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ARRRRRIBA! CINCO DE MAYO IS SATURDAY SO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!
Everything you know about Cinco de Mayo is wrong. It's not Mexican Independence Day. Instead, it just commemorates the Battle of Puebla, which had the Mexican army beating back the French. They don't even celebrate it in Mexico. And, it's not traditional to do tequila shots on Cinco de Mayo. In fact, you should NEVER do tequila shots. Instead, buy good tequila and sip it slowly.
THE SUPER MOON IS COMING ON SATURDAY TOO, AMIGOS!
If things seem out of control at your Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday, you can blame it on the super moon! A "supermoon" or a "super full moon" occurs when the moon is closer to Earth than normal, making it look about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter. The year's biggest full moon will occur on Saturday night at 11:35 p.m. The best time to look is when the moon is low in the sky, after it rises or before it sets. At these times, you can see the moon behind objects, creating the illusion of a larger moon.
BIN LADEN’S LETTERS REVEALED A FUMBLING AL QAEDA YESTERDAY…
A selection of letters seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound last year were posted online yesterday, revealing that bin Laden was worried about dysfunction within al-Qaeda. The documents seemed to show bin Laden’s influence was waning and he spoke of losing trust from Muslims he wished to incite against their government and the West. "I plan to release a statement that we are starting a new phase to correct (the mistakes) we made," bin Laden wrote in 2010. "In doing so, we shall reclaim, God willing, the trust of a large segment of those who lost their trust in the jihadis." Bin Laden also continued to come up with plots against the U.S., even though he lacked the resources to carry them out. He wished to assassinate President Obama, so that an "utterly unprepared" Vice President Joe Biden would take office.
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS NEW OBAMA BOOK AND WHAT SOME OF HIS EX-GF’S HAD TO SAY…
People are still talking about the new book Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss, which focuses on Obama as a young man, living in New York and Chicago. It shows him in love, and in turmoil. There's one story that many guys can relate to. He was dating a woman who once told Barack that she loved him. His response? "Thank you." Classic politician response.
THERE’S MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE SECRET SERVICE AND THIS TIME IT DOESN’T INVOLVE HOOKERS!
There's more bad news for the Secret Service and this time it doesn't involve prostitutes. Yesterday in Brooklyn, a car driven by an agent hit and killed a Brooklyn mother of five as she was on her way to pickup her granddaughter from day care, according to police and witnesses. The victim, identified as 47-year-old Maria Tripp, was hit by a black Chevrolet Impala as she crossed a busy intersection. One witness who didn't want to be name said, "They were just crossing the street and the mother got hit. She went up like 50 feet in the air."
THE STUDENT THE DEA LOCKED UP AND FORGOT FOR 5 DAYS IS DEMANDING $20MIL!
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE KENTUCKY DERBY?
The 138th Kentucky Derby will be run this weekend. Did you know ...?
In the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, 13 of the 15 jockeys were African-American. Of the first 28 Derby winners, 15 were African-American.
Churchill Downs was built and the Kentucky Derby was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of General William Clark of the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Only three horses have ever finished the Derby in under two minutes -- Sham and Secretariat in 1973, and Monarchos in 2001.
THE “NEW” FAWLTY TOWERS IN COCOA IS BOOKED SOLID!
FEWER TEENS ARE WORKING IN THE U.S. THESE DAYS!
According to a new study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 25 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds are currently working. That’s a drop of 10 percentage points from five years ago. For much of the 1980s and 1990s, the percentage of employed teenagers was between 40 and 50 percent, but those numbers started dropping about a decade ago and have gotten especially lower since the beginning of recession in late 2007. On Wednesday, the White House pledged to help lower-income youth find summer jobs. The initiative is in partnership with the cities of Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco and is meant to add 110,000 jobs, internships and mentorships.
