their pets than men.
IF YOU’RE A PARENT…then you know as well as I, that getting Christmas presents from your kids is a crapshoot. Sometimes it something great…but most times it’s just socks. Sure…we all NEED socks…but not necessarly for Christmas.
Yesterday, Jack told me that parents aren’t supposed to get cool gifts because we’re adults and that we got all of our cool gifts when we were kids! I begged to differ…but couldn’t sway his opinion.
I have a feeling I’m getting socks again this year.
So…while this list might not make shopping for them any EASIER…it might help make sure you buy something they actually LIKE. Here are six gifts your parents DON’T want…
First, the three things your DAD doesn’t want…
1. Clothing. Kids always buy their dad things THEY think he’d look good in. However, chances are, your ideas on fashion differ by about 20 to 30 years. Things like ties, gloves, pajamas, and slippers are boring because they’re like default gifts…and we know it.
2. Gifts to Improve His Appearance. Obviously, don’t give your dad an electric nose hair trimmer…unless he’s in on the joke. But don’t get him fitness equipment either. It’s like saying, “Merry Christmas…you’re fat.”
3. Tools. If you know about tools, and know something he specifically wants or needs…by all means get it. But don’t buy him a random wrench set at Home Depot just because it’s on sale. He might not need it, or he might already have one.
Now, here are three gifts your MOM doesn’t want…
1. A Big Bottle of Perfume. If anything, give her a small bottle of her favorite kind. Don’t buy the biggest bottle you find on sale…and don’t buy it at the drugstore. Oh she’ll pretend to love it because that’s what moms do…then later she’ll store it under the bathroom sink until next Christmas…when she’ll wear it, and you won’t notice.
2. Something From an Infomercial. Even if it’s something she ends up using, she probably won’t LOVE it, because it’s not sentimental. Remember, your mom watches TV too…so if she wants the Slap Chop, let HER buy it.
3. A Complicated Gadget. If she’s still figuring out the cell phone she got LAST year…don’t add to the confusion. That’s not to say your mom CAN’T figure out how to use electronics. She just doesn’t have the time or desire to. So unless your mom is somewhat tech-savvy, shy away from cutting-edge electronics. She might prefer a book instead of a Kindle…and it costs a lot less.
ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT CHRISTMAS…is watching all of the holiday classics on TV. On of my families favorites is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. When Jack was three years old he would watch it three or four times in a row…in JULY!
However, I wonder how many times he would have watched it…or how special it would be to my family…had the story of Rudolph had gone like this…
THEY’RE GOING TO NEED RUDOLPH IN EUROPE THIS CHRISTMAS. A freak snowstorm…the biggest in 20 years…swept across Europe, stranding holiday travelers at airports and in cities like Frankfurt, Paris, and London.
Forecasters have said Great Britain is experiencing some of the most severe winter weather in a century. They expect temperatures to remain below freezing, with more snowfall accumulating through tonight.
You know it must be bad when in Paris, Lady Gaga had to cancel her concert because trucks delivering the sets for her show couldn’t get to the city’s Bercy stadium.
EUROPE ISN’T THE ONLY PLACE suffering under the weather. The west coast of the United States is getting blasted too.
THE WEATHER IS SO BAD in other parts of the country that if your car breaks down on the way to Christmas and you call AAA to come help you…I hope you’re ready to be patient because you’re going to be waiting for awhile.
According to AAA, they plan on helping 1.4 MILLION stranded drivers in the U.S. in the next few weeks. They’re predicting about 320,000 dead batteries, 200,000 sets of keys locked in cars, 175,000 flat tires, 60,000 cars stuck in snow…plus hundreds of thousands of random other problems.
Meanwhile here in Maine…I’ve seen nothing more than a dusting of snow on my deck.
IT USED TO SEEM LIKE EVERYONE was on Facebook. Now we know that in fact…that everyone IS on Facebook! The Pew Internet and American Life Project just released the results of a massive survey to figure out what people from different age groups are doing online. Here are four of their most interesting findings.
1. Social media is growing. People 18 to 33 are most likely to use social networking sites…but their popularity is growing the fastest with people 74 and older. In the past two years, social networking is up 400% for people 74-plus!
2. Blogging is dying. Almost every online activity just keeps getting more popular…EXCEPT blogging. Only half as many teenagers have a blog as they did in 2006…and it’s falling for all other age groups, too. Probably because a blog is a time commitment. If it’s good it takes time, patience and creativity.
Blogging is mostly being replaced by social networking…instead of having a blog, people post status updates and photos on Facebook and Twitter now.
3. Online video and music are going way up. The number of people watching video online has gone up from 52% in 2008 to 66% today. For music, it’s up to 51% today…back in 2004, it was 34%.
4. The top three activities online are the same across all age groups. For everyone 18 years and up, email is the most common activity…followed by searching…and looking for health info is third.
Remarkably, surfing porn isn’t on this list….curious!
MAYBE THAT’S BECAUSE RON JEREMY HAS BEEN BUSY doing other things. The new Tron movie was released on Friday… and there’s a new parody of the trailer starring the legendary adult film star. Don’t worry….there’s some sexual innuendo, but that’s it. It’s called Tron Jeremy.
ON THAT NOTE…it’s time to wrap things up here…and go wrap some Christmas presents instead. Thanks for reading.
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I KNOW THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE POPULAR…but I HATEA Christmas Story. You know…the movie about a kid that wants a BB gun…get’s his tongue stuck on a pole…the leg lamp…the idiotic father. Call me Scrooge…but I just don’t get it. I don’t find it even the least bit amusing.
Oh I’ve tried. I’ve watched it several times trying to see whatever everyone else obviously finds hysterical. But for whatever reason…I’m not feelin’ it. Some people are rabid for that movie. They’ll park their eggnog-filled carcass in the dent in their couch and watch it over and over every year. Those must be the people that made it THE BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIE OF ALL TIME.
PopEater.com has put together a list of the 25 Best Christmas Movies of All Time. Here’s the Top 10…
1. A Christmas Story 2. It’s a Wonderful Life 3. Miracle on 34th Street (the original from 1947) 4. Scrooged 5. White Christmas 6. Elf 7. Christmas in Connecticut 8. Home Alone 9. Babes in Toyland 10. National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationSee the rest of the Top 25 HERE.
