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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 10:25

Weird National Briefs (02/05/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Stirring the pot

LEBANON, Tenn. - The rapper Afroman famously sang about how getting high on marijuana prevented him from going to court. A Tennessee man decided to combine the two when he lit a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom, authorities said.

Spencer Alan Boston, 20, was arrested Monday and charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession after sparking up in the courtroom, news outlets reported.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said Boston was in court Monday on a simple drug possession charge. Boston approached the bench to discuss his sentence but instead expressed his views on legalizing marijuana.

Boston reached in his pocket, pulled out a marijuana cigarette, lit it, smoked it and was immediately taken into custody, Bryan said.

Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Moore said the courtroom crowd chuckled. It’s unclear whether Boston lit up a joint or a blunt but Bryan said the defendant’s marijuana did have a strong odor.

TME – And the joint leads to the joint.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 13:29

Celebrity Slam - Ex factor

Written by Allen Adams

Finding love isn’t easy. So many of us go through an assortment of trials and tribulations as we seek the person with whom we hope to spend the rest of our lives. And the reality is that even when we believe we’ve found that someone, circumstances don’t always allow our romantic plans to come to fruition.

This is all even MORE complicated when one or both of the parties involved is famous. Fame takes the everyday problems that come from relationships and amplifies them – both the lows and the highs are cranked up to 11, leaving the people involved struggling to work through whatever needs working through.

That being said, it ALSO seems that famous people have a much harder time behaving like civilized grown-ups when those relationships blow up. The glare of the spotlight is intense, and having the general public picking over the debris and detritus of a failed romance has to be hard. Still, at some point, one would assume folks would have to start acting like adults.

Alas, no.

A perfect example comes from the romantic disaster that was the Nicki Minaj/Meek Mill pairing. Those two called it quits some time ago, but a recent incident at a West Hollywood clothing store illustrates that even though both have moved on, the wounds from the situation remain fresh.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 13:27

Weird National Briefs (01/29/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Bad bunny

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida man who became a video sensation after fighting a man on the street while dressed as the Easter Bunny was arrested and tried to use the costume to elude capture, authorities said.

Antoine McDonald became an overnight phenomenon when a video captured him fighting a man on the streets of Orlando last year.

Earlier this month, McDonald was driving a motorcycle when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a carport before fleeing the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The carport collapsed on top of the vehicle.

Deputies went to McDonald’s address and spotted a gray car driving away and found McDonald laying in the backseat of the car.

When a deputy went to arrest him, he denied it.

“I wasn’t in any crash. I’m the Orlando Easter bunny, Google it,” he said, according to an arrest report.

The Orlando Sentinel reports authorities asked him to remove his costume before arresting him. He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, driving with a suspended license and operating a motorcycle without a license.

TME – Literally the best “Don’t you know who I am?” ever.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:40

Celebrity Slam - Beef: It’s what’s for breakfast

Written by Allen Adams

It’s no secret that we here at Celebrity Slam love beef. We are never happier than when we have the opportunity to dig into some Grade-A prime cut celebrity beef. We love it when famous people get into ridiculous conflicts with one another for no discernible reason. The pettier, the better.

And these beefs are rendered even more appealing when they are between two figures who have no apparent connection. Sure, the beefs between musicians or athletes or whatever are fun, because they’re coming at it from a place of shared perspective. But it’s the beefs that make no sense at all that are the best of all. There’s nothing better than two famous people whose orbits simply don’t intersect, whose Venn diagram is just two circles, getting into it.

Granted, those sorts of beefs are relatively rare, which makes them all the more precious when they do turn up. And sometimes you get a beef that is legitimately weird, the sort of feud that feels like it was created via Mad Libs.

A beef like that between Mark Wahlberg and Dr. Oz. Oh yeah – it’s a thing.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:39

Weird National Briefs (01/22/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Right in the bofa

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A Rhode Island man accidentally shot himself in the scrotum while sitting on his bed, police said.

Providence police officers found Edward Martinez, 22, in a hallway wearing no pants with a gunshot wound to his scrotum Thursday night, said Commander Thomas Verdi.

