Thursday, December 12, 2019 – Edition: #6593
Here’s More Bull Roar!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Nice story alert! Olivia Newton John’s famous jacket from “Grease” sold at an auction for $243,200, all of which goes to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre. However, the jacket is back in her possession, because the anonymous bidder gave it back, so she can display it at the center. The two shared a sweet moment when he surprised her with the iconic item, saying: “This jacket belongs to you…(and) those who love you and those for whom you are the soundtrack of their lives. It should not sit in a billionaire’s closet for country club bragging rights. For this reason, I humbly and respectfully return it to its rightful owner, which is you.”
★ Meghan Markle’s friend was forced to take down photos of the Duchess of Sussex that she was using to promote her jewelry. Buckingham Palace demanded that Jennifer Meyer remove the photos from her jewelry company’s social media accounts. Meyer, who was once married to Tobey Maguire, runs a Los Angeles-based jewelry company named after herself. Markle has been spotted wearing Meyer’s jewelry designs several times in the past couple years. Meyer used photographs of Markle wearing the pieces and posted them on her business websites. The posts included links for people to purchase the same jewelry.
★ Child actor Philip McKeon has died at the age of 55. After battling a long-time illness, McKeon died Tuesday morning in Texas, according to a family spokesman. The elder brother of “Facts of Life” actress Nancy McKeon, Philip is best known for his role as ‘Tommy Hyatt’ on “Alice”, in which he starred opposite Linda Lavin from 1976-1985.
★ More than 1,000 kids of fallen soldiers got to experience the magic of Disney World thanks to Gary Sinise. On Saturday, he flew around 1,700 people to Orlando, FL for a five-day vacation, in partnership with American Airlines, to thank them for their family member’s service in the American military. The trip is part of Sinise’s “Snowball Express” program, which provides trips for families who’ve lost members in the military.
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Awkwafina, Paul Walter Hauser, Mark Ronson & Anderson .Paak
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Ryan Reynolds, Niall Horan, Camila Cabello featuring DaBaby
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Rep. Adam Schiff
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Keri Russell, Michelle Wolf, Coady Willis
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Sam Rockwell, Henry Golding, guest host Jeff Goldblum
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Mary Lynn Rajskub, Tim Dillon, King Bach
• “Conan” (TBS): John Lithgow
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): The cast of “The Brady Bunch”
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jack Black
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kathy Bates, guest co-host Vanessa Williams
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Jack Black, Katie Brown, Monsta X
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Octavia Spencer
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jason Aldean, JoJo Siwa, Candace Cameron Bure, the Salvation Army Choir
• “The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition” (ABC): The bakers tackle sweet and savory cakes — including the surprise ingredient of olive oil — and baking bread.
• “NFL Football” (FOX): New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
• “Supernatural” (CW): Mid-season finale
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• Meghan Trainor – has teased that she’ll drop the new single ‘Evil Twin’ tomorrow, on Friday the 13th. The single’s cover art features one fierce Trainor and one terrified Trainor.
• Gwen Stefani — admits she got “flustered” after a reporter from “Access Online” asked about her upcoming duet with her boyfriend Blake Shelton. After chatting about how excited she was to work with Shelton again, she couldn’t remember the same of the tune. For the record, it’s called ‘Nobody but You’.
• The Who – have added a second, early evening show Feb. 14 at the 2,000-capacity Pryzm in Kingston Upon Thames, England. The original show, to mark 50 years to the day of their historic “Live at Leeds” show, sold out in 5 seconds. The intimate acoustic performances are said to be their smallest in 40 years.
• David Bowie — A tribute to him in the form of a 360° live immersive show is planned for the new year at England’s National Space Centre. “Bowie; Oddity to Mars” is a two-night performance by five-piece Bowie tribute band DAVID LIVE, held at the centre’s Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium on January 10 and January 11.
• Green Day – are expected set to make a special “video game-related” announcement today during a ceremony at the 2019 Game Awards in Los Angeles. Speculation is that they could be releasing an expansion pack for the VR game “Beat Saber”.
• Eurythmics — performed together for the first time in five years during Sting’s benefit concert in New York on Monday. Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart last took to the stage in 2014 for a Beatles tribute Los Angeles, and hadn’t performed their own material live since the UK Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2008.
• Morgan Evans – Last week, he gave a couple the proposal story of a lifetime. During his show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, N.J. on Thurs., his song, ‘Dance With Me’, served as the musical soundtrack as a young couple joined him onstage, and Mark Melendez got down on one knee to propose to Courtney Moed. She said “Yes”.
• Blake Shelton – says his newest hit ‘God’s Country’ may have saved his career. He says just when he thought his time as a recording artist seemed to be fizzling out, Quote: “I heard the song, and it was almost like an awakening. It was like it re-energized me — like, ‘No, I don’t wanna be done with this…’I wanna keep making records.’”
