If you can't say something nice, you're probably Weakest Link's tongue-lasher Anne Robinson
Survivor is soooo last week. Far scarier than a rat kebab is to be skewered by the schoolmarmish Anne Robinson, host of the new game show Weakest Link. Some of her zingers as collected on nbc.com
•"This is a general-knowledge game, not a home for the bewildered."
•"You had a surprisingly good round. Was that a mistake?"
•"The last round was a masterful display of memory loss and stupidity."
•"Is there no end to your ignorance?"
•"You should request a refund from your university."
•"You're quite honestly the most stupid person I have ever met. Are you intelligent enough to be on the show?"
Masochists can surf over to members. fortunecity.com/theweakestlink and listen to audio versions of more arch insults. But those who do, as Robinson might say, would appear to be missing a link or two.
My Favorite Sites
The Olympic figure-skating champ turns triple lutzes for Web tunes. "I'm turning into an MP3 freak," says Hamilton, 42, who goes to mp3.com and used to visit napster.com to add to his laptop's music collection. "People post things that you can't get in record stores," says Hamilton, who retired from the Target Stars on Ice tour in April. He also logs on to check up on the tour schedules of a rocker friend, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen (cheaptrick.com). His favorite hockey team rates Hamilton's bookmark as well: the NHL's Colorado Avalanche (www.coloradoavalanche.com).
I think my e-mails are being intercepted by my best friend's husband. I suspect this because he gets up early and this is when my messages are being read. Should I tell her?
Yes, it's a good idea to get to the bottom of this. Her hubby shouldn't be snooping in her in-box—or, if they share an account, reading messages addressed to her without her permission. (In his newfound free time, maybe he could whip up breakfast.) If, on the other hand, they regularly read each other's e-mail, they ought to let correspondents know—although even soulmates should allow each other some private girl or guy talk.
Is it rude if someone you know checks e-mail all day doesn't reply to your message until much later?
If the note wasn't urgent, chill. Give business colleagues at least a day to reply; friends, a couple of days. They just may have other things to do.
Building a Dream Mouse
Computer mice don't have to look mousy, as celebrity cheeses demonstrated for an auction benefiting the Destination Foundation which funds trips for gays and lesbians with life-threatening illnesses. Among the faux rodents up for bids through May 16 at tailsofthecity.org:
•A critter fashioned out of the mineral jadeite by Martha Stewart
•A pair in judicial robes from TV's Judge Judy and husband Judge Jerry
•A mole-adorned mouse by Cindy Crawford
•A spider-mouse crafted by an artist friend for Will & Grace's Megan Mullally. "I told her, let's do something cool," Mullally says.
•A mouse decorated with Brady Bunch squares and a signature by Florence Henderson
•And, our favorite, a mouse wearing the sneakers and cardigan of Fred Rogers. "The best thing about computers is the way people use them to send personal caring messages to one another," Mister Rogers says. "Just imagine how many computer mice have made it a more beautiful day in someone's neighborhood."