Tuesday, July 12, 2011        Edition: #4547
The Sheet Hits the Fans!

Hold-out Jennifer Lopez is said to be ready to confirm she’ll return to “American Idol” (FOX) as a judge for a 2nd season (she’d be crazy not to – it jump-started her career!) . . . After quitting last week, Vinny Guadagnino has reportedly now moved back into MTV’s “Jersey Shore” house (just like the script demanded) . . . 13-year-old “Super 8” actress Elle Fanning has just become the new face of the ‘Marc’ clothing line by Marc Jacobs (could be nepotism – her 17-year-old sister Dakota Fanning also had that gig) . . . “Torchwood” actor John Barrowman (‘Captain Jack Harkness’) claims half the straight actors who are playing straight characters in Hollywood are actually gay, some pretending to have wives and be married (OK, we’re interested – names?) . . . David & Victoria Beckham have named their new baby daughter ‘Harper Seven Beckham’ (proving they can’t even count – she’s #4) . . . A struggling actor has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief following a weekend break-in at Broadway’s Ed Sullivan Theater, home to CBS-TV’s “Late Show With David Letterman” (trying to ‘break into’ show biz?) . . . Longtime “Vogue” magazine editor Anna Wintour is reportedly in negotiations to write her autobiography and is said to be interviewing writers to help her tackle the book (now there’s the gig from hell!) . . . And remember Nikki Blonsky, the round mound of sound that played the lead role in the movie version of “Hairspray” (2007)? Well, she’s now working in a shoe store in her hometown of Great Neck NY (thereby connecting the words ‘fame’ and ‘fleeting’).

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Christina Aguilera (“Bionic”).
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Gene Simmons (KISS).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – 311 (“Universal Pulse”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Lissie (“Catching a Tiger”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Joss Stone (“LP1”, out July 26th).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Nikka Costa (“Pro Whoa!”)
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – Blake Shelton (9th album “Red River Blue” is out today, which includes the chart-topping single “Honey Bee”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – The Game f/Skeetox (“The RED Album”, due August 23rd).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/A Channel) – Donny & Marie Osmond (“Donny & Marie Live”).
• “Major League Baseball All-Star Game” (FOX/Sportsnet) – The 82nd edition at Chase Field in Phoenix AZ. Jordin Sparks sings the pre-game anthem; Michelle Branch performs during the 7th inning stretch.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Barry Manilow (“15 Minutes”).

• Ashton Shepherd – Her 2nd album “Where Country Grows” is out today. The title track is her latest single.
• Chris Young – This morning he celebrates the release of his new album “Neon” with his first appearance on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America”, where he’ll perform his hit “Tomorrow”.
• Colbie Caillat – Today she releases her 3rd studio album, “All Of You”.
• Incubus – Their 6th studio album “If Not Now, When?” is released today as they appear all day in an LA storefront gallery where each band member is outfitted with a streaming camera.
NET: http://IncubusHQ.com
• John Lennon – Yoko Ono’s lawyers are threatening to sue the owner of a bar dedicated to her late husband. Memorabilia-filled Lennon’s Bar in Dundee, Scotland has been open for 5 years, but has only now been told to change its name and remove all memorabilia within 14 days due to copyright infringement.
• REM – Today they continue their series of deluxe reissues with a 25th anniversary edition of their 4th album “Life’s Rich Pageant” in a digitally re-mastered 2-disc set and also on vinyl.
• Rihanna – She’s said to be ‘casually dating’ Drake. An insider confirms they are ‘definitely attracted to each other’ but says she’s all about her career, and he wants to ‘date around’. (Friends with benefits?)
• Slipknot/Stone Sour – Corey Taylor’s new book, “Seven Deadly Sins: Settling the Argument Between Born Bad & Damaged Good” is published today. It covers his personal story and also a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
• Theory Of a Deadman – Today they release their 4th studio album, “The Truth Is…”. They embark on a headlining tour in support of it this Thursday at the Ottawa Bluesfest.
• Xzibit – The rapper claims on Twitter that the current fad of ‘planking’ is racist. Huh? Quote: “Planking was a way to transport slaves on ships during the slave trade; its not funny. Educate.”

