Friday, October 11, 2013        Edition: #5078

Here’s More Bull Roar!

• Did late screen siren Marilyn Monroe have a little work done? She’s always been perceived a natural beauty but a set X-rays and a file of doctors’ notes that are going up for auction seem to confirm she indeed had cosmetic surgery, particularly on her chin and nose. The X-rays are dated June 7, 1962, when Monroe saw a plastic surgeon following a late-night fall. Julien’s Auctions are selling the X-rays and reports as part of a November 9th sale. They are expected to fetch between $15,000-and-$30,000. (Apparently her other parts were real.)
• Miley Cyrus has received a million-dollar offer from an adult film company, quote: “GameLink would like to offer you the very lucrative opportunity to direct an adult film, giving you full creative control, for 1 million dollars. We at GameLink feel this gives you a chance to finally show the world you are not a little girl anymore.” So far, no comment from the Cyrus camp. (Likely because she needs them a lot less than they need her.)
• Simon Cowell has invited ‘90s singer Sinead O’Connor to guest on “The X Factor” after she accused him of ‘murdering music’ during an Irish TV interview. After targeting Miley Cyrus last week, O’Connor also blamed Cowell and TV singing competitions for the downfall of the music industry. Taking to Twitter, Cowell has written sarcastically: “I think Sinead O’Connor would be a real fun guest judge on ‘X Factor’. She loves the show and everything I do.” (If they let her go on and spit some fire, it might actually make it worth watching!)
• And the Robertson family on AMC’s “Duck Dynasty” have always been simple folks with a humble, genuine attitude that’s made their show a smash hit. But according to a new report, fame-hungry Willie Robertson has ignited a family feud that could end the show. He’s already spear-headed deals for books and a Christmas album, and wants them to keep building a bigger empire, but the rest of the clan is increasingly wary of the spotlight. Patriarch Phil as well as Willie’s brothers Jase & Jep have already expressed interest in the show continuing without them. (Will they be a victim of their own success?)
– “In Touch”

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Tonight Steve Earle & The Dukes (“The Low Highway”).
• CBGB Music Festival (NYC) – Saturday the 2nd annual free event in Times Square features My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, and a DJ set from James Murphy. Also on tap: A music equipment expo, a skateboard half-pipe, rock climbing, and a record fair.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Miley Cyrus (“Bangerz”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tonight Bonnie Raitt (“Slipstream”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Gold Fields (“Black Sun”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight My Morning Jacket f/Brittany Howard & Merrill Garbus (“Circuital”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Tonight Cage the Elephant (“Melophobia”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (ABC/CTV) – Today Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids On the Block).
• “Made In America 2012” (Showtime) – Tonight the TV premiere of Ron Howard’s documentary about Jay Z’s inaugural Made In America festival in Philadelphia PA, headlined by J-Hova himself and Pearl Jam.
• Nobel Prizes (Stockholm) – The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize is announced today. Yesterday Canadian author Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Each of the prizes is worth $1.2 million and will be presented on December 10th.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – Host Bruce Willis; musical guest Katy Perry (“Prism”, out October 22nd).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Tenacious D (“Rize Of the Fenix”).

• Badfinger – The veteran Brit band has enjoyed a bit of a resurgence after their song “Baby Blue” was used on the final episode of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”. The 1972 hit has been downloaded over 37,000 times in the past week.
• Emeli Sandé – Tonight the Brit singer launches a North American tour at Florida’s Fillmore Miami Beach. The trek runs through October 26th in Chicago IL. This week her concert “Live At Royal Albert Hall” came out on DVD, Blu-ray, and via iTunes.
• Janelle Monae – She’s promoting the release of her new album “The Electric Lady” with a headlining tour that gets underway Sunday in Philadelphia PA. The tour is scheduled to wrap November 26th in Atlanta GA.
• Jonas Bros – At the last minute they’ve canceled their tour that was scheduled to begin tonight in Philadelphia PA. All ticket holders are being refunded. A rep tells “People” it’s due to a rift amongst the siblings over ‘musical direction’. (BS translation: They only sold 4 tickets.)
• Justin Timberlake – He’s scored his 2nd #1 album of 2013 as “The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” has debuted atop the sales chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It arrives at #1 28 weeks after the 1st volume of “The 20/20 Experience” did so.
• Luke Bryan – “Crash My Party” is again the best-selling country album on the “Billboard” chart, totaling up enough sales to become his 2nd million-selling album.
• Pearl Jam – Tonight the 1st leg of their 25-date tour in support of “Lightning Bolt” kicks off in Pittsburgh PA and winds up in New Orleans LA with an appearance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience the weekend of November 1st. The 2nd leg begins November 15th in Dallas TX and ends December 6th on their home turf of Seattle WA.

