Wednesday, April 7, 2010        Edition: #4235
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Former “Desperate Housewives” actress Nicollette Sheridan is suing ABC-TV and series creator Marc Cherry for $20 million, alleging ‘wrongful termination’, ‘assault & battery’, ‘gender violence’, ‘discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and age’; and ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress’ (not to mention ‘unemployment’ ever since) . . . A Los Angeles judge has postponed a ruling on whether Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, can continue practising medicine while he awaits trial for administering the powerful anaesthetic that may have killed Jackson last June (who’d wanna book an appointment anyway?) . . . 40-year-old single actor Gerard Butler has silenced rumors – at least temporarily – about a relationship with his “Bounty Hunter” co-star Jennifer Aniston by dating French TV host Laurie Cholewa in Paris over the past week (if Jen doesn’t get all hissy, the ‘romance’ was likely all PR) . . . 35-year-old singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham has reportedly taken up ‘yogalosophy’, a fitness program that combines yoga with astrology (what she really ought to take up is – eating) . . . Just days after bolting the Sierra Tucson rehab facility, Sandra Bullock’s estranged hubby Jesse James has reportedly checked back in . . . Meanwhile, Jesse’s attorney says his client still loves Sandra ‘more than anything in his life’ (hate to see how he treats his enemies!) . . . Reality TV star Lauren Conrad (ex-“The Hills”) says she gets ‘uncomfortable’ when people pay attention to her (best not to pick up the new issue of “Glamour” with her on the cover then) . . . And fellow reality TV hustler Heidi Montag says she can’t jog anymore because of her – ‘fragile boobs’ (you should have known, hon’ – they’re easier to install than take off.)

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – Rihanna performs; another contestant is eliminated.
• “Bonnie Hunt Show” (syndicated/CityTV) – Jewel (“Lullaby”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – PiL (Public Image Limited).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Angels & Airwaves (“LOVE”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Suzanne Vega (“Close-Up Vol 1, Love Songs”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Actress Jane Lynch (“Glee”).
• “Oprah Winfrey Show” (syndicated/CTV) – An entire episode devoted to “Glee” (Fox).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Corinne Bailey Rae (“The Sea”).


• Alan Jackson – He’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, April 16th.
• Alicia Keys – She & Beyoncé have already shot a video in the slums of Rio de Janiero, Brazil for “Put It In a Love Song”, but Alicia’s putting the song on hold in order to promote the track “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready)”, which features vocals from singer/rapper Drake.
• Black Eyed Peas – Fergie tells “Elle” magazine, “It has hurt in the past when people say things like how ‘fugly’ I am or how horrible I look. Look, when you’re trying to juggle all of this in your life, sometimes you’re not going to look perfect.”
• Lil Wayne – The incarcerated rapper will be the subject of an upcoming documentary film that began shooting as he was counting down his days to jail.
• Lily Allen – The Brit singer, who is winding down her pop career to launch a record label and a line of designer clothing, is set to cause a storm Down Under, appearing topless on the cover of the May edition of “Harper’s Bazaar Australia”.
• Rihanna – She tells “NME” she dislikes product placement in her videos because they should be all about telling the story of the song. She says some videos end up just being a big ad campaign.
• Rolling Stones – Guitarist Keith Richards will publish a memoir called “Life” this October. Among the revelations: He’s amassed a collection of thousands of books and once considered library training to learn how to organize them, but eventually decided it was ‘too much hassle’.
• Whitney Houston – She cancelled last night’s first date of her European tour due to illness, reportedly a respiratory infection. The missed concert in Paris will be rescheduled.


