Week In Review
Colorado Gunman's Odd Behavior, Joe Paterno's Statue Removed
Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
How Bizarre, How Bizarre: James Holmes’ Behavior Is Weirder Than His Hair
Until authorities discover the motives behind his horrific massacre at a local movie theater that left 12 dead and 58 people wounded, the rest is a waiting game...and so far, all Holmes has had to offer us are strange facial distortions and possible psychotic behavior.
For those of you fascinated with crazy, here's a list of his other antics:
- Hours after he was arrested, Holmes sat staring at a wall at the police station with his eyebrows twitching.
- When authorities placed plastic bags on his hands to preserve gunpowder evidence, he played with them as if they were puppets.
- He told investigators that he was the Joker from the Batman movies, despite his choice of orange hair dye. (The Joker has green hair.)
- At his court appearance on Monday, Holmes mixed up his expressions, looking bug-eyed and blink-happy one moment, then sleepy the next.
Psychologists are attempting to explain his behavior in different ways. One theory is that he's in the midst of a psychotic episode; another explanation is that he's hyperactive from a lack of sleep (if that makes any sense); still, another possibility is that he's just pretending to be mentally off and is taking cues from what he learned as a neuroscience student.
Stories from the media have been inconsistent: A local ABC affiliate in Denver claims he's been calm and quiet and that no spit-a-thons have ever taken place.
“[C]ontrary to what some media organizations have reported, our sources say in the past 48-hours Holmes has been calm and docile in jail, just like he was in court,” investigator John Ferrugia says. “There have been no outbursts at all as he is in isolation.”
Maybe it's because the dude's finally sleeping.
Statue of Limitations: Joe Paterno Statue Taken Down at Penn State
The statue of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was taken down on Sunday outside of Beaver Stadium after FBI reports concluded Paterno knew more about the Jerry Sandusky sexual child abuse scandal than he led on, reports ESPN.com.
The university's president, Rodney Erickson, stated that the seven-foot tall, 900-lb. bronze statue was "an obstacle to healing in our University and beyond."
Erickson added: "I fully realize that my decision will not be popular in some Penn State circles, but I am certain it is the right and principled decision."
On Monday the NCAA slammed Penn State with a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban, and stripped it of all its wins, starting from 1998.
So I Married an Ex-Cheerleader: North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Gets Nuptialized
Single ladies across the world pulled their hair out in anguish at the news that North Korean nuclear man Kim Jong-Un, 28, was no longer on the market.
So who's the lucky wife? Her name is Ri Sol-Ju, and according to South Korean authorities, she and Kim were actually married back in 2009. Unconfirmed reports claim that they have a three-year-old child together and that Kim had forced her to divorce a military officer so that they could be in a relationship together.
Ri, 24, is known to be a popular singer and was also a former cheerleader, visiting South Korea in 2005 for the Asian Athletics Championship as part of the 90-member North Korean cheerleading team. (There chant was: "We are one!" but really, they should've pulled an Amistad and screamed: "Give! Us! Free!")
Recently released video of Kim and Ri show them arm-in-arm and happy—which, according to analysts, helps Kim appear mature and capable in his new role as leader of the Communist country.
Here’s for propagating propaganda.
Mariah Carey Idols Along in Multi-Million Dollar Deal with American Idol
From Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, J-Lo, and now Mariah Carey: It seems that once you're a pop diva with little ankle biters, the next multi-million dollar
distraction evolution of your career is to be a judge on a reality singing competition.
And so now it's MC's turn to spread her wings and fly...butterflyyy...
The 42-year-old singing sensation and mother of twins will be replacing Jennifer Lopez as the female judge on season 10 of American Idol, with a reported $17 million dollar deal compared to her predecessor's $20 million.
Although we won't really know how Carey will measure up against female judges of AIs past, it's nice to know producers have finally decided to pick someone who actually knows how to sing. Who woulda thunk?
Source: OMG! Yahoo!
What a Greek: Triple Jumper Out of Olympics Due to Racist Tweet
Oh the pressures of being a world class athlete! Not only do you have to watch what you eat and train your body into being a machine, but now, you also have to watch your brain farts on social media.
Such is the case with Greek triple jumper Paraskevi "Voula" Papachristou, 23, who was ousted from Greece's Olympic team for tweeting what many have interpreted as a racist comment: "With so many Africans in Greece, the mosquitoes from the West Nile will at least be eating some homemade food," she wrote.
Although Papachristou profusely apologized for her comments, the Hellenic Olympic Committee showed no mercy, with one of the three parties of the organization stating, "this racist humor and 'jokes' that affect human lives are not tolerated by Greek society, (and) they cannot flourish in Greek athletics."
In an interview with Reuters, Papachristou admitted she was infuriated with their decision.
"I have not slept at all, and to be honest, I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened. I am trying to stay calm; otherwise I would lose control."
She added: "I am thankful to my coach and family and so many other people who have stuck by me.... After so many years of hurt and sacrifices to try and get to my first Olympics, I am very bitter and upset. But what has upset me the most is the excessive reaction and speed of the disciplinary decision."