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The Water Cooler

Here are a few of the things in news, sports, entertainment and popular culture we’ve been talking about lately:

* Barbie doll-maker Mattel wins a copyright suit against the manufacturers of the competing Bratz line. Silly, because they’re nothing alike: Barbie is the trophy wife you take to the high school reunion and Bratz are the women you take home when the bar closes

and never tell anyone about.

* John McCain picks Sarah Palin , Alaska governor and former Wasilla, Alaska mayor, as his running mate. The senior class president of Wasilla High was already committed to a gig at Burger King.

* “X-Files” actor David Duchovny announces that he’s in rehab for sex addiction. The truth is out there and it’s icky.

* “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin says he’s working on a movie about the invention of Facebook. For the first time in cinematic history, the cliche “with a cast of thousands” actually will be true.

* New “Dancing with the Stars” cast member Kim Kardashian hurts her foot. Luckily, her foot has nothing to do with why she’s famous. Now, if she had hurt her butt …

By JOHN PRZYBYS (jprzybys@reviewjournal.com).

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