Wednesday, September 7, 2011        Edition: #4581
Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

Actor Chord Overstreet, who walked away from his ‘Sam Evans’ role on “Glee” when the powers-that-be wanted to relegate him to a recurring role, has now landed a guest-starring role on the ABC-TV comedy “The Middle” as new 4th-grade teacher (dude, never make a lateral move) . . . 37-year-old sorta singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham is back in her size 0 leather pants just 2 months after giving birth to her 4th child, Harper Seven (another reason to hate her) . . . Meantime, 37-year-old “How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan has had to deny pregnancy rumors after she was photographed with what looked like a belly bump (just a muffin top, honest!) . . . 50-year-old actor Eddie Murphy (the “Shrek” donkey) is in early talks to host the 84th Academy Awards in February (OMG, we never thought we’d miss the days of James Franco & Anne Hatthaway) . . . And during some down time in London, acting couple Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie have taken their brood of 6 to see the lame children’s flick “Smurfs 3-D” (seems even superstars have to sit through crappy movies for the sake of the kids).

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC) – Def Leppard performs; Il Divo performs; the final 4 acts are revealed.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Band of Horses (“Infinite Arms”).
• “Gemini Awards” (CBC) – Comedian Russell Peters hosts the 26th annual honors for Canadian television, live from Toronto.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CHCH) – AWOLNATION (“Megalithic Symphony”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Matt & Kim (“Sidewalks”); Screaming Females (“Castle Talk”). Rerun.
• “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/A Channel) – Anthrax performs “The Devil You Know” (“Worship Music”, out September 13th) plus a ‘surprise classic’.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Alzheimer’s sufferer Glen Campbell (“Ghost On the Canvas”).
• “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel) – Chris Colfer (“Glee”).

• AC/DC – Why they’ve decided to get into the wine business is anyone’s guess. Someone from their management team says, “No idea why they’re doing it. It’s not like they need the money and they don’t even drink wine.”
• Aerosmith – They plan to release their 14th studio album sometime around May 2012, according to a web post by their longtime producer Jack Douglas. The album will be their first release of original material since 2001’s “Just Push Play”.
• Beyoncé – She celebrated her 30th birthday in Venice, Italy with hubby Jay-Z … and friend Gwyneth Paltrow.
• Faith Hill – NBC Sports will again feature her on the opening theme of “Sunday Night Football” throughout the NFL season. “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” will kick off each game on NBC. She’s also currently in the studio recording what will be her first release of new music in 6 years.
• Game – The rapper claims hip-hop is rife with ‘man fans’, gay stars who refuse to be honest about their sexuality. He thinks it’s time for them to take a stand.
• Good Charlotte – Benji Madden tells “Rolling Stone” they’re going on a hiatus, stepping away from the grind of making records and touring to have fun and be creative like they were when they were 15.
• Pistol Annies – Miranda Lambert’s trio debuts at #1 on the “Billboard” magazine ‘Country Albums’ chart this week with their initial output “Hell on Heels”.
• Rihanna – She’s reportedly fired Jay-Z as her manager amid rumors she isn’t happy with how she was being managed by his team at RocNation.
• Tim McGraw – Rumor has it there’s interest in him for the male lead in Clint Eastwood’s planned remake of the film classic “A Star Is Born” after Leonardo DiCaprio turned it down.

New terms leaking into our lingo …
• ‘Halo Effect’ – When one positive trait of a person causes an observer to perceive other positive traits. Assuming someone must be smart because they’re attractive, for example.
• ‘Juvenoia’ – The baseless and exaggerated fear that the Internet and current social trends are having negative effects on children.
• ‘Silent Disco’ – Instead of relying on massive speaker systems, this newish trend has partygoers don wireless headphones to hear a live DJ broadcast. It’s becoming popular at clubs, festivals, and public spaces where noise ordinances would otherwise make a dance party impossible.

