Tuesday, January 27, 2015        Edition: #5384

Never Accept a Generic – Ask For Pure BS!

★ Lindsay Lohan has until tomorrow to complete 15 days’ worth of community service or she may face jail-time. Last year she was sentenced to a month of community service as part of probation for a 2012 reckless driving charge. As of November 6th, she’d only served half of it but a lenient judge extended her deadline until January 28th. Taking it to the very edge, she’s been showing up at Community Service Volunteers in London every day since Friday and hopes to finish off her time today. (Think the ‘rare disease’ she’s purportedly suffering from has any bearing on this?)
– ContactMusic.com
★ Ryan Reynolds has been gushing about how great his personal life is after the birth of his new baby daughter. Reynolds and 27-year-old actress-wife Blake Lively, who tied the knot in September 2012, welcomed their first child over the Christmas holidays, and it seems the 38-year-old actor is adjusting to fatherhood quite well. While talking with “People” magazine at the Sundance Film Festival he has admitted: “I’ve even tried breast-feeding.” (Ah … way more than we really need to know, thank-you.)
– People.com
★ Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”) and the cast of “The Elephant Man” will be taking the hit Broadway play about a severely deformed man in Victorian England to the London stage this Summer. Cooper has won rave reviews for his portrayal of John Merrick, a sideshow attraction because of his grotesque appearance, in the revival that opened on Broadway late last year. That production closes February 21st and transfers to London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on May 9th, running through August 8th. (The guy’s on a roll!)
– Variety.com

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Kiesza (“Sound Of a Woman”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jamie Cullum (“Interlude”, out today).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Porter Robinson (“Worlds”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Haerts (“Haerts”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Drenge (“Drenge”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – War On Drugs (“Lost In the Dream”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Backstreet Boys (“In a World Like This”).

• Black Eyed Peas – will.I.am wrote “I Gotta Feeling” on the night of Barack Obama’s inauguration as US president.
• Fifth Harmony – Tonight their “2015 Reflection Tour” presented by MTV begins in San Francisco CA, with dates slotted up to March 27th in Philadelphia PA. Their new album “Reflection” is out February 3rd.
• Maroon 5 – While 35-year-old frontman Adam Levine is excited about the idea of having a baby with Behati Prinsloo, whom he married 6 months ago, the 25-year-old model thinks she is too young to start a family. An insider tells “In Touch Weekly”: ”Adam is really upset, but there’s nothing that will change her mind.”
• Ne-Yo – His delayed 6th studio album, “Non-Fiction”, is finally out today. It includes collaborations with Candice, David Guetta, Jeezy, Juicy J, Pitbull, Schoolboy Q, and TI.
• Nirvana – “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck”, Brett Morgen’s new documentary about the late rocker, has debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. It features interviews with Cobain’s parents, Courtney Love, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. A recent interview with Dave Grohl failed to make the cut in time for the premiere, but may be added in future.
• Paul McCartney – His ex-wife Heather Mills tells the latest edition of “Event” magazine her 2008 divorce from Paul was more traumatic than losing her leg in a 1993 motorcycle accident. The difference being … she walked away from the marriage with a $38.9-million settlement.
• Peter Bjorn & John – The whistling hook on “Young Folks” was originally intended as a simple placeholder on the recording.
• Rihanna – Her new collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, “Four Five Seconds”, marks the first time she has released new material since “Jump”, which came out almost exactly a year ago.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Before I Go to Sleep” ( R-Rated Mystery Thriller ): A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her. Stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Mark Strong. Based on SJ Watson’s bestseller of the same name.
• “The Book of Life” ( PG Family Animation ): A young man finds himself on a path that can go two different ways: to follow the expectations of his family or to follow his heart. But before making a momentous choice in his life, he must face his greatest fears. Voice cast includes Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Danny Trejo.
• “Fury” ( R-Rated War Drama ): In this WW2 drama Brad Pitt stars as a battle-hardened army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and its 5-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Pitt did everything from sleep in trenches to learn now to drive a tank in preparation. Co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Scott Eastwood.
• “The Judge” ( R-Rated Drama ): Robert Downey Jr plays a big city lawyer who returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. The role has earned Duvall several award nominations. Co-stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, and Vincent D’Onofrio.
• Also released today: “Art and Craft” (Documentary); “Downton Abbey Season 5” (TV); and “Mama’s Family: Mama’s Favorites, Season 4” (Vintage TV).

