Tuesday, January 10, 2012        Edition: #4665

Here’s Sheet in Your Eye!


We’re not sure why, but it’s been left up to actress Gwyneth Paltrow to clear up confusion over Beyoncé’s new baby girl’s name, confirming the tot is called ‘Blue Ivy’ Carter, not ‘Ivy Blue’ as preliminary reports indicated (yep, seems they’re seriously going to call their baby ‘Blue’) . . . “American Idol” producers say they’re unconcerned about competition from other singing shows as “Idol” is the ‘gold standard’ for the format, attracting about double the audience of “The X Factor” (“Idol” returns January 18th with a 2-night premiere) . . . Yet another new TV talk show is in the works, as Kathy Griffin (“My Life On the D-List” 2004-10) has landed her own gabfest on Bravo that will include stand-up comedy and celebrity interviews (premieres this Spring) . . . NBC-TV has confirmed that its comedy “Community” will ‘definitely be back’ in the Spring (its cult following cheers!) . . . FOX-TV has announced it’s developing a Saturday late-night block of new animated projects of varying lengths to go up against NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” (scheduled to begin airing in January 2013) . . . FOX has also announced there will be no “Glee” spinoff show, but has confirmed that Lea Michelle will continue to star on the show (Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith are still wondering) . . . A week after Nick Cannon’s admission for an apparent kidney problem, Mariah Carey continues to tweet pics of her husband in the hospital (are we desperate for attention?) . . . “Life & Style” has confirmed that 37-year-old actor Ryan Phillippe is dating a 20-year-old model/actress named Paulina Slagter (she can’t even get into a bar in California) . . . TV actress Kat Dennings is dating Nick Zano, the guy who plays her love interest on CBS-TV’s “2 Broke Girls” (this is gonna be awkward on-set!) . . . And there are rumors that 48-year-old actor Johnny Depp & longtime girlfriend/baby-mama Vanessa Paradis (39) are having relationship problems and may have caught that nasty split bug that’s going around (they’ve been together since 1998 – an eternity in Hollywood terms).


• “Arctic Air” (CBC) – Series debut of a new adventure-drama about a maverick airline operating out of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Stars Adam Beach, Kevin McNulty, Pascale Hutton.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – The Wanted (“Battleground”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Will Hoge (“Number Seven”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Joy Formidable (“The Big Roar”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – The War on Drugs (“Slave Ambient”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – The Little Willies (“For the Good Times”, the 2nd album of cover tunes by Norah Jones’ country side project, out today).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Jully Black (“8ight”, soon to be released).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Shelby Lynne (“Revelation Road”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Augustana (“Augustana”).


• Brandy & Monica – They’ve re-teamed to record together 14 years after their duet “The Boy is Mine”. That mega-hit spent 13 weeks atop “Billboard” magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ in 1998. The twosome has confirmed via Twitter that they’re currently working together in a Miami studio.
• Christina Aguilera – She’s spoken out about critics poking fun at her recent weight-gain, saying she’s very confident with her body. Quote: “As long as I’m happy in my own skin, that’s all I need.”
• David Bowie – “Life on Mars?” has been voted his greatest-ever song in a new Digital Spy music poll marking his 65th birthday this past Sunday. The track is from the “Hunky Dory” album, released in 1971.
• David Nail – Nearly a year after its release, “Let It Rain” has become his first #1 country single. It’s from the album “Sound Of a Million Dreams”.
• Elton John – He’s signed a deal to publish ‘the very personal story’ of how AIDS has affected his life. “Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global Aids Epidemic” will include his memories of friends who’ve died due to AIDS-related illness, including Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991.
• Katy Perry – Word has it Russell Brand may have been ‘uninvited’ from tomorrow night’s “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS) because his estranged wife is one of those up for numerous honors.
• Lady Antebellum – They’ve announced on their official website that Hillary Scott quietly wed drummer Chris Tyrrell over the weekend in an upstate New York ceremony witnessed only by close friends & family. They became engaged last July.


