Wednesday, June 27, 2012        Edition: #4774

More From the Sheethouse!

The Hollywood Walk Of Fame has announced its next batch of honorees: Backstreet Boys, Jane’s Addiction, Jennifer Hudson, New Kids On The Block, Usher, and – posthumously – Janis Joplin and Luther Vandross (after Vince McMahon, Winnie the Pooh, and Zsa Zsa Gabor got their stars, we didn’t think there could possibly be anybody left) . . . Meantime, ‘Uggie’, the Jack Russell star of “The Artist”, has made canine history in Hollywood this week by becoming the 1st dog to leave his paw prints outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (word is that’s not all he left) . . . 24-year-old “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively has just been named the face of Gucci’s new fragrance, ‘Gucci Premiere’, which will be sold worldwide beginning in September (nice non-work if you can get it) . . . The same cruise-ship worker who accused John Travolta of sexual assault in a Spanish-language magazine is now suing the actor for assault & battery and emotional distress (this is becoming a bandwagon) . . . In the upcoming 4th season of “Glee” (FOX), Sarah Jessica Parker will play a ‘manager of sorts’ to Chris Colfer’s ‘Kurt’ and Kate Hudson will guest as a dance instructor for Lea Michele’s ‘Rachel Berry’ (when it comes to guest-stars, they’re moving down the alphabet from the A-list) . . . And Beyoncé-Jay-Z spawn Blue Ivy Carter has just been named an honorary citizen of Croatia, at only 5-months-old (and what have you done today?).


• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Hopefuls perform for the judges in Las Vegas; the judges choose the top 48 acts.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – El-P (“Cancer 4 Cure”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Flo Rida (“Wild Ones”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Linkin Park (“Living Things”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The White Buffalo (“Once Upon a Time In the West”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – The Jacksons (“Unity Tour 2012”); LMFAO (“Sorry for Party Rocking”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – The Gaslight Anthem (“Handwritten”). They also perform a “Live On Letterman” webcast live pre-show and on-demand afterward.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – This season’s 20 finalists are revealed in the show’s 200th episode; guest judge Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Justin Bieber (“Believe”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – The Jacksons again (“Unity Tour 2012”).


• Death Cab For Cutie – Frontman Ben Gibbard’s ex-wife Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”) has apparently moved on from their 2-year marriage. She’s reportedly started dating  “Dear John” screenwriter Jamie Linden.
• The Flaming Lips – Today they embark on a quest to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours in Multiple Cities’ during the online “O Music Awards”. The band’s bus tour through the Mississippi Delta will be live-streamed as they play 8 concerts, each in a different city.
• Katy Perry – She tells “Hollywood Reporter” she’s in the process of launching her own record label. She promises the as-yet-unnamed imprint will ‘avoid the things that take away any fighting chance for an artist to have financial success’.
• Lana Del Rey – The 26-year-old “Video Games” singer is reportedly currently shooting an ad campaign for Swedish clothing retailer H&M in NYC.
• One Direction – They’ve now filed a countersuit against another group with the same name. The other One Direction already filed a lawsuit claiming the Brits had stolen their name, but now the “X Factor UK” alums are adamant they had the name first. Clearly, there are Two Directions.
• Spice Girls – They’ve reunited for the first time since their 2008 tour to announce a stage musical inspired by their pop hits. “Viva Forever” is scheduled to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End on December 11th.


A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 73% of men would prefer not to go to a dance club on a first date. (… or any other date.)
• 65% of women say it’s a real turnoff when a guy winks at them. (Especially with both eyes.)
• 41% of parents give their kids a regular allowance. (The rest believe in child labor.)
• 40% of women surveyed say their favorite thing to steal from their man is his car. (After his heart, of course.)
• 23% of us are actually proud to have a TV in our kitchens. (It eliminates awkward conversation with the family.)
• 12% of employees would be brave enough to tell the boss his/her outfit is inappropriate. (Coincidentally, 12% are also brave enough to face unemployment.)


A new study finds that people who go on vacation for a week only get about 3 days’ rest because it takes 4 days to switch off the pressures of work. Researchers have found that halfway through the 4th vacation day is typically when the average worker begins to stop feeling everyday stress. And that only leaves only a few days of real relaxation. (Simple solution … never go on less than 2-week’s vacation!)


