Tuesday, February 28, 2012           Edition: #4694

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Former “Xena: Warrior Princess” star Lucy Lawless was among Greenpeace campaigners arrested yesterday for staging a 4-day protest over Arctic drilling aboard an oil ship docked in Taranaki, New Zealand (they’re scheduled to face burglary charges in court Thursday) . . . UK’s “The Sun” reports Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt have drafted plans for an eco-friendly underground playground at their chateau in the south of France, which will allow their 6 kids access to slides, tunnels, boat rides, a pirate island with a castle, a go-kart track, and even an old-fashioned carousel (as they recently found out at Britain’s Legoland, they can’t visit a real theme park due to security probs) . . . They’re also allegedly building a chapel on their French estate (hmm, what could that mean?!?) . . . Meantime, Brangelina may co-star in a new movie together, but Jolie insists it will not be a romantic comedy (they met on the set of “Mr & Mrs Smith” in 2005) . . . Miley Cyrus has laughed off reports that she’s a stoner in the past, but now she’s been photographed at a medical marijuana dispensary (oops!) . . . Movie actress Emma Stone (“The Help”) says she’s planning to hit “Comic-Con 2012” in San Diego CA, the world’s biggest comic book convention, in some sort of sc-fi disguise so she can move about at will (this year’s event runs July 12th-15th) . . . “America’s Next Top Model” creator-host Tyra Banks has just graduated from Harvard Business School, completing the ‘Owner/President Management Program’ in a bid to better her brand (clearly the beauty also has brains) . . . And “Daily Mirror” is reporting that actress Jennifer Aniston has told friends she’s extremely happy in her relationship and expects to be married ‘by the end of the year’ (now the pressure’s on boyfriend Justin Theroux to pop the question!).


• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – The male semifinalists perform.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Young Jeezy f/Ne-Yo (“TM 103 Hustlerz Ambition”).
• “Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo” (Reliant Stadium, Houston TX) – One of the biggest annual venues for country music opens tonight with Alabama on stage. Also on tap through March 18th: Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and the Zac Brown Band.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Mat Kearney (“Young Love”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Fun (“Aim & Ignite”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Kenny Chesney (“Hemingway’s Whiskey”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Estelle (“All of Me”, out today).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Sinead O’Connor (“How About I Be Me And You Be You?”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Mona (“Mona”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Guest co-host Mary J Blige (“My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1”).


• Avril Lavigne – Her name’s being bandied about as a potential contender to fill one of the vacant judging spots on FOX-TV’s “The X Factor”. So far Simon Cowell has not confirmed any replacements for judges Nicole Scherzinger and Paula Abdul, nor for host Steve Jones.
• Britney Spears – Her ex, Kevin Federline, says he wants their sons Sean Preston and Jayden James to get part-time jobs when they reach 16 to help them learn about the real world. Quote: “I worked at a car wash, I worked at a pizza place. Things like that made me.” (Uh … made you what?)
• Craig Morgan – Today the “Bonfire” country singer releases his 6th studio album, “This Ole Boy”, his first new music in nearly 3 years.
• The Kooks – Tonight they begin a headlining tour of North America in Las Vegas. This run will be succeeded by a series of dates opening for Foster the People in May and June.
• Whitney Houston – Her YouTube & Vevo plays are up by 4,523% since she died. (Sometimes dying is the best marketing ploy.)


• “Hugo” ( PG 3D Family Adventure ): In a radical departure, director Martin Scorsese (“The Departed”) embraces kid-friendly entertainment for the first time. Asa Butterfield stars as an orphaned boy in 1930s Paris who discovers an automaton in a train station. Winner of 5 Oscars. A bigscreen adaptation of the children’s book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”.
• “Johnny English Reborn” ( PG Action Comedy ): Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the improbable secret agent who knows no fear in this long-after-the-2003-original spy-thriller spoof. In this adventure, he must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader. Co-stars Gillian Anderson, Dominic West.
• Also released today: “Enemies Of the People” (Documentary); “Here Come the Brides: The Complete 2nd Season” (Classic TV); “Law & Order: The 9th Year” (TV); “The Sky Turns” (Documentary); “Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); and “Top Gear 17” (Sports TV).


