Wednesday, February 23, 2005        Edition: #2976
More From the Sheethouse!

The multi-colored “Saturday Night Fever” dance floor on which John Travolta strutted his stuff in the 1977 movie is going up for auction APRIL 1st and is expected to fetch over $80,000 . . . On the rebound from her relationship with White Stripes rocker Jack White, actress Renee Zellweger is said to be hanging with Irish singer Damien Rice in a series of secret dates . . .  Actor Jackie Chan is selling his Beverly Hills mansion for $6.7 million and returning to Hong Kong as his home base . . . The “Miss America Pageant”, recently dumped by ABC-TV due to sagging ratings, is now being shopped as a remodeled reality TV show, a multi-episode series complete with behind-the-scenes drama and gradual elimination of contestants . . . Internet sites are being warned they’ll face lawsuits if they leak any pictures and/or plot details of the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith” (opening MAY 19th) . . . “Son of the Mask” star Jamie Kennedy wants to make a biopic about the life of former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth . . . The movie “Sideways” has boosted sales of Pinot Noir, the wine that main character ‘Miles’ favors, but it seems the family film “Because of Winn-Dixie” hasn’t helped the Jacksonville-based Winn-Dixie grocery store chain much – it’s just filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization . . . Johnny Carson’s estate is estimated at $450 million, of which his final wife, Alexis Maas, is expected to receive at least $200 million . . . And the latest T-shirt slogan making waves in California – “Paris Made Me Change My Number” (well, that certainly didn’t take long!).

• Janet Jackson – She’s staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, from which a driver will take her each day to brother Michael’s trial.
• Hilary Duff – TODAY she’s on “Live With Regis & Kelly”.
• Kanye West – He’s been demanding a fee to do magazine photoshoots and now “Playgirl” is offering one … but only if he poses in the altogether.
• LeAnn Rimes – She tells “People” mag that while she’s singing in concert, husband Dean Sheremet likes to play practical jokes, often making faces at her from backstage and, on one occasion, mooning her and the band.
• Madonna – She’s suing her ‘art consultant’, claiming she is owed $265,000 for a painting that was sold by the longtime adviser.
• REM – They’ve cancelled a second concert on their UK tour because bassist Mike Mills has the flu.
• Velvet Revolver – The trademark top hat that guitarist Slash has worn for 15 years was swiped from the back of his limo on “Grammy Awards” night.

• The Korea Customs Service has found a new use for knock-off garments featuring fake designer labels – clothing for the homeless! Over 3,500 fake designer outfits have been distributed to street people in South Korea with the permission of the fashion houses whose designs were ripped off. (Good luck panhandling for a coffee in a  Vivienne Westwood gown and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes … especially if you’re a guy.)
• A mysterious man in a mask has offered the winning bid for the most expensive vehicle license plate sold in Hong Kong since 1997. The unidentified man wearing a surgical mask paid $910,000 at auction for the license plate bearing the number ‘12′. (What the hell is Michael Jackson doing over there?)
•  A trout farm near Melbourne, Australia is offering a $1,000 reward for the capture of a giant eel that’s gotten loose in the breeding pond. It’s estimated the eel is about 13-feet-long, with a head the size of a football. (What the hell is Shaq O’Neal doing down there?)
• If you’re saved from drowning at San Antonio Beach in Chile, be prepared to pay up! Lifeguards are charging a fee ranging from $50 to $250 to punish careless swimmers and cut the costs of rescue operations. (Gee, do they throw you back in if you can’t pay?)
• A German acoustics expert has invented a hearing aid … for cats. The tiny device which is implanted in the cat’s outer ear was developed by Hans-Rainer Kurz, who has already had success with a similar aid for dogs. Although Kurz admits the device will not cure totally deaf cats, he says it will help those with hearing difficulties. (What does it matter if your cat is deaf? You can call all you want but they won’t come anyway.)

A snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 98% of us regularly have ice cream in the house.
• 97% of us think we drive as well or better than anyone else we know.
• 60% of us admit to napping while working.
• 50% of us have from 1-to-3 credit cards on us whenever we leave home.
• 27% of us have eaten breakfast cereal for dinner.
• 13% of us say the best way to cure a cold is to take a bubble bath.

According to a University of Iowa study of close to 300 newlyweds, opposites may attract but the odds are they won’t be as happy together as couples who are more alike. Researchers say the happiest couples have similarities in personality traits such as ‘openness’, ‘conscientiousness’ and ‘agreeableness’. However, the similarities don’t have to be such positive qualities – couples who share traits such as ‘anxiety’, ‘recklessness’ or ‘ irresponsible behavior’ also prove to be happier together than those who differ. ([Co-host] and his wife are both broke.)
– “Philadelphia Inquirer”

Patients prefer doctors who wear white lab coats with name tags, not sneakers and jeans. A recent study indicates a more formal look projects professional competence and inspires trust among patients while a casual look – sandals, clogs, scrub suits or blue jeans – is disapproved of by most patients. Research shows a neat and clean appearance is even more important than attire, but most important of all to patients is – a gentle, concerned physician with an engaging, friendly, emphatic demeanor. (Good luck, you’ll only find one on “ER”!)
– “Archives of Internal Medicine”

• Catherine Deneuve
• Raquel Welch
• Lauren Hutton
• Julie Christie
• Julie Andrews
– “Good Housekeeping”

The average person speaks at the rate of 225 words per minute.


