Sir Elton John And David Furnish Present Baby Zachary To Earth – IR Elton John and David Furnish present baby son Zachary in a world exclusive interview in this week’s OK! magazine Proud parents Sir Elton John and David Furnish invite you into their LA home to meet their new arrival, baby Zachary Jackson Levon. The 63-year-old music legend and his partner, film director and producer, David explain their joy following the Christmas Day birth and the heartbreak after trying to adopt two Ukranian orphans. Epic. [ok]
2010: A Record Year For Pirates – Don’t let the dilapidated fishing boats or the rusting AK-47s fool you. Pirates mean serious business. A maritime industry group crunched the numbers and found that the measures companies and governments take to avoid and combat the piracy threat cost between $7 billion and $12 billion every year. Ransoms paid to Somali pirates totaled $238 million in 2010 — the worst (best?) year for piracy on record. The average payout to ransom a hijacked ship was $5.4 million last year, up from just $150,000 in 2005. [wired]
Apple Shares Drop On Steve Jobs’ Health – Shares in technology giant Apple dropped as much as 6% in New York trading, after boss Steve Jobs took indefinite medical leave. While Mr Jobs is continuing as chief executive and will be involved in any major decisions, day-to-day running has passed to Tim Cook. Apple shares are also traded in Frankfurt, where they fell 9% on Monday immediately after the announcement. [bbc]
Charlie Sheen Now Emails His Hookers – Sheen was surfing around on a website called CityVibe, when he stumbled upon the profile of someone named “Ginger.”Sheen was so smitten, he immediately tried to call her up, but “Ginger’s” phone was dead … so Charlie fired off the following email from his AOL account. You gotta see this email. [tmz]
‘Whites Only’ Limpopo Resort – A Limpopo holiday resort has come under fire from the SA Human Rights Commission for allowing only whites onto the property. On two occasions in two weeks, the Lekkerrus Holiday Resort, near Mookgopong, refused blacks entry. Earlier this month, Adam Morgan and his family were turned away from the resort – “I was absolutely disgusted!” Bad South Africa! [timeslive]
Golden Globes Boss: Ricky ‘Definitely Crossed The Line – Add Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk to the chorus of those who believe that Ricky Gervais went too far as host of the Golden Globes on Sunday night. He says that while he felt the show itself was “terrific,” he too felt that Gervais’ jokes about specific celebrities were too much. “He definitely crossed the line,” Berk told The Hollywood Reporter. “And some of the things were totally unacceptable. But that’s Ricky.” [hollywoodreporter]]
Century-Old Scotch Returned From Antarctic Trip – Some people brag about serving scotch whisky that’s 15 years old. But three bottles of Mackinlays scotch flown to Scotland by private jet Monday date back to the late 19th Century.The bottles are linked to famed explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition in 1907. They were found last year in a crate that had been buried beneath a basic hut Shackleton had used during his dramatic excursion, more formally known as the British Antarctic Expedition. [washingtonpost]
Oprah Winfrey Drank Detergent As A Pregnant Teenager – As a 14-year-old girl, hiding a pregnancy from her father, Oprah Winfrey was so desperate she contemplated suicide. “When I lost that baby, whom I had no connection to whatsoever, I … felt nothing but just, OK, relief. Because I thought before the baby was born, I’m going to have to kill myself,” she told Piers Morgan last night on his inaugural show. [newser]
Bioterror Fears Prompt US To Keep Its Smallpox Cache – The U.S. and Russia will fight international efforts this week to set a deadline to destroy the last known stocks of smallpox, saying the deadly virus is needed for research to combat bioterrorism. Members of the World Health Organization meet on Wednesday to begin debating the future of what is left of what was one of the world’s most lethal viruses before it was eradicated more than 30 years ago. [wallstreetjournal]
Thousands Back ‘Stop Malema’ Campaign – A “Stop Malema” campaign has gained the support of 44 000 people ahead of the ANC Youth League leader’s hate speech case on Wednesday. “The campaign is aimed at raising as much public support as possible in the run-up to AfriForum’s hate speech case against Julius Malema,” the organisation’s chief executive Kallie Kriel said in a statement on Tuesday. Nice. [news24]
Caligula’s Lost Tomb Found! – The lost tomb of Caligula has been found, according to Italian police, after the arrest of a man trying to smuggle abroad a statue of the notorious Roman emperor recovered from the site. After reportedly sleeping with his sisters, killing for pleasure and seeking to appoint his horse a consul during his rule from AD37 to 41, Caligula was described by contemporaries as insane. [guardian]
Lance Armstrong Saga Continues – Sports Illustrated is reporting new information about embattled, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who is the focus of a federal grand jury inquiry in Los Angeles. According to the story, “If a court finds that Armstrong won his titles while taking performance-enhancing drugs, his entourage may come to be known as the domestiques of the saddest deception in sports history.” Mmm, but is it as bad as wearing a helmet in a public space? [sportsillustrated]
How To Keep Your Ex From Popping Up All Over Facebook – When Facebook first implemented some of its new recommendation features, a lot of people found their ex’s photo albums, profiles, and other updates ended up in that sidebar more often than not. This makes sense, since for a while they were probably your most contacted Facebook friend—but after a breakup, it isn’t exactly what you want to see on every page. Facebook’s since edited these photo boxes to avoid exes. [lifehacker]
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