Wednesday, June 11, 2014        Edition: #5238

Bully For You!

★ Is Hollywood’s cutest couple getting married? “The Amazing Spider-Man” co-stars Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield have been dating for 2 years and it’s reported they’ve been shopping in NYC for a loose emerald-shaped stone so they can design an engagement ring together. It’s also rumored they’ve been looking to buy a $10.5-million home together in LA. Her about him: “He’s a remarkable human being, so I love him very much.” Him about her: “Everyone who brushes shoulders with her or even makes eye contact gets a shot of sunshine.” Aww.
– “Star Magazine” / “Daily Star” /
★ Actress Halle Berry has been ordered to pay ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry $16,000-a-month in child support to help care for their daughter Nahla. The former couple agreed to share custody of the 6-year-old in 2012 after a bitter court battle, and now an LA judge has awarded French Canadian model Aubry financial aid. Berry must also hand over $115,000 in retroactive support and a further $300,000 in attorney fees. The monthly payments will continue until Nahla turns 19 or graduates from high school, whichever comes first.
★ It’s going to be a long recovery for Tracy Morgan, the former “SNL” and “30 Rock” comedian who was injured in a 6-car New Jersey pile-up on the weekend, which killed his friend and mentor Jack McNair. Morgan sustained a number of injuries including a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose, and several broken ribs. He’s undergone surgery and is expected to remain in hospital for several weeks.
★ It’s turning into a kitchen nightmare for Gordon Ramsay. The 47-year-old celebrity chef’s restaurant group is reportedly set to announce an annual loss of $10.75 million. The bulk of it is due to a lease dispute over his York & Albany pub & hotel in London. He’s disputing the legal validity of that lease and is also in litigation with an business partner with whom he planned to open restaurants in Las Vegas NV and Atlantic City NJ. Those disputes have racked up $3.4 million in legal expenses alone. Even so, Ramsey plans to keep growing his empire, opening the Bread Street Kitchen in Hong Kong this September.
– “The Times”
★ And “Game of Thrones” showrunners are promising a much more thrilling conclusion to Season 4 than last season. They say Sunday’s episode called “The Children” will break the narrative pattern of last year, whereby the big shocking event occurred in the penultimate episode with a quieter wrap-up in the finalé. David Benioff & Dan Weiss say this will be the best finalé they’ve done, bar none. In fact, they’re touting it as perhaps the ‘finest hour’ they’ve ever produced. Let’s hope the reality lives up to the hype.
– “Entertainment Weekly”

• “Chelsea Lately” (E!) – Miranda Lambert (“Platinum”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Jack White (“Lazaretto”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Celine Dion (“Loved Me Back to Life”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Timeflies (“The Scotch Tape”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Icona Pop (“This Is … Icona Pop”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Paolo Nutini (“Caustic Love”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Janelle Monae (“The Electric Lady”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin.
• “The 100” (CW) – Tonight’s episode is the Season 1 finalé.
• “The Pete Holmes Show” (TBS) – Schoolboy Q (“Habits & Contradictions”).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV2) – Hopefuls audition; appearances by actress Christina Applegate, Broadway performer Billy Porter, and  ballet dancer Misty Copeland.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Miranda Lambert again.

• Bob Marley & The Wailers – The world’s best-selling reggae album, their 1984 release “Legend”, has now been certified 15x multi-Platinum just in time for its 30th anniversary re-release with added songs, scheduled for July 1st.
• Counting Crows – The band is set to be on the road from tonight in Tampa FL through August 17th in Los Angeles CA. That sets up this Fall’s release of their 6th studio album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland”, their 1st album since “Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings” in 2008.
• George Strait – He’s broken the North American indoor concert attendance record with 104,793 in attendance at the final show of his “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on the weekend. The Rolling Stones held the previous record, drawing 87,500 fans to a 1981 concert at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
• Jennifer Lopez – She’s suffered some backlash since revealing she will not be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony Thursday. She collaborated with Pitbull on the 2014 World Cup theme, “We Are the One (Ole Ola)”, but the tune’s been panned … particularly in Brazil.
• John Legend – He’s just earned his 4th Gold record from the RIAA for his 4th album release, “Love In the Future”. The hit single from that album, “All Of Me”, has becomes Legend’s highest certified song yet, at 2x multi-Platinum.
• Lil Kim – She’s given her newborn daughter the unconventional yet unique name ‘Royal Reign’. The 39-year-old rapper gave birth Monday at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She’s yet to confirm if the father is fellow rapper Mr Papers as rumored.
• Paul McCartney – He’s now been forced to postpone some US tour dates as he continues to recover from a virus he seemingly contracted in Tokyo, Japan last month. “Out There!” tour gigs in Lubbock TX, Dallas TX, New Orleans LA, Atlanta GA, Jacksonville FL, Nashville TN, and Louisville KY are now being rescheduled. The tour will resume on July 5th in Albany NY.
• Psy – The 36-year-old says there’s no way he can ever top the success of “Gangnam Style”, so he’s gone for a departure with his new hip-hop single “Hangover” f/Snoop Dogg. The video teaches viewers about Asian hangover remedies.

