April 30, 2014

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014        Edition: #5213

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ In the latest late night TV reshuffe, Craig Ferguson has announced he’ll be leaving “The Late Late Show” this December. The 51-year-old says he isn’t divorcing CBS-TV, just ‘consciously uncoupling’. Ferguson took over hosting duties in 2005, picking up from Craig Kilborn. The move is seen as a chance to lure younger viewers to the late night slot, though no replacement has yet been announced.
– Reuters.com
★ New couple sighting? Reports say singer/actress Selena Gomez & actor Orlando Bloom appeared cozy together as they arrived in the same car for a show at the LA Forum. And word has it they left together afterward. While the two have not been previously linked, Bloom is definitely single, currently going through a friendly divorce from fashion model wife Miranda Kerr; while Gomez is on a much less friendly break from pop star Justin Bieber.
– PageSix.com
★ Following the new trend of creating live TV ‘events’, FOX has ordered up a 3-hour live version of the hit musical “Grease”. “Grease Live” will feature a young ensemble cast and be based on the 1971 Broadway musical. The 1978 feature film version that starred Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta grossed nearly $400 million worldwide, ranking it as the highest-grossing movie musical ever. “Grease Live” will air sometime in 2015.
– HollywoodReporter.com

• “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) – The top 5 finalists perform; guest mentor Jason Mraz.
• “Arsenio Hall” (syndicated) – Malina Moye f/Bootsy Collins (“Rock & Roll Baby”).
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – O.A.R. (“The Rockville LP”, coming June 10th).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Franz Ferdinand (“Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Colourist (“The Colourist”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV2) – Parquet Courts (“Sunbathing Animal”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – The Both (“The Both”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Florida Georgia Line (“Here’s To the Good Times”).
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Jordan Knight (NKOTB); Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Jordan Knight, Nick Carter again.

• Coldplay – In a promotion for their new album “Ghost Stores” (May 19th), Chris Martin’s handwritten lyrics are being hidden in ghost story books in libraries in 9 countries. One will include a ‘Golden Ticket’ giving the finder a trip for 2 to London to see them perform July 1st.
TWITTER: #lyricshunt
• Hunter Hayes – He’ll celebrate the May 6th release of his new album “Storyline” by trying to break the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Concerts Played in Multiple Cities in 24 hours’. He’ll attempt 10 shows in 10 cities on that day.
• John Legend – His model-wife Chrissy Teigen (“Sports Illustrated”) tells “Cosmopolitan” magazine that they joined the ‘Mile High Club’ … while on a commercial flight to Thailand … while under a blanket … in first-class. TMI?
• Miley Cyrus – She’s rescheduled tour dates postponed earlier this month after suffering from an extreme allergic reaction to antibiotics. Her “Bangerz” tour makeup gigs run August 1st in Uniondale NY through August 14th in Chicago IL.
• Toby Keith – He and a group of other recording artists, including The Band Perry and Reba McEntire, have joined up on the original song “Give ‘Em Hope”, which supports the feed-the-needy initiative Outnumber Hunger. The track is now available for $1.29 on iTunes.

It’s unlikely that meeting somebody new for a drink or two at your local would end in tragedy, but the potential to be victimized is a sad facet of being a woman and making yourself vulnerable. Which is why the new, free app ‘Kitestring’ is such a welcome addition to our smartphones. Simply program the contact info of your nearest and dearest before embarking on a date or walking around in an unsavory part of town. ‘Kitestring’ checks in on you with pre-programmed texts, to which you respond. If you don’t respond in a timely fashion, ‘Kitestring’ sends a customizable alert to your emergency contacts. (Who may then freak out accordingly.)
– “Elle Magazine”

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 93% of households have a ‘junk drawer’ and it’s almost always located in the kitchen.
• 70% of female executives say that golf is a great tool for business.
• 44% of kids have a nickname … but two-thirds of them hate it.
• 35% of women admit they change the thermostat at work or at home when nobody’s looking.
• 26% of women wish their man did not own a set of golf clubs.
• 5% of people say they ‘love’ doing their income tax.

