Wednesday, July 20, 2016 – Edition: #5778

Don’t You Just Love the Smell of BS in the Morning?

★ Sorry, “Game of Thrones” fans … as feared, the HBO show’s 7th season won’t be here until Summer 2017 (typically, the new season arrives in Spring), and it will only be 7-episodes-long instead of 10. Producers say the storylines of the next season are better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing. They’ve previously said the entire series will run 73 hours, so if there are 7 episodes in Season 7, there will likely be 6 episodes in the show’s 8th and final season, though that hasn’t been confirmed.
★ “Finding Dory” is still swimming … straight to the top of the box office. Disney has announced that as of this past weekend, the “Finding Nemo” sequel has reeled in over $445 million in domestic box office, surpassing “Shrek 2” as the highest-grossing domestic animated movie of all-time. “Finding Dory” also boasts over $721 million internationally after opening in Japan, Mexico, and Hong Kong. It has yet to debut in markets like the UK, Italy, and Germany. Disney has officially crossed the $2 billion domestic mark, becoming the fastest movie studio in history to do so. The studio’s global total for 2016 is now over $5 billion.
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ And “Ghostbusters” is getting its first-ever theme park ride. A new interactive ride called ‘Ghostbusters: Battle for New York’ at Motiongate Dubai in the United Arab Emirates equips riders with their own proton packs with the goal of shooting as many ghosts as possible. The ‘Ecto-Pod’ cars carry guests along replicas of NYC rooftops, where projections of some of the franchise’s iconic ghosts, such as ‘Slimer’ and the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’, appear and taunt riders. The ride and a “Ghostbusters”-themed diner open this October.

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – The judges push their favorites through to the next round; guest judge Louis Tomlinson (One Direction).
• Comic-Con International (San Diego CA) – It’s ‘Preview Night’ for the 47th annual celebration of comic books, superhero movies, and cosplay which runs through Sunday.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – 1970s band Culture Club (“Tribes”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Australian garage band Royal Headache (“High”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Wyclef Jean (“Carnival III”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Jessie J (“Sweet Talker”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – A$AP Mob (“The Cozy Tapes”).

• Chris Stapleton – He, alongside James Taylor and Vince Gill, are booked to headline the next “All For the Hall” event in Los Angeles on September 27th. The benefit will be a traditional guitar pull supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s education programs.
• Drake – Tonight his “Summer Sixteen Tour” gets underway in Austin TX and visits 30 cities across North America. Future is opening all dates, with additional special guests scheduled.
• Justin Bieber – He’s gone unrecognized in NYC’s Central Park while playing Pokémon Go. Despite being one of the most famous people in the world, nobody paid the ‘Love Yourself’ singer any attention as he joined dozens of others staring at their smartphones.
• Led Zeppelin – Previously unheard recordings are getting a new lease on life later this year in a collection of remastered session recordings. “The Complete BBC Sessions” will include the first broadcast of “Stairway to Heaven” in 1971, as well as 8 unreleased tracks.
• Selena Gomez – She sleeps in a ”sweat bed” to cleanse her body of toxins. The 23-year-old singer says she wears a ”space suit” for 45 minutes, 3 times per week, which makes her sweat out all of the bad toxins. (Don’t do anything to those cute, fat little cheeks!)
• Snoop Dogg / Wiz Khalifa – Their co-headlining “Higher Road Tour” starts tonight in West Palm Beach FL and visits 33 cities, winding up September 2nd in Seattle WA.
• Jennifer Lopez – The 46-year-old has been performing her “All I Have” show at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Vegas off and on since January. Due to huge demand an extra 21 dates have now been added. The extra shows run from December through June 2017.
• Taylor Swift – She’s done hiding under the pseudonym ‘Nils Sjoberg’ as writer of ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris’ hit “This Is What You Came For”. BMI confirms she’s now being credited with co-writing the track under her real name. (Taylor needs to go away for a while, right?)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 90% of us have embarrassed ourselves in front of others with a stomach growl.
• 68% of us dislike it when visiting relatives open our fridge to see what’s in it.
• 43% of women say buying jeans is ‘stressful’.
• 12% of roommates have secretly borrowed a roomie’s toothbrush.
• 4% of adults surveyed say they trust the ‘news’ they get on social media.
• 3% of people think you should wait a month after a TV show airs before discussing the plot in a way that could throw up spoilers.