A family who wanted to name their child Nutella have been told ‘Non!’ by a French court. The parents in Valenciennes. France were told that it would be ‘against the child’s interests’ to be named after the brand name. Meanwhile another couple from Raismes, France have given birth to a child they’ve named Fraise (strawberry). But once again the court has found the name in appropriate as it ‘could cause mockery that could have a negative impact’. Instead, the parents have used the name Fraisine – which was popular in the 19th century. (Should courts have sway over what we name our kids, or should we be allowed to go ahead and create lifetime psychological scars at will?)
– “Metro”

Try one of these homemade gargles next time you’re looking to relieve throat pain …
• Salt & Water. A quarter-teaspoon salt to 1 cup of the hottest water you can tolerate.
• Lemon & Water. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 cup water to shrink swollen throat tissue.
• Ginger, Honey & Water. 1 teaspoon each of ginger and honey to a half-cup of hot water.
• Hot Sauce & Water. The capsicum in hot peppers helps alleviate pain and fights inflammation.
• Sage & Water. Sage can soothe a sore throat and ease painful or swollen nasal passages.
• Wheatgrass Juice. A quick rinse and spit helps prohibit bacteria growth and ease throat pain.
• Clove Tea. Add 1-to-3 teaspoons of powdered or ground cloves to water, then mix and gargle.
• Tomato Juice – Gargle with a mixture of a half-cup tomato juice and a half-cup hot water.
• Licorice Root. Mix 1 teaspoon of licorice syrup or powder with 8 oz of water and swish.
• Apple Cider Vinegar & Salt. Gargle with 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon salt dissolved in warm water. (And your mom’s best remedy was …?)
– Sourced from RD.com

University of Pennsylvania researchers have found that tweets can be indicative of a stressful environment and associated with higher heart disease risk. Negative tweets with words like ‘hate’ or expletives, as well as tweets about being bored or unmotivated have all been linked to higher risk. On the other hand, tweets with positive emotional language, like ‘wonderful’ and ‘friends’ correlate with lower rates of heart disease. To be clear, the study isn’t suggesting the people tweeting are the people dying, but that their language indicates characteristics of their community. Researchers have found Twitter to be a better predictor of heart disease risk than combined factors like rates of smoking, diabetes, and obesity. (Can it also indicate the brain-dead?)
– @NYDailyNews.com

How to save on gyms and gear without getting your budget out of shape …
• Score a discount. Ask if your company has any negotiated corporate rates at fitness centers or if your health-care provider offers gym deals. You could receive up to 60% off membership fees, and some companies reimburse employees in full.
• Shop around. Compare gym options: most offer a free day (or even a free week) of trial membership. Come armed with numbers that show you’ve done your homework, ie: “The gym down the street charges $20 less per month.”
• Negotiate. Gyms are often more flexible on membership toward the end of the month. Ask that they waive the initiation fee and throw in personal-training sessions.
• Stock a home gym. Here’s all you need for an awesome workout at home: a kettlebell (around $20), 5-pound weights ($6 each), an exercise ball ($20), and a jump rope ($10).
– Condensed from “Cosmopolitan”

A team of British inventors has come up with an invisible drum kit. ‘AeroDrums’ make use of real-time motion-tracking technology. Here’s how they work: Users place reflective strips on their feet and hold reflective drumsticks; a Sony PlayStation 3 camera locks onto the strips to track movements; special software then converts the movements into sound produced by a drum synthesizer. The kit can be configured to include up to 5 tom-toms and 2 bass drums. Drummers see their virtual drum kit on a laptop to help guide their movements. And when using headphones, there is zero noise to annoy neighbors. (You kinda look like a dork, however.)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/kjm2rwc
– @MailOnline

