February 26 2020

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020 — Edition: #6642

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★ Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa has filed a lawsuit against the company who owned the helicopter in which he, his daughter Gianna and others died. Her suit claims the aircraft should have never been attempting to fly in such bad weather conditions, and the pilot took a risk that cost her husband and daughter their lives. She blames the pilot for “failing to properly assess the weather prior to takeoff, failing to obtain proper weather date prior to the subject flight, failing to abort the flight when he knew of the conditions, improperly and unsafely flying the copter, and more. She is seeking general damages, economic damages and punitive damages in her suit against Island Express Helicopters.
★ Jussie Smollett has pleaded not guilty to new charges against him related to his allegedly faked attack. The former “Empire” actor was arraigned in a Chicago criminal court on six new charges of disorderly conduct, alleging that he lied to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in January 2019. The charges include that he planned and participated in the staging of a hate crime as well as made multiple false reports to the Chicago Police Department.
★ Kirk Douglas was known to be a charitable man while he was alive, and that continues in death. The legendary actor had a $61 million fortune when he passed on Feb. 5, and the bulk of the money will go to his charity, the Douglas Foundation, which benefits Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center, and a St. Lawrence University scholarship for underprivileged students, among others.
★ Skeet Ulrich has stunned “Riverdale” fans by announcing that he is leaving the show. He has portrayed F.P. Jones in the teen drama since it launched in 2017, but says he’s moving on to “explore other creative opportunities”. And Marisol Nichols has also revealed she is leaving the show. She released a statement saying: “I had an incredible time bringing Hermione Lodge to life and working with my amazing cast, who became family.” Neither will return for the fifth season of Riverdale.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Bob Odenkirk, Iliza Shlesinger, Soccer Mommy
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): David Beckham, Guy Fieri, Doja Cat
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jason Segel, Charlotte Alter
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Nick Jonas, Travis Kelce, Finesse Mitchell, Michel’Le Baptiste
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Cedric the Entertainer, Dave Bautista, Princess Nokia
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Guy Branum, Moshe Kasher, Megan Gailey
• “Conan” (TBS): Wanda Sykes
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Michael Rapaport, Margaret Josephs
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Eddie & Brian Holland
• “The Talk” (CBS): William Shatner
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, Guy Fieri
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Kristen Bell
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Melissa McCarthy
• “Survivor” (CBS): New-school players attempt to take control against the old-school players; chaos ensues on Edge of Extinction when an opportunity presents itself.
• “Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time” (ABC): The most successful products, unforgettable pitches and clever entrepreneurs to appear on “Shark Tank” over the years; interviews with Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary.

• Katy Perry — took to Twitter to salute first responders following a scary incident which saw her collapse on the set of American Idol due to a gas leak. In a promo for the show, she can be seen saying, “I’m not feeling good”, and tumbling to the ground from a crouched position.
• The Chainsmokers – have announced that they’re taking a break from the public eye while they focus on making their next album. Drew Taggart wrote: “We have never been more inspired and are already hard at work on TCS4 but we are going to be taking a break from social media (minus a few obligations) to give it the attention it needs.”
• Pet Shop Boys and New Order – have announced “The Unity Tour” of North America. It will kick off in Toronto on September 5 and hit 11 cities through Oct. 2. Both bands will play a full set with the headliner alternating each night. Tickets will go on sale Friday.
• U2 — Bono’s son Eli Hewson’s band The Inhalers is starting to make waves after placing fifth on the BBC’s Sound of 2020 poll, but his famous father wasn’t on board right away. Hewson says his parents wanted him to go to college until, “I think they just kind of saw that I loved it and that we were good.”
• Alice Cooper — will headline the 2021 Monsters Of Rock cruise, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Feb. 8. Also among the 50 confirmed acts are: Kix, L.A. Guns, Loudness, Michael Monroe, Pat Travers, Rose Tattoo, Saxon, Skid Row, Tom Keifer and XYZ.
• Metallica – has cancelled its headline performances at Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival in Columbus, OH in May and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY in September to allow singer James Hetfield to continue his road to recovery. Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tool have been named as substitute headliners at Sonic Temple. No replacement headliners have been named for Louder Than Life.
• Craig Morgan — is gearing up to launch his third television series, “Craig’s World”. The 10-episode series will show him as he balances his career along with being a father and a husband. It will air on the new country music television network, “Circle”.
• Thomas Rhett – says he relies on his wife, Lauren Akins, and his two oldest daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James, when it comes to deciding which songs to record. Quote: “They for sure are gonna tell you that that song is terrible or that song is good. Like, if Willa Grey wants to listen to a song six times in a row, maybe it should have a shot.”

