Friday, June 6, 2014        Edition: #5235

Sheet For Brains!

★ The mobile phone game “Temple Run” has now topped 1 billion downloads between the original version and the sequel “Temple Run 2”. Distributor Imangi Studios says players have run a total of 50 trillion meters and played over 32 billion games to date. The franchise was started in 2008 by couple Keith Shepherd & Natalia Luckyanova. “Temple Run” joins Rovio’s “Angry Birds” as the only mobile game franchises that have crossed 1 billion downloads.
★ Now that Kim & Kanye’s wedding is over, what’s the next big life event for the Kardashian clan? A baby! A new report says Kourtney Kardashian (35) and her partner Scott Disick (31) are expanding their family, though none of the Kardashians has tweeted a peep about it and Kourtney’s rep is only offering ‘no comment’. If true, the new li’l K – due in December – will join brother Mason (4), and sister Penelope (2 in July).
★ And this sure beats subtitles! All 62 episodes of “Breaking Bad” have been remade scene-for-scene … in Spanish. The series, re-titled “Metastasis”, premieres Sunday on Univision, Unimas, and Galavision, and throughout Latin America. It will then air weeknights on Unimas, completing its run in 3 months instead of the 6 years it took on AMC. The Spanish version is set in Bogota, Colombia and stars Roberto Urbina as ‘José Rosas’ (‘Jesse Pinkman’) and Diego Trujillo as ‘Walter Blanco’ (‘Walter White’).

• “Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-69” (PBS) – Sunday a slew of memorable performances during the 1960s, from The Beatles to the Rolling Stones.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Kelly Rowland (“Talk a Good Game”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – This morning the “2014 Summer Concert Series” continues with a performance by Demi Lovato (“Demi”).
• Governors Ball Music Festival (NYC) – Tonight the 4th annual 3-day event gets underway in NYC’s Randall’s Island Park. Over 80 artists are performing, including Foster the People, Interpol, Jack White, Outkast, Phoenix, The Strokes, and Vampire Weekend.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight a rerun Foo Fighters’ drummer Taylor Hawkins and his side project The Birds of Satan. On Sunday’s special NBA pre-game edition, Psy unveils his brand new song “Hangover” f/Snoop Dogg.
• “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (E!) – Sunday the debut of the reality show’s 10th season, in which ‘Kimye’ wedding plans and the actual over-the-top event will play a major role.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Soko (“I Thought I Was an Alien”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight Keb’ Mo’ (“Blues Americana”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight Ray LaMontagne (“Supernova”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Nicki Minaj (“The Pink Print”).
• “Miss USA 2014: Live From Baton Rouge” (NBC) – Sunday contestants vie for the crown (tiara?) in the 63rd annual competition.
• “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix) – Today Season 2 of the streaming prison drama starring Taylor Schilling is released in its entirety, meaning there will be a lot of binge-watching sessions this weekend.
• “Sing Your Face Off” (ABC) – Saturday the ‘celebrities’ transform themselves into Enrique Iglesias, Freddie Mercury (Queen), Nicki Minaj, and Willie Nelson.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Ledisi (“The Truth”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – This morning Sara Bareilles (“The Blessed Unrest”).
• “Tony Awards (CBS) – Sunday Hugh Jackman hosts the 68th annual awards for the best of Broadway from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. The musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” leads all nominees with 10. Revivals of “The Glass Menagerie” and “Twelfth Night” lead drama nominations with 7 apiece. ‘Best Actor’ nominees include Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”) and Neil Patrick Harris (“Hedwig & The Angry Inch”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Miranda Lambert (“Platinum”).

• 50 Cent – Last week at a NY Mets game he threw what’s being called one of the worst opening pitches in baseball history. He’s explained his lame attempt on Reddit, quote: “I have a skeletal muscle injury on my left shoulder … from excessive masturbation.”
• Fitz & The Tantrums – Sunday in Hampton Beach NH they kick off an extensive Summer headline tour in support of the album “More Than Just a Dream”. The trek runs through July 30th in Sioux Falls SD.
• George Strait – Saturday the country legend performs his final concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas before retiring from touring. Some of the guests scheduled to salute his long career: Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and Vince Gill.
• John Mayer – Amid reports that Katy Perry is penning a song about him right now, he tells TMZ: “I have super strength for gang-ups, I’m fine. That’s what you’re supposed to do, man, you’re supposed to write songs. You’re just not supposed to tell everybody you’re doing it.”
• Miranda Lambert – Blake Shelton tells “Rolling Stone” a rock star with the initials ‘CK’ (as in Chad Kroeger) got into a bit of a bar brawl with his wife Miranda a couple years back. He insisted she do a shot; she said no; he called her a bitch; and she threw a drink in his face.

• “The Fault in Our Stars” ( PG-13 Romantic Drama ): Shailene Woodley & Ansel Elgort star in
this bigscreen adaptation of YouTube hero John Green’s novel. The story follows a pair of teens who fall in love at a cancer support group. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that he has a prosthetic leg and her other constant companion is an oxygen tank.
• “Edge of Tomorrow” ( PG-13 Action ): Tom Cruise plays a military officer who finds himself caught in a time loop during a war with aliens. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy. Co-stars Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton. Sort of a sci-fi “Groundhog Day”.
• Opening in limited release: “Anna” (Drama); “Borgman” (Thriller); “Obvious Child” (Romantic Comedy); “Ping Pong Summer” (Comedy); “The Sacrament” (Horror Thriller); “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon” (Documentary); and “Trust Me” (Comedy).

This 7th annual listing of best vehicles for families is, not surprisingly, long on big & roomy and short on small & sexy. Cargo room, safety, and technology were also major considerations. The top 10, representing a variety of styles and prices, are listed alphabetically …
✓ Chevrolet Traverse
✓ Ford Fiesta
✓ Honda Accord
✓ Honda Odyssey
✓ Hyundai Santa Fe
✓ Mazda 3
✓ Mazda 6
✓ Nissan Rogue
✓ Toyota Prius
✓ Subaru Outback
(So let’s see, the final score would be Japan 7, USA 2, South Korea 1.)
– “Parents Magazine” /

Not even “Mad Men’s” ‘Peggy Olsen’ could have come up with an advertising plan like this! Green Wood Animal Shelter in London, England has teamed up with UK furnishings company Furniture Village to add some special guests to their usual catalogue of household decor … cats & dogs that are looking for permanent homes. The critters are pictured lounging and playing amongst the retailer’s furniture ensembles. The pets-to-be, who currently reside at the shelter, can be adopted with just a few clicks online. (“This high-quality Sklar-Peppler sofa comes with matching throw cushions and sweet little fuzzball Gunner, a Persian-Siamese cross …”)
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In a new weather study, researchers have noticed that hurricanes with female names usually result in more deaths. Over the past 50 years, the most damaging female-named hurricanes have averaged 45 deaths apiece, while the most damaging male-named hurricanes have averaged just 23. Why would that be? It seems people take male-named hurricanes more seriously than female ones. To put the data to the test, researchers asked participants to describe their responses to hurricanes based on name only. They consistently perceived hurricanes with male names to be more ‘intense’ and indicated that they would be more likely to take shelter. (So we prepare for ‘Igor’, but ignore warnings about a cutesy, friendly-sounding storm like, say … ‘Katrina’.)
– “Washington Post”

For the 2016 Super Bowl, which takes place at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco CA, the NFL is dumping its tradition of using Roman numerals and calling it straight-up ‘Super Bowl 50’. Roman numerals have been used in 47 of the 48 previous Super Bowls and will be in next year’s Super Bowl XLIX. So why the change? It’s thought that ‘Super Bowl L’ looks funny. (We’ll tell you what looks funny … Super Bowl LXXXVIII. Figure that one out.)


1952 [62] Harvey Fierstein, Brooklyn NY, Broadway actor (Tony Award-“Hairspray”)/playwright (“Torch Song Trilogy”)/movie actor (“Mrs Doubtfire”)

1967 [47] Paul Giamatti, New Haven CT, movie actor (“Cinderella Man”, “Sideways”)/TV actor “John Adams” (HBO)
1970 [44] James ‘Munky’ Shaffer, Rosedale CA, nu metal guitarist (Korn-“Twisted Transistor”, “Here to Stay”)

1974 [40] Uncle Kracker (Matthew Shafer), Mount Clemens MI, country/rock/rap vocalist (“Smile”, “Drift Away”)

1988 [26] Maria (‘Masha’) Alyokhina, Moscow, Russia, punk-rock singer (Pussy Riot)/activist sentenced to 2 years in prison for ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’

2007 [07] Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Santa Monica CA, TV actress (‘Lily Tucker-Pritchett’ on “Modern Family” since 2011)

Movie actor Liam Neeson (“Taken”) is 62; Record producer LA Reid (“The X Factor”) is 58; Pop-rock singer Prince (“Purple Rain”) is 56; Rock drummer Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 48; Rock guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction) is 47; TV personality Bear Grylls (“Man vs Wild”) is 40; Rock guitarist-keyboardist Eric Johnson (The Shins) is 38; Movie actor Michael Cera (“Juno”) is 26.

