Wednesday, January 22, 2020        Edition: #6617

100% Grade A Bull!

★ A petition is calling for the firing of Wendy Williams following her controversial statements about Joaquin Phoenix’s physical appearance. Created by an outraged viewer shortly after Williams seemingly mocked those with cleft lips and palates on her Jan. 7th show, the petition calls for Williams to “be banned from daytime TV”, and has already been signed by tens of thousands of people. Williams has since apologized for the comments, and announced on Twitter that “The Wendy Williams Show” has made donations to both “Operation Smile” and the “American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association”, while also encouraging viewers of the series “to learn more and help support the cleft community.”
★ Dog The Bounty Hunter says he still hopes to clear his name of a murder conviction that saw him jailed when he was younger. He was convicted after a drug deal went bad and his accomplice shot and killed 69-year-old Jerry Oliver in 1976. But despite the fact he was waiting in the car at the time and played no part in the shooting, under Texas law, Dog was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to five years in prison. To this day, he is not allowed to enter the UK, and his conviction is also the reason he always used a taser or bear spray in his show, rather than firearms.
★ Jennifer Aniston has played a variety of roles throughout her decades-long career — but there’s one she still wishes she’d thrown her hat in the ring for. She told reporters at the 2020 SAG Awards that one of the things she’s always wanted to do is suit up as ‘Wonder Woman’. Anniston said, quote: “I wanted to be Wonder Woman, but I waited too long.” The super hero was most recently portrayed by Gal Gadot in the 2017 film of the same name, with a sequel expected this June.
★ Robert Downey Jr.’s first post-Avengers movie, a re-imagining of the “Dr. Dolittle” series–has come up short at the box office — bigtime. The movie had a reported budget of $175 million, and now a report claims that after a 4-day domestic opening weekend take of $30 million, the film could end up losing $100 million for Universal. That would be an even bigger loss than Universal’s other recent flop, December’s, “Cats,” which became joke fodder in online film circles, but with a smaller budget of around $90 million, it is estimated to “only” lose about $70 million.
-GameSpot, TheWrap


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Colin Farrell, Dave Salmoni, the Weeknd
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Halsey, Leslie Jones, Claire Saffitz
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): John Mulaney, Fortune Feimster
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Terry Crews, Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig, Adam Marcello
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Elbow
• “Lights Out with David Spade” (COMEDY): Jessimae Peluso, Josh Wolf, Arielle Vandenberg
• “Conan” (TBS): Steve Buscemi
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Fortune Feimster, Margaret Josephs
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Patrick Stewart
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Blair Underwood
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Colin Farrell, Nikkie de Jager, Michael Kiwanuka
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Jeff Goldblum, Ilana Glazer
• “Riverdale” (CW): Season 4 returns
• “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” (COMEDY): Semi-autobiographical scripted comedy series about a young Asian-American woman growing up in Flushing.

• Billie Eilish – says she is ”freaked out” about her upcoming Apple TV+ documentary. She signed a reported $24.7 million deal for cameras to document her rise to stardom after the release of her debut album, granting the director access to her family life and behind-the-scenes of her public appearances. Quote: “Who has that much footage of them that they’ve never seen? I’m terrified.”
• Miley Cyrus — paid tribute to her godmother Dolly Parton on her 74th birthday Sunday by sharing three hilarious clips of her doing her best Dolly impression, with the caption: “Happy Birthday Aunt Dolly!!!!!” The clips were from a 2017 episode of “The Tonight Show” where Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon dressed as Dolly and Kenny Rogers.
• Prince — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by his family members has been quietly dismissed. This suggests settlements have been reached with defendants including the doctor who saw Prince in the weeks before his death, and the hospital that treated him for an opioid overdose seven days before he died in April, 2016.
• Queen — have become the first band to be commemorated on a British coin thanks to a series of collectables released by the Royal Mint this week. The coins, which are not legal tender, are presented in options, from £13 (US $16.89) for a £5 coin to a one-once gold proof coin, retailing at £2,020 ($2,625).
• AC/DC – An Australian radio personality says he’s heard that the group is close to announcing a world tour. It will apparently include singer Brian Johnson, who was forced to leave the band mid-tour nearly four years ago due to hearing loss. Eddie McGuire also says there will be a new album “this year”.
• Big Wreck, Headstones, Moist and the Tea Party – have announced the “Saints and Sinners 2020 Tour,” kicking off in Penticton, BC, on June 26. It will head east across Canada, with a final show in St. John’s, NL on July 30. Tickets go on sale this Friday.
• Radiohead – are giving fans access to a vast archive of their material with the revamp of their official website. Fans can register to create their own “library card”, which will allow them to access a curated archive of the band’s back catalogue and a selection of artifacts associated with each album.
• Brandi Carlile – will be performing with Tanya Tucker at the Grammys on Sunday. Tucker wrote on Instagram: “I’ll be performing at the Grammys this year with a whole lineup of amazing artists, including one of my favorite people in the whole world, Brandi Carlile.” Tucker has four Grammy nominations, Carlile has five.
• Ashley McBryde — will drop her sophomore album, “Never Will”, on April 3. It will include 11 songs, including the lead single ‘One Night Standards’ and the newly released track ‘Martha Divine’.