It’s not exactly the most romantic statistic: Almost half of men finish sex within 2 minutes, according to Dr Harry Fisch’s new book, “The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups”. Fisch notes that people are typically fixed on quantity (their frequency of sex), but the quality (and therefore duration) should be of equal concern. His observations reinforce previous studies that report the average sex act lasts 7.3 minutes, but 43% are completed within 2 minutes. It’s thought that men, not women, are most bothered by that figure. (“Are you done yet, hon’?”)
– Newser.com

The Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan (CST) has teamed with foresight strategists to create new job descriptions that will likely be available by the year 2030. Among them …
✓ End of Life Therapist – As lifespans increase, planning the final phase will become standard practice.
✓ Gamification Designer – Using game logic to help people of all ages learn new skills.
✓ Garbage Designer – Upcycling trash to create new useable items.
✓ Healthcare Navigator– Helping families struggling with the stress of illness and bureaucracy.
✓ Media Remixer – Bringing together audio, video, images, and augmented reality into one cohesive project.
✓ Nostalgist – Hired to recreate happy memories for their clients.
✓ Rewilder – Replacing environment damage done by humans with forests and natural greenery.
✓ Robot Counselor – Helping consumers determine which model is best suited to their particular needs.
✓ Telesurgeon – Using robotics to performing surgeries on patients in far-off locations.
✓ Simplicity Expert – Helping businesses streamline day-to-day operations.
– Condensed from Mashable.com

Videogame archaeologists have found a cache of Atari games that were buried in the New Mexico desert over 30 years ago. Reports that Atari had dumped millions of game cartridges were widely believed to be an urban myth. But a dig last week at a landfill site turned up slews of Atari cartridges, including copies of an “ET: The Extra Terrestrial” game. Atari made millions of copies, but it sold poorly and helped to contribute to the demise of the company. Atari is thought to have dumped truckloads of unsold games in the landfill near Alamogordo in 1983 as business was winding down. Only a limited amount were retrieved because the dig was only allowed access for 1 day. Local authorities ordered that the site be refilled Sunday. (R.I.P.)
– BBC News Technology

New cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Dronie’ – A video self-portrait (selfie) taken by a self-controlled drone, an idea that seems to be on the cusp of becoming a thing.
• ‘Pollen Vortex’ – High levels of Spring pollen created when temperatures rise quickly following an extremely cold Winter. Ah-choo.
• ‘Retro-Cameo’ – In an old TV show or movie, a brief appearance by a then-unknown actor who would go on to become famous.

Antarctica was once as warm as modern-day California. (And given time …)
– “Smithsonian Magazine”

“The Bull Sheet” is on vacation next week (May 5-9). All subscribers will receive account credits for missed service days.


1933 [81] Willie Nelson, Abbott TX, legendary country singer (“On the Road Again”)/songwriter (“Crazy”)/sometime actor (“Beer For My Horses”)/Farm Aid co-founder (1985)/Country Music Hall of Fame (1993)  BS FACTOID: According to his daughter Lana, he was in fact born a few minutes before midnight on the 29th but the doctor didn’t record the birth until after midnight.

1959 [55] Stephen Harper, Toronto ON, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister (2006-present)/leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (2004-present)

1960 [54] David Miscavige, Philadelphia PA, leader of the Church of Scientology (official title is Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center)

1971 [43] Chris Henderson, Escatawpa MS, rock guitarist (3 Doors Down-“It’s Not My Time”, “Here Without You”)

1975 [39] Johnny Galecki, Bree, Belgium, TV actor (‘Leonard Hofstadter’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2007)

1981 [33] Kunal Nayyar, London UK, TV actor (‘Raj Koothrappali’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2007)

1982 [32] Kirsten Dunst, Point Pleasant NJ, movie actress (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”, “Spider-Man” films)

1986 [28] Dianna Agron, Savannah GA, TV actress (‘Quinn Fabray’ on “Glee” since 2009)

• “Adopt a Shelter Pet Day”, an annual event encouraging the adoption of strays. On a sadder note, the SPCA observes a moment of silence for the thousands of dogs and cats euthanized each year because they are unable to find homes.

• “Canada Revenue Agency Tax Filing Deadline”. Tonight at midnight is the deadline for filing a 2013 income tax return.

• “International Jazz Day”, initiated in 2001 by UNESCO to celebrate worldwide appreciation of the music form. This year’s host city for a special global concert is Osaka, Japan.
NET: http://jazzday.com

• “Honesty Day”, created by author M Hirsh Goldberg in the early 1990s after spending 4 years researching & writing “The Book of Lies”. Goldberg thought that April, which begins with a big day of lying (April Fools Day) should end on a higher moral note.

• “International Guide Dogs Day”, observed annually on the last Wednesday of April to acknowledge the vital service guide dogs provide to people who are vision-impaired.

