November 18th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

WebPulse: Screening, sweating and The Situation

The online chatter-battle over how much bod one should share with airport security screeners continues as Thanksgiving travel begins. If you're curious which airports have body scanning technology, find that here. When we're traveling, we'll be loading up on headache soothing apps and a few drinks. (Starbucks is giving away certain menu items until November 21.)

Ooh, yeah ... that makes us sing Kanye's catchy old "Workout," ditty ("All them mocha lattes/ya gotta do Pilates") ... Pause for little WebPulse dance. Ok ... Where were we? Oh, yeah, getting fat. There's no doubt you'll hear someone lamenting that they need to get in the (high-concept) gym after stuffing themselves with turkey. Beat 'em all to it and get on that treadmill and sweat for a few. Rest assured that no one expects you to be Tom Cruise. Look, America's most beloved Scientologist is sitting on the world's tallest building! You will never be as physically able as Tom Cruise, and in that you should find peace.

We're not sure how to transition to discussing a weird ad about safe sex featuring Bristol Palin and The Situation. There are so many cheap jokes to be had here. We don't know where to start, so we'll leave it to you. Just watch.

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The Adventures of Unemployed Man
November 17th, 2010
04:33 PM ET

WebPulse: Unemployed hero, Google's fashion, Sexiest Man

The Unemployed American

Time has nominated The Unemployed American to be Person of the Year. And today, CNN.com published a supercool cartoon called "The Adventures of Unemployed Man," a parody of the classic superhero comic in which our jobless hero and his team of down-but-not-out friends battle the invisible forces of the bad economy. Check out the official site of creators Erich Origen and Gan Golan. In the real world, there was much buzz about jobless benefits and just how much that's cost the U.S. so far. But, as this Washington Post story and others reports have reminded us, the job forecast is improving.

Speaking of spending money you don't have... Ever imagine a world where you never have to go to a store again? A world where you can stay in your apartment, cower in a dark, cool corner with a can of Pringles and click on your mouse until you build a wardrobe of such piecemeal perfection, such haute originality at bargain-basement prices, that Kim Jong Il calls and asks for the secret to your evil fashion surfing genius? Apparently, Google has had the same fantasy. Boutiques.com uses algorithms to help people dress like Ashley Olsen. More precisely, the site "uses computer vision and machine learning technology to visually analyze your taste and match it to items you would like," according to Munjal Shah, Google product management director, PCmag.com reports.

Hey, good-look'n

Guess who's feeling extra sexy today? Scarlett Johansson's husband. Like this guy needs the ego boost, but start the ticker-tape parade, it's Ryan Reynolds' year! He is People's "Sexiest Man Alive." Apparently, his "mean omelette" and abs helping to nab the title. The 34-year-old "Green Lantern" star will probably trend high on Google,  Twitter and supermarket waiting lines this week as everyone flips open the mag (we know you do it!) to judge whether Reynolds is truly worthy. Disappointingly, unlike past Sexiest Men - Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt - Reynolds is not planning to reproduce anytime soon.

Eva and the Big D

From good news to bad: Scarlett and Ryan, in love. Eva and Tony, not so much. "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from her NBA-playing husband, Tony Parker. Not-so-nice tweets about Tony are appearing on Twitter. The couple were married for three years, after getting hitched in a ritzy, star-heavy extravaganza in Paris.

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November 16th, 2010
09:04 AM ET

William and Kate: The web's response

Within seconds of the Clarence House announcement, social media was abuzz with news of the royal engagement.

"Prince William" and "Kate Middleton" quickly shot to the top of Twitter's trending topics, where comments on the social network were mainly congratulatory.

Some tweeters were already agog with excitement about the wedding day. Amy Patel (therealamypatel) tweeted, "Does Kate Middleton have to pick a traditional wedding dress? – can't wait to follow the royal wedding planning!" and Adam Huckle Films (adamhucklefilms) posted, "Better buy a fancy hat." Angeldirecto was already keen for memorabilia: "Somebody send me a tea towel or a plate w/ their faces!"

The shadow of Diana, Princess of Wales could be perceived in some comments. Evangeline Holland (evangelineh) posted, "I hope Prince William and Kate Middleton will have a (relatively) normal marriage."

