July 1, 2009

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009        Edition: #4052
Nuthin’ Like a Bull in Your Radio Shop!

LA paparazzo Ron Galella is rushing to release a coffee table book of some 300 Michael Jackson photos dating back to the mid-1970s, tentatively titled “Black & White” (until the lawyers call) . . . Salt-n-Pepa singer Sandra Denton and TLC’s Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas have each landed their own reality TV dating shows debuting next year on VH1, both of them looking for a love (it’s like joining eHarmony for free!) . . . In a refreshing bit of candor, 65-year-old TV host Jerry Springer says he’s baffled that his trash-talk show has stayed on-the-air so long – since 1991 – because, he admits, ‘it’s still awful’ (you said it, dude!) . . . 83-year-old Jerry Lewis is working to develop his 1963 film comedy into a stage musical, with a score by Rupert Holmes & Marvin Hamlisch (planned to debut in 2010) . . . Actress Angelina Jolie’s movie debut at age 5 in “Lookin’ to Get Out” is now out on DVD in a re-edited version produced by her estranged father Jon Voight (who will now be extra-estranged) . . . George Clooney is the latest victim of prank online rumors wrongly reporting his death, but just like fellow actors Jeff Goldblum & Natalie Portman, he’s alive & doing swell (with the rash of actual celeb deaths in the last few weeks, the bogus stories are getting more attention than usual) . . . KISS rocker Gene Simmons, who has previously said “American Idol 8” runner-up Adam Lambert should ‘shut up’ about being gay, has now felt it necessary to tell AOL ‘he’s killed his career’ by talking about it, all the while denying he’s homophobic (well as they say, if it sounds like a duck …).

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/A Channel) – Rob Thomas (“Cradlesong”).
• “The Hour” (CBC) – Nickelback (“Dark Horse”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Eric Hutchinson (“Sounds Like This”).
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS) – Jonas Bros (“Lines, Vines and Trying Times”).
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX/CTV) – The top 14 dancers perform.
• “Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” (NBC/A Channel) – Music vet Bonnie Raitt.
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Lionel Richie (“Just Go”).

• Amy Winehouse – She’s been banned from adopting any more stray dogs in St Lucia after Cotton Bay Resort staff had to fumigate her villa. She’d been keeping a half-dozen beach strays in the luxury unit.
• Black Eyed Peas – Fergie’s actor-hubby Josh Duhamel (“Transformers: Revenge Of the Fallen”) says they’ve been forced to put off plans to have a baby because … she’s never home.
They wed in January, both claiming they wanted to start a family ASAP.
• Blink 182 – According to bassist Mark Hoppus’ Twitter they’re just finishing up mixing their first new, post-reunion track called “Up All Night”. It will be released soon thereafter.
• Michael Jackson – Radio play of his music has jumped by 1735% since he died, according to new stats from Nielsen BDS. Meantime, fans who purchased tickets to “This Is It” London concerts are being directed to a website for info about receiving a full refund or … having concert tickets delivered as souvenirs instead. (Now there’s a clever way to cut losses!)
NET: http://michaeljacksonlive.com

• “Public Enemies” ( R-Rated Crime Thriller ): Director Michael Mann retells the well-known story of the Feds trying to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. The cast – Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup, and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard – could not be stronger.
NET: http://www.publicenemies.net
• “Ice Age: Dawn Of the Dinosaurs” ( PG Animated Adventure ): In this sequel to “Ice Age” (2002) & “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), ‘Manny’, ‘Ellie’, ‘Diego’, and ‘Scrat’ discover an underground world where they encounter dinosaurs and a one-eyed, dino-hunting weasel named ‘Buck’. Voice cast includes Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, and Denis Leary.
NET: http://www.iceagemovie.com

New terms leaking into the lingo …
• ‘Girlfriend Getaway’ – Adult version of a sleepover in which grown women fly to a destination, eat junk food, shop … and complain about men. There are now oodles of websites offering travel packages in the genre.
• ‘Nail House’ – A house that ‘sticks out like a nail’ because the owner refuses to sell out when newer and usually bigger buildings are developed in the neighborhood surrounding it. The term has come to the forefront again thanks to the Disney movie “Up”.
• ‘VB6′ (‘Vegan Before 6′) – An increasingly popular veggie-heavy diet whereby the dieter eats a vegan diet before 6 pm, then whatever they want afterward. Proponents say it can do wonders for both the body … and the planet.

