Thursday, August 27, 2015        Edition: #5525

Bully For You!

★ Today a hat belonging to Hollywood screen icon Marilyn Monroe is expected to fetch up to $35,000 at auction. The floppy black velvet headgear, made by NYC milliner Madcaps, goes under the hammer at a Nate D Sanders auction in Los Angeles, alongside a picture of the actress wearing it. Items owned and used by Monroe are rare. Their value is high primarily because collectors covet anything she has actually worn. (Like Bobby Kennedy’s shirt.)
★ A rock band returning to Britain in their tour bus after performing in France found an illegal immigrant hidden … in a guitar case. The members of Wille & The Bandits, a blues-rock 3-piece picked by BBC Radio 1 as one of the UK’s must-see new bands, were filling up their van just outside Calais when they discovered a pair of migrants in the back. One had secreted himself inside the case for one of the band’s instruments. In a tweet the band says they feel sorry for the stowaways as they only want to find a better life. (But they turfed them out anyway.)
– “Daily Telegraph”
★ Actor Kevin Bacon is set to is make his return to Broadway after 13 years, starring in a new stage version of “Rear Window”. The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie classic has been adapted for the stage by playwright Keith Reddin, with Bacon stepping into the role made famous by Jimmy Stewart, a wheelchair-bound photographer who becomes convinced he’s witnessed a murder. Previews begin October 22nd. (Time to update the ‘Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’ game.)

• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Meghan Trainor (“Title”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Lamb of God (“VII: Sturm und Drang”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Holy Wave (“Relax”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – American Authors (“Oh, What A Life”). Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly & Michael” (syndicated/CTV) – Tori Kelly (“Unbreakable Smile”).
• “Meredith Vieira Show” (syndicated) – 1990s duo Salt-N-Pepa. Rerun.
• “Power & Ice” (History) – Debut of a new reality series that follows 3 Alaskan companies as they work to keep the power running in the freezing wilderness despite the constant threat of avalanches and electrocution.
• “Queen Latifah” (syndicated) – Sheila E (“Icon”). Rerun.
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Jordin Sparks (“Right Here, Right Now”) performs.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – The War on Drugs (“Lost In the Dream”). Rerun.

• Carrie Underwood – She’s set to debut her CALIA Fall Collection at New York Fashion Week. She created the fitness & lifestyle apparel line in partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods and is looking forward to having more than a spectator role at the September 10-17 event.
• Chris Brown – His unusual new tattoo on the back of his head which appears to be the face of the famous Greek statue Venus De Milo is getting dissed online. Some have suggested it just looks ‘stupid’. Perhaps that’s why he’s now deleted his Instagram posting of the new ink.
• Fetty Wap – Today the “Trap Queen” hitmaker is hosting a free concert for inner city youth in his hometown of Paterson NJ. The first 1,200 Paterson students who present their ID receive a ticket to the event.
• Iron Maiden – Frontman Bruce Dickinson will pilot a Boeing 747 to over 30 countries on 6 continents for “The Book of Souls World Tour” in 2016. The rockers have announced they’ll travel 55,000 miles during the trek, which includes their first-ever gigs in China and El Salvador.
• Kacey Musgraves – Her new tour, “The Kacey Musgraves Country & Western Rhinestone Revue”, kicks off tonight in Atlanta GA. As well as North America, the show is touring England, Ireland, and Germany before wrapping in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 22nd.
• Kanye West – He’s being presented with the ‘Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award’ at the “MTV Video Music Awards” this Sunday. In a press release, MTV says: “His creative depths have never ceased to amaze us.” Should be interesting to hear what Kanye has to say.
• Van Morrison – Legacy Recordings, the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment, has acquired the rights to a lot of his music. 33 of his albums, spanning 1972-2009, are being made available on streaming platforms beginning this Friday.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Jungle Cruise” – Actor Dwayne Johnson (“Furious 7”, “San Andreas”) has reportedly been cast as the lead in Disney’s latest movie based on a theme park attraction (á la “Pirates Of the Caribbean”). The storyline is expected to be set in the past. Although the movie does not yet have a director attached to it, the screenplay is in the early stages of development.
• “The Lego Batman Movie” – Zach Galifianakis has the role of ‘The Joker’ in this upcoming spinoff from “The Lego Movie”. The “Hangover” star will voice the villain opposite Will Arnett, who’s reprising his role as the ‘Caped Crusader’ from the 2014 blockbuster. Michael Cera voices the superhero’s sidekick, ‘Robin’. “The Lego Batman Movie” debuts in 2017.
• “Man Of Steel 2” – George Miller, the director behind “Mad Max” and “Happy Feet”, has emerged as a front-runner to helm this upcoming sequel. Henry Cavill reprises his role as ‘Superman’ in next year’s “Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice”, but the Brit actor recently made it clear that the action-packed film is NOT a sequel to “Man of Steel”.
• “Toy Story 4” – There’s always been some chemistry between ‘Woody’ and ‘Bo Peep’, but their romance is set to be fully explored in the next film in the franchise as it’s been confirmed that the upcoming sequel will focus on their love story. The two have shown ample amounts of attraction going back to the original movie in 1995. The next “Toy Story” is due in 2017.
• “Why Him” – Former “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is joining James Franco in this comedy directed by John Hamburg (“I Love You Man”). The film centers on a dad who takes a trip with his family to visit his daughter at college. There, he finds himself in a battle for her affections with her new boyfriend, a brash tech-billionaire. Production begins in LA in February.

