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When it comes to contract rider demands, Sarah Palin is no Mariah Carey

When it comes to contract rider demands, Sarah Palin is no Mariah Carey

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Students at California State University at Stanislaus recently dug through trash to find Sarah Palin's appearance contract hospitality rider in advance of a speaking engagement on campus.

There are some humorous parts. The ex-Governor insists on bendy straws for her water,  a certain type of jet (a LearJet), and a specific type of ground transport (either an SUV or a black town car). This reader also demands magazines in her dressing room — all the magazines.

Still, it's all pretty tame compared to the litany of outlandish demands in some celebrity contract riders.

Jennifer Lopez reportedly requests all-white room decor and Mariah Carey needs puppies to brighten her mood before shows (although this was prior to her marriage to Nick Cannon who, we assume, has assumed the role of lap dog). Prince likes to unwrap his room upon arrival (reportedly insisting that it be covered in plastic wrap before his arrival). Van Halen started it all with their odd request for a bowl of M&Ms minus the brown ones. 

But Palin's just getting started. I'm picturing her in three years: She'll be Mariah-esque in her divadom, complete with Glenn Beck as used-gum attendant.