Joe the Pigeon

Was he running from America, looking for new life on Australian shores?

Was he sent to sabotage the Australian ecosystem? Was he an Australian falsely accused of being an American, or was there something deeper and far more mysterious at work?

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Natalie Portman Calls Moby "Creepy," He Responds By Getting Creepier

"I recently read a gossip piece wherein Natalie Portman said that we'd never dated. This confused me, as we did, in fact, date."

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It isn't unusual for celebrities to fake love for publicity.

It was revealed in 2017 that Drake and Jennifer Lopez orchestrated their relationship to appear more serious than it was, and Tom Hiddleston and Taylor Swift had a particularly clumsy PR relationship that backfired magnificently. Now, Moby, the 55-year-old Techno DJ whose once fruitful career has deteriorated into making ambient music for a sleep aid, is trying to play the same game. But this time, his counterpart isn't in on the hoax. "I was a bald binge-drinker who lived in an apartment that smelled like mildew and old bricks, and Natalie Portman was a beautiful movie star," Moby wrote in his latest memoir Then It Fell Apart. "But here she was in my dressing room, flirting with me." He goes on to describe a magical night of walking under "old oak trees" and holding hands before returning to Portman's dorm room. "After she fell asleep I carefully extracted myself from her arms and took a taxi back to my hotel."

In the opening lines of an interview with Bazaar, Portman took the opportunity to deny the relationship vehemently. "I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating, because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I had just graduated high school." She went on to say that no fact-checking had been done by either Moby or his publisher prior to the book's publication, making this PR stunt "feel deliberate." She theorized that he had figured that tossing her name into his life story would help the book sell copies, which it inevitably did. Moby landed a slew of high-profile interviews as a result of the claims. He appeared coy when asked about the alleged fling on Wendy Williams, choosing to elaborate on the success of his record Play instead of answering. When Williams asked him point-blank to confirm the relationship, he went mum. Yet, after Portman's denial, Moby suddenly had a lot to say and was quick to push back, resharing an awkward photo with the actress and doubling down on his claim that they dated; he chose to completely ignore the other allegation that she was in high school at the time.

These exaggerated claims aren't the only ones Moby's made in his memoir. He also wrote that he hooked up with Lana Del Ray, put his bare penis on Donald Trump's leg during a party, and discussed Portman's hotness with Joe Perry at the VMAs. In a separate interview with The Guardian, Moby, who identifies as vegan, also said his drug addiction was so bad at one point that he "went out and bought $300-worth of cocaine, a case of vodka, and a big bag of McDonald's and put it all into a blender." In the same interview, he also claimed to have invented the iPhone. Separately, he said that he's had a "sevensome...or an eightsome," and he's, in all seriousness, said that one of his "major goals in life" was to just "start walking" in a random direction and see what happens.

Such outrageous feats of braggadocio paint the picture of an unfettered man pining to be a rockstar and remain in the spotlight. His history of fame-seeking is also deep-rooted in his music. Every single track off of his fifth and most popular album, Play, was sold and licensed to be used in commercials, a move that decimated his reputation in the Techno community. Yet, in the wake of #MeToo, Moby's inability to recognize the severity of Portman's accusations is disturbing and will no doubt bring a lot of Moby's crazy anecdotes into further question. "The trend toward PR relationships seems to have tailed off in a social media age," wrote VICE. "Which relies more on transparency and honesty than deception and manipulation." While Moby's claims would have generated a good amount of buzz 10 years ago, the same deceptive antics in 2019 paint a different picture, one of a washed-up white guy who wants to be cool more than empathetic and genuine.

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A kind stranger gave this wounded puppy a second chance

Burned and attacked in India, Hershey's situation was grim, until a chance encounter with Ingrid Newkirk

The streets of India are often not a welcoming home for the millions of stray dogs and cats that struggle to survive. Without the watchful and caring eye, disease, starvation, vehicle accidents, and abuse can claim the lives of innocent animals every day. The situation was especially dire for Hershey, a 4-month old puppy with third-degree acid burns on her back. Brutally abused as well as attacked by other dogs, Hershey's prospects weren't looking good.

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Fortunately, Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA, found the puppy on her recent trip to Mumbai to visit PETA India. She took the dog in her arms to the PETA India office and a veterinarian was able to treat her wounds. Despite her pain, the little pup was strong in her recovery, never losing her charm and positive attitude.

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While healing, she was able to make both human and canine friends. She finally had time to relax, and even developed a passion for watching other dogs on YouTube!

Check out the video to see Hershey's inspiring story.

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Thanks to the kind folks at PETA, Hershey was given a second chance at a happy life. She has now recovered and is living at an animal sanctuary while she awaits a loving new adoptive family.

To find out more about Hershey's story and the inspiring work of PETA, click here.

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Meet Moony, The Cute AF Rescued 'Werewolf' Cat

Hypertrichosis causes Moony's fur to grow super fast, her claws to thicken, and her cuteness to be really cute...

moony rescued werewolf cat is cute—so damn cute—it's inconceivable somebody just tossed her away like trash

Meet Moony the "werewolf" cat.

She's cute AF due to a rare hormonal condition—never-before seen in cats—called hypertrichosis, also known as "werewolf syndrome."

And someone threw her away—just tossed her into a box in an alley!

moony rescued werewolf catFormal yet disgruntled

That's when her new dad/hero, Luc Michaud of Quebec Canada, happened upon the kitten, shivering to death outside his apartment building.

Turns out- she's actually a fancy cat—a pedigree Persian no less.

They usually sell for around $500!

moony rescued werewolf catSee? Cats hate water

Mr. Michaud spotted the pet carrier and asked every one in the area if they knew who it belonged to but soon it became apparent nobody was coming back for Moony.

moony rescued werewolf catMoony, before hair product

Michaud had not planned to adopt a cat but fell in love as soon as he laid eyes on this freaky sweet little beast.

