April 30, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015        Edition: #5441

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ Today costumes from 1965 movie classic “The Sound of Music” are expected to fetch over $850,000 at a Nate D Sanders auction in Los Angeles CA. 7 items from the Oscar-winning musical, including 3 dresses, 2 sets of lederhosen, a sweater, and shorts, are the main attraction. In the movie, Julie Andrews’ character fashions the outfits for the von Trapp family children using old drapes. The outfits are, in fact, made of actual curtain fabric. Costume designer Dorothy Jeakins was nominated for her efforts at the 1966 Oscars.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/q3kp5r4
– WENN.com
★ Hulu is stepping up its game in the digital video realm by paying almost $1 million per episode to screen all 9 seasons of classic TV sitcom “Seinfeld” (1989-98). The deal translates into a $180-million windfall to be split between Sony TV, Castle Rock Entertainment, and the show’s producers Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. The new deal marks the first time the show will be available in its entirety in the binge-watching era. The move is said to be a direct response to Netflix’s purchase of the rights to classic sitcom “Friends”.
– Variety.com
★ And Justin Bieber will carry Floyd Mayweather’s championship belts into the ring before his fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. The undefeated boxing champ has reportedly asked the pop star to lead his entourage into the ring ahead of the reported $250-million showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. 38-year-old Mayweather first became friends with 21-year-old Bieber because his 14-year-old daughter Iyanna is a huge fan. Justin has been at Mayweather’s side for a number of fights and public appearances.
– “The Sun”

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Adam Lambert (“Playlist: The Very Best of Adam Lambert”); Idina Menzel (“Frozen”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Yelawolf f/Travis Barker (“Psycho White”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Gorgon City (“Sirens”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/Omni 1) – Manic Street Preachers (“Futurology”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Hootie & The Blowfish stop by as Dave’s farewell parade of favorite previous guests continues.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Magic! (“Don’t Kill the Magic”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – Ashanti (“BraveHeart”).
• “Mom” (CBS/CityTV) – The 2nd season finalé.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Blur (“The Magic Whip”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Brandy Norwood (“Two Eleven”).

• Black Sabbath – 66-year-old rocker Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed the legendary heavy metal group will bring its career, spanning 40-plus years, to an end next year with a final album and a farewell tour.
• Ciara – She’s confirmed she’s in a relationship with NFL QB Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Earlier this week the twosome attended a state dinner at the White House in Washington DC. They were previously seen together at a Seattle Mariners baseball game.
• Elton John – A pair of his iconic sunglasses has been recovered after being stolen from the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum in Memphis TN last week. The heart-shaped spectacles were on loan from a private collector. Police tracked the thief using fingerprints, and recovered the glasses in Mississippi. They were back on display Wednesday.
• Iggy Azalea – She’s the new face (and body) of Australia’s Bonds Underwear, joining model Miranda Kerr for the firm’s 100th anniversary ad campaign. Iggy’s modeling portfolio also includes Forever 21, and top footwear brand Steve Madden.
• Joni Mitchell – A message posted on her official website: “Contrary to rumors circulating on the Internet, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital … but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.” Seems TMZ’s report was wrong.
• Nelly – He’s currently working on a country-based EP. The “Hot in Herre” hitmaker, who collaborated with Tim MCGraw on 2004’s “Over and Over”, is looking to team up with more country artists for his new project.
• One Direction – Liam Payne tells Britain’s Capital FM the group is moving away from its trademark pop sound on their upcoming 5th album, and suggests the new tracks more reflect the sound of defunct rock group Oasis. As if.
• Sam Smith – He’s had to cancel his Australian tour due to a hemorrhage on his vocal cords. Doctors in Sydney have told him he needs to rest until his vocal chords have fully healed. Dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth will be rescheduled for this December.
• Tyler Farr – He has a hit on his hands with “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”, which appears on his 2nd album, “Suffer in Peace”. He had a few hits on his frenetic 2013 debut, “Redneck Crazy”, but the new release is more subdued.
• Zac Brown Band – Their new 4th studio album, “Jekyl + Hyde”, includes guests vocals by Sara Bareilles and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Aloha” – 40-year-old Bradley Cooper & 36-year-old Rachel McAdams, who co-starred in “Wedding Crashers”, are reunited in Cameron Crowe’s new movie about a military contractor who screws up a deal, forcing him to return to Hawaii. The cast also includes Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, Jay Baruchel, and John Krasinski. The film opens May 29th.
• “Don’t Look Now” – This classic 1973 supernatural thriller is getting the remake treatment. The original starred Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie as a couple grieving the death of their daughter. The movie was based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, the author behind “The Birds” and “Rebecca”, which were also adapted to the screen. No cast announced as yet.
• “Independence Day 2” – Maika Monroe (“The Bling Ring”) has nabbed the female lead in this high-profile sequel. Roland Emmerich is directing the project, which has a mix of old and new faces: Liam Hemsworth, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Jessie Usher are joining the cast, while Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Judd Hirsch are reprising their roles from the 1994 original.
• “Six Billion Dollar Man” – Peter Berg (“Battleship”) is set to direct this updated version of the “Six Million Dollar Man” TV series (1974-78), which starred Lee Majors. In the new version, Mark Wahlberg plays a military officer who becomes half-human/half-machine following a near-death accident. The movie is due in theaters sometime in 2016.

