Friday, June 3, 2005        Edition: #3048
Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

TODAY & tomorrow a light blue 1975 Ford Escort GL, the only car Pope John Paul II ever owned, is up for auction in Las Vegas, and expected to fetch as much as – whoa! – $5 million! (if it still runs, it’s a miracle) . . . TODAY through Sunday “The James Dean Fest” in Marion IN marks the 50th anniversary of the acting legend’s death in a 1955 car crash (celebs attending include actors Martin Sheen & Dennis Hopper) . . . TONIGHT the 1st-ever “Emmys En Espanol Awards” will be handed out in San Antonio TX, honoring personalities in the Spanish-language TV biz (kudos, amigos!) . . . SATURDAY the “2005 MTV Movie Awards” will be taped in LA (to air next THURSDAY), featuring performances by Mariah Carey & Eminem, and presenters that include Hilary Swank, Jessica Simpson, Vin Diesel, Jessica Alba, Billy Bob Thornton, Lindsay Lohan & Katie Holmes (surgically detached from Tom Cruise for the evening) . . . SATURDAY over 200 items from the estate of Marilyn Monroe go up for auction in LA, including her Joe DiMaggio divorce papers, her personal ‘little black book’ and a watercolor of a rose which she painted and signed for President JFK’s birthday (because he was always thorny) . . . SUNDAY actor Hugh Jackman hosts the 59th “Tony Awards” for theater from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall (his 3rd consecutive year) with “Monty Python’s Spamalot” leading nominations with 14 . . . THIS WEEKEND “CMT DukesFest 2005″ rolls into the Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol TN, where original “Hazzard” stars John Schneider, Catherine Bach & Ben Jones (‘Cooter’) will appear along with the show’s original stunt drivers . . . Actor Sylvester Stallone is threatening to reprise his role as Vietnam vet ‘John Rambo’ 17 years after the last “Rambo” movie came out (“Rambo IV: Nam Vets’ Retirement Home”) . . . In her first magazine cover without sister Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen will front the JULY issue of “Harper’s Bazaar” (out JUNE 21st), which gushingly describes her as “Fashion’s New ‘It’ Girl” (aka ‘The Fat Olsen’).

• Beck – TOMORROW he’s on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live”.
• Coldplay – SUNDAY they’ll preview their new “X&Y” album with a live performance called  “Coldplay: Live Leak” at MTV’s Times Square studio.
• Paul McCartney – THIS FALL he’s publishing a children’s picture book called “High in the Clouds: An Urban Furry Tale”.
• Stevie Nicks & Don Henley – TONIGHT they kick off a summer tour in Philadelphia PA. They’ll perform Fleetwood Mac and Eagles hits, along with their 1981 duet “Leather and Lace”.
• Sting & Madonna – Rumor has it they’ll duet at the upcoming “Live 8″ gig in London JULY 2.
• Will Smith – TONIGHT he does the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.

• “Cinderella Man” (PG-13 Drama): Russell Crowe stars in the Ron Howard-directed true story of Depression-era fighter Jim Braddock, who defeated heavyweight champ Max Baer in a 15-round slugfest in 1935. Renée Zellweger & Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) co-star. Crowe dislocated his shoulder while training for boxing sequences, which delayed filming 2 months. Shot in various Toronto locations including The Bay (imitating Madison Square Garden’s exterior) and Maple Leaf Gardens.
• “Lords of Dogtown” (PG-13 Action): Heath Ledger &  Emile Hirsch star in the story of a grubby group of ’70s California surfers from a tough Venice Beach neighborhood who skateboard in empty swimming pools and become known as the ‘Z-Boys’. The same story was told in the 2002 documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”.