SPIRIT IS THE LATEST TO JUMP ON THE BAGGAGE FEE TRAIN, UGH
Spirit Airlines isn't only planning to nickel-and-dime their passengers with carry-on bags that need to be stowed in overhead bins -- they're charging a c-note. Beginning on November 6th, customers with carry-on bags at the gate will be charged $100. The airline already charges $45 for carry-ons, which they define as bags that need to be stored in the overhead bin. Bags that fit under your seat will continue to be free of charge. Travelers who heard the news yesterday were not pleased. Mike Summers of Atlanta, Georgia said, "I think that it's criminal because they're charging enough in terms of fees and all the other ancillary charges you get hit with traveling nowadays."
RUNNING OUT ON YOUR BILL IS ONE THING, BEING PREGGO AND DOING 13 SHOTS OF JAGER IS ANOTHER…
A man and his pregnant girlfriend consumed $93 worth of alcohol, then tried to skip out on the bill! Perhaps the bartender should have known these two weren’t exactly upstanding citizens. The Florida couple allegedly drank five beers and 13 shots of Jagermeister over a period of several hours. When the bartender stepped away for a moment, the man and his girlfriend left the bar leaving behind a useless credit card. The man was arrested on charges of misdemeanor larceny and later told deputies he knew the card would be declined. Sounds like they should save their money for prenatal care.
BEHOLD: THE INSTANT GET YOU WASTED SHOT SPRAY!
Alcoholics, rejoice! A French-American scientist has invented a mouth spray that can get you instantly drunk! Each spray gives you 0.075 milliliters of alcohol and you feel the buzz immediately. The WA|HH Quantum Sensations spray will only last for a few seconds, though, but once it’s gone, you’ll be able to pass a breathalyzer with ease. It’ll certainly save you money on shots!
YOU’VE GOTTA BE REALLY DRUNK TO GET HIT BY A TRAIN AND NOT KNOW IT!
WE’VE HEARD OF SHOOTING FROM THE HIP, BUT FROM THE BUTT?
A South Carolina man showed himself to be of very low caliber after going into hiding in the wake of a shootout -- then getting caught hiding the ammo from the gun he used in his butt. Pierre Pete was busted at the home of his sister, who assured cops she had no idea where he was -- an account disputed by her toddlers, who pointed them in the direction of Pete and his accomplice. The deputies found a wide array of illegal items, including a stash of weed and some unlicensed handguns. As Pete was answering questions, a used shell from a .38 fell out of his rear in front of cops.
OH GOOD, RANKER.COM HAS COMPILED A LIST OF THE HOTTEST CHICKS BEHIND BARS…
With all the lists of the hottest girls on the planet, why should jailbirds be left out? Ranker.com has composed a list of the sexiest chicks behind bars, with 33-year-old Renee Bell coming in at first place. And if you think that coming in as the number-one hottest gal in the hoosegow means nothing, think again. These prison divas actually have their profiles featured on Meet-An-Inmate.com so they too can meet the (in)mate of their dreams! Bell's profile reads: "In search of a real man for friendship, companionship and possibly more. Must be stable in all ways, willing to take on the responsibility of having a woman in prison."
JUNIOR SEAU’S DEATH HAS OFFICIALLY BEEN RULED A SUICIDE…
The San Diego county medical examiner’s office yesterday officially ruled former NFL star Junior Seau died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, an autopsy performed on Thursday confirmed. The former San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots linebacker was found dead on Wednesday in his suburban Oceanside home. Police said no suicide note was found. Seau’s family is still deciding whether to turn the 20-year NFL star’s brain over to Boston University for further analysis into whether Seau had brain injury due to concussions.
CHRIS BOSH BUSTED ASS TO WITNESS THE BIRTH OF HIS BABY AND STILL MADE IT TO THE GAME!
Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has had a busy schedule over the last few days. On Wednesday, he flew to New York with his teammates for Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the Knick. But then he got word that his wife was in labor, so Bosh hoped on a private flight back to Miami to witness his with Adrienne give birth to their first child -- a boy named Jackson -- at about 3 a.m. Then it was back to New York, where his plane touched down yesterday (Thursday) at about 4:30 p.m. and after struggling through some traffic, he made it to Madison Square Garden about 30 minutes before tip-off to applause in the locker room from his teammates. As for the game, the Heat won, 87-70, and are one game away from sweeping the Knicks. LeBron James scored a game-high 36 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter. Bosh scored nine points and pulled down 10 rebounds. In the night's other game, the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, 95-79, to take a 3-0 lead in that series. Kevin Durant had 31 points for OKC.
TEAR-IBBLE NEWS: YANKESS CLOSER RIVERA TEARS ACL AND MENISCUS
The New York Yankees on Thursday suffered a terrible loss even before losing to the lowly Kansas City Royals 4-3. Surefire Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL and meniscus in his right knee after falling awkwardly while shagging fly balls in the outfield, putting the rest of the 42-year old premier closer’s season – and career – in jeopardy. The 12-time All-Star described the injury, saying, “I got myself between the grass and the dirt, and I couldn’t pull my leg up and twisted my knee.”
TEAR-RELL-IBLE NEWS: RAVENS SUGGS SUFFERS PARTIALLY TORN ACHILLES
Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs yesterday told ESPN he has a partially torn Achilles tendon suffered during a conditioning drill in Arizona. The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year confirmed he is having surgery next week, but vowed to return to the field before the end of the upcoming season. In his 9-year career, Suggs has only missed three games. Last season, Suggs finished with 70 tackles and 14 sacks.
SHAKY CROWN: OKC HAS DEFENDING CHAMPS MAVS ON THE ROPES
The upstart Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday pushed the defending NBA champions Dallas Mavericks to the edge of their playoff cliff after handing Dallas a 95-79 loss and taking a commanding 3-0 lead in their series. Kevin Durant finished with 31 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in with 20. Game 4 is tomorrow night back in Big D. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have the New York Knicks hanging on to their playoff lives by their fingernails after easily getting past New York 87-70 to take a 3-0 led in their Eastern Conference series. LeBron James piled up 32 points and Dwyane Wade contributed 20. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in the Big Apple.
DEVIL-ITION DERBY; NEW JERSEY OUTLASTS FLYERS IN 4-3 OT WIN
The New Jersey Devils on Thursday managed to find a way to win a seesaw battle against the Philadelphia Flyers and in so doing take a 2-1 lead in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Devils beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime thanks to Alexei Ponikarovsky’s game-winner at 17:21 of the extra period. Game 4 is Sunday right back in Newark. Out in Los Angeles, the Kings are one game away from advancing to the Western Conference finals after doubling up the St. Louis Blues 4-2 to take an almost insurmountable 3-0 lead in the series. Justin Williams, Dwight King, Mike Richards and Drew Doughty all stuffed the puck past Blues goalie Brian Elliott. Game 4 is Sunday in Los Angeles
THE INFAMOUS BILL BUCKNER BALL IS GOING UP FOR AUCTION TODAY!
The baseball that famously went through Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series is part of an auction today in Dallas and is expected to bring in more than $100,000. Buckner's fielding error on Mookie Wilson's grounder allowed the New York Mets to beat the Red Sox in the 10th inning and they went on to win the series. Buckner, who was a solid player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Red Sox, has never lived the error down, but has a sense of humor about the ordeal. He was featured in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm last season that dealt with the famous ball, which was once owned by Charlie Sheen.
EVEN SNOOKI THINKS THE CREEPY ‘TANNING MOM’ IS A CRAZY BITCH!
Snooki might be the poster child for tanning, but even she knows when enough is enough. The mom-to-be has some harsh words for Tanning Mom Patricia Krenticil, a New Jersey native charged with taking her five-year-old daughter into a tanning booth. Snooks tells Extra, "That [witch] is crazy... You are not supposed to take kids there. Everyone knows you are NOT supposed to take kids there." Krenticil was charged last week after her daughter showed up at school with burns. State law prohibits children under the age of 14 from using tanning booths.
LOOKS LIKE THE BBC HAS BANNED THE DICTATOR!
