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at j.k. usa. "anderson cooper 360" starts now. thank you very much. good evening. we begin with breaking news. flood waters still rising from hurricane irene. rivers and streams still cresting as we speak. entire towns submerged or destroyed. this didn't end when the wind died down. this was and continues to be a very big deal and water is the reason why. you are looking at where the town of prattsville, new york used to be. parts of it washed away. everyone got away safely. they don't have much to return to. the correspondent who shot this compared it to joplin, missouri, after the tornado. she was stranded by rising flood waters. she joins us shortly. still stranded there actually tonight. irene dumped as much as a foot of rain on the northeast onto waterlogged ground and full rivers and reservoirs.
look at that truck trying to get through the water. the water has to go somewhere. it doesn't care what or who is in the way. this scene in new jersey where big military trucks were even having trouble getting around. from virginia to vermont rivers and streams overflowing. some above record flood levels or soon to be, largely because of flooding damage from hurricane irene could hit $7 billion making it one of the ten most expensive disasters in american history. up to 5 million people are still without power. lines are down nearly everywhere irene hit. several people were electrocuted. some drowned. the death toll rose to 27 when we learned of three deaths in vermont. more on the danger shortly, but first how we got there. saturday morning, 7:00 a.m., hurricane irene makes landfall as a category one hurricane. waves slammed the north carolina coastline as the storm had winds
up to 85 miles per hour. >> look at this. nothing but foam. the sea is white. just all churned up. whipped by this wind and, again, we are getting hit with some of the strong gusts right now. what you are looking at here is houses that are about under water in places. this is the bogue sound. you are looking at the bogue sound that's come inland here. there goes the camera. the wind and the rain. we have waves literally racing inland. >> irene drops 15 inches of rain causing massive flooding before moving north. in virginia, rivers swell, neighborhood streets fill with water. >> this is normally a road but it is a huge lake. it's a few blocks long and about three to four feet deep, way too deep for your car.
>> irene is still a category one hurricane when it hits new jersey sunday morning and winds and driving rain pound the shoreline. >> these waves are scary. >> in long beach, new york, waves surged beyond sand barriers to protect the city. >> you get a sense of the winds on the coastline. this boardwalk now -- it's breached it. street flooding is still a huge issue. >> a very serious storm. a category one storm. there have been fatalities. >> whoa. let's get out of here! let's get out of here. >> new york city is spared the brunt of the storm. only heavy rain and flooding in areas of lower manhattan. as irene continues, north vermont is pummelled. >> i was just woken up 15 minutes ago. the policeman knocking on my door telling me to get out of
town. we are flooded. >> hotels and residents are evacuated as waves crested the banks of the river. >> looks like the wetstone brook is flooding on route 9 in west brattleboro. bridge is out. main street is closed. haven't seen it like this in a long time. >> with waters continuing to rise and rivers increase in many states, heavy flooding could be a problem in the days to come. >> amazing how fast the water is moving. that's breaking news now. rivers still rising. vermont faces the worst flooding since 1927. 260 roads affected. numerous bridges including some straight off a picture postcard. this is a covered bridge just getting overcome with water. gary, what's the situation? >> reporter: we are in the northern part of vermont near
the state's biggest city of burlington. these are waters from the winewski river but the river is behind me about a quarter mile. this is a street and the flooding in northern vermont is just starting to crest as we speak a day after the tropical storm came through. but the worst damage and worst devastation is not in the northern part of the state. it's in the south where we spent much of the day. that's where creeks and brooks became raging rapids. hundreds of places that in some cases were just ponds where children used to swim became rapids. in three cases, there were fatalities. three people dead in vermont, another missing. it was incredible the sights we saw. at one place we saw rapids going through a building that had collapsed and was hanging over the waters. old timers we talked to have never seen anything like this. the state hasn't seen flooding like this for more than eight decades. fortunately the waters receded
but what we see during these catastrophes, the water recedes but problems don't. many of the homes, hundreds of homes in the state of vermont are full of mud now. here in northern vermont as soon as the waters start to recede homeowners will see their homes are full of mud, too and there are repairs to make. vermont is known for skiing, green mountains. it's not known for hurricanes or tropical storms. people are suffering greatly today. back to you. >> how long has the water been at that height at that location? >> right now it's really in the process of cresting. within the next couple of hours, authorities believe it will diminish. by tomorrow all this water, and there is a huge amount of water with a strong current. they think it will be gone. that's amazing about hurricanes and tropical storms. you see the water. we spent a lot of time in new orleans after hurricane katrina because of the levee failure.
