Wednesday, September 28, 2005        Edition: #3125
Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

TODAY in London, Christie’s auctions off more than 230 lots of rock memorabilia, including John Lennon’s handwritten 1966 lyrics for “I’m Only Sleeping” on the back of a bill for his car phone, and the only existing recording of The Beatles’ 1964 concert in Hong Kong . . . TONIGHT the new season of “George Lopez” and Freddie Prinze Jr’s new show “Freddie” won’t be premiering as planned, getting bumped a week so ABC-TV can rerun the season premiere of “Lost” ahead of its 2nd episode . . . “One Tree Hill” co-stars Chad Michael Murray & Sophia Bush have separated after just 5 months of marriage (could you keep working every day with your ex-?) . . . Biographer Michael Luckman says Michael Jackson will try to reinvent himself as a tough-talking, womanizing rapper and we’ll soon see him constantly surrounded by beautiful women (yeah, that’ gonna work) . . . This is truly creepy – a new single called “Hold Ya Hand”, available online from AOL Music, features late rapper Notorious BIG (shot in 1997) in a duet with late reggae king Bob Marley (who died in 1981) . . . Jessica Alba, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ellen DeGeneres, Denzel Washington, Billy Crystal, James Caan & other celebs have autographed a Harley that “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno is auctioning for hurricane relief (eBay bidding closes FRIDAY) . . . Donald Trump’s 35-year-old wife, Melania Knauss, is expecting a baby, due in the SPRING (he already has 3 children with 1st wife Ivana, and a daughter with #2 wife Marla Maples) . . . Virginia Democrats are said to be keen on asking Ben Affleck to run for senator against Republican incumbent George Allen in NEXT YEAR’s election (are we ready for ‘Benator Affleck’?) . . . The Ethiopian government is investigating claims that Angelina Jolie illegally adopted her 8-month-old daughter Zahara, a charge that may lead to a court battle . . . And Christina Aguilera has reportedly sent new mom Britney Spears a ‘weight-loss CARE package’ that includes a corset and a diet handbook (meow!).

• Celine Dion – Although her authorized biography and autobiography have already been published, a new book called “Celine Dion: For Keeps” is due NOVEMBER 1st. The scrapbook-style compilation includes photos & mementos from her personal life and career.
• Elton John – The vampire-themed “Lestat”, the first musical he & longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin have written together, will open APRIL 13th on Broadway.
• Enrique Iglesias – He tops the 2nd annual ‘25 Sexiest Bachelors’ list in the upcoming issue of “People en Espanol” magazine.
• Madonna – She’ll launch her new album “Confessions on a Dancefloor” NEXT YEAR with a world tour beginning in Japan, where she hasn’t appeared in 20 years.
• Melissa Etheridge – TODAY she guests on the “Oprah Winfrey Show”.

• ‘Push Presents’ – A new term for gifts from friends & family after a new baby is born. (“We don’t need anymore newborn outfits, we have lots from all our push presents.”)
• ‘Esquivalience’ – A made-up word supposedly meaning ‘the shirking of duties’ that’s been published in the “New Oxford American Dictionary”. Why? As a copyright trap to expose competitors trying to steal material for their own publications. It seems inserting a false entry is a common practice among publishers of dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps and other reference material. (Yeah, like there’s really no place called Paraguay. I mean, have you ever met anyone who’s actually been there?)
• ‘Pottering’ – A pastime gaining popularity in fast-paced urban Japan whereby bike riders purposely travel at a leisurely pace in order to explore their city. A big part of it is stopping to explore, and sampling food & drink along the way. (We can learn all from this … stop and smell the saki!)

From a new ranking of “100 Greatest Film Scores of All-Time” by the American Film Institute …
3. “Lawrence of Arabia”
2. “Gone With the Wind “
1. “Star Wars”
– E!

