Wednesday, August 19, 2015        Edition: #5519

When You Can’t Beguile Them With Brilliance, Baffle Them With Bull!

★ NBC-TV has announced some of the hosts for its upcoming “Saturday Night Live” season. “SNL’s” 41st go-round opens October 3rd with Miley Cyrus returning as host for a 3rd time. Comedian and hot new movie star Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”) makes her hosting debut October 10th. And Tracy Morgan makes a comeback to NBC’s Studio 8H on October 17th, his 2nd time hosting the show where he was a cast member for 7 seasons. Morgan was critically injured in June 2014 when his limo was struck by a truck. He’s not performed since, having had to endure extensive physical rehab.
★ An Assistant Director on the CBS-TV series “The Big Bang Theory” has launched legal action against the show for allegedly firing him due to his age. This week Christopher Klausen filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros Television at Los Angeles Superior Court that claims he was dismissed for ‘performance issues’ yet producers have been unable to cite any examples of unsatisfactory work during his 7 years on the show. He’s filing for discrimination based on age, wrongful termination, and failure to prevent discrimination. For the record, he’s 55-years-old.
★ 30-year-old movie actor Emile Hirsch (“10,000 Saints”, “Milk”, “Into the Wild”) has been sentenced to 15 days in jail plus community service and a fine by a Utah court after pleading guilty to assaulting a female movie executive at the Sundance Film Festival in January. An apparently drunk Hirsch reportedly grabbed Paramount exec Dani Bernfeld, then put her in a headlock and pulled her across a table before choking her after she landed on the floor. Shortly afterward, his rep claimed the actor had no memory of the incident as he was intoxicated. Hirsch then promptly checked himself into rehab.
★ And “Empire” co-stars Terrence Howard & Taraji P Henson are teaming up on the upcoming 2nd season of Spike-TV’s “Lip Sync Battle”. After performing renditions of The Commodores’ “Brick House” and Mary J Blige’s “Just Fine” solo, the actors team up for a version of “It’s Hard Out Here For a Pimp” from their 2005 film “Hustle & Flow”. “Lip Sync Battle” has been a hit show for Spike; its premiere was the highest-rated in the cable channel’s history. 20 new episodes have been ordered up for Season 2.
– World Entertainment News Network

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 7 acts advance to the semifinals.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Langhorne Slim (“The Spirit Moves”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Shawn Mendes (“Handwritten”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Mumford & Sons (“Wilder Mind”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Laura Welsh (“Here For You”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Robin Thicke (“Morning Sun”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – MS MR (“How Does It Feel”).
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Rachel Platten (“Fight Song”).
• “Mr Robinson” (NBC/Global) – Season 1 finalé. The short 6-episode run for this series starring Craig Robinson wraps up with back-to-back new episodes. Earth, Wind & Fire guest star.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Carly Rae Jepsen (“Emotion”).
• “The View” (ABC/CTV) – Nick Jonas (“Nick Jonas”).

• Bon Jovi – Their upcoming tour date in Vancouver BC has been axed. The concert promoter has reportedly been unable to secure required permits for the near-sold out show scheduled for this Saturday in Stanley Park.
• Ed Sheeran – Rumored girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger has now met his parents and the couple has spent time hanging out in his hometown of Framlingham UK. A snitch reveals they had pizza & beer at his favorite pub, The Station, where he’s previously taken his pal Taylor Swift.
• Lana Del Rey – She’s confirmed that her new album, “Honeymoon”, will be released on September 18th. It features the previously shared title track as well as her new single “High By the Beach”.
• Miley Cyrus – The 22-year-old says she’s just putting the finishing touches to her new album. The almost completed 5th studio album (no title announced as yet) comes almost 2 years after her previous release, “Bangerz”.
• One Direction – They’ll be among the headline acts at UK’s 8th Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse September 19th-28th. Other acts scheduled to perform include Disclosure, Florence + The Machine, and Pharrell Williams.
• Rascal Flatts – A $2,000 custom guitar stolen backstage at the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville, Oregon on Friday night has been recovered by police. It was reportedly returned undamaged and the group has requested that no criminal charges be laid.