• “Insidious” ( PG-13 Horror Thriller ): A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called ‘The Further’. Stars Patrick Wilson (“Morning Glory”), Rose Byrne (“Get Him To the Greek”), and kid actor Ty Simpkins (“Revolutionary Road”).
• “Miral” ( PG-13 Drama ): Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell & The Butterfly”) directed this story of a Palestinian girl coming of age amidst the war zone of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Stars Freida Pinto (“Slum Dog Millionaire”).
• “The Lincoln Lawyer” ( R-Rated Drama ): Matthew McConaughey (“A Time to Kill”) plays an LA attorney who operates out of the back seat of his car (a Lincoln). Co-stars Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H Macy. Country singer Trace Adkins plays a biker.
• Also released today: “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Movie Collection Set 6” (compilation); “BB King: Live” (Music); “Barney: 123 Learn” (Family); “Damages: The Complete 3rd Season” (TV); “Elvis: 4-Movie Collection” (Compilation); “Entourage: The Complete 7th Season” (TV); “ER: The Complete 15th Season” (TV); “Mandrake: Seasons 1 & 2” (TV); and “MI-5: Volume 9” (TV).

North Carolina State University researchers have found 1,400 strains of bacteria lurking in … human belly buttons. The study, entitled ‘Belly Button Biodiversity’, has found that 80% of the isolated bacteria are from 40 common species, most of them ordinary skin dwellers that are typically harmless. However, 662 unrecognized strains have also been discovered which could be new species. (That’s it, I’m tossing my lint collection … as soon as I get a Hazmat suit.)
– “The Independent”

July is “Cellphone Courtesy Month”. Highlights of a Zoosk survey of singles on the subject …
• 86% say ‘constantly glancing at a phone’ is the most offensive cellphone behavior on a date.
• 73% think sending a text message during a date is rude.
• 68% say it’s a no-no to ‘check-in’ on Foursquare or another platform when you arrive at a date.
• 51% find taking a call during a date offensive.
• 33% have walked out on a date because the other person was too absorbed with their phone.
• Surprisingly, only 35% of singles under 30 have a problem with their date taking and later posting photos to Facebook or Twitter.
– Condensed from Yahoo! News

A look at a few seemingly innocent ways you risk identity theft each day …
• Playing Facebook Games – The makers of “Farmville” are masterminds at collecting data from games. You may think you’re just killing time, but you’re also revealing personal info.
• Using Public Wi-Fi – Whether in a coffee shop or an airport, hackers can gather the cookies from whatever sites you visit., harvest your passwords, and create other digital mayhem.
• Following Celebrities on Twitter – Celebrity Twitter accounts have anonymously been hacked and followers invited to access or download material infected with various viruses.
• Having a Cellphone – Just one example: Penn State researchers recently looked at 30 popular Android apps and found two-thirds of them misused or suspiciously used user data.
• Trusting ‘Experts’ With Your Data – Almost all of us have given personal data to ‘trustworthy’ companies and governments. Thanks to human error and tenacious hackers, even this private info can become exposed.
– Cracked.com

In his book “Thank You Brain For All You Remember (What You Forgot Was My Fault)”, Texas A&M professor Bill Klemm claims your memory can be sharpened through a regular workout for the brain. Klemm notes there are 4 major obstacles to remembering things – information overload, multi-tasking, stress, and lack of sleep. (Coincidentally, 4 of the major hurdles for morning radio personalities.)
– ANI Agency

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology say scavenging the ambient energy all around us could provide a new way to power small electronic devices. Put simply, the energy transmitted by radio and TV transmitters, cellphone networks, and satellite systems can apparently be captured and harnessed. The scientists have already managed to power a temperature sensor using electromagnetic energy emanating from a local TV station. (Your new station slogan: “The most music AND we recharge your smartphone!”)
– UPI.com

In the past 20 years, more than a dozen summer camps for dogs have sprung up across North America. For instance, at ‘Dog Scout Camp’ pooches can earn merit badges in 60 different activities, ranging from ‘Backpacking’ and ‘Cart-Pulling’ to ‘Search & Rescue’ and ‘Picking Up Litter’. (Why don’t they teach them to stoop n’ scoop on their own?)
NET: http://www.dogscouts.com
– “Christian Science Monitor”

• In 1995, no US state had an obesity rate above 20%. Now, all but one (Colorado) does.
– Associated Press
• General Motors, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Volvo and Google are each currently testing ‘driver-less’ cars, with intentions of making them available for mass consumption by 2018.
– Slate.com
• Czech scientists have found that highly-trained police dogs can tell identical twins apart … by smell.
– LiveScience.com


