Friday, November 11, 2005        Edition: #3157
Deja Moo!

TODAY “Out” magazine hosts a gala in NYC to unveil its 11th annual list of ‘100 Most Influential People in Gay Culture’, which includes Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (‘Humanitarian of the Year’), actress Sharon Stone (‘Straight Ally’), and Melissa Etheridge (‘Entertainer of the Year’) . . . TODAY former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson is scheduled to appear in court in Sao Paulo, Brazil on charges of assault & destruction of property concerning an altercation with a TV cameraman outside a nightclub . . . TONIGHT a tribute to ‘80s rocker Cyndi Lauper at Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal will include Shaggy, Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland, and Train singer Pat Monahan (to be taped for later airing on VH-1) . . . SATURDAY a charity concert at NYC’s Lincoln Center called “Broadway Meets Country” will include performances by Trace Adkins, Lee Ann Womack & Trisha Yearwood, joined by Broadway stars like Bernadette Peters . . . SUNDAY NBC-TV airs Penn & Teller’s 2-hour special “Off the Deep End”, the first magic show performed entirely underwater (illusions will include making a submarine disappear in the Caribbean) . . . Nielsen Media Research reveals that NBC is the 2005 leader in the field of ‘product placement on TV’, getting paid to use products within its programs some 21,286 times, more than double LAST YEAR’s flog factor . . . CBS-TV has ordered up 2 more “Survivor” seasons, the 13th and 14th editions, for the 2006-07 season but has not announced locations (season #12 is now shooting) . . . “The Daily Show’s” Lewis Black is delivering a few comic riffs on – the Weather Channel in the US, an attempt to get viewers to lighten up about the forecast (other comedians/celebs are expected to follow – an idea for Canada’s Weather Network?) . . . Tickets are already on sale for Radio City Music Hall’s famous “Rockettes Christmas Spectacular”, which is playing Toronto’s Hummingbird Centre beginning NOVEMBER 14th – but that’s not until 2006! . . . And former “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” host Regis Philbin is returning to primetime NEXT YEAR as host of a revival of “This Is Your Life”, a show that originated in the ‘40s which details the life story of famous guests, complete with surprise walk-ons by friends & relatives (this could be the death of Reg’ – he’ll be turning 75 NEXT YEAR!).

• Billy Joel – He’s returning to the road in JANUARY. No, don’t worry! He won’t be driving, just touring for the first time in 8 years.
• Elton John – He’s a big fan of “Desperate Housewives” and is begging producers for a cameo role because, he says, “It’s so bitchy and funny!”
• 50 Cent – TODAY he flogs his film on both ABC-TV’s “The View” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”.
• Garth Brooks – SATURDAY on the CMT special, “Brooks Unlimited”, he speaks candidly about his life since ‘retirement’, including his engagement to Trisha Yearwood & his role as a father back home in Oklahoma.
• Green Day – TONIGHT they do “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”.
• Keith Urban – SUNDAY & Monday he performs at the Irving Plaza Concert Hall in NYC, just part of the build-up to the 39th annual “CMA Awards” at Madison Square Garden TUESDAY.
• Kenny Chesney – TODAY he guests on both the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” & the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.
• Madonna – Her Website confirms she wears fake eyelashes made of mink studded with diamonds, but claims they are made from fur that was ‘shed’ … so no animals were hurt.
• Mary J Blige – SATURDAY she receives the ‘V-Legend Award’ at the “2005 Vibe Awards”, to be taped in LA for broadcast TUESDAY. Ciara leads nominations with 5, followed by 50 Cent with 4. Wonder who’ll get stabbed at this year’s event?
• Snoop Dogg – His next product endorsement to hit the market will be ‘Snoop Doggs’, foot-long hot dogs due to hit stores in JANUARY. Why? There just aren’t any celebrity hot dogs out there!
• U2 – Bono took his name from a hearing-aid brand, ‘Bono Vox’, which is Latin for ‘Good Voice’.

• “Derailed” ( R-Rated Thriller ): Clive Owen & Jennifer Aniston play married business execs who end up having an adulterous affair after meeting regularly during their morning commute. When they’re blackmailed by a violent criminal, they try to turn the tables on their aggressor in order to protect their families.
• “Zathura” [zuh-THURR-uh] ( PG Fantasy Adventure): Josh Hutcherson & Jonah Bobo play young brothers who are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled into Space. Based on a story by children’s author Chris Van Allsburg (“Jumanji”).

