Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – Edition: #5808

Monthly Planning Calendar in Today’s Issue!

★ Actor Michael C Bernardi has made history on Broadway by making his debut in the “Fiddler On the Roof” role his father played 5 decades ago. Bernardi normally portrays ‘Mordcha the Innkeeper’ in the current Broadway revival but has now taken over the lead as ‘Tevye’, reprising the role his late father Herschel Bernardi made famous nearly a half-century ago. Michael was only 2 when his pop passed away, but admits the show has always made him feel close to his dad. Close, literally … he’s wearing his father’s boots in the production.
★ 22-year-old Justin Bieber has landed 8 new entries in the upcoming 2017 edition of “Guinness World Records”. Among them …
✓ Most simultaneous tracks on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ singles chart (17).
✓ Most simultaneous new entries on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ by a solo artist (13).
✓ 1st act to occupy all 3 top positions simultaneously on the UK singles chart.
✓ Most streamed track on Spotify in 1 week (“What Do You Mean?”, over 30 million plays).
✓ Most followed male on Twitter (85 million followers).
✓ Most YouTube views on an individual music channel (10.4 billion).

• “Almost President: The Agony of Defeat” (CNN) – A new documentary about those who’ve lost US presidential elections, including Mitt Romney, John McCain and Michael Dukakis. They analyze their own mistakes and detail the impact on their families.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – The results of viewer voting reveal which acts are advancing to the final.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Kanye West (“The Life of Pablo”). Rerun.
• “Ice Road Truckers” (History) – Season 10 debut. As the new campaign commences, companies risk financial ruin in the face one of the shortest and warmest Winters on record. BS FACTOID: Sometime “Ice Road” star, 52-year-old pilot Darrell Ward, died Sunday in a fiery crash on the shoulder of Interstate 90 near Missoula MT.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Nathaniel Rateliff Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (self-titled album).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – White Mystery (“Blood & Venom”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – Saint Motel (“saintmotelevision”, out October 21st).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Tove Lo (“Queen Of the Clouds”).
• Venice Film Festival (Venice, Italy) – The 73rd annual through September 10th. Brit film director Sam Mendes (“Spectre”) heads the jury that awards the Golden Lion for ‘Best Film’ and other key prizes. Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling’s new film “La La Land” opens the festival.

• Drake – He’s become the 1st male artist to have 50 consecutive weeks in the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ chart’s top 10. The streak began back in October, when “Hotline Bling” first made the benchmark.
• Florida Georgia Line – After collaborating with Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, and Ziggy Marley on their new album “Dig Your Roots”, Brian Kelley & Tyler Hubbard say they’d next like to work with Drake.
• Pharrell Williams – He & his father Pharoah Williams have teamed with gourmet grocery chain Dean & DeLuca to create ‘The Williams Family Kitchen’, a line of food products based on authentic Williams family recipes.
• Rod Stewart – He’s become the last performer to play the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City NJ before a shutdown by casino owner Carl Icahn. The hotel-casino, which once belonged to Donald Trump, closes for good on October 10th.
• Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs – Earlier this year the Bad Boy Records boss unveiled plans for his own charter school and this week he’s officially declared the Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School in NYC open during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
• Taylor Swift – She’s been dismissed from a Nashville TN jury pool. She advanced past the initial rounds of jury selection for a case involving rape, kidnapping, and domestic assault. But as the selection process continued, she was dismissed.

Online retailer is about to experiment with a 30-hour work week for which employees earn 75% of full-time employees. But those working the shorter workweek will be salaried and still get the same benefits as the 40-hour employees. The pilot program, announced last week, involves entire technical teams, including managers. In total, a few dozen employees are scheduled to take part in the experiment. Observers say Amazon is likely trying to draw more women to its workforce, as a more flexible workweek could be attractive to mothers. The shorter hours could actually end up improving productivity as studies have shown that workers who put in fewer hours on-the-job are often far more productive. (The first one is best.)
– “Washington Post”

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 88% of use believe that wearing shiny shoes helps to land a job.
• 80% of us would give up watching TV, shopping, and using a cellphone for a flat stomach.
• 75% of kids lie about completing their homework.
• 70% of parents say watching their kids play sports is the most stressful parental thing they do.
• 53% of men don’t know how to tie a tie.
• 50% of parents say as soon as their kids go back to school they want to have another baby.

