April 21, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015        Edition: #5434

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Bobbi Kristina Brown is awake, according to her father Bobby Brown. The announcement comes nearly 3 months after the only child of the late Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her home. She has spent all that time in a coma, with decreasing hope of recovery, until this past week. Her father now acknowledges: “She’s watching me.” However, it’s thought to be far too early to predict whether 22-year-old Bobbi will make a full recovery.
– TMZ.com
★ William Shatner is planning to honor his friendship with fellow “Star Trek” icon Leonard Nimoy by writing about it in a new book. Shatner upset many fans when he chose to attend a charity event in Florida rather than his late pal’s funeral in February, but now the still energetic 84-year-old has confirmed to reporters at the Middle East Film & Comic Con in Dubai UAE: “I’ve been asked to write a book about it, and I think I will.” His most recent book, “Shatner Rules”, co-authored by Chris Regan, was published in 2011.
– WENN.com
★ And the Rolling Stones’ legendary studio-on-wheels is getting a new life in Calgary AB. In 1968, the Stones set up a mobile studio in the back of a truck so they could record whenever and wherever they wanted. They produced “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile on Main St” in it. Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac, and Led Zeppelin also used it. Now, nearly a half-century later, it’s being painstakingly restored to its original condition. It’s to be installed at Calgary’s National Music Centre in the new Studio Bell complex, scheduled to open in Spring 2016.
– CTV News

• “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC) – In the 1st season finalé, ‘Jessica’ (Constance Wu) fears her family has assimilated so much to life in Orlando FL that they’ve lost their Chinese identity.
• “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy) – Fresh from hosting the “MTV Movie Awards” last weekend, Amy returns with her unique mix of sketches, standup, and interviews in the 3rd season debut.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Alabama Shakes (today the Athens AL blues-rock band releases the new album “Sound & Color”, featuring the lead single “Don’t Wanna Fight”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Synth-pop trio Years & Years (“Communion”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Mark Ronson (“Uptown Funk”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Dwight Yoakam (“Second Hand Heart”); Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Weird Al Yankovic (“Mandatory Fun”).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – Two more competitors are eliminated.

• A$ap Rocky – Former fan Lisa Wade alleged the rapper smacked her in the face at a gig in Philadelphia PA in 2013, and subsequently filed a civil suit against him. The legal battle has now finally been settled out of court though further details have not been released.
• Charli XCX – The 22-year-old tells Australia’s “Daily Telegraph” she doesn’t want to be a role model, because it’s inevitable she’ll make mistakes as her career progresses. Quote: ”Being a bitch is the best.”
• Drake – His digital-only mixtape “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” finally gets a physical release today in a collector’s edition CD. Since February, it has streamed over 140 million times on Spotify. The short film accompanying it, “Jungle”, has been viewed more than 3.2 million times on YouTube. His 4th full studio album, “Views From the 6”, is expected later this year.
• Muse – Matt Bellamy is reportedly dating actress/model Elle Evans. The Muse frontman and Evans, who appeared in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” video, have been spotted together several times, most recently at the Coachella festival in Indio CA on the weekend.
• Oasis – If Liam Gallagher’s tweets are to be believed, a reunion could be in the cards. Liam and brother Noel have reportedly reached a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’.
• One Direction – Louis Tomlinson is taking the first steps to become a music mogul like his band’s mentor Simon Cowell by launching his own record label. The 23-year-old’s new venture is being backed by Sony Music and is an imprint of Cowell’s Syco label.
• Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Frontwoman Karen O is pregnant. She & husband Barnaby Clay, who wed 4 years ago, are expecting their 1st child together. It’s unclear when as they’ve yet to make an official announcement.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Cake” ( R-Rated Drama ): Jennifer Aniston was Golden Globe -nominated for her role as a woman who becomes fascinated by the suicide of another in her chronic pain support group while grappling with her own, very raw personal tragedy. Co-stars Adriana Barraza, Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy.
• “Taken 3” ( PG-13 Crime Thriller ): In this 3rd & final instalment in the series, Liam Neeson’s ex-government operative ‘Bryan Mills’ is accused of a ruthless murder he never committed or even witnessed. As he’s tracked and pursued, he uses his particular set of skills to find the true killer and clear his name. Co-stars Forest Whitaker, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen.
• Also released today: “Escape From New York Collector’s Edition” (Action Re-release); “Ghoulies & Ghoulies II”  (Horror Comedy Re-release); “Naked & Afraid: Season 1” (Discovery TV); and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: The Series” (Hallmark TV).

