Tuesday, August 4, 2015        Edition: #5508

Here’s More Bull Roar!

All accounts have been credited for yesterday’s missed service on the local Civic Holiday.

★ 39-year-old actress Charlize Theron has adopted another child, according to a new report. The “Mad Max” star apparently adopted an African-American girl, named August, in July after working with an adoption agency for 6 months. The actress, who split from Sean Penn last month, adopted her son Jackson from South Africa in 2012.
– TMZ.com
★ Rumors are leaking out about Season 9 of “The Voice”, which premieres September 21st on NBC-TV. Word has it that Selena Gomez will join forces with Gwen Stefani as a mentor for her team, and Missy Elliott will be a mentor for Pharrell’s team. Recording veteran John Fogerty is apparently slated to assist Adam Levine, and country superstar Brad Paisley will mentor Blake Shelton’s singers.
– “Us Weekly”
★ Brooklyn Beckham, eldest son of David & Victoria Beckham, has reportedly just signed a modeling contract with a top agency. The 16-year-old made his modeling debut last year, appearing on the cover of “Man About Town” magazine. But rather than follow his parents into the world of sports or music and fashion, the teen is said to be planning a future career in Hollywood after impressing talent scouts in LA.
– “Daily Mirror”

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Mel B invites former judge Piers Morgan to help narrow down the field.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Catfish & The Bottlemen (“The Balcony”).
• “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (ABC) – Highlights of the 4-day annual event in June when top country music stars meet & greet and perform for fans. Little Big Town hosts. Performances by Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Zac Brown Band.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – The New Basement Tapes (“Lost On the River”). Rerun.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – One Direction (the surprise new single “Drag Me Down”).
• “Ice & Coco” (syndicated) – Rapper-actor Ice-T has landed a daytime talk show alongside wife model-wife Coco. A 3-week trial begins today in selected markets, including LA and NYC.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Meghan Trainor (“Title”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Caribou (“Our Love”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Milky Chance (“Sadnecessary”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Nick Jonas (“Nick Jonas”). Rerun.
• “Significant Mother” (CW) – Debut of a new sitcom in which a Portland OR restaurateur (Josh Zuckerman) is thrown for a loop when his best friend starts dating his mom.

• The Beatles – Paul McCartney tells “Evening Standard” that he & John Lennon may have written dozens of songs that were never released … because they forgot them. They didn’t have portable recording devices so new tunes had to be memorized in their entirety or they were lost.
• Dolly Parton – She’s apparently writing a Charles Dickens-themed musical to be performed at her Dollywood amusement park this holiday season.
• Dr Dre – The hip hop veteran has revealed his new solo project “Compton: A Soundtrack”, to be released this Friday, will serve as his ‘grand finalé’. His first new album in 16 years is inspired by the biopic “Straight Outta Compton”, debuting August 14th.
• Hunter Hayes – He’s playing himself in an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s “Bella & The Bulldogs”, about a Texas cheerleader who is also the QB of her high school football team. No air date has been announced for the episode.
• Justin Bieber – Hillary Clinton has reportedly chosen to host her Hollywood presidential bid fundraiser at the home of Scooter Braun (aka Bieber’s manager).
• Miguel – His new album “Wildheart” has been labeled the ‘horniest of the Summer’ by “New York Post”. Even he says: “You don’t want to listen to it with Mom.”

