Friday, February 24, 2012        Edition: #4692

Another Sheetload of Bull!

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is officially set to launch his own TV network called ‘Revolt’ in 2013 with cable provider Comcast as distributor (it will showcase music videos, news, live performances, and interviews) . . . Aspiring director Sean Stone (son of legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone) converted to Islam in Iran last week and has already started griping about how he’s getting the cold shoulder in Hollywood (he has a new movie coming out – coincidence?) . . . TV actress Christa Miller’s former manager is claiming the “Cougar Town” star owes her 200-grand for landing her a gig on the show (kind of funny because Miller’s married to the show’s creator Bill Lawrence) . . . “Glee” star Amber Riley (‘Mercedes Jones’) says she decided to revamp her eating habits 8 months ago and has since managed to drop 2 dress sizes (the bad news is, they’re size 34 and 32) . . . In the March edition of “Playboy”, TV actor David Cross (“The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”) claims he once snorted cocaine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner while sitting just 65 feet away from President Obama (good luck ever getting another invite, Mr Blabby) . . . TV actress Sarah Hyland’s boyfriend, Matt Prokop, has just landed a role alongside her on “Modern Family” playing – her boyfriend (proving it pays to date the famous) . . . It looks like things are still going strong between actors Zoe Saldana (“Avatar”) & Bradley Cooper (“The Hangover”) as she was recently spotted on a movie date – with his mom (you know things are getting serious when …) . . . And it’s been confirmed by the publisher that actress Angelina Jolie has written the foreword for her ex Billy Bob Thorton’s new memoir, “The Billy Bob Tapes: A Cave Full of Ghosts” (we presume he used their collected blood for ink).


• “Academy Awards” (ABC/CTV) – Sunday Billy Crystal hosts the 84th annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gala from Hollywood. A few highlights …
– Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” has an impressive 11 nominations to top all others.
– “The Artist”, a French silent film, is considered the odds-on favorite to win ‘Best Picture’. If it does, it would be the first silent film to do so since “Wings” at the first-ever Oscars in 1929.
– Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams is a ‘music consultant’ for the broadcast.
– The Oscars permanent home, the ‘Kodak Theatre’, is no longer being called that as the struggling company has withdrawn sponsorship. The venue is now referred to as the ‘Hollywood & Highland Center’ (until naming rights are re-sold).
• “Daytona 500” (FOX) – Sunday is the 54th annual running of the ‘Great American Race’ at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach FL, which kicks off the NASCAR racing season. Lenny Kravitz performs a pre-race concert; Pat Monahan (Train) sings the anthem; WWE star John Cena is the hononary starter for the race.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight the Joy Formidable (“The Big Roar”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight We Are Augustines (“Rise Ye Sunken Ships”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Colbie Caillat (“All Of You”).
• “NBA All-Star Game” (TNT/TSN) – Sunday the 61st annual from Amway Center in Orlando FL. Mary J Blige sings the pre-game anthem; Pitbull w/Ne-Yo and Nicki Minaj perform at halftime.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”); musical guest Maroon 5 (“Hands All Over”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Adam Levine (Maroon 5); Chiddy Bang (“The Preview”).

• Adele – Someone’s taken the time to calculate that a copy of her album “21” was purchased every 8 seconds in 2011. And new stats show that sales of “21” increased by 207% following her multiple “Grammy Award” wins.
• Aretha Franklin – She’s told the media to ‘stop the BS’ about why she didn’t attend Whitney Houston’s funeral last weekend. She was having leg spasms, people! (Huh?)
• Chris Brown – Friends of he and Rihanna are reportedly begging them NOT to get back together for their own good. A source tells TMZ that Brown has extremely strong feelings for Rihanna … current girlfriend Karrueche Tran be damned.
• Johnny Cash – He’ll be the focus of a series of tributes this year (he would have turned 80 February 26th), starting with Sunday’s official ground-breaking of the ‘Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project’ in Dyess, Arkansas, a restoration of the house he grew up in.
• Reba McEntire – Sunday she’s the headliner at the day-long “International Festival of Country Music” at Wembley Arena in London, England, her first UK appearance in a dozen years. Also on the bill: Lonestar, reunited with original lead singer Richie McDonald. Similar events are planned for upcoming dates in Ireland, Switzerland, and Germany.
• Rolling Stones – Ronnie Wood has started another 50th anniversary tour rumor, saying that the band has already had a jam together and are ‘ready to go’. They’ll celebrate their half-centenary on June 20, 2012.
• Whitney Houston – Ever the author of non-classy moves, her ex-husband Bobby Brown is reportedly shopping a tell-all book about their relationship that he wrote in 2008, according to Back then interest in a book on Whitney wasn’t all that great.