that water stuck around a long time. this water will stick around but the problems here will remain for a long time. >> appreciate the update. a few hours west, a small town has suffered major damage. more video of the area around prattsville new york, established 1824. briefly a boom town for hemlock trees used in leather processing. there were 300 occupied homes here. now that's anyone's guess how many homes might be able to be occupied. megan cruz and her photographer from cable news are responsible for the video you are seeing. you said the town looked like it was wiped off the map. >> definitely. we arrived here probably late afternoon. this is not in our usual coverage but when we came it was all water. i would not have known there was an established community unless somebody said, do you see that
house there, there are supposed to be other houses there. >> you have been trapped there since last night, right? >> i have. let me give you an idea of the flooding. if you could follow me over here, can you see where the creek is now? imagine where i'm standing, that creek flooded to this point and a mile out of town even more. definitely this is flooding that no one has seen here before. the smaller roads around have been flooded. we are told there is no way for us to get out. >> for residents there, what comes next? when can they go back to their homes? >> it's on a case-by-case basis. some homes have been flooded in the basement. others, not so much. even more actually. they are saying some of the areas, two shelters or they are staying with family and friends on higher ground. it's different for every person. a lot of people have been affected. you can see the video we shot.
this town has just been devastated. there are parts of the main street that there are plots of land people are like, you know, there was a gas station there. there was a home there. it's just land that's been swept away. right now it's just recovery. >> have officials -- do they have a toll of how many properties have been destroyed. how many homes. >> they are still serving the area. of 800 residents in town, all have been accounted for. they did have to rescue 31 people on sunday. in terms of people they are still evaluating the property. >> you will stay there tonight for the same reason? >> that's what i heard. our assignment desk called me up and said they have spoken to the sheriff and the roads around us haven't been opened yet. i hope i can try to figure something out. at this point, yes, it seems we may have to stay another night. >> it's great they were able to rescue all the folks and no one lost a life or was injured. megan cruz, good luck to you.
thank you very much. >> thank you. >> let's turn to the bigger picture and chad myers in the cnn weather center. what does it look like? >> a lot of flooding still to go. we have all these purple maps now. purple spots. i want you to go to water.weather.gov tonight. if you are in these areas where the water has to run downhill to get to the ocean or the sound whether it's new jersey or into vermont or lake champlain, you can go and see what your creek or stream is forecast to do. it's a great website. you may want to take a hard look at what you might have to expect. something else people in north carolina had no idea they would expect today -- tornadoes. spinning storms headed to the outer banks where they can't even get out of there at this
point in time. next i want to show you rutland vermont. can't even get out of town. our ireporters said all the bridges are gone. and then tropical depression number 12. i know you want to hear about it. it's katia -- k-a-t-i-a -- kah-tee-ah is the pronu nunnunp. it's for hurricane katrina. they recycle names every six years but not if it is a memorable storm. tropical depression 12 forecasted to be a category two in five days. not far from where irene was. this looks more like a right-turning gutter ball than a land falling hurricane. obviously, anderson, we all know about the forecasts, how they come and go, turn left and right. too early to tell. we'll be watching. >> you see the pictures, hear the reporting and wonder what
you can do. of you can get involved on cnn.com/impact. we're going to stay on the story throughout the hour. update you on new developments. let us know what you think. we're on facebook. follow me on twitter. up next, a cnn exclusive in libya. nic robertson locating the pan am 103 bomber. the only person held responsible for the bombing of that plane and for all those deaths. stayed alive for two years after beg released from prison. you will hear what his family has to say about libya. and self-proclaimed prophet and child rapist warren jeffs. the latest on his condition. we'll tell you why he's now in a coma and he looks different than he did at trial. and whether the state can keep him alive against his will. >> new reports tonight in the
