Thursday, December 7, 2017 – Edition: #6114

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★ “Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch has a baby girl.  She shared to Instagram on Monday that she welcomed her baby daughter Sadie, writing, “I am beyond over the moon to share that our beautiful baby girl, Sadie Rauch, has arrived and our hearts are bursting at the seams with love for her.” In July, when Rauch announced that she and husband Winston were expecting, she revealed that a previous pregnancy had ended in miscarriage.
★ Quentin Tarantino may be boldly going where he has never gone before.  He says that he wants to direct the next Star Trek movie and he has ‘a great idea’.  The Pulp Fiction director has reportedly shared his concept for the next Starship Enterprise adventure with J.J. Abrams, who is said to have agreed to produce the film if it works out.
(Gene Roddenberry’s ashes are spinning in…uh…space!)
★ Katharine McPhee quickly found out that she was not welcome after trying to crash a wedding in Mexico. The actress was with her producer when they tried to become a part of a wedding. The bride, though, wasn’t about to let that happen, and she kicked the two women out.
(New reality series: “Guestzillas”…starring Katharine McPhee)
★ Edgar Wright has confirmed ‘Baby Driver 2’ is in the works. The filmmaker wrote and directed the widely acclaimed 2017 crime thriller starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James and Jon Hamm, and following its success, Wright played coy about a potential sequel.  Now, however, Wright has confirmed he is working on writing a sequel and has ”lots of ideas”.
★ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame on December 13th and he humbly responded to the announcement by saying he’s honored.  Ana Martinez said: “Not only does Dwayne have a great personality and talent, but he also does a great amount of philanthropic work which is part of the criteria for earning an immortal spot on the Walk of Fame”.
-CelebrityInsider, Variety

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Octavia Spencer, Dave Franco, Hanson, guest host Melissa McCarthy
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): James Franco, Niall Horan
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Sarah Paulson, John Hodgman
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Mike Birbiglia, Brooks Wackerman
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Kobe Bryant, Morgan Freeman, Glen Keane
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Patton Oswalt, Andy Serkis, Royal Blood
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Claire Foy, Matt Smith
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Tiffany Haddish
• “The Talk” (CBS): Denis Leary, Amy Emmerich, guest co-host Rachel Platten
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Bob Odenkirk, Miranda Cosgrove, James Arthur
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Allison Janney
• “A Discovery Christmas Story” (DISCOVERY): Discovery families share their favorite Christmas traditions, like trimming the tree, making bush gifts, hunting holiday meals, and even making some moonshine.
• “Shrek the Halls (ABC): Shrek, Fiona and the kids try to celebrate the holidays as a family, but visits by Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingerbread Man and others turn a cozy gathering into a chaotic Christmas.
• “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (ABC):  post-Christmas playdate takes a scary turn when a set of action figures become delusional, so Trixie must get her pals safely back to Bonnie’s room.
• “With Love, Christmas” (HALLMARK): Two ad execs disagree over a cell-phone commercial they’re pitching to a client for a holiday campaign. To complicate matters, they’re unknowingly each other’s Secret Santa, whose different approaches to work are reflected in their outlooks on Christmas.

• Pink – recorded a duet with Christina Aguilera…two years ago.  Pink says that the former bitter rivals did a duet for a Christina Aguilera album “and I don’t know when it’s coming out but it’s amazing…I don’t remember the title, but she’s incredible.”
• Sam Smith – recently returned from a humanitarian trip to war-stricken Jordan.  A global ambassador for War Child UK, Smith is working to bring awareness to his fans of the recent atrocities in the region.
• Selena Gomez – a week after being named the most-followed person on Instagram for the second year in a row, she has made her account private. In screenshots apparently taken from her account, Gomez shared a portion of her recent Billboard cover story with the text, “Never will I let another human guess my words ever again. Or invite them in my home. That is so hurtful. The most ‘ridiculous’ part of that is no one knowing my heart when I say things.” The thinking is that she has a beef with the author of the story.
• Susan Boyle – the “Britain’s Got Talent” star is no longer being assaulted and harassed by a group of teen thugs in her hometown in Scotland.  Over the summer, multiple reports indicated that a group of 15 teens deliberately targeted her, sometimes hurling rocks and burning paper at her.  Apparently, the incidents stopped after media began reporting on the gang’s bad behavior.
• Dave Matthews – will join Aaron Neville and the Trey Anastasio Band for a hurricane relief benefit concert for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  ‘A Concert for Island Relief’ will be held in New York on Jan. 6.
• Foreigner – will hit the road with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening next summer for the North American ‘Juke Box Heroes Tour’.  It starts June 15th in Bangor, ME and will run until August 1st in Irvine, CA.
• Styx – have announced another tour with REO Speedwagon and the Eagles’ Don Felder.  The three acts will tour the U.S. starting March 13 in Duluth, MN.
• Guns N’ Roses –  Longtime keyboardist Dizzy Reed has announced the release of his debut solo album.  “Rock ‘N Roll Ain’t Easy” is set to be released on February 16th.  The song “This Don’t Look Like Vegas” is already streaming.
• John Mayer – has been hospitalized for an ”emergency appendectomy”.  He was rushed to a hospital in New Orleans on Tuesday morning, forcing the postponement of Tuesday’s ‘Dead & Company’ concert.  The show will be rescheduled.
• Brett Eldredge – his song ‘The Long Way’ is not only generating buzz for its sweet sentiment, but also for the leading lady in the music video, Sadie Robertson. Though rumors have been swirling that Eldredge and the “Duck Dynasty” star are dating, he insists that’s not true. Eldredge says that they are just good friends.
• Sugarland – The reunited duo are not only set to release new music in 2018, they will also tour.  Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush made the announcement this week in their first joint interview since they revealed their reunion plans in November.  The duo went on hiatus in 2013.
• Randy Travis – his infamous 2012 naked DUI arrest is still haunting him. Travis, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation, had long been trying to block the release of the arrest video, taking his argument to federal court, but it was released on Monday after a judge ruled that the video did not violate the star’s right to privacy.
• Johnny Cash – To celebrate what would have been his 86th birthday next year, The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville is hosting a new exhibition focused on his iconic style and his long relationship with the designer Manuel Cuevas.

