April '09

Jun. 8th, 2009 05:18 pm
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April '09: 1 - 4

April 1;
Title: Danger in a Red Dress
Author: Christina Dodd
Rating:
Goal: 11/60 (18 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 400
Genre: Romantic Suspense
About: Home care nurse Hannah Grey is dedicated to her patient, an aging widow still tainted by the financial scandal her late husband perpetrated. She makes Hannah promise that upon her death, she'll right the family's wrongs, and gives Hannah her offshore account's access codes.
But Carrick Manly will do anything to discover where his family's fortunes lie - including kill his own mother. Fearing for her life, and desperate not to betray the widow, Hannah flees. And when Carrick's half-brother, Gabriel, tracks her down in Houston, Hannah must trust her own instincts - and her heart - to survive.
My Thoughts: Hannah is such an easy character to love. She was a great one to end the series with.
Review: click click

TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.20 - Initiative 38
Goal: 098/400 (24.5% Complete)
About: Crews and Seever investigate the death of a California State Representative who is shot and killed in her home. The detectives discover the representative was the force behind a political initiative that would put a comprehensive ban on handguns and cost a gun manufacturing company millions in profit. Crews and Seever work to prove that the representative's political ambitions may have gotten her killed. Meanwhile, Crews questions what Reese might be doing with the FBI.
Quote: "What are you thinking?" -Ted "I'm thinking about what I want and what I need." -Crews "What do you want?" -Ted "I want a peaceful soul." -Crews "And what do you need?" -Ted "I need a bigger gun." -Crews

Daytime dramas are called Soap Operas because they were originally used to advertise soap powder. In America in the early days of TV, advertisers would write stories around the use of their soap powder.

April 2;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.18 - The Doctor in the Den
Goal: 099/400 (24.75% Complete)
About: The team investigates the murder of Cam's former fiancé, whose body was found in the tiger habitat of a safari park. Sweets and Angela hypnotize one of the murder suspects.
Quote: "I thought you would be with Booth." -Bones "Questioning people isn't, really my thing. Most of the time I just wanna ... beat them until they tell me what I wanna hear." -Cam "I know, it gets frustrating and hitting can often be quite effective." -Bones

On average, 81% of Americans 16 years of age and older watch television at least once in a day.

April 3;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.20 - Dead Reckoning
Goal: 100/400 (25% Complete)
About: Gibbs has to put his personal feelings aside and work with Trent Kort who returns in order to track down a dangerous criminal.
Quote: "In a tragic story of obsessive hobbying turned deadly, an NCIS Agent was discovered in his basement crushed between a large, homemade boat and an even larger bottle of bourbon. Film at eleven!" -Tony

Alcohol beverages have all 13 minerals necessary for human life.

April 4;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.17 - Green Piece
Goal: 101/400 (25.25% Complete)
About: The CSI's will need to pick up the pieces to find a bomber after a pipe bomb goes off. Also Danny has a surprise for Lindsay.
Quote: "Constipation, swelling in the feet. Help getting up from the chair. Constant urination. Wanna switch?" -Lindsay "I already have all that. I just want the time off." -Sid

By federal law, for a noodle to actually be a noodle it must have 5.5 percent egg solids in it, otherwise it cannot be called a noodle.

March '09

Jun. 8th, 2009 03:53 pm
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March '09: 29 - 31

March 29;
Title: Trouble in High Heels
Author: Christina Dodd
Rating:
Goal: 08/60 (13 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 400
Genre: Romantic Suspense
About: Trouble follows this "Master" of romance-right onto the bestseller lists. Now the New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd makes her NAL debut When Brandi Michaels discovers her fiancé has hopped a flight to Vegas to marry someone else, she spends a sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini, convinced she's found the perfect revenge, she then goes home to find that her apartment's been ransacked, she's become the mark for a killer, and somehow her new lover is more of a stranger than she thought. As the web of danger around her tightens, Brandi has no choice but to turn to Roberto. One thing's for sure...she's not going down without a fight.
My Thoughts: This book got me completely addicted to this series. I ended up reading all four books in just four days.

TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.19 - House on Fire
Goal: 095/400 (23.75% Complete)
About: The BAU is summoned to Indiana by local authorities when a serial arsonist threatens the residents of Royal by setting fire to community meeting places that kills many people.
Quote: "Hey, how's Miss Smart and Sexy doing today?" -Morgan "Fair warning, Cupcake. As much as I love you and our witty banter, I'm all out of witty and banter, and I'm struggling with love." -Garcia

The first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for best picture was Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" in 1991.

March 30;
Title: Tongue in Chic
Author: Christina Dodd
Rating:
Goal: 09/60 (15% Complete)
Pages: 400
Genre: Romantic Suspense
About: Devlin Fitzwilliam caught Meadow Szarvas red-handed, breaking into his mansion to steal a painting. In sheer desperation, she used a case of amnesia as her excuse. But then he pulled a fast one-and claimed she was his wife. Playing along was the only way for Meadow to get her hands on that painting. But what she doesn't realize is that Devlin has a hidden agenda too-and that someone's keeping an eye on them both.
My Thoughts: This one is my favorite in the series. I loved the storyline.

TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.18 - Chuck Versus the Broken Heart
Goal: 096/400 (24% Complete)
About: A female agent is sent to evaluate Sarah's performance as Chuck's handler, when Chuck's feelings for her become an issue to General Beckman. However, the presence of a new agent causes complications. Meanwhile, Morgan, Jeff and Lester are trying to get invited to Captain Awesome's bachelor party.
Quote: "Hey, the security system's has been updated. I'll either need 40 minutes to decrypt the code or four ounces of C4." -Casey "No, we should just take out some doctor and steal his card key." -Alex "I like the cut of your jib." -Casey "Wow! You two are a match made in a very frightening part of heaven." -Chuck

Until the 1960's men with long hair were not allowed to enter Disneyland.

