Wednesday, January 29, 2014        Edition: #5148

Here, Have Another Sheetload!

★ Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has filed a lawsuit against Gawker Media claiming copyright infringement after the website posted a copy of his leaked script, “The Hateful Eight”. Tarantino previously declared he’d no longer make the film due to the leak. A few days later, posted the entire script, a move the suit claims crosses the line from publishing a news story.  The website claims it’s just one of many involved in the widespread availability of the script.
★ Tonight at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre comedian Brent Butt kicks off his “Almost a Movie Star Tour”, which hits 21 more cities through March. His first month-long comedy tour since 2000 is to promote his upcoming feature film debut in “No Clue”, opening in Canadian movie theaters March 7th. Butt also wrote the screenplay for the movie, in which he plays a fearful amateur detective. In a lot of ways, he admits, it’s the same guy he played in CTV shows “Corner Gas” and “Hiccups”.
– QMI Agency
★ 40-year-old Heidi Klum has split from her bodyguard-boyfriend Martin Kirsten (41) after a year-and-a-half together. They began dating shortly after Klum filed for divorce from Seal back in 2012. In addition to the breakup, they are also reportedly ending their professional relationship. A friend says there are no hard feelings between them and claims it’s an amicable split … as far as “I’m dumping you and you’re fired” can be considered amicable.
★ And an exasperated Denise Richards has decided to move out of her home inside Beverly Hills’ exclusive Mulholland Estates after her ex-husband – and landlord – Charlie Sheen threatened to evict her. Word has it Sheen’s adult film star-girlfriend Brett Rossi became jealous and managed to convince him to boot Denise and her daughters from the $7-million manse. Sheen lives in the same gated community.

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV2) – Hopefuls audition in Salt Lake City UT.
• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – 1990s DJ Kid Capri.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Hard Working Americans (“Hard Working Americans”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Broken Bells (“After the Disco”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Chvrches (“Bones of What You Believe”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Against Me! (“Transgender Dysphoria Blues”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (ABC/CTV) – James Blunt (“Moon Landing”).
• “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials 2014” (CBS) – Boomer Esiason & Sarah Shahi host a special that counts down viewers’ favorite all-time Super Bowl ads.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Jennifer Nettles (“That Girl”).

• Down With Webster – Tonight in Vancouver, the rap-rockers begin a cross-Canada club tour in support of their just-released 3rd album, “Party For Your Life”. It follows last year’s platinum-selling single, “One In a Million”.
• John Legend – Tonight he kicks off a pre-Super Bowl concert series at NYC’s McKittrick Hotel. Tomorrow Band of Horses play the same venue. Also performing this week in NYC: Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots.
• Justin Bieber – Since his DUI arrest last week, over 40,000 Americans have signed a petition at calling for his visa to be revoked and the Biebs to be deported back to Canada. Some 17 additional petitions calling for the same actions have appeared online.
• Kacey Musgraves – She’s set to benefit from a ‘Grammy sales bump’. “Billboard” estimates that sales of “Same Trailer Different Park”, which won ‘Best Country Album’, will be up more than 100% for the week.
• Karmin – Tonight their “Pulses” headline tour gets underway in Baltimore MD. The trek sees the duo of Nick Noonan & Amy Heidemann hitting major markets across North America through February 22nd in San Diego CA.
• Miley Cyrus – Tonight she strips down (her music) and goes acoustic on “MTV Unplugged”, Tonight’s episode promises surprise guests (one rumored to be Madonna) as well as ‘intimate reinventions’ of tracks like “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball”.

New products debuting at the 29th annual ‘Winter Fancy Food Show’ in San Francisco CA …
✓ Beercandy Hop Drops – A line of assertively flavored, beer-based candies. There are only trace amounts of alcohol, so they’re safe for kids … not that kids will like them. Various prices.
✓ Copper Moon Probiotic Instant Coffee – Yep, it’s a dose of the goodness of yogurt in your morning joe. If the caffeine doesn’t get you going, the probiotics sure will. $4.99 for 6 helpings.
✓ Nazquiz Qancha Peruvian Corn Snack – Peruvian corn is air-roasted, then tossed in avocado oil with 1 of 3 spice blends. Loaded with protein and fiber. $2.99 per bag.
✓ Ruby Rockets Frozen Veggie Pops – There’s just enough apple and lemon added to the healthy ingredients like spinach and avocado to make them taste good. $5.99 for a pack of 6.
✓ Skillet Foods Bacon Spread – Originally created for food-truck burgers, this quirky condiment includes rendered bacon, onions, brown sugar, and a hint of balsamic. $14.99 for 10.5 oz.
✓ Tonewood Maple Flakes – Pure maple syrup, dehydrated to crunchy crystals of ultra-concentrated flavor. Perfect for roasted Brussels sprouts or squash soup. $12.99 for 4 oz.

