Thursday, April 16, 2015        Edition: #5431

Sheet Happens!

★ The world’s most famous recording studio has opened its digital doors to allow fans to tour the rooms where The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Stevie Wonder recorded some of their biggest hits. Abbey Road Studios has partnered with Google to create the interactive walkthrough “Inside Abbey Road”, which tours the rooms where The Beatles performed “All You Need is Love” via satellite in 1967, and where Amy Winehouse did a duet with Tony Bennett in 2011. Visitors can explore each of the 3 studios through 360-degree panoramic images, archive photos, YouTube clips, and audio footage. (Awesome addition for your website!)
– “Daily Telegraph”
★ Ireland Baldwin split from her girlfriend before checking into rehab. The 19-year-old model is currently seeking help for ’emotional trauma’ at California’s Soba Recovery Center in Malibu, a drug & alcohol treatment facility that specializes in underlying psychological causes of addiction.
It’s now emerged her 10-month romance with rapper Angel Haze recently came to an end, but that’s not being blamed for her troubles. Neither is her ‘Hollywood lifestyle nor her wack-a-do divorced parents Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger. A source says it’s ”due to a variety of pressures in her life”. (Maybe she’s still getting over her father calling her a “rude, thoughtless little pig”?)
★ And as the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge (Will & Kate) prepare for baby #2 it’s been revealed that William will face a 2-hour dash to get to hospital when Kate goes into labor (at any minute now). Prince William, who’s currently training to be an air ambulance pilot, will have to rush back to London by car if his wife goes into labor while he’s at work in Norfolk. Kate is basing herself at their London home, Kensington Palace, so she’s close to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital where she’s expected to give birth. Their #1 toddler, Prince George, is said to be ‘excited’ about the impending birth. (It’ll be someone to divert all the paparazzi.)
– @MailOnline

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Royal Blood (“Figure It Out”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jamie Foxx f/Chris Brown & Kid Ink (“You Changed Me”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – La Sera (“Hour Of the Dawn”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Simon Cowell (“The X Factor”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Dead Sara (“Pleasure to Meet You”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Veteran singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman (“Fast Car”).
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Kellie Pickler (“The Woman I Am”). Rerun.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Ludacris (“Ludaversal”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Boots (“Motorcycle Jesus”). Rerun.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Reba McEntire (“Love Somebody”).

• Bee Gees – A ‘lost’ Robin Gibb album is to be released 45 years after it was recorded, thanks to fans salvaging one-off acetate tapes. “Sing Slowly Sisters” was recorded in 1969-70 and exists in bootlegs only. A remastered version, “Saved By The Bell – The Collected Works of Robin Gibb: 1969-70”, is coming June 1st.
• Billy Joel – A rep confirms he’s going to be a dad again … at age 65. He & girlfriend Alexis Roderick are expecting a baby this Summer. Joel already has a 29-year-old daughter, singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, from his marriage to model Christie Brinkley (1985-94).
• Bon Jovi – Jon Bon Jovi is opening the BEAT Center in Toms River NJ, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together. The anti-hunger facility will help people get meals, food stamps, and healthcare, as well as offer culinary-related job training. It opens later this year.
• 50 Cent – He’s set to release his own line of … underwear. He’s teamed with men’s underwear brand Frigo to create the collection, entitled ‘Frigo Crown’, which will hit stores this Summer.
• Florence & The Machine – Florence Welch broke her foot after leaping off the stage into the crowd during her performance at Coachella on the weekend. She’s hoping the injury will be healed by the time she’s due to play the UK’s Glastonbury Festival the weekend of June 24th.
• Jack White – He’s planning a short acoustic tour of the only 5 US states left that he’s yet to play. The gigs will be unannounced until 8 am local time on the day of each performance. Tickets will be only $3. After the mini-tour, he’s taking an extended break from performing live.
• Nelly – He was due to perform at Missouri State University on April 23rd but organizers have now axed the gig without any explanation. Presumably it has something to do with the drug bust of his tour bus on the weekend.
• One Direction – They’re moving right along without Zayn Malik, having already started writing for a new album. The group’s first album as a foursome is due later this year.
• Snoop Dogg – He’s invested in Eaze, a new delivery company that connects medical marijuana patients with local dispensaries in states where the drug is legal. The service is currently available in 35 US cities, and promises to deliver cannabis in about 15 minutes.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Knights Of the Roundtable: King Arthur” – 28-year-old Poppy Delevingne, older sister of model/actress Cara Delevingne, has landed a role as the mother of King Arthur in this upcoming Guy Ritchie adventure film. The cast already includes Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, and Eric Bana. The film began shooting last month with an eye to a Summer 2016 opening.
• “La La Land” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone are in negotiations to star in Damien Chazelle’s followup to his Oscar-nominated movie “Whiplash”. The new project is described as a contemporary romantic musical which Chazelle wrote before 2014’s “Whiplash”. It was also intended to star Miles Teller, but the “Whiplash” actor has moved on. Filming begins in Fall.
• “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates” – Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect”) has been cast as Zac Efron’s love interest in this new comedy based on a real life story of 2 brothers who advertise for wedding dates on Craigslist. The ad not only works, the brothers end up meeting some crazy and amazing women. Adam DeVine has been cast as the other brother.
• “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” – “Magic Mike” actor Joe Manganiello has joined the cast of the new Pee-wee Herman movie, calling Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) “one of the great comic geniuses of our time”. Reubens, who’s been playing the eccentric man-child on the big- and small-screen for decades, was apparently an iconic figure during Manganiello’s childhood.
• “X-Men: Apocalypse” – Olivia Munn has joined the cast as ‘Betsy Braddock’, aka ‘Psylocke’. The character made her 1st appearance in comic books in 1976 but hasn’t had a large presence in films. Munn joins returning stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, and Rose Byrne. Director Bryan Singer’s next installment opens May 27, 2016.