It’s a Leap Year, when according to tradition women can get down on bended knee and ask their dithering partner to take their hand in marriage. A few tips from experts on dos and don’ts for success on February 29th …
• Do sound him out first, perhaps make a joke about popping the question and gauge his response so you know if he is likely to say yes.
• Do suggest you re-visit the restaurant where you had your first meal to rekindle the feeling of new love but don’t get drunk … you might not remember if he says ‘yes’.
• Do dress to impress to put him in the mood for romance.
• Do flatter him and pander to his ego.
• Do let him know your feelings before you pop the question.
• Don’t be with friends; just the two of you is best.
• Don’t propose with a ring. Just ask the question and get the response; you can buy a ring later.
• Don’t propose in the height of passion; you may not get a truthful reply.
• Don’t propose if you have known him less than 6 months; you’re still looking through rose-colored glasses.
• Don’t tell friends you are going to ask him beforehand.
– FemaleFirst.co.uk


A new listing by travel pros of perfect places to pop the question …
✓ Taj Mahal, India.
✓ Lewa Downs, Kenya.
✓ Antarctica.
✓ Rialto Bridge, Venice.
✓ Iguazu Falls, Argentina.
✓ Sahara Desert, Morocco.
✓ The Pitons, St Lucia.
✓ Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
– eTurboNews.com

Over the last 10 years the height of clouds has been shrinking, according to new research at New Zealand’s University of Auckland. Scientists think it could have an important effect on global climate change as lower clouds in the atmosphere would allow Earth to cool more efficiently, potentially offsetting some of the warming caused by greenhouse gases. So why is the ceiling seemingly getting lower? Researchers admit they just don’t know. (No BS answer … how refreshing!)
– TheGlobeandMail.com

A new ranking of the greatest all-time weepers in pop music …
10. “I Will Always Love You”, Whitney Houston.
9. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, Marvin Gaye.
8. “The Sign”, Ace Of Base.
7. “Apologize”, Timbaland f/OneRepublic.
6. “Rolling In the Deep”, Adele.
5. “End Of the Road”, Boyz II Men.
4. “Every Breath You Take”, The Police.
3. “Foolish Games”, Jewel.
2. “Un-Break My Heart”, Toni Braxton.
1. “We Belong Together”, Mariah Carey.
– Billboard.com

A new study shows that Midwestern college women have become more conservative about family and gender roles since 1990. That includes attitudes about women taking their husbands’ name at marriage. Young Midwesterners are now 3 times more likely to say that women who don’t take their husbands’ names are less committed to their relationships than in 1990. No national stats are kept but previous research suggests at least 90%, and possibly up to 98%, of American women change their names upon marriage. (Whatever happened to 3rd-wave feminism?)
– MNN.com


What’s the perfect apology? Experts have their own multi-faceted definitions, but they share these common elements …
✓ Genuine repentance.
✓ Timing. The person making the apology needs to wait long enough to determine exactly what the apology is for, but no longer.
✓ Expression of regret. The wording is most effective when it matches the language and feelings of the victim.
✓ Making amends. If the perpetrator shows the victim he or she will do better next time, forgiveness is easier.
✓ Taking responsibility.
✓ Emotional connection. Recognizing that the pain you’ve caused also causes you pain helps both victim and perpetrator connect.
✓ Willingness to listen to the victim.
– LiveScience.com


In 1951, under Mao Tse Tung, Chinese workers would break to do daily group exercises led by a broadcast on Chinese radio. These radio sessions discontinued in 2007 to prepare for broadcasting the Beijing Olympics in 2008. They have since be reimplemented.


