Mantenna - Wednesday, November 26

November 26, 2008

What to say to a girl when you want to get her into bed, crazy animals doing ridiculous stunts, and a Lucasfilm auction of original Star Wars memorabilia...all that and more in today's Mantenna!

How To Seal The Deal

Every now and then everyone needs an extra bit of help to seal the deal, to bury the hatchet, to hide the salami – but you don’t always have those magic words to get you there. And that’s when you need these easy one-liners to get past any last obstacles. Think of them as your secret weapons for when everything else has misfired. [COED Magazine]

Paper Hearts for Cera

A new film that’s stayed under the radar starring Michael Cera, Paper Hearts, is headed to next year’s Sundance film festival. It also stars real life girlfriend Charlyne Yi – one of the stoner crew from Knocked Up – and is apparently partly a documentary and partly scripted. Either way, it should be pretty funny to see this oddball couple in action. So to speak. [The Movie Blog]

Athletic Animals

Since we're all about to devote an entire day devouring animal flesh of one kind or another, it seems appropriate that we should turn our eyes toward the more talented critters out there. More specifically, those animals that have proved to be athletically inclined. The point being, not all animals are useful because they can wind up in our belly. Some can skateboard and surf, too. Those ones shall be granted a pardon from our tummy. [Manofest]

New Metallica Album May Be Web-Only


Nearly ten years after suing Napster for illegally posting their metal tunes online, Metallica are thinking about the possibility of an exclusive internet release for their next album. “We’re free of our record contract,” Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. “We have that element of complete freedom with the next record, so we can do whatever we want. We could do an Internet thing or even put it on Andy Greene’s record label.” [Rolling Stone]

Building Block of Life Found in Galaxy Far, Far Away

A rudimentary sugar molecule, glycoladehyde, has been discovered in a large star-forming area 26,000 light years from Earth.  If it can exist there (and here), it seems more likely that it can exist in other niches in other galaxies.  The chief executive of England’s Science and Technology Facilities Council said this regarding the ongoing (and totally rad) search for alien life, “The discovery of an organic sugar molecule in a star forming region of space is very exciting and will provide incredibly useful information in our search for alien life.” [Wired]

Original Light Saber Found in Galaxy Very, Very Near

The holidays are nigh, and you’re going to be forced into buying presents for all sorts of people.  Good thing that Lucasfilm is selling a variety of original movie props this holiday season.  Among them are Luke’s original lightsaber ($185,000), Indy’s original hat ($61,000), C-3PO’s head ($83,000), an 82-inch flying saucer from Forbidden Planet ($124,000), and Mohawk and Brain Gremlins puppets ($7,000 each). [Gizmodo]

Chinese Automakers to Get Top Billing at Car-less Detroit Auto Show


With the pull out of Porsche, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Ferrari, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Nissan and Infiniti from this year's Detroit Auto Show in January, there's a lot of empty space on the show floor of Cobo Hall that needs to be filled. Chinese automakers will be the direct beneficiary of everyone's lack of interest in Detroit, as both BYD Auto and Brilliance will be moved out of the basement, otherwise known as Michigan Hall, and onto the main floor of Cobo for the first time. [Jalopnik]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Tuesday, November 25

Monday, November 24

Friday, November 21

Thurdsay, November 20

Wednesday, November 19

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