Thursday, February 22, 2018 – Edition: #6162

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★ Serena Williams has revealed she ”almost died” after giving birth to her daughter last year. Williams says she was plagued by health problems after giving birth, including a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot forms in one or more of the arteries in the lungs. In a piece written for CNN, Serena says: ”I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today.”
★ Oprah knows a good investment when she sees it, which is why she’s matching George and Amal Clooney’s pledge for half a million bucks to the young generation of students who plan on marching to end gun violence. Oprah made the announcement, saying “These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”  She plans to donate the same amount as the Clooneys for the Washington DC demonstration, which is scheduled for March 24.
★ Stewie Griffin is finally sitting down for a long-overdue therapy session. As previously reported, Sir Ian McKellen will guest-star in an upcoming episode of “Family Guy” as the voice of Stewie’s therapist. And in a recent interview, executive producer Rich Appel revealed that Stewie’s sexuality is among the topics they’ll be addressing — though he adds that it’s merely “the tip of the iceberg.”
★ Andrew Lincoln is hopeful he’ll continue to work with Lennie James on ‘The Walking Dead’. The show returns this weekend and fans of James’ character Morgan Jones want to know whether he will remain a big part of ‘The Walking Dead’ moving forward, despite being the lone character to crossover to the spin-off series ‘Fear The Walking Dead’.
★ Colin Quinn is thanking his friends and fans for wishing him well as he continues to recover after suffering a heart attack last week. With his trademark sense of humor, the Saturday Night Live alum, who is 58, broke the news on Feb. 14 with a series tweets, saying, “My heart broke on Valentines Day. Literally,” and “I am currently doing well although if I dropped dead you would see a funeral like Al Capone!”
★ An actress who accused Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush of inappropriately touching her on a Sydney stage later swore at him when he followed her into a washroom at a party after a performance, according to Australian court documents. The documents allege Rush touched Eryn Jean Norvill in a way that made her feel uncomfortable on five separate occasions during the final week of the production, in a scene where he carried her as she simulated a lifeless body.
★ Andy Dick’s longtime girlfriend, and mother of 2 of his kids, has filed to get a restraining order against him. Lena Sved filed documents Tuesday in L.A., requesting court-ordered protection from Dick. No word if it has been approved yet, but the court has classified it as a domestic violence case. It’s unclear what she’s alleging Dick did. The pair have 2 adult children together … both in their 20s.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Oprah Winfrey, Timothee Chalamet, Andra Day & Common
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Christine Baranski, Constance Zimmer, Bon Jovi
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Gary Oldman, Greta Gerwig, Bruno Major
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Kumail Nanjiani, Van Jones, Judah & the Lion ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Toya Bush-Harris, Contessa Metcalfe
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Mo’Nique, guest co-host Ana Navarro
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Sarah Jessica Parker, Shiri Appleby
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Oprah Winfrey, the Tonga Sisters
• “The Bachelor Winter Games” (ABC): All-stars from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” compete in winter-themed challenges.
• “2018 Winter Olympics” (NBC/CBC): Short Track, Snowboarding, Alpine, Figure Skating, Freesyle Skiing.

• Ed Sheeran – has sparked rumors he has married fiancee Cherry Seaborn after he wore a gold -colored wedding band ring on his wedding finger at a BRITs gig on Monday night.
• Kesha – has been forced to cancel shows scheduled for March and April after having surgery to repair an A-C-L tear in her knee. She suffered the injury in a fall at a concert in Dubai on February 9th. According to her, she “tried to “will this injury away and unfortunately it didn’t work.”
• Hedley – have withdrawn from consideration for three awards at this year’s Junos, in light of recent sexual misconduct allegations. The also say they “intend to take responsibility, and talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it”. The band plans to continue their Canadian tour, scheduled through March 23.
• Chris Cornell – his widow Vicky sat down with Good Morning America for her first on-camera interview since his suicide in May 2017. She reflected on life without her husband and the role addiction played in his death. Quote: “I know that people say, you know, you can’t blame yourself. And I’m trying not to, but there were signs”.
• The Who – Pete Townshend will mark the 45th anniversary of his debut solo album, ‘Who Came First’, with an expansive reissue featuring eight unreleased tracks. The two-CD set arrives April 20th.
• KISS – have sparked speculation that they may be planning to launch a farewell tour after reportedly filing an application to trademark the term “The End Of The Road”. (Boyz II Men might have something to say about that…)
• Josh Abbott Band – have recorded a version of ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ — a genre-less song created by June Hershey and Don Swander in 1941…for a Bud Light commercial. The song has also been recorded by George Strait, Ray Charles and Gene Autry, among many others.
• Blake Shelton – planted a big kiss on his opening act, Brett Eldredge. Shelton joined Eldredge on stage for a rendition of ‘All About Tonight’ in New Mexico Feb. 17, and, well, he was just so moved by Eldredge’s moves that he had to lay one on him. Adam Levine, Luke Bryan and Trace Adkins have received similar treatment in the past.

