Courtesy NBCUniversalThe current cast of "The Bad Girls Club" on Oxygen: they look nice

“Bad Girls Club” casting catfighters in San Francisco

Rejoice, unpleasant people of the Bay Area: reality television is calling.

The Oxygen Network's “The Bad Girls Club” is trawling San Francisco for potential cast members at Cobb's Comedy Club today. Applicants (21 and older, folks — decisions this bad shouldn't be made by a minor) could end up living in a mansion with six other self-proclaimed “Bad Girls” while trying to turn their lives around.

For a while, anyway. The contestants are regularly kicked out of TV's poshest halfway house, with previous violations including punching, kicking, and writing really, really mean blogs about other contestants.

Cast members could even end up on other Oxygen shows such as “Bad Girls Road Trip,” “Bad Girls All-Star Battle” and “Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love.”

The application, available at bmpcasting.com, evaluates applicants and their ratings potential through just three questions. (Including, “What makes you a Bad Girl? Be specific.”) It also requires three pictures (four with a head shot). Auditions are at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.

ALDA PUTS SCIENTISTS TO TEST

Alan Alda wants to shed light on one of the great mysteries of human existence. And he's offering a $1,000 prize.

The “M*A*S*H” star and part-time communications professor has challenged scientists to explain sleep so even a child can understand it — how it works and why we do it, not why kids should respect their 9 p.m. bedtimes.

It's the latest Flame Challenge sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York, according to The Associated Press. Prior contests asked scientists to explain fire, time and color in ways that are engaging enough for kids to follow.

A previous winner explained color as the way our eyes interpret the reflection of light off objects, and why dogs make terrible wardrobe advisers (they're partially color blind). Scientists have until Feb. 13 to submit answers — in writing, video or graphics — at centerforcommunicatingscience.org.

QUICK TAKES

Saxophonist Bobby Keys, a longtime Rolling Stones collaborator featured on “Brown Sugar,” died Tuesday after a long illness; he was 70. … Librarian Michael Beller of Oakland's Mills College is among 10 winners of the I Love My Librarian Award, a nationwide honor that includes a $5,000 prize.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Julianne Moore (“The Hours”) is 54. … Singer Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship is 65. … Singer Ozzy Osbourne is 66. … Director Jean-Luc Godard (“Breathless”) is 84.

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