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Things U Need 2 Know Wed 1/16/13

  • The final "Twilight" film comes out on DVD March 2.
  • Martin Sheen and Ed Asner are urging Oscar voters to boycott "Zero Dark Thirty" over the film's torture scenes.
  • Robin Roberts returns to "Good Morning, America" on Monday.
  • NBC has ordered a comedy pilot starring Jessica Simpson. The single-camera project is inspired by Simpson's life.
  • The Yeah Yeah Yeahs next album, "Mosquito," comes out April 16.
  • Lance Armstrong will supposedly come clean on "Oprah's Next Chapter" January 17.
  • Move over, Jodie Foster -- Victor Garber, Jennifer Garner's dad in "Alias" -- has now officially come out!
  • A former mob leader in Detroit -- now 85 and broke -- says he knows where they put Jimmy Hoffa. Tony Zerilli says the union leader was buried in a field in suburban Detroit -- about 20 miles north of the restaurant where he was last seen.
  • The Los Angeles Coroner's Office has changed Natalie Wood's cause of death to "drowning and other undetermined factors." Wood died after spending an evening on the 60-foot yacht Splendour with husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken in November, 1981.
  • Charlie Sheen says he'd like to make an appearance in the final-final episode of "Two and a Half Men," whenever that happens.
  • "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong was arrested last weekend on suspicion of attacking his girlfriend, the third time he's been accused of domestic violence in three months.
  • Ex-President George H.W. Bush has gone home after almost two months in the hospital.
  • There were 51 million new Internet users in China in 2012.
  • CBS has sold some of the commercial time in the upcoming Super Bowl game for $4 million a spot. That's 30 seconds!
  • Sorry to report that Steven Tyler and his fiance, Erin Brady, have split. They'd been together since 2006, although his family wasn't overly fond of her.
  • MAKE IT SPICY _ Today is Hot and Spicy Food Day.
  • CRAZY BLIND DATES: WOULD YOU GO ON ONE? _ Has the online dating game become stale? wants to freshen things up for you with a new app called Crazy Blind Date. The app aims to eliminate the waiting period involved in setting up a date with an online match. With the app, meetups are set up with only a few hours' notice -- and you know nothing about them. You simply choose which nights you want to go on dates, select your favorite bar or coffee shop and the app selects a match based on sexual preference and geolocation. If you enjoy your date, you can purchase credits to give your match higher priority for being assigned to future dates.
  • An 85-year-old Detroit mobster pointed out to a news crew where he says Jimmy Hoffa is buried. [I'm not too sure. He may be in the early stages of senility. He told the reporter to go past Amelia Earhart and hang a hard right at Noah's Ark.] +
  • SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN IDOL _ The 12th season of American Idol begins tonight (Wednesday, FOX) with returning host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Randy Jackson also remains as judge. Tonight's two-hour premiere begins with the auditions.
  • DIE HARD MARATHON COMING TO THEATERS _ 20th Century Fox has announced a one day, five film Die Hard marathon on Wednesday, February 13th just before the release of A Good Day to Die Hard. Full details should be available from Fox soon, but the marathon will include the original 1988"s Die Hard, 1990"s Die Hard 2: Die Harder, 1995"s Die Hard with a Vengeance, 2007"s Live Free or Die Hard, and the new one, A Good Day to Die Hard.
  • Side-Sitters! Are you a couple that sits on the same side of the table at a restaurant?  Did you know that makes the restaurant HATE YOU?  According to anonymous interviews with restaurant staff, people who sit on the same side take LONGER to eat and they're more prone to public displays of affection.
  • Are you blowing your nose wrong?  A doctor in London says that when you blow both nostrils as hard as you can, you can shoot mucus into your sinuses . . . and that can lead to a sinus infection.  The RIGHT way to blow your nose is to gently blow each nostril individually. 
  • A soccer club in Manhattan has just announced that they'll be discouraging kids from giving each other HIGH FIVES . . . because they're afraid it'll spread the flu.  We're not sure how many kids play soccer in New York in January, and by the time it's warm enough to really play the whole flu scare will be over . . . so this is probably just symbolic nonsense anyway.
  • Everyone seems remarkably calm about this.  Apparently, over Christmas, a package containing 18 SEVERED HUMAN HEADS turned up at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.  Fortunately, they're legal human heads . . . they were being shipped for medical research.  The paperwork was messed up, which is why security opened up the box.  The heads have been claimed.
  • On Monday morning, a casket containing a 93-year-old man's DEAD BODY was stolen from a cemetery in Detroit.  Police ended up figuring out that the man's 48-year-old son had stolen it.  His plan was to BRING HIS DAD BACK TO LIFE, through the power of prayer.  That's weirdly sweet, but stealing a corpse is totally illegal.  He was arrested. 
  • Starting on Memorial Day, Walmart will begin offering jobs to returning servicemen and women . . . ALL of them.  Anyone who served their country and was honorably discharged has been promised a job within 12 months of returning home.  Walmart expects to hire about 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
  • Men's Health surveyed a group of men and asked, "Which female occupation inspires the most fantasies?" Here are the results:
  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Executive
  • Flight attendant
  • Cowgirl
  • Cop
  • Dental hygienist

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