It's been almost a year since Anderson Cooper had a spontaneous giggle fit on his CNN show, "Anderson Cooper: 360." Last August, the veteran newsman who has covered serious stories from Kuwait to Baghdad lost his usual control during a "RidicuList" segment. The "RidicuList" is a humorous segment where the Silver Fox shares newsbits with commentary ranging from the sublime to the absurd.
So what made Andy lose it a year ago? The story was about French actor Gerard Depardieu urinating on the floor in First Class on board an Air France flight.
Although CNN is facing its worst ratings drought in 20 years, the indomitable Mr. Cooper is more popular than ever. Cooper's daytime talk show "Anderson" is finding its stride. In addition, Gloria Vanderbilt's distinguished son drew praise a few weeks ago when he courageously and publicly acknowledged that he is a gay man.
Fans appreciate the broadcaster for his thoughtful touch on hard-hitting news. Anderson is also much beloved for his wit. For example, during his appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens: Live" he admitted to host Andy Cohen that he is a super fan of the networks "Real Housewives" series.
To that end we present this week's RidicuList rundown. Here are three of Anderson's recent can't miss stories:
RidicuList: Fast food employee stands on lettuce
A Burger King employee posted a photo of himself online. This sounds harmless enough, right? The problem is that the employee was standing with shoes in lettuce served to customers. He has since been reprimanded and fired.
The company now has a public relations mess on their hands. Cooper added to their worries with a hilarious segment. His coverage included drive-through reactions to the grim photo, including a couple of teenage girls who brilliantly remarked, "Ewwww."
RidicuList: Life-size Hasselhoff cutouts stolen
Cumberland Farms is a retail convenience retailer at many gas stations in the Northeast and Florida. Their current claim to fame is a David Hasselhoff iced coffee cutout that keeps getting stolen from their various locations.
Cooper's witty review of the "situation" reviewed David's past as a TV star on "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch," and as Germany's unlikely heartthrob, and even a singer. Cooper also made fun of the company's tongue-in-cheek statement that, "The Hoff is here for all of us to enjoy." Oy vey.
The RidicuList: Classic novels
Apparently, the "50 Shades of Grey" erotica phenomenon has spurred publishing companies into action. The publishing world has been turned upside down in the past few years with the double punch of the recession and the rise of electronic books. There are reportedly erotic versions of classic novels such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sherlock Holmes" in the works from British e-publisher Clandestine Classics. The books will be enhanced with steamy scenes. Cooper joked that erotic enhancement should be added to home improvement tomes and cookbooks as well.
That Andy Cooper. Oh how we love him! For air dates and times, visit CNN.com.
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