Tuesday, September 26, 2006        Edition: #3373
Sheet Happens!

TODAY Canadian children’s writer Kenneth Oppel (“Skybreaker”) will sell naming rights for a character in his next book at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s 4th annual fundraising auction in Toronto . . . TONIGHT the 7th season of “Gilmore Girls” debuts with the drama raging on in the aftermath of ‘Lorelai’s’ (Lauren Graham) major indiscretion – sleeping with her ex- . . . Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is reportedly hoping to turn one of his movies into a Broadway musical; the bad news is – it’s “Showgirls” . . . Irish actor Gabriel Byrne is being tapped to star as a caring therapist with a frazzled personal life in the HBO half-hour drama “In Treatment”, based on the Israeli TV series and book of the same name (now if they could just get some Hollywood stars to do guest appearances – as themselves) . . . The newest offering in the “Donald J Trump Signature Collection” is a line of luxury luggage and travel goods for customers who want to travel ‘Trump-style’ (includes velcro cap to hold your comb-over in place on long flights) . . . British actress Emma Watson, who plays ‘Hermione Granger’ in the “Harry Potter” movies, says she’s unsure if she’ll return for the final 2 films in the series (sounds like somebody wants some more money!) . . . Just who is going to see “Jackass 2”? Males account for 66% of its audience, with 71% of them younger than 25 . . . And this may be a new Hollywood record – 18-year-old wannabe pop star Aaron Carter has ended his engagement to 22-year-old former Miss Teen USA & “Playboy” model Kari Ann Peniche – just 9 days after proposing (hmm, the 2nd pregnancy test came back negative?).

• Aerosmith — Steven Tyler has revealed that he’s secretly been battling hepatitis C but is slowly getting better after a year of interferon treatments. He says he’s going public in order to raise awareness of the disease. Other celebs who’ve contracted it include Pamela Anderson and country singer Naomi Judd.
• Alan Jackson – TONIGHT he performs music from his just-released “Like Red On a Rose” album on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC). The new album was produced by bluegrass star Alison Krauss.
• Clay Aiken – TONIGHT he’s a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• George Harrison – TODAY his 1973 “Living in the Material World” album (his 2nd project after The Beatles disbanded) is being reissued in a deluxe CD/DVD package, featuring additional tracks, rare concert footage, and film clips shot during the recording sessions.
• Janet Jackson – TODAY her “20 Y.O.” album is released (stands for “20 Years Old”, referring to the 20 years since her first album, “Control”). THIS AFT she’ll sit down on Oprah Winfrey’s couch and talk about her life, including finding love with Jermaine Dupri and gaining – then losing – almost 60 lbs.
• Ludacris – TODAY he’s on “Live With Regis & Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) to promote his new album “Release Therapy”.
• Scissor Sisters – TONIGHT they’re on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” (NBC). Their new album, “Ta-Dah”, is out TODAY.
• Tony Bennett – Some of the biggest names in music have joined him for his 80th birthday celebration album, “Duets – An American Classic”, out TODAY. The 18-track project features appearances by Bono, Dixie Chicks, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Sting, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Costello, and Elton John, among others.
• Also on CD TODAY: Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Last Man Standing”; Natalie Cole’s “Leavin’”; and Weird Al Yankovic’s “Straight Outta Lynwood”.

• “Curious George” ( Animated Family ): ‘The Man in the Yellow Hat’ (voiced by Will Ferrell) journeys to the African jungle to find an artifact that will save his museum from closing. There he meets ‘Curious George’, a pint-sized chimp with insatiable curiosity and a nose for adventure. Other characters voiced by Drew Barrymore, Eugene Levy, and Dick Van Dyke. Jack Johnson performs several tunes on the soundtrack. Based on the classic series of kids’ books by Margaret & HA Rey.
• “The Lake House” ( Fantasy Drama ): A lonely doctor (Sandra Bullock) who once occupied an unusual lakeside home begins exchanging love letters with its newest resident, a frustrated architect (Keanu Reeves) even though she lived at another time. A remake of the 2000 South Korean film “Siworae”.
• “The Notorious Bettie Page” ( Biographical Drama ): Gretchen Mol stars as the famous 1950s pin-up girl who grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee, then became a photo model sensation in 1950s NYC and one of the most popular “Playboy” centerfolds. An artsy film that premiered at the 2005 “Toronto International Film Festival”.
• “The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift” ( Action Thriller ):  After an arrest for illegal street racing, a teen outsider (Lucas Black) moves to Japan to avoid jail time. There he discovers the clandestine world of Japanese ‘drift racing’, in which drivers slide through hairpin turns. The 2nd sequel from the 2001 movie.
• Also on DVD TODAY: “One Tree Hill – The Complete 3rd Season”; Showtime’s “Brotherhood – The Complete 1st Season”; and “Whose Line Is It Anyway? Season 1 Volume 1 (Uncensored)”.

