Friday, June 30, 2006        Edition: #3317
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!


TONIGHT “Love” premieres at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, a new Cirque du Soleil show that combines the troupe’s signature high-flying acrobatics with classic Beatles tunes (original ‘Fab Four’ producer George Martin helped arrange the score) . . . SATURDAY Paris Hilton is expanding her ‘Club Paris’ nightclub chain to Jacksonville FL, where she’s contractually obligated to appear at least twice a month and is expected for the grand opening (you know what that means – some semi-famous guy in Jacksonville is about to get lucky) . . . CANADA DAY evening CTV airs “Stompin’ Tom In Live Concert”, a 1-hour show shot in hi-def at the 70-year-old Canadian icon’s Hamilton concert last SEPTEMBER (a special the CBC infamously passed on), which will be followed by the DVD release on TUESDAY . . . FOX-TV has only ordered up 16 episodes of “The OC” for NEXT SEASON as compared to the usual 22 (that’s because Mischa Barton left, meaning 6 fewer hours of watching her staring blankly at the camera) . . . It just cleaned up at the annual “Dora Awards”, but poor ticket sales have caused the Toronto stage production of “The Lord of the Rings” to be scheduled for an early close on SEPTEMBER 3rd (it was expected to run at least until NEXT SPRING) . . . Paparazzi stalking the St Regis Resort in Bora Bora, Tahiti to get snaps of vacationing “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria & her NBA boyfriend Tony Parker must have giggled in glee when another couple moved into a villa just a few yards down the boardwalk – none other than newlyweds Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban (their honeymoon suite costs $15,000 per night) . . . And this could be the duh! move of the year – a 29-year-old Jordanian has been arrested after trying to steal some $23,000 from a Dubai UAE money exchange using a fake ID card bearing a photo of Brad Pitt, which was downloaded from the Internet and apparently – picked at random (dude, when trying to pass yourself off as someone else, it’s probably best to select a pic of someone who’s not one of the most famous people on the planet).

• Ashlee Simpson – After her much-discussed recent plastic surgery upgrade, which included a nose job & lip enlargement, she received a $4-million offer from “Playboy” for a buff layout. She reportedly gave it some consideration … but eventually turned it down.
• Gwen Stefani – The singer/designer will debut a new line of LAMB watches NEXT MONTH. There’ll be 28 different timepieces to choose from, with more due in time for the holiday season.
• Juvenile – He’s bringing his raps to several US military bases THIS SUMMER beginning TONIGHT at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Oahu. After that, it’s onward to South Korea.
• Kelly Clarkson – TONIGHT she kicks off her 25-date “Addicted” tour in West Palm Beach FL. She says to expect ‘huge surprises’. She got implants?
• Rihanna – SATURDAY she embarks on a 3-month North American summer tour in San Diego CA, her first road trip as a headliner.
• Paul Simon – TONIGHT he performs on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS).
• Ozzfest – SATURDAY the annual rock mega-tour kicks off its 2nd decade in San Francisco CA. Aging Ozzy Osbourne is scheduled to headline at just 10 of the 20-city tour’s shows. The 19-band lineup is highlighted by System of a Down.
• Vince Gill – His next release, “These Days” (due in OCTOBER), will be a massive 4-CD boxed set featuring 43 new songs. Guest artists not only include his wife, Amy Grant, and his daughter, Jenny Gill, but also Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, Gretchen Wilson, LeAnn Rimes, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, and more.

“The Devil Wears Prada” ( PG-13 Dramedy ): Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries”) plays a naive young journalist who scores a coveted job working for one of NYC’s biggest magazine editors (Meryl Streep), who’s also one of the most notorious bosses. Based on the 2003 book by Lauren Weisberger, who just happened to be “Vogue” magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s assistant from 1999-2000. Word is Ms Wintour is none too pleased. Hot soundtrack includes Madonna, U2, Alanis Morissette, and Moby. Theme music & scene clips here …

Cornell University animal behaviorist Nicholas Nicastro says that a cat’s meow is unusual because cats never use the sound with each other. Communication between felines usually involves only hissing, spitting and purring. Nicastro reckons that over the course of more than 5,000 years of domestication, cats developed meows in order to speak to humans. Cats do not use words, he says (rather obviously) but communicate whole thoughts such as ‘open the tuna, ‘move over’, or ‘change the litter’. (Not to mention ‘get out of my face, bald-bodied loser’.)
– “Seattle Weekly”

‘Urban Beekeeping’ is the hot new thing in England, particularly in London. In fact, the British Beekeepers Association reports its numbers have almost doubled in the past 3 years. One urban beekeeping course offered THIS SUMMER has over 200 bookings. The hobby is particularly popular among 30-somethings, perhaps because it makes a great conversation-starter and it isn’t particularly strenuous. Experts say hives need to be checked only once every 7-to-10 days. Hives designed for urban areas sell for about $175 and can produce about 60 lbs of honey, which is more than double that produced in rural areas because of the greater variety of flowering plant life found in cities. (60 lbs? What the heck do you do with that much sticky stuff?)

