Friday, March 27, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:23 PM
Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift attends SNL 40th Anniversary Celebration at Rockefeller Plaza on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)

For a company that seeks academic excellence, the Princeton Review sure did drop the ball on a fundamental aspect: accuracy.

The Princeton Review, which creates and administers the SAT practice test, found out the hard way that it had misquoted Reading native Taylor Swift and charged the singer with improper grammar when a fan brought the misquote to Ms. Swift's attention.

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:15 PM
Anthony Riley appears on season eight of 'The Voice.' (NBC)

Earlier this week, Philly native and The Voice fan favorite Anthony Riley abruptly left the show over what representative Evan Shingles revealed were "medical issues."

Now, Riley has admitted that those issues revolved around substance abuse. 

“He did have a significant performance-based anxiety out there under the spotlight,” attorney Shingles says. “And he turned to drugs to self-medicate. That trended into abuse.” 

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:04 PM
Actress Chelsea Handler attends the 'This Means War' Los Angeles premiere held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on February 8, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Comedian Chelsea Handler of Livingston, N.J. believes she was almost a victim of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual abuse when she was doing stand-up in the same Atlantic City hotel as Cosby.

Handler told Esquire that during her AC stay, “someone from the hotel came down and said, ‘Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.’ And I thought, 'That’s really weird.'” 

She felt so weird about it that she decided to bring three men from the production crew when she went up to see Cosby.

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11:16 AM
Philadelphia's rainbow-colored crosswalks will most closely resemble Toronto’s with horizontal stripes stretching from sidewalk to sidewalk. (iStock)

Expect to see a burst of color if you’re walking through the Gayborhood this summer.

Philly Pride Presents in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia will paint permanent rainbow-colored crosswalks at 12th and Locust and 13th and Locust streets following Philadelphia’s Pride Parade. The eight crosswalks will be dedicated at the Annual Reminders Block Party on July 5th honoring the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. LGBT-rights group demonstrations.

The crosswalks have been a long time coming, said Philly Pride Presents executive director Franny Price.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:30 PM
Anthony Riley appears on season eight of 'The Voice.' (NBC)

UPDATE (8:41 p.m.) - Christopher Mapp has reached out to admit to sending the infamous Mumia tweet — and he claims that Riley was, in fact, kicked off The Voice. However, he cannot say why.

"I can claim without a doubt he was kicked off the show," Mapp says. "Disqualified, whatever you want to say, on January 31."

Mapp says he has been Riley's assistant — not manager — since last summer. And, as a result, he has "been in contact with [Riley] through this whole process," meaning The Voice's auditions. So, he says, there is "no way" the Mumia tweet got Riley removed from the show, because it wasn't posted until March 10.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:53 AM
Emma Watson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'NOAH' at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Nice try, guys. You almost had us.

The University of Pennsylvania’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, is reporting today that Harry Potter star Emma Watson has decided on Penn for graduate school. And, looking on Twitter, there’s quite a bit of excitement at the news:

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:41 PM

What would you do if zombies took over America? Where the heck would you run off to?

Thankfully, researchers at Cornell University broke it down and have provided us with some answers, reports The Wall Street Journal. First off, they suggest we stay far away from Northeastern Pennsylvania, specifically Scranton. 

"To develop the model, scientists in Cornell’s physics department broke down the U.S. population in a grid of roughly 3-kilometer-square boxes. They then built upon classic epidemiological models of infectious-disease transmission—measles, the flu and the like—to simulate a marauding band of undead ravaging the country."

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 11:10 AM
John Oates attends the 62nd annual BMI Country awards on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for BMI)

As anyone with a passing interest in facial hair can tell you, John Oates’ mustache is legend. So much so that Oates was included in the inaugural class of the Mustache Hall of Fame this month, cementing his spot as a mustachioed icon in the proud pantheon of hairy celebrities.

The Mustache Hall of Fame was recently established by the American Mustache Institute and Wahl Trimmers and hopes to “canonize the superior attractiveness” of sporting facial hair. Oates' fellow inductees include Dr. Martin Luther King, Tom Selleck, Teddy Roosevelt, and Salvador Dali. 

And, really, you can't blame them for Oates' inclusion. Just look at that thing:

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