When Apple Corps opened the iTunes store, it claimed that people would buy music rather than rip it off given a chance. Though the success of iPod has been phenomenal, that’s just not true apparently. A new study by Jupiter Research reveals that, on average, only 5% of the music on an iPod is purchased from online music stores, while the rest is either free music ripped from CDs someone already owned or acquired from various file-sharing sites. (The newer iPod models hold around 20,000 songs. A 14-year-old is gonna buy all these @ 99 cents apiece?)

There’s no guarantee it’s true, but Liberal MP Belinda Stronach has been named as the other woman in a divorce application filed by Leanne Domi, the wife of former Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Tie Domi. In a 20-page document filed in court, Mrs Domi claims her husband and Stronach have been involved in an intimate relationship since he began working with her on her political campaign in JANUARY. Will this hurt her political career … or help it? (Mrs Domi is holding out for alimony, child support and … 2 minutes for high sticking.)
– sportsnet.ca

Women’s most disliked antics of men in ‘the moment after’ …
• Talking about an old girlfriend.
• Putting on underwear.
• Jumping up to take a shower.
• Immediately falling asleep.
– “Redbook”

You can’t ignore it anymore, more of the 18-24 demo now relies on text messaging than e-mail for quick communication. A few recent marketing campaigns that have picked up on the trend …
• Cadbury’s in the UK includes a package code on candy bars so consumers can text in to win prizes. As a side effect, the company gains info on what products sell at different times of day.
• Close-Up Toothpaste offers iPods to texters who flirt with fictitious characters in its ‘Rock, Paper, Kiss’ game.
• Hershey Chocolate Co offers purchasers the chance to text the barcode off their products to get a chance to win a trip to the “X Games”.
• McDonald’s gives away “World Cup” soccer tickets to customers who text-message a code they receive with products purchased in UK restaurants.
• Secret Deodorant gives passers-by in NYC a chance to text their innermost secrets and have them displayed on a giant Times Square screen. The company donates money for each secret to a charity for disadvantaged women.
• Starbucks runs a text-based scavenger hunt and trivia game in which participants opt to receive a series of SMS questions on their cellphones. Replies with pictures of the answer give senders a chance to win a vacation.
Time to jump onboard! You can likely re-work one or more of these concepts to help achieve targeted results for your station.

A snapshot of who we are and the things we do …
• 98% of parents say they’re present at parties their teens have at home, however just 67% of teen partygoers say parents are present at parties they attend.
• 81% of vegetarians are female.
• 75% of overweight workers have heard derogatory remarks made about them by co-workers.
• 51% of college students admit to drinking until they pass out … at least once a month.
• 49% of us take our shoes off at work at times.
• 35% of advertisers in personal ads are already married.

TODAY an online venture called ‘Weblo’ is being launched where you can buy and sell virtual properties. Entrepreneur Rocky Mirza says his new site is like “Monopoly” on steroids. Players use real money to buy the right to real-world properties such as the Taj Mahal, then make money by renting out space or from advertising that runs on the site. They can also make money by selling their properties. And there’s more … you can even buy and sell entire cities, then run for mayor and collect taxes from anyone whose property is part of your city. Sound complicated? Must have something going for it; a major shareholder is Richard Rosenblatt, the co-inventor of MySpace.com. (That quirky little idea seemed to work out okay.)
– “Globe & Mail”

A Russian soccer coach has had his players beaten up and shot after finding out they’d been taking bribes to lose matches. Stanislav Bernikov, manager of the Metallurg Lipetsk team, which stands 6th in Russia’s 2nd division, had the team’s goalkeeper, captain and forward beaten up by a 5-man gang, then shot with plastic bullets. The incident occurred after the team lost 2 away games and the coach accused the players of throwing matches for moolah. The injured players have been treated for concussion, facial fractures and bullet wounds. Police have launched a criminal investigation. (This guy’s the Bill Cowher of Russia!)
– “MosNews”

