Jun. 6th, 2009

January '09

Jun. 6th, 2009 04:18 pm
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January '09: 1 - 3

January 1;
Movie: Wanted
Rating:

Goal: 01/50 (2% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller/Suspense; Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
About: Wesley Gibbon (James McAvoy) is just an ordinary guy, unaware that his long-lost father is one of the world's most notorious assassins. But when his father is killed, a mysterious associate named Sloan (Morgan Freeman) arrives, offering Wesley the chance to fill dad's shoes. Mentored by Sloan's deputy, Fox (Angelina Jolie), Wesley carries out the will of the mythological Fates, who see Wesley's targets in a magical loom.
Quote: "I'm finding it hard to care about anything these days. In fact, the only thing I do care about is the fact that I can't care about anything. Seriously, it worries me." -Wesley Gibbon
My Thoughts: If I didn't love James and Angie so much I would never have watched this movie. It's very exciting and has an interesting plotline but there were to many bizarre and impossible stunts. Not to spoil the ending for anyone but if you want a sunshine and roses ending, pick a different movie.

January is named for the Roman god Janus. Janus was a temple god who could look forward and backward at the same time.

January 2;
Movie: Bedtime Stories
Rating:
Goal: 02/50 (4% Complete)
Genre: Comedy/Family/Fantasy
About: Skeeter Bronson (Adam Sandler) is a down-on-his-luck guy who's always telling bedtime stories to his niece and nephew, and whose life is turned upside down when these fantastical stories suddenly turn into reality. Now, all the outrageous characters and situations that Skeeter has ever imagined have morphed into actual people and events in his life. But can he manage his own unruly fantasies now that they've come true?
Quote: "And then..." -Skeeter Bronson "It started raining gum balls." -Patrick
My Thoughts: So cute. Highly recommended.

TV Show: Prison Break
Episode: 4.13 - Deal Or No Deal
Goal: 001/400 (0.25% Complete)
About: The General works to regain Scylla. T-Bag gets a new partner. Michael and Lincoln have an important meeting.
Quote: "I always said cops are more crooked than criminals." -T-Bag
TV Show: Prison Break
Episode: 4.14 - Just Business
Goal: 002/400 (0.5% Complete)
About: Gretchen and Self wind up with Scylla (and a buyer). Michael battles with the Company for Scylla. Mahone asks some familiar faces for help. T-Bag continues to hold a couple of innocents hostage.
Quote: "No urinating in the stairwell! That's the golden rule." -Hotel Clerk
TV Show: Prison Break
Episode: 4.15 - Going Under
Goal: 003/400 (0.75% Complete)
About: Michael receives medical attention. Charles Westmoreland helps uncover the real secrets of Scylla. Lincoln and Sucre do everything in their power to retrieve Scylla before it's gone forever.
Quote: "You look beautiful." -Michael "You're a liar." -Sara

Mona Lisa has no eyebrows in Leonardo da Vinci's painting. During that time, a woman was considered more beautiful if she shaved her eyebrows.

January 3;
TV Show: Prison Break
Episode: 4.16 - The Sunshine State
Goal: 004/400 (1% Complete)
About: Lincoln and his team travel to Miami looking for Scylla. Michael learns some shocking secrets about his past while Sara searches for him.
Quote: "You're a whore, and your mother was a whore and her mother; and your father used to turn tricks at a gas station, 'cause he was a whore, too." -Self

The pound key (#) on the keyboard is called an octothorpe.

January '09

Jun. 6th, 2009 05:33 pm
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January '09: 4 - 10

January 4;
TV Show: CSI
Episode: 9.01 - For Warrick (Part 2)
Goal: 005/400 (1.25% Complete)
About: The ninth season comes to a shocking open when CSI Warrick Brown is shot and killed outside a Las Vegas diner. The entire team grieves for their fallen friend, while unknown to them, the killer is one of their own. Also Sara returns to Las Vegas when she hears the news.
Quote: "You know, after being in so many victim's houses, I never left my house without making the bed and taking out the trash, just in case I didn't come home." -Sara

Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables.