A prototype race car testing driverless technology for a planned ‘Roborace’ competition has made its public debut at Donington Park, the Brit motorsport circuit located near Castle Donington in Leicestershire. The ‘Devbot’ has only managed to complete 1 lap around the course without a human in control. Even so, Kinetik, the London-based investment fund behind the initiative, hopes to launch a competition series featuring autonomous electric-powered cars racing against each other over the coming months. (In related news, Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton has been attending career counseling in hope of a new gig.)
– BBC News

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Prebuttal’ – Opposite to a rebuttal, this is an argument against something that has not yet even been said. (“Mom, I was wondering ….” “No, you can’t stay out past midnight.”)
• ‘STEAM’ – An abbreviation that gathers the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math as a group. (Then there’s ‘BAH’ … Broadcasting, Acting, and Hospitality.)
• ‘Teraproject’ – An extremely large project, especially one costing over a trillion dollars. (“We have a new teraproject in the works; Jane wants to redo the kitchen …”)

More than 500 new TV series are being developed for 2017. Only about 150 of them will air on mainstream TV networks. The rest are destined for cable channels and online streaming.


1945 [71] Van Morrison, Belfast, Northern Ireland, classic rock-pop-blues singer (“Moondance”, “Brown Eyed Girl”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1993)

1949 [67] Richard Gere, Philadelphia PA, movie actor (“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “Pretty Woman”)

1972 [44] Chris Tucker, Atlanta GA, movie actor (“Rush Hour” movies)/stand-up comedian

1975 [41] Sara Ramirez, Mazatlan, Mexico, TV actress (‘Dr Callie Torres’ on “Grey’s Anatomy” since 2006)/Broadway actress (Tony Award-“Spamalot”)

• “Eat Outside Day”, a great excuse to eat outside one more time before Summer comes to an end and we all get busy with Fall activities.

• “International Overdose Awareness Day”, a global event to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. It also spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. You’re encouraged to wear silver to show your support.

• “Invent a New Sandwich Day”, and be sure to give it a really creative name!

• “Love Litigating Lawyers Day”, because even shysters need affection.

• “Matchmaker Day”, honoring those romantics (aka busybodies) whose dauntless pursuit of perfect matches for cupid’s arrow results in long-lasting love stories. Playing matchmaker requires a bit of social savvy, the ability to listen, and timing.

• “Trail Mix Day”, celebrating the combination of nuts, seeds, dried fruits (bark, twigs, compost, etc) that takes about a gallon of water to wash down.

• “Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday”, a day to offer someone your time, help, or advice. It doesn’t have to be anything grand; even the smallest bit of help to someone is appreciated.

2004 [12] Hollywood action star-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the Republican National Convention, telling pessimists about the economy not to be “girly men”

2007 [09] Horror thriller remake “Halloween”, directed by rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie, opens in movie theaters

2002 [14] NASA announces *NSYNC’s 23-year-old Lance Bass as the first celebrity astronaut, aboard a future Russian Soyuz mission (doesn’t happen as he fails to pay the $20-million tab)

2004 [12] Green Day releases the landmark album “American Idiot”

2012 [04] Enrique Peña Nieto wins Mexico’s presidential election (assumes office December 1st)

2015 [01] Barack Obama restores the Native American name of the tallest North American peak, Alaska’s Mount McKinley, announcing it will revert to its former name of Denali

1995 [21] 6 people die attempting to rescue a chicken that has fallen down a well in southern Egypt (only the chicken survives)