With the recession having gutted the construction industry in Las Vegas, excavators and bulldozers near The Strip are finally being put to use after sitting idle for months … as toys. Entrepreneur Ed Mumm has started a business called ‘Dig This’ which allows adults to push around dirt, rock, and huge tires with earth-moving construction equipment in what amounts to a life-sized sandbox. All it takes is a 10-minute classroom lesson and guidance from trainers through headsets. And oh yeah … a pay-to-play fee of up to $750. (For guys who never had a Tonka truck as a boy.)
– “Globe & Mail”

Scientists have found another thing to blame on the climate demon El Niño … civil strife in poor countries. A new Columbia University study has found a significant increase in unrest during the years of an El Niño, which is a regular climatic event that tends to warm up and dry out tropical regions. Why? Researchers think that when people get hot and uncomfortable, they get irritable and more prone to fight. The study also suggests the flipside of El Niño, La Niña, is the most peaceful time for these tropical countries. And the good news is … meteorologists are predicting we’re heading into another La Niña period. (Today’s forecast … variable mayhem tapering off into peace and quiet.)
– AP

New research on alcohol’s effect on brain activity helps to explain the age-old phenomenon of people doing dumb things when they drink booze. University of Missouri researchers have found that alcohol dulls the brain signal that warns us when we are making a mistake, ultimately reducing self-control. Previous studies have also shown that alcohol reduces this alarm signal, but this is the first to show that it doesn’t reduce our awareness of mistakes … it reduces how much we care about making them. (“I don’t care what you say … I hate wearing pants.”)
– “Psych Central News”

• 90% of all shopping bags are plastic, likely because they’re cheaper to produce than paper bags.
• Plastic bags are able to carry 1,000 times their weight.
• While 100 billion plastic bags are used annually by American shoppers, only 2% end up being recycled.
• An average car could travel 36 feet on the petroleum used to make just 1 plastic bag.
– Condensed from


1951 [60] Chrissie Hynde, Akron OH, classic rock singer (The Pretenders-“Don’t Get Me Wrong”, “Brass in Pocket”)

1951 [60] Julie Kavner, LA CA, TV actress (voice of ‘Marge Simpson’ on “The Simpsons” since 1989)/movie actress (“Click”, “The Simpsons Movie”)

1953 [58] Benmont Tench, Gainesville FL, classic rock musician (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers-“Free Fallin’”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2002)

1976 [35] Oliver Hudson, LA CA, TV actor (‘Adam Rhodes’ on “Rules Of Engagement” since 2007)/son of actress Goldie Hawn/brother of actress Kate Hudson

1987 [24] Evan Rachel Wood, Raleigh NC, TV actress (‘Sophie-Anne Leclerq’ on “True Blood” since 2009)/movie actress (“The Wrestler”, “Across the Universe”)


• “Google Commemoration Day”, honoring the 1998 founding of Google Inc by Sergey Brin & Lawrence Page in a friend’s garage in Menlo Park CA. (They used to be ‘the little guys’ … but not anymore!)

• “Nose Hair Maintenance Day”, your annual opportunity to take proper care of nose hair by trimming, styling, brushing or some such thing. (Wait a sec … once a year?)

• “Salami Day”, started in 2006 by the Salami Appreciation Society to honor the cured Italian sausage that is fermented and air-dried. (Erp!)

• “Take Another Look Day”, a day to survey your possessions and give surplus items to charity or reuse them in another project. (In other words, dump some of your ‘stuff’!)

1979 [32] Entertainment & Sports Programming Network (ESPN) debuts on cable TV

1986 [25] TV’s “Oprah Winfrey Show” debuts (the beginning of a billionaire)

1996 [15] Tupac Shakur is shot several times in Las Vegas while riding in a BMW with Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight after attending a boxing match (dies of complications from the gunshot wounds 6 days later)

2001 [10] During his 30th anniversary celebration at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, Michael Jackson is reunited onstage with the Jackson 5 for the first time since 1984

1931 [80] The ‘American Sunbathing Association’ is founded (now known as the ‘American Association for Nude Recreation’, which has member clubs across the US & Canada)

1986 [25] Only 3 plays into the new football season, officials call for the first ‘instant replay’ review in NFL history during a Chicago Bears-Cleveland Browns game

1958 [53] Mary Davis sets the ‘Women’s World Non-Stop Talking Record’ as she finally shuts up in Tulsa, Oklahoma after 110 hours, 30 minutes (started talking 4 days earlier in Buffalo NY)  BS FACTOID: The ‘Men’s World Non-Stop Talking Record’ is 200 hours.

