Hunter S. Thompson Lives On, Bettie Page Dies, and McDonald’s Get a Makeover


Hunter S. Thompson had his gonzo sperm frozen: “Hunter S. Thompson’s widow Anita dropped a casual bombshell with the Scottish Sunday Herald — that killing himself in February 2005, he could still be a father again. He has one son Juan, 44, and a grandson Will.” [HuffPo]

Boys wanted to bang her, girls wanted her bangs: “Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85.” [LAT]

If they were smart, they’d go ’80s retro: “McDonald’s (MCD) is busily remodeling its U.S. locations, accessorizing interiors with flat-panel televisions and plush chairs — even the exteriors are made of real brick these days. Now the Oak Brook (Ill.) chain is turning to its packaging. In early November the king of cheap eats began rolling out new packaging across its 13,900 U.S. restaurants that aims to make the containers for its sandwiches, french fries, and soft drinks more relevant to today’s consumers, and not look like a throwback to the 1990s.” [Business Week]

And we thought it was just beer: “An FCC commissioner has stated that video game ‘addiction,’ especially to World of Warcraft, is a ‘leading cause’ of college dropouts. (Nevermind that 90% of the people diagnosed with ‘video game addiction’ don’t have any such condition, even according to the crazily broad definition used by its proponents).” [Boing Boing]

In America, we’re just impressed if you do read: A survey commissioned by the National Year of Reading has found the top 10 reads to impress a woman. Top of the list is Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.” [Guardian]