Wednesday, October 2, 2013    Edition: #5071

We’ve Got Our Sheet Together!

• A promotional poster for the “Diana” bio-pic has been removed from the site of the Princess of Wales’ fatal car crash in Paris, France after its advertising location sparked outrage. The print ad, depicting Naomi Watts as the late British royal, was posted at Place de l’Alma near the entrance to the tunnel where Princess Di died in 1997, and just a few feet away from the Flame of Liberty statue, which has become an unofficial memorial to Diana.
• Acting couple Michael Douglas & Catherine Zeta-Jones are giving their marriage another try after he moved back into the family home. The pair split in August after 13 years of marriage, but Douglas continuously downplayed rumors they were divorcing and insisted the problems were temporary. A new report suggests Zeta-Jones has now ‘allowed’ Douglas to return to their New York home, where she has been living with their 2 children.
• Charles Ferguson, director of a proposed Hillary Clinton documentary, has cancelled the project, saying political interference has made the film impossible. In August, the Republican Party voted to boycott debates on CNN if the doc about the potential 2016 presidential candidate went ahead. It also said it would boycott NBC-TV, which plans a mini-series on Clinton. That series, still in the early stages of production, is set to star actress Diane Lane as the former First Lady.
• Jodie Foster has apparently found love with TV host Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend. The 50-year-old actress has been linked to photographer Alexandra Hedison, who dated DeGeneres for 3 years until they split in 2004. A report suggests they’ve been dating since the beginning of the Summer. Earlier this year, Foster used her Golden Globe Awards acceptance speech to thank her ex-partner Cydney Bernard for her long-time support.
– E! News
• Arcade Fire, Eminem, and Lady Gaga are set to headline the 1st-ever “YouTube Awards”. The biggest video-sharing site will host its own music awards show on November 3rd, to be live-streamed from NYC’s Pier 36. The 90-minute inaugural event will feature performances by mainstream artists as well as YouTube sensations Lindsey Stirling and CDZA. Nominations will be announced October 17th; fans can then vote online by liking or sharing videos.

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Cee Lo Green w/Goodie Mob (“Age Against the Machine”).
• “Dragons’ Den” (CBC) – Arlene Dickinson, Jim Treliving, and Kevin O’Leary return in the 8th season premiere.
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Kings of Leon (“Mechanical Bull”).
• “Ironside” (NBC/Global) – Debut of new drama that borrows the name of the 1967-75 series starring Raymond Burr, but other than that it has little to do with the original. Stars Blair Underwood as an intense wheelchair-bound police detective.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Kenny Rogers (“You Can’t Make Old Friends”, out October 8th).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Big Black Delta (“Big Black Delta”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – MS MR (“Secondhand Rapture”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/NTV/Omni1) – Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band (“Take Me To the Land of Hell”).
• “Republic of Doyle” (CBC) – Allan Hawco is back in the Season 5 premiere.
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Demi Lovato (“Demi”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Jennifer Hudson (“I Remember Me”).
• “The X Factor” (FOX/CTV2) – More hopefuls perform for the coaches.

• Bon Jovi – Tonight the Fall leg of their “Because We Can” tour kicks off in Vancouver BC and runs through November 8th in Montréal QC.
• Britney Spears – In an attempt to set the record straight, her rep says she will NOT be lip-syncing during her “Britney Spears: Piece Of Me” shows in Las Vegas that begin in December. And contrary to reports of slow sales, says the first 16 shows are ‘virtually sold out’.
• Elton John – A “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tribute album is expected to be released next year, marking the 40th anniversary of the classic. Guest artists will include Hunter Hayes, John Grant, and Miguel.
• Kelly Clarkson – She’s revealed that she has recorded almost an entire country music album that she hopes to release eventually. She says she’s yet to finish it because she’s been on tour.
• Luke Bryan – Tonight his 5th annual “Farm Tour” of small towns that rarely see concerts begins in Statesboro GA. The trek takes in 8 venues, finishing October 12th in Valdosta GA.
• Pink Floyd – In a new interview with BBC, Roger Waters says he plans to make a new solo album. He also admits he was ‘wrong’ to sue his ex-bandmates to prevent them from using the group’s name after he left in the mid-80s.
• Tupac Shakur – A bio-pic on the late rapper will finally begin filming next year in Atlanta, to be executive produced by his mother, Afeni Shakur. The star of the movie is yet to be announced.

