May 8, 2007

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007        Edition: #3526
Bull Works!

TONIGHT Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is the musical mentor on “American Idol” (FOX/CTV) as Blake Lewis remains the last male contestant in the running, up against Melinda Doolittle, LaKisha Jones, and Jordin Sparks . . . Brad Pitt showed off his toned tush in “Troy” (2004) but is reportedly refusing to repeat the feat in the new flick “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, instead demanding a butt double (has he been resting on his ‘laurels’?) . . . Actress Michelle Rodriguez (“Lost”) is PO-ed she was made the latest cover girl for “Curve” without being asked, saying the lesbian magazine’s attempt to ‘out’ her is not welcome (she won’t comment on her personal ‘preferences’) . . . Paris Hilton’s longtime publicist Elliot Mintz has announced he’s no longer representing her after she testified in court it was he who assured her she could drive with a suspended license (oh grow up and take responsibility for your own actions!) . . . Meantime, Hilton has reportedly written a 2-page letter to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, begging him to waive her jail sentence (that’s shocking – she can write a 2-page letter?) . . . Actor Tom Cruise has reportedly purchased a 7-bedroom Beverly Hills mansion even though it wasn’t on the market by making the owners an offer they couldn’t refuse – circa $35 million! . . . And bride-to-be Eva Longoria has now had 4 wedding showers: a family one in Texas, one thrown by the wives of fiancé Tony Parker’s San Antonio Spurs basketball teammates; another hosted by Teri Hatcher for the cast & crew of “Desperate Housewives”; and one at fellow co-star Felicity Huffman’s LA home (she now has 127 toasters).

• Blake Shelton – TONIGHT the “Some Beach” country singer is on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• Bon Jovi – TODAY they guest for a 2nd day in-a-row on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CityTV).
• Feist – TONIGHT the Canadian indie rocker performs on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC/A Channel).
• Kelly Clarkson – TONIGHT the original “American Idol” is on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS).
• Madonna – Her marriage is said to be at the breaking point, with Guy Ritchie increasingly fed up with her controlling ways. Insiders say they may present a united front when their children are involved, but behind closed doors they barely speak.
• Motley Crue – Frontman Vince Neil has announced plans to dress busty waitresses at his new Palm Beach watering hole, Dr Feelgood’s Rock Bar, in skimpy nurses’ uniforms. The gimmick has already caused backlash from real members of the nursing profession in the area.
• Robin Thicke – TODAY the “Lost Without U” R&B singer appears on “The View” (ABC/CTV).
• U2 – The band was originally known as ‘Feedback’ after 14-year-old Larry Mullen placed an ad seeking musicians to start a band in 1976. Of the 7 kids who showed up, 3 stayed … Paul Hewson (Bono), Dave Evans (The Edge), and Adam Clayton. 170 million records later, they’re still together!

• “Because I Said So” ( Romantic Comedy ): Diane Keaton stars as a meddling mother who, along with her 2 oldest daughters (“Gillmore Girls” mom Lauren Graham & Piper Perabo of “The Prestige”), tries to set up the baby of the family (sometime singer Mandy Moore) with the right guy.
• “Catch & Release” ( Romantic Comedy ): Jennifer Garner plays a woman mourning the death of her fiancé who’s been killed in an accident while fishing. But along the way, she learns that her seemingly perfect man had a few deep, dark secrets he never shared. Co-stars Timothy Olyphant & Juliette Lewis. Partially shot in Vancouver.
• “Music & Lyrics” ( Romantic Comedy ): Hugh Grant plays a washed-up singer who’s given a tight deadline to compose a hit for the latest teen sensation. Drew Barrymore co-stars as the eccentric (much) younger woman who helps him out, thanks to her flair with words.Guess what? An unexpected romance develops.
• Also released TODAY: “The Bridge On the River Kwai” (repackaged original version); “The Caine Mutiny: Collector’s Edition”; “Classic Western Round-Up: Volumes 1 & 2”; “Dirty Dancing: 20th Anniversary Edition”; “Everybody Loves Raymond: The Complete 8th Season”; “Lawrence of Arabia: Collector’s Edition”; and “That ’70s Show: Season 6”.

