The New York Post used Princess Chunk on its front page yesterday listed as Pussy Galore! Now that is brilliant ! Is the Big Apple Big Enough for Princess Chunk?
2008_07_fatcats2.jpgToday will be quite the media tour for newly-minted celebrity Princess Chunk. So what if she's a 44-pound cat, found wandering in Voorhees, NJ without a collar? The cat will be on The Today Show and visit Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, so be ready for some crazy daytime antics (will Ann Curry try to walk Princess Chunk? will Regis ask the full-figured feline to be his co-host when Kelly's on vacation?). And on Friday, Princess Chunk will be on Good Morning, America--plus let Sam Champion do the segment!
What's good is that it will draw attention to the Camden County Animal Shelter, which says, "Princess Chunk as well as over 300 dogs and cats in our care need your support. Please consider donating to help offset the costs of her veterinary care and bloodwork." Donations will also go to other special needs animals, like the Princess. The Courier-Post reports the shelter believes Princess Chunk is healthy, but the cat will have bloodwork done on Monday; a vet says Princess Chunk "may suffer from a genetic predisposition to obesity, a poor diet or other underlying medical factors." The average cat is closer to 10-12 pounds (different breeds' weights vary, though).
If no one steps forward as her owners, Princess Chunk will be up for adoption on Saturday. And, for some animal advocacy closer to home, check out the efforts of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Shigeo Tokuda looks like your average retiree, wearing a classy gray suit and distinguished glasses. But there is nothing average about this 73-year-old when he steps in front of the camera. Shigeo Tokuda is a porn star.
"My friends think I'm lucky because I have a job where I am valued" - Shigeo ToKunda If MIENFOKS ever had a mascot it would be this guy !
If you recently visited Big Daddy Lou’s Hot Lap Dance Club in midtown Manhattan, it probably wasn’t for the lap dances.
We know this because 23 year-old Swedish model Sabina Mari Johansson, who you may have seen on the “Tyra Banks” show (hopefully not), was busted on Thursday for promoting prostitution amongst the clubs 120 dancers.
Her boyfriend, 44 year-old Richie Randazzo, a Park Avenue doorman, won $5 million on May 2nd in the New York State “Set for Life” scratch-off game and plans to help cover her legal expenses saying, “We’ve known each other all of 10 days. She’s the best thing that’s happened to me since the lottery.” - good timing!
Warner Bros. is launching development of a "Marvin the Martian" feature at Alcon Entertainment, with principals Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove producing along with Steve Crystal.
Project will blend live action and CGI.
Marvin was created by Chuck Jones and made his first appearance in a Looney Tunes cartoon in 1948. The character was often intent on blowing up the Earth, only to be foiled by Bugs Bunny.
Crystal, a former Warner exec with a first-look deal at Alcon through his Charlie Co. banner, developed the pitch as a Christmas story, with Marvin coming to Earth to destroy Christmas but being prevented from doing so when he’s trapped in a gift box. Alcon’s out to writers and directors.
Johnson and Kosove told Daily Variety that "Marvin" will be aimed at the family demo along the same lines as Alcon’s "Racing Stripes" and "My Dog Skip."
"In a nation of frightened dullards, there is always a sorry shortage of outlaws, and those few who make the grade are always welcome." So wrote Hunter S. Thompson of the Hells Angels after riding with California's motor-psycho Mongol hordes in the mid-1960s, a feat of embedded journalism that left him mauled, marked, and famous. But the sentence's true subject—as with so much of what Thompson wrote in the years after his nervy, electric Angels book—is its author. Read the full review in THE VILLAGE VOICE
In the rain forest of Malaysia, scientists have found a small mammal, closely related to primates, whose major source of food is a type of beer.
It's believed to be the only animal other than humans that chronically consumes alcohol. But this animal never appears drunk, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
This little critter, the pentail tree shrew, is about 4 inches long; it weighs just a few ounces.
"It looks like a mix between a squirrel and a mouse," says Frank Weins, a biologist from Bayreuth University in Germany, who lived in western Malaysia studying these tiny mammals.