It seems that people want to do what they can to save the planet these days…even after they’ve passed on. A company called Capsula Mundi is experimenting with a unique burial method that effectively turns dead bodies into a tree. The deceased person is be placed into a specially made egg-shaped pod, which will act as a seed. The pod is then buried with a tree on top of it. Because the pod is made from a starch plastic, it is 100% biodegradable and will breakdown by itself in the ground. The body inside will also start to decay and transform into nutrients, which will, in turn, be absorbed by the tree roots. Not only would these “funeral pods” replace today’s caskets, they would also transform the look of today’s cemetery. Rather than lines of gravestones, in the future, we could all be a part of a vibrant memorial forest.
(Boy! Talk about a “Family Tree”!!)
(Please tell me that dogs won’t be allowed!)
(Great idea, but quite an undertaking…)

A start-up company called Mojo Vision has unveiled a working prototype of what they are calling “the world’s first true smart contact lens.” And yes, it’s just what you thought: A miniaturized Augmented Reality display that you can wear in your eye. It is said that it can provide directions, sports scores or even enable the wearer to see in the dark. The manufacturer says that others can’t tell that someone is wearing one, and all interaction is performed using just the eyes. And since it’s a contact lens, the screen will still be visible even when the wearer’s eyes are closed. The miniature MicroLED display at the center of the smart lens features a pixel density of 14,000 pixels per square inch (a world record — the iPhone 11 has a pixel density of 323ppi). Mojo Vision is now working with the US Food and Drug Administration to develop a final product, aimed at the vision impaired, that complies with regulations and standards.
(Definitely something to keep an eye on…)
(Do these guys remember the “Google Glass”?)
(I don’t care how important the game is, I’m not sticking something into my eye just to find out the score!)

I’m not exactly sure why we need to know this, but new research says that if you consider yourself a night-owl, you may prefer to sleep naked. The study of 2,000 Americans examined their sleeping habits and personalities in relation to whether they prefer to sleep in the buff or in jammies. Here is what they found:
➢ 38% of nude sleepers consider themselves night-owls. (38%)
➢ Pajama-wearers identify themselves as a mixture between an early-bird and night-owl.
➢ 45% of nude sleepers identify as introverts.
➢ 24% of pajama wearers say the fear of being seen in their birthday suit is one reason they don’t sleep nude.
➢ All reported washing their sheets only once per month, on average.
(I like sleeping naked. I’d just like to say that the flight attendant could have been a little more understanding, though…)
(Sleeping naked is healthy, too. Whenever I fall asleep dressed and with my shoes on, it seems I have a splitting headache in the morning!)
(Around here, it’s not a matter of being a night-owl, it’s a matter of trying to stay warm!)

1. Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit GLIDE – Price: $4,567,888
2. Tom Brady 2000 autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket trading card signed by Tom Brady – Price: $400,100
3. 1997 Michael Jordan Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems card – Price: $350,100
4.  2015 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster – Price: $349,800
5. 2014 Newmar King Aire motorhome – Price: $280,000
6. 2019 Lamborghini Urus “Bianco Icarus” – Price: $245,995
7. 1986 Piper Malibu – Price: $225,000
8. 2005 Ford Ford GT – Price: $220,000
9. 2019 Lamborghini Huracan LP580 — Price: $209,900
10. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador 2dr Coupe – Price: $200,000
(And the first advice Buffet gave to the guy?  “Don’t spend $4.5 million on a meal!”)

The adage that a rainbow contains seven colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) is a myth. These are actually just the colors of the ‘visible spectrum’. Rainbows contain upward of one million colors, the vast majority of which are invisible to the human eye.


