Tuesday, October 15, 2013           Edition: #5080

There’s a Difference Between Sheet and Crapola!

• New panelist Jenny McCarthy is said to be facing the axe from “The View” (ABC). Word has it her outspoken opinions are proving to be off-putting for viewers and producers are considering firing her from the daytime gabfest. Viewer data apparently reveals that she’s even less popular than former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck. The final decision on McCarthy’s fate will likely come from the show’s 84-year-old creator and host, Barbara Walters.
– The Wrap.com
• Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot may walk free from jail this week as part of a proposed new amnesty. Russia’s Human Rights Council has adopted a draft of an amnesty arrangement proposing the release of all prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes. If it gets the greenlight, it will pave the way for the release of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who are serving 2-year sentences for hooliganism. The proposal is due to be submitted for approval by president Vladimir Putin today.
– WENN.com
• You’ve likely heard that, just 20 days before filming was scheduled to begin, actor Charlie Hunnam has quit the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie. The official line is: He can’t find the time in his schedule to properly prepare for the role. The unofficial one is: Angry fans intimidated him and he jumped ship. But now, some industry observers are saying the decision may be more personal: Hunnam bailed because … he realized just how bad the movie is likely to be.
– ContactMusic.com
• Jon Bon Jovi gave an Australian bride a wedding day memory like no other when he walked her down the aisle in Las Vegas on Saturday. Branka Delic began lobbying Bon Jovi to do the honors months ago. It seems her website and media interest caught his attention and as he was in Vegas for a gig at the MGM Grand Garden Arena anyway, he decided to surprise her by showing up. He greeted her by saying: “So, are we going to do this?”
– “Sydney Daily Telegraph”
• And the tighty-whitey underwear worn by Brian Cranston’s meth-making character ‘Walter White’ in the “Breaking Bad” pilot episode has fetched a staggering $9,900 at a charity auction. The sale, held over 10-days in New Mexico, also included  the character’s Cadillac ($19,750), and the pink teddy bear so pivotal to the plot ($23,250). In all, the auction raised around $1 million for Goodwill of New Mexico.
– NYDailyNews.com

• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Nelly (“M.O.”).
• “BET Hip-Hop Awards” (BET) – Snoop Dogg hosts the 8th annual honors, prerecorded in Atlanta GA. Kendrick Lamar leads nominations with 14, followed by Drake with 13.
• “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) – Season 15 debuts and reintroduces us to “American Idol” 2nd-season winner Ruben Studdard, who now tips the scales at 462 lbs. Studdard says he is determined to change his unhealthy lifestyle.
• BMI London Awards (London UK) – John Lydon, aka Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten, is honored with the Icon Award for his ‘unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers’.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Jake Owen (“Days of Gold”, out December 3rd). Rerun.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Fitz & The Tantrums (“More Than Just a Dream”).
• “Good Morning America” (ABC) – TLC (“20″, out today, a greatest-hits package that also features new songs by Lady Gaga and Ne-Yo, and contributions from Drake and J Cole).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Ariana Grande (“Yours Truly”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes (“Baby Caught the Bus”); The Stepkids (“Troubadour”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Avett Bros (“Magpie & The Dandelion”, their new studio album with producer Rick Rubin, out today). Rerun.
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Deltron 3030 (“Event II”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (ABC/CTV) – Cee Lo Green (“The Voice”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – (Gavin DeGraw– “Make A Move”, his 4th album, out today).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV) – The battle rounds continue; advisers Cher, Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and Ryan Tedder.

