Tuesday, August 8, 2017 – Edition: #6029

When You Can’t Dazzle Them with Brilliance, Baffle Them with Bull!

★ One of Hollywood’s cutest couples has packed it in.  Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced that they are separating after eight years of marriage.  The actors announced the news Sunday night in statements shared to their social media pages.  The statements read in part:  “We are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed.  Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still love each other and will always cherish our time together.”  Pratt and Faris’ son Jack turns five on August 25.
★ TV reboot fever keeps getting hotter.  If NBC gets its way, ‘The West Wing,’ ‘ER,’ ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock’ will all be revived.  Of the shows on NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt’s wish list, word has it that ‘The Office’ is most likely to reemerge first.  Meanwhile, the new ‘Will & Grace’ already has a second season in the works.  The network has renewed the show for 2018 and upped this year’s return to 16 episodes, instead of the original call for 10.  Will and Grace version 2.0 premieres on September 28.
(For the love of all that is holy, PLEASE do not screw up ‘The Office’ on us!)
-Huffington Post
★ Spoiler Alert! Dan will live. Though he met his maker in the 1997 Roseanne series finale, John Goodman’s character will be present when the show returns on ABC this season.  Although insiders at ABC aren’t giving an explanation on how, they do say that the events of the finale won’t be ignored when the show returns shortly into 2018, “Dan is definitely still alive.”
And ‘Big Bang Theory’s’  Johnny Galecki is in talks to reprise his role as Roseanne and Dan’s son-in-law David.
(Well, if they can resurrect a SERIES…surely they can do the same with a character!)
★ An Emmy nomination for ‘This Is Us’ has been revoked. The time-hopping drama has had one of its 11 nominations rescinded after the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences determined it did not meet the requirements to be eligible for a nomination in the ‘Outstanding Contemporary Costumes’ category.  ‘House of Cards’ will take its place on the ballot.
★ Mindy Kaling’s pregnancy reportedly came as a shock to her family and even they don’t yet know who is the father of her baby. The 38-year-old is expecting her first child, but isn’t known to have a boyfriend.  Kaling has yet to publicly speak about her pregnancy, and sources have claimed she hasn’t even told her close friends who the baby’s father is.
(Sounds like it wasn’t just a shock to her family…)

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Milo Ventimiglia, Lindsey Stirling
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Billy Crystal, Derek Hough, the winner of “World of Dance”, Jessie Reyez
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Christoph Waltz, Chris O’Dowd, Sean Evans
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Eva Longoria, Max Greenfield, John Singleton, Venzella Joy
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): John Boyega, Jeffrey Tambor, Rag’n’Bone Man
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Madchen Amick, Strand of Oaks, Maggie Maye ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): “The Russian Scandal: The Creme de la Kremlin”
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Issa Rae, Benjamin Booker
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Bobby Giancola, Hannah Ferrier ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kevin Hart ( R )
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Chris O’Dowd, guest co-host Rita Ora
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Rachel Ramras, Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, Raelynn ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Mack Wilds, Afton Williamson ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Famke Janssen, Annaleigh Ashford, Alexander Rossi ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, guest co-host Kandi Burruss ( R )
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Judge Cuts 4” Contestants have one last chance to impress the judges; guest judge Seal.
• “World of Dance” (NBC): “World Final” The final three acts compete for the title and the $1 million grand prize.

• Rolling Stones – Ronnie Wood has revealed that he battled lung cancer. In May, it was reported that the 70-year-old had undergone surgery to fix a lesion on his lung.  Wood now confirms that he had a cancerous growth removed.  He says that he chose not to tell anyone except his wife at the time because he didn’t want to burden others with the news. According to him, “I was ready to say goodbye” if the cancer had spread.
• Taylor Swift – is expected to testify against the Denver radio host who is accused of groping her during a photo op at 2013 concert.
• Lady Gaga – HBO will air a documentary about her in September. The one-off special will focus on the past year of her life, including the release of her comeback album ‘Joanne’ last October.
• Chester Bennington – Someone was trying to sell items from his memorial service on eBay.  Bidding reached as high as $50,000 for items including an order of service, wristband, lanyard and pin from his private funeral before eBay agreed to remove the items.
• Aaron Carter – has revealed he was a teenager when he began developing an attraction to both men and women.  He took to Twitter to share a statement saying that it was “a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off of me”.
• Kelly Clarkson and Bryan Adams – will perform at the closing ceremonies of the Invictus Games in Toronto September 30.  Bachman & Turner will also perform.   The Sept. 23 opening ceremony will feature Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and The Tenors.
• Kenny Chesney – has announced a live album.  ‘Live in No Shoes Nation’ will arrive Oct. 27 and feature 29 performances from the last 10 years.
• Keith Urban – has shared video of Lauren Alaina joining him on stage to duet on “We Were Us”, his 2013 song which originally featured Miranda Lambert.