• “Killer Elite” ( R-Rated Action ): Jason Statham plays a retired member of Britain’s elite Special Air Service who’s forced back into action when his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive. His mission is to kill 3 assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen).
• “Moneyball” ( PG-13 Sports Bio ): Brad Pitt stars as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who has won in the major leagues despite a minor budget. His secret: Using computer analysis to draft players. Co-stars Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright.
• “What’s Your Number?” ( R-Rated Comedy ):  A woman looks back at the past 20 men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. Stars Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor.
• Also released today: “Boardwalk Empire: The Complete 1st Season” (TV); “Bratz: Desert Jewelz” (Animation); “Frozen World: The Story Of the Ice Age” (Documentary); “Hawaii Five-O: The 12th & Final Season (Vintage TV); “King Arthur & Medieval Britain” (Documentary); and “Queen Of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us” (Documentary).

CES 2012:

Today through Friday is the “2012 International Consumers Electronics Show” in Las Vegas, the world’s largest consumer technology show. Well over 100,000 visitors will take in thousands of exhibits unveiling the latest electronic gizmos & gadgets. This is the show where many now-common devices were first introduced (Tablet PCs in 2010; Blu-ray in 2004; Xbox in 2001; HDTV in 1998; DVD in 1996). Among this year’s new products: voice-controlled TVs (Lenovo); the world’s thinnest laptop (Acer ‘Aspire’ ultrabook); and the solar-powered tablet (OLPC XO 3.0).
NET: http://www.cesweb.org
– TheVerge.com


• Recent research shows that listening to music while working actually improves concentration and performance. The psychologists also say that workers perform best when listening to music they select themselves. (Sounds like a promo for radio!)
– “Men’s Health”
• According to a recent study from the Baylor College of Medicine, 90% of all diets ultimately fail.  (So you’re off the hook with that New Year’s resolution as well.)
– PA News
• Women check out a man’s good looks first, then look for honesty and a sense of humor. What do men look for first in a woman? Overall beauty, a great body … and then, a good personality.
– “American Woman”
• Scientists say human creativity peaks between the ages of 30-and-40, while leadership skills peak in the 50s and 60s. (No wonder we can never find a creative leader!)
– “Longevity Magazine”


Sweden has now officially recognized the ‘Missionary Church of Kopimism’, founded in 2010 on the belief that copying and sharing files over the Internet is a sacred act. Chief ‘Kopimist’ Isak Gerson founded the church as a 19-year-old philosophy student and led the year-long effort to gain freedom of religion protection under the Swedish constitution. The church’s membership – which tripled from 1,000 to 3,000 in the last half of 2011 – considers file-sharing to be a holy act akin to prayer or meditation. (Hey, if Rastafarians can have ganja …)
– TorrentFreak.com


10. Facebook is your home page.
9. You update your status more than twice a day.
8. You have over 500 ‘friends’, half of whom you’ve never actually met.
7. As soon as you step away from your computer you’re on Facebook on your phone.
6. You’re a Facebook stalker (regularly clicking someone’s profile; dragging & dropping other people’s FB photos; actually showing up at a location mentioned on someone’s page in hope of seeing them in real life.)
5. You change your profile picture more than a 12-year-old girl.
4. You clean up your ‘wall’ so it looks like you spend less time on Facebook.
3. You’re a member of more than 10 ‘groups’ and respond to every event invitation as ‘attending’ even when you have no intention of doing so.
2. You change your real-life relationship status, just to mess with people in Facebook life.
1. You have actually checked your Facebook page while listening to this list.
– ListsOPlenty.com


Men with deep voices have lower sperm counts than their counterparts, researchers have discovered. With studies finding that women rate men with deep voices as being more dominant, older, healthier, and more masculine, scientists from the University of Western Australia have tried to discover if they are also more fertile. In experiments, women judged men with lower-pitched voices as more attractive, but those same men had lower sperm counts. The biology behind the phenomenon may be quite simple, with high levels of the male sex hormone testosterone impeding sperm production. (A shortage of male on-air personalities is predicted.)
– “Daily Mail”


• “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star Daniel Craig does not like the look of his knees.
– “Daily Telegraph”
• Kobe beef comes from Japanese cattle raised on beer and massaged daily to make the meat soft and succulent.
– HaLife.com
• Gastric flu can cause projectile vomiting.
– GreatFacts.com


