Monday, August 14, 2017        Edition: #6033

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Kate Winslet was pleasantly surprised that working with Justin Timberlake wasn’t a “complete nightmare”.  The pair star together in Woody Allen’s latest vehicle, ‘Wonder Wheel’, set in 1950’s Coney Island.  Winslet calls Timberlake “such a wonderful person”.  She says that she would turn to him and say, “Do you know what, Justin Timberlake? The best thing about you being in this film is that you’re really not ‘Justin Timberlake’.  If you had really been ‘Justin Timberlake’ it could have been a complete nightmare, but really you’re not ‘Justin Timberlake’ at all, you’re just some guy named Justin.”
(To which he replied, “Thanks.  I think”.)
★ Robert Pattinson has addressed one of U.S. President Trump’s more eye-opening Tweets. In 2012, Trump offered up some relationship advice to Pattinson, advising him not to take Kristen Stewart back after she cheated on him. Pattinson told EW that “When he said that, it didn’t really mean anything.” But he did allow that “it’s kind of interesting” that the future President would Tweet about him, saying “this could be why people get annoyed with me”.  In the aftermath of Pattinson’s split from his Twilight co-star, Trump tweeted his opinion on the matter 11 times.
★ The ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off ‘Silver & Black’ will be released on February 8, 2019.  The Gina Prince-Bythewood directed movie will hit cinemas four months after the previously announced October 2018 release of ‘Venom’, starring Tom Hardy. And fans could be in for a treat as it was previously revealed that Spider-Man could appear in the same universe as ‘Venom’ and ‘Silver & Black’.  It has also been announced that there are two more Spider-Man movies in the works.
★ Serena Williams has logged onto Reddit for pregnancy advice. The tennis star – who is expecting her first child with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian – posted a message on the site to ask users about their experiences with packing hospital bags for the impending birth. She wrote in her post: ”1 month before? 6 weeks? 8 weeks? I’m totally stalling. But I have a lot of time still…. I think…Anything you didn’t expect to need that I’ll really appreciate having in there?”
(A wi-fi password, apparently!)
★  James McAvoy doesn’t want to play James Bond. The 38-year-old actor insists the iconic role of the suave spy wouldn’t ”suit” him and he has no interest in being Daniel Craig’s successor. McAvoy can currently be seen as covert spy David Percival opposite Charlize Theron in the Cold War thriller ‘Atomic Blonde’ and thinks his part is as big a departure from Bond as it’s possible to get.
(I saw the trailer…it looks like a Bond film!)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Ray Romano, Paula Patton, Bryson Tiller
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Susan Sarandon, Riz Ahmed, Chord Overstreet
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Anthony Scaramucci, Bob Odenkirk, Liam Gallagher
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kenan Thompson, Leah Remini, Bryan Fogel, Roy Mayorga
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Billy Eichner, Riley Keough, Royal Blood
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Adam Pally, Froth, Fahim Anwar ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Pre-empted
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Sen. Al Franken, James Van Der Beek, Portugal. The Man
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Molly Shannon, Shannon Beador ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): John Stamos, Andy Grammar ( R )
• “The Talk” (CBS): Christine Baranski, Ellen K ( R )
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Bill Pullman, David Harbour, guest co-host Andy Cohen
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV):  Ellen Pompeo ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Gabourey Sidibe, Jessica Seinfeld ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Laurence Fishburne, Michael Symon, Lauren Ash ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Chike Okonkwo, Van Jones, guest co-host Remy Ma ( R )
• “Bachelor in Paradise” (ABC): Sad news is relayed to the cast; a new twist poses a threat to the men; a woman is betrayed.
• “The Gong Show” (ABC): Celebrity judges Will Arnett, Jennifer Aniston and Jack Black
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): “Cleveland City Finals” Top competitors from Cleveland compete on one of the world’s most challenging obstacle courses.