A few driving tips on how to generate more distance for every tankful of gasoline …
• Pay Attention to Service Lights – Don’t ignore that ‘check engine’ light that pops up on your dashboard. A malfunctioning engine can cause gas mileage to dive 20%.
• Check Air Pressure – Low air in your tires directly affects fuel economy. The right air pressure means easier driving and less fuel burned to get you moving.
• Be Smart About Gas – Unless you’re driving a high performance vehicle whose operating manual demands it, you don’t need premium fuel.
• Use Technology – Download an app like GasBuddy (free for iOS and Android) to find the cheapest fuel where you work or live. Make sure to choose a station on your normal route.
• Plan Ahead – Minimize your overall time on the road by grouping errands together that are located in the same area. Go to the bank on the way to the beer store, etc.
• Stop Idling – An idling car gets zero miles per gallon. Whenever possible (drive-thru, school pick-up lane, long traffic lights, parking lot, etc) turn your engine off.


New cutting-edge vocab …
✓ ‘Biophony’ – The combined sounds of the biological world … animals foraging, birds singing, insects buzzing, leaves rustling in the breeze, etc. (“We got no sleep during our camping weekend. The biophony was deafening!”)
✓ ‘Brosiery’ – Pantyhose for men. “Women’s Wear Daily” reports there is a cult following for these, aka ‘mantyhose’ and ‘guylons’. (“Honey, I’m running late for work. Can you take down your brosiery that’s hanging all over the shower?”)
✓ ‘Sleeping Beauty Syndrome’ – A rare neurological disorder (officially known as Kleine Levin Syndrome) that affects just 1-in-1,000 people worldwide. During an episode, they may sleep 20 hours a day or more, only rising in a trance-like state to sip water and relieve themselves.


Much of the conversation about how to solve the coming food crisis focuses on technology, reducing waste, and improving food distribution. But another solution may be … broadening our appetites. Two food sources that strike many as unpalatable – insects and seaweed – could play a critical role in feeding the 2.5 billion extra humans expected by 2050, and do so in a green, climate-friendly way. If eating bugs & weeds seems icky, consider this … 200 years ago, lobster was regarded as a filthy, bottom-feeding scavenger unfit for consumption by civilized people. (So … grasshopper taco with a side of kelp pasta anyone?)
– Condensed from


Nutritionists recommend these almost invisible ways of adding healthy stuff to your diet …
• Sprinkle flax seeds in your burger meat and pancake batter. They have a delish, slightly nutty flavor, so you’ll get a nice serving of fiber and heart-friendly omega-3s with a subtle flavor kick.
• Add a handful of spinach to your chicken parm, sandwich, or omelette. It’s loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, and cancer-fighting flavonoids, among other things.
• Grate or dice veggies into any type of sauce you’re making. Zucchini, squash, carrots, and onion go great with tomato sauce … and they can make it look more colorful.
• Make your own salsa. It’s super-easy and you’ll get more vitamins out of it. Try diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, avocado, celery, and diced yellow and orange peppers.
• Pack a 100-calorie pack of almonds for when you get the urge to snack. It’s way healthier than chips or candy. You can even season them with a little cinnamon or garam masala.
• Love ice cream, but want something more nutritious (with a fraction of the calories)? Freeze bananas and then blend them for a yummy banana soft-serve.
– Adapted from


28-year-old Mischo Erban of Vernon BC, who began longboarding in order to get to his UBC classes on time, has set a Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Skateboard Speed From a Standing Start’ … clocking 129.94 km/hr (80.74 mph) on a downhill course. His board is standard, but he has a custom-fitted suit and a helmet with a “Terminator”-style heads-up display that tells him how fast he’s going and what terrain is ahead.


A new MasterCard study has found that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the fastest-growing tourist destination as measured by charges on its cards.


1942 [70] Bruce Johnston, Peoria IL, oldies singer-songwriter (Beach Boys-“That’s Why God Made the Radio”, “Good Vibrations”)

1966 [46] JJ (Jeffrey Jacob) Abrams, NYC, TV writer-producer-director (“Fringe” since 2008, “Lost” 2004-10)/movie producer-director (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”, “Super 8”)  UP NEXT: Untitled “Star Trek” sequel (May 17th, 2013).