• Jay Z – He traveled to one of his 4 London gigs at the O2 Arena on the Tube, joined by pal Chris Martin of Coldplay and Timbaland, who is supporting him on his “Magna Carta” world tour.
• Jennifer Hudson – She tells “Rolling Stone” she has a new album on the way in 2014, and this time around she intends to ‘Jennifer-ize’ it, taking more control of the entire process.
• Mary J Blige – Today she releases her first-ever holiday album, amusingly titled “A Mary Christmas”. Her 11th studio album was produced by David Foster.
• Paramore – Tonight they kick off a tour in support of their latest album in Seattle WA. The “Self-Titled Tour” runs through November 27th in Atlanta GA. After that, Australia and New Zealand are scheduled for January, and the group will headline a cruise in March.
• Paul McCartney – His latest album, titled “New”, is released today. Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth, Ethan Johns, and Giles Martin all have production credits on the album.
• Pearl Jam – “Lightning Bolt”, their 12-track 10th studio album, is out today. It’s their first release in 4 years, since 2009’s “Backspacer”.
• Scotty McCreery – Today the “American Idol” alum’s sophomore country album, “See You Tonight”, is released. McCreery penned 5-of-the-13 songs, the first of his own compositions that he’s recorded.
• Willie Nelson – Today’s new release, “To All the Girls”, is an album of duets with women. In all, 18 different singers are featured, including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Mavis Staples, Rosanne Cash, and Sheryl Crow

• “The Heat” ( R-Rated Action Comedy ): Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy star as an uptight FBI agent & a testy Boston cop who partner up to take down a drug lord. The twist: Neither has ever had a partner before … or a friend for that matter. Directed by Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”); written by Kate Dippold (“Parks & Recreation”). A sequel is already planned.
• “Pacific Rim” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to deliver a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from apocalypse. Directed by Guillermo del Toro. Stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba.
• Also released today: “Anger Management: Volume 2″ (TV); “The Best of Jack Hanna” (Documentary); “Bewitched: The Complete Series” (ViontageTV); “Gentle Ben: Season 1″ (Vintage TV); “Hart of Dixie: The Complete 2nd Season” (TV); “The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes” (Vintage TV); “I Dream of Jeannie: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” (Standup Comedy); “Last Will & Testament” (Documentary); “ Monsters vs Aliens: Cloning Around” (Animation); “The Partridge Family: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “Shrek The Musical” (Animation); “Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Seasons 1-5 Collector’s Edition” (Animation); and “Superheroes: Never-Ending Battle” (Documentary).

Many health professionals point out that it’s not necessary to weigh yourself to be healthy, so why not kick your scale to the curb? A few tips on how to do that …
1. Define your reason for using the scale. Are you aiming for a certain number? Then the scale is dictating the steps you take toward health, but health is so much more than just a number.
2. Redefine your version of healthy. If your intention is to be more active and fit, you should pay attention to how long you’re able to be active before you get tired, not what you weigh.
3. Stop weighing yourself and banish weight thoughts. Health comes from little decisions we make each day, none of which can be weighed.
Bottom line: Eat healthy food, get plenty of sleep, seek relief from stress, assure you are getting hydration, movement, and social interaction. These are key ingredients to health.
– “US News & World Report”

1. Acid-Wash and Ripped Jeans
2. Shoulder Pads
3. Flannel
4. The Dancer Look
5. Tie-Dye
– “Ladies’ Home Journal”

Tis the season for pumpkin – and it’s not just for eating. The superfood squash is also popular in spas in the form of sweet-smelling face masks, moisturizers, and exfoliants.  But here’s a use you may not have considered … hair treatment. Just like bananas, pumpkin is high in potassium, which helps hair grow. And pumpkin’s plentiful Vitamin A – which is often added to hair products – replenishes the scalp. A simple pumpkin hair conditioner includes 2 cups pureed pumpkin; 1 tablespoon coconut oil; 1 tablespoon honey; and 1 tablespoon yogurt. Apply the mixture to damp hair; wait 15 minutes; then wash out. (You too can be a punkin’ head!)
– “The Powder Room”

French luxury brand Hermès, most famous for its scarves and purses, has now gotten into the biz of designing … bicycles. It’s releasing 2 models, Le Flaneur d’Hermès and Le Flaneur sportif d’Hermès, worldwide in November. A rep says the goal was to make a real bike that is efficient, easy to use, and elegant, not just a decorative object. The bicycles feature shock-absorbing frames, hydraulic disc brakes, and belt-driven transmissions. Made of lightweight carbon fiber, they are available in red, charcoal, and white and retail for – whoa! – 8,100 euros ($11,000) each. (Makes for some posh peddling!)
– WWD.com

