Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

Don't scale down this holiday season. The Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale not only measures your weight, fat mass, lean mass and body-mass index, but will then transmit that data to your an app on your smartphone and chart it out for you. Just what you need after a big meal. $159.00, Withings.com.

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

It's not the size of the speakers that matters. The Jawbone Jambox portable wireless speaker delivers crystal clear sound with an output of up to 85 decibels, enough to fill the largest of New York apartments. 199.99, Jawbone.com

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

It's time to stop plugging your camera into your computer. The new Eye-Fi memory card has built in wi-fi capabilities that will tranfer photos and videos wirelessly straight from your digital camera straight to your smartphone, iPad or computer. $47.99 - $79.99, JR.com.

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

See without being seen, that's the goal of the Spy Net Video Glasses, which can record up to 20 minutes of video with sound. Perfect for the budding young spy in all of us. $29.99, Target.com.

Latest Gifts for the techies - 2011

Make your Skype/GChat experience a pleasurable one with the comfortable Logitech Wireless Headset H800, which connects to all devices via bluetooth and features a built-in equalizer. $99.99, amazon.com.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ernest Willis, found guilty of raping and impregnating his children's 15-year-old babysitter from his church

A Merrimack County bailiff handcuffs Ernest Willis after he is found guilty on Friday of forcibly raping and impregnating his children's 15-year-old baby sitter.

A Merrimack County bailiff handcuffs Ernest Willis after he is found guilty on Friday of forcibly raping and impregnating his children's 15-year-old baby sitter.

A New Hampshire man was found guilty on Friday of raping and impregnating his children's 15-year-old babysitter from his church more than a decade ago.

Ernest Willis

Ernest Willis

The case came under the national spotlight after the victim, Tina Anderson, revealed that the fundamentalist Baptist church she and her attacker, Ernest Willis, attended forced her to confess her “sin” and apologize to the entire congregation.

She was not allowed to tell church members that the pregnancy was the result of being raped.

The pastor at Trinity Baptist Church then helped ship Anderson off to live with a Colorado family she didn't know to deliver the baby, who was put up for adoption.

Concord police did not find her until last year.

Willis, 52, of Gilford had previously pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape, but denied he forcibly raped Anderson twice in 1997.

Anderson, now 29, said Willis forced himself on her while he was giving her driving lessons and again at her home weeks later. Willis argued the sex was consensual.

Tina Anderson, left,  and Jocelyn Zichterman, center, talk with supporters after the court's verdict. (Alexander Cohn, AP)

She told ABC News' 20/20 last month that when she discovered she was pregnant, she confided in Willis who offered to pay for an abortion.

When Anderson refused, “he asked me if I wanted him to punch me in the stomach as hard as he could to try to cause a miscarriage. I told him ‘no.'”

Chuck Phelps, who was pastor of the church, said Anderson voluntarily apologized at the church. The defense questioned the credibility of the young woman's account, noting she went out to dinner with Willis on her 16th birthday just two months after she said Willis raped her.

"When he decided his sexual gratification was the most important thing in his life, he shattered mine," Anderson read from a victim's statement as Willis stared at her.

Willis faces up to 54 years behind bars.

Young couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber hot vacation in Hawaii

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber took their romance to Hawaii for a beachside vacation.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber took their romance to Hawaii for a beachside vacation.

The days of Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber hiding their relationship from prying eyes are long gone.

The young couple has steadily increased public displays of affection, most recently getting hot and heavy while on vacation in Hawaii.

Just Thursday, Gomez, 18, and Bieber, 17, were photographed kissing in the ocean as he held her in his arms and she straddled him.

And that wasn't the only big lip-lock. Hardly.

The singer-actress and the teen heartthrob also puckered up while walking near the beach and even while on a jet ski.

 It's all a far cry from an outing in December when the two literally ran away from each other when paparazzi caught them holding hands during a stroll in Miami.

It wasn't until late February that the couple finally confirmed the relationship by walking the red carpet together at the Vanity Fair Oscar party – and even color-coordinated their outfits.

Last Sunday they took it a step further, with Gomez accompanying her beau to the Billboard Music Awards.

When Bieber was named winner of the Top New Artist Award, they immediately kissed despite being on live TV.

The day after the show, they headed out on their trip.

"Hawaii is so nice," Bieber tweeted Wednesday.

"Met a local named Samson 2day. good dude," he added. "told us that Aloha isn't just hello. it means affection, love, & peace."

By the looks of things, Bieber and Gomez have been giving "aloha" to each other quite a bit.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Rihanna vs. Lady Gaga at GMA concerts

Rihanna (l.) tried on a sailor's hat at the 'Today' show, while Lady Gaga got her paws up on 'GMA.'

Rihanna (l.) tried on a sailor's hat at the 'Today' show, while Lady Gaga got her paws up on 'GMA.'

It was a battle of the fashion-forward divas Friday morning in New York City.

While Rihanna was kicking off "Today's" Summer Concert Series in Rockefeller Center, Lady Gaga was ziplining her way into Central Park to celebrate "Good Morning America's" own Summer Concert Series.

RiRi woke up midtown when she marched down the street in a sexy leather get-up, followed by her back-up dancers, to perform her newest hit, "S&M."

The Barbadian beauty kept her composure during a slight setback when she was pulled by eager fans behind the barricades as she was shaking their hands. Thankfully for her dancers who had to take over security guard duties for a moment, Rihanna was back on her way up to the stage.

The rest of the singer's concert went off without a hitch as she delivered more of her hit songs, including "Only Girl (In the World)," "What's My Name," and "California King Bed."

Rihanna turned up the heat on 'Today.' (Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)

In between sets, RiRi discussed what went into making her latest album and how much better it sounds if the music is turned all the way up.

"'Loud' symbolizes all of the energy that went into this album, we just had such a great time — we were making it on tour," she told hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira. "So, it was all about music, and I've only listened to my music loud. If it feels good that way then it's going to feel good to the fans."

 
About a mile uptown, Gaga was blasting her own loud music as she continued promoting her new album, "Born This Way," with a five-song set on "GMA."

While Rihanna's opening number turned heads, Gaga's grand entrance was hard to top.

