Song-dance-act triple threat Kristin Chenoweth adds another sparkling talent to her resume. This month, the cheerful dynamo releases "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages" (Thouchstone, $25).

The 4-foot, 11-inch small-town beauty queen takes readers along her interesting ride. The Oklahoman reflects on her Christian roots and how she became Broadway star.

Gay fans will be interested in her "My New Philosophy" chapter, where Chenoweth recounts appearing on "The 700 Club" to promote her Christian music CD — after her boyfriend Aaron "The West Wing" Sorkin warned her not to.

The appearance had her gay fans miffed.

In an interview with Out magazine, she didn’t apologize for the "700 Club" appearance. Instead, she said, "Anyone who knows me knows I don’t agree with all that anti-gay stuff. They could just as easily say it’s a sin to be short. Well, I guess it is in the Miss Oklahoma pageant — but you know what I mean."

After that interview, Chenoweth was fired from "The Women of Faith" music tour.

— Daniel A. Kusner

A company in San Francisco has fused the bidet and toilet experience into one product. Introducing the Brondell Swash Eco-Seat — a high-tech toilet seat to trick out the bathroom.

It’s supposed to reduce toilet paper. And yes, I have one — it’s battery powered and easy to install. I simply press this button on the side of the seat, and a little wand sprays a jet of water on my hoo-hoo. The Swash has surprising accuracy. (There’s another button that’s aimed for the ladies).

I think it’s awesome. And whenever I have overnight guests and give them a tour of the house, I have them pull their pants down and sit on the throne and tell them to just press the button. Surprised, they usually exclaim, "Holy crap!"

Eco-seats are not cheap — starting at $400. But some people spend $125 on electric toothbrushes.

— Daniel A. Kusner

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 3, 2009.
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