March 31;
Title: Thigh High
Author: Christina Dodd
Rating:
Goal: 10/60 (16 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 400
Genre: Romantic Suspense
About: Nessa Dahl always had the good sense to steer clear of trouble. Then Jeremiah MacNaught showed up in New Orleans, determined to get to the bottom of a string of bank robberies by two women wearing Mardi Gras masks. Little does Nessa realize that the handsome investigator is convinced she's involved with the crimes-or that he's willing to do anything to get the truth. Even if it means taking the beautiful woman he's convinced is a liar and a thief straight to bed...
My Thoughts: Jeremiah is my least favorite of the Fortune Hunters' men. Despite that, I had to give this book 5 stars still because of Nessa's family. They were hilarious.

TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.18 - Russet Potatoes
Goal: 097/400 (24.25% Complete)
About: Jane and the CBI track down a person, who hypnotizes people into doing the dirty work for them.
Quote: "You're ambitious, more than you let anyone see. A girl from nowheresville, desperate to make it big, but you're worried that you'll always be smalltown, smalltime, you haven't got what it takes, and that's why you're so shut down to everything but this job." -Dr. Daniel "Dr. Daniel, no offense, but I've been working with Patrick Jane for nine months now. You wanna get under my skin, you're gonna have to up your game." -Van Pelt

The record for the longest Monopoly game played in a bathtub is ninety-nine hours.

March '09

Jun. 8th, 2009 02:58 am
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March '09: 22 - 28

March 22;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.18 - Knockout
Goal: 089/400 (22.25% Complete)
About: The death of a boxer leads Vance to borrow the NCIS team and start investigating his death, while Gibbs digs into Vance's past.
Quote: "You can't make an omelet without breaking some legs." -Ziva "It's supposed to be 'eggs'." -Tony "Cook them yourself!" -Ziva

18% of an Americans income is spent on transportation.

March 23;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.17 - Chuck Versus the Predator
Goal: 090/400 (22.5% Complete)
About: Chuck is contacted by "Orion", the creator of the Intersect computer. He starts having trust issues and doesn't know who to lean for help. Meanwhile, the Buy More staff needs to protect their newest acquisition from the jealous Beverly Hills branch, not knowing that it was sent by "Orion" and meant for Chuck.
Quote: "I've tried to help you over the years, Jefferson. I've drowned myself trying to help you. But you're a moron. In the end that's what you are. You're a Buy More-on." -Lester

In 1890, Pepsi-Cola was invented by Caleb Bradham and was originally called "Brad's Drink."

March 24;

The are six fictional characters that have stars on Hollywood's "Walk of Fame."

March 25;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.19 - 5 Quarts
Goal: 091/400 (22.75% Complete)
About: A co-worker of a coroner is the one suspected of murder in a case while Ted has problems trying to reconnect with his daughter.
Quote: "There's something wrong with him." -Crews "Yeah, he's dead." -Jane "Something else, looks deader." -Crews "Deader?" -Jane "More dead, extra dead." -Crews

In 1960 there were 16,067 gambling slots in Nevada. By 1999, this number rose to 205,726 slots which would be one slot for every 10 people residing there.

March 26;
Title: Dead to the World
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating:
Goal: 06/60 (10% Complete)
Pages: 291
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal Romance
About: When cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse sees a naked man on the side of the road, she doesn't just drive on by. Turns out the poor thing hasn't a clue who he is, but Sookie does. It's Eric the vampire--but now he's a kinder, gentler Eric. And a scared Eric, because whoever took his memory now wants his life.
My Thoughts: My favorite of the series so far, then again anything that's mostly Eric would be my favorite. Yum.
Review: click click

TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.17 - Carnelian Inc.
Goal: 092/400 (23% Complete)
About: The CBI investigates a written threat when the personnel director of Carnelian Inc. plummets to his death at Jane's feet during a skydiving exercise.
Quote: "What's in the bag?" -Lison "Oh. A picnic lunch." -Jane "What's in the bag?" -Lisbon "A bomb." -Jane

Close to 3 billion movie tickets are sold in India every year.

March 27;
Movie: Quantum of Solace
Rating:
Goal: 10/50 (20% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller; Espionage
About: Picking up an hour after the events of 2006's Casino Royale, this James Bond adventure finds 007 (Daniel Craig) tracking a traitor who's infiltrated Britain's MI6. The trail leads to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), the charismatic head of a world environmental agency. Behind this seemingly legitimate facade, Greene runs Quantum, a powerful terrorist organization whose plot to overthrow a Bolivian dictator masks an even more sinister plan.
Quote: "Bond, I need you back." -M "I never left. " -Bond
My Thoughts: Superheros and spies...oh yes, I have a type. I loved this movie. Critics crapped on it a lot for no good reason. I liked the first movie better but that's because I adored Vesper.

Belle from the Disney movie "Beauty and the Beast" makes a cameo appearance in Disney's "Hunchback of Notre Dame."

