May '09

Jun. 13th, 2009 09:10 pm
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May '09: 17 - 23

May 17;

The three dots in Domino's pizza stand for the first three stores. They wanted to add a dot for each new store, but obviously that would be impossible since there are now over seven thousand stores.

May 18;
Title: Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
Rating:
Goal: 17/60 (28 1/3% Complete)
Pages: 334
Genre: Urban Fantasy
About: God is dead. Meet the kids.
When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts his father bestowed - before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.
Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is to day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun...just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.
Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion -- he is able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil.
Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscope journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, and a fierce and unstoppable farce, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.
My Thoughts: The premise for the book was so unique and interesting. I love Gaiman's writing but this book wasn't one of my favorites. I had trouble caring at all for any of the main characters.

TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.05 - Aguna Matatala
Goal: 138/400 (34.5% Complete)
About: A shady figure begins following Mary's newest witness.
Quote: "Andy, Witness Protection is a little like 'Where's Waldo?'. Waldo is difficult to find because he blends in with the scenery." -Marshall "Which is why Waldo doesn't wear a yarmaka." -Mary

After the "Popeye" comic strip was launched in 1931, spinach consumption went up by thirty-three percent in the United States.

May 19;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.23 - Red John's Footsteps
Goal: 139/400 (34.75% Complete)
About: As the CBI investigates the murder of a young girl and the abduction of her twin sister, everything points towards Red John's return. However, Patrick Jane thinks somebody else is involved as well.
Quote: "You have wife?" -Asian Woman "No." -Cho "I have niece." -Asian Woman

Alexander the Great made his troops eat onions as he believed it would prove their vitality.

May 20;

One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples.

May 21;
TV Show: NCIS
Episode: 6.25 - Aliyah
Goal: 140/400 (35% Complete)
About: After Tony's confrontation with Rivkin, the NCIS team flies to Israel for a final showdown, where they aren't exactly welcomed by Ziva's father, the head of Mossad. Gibbs has to make a tough choice as the situation gets even more complicated.
Quote: "Forget Tel Aviv, how's Tony? How's Ziva? Are they talking yet?" -Abby "They're fine Abby." -Gibbs "I take that as a no. So how's Israel? It's magical right? I mean, I've been wanting to go there for years, it's like third on my list. Galapagos Island and of course, Dollywood." -Abby

Tomatos were once referred to as "love apples." This is because their was a superstition that people would fall in love by eating them.

May 22;

In the dry valleys region of Antarctica, it has not rained in 2 million years according to scientists.

May 23;
Title: One for the Money
Author: Janet Evanovich
Rating:
Goal: 18/60 (30% Complete)
Pages: 287
Genre: Mystery
About: Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash--fast--but times are tough, and soon she's forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family.
Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie's bail bonding company. She's got no experience. But that doesn't matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants to the time Steph hit him with her father's Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water--wanted for murder.
Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn't. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she'll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight--and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man.
My Thoughts: 100% wonderful. Stephanie is hilarious, witty and lovable. And the team of characters that come with her are just as charming. I'm pretty late to the party reading these books but I hate reading things my mom recommends because it makes her smug.
Title: Definitely Dead
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating:
Goal: 19/60 (31 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 324
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal Romance
About: Spiked with a "frothy fusion of romance, mystery, and fantasy" (Publishers Weekly), this "deliciously fiendish...increasingly riotous series" (Dallas Morning News) sends the supernaturally gifted cocktail waitress to New Orleans, where she has to deal with the legacy of one of her own family and a host of potentially dangerous characters.
My Thoughts: There wasn't really a plot to this book except in the last 50 pages or so. The whole first half of the book felt like it was just a filler for the series or a super long short story from an anthology. I loved the introduction of Amelia the witch though.