• The gizmo has only officially been on the market less than a week and already the first iPad ‘car installation’ has been completed. A project of Sound Man Car Audio in Santa Clarita CA, the iPad was custom installed in a car’s dashboard. (In case you’re not distracted enough by your iPhone. Now that the iPad hype has diminished to a dull roar, Apple has announced a ‘sneak peak’ of the iPhone OS 4 for tomorrow.)
• Still using the rubber eraser on the end of your pencil? How low-tech! Sakura’s ‘Electric Eraser’ is touted to remove marks instantly with a gentle touch. It deletes both graphite pencil and pen marks and is meant for use in arts & crafts, drafting, or wherever else big mistakes are made. It costs over $35 bucks … then you have to buy refills whenever it runs out of the magic fluid. (For the same money you can buy like 78 rubber erasers or about 429 pencils.)
• Most of us only clean the refrigerator once or twice a year. Appliance makers are tackling the messy-fridge problem with a host of new features including souped-up shelves, bacteria-killing devices, and better lighting. General Electric, for example, is rolling out a new fridge in May with 10 lighting sources so food that might be forgotten in a corner will be easier to spot. Whirlpool, meantime, has developed a shelf with microscopic etching so it can hold spilled liquids. (What we need is a fridge that automatically vaporizes tofu.)
– “Wall Street Journal”


• Apa Sherpa, who has scaled Mount Everest a record 19 times, set off Tuesday to do it yet again, this time on an expedition to scatter some of the ashes of Edmund Hillary, the first man to stand on the  8,848-m (29,028-ft) summit on May 29, 1953. Most of Hillary’s ashes were scattered in the sea off Auckland in his native New Zealand after his death in 2008 aged 88, but some were given to the Sherpa community to be taken to the Everest region.
• A 13-year-old California boy plans to try to climb Mount Everest in his ongoing quest to reach the summits of the highest peaks on all 7 continents. If Jordan Romero succeeds, he’ll become the youngest person to conquer the world’s highest mountain. He’ll attempt the climb with his father and his father’s girlfriend, both experienced outdoors people who have helped train the teen for top-level mountaineering. He’s already climbed Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro, and Alaska’s Mount McKinley. The party departs for Nepal this week.
– AP


• After registering to find their blood family through an adoption agency, a pair of brothers adopted separately as young children have discovered they’ve been living across the street from one another in Corner Brook, Newfoundland … for 2 years! Despite living so close to one another, the brothers, aged 29 and 30, hadn’t previously had any communication. (Goes to show how well we know our neighbors!)
– “Western Star”
• Flight attendants owed up to 9 months’ wages by a grounded Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to draw attention to their plight. The calendar, numerous excerpts of which have now appeared in the Spanish media, shows the Air Comet attendants, all female, posing provocatively in and outside airline cabins, and in one case on top of a jet turbine. (Wouldn’t this be enticement to not pay them even longer?)
• An elderly Michigan woman who accidentally crashed her car into a hair salon in suburban Grand Rapids while attempting to park remained at the scene of the accident … to keep her appointment. The 82-year-old says she accidentally stepped on the accelerator of her car instead of the brake while trying to park in a tight spot. Two bystanders sustained minor injuries and police say the woman will likely receive a citation for reckless driving. (On the upside … her blue rinse turned out really well!)


What do guys wear to bed? A recent Bruskin/Goldring Research poll finds that 31% of men wear just underwear at night. About 25% go to bed in the buff, 16% wear pajamas, 10% sleep in T-shirts, and 7% like to snooze in sweat-pants. (That leaves a kinky 11% for things like latex rubber suits and medieval armor.)


New terms leaking into the lingo …
• ‘Anti-Midas Touch’ – A curse in which everything one interacts with works out badly. (“I swear I’ve got the anti-Midas touch … everything I touch turns to crap.”)
• ‘Jihobbyist’ – Someone who is interested in and/or sympathetic to the goals of radical Islam, but who is not a member of any radical group. (“This week’s meeting of the Jihobbyist Society has been cancelled … due to a bomb threat.”)
• ‘Overshare’ – The revealing of information that is overly intimate. (“Let’s invite Christina to the party … booze always makes her overshare really juicy stuff.”)


