News: Kazaky, Great White Shark, Aretha Franklin, Lobsters

RoadSpace smells like manly things.

RoadGreat White Shark bites surfer in half off Australia's west coast. "He was surfing near Wedge Island, north of Perth, with a friend when he was mauled by the huge shark, said to be up to five metres (16 feet) long."

KazakyRoadKazaky does V Magazine.

RoadAretha Franklin to judge American Idol?

RoadNewark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker did an 'Ask Me Anything' on Reddit over the weekend.

RoadAnthony Weiner to run for mayor of NYC? "The disgraced former congressman — who’s sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest — is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post. The cocky pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as 'desperate' to get back into politics."

RoadVIDEO: Beyonce reads letter to Michelle Obama in new campaign ad.

Road141 uncounted ballots found from contentious Anchorage, Alaska election in April in which an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance failed. "The city’s election commission will be asked to review the 141 ballots in public session. The municipal attorney said the Anchorage Assembly will have to recertify the April election after the Election Commission acts, the statement said."

RoadClose-Up Cavill: New Man of Steel poster released.

SicilianoRoadWhite House honors Ali Forney Center's Carl Siciliano as a 'Champion of Change' for his work advocating for homeless LGBT youth.

RoadMusto: Why aren't Tom Cruise and John Travolta better friends? "They're both movie stars who've gotten second and third winds in their career, despite recent flicks that shall we say underperformed a bit, proving that titles with Rock or Savages don't usually sell on the big screen. They're both extremely physical in their endeavors, they've both worn long hair for roles, they both grin a lot, and they're both Scientologists with a strong belief in Hubbard's holy scriptures. And they're ladykillers."

RoadChanning Tatum visits George Clooney at his Lake Como, Italy villa.

RoadSylvester Stallone speaks out on death of son Sage: "When a parent loses a child there is no greater pain. Therefore I am imploring people to respect my talented son's memory and feel compassion for his loving mother Sasha. This agonizing loss will be felt for the rest of our lives. Sage was our first child and the center of our universe and I am humbly begging for all to have my son's memory and soul left in peace."

RoadPenn State to keep statue of Joe Paterno?

RoadMale model fix: Austin Sanderson.

PridecookieRoadReal Pride Oreo cookie attempt.

RoadNYT on the ecology of disease: "If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature."

RoadLobsters, lobsters everywhere.

RoadMicrosoft and NBC News have web divorce: "The site became, signifying the end of a relationship between NBC and Microsoft that dates back to the earliest days of the commercial Web. Early next year, will be reborn as a stand-alone site for the cable channel MSNBC, ending the brand confusion that has plagued the site in the past."


  1. Rick says

    a) “Space smells like manly things”

    Man, wouldn’t it be cool if there were an all-male planet?

    b) “Why aren’t Tom Cruise and John Travolta better friends? “They’re both movie stars who’ve gotten second and third winds in their career, despite recent flicks that shall we say underperformed a bit, proving that titles with Rock or Savages don’t usually sell on the big screen. They’re both extremely physical in their endeavors, they’ve both worn long hair for roles, they both grin a lot, and they’re both Scientologists with a strong belief in Hubbard’s holy scriptures. And they’re ladykillers.”

    Both Jersey guys, too.

    c) “Lobsters, lobsters everywhere”

    People who eat lobster suck–and not in a good way. How anyone can be so cruel as to boil an animal alive or eat one after someone else has done so, is beyond me.

  2. patrick says

    Congrats to Mr. Siciliano, but apparently he could not bother to show a basic level of respect by dressing appropriately for a White House honor. Hopefully he did not flip off any portraits.

  3. endo says

    “Man, wouldn’t it be cool if there were an all-male planet?”

    If you had any doubts that Rick is a misogynistic pig, you can put them to rest.

  4. Dback says

    I absolutely loathe Sylvester Stallone–his movies, his macho posturing, his values, everything. He is the embodiment to me of everything wrong with Hollywood, moviemaking, etc. (especially his run of unwatchable 80’s-90’s dreck, with the possible exception of “Tango and Cash”). However, no one should have to lose their kid. Sympathies to his family during this difficult time.

  5. Icebloo says

    Of course the Alaskan election was a shambles – that’s what the Republicans do every time the are in charge of planning elections. It’s their way of winning. They just foul up the whole process and nothing is ever done to rectify it and no one is ever charged. Remember Florida messing up their election on purpose to elect George W Bush ? Well, all these years later Florida is still introducing ways to suppress votes and no one is doing a thing about it !

    How can this be legal ? Why does no one in the Federal Government have the power to stop this corruption ? It’s happening in more than just Florida but still everyone sits back and does nothing. The American political and judicial systems are broken. We are an embarrassment to democracy.

  6. Icebloo says

    Am I supposed to have sympathy for Sylvester Stallone after his son died ? I’m sorry but Sly has been a huge supporter of the Republican Party for many years. He never thought about anyone else’s family members dying through lack of an affordable health care plan thanks to people like him opposing affordable healthcare in the US.

    My sympathy is saved for working people who lose their family members through an inability to afford health care coverage. I won’t be shedding any tears for a rich, elitist, out of touch and over-privileged Hollywood “star” who has never had to worry about money.

  7. Icebloo says

    Why are people shocked that Penn State is keeping the statue of Joe Paterno ?
    The university DELIBERATELY covered up child abuse FOR YEARS ! They didn’t care that innocent kids were being abused – their priority was to keep their football team on a winning streak. Do you really not understand how twisted these people are ?

    They should ALL be jailed and the statue should be destroyed.

  8. MarkUs says

    Those Australian surfers have to have balls of steel to swim out 100 yards knowing damn well “Brutus” is out there to begin with. Alas, the rest of their body is very soft.

  9. bannik says

    :} am I the only one a bit taken aback by the placement of the Kazaky picture next to the “bitten in half” headline. Yes, I feel bad for my nervous laughter…and passing it along.

  10. Kevin says

    Why does Towleroad feel a need to participate in the defamation of endangered animals like the Great White Shark? Feeding into biased shark hysteria is a disservice to the oceans that need these apex predators.

    The seas where this man was surfing are known to be Great White territory and he knew the risk he was stupidly exposing himself to when he decided to go there.

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