Nearly half of us don’t drink enough water and even a 1-to-2% drop in hydration can impact on the way our bodies function. Here’s one solution: A new smart water bottle helps you stay hydrated by calculating how much water you need. The sensor-packed ‘BluFit’ bottle connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth to indicate water amounts needed, dictated by your weight and age, plus external factors such as the current temperature and humidity levels. When it’s time to take a drink an alert sounds and the bottle’s LEDs lights change color. The makers are now seeking funding via Indiegogo. (Another way to determine if you need hydration … no spit.)

In an experiment to test honesty, a dozen wallets were ‘lost’ in each of 16 cities around-the-world to see where people were most likely to return them. The results …
5. Berlin, Germany / Ljubljana, Slovenia (6-of-12 wallets returned.)
4. Amsterdam, Holland / Moscow, Russia (7-of-12.)
3. Budapest, Hungary / New York, USA (8-of-12.)
2. Mumbai, India (9-of-12.)
1. Helsinki, Finland (An amazing 11-of-12 wallets returned!)
Bottom of the list: Lisbon, Portugal with … 1.

According to a new poll, people are more likely to quit their jobs and start hunting for new roles after returning from a vacation. That’s likely because time off gives you the chance to assess your professional goals and think clearly about your current gig. It’s difficult to see the big picture when you’re mired in the day-to-day activities of your job. Experts say you should go ahead and make your move if you are positive your current job is a dead end. Not so sure? Give yourself a week to re-acclimate after a vacation, then consider if it’s time to start searching. (Another time you’re likely to quit … when you’ve got no money and it’s payday.)

A BS breakdown of who we are and what we do …
• 83% of people under age 30 use their mobile phones for an alarm clock.
• 66% of parents with babies post pictures on Facebook … at least 3 times a week.
• 60% of daters hate it when loud music gets in the way of good conversation.
• 50% of women and 25% of men take a pillow with them when they travel.
• 25% of married men have asked their wife to go check out a noise in the middle of the night.
• 4% of us will recycle our Halloween costumes from last year this year.

Hey guys, when your relationship is on the rocks, her ex is your biggest threat, according to new research from the University of Toronto. Scientists have found that women in unsatisfying relationships are more likely to long for former flames than for new prospects. That’s because fond memories may help them cope with current strains. If you suspect your girlfriend is eyeing up her ex, invest in areas of your relationship that she thinks are lacking, such as quality time together or physical affection. (It’ll help keep the ex out of her head … and her bed.)
– Condensed from

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Jigsaw Family’ – A household that includes 2 or more sets of children from the parents’ previous relationships. Also known as a ‘blended family’. (How many traditional families with a cohabitating biological mom & pop are in your kid’s class?)
• ‘Ladybro’ – New slang for a female friend, usually of another woman. (“Hey ladybro, after work we need to meet for Happy Hour and diss the guys in the office.”)
• ‘Throuple’ (rhymes with couple) – 3 people in a romantic relationship. Also known as a ‘romantic triad’. (Also known as ‘you wish’.)

Now you can calm first-date jitters with an unlikely prop … your cutlery. A London designer has created ‘First Date Cutlery’, a line of spoons, forks, and knives to promote good table etiquette when you first meet someone. The specially-shaped soup spoons prevent embarrassing slurping sounds. Small magnets embedded in the forks and knives are meant to stimulate conversation as they bond and cross each other like swords. And the dessert spoon is shaped like an oval, encouraging the couple to share each other’s dessert choice if things are going well. (If this stuff actually works, you’ll only use it once.)

You’ve likely heard that prison inmates crank out license plates in some jurisdictions, but did you know that those who are incarcerated also crank out these products?
• Ladies Undergarments
• Brooms and Brushes
• Processed Meats
• Digital, Data and Call Center Services
• Prescription Eyeglasses
• Dentures and Orthodontics
• Kevlar Bulletproof Vests
(Slave labor or smart business?)