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[ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. talk to your doctor, and take care of what you have to take care of. a lot of late news from libya tonight. a claim that thomas gadhafi is son. he was head of the 32nd brigade. that's video of him visiting children in the hospital. reportedly killed in battle. an opposition official say he was wounded, died in a local hospital and was buried nearby. meantime his wife, his daughter and two sons, hannibal and mohamed have fled to algeria according to the foreign ministry of algeria. the new foreign government wants them back. they left behind a decadent life. officials uncovered case after
case, hundreds of bottles of fine bordeax and cristal champagne and the family's nanny, horribly burned. she said she was tied and tortured by hannibal's wife who poured boiling water over her. her failing was refusing to beat hannibal's toddler who wouldn't stop crying. over the weekend nic robertson located the pan am 103 bomber. here is his report. >> reporter: we found abdelbaset al megrahi's villa in an up scale part of town. at least six security cameras and flood lights outside. this is where al megrahi has been living for years. we'll knock on the door, see if we can get an answer. hello? for 15 minutes or so, nothing. i'm not sure if they have heard me. let's try the last ditch means to shout over the wall.
hello? hello! then all of the sunday, someone comes. nothing prepares me for what i see. megrahi apparently in a coma, his aging mother at his side. >> we just give him oxygen and nobody give us the advice and some food by injection. >> reporter: mm-hmm. >> if you see, his body is weak. >> reporter: he'd been expected to die almost two years ago, but convicted pan am 103 bomber abdelbaset al megrahi lives, only just. this wasn't the way he looked when he was released from a scottish jail two years ago. he came home to a hero's welcome, freed on compassionate grounds because doctors said he would be dead in three months. >> the only man in libya held responsible for the bombing so far. nic robertson joins us from tripoli with arwa damon.
his son commanded the feared militia in libya. reportedly, according to opposition, he's been killed. do we know about the circumstances surrounding his alleged death? opposition forces claimed before they have captured or killed people and it turns out not to be the case. >> that's right. in fact they have claimed khamis was killed on a number of occasions and that turned out not to be true. they are saying now he was killed in battle on sunday around 40 miles to the southeast of tripoli. they say they buried his body in the desert but they have put forward no real evidence. there are no images to corroborate their claims. they have in the past made allegations that certain members of gadhafi's family were detained. they then admitted it was part of the psychological warfare. until there is concrete evidence that he was killed this should be treated with a certain level of skepticism, anderson. >> other members of the gadhafi
family have fled to algeria. do we know how they were able to get there? it's not just women in the family. there are also two gadhafi sons -- mohamed and is it -- unis, i think his name is. hannibal, i'm sorry. >> mohamed and hannibal. and their children fled. i think most people believe gadhafi and his family were in the south and would have driven westward to the border with algeria. the crazy thing about the situation now. algeria is the only country that still recognizes gadhafi as a legitimate ruler here. they say they have taken the family in on humanitarian grounds. already the national transition council here says we want them back, we want to put them on trial -- unspecified charges so far. beyond that, they say if algeria doesn't hand them back, they will treat it as an act of aggression against the will of the libyan people. they are drawing a line in the sand here. you get the impression that they
don't want moammar gadhafi and anyone else going there. it's a message to al jeer ygeri too. >> we have seen a number of sons like saif, khamis who was allegedly killed with an active role in the militia, the government. are these the playpoissoboplayb. i know a bunch gave money to entertainers in st. bart's and clubs. are these people living off the state getting money from businesses and traveling the world. were they playboys? >> it would appear to be the case. hannibal had instances of allegations that during various visits to europe he was beating up police officers. on a number of occasions he was accused of breaking his wife's
nose. mohamed is gadhafi's oldest son, if i'm not mistaken, from a different mother from hannibal. neither of the sons have charges brought against them in the international criminal court. algeria saying it is allowing these specific family members access to the country on humanitarian grounds, but this is something that the national transitional council doesn't want to be an option for moammar gadhafi or saim or khamis. they do not want them escaping justice. >> we have pictures of hannibal's home, now occupied by opposition members. the nanny said she was burned with boiling water from hannibal's wife because she refused to beat their toddler son. quite a scene there. nic, you had remarkable images. you got into the home of the lockerbie bomber who was released by the scottish government two years ago. he looked in really bad shape.
