The jury's out ...
Sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer thinks people should know that jury duty has a little-known upside: It's a great way to get a date.
Dr. Ruth made her observation Thursday as she and nearly 20 other celebrities marked Juror Appreciation Day at the State Supreme Court Building in Manhattan. "Jury duty is good way to meet men and women, a partner," Westheimer said.
Also on hand were former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, Barbara Walters, singer Rosanne Cash and actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. All have been called to jury duty, but Giuliani is the only one who served. In 1999, he became the first New York City mayor to serve as foreman of a civil jury that reached a verdict.
Elton blasts off...
Another day, another Elton John outburst -- this time directed at George W. Bush.
In recent weeks, the Rocket Man has exploded at a variety of targets, including Madonna and Taiwanese photographers. Now he's taken aim at the newly re-elected president, calling him "the worst thing that has ever happened to America," reports MSNBC.com. "I've never lived in a time that's been so vexing," John told the British magazine Time Out. "I just wanna scream. It's a nightmare. Bush and this administration are the worst thing that has ever happened to America."
John also blasted British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bush's ally in the Iraq war. "I'm just as angry with Tony Blair ... I voted for Tony. He's basically a nice guy. What happened?"
Ice in hot water
New hit songs may not be coming for Vanilla Ice, but animal troubles are.
The singer who had a '90s hit with "Ice Ice Baby" called animal control officials Wednesday to report that a wallaroo and goat found wandering around Port St. Lucie, Fla., over the weekend had escaped from his back yard, city officials said.
Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, may have problems getting his pets back. The wallaroo, a cross between a wallaby and a kangaroo, is considered an exotic animal and is not allowed in Port St. Lucie. Farm animals such as the goat also are banned.
The animals were picked up Saturday by Port St. Lucie Animal Control after a woman reported them, saying the 60-pound wallaroo had scratched her and kicked her car.
Van Winkle was not at his Port St. Lucie home Wednesday. A schedule on his Web site said he was in California taping a motorcycle commercial.
TLC looking to replace Left Eye
They have long said they had no plans to replace Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, but the two surviving members of TLC are looking for a temporary fill-in for the rapper who died in a car crash more than two years ago, reports MSN.com.
Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, 33, and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 34, have hooked up with UPN for a reality series aimed at finding someone who can perform with the group. "We want to find someone with the right chemistry and magic to work with us," the duo said in a statement. The singers are being careful not to say the new person will become the third member of TLC. In fact, the show is being called "R U the Girl With T-Boz and Chilli."
Think about it ...
Who'd a-thunk it?
The Amazing Kreskin, who bills himself as "the world's foremost mentalist," wants to help his home state of New Jersey stem the tide of shady practices in government.
Kreskin, who lives in north Jersey, has sent a letter to acting Gov. Richard J. Codey offering his nonpartisan mentalist services to help ferret out those who come to government with ulterior motives. "If a person is coming in with a strong hidden agenda, they're thinking about it. They're focusing on it," he said Wednesday in a phone interview. "I could get a ... strong sense (of that)." Kreskin said he sent his letter to Codey's office Monday, signing it "ESPecially, Kreskin." A spokeswoman for Codey wasn't sure the letter had been received.
Sunday: Actor-director Harold Ramis is 60. Actress Goldie Hawn is 59. Singer Bjork is 39.
Monday: Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 46. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 43. Actress Scarlett Johannson is 20.
Tuesday: Singer Bruce Hornsby is 50. Actress Kelly Brook ("Smallville") is 25.
Wednesday: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best is 63. Actor Colin Hanks ("Roswell") is 27.
Thursday: Actor Ricardo Montalban is 84. Singer Amy Grant is 44. Actress Christina Applegate is 33.
Friday: Singer Robert Goulet is 71. Impressionist Rich Little is 66. Singer Tina Turner is 65.
Next Saturday: Actress Robin Givens is 40. Actor Michael Vartan ("Alias") is 36. Actor Jaleel White (Steve Urkle in "Family Matters") is 28.