Venus Williams and ‘the Worst Outfit Ever Seen on a Tennis Court’ - If she thought fans would like her dress, Venus Williams was in Wonderland. The player said that her bright yellow, latticed outfit was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s character Alice. But as far as those watching the Australian Open were concerned, the fourth seed should have spent longer reflecting in the looking glass. England cricketer Graeme swann described the dress and flesh-coloured shorts, as ‘the worst outfit ever seen on a tennis court.’ [Fox]
Baby-Yoga Outcry – When a five-minute video of a Russian woman swinging a baby around by its ankles and arms first started circulating around the Web, people were convinced that it was a hoax. Gawker ran a story with the headline, “This Baby-Swinging Yoga Video Can’t Be Real, Right?” YouTube pulled the video deeming it “shocking and disgusting.” Turns out it’s definitely real. Follow the link to see for yourself. [sfgate]
Howard Stern Appears On Piers Morgan – Piers Morgan has taken over from Larry King and he has been nailing down some big-name interviewees. Last night’s second episode of “Piers Morgan Tonight” featured a no-holds-barred interview with ‘King of all Media’ Howard Stern. In the following clips, Stern tells Piers Morgan how he was able to finally earn praise from his father, as well as running for office, his love for America, Miley Cyrus and getting old. [cnn+more]
Shrien Dewani Deal ‘Possible’ – The Department of Justice has said it would “possibly consider” a deal with Shrien Dewani’s legal team for him to return to South Africa to stand trial for his alleged role in the murder of his wife, Anni. A friend of 31-year-old Shrien Dewani was quoted as saying that Dewani would voluntarily return to South Africa provided he was given “certain guarantees”, one of which was that he be given bail. [timeslive]
George Lucas Believes The World Will End In 2012 – Funnyman Seth Rogen was left stunned by a recent encounter with his moviemaking hero George Lucas – because the Star Wars director spent 20 minutes telling him the world would end in 2012. Rogen was left speechless when Lucas and Steven Spielberg joined a movie meeting he was a part of – but the encounter has left him worried his life will be over next year. He recalls, “George Lucas sits down and seriously proceeds to talk for around 25 minutes about how he thinks the world is gonna end in the year 2012, like, for real. He thinks it. [torontosun]
SABC CEO Resigns With Immediate Effect – In a short statement to the press, the SABC the board said: “The SABC and Mr Solly Mokoetle wish to announce that Mr Mokoetle has resigned as the SABC CEO with effect from January 19 2011 and will pursue his career elsewhere. The parties have settled all other disputes between them and wish each other well fro the future.” Board member Cedric Gina said, “I can say without any fear, it is not a golden handshake.” It’s your basic muffshow. [mail&guardian]
Top SA Cyclist Dies During Training – The South African cycling community has been rocked by the tragic death of one of the country’s foremost athletes, Carla Swart. Swart was killed after being hit by a truck while training in the Free State on Wednesday morning. She was 23. Swart represented South Africa at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where she finished as the highest-placed SA rider in eighth position in the women’s road race. [sport24]
Anne Hathaway Will Be Catwoman – Anne Hathaway will play Selina Kyle, the slinky and savage outlaw who is known as Catwoman, in next year’s Christopher Nolan film “The Dark Knight Rises,” according to a press release from Warner Bros. Catwoman — originally just called “The Cat” – first appeared in 1940 as the creation of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and she has brought leather-clad sexual tension to the Batman adventures both on the page and beyond. [herocomplex]
Colombia Police Catch Drug-Smuggling Pigeon – Colombian police say they have captured a carrier pigeon that was being used to smuggle drugs into a prison. The bird was trying to fly into a jail in the north-eastern city of Bucaramanga with marijuana and cocaine paste strapped to its back, but did not make it. Police believe the 45g (1.6oz) drug package was too heavy for it. The bird is now being cared for by the local ecological police unit, officers said. [bbc]
Coke’s VitaminWater Claims Misleading – Vitaminwater has too much sugar to be accurately described as nutritious, Britain’s ad regulator ruled on Wednesday, ordering brand owner Coca-Cola to stop running publicity carrying the claim. The Advertising Standards Authority said Coca-Cola broke ad rules when it described its popular line of flavoured water products as “delicious and nutritious” in an ad in 2010, explaining that consumers wouldn’t expect a drink marketed as nutritious to have between four and five teaspoons of added sugar. [news24]
Ricky Gervais Will Not Host The Golden Globes Again – Ricky Gervais doesn’t care if he’s ever asked back to host the Golden Globes”" … because he’s “not gonna do it again anyway.” A smiling Gervais was weathering the storm in New York yesterday morning — following his super-controversial statements at the awards show — when he said, “I think twice is enough.” After the photographer mentioned that Ricky’s fellow comics seem to be standing by the performance — Gervais replied, “Well, it’s nice to be loved by your peers … they stick by you.” [tmz]
MTV Goes Too Far With Boozing Sexy Teens – MTV executives have a new hit drama on their hands, featuring the sexual and drug-fueled exploits of misfit teenagers. They also have something else — a fear that coming episodes of the show may break the law. In recent days, executives at the cable channel became concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show “Skins” may violate federal child pornography statutes.The executives ordered the producers to make changes to tone down some of the most explicit content. [nytimes]
Portia de Rossi’s Ex-Husbdn Ran Off With Her Sister-In-Law – Portia de Rossi’s ex-husband left her and broke up her brother’s marriage — taking off with his wife. “My husband left me,” Portia begins in her newly released memoir, Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain. “When my husband left me, my brother moved in to my place… My husband ran off with his wife, so we kept each other company and we liked to go out for margaritas and Mexican food to commiserate.” [radaronline]
Who Is The Fittest Person In Cape Town? – The fittest person in Cape Town is neither a marathon runner nor a weightlifter, nor a rugby player, nor currently finds themselves on the cover of any fitness magazine – or are they? Who is the fittest in Cape Town, then? Is it a person that posesses incredible stamina and endurance or rather strength and power – or something in between? Come to think of it, it is hard to say who the fittest is, right? On March 5th and 6th, 2011, however, we will find out.. [capecrossfit]
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