Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Edition: #5892

Bully For You!

★ It’s already chewed up the box office on Broadway and now tickets for the upcoming London production of “Hamilton” are appearing on resale sites at inflated prices over $3,600. Hours after priority seats for the smash musical went on sale this week, some began appearing on reseller websites for thousands of pounds. Original prices range between $38 and $242. Those who buy resale tickets could be left disappointed as the show’s official website states that any ticket offered for resale will be immediately cancelled. The is just beginning of the hubbub as the UK version of the show does not open until November.
– “Daily Telegraph”
★ Emma Watson has revealed she turned down the ‘Cinderella’ part before taking the ‘Belle’ role. Emma was originally offered the lead in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 “Cinderella” remake, but has ended up starring in a different live-action Disney remake, “Beauty & The Beast”, opposite Dan Stevens. Quote: “I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than ‘Cinderella’ did.” Watson offered a lot of input when it came to making the character of ‘Belle’ more well-rounded. One of her ideas is said to have been portraying her as an inventor like her father rather than just a “bookworm”. The film opens March 17th.
– “Total Film”
★ And wannabe lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow has let it be known that her healthy lifestyle is based on … ‘clean sleeping’. The 44-year-old actress and founder of the website Goop, says she believes that an essential to leading a balanced life is getting ”good, quality sleep” … ”ideally” 10 hours per night. Sleep, she say, plays such a powerful role in determining your appetite and energy levels that it should be a top priority. She first addressed the recommendations in her new book “Goop Clean Beauty”, published last month. Quote: “The undulating hormonal cocktail of midlife commonly leaves women sleep-deprived and stumbling through the day like a zombie.”
– Bang Showbiz

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Josh Abbott Band (“Front Row Seat”).
• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Old Dominion (“Meat and Candy”).
• “Harry” (syndicated) – Jewel (“Picking Up the Pieces”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – AFI (self-titled).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Classixx (“Hanging Gardens”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/CTV) – OK Go (“Hungry Ghosts”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Idina Menzel (“idina.”).
• “People’s Choice Awards” (CBS/Global) – Joel McHale hosts the annual honors for fan favorites in movies, music, TV, and digital from the Microsoft Theater in LA. Ellen DeGeneres is nominated in 3 categories: “Favorite Animated Movie Voice”; “Favorite Daytime TV Host”; and “Favorite Comedic Collaboration”. If she wins even 1 of those categories, she becomes the most-decorated People’s Choice Awards winner in history.
• “Six” (History) – Debut of an 8-episode series inspired by real Navy SEAL operations (the title referring to ‘Seal Team 6’). Cast includes Kyle Schmid, Barry Sloane, and Juan Pablo Raba.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Kings of Leon (“Walls”).
• “Vikings” (History) – Toronto Blue Jays slugger (and big fan of the series as evidenced by his hairstyle) Josh Donaldson makes a guest appearance as ‘Hoskuld’, a Viking warrior of great skill. The episode was filmed last January on location in Wicklow, Ireland.

• Fleetwood Mac – Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are working on a new album of duets, appropriately titled “Buckingham McVie”. It’s said to be an homage to “Buckingham Nicks”, Lindsey’s pre-Fleetwood Mac album with Stevie Nicks.
• Garth Brooks – Like many others, he’s turned down the opportunity to play at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration Friday. Brooks had been asked to perform by casino mogul Steve Wynn, who’s in charge of booking acts for the event. But Garth has opted to play extra dates for fans in Cincinnati OH instead.
• George Michael – His cousin Andros Georgiou tells BBC he suspects the singer died from an accidental drug overdose. Andros claims George was back on “hard drugs” toward the end of his life and may have accidentally taken too many substances at the same time. Quote: “I think his heart just stopped beating.”
• Justin Bieber – He reportedly thinks Selena Gomez’s relationship with The Weeknd is fake, a cynical plot designed to boost interest in her music. Selena has previously dated Nick Jonas, Zedd, and Bieber himself in the weeks before releasing new material.
• Lady Gaga – She’s had a marquee tent with a dance floor erected in her backyard to practice for her Super Bowl performance at NRG Stadium in Houston TX on February 5th. An insider reveals: ”They’re writing up multiple plans about how to safely get her on the roof, including potentially [cutting] a hole in the ceiling of the dome.”
• Robin Thicke – He and his ex, Paula Patton, are attending family therapy after last weekend’s custody battle over their 6-year-old son Julian. It seems the pair are now trying to move on from the drama, and have apparently sought help from a therapist to do so.