i feel like i had seen pictures of him a few months ago in which he was at some sort of event. it looks like he's declining quickly. was that legitimate? you don't think -- he wasn't faking it while you were there, was he? >> you know, when you go into a situation like that you think in the back of your mind, are they faking it? i saw megrahi two years ago. he was ten feet from me on a stage at an event after he came back to libya. he looked much better than he does now. i got the impression that his family were tense, nervous. you got the impression they were low at that moment. just sitting in the room waiting for him, in a way, to die, if you will. he didn't look -- i kept looking. i went back to look at the video, did his eyes move, how was his head on the pillow, did it look like the pillow had been there a long time. his thin looked skin. when you looked at his wrists
they were thin. this did look to be a man perhaps on his last days. but not being a doctor, not doing proper medical checks you can't say with certainty his real state of health here. >> i know the u.s. still thinks megrahi should be behind bars. the national transitional council said they wouldn't extradite him but they are backtracking now, aren't they? >> they have left a bit of wiggle room here. they said, look, okay, when a government is formed they can decide and determine here. but there does seem to be a political element. they want megrahi's tribe to join the national transition council away from gadhafi. gadhafi went to great lengths to bring megrahi back to libya because he's from an important tribe. gadhafi wanted him on site. now the council wants to win over megrahi's tribe. this is one positive way to do it. >> very quickly, i hear gun fire
behind. is that celebration or is there fighting going on? and also you were taken to a compound where there were 150 or so civilian bodies or what looked like civilian bodies. what was that? >> first of all, the gunfire most definitely is celebratory, it's been going on since the rebels took over and it's the start of the celebration at the end of the holy month of ramadan. that location you were talking about, it was chilling. it was a small warehouse around 30 by 45 feet located on the back end of khamis's brigade head quarters. we spoke to a survivor who said he was picked up along with his brother for no apparent reason, held there for 18 days. there were people there for up to six months. there were 175 of them crammed inside this tiny warehouse. one day the guards said they
would be released. that same day at sun set the door opened. everybody inside thought the guards were going to be making good on their word and they were going to finally be set free. one survivor said they threw a grenade in the room, began opening with gunfire indiscriminately spraying people trapped inside. he managed to make a run for it. it wasn't until a few days later when residents felt safe enough to go back to the warehouse. when they opened the door they found the burned, charred remains of what volunteers tell us was up to 150 people that appeared to have burned to death, perished inside that tiny room. >> i wish i could say that's unbelievable, but it's all too believable given what we have already seen of gadhafi's regime. nic robertson, arwa damon, i appreciate your time. still ahead, syria losing the support of an ally given its support of anti-government
protesters. also the latest on the health of the polygamist leader warren jeffs. why he's listed in critical condition tonight in a texas hospital. these pictures you are looking at are from the trial. they are weeks old. we have a picture of him in prison that's pretty shocking. his followers remain committed to him. we'll look at that ahead. [ man ] behind every business is a "what if."