Ladies, here’s a new reason to fight with your siblings: If you battle with your weight, it could be your sister’s fault.  A new study shows that firstborn sisters are more likely to be overweight. Researchers from New Zealand and Sweden studied medical records of 13,000 pairs of Swedish sisters who were either first born or second born, and tracked them over 20 years.  They found that firstborn women are 29% more likely to be overweight, and 40% more likely to be obese than their younger sisters. They were also slightly bigger at birth.   And the news keeps getting worse for first-borns: According to the study, previous research has found that firstborns have a higher risk of diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.  The results back up similar results from studies of males.
(Go ahead.  Bring that up at the Christmas table.  Then just watch…)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 82% of us say we’ll be buying cellophane (Scotch) tape this holiday season.
• 69% of us say that the worst part of the holiday season is wrapping presents.
• 87% of us have employers who allow Christmas decorations in the workplace.
• 5% of us say we are still paying off Christmas bills from last year.
• 25% of us say we have tried to get into the wrong car after holiday shopping.
• 45% of us have re-gifted a present to a friend or co-worker.

I suppose if you are going to put your faith in someone to build a better umbrella, you could do worse than to trust a weatherman.  When FOX meteorologist Rick Reichmuth set out to find an umbrella that wouldn’t let him down and actually held up to the elements, he discovered it didn’t exist. So he created it himself.  The ‘Weatherman Umbrella’, which debuted this week, uses an app paired with a Bluetooth tracker to follow weather forecasts.   The app sends real-time weather alerts and custom notifications, so you know when to bring your umbrella.  It is made with 14mm gauge fiberglass ribs to prevent breaking or turning inside out, and can withstand winds of up to 55mph. What if that wind blows your fancy new umbrella right out of your hands?  An embedded tracker chip uses Bluetooth technology help you find it again.  The Weatherman comes in two styles: The Collapsible sells for $59, and the Stick for $65.  Both are also coated with Teflon to repel the rain.
(Sure it has all that, but does it still give you bad luck if you open it indoors?)
(Man, if this guy ever shows up to work with wet hair, it is NOT going to look good!)
(An umbrella invented by a weather man!  The only thing more appropriate would be if it was invented by Rihanna!)

➠  Homemade honey cough ‘syrup’:  You can take honey straight, or mix it with coconut oil and lemon juice for extra benefits. You can also try the old standby before bedtime: a shot of bourbon mixed with honey. (You’ll still cough, but you won’t remember it!)
➠ Thyme tea:  The herb’s little leaves pack a potent punch of cough-calming compounds that work to relax tracheal and ileal muscles, and reduce inflammation.  Adding honey and lemon rounds out the flavor and adds extra soothing power as well. (Please note: ‘Thyme-tea’ and Tea-time are completely different things…)
➠ A hot shower:  Steam can be a cough’s worst enemy.  It works to soothe the airways and loosen sinus congestion and phlegm in your throat and lungs. (Careful you don’t clog that drain, though. Ewwwwwwww!)
➠ Black pepper and honey tea:  For a wet cough, you can try a black pepper and honey remedy that is said to work because the pepper stimulates circulation and mucus flow and the honey is a natural cough reliever.  (I’ll take the cough.  Thanks.)
➠ Suck a lemon: Pucker up.  This popular remedy calls for sprinkling a section of lemon with salt and pepper and sucking on it.  Or try a hot-buttered lemonade, swapping the sugar for honey.   (If nothing else, you’ll be so distracted by having a mouthful of lemon that you’ll forget to cough!)
➠ Ginger:  Practitioners of Eastern medicine commonly prescribe ginger to treat symptoms of colds and flu because of its antihistamine and decongestant capabilities. You can make ginger tea by adding fresh ginger in a pot with water. Simmer, strain, add 1 tablespoon of honey and a squeeze of lemon. (I think I just kacked a ginger!)
➠ Licorice:  Licorice root, the flavor from which licorice candy originated, has long been used to treat coughs.  Real licorice — or candy made from it — can help soothe inflamed and irritated throats and help to ease coughing. Slice one ounce of candy licorice and steep it for 24 hours with a quart of boiling water; sip as needed.
(Or you can try my GranDAD’s remedy.  Take a laxative.  You’ll be afraid to cough!)
(I love these.  They’re not only natural, but cheap too!)


