Tuesday, July 4, 2006        Edition: #3319
Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

• TODAY’s “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” live from NYC (NBC) will include Bo Bice singing the US national anthem and Nick Lachey singing “What’s Left of Me” … in a pre-taped ‘special performance’. (For more information, Google ‘cheesy’.)
– “People”
• Speaking of Lachey, his rep confirms his divorce from Jessica Simpson is now official. Under the agreement dated JUNE 30, her name is restored to Jessica Simpson from Jessica Simpson Lachey. What hasn’t been settled are finances, a task yet to be negotiated by a retired Superior Court judge. Word has it she has offered a tidy $1.5 million for him to walk away, even though he’s entitled to half the fortune they amassed during their marriage under California law. (Not like he needs it with his singing career … on second thought …)
– Glam Network
• 53-year-old “America’s Got Talent” judge David Hasselhoff is said to have fully recuperated from surgery after severing a tendon in his arm … while shaving. The accident is said to have occurred at the Sanderson Hotel in London, after which he spent a night at St Thomas’ Hospital. (What the heck was he shaving with … hedge clippers?)
– Ananova News
• Jennifer Lopez and her former husband of 1 year, Ojani Noa, have reached at least a temporary agreement banning him from publishing a book about their marriage. He’s now barred from ‘criticizing or denigrating’ her in any way until a permanent settlement is reached. Court docs reveal she previously paid him$125,000 not to air their dirty laundry. (Likely far more than he’ll make from some lame book.)
– TMZ.com
• Movie actors Jessica Biel & Chris Evans have called it quits after dating for more than 2 years. They got together after she played his on-screen girlfriend in 2 films, “Cellular” and “London”. She’s currently filming the appropriately titled “Next” with Nicolas Cage, while he’s shooting “The Nanny Diaries” with Scarlett Johansson. (Ah, no wonder he’s moving on!)
– “OK! Magazine”
• Britney Spears is reportedly spending $200,000 upgrading her mother Lynne’s Kentwood LA house … so she can move in. And reports say she’s also looking to buy a 2nd home in the area for her loser … er, hubby Kevin Federline to stay in when his mother-in-law gets on his nerves. If all goes according to plan, expect her to make the move before her 2nd baby arrives in SEPTEMBER. (Moving back in with mom … not usually the sign of a healthy marriage, is it?)
– “In Touch Weekly”
• Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie are already making plans to adopt another child to add to their brood (adopted kids Maddox & Zahara, biological new daughter Shiloh Nouvel). Now they’re reportedly looking for an older male child, to support the idea that people shouldn’t just adopt tiny babies. (If this family gets any bigger, somebody’s gonna have to start working.)
– “Us Weekly”
• Actor Nicolas Cage is donating $2 million to Amnesty International to help aid former child soldiers. The endowment will establish a fund for rehab shelters, plus medical & psychological services. It’s estimated that 300,000 children under age 18 are currently participating in armed conflicts in over 30 countries … some as young as 7. (Wow, a Hollywood star actually doing something worthwhile … and it’s not Angelina Jolie for a change.)
– “Daily Express”

• Goo Goo Dolls – TONIGHT the Buffalo-based band does “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC).
• Brooks & Dunn – TONIGHT they appear on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS).
• Black Eyed Peas – They play Snickers factory workers by day and defenders of old-school hip-hop by night at a new website dubbed “Instant Def” that features exclusive comic-book-style film shorts. Why a Snickers factory? It’s the website’s sponsor.
NET: http://www.instantdef.com/
• Jessica Simpson – She claims her new album is influenced by her love of Bjork. Next she’ll be wearing a swan outfit.
• Johnny Cash – TODAY “American V: A Hundred Highways” is released, the latest in the series of his collection of American Recordings, which includes “Like the 309”, the last song he wrote before he died.
• Lil’ Kim – YESTERDAY she received early release from prison for good behavior. She was locked up for a year and a day last SEPTEMBER for lying about a shootout outside a hip-hop radio station.
• Shakira – TODAY she performs with Wyclef Jean on a rerun of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (CityTV).
• Tim McGraw – He was forced to postpone weekend concerts in Cleveland OH and Charleston WV due to bronchitis. Both will be rescheduled. His “Soul2Soul II” tour with wife Faith Hill is set to resume WEDNESDAY in New Orleans with a charity concert to assist hurricane relief efforts.
• Willie Nelson – TODAY his annual “4th of July Picnic” at the Stockyards in Fort Worth TX features performances by 20-plus acts, including Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, Johnny Bush, and David Allan Coe.
• Also on CD TODAY: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” soundtrack; Rise Against’s “The Sufferer & the Witness”; and “Johnny Cash: Roots & Branches”, featuring various artists.