Martinez told police he took his pants off after he fired the gun and located the wound, the Providence Journal reported. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police seized three guns that were found inside Martinez’s bedroom, including a semi-automatic pistol on his bedside table. He isn’t facing any criminal charges at this time, Verdi said.

TME – This story is nuts!

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 13:30

Celebrity Slam - Hood hopping with Julian Edelman

Written by Allen Adams

Based as we are here in Maine, it probably comes as no surprise that the folks at Celebrity Slam are big fans of the NFL’s New England Patriots. We’re homers to the core, we are.

That means that we’ve really been able to enjoy the unprecedented success of the past two decades. One could argue that no other team has been as consistently successful for as long in the history of the NFL.

But even consistent success doesn’t mean winning a title every year. And this year was one of the non-title seasons, with the Patriots falling to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round of the NFL playoffs. It’s the earliest end to a New England football season in a decade. So what are the Patriots players doing with their spare time?

Let’s ask Julian Edelman.

The star wide receiver for the Patriots landed in a little bit of hot water over the weekend after getting arrested following an incident that allegedly involved him jumping onto the hood of a car.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 13:28

Weird National Briefs (01/15/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Hairy hold-up

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The FBI is asking the public's help in catching a so-called “bad wig bandit” who's been robbing banks in North Carolina.

The FBI said in a statement on Thursday that the suspect wore a different wig during each heist in the Charlotte area.

One wig was blonde. Another was black. The third was red.

The FBI said he robbed a BB&T in Huntersville on Dec. 13. He then robbed two banks on Jan. 7. The first was a New Horizon Bank in Belmont. The second was a Wells Fargo in Gastonia.

TME – The challenges on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are getting INTENSE.

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 12:00

Celebrity Slam - From 'Full House' to the big house

Written by Allen Adams

With a new year, you can expect some new names and faces here at Celebrity Slam. Part of the joy of the year is slowly learning who the big weirdo and/or a-hole is going to be. Sometimes, they come in hot and heavy. Other times, it’s a slow build. Either way, it’s someone new.

But just because we’re in a new year and awaiting the Biggest D-Bag of 2020’s coming out party doesn’t mean that we’re no longer going to look back at the delightful idiocy that we got to enjoy in 2019.

This week, we’re going to continue a story from last year. A favorite story, actually. We’re going to talk about the still-exquisitely named law enforcement operation Varsity Blues, in which numerous people – including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin – were caught committing various levels of crime in an effort to ensure college admission for their jerk kids.

The fallout has been real. Huffman already went to jail, serving 11 days of a two-week sentence. But Loughlin, whose efforts were considerably more involved than Huffman’s, is looking at a much bleaker potential sentence. If things don’t go her way, she could be looking at two or three years in for-real prison. That’s no joke, but what she’s doing in advance of that possibility kind of sounds like one.

You see, Loughlin has reportedly hired a prison consultant.

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 11:59

Weird National Briefs (01/08/2020)

Written by Allen Adams

Bird is the word

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. - When someone in a Florida neighborhood heard chilling cries and the words “Let me out!” they dialed 911.

Little did they know the cries were that of a 40-year-old parrot named Rambo.

After the call, four Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies pulled up and questioned a man who appeared to be repairing a car in his driveway. The Palm Beach Post reports that when the deputies explained their concerns, the man smiled, then told deputies he’d introduce them to the perpetrator. When he returned with the parrot, the deputies burst out laughing.

The man told officers that he taught Rambo to scream “Let me out!” when he was a kid and Rambo lived in a cage.

PBSO officials could not be reached for more details. The agency did tweet a link to a video Saturday, saying, “Our deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued.”

TME – Fowl play is suspected.

Monday, 23 December 2019 21:41

Celebrity Slam - 2019 Year in Review

Written by Allen Adams

One of the things that we love to do as every year comes to a close is take a look back on everything that we addressed in this space over the past 12 months. It’s a chance to say good-bye to the year’s wackiness and weirdness of the celebrity sphere. Some of it good, some of it bad … and a whole lot of it just plain dumb.

Let’s take a minute to look back at just a few of the highlights (or lowlights) from Celebrity Slam 2019.

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