Mantenna - Friday, April 24

April 24, 2009

A Miss Universe contestant is getting criticism over her weight, Assassin Creed comes to the iPhone, and a British woman is facing jail for having noisy's the Mantenna!

Source: Daily Mail

Miss Universe Pageant Attacked Over "Malnourished" Beauty Queen

Health experts are up in arms over the weight of a contestant in the recent Miss Universe Australia competition. Stephanie Naumoska had hoped to represent her country in the upcoming Miss Universe competition. Instead she is being criticized for her skin-and-bones looks. The 19-year-old, who is 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs 108 pounds, has a body mass index (BMI) of just 15.1. According to World Health Organization standards, Stephanie is malnourished. Her BMI should be 18.5 and 24.9 to fall into the "average" category. Critics have questioned why the model was even allowed to participate in a pageant that promotes healthy bodies. [Daily Mail]

Woman Facing Jail for Noisy Sex

A British woman could be sent to jail for moaning too loudly during sex. Caroline Cartwright’s neighbors have filed 250 complaints against the 48-year-old for "making excessive noise" by "moaning and screaming." As a result, Caroline has been banned from making excessive noise. This hasn’t stopped her from getting frisky with her husband of 24 years. Caroline refuses to be quiet during sexual intercourse. She says, "I can't stop making noise during sex, it's unnatural. I'll appeal." Caroline is headed back to court next week. [Asylum]

Assassin’s Creed Now on iPhone

The popular, medieval adventure featuring the monastic ninja Altair has crept across a building then dove into an iPhone store near you. Also available on the iTouch, Assassin’s Creed: Altair’s Chronicles is a 7-hour game that is available now for just $9.99. [Joystiq]

New Behind-the-Scenes Pictures of Avatar

At this point, anyone who’s interested in movies at all is highly anticipating James Cameron’s newest feature since Titanic: the much-vaunted Avatar. It seems that if creatures don’t actually come out of the screen and physically assault the audience disappointment is inevitable, but right now the hype and excitement keep growing. A couple of new photographs from the set of Avatar have leaked onto the net from Empire magazine, and they offer a fascinating glimpse into what has become an almost completely virtual filmmaking experience. Cameron sits in his directing throne as an actor does his or her thing off-screen, while in real time Cameron views what they’re going to look like once their 3D world is rendered behind them. Impressive stuff. But will the actual movie be half as cool as the technology that’s been created to produce it? []

Ringo’s Drum Skin Up for Auction


Source: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Ringo’s drum skin (bearing the logo of The Beatles) was given to a Pink Floyd fan (what?) by their manager, Mal Evans, at the famous Abbey Road Studios.  Now, the same skin is up for auction at the Rock 'n' Roll Art and Soul Fame Bureau auction in London this coming Tuesday.  It’s predicted to pull down £100,000.  So if you’ve got $146,048 USD, fly over there and make a bid. []

Scientists Make Spider Silk Better, Spider-Man Gets Antiquated

There is a particular kind of sea worm that uses zinc in conjunction with its tiny jaws evolved over billions of years to make a super-strong biting force.  Like spider silk, it’s strong for its size, but the tiny worm can still chew through coral.  Scientists used this principle to infuse organic spider silk with heavy metals making it more efficient than spider butts make it. Spider-man weeps on a building roof somewhere. [Ars Technica]

Children on Dirt Bikes No Longer Considered Criminals

Earlier this year, a law was passed that made it illegal to sell small motorcycles and ATVs in America that were intended primarily for children under the age of 12. The issue was lead content, as the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) issued a law banning the sale of any product that contains more than 600 PPM of lead in "substrate material." After a great deal of protracted negotiations, the CPSC and officials representing motorcycle manufacturers and dealers have come to an agreement of sorts that will remove the federal ban on children's motor vehicles. No word on what implications this will have on boo-boos or owies. [New York Times]

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