• “Act of Valor” ( R-Rated Action Adventure ): An elite team of Navy SEALs embarks on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. Stars Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez, Nestor Serrano, Alexander Asefa. Features actual, active-duty US Navy SEALs.
• “Gone” ( PG-13 Thriller ): Amanda Seyfried plays a young woman who becomes convinced that a serial killer who kidnapped her 2 years previously has returned when her sister disappears. Co-stars Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Daniel Sunjata.
• “Good Deeds” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): In his latest project, Tyler Perry plays a businessman jolted out of his mundane life when he meets a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. Co-stars Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Eddie Cibrian.
• “Wanderlust” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Jennifer Aniston & Paul Rudd play a newly unemployed Manhattan couple who experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. Co-stars Justin Theroux. Word has it Aniston’s topless scene did not make the final cut.

As humans, we’re designed to prefer sweet foods and dislike bitter ones. Sweet equals survival – think breast milk – and bitter may mean something’s toxic. Some foods might register as a big ‘yuck’ with your child because he/she actually has more taste buds than you do (we lose them as we age), so the flavor of foods is amplified for little ones. Your child could also be genetically wired to be more sensitive to bitter foods, as research clearly shows some kids are. (Good luck with the lima beans!)
– “Parenting Magazine”

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 78% of women say their partner annoyingly leaves dirty dishes in the sink every day. (Gotta give them marks for consistency!)
• 33% of women carry an extra pair of shoes with them daily. (The ‘sensible’ ones.)
• 20% of pet owners allow their critter to share their bed. (Substantially less if their pet is a bird.)
• 17% of women admit they have accidentally dropped makeup in a toilet. (No stats on retrieval.)
• 11% of us clean the tableware before eating in a restaurant. (Unfortunately it’s with the dirty napkin.)
• 8% of parents admit they have ‘baby name regret’. (How do you think little Trixibelle feels?)

Happy hour is not when you might expect it to be, according to a new analysis of a half-billion Twitter messages from around-the-globe. On average, we’re the most chipper when we wake up and become grouchier as the day wears on. This pattern holds true on weekends but is delayed by about 2 hours – a trend confirmed in tweets from the United Arab Emirates, where the work week is Sunday through Thursday. The findings suggest that our sleep schedule strongly influences our mood cycles. (Clearly, the reason we go for a drink at 5 pm is NOT because we’re happy.)

An encryption system that uses the unique pattern of your heartbeat as a secret identifier could potentially be used to make a hard-drive that will only decrypt in response to your touch. Our heartbeats follow an irregular pattern that never quite repeats and that is unique to everyone. Researchers at the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan have successfully used an electrocardiograph to extract the unique mathematical features underlying this pattern. They then used the info to generate a secret key. (Works well … until you return from jogging.)


Mobile devices will outnumber humans sometime this year, according to a Cisco analysis of global mobile data traffic. By 2016, it predicts that there will be 10 billion mobile connected devices worldwide.
– BBC News


1958 [54] Sammy Kershaw, Kaplan LA, country singer (“Cadillac Style”)

1965 [47] Kristin Davis, Boulder CO, TV-movie actress (‘Charlotte York Goldenblatt’-“Sex & The City”)

1966 [46] Billy Zane, Chicago IL, movie actor  (“Zoolander”, “Titanic”)

1983 [29] Matt McGinley, Geneva NY, rock drummer (Gym Class Heroes-“Cupid’s Chokehold”)

Comedian Carrot Top is 47; Movie actress Téa Leoni (“Tower Heist”) is 46; Movie actor Sean Astin (“Lord Of the Rings”) is 41; Pop singer Daniel Powter (“Bad Day”) is 41; TV host Chelsea Handler (“Chelsea Lately”) is 37; TV actress Rashida Jones (“Parks & Recreation”) is 36; Pop-rock bassist Erik Haager (Carolina Liar) is 25.

