Friday, June 19, 2009                  Edition: #4044
There’s a Difference Between Sheet and Crapola!

A judge has temporarily halted the publication of a book billed as a follow-up to the classic 1950s novel “The Catcher In the Rye” by JD Salinger, who is suing Swedish author Frederik Colting over his new book “60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye” (next he’ll be writing “To CPR a Mockingbird”) . . . Actor Tom Cruise has agreed to make a 4th “Mission: Impossible” movie, expected to be directed & co-produced by JJ Abrams (“Star Trek”, “Lost”) and released in 2011 (because nothing else is working for Tom) . . . Squeaky-clean “American Idol 7” runner-up David Archuleta may be less than proud this “Dad’s Day”; his father James has been fined $600 for receiving a ‘massage’ & ‘other services’ from a hooker (his attorney actually claimed he went to the massage parlor due to a back problem) . . . Brangelina have tossed off another million to charity, this time to the UN Refugee Agency to help refugees fleeing the Taliban in Pakistan (it’s getting so hard to hate these people!) . . . “Grey’s Anatomy” producer Shonda Rhimes has reportedly now agreed to allow TR Knight (‘Dr George O’Malley’) to quit the ABC-TV drama, 3 years before his contract expires (well, he’s already been killed off, no?) . . . And in a new survey, Paris Hilton has been voted the celebrity that campers would least like to share a tent with (like she’d even know what a tent is).

• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning Jamie Foxx (“Blame It”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight the Ting Tings (“That’s Not My Name”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Today New Kids On the Block (“The Block”).
• “Lohan vs Fairplay: Survival Of the Fittest” – Saturday Lindsay Lohan’s obnoxious father Michael is scheduled to take on notorious “Survivor” contestant Johnny Fairplay in a boxing match at the Philadelphia Airport Ramada. (Can entertainment get any sleazier?)
• “Merlin” (NBC) – Sunday the 2-hour series debut introduces us to the medieval wizard as he arrives in Camelot, where he first meets Arthur.
• “MuchMusic Video Awards” (Toronto) – Sunday Jonas Bros host the annual street bash. Nickelback and Danny Fernandes lead nominations with 5 apiece. Performers include Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Black Eyed Peas. Non-musical guests include gossip monger Perez Hilton, Taylor Lautner & Rachelle Lefevre from the upcoming “New Moon” movie; Ed Westwick & Jessica Szohr from “Gossip Girl”; as well as Brody Jenner & Audrina Patridge from “The Hills”.
• “The Singing Bee” (CMT) – Saturday a new incarnation of the karaoke-style singing competition debuts, this time hosted by Melissa Peterman (“Reba”) instead of Joey Fatone.
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight Holly Williams (daughter of Hank Williams Jr) sings “Mama”.
• “Virgin Festival ‘09” (Montréal) – Tonight & Saturday the first of 5 cross-Canada versions of the “V-Fest” plays Parc Jean-Drapeau. The lineup includes Akon, Black Eyed Peas, Hedley, Live, New Kids On the Block, Simple Plan, and more.

• Beyoncé – Sunday the North American leg of her “I Am… Tour” begins at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. It caps off with a 4-night residency at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2.
• Billy Joel – The 60-year-old & his 27-year-old, 3rd wife Katie Lee are splitting up after 5 years of marriage but ‘remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other’. (BS translation: “Holy crap, I just did the math … you’re a half-century older than me!”)
• Cher – The 62-year-old Vegas entertainer says she’s totally supporting her daughter Chastity’s decision to become a man. The 40-year-old began the lengthy process to change genders in March. (It’s all an elaborate plan to get rid of the wretched name ‘Chastity’.)
• Chris Brown – A California court has refused to delay his preliminary hearing on assault charges set for Monday. It’s the 2nd delaying tactic from his attorney that’s been shot down.
• Kelis – Divorce papers show she’s demanding about $80,000-a-month in spousal & child support from her ex-, Nas, plus $20,000 for childcare equipment, and a $1,999 storage facility for their unborn son’s … stem cells.
• Madonna – She & actress pal Gwyneth Paltrow are decorating a nursery for the 50-year-old’s soon-to-arrive 4-year-old adopted Malawian daughter, Mercy. Word has it she’s also blown big bucks on a ‘Georgian-style treehouse’. (Lourdes is so gonna hate this kid!)
• Sting – He’ll be releasing a seasonal album later this year entitled “If On a Winter’s Night …”, which will feature 2 original Christmas tunes as well as traditional songs.

