Tuesday, January 21, 2020        Edition: #6616

Deja Moo!

★ Chris Hemsworth has volunteered to become a “human guinea pig” for a new National Geographic health docuseries called “Limitless”. He’ll undergo a series of challenges that will explore different ways humans can live longer. The show will then follow Hemsworth as he discovers how to live a healthier and smarter life by transforming himself through six physical and mental challenges around the world. Each episode will tackle a different technique that is to help extend human life — like regenerating damage, shocking the body, and supercharging memory.
★ Twenty-one vehicles owned by the late actor Paul Walker, who starred in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise, sold for a combined US$2.33-million at an annual car auction in Arizona. Among the crowd favourites were a custom 2009 Nissan 370Z, which made an appearance in the “Fast Five” movie. The low-mileage vehicle sold on Thursday for $105,600. Proceeds from the sale will go to a trust for Walker’s daughter, Meadow. Walker, an avid car enthusiast, was a passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas when the vehicle crashed, killing both men in 2013.
★ Paris Hilton says she feels like she’s been ”playing a character” all of her life. She’s launching a new YouTube documentary called “This Is Paris”, and confesses that it was ”hard” opening up. Quote: ”In this film, I discuss things I’ve never discussed before. I hope that people are going to see who I truly am.” She says that in the doc, she talks about “things that are very hard to talk about.” She calls it “an amazing experience” but “very scary”.
★ Alexa Ray Joel is joining the circus. Her mom, Christie Brinkley, will serve as ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus for three nights at the end of the month. And word is that she’s signed up her daughter, whose dad is Billy Joel, to sing during one of her performances under the big tent. Brinkley is appearing Jan. 30 and 31 and on Feb. 1, a day before her 66th birthday.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Liv Tyler, Michael Irvin, Awkwafina, Marcus King
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Martin Short, David Dobrik, Yola
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Patrick Stewart, Dick Cavett
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Aidy Bryant, Lewis Black, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Adam Marcello
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Doug Benson, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Steve Ranazzizi
• “Conan” (TBS): Jeff Goldblum
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Scheana Shay, June Diane Raphael
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Ken Jeong
• “The Talk” (CBS): Paul Reiser
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Tony Goldwyn, Brandon Routh
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Dax Shepard, Nicole Avant
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Sara Gilbert, Cyndi Lauper
• “The Conners” (ABC): Season 2 returns
• “Bless This Mess” (ABC): Season 2 returns
• “Chopped” (FOOD): $50,000 Champs Challenge: Part 1

• Harry Styles – will headline Pepsi’s annual Super Bowl weekend party on Jan. 31 night in Miami. Also performing a special DJ set that evening is Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning artist and producer Mark Ronson.
• Taylor Swift — reportedly tried to have Justin Bieber and other celebrities removed from the Dogpound Gym in West Hollywood, where she was working with a personal trainer. Bieber and his team refused to exit until he finished his workout.
• Guns N’ Roses — former guitarist Dj Ashba has been sentenced to 24 months of court-supervised probation and 30 hours of community service in a 2018 DUI case. He played with the group from 2009 to 2015.
• Rush — Donna Halper, who is credited with discovering them while working at an Ohio radio station in 1974, says it is “inaccurate” to say that drummer Neil Peart was unable to speak in the months leading up to his death. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna recently said that his “friend” Peart “was in a wheelchair and couldn’t speak” for a year before he passed on January 7 from brain cancer.
• Triumph — bassist Mike Levine says it is unlikely that the band will ever tour again, but they have discussed a return to the recording studio. They recently performed a three-song reunion show for use in the upcoming documentary “Triumph: Lay it On the Line”.
• David Olney – The folk and Americana singer-songwriter died in the midst of a performance in Florida on Saturday night. He was a revered figure who had recorded 20 albums and had his songs covered by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Steve Earle. He was 71.
• Kelsea Ballerini — has teamed with up-and-coming pop artist John K to release a new collaboration on his song, ‘If We Never Met’. She previously collaborated with electronic-pop duo The Chainsmokers on their 2018 hit, ‘This Feeling’.
• Sam Hunt – His Nov. DUI charge is headed to trial. After his Friday court date did not take place as scheduled, a trial date of March 17 was been scheduled. It is not clear why the change in proceedings took place.