NOT MUCH IN THE WAYof holiday fare this weekend…but there are a couple of decent new movies at the Cineplex. If you have kids…like me you just instictivly know you have to go see this one…
YOGI BEAR. This is a mix of live-action and CGI animation, with Dan Aykroyd as the voice of Yogi, Justin Timberlake as the voice of Boo Boo, and Tom Cavanaghas Ranger Smith.
NERD ALERT! I haven’t seen the geeks this excited since Avitar came out. They’re all certainly in a lather over this one…
TRON: LEGACY. In the first TRON, Jeff Bridges played a hacker who’s digitized into an electronic world where all the programs look like their users. Then he has to fight his way back to the real world with the help of the security program, Tron, played by Bruce Boxleitner.
In the sequel, Garrett Hedlund plays his son, who gets sucked into the virtual world while trying to figure out why his dad’s been missing for the past 20 years. Olivia Wilde is the sexy program who guides him once he follows in his dad’s footsteps.
Jeff Bridges actually plays two versions of himself in this movie. He appears at his natural age as the dad, but they also de-aged him by 20 years to play “Clu”, the hacking program he wrote for the first movie…which is now the villain of this film.
OF COURSE what would the holidays be without a romantic comedy. Thank God this one actually looks good…and so doesn’t Reese Witherspoon…grrrrrr!
HOW DO YOU KNOW stars Reese Witherspoon as a woman torn between two men: Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd. Jack Nicholson is also in it as Paul Rudd’s father…which, as far as I’m concerned, is worth the price of admission. It also helps keep my mind off of Owen Wilson’s hideously misshapened nose.
EVERY TIME FACEBOOK LAUNCHES A CHANGE…it ALWAYS walks the line between “Wow, that’s really cool”…and “Jesus H. Tapdancin’ Christ…are you kidding me?” Their newest product is yet another example.
Facebook announcedthat it’s about to roll out facial recognition on your photos. So when you upload a photo, instead of having to manually tag your friends, Facebook will analyze the faces in the photo, compare them to their billions of other photos, figure out who’s in your photo, and automatically tag them.
On the plus side, that will save you a ton of time…tagging people takes a while. It’s also pretty badass that something like facial recognition technology is now available to regular, non-CIA or FBI types like you and me.
On the negative side…it’s pretty scary that Facebook knows what we all look like. However, it does raise privacy issues. Plus, as someone at CNBC said…you won’t love this when the cops upload a photo of you breaking the law…and have it auto-tagged to lead them right to you.
Of course, the people at Facebook don’t see it that way. Their VP of Product, Chris Cox, says this is actually GOOD for privacy. He’s quoted as saying, “Every time a tag is created, it means that you know about a photo of you on the Internet.”
There’s no word exactly when this is going to go live on Facebook…
for now, they’re just saying “soon.” But if it’s like every other application…it will screw up the site for days and everyone will hate it.
WHAT’S MORE DANGEROUS…YOUR SPOUSE OR A SERIEL KILLER? Human beings are great at exaggerating some risks and completely ignoring others. Take for instance: More people are afraid of flying than driving, but it would take a WEEKLY plane crash to equal the amount of deaths from car accidents every year.
The website Insure.com put together this quiz, based on insurance data, where you try to guess which of two things is more dangerous…and it’s almost never the one that we’re more afraid of. Give it a try…
1. Your spouse or a serial killer? The answer is spouse…by a TON. About 2,700 people a year are killed by their spouses, versus fewer than 1,000 killed by serial killers.
2. Your parent or your young child? It’s EASILY your parent. There’s about a one in one million chance your child will kill you. But when a young child is killed, there’s more than a 50-50 chance they were killed by a parent.
3. A dog bite or a snake bite? More people die in the U.S. every year from dog bites than snake bites. About 20 die from dog bites, 10 from snake bites. But there are a LOT more TOTAL dog bites than snake bites…about four million versus 45,000. Which means that even though more people die from dog bites, a snake bite is 50 times more likely to be fatal.
4. Being a man or being a woman? At every age, in every country, it’s more dangerous to be a male. It wasn’t that way 100 years ago because of childbirth deaths…but now that medical science is so much better, that’s not a huge factor.
5. Showers or baths? It’s baths, by a lot. Even though people slip in the shower, between drowning and electrocution, far more people die and get injured in bathtubs.
AND BESIDES BEING DANGEROUS…baths are JUST NASTY! Who wants to sit in a tub and wallow around in their own filth? That’s GROSS.
There’s only ONE reason any man should EVER take a bath…and that’s if there’s a WOMAN in the tub with you…and it’s filled with bubbles. In that situation fellas you go ALL OUT. Light some candles, have some fruit on hand…AND…taken straight out of my personal play book…you have this song playing in the background…and then you play on playa…play on!
WATCHING THAT VIDEO REMINDED ME…DIDDY was celebrating the release of his new album, Last Train to Paris, at the penthouse of The London Hotel in New York City on Tuesday night.
Portions of the party were recorded on a Ustream video feed…. including the HIGHLIGHT of the night…when a model had her hair accidently CATCH FIRE! The model was sitting in a bathtub, surrounded by candles. When her hair caught fire, she freaked… and dunked her hair into the tub.
Comedian KEVIN HART was in the room at the time. He obviously wasn’t too concerned about her being hurt because he immediately yelled, ”Did the camera catch that? Did the camera catch that?”
The answer is yes it did. Although it would’ve caught a lot MORE of it if Hart wasn’t standing RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE LENS when he was screaming “Did the camera catch that?”
By the way…she’s fine. So if you decide to go the candle around the bathtub route…be careful. Nothing kills the mood like a woman with her hair on fire.
IN AN ATTEMPT TO LIVE UP TO MY PROMISE of not making fun of JUSTIN BIEBER for seven days…I give you this: a fan named Parker Powell wrote a song called A Very Bieber Christmas…and Justin surprised her by making everything in the song come true. The song was a variation on The Twelve Days of Christmas…so Justin got her the things listed in it, which included shirts, shoes, scarves and “hair-flips.”
I’ve said it before…this kid knows how to embrace his fan base. What little girl could not love him even MORE for doing this? For the second day in a row…I HAVE to give props to Justin Bieber. God knows…I NEVER thought that would happen!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. Thanks again for all of the support that many of you have given me in the past few months while I continue to look for a new place to do my morning show.
As many of you on Facebook and Twitter already know…I did not get the job in San Antonio, TX. While disappointed…I’m by no means depressed or upset. The feedback that I’m recieving from Program Directors, Operations Managers, and Corporate VP’s around the nation is amazingly positive. I am being considered for morning show opportunities at some great stations across the country in some VERY big markets.
