February 19 2020

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020       Edition: #6637

Tomorrow’s Show Prep Today!

★ Margot Robbie wants to extend a warm welcome to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they make their transition to North America. She opened up about her friendship with Harry, and said that that the couple “have their reasons” for stepping down from their senior roles in the royal family. She also revealed that their friendship got off to a rather funny start, as Robbie didn’t initially recognize Harry, and thought he was Ed Sheeran. The actress said she plans to invite the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over for dinner at her home in Los Angeles with her husband Tom Ackerley.
★ A sequel to Disney’s live-action “Aladdin” is reportedly in the works, with the main cast expected to reprise their roles. So far, Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott have not officially signed contracts to return, but it is likely only a matter of time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There is no word yet on what storyline the sequel might follow.
★ The 19th annual Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 15 with the world premiere of the documentary “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President.” The film explores Carter’s lifelong passion for all genres of music and how it helped propel him, a former peanut farmer from Georgia, all the way to the White House. Carter’s friendships with musicians like Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers and Willie Nelson will be featured, and archival footage of performances by Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffett and Paul Simon will be shown.
★ Jason Davis, a voice actor on the Disney Channel show “Recess,” died in Los Angeles on Sunday. He was 35. Before his death, he had been working on a TV show called “The Two Jasons.” Davis was the co-founder of Cure Addiction Now and for the past one-and-a-half years, he dedicated himself to the organization, which helps fund research for people suffering from substance abuse.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Chris Pratt, Huey Lewis, Sam Hunt (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Jennifer Lopez, Lil Rel Howery, Andre D. Thompson (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Laura Dern, Kesha (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Tiffany Haddish, M. Night Shyamalan, SHAED, Caitlin Kalafus (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Justin Bieber, James Marsden, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Peñate
• “Conan” (TBS): Lizzy Caplan, D.J. Demers (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Erika Jayne, Jennifer Aydin
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jane Levy, Skylar Astin, guest co-host NeNe Leakes
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Nathan Fillion, the Impractical Jokers, Fitz and the
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Chris Pratt
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Ken Jeong, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
• “Criminal Minds” (CBS): Season 15 finale
• “Survivor” (CBS): One castaway is out for blood after realizing an ally was sent to the Edge of Extinction; another must find a way to recover after letting information slip.
• “Democratic Candidates Debate” (NBC): Democratic presidential hopefuls discuss the issues at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas.


• Drake — is facing a $108,000 lawsuit from the designers of the hi-tech stage he used during his 2018 “Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour” over claims he never paid for the set-up. They were hired to create 3D visual elements for the stage to play behind and with Drake while he performed during the joint trek with Migos.
• Sia — has two albums ”waiting to go”. The Australian pop star – who is known for hiding behind an oversized wig for anonymity, plans to release one of them after she finishes promoting her upcoming musical movie, “Music”.
• Britney Spears — A judge has ordered she remain under a personal conservatorship for at least a few more months. Jodi Montogmery was given temporary control after Spears’ father Jaime allegedly got into a physical altercation with one of her sons.
• Ozzy Osbourne — has canceled his 2020 North American tour dates. He’ll use the time to continue recovering from a variety of ailments he’s been suffering from since early last year. In a statement, he said: “I won’t be able to get to Switzerland for treatment until April and the treatment takes six-eight weeks. I don’t want to start a tour and then cancel shows at the last minute, as it’s just not fair to the fans”
• Queen + Adam Lambert – reprised the group’s historic 22-minute Live Aid set, with the same running order and many of the same rock moves during their appearance at the Fire Fight Australia concert on Sunday in Sydney. Frontman Adam Lambert is also rocking mustache similar to Freddie Mercury’s these days.
• David Byrne – “American Utopia” — a dazzling, one-of-a-kind theatrical concert that combines songs from his Talking Heads art-rock heyday with selections from across his solo career — will return to New York’s Hudson Theatre. The critically acclaimed show will play a 17-week return engagement beginning Sept. 18 and running through Jan. 17, 2021.
• Rascal Flatts — have added 11 dates and six opening acts to their 2020 farewell tour. “The Farewell Life Is a Highway Tour” will still begin on June 11 in Indianapolis but will now close with a show in Nashville on Oct. 30. Chris Lane and Chase Rice will open many shows, with newcomers King Calaway, Rachel Wammack, Avenue Beat and Caylee Hammack also opening select shows.
• Carrie Underwood — is going on tour — a book tour, that is. She’ll be travelling to Brooklyn, NY, Stamford, CT, Nashville and LA to coincide with the March 3 release of her book “Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life”.