Moony's Hypertrichosis causes her fur to grow super fast, her claws to thicken, and her cuteness to be really cute.

She also speaks 3 languages: French and English in addition to purrs.

Moony's owner says:

People have all kinds of reactions to her.
Some love her and others really don't.
One day my niece came over and started to scream "It's a monster"
She'd watched Labyrinth the day before."

But Mr. Michaud woves her unconditonawy.

He explains:

I feel like I am the luckiest guy in the world to have found her.
She is the most sensitive cat I have ever seen.
Moony needs a lot of care to stop her long hairs getting in her eyes and her nose and I have to give her eye drops every day.
Maybe that's why they left her.
I found her in the morning so I think she was there all night.
She was freezing and so afraid.
As soon as I saw those big yellow eyes I was like "wow".
She was the most beautiful cat I had ever seen.

However, Luc's brother had a similar reaction to his niece:

Then I showed her to my brother who said she was the ugliest thing he'd ever seen.
But for me it was love at first sight.

Her long wiry whiskers, yellow eyes and Freddy Krueger claws instantly reminded Luc of a werewolf and she even growls like a dog when people come to the door.

moony rescued werewolf catMoony channels Christian Grey

He says:

I had never seen a cat like Moony.
I just thought she was a strange breed of Persian but even the vet couldn't tell me.
He'd never seen anything like it.

Until he finally got his answer, from the TV, when he saw a cat with the same syndrome:

You can imagine my surprise when I saw Atchoum on a TV show and they were saying he was the only cat in the world with that condition.
But he's just like Moony.
When I found out just how unique she was I decided I wanted to share her with the world on social media.
Like I said, some people love her, some hate her but nobody stays indifferent to Moony.

Look at the little stinker!

Who in their right mind wouldn't love this cute little critter?!!

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ChaCha is sick of being locked-up behind bars, serving a life sentence, with no release date in sight.

So, like many lifers before him, when he saw a chance to escape and gain his freedom, he took it.

Sadly however, unlike many of those other lifers, ChaCha has committed no crime—he’s locked up forever in a Japanese zoo—just for being a chimp.

The New York Times reports, the chimpanzee managed to achieve his dream of freedom, for two whole hours, avoiding capture by climbing on to an electric pole.

Despite being shot in the back with a sedative arrow, ChaCha valiantly clung on to a power line attached to the pole.

However, he finally succumbed to the drug and fell head down into a blanket being held by dozens of workers on the ground.

And so, he was returned to his prison cell cage at the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, to be gawped at and watched for yet another day.

Zoo officials tell Agence France-Presse that ChaCha is unharmed but still recovering from the effects of the sedation.

Meanwhile, they have launched an investigation into how he managed to escape.

It’s little wonder why ChaCha attempted to escape however.

On their website, Peta lays out the trouble with zoos:

Even under the best of circumstances at the best of zoos, captivity cannot begin to replicate wild animals’ habitats.

Animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them, like running, roaming, flying, climbing, foraging, choosing a partner, and being with others of their own kind.

Zoos teach people that it is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.

Virginia McKenna, who starred in the classic movie Born Free and received an Order of the British Empire in 2003 for her work in behalf of captive animals, says that her participation in Born Free made her realize that “wild animals belonged in the wild, not imprisoned in zoos. …

Freedom is a precious concept, and wild animals suffer physically and mentally from the lack of freedom captivity imposes.

Go to Care2.com to read some truly horrifying facts about zoos.

And visit Change.org to find out how you can help eliminate animal suffering in zoos.

#FreeChaCha!

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gwyneth paltrow bee stings

Gwyneth Paltrow is definitely in the “no pain no gain” camp when it comes to her beauty regime.

The 43-year-old opens up to the New York Times about her beauty secrets—and along with a dizzying array of creams and lotions, she admits to some decidedly unconventional treatments.

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How unconventional? Well, how about apitherapy?

For those of you who do not live in Paltrow-world, apitherapy is an ancient form of treatment which involves being stung by bees.

Yep, really.

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Paltrow gushes about the treatment:

I’m always the guinea pig to try everything. I’ve got to try them all. I love acupuncture. Also, I just heard of a service called a sound bath, which might be too hippie-ish even for the likes of me. It’s some new healing modality. I might not be able to handle it.

But generally, I’m open to anything. I’ve been stung by bees. It’s a thousands of years old treatment called apitherapy.

People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful. I haven’t done cryotherapy yet, but I do want to try that.

Painful? Really? You do surprise us!

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What price beauty gwyneth paltrow bee stings

Aside from the obvious pain associated with the treatment, there’s something just damn wrong about this, on a whole different level.

Because, obviously, each and every bee is giving up its life for the sake of old Gwynnie’s beauty.

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And with the bee population in dramatic decline around the world, thanks to pesticides, disease and global warming, we don’t think their sacrifice is justified.

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As Greenpeace notes:

In recent winters, in Europe alone, bee losses up to 53% became a reality.

This dramatic decline in bee populations is the result of multiple factors such as diseases and parasites, climate change and wider industrial agricultural practices.

Monocultures and the extensive use of deadly pesticides are of special concern. Some pesticides are real bee-killers.

The next time you see a bee buzzing around, remember…

…that a third of our food crops are pollinated by bees and other insects. Up to 90% of all wild plants exist thanks to bees and other pollinating insects.

The economic value of pollination services globally provided by bees amount to some €265bn.

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€265bn—that’s $302 billion in real money—probably the amount Ms. Paltrow spends on her beauty regime each year.

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