November 7, 2014

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Friday, November 7, 2014        Edition: #5334

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

★ 60-year-old AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to arrange the murder of 2 men, along with possession of meth and cannabis. His Taraunga, New Zealand home was raided Thursday morning and he later appeared in a District Court. He is expected to return to court in 3 weeks. Rudd joined AC/DC in 1975, was kicked out in 1983, then rejoined in 1994 and has been with the band ever since. AC/DC are releasing a new album, “Rock or Bust”, later this year and were planning a world tour.
★ With Christian Bale bailing, Sony Pictures is moving quickly to find a replacement to portray late Apple founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming bio-pic that Danny Boyle is directing. Michael Fassbender is now confirmed to be in early talks to take on the role. Seth Rogen is also in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs”, the real-life drama is being adapted by noted screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Sony acquired the movie rights following the Apple mogul’s death in 2011.
★ And Tori Spelling’s husband Dean McDermott is quitting the couple’s reality TV show “True Tori” after struggling with the televised exposure of his infidelity and depression battle. McDermott and Spelling have been attempting to save their marriage following his 2013 affair, and the personal drama has been captured on camera. He tells TV show “Access Hollywood” it has all been too much for him and he no longer wants to live his life in public. “True Tori” has also featured storylines about McDermott’s substance abuse issues.

• “CMA Country Christmas” – Tonight this 2-hour ABC-TV special hosted by Jennifer Nettles is being taped in Nashville TN. Participants include Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, and – huh? – Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. The show airs December 1st.
• Camp Flog Gnaw – Saturday the Odd Future hip-hop collective stages its 3rd annual carnival in Los Angeles, a 1-day music festival with Mac Miller, Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator and the rest of the Odd Future crew.
• Fun Fun Fun Fest (Austin TX) – The lineup for the 9th annual 3-day FFF Fest includes Alt-J, City & Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, Judas Priest, Nas, 2 Chainz, and Wiz Khalifa.
• “In Performance At the White House” (PBS) – Tonight a pre-Veterans Day tribute to the US military. Performers include Common, John Fogerty, Mary J Blige, and Willie Nelson.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Taylor Swift (“1989”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Shannon & The Clams (“Dreams In the Rat House”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Tonight British punk veteran Captain Sensible. Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Tonight Theophilus London (“Timez Are Weird These Days”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Today Bette Midler (“It’s the Girls”).
• “MTV European Music Awards” – Sunday Nicki Minaj hosts the 20th EMAs from Glasgow, Scotland, airing on MTV channels around-the-world. Ariana Grande and Katy Perry top nominations with 6 each; followed by 5 Seconds of Summer and Pharrell Williams with 5 apiece. Performers include Calvin Harris, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran, Kiesza, and Royal Blood. A new category this year is ‘Best Song With a Message’. Nick Cannon, Molly Tarlov, and Jake Miller host a pre-show special from Miami FL.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Tonight jazz great Herbie Hancock.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Dave Davies (The Kinks).
• “Virunga” (Netflix) – Leonardo DiCaprio produced this documentary that explores a gorilla preservation at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It becomes available for streaming on Netflix starting today.

• Foo Fighters – Tonight the Foos take to the stage of Austin City Limits in conjunction with the Austin TX episode of “Sonic Highways” that’s airing on HBO tonight.
• Justin Timberlake – The 33-year-old singer and 32-year-old actress-wife Jessica Biel are set to become 1st-time parents, according to several reports. One insider tells “Us Weekly” that Biel is 18-weeks-pregnant and right now the couple is just enjoying the news for themselves.
• Madonna – Today & tomorrow more than 140 items of her memorabilia are part of the ‘Icons & Idols: Rock & Roll’ auction. Among the more unusual: her wedding dress, her American Express card, a post-marital agreement, and latex underwear worn for a magazine shoot.
• Paul Simon – The veteran singer/songwriter has agreed to open up about his life and career in an as-yet-untitled biography. He’ll work with longtime pal and former “Los Angeles Times” music critic Robert Hilburn on the book. A release date has yet to be set.
• Taylor Swift – She’s atop the new ‘Billboard 200’ chart as “1989” has experienced record-setting sales. But you won’t find her on the ‘Country Albums’ chart because she’s officially now pop. On the ‘Digital Songs’ chart, Swift has debuted at #1 with her new single “Blank Space”.

