January 6, 2014

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Monday, January 6, 2014        Edition: #5131

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue

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★The real-life inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in “The Wolf Of Wall Street” is shopping his own reality TV series. Former Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort, who was jailed for conning investors, is looking to front his own uplifting series in which he’d step in to help others who, like him, have hit rock bottom but still hold out some hope for redemption. Now a motivational speaker, Belfort’s 2007 memoir was the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s new film.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ Selena Gomez recently cancelled 13 of her “Stars Dance” tour dates scheduled for Asia & Australia. It was first reported that the 21-year-old wanted to spend some time with her family as well as take a break from working so hard. But rumor has it she was forced to cancel those shows because she is suffering from the autoimmune disease Lupus. Neither Selena nor her team has yet commented on reports of her illness.
– ContactMusic.com
★ Former model Gal Gadot couldn’t celebrate after landing the coveted role of ‘Wonder Woman’ in the upcoming “Man Of Steel” sequel because she was sworn to secrecy. The “Fast & Furious” actress was filming another project when she learned she’d won the part. She reveals her appearance may be different from previous depictions of the comic book heroine. Quote: “Historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast.”
– WENN.com
★ And fresh from being named “TIME” magazine’s ‘Person Of the Year’, Pope Francis has now been awarded the title of ‘Best Dressed Man 2013’, by “Esquire”. The magazine claims he has a simple way of dressing that reflects his leadership style since taking over the Catholic Church in March. The magazine admits the decision is ‘unconventional’. Maybe it was the hat that did it?
– Reuters.com

• “The Bachelor” (ABC) – In Part 2 of the 18th season debut, past bachelor Sean Lowe gives new bachelor Juan Pablo advice as he meets the competing women.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Panic! at the Disco (“Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – The Wanted (“Word of Mouth”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion (“Wassaic Way”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Brandy Clark (“12 Stories”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Linda Ronstadt (“Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir”). Rerun.
• “Teen Wolf” (MTV) – Tyler Posey returns in the 4th season debut.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Plain White T’s (“Should’ve Gone to Bed”).

• Ariana Grande – The 20-year-old tells “Cosmopolitan” her former boyfriend Nathan Sykes of The Wanted was a perfect gentleman when he invited her back to his hotel to watch a movie on their first date. He had Ladurée macaroons and sunflowers waiting, and had moved the DVD player from the bedroom to the living room. Grande says they’re still really good friends.
• Garth Brooks – Friday & Saturday he played 4 shows at the Wynn Las Vegas resort with his band. This time he played his own songs instead of music that influenced him in the past, as he did during his solo gigs.
• Jimi Hendrix – A £1.2-million grant is allowing Britain’s Heritage Lottery Fund to recreate the interior of his 1960s flat in London’s Marylebone area as a permanent museum. The legendary guitarist lived in the attic of a Georgian townhouse beginning in 1968. He died in 1970.
• Lily Allen – The 28-year-old Brit pop singer, who temporarily retired from music, tells “Esquire” magazine she was ostracized by people she thought were friends when she became pregnant. She says today’s showbiz scene is full of “fake and sterile f—ing Botoxed idiots”.
• Queen – Guitarist Brian May has revealed he’s been undergoing tests for cancer after suffering agonizing back pain. His worries are exasperated by the fact that his father lost his battle with the ‘Big C’ at age 66, exactly the same age Brian is now.
• Taylor Swift – She’s been named ‘2013 Tennessean Of the Year’ by Nashville’s “The Tennessean” newspaper, which lauds her as a ‘worldwide ambassador for Tennessee’s capital city’. The 24-year-old Reading PA native has lived in Music City for the past 10 years.

Thanks to New Year resolutions, January is a popular month for people to go on diets. Here’s a look at the British Dietetic Association’s annual list of the worst celebrity weight-loss plans …
✗ Alcorexia Diet – Basically, a diet based on alcohol and little else. Followers ‘save up’ their caloric intake from food in return for binge-drinking madness at parties.
✗ Breatharian Diet – Skip meals and even water and just breathe air; at least that’s the premise of this fad. This diet comes with serious health risks.
✗ Biotyping – This diet claims to reduce body fat in trouble zones by balancing hormones. Experts warn the plan’s supplements and pseudo-science make it worth skipping.
✗ Dukan Diet – This protein-heavy plan popularized by Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen is confusing, time consuming, and hard to sustain. Side effects include lack of energy, constipation, and bad breath.
✗ Gluten-Free Diet – While important for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, there is no credible published research showing a gluten-free diet leads to weight-loss or better health.
– RelaxNews.com

Women need more sleep than men, and they wake up grumpier. So says a new Duke University study that suggests most women are not getting the minimum amount of shut-eye they need to function properly. The research finds that women tend to experience more depression, more anger, and more hostility early in the morning. Chronic lack of sleep can cause women to develop heart disease, psychological problems, and strokes, the study says, but men don’t seem to develop those ailments when they are short of sleep. (And of course, guys are all sweetness and light first thing in the morning.)
– ParentHerald.com