Highlights of a nationwide survey on the ‘most important meal of the day’ …
• 80% of households with kids under age 3 eat breakfast daily; 65% of families overall.
• 51% of people over 55 claim their families never eat breakfast.
• 50% of us never plan breakfast ahead of time; the reason 35% prepare it in a rush.
• 22% of respondents eat breakfast at work at least once weekly.
• 18% of households eat breakfast together every day.
• The most purchased breakfast items are toast/bread/bagels and eggs (84%).
– “Canadian Family”

Modern Meadow, a tissue engineering startup, says it’s close to producing genuine leather based on biopsies of living animals, and also hopes to create genetically-produced meat. The Missouri-based company is hoping to soon open a lab in Brooklyn NY that grows the test-tube leather as well as in vitro meat with the same biological qualities as regular beef or pork, but made without slaughtering animals. (This is humane and eco-friendly and all that … but what are we going to do with the estimated 1.3 billion cattle on Earth?)

New terms leaking into our lingo …
• ‘Forever-day Bug’ – A known software flaw that never gets fixed. How does this happen? Some software makers simply aren’t committed to fixing security holes that exist in their deployed products. (“We’ve sold 40 million copies, why bother?”)
• ‘Infobesity’ – Information overload. (“I’m following so many feeds and have subscribed to so many newsletters I’m suffering from terminal infobesity.”)
• ‘Oversharer’ – Someone who gives away too much information about themselves, in a way that is embarrassing or, even worse, totally boring.

✓ Shine metals and leather goods. Just rub it into the surface with a cotton rag.
✓ Wipe water marks from wood. Cover the area with butter, let it sit overnight; then towel it off.
✓ De-ice a snow shovel. Grease the shovel with butter; it’ll keep snow from sticking to it.
✓ Help with pill-taking. Coat a large pill in butter; it will make the medicine go down easier.
✓ Silence a squeaky door. Out of WD-40? Work a little bit of butter onto the door hinges.
✓ Remove fish odors. After handling fish, rub butter on your hands to remove residual smell.

Got a minute? Have a date. It’s now possible using real-time video-dating on your phone. New start-ups such as, Flikdate, Instamour, Video Date, and View N Me all offer a variety of ways to connect, with the common element of a live video chat. Although video itself isn’t new, the ability to incorporate it into mobile dating apps definitely is. Those behind the idea say it’s a time- and money-saver, because daters can connect from wherever they are, avoiding travel time to meet someone. (Cool … something else to do at work.)
– “USA Now”

• The game has been played outside and in the north but this is the first time it’s outside in the north.
• Top face-value price for a ticket? $2,600.
• Every year you think this figure can’t go up, and every year it does. A 30-second ad is going for about $4 million. That’s $133,333.33 per second.
• MetLife Stadium will have 1,600 workers on standby to shovel in case of snowy weather.
• Denver has played in 6 Super Bowls; Seattle in 1.
• It’s only the 3rd time both nicknames of the teams in the Super Bowl are animals.
• Seattle’s cheerleading squad is the ‘Sea Gals’. Denver’s doesn’t have a nickname.
• FOX play-by-play guy Joe Buck’s fiancée is Michelle Beisner, a former Broncos cheerleader.
• There has never been overtime in a Super Bowl, nor has there been a shutout.
• Denver is flying in its horse mascot, ‘Thunder’, to the game. He weighs 900 lbs … about as much as 3 offensive lineman.
– “The Plain Dealer”

Between the ages of 30-and-70, your nose may lengthen and widen by as much as half an inch. (You’re not getting older, you’re getting nosier!)


