September 24, 2007

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Monday, September 24, 2007        Edition: #3619
Can You Believe This Sheet?

• 40-year-old movie actress & ”Ugly Betty” TV producer Salma Hayek & fiancé Francois Henri-Pinault are new parents, welcoming daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault. It’s her 1st child, his 3rd. (In one poll, she was named ‘Hollywood’s Sexiest Celebrity’ … while pregnant!)
– “E!”
• Movie star George Clooney & his girlfriend Sarah Larson have been treated in New Jersey for broken bones after his motorcycle was sideswiped by another vehicle. Clooney has a hairline rib fracture, Larson a broken foot. They’re in okay condition and have been released from hospital. (What most women wanna know is, okay … who’s this Sarah Larson hussy?)
• Two more TV networks have lined up online streaming and/or downloads for their programs: FOX-TV is offering its season & series premieres free on iTunes for up to 2 weeks after their air-date. And ABC-TV is making its primetime lineup available on AOL Video the day after original episodes air. (Will the very term ‘TV’ be disappearing in the next decade?)
• Marcel Marceau, the world famous Frenchman whose pliant facial expressions revived the art of mime in the 20th century has died in Paris, France on the weekend at age 84. (In his honor, we suggest 2 minutes of … silence.)
– AP
• Actress Lindsay Lohan is apparently the unnamed ‘other woman’ in divorce papers filed by the wife of Dead Stays Alive rock singer Tony Allen, who was once one of Lohan’s fellow patients at the Cirque Lodge rehab center in Utah. British heiress Stephanie Allen, whose family is said worth millions, is citing adultery as the reason for the split-up of her 3-year marriage. (Seems you really did blow a wad, Tony.)
– “News of the World”
• “Heroes” star Ali Larter says having a Sumo wrestler pick her up and hug her during a recent promotional trip to Japan didn’t have its desired effect. It’s supposed to bring you good luck but she’s been cursed with nothing but bad ever since: Having her car keyed & the windshield smashed with a baseball bat; dropping her phone in a pond; and losing all her keys. (Geez, thank goodness she didn’t break her super mirror!)
• And movie star Halle Berry says she isn’t planning to stop at just 1 child after she gives birth early NEXT YEAR. She’ll be trying for a second baby with Canadian boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey ASAP. And she knows all about trial & error: It took her 33 home pregnancy tests before she got a positive. (Well that’s the real fun of having kids, isn’t it? The trying?)
– StarPulse News Blog

• Aerosmith – They’ve been forced to cancel the most successful concert ever scheduled for Maui, Hawaii because they can’t make it in time. The group’s rescheduled Chicago concert is making it logistically impossible to get equipment to Hawaii in time for WEDNESDAY’s scheduled show.
• Ashanti – To shape up for promo appearances for her new film “Resident Evil: Extinction” and her new album “Declaration”, she spent a week on the ‘Master Cleanser’ diet (basically lemon, pepper, and maple syrup). She claims she quickly lost 8 lbs and kept it off.
• Britney Spears – She’s now been charged with 2 misdemeanor offences, hit & run causing property damage and driving without a valid license, relating to that minor accident in an LA parking lot in AUGUST.
• DMX – Oh oh, has he pulled a Michael Vick? Two dogs have been found buried on the grounds of his Arizona home that died suffering from serious wounds, according to authorities investigating animal neglect allegations.
• Keith Urban – He & wife Nicole Kidman have put their Nashville TN home on the market for $2.45 million because they’ve found land in the area where they plan to build a farm with plenty of space for horses.
• Prince – Word has it that before shooting his new video, he confronted the director and each crew member to ask, “Do you have Jehovah in your heart?” Only a positive answer kept them on set.
• Seal – He’s recorded a duet with his “Project Runway” host wife, model Heidi Klum [‘kloom’]. The romantic track “Wedding Day”, which was actually written on theirs, will appear on his upcoming 5th CD, “System”.