March 28;
Title: Darkness Revealed
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Rating:
Goal: 07/60 (11 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 384
Genre: Paranormal Romance
About: Two hundred years have passed since Anna Randal gave herself to Conde Cezar in a night of relentless passion. Since then, Anna has become filled with unearthly power she can't begin to comprehend. And the sexy, charming vampire responsible has eluded all of her efforts to track him down, until now...Cezar's blissful encounter with Anna cost him two centuries of penance. But one thing hasn't changed - his body's response to her is as urgent as ever. Now, commanded by the Oracles to keep watch over Anna, Cezar finds himself torn between his need to protect her - and to possess her...Someone wants Anna dead. And as an ancient enemy prepares to wage a terrifying battle, Anna must decide whether to succumb to a dark, burning desire - and accept a destiny that could change the world forever...
My Thoughts: God do I love the men Ivy creates...
Review: click click

TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.18 - Omnivore
Goal: 093/400 (23.25% Complete)
About: The BAU travels to Boston when the serial killer from one of Agent Hotchner's first cases, which involved one of the most notorious murderers in the history of New England, returns after 10 years.
Quote: "My wife always said I had a flair for the dramatic." -Rossi "Which one?" -Hotchner
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.19 - Hide and Seek
Goal: 094/400 (23.5% Complete)
About: When a kid discovers a weapon that someone was killed with, the entire family ends up under investigation, as the NCIS team has to find out who was the last one that used the weapon and who got shot with it.
Quote: "This reminds me of the forests I used to have fun in as a child." -Ziva "Find that hard to believe." -Tony "What? That Israel had forests?" -Ziva "No, that you had fun as a child." -Tony

Bugs Bunny was originally called "Happy Rabbit."

March '09

Jun. 7th, 2009 11:54 pm
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March '09: 15 - 21

March 15;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.17 - Demonology
Goal: 081/400 (20.25% Complete)
About: The BAU investigates a series of deaths involving possible exorcisms in the Washington area that appear to be sanctioned by the Vatican, and SSA Emily Prentiss finds herself personally involved in the case.
Quote: "Is Hotch still here?" -Prentiss "Oh, I'm pretty sure he lives here." -Garcia

It cost the soft drink industry $100 million a year for thefts committed involving vending machines.

March 16;
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.18 - Islanded in a Stream of Stars
Goal: 082/400 (20.5% Complete)
About: The rebel Cylons and the Colonial humans react to Hera's kidnapping while the physical condition of the Galactica continues to deteriorate.
Quote: "And you've seen these angels yourself?" -Kara "With alarming regularity." -Baltar "Regularity, that must be important when you're full of crap." -Kara

The first product to ever be scanned with a bar code was Wrigley's gum on June 26, 1974.

March 17;

If Wal-Mart was classified as a country, it would be the 24th most productive country in the world.

March 18;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.18 - 3 Women
Goal: 083/400 (20.75% Complete)
About: Crews receives an over-achieving new partner.
Quote: "It's about redemption. It just takes place in prison. " -Nina "Are there any jokes in it? You should ... you should put some jokes in it." -Crews

Approximately 7.5% of all office documents get lost.

March 19;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.17 - The Salt in the Wounds
Goal: 084/400 (21% Complete)
About: Brennan and Booth investigate the death of a 16-year-old pregnant girl who was found buried in a pile of street salt. During their investigation they uncover a high school "pregnancy pact" between the victim and some of her fellow volleyball players.
Quote: "Despite the fact that you aren't a real medical doctor, you have been quite helpful. Thanks." -Bones "Oh you're welcome. Oh and, by the way, you aren't a real medical doctor either." -Dr. Fitt "Ouch." -Booth

Mexico City boasts the world's largest taxi fleet with over sixty thousand taxis running every day.

March 20;
Title: Magyk
Author: Angie Sage
Rating:
Goal: 05/60 (8 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 564
Genre: Fantasy/Children's Lit
About: The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?
The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
My Thoughts: I really liked the ideas for this book but a good 200 pages could have been cut out.
Review: click click

TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.16 - Bloodshot
Goal: 085/400 (21.25% Complete)
About: When Patrick is left temporarily blinded after an explosion, he finds himself using unusual methods to investigate the death of a financial advisor that somehow seems to be connected to himself.
Quote: "You'll see. Honesty's best." -Jane "Yeah, honestly, I'd like to kick your butt right now." -Rigsby
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.19 - Daybreak: Part One
Goal: 086/400 (21.5% Complete)
About: With Galactica on the verge of falling apart, Admiral Adama readies the ship for what could be its final mission, as Baltar's Six warns that humanity's final chapter is near.
Quote: "Spins and turns. Angles and curves. The shape of dreams half-remembered. Slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of perfection. A perfect face. Perfect lace. Find the perfect world for the end of Kara Thrace. End of line." -Anders

The most dangerous job in the United States is that of a fisherman, followed by logging and then an airline pilot.

March 21;
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.20 - Daybreak: Part Two
Goal: 087/400 (21.75% Complete)
About: Admiral Adama leads a group of volunteers aboard the Galactica into a dangerous mission to rescue Hera. With the decrepit condition of the ship, Adama understands that this will likely be the final mission of the Galactica. As the personnel face possible death in the battle, they recall key moments from their time on Caprica before the Cylon holocaust.
Quote: "Just so there'll be no misunderstandings later... Galactica has seen a lot of history, gone through a lot of battles. This will be her last. She will not fail us if we do not fail her. If we succeed in our mission, Galactica will bring us home. If we don't... it doesn't matter anyway. " -Adama
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.21 - Daybreak: Part Three
Goal: 088/400 (22% Complete)
About: Despite Anders' success at neutralizing the Cylon gun batteries, Adama's volunteer attack force sustains heavy casualties. Cylon Raiders pursue the Vipers and Centurions board the Galactica. Kara attempts to decipher the meaning of Hera's drawing and rescue the Galactica.
Quote: "So much life..." -Roslin

The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined.