The University of Texas has conducted a study to find out exactly what motivates people to ‘get busy’ and, after asking about 1,500 study participants, has determined that … there are 237 reasons why people have sex. The UT researchers were able to divide the reasons into 4 main categories …
✓ Physicality (stress relief, pleasure, improving experiences, attraction to a partner)
✓ Goals (hoping to get pregnant, wanting to gain popularity, revenge)
✓ Emotions (love, wanting to express a positive feeling like gratitude to a partner)
✓ Insecurity (low self-esteem, feeling obligated, attempting to keep a partner interested)
Some of the odder reasons cited are ‘wanting to feel closer to God’, ‘boredom’, ‘wanting to give someone an STD’ (seriously), ‘self-punishment’, and ‘hopes of manipulating someone’. (Hey, what about ‘FUN’!?!?!)

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Curiosity Gap’ – The difference between what a person knows and what that person wants to know. (New pickup line: “I have a curiosity gap … can I get your phone number?”)
• ‘Hellstew’ – A messy, confusing hodgepodge from which no good can come. (Ah! A new name for this show.)
• ‘Incel’ – A person who is involuntarily celibate; also can be the state or condition of being involuntarily celibate. (New pickup line: “I’ve come down with incel and only you can cure me.”)

‘Wyldfire’, the latest dating app to hit the scene, allows women to sign up freely but only allows guys to join if they’re invited by a woman. The idea is to create a network of men who are lady-approved and pre-screened for ‘creep factor’. The idea was sparked when the founders (who are men) heard female friends complain about running into creeps on Tinder. Wyldfire is also making other improvements: All profile pictures are filtered to black-and-white (thought to be most attractive) and profile info is taken from Instagram and Facebook, which streamlines the process. Conversations are limited to 20 exchanges to encourage people to meet up in real life more quickly. (Wouldn’t most women who know a guy they deem dateable want to date him themselves or set him up with a single friend?)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 50% of men say they’ve been meaning to make a ‘bucket list’, but haven’t gotten around to it.
• 47% of us have never served our significant other breakfast in bed.
• 37% of us wash our own cars.
• 33% of women say potatoes remind them of their husband.
• 29% of us have lied to get out of going to a wedding.
• 25% of men say they have no idea how to turn on the dishwasher.

• Being born with additional digits (fingers/toes) is called being ‘polydactyl’.
– BBC News
• A pig has 4 toes on each of its feet, only 2 of which actually touch the ground.
– “Useless Digest”
• Approximately 2,500 left-handed people die every year as a result of using equipment designed for right-handed people


1949 [65] Frank Beard, Frankston TX, classic rock drummer (ZZ Top-“Concrete & Steel”, “Sharp Dressed Man”)/ironically the only member of the band without a beard

1959 [55] Hugh Laurie, Oxford UK, TV actor (“House MD” 2004-12)/jazz-blues pianist-singer (“Didn’t It Rain”)  COMING UP: The sci-fi film “Tomorrowland” (2015).

