The Water Cooler

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

* Radar Web site photographs Olympian Michael Phelps caressing bunny butt at Las Vegas’ Playboy Club. Join the rest of the U.S. and make your own “breaststroke” joke.

* O.J. Simpson’s latest trial begins in Las Vegas. A referendum for some future ballot: A law prohibiting Simpson, Pacman Jones and any other pro football player, past or present, from ever again stepping foot inside the Clark County limits.

* Las Vegas-based pro golfer Natalie Gulbis reportedly will appear on Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.” This hardly seems like the smartest way to investigate a possible post-golf career.

* “Star Trek: The Experience” closes at the Las Vegas Hilton. So depressing, like Scotty must have felt when he was retrieved from the transporter in that episode of … oh, never mind.

* The biggest controversy at MTV’s Video Music Awards revolves around the Jonas Brothers’ purity rings. And MTV officially becomes your creepy older cousin who doesn’t realize he’s no longer “hep.”


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