If you’d like to fill your veins with the blood of young people, you need only drain your bank account of $8,000. That’s right, young blood is now joining the ever-growing ranks of ‘cures’ that people are paying for to combat age-related diseases and even aging itself. California-based startup Ambrosia is trying to conduct a clinical trial testing the effects that blood from younger people (aged 16-to-25) has in older bodies, and hopes to convince 600 people to each pay $8,000 for a single 1.5-liter transfusion of plasma. So far, 30 suckers … er people … have had transfusions. (The trouble is, as soon as you’re pumped full of young blood, you’re immediately impaired.)
– “Business Insider”

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do –
• 70% of adults say they’ve found someone attractive … until kissing them for the first time.
• 60% of us say our favorite thing to play with as a kid was … a cardboard box.
• 30% of retirees spend time each day watching TV.
• 23% of people say they trust their mechanic more than their boss.
• 11% of married couples met at the gym.
• 5% of us have a therapeutic massage at least once a month.

A new study finds that kids who are ‘highly engaged’ with superheroes are more likely to be aggressive. Researchers have evaluated levels of 3 types of aggression among preschoolers and kindergartners: physical (hitting, kicking), relational (hurting others’ feelings), and verbal (name-calling). Results show that kids who are more engaged with superheroes are more likely to be physically and relationally aggressive. Also troubling: these kids are not found to be emulating superheroes in other ways, such as helping or defending others. The study suggests that, in early childhood, it may be difficult to distinguish the aggressive behaviors that superheroes demonstrate from the altruistic, pro-social behaviors. (Another downside: ‘flying’ from the top bunk can be dangerous.)
– “Pacific Standard”

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Escape Room’ – An increasingly popular activity that involves locking people in a room and giving them a set amount of time to escape by solving a series of puzzles. People are actually paying for the experience.
• ‘Micro-Adventure’ – A short, exciting activity, such as a brief trip or experience (an ‘escape room’ for instance), designed as a break to the daily 9-to-5 grind. Particularly popular with people who can’t afford the time or expense of a full-fledged vacation.
• ‘Zipper Merge’ – When motorists use both lanes of traffic until an actual merge, then alternate in zipper fashion into the open lane. Alberta Motor Association says this is the recommended approach for fighting congested traffic.

Are you looking for love, enjoy long walks on the beach … and like Donald Trump? Well, now there’s a dating site for you! is up and running for Trump supporters looking for like-minded souls to form a perfect relationship. The site has 20,000 members so far and is said to be growing fast. The dude who started it, David Goss, fired up the site last Summer and offered to ‘Make Dating Great Again’ at a cost of just $5-a-month. That price has now swelled to $19.95 a month. (We’re guessing … lots of first dates at the ol’ firing range?)

✗ Be late.
✗ Bring your kids.
✗ Ask what job you’re interviewing for.
✗ Fist bump the interviewer.
✗ Chew gum.
✗ Neglect hygiene.
✗ Wear too much perfume or cologne.
✗ Bring your phone.
✗ Look desperate.
✗ Act like your time is being wasted.
– Condensed from

You can’t block Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook.


