Tuesday, August 5, 2014        Edition: #5277

Get Sheet-Faced Every Morning!

★ What’s cheekier than a selfie and allowed on Instagram? The ‘belfie’, a selfie taken from the rear, aka a ‘booty selfie’. Several celebs have jumped on the butt bandwagon: Chrissy Teigen, Lea Michele, Miley Cyrus, Nora Segura, and Rihanna among them. And the ‘belfie’ is so important to Kim Kardashian she allegedly Photoshopped one to give herself better curves. A search for ‘#belfie’ on Instagram brings up nearly 35,000 bootylicious photos. That’s definitely a trend, but still small potatoes compared to the 150 million results for ‘#selfie’. (Baby got back! But why no guys?)
– Iconosquare.com
★ Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has landed a new gig contributing to “Vanity Fair’s”  website VF.com on an ongoing basis. The 41-year-old, who has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, is still best known as the infamous White House intern who had an affair with president Bill Clinton in the 1990s. The announcement comes on the heels of Lewinksy’s “Vanity Fair” article in June, when she spoke openly of the difficulties of recovering from a sex scandal. She will apparently cover ‘relevant topics of interest’ for the magazine. (How to remove stubborn stains from dresses perhaps?)
– “Daily News”
★ And Selena Gomez is blaming overzealous members of the paparazzi for causing her to get into a minor auto accident in Los Angeles on Sunday. She was apparently pulling out of a convenience store parking lot in North Hollywood when she backed her SUV into another vehicle. She exchanged contact info with the driver of the 2nd vehicle, and even offered a complimentary day at luxury spa to apologize for the fender bender. Afterward, Selena took to Twitter and placed the blame on over-eager snappers for distracting her as she backed out of the lot. (Proving the 22-year-old is already adept at passing the buck.)
– TMZ.com

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 12 acts perform live.
• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Naturally 7 (“Hidden In Plain Sight”). Rerun.
• “Chelsea Lately” (E!) – Jake Owen (“Days of Gold”).
• “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” (ABC) – Little Big Town hosts this special collating highlights of the annual 4-day Nashville event in June; performers include The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw.
NET: http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival/
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Jamie Scott (“My Hurricane”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jake Owen again.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Warm Soda (“Young Reckless Hearts”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – St Vincent (“St Vincent”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – The Head & the Heart (“Let’s Be Still”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – RZA ( Wu-Tang Clan). Rerun.

• Blake Shelton – His 11th studio album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine”, has been announced for a September 30th release. It follows up 2013’s “Based on a True Story …”. The first single from the project will be announced soon.
• Foo Fighters – More details have been revealed about their upcoming HBO project. The “Sonic Highways” series will air on Friday nights, beginning October 17th. The first song from their upcoming album will debut during the premiere episode.
• Godsmack – Today they release their 6th full-length album, “1000hp”. Singer Sully Erna says they made a conscious decision to go back to the streets of Boston for this project.
• Jack White – He’s expanding his Third Man Records empire with a book imprint, naturally called Third Man Books. The first release, out today, is a 321-page hardcover book of poetry, prose, and art called “Language Lessons: Volume I”, which is accompanied by a 2-record set.
• Janet Jackson – Producer/engineer Ian Cross says he’s has been recording overseas with her in studios in Paris and Qatar (CAT-uhr), and claims they’re working on a new album. If true, it would be her first new release in 6 years.
• Johnny Cash – There are plans to turn his former Henderson TN home into a rehab facility.  Barry Gibb (Bee Gees) sold the property to an investor after it was damaged by fire in 2007. Rehab would be a suitable use for it … Cash relapsed into addiction after being administered painkillers for a bizarre injury when he was kicked by an ostrich he kept on his farm.
• The Kinks – 50 years ago this week (1964) the British band released their hit “You Really Got Me”, referred to by some as the first ‘hard rock’ record.
• Magic! – The Canadian reggae fusion band has knocked Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” out of the top spot on this week’s UK singles chart with their debut single “Rude”.
• Spandau Ballet – They’re recording their 1st album of new material in 25 years. After splitting in 1989, they reformed for a 2009 world tour. No release date has been set for the new album but a documentary  about them, “Soul Boys Of the Western World”, is due in October.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Divergent” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Adventure ): In a world divided by factions, young woman ‘Tris’ (Shailene Woodley) discovers she’s a ‘Divergent’ and there’s a plot to destroy her ilk. It’s up to her and the mysterious ‘Four’ (Theo James) to find out what makes ‘Divergents’ dangerous before it’s too late. Co-stars Kate Winslet. Based on the Veronica Roth young-adult novel.
• “Need for Speed” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) stars as a street racer who joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind after being framed by a wealthy business associate. Co-stars Dominic Cooper. It’s thought this videogame adaptation could be a potential new franchise-starter. Or maybe just a cheesy imitation of the “Fast & Furious” series?
• “Oculus” (  R-Rated Horror ): A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by supernatural phenomenon. Stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites. Shot in Mobile, Alabama. Nothing whatsoever to do with the Oculus company that makes virtual reality goggles, which Facebook recently bought for $2 billion.
• “The Quiet Ones” ( PG-13 Horror ): A university professor and a team of his students conduct an experiment on a young woman and in the process uncover terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces. Said to be inspired by actual events. Stars Jared Harris, Sam Claflin, Olivia Cooke, Erin Richards. Shot on location in Oxford, England.
• Also released today: “The Birthday Boys: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “Californication: The Complete Series” (TV); “Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies” (Compilation); “Community: Season 5” (TV); “Dream Deceivers” (Documentary); “More Than the Rainbow” (Documentary); “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Good, The Bad, and Casey Jones” (TV Animation); and “Transformers Cybertron: The Complete Series” (TV Animation).

