Tuesday, March 29, 2016       Edition: #5697

Sheet Happens!

★ To the surprise of … well, no one really, a new book claims that Kim Kardashian deliberately leaked the infamous sex tape that made her a household name. In his new tell-all titled “Kardashian Dynasty”, Canadian journalist Ian Halperin claims that Kim had actually signed a contract with Vivid Entertainment to leak the R-rated video she made with singer Ray-J in 2003. The now 35-year-old reality star was not the only one who allegedly had a hand in the release of the video as it’s claimed that Kim’s 65-year-old ‘momager’ Kris Jenner was also part of the scheme. A rep for Kim has denied the accusations saying, “All the assertions are false.”
– PageSix.com
★ Singers Demi Lovato and Ellie Goulding, and Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander have been honored with “Victoria’s Secret 2016 What Is Sexy?” awards. Model Adriana Lima has been presenting the prizes in recent days and now the lingerie company has released their full list of sexiest women. Lovato has been named ‘Sexiest Songstress’, Goulding credited with ‘Sexiest Lips’, and “The Danish Girl” star Vikander is ‘Sexiest International Import’. Other winners include Keke Palmer (‘Sexiest Breakout Star’), Kerry Washington (‘Sexiest Actress’), Sofia Vergara (‘Sexiest Mogul’), Kylie Jenner (‘Sexiest Risk-Taker’), and Olivia Munn (‘Sexiest Hair’).
– WENN.com
★ BBC America says it has green-lit an “Orphan Black” analysis program called “After the Black”. The after-show is debuting on the cable network April 14th following the show’s Season 4 premiere. Led by hosts Ajay Fry, Morgan Hoffman, and Teddy Wilson, “After the Black” is a 30-minute, in-depth, lively discussion with cast, crew, and special guests about plot hints and twists, theories on future episodes, and special segments including behind-the-scenes footage from the set. The Canadian sci-fi series stars Tatiana Maslany as various different characters who are clones.
– UPI.com
★ And there’s going to be an unofficial “Gilmore Girls” cookbook. Anyone who knows and loves “Gilmore Girls” (set to make a Netflix comeback) knows that food is important to the show as ‘Lorelai’ and ‘Rory’ take their eating very seriously. And now, thanks to a brilliant idea from fan Kristi Carlson, there’s a “Gilmore Girls”-themed recipe book, titled “Eat Like a Gilmore”. It has  already surpassed its Kickstarter campaign goal of raising $20,000. You can pre-order a copy for $30 that will be delivered in December; or a PDF version for $16 to be delivered in November.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/gtw44f9
– Kickstarter.com

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Chris Janson (“Buy Me a Boat”).
• Country Music Hall of Fame – The 2016 inductees are revealed during a press conference hosted by the Country Music Association. A live videostream begins at 11 am EST. This marks the 56th group of legends to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which was created in 1961.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Lukas Graham (“Lukas Graham”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Plague Vendor (“Bloodsweat”).
• “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special” (CBS) – Highlights from James Corden’s signature late night bit in which he and musical guests sing along to their songs whilst driving in Los Angeles.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Atlas Genius (“Inanimate Objects”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Galactic drummer Stanton Moore.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Savages (“Adore Life”).
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Andra Day (“Cheers To the Fall”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Michael Stipe (REM).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Miley Cyrus again joins the coaches to prepare vocalists for Part 2 of the knockout rounds.