• If you marry at 30 & stay married until you’re 90, you will have spent 18 years in the sack with your mate.
• California is home to 90 of the 400 billionaires on the latest ‘400 Wealthiest’ list in “Forbes”.
• In 1883, the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa put so much dust into Earth’s atmosphere that sunsets appeared green and the Moon appeared blue around-the-world for almost 2 years.


1948 [58] Olivia Newton-John, Cambridge UK (raised Melbourne, Australia), oldies singer (“I Honestly Love You”)/movie actress (“Grease”)

1955 [51] Carlene Carter (Rebecca Carlene Smith), Nashville TN, country singer (“The Sweetest Thing”)/June Carter Cash’s daughter/Johnny Cash’s step-daughter

1968 [38] Jim Caviezel, Mount Vernon WA, movie actor (“Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius”, “The Passion of the Christ”)

1972 [34] Shawn Stockman, Philadelphia PA, R&B/pop singer (Boyz II Men-“The End of the Road”) who had 6 #1 hits in the ‘90s, including some of the longest-charted singles of all-time

1981 [25] Serena Williams, Saginaw MI, former top-ranked women’s tennis player who’s now dropped to #93

1981 [25] Christina Milian, Jersey City NJ, pop singer (“Say I”, “Dip It Low”)/sometime movie actress (“Pulse”, “Be Cool”)

• “Food Service Employees Day”, honoring those dedicated folks who slop your plate full in the cafeteria each day.

• “International Tool Day”. So who do you think qualifies?

1964 [42] 1st episode of “Gilligan’s Island” (“Survivor” … 1960s-style)

1969 [37] 1st episode of TV’s “The Brady Bunch” (“Mike & Carol’s Wedding”)

1892 [114] 1st ‘Matchbook’ (Diamond Match Co)

1960 [46] ‘Longest Speech in United Nations History’ (4 hours, 29 minutes by Fidel Castro)

1983 [23] ‘Longest Winning Streak in Sports’ (132 years) comes to an end as challenger “Australia II” defeats the USA in “America’s Cup” yacht racing

[Wed] Ancestor Appreciation Day
[Wed] World Tourism Day
[Thurs] Ask A Stupid Question Day
[Thurs] Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Fri] Goose Day
[Fri] Pumpkin Day
[Sat] 21st Farm Aid Concert (Camden NJ)
This Week Is … Roller Skating Week
This Month Is … Hispanic Heritage Month


According to Dr Susan Dellinger, there are 5 basic personality types and each tends to prefer a particular shape …
• Circle – You’re a ‘people person’ with lots of sympathy and consideration for others. You listen and communicate very well and are very perceptive about feelings. You like harmony and hate making unpopular decisions.
• Square – You’re an organized, logical and hardworking person who likes structure and rules. Sometimes you have trouble making decisions because you always want more information.
• Rectangle – You’re a courageous, exciting and inquisitive explorer who always searches for ways to grow and change. You enjoy trying things you’ve never done before and love asking questions that have never been asked.
• Triangle – You’re a born leader who’s competitive, confident and decisive. You also like recognition and are interested in politics.
• Squiggle – You’re a creative person who’s always thinking of new ways to do things. You don’t think in a deliberate pattern from A to B to C. Instead, you tend to jump around in your mind, going from A to X to M.

• What’s your best and worst body parts?
• What is the most extreme thing you’ve done to your hair in an attempt to make yourself more attractive?
• What is the correct order in which to wash your body when taking a shower?

• California has more of these than any other state. As a matter of fact, with 6,379, they have almost double the number of Florida, which is 2nd on the list. What is it?
a. Orange groves.
b. Shopping malls. [CORRECT]
c. Cases of skin cancer per year.

• Would I ask you a rhetorical question?
• Life’s not passing me by … it’s running me over!

Today’s Question: Just about everybody enjoys reading THESE, but 21% of us refuse to eat them.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Fortune cookies.

Shakespeare’s work is even more impressive when you consider he did it all with a quill.

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