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POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 5:05 PM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Russell Brand argues with a security guard outside of Fox News headquarters. (Screenshot via Youtube)

Russell Brand was threatened with arrest in New York earlier this week as he staged a protest outside Fox News headquarters after alleging he had been dumped from a planned TV appearance.

The comedian/actor claimed a planned guest spot on political pundit Sean Hannity's show was pulled at the last minute and he decided to make a mockery of the cancellation by campaigning on the street outside the channel's studios.

Capturing his protest and posting it on TheTrews video channel, Brand explained, "Here we are at Fox's headquarters, all the greats are here - Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity - all the people who refuse to have us on the show. "Sean Hannity, who booked us and then canceled us. So we are going to do a Trew special from here, in the heart of the establishment." But filming came to an abrupt end when a security guard approached him and asked, "Do you want to get arrested?"

POSTED: Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:41 PM
We don't care that the first name of the Emperor from Star Wars is Sheev ... as long as he doesn't mess with NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen.

There's actually some buzz on the Web about a revelation from the next Star Wars movie:

Emperor Palpatine has a first name, says Wookieepedia, and it's one of the following:

(a) Chauncy
(b) Mr. Maleficent
(c) Digger
(d) Bubba
(e) Sheev

POSTED: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 11:07 AM
Wasabi (upper right) with California roll, ginger and sashimi. (Gerald S. Williams / Staff Photographer)

That wasabi you enjoyed recently was probably about as real as any Elvis seen recently in Vegas.

Indeed, you may never have had real wasabi, even if you're old enough to have seen the real Elvis, reports the Washington Post.

"What sushi restaurants actually serve alongside spicy tuna rolls is a horseradish-based concoction that is injected with green food coloring, infused with various types of mustard, and, often even, a bunch of other chemicals," writes WashPo reporter Roberto A. Ferdman. 

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3:36 PM
The cofounders of Pinterest are on the Nov. 3, 2014, cover of the Forbes. Images from the website are in the background.

Pinterest, the Internet's bulletin board, has such growth potential and such a strong appeal to advertisers that it's on the verge of becoming an "ad colossus" that could rival Facebook and even Google, according to a feverish treatise by Forbes.

Interesting that Pinterest hasn't even yet announced plans to go public, but Forbes showcases it on the cover of its Nov. 3 issue, which also touts the 50 Hottest Growth Stocks.

Not even five years old, Pinterest, with its emphasis on visual content, "accounted for nearly a quarter of all social sharing activity during the 2013 holiday season," is expected to have 40 million users this year, and already drives more traffic to Web publishers than any social network except Facebook, writes Jeff Bercovici.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 2:50 PM
Filmmaker Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams discovered the sound a rock skipped across a frozen lake makes and at least two minutes of kid-in-a-candy-store-like bliss ensued. (via YouTube)

YouTube star and filmmaker Cory “Mr. Safety” Williams discovered the sound made by a rock skipping across a frozen lake and at least two minutes of kid-in-a-candy-store-like bliss ensued.

“This is the coolest sound I’ve ever heard,” Williams exclaimed in the YouTube video. Williams and his girlfriend moved to Alaska in August and he has been vlogging about his adventures ever since. When the pair decided to take a walk near a lake in Anchorage, Williams was delighted at the echoing “ping” sound made when he skipped a rock.

According to a magazine cited by the Huffington Post, the sound is made when ice vibrates after being struck.



POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:09 PM
An alien-looking creature hauled out of the sea near Singapore confounded many people but seems highly likely to have been a basket star or basket starfish, which can move its many limbs to corral food.

Most people have probably never seen anything as freaky as the creature a Singapore fisherman hauled out of the sea a couple of weeks ago.

He had no clue what it was, and neither did the first wave of Internet stories in recent days.

On five branches emanating from a central purple structure were dozens of waving, flailing groups of tentacle-like parts, as seen on the original video posted on Facebook by a "Jr. Saim." It looks almost like a mad scientist's surgical conjoining of a crowd of baby octopi, or an aerial view of a kind of zombie mosh pit.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:03 PM
In her new Vine video, Michelle Obama asks, “Turnip for what?” before she rocks out to the screaming Lil Jon’s single playing in the background. (via Vine)

Malia and Sasha Obama might be mortified by their mom’s newest Vine (how would you feel if your mother was dancing with veggies on the Internet for the world to see?), but everyone else just thinks it proves she’s the coolest first lady ever.

First, she hit the “Dougie” and the “Running Man,” and proceeded to showcase her dancing skills on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in 2013. But on Tuesday, Oct. 14, Michelle Obama took a modern approach to her Let’s Move! initiative when she spoofed DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s club hit “Turn Down for What,” with a turnip twist.

The six-second gem came as an answer to a question posed to Mrs. Obama during the White House’s “Ask the First Lady” event designed to support her Let’s Move! campaign to address the problem of childhood obesity in the U.S. One man asked the first lady, “How many calories do you burn every time you ‘turn up?’ ” With a bright purple turnip in hand, Mrs. Obama asks, “Turnip for what?” before she rocks out to the screaming Lil Jon’s single playing in the background.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 2:40 PM
Edward Smith of Yelm, Washington poses with his "girlfriend," a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle named Vanilla. (via ITV screenshot)

Edward Smith gets around. Wearing a shirt with his beloved white Volkswagen Beetle on it, Smith told interviewers Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden he’s had sex with 700 … cars.

There’s a term for this type of sexual involvement: Smith is a mechanophile, meaning he’s attracted to machines. Though he’s somewhat settled down with a lucky punch-buggy, Smith has engaged in mechanophilia with Jaguars, Mustangs and even a helicopter. He lost his “virginity” to his neighbor’s Beetle when he was 14.

The story goes on to get really … unique. 

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