FRESHMAN 15,000:
The magic 10,000 steps. For so long, we’ve been led to believe that 10,000 is the magic number of steps to take every day, and if you do that, you’ll be slim, trim, and healthy. Well, not so fast. A recent study from Brigham Young University found that walking between 10,000 and 15,000 steps per day is not enough to prevent weight gain among the 120 freshmen students. Researchers divided students into three groups, and instructed them to walk 10,000, 12,500 or 15,000 steps for six days per week over the course of 24 weeks. They found that the increased step counts were not enough to prevent the students from gaining an average of 3.5 pounds over the 24-week period. The lead author of the study says that although exercise alone is not always the most effective way to lose weight, taking more steps “is always better for you”.
(Well! That’ll certainly saves me some time!)
(What about if I walk 10,000 steps a day – and DON’T wind up at the donut shop?)
(Like we used to say in college: “The only thing worse than the freshman 15 – is the freshman 8lbs., 3 oz.!)

There is still a chance that there is life on Mars, and if so, it could be hidden in deep underground caves. Speaking at the Mars Extant Life conference, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory research scientist Vlada Stamenkovic said that while the surface of Mars is a radiation-heavy environment where water isn’t stable for any length of time, underground could be more habitable for life forms and may have some form of stable water supply. More than 1,000 potential cave entrances have been mapped on Mars. With that in mind, many scientists think that agile robots should be developed which could explore the cave systems on Mars.
(Better them than me!)
(Well, we know there are no cats there. Because Curiosity killed them. I’m here all week…)

What is the one place you can go where there is absolutely no way that you can tell how much time has elapsed? The shower. But that may be about to change, in the name of environmental sustainability. In a British study, it was found that having a clock or stopwatch on your shower encourages users to take shorter showers, saving water along the way. Over a 4-month period, people accessing showers with time displays took 20-30% shorter showers. The scientist in charge of the study says that the results show that having a visible clock available to those using showers is a way of providing real-time feedback which can have an influence on promoting water conservation. The saving averaged out to two minutes per shower.
(Or, more effectively, just have the water turn COLD after 5 minutes!)
(I suppose if the clock was counting DOWN, you’d be more inclined to make sure you’re outta there before something crazy happens…)
(I had no idea that my 6-year-old was being environmentally-conscious by refusing to wash!)

1.  Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – Despacito (6.64 billion views)
2.  Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (4.63 billion)
3.  Pinkfong — Baby Shark Dance (4.61 billion) [Yes, that’s what it’s officially called!]
4.  Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth — See You Again (4.43 billion)
5.  Masha and the Bear – Recipe for Disaster (4.42 billion) [the only video on this list that is not a music video…it is a Russian children’s cartoon]
6.  Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars — Uptown Funk (3.78 billion)
7.  Psy – Gangham Style (3.52 billion) [the oldest music video on this list]
8.  Justin Bieber – Sorry (3.25 billion)
9.  Maroon 5 – Sugar (3.13 billion)
10.  Katy Perry – Roar (3.01 billion)
(I’m just happy that my obsessive watching of the Super Bowl halftime show hasn’t caused it to show up here!)

Office supply store Staples has revealed it is setting up professional recording studios where people can produce their own podcasts. It is part of “Staples Connect”, a new community space launched by the retail giant this month at six stores in the Boston area. Each studio features a soundproof room for up to four people, with professional recording equipment and, if required, an audio engineer to twiddle the knobs. An hour-long studio booking costs $60.


1953 [67] Michael Bolton, New Haven CT, pop/soul singer (‘When a Man Loves a Woman’, ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’)

1968 [52] Tim Commerford, Irvine CA, rock bassist (Rage Against the Machine-‘Killing in the Name’, Audioslave-‘I Am the Highway’)

1971 [49] Erykah Badu (Wright), Dallas TX, R&B singer (ft. Common: ‘Love of My Life’, ‘Bag Lady’)/mother to Puma, Seven, and Mars

1977 [43] James Wan, Kuching Malaysia, director (“Saw” franchise, “Insidious”, “The Conjuring”, “Furious 7″) COMING UP…”The Conjuring 3″, 2020

1982 [38] Nate Ruess, Iowa City IA, pop singer (fun.-‘Some Nights’, ‘We Are Young’)

• “Ash Wednesday”, the beginning of Lent. Lent, of course, is supposed to be a time of
spiritual preparation for Easter that generally involves fasting and penance. Catholic tradition dictates that the 40 days before Easter be a time of restrictions. So what are you giving up for Lent?