• Drake – he and Future have been named in a lawsuit for an alleged rape that happened at a concert they headlined in 2016. A woman says she was sexually assaulted at the Nashville show by a man associated with Bridgestone Arena and is seeking $25 million dollars in damages.
•Avicii – is seemingly the victim of a spelling error on his new E.P. ‘Avici’ (With one ‘i’ at the end).  His publicist points out that the name ‘Avici’ comes from the Buddhist term for the lowest rung of hell, and has various spellings.
• Aaron Carter – broke down crying during his first performance since coming out as bisexual.  Quote: “I just want to say thank you for believing in me again guys.”
• Sinead O’Connor – has assured fans she’s back on medication for depression after sparking concern last week with an apparently suicidal Facebook video.
• Kesha – says she had to ‘beg’ for a keyboard when she was in rehab for an eating disorder so she could use music to help ”deal” with her emotions.
• Stevie Nicks – says that Harry Styles has ”the world at his fingertips”.  Nicks is good friends with Styles and believes he has the talent to sustain a long-lasting career in both music and movies.
• Def Leppard – guitarist Vivian Campbell is to be awarded the ‘Oh Yeah’ Legend Award in Belfast in November.  The honor recognizes the exceptional contribution of a musician or music industry figure hailing from Northern Ireland.
• Phillip Phillips – has released ‘Miles’, his first single since his legal battle with ‘American Idol’. In January 2015, Phillips filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner to get out of his contract, claiming he had been ‘manipulated’.
• Kip Moore – has shared a new song called ‘The Bull,’ and is planning a Fall tour. According to him, “That song is my middle finger to anybody that thought I was done.”
• Thomas Rhett – is loving fatherhood. In his latest post on Instagram, he shared a cute photo of himself and his daughter Willa Gray donning matching purple and flower-printed kimonos.

Scientists believe that they have found the lowest note in the universe.  The supermassive black hole in the centre of the Perseus cluster of galaxies was known to create a huge amount of heat and light, but in 2003 NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory detected soundwaves from the object as well.  Scientists have now been able to determine that the sound emanating from the black hole is in fact a B flat – though it’s far, far below the human range of hearing (like a million billion times deeper, give or take…true story).  From the size and shape of the cavities surrounding the black hole, scientists can tell that the B flat sound from the black hole has remained constant for about 2.5million years.  The Perseus cluster of galleries is 250 million light years from Earth.
(Thereby beating the previous record for lowest note in the universe held by James Earl Jones singing ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’!)

A 100 year-old fruitcake has been found…and it’s edible!  Conservators with the Antarctic Heritage Trust recently found perfectly preserved fruitcake alongside other artifacts in a building at Cape Adare, the first buildings erected on the continent. The cake, made by British company Huntley & Palmers, was found still wrapped in paper and enclosed in a tin container. Though the container was found in poor condition, the cake itself  “looked” and smelled “(almost) edible,” according to those who unearthed it.  It is believed the fruitcake arrived in Antarctica with the Terra Nova expedition between 1910 and 1913.  The program manager of the team that found the fruitcake said that it would have been an “ideal high-energy food for Antarctic conditions, and is still a favourite item on modern trips to the Ice.”
(They find it after 100 years, and they couldn’t wait a few more months and enjoy it at Christmas?)
(Who LOOKS for fruitcake?  I spend half of December trying to get rid of the stuff!)
(As far as I’m concerned, they should have just left it there!)

The head of a large shoe manufacturer says that you shouldn’t wear the same shoes to work every day.  Jim Kass, head of production at shoe giant Allen Edmonds, says that the best way of getting the most out of your footwear is to ‘rotate’ them.  Why?  It allows them to dry properly between uses.  Eww.  As you wear your shoes, the leather soaks up the perspiration given off by your feet (yes, even YOUR feet sweat!) and you need to give them a chance to dry.  Leather shoes woen every day also tend to get pretty stinky, plus damp leather is more prone to scratches.  He also suggests using a shoe tree to help maintain your shoe’s shape as they dry on their ‘day off’.
(Don’t I feel silly! When they said you shouldn’t wear the same shoes every day, I thought they meant the shoes on your FEET shouldn’t be the same!)
(So we should buy twice as many shoes, says the guy who runs a shoe company.  Could there be a bit of a conflict of interest here?)
(He’s right.  Haven’t you ever seen a wet cow?  Loaded with scratches.)

Google spent years studying the traits of effective leaders.  Here are the six things they instill in  new managers:
1.  Mindset and Values –  Google encourages its managers to develop a growth mindset.  This simple idea develops leaders who are more eager to learn, challenge themselves, and experiment.  New leaders are also encouraged to bring their individual morals to the position and use them when faced with tough decisions.
2.  Emotional intelligence (EI) – EI is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. Managers who are self-aware make better decisions, communicate more effectively, and are more relatable.
3.  Manager transition – Google encourages new supervisors to share their transition challenges and frustrations with their peers, and that it’s OK to be vulnerable and honest.
Others have faced similar challenges and can help — if you let them.
4.  Coaching – The number one quality of effective managers is being a good coach. Some characteristics of a good coach include: timely and specific feedback, thoughtful motivation, tailoring one’s communication style to the individual, active listening, and asking open-ended questions to discover an employee’s acumen.
5.  Feedback – should be consistent, balanced, authentic and appreciative, and should state growth opportunities in a clear, compassionate way.
6.  Decision making – Here is the framework for effective decision making:
•What are you solving for, and is everyone on the same page?
•Why is it important? (Does it support other business goals?)
•Who is the decision maker?
•How will the decision be made?
•When can people expect a decision?
(Of course, if a new manager is TRULY sharp, they would have already Googled this!)