Consumer categories that experts say are ripe for price hikes this year …
• Cars – Most auto-makers are set for price increases in 2014, according to Zigwheels.com. For instance, Nissan will increase prices 2%-to-4%; BMW will jack its by 7%-to-10%.
• Groceries – Food prices will rise by 2.5%-to-3.5%, according to the Consumer Price Index.
• Housing – Home prices are expected to rise between 3%-and-5%, according to Clear Capital.
• Travel – With the exception of Europe, airfare to most destinations will go up. So will hotel rates in popular business destinations, especially in Asia, the Middle East, and North America.
(Other items that will increase in price as the year progresses … everything.)
– NYDailyNews.com

Seems there’s an upside to enduring hardships. New research co-authored by the University of British Columbia and the Barcelona School of Management has discovered that people who have gone through tough times – divorce, death of a loved one, etc – are more capable of enjoying life’s transient pleasures. The study of nearly 15,000 adults concludes that individuals who’ve dealt with more adversity in the past report an elevated capacity for savoring the present. (In a world of arid deserts, the man with a glass half-full is king.)
– “Daily Mail”

‘God’s bones’ was the sweariest expression in medieval times.
– “Times of London”


1953 [61] Malcolm Young, Glasgow, Scotland, rock guitarist (AC/DC-“Thunderstruck”, “Hard As a Rock”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2003)

1955 [59] Rowan Atkinson, Consett UK, movie actor (“Bean”, “Four Weddings & a Funeral”)/former TV comic (“Mr Bean”, “Blackadder”)/OBE (2013)

1960 [54] Nigella Lawson, London UK, coke-snorting celebrity chef (her new show “The Taste” debuted on ABC-TV last Thursday, “Nigella Kitchen” 2010, “Nigella Bites” 1999-2001)

1960 [54] Howie Long, Charlestown MA, TV football analyst (“FOX NFL Sunday”)/former NFL DE (Raiders 1981-93)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (2000)

1968 [46] John Singleton, LA CA, movie producer-director-screenwriter (“Abduction”, “2 Fast 2 Furious”)

1969 [45] Norman Reedus, Hollywood FL, TV actor (‘Daryl Dixon’ on “The Walking Dead” since 2010)

1970 [44] Julie Chen, Queens NY, TV host (“The Talk” since 2010, “Big Brother” since 2000)/wed to CBS-TV president/CEO Leslie Moonves since 2004

• “Carnival Season” begins, which runs from today (“Epiphany”) until “Shrove Tuesday” (March 4th).

• “Cuddle Up Day”, an opportunity to snuggle up to someone or something on a cold Winter’s day.

• “Epiphany” (aka “Three Kings Day”), a Christian celebration and public holiday in Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Puerto Rico. In Ireland it’s known as “Little Christmas”; in Italy the kindly witch ‘La Befana’ slides down chimneys on her broom to bring toys & goodies for kids; in Mexico, where it’s known as “Dia de los Santos Reyes”, kids put straw out and leave shoes on balconies to be filled with toys by ‘Los Tres Reyes’ (The Three Kings), who tote gifts while riding camel-back.

• “National Weigh-In Day”, scheduled the 1st Monday after New Years for those who are resolved to go on a diet. Today’s weigh-in number becomes the benchmark to beat. Alternatively, it’s a chance to ‘weigh-in’ on your thoughts about the benefit of diets (or lack of).

• “Show & Tell Day at Work”, when adults can partake in the kindergarten ritual with co-workers. A good day to have your crew each bring in something that makes a unique sound.
NET: http://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/show-tell-day-at-work-day/

• “Smith Day”, celebrating the most-common surname in the English-speaking world.

• “Thank God It’s Monday Day”. The 1st Monday of the year is “TGIM” day, a time to make resolutions to change the culture of your workplace and make every Monday a “TGIM”.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/lktays7

1994 [20]  Nancy Kerrigan, USA’s leading contender for Olympic figure skating gold, is whacked on the kneed by her competitor Tonya Harding’s bodyguard following practice in Detroit (the ensuing investigation & trial becomes headline news for months)

1989 [25] Pop singer Madonna & actor Sean Penn announce they’re getting a divorce after 4 tumultuous years of marriage (they’re now hanging out together again)

1964 [50] Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as a headline act (to give a sense of how long ago this is … the opening act is The Ronettes)

1980 [34] Philadelphia Flyers set an NHL record of 35 consecutive games without a defeat