✗ It Tastes Rank – Ask a tea drinker to make the taste sound appealing and their minds implode because it can’t be done. You’re drinking wet leaves with milk. A pile of wispy gunk.
✗ The Concept Is Bizarre – The idea of wetting a bag, then taking it out, and drinking what has been left behind is ludicrous. Who came up with that?
✗ It Takes a Lot of Effort – Waiting for the kettle to boil; timing how long you’ve let the bag ‘infuse’. Then you have to dispose of the soggy bag. And your mugs get all stained.
✗ It’s Too Hot – You have to wait to avoid internal burns. There’s a window of about 2 or 3 minutes where it has an optimum temperature … and then it’s too cold.
✗ The Other Flavors Are Even Worse – Mango tea!? Green tea?!? Pumpkin Spice Brulée Oolong tea!?!? Caramel Chai Rooibos tea?!?!? WTF is this?
✗ It Ruins a Perfectly Good Cookie – Why would any level headed individual take a decent shortbread and dip it into leaf & milk-flavored water to the point it becomes too floppy to eat?
– Metro.co.uk

YouTube is celebrating a decade of making users Internet-famous. 10 years ago this week the 1st-ever video was uploaded to YouTube, and it didn’t feature a single cat or Kardashian. The 18-second clip, entitled “Me At the Zoo”, featured site co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of the elephant pen at the San Diego Zoo. Today YouTube has more than 1 billion users and some 300 hours of video gets uploaded … per minute. YouTube’s all-time most viewed music videos …
1. “Gangnam Style” by Psy
2. “Baby” by Justin Bieber f/Ludacris
3. “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry f/Juicy J
4. “Roar” by Katy Perry
5. “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO f/Lauren Bennett
– NYPost.com

If you’re a child of the ’90s, you likely hoarded Beanie Babies, convinced that someday your mint-condition collection would be worth a fortune (that’s what Ty Inc led you to believe). Well, there’s a royal purple plush Princess Diana commemorative bear currently listed on eBay for a whopping $30,000 (you can ask anything, the bottom line is what you get). But what about some of the more common characters? A sampling of what they’re going for …
✓ Mystic the Unicorn – One purportedly ‘very rare’ version is on eBay at $400. Others on the Internet are being sold for as little as $1.99.
✓ Flash the Dolphin – One of the original 9 Beanies released in 1993. Some sellers have been asking around $60, but expect to get maybe $20 tops.
✓ Spot the Dog – You’ll find Spots listed for upwards of $100, but for the most part prices around $3.99 are the norm.
✓ Hissy the Snake – Currently listed on eBay at $90, though there seems little reason it should command that high a price. Could it be that fabulous red tongue?
✓ Twigs the Giraffe – Twigs may have been cute, but cute is only worth so much these days. Most of those currently up for auction run between $2-and-$12.50.
✓ Bongo the Monkey – It seemed like everyone wanted a Bongo in the ’90s. There’s one on eBay listed at $9,000 right now. Make an offer before it expires Thursday. 3 bucks, maybe?
✓ Pinchers the Lobster – A ‘rare’ one is currently listed at $150. Or you can go to another site and pay $1.50, plus get free shipping when you buy 10 or more. Seriously.
✓ Legs the Frog – Another 1993 original, it could bring $350 if you kept it in perfect condition. Although be forewarned: You’ll be competing with a lot of people who are selling theirs for $5.
✓ Cubby the Bear – Another favorite that was ‘retired’ in order to inflate its value. One owner is asking $80.99. Another is offering one with ‘mint tags’ (never, ever remove them!) for … $2.50.
(Seems Beanies just aren’t the payoff that was promised. However, for a complete collection of Pogs … we’ll give you 28¢.)
– Condensed from Bustle.com

The Queen likes to have her pre-lunch gin & Dubonnet in front of BBC 2’s “The Daily Politics”. (Elizabeth II is 89 today. See below.)
– “Daily Mail”


1926 [89] Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Mountbatten-Windsor), London UK, British monarch  BS FACTOID: The ‘Queen’s Official Birthday’ takes place in June each year. This year the ‘Queen’s Birthday Parade’ is scheduled for Saturday, June 13th.