1960 [54] Mehmet Oz, Cleveland OH, physician-surgeon/TV personality (“The Dr Oz Show” since 2009)/syndicated newspaper columnist (“The You Docs”)/Oprah Winfrey protégé

1969 [45] Peter Dinklage, Morristown NJ, TV actor (Emmy & Golden Globe for ‘Tyrion Lannister’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2011)/movie actor (“Ice Age: Continental Drift”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”)

1978 [36] Joshua Jackson, Vancouver BC, TV actor (“The Affair” 2014, “Fringe” 2008-13, “Dawson’s Creek” 1998-2003)/movie actor (“Cruel Intentions”)

1983 [31] Josh Ramsay, Vancouver BC, rock singer-songwriter (Marianas Trench-“Haven’t Had Enough”, “Say Anything”)

1986 [28] Shia LaBeouf, Los Angeles CA, movie actor (“Transformers” films, “Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of the Crystal Skull”)

1988 [26] Claire Holt, Brisbane, Australia, TV actress (‘Rebekah Mikaelson’ on “The Originals” since 2013, “The Vampire Diaries” 2012, “Pretty Little Liars” 2011)

• “Corn On the Cob Day”, celebrating the only ears most of us will ever eat.

• “Hug Holiday”, an annual observance begun by some eternal optimist somewhere who thinks most of the world’s troubles can be solved with a tight clinch. C’mon now, don’t be shy … hug it out, everybody!

• “King Kamehameha Day”, honoring Hawaii’s first king, who unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Not very significant to the rest of us … but it sure is fun saying ‘Kah-MAY-uh-MAY-uh’!

1999 [15] “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”, starring Mike Meyers, opens in movie theaters and grosses $55 million in its debut weekend

1996 [18] Country star Garth Brooks sets a “Fan Fair” (now “CMA Music Festival”) record by signing autographs in Nashville TN for 23 hours straight

2002 [12] “American Idol: The Search For a Superstar” debuts (FOX) as a Summer replacement series, but quickly becomes the #1 show on US television (in 13 seasons it has produced only 2 true stars: Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood)

2008 [06] Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an historic official apology to Canada’s First Nations aboriginals in regard to residential school abuses of the past

1994 [20] ‘Largest Popcorn Container’ (40 ft x 21 ft x 8 ft-high) is filled with 6,620 cubic feet of popcorn (Jacksonville FL)

[Thurs] 2014 World Cup begins (Brazil)
[Thurs] Jerky Day
[Thurs] Career Nurse Assistants Day
[Fri] Friday the 13th
[Fri] “How to Train Your Dragon 2”; “22 Jump Street” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Work@Home Fathers Day
[Fri] Full ‘Strawberry’ Moon
This Week Is … Automotive Service Professionals Week
This Month Is … Cancer From the Sun Month


To understand some of the talk that goes on in MLB dugouts, you need a dictionary …
• ‘A Bill Klem’ – Anyone in baseball who is never wrong. Bill Klem was a Hall of Fame umpire who is credited with several statements in which he never admitted a bad call. For instance, “It ain’t nothin’ till I call it.”
• ‘To do a John Anderson’ — Attempting to steal a base that is already occupied. In 1904, New York Highlander John Anderson tried to steal with the bases loaded.
• ‘A Peggy Lee’ – A fastball that isn’t really so fast, based on the late singer’s 1960s hit “Is That All There Is?”.
• ‘He’s a real Little Eva’ — A player who performs well, despite a hangover. Little Eva was a young innocent in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, not the sort of person who would drag her dissipated body onto a ballfield after a night’s partying.
• ‘To pull a Moriarity’ – A blind swing at a pitch. George Moriarity (1903-16) was widely known for swinging without actually looking at the ball.
– “The New Dickson Baseball Dictionary”

☎ In your opinion, what’s the most annoying sound in the world?

My alarm clock is clearly jealous of my amazing relationship with my bed.

• You suffer from ‘ageusia’ (ay-JOO-see-uh); which can’t you do?
a. Roll your tongue into a cylinder.
b. Taste things with your tongue. [CORRECT. You lack the ability to taste. You are tasteless.]
c. Touch your nose with your tongue.

• You’re typing away on your laptop. Which hand do you use more?
a. Left. [CORRECT. It does 56% of keyboarding if you use proper technique.]
b. Right.
c. Left and right equally.
– “Totally Trivial”

Have a contestant try to start their lawnmower in the morning. Pay $50 if it fires up on the first pull, but take away $10 for each unsuccessful attempt.

Question: Around half of women have done THIS to save money when they were single.
Answer: Gone on a date just for the free meal.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

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