February 17 2020

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Monday, February 17, 2020 – Edition: #6635

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★ Kobe Bryant’s public memorial will be for ticket holders only, but proceeds will go to his Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. The basketball star and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna will be remembered in a public memorial held at the Los Angeles Staples Center on February 24. Top-tier tickets cost $224, and others can be purchased for $24.02, representing the jersey numbers worn by Kobe and Gianna. They were among nine people who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Calabasas last month.
★ Amanda Bynes has surprised the world by announcing she is engaged, and most people didn’t even know she was dating. Reportedly, not only is the engagement real, but Bynes has only known the lucky guy for “several months.” They met while each of them was in recovery, and his family has connections in the Hollywood television industry. The problem is that she’s under a conservatorship. That means she can’t get married unless a judge in her case signs off on the nuptials. Oh, and in the photo she posted on Instagram, her boyfriend is wearing a wedding ring, leading to questions about whether they are already married.
★ The insurance company fighting Shannen Doherty in court is demanding she not be allowed to talk about her stage 4 cancer in court. She’s suing State Farm Insurance for allegedly not paying for fire damage to her Malibu home. They believe Doherty will argue they, “exacerbated or worsened her medical condition…allegedly due to State Farm’s handling” of her insurance claim. State Farm says that evidence should be excluded as irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial. Doherty recently said that she is dying from stage 4 cancer.
★ Kirstie Alley and John Travolta want to work together on another “Look Who’s Talking” sequel. The two appeared together in the 1989 flick, which told the story of ‘Mollie’, played by Alley, who is pregnant with a married man’s child, finding love and a father figure for her child in Travolta’s taxi driver character, ‘James’. The baby was voiced by Bruce Willis. While guesting on “The Talk” Alley said: “John and I both really want to do it because we think it’s funny that (we’d be) the grandparents.
★ “Sonic the Hedgehog” is giving Paramount its best box office news in over a year, with an estimated 3-day opening weekend of $55 million. That’s the best opening weekend ever for a video game adaptation. The delayed release of the film prompted by an intense rejection of Sonic’s initial design is turning out to be a blessing in disguise, with estimates for a 4-day US President’s Day weekend haul of $63 million.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Billy Crystal, the Tenderloins, Kelsea Ballerini (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): RuPaul, Meghan Trainor (R)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers (R)
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Ewan McGregor, Rob McElhenney, Erin Jackson, Ilan Rubin (R)
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach, Demetri Martin (R)
• “Conan” (TBS): Lil Rel Howery (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): “Below Deck” Reunion Show, Part 2
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Stacey Abrams, Alison Brie, David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood, Jerry O’Connell
• “The Talk” (CBS): Cicely Tyson, Xosha Roquemore, guest co-host Brigitte Nielsen
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): RuPaul, Zoey Deutch, Samantha Brown
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Melissa McCarthy, KJ Apa
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Constance Wu, Kit Williamson
• “The Bachelor” (ABC): Peter joins the four remaining bachelorettes in their hometowns, only to have their families question his intentions; a surprise threatens a relationship.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): Season 14 finale
• “Tails of Joy” (HALLMARK): Following the rescue of 60 dogs and cats, from initial transport to placing them in loving homes; encouraging families to adopt and not shop; Larissa Wohl hosts.

• Selena Gomez – helped to kick off March Madness with a teaser clip of her party-ready song ‘Dance Again’ in a new promo for the NCAA. The clip, which she shared on Saturday, intersperses her dance moves with celebratory game footage ahead of the 2020 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, which begins March 17. Watch it here: https://twitter.com/selenagomez/status/1228726456638824448
• Lady Gaga — shared a photo on Valentine’s Day with her new beau Michael Polansky. The currently pink-haired superstar posted a romantic selfie of herself cozying up next to Polansky with the caption: “Babe, do I have lipstick all-over me? Happy v-day to all my monsters!!! I love you!!!”
• Rick Astley — Rickrolling has reached new heights as the video game Fortnite has introduced a ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ emote. Known as “By no means Gonna,” the newly introduced emote performs half of the song, and in-game characters dance just like Astley did in the 1987 music video.
• Bee Gees — Bradley Cooper has reportedly been approached to play Barry Gibb in the upcoming group biopic. Cooper is currently preparing to direct and star in a biopic of celebrated composer Leonard Bernstein.
• Rolling Stones – ex-bassist Bill Wyman is selling off part of his vast archive of music memorabilia, including the 1962 amplifier that helped him clinch his audition for the group. The amp carries a pre-sale estimate of $80,000 – $100,000. The 83-year-old is auctioning more than 1,000 instruments, stage clothes and other collectables from the band’s more than 55-year career.
• Nirvana – According to the latest filing in a class action suit, Universal Music Group has acknowledged that some of their master recordings, as well as those of Sonic Youth, Elton John, Beck, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, R.E.M., and several other artists, were damaged or destroyed in the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood.
• Metallica – their second acoustic “All Within My Hands” foundation benefit concert in San Francisco has been rescheduled from March 28 to Sept. 12. Frontman James Hetfield entered rehab at the end of September, and although he has resumed public appearances, the band said that they “may have been too ambitious” in setting the original date.
• Carrie Underwood – posted a hilarious ‘All About My Mom’ questionnaire completed by her four-year-old son Isaiah. In it, he not only guessed that her age is 70, but he listed doing laundry as her job and folding the laundry as her biggest talent.
• Radney Foster – a post on his Facebook page is asking for well-wishes and “healing thoughts” after he suffered a fall that resulted in trauma to his vocal cords. He fell while fly fishing and hit his head and shoulders. The post indicates “He will be fine, but the fall caused vocal cord bruising.”