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coming up shortly, polygamist sect leader warren jeffs accused of sexually assaulting two kids is in critical condition in a texas hospital. these are pictures from inside the prison. he looks different. first we have a 360 bulletin. >> deadly new violence in syria. security forces cracked down on anti-government protesters in a number of villages killing at least 17 people and wounding dozens more. the president of neighboring turkey long friendly to syria said he's lost confidence in
asad's government. dick cheney's new memoir will be released tomorrow. he's already being criticized. former secretary of state colin powell said cheney is taking cheap shots at him and members of the bush administration. president obama announced the nomination of 50-year-old alan kreuger from princeton university. if confirmed by the senate kreuger will replace austin goo goolsby who will return to ak deem that. the nasdaq and s&p were higher. investors were encouraged that damage from hurricane irene wasn't worse, consumer spending is up and europe's debt crisis may be easing. it is official. beyonce is pregnant. she confirmed rumors last night at the mtv video music awards. she said she wanted to have a baby at age 30. she turns 30 next week. she and jay-z were married in
september 2008. how's that for a plan and sticking to it? >> good for them. congratulations. time for tonight's the shot. people were blue e glued to the coverage of hurricane irene. one reporter followed as the rain began to fall. this clip got a lot of air time. if you have seen it, it's worth watching again. >> jane haubrich from pennsylvania. the rain is coming down more than it was before. the wind is probably going faster. i think this is just the starting of it. i definitely feel it on my head just a tiny bit of rain. i think that this is probably going to be my -- i might think that it's the last of it, but if it's not, i will report back to you later.
and that's about it. back to you. >> you know, she's my tv coach. you probably didn't know it. i used to take classes with her. >> you do seem to have the same hand gestures. >> i'm working on them. she taught me everything i know. >> my favorite is at the end. she says, it's past my bedtime. i have to go now. a line i have wanted to use many times. >> all right. much more serious news ahead. polygamist leader warren jeffs in a coma in a texas hospital. this is what he looked like in prison. it's a very different look from weeks ago back when he was on trial. ultimately convicted of sexually say assaulting two girls he says were his wives. and the missing woman in aruba. a new report about the man held in connection with her disappearance. he reportedly said, she might be dead now. [ jim ] i need to push out an upgrade.
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he was hospitalized last night. he was fasting so there wasn't enough food or liquid in his system and he fell ill. he has other issues as well. the booking photo was taken after his conviction a few weeks ago. compare that to the older photo of him showing the full head of hair from an fbi wanted poster. that's the way he looked in trial on the right. can he still lead the church? is he still the leader? he was in county jail and spent thousands of dollars on phone calls to followers, effectively maintaining control over them. now contact with the outside world is more limited. now that's not an issue within his isolated community. >> reporter: warren jeffs may be in prison for the rest of his life. in the border towns of colorado city, arizona, and hilldale, utah, where thousands of jeffs' followers live he's still the prophet. >> do you believe the evidence
they showed the jury? >> i believe the evidence is ill-gotten and manufactured. that's what i have to go by. >> reporter: you believe it was -- >> i know the government can do that. >> reporter: it's a common sentiment. even though jeffs didn't deny having sex with minors. there is audio of jeffs coaxing his victims. >> you have to know how to be excited sexually and to be exciting, to administer that comfort and strength. and you have to be able to assist each other. no one just stands around. everyone assists. and you have to be prepared to be trained to do this, against the time i would need your help, the lord's help through you. so listen carefully as the lord intended that my ladies, all of my ladies, be trained. >> reporter: despite the evidence that remains strong suspicions of the world outside of the polygamous church incl e
including suspicion of reporters. now even more so. i want to ask you a question. i'm gary tuchman from cnn. i want to ask you a question. i was at the trial of warren jeffs where he was convicted. did you know about the conviction? did you know he was convicted? if you don't want to talk -- >> i'm not interested. >> reporter: you're not interested in talking to me. did you know he was on trial last week? is there anything you want to say about warren jeffs? willy jessup was one of jeffs's right-hand men until he realized jeffs was molesting children. he said followers are warned not to pay attention to news and if they speak to reporters -- >> they would be excommunicated from the church. they would remove all of the privileges of the community. >> reporter: were you aware he was on trial last week? were you aware of that? miss, can i ask you a quick
question? miss? can i ask you a quick question? can i ask you a quick question, ma'am? do you know what happened in that trial? >> i don't know anything about it. >> reporter: you don't want to know anything about it? how come? >> i don't want to. >> reporter: if i told you, would that offend you? the jury found him guilty. >> i don't want to know anything about it. >> reporter: how come you don't. >> i know the information i need to know. >> reporter: it's never been easy talking to flds members on camera. not that they are unfriendly. they're paranoid, downright scared. over the years i have interviewed several members who were later excommunicated. this follower named emil made the decision to talk to me. you believe this is a persecution of religion? >> you have to go back and analyze who hung jesus christ on the cross. >> reporter: so you are comparing warren jeffs to jesus christ? >> i do. >> reporter: he's in the same position? is he still your prophet?
