Mantenna - Monday, December 1

December 1, 2008

Tina Fey reveals where that weird scar on her face came from, the Pentagon is researching how to make cool bullets like the ones in Wanted, and Travis Barker joins DJ AM for their comeback show this New Year''s all after the jump in today's Mantenna!

Tina Fey Reveals The Truth About Her Scar

Tina Fey has finally revealed how she got her signature facial scar. Her husband recently told Vanity Fair that the 38-year-old comedienne was attacked by a stranger in a violent slashing incident when she was five. "It was in, like, the front yard of her house, and somebody who just came up, and she just thought somebody marked her with a pen," Fey's husband, Jeff Richmond, says. [NY Daily News]

University Classes You’ll Never Use, but Totally Love

Uncoached has a stellar list of real university classes that are, to say the least, a little off the beaten path.  This is ironic in the case of the “Art of Walking” class at Centre College which has, as one of its lynch pins, walks with the professor and his dog.  Perhaps, though, you’re looking for something a little more mysterious?  Something that’ll potentially get you laid in bars (assuming you go to nerdy bars)?  Then check out “Magic Class” at North Glasgow College in Scotland.  Still uninterested? How about you try “Cinema and the Sex Act” at University of California, Berkeley.  That’s right, it’s porn class. Study hard. [Uncoached]

Pentagon Researching Bullets from Wanted


Investing $22 million, the Pentagon has begun the search through a variety of technology development firms to create an “actively controlled .50-caliber projectile that [allows] real-time directional flight control.”  Yeah, it’s basically the bending bullets from Wanted.  Using some political language, they describe how much more deadly our snipers will be if this works.  "The use of an actively controlled bullet will make it possible to counter environmental effects such as crosswinds and air density, and prosecute both stationary and moving targets while enhancing shooter covertness.” [Wired]

Free Laptop Every 3 Years

Fujitsu has rolled out its Laptop4Life program (hopefully the Prince-esque numeral-based moniker doesn’t get old).  Basically, you buy a Fujitsu laptop and jump for the 3-year extended warranty.  Except they are horrible at math over at Fujitsu, and this 3-year extended warranty actually gets you a brand new laptop every three years until you die.  You have to keep your receipt, you can’t be too rough on your device, and the arrangement even awards you a 10% increase in value to account for inflation. [Gizmodo]

Tr2n or TRZ?

The new Tron movie is no longer titled Tr2n, which, in and of itself made absolutely no sense. It is now being titled TRZ. Yes, we know. This makes even less sense. Divine not the studio gods, for they are a fickle, opaque lot. Anyway. The movie is going to be about some guy busting into the mainframe of a computer and joining up with a rebel group that's trying to take down a corrupt "cyber-entity." Yes, we know. That's pretty much the exact same plot as the first movie. Minus Jeff Bridges. But you never know -- maybe this one will be awesome! []

Travis Barker, DJ AM To Perform At New Year's Eve Party


Travis Barker and DJ AM will perform together for the first time since the duo survived a fiery plane crash in South Carolina on September 19, 2008. The former Blink-182 drummer and DJ AM will headline New Year's Nation's Los Angeles New Year's Eve Party at The Lot in West Hollywood, California. The performance will be streamed online and broadcasted at other New Year's Nation parties across the U.S. [MTV News]

GM Attempts to Suppress Records of Private Planes Instead of Jetpooling

Instead of, you know, actually cutting back spending in areas like private jet trips to beg for money, GM’s head honchos have asked FAA to block the public's ability to track the company's leased private planes. When asked about the request to the FAA, GM spokesman Greg Martin declined to discuss the reason, only saying "we availed ourselves of the option as others do to have the aircraft removed." Not exactly the message you want to send to the public when your company is asking the government for their money. []

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