Friday, February 17, 2006        Edition: #3221
There’s a Difference Between Sheet and Crapola!

TONIGHT the scheduled 35-city national tour for “Canadian Idol” winner Melissa O’Neil with runner-up Rex Goudie kicks-off at the Capitol Centre in North Bay ON . . . 20-year-old 2005 ACanadian Idol@ contestant Elena Juatco, who finished 6th, will be ACanadian Idol’s@ new roving reporter as the show’s new season hits the road to scout talent beginning SATURDAY at West Edmonton Mall . . . SUNDAY at the “BAFTA Awards” (British Academy of Film & Television Arts) in London, “The Constant Gardener” leads nominations with a total of 10 . . . A California appeals court has overturned Michael Jackson’s claim that his former wife/baby carrier Debbie Rowe has relinquished her parental rights (that’ll hold a lot of sway in Bahrain or wherever the hell he’s hiding out these days) . . . Former Olympic medal-winning pairs skater Lloyd Eisler has started a romance with his “Skating With Celebrities” co-star Kristy Swanson, apparently pulling a ‘K-Fed’ – dumping his pregnant wife while she was 8-months pregnant . . . All “American Idol 5″ contestants have a contract banning them from signing with any talent agency, and also from recording, songwriting, acting, modeling and/or merchandising for 3 months after the final winner is announced (you might call it the ‘William Hung Rule’) . . . Legendary French movie star Brigitte Bardot has delivered a 200,000-signature petition calling on the Canadian government to abolish the annual seal hunt . . . “The West Wing” has filmed a funeral for VP candidate ‘Leo McGarry’, who was played by late actor John Spencer until he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest last DECEMBER (the episode airs in APRIL) . . . The new “Us Weekly” claims the hot ‘n heavy relationship between Jessica Simpson & Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine began before she officially split from Nick Lachey . . . Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are reportedly looking to buy a home in France to add to their real estate in the US & UK, because celebrities are able to lead relatively paparazzi-free lives there (yeah, just ask Princess Di) . . . Ratings for NBC-TV’s coverage of “Winter Olympics” may be down from the Salt Lake City Games 4 years ago, but they’ve still been strong enough to put the network in 1st place in overall numbers for the first time in nearly 2 years (despite being whipped by “American Idol” … and “Grey’s Anatomy” … and “Desperate Housewives” … and “House” – wait a sec, who the heck is watching, anyway?).

• AC/DC – THIS WEEK late singer Bon Scott’s grave at the Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia was officially declared an Australian Heritage Site. Scot died of asphyxiation February 19, 1980 at age 33.
• Ashley MacIsaac – TONIGHT & Saturday he plays Winnipeg’s “Festival du Voyager” in support of his new album “Pride”.
• Coldplay – Chris Martin announced at THIS WEEK’s “Brit Awards” that the band is taking at least a temporary break. Quote: “People are fed up with us … and so are we.”
• Fiona Apple – TONIGHT she guests on “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”.     
• Gretchen Wilson – SUNDAY she plays a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The show also includes Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, Jon Nicholson & James Otto.
• Madonna – She’s recuperating after undergoing hernia surgery following her performance at the “Grammy Awards”. You know it’s time to quit when … Oh, and lose the leotard, would ya?
• Jay-Z – As part owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets, he’s launched a contest for amateur performers to write & record a Nets theme song.
• John Michael Montgomery – THIS WEEK the “Beer & Bones” singer was arrested in Lexington KY for DUI, possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, disregarding a traffic control device, and improper turning. He’s no longer an “Angel In My Eyes”.
• Whitney Houston — SUNDAY she performs a free show in Piazza Castello in Torino, Italy following the day’s medal ceremonies for the Winter Olympics.

• “Date Movie” ( PG-13 Comedy ): The two “Scary Movie” writers try their hands at sending up romantic comedies. Alyson Hannigan, Adam Campbell & Fred Willard star in this rom-com spoof that follows a young guy’s attempt to get his crush to love him.
• “Eight Below” ( PG Action Adventure ): Paul Walker & Jason Biggs portray Antarctic explorers who are forced by brutal cold to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for survival. Shot in Vancouver & Smithers BC.
• “Freedomland” (R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): Julianne Moore plays a single mom who thinks she’s found the man responsible for her daughter’s disappearance. A detective (Samuel L Jackson) and reporter (Edie Falco) team up in an attempt to solve the ever-twisting case.

