Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Edition: #6025

If the Sheet Fits, Buy It!

There will be no “BS” edition for Monday Aug 7 to recognize the local holiday.  All accounts will be credited for the missed service day.

★ A scary moment for Kate Beckinsale.  She was forced to postpone her appearance at Tampa Bay Comic Con after a stalker was arrested while waiting for her. The man had apparently been following Beckinsale  across the country for the past year, and in the past had threatened to stab her.  Police in Florida had been warned to be on the lookout, and found him at the Convention Center awaiting the Q&A panel.
★ Rob Lowe claims he communicated with a ghost while filming his new mystery show ‘The Lowe Files’. On the show, he and his sons Matthew, 23, and John Owen, 21, explore urban myths and mysteries. Lowe said that he was able to trade messages with a ghost through an electronic device known as an Ovilus, which supposedly allows spirits to ‘talk’ through it.  Lowe says that through the Ovilus, he heard the name of a murder victim at the very spot where she died.  Lowe points out that his son John remains a skeptic, and then said “’Judge for yourself. I don’t want to seem like a nut. I don’t want to end my career here – too late?”
★ Angelina Jolie has defended the casting process for her new movie ‘First They Killed My Father’, insisting that the welfare of the children involved was her highest priority. Jolie was blasted after a recent Vanity Fair profile described how casting directors looked to Cambodian orphanages, circuses, and slum schools to find a child actor to play the lead, and set up a game ”disturbing in its realism” where money was put on a table and they were encouraged to think of what they needed it for before the cash was snatched away.  Jolie says that the game was a ”pretend exercise in an improvisation, from an actual scene in the film”.
★ Mark Hamill has had a street named after him in his old neighborhood. The ‘Star Wars’ legend – known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker – attended a ceremony on Sunday to unveil ‘Mark Hamill Drive’ in Clairemont, San Diego.
★ Macaulay Culkin and his Goddaughter Paris Jackson were photographed getting matching ink at a tattoo parlor in West Hollywood.  Macaulay and Paris both got spoon tattoos on their arms. Such designs often symbolize a chronic struggle.
(And for the paparazzi, they can represent a scoop!)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Kate Beckinsale, Alexis Ohanian, Justin Moore
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jeremy Renner, Bridget Everett, French Montana featuring Swae Lee
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sen. Al Franken, Adam Conover, Randy Newman
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Idris Elba, Alexis Bledel, Michael Voltaggio
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Gordon Ramsay, Brendan Gleeson, Maggie Rogers
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, Tiger Army, Lauren Ash ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Al Gore
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Dan Harmon, Brandon Johnson, Tom Kenny
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Holly Hunter, Natasha Lyonne, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): James Van Der Beek, Kate Upton
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): John Boyega, Raven-Symone
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jenna Dewan Tatum, Kevin Frazier, guest co-host Megan Good
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Idris Elba, Lizzie Olsen, guest co-host Carrie Ann Inaba
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Diane Keaton, James Charles, David Blaine ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Deborah Cox ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Lennon Stella, Archie Panjabi ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Bryshere “Yazz” Gray ( R )
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Judge Cuts 3” Contestants try to impress the judges; guest judge Laverne Cox.
• “World of Dance” (NBC): Divisional Final. The top two acts from each division compete for a spot in the world final.

• Michael Jackson – his long-term producer Quincy Jones was awarded nearly $10 million after he sued the estate for in unpaid royalties from music used in the star’s documentary and two shows from Cirque du Soleil.
• Liam Gallagher – has blasted a shopkeeper who refused to sell him cigarettes unless he presented his ID. As he put it in a tweet about the incident: “im forty f’n 4…has the world gone mad”?  (You know you’re no longer an ‘A-lister’ when…)
• Linkin Park – recorded an episode of ‘Carpool Karaoke’ before Chester Bennington’s death. Comedian Ken Jeong joined the band for the episode recorded on July 14, about a week before Bennington’s suicide.  Although it is due to come out in October, there is no word on whether it will still be released.
• Guns N’ Roses – opened the U.S. leg of their 2017 tour at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, marking their first stop in the city since the 1991 show that ended in a riot and frontman Axl Rose‘s subsequent arrest.
• Queens Of The Stone Age  – brought in the man behind ‘Uptown Funk’,  Mark Ronson, to produce their new album ‘Villains’ because they thought he could help them find a fresh take on their classic sound. Josh Homme says they wanted Ronson to stop them from becoming a ‘parody’ of themselves and to help them find a fresh new sound.
• Jacob Davis – has achieved a childhood dream getting to hear himself on the radio for the first time. He says it is hard to put into words what he felt the first time he heard his debut single, “What I Wanna Be” on the radio.
• LeAnn Rimes – has posted a picture of her chopped and dyed hair along with a cryptic message.  Her caption: “A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life”.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play or wherever else you get your movies:
• “The Circle” (PG-13, Drama): A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. ( Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega)
• “Going In Style” (PG-13, Comedy): Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money. (Michael Caine, Richie Moriarty, Josh Pais)
• “Arctic Tale” (G, Documentary): Two narratives — the life cycle of a mother walrus and her calf, and the life of a polar bear and her cubs – are used to illustrate the harsh realities of existence in the Arctic. (Queen Latifah, Katrina Agate, Zain Ali)
• “Wakefield” (R-Rated, Drama): A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months. (Bryan Cranston, Ian Anthony Dale, Jennifer Garner)
• “Sleight” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure): A young street magician is left to care for his little sister after their parents passing, and turns to illegal activities to keep a roof over their heads. (Jacob Latimore, Seychelle Gabriel, Dulé Hill)
• “Good Fortune” (Not Rated, Documentary): The rags to riches tale of conscious capitalism pioneer John Paul DeJoria. “JP” spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs only to wheel and deal his way to the top of a vast hair and tequila empire. (Dan Aykroyd, Robert Cromeans, Eloise DeJoria)

