Tuesday, June 23, 2015        Edition: #5479

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ Today 84-year-old actor William Shatner is embarking on a different sort of ‘star trek’, setting off across America on a 3-wheeled motorcycle in support of military veterans. The 8-day journey with members of the American Legion is a collaboration with motorcycle builder American Wrench. Shatner partnered with American Wrench designers to create the new Rivet motorcycle. The trip is designed to raise awareness of the Legion’s work by traveling 2,400 miles (3,860 km), starting in Aurora, Illinois and finishing up in Los Angeles on June 30th.
NET: http://www.americanwrench.com
– ContactMusic.com
★ Love her or hate her, the girl’s got the power! Taylor Swift wrote a blog post aimed at Apple Music on Sunday to explain that she is withholding her latest album “1989” from the new service. She’s unhappy with plans to give customers a 90-day free trial … during which artists and songwriters would receive nothing for streams of their music. Her letter, which garnered online support from the likes of Christina Perri, Elvis Costello, and Jack Antonoff, has apparently caught the attention of Apple Music and it’s now changing their payment plan so that artists will be compensated during the upcoming trial.
– Billboard.com
★ Other things we need Taylor Swift to make Apple fix …
• Longer cables for everything.
• A better battery on the iPhone.
• Something worth watching on Apple TV.
• Less smashable screens.
– “Metro”
★ And “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara (jokingly?) threatened to leave her fiancé Joe Manganiello if he refused to get medical attention after tearing a tendon while shooting the new “Magic Mike” movie sequel. The former “True Blood” actor reprises his role as ‘Big Dick Richie’ in “Magic Mike XXL” (out July 1st), but popped a bicep and tore a tendon after an energetic dance sequence went awry. Manganiello fought through the pain to finish the day’s shoot but when he got back to his trailer, Sofia closed the door and said, ‘If I see you at the f—ing gym tomorrow, we’re done! I’m going to f—ing leave you!”
– WENN.com

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Ray Wylie Hubbard (“The Ruffian’s Misfortune”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Ryan Adams (“Ryan Adams”). Rerun.
• “Fool Canada” (CBC) – Debut of a new hidden-camera series starring comedian Will Sasso that proves the stereotypical politeness of Canadians can be a fascinating thing to watch.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Sheila E (“Icon”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tennis (“Ritual in Repeat”). Rerun.
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Andy Grammar (“Magazines or Novels”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – X Ambassadors (“VHS”, out June 30th).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Trey Songz (“Trigga”). Rerun.

• Bastille / Passion Pit – They’re each headlining segments of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour as it returns for 2015. It kicks off tonight with Bastille in NYC. They’ll also play Chicago and Los Angeles later this Summer, followed by Passion Pit in Atlanta GA in September.
• Britney Spears – Brit pop star Kylie Minogue was offered the 2003 hit “Toxic” before Britney … but turned it down.
• Daft Punk – The new TV documentary “Daft Punk Unchained” airs tonight on France’s Canal+ network. Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo first showed their faces publicly in 2014 when they picked up 5 Grammys for the album “Random Access Memories”. This new doc gives a chronological rundown of the French duo’s 20-year career.
• Kacey Musgraves – Today her 2nd major album and 5th overall, “Pageant Material”, is released. The disc contains 13 tracks and was recorded at the famed Studio A in Nashville TN.
• Miley Cyrus – Hollywood’s latest hair-raising trend is the pits. Miley has become the latest celeb to show off long underarm hair …. even dressing to feature it. The follicular fashion came about when “Girls” actress Jemima Kirke proudly showed off her unshaven underarms at the CFDA Fashion Awards in NYC on June 1st.
• Norah Jones – Her 2002 hit “Don’t Know Why” is actually a cover. It originally appeared on singer-songwriter Jesse Harris’ 1999 album “Jesse Harris & The Ferdinandos”.
• Outkast – “Thank God For Mom & Dad” was the working title for their 2003 mega-hit “Hey Ya!”.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Children of Giant” ( PBS Documentary ): Explores how the making of the classic Hollywood movie “Giant”, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, transformed the lives of residents of the small Texas town of Marfa in the Summer of 1955.
• “The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971” ( NR Music Concert ): A rare club performance from the Rolling Stones, filmed at London’s iconic Marquee Club is out today on DVD and on iTunes.
• “Survivor” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): A Foreign Service officer in London tries to prevent a terrorist attack set to hit NYC, but is forced to go on the run when she is framed for crimes she did not commit. Stars Milla Jovovich, Dylan McDermott, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan.
• Also released today: “The Fisher King” (1991 Dramedy Re-release); “Workaholics: Season 5” (TV).