1949 [68] Tom Waits, Pomona CA, Grammy-nominated contemporary folk singer-songwriter (‘Bad as Me’)

1965 [52] Jeffrey Wright, Washington DC, TV actor (‘Bernard Lowe’ on “Westworld” 2016)

1977 [40] Dominic Howard, Stockport UK, rock drummer (Muse-‘Uprising’, ‘Supermassive Black Hole’)

1978 [39] Kristofer Hivju, Oslo, Norway, TV actor (‘Tormund Giantsbane’ in “Game of Thrones” since 2013)

1979 [38] Sara Bareilles, Eureka CA, pop singer (‘King of Anything’, ‘Love Song’)

1987 [30] Aaron Carter, Tampa FL, pop singer [‘Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)’], competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2009)

1988 [29] Winston Marshall, London UK, folk-rock banjoist (Mumford & Sons-‘Believe’, ‘I Will Wait’)

1989 [28] Nicholas Hoult, Wokingham England, movie actor (“X-Men: First Class”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”) COMING UP…X-Men: Dark Phoenix, 2018

• “Cotton Candy Day”, celebrating the sweet, sugary taste-treat that melts in your mouth. It was invented in 1897 as ‘Fairy Floss’, then renamed in 1920. In Greece, Israel, and India it is often referred to as ‘Old Woman’s Hair’. Yuck.

• “International Civil Aviation Day”, an observance by the International Civil Aviation Organization since 1994. The day is celebrated worldwide by the aviation community, including ATC (Air Traffic Control), airport management, and airlines.

• “Letter Writing Day”, when we’re encouraged to take a few minutes to send someone a handwritten letter. Letter-writing has almost become a lost art. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone, either printed or in cursive?

• “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day”, observed on the anniversary of one of the defining moments in American history, the 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii which caused the US to enter WW2.  It is the 76th anniversary of the ‘date which will live in infamy’.  BS FAST FACT:  The film “Pearl Harbor” cost as much as the actual rebuilding of Pearl Harbor and lasted an hour longer than the attack.

[Fri] Brownie Day
[Fri] Salesperson’s Day
[Sat] Christmas Card Day
[Sat] Gingerbread Decorating Day

2001 [16] The caper movie remake, “Ocean’s Eleven”, featuring an all-star ensemble cast (George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts) opens in theaters (spawns sequels “Ocean’s Twelve” 2004, “Ocean’s Thirteen” 2007, and soon the all-female “Ocean’s 8″ 2018)

1991 [26] Michael Jackson’s “Black or White” reaches #1 on the singles chart; U2 s “Achtung Baby” debuts at #1 on the album chart

2014 [03] Pink Floyd’s classic album “The Dark Side Of the Moon” makes a surprise return to the ‘Billboard 200  (#13), thanks to ultra-cheap special pricing at 99¢ in the Google Play store

1969 [48] 1st broadcast of holiday TV special “Frosty the Snowman”

2010 [07] At auction, John James Audubon’s illustrated book “Birds of America” sells for a record price of $10.3 million

2011 [06] 30 Seconds to Mars breaks the record for most shows performed during a single album cycle as they play their 300th concert in support of the album “This Is War” in NYC


✓ On average, cellphones carry 10 times more bacteria than toilet seats.
✓ If you nap after learning something new, you’ll retain the information better.
✓ Dishonesty has been linked to creativity.
✓ Ants don’t sleep.
✓ Hippo milk is pink.
✓ The female equivalent of ‘dude’ is actually ‘dudine’.

• Because of “corporate downsizing,” Santa is only 120 pounds.
• The eggnog smells suspiciously like Liquid Paper.
• The only food available is something called “reindeer kebabs.”
• Shady guy ringing bells for something called the “Salvation Navy”
• For the 16th year in a row, the boss has passed out in the eggnog.
• All party games involve keeping a careful log of when each needle drops off the tree.
• Thanks to the alcohol-free punch, not a single behind gets photocopied.

• Balance that wobbly kitchen table.
• Use instead of sand bags during El Nino.
• Speed bumps to foil the neighborhood drag racers.
• Collect ten and use them as bowling pins.
• Save for next summer’s garage sale.
• Carry it in your trunk for emergency use as a tire block.
• Save it until next year and give it back to the person who gave it to you.
• Two words: lethal weapon.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

The image of Santa Claus flying in a sleigh was dreamt up by the same guy who created:
a. the Headless Horseman [CORRECT–Washington Irving]
b. the Easter Bunny
c. the Batmobile

☎ What “fact” did you learn in school that has been proven wrong?  (We were told that we wouldn’t have a calculator with us everywhere we go…)

Question:  Experts predict 40% of us will do this to supplement our budget this Christmas season. What?
Answer:  Cash in our loose change.

Be the type of person who leaves a mark, not a scar.

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