August 7, 2013

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✶ Andrew Silverman is allegedly stunned that his wife’s apparently innocent flirtation with Simon Cowell turned out to be a full-blown affair. A friend tells “The Sun” that the NYC property developer is still in shock at the discovery his wife Lauren is expecting a child with the 53-year-old media mogul and can’t believe their affair happened right under his nose. Simon and the Silvermans were friends for over 6 years and often vacationed together.
– Bang Showbiz
✶ Charlie Sheen has sparked rumors he’s gone back to his wild days after pictures have surfaced online, showing him enjoying a Hawaiian vacation with 3 unnamed women … all of whom work in the porn industry and are said to be living with Sheen in California. He was recently dating adult film star Georgia Jones, but now appears to have moved on with a trio of new women that he reportedly refers to as his ‘angels’.
✶ The filmmaking Coen Bros are turning their Oscar-winning movie “Fargo” into a TV series, with Billy Bob Thornton in the lead role. The 1996 film starred Frances McDormand as a determined, pregnant police chief on the trail of two bumbling criminals. The 10-part TV series for FX channel will involve brand new characters and a new scenario. Filming will take place in Canada, and the drama is expected to be debut next Spring.
✶ And “Jeopardy!” TV host Alex Trebek has been facing a lot of backlash on social media for his ‘harsh treatment’ of 12-year-old Kids’ Week contestant Thomas Hurley III. As you’ve heard, the 8th-grader was penalized for misspelling ‘Emancipation Proclamation’, adding an extra ‘t’ in the first word. That relegated the 8th-grader to the $2,000 runner-up prize. What’s been lost in all the hoopla – rival competitor Skyler Hornback set a Kids’ Week record by winning $66,000, meaning Thomas didn’t have a shot … he was only going to win $2K anyway.

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 4 acts move on to the semifinals; Jason Derulo performs (“Tattoos”, out September 24th).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Luke Bryan (“Crash My Party”). Rerun.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Pattie Mallette (Justin Bieber’s mom).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Mayer Hawthorne (“A Strange Arrangement”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Maximum Hedrum (“Maximum Hedrum”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Brett Eldredge (“Bring You Back”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Gary Clark Jr (“Blak & Blu”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Parachute (“Overnight”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Cee-Lo Green (“Girl Power”); Goodie Mob (“Age Against the Machine”, out August 27th).

• The Black Keys – Dan Auerbach is embroiled in a messy divorce with estranged wife Stephanie Gonis. He’s accused her of trying to commit suicide by slashing her legs in front of their young daughter Sadie. Auerbach has temporary custody of the little girl while Gonis has admitted herself to a treatment center.
• Bob Dylan – “Bob Dylan: Face Value”, a collection of 12 pastel portraits by the 72-year-old folk legend, will be exhibited at London’s National Portrait Gallery later this month. Dylan has been painting since the late ‘60s but only began exhibiting his work 6 years ago.
• Cage the Elephant – They’ll release their 3rd album, “Melophobia”, in the Fall. Frontman Matt Shultz tells “Musically, what we’re trying to do is to be super thoughtful but blend that with playfulness.”
• Chris Brown – The 24-year-old showed up as required at the Van Nuys, California jail this week to get booked and have another mug shot taken over an alleged hit-and-run in May. He’s next scheduled for a court hearing on the incident August 15th.
• Feist – Tonight at the Shaw Amphitheatre in Banff, Alberta she performs a charity concert benefitting flood relief in nearby Calgary.
• 50 Cent – He’s pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges stemming from an incident when he allegedly terrorized former girlfriend Daphne Narvarez and trashed her Toluca Lake condo in California. He faces a stiff fine and up to 5 years in jail should he be found guilty. His next court appearance is September 4th for a pretrial hearing.
• Kanye West – After Lady Gaga, he’s been announced as the 2nd confirmed performer for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards (August 25th). He’s slated to perform “Black Skinhead” from his album “Yeezus”. It his 7th appearance at the VMAs, tying a record set by Madonna.
• – He’s said to be on the producers’ wish list for judges on the next season of “American Idol” (FOX). The Black Eyed Peas rapper held a seat on the judging panel of “The Voice UK” last season.

