Thursday, April 22, 2004        Edition: #2773
Eat, Breath Sheet!

TONIGHT at Talladega Speedway in Alabama, 4 women who won a Taco Bell contest get a chance to ‘speed date’ with NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr (basically dinner, an autograph and maybe a ‘pit stop’ before he speeds off elsewhere) . . . FOX-TV is moving to a year-round program schedule and will premiere 6 new shows THIS SUMMER (hurray, could reruns become a thing of the past?) . . . Look closely and you’ll see that the host of TV’s “Monster Garage”, Jesse James, has a new tattoo on his wrist that reads ‘Sandra’ – for steady girl Sandra Bullock (guess she’s a real grease monkey) . . . A spokesperson for Clairol says the company is reconsidering using “Apprentice” vixen Omarosa in Herbal Essence Shampoo ads after being bombarded with calls and e-mails threatening to boycott it’s products (wow, talk about the woman you love to hate!) . . . Word has it Barbra Streisand is planning a huge fundraiser to support Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry that will likely take place at her Malibu estate and include oodles of her Hollywood friends (wait, does she have any left?).

• John Mayer – TONIGHT he’s on “Late Show With David Letterman”.
• Sheryl Crow – She’ll perform on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to LA on MAY 4th to promote the airline’s partnership with Sony’s new ‘Connect Online Music Service’.
• Coldplay – Chris Martin says he sings & plays his guitar for his unborn child every day. Actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow is now 7-months-pregnant. Meantime, word has it the band’s planning a big concert tour for 2005.
• Mario Winans – TONIGHT the “I Don’t Wanna Know” singer is on “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”.
• Beyoncé – She’ll reportedly perform SATURDAY aboard the ‘Queen Mary 2′ for a cancer benefit. The new Cunard Line flagship arrives in NYC harbor THIS MORNING on its maiden voyage.
• Creed – Frontman Scott Stapp has become a real estate mogul with some $15 million-worth of properties in Hawaii and elsewhere under his Lion’s Share Holdings banner.
• Jessica Simpson – She’s scheduled to launch her edible perfume collection ‘Dessert’ in NYC this FRIDAY.
• P Diddy – He’s opening a boutique for women on Fifth Avenue in NYC that will showcase a female line of his Sean John clothing and a new women’s fragrance.

NEXT MONTH the horror sequel “The Ring 2″ begins shooting, starring Aussie actress Naomi Watts & Sissy Spacek . . . Will Ferrell will next star in “Fly on the Wall”, about a down-on-luck lawyer whose life improves after he innocently saves the life of a fly . . . David Hasselhoff is looking to produce & co-star in a bigscreen version of his 1980s TV show “Knight Rider”, which he says won’t be a ‘joke version’ like “Starsky & Hutch” (uh Dave, the show was already a joke) . . . Reese Witherspoon will produce & star in “The Proposal”, a romantic comedy that follows a couple as they plan their wedding . . . When “Mission: Impossible 3″ begins shooting in AUGUST, it will be “Matrix” actress Carrie-Anne Moss (Vancouver BC) co-starring with Tom Cruise . . . The sequel “Shrek 2″, like its predecessor, will compete at the “Cannes Film Festival”, opening MAY 12th . . . Shock-jock Howard Stern has reportedly hired screenwriters to develop a script for yet another remake of the ‘80s high school comedy “Porky’s” – which has already spawned 2 sequels.

Highlights of a new Gallup International poll on bedrooms …
• 75% of people surveyed say they make their bed daily. (Well what are you gonna say? Your mother might find out!)
• People who frequently change their mattresses have more sex. (That’s the reason they have to keep changing the mattress!)
• The most common fixture in bedrooms is an alarm clock or clock radio. (Gee, you’d think it would be a bed, no?)
• 20% of North Americans like to have sex outside the bedroom. (Or maybe ‘would like to’.)
• Out of 27 countries surveyed, Malaysians sleep the least – an average of just 6 hours, 36 minutes per night. (What the hell’s going on in there? Keep the noise down!)
• Russians are the least satisfied with their bedrooms. (It can be stressful having 4 generations sharing a 6-by-8 closet.)
• Spaniards are most likely to keep their bedrooms private, while almost half of Chinese regularly allow friends access to their bedrooms. (Note to self … book vacation in China.)
– Survey of 14,000 Ikea customers.

Virgin Mobile’s ‘Voice Mania Greetings’ enable you to have a B-list celebrity (make that C or maybe D) perform your voicemail greetings for you. Among the comedy, music, TV and sports personalities available – “Star Trek’s” William Shatner (who’ll do just about anything for a buck), Adam West (TV’s geriatric “Batman”), ‘Grandpa’ Al Lewis (“The Munsters), Erik Estrada (“ChiPs”), and newly-svelte gold digger Anna Nicole Smith. Each greeting costs $2.95.
NET: (click on Voice Mania)

Most people surveyed believe the private lives of celebrities like troubled Brit soccer star David Beckham should be protected by law. Some 69% of respondents say there should be legal protection from media intrusion for those in public life. Only 11% say there is ‘legitimate public interest’ in the private lives of celebs. (Form a circle. Discuss.)
– “Guardian” poll

New Penn State University research finds that iron supplements significantly improve the brainpower of young women. According to researcher John Beard, iron deficient women took far longer to do tasks and were less successful in experiments. For those classified as ‘anemic’, the number of errors committed during a memory task was double that for those with sufficient iron. (Here, [co-host], eat this horseshoe.)
– “New Scientist”