Movie: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Rating:
Goal: 15/50 (30% Complete)
Genre: Family/Fantasy/Comedy
About: Ben Stiller returns as hapless museum night watchman Larry Daley in this sequel to the hit comedy. Though he's now working at the Smithsonian Institution, Daley continues to deal with exhibits that come to life while the museum is closed. His adventures this time include close encounters with Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), George Custer (Bill Hader) and Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest). Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke co-star.
Quote: "Crimey, we've been jimmy-jacked! " -Amelia Earhart "Jimmy-jacked? " -Larry "It's how I speak! " -Amelia Earhart "Yeah, but that sounds made-up, even for you... " -Larry "'Oh no, our path has been blocked by bad people' where's the excitement in that? " -Amelia Earhart
My Thoughts: Amy Adams was the real star in this movie, she was phenomenal. Overall the movie was cute and worth seeing but it (other than Adams) wasn't anything special.

Istanbul, Turkey is the only city in the world located on two continents.

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. 10th, 2009 01:15 am
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April '09: 26 - 30

April 26;
TV Show: In Plain Sight
Episode: 2.02 - In My Humboldt Opinion
Goal: 120/400 (30% Complete)
About: Mary is being interviewed by a psychiatrist. At the same time a witness refuses to testify without marijuana to help with his social anxiety.
Quote: "Opposite extremes; apt definitions of the same thing." -Mary

On average, Guinness sells 7 million glasses of beer a day.

April 27;
Title: Rules of Engagement
Author: Kathryn Caskie
Rating:
Goal: 13/60 (21 2/3% Complete)
Pages: 352
Genre: Historical Romance
About: From Golden Heart winner Kathryn Caskie comes a delightfully hilarious tale that tests the old adage "All is far in love as in war."
When two elderly aunts mistake a military strategy text, Rules of Engagement, for a how-to manual for getting engaged, London's ballrooms become battlefields in a war of wits when their headstrong niece snares a Scottish earl in need of a fast fortune.
My Thoughts: This is a wonderful start to the series. The aunts are hilarious and their presence in future books is definitely something I look forward to. The plot surrounding Eliza and her Scottish earl isn't even close to being original but I didn't read this book for it's literary merits so who cares.

TV Show: Chuck
Episode: 2.22 - Chuck Versus the Ring
Goal: 121/400 (30.25% Complete)
About: Ellie's big day finally arrives, and Chuck must save her life and her wedding from being ruined by Ted Roark and FULCRUM.
Quote: "Why are you letting Sam Kinison and an Indian lesbian wreck your wedding?" -Woody

Bananas trees are not really trees. They are considered to be giant herb plants.

April 28;
TV Show: The Mentalist
Episode: 1.20 - Red Sauce
Goal: 122/400 (30.5% Complete)
About: Jane and the CBI set out to determine who is responsible for the Mob-style execution of a man in the Witness Protection Program.
Quote: "Yeah. Screw the cops." -Teenager "Even for a midget villain like yourself, that's an untenable ethical position. Every modern society has some kind of police force. It's like saying 'screw the public transport system'." -Jane

The vegetable that is eaten most by Americans is potatoes. On average, a person eats about 140 pounds of potatoes annually.

April 29;
TV Show: Criminal Minds
Episode: 4.22 - The Big Wheel
Goal: 123/400 (30.75% Complete)
About: When a serial killer in Buffalo sends a videotape of one of his crimes to the BAU, the team discovers a message from the murderer that begs for help in stopping the killing.
Quote: "You're right. He's been doing this for 10 years." -Detective "Nah, more like 20. The woman in this video... she's wearing a sweater I haven't seen since Flashdance." -Garcia

People living on the east coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while people living on the west coast prefer chunky peanut butter.

April 30;
TV Show: Bones
Episode: 2.24 - The Beaver in the Otter
Goal: 124/400 (31% Complete)
About: Booth and Brennan investigate the case of a fraternity brother named "Beaver," whose body was found inside a rival school's mascot uniform. Meanwhile, Booth helps his brother Jared look for a new job.
Quote: "Test number one, Dr. Jack Hodgins supervising." -Hodgins "No. No no no." -Cam

Chocolate accounts for less than two percent of the fat in the American diet.

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.

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

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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.
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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.

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