1975 [37] Tobey Maguire, Santa Monica CA, movie actor (“Spider-Man” films, “Seabiscuit”)  COMING UP: “Life of Pi” (November 21st); “The Great Gatsby” (December 25th).

1976 [36] Leigh Nash, New Braunfels TX, pop singer (Sixpence None the Richer-“There She Goes”, “Kiss Me”)

1984 [28] Khloé Kardashian, Trona CA, reality TV personality (“Khloé & Lamar” 2011; “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” since 2007)/sister of Kourtney, Kim, and Robert Kardashian

1987 [25] Ed Westwick, Stevenage UK, TV actor (‘Chuck Bass’ on “Gossip Girl” since 2007)/movie actor (“J Edgar”)  COMING UP: “Romeo & Juliet” (February 2013).

• “Canadian Multiculturalism Day”, an opportunity to celebrate the country’s diversity and to appreciate the contributions of Canada’s various multicultural groups and communities.

• “Decide to Be Married Day”, focusing on the joys of the ball-and-chain. Ask listeners for advantages to being married that you rarely hear about.

• “HIV Testing Day”, an annual campaign by the National Association of People with AIDS to encourage at-risk individuals to receive voluntary HIV counselling and testing.

• “Sunglasses Day”, the 70th anniversary of the 1942 debut of ‘Ray-Ban Sunglasses’. Shades are a 20th-century phenomenon. In the 1930s, the military commissioned glasses that would protect pilots from sun glare. But they didn’t become a real fad until the 1960s when an ad campaign asked, “Who’s behind those Foster Grants?”.


2006 [06] “Superman Returns” opens in movie theaters, starring Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, and Kevin Spacey


1998 [14] Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, and Gordon Lightfoot are the first 3 honorees to be awarded a place on the new Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto

2002 [10] Bassist John Entwistle of The Who dies in Las Vegas at age 57 of a heart attack induced by cocaine


1859 [153] The melody of the world’s most-sung song, “Happy Birthday to You”, is composed by Louisville KY school teacher Mildred J Hill (published in 1893 as “Good Morning to All” with lyrics written by her sister Patty Smith Hill)  BS FACTOID: In 1998 the song’s rights were sold to Time-Warner, which collects about $2 million per year in royalties for public performance.


2005 [07] At age 46, Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves becomes ‘Oldest MLB Baseball Player to Hit a Grand Slam’ (vs Florida Marlins)

[Thurs] “Anger Management” premieres (FX)
[Thurs] Hand Shake Day
[Fri] “Magic Mike”; “Madea’s Witness Protection”; “Ted” open in movie theaters
[Sat] National Organization For Women Day
[Sat] Tour De France begins
[Sun] Canada Day
This Week Is … Assistant Principals Week
This Month Is … Gay & Lesbian Pride Month


✗ “Hey you, put a shirt on. I just ate lunch!”
✗ “Will you help anchor my lifeguard tower by sitting on my lap?”
✗ “I was shocked how easy it is to get counterfeit Red Cross certification.”
✗ “I probably should’ve waited until I was off-duty to get stinkin’ drunk.”
✗ “Has anyone ever told you how beautiful you look coughing seawater out of your lungs?”
✗ “If the water’s a little warmer around there, it’s my fault.”
✗ “Hey, can I see your tan lines?”
✗ “Sorry, but it’s regulations … I have to inspect you for sand mites.”
✗ “Surf isn’t the only thing that’s up!”
✗ “Shark!!!!!”


My uncle is quite the sportsman. Yesterday he nailed a 10-lb bass … and he was only using a putter!

☎ What would you be willing to do for your community to help cut costs? Would you wash a cop car? Britain’s Staffordshire Police Force is hoping to save 5,500 police hours a year by enticing volunteers to regularly clean its fleet of vehicles. It’s the latest cost-cutting idea from the UK’s cash-strapped cops. Others are seeking volunteers to perform gardening and translating.
– “Daily Telegraph”


Question: A recent poll finds that women think about doing THIS 5 times a day, while guys only think about doing it every other day.
Answer: Calling mom.


If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you’ve got part of it, flaunt that part.

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