1947 [68] Iggy Pop (Jim Osterberg Jr), Muskegon MI, ‘The Godfather of Punk Music’ (The Stooges-“Home”, “Candy”)

1958 [57] Andie MacDowell, Gaffney SC, spokesmodel (L’Oreal)/movie actress (“Four Weddings & A Funeral”, “Groundhog Day”)

1959 [56] Robert Smith, Blackpool UK, rock singer-guitarist (The Cure-“High”, “Friday I’m in Love”)

1966 [49] Michael Franti, Oakland CA, funk/reggae/jazz/rock singer (Michael Franti & Spearhead-“The Sound of Sunshine”, “Say Hey [I Love You]”)

1978 [37] Dave Brenner, Delta BC, rock guitarist (Theory Of a Deadman-“Lowlife”, “Bad Girlfriend”)

1979 [36] James McAvoy, Glasgow, Scotland, movie actor (“Atonement”, “Last King of Scotland”)  COMING UP: “X-Men: Apocalypse” (2016).

1980 [35] Tony Romo, San Diego CA, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)

• “Big Word Day”, a day to use humongous words on purpose just to impress yourself. So go ahead, you can facilitate this celebration of excess verbiage!

• “Kindergarten Day”, honoring the 1782 birth of German educator Friedrich Froebel, who established the 1st kindergarten in 1837. (Thanks for all the finger paintings, Freid.)

2013 [02] Movie star Reese Witherspoon publicly apologizes for her actions that led to a disorderly conduct charge in Atlanta GA 2 days earlier when her husband & agent Jim Toth was arrested for DUI

2013 [02] Australian singer-songwriter Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls) dies at age 53 in NYC after a long battle with breast cancer and MS (in tribute, an ad campaign called the ‘I Touch Myself Project’ – named for the Divinyls’ hit song – encourages early breast cancer detection)

1997 [18] 1st ‘Space Funeral’ as ashes of LSD advocate Timothy Leary and “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry are sent into orbit

2001 [14] In the XFL’s 1st (and last) championship game, the LA Xtreme beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6 (the fledgling football league folds soon afterward)

1996 [19] ‘World’s Highest Roller Coaster’ opens in Las Vegas, circling the new Stratosphere Hotel on a track 1,149 feet up in the air

[Wed] Administrative Professionals Day
[Wed] Earth Day
[Thurs] Talk Like Shakespeare Day
[Fri] “The Age of Adaline”; “Little Boy”; “The Water Diviner” open in movie theaters
[Fri] George Jones Museum opens (Nashville TN)
This Week Is … Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
This Month Is … Landscape Architecture Month


• We always apply mascara with an open mouth and, if we ever attempt to shut it, mess up and get that mascara stain.
• We throw our phone into our big purse and then, spasmodically, look for it and can’t find it when it rings.
• When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we often think: “It would be great to have a picture taken in this position …”
• We always need to keep several different shampoos, various conditioners, and 2 or more different shower gels in our bathroom.
• We always have nothing to wear, even if our closet is overloaded with stuff.
• We brush our hair before going to bed.
• We think that all beer tastes the same.
• We always dress up nicely and apply makeup to go grocery shopping … or to empty the garbage … or even to just answer the phone.
• We drive miles out of our way, because we are scared of getting lost using a shortcut.
• When we cry, we would love someone to see it and offer us a cuddle.
• We definitely need to check out how we look in the mirror before hitting the outside world.
• To go on a 3-day trip we pack at least 12 outfits, just in case we’re unsure about what to wear.
• Sometimes we fake pleasure … because our man faked the foreplay.
– Sourced from BeautyandTips.com

• Today is Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday. She is trained in an unusual skill. Which can she do?
a. Shoe a horse.
b. Repair a car. [CORRECT. She was trained as an auto mechanic while in the army.]
c. Play the tuba.
– History.com

• 51 years ago this month, designer Rudi Gernreich introduced a controversial new fashion for women. Which was it?
a. The topless bathing suit. [CORRECT. He introduced the topless ‘monokini’ in 1964.]
b. The strapless bra.
c. The backless evening gown.
– PA News

☎ You have to walk for 5 miles. What do you do to entertain yourself? Be specific.

I don’t want buns of steel. I want buns of cinnamon.

Question: About 93% of us have one of THESE but most of us never, ever clean it.
Answer: Vacuum cleaner.

Treat each day as if it’s your last; one day you will be right.

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