Thursday, March 21, 2013        Edition: #4946

Nothin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

✳ Oscar host and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane has reportedly split with his girlfriend, “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke. They began dating last year and went public with their romance at an “Emmy Awards” afterparty in September. However, a source says the distance between them proved too much and they’ve called it quits. (BS translation: He’s been ‘seeing’ Charlize Theron.)
✳ A New Jersey man is suing TV medic Dr Oz after following advice given on “The Dr Oz Show” to help cure insomnia. The home remedy: Fill a pair of socks with uncooked rice; microwave them to warm them up; wear the socks to bed. Viewers were warned to make sure the socks weren’t too hot, but the plaintiff apparently missed that warning and was left with 3rd-degree burns. He claims he was stuck in bed for weeks afterward. (Aha, so it worked!)
– Associated Press
✳ 34-year-old actress and ex-Mrs Tom Cruise Katie Holmes is on the cover of the new issue of “Allure” magazine. Inside she says she’s ‘open’ to having more children and she’d ‘consider’ becoming a lawyer. The mag hits newsstands Tuesday. (Can you imagine being charged with a serious crime and having ‘Joey Potter’ stride into the courtroom to defend you?)
✳ Forget rumors of 38-year-old actor Bradley Cooper dating 22-year-old “Silver Linings” co-star Jennifer Lawrence. She’s not too young for him … she’s apparently too old! His new girlfriend is Suki Waterhouse, who’s joined him in Boston MA while he’s shooting a new movie there. She’s 20 – a full 18 years younger – and a model, of course. That would mean he was just starting college when she was born. (How does a 38-year-old man introduce a 20-year-old girl to his friends? Proudly.)
✳ And a new tabloid report says Kim Kardashian is worried her 65-pound baby-weight gain will cause baby-daddy Kanye West to lose interest in her. Kanye seems to be busier with his music schedule than ever, and Kim doesn’t think it’s a coincidence. As she becomes more and more terrified that he won’t remain faithful, his disinterested and distracted attitude isn’t helping. (Don’t worry, hon’. No one else would want the jerk.)
– “National Enquirer”

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – Contestants face elimination; performances by Ne-Yo and Jessica Sanchez.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Ke$ha (“Warrior”). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“The Heist”). Rerun.
• “Glee” (FOX/Global) – The glee club performs songs that they are embarrassed to admit to liking. (What would yours be?)
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Lianne La Havas (“Is Your Love Big Enough?”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Brandi Carlile (“Bear Creek”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Solange (“True”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Adam Levine (Maroon 5).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Colin James (“Shed a Little Light”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Atlas Genius (“Through the Glass”).

• Joss Stone – The trial of 2 men for hatching a plot to murder her is underway this week in London. The suspects allegedly planned to decapitate her and dump her body in a river. They were caught with a samurai sword, a hammer, and knives near her home in Devon.
• Katy Perry – “Us Magazine” is reporting that she & John Mayer have ended their relationship after less than a year. However, it appears the break-up may not be permanent. An inside source says, “It’s not over until it’s over. You have to see how things play out.”
• John Mayer – Tonight at 8 pm EDT he hosts a live Google-Plus Hangout webcast from his LA studio, where he makes a special tour announcement, answers fan questions, and gives one of his first live performances in over 2 years. Also being streamed live here …
• Nine Inch Nails – They’ve posted a full-length version of a documentary about their “Self Destruct” tour on Vimeo. The 75-minute film chronicles the 1994-96 trek and features appearances by David Bowie and Marilyn Manson.
• One Direction – They’ve revealed that the title of their upcoming 3-D movie will be “This Is Us”. Part documentary-part concert film, it promises to take fans inside the world of 1D when it hits theaters on August 30th.
• PSY – The “Gangnam Style” rapper is changing the title and lyrics of his next release over fears it could be misinterpreted and cause offence to Arabs who might find it derogatory. The original title was a Korean slang word meaning ‘thrills’ … ‘Assarabia’.
• R Kelly – This week his Chicago-area mansion has been sold at a foreclosure auction for a fraction of the $3.5-million he paid to have it built in 1997. The 6-bedroom, 8-bathroom manse was snapped up for just $950,000.