CAN’T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES:
Weird time for the Christmas tree industry these days. There are fewer of them being grown than 10-15 years ago, but more people are buying them. Why are there fewer being grown? Because of the recession 10 years ago. Unlike most manufactured goods and even most crops, there’s a huge lag between the time Christmas trees are planted and when they’re ready to be sold. That means the trees you see now are actually a product of the economy in which they were grown years ago. In 2008-09, sales of Christmas trees were so slow that tree growers couldn’t harvest their trees, and when they can’t cut trees, they don’t have the space to grow more. It takes about 8-10 years to grow a Christmas tree. But don’t worry. The National Christmas Tree Association in the US assures us that despite the shortage, there are still enough to go around.
(So in spite of what you may have heard, they’re not out of their trees!)
(At least I’m not the only one still feeling the effects of the 2009 recession!)
A New Jersey legislator has introduced a bill that would require elementary schools to teach kids how to read and write in cursive. You remember cursive handwriting, right? It’s what we use to sign our names on, say, a check or other legal document. It’s fallen out of favor in the digital age, and has been dropped from the curriculum at schools in many countries. Assemblywoman Angela McKnight says that in some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing how to sign their own name. Research shows that students more often spell correctly when writing in cursive, and learn more when taking notes in longhand compared to taking notes on electronic devices.
(For me, there was never any problem with writing in cursive. The problem was reading it!)
(You want to impress me? Learn to write in cursive they way I did. In crayon!)
THEY’VE SELECTED THEY:
While other dictionaries have selected “climate strike” and “existential” as their words of the year for 2019, the language mavens at Merriam-Webster have declared that, for them, the word “they” is their word of the year. ‘They’ cite the fact that the personal pronoun experienced a 313% increase in look-ups on the company’s website, compared to 2018. Merriam-Webster recently added a new definition to its online dictionary to reflect use of “they” as relating to a person whose gender identity is nonbinary. This year’s runners-up to the word of the year are: “Quid pro quo”, “impeach” and “crawdad”.
(According to them, anyway…)
It’s been about seven years since Canada decided to eliminate the penny, and now it seems that many Canadians agree that the nickel should be next. According to a new poll conducted by the “Research Co.”, 36% of Canadians feel that the 5-cent coin should be abandoned. 55% disagree. About three years ago, financial services company Desjardins predicted the eventual elimination of the nickel, stating that “Due to the gradual increase in the cost of living and decreased buying power of small coins, the time will come when the nickel will have to be taken out of circulation.”
(On the plus side, that means my thoughts will be worth at least a dime!)
(Now the government will only be able to dime us to death!)
(Really, when was the last time you found yourself digging in your pocket or your purse for a nickel?)
PRODUCTS WE USE AGAINST MANUFACTURERS’ INSTRUCTIONS
➠ Q-Tips: Let’s just get this one right out of the way…THEY DON’T GO IN THE EAR! (Why am I yelling? Because I put one in my ear!)
➠ Pop-Tarts: The correct serving size is one pastry, but they were originally packaged in twos to save money…and it caught on. (Except for those like me, who had a little brother…)
➠ Axe body spray: The directions say to spray on the wrist and/or neck. (Not a massive cloud that remains long after you’ve left the building!)
➠ Trampolines: They come with a warning that “No more than one individual should jump at one time.” (Who is going to sit and wait while their friend is having all the fun?)
➠ Vicks VapoRub: The instructions say not to put it directly in the nostril. (Fingers should come with the same instructions…)
➠ Ramen noodle cups: The package says not to put it in the microwave. But everyone does.
➠ Antiperspirant: It works better if it’s applied at night. This is because it can then be absorbed by your skin, allowing the aluminum salts to clog your pores/sweat glands. (That explains a LOT!)
➠ WD-40: Believe it or not, it’s not a lubricant. Spraying it on things like hinges can attract dust, making the situation worse in the long term. (So, what’s it for?)
DID YOU KNOW?
According to Google, these are the worst times (most crowded) to conduct business during the holidays:
• Bakery: Christmas Eve at 1pm
• Grocery store: Christmas Eve at 2pm
• Liquor store: Christmas Eve at 3pm
• Movie theater: Christmas Eve at 6pm
• Shopping center: December 23 at 3pm
BS WEB GOODIE:
World’s grumpiest baby photoshoot:
BS CHRONOMETER 12.12.19
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1923  Bob Barker, Darrington WA, game show host (“The Price Is Right” 1972-2007)
1940  Dionne Warwick, East Orange NJ, gospel singer (‘I Say a Little Prayer’, w/Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder-‘That’s What Friends Are For’)
1943  (Forrest) Dickey Betts, West Palm Beach, FL, rock guitarist/singer (Allman Brothers-‘Ramblin’ Man’)
1949  Bill Nighy, Caterham, England (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Love Actually”)
1957  Sheila E. (Escovedo), Oakland CA, pop singer/drummer (‘The Glamorous Life’)
1970  Jennifer Connelly, Round Top NY, movie actress (“Requiem for a Dream”, “A Beautiful Mind”)/wed to actor Paul Bettany since 2003. Coming up: “Top Gun: Maverick” 2020
1975  Mayim Bialik, San Diego CA, TV actress (‘Amy Farrah Fowler’ on “Big Bang Theory” 2010-19, “Blossom” 1990-1995)
TODAY’S BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Fresh Breath Day”, if you’re average, you have over 10 billion bacteria in your mouth right now. Some of them churn out truly stinky chemicals such as hydrogen sulphide, the same gas that gives rotten eggs their odor. Some germs release putrescine, another sulfurous compound that has the essence of rotting meat. (***Ask listeners for old folk remedies for bad breath, like chewing cloves or scraping your tongue with a spoon.***)
• “Gingerbread House Day”, time to get at it if you want one in time for the holidays. Also known as “Eat Yourself Out of House and Home Day”.