✓ Your friends keep asking if you two are ‘a thing’ yet.
✓ He never talks about having crushes on other women.
✓ He’s practically best friends with all your friends now.
✓ He constantly tells you how much fun he has with you.
✓ He always texts you back.
✓ He makes sure no one messes with you.
✓ When he hugs you, it feels like he’s making out using only his arms.
✓ He remembers every single thing you’ve ever told him.
– Condensed from Cosmopolitan.com

‘Pepper’, the humanoid robot that its makers say can recognize and respond to human emotions, has gone on sale this week in Japan. Featuring more than 20 motors and highly articulated arms, it’s being touted as a household bot for family use or for assisting the elderly. SoftBank, the company behind the robot, is planning to release 1,000 of the bots every month. They’re selling for a little over $1,500 or can be rented to businesses for $12-an-hour. Although the up-front price is relatively cheap for a sophisticated robot (SoftBank is actually selling it below manufacturing costs), customers also have to pay monthly service fees circa $200 and sign a contract for up to 3 years. So far, there are 100 apps available to download on the device. No date has yet been set for when ‘Pepper’ will go on sale outside of Japan. (Which household chore would you most appreciate a bot taking over?)
– BBC Technology

• Anticipate Excitement – In a study, scientists have found that seconds before volunteers are shown frightening or salacious images, their heart rates preemptively increase.
• Bring the Heat – Studies have proven that people in freezing conditions can increase body temperature by using breathing technique while envisioning flames in certain parts of the body.
• Predict Weather – When barometric pressure drops due to inclement weather, it causes the tissue in joints to expand. If you’ve got weak joints or arthritis, you’ll be extra sensitive to this.
• Regrow Fingertips – Fingertips contain similar cells to fingernails called ‘nail stem cells’ that possess the ability to regenerate quickly. You can’t grow your fingerprints back, but you can regrow the tips.
• Super Strength – It’s been called ‘hysterical strength’ and it occurs when something frightens you, causing a surge of adrenaline that brings oxygen and glucose to the muscles.
• Swim Naturally – Babies are born with the natural urge to hold their breath and the swimming reflex, prompting them to move arms & legs in a synchronized motion. These natural abilities disappear after about 6 months of age.
• Switch to Slo-mo – During traumatic events, time seems to move in slow-motion as your brain, under duress, bypasses normal functions to allow swift reaction. Your brain going faster makes everything else seem slower.
– Adapted from BuzzFeed.com

‘McFashion’ is getting beefed up! In March, McDonald’s introduced a new fashion & lifestyle collection. The first items released included pajamas, raincoats, wallpaper, and bedsheets. Now the company is offering a new Summer line of cheeseburger-themed tents, sleeping bags, rain boots, and board shorts. As with the first group of products, some of the profits go to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The online ‘Big Mac Shop’ originally only shipped to Sweden. Now it also covers Australia, Canada, Europe, and the USA, meaning almost everyone can have a bite of the new line. The Swedes, though, are taking their love for the Golden Arches to the next level. A Big Mac showroom just opened in Stockholm. (When you think of fashion plates, Ronald McDonald comes immediately to mind, no?)
– “New York Daily News”

Although dogs are notorious for looking like they are ashamed of something they’ve done, according to scientists that is not at all the case. As cute as it looks, your dog isn’t feeling what you think it is. It’s just your own emotions being reflected back at you.
– List25.com


