Friday, July 8, 2011        Edition: #4545
Sweet Sheet!

Fans camped out for days in London in order to get in to last night’s premiere of the final ‘Potter’ film, “Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (opens wide July 15th) . . . Movie star George Clooney’s best friend in Italy, Manuele Malenotti, tells “Chi” magazine he knew Clooney’s relationship with Elisabetta Canalis wouldn’t last and also that George is ‘not gay’ (what, who asked?) . . . Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed the social network has now reached the milestone of 750 million users, saying it continues to grow at an ‘exponential rate’ (but if you believe recent reports, not in North America) . . . “Vampire Diaries” co-stars Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder have just returned from a romantic vacation in France (after all, Paris is the place to go for a ‘bite’) . . . Emmy-winning actor James Spader has joined the cast of “The Office” (NBC) as ‘Robert California’, the new CEO of the parent company of ‘Dunder Mifflin’ (they continue to dismantle our favorite show!) . . . Star Daniel Craig tells “Esquire” that the violence in the upcoming Hollywood version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is ‘extreme’ (couldn’t be any worse than the original Swedish movie) . . . Actress Natalie Portman has named her new baby son ‘Aleph’ (bless you!), after the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (her kids are gonna be in alphabetical order?) . . . And reality TV show “China’s Got Talent” has finished its 2-month qualifying competitions and selected 16 acts to perform in Beijing at the upcoming semi-finals, but a 68-year-old named Zhou won’t be among them as his exhibition of a kung fu skill called ‘iron crotch gong’ was deemed too horrific (it involves smacking his ‘nads – with a hammer).

• Bayfest (Sarnia ON) – The 5-day rock portion of this annual festival continues this weekend with the Steve Miller Band and the Trews tonight; INXS, Theory Of a Dead Man, and Tea Party Saturday; and Tragically Hip on Sunday.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Tonight Brian Wilson (Beach Boys); Sloan (“The Double Cross”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Miranda Lambert (“Revolution”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Matt Nathanson (“Modern Love”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Jimmy Eat World (“Invented”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Ziggy Marley (“Wild & Free”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Bon Iver (“Bon Iver”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni) – Tonight Hugo (“Old Tyme Religion”).
• Mayhem Festival – Saturday the metal rock tour begins a 26-date nationwide trek in San Bernardino, California. The lineup includes Disturbed, Godsmack, and Megadeth.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); musical guest Ellie Goulding (“Lights”).
• T In the Park (Balado, Scotland) – This year’s version of the massive annual 3-day rock festival features performances by over 40 acts, including Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Ke$ha, My Chemical Romance, and Weezer.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Blake Shelton (“Red River Blue”, out July 12th).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Ashton Shepherd (“Where Country Grows”, out July 12th.)

• Adele – She says she’s attempting to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle because she feels bad for her pet dog every time she eats meat. (Uh, where have you been grocery shopping, girl?)
• Beyoncé – Aptly, “4” has become her 4th #1 album, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
• Bjork – She’s set to release the 1st-ever ‘iPad album’ September 26th. All of the tracks on “Biophilia” will have their own custom-designed app that will allow users to manipulate the music while viewing it through various ‘visualization modes’ on their iPads.
• Blink-182 – Tonight the reunited rockers begin a 5-show UK tour in Manchester, England.
• Duran Duran – They’ve postponed their scheduled European tour due to frontman Simon LeBon’s ongoing voice problems.
• Eminem – “Recovery” is now the best-selling digital album of all-time, selling more than 5.7 million copies worldwide.
• Jason Aldean – Tonight the summer leg of his “My Kinda Party Tour” starts in Milwaukee WI as part of the city’s “Summerfest” music series. He’ll be joined by Chris Young on select dates, as well as the duo Thompson Square. Aldean’s latest album is currently atop the country chart.
• Katy Perry – She tells “ET Canada” her new fragrance ‘Purr’ is the Goldilocks of perfume because it’s not too strong and not too forgettable, it’s just right. Quote: “It’s basically me in a bottle.”
• Lady Gaga – She recently showed up for a yoga class in a … lace unitard. (Aparrently unafraid of contracting a yeast infection.)
• Lil Bow Wow – Seems he isn’t so little anymore. The rapper just admitted to fathering a little girl. (‘Yip Yip’?).
• Taylor Swift – She’s postponed 3 more concerts due to bronchitis as her doctor has advised her she is not well enough to perform this weekend in Charlotte NC and Atlanta GA. She now plans to resume the tour on July 14th in Montréal.

• “Horrible Bosses” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis star as 3 friends who make a pact to rid the world of their respective bosses, played by Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, and Jennifer Aniston (as a scheming, foul-mouthed dentist).
• “The Ward” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): In director John Carpenter’s latest, Amber Heard stars as a troubled new arrival at a psychiatric hospital who is spooked by a ghostly presence that no one else will admit to seeing. Premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
• “Zookeeper” ( PG Family Comedy ): Kevin James stars as a kindly zookeeper whose animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help him win over the woman of his dreams (Rosario Dawson). The trick is getting him to stay at the zoo instead of looking for a ‘better job’.