• “The Libertine” ( Drama ): Johnny Depp stars as John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life’s work.
• “The Matador” ( Crime Thriller ): Pierce Brosnan & Greg Kinnear star as a middle-aged hitman and a down-and-out businessman who meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City, an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.
• “The Stompin’ Tom In Live Concert DVD” ( Music ): Includes his Hamilton concert aired Canada Day on CTV and other material. Each DVD in the initial run features an authentic piece of wood used in one of his trademark stompin’ boards. Connors has released 49 albums that have combined to sell more than 3 million copies in Canada.
• “Stoned” ( Biographical Drama ): A chronicle of the sordid life & suspicious death of Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones (played by Leo Gregory), who was found in the bottom of his swimming pool weeks after being let go from the band.
• Also on DVD TODAY: “Charlie’s Angels: The Complete 3rd Season”; and “Doctor Who: The Complete 1st Series”.

German breweries have issued warnings that beer could run out before the “World Cup” final on JULY 9th because of the huge amounts being consumed by fans visiting the country. In Nuremberg for instance, organizers say that the 70,000 England fans who flooded the city for the quarter final vs Portugal drank some 150,000 gallons of beer – an average of 17 pints apiece. (Imagine if Old Blighty had actually won!)
– “The Guardian”

Here’s something parents of preschoolers may not know – the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 2 watch no TV. Not even the stuff that has been developed specifically for them. That means no “Baby Bach”. No “Smart Baby”. No “Baby Genius”. A recent report concludes there’s not only no evidence these products make babies smarter, there’s reason to believe they might be harmful to a baby’s growing brain. (Guess “Teletubbies” is out then, too? La la la.)
– “Ft Worth Star-Telegram”

A report from a consortium of Ivy League professors suggests that when we look back on life decisions we are most likely to regret missing out on juicy moments due to virtuous behavior. The think-tank contends most of us ‘over-control’ ourselves and don’t allow ourselves to let go and indulge in things like sleeping in, enjoying a rich dessert, phoning in sick for any old reason, or splurging on whatever useless consumer item catches our eye. A spokesman for the group, Dr Ran Kivetz of Columbia Business School contends that guilt dissipates quickly as time passes and what we’re left with is the feeling we missed out on life. (Sounds like a bunch of profs making excuses for that drunken fling with a young student.)
– “NY Daily News”

There’s a new fitness class being offered in NYC called ‘Slavercise’. Students clad in rubber suits, masks, dog collars, and other S-and-M paraphernalia are whipped into shape – literally – by the domineering ‘Mistress Victoria’. She warns that if you don’t keep up, you’ll get punished. And there’s no whimpering! After all, you’re there to suffer. (This is a case of ‘no pain, no loss’.)
– Reuters

Being overweight is not only bad for men’s hearts it also makes them less intelligent, according a study published in the “International Journal of Obesity”. The first-ever study of the mental abilities of obese people reveals that being seriously overweight reduces intelligence in males, possibly through its effect on blood circulation around the brain. (Maybe this explains why Martin Lawrence thought “Big Momma’s House 2” would be a good idea?)
– “Social Studies”