• “The Bachelor 11“ (ABC/CityTV) – A 90-minute season opening special introduces us to 34-year-old Brad Womack, an Austin TX entrepreneur and the 25 women vying to woo him.
• Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band – They perform 2 benefit rehearsal concerts TONIGHT and TUESDAY at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park NJ, with the proceeds going to charity. Tickets are $100 … a tad steep to watch a band rehearse, no?
• “Dancing With The Stars 5“ (ABC/CTV) – A dozen new celebs attempt to outshine one another as the 5th season of the hit series premieres over the next 3 nights. Among them: boxer Floyd Mayweather, movie actress Jane Seymour, former “90210” TV actress Jennie Garth, singer Marie Osmond, sports mogul Mark Cuban, Spice Girl Melanie Brown & 65-year-old ‘Mr Las Vegas’, Wayne Newton. Among the singers who’ll perform this season:  Avril Lavigne, Dolly Parton & Gloria Estefan.
• Diana Krall – The jazz diva does the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC).
• 50 Cent – Fiddy will likely explain why he’s not actually retiring on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” (CBS).
• “Harry Potter” – A unique set of the 7 ‘Potter’ books signed by author JK Rowling goes under the hammer in a Books Abroad charity auction on eBay. It’s expected to fetch upwards of $40,000 because no other complete set signed by the author is currently available.
• “Heroes” (NBC/Global) – In the 2nd season premiere, a sinister new force begins stalking the heroes, and twins ‘Maya’ & ‘Alejandro’ search for help with their deadly abilities. After a late summer world tour by its cast, this show’s stoked to jack up its ratings even further.
• Kanye West – He’s a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC).
• “Polaris Music Prize” – TONIGHT the annual $20,000 prize for best Canadian album, judged solely on artistic merit, is handed out at a gala in Toronto. The list nominees comes from a poll of over 170 Canadian music journalists, broadcasters & bloggers.
• “Rules of Engagement” (CBS) – The series’ 2nd season kicks off with guest star Heather Locklear reuniting with her former off-screen fling, show regular David Spade.
• – The Black Eyed Peas frontman performs on “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS). His first solo album, “Songs About Girls”, is out TOMORROW.

• The average human body contains enough fat to make 7 bars of soap.
• Your skeleton is worth between $5,000-and-$7,500 to a medical student, while your skull alone is worth about $450.
• The average adult piece of turd weighs about 4 ounces, half of the bulk comprised of the dead bodies of bacteria that live inside your intestines.
• The average male foot exudes half-a -pint of sweat each day.
• A man weighing 200 lbs would provide enough meat to feed 100 cannibals in a sitting.
– “Mental Floss Magazine“

People who want more body in their wine can now immerse themselves in Bordeaux at a wine spa in southwest France. Guests at the ‘Springs of Caudalia’ health spa are also massaged with wine sauce and hosed down by a jet of $20-a-bottle claret. (Yummers, wine out of a hose … how elegant.)
– “Globe & Mail”

• ‘Fetus’ (curled up on the side, holding the pillow) – This is the most common sleeping position. It’s prefered by those with a tough exterior who are actually very sensitive on the inside.
• ‘Free Faller’ (spreadeagle, sleeping on front) – If you look like you should be connected to a parachute while sleeping, you have a brash exterior and a nervous personality.
• ‘Log’ (sleeping on the side) – Yes, you actually can ‘sleep like a log’. It suggests that you are a relaxed and social person.
• ‘Soldier’ (sleeping on back, arms at sides) – If you’re at attention even when asleep, you’re likely very quiet and reserved.
• ‘Starfish’ (spreadeagle, sleeping on back) – If you sleep with arms & legs spread wide, you’re a good listener who makes friends easily. You might not be so popular with your bedmate, however.
• ‘Yearner’ (sleeping on the side with raised arms) – If this unusual posture is your favorite sleeping position, you are said to be a suspicious and cynical type.
– “Daily Telegraph”

Outside-the-box rocker Lou Reed (“Walk on the Wild Side”) is the curator of a Manhattan exhibition showcasing photographs of NYC taken by famous musicians. Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Adams, and REM’s Michael Stipe have all contributed photos for the “Visions Of Rock “ exhibition that’s running through NOVEMBER. Reed says he shot his photos because he wanted to record the way New York looks right now … before it changes any more.
– “GQ”

A village in Taiwan that suffered a long series of unfortunate events has changed its name and now claims the bad luck has lifted. After many of the villagers in Shuai Si Hou (‘Drop Dead Monkey’) were injured in bizarre accidents, a petition was initiated to change the town’s name (obviously the cause of the problem). Despite opposition from traditionalists, the campaign succeeded and the new name is now Chang Hsing Village (‘Long Prosperity Village’). Since the change, there have been no major accidents among residents.
– “Curious Times”

• Exercise can make you smarter. New research shows that working out boosts your memory and the brain’s processing speed.
– “Cosmo Daily”
• We spend an estimated $2.8 billion a year trying to relieve the symptoms of the common cold. (Most of them involve taking 2 capsules – then waiting 7 days.)
– HealthNet


1962 [45] Nia Vardalos, Winnipeg MB, movie actress/screenwriter (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”)/short-time TV actress (“My Big Fat Greek Life”)

1969 [38] Marty Mitchell, Trenton NJ, country musician (Ricochet-“Daddy’s Money”, “Blink of an Eye”)

• “Cherries Jubilee Day”, celebrating the decadent dessert that’s always served flambée. Wanna make a home version easily? All you need is a can of cherry pie filling, some cognac (or brandy), vanilla ice cream … and a match.

