Tuesday, May 24, 2005                                      Edition: #3040
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TONIGHT the boxing bracket TV series “The Contender” comes to an end with a live $1-million finalé from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (it’s a sell-out – even at $100-to-$300 per seat!) . . . TONIGHT the life of real estate mogul-turned-NBC-TV reality star Donald Trump goes under the magnifying glass in the ABC-TV bio-film “Trump Unauthorized” (Toronto’s Justin Louis has the title role) . . . Michael C Luckman’s new book “Alien Rock: The Rock ‘n’ Roll/Extraterrestrial Connection” claims that Elvis Presley believed he came from another planet, had childhood contact with ETs, and was visited by UFOs at Graceland (wow, Elvis has left the planet!) . . . Two of the stars of the ABC-TV hit “Lost”, British actor Dominic Monaghan (‘Charlie Pace’) & Fort Saskatchewan AB native Evangeline Lilly (‘Kate Austen’), are said to be getting ‘serious’ after falling for each other while shooting the show in Hawaii . . . Word has it actress Alicia Silverstone & longtime lover Chris Jarecki will tie the knot in a summer wedding that will include a vegan feast and even a – vegan wedding cake (tofu with a top hat) . . . Saint John NB-born actor Donald Sutherland is joining the cast of ABC-TV’s “Commander-in-Chief”, playing an aide to the first female US prez (Geena Davis) . . . New mom Gwyneth Paltrow has been hired as one of the new faces of cosmetics giant Estée Lauder (maybe now she won’t have to do horrific movies like “View from the Top”) . . . And according to Hollywood buzz, the 6 former stars of “Friends” are in negotiations to reunite for a one-off movie which could pay them $20 million – apiece!

• Billy Idol – TONIGHT the classic rocker does “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” on NBC-TV.
• Britney Spears – She reveals on her Website she’s ‘been thinking of different ideas for the prayer and meditation room’ of her new mansion.
• Dierks Bentley – TONIGHT he does the “Late Late Show” on CBS-TV.
• Mariah Carey – TODAY she’s on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”.
• Motley Crue – Vince Neil has a new winemaking venture called Vince Vineyards.
• Rod Stewart – His follow-up to his 4th “American Songbook” will be an R&B CD that includes songs immortalized by Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Teddy Pendergrass & Bobby Womack.
• U2 – It’s been revealed they were offered circa $20 million for the rights to have their hit “Where The Streets Have No Name” used in an ad … but they turned it down.

• “The Aviator” (Bio-Drama – DVD): Director Martin Scorsese garnered 11 Academy Awards (and won 5) for his depiction of innovator, industrialist & movie producer Howard Hughes, who preferred to be known foremost as an aviator. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio (as Hughes), Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn), Kate Beckinsale (Ava Gardner), Jude Law (Errol Flynn), and Gwen Stefani (Jean Harlow). Portions were filmed in Montréal and Saint-Hubert, Québec. The 2-disc DVD features commentary by Scorsese, a deleted scene, and 10 featurettes.
• “Are We There Yet?” (Romantic Comedy – DVD): Ice Cube plays  a bachelor playboy who’s trying to land a date with a young, attractive divorcée (Nia Long). To impress her, he agrees to fetch her 2 kids and drive them 350 miles to where she’s stuck working. What he doesn’t know is the kids think no guy is good enough for their mom and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare. The film was originally intended as an Adam Sandler vehicle. Partially shot in Vancouver and Campbell River BC.
• “Pooh’s Heffalump Movie” (Disney Family Animation – DVD/VHS): ‘Winnie the Pooh’, ‘Roo’, ‘Piglet’, and ‘Tigger’ discover a strange new creature in the ‘Hundred Acre Wood’, a darling purple elephant known as a ‘Heffalump’.
• Also being rushed to DVD – the Kirstie Alley reality show “Fat Actress”, just 5 weeks after the 7-episode Showtime series ended (now people will be hurrying to avoid it on DVD too!).

An article in “High Times” magazine argues that Jesus Christ may have used a cannabis-based anointing oil in order to help cure people of such ailments as skin diseases, eye problems, menstrual problems and even epilepsy. Author Chris Bennet says his conclusions are based on scriptural texts and claims the medical use of cannabis during the time of Christ is supported by archaeological records. (Little know fact – Doritos were invented in 22 AD.)
– BBC News

Spanish inventor Pep Torres has developed a washing machine that prevents the same person from doing the laundry twice in-a-row. The ‘Your Turn’ washing machine is hooked up to a scanner which reads fingerprints. It will only start working if a different user from the previous load is scanned in. Torres came up with the innovative appliance in response to a Spanish company’s request for an unusual “Father’s Day” gift. Torres says it’s perfect gift for the macho man from the Ice Age who doesn’t do anything around the house except drink beer. (There’s something wrong with that?)
– “Curious Times”

Nestled deep in the Ozark mountains in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, the Museum of Earth History is the first dinosaur museum to take a creationist perspective. In one display, for instance, a razor-toothed T-Rex looms over a much smaller plant-eating dinosaur while off to the side, peering through the bushes, are – Adam & Eve. A recorded voice claims ‘Man and Dinosaur’ lived together without fear, for there was no death yet. The controversial museum forms part of a Bible-based theme park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. (Don’t fail to miss Noah’s Great Log Flume Adventure or the Loves ‘n Fishes Snack Shack!)
PHONER: 866.566.3558
NET: http://www.moeh.org
– “The Observer”

Francoise Gaellar [guy-AHR], the secretary at a primary school in the tiny town of Espira de l’Agly in southern France, is making a startling claim: she says her life was saved by a kidney transplant on September 2, 1997 and the donor was – Princess Diana. Diana had been killed 2 days earlier in the infamous car crash in Paris and much of what happened in the first few hours afterward has remained a mystery. So far, there’s little hard evidence one way or the other as to
whether Gaellar is telling the truth. Under French law, she is not allowed to know the identity of her donor, but she claims a paramedic told her she was going to receive ‘royal blood’. (Gee, wonder who got the lungs?)
– “Daily Mail”

It might seem long, but today is shorter than you think. The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds. We have a leap year every 4 years to make up for this shortfall.