An unhappy iPod Nano owner has set up a Website demanding that Apple recall its latest gadget. The contention is that some components of the new Nano just aren’t capable of withstanding the conditions in which it’s meant to be used. Among the complaints …
• Screen becomes distorted when the device is carried in a pocket with keys and/or change.
• The screen mysteriously becomes scratched or cracked.
• And basically … the Nano simply breaks easily.
From the number comments posted on the Website, it seems the complainant is not alone.

42-year-old Brazilian Gilberto Cruz has broken his own world record for being buried in ice. He was covered in chipped ice in a transparent box in a shopping mall with only his head sticking out for a chilly total of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 24 seconds. Cruz makes his living out of breaking records, previously staying awake for 100 hours, ironing clothes for 42 hours, and managing to last 1 full hour … without blinking!
– “Terra Noticias Populares”

Fans of “The OC” will soon be able to star in and direct the show – on their cellphones. The new “Sims”-style game by Gameloft will allow players to take on the role of any of the show’s 4 main characters or create a new cast member of their own. Players attempt to help their characters fit into the ultra-trendy “OC” community by dressing to impress, dating the right people and socializing in the right cliques. (Game functions on your phone include hitting the pound key for a ‘bitch-slap’.)
– “Hollywood Reporter”

• A reindeer has injured an elderly couple in the wilds of Lapland, some 600 miles north of Helsinki, Finland. In a rare attack a male reindeer suddenly appeared, butted the man to the ground and kicked him before turning on the woman, causing injuries that required hospital care. (Mr & Mrs Claus are said to be in satisfactory condition. Police have issued an all-points bulletin for Prancer.)
• An unusual proposal to reduce traffic backups on Germany’s high-speed autobahns is being considered in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The idea is simple: Allow motorists to turn around in U-turns and go back the other way. (Yeah, that’ll fix things … have people pulling U-ies on highways with no speed limit.)
• A 71-year-old Chinese woman has pulled a car 65 feet – with her teeth. Wang Xiaobei (jhow-bay) attached one end of a rope to the car and wrapped a handkerchief around the other end before biting on it. She’s been performing feats of strength with her teeth for more than 30 years, previously using them to carry a 25-kilo (55-lb) bucket of water, and a bicycle. (Then she puts them back in the glass on her nightstand.)

Just in time for the upcoming “Da Vinci Code” movie starring Tom Hanks comes – huh? – the cookbook. Stephen Lanzalotta has created what he calls the ‘Da Vinci Diet’ based on a mathematical formula used by Leonardo Da Vinci that’s outlined in Dan Brown’s mega-seller “The Da Vinci Code”. The so-called ‘Golden Ratio’ or ‘Phi’ (pronounced ‘fee’) is a mathematical value (2.61803399) that is said to exist everywhere in nature. It’s what Lanzalotta has used to create the basic mix of his diet: 20% protein, 52% carbs and 28% fat. The book, “The Diet Code: Revolutionary Weight-Loss Secrets From Da Vinci & the Golden Ratio” is scheduled for release in APRIL. The movie follows on MAY 19th. (And the marketing has just begun – get ready for ‘Da Vinci’ on everything from board games to jammies!)
– ABC News

A Chinese millionaire, who claims he inherited his fortune from an un-named Hollywood actress, has donated 70 vehicles to his local police force in Beijing. That’s just the latest bit of philanthropy from Li Chunping, who has always refused to identify his benefactor. He claims he met the late movie star in a Beijing hotel, then went to America to take care of her until her death, when she left him all her money. (So who d’ya think? Audrey Hepburn? Bette Davis? Greta Garbo?)
– Ananova News


1938 [67] Ben E King, Henderson, NC, oldies singer (“Stand By Me”, The Drifters-“Under the Boardwalk”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1988)

1967 [38] Mira Sorvino, Tenafly NJ, movie actress (Oscar-“Mighty Aphrodite”)

1968 [37] Naomi Watts, Shoreham UK [raised Australia], movie actress (“The Ring”)  COMING UP: Stars opposite a big monkey in Peter Jackson’s “King Kong”, opening DECEMBER 14th.