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but the beholder seems to have changed his (or her) idea of beauty. The University of Missouri-Kansas City asked 78 female students to rate the winners of the Miss USA beauty pageant, and the researchers discovered that women with toned or muscular figures are now seen as sexier than women who are very thin. The students were asked to study photos of the 1999-2013 pageant winners and rate them according to how muscular, thin and attractive they were. The study found more of the recent winners were muscular and toned rather than thin, which showed that attitudes toward physical beauty have shifted. Head researcher Frances Bozsik explained that, “There is a shift in the thin ideal female figure to one that now includes the appearance of physical fitness via muscularity.” He also noted that both muscularity and thinness were commonly found among female celebrities.
(Of course, to most guys, the ideal female body type is, “right here, right now”…)

The first treatment to help prevent serious allergic reactions to peanuts may be on the way. And the cure is…peanuts! California-based Aimmune Therapeutics says that its daily capsules of peanut powder helped children build tolerance in a major study. They say that 67% of kids who underwent experimental treatment were able to tolerate the equivalent of roughly two peanuts at the end of the study, compared to only 4 percent of others given a dummy powder. But a big warning: Don’t try this at home. Experts believe that early exposure helps prevent peanut allergies from forming. Last year, the National Institutes of Health issued new advice, saying most babies should get peanut-containing foods starting around 6 months, in age-appropriate forms like watered-down peanut butter or peanut puffs – not whole peanuts because those are a choking hazard.
(So, in a nutshell…peanuts are the cure!)

• A movie theater audience in Atlanta who sat down expecting to see the new blockbuster ‘Black Panther’ were treated to the first few minutes of a movie of a different shade: Grey. As in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ sequel ‘Fifty Shades Freed’. It took the theater about five minutes to fix things, which was all the time that audience members needed to get on social media and let the world know. Some moviegoers even posted video of the wrong movie playing.
(And that’s why they ask you to turn OFF your devices!)
(So they went to see ‘Black’ Panther, but watched part of the ‘Grey’ trilogy, which is definitely ‘blue’. And anyone there with kids was definitely turning ‘red’!)
• You may have heard of the flight that had to be diverted last week over a gas leak…a person’s gas leak. A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam encountered some turbulence when passengers complained that a man wouldn’t stop breaking wind. After attendants didn’t address the matter, a fight broke out when the flatulence continued. The pilot then made an emergency stop in Vienna where four people were removed from the plane. But maybe the passengers acted too soon. Experts say that flying has a number of effects on the body – your ears pop, your taste buds don’t work as effectively, you get drunk quicker…and you tend to expel more gas.
(Something about the “air pressure”, I’m sure.).
• And speaking of mishaps with gas, a woman in Washington decided that it would be a good idea to have a smoke while her friend was pumping gas…into a garbage can…placed in the back seat of the car. You can guess what happened next. After a sound that can only be described as ‘KABLOOIE’, the woman was taken to hospital with severe burns. Oh, and a large amount of scorched marijuana was also found.

➢ Popliteal fossa: technically the “posterior knee, this is the space behind your knee, where your leg bends. (The kneepit!)
➢ Acnestis: In any animal, the acnestis is an area of the back that can’t be reached for scratching. In humans, that’s between the shoulder blades. (The “itch you can’t scratch”!)
➢ Philtrum: When the face of a human embryo comes together, the pieces meet in what becomes the cleft between the lips and the nose. (Your philtrum is running…)
➢ Columella nasi: the skin by the septum of your nose, which separates your nostrils. (Right above the philtrum!)
➢ Digitus secondus: You might call it your “pointer toe” or “long toe,” but the technical name is “digitus secondus.” (I would have called it “digitus firstus”…but that’s just me.)
➢ Lunula: That crescent-shaped, whitish area at the base of your fingernail is called the lunula, which comes from the Latin word for “little moon.”
➢ Canthus: The point of your eye in both the inner and outer corners where the top lid meets the lower one.
➢ Gynecomastia: No doubt you usually use the less technical name: man boobs. (Moobs!)