• Canada’s caesarean section rate has reached an all-time high, with 1 in 5 babies born using the surgical method during the most recent survey.
– Canadian Institute for Health Information
• Sales of ‘Barbie’ dolls have slumped a whopping 6% worldwide in the past quarter alone.
– Mattel
• America’s worst city for allergy sufferers is Kansas City MO, while Grand Rapids MI is the best.
– Clarinex poll


1923 [81] Aaron Spelling, Dallas TX, mega-rich Hollywood producer responsible for close to 200 schlocky TV shows (“Charlie’s Angels”, “Fantasy Island”, “The Love Boat”, etc) and movies  FACTOID: His 6-acre Belair mansion ‘The Manor’ is the largest single-family home in the state of California, with 123 rooms, a bowling alley, gymnasium, indoor pool & tennis courts, movie theater, and four 2-car garages.

1937 [67] Jack Nicholson, Neptune NJ, movie actor (“Something’s Gotta Give”, “Anger Management”, “About Schmidt”) with 12 Academy Award nominations & 3 Oscars (“As Good As It Gets”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, “Terms of Endearment”)

1950 [54] Peter Frampton, Beckenham UK, classic rock singer/guitarist (“Show Me the Way”, “Baby, I Love Your Way”)

1971 [33] Kellie Coffey, Moore OK, country singer (“When You Lie Next To Me”, “Texas Plates”)

1979 [25] Daniel Johns, Merewether, Australia, rock singer/guitarist (Silverchair-“Diorama”) who wed singer Natalie Imbruglia (“Torn”) December 31, 2003

TODAY is “Earth Day”, begun in 1970 and now the largest environmental event worldwide with some 500 million people in over 160 countries participating in events that address environmental issues.

TODAY is “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day” in the USA, Britain and parts of Africa.
PHONER: 800-676-7780/212-742-2300 (Ms Foundation for Women)

TODAY is the official holiday “Sumardagurinn Fyrsti” or “First Day of Summer” in Iceland.  There’ll be street dancing, parades and general partying to welcome the coming of summer. (Unfortunately, it’s also the last day of summer in Iceland.)

THIS WEEK is “National Lingerie Week”, celebrating the ‘glamour, allure and importance of lingerie’. According to a poll by the Intimate Apparel Council, 70% of men buy lingerie for their significant other at least once a year, and 75% of men say they like garter belts.

1976 [28] Barbara Walters becomes ‘1st female nightly network news anchor’ (ABC-TV pays her a then-fortune of $1 million/year)

1969 [35] John Lennon officially changes his middle name from ‘Winston’ to ‘Ono’

1958 [46] British philosopher & pacifist Bertrand Russell 1st introduces the chickenfoot-shaped ‘Peace Symbol’ at an anti-nuclear demonstration in the UK (aka ‘Peace Sign’ or ‘24:7‘)

1969 [35] 1st ‘human eye transplant’ (hey, keep an eye out for me, will ya?)

1994 [10] 1st ‘lefty heavyweight boxing champ’ (Michael Moorer, defeating Evander Holyfield)

1994 [10] World’s ‘largest lollipop’ weighs in at 3,011 lbs (Olstrup, Denmark)

[Fri] World Lab Animal Day
[Sun] Hug an Australian Day
[Sun] Bird Day
[Mon] National Pretzel Day
This Week Is . . . Crime Victims Week / Lefty Awareness Week
This Month Is . . . Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month / Sea Cadet Month

TODAY is “National Jelly Bean Day”. So here’s a look at …
• Lime – You’re trendy, fun-loving, whimsical & playful, and always ‘on-the-go’.
• Cherry – You’re an extrovert who’s a born romantic with a ‘love conquers all’ philosophy.
• Grape – You’re creative, with a complex, artistic sensibility. You’re able to make quick decisions.
• Licorice – You’re a self-confident, maverick trailblazer who thrives on new experiences.
• Pink Grapefruit (or Cotton Candy) – You’re warm and friendly. You’re a bundle of kindness and generosity, always looking out for your friends.
• Strawberry – You’re an upbeat optimist who focuses on the positive and never gives up.
• Blueberry – You’re one of the peaceful, strong ones everyone relies on. You speak your mind.
• Lemon – You’re quick-witted, probably the joker in your group, and you have a knack for being able to think on your feet.
• Cinnamon – You thrive on attention and love it when you get it. People are drawn to you because of your addictive personality.
• French Vanilla – You strive for perfection and impossible ideals. You desire simplicity in all things in your life.

The week’s most requested music files online …
1. “The Reason”, Hoobastank
2. “Burn”, Usher
3. “Hey Mama”, Black Eyed Peas
4. “Numb”, Linkin Park
5. “Hotel”, Cassidy
– “Big Champagne”

“What’s the absolute worst thing you ever found in your lunch box? (According to a new poll, 73% of kids aged 8-13 hate their school lunch at least once a week. When that happens, half of them either give it away or throw it away!)

The new book “Why I Love Americans So Much” by Montréal physician Dr Nathalie Fiset outlines the things that she thinks the USA does better than any other country. Among them – TV game shows, all-you-can-eat buffets, movies, and – toilet paper.
PHONER: 514.928.1301

Today’s Question: Women are 4 times more likely than men to try THIS at least once.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Shoplifting.

We learn from history that we don’t learn from history.

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