It is hard to believe that the zookeepers at Bronx Zoo can’t find that missing Egyptian cobra. According to the snake’s Twitter account, the cobra is having a grand time in New York. The sly snake has more than 60,000 followers.
Taking the Sex and the City Tour!!! I’m totally a SSSamantha. #snakeonthetown
Forgot DWTS is tonight! Someone DVR it for me. Want to watch Ralph Macchio go down for what he did to Cobra Kai Dojo.
It’s getting pretty cold out. I think it’s probably time to crash. Oh look, an apartment window someone left open just a crack. Perfect!
The NFL contract dispute has also afforded a certain evangelical quarterback some extra free time.
Denver Bronco Tim Tebow, known for his once Bible-inscribed eye black (now wristguards), has spent more of the off-season doing ministry work and, curiously, underwear-modeling.
Tebow has made his debut as a spokesman for Jockey and appears in full-length commercials that will start to air this week, according to ESPN.
As far as whether a Christian fan base will be OK with him advertising undergarments?
“People may say it’s underwear, but everyone wears underwear — it’s not like I’m doing something risqué,” he said. Whether Jockey boxers or Jockey briefs, Tebow’s underwear choices are more sports-related than sex-related, since he’s been outspoken about his position to stay a virgin until marriage, in compliance with his evangelical beliefs.
Tebow has also been able to dedicate more time to his charity, the Tim Tebow Foundation, where he continues the work he started as a student at the University of Florida to reach out to disadvantaged children in the U.S. and across the world.
He’s been preparing for a celebrity golf tournament to benefit the foundation and the release of his book, Through My Eyes, which comes out in April.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to share my story of faith, family and football,” said Tebow, “and look forward to taking readers inside my life, both on and off the field. As a kid, you always dream of becoming something great. Whether that dream is to become an astronaut, a famous musician, the CEO of a large company, the President, an NFL Quarterback or anything else, you will undoubtedly face all kinds of adversity on your journey. This is my story about how I was able to fulfill my dream and I hope it can inspire people of all ages that are aspiring to fulfill their dreams.”
Virginia Commonwealth’s shocking 71-61 win over top-seeded Kansas to reach the Final Four is drawing a ton of attention to the Richmond school and its 33-year-old coach, Shaka Smart, whose high-energy “havoc” defense left some Jayhawks struggling to catch their breath.
Smart’s background has some parallels with Barack Obama’s. He has a black father from overseas (Trinidad) who named him after the African tribal leader Shaka Zulu, and
VCU Coach Shaka Smart didn’t stay quiet on the bench against Kansas. (Getty Images)
was raised by his white mother in Madison, Wis. Also like Obama, he combined brains and basketball as a teenager. Smart turned down Harvard to attend Kenyon College, where he is the all-time leader in assists. After graduation, he quickly rose up the coaching ranks as an assistant at Dayton and Florida, becoming head coach at VCU in 2009.
His salary is $325,000, compared to $3 million for Kansas’ Bill Self. The relatively low pay makes him an obvious target for schools from the power conferences, though VCU plans to open its wallet. “We’re going to keep him,” athletic director Norwood Teague said.
The writer J.M Tyree wrote in wry fashion about his brother’s sudden fame on Slate:
I realize my brother has moved into a new phase of sports celebrity when his name—Shaka Smart—becomes a trending topic on Twitter, right alongside Rebecca Black. His name is being inserted into spam tweets from China (“ShakaSmart International IQ Test … Play Free Online”), and women are posting comments about … well, you know. A Tennessee Volunteers fan, whose team is in the market for a hot young coach, jokingly speculates on the fact that Shaka wore an “orange tie” against Purdue. (Actually, the tie was golden.) A confused Brazilian asks, in Twitter Portuguese, “Does anyone know what is Shaka Smart?”
Richmond is also having fun at the expense of ESPN loudmouth basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who on Selection Sunday berated the NCAA for letting VCU into the tournament. (The Rams were an 11th seed that had to play an extra game against USC just to get to the round of 64). A banner at the city’s airport reads “Eat Crow Baby!”
Madonna’s high-profile charity in Malawi has collapsed, amid allegations of lavish spending on cars, salaries and a golf course membership, and $3.8 million spent on a girls’ school that won’t be built, The New York Times reported.
Madonna with adopted Malawian son David Banda in April 19, 2007 (photo by Getty)
Signs of upheaval had marred the charity, Raising Malawi, for months. The newspaper reported that the foundation’s board was ousted last year and its executive director left in the wake of cost overruns. The NYT quoted Trevor Neilson, once a Seattle director at the Gates Foundation, and now a philanthropic adviser to the stars:
“Despite $3.8 million having been spent by the previous management team, the project has not broken ground, there was no title to the land and there was, over all, a startling lack of accountability on the part of the management team in Malawi and the management team in the United States,” he said. “We have yet to determine exactly what happened to all of that $3.8 million. We have not accounted for all the funds that were used.”
Madonna told the newspaper that she still intends to use the charity – which she founded with fellow Kabbalah devotees – to help the impoverished country.
Is Serena Williams’ new commercial for the video game Top Spin 4 too hot for t.v.?
The folks at the game’s maker, 2k Sports, apparently think so and the ad won’t air anywhere but YouTube — even then only because it was leaked (allegedly).
Joystiq.com: “The ad was originally posted on YouTube by the actress featured in the commercial — apparently she wasn’t satisfied with 2K Sports’ decision to cancel the public release.”
But the tennis star herself chimed in on Twitter, alerting fans to the imminent official debut of the ad, which never happened.
NY Daily News: “On Monday, Williams herself told her fans to “Stay tuned for a awesomely sexy video I am tweeting later,” but, interestingly enough, she hasn’t mentioned it since then.”
“As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues,” 2K Sports said in a statement. “This video is not part of the title’s final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized.” (read more)
If you’re a certain age, you remember the bittersweet love song “The Shadow of Your Smile” — the theme of the 1965 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton movie “The Sandpiper,” set in central California’s Big Sur.
The movie wasn’t particularly well received critically. Still, a YouTube video of the Andy Williams’ version of the song provides a fine backdrop for memories of the late Elizabeth Taylor, Big Sur and love affairs past.
The controversial story (for the Sixties, at least) is that of a free-spirited artist who enters into an illicit relationship with a married reverend, and it is said to have inspired an influx of hippies to the Big Sur region in the mid- to late Sixties.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton heated up the chilly Big Sur seacoast in ‘The Sandpiper.’ (Photo by Everett Collection / Rex Features)
A full head of hair or a healthy sex life? You might have to choose.
A medication for male pattern baldness may cause sexual dysfunction in men, even long after they stop taking the drug, according to this Time report on a new study. The hair-loss drug finasteride, marketed as Propecia and Proscar by Merck, may cause low libido and impotency.
Here’s more from the story:
Participants had taken finasteride for 28 months on average, and reported sexual problems for an average 40 months, but the study author said that 10% of the surveyed men had used the drug for less than a month.
The medication carries a warning about persistent sexual dysfunction, along with potential psychological problems, in the U.K. and Sweden. But U.S. labeling doesn’t contain such warnings.
MSNBC explains a little bit more of the dilemma here:
Doctors have long known that finasteride can cause impotence and related sexual problems. Finasteride decreases the conversion of testosterone to the more potent dihydrotestosterone, the latter of which is related to hair loss. Yet any medication that interferes with testosterone runs the risk of also affecting sexual performance.
In fact, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck, who both sell finasteride for several medical conditions, have reported that up to 8 percent of users have adverse sexual events. A review study published in 2008 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine extends that range to 38 percent, depending on dose and duration.