Friday, October 21, 2011        Edition: #4613

“In Touch” magazine is reporting that 31-year-old famous person-turned-fashion maven Jessica Simpson is expecting a baby girl via unemployed football player-fiancé Eric Johnson, and she’s painting the nursery pink while he’s ordered pink bubblegum cigars to hand out (word has it they’ll take a break November 11th – to get married) . . . After posting $100,000 bail this Wednesday, famous felon Lindsay Lohan’s is next facing a November 2nd court date that could lead to yet another prison stint (her life’s just one grand decision after another) . . . This week 35-year-old Oscar-winner Kate Winslet joined her 33-year-old boyfriend Ned Rocknroll (née Smith) for the grand opening of his billionaire uncle Richard Branson’s commercial spaceport in Las Cruces, New Mexico (this is where those $200,000-trips to space will depart from starting next year) . . . TV actor James Denton tells “ET Online” he’s ‘melancholy’ about shooting the final season of “Desperate Housewives”, as he’s convinced producers could have developed the show further (squeezing 8 seasons out of this thin premise was actually a Houdini-worthy trick) . . . 27-year-old Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort (“Smallville”) has become the latest to strip off for PETA’s anti-fur campaign, having her body painted like a lizard for a photoshoot with the slogan ‘Whose Skin Are You In? Leave Wildlife Out Of Your Wardrobe’, during which she pretends to crawl over a rock (as opposed to from under it) . . . Movie star Reese Witherspoon has felt it important to admit that she wants to ‘make out’ with fellow actress Jennifer Aniston all the time (a million male minds just simultaneously exploded) . . . And just to prove everybody gets their 15 minutes – “Star Magazine” is reporting that actor Nicolas Cage’s ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton and the former couple’s troubled 20-year-old son Weston have been signed for a new VH1 reality TV series to be titled – wait for it – “Uncaged”, which is being described as a modern-day “Addams Family” (we can’t wait to see who’s ‘Cousin Itt’).

• “American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty” (PBS) – Tonight the TV premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary chronicling Pearl Jam’s 20-year history airs as part of the first ‘PBS Arts Fall Festival’.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Today Lauren Alaina (“Wildflower”).
• “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight” (CBC) – Tonight The Arkells (“Michigan Left”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – Tonight Glen Campbell (“Ghost On the Canvas”). Rerun.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Tonight Fools Gold (“Leave No Trace”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Elbow (“Build a Rocket Boys!”). Rerun.
• “Once Upon a Time” (ABC/CTV) – Sunday the debut of a new series about a woman with a troubled past who moves to a small town in Maine where fairytales and real life intersect. Stars Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global) – In a rerun broadcast, Alec Baldwin hosts the season premiere; musical guest Radiohead make their first appearance on the show since 2000.
• “Today” (NBC) – This morning Coldplay (“Mylo Xyloto”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/CTV2) – Tonight Arctic Monkeys (“Suck It & See”). Rerun.
• “20/20” (ABC) – Tonight Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon show what life’s like for their baby twins, including footage of their $30,000-cribs.
• “World Series” (FOX) – Saturday night Game 3 from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas is preceded by country singer Ronnie Dunn performing the anthem. TV actress/singer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl”) does the duties before Sunday’s Game 4.

• Bon Jovi – This week Jon Bon Jovi opened a charity diner to help fight hunger in Red Bank NJ. ‘Soul Kitchen’ operates on a pay-what-you-can system, and customers who don’t have any money can instead lend a hand with cleaning duties. Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation will subsidize the project to keep it afloat.
• Lady Gaga – She’s shared an image from her upcoming photobook collaboration with Terry Richardson, “Gaga X Terry Richardson”. In the photo, she’s depicted eating a carrot, which an accompanying press release says ‘captures the intimate, random, behind-the-scenes moments of Lady Gaga in both her professional and personal life’. Have we reached overkill yet?
• Martina McBride – Saturday she helps the Grand Ole Opry raise awareness for breast cancer by flipping a switch that turns the set pink to promote Women Rock For the Cure. As well as Martina singing “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”, performances include “American Idol” alumni Lauren Alaina and Kellie Pickler.
• Neil Young – Saturday-Sunday his annual Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View CA features performances by Arcade Fire, Beck, Carlos Santana, Dave Matthews, Diana Krall, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, Tony Bennett, and Mumford & Sons. Proceeds benefit Young’s Bridge School (1986), which helps children with severe physical impairments.
• Sting – Tonight in Boston MA he embarks on the “Back to Bass Tour” as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career and supports his new box set release, “Sting: 25 Years”. The tour features Sting backed by a 5-piece band playing in intimate theater settings.
• Young the Giant – Tonight they tape an episode of “MTV Unplugged” in NYC, performing selections from their self-titled debut album. It will debut online at on November 9th.
• Zac Brown Band – Today-through-Sunday they combine food and music at their “Southern Ground Music & Food Festival” in Charleston SC. In addition to their 3 performances, the bill will feature Eric Church, Fitz & The Tantrums, My Morning Jacket, Train and many others.

