He’s on a roll! Ryan Gosling might be a dreamboat to some, but he’s the saving grace of British writer Laurie Penny, who says he prevented her from walking into traffic in New York this week.
“I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling,” Penny tweeted on Tuesday night, long enough after April Fool’s Day for it to not immediately be pegged as a prank. “Literally,” she continued. “That actually just happened.”
Eventually, Penny, whose stated interests include “journalism, feminism, tea and sedition,” (and now, not talking about Ryan Gosling) might have regretted tweeting that message, because a lot of people suddenly wanted to know more about her little Gosling escapade. After all, the actor had broken up a Manhattan street fight last summer. He’s always doing good things!
“EVERYBODY NEEDS TO CALM DOWN ABOUT RYAN GOSLING NOW,” Penny tweeted. “My phone and e-mail have been going crazy with media requests all night and all morning and it’s getting silly now.” Gosling eventually trended on Twitter because of the story. And Penny has vowed to leave Twitter, for the time being.
Fat Betty Francis
She used to be Betty Draper. Now, she’s @FatBettyFrancis. Yes, Don Draper’s remarried ex, shown on Sunday’s episode of “Mad Men” notably plumper (thanks to actress January Jones real-life pregnancy, a fat suit and some Hollywood makeup magic), has her own parody Twitter account.
And she really runs with the whole food thing. Her bio: “If there’s 3 things I love it’s Bugles, ice cream sundaes, and ATTENTION! #FBF” (She lists her website as tauntr.com, known for a joke or five).
“Somewhere there’s a fry at the bottom of a bag #foodforthought #FBF”
“What do they call it when you have postpartum depression but with waffles? #FBF”
“Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow in the frying pan whose delicious marbled fat I’ll be eating soon. #FBF #Bedtimestories”
Frosting. It’s not just for breakfast anymore!
— Betty Francis (@FatBettyFrancis) April 5, 2012
In the headlines
Yesterday @Beyonce — not a fake Beyonce — actually tweeted for the first time … to her nearly 3.6 million followers: “Hey World, It’s B! I’m so excited to invite you to my new http://beyonce.com – we’ve been working hard, and it’s finally ready for you XO.” A few hours later: A Twitter trend called, “Welcome To Twitter Beyonce.” Then, “National Beyonce Day.”
Last Thursday, people went ape for something called raspberry ketones, enough for “raspberry ketone” to trend on Google. Thank Dr. Oz for talking about the supplement, hyped as a fat burner, on his Fox show. On Sunday, one big April Fool’s joke was Google Maps’ 8-bit feature, a translation of Google Maps for Nintendo, pixelated blocky graphics and all. (See Google Maps on YouTube and click on “Google Maps 8-bit for NES.”) The move netted multiple Google trends.
Good news came for anyone who doesn’t just want old displays, but old photos. More specifically, those who want their new photos to look like old ones — because Instagram became available for Android. And lots of people tweeted about it.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco became a top Google Trend Wednesday after admitting, in an interview with Baltimore radio station WNST, that he thinks he’s the best quarterback in the NFL (not just one of the top five).
Levi Johnston torpedoed back into the news, and Google searches Tuesday, admitting to TMZ that his girlfriend is having a baby and it was unplanned, just like the birth of his son with Sarah Palin’s abstinence-promoting daughter, Bristol.
“Dumb and Dumber 2″ trended on Twitter Monday with the announcement that both Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels would be back for a sequel. Monday also brought searches for the 1940 Census and Aubrey O’Day. Flame-headed O’Day had stormed off a recent episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” while the recently released 1940 Census data had just arrived.
Trending is a weekly column monitoring Twitter, Google and the web.