1949 [71] Steve Perry, Hanford CA, classic rock singer (‘Oh Sherrie’, Journey-‘Don’t Stop Believin’)/Rock Hall of Fame w/Journey, 2017

1952 [68] Teddy Gentry, Ft Payne AL, country bass player, singer (Alabama-‘Mountain Music’, ‘Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go’)/a record 21 consecutive #1 country hits

1959 [61] Linda Blair, St. Louis MO, movie actress (“The Exorcist”, “Roller Boogie”)

1965 [55] Diane Lane, NYC, movie actress (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Unfaithful”) COMING UP…”Let Him Go”, 2020

1965 [55] Steven Adler, Cleveland OH, rock drummer (ex-Guns N’ Roses -‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’, ‘Welcome to the Jungle’)

1965 [55] DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Allen Townes), Philadelphia PA, DJ (w/Fresh Prince [Will Smith]-‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’)

1968 [52] Guy Fieri, Columbus OH, chef (“Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” since 2006, “Guy’s Big Bite” 2006-2016)

1972 [48] Gabriel Macht, The Bronx NY, TV actor (‘Harvey Specter’ on “Suits” 2012-19)

1985 [35] Orianthi (Panagaris), Adelaide Australia, pop-rock guitarist/singer-songwriter (former guitarist for Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper/collaborator with former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora in “RSO”)

1996 [24] Sami Gayle, Weston FL, TV actress (‘Nicky Reagan-Boyle’ on “Blue Bloods” since 2010)

• “Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day”, a day to concentrate on your feline and answer the questions you think it’s asking.  People often consider cats unaffectionate, but the truth is, they only talk to humans. Studies show they rarely ‘meow’ at other cats.

• “Celebration of Life Day”, a day to honor the gift of children and grandchildren.

• “Hot Sauce Day”, if you are one of those people who feels that “spicy” is never quite spicy enough, Hot Sauce Day is the perfect holiday for you!  Current best-rated hot sauce on Amazon: “Huy Fong Sriracha”.

• “Polka Dot Day”, Today, we celebrate Disney’s most esteemed fashionista — Minnie Mouse. Minnie is not only Mickey Mouse’s beloved counterpart, but is a sassy and sweet pop culture icon who popularized the polka dot pattern.

• “Roe vs. Wade Day”, the day that changed everything. This date in 1973, the Supreme Court announced its decision that the constitutional right to privacy includes a right to abortion. 47 years later, we celebrate Roe vs. Wade Day as a historical moment in women’s rights.

• “Blonde Brownie Day”, the blonde brownie uses vanilla and brown sugar as ingredients in place of the chocolate or cocoa of traditional chocolate brownies. Also known as “blondies”.

• “Library Shelfie Day”, some book collectors arrange them so their spines can be admired. Others have a system of organization that results in an alternative art form. However they are organized on the shelf, today you should take a “shelfie” and share it on social media. (Do you just screen-shot your list if you have a Kindle?)

[Thurs] Clashing Clothes Day
[Thurs] Measure Your Feet Day
[Fri] Belly Laugh Day
[Fri] National Peanut Butter Day

2005 [15] Businessman and “The Apprentice” host Donald Trump weds former model Melania Knauss at the Bethesda by the Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida

2008 [12] Australian actor Heath Ledger (Oscar-“The Dark Knight”) dies in NYC of a pharmaceutical overdose at age 28

2018 [02] Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world (worth $100 billion)

2012 [08] Adele’s 2nd album “21″ clocks up a 16th week at #1, matching the record of the “Titanic” movie soundtrack

2018 [02] Neil Diamond announces that he’s retiring from touring because he’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

2006 [14] LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant scores 81 points against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, second-most points in a single NBA game in history behind Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 in 1962


✓ A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber.
✓ Neil Armstrong had to clear customs & immigration after returning from the moon.
✓ Charlie Chaplin once lost a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest.
✓ There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings in the world.
✓ If you wanted to walk from Finland to North Korea, you would only have to cross one country – Russia.
✓ All odd numbers contain the letter ‘e’.
-RandomFactGenerator, WritersWrite

• There’s Nothing About Mary
• The Bad, The Good & The Pretty
• The Conventional Hulk
• Smart and Smarter
• You’ve Got No Mail
• Kids, I Shrunk the Honey
• Monday the 31st
• Not It
• Apocalypse Later
• Saving Ryan’s Privates

Best of BS . . .

• You are your own father.
• 25% cookie, 75% monster.
• 100% still watching, just like Netflix thought.
• You’re the illegitimate love-child of Betty White and Marilyn Manson.
• You have tiger’s blood.
• 80% Starbucks Frappuccino.
• 1/87th can’t even.
• Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.
• Anything revealed on “Maury”.
• It turns out you’re NOT the mother!
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

Funny furry friends:

If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say?

As a kid, I was afraid of the dark. Now as an adult, I love the dark because I am afraid of the electric bill.

Question:  13% of men would rather have more of THIS than more hair. What is it?
Answer:  Friends


Rise above the storm and you will find sunshine.


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