1945 [69] Tom Selleck, Detroit MI, TV actor (‘Frank Reagan’ on “Blue Bloods” since 2010, “Las Vegas” 2007-08, “Magnum PI” 1980-88)/movie actor (“Three Men & a Baby”)

1954 [60] Oprah Winfrey, Kosciusko MS, TV network mogul (OWN)/1st woman to own & produce her own TV talk show (“Oprah” 1986-2011)/movie producer & actress (“Precious”, “Beloved”)/magazine publisher (“O”)

1968 [46] Ed Burns, Queens NY, movie actor (“Alex Cross”, “Saving Private Ryan”)/movie producer-director (“Purple Violets”, “She’s the One”)

1970 [44] Heather Graham, Milwaukee WI, movie actress (“The Hangover” movies, “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”)

1975 [39] Sara Gilbert, Santa Monica CA, TV personality (“The Talk” since 2010)/TV actress (“Big Bang Theory” 2007-10, “The Class” 2006-07, “ER” 2004-07, “Roseanne” 1988-97)

1982 [32] Adam Lambert, Indianapolis IN, pop singer (“Whataya Want from Me”, 2009 “American Idol” runner-up)

• “Corn Chip Day”. Ask listeners to put a half-dozen in their mouths and whistle a tune.

• “Curmudgeons Day”, an annual celebration of the crusty, yet insightful, wags who consistently apply the needle of truth to the balloons of hypocrisy and social norms. Always celebrated on the birthday of late comedian WC Fields, one of the all-time most beloved curmudgeons.

• “Free Thinker’s Day”, celebrating the fact that everyone has the right to agree with what you think.

• “Guide Dog Day”, commemorating ‘The Seeing Eye’, North America’s first guide dog school which opened in Nashville, Tennessee on this date in 1929.

• “Puzzle Day”, celebrating one of our all-time favorite pastimes. What’s your favorite: Jigsaw or Crossword?

1959 [55] Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty” is released in theaters … to mixed reviews

1936 [78] 1st members of Baseball Hall of Fame announced in Cooperstown NY: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson, and Walter Johnson

1963 [51] 1st members of NFL Hall of Fame announced in Canton OH, including Jim Thorpe, Red Grange, and George Halas

1995 [19] 1st NFL team to win 5 Super Bowls (San Francisco 49ers defeat San Diego Chargers 49-26)

[Thurs] Kazoo Day
[Thurs] Inane Voicemail Day
[Fri] “Labor Day”; “That Awkward Moment” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Chinese New Year
[Fri] Fun at Work Day
This Week Is … Meat Week
This Month Is … Oatmeal Month


What your suitcase says about you …
• ‘The (Holy) Roller’ – You read somewhere that rolling your clothes before putting them in your suitcase mitigates wrinkles and saves space. It’s safe to say if you roll you’re not necessarily a travel trend-setter, but you’ve been around the block … or just maybe the world.
• ‘The Back-Packer’ – Often adventurous nature-seekers who laugh in the face of traditional luggage. Outdoor enthusiasts, students heading on a semester abroad, and those who’ve quit their jobs to travel the world are all likely candidates.
• ‘The Over-Packer’ – A person who’s mind is chock-full of ‘what ifs’: “What if I go horseback riding?” “What if we go out to dinner 4 nights in-a-row?” These people prefer to have lots of options while on vacation.
• ‘The Carry-On Connoisseur’ – No checked bags for these efficient travelers. They’ve perfected the art of traveling light and sashaying through airports with ease. They know how to make the most of a small amount of versatile clothing.
• ‘The Hack-er Packer’ – They seek out and employ every packing trick in the book: Freezer bags over bottles so they don’t spill; socks and underwear stuffed inside shoes; necklaces strung through straws. They’ve probably researched their destination up and down as well.
• ‘The Last-Minute Power Packer’ – No organized piles or itemized lists here. These people run around at the 11th hour throwing anything and everything into their suitcases. These travelers prefer to live on the edge and be spontaneous, but they tend to procrastinate.
– Adapted from

Medical studies show the average adult has between 10-and-40 what?
a. Freckles.
b. Moles. [CORRECT. Count your co-host’s.]
c. Dollars.
– “2201 Fascinating Facts”

Objects in your skull are smaller than they appear.

☎ What food combinations do you love, but everyone else finds disgusting? (Eggs with salsa, peanut butter & tuna, etc)

Question: Whether you’re alone or with a group of people, doing THIS can relieve stress.
Answer: Singing.

Most meetings keep minutes but lose hours.

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