[Jan 7] “Pretty Little Liars” season debut (ABC Family) / “Intelligence” debuts (CBS) / “Cougar Town” season debut (TBS) / “Justified” season debut (FX) / “Killer Women” debuts (ABC) / Toronto Film Critics Awards (Toronto) / I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day / International Programmers Day / Orthodox Christmas / Tempura Day
[Jan 8] “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS) / “Chicago PD” debuts (NBC) / “Parks & Recreation” season debut (NBC) / Bubble Bath Day / English Toffee Day / Midwives Day / War on Poverty Day
[Jan 9] Static Electricity Day
[Jan 10] “The Legend of Hercules” opens in movie theaters / “Enlisted” debuts (FOX) / International AACTA Awards (Los Angeles) / Cut Your Energy Costs Day
[Jan 11] “Golan the Insatiable” debuts (FOX) / Human Trafficking Awareness Day / Fruitcake Toss Day
[Jan 12] “Golden Globe Awards” (NBC) / “True Detective” debuts (HBO) / “Girls” season debut (HBO) / “House of Lies” debut (Showtime) / “Episodes” debut (Showtime)
[Jan 13] Clean Off Your Desk Day / Rubber Duckie Day
[Jan 14] Caesarean Section Day / Dress Up Your Pet Day / Poetry at Work Day / Organize Your Home Day
[Jan 15] “American Idol” season debut (FOX/CTV) / “Suburgatory” season debut (ABC) / “Real World: Ex-Plosion” debut (MTV) / Full ‘Wolf’ Moon / Humanitarian Day
[Jan 16] Sundance Film Festival begins (Park City UT) / “Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” (CW) / Appreciate A Dragon Day / Religious Freedom Day / Women in Blue Jeans Day
[Jan 17] “Devil’s Due”; “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”; “The Nut Job”; “Ride Along” open in movie theaters / Cable Car Day / Chili Days / International Fetish Day / Kid Inventors Day
[Jan 18] Screen Actors Guild Awards (Los Angeles) / Winnie the Pooh Day / Thesaurus Day
[Jan 19] “Sherlock” debuts (PBS) / “The Following” season debut (FOX) / “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” debuts (E!) / “Looking” debuts (HBO) / Popcorn Day / Tin Can Day / World Religion Day
[Jan 20] Martin Luther King Day (USA) / Penguin Awareness Day / Disc Jockey Day
[Jan 21] Hugging Day / Rid the World of Fad Diets & Gimmicks Day / Squirrel Appreciation Day
[Jan 22] “Wahlburgers” premieres (A&E) / Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day / Celebration of Life Day
[Jan 23] “Rake” debuts (FOX) / Handwriting Day / Pie Day / Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day / Women’s Healthy Weight Day
[Jan 24] “I, Frankenstein” opens in movie theaters / 2014 MusiCares Person Of the Year (Los Angeles) / Belly Laugh Day / Beer Can Day / Compliment Day / Peanut Butter Day / Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day
[Jan 25] Directors Guild of America Awards (Los Angeles) / “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” debuts (Lifetime) / Robbie Burns Day / Fancy Rat & Mouse Day / Irish Coffee Day / Seed Swap Day
[Jan 26] “The Bachelor: Sean & Catherine’s Wedding” (ABC) / “Grammy Awards” (CBS) / Peanut Brittle Day / World Leprosy Day
[Jan 27] Billy Joel Madison Square Garden residency begins (NYC) / Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day / Holocaust Memorial Day / Thomas Crapper Day
[Jan 28] Data Privacy Day / Kazoo Day
[Jan 29] Curmudgeons Day / Freethinkers Day / Puzzle Day / Seeing Eye Dog Day
[Jan 30] AACTA Awards (Sydney) / Inane Voicemail Day
[Jan 31] “Labor Day”; “That Awkward Moment” open in movie theaters / Chinese New Year / Fun at Work Day / Inspire Your Heart With Art Day / Pre-school Fitness Day
[Feb 1] Annie Awards (Los Angeles)
[Feb 2] Super Bowl XLVIII (East Rutherford NJ) / “New Girl – Super Bowl Episode” (FOX) / “Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Super Bowl Episode” (FOX)
[Feb 6] “2014 Olympic Winter Games” opening ceremonies (CBC/NBC)


Highlight bits culled from 20 years of “Bull Sheet” back issues …
• Before sex, you flip a coin to see who will receive.
• Every time you get up from the couch, you pull a groin muscle.
• As you are hurled from your car after a high-speed collision your first thought is, “Cool, I’m in a nice tight spiral!”
• When the kids clean up their room you celebrate by dumping Gatorade on them.
• For the last 2 months, you’ve been wearing nothing but a cup.
• You fell in love with your girlfriend/wife because she looks like Chris Berman.
• After sex you go for the 2-point conversion, then spike the pillow.
– First published in “BS” 2000.

(Some of these proved to be not far off the mark.)
✓  Princess Diana will come out of seclusion when it appears Charles is becoming popular.
✓ Julia Roberts & Lyle Lovett will divorce this Summer when Lyle meets someone prettier.
✓ Conan O’Brien will return to his former career … anonymity.
✓ Lorena Bobbitt will be charged with being famous beyond the 15-minute legal limit.
✓ Madonna will take off all her clothes on national TV and no one will notice.
– First published in “BS” 1994.
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☎ When should you take down the Christmas decorations?

Question: Over half of surveyed employees admit that they have never done THIS at work.
Answer: Asked for a raise.

If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think they’ll hate you.

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