Others expressed their hopes that the wedding would be a modest affair.

Didi Vonmonied (MissDeeN) said, "So will Kate and Wills have a budget wedding? In these times of austerity, we need to watch the pennies," while Matt Davies (matt–davies) said, "Given that 'we're all in this together' and most of us will be homeless by next summer, the royal wedding will be a toned down affair, yes?"

Some of Prince William's fans, such as Ewa Pandjaitan (EP2410), expressed distress at the news. "Oohhh, heart broken," she said. "My my my." User omg–ilubit expressed wry disbelief: "What? Prince William is engaged? I don't remember him proposing to me."

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November 15th, 2010
04:38 PM ET

Web Pulse: Kilts vs. TSA, Jessica Simpson, Phelps

Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

While the backlash continues to grow over the  TSA's airport screening procedures, suggestions for a grassroots opt-out campaign have taken a decidedly Scottish twist.

"If you're a male, and you want to bollix-up the nonsensical airport security-industrial complex, one way to do so would be to wear a kilt," says one national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. Things. Just. Might. Get. Dicey.

November is a time for lovers … or is that spring? Who knows, who cares, because everyone on the Web is talking about two epic love stories. First, Jessica Simpson has gotten engaged (ruby ring, y'all!) to former NFL pro Eric Johnson.

And, gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps was seen getting coffee in L.A. with reality star Brittny Gastineau. Please read the last name again. Ms. Gastineau, of the E! show "The Gastineau Girls,‚ÄĚ was captured by TMZ sucking on a frothy beverage, jumping into a white SUV with Phelps at the wheel and speeding off. Clearly, ‚ÄúPhelpineau‚ÄĚ is going to be the next hot couple to get hitched. WebPulse is calling it now!

What is it with athletes? Do women find them attractive?

October 27th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

WebPulse: Sheen, 'Fatties,' and the Dark Knight

Charlie Sheen outside a Colorado courthouse on an unrelated matter in August.

Sheen back to work - WebPulse is trying to get today's post out quickly in case Charlie Sheen comes in the newsroom and tries to throw our computer across the room. Man! Everyone is reading about the actor who allegedly trashed his room at New York's Plaza Hotel. He was found  drunk  early Tuesday morning and was taken to a hospital, a source told People.

The incident was a bad reaction to medication, according to Mark Burg, Sheen's rep. Burg added that the "Two and A Half Men" star is heading back to work this week, and looking forward to it.

"Charlie will be working this week doing a cameo role, playing himself, in a small movie as a favor to a friend and has every intention of going back to work on 'Two and a Half Men' on Tuesday," Burg told People.

A Big Question РA Marie Claire writer is apologizing for writing a column earlier this week titled "Should 'Fatties' Get a Room?" Maura Kelly, who is now saying she suffered from anorexia, mused: "I think I'd be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other ... because I'd be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything." Outrage, outrage, everywhere. Magazine readers responded with 28,000 e-mails. The blogosphere lit up. Kelly was apparently writing in response to CNN.com's Lisa Respers France article this week about a new television show  featuring overweight people. Respers France explains what she thinks of Kelly's column.

Should it be socially acceptable to make fun of fat people? Respers France asks. We say no. That's what Charlie Sheen is for.

(Pow!) New 'Batman' named – A group of creatives pow-wow in a Hollywood office.

Cool Person Number 1: What should we call the next "Batman" movie?

Cool Person Number 2: "'Batman vs. the World?' "Dude, Where's My Leather Unitard?" "Oh, Michael Keaton, Where Art Thou?"

Cool Person Number 1: No. It shall be called "Dark Knight...Rises."

And, scene. That's the big news from the superhero movie franchise front, according to an LA Times interview with director Christopher Nolan. Bam! Wham! Boom! Eh, yeah, we suppose.


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September 23rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET

WebPulse: Harry Potter, Facebook outage, Eddie Long

Fans are pumped over the upcoming release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Here's a look at some of the stories that are trending and popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

With 57 days left until the premiere of the latest installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise, fans have much to "squee" over. Since yesterday's release of the official trailer of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," fans have been furiously uploading reaction videos on YouTube and Tweeting over every twist and turn in the 2:25 spot. And then there's the buzz on the message boards... While the general tone of the reaction ranges from intense reverence to gleeful delirium, for some, it's never too early to start bemoaning the end of the epic franchise.

