Friday, January 30, 2004

Exploding Whales!

I had been tempted to post the link before, but now that there's a picture of the exploding whale, I can't resist.

Thursday, January 29, 2004

The McDonalds Diet

What would happen if you ate nothing but McDonalds food for 30 days, and always supersized?

The answer, courtesy of Morgan Spurlock's new documentary, "Super Size Me: A Film Of Epic Proportions" is that you'd gain 25 pounds, push your cholesterol from 165 to 230, and suffer severe liver damage.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Son of Sam

This just in: wild-man Sam Solovey of The Apprentice is nuttier in person than on TV. My good friend Tom Kuegler reports that he's met Sam on numerous occasions, and that, if anything, the show's producers have edited the program to make Sam appear *less* insane than he actually is.
The Apprentice

I am an avid watcher of NBC's Donald Trump reality show, The Apprentice, mainly because Kwame Jackson on the men's team is a good friend from our days at HBS. Of course, Kwame isn't the only one with an interesting background.

One of the contestants, Kristi Frank, in addition to being a real estate investor and restaurant owner, appeared in an episode of Showtime's pornography series, the Red Shoe Diaries. In this particular episode, entitled "Swimming Naked," Kristi appears as a lifeguard who falls for a swimmer on a beach.

When asked to comment on Kristi's prior experience in front of the camera, Trump reportedly said, "She has a high IQ."

Question: Why is it that television networks can't uncover this sort of thing, while Internet enthusiasts can dig it out immediately? Or, do the producers and networks actually encourage this sort of disclosure for the publicity value? After all, who believes that Fox didn't know about the Paris Hilton sex tape?
Sir Bill?

Bill Gates is going to be knighted!

Sunday, January 25, 2004

Mayor Bloomberg, Part II

Mike Bloomberg has apologized to the widow of Dr. Atkins for implying that her husband had died of heart problems, and invited her over to Gracie Mansion for a steak dinner--no potatoes.
Isn't It Ironic?

In the sad-but-true category, a 73-year-old resident of Elwood, Indiana was hit by a pickup truck and died, just hours after winning $57,000 in the lottery. He would have been eligible to go for the million-dollar prizes in three weeks.

One of my friends had his father suffer a heart attack this past week; while he's apparently going to make a full recovery, the incident reinforced for my friend (and me) the inherent fragility of life. Don't count on getting a second chance--make the most of the one you have now.