Tuesday, January 24, 2017 – Edition: #5896

Sheet Happens!

★ This morning (5:18 am PST) Oscar-winners Brie Larson (“Room”) and Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) are among those who announce nominees in 24 categories for this year’s Academy Awards. In a departure from previous years, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is ditching a live audience for the announcements and will live-stream them on its website, Oscars.org. Some of the presentation also airs on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America”. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the 2017 Oscars on February 26th.
– Variety.com
★ Millie Bobby Brown is the face of a new Calvin Klein ad campaign. The 12-year-old actress shot to fame after being cast as the lead in Netflix’s smash hit series “Stranger Things”. The part of ‘Eleven’, a child with extreme supernatural powers, required her to shave her hair off, and her short ‘do has now become a signature look. Uploading one of the fashion images to her Instagram account, Millie tells her 2.5 million followers she’s “so honored to be a part of this”.
– WENN.com
★ And moviegoers who want to see “A Dog’s Purpose” will be greeted by animal rights activists. PETA organizers say they have plans to protest in front of many theaters. As you know, the controversy erupted after a video was posted of a German Shepherd in distress when a handler tried to pull it into rushing water. Producers say the dog was treated humanely throughout the filming, but got freaked out because the point of entry was changed. The studio cancelled the Hollywood premiere and press junkets, but the movie is supposed to open Friday anyway.
– TMZ.com

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Colony House (“Only The Lonely”).
• “Daily Show” (Comedy Central) – Big Sean (“I Decided”).
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Lady Antebellum (“Heart Break”).
• “Harry” (syndicated) – BJ the Chicago Kid (“In My Mind”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The Americanos f/Nicky Jam, Ty Dolla $ign, and French Montana (“In My Foreign”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Banks & Steelz (“Anything But Words”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Mutemath drummer Darren King sits in.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Pretty Yende (“A Journey”). Rerun.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Michael Bolton (“Tribute to Hitsville”).
• “Tattoo Girls” (TLC) – Debut of a new reality series about a Missouri tattoo shop that eschews the masculine vibe and employs an all-female staff.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson (“Just Hold On”).
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Boy George (“This Is What I Do”).

• Justin Bieber – He’s sold his infamous Ferrari 458 for $434,500 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. It’s the same vehicle Justin’s friend Lil Twist was driving in 2013 when a photographer was struck and killed by another car as he tried to follow the singer.
• Kanye West – He’s reportedly set to revive his cancelled “Saint Pablo Tour” with shows in Europe and the UK. He previously axed the remaining US dates following his stint in hospital for ‘sleep deprivation and mental exhaustion’.
• Luke Bryan – He’s performing the anthem at Super Bowl 51 as part of pre-game proceedings. The performance airs live on FOX/CTV just before kickoff on February 5th.
• Miranda Lambert – She’s turning tonight’s rehearsal show in Chicago IL into a fundraiser to boost her Women Creators Scholarship Fund. The warm-up is for her 18-date “Highway Vagabond Tour”, which begins Thursday in Evansville IN. Old Dominion is the opener.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Inferno” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): In director Ron Howard’s latest thriller based on Dan Brown’s novels, ‘Robert Langdon’ (Tom Hanks) wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams with ‘Dr Sienna Brooks’ (Felicity Jones) and together they race against the clock across Europe to foil a deadly plot that would unleash a devastating virus.
• “The Light Between Oceans” ( PG-13 Romantic Drama ): Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander play a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia, who raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. Co-stars Rachel Weisz. Based on the debut novel by ML Stedman. Both Vikander and Weisz are being touted for Oscar nominations.
• Also being released: “The Man Who Fell to Earth – Limited Collector’s Edition” (David Bowie Re-release); and “Peanuts by Schulz: Snoopy Tales” (Compilation).

Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King plans to launch an app Canada-wide this Spring that allows customers to order and pay in advance on their smartphones without lining up to pay a cashier. The move by RBI follows a similar one by Starbucks and is the latest push towards more automation in the food service industry. Since late December, the Brewster App has undergone testing in 25 Tim Hortons cafés in Ontario and 25 Burger King restaurants in Miami FL. The expansion would see the app rolled out to the roughly 4,000 Tim Hortons and Burger King locations across Canada. (Just one more way your phone’s going to get you in financial trouble.)
– GlobalNews.ca

Staying productive is all about consciously deciding what NOT to do. Here are 5 ways to say ‘no’ so you can reclaim your focus …
1. Make a ‘Stop-Doing List’ – The idea is to identify a short-list of habits you want to avoid, ie: scheduling meetings first thing in the morning, treating emails from strangers as urgent, etc.
2. Write Tomorrow’s ‘To-Do’ List Today – You can hit the ground running if you close out your workday by jotting down in advance a to-do list for the day ahead.
3. ‘Batch’ Your Email Time – Productive emailers (‘batchers’) set aside a few time slots each day to power through their inboxes, and say ‘no’ to email interruptions outside those times.
4. Teach People to Expect You’ll Say ‘No’ – Once you level the playing field between the possibility of saying ‘yes’ and saying ‘no’, it becomes easier to gracefully decline.
5. Swap “I Can’t Do That” With “I Don’t Do That” – When you say you “can’t do” something, it may convey weakness and inadequacy. “Don’t”, however, conveys power and conviction.
– FastCompany.com

Almost everyone has done it at one time or another, mixed up the names of family members or friends, even the family dog. A new study of these cognitive glitches by Rollins College in Florida finds the goof-ups often come down to the way the human brain catalogues names. We essentially shelve them away in folders based on how well we know and/or love people. When we mess up a name, it’s typically because we inadvertently choose a different one from the same folder. 95% of the time a name mixup occurs, it’s between family members. And moms, the research shows, seem especially prone to doing it. Interestingly, the study also finds that the names of people’s pet dogs get thrown into the ‘I-love-you-like-family’ folder, but not their cats or other pets. (This may explain why your mom has called you by the dog’s name so many times. “Does ‘Nippers’ want her breakfast?”)
– Sourced from “Cosmopolitan”

✓ Smith – Originated in England and gradually spread into other English-speaking countries. Now the most common family name in the Australia, Britain, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA.
✓ Garcia – The most common surname in Spain, 2nd-most-common in Cuba, and 3rd-most-common in Mexico. It is also now the 8th-most-common surname in the US.
✓ Papadopoulos – This is the most common Greek surname. It is used in Greece, Cyprus, and countries of the Greek diaspora.
✓ Kim – The most common surname in the Korean Peninsula (both North & South Korea), accounting for nearly 22% of the population. The meaning of the word is ‘metal’, ‘iron’, or ‘gold’.
✓ Ivanov – The most widespread last name in Belarus, 2nd-most-widespread last name in Russia, and also very common in Bulgaria.
✓ Wang (sometimes spelled Wong) – With almost 100 million of the Chinese holding this name, it’s the most common last name in the country, followed by Lee and Zhang.
✓ Anderson – The most prevalent last name in Sweden and also very popular in Norway and Denmark (where it is spelled ‘Andersen’).
✓ Traore – A very common last name in several Western African countries such as Mali, Senegal, and Guinea. In anglophone West Africa the name is altered to ‘Trawally’.
✓ Muller (also Mueller or Miller) – It is the most common family name in Germany, Switzerland, and some parts of France.
✓ Cohen (Coen, Cohn, Kahn, Kohn, etc) – Most popular last name in Israel and frequently occurs in countries with large Jewish communities.
– Condensed from List25.com

Severe PMS has been linked to a parasite carried by cats. Scientists at Juarez University in Mexico have found that women with bad premenstrual symptoms – such as anger and depression – are more likely to have the parasite in their bloodstream. The organism has previously been linked with anxiety, schizophrenia, and aggression. You can catch the bug (toxoplasma gondii) simply by handling cat litter. It’s important to note that we’re talking severe PMS – or Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – rather than just feeling a little low before your time of the month. Far from gentle mood swings, PDD can cause extreme anger and anxiety, low self esteem, persistent depression, and trouble sleeping. (If you have any of these problems, see your vet.)
– “Metro”

• Local anaesthetic has no effect on some people … and no-one knows why.
– BBC News
• Some drugs used to treat Parkinson’s disease have had the side-effect of turning patients into gambling addicts.
– “Nautilus”


