April 10, 2013

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013        Edition: #4960

Thanks a Sheetload for Choosing “BS”!

✳ Movie star Scarlett Johansson covers the new issue of “Marie Claire” magazine, in which she talks about her turn-offs (“jealous behavior”) and her marriage to Ryan Reynolds (“It wasn’t that long ago but I think I’ve had a fair amount of time to process the experience”). The former Hollywood twosome split in 2010. (No word if the two topics are connected.)
– “Scandal Sheet”
✳ Dark Horse Comics has secured the rights to publish George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” script as an 8-issue graphic novel series. The comics will be available beginning this September. Lucas drafted the script back in 1974 and the first “Star Wars” movie hit the big screen in 1977. Last year Lucas sold the movie rights to the franchise to Disney. (Seems he’s determined to sell out any way he can.)
– WENN.com
✳ Actor Russell Brand has become Hollywood’s latest ‘swatting’ victim after police received a prank 9-1-1 call reporting that 2 gun-toting men clad in body armor were approaching the property. LAPD officers who arrived on the scene found no one there and determined that the call was a hoax. Brand is believed to have left his house a half-hour before the fake emergency call. (There’s a 12-year-old somewhere who’s gonna be in a whole sheetload of trouble.)
– TMZ.com
✳ “Mad Men” star John Slattery (‘Roger Sterling’) is eyeing a move behind the camera after writing his first film script. He’s previously directed 3 episodes of the hit AMC drama and now  wants to try his hand at helming a movie. The project would be based on a screenplay he adapted from an undisclosed book. (Sunday’s “Mad Men” season 6 premiere got lower ratings than last year’s. Is he planning a safety net?)
– Contactmusic.com
✳ Sorta singer-sorta actress Courtney Love claims she’s been approached to judge “one of these talent shows” that’s currently on TV. Quote: “I always said I would never, ever, ever do one, but I’m not talking about the one judging dogs – it’s the other one, I don’t wanna say the name of it.” (And you thought “American Idol’s” Nicki Minaj was wacky.)
– WonderlandMagazine.com

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – The top 6 finalists perform for the judges in a 2-hour episode.
• “Chelsea Lately” (E!) – Josh Groban (“All That Echoes”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Three O’Clock (“Sixteen Tambourines”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Kacey Musgraves (“Same Trailer, Different Park”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Alice In Chains (“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, out May 28th).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Niki & The Dove (“Instinct”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – He’s My Brother She’s My Sister (“Nobody Dances In This Town”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Jake Bugg (“Jake Bugg”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Brad Paisley (“Wheelhouse”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Paul Anka (new memoir “My Way”).

• Aerosmith – They’ve canceled an April 28th concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia to co-headline the Stone Music Festival at the same venue a week earlier, April 20th. Tickets for the original gig will be valid for the re-scheduled show.
• Backstreet Boys – 35-year-old AJ McLean has undergone hair transplant surgery to regain his former locks. After suffering from premature balding in recent years, he turned to medical experts to help with the style transformation.
• The Flaming Lips – During a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, frontman Wayne Coyne has revealed that the band is doing a full-length album with Ke$ha, amusingly titled “Lip$ha”. (He’s kidding, right? Please?)
• Fleetwood Mac – They’re releasing a new EP this week that includes the new track “Sad Angel”. It’s their first new material since their “Say You Will” album in 2003.
• Jay-Z – He’s organizing a 2nd “Made In America Festival” for Philadelphia PA August 31-September 1. The line-up is being announced today at noon EDT via Spotify. The inaugural event last year was headlined by Jay-Z and Pearl Jam.
• Kid Rock – He’s doing a Summer tour in support of his “Rebel Soul” album and he’s making it affordable by offering tickets in all sections for just $20. Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will perform in amphitheaters beginning June 28th in Bristow VA.
• One Direction – A book called “One Direction, Where We Are: Our Band Our Story” is being assembled, and the Brit boy-band is asking fans to contribute by submitting artwork for the project.
• Rolling Stones – Former bassist Bill Wyman tells “Daily Express” he’s the only one that saved band souvenirs. When Mick Jagger once asked for access to his extensive archive to research a book,  Wyman claims his refusal caused Mick to cancel the deal and return advance money. A few photos from the new book “Bill Wyman’s Scrapbook” …
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• Taylor Swift – She’s found herself a surfer boy, according to “Grazia” magazine. She’s reportedly been on at least one date with Hawaiian surfer John John Florence (nicknamed JJ), whom she first met during a trip to Australia last November. The 20-year-old is the youngest to ever win the Vans World Cup of Surfing.

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 73% of us have resorted to asking for help when opening a jar.
• 55% of us either lose or break sunglasses in any given year.
• 30% of men never make their bed.
• 27% of married men have secretly snuck back to their mom’s for a home-cooked meal.
• 10% of us participate in the hobby (sport?) of fishing.
• 9% of us vacuum clean our homes once a day.

New terms leaking into our lingo …
• ‘De-extinction’ – The artificial recreation of a previously extinct species. For its first project in ‘de-extinction’, the Revive & Restore initiative in the US aims to resurrect the North American passenger pigeon, which became extinct in 1914.
• ‘Latte Art’ – A decorative image created by skillfully pouring steamed milk into an espresso. There are actually latte art competitions in which baristas compete with avant-garde creations.
• ‘Work-life Overload’ – An excessive burden caused by the combined responsibilities of a person’s work and personal life. This trend is demonstrated by an almost 400% increase in fathers taking parental leave.