While it’s been four months since I was last on the air…I’m not the least bit discouraged. These things take time…even more so in this economy. The most important thing is to find the right fit…not only for me and the station, but for my family. I have NO reason to believe that we won’t find a good fit very soon.
After being on the air for over half of my life…I have no plans to quit now. I still have lots of great morning shows left! Believe me when I tell you that you WILL be able to hear me on the air again in 2011.
So thanks to all of you that have reached out to me here, via e-mail, text, and on my OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE with words of encouragement.
ROUND TWO OF CHRISTMAS SHOPPING is finished. A few more odds and ends and I’ll be done. If you’re giving someone a gadget this Christmas, it’s important to know that there are some hidden costs they…or YOU if you’re the parent…will have to deal with. Here are three Christmas presents that cost more than you think…
1. E-Readers. It’s the most-gifted product on Amazon.com right now, partly because it’s only $140. But just keep in mind that the average owner buys three books a month. So that means they’ll spend between $300-$400 in the first year. Plus, subscriptions can be expensive too. The most-downloaded magazine is The New Yorker…which only costs $3 a month. A subscription to The Wall Street Journal costs $15 a month.
2. Smartphones. Over the course of a two-year contract, the average smartphone plan costs about $2,000…if your kid goes way over on minutes…it’ll be more. But if you’re getting a smartphone for an ADULT who won’t be using the Internet much, you can save a lot of money by getting a LIMITED data plan. For example, the UNLIMITED data plan for the iPhone 4 costs about $3,300 over two years. While the limited data plan costs about $2,400.
3. Video Game Systems. After the initial cost of the system, the average owner buys four games a year at an average price of $40 per game. That’s $160 a year, plus they’ll need accessories. For example, the Nintendo Wii only comes with one controller, but up to four people can play. Extra controllers cost $30 each.
ONE OF THE THINGS wears a little thin this time of the year is the Best Of (insert year) lists that always appear in magazines and online. It seems like everyone has a list.
So it stands to reason that a team at Marist University in Poughkeepsie, NY just released the results of a poll of the most annoying word or phrase of the year…and “whatever” took the top spot.
39% of Americans picked “whatever.” ”Like” came in second place, with 28%. ”You know what I mean” came in third, with 15%. To tell you the truth” was fourth, with 10%. And “actually” came in fifth, with 5%. The other 3% aren’t sure.
MEANWHILE…MTV’s Bigger Than the Sound column has released its Best Albums of 2010 list. Like everyone else this year, KANYE WEST’S My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy topped their list. Here’s the rest of the top 10…
2. The Monitor: Titus Andronicus 3. Body Talk:Robyn 4. The Suburbs: Arcade Fire 5. Contra: Vampire Weekend 6. High Violet: The National 7. This Is Happening: LCD Soundsystem 8. The ArchAndroid: Janelle Monae 9. Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico
Dusty: Big Boi 10. The Age of Adz:
TONIGHT IS THE END OF AN ERA. A broadcasting legend airs his final original program on CNN tonight. So I’ve complied my own list in honor of Larry King. Here’s the Top 10 Larry
King Thoughts During His Last Show…
10. Wonder if the president will call in? Probably not, Millard Fillmore’s a busy man.
9. Oops, that wasn’t a fart.
8. I really hope Santa got my letter about new suspenders.
7. Hard to believe it’s all coming to an end. Literally. I see a bright white light in front of me.
6. Prunes. More prunes.
5. I wonder who’s in my bed banging my wife right now?
4. This is so much fun. Good thing I doubled-up on the Depends.
3. Did I get married yesterday?
2. I’m glad I’ve got ALL day tomorrow off. I need to pee.
1. Who’s this Larry King guy and why do I keep hearing about him?
WHAT DO ALL OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON… Barack Obama, Adolf Hitler, Ted Turner, Joseph Stalin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg…eesides their desires for WORLD DOMINATION?
They’re now all members of the Timemagazine Person of the Year club. Yesterday, Zuckerberg was named the Person of the Year for 2010. And he broke the news with a Facebook status update. Obviously.
He wrote, “Being named ‘Time’ Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”
Timedidn’t just choose him because of his resume…they also chose him for his vision. Zuckerberg has a vision to take the anonymity out of the Internet and make sitting in your room, alone, at your computer a social experience…and it’s working. In 2010, Facebook added its 550 millionth member. One out of every 12 people on EARTH has a Facebook profile. The site accounts for one out of every FOUR page views in the U.S. And the membership goes up 700,000 people PER DAY.
This was also the year that Zuckerberg really became more of a public figure. Even though the movie The Social Networkwas HIGHLY dramatized and inaccurate, it still brought a ton of attention to him and the origin of Facebook.
Zuckerberg’s net worth also went over $6 BILLION this year. The cool thing is that he donated $100 MILLION to Newark, NJ public schools…and pledged to donate at least half of his wealth to charity.
PEOPLE MAGAZINEdrops its Best and Worst of 2010 issue this week. They named SANDRA BULLOCK Woman of the Year. Some of the other honorees include…
Glam Parents: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Fighter: Michael Douglas Class Act: Elin Nordegren Big Gun: Sarah Palin Ultimate Survivor: Bret Michaels Out and Proud: Ricky Martin The Next Generation: Will Smith’s kids
Comeback Kid: Conan O’Brien Most Talked About Couple: Jake Gyllenhaal and
And here’s my addition…Biggest “Who Cares” list of 2010: People’s
Best and Worst of 2010!’
IT’S THE NEW SECRET OF SEDUCTION…well it’s online dating seduction…but that still counts. A dating site called Badoo surveyed almost 200,000 users, using 11 different languages, to come up with this list of the MOST successful online flirting lines to say to women.
Number one is: “You have beautiful lips.” It worked across all cultures, languages, and nationalities. Here’s the full list of compliments that work on women online…
1. Lips 2. Skin 3. Ears 4. Legs 5. Clothing
The worst online pick up line was “Wow. Those are some nice Tweets!”
OK…not really. I swear I just made that up as I sit here at the kitchen table drinking coffee and wondering why my wife won’t talk to me!
THE MASTER OF FLIRTING…albeit mostly with skanks and/or groupies…BRET MICHAELS stars in a new promo for Ford’s new navigation system, the MyFord Touch. It shows Bret sitting in an SUV having a conversation with the female GPS voice…and it turns out she’s a huge fan.
