Mantenna - Thursday, November 11

November 11, 2010

Dick Van Dyke gets rescued by porpoises, film legend Dino De Laurentiis dies, and Tiger Woods gets a 69 down under...the Mantenna is livin' on a prayer!
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Dick Van Dyke Rescued by Porpoises

Entertainment icon Dick Van Dyke owes his life to pack of porpoises. The 84-year-old actor recently told a British newspaper that he was rescued at sea by the dolphin-like critters. The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins star says he fell asleep on his surfboard and awoke in the middle of the ocean. He told The Guardian newspaper, “I woke up out of sight of land. I started paddling with the swells and I started seeing fins swimming around me and I thought 'I'm dead!'” Luckily the creatures were of the friendly kind. Van Dyke adds, “They turned out to be porpoises. And they pushed me all the way to shore.” Sounds like the beginning of a Disney movie. [People]

Insect Discovered with Giant Testicles

The ballsiest creature in the animal kingdom is an insect. Scientists have discovered a bushcricket with testicles that account for 14 percent of its body weight. To put it in perspective, that would mean a 200 pound man would have a set of gonads that weighed a staggering 28 pounds. Traditionally animals with incredibly large balls produce a large amount of sperm to swamp their promiscuous female partners. This is not the case with the bushcricket. Scientists found that the bug produces a large quantity of sperm so that that they can repeatedly mate without exhausting their reserve. Lead researcher Dr Karim Vahed says it goes to show, “Males don't put all their eggs (or rather sperm!) in one basket.’ [Daily Mail]

Dino De Laurentiis, Film Legend, Dead at 91

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Legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis, the man behind Serpico, Barbarella and Dune, has died. The Academy Award-winning producer helped revolutionize the way movies were bankrolled and started making films almost 70 years ago. He was one of the true giants of the industry and took artistic risks that few can rival. His cause of death is unknown. Dino was 91. RIP Dino [TMZ]

Tiger Woods Gets a 69 Down Under

The world's most sexed up golfer started his time at the Australian Open by shooting a 69 on his opening round. According to people on the other side of the world, "Tiger Woods overcame an early bogey and shot a two-under 69 Thursday in the first round of the JBWere Masters." "The defending champion trailed co-leaders Adam Bland, Alistair Presnell and Daniel Gaunt of Australia by four shots after hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation in a round that was partly undone by ineffective putting." Interesting to note that Woods is great with the wood, but not much of a finisher. Maybe that's why he only has divorce papers and not paternity suits. [Totonto Sun]

NFL Coach Kind of Has Some Respect from Teammates Who Really Hate him

Brad Childress is having a bit of a rough go in Minnesota this year. Between the airport runs, his non-stop losing and receding hair line the guy can't catch a break. Coincidentally, he can't catch any respect. NESN reports that one player said "We know that Childress doesn't have our backs, so why should we have his? We're playing for us, and we're winning despite him." Another added "As much as I hate Childress, I will keep playing." So, is Wade Phillips about to get a new golfing partner? [NESN]


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Wednesday, November 10

Tuesday, November 9

Monday, November 8

Friday, November 5

Thursday, November 4

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