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Shiver me timbers, matey!
By Compiled from staff and wire reports
Published April 4, 2005
Remember pretending to be a pirate as a little kid? With the peg leg, eye patch, parrot, hook and all that jazz? The only thing missing from that list is a killer pirate name. Enter the Pirate Name Generator at www.fidius.org/quiz/pirate Simply complete the short quiz and your pirate name will be generated for you. All you have to do is provide your real first name and gender, and answer a few stock questions such as: "Are you tough?" "Do others fear your mad business skills?" and "Are you musical?" Based on the information you provide, the site will come up with a name for you. So get your name, or prepare to walk the plank, matey!
What will they think of next?
BlackBerrys, that phone/organizer/you name it, has inspired Sakar International to make a line of hands-free phones/organizers for kids. And if adults can enjoy BlackBerrys, then kids can indulge in BlueBerrys, GreyBerrys, GrapeBerrys and StrawBerrys. These look-alike toys are functional phones (just plug them into your home phone jack) and include a hands-free earpiece so kids can multitask while they're talking. The organizer has space for kids to store phone numbers, e-mail addresses and calendars. There's also a password protection feature that keeps your info private. And at $19.99, that's a lot cheaper than the real thing, which can cost $200 or more. The toy Berrys can be purchased at major retailers.
Targeting the tweens
There's already lots at Target for tweenage girls to fawn over: Hello Kitty, SpongeBob, Bratz. But now the megastore has created Dottie Loves, a signature product line for girls up to age 12. Dottie, who has bubblegum-pink hair and a red dress with white polka dots, loves a lot of things: furry phones and furry duffel bags; flavored lip gloss and glitter sunglasses; cowboy hats and feather boas. Prices range from $2.99 to $39.99. The line made its debut last month.
"I was on tour with (my former band) Dream Street, and I had on these really heavy pants with drawstrings. I would always tie them really tight and do a last check before the lights came up. But once, the string broke, and my pants went straight to my ankles. I was standing onstage in front of a whole crowd in my underwear."
- Singer-actor Jesse McCartney in Teen People on his most embarrassing moment