London-based Moley Robotics has launched a prototype ‘robo-chef’ for the home. The cooking machine learns by capturing the movements of a human in the act of preparing a meal. These movements are then turned into commands that drive a sophisticated pair of robot hands. BBC-TV’s 2011 “Masterchef” champ Tim Anderson is training the bot. It’s the ultimate sous-chef, he says, because it does exactly what it’s told and will do it over and over the same way every single time. The product is still 2 years away from the retail market. In the meantime, Moley wants to make the unit more compact, and give it a built-in refrigerator and dishwasher. The goal is to produce a consumer version costing £10,000 or about $15,000. (Whoa! Cheaper to hire an illegal immigrant.)
– “Popular Science”

Excessive smartphone use can, in some cases, lead to repetitive stress injuries. There’s even a medical term for when it causes a tendon in the thumb to constrict … ‘texting thumb’. But an unnamed California man has taken the malady to a whole new level. The 29-year-old showed up at an orthopedic surgeon’s office with a torn tendon that was ascribed to overindulging his love of playing “Candy Crush Saga” on his phone. He apparently played the game ‘all day’ for 6-to-8 weeks with his left hand, while relying on his right hand for other tasks. His symptoms include ‘chronic left thumb pain and loss of active motion’. He’s now had surgery to repair one tendon and has a rupture in another. (This used to be your dad’s corny joke: “Someday your thumbs are gonna seize up.” Not anymore.)

According to new figures from the International Federation Of the Phonographic Industry …
1. “Frozen” (various artists) … 10 million copies sold worldwide.
2. “1989” (Taylor Swift) … 6 million.
3. “x” (Ed Sheeran) … 4.4 million.
4. “Ghost Stories” (Coldplay) … 3.7 million.
5. “In the Lonely Hour” (Sam Smith) … 3.5 million.
1. “Happy” (Pharrell Williams) … 13.9 million.
2. “Dark Horse” (Katy Perry f/Juicy J) … 13.2 million.
3. “All Of Me” (John Legend) … 12.3 million.
4. “All About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor) … 11 million.
5. “Let It Go” (Idina Menzel) … 10.9 million.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers has asked the Canadian Office of Consumer Affairs to investigate Vox Populi, a Canadian company that has secured exclusive rights to sell the website ending ‘.sucks’ (dot-sucks). ICANN says it’s concerned about the high fees being charged for the newly created URL ending. The company denies any wrongdoing, claiming its prices for ‘.sucks’ addresses are “well within the rules”. Typical URL addresses sell for between $5-and-$20 a year. But Vox Populi is charging a $2,000 ‘sunrise’ premium to those wishing to register ‘.sucks’ addresses early, before they go on sale to the general public next month. They were actually considering a fee of $25,000 at one point. (Well that just … er … uh … sucks. Next they’ll be registering ‘.gouge’.)
– BBC Technology