• Florida Georgia Line – Currently working on the follow-up to their hit 2014 album “Anything Goes”, Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard are hunkered down in Brian’s Nashville TN treehouse home that has a fully-equipped studio. The duo are projecting an August release.
• Gwen Stefani – On today’s new ‘Billboard 200’ album chart she’s scored her first-ever #1 with “This Is What the Truth Feels Like”. It’s the No Doubt singer’s first solo project in a decade. Her last, “The Sweet Escape”, was released in 2006.
• Justin Bieber – He has become the first artist in Vevo history whose catalogue has surpassed 10 billion views globally. The singer racked up the numbers over 6.3 years, garnering 4 billion of those views since September when he began releasing content from his latest album, “Purpose”.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Concussion” ( PG-13 Sports Drama ): Will Smith stars in the true story of Pittsburgh PA pathologist Dr Bennet Omalu, who uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions during the course of normal play. Co-stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
• “The Hateful Eight” ( R-Rated Action Western ): Director Quentin Tarantino’s latest stars Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. In the dead of a Wyoming Winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin that’s currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.
• “Point Break” ( PG-13 Action Thriller ): A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Stars Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer. Remake of the 1991 Patrick Swayze/Keanu Reeves film..
• Also released today: “Archer Season 6” (TV); “Chantal Akerman: Four Films” (Documentary Compilation); “CPO Sharkey: The Best of Season 2” (Vintage TV); and “The Making of Trump” (History Channel Documentary).

• Ignoring precise instructions. You should follow application instructions to a T … even if they seem persnickety.
• Skipping the weird questions. Bizarre questions are becoming more common, sometimes to weed out those who don’t follow directions.
• Your tenses time travel. Spell Check might save you from an embarrassing typo, but it won’t do anything to fix your sloppy grammar. Switching tenses is one of the easiest goofs to make.
• Mentioning salary requirements when not asked.. Stating how much you’d like to make in a cover letter, résumé, or application is a huge faux pas.
• Forgetting it’s 2016. Some résumé and cover letter conventions come across as outdated, like using the salutation ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ or stating ‘references will be provided upon request’.
• Passing on writing a cover letter. If you really want to work for the employer, take the time to write a customized cover letter explaining why they should consider you for the job.
• Skipping info because it’s already in your uploaded résumé. Take the time to copy and paste it into the application fields which are often used to create a database.
– CareerBuilder.com

Can standing desks stand up to their critics? Standing desks have become trendy, but a new report suggests they aren’t necessarily the cure-all to the problems surrounding too much sitting by office-workers. New analysis by the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health even cites some adverse effects. A few facts …
• To help reverse the ill effects of sitting, one would need to stand at least 2-to-4 hours a day.
• Most people with a ‘sit-stand desk’ sit more than they realize.
• There is actually very little difference in energy expenditure between sitting and standing.
• Standing all day can lead to an increase in back pain, varicose veins, and/or fatigue at the end of the day.
Rather than a standing desk, most people surveyed say they find it better to set a timer to remind them to stand up, get a glass of water, and take a walk around the office.
– @NYDailyNews

It’s that time of year, when Spring cleaning unearths all kinds of household items you no longer need or want. Here’s a checklist of tips on how to run a successful garage sale …
• Find a partner. Get a neighbor to join in and you can split the advertising costs plus attract more customers with combined items.
• Limit costly items. You’ll get a better price for higher ticket things like pianos or motorboats by advertising them on Kijiji or elsewhere online.
• No midweek sales. Saturday is usually the best day of the week as people expect sales.
• Clearly mark prices. People will be less likely to buy if they have to keep asking, ‘How much?’.
– “Consumer Reports”

“Batman v Superman” has set box office records for both superheroes. With $170.1 million, the movie enjoyed the all-time biggest domestic debut for both the ‘Dark Knight’ and the ‘Man of Steel’. The total easily beats the $116.6 million record debut for ‘Superman’ movies held by 2013’s “Man of Steel”. It also just surpasses the $160.9 million ‘Batman’ debut record held by 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, as well as the $158.4 million debut of 2008’s “The Dark Knight”.
– BuzzFeed News

• Shoe box-shaped concert halls make audiences feel more emotional. (For instance, people at the back are really angry because they can’t see what the heck is going on.)
– “Daily Telegraph”
• Female burying beetles zap their male partners with an anti-aphrodisiac to stop them wanting sex. (Human females simply talk about wanting a baby.)
– “Science News”
• Dozens of Shakepeare’s jokes don’t work today because of changes in English pronunciation. (Not to mention vocabulary … when’s the last time you said, “For sooth”?)
– “The Times”