University of Zurich researchers have discovered that just one whiff of a brain-penetrating hormone called ‘oxytocin’ will encourage you to trust someone completely. Oxytocin plays a role in the bonding between mother and suckling infant; it helps you feel that you know someone you have met before, and it plays a powerful role in romantic love and desire. In experiments, the Swiss scientists found that just a few molecules of the stuff in the nostrils makes people more inclined to trust a friend, business partner – even a stranger. (Let the black market begin.)
– The journal “Nature”

Facing a general decline in the number of priests it’s attracting, the Roman Catholic Church in Britain is set to use posters in London’s subway system seeking novitiates. A less conventional method of advertising will also be tried – print ads on beer mats in local pubs! (Hey, how about bulletin boards in kindergartens?)
– BBC News

All apples are good for you, but scientists at Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Guelph ON have found that all apples are not created equal. Some have more antioxidants called ‘polyphenols’ than others, thereby producing more health benefits. Top apples for polyphenol content …
1. Red Delicious
2. Northern Spy
3. Ida Red
4. Cortland
5. McIntosh
(What about ‘caramel’?)
– WebMD Medical News

The Starkenber Beer Myth Resort in Austria’s Tyrol region is offering vacationers a new attraction – the chance to swim in a pool containing 42,000 pints of beer! In all, the resort has filled seven 13-ft-long pools with suds, claiming that beer baths help to heal various skin maladies. But bathing in booze is not without problems – some guests are said to be inhaling mouthfuls of the stuff … on purpose! (Poor Gunther is a hurtin’ machine this morning … last night he had a 6-hour bath.)
– Ananova

Within a couple of years, your saliva in a cup at the dentist’s office may provide the basis for an analysis of your risk of developing oral cancer. And experts say ‘spit tests’ may also be used in future to detect risk for other diseases, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. Some futurists predict a tiny chip implanted in the cheek will eventually be used to monitor saliva ingredients 24/7. (Oh, that must be what ball players are doing all the time … offering up samples?)
– “Boston Globe”

Vehicle preferences based on registrations of new models since JANUARY 2005. Everyone knows a VW Beetle is a ‘girl’s car’, but did you know about the others?
• The Most Feminine Vehicles (percentage of buyers that are female) …
1. Pontiac (53%)
2. Hyundai (47%)
3. Toyota (47%)
4. Volkswagen (47%)
5. Suzuki (46%)
• The Most Masculine Vehicles (percentage of buyers that are male) …
1. Dodge (85%)
2. Lincoln (84%)
3. Jaguar (80%)
4. Porsche (78%)
5. Infiniti (78%)
(Stats are rounded off to nearest percentage point.)
– “Kelley Blue Book”

Researchers have found that describing a scent with pleasant words may actually cause the brain to perceive the smell more positively. For instance, we perceive the same scent as more pleasant if it is labeled ‘cheddar cheese’ rather than ‘body odor’. In fact, MRIs reveal that the brain responds similarly to the label ‘cheddar cheese’ whether it’s actual cheese scent or simply ‘clean air’ described that way. That’s great news for restaurateurs and ad copywriters! (Yeah, that’s why we’re calling the aroma in the studio this morning ‘fresh-baked cookie’.)
– The journal “Neuron”

• About 80% of the people delivering the wedding vows at Christian-style weddings in Japan are not actual clergy, but imposters.
– “Japan Times”
• In Malaysia, it is traditional to give one’s wife a Mercedes, and one’s mistress a BMW.
– “Far Eastern Economic Review”


1925 [80] Tony Curtis (Bernard Schwartz), Bronx NY, movie actor (“Some Like It Hot”)/actress Jamie Lee Curtis’ dad

1952 [53] Billy Powell, Jacksonville FL, classic rock keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-“Sweet Home Alabama”)  FACTOID: Lynyrd Skynyrd will make their first-ever appearance at the “CMA Music Festival” in Nashville on JUNE 12.

1968 [37] Jamie O’Neal (Murphy), Sydney, Australia, country singer (“Somebody’s Hero”)

TV actor Noah Wyle (“ER”) is 34; Bassist Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) is 31; Movie actress Angelina Jolie (“Mr & Mrs Smith”) is 30; Bassist JoJo Garza (Los Lonely Boys) is 25.

