Friday, October 23, 2009        Edition: #4128
Thanks For Being a Bull Market!


“Life & Style” magazine reports 29-year-old Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen is expecting a baby girl via NFL QB-hubby Tom Brady (New England Patriots), contradicting previous reports that the tot due in December is a boy to be named Gabriel (Gabriella then?) . . . China’s Ministry of Culture issued a regulation banning lip-synching during commercial concerts in September, now the ‘Godfather of Chinese Rock’, Cui Jian, is spearheading a movement to ban it from TV as well (we need this here!) . . . An unidentified paparazzo has been charged by LAPD with misdemeanor hit-and-run after allegedly ramming the security vehicle tailing Michael Jackson’s children in a vehicle driven by their nanny (now it’s second-generation hounding) . . . This week Pearl Jam, REM, Rage Against the Machine and other musicians have signed up to support the ‘National Campaign to Close Guantanamo’ (and how about giving the land back that was ‘temporarily’ borrowed from Cuba – in 1898?) . . . Facing $6 million in back taxes owed to the IRS, 45-year-old actor Nicolas Cage has reportedly sold his Bel Air CA mansion for a ‘fire sale’ amount estimated between $9.5-and-$15 million (original asking price – $35 million!) . . . Soccer superstar David Beckham has shockingly been caught by paparazzi, illegally texting while driving (it’s the new DUI!) . . . reports 55-year-old actor Dennis Quaid (“GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra”) narrowly avoid DUI charges early yesterday when LAPD warned him against driving his SUV home before he could drive away from the West Hollywood venue where he’d been partying (post a cop at each club?) . . . And 40-year-old actor Edward Norton (“The Incredible Hulk”) says he thinks social networking websites are like ‘torture’ (proving that – he’s now a 40-year-old).


• “Bonnie Hunt Show” (syndicated/CityTV) – Today Backstreet Boys (“This Is Us”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Echo & the Bunnymen (“The Fountain”).
• “The Last Call Concert” – As the final days of Philadelphia’s legendary Spectrum arena approach, 3 of the city’s most popular acts – Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Hooters, and Todd Rundgren – perform tonight as part of the ‘Final Farewell Concert Series’.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Wild Light (“Adult Nights”).
• “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS) – Tonight the Avett Bros (“Emotionalism”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight oldies singer Christopher Cross w/Michael McDonald.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Tonight Judy Collins (“The Very Best of Judy Collins”).
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Megan Fox hosts a rerun show; U2 is musical guest.
• “Today” (NBC) – This morning Tim McGraw (“Southern Voice”).
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Tonight All Time Low (“Nothing Personal”).


• Beyoncé – Tonight her “I Am …” world tour pulls into Beijing’s Wukesong Arena. Her album “I Am Sasha Fierce” went gold in China.
• Bon Jovi – Saturday Showtime channel airs the documentary “When We Were Beautiful”, shot during their 2008 “Lost Highway” tour.
• Carrie Underwood – She performed at the grand opening of ION Orchard, a luxury shopping center in Singapore. The concert was broadcast live throughout the city-state. The show was to promote her upcoming album, “Play On”, out November 2nd.
• Green Day – Today 21 original pieces of art inspired by their album “21st Century Breakdown” go on exhibit at the StolenSpace Gallery in London UK to coincide with their 2 SRO performances tonight and tomorrow at the O2 Arena.
• Katy Perry – Her Brit boyfriend Russell Brand has bought her an animatronics zoo for her 25th birthday (Sunday). The $30,000-plus robotic menagerie is said to be so authentic you can milk the cow and ride the pony.
• Lil Wayne – He’s reportedly agreed to a deal whereby he’ll serve just 8 months behind bars beginning in February for pleading guilty to a 2007 gun possession charge. Then he’s due to stand trial in March on drug possession charges related to a 2008 arrest in Yuma AZ.
• Neil Young – Saturday & Sunday his 2009 “Bridge School Benefit Concerts” in Mountain View CA include performances by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Gavin Rossdale, Jimmy Buffett, No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, and Wolfmother among others. Young, who hosts the annual, mostly-acoustic event, has played every year since launching the benefit in 1986. The Bridge School works with children suffering from severe physical and speech impediments.
• U2 – Sunday’s SRO “360” concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena CA is being streamed live on YouTube … for free. The entire show will stream starting at 8:30 pm PDT and will be available to 16 countries around-the-globe. Afterward, it will be available on-demand at


