October 27, 2010

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010        Edition: #4373
We’ve Gone Bullistic!

Today Paris Hilton is scheduled to be arraigned in court on charges of cocaine possession relating to her August 27th bust in Las Vegas and could face up to 4 years in prison (except that her weasel lawyers will likely work a deal) . . . Yesterday cable network AMC began an ambitious promotional stunt to promote the 6-episode mini-series “The Walking Dead” by staging ‘zombie attacks’, featuring hundreds of extras in zombie makeup, spreading around-the-world in 26 cities, starting in Taipei, Taiwan and culminating at the show’s Los Angeles premiere (series begins October 31st, airing in 120 countries) . . . “Glee” star Lea Michele has put her clothes back on long enough to begin work recording the lead role in the upcoming animated feature film “Dorothy of Oz” (due in 2012) . . . 20-year-old Taylor Swift’s been spotted holding hands with 29-year-old actor Jake Gyllenhaal (wooo!) . . . Paula Abdul says she wants ‘unique’ dancers to try out for her new CBS-TV talent show “Live to Dance” (call up Jesse James – he knows lots!) . . . Actor Elijah Wood (“Lord Of the Rings”) is set to star in a new FX series called “Wilfred”, about a guy and his dog (‘part Australian Shepherd, part Russell Crowe on a bender’), played by actor Jason Gann wearing a dog suit (sounds wonky but the show it’s based on worked in Australia) . . . 23-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood says she will always love 41-year-old former BF Marilyn Manson because ‘he had a hand in raising me’ (uh, that’s kinda creepy) . . . And “Us Magazine” reports that a fight broke out at the “Real Housewives of Orange County” (Bravo) wrap party, in which stars Tamra Barney & Jeana Keough got into a heated discussion, hurled abuse at each other, jostled near the swimming pool, then threw wine all over each other  (ladies … ladies … save it for the cameras!).

• “Country Boys Outdoors” (Sportsman Channel) – Country stars Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert explore the alligator-infested habitats of Florida, looking for big gators.
• “Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central/CTV) – President Barack Obama.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Sara Bareilles (“Kaleidoscope Heart”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – A Perfect Circle (“Deep Cuts”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Interpol (“Interpol”).
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – School of Seven Bells (“Disconnect From Desire”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni) – Michael Franti & Spearhead (“The Sound of Sunshine”).
• “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Taylor Swift (“Speak Now”).
• “Lopez Tonight” (TBS) – Sean Kingston (“Tomorrow”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Kylie Minogue (“Aphrodite”).

• Elton John – He’s revealed that, for his civil partnership with David Furnish, Eminem gifted them with 2 large, diamond-encrusted rings … that aren’t meant to be worn on a finger.
• Jewel – Her viral video on Funny Or Die.com in which she donned a disguise (prosthetic nose, wig, glasses, and butt padding), then wowed the crowd at an LA karaoke joint has become the basis for a TV pilot. “Undercover Karaoke” has been ordered up by TBS.
• Katy Perry – She & hubby Russell Brand sold coverage of their weekend wedding (replete with 21 camels, elephants, and horses) to “Hello!” magazine, which will be publishing the exclusive pictures.
• Lady Gaga – She’s made history again, becoming the first artist with 1 billion views on YouTube. Justin Bieber is also expected to make that mark, as he currently has over 962 million views, according to MTV News.
• Mariah Carey – Popeater.com claims that she’s indeed knocked up, and she’s having a boy.
• Taylor Swift – Today in NYC she takes part in a literacy event as part of Scholastic’s 90th anniversary literary campaign; attends the unveiling of a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds; performs a special concert at JFK airport; then flies to the West Coast, hosting an onboard group of contest winners. You can’t say she doesn’t work hard.

