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A Brush With Infamy

The Paul Mitchell 413 Sculpting Brush.

Along with the bleeps and shakedowns, the Rod Blagojevich scandal gave journalists the opportunity to recycle a favorite anecdote: the one about how Blago insists on having a special hairbrush with him -- nicknamed the "football," like the nuclear launch codes that accompany the president at all times -- and goes ballistic when he can't put his hands on it.

What is this magic hairbrush? It's a Paul Mitchell -- probably the black 413 Sculpting Brush, the company's bestseller, offered exclusively in salons for just under $8. "It has perfectly spaced ball-tipped nylon pins that detangle wet or dry hair," company spokeswoman Jenny Overdevest told us yesterday. "In essence, it's very multipurpose."

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
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English novelist, Howard Jacobsen, in his satirical novel, No More Mr Nice Guy, narrates an entirely different use for a hairbrush. His use would explain Blagojevich's obsession for the "football."

Posted by: bridson | December 17, 2008 6:16 AM | Report abuse

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