Mantenna - Tuesday, February 3

February 3, 2009

Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has a bizarre new career, Robert Downey Jr. talks about the rumors surrounding Mickey Rourke joining Iron Man 2, and the hottest cheeleader in the's the Mantenna!


NFL’s Hottest Cheerleader

The Super Bowl may be over, but you might like to know which cheerleader in the NFL takes the trophy for hottest in the league. Randi of the Houston Texans has been voted the hottest NFL cheerleader by readers of Maxim. The 20-year-old Texan is a girl of extremes. Her favorite movies are 300 and My Best Friend's she loves listening to Mötley Crüe and Madonna. Sounds like a keeper! [Maxim]

MySpace is Creepy

The social networking website MySpace announced today that they have removed 90,000 US-registered sex offenders from their site. The number is nearly double what MySpace officials acknowledged last year when detailing who had used their site. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said "Almost 100,000 convicted sex offenders mixing with children on MySpace is absolutely appalling and totally unacceptable. For every one of them, there may be hundreds of others using false names and ages." [AP]

Downey Jr. Provides Totally Confusing Update About Mickey Rourke in Iron Man 2

After an interview with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of his Sherlock Holmes movie, Iron Man 2 fans everywhere will be happy to hear a tidbit of news that will leave them even more confused than before. Regarding Rourke’s casting in the film as a villain, Downey Jr. said, “I can neither confirm nor deny that. Or maybe it's some semblance of both. Here, I can tell you everything about the story except I won't give away the ending. The nerd stuff is top-drawer security.” Right, so, uh, is Rourke going to be in it or not? If he knows, Downey Jr. isn’t saying. Rumor is that Rourke hasn’t signed anything yet, but Sam Rockwell has. As long as they don’t fire Don Cheadle then we’ll call it a day. []

African Singer Sues Michael Jackson And Rihanna

Cameroonian singer Manu Dibango has filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson and Rihanna at a Paris court claiming they stole a hook from his 1972 song "Soul Makossa."  Jackson had already accepted that parts of song were used on the track "Wanna be Startin' Something" and the singers reached a financial settlement. Although in 2007, Rihanna obtained Jackson's permission to use the same section of melody on her hit single "Please Don't Stop The Music," without also contacting Dibango for the rights. He is reportedly seeking 500,000 euros in damages. [WMAR-TV]

Duff McKagan: Playboy’s New Financial Columnist



This is a random one. Duff McKagan is officially the new financial columnist for Playboy. Few know this, but McKagan studied business at Santa Monica College in the years after the original Guns N’ Roses lineup disbanded and became fascinated with how money works. Already a columnist for Seattle Weekly, Duff will share his advice about all things business with the readers of as the site’s new financial guru. Duff has stated that he wants his column to “to educate” and “bring down The Man.” Rock! [Playboy]

Canadian Students Build Space Phone From Scratch

Students at the Humber Institute of Technology in Canada had a little school project.  They wanted to see if they could build a radio from scratch for calling the International Space Station.  It turns out that they can.  Astronaut Sandra Magnus granted the students a short interview after their successful transmission over 220 miles of atmosphere and vacuum. [Gizmodo]

Man Chooses Ferrari Over Home in Raging Inferno
A Kansas City suburbanite, no doubt preparing for the Super Bowl, caught a whiff of smoke in his home. Soon, firefighters on site were told by the man to save his Ferrari before his house. The fire started somewhere in the attic of the Olathe, Kansas home and spread fast enough the owner had to get out before he could rescue his Ferrari. When firefighters arrived on the scene, he begged them to save what seems to us a Ferrari 348 before getting to work putting the fire out. The firefighters managed to roll the car out of the garage unharmed, and then put down the blaze, which did $80,000 worth of damage to the home. Here's hoping the family dog knows how to use door knobs. []

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