February 2 2023

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Thursday, February 2, 2023 – Edition: #7409

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★ The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year’s nominees, which include 8 first-timers. Fourteen names are on the ballot for 2023: Sheryl Crow, George Michael, The White Stripes, Missy Elliott, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, A Tribe Called Quest, Warren Zevon, Soundgarden, The Spinners, Kate Bush and Joy Division/New Order. Fans can participate in the induction process by voting online through April 28. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2023 Induction Ceremony will take place this fall at a date to be announced.
★ We’re sure you’ve heard by now that Tampa Bay Buccaneers legendary quarterback Tom Brady has announced he’s retiring — again — “for good” this time. But you might not have caught the news that Gisele Bündchen is reportedly set to break her silence on the couple’s split in a Vanity Fair cover story. She has been spotted vamping for the cameras in a return to modeling, and sources say she’ll pose for a VF cover and talk in depth about her divorce Brady for the first time.
★ Dr. Phil McGraw announced on Tuesday that his syndicated talk show “Dr. Phil” will end with its current 21st season. In a statement, he said: “I have been blessed with over 25 wonderful years in daytime television. With this show, we have helped thousands of guests and millions of viewers through everything from addiction and marriage to mental wellness and raising children. This has been an incredible chapter of my life and career, but while I’m moving on from daytime, there is so much more I wish to do.” McGraw plans to launch primetime programming sometime in 2024.
★  New DC bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran have revealed their plans for an inter-connective universe for the comic book giant, spanning largely film and TV in way the brand never has before. Some of what will unfold in the years 2025-2027 includes 5 movies: “Superman Legacy”, a new ‘Batman and Robin’ title, a ‘Swamp Thing’ feature, and films centering around ‘Supergirl’ and the DC rogue squad “The Authority”. On the TV side, there’s an animated series, “Creature Commandos” written by Gunn, the ‘Peacemaker’ spinoff live action series “Waller” with Viola Davis, a ‘Lanterns’ series, and “Paradise Lost”.
★ Hulk Hogan’s rep has clapped back after fellow wrestler Kurt Angle claimed he has no feeling in his lower body following back surgery. On his podcast, Angle claimed the Hulkster “had the nerves cut from his lower body”, and needs to use a cane, not due to pain, but because of lack of feeling. But a rep says the wrestler is “doing well and is not paralyzed” and can walk without a cane.
★ Following years of rumors and speculation, “King of the Hill” is officially getting the reboot treatment at Hulu. Show creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels have inked a deal to revive the popular series, which originally ran on Fox for 13 seasons starting in 1997. The new episodes will feature original voice actors Kathy Najimy, Stephen Root, Pamela Adlon, Johnny Hardwick and Lauren Tom reprising the roles of their animated characters. The reboot is expected to arrive on the streaming service sometime this year.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Reese Witherspoon, Wesley Kimmel, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder
• “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Pedro Pascal, Kathryn Newton, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Armani White
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Connie Britton, Daniel Ricciardo
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Jonathan Groff, Keio Stroud
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Trevor Noah, Shania Twain, Jono Zalay
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rosie Perez
•  “The Daily Show” (COM): McKinley “Mac” Phipps, guest host D.L. Hughley
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kit Harington
• “The Talk”(CBS): Justin Hartley, Ryan Bader, guest co-host Lisa Hughes
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Skylar Astin
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Shania Twain, The BoykinZ, Chris Powell
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Rita Ora, Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz
• “Jennifer Hudson Show” (Check local listings): Heidi Klum, Jacob Latimore
• “Celebrity Jeopardy!” (ABC): Season 1 finale. The championship match, featuring Ike Barinholtz, Wil Wheaton and Patton Oswalt.
• “Young Sheldon (CBS): Sheldon learns the university is building a database without him; Mary takes care of a bedridden Mandy and Meemaw.
• “Groundhog Day” (AMC): February 2nd keeps repeating for a cynical TV weatherman (Bill Murray), sent to watch the groundhog in Punxsutawney PA.

