May 10, 2013

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Friday, May 10, 2013        Edition: #4982


✳ 56-year-old Peter Robbins, the former child actor who was the voice of ‘Charlie Brown’ in the 1960s “Peanuts” animated TV specials has been sentenced to drug rehab and a year in jail by a San Diego CA court. Robbins pleaded guilty last month to 2 felony counts of stalking and making criminal threats against his former girlfriend. His judgment was affected by alcohol and drug addiction at the time, according to a probation report. After the sentencing, the judge further advised Robbins: “Don’t be a blockhead!” (Everyone’s a comedian.)
✳ Rapper-turned-reggae artist Snoop (Dogg) Lion claims he was a for-real pimp for high-profile athletes and fellow celebs a decade ago when he hit the road on the “Playboy Tour”. He says he had a bus with 10 women follow him around, and when players showed up to hang out, they could pick and choose whichever they wanted. And Snoop further claims his ladies became rich because he gave them all the cash they earned. Quote: “It was never about the money; it was about the fascination of being a pimp.” (How endearing.)
✳ We’ve heard of bizarre tour riders before, but Beyonce’s backstage demands on her “Mrs Carter World Tour” takes them to a whole new level. Just some of the outlandish items she requires include: almonds, oatcakes, and raw vegetables (green only) on glass platters; $900-worth of titanium drinking straws; special alkaline water served at exactly 21C/69 F; 100% pure cotton clothing on all crew members; brand new toilet seats; and red toilet paper only. (Mariah Carey’s all-time diva rep may be in jeopardy!)
✳ Celeb couple Ian Somerhalder & Nina Dobrev have split up after 3 years. The “Vampire Diaries” co-stars, who play ‘Elena Gilbert’ and ‘Damon Salvatore’ on the program, have decided to end their relationship but are vowing to not let that affect their work on the supernatural drama. A rep says they are ‘consummate professionals’ who will continue to ‘work together and remain best friends’. (BS translation: They will never again share a camera shot.)
✳ And Gwyneth Paltrow says this week’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (aka the ‘Met Ball’) simply wasn’t her idea of a good time. A host of A-list stars attended the high-profile affair but Paltrow is quoted as saying a few days after: “I’m never going again. It was so un-fun. It was boiling. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all.” (We’re sure this sour review has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact she ended up on critics’ worst dressed lists.)
– “USA Today”

• “Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival” (Napa Valley CA) – This inaugural 3-day event boasts a roster that includes Alabama Shakes, Black Keys, The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Kings of Leon, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Zac Brown Band.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Shakira (“The Voice”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Airborne Toxic Event (“Such Hot Blood”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Family Of the Year (“Loma Vista”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight LL Cool J (“Authentic”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight She & Him (“Volume 3”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Rod Stewart (“Time”).
• “Origins: The Band Perry” (GAC) – Saturday evening a biographical sketch of The Band Perry (“Pioneer”) premieres.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Former cast member Kristen Wiig hosts; musical guest Vampire Weekend (“Modern Vampires Of the City”, out May 14th).
• “Sweetlife Festival” (Columbia MD) – Saturday the musical performers include Gary Clark Jr, Kendrick Lamar, Passion Pit, Phoenix, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight 98 Degrees (“2.0”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Saturday Rod Stewart performs; Cee Lo Green performs; contestants face elimination (rerun). Sunday the top 16 contestants perform (rerun).
• Yahoo! On The Road – Sunday the world’s first ‘mobile entertainment & innovation festival’ continues with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and special guest Skylar Grey playing Milwaukee WI. The concert series is being streamed live online.

• “American Dad” (FOX/Global) Sunday.
• “Blue Bloods” (CBS/CTV) Friday.
• “Bob’s Burgers” (FOX/Global) Sunday.
• “Fashion Star” (NBC/CTV2) Friday.
• “Kitchen Nightmares” (FOX) Friday.
• “Once Upon a Time” (ABC/CTV) Sunday.
• “Revenge” (ABC/CityTV) Sunday.
• “Survivor” (CBS/Global) Sunday.
• “Touch” (CBS/Global) Friday.
• “Vegas” (CBS) Friday.