Think you can sleep with just any old thang under your head? Experts say you should think again! Witness …
• Extra-firm pillows are best for those who sleep on their side. Make sure the height of the pillow is roughly the same as the distance between your neck and the end of your shoulder.
• Medium-to-firm pillows are best for back sleepers. These provide support without tilting your head too far forward or allowing it to tilt too far back.
• Medium-to-soft pillows are best for stomach sleepers. The risk for a stomach sleeper is that his or her head will be pushed up and back, putting stress on the neck and spine.
– Knight Ridder News

• Just in time for northern winter, Tokyo-based underwear maker Triumph International has unveiled – the ‘Warm Biz Bra’. It features removable pads that can be heated in a microwave or hot water, as well as long, furry straps that wrap around the neck like a scarf. According to advertising flak, ‘Warm Biz’ helps you look chic AND reduce global warming.
• After a cat escaped in the cargo hold of a Czech Airlines plane, officials decided it was ‘too dangerous’ to allow passengers back on-board so the flight from Frankfurt to Prague was cancelled. The plane returned to Prague virtually empty, with just the crew & cat on board, where it was dismantled until the feline was finally found.
• In southern Sweden, a moose cow & calf have regularly become intoxicated from mowing down on fermented apples outside a home. In fact, they’ve become so drunk and aggressive cops have trouble scaring them off. The only thing that seems to encourage the duo to go home and sleep it off is calling in a hunter with a dog.
• Men in Serbia are lining up to have electric shocks delivered to their – ‘nads. It’s a new contraceptive treatment in which electrodes are attached to administer a low electrical current. It purportedly temporarily stuns sperm into a state of immobility for up to 10 days. Fertility expert Dr Sava Bojovic says he’s hoping to have a small battery-powered version available in time for the holiday season.

In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one has reported a single case in which an ostrich has buried its head in the sand.

The new magazine, “Total 180″, is aimed at women who have left their careers in favor of full-time motherhood. It refers to them as ‘CHOs’ (‘Chief Household Officers’). The founders, 3 California women who quit their jobs, say that even if their new magazine is a big hit they won’t lose their own ‘CHO’ status. Putting out the publication only takes up about 4 hours a day for each of them.
– “Globe & Mail”

A snapshot of who we are and what we do …
• 65% of men & 55% of women say that their partners’ faults don’t really bother them.
• 30% of us have ever tried caviar.
• 25% of us claim to make meals from scratch every day.
• 15% of us who’ve experienced bad customer service have somehow sought revenge for it.
• 10% of single men say they have NEVER changed their bed sheets.
• 7% of men who get a nose job request a ‘Brad Pitt’.


1925 [80] Jonathan Winters, Dayton OH, improv comic who influenced many of today’s comedians

1962 [43] Demi (Demetria) Moore, Roswell NM, movie actress (“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”, “Ghost”)/Mrs Ashton Kutcher since SEPTEMBER 24th/ex-Mrs Bruce Willis (1987-2000)

1964 [41] Calista Flockhart, Freeport IL, former TV actress (“Ally McBeal” 1997-2002)/Harrison Ford’s companion

1969 [36] Carson Kressley, Allentown PA, TV personality (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” since 2003)

1974 [31] Leonardo DiCaprio, Hollywood CA, movie actor (“The Aviator”, “Titanic”)

TV sportscaster Al Michaels (“Monday Night Football”) is 61; Classic rocker Neil Young (“Heart of Gold”) is 60; TV actress Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) is 47; Former TV actor David Schwimmer (“Friends”) is 39; Canadian movie actor Ryan Gosling (“The Notebook”) is 25; Movie actress Anne Hathaway (“The Princess Diaries”) is 23; Movie actor/singer Omarion (“You Got Served”) is 21.

Movie producer/director/actor Garry Marshall (‘Buck Cluck’ in “Chicken Little”) is 71; Actor Chris Noth (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”) is 51; Comedian Whoopi Goldberg is 50; TV host Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”) is 38; Movie actor Steve Zahn (“Sahara”) is 37; TV actress Rachel Bilson (‘Summer Roberts’ on “The OC”) is 24.

TODAY is “Remembrance Day”, commemorating the end of WWI at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. It’s observed in Canada, Britain, the USA (renamed Veterans Day in 1954), Belgium & France (Armistice Day).
• French Army clerk Henri Deledicq finished typing the peace treaty that would end WWI at 5 am 11/11/18. Apparently tired, he put the carbon paper in backwards and later in a railroad car in France, military leaders signed copies of an armistice that were completely unreadable.
• The Remembrance Day poppy program run by the Canadian Legion raises over $5 million each year for veterans’ causes.
• The original tradition is to observe TWO minutes silence at 11 am.