[Sep 8] 36th Toronto International Film Festival begins / NFL season opener (NO @ GB on NBC) / “Heroes Fest” begins (Atlanta Motor Speedway) / International Literacy Day / World Physical Therapy Day
[Sep 9] Wonderful Weirdoes Day / Stand Up to Cancer Day / Polaris Music Prize announced (Toronto ) / “Bucky Larson: Born To Be a Star”; “Contagion”; “Warrior” open in movie theaters
[Sep 10] Paul McCartney’s “The Love We Make” airs (Showtime) / Virgin Mobile FreeFest (Columbia MD) / Farmers Consumer Awareness Day / Lacemaking Day / Swap Ideas Day / World Suicide Prevention Day
[Sep 11] 10th anniversary of ‘9-11’ / Grandparents Day / Hug Your Hound Day
[Sep 12] “Gaga By Gaultier” airs (CW) / Canadian Country Music Awards (Hamilton ON) / Boss-Employee Exchange Day / Videogames Day
[Sep 13] International Chocolate Day / Season debuts of “90210” (CW); “Parenthood” (NBC/Global); “Ringer” (CW/Global)
[Sep 14] Season debuts of “Survivor” (CBS); “Up All Night” (NBC); “Free Agents” (NBC); “America’s Next Top Model” (CW)
[Sep 15] Greenpeace Day / International Day of Democracy / Season debuts of “The Vampire Diaries” (CW); “The Secret Circle” (CW)
[Sep 16] International Day for the Preservation Of the Ozone Layer / POW Recognition Day / Stepfamily Day / Season debut of “20/20” (ABC/CHCH) / “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” released on Blu-ray / Austin City Limits Festival begins (Austin TX) / “Drive”; “I Don’t Know How She Does It”; “The Lion King 3D”; “Straw Dogs” open in movie theaters
[Sep 17] Big Whopper Liar Day / International Eat an Apple Day / International Coastal Cleanup Day / Responsible Dog Ownership Day
[Sep 18] “63rd Primetime Emmy Awards” (FOX) / Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day / Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day / Respect Day / World Water Monitoring Day / Wife Appreciation Day
[Sep 19] Talk Like a Pirate Day / 5th ACM Honors (Nashville) / Season debuts of “Castle” (ABC/CTV); “Dancing With the Stars (ABC/CTV); “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS/Global); “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS/CityTV); “The Playboy Club (NBC/CityTV); “The Sing-Off” (NBC/CTV); “2 Broke Girls” (CBS/CityTV); “Two-and-a-Half Men” (CBS/CTV2) / “SheenRoast” airs (Comedy Central)
[Sep 20] “Pearl Jam Twenty” documentary opens in movie theaters / Season debuts of “The Biggest Loser” (NBC/CityTV)/”Glee” (FOX/Global); “NCIS” (CBS); “NCIS: LA” (CBS/Global); “New Girl” (FOX/CityTV); “Unforgettable” (CBS/CTV); “Raising Hope” (FOX/CityTV); “Body of Proof” (ABC/CityTV)
[Sep 21] World Alzheimer’s Day / Pop Montréal begins / Season debuts of “The Middle” (ABC/CityTV); “The X-Factor” (FOX/CTV); “CSI” (CBS/CTV); “Harry’s Law” (NBC/Global); “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC/CTV2); “Modern Family” (ABC/CityTV); “Revenge” (ABC/CityTV); “Criminal Minds” (CBS/CTV2)
[Sep 22] International Day of Peace / Business Women’s Day / Car-Free Day / Dear Diary Day / Elephant  Appreciation Day / Hobbit Day / White Chocolate Day / Season debuts of “Charlie’s Angel” (ABC/CTV); “Community” (NBC/CityTV); “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS/CTV); “The Office” (NBC/Global); “Parks & Recreation” (NBC/CityTV); “Whitney (NBC/CTV); “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC/CTV); “Person of Interest” (ABC/CityTV); “Prime Suspect” (NBC/Global); “The Mentalist” (CBS/CTV) / World Maritime Day
[Sep 23] iHeartRadio Music Festival begins (Las Vegas) / Celebrate Bisexuality Day / Hug a Vegetarian Day / Love-Note Day / Season debuts of “Dateline” (NBC/CTV); “Blue Bloods” (CBS/CTV); “CSI:NY” (CBS/CTV); “Fringe” (FOX/CityTV); “Nikita” (CW); “Supernatural” (CW) / “Abduction”; “Dolphin Tale 3D”;  “Killer Elite”; “Moneyball” open in movie theaters
[Sep 24] Responsible Dog Ownership Day / Punctuation Day / Family Health & Fitness Day / Fish Amnesty Day / Public Lands Day / Hunting & Fishing Day / Season debuts of “Rules of Engagement” (CBS/CityTV); “48 Hours Mystery” (CBS/CHCH) / Radiohead on the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global)
[Sep 25] One-Hit Wonder Day / Season debuts of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (ABC); “The Amazing Race” (CBS/CTV); “The Simpsons” (FOX/Global); “CSI: Miami” (CBS/CTV); “Desperate Housewives” (ABC/CTV); “Family Guy” (FOX/Global); “Pan Am” (ABC/CTV); “The Good Wife” (CBS/Global); “American Dad” (FOX/Global); “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO)
[Sep 26] Day to Eat Dinner With Your Kids / World Heart Day / Season debuts of “Gossip Girl” (CW); “Hart of Dixie” (CW); “Mike & Molly” (CBS/CTV2)
[Sep 27] Ancestor Appreciation Day / World Tourism Day / 20th anniversary edition of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” released
[Sep 28] Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” show debuts (Las Vegas) / Season debuts of “Suburgatory” (ABC/CityTV); “Happy Endings” (ABC/CityTV) / Fish-Tank Floorshow Night / Rosh Hashanah begins (Jewish) / Good Neighbor Day
[Sep 29] Coffee Day / Women’s Health & Fitness Day / 44th International Bluegrass Awards (Nashville) / Season debuts of “How To Be a Gentleman (CBS/Global); “Private Practice” (ABC/CityTV)
[Sep 30] Blasphemy Day / Ask a Stupid Question Day / “Courageous”; “Dream House”; “50/50”; “What’s Your Number?” open in movie theaters