March '09

Jun. 7th, 2009 06:28 pm
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March '09: 8 - 14

March 8;
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.13 - The Oath
Goal: 073/400 (18.25% Complete)
About: Adama continues with his plan to use Cylon drive technology on Colonial ships. The closer ties between the rebel Cylons and the humans sets off a violent uprising in the fleet.
Quote: "Take it from someone who died once - it's no fun." -Kara
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.14 - Blood on the Scales
Goal: 074/400 (18.5% Complete)
About: President Roslin seeks refuge on the Cylon base ship after Tom Zarek and Lt. Gaeta take control of the Galactica. Gaeta is determined to break away from Adama's policy of cooperation with the Cylons but even he is disturbed by Zarek's violent actions.
Quote: "I swear it. I'm coming for all of you!" -Roslin
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.15 - No Exit
Goal: 075/400 (18.75% Complete)
About: As Sam Anders recovers from his head injury onboard the Galactica, he begins to remember events from ancient Earth. Meanwhile, the Final Cylon struggles with the fallout from the Final Five's former plans. One of the humanoid Cylons vows to get revenge for being created in the image of Man. Tyrol informs Admiral Adama about the extensive structural damage on the Galactica.
Quote: "My only concern about you is that you're so hell-bent on doing the right thing that you sometimes don't do the smart thing." -Roslin

Every year, 100 million sharks are killed by people.

March 9;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.16 - Chuck Versus the Lethal Weapon
Goal: 076/400 (19% Complete)
About: When Cole Barker escapes FULCRUM with new information, Sarah and Casey go looking for a man that seems to be behind FULCRUM's plans to build its own Intersect, forcedly leaving Chuck and Barker in a safety bunker, as FULCRUM is still actively searching for them. Meanwhile, Morgan can not find a way of telling Anna that he wants to move in with Chuck instead of her, so Lester and Jeff are encouraging him to find a way of repulsing her.
Quote: "You two lovebirds need to find a nest where you can let the worm wiggle free!" -Cpt. Awesome "Thank you, Devon." -Chuck

The venom of the king cobra is so deadly that one bite can kill twenty people or one elephant.

March 10;

Most snakes have six rows of teeth.

March 11;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.17 - Shelf Life
Goal: 077/400 (19.25% Complete)
About: A soldier is stabbed during his leave in Los Angeles; Crews makes a suprising discovery.
Quote: "Oh the lie detector, huh? Do you want to know how to beat that?" -Crews "You can beat a lie detector?" -Dani "Sure, it's easy. You just tell the truth." -Crews

The Australian Brown Snake's venom is so powerful that only 1/14,000th of on ounce is needed to kill a human being.

March 12;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.16 - The Bones That Foam
Goal: 078/400 (19.5% Complete)
About: The team only has a short time to find out what happened to a murdered car salesman before his foaming bones completely disintegrate.
Quote: "Makes me 'King of the Lab.'" -Hodgins "A large percentage of the monarchy are actually mentally handicapped due to inbreeding." -Nigel-Murray "Can't ruin it for me. 'King of the Lab'!" -Hodgins

Police detectives have used snapping turtles to help them locate dead bodies.

March 13;
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.16 - Deadlock
Goal: 079/400 (19.75% Complete)
About: Ellen returns to the Colonial Fleet with Boomer. Although Ellen is initially overcome with joy at seeing Saul Tigh again, she becomes troubled by the relationship between Tigh and Caprica Six. Ellen also learns that some of the Cylons want to leave the Colonial Fleet behind. Meanwhile, Baltar uncovers a dangerous situation among the civilians on the Galactica.
Quote: "Please, do not tell me I was your mental porn. That's just sad!" -Ellen
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.17 - Someone to Watch Over Me
Goal: 080/400 (20% Complete)
About: Kara befriends a piano player who reminds her of her father. She also receives a mysterious drawing from young Hera Agathon. "Boomer" faces punishment for her support of Cavil in the Cylon civil war. She reconnects with Chief Tyrol and shares her visions of a peaceful life on Picon. However, her life on Galactica is much less tranquil.
Quote: "Listen, you may feel like hell. But, sometimes, lost is where you need to be. Just because you don't know your direction doesn't mean you don't have one." -Pianist

A blue whale's tongue is so large that fifty people could stand on it.

March 14;
Movie: Cars
Rating:
Goal: 09/50 (18% Complete)
Genre: Animation/Family
About: Prepare to peel out with this revved-up animated adventure featuring classic automobiles, plenty of fender benders, guffaws galore and a Route 66 road trip with a crew that doesn't make pit stops. The star-studded voice cast includes Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt and Cheech Marin. Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, Cars won Best Animated Film in the first category of its kind at the 2007 Golden Globes.
Quote: "McQueen and Sally parked beneath the tree... K-I-S-somethin'-somethin'-somethin'-T. " -Mater
My Thoughts: Not my favorite Pixar movie but definitely still a movie everyone should see.

Whale eyes are the size of a grapefruit.

March '09

Jun. 7th, 2009 03:55 pm
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March '09: 1 - 7

March 1:
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.16 - No Good Deed
Goal: 068/400 (17% Complete)
About: After an eyeball falls from the sky, the team must find who the eyeball belongs to and get to the rest of the evidence before the bird does.
Quote: "What the hell kind of a bird is that?" -Flack "The kind that ruin a good cup of coffee and eat our vic for lunch." -Stella

A giraffe is able to clean its ears with its own tongue.

March 2;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.15 - Chuck Versus the Beefcake
Goal: 069/400 (17.25% Complete)
About: Chuck gets jealous when Sarah has to seduce FULCRUM agent Cole Barker, codename "Beefcake". In the meantime, while Big Mike continues dating Morgan's mother and Morgan takes refuge at Chuck's place, Jeff and Lester start looking for the "Buy More Babe" as a way of finding a new employee.
Quote: "Yeah. Sometimes you got to play hard to get. Cold and detached is a very powerful aphrodisiac, babe." -Cpt. Awesome "So is abstinence. You want to try it?" -Ellie

A giraffe can go longer without water than a camel.

