Mantenna - Monday, May 4

May 3, 2009

Get in bed with Megan Fox, the reason texts are limited to 160 characters, and why Prince turned down a Guitar Hero's the Mantenna!

Source: Esquire

In Bed with Megan Fox

What man wouldn’t want to wake up in bed with Megan Fox? Well one lucky guy from Esquire magazine did and he filmed it. The magazine spent an entire day from bed to bathing suit with the Transformers hottie. Life for Megan Fox is awesome. She spends her entire day in a swimsuit, lying by the pool eating meat off the bone. Then she slips into a little black dress for a night out on the town. The issue of Esquire magazine with Megan Fox gracing the cover hits newsstands on May 10th. [Esquire]

Jessica Simpson Airbrushed for Vanity Fair?

Jessica Simpson is on the cover of the latest issue of Vanity Fair, accompanied by the headline “You Call This Fat?” The singer is dressed in a figure-hugging white dress and looking good. The problem is the internet is buzzing that’s she’s been Photoshopped. In the article that accompanies the photos, Simpson talks about her marriage to Nick Lachey, her divorce, her new boyfriend Tony Romo, and whether Romo has watched Newlyweds. [Dlisted]

Bob Dylan has First Chart-Topping Album Since 1970

Bob Dylan has gone straight to the top of the album charts today almost 40 years after his last number one record. Together Through Life comes 38 years and five months after he last claimed the top spot, meaning Dylan now holds the record for the longest gap between solo number one albums. His last chart topper was New Morning which was released in October 1970, reaching number one on November 28. Together Through Life is Dylan's seventh U.K. number one, his 33rd studio album, and his 53rd album, including compilations and soundtracks. [Belfast Telegraph]

Prince Turns Down Guitar Hero Deal


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Prince has officially turned down a deal to put his songs in Guitar Hero. Activision has already signed up the likes of Aerosmith, Metallica, and Van Halen for the series, but the man from Minneapolis has still said no. "I ain't mad at them," he told The Tavis Smiley show, as reported by Gamespot. Price stated: "I just think it's more important that kids learn how to actually play the guitar." Indeed. [Euro Gamer]

Faux Pas!

Director David Slade, the man behind the awesomeness that was 30 Days of Night, is going to direct Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight Saga. However, it’s recently come to light that this dude doesn’t even like Twilight -- in fact, he’s officially on record as saying, “Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk? Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid. Twilight at gunpoint? Just shoot me.” I’m taking that to mean he’s not a fan, so good thing he’s lined up to direct part three. He apparently decided not to see Twilight even after he couldn’t find any other movie to watch one night, hence the quote above. He’s now brushing it off as one big Twitter joke, but I doubt there are too many teenage girls laughing. Too far, dude. Too far. [First Showing]

The Reason Texts Are Limited to 160 Characters

If you’ve ever wondered why text messages are limited to 160 characters, then wonder no more.  You might be let down, though, to find out it has nothing to do with a phone’s programming or function.  It has everything (and only) to do with Friedhelm Hillebrand -- one of the developers of text messages.  He sat at his typewriter, typed out what he thought commonly-texted phrases would be, and counted the characters.  He concluded that 160 characters is “perfectly sufficient.” [LA Times]

Video of Virgin Galactic’s Test Flight

Billionaire pimp-cum-adventurer, Richard Branson wants to start putting Americans in space.  And, because he has a bajillion dollars, that’s exactly what he plans to do with Virgin Galactic – the first commercial space airliner.  The extremely odd-looking vessel recently completed its first test flight, and has exclusive video coverage of it. [Wired]

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