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Child 44” ( R-Rated Drama ): “The Dark Knight Rises” co-stars Tom Hardy & Gary Oldman reunite in this dark tale about a disgraced member of the Russian military police who is investigating a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Co-stars Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman. Shot in the Czech Republic.
• “Far from the Madding Crowd” ( PG-13 Drama ): Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, the story of an independent, beautiful, and headstrong young woman (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors. Co-stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, Juno Temple.
• “Insurgent” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Thriller): In this new installment from the “Divergent” series, ‘Beatrice Prior’ must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart. Stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet.
• “Madame Bovary” ( R-Rated Drama) – Gustave Flaubert’s classic story set in Normandy, France about a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor in order to leave her father’s pig farm far behind. Stars Mia Wasikowska, Laura Carmichael, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans.
• “True Story” ( R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): For once James Franco & Jonah Hill play serious. The story follows the cat-and-mouse interplay between a disgraced “New York Times” reporter and an accused killer who has taken on his identity. Co-stars  Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee, Gretchen Mol.
• Also released today: “Do You Believe?” (Faith-Based Drama); “The Casual Vacancy” (HBO Miniseries); “The Comeback” (Vintage TV); “Flamenco, Flamenco” (Documentary); “Looney Tunes Rabbits Run” (Animation); “The Man From UNCLE: The Complete 1st Season” (Vintage TV); and “Orphan Black: Season 3” (TV).

Spending time in public aquariums can improve physical and mental well-being, according to a new study by a team from UK’s Plymouth University and National Marine Aquarium. As well as improving people’s mood, experiments show significant reductions in participants’ heart-rates and blood pressure. Results show participants feel more relaxed and significantly happier as the number of fish increases … in other words with more biodiversity. And psychological measurements show that the benefits of the tranquil environment increase with exposure, people becoming increasingly happier the longer they stay. (Seems public aquariums are basically ‘blue gyms’.)
– BBC Science & Environment

Text-walkers are the bane of busy pedestrians as they saunter along sidewalks at a snail’s pace with their heads bent low over their smartphones,. But new research shows that text-walkers actually evolve a sort of ‘protective shuffle’ in order to prevent mishaps. Academics at the University of Bath and University of Texas have found that texting causes people to slow their pace and make large, exaggerated movements to negotiate crowds and compensate for their diminished vision. This ‘protective gait pattern’ causes them to take about 25% longer to cover a distance, but allows them to swerve past barriers and  avoid obstacles by lifting their legs higher. (Well OK … but they still look dorky.)
– PLOSOne.org

According to experts, these are typical warning signs that your woman has a wandering eye …
• Cellphone secrecy. She used to leave it lying around; now she keeps it buried in her purse.
• She loses her nesting instinct. She quits buying things for your home and/or the children.
• She’s busy. She starts going to ‘yoga class’ 5 times-a-week instead of 2.
• She shops more. She may be trying to look good for someone else.
• She asks if YOU are cheating.
• She stops nagging.
– “Details”

A new scientific finding may have solved why roosters take turns crowing at dawn. Biologists at Japan’s Nagoya University have discovered that they follow a strict social order when they cock-a-doodle-doo. The most dominant male bird in the area is first to break the night-time silence, followed by the second-most-dominant and so on. This strict ranking continues through the social hierarchy among roosters. And if the dominant bird is taken away, the second in command takes over as first to crow. Researchers have also found that cocks crow at the same time every day regardless of whether they can see dawn breaking. It’s believed their behavior is regulated by a circadian rhythm – the body’s internal clock – rather than by external triggers like sunrise. (And unfortunately, there’s no ‘Snooze’ button.)
– @MailOnline

A joint research team from University of Nevada-Indiana University has found that fewer than half the world’s cultures kiss in a romantic way. Although many societies consider kissing to be a romantic or erotic activity, others consider it ‘gross’ and ask why anyone would ‘share their dinner’. Researchers have studied 168 cultures over the past year and found evidence of romantic kissing in 77, or 46%. The more socially complex the culture, the higher the frequency of romantic kissing. Across Europe, a peck on the cheek is a common cultural greeting; one on the lips is indeed a romantic gesture. In India, Bangladesh, and Thailand, it’s a private practice. But some societies do not consider kissing romantic at all. The Oceanic kiss, for example, involves passing open mouths over each other … without actual contact. (No spit swapping!)
– “Washington Post”