In fact, the folks at Hogwarts Radio would have you believe that the trailer's "awesomeness" is to blame for Facebook's mid-afternoon crash on Thursday, the second the social networking site has experienced in the past 48 hours. Facebook attributes the outage to "latency issues with the API" and says it is working on a solution, but that hasn't stopped the peanut gallery from Tweeting about it. Will this overshadow news that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg plans to give $100 million to schools in Newark, New Jersey, some ask, an act viewed as an effort to neutralize buzz over the upcoming film, "The Social Network," a brutal (and, admittedly, fictionalized) biopic chronicling the early days of Facebook.

Even these intermittent blips have not been able to push off the radar all the buzz surrounding sexual abuse allegations against Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long. The beleaguered pastor has said he will respond to the allegations on Sunday, but meanwhile, pictures of his bodybuilder's physique, released by lawyers for his accusers, are flying around the internet, while pundits muse over how the scandal will affect the culture of the African-American evangelical church.

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September 17th, 2010
03:14 PM ET

WebPulse: Colbert, Stewart and acid hoax

Comedy Central hosts Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart plan to hold rallies in Washington.

Here's a look at some of the stories that are trending and popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

Announcements from popular Comedy Central fake news hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert that they plan to stage rallies in the nation's capitol on October 30 has the rumor mill buzzing over whether it's all a big joke. For now, fans of the funnymen seem content to muse over the names of the events "Rally to Restore Sanity" and "March to Keep Fear Alive" and their not-so-subtle references to the political rally staged last month by Fox News host Glenn Beck.

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September 15th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

WebPulse: Agatha Christie, Twitter and Gaga's meat dress

Lady Gaga's meat dress is continuing to dominate Web chatter days after the MTV Video Music Awards.

Here's a look at some of the stories that are trending and popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

Today's WebPulse is sort of like a wedding: something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

For the old - the real, real, old - we turn to Agatha Christie. Well, she would have been old, 120 in fact, if she were still alive today to celebrate her birthday. Google's UK homepage is celebrating the birthday with the ultimate tribute – a Google Doodle all her own – and fans around the world are talking about her best works.

And while we celebrate the best of the queen of crime novels, we look forward towards the big changes to what's being dubbed #newtwitter. Twitter's 145 million users will soon be able to embed photos and video clips into their 140-character-long tweets, the company announced on Tuesday as it unveiled one of its first major revamps. And while the features are slowly being rolled out and not everyone has access to them yet, that's not stopping those 145 million people from weighing in on the changes.

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August 30th, 2010
03:47 PM ET

WebPulse: Praising Temple, pushing pot and pea soup

Temple Grandin with the actress who played her, Claire Danes.

Temple Grandin is adorable. The woman who inspired the namesake movie which swept the Emmys Sunday night was so caught up in the jubilation of the evening that she asked her mother to stand up in the audience. Who gets to do that? Answer: The amazing Temple Grandin. Actress Claire Danes got her first Emmy for playing the animal science professor who has gained worldwide renown for educating people about what it's like to be autistic.

Social networking sites were buzzing about the awards show, from January Jones' dress to a vampire in gladiator gear. Nobody picked on those Glee kids, but sometimes it's entertaining for evil to trump good, so here's to you Jane Lynch. In more shocking Emmy news, Mad Men won again.

Speaking of a convincing pitch, a television station in Sacramento, California, has aired the first advertisement for legal marijuana. An ad for pot was reportedly rejected by other stations.

My goodness, isn't this blog just going to hell. But why not go all the way there if people are talking about it? There's a new "scary" movie out with a revamped twist of pea-soup-head-spinning called "The Last Exorcism." Like all demon house-cleanings, this film has a surprise ending and it's upsetting a lot of people. Glenn Beck appears and tells the possessed child to "return to God." We are kidding - of course. Here's the big reveal, if you don't plan on seeing the flick. Or better idea, go see the movie and hide a small container of pea soup in your purse and at just the right time, when none of your friends are looking, slurp some, make gurgly sounds and spit it out in your popcorn! That's how we turn bad movie experiences around.

