Wednesday, February 5, 2014        Edition: #5153

Deja Moo!

★ 27-year-old Russian “Sports Illustrated” swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna, aka ‘Anne V’, has split with NY Mets baseball pitcher Matt Harvey. They started dating 8 months ago after meeting at a NY Rangers hockey game. They seemed happy enough while celebrating the New Year in Thailand and Vietnam, but have apparently been going through a rocky patch since. An insider claims the split was amicable and they remain good friends. Heard that one before?
– “Us Weekly”
★ Yesterday Cory Monteith’s final recordings with his band Bonnie Dune were released. The late “Glee” star, who was the drummer for the LA-based band, recorded 6 songs for what was to be their debut album, “Miramar”, just weeks before his death in July. Bonnie Dune frontman Justin Wilczynski says the intent was to finish off the 10-track album, but after Cory died it was decided to just release the completed material as a ‘celebration of his life and what he enjoyed doing’.
– E! News
★ Former “High School Musical” star Zac Efron is the latest to confirm he is among a handful of young actors being considered by Disney for the latest reboot of the “Star Wars” franchise. The news comes just a couple of weeks after director JJ Abrams confirmed that “Breaking Bad” star Jesse Plemons (who played ‘Todd Alquist’) is also on the list of possibilities. “Star Wars: Episode VII”, the first of 3 new installments planned, is expected to hit cinema screens in December 2015.
– MTV News
★ And as the show biz world remains stunned over the heroin overdose death of 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, it’s been revealed that he predicted his own demise less than 2 months before it happened. The actor, who had been going to AA meetings on-and-off while in the middle of a 6-week heroin binge, reportedly told one of his peers in the program: “If I don’t stop I know I’m gonna die.”

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV2) – Upon their arrival in Hollywood contestants perform for the judges.
• “Colbert Report” (Comedy Central/CTV) – Lake Street Dive (“Fun Machine”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The Head & The Heart (“Let’s Be Still”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Jake Bugg (“Shangri La”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – “The Best of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Guest Comedy Pieces”.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Lenny Kravitz (“Are You Gonna Go My Way – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Shelby Lynne (“Thanks”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Blake Shelton (“Based On a True Story …”); Vintage Trouble (“The Bomb Shelter Sessions”).

• Bruno Mars – He was reportedly not paid for his 12-minute Super Bowl appearance Sunday, but it’s paying off big-time since. 2.2 million tweets about him were posted within minutes of the performance; his album sales are expected to surge; and “Forbes” estimates he could easily raise average ticket prices for his “Moonshine Jungle” tour from $66 to $120.
• Carly Rae Jepsen – Last night the 28-year-old made her Broadway debut, starring in the Disney production of “Cinderella”. Seems it was fated to happen; during costuming for the production, she tried on the ‘glass slippers’ that were supplied for the lead role … and they fit.
• Kanye West – Has his persistent lobbying paid off? Rumors have surfaced that his fiancée Kim Kardashian has shot her first-ever “Vogue” cover.
• Katy Perry – As of this week she has more than 50 million followers on Twitter, making her the most-followed person in the social network site’s history.
• Kings Of Leon – Tonight in Atlanta GA they begin the first leg of their 2014 arena tour of North America in support of their latest album “Mechanical Bull”. The first round of gigs runs up to April 11th in New Orleans LA. Gary Clark Jr opens all dates.
• Miley Cyrus – She’s naked so much because she didn’t wear shoes as a kid. Huh? That’s her claim in a new “W” magazine interview. She says her idyllic childhood on a 500-acre farm in Franklin TN led to her grown-up desire to shed her clothing at every opportunity.
• One Direction – Harry Styles has gone art shopping, blowing £20,000 (over $32,000) on 20 prints by artist Hayden Kays emblazoned with provocative slogans such as ‘I Think About Sex Every Sex Words’. Get it?
• U2 – Bono tells BBC 1 the band is ‘on the verge of irrelevance’. He admits it has become tough to remain significant in the music industry as they grow older, because the personal experiences they depict in their songs may no longer connect with a mainstream audience.

