Friday, March 18, 2016        Edition: #5650

Either Sheet or Get Off the Air!

★ 66-year-old Caitlyn Jenner has revealed one of her fantasies … to walk the runway with supermodel daughter Kendall during Paris Fashion Week. No word on how her daughter feels about that idea, though the 20-year-old wasn’t too pleased with Caitlyn for upstaging her during her Victoria Secret Fashion Show … and that was with Cait only being in the audience. The dream of strutting down a Paris runway comes on the heels of the former Olympian’s jump into the beauty world. In the past month, she’s been named the face of an H&M line, unveiled a new lipstick for MAC cosmetics, and trademarked her signature for a possible beauty line.
– @NYDailyNews
★ The 2nd annual list of the ‘Most Influential People On the Internet’ has been released. A few highlights (in no particular order) …
• Kanye West – His tweets might actually be more provocative than his music, and often make good points about both music and fashion.
• James Corden – “The Late Show” host creates sketches on his show that are ripe to go viral, most notably his ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series.
• DJ Khaled – The music producer only recently became a huge Snapchat star that some have called ‘a meme in human form’ thanks to his amusing motivational messages.
• JK Rowling – Through Twitter and her website she’s kept her ‘Harry Potter’ universe alive and growing.
• Caitlyn Jenner – The most famous transgender person in the world collected a million Twitter followers within 4 hours of joining.
• Kim Kardashian West – She has more than 120 million followers across a number of social media platforms, which means that things like her nude selfies make headlines.
• Drake – One of the reasons “Hotline Bling” is his biggest hit? He made a video for the song that basically begged to be parodied online … and was.
★ And the writers suing Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson over their TV show “Ballers” are now reportedly demanding – whoa! – $200 million. Everette Silas & Sherri Littleton filed a lawsuit in December claiming the actors, who executive-produce the comedy, stole ideas from their 2007 sports industry project titled “Off Season”. They claim they’d been working with Wahlberg, Johnson, and their manager to develop the show but the deal fell through in 2009. “Ballers” premiered in 2015 and is set to return for another season this year. The writers now want $200 million in damages. HBO calls the case ‘frivolous’.

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Sam Smith (“In the Lonely Hour”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight The Wild Feathers (“Lonely Is a Lifetime”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Glen Hansard (“Didn’t He Ramble”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight DMA’s (“Hill’s End”). Rerun.
• “The Passion” (FOX) – Sunday a modern retelling of Jesus Christ’s betrayal, death, and resurrection in the form of a live TV musical. The cast includes “Telenovela” actor/singer Jencarlos Canela as Jesus, rocker Chris Daughtry as Judas, country singer Trisha Yearwood as Mary, Brit soul singer Seal as Pontius Pilate, and singer Prince Royce as Peter.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight Patti Smith (“Easter”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Mike Posner (“The Truth”).

• Gwen Stefani – Today she releases), “This Is What the Truth Feels Like”, her 3rd solo album without No Doubt.
• Josh Homme / Iggy Pop – They’ve teamed up for a new album called “Post Pop Depression” that’s out today. Homme says the recording picks up where Iggy’s late 1970s albums left off. They made their debut as a duo on “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on January 21st.
• Kanye West – He’s still tinkering with “The Life of Pablo”, calling the album “a living, breathing, changing creative expression”. The project is still only available to Tidal streaming subscribers.
• Owl City – Adam Young has set himself the ambitious goal of creating 1 film score a month for the entire year of 2016. The “Fireflies” hitmaker says part of the reason is to give him a little bit of space from the pop music scene.
• Radiohead – Saturday a 1-night-only tribute concert called “Radiohead: Obsessed” takes place at NYC’s iconic Café Carlyle venue. Among those performing … former “Dexter” star Michael C Hall.
• Violent Femmes – Today they release their 9th studio album and first full-length collection in more than 15 years, “We Can Do Anything”. The band is celebrating with a full-scale North American headline tour.

