May '09

Jun. 11th, 2009 04:05 pm
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May '09: 10 - 16

May 10;
TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.04 - Rubble with a Cause
Goal: 132/400 (33% Complete)
About: A building collapses on one of Mary's witnesses, leaving him exposed to outside threats.
Quote: "Oh, and Marshall for the record, I'd sell you out for a twinkie." -Mary

Botanically a rhubarb is a vegetable. It was changed to a fruit in 1947 by a U.S. Custom Court.

May 11;
Title: The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Author: Agatha Christie
Rating:
Goal: 15/60 (25% Complete)
Pages: 198
Genre: Classic Literature/Mystery
About: In her first published mystery, Agatha Christie introduces readers to the heroic detective, Hercule Poirot. This is a classic murder mystery set in the outskirts of Essex. The victim is the wealthy mistress of Styles Court. The list of suspects is long and includes her gold-digging new spouse and stepsons, her doctor, and her hired companion.
My Thoughts: Poirot is the man. This book was a wonderful introduction for him; Hastings did a lovely job describing Poirot and at keeping the reader guessing until the very end about who the killer was. I love how 'mean' Poirot is to Hastings, best team ever.

"Pomology" is the science of growing an apple.

May 12;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.22 - Blood Brothers
Goal: 133/400 (33.25% Complete)
About: Patrick Jane must find a way to convince a group of students at a wilderness program for troubled kids to tell him the truth about the circumstances leading to the death of one of their fellow students.
Quote: "I think you might show a little more respect." -Asher "Respect for...?" -Jane "There's a dead child here." -Chief Brody "Yes, yes, he's dead. He doesn't care how I talk to you." -Jane

At one time, Pumpkins were recommended for the removal of freckles and curing snake bites.

May 13;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.24 - Amplification
Goal: 134/400 (33.5% Complete)
About: The BAU responds quickly after a serial killer releases a new strain of a deadly anthrax virus in Annapolis that threatens the public and puts a member of the team at risk.
Quote: "I'm going to see you off to the hospital." -Morgan "I'm about to get naked so they can scrub me down. Is that something you really want to see?" -Reid

After being picked an orange cannot ripen.

May 14;
Title: Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science
Author: Mary Roach
Rating:
Goal: 16/60 (26 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 307
Genre: Non-fiction
About: The best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and infectious wit on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex.
My Thoughts: This book was wonderful. Roach's writing is hilarious and easily read. Non-fiction is typically too dry to hold my interest; however, this book was anything but dry.

TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.24 - Semper Fidelis
Goal: 135/400 (33.75% Complete)
About: When an ICE agent is murdered after a security breach at the SecNav's residence, the NCIS team is forced to work with the FBI and the ICE in order to solve the murder. Meanwhile, Tony faces Rivkin.
Quote: "Looks like someone dropped a cocktail weenie." -Tony "I have a riddle for you; What is not food, but tastes very well. I'll give you a hint. And you should come up with an answer before Officer David, since it's right on the..." -Ducky "Tip of your tongue." -Tony

The water inside of a coconut is identical to human blood plasma. Many lives in third world countries have been saved from coconut water fed through an IV.

May 15;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.24 - Grounds for Deception
Goal: 136/400 (34% Complete)
About: Stella gets in big trouble when Mac finds out she didn't follow an order.
Quote: "You didn't just steal artefacts from your country. You stole from me. You knew my mother. You knew her. You knew who she was. And you never told me." -Stella

Coca-Cola contained cocaine when it was initially introduced.

May 16;
Movie: Star Trek
Rating:
Goal: 14/50 (28% Complete)
Genre: Science Fiction
About: Capt. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his trusted team on the starship USS Enterprise boldly go where no man has gone before in this installment of Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi franchise that follows the early days of the intergalactic adventurers. The crew includes Spock (Zachary Quinto), Chekov (Anton Yelchin), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and Sulu (John Cho). Eric Bana co-stars, and Leonard Nimoy appears as an older version of Spock.
Quote: "Captain, what are you doing? " -Spock "Showing them compassion. It may be the only way to earn peace with Romulus. It's logic, Spock, I thought you'd like that. " -Kirk "No, not really. Not this time. " -Spock
My Thoughts: This is the first movie I saw in IMAX. I'm not sure if I'm more infatuated with the theater or the movie. Science fiction and I aren't bffs but this movie was more about kicking ass, which I'm perfectly happy with.

TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.25 - Pay Up
Goal: 137/400 (34.25% Complete)
About: In the season finale the team comes together for one of their own.
Quote: "Your son was minutes away from testifying against you in the grand jury. I swear to God, if you had something to do with this, you better hope that somebody other than me comes to arrest your ass." -Mac

The capital of Vermont, Montpelier is the only state capital in the United States that does not have a McDonalds.

May '09

Jun. 10th, 2009 05:30 pm
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May '09: 3 - 9

May 3;
TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.03 - A Stand-Up Triple
Goal: 125/400 (31.25% Complete)
About: Mary is forced to babysit the three children of a woman entering the program after she has difficulties with them.
Quote: "I've gazed into the eyes of contract killers, listening to them explain they were only trying to feed their kids, con artists who insist it's the mark's fault for being so stupid, and Dylan fans who, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, defend their love of 'Down in the Groove'. Yes, it's the rare individual who admits they're a heartless, greedy bastard possessing absolutely no musical taste." -Mary

Hershey's most popular product is the Reese Cup, not the Hershey bar.

May 4;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.22 - Legend: Part 1
Goal: 126/400 (31.5% Complete)
About: The team heads to LA to work with the team there to investigate a murder, which soon turns into something bigger. Meanwhile, Tony begins snooping into Ziva's private life.
Quote: "After out last trip to LA, I do not understand why you would think I would be such an eager platypus, Tony." -Ziva

The popular chocolate bar "Three Musketeers" got its name because when it was first introduced in 1932 there were three individual bars. The flavours were strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.

May 5;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.21 - Miss Red
Goal: 127/400 (31.75% Complete)
About: When the CEO and founder of a software company vanishes from his yacht, Jane and the CBI team are asked to investigate.
Quote: "I've been checking shoes for years. This is the first time it's ever paid off. First time. It's gratifying, man. Very, very gratifying." -Jane "Ah, he's a pistol, isn't he?" -Lisbon

The candy bar "Baby Ruth" was named after U.S. President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth.

May 6;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.23 - Roadkill
Goal: 128/400 (32% Complete)
About: Local authorities summon the assistance of the BAU after a series of homicides occur that appear to have been caused by a serial killer's car near Bend, Oregon.
Quote: "I think it's safe to assume our unsub is male." -Prentiss "I agree with you, given what we know about aggressive driving and road rage." -Hotchner "And the fact that men have an unnatural bond with their cars." -Prentiss "That is true." -JJ "Wait a minute, I don't know about 'unnatural.'" -Morgan

Coffee has about five times the amount of caffeine as a can of Coke.

May 7;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.23 - Legend: Part 2
Goal: 129/400 (32.25% Complete)
About: In Los Angeles, Gibbs and McGee continue working with the NCIS division in order to track a terrorist cell. Agent Callen goes undercover, while a psychologist uncovers the truth about the relationship between Gibbs and Agent Macy. Meanwhile, Tony fears that Ziva may not be loyal to NCIS.
Quote: "Are you jealous?" -Ziva "No. I'm worried. Because you don't seem to understand that your secret friend is interfering with this agency's ability to shut down a terrorist cell!" -Tony

Over the course of one year, a coffee tree only produces about 1.5 pounds of coffee.

May 8;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.22 - Yahrzeit
Goal: 130/400 (32.5% Complete)
About: A man is murdered at an auction selling jewelry and the evidence leads the team to investigating crimes committed during the Holocaust. Mac learns about the role his father played in World War II.
Quote: "I appreciate you picking up some of the slack when Hawkes goes out of town." -Mac "Oh yeah, well, I'm in between girlfriends at the moment, so I got a lot of time on my hands." -Adam

A person would have to drink more than 12 cups of hot cocoa to equal the amount of caffeine found in one cup of coffee.

May 9;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.23 - Greater Good
Goal: 131/400 (32.75% Complete)
About: The team re-opens a two year old case to clear someone of wrong doing. Lindsay returns from Montana and has her big moment.
Quote: "I'm about to go into labor and you are taking me to the hospital. Go!" -Lindsay "Okay." -Adam "Adam..." -Lindsay "Yeah, wrong way, sorry, j... just relax. Everything's going to be okay." -Adam

Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do.

