Friday, May 27, 2016 – Edition: #5740

Sheet For Brains!

★ “Carpool Karaoke” is becoming its own show. The popular segment from “The Late Late Show” in which James Corden drives celebrities around in a car fitted with cameras as they belt out tunes is being shopped to international broadcasters as a separate TV show. A US deal already is in the works. Corden won’t host the new version but will be an executive producer. The segments have already nabbed 600 million YouTube views, and two featuring Adele and Justin Bieber are especially popular.
★ New reports suggest Johnny Depp & Amber Heard did NOT sign a prenuptial agreement and Heard is reportedly asking for spousal support. This week she filed for divorce from Depp after almost 15 months of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The filing says the couple separated May 22nd. The last time the pair was seen together was in April in that awkward apology video they were forced to make for smuggling their dogs into Australia. 30-year-old Heard met the 52-year-old actor while filming “The Rum Diary” in 2011. They married in February last year on Depp’s island in the Bahamas.

• “American Masters” (PBS) – Sunday blues-rock singer Janis Joplin’s life is explored through letters and previously unseen footage. Rerun.
• BottleRock Music Festival (Napa CA) – Starting tonight, the 4th annual 3-day weekend of indie fun in the sun. On the bill for the music, wine, food, and craft brew festival: Cold War Kids, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence + The Machine, Lenny Kravitz, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, Walk the Moon, X Ambassadors and dozens more.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Today Flo Rida (“My House”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (“This Unruly Mess I’ve Made”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Coathangers (“Noebleed Weekend”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tonight Panic! At the Disco (“Death Of a Bachelor”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Tonight The Struts (“Everybody Wants”).
• Rockavaria (Munich, Germany) – A 3-day festival of old school rock with headliners Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden, and Nightwish, as well as the likes of Garbage, Slayer, and Anthrax.
• Rocklahoma (Pryor OK) – The 10th annual 3-day rock bash just outside Tulsa. This year’s lineup: Chevelle, Collective Soul, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Scorpions, 3 Doors Down and many more.
• Sasquatch! Festival (George WA) – On the bill for the 4-day event at The Gorge: Alabama Shakes, A$AP Rocky, The Cure, Disclosure, Florence + The Machine, Grimes, Major Lazer, Wolf Alice and many others.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Courtney Barnett (“Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Today Martina McBride (“Reckless”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Today Desiigner (“Panda”). Rerun.

• Blake Shelton – A new exhibit, “Blake Shelton: Based On a True Story”, opens today at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville TN.
• Dierks Bentley – Today he releases “Black,” his 8th studio album. Quote: “It’s a relationship album that covers the ups and downs of the journey and ends with some self-realization.”
• Fifth Harmony – They’re new album “7/27” is out today. Their “7/27 Tour” begins in Manchester NH on July 27th, naturally, and runs through September 17th in Las Vegas NV.
• Mötorhead – Two of their final concerts are being released today as the live album “Clean Your Clock”. Recorded in Munich, Germany approximately a month before frontman Lemmy Kilmister passed away, the set is available on CD, vinyl, DVD, and in a box set.
• My Morning Jacket – Today they’re putting out a deluxe reissue of their 3rd album, “It Still Moves”. The album has been remixed and remastered as a 2-CD or 4-LP set.
• Pink Floyd – Britain’s Royal Mail has announced a set of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of one of UK’s biggest-selling rock bands ever. The limited series of 10 stamps is now available for pre-order and will be released on July 7th.
• Tom Petty – He’s re-reuniting the band Mudcrutch, which he fronted before the Heartbreakers. Their first live gig is at this weekend’s Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe IL.
• The Weeknd – This week he and rapper Belly both cancelled an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because Donald Trump was booked on the same show.

• “Alice Through the Looking Glass” ( PG Fantasy Adventure ): In this Disney sequel to the 2010 film, ‘Alice’ returns to the whimsical world of ‘Wonderland’ and travels back in time to save the ‘Mad Hatter’. Stars Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway. Even with all the negative advance buzz, the movie is said to look spectacular.
• “X-Men: Apocalypse” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult return in Bryan Singer’s latest instalment of the sci-fi series (the 7th since the 2000 original). With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, ‘Apocalypse’, the ‘X-Men’ must reunite to defeat his extinction-level plan.
• Opening in limited release: “As I AM: The Life & Times of DJ AM” (Musical Documentary); “Chevalier” (Comedy); ” Holy Hell” (Documentary); “The Idol” (Music Biography); “The Ones Below” (Thriller); and “Presenting Princess Shaw” (Musical Documentary).

Take heart, Goths: Summer may be on its way, but that doesn’t mean you have to surrender to neons and pastels. Coming soon … black, coconut ash-flavored ice cream. NYC’s Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream has created a frozen dessert that’s as dark as a raven’s wing and if that’s not enough, it’s actually made with ashes. Coconut ash to be precise, a form of activated charcoal that’s become an oh-so-hip ingredient in juice bars and organic soaps as a ‘cleansing agent’ (there’s no evidence supporting these claims). The new flavor is on sale this weekend. (Not gross enough for you? There are also ‘Squid Ink’ and ‘Black Sesame’ ice cream recipes online.)

