Friday, July 21, 2017 – Edition: #6018

Sheeters Always Prosper!

★ Everyone knows ‘Game of Thrones’ is extremely popular – but even more popular than porn? Pornhub blames Sunday’s Season 7 premiere for a 4.5% dip in traffic.  Sunday night is traditionally a very busy time for the website.  But the GoT premiere shattered previous ratings records with 16.1 million viewers.  And as the vice-president of Pornhub said to Fox News, people prefer to watch event television like the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and the Comey/Sessions testimonies in real time…..quoting here: “And, quite honestly, who could blame them? Pornhub will always be around.”
(ummmm…..yeah!  That’s it…I was watching Game of Thrones on Sunday night too!)
★ Charlize Theron says she ”enjoys” love scenes with both men and women. The 41-year-old actress had a steamy moment with her ‘Atomic Blonde’ co-star Sofia Boutella, who plays a French spy in the movie, opening next Friday, and she admits they found the scene ”easy” to film because they are both used to carefully choreographing things due to their mutual dance backgrounds.
(And if that isn’t a clever way of drumming up interest, I don’t know what is!)
★ Who’s ready for all out war? Because it’s imminent for ‘The Walking Dead’ fans.  AMC has finally revealed when the Dead will be returning to the airwaves for season eight, and much like seasons past, it’ll be here just in time for Halloween. When? Sunday, Oct. 22. The coming season is expected to feature the much-anticipated showdown between the factions led by Rick Grimes and by Negan.  Production was temporarily halted in the wake of the death of stuntman John Bernecker on July 12, but it appears to have had no effect on the show’s scheduled return.
★ Just in time for O.J. Simpson’s release from prison … the Juice’s old driver’s license, which was issued during his murder trial, is hitting the auction block.  Actually 2 of O.J.’s old California licenses — including the one issued to him while incarcerated at the L.A. County Jail in 1995 — are going up for auction and could fetch BIG bucks. (white bronco not included?)
★ Sandra Bullock is set to star in Netflix’s post-apocalyptic thriller ‘Bird Box’.  Based on a 2014 novel by Josh Malerman, the story is set in the near future, where a mother, played by Bullock, and her two young children are among a small group of survivors after a mysterious alien force has driven the world’s population to deadly violence. The three must make their way on a terrifying journey — 20 miles in a rowboat — while blindfolded, with nothing to rely on but the mother’s wits and the children’s trained ears.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Adam Carolla, Jacob Batalon, the Kills ( R )
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Bacon, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Nate Bargatze
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kate McKinnon, Brian Tyree Henry, Janet Mock, Eric Moore ( R )
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Benicio Del Toro, Diane Lane, Michael Fassbender, Harry Styles ( R )
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Sofia Boutella, Potty Mouth, Emily V. Gordon, Arielle Kebbel ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish
• “The Talk” (CBS): Bryce Dallas Howard, Tiffany Haddish
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Al Gore, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Jonathan & Drew Scott, Hannah Hart
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Matt Damon ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Ellie Lee, Melissa Garcia ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Keith Urban, “Ghost Brothers” Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass & Marcus Harvey, Margaret Anne Florence ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Taraji P. Henson, guest host Mel B. ( R )
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Judge Cuts 1” The contestants have one last chance to impress the judges; guest judge Chris Hardwick.

• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Dave Franco, Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Zach Woods, Michael Pena, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC): “Cleveland Qualifiers” Competitors tackle Razor’s Edge and I-Beam Gap; returning players include the “fantastic four.”

• Big Brother” (CBS): The new head of household moves rooms.
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy):  Alfie Allen, Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright

• Ed Sheeran – has cleared up rumors surrounding his change of heart, and is insisting that trolls had no impact on his (temporary) decision close his Twitter account.  He says that he had already planned to suspend his account and delete old postings before the negative reaction to his appearance on ‘Game of Thrones’.  According to him, the timing was pure coincidence.
• Ed Sheeran – Maybe the haters will be kinder about this: He will be a guest voice on ‘The Simpsons’ in an episode inspired by ‘La La Land’.  Sheeran, who has a ‘Simpsons’ tattoo, will play a musician named Brendan.
• Adam Lambert – while currently touring North America with Queen, he has announced that his next album will mark his return to a glam rock sound, after the darker-sounding ‘The Original High’ album in 2015.
• Madonna – has blocked the auctioning of personal items, including a letter sent to her from prison by Tupac Shakur and a pair of worn underwear, after winning an emergency court order in New York.  The Tupac letter, written to Madonna while he was in prison, addresses their brief romance.
• Steven Tyler – Caitlyn Jenner posted a photo of herself with him alongside a caption reading “Steven and I are working on our duet for ‘Dude Looks Like a Lady’. One of my favorite songs!”  But it was just a joke.  We think.
• Luis Fonsi – his ‘Despacito’ (w/Daddy Yankee) is now officially the most streamed song of all time, beating previous record holder Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’.   How many streams?  Only 4.6 BILLION!
• Judas Priest – singer Rob Halford will take home the inaugural ‘Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the first-ever Loudwire Music Awards on Oct. 24.  Also being recognized with a special Courage Award is Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012.
• Blake Shelton – he and the Oak Ridge Boys have released the music video for their collaboration, ‘Doing It to Country Songs’.  Both acts appear in the clip – sort of. They all appear as animated woodland creatures.
• Kenny Rogers – is retiring after his October farewell show, but not without singing one of his signature songs.  He says he’ll sing ‘Islands in the Stream’ one more time with Dolly Parton in his final concert.  Kenny says it will be tough to get through, but it is such an important song to both of them that there is no way they couldn’t sing it at his star-studded goodbye show on October 25.