April '09

Jun. 9th, 2009 01:51 am
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April '09: 12 - 18

April 12;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.20 - Prey
Goal: 110/400 (27.5% Complete)
About: Stella remembers something about the latest crime scene when the clues start to appear oddly familiar after a man is shot dead in an empty theater.
Quote: "Don't make me cuff your other hand." -Angell "That's good work, Detective." Flack

The Kraft company produces enough Cool Whip, a brand of whipping cream, in one year to fill the entire Grand Canyon.

April 13;

There was a molasses flood in Boston on January 15, 1919 that killed 21 people and injured 150 people.

April 14;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.20 - Chuck Versus the First Kill
Goal: 111/400 (27.75% Complete)
About: After Chuck's father is kidnapped by FULCRUM, Chuck finds himself in the need to ask his imprisoned ex-girlfriend Jill for help. Meanwhile, the Buy More team try to bring down Emmett's corporate evaluation, but he seems to be one step ahead.
Quote: "You're 100% sure you want to go through with this?" -Sarah "More like 45, maybe...maybe 30." -Chuck

Dustin Phillips of the U.S. has the record for ketchup drinking. He drank a 14-ounce bottle of tomato ketchup through a straw in 33 seconds on September 23, 1999.

April 15;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.20 - The Cinderella in the Cardboard
Goal: 112/400 (28% Complete)
About: A female body is discovered at a recycling center, compacted into a stack of cardboard, and the Jeffersonian team is called in to investigate. Meanwhile, Booth and Brennan run into Sweets' girlfriend at a bridal dress shop -- but she's there with another man.
Quote: "Look Bones, you can't go around tellin' everybody what's on your mind even though it's the truth, okay? Look, what if you and I were going out, right? And you were, y'know, taking forever to get ready and you came out in this dress and, I told you I didn't like it, what are you gonna do?" -Booth "I'd reevaluate, change, or ignore you." -Bones "Of course you would, Bones. Good answer." -Booth

In the United States, the first cookbook was published in 1796 and it contained a recipes for watermelon rind pickles.

April 16;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.21 - Mayhem on a Cross
Goal: 113/400 (28.25% Complete)
About: Brennan and Booth delve into the world of death metal music in an effort to discover who killed the bassist of an underground death metal band, whose skeleton was found being used as a stage prop by a black metal band in Norway. Meanwhile, Sweets is working on the book he's writing about Brennan and Booth, and asks Dr. Gordon Wyatt for some input.
Quote: "Well he's a good lad, Sweets. But this book he's writing, he's using it as the vehicle to get what he actually wants which is ... a family." -Gordan "So he ... imprinted on us, like a baby duck? So what do we do?" -Bones

In a year, about 90 million jars of Skippy Peanut Butter are sold. This works out to three jars sold every second.

April 17;
Movie: Hannah Montana: The Movie
Rating:
Goal: 11/50 (22% Complete)
Genre: Family/Comedy
About: When the pop star fame of her secret alter ego, Hannah Montana, becomes too much to bear, Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) takes a break and journeys back to her Tennessee hometown of Crowley Corners for a much-needed break from the spotlight. But the pressures of celebrity life prove difficult to escape when Miley is pursued by a snoop who suspects the truth about her identity. Peter Chelsom directs, and Billy Ray Cyrus and Emily Osment co-star.
Quote: "Do you know who I am? " -Tyra Banks "Well, I know you know who I am. " -Hannah Montana
My Thoughts: She gets so much crap, especially from parents who think she's not 'wholesome' enough for their kids. I mean really, come on, get a life. What are your kids doing surfing for nudie pics anyway? Maybe you should be a better parent and stop blaming tv. End rant. I really enjoyed this movie. It was cute and entertaining.

TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.21 - A Shade of Gray
Goal: 114/400 (28.5% Complete)
About: During an investigation of a series of child abductions and murders in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the BAU concludes the possibility that the last murder may not be the work of the suspect who had been apprehended.
Quote: "Tell me things, Sunshine." -Garcia

Tomato ketchup is a good conditioner for the hair. It also helps get the greenish tinge that some blonde haired people get after swimming in water with chlorine in it.

April 18;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.21 - The Past, Present and Murder
Goal: 115/400 (28.75% Complete)
About: Mac and the team are called in to investigate after a man falls twenty stories out of Dunbrook's office window. Complicating matters is the body has disappeared and the evidence ties into a past case.
Quote: "A man falls 20 stories, walks away. Boy, that'd make a good headline, sell a lot of newspapers." -Dunbrook "'Media Mogul Pushes Him' might sell more." -Mac

Chocolate contains a very small amount of caffeine. A cup of decaffeinated coffee has approximately the same amount of caffeine as in 50 M&M's.