1955 [62] Kevin Costner, Lynwood CA, movie actor (“Hidden Figures”, “Field of Dreams”)/movie director (“Dances With Wolves”)

1971 [46] Jonathan Davis, Bakersfield CA, rock singer-drummer-bagpiper (Korn-“Evolution”, “Twisted Transistor”)

1980 [37] Jason Segal, LA CA, TV actor (“How I Met Your Mother” 2005-15)/movie actor (“The Muppets”, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”)

• “Cut Yourself Some Slack Day”, a day to do unto ourselves what we would have others do unto us. Hey masochist, give yourself a break! A few ways to do that …
✓ Stop Comparing Yourself to Others – They’re just as human as you.
✓ Lower Your Expectations – If they are too high, you are bound to be disappointed.
✓ Keep a ‘Gratitude List’ – It’s far more fulfilling than a ‘to-do list’.
✓ Realize It’s All OK – Give yourself permission to mess up.
✓ Put Yourself First – In the long run the only person you really have to please is yourself.

• “Gourmet Coffee Day”, honoring the ‘good stuff’ that costs you an arm and a leg. And then the barista spells your name wrong on the cup. (Wandy?)

• “Hair Dryer Appreciation Day”, a day to pause and reflect on what a gift this time-saving electrical appliance is to your daily life … just as it zaps a jolt up your right ulna.

• “Maintenance Day”, honoring all janitors and building maintenance personnel.

• “Thesaurus Day”, celebrating the birthday of the author of “Roget’s Thesaurus”. Peter Roget was born on this day in 1779.

• “Winnie the Pooh Day”, honoring the birthday of “Winnie-the-Pooh” author AA Milne (1882-1956) in London UK. (Disney says thanks for the profits, dude.)

2012 [05] SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) are opposed online with a 1-day blackout by Wikipedia and more than 100,000 other websites

2004 [13] Jennifer Lopez’s divorce from her 2nd husband Cris Judd becomes final (his estimated settlement for a year of marriage … $15 million)

2011 [06] World’s largest collection of Beatles memorabilia goes on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina (over 8,500 objects)

2016 [01] Glenn Frey, Eagles fo-founder, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, dies of pneumonia in NYC at age 67

2005 [12] The Airbus A380, ‘World’s Largest Commercial Jet’ (800 passengers), is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France

2013 [04] NASA scientists achieve a first in laser communication when they successfully beam a picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a spacecraft orbiting the Moon

2014 [03] A new world record is achieved by the UK’s Lewis Clarke of Bristol as the 16-year-old becomes the youngest to trek to the South Pole

2015 [02] Over 6 million people attend a mass in Manila, Philippines given by Pope Francis

[Thurs] Sundance Film Festival begins
[Thurs] Popcorn Day
[Fri] International Fetish Day
[Fri] Women’s Healthy Weight Day
This Week Is … Activity Professionals Week
This Month Is … Polka Music Month


✗ 8-hour lunch, 2-dollar tip.
✗ Ask, “Excuse me, are you a really bad singer or a really bad actor?”
✗ After he describes each special, you shout, “Sucks!”
✗ Whenever she walks by, cough and mutter, “Minimum wage.”
✗ Insist that before ordering, you be allowed to touch the London broil.
✗ Tie the tablecloth around your neck and say, “You wouldn’t charge ‘Superman’ for dinner, would you?”
✗ Every time you eat or drink, cough really hard
✗ As he walks by to the kitchen, scream, “He’s gonna take a leak in the chowder!”
✗ Eat the check.

I thought learning to play the bagpipes was hard, until I realized I was just strangling an ostrich.

• Cork is harvested from the bark of which kind of tree?
a. Sycamore.
b. Oak. [CORRECT]
c. Grapevine.

• What does a giraffe use to clean its own ears?
a. The leaves on a tree branch.
b. A giant Q-Tip.
c. It’s tongue. [CORRECT].

☎ What’s the first thing you notice about a guy/girl?

Question: The average person forgets to do THIS 5 times per month.
Anser: Put on deodorant.

Rich or poor it’s good to have money.

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