• “For Pete’s Sake Day”, which asks the pressing question, “Just who the heck is Pete, anyway, and why would we do anything for his sake?”

• “Levi Strauss’ Birthday” (1829-1902), the man who created the first Levi’s blue jeans for California’s gold miners in 1850. Without him, many of us wouldn’t have a wardrobe.

• “Personal Chefs Day”, an annual reminder to consider hiring a private chef for a day, a unique way to entertain friends and business guests in your home. It’s not as costly as you might think.

• “Tell a Fairytale Day”, Yeah, inflict some of the most violent stories ever written onto your innocent, unsuspecting child. (What’s the scariest of all-time? “Fee, fi, foe, fum …”)

• “World Pistachio Day”, betcha can’t eat just one! BS FACTOID: Once upon a time, pistachios were sold in a bright red color which left your hands a vivid hue of cherry. Dying the shell red covered up imperfections and stains. But today, a more mechanized harvesting process means that the nuts are picked, hulled and dried before the shell has a chance to become stained or marked, so there is no need to dye them.

[Thurs] Digital Learning Day
[Thurs] Chili Day
[Fri] International STAND UP to Bullying Day
[Fri] Skip the Straw Day

2009 [11] NFL quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and supermodel Gisele Bundchen tie the knot in a twilight wedding at St Monica’s Church in Santa Monica, California

2017 [03] 89th Academy Awards: A mix-up causes Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to mistakenly announce “La La Land” as ‘Best Picture’ winner. “Moonlight” is eventually correctly declared the winner, after La La Land producers had begun their speech. Other winners: ‘Best Actor’: Casey Affleck, ‘Best Actress’: Emma Stone

1983 [37] Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album reaches #1, then spends a total of 37 weeks there

2002 [18] The Bee Gees play what is to be their final concert, performing at Miami Beach’s Love and Hope Ball, a benefit for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. Maurice Gibb would die the following January.

2012 [08] Rain forces the postponement of the Daytona 500 auto race for the first time in the event’s 53-year history


✓ The first use of “Google” as a verb in pop culture was on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.
✓ Elvis Presley’s manager sold “I Hate Elvis” buttons as a way to make money off of people who weren’t buying his merchandise.
✓ Your hair contains traces of gold.
✓ Spiders recycle webs by eating them.
✓ Lobster’s bladders are in their heads.
✓ During World War II, the United States rationed shoes. Citizens were allowed three.

• Chandler now operates a marijuana distribution business called “Bing Bong”.
• Central Perk is now a Starbucks.
• Watch for a special appearance by Monica’s original face.
• Joey has become a professional counselor who starts every session by saying: “How you doin’?”
• Rachel will return with a shaved head, because no one ever liked her hairstyle.
• They were on a break.
• New theme song: ‘Smelly Cat’.
• It will be revealed that Phoebe and Ursula aren’t related.
• Because it will air on HBO, we’ll finally get to see the Ugly Naked Guy.
• Angelina Jolie will be replacing Jennifer Aniston.

• Sixteen Cankles
• Biology Tooter (T-o-o-t-e-r)
• Dude, There’s My Car
• Wish You Were Her
• Illegally Parked Cars Will be Fine
• My Little Phony
• Ragu Against the Machine
• Petty Woman
• Thou Shalt Not Covet thy Neighbor’s Wi-Fi
• Enjoy the Little Thongs
• Cosby, Stills and Nash
• (***CAUTION***) I’ll be right back, horney
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

Even better in reverse:  https://tinyurl.com/uo5ecz7

• Which was NOT a transportation option for Barbie?
a) Dazzling pink Jaguar XJS convertible
b) Barbie Party Cruise ship
c) United Airlines Barbie Friend Ship plane
d) Barbie Glamorous Greyhound bus [CORRECT]

• What is the nickname for the undersea rail tunnel that connects London and Paris?
a) Chunnel [CORRECT]
b) Charger
c) Channel
d) Boondoggle

• What is the nickname giveN to the airplane used by NASA to train astronauts in a zero-gravity environment?
a) Tummy Twister
b) Invertigo
c) Vomit Comet [CORRECT]
d) Tilt-a-Hurl

What great thing was ruined by popularity?

If you’re being chased by a pack of taxidermists, never, ever play dead.

Question:  5% of women say they would give THIS up for life if it meant they would never gain another pound. What is it?
Answer:  Their best friend

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.


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