Retired Conservative politician Joe Clark is 66; Saxophonist Kenny G  (“Breathless”) is 49; R&B singer Brian McKnight (“Everytime You Go Away”) is 36; Movie actor Mark Wahlberg (“The Italian Job”) is 34.

TODAY is –
• “Donut Day”, the 67th anniversary of the Salvation Army tag day established in 1938 to honor the work of the Sally Ann in preparing donuts for thousands of soldiers. Whatever … good excuse to tear into a yummy chocolate-glazed, walnut crunch, extra-goo crueller!
• “International Impersonation Day”. Open up the phone lines you’ll find that everybody impersonates somebody … even if it’s just family or friends.
• “Repeat Day” for some unknown reason lost in time, but it’s a good excuse to discuss things that actually get better the second time around. Shampooing? Love? Sex? Mexican food?

• “Buffalo Chip Throwing Championship”, the 19th annual ‘fece-off’ that flings in Luverne MN. 20 teams of tossers try to target toilets placed up to 40 ft away. The winning team gets the ‘Buffalo Horn Trophy’, a plaque featuring a pair of buffalo horns.
PHONER: 888.283.4061 (Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce)
• “Old Maid’s Day”, a truly outdated observance initiated back in 1948 for unmarried women over age 35. Nowadays 35 is when a woman begins to think about having kids.
• “Trails Day”, when you’re invited to ‘take the path to a healthier you’ by going for a hike.

• “Canada’s Walk of Fame 2005 Induction”, the wrap-up of the annual 4-day festival in Toronto.
• “International Cancer Survivors Day 2005″, the 18th annual event celebrating those who’ve survived the ‘Big C’.
• “International Mother’s Peace Day”. If the world won’t listen to the UN, maybe it’ll listen to its mommies?
• “National Shut Up Day”, a day to give quiet people a chance to talk.
• “Personal Computer Day”. What do you do on yours now that you would never have imagined a few years ago?
• “World Environment Day”, as declared annually by the United Nations since 1972.

208 BC [2213] 1st ‘Tattoo’ is performed (“KISS Rules!”)

1778 [227] 1st issue of “Montréal Gazette” newspaper

1989 [16] Toronto’s ‘Skydome’ officially opens (now known as Rogers Ego .. er … Centre)

1851 [154] NY Knickerbockers don 1st ‘Baseball Uniforms’ (a straw hat, white shirt, and long blue trousers)

1948 [57] 1st “Fly-In/Drive-In Theater” opens, with parking for 500 cars … and 25 planes

1960 [45] 1st ‘Meter Maids’ (NYC)

1978 [27] “Guinness Book of World Records” sets record as most-stolen book from British libraries

[Mon] Couple Appreciation Day
[Tues] Hunger Awareness Day
[Tues] Chocolate Ice Cream Day
[Tues] Attitude Day
[Tues] National Family Day
[Wed] Name Your Poison Day
[Thurs] CMA Music Festival begins
This Week Is . . . Safe Kids Canada Week / Fragrance Week
This Month Is . . . Adopt A Shelter Cat Month


The online ‘Yoda Translator’ promises to change any sentence that you enter into a form designed to ‘capture the essence and not the meaning of your query’. For instance, ‘What a lame waste of Internet technology!’ translates to – ‘A technology of lame what waste Internet’. Useful, huh?

The week’s most requested music files online …
1. 50 Cent – “Just A Lil Bit”
2. Akon – “Lonely”
3. Ciara – “Oh”
4. Pretty Ricky – “Grind With Me”
5. Ying Yang Twins – “Wait”
– Big Champagne online music measurement

Today’s Question: Just by wearing THIS fashion choice, you can trigger migraine headaches in people.
Answer to Give Out Tomorrow: Stripes. (“Self Magazine”)

Some make things happen, some watch things happen, but most of us have no idea what the heck happened.


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