• “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Adventure ): In the 3rd instalment of the sci-fi series, ‘Tris’ must escape with ‘Four’ beyond the wall that encircles Chicago to finally discover the shocking truth of what lies behind it. Stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Naomi Watts. This film is Part 1, fans will have to wait over a year for Part 2.
• Opening in limited release: “The Bronze” (Comedy); “Midnight Special” (Sci-Fi Adventure); “Miracles from Heaven” (Faith-Based Drama); “My Golden Days” (Drama); and “The Program” (Sports Bio).

A birth control pill for men is one step closer to reality after decades of false starts. Researchers  at the University of Minnesota say it will be ready for animal tests in 6 months. Part of the reasoning behind it is to provide couples with a safe alternative as some women cannot take birth control pills. The scientists are working with an experimental compound that would ideally be taken orally to stop sperm production with no negative effects on health or libido and no lasting impact on fertility. So far, researchers are having a hard time tweaking the compound to make sure it hits only the proper receptor, thus avoiding side effects. But the team believes it’s close to getting it right. (Would you trust your guy to remember to take his pill?)
– “Tech Times”

The latest annual report from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network on the World’s Happiest Countries is out, based on numerous factors including GDP, healthy life expectancy, and freedom from corruption. And the happiest places are …
10. Sweden
9. Australia
8. New Zealand
7. The Netherlands
6. Canada
5. Finland
4. Norway
3. Iceland
2. Switzerland
1. Denmark
(USA is 13; and least-happy at #157 … Burundi.)

The hot new diet fad could soon be eating in complete silence. A new study from researchers at Brigham Young and Colorado State universities has found that people who can hear the sounds of their own eating – chewing, swallowing, and so forth – tend to eat less. Researchers believe that’s because the sound of eating may be a consumption monitoring cue for our bodies. That means listening to music or watching TV during meals could lead to unintentional overeating. Sound is an important part of eating, but its exact role hasn’t been studied much previously. The researchers say this so-called ‘Crunch Effect’ should not be overlooked as our senses are the best tools for mindful eating. (Is this why it’s hard to stop eating food with no sound, ie: marshmallows?)

✓ Moist fabric softener sheets can be used to remove bugs from your windshield.
✓ Turn signals start to blink rapidly when your bulb is about to go out.
✓ The prongs on the headrest of your car can be used to break the window in an emergency.
✓ Near or on the gas gauge of most cars there is an arrow that points either left or right. That is the side your gas tank is on. (Great to know if you have to fill up a rental.)


1966 [50] Jerry Cantrell, Tacoma WA, alt-rock guitarist-vocalist (Alice in Chains-“Check My Brain”, “No Excuses”)

1970 [46] Queen Latifah (Dana Owens), Newark NJ, TV actress (“The Wiz Live!”)/movie actress (“22 Jump Street”)/TV host “The Queen Latifah Show” 2013-15)/hip hop-jazz-pop singer (“Persona”)

1974 [42] Philip Sweet, Pocahontas AR, country singer (Little Big Town-“Pontoon”, “Bring It On Home”)

1979 [37] Adam Levine, LA CA, pop singer (Maroon 5-“Moves Like Jagger”, “She Will Be Loved”)/TV personality (“The Voice” since 2011)

1980 [36] Daren Taylor, LA CA, indie rock drummer (Airborne Toxic Event–”Changing”, “Sometime Around Midnight”)

1989 [27] Lily Collins, Guildford UK, movie actress (“Mirror, Mirror”, “The Blind Side”)/daughter of classic rocker Phil Collins

Movie actress Glenn Close (“Fatal Attraction”) is 69; Film producer Harvey Weinstein (“Silver Linings Playbook”) is 64; Movie actor Bruce Willis (“Die Hard” series) is 61; Rock drummer Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) is 40.

Movie actor William Hurt (“Kiss Of the Spiderwoman”) is 66; Movie director Spike Lee (“Malcolm X”) is 59; Movie actress Holly Hunter (“The Piano”) is 58; Rock singer-guitarist Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) is 44; Rock singer Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) is 40; Rock guitarist Nick Wheeler (All-American Rejects) is 34; TV actress Ruby Rose (“Orange Is the New Black”) is 30.