"They have this very strange naked tail. The tip looks like a bird feather."
With big eyes that face forward, and tiny grasping fingers and toes, the tree shrew is an evolutionary cousin of primates. They're nocturnal and spend most nights out in the jungle drinking nectar.
"They walk up and down the cluster of flowers and lick off nectar from the different flower buds," Weins says.
But they have one favorite food source: the bertam palm, whose flowers have a very strong and distinctive smell. "They smell like a brewery," Weins says.
In fact, the flower buds function as brewing chambers — they have been invaded by previously unknown species of yeast, which ferment the nectar into frothy alcohol.
"The maximum alcohol concentration that we recorded was 3.8 percent," Weins says. "That's in the range of a beer."
And the tree shrews spend several hours each night drinking this palm beer. Weins calculates that the tree shrew is imbibing what would be the human equivalent of nine glasses of wine an evening. However, the pentail tree shrew shows no signs of being drunk.
"They move normally on the palms when they go for the nectar," Weins says. "There's no sign of motor incoordination or other odd behaviors. They just move as efficiently as they would on any other tree."
Weins says there are no pentail tree shrews in captivity, so it hasn't been possible to do lab tests to detect intoxication.
But with jungle predators always lurking, Weins says, it would be very risky for a little mammal in the wild to be tipsy or drunk.
And that leads Weins to believe that the tree shrew probably has a specially evolved metabolism that detoxifies the alcohol quickly, keeping the alcohol concentration in the brain very low.
As a result, the tree shrew is able to detoxify alcohol more efficiently than its primate cousins: humans.
LONDON (Reuters) - Starting on Saturday, Mick Jagger will be entitled to a basic state pension of just under $180 a week.
But he will have to wait another five years for free roof insulation -- that benefit is only available to Britons over the age of 70.
The lead singer of British rock band the Rolling Stones turns 65 on Saturday, making him an old-age pensioner, albeit in name only.
Jagger continues to turn back the clock with age-defying live performances, recently impressing movie audiences with his energetic strutting and pouting captured by director Martin Scorsese in the 2008 rock documentary "Shine a Light."
Although his off-stage antics no longer match the rock 'n' roll excess of fellow Stone Ron Wood, recently admitted to rehab for a drinking problem, Jagger is clearly not about to rest on his laurels and tend to the garden.
He is increasingly involved in film production, acting as executive producer on "Shine a Light" and backing two other feature films since then. Rumors of a new Rolling Stones album and world tour also regularly surface in the news.
Should Jagger's estimated 225 million pound ($450 million) fortune, plus pension, prove insufficient, another tour would be a sure way of helping make ends meet.
The Rolling Stones' "A Bigger Bang" tour became the most successful of all time, grossing more than $558 million from 2005 to 2007, according to Stones tour producer Michael Cohl.
Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, in the south of England, on July 26, 1943, the son of a school teacher and a hairdresser.
In the early 1960s, he and guitarist Keith Richards formed the Rolling Stones, and as lead singer Jagger went on to become one of rock 'n' roll's most famous frontmen, churning out a string of classic hits from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" to "Ruby Tuesday" and "Angie."
The band is estimated to have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide and regularly ranks at or near the top of lists of the most influential acts in pop music history.
Jagger has had a string of high-profile romantic affairs, including relationships with Marianne Faithfull and Carla Bruni, now married to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
He was married twice, to Nicaraguan beauty Bianca Perez Macias in 1971 and Texas fashion model Jerry Hall in 1990, whom he divorced in 1999. He has seven children and is a grandfather.
The rock lothario was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2003, but he denied suggestions he had sold out to the British establishment against which he had railed for so long.
"I don't really think the establishment as we know it exists any more," he said at the time.
Jagger is likely to face renewed questions about his future and that of his band now that he has reached retirement age, but he should be used to it.
More than 45 years ago he was asked how long he could keep going with the Rolling Stones, and in a separate interview, his questioner said: "Can you picture yourself at the age of 60 doing what you're doing now?"