A 9-year-old boy’s constant complaining about Rice Krispies-like ‘snap, crackle & pop’ sounds in his ear finally convinced his mother to take him for a medical examination in Albany OR. What the doctor found in Jesse Courtney’s ear was a shocker – 2 spiders about the size of a pencil eraser … one alive, one dead. Luckily Jesse isn’t afraid of creepy crawlies, even when they’re dancing on his eardrums. He’s been given the spiders as a souvenir to show at school. (“Little Mister Muffet could no longer bluff it, it wasn’t cereal making the noise …”)
– AP

Scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University have found that shifting your eyes from side to side for as little as 30 seconds can help boost your memory. In experiments, volunteers who pulled the simple move were found much more capable of remembering a list of previously studied words and also made far fewer errors in recalling them. Study author Dr Andrew Parker says the discovery might prove extremely useful to students facing tests. (Yeah, that won’t look too suspicious in the exam hall, will it?)
– “The Telegraph”

• Swiss company Rolf & Thomas Schneeberger has developed a solar-powered barbecue grill. Using no charcoal, wood, or propane, the ‘Solar-Grill’ consists of a flexible mirror that focuses the Sun’s rays onto a food tray. Sorry kids, no food for you today … it’s cloudy.
• Clothing retailer Old Navy is now marketing T-shirts, polo shirts, and hoodies … for dogs. The canine tops sell for around $10-$15. And you can accessorize them with a ‘summer-print’ collar for an extra $7.50. How chic! But won’t Bowzer get busted for not wearing pants?
• The wacky new ‘Bush Countdown Keychain’ is pre-programmed with a digital countdown clock that ticks away the remainder of the prez’s 2nd term right through to ‘zero hour’ on January 20th, 2009. It provides a constant reminder not to despair … it’s only a matter of time.

Louisiana State University scientists have shown that people who start their day with poached, boiled or scrambled eggs can lose up to 65% more weight than those who avoid eggs. It’s nothing magical. The secret of the success lies in the eggs’ ability to make us feel full longer than many other foods, perhaps due to their high protein content. As a result, we end up eating less during the rest of the day. Not surprisingly, the study was funded in part by the American Egg Board. (“Here’s some money … and here’s what we want the study to say.”)
– “Daily Mail”

A British man who went on a wild spending spree after doctors said he only had a short time to live wants compensation because the diagnosis proved wrong and he’s now healthy … but flat broke. 62-year-old John Brandrick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 2 years ago and told he’d likely die within a year. So he quit his job, sold or gave away nearly all his possessions, stopped paying his mortgage, and spent all his savings dining out and traveling. But after a year, it was discovered his ‘tumor’ was nothing more than a non-life threatening inflammation of the pancreas. If he can’t get compensation, Brandick says he’s considering suing the hospital that diagnosed him.
– Reuters

Medical researchers say the type of diet plan you choose has less to do with weight-loss than your ability to stick to it. A few suggestions on how to do that …
• Remember you’re in charge. You dictate what you eat, so you have the power to change.
• Set a specific goal that would make you feel great, then constantly visualize yourself at this ideal weight in detail: what it feels like, the clothes you’ll get to wear, etc.
• Get good support. Surround yourself with ‘good influence’ friends who respect your goal.
• Start small. Set a few new rules each week that include a list of ‘No’s.
• Get over your excuses. Staying the course now will help you feel great later.
• Make yourself accountable. When you break a promise, confess it to someone else to help keep you honest.
• No feeling bad allowed. Acknowledge you went astray, then get back on the wagon.
• Realize it’s not about dieting, but about keeping promises to yourself. Making promises to yourself and keeping them is the foundation for having what you want in every area of your life.
– “Woman’s Day”

People with lower IQs are as likely to become wealthy as Mensa members, according to new Ohio State University research. The study seems to confirm findings that people with higher IQ scores tend to earn more. A person with an IQ of 101, for instance, earns about $200-to-$600 more per year than someone with an IQ of 100. However, IQ has no impact on actual wealth, the difference between a person’s assets and debts. That bottom line, according to the researchers is … basically anyone can do well in the financial world. (First you just get a whole bunch of money, then …)
– “Live Science”

Who woulda thought? Australia, long regarded as a nation of beer drinkers rivalled only by Germany, seems to be turning sober … or at least ‘lite’. After 113 years, the country’s biggest selling beer, Victoria Bitter (aka ‘VB’) is being marketed in a new ‘mid-strength’ 3.5% version. Why? The drinking habits of Aussies have been changing quickly and now lighter ‘boutique beers’ are the fastest-growing products on the country’s $4.5-billion beer market. Popular beers in pubs now include ‘craft brewery’ offerings with odd names like Boag’s, Little Creatures, Mountain Goat, and Blue Tongue.
– “The Standard”

Eating a handful of cashews with an orange can help prevent prostate cancer.

