Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010

Miss Cleo's Psychic Friends Network

Mike is a 32-year-old male who just moved out of the parents' nest. His new walls are closing in, egging him on to find a mate to share his newfound freedom with. But nobody's around to listen to his complaints. That's when late-night television "lets you in on a little secret": Miss Cleo is available. Right around Y2K, a Jamaican accent permeated households with its pay-by-the-minute madness. "You killed a cactus," says Cleo to Mike, whose plant issues rank up there with his partner problems. Unlike 1-900 numbers that milk your money from the start, Miss Cleo gives you a free, 1-800 start, followed by a 99-cents-per-minute deal. By 2002, several states took action, against the former Psychic Friends Network star, leaving the Jamaican shaman in a pile of shame.