1941 [76] Neil Diamond, NYC, oldies singer (“Cracklin’ Rosie”, “Song Sung Blue”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2011)

1963 [54] Keech Rainwater, Plano TX, country musician (Lonestar-“Mr Mom”, “Amazed”)

1974 [43] Ed Helms, Atlanta GA, movie actor (“The Hangover” movies, “Semi-Pro”)/TV actor (“The Office” 2006-13)

1984 [33] Justin Baldoni, LA CA, TV actor (‘Rafael Solano’ on “Jane the Virgin” since 2014)

1986 [31] Mischa Barton, London UK, movie actress (“St Trinian’s”, “The Sixth Sense”)/TV actress (“The OC” 2003-06)

• “Beer Can Appreciation Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1st canned beer, marketed by Kruegar Brewing of Richmond, Virginia on this day 82 years ago in 1935. (Gee, what should we do to celebrate?)

• “Compliment Day”, when we’re encouraged to say something nice to at least 5 people. (Who will in turn ask, “OK, what is it that you want?”)

• “Global Belly Laugh Day”, a day to experience the health & happiness benefits of taking a moment to laugh out loud. To that end, we’re all encouraged to throw our arms in the air and laugh heartily at precisely 1:24 pm local time.
NET: http://www.bellylaughday.com

• “Peanut Butter Day”, unless someone in the house is at risk of anaphylactic shock from an allergy. Originally called ‘nutmeal’, peanut butter has only been around for about 120 years but it’s a staple in 85% of homes and we eat about 3 lbs per person per year.

• “Phone Recycling Day”, an international effort by the Jane Goodall Institute to inspire environmental action around recycling mobile phones and other used electronics worldwide.
NET: http://www.mobilerecyclingday.org

• “Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day”, a tongue-in-cheek salute to the beginning of the 1848 gold rush in California. (“Well, consarn it! A whole ‘nuther year’s done skedaddled right past an’ we’re celerbating this agin!”)

2006 [11] Walt Disney Co announces the $7.4-billion purchase of Pixar Studios (making the late Steve Jobs one extremely wealthy guy)

2012 [05] The Who’s Pete Townshend sells publishing rights to the songs he’s written to Spirit Music Group, which plans to place more of his music in TV shows, movies, and commercials

2008 [09] Amy Winehouse goes to rehab (even though she says “no, no, no”) in a battle to kick her addiction to drugs

2009 [08] Despite the $150 ticket price, a Kings Of Leon fundraising concert for the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital is SRO

2015 [02] INXS guitarist Tim Farriss severs the ring finger on his left hand while operating a winch on his boat, but doctors manage to reattach the digit after 2 surgeries

2016 [01] David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album “Blackstar” hits #1 in both the UK and North America 2 weeks after his death

2013 [04] European Bioinformatics Institute announces its scientists have successfully stored audio and text on fragments of DNA and retrieved them with 99.99% accuracy, the 1st time DNA has been used for data storage (can they implant a new language in your brain?)

[Wed] Opposite Day
[Wed] Robert Burns Day
[Thurs] Dental Drill Appreciation Day
[Thurs] Peanut Brittle Day
[Fri] “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Fun at Work Day
This Week Is … International Hoof-Care Week
This Month Is … Mail-Order Gardening Month


• “Your Kibble Could Be Poisoning You!”
• “Kitties & Your Walkers – Are They in Cahoots?”
• “Where the Fetch-Ball Really Went [Spoiler: It’s In His Hand!]”
• “Chilling: Puppy’s Pee Pads Taken Away”
• “Fido’s Breeder Records Finally Found – Is He Only Half-St Bernard?”
• “Sick Plot to Hide Sticks & Chew Toys Revealed”
• “Cats Conspire to Empty Water Bowls”
• “Lassie’s Emails Released – How Does She Type Without Opposable Thumbs?”
• “German Shepherd Totally Freaks Out During Pool Scene in New Movie ‘A Dog’s Purpose'”
– Thanks to Molly Taft

There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a great big deal about your birthday … around age 11.

☎ If you had to give yourself a new name, what name would you pick?

Question: The average person now does THIS 4 years sooner compared to 40 years ago.
Answer: Gets grey hair.

Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

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