Yes, the avocado is the current superfood.  And there are at least 12 big health benefits to eating them, including cancer-fighting, cholesterol-lowering, helping your heart, plus they are loaded with fiber, potassium and more vitamins than could be listed on a nutrition label.  Now…it seems they are good for your BRAIN too.  A study shows that people who eat more lutein have brain responses similar to that of those years younger.  The study recruited people between the ages of 25 and 45, and measured their levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, avocados, and eggs. Then, they measured their brain activity while performing an attention-heavy task.  They found that older people who had higher levels of lutein displayed neural responses that were more on par with their younger counterparts who had lower levels of lutein. The conclusion says that lutein plays a protective role in your brain, since the people with higher levels of it were able to devote more resources to completing the task. The study didn’t look at how exactly the nutrient helps, but past studies have shows that lutein exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, which may help improve brain function.
(Avocados.  Good for you.  Not so good for your fingers if you slip when cutting them!)
(I might just as well go grab my avocado, spinach, kale and egg smoothie right now…)
(If the people in the study are so smart, why didn’t they know that?)

If your house isn’t selling, these might be the reasons why…
✓ White kitchen appliances: It’s all integrated black or stainless steel these days, and they are also very energy efficient.  (So where does my ‘almond yellow’ fridge stand in all of this?)
✓ Uninspiring kitchen splashbacks:  Boring tiles, or glass mosaic tiles look dated and drab. (My splashback is literally that.  A few months worth of splashes!)
✓ Naff wall colors:  Dark, bold and drab wall colors were all the rage in the seventies, but then again, so was clashing wallpaper! These days, it’s about creating a fresh and revived look.  (Turns out my walls were ‘naff’ and I didn’t even know it was a word!)
✓ Dated hardware:  Whether it’s your internal doors, bathroom cabinets or kitchen cupboards, the door knobs and handles that finish them off really can make or break a lovely aesthetic. (So you can actually replace those even when they aren’t broken?)
✓ Boring counters: If you have formica or fully tiled worktops, it’s definitely time to update them. Natural wood counters look great, are easy to maintain and never date. (I’m going to remember you said that in 3 years!)
✓ Hard to remove textural elements: Artex ceilings and woodchip wallpaper…the bane of every homeowner’s life.  They are not only ugly, they are very hard to remove as well!  (Which is why I won’t be removing them…)
✓ Cork or carpet bathroom floors: Why on earth would absorbent materials, such as carpet or cork, ever be an appropriate choice for a wet space, such as a bathroom?  (Same reason someone once thought that carpet on the WALLS was a good choice?)
✓ Wood panelling: Some types of wood panelling look great.  But heavy, overbearing wood in functional rooms, such as bathrooms, are a big no-no! (Now then, how about the wood panelling on my station wagon?)
✓ Linoleum flooring:  There was a time, long before laminate flooring became so adaptable and realistic, when linoleum flooring was the go-to choice for homes everywhere, but not anymore!
(Note to self: Call linoleum delivery guy, cancel order.)
(I’ll admit a lot of these apply to my home, but in many cases I’m going for that ‘retro’ look.  Yeah, THAT’S it!)
(And so ends today’s episode of spending money you do not have, to buy things you do not need, to impress people you do not like.)


1959 [58] Joe Elliott, Sheffield UK, classic rock singer (Def Leppard-”Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Love Bites”)

1960 [57] Chuck D (Carlton Ridenhour), Roosevelt NY, trendsetting rapper (Public Enemy-“Shut ‘Em Down”, “Fight the Power”)

1963 [54] Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey Jr.), Compton, CA, rapper (best known for the single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video in 1996)

1964 [53] Adam Duritz, Baltimore MD, rock singer-songwriter/pianist (Counting Crows-“Mr. Jones”, “Accidentally in Love”)

1965 [52] Sam Mendes, Reading UK, filmmaker (“Spectre”, “Skyfall”)

1979 [38] Jason Momoa, Honolulu HI, TV actor (‘Khal Drogo’ on “Game of Thrones” 2011-12)/movie actor (‘Aquaman’ in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) COMING UP: “Justice League” (2017); “Aquaman” (2018).

• “August”, originally the 6th month of the Roman year which was called Sextilis. In the year 8 BC, Emperor Augustus Caesar persuaded the Senate to change the month’s name to ‘Augustus’ in his honor. If it weren’t for him, today would be the 1st of Sextilis!

• “Girlfriends Day”, either some girl’s greedy grab at gifts from her guy, or perhaps a day for ‘the girls’ to hang out and share woman-to-woman time?  (And you will notice, guys, that ‘Girlfriends’ is in the plural form.  Take from that what you will…)

• “Respect for Parents Day”. So what’s the best way to gain respect … setting an example or creating fear?

• “World Wide Web Day”, marking the birth of the Web in August 1990 at the Europe Laboratory for Particle Physics in Switzerland. Tim Berners-Lee & Robert Cailliau developed a prototype Web browser and introduced Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).

• “Spider-man Day”, marking the superhero’s debut in 1962 in issue #15 of “Amazing Fantasy” comics.

• “Play Ball Day”, in the United States, baseball umpires call out, “Play ball!” to start games.
Here are a few ball-based sports to get the proverbial ball rolling: baseball, basketball, billiards, bocce ball, bowling, carpet ball, croquet, dodge ball, field hockey, foosball, football, four square, golf, handball, jacks, juggling, lacrosse, marbles, paddleball, paddle tennis, paint ball, polo, racquetball, softball, squash, stickball, tee ball, tetherball, tennis, volleyball, water polo and waffle ball.

[Wed] Dinosaurs Day
[Wed] Coloring Book Day
[Wed] Ice Cream Sandwich Day
[Thurs] Airplane Crop Duster Day
[Thurs] Watermelon Day
[Thurs] Grab Some Nuts Day

2012 [05] A “Sight & Sound” magazine ranking lists Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller “Vertigo” as ‘Greatest Film of All-Time’

1971 [46] George Harrison’s ‘Concert for Bangladesh’ was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden to raise awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).  Among the performers: Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and Ravi Shankar.

2007 [10] Prince kicks off a series of 21 SRO shows at London’s O2 Arena

2012 [05] Badminton teams from China, Indonesia, and South Korea are kicked out of the women’s doubles competition at the London Olympics for trying to … lose on purpose

2013 [04] Russia grants NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden 1 year of temporary political asylum (he’s still there)

1998 [19] Scott Gehrke & Lorrie Kilgore are wed above Perris CA in a 55-second ceremony as they, and a presiding minister, parachute from 13,000 feet (they truly fell for each other)


• It is impossible to kill yourself by holding your breath.
• ‘Almost’ is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.
• In France, what we call the ‘French kiss’ is referred to as an ‘English kiss’.
• Beetles taste like apples, and worms like fried bacon.

• “Shut up. I know exactly what I’m doing.”
• “…but it’s SO CUTE!”
• “No one ever died from doing this…”
• “It’ll be quicker if we use a nail gun.”
• “We’ll be fine.”
• “What’s the worst that could happen?”
• “Oh, crap. It’s not a dolphin.”
• “Everyone follow me!”
• “What are you gonna do, shoot me?”
• “Yep, it’s definitely the blue wire…”
• “Raccoons can’t even get rabies.”
• “Well, I guess we killed all the zombi—.”
• “Ooooooo…what’s this button do?”
• …said today.

• Which bug only lives for 28 days?
a. Honey bee.
b. Millipede.
c. Housefly. [CORRECT]
– Didyouknow

• How many liters are in a case of 24 beer?  (12oz. cans)
a. 12
b. just over 8.5 [CORRECT]
c. just under 5
– Yahoo Answers

My dad used to say, “Always fight fire with fire,” which is probably why he got kicked off the volunteer fire department.

☎ What was the worst or weirdest thing your roommate did?

Question: If you’re average, you’ve done this about 100 times over the past 3 years.  What?
Answer:  Broken the law!

When you can’t change the direction of the wind – adjust your sails.

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