• David Thomson, author of “The Moment of Psycho: How Alfred Hitchcock Taught America to Love Murder”, says the classic shower scene in the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock movie “Psycho” is possibly the most famous in cinema history. The film’s just been re-released in Britain for its 50th anniversary. The 45-second scene took an entire week to film. (Amazing that Janet Leigh wasn’t all wrinkly!)
– “BBC News Magazine”
• Don Gorske of Wisconsin has eaten over 23,000 Big Macs in his lifetime and has the McDonalds receipts to prove it. (Surprisingly, he looks healthier than ‘Jared’ from Subway’s ads.)
• Loneliness increases the blood pressure of people nearing retirement age just as much as smoking or a sedentary lifestyle does.
– “New Scientist”


1939 [71] Francis Ford Coppola, Detroit MI, movie director (Oscars-“The Godfather I & II”, “Apocalypse Now”)/father of filmmaker Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”)

1949 [61] John Oates, NYC, oldies singer (Hall & Oates-“I Can’t Go For That”, “Maneater”)

1954 [56] Jackie (Yuan Lung) Chan, Hong Kong, movie actor/producer/director/stuntman (“Kung Fu Panda”, “Rush Hour” series)

1964 [46] Russell Crowe, Wellington NZ, movie actor (“American Gangster”, 2001 Oscar-“Gladiator”)  UP NEXT: “Robin Hood”, opening May 14th.

• “Hug Your Newsman/Newsperson Day”, in the figurative sense, of course. It’s just a day of appreciation.

• “International Beaver Day”, celebrating the species that restores the most valuable terrestrial ecosystem – wetlands. Organized by the nonprofit organization Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife.

• “Metric System Day”, celebrating its 1795 adoption in France, where it was first developed. The only 3 countries of any size in the world NOT using the system now: Liberia, Myanmar, USA.

• “No Housework Day”, an annual opportunity to avoid dishes, cleaning, taking out trash … and guilt!

• “Paraprofessional Appreciation Day”, celebrated annually on the first Wednesday of April to honor paraprofessionals, those who assist professionals, particularly in the field of education. Often referred to as “Teachers’ Aides”, they perform many duties both individually with students and organizationally in the classroom.

• “World Health Day”, an initiative of the World Health Organization to highlight public health issues of international concern. The 2010 focus is ‘1000 Cities – 1000 Lives’, which encourages communities worldwide to open up their streets for health activities.
– You know the entire week’s TV schedule by heart.
– You won’t bend over to pick up a $5 bill.
– Your favorite desert wine is Pepto-Bismol.
– The only fiber you get is in your broadband line.
– You think fat is one of the primary food groups.


1997 [13] The University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands begins offering a course entitled ‘Madonna 101′, a pop culture class studying her lyrics, song stylings, and films

1998 [12] Pop singer George Michael is arrested for committing ‘a lewd act’ in a restroom at LA’s Will Rogers Park (like Will Rogers, he never met a man he didn’t like)


1977 [33] Toronto Blue Jays’ 1st MLB regular season game (beat Chicago White Sox 9-5)

2003 [07] US troops capture Baghdad, Iraq … sort of

[Thurs] Buddha Day
[Fri] “Date Night” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Cherish an Antique Day
[Fri] Prisoner of War Recognition Day
[Sat] Sibling Day
[Sun] Barbershop Quartet Day
[Sun] World Parkinson’s Disease Day
This Week Is … Pet First Aid Awareness Week
This Month Is … Food Month


This week is “Graduate & Professional Student Awareness Week”. So here’s a look at …
• My job prospects look really good.
• I just have one more book to read and then I’ll start writing.
• I turned down a lot of great job offers to come here.
• I could never date an undergraduate.
• My work has a lot of practical importance.
• No really, I’ll be out of here in only 2 more years.


A picture is worth a thousand words … but just try saying that with a picture.

• Which computer company first reached $1 billion in annual sales?
a. IBM
b. Apple [CORRECT. In 1982.]
c. Radio Shack

• The CIA once spent $20 million on what?
a. Girl Scout cookies.
b. Psychics. [CORRECT, before deciding it was a waste of money.]
c. Ouija Boards.
– “Newsweek”

Who’s the most beautiful woman of all-time? (A “New Woman” magazine poll picks late actress Audrey Hepburn.)

Today’s Question: Bachelors, on average, do THIS just twice a month.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Floss their teeth.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

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