Wearing a sheer red and black bodysuit and headscarf, the eccentric songstress ziplined over the heads of her adoring "little monsters" toward the main stage while singing her oldie, but goodie "Bad Romance."

Gaga had her fair share of costume changes on 'GMA.' (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

After her first song, she sat down with host George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts to answer some typical talk show questions, such as, "If you had one day to do anything you wanted, what would you do?"

In typical Gaga form, she answered, "I would want to hang out with my fans and have it not be me." 

Unlike Rihanna who kept on her midriff-bearing and hotpants ensemble, Gaga had a wardrobe change before her next song. This time, she donned a sheer cheetah-print-like bodysuit and a spiky jacket to sing "The Edge of Glory," her power baller inspired by her grandfather who died last September.

Gaga took a dip in a bizarre tank of goop. (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

For "Judas," her controversial tribute to one of the most famous traitors in history, Gaga swapped the spikes for a '80s-inspired jacket with gold sequins. The next song, "Born This Way," called for the New York native to wear gold Viking horns, but only before she took a dip in a tank full of black water with her back-up dancers.

To end the show in a more bizarre manner, Gaga sang a powerful acoustic rendering of "Hair" at a unicorn-shaped piano. Because, well, why not?

Between Rihanna's sexy shimmy and Gaga's electric performances, it looks like summer is off to a fun start.

Sheriff's deputy chained nude girls to desk, made fetish porn films

Robin Leigh Pagoria, 45, subjected her two victims - described as girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - to multiple torture sessions, authorities said.

Robin Leigh Pagoria, 45, subjected her two victims - described as girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - to multiple torture sessions, authorities said.

A female Florida sheriff's deputy handcuffed naked girls to a desk, spanked them with a leather paddle and sent the seamy homemade videos to a boyfriend she met on a fetish web site, authorities said.

Robin Leigh Pagoria, 45, subjected her two victims - described as girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - to multiple torture sessions, authorities said.

"There aren't words to describe my anger with her," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel, adding that the arrest "came out of nowhere."

Pagoria, a divorced Marine veteran, shackled the girls' wrists and ankles to a homemade "spanking bench" in her home and pounded their backs, legs and buttocks, the report says.

She'd position her Android cell phone to record her playing out her sadomasochistic fantasies, which were then sent to a boyfriend she met on spankfinders.com.

Pagoria even spent time "fine-tuning" her techniques, pausing briefly after each blow to inflict "maximum burn," the report says.

And she built her "spanking bench," a desk with the legs cut off, after deciding the online versions were prohibitively expensive.

One of the girls told investigators she twice received "50 spankings within a session for being disrespectful."

Pagoria "has had a spanking fetish for most of her life," the report says. "She is sexually gratified by spanking herself."

"\[She\] stated the purpose for spanking them nude was to humiliate them so they would remember what they did wrong and not repeat the same behavior."

Pagoria was charged Thursday with aggravated child abuse, production of child pornography and other charges.

The disgraced deputy immediately resigned her post, the Sentinel reported.

Stars' weight battles .

There's skinny and then there's scary skinny. Newlyweds LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian who married last month finally cleared their schedules and jetted off to Cabo San Lucas <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/05/24/2011-05-24_leann_rimes_and_eddie_cibrian_have_sunny_honeymoon_in_cabo_san_lucas_one_month_a.html" target="_blank">for their honeymoon</a>. <br><br> Rimes stripped down under the hot Mexican sun to reveal her skinny frame. Rimes, who has been criticized recently for what appears to be a shrinking frame, responded warmly to a fan's tweet about her 'amazing' body. <br><br> 'Thank you! I box, I eat what I want, but not overboard and I'm always moving,' she told the follower. 'Always doing something.' <br><br> Speaking of scary skinny starlets ...

There's skinny and then there's scary skinny. Newlyweds LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian who married last month finally cleared their schedules and jetted off to Cabo San Lucas for their honeymoon. 

Rimes stripped down under the hot Mexican sun to reveal her skinny frame. Rimes, who has been criticized recently for what appears to be a shrinking frame, responded warmly to a fan's tweet about her 'amazing' body. 

'Thank you! I box, I eat what I want, but not overboard and I'm always moving,' she told the follower. 'Always doing something.' 
 Think of the pressure you may feel to look a certain way, and then multiply it hundreds, maybe thousands of times. It's no wonder that celebrities, perhaps even more than the rest of us, can't control their weight.<br><br>  Kendra Wilkinson may not have made it as far into the 'Dancing with the Stars' competition as she had hoped, but she has something else to be proud of. The 25-year-old blond beauty lasted seven weeks on ABC's dance competition show and got her <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/05/25/2011-05-25_kendra_wilkinson_sheds_pounds_after_dwts_i_feel_like_i_look_so_much_better_than_.html" target="_blank">old body back</a> along the way. <br><br> 'I was size 2 or 4 before 'Dancing with the Stars' and now I'm a size 0,' she revealed to Life and Style.   <br><br> Check out other celebs who shocked us with their shape-shifting ways ...

Think of the pressure you may feel to look a certain way, and then multiply it hundreds, maybe thousands of times. It's no wonder that celebrities, perhaps even more than the rest of us, can't control their weight.


Kendra Wilkinson may not have made it as far into the 'Dancing with the Stars' competition as she had hoped, but she has something else to be proud of. The 25-year-old blond beauty lasted seven weeks on ABC's dance competition show and got her old body back along the way. 

'I was size 2 or 4 before 'Dancing with the Stars' and now I'm a size 0,' she revealed to Life and Style. 

Nude video-game parties gathering

The naked gaming trend was all part of a carefully planned campaign to attract attention to what, for many viewers, had a modest background presence.

The naked gaming trend was all part of a carefully planned campaign to attract attention to what, for many viewers, had a modest background presence.

All across New York, young men and women are taking their clothes off and getting their game on at nude video-game gatherings.

At least that's what James Percelay and Michael Krivicka, co-founders of the viral marketing agency Thinkmodo, wanted New Yorkers to think when they launched a staged video on YouTube "documenting" one such gathering in a SoHo event space Monday.

Of course, there's no such thing as a nude video-game party — at least not yet.