Foreign diners in South Korea often struggle to work out what restaurants plan to cook for them thanks to baffling menu translations. That’s why a government task force has been set up, aimed at ridding menus of confusing or embarrassing translations of Korean dishes. Language and food experts are being teamed up to agree on standardized descriptions for the country’s cuisine in English, Chinese, and Japanese. Among the baffling – and often amusing – translations spotted on menus over the past few years …
✗ ‘Dynamic Stew’ (pollock fish).
✗ ‘Six Times’ (steak tartare).
✗ ‘Roast Grandmother’ (a pork dish with aged kimchi’).
✗ ‘Spicy & Weird Soup’ (no one seems to know).
To help restaurateurs out, the new task force is setting up a website listing the correct translations for each dish and promoting their findings to menu designers.
– #NewsfromElsewhere

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Collaborative Economy’ – The practice of collaborating with neighbors or others on owning, renting, exchanging, or donating goods and services. (“I need our lawnmower Saturday morning, okay Fred?”)
• ‘Fauxmance’ – A fake romance, particularly one used to generate publicity for the participants. (Are you listening, Taylor?)
• ‘Singlism’ – The stigmatization or marginalization of single people. (“I have a table for you back here beside the washrooms, sir. Would you like me to have it set for two?”)

Late designer Alexander McQueen was always pushing the boundaries in fashion. That’s why Tina Gorjanc thinks he’d love her new project, which aims to make clothing from McQueen’s skin … at least, skin grown from his DNA. The recent fashion school grad plans to use DNA from McQueen’s hair, included in a 1992 collection, to grow skin that can be tanned and turned into bags and jackets. She’s already applied for a patent that would give her ownership of the lab-grown skin – including freckles, moles, even tattoos – though she can’t patent his DNA itself. The goal isn’t to sell the items, but to start a conversation about safeguards for genetic information. (Wow, this fits like a second skin. Creepy.)
– “Quartz”

20-year-old Danesha Couch of Kansas City KS has given birth to her 3rd set of twins … in just over 2 years. Couch delivered 2 boys 26 months ago. One of them died, but the survivor, Danarius, is a busy toddler. She also has twin 1-year-olds, Delilah & Davina, and last month, Dalanie & Darla were born. They just arrived home after 3 weeks in neonatal intensive care. Couch claims she hasn’t undergone any fertility treatments. (She needs to acquire another chapter from the “Book of Names”.)
– AP

• Ordinary pillows on a bed might easily have 47 different species of fungi living in them.
• A university study in Texas shows that 95% of hot tubs host bacteria derived from feces.


1947 [69] Carlos Santana, Autlan de Navarro, Mexico, guitarist/pop-rock musician (“Game of Love”, “Smooth”)

1964 [52] Chris Cornell, Seattle WA, rock singer (Soundgarden-“Black Hole Sun”, Audioslave-“Be Yourself”)

1966 [50] Stone Gossard, Seattle WA, rock guitarist (Pearl Jam-“The Fixer”, “World Wide Suicide”)

1971 [45] Sandra Oh, Nepean ON, TV actress (“Grey’s Anatomy” 2005-14)/movie actress (“Under the Tuscan Sun”, “Sideways”)

1980 [36] Gisele Bundchen, Três de Maio, Brazil, highest-paid model in the world since 2004/wed to NFL quarterback Tom Brady (New England Patriots) since 2009

1980 [36] Mike Kennerty, Stillwater OK, rock guitarist (All-American Rejects-“Gives You Hell”, “Dirty Little Secret”)

1988 [28] Julianne Hough, Sandy UT, movie actress (“Rock of Ages”, “Footloose”)/country singer (“That Song In My Head”)/TV personality (“Dancing With the Stars”)

• “Cleat Dancing Day”, a day to see how much fun it is – if any – to tap dance while wearing baseball cleats.

