The Georgia Department Of Transportation believes a middle-aged man has stolen up to 100 manhole covers along highways near Atlanta. “He’s hit Sandy Springs, and he’s hit Forest Park,” an investigator told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They’re completely at opposite sides of town.” Despite checking with local scrap metal collectors and staging stakeouts, the DOT’s search for the thief has been unsuccessful.
Here’s the crazy thing. While the manhole covers are 200 pounds of quality metal each, metal is only going for 4 cents a pound in the current market. Said a DOT rep, “All I can say is, times must be tough…to steal something that weighs that much that is worth about eight dollars.” Yes, it could be a thief with poor cost-benefit analysis skills…or it could be a diabolical criminal who’d announce himself if only he could think of a less embarrassing name than “Mr. Manhole.” Or maybe it’s Steel.
In today’s Spotted, we have a Scrub getting his party on for his birthday and reality star walking down 5th Ave. See who Scandalist spotted and contribute your own celebrity sightings by e-mailing us here.
Prince is using the power of music to let Salma Hayek know just exactly how he feels about her. In a new song, called “Valentina,” named after Salma’s daughter, Prince sings,
“Hey Valentina, tell your mama she should give me a call/When she get tired of runnin’ after you down the hall/And she’s all worn out from those late night feedings/and she’s ready for another rock n’ roll meeting”
But Salma, who is super busy being married and breast feeding the world’s hungry, is likely not available. That’s OK, though. Prince has a plan B – Salma’s pal Penelope Cruz. In the song, he lets Penelope know he will take her too when he sings, “If Penelope wants to Cruz there ain’t no way that we ain’t gonna dance.” [Source: Us; Photo: Getty Images]
LA Angels pitcher Nick Adenhartdied from injuries following a car crash this morning. Adenhart was riding in a Mitsubishi with three others (none connected to the Angels) just after midnight when a red minivan ran a red light, slamming their vehicle into a power pole. Two passengers died at the scene, and one remains in critical condition. Despite an attempted operation, Adenhart passed “mid- to late morning,” according to a team representative.
“He lived his dream and was blessed to be part of an organization comprised of such warm, caring, and compassionate people,” said his family in a statement. Adenhart, who played in the majors for less than a year, was 22 years old.
Last night at Britney Spears‘ concert in Vancouver, the singer stopped the show after fifteen minutes and three songs, reportedly due to a “ventilation issue” from a nicotine and ganga-happy crowd who almost caused the show to go up in smoke! After approximately forty minutes, the singer, who is a smoker herself, resumed the show, and ended her performance with the oh-so-classy line,
“Rock out with your cocks out. Peace motherf*&kers!”
This joins the list of other genius outbursts from Britney on her Circus tour, including:
Meredith Viera‘s interview with longtime The Price Is Right host Bob Barker was a little more sex-obsessed then you might have expected. Barker not only described a contestant’s breasts falling out of her tube top (“she came on down and they came on out!”), he confessed to almost taking a role in porn while working as a model/radio DJ in Florida.
I went to see a photographer [in Hollywood], he said “I have no work for you, but a fella down on Santa Monica Boulevard, he may have some work for you.” So I went down there, and…this fellow, he worded it carefully…and gradually it dawned on me that he was offering me a job in a pornographic movie! I assured him this was not my thing, and I got out of there, but I couldn’t get wait to tell my wife…I said, “Dorothy Jo, I got offered a job in a pornographic movie!” She said, “did you take it?”
Despite the easy segue (“maybe your wife knew you liked to…”), the multiple sexualharassment suits brought by former employees and Price models failed to come up. With Barker even signaling the size of his girth (to Al Roker‘s horror), we couldn’t help but do a double-take when “ANN & AL…COME ON DOWN!” flashed on the screen. Huh huh huh, “ann & al.”
In 1999, Jesse McCartney joined the boy band Dream Street and Leighton Meester made her TV debut on Law & Order. Ten years later, McCartney’s enjoying his fourth solo Top 40 hit, and Meester is stealing scenes as Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl. Both singer/actors were born on April 9th. Which one is older?
Happy Passover! Today Jews around the world celebrate God “passing over” the houses of the Jews when he killed the first born in Egypt. In honor of this special day, we are republishing our fabulous list of the top Jewish Hollywood Beauties. Maybe you can’t have leavened bread, but there are plenty of hot buns in this gallery to make up for it! L’Chaim!