As the Daily News witnessed with behind-the-scenes access of the video shoot, the naked gaming trend was all part of a carefully planned campaign to attract attention to what, for many viewers, had a modest background presence — the ergonomic, stress-reducing device covering the video-game controllers.

But the staged video, complete with local actors, still caught fire this week, amassing more than 100,000 hits on YouTube and dozens of blog posts wondering whether nude gaming really could, or really should, be catching on.

Though the product, the Xtendplay video-game accessory, was mentioned, most viewers managed to sit through this 90-second film without even knowing they were watching an advertisement.

Here's how they did it: Thinkmodo hired 32 actors, including friends, Craigslist hires, and members of New York's Young Naturists, who didn't mind hanging out in their birthday suits while playing video games equipped with the Xtendplay video game accessory. The shoot lasted three hours and all the testimonials were scripted.

It's all designed to get past your defenses.

"If it were a typical ad, you'd have this filter on and then you'd look at it a certain way," says Percelay. "But if it's content that's seemingly un-sponsored, then people are fully engaged and then are really open to exploring it."

This is the company's third sponsored video hoax, following February's Shaving Helmet — a gizmo that seemed to streamline one's grooming routine — and March's Times Square video hack, which had people guessing whether a guy with an iPhone could control the jumbo screens in New York's epicenter.

Both concepts worked.

The former pushed Headblade's sales up 39% in a week, and the latter helped the film "Limitless" open at No. 1 at the box office with nearly $19 million in ticket sales. Now, Web traffic for Xtendplay's online home is spiking as much as 41% in a day.
A campaign dependent on media buzz and audience participation is still seen as a gamble, says Krivicka, and the most challenging aspect of his job is convincing the client that it's going to work.

"Everyone wants to go viral, but then once you pitch them the idea, they're like, ‘Nude gaming party? What?'" he says. "[We say] if you really want to make an impact, you have to be a little edgy."

For new companies with a small advertising budget and a need for big exposure, though, the risk seems one worth taking.

"Unlike Microsoft, we don't have half a billion dollars around to try to raise the visibility of our product," says Dave Sparling, co-founder of Xwerks, the company behind Xtendplay. "So it's really getting down to getting the most bang for the buck."

For the new L.A. startup, using a New York-based company to make a New York video had all the promise of attracting a lot of attention. Adding to their confidence was the condition that, for the first time, Thinkmodo would feature the product in the video explicitly.

Percelay believes branding isn't a part of Thinkmodo's ideal strategy because it immediately arouses suspicion of a greater agenda. But it's not a deal- breaker either.

"It's almost the way you go to a magic show," says Percelay. ‘You know it's not real, but you still want to sit down and figure out how that guy pulled a car out of his briefcase."

The trick, says Krivicka, is to pick a concept that will raise eyebrows and generate skepticism but remain close enough to reality to seem plausible. The resulting head-scratcher keeps viewers clicking again and again.

"We create questions, so there are then conversations," says Percelay. "For us, everything we do has to end in a question mark."

As for those that find viral video hoaxes a disingenuous form of advertising, Percelay believes that most Americans are smart enough to catch on.

"The art form is progressing where people presume now that these videos are hoaxes," he says. "We're entering into an understanding that, ‘It's kind of the implicit agreement now where the audience just wants to figure out how we did it.'"

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A mom tried to sell 13-year-old daughter's virginity to man for $10000

Felicia Rea McClure, 32, was charged on Monday with trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity to a man for $10,000.

Felicia Rea McClure, 32, was charged on Monday with trying to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity to a man for $10,000.

A sick Salt Lake City mom tried to sell her 13-year-old daughter's virginity to a man for $10,000, cops said.

The woman, Felicia Rae McClure, 32, was busted by her boyfriend on May 18 after he allegedly spotted several texts on her cell phone discussing the deal with a man named "Don."

Cops said that "Don" took McClure and her daughter to Victoria's Secret to buy lingerie, and that mom and daughter posed for pictures in bras and thongs.

She also sent the pics to other men for money, cops said.

Authorities say the girl agreed to the sex, but later changed her mind.

McClure was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Bail was set at $250,000.

Monday, May 23, 2011

College students get free Xbox 360 with Windows 7 PC or laptop

Beginning on May 22, college students (and soon-to-be college students) can now get a free 4GB Xbox 360 when they purchase a Windows 7 PC or laptop.

Beginning on May 22, college students (and soon-to-be college students) can now get a free 4GB Xbox 360 when they purchase a Windows 7 PC or laptop.

The latest bargaining chip in the ongoing battle between Windows and Apple just may be Microsoft’s Xbox 360.

Beginning on May 22, college students (and soon-to-be college students) can now get a free 4GB Xbox 360 when they purchase a Windows 7 PC or laptop. The laptop or desktop will need to cost at least $699, and purchasers need to provide proof that they are students, using an .edu email address if they make their purchase online, or showing a student ID if they buy their computer in a store.

Microsoft announced the arrangement on its website on Thursday, and the deal will last until Sept. 3 or as long as supplies last.

Not a bad enticement, really. The giveaway 360 retails for $200, features WiFi and comes with a controller. Just keep in mind that students – or their heretofore unsuspecting parents – will still have to shell out some dough to make take full advantage of the sleek black unit. That 4GB hard drive doesn’t hold much in terms of video or downloadable games, and an Xbox Live Gold membership – the only way to play opponents online – has a recurring monthly fee attached to it.

Still, it’s a free Xbox, right? And it’s not as if Apple’s giving an iPod to anyone who picks up a MacBook.

iPlayboy: 'World's sexiest time machine'

iPlayboy

Good news for those who thought their copies of Playboy were gone forever when their mums found them and threw them away.

Playboy launched a web-based subscription service Thursday called i.Playboy.com that allows viewers to see every single page of every single magazine - from the first issue nearly 60 years ago that featured Marilyn Monroe to the ones hitting the newsstands today.

"They no longer have to store 57 years - 682 issues - of Playboy under their mattress," said Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy's chief content officer.

Chicago-based Playboy has seen its circulation plummet from 3.15 million in 2006 to 1.5 million today and has been trying all sorts of gimmicks to attract readers in recent years. One issue, for example, included a set of 3-D glasses to better see a centerfold shot in 3-D; another turned over the cover to a cartoon character, Marge Simpson.

