Wednesday, May 20, 2015        Edition: #5455

Another Sheetload of Bull!

★ Taylor Swift doesn’t exactly ooze sex appeal, but “Maxim” magazine has given her top spot on its annual ‘Hot List’ anyway, beating out the likes of sexy singers Beyoncé, Katy Perry, and Rihanna. New editor Kate Lanphear says the “Maxim” definition of ‘hot’ has been changed to include more than beauty. It’s now about brains and relevance as well. Swift is having a fantastic week … cleaning up at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, and opening her North American tour tonight.
– “Women’s Wear Daily”
★ “Mad Max: Fury Road” director George Miller has confirmed he is already planning a follow-up film to the recently released reboot of the action franchise. The film, starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, just opened in cinemas over the weekend but Miller is already eyeing a sequel called “Mad Max: The Wasteland”. The new storyline came together during the numerous delays while shooting “Fury Road”. Millers says all the backstories just came together and expanded. “Mad Max: Fury Road” surpassed $110 million in worldwide box office during its opening weekend.
★ And it seems Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa are getting into a new biz – DJing – and they’re charging a lot for rank amateurs. We’re told they’ve been inspired by Snoop’s foray into spinning and they’ve now set their price: Wayne will play your songs for $60,000 and Khalifa is asking a more reasonable $25,000. Of course, they’re also demanding the usual perks, including First Class air travel and VIP treatment. Wiz is even using a new name … DJ Daddy Cat. Their first appearance is at Anaheim CA hot spot Heat Ultra Lounge.

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Tallest Man on Earth (“Dark Bird is Home”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Tove Lo (“Queen Of the Clouds”).
• “500 Questions” (ABC) – Debut of new game show in which some of the world’s smartest people are asked extremely difficult general knowledge questions. If they get 3 wrong in-a-row, they’re gone. The show airs 9 consecutive nights, finishing May 28th.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tim McGraw (“Sundown Heaven Town”). Kimmel says he’s airing a rerun as ‘a mark of respect’ to Letterman’s final show tonight.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Chew Toys (“Chew Toys”); Hundred Waters (“The Moon Rang Like a Bell”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Elle King (“Love Stuff”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Ne-Yo (“Non-Fiction”).
• “MasterChef” (FOX) – 40 home cooks present their signature dishes to the judges in the Season 6 debut.
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Wale (“The Album About Nothing”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Pitbull (“Dale”, coming in June).

• “Black-ish” (ABC) – Season 1 finalé.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – The series’ final episode promises surprises, memorable highlights, and the final Top Ten List. Letterman began hosting “Late Show” on August 30, 1993.
• “Modern Family” (ABC) – Season 6  finalé.
• “Supernatural” (CW) – Season 10 finalé.
• “Survivor” (CBS) – 2-hour Season 30 finalé, as usual followed by a reunion special. Next season’s contestants, determined by fan voting, are revealed.

• Beyoncé – She & Nicki Minaj have released a surprise video for “Feeling Myself”, which was shot at Coachella last month. Premiering exclusively on Jay-Z’s music service Tidal, whose logo makes a cameo in the video, the song is from Minaj’s 2014 album “The Pinkprint”.
• Coldplay – Chris Martin learned to play “The Scientist” in reverse for the 2002 music video.
• Janet Jackson – She’s announced via Twitter that a new album and a new world tour are on the way in 2015.
• Green Day – Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the 2004 hit “American Idiot” in response to a jingoistic Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
• Madonna – She’s expanding her Hard Candy Fitness Company. She already has 8 of the boutique gyms around-the-world and now she’s partnering with her manager Guy Oseary and New Evolution Ventures to expand the brand into retail products.
• Rolling Stones – In their first-ever Twitter Q&A (#AskTheStones), drummer Charlie Watts has divulged that he does not own a smartphone. Keith Richards has revealed the secret to living forever is to “go to church on a Sunday” and be “clean and healthy” with “plenty of exercise”.
• Taylor Swift – Tonight she begins her “1989 World Tour” in Bossier City LA, with dates slotted throughout North America and Europe into October. She will then play Australia in late November-December. Vance Joy is the supporting act on all North American dates.
• Tupac Shakur – The late rapper’s filmmaker friend, Gobi Rahimi, who was with Tupac the night he was shot and killed, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund a new movie about Shakur’s final week. He’s attempting to raise $300,000 to complete the film “7 Days”.

