Mysteries of "Legion of Extraordinary Dancers," "Jesper Parnevik," and "Custer's Revenge" Solved
By Sam Brand Posted Dec 3rd 2009 01:11PM
"League of Extraordinary Dancers," "Jesper Parnevik," "Dubai Tower," "Pleasure P" and "Custer's Revenge" are surging in Google Trends? We can shed some light on the mystery. Google Trends provides the hottest keywords of the hour. Though the results change frequently, at any given time the list offers a snapshot of what's hot in the world of entertainment news. Here's what's steamin' today...
Custer's Revenge – The Howard Stern Show is a Google Trendsetter. Sal the Stockbroker appeared on the number one satellite radio show in the solar system to trump the educational benefits of the retro pornographic video game 'Custer's Revenge.' The game caused quite the uproar when it was released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. And rightfully so. The game's main character wears nothing but a hat, boots and bandana, and he's led across the screen by a massive pixelated erection. It gets worse. The target of his affections is a nude Native American woman named "Revenge," and according to the back of the game's packaging, "she's not about to take it lying down, by George! Help is on the way. By God! He's Coming!"
Pleasure P – The former member of Pretty Ricky scored three Grammy nominations on Wednesday for his solo debut 'The Introduction of Marcus Cooper' and hit single "Under." But Pleasure P is in the trends for less commendable reasons today. In 2006 he was accused of inappropriately touching two underage members of his family. On Wednesday sealed court documents were leaked revealing the R&B star was ordered to stay away from a four-year-old boy as a result of the accusations. And now his former group has finally confirmed that Pleasure P was kicked out of the group. "He did not leave on his own free will," Pretty Ricky said in a statement.
Jesper Parnevik – Since Payne Stewart's tragic passing a decade ago, Jesper Parnevik has taken the title as the most stylish golfer on the PGA tour. He's also the guy who introduced Tiger Woods to his wife, Elin Nordegren. She was working as Parnevik's au pair in 2001 when the two met during the British Open. On Wednesday Parnevik came to the defense of his former employee. "I'm kind of filled with sorrow for Elin since me and my wife are at fault for hooking her up with him, and we probably thought he was a better guy than he is," Parnevik told reporters. "I would probably have to apologize to her and hope she uses a driver next time instead of a three-iron."
Legion of Extraordinary Dancers – This dance troupe is either totally awesome or maybe the corniest thing you've ever laid your eyes upon. Wednesday night they showed up on 'So You Think You Can Dance' to perform a choreographed Pop and Lock routine to an instrumental violin version of Coldplay's "Yellow." A friend on Facebook posted the video and remarked, "Probably the coolest thing I have ever seen." The LA Times offers similar praise. "I'd never seen b-boys move with such restraint, elegance and precision," show tracker Claire Zulkey writes. But we kinda disagree... B-boys dancing to classical Coldplay!? Do you really need to know much more than that? You shouldn't, but check the video above just for fun.
Dubai Tower – The Burj Dubai will open its doors next month, all seven trillion of them, or however many doors a tower half-a-mile tall and 160 stories high contains. You've probably seen the pics by now, though maybe not the pics of the building getting struck by lightning. But the hype surrounding what will be the world's tallest building is now shadowed with the sentiment that its opening ushers in the end of a golden era in Dubai. Property prices are plunging across the region in the wake of the Dubai debt crises and many are asking if the Middle East's most notable economic oasis is all dried up.
Tiger Woods Scandal – Tiger hasn't lost any endorsements yet. Nike, Gatorade, Gillette and Electronic Arts have announced they're sticking by the superstar's side. Call that a major vote of confidence that the once squeaky clean sportsman will regain his status as a credible salesman. European Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher isn't so sure. He told BBC Radio, "It's going to take an awfully long time to get over this." ESPN's Rick Reilly also has doubts Tiger will be able to reclaim his place atop the sports kingdom. "When it's all done, Woods will still be the most successful and willful and talented athlete alive," he writes. "But he will be a much different person than he was – chastened, humbled and, at long last, human."
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