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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:44

Celebrity Slam - Nama-steal

Written by Allen Adams

The items covered in this space tend to run the gamut. Sure, we tend to focus largely on beef and/or romance – we do so adore addressing the relationship dynamics that come with celebrity – but every once in a while, something comes along that is just plain weird. And while we love the usual fare, it’s fun to occasionally venture in a different direction with regards to the stories that we share.

And boy oh boy do we have a doozy for you this week. See, there’s weird … and then there’s WEIRD. And this time around, we’re definitely looking at the latter. Not that you’ll be the least bit surprised once you find out who our subject is.

Dennis Rodman.

In a story that would be too surreal and absurd to believe were it to feature almost anyone else, the Los Angeles Times reported that Rodman and some associates entered the Hot Vibes Yoga Studio in Newport Beach on two separate occasions and stole a whole bunch of merchandise.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 13:42

Weird National Briefs (05/15/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Grass harassed

DUNEDIN, Fla. - It's true, a Florida man says his grass grew a little too tall. But he doesn't think he should lose his house over it.

The city of Dunedin moved to foreclose on the home of 69-year-old Jim Ficken over $30,000 in unpaid code violation fines. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ficken was fined $500 a day last summer because his grass was taller than 10 inches.

Ficken filed a lawsuit against the city seeking a nominal $1 in damages, relief from fines and an end to the city's practice of fining people without considering ability to pay.

Last summer, Ficken says he was away for lengthy periods managing the estate of his deceased mother in South Carolina. Ficken says the man paid to mow his lawn then died unexpectedly.

TME – And God help you if you paint your garage the wrong shade of beige.

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:02

Celebrity Slam - What is beef?

Written by Allen Adams

Another week, another beef. We sure do love it when famous people get into squabbles with one another, because it makes our jobs here at Celebrity Slam so much easier. We just love really leaning into these celebrity feuds and finding out what’s what. We love to throw around some scorn and derision, you know?

Sometimes, however, we don’t have any interest in scorning or deriding a beef. These are the beefs that are clearly all in good fun, with tongues planted firmly in cheeks. While genuine antipathy is obviously entertaining, there’s something to be said for two people getting in some gentle digs while beefing in a more performative way.

And that’s why this week, we’re going to talk about the goofy non-beef beef between James Holzhauer and Ken Jennings.

That’s right, folks – “Jeopardy!” beef!

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:00

Weird National Briefs (05/08/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Hot to trot

FRANKFURT, Germany - Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through a Frankfurt neighborhood.

Owner Werner Weischedel says his old nag Jenny, who’s recently found social media fame after a local news show about it went viral, has been taking her 20-kilometer daily jaunts for 14 years - preferring to escape the confines of her home field to nibble on tasty vegetation on the Main river banks.

“Everybody knows her,” the 79-year-old said Tuesday.

Jenny ambles along cobblestone streets and pedestrian paths, avoiding joggers, families and vehicles.

Surprised newcomers occasionally call authorities, so she wears a note on her neck: “My name is Jenny, I didn’t run away, I’m just going for a walk.”

TME – Just your standard equestrian pedestrian.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 09:49

Celebrity Slam - Blac Chyna's all business

Written by Allen Adams

We here at Celebrity Slam are great admirers of those who attempt to better themselves. It’s noble to want to improve oneself and we would never denigrate anyone for making every effort to do so.

And if that’s all it is, well – you won’t be hearing from us.

However, our stories come from the celebrity realm. And the truth is that celebrities aren’t always possessed of the traits that lend themselves to simple self-improvement. There are always going to be those famous folks who wind up making a mess even when their initial intentions are good ones.

This brings us to the saga of Blac Chyna and Harvard Business School.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019 09:48

Weird National Briefs (05/01/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Road to riches

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Police in Michigan are appealing to people to surrender their instant riches after a box with $30,000 fell off the back of a truck.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:50

Celebrity Slam - Ball & chain & Cage

Written by Tim Bissell

One of the most interesting things about this feature is how quickly strange stuff can happen when it comes to celebrities. Everything plays out at an accelerated pace – including relationships.

We’ve seen a ton of romantic connection burn out rather than burn on; the nature of fame makes balancing the dynamics tricky. Maybe one person is more famous than the other. Maybe one person is famous and the other person isn’t famous at all. Either way, navigating the relationship is a difficult task.

But then you have celebs who take it into a whole different place. Celebs like Nicolas Cage, who we’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting in this space once again.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 11:48

Weird National Briefs (04/24/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Burger-mergency

WYOMING, Mich. - A 5-year-old Michigan boy had a craving for McDonald’s, but his grandmother was sleeping so he called 911 and made a request.

WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids reports Iziah Hall of Wyoming asked the dispatcher: “Can you bring me McDonald’s?” Dispatcher Sara Kuberski says she told him no but reached out to the police.

Wyoming police officer Dan Patterson says the April 14 request made him laugh, so he stopped at McDonald’s on his way to check on Iziah’s home in the western Michigan city.

Patterson says he thought, “I’m driving past McDonald’s on my way there and I might as well get him something.” The officer says the first thing the boy said to him was, “My grandma’s gonna be so mad, can you please go away?”

TME – We all define “emergency” in our own way.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:06

Celebrity Slam - Jay Cutler sucks

Written by Allen Adams

Generally, when we address items in this space, we tend toward the negative. We jeer, we scorn, we mock – it’s sort of our whole deal.

But sometimes we’re presented with something … different. Something that doesn’t really seem to match up with the usual Slam-tastic experience. Something that doesn’t warrant any kind of negativity on its face but is so random and/or just plain weird that we find ourselves unable to resist it siren song.

And so, we’re going to talk about Kristen Cavallari and Jay Cutler.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 10:03

Weird National Briefs (04/17/2019)

Written by Allen Adams

Naked and unafraid

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say a man crashed his SUV into a stranger’s yard and then wandered in the house naked.

Newtown Police say 35-year-old Joseph Achenbach, of Watertown, crashed his Ford Escape into the rear yard of a house while the homeowners were shopping Saturday morning.

The homeowners returned to find Achenbach wandering around naked. Police say he entered through an unlocked sliding glass door and was apparently naked when he crashed his vehicle as his clothes could not be located. They say alcohol and possibly drugs played a role in Achenbach’s behavior.

Achenbach has been charged with criminal trespassing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated. He’s being held on $5,000 bond and will appear in court Monday. It’s not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

TME – When someone says you can crash at their place, this is not what they mean.

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