Wednesday, May 27, 2015           Edition: #5460

Sheet For Brains!

★ Showtime network has doubled its order for David Lynch’s upcoming TV series “Twin Peaks”. Now 18 episodes are being lined up for the much-anticipated revival next year. The mystery drama reboot comes 25 years after the original. Cast members Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, and Sherilyn Fenn are returning; as well as Angelo Badalamenti, who created the original ABC-TV series’ memorable theme song and soundtrack. Original theme here …
★ Add Max Greenfield to the list of those checking into “American Horror Story: Hotel”. The “New Girl” star is joining the 5th season of the horror anthology created by Ryan Murphy (“Glee”). Previously announced cast members include Angela Bassett, Chloe Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, and Wes Bentley. “American Horror Story: Hotel” begins production this Summer and debuts on FX in October.
★ And Johnny Depp’s dog smuggling case just won’t go away. He & wife Amber Heard are accused of failing to declare their pooches ‘Pistol’ and ‘Boo’ to Australian customs officials and follow proper quarantine procedures upon their April arrival Down Under, where Depp is shooting the latest “Pirates Of the Caribbean” sequel. Even though the Yorkies have been flown back home, a Senate investigation is pushing for a hefty fine up to $250,000 … or even jail time.
– “Sydney Morning Herald”

• “The Briefcase” (CBS) – In this new reality competition, families facing financial setbacks are given a briefcase full of money, and then the choice to keep it all for themselves or give some to another family in need.
• “Bullseye” (FOX) – Another new reality competition in which contestants tackle 3 levels of extraordinary challenges in hope of winning $50,000.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Kristian Bush (Sugarland). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Kendrick Lamar (“To Pimp a Butterfly”).
• “iHeartRadio Country Festival” (NBC) – A 2-hour pre-recorded special hosted by Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) and Darius Rucker, featuring a star-studded lineup that includes The Band Perry, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, and Tyler Farr.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Mimicking Birds (“Eons”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Estelle (“True Romance”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Twin Shadow (“Eclipse”); Willie Nelson (“It’s a Long Story: My Life”). Rerun.
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Barenaked Ladies (“Silverball”, out June 2nd).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Christina Milian (“Christina Milian Turned Up”). Rerun.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tori Kelly (“Unbreakable Smile”, coming this Summer). Rerun.

• Amy Winehouse – The ‘Ray’ and ‘Mr Hathaway’ references in her 2006 hit “Rehab” are to music icons Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway.
• BB King – Las Vegas PD has now confirmed that an investigation is underway into the circumstances surrounding his death after 2 of his daughters accused his longtime business manager LaVerne Toney and his personal assistant of poisoning the blues icon.
• The Beatles – A letter George Harrison wrote to Atlanta GA radio DJ Paul Drew back in May 1966 is being auctioned. It wasn’t until the radio personality died in 2013 that his widow found the item. Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold is now asking $20,000 for it, promising it reveals previously unknown secrets about the Fab Four’s recording days.
• Drake – He’s revealed on his “Jungle Tour” that he’ll be ranking audiences in Chicago, Detroit, Houston, and Montréal. He promises to bring his OVO Fest to whichever city has the ‘craziest crowd’. He’s hosting his 6th annual 3-day OVO concert in his native Toronto this August.
• Frank Ocean – The 27-year-old has recorded his new album at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. His sophomore album, “Boys Don’t Cry”, is expected to be released sometime in July.
• Kanye West – An undisclosed settlement has just been made between him, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Ricky Spicer, who used to sing with Ponderosa Twins Plus One. In a 2013 lawsuit, Spicer claimed portions of his vocals from his former group’s song “Bound” were used without permission in West’s 2013 hit “Bound 2”.
• Katy Perry – The video for her 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl” features a cameo from a then-unknown Kesha.
• Leona Lewis – Jesse McCartney co-wrote 2007’s “Bleeding Love” with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.
• Snoop Dogg – It’s taken him 43 years and 5 name changes, but he claims to have reformed his woman-insulting ways and says he’ll never refer to a female as a ‘bitch’ or ‘ho’ again. This is apparently all thanks to his daughter, mother, and grandmother. This is progress?
• Tyler Farr – He’s #1 on the ‘Billboard Country Airplay’ chart this week with “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”. It’s been a long haul. The song began its upward journey 42 weeks ago.
• U2 – They tell CBS News they feared their “Innocence + Experience” world tour was over on its first night, May 14th, after The Edge fell off the stage during an encore in Vancouver BC. Fortunately, while he suffered bumps & bruises, he didn’t sustain any serious injuries.
• Years & Years – The synth-pop trio aspires to write for other artists, including Ariana Grande and Take That. But frontman Olly Alexander admits they’ve been so busy making their debut album “Communion” (out July 10th), they haven’t had a chance to write or record with others.