• Belly Button Surgery – Thought you were eternally stuck with an outie? No longer a problem. Just name your navel and they’ll build one for you.
• Eyebrow Transplants – When a tweezer and pencil just won’t get it done, this cosmetic procedure is favored by people wishing to have permanently perfect eyebrows.
• Pokertox – A program of Botox and facial fillers designed to hide almost all facial emotion, thereby creating a ‘poker face’.
• Toe Shortening – You say your digits resemble eagle talons? Finally, the shorter toes you’ve always wanted … at only $2,000 per piggy.
• Designer Vay Jay Jay – Yep, surgically-enhanced lady bits. The ultimate success in making women feel insecure about things that are completely normal.
– Adapted from

An Arabic Internet address ending has become the first to go live as part of the rollout of more than 1,000 new generic top-level domain name suffixes. These are the endings to website URLs that were once limited to .com, .org, and .edu, in addition to country codes such as .uk. The first websites ending in the Arabic script pronounced ‘dot shabaka’ went up this week. The DotShabaka Registry is a Dubai-based business designed to help Arabic speakers negotiate the web. New English-language suffixes that become available today include: .camera; .estate; .gallery; .graphics; .lighting; and .photography. (‘Dot Shabaka’ has the potential to be the hook line for a hit song.)
– BBC Science & Technology

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 90% of Hallmark greeting cards are purchased and given by women.
• 51% of parents with overweight or obese children think their kids are normal weight.
• 50% of men have no idea of their partner’s dress size.
• 39% of us admit we have wanted to throw something at the TV … but restrained ourselves.
• 33% of us have had ‘revenge’ or ‘rebound’ sex in an attempt to get over a relationship.
• 12% of office workers go home for lunch at least once a week.

There’s a new alternative to those annoying audio alerts emitted from smartphones. The ‘Scentee’ plugs into your headphone jack and releases a chosen scent whenever there’s a new email or Facebook alert. As well as filling the room with an aroma, the gizmo also glows, thanks to built-in LED lights. Scent capsules offer 100 bursts of your preferred fragrance before they need replacing. Users can already pick from rose, strawberry, coffee, lavender, curry, and buttered baked potato, but new fragrances – including bacon – are on the way. The $35-device is already available in Japan and is soon launching internationally. (And you thought beeps and buzzes were annoying? Imagine entering a room full of these gadgets … who died in here?)

New cutting-edge vocab …
✓ ‘Peak Car’ –  A point in time when the use of cars will reach a maximum, after which it will steadily decline due to cost, alternatives, and improved urban walkability. Some futurists believe we’ve already passed ‘peak car’.
✓ ‘Pre-cap’ – The opposite of a recap this is a summary of, or predictions for, an upcoming event. A lot of reality TV producers must think the audience has a short attention span as they tend to air a ‘precap’ going into a commercial break, then a recap coming out of it.
✓ ‘Weedcation’ – A new term for vacation visits to Colorado or Washington specifically to take advantage of now legalized cannabis. Amsterdam in The Netherlands has been a ‘weedcation’ destination for decades, something the locals are not so thrilled about.

Researchers at Spain’s Autonomous University of Barcelona have managed to create an electronic … ‘tongue’.The hi-tech taster was made using 21 electrodes, each responsive to different chemical compounds. In experiments, it has proven 82% accurate when attempting to recognize different types of beer, but it can only differentiate tastes for which it has been programmed. So why do we need this? It’s thought to be the 1st step toward developing robots with a sense of taste, and could also replace human tasting panels in the food industry to improve the quality of products for consumption. (So, wanna see my prosthetic tongue?)

When you’re out of the house, your partner may binge on weird behaviors that she’s afraid might turn you off. Here are few things she might be up to right now …
• She watches your ‘together’ TV shows without you. In a recent Harris Interactive poll, 57% of women say they’d be willing to commit ‘Netflix infidelity’.
• She watches some freaky documentary, like “My 600-Pound Life” or “Hoarders”, which she’d feel self-conscious about doing when you’re around.
• She checks herself out in the mirror. Naked. Women suck in, check out their butt, and look at their pores. They do poses in the mirror to see which is their good side.
• She dances around the house. Also naked. She might be practicing her moves for you, or just playing out her childhood fantasy of being a pop star.
• She stuffs her face. If she eats like a bird around you, she’s probably raiding the fridge while you’re away. Many women don’t feel the freedom to eat everything they want in front of a guy.
• She performs crazy grooming rituals. This might include bleaching or waxing her mustache, plucking stray hairs, and sanding away calluses on her feet.
• She stalks her ex online. In a recent poll, 70% of women admit to Facebook-stalking an ex. Rather than missing him, she’s more likely looking to prove that her life is better than his now.
– Condensed from