• “SpankOut Day”, initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of teaching kids appropriate behavior.
NET: http://bit.ly/abxnpX

1939 [75] At the New York World’s Fair, RCA gives its 1st public demonstration of ‘television’

2004 [10] Michael Jackson is arraigned in California’s Santa Barbara County court on child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to 10 different criminal counts, including extortion and false imprisonment

2009 [05] Automaker Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (after a government bailout, Chrysler Group is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat)

1988 [26] ‘World’s Largest Banana Split’ is created in Selinsgrove PA, measuring 4.55-miles-long (7.3 km)

[May 1] iHeartRadio Music Awards (LA CA) / Law Day / Lei Day / May Day / Mother Goose Day / Bubba Day / Purebred Dog Day / New Homeowners Day / School Principals Day / Stepmothers Day
[May 2] Beale Street Music Festival begins (Memphis TN) / Tuba Day
[May 3] Kentucky Derby (Louisville KY) / Beer Pong Day / Bladder Cancer Awareness Day / Free Comic Book Day / Garden Meditation Day / Hug Your Cat Day / International Space Day / Join Hands Day / Homebrew Day / Different Colored Shoes Day / No Pants Day / Paranormal Day / World Press Freedom Day
[May 4] Birthmothers Day / International Firefighters Day / International Respect for Chickens Day / Mayday for Mutts / Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy / Petite & Proud Day / World Laughter Day
[May 5] Cartoonists Day / Cinco de Mayo / International Midwives Day / Melanoma Monday / Ferret Day / Totally Chipotle Day
[May 6] Canadian Music Week begins / Childhood Depression Awareness Day / No Diet Day / No Homework Day / RN Recognition Day / Teacher Day / World Asthma Day
[May 7] Bike to School Day / Occupational Safety & Health Day / School Nurse Day
[May 8] Free Trade Day / Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day / No Socks Day / World Ovarian Cancer Day / World Red Cross-Red Crescent Day
[May 9] Child Care Provider Day / Military Spouse Appreciation Day / Special-abled Pets Day
[May 10] International Migratory Bird Day / Mother Ocean Day / Babysitters Day / Miniature Golf Day / Train Day / Windmill Day / Stay Up All Night Saturday / World Belly Dance Day / World Fair Trade Day / World Lupus Day
[May 11] Mothers Day / Eat What You Want Day / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day / Root Canal Appreciation Day
[May 12] International Nurses Day / Limerick Day
[May 13] Tulip Day
[May 14] Full ‘Flower’ Moon / 2014 Cannes Film Festival begins (France) / Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day / Chicken Dance Day / 3rd Shift Workers Day / Women’s Check-up Day / Receptionists Day
[May 15] International Day of Families / Chocolate Chip Day / Peace Officer Memorial Day
[May 16] Barbara Walters last day on “The View” (ABC) / Rock On the Range begins (Columbus OH) / Hangout Music Festival begins (Gulf Shores AL) / Biographers Day / Endangered Species Day / NASCAR Day / Bike to Work Day / Piercing Day / Pizza Party Day
[May 17] Tim Hortons 50th Anniversary (Canada) / 139th Preakness Stakes (Baltimore MD) / US Armed Forces Day / Learn to Swim Day / World Hypertension Day / World Telecommunications Day
[May 18] International Museum Day / “Coldplay: Ghost Stories” (NBC) / “Billboard Music Awards” (ABC) / HIV Vaccine Awareness Day / Neighbor Day / Visit Your Relatives Day
[May 19] Victoria Day (Canada) / Accounting Day
[May 20] “The Voice” season finalé (NBC) / Eliza Doolittle Day / Weights & Measures Day
[May 21] Employee Health & Fitness Day / End of the World Party Day / Wait Staff Day
[May 22] Canadian Immigrants Day / International Day for Biological Diversity / Maritime Day / World Goth Day
[May 23] Sasquatch! Festival begins (George WA) / Boston Calling Festival begins (Boston MA) / Polka Day / Taffy Day / World Turtle Day / Heat Awareness Day
[May 24] ‘Kimye’ Wedding (Paris, France) / “Golden Gods Awards” (VH1 Classic) / Brothers Day / International Tiara Day
[May 25] Indianapolis 500 / Missing Children’s Day / Tap Dance Day / Geek Pride Day
[May 26] Memorial Day (USA) / Rolling Stones tour resumes (Oslo, Norway) / World Lindy Hop Day
[May 27] Cellophane Tape Day
[May 28] Senior Health & Fitness Day / Sierra Club Day / World MS Day
[May 29] Learn About Composting Day / International Day of UN Peacekeepers
[May 30] Mint Julep Day / Heat Awareness Safety Day
[May 31] BookCon (NYC) / Wicket World of Croquet Day / World No-Tobacco Day


☎ What’s the most satisfying everyday achievement? How about …
✓ Waking up and shutting of your alarm just before it goes off.
✓ Hitting a string of green traffic lights.
✓ Getting a USB into the port right-side-up on the 1st attempt.
✓ Opening the microwave with zero on the clock, beating the beep.

Which is the only reptile without teeth?
a. The Turtle. [CORRECT]
b. The Gummy Snake.
c. The Praying Mantis.
– “Weird Fact Of the Day”

Question: THIS is the #1 place where people lose cellphones.
Answer: Supermarkets.

It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

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