Tommy Lee’s angry letter to Sea World: Stop masturbating the whale!
Tommy Lee’s seen some crazy stuff in his time but nothing to match Sea World’s treatment of a “sperm bank” killer whale, the Motley Crue drummer writes in an angry letter to the park.
Sea World claims Tillikum—an orca that has killed 3 people—no longer has direct contact with trainers, despite the fact that he is masturbated by them, “which is about as direct as it gets,” the PETA supporter writes in a letter obtained by TMZ.
“We understand you refuse to release this frustrated whale because he is your chief sperm bank, and we know from SeaWorld’s own director of safety … that the way you get his sperm is by having someone get into the pool and masturbate him with a cow’s vagina filled with hot water,” Lee writes “Even in my wildest days with Motley Crue, I never could’ve imagined something so sick and twisted.”
A sandwich stop costs musician $1.9million Stradivarius violin
A quick pit stop at a London sandwich shop turned into disaster for a musician when her $1.9 million antique Stradivarius violin was stolen last Monday, Reuters reports.
Also in her case were two rare and expensive bows valued at $98,000 and $8,000, respectively. The 314-year-old violin is insured, and the rarity of it would make it difficult to resell, notes a detective investigating the theft.
The insurance company is offering a $24,000 reward for info leading to its return, and police are appealing to the public for the instrument’s safe return. “These items hold enormous sentimental and professional value for the victim,” said the detective. Though the police did not comment on the owner’s identity, British media reported that it belonged to 32-year-old Korean-born Min-Jin Kym.
Cool: The Godfather mansion can be yours for $2.9million
The Staten Island, New York, estate featured prominently in the filming of Francis Ford Coppola’s mobster classic The Godfather nearly 40 years ago is up for sale, according to listing agent Connie Profaci.
The owner of the eight-bedroom mansion used in the 1972 film are parting with the pad for $2.9 million…or any reasonable “offer he can’t refuse.”
The original owner of the 1930s-era Tudor mansion died in June, after 60 years residing in the residence. His son, who has decided to unload the property, admits the place is a fixer-upper, but the family’s banking on its movie connection being a major selling point. After all, scenes from The Godfather — which starred Marlon Brando as the fictitious Don Vito Corleone and featured Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, and Robert Duvall — were filmed inside and outside the 4-acre estate in Staten Island’s posh Todt Hill subdivision.
The house features five baths, two fireplaces, a basement pub, a four-car garage and an in-ground pool.
Unable to find a suitable location for filming on Long Island, producers then looked on Staten Island at the suggestion of actor Gianni Russo, who played Carlo, the abusive husband of Connie Corleone (Talia Shire), in the first film in The Godfather trilogy.
“We went, and (producer Al Ruddy) fell in love with it,” Russo said.
The home is a treasure neighbors hope will remain as it is.
“I remember when they filmed the wedding in the back yard,” neighbor Elaine Albert, 62, recalls. “People know it. Japanese tourists come here to take pictures. We like it the way it is.”
British guy is world’s first case of sex-induced blindness
A man was forced to seek medical help after going temporarily blind every time he had sex.
The unnamed patient would lose his sight every time he climaxed during intercourse. Bafflingly, the blindness would never occur while performing any other strenuous exercise, the NCBI ROFL blog claimed.
The original report, published by the Department of Ophthalmology at Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen, revealed the cause of the condition to be vasoconstriction, where the muscle walls contract around a blood vessel, restricting the flow of blood.
Vasoconstriction is the same condition that causes erectile dysfunction. Doctors had earlier speculated that an embolism was causing the man’s blindness.
The report said: ‘Hypothetical mechanisms of transient monocular visual loss in our patient include vasoconstriction or embolism in the arterial blood supply of the eye.
‘The repeated and completely transient nature of our patient’s symptoms supports the fact that embolism was not involved.’ The patient was eventually treated using drugs to widen his blood vessels.
NCBI ROFL is a blog written by two PhD students in Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. It features scientific articles with humourous subjects from the PubMed medical database.
Irish author, Rowan Somerville, wins this year’s Bad Sex Writing Award
Rowan Somerville, the Irish author, has narrowly beaten the former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell to win this year’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award.
