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U.S. vs. North Korea Nuclear Showdown Bomb Shelter Business Explodes

8/10/2017 10:53 AM PDT

The nuclear brinkmanship between the leaders of North Korea and the United States has been good for at least one business ... bomb shelters.

We did some digging, just like the companies that are offering to trick out the homes of fearful Americans for a hefty price. Here's what we found.

-- Atlas Survival Shelters has sold more than 30 units in the last few days. The company is based in Southern California but the orders come far and wide ... as far away as Japan. Models start at around $10k. The owner says he considers himself the Henry Ford of bunker makers because he's making them "affordable for the everyday man." Top of the line goes for $165k. The owner tells us in the last 3 days he's sold as many shelters as he would have sold in 1 year, 6 years ago.

-- Rising S Bunker offers a starter bunker for $45k but the top-of-the-line, "The Aristrocrat," will set you back $8.35 million.  

-- Vivos can dig 30 feet underground and customize your bunker ... starting at $35k. They're luxurious, a full size kitchen, spa, pool tables, but that'll cost you extra.

-- Safecastle offers a $19k bunker which is bare bones but it could still save you ... so they claim.

Check out the pics ... they're not your granddaddy's bomb shelters.

Dustin Diamond Screech Needs Scratch ... Guzzles Chewing Tobacco Spit for $25

8/1/2017 11:42 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Saved by the Bell" star Dustin Diamond will stoop to disgusting levels to make a quick buck, but at least it was for the sake of comedy ... we think.

Screech headlined a comedy game show at The Rialto Theatre in Akron, Ohio Saturday night and took it upon himself to participate in one of the challenges to win a cash prize ... and he went all out for $25.

The challenge was to take a shot -- but it was 50/50 odds whether it would be bourbon or someone's chewing tobacco spit. It didn't seem to matter to him, though ... as long as it resulted in the audience buying some of his merch.

The strangest part -- Dustin had already earned his 25 bucks BEFORE he took the shot of spit, so he just did that for show ... and extra t-shirt sales.

Bobby V I Didn't Hire a Hooker ... I was Extorted!

7/31/2017 3:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bobby V says he's the victim of extortion after a video surfaced of him allegedly skipping out on a prostitute.

Bobby's rep tells TMZ ... the R&B singer vehemently denies the person he hooked up with over the weekend was a prostitute, and says he's now being extorted after the person filming him realized who he was.

The rep went on to say, "Misrepresentation and deception were maliciously used to target Valentino; during the encounter, Valentino was victimized and threatened by acts of extortion which continued after his departure was captured on video."

Bobby's rep also said he's reported the extortion attempt to law enforcement.

As for the claim made on social media that the woman was transgender -- the rep says Bobby had no idea.

Reptile Smuggling Sssuspect Busted for King Cobras in Potato Chip Cans!

7/25/2017 3:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Three deadly king cobras were illegally shipped into the country under cover of U.S. postage stamps and potato chips.

Federal agents arrested a California man for smuggling the killer reptiles using the U.S. Postal Service back in March. The snakes were discovered by Customs and Border Protection agents who inspected the package and discovered the 2 foot long cobras -- each in its own potato chip canister. The cobras can grow up to 18 feet long. On the non-lethal side ... he also allegedly smuggled 9 turtles.

Feds say the man admitted similarly smuggling TWENTY other king cobras in 2 prior shipments ... but they were all DOA.

The sssuspect was charged Tuesday with one count of illegal importing and faces up to 20 years in prison.

As for the 3 cobras -- we're told 2 are in the San Diego Zoo, and the other is getting snake charmed ... by God. It died.

Bill Cosby Accuser Chloe Goins Busted in Bizarre Jail Lot Incident

7/24/2017 12:55 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Cosby accuser Chloe Goins could be in a heap of trouble after she was arrested on two felonies, and the lead-up to the bust is bizarre ... TMZ has learned.

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office tells TMZ ... Chloe was arrested Sunday on suspicion of two felony counts -- possession of a controlled substance in prison and bringing alcohol into a prison -- after cops found her sitting in her car just before midnight in the parking lot of the George F. Bailey Detention Facility.

Cops tell TMZ Goins was found with a substance suspected to be heroin but it's unclear what she was doing at the facility. We're told she was taken into custody without incident. She remains in jail with bail set at $25k.

Chloe's attorney tells TMZ ... "Our primary concern at this time is for Ms. Goins’ well-being, not media or press attention. I’d like to remind the public that an arrest is not a conviction, nor is it evidence or admission of guilt."

Goins' case against the comedian is still ongoing.

Kristaps Porzingis Stars in Weirdly Sexy Latvian Commercial

7/6/2017 10:25 AM PDT

What happens when you mix credit cards, erotica and Kristaps Porzingis

Arguably the best commercial of the NBA offseason. 