• “Amelia” ( PG Biographical Drama ): 2-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank plays the famed ‘aviatrix’ (a term specifically coined for Earhardt) who disappeared over the Pacific in 1937 during her history-making around-the-world flight. Co-stars Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor.
• “Astro Boy” ( PG Animated Sci-Fi ): Based on a Japanese comic set in futuristic ‘Metro City’, the story is about a robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist in the image of the young son he lost. Voice cast includes Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell.
• “Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” ( PG-13 Horror ): A teenager is recruited to join a freak show where he soon finds himself amid a battle between vampires and their counterparts. Stars Chris Massoglia, John C Reilly, Salma Hayek (as ‘Madame Truska’, the bearded lady).
• “Saw VI” ( R-Rated Horror ): In this 5th sequel in the horror series that’s become a Halloween tradition, ‘Detective Hoffman’ emerges as the unchallenged successor to ‘Jigsaw’s legacy. Stars Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston.

As H1N1 panic begins to boil again, here are a few facts about effective prevention …
• Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have been proven more effective than plain soap & water in preventing the transmission of bacteria via hands.
• Your hands also tend to stay cleaner longer after using a hand sanitizer.
• Effective hand sanitizers should contain between 60-and-80% alcohol.
• The idea that frequent use of hand sanitizers will make bacteria resistant to treatment is bogus.
• Hand sanitizers are easier on skin than soap because most now contain skin conditioners.
• To use a hand sanitizer effectively, first make sure your hands are free of visible grime & dirt.
• To be effective, sanitizer needs to be rubbed in vigorously for 30 seconds, until hands are dry.
• Never rinse hands with water or wipe with a towel afterward as it counteracts the effectiveness.
– Condensed from

Thanks to steep drops in the value of savings over the past year-and-a-half, more of us are planning to delay retirement. A study released Thursday by insurer Sun Life Financial has found that fully 65% of workers surveyed plan to stay on the job at least one more year than planned, an 11% increase from a similar survey in January. Why? There’s a huge drop in confidence due to the fall of stock markets since 2007. At the same time, longer life expectancies mean most of us need to build up more savings before retiring. (Hmm, is Walmart looking for greeters?)
– Reuters

Girls born in Japan today are likely to live until 2095, some with a good chance of seeing the dawn of the next century thanks to having the world’s longest life expectancy for women, 86 years. The tiny nation of San Marino boasts the longest average lifespan for men, 81 years. Other top life expectancies (for both genders combined), according to the World Health Organization …
1. Japan (83)
2. Australia/Iceland/Italy/San Marino/Switzerland (82)
3. Andorra/Canada/France/Israel/Monaco/New Zealand/Norway/Singapore/Spain/Sweden (81)
The USA legs behind leaders at 78, but that’s far better than the West African nation of Sierra Leone, which has the lowest average life expectancy … just 41.
– “Los Angeles Times”

According to a new poll, 1-in-10 of us plans to spend more than 30 hours shopping online during the upcoming holiday season … while at work. On average, we’ll spend 14.4 hours holiday shopping online from work this year. ‘Convenience’ is the reason a third of respondents say they shop online, while a quarter cite ‘boredom’. Roughly half those surveyed say they bank online at work; 60% click on e-mail links to shopping sites; and 17% click on shopping links from social network sites. About 11% of us plan to use a smart phone for holiday shopping as well.

A new ranking of the top spun-off TV shows which, in a few cases, managed to surpass the material they sprang from …
5.  “Frasier” (1993) … from “Cheers” (1982).
4. “The Colbert Report” (2005) … from “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (1996).
3. “Laverne & Shirley” (1976) … from “Happy Days” (1974).
2. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987) … from “Star Trek” (1966).
1. “The Simpsons” (1989) … from “The Tracy Ullman Show” (1987).
Honorable mention: “The Jeffersons” (1975) from “All in the Family” (1971).