• Canned salmon or sardines.
• Calcium-fortified orange juice.
• Collards, kale, or spinach.
• High fiber breakfast cereal.
• Skim or 1% milk.
(Please don’t let me get old.)
– “Nutrition Action Health Letter”

Want to keep people’s attention when you’re talking? Talk fast. Most people are on such tight schedules that they want to hear quickly what you have to say. Speedy talking lends importance to your message and makes you and your ideas sound younger and livelier. But don’t overdo it. Talking way too fast makes you sound nervous and confused.
– “Smart Talk: The Art of Savvy Business Conversation”

Why does everything taste bad after you brush your teeth? Blame either sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) or sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). These 2 chemicals which lower the surface tension of a liquid are added to toothpastes to create foam and make it easier to spread the paste around your mouth. Both mess with our taste buds by suppressing receptors that detect sweetness. Thus, anything eaten or drunk after brushing will taste less sweet and more bitter than usual.
– “Mental Floss”

Most popular songs that people are choosing for their funerals, according to a new poll by Britain’s Co-operative Funeralcare …
5. Robbie Williams – “Angels”
4. Eva Cassidy – “Over The Rainbow”
3. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”
2. Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli – “Time to Say Goodbye”
1. Frank Sinatra – “My Way”
– Telegraph.co.uk

How can you tell if a guy is going to be selfish in a relationship? One clue is if he walks in front of you. Guys who charge ahead subconsciously signal that they expect you to keep up with them. Keep an eye out for preening gestures, like smoothing his hair back a lot or sneaking glances at his reflection in the mirror behind the bar. Also, be wary of men who say ‘I’ a lot … it’s a sign that he’s #1 on his priority list.
– “Toxic Men”

In the language of love, laughter is key. According to a new study from Appalachian State University, reminiscing as a couple about inside jokes can give each of you a bigger boost of satisfaction than recalling a laugh you had on your own. More importantly, the shared laughter doesn’t have to come from positive circumstances. So go ahead and laugh together about that time you made a major faux pas at a family function.
– “Men’s Health”

Ideas for attractions that were once considered viable, then eventually abandoned …
✗ ‘Beastly Kingdom’ – A planned feature for Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom that would have featured animals of myth and legend, such as dragons and unicorns.
✗ ‘Dick Tracy’s Crimestoppers’ – Based on the “Dick Tracy” movie, guests would have had the chance to shoot it out with gangsters on recreations of gritty, crime-riddled streets of Chicago.
✗ ‘The Enchanted Snow Palace’ – Guests would have boarded boats to cruise an arctic wonderland teeming with robotic animals, such as giant walruses, polar bears, and wolves.
✗ ‘The Great Muppet Movie Ride’ – Planned as part of a special Muppets-themed area, but only a Muppetvision 3-D show came to fruition.
✗ ‘Museum Of the Weird’ – A collection of strange objects intended to keep guests entertained while waiting in the notoriously long line-ups for the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
– TheWeek.com

People who complete secondary school are 1 cm (about a half-inch) taller on average in old age than those who do not.
– “Daily Telegraph”


1969 [44] Mike Mushok, Manhasset NY, rock guitarist (Staind-“Believe”, “Right Here”)

1980 [33] Bryce Soderberg, Victoria BC, rock bassist (Lifehouse-“Broken”, “Hanging By a Moment”)

1982 [31] Chyler Leigh, Charlotte NC, TV actress (“Grey’s Anatomy” 2007-12)

1984 [29] Mandy Moore, Nashua NH, movie actress (“A Walk to Remember”)/pop singer (“Candy”)/wed to singer-songwriter Ryan Adams since 2009

1985 [28] Dion Phaneuf, Edmonton AB, NHL hockey defenceman (Toronto Maple Leafs)

• “Golfers Day”, honoring everyone who walks a mile chasing the little white ball, on the 97th anniversary of the 1916 founding of the Professional Golfers’ Association.

• “Salvation Army Founders Day”, observed on the 1829 birth anniversary of William Booth, who in 1865 established mission stations in London to feed and house the poor. In 1878 he named the organization the Salvation Army. (Without them, [co-host] wouldn’t have a wardrobe!)

• “Siblings Day”, celebrating brothers and sisters who are living, those who aren’t … and perhaps those who shouldn’t be.

2009 [04] “Hannah Montana: The Movie” opens in theaters, starring Miley Cyrus

1970 [43] Paul McCartney announces the breakup of The Beatles

1953 [60] 1st color 3-D movie premieres, the horror film “The House of Wax”, starring Vincent Price

2005 [08] Golfer Tiger Woods becomes the 1st to win 4 Masters titles under age 30, by sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff vs Chris DiMarco

[Thurs] Pet Day
[Thurs] World Parkinson’s Disease Day
[Fri] Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
[Fri] Crossroads Guitar Festival begins (NYC)
[Fri] Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival begins (Indio CA)
This Week Is … Guitar Week
This Month Is … Multicultural Communication Month


✓ Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
✓ Ask if you can push the button for other people … but push the wrong ones.
✓ Drop a pen and wait until someone goes to pick it up, then scream, “That’s mine!”
✓ Move your desk into the elevator and, whenever anyone gets on, ask if they have an appointment.
✓ Grin at another passenger for a while then announce, “I have new socks on”.
✓ Lay down a Twister mat and ask people if they would like to play.
✓ Pretend you’re a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers.
✓ Stand really close to someone, sniffing them occasionally.
– Adapted from ListsOPlenty.com

☎ Which food or drink would you find most difficult to give up?

You’ve been commissioned to repair London’s ‘Big Ben’. What exactly will you be working on?
a. A clock.
b. A tower.
c. A bell. [CORRECT. Big Ben is actually the 13-ton bell located in the clock tower of England’s Houses of Parliament, installed in 1859.]
– “Fascinating Facts”

You know that look women get when they want sex? Me neither.

Question: On average, a couple will do THIS 3 times per week.
Answer: Lie.

Haste is good only for catching flies.

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