Wednesday, June 17, 2015        Edition: #5475

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★ Late actor David Carradine’s 4th wife, Marina Anderson, launched a private investigation into her husband’s death back in 2009 after his body was found in a Bangkok, Thailand hotel suite. At the time he was ruled a victim of autoerotic asphyxiation, but his widow remains convinced her husband was murdered. In the new edition of her book, “David Carradine: The Eye of My Tornado”, Anderson details her meetings with psychics in a bid to uncover the truth, and reveals evidence that appears to prove her theories that the actor’s death was not accidental. She’s also working on a film about her life with Carradine.
★ Kanye West & Kim Kardashian attempted to book the entire Disneyland theme park in California for a 2nd birthday party for daughter North West this week. That didn’t wasn’t allowed but they did manage to throw a private party on Monday dubbed ”North’s Disney Adventure” which was also attended by other members of the Kardashian clan. Guests were provided with private escorts around the park and special passes to the front of line-ups. A Disneyland spokesperson says: ”Although we don’t comment on private visits, private parties are not uncommon here.”
– E! News
★ Pop singer Rita Ora (“RIP”) has ditched her judging job on “The Voice UK” to become a mentor on Simon Cowell’s rival reality competition “The X Factor”. She will be joining returning judges, pop star Cheryl Cole (aka Cheryl Fernandez-Versini) and music mogul Cowell, plus a new addition, British radio DJ Nick Grimshaw (‘The Radio 1 Breakfast Show”). Ora has previously worked on “The X Factor” but only as a guest judge; she joined “The Voice” last year. Quote: “I am excited to be coming back to ‘The X Factor’ … I had a ball here in 2012.”
★ And the stunt duo who doubled for movie stars Charlize Theron & Tom Hardy in the action movie “Mad Max: Fury Road” have just married after finding love on-the-set during the film’s 2012 shoot. New Zealand native Dayna Porter & South African Dane Grant met in the Namib Desert in Africa in May 2012, when they were among the many stunt artists working on the post-apocalyptic film. Their constant (fake) fighting and roughhousing is said to have sparked the chemistry between them. The relationship apparently developed quickly … they already have a 14-month-old son.

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Allen Stone (“Radius”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tove Lo (“Queen Of the Clouds”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – James Taylor (“Before This World”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Ludacris (“Ludaversal”). Rerun.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Nelly (“MO”). Rerun.
• “The Talk” (CBS) – Taryn Manning (“Freedom City”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – James Taylor again.
• Vans Warped Tour – The 2015 edition of the touring festival featuring emerging rock artists on multiple stages begins in Anchorage AK. The 21st annual lineup varies at each stop. This year ticket-holders under 18 can bring a parent for free. The trek runs to August 8th in Auburn WA.

• Beck – His new single “Dreams” is out this week. It’s the first taste of his next album, which he describes as the ‘musical opposite’ of his last, the folk-rock “Morning Phase”. He’s yet to reveal a title or release date for it.
• Brad Paisley – Tonight he opens the Rolling Stones’ “Zip Code Tour” show at LP Field in Nashville TN. While it’s been a while since he was an opening act, he says he thinks he remembers how to do it.
• Duran Duran – “Paper Gods”, their 1st new album in 5 years, is coming this September. It features collaborations with Janelle Monae, Kiesza, Mark Ronson, and – ahem – Lindsay Lohan. The veteran group has a run of tour dates around-the-globe throughout 2015.
• George Michael – A rep has denied a report suggesting he’s been admitted to a rehab facility in Switzerland, insisting he’s simply enjoying an extended vacation. However, another report claims that friends have recently been warning him to ‘get help or die’.
• Janet Jackson – She has announced her “Unbreakable World Tour”, in support of her as-yet-untitled new album coming this Fall. The first leg has 36 dates scheduled in Canada and the USA, beginning August 31st in Vancouver BC.
• One Direction – Solo material by Zayn Malik has leaked online or is being marketed, depending on who you believe. In any event the former One Direction singer is featured on a cover of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Type”.
• Reba McEntire / Brooks & Dunn – Their residency “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas” opens tonight at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, bumped ahead a week to accommodate extra dates. It’s noted in hype for the event that they’ve collectively recorded over 45 #1 hits.
• Tim McGraw – According to he’s set to star in “The Shack”, his 10th movie. It’s based on the 2007 best-seller about a father whose youngest daughter is abducted during a family vacation. The film co-stars Alice Braga, Octavia Spencer, and Sam Worthington.