TODAY is the 86th annual observance of “Veterans’ Day”. Originally called “Armistice Day”, then renamed in 1954, it commemorates the end of WWI at 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. The day now honors all military veterans.
• Observed as “Remembrance Day” in Canada & Britain, “Armistice Day” in Belgium & France.
• French Army clerk Henri Deledicq finished typing the peace treaty that would end WW I at 5 am 11/11/18. Apparently tired, he put the carbon paper in backwards and later in a railroad car in France, military leaders signed copies of an armistice that were completely unreadable.
• President Warren G Harding dedicated the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” at Arlington National Cemetery 84 years ago today (1921).
• Kate Smith sang the Irving Berlin song “God Bless America” in public for the first time during an “Armistice Day” radio broadcast 66 years ago today (1939).
• America’s participation in the Vietnam War officially ended 33 years ago today (1972).
• President Ronald Reagan dedicated the US Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington 21 years ago today (1984).

TODAY is the Christian observance “Martinmas”, when they’ll stage the annual “Martinmas Goose Celebration” in front of the town hall of Sursee, Switzerland. Blindfolded participants try to cut down a suspended goose with a single sword stroke. The warm weather that often occurs around this time is called ‘St Martin’s Summer’ in Europe, ‘Indian Summer’ in North America.

• “Chicken Soup for the Soul Day”, honoring the sappy series of feel-good books whose mantra is ‘changing the world one story at a time’. (Or is it ‘making a fortune by paying starving writers squat to fill up our books’? … we can’t remember.)
• “National Pizza With The Works Except Anchovies Day”. The word ‘pizza’ comes from the Latin word ‘picea’ which the Romans used to describe the blackening of bread in an oven. The world’s first true pizzeria, Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, opened in 1830 and is still in business today in Naples, Italy. An Italian immigrant named Gennaro Lombardi opened the first American pizzeria in 1895 in NYC. Pizza is now consumed all over the world – with or without anchovies!

• “World Kindness Day”, the culmination of the 11th annual “World Kindness Week” sponsored by the non-profit Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. It involves tens of thousands of volunteers and school kids taking part in local ‘kindness’ events in more than 5,000 communities and 35 countries.

THIS MONTH is “Family Stories Month”, a good excuse to ask an older person to tell you a fascinating story about his or her youth. (If you’ve got several hours to burn.)

1959 [46] 1st episode of “Rocky & His Friends” on TV, featuring ‘Bullwinkle the Moose’ (Where did they live? ‘Frostbite Falls’.)

1790 [215] ‘Chrysanthemums’ from China are 1st introduced to the Western world (spelling bee judges are thrilled!)

1940 [65] 1st ‘Jeep’ is made by the Willys Company, the name coming from the initials ‘G-P’ for ‘General Purpose Vehicle’ (made for military use, NOT for going to the mall)

1988 [17] ‘Loudest Measured Scream’ by a human – 128 decibels (some guy in a zipper accident?)

[Mon] Operating Room Nurse Day
[Tues] 39th CMA Awards (NYC)
[Tues] Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
[Tues] Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day
[Tues] Beaver Moon (Full Moon in November)
[Tues] Mix It Up at Lunch Day
[Wed-Nov 20]  World Scrabble Championships (London UK)
This Week Is . . . Split Pea Soup Week
This Month Is . . . Healthy Skin Month


• Vary your vehicle’s speed inversely with the speed limit.
• Roll down your windows and attempt to ‘headbang’ … while the news is on.
• Have conversation, looking periodically at the passenger seat, when driving alone.
• Occasionally wave a stuffed animal out your window or sunroof and make it dance.
• Honk frequently without any motivation.
• Wave at people often. If they wave back, offer an angry look and an obscene gesture.
• Laugh a lot … a whole lot.

The week’s most requested music files online …
1. Black Eyed Peas – “My Humps”
2. Chris Brown – “Run It”
3. Bow Wow – “Like You”
4. D4L – “Laffy Taffy”
5. David Banner – “Play”
– Big Champagne online music measurement.

Today’s Question: When THIS profession first came along, rifles were part of its tools of the trade.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Airline pilot. (Along with maps and parachutes, rifles were provided in case the plane went down and they had to hunt for food or protect passengers.)

Occasionally, an innocent man is sent to the legislature.

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