• “Big Hero 6” ( PG Family Animation ): Disney Animation’s “Frozen” follow-up centers on the special bond that develops between a plus-sized inflatable robot (‘Baymax’) and a hi-tech prodigy (‘Hiro Hamada’). Voice cast includes Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung, TJ Miller.
The movie is loosely based on a Marvel comic of the same name.
• “Interstellar” ( PG-13 Sci-Fi Adventure ): Director Christopher Nolan’s epic follows a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. Stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain. Runs 2 hours, 49 minutes; a good part of it shot using clearer-image IMAX cameras.
• Opening in limited release: “The Better Angels” (Historical Drama); “Jessabelle” (Horror Thriller); “National Gallery” (Documentary); “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter” (Sports Doc); “Open Windows” (Crime Thriller); and “The Theory of Everything” (Biographical Drama).

Little ways to make you more efficient …
✓ Walk Faster – Keeping your arms bent at a right angle (90 degrees) forces you to quicken your gait and move faster.
✓ Keep Your Naps Short – Power-napping is an easy way to reclaim midday energy. According to sleep scientists, a 10-minute nap is the optimal time to re-energize the brain.
✓ Speed Up Reading – Subvocalization, mentally saying words or even mouthing them as you read, slows your pace way down. An easy way to break the habit … chew gum while you read.
✓ Bake Your Eggs – Avoid wasting time watching a boiling pot by putting your eggs in a muffin tin and baking them in a 325-degree oven for 30 minutes. Then bathe them in cold water for 10.
✓ Warm Up Wounds – To easily peel off a bandage, blast it with a hair dryer on high heat for 20 seconds. The heat loosens the adhesive, allowing the bandage to come off effortlessly.
✓ Listen Quicker – Set your playback speed for audio books to 1½ times the normal setting. You’ll get through 50% more material in the same amount of time.
– Condensed from

The professions considered most likely to ‘live up to public and professional standards in fulfilling their duties’, according to a new Gandalf Group poll for Toronto’s Ryerson University …
• Doctors … selected by 78% of respondents.
• Judges … 65%
• Police Officers … 60%
• Civil Servants … 36%
• Journalists … 33%
• Business CEOs / Union Leaders … 22%
• Political Aides … 16%
• Politicians … 13%
• Lobbyists … 9%

The body’s internal clock is designed for us to be active in the day and asleep at night. The damaging effects of working against the body clock, from breast cancer to obesity, are well known. And now a joint team from the University of Swansea and the University of Toulouse has shown an impact on the mind as well. Their research suggests that working antisocial hours (aka night shifts) can prematurely age the brain and dull intellectual ability. A decade of shift work, for instance, can age the brain by more than 6 years. On the upside, there is hope of recovery after people stop working antisocial shifts. However, it can take as long as 5 years to return to normal. And retired shift workers still have lower sleep quality than people who have never worked nights. (Pity the person who works a ‘night shift’ above the Arctic Circle in winter!)
– BBC News

• Some people bathe in a red wine bath to ease aches and pains. Would you prefer a Cabernet or a nice Chianti?
• Scientists believe you replace every cell in your body every 7-to-10 years. So you’re literally not the same person you were a decade ago.


1967 [47] David Guetta, Paris, France, DJ (f/Ne-Yo & Akon-“Play Hard”, f/Akon-“Sexy Chick”)/recording producer (Lady Gaga-“Artpop”, Black Eyed Peas-“I Gotta Feeling”)

1983 [31] Zach Myers, Memphis TN, rock guitarist (Shinedown-“I’ll Follow You”, “Bully”)

1988 [26] Tinie Tempah (Patrick Okogwu Jr), London UK, rapper (w/2 Chainz-“Trampoline”, w/Eric Turner-“Written In the Stars”)

1996 [18] Lorde (Ella Yelich-O’Connor), Devonport, New Zealand, pop singer-songwriter (“Team”, “Royals”)

TV journalist Morley Safer (“60 Minutes”) is 83; Singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt (“Something to Talk About”) is 65; Movie actress Parker Posey (“Hemingway & Gellhorn”) is 46; TV/movie actress Gretchen Mol (“Boardwalk Empire”) is 42; Movie actor Chris Rankin (“Harry Potter” films) is 31.