Movies available now….wherever you get ’em!

• “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” (PG-13, Action/Drama): Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city.  But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. (Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law)
• “Snatched” (R-Rated, Comedy): When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results. (Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele)
• “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (PG, Comedy/Kids): A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. (Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott)
• “The Exception” (R-Rated, Drama): A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation. (Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer)
• “The Dinner” (R-Rated, Drama/Mystery): Two sets of wealthy parents meet for dinner to decide what to do about a crime their sons have committed. (Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan)

Fill up that 72-ounce travel mug, because a new study says coffee is NOT bad for you!  Actually what they found is that CAFFEINE is not a dangerous substance to ingest.  And that’s even better, because as you know, caffeine can also be found in tea, soda pop, chocolate, energy drinks and dietary supplements.  A review of 44 medical trials has dispelled the notion that caffeine is bad for the body.  It found that sticking to the recommended daily amount of 400mg – the equivalent four cups of coffee or eight cups of tea – results in no lasting damage on the body.  The review, conducted by a leading British dietitian, also determined that caffeine boosts both mental and physical performance.  However, the review did point out that tea is the best way to get your hit of caffeine as it has half the amount found in coffee and is packed with a variety of health-boosting polyphenols and antioxidants.  Oh, and it is possible to overdose on caffeine, so stick to the limit.
(Fine.  I’ll have a tea while my coffee is brewing.)
(NOT having coffee.  That’s what’s bad for me!)
(Note that they reviewed 44 previous studies.  They just couldn’t have done that without a bucket full of coffee!)

Forbes list of the 10 highest paid comedians in 2017…and their estimated earnings over the last 12 months….no kidding:
10. Sebastian Maniscalco – $15 million (all in U.S. dollars)
9. Jeff Dunham – $15.5 Million
8. Terry Fator – $18.5 million
7. Jim Gaffigan – $30.5 million
6. Kevin Hart – $32.5 million
5. Amy Schumer – $37.5 million
4. Dave Chapelle – $47 million
3. Louis C.K. – $52 million
2. Chris Rock – $57 million
1. Jerry Seinfeld – $69 million
(And in radio, we make so little money, it’s not funny!)

Wild scenario here, but play along, just for fun.  If this afternoon your boss walked up to you and said, “We’re having a great year. And you are doing a fantastic job for us.  I’d like to say thanks by giving you a raise or an extra week of paid vacation.  Your choice.”  I know, it would never happen.  But if it did, which would you pick?  In a survey, 59% took the cash.  But still, that means 41% would prefer additional ‘me’ time.   ***See today’s phone starter***
(But without a raise, I can’t go on vacation!)
(My boss asked me that exact question.  And then I woke up.)
(First answer these: If I take the money, how much?  And if I take the vacation, do I have to take the kids?)


1937 [80] Dustin Hoffman, LA CA, movie actor (2 Oscars-“Rain Man”, “Kramer vs Kramer”)

1961 [56] The Edge (David Evans), Barking UK, rock guitarist (U2-“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, “With or Without You”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2005)

1973 [44] Mark Wills (Williams), Cleveland TN, country singer (“19 Somethin’”, “Wish You Were Here”)

1973 [44] Scott Stapp, Goldsboro NC, rock singer (Creed-“My Sacrifice”, “With Arms Wide Open”)

1975 [42] Tom Linton, Mesa AZ, rock guitarist (Jimmy Eat World-“The Middle”)

1976 [41] Drew Lachey, Cincinnati OH, pop singer (98 Degrees-“I Do (Cherish You)”, “The Hardest Thing”)/brother of Nick Lachey.

