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Sound Smart at a Party for the Week of August 19 – August 25


“I am sensitive to Russell [Brand] taking the Lord’s name in vain and to Lady GaGa putting a rosary in her mouth. I think when you put sex and spirituality in the same bottle and shake it up, bad things happen. Yes, I said I kissed a girl. But I didn’t say I kissed a girl while f-ing a crucifix” —Katy Perry tells the latest issue of Rolling Stone. In this photo, Perry accepts the award for Choice Single of the Year at the Teen Choice Awards on August 8 in California. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

More than 3,500 hours of clips from “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson have been digitized and uploaded into a searchable online archive. The clips had been buried for decades in a salt mine in Kansas. When Carson won the rights to his reruns in the early 70s he stored the tapes 650 underground in the salt mine. It took a year and 2,000 workers to digitize the tapes. The tapes include a few of the surviving shows from the early years and every show from 1973 to 1992. Though the archive will only be available to the media, eventually the database will be open to the general public.

Paris Hilton was slapped with a $35 million lawsuit last week over hair extensions. Hairtech International Inc., stated that Hilton breached her contract by wearing a competitor’s extensions. They are seeking damages of 10 times what she was paid under contract. Hilton had been promoting their Dreamcatchers hair extension line which started in 2007. The company also says that she missed a launch party for the product because she was in jail. At least she had a good excuse?

There’s a new wedding magazine that has been created to cater to same sex marriages. “Equally Wed” is an online magazine started by women who were inspired to help other same sex couples by their own wedding plans. Kirsten and Maria Pallidino have staff all over the country who find companies that cater to same-sex weddings, along with gay-friendly photographers, honeymoon destinations and other wedding necessities.


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Doctors feared the worst after they discovered a small dark spot growing inside 75-year-old Ron Sveden’s lung. Sveden was rushed to a Massachusetts hospital with a collapsed left lung, pneumonia and emphysema. However, the spot that doctors saw was not a tumor. It was a pea seed that had been germinating inside Sveden’s lung. Since removing the pea, Sveden’s health has gone back to normal, and he has even gone back to eating peas.

An Iowa restaurant’s head chef was videotaped kissing and licking toads in the kitchen, costing the owner a $335 fine from the county health department. Christopher Turla’s brother taped the chef kissing two toads that were on the prep table. He then licked the toads and stuffed them in his mouth. Turla said that it was meant to be a joke. The food inspector said it committed several violations. We said “who puts a toad in their mouth?”

A study by the University of Colorado Denver Business School says attractive women face discrimination when they apply for jobs where appearance is not seen as important or are considered “masculine.” For the study, participants were given a list of jobs along with photos of applicants and were asked to sort them according to their suitability for the role. Researchers found that good-looking women were ruled out for jobs as an engineer, prison guard, director of finance and director of security, along with other job titles. In the study attractive men did not face the same discrimination and were always at an advantage.

Talk about creeper status: A 31-year-old Utah man was sentenced to six months in jail for fondling a maternity nurse as she was wheeling his pregnant girlfriend into the delivery. The lawyer for Adam Manning argued that his actions were the result of a brain injury he received 10 years ago. The judge ordered Manning to undergo psychosexual, mental health and substance abuse evaluations and treatment. Since he was arrested, he also missed the birth of his child.

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