➢ January 21
• God’s Own Country (Drama/Romance): A young farmer numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex, until the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker ignites an intense relationship that sets him on a new path. (Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu)
➢ January 21
• Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty (Netflix Original): Stand-up special featuring Fortune Feimster, an alumnus of the Groundlings and “Last Comic Standing”.
➢ January 22
• Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak (Netflix Documentary): Six-episode series about the flu virus, how it mutates and spreads in spite of our attempts to fight it, and the people who are working to prevent the next deadly pandemic.
➢ January 23
• The Ghost Bride (Netflix original): In 1890s Malacca, a young woman finds herself in the afterlife and becomes mired in a murder mystery connected to the deceased son of a wealthy family.
➢ January 24
• Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 3 (Netflix original): Half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family’s legacy, the Church of Night.
➢ January 24
• The Ranch: The Final Season (Netflix Original): The comedy series set on a ranch and starring Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott returns for its final season.
➢ January 25
• Captain America: The First Avenger (Action/Adventure): Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum”. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson)
(Full list: https://www.macleans.ca/culture/netflix-canada-in-january-2020-whats-new-this-month/ For releases in other Netflix regions, click here: https://www.whats-on-netflix.com/whats-new/ )

A new study says that cows tell each other how they feel through their “moos”. Research by the University of Sydney has found that cows have individual vocal characteristics and change their pitch depending on their emotions. The study found that cows use their voice to help them maintain contact with the herd and express excitement, arousal, engagement or distress. According to Alexandra Green, the study’s lead author, “Cows are gregarious, social animals . . .It isn’t surprising they assert their individual identity throughout their life.” She hopes that the research will help farmers “tune into the emotional state of their cattle, improving animal welfare”.
(What’s even more amazing is that someone was able to get funding for a study on cows talking!)
(I think that now that farmers are paying attention, they’ll find that their cattle are talking until the cows come home…)
(And I thought they were just telling each other to “Mooove”!)

Wine sales in the U.S. have declined for the first time 25 years as young adults have made a move toward spiked seltzers and spirits instead. Wine sales slipped 0.9% in 2019, the first drop since 1994, according to an industry report. While Americans have been drinking less alcohol overall, the report largely pins the blame on millennials for killing wine’s buzz. Young drinkers are leaning more toward the seltzers or hard spirits like mezcal and Japanese whisky. While the volume of beer and cider sales also slipped last year by 2.3% and 3.8% respectively, ready-to-drink cocktails increased by almost 50%. It’s no wonder Annheuser Busch launched a line of Bud Light hard seltzers last week.
(I don’t know what young people are thinking. When I was their age, there was only one thing to consider when I was deciding what to drink: What’s on sale!)
(It sounds like it could be the beginning of the “grape depression”.)
(I’m still a wine enthusiast. The more wine I drink, the more enthusiastic I become!)

Portion control:  Eat from a smaller plate, but a larger salad bowl. And never eat anything from a package. (Not even ice cream?)
➢ Eat more fiber:  It’s a natural appetite suppressant, and has a good effect on your gut. Get it from whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies. (But it can have a bad effect on your relationship…)
➢ Load up on protein:  It also helps you feel full, and takes a long time to digest. Get it from fish, chicken, turkey, eggs and low-fat dairy (all served on small plates…)
➢ Get enough sleep:  It all comes down to hormones…sleep deprivation leads to weight gain. When you’re tired, you’re also more likely to grab hi-carb comfort foods.
➢ Weigh yourself:  It can provide some really important feedback before things start to snowball. Experts suggest weighing yourself several times per week (on a scale at a gym…that is a 5-mile run from your place…)
➢ Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate:  Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. In between meals, and before a snack or meal, try drinking a big glass of water. And carry a bottle with you throughout the day.  (Just make sure it’s not plastic, or everyone will hate you!)
➢ Cut down on sugar:  Not only can it lead to weight gain itself, it also tends to be found in foods that are very high in calories. And remember, it is found in all kinds of foods…like bread, salad dressing, and peanut butter. (Please tell me there’s no sugar in ketchup…)
➢ Eat more mindfully:  Slow down, chew more, and don’t be distracted when you’re eating. You’ll be more likely to notice when you’re full, and eat less as a result.
(And if you’re trying to GAIN weight, do the opposite of everything I’ve just said!)


The average NFL fan dedicates 46 hours per month to their favorite team.  This can include thinking, talking and reading about their team, as well as watching them play.


