Alex Trebek just took "Badass" for $1,000 and nailed it. Sort of.
Yesterday, the immortal "Jeopardy" host decided to take matters into his own hands when the San Francisco hotel room he and his wife were staying in was robbed by a 56-year-old woman with a long rap sheet. After the suspect, identified as Lucinda Moyers, broke into Trebek's room at 2:30 in the morning, the 72-year-old master of trivia began chasing Moyers down the hotel hallway until his heel gave out and his Achilles tendon tore.
"The snap and the sound," Trebek said, describing the injury. "I played sports all my life."
We'll give him a pass for failing to nab the perp himself. Police eventually found and arrested her and, of course, she's denying that she jacked Trebek's cash and a bracelet he wore that his mother gave him. It would have been a better story if Trebek got her in a headlock and gave her the People's Elbow, but at least Moyers will have to answer to formal charges. And, after all, the PEN is mightier.
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On what embattled News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch called the most humble day of his life, his third wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, had one of the most badass of hers. While Rupert gave testimony before British Parliament about the phone hacking scandal that's corroding and embarrassing his media empire, an angry protester--an activist/comedian who goes by the name Johnnie Marbles--decided to give the honcho a taste of humble pie by launching a white plate of foam at the billionaire.
That's when today's badass sprung to action. Sitting in the gallery behind her hubby wearing a pink blazer and a black skirt, Wendi immediately jumped to her feet, wound up halfway with her right arm, and connected what looks like an open-handed swat with Marbles' head. She even appears to have grabbed Marbles with her left hand to either balance herself while falling over or possibly more impressive--secure him in proper striking distance and prevent him from getting away. BOOM! See for yourself.
Former Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic scored 625 goals in his NHL career and not one of them was ever worth as much as the shot he made on the 17th hole at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship this weekend. Using an 8-iron on a 162-yard par three, the retired center smacked a hole in one and won $1 million. Well, technically he wins half a million, with the Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation getting the other half.
Sakic wins Today's Badass spot over Sunday's British Open winner Darren Clarke because the odds of an amateur golfer getting a hole in one are about 1 in 33,000, according to Ireland's National Hole in One Club. We're not exactly sure how many pints of Guinness they drank before crunching those numbers, but either way it's a long shot. Especially to do it with $1m up for grabs. Plus, Clarke had to play 72 holes to win the $1.45m prize for the Open, while Sakic only needed one swing.
Unfortunately, Sakic's hole in one wasn't enough to win the tournament for him. Well-tanned soap opera legend Jack Wagner ended up edging out Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo for the title. This continues to support my theory that dating Jessica Simpson curses your career. Remember, Romo did get hurt last season.
This Nov. 18, the envy pouring from Greenville, North Carolina, will flow in a palpable wave. That's because Sgt. Scott Moore will have Mila Kunis on his arm at the Marine Corps Ball. Moore is currently with the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, but didn't let that stop him from asking the "Friends With Benefits" star to accompany him to one of the military's most glamorous annual events via a video posted on YouTube.
Before everyone in the armed services begins firing off invites to their favorite celebrities, let's take a moment and review the things that Moore did correctly. First, he's decked out in combat gear, sans the helmet, and carrying his assault rifle. This lets Kunis know he's for real, she'll be protected and he's kind of a bad boy. Second, he mugs quickly to the camera and tilts his sunglasses to let us know he has a sense of humor. Moore isn't over-the-top or cheesy, which would seem too cartoonish, but it's enough so he doesn't seem desperate. Third, rather than just stare into a webcam, Moore used a good cameraman, with a walking shot, high-quality video and a realistic background. Movie stars notice this stuff. Finally, he chose a time when Kunis is promoting her new movie. Journalists [cough] are always looking for unique angles to cover celebs, and this story is tabloid gold. Plus, Justin Timberlake even jumped on live TV and pestered her to go. At this point, she couldn't say no. It would anti-American--especially since she was born in the Ukraine.
Cheers to you, Sgt. Scott Moore. You deserve your Hollywood date.
For the guy formerly known as Douglas Allen Smith Jr. of Eugene-Springfield, Oregon, "awesome" is more than an adjective--it's a name. Specifically, it's his new last name, and along with his new first name, Captain, he is now officially Captain Awesome. (That's not Captain Awesome at right, it's some random dude with a young, Mohawked child in a Superman costume on his shoulders, but we're confident that the real Captain Awesome looks something like that.)