But if those moves were widely viewed as efforts to attract a younger audience, this one is also aimed baby boomers and even their parents, who might recall pictorials of long gone movie stars, interviews with the likes of John Lennon and Dr Martin Luther King and the time former President Jimmy Carter famously revealed the lust in his heart.

And for those who have claimed they bought the magazine for the articles, the online service also offers a way to look at the works of such writers as John Updike, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S Thompson and Norman Mailer just by typing in their names.

Jellinek is optimistic people will pony up the US$8 (NZ$10) per month or US$60 per year for a service that's "meant to appeal to that sense of collective nostalgia and affinity." He calls the website "the world's sexiest time machine" and "an anthology of cool" for a magazine he refers to as "the Mount Rushmore of literary greatness."

But one industry analyst makes Playboy sound more like a tired, dusty half-empty amusement park.

"The problem with Playboy is it not only lost its powerful interviews, but it lost its lead," said Samir Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism. "This is no longer the 50s and 60s when people talked about the interviews. And who cannot see the girl next door naked in this day and age?"

Husni doubts the service will do much for the company at all.

"The questions are: 'Do I need it? Do I want it? Is it relevant to me?"' Husni said. "The answer is: 'No, no and no."'

Husni also said it is likely those who do subscribe will drop the service once they see whatever issues they were curious about.

Jellinek concedes the whole thing is something of an experiment aimed at a niche audience, but he also insists the service has value because it offers a unique window into the past.

"We're not trying to achieve mass scale here and move the needle for the company in a great way," he said.

Down at Stocks and Blondes, a tavern in downtown Chicago, opinions were mixed as to how many subscribers will be drawn to the website.

"The guy who would want to go back and see them (the magazines) already has them stacked up in his crawl space," said Internet ad salesman Bill Youngberg.

Amazon e-books now outselling print books

Amazon.com introduced Kindle books less than four years ago.

As further proof of how digital media dominate today's entertainment, Amazon announced Thursday that its customers now buy more e-books for its Kindle device than all print books -- hardcover and paperback -- combined.

Given that people seem to spend more and more of their time peering at glowing electronic screens, this was probably bound to happen.

Still, the swiftness of this sea change -- three-and-a-half years after the Kindle hit the market -- appeared to catch even Amazon by surprise.

"Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books. We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly -- we've been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, in a statement.

Amazon introduced the Kindle e-reader in November 2007. By July 2010, Kindle book sales had surpassed hardcover book sales, and six months later, Kindle books overtook paperback books to become the most popular format on Amazon.com, the online retailer said.

Of course, these stats only represent sales of books on Amazon.com, the only place consumers can buy e-books for the Kindle. When sales of books from other websites and brick-and-mortar stores are factored in, e-books still represent a small minority of all titles purchased, although some analysts predict they could reach 20% within a year or two.

The growth of electronic books has been a bright spot in an otherwise struggling publishing industry. Sales revenue from e-books were up 145.7% in March of this year compared with March 2010, according to the Association of American Publishers. At the same time, adult hardcover sales increased 6%, while mass market books -- less-expensive paperbacks -- grew by 1.2%.

Consumers wanting to read books electronically can now choose from many competing devices, including Sony's Reader, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and a variety of touchscreen tablets, including Apple's iPad.

Amazon has repeatedly slashed the price of its Kindle e-reader, which now costs $139 (or $114 for a model loaded with on-screen ads.) The Web retailer said it has sold more than three times as many Kindle books so far in 2011 as it did during the same period in 2010.

Ice-T's wife Coco launches Licious clothing for women

Coco with husband Ice T on the red carpet at the launch of her clothing line, Licious, at the Grace Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Coco with husband Ice T on the red carpet at the launch of her clothing line, Licious, at the Grace Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Buxom blond bombshell Coco launched her Licious clothing line Sunday night at the posh midtown Grace Hotel, ready to show the world she's more than just her looks.

"For the everyday woman with curves", the 50-time magazine cover model's new line will feature clothes that "have that extra stretch within their step" for those that "need an extra lift for her gift." Something she, herself, is noted for.

With a colorful palate of super-stretchy materials, Coco (whose real name is Natalie Austin) designed dresses, swimwear and jeans that can fit a skinny size 2 up to a voluptuous size 14.

Models donning Coco's creations strutted down the red carpet in form-fitting pink, yellow, blue and sequined dresses. Coco was wearing a skin-tight pink dress that was hugging her every curve.

She also revealed Team Coco, a collection of workout clothes including sweatpants, tops and sweatshirts so those after her curvaliciousness can work out in style.

"My clothes are meant to make a statement," the former Playboy model said. "I'm not dull in any way and all the bright colors and styles show that."

"This is for the woman who wants to show off a little more. I always had a problem getting my clothes to fit right, I was always getting them tailored so I know what women go through."

Famous for her own gravity-defying shape and out-of-this-world bodacious bod, she has recently taken over the Twitterverse (@cocosworld) with her popular, titillating trend topics.

Wife of iconic rapper and actor Ice-T, Coco has taken on this new venture while she and her "Law and Order: SVU" hubby have been filming their reality show "Ice Loves Coco". The show is set to appear on the E! Network on June 12.

Friday, May 20, 2011

End of the world NOT coming May 21?

A column of fire, smoke and ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano in 2010.

A column of fire, smoke and ash rises from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano in 2010.
As people across the globe wait to see if the world will end Saturday, one evangelical minister says don't panic because it won't happen.

Well, not yet, anyway.

"Nobody knows the exact day when these things are going to happen," Steve Wohlberg, who has written more than two dozen books about the End of Days, told the Daily News Thursday.

Wohlberg believes the theory that the world will end on May 21, a date set by 89-year-old Family Radio founder Harold Egbert Camping, is "flat-out wrong."

"He is misinterpreting the Bible," he said. "He's a false teacher."

Wohlberg argues that Camping is taking advantage of the present climate of fear. From earthquakes in Japan to storms in the southern United States to violence around the globe, people are growing concerned.

