The amoeba typically enters a swimmer’s nose and invades the brain causing an almost always fatal infection, according to Jonathan Yoder, an epidemiologist at the CDC in Atlanta.
Holy smokes, did you know there are amoebas in the ocean that will eat your brain? This Yahoo report about the death of a 16-year-old girl in Florida confirms it. And I kind of wish news like this was censored from publication, because what do you do with it except sit there wondering if the next time you go for a swim, a microbe will burrow into your skull and kill you and there’s NOTHING you can do about it? This knowledge is a CURSE, I tell you!

-DM

[Colin Hettinger]
We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and the producers of MTV’s ‘The Jersey Shore’ to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response.
As if it wasn’t bad enough that “Jersey Shore” cast members are paid good money to tour the world, now Abercrombie & Fitch is offering The Situation money to NOT wear their clothing and do further damage to the store’s already questionable brand image. Meanwhile, you got passed over for a managing gig at Popeye’s that 560 people applied for. The world isn’t right.

-DM

[NBC New York]
Lindsay Lohan, Jesse Metcalfe and Steve Carell are reputed fans, as is Katherine Heigl
That’s from the New York Post’s recent trend-spotting piece about e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without actual smoke. And what a trend! If such widely admired people as Lindsay Lohan, Katherine Heigl, and the dude from the Tucker Max movie are doing it, why you’d be a fool not to join in! (NOTE: You’d be a fool to join in.  Nicotine itself is still harmful.)

-DM

[Jen Doll]
Four new University of Buffalo studies have found that when a lady wants to be considered “romantically desirable,” she will distance herself from manly pursuits such as math, engineering, technology, and science.
That’s from this post from Jen Doll at the Village Voice, and the key word there is “considered,” because it means that this is merely a perception some women have, and not necessarily an accurate one. So hold off on worrying that you have to twirl your hair and snap your gum more often, ladies. Some of us menfolk like you just the way you are. As long as you aren’t smarter than us.

-DM

[Jen Doll]
That’s weird……I just got an email from Kanye West.
That’s Suns point guard Steve Nash in a tweet that got called out by Harris Wittels of Grantland in his monthly Humblebrag roundup. And while Wittels is doing the Lord’s work singling out self-absorbed Twitter braggarts, I’d love to see the man get a crack at all the humble bragging going on at Facebook. Facebook is like a Humblebrag clearinghouse.

-DM

[Grantland]
The musical performances, taken from a recent concert at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ, were separated by stories of real-life “Glee” fans that have gone through tough times, and how the show has helped them cope. I’m a cynical person, so I thought the segments were pandering pieces of crap meant to force-feed a message about how amazing and life-affirming “Glee” is. But so did the rest of the crowd. Groans filled the theater when the film cut back to the self-proclaimed “dwarf” and her quest to become prom queen.
Warming Glow writer and confessed “Glee” watcher (but not full-on Gleek) Josh Kurp sat through three consecutive showings of the “Glee” movie yesterday, and he left the experience with some pretty harsh words for showrunner Ryan Murphy, and it’s easy to see why. Ryan Murphy is the kind of egomaniac who sabotages his own good ideas by constantly telling you how revolutionary they are.

-DM

[Warming Glow]

No Johnny Depp As Tonto For You. Disney just pulled the plug on a $250 million remake of "The Lone Ranger" because apparently even the presence of Johnny Depp can’t stop people from saying, “Wait, you wanna spend $250 million on the freakin’ Lone Ranger?” Now all they need to do is cancel Willow Smith’s “Annie” remake, and Hollywood may finally be headed in the right direction.

-DM

[FilmDrunk]

Don’t: Unless you are a family of four, and plan to travel under an umbrella as such, along with all of your worldly goods, do not buy a family-of-four-sized golf umbrella and use it on the streets of Manhattan, or even in the outer boroughs. Do not get such an umbrella at your office picnic for free and think, because it’s free, you can use it to proclaim to your fellow pedestrians that you own the space underneath it, because you do not, unless you are very, very tall and other pedestrians can move underneath your umbrella freely with their own large-size umbrellas. And even in that case, be careful: These umbrellas engender hatred among city-dwelling humans, who will rise up and smite you.
That’s Village Voice writer Jen Doll outlining one of many rules for using an umbrella in New York City, and as someone who has been firmly anti-umbrella his whole life, I applaud these rules. Bumping into someone with your stupid golf umbrella and spilling five gallons of runoff onto them should get you twelve years in prison.

-DM

[Jen Doll]
I was born inside the movie of my life. The visuals were before me, the audio surrounded me, the plot unfolded inevitably but not necessarily. I don’t remember how I got into the movie, but it continues to entertain me.
Those are the first three sentences of "Life Itself," Roger Ebert’s upcoming memoir. Ebert posted the opening to the book at his blog, and while some of it reads like he’s been reading too much Twitter poetry, the man has been a writing machine since recovering from cancer, so don’t be surprised if the rest of the book knocks you on your backside.

-DM

[Roger Ebert]
Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics, they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.
That’s a statement from the Sesame Workshop in response to people demanding that Bert and Ernie get married. And I love the argument they made, which was a good one: THEY’RE PUPPETS, YOU IDIOTS. OPEN YOUR FREAKIN’ EYES. You can just tell how fed up they are with the whole thing.

-DM

[On The Red Carpet]
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