Wednesday, March 25, 2015        Edition: #5415

Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!

★ Angelina Jolie is recovering after having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed on the advice of a doctor who detected a possible early sign of cancer during a routine test earlier this month. The actress/director underwent a double mastectomy in 2013 after discovering she was at high risk of developing cancer, which runs in her family, and yesterday she announced she’s undergone a further operation and is now unable to have any more children naturally. Quote: “I told myself to stay calm, to be strong, and that I had no reason to think I wouldn’t live to see my children grow up and to meet my grandchildren.”
★ Jennifer Lawrence has revealed the upcoming “X-Men” movie will be the last in which she’ll be playing the character ‘Mystique’. Speaking at the NYC premiere of her new movie “Serena”, the 24-year-old told MTV News that “X-Men: Apocalypse” will be the final time she plays the shape-shifting mutant. She made her first appearance as the character in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class”, then delivered a repeat performance in “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. Directed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Apocalypse” is scheduled for release on May 27, 2016.
★ Yesterday “You Will”, the new network theme song for Oprah’s OWN, became available for purchase and streaming. Penned by Diane Warren – the awards-showered songwriter who’s written for such artists as Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, and Lady Gaga – the tune is belted out by power singers Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) in their first-ever duet. The music video features behind-the-scenes footage from the song’s recording session. Warren, a longtime acquaintance of Oprah, was inspired to write the new tune with the media mogul in mind and surprised her by presenting her the composition when it was completed.
★ And comic actor Will Ferrell (“Get Hard”) has actually said something serious, suggesting it may be time to get rid of the ‘Greek system’ of fraternities and sororities in colleges and universities. His comment comes after the latest related embarrassment wherein a University of Oklahoma fraternity has been shut down after a video was uncovered depicting members singing a racist song. In responding to a “New York Times” Q&A, Ferrell says: “The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity.” Not to mention the movie “Old School”.

• “American Idol” (FOX) – The contestants perform for the judges; two singers are eliminated; Boy George (“This Is What I Do”) performs.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Mavericks (“Mono”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Gwen Stefani (“Spark the Fire”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – For King & Country (“Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Young Rising Sons (“The High”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Leon Bridges (“Coming Home”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Marina & The Diamonds (“Froot”, out April 6th).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Action Bronson (“Mr Wonderful”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Taylor Swift (“1989”).
• “The Talk” (CBS) –  Guest host Josh Groban (“Stages”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – G-Unit (“Beast Is G Unit”).

• Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Tonight they reunite for the 1st of 4 concerts through Saturday at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium. It’s the group’s first live performances since disbanding in 2008. There will be a string of additional concert appearances in 2015.
• The Clash – A documentary charting Joe Strummer’s escape to Granada, Spain as the band began to disintegrate in the mid-1980s premieres tonight in London. Director Nick Hall describes his film, titled “I Need a Dodge”, as a “sideways look at the break-up of The Clash.”
• Ed Sheeran – While touring Australia, he’s filmed a beach scene for the TV series “Summer Bay” with longtime cast-member Emily Symons. Sheeran shot the scene on location in Melbourne before finishing the rest of his guest role in a studio. Not much acting required … he plays himself.
• Eric Church – The country star has been chosen to enter the North Carolina Hall Of Fame. The Granite Falls NC native will be inducted on October 15th, officially joining the likes of James Taylor, Del Reeves, Charlie Daniels, and … ahem … Clay Aiken.
• Kanye West – He’s reportedly training to be a reverend. A friend tells “Daily Star” that ‘Ye is doing an online course in theology and religion so he can become a member of the clergy.
• Kenny Chesney – He once paid a then-underage Taylor Swift NOT to be his opening act. His 2009 “Sun City Carnival Tour” was sponsored by Corona Light beer. Swift was just 20, making her participation ethically and legally problematic. So he let her go … but paid her anyway.

