Thursday, May 15, 2014        Edition: #5219

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ A new visual album celebrating this Summer’s World Cup in music and film is being released. “Pepsi MAX Beats Of the Beautiful Game” features 11 songs – a combination of original tracks, remixes, and re-imagined classics – with accompanying videos that celebrate the world’s most popular sport. There’s music by Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora, and Timbaland, as well as videos from directors such as Idris Elba and Spike Lee. The project is being released in conjunction with Cine Favela, a non-profit cultural organization in Brazil.
★ A representative for Chris Martin has spoken out to dismiss rumors suggesting the Coldplay frontman has moved on from his failed marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow by dating British socialite Alexa Chung. This week reports emerged suggesting that Martin had been spotted getting close to model/TV personality Chung at a NYC bar. However, his rep now insists the pair are not romantically involved. 30-year-old Chung previously dated another Brit musician, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner.
– “Metro”
★ And Justin Bieber just can’t stay out of trouble. LAPD is investigating an alleged attempted robbery in California’s San Fernando Valley. Seems a woman, along with her 13-year-old daughter, saw Biebs and his entourage playing mini-golf and she tried to pull out her phone to take photos. That led to an altercation with some of his crew. The woman alleges Bieber wrestled with her for the phone, ripped it out of her hands, and demanded she unlock it so he could delete the pics. Bieber hasn’t been arrested, but has been accused of attempted robbery by the woman. Cops went to her home to take a report after she lodged a complaint Tuesday.

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – Another finalist is sent home on this week’s results show.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Florida Georgia Line (“Here’s To the Good Times”).
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Randy Bachman (Bachman & Turner).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Iggy Azalea (“The New Classic”).
• “Roast On the Range” (Columbus OH) – Just before the kick-off of this weekend’s massive “Rock On the Range” rock festival, musicians, comedians, and friends offer up a stinging salute to Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor. The event’s roastmaster is Sebastian Bach.
• “Rosemary’s Baby” (NBC) – The 2nd and final segment of a new take on Ira Levin’s classic psychological horror novel. The 4-hour miniseries starring Zoe Saldana debuted on Sunday.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – A performance by the Broadway cast of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today all 10 past & present co-hosts of the show (from Meredith Vieira to Jenny McCarthy) gather to salute retiring Barbara Walters as part of this week’s “ABC: A Barbara Celebration”. Tomorrow is Walters’ last day on daily television.
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Dolly Parton (“Blue Smoke”).

• “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS) – Season 7 finalé.
• “Elementary” (CBS) – Season 2 finalé.
• “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) – Season 10 finalé.
• “The Millers” (CBS) – Season 1 finalé.
• “Reign” (CW) – Season 1 finalé.
• “Surviving Jack” (FOX) – Season 1 finalé.
• “The Vampire Diaries” (CW) – Season 5 finalé.

• Coldplay – They’re giving fans a taste of their new album “Ghost Stories” by making it available to stream for free on iTunes from now through its official release on Monday, May 19th.
• Dr Dre – Fresh from the news that Apple is offering him $3.2 billion to acquire his Beats brand, he’s reportedly put a bid on the Brentwood CA mansion that was custom-built for NFL QB Tom Brady & his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen. The asking price … a cool $50 million.
• Kelly Rowland – It’s just been revealed she married her manager Tim Witherspoon on May 9th in Costa Rica, with Beyoncé and her sister Solange among the guests. Rowland has been in the studio working on her 5th album with Pharrell Williams and other collaborators.
• Miranda Lambert – Her new album “Platinum” is out June 3rd and the supporting “Platinum Tour” begins July 10th. Quote: “Platinum represents a lifestyle for me. It’s the color of my hair, my wedding ring, and my Airstream trailer.”

Special evening showings tonight of …
• “Godzilla” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Action Adventure ): The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten Earth’s very existence. Stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe. Directed by Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”).
• “Million Dollar Arm” ( PG Sports Drama ): This flick could help secure Jon Hamm’s leading-man status as AMC-TV’s “Mad Men” winds down to its finalé. He pays a sports agent who develops an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. Co-stars Alan Arkin, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma.

