Following the logic that the enemy of my enemy is, at the very least, my frenemy, the Obama administration announced that it would sell F-15 FIGHTER JETS (10) to Saudi Arabia for about $30 billion, which will quickly be returned to the monarchy in exchange for oil. Still, the move makes sense when you consider that Saudi Arabia is a staunch American allies in the volatile Middle East, not like that nasty country from which most of the 9/11 hijackers came, Saudi Arabia.
With all that oil money, perhaps we could interest the Saudis in purchasing some shiny new American houses. They could take advantage of ridiculously low FIXED MORTGAGE RATES (9), which, while finishing the year slightly above their all-time low, nevertheless present an irresistible opportunity to anyone with money to buy a new house. So, y'know, nobody in America, but still. . . .
Coming in at number 8 on the Trendwatch is ALZHEIMER'S.
And, coming in at number 8 on the Trendwatch is ALZHEIMER'S.
Now, some sad news for all you fans of KATY PERRY AND RUSSELL BRAND (7) (the couple, not the individuals, 'cause God knows why anyone would be fans of either one individually). They may be having difficulties. I'm surprised. Not that they're having difficulties, I'm surprised that they're married, but that just shows you the level of my pop-culture knowledge. I suspect the trouble started when Katy Perry spent that "platonic" weekend with Elmo after her infamous "Sesame Street" appearance. Just friends, my eye!
Fear not, though: The world of celebrity romantic entanglements continues to spin with news that ZOE SALDANA (6) is dating Bradley Cooper. How he got all the way to Pandora, I'll never understand.
Today, for those of you who missed it, was DUMP GODADDY DAY (5). The online domain-name company has found itself the target of boycotts because of its initial unwillingness (since disavowed) to oppose SOPA--the Stop Internet Piracy Act--which goes before Congress next month. So, yes: Sexist advertising? Fine. Corporate legislative policy, which, frankly, would seem to have little impact on the legislation under consideration anyway? Boycott 'em! Incidentally, December 29 is also Pepper-Pot Day, a holiday on which we commemorate the soup that the Continental Army ate during the harsh winter of 1777-78. Seriously! More people should know about this holiday. Maybe I'll start a website about it. Wonder if the name Rememberpepperpotday.com is taken? Where could I go to find out. . . .?
PIPPA MIDDLETON (4), having attended numerous weddings this past year, says she herself feels she is "undatable." Has she considered that nobody wants to date someone named "Pippa"?
REGGIE BUSH (3), the Miami Dolphins running back missed practice today. At the same time, he also speculated that he was capable of breaking various football records. Not sure whether one of the records he's shooting for is most practices missed, but, if so, he might have a shot.
I'm going to skip right by number 2 (DEBRA MESSING), 'cause it's just another celebridating story, and I really want to get to number 1, which is ELLY MAE CLAMPETT. This is why I enjoy the Trendwatch. I mean, I can honestly say that I had not given Elly Mae Clampett a thought in the last, oh, ever. And yet, here she is, a fictional character from a 40-year-old TV show, sitting pretty atop the Trendwatch at the end of 2011. What can this possibly be about? If I find out she's dating Tim Allen or something, I just quit!
Well, OK: It seems that Elly Mae--or more precisely, Donna Douglas, who played the character on "The Beverly Hillbillies"--has settled a suit with Mattel over its use of "her" likeness for a Barbie doll. Next, she is going after the people who decided that her character's official outfit should become known as "Daisy Dukes."