Pregnant women are being given the chance to hold life-size models of their unborn babies thanks to an invention that converts data from ultrasound & MRI scans. Brazilian designer Jorge Lopes came up with the idea, using 3-D printing technology to create plaster models. His invention has since attracted the attention of medical experts and is being tested at a clinic in Rio de Janeiro, where expectant mothers now get the chance to see and hold full-scale replicas of their babies. (Far fewer bodily fluids to deal with.)
– “Times of London”

• This guy refused to break the law after he’d broken the law! In Guildford UK a 34-year-old getaway driver in a stolen Alfa Romeo refused to speed after his gang robbed a jewelry store of $100,000-worth of gems. In fact, the wheel-man took his foot off the gas every time they entered a speed-restricted area. Within a half-hour, the 3-man gang was arrested by pursuing cops. They’ve since been sentenced to prison for a total of 20 years.
– “Daily Telegraph”
• These people sure know how to burst your balloon! An overeager crowd in the Hungarian capital has thwarted discount airline Wizz Air’s attempt to release 1,000 balloons for its 5th anniversary celebration. Onlookers spied coupons worth 10,000 forints (about $50) attached to each balloon and a free-for-all of popping and grabbing commenced before the balloons could be officially released from a giant net in the center of Budapest.
– Reuters
• Call them straphangers in the sky! A Chinese airline wants to sell cut-rate, standing-room-only tickets. Spring Airlines’ president says he’s consulted with Airbus, the company that built most of its planes, and has been assured that standees would be safe. If the plan goes forward, flying ‘stand-by’ on this airline will mean … exactly that.
– “NY Post”


Fireworks can be a real hazard for children. Eye injuries are the most common mishap after burns. Pediatrician Dr Jeffrey Gruen offers this advice: in case of eye injury, do not let the child rub the eye. Instead, place a protective patch over it. Do not give aspirin or ibuprofen because both can thin the blood. Go immediately to an emergency room, even if there is no pain after a blunt impact injury. Serious eye injuries from blunt impact can occur days later. (Alarmists remind you that this would never have happened if your kid had been wearing a helmet.)
– RevolutionHealth.com

Highlights from a new listing of some of the most-often misspelled words keyed into the Yahoo! search engine recently …
• ‘Brack Obama’ (Barack Obama).
• ‘Dancing With the Starts’ (“Dancing With the Stars”).
• ‘Farrah Faucet’ (Farrah Fawcett).
• ‘Paperview’ (pay-per-view).
• ‘Susan Boil’ (Susan Boyle).
• ‘Swan Flu’ (swine flu).
• ‘Wallmart’ (Wal-Mart, although the new corporate logo spells it Walmart).
– “USA Today”


Travel website VirtualTourist.com has compiled a new ranking of the world’s top eating competitions, which have become increasingly popular vacation destinations …
5. “World Championship Haggis Eating Competition”, part of Scotland’s Birnam Highland Games.
4. “World Calamari Eating Championship” in Southgate, Michigan.
3. “Oyster Eating Races” in Bluff, New Zealand.
2. “World Nettle-Eating Championships” in Dorset, England, which requires competitors to consume stinging nettles.
1. “Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest”, a tradition on New York’s Coney Island since 1916.


Despite biases for or against proteins, fats and carbohydrates, there are certain foods that most nutritional experts agree have the best disease-fighting, health-promoting qualities. A survey of nutritionists came up with the following list of stuff that’s good for ya …
• Avocados.
• Blueberries (more antioxidant power than any other fruit).
• Dark unsweetened chocolate.
• Eggs (complete protein in a low-cal package).
• Green leafy vegetables.
• Legumes, including soy (protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals).
• Low-fat milk and yogurt.
• Nuts (a compacted source of all the nutrients a plant needs to grow).
• Whole grains.
– “Newsday”

A 90-year-old Bakersfield, California woman is likely the world’s most prolific blood donor. She recently donated her 200th pint – that’s 25 gallons – since she got her start as a donor in 1954.
Great-grandmother Margaret Delfino says she temporarily stopped donating in 2001 when she had ovarian cancer, but started giving blood again 5 years later when it went into remission.