Some of the weirdest US college classes being offered this semester …
• “Cyborg Anthropology” (Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR)
• “Fly Fishing” (Montana State University, Bozeman MT)
• “How to Watch TV” (Montclair State University, Montclair NJ)
• “Invented Languages: Klingon & Beyond” (University of Texas, Austin TX)
• “The Joy of Garbage” (Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA)
• “Looking at Animals” (Evergreen State College, Olympia WA)
• “Maple Syrup: The Real Thing” (Alfred University, Alfred NY)
• “Sociology of Fame and Lady Gaga” (University of South Carolina, Columbia SC)
• “Theory & History of Videogames” (Swarthmore College, Philadelphia PA)
• “Zombies in Popular Media” (Columbia College, Chicago IL)
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Should women ‘strut their stuff’ in order to get ahead on-the-job? (In a controversial new book, author Catherine Hakim argues that women should flaunt their “Sexual Capital” in order to get ahead in the corporate world, an idea that’s anathema to feminists. But in a “Newsweek” poll, 13% of women say they would have cosmetic surgery if it made them more competitive in the workplace.)


Which of The Beatles was the first to become a grandfather?
a. Paul McCartney.
b. George Harrison.
c. Ringo Starr. [CORRECT. On this date in 1985 he became the proud grandpa of Tatia Jayne via his son Zak, making him the first Beatle to be so honored.]
– “Today in Oldies Music History”


My doctor just diagnosed me with color blindness. Wasn’t expecting that … it hit me like a bolt out of the green!


Question: A recent survey says that most men do THIS because they are bored.
Answer: Flirt at work.


Any change looks terrible at first.

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