Thursday, May 12, 2005        Edition: #3032
We’re Bullish on Radio!

TONIGHT “Star Wars” director George Lucas guest-stars as himself on “The OC”, offering ‘Seth’ (Adam Brody) some worldly advice (“Son, you only need one original idea – then you can milk it for the rest of your life!”) . . . TONIGHT “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” will be seen in charity benefit previews at theaters in 10 US cities (just how many ‘world premieres’ does this baby get?) . . . TONIGHT Microsoft rolls out its new Xbox on the TV special “MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed”, hosted by “Lord of the Rings” actor Elijah Wood and featuring a performance by the Killers (well that certainly raises the bar for electronic gaming promotion) . . . “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria tops “Maxim” magazine’s 6th annual “Hot 100″ list of famous hotties . . . Actress Sharon Stone has become a mom for the 2nd time (sort of), as a paid  surrogate mother has given birth and Stone promises to fly home from England to pick up the child (whenever she gets a spare moment) . . . Actor Russell Crowe claims he’s been helping Britain’s hellraising Prince Harry deal with life in the spotlight (guess the kid couldn’t find somebody who’s good at it) . . . “National Enquirer” reports that Michael Jackson has secretly sold Neverland Ranch for $35 million . . . And actress-turned-wannabe-environmentalist (“Trippin’”) Cameron Diaz refused to buy a $1,650 tusk bracelet she fell in love with at a Beverly Hills shop until she was assured it wasn’t made from elephant tusks, but ‘extinct mammoth tusks’ – then she bought 3 of them (does the word ‘gullible’ come to mind?).

• Faith Hill – THIS MORNING she sings her new single “Mississippi Girl” on NBC-TV’s “Today Show”. She’ll also perform at the “ACM Awards” in Las Vegas TUESDAY.
• Garbage – TONIGHT they perform on “Late Show With David Letterman”
• LeAnn Rimes – TONIGHT she’s on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno”
• Tony Christie – The UK chart-topper (“Is This The Way To Amarillo?”) has reportedly been asked to write and record the theme song for the next ‘James Bond’ film, “Casino Royale”.
• Outkast – Andre 3000 has signed a deal with Nickelodeon and MTV to produce ‘edgier’ movies for kids. (‘P’ is for ‘Put down the gun, Fiddy.’)

Helen Hunt will make her directing debut with the drama “Then She Found Me” (she’s convinced herself to take a chance on a first-time director and will also star in it) . . . In the upcoming legal thriller “Clayton”, George Clooney will play a NYC lawyer known as ‘The Janitor’ because he cleans up his high-powered clients’ messy personal problems . . . “House of Wax” hottie Elisha Cuthbert is set to star in “Captivity”, a thriller set in Manhattan but filming in Moscow beginning later THIS MONTH (will they paint the Kremlin to look like the Empire State?) . . . In the thriller “Perfect Stranger”, Halle Berry will get drawn into some dangerous doings online while investigating a friend’s murder . . . And constant delays to the commencement of shooting “Mission: Impossible III” (originally scheduled to open THIS MONTH) have caused both Scarlett Johansson & Carrie-Anne Moss to pull out of the project, purportedly due to their ‘busy schedules’ (or maybe they just heard about Tom Cruise’s ‘Scientology Information Tent’ that he insists on having on film sets).

A NYC company called ‘Pharmonics’ has released a CD to help women relax and increase their chances of conception. Julliard-trained musician Sean Grace developed the idea in consultation with his wife, Kristen, an ob-gyn. The resulting 2-CD set, “Conceive”, has eight 15-minute segments of gentle music and sounds, such as strings, flutes, and running water. The instructions advise women to listen 15 minutes daily, 4 days before and after ovulation. (Yeah, have your wife listen to the sound of running water … that’ll work.)
– “Social Studies”

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have perfected a mathematical formula for – skipping stones across water. Using a numerical method called ‘smoothed particle hydrodynamics’ to simulate a skipping stone, they’ve confirmed the ‘magic angle’ first cited by French researchers LAST YEAR. And the magic angle is – 20 degrees from the water’s surface. According to the journal “Nature”, the world record is held by one J Coleman McGhee, who skipped a stone 38 times on the Blanco River in Texas in 1992. (And the practical conclusion of all this is: there’s a lot of scientists with a lot of time on their hands.)
– CBC Health & Science News

The forecast never called for it but on California’s Mount Soledad locals say it recently rained – shrimp! In fact, masses of thousands of baby shrimp were discovered on the tennis courts of the Summit residential development near San Diego. How could this happen? Marine biologists say the most likely delivery system is a wind funnel that formed over water, picking up surface creatures and then dropping its load as it dissipated. These ‘sea spouts’ can travel a mile or two, or even farther. (Tomorrow’s forecast: perfect! A 90% probability of scattered tartar sauce.)
– “San Diego Union-Tribune”

Alcohol (like Xanax, Valium, and certain other drugs) has a dual effect on memory, according to psychologist John Wixted. While you may have only hazy memories of the period when you were partying, the period that preceded it is usually recalled with extra precision. So while alcohol and drugs impede the formation of memories while you’re under the influence, they also seem to safeguard memories formed just beforehand. (In other words, if you’re drinking to forget … well, fugetaboutit!)
– “Wilson Quarterly”

• A Chinese dating agency has begun a matchmaking service exclusively for – celibate people. (The first customers were named Tom & Katie.)
• A Romanian driver who crashed his car while his girlfriend gave him oral sex has lost his license for 90 days. (Throughout the sentencing, the guy never quit beaming.)
• A Doberman in Newhaven, England has survived a 200-ft fall from a cliff into the sea. The dog was apparently chasing a rabbit that made a quick U-turn. (The dog is now suing the ‘Acme Rocket Shoe Company’.)
• New mothers in China are being urged to donate breast milk to help save a premature baby monkey in Chongqing City Zoo. (In fact, they’re being paid – a dime for 2 nipples.)

