Is it just me or has pop culture news been consistently and increasingly bizarre in my now 17 day absence from North America. Every other day I come back from a hours of liberating offlineness to find stories that just don't seem real: Oscars to have ten best picture nominees; Sarah Palin resigns on independence day weekend; and, of course, that whole Michael Jackson thing. And I realize this story is nothing in comparison to any of those... but seriously: Rupert Grint - the actor that plays Weasley in the "Harry Potter" movies - has swine flu!? Bananas.