• “I’ve never been a size ‘0′ in my life. I say if you want to eat the cookie … eat the cookie!”
– Actress Rosario Dawson (“Grindhouse”, “Sin City”), urging women to follow their natural instincts.
• “It is unheard of for Her Majesty to extend a personal invitation to dinner to someone who has portrayed her in a film … or to be told the date is unacceptable.”
– A Buckingham Palace official, clearly miffed that Queen Elizabeth II’s invitation to Helen Mirren was turned down because the Oscar-winning actress is busy filming a movie in South Dakota.


1944 [63] Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd), Banbury UK, 1970s glam-rock singer (“Rock & Roll Part II”) now serving time for pedophilia in Cambodia

1953 [54] Alex Van Halen, Nijmegen, Netherlands, classic rock drummer (Van Halen-“Jump”, “Why Can’t This Be Love”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2007)/the more sober brother of guitarist Eddie Van Halen

1957 [50] Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh PA, TV football analyst (“NFL Today on CBS”, beginning THIS FALL)/retired NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers 1992-2007)/Super Bowl XL winner (2006)

1968 [39] Del Gray, Hamilton OH, country musician (Little Texas-“Missing Years”, “Life Goes On”)  FACTOID: SATURDAY they’ll perform at a just-announced 2nd concert leading up to the “Academy of Country Music Awards” in Las Vegas alongside Trick Pony, Keith Anderson, and others.

1972 [35] Darren Hayes, Brisbane, Australia, has-been pop singer (Savage Garden-“I Knew I Loved You”, “Truly Madly Deeply”)

1975 [32] Enrique Iglesias (Preysler), Madrid, Spain, pop/Latin singer (“Hero”, “Escape”)/son of sappy crooner Julio Iglesias/bf of former Russian tennis player Anna Kournikova

• “NEA Teacher’s Day”, celebrated annually on the TUESDAY of the 1st full week of MAY and a highlight of “Teacher Appreciation Week”. It’s a good time to remember that your favorite teacher was not necessarily your best teacher

• “No Socks Day”, when we’re encouraged to avoid wearing socks to feel less encumbered and help the environment by creating less laundry. While washing your feet prior to participating in the festivities is a requirement, painting your toenails is completely optional.

• “World Red Cross Day”, celebrating the 1828 birth of International Red Cross Movement founder Jean Henri Dunant in Geneva, Switzerland.

1642 [365] Paul de Chomedy de Maisonneuve founds ‘Ville-Marie’ (Montréal)

1794 [213] US Post Office established (the next day a disgruntled worker offs his boss with a musket)

1886 [121] Atlanta pharmacist Dr John Pemberton introduces ‘Coca-Cola’, a cough syrup designed to relieve headaches

1987 [20] Canada’s 1-dollar coin is introduced (‘looney’, ‘loonie’ or ‘loony’ – how do YOU spell it?)

[Wed] 3rd Shift Workers Day
[Wed] Lost Sock Memorial Day
[Wed] Small Business Day
[Wed] Receptionists Day
[Thurs] Clean Up Your Room Day
This Week Is … Small Business Week
This Month Is … Hope Chest Month


According to a recent University of Bologna study, the most common fetishes are ‘boots & other footwear’ (64%), and ‘feet & toes’ (47%). But among the less common turn-ons …
• Sign Language Dirty Talk
• Facial Mole Depilation
• Forced Jazzercise
• Vintage Taxidermy Groping
• Arthritic Knuckle Worship
• Greasy Public Payphones
• Cellulite Dimples
• Kevin Costner Impersonations
• Auto-Voyeurism
• Still-Warm Buttock Imprints on Vinyl-Upholstered Diner Booths

Here’s what “Spider-Man 3” has to shoot for, the all-time worldwide box office leaders (figures rounded off) …
5. “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” ($926 million)
4. “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone” ($976 million)
3. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” ($1 billion)
2. “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” ($1.1 billion)
1. “Titanic” ($1.8 billion)

What movie have you watched the most times (theater/video/TV) and why? (A new poll by Sky Movies finds the most-watched movie for men is “Star Wars” and for women, “Dirty Dancing”.)

If toast always lands butter- side down and cats always land on their feet, what happens if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it?

Today’s Question: 70% of married men say THIS about their moms.
Answer to Give Out Next Show: She’s a better cook than their wife.

It is better to be wise then to be smart.


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