A few recommendations from the American Chemistry Society …
✓ Viral Videos – The pleasure you get watching animals (or babies) doing cute stuff causes you to feel pleasure, which improves your mood and temporarily makes you pay attention to details. Plus, it helps decrease your cortisol levels, making you less stressed.
✓ Drink Water – Dehydration can cause fatigue, confusion, and heart palpitations, all of which may hinder your workday. Water is an important component of the plasma in blood; and blood-flow allows oxygen to be delivered to the brain as well as nutrients to the body.
✓ Take Five – Listening to music, dancing it out, taking a stroll … whatever feels good to you while taking a breather in the middle of your workday will release endorphins to the brain and help you to function better overall.
✓ Light It Up – Several studies show that adding bright light to your day can increase alertness and help you stay awake. That would further make the case for having classes or work take place outside in the sunshine, right?
– Adapted from

What are the oldest words in English? We don’t know for sure, but there are some contenders. Language researchers at the University of Reading in England have looked at a variety of words that sound similar across different Indo-European languages. By analyzing the rate of change, they have arrived at 23 ultra-conserved words that have likely sounded the same for the last 15,000 years or so. The oldest? ‘I’, ‘who’, ‘two’, ‘three’, and ‘five’. Other ultra-conserved words include ‘man’, ‘mother’, ‘ashes’, and ‘worm’. (The oldest phrase: “It wasn’t me.”)

If you think flying is stressful, try being a flight attendant. A few of the things they get tired of putting up with, according to a new Facebook poll …
✗ People who walk around barefoot throughout the plane.
✗ Parents who leave dirty diapers all over the place.
✗ Those who take forever to choose a drink even though they’ve seen the drink cart coming down the aisle for a half-hour.
✗ Passengers who are unaware they are yelling because they’re using headphones.
✗ Trash stuffed in seatback pockets, even though attendants do regular garbage pickups.
✗ Passengers who get up to use the washroom right before landing or while meals are being served.
✗ Worriers who keep asking if they’ll make their next flight because they’ve booked tight connections.

• Boyshorts – You love cuddling and always identify with the wise best friend in rom-coms. When a friend is in need, you’re the first one to offer support. You’re great at budgeting money but have a tendency to lose track of time, so you wind up running late a lot.
• Cotton Bikini – You love laughing more than any other activity, which is great because you have a great giggle that makes people smile. As a kid, you always tried to make everyone around you feel included, and you’re still the same kind, empathetic person today.
• Granny Panties – You don’t believe in being uncomfortable for the sake of style, no matter what. You’ll put on a dress every now and again, but only one that is ultra-comfortable and not too expensive. That said, you have a tendency to splurge on fancy cupcakes every now & then.
• High-Waisted – Given the choice, you always prefer a good whiskey cocktail over a glass of beer. You often feel like you were born in the wrong decade. When it comes to pop culture, you wish all of today’s celebrities could be replaced by Old Hollywood starlets and leading men.
• Lace – You try to add a little extra elegance into everything you do. You prefer to blaze your own trail rather than follow somebody else’s. You believe in balancing practicality with style; nobody will ever catch you in 4-inch heels unless they’re deceptively comfy.
• Thong – You’re extremely ambitious. Once you set your eyes on a goal, nothing can keep you from reaching it. You balance this zeal with lots of love for family & friends, all of whom think of you as one of the most consistently put-together people they know.
• Undies With Text Slogans – People regularly call you bubbly, cute, and adorable, which you feign annoyance about but secretly enjoy. You love to listen to the radio and, as a result, know all the words to every hit on the charts right now.
– Condensed from “Good Housekeeping”

