Mantenna - Thursday, November 20

November 20, 2008

The sexiest female down under, 50 Cent's feud with Taco Bell, and new information on what caused the fatal plane crash involving Travis Barker and DJ's all after the jump in today's Mantenna!

Internationally Babelicious

Hayley Pascoe, Australia’s 2007 model of the year has new fans in America. She pretty much looks good in everything, but fortunately for us we have a slew of pictures where she’s not wearing much of anything. Thus she has been given the prestigious title, "Babe of the Day" by Double Viking. She’s earned it. [Double Viking]

Taco Bell lawyers Get Tough with 50 Cent

50 Cent is facing a big challenge from Taco Bell after lawyers for the fast food chain called his federal lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, another attempt to "burnish his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all recognition a bona fide, good faith offer." The squabble is over a fake letter sent out by the Taco Bell Corp. asking 50 Cent to change his name for one day to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent to help publicize its value menu. Fiddy has sued for trademark infringement. [MTV News]

Travis Barker and DJ AM Private Plane Ran Out Of Runway

More details are being discovered about the Travis Barker and DJ AM private jet crash in Columbia, South Carolina last September. In new cockpit recordings, the pilot reported the plane was “going off the end” of the runway. Aviation authorities say the recordings reveal the jet’s crew believed a tire blew before takeoff, but the recordings could not confirm that. Apparently the pilots tried to stop the plane from taking off, and ran out of runway. []

Another Night at the Museum


Pictures from the production of the sequel to Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller, Bill Hader, Hank Azaria, Jonah Hil, and others have hit the web. For everyone who was a fan of the first movie, there’s probably a lot to like here. It’s only a matter of time before trailers start coming down the pipeline too. [USA Today]

Drinking Water on Mars

NASA has used ground-penetrating radar to uncover enormous glaciers below the surface of mars in locations much closer to the equator of Mars.  The leader of the study said that "just one of the features we examined is three times larger than the city of Los Angeles, and up to one-half mile thick, and there are many more.”  The idea of course, is that these glaciers could provide a frozen aquifer of drinking water for astronauts exploring, or possibly colonizing Mars. [Wired]

New, Green X Prize Competition

The X Prize Foundation, a charitable organization that rewards inventors and innovators with cold, hard cash, is allowing humanity to vote on their next challenge. The theme is green (as it so often is these days) and they’ve narrowed down the competition submissions to a final three: 1. Reduce Home Energy Use, 2. Build a Better Battery, or 3. Energy Independent Homes that Draw No Power From “The Grid.” You can go over to their site to vote on which you’d like to see. [Gizmodo]

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Announced As 2009 Green Car Of The Year


There are a few standouts in the emerging green sector of the U.S. auto market that are hitting the market in 2009. BMW's first clean diesel in the United States, the 335d, is one such vehicle that has torque-loving enthusiasts salivating.  General Motors' upcoming Saturn Vue is the first application of the 2-Mode hybrid system in a front-wheel drive vehicle. No green car discussion is complete without a mention of the Smart Fortwo, which sports the best mileage of any non-hybrid car available. Still, there is one '09 car that seems to offer the best of all worlds, it has a relatively low starting price, excellent fuel economy (over 50 mpg) and refined driving dynamics: The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2009’s Green Car of the Year. So long, Prius. [Jalopnik]

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Wednesday, November 19

Tuesday, November 18

Monday, November 17

Friday, November 14

Thursday, November 13

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