Somerville was crowned overall winner of the prize, which celebrates crude or outlandish sexual passages in modern literature, for his second novel, The Shape of Her.
He also beat the American novelist Jonathan Franzen, who was nominated for Freedom, and the Austrialian author Christos Tsiolkas, whose novel The Slap was long-listed for this year’s Man Booker Prize.
The judges said they were particularly taken with Somerville’s sentence: “Like a lepidopterist mounting a tough-skinned insect with a too blunt pin he screwed himself into her.”
Other amorous passages in The Shape of Her contained a female body part “upturned like the nose of the loveliest nocturnal animal, sniffing the night” and described how one character “twisted onto her belly like a fish flipping itself”.
The Irish author was presented with the 18th annual Bad Sex award by Michael Winner, the film director, at a lavish ceremony in London last night.
He said: “What an honour to share a list with Jonathan Franzen and Christos Tsiolkas. There is nothing more English than bad sex, so on behalf of the entire nation I would like to thank you.”
Somerville narrlowly beat Mr Campbell, who was nominated for his second novel, Maya.
The former spin doctor was also nominated in 2008 for his first novel, All in the Mind, but was pipped by Rachel Johnson, the sister of the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
The judges said last night that his vocal enthusiasm for winning had hampered his chances, as the prize, awarded by Literary Review Magazine, is intended to discourage lurid writing.
They said their attention was originally captured by a passage in Mr Cambell’s second novel in which a character imagines that “the walls were going to fall down as we stroked and screamed our way through hours of pleasure to the union for which my whole life had been a preparation”.
Other previous winners have included the novelists Norman Mailer, Sabastian Faulks and Tom Wolfe.
John Updike was handed a lifetime achievement award in 2008 after being shortlisted for the dubious accolade four times.
Fail: Spanish woman claims ownership of the Sun, plans to charge for sunlight
A Spanish woman from Galicia, Spain has decided that she owns the sun, and has the registration papers to prove it.
Angeles Duran, 49, says that the Sun officially belongs to her now, having had the celestial body registered in her name at a local notary office.
Ms Duran told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our solar system.
There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added.
‘There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law.
‘I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.’
The document issued by the notary public declares Ms Duran to be the ‘owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers’.
Ms Duran, who lives in the town of Salvaterra do Mino, said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government – and 20 per cent to the nation’s pension fund.
She would dedicate another 10 per cent to research, another 10 per cent to ending world hunger – and would keep the remaining 10 per cent herself.
She said: ‘It is time to start doing things the right way, if there is an idea for how to generate income and improve the economy and people’s well-being, why not do it?’
For those who might be a little too broke to venture out in the sunlight – and risk a large bill at the end of the day – Ms Duran has not yet figured out a way of enforcing her sun charge.
Email mixup gives Australian guy his first Thanksgiving in America (video)
An Australian man’s excellent American Thanksgiving adventure is just about over.
James West flies home tomorrow, having scored an invite to a Florida family’s dinner over an email mixup. The Tran family had been mistakenly sending him emails about their holiday meal plans for the last three years. West long ignored them as spam, but this year he took notice, then went on YouTube and made a public plea for an invitation. It worked.
“I couldn’t make this up if I tried,” said Vincent Tran. “This is what Thanksgiving is all about.” The Palm Beach Post has details on the family-reunion-of-sorts, and West is using his Twitter feed for updates. “It doesn’t feel strange at all,” he says, “and that’s the strange thing.”
Actor Mark Ruffalo manages to land on Terror Advisory List
Actor Mark Ruffalo has been placed on a terror advisory list by U.S. officials after organizing screenings for a new documentary about natural gas drilling.
The “Zodiac” actor arranged showings for “GasLand” earlier this year and voiced his concerns about the practice in relation to the national water supplies.
But his efforts to raise awareness and demand a stop to natural gas drilling reportedly attracted the attention of officials from Pennsylvania’s Office of Homeland Security – and he recently discovered it had landed him on a terror alert watchlist.
But Ruffalo is taking it all in his stride and has laughed off the idea he could be a threat to security.
He tells GQ magazine, “(It’s) pretty f**kin’ funny.”