• “Birdsong” – Brit actor Nicholas Hoult (“X-Men: First Class”) will play a lovesick soldier in director Rupert Wyatt’s upcoming bigscreen adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ classic 1993 novel. The story follows a  21-year-old World War I officer who falls in love with an older married woman.
• “Bridget Jones’ Diary 3” – Helen Fielding’s popular diary is set to return in the form of a 3rd book, with a 3rd film also set for later in 2013. There is no concrete release date for either as the book is still being written. It’s thought this newest installment will focus on Bridget’s baby. The Jones’ Diary books actually started as a column in the UK’s “Independent” newspaper.
• “Freeway” – TV personality Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”) will portray former drug lord ‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross in this upcoming bio-pic. He was apparently hand-picked by the convicted kingpin for the role. The movie will be directed by “The Notebook” filmmaker Nick Cassavetes and will detail Ross’ rise in LA’s underground drug world during the 1980s.
• “Illness” – This TV movie that follows December’s tragic school shooting in Newtown CT is slotted to be filmed in nearby Ridgefield. But the film’s producers insist the movie is not about the Sandy Hook School incident itself, but about a 13-year-old boy suffering from mental illness, and the ever-growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting.
• Untitled TLC Movie – 23-year-old Lil Mama will play late singer Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in this upcoming VH1 bio-pic about girl group TLC (“Waterfalls”). Lopes, Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas’ rose to fame in the 1990s while also enduring a series of spats with the law, their record label, and with each other.

You’d think all the attention paid to the March Madness office pool would take away from getting things done. Not really. According to more than 1,000 managers asked about the effect of the NCAA Tournament on office productivity, just 8% say it disrupts how much work gets done. Twice as many say the effect on productivity is actually a positive one, while the vast majority of managers surveyed – 75% – say the games have no effect on productivity or morale whatsoever. (Not like those popular ‘Martini Mondays’.)

What do men look for in a mate? Men are more likely to choose women who display signs of youth and beauty, at least the first time they marry. Stats show men around-the-world tend to wed women who are 3 years younger on average. Men are also attracted to women who ‘need’ them; they want to be helpful. What do women look for? Women are attracted to partners with money, status, and ambition. One study has found that women seek partners who offer financial security twice as frequently as men do. (If men look for ‘sex objects’, then women look for ‘success objects’.)

Did you know there’s such a thing as pet discrimination? Among those in animal rescue circles the phenomenon is known as ‘Black Dog Syndrome’. According to animal shelter workers, pets with black coats can be somewhat harder to adopt out … or to even get noticed. It’s mostly an unconscious thing, say experts, which may explain why black cats have the same problems finding a home. Seems people who are aware of superstitions about black cats may also be unconsciously harboring superstitions about black dogs. (On the upside, they don’t show the dirt, so you can vacuum your cat less often.)
– MSNBC Health

Different occupations tend to eat lunch at different times. According to restaurant industry analysts, the lunch hour is dictated by industry. For instance, Wall Street refuels at 12:30, Hollywood at 1:00, and new media at 1:30 or later. The earlybirds are those working for the government or courts. Stats show that government workers are the only ones who eat exactly at noon. (And you can also be sure civil servants are out the office door precisely at 4:30.)

Many New Yorkers are scrambling to plastic surgeons to get a new nose … that of British royal and picture-perfect fashionista the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. According to “NY Daily News”, Kate’s perky schnoz has become ‘Spring’s hottest accessory’ for many New York women, so much so that many cosmetic surgeons in the city say they’ve seen a burgeoning number of requests for the royal nose in recent months. (In case you’re short on cash, there’s a sale on used Princess Di snouts.)

