Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rumor has it...

Internet Debris

Everyone loves a juicy tidbit of gossip... But, the only time gossip isn't any fun is when it's about you!
The Gossips by Norman Rockwell. March 6, 1948.
The Gossips, a Norman Rockwell painting, is a favorite of Rockwell collectors and a classic enduring image of the world Rockwell painted. This was Rockwell's 252nd overall out of 322 total paintings published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
Models used in the chain of gossip were the people in Rockwell's own neighbourhood. The first woman to hear the gossip was Rockwell's 2nd wife Mary and the man being gossiped about in the end is Rockwell himself.
Of course all of Rockwells’ paintings are utter lies 
 the world he depicts never existed. Doctors never humored little girls by giving stethoscope examinations to their dolls; jovial policemen never sat chatting at the soda counter with cute runaway little boys  complete with belongings tied into a scarf at the end of a stick.
These are the idealized, homey, sugar-sweet renditions of Normal Rockwell's middle America. But like cotton candy, no one wants a steady diet of the stuff – and this man’s work could put a hypo-glycemic into a diabetic coma. 
Rockwell's depictions are simplistic; quite incomplete. Of course, he produced hundreds, even thousands of sentimental icons gossips and baseball players and big turkey dinners  that was his job. He was an illustrator, and he was proud to be an illustrator. He was one of the best, ever. 

But he was also an artist, and he could have been a great one, right up there with Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer, if he had made different choices.

Norman Rockwell's career with the Post spanned 47 years, from his first cover illustration, Boy With Baby Carriage in 1916 to his last, Portrait of John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
This was also the second cover for The Post in 1948. By the end of that year, there were seven Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post covers published. Sadly, the location of the original oil on canvas painting is not known.

♪ The Rumor 

Image via The Central Box

 Olivia Newton John 

Urban Legends

Another kind of gossip is the Urban Legend and Lawd knows, we get more than enough of these stories in our mailboxes every day. From the next big computer virus to the virtues of WD40, these tales keep arriving in a never-ending torrent. Of course, the best urban legends are the grossly horrific ones which take place anywhere and EVERYWHERE!

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A handpicked selection of scary stories 
to tell in the dark

Gather 'round the digital campfire to enjoy the top ten most terrifying urban legends we know. Scary stories galore! Goosebumps guaranteed!
1. Humans Can Lick, Too! 

Once there was a a beautiful young girl who lived in a small town just south of Farmersburg. Her parents had to go to town, so they left their daughter home alone, protected by her dog, which was a very large collie. They told her to lock all the windows and doors after they had left. She did the best she could...
2. The Hook
A teenage boy drove his date to a dark and deserted Lovers' Lane for a make-out session. After turning on the radio for mood music, he leaned over and began kissing the girl. A short while later, the music suddenly stopped and an announcer's voice came on, warning in an urgent tone that a convicted murderer had just escaped from the state insane asylum.
3. Bloody Mary
They stood in dim candlelight before the bathroom mirror, chanting in unison: "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary." The thirteenth time they said it, something very odd and frightening happened. Not all of them lived through it.
4. The Babysitter and the Man Upsairs
In this classic urban legend, a teenage babysitter frantically calls the police after receiving prank phone calls from a stranger who repeatedly inquires after the welfare of the children. Eventually, she realizes he's calling from inside the house. . .
5. The Clown Statue
A babysitter calls the parents who hired her to ask if she can cover up the disturbing clown statue in the corner of the room where she's watching TV. "What clown statue?" they ask. That's when all concerned realized something was very, very wrong.
6. Buried Alive!
Many years ago, before adequate technology for detecting patients' life signs existed, an elderly woman was pronounced dead and scheduled for burial. On the day of the funeral, family members had to literally pry her unembalmed body from the clutches of her husband, who insisted she wasn't really dead.
7. Glad You Didn't Turn on the Light!
As if we needed proof that horrible things happen in the dark, this unnervingly scary story demonstrates that sometimes it's just better not to know. . .
8. The Boyfriend's Death
While parked late at night on an isolated country road, a teenage girl waits for her boyfriend to return after going outside to relieve himself. After what seems like an eternity, she's startled to hear something scraping across the roof of the vehicle. Then she finds out what it is. . .
9. The Killer in the Back Seat
One night a woman went out for cocktails with her girlfriends. After leaving the bar fairly late at night, she got in her car and headed toward home on a deserted highway. Suddenly she noticed a lone pair of headlights in her rear-view mirror, approaching at a frightening pace.
10. The Fatal Hairdo
In this truly scary story dating from the 1960s, a stylish teenage girl grows tired of spending hours a day teasing and spraying her hair to attain the popular "beehive" hairdo. She decides instead to wash her hair in sugar water and allow it to harden in the style she wanted. Before going to bed, she carefully wrapped a towel around her hair and slept on a special pillow so as not to mess up the hairdo. One morning she failed to come downstairs for breakfast. . .
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There’s A Good Chance That Newly-Out Zachary Quinto Is Dating Glee‘s Jonathan Groff
My original angle for this post was to complain that now that Zachary Quinto has come out of the closet, the tabloids are jumping over each other to match him up with other openly gay actors—namely, Jonathan Groff from Glee. But as I started doing more research into these guys’ friendship, I found several reasons why they could be an actual item.
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Let’s start with the National Enquirer that claims the two actors have been secretly dating since last year, but that they kept it under wraps because Zachary was hiding his sexual orientation to keep his Star Trek role. But once he decided to come out in solidarity with Jamey Rodemeyer‘s suicide, they apparently felt that their relationship could go public, too.
Jonathan Groff
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I have to agree with, who posted the story: Because it’s from the Enquirer we naturally assume that it’s all hearsay and seedy reporting. But here’s the other coverage else I’ve found, stretching back to January:
Attending screenings together. In May, JustJared ran photos from a Hangover II screening, for which both Zachary and Jonathan got dressed up. They had also both attended the Drama Desk Awards earlier that evening. Gasp!

Double-date. A Brazilian Lea Michele fansite reported in April that she was spotted hanging out with then-boyfriend Theo Stockman, Jonathan, and Zachary at Dominick’s Restaurant in LA. Why would he be hanging with these kids if he weren’t involved with Jonathan? Because it was a foreign site and didn’t identify Zachary by name (“e amigos”), it didn’t get much coverage. Or maybe Zachary was simply out to those who knew him and it wasn’t a huge deal?
Blind item. All the way back in January, this blind item talked about a cute couple who had just started dating but couldn’t go public because one of them was still closeted. On the day that Zachary came out (October 18), Blind Items Exposed identified him and Jonathan as the couple, but let’s look at the details anyway:
Kirkland Dogmatic”: The supposed code name for Zachary, it does allude to the famous Star Trek character Captain Kirk, best friends with his character Spock.
one of the cutest, most seductively unusual pusses in town”: Every article about Zachary’s hotness must include talk about his dramatic eyebrows.
a major piece of the hugely successful Invasion From Planet Octopus franchise”: They sure as hell weren’t talking about any Star Wars movies.
ea Michele: Again, the tipster stresses the connection to her.

Tumblr. The maybe-couple has their own Tumblr tag: Grinto, a mix of their last names. And while fans have ‘shipped actors who have no interest in each other before, it still lends credence to the argument.
At 34, Zachary is eight years Jonathan’s senior: The Glee star is 26, though as the web series Husbands teaches us, he’s older in “gay years” since he’s been officially out since 2010. Now that both men are out, we’re curious to see if we get a (no pun intended, really) straight answer.             Via Crushable

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