Because I know you were wondering, the term for kids born in 2010 or after is “Generation Alpha” (“Generation A” for short). The term was coined by Mark McCrindle, a social researcher in Australia. What can we expect from the cohort of kids who were born after the iPad? Ashley Fell of the research company McCrindle says because Gen A kids are the first generation to be raised in an era of portable devices, in some cases their pacifiers have not been a rattle or a set of keys, but a smartphone or tablet. As a result, they are less proficient in practical skills, and in setting and achieving goals. They will have access to more information than any generation before, and 50% of Generation Alphas are expected to obtain a university degree. Their opportunities may be endless, with an increasingly connected, global workforce, and the fact that up to 65% of those entering primary school today will end up working in jobs that don’t even exist yet.
(Less proficient in practical skills? Challenge accepted!)
(Be nice to these kids. We’re going to need them for tech support!)
(Generation X, Generation Y, Generation Z…at least we’re starting over at a logical place in the alphabet!)

If you are regularly visited by late-night sugar cravings, your best approach may be to just hit the hay. A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association says that there is a link between sleep deprivation and high-calorie food cravings, especially in women. A survey found that those who reported poor sleep quality or a lack of sleep also consumed more foods high in added sugars, saturated fats and caffeine. Those who didn’t sleep the recommended eight hours per night were found to eat an additional 500-800 calories per day, on average. Senior study author Dr. Brooke Aggarwal says if you absolutely must have a late-night snack, grab something that promotes sleep, such as pistachios and a glass of red wine.
(But that’s what I have for breakfast!)
(Why can’t they make sugar-flavored toothpaste?)
(Well, I think the caffeine is fairly self-explanatory…)

A study of 2,000 parents of children aged 2-18 found that over half agreed that getting their child to eat healthy is difficult. No surprise there. What are some of the tricks employed by parents in an effort to make their kids eat healthy? 22% have been known to tell their kids that all meat is chicken nuggets. 21% have even told their kids that veggies were chicken nuggets. 55% have used “stealth health” tactics to sneak nutritious foods into their kids’ diets. Those include slipping spinach into brownies and placing veggies underneath the cheese in pizza. The most successful tip to keep kids eating healthy, however, is simply allowing them to lend a hand in the kitchen. The survey, conducted for Pirate’s Booty for National Snack Month in February, also asked parents to name the things they consider a “win” when it comes to their kids. Here are the top 10 answers:
1. Getting your child to eat their vegetables easily.
2. Keeping your child occupied and quiet while grocery shopping
3. Getting your child to finish a meal without whining
4. Having your child enjoy a healthy snack
5. Having your child request a healthy snack or meal
6. Keeping your child occupied and quiet on a long car ride
7. Getting your child to finish their homework
8. Getting your child to bed without any tantrums
9. Successfully bathing your child without any tantrums
10. Successfully distracting your child while passing the toy aisle so they wouldn’t beg for a new toy
(***See “BS Phone Starter”, below***)

1. Herb Alpert (net worth of $850 million)
2. Madonna ($850 million)
3. Celine Dion ($800 million)
4. Julio Iglesias ($600 million)
5. Beyoncé ($500 million)
6. Dolly Parton ($500 million)
7. Gloria Estefan ($500 million)
8. Bruce Springsteen ($500 million)
9. Victoria Beckham ($450 million)
10. Barbra Streisand ($400 million)
Also in the top 25: JLo (#11), Taylor Swift (15), Garth Brooks (18), Justin Bieber (24) and Nana Mouskouri (25)!!


You’ve seen photos of LeBron James with his knees wrapped in ice packs and his feet in a bucket of ice. But never has there been a published, peer-reviewed research paper that has definitively shown that ice is beneficial to the healing process. In fact, recent studies have shown the opposite. Ice can delay healing, increase swelling, and possibly cause additional damage to injured tissues.


1940 [80] Smokey Robinson, Detroit MI, singer (w/The Miracles: ‘Tears of a Clown’, ‘You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me’)/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1987)

1955 [65] Jeff Daniels, Athens GA, movie actor (“Dumb & Dumber”, “Good Night, and Good Luck”)/TV actor (“The Newsroom” 2012-14)

1960 [60] Prince Andrew (Andrew Albert Christian Edward Windsor), London UK, Britain’s Duke of York/#2 son of Queen Elizabeth II/seventh in the line of succession to the British throne (has currently “suspended public duties” due to allegations against him of sexual abuse)

1963 [57] Seal (Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adelo Samuel), London UK, pop singer (‘Kiss From a Rose’, ‘Crazy’)/married to model Heidi Klum 2005-12

1967 [53] Benicio Del Toro, Santurce Puerto Rico, movie actor (“Guardians Of the Galaxy”, Oscar-“Traffic”) COMING UP…”The French Dispatch”, 2020

1970 [50] Bellamy Young, Asheville NC, TV actress (‘Mellie Grant’ on “Scandal” 2012-18)

1975 [45] Daniel Adair, Vancouver BC, rock drummer (Nickelback-‘Photograph’, ex-3 Doors Down-‘Let Me Go’)

2004 [16] Millie Bobby Brown, Marbella Spain, TV actress (“Stanger Things” since 2016)/movie actress (“Godzilla: King of the Monsters”)


• “Tug-of-War Day”, an annual celebration of the competitive sport in which 2 teams hold opposite ends of a large rope and attempt to pull the other towards them in order to win. The spectacle has a long and ancient history all over the world. (And works best if there is a mud pit in the middle!)

