Tuesday, February 23, 2010       Edition: #4204
More From the Sheethouse!


34-year-old actress Angelina Jolie has apparently mended the estranged relationship with her 71-year-old actor-father Jon Voight, the two of them spotted on a boat cruise alongside Brad Pitt & the Brangelina brood in Venice, Italy (Jolie is preparing to film “The Tourist” there opposite Johnny Depp) . . . Physicians & nutritionists are warning that the quick way contestants on “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) shed weight is unhealthy and could actually be dangerous (fat chance they’ll ever change the show) . . . Singer Billy Joel’s 24-year-old daughter Alexa Ray Joel is set to follow in the footsteps of her model mom, Christie Brinkley, after being named the new face of Prell shampoo, which mommy modeled for 24 years ago (something tells us somebody pulled some strings) . . . In a new Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment poll on the ‘Sexiest Female Stars’, most women pick Beyoncé while most men pick Megan Fox (guys don’t care about smarts) . . . 35-year-old actor Ryan Phillippe (ex-Mr Reese Witherspoon) is single again as 27-year-old Aussie actress Abbie Cornish (“A Good Year”) has ended their relationship for undisclosed reasons and moved out of their shared home (clue: his last name is pronounced ‘phil-and-der-er’) . . . The soundtrack “Glee: The Music, Vol 1” from hit TV show “Glee” (FOX) has jumped a phenomenal 67 positions to top the British album chart this week (Vol 2 has already been released as well) . . . And famous person Kim Kardashian (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”) has felt it necessary to inform us that she ‘pretty much’ lasers her whole body so that she’s ‘like a little hairless Chihuahua’ (to which we respond in fitting language, woof!).

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – The top 12 female semi-finalists perform.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Miss Willie Brown (“Blackout & Polaroids”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Robin Thicke (“Sex Therapy”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Mariah Carey (“Memoirs Of an Imperfect Angel”).


• Blink-182 – Cops are investigating an incident in which Travis Barker allegedly threatened a paparazzo outside a Calabasas CA restaurant, stole his phone, and slashed his car’s tires. In his defense, Barker contends a family outing with his kids was spoiled by the snapper.
• Brooks & Dunn – Tonight in Nashville TN they receive Country Radio Broadcasters’ ‘Career Achievement Award’ during the Country Music DJ & Radio Hall of Fame dinner and awards.
• Jackson 5 – Janet Jackson has reportedly agreed to take late brother Michael’s place when the reformed sibling group embarks on a world tour later this year.
• Leona Lewis – She’s persuaded Simon Cowell, her label boss and former mentor on “The X Factor”, to regularly give up meat in support of Paul McCartney’s ‘Meat Free Mondays’ campaign. The idea is avoid animal products at least once a week.
• Rihanna – E! Online reports her rumored boyfriend, Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp, threw her a surprise 22nd birthday party on the weekend in Phoenix AZ where he’s in training camp.
• Susan Boyle – The Scottish singing sensation’s brother tells “The People” that her newfound fame & fortune means little to her because all she wants is a man to enjoy it with. Volunteers?
• Was (Not Was) – Today “Hey, King Kong!!!: Pick Of the Litter 1980-2010” is released, a greatest-hits package that features musical guests as diverse as Leonard Cohen and Ozzy Osbourne.