1959 [57] Perry Farrell, Queens NY, rock singer (Jane’s Addiction-“Just Because”, Porno for  Pyros-“Pets”)/”Lollapalooza” founder (1991)

1971 [45] Lara Logan, Durban, South Africa, TV correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 2005)

• “Mom & Pop Business Owners Day”, honoring family-run, small-time business operations. Ask listeners for the most unusual combination of services offered by a single business that they’ve come across, ie: “Al’s Roofing & Dry Cleaning”.

• “Smoke & Mirrors Day”, celebrated on March 29th of each year. The source of the name is based on magicians’ illusions, in which they make objects appear or disappear by extending or retracting mirrors amid a confusing burst of smoke. Generally, ‘smoke and mirrors’ may refer to any sort of presentation by which the audience is intended to be deceived.

• “Vietnam Veterans Day”. The last US troops left Vietnam 43 years ago today in 1973. In 1971, at the height of the conflict, some 33,000 soldiers deserted, many moving to Canada.

2006 [10] (Sir) Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace

2007 [09] “Umbrella” by Rihanna f/Jay-Z is released and goes on to become the longest-running #1 hit by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”

2004 [12] Ireland becomes the 1st country in the world to ban smoking in all workplaces, including bars and restaurants

2008 [08] 35 countries and more than 370 cities join in “Earth Hour” for the first time

2014 [02] 1st same-sex marriages in England and Wales are performed

1990 [26] ‘World’s Largest Yo-Yo’ goes up-and-down 12 times while suspended from a 160-foot crane (built by a Jasonville, Indiana high school woodworking class, it measures 6-ft in diameter and weighs 820 lbs)

[Wed] “Empire” season debut (FOX)
[Wed] Doctors Day
[Wed] World Bi-polar Day
[Thurs] Bunsen Burner Day
[Fri] April Fools Day
This Week Is … Cleaning Week
This Month Is … Umbrella Month


✗ Pulling the corner of the fitted sheet back over the mattress while you’re lying in it, after it comes off in the middle of the night.
✗ Convincing yourself you don’t really need to go to the bathroom that badly.
✗ Starting a dream where it left off last night because it was a really good dream.
✗ Turning off the alarm clock using the power of your mind.
✗ Getting the blankets back from under your dog/cat.
✗ Getting the proper amount of sleep if you work, or if you’re unemployed, or underemployed, or if you live with someone, or if you’re all alone, or if you have a baby, or if you have an older child, or if you’re infertile.
✗ That filthy, disgusting thing you just looked up on Urban Dictionary.
– Thanks to Caren Lissner

Ask a listener/studio guest/crew member to rate the following as simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’ as you read the items off rapid-fire …
• Binge-watching TV shows?
• Pizza delivery robots?
• Bluetooth speakers?
• ‘Living roofs’ planted with vegetation?
• Back-up cameras in cars?
• Virtual reality?
• Self-lacing shoes?
• 3D printers?
• LED lightbulbs?
• Slow cookers?

• What are the only 3 words in English that end in ‘g-r-y’?
Answer: You might have come up with ‘hungry’ and ‘angry’ but the third answer is a tad obscure. According to “Homemakers”, it’s simply ‘gry’, an archaic word referring to an obsolete unit of measurement.

• Which did US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt eat to improve her memory: Chocolate-covered garlic, snails, or Wheaties?
Answer: Yum yum … 3 chocolate-covered garlic balls a day.

• Here’s a timely question; can maple syrup go bad?
Answer: Yup. It’s past its prime when the flavor goes off and it tastes musty.

I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.

☎ What are you holding onto that you need to let go of?

Question: Over 1-in-4 women surveyed say they would most like to change THIS about their mothers.
Answer: Her hairstyle.

If you say nothing, no one will repeat it.

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