Mantenna - Tuesday, November 9

November 9, 2010

Courtney Love buys a date with Adrien Brody, the Jonas Bros. TV show gets cancelled, and the Pittsburgh Steelers start team bonding activities by getting matching concussions...let's hear it for the Mantenna!
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Courtney Love Buys a Date with Adrien Brody

Courtney Love may have a new Hollywood crush. The batty rocker paid a staggering $17,000 for a date with Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. Despite recently complaining of money troubles, the Hole singer handed over the cash at Paul Haggis' Artists for Peace and Justice fund-raiser for Haitian schools which was held last Friday. According to sources at the event the tea date with Brody was a hotly contested auction item. Hole reportedly got into a fierce bidding war with actor Gerard Butler over Brody. Hole also scooped up a walk-on role in Haggis’ next movie at the fundraiser. [NY Daily Post]

Chocolate to Become a Scarce Commodity

Chocolate bars could soon be worth their weight in gold. Experts predict that in twenty years the humble chocolate bar will retail for about $11. The rise in the price of chocolate is due to a growing scarcity of chocolate’s key ingredient—the cocoa leaf.  As the world’s increasing population demands more and more chocolate, coca leaf farmers are actually growing less and less of it. The crop is apparently hard to maintain and not worth the financial return. John Mason, founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council says, “In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won't be able to afford it.” Large chocolate manufactures have sequenced the chocolate plant’s genome and are working on creating a cocoa leaf plant that is more resilient and yields more cocoa leaf. [Independent]

Jonas Bros. TV Show Gets Cancelled

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In some of the greatest news off all time, The Jonas Brothers are longer the stars of the Disney Channel. Disney confirmed in an official statement last night that their craptacular show Jonas L.A. has indeed been cancelled. "We've been fortunate to work with the enormously talented Jonas Brothers on several projects, including the Emmy-nominated series 'Jonas L.A.,'" Disney's statement stated. "The series has concluded as scheduled after two very successful seasons, and all original episodes of its second season have aired." This is the greatest news I have heard all year. [Examiner]

World Cup Organizers Tell England "It’s Not You, It's Me"

Representatives from England are convinced that their country will host the 2018 World Cup. Unfortunately, tournament organizers disagree. ESPN reports "England's chances of landing the 2018 World Cup might be far worse than previously imagined with one senior FA figure warning: "It's now between Russia and Spain." Wait, I think you spelled England wrong. [Soccer Net]

Pittsburgh Steelers Start Team Bonding Activities by Getting Matching Concussions

Last night was a rough outing for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite getting a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Yahoo Sports reports that "safety Will Allen and running backs Mewelde Moore(notes) and Isaac Redman(notes) sustained concussions during Monday night’s game in Cincinnati and must pass post-concussion tests before being cleared to play." Is this sort of like when a pregnant woman forces her husband to wear a fake belly and give up alcohol in order to feel her pain? [Yahoo]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Monday, November 8

Friday, November 5

Mantenna - Thursday, November 4

Wednesday, November 3

Tuesday, November 2

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