A snapshot of who we are and what we think …
• 81% of vegetarians are female.
• 75% of people trying to vote on “American Idol” via phone get a busy signal.
• 61% of Canadians think Paul Martin is the federal leader most likely to tell a lie if it would help him politically.
• 35% of women have been reprimanded at work for dressing ‘inappropriately’.
• 25% of drivers have distracted themselves behind the wheel by rolling a joint.
• 25% of us throw towels on the floor in hotels even though we’d never do it at home.
• 11% of 18-24 year-old Americans cannot find the USA on a map.
• Less than 2% of women are born with red hair.

Two of Cleopatra’s sisters were also named … Cleopatra.
– “Mental Floss”

“I’d like to get married. I’ll tell you what I love. I like being in a relationship. That’s who I am.”
– Tom Cruise telling the JUNE edition of “Reader’s Digest” that marriage is definitely on his agenda. (Well okay, but ‘Katie Cruise’ sounds like a stripper.)


1921 [84] Farley Mowatt, Belleville ON, wildlife author (“Never Cry Wolf”)

1948 [57] Steve Winwood, Great Barr UK, classic rock musician (“Higher Love”, Spencer Davis Group-“Gimme Some Lovin’”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2004)

1955 [50] (Leon) Kix Brooks, Shreveport LA, country singer (Brooks & Dunn-“It’s Getting Better All the Time”)

1959 [46] Ving Rhames, NYC, TV actor (“Kojak”-USA Network)/movie actor (“Mission: Impossible I-III”)

1963 [42] Vanessa Williams, Bronx NY, movie actress (“Johnson Family Vacation”)/Broadway actress (2002 Tony Award-“Into The Woods”)/pop singer (“Colors of the Wind”)/estranged from retired NBA player Rick Fox

1978 [27] Jason Biggs, Hasbrouck Heights NJ, movie actor (“American Wedding”, “American Pie I & II”)

1995 [10] Sullivan & Sawyer Sweeten, Brownwood TX, twin actors (‘Michael & Geoffrey Barone’ on “Everybody Loves Raymond” since 1996)  FACTOID: The series finalé airs MONDAY.

TODAY is “Limerick Day”, celebrating the 1812 birthday of Edward Lear, author of the first collection of limericks, “The Book of Nonsense”. Follow this link for some ‘Loony Limericks’, some naughty, some nice, some not quite …

TODAY is “International Chronic Fatigue Awareness Day”, the syndrome officially known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ‘M-E’. There were some special events planned but the M-E Association was just too burnt out to have the energy to pull them off.

TODAY is “International Nurses Day”, commemorating the 1820 birth date of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and wrapping up “Nurses’ Week”.

TODAY is “Kite Day”, a good excuse to tell someone to go fly theirs.

1937 [68] 1st-ever ‘Worldwide Radio Broadcast’ (coronation of Britain’s King George VI)

1935 [70] ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ is founded, in Akron OH (some kind of holiday for you, [co-host]?)

1978 [27] National Weather Service announces hurricanes will no longer exclusively be given female names

1992 [13] 30 men & 2 women from 9 nations all reach the summit of Mount Everest, the most climbers on the peak in a single day (at the top, they’re greeting by a Sherpa with a ‘Stop/Slow’ sign)

[Fri] Friday the 13th
[Sat] Dance Like A Chicken Day
[Mon] Employee Health & Fitness Day
[Mon] Wear Purple For Peace Day
[Tues] BC Election
[Tues] 40th Academy of Country Music Awards
This Week Is . . . Universal Family Week
This Month Is . . . Home Decorating Month

The week’s most requested music files online …
1. Akon – “Lonely”
2. 50 Cent – “Just A Lil Bit”
3. Ciara – “Oh”
4. The Killers – “Mr Brightside”
5. Destiny’s Child – “Girl”
– Big Champagne online music measurement.

• I happen to know quite a lot about [small town]. I spent 20 years there one night.
• At our house I am in total control … just don’t tell my wife.

You never know who’ll answer!
• The basement of the Vatican where they store lots of statues –
• Three different call boxes in Leicester Square, London UK where the “Star Wars” marathon is being held MONDAY – / /

The following famous people are known by just 1 name. You give the clue, your contestant guesses who.
• He’s the English singer who’s known for trying to save the rain forest. [Sting]
• He’s the Irish rocker who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. [Bono]
• She’s the person Lourdes calls ‘mommy‘. [Madonna]
• This singer shares his name with both of Michael Jackson’s sons. [Prince]
• He’s the singer who’s honeymooning with model Heidi Klum at this very moment. [Seal]
• She’s the aging pop star who finally retired after a 2-year farewell tour. [Cher]
• She’s the folk singer whose break-out hit was 1996’s “Who Will Save Your Soul”. [Jewel]
• The movie “8 Mile” is based on his life story. [Eminem]
• This pop singer got her nickname from her habit of blushing, not from her hair color. [Pink]
• She’s the Icelandic singer that wore a swan costume to the 2001 Academy Awards. [Bjork]
• Of this team of comedic magicians, this is the one that never talks. [Teller, of Penn & Teller]
• A model of intelligence, she was smart enough to marry David Bowie. [Iman]
• This Grammy-winning singer claims his ‘washboard abs’ are due to 1,000 crunches a day. [Usher]
(There are lots more to pick from – Ashanti, Moby, Beck, etc, etc.)

Today’s Question: Guys who have one of THESE earn an average 11% more on-the-job.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A wife. (“Redbook”)

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.


Printer Friendly Version