Spanish ice cream chain IceXperience has a new tutti frutti-flavor ice cream dubbed ‘Xamaleón’ that transitions from light blue to pinkish purple as it is licked. Created by physicist and business owner Manuel Linares, the innovative treat gradually morphs from a light blue or periwinkle hue to shades of pink and purple. The effect is achieved by coating the ice cream with an all-natural spray that Linares calls ‘elixir of love’. He’s keeping the exact secret of what’s in it under wraps, but does reveal that the transformation is triggered by temperature and oxidation. His chain has locations in Barcelona and Girona. (We have hot dogs in the fridge that turned from pink to green … would this be related?)
– CNET.com

Charcoal and its purifying properties are the latest health fad. Proponents say charcoal can absorb 100-to-200 times its weight in impurities, making it an excellent natural ingredient to help deep-clean your pores. A 15-minute charcoal mask treatment, for instance, uses a thick, pudding-like mixture that is applied to the face with a brush. But buyer beware – dermatologists aren’t buying the hype, warning that there isn’t any solid clinical data one way or the other as to whether the stuff is beneficial to skin. Its new popularity, they say, may be due to the ‘weird factor’ of using pitch-black goop as a skin treatment. Science aside, beauty bloggers are bonkers for the stuff, citing it as the new way to relieve and cleanse the body. (It’s amazing the things we’ll do to try to look good … no matter how dumb.)
– @NYDailyNews

Highlights of a new Durex poll of adults 21-plus on their favorite ‘sexplorations’ …
• 30% have thought about joining the ‘Mile High Club’, but just 5% have done so.
• 28% would prefer to try sex in the office.
• 23% have fantasized about doing it in a car, 36% say they already have.
• 22% admit to fantasizing about getting it on in a clothing store fitting room.
• 20% fantasize about sex on a roof or balcony; but only 5% have followed through on it.
• 16% are intrigued by the idea of sex in the back of a cab.
• 15% have fantasized about ‘sex in the stacks’ … at a public or university library.
• 10% have considered the subway a suitable spot; only 2% have actually lived it.
• 8% want to do it in a cemetery, but only 3% have realized that stiff fantasy.
• 7% fantasize about orgasms in church, apparently making it handy for confession afterward.
Home is by far where the dirty deed is most often done: 54% like it in the shower; 35% have tried out the kitchen (where clearly more than the oven has been getting hot).