• “The Box” ( Sci-Fi Thriller ): Cameron Diaz & James Marsden play a couple who are delivered a mysterious wooden box which will grant them a million dollars but will also simultaneously kill someone they don’t know. Co-stars Frank Langella (“Frost/Nixon”). Features the first feature-length film score by members of Canadian indie band Arcade Fire.
• “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” ( Horror Thriller ): A teenager is recruited to join a freak show where he soon finds himself amid a battle between vampires and their counterparts. Stars Chris Massoglia, John C Reilly, and Salma Hayek (as ‘Madame Truska’, the bearded lady).
• “Everybody’s Fine” ( Comedy ): Robert De Niro plays a widower who takes an impromptu road trip to reconnect with his grown children, only to discover that his family members are living far from perfect lives. Co-stars Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell.
• “The Informant!” ( Comedy ): Director Steven Soderbergh’s take on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistle-blower in US history stars Matt Damon as a rising star at an agri-industry giant who decides to expose his company’s price-fixing conspiracy in order to be hailed as a hero and win a promotion.
• “Sorority Row” ( Horror Thriller ): A group of sorority girls pledge to keep silent about the accidental death of one of their sisters. After graduation, however, they find themselves stalked by a serial killer who seems bent on eliminating anyone who knows the secret. Stars Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis (spawn of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore), and Carrie Fisher.
• Also released today: “The End Of the Line” (Documentary); “FlashForward: Season One, Part One” (TV); “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths” (TV); “Night Court: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV); “Nurse Jackie: Season One” (TV); “The September Issue” (Documentary); and “Sinbad: Where U Been?” (Comedy).


How do you tell someone you don’t want to ‘friend’ them on Facebook? In the workplace, the consequences of offending someone by ignoring their request can be a big deal. A few tips from the experts …
• Suggest to the colleague that you instead wish to connect on LinkedIn, the social network for professional relationships.
• Offer thanks for the invitation but inform them you’re restricting your Facebook to family and personal friends.
• Accept the invitation, then use Facebook’s privacy settings to limit the flow of info between you and your new ‘friend’.
– “Globe & Mail”


Engineers at Cornell University in New York have invented a palm-sized device that uses the adhesive power of water to create a reversible adhesive bond capable of sticking to glass, wood, and even brick. It’s hoped the research, funded by the US military, can be used to develop gloves and shoes that allow the wearer to literally climb walls. The technology is inspired by the Palmetto tortoise beetle from Florida, which uses surface tension from tiny droplets of oil secreted by glands to adhere to leaves. (Voyeurism just got a lot scarier.)
– Telegraph.co.uk


A statistical breakdown of life by the numbers …
• 73% of those with ‘work’ e-mail accounts also use them for personal messages.
• 60% of us have attempted to flirt in traffic.
• 49% of us sleep with 2 pillows.
• 40% of us admit we’ve been so mad we’ve hurled footwear at someone.
• 30% of divorced women say the best thing about being single is having full control of the TV.
• 25% of women carry a calculator in their purse.


Vacations are a chance to take a break from work, see the world and enjoy time with family, but do they make you happier? Researchers in the Netherlands have set out to measure the effect vacations have on overall happiness and how long it lasts. The study shows that the largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation. The effect of vacation anticipation boosts happiness for about 8 weeks. (Returning home with photos you can’t identify, a 3rd-degree sunburn, and sand in your shorts boosts happiness for about 4 minutes.)
– NYTimes.com


A new online survey of scientists, business leaders, consultants, and technology developers, as well as everyday Internet users, by North Carolina’s Elon University finds that 75% of respondents think Internet use ‘enhances and augments’ human intelligence. 66% claim it has improved reading, writing, and the ‘rendering of knowledge’. On the other hand, 21% totally disagree, saying the Internet has the opposite effect and may even lower the IQs of some who use it a lot. (It’s not about not how much you use it but what you use it for, no?)
– Reuters

• Cops in Glendale, Australia apprehended a man videotaping “Avatar” in a theater whom they describe as being 88-years-old, 152-cm-tall (4′-10”), wearing large glasses, and carrying a walking stick. The culprit explained his wife was unable to come to the cinema so he was recording the film for her to watch later. Police deleted the file but let the man stay for the remainder of the show. (Aww, that’s sweet!)
– TheHerald.co.au
• A 42-year-old Grandview, Missouri man who was caught by MPAA investigators camcording the movie “The Dark Knight” in a US theater in 2008 has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and a fine close to $25,000. Robert Henderson pleaded guilty to illegally recording the movie and selling it as pirated DVDs, thereby cutting into the blockbuster’s billion-dollar gross. (Oww, that’s harsh!).
– Livescience.com