Why do men fall for waitresses? No other combination of primary elements so clearly comes close to the gratification of every man’s principal desires as a beautiful woman bearing food. (And the equivalent for women would be …?)
– “The Man’s Manual”


1958 [55] Gary Oldman, London UK, movie actor (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, “Harry Potter” films)

1962 [51] Matthew Broderick, NYC, Broadway actor (Tony Award-“The Producers”)/movie actor (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”)/married to actress Sarah Jessica Parker since 1997

1962 [51] Rosie O’Donnell, Commack NY, TV talk show host (“The Rosie Show” 2011-12, “The View” 2005-07, “Rosie O’Donnell Show” 1996-2002)/movie actress (“A League Of Their Own”)

1980 [33] Deryck Whibley, Scarborough ON, rock guitarist-singer (Sum 41-“Pieces”, “Still Waiting”)/married to pop singer Avril Lavigne 2006-09

• “Absolutely Incredible Kid Day”, the 17th annual observance on the 3rd Thursday in March encouraging adults to let kids know just how amazing and valuable they are. The idea is to write a note (text?) of support and encouragement to the kid of your choice.

• “Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards”, part of “CMW ‘13” in Toronto. Best of luck to longtime “BS” subscribers BJ & The Morning Crew @ Q104 Halifax; Mauler, Rush, Jenni & Josie @ Hot 899 Ottawa; and Roger, Darren & Marilyn @ 104.5 CHUM FM Toronto, who are all up for on-air talent of the year.

• “Companies That Care Day”, an annual event on the 3rd Thursday of March that encourages employers to highlight and expand their employee and community initiatives.

• “Fragrance Day” and “Flower Day”, always observed on the 1st full day of Spring.

• “Teenagers Day”, a day to quit picking on them for their awkwardness and angst in striving to become adults and admit that, compared to ourselves at that age, they aren’t so bad after all.

• “World Down Syndrome Day”, the 7th annual to raise public awareness of the syndrome resulting from the triplication of the 21st chromosome … the reason it’s observed on 3/21.

Other Celebrations Today:
• “Harmony Day” (Australia)
• “Human Rights Day” (South Africa)
• “International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” (UN)
• “Mothers Day” (most of the Arab World)
• “World Poetry Day”
• “World Puppetry Day”

1994 [19] “Schindler’s List” wins ‘Best Picture’ at the 66th Academy Awards; Holly Hunter is named ‘Best Actress’ (“The Piano”); Tom Hanks ‘Best Actor’ (“Philadelphia”)

1952 [61] Radio personality Alan Freed hosts the “Moondog Coronation Ball” at the Cleveland Arena, considered the 1st true ‘rock & roll concert’ (25,000 fans show up, more than twice the venue’s capacity)

2006 [07] founder Jack Dorsey sends the 1st tweet over his new social networking site, which reads “inviting co-workers” (exciting, huh?)

1977 [36] Mrs James Duck of Memphis, Tennessee becomes ‘World’s Fastest Mother’ as her triplets  are born naturally … in under 2 minutes

2000 [13] *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached” sets an all-time benchmark for ‘Single-Day Album Sales’ at 1.1 million units

[Fri] “Admission”; “The Croods”; “Olympus Has Fallen”; “Spring Breakers” open in movie theaters
[Fri] International Day Of the Seal
[Fri] International Goof-off Day
[Fri] World Water Day
[Sat] Puppy Day
[Sat] World Meteorological Day
This Week Is … World Folk Tales & Fables Week
This Month Is … Cheerleading Safety Month


✓ Roll down your window, ask the person next to you, “Is this the line-up for the iPhone 6?”
✓ Call police, report a stolen car, give the license plate of car in front of you.
✓ Imagine you’re in a line of cars waiting to run over Donald Trump.
✓ Turn on your wipers, have a ‘race’ to see which one goes faster.
✓ Walk up to guy in the car ahead of you, ask him about his grandson.
✓ Honk your horn … that always helps to get things moving.
✓ Use jumper cables to resuscitate roadkill.
✓ Play the exciting game ‘Does My Head Fit In the Glove Compartment?’

☎ Should we bring extinct species back to life? The revival of long-gone animals is no longer a fantasy. But is it a good idea?

By which is the hotness of chili peppers measured?
a. Scoville Heat Units [CORRECT. A jalapeño registers 4,000 SHU, a habanero 300,000.]
b. British Thermal Units
c. Burnt Tongue Units
– “Totally Trivial”

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

Question: THIS happens about a quarter-million times per week, most often on Thursday.
Answer: Someone proposes marriage.

The young are slaves to novelty, the old to custom.

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