• BTS — Jin won first place in a talent show while serving mandatory service in South Korea. The prize was an extra day of vacation, so he’ll be enjoying the day off with the rest of his team, to whom he taught dance moves to ensure victory.
• St Vincent – Legendary producer and Chic guitarist Nile Rogers shared a photo of himself with her, writing that he’s “working on new music with St. Vincent”, and calling her “so real deal”. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/rw883sp7
• Jason Derulo — has broken his foot ahead of his NFL TikTok Tailgate performance leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 12. TMZ says he was injured playing basketball 3 weeks ago, also suffering a torn ligament, but “will power through it, come hell or high water.”
• Adam Levine – his wife, model Behati Prinsloo has given birth to their 3rd child. The couple also share daughters Dusty Rose and Gio Grace, who are 6 and 4, respectively. Days after Prinsloo announced her pregnancy in Sept, Levine was embroiled in a cheating accusation.
• The Who – In addition to announcing a UK tour for this summer, which includes a stop at Edinburgh Castle, the group has announced a new album. “The Who With Orchestra Live at Wembley”, recorded in 2019, drops March 31.
• Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – have announced an additional 24 North American dates, beginning April 25 in Shreveport LA, and wrapping July 5, with the lone Canadian date, in Toronto. Their March 2 performance at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater will be available for worldwide streaming on March 16. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8tjhpv
• Jana Kramer — went Instagram-official with her boyfriend, Scottish former soccer player (now coach) Allan Russell over the weekend. She posted a pic of the 2 embracing and giggling in downtown Nashville, with the caption: “this is so us…trying to take a photo.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/2p8pdt8f
• Morgan Wallen — revealed on social media that he has a new, 36-song album on the way. His third studio album “One Thing At A Time” drops March 3. It includes collabs with Eric Church, HARDY and Ernest. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/4fc6v3kp
• Garth Brooks – shared on Monday that his “Friends in Low Places Honky-Tonk” in Nashville will open soon. On “Inside Studio G”, he said: “Get ready! The first round of menus came out just last week.” He also reminded people to bring their good vibes: “Hopefully what we’re getting the place lined up for [is] people who like to come there and have fun and treat other people with respect while they’re doing it.” LINK: www.FriendsBarNashville.com


I like the sound of this: Adding some milk to your morning coffee may bring along some health benefits. Two studies at the University of Copenhagen looked at how antioxidants interact with amino acids, which make up proteins. Part of the research involved combining a drink high in polyphenols – coffee – with another rich in proteins – milk. The team found that the combination of adding milk to your coffee can boost the body’s anti-inflammatory response. This anti-inflammatory effect may also occur when combining other types of food, such as a meat dish with vegetables or a smoothie with milk or yogurt. Inflammation can lead to several life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer or Type-2 diabetes.
(Unfortunately, so can that “island of sugar” that I put in there with the milk!)
(That’s good news…Especially considering the effect on your heart when you see the new prices at Starbucks!)

⇒ A new range of ‘garish’ clothes claims to “hide” you from surveillance cameras. The knitted garments (and they ARE garish!) use tech-derived patterns to fool A.I. into thinking the wearer is an animal. Italian fashion-tech startup “Cap_able” describes their line as a “wearable algorithm to protect our identity.” It uses a technological system capable of transposing images onto a knitted fabric that can be used to deceive so-called “people detectors” in real time. Wearing an item in which one of the images is woven can protect the biometric data of a person’s face, making the individual is indetectable, or causing them to be associated with an incorrect category such a dog, zebra, or giraffe. The garments are on sale, priced at $311 for a T-shirt, sweaters for $450 and bottoms for $300. LINK: https://www.capable.design/home-1
([***Co-host***] has been buying his own garish clothes for a lot less than that…and no camera wants to look at those either!)
⇒ And you always thought beautiful people get all the breaks in life. An employment expert says that if you’re searching for a job, and you’re drop-dead gorgeous, you’d be wise to downplay your good looks for the interview. In a viral TikTok, career coach Mandy Tang describes the typical reaction to a beautiful job applicant from a hiring manager: “Oh, she’s, like, phenomenally beautiful? That’s annoying. And I bet she’s a (female dog), too”. The clip is titled: “What to do when you’re really hot during the interview process,” and Tang captioned the clip: “If you’re hot, you’re not that smart or nice, is what people are thinking.” She suggests downplaying your good looks, because “There’s actually going to be a bias against you.” LINK: https://tinyurl.com/44jrrb8a
(Only if the person doing the hiring is also very pretty – or really ugly!)
(And there it is. Number 247 on the list of things that I’ll never have to give a second thought to…)
-StudyFinds, NYPost

