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Published: Wednesday, 1/21/2009

Michelle Obama rocks (Isabel) Toledo

"...as human beings we are capable of making sense of situations based on the thinnest slice of experience."

Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point.

HOLY TOLEDO: Michelle Obama rocked the fashion world with an Isabel Toledo dress that was designed to symbolize optimism, but we just wondered if she was cold. Turns out, no, because of "secret layers" of stuff to keep her warm. Meanwhile the first kids, Malia and Sasha, looked fetching in J. Crew. No word on dad's fashion as he opted for what seemed to go for a pretty straight-forward suit. Meanwhile, gobs of celebrities were out for the inagural balls. (RL)

FAMILY VALUES: Yesterday, Thin Slices presented you with Beyonce. Today it's her husband Jay-Z, who explains how he came up with his verse for Young Jeezy's "My President" honoring Barack Obama. (RL)

LET THE HYPE BEGIN: U2 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are putting out new discs within a month of each other, which means you'll be hearing an awful lot from both rockers. U2's new single, the awkwardly titled "Get On Your Boots" is already streaming online.. (RL)

DISCUSS AMONG YOURSELVES: The Dallas Morning News has named the best left-handed athletes in the world. Given that Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger Woods are not lefties, well, obviously these aren't the best athletes in the world, just the best lefties. (RL)

WE ARE ONE: That was the theme of the inauguration kick off Sunday in which a bunch of musical A-listers like Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, and John Mellencamp paid tribute as much to America as to President-elect Barack Obama. (RL)

WEIRD COURT NEWS: A Portugese businessman hacked off one of his fingers in court during a hearing on a debt he owed. He called it "an act of despair." We agree. (RL)

WEIRD ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: They never learn do they? Another actor, this time Joaquin Phoenix has decided he's a musician. A rapper, to boot. (RL)

Rod Lockwood


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