• “Dunkirk” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. (Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles)
• “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” (PG-13, Action/Science Fiction): A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. (Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna)
• “Girls Trip” (R-Rated, Comedy/Drama): When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish)
• “Landline” (R-Rated, Comedy): In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair. (Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn)
• “First Kill” (R-Rated, Action/Adventure): A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life. (Bruce Willis, Hayden Christensen, Gethin Anthony)
• “The Fencer” (Not Rated, Drama): Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school. The past however catches up and puts him in front of a difficult choice. (Kirill Käro, Lembit Ulfsak)

Have you ever noticed that every profile photo of a girl, whether it be on Facebook, Tinder, or Instagram, is taken at an angle from above? It’s obviously done to flaunt their um….best features, right?  Well, researchers are providing a little more scientific-sounding reasoning to the question, but they came up with the same conclusion.  Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan studied selfies of more than 900 men and women on Tinder. (Tough gig).  What they discovered was that women are much more likely to take their profile photo from above their head to accentuate facial features and disguise any concerns over body weight. Men are much more likely to take their selfies from around waist height to make them appear taller, more powerful and give the illusion that they are more likely able to protect their partner. Women tend to perceive tall men as stronger, more powerful, and more fertile than shorter men. Plus, taking a selfie from a lower position makes a man’s jaw look more pronounced, which is considered a masculine trait.
(The researchers “studied 900 selfies on Tinder”?  I think that makes all guys ‘researchers’!)
(Girls’ selfies accentuate their bodies?  They could have just looked at any Kardashian’s Twitter account!)

We finally have cold, hard scientific evidence of when you can no longer show your face in a nightclub because you’re too old.   According to a new study, if you’re 37 it is officially “tragic” for you to go to a nightclub.  But that isn’t necessarily all bad, because they also found that at age 31, we start preferring to stay in over going out anyway.  So that works out nicely.  While going out to a club and socializing at the age of 37 is apparently unacceptable, what makes us actually WANT to stay home once we’ve reached our 30s?  Nearly half of respondents say they prefer to stay at home and watch TV.  The expense of a night out was also one of the big excuses.  Other reasons for ditching the club included not wanting to get “dressed up” (22 per cent), “arrange babysitters” (12 per cent) and “book a taxi” (21 per cent).  Then, of course, there are the seven out of 10 people who don’t want to go out because they have found their life partner….because we all know that in the long run….hooking up is the only reason that anyone would want to go clubbing in the first place.
(Said the guy who is over 31….)
(I knew I was too old to go clubbing when I woke up the next morning and felt like I’d been hit with one!)
(So now are they going to start checking for ID to make sure you aren’t TOO old?)

A new study says that doing crossword puzzles regularly keeps your brain healthy.  They looked at 17,000 people 50 years and older and asked them about their history of doing crossword puzzles (exciting stuff), and then the subjects were tested for memory, reasoning and attention.  They found that those who did crossword puzzles on a regular basis tended to have the brain function of someone 10 years younger.  And the more often people did crosswords, the better their brains functioned.
(I too was once told I have the brain function of someone 10 years younger….when I was 12!)
(Well, now that I know I can’t go to the clubs anymore, at least I have SOMETHING to do this weekend!)


1948 [69] Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam/Steven Georgiou, London, England, folk singer (“Wild World”, “The First Cut is the Deepest”, “Morning Has Broken”)

1957 [60] Jon Lovitz, Tarzana CA, movie actor (“A League of Their Own”, “Grown Ups 2″)/former TV comic (“Saturday Night Live” 1985-90)/Voice Actor (“The Critic” 1994-95″)

1970 [47] Alysia Reiner, Gainsville FL, TV actress (‘Natalie Figueroa’ on “Orange Is the New Black” since 2013)

1972 [45] Paul Brandt (Belobersycky), Calgary AB, country singer (“Get a Bed”, “I Do”)

1978 [39] Josh Hartnett, San Francisco CA, TV actor (“Penny Dreadful” 2014-16)/movie actor (“Pearl Harbor”, “Black Hawk Down”)

1978 [39] Brad Mates, Grande Prairie AB country singer (Emerson Drive-“Who We Are”, “Moments”)

1940 [77] Alex Trebek, Sudbury ON, TV game show host (“Jeopardy!” since 1984)

1946 [71] Danny Glover, San Francisco CA, movie actor (“Dreamgirls”, “Lethal Weapon” films)