This has happened to you, right? You think a stranger you pass is talking to you but it turns out they’re just gabbing on a wireless phone headset. Well things are about to get even weirder. Japanese telecommunications giant NTT DoCoMo has created headphones that sense … eye movements. For instance, you look from right to left to pause your music. Look right, then right again, to skip to the next track. Roll eyes clockwise to raise the volume. The headphones look much like regular earbuds and are connected by a cable to a phone. (It’s the ‘eye phone’.)
– AP


An Australian drag racer has set a new world record by driving a hearse 400 meters in 12.3 seconds. 43-year-old Shane Hammond achieved the feat at Powranna Dragway near Launceston, Tasmania. (Great news if you want to arrive at the cemetery ‘fresh’.)
– 7News


• Sake was originally made in China and it is more a rice beer than a rice wine. Its main ingredients are rice, water, and yeast which, like beer, causes fermentation that produces alcohol.
– Listverse.com
• In the Ian Fleming book, “You Only Live Twice”, ‘James Bond’ drinks sake 35 times.
– PopBitch.com


1949 [61] Marc Garneau, Quebec City QC, Federal MP (Westmount-Ville-Marie)/Canada’s first astronaut (3 Space Shuttle missions 1984-2000)/President of Canadian Space Agency (2002-05)

1952 [58] Brad Whitford, Winchester MA, rock guitarist (Aerosmith-“I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing”, “Crazy”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1965 [45] Michael Dell, Houston TX, founder & CEO of Dell Computer

1965 [45] Kristin Davis, Boulder CO, movie/TV actress (“Sex & The City”)

1972 [38] Steve Holy, Dallas TX, country singer (“Brand New Girlfriend”, “Good Morning Beautiful”)

1983 [27] Emily Blunt, London UK, movie actress (“The Wolfman”, “The Devil Wears Prada”)

1994 [16] Dakota Fanning, Conyers GA, movie actress (“The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, “The Secret Life of Bees”)  UP NEXT: “The Runaways”, opening March 19th.

• “Curling is Cool Day”, celebrating the Winter sport of curling … basically a drinking game with some housecleaning interspersed. This week it’s a feature event at the Vancouver Olympics …
NET: http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-curling
Curling is one sport in which participants are able to laugh at themselves …
NET: http://icing.org/humour/2liners/2liners.htm

• “Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day”. A recent poll of pet owners finds that fully 34% have eaten dog food at one time or another, most likely just to see what it tastes like.


1996 [14] Actor Charlie Sheen divorces model Donna Peele; actress Halle Berry divorces Major League Baseball player David Justice

1970 [40] Canada’s national music awards are first presented in Toronto (the ‘Juno Awards’ are originally called the ‘RPM Gold Leaf Awards’)

1909 [101] 1st powered flight in Canada & the ‘British Empire’ (the “Silver Dart” in Baddeck NS)

1988 [22] “XV Winter Olympiad” opens in Calgary, the 1st Winter Games held in Canada


1906 [104] 5-foot, 7-inch Canadian Tommy Burns (real name Noah Brusso of Hanover ON) defeats Marvin Hart in a 20-round bout in Los Angeles to become ‘Shortest-Ever World Heavyweight Boxing Champ’


[Wed] Inconvenience Yourself Day
[Thurs] Chili Day
[Fri] “Cop Out”; “The Crazies” open in movie theaters
[Fri] For Pete’s Sake Day
[Fri] Personal Chefs Day
This Week Is … Telecommuter Appreciation Week
This Month Is … Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month


• Your house plants are all alive … and you can’t smoke any of them.
• You now keep more food than beer in the fridge.
• 6 am is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
• You’ve heard your favorite song on an elevator.
• You watch the Weather Channel.
• You’ve gone from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
• You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonalds leftovers.
• Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
• You no longer drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
(Ask your listeners for more!)

What’s the oddest ‘pet name’ you’ve ever been called or heard someone else called? (As opposed to nicknames, ‘pet names’ are said to be intimate, never unkind and often ridiculously inapt. They’re like a private joke which only the couple who uses them gets.)


If there’s anything I can’t stand, it’s intolerance.


Today’s Question: People who do THIS extensively are more likely to hallucinate and see ghosts.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Drink coffee.


Anger is only one letter short of danger.

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