Sacha Baron Cohen is going to have a tough time promoting his new movie The Dictator in the UK. The Sun reports the BBC has banned Cohen from appearing on several talk shows, including The Graham Norton Show, because he’ll only appear in character as Admiral General Aladeen. “Our chat shows thrive on the spontaneous banter between guests and the presenter, something you don’t get when people come on as a character,” said a spokesperson. “We’d love to have Sacha on as himself.” Earlier, Sacha, as Aladeen, told The Sun that while he is a “huge admirer of state-sponsored censorship, the BBC banning me from their meager channels is an outrage.” While Cohen isn't currently scheduled to be on the BBC as Aladeen, a spokesperson for the network called Aladeen's "banned" comments, "tongue-in-cheek."
MICHAEL JACKSON IS COMING BACK FROM THE DEAD FOR SOME NEW PEPSI ADS!
Michael Jackson is coming back from the dead to star in a series of new Pepsi commercials. We reported earlier this week that this might be happening and marketing bosses at Pepsi say they have signed a deal with the executors of the King of Pop's estate, allowing them to use his image for a new global ad campaign to coincide with the upcoming re-release of his 1987 album Bad. MJ's photo will also be featured on special Pepsi cans and consumers will also have the chance to win the opportunity to download remixes of his hits. Ironically, Jackson is believed to have developed his addiction to prescription painkillers after burning his scalp while filming an infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial. A stunt went horribly wrong and his hair caught on fire.
OH THANK GOD, DEMI HAS FINALLY DUMPED HER TWITTER NAME…
Demi Moore has finally dumped her Twitter name. Yesterday the former @MrsKutcher tweeted, "So hard finding a name that was fun somewhat playful and available. So for now it will be @JustDemi. It could grow on me!" The move comes nearly six months after she split from her husband, Ashton Kutcher (whose Twitter handle is @A-Plus-K).
IS LILO BACK ON THE SAM RON TRAIN?
Lindsay Lohan hasn't just returned to acting -- she's back to canoodling with her old flame Samantha Ronson. Linds was spotted getting close with her ex at a New York hot spot earlier this week and, according to X17online, "didn't care who saw them." A witness said the two were "whispering and laughing" and even left the club hand in hand. "It was just like the old days -- they couldn't get enough of each other!" Lindsay will soon begin shooting her Lifetime movie Liz and Dick.
BOBBY BROWN EXPLAINS THE WHOLE ‘ENTOURAGE’ THING FROM WHITNEY’S FUNERAL…
Bobby Brown's revealing interview with the Matt Lauer of TODAY continued yesterday and in this intimate chat, he finally spoke about what happened at his ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral. About the funeral, Brown disputes the reports that he was not welcome. He was married to Houston for 14 years and was close with her family, something they admitted. "I was invited, to come pay respects to my ex-wife," he said, shooting down the idea that the Houstons didn't want him on site. He continued, "That's not the type of family the Houston family is. They are a great family and I appreciate them very much." Brown exited early, due to the fact that his children were treated like "entourage." He said, "Whoever the security was there asked me to have my what they called my 'entourage,' which was my children, sit somewhere else. I didn't want to sit away from my children." Brown says, "After the third time coming to me, I felt a little disrespected. I decided it would be best if I just left. I kissed the casket and me and my children left the building." He says rumors of a rift with Whitney's mother Cissy are exaggerated, he said. He has reached out to her, but they've yet to make contact.
K-FED IS BACK IN THE NEWS AGAIN FOR BEING A DOUCHEBAG, SHOCKING!
Kevin Federline is being sued by his former landlord who claims he trashed the Southern California mansion he rented in 2008 and then left without paying the rent. Joseph Malek claims K-Fed caused more than $110,000 in damage.