1943 [68] Christine McVie, Birmingham UK, classic rock singer (Fleetwood Mac-“Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1998)

1962 [49] Dan Murphy, Minneapolis MN, alt-rock guitarist (Soul Asylum-“Misery”, “Runaway Train”)

1978 [33] Topher Grace, NYC, movie actor (“Predators”, “Valentine’s Day”)/TV actor (“That ‘70s Show” 1998-2005)

1978 [33] Michelle Rodriguez, Bexar County TX, movie actress (“Avatar”, “Fast & Furious” films)/TV actress (“Lost” 2005-06, 2009-10)

• “Different Colored Eyes Day”, celebrating diversity of eye color. Wouldn’t the world be boring if everyone had eyes the same color? The day also salutes those with eyes that are a different color from one other. Famous people who have that condition (heterochromia) include classic rocker David Bowie, and actors Kiefer Sutherland and Christopher Walken.

• “International Town Criers Day”, honoring the news announcers of yesteryear who wandered throughout towns proclaiming the latest events & announcements of importance, even the weather. The practice has come back into vogue in recent years as a ceremonial bit of theater for special events.

• “Pecan Pie Day”, celebrating one of the most decadent of all desserts. The crust and pecans aren’t necessary … just the yummy goo in the center! Is it ‘PEE-can or ‘puh-CAHN’?

• “Swimming Pool Day”, a good day to call a friend who has one and invite yourself over. According to an online fact site, if you spend 1 hour in a public swimming pool you come into contact with about 50 oz of urine. But then … that’s according to an online ‘fact’ site.

2008 [03] Twins (a girl named Vivienne Marcheline & a boy named Knox Leon) are born to acting couple Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie in Nice, France

2001 [10] New Orleans’ Moisant Airport is renamed Armstrong International in honor of jazz great Louis Armstrong

2007 [04] Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order Of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London

1960 [51] The Ohio Art Company first markets the ‘Etch-A-Sketch’ toy, a plastic screen with 2 knobs used for drawing objects (provided they aren’t round)

1996 [15] Michael Jordan signs with Chicago Bulls for an NBA-record $30 million-a-season

[Wed] Embrace Your Geekness Day
[Wed] Gruntled Workers Day
[Thurs] Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announced
[Fri] “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2”; “Winnie the Pooh” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Full ‘Buck’ Moon
[Fri] Gummi Worm Day
[Sat] Hot Dog Night
This Week Is … Parenting Gifted Children Week
This Month Is … Child-Centered Divorce Month


• ‘The Surprising Move Men Crave in Bed’ – “Cosmopolitan”
• ‘The Summer Foods Even Skinny Chicks Eat’ – “Glamour”
• ‘Does Your Dog Need to Go to Daycare?’ – “Woman’s Day”
• ‘Green Nail Polish and Gay Marriage’ – “Ladies’ Home Journal”
• ‘Could Men Be Smarter Than We Think?’ – “Redbook”

• ‘Why Women Settle For Average Men’ – AskMen.com
• ‘Last Longer in Bed’ – “Men’s Health”
• ‘21 Things Made With Duct Tape’ – “Maxim”
• ‘16 Things You Only Do Alone’ – “FHM”
• ‘How to Give the Perfect Massage’ – “Men’s Fitness”

What’s the most iconic album cover of all-time? Our list would include The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” and “Sgt Pepper’s”; Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; “Led Zeppelin 1”; Nirvana’s “Nevermind”; Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of the Moon”; The Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers”, and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In the USA”. But that’s just our list; what’s on yours?

• Whyzit we say ‘funny as hell’? Are all the comedians down there?
• Whyzit we’re always trying to ‘get ahead’? Is something catching up?
• Whyzit we say ‘falling down’? Is there another way to do it?
• Whyzit doughnut shop employees carefully use a tissue to pick up our doughnuts, then toss it in with the doughnuts, germs and all?
• Whyzit we use the phrase ‘recorded earlier’?  Is there any other time to record something?

Why are married women heavier than single women? Single women come home, see what’s in the fridge, and go to bed. Married women come home, see what’s in bed, and go to the fridge.

Today’s Question: Female drivers are more likely to have THIS happen.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: An accident with another woman.

If you love life, it will love you back.

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