• “Margin Call” ( R-Rated Thriller ): A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis. Ensemble cast includes Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto.
• “Paranormal Activity 3” ( R-Rated Horror Thriller ): It just won’t die! This 3rd instalment goes back to 1988 to detail how young sisters ‘Katie & Kristi’ befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. No-name cast. Previous films in the franchise (2007, 2010) grossed a total of $370 million-plus worldwide. The first film was made for a paltry $15,000.
• “The Three Musketeers” ( PG-13 Action Adventure ): The hot-headed D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) unites with the down-on-their-luck Musketeers to prevent a beautiful double agent (Milla Jovovich) and her villainous employer from seizing the French throne and engulfing Europe in war. Co-stars Luke Evans, Matthew Macfadyen, Ray Stevenson.

At a golf course in Brisbane, Australia players have an added incentive to hit shots clear of the water … a lake full of sharks. A group of stranded 8-to-10-foot bull sharks have been a feature of the Carbrook Golf Club course since it was flooded by water from a nearby river. When the flood water drained away, players noticed new aquatic residents had moved into a lake near the 14th green. Although the sharks mainly eat pond fish, warning signs have been posted around the lake to deter members from wading in to retrieve lost balls. (Now THAT’S a hazard!)

Ferrari has a crash course for high-rollers looking to brush up on their winter driving skills. The luxury Italian car company has announced it will conduct a driving school in Aspen, Colorado this winter, a 2-day tutorial that costs … $11,300. You can bring along a roommate, who gets meals included plus 1 lap around the track, for an additional $950. Oh, and one more thing … you have to own a Ferrari in order to sign up. (Some people have WAY too much money.)
– “Denver Post”

• Babies know if someone is being unfairly treated at just 15 months, according to a new study.
– “Daily Telegraph”
• Leonardo Da Vinci first sketched parachutes in his “Codex Atlanticus”, believed to be dated around 1485. The first successful parachute jump was made from a hot-air balloon in 1797. There’s no record of the first unsuccessful jump.


1942 [69] Judy Sheindlin, Brooklyn NY, TV judge (“Judge Judy” since 1996)

1949 [62] Benjamin Netanyahu, Tel Aviv, Israel, Israeli Prime Minister (2009-present, 1996-99)

1956 [55] Carrie Fisher, Beverly Hills CA, movie actress (‘Princess Leia’ in original “Star Wars” trilogy)/author (“Postcards From the Edge”)/screenwriter (“The Wedding Singer”)

1978 [33] Michael McMillian, Olathe KS, TV actor (Steve Newlin’ on “True Blood” since 2008)

1980 [31] Kim Kardashian, Los Angeles CA, socialite/apparel retailer/TV personality (“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” since 2007, “Dancing With the Stars” 2008)

Movie actor Jeff Goldblum (“Jurassic Park”) is 59; Reggae singer-rapper Shaggy (“Angel”) is 43; Movie director Spike Jonze (“Where the Wild Things Are”) is 42; TV actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) is 36; Alt-rock guitarist Jon Foreman (Switchfoot) is 35; Rock guitarist Rickard Goransson (Carolina Liar) is 28.

Movie director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”) is 57; Country singer Dwight Yoakam (“Fast as You”) is 55; TV personality Nancy Grace (“Dancing With the Stars”) is 52; Filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man”) is 52; Novelty singer Weird Al Yankovic (“Eat It”) is 52; Rock bassist Robert Trujillo (Metallica) is 47; Rock bassist Eric Bass (Shinedown) is 37; Movie actor Ryan Reynolds (“The Proposal”) is 35; TV personality Cat Deeley (“So You Think You Can Dance”) is 35; TV actress Jessica Stroup (“90210”) is 25.