Oh, you wanna go lower, eh? Fine. We'll take your double-dog dare. TMZ has published what it says is the police report of Paris Hilton's arrest for possession of controlled substances.

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August 26th, 2010
04:21 PM ET

Child actor ages, Tiger improves, Netflix goes mobile

Sigh. Macaulay Culkin insists on aging. He's 30 today.

Web Pulse is feeling old. Macaulay Culkin turned 30 on Thursday, and even crueler, his skin looks a lot more baby-soft than ours (despite this weird beard). Oookaaay, so it's not really weird to have facial hair, but Macaulay was supposed to remain forever the character he played in the "Home Alone" movies. Everybody, palms to cheeks! Do the scream. You know you want to. 

Let's all observe this high holiday by going to Netflix.com and watching "Home Alone" while we apply an expensive jar of wrinkle cream to our faces and cover the lights in tissue paper. Good thing there's news today that a new iPhone Netflix app allows you to stream television episodes and movies. Go ahead, download that sucker and pull up Macaulay doing the palms-to-cheeks-scream. You know you want to. 

While your gorgeous mug is buried in your iPhone, why not check out  the latest sports headlines ... Hey, it's Tiger. (Remember that voice mail from last year?) 

Tiger Woods has apparently gotten his game back after enduring what was believed to be one of the stinkiest stints in his professional career. He was in contention for the lead at Barclays tournament in New Jersey on Thursday, just a few days after his divorce from Elin Nordegren was formalized. Nordegren gave her first interview to People magazine this week, saying she had been "through hell" with her ex-husband after allegations surfaced of his extramarital trysts. 

Nordegren is doing better than ever, thank you very much, no matter how much this lookalike on the green got attention today. Let's all take a cue from her and just accept that time marches on and we'll be just fine. Just fine. Really.

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August 25th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Web Pulse: Elin speaks, WikiLeaks, a cabbie is stabbed

Tiger Woods' ex-wife tells People she feels "better" than ever.

Elin's peace - Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have divorced and she's given her first interview. "I have been through the stages of disbelief and shock, to anger and ultimately grief over the loss of the family I so badly wanted for my children," she told People in a series of talks at her home in Florida where the sex scandal began last year. Nordegren, People reports, is studying to get a psychology degree. She told the mag: "I also feel stronger than I ever have. I have confidence in my beliefs, my decisions and myself." Well, you go, Elin. You're having a much better season than Tiger.

The golfer wished Elin "the best in everything" and said he's to blame for their divorce.

WikiLeaks - Let's review what's happened over the past several weeks involving the story of a whistleblower website, its controversial editor Julian Assange and every person and entity WikiLeaks has ticked off or inspired. In July, WikiLeaks released more than 70,000 classified documents about the Afghanistan war and a U.S. soldier remains suspected of the leak. The posting of the so-called "Afghan diaries" angered military leaders but was also praised in some circles. In the days following, Assange threatened to released 15,000 more war documents. Most recently, a Swedish prosecutor filed rape and molestation charges against Assange, then immediately withdrew the rape charge but continues to pursue the molestation allegations. Assange has cried dirty tricks over the case.

On Wednesday, WikiLeaks published what it purports to be a CIA paper on terrorism.

Is the publishing of the CIA paper a big deal? The CIA says it's not.

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August 20th, 2010
09:52 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to NewsPulse:

"Extreme case of neglect": Police responding to a call of a domestic dispute at a Marietta, Georgia, house on Monday encountered a shocking scene: A 5-year-old girl weighing nearly 160 pounds, her teeth rotting, her skin covered in spider bites. Her 4-year-old sister was lying on a filthy mattress, wearing only a urine-soaked diaper. The children are now in state custody. The parents are in trouble.

10 'vices' that do you good: Admit it, you thought that daily cup of Joe was killing you, right? Turns out it may help with lowering the risks for dementia and Alzheimer's. How cool is that? Well, it depends on how you feel about the other nine good "vices."