1945 [72] Steve Martin, Waco TX, movie actor (“Cheaper By the Dozen”, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”)/banjo player (Steve Martin &  The Steep Canyon Rangers)/2-time Academy Awards emcee

1959 [58] Magic Johnson (Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.), Lansing, MI, basketball player (5-time NBA champion, 3-time Finals MVP and 3-time NBA MVP who spent his entire 13-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers)

1987 [30] Tim Tebow, Makati, Philippines, football player (selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He spent two years in Denver, helping the team reach the playoffs in 2011, currently playing pro baseball in the New York Mets organization.)

1966 [51] Halle Berry, Cleveland OH, TV actress (‘Molly Woods’ on “Extant” since 2014)/movie actress (Oscar-“Monster’s Ball”) COMING UP…Kingsman: The Golden Circle, 2017

1983 [34] Mila Kunis, Chernivtsi, Ukraine, movie actress (“Ted”)/former TV actress (“That ’70s Show” 1998-2006)/wed to actor Ashton Kutcher 2015. COMING UP…A Bad Moms Christmas, December 2017

• “Creamsicle Day”, celebrating those ooey gooey, orange- or raspberry-flavored Popsicles with ice cream inside, an invention of Swedish-born entrepreneur Alexander Frehse in 1923.

• “Financial Awareness Day”, a day to add up all your assets and all your debts in order to get a clear picture of where you stand … just before declaring bankruptcy.

• “International Nagging Day”. If you have issues with someone, this is a good day to get them out of your system … over and over and over again.

• “Wiffle Ball Day”, famous 8 holed plastic ball commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a “whiff”.

• “Navajo Code Talkers Day”, ‘code talkers’,  as they became known, used English code words that they translated into their language to send messages during World War II. The Japanese military could hear these coded messages, but they could not understand their meanings. The Navajo language was not well known.  They saved many lives and helped the allies win the war.

[Tues] Lemon Meringue Pie Day
[Tues] National Relaxation Day
[Tues] I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day
[Wed] Roller Coaster Day
[Wed] Rum Day
[Wed] Tell a Joke Day
This Week Is…National Motorcyle Week
This Month Is…National Golf Month

1985 [32] Michael Jackson purchases the publishing rights to the vast majority of the Beatles’ catalogue for $47 million, outbidding Paul McCartney (McCartney and Sony reached a confidential settlement agreement on the catalogue this year, estimated to be worth over $1 billion)

1982 [35]  Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies sets the career MLB record for at bats with number 12,365.  (passes Hank Aaron)

2003 [14] A massive power failure in eastern Canada and northeast USA leaves some 50 million people without electricity for up to 2 days (Many neighbors met each other for the first time at ‘community barbecues’ to use up meat before it spoiled!)


✓ If you’re 18 years old, you have about 3,300 weekends left in your lifetime
✓ 5% of people never experience a headache.
✓ WD-40 has never been patented because patenting would force the company to disclose its recipe.
✓ “Forty” is the only number in English that has its letters in alphabetical order.
✓ The entire Internet weighs the same as one large strawberry.
✓ Sitting on the toilet for eight hours uses the same number of calories as one hour of jogging.

Cute kitties doing cute things in videos are a daily meme online. Yours likely won’t be if …
• He’s so fat your cat-carrier was made by ‘Caterpillar’.
• She only seems content when suction-cupped to your car’s rear window.
• She gets ticked off whenever you bother her while she’s taking a break … from having a nap.
• He’s always so blotto-ed on catnip, Shia LaBeouf’s cat staged an intervention.
• Doesn’t do funny stunts. In fact, she gets winded purring.
• Oddly, she seems aloof and disinterested at times.

☎ What’s the most expensive thing you’ve broken?

The recipe said “Set the oven to 180 degrees” so I did, but now I can’t open it because the door faces the wall.

Question: 78% of women say they regret this the most about their high school years.
Answer: Their hair style

The expert in anything was once a beginner.

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