Comedian-TV personality Joan Rivers is 81; “Dilbert” cartoonist Scott Adams is 57; TV actress Julianna Margulies (“The Good Wife”) is 47; Rapper Kanye West (“Yeezus”) is 37; Country fiddler Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 33.

• “D-Day”, the 70th anniversary of 1944’s ‘Operation Overlord’ invasion of Europe by Allied Expeditionary Forces during WW2. Before dawn, over 2,700 ships of every description converge on Normandy carrying 2-million tons of war materials and 155,000 troops.
• “Drive-in Movie Day”, commemorating the opening of the 1st ‘drive-in’ 81 years ago (1933) in Camden NJ. It cost 25 cents per person or a buck-a-car to see “Wife Beware”.
• “Gardening Exercise Day”, a day to get out and workout with your plants. Don’t laugh … if you’ve ever helped a gardener for an afternoon, you know what hard work it is.
• “Yo-Yo Day”, observed on the birth anniversary of Donald Duncan (1892-1971), the businessman who 1st mass-marketed the wildly popular invention in the West during the 1930s. According to legend, the yo-yo was invented in the Philippines centuries ago … as a weapon.

• “Belmont Stakes”, the 146th running of the 3rd and final jewel in horseracing’s Triple Crown at NYC’s Belmont Park. Wonder-horse ‘California Chrome’ attempts to become the 1st Triple Crown winner since 1978 (‘Affirmed’).
• “Chocolate Ice Cream Day”, celebrating one of the most popular flavors, but not THE most popular flavor. That honor still goes to vanilla, favorite of 29%. Chocolate is runner-up at 9%.
• “Family Recreation Day”, an annual observance on the 1st Saturday in June encouraging us to find different types of recreation that the family can participate in together.
• “Trails Day”, observed annually on the 1st Saturday of June, to celebrate nature trails as a great way to experience the outdoors by hiking, biking, horseback riding, etc.

• “Canadian Rivers Day”, a yearly salute on the 2nd Sunday of June to the source of what is arguably Canada’s greatest resource … freshwater. Canada has 20% of the world’s supply.
• “Children’s Sunday”, an annual celebration of wee folk, annually on the 2nd Sunday in June.
• “Name Your Poison Day”. Let’s say you can have all you want of one bad-for-you thing for the rest of your life without any repercussions. Which would you pick?
• “World Brain Tumor Day”, a day of awareness of the malady that’s killed off almost as many soap opera stars as heart attacks.
• “World Oceans Day”, a UN observance honoring the large part of our planet that’s covered in water, its marine life, and its sea-lanes that enable international trade.

1944 [70] ‘Mickey Mouse’ is used as the password for the D-Day invasion of Europe

2001 [13] Saying he doesn’t have time to drive them anymore, Elton John auctions off 20 of his cars for a total of $2.75 million

1949 [65] George Orwell’s futuristic novel “1984” is published

1992 [22] A pyramid of 45 members of an Indian Army motorcycle team rides 8 motorcycles 874 yards at Bangalore, India for a new Guinness World Record

[Mon] Abused Women & Children Awareness Day
[Tues] Iced Tea Day
[Tues] World Pet Memorial Day
[Wed] Corn On the Cob Day
This Week Is … Automotive Service Professionals Week
This Month … Celibacy Awareness Month


• Has 3 more years to go in 11th grade.
• She keeps insisting she’s waiting until she’s married ‘for that’.
• He’s only popular with his ‘My Manga/Anime Girlfriend’ chat group.
• Doesn’t want to be a valedictorian as she really doesn’t like animals.
• Hates being lumped in with the ‘dorky kids’ who actually graduate.
• Not really at the head of the class, more the other end.
• Turned it down because of a scheduling conflict … he had grad that weekend.
• Still hammered from prom.
– Adapted from

☎ It’s common to complain about unnecessary or terrible sequels. But are there movies or books you really wish would be given the ‘Part II’ treatment?

Love is like wetting your pants; everyone can see it but only you can feel the warmth.

Question: A recent poll finds that THIS happens at work 3 times-a-year on average.
Answer: Money is collected for office parties.

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.

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