Some scientists believe they have found the loneliest whale in the world because it sings at a very unique frequency. They haven’t actually found it yet though … they’ve only heard its song.


1953 [62] Alex Lifeson (Zivojinovich), Fernie BC, rock singer-guitarist (Rush-“One Little Victory”, “Test for Echo”)

1969 [46] Chandra Wilson, Houston TX, TV actress (‘Dr Miranda Bailey’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2005)

1970 [45] Tony Kanal, Kingsbury UK, rock bassist (No Doubt-“It’s My Life”, “Underneath It All”)

1979 [36] Aaron Paul (Sturtevant), Emmett ID, TV actor (“BoJack Horseman” since 2014, “Breaking Bad” 2008-13)/movie actor (“Need for Speed”)

1979 [36] Sarah Neufeld, Courtenay BC, indie rock violinist (Arcade Fire-“Reflektor”)

1986 [29] Mario (Barrett), Baltimore MD, R&B singer (“Let Me Love You”)/movie actor (“Step Up”)

• “Banana Lovers Day”, an annual celebration of the fruit with appeal. Some ‘nana facts here …

• “Global Forgiveness Day”, begun in 1994 to promote the healing power of forgiveness worldwide. Take a few moments to sincerely forgive someone. And make it public. That way forgiveness will spread. (Or so they say.)

• “Just Because Day”, a chance to do something spontaneously without rhyme nor reason. Most often in life, we do things because we have to, we want to, or they’re expected of us. None of those reasons apply on this day.

• “Motorist Consideration Day”, because a little bit of consideration by drivers will result in fewer accidents and definitely less stress.

• “Petroleum Day” (aka Oil & Gas Industry Appreciation Day), honoring the world’s first commercially successful oil well, drilled near Titusville, Pennsylvania 156 years ago today in 1859. (When many of today’s problems began.)

1955 [60] “Guinness Book of World Records” is 1st published and sells over 70 million copies

1992 [23] John Lennon’s original handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ “A Day In the Life” fetch $87,000 at a Sotheby’s auction

2007 [08] Then highest-paid NFL star, Michael Vick (Atlanta Falcons QB), pleads guilty in his dogfighting case and is sentenced to 23 months in prison

1994 [21] 1,592,744 balloons are released by Disney Home Video in England, setting a record

1998 [17] Canadian dollar drops to its lowest point ever … 63.31¢ US (today, about 75¢)

[Fri] “No Escape”; “War Room”; “We Are Your Friends”; “Z for Zachariah” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Riot Fest opens (Denver CO)
[Fri] Reading & Leeds Festivals open (UK)
[Sat] More Herbs, Less Salt Day
[Sun] Toasted Marshmallow Day
This Week Is … Be Kind to Humankind Week
This Month Is … Psoriasis Awareness Month


August is “Inventors Month”, a good excuse to review …
• The Waterproof Tea Bag
• World’s Largest Microchip
• The Compact Limousine
• The Glow-in-the-Dark Sundial
• Imitation Cubic Zirconia
• The Impact-Triggered Parachute
• All-Terrain Roller Blades
• Armpit-Scented Deodorant

☎ Let’s settle this once and for all … is chunky or smooth peanut butter better? Why?

Her modeling career isn’t going so well; all her jobs are for cartoonists.

Which culinary treat is made by fermenting vinegar and hot peppers in a French oak barrel for 3 years?
a. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
b. Tabasco Sauce [CORRECT]
c. Frank’s Red Hot

Question: 7-out-of-10 men believe they are better at THIS than women.
Answer: Driving and navigating.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

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