"They're looking at all of these disasters and everything that's going on in the planet, and this is creating a climate of deep interest in Biblical prophecy," he said. "I think that Camping is tapping into that interest, but he's wrong."

Wohlberg said the Bible does not give a date for the end of the world and Camping's system for determining the date is based on "speculation" that's a mixture of truth and fiction.

As a result, he "makes Christians out to be a laughing stock."


Harold Egbert Camping believes the world will end on May 21. (AP)

So why do people seem to believe him?

"He's very charismatic," Wohlberg said. Plus, "the climate that we're living in with so many things happening in the world lends itself to people believing something is going to happen."

The author of "The Rapture Delusions" also argues that "human beings are gullible."

Unfortunately, when Sunday, May 22, comes and the world has not ended, Wohlberg fears the worst.

"There's a danger [his followers are] going to be disillusioned with the Bible," he said. "They are going to give up on God and the Bible and throw in the towel."

And those who surrendered money and property to Camping will find themselves in financial hardships, Wohlberg said.

"In my mind, Harold Camping has quite an account to render with God when judgment day comes," he said.

However, Wohlberg doesn't believe we're out of the woods just yet. The radio host and speaker still believes we are in the End of Days.

"I feel like the signs are thickening around us that we're heading towards a crisis," he said.

The soccer superstar David Beckham launching underwear and fragrance line

David Beckham is putting his star power behind his own line of 'body wear' and fragrance.

David Beckham is putting his star power behind his own line of 'body wear' and fragrance.
David Beckham is hoping for a major fashion score. 

The soccer superstar and former Armani underwear model is putting his star power behind his own line of "body wear" and fragrance, according to Woman's Wear Daily. 

Beckham and his business partner and "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller want to make sure the star stays in the limelight and rakes in the cash long after his career off the field is over.  

Armani's profits skyrocketed while Beckham was spokes model for the brand.  

"It proved to me that there is a real market for good-looking, well-made men's bodywear," Beckham said.  "The push to do something of my own really came as a result of my collaboration with Armani."

There's no date yet on when the collection will launch. 

The fragrance Homme by David Beckham will hit stores in September. It's not the star's first time in the scent market.  David Beckham Instinct hit shelves in 2005 and Intimately Beckham, a scent launched with his wife, the former Spice Girl and designer Victoria Beckham in 2006.

"With my team we have spent time working on the fit, the fabric and the style to ensure the product looks and feels the very best and I am hugely proud of the end result," Beckham told WWD.  "But I'm not sure my mum will be too happy seeing a billboard image of me in underwear again."

Kardashian shows off post-baby bikini body in Shape

Kourtney Kardashian graces the cover of the June issue of Shape, on newsstands May 23.

Kourtney Kardashian graces the cover of the June issue of Shape, on newsstands May 23.
Kourtney Kardashian welcomed her son Mason less than two years ago, but you would have no idea she was ever pregnant just by looking at her body.

Her secret? Hard work, of course!

"I'm proof that even after having a baby, you can look better and sexier than ever!" she told Shape magazine for its June issue.

"My family has always been into exercise," Kardashian explained, noting that she and sister Kim used to take Tae Bo classes together.

She even continued working out as a mom-to-be, only stopping at seven months in because "carrying an extra 40 pounds started to bother" her knees.

But now fitting in a workout, usually early in the morning, is a priority.

"I always say, 'Know when's the right time for your workout and commit to doing it," she advised.

Kardashian relies on cardio, like running, and hopes to start focusing on weight training to tone certain body parts, like her arms.

The reality star even finds motivation in 17-month-old Mason, whom she said was her biggest accomplishment.

"I use only organic foods for him, and it made me think about what I put into my body too," she explained. "I couldn't sit around eating cookies and expect him to eat vegetables."

And motherhood is exactly the reason Kardashian feels comfortable baring her body on the cover of Shape.

"Before I wouldn't just run around in a bikini without anything [on]," she said. "And now I feel like life isn't just about me anymore; it's about Mason."

"I do feel more comfortable and maybe it's because I have just grown as a person," she added.

Model Bar Refaeli showed off her toned and tanned body while vacationing in Cannes, France.

Model Bar Refaeli showed off her toned and tanned body while vacationing in Cannes, France.

Bar Refaeli has been living the life of luxury during the Cannes Film Festival.

The supermodel, 25, tweeted a photo of herself soaking up the sun while lounging on a yacht in a teeny string bikini on Thursday.

"Can't complain" wrote the Israeli beauty, who recently ended her five-year off-and-on relationship with actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio has also been enjoying his time in the French city – in the company of many female admirers, naturally.

On Tuesday, the "Inception" actor sparked romance rumors after he was spotted embracing "Gossip Girl" starlet Blake Lively aboard Stephen Spielberg's yacht. Though they weren't alone, Lively, 23, and DiCaprio, 36, appeared quite delighted to see each other.

The lothario actor didn't limit himself to just one female companion, however.

The News' Gatecrasher party source later spotted him at a party at the Hotel du Cap, where he ended up choosing four hotties to "whisk" them away to a private villa party at 4 a.m.

But newly-single Refaeli also seems to be keeping herself occupied with the festival's star-studded events.

Wearing a sexy low-cut metallic mini, she was seen celebrating the opening of Roberto Cavalli's new Cannes boutique Wednesday alongside beauties like Brooke Shields and Rosario Dawson. Refaeli kept the fun going when she hit an after-party at the Martinez Hotel with fellow models Irina Shayk and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Being single has never looked so good!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Retailers hurting as sluggish job market

While many retailers have struggled recently, a few have surprisingly thrived.

While many retailers have struggled recently, a few have surprisingly thrived.

Staples is discovering it's not so easy after all, as corporate customers continue to be cost-conscious.

The office supplies seller cut its profit and sales forecasts for the year, although it thinks it has a solution for tepid sales - smaller stores.

Staples said it would cut "significant square footage" from its stores, following in the footsteps of companies like discounter Walmart, which also plans to roll out trimmer shops in an effort to boost revenues.

Staples cut its earnings outlook to $1.35 to $1.45 a share. It also said it would open fewer stores in the months ahead.

Its shares slumped nearly 15%.