A team of scientists in South Korea claims to have created a synthetic molecule which will help stop the aging process in humans and perhaps even reverse it. Chief researcher Kim Tae-Kook of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology claims the molecule named ‘CGK733′ can keep cells youthful far beyond their normal life-span and can even rejuvenate older cells which have already slowed down and stopped dividing. If testing is successful, the product could be available to the public within 10 years. (Shortly after you’ve been cremated.)
– “Korea Times”

About 300 families are testing out a new product called the ‘Allow Card’, an alternative to the teenage allowance. The special debit card has V-chip-like controls that lets parents set daily, weekly or monthly spending limits, review statements and even select where it can be used. For example, parents can make sure their kids’ debit cards work at gas stations but not at liquor stores. (Something the average 15-year-old will be able to hack into and change in about 5 minutes.)
– “Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel”

Danish inventor Torben Vestergaard Frandsen hopes to help aid the world’s potable water shortage with a new drinking straw which purifies water as it’s used. His so-called ‘LifeStraw’ is a flute-sized device which has several built-in filters to remove bacteria and parasites as water is sucked through it. Frandsen hopes his invention will help solve the problem of water-borne diseases which kill about 6,000 people each day in developing countries. (The size of a flute! Wouldn’t you black out from using the thing?)
– BBC World News

“I’m still very childish and I always will be. But I am 10,000 times smarter than before [drug abuse].”
– 32-year-old model Kate Moss finally saying something that’s bang on … at least the first part.


1930 [76] George Steinbrenner, Rocky River OH, NY Yankees owner/shipping magnate

1943 [63] Geraldo Rivera, NYC, obnoxious TV journalist (FOX News)

1958 [48] Kirk Pengilly, Sydney, Australia, rock guitarist (INXS-“Pretty Vegas”, “Need You Tonight”)/TV reality series personality (“Rock Star: INXS” 2005)

1963 [43] Matt Malley, Berkeley CA, pop musician (Counting Crows-“Accidentally In Love”, “Big Yellow Taxi”)

• “Country Music Day”, a celebration of the roots music genre that’s indigenous to America, because this here’s the 4th of Joo-lye.

• “Independence Day” in the USA. Among the more unusual “4th of July” festivals – the “International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest” in Eau Claire MI, the “World’s Greatest Lizard Race” in Lovington NM, and the annual “Sidewalk Egg-Frying Challenge” in Oatman AZ. It’s also the excuse for “Barbecue Day” and the vegan observance “Independence from Meat Day”.

1937 [69] 1st successful ‘Helicopter Flight’

1939 [67] NY Yankees ‘retire’ 1st baseball uniform (Lou Gehrig’s #4)

1993 [13] Some 2,000 naked participants attend the “Nude Chili Cookoff” in Devore CA

[Wed] Workaholics Day
[Thus] Fried Chicken Day
[Thurs-July 14] Running of the Bulls (Pamplona, Spain)
[Fri] “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Intern Appreciation Day
[Fri-July 16] Calgary Stampede

Music For Life Week / Canned Luncheon Meat Week / Character Counts Week / Nude Recreation Week / Pleasure Week / Unassisted Home Birth Week / Freedom from Fear of Speaking Week / Barbershop Quartet Week / Special Recreation Week


• What’s the plural of Lexus?
• If you don’t pay your exorcist, will you be repossessed?
• What do chickens think we taste like?
• At exactly what point does something go from being an ‘old piece of junk’ to being a ‘valuable antique’?
• Was the pole vault accidentally discovered by a clumsy javelin thrower?
• If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people happy?

Or is it?
• Where are ‘Chinese gooseberries’ from? [New Zealand.]
• Which country makes the most ‘Panama hats’? [Ecuador.]
• From which animal do we get ‘catgut’? [From sheep or horses.]
• What is a ‘camel’s hair’ brush made of? [Squirrel fir.]

Today’s Question: The average adult does THIS 1.8 times every week.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Looks something up in the Yellow Pages.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.

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