• “Captain Phillips” ( PG-13 Biographical Drama ): Tom Hanks stars in this Paul Greengrass  political thriller that follows the true story of Capt Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking of the ‘MV Maersk Alabama’ by Somali pirates. It was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in 200 years. Co-stars Catherine Kenner.
• “Machete Kills” ( R-Rated Action Thriller ): Danny Trejo returns in the lead role of director Robert Rodriguez’s follow-up to 2010’s “Machete”. This time the US government recruits ‘Machete’ to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. Co-stars Alexa Vega, Jessica Alba, and Mel Gibson.
• “Romeo & Juliet” ( PG-13 Romantic Drama ): Shakespeare’s classic love story seems to get a remake for each generation. This one from director Carlo Carlei stars Douglas Booth (“LOL”) & Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”). The wondrous supporting cast includes Damian Lewis (“Homeland”), Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”), and Stellan Skarsgard (“The Avengers”).
• Opening in limited release: “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” (Mystery Thriller); “CBGB” (Musical Drama); “Escape From Tomorrow” (Fantasy Horror); and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete” (Drama).

A car that takes control of the steering wheel when it detects the risk of a collision is being tested at a Ford research facility in Germany. The ‘Obstacle Avoidance System’ is designed to first issue a warning, then take charge of the vehicle if the driver fails to react. The system uses 3 radars, ultrasonic sensors, and a camera to scan up to 200 meters (650 feet) ahead. When necessary, it applies the brakes, scans for a gap in the road ahead, and steers to avoid a crash. Analysts think it may be another step along the way to ‘driver-less cars’. (What we really need is a ‘backseat driver-less car’.)
– BBC Technology

It may seem cute when a pup is pudgy or a cat is fat, but pet obesity is a serious epidemic that can shorten your pet’s life. Obesity increases a dog’s or cat’s risk of heart and respiratory disease, insulin resistance, and Type 2 diabetes, just like humans. A survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has found that fully 55% of cats and dogs are either obese or overweight. Veterinarians say pet obesity can be prevented. It’s as simple as cutting back on the table scraps you feed your pet and making sure your four-legged friend gets plenty of exercise. (Just like humans.)

The secret to a happy marriage may be in your DNA. A newly released 13-year study of married people and their genotypes by the University of California-Berkeley has found that those with a certain type of gene variant are less likely to tolerate emotional discord in their marriage, while those with a different type of variant are less bothered by it. Researchers stress their findings don’t mean couples with different genetic variations are incompatible, just that they are more likely to thrive during good times in their relationships and to suffer during bad ones. (Is this the ‘Misery Gene’?)

Finnair flights used to have a roast beef trolley. (Now you get a mystery-meat sandwich … for 10 bucks.)
– “Financial Times”


1961 [52] Steve Young, Salt Lake City UT, NFL analyst (“ESPN Monday Night Football”)/former NFL QB (Super Bowl 29 MVP-San Francisco 49ers)/Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005)

1968 [45] Jane Krakowski, Parsippany NJ, TV actress (“30 Rock” 2006-13, “Ally McBeal” 1997-2002)/Broadway actress (Tony Award-“Nine”, “Grand Hotel”)

1976 [37] Emily Deschanel, LA CA, TV actress (‘Dr Temperance Brennan’ on “Bones” since 2005)/older sister of actress-singer Zooey Deschanel

TV host Chris Wallace (“FOX News Sunday”) is 66; Movie actor Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) is 45; Country fiddler Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks/Courtyard Hounds) is 44; Movie actor Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) is 21.

NFL owner-GM Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys) is 71; Rock singer Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen) is 66; Pop singer/Vegas entertainer Marie Osmond (“Donny & Marie”) is 54; Movie actress Kelly Preston (Mrs John Travolta) is 51; TV actress Kate Walsh (“Private Practice”) is 46; Movie actor Sacha Baron Cohen (“Borat”) is 42; R&B-pop singer Ashanti (“Foolish”) is 33.

• “Coming Out Day”, a day to ‘announce your sexuality and be proud of it’, sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign to encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to ‘Talk About It’ with their families and friends.
• “International Day Of the Girl”, the 2nd annual observance by the UN to increase awareness of the inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender. The gap affects access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from violence.
• “Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest”, the 47th celebration of the world’s 2nd-largest Oktoberfest (after Munich) in Ontario’s Waterloo county, expected to draw over 750,000 to suck back suds and sausages through October 19th.
• “Southern Food Heritage Day”, the official day to pull out your cast iron pans and start up the smoker to enjoy your favorite traditional dishes from America’s South. (Which is best? Catfish? Gumbo? Jambalaya? Pork jowls fried in possum fat?)
• “World Egg Day”, observed annually on the 2nd Friday of October to salute the many uses of chicken embryos. Events are held across the world celebrating the egg.