The Pacific island of Tahiti has made a bid to enter the record book by gathering together thousands of ukulele players. Organizers in the capital of Papeete claim they’ve broken the world record for ‘Largest Ukulele Ensemble’, with 4,750 people strumming along in unison to the song “Bora Bora E”. Guinness World Records is currently evaluating the record attempt. To meet its standards, ukuleles have to be played together – and in harmony – for a full 5 minutes.
– Radio New Zealand International

Baby pandas are surprisingly small … they weigh about as much as a cup of tea.
– Sourced from


1952 [63] Bill Belichick, Nashville TN, NFL head coach (New England Patriots since 2000, Cleveland Browns 1991-95)/3X NFL Coach Of the Year/6 career Super Bowl championships

1964 [51] David Pirner, Green Bay WI, alt-rock singer-guitarist (Soul Asylum-“Misery”, “Runaway Train”)

1965 [50] Jon Cryer, NYC, TV actor (‘Alan Harper’ on “Two-and-a-Half Men” 2003-15)

1965 [50] Martin Lawrence, Frankfurt-am-Maim, Germany, movie actor (“Big Momma’s House” films, “Bad Boys” films)

1976 [39] Lukas Haas, West Hollywood CA, movie actor (“Lincoln”, “Inception”)

• “Eggs Benedict Day”, a day to enjoy heart-attack-on-a-plate – poached eggs, topped with back bacon, served on toasted English muffins, and slathered in Hollandaise sauce … made of even more egg-yolks and butter.

• “Healthcare Decisions Day”, the 8th annual designed to inspire and educate the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.

• “High Five Day”, an annual observance on the 3rd Thursday of April when we’re encouraged to freely exchange high fives without inhibition between all genders, social classes, and heights.

• “Save the Elephant Day”, the 3rd annual to raise awareness of threats to their future in both Africa and Asia, ranging from poachers and traffickers to loss of habitat. At its current pace, ivory poaching could make the African elephant extinct within decades, according to “TIME”.

• “Stress Awareness Day”, focusing on one of the world’s leading health problems. Stressed out? Research shows housecleaning for 20 minutes can help.

• “Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day”, an annual event begun as a promotion for a pajama-maker that’s evolved into another fun excuse for office hijinks.

• “World Voice Day”, initiated in 1999 as a worldwide celebration of the phenomenon of voice as a tool of communication in our daily lives. Related events include concerts, symposia, and open houses at voice clinics, TV shows, and radio programs.

2005 [10] Billy Joel enters rehab for the 2nd time, ostensibly for ‘gastrointestinal distress’ but in reality to treat alcoholism

2007 [08] Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” wins ‘Video Of the Year, ‘Best Female Video, and ‘Best Video Director’ at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards

2010 [05] ABBA, The Hollies, and Jimmy Cliff are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

2010 [05] Lady Gaga breaks the YouTube record for ‘Most Views’, logging more than 1 billion

2009 [06] NY Yankees play their 1st official game at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx (Kelly Clarkson sings the anthem; Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra throws out the 1st pitch)

2002 [13] 6 foot-11 inch Jon Rauch of the Chicago White Sox becomes ‘Tallest Player in Major League Baseball History’

[Fri] “Child 44”; “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”; “Unfriended” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
[Sat] Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction (Cleveland OH)
[Sat] Husband Appreciation Day
[Sat] Record Store Day
[Sun] “50th ACM Awards” (CBS)
This Week Is … Paperboard Packaging Week
This Month Is … Defeat Diabetes Month


• In London, England it is illegal for a city cab to carry rabid dogs or corpses.
• In San Salvador drunk drivers can be sentenced to death by firing squad.
• Public displays of affection are illegal in the United Arab Emirates.
• In Victoria, Australia you technically need a licensed electrician to change a lightbulb.
• In France, you’re not allowed to sell any doll that has a human face.
• The UK’s Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency does not permit the wearing of colanders on heads in driving license photos … even for religious reasons.
– Adapted from “Daily Mirror”

The best contraceptive for mature adults is nudity.

☎ What was the first computer game you remember playing?

Which comic book company created “The Avengers”, “Spider-Man”, and “The X-Men”?
a. Marvel Comics [CORRECT]
b. DC Comics
c. Standup Comics
– “Mental Floss”

Question: Over the course of a typical career, you do THIS over 6,000 times.
Answer: Attend a meeting.

Take everything in moderation. Including moderation.

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