1954 [55] Ang Lee, Chaochou, Taiwan, movie director/producer/writer (“Brokeback Mountain”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)

1956 [53] Dwight Yoakam, Pikeville KY, country singer (“Fast As You”, “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”)/movie actor (“Crank: High Voltage”, “Sling Blade”)

1959 [50] Sam Raimi, Royal Oak MI, movie director/producer/writer (“Spider-Man” movies, “The Evil Dead”)

1959 [50] (Alfred Matthew) ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Lynwood CA, parody singer (“White & Nerdy”, “Eat It”)

1964 [45] Robert Trujillo (Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Perez de la Santa Concepcion Trujillo Veracruz Batista), Santa Monica CA, rock bassist (Metallica-“Death Magnetic”, “St Anger”)

1976 [33] Ryan Reynolds, Vancouver BC, movie actor (“The Proposal”, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”)/wed to Scarlett Johansson 2008/engaged to Alanis Morissette 2004-06

1976 [33] Cat Deeley, Sutton Coldfield UK, TV personality (“So You Think You Can Dance” since 2006)

1986 [23] Jessica Stroup, Anderson SC, TV actress (‘Silver’ on “90210” since 2008)

Movie actor Kevin Kline (“A Fish Called Wanda”) is 62; Pop singer Monica (“Angel of Mine”) is 29; TV personality Tila Tequila (“A Shot at Love”) is 28; TV actress Shenae Grimes (“90210”) is 20.

Rock drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 47; Pop singer/guitarist Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) is 39; TV actor Craig Robertson (“The Office”) is 38; Rock vocalist Austin Winkler (Hinder) is 28; Pop singer Katy Perry (“I Kissed a Girl”) is 25; Pop singer Ciara (“1, 2 Step”) is 24.

• “Canning Day”, honoring the 1752 birth of French chef/chemist Nicolas Appert, who came up with the concept of sealing perishable food in jars. For this, he is known as ‘the father of canning’, but he also came up with many other inventions … including the bouillon cube.
• “Do-It-Yourself Day”, celebrating all the handy folks who spend time, money, and sweat on home repairs … just before calling in someone who knows what they’re doing. What’s the worst repair job you ever did?
• “TV Talk Show Host Day”, to celebrate those ‘gifted with the personality and intellect to enable them to bring out the best in their guests’. Based on that, which current TV host is best? And which should get canned? (An annual observance on the birth anniversary of late talk show host Johnny Carson in Corning, Iowa in 1925.)

• “Bologna Day”, a good day to fry up a slice to add to your peanut butter sandwich. Yummers!
• “Make a Difference Day”, a celebration of people helping people and neighbors helping neighbors in which everyone can participate. It’s the 19th annual sponsored by “USA Today”.
• “United Nations Day”, honoring the 64th anniversary of the day in 1945 that the majority of the world’s countries adopted the charter that formed the UN.

• “Cartoonists Against Crime Day”. Stop or I’ll … draw!
• “International Greasy Foods Day”, a celebration of our love of fatty foods, foods cooked in oil, foods smothered in butter, etc.
• “Mother-In-Law Day”, the 7th annual salute to the old battle ax that’s celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October.
• “Punk For a Day Day”, so get on your faux-hawk, your stick-on tats, your imitation leather and strut your stuff!


2001 [08] Apple releases the first ‘iPod’ MP3 player

1814 [195] 1st ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ performed (repairing the unsightly scar from an arrow through the head?)

1930 [79] 1st ‘Miniature Golf Tournament’, in Chattanooga TN (1st golfer swears at a windmill)

1993 [16] 1st team to win the MLB World Series outside the USA (Joe Carter hits a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning at Skydome to give Toronto Blue Jays an 8-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and their 2nd championship in-a-row)


1977 [32] Wesley Paul runs the NYC Marathon in 3 hours & 31 minutes, about 48 minutes behind the winner … but 15 minutes faster than any other 8-year-old ever has!

[Mon] Worldwide Howl At the Moon Night
[Tues] Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” movie premieres & album is released
[Tues] Taylor Swift’s “Fearless Platinum Edition” album released
[Tues] Cranky Co-Workers Day
[Thurs] Internet Day
[Thurs] World Psoriasis Day
This Week Is … Freedom From Bullies Week
This Month Is … International Doll Collectors Month


• “My Other Chariot Is a Ferrari!”
• “Proud Parent Of a Terrific Gladiator”
• “Vesuvius Is for Lovers”
• “I Brake for Baths”
• “Hang Up and Annex Egypt!”
• “Jupiter Is Coming. Look Busy!”
• “Nero in LXIV!”
• “Christians – The Other White Meat”
– Thanks to Kathleen Johnson.

If you could hire any band for your wedding reception who would it be?

It’s all fun and games till someone loses an eye … then it’s a ‘sport’.


Today’s Question: On average, we use one of THESE at least 10 times a day.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: A trash can.


Most people never forget where they buried the hatchet.

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