January 5;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.02 - Red Hair and Silver Tape
Goal: 006/400 (1.5% Complete)
About: The CBI is called in to investigate the murder of a young woman, found tied up and dumped in a Northern Napa County vineyard. Lisbon focuses on the theory that this was the result of a lovers' quarrel, but Jane believes this may be the work of a serial killer. He investigates his own theories and gets the team's assistance with a plan to catch the killer.
Quote: "You made her feel like a captured princess instead of a small town choir nerd. And she made you feel like a dashing pirate instead of what you are... sort of a bad-tempered pharmacist." -Patrick Jane

American novelist Mark Twain was the first known author to submit a typed manuscript.

January 6;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.12 - Caged
Goal: 007/400 (1.75% Complete)
About: The NCIS team must reveal the truth behind the murder of a jail guard which resulted in a prison riot and McGee being held captive by the inmates.
Quote: "I call my style 'Tough-Bluff'. It's hyphenated." -Tony "Really? 'Blow Hard' seems more appropriate. That is not hyphenated." -McGee

A language becomes extinct in this world every two weeks.

January 7;
Title: Naked in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Rating:
Goal: 01/60 (1 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 314
Genre: Mystery/Futuristic/Romantic Suspense
About: In hardcover for the first time, here is the novel that started it all-the first book in J. D. Robb's number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York City homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.
When a senator's daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome . . . and the leading suspect in the investigation.
My Thoughts: Scifi books are not my thing but I loved this book. I can't wait to delve further into Eve and Roark's relationship.

TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.06 - The Stork Job
Goal: 008/400 (2% Complete)
About: The Leverage team seeks to take down a Serbian adoption agency that's scamming money from unsuspecting American couples. Unfortunately, the scam brings up bad memories for Parker, that might endanger the mission.
Quote: "Woah, woah, woah. I'm getting a bunch of calls to the police. What the hell is going on down there?" -Hardison "I'll tell you what's going on. Parker just stabbed her guy with a fork!" -Eliot

The magic word 'Abracadabra' was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.

January 8;
Title: Glory in Death
Author: J.D. Robb
Rating:
Goal: 02/60 (3 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 320
Genre: Mystery/Futuristic/Romantic Suspense
About: The dead were her business. She lived with them, worked with them, studied them. She dreamed of them. And because that didn't seem to be enough, in some deep, secret chamber of her heart, she mourned for them.' The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims are beautiful and highly successful women; their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects - including her own lover, Roarke. As a woman, Eve is compelled to trust the man who shares her bed. But as a cop, it's her job to follow every lead...to explore every secret passion, no matter how dark. Or how dangerous.
My Thoughts: Just as wonderful as the first! I'm loving the beginnings of the battle between Eve and the butler.

TV Show: CSI
Episode: 9.02 - The Happy Place
Goal: 009/400 (2.25% Complete)
About: Nick and Catherine investigate why a woman who was about to be married would have taken a swan dive off of her balcony. Also Grissom investigates the brutal murder of a woman found in an alley. The investigation gets tougher with the discovery that her two-year-old was with her when she was murdered.
Quote: "Like I told you, I can't make people do anything that they don't want to do." -Trixie "I can. Get in jail." -Catherine

Caterpillar means "hairy cat" in Old French.

January 9;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.10 - Six Feet Under the Sea
Goal: 010/400 (2.5% Complete)
About: Shawn, sure that the death of Shabby the Sea Lion is murder, finds himself in deeper water after he stumbles upon a plot that involves much more than rehabilitating a mammal back to the wild.
Quote: "Gus, don't be exactly half of an 11 pound Black Forest ham." -Shawn

The weight of a year's worth of New York Times newspapers is about 520 pounds.