The good folks at Gillette have determined that …
• The average man spends 3,350 hours (about 140 days) of his life shaving.
• Your beard would be approximately 30-feet-long if you never shaved.
• You would put on an extra pound (in hair) every 16 years if you never shaved.
• Dry beard hair is as tough as copper wire of the same thickness.
• A whisker is 70% easier to cut after being soaked 2 minutes in warm water.

Here’s another reason to love vacations! In a recent survey of resort-goers, 75% of the couples polled say that passion peaks during vacations and lasts up to 4 weeks after they return home. (It is unclear if the survey participants were married, or even on vacation together.)
– “Ladies’ Home Journal”


1953 [53] Hal Lindes, Monterey CA, classic rock guitarist (Dire Straits-“Money For Nothing”)

1959 [47] Vincent D’Onofrio, Brooklyn NY, TV actor (‘Detective Robert Goren’ on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” since 2001)

1966 [40] Mike Tyson, Brooklyn NY, ex-con/ex-world heavyweight boxing champ

1975 [31] Ralf Schumacher, Hurth-Hermulheim, Germany, Formula One racer/brother of F-1 racer Michael Schumacher

1984 [22] Fantasia Barrino, High Point NC, “American Idol 3“ winner (“Til My Baby Comes Home”)

Montréal-born movie actress Genevieve Bujold (“Anne of the Thousand Days”) is 64; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame singer Deborah Harry (Blondie) is 61; Classic rocker Fred Schneider (B-52’s) is 55; Ottawa-born actor Dan Aykroyd (“Blues Brothers”) is 54; Chatham ON-born country singer Michelle Wright (“I Surrender”) is 45; Ladysmith BC-born actress Pamela Anderson (2006 Juno Awards) is 39; Hip-hop artist Missy Elliott (“Lose Control”) is 35; Movie actress Liv Tyler (“Lord of the Rings”) is 29; TV actress Hilarie Burton (“One Tree Hill”) is 24.

TV writer/director/actor Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) is 59; Rock keyboardist Roy Bittan (E Street Band) is 57; Model/actress Jerry Hall (“Batman”) is 50; Country/pop singer Michelle Branch (The Wreckers) is 23; Actress Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”) is 21; Movie actress Lindsay Lohan (“A Prairie Home Companion”) is 20.

• “Meteor Day”, an annual observance encouraging us to look to the skies for a stunning meteor show. With a little luck and clear skies, you can see a meteor just about any night of the year. Meteors are made up of space dust and ice that enter Earth’s atmosphere.

• “Canada Day”, the annual celebration of Canada’s nationhood (1867) that was first established as a holiday in 1879. THIS YEAR’s Parliament Hill bash in Ottawa includes bluesman Colin James, Nunavut singer Susan Aglukark and, of course, the RCMP Musical Ride and the Snowbirds.

• “Financial Freedom Day”, a day to plan the path of future financial wealth (aka “Buy a Lotto Ticket Day”).

• “Frozen Yogurt Day”, honoring the ‘ice cream’ that’s supposedly better for you. What’s the best flavor? Blueberry Cheesecake? Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup? Turkey Ripple?

• “International Joke Day”, celebrating humor from around-the-world.

• “Postal Worker Day” in America, to honor past and present postal workers for their service and dedication in serving the American people. 43 years ago TODAY (1963), the US Postal Service introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, better known as the ‘ZIP Code’.

• “Tour de France”, the 93rd running of the world’s most famous cycling race. The race’s 20 stages (through JULY 23rd) begin in Strasbourg and cover a total distance of 3,600 km (about 2,200 mi) throughout France. For the first time in a long time the race is wide open, thanks to the retirement of perpetual winner Lance Armstrong.

• “World Wife Carrying Championships” in Sonkajarvi, Finland in which men carry women over a 250-meter obstacle course, a tradition rooted in a local legend about a wife-stealing gang. Revived as a contest 14 years ago, it now draws participants from around-the-world. The grand prize? The woman’s body-weight in beer!

• “Be Nice to People You Don’t Like Day”. It messes with their heads … especially if you smile at them.

• “Halfway Point of 2006”. As of noon, 182-and-a-half days of the year will have elapsed and 182-and-a-half will remain before January 1st, 2007.

• “I Forgot Day”, set aside to make up for all the birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions that you forgot to acknowledge over the past year. (What’s the lamest excuse anyone ever laid on you?)

• “World UFO Day”, observed on the anniversary of the so-called ‘Roswell Incident’ of 1947. The intent is to get governments to ‘fess up to the existence of UFOs. Many tin-hat wearers believe aliens from outer space have already visited Earth but an elaborate cover-up is hiding the facts from us.