Feast your eyes on a Latvian ad for the Visa "X" card starring the New York Knicks phenom -- where Porzingis gets felt up by an extendo-arm from the heavens.

On its way to big daddy KP, the happy hand also gets friendly with honey, b-ball shoes and a Chow Chow  ... while the sexy 80's jam "Oh Yeah" bumps in the background.

We don't really get it ... but we're kinda turned on. 

Taylor Swift Bizarre Congrats to Russell Westbrook ... Who She's Never Met

6/27/2017 6:30 AM PDT
Breaking News

This is weird and fun ...

Taylor Swift just made a congratulations video for newly crowned NBA MVP Russell Westbrook joking with the guy like they've been buddies for years -- even though they've never met.

The Oklahoma City Thunder star got the award Monday night -- and hours later, Taylor released the video saying, "Russell, it’s Taylor. Remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball?"

She jokes that she taught him everything he knows about basketball ... he gave her the idea for "Shake It Off" ... and that they go back 20 years.

She then admits they've actually never hung out together once. 

Kinda funny. Kinda weird. Kinda sweet.

What's interesting ... Taylor really hasn't done any public interviews or appearances since February -- so this is sorta like her reintroduction to the spotlight. Who'da thunk she woulda used the NBA as a way in?

Who cares ... welcome back!

French Fitness Model Killed by Exploding Whipped Cream Can

6/22/2017 7:54 AM PDT

French fitness blogger Rebecca Burger died after a whipped cream can exploded onto her chest ... according to her family. 

Rebecca, who was popular on Instagram, was killed last weekend in a totally bizarre accident. Her family says the pressurized canister blew up, hit her chest and triggered a heart attack.

The hit reportedly sent her into cardiac arrest, which ultimately led to her death.

The family also posted a pic of a whipped cream canister with a warning about using similar products. They claim "thousands" of defective ones are still in circulation.

Rebecca was 33.

Shaq Paints Monster Toenails ... with Glitter Polish

5/31/2017 3:13 PM PDT
Breaking News

In an obvious response to the intense hate he got for baring his gross feet on TV, Shaquille O'Neal took a trip to the nail shop ... and got a full monster foot makeover. 

It was kinda like that scene from "Dumb and Dumber" at first (see below) -- but Shaq decided to end his session with a layer of sparkly toenail polish. 

No word on how much he paid the woman for the foot job ... but it wasn't enough!!!

Real Life Benjamin Button Old Man Baby Born In Bangladesh

5/27/2017 8:00 AM PDT

A newborn in Bangladesh has something in common with Brad Pitt -- or at least a classic movie version featuring him as Benjamin Button, a person whose age goes in reverse.

The baby was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called Progeria at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. As you can see ... the baby looks like an elderly man at 1 day old.

Children suffering from progeria syndrome appear to age faster than usual. There is no specific treatment for the disease.

The Joker Look-Alike Busted Allegedly Pointed Gun at Drivers

5/24/2017 12:48 PM PDT

The Joker has been arrested ... again ... this time well outside the Gotham City limits.

29-year-old Lawrence Patrick Sullivan -- whose face is tatted up like Batman's archenemy -- was busted in Miami Tuesday after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at drivers passing an apartment complex.

Responding officers say they found Sullivan with a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun in his pocket. Cops were responding to multiple calls earlier in the day about an armed man who resembled the Joker.

He was booked for carrying a concealed firearm, and bail was set for $5,000.

Stand down, Bruce Wayne.

Shia LaBeouf Spare Me the Art ... I Came to This Museum to Dance!!

5/17/2017 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Shia LaBeouf made Helsinki's contemporary art museum, Kiasma, his total bitch ... by turning the place into his personal dance studio.

Shia was visiting the Factory of the Sun exhibit by Hito Steyerl when he decided to start dancing around like a maniac. According to another visitor there last week, the exhibit is a 23-minute video meant to be enjoyed while relaxing in lounge chairs. As he tends to, Shia took his own approach ... with a friend.

We're told Shia was part of another project at Kiasma called Alone Together ... which involved live streaming from a remote cabin in Finland to a cabin inside the museum. 

Looks like his desire to dance was more alluring.

New Orleans Cyclist Hit By Stray Bullet All Caught on Video!

5/16/2017 12:07 PM PDT

A cyclist riding in New Orleans got hit by a stray bullet from a shooting nearby ... and the whole thing was caught on video.

Christopher Weiss was cruising along with his cycling club in NOLA, when all of a sudden he shrieked in pain and had to pull over. As it turns out ... he'd been shot.

One of his fellow riders caught the entire encounter on their mounted bike camera, as another attended to his wound. It's pretty crazy -- you can see the exact moment he was hit ... even though you don't hear gunfire.

Luckily for Chris, it was only a minor flesh wound, and he's expected to make a full recovery.

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