Mantenna - Monday, August 16

August 16, 2010

Michael Douglas has cancer, the "Whiteboard Girl" returns, and Tim Tebow is still able to walk on drop the bomb on me, Mantenna!



The Top 10 Signs She's Faking It

Remember Jenny, the "Whiteboard Girl" who cleverly quit her demeaning job on the Internet last week? Or more accurately, the girl who helped perpetrate one of the more interesting hoaxes in recent memory? Of course you do. Well, she's back with the trusty whiteboards and this time she's schooling clueless dudes who would otherwise remain unaware that their girlfriends are bored with them. Not that we would know anything about that. []

Michael Douglas Has Cancer

Michael Douglas has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The tumor in his throat does not appear to be life threatening and Douglas will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. Treatment is expected to start immediately and he is expected to make a full recovery. Douglas released a statement saying he was “very optimistic” about beating the cancer. Douglas is 65 years old and married to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones. Together they have two young children. Douglas’ next film, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, arrives in theaters late next month. [E! Online]

German Pop Star Faces Trial for Infecting Man with HIV

A German singer has been accused of knowingly infecting a former partner with HIV. Nadja Benaissa is a member of the girl group No Angels and has been charged with grievous bodily harm for allegedly infecting a partner with the virus in 2004. Benaissa also faces charges of attempted bodily harm for having unprotected sex with two other men. Benaissa released a statement saying, “I am sorry from my heart. No way did I want my partner to be infected.” The 28-year-old told the court she became addicted to crack cocaine at age 14 and found out she was HIV-positive when she fell pregnant at age 16. She later went on to win the TV talent show Popstars and formed the group No Angels with four other women. The band broke up in 2003 after selling five million albums but reunited in 2007. Throughout her career Benaissa has kept her HIV status secret.  She is facing 10 years imprisonment is found guilty. [NY Times]

Robert Wilson of the Gap Band Dies at 53

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Robert Wilson, the bassist for the funk/R&B outfit the Gap Band, has died at the age of 53 from a heart attack. Wilson formed the Gap Band with brothers Charlie and Ronnie in the early 1970s with the Tulsa group later putting out hits like "You Dropped a Bomb On Me," "Party Train," and "Early in the Morning." "My brother Robert was a bad boy on the bass," Charlie Wilson said of his brother in a statement. "We shared a bond as brothers, musicians, and friends. I loved him and losing him is difficult for both Ronnie and I. The music world has lost a very talented man." RIP Robert Wilson [AP]

Tim Tebow Still Able to Walk on Water

Tim Tebow's meteoric rise to heaven continued last night when the heralded rookie put up impressive numbers in his NFL pre-season debut. The Florida alum went 8-for-13 for 105 yards with a rushing touchdown late in the game. While it may be a tad early to declare him the frontrunner for the 2010 NFL MVP award, there are many who believe that this helps validate his status as a legitimate NFL quarterback and a potential descendent of Jesus Christ. [NFL]

Carmelo Anthony is Definitely Leaving the Denver Nuggets (Probably)

A recent report on claims that one of the NBA's most sought after players may be parting ways with his current team sooner rather than later. The report claims that "both Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and Anthony already are well aware that they don't have a future together," sources say. "His dilemma, league sources say, is what affords him the best chance of continuing his career elsewhere." Yes, figuring out the best way to screw over the fans is always a challenging task. [ESPN]

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Friday, August 13

Thursday, August 12

Wednesday, August 11

Tuesday, August 10

Monday, August 9

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