5 Lunchtime Links: Dr. Phil diagnoses Kanye

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08/26/04 Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Dr. Phil addresses the audience at a taping of his show at Elgin High School on Friday August 27, 2004.
08/26/04 Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Dr. Phil addresses the audience at a taping of his show at Elgin High School on Friday August 27, 2004.

Matt Rourke/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Dr. Phil addresses the audience at a taping of his show at Elgin High School on Friday August 27, 2004.

1. Dr. Phil diagnoses Kanye.

Kanye’s Twitter tirades had gone on long enough without a doctor weighing in, but, luckily, Dr. Phil is on the case. Television personality and psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw offered a little insight into the mind of Kanye when he appeared on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show” Monday, Rolling Stone reported. “Does it really take a professional [to assess West]?” McGraw asked before commenting, “You can’t be wrong that many times in a row unless you’re working at it.” McGraw summed up “The Life of Pablo” artist by saying, “He’s just an artist who’s very, very passionate, like over-passionate, in what he does,” and, “You used to be stupid and get away with it.”

2. Willie Nelson releases Luck ranch reunion lineup.

Who can you expect to see when you pop in at Willie Nelson’s next month? Just as in years past the country singer is hosting a bash at his ranch west of Austin March 18 during South by Southwest, The Austin American-Statesman’s Peter Blackstock reported Tuesday. Previously called the Heartbreaker Reunion and renamed the Luck Reunion, the event will feature performances on its three stages by artists like Jenny Lewis, Billy Joe Shaver, Blitzen Trapper and more than a dozen others. Tickets will be available on the reunion’s site.

3. The ice cream diet that worked.

During an experiment for GQ Shane Snow took one for the team and dedicated himself to eating nothing but ice cream for 10 days. As sweet as the challenge might sound, Snow reported that he began to hate the restriction as early as the first day. In total, he ate 50 pints of ice cream during the 10 days and lost 9.9 pounds. Yeah, that’s right. Lost. Granted, Snow did only indulge in a very specific kind of ice cream. Halo Top, a low-calorie, high-protein ice cream that reportedly tastes a lot like regular ice cream. We don’t suggest you swear off all foods other than ice cream any time soon; ice cream is completely devoid of necessary vitamins and minerals, as became evident when Snow developed both a cold and canker sore.

4. Kate McKinnon does her best Ellen DeGeneres on “Ellen.”

Only one person does a better Ellen DeGeneres impression than Kate McKinnon and that’s Ellen. Get them both in the same room and you’ve got yourself a baby with twin dads type scenario. Which Ellen better rocks a white blazer? Which do we more want to dance with? What does the real Ellen think? Before McKinnon joined her on stage, Time reported, DeGeneres commented, “You’re like, well that’s such an exaggeration, I mean it’s funny, but it doesn’t sound like me at all,” but added the day following the impression she had friends calling to say McKinnon sounded just like the real thing.

5. Strikingly few Austinites participate in Houston-Austin bike ride.

Uncharacteristic of one of the United States’ most bike-friendly cities,  Austin only contributes about 900 cyclists to the BP MS 150 bike ride from Houston to Austin every year, Austin American-Statesman reporter Pam LeBlanc says. A total of 13,000 cyclists participate in the ride, which ends in a party near the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. That means less than 7 percent of the participants come from Austin. Organizers, who believe people generally see the event as more for those originating from Houston, are trying to bolster Austin participation by offering information about a shuttle service that can transport participants.


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