I thought that this was an interesting factoid, considering Nic just wrote his top 5 things you may not know about Australia (and he’s still there, in Australia). Well, Nic – here’s one more! In a study of 35 countries, British researchers concluded that Australians come up as the most likely to commit one of the Bible’s seven deadly sins.
As a recap, the seven deadly sins are:
1. Lust: Excessive sexual thoughts or desires, or as Aristotle said, “Excessive love of others.” Yeesh. Gay people are doomed.
2. Gluttony: Described as the over-indulgence & over-consumption of anything to the point of being wasteful. Supersize it!
3. Greed: The excessive desire & pursuit of wealth, status, and power. Reminds me of Party Monster’s “Money, Success, Fame, Glamour.”
4. Sloth: Failure to use your gifts, or simply put, being lazy and indifferent. Get off your ass, sinner!
5. Wrath: Described as uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. Also includes vengeance, Dante describes as”love of justice perverted to revenge and spite”.
6. Envy: Resenting people for having something you feel you do not. If you were to go to purgatory for this, your eyes get sewn shut with wire. Eww! What is the punishment for sewing someone’s eye shut with wire!?
7. Pride: It’s considered to be the worse of them all, because it can lead to the other sins as well. It’s the desire to be more important or better looking than others and being totally self absorbed or conceited. Fewf – thank goodness it’s not Gay Pride.
Since the Grammys are this coming Sunday, I thought I’d select my weekly crush from the music industry. Alternative rock group, Kings of Leon is nominated for four Grammys: Best Rock Song: Record of the Year: Song of the Year: and Best Rock Performance by a Duo of Group with Vocals. Though Kings of Leon share a whole whack of similar DNA- they’re made up of three brothers and one first-cousin- only one of them is truly crushworthy in my books- Anthony Caleb Followill. The 28-year-old frontman for the rock group, more commonly goes by just Caleb. In fact, all the band members go by their middle names as opposed to their first- it’s a family tradition.
Caleb spent a majority of his childhood roaming around the Southern United States with his father who was a traveling Pentecostal preacher. When his father resigned from the church, they moved to Nashville and embraced the rock-and-roll lifestyle they had previously been denied. It was there they formed the band which they named after their father and grandfather- both were named Leon.
Now that Jennifer Lopez is done putting on her Louboutins, she can focus on releasing good songs. I never was a huge fan of the shoe themed song. The remix barely made it tolerable for me to dance to at the club. Debuting on German radio stations this week, Jenny’s second single “Everybody’s Girl” is testing the waters across the pond to measure it’s viability of becoming a much needed hit from the former “Fly-Girl”.
The uptempto track is produced by Mike Caren and written by Wynter Gordon. It is the second single from her forthcoming album “Love?” which is set to drop in April 2010.
It’s hard having a private life when you’re one of the most famous entertainers in the world. J.Lo questions whether her man is capable of loving her under the intense glare of the spotlight. “Can you love somebody when their everybody’s girl?” she asks over the slick uptempo production, while the hook repeats: “Can you love, can you love, can you love a girl?” One of the standout tracks, this could easily be a single.
Although I’ve spent nearly two out of the last six years of my life in Australia, I’m still amazed by our cultural differences. I was in a conversation with my roommate/friend Ryan last night and I had to get him to repeat the words “Car Yard” so many times, I thought I was going to punch something. Here we are speaking the same common language, yet a minor wrench can get thrown into the wheel every so often. Thank god it ended in a laughing fit, not in violence.
I started making myself a short list of things that I forget about when I’m in Canada but that become so blaringly obvious to me when I’m here, and things that future travelers to Australia should be aware of before they get here. So I present to you, the most random and pointless list you’ll ever see.
Although available in select stores back home now (I’m thinking IGA on Robson and Richards?), Tim Tam’s are god’s gift to cookies. I think it’s in the bible somewhere…in the back…or something. These delicious wafery, just crunchy enough, chocolate filled, chocolate covered cookies are not only addictive, but get better with a beverage. What can be known as a Tim Tam bomb, is biting both ends off the cookie and using it as a straw to either soak up cold milk, or a hot beverage like coffee, which, trust me, I’m so passionate about this now I’m using a run-on sentence, is like an angel is singing every verse of Hallelujah in your mouth. Toss em in the fridge for extra crunch.
25 years after its original release to benefit the famine in Africa, “We Are The World” is being re-recorded, but this time to help raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake. Once again, Quincy Jones is spearheading the project and producing the single. The original version was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie.
At the time, the biggest names in the music industry participated in the charity-raising single. Musicians like Stevie Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles, Hall & Oates, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Tina Turner and a slew of others along with Jackson and Ritchie all gathered together after the Grammy Awards record the track.
Another Texas stud, Chad Hedrick (32) was a breakout star at this first Olympics. He won three Olympic medals in speed skating in 2006: gold in the 5000m, silver in the 10,000m and bronze in the 1500m… After the Torino Olympics, Hedrick took eight months off from skating before returning to pursue the Vancouver Olympics.
Here are some of his stats:
Sport: Speed Skating
Birthdate: April 14, 1977
Hometown: Spring, TX
Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
Ht: / Wt: 5’11″ / 160 lbs
When he was younger, his dad owned five roller rinks in Texas (called Champions Roller World) so Hedrick had a lot of practice with skating there. He started skating at age 2, and he also has his own signature inline move called the “double push.” This is where he simultaneously uses both legs to accelerate, where speed skaters usually push on one leg at a time. He has adapted this maneuver and uses it on the ice as well.
I was watching Oprah (surprise, surprise) yesterday and she made a comment about how obsessed our culture is with celebrities and their lives. Even though I wouldn’t say that I’m obsessed with celebrities, I do keep current on some celeb gossip blogs and do have interest in the idea of fame in general, what it does to people and how if affects their lives. Oprah’s comment got me thinking, if I could spend a day with any celebrity, who would it be? This one celebrity turned into 5, (because I’m contractually obligated to do a Top 5 every Thursday – I kid) so here I am with my Top 5 Thursdays, 5 celebrities I’d want to spend the day with.
This B is hilarious. I would love to spend a day just sitting around with KG eating junk food, watching TV while we make fun of people. She is so quick and her humor is just constantly on – I love it. After reading her book, “Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin” I developed a respect for her as a person, a daughter and a sister. She is truly one of the hardest working people in LA and rarely disappoints (unless you count the time she said dick in front of Bette Midler).
After 19 seasons of “The Bachelor” franchise, the producers finally scored another love connection that’s heading down the aisle. In arguably one of the best seasons ever, former Bachelor season 13 Jason Mesnick is marrying his initial runner-up in a televised ceremony on March 8th on ABC. For those who never watched his season, Jason let Molly Malaney go at the Final Rose and chose Melissa Rycroft as the winner.
What happened next, would be unprecedented ground for “The Bachelor” series. In a special “After the Final Rose” episode, Jason dumped Melissa on national TV and asked Molly if she would take him back. What ensued was a firestorm of negative press for Jason for being an ass to Melissa and for following his heart. On the flip side, overwhelming support for Melissa catapulted her in the spotlight and led to her stint on “Dancing with the Stars”.