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 50% of women and 10% of men keep their natural hair color hidden.
• 45% of guys will burn something on the grill at least once this Summer.
• 44% of drivers have an air freshener in their vehicles even though it no longer works.
• 20% of homeowners admit that they are jealous of a neighbor’s lawn.
• 15% of us say we’d be embarrassed if the boss saw our car.
• 8% of men say they’d give up sex in exchange for more hair.

Want to save fuel on those long Summer highway drives? Don’t open the window. Crank up the air conditioning. While AC does increase fuel consumption, it’s more efficient than driving with windows open at highway speeds. That’s because open windows increase a vehicle’s  aerodynamic drag, thereby making the engine work harder. A few other fuel-savers …
✓ Park in the shade so your vehicle doesn’t get as hot.
✓ Leave the windows open when you first start driving to clear hot air out of the cabin.
✓ If you’ve got a plug-in hybrid, pre-cool the car while it’s still plugged in. That uses power from the electric grid, not your car’s engine.
– Condensed from “Detroit Free Press”

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Clique-Stalking’ – Surreptitiously investigating a person’s friends or social media connections.
• ‘Gnomophobia’ – An unusually strong fear of, or aversion to, garden gnomes.
• ‘Megalothymia’ – The need to feel superior to others, according to “National Review”.
• ‘Stealthie’ – A photograph of one or more people, taken without their knowledge or consent.

• For immediately brighter skin, massage your face with a high-quality facial cleanser while in the shower.
• Even if you don’t need to shave every day, leave yourself 5 minutes every morning to do a quick once-over on your mug and assess your hair growth situation.
• To smell amazing all day long, layer your scents by matching deodorant, cologne, and even soap if possible.
• Dabbing on eye cream in the morning will soothe and moisturize the delicate, dry skin in this area and minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
• Black coffee and green or black tea are packed with antioxidants that will keep you looking young.
• Making your own lunch will save you a shocking number of excess calories and unnecessary sodium.
• Squeezing in an exercise session in the morning will improve both body and mind. In addition to building a fitter, hotter bod’, the endorphin rush will put you in a cheery mood for hours.
– Condensed from

✓ Kids who were born the month Hanson released “Mmmbop” are graduating high school now.
✓ If “The Lion King” were a person, he could now legally purchase a beer.
✓ “The Macarena” turns 20 this Summer. So does Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”.
✓ Kids born the month that the iPod came out are now old enough for a bar mitzvah.
✓ If “Ferris Bueller” were a real person, he’d be turning 46 this year.
✓ “The Breakfast Club” is 30-years-old; “The Godfather” is 43.
✓ Kids finishing 2nd grade this year have never seen Bob Barker host “The Price Is Right”.
✓ The Raffi song “Baby Beluga” was released 35 years ago.
✓ Current “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson wasn’t alive when “Wayne’s World” first aired as a sketch on the show.
✓ Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” came out 15 months before Justin Bieber was born.
– Adapted from


1966 [49] Sean Kinney, Renton WA, rock drummer (Alice in Chains-“Your Decision”, “No Excuses”)

1971 [44] Paul Bettany, London UK, movie actor (“Iron Man 2”, “The Da Vinci Code”)/married to actress Jennifer Connelly since 2003

1975 [40] André 3000 (Benjamin), Atlanta GA, hip-hop artist (OutKast-“Hey Ya!”, “The Way You Move”)

1975 [40] Jamie Oliver, Clavering UK, celebrity TV chef (“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”, “Jamie’s Kitchen”, “The Naked Chef”, etc)

1980 [35] Ben Feldman, Washington DC, TV actor (‘Michael Ginsberg’ on “Mad Men” 2012-15)

1990 [25] Chris Colfer, Fresno CA, TV actor (‘Kurt Hummel’ on “Glee” 2009-15)

• “Cellophane Tape Day”, marking the 85th anniversary of the date in 1930 that a patent for the product was granted to one Richard Drew. His invention was later marketed by 3M as ‘Scotch’ tape.