"Fagetaboutit" may be a great password: You know that nonsensical eight-letter password that you thought was so ingenious and hacker-proof ? Fagetaboutit.  The 12-character era of online security is upon us, says a report published this week by Georgia Tech.

Florida officials probe maritime whodunit: A $550,000 gold bar that had been on display in a maritime museum for 25 years vanished in a matter of minutes Wednesday as two thieves grabbed it and walked out, authorities say. Police and FBI officials in Key West, Florida, are trying to identify the two men, captured on video, who walked into the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum gallery room.

Egg recall reaches half billion: The number of eggs recalled in a nationwide salmonella scare has grown to more than half a billion. Iowa egg producer Hillandale Farms is voluntarily recalling some 170.4 million eggs distributed to stores and companies that service, or are located in, 14 states, a spokeswoman at the Egg Safety Center said on Friday.

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August 19th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

Web Pulse: Dr. Laura, Air Force, party boat, McAfee

Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

Curiosity about Dr. Laura Schlessinger is running high after the radio talk show host announced on CNN's "Larry King Live" that she is leaving radio. Schlessinger sparked outrage by repeatedly using a racial epithet on her show last week in an effort to make a point. Read about the controversy here.

The U.S. Air Force's web portal drew heavy traffic Thursday morning as the service posted its tentative list of airmen being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. More than 28,000 airmen sought the higher rank, but fewer than half were promoted. Look for your name here.

A lurid blog post by a woman who claims to have worked aboard Florida U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene's yacht is grabbing clicks. At the website of Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Sharyn Peach tells tales of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, complete with photos. See for yourself here (Warning: NSFW).

A lot of people want to know the details of Intel's decision to purchase software-security company McAfee, which you can read about here.

Entertainment items at the top of trend lists include the testosterone-driven movie "The Expendables"; the escapist "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World"; and Rolling Stone's 'True Blood' cover, featuring three stars of the HBO show naked and covered in blood.

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August 18th, 2010
02:11 PM ET

Latest viral video star: Roger Federer?

Roger Federer prepares to try to knock a bottle off of a man's head in footage "leaked" from a commercial taping.

Six-time Wimbledon champ. 16 Grand Slam titles. One of the greatest tennis players to ever live. Fed Express. Those are some of the ways people refer
to Roger Federer. But the tennis star may have a new title to add - viral video star.

Federer is getting a slew of attention online after Gillette "leaked" behind-the-scenes footage of Federer knocking a bottle off a man's head with a powerful semi-serve between takes while shooting a TV ad.

"Don't be nervous," Federer says.

The footage has been popular, practically viral, no doubt - leading to a flood of Facebook postings and Twitter messages about the video. It has gotten more than 1 million hits as I write this (it was at about 700,000 only a few hours ago) and more than 45,000 Facebook shares - on the original video alone.

But there's still one big question looming about it. Is it real?

YouTube: Watch the video

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August 18th, 2010
11:32 AM ET

World WebPulse: Australia election, Anelka, Fiona Coyne

Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites around the world.

French footballer speaks out: After France's dismal performance on and off the field at this summer's World Cup, many of the team's players were punished. On Tuesday, striker Nicolas Anelka - whose expulsion from the tournament in June sparked a revolt by his teammates - was suspended for 18 international games. "Nicolas Anelka" was a popular search on Google this morning because the French player had some choice words about his punishment. He said the people who punished him were "clowns" and that he is "dying from laughter" because of the suspension.

Australia election: As Australia's voters prepare to pick a prime minister on Saturday, the campaign is a hot topic on Twitter. Several terms related to the election were trending topics on Twitter. #Ausvotes is the main hashtag people are using to tweet about the election.

One interesting election discussion centered on a fake campaign ad for the Greens Party that was produced as part of a TV show about political advertising called Gruen Nation. The ad, which you can watch on YouTube here, was so popular online that the party wanted to use it as an official campaign commercial. But ABC, the network that airs the show, refused because allowing the ad to be used would make it seem like the network was picking sides, according to a spokeswoman.

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August 16th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

World WebPulse: North Korea tweets, mosque debate rages

Many of the tweets on the reported North Korean Twitter account are links to the country's official site.