Many retailers have been struggling as consumers hold back on spending amid a sluggish job market and rising gas and food prices.

Target posted unexpectedly strong earnings, although some of it was due to its credit card business.

The discounter's credit card program - which gives a 5% discount on purchases - earned a bigger profit as it paid out less to cover customers who didn't pay their bills. Still, CEO Gregg Steinhafel said shoppers "remain cautious in their spending."

Shoppers seeking cheaper gas and food boosted sales at BJ's Wholesale Club, which raised its annual profit forecast to between $2.68 and $2.88 per share.

During the quarter, sales at clubs open at least a year rose 6.3% - although minus gasoline sales they rose a more modest 2.4%.

Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch also posted strong quarterly earnings as it sold more of its preppy jeans and oxfords overseas. Its overall revenue rose 22% to $837 million, while its international revenue jumped 64%.

A Germany Man wins World Beard & Moustache Championship

Elmar Weisser of Germany reacts after winning first place of the Full Beards Freestyle category during The Beards and Moustaches World Championship 2011.

Elmar Weisser of Germany reacts after winning first place of the Full Beards Freestyle category during The Beards and Moustaches World Championship 2011.
Elmar Weisser, a 47 year-old hairdresser, beat 160 hopefuls from 15 countries to take first prize in the World Beard and Moustache Championship, held this year in Trondheim, Norway.

His facial creation included a moose and a Norwegian flag. 

Weisser was well-groomed for victory – he'd won the competition several times before, he told AFP. He won in 2005 in Berlin by shaping his beard into the landmark Brandenburg Gate.  In 2007, he declared victory in  won in England for his recreation of the Tower Bridge.
Moustaches are judged in six categories: natural, English, Dali, Hungarian, imperial and freestyle.

Contestants with what is deemed a "partial beard" compete for honours in the natural, Chinese, Imperial, Musketeer, sideburns, and freestyle categories, while those with full beards are divided into the groups natural, natural with styled Moustache, Verdi, Garibaldi and freestyle.

Weisser told reporters that when he isn't competing in beard competitions, he just lets it all hang out. 

"When my beard isn't styled, it goes down to my waist. It is sort of folded up," he said.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Houston man butchered his best friend with a chainsaw and packed his body parts in a trash bag

Noe Morin, 32, was charged with killing 35-year-old Marlon Thomas.

Noe Morin, 32, was charged with killing 35-year-old Marlon Thomas.

A 32-year-old Houston man butchered his best friend with a chainsaw and stashed his body parts in a trash bag under an abandoned house, police said.

Cops found the mutilated body of Marlon Thomas, 35, lying in the weeds in the backyard of a house in northeast Houston Sunday night, The Houston Chronicle reported.

A bloody trash bag containing a head and an arm was found under the house, which was propped up on cinder blocks and next door to the duplex that the two men shared. A chainsaw was found nearby.

On Monday, cops arrested Noe Gerardo Morin and charged him with murdering Thomas in the apparent Texas chainsaw massacre.

Neighbors said the two had been pals for more than 20 years and used to spend nights drinking, talking and playing Scrabble in front of the their home.

"Not a day went by that they were not out here together," neighbor Brittney Johnson told the Chronicle. "That's what was so shocking, because they were friends."

Neighbors on the crime-ridden block said the two had been arguing recently and that Morin had accused Thomas of stealing money and drugs from him.

"My husband said a few days before it happened, that's all (Morin) was talking about: 'I'm gonna kill him, I'm gonna kill him,'" Johnson said.

Locals reported hearing gunshots on Saturday night, and one woman said her mother saw Morin from her window and asked if everything was ok.

"My mom (asked), 'What's wrong? Are you and Marlon getting into it again?'" said Crystal Burks. "And he was like, 'No, that's over with. That's done,'" before dragging his finger across his neck, she said.

Rumors about a dead body swirled around the neighborhood on Sunday until one resident finally called the cops.

Freaked out locals said they couldn't believe a real life Leatherface was living on their block.

"It's the overkill that's really freaking everybody out, I think," Johnson said. "It's one thing to shoot somebody, but to cut his limbs and head off, that's just psychotic."

Monday, May 16, 2011

Actress Yvette Vickers, whose mummified body was found in April, appeared in Playboy in 1959.

Yvette Vickers, whose mummified body was found in April, appeared in Playboy in 1959.

Yvette Vickers in 2007.
Yvette Vickers in 2007.

Heart failure killed a former Playboy beauty and actress whose mummified body was found in her home, the Los Angelescoroner's office said.

The body of Yvette Vickers, who starred in "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman," was found in her Benedict Canyon home in April. It is believed she died nearly a year ago, but her remains went undiscovered.

The model and actress, who is believed to have been 82 at the time of her death, died of natural causes "due to arterial sclerotic cardiovascular disease," or heart disease caused by a hardening of the arteries, an investigator with the Los Angeles Countycoroner's office told the Los Angeles Times.

Vickers was found by a neighbor on April 27 after she noticed the former big screen bombshell's mail had not been picked up in some time.

The coroner's office has not determined how long ago Vickers died.

The aging starlet, who appeared in several television shows over the decades including "Dragnet" and "My Three Sons," rarely acted since the 1970s and kept to herself in the last few years.

"Her lifestyle was such that she was not active in family affairs," Robert Vedder, a cousin of the actress, told the Los Angeles Times. "She chose her lifestyle and nobody interfered with that."

Vickers posed for Playboy in 1959, and had roles in several B movies, such as "Attack of the Giant Leeches."

Americans using Internet and technology to spice up sex lives: Playboy poll

27% of American men and 23% of women have been photographed or filmed nude, a new study commissioned by Playboy Magazine has found.

27% of American men and 23% of women have been photographed or filmed nude, a new study commissioned by Playboy Magazine has found.

A new Playboy poll reveals that Americans are increasingly turning to the help of technology to help spice up their sex lives.

The survey discovered that 27% of men and 23% of women have been photographed or filmed nude - with 15% of men and 9% of women saying they've filmed themselves having sex.

Another 16% of adults say they have used their cell phone for "sexting" - sending erotic messages or photos to a love.

A full third of men - 33% - and 23% of women say they've turned to dating sites while already in a relationship.