>> yes, sir. >> reporter: even though he's in prison? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: arnold richter was excommunicated earlier this year for criticisms of warren jeffs. how many mothers do you have? >> five. >> reporter: he believes the conviction makes jeffs more influential. >> it's fascinating, but i do. they can build an image. he's not there to get in the way of the image. the image can be built into whatever they want. a perfect image. >> reporter: so he's become a martyr. >> yes. >> reporter: the jury didn't believe warren jeffs, but his devoted followers still do. gary tuchman, cnn, colorado city, arizona. >> so amazing to me that this exists still in the united states, this community here so isolated. up next, president obama to tour areas hit hard by hurricane irene. where he's going and when. and tonight a new report about the woman missing in aruba with a man being held in connection with the case told investigators in the hours after she
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what do investigators make of him saying she might be dead now? >> he thought the minutae of parsing phrases was crazy. that said he said, we don't see it as incriminating. the search had been going on for hours. it was dark. she hadn't been found. she was not an expert swimmer. so for giordano to look at his watch and say, she's probably dead now, they look at it as a fatalistic comment and not incriminating. >> we hold investigators they didn't purchase alcohol before she disappeared, but abc says he was so drunk investigators couldn't talk to him. do we know about his condition in the hours after gardner disappeared? >> we know first of all they didn't administer a breath analysis. we don't know if he was legally drunk. authorities say that there was no alcohol consumed at the bar. there was nothing on the bar tab
at the rum reef restaurant, the last place they were seen. there was a closed circuit camera that noticed a couple of times gary went to the car and came back. seemed mysterious. then authorities found cups in the car and they put two and two together that, oh, this guy doesn't like to pay for drinks in a bar. they find it cheaper to mix drinks in the car and consume it that way. we talked to former girls and he said he likes to b.y.o.b. they could have consumed a lot of alcohol without drinking it in public plain sight at a bar. >> the presence of alcohol would cast doubt on his story about them going diving. that's not the only part of the story that raises eyebrows. >> what's interesting is that from the get-go almost police began to have suspicions, particularly with the story of the snorkeling accident. that particular beach where they were snorkeling can be pretty treacherous. however, that day it was calm. i don't mean just slightly calm.
it was extraordinarily calm, incredibly calm. authorities said it is rarely ever that calm. and the investigators said we didn't feel the current. we didn't feel water trying to drag us back. they didn't struggle to get back on shore as giordano said they did. from that description they began to think, boy, this is not adding up right. >> fascinating stuff. of course the bottom line, she is still missing. the search is still going on. martin savidge, thanks for the reporting. breaking news. moments ago, administration officials announced president obama will be touring three states hard hit by hurricane irene. he'll go to virginia, north carolina and vermont. the fema director will spend time in the granite state as well. isha is back with a 360 bulletin. >> officials at yellowstone national park say a victim found dead was the victim of a bear attack. 59-year-old john wallace was
discovered friday. he died from traumatic injuries after being mauled by a bear. it's the second fatal bear attack at yellowstone this summer. a los angeles judge ruled details of michael jackson's sexual molestation case are off limits for the upcoming trial of dr. conrad murray. the defense wanted a detective to testify about drugs found during a search related to the molestation case. a judge said that's too far in the past to be brought up at the manslaughter trial. and nancy grace will reportedly be competing on the new season of "dancing with the stars." we will be watching. it's not been confirmed yet. >> get out of here. >> seriously. i have this image. you have seen "dirty dancing". >> yes. >> you know the one where jennifer gray runs and is hoisted aloft by patrick swayze? i have that image of nancy doing that move. >> hm, wow. >> can't you see it?