LOOK OUT HERE COMES THE SPCA. MICHAEL VICK is legally barred from ever owning a dog again…for obvious reasons. But like a kid that had his favorite toy taken away…Vick thinks he’s learned his lesson and is ready for a new pet. He says he thinks it would actually help him in the rehab process.
Vick blames his upbringing for not knowing that dogfighting was wrong. He recently said, “When I was younger I got caught up in dog fighting. It was something to do. I hate to use our culture as an excuse. It is what it is. I love animals. I love dogs. I love birds. I love all types of animals. But this is just the way I was brought up. Nobody ever told me it was the wrong thing to do.”
Vick says that he works with the Humane Society and goes out on speaking engagements …even though the courts don’t make him.
So what do you think? I know very few dog lovers would say yes…
but the guy did serve his time, after all. Aren’t we supposed to be about giving people second chances? Personally, I’m all for it. As long as the dog is named Karma and it instantly recognizes him!
GOD BLESS JUSTIN BIEBER and the great work he does. Justinhad to throw his weight around during a recent performance in Pittsburgh. He was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers “Terrible Towel” in his waistband. Then he threw it into the crowd, and chaos ensued.
While I can’t say much for his music…other than it’s pop crack for tweeners world-wide…I have to give the kid props for sporting a Terrible Towel.
Justin Bieber…if you’re reading this…I promise not to pick on you for an entire week. Happy Holidays!
THE RECORD COMPANY SUITS have been whining about the miserable state of the music business for the past several years. I always took that to mean they’re just not raking in the cash like they used to. Well, maybe they’re not exaggerating.
STEVE MARTIN…yes, the comedian/banjo player…posted photos of three recent royalty checks he’s received for his 2009 Grammy winning album, The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.
Each royalty check is for UNDER 10 CENTS. You can see for them yourself. He posted the photos on his site at stevemartin.com.
The mind-blowing part is that the album got great reviews, it won a Grammy…and he brought in some kickass talent. Guest performers include Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs and Béla Fleck.
The problem is this: IT’S BLUEGRASS! Who cares? NOBODY listens to Bluegrass. The ONLY way anyone is gonna listen to Bluegrass…is if they SMOKE some blue grass first!
NOTHING IS “OFFICIAL” UNTIL 10:30 THIS MORNING…but word on the street is that a decade and a half after he first became eligible…ALICE COOPER has finally been elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In addition to Alice and his original band from the 1970s, the Class of 2011 includes…NEIL DIAMOND, DR. JOHN, Singer DARLENE LOVE, and TOM WAITS. LEON RUSSELL will also be honored with a “Musical Excellence Award.”
Here’s who was nominated this year but DIDN’T make it…BON JOVI, LL COOL J, THE J. GEILS BAND, THE BEASTIE BOYS, and DONNA SUMMER.and CHUCK WILLIS weren’t mentioned in the early leaks…so we don’t know if any of them made the cut or not. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website says the official announcement will be made THIS MORNING at 10:30 Eastern Time.
There’s no word if whether or not CHIC, DONOVAN, and LAURA NYRO made the cut. Chances are they didn’t.
IF this in fact IS the list…it’s total crap! Tom Waits got in but Bon Jovi didn’t? Look…I’m not a huge Bon Jovi fan…but let’s keep it real. Tom Waits has NEVER had a hit song in his career.
This is just another example of the Hall being out of touch with the general public and going with a “cooler than the room, hip, elitist, B.S. choice.”
Check my FACEBOOK page later today for more on the subject.
IN THE MEANTIME…if you accidently stumble across what appears to be a bag of gifts tucked away in the trunk of the car or in the back of the closet…they may not be Christmas presents. At least not YOUR Christmas presents.
According to a new survey, 80% of married people…or four out of five…say they sometimes buy things and don’t tell their spouses.
Women are most likely to buy clothes or accessories and not tell their husbands. Men are most likely to buy ALCOHOL and not tell their wives.
The main reason people give for buying something but not telling their husband or wife is to avoid conflict or criticism.
My feeling is that if you didn’t buy things behind my back and then hide them there would be no conflict or criticism…AND I wouldn’t have to drink to deal with the stress! But maybe that’s just me.
CHANCES ARE SOMEWHERE IN THAT STASH of hidden goodies will be womens underwear. ShopSmart magazine just ran a nationwide survey asking women about their underwear, and here’s what they found…
The average woman owns 21 pairs of underwear. 10% own more than 35 pairs. 27% say that wearing a pair of underwear that’s unattractive or doesn’t fit well can RUIN THEIR DAY.
47% of women say they feel sexier and more confident wearing a nice or special pair of underwear. 65% of women mostly have boring colors of underwear. White is the most common, followed by black and beige.
46% of women say BRIEFS are their most common underwear style. But for women 18 to 34, BIKINI is the most common style.
56% of women fold their underwear, 27% toss them in a drawer.
And finally, 10% of women say they regularly leave the house without wearing any underwear.
At this point I feel compelled to ask this question: who needs 35 pairs of underwear? Now please allow me to answer my own question: NOBODY! Nobody needs 35 pairs of drawers.
I haven’t done a scientific study or anything…but I’m willing to bet the average dude can go FIVE YEARS on the same THREE pairs of underwear. But again…maybe that’s just me.
TIS THE TIME OF THE SEASON…There’s a famous episode of Seinfeld where George says his family didn’t celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah…they celebrated a made-up holiday called FESTIVUS.
Well I guess there’s nothing else to do in jail other than watch TV because a convicted drug dealer in California was clearly familiar with that episode. The prison staff was not.
This inmate hated the salami sandwhiches that the jail kept serving, so he told prison officials that he can’t eat salami…because it’s against his Festivus beliefs!
They believed him, and served him the much-less-awful KOSHER MEALS for almost TWO MONTHS…until someone finally caught on that Festivus is a Seinfeld holiday and not part of any actual religion.
In case you’re like the prison staff and are unfamiliar with the Festivus celebration…or if like me, you just love Seinfeld…here’s that famous scene.
NOBODY LIKES JUNK MAIL…especially when it’s delivered like this. Last week, a 52-year-old postal worker in Wisconsin went to work and found one of his female co-workers was depressed. So he said he was going to cheer her up…by delivering mail COMPLETELY NAKED.
So he stripped naked, went to a woman’s office with a package…pun
not intended…and tried to deliver it. She freaked out, the cops were called and he was arrested for lewd and disturbing behavior.
The U.S. Postal Service is investigating the incident. He’s apologized and says it was a stupid thing to do.
OPRAH WINFREYALMOST KILLEDHUGH JACKMAN!
