Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Webbie Grazing

* "Xanadu," Olivia Newton-John's flop follow-up to "Grease," was released 30 years ago today. The soundtrack produced 6 hit singles, including the No. 1 "Magic" for Livi, and four for ELO, including their shared title track.

* The Wall Street Journal and Huffington Post published "earnest" opinion pieces by Wycle Jean about becoming Haiti's president... Let's return this story where it belongs: the Entertainment section.

* Since 1994, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has cost U.S. taxpayers up to a half a billion dollars, according to UCLA School of Law.

* Wacky Packages, the Topps' trading cards that parodied popular household products (including cigarettes and liquor) in the mid-1970s, are selling on ebay in the $20s for a single sticker in mint condition.

* ScienceDuck reports that Republicans were involved in 61% of sex scandals in the past 10 years; Democrats 39%. Some 34% of the scandals involved an ostensibly straight politician and same-sex partner, with Republicans accounting for 78.5% of gay scandals. So there is a 2 in 3 chance a sex scandal involves a Republican. And if it’s a gay scandal, odds are overwhelming that it's a closeted Republican.

* Headline of the day: Wall Street Journal stock report.

* Americans are boozing it up more than anytime in the past 25 years. A Gallup poll finds that 67% of U.S. adults drink alcohol. Beer remains the favorite beverage among drinkers, followed by wine and liquor.

* It costs a whopping $82 for a one-way pass to Disney World, up from $79 a week ago.

* Random thought from Facebook: Why is the third hand on a clock called the second hand?