• “Family Day”, when you’re encouraged to actually eat a sit-down dinner with your children. What, people only do this once-a-year nowadays?

1977 [30] TV’s “The Love Boat” debuts (ABC), with ‘Captain Stubing’ (Gavin MacLeod) presiding over a cruise ship full of frisky passengers & crew

1991 [16] Children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as ‘Dr Seuss’, dies in La Jolla CA at age 87  FACTOID: Dr. Seuss’s German-derived name is properly pronounced ‘zoice’ (as ‘voice’).

1991 [16] Nirvana album “Nevermind” is released (some call it one of the most significant albums of all-time)

1927 [80] Toronto ‘St Patricks’ hockey club 1st uses name ‘Maple Leafs’

1968 [39] 1st edition of “60 Minutes”, TV’s longest running news magazine, with Harry Reasoner & Mike Wallace

1979 [28] 1st ‘Online Service’ (CompuServe, later absorbed by AOL)

1984 [23] ‘Longest Recorded Kiss’ sets “Guinness Record” at 17 days, 10.5 hours (Eddie Levin & Delphine Crha in Chicago IL)

[Tues] One Hit Wonder Day
[Tues] Comic Book Day
[Tues] Chinese Moon Festival
[Wed] Full Moon (Harvest Moon)
[Wed] Food Service Employees Day
[Thurs] Ancestor Appreciation Day
[Thurs] World Tourism Day
[Thurs] Van Halen reunion tour begins (Charlotte NC)

Adult Immunization Awareness Week / American Newspaper Week / Banned Books Week / Chimney Safety Week / Dog Week / Food Service Workers Week / Imperfection Week / Religious Freedom Week / Roller Skating Week / Singles Week


Some are outdated; some are just plain wacky, but they’re all real …
• In Edmonton, horses are not allowed to stand on streets for longer than 20 minutes.
• In Victoria BC, street musicians must not give children balloon animals.
• If you happen upon an injured migratory bird in a Canadian national park, you are required to kill it immediately. If not, you can be fined $300.
• In Toronto, you cannot release 10 or more helium-filled balloons in a city park within 24 hours.
• In Halifax County NS, it is illegal to knock, ring a doorbell, or shout after 10 pm.
• Anyone ‘offending a public place with a bad smell’ is liable to 2 years in jail, according to the Canadian criminal code.
• In St John’s NL, it’s illegal to keep cows in your house or to drive them down streets after 8 am.
• In Québec, it is illegal for margarine to be the same color as butter.
• Interfering with the recruitment of Canadian Forces can carry a fine of $300.
• In Fort Qu’Appelle SK, all teenagers walking down main street must have their shoes tied.

Some are outdated; some are just plain wacky, but they’re all real …
• In Michigan, you may not swear in front of women and children.
• Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden in South Dakota.
• In Indiana, baths may not be taken between the months of October and March.
• A man with a moustache may never kiss a woman in public in Iowa.
• In Massachusetts, bullets may not be used as currency.
• Several cities are cracking down on pants that are low-slung enough to show boxers or butt. In one small Louisiana town, the penalty is as harsh as 6 months in jail and a $500 fine.
• If a child burps during church, his parent may be arrested in Nebraska.
• In California, animals are banned from mating publicly within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship.
• All men driving motorcycles must wear shirts in Minnesota.
• Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head.

5. “The Great Escape” (1963)
4. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)
3. “ET The Extra-Terrestrial” (1982)
2. “It’s A Wonderful Life” (1946)
1. “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994)
– “Radio Times”

Q: What is currently the most popular dog name?
A: ‘Max’, followed by ‘Lucky’, and ‘Princess’. Interestingly, ‘Max’ and ‘Princess’ are also among the 1,000 most popular baby names.

If you had a bust of yourself sculpted, where would you exhibit it?

Today’s Question: When choosing one of THESE, more often than not we pick the color blue.
Answer to Give Out Tomorrow: A toothbrush.

If all is not lost, where the hell is it?

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