• “The Proposal” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): Sandra Bullock stars as a publishing executive who forces her assistant (Ryan Reynolds) to marry her so she can avoid deportation back to Canada. In real life, Reynolds is from Canada & Bullock is American. And in real life, both of their partners are hotter than this on-screen pairing. Shot on location in Massachusetts.
• “Whatever Works” ( PG-13 Romantic Comedy ): Director Woody Allen’s latest stars 61-year-old Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) playing an eccentric older guy who falls for a much younger Southern belle (21-year-old Evan Rachel Wood). But how will the May-December couple, her family, and his NYC friends cope? Sounds a bit icky, but Mr Allen has experience along these lines.
• “Year One” ( PG-13 Comedy Adventure ): Director/writer Harold Ramis’ prehistoric comedy stars Jack Black (“Kung Fu Panda”) & Michael Cera (“Juno”) as a pair of lazy hunter-gatherers who are banished from their primitive village, so they set off on an epic journey through their ancient world. Co-stars Olivia Wilde (“House MD”). Filmed in Louisiana & New Mexico.

Psychologist Cliff Arnall of Cardiff University in Wales has worked out a mathematical formula which he says proves that June 20th is the ‘Happiest Day of the Year’. Why? A combination of lighter evenings, balmier temperatures, being outdoors, the prospect of a vacation, social interaction, and memories of childhood summers. (Dissenters? December 24th anyone?)
– “Daily Telegraph”

5. Portia De Rossi (Mrs Ellen DeGeneres) … A great comedic actor all the while looking great.
4. Michelle Obama (Mrs Barack Obama) … Hot due to her beauty, brains & proximity to power.
3. Glam model Coco Marie (Mrs Ice-T) … She’s wow! at first sight.
2. Catherine Zeta-Jones (Mrs Michael Douglas) … Extremely hot, classy, and exotic looking.
1. Elin Nordegren (Mrs Tiger Woods) … Hot for being the ultimate trophy wife.
– Abridged from

People with low thyroid function may lose hair, gain weight, and feel sluggish. But now researchers at NYC’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine think it may also be a sign of longevity. After studying hundreds of centenarians it was found that people with low thyroid activity are more likely to live to be 100 or more. The thyroid, located in the neck, is a kind of master gland, secreting hormones that affect metabolism. (Fat, bald and lazy … is that any way to spend your twilight years?)
– “China Daily”

• When it comes to protective fathers, few rival the South American ostrich Darwin’s Rhea. The male is so defensive of its children, it has been known to attack small airplanes if they get too close.
• More than a third of working dads (37%) say they would leave their job if their spouse or significant other’s income could comfortably support the entire family.


1950 [59] Ann Wilson, San Diego CA, classic rock singer (Heart-“What About Love”, “Barracuda”)

1954 [55] Kathleen Turner, Springfield MO, movie actress (“Romancing the Stone”, “Body Heat”)/stage actress (“The Graduate”)

1962 [47] Paula Abdul, Van Nuys CA, incoherent TV personality (“American Idol” judge since 2002)/pop singer (“I’m Just Here for the Music”, 1988 Grammy-“Opposites Attract”)

1969 [40] Lara Spencer (Von Seelen), Garden City NY, TV host (“The Insider” since 2004, “Antiques Roadshow” 2004-05)

1975 [34] Poppy Montgomery, Sydney, Australia, TV actress (‘Special Agent Samantha Spade’ on “Without a Trace” since 2002)

Oldies singer Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) is 67; Oldies singer Anne Murray (“Snowbird”) is 64; Oldies singer Lionel Richie (“All Night Long”) is 60; Rock bassist Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot) is 55; Movie actress Nicole Kidman (“Australia”) is 42; Movie actor Chris Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”) is 20.

Rock drummer Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) is 59; Rock guitarist Nils Lofgren (E Street Band) is 58; TV actor Doug Savant (“Desperate Housewives”) is 45; Country musician Porter Howell (Little Texas) is 45; Rock guitarist Mike Einziger (Incubus) is 33; Rock singer Brandon Flowers (Killers) is 28; Britain’s Prince William is 27; “American Idol” Kris Allen (“No Boundaries”) is 24.

• “Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival”, the 6th annual in Avon OH, home to the manufacturer of Duck Brand Duct Tape. Weekend festivities are highlighted by a ‘Duct Tape Fashion Show’.
• “Juneteenth”, marking the day in 1865 that slaves in several Southern states heard they had been emancipated. It’s a state holiday in Texas and observed in at least 3 other US states.
• “Martini Day”. Recipe for a very dry martini: take 1 bottle of gin.
• “Pride Week” in Toronto through June 28th, Canada’s largest gay & lesbian pride event, which features hundreds of performances, artisans, the annual ‘Dyke March’ (June 27th) and the famous ‘Pride Parade’ (June 28th).
• “Work@Home Father’s Day”, held the Friday before “Father’s Day” to honor fathers ‘who work from home as a means of providing balance between professional satisfaction and family interaction’. They’d be saluted Sunday like other dads except … they’ll likely be working.
• “World Sauntering Day”, a day to ‘revive the art of Victorian sauntering, and discourage jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking and trotting’. Can we stumble?