Here's a look at some of the stories that are popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites around the world.

North Korea Twitter account – 140 characters may be small, but it is becoming a big deal that the secretive North Korean government has opened a Twitter account, according to a report from Agence France Presse. So far the Twitter account @Uriminzok only has about 1,600 followers and most of the tweets are links to the country's official Web site.

AFP says one of the tweets dismissed accusations that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean warship in March while another criticized US-led sanctions against North Korea and Iran. This isn't North Korea's first foray into social media as the country opened a YouTube account recently.

China/Japan – Lots of people are searching on Google for the news that China is on track to overtake Japan as the world's second largest economy, according to figured released Monday.

Obama and the 'Ground Zero Mosque' – There's lots of discussion on social sites about the proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near the site of Ground Zero after President Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy over the weekend. After seeming to support the controversial Islamic center, Obama then clarified his remarks by saying he was "not commenting on the wisdom" of the project but simply trying to uphold the broader principle that government should treat everyone equal, regardless of religion.

The debate continues to rage as the world's Muslims observe Ramadan, which has been a trending topic on Twitter since the holy month began. Check out CNN's Belief Blog for lots of interesting perspectives and stories on the proposed mosque.

What's your take on these stories? What else should we be paying attention to? Post a comment and let us know.

August 11th, 2010
03:32 PM ET

WebPulse: Fantasia, Jenny and a big bug

Fantasia РA lot of people were Googling "Fantasia Barrino" after her manager said that the "American Idol" alumna had overdosed on aspirin and a sleep aid. That OD - which the singer survived - came shortly after a North Carolina woman claimed Barrino slept with her husband. Follow? Um, the basic takeaway here is that Barrino is having a bad week and people want to read more and more and more about it.

Court documents filed last week by Paula Cook allege that her husband, Antwaun Cook, and Barrino last summer began a "covert adulterous affair." (We knew Fantasia was CIA!) Spook or not, we wish her a speedy recovery.

Jenny РWhat is the Web for if not perpetuating rumor? We love you Steven Slater. You've made it so much fun to carry on with the theme of creatively quitting. So today, we present the (bogus) tale of Dry Eraser Jenny. (Caution: Jenny doesn't really exist, but we'll explain that soon enough.) Late Tuesday, photos appeared on the Web of a young office toiler, "Jenny," telling her boss that she quit. More than two dozen photos were posted of her holding a dry-erase board with sentences explaining that she was quitting her job, that her boss was a jerk, etc. More than 100,000 Facebookers "liked" it, and a bunch of online news sites picked it up. The owner of the site that first published "Jenny" left everyone questioning if she really existed. This actress says she is Jenny. Look for tomorrow's WebPulse, which will probably feature a folk song about Jenny a la Steven Slater.

Superbug - Reports say scientists are worried that a superbug could spread worldwide. According to MSNBC, people who have undergone plastic surgery in India have brought a gene to England that allows bacteria to become  superbugs. This is pretty bad news, the BBC says. We wonder if this story will make more people contemplate the figurative inflatable chute at the job they don't love so much. If you are, tell CNN iReport about it.


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August 10th, 2010
04:52 PM ET

WebPulse: Take this job and chute it

Fed-up flight attendant - Steven Slater went from JetBlue flight attendant to folk hero in 24 hours. Allegedly conked on the head by a rude passenger's luggage, Slater used some choice words to describe said passenger, then grabbed a couple of beers from the galley of the plane at JFK Airport, released an inflatable chute and zipped down to the tarmac. He then booked it to his car and drove home. Cops soon arrived and charged him with several crimes. Cue lawyer who has a news conference, cue support network Facebook page, cue columns musing about workplaces equipped with inflatable chutes and the stupid way people act on planes. America loves a bold exit, and reports say Slater looked elated as he ran away. So what has been your take-this-job-and-shove it moment? Have you had a bad day at work and fantasized about exiting stage left in a big way? Tell CNN's iReport about it.

Burning out - Speaking of leaving one's employment, seems we're all burnt out. Here's proof - a chart.

