OSCAR NOMINATIONS ARE OUT!
I was shocked Dreamgirls wasn't even nominated for Best Picture... but, here are the lucky nominees...
Best Picture: "Babel," "The Departed," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Queen."
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"; Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"; Peter O'Toole, "Venus"; Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"; Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland."
Best Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Volver"; Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"; Helen Mirren, "The Queen"; Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"; Kate Winslet, "Little Children."
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"; Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond"; Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"; Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed."
Best Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, "Babel"; Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"; Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"; Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel."
Who got snubbed? Vote on our daily poll... and don't forget the winners will be announced February 25 on ABC.
PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM GERMS
I don't want to freak you out here. . . but the SPONGES you use to clean off your dishes every night probably have more bacteria on them than almost any other item in your entire house.
Researchers at the University of Florida studied sponges, and found they just suck up. . . and store. . . bacteria. . . and then, they can easily pass those onto the next dishes you wash.
Fortunately, there's an answer: Put your sponges in the MICROWAVE.
The researchers in Florida soaked sponges in RAW SEWAGE WATER to get them as NASTY as possible, and it worked. . . the sponges sucked up fecal bacteria, viruses, protozoan parasites and even Bacillus cereus spores, which are notoriously hard to kill.
Then, they put the sponges in the microwave on high for two minutes. That killed 99% of the living pathogens. Two more minutes, and even the Bacillus cereus spores were gone.
Gabriel Bitton, an environmental engineering professor at Florida who ran the study, says you should wet your sponges, then put them in the microwave on high every couple of days to keep them completely decontaminated.
THE WORST MOVIES OF ALL TIME?
"Spice World: The Movie" is the biggest stinker in movie history, according to a poll of British film buffs. No surprise there. The surprise may be in the number-two choice -- "Titanic", the highest-grossing film of all time. "Grease Two" took the third slot. The “worst” Top 10 is rounded out by "Waterworld", "Hostel", "Anaconda", "Batman and Robin", "Gigli", "Catwoman" and "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot".