Thursday, April 6, 2017        Edition: #5948

The BS Press!

★Vin Diesel has a fear…of  roller coasters.  The actor has built his career on his willingness to perform dangerous stunts, especially in his roles in The Fast and the Furious film series and the xXx franchise.  But in spite of that, he revealed on ‘Jimmy Fallon’ Monday night that he is afraid of riding roller coasters. (And of loose t-shirts, apparently)
-Toronto Sun
★Justin Theroux would like to write a TV role for his wife Jennifer Aniston. The ‘Girl on the Train’ star revealed that he would love to work with his wife again (the couple starred together in 2012’s Wanderlust).  Jennifer has recently said that she would like to return to TV. (How ‘bout a show where a pretty TV star marries a sexy movie star but he cheats with his co-star then they adopt a bunch of kids and then break up while she marries another sexy dude and lives happily ever after?)
★Shia LaBeouf has done some interesting things on his own time lately, but it seems the Brits aren’t interested at all in what he has been doing professionally.  His new indie flick, “Man Down,” squeaked out 1 ticket sale at a theater in Burnley, England. That’s a haul of £7 . or $8.70 U.S. for the debut weekend.  Although it managed almost a half-mil in its first month in America, the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score is an abysmal 15%. (Maybe it will pick up in week #2?)
★Chilling allegations continue to surface in split of former Spice Girl Mel B and her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte.  Apparently, she convinced close friends and family members not to tell police she was being beaten because she was afraid he would think she was behind it.  People in her circle report that they didn’t believe her explanation for serious injuries and Mel begged them not to report Belafonte to police for fear of reprisal on her and her family and friends.  She was granted a restraining order this week.

•“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC, Global):  Adam Sandler, Starley
•“Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”  (NBC, CTV): Jay Leno, Kate Upton, Jason Derulo featuring Ty Dolla $ign
•“Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC, CTV): Chris Evans, Mandy Patinkin
•“Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS, CTV):  Drew Carey (R)
•“The View” (ABC, CTV): Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin, T.I.
•“Live with Kelly” (ABC, CTV): Pierce Brosnan, Mandy Patinkin
•”Ellen DeGeneres” (NBC,CTV): Jason Sudeikis, Anne Hathaway

•Faith Hill – She may be pushing 50 but she’s embracing her looks, wrinkles and all. She says she is ok with having lines because she wants people to know that she has smiled a lot.  Hill, who will celebrate her big birthday in September, has certainly got plenty to smile about: A successful music career, a loving husband of 20 years—Tim McGraw, and three daughters—Gracie, 19, Maggie, 18, and Audrey, 15.
•Merle Haggard – Six new artists have been added to tonight’s ‘Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard’ tribute concert. Rodney Crowell, Buddy Miller, Jake Owen, Aaron Lewis, Tanya Tucker and Chris Janson will all take the stage.  They join the already packed bill which includes Keith Richards, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr. and more to mark the one-year anniversary of his death on what would have been his 80th birthday.
•AC/DC – Former singer Brian Johnson has recruited an impressive list of all-star guests for his brand new television series which will be premiering on the in the UK at the end of this month.
“Brian Johnson’s Life On The Road” will include six episodes with guests including The Who’s Roger Daltrey, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot and Sting.
•Journey – Former singer Steve Perry is now expected to join the group at their Friday induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but he will not be performing with them.  Keyboard player Jonathan Cain says that Perry is expected to “accept the award and then skedaddle.”
•Kanye West – has a reason to celebrate.  His ‘The Life of Pablo’ album has achieved platinum status, the first streaming-only album to go platinum. All of Ye’s previous 7 albums also made platinum status.

U.S. State Department rankings:
1. Pakistan
2. Thailand
3. Philippines
4. Haiti
5. Honduras
6. Nigeria
7. Belize
8. Guyana
9. Egypt
10.  Mexico
(That explains the killer deal I got on the Honduran ½ Star getaway!)

American visitors to Canada are often comically perplexed to discover that most milk in that country is sold in plastic bags.  Yes, bags of milk.  Why? In the 1970s, when the country was switching to the metric system, it was much less expensive for distributors to sell milk in bags than to redesign glass and plastic containers.  The biggest complaint about bagged milk is it can’t be resealed; however, with the three-pouch system, you end up exposing smaller quantities of fresh milk to air at a time. But the advantages are considerable. The bags use less plastic, making them cheaper to produce and easier to store in the fridge, as they’re stackable and take up less space.  You can also find bagged milk in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Russia, Argentina,  South Africa, and India as well as some northern U.S. states.
(I don’t care what they sell it in…as long as I can leave a half-mouthful in the container for the next guy!)

Studies show that an alarming number of middle-aged single, divorced and widowed men and women are NOT practicing safe sex.  The results, of course, are turning up in statistics on sexually transmitted infections, with HIV, herpes virus, and chlamydia rates all on the increase in the middle-age group.  A professor in Family Relations and Human Sexuality at the University of Guelph is asking teens and young adults to remind their parents of the importance of practicing safe sex.  He says it would be good also to remind them that a recent study showed that sexual pleasure is unaffected by condom use.  (Which in my mind, says that the results of the whole study could be wonky…)
-Toronto Star

•The Tiny Extra Jeans Pocket – You might think it is for spare change, but it was designed to hold a pocket watch.  (Maybe the size of the pocket has shrunk over time?)

•The Hole in Your Pot Handle – If it is used at all, it might be to hang the pot up, but the original intention was to hold a spoon or spatula in place over the pot.

•The Loop in the Back of Your Dress Shirt – To hang the shirt when there is no hanger available.  Ever used it?

•The Drawer Under Your Oven – This is often intended to be a warming drawer…to keep food warm while other dishes are cooking.  (But first you’d have to empty out the 13 cookie sheets and old frying pans in there…)

•The Loop on the Leg of your Carpenter Jeans – purely decorative when they returned to style in the late 90s….they were originally intended to hold tools while on the job.  (Caution: unplug them first)
-Mental Floss


1969 [48] Paul Rudd, Passaic NJ, movie actor (“Ant-Man”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”)

1975 [42] Zach Braff, South Orange NJ, movie director (“Garden State”)/movie actor (“The Pursuit of Happyness”)/TV actor (“Scrubs” 2001-10)

1976 [41] Candace Cameron-Bure, Los Angeles, CA, actress (Donna Jo Tanner on “Full House” 1987-95, “Fuller House” 2016-17)

1990 [27] Charlie McDermott, West Chester PA, TV actor (‘Axl Heck’ on “The Middle” since 2009)

• “Drowsy Driver Awareness Day”, an annual initiative to encourage motorists to take notice when they’re too sleepy to steer. According to a recent poll, more than 10% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel; and over 20% say they’ve momentarily dozed while driving.

•“Twinkie Day”, originally filled with banana cream, the oldest existing Twinkie is over 40.  (Bet you can find an older one at your corner grocery store…)

• “Tartan Day”, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, a day set aside for the celebration of Scottish influence. More practically, it’s now the day that officially kicks off the annual Scottish tourism season.

• “Teflon Day”, commemorating the accidental 1938 discovery of the coating used to create non-stick surfaces by Du Pont researcher Roy Plunkett. (How do they get it to stick to a pan?)

2014 [03] Longtime movie star Mickey Rooney dies at age 93 in Studio City CA

2006 [11] Eminem files for divorce from wife Kim less than 3 months after the couple re-married (he first married his high school sweetheart Kimberly Scott in 1999)

2000 [17] A private company mapping the human genetic blueprint announces it has decoded all of the DNA pieces that make up the genetic pattern of a single human being

2003 [13] Brit adventurer David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to walk alone and unaided to the geomagnetic North Pole

[Fri] Alcohol Screening Day
[Fri] Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
[Fri] No Housework Day
[Fri] Beer Day



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✓ A Door-to-Door Salesman on Elm Street

✓King Conga Line

✓V for Vocal Cab Driver

✓I Know What Library Book You Dog Eared Last Summer

✓Normal Activity

Another 12-step program and I still can’t dance.

☎What’s the most annoying sound in the world? (18% of us say someone constantly sniffing.)

Question: This is the item that you are most-likely to buy in the wrong size. What is it?
Answer: Gloves

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