Sometimes, frustrated parents use it as a last resort to get an inconsolable baby to fall asleep; drive them around in the car. Now, you can save your fuel. Scientists in the UK worked with a music producer to create music that simulates the driving sounds that put kids to sleep. The music doesn’t actually sound like a car engine, though. Some car sounds are used, like the engine hum and the air conditioner – but they are mixed with ambient music, and a combination of, “white, pink, and brown noise” in various tones. What they came up with is 15 mins of calming music that apparently puts babies to sleep, just like driving does. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/resjvvo
(***CAUTION plugging an alternative music source***) It is called “Dream Drive” and is available on Spotify.
(Does it have “play-backward” capability so you can wake him up?)
(And if you have a baby, you’ll know all about “brown noise”!!)
(“OK, kid, I reduced MY emissions. Now, I’d like you to work on reducing YOURS…)

When you’re hungry, do people refer to you as an “angry elf”? According to new survey, “hanger” (the state of getting angry because you’re hungry) leads to an average of four arguments per week per person – and some people say they’ve even felt hangry because they didn’t like what they were eating. More findings from the poll of 2,000 Americans by OnePoll:
• 62% said they felt in order to eat healthy, they have to sacrifice taste (“snackrifice”).
• The average person will make over 1,000 “snackrifices” a year – almost three per day.
• Nearly 25% listed making a snackrifice as one of the contributors to their hangriness.
• 62% would rather snack throughout the day than sit down for three-square meals.
(Now I know why they say you should never go to the grocery store hungry!)
(So when my wife told me that I’m ugly when I’m angry, was she basically calling me ‘ugly all the time’?)
(I’m not hangry, I’m stark, raving ravenous!)

A team of scientists say they have figured out how to take a single drop of rain and use it to generate a powerful flash of electricity. The City University of Hong Kong researchers behind the device, which they call a “Droplet-based Electricity Generator” (DEG), say that a single rain droplet can briefly generate 140 volts. That’s enough to briefly power 100 small lightbulbs. The device is made from a material which contains a quasi-permanent electrical charge, and the rain is merely what triggers the flow of energy. The next step involves finding a way to turn it into something that could be used to power people’s homes. At this point, it is unable to deliver a continuous supply of power, because it needs to charge up before it can let out another burst.
(Maybe plug it in?)
(And suddenly I’m afraid of the shower…thanks!)

☞ Sean Connery:  He announced his retirement in 2006 when he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute at the age of 75. Other than a voice role in “Sir Billi”, he hasn’t acted since that day.
☞ Cameron Diaz:  After starring in three movies in 2014, she announced she was stepping away. Last year, she said she still doesn’t miss acting.
☞ Rick Moranis:  His last onscreen role was in 1997, when, as he put it, “I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.” Last week, it was reported that he’ll appear in the upcoming reboot of “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.”
☞ Daniel Day-Lewis:  He announced his retirement in 2017, and the notoriously selective actor still has nothing on horizon.
☞ Terrence Howard:  Last September, the “Empire” actor announced that he is done with acting. When asked if he planned to concentrate on philanthropy, he said, “Not philanthropy; I’m just focusing on bringing truth to the world.”
☞ Robert Redford:  He announced his retirement in 2016, but his Sundance Film Festival continues. However, he did reprise his role from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” for a cameo in “Avengers: Endgame”. So he managed to star in the highest-grossing movie of all time while retired.
☞ Announced they quit, but didn’t: Alec Baldwin, Portia de Rossi, Debra Winger. (There’s also Tom Green, but we’re pretty sure that wasn’t voluntary!)
-YahooUK, People

Last Tuesday’s $202 million winner in New Jersey’s Mega Millions lottery may never be known – thanks to a new law that went into effect last month. The state has joined a few others that allow lottery winners to hide their identities if their winnings exceed a certain amount, to help prevent them from being “hounded and harassed” – or worse. In 2016, a Georgia lottery winner was killed in a home invasion, and in 2010, a Florida winner was found buried under concrete.