Experts say these foods are full of cancer-busting ingredients …
• Wild Blueberries: Much higher in antioxidants than cultivated blueberries and, because they grow wild, they are often organic as well.
• Red Beans: Both kidney beans and Mexican red beans, the smaller kidney-bean look-alike, are packed with a ton of important nutrients.
• Pomegranates: May be key in preventing cancer of the prostate.
• Artichokes: Highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables tested in a list of over 1,100 foods.
• Pecans: Linked to several health benefits such as lower LDL cholesterol levels.
• Dried Plums: Prunes improve heart health, normalize blood sugar levels, promote digestive regularity, and lower cholesterol.
• Russet Potatoes: Perhaps surprisingly found to have a good dose of antioxidants, and no one needs to convince you to eat this favorite vegetable!
• Cloves, Cinnamon, Oregano: Turns out many spices & herbs are packed with antioxidants. These rank the highest.
• Acai (ah-SAH-ee) Berries: Grown in Brazil, they’re fast becoming one of the most popular super-antioxidant foods.
– HealthWatchCenter.com

Today in London, ‘James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (complete with bullet-proof shield, revolving license plates, oil slick-sprayer, nail-spreader, and smokescreen) goes under the hammer, and RM Auctions expects it to fetch over $5 million. Several of the gadgets are fully operational, although its machine guns are fake. It’s one of 2 identical vehicles that ‘007’ actor Sean Connery drove in “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”. Philadelphia PA radio broadcaster Jerry Lee (owner of B101-FM) convinced the Aston Martin factory to sell it to him for $12,000 in 1969, becoming its first and only owner. He’ll use the money for his charitable Jerry Lee Foundation.
– “China Daily”

Think you hate your job? Check these ‘odd jobs’ out …
• Knocker-Upper – A legitimate profession in England & Ireland before alarm clocks were common. Using a truncheon, you knocked on clients’ doors to wake them up.
• Gymnasiarch – In ancient Greece, this job was actually coveted due to the popularity of athletics. You oiled & scraped the athletes as well as tidied up the gym after wrestling matches.
• Funeral Clown – A gig in ancient Rome, where you’d be paid to dress up as the dead person, wear a mask of their face, then dance about making jokes about them and mimicking them.
• Whipping Boy – During the 1600s in England, a future king could not be disciplined in school for misbehavior … so a substitute would be brought in to take the punishment form him.
• Tosher – Scavengers in the sewers under London during the Victorian era. The only bonus to the occupation was that you became immune to the various diseases that killed many others.
• Gong Farmer – This job in Tudor-era England was to empty the privies of private households. Once your vat was full of ‘gong’ (dung), you carted it outside the city walls. A crappy job indeed!
• Searchers Of the Dead – During the Great Plague you’d go door-to-door looking for deceased victims, then you’d seal the house and quarantine the family … until you caught plague yourself.
• Groom Of the Stool – This male servant in the household of the English monarch ‘presided over the office of royal excretion’. That is … you wiped His Majesty’s butt.
– Condensed from ItThing.com

Reports that a cholera outbreak is threatening the people of Haiti are all over the news. But what is cholera, and what makes it a serious illness? The World Health Organization describes the disease as an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with bacteria. Once infected, a person may experience symptoms such as severe diarrhea and vomiting, which can lead to serious dehydration causing death. Cholera is transmitted through unsanitary conditions and contaminated drinking water. Symptoms are treated by replacing the fluid and electrolytes that have been reduced through excretion.
– BestHealthMagazine.ca

A new ranking of the stiffs that raked in the most moolah in the past year …
10. Composer Richard Rodgers … $7 million.
9. NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner … $8 million.
8. Physicist Albert Einstein … $10 million.
7. Children’s author Dr Seuss … $11 million.
6. ‘Millennium Trilogy’ author Stieg Larsson … $15 million.
5. Musician John Lennon … $17 million.
4. “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz … $33 million.
3. “Lord Of the Rings” author JRR Tolkein … $50 million.
2. Singer Elvis Presley … $60 million.
1. Singer Michael Jackson … $275 million.
– Forbes.com

Over 26 years, 45-year-old Graham Barker of Perth, Australia has collected 22.1 grams (.78 oz) of belly button lint, enough to earn him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. He was motivated by ‘simple curiosity’ to begin sorting his navel lint by color in 3 jars back in 1984. He admits the ‘raw material’ is worthless but claims the world record collection certainly has curiosity value, perhaps why he recently managed to sell it to a museum. Barker says he’s come across a handful of other navel fluff collectors, but none who’ve taken it so seriously. Oh, in case you need to know … Barker says thermal underwear (aka Long Johns) produces the most navel lint.
– Telegraph.co.uk