• Beyoncé – A new song called “Rise Up” will be featured in the upcoming animated movie “Epic”, in which she also voices one of the lead characters. The movie hits theaters May 24th.
• Kenny Chesney – He’s notched his 7th #1 album with “Life On a Rock”, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Garth Brooks has the all-time record for most #1s on the ‘Billboard 200’ with 8.
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – They’ve made history on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart, becoming the first duo whose first 2 singles hit #1 … first “Thrift Shop” and now “Can’t Hold Us”.
• Madonna – She’ll be honored with the ‘Top Touring Artist’ award at the upcoming “Billboard Music Awards” May 19th. Her SRO “MDNA Tour” was 2012’s top-grossing at $305 million.
• Maroon 5 – Thanks to helping make “The Voice” a ratings winner, Adam Levine has signed a new development deal with NBC-TV to create programming over the next year. He and his manager Jordan Feldstein, brother of movie star Jonah Hill, will work to develop new ideas.
• Taylor Swift – She’s announced she’s taking her “Red Tour” to Australia and New Zealand later this year. She’ll first perform an arena date in Auckland, New Zealand, then stadium shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney, Australia.
• Toby Keith – This weekend he hosts the 10th annual “Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic” in Norman OK, the Toby Keith Foundation’s primary fundraising event. The foundation helps support children with cancer and their families.

• “The Great Gatsby” ( PG-13 Romantic Drama ): Director Baz Luhrmann’s new adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel. The story follows a Midwestern war veteran who finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. Stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan.
• “Peeples” ( PG-13 Comedy ): Craig Robinson (“The Office”, “Last Comic Standing”) stars as a guy who crashes the ‘Peeples’ family reunion in order to ask for their precious daughter’s hand in marriage. Co-stars Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S Epatha Merkerson. A Tyler Perry production; the directorial debut of screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism (“Drumline”).
• Opening in limited release: “Aftershock” (Crime Thriller); “Java Heat” (Crime Thriller); “No One Lives” (Horror Thriller); “One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das” (Documentary); “Sightseers” (Comedy); and “Venus and Serena” (Documentary).

Some quick explanations on how various parts of our anatomy got their labels …
• Calf – Nothing to do with a baby cow. The bovine word is from Old English, the anatomical term comes from the Old Norse word kálfi.
• Elbow – The el- part comes from the Old English ‘eln’, meaning arm or forearm. The –bow part has to do with bending, as in rain-bow or cross-bow.
• Index Finger – Opposite to what you might think, the earliest meaning of ‘index’ was ‘forefinger’. The use of the word to mean an alphabetical listing came a couple centuries later.
• Iris – The colorful ring-shaped membrane of the eye and the flower both take their name from Iris, the goddess of the rainbow in Greek mythology.
• Palm – In ancient Rome, it was customary to place a palm leaf in the hands of the victor in a contest. The Latin word ‘palma’,  meaning palm of the hand, became associated with the tree.
• Pupil – From the Latin ‘pupilla’, meaning ‘doll’. Lexicographers claim the name stuck because that’s the small, reflected image you see when looking into someone’s pupil.
• Sole – The fishy ‘sole’ and the fleshy ‘sole’ are related. The word entered Middle English via Old French. The fish is named for its shape … like the bottom of a foot.

The idea of super-intelligent machines may sound like the plot of “The Terminator” or “The Matrix”, but many experts say what’s called ‘singularity’ – the point at which artificial intelligence can match and/or overtake human smarts – may happen in just 16 years. Others think we are already in the midst of it, pointing out that we’ve already relinquished many intelligent tasks, such as the ability to write, navigate, memorize facts, and do calculations.

Research published this week in the “Proceedings Of the National Academy of Sciences” suggests 23 words seem to go back 15,000 years to the time of hunter-gatherers in Asia. Many of them have descended largely unchanged from their original languages. Among them …
✓ Ashes
✓ Black
✓ Fire
✓ Give
✓ Hear
✓ Me
✓ Old
✓ Spit
✓ Worm
✓ You
(Oh, and this one that we’ll be using so often this weekend … ‘Mother’.)
– “Washington Post”

On a normal weeknight, Netflix accounts for almost a third of all Internet traffic entering North American homes. That’s more than YouTube, Hulu,, HBO Go, iTunes, and BitTorrent combined.


1955 [58] Chris Berman, Greenwich CT, ESPN/ABC-TV sportscaster (“SportsCenter”, “Monday Night Countdown”, “Sunday NFL Countdown”, “Baseball Tonight”)

1960 [53] Bono (Paul Hewson), Dublin, Ireland, rock singer (U2-“Vertigo”, “Beautiful Day”)/only person nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Nobel Prize

1990 [23] Lauren Potter, Inland Empire CA, TV actress (‘Sue’s’ assistant ‘Becky Jackson’ on “Glee” since 2010)

TV actor Cory Monteith (“Glee”) is 31.