This is no joke, by the way. The 27-year-old Oregonian formerly known as Doug Smith was inspired by a character from the show "Chuck"--Dr. Devon “Captain Awesome” Woodcomb--to legally change his name in a court of law. He encountered one hurdle in the courtroom, though--the judge who had to approve the name change was also named Doug.
"The first thing he said to me was that he thought Douglas was a perfectly honorable first name," said Awesome. "I thought, ‘Oh my goodness. I'm screwed.'?"
Alas, Awesome was not screwed. His request was granted. Of course, his name comes with newfound responsibility. Captain Awesome will have to do awesome things, not all the time of course, but almost. But when he does those awesome things and marches into a room, and his friends say "That's awesome," he can puff out his chest and exclaim, "I know.I am Awesome."
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The star of the internet's best talk show, "Between Two Ferns," and all around funnyman Zach Galifianakis does not give a crap about authority. While appearing on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, Galifianakis displayed his rebellious streak when he pulled out and lit up a joint during a discussion of California's Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana.
The Bearded Wonder of the World first lamented that politicians treat marijuana as a taboo subject, and then he sparked up, surprising even Maher. Galifianakis offered a puff to Margaret Hoover, who grabbed the joint but declined. Reihan Salam passed too, and the other guest, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell, looked like he soiled his pants. We don't condone drug use, but we can't help but salute Mr. Galifianakis and his ballsy, anti-authoritarian move.
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If you missed the BET Awards last night, you missed history, because the star of the "Bed Intruder Song," Antoine Dodson, performed his track live for a pumped-up crowd, allowing this to continue to be the greatest musical success story for an animated brother of a would-be rape victim ever.
"I am not desperate at all," Dodson said about his appearance. "I don't call people and say, 'Hey, I want to be on your show.' They reached out to me and said, 'You are the hot topic right now, so we want you to be on the show.'"
Dodson performed alongside a Gregory Brother and was in full red-bandanna regalia, much to the delight of many of the stars in the crowd. This is a true American success story, and we couldn't be happier about it. Now go run and tell that, homeboy.
It's been a great year for food innovations and artery-cloggery. Now, behold, the latest and one of the greatest entries into the eat-it-and-die Hall of Fame: Bacorn Dogs. It's just what it sounds like--a combination of bacon and corn dogs, with the bacon in place of the hot dog. The invention comes as part of Wired's "Great Bacon Odyssey," a fat-and-fun-filled adventure where Matt Blum attempts to determine whether bacon really does make everything better.
In this case, Blum asked: "What, really, could be better than taking fat, coating it in fat, and then cooking the whole thing in fat?" It turns out, not much. The verdict in the case of bacorn dogs is "very good" and "very tasty."
If you want more of Blum's Great Bacon Odyssey, click here. And if you're a really daring soul and want an adventure of your own, try to make one of these, and eat it with fried beer.
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Thanks to some great teammates, coaches, an understanding opposing team and a raucous crowd, 17-year-old Ike Ditzenbenger got to taste what it's like to be a football hero. The young man, a junior at Snohomish (WA) High School, has Down syndrome.
Ike practices daily with the junior varsity team and gets the final run at the varsity team's practices, called the "Ike Special." This time Ike did it in a varsity game, a 51-yard touchdown run, topped off with a celebration dance in the end zone that would have gotten him flagged if the refs could see through their sobs. The video's below, and it will make you smile. If it doesn't, you're a cold-hearted bastard who's as dead inside as a dead guy.
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Halloween horror came a bit too soon for a 17-year-old at Grove City College, a Christian school in western Pennsylvania. Shortly after midnight last Saturday, the student was attacked by someone wearing a panda costume, which sounds a whole lot less terrifying than an actual panda attack but way more humiliating.
The panda's less violent buddies, dressed as a gorilla and a marching band member, did not get involved in the dustup. The attack seems pretty random but wasn't totally out of nowhere; the panda, the gorilla and the band member (sounds like the beginning of a joke, right?) were reportedly acting obnoxious when the student approached the panda bear and grabbed his mask. Then the panda put the guy in a choke hold (trying not to laugh, right?) and punched him in the face, bloodying his nose.
The only bright side for the student in this ordeal is that he wasn't wearing a jean jacket. Otherwise, he might not have lived though it.