Tuesday, November 3, 2015        Edition: #5363

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

★ What would you ask for in a tour rider? Kanye West and Jay Z have some fairly bizarre demands. The pair’s tour riders, which list specific requests for hotel accommodation, have just been leaked online. Kanye demands all vases in his rooms are ‘cylindrical’; insists towels in his suite must be black; and a rare vintage stereo speaker, the Genelecs 1031a, be put in place for him. Also on his list: Kashi Go Lean cereal, dental floss, and 13 bottles of booze. Jay’s instructions ban all vacuuming anywhere near him; and demands that there be precisely three $80 tuberose-scented candles in his suite and the entire suite be baby-proofed for his daughter.
– TMZ.com
★ The latest ‘James Bond’ film “Spectre” has smashed records by scoring the biggest opening week ever at the UK box office. The latest installment has earned an estimated $63.8 million in its first week of release, beating the record of its predecessor “Skyfall” for the highest 7-day gross in UK box office history. “Skyfall” eventually eclipsed $1.1 billion worldwide. Globally, the new film “Spectre” has already taken in $80.4 million, a figure which will receive a major boost when it opens in North America this Friday.
– WENN.com.
★ And ABC-TV has responded to a petition calling for co-host Raven Symone to be fired from “The View”. A Change.org petition has been calling for the former “The Cosby Show” child star to be axed after her recent controversial comments on ghetto names, reverse racism, and the recent viral video of a cop assaulting a high school student  The petition has attracted almost 125,000 names, but ABC has issued a statement that reads: “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
– “Hollywood Reporter”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – JD McPherson (“Let the Good Times Roll”). Rerun.
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider gives her first TV interview since the 63-year-old actor/comedian’s suicide in August 2014. This comes a few weeks after she dropped a lawsuit against her stepchildren, whom she’d been battling over Williams’ estate.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Jason Aldean (“Old Boots New Dirt”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – A Place to Bury Strangers (“Transfixiation”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Drummer Jon Theodore (Queens Of the Stone Age).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Gwen Stefani (“The Voice”).
• “The Real” (syndicated) – iLoveMemphis (“Hit the Quan”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Alanis Morissette (“Jagged Little Pill 20th Anniversary Remaster”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Chronicling the best moments of the journey so far from the blind auditions to the live playoffs.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Alanis Morissette again.

• Black Sabbath – They’ve decided to scrap the idea of making another album in favor of focusing on their lengthy farewell tour. Their final tour, dubbed “The End”, begins January 20th in Omaha NE.
• Carrie Underwood – She’s #1 on today’s new ‘Billboard Country Albums’ chart with her new release “Storyteller”.
• 5 Seconds of Summer – They’re atop the new ‘Billboard 200’ all-genre albums chart with “Sounds Good Feels Good”. They now have the distinction of both their full-length albums debuting at #1.
• Eminem – A new UK study finds listening to his music can increase athletic performance by 10%. The finding comes after researchers studied the physiological effects of music on Brit swimmer Ben Hooper ahead of his attempt at a 2,000-mile cross-Atlantic swim this December. The tracks “Lose Yourself”, “Not Afraid”, and “Without Me” have the most impact.
• Foo Fighters – Tonight they play the Carisport in Cesena, Italy after 1,000 fans banded together to cover “Learn to Fly” as a way to convince the band to play a show there.
in Italy. At the time, Dave Grohl said he “was absolutely blown away” by the fan video.
• HAIM – They’ve confirmed that they’re working on the follow-up to their debut album “Days Are Gone”. Quote: “Essentially the oven has been pre-heated and the oven door is open.”
• John Legend – The “All of Me” singer is launching a wine collection, or at least fronting one with his name on it. The project is in conjunction with California’s Raymond Vineyards.
• Katy Perry – Her singles “Firework” and “Dark Horse” have each surpassed the 10 million threshold, including song sales and streams. She’s now the 1st female artist ever to earn 2 RIAA Digital Diamond Awards.
• Rihanna – French film director Luc Besson has announced she’s been cast in his upcoming sci-fi movie, “Valérian & The City Of a Thousand Planets”. The film, set for release in 2017, is based on a French graphic novel that explores the concept of time travel.
• The Weeknd – Tonight at Air Canada Centre in Toronto ON he commences “The Madness Fall Tour”, his biggest headlining tour so far. He’s playing North American arenas through December 19th in Miami FL in support of his latest album, “Beauty Behind the Madness”.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Inside Out” ( PG Animated Comedy ): Written & co-directed by “Up” creator Pete Docter, this new Pixar animation is about a girl who’s ruled by her emotions, all of whom we see as characters squabbling inside her brain. So we watch as ‘Joy’, ‘Anger’, ‘Disgust’, ‘Fear’, and ‘Sadness’ shape her days. Voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling.
• “Vacation” ( R-Rated Comedy Adventure ): In this remake of the hit 1983 comedy, Ed Helms stars as ‘Rusty Griswold’, who takes his family on a road trip to ‘Walley World’ in order to spice things up with his wife (Christina Applegate) and reconnect with his sons (Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins). Cameos by original stars Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo.
• Also released today: “Best of Enemies” (Documentary); “Californication: The Complete Series” (TV); “Do I Sound Gay?” (Documentary); “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas” (Animated Musical); “An En Vogue Christmas” (Seasonal Music); “I Love Lucy: The Complete Series” (Classic TV); “A LEGO Brickumentary” (Documentary); “The Nutcracker Sweet” (Animation); “Seymour: An Introduction” (Documentary); and “Star Trek: TOS – The Complete Series Megapack” (TV Compilation).