• “Babbling Day”, a day of tolerance for those who run off at the mouth … unless they’re on-the-air. Radio rule #1: ‘Tis better to be brief than boring.
• “International Day Of the Nacho”, celebrating the popular snack food that originated in Mexico. First created circa 1943 by Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Anaya while working at a restaurant called the Victory Club in Piedras Negras, the original nachos consisted of fried tortilla chips covered with melted cheese and jalapeno peppers.
• “Mammography Day”, observed on the 3rd Friday in October, “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, to encourage women to undergo screening for breast cancer. A controversial new study recommends screening every other year for low-risk women 50 and over, in order to reduce the number of ‘false-positive’ results. The previous standard had been annual screening at age 40.
• “Overseas Chinese Day”, an annual observation by Chinese ex-pats and those of Chinese descent when thousands return to their homeland for special celebrations. The country with the most overseas Chinese is Indonesia, with over 7.7 million; just ahead of Malaysia, with 7.6 million. The USA has 3.8 million; Canada 1.3 million.
• “Reptile Awareness Day”, to raise awareness that habitat-loss and the threat of extinction are significant concerns in the world of reptilian life.

• “Barber Day”, honoring those scissor-handed folks who run clip joints.
• “Go For a Ride On Something Day”, a horse, a bicycle … anything.
• “Holy See Day” in Vatican City, the tiny country’s national day. The smallest independent nation in the world covers an area of about 44 hectares (109 acres).
• “international caps lock day” or is it “INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY”? In any event, it’s an annual celebration of one of the more useful keys on your keyboard. (Unlike ‘Scroll Lock’.)
• “International Stuttering Awareness Day”, originated in 1998 to raise public awareness of the millions who suffer from the speech disorder.
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• “Make a Difference Day”, a celebration of people helping people and neighbors helping neighbors on the 4th Saturday of October. It’s the 21st annual sponsored by “USA Today”.
• “Nut Day”. Ask anyone to name a nut and most will start their list with ‘peanut’, which isn’t a nut at all, but a legume. Definition of a nut: a hard, dry, indehiscent fruit formed from 2 or more carpels but containing only 1 seed. In any event, it’s one of nature’s most perfect foods.

• “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?
• “iPod Day”, marking the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the first Apple iPod MP3 music player in 2001. The iPod officially went on sale November 10, 2001 for $399.
• “Mother-In-Law Day”, the 9th annual salute to the old battle ax that’s celebrated on the 4th Sunday in October.
• “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’. It’s an annual observance on the birth anniversary of late talk show legend Johnny Carson in Corning, Iowa in 1925.

1964 [47] Movie classic “My Fair Lady”, starring Audrey Hepburn & Rex Harrison, premieres at NYC’s Criterion Theater

1992 [19] Elvis Presley’s grandson is born to Lisa Marie & Danny Keough (a month later they name him ‘Benjamin Storm’)

1997 [14] Elton John’s tribute to Princess Diana, “Candle In the Wind 1997”, is declared the ‘Largest-Selling Single Record’ of all-time by the “Guinness Book of Records” after it surpasses Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” by selling 31.8 million copies

1849 [162] 1st ‘Tattooed Man’, James O’Connell, is put on exhibition at NYC’s Franklin Theater

1879 [132] 1st practical ‘Electric Light Bulb’ is demonstrated by Thomas Edison (before that, what appeared over peoples’ heads when they had an idea?)

1918 [93] Margaret Owen of NYC sets a typing speed record of 170 words-per-minute … on a manual typewriter … with no errors

1998 [13] NY Yankees set a Major League Baseball record of 125 victories for the regular and post season combined

[Mon] United Nations Day
[Mon] Lung Health Day
[Mon] Bologna Day
[Tues] Greasy Foods Day
[Tues] Punk For a Day Day
[Tues] World Pasta Day
[Wed] Diwali begins (Hindu)
This Week Is … YMCA Teen Week
This Month Is … International Doll Collectors Month


According to 89-year-old radio preacher Harold Camping, today – October 21, 2011 – is his recalculated prediction for the end of days (his 4th attempt). Interestingly, Saturday is “World’s End Day”, the anniversary of the date in 1844 when religious leader William Miller predicted the world’s end. He proved to be off his rocker, too. But suppose it were true … what would you do on the world’s last day? A few real responses culled from Facebook and Twitter …
• “I would go to a really fancy museum and touch everything.”
• “I’d buy the most expensive bottle of scotch I could get my hands on and drink it.”
• “Feel the emotions of exposing myself on public transportation.”
• “Finally tell all those kids with the saggy pants to pull their pants up.”
• “Bust dogs out of the shelter and gorillas out of the zoo.”
• “I’d probably just start asking random really hot girls if they want to sleep with me.”
• “Well, I’d definitely stop folding laundry.”
• Watch every episode of “Mad Men”.
• “Punch my boss.”
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Would you rather meet your great-grandchildren or your great-grandparents?

You know you’re overweight when you have to use your full-length mirror sideways.

Question: Ownership of THESE has doubled in the last 6 months.
Answer: eReaders like Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. (12% of adults now own one.)

If you want to cheer up, cheer up someone.

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