Pull the ‘Shades,' reading leading to more sex

Katherine Jackson said she was devastated that her grandchildren were taken away when she was gone. Associated Press
Katherine Jackson said she was devastated that her grandchildren were taken away when she was gone. Associated Press
Posted: July 27, 2012

Aside from shoes, has anything recent excited women as much as "50 Shades of Grey"?

Curled up in the corner with their e-readers and a slow hand, the "erotic" trilogy has sparked Kindle sales (it even sounds like fire) and Nook sales (that even sounds like nookie).

And according to the Associated Press, "Grey" may also be spurring a wave of babies — possibly a wave of babies to be named Christian and Anastasia after the books' S&M-lusting couple. It seems some moms and moms-to-be attribute their pregnancies to sex inspired by the books — although some of that sex would not exactly lead to pregnancy.

At BabyCenter.com, a large online community of moms and expectant moms, nearly 150 women have posted that their pregnancies are directly related to more baby-making activity inspired by the best-sellers.

Now we don't want to throw a wet blanket over the book's message (older, super-rich man grooms awkward college student as his submissive until love conquers all), but a few generations of women have been trying to put an end to that stereotype for decades.

Still, if the books are making women horny, who is Tattle to judge?

Hot on the Hill

In other turn-on news, D.C.'s the Hill has issued its ninth annual "50 Most Beautiful People" list of the political class.

Yes, here are the politicians that any voter would cross the aisle for.

Granted, many of these folks are behind the scenes and unknown to most Americans.

Topping the list, for instance, is former model Max Engling, staff assistant for the House Administration Committee. Finishing second was Carolyn Amirpashaie, special assistant to Rep. Randy Forbes.

But down at No. 10 is the too-well-known congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

(It's looks, not brains.)

"She is a pretty woman," the Hill's editor in chief Hugo Gurdon told the Washington Post. But "having been in the presidential race, she turned to stylists and enhanced the way she looked. She looked great on the trail."

And many tea-party men have been chasing Michele's trail ever since.

The Jackson Jive

Katherine Jackson is apparently back home, reuniting with Michael Jackson's children after a judge temporarily took away her guardianship because of her absence from them.

Paris Jackson tweeted early Thursday morning: "grandma's here! #thankyougod." Katherine's son Marlon also posted a tweet saying his mother had returned, adding that she looked and sounded great.

On Wednesday, a judge removed Katherine as guardian temporarily and named her grandson Tito Joe "TJ" Jackson as temporary caretaker of the late legend's three minor children amid a bitter family dispute over Michael's estate.

Katherine told ABC News that the court ruling was "based on a bunch of lies."

"I am devastated that while I've been away, that my children, my grandchildren, have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home to see about that, also," she said reading from a prepared statement.

She denied the suggestion made in court and in court filings to support TJ's appointment that she was being held against her will.

"I am here today to let everybody know that I am fine and I am here with my children, and my children would never do a thing to me like that, holding me against my will," she said while her children Randy, Janet and Rebbie were seated next to her. "It's very stupid for people to think that."

But Michael's son Prince posted a photo of what he said was a group text message involving Rebbie and Janet, in which he demanded contact with his grandmother and Janet allegedly responded: "Please don't let them."

"As long as I can remember my dad repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways," Prince tweeted. "Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realize how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I'm really angry and hurt."


As part of a nationwide "stumping" campaign tour, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, stars of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film "The Campaign," will make a quick stop in Philadelphia on Tuesday. They'll bring their "rally" to the second floor of the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.) at 11 a.m. (doors open an hour earlier). Admission is free. "The Campaign" opens Aug. 10.

Former porn star Jenna Jameson has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence when she struck a light pole in Southern California.

Tattle believes her. It seems far more likely she was just drawn to the pole.

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report. Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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