• “Canadian North Midnight Classic”, the 61st anniversary all-night golf tournament in Yellowknife NT celebrating the Summer Solstice.
• “Dragon Boat Festival”, the 21st annual in Vancouver, North America’s largest version of the event which is expected to attract upwards of 200 dragon boat teams from around-the-world.
• “National Hollerin’ Contest”, the 40th annual screams into Spivey’s Corner NC, the ‘Hollerin’ Capital of the Universe’. Hollerin’ was the original form of communication in them thar’ hills.
• “World Juggling Day”. You can create the sound of juggling with your co-host by slapping your knees quickly and throwing in lots of grunts and interjections like ‘Hey!’.
• “World Refugee Day”, first declared by the UN in 2001 as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees.

• “Aimless Wandering Day”. Finally, someone’s taken an interest in my career!
• “Baby Boomers Recognition Day”, a special day to commemorate the accomplishments of ol’ farts everywhere.
• “Cancer the Crab” zodiac sign begins.
• “Fathers Day”, first proclaimed by the mayor of Spokane WA 99 years ago (June 19, 1910) at the request of one Louise Smart Dodd. It’s now celebrated in about 20 countries, including Britain, Canada, and USA on the 3rd Sunday of June. “Fathers Day” in Australia & NZ will be celebrated September 6th this year. An estimated $1 billion is now spent each year on “Fathers Day” gifts. (A great tradition or just another day of forced obligation?)
• “Go Skateboarding Day”, the 6th annual celebration of boarding on the first day of summer.
• “Midnight Sun Baseball Classic”, the 104th in Fairbanks AK which begins at 10:30 pm without artificial lights, because these days Alaskans are enjoying 22 hours of sunlight daily.
• “National Aboriginal Day” in Canada, established in 1996 as a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, cultures, and contributions of First Nations, Inuit & Metis people in Canada. It’s part of the “Celebrate Canada Celebrations”, which also include “Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day” (June 24), “Canadian Multiculturalism Day” (June 27), and “Canada Day” (July 1).
• “Queen’s Plate”, the 150th running of the first jewel in The Canadian ‘Triple Crown’ of horse racing, at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack.
• “Summer Solstice” in the Northwest Territories, Canada’s land of the Midnight Sun, celebrated variously as “Midnight Madness” in Inuvik, “Raven Mad Daze” in Yellowknife and “Longest Day Celebrations” in Fort Simpson. All will feature music, dance, food, sports … and sunburns.
• “Summer” officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere with the Summer Solstice at 1:45 am EDT. It’s the date with the longest day and shortest night of the year. The Sun does not set at the North Pole today … there is 24 hours of sunlight.

1978 [31] Jim Davis’ fat cat comic strip “Garfield” debuts in newspapers (what can we say but ‘big fat hairy deal’?)

1981 [28] 13-year-old singing phenom Celine Dion makes her TV debut in Québec (back when future manager and husband René is only 72)

1917 [92] By order of King George V, the British royal family dispenses with German titles and surnames (Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) and takes on the inoffensive name ‘Windsor’

1941 [68] Breakfast cereal ‘Cheerios’ is 1st marketed, under the name ‘Cheerie Oats’

1954 [55] WB cartoon character ‘Tasmanian Devil’ (aka ‘Taz’), who sounds like a buzzsaw when he goes into a whirlwind, debuts in “Devil May Hare”, starring Bugs Bunny

1983 [26] Opening of Canada’s 1st ‘Domed Stadium’, Vancouver’s ‘BC Place’

1981 [28] World’s ‘Largest Hamburger’ weighs in at 3,020 lbs in Towner ND (“… and gimme a bushel of onions, 8 gallons of mustard, and a keg of ketchup, please”)

1985 [24] Angelo Spagnolo shoots an 18-hole total of 257 (including an incredible 66 on the 17th hole alone) to ‘win’ the “Worst Avid Golfer’s Tournament” at Ponte Vedra FL (loses 60 golf balls, 27 of them in water)

[Mon] Stupid Guy Thing Day
[Tues] “America’s Got Talent” season debut (NBC)
[Tues] “The Superstars” program debut (ABC)
[Tues] National Columnists Day
[Tues] Public Service Day
[Wed] “Transformers: Revenge Of the Fallen” opens in movie theaters
[Wed] Celebration of the Senses
This Week Is … Appreciate Your Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Professionals Week
This Month Is … Rebuild Your Life Month


• Whyzit one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
• Whyzit they call it ‘weed’ when it’s so hard to grow?
• Whyzit there’s no air conditioning outside, where it’s really hot?
• Whyzit advertisers offer a ‘free gift’. Are there gifts that cost money?
• Whyzit we call it a ‘strike’ in baseball when they miss the ball?

What famous person do other people tell you that you most resemble?

In the interest of promoting more erudite language as well as general goofiness, here’s a truly weird word for you to toss around for the day …
• ‘Kankedort’ … an awkward situation. (“Sorry about the dead air. That makes for a real kankedort, doesn’t it?”)
– “Foyle’s Philavery: A Treasury of Unusual Words”

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick-boxing.

Today’s Question: THIS can have up to 25,000 teeth.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A snail. (Having escargots? Bon appétit!)

Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

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