1976 [41] JC Chasez, Bowie MD, former pop singer (*NSYNC-“Pop”, “Bye Bye Bye”)/songwriter/producer

1981 [36] Roger Federer, Basel, Switzerland, current #3-ranked men’s pro tennis player/2nd all-time leader in earnings ($107.3 million)

1998 [19] Shawn Mendes, Toronto ON, pop singer (“Treat You Better”, “Stitches”)

• “The Date to Create”, a day to brainstorm with family members and/or co-workers on ways to be more creative.  (What creative genius came up with THIS??)

• “Happiness Happens Day”, since 1999 an annual day to pay someone’s toll, bus or subway fare, or to donate to a charity. It’s all a conspiracy of the ‘Secret Society of Happy People’.
NET: http://www.sohp.com

• “International Cat Day”, in recognition and veneration of one of humanity’s oldest and most beloved pets. The observance was initiated in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to celebrate the most popular pet on the planet.

• “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night”, a day to share the wealth of your vegetable garden with friends and neighbors. Uh, could you make it tomatoes instead?

• “Dollar Day”, an annual event that celebrates the wonderful and sometimes elusive, dollar.
Some quotes that are ‘right on the money’…
$ “The buck stops here.” ~ United States President Harry S. Truman
$ “Money talks.” ~ Unknown
$ “Show me the money!” ~ Memorable quote from the 1996 film, Jerry Maguire
$ “Money doesn’t talk: it swears obscenity.” ~ Bob Dylan
$ “Money is the root of all evil.” ~ The Bible
$ “A fool and his money are soon parted.” ~ English Proverb
$ “Another day, another dollar.” ~ English Proverb
$ “A penny saved is a penny earned.” ~ English Proverb
$ “A nickel ain’t work a dime anymore.” ~ Yogi Berra
$ “If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.” ~ Earl Wilson
$ “The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.” ~ Kin Hubbard
$ “Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget rule No. 1!” ~ Warren Buffet

[Wed] Book Lovers Day
[Wed] Hand Holding Day
[Thurs] S’mores Day
[Thurs] Spoil Your Dog Day
This Week Is…National Farmers Market Week
This Month Is…National Back to School Month

2008 [09] Circa 1 billion TV viewers worldwide watch the opening ceremonies of the “Beijing Summer Olympic Games”, highlighted by a massive (partially faked) fireworks display

1963 [54] The Kingsmen release “Louie, Louie”.  The song was the subject of an FBI investigation about the supposed but nonexistent obscenity of the lyrics, leading many radio stations to ban it from airplay.

2002 [15] UK’s Co-op Funeral Services reports that pop songs are now more popular than hymns at funerals (#1 is “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler)

2005 [12] 2 jurors from the Michael Jackson child abuse case tell NBC-TV’s “Today” that they have come to regret their ruling of ‘not guilty’

2010 [07] Sarah, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex, Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie) becomes the 1st Brit royal in history to suffer near-bankruptcy (even those Weight Watchers commercials didn’t help?)

1988 [29] The temperature hits a high of 88 F on 8/8/88 in NYC

2001 [16] 78-year-old Egyptian Mustafa Semeda claims he has been married 203 times, the first union happening back in 1947


• In the 1830s, ketchup was sold as medicine.
• Flipping a coin is not 50/50.  It is actually 51% in favor of the side of the coin that is up when the toss is started.
• 315 entries in Webster’s 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
• A group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.
• Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn’t wear any pants.

• Welcome back, Johnsons!  Are you ready to party?
• Do you think you’ll be at the next reunion, since you’re his 4th wife??
• Sooooo, am I in your will?
• Lets pull out the ouija board to see what Gramps is up to.
• Anyone for naked Twister?
• How are all you people not dead yet?
• If the police show up, I’m not here, okay…?
• When is it OK for me to leave?
• Didn’t we used to date?
• Who ARE these people?

I hate peer pressure and you should too.

☎Given the choice, which would you take: A pay raise or more (paid) vacation?

Question: 90% of people who try to do THIS, fail.  What?
Answer: Become a vegetarian

What comes easy, won’t last long. What lasts long, won’t come easy.

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