Thursday, August 5, 2004        Edition: #2838
Deja Moo!

It’s been confirmed that “Sopranos” star Edie Falco (‘Carmela’) was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier THIS YEAR but kept it a secret, then battled to beat it . . . The so-called ‘actress’ “Enquirer” claims is acting as a surrogate mother for Michael Jackson has reportedly now lost 2 of the quadruplets she was carrying . . . “Star Trek”-loving couple Pamela & Ron Smith has boldly tied the knot at the Tourism & Trek Station in the town of Vulcan AB, exchanging vows in English and Klingon (the ceremony ended with “You may now kiss the Klingon”) . . . Hollywood bad-boy Colin Farrell says he’s going to tone down his wild behavior because he fears his reputation as a partier & womanizer might jeopardize his movie career (dude, it’s the reason you HAVE a career) . . . The UK stage production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” has been delayed because star Christian Slater is out of commission with – chicken pox (local strippers are breathing a sigh of relief) . . . And here’s what you do when money is no object – Britain’s Prince William is vacationing on the exotic island of Rodriguez in the Indian Ocean with girlfriend Kate Middleton, where he’s been devoting most of his time to diving (of one kind or another).

• Alan Jackson & Martina McBride – TONIGHT in Boise, Idaho they resume their tour together, visiting 28 more cities. Previous tour dates grossed nearly $25 million and sold over 420,000 tickets.
• Britney Spears – She’s planning to have a mini-fairground built at her new California home so Kevin Federline’s kids can play when they visit daddy and his future wife.
• Usher – TONIGHT he kicks off a North American tour with Kayne West & Christina Milian in Hampton VA.
• Kanye West – TONIGHT he appears on ABC-T V’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
• Bruce Springsteen – LAST NIGHT he appeared on ABC-TV’s “Nightline” with Ted Koppel to talk about the upcoming “Vote For Change Tour” with the Dixie Chicks, REM & Pearl Jam.
• Norah Jones – Her “Feels Like Home” CD will be reissued SEPTEMBER 21st in a 2-disc ‘Special Deluxe Edition’ that includes 3 bonus songs and a DVD with live tracks recorded in Spain.
• Pink – She changed her plans to hang out and party in Prague, Czech Republic after performing there on the weekend due to a bomb explosion in a downtown casino.
• Shelby Lynne – She’ll play Johnny Cash’s mother in the biopic “Walk the Line” due NEXT SPRING, which stars Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Witherspoon as Johnny & June Carter Cash.

“X-Men” producers are hunting for a new ‘Storm’ after Halle Berry reportedly priced herself right out of the 2 new sequels in the works . . . Keira Knightley is set to star in “Domino”, an action thriller based on the true tale of a model-turned-bounty hunter . . . Vin Diesel will headline “Find Me Guilty”, about a mobster who turns down a deal to be an informant and instead decides to defend himself in court . . . Will Ferrell is in negotiations to star in “Stranger Than Fiction”, about an IRS agent whose life is interrupted by the sound of a ‘personal narrator’ who knows his every thought . . . The last instalment in George Lucas’ “Star Wars” series, “Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”, is now undergoing re-shoots in London, despite principal photography finishing LAST YEAR . . . And Kirsten Dunst is set to star in producer-director Sofia Coppola’s new movie based on the life of French queen Marie Antoinette (they last teamed up on “The Virgin Suicides” 5 years ago).

Sky Movies has hired a group of researchers to watch scores of horror films and devise a formula for the perfect scary movie. Some of their findings …
• Suspense is obviously one of the key elements, and it’s created by escalating music, the unknown, chase scenes, and the sense of being trapped.
• For a film to be truly terrifying, it has to be realistic.
• The number of characters is a factor. Fewer characters increases shock factor.
• There’s a maximum level of gore, beyond which a movie becomes just average.
• Using a mathematical formula, the researchers found that the 1980 Jack Nicholson film based on the Stephen King book “The Shining” is as close as there is to a perfect horror film.
– Ananova

The city of Topeka KS is looking for a new slogan, but judging by some of the suggestions that have poured in officials might want to scrap the idea. Those unlikely to win approval include ‘City of Morons’, ‘Topeka, You Won’t Get a Lot of Unwanted Relatives Visiting You’ and ‘Topeka – Not as Bad as You Think.’ A spokesperson for the Convention & Visitors Bureau now says having no slogan is perhaps a better option. (How ‘bout ‘Take a peek at Topeka’? No, huh.)
– “NY Post”

Bad Eisenkappel [bahd ICE-an-cop-pull], a health spa in Klagenfurt, Austria is now offering a tempting new treatment, a relaxing soak in a tub full of – melted chocolate. The spa’s cosmetologist say the bubbly brown baths include cocoa butter which has restorative properties to help protect skin from developing wrinkles. (Wow, an all-you-can-eat hot tub!)

