Mantenna - Tuesday, May 19

May 19, 2009

Lady Gaga gets mistaken for a prostitute, Frank Sinatra rolls over in his grave, and Obama unveils regulations which may end the sports car as we know's the Mantenna!

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Man Given Gym Sentence For Beating Girlfriend

A British man who was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend on two different occasions has been sentenced to working out at the gym. Richard Brown, an unemployed IT worker, was told by Judge Anthony Goldstaub that he must “attend a gym three times a week for an hour for 20 weeks as “an activity requirement"” of his sentence.  The judge also imposed a fine and an eight month jail sentence suspended for two years. This has to be one of the strangest sentences ever delivered in a court of law. Telling someone convicted off assault to lift weights is like sentencing a murdering gunman to practice at a gun range. [The Sun]

Playboy Does 2 Girls 1 Sub

Playboy has jumped on board the 2 Girls 1 Cup bandwagon with a sexy new video involving two models and a Quiznos sub sandwich. It is rumored that the spot is a paid advertisement for the sandwich company. However, Quiznos has denied paying for the video or having any involvement in its creation. [Playboy]

Frank Sinatra Rolls Over in Grave

The Telegraph UK has reported that Jamie Foxx is a potential contender to play Frank Sinatra in the biopic about his life to be helmed by Martin Scorsese. An “unnamed source” gives us this imbecilic sound byte: “Cool is color-blind. Jamie would seem to be born to the role.” In other news, Denzel Washington is set to play Stephen Hawking in a biopic about the scientist, titled A Rolling Stone. Kidding. But in all seriousness, the chances of Foxx playing Sinatra seem extremely slim. Now, if Phil Hartman were still alive, that would be a great bit of casting. Other possibilities to play Sinatra are George Clooney (pass), Leonardo di Caprio (how many biopics are we going to let him mess up?), Harry Connick, Jr. (with or without toupee?), and Justin Timberlake (only Lance Bass plays Dean Martin). [Telegraph]

Lady Gaga Mistaken for Prostitute

Lady Gaga was mistaken for a prostitute when she posed for photos in Russia’s Red Square wearing a leather leotard. The pop star asked her driver to stop at the landmark so she could have him take photos of her. Unfortunately for Gaga, police arrived and started making hand gestures at her. She revealed: “I was having a little photo shoot and all of a sudden the police came out of nowhere and clapped their fingers. “I said, ‘I think it means whore in Russian.’” [The Sun]

T.I. Will Spend More Than Two Months in Jail


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A recent report that T.I. will only serve two months of his one year and a day prison sentence are inaccurate. When The Associated Press reported on Sunday that T.I., due to report to the Forrest City low-security federal prison in Little Rock, Arkansas, on May 26th, had been given credit for 305 days of home detention, "so his stay at Forrest City prison will likely be only two months," the news agency may have misread the sentencing report. The story has since spread on the internet, but according to Charysse Alexander, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, it is not accurate. According to Alexander, the rapper was indeed given credit for the 305 days of home confinement he served while awaiting trial in the case, but that has nothing to do with his prison sentence. [MTV]

Obama Unveils Regulations Which May End the Sports Car as We Know It

President Obama and distinguished auto execs have unveiled new emissions and fuel economy standards. The result? They've just killed all the fun cars. The details include a 5% annual increase in average fuel economy from 2011, culminating in 35.5 MPG in 2016, which will break down to 39 MPG for cars and 30 MPG for trucks. This sounds all good and fine, until you realize that there isn't an automaker on the planet - including Toyota and Mini Cooper - who come even close to meeting this standard currently. Obama mentioned the increase in fuel economy will provide a savings for consumers over the life of a car and save 1.8 billion gallons of fuel, as well as trimming back an incalculable amount of joy among people who actually, you know, like driving. Oh by the way, Prius sales were down 61% year-over-year, last month! [Yahoo]

Japanese Paper Airplane Enthusiast Sets Record for Longest Flight

Takuo Toda, head of the Japan Origami Airplane Association (classy!) has set a new world record with his 27.9 second flight. His greatest ambition, however, is to launch a paper plane...from space. Toda's record-breaking paper plane was made from one uncut sheet of paper, because he's a pro, and professional origami airplane modelers would never stoop so far as to use scissors. The Telegraph reports that the plane was 10cm long (about four inches), which seems tiny to us, but then again, we're not paper aviation experts. [Telegraph]

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Monday, May 18

Friday, May 15

Thursday, May 14

Wednesday, May 13

Tuesday, May 12

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