1. Seinfeld plot: A New York Public Library investigations officer named Mr. Bookman comes after Jerry to track down a copy of the Tropic of Cancer that Jerry took out in 1971 and never returned. At the cost of a nickel a day for 20 years, Kramer surmises, such a long-term offense will cost Jerry $50,000. After conducting his own investigation, Jerry finds that it was the Tropic of Capricorn he returned so many years ago, not the missing Tropic of Cancer. He relents and writes a check (for much less than $50,000) to the library.

    Real-life story: On Feb. 4, a branch of the New York Public Library received a long-lost copy ofThe Fire of Francis Xavier, 55 years after it was first checked out. While the real-life literary fugitive wasn’t apprehended by the dedicated efforts of a humorless library cop, he or she clearly felt some shame, opting to send the book through the mail instead of dropping it off in person. 

    Seinfeld plots that happened in real life

     

  2. 7 things CBS won’t let you wear to the Grammys: 

    1. Clothing that exposes “bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack”
      This could be a big problem for that rumored 13th anniversary performance of Sisqo’s "Thong Song."

    2. "Sheer, see-through clothing that could possibly expose female breast nipples"
      Good news, gentlemen — you can show your “breast nipples” all you want!

    3. Clothing that exposes “bare sides or under curvature of the breasts”
      What about legs, CBS? Who will stop this bare legs phenomenon that’s been plaguing the nation?

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  3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel may dump Daniel Craig

     

  4. Girls recap: Hannah the antihero — This week’s episode takes the series’ self-absorbed protagonist to a new low. 

    Girls has been laser-focused on Hannah this season, at the expense of characters like Jessa, Shoshanna, and even Adam, whose failure to show up in “Bad Friend” is particularly conspicuous after his arrest in last week’s episode. Hannah is a legitimately fascinating character — and certainly the most groundbreaking to emerge from Girlsbut the show can sometimes feel as obsessed with Hannah as Hannah is obsessed with Hannah — and that’s not a good thing.

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  6. Dear Abby: My boyfriend is going to be 20 years old next month. I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he’d like? —Carol
    Dear Carol: Nevermind what he’d like, give him a tie.

    Dear Abby: Our son married a girl when he was in the service. They were married in February and she had an 8 1/2-pound baby girl in August. She said the baby was premature. Can an 8 1/2-pound baby be this premature? —Wanting to Know
    Dear Wanting: The baby was on time. The wedding was late. Forget it. 

    Here, 13 of Dear Abby’s best zingers.

     

  7. "I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely." 

    Jodie Foster gave a somewhat confusing but overall endearing speech at last night’s Golden Globes upon winning the Cecil B. DeMille award. Watch it here.

     

  8. Today is David Bowie’s 66th birthday, and he decided to celebrate by offering a present to his legions of fans: The surprise release of “Where Are We Now?” — Bowie’s first new song in 10 years. 

    With “Where Are We Now?” Bowie may have mounted "the most surprising, perfect, and welcome comeback in rock history," says Neil McCormick at The Telegraph. Give it a listen.

     

  9. Gillian Anderson almost played Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham. According to Entertainment WeeklyThe X-Files' Dana Scully revealed to TV Guide Magazine that she had been offered the role of Cora Crowley, also known by the title Lady Grantham, but decided to turn it down. The part eventually went to Elizabeth McGovern, who earned an Emmy nomination in 2011.

    5 fascinating facts about Downton Abbey

     

  10. Ke$ha’s “Die Young” pulled from radio stations across the country: Pop star Ke$ha’s unfortunately titled new single “Die Young” has taken a big hit in the wake of the shooting. TMZ reports that the song reached 167 million listeners on Friday, but had dropped all the way to 148 million listeners by Monday — a decline rivaled only by the Dixie Chicks’ disappearance from country radio after they criticized President Bush at a concert in 2003.

    10 ways the entertainment industry is being sensitive to the Connecticut massacre

     

  11. The most Googled search term of 2012? Whitney Houston. 

    Here, the top ten

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  12. Oh my goodness. Caption this photo

    PHOTO: AP Photo/Kevin Wolf

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  13. The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name — Norville Rogers. 

    22 fictional characters whose names you don’t know 

    (via Mental_Floss)