• “Poinsettia Day”, honoring Dr Joel Roberts Poinsett (1799-1851), the US diplomat to Mexico who introduced the plant to the U.S. in 1825. Now a favorite decoration for the holiday season, about 60 million are grown in North America each year. Although proper pronunciation of the word DOES include the ‘e’ sound prior to the last syllable (poin-SET-ee-uh), many dictionaries now also accept the more commonly used ‘poin-SETTA’ pronunciation.
• “National Ambrosia Day”, the mythical “food of the gods,” is a heavenly treat for we mortals at any time of the year. This cool and creamy citrus fruit salad is a light and tasty side dish or dessert.
• “National Ding-a-Ling Day”, you should brace yourself for bizarre and crazy behavior from all of the people you encounter today. Even normally conservative people have been known to go a little crazy on this day.
COMING UP . . .
[Fri] Ice Cream Day
[Fri] National Violin Day
[Sat] Monkey Day
[Sat] Roast Chestnuts Day
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
2001  Winona Ryder is arrested on shoplifting charges in Beverly Hills, California
2016  “Rogue One”, the first of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2003  Rolling Stones’ frontman (Sir) Mick Jagger is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in London (QEII didn’t want to do it)
2007  A copy of John Lennon’s book, “A Spaniard In the Works”, which contains a lock of Lennon’s hair, sells at auction for £24,000 ($48,000)
2012  The star-studded “12-12-12″ benefit concert takes place at NYC’s Madison’s Square Garden, with proceeds going to Hurricane Sandy relief (performers include Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Eric Clapton, Kanye West, Roger Waters, Rolling Stones, The Who)
TODAY’S FIRST . . .
2012  Pope Benedict XVI sends out the 1st papal tweet through his personal Twitter account, using the handle @pontifex
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ On average, one square inch of your skin has 60 hairs, 90 oil glands, and 19 feet of blood vessels.
✓ High-caliber handgun bullets can reach speeds of more than 1,000 mph.
✓ Gin and tonic was originally used as a medicine to fight malaria.
✓ As a child, Jim Carrey wore tap shoes to bed just in case his parents needed cheering up in the middle of the night.
✓ The world record for the loudest thing ever shouted belongs to an Irish teacher who shouted the word “quiet” at 121 decibels, the equivalent of a jet engine.
✓ Charlie Brown’s father is a barber.
BS FAKE PELOTON FACTS:
• Up until recently, I thought ‘Peloton’ was a character in Transformers. (Hold on…that’s true – I did think that!)
• It’s a perfect gift for your wife when paired with a toaster and vacuum.
• Totally worth $3,000.
• It was invented by The Professor on “Gilligan’s Island”.
• A less expensive way to get the same reaction would be to simply say: “Maybe we should just eat carrot sticks for dinner.”
• The power switch is labeled Peloton/Pelotoff.
• If you peddle fast enough to generate 1.21 gigawatts, you can go back in time and un-marry your husband who gave it to you.
• Peloton is Greek for ‘clothes hanger’.
• Using one to get around lowers your carbon footprint.
• I have one and use it every day.
Best of BS . . .
BS TOP SIGNS YOU BOUGHT A BAD CHRISTMAS TREE:
• Two feet tall, forty feet wide.
• Salesman’s opening line: “You’re not a cop, are you?”
• It looks suspiciously like a broom handle with a lot of coat hangers.
• While you sleep, it gets liquored up and takes the family car for a joy ride.
• Each branch has “Duraflame” printed on it.
• Keeps heckling this lame list.
• Its nickname? “Timberrrrr!”
• Rabbis have better Christmas trees than yours.
• Even the dog will have nothing to do with it.
• It’s very small and says “air freshener” on it.
-Neloo, first published in ‘BS’ in 2017
BS RANDOM JOKE:
Find someone who cares about you as much as Gmail cares about new devices signing into your account.
BS PHONE STARTER:
If you found an extra $100 in your pocket, how would you spend it? (In a poll, the top answers were shopping, dining out, filling the car with gas.)
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: Only 10% of men know how to fix THIS. What is it?
Answer: A Button
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.