Flash Lites: Rip ’N’ Read Pop Culture Recap

Flash Lites: Rip ’N’ Read Pop Culture Recap

LONDON (Wireless Flash) – Watching fat folks lose weight sounds just about as exciting as watching grass grow – but that hasn’t stopped British TV producers from launching a new show that follows ten Brits battling their bulges. Fat Club, begins airing tomorrow (Jan. 1) on ITV.

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines, Iowa, nudist has succeeded in his goal for 2001: Driving 15,000 miles in the nude. 47-year-old Dave Wolz logged the miles over the course of the year, mostly on trips to chess tournaments.

CAIRO, Egypt – Egyptian scientists are demanding the return of two mummies buried beneath a McDonald’s restaurant in England. The Egyptian mummies were buried underneath the building in 1935, but authorities in Cairo say they should be given to a museum or handed back to Egypt for study.

NEW YORK – Chelsea Clinton is getting a reputation as a party girl on both sides of the Atlantic. The 21-year-old Oxford University student was recently spotted drinking and kissing a new beau at a bar in Scotland. A few nights later, she was seen slugging down “sake-tinis” in New York, according to the New York Post.

LONDON – Warner Brothers has derailed the plans of a train station in Lancashire, England, that wanted to turn the Hogwarts Express train featured in Harry Potter into a tourist attraction. The chairman of the station says he proposed the idea to the studio but they threatened a copyright infringement lawsuit if he proceeded.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Cockfighting fans in Oklahoma are asking the state’s Supreme Court to block a bill that could make the fowl sport illegal. An anti- cockfighting group has collected enough signatures to put the sport up to vote, but a gamefowl breeders group claims those signatures didn’t match voter records.

NEW YORK – Actress Marisa Tomei says she has a psychic kitty cat. The 37-year-old says she was fast asleep when the Golden Globe nominees were being announced on TV, but her cat jumped on her and led her to the TV just in time to hear her name read as a nominee for In the Bedroom.

OMAHA, Nebraska – A Nebraska woman who received a damaged ornate box as a Christmas gift from her brother recently returned it to a Wal-mart store – not knowing it contained the ashes of her dead sister. The box was eventually found in a land fill after the store threw it out.

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Who doped the dogs out? The Hawaiian Humane Society is recommending pet owners dose their dogs with downers this New Year’s Eve. According to the Honolulu Advertiser, officials say the canine Quaaludes will keep pets from freaking out over New Year’s Eve fireworks.

NEW YORK – Looks like Jenny McCarthy has the hots for Britney Spears. The actress tells TV Guide that she’s looking forward to co-hosting the American Music Awards with Spears on January 9 because, in her words, “I just love her butt.”