Five pop culture items we missed

Today's catch: Young adults use phone to avoid talking to you, the Muppets' "Green Album," and more TSA profiling

By Drew Grant

Published August 16, 2011 10:30PM (EDT)

The Muppets and musical guests.
The Muppets and musical guests.

1. Album of the day: You must, must, must listen to "The Green Album," a compilation of artists ranging from Andrew Bird to Weezer and OK Go covering the hits of Muppets. You can stream it all here, or read the full story at NPR


2. Obvious fact of the day: A new study by the Pew Institute reveals that "30 percent of adults 18-29 have pretended to be on the phone in order to avoid human interaction." The other 70 percent are either playing Angry Birds or sexting, no duh.

3. Terrifying Twitter of the day: Courtney Stodden, the child (but not childlike) bride of 51-year-old Doug Hutchison, continues to prove her classiness online with updates like this:

You know what? I'm starting to feel bad for Doug Hutchison, creepy old guy that he is.

4. Empty threat of the day: "Gossip Girl's" Taylor Momsen has quit acting, "hopefully for the rest of (her) life." Of course, in order for this to be a legitimate news story, we'd have to have some evidence that Momsen ever participated in any sort of "acting" in the first place.

5. Registered TSA complaint today: Another one to add to the pile: The New York Times reports on the alleged rise of African-American women being targeted by airport security for hair pat-downs.

Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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