• “Costume Swap Day”, an annual opportunity to exchange last year’s Halloween outfits with someone you know on the 2nd Saturday of October, thereby sparing the stress and expense of coming up with something completely new.
• “Dia de la Raza” (‘Day Of the Race’), observed in Mexico and throughout Latin America to celebrate Hispanics everywhere. (Also variously known as “Dia de las Americas” and “Dia de las Culturas”.)
• “Family Bowling Day”, an annual excuse to take the kids out for a night of ‘gutter ball’. Two hands between the legs … nice form!
• “International Moment of Frustration Scream Day” when we’re encouraged to go outside at 12 noon and bellow for 30 seconds to vent our frustrations. That way when they’ve locked you up, you’ll feel completely cleansed.
• “World Zombie Day”, an excuse for flesh-eating devotees to get together, rub decaying limbs, and discuss some gnawing issues. The annual event grew out of the 1st ‘Zombie Walk’ at Pttsburgh PA’s Monroeville Mall in 2006, the site where George Romero filmed “Dawn Of the Dead”. Parades and other events are scheduled worldwide.

• “Clergy Appreciation Day”, observed on the 2nd Sunday of October to salute people of the cloth no matter their gender, denomination, or religion.
• “English Language Day”, celebrating the date in 1362 when the Chancellor of the UK opened Parliament with a speech in English for the first time, a landmark in its development as a world language. English is now considered by many to be THE world language. (If you travel abroad, you’ll notice non-English speakers of different languages using English as a common denominator, ie: someone Chinese speaking bad English to someone Portuguese.)
• “International Skeptics Day”. We’re not sure there’s really any point to this or that it accomplishes anything at all really.

1975 [38] “Saturday Night Live” debuts on NBC-TV, hosted by comedian George Carlin (first musical guest is Janis Ian, who performs her hit “At Seventeen”)

1997 [16] Elton John’s “Candle In the Wind 1997″ debuts at #1 on pop singles charts (goes on to become biggest-selling single of all-time)

1919 [94] 1st ‘In-Flight Meals’ served by an airline (box lunches on a KLM flight from London to Paris)

2008 [05] In Marseilles, France, Luc Costermans of Belgium sets a new world speed record for blind drivers at 192 mph (a human co-pilot and hi-tech navigational equipment keep him on the straight and narrow)

[Mon] Thanksgiving Day (Canada)
[Mon] Columbus Day (USA)
[Mon] Be Bald & Free Day
[Mon] Kick Butt Day
[Mon] Native American Day
[Mon] Spider-Man Day
This Week Is … Food Bank Week
This Month Is … Bat Appreciation Month


• Always referring to it as ‘Canadian’ Thanksgiving.
• Smelling roast turkey outdoors after traveling to the family cottage, cabin, or farm.
• Playing road hockey with all your cousins, yelling ‘car!’ every couple of minutes.
• Red sumac beside the highway.
• Everywhere you look … ‘Punkin’s For Sale’.
• Watching the annual Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade on CTV.
• Instead of looking forward to Black Friday every year like Americans, looking forward to a white Christmas every year.
• Eating dinner during half-time of the CFL’s annual Toronto/Hamilton grudge match.
• Watching CBC’s Rick Mercer lampoon the best Canadian Thanksgiving traditions.

● You think those night classes you’ve been attending are actually morning classes.
● Your entire pre-noon vocabulary consists of “Uh?” and “Uh huh”.
● Your dresses don’t match your bags … around your eyes.
● You keep waking up face-down on a drool-filled tablet screen.
● You brushed your teeth with Preparation H and your cordless shaver’s in the toaster.
● Your alarm clock goes off BEFORE you go to bed.
● You once yawned and sucked in a Buick.

Daniel Snyder, owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, has written a letter to season-ticket holders defending the team’s nickname. The Oneida Nation is running an aggressive campaign against what is seen as a demeaning term for First Nations people and has invited Snyder to a planned meeting between the NFL and the Oneidas. Snyder says the ‘heritage’ must be preserved as the team has used the name since 1932. What say you? What other sports team names could be objectionable? (Atlanta Braves? Cleveland Indians? Kansas City Chiefs?)

Women don’t make fools of men; most of them are the do-it-yourself types.

Question: One-third of us say we do THIS every single day.
Answer: Nap.

People do not change, they only become more so.

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