When it comes to the Comedy Central cartoon "South Park," all bets are off when it comes to what it satirizes and who
it offends. The Church of Scientology wasn't laughing when the show poked fun at its religion in a 2005 episode. According to blogger and former Scientologist Marty Rathbun, the church was so angered by the episode that it allegedly launched a secret investigation to see what dirt it could dig up on "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Rathbun says that according to his anonymous sources, Scientology investigators looked through the "South Park" writers' trash, as well as their "phone records, bank records, and personal letters that expose some kind of vulnerability." According to Rathbun, the episode in question was called "Trapped in a Closet." In it, cartoon Scientologists called the religion "for-profit con" and "crap." Famous Scientologists John Travolta and Tom Cruise were also made fun of. The episode caused such a stir among Scientologists that Scientologist singer-actor Isaac Hayes, who voiced the "South Park" character Chef, quit the show. According to the blog post, an internal leaked memo hints that the investigation fizzled out because it wasn't going anywhere. The Church of Scientology did not respond to our request for comment. We also spoke with Rathbun, who told us that more information about the investigation will be revealed later this week. What do you think about this alleged investigation? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter!
Next up, the age-old battle between Halloween and dentists continues. This year one Ohio dentist is upping the ante. Craig Callen is offering kids $1 per pound of unopened candy for up to five pounds. To sweeten the deal, the dentist is even throwing in a toothbrush. Callen says in addition to tooth decay, candy doled out on Halloween can lead to hyperactivity, weight gain, and damage to braces. Callen and his associates will pay up to $1,000 in candy buybacks. When kids come to collect, they'll be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle. If kids aren't able to make the drop, Callen says the best way to prevent tooth decay is visiting a dentist twice a year--and brushing your teeth of course.