• “Grape Popsicle Day”, a salute to one of the favorite flavors of the frozen treat. Unfortunately, it is also the one that stains the worst. “Oh crap, look at my new T!”

• “Senior Health & Fitness Day”, the 22nd annual on the last Wednesday of May to promote wellness for the elderly. 2015 theme: ‘If You Keep Moving, You’ll Keep Improving’.

• “Sunscreen Protection Day”, to create awareness of the importance of using protection against harmful UV rays from the sun. A few tips on using solar protection products …
– ‘Sunscreen’ filters sunlight so less of it reaches the deeper layers of your skin. ‘Sunblock’, on the other hand, reflects or scatters the sunlight away so that it doesn’t reach the skin at all.
– ‘SPF’ is a multiplication number that stands for ‘Sun Protection Factor’. If you can normally stay out in the sun 15 minutes before burning, an SPF 10 sunscreen would allow you to resist the burn for 10x longer or 150 minutes. But the numbers can be deceiving: SPF 50 is only a 1% improvement over SPF 30 in terms of blocking harmful rays.
– UV-A penetrates deeply into the skin and can lead to cancer and premature skin aging. UV-B is involved in tanning and burning of your skin. You need a sunscreen that blocks both.
– You should slather on the goo even on overcast days as UV rays can penetrate clouds.
– Sunscreen is rarely applied in real-life as it is in lab-testing conditions. It sweats and rubs off, so your best bet is to re-apply a high-factor sunscreen every 2 hours.
– In general, follow the ‘Spoon Rule’: A teaspoon-full of sunscreen for your face, neck and ears; a teaspoon for each limb; and a teaspoon each for the front and back of the body.

• “World MS Day”, the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation’s annual campaign to raise awareness of the condition, and to support and connect the 2.3 million people living with it .

2006 [09] Movie stars Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt welcome their 1st biological child, a daughter named Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, while staying at a compound in Swakopmund, Namibia

2014 [01] Google unveils its self-driving car, a prototype that can drive 25 mph and safely respond to a variety of situations

2013 [02] Guinness World Records confirms the ‘World’s Largest Flag’, made by a village in Romania, weighs 5 tons and uses 44 miles of thread

[Thurs] Sierra Club Day
[Fri] “Aloha”, “Results”, “San Andreas” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Hug Your Cat Day
[Fri] Learn About Composting Day
[Fri] International Day of UN Peacekeepers
[Sun] “Halt & Catch Fire” season debut (AMC)
This Week Is … Hurricane Preparedness Week
This Month Is … Moving Month


✓ The moment your cheek hits the cool side of the pillow.
✓ When you wake up and realize you have another 3 hours of sleep before your alarm goes off.
✓ When your toast comes out perfectly browned.
✓ When your favorite underwear is fresh out the laundry.
✓ When you’re in the car and an emotional song comes on the radio so you pretend you’re in a music video.
✓ When all the traffic lights are green on your way to work; or the train doors open exactly where you’re standing.
✓ When you realize you have another cookie left after thinking you’d finished the entire package.
✓ When the exact word you’re thinking about is said by someone else.
✓ When you go to pay for something and have the exact change.
✓ When you arrive wherever you’re going just as it starts to rain.
– Thanks to AV Hunter

People in which profession average less than 6 hours sleep per night?
a. Astronaut. [CORRECT, at least while in orbit.]
b. Bartender.
c. Cowboy.
– “Daily Telegraph”

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☎ What’s the goofiest/funniest/most profound thing you’ve seen written on a coffee mug?
– “Good Morning, I See the Assassins Have Failed”
– “Teenage Daughter Survivor”
– “I Pooped Today :)”

Question: 1-in-5 men always take THIS on vacation.
Answer: A blow-dryer.

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