Yahoo is testing an ear-based smartphone identification system that verifies users based on … the shape of their ears. It would be an alternative to unlocking a phone with a password or fingerprint. Fingerprint scanners are increasingly popular but very expensive. Yahoo is looking to use the phone’s touchscreen as an image sensor, which would be far cheaper. As well as ears, it’s also looking to use fists or even the way people grip their smartphone as forms of biometric authentication. The system, developed at Yahoo Labs, is dubbed ‘Bodyprint’. It’s already undergone initial trials in which it identified body parts with 99.98% accuracy and users with 99.5% accuracy. Scanning ears achieved an incredible 99.8% accuracy rate. (Now thieves who are ‘Apple Picking’ will also be demanding to slice off your favorite ear.)
– CNET.com

Paul Mason, once dubbed ‘World’s Fattest Man’, says he’s ready for weight-loss surgery in NYC. The 54-year-old from Ipswich UK used to weigh 970 lbs (440kg) but has lost about 630 lbs (285kg). He’s hoping the 8-hour surgery to remove excess skin will shed about another 100 lbs (45 kg). An area around his waist, known as ‘the apron’, will be removed in the procedure but further operations will be needed for his ‘bat wing’ arms. What’s his motivation? After Rebecca Mountain proposed marriage to him on a British TV program, he says having a fiancée has given him a new sense of responsibility. (Now, what to do with all that removed excess skin? Luggage?)
– BBC News

Chewing something can partially excise ‘earworm’ songs that get stuck in your head.
– “The Times”


1933 [82] Willie Nelson, Abbott TX, country singer (“On the Road Again”)/songwriter (“Crazy”)/Farm Aid co-founder (1985)/Country Music Hall of Fame (1993)  BS FACTOID: Today is his registered birthday. He was actually born April 29, just before midnight.

1959 [56] Stephen Harper, Toronto ON, Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister (2006-present)/leader of the Conservative Party of Canada (2004-present)

1960 [55] David Miscavige, Philadelphia PA, leader of the Church of Scientology (official title is Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center)

1971 [44] Chris Henderson, Escatawpa MS, rock guitarist (3 Doors Down-“It’s Not My Time”, “Here Without You”)

1975 [40] Johnny Galecki, Bree, Belgium, TV actor (‘Leonard Hofstadter’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2007)

1981 [34] Kunal Nayyar, London UK, TV actor (‘Raj Koothrappali’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2007)

1982 [33] Kirsten Dunst, Point Pleasant NJ, TV actress (“Fargo” 2015)/movie actress (“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”, “Spider-Man” films)

1986 [29] Dianna Agron, Savannah GA, TV actress (‘Quinn Fabray’ on “Glee” 2009-15)

• “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 2014 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 Paris, France.
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.

• “Spank Out 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://tinyurl.com/ky68mj2

2013 [02] After his mother Queen Beatrix abdicates, Willem-Alexander becomes King of The Netherlands

2004 [11] 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 [06] Automaker Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (after a government bailout, Chrysler Group is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat)

1988 [27] ‘World’s Largest Banana Split’ is created in Selinsgrove PA, measuring 4.55-miles-long (7.3 km)