Would you agree to suffer a bit during surgery — if it’s good for the planet? Experts are recommending that doctors reduce their use of certain kinds of anesthesia — to combat the effects of climate change. Dr. Mohamed Fayed, a senior anesthetist at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health, made the suggestion during the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual conference last week. He admits that doing so would only have a small benefit to the environment, but “it will add up”, and anesthesiologists should consider “lowering the flow of anesthetic gas — without affecting patient care.” Studies show that inhaled anesthesia accounts for up to 0.1% of the world’s carbon emissions, and an hour of surgery using an inhaled anesthetic is equivalent to driving 470 miles.
(Oh, when I’m out, I’m not driving – I’m FLYIN’!)
(Yeah, I think I’ll still go for the full dose. If YOU want to save the planet, knock yourself out!)

An AskReddit thread posed the question: What careers would you advise young people to AVOID? Here are some of the answers…
✗ Warehouse work:  “Your fellow co-workers are tired and overworked. The pay is just enough to live…but you will often be tired due to long hours…no room for growth within the company, and management is concerned more with production numbers than your health and safety.”
✗ Oil industry:  “That’s a rollercoaster of a career where you will be job hopping forever, moving, or looking for a job often. Whenever the oil prices tank…you may lose your job.”
✗ Film industry: “…there is no job security. Oh, you got a job on a season of a TV show? Enjoy it while it lasts because 7 months from now, you’re going to be looking for a new job again once the season ends!”
✗ Lawyer:  (unless your family owns a law firm) “I have” 4+ years in business and still trying to find my right connects and industry links. My employer treats me like (crap), no paid extra hours, tons of paperwork and even small mistakes could throw away everything you have worked so hard for.”
✗ Physical therapist:  “It’s a doctoral degree now, with all the costs associated with that. Jobs are always available but the pay will vary from $45k to $120k. Raises are non existent. “
✗ Cook/chef:  “Unless you like (crap) pay and long hours of sweaty work on your feet under extremely high pressure and ridiculous deadlines. Also, good luck getting any respect from people older than you.”
✗ Teaching:  “Having homework for the rest of your life is nightmarish, not to mention all the other (crap) wrong with it. Thank god I got out. I taught at community colleges…so in a way I had the “easy” version…Can’t imagine how anyone deals with parents and public school (crap).”
✗ I.T.:  “Don’t do it. If you like computers, be a coder. You’ll make 5 times as much, and you won’t have to deal with 3 am calls because some (idiot’s) router needs to be restarted.”
(It’s not like I needed any tips on avoiding work…!)

Groundhogs are also variously referred to as woodchucks, whistle-pigs, or land-beavers. The name whistle-pig comes from the fact that, when alarmed, a groundhog will emit a high-pitched whistle as a warning to the rest of the colony. The name woodchuck has nothing to do with wood. Or chucking. It is derived from the Algonquian name for the critters, wuchak.


• “Groundhog Day”, an annual tradition that perpetuates the folk tale that a hibernating groundhog prodded from its burrow can forecast 6 more weeks of Winter by seeing its shadow. This annual oddity stems from the Christian celebration of “Candlemas”. An old Scottish poem proclaims, “If Candlemas is fair and clear, there’ll be two winters in the year.” (***See “Did You Know?”, above***)
– Canada’s best known groundhog forecaster is ‘Wiarton Willie’. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/hyhjc36v
– ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ is America’s original prognosticator, and most famous hog. LINK: http://www.groundhog.org
• “Crêpe Day” (aka “La Chandeleur”) in France, when the traditional thin pancakes are served, filled with either sweet or savory goodies. Today, it’s customary to hold a coin in one hand and the crêpe pan in the other as you flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch it in the pan, it’s said that your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year.
• “Sled Dog Day”, honoring those tenacious teams of canines that pull together to provide transportation in the snowy North. (A good day to enjoy some ‘mush’!)
• “Tater Tots Day”, The name “tater tots” is trademarked, but is also generically applied to any similar brands of potato products. “Tater” is an abbreviation for potato, and “tots” refers to their small size. In some places they are simply called “tots.” Tater Tots were invented in 1953.
• “Change Your Windshield Wipers Day”, Just like you change your smoke alarm batteries when it’s time to spring forward or fall back, Groundhog Day is a reminder to replace our windshield wipers. One study found that nearly ¼ of auto accidents happen when it’s raining, and most of us neglect to change our wipers until our vision is already impaired.
• “World Play Your Ukulele Day”, offering uke players a chance to ‘change the world 4 strings at a time’ by playing, sharing, and teaching others to play the mini-guitar.
• “World Wetlands Day”, observed since 1997 to raise awareness of the ecological value and benefit of the world’s wetlands. (Formerly known as ‘swamps’.)
• “Self Renewal Day”, try these tips to recharge, renew and rejuvenate:
-Smile when you first wake up, no matter how you feel.
-At different times during the day, take 3 deep breaths.
-Instead picking up your phone or turning on the TV, sit quietly for a few minutes. Breathe slowly, and notice what you see and hear.
-Say “thanks” to some part of your body for what it does for you. If this makes you laugh, all the better.
-Gently place your hands on top of your head, with your fingers together and slightly cupped. Hold in a relaxed way for a few seconds.
-Go outside or sit beside an open window. Feel the fresh air on your face. Smile again.