A new University of Missouri-Columbia study suggests angry people are more likely to suffer injuries serious enough to require emergency medical care. Workplace injuries, in particular,  are more likely to occur as the result of anger. The research also suggests the risk is higher for men than for women. (For proof, just watch for flying clubs at any golf course.)
– “USA Today”

A 42-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter have each had babies 90 minutes apart, assisted by the same nurses in the same delivery room at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah. (Does Hallmark make ‘Happy Mother’s Day, Grandma’ cards?)
– Yahoo! News

Remember ‘flash mobbing’, the supposed ‘big fad’ of 2003 that turned out not to be? Well, it seems it’s not dead yet. THIS WEEK roughly 1,000 people drawn by Internet postings and word-of-mouth converged near San Francisco CA’s Ferry Building for a half-hour – pillow fight. A member of a mysterious group called the ‘Pillow Fight Club’ says the event was a meme  (pronounced ‘meem’) – a thought that goes out and becomes part of consciousness. Alrighty then.
– “San Francisco Chronicle”

A new study suggests that women benefit more from role-models than men. University of Waterloo psychology professor Dr Penelope Lockwood thinks that may be because role models are important to women to provide an antidote to stereotypes that might threaten their career performance. She says having a female role model with a similar career path can boost a woman’s self-esteem. (The reason Pam Anderson is popular?)
– “PSI High Newsletter”

The states in which employees are least likely to switch jobs THIS YEAR, according to a new poll …
5. Idaho
4. Alaska
3. Wyoming
1. Vermont
2. DC
1. Vermont

Forget ‘bird flu’, what’s scaring the heck out of many Aussies is a plague of – toads. The Toxic Cane Toad was first introduced to Australia from South America in 1935 in an attempt to wipe out cane beetles, a pest that was destroying sugar crops. But now the toads are turning into an eco-nightmare, killing many indigenous animals like snakes, lizards, water birds, even crocodiles & dingos. The toads secrete poison carried in sacs behind the head which is lethal to potential predators within minutes of being ingested. What’s worrying environmentalists is that the species is evolving into a larger (5-lb), leggier, and faster-moving form that is now hopping rapidly across the continent. (Is anyone working on a movie script yet?)
– “Nature”


1954 [52] Rene Russo, Burbank CA, movie actress (“Yours, Mine & Ours”, “Get Shorty”)

1956 [50] Richard Karn, Seattle WA, TV game show host (“Family Feud” since 2002)/ex-TV actor (“Home Improvement” 1991-99)

1971 [35] Denise Richards, Downers Grove IL, movie actress (“Scary Movie 3″, “The World Is Not Enough”)/soon-to-be ex-Mrs Charlie Sheen

1972 [34] Billie Joe Armstrong, Oakland CA, rock singer/guitarist (Green Day)/2006 “Grammy Award” for ‘Record of the Year’-“Boulevard Of Broken Dreams”)

1974 [32] Jerry O’Connell, NYC, TV actor (‘Detective Woody Hoyt’ on “Crossing Jordan” since 2002)

1974 [32] Bryan White, Lawton OK, country singer (“Look At Me Now”, “How Long”)

1981 [25] Paris Hilton, NYC, media personality/sometime movie actress (“House of Wax”)/ex-TV reality star (“The Simple Life”)/great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton

John Lennon widow Yoko Ono is 73; Classic rock singer Dennis DeYoung (Styx) is 59; Movie actor John Travolta (“Get Shorty”) is 52; TV personality Vanna White (“Wheel of Fortune”) is 49; Movie actor Matt Dillon (“Crash”) is 42; Music impresario Dr Dre (w/ Eminem-“Encore”) is 41; Pop singer Rihanna (“Pon De Replay”) is 18.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson is 66; Movie actor Jeff Daniels (“Good Night, and Good Luck”) is 51; Britain’s Prince Andrew (Duke of York) is 46; Pop singer Seal (“Kiss From a Rose”) is 43; Movie actor Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic”) is 39; Rock drummer Daniel Adair (Nickelback) is 31.