[Sep 1] Building Code Staff Appreciation Day / No Rhyme Nor Reason Day / Random Acts of Kindness Day
[Sep 2] Bumbershoot begins (Seattle WA) / Riot Fest begins (Detroit MI / Bring Your Manners to Work Day / Cow Chip Throwing Days / Lazy Moms Day
[Sep 3] Made In America Festival begins (Philadelphia PA) / Franchise Appreciation Day / Tailgating Day
[Sep 4] Wildlife Day / Newspaper Carrier Day
[Sep 5] Labor Day (Canada/USA) / TV Choice Awards (London UK) / Be Late For Something Day / Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)
[Sep 6] “Ellen” season premiere (syndicated) / Another Look Day
[Sep 7] l Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day / Salami Day
[Sep 8] 2016 NFL Kickoff (Denver CO) / Toronto Film Festival begins (Toronto ON) / International Literacy Day / Ampersand Day / Oncology Nurses Day / World Physical Therapy Day
[Sep 9] “The Disappointments Room”; “Shut In”; “Sully” open in movie theaters / International Buy a Priest a Beer Day / Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day / Wonderful Weirdoes Day / Stand Up to Cancer Day
[Sep 10] High Elevation Rock Festival begins (Denver CO) / Lollapalooza Berlin begins (Berlin, Germany) / International Drive Your Studebaker Day / Iguana Awareness Day / Prairie Day
[Sep 11] Eid al-Aida (Muslim) / Grandparents Day / “2017 Miss America Competition” (ABC) / Hug Your Hound Day / 9/11 Remembrance Day / “Rob & Chyna” debuts (E!)
[Sep 12] “Harry” debuts (syndicated) / “Dancing With the Stars” season debut (ABC) / International Day for South-South Cooperation / Boss-Employee Exchange Day / Programmers Day / World Maritime Day
[Sep 13] Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day / Celiac Awareness Day / Peanut Day / Pet Memorial Day
[Sep 14] Kreme-Filled Donut Day / “American Horror Story” season debut (FX)
[Sep 15] “Thursday Night Football” premiere (CBS) / “Project Runway” season opener (Lifetime) / Mercury Prize announced (London UK) / Full ‘Harvest’ Moon / Felt Hat Day / Greenpeace Day / International Day of Democracy
[Sep 16] “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years”; “Bridget Jones’s Baby”; “Snowden” open in movie theaters / Riot Fest begins (Chicago IL) / Clean Up the World Weekend / International Day For the Preservation Of the Ozone Layer / Guacamole Day / POW/MIA Recognition Day / Tradesperson Day / Stepfamily Day
[Sep 17] Global Citizen Concert (Montréal QC) / Music Midtown festival begins (Atlanta GA) / Farm Aid 2016 (Bristow VA) / Revolution Rock Festival (Mashantucket CT) / BET Hip Hop Awards taping (Atlanta GA) / Responsible Dog Ownership Day / Batman Day / Big Whopper Liar Day / International Country Music Day / Eat An Apple Day / International Coastal Cleanup Day / Locate an Old Friend Day / Gymnastics Day / Puppy Mill Awareness Day
[Sep 18] “Primetime Emmy Awards” (ABC) / “Beauty & The Beast” 25th Anniversary Screening (NYC) / Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day / Ceiling Fan Day / Cheeseburger Day / Wife Appreciation Day / World Water Monitoring Day
[Sep 19] Polaris Music Prize awarded (Toronto ON) / Respect For the Aged Day / Talk Like a Pirate Day / “The Big Bang Theory” season debut (CBS) / “The Voice” season premiere (NBC)
[Sep 20] “To Joey, With Love” screens in movie theaters / “Bull” series premiere (CBS) / “This Is Us” series premiere (NBC) / IT Professionals Day
[Sep 21] “Lethal Weapon” series debut (FOX) / “Survivor” season premiere (CBS) / “Empire” season debut (FOX) / Americana Music Honors & Awards (Nashville TN) / Rehabilitation Day / School Backpack Awareness Day / World’s Alzheimer’s Day
[Sep 22] Autumn begins (Northern Hemisphere) / “How to Get Away With Murder” season debut (ABC) / Business Women’s Day / Car Free Day / Elephant Appreciation Day / Ice Cream Cone Day / Centenarians Day / White Chocolate Day
[Sep 23] “Goat”; “The Magnificent Seven”; “Queen of Katwe”; “Storks” open in movie theaters / “Blue Bloods” season premiere (CBS) / “MacGyver” series debut (CBS) / Life is Beautiful Festival begins (Las Vegas NV) / Celebrate Bisexuality Day / Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day
[Sep 24] Global Citizen Festival (NYC) / Family Health & Fitness Day / Fish Amnesty Day / International Lace Day / International Rabbit Day / Hunting & Fishing Day / Public Lands Day / Worldwide Day of Play / Punctuation Day
[Sep 25] “60 Minutes” season opener (CBS) / Bright Pink Lipstick Day / International Day Of the Deaf / One-Hit Wonder Day / World Pharmacists Day
[Sep 26] “US Presidential Debate” (CBS) / Dumpling Day / World Contraception Day
[Sep 27] Springsteen autobiography “Born to Run” published / All For the Hall Concert (Los Angeles CA) / Ancestor Appreciation Day / Woman Road Warrior Day / World Tourism Day
[Sep 28] Fish Tank Floorshow Night / Drink Beer Day / Good Neighbor Day / World Rabies Day / Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Sep 29] Biscotti Day / International Coffee Day / World Heart Day
[Sep 30] “Deepwater Horizon”; Masterminds”; “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” open in movie theaters / Austin City Limits begins (Austin TX) / Route 91 Harvest fest begins (Las Vegas NV) / “Luke Cage” premieres (Netflix) / Ask a Stupid Question Day / Hug a Vegetarian Day / Save the Koala Day / Vegan Baking Day


• Big city apartment co-signed by parents.
• Yelp-recommended brunch place in a hard-to-find alley behind a dumpster.
• Artisanal butter.
• Kale smoothies.
• Instagram followers.
• Fennel seeds from a farmers market.
• Bowtie.
• Gluten allergy.
• Artisanal firewood.
• Swirly mustache.
– Tanks to Matt Greenberg

☎ What’s the weirdest thing you’ve bought on Amazon … while drunk?

I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

Question: Women are more than 50% more likely to do THIS than men.
Answer: Sing in the shower.

Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.

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