• “Awkward Moments Day”, a day to celebrate the humor in life’s uncomfortable and embarrassing situations … which we normally fail to see until years later.
• “Biodiesel Day”, in honor of the clean-burning fuel that can be used in any diesel engine with no conversion whatsoever. It is derived from 100% renewable resources like soybeans, canola, mustard seed, even recycled cooking oil. The day is celebrated on the anniversary of the 1858 birth of Rudolph Diesel, the German inventor of the diesel engine.
• “Forgive Mom & Dad Day”. No matter how lousy they were as parents, it’s time to let it go and get on with your life.
• “World Sleep Day”, an international celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, and driving.

• “Chocolate Caramel Day”, an annual celebration of everything great about chocolate and caramel. (Increased flab, dental cavities …)
• “Earth Hour 2016”, from 8:30-to-9:30 pm during participants’ local time. Initiated by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007 to encourage us to turn off non-essential lights for 1 hour as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
• “Poultry Day”, celebrating chicken, turkey, and other farm-raised fowl that we commonly consume. They also give us our breakfast eggs.
• “Quilting Day”, the 25th annual on the 3rd Saturday of March, celebrating the grassroots movement to unite quilters around-the-world.
• “St Joseph’s Day”, the day that the swallows traditionally return to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, an excuse for the annual “Fiesta de las Golindrinas”. Every March 19th since 1776 (with few exceptions), the birds have come back to usher in Spring.

• “Alien Abduction Day”, begun in 2008 at the Toronto Alien Festival. It’s a good day to keep one eye on the sky and be ready to duck, dodge, and hide.
• “Atheist Pride Day”, an unofficial salute to non-believers that many mark by changing their Facebook profile picture to a stylized capital ‘A’. Green is the chosen color for the day, standing for ‘natural’ as opposed to ‘supernatural’.
• “First Day of Spring”, as the new season officially arrives in the Northern Hemisphere with the Vernal Equinox this morning at 12:30 am EDT.
• “Great American Meat Out”, a grassroots movement encouraging us to try going meatless at least for one day. No meat today, feel better tomorrow!
• “Proposal Day”, when both men & women are encouraged to pop the big question. Coincidentally it’s also “Kiss Your Fiancée Day”.
• “World Storytelling Day”, a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling, celebrated every year on March 20th.

2008 [08] Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”, “Cold Mountain”) dies at age 54 in a London hospital, a week after undergoing surgery to treat tonsil cancer

2009 [07] 45-year-old English actress Natasha Richardson (Mrs Liam Neeson) dies in NYC following a head injury suffered 2 days earlier during a ski lesson at Mont Tremblant, Québec

2013 [03] 66-year-old David Bowie’s first album in a decade, “The Next Day”, becomes the fastest-seller of the year in the UK, hitting #1 in its first week of release

2001 [15] Indiana Pacers’ Reggie Miller becomes the 1st NBA player to make 2,000 career 3-pointers after hitting 4 of them vs Sacramento (finishes career with a record 2,560)

1981 [35] Buffalo Sabres set an NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto Maple Leafs)

[Mon] International Day of Forests & The Tree
[Mon] Common Courtesy Day
[Mon] Day of Action on Syringe Exchange
[Mon] Renewable Energy Day
[Mon] Single Parent Day
[Mon] Twitter Day
This Week Is … International Brain Awareness Week
This Month Is … Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month


• The temperature is changing from suffocating all Winter to freezing all Summer.
• The mold in the leftover pizza box in the coffee room is in full bloom.
• Caffeine intake has increased to cope with longer days.
• The boss has had a Spring tune-up on his comb-over.
• The IT geek’s skin color is changing from translucent with a tinge of blue to pasty white.
• Street vendors out front have finally changed the hot dog water.
• More than usual, people are mating in the mail room.

TGIF! I’m having an out-of-money experience.

Retail research shows an average of 8 people touch which before it is purchased?
a. A banana.
b. A tube of lipstick. [CORRECT]
c. Men’s underwear.

☎ What’s the top toy of all-time? (We say … a stick.)

Question: 1-in-4 people polled say they’d do THIS if they lost their cellphone.
Answer: Cry.

Temper is what gets most of us into trouble. Pride is what keeps us there.

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