Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – Edition: #6165

Bully For You!

★  Director Kevin Smith is recovering after suffering a “massive heart attack” on Sunday night. The 47 year-old “Clerks” director tweeted a photo of himself early Monday morning, dressed in what appeared to be a hospital gown with tubes attached to him. He captioned the pic, “After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack. The Doctor who saved my life told me I had 100% blockage of my LAD artery (aka ‘the Widow-Maker’).”  Smith was scheduled to perform 2 standup shows in Glendale, CA.  but as he pointed out, “If I hadn’t canceled show 2 to go to the hospital, I would’ve died tonight. But for now, I’m still above ground!”
★ As increasing numbers of women come forward to share their stories of sexual harassment, Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman is the latest to recount an incident involving a male producer that she says left her “scared.” Portman explained that, “I went from thinking, ‘I don’t have a story’ to ‘Oh, wait, I have 100 stories. And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as like, this is part of the process.” She did not name the producer.
★ Michelle Obama’s memoir is coming out in November. The former first lady tweeted that the book is called ‘Becoming’. She calls her memoir a “deeply personal experience.” She and her husband, former President Barack Obama, reached a joint agreement with Penguin Random House last year for their respective books. The deal is believed to be worth well in excess of $30 million.
(Maybe it should be called ‘Becoming Filthy Rich’!)
★ It seems that Meghan Markle fancies herself as a writer. Not only did she have a lifestyle blog called ‘The Tig’, it has been revealed that she was also reportedly the author behind a racy anonymous blog called ‘The Working Actress’. Markle apparently authored the blog about an aspiring actress dealing with the tribulations of Hollywood, which was active between 2010 and 2013.
★ Lisa Marie Presley has been slammed by her estranged husband Michael Lockwood, who claims she is lying about her huge debts. Earlier this month, the daughter of Elvis Presley revealed she owes unpaid taxes from 2012 to 2015, totaling more than $10 million. Presley is locked in a bitter divorce battle with Lockwood, and he filed a counter-claim on Friday, disputing his estranged wife’s money woes.
★ One day after Kim Kardashian West took to Snapchat to post a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at her famous clan on the “Celebrity Family Feud” set, revealing that there will be a Kardashian-Jenners vs. the Wests showdown on the game show, TMZ reported that the face-off was originally supposed to be between the KarJenners and the Hiltons.  Apparently producers were thrown into a mad scramble when  they were contacted 4 days before Saturday’s taping and informed the Hiltons weren’t playing.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Meryl Streep, Jason Ritter, Blake Shelton ( R )
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Bruce Willis, Retta, Towkio
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Kiefer Sutherland, Zoe Lister-Jones, John McWhorter
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kelly Clarkson, Kal Penn
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Chloe Kim, Gordon Ramsay, Vance Joy
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Joel McHale, Anna Paquin, Alex Edelman
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Meghan McCain, Lisa Rinna
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Heather Graham, guest co-host Patton Oswalt
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kiefer Sutherland, Christine Baranski, High Valley
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Jimmy Kimmel
• “The Voice” (NBC): The vocalists perform for the coaches.

• Maroon 5 – The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced they will headline the fourth-annual Concert for Legends Aug. 5 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The band’s performance will close out the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week.
• Lana Del Rey – says Stevie Nicks was ”full of surprises” when she was in the studio to record a guest part for ‘Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems’. Del Rey says she was so nervous about recording while Nicks was watching that her voice was cracking. Nicks responded that, ”I like that it was breaking. I’m gonna try and do it like you now.”
• Kylie Minogue – would love to record a duet with Lady GaGa. She says that anytime she has done a duet, she hasn’t asked, they have “just kind of come” to her, and although she doesn’t do many duets with women, she says that, “I would love to sing with [Lady] Gaga or something like that, it would be incredible.”
• Bon Jovi – the five original members will reunite onstage to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 14 to play “a couple of songs”. Bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1993, and guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013.
• Hedley – on stage in Halifax, Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked Hedley fans from the “bottom of our hearts” for being people the band could always rely on, but did not directly address the allegations of inappropriate behavior involving young fans that have emerged on social media in recent weeks.
• Neil Young – vented at Google and other tech companies in a post published by Neil Young Archives, accusing them of “building their wealth on music’s back and paying nothing to the artists.”
• LeAnn Rimes – her 1997 song ‘How Do I Live’ has been declared the ‘biggest #2 hit’ of all time by Billboard. The second biggest #2 hit? Jewel’s ‘You Were Meant for Me/Foolish Games’.
• Florida Georgia Line – will headline a public street party to help the Tennessee Titans show off their new uniforms. The unveiling is set for April 4 in Nashville, near Florida Georgia Line’s ‘FGL House’ restaurant. Fans are invited to the free event.
• Carrie Underwood – her facial scar is ‘not fading away’, according to reports, and she’s still ‘struggling with self confidence’. Tabloids are reporting that she is still pretty self-conscious about the scar from a cut sustained in a nasty fall at home late last year. In her most recent social media selfie, she can be seen covering the lower half of her face with a big red ‘X’ sign.