If you just don’t seem to be as strong during that midday run or treadmill workout, there’s a reason for it. Our lungs lose power at lunchtime because they’re governed by a cycle of circadian rhythms that dip and rise over a 24-hour period. The time of peak lung performance for most people is late afternoon, making that the best time of day to exercise. But since lung performance tends to drop in the very early morning hours and again at noon, you won’t get the optimal benefit from an early morning or lunchtime workout, according to researchers from the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. (Ah! Another reason to sleep in. Thanks, guys!)
– BBC News

A BS compendium of recent ‘discoveries’ . . .
• Scientists say … When it comes to the arrangement of the genes on our chromosomes, we’re closer to cats than any other animal group studied so far, except for primates. (No wonder I like to lick my hands!)
• Scientists say … People who smoke cannabis seem to recover any short-term loss of brain function. (However, they never recover the millions they’ve spent on munchies.)
• Scientists say … Birds actually fly better after they’ve fattened up. (At least that’s what they’re telling all the holiday season turkeys this year.)

• In Latin, ‘novem’ means ‘nine’. In ancient Rome, November was the 9th month. 5th-century Anglo-Saxons called it ‘Wind Month’.
– Wikipedia.org
• 14% of kids will hoard their Halloween candy for a year or more.
– M&M Survey


1954 [61] Phil Simms, Lebanon KY, NFL analyst (CBS-TV)/former NFL quarterback (2 Super Bowls with NY Giants 1979-93)

1957 [58] Dolph Lundgren, Stockholm, Sweden, movie actor (“The Expendables” films, “Rocky IV”)/martial artist

1978 [37] Tim McIlrath, Indianapolis IN, rock vocalist/guitarist (Rise Against-“Re-Education [Through Labor]”, “The Good Left Undone”)

1987 [28] Colin Kaepernick, Milwaukee WI, NFL QB (San Francisco 49ers)

1995 [20] Kendall Jenner, LA CA, fashion model/TV personality (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians”)/fashion designer (Kendall & Kylie)

• “Cliché Day”. It’s amazing how they infiltrate our daily conversations. Try to make it through an entire show without anyone uttering a cliché. Hit the buzzer every time one pops up!
✗ “To be honest …”
✗ “Threw me under the bus.”
✗ “It is what it is.”
✗ “I’m not joking.”
✗ “With all due respect …”
✗ “Bite the bullet.”
✗ “Par for the course.”
✗ “Run it up the flagpole.”
✗ “You know what I mean?”
✗ “At the end of the day …”

• “Sandwich Day”, celebrating the 1718 birth of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. A compulsive gambler, he wanted something that could be eaten at gaming tables and earned immortality when he began eating beef between slices of toast in 1792. (Some dissenters say Montagu stole the idea from a guest, the Earl of Shrewsbury. So it should be a peanut butter shrewsbury, a grilled cheese shrewsbury, a knuckle shrewsbury, etc.) Here’s a listing of some truly odd sandwiches …
NET: http://bit.ly/sCip1r

• “Traffic Directors Day”, honoring radio & TV traffic departments, the ‘artisans of the inventory’, who schedule programs and advertising.

1990 [25] “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice become the first rap tune to top pop charts

2004 [11] Eric Clapton is made a CBE (Commander Of the Order Of the British Empire) by Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace in London

1995 [20] 1st regular season game for NBA’s Toronto Raptors (a win over NJ Nets)

2014 [01] NYC’s One World Trade Center officially opens, 13 years after terrorists destroyed the twin towers of the original World Trade Center

2004 [11] “Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings shatters the record for game show earnings by accumulating $2,197,000

[Wed] 49th CMA Awards (Nashville TN)
[Wed] Take Our Kids to Work Day (Canada)
[Wed] Use Your Common Sense Day
[Thurs] Men Make Dinner Day
This Week Is … Drowsy Driving Prevention Week
This Month Is … Banana Pudding Lovers Month


• “At what point in facial hair growth have I crossed the line into ‘pornstache’?”
• “Just how much liquor is considered ‘drinking on the job’?”
• “Can you show me on this doll where HR would allow me to do massages?”
• “Can we swap shoes? I think I hear the cops.”
• “Do you want to wear my ski mask for a little bit?”
• “For insurance purposes, which of us do you think will be the first to catch fire?”
• “How much wood would a blah blahdy blah woodchuck you know the drill. Question mark?”
• “What’s the capital of Paraguay?”
– Thanks to Matt Larsen

If you are average, you’ll do which of the following 13 times today?
a. Laugh. [CORRECT]
b. Yawn.
c. ‘Fluffy’.

☎ What’s the strangest thing that comes up when you Google your name?

Contestant gets 30 seconds to answer 5 questions about breakfast. The answers begin with the letters B-I-N-G-O …
• Someone who works to buy groceries is said to bring this home. [Bacon]
• The part of your Pop Tart that melts if you toast it too long. [Icing]
• The company that makes ‘Shredded Wheat’. [Nabisco]
• A cereal made of rolled oats, nuts, and dried fruit that you keeps you chewing. [Granola]
• The only juice whose name is also its color. [Orange]

A company is working on a toilet seat that automatically lowers itself after use. The test results so far … 47 dogs have gotten their heads trapped.

Question: About a quarter of us have done THIS in the kitchen and it makes a huge mess.
Answer: Left a can of pop in the freezer too long and it exploded.

Always look out for #1 … and don’t step in #2 either.

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