July 23 2018

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Monday, July 23, 2018 Edition: #6260

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★ A touching moment went down at San Diego Comic-Con after Jamie Lee Curtis hugged a fan who claimed to be alive today because of her famous character in “Halloween.” Curtis was speaking at a Q&A panel Friday night when a fan told a harrowing story about surviving a home invasion. He said that when things were at their darkest, he thought about what Curtis’ character would do in a similar situation. Fighting back tears, the man said “To make a long story short, I’m here today because of the way that you portrayed Laurie Strode.” Curtis left the podium and went into the crowd to embrace the man and kiss him on the cheek.
★ Denise Richards is in talks to join the cast for the ninth season of the “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”. A source says: “It’s not final yet, it’s very close. Everyone is really excited about the possibility of having her on board!” 47 year-old Richards is a mother of three daughters between the ages of 7 and 14, two of whom are daughters of Richards’ ex-husband Charlie Sheen.
(Which could certainly make for some interesting television…)
★ “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is set to make a long-lasting impact all over again. In a planned reboot, the show’s creators plan to cast a black woman in the lead role. The mindset behind the casting is reflected in a statement from the show’s producers, who said, “Like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.” The original “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” aired between 1997 and 2003.
★ Jennifer Connelly is in talks to star in “Top Gun 2″. She is believed to be lined up for the leading female role in the sequel to the hugely popular 1986 movie. If she gets the role, she will star alongside Tom Cruise, and play a single mother who runs a local bar near the Navy base.
(They’ve already started filming…and they haven’t filled out the cast yet? I’m feeling a need for speed here!)
★ Here comes Honey Boo Boo…again! Alana Thompson is set to compete in a special junior version of “Dancing With The Stars”. The 12-year-old has been in Los Angeles training for the competition for the past week. The main show is heading into its 26th season; but this will be the first competition for young dancers. It will be called “Dancing With The Stars Junior”.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Justin Theroux, Lauren Cohan, Calpurnia
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Tom Cruise, Parker Posey, Jorja Smith
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Eric Holder, John Cleese, Arctic Monkeys
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Andy Cohen, Jacob Soboroff, Rebecca Makkai, Nate Smith
• ” The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Ferguson, Grace Vanderwaal
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Tracee Ellis Ross, Rob Riggle, Bush ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Bridget Everett, Kelly Dodd
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “The Talk” (CBS): Wayne Brady, Jenny Hutt, Lasse Sorensen
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Angela Bassett, Jonathan Van Ness
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): David Spade, Jack Black, Maren Morris & Zedd, Michael Dameski ( R )
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC): Becca and her three suitors travel to the jungle paradise of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
• “Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived” (PBS): A profile of MLB hall of famer and Boston Red Sox player Ted Williams (1918-2002)
• “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” (VH1): Season 5 premiere

• Meghan Trainor – has been announced as a performer at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs. Also newly announced: performers 5 Seconds of Summer and Kris Wu, and presenters Derek Hough, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Rachel Bilson, Sonequa Martin-Green, Tyra Banks, and Prince Michael Jackson. The MMVAs are Aug. 26 in Toronto.
• Taylor Swift – is being sued by a man who claims she stole his company’s name for her popular social media app, ‘The Swift Life’. Patrick Lloyd Yves Bénot says he’s the owner of a small company called SwiftLife, which does computer consulting services in New York. He claims to have trademarked the name in 2008.
• Jason Mraz – says he grappled with his sexuality as he dated the woman who would become his wife, because he was also enjoying “experiences” with men at the time. The ‘I’m Yours’ singer also wrote a love poem to members of the LGBTQ community for Billboard.com in June to celebrate Pride Month.
• John Lennon – His 1971 album “Imagine” will be the subject of a new book. Compiled by Yoko Ono, ‘Imagine John Yoko’ will be released on Oct. 9, what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday. ”
• Tom Petty – Fans are being asked to submit their own videos and photos for inclusion in a new music video. It will be for a song taken from ‘An American Treasure’, a box set of unreleased material, out September 28. A statement on his website suggests fans upload “a picture you took with Tom, a favorite video moment from a show, or any expression of love for the band that you have photographed and cherished.”
• ZZ Top – Guitarist/singer Billy Gibbons will release a new solo album on September 21. “The Big Bad Blues” will feature original songs and covers of some classic songs including Muddy Waters’ ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’ and ‘Standing Around Crying.’
• Radiohead – held a moment of silence during their Toronto show on Thursday in memory of the drum tech who was killed during a stage collapse in the city in 2012. It was the band’s first Toronto appearance since Scott Johnson was killed after the stage they were due to perform on in Downsview Park collapsed.
• Lauren Alaina – has announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Alex Hopkins. She posted a photo of the happy couple with the caption: “Being yours forever has a nice RING to it.” The couple have been together for six years.
• Jason Aldean – will return to his hometown of Macon, Georgia on Sept. 6 to headline his third annual Concert for the Kids. Along with opener Lauren Alaina, he’ll perform at the Macon Coliseum to benefit the city’s new Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital. Over the past two events, $1.2 million has been raised for the construction of the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital.

