Bill Clegg Discusses Drug-Fueled Fall From Grace and Comeback

Bill Clegg was supposed to die five years ago. He reached rock bottom, addicted to crack cocaine, the drug that plagued poor, inner-city communities in the mid-'80s, but which doesn't discriminate against successful professionals. They, too, can fall victim to its powerful hooks. In "Portrait of an Addict As a Young Man," Clegg, currently a literary agent for William Morris Endeavor agency,...

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Trending Topics on Twitter -- An Asylum Investigation

Twitter is like a collective consciousness for our nation. In real time, it tells us what Americans are talking (tweeting) about. And it's often unflattering. For example, Justin Bieber, who has been trending on Twitter for roughly 17 years uninterrupted -- and he's only 16 (take that Chuck Norris and Bill Brasky). In response, Twitter decided to update its algorithm to reflect what's...

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Red Bull Air Race World Championship Brings Its Cojones to the U.S.

Imagine speeding through an obstacle course at over 200 miles per hour. Take that image, then put yourself in a lightweight, single-propeller race plane maneuvering through a course -- which will be stationed over the Hudson River, adjacent to Ellis Island -- while sustaining forces up to 12 times normal gravity (G force) as the plane weaves through inflated pylons at just 10–20 feet above...

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Man Asks the Internet for Creative Ways to Defile His Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress

Share Therapy has many forms, and for the recently divorced Kevin Cotter, it is finding 101 different uses for his ex-wife's wedding dress. Some of them are practical, others just ridiculous, but they're certainly all different. Cotter tells Asylum that his wife of 12 years left him at the end of last year -- taking everything but her wedding dress when she moved out of their home. "I...

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The 2012 London Olympics Mascots Totally Look Like Penises

Some stories write themselves. This is one of them. The official mascots for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London were unveiled yesterday, and we couldn't help but notice that, well, most of our readers have already seen something that looks just like them. "After 18 months, 40 focus groups, and a secret operation worthy of MI5," British newspaper The Telegraph reported, "London 2012 on...

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The 5 Most Reckless Spy Couples -- Real and Cinematic

Ashton Kutcher and his 4,888,964 Twitter followers will be treated soon (figuratively, not by us) to "Killers," a spy film co-starring the lovely Katherine Heigl. Unbeknownst to Jen (Heigl), her husband Spencer (Kutcher) is a government-hired assassin who becomes the target of a big hit, and Heigl is forced to wield a gun to help defend him. "Killers" jogged our domes about the spy-couple...

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Asylum Investigates -- Former Classmates on High-School Basketball Imposter

If "Friday Night Lights", "The Blind Side", "Catch Me If You Can" and "The Ringer" mated, they would produce something like the shocking story of Guerdwich Montimere, the 22-year-old former Florida high-school basketball standout who posed as a fictional 16-year-old named Jerry Joseph in order to play basketball at a Texas school. After reading the details, we wanted to talk to classmates from...

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Want to Defy Gravity? What You Need Is an Action Choreographer

60-year-old Elizabeth Streb, an action-obsessed choreographer, dancer and founder of the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.), is more interested in learning to fly than retirement. She calls her choreography "PopAction," which intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus and Hollywood stunt-work. The result is a Cirque du Soleil–esque show that appears...

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Who Is That Dude on a Horse in the Old Spice Commercial?

If you've seen "the man your man could smell like," you may have wondered who he is (while trying not to hate a fictional character for talking to your woman like that). His name is Isaiah Mustafa. We're talking, of course, about the guy on a horse from that pair of Old Spice commercials, the first and most popular of which already has almost 9 million views on YouTube. A working actor...

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Parody of TV's 'Upfronts' Offers Nudity, Fake Penises and a Blind Neurosurgeon

It's the time of year when the major television networks announce their new crappy shows and put on big, glitzy, ass-kissing presentations to impress media and advertising executives. So says veteran comedian Michelle Maryk of the presentations called "upfronts," where networks attempt to excite advertisers with previews of the shows they have picked up for the fall season. The goal is to get...

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