The Kardashians made a lot of money last year, Rod Stewart welcomes his eighth baby, and Jeopardy champs are no match for I.B.M.'s supercomputer…the Mantenna is just too damn good!
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The Kardashians Made Bank
The Kardashians had a good 2010, a very good 2010 indeed. According to the Hollywood Reporter the Kardashian clan raked in a combined $65 million dollars. That’s more than movie stars Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, and Tom Cruise are estimated to have earned combined. Led my “momager” Kris, the family raked in the whopping amount of cash by putting their family name on practically every product possible. The family has four television shows, a best-selling book, two perfumes, and multiple fashion lines. They also command very lucrative appearance fees, with middle sister Kim getting upwards of $100,000 per appearance. [HR]
Jeopardy Champs No Match for Supercomputer
A supercomputer named Watson has beaten Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter in a special three-episode run of Jeopardy dubbed Man vs. Machine. The computer created by I.B.M. is the size of 10 refrigerators and named after I.B.M.’s founder. Watson’s advantage was his speed. He could answer questions very quickly and buzz in very quickly, sometimes within 10 milliseconds. Watson wasn’t perfect and didn’t answer all questions correctly. For instance he thought Toronto was a U.S. city. Watson won each of the three nights it appeared. The series ended with Watson earning $77,147 while Jennings finished with $19,200 and Brad Rutter ended with $11,200. Watson also won bragging rights and $1 million which will be donated to charity. [The Street]
Rod Stewart Welcomes His Eighth Baby
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According to a letter from his record label, aging rocker Rod Stewart greeted a brand new baby boy with wife Penny Lancaster yesterday. Named Aiden, this is Hot Rod's eighth child. Stewart's label stated: "Mother and baby are healthy and blissfully happy…" This guy is Superman. Period. [Yahoo]
High School Wrestler Combines Quitting and Sexism in One Glorious Act
An Iowa wrestler was scheduled to go toe-to-toe with a female at a local meet. Naturally, he decided that instead of wrestling, quitting would be the better option. TwinCities.com reports “Sophomore Joel Northup of Linn-Mar High defaulted his first-round matchup today against Cedar Falls freshman Cassy Herkelman. Linn Mar athletic director Scott Mahmens says Northup's decision not to wrestle Herkelman was based on his family's beliefs that wrestling is not how you treat a girl.” Yes, I’m sure she preferred to be told she wasn’t worth the trouble. [Twin Cities]
It’s All Fun and Games Until an Innocent Tree Dies
One Alabama fan decided that the best way to show his hatred for the University of Auburn was to risk his freedom by killing a tree. “Auburn University officials were alerted to the situation after a person called into Paul Finebaum's radio broadcast on January 27 saying he had poisoned the trees,” Fox 6 reports. “He claimed he did it because he said he saw a picture of Auburn students rolling Toomer's Corner the day Paul "Bear" Bryant died in 1983 and another picture of Cam Newton's jersey on the statue of Paul "Bear" Bryant in Tuscaloosa.” Hooray for sports! [MyFoxAL.com]
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