Oldies keyboardist Jonathan Cain (Journey) is 62; Oldies singer Michael Bolton (“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”) is 59; Rock bassist Tim Commerford (Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine) is 44; R&B-pop singer Erykah Badu (“Bag Lady”) is 41; Pop-rock drummer Chris Culos (OAR) is 33; R&B-pop singer Corinne Bailey Rae (“Put Your Records On”) is 33.


• “Basking Day”, a day to get outdoors and bask. Why bask? Don’t ask.
• “Sourdough Rendezvous”, the 48th annual mid-Winter bash that celebrates Yukon’s First People through Sunday in Whitehorse. Among the events: Axe Throw; Chainsaw Chuck; Dog Races; Log Toss; and the famous ‘Mad(am) Trapper Contest’.
• “Tortilla Chip Day”, saluting the invention of Rebecca Webb Carranza of Los Angeles during the 1940s. Rather than tossing misshaped tortillas that came out of an automated tortilla machine into the trash, she decided to cut them into triangles, fry them, and sell them for a dime a bag. They were an immediate hit!

• “Clam Chowder Day”, a day to add a little heat to your Winter with a bit of bacon, onion, and flour; some diced potatoes and a can of clams, simmered in clam juice and milk. Add lots of black pepper. Nummers!
• “Don’t Utter a Word Day”, because the world is made up of talkers and listeners … and the listeners need a rest.
• “International Sword Swallowers Day”, the 6th annual day of recognition for practitioners of the ancient art. There’s actually a Sword Swallowers Association International which, among other things, administers the ‘Injured Sword Swallower’s Relief Fund’.
• “Open That Bottle Night” … you know, the one that’s gathering dust in your wine cellar, or maybe that 20-year-old bottle of Scotch you were given as a gift. What are you saving it for?

• “For Pete’s Sake Day”, which asks the pressing question, ‘Just who the hell is Pete, anyway, and why would we do anything for his sake?’
• “Personal Chefs Day”, an annual reminder to consider hiring a private chef for a day, a unique way to entertain friends and business guests in your home. It’s not as expensive as you might think … check your want ads.
• “Tell a Fairytale Day”. Yeah, inflict some of the most violent stories ever written onto your innocent, unsuspecting child. (“Fee, fi, foe, fum …”)

1998 [14] (Sir) Elton John is knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

2008 [04] Ailing 82-year-old Fidel Castro retires as President of Cuba after nearly 50 years and turns the reins of power over to his brother Raul (at the time a sprightly 77-year-old)


1982 [30] NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scores his 77th goal of the season, breaking a record held by Phil Esposito that many thought unbeatable (Esposito is there to present a commemorative puck after the game in Buffalo, during which Gretzky also scores his 78th and 79th goals)


[Mon] No-Brainer Day
[Mon] International Polar Bear Day
[Mon] Read 5 Pages Of the Dictionary Day
[Tues] Floral Design Day
[Tues] Tooth Fairy Day
[Tues] Rare Disease Day
[Tues] World Spay Day
This Week Is … International Friendship Week
This Month Is … Canned Food Month


• The Oscar statuette measures 13½ inches high.
• It’s officially named the ‘Academy Award of Merit’.
• “Titanic” (1997) holds the record for most film nominations. From its 17 nods, it took home 14 statuettes. Runner-up “All About Eve” (1950) had 14 nominations.
• The only ‘Oscar’ to ever win an award was Oscar Hammerstein II, for ‘Best Song’ in 1941 and 1945.
• At age 29 years and 343 days, Adrien Brody became the youngest ‘Best Actor’ winner for “The Pianist” in 2002.
• The youngest-ever acting nominee was 13-year-old Keisha Castle-Hughes for “Whale Rider” in 2003.


☎ Should people have to qualify to own a pet? ( reports some animal rescue organizations think owners shouldn’t have full-time jobs. Others reject families with children and/or apartment dwellers. Some even say ‘no’ to people who would let a dog run around their fenced backyard ‘unsupervised’ or who would allow a cat outside … ever.)

Give a man a fire and he’s warm for a day, but set fire to him and he’s warm for the rest of his life!

Question: If you’re a typical guy, you spend an entire month of your lifetime just looking around for THIS.
Answer: Socks.

An ‘authority’ knows lots of things you don’t care about.

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