THANK GOD! THERE AIN’T GONNA BE AN N*SYNC REUNION…BUT JT IS READY TO SELL YOU SOME SHEETS
Former 'N Sync star J.C. Chasez is adamant the group won't be cashing in on the current popularity of boy bands ... and says a reunion won't be happening. Considering the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block have had successful reunion tours, speculation and rumors surfaced that 'N Sync would try and reunite for a tour too. Chasez insists he and his former bandmates Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick aren't tempted to cash in on the trend by making a comeback. He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "It's just not in the cards. I'm sure that everybody in my group has been asked at one time or another - I know I get asked, I know the other guys get asked - but we're happy with what it was and we're happy to move on." Justin Timberlake is launching a home goods line. JT's new HomeMint brand will feature goods and art designed by both Timberlake himself and interior designer Estee Stanley. HomeMint is membership-based and for a $10 monthly fee, members have access to new products and discounts. Non-members can also shop, though. The line officially launches May 9. While chatting with ELLE Décor, JT said he got into home design simply because it was a partnership with Stanley.
COULDN’T ATTEND THE R&R HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY? US NEITHER, CHECK IT OUT THIS WEEKEND ON HBO!
Highlights of last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will premiere on HBO on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. The Class of 2012 includes The Small Faces, The Faces, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Freddie King and Guns n' Roses.
GENE SIMMONS, ZAKK WYLDE, VINCE NEIL AND MORE SIGN ON FOR ROCK & ROLL FANTASY CAMP 2012!
Wannabe rock stars enrolled in the annual Rock N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place this year October 10-14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be tutored (or tortured) by Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. According to the God of Thunder, campers can count on him being “a hard taskmaster. The guy you hate the most when you off into war is your drill instructor… So I’m gonna be the drill sergeant and take these guys through it.” Simmons also told Billboard that he’s “going to be insulting some people, because in the real world when you get up on stage, sometimes the audience will insult you.” Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach and guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne) will also be putting campers through their paces.
SOUNDGARDEN REVEALS LIVE TO RISE VID (BEWARE OF AVENGERS SPOILERS!)
Soundgarden have released the video for "Live to Rise" from Avengers Assemble. It's the first video in 16 years from Chris Cornell and company. But if you don't want any spoilers about The Avengers, we'd suggest avoiding the clip, as it has plenty of action sequences from the soon-to-be-blockbuster.
ROLLING STONE ASKED: WHO’D YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE COME BACK AS A HOLOGRAM?
All it takes is the one hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur at the recent Coachella festival to start a wish list of artists we'd like to see come back to life. Rolling Stone polled its readers and their Top 10 is as follows: Jimi Hendrix followed by another dead member of the Seattle music community, Kurt Cobain, and John Lennon at three. Freddie Mercury comes in at four, Jim Morrison five, Jerry Garcia at six, Janis Joplin seven, Michael Jackson eight, Bob Marley at nine and Notorious BIG at 10.
LIVE FROM NEW YORK…MICK JAGGER!
NBC’s long-running weekend warrior Saturday Night Live will wrap its 37th season on May 19 with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger serving as host and musical guest. This will mark Jagger’s first time hosting the show and his third appearance as its musical guest. There’s no word yet on what songs the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be performing. Meanwhile, you can now put your lips and tongue all over The Rolling Stones. A line of Rolling Stones alcoholic drinks is being unveiled in Japan next month. The Stones Bar label will include a four-percent alcohol beer called Rolling Hop. It contains hops infused with citrus to give it a refreshing taste. Rolling Gold is a gin-based cocktail, and there's also Citrus Highball. All the cans and bottles feature the Stones lips-and-tongue logo. They'll be unveiled on June 19th. The Stones have had a line of wines for a few years. Check out Mick’s last appearance on SNL in 2001:
WOLFIE IS THE MAN WHEN IT COMES TO VH SOUNDCHECK…
Could Wolfgang Van Halen one day take over Van Halen from his father? He's certainly working on it. He leads his dad Eddie and uncle Alex through each soundcheck because David Lee Roth doesn't do them, preferring to rest his voice. Wolfie not only sings, he's also the musical director and lays out the set list each night. Up next for Van Halen is Tacoma, Washington tomorrow.