Outrage at the University of Iowa Twitter Command Center! Because yesterday, after reports of mountain lion or cougar sightings near the Iowa City campus, the school's politics account tweeted, "I didn't know Bachmann was in town. Bah-dum-bum." Golly, what do those two things have to do with each other? According to the AP, "A cougar is a term used to refer to older women who seek out younger men." That simply cannot be true.
Early Monday, Vilas County, Wisconsin sheriff's deputy Ty Peterson spotted a cougar—no, not a mythical, middle-aged, sex-seeking ladyhuman, but a large pouncey cat—prowling around in his backyard. Using this information, a relative of Peterson's decided to play a practical joke on him. It succeeded—in a way.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has has determined that the legendary Eastern Panther (also known as the eastern cougar, puma, catamount and mountain lion) is extinct, and likely has been since the 1930s. There have been numerous reported sightings throughout the years, but the FWS says they were other species, "including South American cats that had either escaped from captivity or were released to the wilderness as well as wild cougars from Western states that had migrated east."
A golden retriever named Angel lived up to his name when he fought off a cougar attacking an eleven-year-old boy. The dog was thought to be dead after the cougar finished with him, but he miracuously sprung "back to life."
Shocking news today as John McCain refuted his choice of Heidi Montag as vice president, instead settling on heavily lip-glossed Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. As Jeff Wells notes, Palin has a certain resemblance to Tina Fey as Liz Lemon: the horn-rimmed glasses, the messy up-do, the required fealty to an older, conservative man in charge. But where does each stand on the issues? We combed through their records (and Hulu) to find out — the results, after the jump:
Despite the fact that Jennie Garth is still taunting Shannen Doherty with expertly crafted put-downs, EW was able to wrangle the two 90210 stars for an arm-in-arm photo shoot and revealing Q&A. In it, Doherty reveals that she never really liked Brenda Walsh ("They just took her in a really odd direction that I didn't necessarily agree with at the time") and that she still harbors insecurities begun by the seminal "I Hate Brenda" newsletter. All well and good, but what about the matter everyone still cares about: the long-rumored Doherty/Garth catfights?
Kristen Schaal-are we all in agreement that she is the best?-did a great segment on The Daily Show last night that managed to perfectly parody a Tonight Show dangerous animal act and satirize the irritating and sexist "cougar" thing that's become the worst kind of bullshit trend. So watch it after the jump!
Warning! Cougars are everywhere! They're reading you your evening news, confusing dead people, and threatening day hikers and naturalists nationwide. And now they're going to be on the damn Gossip Girl. Yes, impossibly-named actress Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks) has just been cast on the Upper East Side teen soap as Catherine Mason, an older woman who aims to seduce our prettiest young thing, Nate (played by Chace Crawford). Well, that's good news I suppose. Nate could use some spicing up, as his character is currently about as bland as impossibly gorgeous bland people can get. Also nice to hear that they shored-up some casting after their Hamptons open casting proved to be a complete disaster. But "cougar." Grr. (Noise-pun not intended). That may just be EW's word, but we kinda doubt it. Is anyone as sick of that term as I am?