Classic rocker Steve Winwood (“Higher Love”) is 65; Country singer Kix Brooks (ex-Brooks & Dunn) is 58; Movie actor-director Emilio Estevez (“Bobby”) is 51; Rap-reggae artist Kardinal Offishall (“Dangerous”) is 37; Movie actor Jason Biggs (“American Pie”) is 35; Movie-TV actress Malin Akerman (“The Proposal”) is 35; TV-movie actress Emily VanCamp (“Revenge”) is 27.

• “Child Care Provider Appreciation Day”, saluting the dedicated souls who interact with our children during the important formative years of their lives.
• “Clean Up Your Room Day”. What, once a year? Were you born in a barn?
• “Military Spouse Appreciation Day”, observed annually on the Friday before “Mothers Day” to recognize the courage of those holding down the homefront.
• “Trust Your Intuition Day”, a day to listen to your ‘gut feelings’ and act upon them. Is it true … are women better at this than men?
• “World Lupus Day”, to create awareness of the potentially fatal auto-immune disease capable of damaging virtually any part of the body. 9-out-of-10 people with lupus are women.

• “Babysitters Day”, observed on the Saturday before “Mothers Day” to give sitters appreciation and special recognition for their quality child care. Good luck finding one … it’s Saturday night!
• “Birthmothers Day”, observed annually on the Saturday before “Mothers Day” and dedicated to those who, for one reason or another, have put a child up for adoption.
• “Eat What You Want Day”, a day to ignore all the warnings, avoid worrying and counting calories, and thereby fight our obsession with being thin.
• “International Migratory Bird Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Saturday in May.
• “Miniature Golf Day”, celebrated the 2nd Saturday of May to salute the frustrating game that involves putting balls through windmills and into clown mouths. Miniature golf has been around since the 1800s when the Ladies’ Putting Club had a mini-course in St Andrews, Scotland.
• “Stay Up All Night Day”, an annual observance for people under 40 … who can actually do it.
• “World Belly Dance Day”, annually on the 2nd Saturday of May to share the joy of dancing and help a charity.
• “World Fair Trade Day”, observed on the 2nd Saturday of May to promote improved working conditions and payment for workers and producers around-the-world.

• “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day”, promoting awareness of the syndrome officially known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ‘M-E’.
• “International Nurses Day”, a highlight of “Nursing Week” that commemorates the 1820 birth date of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Here’s to you, RNs!
• “Limerick Day”, celebrating the 1812 birthday of Edward Lear, author of the first collection of limericks, “The Book of Nonsense”. Some ‘Loony Limericks’ here …
• “Mothers Day”, an annual salute to moms on the 2nd Sunday in May that’s now observed in some 60 countries, including Australia, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, New Zealand, and the USA, where the modern version began.

1986 [27] TV actress Heather Locklear (“TJ Hooker”, “Dynasty”, “Melrose Place”) weds Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee (they divorce in 1993)

1994 [19] Weezer releases their debut, self-titled ‘blue album’

1913 [100] United States League starts up as another major baseball league to compete with the American and National Leagues (goes out of existence after … 2 days)

1983 [30] Lee Chin Yong performs a record 170 continuous chin-ups in Seoul, South Korea

[Mon] Tulip Day
[Mon] Women’s Check-up Day
[Tues] Motorcycle Riders Day
[Wed] “Star Trek Into Darkness” opens in IMAX theaters
[Wed] Cannes Film Festival beings (France)
This Week Is … Etiquette Week
This Month Is … Arthritis Awareness Month


✗ “Let Lady Luck Knee You in the Groin!”
✗ “Because Actually Flushing Money Down the Toilet Can Clog the Drain”
✗ “A Casino a Day Keeps Your Fortune at Bay”
✗ “Half the Winning, All the Angst”
✗ “Gambling Cures Wealth”
✗ “Now Only 98% Mafia-Run”
✗ “What Have You Got to Lose?”
✗ “We Can’t Spell ‘Sucker’ Without ‘U’.”

He who laughs last is probably your boss.

☎ If your pet could talk, what would be the first question you would ask it?

Question: Your mom used one of THESE, but odds are just 1-in-10 that you do.
Anser: An apron.

The nice thing about standards is, there are so many to choose from.

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