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 66% of us say we won’t vote for a politician who doesn’t like pets.
• 33% of married women worry about money, while only 17% of married men do.
• 27% of us forget to use deodorant on any given day.
• 25% of men wash their vehicles at least once a week.
• 11% of us think the best smell in the world is ‘the ocean’.
• 2% of us have spotted a man shaving … while driving.

✓ Despite a few recent cases garnering headlines, shark attacks on humans are extremely rare. There have been circa 500 fatal shark attacks … since 1580. That’s about 1-a-year.
✓ The Greenland Shark may be the world’s loneliest creature, living a half-mile beneath Arctic ice.
✓ It is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed as a result of commercial fishing each year.
✓ Many larger species of shark give birth to live pups, rather than laying eggs.
✓ As well as having a great set of teeth in their mouths, sharks’ bodies are also completely covered in ‘dermal denticles’, tiny tooth-like structures coated by enamel.
✓ Sharks navigate the ocean using hundreds of gel-filled pores covering their heads.
✓ The Epaulette Shark can use its fins like legs, enabling it to walk from danger when the tide’s out.
✓ Sharks go to nursery school. Or at least juvenile Lemon Sharks do, spending up to 7 years learning from each other in the shallow waters of a mangrove or coral reef.
– Sourced from “Daily Telegraph” /

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Nones’ – People who are not affiliated with or a member of an organized religion. (The trouble with being a ‘None’ is that’s also exactly how many religious holidays you get per year … none.)
• ‘Roadgeek’ – A person who is passionate about roads, including road maps, road construction, the history of roads, and road travel. (Someone who isn’t a ‘roadgeek’ … the extremely bored and sunburned person holding the Stop/Drive Slowly sign at construction sites.)
• ‘Transwording’ – Blending words from two or more languages to create a new word (ie: ‘Spanglish’).

A few common dreams with their interpretations from a panel of ‘experts’ …
• Being Chased – Despite its nightmarish feel, it may be a positive sign that the dreamer is ready to finally face a long unresolved problem.
• Driving an Out-of-Control Vehicle – A sign that a current bad habit may be turning into a long-term problem.
• Dying – Might reveal the wish to terminate something in life … a relationship, a job, a career path, or even the past. It can also signal a new endeavor or fresh start.
• Falling – Common to people who are having a major life problem at work, in a relationship, or elsewhere.
• Flying – By onself, not in a plane. A sign there’s an out-of-control situation in real life and perhaps that the dreamer should let go and allow things to fall naturally into place.
• Meeting a Celebrity – The actual celebrity may be relevant as it may reveal what talents the dreamer values. The dream can also be a symbol of a personal need for recognition.
• Showing Up Late – A sign that the dreamer is overwhelmed and trying to do too much. The lateness serves as a warning to avoid making promises you can’t keep.
• Showing Up to Work Naked – This dream represents vulnerability and anxiety. It’s common to people who are starting a new job or who’ve accepted a promotion.
• Taking a Test – Only perfectionists tend to have recurring stressful test-taking dreams. This dream is often associated with work stress.
• Teeth Falling Out – A sign that something happened in the dreamer’s life that has caused him or her to lose confidence.
– Condensed from

A British school looking for a new teacher experienced an 80% increase in applications after the ad was changed to include the phrase, ‘Must Like Chocolate’.
– PA News


1943 [72] Barry Manilow (Pincus), Brooklyn NY, oldies singer who’s sold more than 80 million records worldwide (“I Write the Songs”, “Copacabana”)

1960 [55] Thomas Haden Church (McMillen), Yolo CA, movie actor (“Easy A”, “Sideways”)

1963 [52] Greg Kinnear, Logansport IN, movie actor (“Anchorman: The Legend Continues”, “Little Miss Sunshine”)/TV actor (“Rake” 2014)

1980 [35] Venus Williams, Lynwood CA, former #1-ranked women’s tennis player (now #16) with fastest recorded serve in WTA history (127 mph)/older sister of tennis star Serena Williams

1987 [28] Kendrick Lamar, Compton CA, rapper-songwriter (f/Drake -“Poetic Justice”, “Swimming Pools [Drank]”)

• “Bake Your Own Bread Day”. You might be surprised to find how relaxing it is to knead dough, to say nothing of the wonderful aroma bread makes as it bakes!