• Before 1800, there were no separately designed shoes for right and left feet. (Back then it was much easier putting on your slippers in the dark!)
– DidYouKnow.org
• Alcohol is involved in 75% of all spousal-abuse cases. (Anyone surprised?)
– “Vitality Magazine”
• There have been 39 marriages between “Riverdance” cast members. (Apparently Irish step dancing makes you hot-to-trot!)
– “The Guardian”


1939 [71] John Cleese, Weston-Super-Mare UK, movie actor (“Shrek” movies, “Die Another Day”)/former TV comedian (“Monty Python’s Flying Circus” 1969-74)

1949 [61] Garry Tallent, Detroit MI, rock bassist (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band-“Born to Run”, “Born In the USA”)

1958 [52] Simon LeBon, Bushey UK, classic rock singer (Duran Duran-“Hungry Like the Wolf”, “The Reflex”)

1967 [43] Scott Weiland (Kline), Santa Cruz CA, rock singer (Stone Temple Pilots-“Between the Lines”, Velvet Revolver-“Slither”)/rehab veteran

1984 [26] Kelly Osbourne, London UK, sometime TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars” 2009, “The Osbournes” 2002-04)/daughter of Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

• “Cranky Co-Workers Day”, in honor of all the complaining and just plain cranky people you work with and have to endure all year. This is the day to let them go with it and enjoy their misery!

• “Potato Day”, honoring the humble spud. What’s the best way to cook ‘em? Fries? Mashed? Backed? Au Gratin with Gruyere and Creme Fraiche?

2006 [04] “Saw III” opens in movie theaters, in which serial killer ‘Jigsaw’ (Tobin Bell) kidnaps a doctor to help keep him alive (as of this Friday, we’re at #7 … how many “Saws” do you think they can make?)

1975 [35] Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both “TIME” and “Newsweek” magazines

1901 [109] 1st ‘Boxer Shorts’ introduced (and the argument begins … boxers or briefs?)

1991 [19] 1st ‘Planet Hollywood’ restaurant officially opens (part-owners Bruce Willis & Arnold Schwarzenneger do the honors)

2004 [06] Boston Red Sox win their 1st World Series in 86 years by defeating St Louis Cardinals 4 games-to-0

1998 [12] Conrad Black launches new national newspaper, “The National Post”

[Thurs] Day of International Concern About Young People & Gun Violence
[Thurs] Plush Animal Lovers Day
[Fri] World Psoriasis Day
[Sat] Devil’s Night
[Sat] International Bandanna Day
[Sun] Halloween
This Week Is … Cleaner Air Week
This Month Is … Emotional Wellness Month


Stocking up on goodies to hand out to kids on Halloween? Try to stay away from these …
• Poisonettes
• Good ‘n Sweaty
• Middlefinger
• Clam Duds
• Gummy Marrow
• Bit-O-Squirrel
• Lice Krispie Squares
• Malted Meatballs
• They-Might-Be-Raisinets
• Tootsie Roids

What was your all-time best homemade Halloween costume?

These destinations sound too creepy to visit …
• The Skeleton Coast, Namibia
• Tombstone, Arizona
• Dead Sea, Israel/Jordan
• Murder Island, Nova Scotia
• Hell’s Kitchen, New York City
• Golgotha (Place Of the Skull), Jerusalem
• Devil’s Island, French Guiana
• Death Valley, Nevada/California
– Listverse.com

Which is the most ancient fermented beverage?
a. Wine.
b. Beer.
c. Honey.
[Fermented honey, known as ‘mead’, which dates from at least as far back as 1700 BC.]

Sharing is fun … unless its your own stuff.

Today’s Question: Over half of people aged 18-29 believe in THIS, but the belief drops off the older you get.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Haunted houses.

Keep your words soft and sweet, in case you have to eat them.

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