One reason cats are such finicky eaters: They lack a gene coding that would allow them to detect sweet sensations.
– “Cosmopolitan”


1945 [64] Deborah Harry, Miami FL, classic rock singer (Blondie-“Call Me”, “Heart of Glass”)

1952 [57] Dan Aykroyd, Ottawa ON, movie actor (“Blues Brothers”, “Driving Miss Daisy”)/ex-TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1975-79)  UP NEXT: “Ghostbusters 3” (2012).

1967 [42] Pamela Anderson, Ladysmith BC, movie actress (“Borat”, “Scary Movie 3”)/former TV actress (“Baywatch” 1992-97, “Home Improvement” 1991-93) who’s appeared on 6 “Playboy” covers/ex-Mrs Rick Saloman (2007-08)/ex-Mrs Kid Rock (2006)/ex-Mrs Tommy Lee (1995-98)

1971 [38] Missy Elliott (Melissa Elliott), Portsmouth VA, hip-hop artist (w/Ciara- “1, 2 Step”, “Work It”)/5-time Grammy Award winner

1976 [33] Plies (Algernod Washington), Fort Myers FL, rapper (“Shawty”, “Hypnotized”)

1977 [32] Liv Tyler (Rundgren), NYC, movie actress (“The Incredible Hulk”, “Lord Of the Rings” trilogy)/daughter of Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler & former “Playboy” playmate Bebe Buell

1977 [32] Jarome Iginla, Edmonton AB, NHL forward (Calgary Flames)

1982 [27] Hilarie Burton, Sterling VA, TV actress (‘Peyton Sawyer’ on “One Tree Hill” since 2003)

• “Canada Day”, the country’s national day which celebrates nationhood in 1867.

• “Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day”. Some of the most frightening flavors we’ve found are ‘Chicken Wing’, ‘Garlic’, ‘Lettuce & Potato’ and – mmm! – ‘Raw Horseflesh’.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/yqwnkk

• “Financial Freedom Day”, a day to plan the path of future financial wealth. (Also known as “Buy a Lottery Ticket Day”.)

• “Frozen Yogurt Day”, saluting the stuff that sorta tastes like ice cream but doesn’t make you as fat.

• “International Joke Day” celebrating humor from around-the-world. Nothing like a joke in Farsi! Have listeners call in with brief jokes in other languages. Don’t have them explain them, just laugh uproariously.

• “National Postal Worker Day” in America, to honor past & present postal workers for their service and dedication in serving the American people. On this day in 1963, the US Postal Service introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, better known as the ‘ZIP Code’.

• “Second Half Of the Year Day”, when 6 months are gone and 6 more are still to come. So how’s it going so far?

1941 [68] Bulova Watch pays $9 for the 1st ‘Network TV Commercial’

1979 [30] ‘Sony Walkman’ portable audio cassette player is introduced (forerunner of the iPod)

2007 [02] Britain’s Prince William & Prince Harry throw a massive concert in memory of their late mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday (Wimbledon UK)

1874 [135] 1st ‘Zoo’ in America opens (Philadelphia PA)

[Thurs] 39th Roskilde Festival opens (Copenhagen, Denmark)
[Fri] Green Day North American tour begins (Seattle WA)
[Fri] Stay Out Of the Sun Day
[Fri] Calgary Stampede begins
[Sat] US Independence Day
This Week Is … Unassisted Homebirth Week
This Month Is … Cellphone Courtesy Month


Actual products from around-the-world that are marketed in tins …
• ‘BBQ Flavor Bamboo Worms’
• ‘Sweet Sue Canned Whole Chicken’
• ‘Smoked Rattlesnake’
• ‘Texas Roadrunner Meat’
• ‘Dale’s Wild West Buffalo Au Jus’
• ‘Goblin Meat Pudding’
• ‘Reindeer Paté’
• ‘Tom Piper Tongues’
• ‘Sun Dried & Road Tenderized Armadillo’
• ‘Vienna Sausage in Barbecue Sauce’
– Condensed from nowthatsnifty.blogspot.com.

Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?


You can select one person from history and ask them a question to which they must give a truthful reply. Whom would you select, and what question would you ask?


Today’s Question: 20 years ago 50% of car buyers wanted THIS feature, now only 11% do.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: Manual transmission.


Asking dumb questions is easier than correcting dumb mistakes.

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