Monday, March 11, 2013
The 70th day of 2013 with 295 days remaining.
The start of Brain Awareness Week. This puts the focus on good brain health and stroke prevention and treatment. However, one cannot help but think about the amazing nature of the human brain. Could there be a more miraculous organ? It could well be a conduit to a larger and mysterious reality. I'm not sure what your feeling are, but I believe that is so.
Today in Music
Top of the Charts!
1974, Susan and Terry Jacks, of Poppy Family fame, made the decision to record the song when the Beach Boys, who were considering recording a version with Terry Jacks producing, decided to abandon their recording. First week of March, 1974, the song began an impressive run at No. 1 atop the Hot 100, and remained in the top 40 until almost Memorial Day weekend. It would become Jacks' only major solo hit in the United States. The song was called it one of the worst pop songs ever recorded, ranking number five on a CNN poll in 2006.
This and That
Phobias, which often begin when we are children, are irrational fears that are so intense they become disabling. Why are the names so unpronounceable and bizarre? And who knew these phobias even existed?
Fear of Body Parts
Opening one's eyes: Optophobia, want more?
- Chins: Geniophobia
- Hands: Chirophobia
- Knees: Genuphobia
- Getting wrinkles: Rhytiphobia
- Becoming bald: Phalacrophobia
- Bald people: Peladophobia
- Feeling pleasure: Hedonophobia
- Laughter: Geliophobia
- Falling in love: Philophobia
- Kissing: Philemaphobia or Philematophobia
- Marriage: Gamophobia
- Music: Melophobia
- Flutes: Aulophobia
- Poetry: Metrophobia
- Theaters: Theatrophobia
- Clowns: Coulrophobia
- Dancing: Chorophobia
- Hearing good news: Euphobia
- Flowers: Anthrophobia or Anthophobia
- Books: Bibliophobia
- God: Zeusophobia
- Church: Ecclesiophobia
- Crosses or the crucifix: Staurophobia
- Holy things: Hagiophobia
- Priests or sacred things: Hierophobia
- Religious ceremonies: Teleophobia
- Sermons: Homilophobia
- Theology: Theologicophobia
- Satan: Satanophobia
- Sin: Hamartophobia
- Hell: Hadephobia, Stygiophobia or Stigiophobia
There are People and then there are People
Here is a list of folks that, frankly, if aliens saw them would do us all a favor and activate the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator and blow us all to smithereens. And you know what? I'm with 'em!
Famous Addresses for Rent
So, you want to live in a place that is as famous as you are (actually, way more famous than you are). There's good news! if you are readsy to move, and have a dumptruck full of money, you can live where Carrie had all her sex, or Jerry hooked up with George, Elaine and Kramer. They are all here, if the price is right!
Hate when This Happens
Can Maxwell Smart be far behind?
Google has unveiled sneakers that talk. The Adidas sneaker has a microcontroller on the tongue, plus an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a few other technical goodies. The result is that it monitors all the things that are happening down below and then expresses them to you in words.
Woman Allergic to Exercise.
Sounds like a convent excuse, but it's a true diagnosis according to her doctors. And to look at the swelling and other symptoms there may be something to it. Get more here.
Could the Fountain of Youth Be $14.95 a bottle?
Strange Names for Everyday Things - We have Video Proof
SEASON FINALE: THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) -- The final two women meet Sean's family and Sean chooses between Catherine and Lindsay.
THE BIGGEST LOSER (8p ET, NBC) -- The teens return to the ranch for updates on their progress and the final four players are announced in this new edition.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (8p ET, CBS) -- Repeat
BONES (8p ET, FOX) -- Repeat
THE CARRIE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) -- New
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT (8:30p ET, CBS) -- New
2 BROKE GIRLS (9p ET, CBS) -- Repeat
THE FOLLOWING (9p ET, FOX) -- Mike Colter (The Good Wife, Zero Dark Thirty) guest stars in this new episode.
90210 (9p ET, CW) -- New
DALLAS (9p ET, TNT) -- Many familiar faces (from the original Dallas) gather in this new episode to honor J. R. (the late Larry Hagman) at his funeral. Ken Kercheval returns as Cliff Barnes as well as Charlene Tilton (Lucy Ewing), Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), Priscilla Presley (Jenna Krebbs), Ted Shackelford (Gary Ewing) and Deborah Shelton (Mandy Winger).
MIKE & MOLLY (9:30p ET, CBS) -- Repeat
HAWAII FIVE-O (10p ET, CBS) -- Repeat
THE BACHELOR: AFTER THE FINAL ROSE (10p ET, ABC) -- Catherine and Lindsay join Sean to discuss his decision and the new bachelorette is revealed.
DECEPTION (10p ET, NBC) -- New
MONDAY MORNINGS (10p ET, TNT) -- New
Big Screen Weekend
Oz performed some weekend magic with a very impressive opening, topping $80 million! Oz was shown in 3,912 locations and is over twice as high as Identity Thief's $34.6 million, and is the strongest debut since The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey started off with $84.6 million in December. It's also the third-highest opening ever for March, and the fifth-highest ever during the pre-Summer months. Here is the rest of the story from Box Ofice Mojo
|1||Oz The Great and Powerful||$80,278,000||3,912||$80,278,000|
|2||Jack the Giant Slayer||$10,020,000||3,525||$43,811,000|
|4||Dead Man Down||$5,350,000||2,188||$5,350,000|
|6||21 and Over||$5,056,000||2,771||$16,840,000|
|8||Silver Linings Playbook||$3,745,000||1,727||$120,749,000|
|9||Escape From Planet Earth||$3,207,000||2,549||$47,832,000|