Tips & tricks guaranteed to make household tasks easier …
✓ Broken Glass – All you need to do to pick up the shards is press a piece of bread over the area. That’s about as hassle-free as it gets.
✓ Repel Dust With Dryer Sheets – It’s true, cleaning your dusty surfaces with these bad boys will actually protect the surface from dust in the future. Static electricity rocks!
✓ Clean Your Shower Head With Vinegar – Put distilled white vinegar in a plastic bag and cover your shower head with it. Leave it overnight and wipe away the grime in the morning.
✓ Un-Burn Your Pans – Fill your blackened pan with a shallow layer of water and add 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it warm up on the stove for a few minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda once you take it off. Try scrubbing it now.
✓ The Ultimate Ceiling Fan Cleaner – By throwing a pillowcase over each individual fan blade and then pulling it off, the dust will actually get trapped inside the pillowcase rather than falling on the floor.
✓ Quick Silver – To polish silverware, line a large pan with aluminum foil. Fill it with hot water, ½ cup of salt, and ½ cup of baking soda. Soak the silver 30 minutes and then wipe dry.
✓ Sanitize Your Sponge – Toss your used kitchen sponge in the microwave for a couple of minutes. When it comes out, 99% of the germs collected on it will be dead.
✓ Get Rid Of Stains On Glass Bakeware – All it takes is a little scrubbing using a ball of aluminum foil that’s been covered with a bit of dish soap.
✓ Dry Shoes Fast – After a rainstorm just stuff your shoes with newspapers and a small bag of uncooked rice. They’ll be dry in no time!
✓ Ultimate Mattress Cleaner – Fill a spray bottle with vodka and spray it lightly across the sleeping surface. After it air dries it will have removed odors and killed most of the bacteria.
– Adapted from

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Bropropriation’ – The act of a man taking credit for work performed by a woman. (“It was actually me who fixed the garage door, but my hubby bropropriated it.”)
• ‘Fassage’ – A spa treatment that includes both a facial and a full-body massage. (A foot massage is good for your sole.)
• ‘Sharenting’ – Parents who share just about everything about their tots on social media. (Some waaaaay overdo it.)
• ‘Virch’ – Colloquial shortening of the phrase ‘virtual reality’. (“This videogame really rocks … it’s in virch.”)

A team of US researchers is investigating ways to extract gold and other precious metals from … human feces. The group has discovered gold in waste from sewage treatment plants at levels that would be worth mining if they were found in rock. In addition to gold and silver, human waste also contains traces of rare earth metals such as palladium and vanadium (used in cellphones, computers, and other tech). Extracting metals from waste could also help curb the release of toxic substances into the environment. The team estimates that 7 million tons of solid waste come out of US wastewater facilities each year. Previous research suggests that the waste from every 1 million people could contain as much as $13 million-worth of metals. (Um, what we wanna know is … how’d they get there?)
– BBC Science & Environment

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 95% of people who are eligible to donate blood … don’t.
• 86% of dog owners tell their pooch “I love you” at least once a month.
• 39% of us say that our last big money purchase was a mattress.
• 34% of 18-49s have taken a nap in the last 24 hours (slightly more men than women).
• 19% of kids make their beds before school … every day.
• 6% of drivers regularly back into a space when parking the car (88% in China).

• “It takes twice as many muscles to frown as it does to smile.” – False. It takes 11 muscles to frown and 12 to smile, but the muscles used in smiling might actually be more toned because we use them more often.
• “All that sugar is bad for your skin.” True. Sugar causes your body to produce more insulin, which can inflame your skin, resulting in acne and/or other skin weirdness.
• “If you crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.” False. It’s actually only the sound of bubbles bursting in your synovial fluid, the liquid that lubricates your joints.
• “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” False. An old wive’s tale since at least 1574. We now know that starving yourself is never the way to heal an illness. Your body needs energy to fight it.
• “Don’t eat too quickly! It’s unhealthy.” True. Eating quickly has now been linked to indigestion, overeating, and acid reflux.
• “Coffee stunts your growth.” False. A myth propagated by an ad campaign for the early 20th Century breakfast drink ‘Postum’. The idea was to deter young people from swilling java.
– Condensed from

Everyone has a distorted view of their own body … but not other people’s.
– “The Times”