March 3;

An adult giraffe's kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion.


March 4;

Unlike other four legged mammals, kangaroos cannot walk backwards.

March 5;
TV Show: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Episode: 2.14 - The Good Wound
Goal: 070/400 (17.5% Complete)
About: Sarah gains strength from images of Kyle Reese, John's father, while she's hurt. Weaver attempts to save John Henry.
Quote: "How bad is your leg?" -Derek "There's evidence of me all over the jeep, all over everything. Burn it. Burn it all." -Sarah

The male howler monkey of Central and South America is the noisiest land animal, which can be heard clearly from a distance of ten miles away.

March 6;
Movie: Watchmen
Rating:
Goal: 08/50 (16% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller/Crime; Comic Books and Superheroes, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature
About: Zack Snyder directs this adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's graphic novel set in a parallel Earth in 1985, where despite the threat of nuclear war, superheroes are prohibited from using their powers. But when one of their number is murdered, the outlaw heroes, including Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Silk Spectre (Carla Gugino), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), unite to defend themselves.
Quote: "Rorschach's Journal: October 12th, 1985. Tonight, a comedian died in New York. " -Rorschach
My Thoughts: So so good. My only complaints are: the whole beginning of the movie was really confusing and I didn't really want to see Dr. Manhattan's junk. Other than that, the movie was flawless. Stunning special effects and phenomenal acting.

TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.16 - Lesser Evil
Goal: 071/400 (17.75% Complete)
About: Michael gets to know Victor's motivation and his connection to Carla after capturing him. When the truth about Carla's organization is revealed, everyone is put in danger.
Quote: "Is your stuff handy, because it's time for an emergency trip to Disney World." -Sam "Disney World? Why in God's name would I want to go to Disney World?" -Madeline "Because it's a magical kingdom with lots of witnesses and great security." -Sam

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from a mile away.

March 7;
TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Episode: 4.12 - A Disquiet Follows My Soul
Goal: 072/400 (18% Complete)
About: Admiral Adama wants to outfit Colonial ships with superior Cylon jump drives to help the fleet find a new permanent home. As part of the deal, the Cylons ask for complete acceptance by the humans. Not everyone agrees with the plan. Tyrol uncovers some family secrets when he brings his ailing son to Doc Cottle for medical treatment. Meanwhile, Baltar rails against his God and stirs up his followers in the wake of their tragic disappointment over Earth.
Quote: "Well, you know where to find me, Felix. And in case you're wondering, I will definitely hit a cripple. Or anyone else." -Kara "So I guess a pity frak's out of the question, then?" -Gaeta

The Lemon shark grows about 24,000 new teeth a year. A new set of teeth grow approximately every 14 days.
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February '09: 22 - 28

February 22;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.15 - The Party's Over
Goal: 061/400 (15.25% Complete)
About: Stella attends a fund raising event and a crime scene at the same time. Mac meets a new foe.
Quote: "You did the unpopular thing." -Stella "Me? That's my MO, right?" -Danny

Just like fingerprints, every cats nose pad is different.

February 23;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.14 - Chuck Versus the Best Friend
Goal: 062/400 (15.5% Complete)
About: When Anna's new boyfriend turns out to be connected to the Triads, Chuck is ordered to spy on him by becoming his friend, thereby endangering his friendship with Morgan. Meanwhile Jeff and Lester want to perform at Ellie and Devon's wedding with their band called "Jeffster!"
Quote: "Does it shock you that 80% of my encounters with women have been completely without their knowledge?" -Jeff "Honestly, I'm more surprised by the other 20%, Jeff." -Chuck

The majority of cats do not have any eyelashes.

February 24;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.17 - South by Southwest
Goal: 063/400 (15.75% Complete)
About: When a fellow agent is murdered, the NCIS teams heads into the desert to locate a woman who might hold the answer to the mystery murder.
Quote: "Ohhh, can you get nerve damage in your buttocks?" -Tony "You're gonna feel worse in the morning." -Gibbs

Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight.

February 25;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.16 - Hit Me Baby
Goal: 064/400 (16% Complete)
About: Crews investigates a brutally murdered man, and it leads him all the way to Claudia, an uncatchable hit woman. Meanwhile, Reese is polygraphed by the FBI before joining a Task Force.
Quote: "Is it a new car?" -Tech Support "No. Yes. No. No, I mean it used to be my car but then I gave it to this girl. Then I got another car, but then I wanted this car back because the other one was full of bullet holes and people kept telling me I shouldn't be driving a car full of bullet holes. So I bought this one back, but she painted flowers on it. I had the flowers taken off and now the phone won't sync up." -Crews

In World War II, the German submarine U-120 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet.

February 26;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.13 - The Second David Job
Goal: 065/400 (16.25% Complete)
About: Nate attempts to reform his fractured team after coming out of hiding to directly challenge Sterling and Blackpoole by stealing both David statuettes. However, the stakes are high and could result in the incarceration of his friends.
Quote: "Grifter, hitter, hacker, thief. You're all trying to solve your version of the crime instead of just trying to...solve the crime. There's a reason we work together." -Nate

Some desert snails have been known to sleep for three to four years.