• “Murder on the Orient Express” (PG-13, Drama/Mystery): When a murder occurs on the train he’s traveling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. (Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer)
• “Darkest Hour” (PG-13, Drama): During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds. (Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas)
• “Ferdinand” (PG, Animation/Comedy): After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. (John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale)
• “Just Getting Started” (PG-13, Action/Comedy): An ex-F.B.I. Agent and an ex-mob lawyer enter the Witness Protection Program and find they have to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit. (Jane Seymour, Morgan Freeman)
• “Pitch Perfect 3” [RELEASE DATE MARCH 1ST] (PG-13, Comedy): Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices. (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow)

If you’ve got triskaidekaphobia, this event is not for you. On Friday, April 13, some fans of the horror movie “Friday the 13th” will get a chance to stay overnight at the New Jersey camp where the original film in the slasher series was shot. The VIP package at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Hardwick, New Jersey, which is usually a Boy Scout camp, is available via auction. The bidding deadline is today no pun intended). The original “Friday the 13th” film, featuring the hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees, was released in 1980, and of course about 11 sequels came after that. In addition to the overnight stay, Crystal Lake Tours is holding a lottery for tours of the camp that will be held April 13 and 14. Ticket prices range from $135 to $175. Adrienne King, who played the lone survivor in the movie, will make an appearance. No word about Jason.
(Um…ideally he won’t!)
(My idea of a horror-movie campsite is one without wi-fi!)
(It seemed like such a nice campground…in the daytime…)

Dr. Seth Shostak of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute claims in a recent article written for science magazine ‘The Nautilus’ that by the year 2035, humans will have made contact with alien life forms. And what form might those extra-terrestrials take? Kaku interviewed experts in exobiology, a field that studies what life might be like in distant worlds with different ecosystems, and determined that intelligent alien life would have three necessary features:
1. Like humans, they would have stereo vision (two, or multiples of two eyes), which allows them to compare images and to track distance.
2. Opposable thumbs or grasping appendages, necessary for hunting prey and creating tools.
3. They would also need to have language. In order to hand down and accumulate essential information from generation to generation, some form of language is crucial.
He says an intelligent alien race may very well exist entirely underwater. And he points out that the one Earth-bound underwater animal that nearly fits all the above criteria — stereo vision, graspable appendages — is the octopus. And he says octopi could very well develop a language themselves some time in the future. Gulp.
(And then they’ll tell us that the plural form is ‘octopuses’!)
(Not exactly how I pictured them…)
(I guess the movie ‘Arrival’ pretty much nailed it!)

➠ Calling Mom: Researchers found that levels of oxytocin—the “happy hormone” linked to emotional bonding—increase in people who have physical or telephone contact with their Mothers. They also found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased. (And hey, it does the same for Mom!)
➠ Slowing Down When You Run: Paying attention to pace is what separates successful runners from the others. If you run slower, you can run longer, and burn more calories. (No problemo. I generally slow down after about 10 steps. Drastically.)
➠ Eating More Food: Eating small, healthy snacks throughout the day—in addition to your regular balanced meals—will keep your stomach full and stop you from binging on whatever you can get your hands on at 4 p.m. But keep those snacks healthy…think peanut butter, cheese and yogurt. (I’ll have a peanut butter, cheese and yogurt pizza, please…)
➠ NOT Getting Eight Hours of Sleep: A study found that those who sleep more than eight hours a day—including naps—were 15 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors, linked to obesity, which increases your chance of having heart disease, diabetes and stroke. (That might be true, but I’m not willing to risk it…)
➠ Putting on Ear Buds: A study found that musical training, or any interaction with music—including listening—improved the brain’s ability to handle communication. Children with musical training have better-than-average vocabulary and reading ability. Musical adults had more “neuroplasticity,” aiding their brains’ long-term ability to adapt and change. (Plus you can’t hear the neighbors yelling!)
➠ Having Separate Interests From Your Partner: Couples who are attached at the hip could be putting themselves at higher risk of cardiovascular problems. Researchers found that people who felt they had to share most activities with their partner were strongly associated with higher risk of stroke, high blood pressure, ulcers and heart attack. (Especially if their partner liked to skydive!)
➠ Drink Water: It has been found to increase energy levels. Yes, in spite of the fact that it has no calories, plain old water has been found to increase sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity. That activates the body’s responses under stress, raising blood pressure, energy use and alertness. (I know it does when you jump in a cold pool!)