[Fri] Wear Red Day
[Fri] Doggy Date Night
[Sat] Homemade Soup Day
[Sun] Dump Your Significant Jerk Day
This Week is…Take Back Your Time Week
This Month is…Bake For Family Fun Month

1948 [75] Ina Garten, Brooklyn NY, TV chef (“Barefoot Contessa” since 2002, “30 Rock” 2010-11)/author of 13 cookbooks which have sold more than 14 million

1953 [70] Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, Denver CO, TV reality star (“Dog the Bounty Hunter” 2003-2012, “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt” 2013-15, “Dog’s Most Wanted” 2019)

1954 [69] Christie Brinkley, Monroe MI, model (the face of “CoverGirl” cosmetics for 25 years)/movie actress (“National Lampoon’s Vacation”, “Vegas Vacation”)/married to Billy Joel 1985-94

1966 [57] Robert DeLeo, Glen Ridge NJ, rock bassist (Stone Temple Pilots-‘Plush’, ‘Interstate Love Song’)

1977 [46] Shakira (Ripoll), Barranquilla Columbia, pop singer (f/Wyclef Jean-‘Hips Don’t Lie’, ‘Whenever, Wherever’) BS FUN FACT: Shakira is Arabic for ‘full of grace’.

1988 [35] Zosia Mamet, Randolph VT, TV actress (‘Shoshanna Shapiro’ on “Girls” 2012-2017, “The Flight Attendant” since 2020)

2014 [09] 46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Capote”, “Hunger Games”) dies of an accidental heroin overdose

1993 [30] Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the US Internal Revenue Service by paying $9 million in cash and assets already seized

2011 [12] The White Stripes break up, “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way”

2014 [09] At Super Bowl 48 in East Rutherford NJ, Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos 43-8, the first NFL championship for the Seahawks in their 40-year history

2004 [19] Swiss tennis player Roger Federer becomes the #1 ranked men’s singles player, a position he holds for a record 237 weeks (The now-41-year-old retired in 2022, with $131 million in career earnings)


✓ The word “February” comes from a Latin word meaning “to cleanse”.
✓ Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.
✓ In a feeding frenzy, sharks sometimes eat parts of their own body.
✓ In the 1600s, French women wore high heels to show that they were too rich to walk.
✓ A raw steak is about 75% water.
✓ Vanilla is mildly addictive.

Best of BS . . .

• Wal-Mart re-labels bags of ‘tire-traction sand’ as ‘sandbox sand’.
• Charlotte Hornets are mathematically eliminated from NBA playoffs.
• That nice Spring breeze … that’s blowing small cars across the parking lot.
• (***Local TV forecaster***) switches from tacky wool blazers to tacky polyester blazers.
• Garbage collectors start going topless.
• Look at a calendar, twit!
-First published in BS 1998

• A ‘boop’ to the nose.
• A “Yo Mama” joke.
• By realizing you’re wrong.
• Yelling “Fake news!”
• Storming off dramatically, slamming the door, then realizing you forgot to grab your keys.
• Saying “Fine.”
• Farting in their general direction.
• Saying: “That’s what she said.”
• Telling him his brother is better.
• Telling her to “calm down”, of course.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2020

Luddite:  https://tinyurl.com/4ejkbp73

The trouble with getting to work on time is that it makes the day so long.

If you could call any living person in the world and have a one-hour conversation, who would you call?

Question:  In a survey asking people to name the top ways they waste time, THIS came in at #4. What is it?
Answer:  Sitting in traffic

True generosity lies less in giving and more in giving at the right moment.


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