Just a month after letting anyone buy Google Glass as part of a 1-day sale, Google is now  making it available to US customers once more, and this time it doesn’t appear to be a limited time offer. Google says it’s built up its stock again and wants to get the Android-powered headset device into the hands of anyone who wants to buy. This open purchasing option is said to be part of the Glass Explorer Program not a full-blown consumer launch, which is expected to happen later this year. Glass first went on sale 2 years ago. The price remains the same … $1,500. (They keep trying different tactics but it sure seems like this is never gonna catch on.)

Hey girl, are sure you’re ready for your boyfriend to propose? More specifically, is your hand ready for him to a put a big ol’ expensive rock on it? ‘Hand lifts’ (yes, face lifts for your hands) are becoming increasingly popular with brides-to-be concerned that unsightly loose skin and wrinkles will distract from their pretty baubles. The treatment involves injecting a filler into the hands to smooth out wrinkles. One cosmetic surgeon says he’s seen a 40% increase in the procedure since the rise of social media. For the record, a hand lift costs around $1,200 and lasts about 9 months. (About as long as your engagement.)
– “ELLE Magazine”

According to author and University of North Carolina researcher Barbara Fredrickson …
✓ Prioritize Uplift – You know what makes you feel good: Working out, calling a friend who’s super-positive, engaging in a hobby. Think of these as nutrients and make sure you get them.
✓ Know the Difference Between Pleasure & Happiness – Eating a chocolate cake may give you pleasure, but it’s not especially meaningful. On the other hand, making a chocolate cake for your best friend = happiness.
✓ Learn What Won’t Make You Happy – Getting a promotion or a fancy new handbag or even a lottery ticket windfall won’t really have the affect on your happiness you might think. Positivity is more of a personal, internal thing.
✓ Reflect on Your Connections – Take a few minutes during the day to think about the interactions you’ve had with others. The simple act of remembering will help increase positive emotions.
✓ Get Outside – To elevate your mood you should spend at least 20 minutes outdoors, hopefully in pleasant weather. And no, looking out a window doesn’t cut it.

General Motors has announced plans to launch LTE connectivity in its vehicles. Starting in June, the Chevrolet Malibu will be the 1st to have OnStar 4G LTE, and 30 other GM models will get it by the end of the year. The option is tied to its existing OnStar in-car connectivity platform, and offers services like a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and improved safety and security options. After a 3-month or 3GB trial period (whichever comes first), customers will be able to purchase daily, monthly, or yearly data packages, ranging from $5 per day to $200 for a 12 month 100GB plan. Essentially, the option makes your car another device on your wireless plan, just as you would add an iPad or other connected device. (LTE is set to become a standard car option, just like air conditioning.)

Brides are increasingly looking for a night (or 4) to remember before their wedding day, often with a destination party. A few things to keep in mind when planning one …
• Post an Itinerary – Whoever is taking the lead on planning (likely the maid-of-honor) should send out as many details up-front as possible.
• Be Flexible – Obviously the bride’s wishes come first, but be mindful of everyone’s dietary restraints and other preferences when booking reservations and activities.
• Break the Ice – Participants may come from all aspects of the bride’s life (childhood friends, co-workers, cousins). Therefore, it’s the bride’s job to make intros and pull people together.
• Moolah – Bachelorette extravaganzas can cost thousands. Float a few options to the potential group first, then once everyone is on board with costs and dates, start discussing specifics.
• Start an Email Chain Without the Bride – Sure, the trip is all about her, but this will help guests coordinate details and even plan a few surprises.
• Booze – There’s a good chance the bride (and the entire group) will be imbibing a lot more than usual, so it’s best to keep tabs on your drinks … and each other.
– Condensed from

A small amount of electrical current could be the key to letting people control their dreams. A new study from Germany’s Goethe University Frankfurt has found that by applying current in certain frequencies to a sleeper’s scalp just above the forehead, that person may be able to gain some control over their dreams. The researchers believe the discovery could eventually be used as a clinical treatment, perhaps helping treat post-traumatic stress disorder by allowing those who suffer from its nightmares to change the content of their dreams. (Maybe someday we’ll be able to ‘cast’ the people we dream about. Let’s see … Kate Upton, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and J-Law?)