1950 [70] Billy Ocean, Trinidad, Pop/R&B singer (‘Caribbean Queen’, ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car’)

1956 [64] (Virginia) Geena Davis, Wareham MA, movie actress (“Thelma & Louise”, Oscar-“The Accidental Tourist”)/TV actress (‘Dr. Nicole Herman’ in “Grey’s Anatomy” 2014–2015, 2018)

1972 [48] Cat Power (Charlyn Marshall), Atlanta, GA, singer-songwriter/model (feat. Lana Del Rey-‘Woman’)

1976 [44] Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), London UK, pop singer (Spice Girls-‘Wannabe’, ‘Spice Up Your Life’)

1984 [36] Luke Grimes, Dayton OH, TV actor (‘Kayce Dutton’ on “Yellowstone” since 2018)/movie actor (“American Sniper”)

• “Granola Bar Day”, saluting the former healthful treat that is more than likely loaded with sugar, salt, chocolate, and some kind of hardened white gunk that they claim is yogurt.

• “Hugging Day”, a day to hug anyone who will accept one. See how many you can hug before the day is over (but make sure you have a lawyer on retainer).
NET: http://www.nationalhuggingday.com

• “Squirrel Appreciation Day”. There are over 200 types of squirrels in North America alone, which can be put into three groups:  Ground squirrels, tree squirrels and flying squirrels, which cannot actually fly, but have flaps of skin that allow them to glide from tree to tree (or from my roof to my bird feeder…)

• “Sweatpants Day”, introduced in the 1920s by Émile Camuset, the founder of Le Coq Sportif, a sports equipment and clothing company. The original sweatpants were knitted gray jersey pants which were designed to help athletes exercise easier.

• “Rid the World of Fad Diet and Gimmicks Day”, as part of “Healthy Weight Week” as declared by the ‘National Council Against Health Fraud’, which debunks unrealistic claims made by weight-loss companies.

[Wed] Come in From the Cold Day
[Wed] National Hot Sauce Day
[Thurs] Clashing Clothes Day
[Thurs] National Handwriting Day

1978 [42] The “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack album hits #1 in the US and stays there for an astonishing 24 weeks

2012 [08] Adele hits #1 on the album chart with her 2nd studio album “21”, which yields 5 hit singles and eventually sells over 31 million copies worldwide

1976 [44] The first Concorde “supersonic transports” with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight and achieve speeds well over the sound barrier at 1,350 mph

1986 [34] 100 participate in the first “Nude Olympics” in 38 F (3 C) weather in Purdue, Indiana

2009 [11] Toyota officially passes GM to become the world’s largest automaker


✓ The sound of a beaver’s tail slapping on the water can be heard up to a half-mile away.
✓ The degree sign ( ° ) is an ancient symbol which represents the sun.
✓ The @ symbol is over 500 years old.
✓ Statistically, it’s easier to find gold than to win the lottery.
✓ Technically, coffee is a fruit juice.
✓ Alfred Hitchcock had an extreme fear of…eggs.

Best of BS . . .

• Malls do no holiday decorating.
• Old Navy is only for retired Naval Officers.
• Paul Blart is an inaccurate portrayal of mall security.
• Honking in the parking lot will make shoppers exit their parking space more quickly.
• There is a Dr. Seuss book entitled “I Hate the Mall, I Hate Them All!”
• Everyone in the UK calls it the “mall”, not the “shopping centre”.
• Game Stop is a detox center for video game addicts.
• Spending too much money there really does fill that gaping void in your life.
• The smell of the cinnamon roll, cookie, and pretzel places never, ever entices you to buy something.
• All the really cool people hang out at the “Croc” store.
• You will never find a husband waiting on a bench outside a store.
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

It’s so cold that …
• You have to open the freezer to warm your house up.
• You have to kick a hole in the cold to get outside.
• You’re really hoping for a heated argument with your wife.
• You actually spot a teenager with his pants pulled up.
• The zoo had to move the polar bears indoors.
• Exotic dancers have been strongly advised to pre-warm their poles.
• Police told a crook to “freeze”, and he did.
• I’m looking forward to getting a fever.
-First published in BS in 2016

Greatest delivery effort of all time:  https://youtu.be/Q_WrhIgNHS8

What’s your secret to beating the ‘Winter Blahs’?

I finally figured what I want to be when I get older. Younger!

Question:   33% of us say that we feel embarrassed when buying THIS at the store. What is it?
Answer:  Weight loss shakes


It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.



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