Monday, January 31, 2011

Watercooler Moments

Watercooler Moments
(Date:31 January 2011)

Welcome to Watercooler Moments for this week, and your Monday morning dose of what topics you can use to make small talk, and nullify awkward office/lunch silences this week!
It's your handy pocket guide to the best of the weekend's stories, all in one post!
Happy Monday, and let's get going....


Rap star, film star, clothing range owner and all round true gangsta Sean P Diddy Puff Daddy Coombs is being sued by an L.A. woman for, yep you heard right, one trillion dollars! The case, which if won, would presumeably be one of the biggest awards ever, is being brought against Combs/Diddy by Valerie Joyce Wilson Turk.
The woman accuses the rapper, his former girlfriend, and the somehow related ex police brutality victim Rodney King (whose beating sparked the L.A. Riots) of collaborating to fell the World Trade Towers on Sept 11th 2011, and also maintains the trio set her up to get disability pay.

Another accusation is that Combs/Diddy is in fact her 23 year old son's father, but the final straw is that Diddy "stole a poker chip worth 100 zillions of dollars" (a direct quote!) that she won in a Mississippi casino and later gave it away to someone else.

She is petitioning for $900 billion in child support. The other $100 billion she is seeking is for “loss of income.”
A Los Angeles judge denied her request for a restraining order against Diddy, but set a hearing for Jan 31.
Only in America eh?!

Social Network Similarities
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed his sense of humour on cult American T.V. show Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The geeky social network genius opened the show with a skit alongside "The Social Network" actor Jesse Eisenberg (who's depiction of Zuckerberg looks set to win him an Oscar) and the show’s resident Zuckerberg impersonator, Andy Samberg.

"He's no Fred Perry", rugby injuries and F.A. Cup drama

In sporting news over the weekend, charismatic (*ahem*) Scottish tennis player Audy Murray's bid to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936  to win a tennis major again came to an abrupt end. The enigmatic and fun lovin (*ahem*) Scot was beaten in three sets (6-4 6-2 6-3) by Serb Novak Djokovic, meaning he has yet to win a set in his three Grand Slam finals so far.

In rugby, Ireland's 6 Nations squad is preparing for Italy next weekend. The squad for the game in Rome has been named, and it seems that the "Injuries" colum is mounting for Uncle Deccie.

There was little surprise in the fourth round of the F.A. Cup over the weekend, bar minnows Notts County holding might Manchester City to a draw. But the fifth round draw did throw up the massive tie of non-league Crawley Town making the visit to Old Trafford to face Man Utd!

Today is also transfer deasline day, so watch out for lots of "Sky Sports News understands" headlines, and fake "Sky Sports sources" stirring the rumour mill. Big stories include Spurs search for a striker and Fernando Torres' proposed £50 million move to Chelsea. See here for a live blog.

Ah they were simple times!

And finally this week, we would like to bring you back in time to an era when wool jumpers and Fruit of the Loom t-shirts were all the rage, when the euro was a pipe dream, and the Celtic Tiger an even pipier dream (yeah yeah I know that's not a real word!)
Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven't seen it already, please take a look at the classic 1994 Castletown Donkey Derby...

Oh, and it's the last day of Winter today too!

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