The Moon is shaped like an egg; it only looks round because the big end points towards Earth.
– “1,339 Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop”


1934 [80] Don Cherry, Kingston ON, “Hockey Night in Canada” commentator (“Coach’s Corner” since 1980)/former NHL coach (‘Coach Of the Year’ with Boston Bruins 1975-76)

1964 [50] Duff McKagan, Seattle WA, rock bassist (Velvet Revolver-“Fall to Pieces”, “Slither”, ex-Guns N’ Roses-“November Rain”, “Sweet Child o’ Mine”)

1971 [43] Sara Evans, Boonville MO, country singer (“A Real Fine Place to Start”, “Suds In the Bucket”)

1985 [29] Cristiano Ronaldo (dos Santos Aveiro), Funchal, Portugal, soccer star (Real Madrid, Portugal National Team)/IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer 2013/FIFA Ballon d’Or Top Player 2013

1987 [27] Darren Criss, San Francisco CA, TV actor (‘Blaine Anderson’ on “Glee” since 2010)/Broadway stage actor (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”)

• “Constitution Day” in Mexico, honoring the country’s ‘Political Constitution of the United Mexican States’, approved on this date in 1917.

• “Weather Forecasters Day”, commemorating the 1744 birth of Boston MA physician Dr John Jeffries, one of the first to keep detailed records of weather conditions (from 1774-1816).

• “Western Monarch Day”, celebrating the stunning orange & black migrating butterfly.

• “World Nutella Day”, the 8th annual celebration of the chocolate-y hazelnut spread that’s best eaten right out of the jar … by the handful.

1992 [22] For the first time, an animated feature is nominated for a ‘Best Picture’ Oscar – Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast”

1934 [80] A patent is granted to the Ingersoll-Waterbury Clock Co of Connecticut for the 1st ‘Mickey Mouse Watch’

1978 [36] Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws … blindfolded!

1981 [33] World’s ‘Largest Jell-O’ contains 9,246 gallons of watermelon-flavored mix (Brisbane, Australia)

[Thurs] Jay Leno retires from “The Tonight Show” (NBC)
[Thurs] Canadian Maple Syrup Day
[Fri] “2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremonies” (CBC/NBC)
[Fri] “The LEGO Movie”; “The Monuments Men”; “Vampire Academy” open in movie  theaters
[Fri] Ballet Day
[Fri] Girl Scout Cookie Day
[Fri] Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day
[Fri] Wear Red Day
This Week Is … School Counseling Week
This month Is … Children’s Dental Health Month


Can you guess which beasts have reduced the human population most?
10. Domestic Dogs – When provoked, they can be as lethal as any wild animal. It’s important to note that most aggressive acts caused by dogs result from human misconduct.
9. Cape Buffalo – These 1.5-ton hulks attack humans with their sharp horns when they feel they are in danger. According to stats, they are responsible for 200 death per year.
8. Elephants – Large and in charge, they are responsible for an estimated death toll of 500 people annually.
7. Crocodiles – Huge and extremely dangerous, they become deadly stealth machines while in the water. It is reported that up to 2,500 people die by crocodile attack each year.
6. Hippopotamus – Considered Africa’s most dangerous animal, a docile-looking hippo can be vicious when provoked. Around 2,900 people are killed every year by hippos.
5. Scorpions – Only 25 of the 2,000-odd species of scorpions have poison dangerous enough to kill humans. Nevertheless, as many as 5,000 people are killed by scorpions annually.
4. Snakes – They kill an average of 50,000 people around-the-world every year. Most deaths are said to come from snakes that are threatened by human presence and activity.
3. Tsetse Flies – Responsible for spreading the African Sleeping Sickness, which affects as many as 500,000 people annually, 80% of whom eventually die.
2. Mosquitoes – These carriers of fatal diseases such as malaria and dengue kill between 660,000-to-1 million people every year.
1. Other Humans – Isn’t it ironic. There really is nobody better at killing us than we are. It’s estimated that 2.2 billion people have died as a result of wars.

She thinks a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

☎ Better to know how much time you have left or to die instantly?

Question: According to a University of Texas study, THIS is the key to a happy marriage.
Answer: A husband who works long hours.

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

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