1945 [67] Rod Stewart, London UK, wrinkle-rocker (“Tonight’s the Night”, “Maggie May”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1994)

1948 [64] Donald Fagen, Passaic NJ, classic rock singer (Steely Dan-“Reeling In the Years”, “Hey Nineteen”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2001)

1953 [59] Pat Benatar (Andrzejewski), Brooklyn NY, classic rocker (“Hit Me With Your Best Shot”)/4 consecutive Grammy Awards for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ 1980-83

1978 [34] Matt Roberts, Escatawpa MS, rock guitarist (3 Doors Down-“It’s Not My Time”, “Here Without You”)

1978 [34] Brent Smith, Knoxville TN, rock singer/songwriter (Shinedown-“The Crow & The Butterfly”, “Second Chance”)

• “Bittersweet Chocolate Day”, the kind you can eat with less guilt because it has less sugar. And besides, pure chocolate’s good for you, right?

• “Cut Your Energy Costs Day”, a day to help both the environment and your bottom line. So what’s your best tip? A slew of ideas here …
NET: http://bit.ly/5nO7nn

• “Peculiar People Day”, a good day to have listeners call in stories about the extraordinary, unusual, strange, odd, uncommon, intriguing, different, abnormal, and quirky people they know.
NET: http://www.altiusdirectory.com/Society/peculiar-people-day.php

• “Sturdy Flat-Heeled Shoes Appreciation Day”, honoring all those ‘sensible shoes’ for women that are long on comfort but sometimes a bit short on style.


1967 [45] PBS-TV debuts as a 70-station network (and the begging & pleading for cash begins)

2000 [12] America Online announces plans to acquire Time Warner for circa $182 billion to form the $350-billion mega-corporation, AOL Time Warner, one of the biggest media mergers in history (2 years later as it’s losing billions, it dumps both the CEO and ‘AOL’ from its name)


1997 [15] ‘The Godfather of Soul’, James Brown, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2000 [12] Rocker Melissa Etheridge & partner Julie Cypher reveal that dinosaur rocker David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) is the biological father of their 2 children


1863 [149] World’s 1st ‘subway’ opens (the ‘Metropolitan’ in London UK, aka ‘the tube’)

1946 [66] 1st General Assembly of the United Nations convenes, in London


2002 [10] Barber Jaynarayan Bhati of Bhopal, India sets record for ‘Continuous Hair Cutting’ by clipping 899 men & 552 women over a period 108 hours

2008 [04] India’s largest automaker, Tata Motors, unveils the ‘World’s Cheapest Car’, the Nano, with a MSRP around $2,000


[Wed] “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS)
[Thurs] Pharmacists Day
[Thurs] Work Harder Day
[Thurs] “The Finder” series premiere (FOX)
[Fri] “Beauty & The Beast 3-D”; “Contraband”; “Joyful Noise” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Friday the 13th
[Fri] Blame Someone Else Day
[Fri] 1st Winter Youth Olympics open (Innsbruck, Austria)
This Week Is … Home Office Safety & Security Week
This Month Is … Be On-Purpose Month


• “If it is all the same to you I won’t be coming in to work. The voices told me to clean all the guns today.”
• “I can’t come in to work today because I’ll be stalking my previous boss, who fired me for not showing up for work. OK?”
• “I have a rare case of 48-hour projectile leprosy, but I know we have that deadline to meet …”
• “I’ve used up all my sick days … so I’m calling in dead.”
• “Constipation has made me a walking time-bomb.”


Please don’t lie to me unless you‘re absolutely sure I’ll never find out the truth.


• Which author was passed over for a Nobel Literature Prize because judges deemed his writing to be ‘second-rate’?
a. Stephen King.
b. JRR Tolkien. [CORRECT, in 1961]
c. Dr Seuss.
– BBC News

• In what country would you find the most cars driving on the left-hand side of the road?
a. Britain
b. Australia
c. Japan [CORRECT. Britain is 2nd, followed by Australia.]
– “Top Ten of Everything”


Which landmark news event will you remember for your entire life? The kind that triggers memories of exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard about it.


Question: Losing weight can help make you healthier, but it can also do THIS.
Answer: Make you look older, by up to 4 years.


It’s not how old you are but how you are old.

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