The so-called ‘Gluten-Free Diet’ may do more harm than good for those without wheat sensitivity. Only 1% of the population actually needs a gluten-free diet due to celiac disease, yet gluten-free labeling is everywhere. Increasingly, people have been latching onto the gluten-free fad thinking it will help them lose weight plus provide an overall healthier diet. In turn, they’re missing out on vital nutrients, according to new research at the University of Florida. Plus whatever’s being consumed as a gluten replacement may not be any healthier. The $10.5-billion gluten-free food & beverage industry has grown by over 44% since 2011. (Gluten is a naturally occurring plant compound, similar to pectin, which is also used as a thickener.)
– RelaxNews.com

Picture chocolate, either as a food or a color. You’re probably imagining a deep, rich brown … a chocolate Lab, chocolate chips, hot chocolate. Well guess what? Until the early 1800s, chocolate didn’t conjure up the color brown at all but a deep shade of red instead. That’s the true natural color of unprocessed cocoa beans. Chocolate didn’t turn brown until a Dutch chemist got his hands on it. He found a way to make powdered chocolate by removing about half the natural fat (cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, then pulverizing what remained, and treating the mixture with alkaline salts to cut the bitter taste. The ensuing ‘Dutch chocolate’ was a dark brown. (If you close your eyes it taste’s the same, no matter the color.)
– SmithsonianMag.com

Handshakes share 20 times more germs than fist bumps.
– AARP.com


1959 [55] Pat Smear, LA CA, rock guitarist (Foo Fighters-“Walk”, Nirvana-“You Know You’re Right”)

1968 [46] Terri Clark (Sauson), Montréal QC, country singer (“Girls Lie Too”, “You’re Easy On the Eyes”)

• “National Night Out”, the 31st 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

• “Oyster Day”, celebrating the shell-shucked crustacean enjoyed by many as a delicacy. (What brave soul could have first decided to eat one of these icky-looking things?)

• “Underwear Day”, the 11th annual organized by online retailer FreshPair.com. Last year, it managed to attracted some 800 underwearers to NYC’s Times Square. A good excuse to take a vote: Boxers, Briefs, Boxer-Briefs, or Commando?
NET: http://www.freshpair.com/underwear-day.html

• “Work Like a Dog Day”, an opportunity to recognize those individuals who work especially hard.

1994 [20] Actor/comedian Bill Cosby is ordered to pay damages of 20 cents for assaulting a photographer … who had sued for $20 million

1998 [16] ABC-TV improv series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” debuts, hosted by Drew Carey and starring Colin Mochrie & Ryan Styles (a new version is airing this Summer on the CW)

1914 [100] The world’s 1st electric traffic signal is put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue & East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio

1989 [25] ‘Largest Game of Musical Chairs’ features 8,238 participants (China)

1989 [25] ‘Largest Hamburger’ weighs 5,520 lbs (Seymour, Wisconsin)

1994 [20] ‘Largest Cocktail’ (Finlandia Sea Breeze) measures 2,933 gallons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

1999 [15] ‘Tish’, the world’s oldest captive goldfish, dies in Yorkshire, England at the age of 43

[Wed] Fresh Breath Day
[Wed] Root Beer Float Day
[Thurs] Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
[Fri] Outside Lands Festival begins (San Francisco CA)
This Week is … Bargain Hunting Week
This Month Is … Get Ready for Kindergarten Month


● Where do forest rangers go to ‘get away from it all’?
● Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the battery is dead?
● Sooner or later, doesn’t EVERYONE stop smoking?
● If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is it homeless or naked?
● If  a chicken coop had 4 doors, would it be a ‘chicken sedan’?
● If a case of the clap spreads, is it called applause?
● Ever notice that ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision?

☎ If you were teaching someone who’d never been online how to use the Internet, what sites would you show them first?

• If Marilyn Monroe were alive, she’s be 62 today. [BS. She died 52 years ago (1962) at age 36, so she’d be 88. Hard to picture, isn’t it?]
• Common houseflies can do back flips. [True. Scientists using slow-motion cameras have  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, where experts say being turfed is a ringing reminder 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.]
• There are just 2 letters in the English alphabet with more than 1 syllable. [BS. Actually only one, the letter ‘W’, which has 3 syllables.]
• Your are average if you chug down 3½ cups of coffee a  day. [True. More than half of that coffee is consumed during breakfast.]

My wife says I never listen … or something like that.

Question: Studies show doing THIS more than 7 times can ruin a family outing.
Answer: Taking a picture.

If people listened to themselves more often, they would talk less.

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