1965 [55] Michael Bay, LA CA, film director (“Transformers” films, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movies)

1971 [49] Denise Richards, Downers Grove IL, movie actress (“Wild Things”)/reality star (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” 2015-19)/ex-wife of Charlie Sheen

1972 [48] Taylor Hawkins, Fort Worth TX, rock drummer (ex-Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters since 1997-‘Learn to Fly’)

1972 [48] Billie Joe Armstrong, Oakland CA, rock singer-guitarist (Green Day-‘American Idiot’, ‘Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]’)

1981 [39] Joseph Gordon-Levitt, LA CA, movie actor-director-producer (“Lincoln”, “The Dark Knight Rises”)/TV actor (“3rd Rock From the Sun” 1996–2001) COMING UP…”The Trial of the Chicago 7″, 2020

1981 [39] Paris Hilton, NYC, socialite-sometime TV personality (“Paris Hilton’s My New BFF”)/movie actress (“House of Wax”)/great-granddaughter of hotel magnate Conrad Hilton

1991 [29] Ed Sheeran, Halifax UK, pop singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer (‘Thinking Out Loud’, ‘Shape of You’)

1996 [24] Sasha Pieterse, Johannesburg South Africa, TV actress (‘Alison DiLaurentis’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-17)

• “Family Day”, observed in the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

• “Presidents’ Day” in the USA, always the 3rd Monday in February, originally to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) & Lincoln (February 12), now recognizing all US Presidents.

• “PTA Founders’ Day”, commemorating the parent-teacher association’s 1897 founding. It was originally known as the ‘National Congress of Mothers’. (And all this time, I thought it stood for ‘Parents to Avoid’…my bad!)

• “Random Acts of Kindness Day”, sponsored by a non-profit organization that believes in making the world a nicer place. (***See “Today’s Phone Starter”, below***)
NET: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org

• “World Human Spirit Day”, encouraging 2 minutes of silent meditation throughout the world – and ‘beyond’ – to focus on the true spirit that flows through everything. Wow, groovy.

[Tues] National Drink Wine Day
[Tues] Pluto Day
[Wed] Tug-of-War Day
[Wed] Prevent Plagiarism Day
This Week Is…Take Your Family to School Week
This Month Is…National Bird Feeding Month

2014 [06] Jimmy Fallon officially replaces Jay Leno in his first broadcast as host of “The Tonight Show” (NBC)

1976 [44] Eagles release “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)”, a collection of songs from their first four albums (best-selling album in the U.S. until it was surpassed by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” after his death in 2009. In August 2018, it regained the title of the best-selling album in the U.S.).

2005 [15] A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar once belonging to Jimi Hendrix sells for £100,000 ($125,000) at an auction in London

2013 [07] Danica Patrick becomes the first female driver in NASCAR history to win the pole position at the Daytona 500 auto race

2003 [17] A Tauranga, New Zealand man is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for speeding … without a license or registration … on a motorized barstool … semi-naked … while intoxicated … with his butt on fire


✓ On average, it costs twice as much to dine out as it does to eat at home.
✓ Only 12% of those arrested for murder are women.
✓ In the 1850s, some Paris newspapers were printed on rubber so they could be read in the bathtub.
✓ Adding salt to a grapefruit will make it taste sweeter.
✓ Athens, Georgia is home to the only double-barreled cannon ever made.
✓ The crossed bones on a pirate flag are human thighbones.

• That the FDA allows 1 rodent hair and 30 “insect fragments” per 100 grams of peanut-butter.
• What your cat is plotting.
• What the ‘hokey-pokey’ is really all about.
• Most of what you’ll read on “Urban Dictionary”.
• What you significant other REALLY thinks of you.
• The sheer pain of “Legofoot”.
• The taste of kiwi pizza.
• (***CAUTION***)How ‘spotted dick’ got its name.
• (***CAUTION***) What your “O-face” looks like.
• What life would be like without cookies.
• My weight.
• Any details regarding your own conception.

Best of BS . . .
• Why am I running?
• I’ve been running for like 30 seconds.  Am I skinny yet?
• Have I outrun my problems yet?
• Please, officer, don’t shoot me in the butt…
• Since when do the buses run early?
• So this is what they mean by “full-body pain”.
• Am I outside of the blast radius?
• McDonald’s has to be getting close…
• You can’t outrun ugly.
• She sure is good at playing hard-to-get!
• Who am I kidding?  I don’t run.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

• Which is NOT an oxymoron?
a. Good grief
b. Easy as pie [CORRECT]
c. Soft rock
d. Alone together

• Vice versa is Latin for what?
a. The other way around [CORRECT]
b. Inside out
c. Upside down
d. Helter skelter

• What does the Greek prefix “hydro” mean?
a. Above
b. Under
c. Water [CORRECT]
d. Utility

Me leaving work at the end of the day like:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2847558198594365

They say you shouldn’t say anything about the dead unless it’s good. He’s dead. Good.

What random act of kindness did someone do for you?

Question:  The #1 complaint from house guests is being left alone in the home, followed by THIS.
Answer:  Not enough toilet paper.

The problem with closed-minded people is that their mouths are always open.


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