1947 [70] Albert Brooks (Einstein), Beverly Hills CA, movie actor (“Finding Dory”, “Broadcast News”)

1947 [70] Don Henley, Linden TX, classic rock musician (“Boys of Summer”, Eagles-”Hotel California”)

1955 [62] Willem Dafoe, Appleton WI, movie actor (“Spider-Man”, “Platoon”)

1989 [28] Keegan Allen, Gold Hill OR, TV actor (‘Toby Cavanaugh’ on “Pretty Little Liars” since 2010)

1992 [25] Selena Gomez, Grand Prairie TX, pop singer (“Hands to Myself”, “The Heart Wants What It Wants”)/sometime movie actress (“Spring Breakers”, “The Muppets”)

Movie actor Woody Harrelson (“Hunger Games”)is 56; Rock guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses) is 52; Bluegrass musician-singer-songwriter Alison Krauss (Union Station) is 46; Rock bassist Jon Gallant (Billy Talent) is 41; TV actor Paul Wesley (“Vampire Diaries”) is 35; Movie actor Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) is 28; Country drummer Neil Perry (The Band Perry) is 27

• “Junk Food Day”. If your health wasn’t a factor, which junk food would you chow down on every chance you got: Burgers, Pizza, Hot Dogs, Tacos, Fries, Chocolate?

• “Tug-of-War Day”, an annual celebration of the competitive sport in which 2 teams hold opposite ends of a large rope and attempt to pull the other towards them in order to win. The spectacle has a long and ancient history all over the world. (And works best if there is a mudpit in the middle!)

• “Legal Drinking Age Day” so if you’re 21, 19, or 18 depending on where you are… cheers…because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

• “No Pet Store Puppies Day”, initiated by the SPCA to educate the public about the connection between pet stores and ‘puppy mills’, commercial dog breeding facilities where the emphasis in on profit, not animal welfare.

• “Hammock Day”, honoring the most relaxing thing you can swing between 2 trees. It’s the perfect excuse to slow down and loaf during the ‘Dog Days of Summer’.

• “Ratcatchers Day”, observed on the anniversary of the fabled ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’ (Germany) piping the town’s rats into the Weser River back in 1376.

• “Spooner’s Day”, honoring the 1844 birth of William Archibald Spooner in London UK, who accidentally invented ‘spoonerisms’ – slips of the tongue like ‘queer old dean’ instead of ‘dear old queen’ or ‘blushing crow’ for ‘crushing blow’. (**Caution**) (Sounds odd … but it’s tucking frue.)

• “Day Of the Cowboy”, the annual initiative to preserve pioneer and Western heritage. (Pardner…)

• “Hot Enough For Ya? Day”, when it should be legal to assault anyone who asks you that overused, plain-as-the-end-of-your-sweat-dripping-nose question.

• “Vanilla Ice Cream Day”, celebrating the favorite ice cream flavor of the masses … by far.

• “Parents Day”, observed on the 4th Sunday in July, likely at the behest of some long-suffering mom or dad somewhere (didn’t we just have Mother’s and Father’s Days?)

1987 [30] Guns ‘n Roses release their monster debut album “Appetite For Destruction.”

1990 [27] Roger Waters stages a production of “The Wall” at Potsdamer Platz in Germany to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier.  Van Morrison, The Band, Sinead O’Connor, Bryan Adams, Phil Collins, Cyndi Lauper, German band Scorpions and others took part in the spectacle.

2013 [04] Kenyan-born Brit cyclist Chris Froome wins the title in his 1st time competing in the Tour de France (also wins in 2015 and 2016…and is the current 2017 leader)

2011 [06] NASA’s Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of the shuttle ‘Atlantis’ after mission STS-135

2012 [05] After 5 years, Turkish adventurer Erden Eruç completes the only solo human-powered circumnavigation of the world (hiking, using rowboats, kayaks, bicycles, etc)


• The woman credited with inventing the pot brownie is actually named Mary Jane.
• Research shows that having too many friends on Facebook causes people to have a negative perception of you.
• The official color of the universe is “Cosmic Latte”
• At a restaurant, it is best to wash your hands after ordering. The menu can be the dirtiest thing you touch.
• A man once survived on pizza alone for 25 years.

• How do you make sure you’re not going to hit anything before you make the jump to light speed?
• Can you bring me back that balloon I lost when I was five?  It’s red.
• Do you have to wear a suit to work?
• If you diet in space, do you lose weightless?
• It’s not really cheese, right?
• Does anyone call you Maurice or just Space Cowboy?
•What do you call it when you moon the Earth while on the moon?
• Why is it dark in space when the sun is right there?
• How’s Uranus?

I have some serious self-esteem issues. The last time I posted a selfie, I cropped myself out of it.

Almost one-in-five women say they have stopped dating a guy because they found out he had:
a.  no job
b.  dated her sister
c.  a pet snake [CORRECT]

☎ Describe your perfect weekend…no working!

Question:  25% of women say they do THIS while on vacation, but rarely do at home.  What?
Answer: Read a book.

If you stumble, make it part of the dance.

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