OK…it wasn’t that bad…but Hugh did suffer a minor facial injury when a stunt went wrong during a taping of Oprah in Australia on Tuesday.
He was attempting to make a dramatic entrance by ZIP-LINING to the stage at the Sydney Opera House. The accident started when Hugh failed to hit the brakes on time…and ended up flipping over a lighting rig. Paramedics rushed to his aid, but he was basically OK.
He injured his right eye…but was able to resume taping after receiving medical attention. He returned to the set with a small piece of tape under his eye. There was a visible bruise on his face.
The episode is expected to air sometime next month.
THIS HAS WHITE TRASH WRITTEN ALL OVER IT! HULK HOGAN and his girlfriend, Jennifer McDaniel, got married last night in a sunset ceremony on the beach in Clearwater, FL. And in a classic case of irony…there was a SCUFFLE during the ceremony.
Now before you jump up and get ready to lay the smack down brother…Hulk wasn’t involved. TMZ says one of his employees went at it with a paparazzi scumbag who got too close.
Police were called but nobody wanted to press charges, so the cops didn’t arrest or ticket anyone. The wedding continued as scheduled.
By the way…Hulk is 57. His new bride is 35.
I’M NOT SURE IF THAT’S WHAT MADE THIS WOMAN SICK…but there’s a video online of a woman throwing up on a roller coaster, and it’s absolutely disgusting. By the end of the ride, she’s completely covered in it, and everyone sitting near her jumps out of their seats as soon as they can.
OK…so now I feel like I need to go to the bathroom. Check my Facebook page throughout the day for updates. You can also follow me on TWITTER.
Thanks for reading…and look for a brand new STRAIGHT FROM THE FOX HOLE tomorrow morning.
I LOVE MODERN TECHNOLOGY…we can’t find Osama Bin Laden…but a new minivan from Nissan will help you find a strip club!
I guess you have to give Nissan credit for this: Just because you drive a minivan to drop the kids off at school, doesn’t mean you can’t stop off for a lap dance afterward.
In the 2011 Nissan Quest minivan…if you get the GPS navigation system…it’s got a built-in category for “Adult Entertainment destinations.” Meaning that if you want to “make it rain”…they’ve got you covered.
According to AutoBlog, this is the first time they’ve seen strip clubs built into a car’s factory navigation system.
OF COURSE ON YOUR WAY…you’ll probably need to swing through the drive-thru and grab a bite to eat. But be careful…it’s dangerous to eat ANYTHING when you’re driving…even having one hand on a Pop Tart knocks your safety down a little bit.
According to car insurers, these are the ten most dangerous foods to eat while you drive. They all seem to have at least one of three qualities: They’re either hot, greasy, or messy. Well, except for soda. Not sure how that snuck on this list. Anyway, check ‘em out…
2. Hot soup
7. Fried chicken
8. Jelly donuts
9. Soda and other soft drinks
And just keep in mind…thatany woman that is willing to grind her fine body against you in the middle…doesn’t want your greasy fried chicken fingers all over those dollar bills that you keep feeding her. Not that I would know anything about that…it’s just what I’ve heard on the street. And you should always believe what you hear on the street!
IT’S NEW DVD TUESDAY…and this week there are some really good movies to choose from. Keep in mind that some of them actually come on on Friday…it’s a holiday marketing ploy…but who cares. Here’s what you have to choose from this week.
THE OTHER GUYS. Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnsonare NYPD’s finest detectives. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are “the other guys”…two desk cops who stumble onto a major case while trying to prove themselves.
THE A-TEAM. The big screen remake of the ’80s TV show stars Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Face, Sharlto Copley as Murdock, and UFC fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Jessica Biel is also in it.
CYRUS. A comedy starring John C. Reillyas a guy struggling to hold onto a new relationship with Marisa Tomei after he realizes that her grown son can’t stand him. Jonah Hill plays Cyrus, her overprotective son.
In stores this Friday… a movie I can’t wait to see because I never found the time to see it at the theater:
THE TOWN. Ben Affleck plays a bank robber who falls in love with a hostage…and then has to choose between betraying his friends and losing the woman he loves. Hurt Locker’sJeremy Renner is his trigger-happy partner and Mad Men’sJon Hamm is an FBI agent obsessed with hunting them down.
And for our kids…two movies that my son Nick says TOTALLY ROCK…
DESPICABLE ME. Steve Carell plays a super-villain whose evil plans are interrupted by three orphaned girls decide they want him as their father. iCarly’sMiranda Cosgrove does the voice of the oldest girl.
NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS. Emma Thompson is back as the magical nanny whose face reflects the ugly behavior of children…until they fix their bad behavior and her beauty is restored. In this one, she helps Maggie Gyllenhaal raise five kids while her husband is off at war.
ALSO IN STORES THIS FRIDAY…one that Nick didn’t see but wanted to…which means it must be cool…
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE. An animated flick about a group of owls trying to find the mythical guardians of their world, to protect it from an impending attack. Some of the voices of the older owls are done by Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush, and Helen Mirren.
THE HOLIDAYS MEAN MORE THAN NEW MOVIES AND SHOPPING…it means really good food! So…if you find yourself in a ham-and-pie-induced coma this Christmas…let me help you shift the blame!
According to the American Psychological Association, we don’t just overeat during the holidays because the food’s so good…we also overeat because this time of year can be REALLY stressful.
In a new survey, they found that 40% of Americans said they’ve overeaten or eaten unhealthy “comfort foods” in the past month because of stress. Hello Macaroni and Cheese!
HOWEVER…if you’d like to keep yourself from packing on your annual Christmas 15 this year …a team at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA has a suggestion.
They found that if you IMAGINE yourself overeating right before you eat…you eat less. Instead of thinking about how delicious the first bite of ham or pie will be…you should picture yourself fighting down the last few bites.
In experiments, they found that people who visualized themselves overeating ended up eating LESS than other people. I just visualize myself looking like Fat Bastard from the Austin Powersmovies…but hey…that’s what works for me!
TWITTER HAS RELEASED its list of its top 10 trending topics for the year. There aren’t too many surprises here…other than maybe the Chilean miners and the midterm elections being left off…and the fact that I didn’t once Tweet about ANY of these subjects…
Instead, we’ve got two major disasters…two big movies…two big
tech products…three things World Cup related…and, of course, that one ridiculous teenage pop star who is fast approaching world domination. Here’s the top 10:
1. The Gulf oil spill
2. The World Cup
3. The movie Inception 4. The earthquake in Haiti
6. The iPad
7. The Google Android
8. Justin Bieber
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 10. Paul…the World Cup Predicting Octopus
IF YOU WERE PLANNING ON making your New Year’s resolution: ”Watch more reality singing competition shows”…then you’re in luck! NBC is developing yet another one, which is being “aggressively” rushed to TV.