• “Chocolate Mint Day”, a celebration of one of the all-time great flavor pairings (and one of the all-time great Girl Guide cookie flavors!)

• “Lashes Day”, to appreciate both real and false eyelashes for the beauty they add to women (and men).  Not only do they make our eyes “pop”, they also help keep foreign material from entering our eyes and prevent eye moisture from evaporating. (“I sentence you to two lashes…”)

• “Prevent Plagiarism Day”, to call attention to the rampant problem of high-tech theft of words, images and ideas that is all too easy in the Internet age. (I may or may not have stolen this from Wikipedia…)

[Thurs] Love Your Pet Day
[Thurs] Muffin Day
[Fri] Card Reading Day
[Fri] National Caregivers Day

2008 [12] Toshiba announces the demise of its HD DVD video format, ending the format war between it and Sony’s Blu-Ray Disc to become the next big thing in home video (until streaming came along…)

1980 [40] AC/DC singer Bon Scott dies at 33 after a night of heavy drinking. The coroner’s report lists “acute alcohol poisoning” as the cause of death, classified under “death by misadventure.”

1985 [35] Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger releases his first solo album, “She’s the Boss” (well, that went well)


2010 [10] In a televised news conference, the world’s #1 golfer Tiger Woods apologizes for his many, many extramarital affairs

2019 [01] Four-time MLB All-Star third baseman Manny Machado agrees to the biggest free-agent contract in American sports history, a 10 year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $300 million


1985 [35] “Cherry Coke” is first sold bottled (after being available for decades at soda fountains and restaurants)


✓ On average, a 150-pound person burns 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.
✓ The only letter that doesn’t appear on the periodic table is “J”.
✓ In 2006, a Coca-Cola employee offered to sell Coca-Cola secrets to Pepsi. Pepsi responded by notifying Coca-Cola.
✓ Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.
✓ Nintendo trademarked the phrase “It’s on like Donkey Kong” in 2010.
✓ Herring fish communicate through flatulence.


• Best Buds
• Weed Be Great Together
• Just Say High
• 419 Plus One
• Higher Love
• Kush and Tell
• Reefer A Friend
• Plenty of Phish
• I’d Hit That
• OKStupid

Best of BS . . .

• If you did something “like a boss”, you’d probably just pay someone else to do it.
• If you view a bald eagle at the zoo, you are looking at the American symbol of freedom in captivity.
• The only time “incorrectly” isn’t spelled incorrectly is when it’s spelled incorrectly.
• What if our use of emojis becomes so extensive that we actually circle back to writing in hieroglyphics?
• When you say the word “crisp”, it moves from the back of your mouth to the front as you say it.
• If you have a PhD, every meeting you go to becomes a doctor’s appointment.
• We say “hair” when referring to lots of it, but we say “hairs” when referring to a few.
• How far back in history do you have to go before it’s considered archaeology rather than grave robbing?
• When a pregnant woman swims, she is a human submarine.
• The person who proof-read Hitler’s speeches was literally a grammar Nazi.
-SunnySkyz, first published in BS in 2019

Kids having a worse day than you:  https://tinyurl.com/s7vbplj

Are the following statements true or just a load of hooey?
• You can’t taste food at all unless it is mixed with saliva. (TRUE, but how would you eat it anyway?)
• Gentlemen in Medieval Japan finalized agreements by crisscrossing streams of urine. (TRUE. ***CAUTION*** I guess it was a good thing to be “pissed” with someone.)
• A penguin’s brain is 3 times larger than a human’s. (BS. Would something that smart pick Antarctica for a home?)
• The first toothpaste invented about 4,000 years ago consisted of a highly abrasive combination of pumice stone and vinegar brushed on with a stick. (TRUE. But with every dental checkup you got a NEW stick.)
• Some prisons have painted their jail cells pink to calm prisoners. (TRUE. It also compliments the nail polish.)
• There are now more men in the world than women. (BS. There are still more women in the world, the only hope for [your co-host].)
• People with pets live longer. (TRUE, except for python owners!)
• You are a quarter-inch taller at night than during the day. [TRUE. When you walk around, cartilage between your vertebrae gets squished. It recovers while you sleep at night.]
• If you run a magnet through some fortified breakfast cereals, you’ll actually attract iron filings. [TRUE. Good luck getting through airport security right after breakfast!]
• The average North American downs 56,044 cups of coffee in their life. [TRUE. Hyper? Me? What are you talkin’ about?]


Could someone please explain why underwear and socks come in resealable bags, but potato chips don’t?


When it comes to parenting, what do you consider a “win”?


Question: A surprising 11% of mothers say they craved THIS when they were pregnant. What is it?
Answer:  Soap


Experience may be the best teacher, but the bills are terribly high.


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