1956 [59] Randy Jackson, Baton Rouge LA, TV personality (“American Idol” mentor & judge 2002-15)/former music industry exec (Columbia, MCA)/former rock bassist (Journey)

1957 [58] Frances McDormand, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Burn After Reading”, “Almost Famous”)/1997 Oscar (“Fargo”)/married to filmmaker Joel Coen (“True Grit”) since 1984

1972 [43] Selma Blair, Southfield MI, TV actress (“Anger Management” 2012-13)/movie actress (“Hellboy” films, “Cruel Intentions”)  UP NEXT: The FX anthology series “American Crime Story”, coming in 2016.

1977 [38] Jason Mraz, Mechanicsville VA, pop/folk singer (“I’m Yours”, “The Remedy”)

1980 [35] Melissa Rauch, Marlboro NJ, TV actress (‘Bernadette Rostenkowski’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2009)

1984 [31] (Aimee Anne) Duffy, Bangor, Wales, pop singer (“Warwick Avenue”, “Mercy”)

• “International Widows Day”, a UN-sanctioned day of action to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.

• “Let It Go Day”, a day to release pent-up emotions. Whatever is bugging you, let it go!

• “Midsummer’s Eve” (aka “St John’s Eve”), celebrated in much of Northern Europe. In Sweden, Finland, and Estonia, it’s considered one of the greatest festivals of the year. Its origins go back to the ancients.

• “Pink Day”, for some unknown reason a day to dress in pink, from your lipstick to your toenail polish.

• “Runners Selfie Day”, a day to celebrate your run with a pic that you post at #runnersselfie.

• “United Nations Public Service Day”, first declared in 2003 to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community. On this day the ‘UN Public Service Awards’ are handed out for contributions in enhancing the role, prestige, and visibility of public service.

2009 [06] Longtime TV personality Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s former sidekick on the “Tonight Show” (1962-92), dies at age 86

1985 [30] 1st-ever bombing of a 747 jumbo jet as Air India Flight 182, which originated in Montréal, explodes and crashes into the Atlantic while in Irish airspace (on this day flags across Canada are flown at half-mast to honor the victims)

2013 [02] Nik Wallenda becomes the 1st to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, while millions watch on TV

2007 [08] After passing through 50 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the USA, an around-the-world relay celebrating Italian sports-car maker Ferrari’s 60th anniversary finishes up at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy

[Wed] Celebration Of the Senses
[Wed] International Fairy Day
[Thurs] “Under the Dome” season debut (CBS)
[Thurs] “Rookie Blue” season debut (ABC)
[Thurs] “Boom” series premiere (FOX)
[Fri] “Big Game”; “Max”; “Ted 2” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Take Your Dog to Work Day
This Week Is … Carpenter Ant Awareness Week
This Month Is … Dairy Month


✓ You’ve been married 3 times and still have the same in-laws.
✓ You wonder how gas stations keep their restrooms so clean.
✓ You think a woman who is ‘out of your league’ goes bowling on a different night.
✓ Your junior prom had a daycare.
✓ The bluebook value of your truck goes up and down … depending how much gas is in it.
✓ Your toilet paper has page numbers on it.
✓ You allow your 12-year-old daughter to smoke at the dinner table … in front of her kids.

I don’t have a solution, but I do admire the problem.

2-of-3 animals in each grouping are real, the other is total BS. Find the fake …
• Buffalo Fish
• Bull Worm [BS]
• Goat Antelope

• Oyster Cat [BS]
• Rat Terrier
• Skunk Bear

• Alligator Turtle
• Elephant Spider [BS]
• Mouse Deer

• Horse Mackerel
• Leopard Frog
• Octopus Leech [BS]
– Sourced from McSweeneys.net

☎ What’s the strangest thing you’ve found in your kid’s bedroom?

Question: If you’re average you’ll do THIS 4 times today, and un-do it 4 times as well.
Answer: Start your car.

Time is just nature’s way of keeping everything from happening at once.

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