Mantenna - Monday, November 1

November 1, 2010

Charlie Sheen is getting divorced again, researchers find alcohol is more lethal than heroin and a guy dies from drinking too much caffeine... As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be the Mantenna.

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Charlie Sheen is Getting Divorced Again

Charlie Sheen’s tumultuous marriage to Brooke Muller has come to an end. The troubled actor filed papers today ending the nearly two year marriage. The couple married in 2008 after a whirl-wind romance and has been living separately since April. The relationship disintegrated last Christmas after a fight that ended with Sheen been accused of holding a knife to Muller’s throat. Since the incident both Sheen and Muller have spent separate stints in rehab. Brooke will receive $55,000 a month in child support (the couple have 1-year-old twin boys). This is the same amount Sheen pays in child support to his other ex-wife. Muller will also receive a lump sum parting gift of $757,689.70. It’s a good thing Sheen is one of the highest paid men in television. [TMZ]

Alcohol More Lethal Than Heroin and Cocaine

A recently-published study has found that alcohol is more harmful than all other illegal drugs. The study conducted on behalf of Britain's Centre for Crime and Justice Studies “evaluated substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana” and ranked them according to “how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.” Heroin, crack cocaine and crystal meth were the most lethal to individuals, while alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine use had the worst effect on society. Overall, when both categories were combined, alcohol came out on top as the most harmful. Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, chair of the psychology department at Hunter College in New York City, says, “[Alcohol] is legal and socially sanctioned, so it does not carry the same stigma and issues that illegal drugs do. But the negative health consequences of alcohol are even greater than with many illegal drugs.” Experts say alcohol topped the list because of its prevalence and over-consumption. [New York Daily News]

The World Series May End Tonight

The San Francisco Giants are one game away from winning the World Series. In case you’re interested about the 5,500th (or so) game of the baseball season read this preview. The guy who kind of still likes baseball in the office really recommended it. [ESPN]

Randy Moss Dropped by Vikings After Professing Love for Ex-Team

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We’ve all been there before. You’re at a press conference, times are tough and you accidentally tell your girlfriend that you really miss your ex-wife. So why are people harping on Randy Moss for basically doing the same thing? So what if he told everyone he misses – and subsequently would like to get back together with - the New England Patriots. Just let him get over his feelings with a quickie scrimmage or agree to an “open contract.” []

Man Kills Himself with Mild Energy Drink Abuse

Everybody loves a good party filled with attractive ladies and caffeine powder supplements. That is, of course, until someone takes things a little too far. According to AOL Health “A 23-year-old British man reportedly died from a caffeine overdose after consuming caffeine powder and energy drinks at a party in Mansfield, England last April.” I guess “giving him some coffee” probably would have only worked if it was alcohol poisoning. [AOL]

New Search Engine Takes On Google
A new search engine launched today that hopes to take a bite out of Google’s dominance by offering search results without spam. The search engine, named Blekko, “aims to show search results from only useful, trustworthy sites.” Blekko co-founder Rich Skrenta told The New York Times, “The goal is to clean up Web search and get all the spam out of it.” The search engine scans some three billion websites that it deems worthwhile. The search engine also weeds out websites from content farmers such as eHow. Blekko aims specifically to “clean up results in categories its creators have determined triggers particularly polluted results, including health, colleges, recipes, personal finance, hotels and cars.” Finally clean freaks have their own search engine. [New York Times]

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Thursday, October 28

Wednesday, October 27

Tuesday, October 26

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