• “International Cake Day”, initiated in 2011 by something known as the ‘Kingdom of Love’. This sweet Summer holiday is dedicated to friendship and peace.

• “International Chess Day”, an annual observance since 1966 honoring the game that generates challenge, intellectual stimulation, and enjoyment for people of all ages.

• “Lollipop Day”, celebrating the 1908 invention of the famous candy on a stick. Pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of pencils for kids to nibble much earlier than that, but the treat had no name. So here’s to lollipops!

• “Moon Day”, the anniversary of the 1st lunar landing in 1969. Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first to walk on the Moon as nearly 700 million TV viewers tuned in. Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin joined him later, while Michael Collins remained orbiting above. A few things you likely didn’t know about the lunar landing …

• “Nap Day”, a celebration of snoozing. It’s a great excuse to grab a chaise lounge out in the backyard, spread a blanket at the beach, string a hammock between 2 trees, or just curl up in bed under a ceiling fan … and … slowly … fall … to … zzz.

• “National Baby Food Festival”, the 26th annual through Saturday in Fremont MI, home of Gerber Products. Events include a ‘Baby Food Cook-Off’ and ‘Adult Baby-Food-Eating Contest’.

• “Ugly Truck Day”. Sure a brand new, shiny truck with all the gadgets working is a great thing, but an old ugly truck is something to cherish with pride! Or maybe that’s just a guy thing?

2012 [04] ‘Batman’ sequel “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in movie theaters and eventually garners over $1 billion in worldwide box office (#17 all-time)

2011 [05] Pictures of The Beatles first US concert in Washington DC (February 11, 1964) taken by a then 18-year-old Mike Mitchell, sell at Christie’s auction house for just shy of $362,000

2005 [11] Canada becomes the 4th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage (after the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain)

2015 [01] USA and Cuba resume full diplomatic relations after 5 decades

2006 [10] German student Torsten Lauschmann claims to have organized a record 600 million people in the Western Hemisphere to jump simultaneously on “World Jump Day” in order to reset the Earth’s orbit and fix global warming (turns out to be a hoax ‘art installation’)

2014 [02] Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, making history with his 3rd major championship … at age 25

[Thurs] Hemingway Look-alike Days begin (Key West FL)
[Thurs] No Pet Store Puppies Day
[Fri] “Ice Age: Collision Course”; “Star Trek Beyond” open in movie theaters
[Sat] Hot Enough For Ya Day
[Sat] Day Of the Cowboy
This Week Is … Restless Leg Syndrome Awareness Week
This Month Is … Blueberries Month


• “Kim Kardashian West Wants to Have Blonde Hair”
• “Kylie Jenner Isn’t Pregnant”
• “Kim Kardashian Praises Sister Khloe’s Body”
• “Kim Kardashian West Gave Kourtney Kardashian a Snoopy Snow Cone Machine”
• “Kim Kardashian West’s Daughter Matches Her Clothes”
• “Kim Kardashian Arrives at LAX”
• “Kim Kardashian Reveals She’s Trying to Wear Less Makeup”
• “Kim Kardashian West Has 25 Security Guards”
• “5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Khloe”
• “Kim Kardashian West Paid $1 Million to Take Selfies”

All I want is a chance to prove that money means nothing to me!

✗ Ratso
✗ Pus
✗ Odorific
✗ Mr Goo
✗ Tummypoke
✗ Oozer
✗ Pikazit
✗ Jigglyarms
✗ Psycho
✗ Spittle
✗ Grumpy

☎ If there was an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?

Question: According to a recent survey, the average parent has 15 of THESE per day.
Answer: Minutes of free time.

People don’t judge your generosity by the amount of advice you give away.

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