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Responsible Luxury’ – High-end green tourism and hospitality. (“We offer responsible luxury here at Hotel Snooty. The pillow chocolates are free-trade and the hotel limo is a bio-diesel.”)
• ‘Skateability’ – The extent to which an object or area is suitable for skateboarding. (“While the frozen food aisle at the supermarket may have skateability, it remains out of bounds.”)
• ‘Spinglish’ – The euphemistic language used in creating ‘spin’. (“Until you’ve mastered Spinglish, politicians and corporations will continue to put things over on you.”)

Cutting fat from your diet leads to more weight-loss than reducing carbohydrates, according to a new health study from the US National Institutes of Health. Scientists intensely analyzed people on controlled diets by inspecting every morsel of food, every minute of exercise, even the number of breaths taken. It has been argued that restricting carbs is the best way to get rid of a ‘spare tire’ as it alters the body’s metabolism. And while that may be true, the new research finds an average 80% more weight-loss is when fats are cut from the diet. Overall, the experts say the most effective diet is … one you can stick to. They conclude that if it’s easier to adhere to one diet over another, and do it permanently, then you should choose that diet. (Bacon!)
– Sourced from BBC News

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 78% of women say they regularly use coupons, but only 60% of men do.
• 20% of us admit to going through a neighbor’s garbage under the cover of darkness.
• 17% of office employees have a candy jar at work.
• 8% of parents admit they’ve given their kids alcohol to calm them down in a restaurant.
• 6% of us have ruined a pair of underwear while riding a roller coaster.
• 1% of vacationers have forgotten their suitcase and left it behind.

Listening to music before, during, and after an operation can help reduce pain, according to a new review by Queen Mary University of London. The study has found that patients who listen to music are less anxious after surgery and need less pain relief. Music has even been found to be effective while patients are under general anesthetic. While it has an effect on stress and pain, researchers have found that music does not seem to reduce the length of hospital stays. The study concludes that music is a safe, cheap, and non-invasive option that should be available to everyone having surgery. The study was instigated after  the lead researcher found that Pink Floyd helped her relax after a recent hip operation. (“The Final Cut” perhaps?)
– “The Lancet”

Diner lingo is said to have roots as far back as the 1850s. Terms like ‘BLT’, ‘mayo’, and ‘eggs over easy’ originated as shorthand calls to the cook. A few others you might not have heard …
✓ “Adam & Eve On a Raft and Wreck ’em” – Scrambled eggs on toast.
✓ “Battle Creek in a Bowl” – Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, made in Battle Creek, Michigan.
✓ “Bridge” – Four of anything, taken from the card game which requires 4 players.
✓ “First Lady” – Spare ribs. A reference to Eve, purportedly created from Adam’s rib.
✓ “SOS” – An acronym for ‘Stew On a Shingle’, meaning minced dried beef with gravy on toast.
✓ “Whiskey Down” – Rye (also a type of whiskey) bread; the toaster knob pushed ‘down’.
✓ “Why Bother” – Decaffeinated coffee with non-fat milk. Fairly self-explanatory, no?

“Wanna refill?:
“Can I top that up for you?”
“Would you like another shot?”
“Freshen her up?”
“Still thirsty?”
“Cap off your cup?”
“Help me finish the pot?”
“Mo’ Joe for your mojo?”

