Two things we learn about Tom Cruise from this game of "Face Breakers," where he and Jimmy Fallon throw footballs at glass frames with their faces etched onto them: Tom Cruise is pretty good at throwing footballs; Tom Cruise takes himself very seriously while throwing footballs. This is how you win games on late night talk shows.
Jennifer Lawrence was not so happy with Jimmy Fallon after he ditched her in front of JLo at a recent party.
George W. Bush's presidential center will be dedicated today in Dallas, Texas. It's the biggest and most expensive presidential center yet—at 226,560 square feet and a price tag of $250 million. All five living U.S. presidents were there to honor number 43; Bill Clinton even went so far as to mention in his speech that he wanted Bush to paint his portrait.
Here's today's fun internet game: who does Google think you are? Google thinks I am a 65+ year old man, possibly because I am always searching things like "what time does The Good Wife start" and "movies with no violence or sadness in them" and "when will I die." (Google also thinks I am interested in "Arts & Entertainment - Celebrities & Entertainment News." Fair enough.)
We took a stroll over to Ron Paul Forums today — an Internet war room for Paul cultists, not to be confused with Ron Paul War Room — to see how they were doing, after their five years of uninterrupted, thankless organizing for Paul that finally brought him to the top of presidential polls was threatening to come completely undone over the story of his racist newsletters.
Roger Craig had never been on Jeopardy! before, but by the end of his first day of taping, he'd won five games in a row, the most lucrative day for any contestant in the show's history, including the most lucrative game in the show's history. His secret? A web app that modeled the show's all too predictable question sequences.
The 2011 World Scrabble Championships in Warsaw were thrown momentarily into chaos when a 25-year-old Thai player, Chollapat Itthi-Aree, accused opponent Ed Martin, a 35-year-old IT-consultant from London, of palming a missing "G" tile. Itthi-Aree demanded judges accompany Martin to the bathroom and strip-search him, but they refused. Martin won the game by a single point.
The beta version of Pottermore, the much-discussed multimedia-moneymaker-somethingorother announced by J.K. Rowling in July, has gone live for a few thousand obsessive fans. How obsessive? To qualify as beta testers of Pottermore, they had to find seven different clues on seven different websites on seven different days. At the Sony website, they were asked how many owls appear on a particular shop sign in Diagon Alley, and told to multiply that number by seven. At the Guardian website, they were told to multiply a particular Quidditch game's score by 35. (Wizarding is mathy business.)
Emmett DeFrisco became Chicago's most famous cosplay kid yesterday after someone found his homemade, duct-taped, bricks-and-wires contraption in a public park, determined that the unusual object was a Suspicious Package, and called law enforcement. The whole park got shut down because of this thing!