Spending late nights at the office and missing a kid’s piano recital or two might be a sign of a deeper psychiatric problem, according to a new study. Researchers have found that workaholism can be linked with anxiety, depression, OCD, and ADHD. In fact, workaholics score higher on all these psychiatric symptoms than non-workaholics. It’s thought that taking work to the extreme may be a sign of deeper psychological or emotional issues. Researchers have found that 7.8% of the 16,000-plus adults studied were workaholics. (You know you’re one if you find yourself always worrying about how you can free up more time … to work.)
– “PLOS One”

On average, global workers clock in a little more than 36 hours a week at the office according to a new survey by the United Bank of Switzerland (UBS). Here are the tops and bottoms …
1. Hong Kong, China … 50.11 hours/week.
2. Mumbai, India … 43.78 hours.
3. Mexico City, Mexico … 43.48 hours.
4. New Delhi, India … 42.57 hours.
5. Bangkok, Thailand … 42.13 hours.
1. Paris, France … 30.48 hours.
2. Lyon, France … 31.36 hours.
3. Moscow, Russia … 31.67 hours.
4. Helsinki, Finland … 31.90 hours.
5. Vienna, Austria … 32.26 hours.
(Note that the survey is based on averages, so it’s possible some workers spend more time than average at the office while others struggle to find full-time work.)

Neanderthal DNA in humans is linked with nicotine addiction and depression.
– “The Guardian”


1966 [50] Sean Kinney, Renton WA, rock drummer (Alice in Chains-“Your Decision”, “No Excuses”)

1971 [45] Paul Bettany, London UK, movie actor (“Iron Man 2”, “The Da Vinci Code”)/married to actress Jennifer Connelly since 2003

1975 [41] André 3000 (Benjamin), Atlanta GA, hip-hop artist (OutKast-“Hey Ya!”, “The Way You Move”)

1975 [41] Jamie Oliver, Clavering UK, celebrity TV chef (“Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution”, “Jamie’s Kitchen”, “The Naked Chef”, etc)

Bluegrass musician Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss & Union Station) is 60; Country singer Phil Vassar (“In a Real Love”) is 52; Pop singer Kylie Minogue (“Can’t Get You Out of My Head”) is 48; TV host Elisabeth Hasselbeck (“FOX & Friends”) is 39; TV actor Jake Johnson (“New Girl”) is 38; Pop singer Colbie Caillat (“Bubbly”) is 31; Movie actress Carey Mulligan (“Drive”) is 31.

Movie actress Annette Bening (“American Beauty”) is 58; Movie actor Rupert Everett (“St Trinian’s”) is 57; Oldies singer Melissa Etheridge (“I’m the Only One”) is 55; Classic rock guitarist Noel Gallagher (Oasis) is 49; Pop singer Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) is 41; Movie actress Lorelei Linklater (“Boyhood”) is 23.

• “Cellophane Tape Day”, marking 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. Also messiest.
• “Heat Awareness Day”, observed on the last Friday in May to promote safe practices during extreme temperatures.
• “Sunscreen Protection Day”, to create awareness of the importance of using protection against harmful UV rays from the Sun.

• “Amnesty International Day”, commemorating the 1961 launch of ‘Appeal for Amnesty’ which evolved into today’s “AI”. The organization strives to protect human rights around-the-world.
• “Hamburger Day”, honoring the world’s favorite sandwich whose origins can be traced back as far as the Middle Ages. Close to 6 billion burgers are served annually by restaurants.
• “Sierra Club Day”, celebrating the 1892 founding of the oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization. There are 1.3 million+ members in the US & Canada.
• “Whooping Crane Day”, a salute to the rare waterbird that’s almost become extinct. Today there are only a few hundred left in the wild.

• “Indianapolis 500”, the 100th running of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’. Darius Rucker sings the pre-race anthem; motorsports legend Roger Penske drives the pace car; movie actor Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) is 2016’s honorary starter.
• “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers”, observed on the anniversary of the first deployment of UN Peacekeeping Forces, in 1948 in the Middle East.
• “Learn About Composting Day”, a great excuse to go green and help the environment.
• “Pink Flamingo Day”, saluting the tacky lawn ornament created by Don Featherstone in 1957. There are now more fake ones than real ones in North America.

• “Memorial Day” in America, observed on the last Monday in May as a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation’s service.

2006 [10] 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

2013 [03] A report is published saying many musicians are frustrated with fans filming their gigs on smartphones (Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs put up signs at concerts asking people to leave their phones in their pockets)

2014 [02] Google unveils its self-driving car, a prototype that can drive 25 mph and safely respond to a variety of situations

2013 [03] Guinness World Records confirms the ‘World’s Largest Flag’, made by a village in Romania, weighs 5 tons and uses 44 miles of thread

[Mon] Mint Julep Day
[Tues] World No-Tobacco Day
This Week Is … Hurricane Preparedness Week
This Month Is … Moving Month


• Belt out songs like a rock star with your kids in the car.
• Bust out your finest moves at home.
• Investigate the parents of your kids’ friends on social media.
• Hide or toss out a loud and annoying toy.
• Re-enact the ‘Circle of Life’ scene from “The Lion King”.
• Use your kid as an excuse to get out of something.
• Take candy from waiting rooms to give to your kids.
• Tell your own ‘abridged’ version of a bedtime story by flipping 10 pages instead of 1.
• Let your kid play with your phone so you can get a few minutes of peace.
• Pass gas and blame it on the kid.
– Adapted from

What did Ancient Egyptians do to mourn the deaths of their cats?
a. Shaved their eyebrows. [CORRECT. They shaved them right off.]
b. Shaved their beards.
c. Shaved their armpits.

To err is human. To blame it on someone else is even more so.

☎ What did you learn in school that you’ve never actually used in real life? How about …
✗ How to make paper snowflakes.
✗ To not speak unless you first raise your hand.
✗ How to line up by height.
✗ How to do long division.
✗ To get somewhere before the bell rings.
✗ How to make an erupting volcano.
✗ Latin.
✗ Algebra.

Question: An angry gorilla does THIS to show anger while a native of Tibet does it to show respect.
Answer: They stick out their tongues.

Behind every successful woman is … herself.

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