1949 [56] Marc Garneau, Quebec City QC, Canada’s first astronaut (Space Shuttle Mission 13)/President of the Canadian Space Agency

1952 [53] Brad Whitford, Winchester MA, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-“Jaded”, “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1994 [11] Dakota Fanning, Conyers GA, movie actress (“Hide and Seek”, “Man on Fire”)  UP NEXT: Appears in “War of the Worlds” and then stars in “Charlotte’s Web”.

TODAY is “International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day”. OK fine, but what’s the proper wine to serve?

TODAY is “Chinese Lantern Festival”, the last day of the 2-week-long “Chinese New Year” cerebration. Traditionally, families gather to view thousands of lanterns displayed by individuals and/or municipalities. There’s usually a competition for the most beautiful lantern.

1970 [35] Canada’s music awards are first presented in Toronto (the ‘Juno Awards’ are originally called the ‘RPM Gold Leaf Awards’)

2000 [05] Carlos Santana ties Grammy Awards record by picking up 8 trophies for his multi-platinum album “Supernatural” and its first #1 single “Smooth”

1886 [119] World’s 1st ‘classified ad’, in “Times of London” (“Single White Victorian looking for …”)

1905 [100] 1st ‘Rotary Club International’ established in Chicago, so-named because members rotate through various duties (like Shriners, only without the funny hats)

1997 [08] Scientists in Scotland announce the 1st successful cloning of an adult mammal, “Dolly” the sheep

1906 [99] 5-ft, 7-in Canadian Tommy Burns (real name Noah Brusso of Hanover ON) defeats Marvin Hart in 20-round bout in Los Angeles to become ‘Shortest World Heavyweight Boxing Champ’

[Thurs] Flag Day (Mexico)
[Thurs] Full ‘Snow’ Moon
[Sat] 25th Razzie Awards
[Sun] 77th Academy Awards
[Mon] International Floral Design Day
This Week Is . . . Build A Better Trade Show Image Week
This Month Is . . . Heart Month


TODAY is “Curling is Cool Day”, celebrating the winter sport of curling … a great game if you can figure out what the hell they’re talking about. Run down the following list and ask a contestant or studio guest to decide whether the terms are ‘Rink or Rap’, things to do with curling or hip-hop slang …
• There’s a stone in the house. [CURLING. A ‘rock’ or ‘stone’ playing piece in the target area.]
• A beef is on. [RAP. Somebody’s looking for a fight.]
• The ice is swingy. [CURLING. The condition of the ice surface causes stones to curl greatly.]
• Draw to the button. [CURLING. A shot that stops dead center on the target.]
• It stays in the jar. [RAP. I will be keeping my clothes on.]
• She’s super thick. [RAP. A woman who is full figured and shapely.]
• She’s a biter. [CURLING. A stone is just touching the outer edge of the target circle.]
• Runs with the crew. [RAP. Belongs to the gang.]
• Heavy ice. [CURLING. When the playing surface is slow and rocks have to be thrown harder.]
• Brush it all off. [RAP. Forgot about all that.]
• He’s dropping bombs. [RAP. He’s making great rhymes.]
• Freeze to the guard. [CURLING. A shot that lands next to another rock in front of the target area.]

A chef? (You get buttered up.)
A chauffeur? (You get taken for a ride.)
A gambler? (He cheats on you.)
A telephone operator? (He gives you a phone-y line.)
A trashman? (He dumps you.)
A clockmaker? (He two-times you.)
A pastry cook? (He desserts you.)
A shoe salesman? (He walks all over you.)
An elevator operator? (He lets you down.)
An artist? (He gives you the brush.)
A jogger? (He gives you the run-around.)

Ever since Avril Lavigne mentioned in “Rolling Stone” magazine that one thing she misses about her hometown of Napanee ON is La Pizzeria, the local pizza joint where she hung out as a teen, it has been inundated with fans from around-the-world. Ask them to read entries in their ‘fan book’. And what are the pop tart’s favorite toppings anyway?
PHONER: 613.354.3361 (Bill Kosmopolis, La Pizzeria)

• If you’re tired of listening to your husband whining, you’re not pushing down hard enough with the pillow.
• I make sure I eat something each day from the 4 basic food groups: canned, frozen, fast and takeout.
• Me and the wife are celebrating today … I’ve been wrong about everything for a whole year.
• I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think “Well, that’s
not going to happen.”

Today’s Question: Even though Ottawa wanted it, Montréal got THIS first.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: The Stanley Cup. In 1894, Montréal AAA beat the Ottawa Capitals 3-1 in the deciding game.

Today’s Question: The state of Alaska has the highest percentage of people who do THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Walk to work.

Never run after buses or women … you’ll always get left behind.

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