With more than 2 million videos on YouTube, cats have become one of the most searched topics online. A new exhibition called “How Cats Took Over the Internet” has opened at NYC’s Museum of Moving Images. It looks at the history of how they rose to Internet fame, and why people like them so much. It was in 2005 that YouTube co-founder Steve Chen posted a video of his cat called ‘Pyjamas’ playing with a rope, making him the first to upload a cat video. But it wasn’t until the next year that a cat video went viral. “Puppy vs Cat” has racked up more than 16 million views on YouTube. Nowadays almost half of all original YouTube videos feature people’s pets, and around 26 billion views are of cats, making them the most popular category. (Who’s the cutest famous feline … Grumpycat, Lil’ Bub, or Maru?)
– “Newsround”

People tend to underestimate how many creative ideas they can come up with if they keep trying.
– “Pacific Standard”


1946 [69] Bill Clinton (William Jefferson Blythe III), Hope AR, 42nd US president (1993-2001)/best-selling author (“My Life”)/much sought-after speaker ($175,000 a pop)

1948 [67] Jim Carter, Harrogate UK, TV actor (‘Carson’ the butler on “Downton Abbey” since 2010)

1963 [52] John Stamos, Cypress CA, TV actor (“ER” 2005-09, “Full House” 1987-95)  UP NEXT: “Fuller House”, now shooting.

1965 [50] Kevin Dillon, Mamaroneck NY, TV-movie actor (“Entourage” 2004-11)/brother of actor Matt Dillon

1965 [50] Kyra Sedgwick, TV actress (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since 2014, “The Closer” 2005-12)/Mrs Kevin Bacon since 1988

1966 [49] Lee Ann Womack, Jacksonville TX, 5′-1″ country singer (“I Hope You Dance”, “I’ll Think Of a Reason Later”)

1969 [46] Matthew Perry, Williamstown MA [raised Ottawa ON], TV actor (“Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip” 2006-07, “Friends” 1994-2004)/movie actor (“The Whole Nine Yards”)

1969 [46] Clay Walker, Beaumont TX, country singer (“She Won’t Be Lonely Long”, “Fall”)

1983 [32] Tammin Sursok, Johannesburg, South Africa, TV actress (‘Jenna Marshall’ on “Pretty Little Liars” since 2010)

1986 [29] Christina Perri, Bensalem PA, pop singer-songwriter (“Human”, “Jar of Hearts”)

• “Afghan Independence Day”, celebrating the country of Afghanistan gaining full independence from the United Kingdom in 1919. (Only to be invaded about 87 times afterward.)

• “Aviation Day”, an annual observance honoring the 1871 birth date of Orville Wright, who piloted the first self-powered flight in history on December 17, 1903.

• “Soft Ice Cream Day”, honoring the chilly treat that’s dispensed out of a nozzle in enticing whirls onto a cone. Don’t forget to get it dipped in chocolate!

• “World Humanitarian Day”, a UN celebration of people helping people that recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of those who risk their lives to give others help and hope.

2012 [03] Movie director Tony Scott (“Top Gun”) dies at age 68 after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge into Los Angeles Harbor (a suicide note is later found in his car)

1909 [106] In front of 12,000 spectators, automotive engineer Louis Schwitzer wins the 2-lap, 5-mile inaugural race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana (average speed 57.4 mph)

1962 [53] Homer Blancos records the ‘Best-Ever Score in Competitive Golf’, shooting a 55 for 18 holes (Premier Invitational Tournament in Longview TX)

[Thurs] Ecological Debt Day
[Thurs] Radio Day
[Fri] Spumoni Day
[Fri] Senior Citizens Day
[Sat] V Festival opens (Chelmsford UK)
[Sat] Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival opens (Jones Beach NY)
This Week is … Freedom of Enterprise Week
This Month Is … Foot Health Month


Things That May Be Tossed …
• Used Kleenex
• Salad
• Ship at Sea
• Frisbee
• Her Head, Demurely
Things That May Be Hurled …
• Discus
• Javelin
• Insults
• Lunch
• Oneself
Things That May Be Thrown …
• Dirty Look
• Curve Ball
• Stone
• 1919 World Series
• Hissy Fit
– Thanks to Jesse Lichtenstein

☎ What’s the worst thing about your neighbor? Music too loud? Won’t cut the grass? Yappy dog?

It’s not the money I want … it’s the stuff.

Question: Almost 650 million of THESE will end up in landfills this year.
Answer: Shoes.

Life is only as long as you live it.

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