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Anderson Cooper Didn't Know He Made His Own RidicUList: VIDEO

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"My boo" Anderson Cooper was caught unawares Monday night when he ended up on his own "RidicUList", a list devoted to ridiculous things and people in pop culture.

What heinous crime did Anderson commit that earned him such a notorious distinction? The purchasing (and frequent use of) a basil scented candle in his office that his co-workers say smells like "Woodstock Vomit."

Anderson defended his candle, saying he bought it because he was told he smells. In particular, he was told his jeans smell because he does not wash them (something the folks at Levi's and GQ have endorsed for the general wearer though given Anderson's extensive world travels to war zones and disaster-stricken regions, his jeans could perhaps stand a whirl in the Maytag). 

Said Anderson of his candle,

"It is a fancy basy scented candle, I will have you know...I don't know if you know about candles. They seem to cost a lot...I think it smells lovely."

Never fear, though. Anderson will not be bullied by the haters: "Until this show [named AC 360] is renamed anti-candle 360 I will do whatever I want to create a serene frigging environment for my coworkers and myself to enjoy."

Learn more about the candle in question, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Iconography: Anderson Cooper's Hard News (And Hard Laughs)

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It makes sense that a newsman’s coming out would be pretty matter-of-fact. For Anderson Cooper, he made the public disclosure via an e-mail to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast in 2012:

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

But Cooper’s public coming out was a long time coming. Long considered an “open secret,” Cooper was named the second most powerful gay man in America by Out Magazine — five years before he actually came out publicly. The feature discussed “the glass closet” and the issue’s cover had two models wearing masks of Cooper and Jodie Foster.

The silver-haired journo explained to Sullivan that, while he didn’t lie about his sexuality, he kept mum on his personal life due to the nature of his work.

“Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own.”

Since then, Anderson Cooper has continued to endear himself to audiences as an anchor and a television host. Relive just a few of our favorite Cooper clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen Talk About Why Gay People Loved Joan Rivers: VIDEO

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Bravo's Andy Cohen joined Anderson Cooper last night to discuss the death and career of Joan Rivers and talked about how the "uncensored diva's" perseverance and underdog status helped make her a gay icon.

Anderson, however, said he didn't like her when he was young.

Said Cooper: "As a kid, I didn’t like her, because she actually made fun of my mom (Gloria Vanderbilt) in some jokes when my mom was doing the jeans and stuff… and as a little kid, I found it upsetting to see her making fun of my mom, but as an adult when I got to know her I came to actually like her and appreciate her.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, if you missed it, watch how all the late night talk show hosts paid tribute to Rivers.

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John Oliver Proposes That Anderson Cooper Is Actually Dorian Gray

Screenshot 2014-07-24 13.41.16If John Oliver is to be believed then Anderson Cooper is to covering the war in Gaza what Dorian Gray was the painting in his attic. Sunday’s Last Week Tonight pointed out Cooper’s impressive, if eerie, lack of apparent aging over the years that the journalist has been reporting from the Middle East.

“How does he still look the same?” Oliver pondered to his audience. “Somehow in five years this situation has not improved, and [Cooper’s] face has lost none of its virile yet tender magnetism.”

Check out a clip of Oliver's analysis AFTER THE JUMP...

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Differently-Abled Dachshund 'Anderson Pooper' Competes In Weiner Dog Race, Charms Fans: VIDEO

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His fans cheer as he crosses the finish line: "C'mon A-Poop!" "Go Pooper!"

A-Poop? It's short for Anderson Pooper, the name of the adorable, differently-abled dachshund pup who competed in a weiner dog race in Washington last week. Was he a medalist? It won't matter when you hear how excited the crowd becomes while watching this dog-on-wheels.

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Anderson Cooper Destroys Lying TX GOP Lawmaker's Defense of Gay 'Reparative Therapy' Platform: VIDEO

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Texas State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R) appeared on AC360 last night to defend the Texas Republican Party's decision to add language to its platform supporting gay "reparative therapy".

The AP reported:

Under the new plank, the Texas Republican Party recognizes "the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle."

Hughes argues that doctors are divided on the issue when that's just not true, and Anderson set him straight:

"It’s really just not accurate to say that doctors are evenly divided. I could give you a list: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselors' Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers. They represent half a million mental health professionals, they all say this is not a mental disorder. It’s not something that needs to be cured....Does it concern you, again, that your party is now backing a form of therapy which basically every major medical organization says doesn’t work, can be harmful, and which many of the people who have been through it say it doesn’t work and is bad for kids?"

Hughes responded:

"No one is saying that God doesn’t love people as they are. There’s nothiing in the platform about that. No one is trying to take that position. Every one of us makes mistakes, makes decisions we’re not proud of. God loves each one of us, and he offers us a way for us to deal with sin and bad choices. But I do strongly disagree with what he said about God not loving people."

Anderson wasn't having it:

"The fact that you view being gay, or you characterize it as a 'mistake,' or something that should be changed really kind of maybe says more about your position than what your words actually say."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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