Hawks and albatrosses soar for hours or even days without having to land. Soon robotic gliders could go one better, soaring on winds and thermals indefinitely. Engineers at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics in Sydney are working on an autopilot system that senses thermals and air currents, then automatically adjusts a glider’s course to keep it aloft. If this ‘perpetual flight’ becomes a reality, it could be used for surveillance as well as low-cost search & rescue operations. (If you wanna experience a never-ending flight, book a trip to Sydney.)

Imagine eyeglasses that can read body language and offer suggestions about how you should respond, or that can scan faces and call up criminal databases to find a real-time match. Such hi-tech specs aren’t just sci-fi props anymore, they’re a reality at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Researchers there are convinced their ‘Social X-Ray Specs’ are going to find a multitude of uses, from communicating more effectively with Autistic people to becoming human lie detectors. (But you still won’t be able to read the fine print on your medicine bottle.)

10. Brittany Murphy
9. Ol’ Dirty Bastard (Wu-Tang Clan)
8. Anna Nicole Smith
7. Keith Moon (The Who)
6. Judy Garland
5. Jimi Hendrix
4. Heath Ledger
3. Michael Jackson
2. Elvis Presley
1. Marilyn Monroe
(On the upside, the tragedy of overdose has made many of them into iconic legends. Had they lived a long life instead … meh.)

Would it be okay with you if your bookstore records how often you read a book you purchased there, how long you view each page, and any notes you might write in the book’s margins? Well, all those things are happening now with digital books. Many bookstores collect information about readers and their purchases but ebook services can now collect even more detailed info that is being bundled in a database and sold to marketers or acquired by governments. (In the digital age, privacy is the new luxury.)

• The Gulf of Mexico is almost at its pre-spill health levels.
• The global rate of new HIV infections has declined by 25% since 2001.
• The Antarctic ozone hole is steadily shrinking every year.
• Traffic fatalities are at their lowest levels since 1949.
• Teen pregnancy has also dipped to the lowest rate in over 70 years.
• Stress declines every year from age 22 onward and reaches its absolute lowest at age 85.
• We’re all living longer. 200 years ago, the average lifespan was below 40 worldwide.

Boston University scientists have discovered the reason why global warming trends seemed to be locked in at the same level between 1998 and 2008 was due to layers of pollutants, particularly sulfur, being spewed into the air by Asian factories in record-breaking quantities. The layer of sulfur that formed in the atmosphere counteracted warming greenhouse gases while reflecting light back into space, thereby staving off a further global temperature hike. (Is this like cholesterol … there’s good and bad kinds of pollution?)

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi has gone rogue to set the new (unofficial) world record for hot dog eating, besting official champion Joey Chestnut’s 62 dogs with an amazing 69. Kobayashi was banned from the annual “Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest” at Coney Island NY as a result of an ongoing dispute with Major League Eating. So, who’s the real champ … Kobayashi or Chestnut?

The median pay over the past year for top executives at 200 large corporations was $10.8 million. CEO compensation hasn’t quite returned to its heady, pre-recession levels … but it seems headed there.
– “New York Times”


1958 [53] Kevin Bacon, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“Frost/Nixon”, “Footloose”)/Hollywood Walk of Fame (2003)

1961 [50] Toby Keith, Clinton OK, country singer (“American Ride”, “Love Me If You Can”)/sometime movie actor (“Beer For My Horses”, “Broken Bridges”)

1970 [41] Beck (Hansen), LA CA, alt-rock singer (“Girl”, “E-Pro”)

1976 [35] David Kennedy, Poway CA, rock guitarist (Angels & Airwaves-“Everything’s Magic”, “The Adventure”)

1982 [29] Sophia Bush, Pasadena CA, TV actress (‘Brooke Davis’ on “One Tree Hill” since 2003)/briefly married to co-star Chad Michael Murray (2005-06)

1998 [13] Jaden Smith, Malibu CA, pint-size actor (“The Karate Kid”, “The Pursuit of Happyness”)/son of actors Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

Radio personality/musician John Tesh is 59; Movie actor Tom Hanks (“Toy Story 3”) is 55; Rock singer Courtney Love (Hole) is 47; Rock drummer Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) is 43; Musician/producer Jack White (White Stripes) is 36; Rock singer Jacob Hoggard (Hedley) is 27.

Rocker/radio personality Kim Mitchell (“Go For Soda”) is 59; Country singer Gary LeVox (Rascal Flatts) is 41; TV actress Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”) is 39; TV actor Adrian Grenier (“Entourage”) is 35; Movie actress/pop singer/fashion marketer Jessica Simpson is 31; TV actress Heather Hemmens (“Hellcats”) is 27.