Workers who put in a lot of overtime tend to drink more after work.
– GlobalNews.ca


1957 [58] Frank Miller, Olney MD, graphic novelist/artist (“300”, “The Wolverine”)/movie director (“Sin City” films)

1959 [56] Cris Collinsworth, Dayton OH, NFL TV analyst (“NBC Sunday Night Football” since 2009, “Inside the NFL” since 2008)/former NFL WR (Cincinnati Bengals 1981-88)  BS FACTOID: He’s the color commentator for this Sunday’s Super Bowl.

1965 [50] Alan Cumming, Aberfeldy, Scotland, TV actor (‘Eli Gold’ on “The Good Wife” since 2010)/movie actor (“The Smurfs” movies, “Any Day Now”)

1968 [47] Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta TX, country singer (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, “Paint Me a Birmingham”)

• “Chocolate Cake Day”, for some unknown reason. But then … do we need one?

• “Family Literacy Day”, to promote the importance of reading & learning together as a family.
NET: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/en/family-literacy-day

• “National Geographic Day”, marking the 1888 foundation of the National Geographic Society in Washington DC by a diverse group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers, and financiers.

• “Punch the Clock Day”, a day to calmly do your job stress-free, then go home and enjoy your real life. (“I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted paychecks.”)

• “Thomas Crapper Day”, in honor of the man who invented the toilet flush mechanism, on the anniversary of his death in 1910. Thomas Crapper & Co became engineers by appointment to the English ‘throne’.

• “Vietnam Peace Day”, observed on the anniversary of the 1973 peace deal signed in Paris that brought an end to America’s (then) longest war.

1994 [21] Former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw joins FOX-TV’s NFL broadcasting crew

2010 [05] “The Catcher In the Rye” author JD Salinger dies, after years of seclusion

1970 [45] John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma” in a single day

1984 [31] Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi-Cola TV ad (leads to numerous face restructures)

2004 [11] 13-year-old New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (“Whale Rider”) becomes the youngest actress ever nominated in the ‘Best Actress’ category of the Academy Awards

[Wed] Data Privacy Day
[Wed] Kazoo Day
[Thurs] Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards (Sydney NSW)
[Thurs] Curmudgeons Day
[Fri] Fun at Work Day
[Fri] Pre-School Fitness Day
This Week Is … International Hoof Care Week
This Month Is … Unchain a Dog Month


✓ You shower the night before so you can sleep in for an extra 15 minutes.
✓ You also pick your outfit the night before.
✓ You often skip breakfast so you can sleep longer.
✓ As soon as your alarm goes off, the first phrases you utter are all swearwords.
✓ Your life is all about setting a new record for getting ready.
✓ You are incapable of stringing together coherent sentences before 9 am.
✓ You get super confused when people rave about how amazing the sunrise was.
✓ You have perpetual ‘resting bitch-face’ until at least noon.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com

☎ Do you want a big career or a little career? ‘Big’ meaning bold, exciting, and rewarding. ‘Little’ meaning safe, undemanding, and predictable.

An ego of creative directors.
A scribble of copywriters.
A scold of project managers.
A sharpie of art directors.
A scrum of developers.
An upvote of social media experts.
A checkbox of HR people.
A bootlick of account executives.
A nightmare of interns.
– Thanks to Nate Davis & Paul Baker

I bought a microwave fireplace. You can spend a whole evening in front of it in only 8 minutes.

Which are elephants known to do as a sign of affection?
a. Trumpet 3 quick blasts.
b. Entwine their trunks. [CORRECT]
c. Stand on their hind legs.

Question: Studies show doing THIS will make people trust you.
Answer: Wearing lavender or having a lavender air freshener.

By doing a little bit each day, you can get a lot accomplished.

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