1972 [33] Gwyneth Paltrow, LA CA, movie actress (“Proof”, Oscar-“Shakespeare in Love”)/Mrs Chris Martin since 2003/mom to Apple

1975 [30] Mandy Barnett, Crossville TN, country singer (“Whispering Wind”)

1987 [18] Hilary Duff, Houston TX, pop singer (“Come Clean”)/movie actress (“A Cinderella Story”)

TODAY is “Ask a Stupid Question Day”, created by some unknown keener who decided that ‘asking a stupid question is better than repairing a stupid mistake’. It’s a good excuse to pose perplexing questions like …
• If our knees were bent the other way, what would a chair look like?
• Isn’t all tea ‘steeped tea’. What the heck is Tim Hortons making such a big deal about?
• If the plural of tooth is ‘teeth’, why isn’t the plural of booth ‘beeth’?
• Can you be a ‘closet claustrophobic’?
• If winning isn’t important … why do we keep score?

TODAY is “National Women’s Health & Fitness Day”, designed to focus attention on the importance of regular physical activity & health awareness for women. It’s estimated up to 50,000 women will participate in organized activities related to the day.

1997 [08] ‘DVD’ format is unveiled at the 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society in NYC (thereby turning your VCR into a $200 doorstop)

1991 [14] “Ropin’ the Wind” album by Garth Brooks debuts at #1 simultaneously on country & pop charts

1995 [10] 1st MLB pitcher to pitch with both hands (not at the same time) as Montréal Expo Greg Harris faces 4 Cincinnati batters, throwing to 2 of them right-handed and 2 left-handed

1919 [86] Quickest-ever Major League Baseball game as Giants beat Phillies 6-1 in just 51 minutes

[Thurs-Oct 14] 24th “Vancouver International Film Festival”
[Thurs] Goose Day
[Thurs] Pumpkin Day
[Thurs] Final season debut of NBC-TV’s “Will & Grace”
[Fri-Oct 9] Okanagan Wine Festival [BC]
[Fri] Mud Pack Day
[Fri] “Into the Blue”, “Serenity” & “The Greatest Game Ever Played” open in movie theaters
This Week Is . . . Chimney Safety Week
This Month Is . . . International Self-Awareness Month


• Your trash is overflowing but your bank account isn’t.
• You regularly wake up 10 minutes before class.
• You’re carrying less than a dollar on you.
• You haven’t done laundry in so long that you’re wearing your swimsuit to class.
• You are personally saving the local pizza joint from bankruptcy.
• Your backpack is giving you scoliosis.
• You get more sleep in class than in your dorm room.
• Your idea of feeding the poor is buying yourself some Ramen noodles.

Don’t know what you’ll use this for, but it sure is fun!

Finish this sentence: The key to career success is …

• Time isn’t on my side … it’s on my back.
• I’m fighting this parking ticket I got because there was a misleading sign posted. It said, ‘Fine for Parking Here’.

• I once had a job working in an orange juice factory but I got canned … couldn’t concentrate.
• Then I was a bank teller. That was a great job … I was bringing home 50 grand a week!
• I worked in the woods as a lumberjack but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the ax.
• After that I tried to be a tailor but I just wasn’t suited for it. Mainly because it was a so-so job.
• Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was exhausting.
• I wanted to be a barber but I just couldn’t cut it.
• I tried to be a chef. I figured it would add a little spice to my life but I just didn’t have the thyme.
• I attempted to be a deli worker but any way I sliced it, I couldn’t cut the mustard.
• My best job was being a musician but eventually I found I wasn’t noteworthy.
• I became a professional fisher but discovered I couldn’t live on my net income.
• Thought about becoming a witch, so I tried that for a spell.
• I had a good job working for a pool maintenance company but the work was just too draining.
• Then I got a job at the zoo feeding giraffes but I was fired because I wasn’t up to it.
And THAT’S how I got into radio.

Today’s Question: 80% of THESE are made by American men.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Golf holes-in-one.

After all is said and done, much is said and little is done.

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