Feb 6, 2010

What's in #tips Today? [Tiplist]

On the #tips page: racism, breast bombs, and South Pole whiskey. On #crosstalk robina says a friend tried doing "sexy face" for Facebook. "Instead, she looks like a muppet who is attempting to take a dump while standing."

  • RussianTaco says the cop who sent a racist email about Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is no longer on the Cambridge police force.

  • Samtagious provides a way to watch kids shoot themselves in the head. The internet!

  • flugennock has the latest on the James O'Keefe-is-a-racist saga: alleged pictures of the literature being handed out at the table he was allegedly sitting at at the allegedly white supremacist conference he attended. Allegedly.

  • filthy strong says there are now reports that terrorists are going to smuggle bombs as breast implants.

  • Uncle_Billy_Slumming posted Alexia Tsotsis' comprehensive decision tree on whether you should buy an iPad.

  • momof3wildkids links to either an interesting story or an elaborate liquor ad: the whiskey Shackleton dragged to the South Pole has been discovered.

  • DahlELama says one of those unreliable Which Rich Movie Star is the Richest lists pegged Emma Watson as the top earning actress of 2009. I thought it was supposed to be Sandra Bullock?

  • tigolbitties reports that Tila Tequila's Twitter boycott lasted all of three days.

  • Tracy Kennedy has been watching Lady Gaga's Grammy performance even more closely than Brian's been watching for her penis.

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The Week We Were Stuck in an Elevator with The Internet [Week In Review]

This week, everyone had awards fever, imaginary orphans were adopted, and famous scientist Jenny McCarthy was proved wrong about something.

There is a right way and a wrong way to convince people your cars won't kill them. Justin Timberlake pretended to be the King of Facebook and flipped everyone the bird. Scientologists are raking it in in Haiti. (And we had a first-hand account.) Now Anonymous is on the way to fight them or something. Hollywood tricked the hedge funds out of their imaginary money. Meredith Vieira was befuddled by guidos. Vanity Fair's New Hollywood girls have bright careers ahead of them, except for the ones who don't. We watched a talking point grow from an ACORN to an Oak Tree. We attempted to predict the Oscar nominations! (And then we examined the real ones.) We applied advanced mathematics to the question of whether you should watch Sliding Doors on basic cable. A pauper tricked a blog into thinking he was a prince. We made fun of the kids today. Ann Curry was stuck in an elevator with the internet for an hour. Meg Whitman's son has a wonderful job with his mom's campaign. Lloyd Blankfein's sons also have wonderful jobs at Goldman Sachs. Anna Wintour's weird pretend charity event will soon be weird pretend TV! Richard summarized Lost from memory. (Oh, man, WTF was up with Fake Locke?) Everyone will try to come back, but who will succeed? A guy did the worst thing in the world and put it on Facebook. We explained how to do The Daily Show. Vaccines still don't cause autism. Some kids from Vermont attempted to hack their way into Fashion Week. Brian wrote up a contract for straights and gays to get along. We want Snooki to never change. Doree explained the secret nicknames of the literary elite. Hamilton examined 5W's made-up celebuquotes. Anderson Cooper was briefly going to adopt a Haitian baby but then he didn't. An Iraq hero is maybe a fraud. Lady Gaga's private parts continued to divide the internet. Let's give The Enquirer a Pulitzer: it's what Joe woulda wanted. TV needs newer, better Gay Characters. Katie Couric looks great! We asked where Jersey Shore should go. Washington DC is going to be buried forever under snow tonight. David Paterson might be even more interesting and hilarious that we thought. We watched both nights of Jon Stewart on The O'Reilly Factor, but the real fun didn't come until Bill put the whole thing on the internet. And we watched TV! Like Big Love, Kell On Earth, RuPaul's Drag Race, American Idol (which is finally going to Hollywood!), The Real World, Project Runway, and Real Housewives of Orange County.

"And Then a Male Carried Her Away! Get It??" [Open Caption]

[Famously neighbor-friendly actress Sarah Jessica Parker talking with a mailman today; image via Splash]

Daily Beast's Head Investigative Journalist Cops to Plagiarism [Copy Cats]

Tiger Woods scoop-meister Gerald Posner has admitted to copying five sentences from a Miami Herald article for a piece he wrote this week for the Daily Beast about a Miami murder. He apologized and said it was inadvertent.

The story acknowledges the act and says the sentences have been redacted. The Beast's executive editor Edward Felsenthal told Slate's Jack Shafer that Posner had committed plagarism but says the reporter will still work for Tina Brown's website. Posner, author of the book Miami Babylon: Crime Wealth and Power-A Dispatch From the Beach says that he didn't remember seeing the Herald article until after he had filed his own dispatch, but that he must have been wrong and copied it. "I am humbled by it, and it will not happen again," he said. Wow, everyone is handling this really professionally. When it comes to plagiarism we wish it were a little bit dishier.

[Image via AP]

CIA Gift Shop Cash Register — [Pullquote]

a sign spotted by Salon's Mike Madden who was the pool reporter covering Barack Obama's visit there today.

Judge Rules to Protect the Nation from the John Edwards Sex Tape [Sex Lies And Videotape]

A North Carolina judge ruled today that former Edwards aide Young has until Wednesday to produce the tape the Senator made with Rielle Hunter, who is suing for its return. The judge said it will be kept private.