Mantenna - Thursday, January 20

January 20, 2011

Kat Von D gets engaged to Jesse James, Bob Dylan signs a six-book publishing deal, and a random human is celebrated for wasting a year of his life...the Mantenna packs a serious punch!

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Jesse James and Kat Von D are Engaged

Less than seven months after his divorce from Sandra Bullock, Jesse James is now engaged to superstar tattoo artist Kat Von D. Von D confirmed the big news on Twitter today. She stated: "I guess the 'kat' is outta the bag, eh?" she wrote to James. "Thank you for all the wonderful, loving congratulations from you all.. Overwhelmed with joy right now!" This actually seems like a really good match. Good luck, dudes. [TMZ]

Bob Dylan Signs Six-Book Publishing Deal

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Bob Dylan has signed a deal to write six or more books for his publisher Simon & Schuster. The lot will include two autobiographical follow-ups to 2004's Chronicles: Volume One. Spokesperson Jon Howells told the Guardian that it was "hugely exciting for any Bob Dylan fan and for any aficionado of rock history" to hear that new volumes of his legendary memoirs were on the way. "Chronicles set a new standard in what people expected from a rock'n'roll autobiography, and was a revelation,” Howells continued. This sounds awesome to me. I just hope that 'Soy Bomb' guy gets his own chapter. [Guardian]

Random Human Celebrated for Wasting a Year of His Life

A 64-year-old Texas man decided to spend an entire year of his life doing nothing but playing golf. It was clearly worth it because a local paper posted the story on its website. Here’s what it had to say. “Richard Lewis set out to play 600 rounds of golf last year to get his name in the Guinness Book of World Records.” You can read way more about it on the link below. It’s riveting stuff. [WFAA]

Women's Movement Gets Tackled at 30-Yard Line

Two years ago, Kelli Underwood shattered barriers by becoming the first-ever female to broadcast a football game on television. Today, she is remembering the opportunity fondly. The Herald Sun reports “Underwood has been relegated to boundary-line duties this year after being trialed by the network over the past two seasons. The former 3AW reporter has polarized football supporters despite being hailed as a trailblazer. She was dubbed the most annoying commentator in last year's Herald Sun Footy Fans survey, receiving 39.5 percent of votes.” [News]


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Wednesday, January 19

Tuesday, January 18

Friday, January 14

Thursday, January 13

Wednesday, January 12

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