February 20 2020

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Thursday, February 20, 2020 – Edition: #6638

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!

★ Wendy Williams is getting slammed on social media for a joke she made at the expense of “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey’s ex-fiancée, Amie Harwick, following her unexpected death. Harwick died over the weekend after falling from a balcony following an alleged attack by her ex-boyfriend. While discussing the fall, the segment took a 180 when Williams joked, “Come on down!” — the show’s famous phrase that Carey says every episode. She’s also getting slammed for looking down at the ground, which some suggest she was doing to emphasize Amie Harwick’s deadly fall.
★ Al Pacino was dumped by Israeli actress girlfriend Meital Dohan over their 39-year age gap. She has been quoted as saying: “It’s hard to be with a man so old, even Al Pacino…he is already an elderly man, to be honest. So even with all my love, it didn’t last.” She also had few compliments for her ex when asked what gifts he’d given her during their two-year relationship. According to her: “He only bought me flowers. How can I say politely that he didn’t like to spend money?”
★ After the sudden cancellation of “Ray Donovan” on Feb. 5, fans were not only crushed at the loss of the crime drama, but the fact that so many plotlines would go unresolved. Now, it seems that part of their prayers may have been answered, as it is being reported that the show will get some kind of finale. It’s not clear at this point if the story will be wrapped up by a movie or a new batch of episodes.
★ The 2020 Canadian Screen Awards nominations were announced Tuesday, with “Schitt’s Creek” and “Anne With An E” coming out on top. In the TV categories, “Schitt’s Creek” received a whopping 26 nominations including Best Comedy Series, while “Anne With An E” got an impressive 17 nods. The Canadian Screen Awards will be held on March 29 in Toronto.
★ A new comedy called “Cocaine Hippos” will delve into the weird and wonderful life of… Pablo Escobar’s zoo animals, of course. The animals were brought in from Africa to populate the late drug lord’s Colombian estate in the 1980s, but when he was killed in 1993, his menagerie of wildlife was taken to zoos or sold – apart from the hippos. The plot will follow “a group of friends who stumble across a clue leading to Escobar’s lost treasure”. They then embark on a wild trip that pits them against con men, local drug lords and the deadly hippos.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Lucy Hale, Andy Shauf (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Will Smith, Patti Smith (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Michael Bloomberg (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Gwyneth Paltrow, Terry Crews, Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig, Adam Marcello (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Justin Bieber, Lucy Hale, Scott Bakula, Wajatta
• “Conan” (TBS): Jenny Slate (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. Matt Gaetz, Nathan Fillion
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jeri Ryan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Bob Odenkirk, Darby Stanchfield, Monica Mangin
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Tones and I
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Nick Kroll, Jane Levy, Adam Glick

• Taylor Swift – Her father Scott fought off a burglar who he stumbled upon when returning home to his Florida penthouse. St. Petersburg Police say they could not find the man after the burglary took place. It is unclear if the famous pop star’s father was targeted, if his residence was robbed by coincidence.
• The Black Eyed Peas – have scored their first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in nearly a decade with ‘RITMO (Bad Boys for Life)’, their collaboration with J Balvin. It is currently at #36 on the chart. “Just Can’t Enough’ hit #3 in 2011, their last appearance on the top 40.
• James Blunt – is known for replying to nasty tweets with witty and scathing comments, but says he always messages his trolls afterwards to make sure they’re OK. Quote: “Their notifications will start going (with others chiming in), and you don’t quite know how fragile they might be.”
• The Strokes — have released their new single ‘Bad Decisions’, the second single from their upcoming album “The New Abnormal”, which will be released April 10.
• Bob Marley – A musical based on his life is set to hit London’s West End next year. “Get Up, Stand Up: The Bob Marley Story” will open at the Lyric Theatre in February 2021, and the production will use the reggae legend’s songs to ”tell his extraordinary personal story as an artist”.
• Heart — Ann Wilson will embark on a solo tour this spring. She has announced 13 shows, beginning April 30 in Englewood, NJ. She plans to perform material from her career with Heart and solo material.
• Foo Fighters – will celebrate their 25th anniversary with the just-announced “Van Tour 2020”, which is named after the Dodge vehicle that took them across North America in 1995. They will play some of the same cities they hit back then, but in considerably larger venues. Fans attending shows will also get to see a preview of Dave Grohl’s upcoming documentary, “What Drives Us”. The tour begins April 12 in Phoenix.
• Florida Georgia Line — will release a new album later this year. And fans shouldn’t expect a big departure from what the duo is known for. According to Tyler Hubbard, “I think we just stick to what we’ve always done. Keep our head down, work hard and try to record the best music and write the best music that we possibly can in that stage of life.”
• Darius Rucker – The Charleston, SC native will serve as an official ambassador for South Carolina tourism in 2020. He’ll make appearances at several major tourism events, including the RBC Heritage golf tournament on Hilton Head Island in April. He also will appear on marketing material for the state’s DiSCover campaign, and as the cover story for the state’s official vacation guide.