Should we turn now to Mark Hurd? Seems a likely transition. There's still much Web surfing for stories on the HP CEO who left his job following sexual harassment allegations. Fortune has a piece about Hurd hiring the company's general counsel whose strict ethics code might have hurt Hurd. (And the magazine mentioned "The Crying Game" in the first paragraph!) There has to be some good news lurking somewhere. Ah, yes, Dell is happy. Want proof? Look at this chart.

Employee of the year - You know who exemplifies the model employee? The McDonald's drive-thru person who took a beating from a customer and kept that line of cars moving. Check out this Chicken McNugget rampage. Notice that even after a bottle is hurled through the window, the employee calmly serves the next customer. Think about that the next time your order gets screwed up. We know you didn't want pickles, but you got them, so peacefully accept it.


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August 9th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

WebPulse: Vogue's oil, HP's actress, Moscow's smog

Vogue Italia's spread evokes the Gulf oil spill.

Fashion or offensive? - What does an oil-drenched supermodel blowing black feathers out of her mouth mean? Controversy, baby.

Vogue has apparently attempted to interpret the BP oil spill. A spread called "Water & Oil" in Vogue Italia has hit the stands and struck a chord. Some call it insulting, others deem it high art. A video shows famous photographer Steven Meisel capturing a gunk-covered Kristen McMenamy lying like a dead bird on black rocks. Newsweek doubts the tastefulness of the spread.  Forbes reminds of Vogue's previous stabs at political art. Miami New Times says Vogue is out of line, while The Huffington Post writes that the pics are beautiful.

Which Jodie, again? РNo, this isn't about actress Jodie Foster. Stop making that mistake. We're going to tell you about actress Jodie Fisher, the woman whose sexual harassment claim led to HP CEO Mark Hurd's downfall last week. Fisher had been employed as a contractor for HP working on customer and executive events. She and Hurd, who is married, both say they didn't have sex. The company maintains that Hurd, a major figure in corporate America, did not violate its sexual harassment policy, but that he violated its standards of conduct policy. HP says Hurd filed inaccurate expense account reports to keep his relationship with Fisher secret. Hurd probably won't starve. He walked away with $12 million in severance. Fisher, on the other hand, is having her acting chops examined on Jezebel.com.

Moscow smog - The pictures say it all: It's hell to be in Moscow, which is choked with smog, toxic gases and smoke from wildfires. The mortality rate in Russia's capital has doubled, according to the head of the city's health department. Out of 1,500 slots in city morgues, 1,300 are occupied, the official said. A CNN iReporter who fashioned a face mask out of a dish towel and coat hanger takes viewers on a tour through the city. He got crafty out of desperation; there's been a run on conventional face masks.

August 2nd, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Newspulse: Celeb nuptials, oil spill, iPhone 'jailbreak,' Lohan

Here’s a quick glance at the collective consciousness of the Web on Monday:

Putting a ring on it: It was quite the celebrity wedding weekend, with former first daughter Chelsea Clinton marrying longtime beau Marc Mezvinsky in a lavish ceremony in Rhinebeck, New York. (After midnight, late-night munchies stole the show.) Recording artist Alicia Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz at a private residence overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Atlanta rapper T.I. married longtime fiancée Tiny Cottle in a glitzy soiree in Miami Beach, Florida.

Gulf oil disaster: The spill continued to make news Monday, with the dispersants used by BP coming under increased scrutiny. The Environmental Protection Agency said tests prove that the oil, not the dispersants, remain "the No. 1 enemy." The oil disaster seems to have leaked into the real estate market as well. For many residents, discovery of oil on their land used to mean guaranteed big bucks (Black gold? Texas tea?). But because of the spill, waterfront residents say home sales may be especially cruddy. In fact, the BP oil spill could cost homeowners $68 million in lost property value over the next year, according to a report released Monday.

#jailbreak: The iPhone 4 ‚Äújailbreak,‚ÄĚ finally legal, is getting a lot of clicks. The hack - available at jailbreakme.com - installs a program that lets iPhone 4 owners and others purchase apps from stores other than Apple's. But be careful! It's still a risky proposition.

Lindsay's out: Speaking of jail, Lindsay Lohan has been released from prison after 13 days in the pokey. It’s on to rehab for the actress and singer.

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