This one will be called The Voice of America…and like all the other singing shows…it’s not original. It’s based on a Dutch show called The Voice of Holland…which is currently burying Dutch Idol and their version of X Factor in the ratings.
The Voice of America is a lot like American Idol…and almost exactly like what the American version of X Factorwill be…with these differences:
The judges will be called ”coaches.” And during the audition phase, the coaches will turn their chairs so they’re facing away from the contestants. Taht way they will only evaluate them based on what they hear…not what they see.
The coaches push buttons saying whether or not they’d be willing to mentor the contestant. If more than one coach says “yes,” the singer can choose their coach.
Then…during the equivalent of “Hollywood Week”…the contestants work with their coaches, and are put into teams that compete against each other in sing-offs.
After that, it basically becomes American Idol with a limited number of contestants performing live each week and relying on viewers’ votes to advance in the competition.
The Voice of America is expected to premiere this spring.
Pretty soon, we are going to have more singing competitions than legitimate, undiscovered singing talent. Seriously…I don’t know how small countries like the Netherlands are pulling this off.
There’s this new show on NBC…which is currently airing the second season of The Sing-Off…and also has America’s Got Talent. Then there’s Fox, which has American Idol…and the American version of X Factor coming this fall. Can you say OVERKILL?
ONE THING I NEVER GET TIRED OF…is seeing ROBERT DE NIRO and director MARTIN SCORSESE team up for a movie.
Well…they’re doing it again…this time for The Irishman. It’s a crime drama about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran…a union official who becomes a hitman.
De Niro and Scorsese’s other collaborations include some of the greatest movies of our time…Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, Goodfellas and Casino.
I have a feeling this one will be every bit as great as those classics.
ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITE series of movies in recent years has to be the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Well…Captain Jack Sparrow is back…PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDEShits theaters on May 20th. The trailer hit the web yesterday.
THAT LOOKS AWESOME…but I think I like this trailer even more…
BLACKEYED PEAS MAY BE THIS YEARS SUPER BOWL HALF TIME HEADLINERS…but that isn’t keeping funk legend GEORGE CLINTON from suing them for copyright infringement.
And for those of you who aren’t down with George Clinton…no he is NOT related to Bill Clinton. George Clinton DID inhale!
George claims they sampled his song (Not Just) Knee Deep in remixes for their song Shut Up…which was originally released in 2003. Clinton says he became aware that the Peas were sampling his song…without permission…when a producer for the band asked him for permission to use the song on a new Shut Up remix called Shut the Phunk Up. He refused…but the Peas did it anyway, and released the remix in the deluxe editions of their album, The E.N.D. Eventually, Clinton found out about it …and the previous remix…which was released in 2003 with the original.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Clinton is seeking damages of $150,000 per infringement and an injunction prohibiting further distribution of the infringing song.
The Black Eyed Peas have not commented.
It seems pretty obvious that the Peas heavily sampled, lifted, borrowed…OK, BLATANTLY RIPPED OFF…the Funkadelic track. The question is whether Clinton can do anything about it. Here’s his song…
Here’s Black Eyed Peas’ first Shut Up remix…
And here’s the Peas’ new remix for Shut the Phunk Up…
ALL OF ‘EM make me wanna shake my moneymaker…so that’s what I’m gonna do. So while I get all Soul Train up in here…you shake your groove thang on over to my FACEBOOK page throughout the day for more fun stuff just like you find here each day.
EVERYONE IS LOOKING FOR A DEAL AT CHRISTMAS…especially on big name-brand things…or hard to find items. BUT BEWARE: if you just got an incredible deal on some UGG boots from a guy standing outside the Pizza Hut… you’ll never believe this, but they’re probably fake!
A website called SiteJabber just put out a list of the top 10 counterfeited items and brands for 2010, and in most cases they’re cheap knockoffs of luxury brands that most of us would have a tough time buying legit. Here’s what to look for…
2. Coach handbags and other leather items
3. Tiffany jewelry 4. Athletic jerseys
6. Nike sneakers…especially Air Jordans
7. Ed Hardy and Juicy clothes
8. Watches…mostly Rolex, Omega, and TAG Heuer
9. North Face…especially jackets
10. DVDs…mainly box sets of TV series
If things like this are on your holiday shopping list…it’s best to pay the etra money from a reputable dealer and not a guy that your buddy knows who sells it for half price.
OOPS! I’m not really sure how a mistake like this happened on real TV…but it did. Last week CNN was doing a story on the student protests in England, then set up a story about Democrats and Republicans fighting in Congress.
But…instead of showing the political clip, they accidentally cut to the explosive diarrhea scene from Dumb and Dumber.
CNN says they were planning to use that clip for a story about unusual treatments for digestive problems.
HANNAH MONTANA IS A STONER! TMZ has posted a video of MILEY CYRUS taking a BONG HIT…then acting pretty stoned. It was allegedly taken during a party at Miley’s home on November 28th…just five days after she turned 18.
The drug Miley smokes is called SALVIA…and it’s LEGAL in California. At least for now. It’s an herb that has psychedelic properties a lot like LSD.
The DEA says Salivia is ”a powerful hallucinogen that causes visions. People smoke it solely to get high and hallucinate. When someone smokes salvia, they are not in control of their psychology.”
The DEA currently lists Salvia as a “drug of concern”…which means that they’re looking into whether or not it should be classified as harmful and illegal. Salvia’s supporters, however, are quick to point out that it’s a natural herb, and it’s not addictive.
By the way…the video was shot by a friend of Miley’s, and she’s obviously not worried that she’s being filmed. There’s no word who made the video public.
All I know is that listening to Miley’s laugh makes ME want to take a bong hit of Salvia!
GOD IS A BRETT FAVRE FAN…how else do explain this: Brett’s Minnesota Vikings were set to play the NY Giants yesterday. However, a MAJOR snowstorm shut down the airport in Minneapolis, and the Giants flight was diverted to Kansas City. Then all of the roads were closed. So the NFL moved back the start time on the game.
All of this was great for Brett because he’s been nursing a beat-up shoulder and was at risk of ending his NFL record of 297 straight starts.