February 27;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.15 - Sins of Omission
Goal: 066/400 (16.5% Complete)
About: Michael's ex-fiancée seeks his help in freeing her son, who was kidnapped by a black market dealer named Brennen. Meanwhile, Michael has to get to Victor, the guy who tried to kill him.
Quote: "I left her because you don't marry someone when you love somebody else." -Michael

In 1916, an elephant was tried and hung for murder in Erwin, Tennessee.

February 28;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.16 - Pleasure Is My Business
Goal: 067/400 (16.75% Complete)
About: The BAU is called to Dallas to investigate when a serial killer lures and kills high-powered executives by posing as a high-class call girl.
Quote: "What about the, umm, type of work your employees do? We're sort of operating under the assumption that this escort is, umm, killing men who... make her perform a... specific sexual act." -Reid "What did you have in mind, sweetie?" -Lauren "I... I don't even... I don't know." -Reid

Unlike a frog, toads cannot jump.
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February '09: 15 - 21

February 15;
Movie: Burn After Reading
Rating:
Goal: 03/50 (6% Complete)
Genre: Comedy; Dark/Black Humor, Cult
About: In this dark comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen, ousted CIA official Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) loses his recently penned memoir into the hands of a pair of moronic gym employees (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand, in a Golden Globe-nominated role) who use it to try to turn a profit. George Clooney and Tilda Swinton round out the cast of this irreverent farce, which was nominated for a Best Picture (Comedy) Golden Globe.
Quote: "Osbourne Cox? I thought you might be worried...about the security...of your shit." -Chad
My Thoughts: Eh, not my cup of tea. I rewound it no less than 100 times to watch Brad Pitt's dance though which made the movie worth it. Frances McDormand was so freaking annoying in this movie. Honestly, I was hoping for something of Ocean's 11 quality considering both Pitt and Clooney were in this movie.

TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.15 - Deliverance
Goal: 050/400 (12.5% Complete)
About: The NCIS team finds themselves involved in a city gang while investigating the death of a Marine, and Gibbs must face his past once again when he finds a message at the scene of the crime.
Quote: "Don't scoff at me, lots of gangs are named after fish. There's the sharks... there's barracudas... Rumblefish." -Tony
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.14 - She's Not There
Goal: 051/400 (12.75% Complete)
About: Two separate cases turn into one when one father turns up dead and his daughter is missing. It all turns out to be due to a slave trafficking ring running in the city. Also Detective Flack is back on duty after having recently being cleared.
Quote: "I wouldn't mess with him, he wants to make it to the Ranger's game tonight." -Danny

Pound for pound, an eagle's wing is stronger than the wing of an airplane.

February 16;
Movie: Dadnapped
Rating:
Goal: 04/50 (8% Complete)
Genre: Comedy/Family
About: A neglected teen girl (Emily Osment) channels her inner superspy to rescue her famous dad.
Quote: "Floss!" -Everyone
My Thoughts: Cute; however, not one of the better Disney tv movies and we all know they have some good ones.

TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.13 - Chuck Versus the Suburbs
Goal: 052/400 (13% Complete)
About: It is Valentine's day and emotions are boiling at the Buy More. However, Big Mike has to face a divorce, so the Buy More team try to distract him. Meanwhile, Chuck and Sarah go undercover as a married couple in the suburbs.
Quote: "Gee whiz, Mike. We're trying to help you find love here. Dirty, nasty, filthy love." -Morgan

A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white earlobes will produce white eggs.

February 17;
Title: Bone Crossed
Author: Patricia Briggs
Rating:
Goal: 04/60 (6 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 309
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
About: Car mechanic and sometime shapeshifter Mercy Thompson has learned, the hard way, why her race was almost exterminated. When European vampires immigrated to North America, they found Mercy's people had a hidden talent - for vampire slaying. Unfortunately for Mercy, the queen of the local vampire seethe has discovered her true identity. She's also furious when she learns Mercy has crossed her and killed one of her vampires. Mercy may be protected from direct reprisals by the werewolf pack (and her interesting relationship with its Alpha), but that just means Marsilia will come after Mercy some other way. So Mercy had better prepare to watch her back.
My Thoughts: Love it, my favorite series (excluding HP). I just can't say enough good things about Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series.
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Movie: Spectacular!
Rating:
Goal: 05/50 (10% Complete)
Genre: Musical/Family
About: After losing their star singer to a rival group, show choir Spectacular is in big trouble for the national championship, prompting chorus leader Courtney (Tammin Sursok) to enlist talented aspiring rocker Nikko (Nolan Funk) as a replacement. But will Nikko's freewheeling rock 'n' roll style harmonize with the disciplined world of show choir? The lively musical features 10 original songs, including "Everything Can Change" and "Don't Tell Me."
Quote: "Dude, this is so... Lame..." -Nikko "It's pronounced 'La-may'" -Swanee Boy
My Thoughts: Spectacular!...no, seriously. Everything was wonderful, I actually went out and bought the OST for this.

TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.15 - Scarlett Fever
Goal: 053/400 (13.25% Complete)
About: A woman is poisoned at a country club, while a party is in full swing, so the CBI is called to investigate. The team soon finds out, that each of the suspects is hiding something.
Quote: "I've been here nearly six months now, half a year." -Van Pelt "What do you want? Half a cake?" -Lisbon

The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speeds in excess of two hundred miles per hour.

February 18;
Movie: Taken
Rating:
Goal: 06/50 (12% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller/Crime
About: While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Now, her father, Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former soldier, must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, Bryan's task may be more than he can handle. Directed by Pierre Morel, this relentless action thriller also stars Famke Janssen.
Quote: "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you." -Bryan
My Thoughts: Really intense but good. The subject matter is definitely not for the weak hearted. I went to see this having no idea it was about sex trafficking, which was a surprise considering the previews showed none of that.

TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.15 - I Heart Mom
Goal: 054/400 (13.5% Complete)
About: Crews and Reese investigate the death of a man found in a house with no roof, which leads them to a construction scam and lots of suspects with no roofs. Rayborn reveals more of the conspiracy to Crews.
Quote: "You strike me and you'll only be striking yourself." -Crews "What? Some kind of kharmic payback?" -William "If only. No. My partner will just shoot you in the head." -Crews
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.15 - Zoe's Reprise
Goal: 055/400 (13.75% Complete)
About: The local authorities in Cleveland enlist the help of the BAU to assist in the pursuit of a serial killer who appears to be copying the methods used by famous murderers from the past.
Quote: "I was the last one she talked to before she was murdered. How is this not personal, Aaron?" -Rossi

A hawk's vision is so good that it can see a mouse from a height of one mile.

February 19;
Movie: Iron Man
Rating:
Goal: 07/50 (14% Complete)
Genre: Action/Thriller; Comic Books and Superheroes
About: After ultrarich inventor and weapons maker Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) escapes from kidnappers using makeshift power armor, he turns his invention to good by using it to fight crime. But when he must face the evil Iron Monger, his skills are stretched to the limit. Based on the Marvel comic, this captivating superhero tale from director Jon Favreau co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard.
Quote: "You've been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to that?" -Reporter "Absolutely ridiculous. I don't paint." -Tony Stark "And what do you say to your other nickname, the Merchant of Death?" -Reporter "That's not bad." -Tony Stark
My Thoughts: This might be my favorite movie ever. I love comic book movies and the sarcastic nature of Stark really pushes this one above all the rest.

TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.15 - The Princess and the Pear
Goal: 056/400 (14% Complete)
About: The team investigates a sci-fi convention when a woman in a medieval princess dress is found murdered. With Booth's back injured, Agent Payton Perotta steps in once again to help.
Quote: "The only reason that I am not coming in right now is because Bones told me not to. But, she is your responsibility. Nothing can happen to her, okay? If anything, happens to her, you know that silky black hair, and ... that soft skin ..." -Booth
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.14 - Truth and Reconciliation
Goal: 057/400 (14.25% Complete)
About: Facing pressure from Sam and Fiona, Michael agrees to help bring a Haitian murderer to justice.
Quote: "It takes a lot longer to pull a gun than people think it does; almost 5 seconds on average to draw and line up a shot. This is good news or bad news, depending on what side of the gun you're on." -Michael

The strike of the eagle talon is so powerful that it's force is twice that of a rifle bullet.

February 20;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.16 - An Evening With Mr. Yang
Goal: 058/400 (14.5% Complete)
About: Shawn's exploits have garnered him fame, if not fortune. Unfortunately, they've also brought him to the attention of the Yin Yang serial killer, and Shawn's mother is his next target.
Quote: "I forbid you to be a part of this, Shawn. You're coming with me." -Henry "W–w–w … 'forbid' me. I'm familiar with your hands-on approach to parenting, but I'm not twenty-seven any more. I can do whatever I want." -Shawn
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.16 - Bounce
Goal: 059/400 (14.75% Complete)
About: When one of Tony's old cases ends up re-opened, he switches roles with Gibbs to finally solve the crime.
Quote: "Not that I have a hangover now, Boss. You know I would never drink on a school night." -Tony

A hummingbird's heart beats 615 beats in a minute.

February 21;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.12 - The First David Job
Goal: 060/400 (15% Complete)
About: The Leverage team plots to steal Nate's former employer's CEO's prized Michelangelo maquette and sell it back to him as its twin. However, the team does not bank on a reappearance by Sterling.
Quote: "I'm sorry, are we still unclear? I'm a functioning alcoholic, you know. Trick is to not get hung up on the "alcoholic" and really celebrate the "functioning" part of the sentence." -Nate

In a lifetime, the average house cat spends approximately 10,950 hours purring.
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February '09: 8 - 14

February 8;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.10 - Red Brick and Ivy
Goal: 042/400 (10.5% Complete)
About: Patrick Jane becomes very interested in a new case involving his former psychiatrist, who is the victim's ex-wife and also the prime suspect.
Quote: "I drive just fast enough. You hate not being the one in control and yet you're willing to overcome your irrational fears to cheer me up. That's a beautiful thing, Lisbon. Thank you, I'd love to drive." -Patrick Jane "Never mind." -Teresa Lisbon

Hippos drink as much as 250 litres of water in any given 24 hour period.

February 9;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.06 - Red-Handed
Goal: 043/400 (10.75% Complete)
About: A severed hand is found on the California-Nevada state line, that belongs to a murdered hotel casino owner. While the CBI team suspects a mafia hit, Patrick Jane uses the investigation as an opportunity to win at the cards tables.
Quote: "If I told you about every hunch, you would get very irritated." -Patrick Jane

Sharks are immune to cancer.

February 10;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.14 - Crimson Casanova
Goal: 044/400 (11% Complete)
About: The CBI goes to investigate the death of a married woman, who was murdered while in bed with her lover.
Quote: "Kid's a natural. Look at him. The Cho. No business like Cho business." -Patrick Jane

Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of its shell.

February 11;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.14 - Cold Comfort
Goal: 045/400 (11.25% Complete)
About: The mother of an abducted child works with the BAU in Seattle to identify a serial killer who kidnaps, murders, and embalms his victims.
Quote: "So if I wanted to embalm a body, what would be the process?" -Prentiss "Start with some nose plugs." -Morgan

The only animal, besides humans that can get leprosy is the Armadillo.