• “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” ( PG Fantasy Adventure ): In Part 2 of this trilogy based on the novels by Rick Riordan, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Stars Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T Jackson, Nathan Fillion.
• “We’re the Millers” ( R-Rated Crime Comedy ): A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the USA from Mexico. Stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Ed Helms. Soundtrack includes tunes by Aerosmith, Beck, Rick Ross, TLC, ZZ Ward. Special 8 pm screening last night in select theaters.

Do certain men just look like cheaters? According to a new study, women can correctly identify men with a history of unfaithfulness by simply looking at their faces. Apparently, looking ‘masculine’ can act as a proxy for testosterone levels, which is correlated with infidelity, and women are pretty good at picking out the most masculine-looking men from a lineup. Unfortunately, men aren’t quite as good at recognizing potential cheaters from a group of women. (Now if only someone could turn this into an app …).
– “Discovery Magazine”

According to a new poll of adults …
5. “Toy Story” (1995)
4. “The Lion King” (1994)
3. “The Goonies” (1985)
2. “Bambi” (1942)
1. “ET: The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)

University of Iowa has claimed the dubious title of 2013’s ‘Top Party School in America’. “The Princeton Review” revealed the rankings this week, as determined by some 126,000 students in a nationwide poll. Rounding out the top 5 are: University of California @ Santa Barbara; the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign; West Virginia University; and Syracuse University. The most ‘stone-cold sober school’ is – once again – Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (In Iowa, ‘studying for the bar’ is a whole different thing.)
– Associated Press

There are new ‘BreakupText’ and ‘MakeupText’ apps that help you compose and send text messages to either end or mend relationships. New Yorkers Jake Levine of and Lauren Leto, the brains behind Texts from Last Night, launched the new apps to take the messiness out of a relationship’s uncomfortable moments. To use them, you simply answer a few questions: boy or girl? serious or casual?, etc. The app then spits out a lengthy text message detailing why the relationship is doomed or should be resumed. ‘BreakupText’ is 99¢ at Apple iTunes store; ‘MakeupText’ is free for a limited time. (Writing your own honest words is always free.)

New terms leaking into our lingo …
✓ ‘Facecrook’ – A criminal who uses Facebook to commit, plan, or talk about a crime. Scams can include surveys that trick people into handing over personal information such as cellphone numbers.
✓ ‘Matilda Effect’ – The systematic downplaying/overlooking of women’s contributions to science in favor of their male colleagues.
✓ ‘Wearable Technology’ – Electronic devices intended to be worn about the person. Tech consultant iSuppli suggests over 92 million wearable technology devices will be sold annually by 2016.

Walking your dog is one of the top ways to meet women, according to a recent Australian study. That may be because it gives guys an opportunity to show their kinder, gentler side. But since a woman will usually pet your pooch then promptly walk away, you have only about 3 seconds to grab her attention. Your next move: If she plays with your pup and he loves the attention, point out his opinion of her and offer your own compliment. (“Ralphie thinks you are lots of fun. I find you attractive myself.”)

A hi-tech toilet is vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to security experts. The Satis toilet by Japanese firm Lixil retails for over $5,500 and includes automatic flush, bidet, music, and fragrance release. The toilet uses Bluetooth to receive commands via an Android app called ‘My Satis’, but the PIN code for every model is hardwired to be 4 zeros (0000), meaning it cannot be reset and can be activated by any phone with the app. An attacker/prankster could cause repeated flushes, lid openings & closings, and download stored personal data. (“So Grandma D, the prune nectar seems to be working …”)
– BBC News

William Herschel was the 19th Century astronomer who became famous for discovering a new planet in the Solar System. He was going to name his newly discovered orb ‘George’ after the then British king. But for some reason, he changed his mind and called it ‘Uranus’.