Well the injury must have be much worse than what any of us know becuase this is when God decided to make his move.
The Minneapolis Metrodome collapsed under heavy snow early yesterday morning. Fox Sports intentionally left the cameras on inside, just in case it happened.
By the way…the game will be played tonight in Detroit at 7:20 EST.
APPARENTLY IT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY to be part of a company that’s taken over the world…AND has a chef on staff who cooks you all your meals for free!
According to a nationwide survey by CareerBliss.com, Google has the happiest employees of any company in the United States.
They have a reputation for taking care of their employees: They pay well, there’s a lot of opportunity for advancement, they cook all your meals, there’s a company gym, and they even have an on-site medical staff if you need a quick doctor’s visit.
The rest of the top five happiest companies are 3M, DTE Energy, Qualcomm, and…believe it or not…the U.S. Military.
They surveyed almost 100,000 employees…and rated their happiness in areas like growth opportunity, compensation, benefits, work-life balance, career advancement, management, and job security.
The company on the top 50 list with the lowest average salary was Costco. It came in 30th, and has an average salary of $40,250.
The company with the highest average salary was Sun Microsystems, where the average employee makes $101,662…but they only came in 46th overall on the list.
Just having a job would probably make some folks happy…forget about having an onsight gym or a doctor on call. Although someone cooking all of my meals does sound REALLY good!
THOR COMES TO THEATERS ON MAY 6th. It stars CHRIS HEMSWORTH as the title character, ANTHONY HOPKINS as his father Odin and NATALIE PORTMAN as the eye candy.
The trailer hit the web a few days ago.
THE CLOSER IS CLOSING UP SHOP. TNT has announced that there will be one more full season of The Closer and that’s it. Production on a seventh season will begin next spring, and it’s expected to air from the summer into the fall.
The show is still doing well in the ratings…KYRA SEDGWICK made the decision to cut it off after the seventh season. Maybe she just wants to spend more time with her hubby…the very cool KEVIN BACON.
If you’ve never seen the show Sedgwick plays Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson. She runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. She has an innate ability to read people and obtain confessions to help her and her team solve the city’s toughest, most sensitive cases.
The current, sixth season is airing now. The finale is scheduled for January 3rd.
SPEAKING OF KEVIN BACON…have you seen the new commerical for Logitech Revue with Google TV? It’s the best new commercial on TV right now.
AFTER AN ELABORATE 10 DAY COUNTDOWN…MTV’s complete Top 25 Songs of 2010 list is finally out. Here’s how it shakes out…
1. OMG: Usher 2. Runaway: Kanye West 3. Power: Kanye West 4. B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast): Rick Ross 5. (Eff) You: Cee Lo Green 6. Dancing on My Own: Robyn 7. Fancy: Drake 8. On to the Next One: Jay-Z 9. Love the Way You Lie: Eminem f/Rihanna 10.Telephone: Lady Gaga f/BeyoncéSee the rest of the Top 25HERE.be sure to check out my Official Facebook Page HERE. I’ll update with more videos and other fun stuff throughout the day. And…click on the LIKE button once you’re there.
I’M GOING CHRISTMAS SHOPPING for my wife tomorrow…and believe it or not…I’m looking forward to it! For some men…shopping for their wife is the absolute worst thing they can imagine. Guys know how to buy power drills, stereo systems, and porn. Ask most of us to go to the mall and shop for a woman…
maybe someplace other than Victoria’s Secret…and we’ll look at you like you just shot our dog.
The reason that I’m different than most men is simple…THE LIST!
The concept is an easy one…you learned it as a kid. Heck, you may use with your kids. Here’s how it works…stay with me now…if there’s something that you want for Christmas…WRITE IT DOWN ON A LIST! Huh? Is that easy enough? I know it sounds too simple to be true…but it works.
I used to hate going Christmas shopping for Charmen. Despite her claims…she isn’t easy to shop for. For one thing, if she wants something…she usually just goes and gets it. Which is good in one way…but bad when it comes to Christmas.
In years past she would just drop hints as to what she wanted and expect me to pick up on them…then remember them when I go to the mall. Bad plan!
Like most dudes…I’m goal oriented. I like to measure my success. Scratching things off a list means I’ve accomplished something.
So ladies, here’s my advice this holiday season: write a list of things you want for Christmas. It doesn’t have to be long…but make it at least three or four things that you want your husband to give you this year. If it’s longer than that…put the stuff you really want at the top of the list. Men prioritize their goals…if it’s at the top of the list…it’s obviously the most important.
And here’s another thing…DO NOT put things like “clean the basement” or “take the kids to a movie” on the list. Lots of women will do that and then claim they couldn’t think of anything else.
No! Sorry…don’t believe you. That’s cheap and lazy on your part. Chances are most guys will do those sorts of things anyway.
And another thing…don’t claim that whatever he gets you will be fine…or else you’ll end up with a powerstrip he bought at RitAid on Christmas Eve. So make some effort and write down some legit stuff.
Here’s another important tip…don’t go overboard. You don’t want to overwhelm the poor guy. So make it plain and simple. Let’s say you want a particular sweater. Beside “sweater”…write down the store where he can find it. Give your color preference…pick two in case he can’t find the first one. And yes…write down the size. Hell, most of us don’t even know what size pants we wear…do you really think we know yours?
Now I know some ladies are going to say, “Well if I have to go to all of this trouble I may as well go buy the stuff myself.”
Sure…you can look at it that way. But if you just take a few minutes and jot some stuff down…you’ll make the entire holiday experience better for everyone. The alternative is to wake up Christmas morning and find a ratchet set with your name on it!
Still not convinced? Well, according to a new survey, men are about two-and-a-half times more likely to buy someone a gift off their wish list than women. 49% of men buy presents for their partner off their wish list…versus 21% of women.
The survey also found that about 80% of all presents are purchased by women. Which tells me that a lot of women are NOT using The List…and instead are buying their own Christmas present.
Ladies…trust me on this…MAKE A LIST. The List is fail proof. The List will simplify your life. The List will set your free!
WORK CAN BE DEPRESSING.Health magazine just put out a list of the 10 most depressing jobs in America…based on a study of how many people at each of those jobs suffered with MAJOR DEPRESSION in the past year.
