Mantenna - Wednesday, February 4

February 4, 2009

Johnny Depp is rumored to join the Farrelly brothers' Three Stooges movie, a nerd in Canada determines the actual value of the Death Star from Star Wars, and how to take nude photographs like a's the Mantenna!

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How To Take Nude Photos Like a Pro

Taking sexy nude photos is not rocket science. However there are some simple tips to ensure you take quality shots. First, invest in a good digital camera and purchase some simple lights. Poor lighting can make the hottest chick look terrible. Secondly, let the model talk. This allows the model to have a creative input and will make her feel more comfortable. Other tips from The Bachelor Guy include having a plan, keeping it simple, and leaving the moaning to a minimum. [The Bachelor Guy]

How to Recycle Your Busted Inflatable Love Doll

A Dutch design firm has thought of a savvy way to recycle busted inflatable love dolls. Mama Anders Designs turns the discarded dolls into items of clothing. Designer Sander Reijgers says, "I customize existing tracksuit tops with parts of the blow-up dolls – the head, the breasts, the vagina, the anus. These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me. The doll is a means to convey something else." This may be taking the whole eco/green/recycling thing a bit too far. [The Reverse Cowgirl]

Brother Of Black Eyed Peas' Allan Pineda Found Murdered

Joven Pineda Deala, half-brother of Black Eyed Peas rapper Allan Pineda, also known as, was shot and killed outside his girlfriend’s apartment yesterday morning. Deala and his girlfriend were sitting in his SUV outside her apartment in Angeles City in the Philippines when he was shot in the left side of his head. Deala died on the way to the hospital. Deala was only 21 years old. According to authorities, there was no apparent provocation for the attack, and investigators are trying to determine a motive. The gunman and an accomplice escaped on foot. [PopEater]

Eminem’s Former Bodyguard Writes A Tell-All Book

Former Eminem bodyguard Byron "Big Naz" Williams has penned a brand new book entitled Shady Bizzness, which reveals some juicy private tales about the controversial MC. Williams, 29, who has a college degree in journalism, said that his ex-boss was completely dependent on drugs which he used to cope with his fame and a volatile private life. Williams even stated that Eminem is “just a pussy who picks on people who are vulnerable because he has been bullied his whole life.” Wowzers. [A.V. Club]

Larry, Curly and...Depp??


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In a bizarre bit of movie news, the rumors on the web are now saying that Johnny Depp might play Moe in the Farrelly brothers’ comedy about the Three Stooges. But the weirdness doesn’t stop there. Sean Penn is at the top of the Farrellys’ list to play Larry. Where they came up with this casting is beyond anyone, particularly Sean Penn as Larry. At this point no one is slated to play Curly. Maybe they’ll ask Daniel Day Lewis or Ian McKellen to play Curly, with Patrick Stewart as their back up. At least the next Three Stooges movie we see is going to have more acting talent than most Oscar-nominated films. But will we laugh? [Just Jared]

Cost of the Death Star: $15,602,022,489,829,821,422,840,226.94

A Canadian Apple specialist from Calgary has determined the actual cost of the Death Star from Star Wars and it's a doozy. According to his calculations, its value is $15.6 septillian American dollars - and even more if the dollar loses additional value in the world market.  Ryszard Gold is a self-described web designer and "outlandish thinker.”  The crazy thing is that his calculation is just for the steel skeleton of the death star.  That death star would just be a big sphere full of walls, floors, and ceilings made of steel.  No laser for blowing up planets!?  Alright, alright, maybe if we can get 0% APR. [Gizmodo]

Beer Pong on the Cheap

For the semi-professional Beer Pong players out there, there’s a site that has amalgamated all the “secret” discount codes for any and all beer pong gear that you might need.  That is, other than beer.  Check the Irish, Pirate, or hit the “Beer Pong Gear” link at the bottom and buy the beer can holster.  There are literally only a few hours a week when that would not be handy. []

China Exceeds US in Auto Sales for First Time in History

If GM's sales estimates are accurate, China knocked the United States out of the top spot in auto industry market sales for January — the first time the U.S. market has ever been beaten. During today's GM monthly sales call today, Mike DiGiovanni, GM's executive director of global market and industry analysis, estimates U.S. sales in January were about 668,000. "If you want to put this industry in perspective, it's the lowest January in terms of unit sales since January 1963," DiGiovanni said. DiGiovanni claimed 790,000 vehicles were sold in China in January. If those numbers hold true, then January, 2009 was the first month Chinese market sales have eclipsed U.S. market sales. A red storm rising indeed. [Reuters]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Tuesday, February 3

Monday, February 2

Friday, January 30

Thursday, January 29

Wednesday, January 28

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