• “Calgary Stampede” – The 99th annual rodeo and 10-day festival gets underway. This year’s event features Britain’s Prince William & Catherine on kickoff day, and upcoming Saddledome performances by Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, NKOTBSB, and Sugarland.
• “Collector Car Appreciation Day”, the 2nd annual salute to automotive hobbyists that’s geared to raising awareness of automotive restoration and collection.
• “Cow Appreciation Day” and that’s no bull! It’s a day of recognition for all the things that cows give us. So open up your calfskin wallet and buy yourself a tasty T-bone.
• “Eat a Vegetable You’ve Never Tried Before Day”. Bamboo? Kudzu?
• “SCUD Day” (Savor the Comedy, Unplug the Drama), a day to remind us to spend more time laughing, less time being serious.
• “Videogames Day”, a day for kids to appreciate both the games … and the parents who buy them. Actually, one of the fastest growing segments of the videogame market is now adult women.
• “Wayne Chicken Show”, the 31st edition in Wayne, Nebraska, home of the “National Cluck-Off” in which contestants must be audible across a barnyard while acting and sounding like a chicken for 15 seconds. Other events: ‘Most Beautiful Beak’, ‘Best Chicken Legs On a Human’, and the ‘Rubber Chicken Chuck’.

• “Barn Day”, a day of appreciation for what can be attractive as well as functional architecture.
• “Intern Appreciation Day”, a day to express gratitude to those dedicated young people who are attempting to kick off their careers by sweating it out on-the-job for free.
• “Moon Amtrak”, the 32nd annual stunt by customers at Mugs Away Saloon in Laguna Niguel, California who line up cheek-to-cheek and simultaneously drop their drawers to ‘moon’ passing trains. The bottoms-up bash draws as many as 1,000 bums to the tavern.

• “Don’t Step On a Bee Day”, a warning to kids and grown-ups that now is the time when going barefoot can mean getting stung by a bee. And with the recent disappearance of millions of the crop-pollinating critters, we need to save every one we can!
• “Piña Colada Day”, celebrating the concoction of rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple juice first created in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1954. It became Puerto Rico’s ‘official beverage’ in 1978.
• “Teddy Bears Picnic Day”, an annual excuse to have a picnic with your stuffed animals since 1988. “Teddy Bears’ Picnic” was originally a song consisting of a 1907 melody by US composer John Walter Bratton with lyrics added in 1932 by Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy.

1990 [21] 1st TV broadcast to generate 1 billion viewers worldwide (FIFA World Cup, hosted by Italy)

2003 [08] A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, fetches over $100,000 in an eBay auction

1881 [130] ‘Ice Cream Sundae’ is invented (Edward Berner, Two Rivers WI)

1977 [34] Sabra Starr finishes ‘Longest Recorded Belly Dance’ … 100 hrs

[Mon] World Population Day
[Mon] International Town Criers Day
[Mon] Blueberry Muffin Day
[Mon] Cheer Up the Lonely Day
[Tues] 82nd MLB All-Star Game (Phoenix AZ)
[Tues] Pecan Pie Day
[Tues] Different Colored Eyes Day
This Week Is … Music For Life Week
This Month Is … Blueberry Month


NASA’s final Space Shuttle launch (‘Atlantis’) is scheduled to take place today, bringing to a close a 30-year chapter of the ‘Space Age’. In observance, here are a few …
• “Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle is wondering about the future of its dental benefits.”
• “We choose to privatize space travel not because it is easy, but because it is cost effective and palatable to both political parties.”
• “To the International Space Station, and not beyond!”
• “Houston, we have a problem … the Russians’ reward program doesn’t take our miles.”
• “That’s one small concession to deficit realities, one giant blow to the dreams of children who want to be astronauts when they grow up.”
– Thanks to Jim Santel

Tell us about the biggest cheapskates you know. Just how frugal are they? (He throws quarters around like manhole covers!)

• ‘Easy’ – A term used to describe a woman who has the sexual morals of a man.
• ‘Eye Contact’ – Many men have difficulty looking a woman directly in the eyes, usually due to the fact that a woman’s eyes are not located in her chest.
• ‘Friend’ – A person in your acquaintance who has some flaw which makes sleeping with them totally unappealing.
• ‘Interesting’ – A word a man uses to describe a woman who lets him do all the talking.
• ‘Irritating Habit’ – What the endearing qualities that first attract 2 people to each other turn into after a few months together.
• ‘Nymphomaniac’ – A man’s term for any woman who wants to have sex more often than he does.

They told me I was gullible … and I believed them!

Today’s Question: A survey of more than 20,000 people asks the #1 thing that initially makes another person seem attractive. Most men say ‘sexual chemistry’; most women say THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Kindness.

Wisdom is divided into 2 parts: a) having a great deal to say, and b) not saying it.

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