1942 [73] Aretha Franklin, Memphis TN, ‘Queen of Soul’ with 20 Grammy Awards (“Respect”, “Chain of Fools”)/1st woman in Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (1987)

1947 [68] (Sir) Elton John (Reginald Dwight), Pinner UK, pop singer (“Candle In the Wind”, “Your Song”) who’s sold over 250 million albums & 100 million singles/Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992)/Hollywood Walk of Fame (1975)

1965 [50] Sarah Jessica Parker, Nelsonville OH, movie actress (“Sex & The City: The Movie”)/TV actress (“Sex & The City” 1998-2004)/wed to actor Matthew Broderick (1997)

1982 [33] Danica Patrick, Beloit WI, auto racing driver (“Indianapolis 500” & IndyCar Series ‘Rookie Of the Year’ 2005)/1st woman to win an Indy car race (2008 Indy Japan 300)

1984 [31] Katharine McPhee, LA CA, TV actress (‘Paige Dineen’ on “Scorpion” since 2014, “Smash” 2012-13)/pop singer (“American Idol” 2006)

1988 [27] Ryan Lewis, Spokane WA, rapper/DJ/producer (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-“Same Love”, “Thrift Shop”)

• “International Day of Remembrance Of the Victims of Slavery & The Transatlantic Slave Trade”. Okay it’s a worthwhile effort and all … but wearing the button will give you a hernia!

• “International Waffle Day” (“Vaffeldagen”), a holiday that originated in Sweden to coincide with the Christian “Feast Of the Annunciation”. It was also considered the start of Spring so it became a custom for Swedish families to celebrate both events by making waffles on this day.

• “Manatee Appreciation Day”, devoted to raising awareness of these quirky creatures native to Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Unfortunately, these aquatic mammals known for their immense size and jowly appearance are now an endangered species.

• “Pecan Day”, an annual salute to the only nut tree native to North America. The word comes from Algonquian language, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. The proper pronunciation is ‘peh-CAHN’ not ‘PEE-can’.

• “Tolkien Reading Day”, an annual event launched by the Tolkien Society in 2003 with the aim of encouraging the reading of the works of JRR Tolkien. The March 25th date was chosen in honor of the fall of ‘Sauron’ in “Lord Of the Rings”.

2002 [13] “The Bachelor” premieres on ABC-TV (paving the way for “The Bachelorette”, “Joe Millionaire”, “Average Joe”, “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé”, etc)

2006 [09] Country Music Hall of Fame legend Buck Owens (over 20 #1 hits; longtime co-host of TV’s “Hee Haw”) dies at home in Bakersfield, California at age 76

1934 [81] 1st ‘Masters’ golf tournament wraps up in Augusta GA (Horton Smith wins $1,500)

[Thurs] Legal Assistants Day
[Thurs] Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
[Fri] “Get Hard”; “Home” open in movie theaters
[Sat] “Kids Choice Awards” (Nickelodeon)
[Sat] “Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour” (EPIX)
[Sat] Earth Hour
This Week Is … RV Lifestyle Week
This Month Is … Caffeine Awareness Month


• “The House That Crack Built” [REAL]
• “Controlling The Playground: Respect Through Fear” [BS]
• “The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy” [BS]
• “It Hurts When I Poop!” [REAL]
• “Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will” [BS]
• “It’s Just a Plant … A Children’s Story About Marijuana” [REAL]
• “The Truth About Mommy’s Juice” [BS]
• “Does God Love Michael’s Two Daddies?” [REAL]
• “Hair In Funny Places” [REAL]
• “What’s Happening in My Pants?” [BS]
– Adapted from

☎ What non-traditional thing do you usually have for breakfast?

Sometimes I just can’t prevent clean thoughts from entering my mind.

In Burmese culture, it is considered embarrassing for a man to do which for a woman?
a. Cook a meal.
b. Hold an umbrella. [CORRECT]
c. Give a foot rub.

Can you picture today’s young and famous celebs when they are older? Someone has here (Miley Cyrus is just plain creepy!) …

Question: Every hour we use another 2.5 million of THESE.
Answer: Plastic bottles.

Some people’s brains are like the prison system … not enough cells per person.

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