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Cher not dead: the beat goes on for celebrity death hoax

cher wins academy award

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Cher wins Best Actress for her role in "Moonstruck" at the Academy Awards (April 12, 1988).

Cher not dead, repeat, Cher not dead. 

Research be damned and hoaxes denied, Kim Kardashian picked up the seductively rotten scent of a celebrity death rumor last night and passed it on like a socially transmitted disease to her 12 million Twitter followers.

Over-sharing to the tune of three communiqués about the singer's questionable life status, the unverified masses threw nailpolish remover on the plastic fire, trending toxic fumes around the globe.

Gypsys, tramps, and thieves were all relieved in the digital wake of this old fashioned rumor to learn that the multi-award winning icon was a-OK.

Bright side? A somewhat relevant reason now exists for posting Cher's "Hell on Wheels" video.

Looking remarkably like a beer commercial, this early music video features the singer in zebra spandex outrunning a big rig on her roller skates. 


Kim Kardashian files for divorce after rocking supervillain Halloween costume this weekend - solo

2011 MTV Video Music Awards - Arrivals

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Kim Kardashian arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian And Khloe Kardashian Sears In-Store Appearance For Kardashian Kollection

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TV personalities Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian attend an in-store appearance for the Kardashian Kollection at Sears on September 18, 2011 in Cerritos, California.

Kim Kardashian, 72 days into her marriage and less than a month after her $10 million wedding aired on cable TV, has filed for divorce from her basketball-playing New Jersey Nets husband Kris Humphries.

I'm not someone who's followed the minutiae of the Kardashian lifestyle spread out over a dozen (or at least that's what it feels like) TV series, but as a comic book fan, I did see a story this weekend that caught my eye. She dressed up as a Batman supervillain for a Halloween party!

And not even a major villain. It was B- or potentially C-list Batman villain Poison Ivy. She's been depicted in a Batman movie, yes, but it was the Joel Schumacher-directed debacle "Batman & Robin," a movie which Schumacher has even apologized for and has thankfully been largely forgotten.

For those of you who don't know Poison Ivy, she's a plant-based comic book character who, in the last couple decades, has been revised to become an ecoterrorist, putting plants above human life with dangerous results Batman (and his faithful sidekicks) are forced to deal with. She's become an antihero in recent years, sometimes fighting greater evils and being depicted as not always being the one in the wrong.