Mantenna - Monday, December 8

December 8, 2008

A former NFL cheerleader wins the grand prize on The Amazing Race, photographic evidence surfaces that Jessica Alba was airbrushed for her recent Campari ad campaign, and Manofest collects the 10 greatest videos of people catching's all after the jump in today's Mantenna!

Former NFL Cheerleader Wins Amazing Race

A former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader has taken out the top prize on The Amazing Race. Starr Spangler and her brother Nick, an off-Broadway star, took home the $1 million prize after travelling over 40,000 miles and successfully completing a series of challenges around the world. If you’re not a fan of the show, you’ll be a fan of Starr modeling a bikini. [With Leather]

Alba was Airbrushed

Last week hot new pictures of a post-pregnant Jessica Alba hit the web. The photos were part of a promotional calendar for Italian liquor Campari. Now it has emerged that Alba’s “sexy” new look is a result of some good old fashioned Photoshop. Comparing the before and after photos, it looks like the folks at Campari shaved some weight off Alba’s waist, legs and arms. They’ve also added some oomph to her bustline. [Dlisted]

10 Greatest Videos of People Catching Fire

NASCAR super-icon Ricky Bobby said it best:  “Help me Jesus! Help me Jewish God! Help me Allah! AAAAAHHH! Help me Tom Cruise! Tom Cruise, use your witchcraft on me to get the fire off me! Help me, Oprah Winfrey!”  Nothing is quite so terrifying as being aflame. knows this all too well, and has trolled the intertubez for the top ten videos of poor suckers getting licked by the cruel tongue of fire. [Manofest]

12 Living Fossils


Wired has a list of twelve freaky-looking animals that are anything but freaks of nature.  These animals are so well-adapted to their ecological niches that when Mother Nature came around handing out randomized genetic mutations, they all just said “Oh, we couldn’t possibly.  Thank you, though!”  These animals haven’t changed in millennia, and you can stare down the inky tunnel of the past into their beady reptilian eyes by simply checking out the list.  Preview:  The Mantis Shrimp has the most complicated eyes of any organism on Earth and its claws claim the second-fastest animal motion. [Wired]

Ripley with No Alien?

What would Ellen Ripley, from the Aliens franchise, be without her alien nemesis? Laurel without Hardy? Cheech minus Chong? Batman sans Joker? Well, whatever she would be, Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott are in talks about a new Aliens film without the aliens. Just Ripley. As to her talks with Scott, Weaver said, “What we’re interested in is taking the character of Ripley and seeing what other science fiction story we can tell about someone who has lived several lives.” "Other," as in, a story that doesn’t include freaky man-eating aliens that stuff their offspring down our throats, which then birth by ripping through our chest. Removing the alien from the story is fine. The AVP films have certainly sullied that territory. But they better replace it with another alien. [MTV Movies Blog]

Image of Jim Morrison At Age 65 Unveiled

Today would have been Jim Morrison's 65th birthday and some crazy scientists have revealed what the legendary rocker may have looked like if he was still alive today. Researchers at the University of St Andrews used the latest technology to create a computer-generated image of the singer/poet. The image was put together by the university's perception laboratory. [MSN News U.K.]

New Eminem And Dr. Dre Song Leaks Online

A new track by Eminem and Dr. Dre has leaked its way onto the internets after being included on a mixtape by DJs Big Mike and Neptune called "4th Quarter Pressure: Part 2." “Number One”, which features Eminem once again on the mic, is rumored to have been produced by Dr. Dre, although Dre's vocals are not featured on this version of the song. [NME]

Robotic Pioneer/Evil Genius Takes Private Island Off the Grid

Dean Kamen, famous for creating the Luke (as in Skywalker) cybernetic arm and the Segway, owns his own island.  Recently, he had a team from Philips Color Kinetics shoot over for a visit on his giant submarine, shaped like his own body and powered by alien technology and the sorrow of his foes.  There, they equipped the entire island with LED lights instead of normal, incandescent lights like we use.  This dropped this island’s power consumption by 70% and allowed it to be powered by its own self-sustaining wind and solar harvesters.  Somewhere, in the dark, Dean Kamen is doing “Mr. Burns hands.” [Gizmodo]

Somebody Finally Heeds the Call for Flying Cars

One of the companies competing in the highly lucrative Automotive X-Prize has taken nerddom one step further by attempting to create a real life flying DeLorean. AirShip Technologies Group’s maglev-style, spherical-drive DeLorean will be powered by magnets, dual lithium-ion battery packs, elf dreams and unicorn farts –- essentially allowing it to glide across the ground like a magic carpet. And really, anything powered by "track balls" can't be too bad. [AirShip Technologies Group]

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Friday, December 5

Thursday, December 4

Wednesday, December 3

Tuesday, December 2

Monday, December 1

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