“I mean, really, everyone has a price and $10 million is mine. So I’ve put it out there.”  – “Desperate Housewives” star Teri Hatcher, telling Jay Leno what she’d charge to pose for “Playboy” magazine.


1938 [67] Tommy Chong, Edmonton AB, TV actor (‘Leo’-“That ’70s Show” 1999-2002)/movie actor (Cheech & Chong-“Up in Smoke”)/father of actress Rae Dawn Chong

1941 [64] Bob Dylan (Zimmerman), Duluth MN, folk/rock/pop singer/songwriter (“Like a Rolling Stone”)/1991 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1988)  FACTOID: “The Bob Dylan Show” is currently touring, playing Ft Myers FL TOMORROW.

1945 [60] Priscilla Presley (Wagner), Brooklyn NY, ex-Mrs Elvis Presley (1967-73)/sometime film/TV actress (“Naked Gun” series/”Dallas” 1983-88)/Lisa Marie Presley’s mommy

1960 [45] Kristin Scott Thomas, Redruth UK, movie actress (“The English Patient”, “Mission: Impossible”)

1969 [36] Rich Robinson, Atlanta GA, rock guitarist (Black Crowes-“Hard to Handle”)/lead singer Chris Robinson’s brother/Kate Hudson’s brother-in-law  FACTOID: The Black Crowes are currently on tour, playing Ft Lauderdale FL TONIGHT.

1988 [17] Billy Gilman, Hope Valley RI, country singer (“Oklahoma”, “One Voice”)/youngest-ever Grammy Award nominee at age 12 (2001)

TODAY is “Brothers Day”. If you have one, give him a quick punch on the arm … just to let him know you care.

TODAY is “Escargot Day”, celebrating the only gourmet food you can harvest off your driveway.

TODAY is “Morning Radio Wise Guy Day”, honoring you dedicated fools who get up before 5 am to start the day with humor, music and information.

2000 [05] Tom Cruise blockbuster “Mission: Impossible 2″ opens in theaters, earning $93 million in its 1st week

2000 [05] 1st ‘Gay Romantic Kiss on TV’ occurs on season finalé of “Dawson’s Creek” as ‘Jack’ (Kerr Smith) and ‘Ethan’ (Adam Kauffman) lock lips (producers claim previous gay kisses on TV were ‘jokes’ and not ‘romantic’)

2000 [05] Britney Spears’ album “Oops! … I Did It Again” sells 1.3 million copies, the most-ever first-week sales for a female artist

1901 [104] 1st  annual ‘Victoria Day’ holiday as designated by PM Wilfrid Laurier after the death of the queen earlier in the year

1932 [73] Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established

1935 [70] 1st baseball game ‘under the lights’ as Reds beat Phillies 2-1 at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field

1982 [23] Christina Samane of South Africa gives birth to ‘Heaviest Known Baby’ – a 22-lb, 8-oz male whopper

1988 [17] John Moschitta sets Guinness World Record for ‘Fast Talking’ – 586 words per minute

[Wed] Tap Dance Day
[Wed] Senior Health & Fitness Day
[Fri] Ancestor Honor Day
[Sat] Hamburger Day
[Sun] Indianapolis 500
This Week Is … Safe Boating Week
This Month Is … Revise Your Work Schedule Month


As selected by editors and film buffs …
5. “Red Dawn” (1984)
4. “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972)
3. “New Jack City” (1991)
2. “American Gigolo” (1980)
1. “Road House” (1989)
– “GQ” magazine

As ranked by a new readers’ poll …
5. “Schindler’s List” (1993)    
4. “Goodfellas” (1990)
3. “The Godfather, Parts I & II” (1972/1974)
2. “The Lord of the Rings” (2001-2003)
1. “Star Wars” (1977)
– “Time” magazine

Let listeners find out how tough talking coherently first thing in the morning can be by playing “Dollar-a-Second”. Give a phone contestant a topic, then clock ’em to see how long they can speak fluently on the subject (no ‘ums’ or pauses allowed). Pay a buck-a-second for as long as they last. You can avoid bankruptcy by establishing a maximum time, although most won’t even make it to 10 seconds.

According to the new book “8 Weeks to Vibrant Health” by Dr Hyla Cass, what is now the 3rd-leading cause of death?
a. AIDS.
b. Traffic accidents.
c. Doctors. [CORRECT. She says that’s due to lack of knowledge, errors, and overinfluence from pharmaceutical companies.]

• What part of a wine bottle is known as the ‘punt’? [The indentation on the bottom of the bottle is called the ‘punt’ or ‘kick’.]
• Where on your living room lamp would you find the ‘harp’? [It’s the metal hoop that runs around the top of a lamp shade.]
• What does a sales clerk measure with a ‘Brannock Device’. [That’s the name of the adjustable metal instrument used to measure feet in a shoe store.]

• Gimme steak! I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian.
• So I told my kid, “My decision is maybe … and that’s final!”

Today’s Question: Women with red hair can do THIS better than the rest of us.
Answer to Give Out Tomorrow: They can tolerate more pain than other people, including red-headed men. University of Montréal research has found that the same gene that gives them red hair plays a role in pain suppression.

Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.


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