>> say that to her face. >> mm, no. >> you're scared. >> just a little bit. you say it to her face. >> she's sweet as can be. >> ask piers that, how sweet she is. >> really? >> ask him. >> did they have fisticuffs? i will. piers is next. do you want to weigh in? >> never mind irene. the sheer devastating impact of that news. nancy grace on "dancing with the star stars"? who would vote against her? there would be an eruption. >> that's right. >> i'll look forward to it. thanks, anderson. on the show tonight in the wake of hurricane irene which doesn't compare to tornado nancy. was it hurricane or hype? was it more about politics than policy and do we in the media
over react? i talked to people on both sides and ask a woman who could be the next mayer yor of new york what she thinks. and billionaire mark cuban tweeted he'll raise hell on my show tonight. i look forward to it as i'm sure you are. >> thank you very much. coming up, the ridiculous. head to head with conan o'brien in a winner take all battle over who has the best hair. don't count your chickens, conan. anananananananannouncer ] this...is the network. a living, breathing intelligence that's helping drive the future of business. in here, inventory can be taught to learn. ♪ machines have a voice. ♪ medical history follows you. it's the at&t network -- a network of possibilities...
to help move business... forward. the ridiculous is back. tonight we are adding the demon follicles that reside on the head of one mr. conan o'brien. i don't know if you heard, but some reports came out about an online poll asking who has the best head of hair on television. conan came in first. i was chosen second. a close second, but second nonetheless. in my defense it is hard to compete with a mane that can be molded into a giant red pompadour and he can do more stupid hair tricks than i can. watch this. >> we use a german cement and inject it here. then little steel girders are inserted. this is structurally sound.
watch what i can do. look at that. see that? can mike wallace do that? >> no. >> i didn't think so. >> i can. i'm not afraid to admit it. it stung coming in second. i have spent thousands of dollars at top salons. i try cutting edge hair products and i'm not afraid to take risks with my hair style as you see. the truth is i pay a nice guy named isaac, $16 and a $4 tip for my hair cut on the street and it looks the same all the time. how could i have lost to conan o'brien -- this guy? the report came out a couple -- seriously. how could i have lost to this guy? i don't get it. all right. the report came out -- here is a baby who has conan hair. i just want to share that. the report came out a couple of days ago and maybe i shouldn't have let it get to me. in the poll i came in way, way
ahead of fabio, ashton kutcher and even mario lopez. i left them in the dust, but it's that tousled mess of orange cotton candy that haunts my dreams so i wrote this on twitter. damn you, your ginger wave is number one. conan said, sorry but as long as there is blood in my skal scalp my hair shall defeat yours. not so fast. guess what? we checked the poll again today and, oh! oh! what do we have here? it seems the crimson tide has turned a shiny silver. check out number one. that would be one anderson cooper. conan o'brien is number two. sorry team coco. if you want to jump ship to team cuckoo you will be welcomed with open arms. i hope team cuckoo doesn't stick. let's look at the results again. read it and weep, conan. anderson cooper, number one --
oh, wait a minute. 24 votes? is that right? to nanne with 22. fabio with 14? why is he on the list? 70 votes for the entire survey? whatever. so it isn't a huge gallup poll. is the victory any less sweet because it comes from a few dozen people voting on the pert plus facebook page? i think not. it's not about how large the playing field is. it's about who wins. i won fair and square which is what i like to call my hair style, the fair and square. well, either that or the peewee herman. >> you're pretty much paler than i am. >> but not blonder. i considered going white before i came on the show just to match you. >> well -- >> it's a lot of work though. very little pay-off. it's working for you, but i don't think it would work as good for me. >> in my mind i have brown hair. i'm shocked when i look in the mirror. >> i love