January 10;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.03 - Red Tide
Goal: 011/400 (2.75% Complete)
About: A drowned girl's body is found on the Santa Marta beach, and many of her surfer friends are suspects. When interviews lead to nothing, Patrick uses his skills to determine and catch the killer.
Quote: "See, the thing is, Flip, Lisbon here is looking at you like you're a pork chop, because you fit the profile. Your life is in chaos, you're lonely, you're depressed, you're addicted to drugs and pornography and a little nuts, to be honest. You're exactly the kind of man that does terrible things to women. But I don't think you did this." -Patrick Jane

The expression "Tying the Knot" comes from an old Roman custom where the brides clothes were tied up all in knots and the groom was supposed to untie the knots.

January '09

Jun. 6th, 2009 07:55 pm
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January '09: 11 - 17

January 11;
 
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.04 - Ladies in Red
Goal: 012/400 (3% Complete)
About: Jason Sands, a wealthy banker and political contributor is found dead inside his residence vault. After being tortured, he had bled to death in his vault. Patrick and the team delve into Jason's private life to find the murderer.
Quote: "I mistakenly treated him as a responsible adult." -Teresa Lisbon

For 47 days in 1961, the painting "Matisse's Le Bateau (The Boat)" was hanging upside down in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Apparently none of the over 116,000 visitors seem to have noticed.

January 12;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.05 - Redwood
Goal: 013/400 (3.25% Complete)
About: A girl is found stabbed to death in the woods, and her best friend is missing. She is found covered in blood with a knife in her hand, which makes her the prime suspect, but she is suffering from memory loss. Patrick Jane uses his mentalist skills to help find out what really happened.
Quote: "We don't help, we take over." -Teresa Lisbon

There was no punctuation until the 15th century.

January 13;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.13 - Broken Bird
Goal: 014/400 (3.5% Complete)
About: Secrets from Ducky's past are revealed when he ends up stabbed at the crime scene.
Quote: "The reason there is no J street--- because it looked too much like an I at those times. So they omitted it because they didn't want to create confusion." -Palmer

The word Karate means, "empty hand."

January 14;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.07 - The Wedding Job
Goal: 015/400 (3.75% Complete)
About: The Leverage team poses as a wedding planner crew to pull off a heist on behalf of a family who were promised money when one of their own took the fall for a mob boss.
Quote: "I mean, what is marriage? Is it running around on rooftops in Paris? No, I don't think so. It's pushing a cart around Home Depot. That's what it is. It's hard work. Hard, hard, hard, hard work, people." -Nate

The music for "The Star Spangled Banner" comes from a British drinking song named "Anacreon."

January 15;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.12 - Soul Mates
Goal: 016/400 (4% Complete)
About: When a young woman in an affluent community in Sarasota, Florida, disappears, the BAU suspects she may have been taken hostage by the partner of a pair of serial killers.
Quote: "British historian C. Northcote Parkinson said, 'Delay is the deadliest form of denial.'" -Morgan
 

The children's nursery rhyme, "Sing a Song of Sixpence," was used by members of a pirate ship as a coded message.

January 16;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.11 - Lassie Did a Bad Bad Thing
Goal: 017/400 (4.25% Complete)
About: A desperate Lassiter turns to Shawn and Gus for help when he's implicated in a murder at the police station.
Quote: "Chief, I think you can. I think you can, I think you can." -Shawn

The phrase "Often a bridesmaid, but never a bride," actually originates from an advertisement for Listerine mouthwash from 1924.

January 17;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.12 - Help
Goal: 018/400 (4.5% Complete)
About: The sale of a wedding dress turns deadly. Sheldon's next case gets personal for him and gives him the answer to a question from his past.
Quote: "Is there such a thing as a warrant for worms?" -Lindsay

In the U.S. there are approximately 65.8 million cats.
 

January '09

Jun. 6th, 2009 09:33 pm
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January '09: 18 - 24

January 18;

During the 1800's, leeches were used as a tool for blood clotting. Leeches were so popular for this use that they became an endangered species.