1954 [64] Neal Schon, Tinker Air Force Base, OK, classic rock guitarist (Journey-‘Don’t Stop Believin’, Bad English-‘When I See You Smile’, Santana), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2017

1959 [59] Johnny Van Zant, Jacksonville, FL, classic rock singer (became Lynyrd Skynyrd’s lead singer when the band reunited in 1987, 10 years after the plane crash that killed his brother, singer Ronnie Van Zant, and other band members)

1971 [47] Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Atlanta GA, oldies singer (TLC-‘Waterfalls’, ‘No Scrubs’)

1980 [38] Chelsea Clinton, Little Rock AK, Clinton Foundation board member/daughter of Bill & Hillary Clinton

1981 [37] Josh Groban, LA CA, pop singer/operatic baritone (‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘To Where You Are’)

1983 [35] Jared Champion, Bowling Green KY, rock drummer (Cage The Elephant-Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’, ‘Come a Little Closer’)

1983 [35] Kate Mara, Bedford NY, movie actress (“Fantastic Four”)/TV actress (“House of Cards” 2013-16)

• “Anosmia Awareness Day” [an-OHZ-me-uh], a day to spread awareness about the loss of the sense of smell. (Which would have come in very handy here in the studio this morning…)

• “International Polar Bear Day”, declared by non-profit conservation group Polar Bears International to heighten awareness of the declining population of the big white guys of the Far North.

• “Kahlua Day”, celebrating the coffee-flavored liqueur from Mexico that contains rum, corn syrup, and vanilla bean. Mix it with milk and – voila! – a ‘brown cow’.

• “No Brainer Day”, when we’re encouraged to slack off. Any activity attempted should be something done without serious thought … a ‘no brainer’ activity. (Like this show, for instance.)

• “National Retro Day”, swoop the hair into a mile-high beehive or strut those eight-inch bell bottoms. Can you maximize the curls for a stellar Afro? Don’t hesitate to break out the old roller skates and see if you still have those mad skills.

• “Strawberry Day”, today we pay homage to one of the most popular fruits in the world. Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen every year, so they are often called the “taste of spring.” The bright red juicy berries are both delicious and incredibly good for you. Each bite is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

• “World Spay Day”, an annual campaign on the last Tuesday of February by Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.
NET: http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/spay_day

[Wed] Floral Design Day
[Wed] Inconvenience Yourself Day
[Thurs] National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
[Thurs] Plan a Solo Vacation Day

2005 [13] Jamie Foxx wins a ‘Best Actor’ Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the movie “Ray”

2015 [03] Actor, director, photographer, and writer Leonard Nimoy, most popularly known as ‘Dr Spock’ on “Star Trek”, dies at age 83 from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

1980 [38] Michael Jackson wins the first of his 13 Grammy Awards: Best R&B Performance for ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’.

2015 [03] 56-year-old Madonna says she’s suffered whiplash after being pulled backward by a cape which was supposed to fall from her shoulders at the “2015 Brit Awards”, causing her to fall off stage and down a flight of stairs

1827 [191] 1st ‘Mardi Gras’ celebration in New Orleans LA (and 1st co-ed flashes to get a cheap string of beads)

1988 [30] ‘Longest Tandem Bicycle’ is unveiled in New Zealand, measuring 72.96 ft and weighing 340 lbs


✓ The word ‘mortgage’ comes from a French term meaning ‘death pledge’.
✓ Cursing after hurting yourself can help reduce the amount of pain you feel by up to 50%.
✓ There are 923 words in the English language that break the “I before e” rule. Only 44 words actually follow that rule.
✓ Pet food companies use human tasters to assess and report on the flavor, texture and smell of their products.
✓ Brain scans reveal that pet dogs not only love us back, they actually see us as their family.
✓ Talking to yourself makes you smarter.

• “It isn’t pizza unless it has pineapple on it.”
• “No offense, but…”
• “Toilet paper should go (yadda yadda yadda…)”
• “Don’t you think you should be eating salad?”
• “Taylor Swift only writes songs about her ex-boyfriends.”
• “Star Wars, Star Trek, same thing.”
• “Calm down.”
• “Soccer sucks.”
• “My dog is cuter than your dog.”
• “Hey! You guys wanna fight?”

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford for them. Then I want to move in with them.

1. The bird of paradise is native to which of these islands?
a. New Guinea [CORRECT]
b. Sicily
c. Bora Bora
d. Upyernose

2. What does cryptozoology study?
a. Endangered animals
b. Animals whose existence is improbable [CORRECT]
c. Effects of captivity on animals
d. Animals which live in crypts
– TriviaCrackAnswers.com

• What is the weirdest thing you have seen someone eat with ketchup? Survey says: Fried chicken.

Question: According to a survey, 36% of people think their workplace never gets THIS right. What is it?
Answer: The temperature

If two wrongs don’t make a right, try three.

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