2004 [02] “Spider-Man 2“ opens in movie theaters (ensuring that Tobey Maguire never has to work again unless he wants to)

1998 [08] Faith Hill gets a gold record for mega-hit single “This Kiss”

2001 [05] Official opening of the $11-million “Shania Twain Centre” in Timmins ON, featuring … well, Shania stuff

1838 [168] 1st ‘Furniture Casters’ (and 1st ‘Office Chair Races’ are held)

1859 [147] 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope (French daredevil Emile Blondin)

1994 [12] 1st ‘Wedding via Video-Conference Telephone’

1994 [12] Temperature at Death Valley CA ties local record at 128 F

[July 1] Canada Day / World Wife Carrying Championships (Sonkajarvi, Finland) / International Joke Day / Build a Scarecrow Day / Financial Freedom Day / Frozen Yogurt Day / International Cherry Pit Spitting Contest (Eau Claire MI)
[July 1-31] 23rd Just For Laughs comedy festival (Montréal)
[July 1-23] 2006 Tour de France
[July 3] Canada Day statutory holiday / Compliment Your Mirror Day / Dog Days of Summer Begin / Stay Out of the Sun Day / Caricom Day (aka Caribbean Day)
[July 3-Aug 15] Air Conditioning Appreciation Days
[July 4] Independence Day (USA) / Country Music Day / Sidewalk Egg Frying Day / Barbecue Day / Independence From Meat Day
[July 5] Workaholics Day
[July 6] Fried Chicken Day
[July 6-14] Running of the Bulls (Pamplona SPA)
[July 7] Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day / “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” opens in movie theaters
[July 7-16] Calgary Stampede
[July 8] Video Games Day
[July 9] Intern Appreciation Day / Barn Day
[July 10] Full ‘Buck’ Moon / Don’t Step on a Bee Day / Orangemen’s Day
[July 11] MLB All-Star Game (Pittsburgh PA) / Cheer Up the Lonely Day / Pet Photo Day / UN World Population Day / International Town Criers Day / Rolling Stones relaunch “A Bigger Bang” tour (Milan, Italy)
[July 12] Swimming Pool Day / Pecan Pie Day / 2006 ESPY Awards
[July 13] Gruntled Workers Day / Embrace Your Geekness Day
[July 14] National Nude Day / Cow Appreciation Day / “Little Man” & “You, Me and Dupree” open in movie theaters
[July 15] Respect Canada Day / Be A Dork Day / Canada’s National Parks Day
[July 16] National Ice Cream Day
[July 18] Stick Out Your Tongue Day / Get Out of the Doghouse Day
[July 20] Moon Day / Chess Day / Lollipop Day / Special Olympics Day
[July 20-29] Edmonton’s Capital Ex (formerly Klondike Days)
[July 21] Junk Food Day / “Clerks II”, “Lady in the Water”, “Monster House” & “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” open in movie theaters
[July 22] Rat Watcher’s Day
[July 23] Hot Enough For Ya? Day / Gorgeous Grandma Day
[July 24] Cousins Day / Virtual Love Day / Parents Day
[July 26] All or Nothing Day / Aunt & Uncle Day
[July 27] Take Your Houseplants For a Walk Day
[July 28] Accountants Day / Drive-Thru Day / “John Tucker Must Die”, “Miami Vice”, & “The Ant Bully” open in theaters
[July 29] Lasagna Day
[July 30] Cheesecake Day / 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction
[July 31] Mutts Day


5. Heather Graham in “From Hell “ (2001)
4. Charlton Heston in “Touch Of Evil “ (1958)
3. Brad Pitt in “Seven Years In Tibet “ (1997)
2. Dick Van Dyke in “Mary Poppins “ (1964)
1. Sean Connery in “The Untouchables “ (1987)
– “Empire” magazine

• What was “Canada Day” called before it had that name? (“Dominion Day” 1867-1982)
• What apelike creature is said to roam through Canada’s West Coast forests? (Sasquatch)
• Which plant was developed in Canada: canna, canola, or cantaloupe? (Canola)
• What does the Huron word ‘Kanata’, which may be the origin of the name ‘Canada’, mean? (Settlement or village.)
– Brain Quest Canada

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

What goes on your burger? [According to a Sterling Silver survey, tomato is tops (70%), followed by bacon (64%), onion (51%) or mustard (51%), cheese (40%), and mayo (34%). Hey, what about relish and ketchup?]

Today’s Question: Hey guys, experts say you can make her fall in love with you by using open body language, direct eye contact, a sense of humor, and THIS.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Experiencing something scary together.

More people are run down by gossip than by automobiles.

Happy long weekend, all! We’ll be back with a TUESDAY edition.

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