[May 1] “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens in movie theaters / Batman Day / Global Love Day / International Space Day / Law Day / Lei Day / May Day / Mother Goose Day / Bubba Day / Purebred Dog Day / New Homeowner’s Day / School Principals Day / Stepmothers Day / Tuba Day
[May 2] iHeartRadio Country Festival (Austin TX) / Beer Pong Day / Free Comic Book Day / Kentucky Derby (Louisville KY) / Homebrew Day / World Naked Gardening Day
[May 3] Full ‘Flower’ Moon / Lemonade Day / Special-Abled Pets Day / Different Colored Shoes Day / Paranormal Day / World Laughter Day / World Press Freedom Day
[May 4] “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” TV premiere (HBO) / Intergalactic Star Wars Day / International Firefighters Day / Respect for Chickens Day / Melanoma Monday / Petite & Proud Day
[May 5] Cartoonists Day / Childhood Depression Awareness Day / Cinco de Mayo / International Midwives Day / Totally Chipotle Day
[May 6] Mariah Carey’s Las Vegas residency begins / Bike to School Day / No Diet Day / No Homework Day / World Asthma Day / School Nurse Day
[May 7] Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day / Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
[May 8] National Blues Museum opens (St Louis MO) / Rock In Rio USA begins (Las Vegas NV) / Free Trade Day / Animal Disaster Preparedness Day / No Socks Day / World Red Cross Day / Child Care Provider Day / Military Spouse Appreciation Day
[May 9] Birthmothers Day / International Migratory Bird Day / Mother Ocean Day / Babysitters Day / Miniature Golf Day / Stay Up All Night / World Belly Dance Day
[May 10] Mothers Day / BAFTA TV Awards (London UK) / World Lupus Day
[May 11] Eat What You Want Day / Root Canal Appreciation Day / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day
[May 12] International Nurses Day / Limerick Day
[May 13]  Cannes Film Festival opens (France) / Donate a Day’s Wages to Charity Day / 3rd Shift Workers Day / Receptionists Day
[May 14] “Wayward Pines” debut (FOX) / U2’s “Innocence + Experience Tour” opens (Vancouver BC) / Buddah Day / Chicken Dance Day
[May 15] “Mad Max: Fury Road” opens in movie theaters / Hangout Music Festival begins (Gulf Shores AL) / Rock On the Range festival begins (Columbus OH) / International Day of Families / Chocolate Chip Cookie Day / Peace Officer Memorial Day / Endangered Species Day / International Virtual Assistants Day / NASCAR Day / Bike to Work Day / Pizza Party Day
[May 16] Piercing Day / Biographers Day / Learn to Swim Day / Preakness Stakes (Baltimore MD)
[May 17] “2015 Billboard Music Awards” (ABC) / Morel Mushroom Day / Neighbor Day / World Hypertension Day / World Telecommunications Day
[May 18] Victoria Day (Canada) / 19th Webby Awards (NYC) / International Museum Day / Visit Your Relatives Day / Accounting Day
[May 19] Boys Club Day / Hepatitis Testing Day
[May 20] “Late Show With David Letterman” series finalé (CBS) / “500 Questions” premiere (ABC) / Eliza Doolittle Day / Employee Health & Fitness Day / Weights & Measures Day
[May 21] Hummus Day / Wait Staff Day / One Day Without Shoes
[May 22] “Tomorrowland” opens in movie theaters / Boston Calling Festival begins (Boston MA) / Sasquatch! Music Festival begins (George WA) / Canadian Immigrants Day / Don’t Fry Day / Heat Awareness Day / Maritime Day / World Goth Day
[May 23] Big Weekend festival begins (Norwich UK) / Polka Day / Taffy Day / World Crohn’s & Colitis Day / World Turtle Day
[May 24] Rolling Stones “Zip Code Tour” begins (San Diego CA) / Drake’s “Jungle Tour” begins (Houston TX) / Brothers Day / Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis IN) / International Tiara Day
[May 25] Memorial Day (USA) / Missing Children’s Day / Tap Dance Day / Geek Pride Day
[May 26] “America’s Got Talent” season debut (NBC) / “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” season premiere (FOX) / World Lindy Hop Day
[May 27] Cellophane Tape Day / Senior Health & Fitness Day / World MS Day
[May 28] “Aquarius” premiere (NBC) / Sierra Club Day
[May 29] Hug Your Cat Day / Learn About Composting Day / International Day of UN Peacekeepers
[May 30] 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction airs (HBO) / Mint Julep Day / The Wicket World of Croquet Day
[May 31] “Halt & Catch Fire” season debut (AMC) / World No-Tobacco Day


✓ Take off clothes while sitting on the edge of the bed and leave them in a pile.
✓ Walk naked to the bathroom. If you see wife along the way, make the ‘woo-woo’ sound.
✓ Look at your manly physique in the mirror.
✓ Get in shower and turn on water.
✓ Make rude noises (real or artificial) and laugh at how loud they sound in the shower.
✓ Taste your wife’s Ginger Nut & Jaffa Cake body wash.
✓ Make a shampoo mohawk.
✓ Rinse off and get out of shower, making sure to avoid floor towel.
✓ Leave shower curtain open, water on floor, light and fan on.
✓ Return to bedroom with towel around waist. If you pass wife, make ‘woo-woo’ sound again.
✓ Throw wet towel on bed.
– Adapted from FunnyLists.net

☎ What is something you’ve never done but would like to try? What is something you’ve tried but would never do again?

I’ve been on so many blind dates, I should get a free dog.

Question: People today do THIS almost 10% more than in the 1980s.
Answer: Sit.

Gardens are like zoos for plants, but without cages because plants can’t run away.

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