February 12;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.14 - Mirror Ball
Goal: 046/400 (11.5% Complete)
About: The team investigates the death of a heavy metal lead singer, who was suffocated to death. They question all the other band members and learn that the previous lead singer of that group have problems with the dead singer after he was kicked of the band. When they get the former singer, he seems to have a legitimate alibi. Meanwhile, Crews learns that his father's wedding to Olivia has been called off.
Quote: "We're all liars. To be honest that was a lie." -Crews

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

February 13;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.15 - Tuesday the 17th
Goal: 047/400 (11.75% Complete)
About: Shawn and Gus are asked by a childhood friend, Jason Cunningham, to investigate the disappearance of his camp's counsellor.
Quote: "Wow! Billy, I will give you everything in Gus's wallet if you put your pants back on." -Shawn

If you spray an antiseptic spray on a polar bear, its fur will turn purple.

February 14;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.13 - Bad Breaks
Goal: 048/400 (12% Complete)
About: Michael finds himself trapped inside a private bank with Jason Bly during an armed robbery. Meanwhile, Michael's predicament disrupts Sam's love life.
Quote: "Michael called you to tell you to blow a hole in the wall of a bank, and you didn't think to ask when? " -Fiona "Look, it was a brief conversation. We didn't talk about shoes or movies either. Would you just place the explosives already? " -Sam
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.11 - The Juror #6 Job
Goal: 049/400 (12.25% Complete)
About: While performing jury duty under one of her aliases, Parker concludes that someone is attempting to influence the trial's verdict, so the Leverage team steps in.
Quote: "It's your turn to be in the dumpster." -Eliot "Nah, man, I have peanut allergies. What if somebody threw in some extra crunchy Skippy? Do you want to give me mouth to mouth?" -Hardison

On average, a beaver can cut down two hundred trees a year.
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February '09: 1 - 7

February 1;

Tarantulas can live up to 30 years.

February 2;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.12 - Chuck Versus the Third Dimension
Goal: 035/400 (8.75% Complete)
About: Chuck has to protect rock star Tyler Martin, while Morgan wins two backstage passes to Martin's concert, so he needs to decide who will become his "plus one".
Quote: "Would it be so crazy if I did have plans? Plans that involve something other than fixing a computer or playing hot potato with a thermite grenade?" -Chuck

An adult porcupine has approximately 30,000 quills on its body, which are replaced every year.

February 3;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.09 - Flame Red
Goal: 036/400 (9% Complete)
About: A murder in a small town is investigated and soon turns out to be an act of vengeance.
Quote: "I was at the hospital, 'cause my appendix busted. You want to see my scar?" -Tommy "No. No, but I'm sure Mr. Jane would love to." -Teresa Lisbon

Some Ribbon worm will eat themselves if they cannot find food. This type of worm can still survive after eating up to 95% of its body weight.

February 4;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.13 - Re-Entry
Goal: 037/400 (9.25% Complete)
About: The team investigates the death of a retired NASA pilot in mid-flight. The suspect are the pilots son and the pilots business partner. An important fact in this case is that the pilot was going to pay the Russians 35 million dollars to take him into space. Meanwhile, Tidwell tries to help Crews remember who shot him.
Quote: "Here you are. It's an unusual request, Detective. Most people wouldn't want to have the bullet that shot them." -Doctor "Well, someone gave it to me. It would be rude just to throw it away." -Crews

In just the first 56 days of life, the larva of the polyphemus moth eats about 86,000 times its birthweight.

February 5;
TV Show: Leverage
Episode: 1.10 - The 12-Step Job
Goal: 038/400 (9.5% Complete)
About: The Leverage team attempts to recover a sum of money that was swindled from a charity by an investment broker. After tricking him into entering a rehab facility due to his alcoholism, the team learns that he's not the terrible person he appeared to be.
Quote: "Where are you going? We gotta search the car." -Eliot "I'm gonna go and freshen up a little bit. Maybe cry a little." -Hardison

A slug has four noses.

February 6;
TV Show: Psych
Episode: 3.14 - Truer Lies
Goal: 039/400 (9.75% Complete)
About: Gus and Shawn's client, a pathological liar, has information about a planned assassination. The problem is getting anyone at the SBPD to believe him.
Quote: "Where's Lieber?" -Gus "Gone. Looks like he's on the lam." -Juliet "If he's on a lamb he won't get far. Alpaca, different story. Those things really fly. " -Shawn

The tuatara lizard of New Zealand has three eyes, two in the center of its head and one on the top of its head.

February 7;
TV Show: Burn Notice
Episode: 2.12 - Seek and Destroy
Goal: 040/400 (10% Complete)
About: Michael, under the alias of Miles Parker, is hired by Scott Chandler to investigate strange activity - log-ins at odd hours, unusual computer activity and telephone bugging - at an art gallery. But after being attacked by the the gallery's receptionist, Michael finds himself working against Chandler. Meanwhile, Michael needs to find the person who planted the bomb at his loft, therefor he turns to arms dealer Seymour for help.
Quote: "When you are playing the role of spy-hunter and the person you are hunting is yourself, the trail of evidence can lead anywhere you say it does." -Michael
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.14 - The Hero in the Hold
Goal: 041/400 (10.25% Complete)
About: Booth is kidnapped by the Grave Digger and the Jeffersonian team must find and save him before it's too late. Meanwhile, when evidence from the Grave Digger's case goes missing, Brennan and Hodgins are suspected of taking it.
Quote: "Alright Bones listen, don't worry. I will be there when they crown you super scientist. I will be the guy ... in the 'Cocky' belt buckle, and snazzy rented tux." -Booth

Polar bears can smell seal from 20 miles away.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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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."
-Michael Westen (Burn Notice)

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