• “Great Backyard Bird Count” through Monday, when volunteers are asked to track the number and types of birds that live near their homes.
• “PTA Founders’ Day”, commemorating the parent-teacher group’s 1897 founding.
• “Second Honeymoon Weekend”, set aside for all couples to spend quality time together away from ‘the grind and routine of their daily lives’.

• “Hey Diddle Diddle Day” celebrating the ‘First Cow in Space’, a bovine by the name of ‘Ollie’ which took an airplane ride on this date in 1930 as a publicity stunt for a Wisconsin dairy farm.
• “Jalapeno Festival”, the 28th annual  in Laredo TX where the record for pepper-popping is 141 jalapenos in 15 minutes, set back in 1979.
• “Open a Can of Beans Day” in celebration of “Canned Food Month”, when we’re encouraged to chow down on beans during at least one meal.
• “Student Volunteer Day”, a day for students to give back to their communities by offering to take on worthwhile tasks.
• “Thumb Appreciation Day”, celebrating the single feature that sets us apart from other animals … except apes.

• “The 48th Daytona 500″ (‘The Great American Race’) at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach FL kicks off the NASCAR Nextel Cup racing season. Bon Jovi headlines a pre-race concert. Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie sings the national anthem before the race. Actor James Caan (“Las Vegas”) is Grand Marshal; “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno drives the Corvette Z06 pace car. Airs live on NBC-TV starting at noon ET.
• “The 55th NBA All-Star Game” in Houston TX. Andrea Bocelli performs at “NBA All-Star Saturday Night” the evening before. Destiny’s Child reunites for a final time to perform the national anthem before the game. John Legend & Carrie Underwood headline the halftime entertainment. Airs on TNT & Rogers Sportsnet beginning at 8 pm ET.

1976 [30] The Eagles album “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975″ is released
1. The Eagles, “Their Greatest Hits 1971-75″ (1976) … 28 million units
2. Michael Jackson, “Thriller” (1982) … 27 million
3. Pink Floyd, “The Wall” (1979) … 23 million
4. Led Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin IV” (1971) … 22 million
5. Billy Joel, “Greatest Hits, Volumes I & II” (1985) … 21 million
(RIAA stats as of February 9, 2006)

2003 [03] Some 40 million TV viewers watch fake “Joe Millionaire” (in reality, 28-year old heavy equipment operator Evan Marriott) select a potential bride from 20 ‘contestants‘ (model Zora Andrich) on FOX-TV

2003 [03] Tauranga NZ man is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for speeding … without a license or registration … on a motorized barstool … semi-naked … while intoxicated … with his butt on fire

1998 [08] World’s first ‘Talking Beer Cans’ as Venezuela’s Brahma Beer puts out a can with a chip that tells drinkers if they’ve won prizes
• “Would ya lay off the peanuts? The backwash is getting chunky!”
• “Your buddy 3 feet away can’t hear you. Talk louder.”
• “See that 400-lb babe over there with the giant mole on her nose? Kinda sweet, isn’t she?”
• “Hey jerk, you’re acting like an a—hole … you’re cut off.”
• “Here’s a really cool idea … why not take your clothes off and set your butt on fire?”

[Mon] President’s Day (USA)
[Mon] Family Day (Alberta)
[Mon] Hoodie Hoo Day
[Tues] Card Reading Day
[Tues] Single Tasking Day
[Thurs] Full ‘Snow’ Moon
[Thurs] Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
This Week Is . . . Kraut & Frankfurter Week
This Month Is . . . Celebration of Chocolate Month


• “Hot Coal Tongue Races”
• “Scar Search”
• “Dislodge That Fish-Hook!”
• “Gouging Out Your Own Eyes with a Jagged Rock for Dollars”
• “Razor-Sharp Wheel of Fortune”
• “How Long Can You Tread Lava?”

Your contestant gets 15 seconds to give as many answers as possible in each category. Time’s up when the toaster SFX go off.
• Things you could do instead of watching the Olympics.
• Brands of coffee.
• Exciting places to go for Spring Break vacation.
• Breeds of cats.
• Common nicknames given to people.
Toaster SFX are here if you need them …

Today’s Question: A woman will do THIS, on average, 4 times more often than a man.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Go to the doctor.

In a hundred years, you won’t have to worry about money.


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