Hedy Lamarr, Anne Hathaway and the kangaroo kitten
Every now and then, the last name you would expect to be trending is trending. Such is the case with Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood actress who was known as "the most beautiful woman in the world." Turns out, she was not just eye candy for millions of fans, but also a brainy geek. Over the weekend, NPR broadcast a piece about her fascinating career as an inventor, and it's gone viral. Lamarr was co-inventor of a secret communication system in 1942.
She felt compelled to invent something to help the Allied cause during World War II, according to author Richard Rhodes (He has written a new book on Lamarr called Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World.). She understood that radio signals could be jammed. So she figured out that if you could make the signal hop around from frequency to frequency, it would be harder to jam. Lamarr's invention largely went unnoticed for years, but her invention is the basis for many of the wireless technologies that we use today (like Bluetooth and wireless keyboards.) You can listen to the story on NPR's website.
Adam Shulman is trending because he popped the question to actress Anne Hathaway and she said yes! They confirmed the engagement through her representative, Stephen Huvane.
The pair have been dating for three years and living together in Brooklyn for about a month. Shulman is an actor turned jewelry designer. He co-launched a collection - delicate butterfly necklaces and earrings, a pendant shaped like a light bulb - called James Banks (Banks is his middle name). Hathaway has been dating Shulman ever since she dumped Raffaello Follieri, an Italian jewelry designer and real estate developer who got busted for money laundering, conspiracy and wire fraud two weeks after they broke up.
One more celebrity romance to report… Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles is a married woman. She tied the knot with her beau of two years, entrepreneur Justin Miller over the weekend.
Rep. Barney Frank, blamed in some quarters for having a hand in the financial crisis of 2008, is a hot topic because he is retiring at the end of 2012. Frank cited redistricting as part of his motivation because the new map will include many people he has never represented. He also said he had “no regrets” about the financial crisis, blaming Republicans for ignoring problems he identified with the subprime mortgage market. Critics say Frank encouraged the government (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) to make more loans to the poor, helping to fuel the crisis. Love him or hate him (and there are very few in the middle), Frank leaves behind a legacy of political achievement as the nation's most prominent gay lawmaker.
Warning about this next story - the language is brutally foul. A British woman on London tram is caught on tape complaining that Britain is nothing now that ethnic minorities are in her country. It starts a huge argument on the train. The video has over 2.4 million views in just two days.
Also from London, a much lighter video… We first saw this video over the weekend, and it's gone viral since then. A London bar has installed a video game in the men's room so now boys can play while they pee.
A couple of guys had a bright idea to use a leaf blower as a propeller. Here's how it turned out:
This flash mob video is not trending just yet, but has a shot at going viral. Two hundred ordinary Mumbaikars (aged 4-60) came together for the pure joy of dancing.
And finally, the kitten that acts like a kangaroo…
That's the trend!
Have a great day,