Wednesday, February 9, 2005        Edition: #2966
Sheet, Featuring Bull

TONIGHT the “25th Brit Awards” for music are handed out in London, featuring performances by U2, Scissor Sisters and Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand (“Take Me Out”), who lead nominations with 5  . . . TONIGHT & tomorrow night on ABC-TV’s “Nightline”, Oscar-nominated “Hotel Rwanda” actor Don Cheadle leads a congressional delegation to Chad and Sudan to talk to refugees . . . ABC-TV has picked up another ‘make-over’ show, but in “Miracle Worker” the make-over team will be doctors who look for people urgently in need of medical care but don’t have the wherewithal to get it (how ethical is curing cancer for ratings?) . . . Word has it Drew Barrymore has dumped Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, sending him a ‘Dear Fabrizio’ letter LAST WEEK (“I’m a rich star, you’re not … g’bye”) . . . . Actor Kiefer Sutherland has agreed to make a PSA promoting understanding of Muslims after his show “24“ was criticized for depicting a Muslim family as a terrorist sleeper cell . . . Model Heidi Klum & her singer-fiancé Seal attended Carnival in her hometown of Bergisch Gladbach, Germany – dressed up as dragons . . . Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry will present an award at this year’s “Academy Awards” while wearing shoes encrusted with more than 400 pear-shaped and round diamonds worth – a cool $1 million! . . . But that’s chump-change to Brit actor Hugh Grant, who is looking to buy a retreat with private swimming pools, tennis courts and its own beach on the secluded Mediterranean island of Sainte-Marguerite for – whoa! – $66.5 million.

• Avril Lavigne – Fresh off a leading 5 nominations for the “2005 Juno Awards” (APRIL 3rd in Winnipeg), she’s on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” TONIGHT.
• Billy Joel – He’s been admitted to a NYC hospital for tests after experiencing severe stomach  pains. He’s expected to be released later THIS WEEK.
• Clay Walker – TODAY he’ll compete in the “3M Celebrity Challenge” at Pebble Beach CA, then join the world’s top golfers and celebrities including Donald Trump, Kevin Costner, Bill Murray, Samuel L Jackson & New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick in the “AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am” TOMORROW through Sunday.
• Guess Who – Burton Cummings & Randy Bachman want to tour THIS YEAR under the ‘Guess Who’ name but have been unable to work a deal with the band’s original bassist, Jim Kale, who owns the rights to it.
• Oasis – They’ll tour North America for the first time in 3 years beginning JUNE 17th in Toronto. The band’s as-yet-untitled new studio album is due in late MAY. Jet will open for them on the tour.
• Sum 41 – TONIGHT they do NBC-TV’s “Last Call With Carson Daly”.
• 3 Doors Down – TONIGHT they’re on “Late Show With David Letterman”. Their new drummer is Greg Upchurch, who has left Puddle Of Mudd and joins them just as their “Seventeen Days” tour is about to open SATURDAY in Daytona FL.
• Tracy Byrd – TODAY he hosts the “Ace Hardware Celebrity Golf Shoot-out” at the Mauna Lani Resort in Hawaii. Life’s tough when you’re a golf-loving country star.

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Disco Women’ – Women in their ‘discerning, increasing years’ who are now an increasingly important segment of the fashion industry market. These are stylish and comfortably well-off women who want well-made fashionable clothes.
• ‘Item-Girl’ – A hot-looking female actress, singer or dancer who is poised to become a star in India’s Bollywood film industry. An ‘item song’ is a musical number which has little do with the movie in which it appears, but is presented mainly to promote the singer, the song or the film. (English-language Bollywood film “Bride & Prejudice” debuts FRIDAY.)
• ‘Matron Lit’ – A new literary category aimed at women in the mushrooming Baby Boomer age bracket who are eager to read about women in middle and later years who still manage to find adventure and romance. (Typical title – “The Hot Flash Club” by Nancy Thaye.)

Researchers at the Australian National University have discovered something that cleans better than leading laundry detergents – water! Yep, it seems that mild-mannered tap water becomes a super-cleaner after an inexpensive process called ‘de-gassing’ which takes out all the natural bubbles. In testing, it was found that de-gassed water removes oily and greasy stains much better than even the strongest biological detergents. Researchers say the discovery could lead to a cleaning revolution. (Next they’ll be working on developing the new cutting-edge pain-killer – air.)
– “The Sun”

A new University of Utah study finds that a 20-year-old driver talking on a cellphone has the same reaction time as – a 70-year-old! The research also shows that any driver talking on a cellphone is more ‘impaired’ in their driving ability than a drunk driver with a blood-alcohol level exceeding 0.08. And it doesn’t matter whether the phone is hand-held or hands-free. In fact, researchers say, any activity requiring a driver to actively be part of a conversation will likely impair driving ability. (So that about rules out giving your mom a ride anywhere.)
– “Human Factors”

A study of some 160,000 car accident insurance claims finds the most accident-prone zodiac  signs are …
1. Gemini [May 21-June 21]
2. Taurus [Apr 20-May 20]
3. Pisces [Feb 19-Mar 20]
4. Virgo [Aug 23-Sept 22]
5. Cancer [June 22-July 22]
– Suncorp Metway insurance stats.