Watch out for some odd new offerings in men’s underwear. In addition to ‘briefs’ and ‘boxer briefs’, men’s wear departments are now offering ‘thongs’, ‘action bikinis’ and ‘athletic strings’. There are also shorts with breathable mesh pouches, waistband condom pockets, and even a new brand called C-IN2 with a patented ‘sling support’ that’s designed, in the words of the manufacturer, to ‘lift, project forward and improve the wearer’s profile’. (Saves stuffing in a sock.)
– “NY Times”

People with regrets about getting a tattoo (Nick Carter, for instance?) no longer need to resort to the old technique of bleach and a Brillo pad. Inspired by stories of adult movie stars who were unhappy with how their tattoos looked onscreen, Beverly Hills entrepreneur James Morel has opened ‘Dr Tattoff’, LA’s first clinic dedicated to laser tattoo removal. The newest laser removal process is said to be simple and safe, without the scarring that used to occur. Now mistakes can be fixed or unwanted tats removed for just $49 per square inch – per visit.
PHONER: 888.828.8633

Special cellphones called ‘Spy Phones’ or ‘Trojan Horse’ phones were first developed in Taiwan 2 years ago and are now being sold across Asia. They look and work like a conventional mobile phone but in reality are sophisticated bugging devices that allow suspicious spouses to secretly listen in on their partners’ conversations. How do you get your spouse to use one? Marketers suggest the bugged phones can be offered as a gift or swapped for an unsuspecting target’s own model. (Nice to see that trust is still a major component in relationships.)
– “Social Studies”

After Marilyn Monroe took an overdose of sleeping pills 42 years ago TODAY (1962) at age 36, there was a 12% increase in suicides in the same month. If Marilyn Monroe were alive, she’d now be 78. Hard to picture, isn’t it?

“If I catch them I’ll bite their noses off and swallow ‘em.” – Johnny Depp warning what will happen if paparazzi try to photograph his children.


1946 [58] Erika Slezak, Hollywood CA, TV soap actress with 5 Daytime Emmys (‘Victoria Lord Riley Burke Riley Buchanan Carpenter Davidson’ on “One Life to Live” since 1971)

1959 [45] Pat Smear, West Los Angeles CA, rock guitarist (Foo Fighters-“Times Like These”, “Big Me”)

1964 [40] Adam (‘MCA’) Yauch, NYC, rapper (formed the Beastie Boys with Mike D in 1981-“Ch-Check It Out”)

1968 [36] Terri Clark, Montréal QC [raised Medicine Hat AB], country singer (“Girls Lie Too”, “Better Things to Do”)

[Edmonton] “Edmonton Folk Music Festival” begins
[Halifax] “International Busker Festival” begins

FRIDAY-Sunday the 1st “Maxim Comedy Festival” at Harrah’s and Harveys resorts at Lake Tahoe will feature Dennis Miller, Colin Quinn, Rich Vos and Gary Valentine from TV’s “King of Queens”. The event is sponsored by “Maxim” magazine.

SATURDAY is “National Mustard Day”, honoring the ‘condiment of kings’ and sponsored by the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of mustard memorabilia
PHONER: 800.438.6878 (Barry Levenson-Mount Horeb WI)

1989 [15] Largest game of musical chairs (8,238 people)

1989 [15] Largest hamburger weighs 5,520 lbs (Seymour WI)

1994 [10] Largest cocktail measures 2,933 gallons (Philadelphia PA)

[Fri] Fresh Breath Day
[Fri]  Wiggle Your Toes Day
[Fri] Pamper Yourself Day
[Fri] “Collateral” and “Little Black Book” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards (Miami)
[Sat] Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
[Sat] National Date Night
This Week Is . . . Simplify Your Life Week
This Month Is . . . Foot Health Month


Ask a listener or studio guest to make a quick pick …
• Fresh peaches or fresh cherries?
• Spider-Man or Superman?
• Frozen raspberry yogurt or Rollo ice cream?
• Ice tea or ice cold draught?
• The sound of wind chimes tinkling or the sound of waves crashing?
• The smell of fresh laundry or the smell of freshly-baked bread?
• Mountainview or seaside?
• Porsche Boxter or BMW Kompressor?
• “Amazing Race” or “The Simple Life 2″?
• Courtney Love or a rabid squirrel?

With hold-out actors making news and a new spinoff series set to debut, TV’s #1 show “CSI” is getting lots of publicity lately. But did you know it’s also one of the top-selling games this year?
Specialty Board Games Inc, based in Barrie ON, has sold over a million copies of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation The Board Game”. Why not line up some games to play on-air and giveaway this fall when the new season kicks off?
PHONER: 866.728.4263/705.727.1690 (Marc Hill, SBG Games Marketing Department)

Are the following statements true or just a load of hooey?
• It is nearly 12 kms further to fly from St John’s NL to Regina SK than it is to return from Regina to St John’s. [BS]
• It is nearly 3 miles further to fly from Amarillo TX to Louisville KY than it is to return from Louisville to Amarillo. [BS]
• A team of University of Virginia researchers released a study promoting the practice of picking one’s nose, claiming that the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social connotations. [BS]
• Common house flies can do back flips. [TRUE.  Scientists using slow-motion cameras discovered that a back flip is the method flies use to land on the ceiling.]
• Getting fired is a good way of getting ahead. [TRUE. According to “Mademoiselle” magazine, experts say being turfed is a sign that the job and you weren’t the right fit. You’re much more likely to move up the ladder doing work you perform well.]
• The Venezuelan brown bat can detect and dodge individual raindrops in mid-flight, arriving safely back at it’s cave completely dry. [BS]
• A team of University of British Columbia researchers released a study promoting the practice of picking one’s nose, claiming that the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social connotations. [BS]
• There is just 1 letter in the English alphabet with more than 1 syllable. [TRUE. The letter ‘W’, with 3.]
• You are average if you chug down 3.5 cups of coffee a  day. [TRUE. More than half of it is consumed during breakfast.]
• An early version of Coca-Cola was the favorite drink of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Ramses IV. An inscription found in his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe used today. [BS]

Today’s Question: The average woman will do THIS 32 times over the course of a lifetime.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Start a diet.

Just because it pays well doesn’t mean it’s a good job.

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