• So-called ‘baby carrots’ are actually cut out of regular size carrots that are too lumpy and/or ugly to be sold in stores.
• Most wasabi that you buy in a store or eat at a restaurant is actually colored horseradish. Real wasabi is extremely expensive to cultivate.
• There are 7,500 different kinds of apples. If you were try a new variety each day, it would take you 20 years to try them all.
• One of the most popular pizza toppings in Brazil is green peas.
• There’s an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan that offers horse flesh-flavored ice cream.


1948 [66] Brian Eno (Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno), Woodbridge UK,  record producer/songwriter (U2, Coldplay)/classic rock musician (co-founder Roxy Music)

1956 [58] Dan Patrick, TV sportscaster (“Football Night in America” since 2006)/Premiere Radio Networks host (“The Dan Patrick Show”)/sportswriter (“Sports Illustrated”)

1974 [40] Russell Hornsby, Oakland CA, TV actor (‘Hank Griffin’ on “Grimm” since 2011)

1982 [32] Brad Shultz, Bowling Green KY, indie rock guitarist (Cage The Elephant-“Come a Little Closer”, “In One Ear”)

• “Chocolate Chip Day”. Hey, any excuse to mow down on a dozen warm gooey cookies fresh out of the oven. Mmm, can’t you just smell ‘em?

• “Flip Your Mattress Day”, an annual turnover to help prevent a case of the ‘lumpies’.

• “International Day of Families”, established by the UN General Assembly in 1992.

• “International Online Romance Day”, a day to fall in love online. (With who knows what!)

• “Peace Officer Memorial Day”, the 33rd annual observance during “Police Week” by over 20,000 police departments across North America to honor colleagues killed in the line of duty.

2013 [01] JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” opens in movie theaters, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana

2009 [05] Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive is presented with Canada’s highest civilian honor, Officer of the Order of Canada

1995 [19] 1st casino gambling website is launched on the Internet (now there’s a gazillion of them)

2010 [04] 16-year-old Australian sailor Jessica Watson becomes the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around-the-world

[Fri] Hangout Music Festival begins (Gulf Shores AL)
[Fri] Bike to Work Day
[Fri] Pizza Party Day
[Sat] Learn to Swim Day
[Sun] International Museum Day
[Sun] “Billboard Music Awards” (ABC)
[Mon] Victoria Day (Canada)
This Week Is … Work at Home Moms Week
This Month Is … Revise Your Work Schedule Month


These actually happened for real …
• Getting an infection after being cut by the teeth of your enemy’s decapitated head that you’ve hung from your horse saddle (892).
• Shooting yourself while showing a jury how the victim could have shot himself (1871).
• Using an overcoat as a parachute while jumping off the Eiffel Tower (1911).
• Reading your own obituary and dying from the shock (1940).
• Drowning at a lifeguard party celebrating a drown-free swimming season (1985).
• Falling out of a window after throwing yourself against the glass to prove it’s unbreakable (1993).
• Defecating on your prison-cell floor, then slipping in it and whacking your head (2002).
• Being crushed by a cow falling through your roof (2013).
– Adapted from

These likely never happened …
• Chaffing yourself to death with one-ply toilet paper.
• Getting crushed by a poorly-mounted plasma TV over your bed.
• Re-enacting a stunt from the 22nd sequel to “Jackass: The Movie”.
• Diving into an open barbeque pit to catch a falling rib.
• Axe body spray poisoning.
• Strolling through the forest in an antler hat.
• Laughing yourself to death at some joke on [your show].
• Paper cut.

☎ Which stars, if paired up, would make the hottest babies? Lupita Nyong’o & Jared Leto? Jennifer Lawrence & Zac Efron?

Never argue with a fool. He may be doing the same thing.

Question: Phone chargers are the #1 thing left behind in hotel rooms, followed by THIS.
Answer: Underwear.

If you are repeatedly disappointed by a friend, lower your expectations.

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