1959 [59] Kyle MacLachlan, Yakima WA, TV actor (‘Dale Cooper’ on “Twin Peaks” 1990-91 and the 2017 reboot, “Agents of “SHIELD” 2014-15)

1963 [55] Vijay Singh, Lautoka Fiji, PGA golfer (winner of The Masters in 2000 and the PGA Championship in 1998 and 2004, Golf Hall of Fame, 2006)

1967 [51] Paul Lieberstein, Westport CT, TV actor (‘Toby’ on “The Office” 2005-2015)

1969 [49] Clinton Kelly, Panama City, Panama, TV co-host (“The Chew” since 2011, “What Not to Wear” 2003-13)

1974 [44] James Blunt, Tidworth UK, pop singer (‘Bonfire Heart’, ‘You’re Beautiful’)

1975 [43] Drew Barrymore, Culver City CA, TV actress (‘Sheila Hammond’ on “Santa Clarita Diet” 2017, “Grey Gardens” 2009)/movie actress (“50 First Dates”, “E.T.”)

1979 [39] Tom Higgenson, Villa Park IL, pop singer (Plain White T’s-‘1234′, ‘Hey There Delilah’)

1985 [33] Zach Roerig, Montpelier OH, TV actor (‘Matt Donovan’ on “The Vampire Diaries” 2009-2017)

• “Be Humble Day”, Just for one day, try not to brag or to boast; and try not to talk about your success or accomplishments. Why? Because humility is a good thing. (Better yet … be “Humble and Kind”.)

• “Cook a Sweet Potato Day”, And the best way to do that? Sweet badayda fries. Mmm!

• “Margarita Day”, Tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice are everything you’ll need to celebrate … well, that and some good friends. And a tropical beach wouldn’t hurt.

• “Walking the Dog Day”, But wait a minute, don’t you walk your dog just about every day?
(So, we’re not talking about the yo-yo trick here?)

• “World Thinking Day”, an annual celebration of Girl Scouts/Girl Guides founders Lord & Lady Baden-Powell’s joint birthday. Scouts & Guides are encouraged to ‘think’ of good deeds.

• “Chili Day”, a great excuse to put together a perfect pot of spicy chili. What’s your secret ingredient? (Be thankful it’s also Walking the Dog Day…)

[Fri] Banana Bread Day
[Fri] Play Tennis Day
[Sat] Sword Swallowers Day
[Sat] Tortilla Chip Day

2015 [03] At the 87th Academy Awards, “Birdman” is awarded ‘Best Picture’; Eddie Redmayne ‘Best Actor’ (“A Theory of Everything”); and Julianne Moore ‘Best Actress’ (“Still Alice”)

2006 [12] Apple’s iTunes store sells it’s 1 billionth song (Apple denied a late 2017 report that they intend to eliminate iTunes music download sales by 2019 in favor of the Apple Music streaming service)

2012 [06] 5 months after debuting “Call Me Maybe” in her native Canada, Carly Rae Jepsen releases it in America where it hangs around long enough to become the song of the Summer

2017 [01] Jay-Z becomes 1st rapper to be inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Max Martin, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

2014 [04] After her gold medal at Sochi, Norwegian cross-country skier Marit Bjoergen sets a new record for most Winter Olympics medals awarded to a female, with a total of 10


✓ There is a volcano in Indonesia that spews blue lava.
✓ On average, it takes 66 days to form a habit.
✓ We tend to think that other people are more easily influenced than ourselves.
✓ Most voters tend to vote for the candidate with the lower voice.
✓ It’s easier to remember things with your eyes closed.
✓ A man once broke 46 toilet seats over his head and set a world record.

• They can never get pregnant.
• Auto mechanics tell them the truth.
• They never have to drive to another gas station restroom because ‘this one is just too icky’.
• People never stare at their chests when talking to them.
• A 7-day vacation requires only 1 suitcase.
• They never have ‘strap problems’ in public.
• Their bellies usually hide their big hips.
• They have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
-First published in BS in 2010

• Whyzit when you kill a bug, 10 more come to the funeral?
• Whyzit you ‘fill in’ a form by ‘filling it out’ and an alarm clock ‘goes off’ by ‘going on’?
• Whyzit the colder the X-ray table, the more of your naked flesh is required on it?
• Whyzit we wait until a pig is dead to ‘cure’ it?
• Whyzit the only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom?
• Whyzit when you DO give a rat’s ass, nobody really appreciates that either?

I was that kid in high school who would always ask the teacher, “When are we ever going to use this in real life?” In Sex Ed.

• If you had to cut one major household expense, what would it be…and would your significant other agree?

Question: According to a study, almost all people over 100-years-old do THIS.
Answer: Start their day with a good breakfast.

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

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