The cost of wine is expected to plummet to its lowest price in five years – and we have millennials to thank. At least partly. According to CNN, the trend is partly due to an excess of California grapes – and, yes, partly because millennials prefer spirits and ready-to-drink cocktails, which has led to a reduction in demand for wine. As a result, Rob McMillan, founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division and author of the annual State of the Wine Industry report, says that American wine enthusiasts will enjoy the “best wine retail values in 20 years.” And he says that the cheaper prices could last up to three years. Because of the popularity of California wines, many other countries should also see decreased prices.
(If the price is dropping because millennials don’t buy it, shouldn’t they be basically be giving away Budweiser, bar soap and houses?)
(When are they going to start calling it the “Grape Depression”?)
(THERE’S a good reason to enjoy a glass! As if I need a reason – I just need a glass!)

There is a new app that could go a long way toward stopping the harassment and potential disastrous consequences of the thousands of robocalls which occur every day. The creators of the “DoNotPay” app recently rolled out a feature called “Robo Revenge,” which provides users with a credit card that can be given to scammers in order to obtain information that can be used to track them down. In America, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act gives people the right to sue someone for up to $3,000 if they’re found to have violated your privacy. Robo Revenge gives users the necessary legal documents to make a claim in court. Unfortunately, because there are no global rules concerning the practice, there is nothing that can be done if the calls are generated outside the US, but at least it’s a start…
(Hey! If I can sue these guys for $3,000, I’m taking my number off the “Do Not Call” list!)
(I’d rather receive a call from a telemarketer than a robot. It just feels better to cuss out a real person!)
(You know how I know if it’s a phone scam? Because they’re using the phone!)

Some flyers are furious after Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said that passengers should ask permission from the person behind them before reclining their seats. While appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”, Bastian was responding to the heated debate about a viral Twitter post that shows a male passenger repeatedly punching the seat of a woman in front of him for reclining. Bastian said: “I think that the proper thing to do is if you’re going to recline into somebody, that you ask if it’s OK first, and then you do it.” It was right about then that Twitter users stopped fighting among themselves, and turned on Bastian — and airlines — for making their lives miserable by jamming more money-making seats into their travel space. One of the higher profile respondents was director Judd Apatow, who tweeted: “You want to create a situation where we all have to negotiate and fight with each other? Are you mad? We pay to recline. How about massive discounts when the people behind us say no?”
(THAT went well…)
(Maybe the people behind us should ask before punching our seats!)
(He’s not getting much “support” here…)

(…according to etiquette experts…)
☞ Being on your phone:  If you must receive a call, step outside or to the entry area to take it. But it’s best to put it away, on silent, while you eat. And don’t place it on the table. Let’s face it…it’s dirty.
☞ Snapping your fingers at servers:  Just. Don’t. Make eye contact, smile, and nod. (And if that doesn’t work, fill your mouth with food…that ALWAYS works!)
☞ Not attending to your children:  Yes, kids will be kids, but you can’t allow children to scream or throw a tantrum that isn’t attended to. (Is disappearing under the table…and surfacing 3 booths over OK? Asking for a friend….’s kid!)
☞ Undertipping:  You saw this coming. If the service was so poor that you feel the need to dock the tip below 15%, you’re better off speaking to the manager. He/she might adjust your bill, and speak to your server.
☞ Making loud noises:  Laughs and all that are great, but don’t have that ‘one too many’ drink that causes you to embarrass the table and disrupt other diners.
☞ Putting body functions on display:  Belching, and other gases, should be restricted. The same goes for excessive coughing or nose-blowing at the table. And chew with your mouth closed! (See the title of the previous point!)

Unilever, the makers of ice cream brands Breyer’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Klondike, Good Humor and many others, has pledged to stop advertising foods and beverages on TV and in print to children under the age of 12. In a statement, the company said that childhood obesity is one of the “most serious public health threats”. The company will also avoid online marketing to those under 13.


