Mantenna - Thursday, November 5

November 5, 2009

Lindsay Lohan hits back at her daddy, Guillermo Del Toro talks shop about The Hobbit, and the flux capacitor celebrates a very happy birthday...the Mantenna the greatest thing since sliced bread!

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LiLo Hits Back at Daddy

Lindsay Lohan has taken to Twitter to slam her father for releasing a personal and emotional conversation between the two to an online celebrity blog. The troubled starlet writes, “My fathers such a loser & those recordings are from years ago. To release personal things is foul enough, but to edit them. I used to think - That he needed the book for dummies on learning how to be a father. Haha-he's needs the book for dummies on HOW TO BE A MAN.” You tell him, Lindsay. [Twitter]

Wife Discovers Strange Allergy on Wedding Night

Mike and Julie Boyde got frisky on their wedding night only to discover that Julie was allergic to Mike’s sperm. Up until this point the couple, who had dated for two years, always used protection. After sex on their wedding night Julie said the pain was “like somebody sticking needles up inside of me, like a real painful burning." According to doctors, Julie’s body treats Mike’s sperm as a foreign protein and renders the sperm inactive. The couple plan on adopting to start a family. [Metro]

Guillermo Del Toro Talks About The Hobbit

In a very long interview, director Guillermo Del Toro talks at length about what is expected to be the magnum opus of his career: The Hobbit movie. As of late there’s been some worry that The Hobbit might never actually make it to the silver screen since MGM fell into financial jeopardy. But at this point the film is full steam ahead. As for whether or not Del Toro’s going to mess with the structure of the book, he says, “We are respecting the structure established by Professor Tolkien because the order of the adventures in The Hobbit is well known to generations and generations of kids. …But we will be integrating Gandalf’s comings and goings because he does disappear in the book quite often.” One of the biggest complaints about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was how much he altered the story, pulling out elements from the film and replacing them with bits of his own. It sounds like Del Toro understands the importance of staying faithful to what has become the bible of the fanboys. [Total Film]

J.J. Abrams is All About Micronauts

Never heard of these 3.75 inch tall toys from Japan? Well, no biggie, J.J. Abrams wants to make a movie about them all the same. One has to wonder whether Abrams has been sniffing glue these days, as he’s got some pretty strange projects up his sleeve. The Micronauts began as Microman in Japan, came to the US in 1976 and became a comic under Marvel, Image and Devil’s Due Publishing. The toys were interchangeable, or connectable, or something. Who knows what Abrams sees in this, but whatever it is, it’s probably pretty interesting. [Coming Soon]

Outrage Over U2’s Berlin Wall Concert


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Fans hoping to take in U2's free concert celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall have been seriously screwed after organizers threw up a barrier to block the view for those without tickets. The move has sparked outrage from residents and tourists because of irony of building a wall around a concert dedicated to the wall that has come down. That's pretty messed up. [Contact Music]

Cy Young Winner Gets High On Life… And Apparently Marijuana Too

While the New York Yankees were celebrating their 27th World Series championship last night, Major League Baseball's reigning Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum was having his own little party. According to something called a "newspaper," Lincecum was stopped by a traffic cop and was found to have had 3.3 grams of marijuana in his car. He was immediately fined $622 for speeding, but will figure the whole "drug thing" out in the coming months. [Yahoo!]

Happy Birthday, Flux Capacitor!

54 years ago today, in 1955, Doctor Emmet Lathrop Brown was standing on a toilet hanging a wall clock when he slipped and beat his head on the bathroom sink. Unconscious, Doc had a vision. And that vision was that of a flux capacitor -- the device that makes time travel possible. The rest, my friends, is history. Or should I say, future? Time travel joke! [Gizmodo]

Large Hadron Collider Overheats Due To... Dropped Chunk Of Bread

Yesterday the Large Hadron Collider overheated, but it wasn't because of a software error or terrorism. It was because a bird dropped a piece of bread onto some outdoor equipment. The LHC's beam wasn't actually operational at the time, so the automatic fail-safe mechanism didn't need to kick in. Nonetheless the operation had to be shut down until the problem was found. No remarks on whether anyone tracked down the bird bomber and compensated it for the lost lunch. [The Register]

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Wednesday, November 4

Monday, November 2

Friday, October 30

Thursday, October 29

Wednesday, October 28

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