Mantenna - Wednesday, February 18

February 18, 2009

Naomi Watts bares all for the paparazzi in California, Mickey Rourke ditches Iron Man 2, and Michael Jackson is set to auction off a bunch of his weird crap, including a's the Mantenna!

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Bikinis Literally Make Men See Objects

Women in bikinis are seen as objects by men’s brains. New research shows that when a guy sees a girl in a bikini, the region of his brain associated with tool use lights up. According to the study, “Men were more likely to associate images of sexualized women with first-person action verbs such as 'I push, I grasp, I handle.'” The research showed that men see women as “sexually inviting,” but do not think about their minds. Sounds about right. [National Geographic]

Naomi Watts Gets Naked

Naomi Watts was caught filming a new movie scene where she stands on a balcony, takes off a robe and reveals her naked body. Watts spent the weekend filming scenes for Mother and Child on an actual balcony in Marina Del Rey, California. This public display of celebrity nudity quickly caught the eye of numerous paparazzi, which swarmed the location and took numerous shots of a totally nude Watts. It should be noted that Watts, who recently gave birth, looks totally hot. NSFW. [The Blemish]

Mickey Rourke No Longer in Iron Man 2

Mickey Rourke’s career is as unpredictable as ever. He recently told New York Magazine that he’s no longer involved, stating, “Right now, we’re not doing Iron Man 2.” This is not good news but, seeing how mercurial the life of Mickey is, who knows? Maybe he’ll be signed on again in a couple weeks. The casting for this film seems to be different every month. It’s possible the paycheck was too small (Rourke was going to receive $250,000), and it’s possible Marvel didn’t think he was such a great bargain when his agent started “battling Marvel for a bigger paycheck.” However it went down, let’s hope the involved parties patch things up so that Iron Man 2 has Rourke on its roster again. []

Michael Jackson is Auctioning His Crap

Michael Jackson is set to get rid of more than 2,000 of his personal items at an auction in April. Some of the rare items include his American Music Award for Thriller, a velvet cape given to him by his children for Father's Day in 1998, a pair of rhinestone-trimmed socks from 1981, a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and his own original artwork. This monumental five-day auction will be conducted by Julien's Auctions April 21st through 25th in Los Angeles. Wait, this guy owns a man-cape? [Julien's Auctions]

Facebook Backs Off, Doesn’t Steal from You


Source: Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Burda Media

Facebook changed its terms of service – the clause you have to agree to in order to use Facebook – to say that Facebook reserved the right to use anything you put on their site not only while you’re using it, but after you decide to leave it. The users (and the tech community at large) went absolutely nuts and many claimed that this was a gigantic breach of trust with their users.  In response to the social outcry, though, Facebook has reissued their old terms of services, and promises not to keep any pictures of you doing naked keg stands in case you ever want to be President some day. []

Kanye West Designed X-Rated Video Games

Here we go again. Kanye West has recently said that he used to design sexy video games in his spare time. Apparently at the ripe old age of twelve, Ye would spend his nights creating quirky games with penises and ghost vaginas. In a recent interview with Details magazine he stated: "I got into doing beats for the video games I used to try to make. My game was very sexual. The main character was, like, a giant penis. It was like Mario Bros., but the ghosts were, like, vaginas. I'm 12 years old, and this is stuff 30-year-olds are programming. You'd have to draw in and program every little step - it literally took me all night to do a step, 'cause the penis, y'know, had little feet and eyes." []

British Charity Comic Relief Auctioning Off Ride with The Stig

While rumors of The Stig's true identity continue to swirl around the interwebs and Black Stig emerges from the deep, good 'ol White Stig still finds the time for his fans. So before he's killed off by mysterious forces sometime in the near future, you can win a ride with him around the Top Gear test track. Red Nose Day is a fundraising event put on by the British charity Comic Relief, and it's practically a holiday in U.K. One of the items being auctioned for this year's drive is a lap with the Stig, to take place some time on a Wednesday this summer. Keep your schedule open. Of course, if you win, you'll need to make your own way to Surrey, where the Top Gear track is. There's also no indication of what sort of car you'll be riding in - it could be a VW Golf for all we know. But still, as of now bidding is only up to £3,600.00 (about $5,100 USD), which is a paltry sum for the chance to ride with the automotive equivalent of The Shadow. [Telegraph]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Tuesday, February 17

Friday, February 13

Thursday, February 12

Wednesday, February 11

Tuesday, February 10

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