TV actor Robert David Hall (“CSI”) is 66; TV actor Eric Dane (“Grey’s Anatomy”) is 42; TV personality/ex-boy-band singer Nick Lachey (“The Sing-Off”) is 41; Movie actress Nikki Blonsky (“Hairspray”) is 26.

• “Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day”. Hey, chocolate with whatever is a good excuse to celebrate, right?
• “Notary Public Day”, initiated in 1975 to honor the officers who ‘administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents, and perform certain other acts varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction’. (Almost as exciting as “Accountants Day”.)

• “Abet & Aid Punsters Day”, a day to make up incredibly bad puns, as proclaimed by the group Punsters Unlimited. So … 2 peanuts were crossing the street, one was a salted.
• “Cook Something Bold & Pungent Day”, a day to offset the coming chills of Winter. What’s the most pungent thing you can cook? Cabbage rolls? Fish? Lamb? Garlic? Onions?
• “Parents as Teachers Day”. Check out any kid who’s constantly scoring ‘A’s and you’ll likely find that kid gets a lot of help at home.
• “World Urbanism Day” (aka “World Town Planning Day”), celebrated in over 30 countries to recognize and promote the role of municipal planning in creating livable communities.

• “Chaos Never Dies Day”, the one day of the year to acknowledge that chaos is essential to a harmonious universe. (Around here, it’s more than a phenomenon … it’s a lifestyle.)
• “Fall Of the Wall Anniversary”, marking 25 years since the night in 1989 when citizens in East & West Berlin cheered the breaching of the barrier that had divided Germany’s capital since 1961. In celebration, the city is marking a 12-km (7.5-mile) section of where the wall used to be with illuminated helium-filled balloons. It’s also unveiling a permanent exhibit called “25 Years Fall of the Wall” at the Berlin Wall Memorial.
• “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day”, commemorating the black granite wall on the Mall in Washington DC that’s engraved with more than 58,000 names of those killed in the Vietnam War. It was dedicated on this day 30 years ago (1984).

1991 [23] LA Lakers superstar Magic Johnson, revered as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time, announces he’s HIV positive and is immediately retiring from the NBA

2003 [11] In a desperate effort to reassure visitors that the SARS outbreak is no longer a threat, Hong Kong takes a cue from Toronto and invites the Rolling Stones and others to play a massive concert in the city (total cost for appearance fees tops $100 million)

2000 [14] Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the US Senate, becoming the 1st former First Lady to win public office (can she become the 1st Former First Lady to become President? And if so, what would we call her husband Bill? First Gentleman?)

1993 [21] 21-year-old Canadian Carlos Costa of Toronto swims 28.5 miles from Catalina Island to San Pedro, California to raise money for children’s charities … even though both his legs had been amputated at age 2

[Mon] Sesame Street Day
[Mon] World Orphans Day
[Mon] World Science Day for Peace & Development
[Tues] Remembrance Day (Canada)
[Tues] Veterans Day (USA)
[Tues] Origami Day
This Week Is … Fig Week
This Month Is … Inspirational Role Models Month


Been enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte of late? A few other suggested libations for Fall/Winter …
• Mulled NyQuil
• Wet Leaves Tea
• Road-Salt Rimmed Margarita
• Baked Ham-o-nade
• Yam & Tonic
• Candy Cane Colonic
• Turkey Gravy Spritz
• Fresh Squeezed Egg Nog
• Yellow Snow Pomegranate Fizz
• Mashed Potato Vodka
– Thanks to Alison Leiby & Alyssa Wolff

☎ What’s the best birthday you’ve ever had?

In 1389, French Queen Isabeau became the 1st woman in recorded history to wear what?
a. Makeup.
b. Lingerie. [CORRECT]
c. Pants.
d. Her emotions on her sleeve.

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?

Question: The average teenager has 12 more of THESE than the average 50-year-old.
Answer: Teeth.

Never get into fist fights with ugly people. They have nothing to lose.

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