Morning radar: Three things we're talking about this morning
How not to start your morning: Not winning the most-thoughtful husband award, Actor Russell Brand apparently snapped a less-than-flattering shot of his wife, singer Katy Perry just waking up and then dumped it on Twitter for his 1-million plus followers to see.
Ms. Perry, known for never being seen anywhere without a expertly made-up face, is looking groggy in the pic with wrinkled brow. It seems she was less than pleased: the photo was quickly deleted (after, we presume, a "you-did-what?!?" conversation at the breakfast table) though, since nothing ever really vanishes in this internet age, the au naturel pic of the always-lovely Ms. Perry can still be found here.
If you have to go to work today, here's wishing you were this guy: Aaron Regent, CEO at Barrick Gold Corp. who earned, according to a new study, $24.2-million in 2009. The report found that, even in the midst of a recession, Canada's top CEOs earned 155 times more than the average Canadian worker, about $6.6-million to $42,988.
Still, CEOS did feel the pinch - the study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, which looked at the top 100 pay packages for CEOs at publicly traded companies, found that salaries had declined slightly since 2008.
But they still show an overall trend to a widening wage gap. In 1998, for example, the country's top 100 CEOs made only 104 times the wage of the average Canadian. The study's author, Hugh MacKenzie, points out that CEO salaries have outpaced inflation by 53 per cent - while average earning have risen above inflation by only four per cent.
Good thing we still have healthy pensions to get us through old age, right?
Diets debunked: Just in case you have been crumbling charcoal over your food like pop star Sarah Harding, or trying to reap the benefits of drinking your own sperm a la cage fighter Alex Reid, the London-based Sense about Science non-profit group has helpfully released its report debunking celebrity fad diets and faux-science claims. (Charcoal, the report says, might help absorb toxic molecules in gas masks, but doesn't do anything inside our stomachs (except perhaps turning them. Yuck.)
Sperm, alas, can't be reabsorbed into the body, a reproductive research scientists explains, making a condom the healthier choice.)
The same goes for the maple syrup, lemon and pepper diet promoted by Demi Moore and Naomi Campbell (not cleansing, just starving, says the report) and and the "blood type diet" that promoted by Cheryl Cole in Hello! Magazine that tailors your food to your blood type for weight loss. (Doesn't work, says a dietician speaking for the the British Dietetic Association.)
The report does, however, give kudos to Jennifer Aniston for quickly countering suggestions that she was on a baby-food diet, with a statement: "I've been on solid foods for about 40 years now." The sensible science people have this advice instead: "Energy and fitness come from....food and exercise: there are no shortcuts."