According to a newly-released the survey of some 2,000 ad execs, brand managers and academics by online magazine “Brandchannel”, here are the world’s top brands …
1. Apple
2. Google
3. Ikea
4. Starbucks
5. Al Jazeera
– Reuters

Forget counting sheep. Forget chamomile tea. Listening to music at bedtime is the secret to falling asleep fast and getting a restful night’s sleep, according to researchers at Taiwan’s Tzu Chi University. The best kind of music is apparently soft, slow tunes, such as light jazz, folk, or orchestral pieces, that measure 60-to-80 beats a minute. The researchers even have a name for it: ‘Sedative Music’. Believe it or not, the music will actually cause physical changes in your body, such as lowering your heart and respiratory rates, that will lead to a good night’s sleep. (Or, if you just roll over to the edge of the bed … you’ll drop off in no time.)
– “Journal of Advanced Nursing”

• “His lips were on the same microphone as mine and I was ready to just kiss him. I don’t know what it was but I became a groupie.”
– 23-year-old singer Christina Milian about her unsanitary scene with 56-year-old Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler in the upcoming “Get Shorty” sequel “Be Cool”. The movie opens MARCH 4th.
• “Everybody knows Madonna lip-synchs. Everybody knows a lot of people lip-synch on-stage. It was no big deal … I got a lot of flak for (saying) it. Somebody said, ‘Well, she can’t sing when she’s in the crab position.’ Well, there you go … especially if she had hemorrhoids as well.”
– Elton John, who can’t seem to let his comments about Madonna’s alleged lip-synching die.


1936 [69] Stompin’ Tom Connors, Saint John NB, Canadian icon (“The Hockey Song”, “Bud the Spud”) who’s written more than 300 songs and recorded some 40 albums

1943 [62] Joe Pesci, Newark NJ, movie actor (“Lethal Weapon” & “Home Alone” series, Academy Award-“Goodfellas”)

1945 [60] Mia Farrow (Maria de Lourdes Villers), LA CA, movie actress (“Hannah & Her Sisters”, “Rosemary’s Baby”)/mother of 13/Woody Allen’s ex-, Frank Sinatra’s ex-

1963 [42] Travis Tritt, Marietta GA, country singer (“Best Of Intentions”, “Here’s A Quarter”) FACTOID: His new single “I See Me” is out FEBRUARY 14th.

1979 [26] Mena Suvari, Newport RI, movie actress (“American Pie 1 & 2″, “American Beauty”)

TODAY is “Ash Wednesday”, marking the beginning of the Christian observance of “Lent”, the 40-day period before “Easter” (not counting Sundays). In Orthodox churches, this season is called the “Great Lent” and it begins on “Clean Monday”.

TODAY the US Postal Service unveils the President Ronald Reagan commemorative issue stamp, honoring America’s 40th President, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington DC. Country music veterans Crystal Gayle & Lee Greenwood will provide the musical entertainment as part of the festivities.

TODAY through Sunday the 11th “US Comedy Arts Festival” takes the stage in Aspen CO. This year’s titter fest will honor “Doonesbury” creator Garry Trudeau with the ‘Freedom of Speech Award’ and salute the mock documentary film “Waiting for Guffman” with a cast reunion.

TODAY is the beginning of the “Chinese New Year” celebration, the first day of year 4,702 on the Chinese calendar, a ‘Year of the Rooster’. The Rooster year falls under the 4th star of the 9 stars that rule the universe in feng shui – the ‘star of lust’. New Year traditions include …
• Wearing brand new clothes and wearing the color red for joy and happiness.
• Greeting relatives, neighbors and friends and wishing them well.
• Giving red envelopes with lucky money to children and unmarried people.
• ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese is pronounced ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy’.

TODAY is “National DAV Day”, which stands for ‘Develop Alternative Vices’, a day to change your habits and improve yourself.

TODAY is “St Apollonia’s Day”, honoring the patron saint of dentists and those suffering from toothaches.

1893 [112] Artist model ‘Mona’ slowly disrobes during a beauty contest at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, thereby creating the ‘striptease’

1964 [41] Some 73 million viewers tune in to watch the first appearance by The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”

1895 [110] ‘Volleyball’ invented by YMCA director William Morgan in Holyoke MA (the game was originally called ‘Mintonette’)

1895 [110] 1st ‘college basketball game’ (Minnesota State School of Agriculture trounces Hamline College ‘Porkers’ 9-3. Wow, heart-stopping action!)

1966 [39] 1st ‘NHL expansion’ announced (to 6 American markets – LA, Minnesota, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St Louis)

1992 [13] World’s ‘fastest yodeller’ records 22 tones in single second (Thomas School in Germany)

1997 [08] 1st NHL coach to win 1,000 games (Scotty Bowman-Detroit Red Wings)

[Thurs] Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
[Fri] Satisfied Staying Single Day
[Sat] British Academy of Film & Television Arts Awards (London UK)
[Sun] 47th Grammy Awards
[Sun] NFL Pro Bowl (Honolulu HI)
[Mon] Valentine’s Day
This Week Is . . . International Coaching Week / Consumer Protection Week
This Month Is . . . Bake for Family Fun Month / International Boost Self-Esteem Month

• Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
• If you’re good, you’ll be assigned all the work. If you’re REALLY good, you’ll get out of it.
• When you don’t know what to do, walk fast and look worried.
• It doesn’t matter what you do, it only matters what you say you’ve done and what you’re going to do.
• Following the rules will not get the job done. But getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.
• The last person that quit or was fired is responsible for everything that goes wrong.

• What’s the strangest appliance you own and what does it do?
• At what age does ‘old age’ start? (In a recent poll, most say you’re old when you reach 70.)
• What’s the absolute worst Valentine gift you’ve ever received? (An online poll finds the worst “Valentine’s Day” gift for a woman would be roses with a card … addressed to someone else.)

Today’s Question: According to a recent study, 15% of women do THIS on Valentine’s Day.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Send themselves flowers.

If you’ve got part of it, flaunt that part!

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