January 19;
Title: At Grave's End
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Rating:
Goal: 03/60 (5% Complete)
Pages: 352
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
About: Some things won't stay buried . . . at grave's end
It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield's life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she's successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat's worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover's finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.
As if that wasn't enough, a woman from Bones's past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat's about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she's learned as a special agent won't help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself - and Bones - from a fate worse than the grave.
My Thoughts: I love this series. This is probably my least favorite of the three currently out so far however.
 
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.12 - Red Rum
Goal: 019/400 (4.75% Complete)
About: When Cody Elkins, a high school football star, is found murdered, all trails point to the local witch, as her motive could be revenge for Cody stealing, torturing and killing her cat. When the CBI goes to investigate, she admits to having put a killing spell on Cody, but Jane still shows skepticism.
Quote: "Unfortunately it seems that one of your friends helped your magic along with a blunt instrument. In which case, you're as unmagically guilty as they are." -Teresa Lisbon

Rats can survive up to 14 days without any food.

January 20;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.13 - Paint-it-Red
Goal: 020/400 (5% Complete)
About: A business tycoon's son-in-law is found dead near where a $50 million painting once hung in his father-in-law's office. Jane and the CBI try to find out how he might have been involved and who else is responsible.
Quote: "Let me put it another way. Lend it to me, or Agent Van Pelt here will take you and the painting back to Sacramento and keep you there and ask you mind-numbing questions for hours on end." -Patrick Jane

A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.

January 21;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.08 - The Mile High Job
Goal: 021/400 (5.25% Complete)
About: The Leverage team attempt to avenge the death of a young girl, who was killed by a conglomerate's toxic fertilizer, and whose CEO will go to any lengths to protect his company's interests.
Quote: "When I knock people out they tend to stay knocked out." -Eliot

Every single hamster in the United States today comes from a single litter captured in Syria in 1930.

January 22;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.12 - Double Trouble in the Panhandle
Goal: 022/400 (5.5% Complete)
About: The death of female conjoined twins who worked in the circus is investigated. The investigation leads Brennan and Booth to go undercover as a Canadian knife-throwing act, and also causes Booth to come face-to-face with a clown.
Quote: "Boris and Natasha, and their Russian knives of death. Guess we all got it in us, huh? The desire to run off and join the circus." -Booth
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.10 - Do No Harm
Goal: 023/400 (5.75% Complete)
About: Michael prevents a man from committing suicide, whose son suffers from a heart condition. He had lost his savings in a scam after investing in a "miracle drug" for his son, so Michael decides to get him his money back.
Meanwhile, he has to deal with an explosion at his place and his brother in jail.
Quote: "Securing a room isn't about walls. A determined captive can kick through plasterboard, but he can't bite through steel bars or pry out screws with his fingers. Though it might be fun to watch him try." -Michael

An owl has three eyelids.

January 23;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.12 - Earth, Wind and… Wait for It
Goal: 024/400 (6% Complete)
About: Partnered with an arson inspector named Morgan, Shawn and Gus attempt to bring an arsonist to justice before he or she can strike again.
Quote: "I warned you Shawn, firefighters are trouble. I did everything in my power to keep you off the pole!" -Henry
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.13 - Fire in the Ice
Goal: 025/400 (6.25% Complete)
About: When a volunteer fireman is murdered at an ice rink, Booth and Brennan begin the investigation, but Booth must recuse himself due to a conflict of interest. When details come to light, Booth becomes a suspect in the homicide.
Quote: "Bones, what are you doing in the ice?" -Booth "Well I get nervous when you fall down and don't get up." -Bones

The heart of an adult giraffe weighs on average 26 pounds.

January 24;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.13 - Rush To Judgment
Goal: 026/400 (6.5% Complete)
About: Mac and his team investigate when a tough but successful wrestling coach's body is found in pieces all over New York. To make matters worse, during Flack's interrogation of one of the wrestlers, the suspect ends up dead.
Quote: "Private salsa lessons. Is that what they call it these days?" -Mac

People once thought hippos sweat blood. They thought this because when the hippo comes out of the water it sweats an oily substance that is blood colored. This substance protects their hide.