Science has taught us a lot about a smooch. Kissing helps you choose the right mate and helps you live longer. You use 146 muscles when you pucker up. You swap 80 million new bacteria when you lock lips. And on average you will spend some 20,000 minutes – or 2 weeks – of your lifetime smooching.
– “American Anthropologist”


1955 [60] Billy Bob Thornton, Hot Springs AR, TV actor (“Fargo” 2014)/movie actor (“Bad Santa”, “Sling Blade”)

1961 [54] Barack Obama, Honolulu HI, 44th US President since 2009/Nobel Peace Prize laureate (2009)/US Senator (IL) 2005-08/Illinois State Senator 1997-2004

1971 [44] Jeff Gordon, Vallejo CA, auto racer/owner (4-time NASCAR champ, 3-time “Daytona 500” winner)

1988 [27] Tom Parker, Bolton UK, pop singer (The Wanted-“Glad You Came”)

• “Chocolate Chip Day”, saluting those tiny little morsels of decadence that make almost any dessert taste better. (There’s hardly any calories in them, right? They’re just little.)

• “Coast Guard Day” in America. The ‘Revenue Cutter Service’, formed on this date in 1790, merged with the ‘Life Saving Service’ in 1915 to become the US Coast Guard.

• “National Night Out”, the 32nd annual event promoting crime & drug prevention as concerned people in urban neighborhoods across North America ‘take back the streets’ by going out en masse after dark.
NET: http://www.natw.org

• “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally”, the 75th annual through Sunday in South Dakota’s Black Hills, when bikers of all backgrounds roll in. The week’s entertainment includes Cole Swindell, Def Leppard, Hank Williams Jr, John Fogerty, John Michael Montgomery, Lynyrd Sknyrd, Styx … and the ‘Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant’.
NET: http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com

2013 [02] Actor Peter Capaldi lands the lead role of “Doctor Who” in the 12th incarnation of the Brit TV sci-fi show

1990 [25] Mariah Carey’s debut single, “Vision Of Love”, hits #1 on pop charts

2010 [05] Former Fugees musician Wyclef Jean announces his intention to run for President of Haiti (later ensues that he can’t qualify)

2012 [03] At the London Games, South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius (‘The Blade Runner’) becomes the 1st amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics (now a convicted murderer)

[Wed] “A Wicked Offer” debut (CW)
[Wed] “Mr Robinson” premiere (NBC)
[Wed] Oyster Day
[Wed] Underwear Day
[Thurs] “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” series finalé
[Thurs] Fresh Breath Day

Assistance Dog Week / Bargain Hunting Week / Exercise With Your Child Week / Farmers Market Week / Fraud Awareness Week / International Clown Week / Psychic Week / Scrabble Week / Simplify Your Life Week / Single Working Women’s Week / World Breastfeeding Week


Are the following brands a strain of marijuana or a shade of nail gloss … or both?
• Sulfur Blaze [Polish]
• Flamed Out [Polish]
• Blue Dream [Pot]
• Inferno [Polish]
• Violet Flicker [Polish]
• Pina Colada [Both]
• Super Lemon Haze [Pot]
• Lemon Drop [Both]
• Scalding Emerald [Polish]
• Black Heat [Polish]
• Bahama Mama [Both]
• Seared Bronze [Polish]
• Sangria [Both]
• Orange Oasis [Polish]
• Appletini [Polish]
• Pink Lady [Both]
• Blue Hawaiian [Both]
• Purple Freeze [Polish]
• Tsunami Crush [Pot]
• White Ice [Pot]
– Thanks to Chloe Kent

☎ What’s the crappiest car you’ve ever owned? Was it a lemon from Day 1 or did you simply drive it into the ground?

It’s out now, but here’s expert advice about just when you should upgrade to ‘Windows 10’.
NET: http://bit.ly/1KApuKS

What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday? “Aye, matey.”

Question: The average person does THIS 2 million times in a lifetime.
Answer: Swears.

Always try to be modest … and be proud of it.

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