1955 [57] Gilbert Gottfried, Brooklyn NY, comedian whose distinctive whiny voice has made him a living as a voice-over artist (“The Super Hero Squad Show: Green Goblin”, “Aladdin”)

1957 [55] John Turturro, Brooklyn NY, movie actor (“Transformers” films, “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”).

1969 [43] Pat Monahan, Erie PA, pop singer (Train-“Hey, Soul Sister “, “Drops Of Jupiter”)

1969 [43] Robert Sean Leonard, Westwood NJ, TV actor (‘Dr James Wilson’ on “House MD” since 2004)/Broadway actor (Tony Award-“The Invention of Love”)

1976 [36] Ali Larter, Cherry Hill NJ, movie actress (“Resident Evil” films, “Final Destination” films)/TV actress (“Heroes” 2006-10)

1977 [35] Jason Aldean, Macon GA, country singer (“My Kinda Party” , “She’s Country”)

1985 [27] Fefe Dobson, Toronto ON, pop singer (“Can’t Breathe”, “Stuttering”)


• “International Floral Design Day”, focusing on the art of flower arranging, both as a profession and as a hobby.

• “Public Sleeping Day”, saluting the luxurious treat of catching 20 winks on a subway, park bench, commuter train, on the beach or … on-the-job.

• “Tooth Fairy Day”, honoring the tradition of bartering molars for moolah. Where’s it come from?  No one knows for sure but there was a fairy tale In 18th-century France about a ‘tooth mouse’ who hides under a pillow. The tooth fairy as we now know her didn’t make an appearance until the early 1900s as a generalized ‘good fairy’ with a professional specialization. So how much is she paying for prime enamel these days?

• “World Spay Day”, an annual campaign by Humane Society International to raise awareness that spaying/neutering saves unwanted animal offspring from being put down in a shelter or killed on the street.
NET: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/spay_day/


1983 [29] 106 million watch the 2.5-hour final episode of the Korean War comedy “M*A*S*H”, the most viewers ever for a single episode of a TV series (77% of the North American TV audience) which will likely never be topped due to the proliferation of cable, satellite, and online channels (with 11 seasons, the series lasts 8 years longer than the actual Korean War)


1996 [16] “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette wins “Grammy Award” as ‘Album Of the Year’

1998 [14] Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” hits #1 on the singles chart & sticks for 2 weeks

2010 [02] 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver end with, among other things, a surprise appearance by Neil Young, who sings “Long May You Run” as the torch is put out


1977 [35] Canada’s federal government announces creation of new, publicly-owned passenger railway to be called ‘Via Rail’ (then starts tearing up railway tracks all across the country)


[Wed] Leap Year Day
[Wed] Galileo Day
[Wed] Bachelors Day
[Wed] Inspirational Underlings Day
This Week Is … Eating Disorders Awareness Week
This Month Is … International Boost Self-Esteem Month


• Offers a way for overdeveloped 5-year-olds to explain why they have a beard.
• It’s all because the groundhog saw his shadow.
• Just another one of those days created by the jerks at Hallmark.
• It makes up for the day we lost when we turned the clocks ahead.
• One of those things that happens every 4 years, like Lindsay Lohan paying her taxes.
• The March calendars aren’t ready yet.


He’s so pathetic he shoplifts from Goodwill.


Think innovation is dead? Check out some of these ‘first world solutions to first world problems’. Some are so simple you’ll wonder why you never thought of them, ie: ‘Mesh Pockets Shower Curtain’; ‘Phone Waterproofing’; and ‘Bedside Urinal System’.
NET: http://www.firstworldliving.com


☎ Do you feel more positive about a service or product that your friends have ‘liked’ or ‘followed’? (A YouGov poll has found that 44% of British online consumers do NOT.)


Question: People in THIS profession get more headaches than any other.
Answer: Accounting.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; skill is knowing how to do it; virtue is actually doing it.

Monthly Planning Calendar in Tomorrow’s Issue of “BS”!

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