January '09

Jun. 6th, 2009 11:18 pm
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January '09: 25 - 31

January 25;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.11 - Red John's Friends
Goal: 027/400 (6.75% Complete)
About: A convicted murderer convinces Jane to help prove his innocence by telling Jane that he would give him information on Red John. Jane quits CBI to devote all of his time to getting him released.
Quote: "Why do people say "Eureka!" when they do something good?" -Van Pelt "It's Greek for bingo." -Cho

In the movie Willy Wonka, in the scene where squirrels opened up nuts and dropped them onto a conveyor belt, was not animated. 40 squirrels were trained to do that stunt.

January 26;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.13 - Bloodline
Goal: 028/400 (7% Complete)
About: The BAU is called to Alabama when young women are being abducted by what appears to be a family working together.
Quote: "Hey, baby girl. We need to talk." -Morgan "PG or NC 17?" -Garcia

A mole can dig a tunnel three hundred feet long in a single night.

January 27;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.07 - Seeing Red
Goal: 029/400 (7.25% Complete)
About: When Rosemary Tennant becomes the victim of a hit and run, Patrick Jane takes on her psychic adviser, who claims to have foreseen her death, as he thinks she is a fraud.
Quote: "Excuse me, but you might consider the possibility that she's actually honestly in touch with something beyond your understanding." -Van Pelt "That would be golf and musical theater of the 30s and 40s." -Patrick Jane

Each day, anywhere from 35-150 species of life go extinct.

January 28;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.09 - The Snow Job
Goal: 030/400 (7.5% Complete)
About: While helping a National Guardsman whose home was foreclosed by an unprincipled construction firm, Nate jeopardizes both his team and their job when he seeks solacement in the bottle.
Quote: "You know you talk to much. You should go skip some rope." -Nate "What? Want me to skip something? I'll skip your drunk ass of this marble floor." -Eliot

Sheep can detect other sheep faces like humans do. They can remember up to 50 sheep faces.

January 29;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.14 - Love & War
Goal: 031/400 (7.75% Complete)
About: The NCIS team investigates a bizarre murder of a Navy Captain whose suspicious private life might be the reason why he got killed.
Quote: "You have to tell him [McGee] the truth." -Ziva "Not until I'm absolutely sure lying won't work." -Tony

A leech has 32 brains.

January 30;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.13 - Any Given Friday Night at 10pm, 9pm Central
Goal: 032/400 (8% Complete)
About: Shawn and Gus investigate the death of a footballer named Vlad.
Quote: "Let me be very clear, these hands are not touching anyone, I only use these hands to touch myself. Let me rephrase that…" -Gus "Please stop speaking. And no more fist bumps for the rest of the day." -Shawn

The largest earthworm on record was found in South Africa and measured 22 feet.

January 31;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.11 - Hot Spot
Goal: 033/400 (8.25% Complete)
About: In order to get free football tickets, Sam asks Michael to join him in helping Coach Sean Martin, as one of his players is threatened by a gangster. Meanwhile, Michael works on finding out who tried to kill him.
Quote: "Revenge is a waste of time." -Michael "Well, so is watching TV and eating candy, but you do it 'cause it feels good." -Fiona
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.11 - Sometimes a Great Notion
Goal: 034/400 (8.5% Complete)
About: Both the humans of the Colonial fleet and their Cylon allies fight against the emotion of overwhelming despair as they try to understand what happened to the 13th Tribe. Dee reconciles with her husband Lee Adama despite being devastated about the discovery of Earth. Kara finds a puzzling and disturbing clue regarding her identity.
Quote: "If you've got an explanation for this, now's the time." -Kara "I don't have one. I was wrong." -Leoben

The brain of a reptile make up no more than 1 percent of the reptile's body mass.

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"I never run around in the bushes in a ski mask when I’m breaking in some place. Somebody catches you, what are you going to say? You want to look like a legitimate visitor until the very last minute. If you can’t look legit, confused works just as well. Maybe get a soda from the fridge or a yogurt. If you’re caught, you just act confused and apologize like crazy for taking the yogurt; nothing can be more innocent."
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