February 24, 2014 |
Anthropologists and psychologists called it the "magical law of contagion," or the belief that a person's essence can be transmitted through objects they have touched. In the 1920s, anthropologist James Frazer suggested the belief was common to "savage and barbarous society. " But, in a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, Yale University researchers argue that such magical thinking is alive and well here in the United States. To prove their hypothesis, study authors analyzed several high-profile celebrity auctions: the estate of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis; the estate of actress Marilyn Monroe and the estate of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff and his wife Ruth Madoff.
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April 11, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it would take the unusual step of no longer issuing press releases or immediately confirming instances of celebrity "swatting," saying intense media coverage seems to be fueling more incidents. Cmdr. Andrew Smith, who oversees the LAPD Media Relations Section, said the procedural change keeping celebrity swatting calls a secret, was necessary because of concerns about the privacy of the victims as well as the belief that publicizing such incidents targeting individual celebrities was emboldening copycats.
April 22, 2011 |
Celebrities spend a lot of time in bars and restaurants, and many of them seem compelled to eventually own one. Drawing a crowd is certainly easier with a big name attached, but why would a famous actor or musician want the hassle? Tax write-off? Vanity project? Most likely, hospitality is in the DNA of any great entertainer. "For people in the industry, a big part of the draw is working with creative minds, so an obvious perk is enjoying that off the clock. Think back to the Rat Pack — the idea of powerhouses in a protected space at a table for drinks and great food.
June 14, 2010 |
Want to look and feel younger? Click on Dr. Oz's website. Seeking an alternative treatment to what ails you? Visit Andrew Weil's daily blog. Aren't sure whether it's OK to spank your kid? Ask Dr. Phil. Society has revered famous physicians for years, swallowing their directives like vitamins. Dr. Benjamin Spock helped parents raise a generation. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop pushed the nation to kick, or at least curb, its smoking habit. Ruth Westheimer, a.k.a. "Dr. Ruth," encouraged us to talk about sex without squirming.
March 13, 2004
Re "Driving the Issues" (by Patrick Goldstein, March 9): What a sad state of affairs in this country if anyone listens to and seriously considers a cause just because some nimrod celebrity has an opinion on it. Celebrities are wrapped up in their self-importance, they love to be in front of a camera and they think the populace at large is so gullible that they will believe what they have to say just because they have a hyped-up name in the entertainment business....
January 22, 2013 |
Same story, different celebrity: Chris Brown's house was the target Monday of an apparent "swatting" incident, in which police responded in force to a distress call that turned out to be fake. In this case, dispatchers were advised around 5 p.m. of a domestic violence situation - we're biting our tongue - in which the caller told police his parents were fighting and he wasn't sure if his mom had been shot, Los Angeles Police Department sources told L.A. Now and TMZ . When police arrived at the address, surprise, no gun, no fight, no nothing.