So if you’ve got one of these jobs and you’re NOT depressed…congratulations! Here are the 10 most depressing jobs:
1. Nursing home and child care workers 2. Food service staff 3. Social workers 4. Health care workers 5. Artists, entertainers, and writers 6. Teachers 7. Administrative support staff 8. Maintenance and grounds workers 9. Financial advisors and accountants 10. Salespeople
Of course, in this day and age, NOT having a job is even more depressing than having a depressing job. Nursing home and child care…which was number one on this list…had an 11% major depression rate. Unemployed people came in at 12%.
IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A JOB…your company may actually be having a holiday party in the next couple of weeks. If you’re going to one, here are five thingsyou shouldn’t do at your office Christmas party…
1. Don’t Be Late. The beginning of an office party is the best time to network with senior executives. And even though you probably won’t get in TROUBLE for being late, it definitely won’t look good.
2. Don’t Be a Wallflower. A lot of people only talk to the same people they talk to at work every day. But even a short conversation with your boss or your BOSS’S boss can help your career.
3. Don’t Tell Dirty Jokes. Even if everybody’s having a great time and the atmosphere is relaxed, you’ll probably offend someone.
4. Don’t Show Up Your Boss. If he’s carrying on about something you know more about, keep it to yourself. And if he tells a joke everyone laughs at, don’t steal his thunder and tell a better one five seconds later.
5. Don’t Lose Control. Getting drunk might not get you FIRED, but it’ll still have a lasting effect on how you’re thought of at work…and it’ll make you the butt of a lot of jokes.
IT LOOKS LIKE A GOOD WEEKEND FOR NEW MOVIES. The one that I really want to see is THE TOURIST. It stars Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. He plays an American tourist whose flirtation with a stranger gets him mistaken for an international criminal. Angelina’s the chick who sets him up….but at least she regrets it once the bullets start flying.
VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER is the third Chronicles of Narnia movie. It’s set a year after Prince Caspian and reunites Caspian with Edmund and Lucy, the two youngest Narnia kids. Liam Neesonreturns as the voice of Aslan and Tilda Swinton is back as the White Witch.
In this one, Lucy and Edmund are transported back to Narnia through a painting, along with an annoying cousin. They’re taken aboard a ship built by Caspian to search for seven lords who had been loyal to the throne before it was stolen by his evil uncle. The two older kids, Peter and Susan, only have cameos in this one. Aslan already told them at the end of the last movie that they were too old to return to Narnia.
BILLBOARD MAGAZINE has named LADY GAGA as its Top Artist of the Year. Last year, she theirNew Artist of the Year.
Like every list Billboard puts out, this wasn’t subjective. The Top Artist of the Year is determined by performance on two charts: The Billboard 200 albums list, and the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.Here are the Top 10 Artists of the Year:
1. Lady Gaga 2. Taylor Swift 3. Eminem 4. Lady Antebellum 5. Ke$ha 6. Usher 7. The Black Eyed Peas 8. Justin Bieber 9. Rihanna 10. Drake
LOCK UP YOUR LIQUOR CABINET. A&E has apparently pulled the plug on The Hasselhoffs…that new reality show starring DAVID HASSELHOFF and his daughters, HAYLEY and TAYLOR ANN.
They took it off their schedule after just TWO episodes. To say it never found an audience would be a HUGE understatement. The first show drew 718,000 people…which is less than the population of Columbus, OH. The second one had 505,000 viewers…or the
population of Cleveland, OH…minus the suburbs!
While common sense says the show is finished…an A&E spokesperson wouldn’t say it was “canceled.” Most likely because he was afraid The Hoff will show up at his office liquored up and ready to fight…or worse yet sing!
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE STORIES that makes you want to dig through all your boxes of old crap to see if there’s anything secretly worth thousands of dollars. Of course there isn’t…but it never hurts to look.
There’s a guy in his 80s from Texas who bought a Rolex for $70 when he was in the Navy 52 years ago. He wore it every day for 40 years.
About 10 years ago, he put it away and forgot about it. But a few weeks ago he was going through his drawer, found the watch, and decided to throw it on eBay and get some money for Christmas.
The starting bid was $10….but when the auction ended earlier this week, the final price was…$66,100! It turns out the watch was a rare Bonb Rolex Submariner Ref 5510. It’s the watch that SEAN CONNERY wears in the James Bond movies Dr. No, Goldfinger, and Thunderball. It’s one of the most sought-after watches in the world!
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE took the trailer for MEL GIBSON’S new movie The Beaver, and edited in audio from Mel’s infamous phone calls. In the real movie, Mel plays a guy who talks through a beaver puppet. But now the beaver is the foul mouth.
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF NUT JOBS…when one high-strung, neurotic head-case marries another high-strung, neurotic head-case, it seems like a clear setup for DISASTER. Crazy plus crazy doesn’t equal sane. It equals DOUBLE CRAZY.
A new study from the University of Tennessee has found a way for two neurotic people to make a marriage work. The answer is…lots and lots of fornication!
The researchers found that neurotic people who have a lot of sex report the highest marital satisfaction of any neurotic couples. Couples who are neurotic and less sexual are among the MOST likely to get divorced.
So how much sex is enough? It’s not even THAT much. If a neurotic couple has sex more than once a week during their first six months of marriage, and more than three times a month by their fourth year of marriage, they’re good to go.
MICHAEL JACKSON’S NEWCD drops next week. The video for the first single…Hold My Hand…was released yesterday.
Since the video was put together after Michael died…it’s what you’d expect: Classic shots of Michael performing and edited with images of kids, fans and AKON, who sings on the track.
TONIGHT AT CASA DE FOX…we’ll decorate our Christmas tree while listening to some of our favorite holiday music. My personal favorite …right after Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer…is Hallelujah.
In case you missed it…over 100 singers took part in a flash mob at a mall in Ontario, Canada last month. One by one, they stood up in the middle of the food court and started singing the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah. It was awesome.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. If you’re looking for a special holiday event to attend this weekend, I’d like to invite you to The 84th Annual Pageant of the Nativity at The First Parish in downtown Portland this Sunday afternoon at 4:45. First Parish is located at 425 Congress St. in Portland.
This special service was written by the Rev. Vincent Silliman, minister of First Parish from 1926-1938 and later minister of the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth. Some of the costume fabrics were brought from Palestine by the nieces of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Pageant is inspired by the paintings of 15thcentury artist Fra Angelico and through music and narration builds into a majestic candlelit tableau creating a living illustration representing the Spirit of Goodwill in each of us. Non-denominational in nature, the Pageant makes no religious statement. Rather, it’s meant simply to honor the birth of one of history’s great prophets.
Along with both of my sons, I have a small role as one of the disciples. I’d love to see you there.
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