• “Eat Your Vegetables Day”, an observance likely begun by somebody’s mommy somewhere.

• “International Violin Day”, celebrating composer Igor Stravinsky’s birth anniversary in 1882.

• “Ramadan” begins at sundown, the Islamic month of fasting for over a billion Muslims worldwide. The daily period of fasting starts at dawn and ends at sunset. During daylight hours, adherents totally abstain from food, drink, smoking, and sex. A common greeting during the observance is ‘Ramadan Mubarek’ (‘Blessed Be the Month of Ramadan’).

• “World Day to Combat Desertification & Drought”, highfalutin UN terminology suggesting we may have a water shortage problem in many parts of the world.

1994 [21] California Highway Patrol begins a 60-mile, low-speed pursuit of murder suspect OJ Simpson in a white Ford Bronco driven by his friend Al Cowlings (the entire chase is covered by cameras in helicopters and seen live by an estimated 95 million on TV)

2000 [15] Backstreet Boys’ Kevin Richardson (28) & fiancée Kristin Willits (29) quietly wed at Cathedral Domaine in Lexington KY before family & friends that include the other BSB boys

2005 [10] Coldplay’s “X&Y” album achieves #1 status in 22 countries worldwide

2006 [09] Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood enters rehab to kick his drinking habit (he recovers in time to join the band on its latest world tour a month later)

2011 [04] 1st condemnation of discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people is issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council

1990 [25] After 8 days, 12 students in Singapore complete a pyramid built from 263,810 bottle caps

[Thurs] International Sushi Day
[Fri] “Dope”; “Inside Out” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Ugliest Dog Day
[Sat] World Juggling Day
[Sun] Fathers Day
[Sun] MuchMusic Video Awards (Toronto ON)
[Sun] Summer begins
This Week Is … Universal Fathers Week
This Month Is … Camping Month


• “Be the blind squirrel that finds the nut” – But don’t be the blind squirrel that is snuck up on by a wily hunting dog, then thrashed back and forth in its powerful jaws.
• “Smoke ’em if you got ’em” – And before long suffer an excruciatingly painful death from lung disease.
• “It’s not how many times you fall down, it’s how many times you get up that matters” – Unless you are confronted by a bear while hiking, then fall down and stay down.
• “Just do it!” – You can short-cut this slogan and just yell “SWOOSH!” instead.
• “Do everything in moderation including moderation” – Great one when you need an excuse to harm yourself by overindulging in something bad for you.
• “Live every day like it’s your last” – Use this if you feel like spending all day on the phone crying. Also good if you need reasons to spend all your money or assassinate your enemies.
• “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” – Not so motivational if you live in famine stricken, sub-Saharan Africa.
• “Storms make oaks take roots” – Storms also frequently knock them over and trees can’t get up again.
• “Strike while the iron is hot” – Only useful if you’re in a fight using a hot iron as a weapon. In that circumstance though, REALLY great advice.
• “Work hard, play hard” – More importantly, rest hard … then see if you feel like working.
– Adapted from

I say a thing not worth doing isn’t worth doing well.

You run down the list while your participant decides which choice is more palatable …
• Would you rather be really hairy or completely bald?
• Would you rather be 4′-5″ or 7′-7″?
• Would you rather be tall and fat or short and well-built?
• Would you rather eat healthy or exercise regularly?
• Would you rather be super-strong or super-fast?
• Would you rather lose half your hair or lose half your hearing?
• Would you rather look weak and actually be strong or look strong and actually be weak?
• Would you rather have a 3rd eye or a 3rd arm?
• Would you rather be as wide as you are tall, or as tall as you are wide?

☎ If you had to give your dad a label, what would it be? ‘Mr Fix It’? ‘Mr Golfer’? ‘Mr Boater’?

Question: When trying to do THIS, about a third of people give up after a week.
Answer: Find something that’s lost.

You have the capacity to learn from your mistakes … and you will learn a lot today.

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