Mantenna - Thursday, May 7

May 7, 2009

The Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders get naughty, Jack White finally speaks on The White Stripes' future, and the new internet sensation Keyboard's the Mantenna!

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Give me an A+ for the Hawks Cheerleaders

On the court, the Atlanta Hawks' prospects in the playoffs do not look promising. On the sideline, it’s a whole different story. The cheerleaders, commonly known as the A-Town Dancers, are a small squad of sexiness. These women live life to the fullest when they’re not dancing courtside. Uncoached has trawled the World Wide Web and uncovered some revealing photos of the dancers. See them hit the beach in bikinis and annihilate a beer bong. Go Hawks! [Uncoached]

Here She Comes: Miss Beauitful Morals

Saudi Arabia’s only beauty pageant is not your regular beauty pageant. The pageant doesn’t care about the perfect figure or face -- it cares about whether the beauty of contestants' soul and morals.  Contestant organizers say the winner “won't necessarily be pretty” and will most likely be covered head to toe in traditional black robes and an Islamic veil. Khadra al-Mubarak, the pageant founder, says, "The idea of the pageant is to measure the contestants' commitment to Islamic morals... It's an alternative to the calls for decadence in the other beauty contests that only take into account a woman's body and looks." Over 200 women are participating in the pageant, which begins this weekend. [AOL]

New Internet Sensation: Keyboard Cat

Cats go with the internet like peanut butter goes with jelly.  That is to say, deliciously.  The newest form of feline hilarity is the Keyboard Cat.  It works like this: take a situation with certain disastrous consequences.  When said disaster goes down, watch with pleasure, and then enjoy the smooth keyboard playing of a cat in a sweater as he plays the poor sap in the disaster “offstage.”  Enjoy. [Eminem]

Disneyland: Now With More Boobs

There used to be a crack team of enforcers that worked at Disneyland, and their entire job was to watch all the rides and make sure that none of the ladies partook in any kind of exhibitionism.  People would flash the cameras and then take home their uber-sexy souvenir photos or just post them to Flash Mountain until the crackdown.  But they will crack down no more. [Wired]

Jack White Finally Speaks on The White Stripes' Future


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In a recent interview with Music Radar that hit the internetz yesterday, Jack White talked about Meg's acute anxiety that cut short their 2007 tour, the White Stripes breakup rumors and when we can expect a new record from the Detroit duo. In the Music Radar piece, White said the two had already begun work on a new White Stripes album before their Conan gig a few months back. "We had recorded a couple of songs at the new studio," he says. "I talked to her about coming by when I was done in the summer rehearsing with The Dead Weather -- I won't be done in the summer touring with them, but after the summer jaunt." As to when fans can expect a new White Stripes album, White says, "It won't be too far off. Maybe next year." [Spike]

Brett Ratner Not Doing Conan

For every guy who’s a huge fan of Conan, and who’s looking forward more than anything to the remake, they can all breathe a big sigh of relief: Brett Ratner is no longer going to direct the film. According to producer Joe Gatta, “We all wanted him to do it, believe me; just the timing didn’t work.” Uh huh. Whatever reason the people behind this movie want to give, the important thing to remember is that the guy who gave us X-Men 3 isn’t going to reboot Conan. Maybe he and Michael Bay can team up on something. Now that would be a collaboration. [Slash Film]

Guitar Hero: Van Halen Announced!

Activision today announced its scheduled music game releases for the rest of 2009. Due in the second half of 2009 is Guitar Hero Van Halen. And coming this fall are Guitar Hero 5, DJ Hero, and Band Hero. GH Van Halen will include some of Van Halen’s greatest hits, but there is no word on whether that includes the Sammy Hagar-fronted version. [USA Today]

Speed Camera Overlord Gets 100MPH Speed Ticket

Sometimes, the truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also hilarious poetic justice. The 49-year-old Tom Riall, the CEO of Serco, a company who is responsible for over 5,000 "speed cameras" monitoring the highway-going populace at all times, was snagged by a police patrol who caught him doing 102.9 MPH in his Volvo on the A14 back in January. Today he pled guilty in court and was handed a punishment of a six month ban on driving, thus providing anecdotal evidence karma is an actual phenomenon. As a side note, he was pulled over the old fashioned way. [BBC]

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Tuesday, May 5

Monday, May 4

Friday, May 1

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