✓ In the daytime your older kid will wake your baby; in the nighttime your baby will wake your older kid.
✓ Diaper changes need to be lightning fast as you can’t leave your eldest unsupervised for long.
✓ Even if your older kid really likes the baby, he/she will probably say something like, “When is it going back?” at least once.
✓ You now have very little room in your shopping cart for actual groceries.
✓ Finding a babysitter isn’t as easy as it was before.
✓ Getting 2 kids to look at the camera at the same time is nearly impossible.
✓ Getting ready to leave home takes so long that it almost doesn’t seem worth leaving at all.
✓ If you have a boy & a girl, people will ask you if you’re ‘done’; if you have 2 of the same sex, people will ask if you’re ‘going to go for a girl/boy’.
✓ Nothing in the world will ever sound as sweet to you as your 2 kids laughing together.
– Adapted from

While studying how mobile technology has affected our attention span, Microsoft researchers in Canada have found that our ability to focus on something specific is shortening. The study used EEG, a non-invasive method of recording brain activity, while participants completed surveys and mind games. The results suggest the average attention of an adult is now just 8 seconds, down from 12 seconds the last time Microsoft conducted a similar study (2000). And that puts the human attention span at 1 second shorter than that of … a goldfish. While heavy technology users are shown to be better at multitasking, it seems they now struggle to focus in environments where prolonged attention is needed. (Such as face-to-face conversation.)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 65% of households still have an old fashioned answering machine.
• 62% of us claim to know how to change a flat tire even though we’ve never done it.
• 53% of men admit they’ve pretended to like a woman’s cat while in a relationship with her.
• 25% of women wear makeup when exercising.
• 13% of married people have checked their spouses’ browser history without them knowing.
• 11% of women have turned down a date with a man because he had too many tattoos.

Most kids are happy regardless of material wealth, according to a new survey of over 50,000 8-to-12 year-olds in 15 countries by researchers at Germany’s Goethe University. The “2015 Children’s Worlds Report” delves into many aspects of kids’ lives, including home life, friendships, possessions, school life, and even views on children’s rights. Norway has the highest marks in access to material things; knowing their rights as children; and having those rights respected by adults. But this didn’t make them the happiest; they rank 6th in satisfaction behind Romania, Colombia, Israel, Algeria, and Turkey. Some of these may not be countries you’d think of as ‘happy’, but researchers note that children tend to be more optimistic about life. (Before zits, mortgages, and unemployment.)

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Herd Misogyny’ – Hatred toward or harassment of women perpetrated by a group of males.
• ‘No-Drone Zone’ – An area over which drones or similar unpiloted aerial vehicles are prohibited to fly.
• ‘Plyscraper’ – A skyscraper made mainly from wood. Christchurch NZ welcomed its first multi-story timber structure this year; there are plans for Vancouver BC; and China could follow.

5. Michael Phelps – His dominance of the 2008 Olympic Games was a once-in-a-lifetime feat to witness. Nobody’s likely to break the US swimmer’s record of 22 Olympic medals – including 18 golds – anytime soon.
4. Jack LaLanne – Now called the ‘godfather of fitness’, all modern gyms descend from the one he opened in 1936 at 21-years-old. He then went on to write now-classic books on fitness and host the longest-running fitness TV show ever, “The Jack LaLanne Show” (1951-85).
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger – There’s hardly a realm of American life the Terminator-turned-Governator hasn’t conquered, yet despite movie and political careers his most impressive feats remain in the gym … Mr Universe at age 20; Mr Olympia 7 times.
2. Bruce Lee – Arguably the most influential martial artist of all-time, he stood just 5-7 and weighed as little as 125 lbs. When Lee was at his leanest his waist measured just 26 inches, thanks to his extreme training regimen.
1. Rich Froning Jr – The winner of the CrossFit Games is deemed ‘fittest man alive’ for good reason: The Games throw a brutal variety of fitness tasks at competitors, testing strength, power, and endurance. Froning has won The Games not once … but the last 4 years in-a-row.
–Condensed from “Men’s Health”