1963 [57] Charles Barkley, Leeds AL, retired basketball pro (11-time All-Star, 1993 NBA MVP as a member of the Suns)

1966 [54] Cindy Crawford, DeKalb IL, fashion model (600+ magazine covers)/Mrs. Rande Gerber since 1998

1975 [45] Brian Littrell, Lexington KY, pop singer (Backstreet Boys-‘Quit Playing Games With My Heart’, ‘I Want It That Way’)/cousin of BSB’s Kevin Richardson

1978 [42] Chelsea Peretti, Contra Costa CA, TV actress (‘Gina Linetti’ on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” since 2013)

1979 [41] Coy Bowles, Carrollton GA, country guitarist-keyboardist (Zac Brown Band-‘Beautiful Drug’, ‘Chicken Fried’)

1984 [36] Trevor Noah, Johannesburg South Africa, TV host (“The Daily Show” since 2015)

1988 [32] Rihanna (Fenty), Saint Michael, Barbados, pop singer (‘Shut Up and Drive’, ft. Jay-Z -‘Umbrella’)

1989 [31] Jack Falahee, Ann Arbor MI, TV actor (‘Connor Walsh’ on “How to Get Away With Murder” since 2014)

• “Cherry Pie Day”, honoring the 2nd-most-popular fruit pie, behind only apple pie.

• “Day of Solidarity with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Immigrants”, observed annually on February 20th since 2002.

• “World Day of Social Justice”, the 12th annual initiated by the UN to promote solutions to global issues such as poverty, exclusion, and unemployment. 2020 theme: “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”

• “Love Your Pet Day”, as if you need some kind of excuse.

• “Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day”, when you’re encouraged to go outdoors and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” at the top of your lungs at noon to relieve Winter blahs and encourage the arrival of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, which is one month away…whether you yell “Hoodie-Hoo” or not… (***Could make an interesting on-air bit with callers***)

• “Clean Out Your Bookcases Day”, how about giving away the books that no longer interest you? By donating your old books, you could enrich the lives of others. Today, go to one of your bookcases at work or home and get organized! (BookcasES? How many do they think I have?)

• “Handcuff Day”, on this day in 1912, a patent was granted to George A. Carney, for a swinging arm type of adjustable, ratcheting handcuff. (Fun in the sheets, but not on the streets!)

[Fri] Caregivers Day
[Fri] Woman’s Heart Day
[Sat] Be Humble Day
[Sat] Margarita Day

2009 [11] Conan O’Brien hosts his final “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” show on NBC-TV (he moves on to briefly replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show”, then gets pushed out and moves to TBS). Coincidentally, musical guest The White Stripes play what turns out to be their final performance on the same show

2003 [17] During a Great White concert in West Warwick RI, a pyrotechnics display sets the club ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 300 fans

1937 [83] The first ‘flying car’, combination auto/airplane, is tested (‘Aeromobile’ in Santa Monica CA)

2013 [07] Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network, capable of a full charge within 30 minutes

2011 [09] At age 20, rookie driver Trevor Bayne becomes the youngest winner in the 53-year history of the Daytona 500 auto race


✓ The creator of the Nike Swoosh symbol was paid only $35 for the design.
✓ “Diet Pepsi” was originally called “Patio Diet Cola”.
✓ The heart of an astronaut decreases in size when in outer space.
✓ If you’re over 100 years old, there’s an 80% chance you’re a woman.
✓ How does a shark find fish? It can hear their hearts beating.
✓ If you unfolded your brain, it would cover an ironing board.

• BOL – Bark Out Loud
• OMDT – Over My Dead Toy
• HAW – Humans Are Watching
• IMFO – In My Furry Opinion
• OMD – Oh My Dog
• TTTP – Talk To The Paw
• ROFB – Rolling On The Floor Barking
• BMTO – Barking My Tail Off
• MBDT – Must Be Dinner Time
• SMB – Smell My Butt

Best of BS . . .
• “My strengths? I once walked away from a plate of nachos with extra guacamole.”
• “It’s not a felony in most states.”
• “I know you are, but what am I?”
• “What can I bring to this company?  Donuts every Friday.”
• “I work well with others as long as they’re not idiots.”
• “You look so different with your clothes on.”
• “I’d like to speak to my lawyer before I answer any questions.”
• “What do I see myself doing in 5 years?  Ten to Twenty.”
• “I always quit before they can fire me.”
• “Convicted?  No, never convicted.”
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

Always worth another watch:  https://tinyurl.com/qmzsadp

Being right isn’t nearly as important as knowing when to shut up.

• Which is totally independent from birth?
a. bear
b. sea turtle [CORRECT]
c. boa constrictor
d. millennial

What is the English Channel?
a. A narrow portion of the Atlantic Ocean [CORRECT]
b. A narrow portion of the Pacific Ocean
c. A TV station in Great Britain
d. A group of parapsychologists

What are you really good at, but hate doing?

Question:  10% of women say they have gotten rid of THIS following a breakup. What is it?
Answer:  Bed sheets

Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide.


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