Roughly 250 million people went online for the first time in 2012, according to the International Telecommunications Union. With similar growth anticipated this year, it’s projected that 2.7 billion people will be connected to the Internet by the end of 2013. More than half the world’s population is now covered by a 3G network. Still, 4.4 billion of the world’s 7.1 billion people remain unconnected.
– “The Telegraph”


1959 [54] Emeril Lagasse, Fall River MA, TV chef (Food Network’s “Essence of Emeril”, “Emeril Live”, etc)/restaurateur (a string of restaurants in Las Vegas, Orlando, etc)

1959 [54] Sarah Ferguson (‘Fergie’), London UK, Duchess of York/Prince Andrew’s ex/former Weight Watchers spokesperson/sometime newspaper columnist

1969 [44] Kimberly Schlapman, Cornelia GA, country singer (Little Big Town-“Tornado”, “Pontoon”)

1970 [43] Ginuwine (Elgin Baylor Lumpkin), Washington DC, hip-hop artist (“Last Chance”, “In Those Jeans”)

1981 [32] Keyshia Cole, Oakland CA, R&B singer-songwriter (“Enough of No Love”, “I Remember”)

• “Eid al-Adha” (aka “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid”) begins, an important 3-day religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide.

• “Global Handwashing Day”, the 6th annual as part of a campaign to motivate people everywhere to wash their hands with soap, a key factor in disease prevention.
NET: http://www.globalhandwashingday.org

• “International Day of Rural Women”, a UN observance since 2008. (Well gosh, how should we celebrate … have a quiltin’ bee or bake some biscuits?)
NET: http://bit.ly/aFcip6

• “Mushroom Day”, saluting the fungus among us. And you thought you were the only thing kept in the dark and fed crap.

• “National Grouch Day”, a day to be grumpy, ungrateful, and cantankerous, and a day to allow grouches everywhere time to spout off.

• “White Cane Safety Day”, an annual date set aside since 1964 to celebrate the achievements of the visually impaired and their important tool of independence, the white cane.

2007 [06] Drew Carey begins hosting TV game show “The Price is Right” as its 36th season begins, taking over from long-time host Bob Barker who retires at age 84

1977 [36] Saccharin hit “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone peaks at #1 on the pop singles chart and stays there for an ear-torturing 10 weeks

2011 [02] Global economic protests break out in 951 cities in 82 countries

1993 [20] ‘World’s Largest Cookie’ measures 1,001 square feet and includes 3 million chocolate chips (Arcadia, California)

[Wed] Boss’ Day
[Wed] Department Store Day
[Wed] Dictionary Day
[Wed] Feral Cat Day
[Wed] World Food Day
[Wed] Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day
This Week Is … Take Your Medicine Week
This Month Is … Eat Better, Eat Together Month


Contestant gets 10 seconds to list 5 things in each category …
• 5 sports only girls play.
• 5 kinds of soup.
• 5 excuses for getting home late.
• 5 places you might hide a birthday gift.
• 5 noises your body can make excluding talking.

☎ Should you tip your flight attendant? Lizzie Post, great-great-granddaughter of etiquette legend Emily Post, says no. Even when you’re in the process of a transaction, buying a drink, snacks, or headsets, there is no reason to tip. So how to say thank-you? Remember your flight number, take down the name of the flight attendant, and write to the airline to let them know they have a great employee. OK then … why can’t we also do that in restaurants?

Are the following statements true or just a load of hooey?
• The name ‘bobsledding’ comes from the early belief that if the sledders bobbed their heads back and forth, it would help increase their speed. [Dumb … but TRUE.]
• The world’s smartest pig, owned by a math teacher in Madison WI, memorized the multiplication tables up to 12. [BS]
• The original inspiration for ‘Barbie’ dolls came from dolls developed by German propagandists in the late 1930s to impress young girls with the ideal notions of Aryan features. [BS]
• When baseball was first played, teams had a second catcher behind the regular catcher whose job was to field foul balls. [TRUE]
• The band Pearl Jam is named for lead singer Eddie Vedder’s grandmother. [TRUE]

Exaggeration is like a billion times worse than understatement.

Question: The average woman confidently admits to doing THIS about 3 times a year.
Answer: Staying in pajamas all day long. (“Vogue Magazine”)

People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.

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