Mantenna - Tuesday, September 28

September 28, 2010

Australia’s Next Top Model has an epic blunder, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are announced, and a baseball star would like more attention...the Mantenna is alive and well!

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Australia’s Next Top Model FAIL

The live finale of Australia’s Next Top Model did not go according to plan last night when the show’s host announced the wrong girl as the winner of the reality television show. Host Sarah Murdoch, who is married to Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son, announced Kelsey Martinovich as the winner. Martinovich proceeded to jump with joy and gave a rousing acceptance speech. The problem was she wasn't the real winner. About a minute later a worried looking Murdoch announced the mistake. She told the audience, “Oh my God, I don't know what to say right now. I'm feeling a bit sick about this. I'm so sorry about this, oh my God. I don't know what to say. This is a complete accident, I'm so sorry. It's was read to me wrong. This is what happens when you have live TV folks, I'm so sorry, this is insane.” Trainwreck television at its very best! [PopWatch]

Germany Finally Pays Off World War I Debt

World War I will officially come to an end this Sunday when Germany makes its final reparations payment. The country will hand over $95 million, the last part of a $35 billion debt imposed by the Treaty of Versailles for starting the First World War. According to the UK’s Telegraph, “Most of the money goes to private individuals, pension funds and corporations holding debenture bonds as agreed under the Treaty of Versailles, where Germany was made to sign the 'war guilt' clause, accepting blame for the war.” The huge fine would have been paid off much sooner, except one Adolf Hitler refused to pay it.  The huge debt was actually one factor that brought the Nazi party to power and laid the foundations for World War II. [Telegraph]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

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The people over at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced their 2011 ballot and it includes first-time nominees Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Donovan, and Neil Diamond. Also on the list are previously nominated artists LL Cool J, J. Geils Band, Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love, and Chuck Willis. To be eligible, an act must have released its first music at least 25 years ago. Inductees will be officially announced in December and the ceremony will take place in March in New York City. [LA Times]

Baseball Star Would Like More Attention

Evan Longoria - who plays baseball and is not married to Tony Parker - wondered why nobody wants to come watch the Tampa Ray Bays play baseball. "We've been playing great baseball all year. Since I've been here in [2006], the fans have wanted a good baseball team. They've wanted to watch a contender," Longoria told reporters. "And for us to play good baseball for three years now, and for us to be in a spot to clinch again and go to the playoffs, we're all confused as to why it's only 15,000 to 20,000 in the building." Perhaps moving to New York and calling yourselves the Yankees would help? [ESPN]

Are you Ready for Some (More) Football

The NFL is reportedly talking about expanding the regular season to 18 games. Two preseason contests would be eliminated, and the playoffs would remain the same. No need to worry, though. Players wouldn't get paid more money and the owners would get to increase their profits. Plus, parking will cost more and fans would be forced to purchase more expensive regular season tickets. Quite frankly, it's a real win-win for everyone. [Yahoo!]


Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Monday, September 27

Friday, September 24

Thursday, September 23

Wednesday, September 22

Tuesday, September 21

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