To quit smoking, penalties work better than reward incentives.
– “MedCity News”


1946 [69] Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre), El Centro CA, oldies singer (“Believe”, Sonny & Cher-“I Got You Babe”)/movie actress (Oscar-“Moonstruck”)

1972 [43] Busta Rhymes (Trevor Smith Jr), Brooklyn NY, rapper (“Touch It”, Pussycat Dolls f/Busta Rhymes–”Don’t Cha”)

1977 [38] Matt Czuchry, Manchester NH, TV actor (‘Cary Agos’ on “The Good Wife” since 2009)

• “Be A Millionaire Day”, a celebration of the joys of achieving millionaire status. Here’s how you go about it – first, get a whole bunch of money …

• “Eliza Doolittle Day”, a day named in honor of the lead character in the famous musical “My Fair Lady”. The occasion is inspired by the lyrics: ‘Next week on the 20th of May/I proclaim Eliza Doolittle Day’. Participants are encouraged to mark the day by making proper use of language.

• “Employee Health & Fitness Day”, observed on the 3rd Wednesday of May each year to encourage employers to promote healthy habits & physical activity for employees.

• “Pick Strawberries Day”, which sounds like lots of fun until you get down in the dirt on hands & knees with sweat trickling down your forehead and spiders crawling up your arms.

• “Weights & Measures Day”, marking an 1875 treaty that established the International Bureau of Weights & Measures. That means you’re just as fat in Pago Pago as you are here at home.

2003 [12] Final episode of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” airs on UPN

2011 [04] Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and the sequel film “Pirates Of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” open in movie theaters

2012 [03] Bee Gees singer-songwriter Robin Gibb dies of cancer in London at age 62

[Thurs] Wait Staff Day
[Fri] “Tomorrowland” opens in movie theaters
[Fri] Canadian Immigrants Day
[Sat] Big Weekend Festival begins (Norwich UK)
[Sun] Rolling Stones “Zip Code Tour” begins (San Diego CA)
[Sun] Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis IN)
This Week Is … Dog Bite Prevention Week
This Month Is … Global Civility Awareness Month


• Animated Short Boyfriends
• Low-Budget Action Boyfriends
• Cult Boyfriends
• Boyfriends featuring a Strong Female Lead
• Visually Striking Foreign Boyfriends
• Emotional Coming-of-Age Boyfriends
• Dramatic Canadian Boyfriends
• Underdog Sports Boyfriends
• Mind-Bending Animé Boyfriends
• Highly Stylized Boyfriends about Drugs
• Other Boyfriends like Simon Birch
– Thanks to Jessie Gaynor

Name the 5 most-searched animals on Google … in order.
5. Fish
4. Chicken
3. Horse
2. Cat
1. Dog

☎ What advice do you wish someone had given you when you graduated?

• Adele … Adams, Adkins, or Akins? [Adele Laurie Blue Adkins]
• Bono … David, Hewson, or Paul? [Paul David Hewson]
• Drake … Fowler, Aubrey, or Graham? [Aubrey Drake Graham]
• Kesha … Sherbet, Sorbet, or Sebert? [Kesha Rose Sebert]
• Ludacris … Bridges, Cristov, or Luda? [Christopher Brian Bridges]
• P!nk … Moab, Moore, or Morrison? [Alecia Beth Moore]
• Pitbull … Dale, Pérez, or Ocho? [Armando Christian Pérez]
• Prince … Jackson, Nelson, or Mollison? [Prince Roger Nelson]
• Rihanna … Fenty, Plenty, or Venti? [Robyn Rihanna Fenty]
• Sia … Fargo, Farlowe, or Furler? [Sia Kate Isobelle Furler]
• Usher … Ray, Raymond, or Romano? [Usher Terry Raymond IV]
– Sourced from /

To err is human. To forgive is against company policy.

Question: It takes the average mom 2 minutes, 5 seconds to do THIS.
Answer: Change a diaper.

The early bird may get the worm, but the 2nd mouse gets the cheese.

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