Many of us make personal pledges to improve our lives at the
beginning of a new year. It would probably come as no surprise if
well-known celebrities or organizations made the following New
Paris Hilton: I'm going to do much more for others in 2013. I
plan to help feed the hungry by planting a lot more crops in
Justin Bieber: I intend to keep a lower public profile in
the New Year. But not before my new sitcom "Leave it to Bieber"
airs; my new line of wrist watches, Justin Time, is released; my
new autobiography "To Bieber or Not to Bieber" is published; and
the boy scouts change their motto to Bieberpared.
Kim Kardashian: I will try to keep trivial stories about my life
out of the media spotlight, unless it's something of national
importance, like losing my cellphone.
Lindsay Lohan: I pledge to be a better driver. Whenever I hit
pedestrians, I promise to stop three out of four times and, if they
are conscious, have my assistant given them a copy of my
Britney Spears: Whenever I write something funny in an email or
blog, I will not write LOL. LOL
Psy: To reflect how tired people are of seeing my Gangnam Style
video, I'll be changing my name to Sigh.
Marilyn Manson: I know I scare people; I even have to sneak up
on the bathroom mirror. I promise to use less Snooki-like makeup in
the New Year.
Bill Gates: I pledge to try and stop secretly hoping all Apples
are attacked by worms.
Mark Zuckerberg: I will launch a new web site called Fannybook
to complement my Facebook site. It will examine the other side of
PETA: We will be boycotting all physics textbook authors who
persist in using the cruel Schrödinger's cat paradox. Even
theoretical cats should not be subjected to forced confinement in
NRA: To increase spectator safety at sporting events, we will be
suggesting federal legislation that forces every baseball, football
and basketball fan to carry a concealed weapon.
Michael Phelps: I will put my gold medals on eBay, to pay off
the national debt.
Barack Obama: I believe this nation should commit itself, to
achieving the goal, before the year is out, of landing a man on
Mars. And that man is Donald Trump. Then we can discuss the merits
of returning him safely to Earth.
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