1942 [71] Garrison Keillor, Anoka MN, public radio host (“A Prairie Home Companion” since 1974)/author (“Radio Days”, “Lake Wobegon Days”)/Radio Hall of Fame (1994)

1960 [53] David Duchovny, NYC, TV actor (“Californication” since 2007, “The X Files” 1993-2002)/movie actor (“X-Files: I Want to Believe”, “Zoolander”)

1966 [47] Jimmy Wales, Huntsville AL, Internet entrepreneur (co-founder and promoter of non-profit online encyclopedia Wikipedia)

1975 [38] Charlize Theron, Benoni, South Africa, movie actress (“Snow White & The Huntsman”, 2003 Academy Award-“Monster”)  BS FACTOID: Friends kicked off her birthday celebrations early by holding a dinner for her in Rome, Italy over the weekend.

1976 [37] Barry Kerch, Jacksonville FL, rock drummer (Shinedown-“Second Chance”, “The Crow & The Butterfly”)

1987 [26] Sydney Crosby, Cole Harbour NS, NHL superstar center (youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup, with Pittsburgh Penguins 2009-10)

• “Beach Party Day”. If you live near a beach, pause today to appreciate how fortunate you are to be able to party on the beach anytime.

• “Lighthouse Day”, an annual observance when lighthouse grounds, where feasible, are open to the public. No more lonely lighthouse keepers these days … they’re all automated.

• “Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day”, an annual observance to draw attention to the environmentally unfriendly over-packaging of consumer goods. Which do you think are the most over-packaged products?

• “Professional Speakers Day”, an annual salute to those who move us and inform us through the magic of their oratory talents. As orator Ben Johnson once said, “To speak and to speak well are two different things.”

2005 [08] Peter Jennings, anchor & senior editor of ABC News, dies of cancer at his NYC home at age 67

2009 [04] “Julie & Julia” opens in movie theaters, with Meryl Streep playing master chef Julia Child

1997 [16] Garth Brooks plays to a crowd estimated at 750,000 in NYC’s Central Park, ranked the 3rd-largest concert audience of all-time (over 15 million watch on HBO)

1997 [16] Police in Lille, France warn that the ‘Garden Gnomes Liberation Front’ has made off with a dozen lawn ornaments in the previous week (the night-time commandos vow to liberate all gnomes from lawns and flower beds)

2007 [06] Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron’s MLB career record by hitting his 756th home run (finishes career with a total of 762, a stat that will always carry an asterisk due to his alleged use of steroids)

[Thurs] Eid-Al Fitr (Muslim)
[Thurs] Date to Create
[Thurs] Happiness Happens Day
[Thurs] Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
[Fri] “Disney’s Planes”; “Elysium” open in movie theaters
[Fri] International Day Of the World’s Indigenous People
[Fri] Worldwide Art Day
This Week Is … Smile Week
This Month Is … What Will Be Your Legacy Month


✗ Players routinely leave the game early to beat traffic.
✗ Mascot doubles as starting outfielder.
✗ Your team name contains the words ‘Chicago’ and ‘Cubs’.
✗ Spirited locker room debates about how many strikes to an out.
✗ Your cleanup hitter is 5-months-pregnant.
✗ Your 9 starters who made the ‘Performance Enhancing Drug All-Star Team’ have all been suspended.
✗ Team owner has changed team name to ‘Losers’.
– Adapted from

Which bird has the biggest brain compared to its bodyweight?
a. Eagle.
b. Chicken.
c. Hummingbird. [CORRECT. 4.2% of its bodyweight, highest of any bird.]

The boss has announced the floggings will continue until morale improves.

☎ Finish this sentence: There are two kinds of people, those who …

Question: 80% of Europeans do THIS every day on the way to work, but only 5% of North Americans.
Answer: Drive a stick-shift.

Patience comes to those who wait for it.

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