April '09

Jun. 9th, 2009 12:17 am
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April '09: 5 - 11

April 5;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.18 - Point of No Return
Goal: 102/400 (25.5% Complete)
About: After the wife of a former member of Mac's team is found dead, the team discovers where the heroin is made.
Quote: "Little Stevie?" -Mac "Who's asking?" -Receptionist "Members of his fan club." -Flack

The sandwich was invented in the 1700's. The Earl of Sandwich was gambling one day and did not want to get up to eat, so he ordered his food in between two slices of bread and that is how the sandwich was invented.

April 6;
TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.19 - Chuck Versus the Dream Job
Goal: 103/400 (25.75% Complete)
About: Chuck's life seems to be coming together, his long-absent father has returned and he is about to land his dream job at Roark Instruments. Meanwhile, Lester and Jeff convince Big Mike to send them to NextExpo, which is hosted by Roark Instruments.
Quote: "Yeah. Maybe he's not as crazy as I remembered." -Chuck "Oookay, let's go get your sister married, hunh? Maybe we should...wait until dark, they're... they're tracking my every move. Rat bastards..." -Stephen

An fresh egg will sink in water, but a stale one will float.

April 7;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.19 - A Dozen Red Roses
Goal: 104/400 (26% Complete)
About: CBI investigates the murder of Hollywood movie producer Felix Hanson. Evidence leads to the belief that drugs are involved, but further investigations indicate a connection to a running movie production of a film called "A Dozen Roses".
Quote: "Nice. I could arrest you for that." -Cho "You'll never take me alive, copper." -Jane "Seriously." -Cho "Seriously, it's Marilyn and Charlie. What, do you want to make a comedy arrest, see your name written in the weird news section?" -Jane

The first soup ever made was made from hippo meat.

April 8;
TV Show: Life
Episode: 2.21 - One
Goal: 105/400 (26.25% Complete)
About: Crews continues his search for Reese, who disappeared while working with the F.B.I. In the course of his investigation, he discovers details about a conspiracy against him.
Quote: "They put you away for killing that guy you had that bar with. You did twelve years hard time, and you got fifty million dollars. Now you're eating burgers in the back of a minivan on the run from half the cops in LA. You've made some interesting career choices." -Agent Bodner

If all the salt were to be extracted from the Earth's oceans, you would have enough salt to cover all of the continents five feet deep.

April 9;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 4.19 - The Science in the Physicist
Goal: 106/400 (26.5% Complete)
About: The team is led to a well-known physics research center after finding a piece of a meteorite in the ear of a victim whose pulverized remains were found in a garbage bag. Meanwhile, Angela's dad returns, seeking revenge on Hodgins.
Quote: "What did I tell you?" -Cam "That we aren't allowed in the same room without supervision." -Hodgins "Why?" -Cam "Because we were ... stupid enough to fire a cannon indoors." -Nigel-Murray

Mexican jumping beans jump because of moth larvae inside the bean.

April 10;
TV Show: CSI: NY
Episode: 5.19 - Communication Breakdown
Goal: 107/400 (26.75% Complete)
About: When an Indian Chief ends up dead on a commuter train, the team is continually surprised by the direction in which the evidence takes them.
Quote: "You got plenty of time on this name search. I mean, the kid's not even here yet. My mom and dad waited six weeks after I was born to name me." -Hawkes "Oh, they waited six weeks to name you Sheldon?" -Danny "Yeah. What's wrong with that?" -Hawkes

Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the United States are for the sole purpose of decoration.

April 11;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.20 - Conflicted
Goal: 108/400 (27% Complete)
About: The BAU is called to Texas to investigate a serial killer who is targeting vacationing students on spring break on South Padre Island.
Quote: "Stephen King wrote, 'Monsters are real, and ghosts are real, too. They live inside us. And sometimes, they win.'" -Reid
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.21 - Toxic
Goal: 109/400 (27.25% Complete)
About: Abby has to take over a top secret government mission when their scientist goes missing, but soon realizes things may not be as they seem to be, while the rest of the team worries about Abby's safety.
Quote: "You look pretty good for a dead guy, except for the blood draining from your face." -Abby

On average, a person will spend about five years eating during their lifetime.

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.
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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. 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.

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.
 

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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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