Not surprisingly, 41% of men and 47% of women have suspected their partner of cheating.

An additional 31% of men and 26% of women admit reaching out to an ex on the web.

Things aren't always sizzling between the sheets - 17% of men and 15% of women say they've answered their phones during sex.

To help turn up the heat, 44% of men and 36% of women say they have switched on porn while in bed with a partner.

Shockingly, 24% of men and 13% of women surveyed admitted they didn't tell a partner about an STD before hooking up.

The survey had other mind-blowing revelations.

A staggering 24% of men and 20% of women say they don't worry about protection against STDs and just "hope for the best."

The 15-minute survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive between Nov. 4 and Dec. 3, 2010. It compiled responses from 2,310 adults - 1,210 men and 1,100 women.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

5-year-old Queens prodigy can speak seven languages, play six instruments

Five-year-old Mabou Loiseau plays piano in her home in Queens.

Five-year-old Mabou Loiseau plays piano in her home in Queens.

Seven languages. Six musical instruments. Two types of dance and two sports. It all adds up to one busy little Queens girl.

Five-year-old Mabou Loiseau's parents spend $1,500 a week on tutors and lessons - and she spends seven hours a day in some type of instruction, with Sundays off.

She grew up speaking French, Creole and English, but her immigrant parents didn't want to stop there. She's also learning Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian.

"Russian is my most favorite. I just hear something, and if I don't understand I say, 'What does that mean?' and they'll tell me," said Mabou, whose Laurelton house is plastered with flashcards in different languages.

She can sing her ABCs in Spanish, count in Mandarin, read fairytales in Russian, and already has an ambitious list of career goals.

"I want to be a firefighter, and I want to be a doctor, and I want to be a dancer, and I want to be a princess," Mabou said with a smile, sitting shyly on her mom's lap. "And I want to be an actor, and I want to be a musician, and I want to be a singer, and I want to be a veterinarian, and I want to be a mom."

Mabou has her own dance studio with a mirrored wall where she learns tap and ballet. Her mom recently got rid of the kitchen table to make room for a full-size drum set. She's also learning to play the harp, clarinet, violin, guitar and piano. When she's not taking ice-skating or swimming lessons.

"All the sacrifices in the world for her," said her mom, Esther Loiseau, a piano teacher who taught French at an American school before leaving Haiti for Queens 15 years ago. "Furniture is not important. Education is."

Loiseau, 47, said friends and neighbors were initially shocked that she was starting Mabou on such a regimen so early - instead of just letting her be a kid.

"But I make sure I leave enough time for her to play," Loiseau said. "All she knows is learning. What becomes fun for someone is what they know."

Loiseau tells the tutors to play with Mabou, speaking in their native language, for half of the lesson. They spend the other half reading, writing and practicing vocabulary.

She said a sure way to make the opinionated only child behave is to threaten to cancel one of her lessons - especially Russian.

"It's a great experience for me, honestly. A lot of even adult people can't understand what she does," said Rogneda Elagina, 24, Mabou's Russian tutor. "We like to read together ... we started with the alphabet and connecting letters, and now she can read real folklore."

Mabou's dad works 16 hours a day as a parking attendant in Manhattan to pay for everything, and the Loiseaus have also started hosting other students for classes at their house.

The proud parents homeschool Mabou but found out last week that she scored in the 99th percentile on the city test for gifted and talented schools.

"Honestly, I just want to open doors for my daughter," said Loiseau. "She is really my princess."

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A New Viagra condom for Men will increase blood and satisfaction

A new condom may be the answer for those who complain the latex prophylactics get them down.

Created by a British biotech company, the CSD500, or "Viagra condom," is coated on the inside with a gel that purports to increase blood flow and offers the user a longer lasting erection, reports AFP Relaxnews.  

Durex is expected to release the new high-octane condoms in Europe by the end of the year. Depending on how the launch and subsequent sales go, the condoms could be rolled out in the U.S. in 2012. 

Safe-sex advocates are hoping this new condom will appeal to men who struggle with maintaining erections while using condoms and have dispensed with them altogether, putting them at a higher risk for STDs. 

When used properly and consistently, condoms are 98% effective in preventing pregnancy and very effective in preventing HIV infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mick Jagger's daughter strips down for Playboy

These stars already have thriving careers on the TV and movie screens, so why would they strip down for Playboy? The exposure, of course! <br><br>  There's no doubt Elizabeth Jagger takes after both of her famous parents. The 27-year-old proved she has a bit of wild side like dad Mick Jagger by <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2011/05/11/2011-05-11_elizabeth_jagger_poses_topless_for_playboy_i_feel_comfortable_expressing_myself_.html" target="_blank">stripping down for Playboy</a> 25 years after mom Jerry Hall did the same. <br><br> Mick and Hall were reportedly against their daughter doing a nude shoot – which was first offered in 2005 – but eventually caved. Perhaps they were comforted by the fact Elizabeth's photos hardly resemble some of the raunchy, full-frontal pictures Playboy usually features.  <br><br> See what other stars are getting <i>too</i> overexposed ...

These stars already have thriving careers on the TV and movie screens, so why would they strip down for Playboy? The exposure, of course! 

There's no doubt Elizabeth Jagger takes after both of her famous parents. The 27-year-old proved she has a bit of wild side like dad Mick Jagger by stripping down for Playboy 25 years after mom Jerry Hall did the same. 

Mick and Hall were reportedly against their daughter doing a nude shoot – which was first offered in 2005 – but eventually caved. Perhaps they were comforted by the fact Elizabeth's photos hardly resemble some of the raunchy, full-frontal pictures Playboy usually features. 

Carrie Fisher reveals 30-pound weight loss ;How to reduce your weight

Carrie Fisher is showing off her new body after accomplishing her initial weight loss goal of losing 30 pounds in 18 weeks on the Jenny Craig Program.

Carrie Fisher is showing off her new body after accomplishing her initial weight loss goal of losing 30 pounds
She still plans to lose more weight, but Carrie Fisher's life has already dramatically changed now that she's shed 30 pounds.

The "Star Wars" actress, a spokeswoman for the weight loss program, sought help last fall after tipping the scale at 180 pounds through bad eating habits and lack of exercise while performing her one-woman play, "Wishful Drinking."