Looking to show off the spiffiest spliff? Check out a new product called ‘Shine Papers’, 24-carat rolling papers that combine edible gold-leaf with a slow-burning interior paper. The inventor admits it’s definitely not an everyday product because of its price point … circa $60 for a pack of 12. Even so, the papers have already sold in 20 different countries, with the majority of sales directly through the product’s website. (Adds new meaning to ‘Acapulco Gold’.)
– ABC News

Tennis star Venus Williams has been denied the chance to top her own record for world’s fastest serve by the absence of proper equipment. At the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Williams blasted a 209 km/hr (130 mph) serve in her match against Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard as measured by a spectator. But the World Tennis Association doesn’t sanction the use of radar guns in Japan so the record isn’t recognized. That means Williams’ 207-km/hr (129 mph) serve at the 2007 US Open remains the fastest serve in women’s tennis to date.
– Yahoo News

• Men with wide faces make people around them more selfish.
– “Science Daily”
• Children who read for pleasure are better at math.
– BBC News


1948 [65] Donna Karan (Faske), Forest Hills NY, fashion designer (DKNY line of clothing)

1951 [62] Sting (Gordon Sumner), Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK, rock musician (“The Last Ship”, Police-“Every Breath You Take”)/founder of the ‘Rainforest Foundation’ (1989)

1970 [43] Kelly Ripa, Stratford NJ, TV talk show co-host (“Live With Kelly & Michael” since 2001)/TV actress (“Hope & Faith” 2003-06, “All My Children” 1990-2002)

1974 [39] Sam Roberts, Westmount QC, indie rock singer-songwriter (“Let It In”, “I Feel You”)

1982 [31] Mike Rodden, Oklahoma City OK, rock bassist (Hinder-“Better Than Me”, “Lips Of an Angel”)

1987 [26] Phil Kessel, Madison WI, NHL forward (Toronto Maple Leafs)

1988 [25] Brittany Howard, Athens GA, blues-rock singer (Alabama Shakes-“You Ain’t Alone”, “Hold On”)

• “Custodial Workers Day”, honoring those who clean up after the rest of us. Nicer names for ‘Janitor’ include: ‘Caretaker’, ‘Cleanliness Resource Supervisor’, ‘Maintenance Coordinator’, and ‘Sanitation Engineer’.

• “Name Your Car Day”. Polls show that about 15% of people have a pet name for their vehicle. Results of a recent survey on the topic …

• “International Day of Non-violence”, observed on the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. This day is referred to in India as “Gandhi Jayanti”.

• “World Farm Animal Day”, as declared by the ‘Farm Animal Reform Movement’ to memorialize the ‘needless suffering and death’ of billions of innocent farm animals each year. The celebration also honors the birthday of Gandhi, who was a champion of humane farming.

1985 [28] 59-year-old movie star Rock Hudson becomes the 1st major celebrity to die of AIDS, thereby raising public awareness of the epidemic

2004 [09] 55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his 3rd wife, 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee

1961 [52] 1st ‘Pre-Moistened Hand Towel’ is introduced (what did moms do before ‘wipes’?)

[Thurs] “The Originals” debuts (CW/CHCH)
[Thurs] Techies Day
[Fri] “Gravity”; “Runner Runner” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Austin City Limits Music Festival begins (Austin TX)
[Fri] Blessing Of the Animals Day
[Fri] Cinnamon Roll Day
[Fri] Vodka Day
This Week Is … No Salt Week
This Month Is … Dryer Vent Safety Month


• UV rating’s out, windchill factor’s in.
• School kids have already had 17 ‘Professional Development’ days.
• People getting excited their digital clock will soon be correct again.
• Air conditioning repair guy finally showed up.
• You already have the kids’ Christmas list.
• Grandma now expecting you to wear that ugly sweater she knit 8 years ago.

I’m trying to get into shape. The shape I’ve selected is pear.

Is kissing on public transit OK? How far can ‘PDA’ go before it becomes icky and embarrassing?

Question: On average women think about THIS 5 times a day, while men think about it only once every other day.
Answer: Grocery shopping.

Information’s pretty thin stuff, unless mixed with experience.

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