 The weight gain got to a point where the 5-foot-1 star didn't even want to been in public because the ridicule was just too much to take.

"I used to feel like I had to apologize for the way I looked whenever I stepped out of the house," she says. "I spent so much energy coming up with reasons why I was overweight. Now, whenever someone compliments me, I smile and say, ‘well, thank you.' It's a great feeling to feel like myself again, and that I am truly worthy of those compliments."

"I no longer want to hide in the house," she adds.

Now 18 weeks later, Fisher has a body she's proud of, as well as dietary and exercise plans that keep her on track.The weight reducing company taught her how to turn what many view as a diet into a long-lasting lifestyle change.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Better Tomorrow -Top Five Things to Look for When Choosing a Treatment Center

If you are looking for a Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, the task can seem overwhelming, as there are countless facilities offering the best treatment, magnificent facilities, and a sure path to recovery. While there are many very successful treatment centers, there are an equal number that are little more than insurance scams. So how to separate the wheat from the chaff? There are some basic clues as to the quality of care and the effectiveness of the programs - you just have to know what you are looking for. If you are not able to visit a facility in person, visit the website; a quality center will provide the information.

Staff Communication and Qualifications

When you contact a Treatment Center, does the staff treat you with respect and as intelligent adult? A good treatment center staff will be direct and define all their terms, and they will not be vague or incomplete in what they tell you. Ask them the questions that are important to you, and expect answers to your questions. If you are not satisfied with what you hear, move on.

As regards the qualifications of the staff, their diplomas, licensing, and certifications should be posted on their office walls in plain view. The facility itself should also have its accreditations and licensing posted in plain view. If you are visiting the facility's website, look for a link to the staff and read the bios. Every staff member should have his or her credentials posted. It is important, if they have initials after their name, that you understand what those initials stand for - if you do not, check them out online. You want professionals in the field who have been trained by recognized organizations.

How Success is Measured

The success of a treatment facility is not in how many complete the program, it is in its relapse rate. You will not find ANY facility that can honestly claim 100% (or even 60%) success. If you do, something is wrong. Recovery is very difficult. Look for facilities that are forthright with their relapse numbers, and who have developed strong relapse prevention programs to help those who have finished the initial program.

Patient Accommodations

Patient accommodations should at least be clean and comfortable. Many tout themselves as luxury facilities, catering to a clientele that enjoys the finer things in life. While there is no connection between luxury and success, there is one between luxury and costs. Inspect the grounds, the public bathrooms, the living quarters, and eat in the dining room. This will tell you what you need to know. A treatment facility, while being clean and comfortable, must still meet your budget or the parameters of your insurance policy (if applicable).

Costs of the Program

The cost of a treatment program will depend on if it is a private or state-funded facility. State funded programs may cost less. In private facilities, the number of available medical staff, staff-to-patient ratio, and the amenities offered all have a direct impact on costs. If you have insurance it may be able to offset all or some of the costs at certain treatment centers. The general rule of thumb with cost is that most high quality and successful drug and alcohol treatment centers are private pay and do not always take insurance.

Discharge Planning

This is perhaps the single most important aspect of a treatment facility. In order for recovery to be successful, a post-discharge program must be in place, and it must be one to which the patient can adhere. A good facility will work directly with their clients and their families to ensure that strong outpatient services with proven success rates are available and ready to greet those who have finished their inpatient treatment.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

University cancels sex class after professor hosts live, nude demonstration

Northewestern said it is cancelling a popular human sexuality course, which was taught by a professor who came under fire earlier this year for featuring a sex toy demonstration during a panel talk.

Northewestern said it is cancelling a popular human sexuality course, which was taught by a professor who came under fire earlier this year for featuring a sex toy demonstration during a panel talk.
Students looking to study sex toy engineering should probably apply somewhere other than Northwestern University.

The prestigious Chicagoland school said it is pulling a human sexuality class taught by a controversial professor who hosted a live sex demonstration during an optional discussion earlier this year.

Psychology department chairman Dan McAdams said the professor, J. Michael Bailey, would not teach the popular sex course next year.

"I learned a week or two ago that they had decided to cancel the course for next year," McAdams told the Chicago Tribune. "The decision was made higher up than me at the central administration level."

The school came under fire in late February after Bailey, one of the most popular professors on campus, hosted an after-class discussion about sexual fetishes that featured speakers from Chicago's BDSM community.

During the discussion, a woman stripped naked and had her partner use a battery-powered sex toy on her.

As news about the impromptu sex show spread, Bailey and the school initially defended the decision to allow it.

The professor stressed that his students were adults and that he had warned them beforehand that parts of the lecture would be explicit.

He later apologized and said it wouldn't happen again.

Northwestern said their decision to pull the class was based on a review of "how such a course best fits into the university's curriculum."

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cameron Diaz says the institution of marriage is 'dying'

Sexy Cameron Diaz, who has never lacked the company of attractive men, has declared that marriage is a “dying institution.”

“I think we have to make our own rules,” the 38-year old singleton tells Maxim in its June issue. “I don't think we should live our lives in relationships based off old traditions that don't suit our world any longer."

Diaz, who has been linked with Matt Dillon, Justin Timberlake and now Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, has pretty specific ideas on what makes a relationship work.

“Guys need women who challenge them and don't let them get away with their s**t," says Diaz. "Women, conversely, need to not be crazy bitches who blow up when their guys tell them something that scares them."

The blonde glamazon is currently promoting her new movie “Bad Teacher,” where she plays a sex-crazed, pot smoking middle school teacher.

Diaz is ranked #4 on Maxim's 2011 Hot 100, and to repay the favor, Diaz happily posed for the bawdy men’s mag, laying seductively across a desk in a thigh-high miniskirt and red stilettos in a clutter-filled classroom.

“It’s not every day that one of the world’s biggest movie stars offers to fulfill your schoolboy fantasies,” pants Maxim. “But then Cameron Diaz is not your average movie star… Miss Diaz, we’ve been bad, bad boys!”

As for her romance with A-Rod? Diaz tells Maxim, "It's really awesome."

Just don’t ask her where the ring is.


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