One common weight loss tip is to eat off a small plate. The theory is that if you load up a smaller plate, you will trick your brain into thinking that you are full. It’s called the Delboeuf illusion. Well, not so fast. A paper published recently in the journal Appetite has called this into question. The team tested the Delboeuf illusion on participants who had eaten an hour before the experiment or hadn’t eaten for three hours before. They then presented the participants with Delboeuf illusions, including pizzas on trays. When the participants were asked to compare pizza sizes, the deprived group guessed more accurately than the individuals who weren’t hungry. This indicates that attempts to trick our brains into eating less are futile.
(Haters gonna hate….eaters gonna eat.)
(Loading up a small plate has always seemed to work for me. Right after I load up a big plate!)
(I could have told you that!)

I’m sure the thought of a 4-day work week sounds great to many of us….especially on a Monday morning. But the problem with a 4-day work week is usually one of two things: You either take a 20 per cent pay cut, or you work longer days. That wasn’t the case for workers at a New Zealand company that manages trusts, wills and estates. For the months of March and April, they offered their staff the chance to work a reduced 32 hour work week at regular pay. They found that when they gave employees a long weekend every weekend, productivity actually increased! Workers learned to cut meetings short, and focused on one task at a time in order to ensure things get completed. They consider the experiment so successful that they are thinking about making the changes permanent.
(Of course if I’m the boss, I’m saying “If they can do all this in 32 hours, why am I paying them for 40?)
(Maybe they could make it a 24 hour work week and make people REALLY productive!)
(Just a hunch here, but I’m guessing the trust, will and estate business really experiences a lull in March and April!)

If you’re like me, you’d do pretty much anything to save your dog…but did you ever wonder if your dog would do the same for you? Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have shown that we can count on our four-legged friends if we’re in trouble. They put 34 dogs to the test, exposing them to their owners sitting behind a glass door crying for help. Dogs whose owners were crying opened the door three times faster than dogs of owners who were just humming. And it seems that the closer the relationship between dog and owner, the faster it opened the door. Perhaps surprisingly, therapy dogs were not more likely to open the door, nor were they any faster at opening the door than regular pets.
(I’m pretty sure my dog would go and raid the garbage can, THEN open the door!)
(I’ve never been so desperate for attention that I sat crying behind a door…but I have seen my dog sit crying in front of the refrigerator door…)
(My dog would bust through a brick wall to get to me. All I have to do is say “Stay!”

☆ Ozzy Osbourne – While on tour with Mötley Crüe in 1984, Ozzy Osbourne reportedly snorted a line of live ants after being unable to find any cocaine.
☆ Billy Idol – spent three weeks hosting raucous parties in his Thailand hotel penthouse in 1989. Not only was he charged $149,000 for room fees and damages, but he refused to vacate the room. Finally, he was forcibly removed by the military after being shot with a tranquilizer dart.
☆ The Who – drummer Keith Moon passed out on stage after consuming horse tranquilizers and brandy before a 1973 concert in California. Of course this is the same guy who got his group banned from all Holiday Inns after driving a Rolls Royce into the swimming pool.
☆ Guns N’ Roses – guitarist Slash was once so high that he thought the alien from “Predator” was trying to kill him. To escape, he punched through a glass door and ran across a golf course completely naked, pausing to grab a hotel maid to use as a “human shield” against the imaginary assailant.
☆ Marilyn Manson – In 1998 he and his group did more than $25,000 worth of destruction to a room at a Sheraton Hotel in New York. Manson and his band instigated a massive food fight, but things got really out of control when their antics with a flaming shirt led to the room’s carpet catching fire.
☆ KISS – bassist Gene Simmons reportedly has a photo album of the 4,000-plus women he’s slept with over the years. Simmons said that he’s “just like a tourist” and has been taking shots of each of his lovers since the early 1970s.


1961 [57] Woody Harrelson, Midland TX, movie actor (“Hunger Games” films, “No Country For Old Men”)/TV actor (“True Detective” 2014, “Cheers” 1985-93) COMING UP…”Venom” 2018

1965 [53] Slash (Saul Hudson), London UK, rock guitarist (Guns N’ Roses-‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ex-Velvet Revolver-‘Slither’)

1971 [47] Alison Krauss, Decatur IL, country/bluegrass musician-singer-songwriter (‘When You Say Nothing At All’, w/Robert Plant-‘Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)’)/27 Grammys, more than any other female artist

1972 [46] Marlon Wayans, New York City NY, movie actor (“White Chicks”, “Scary Movie” franchise)

1973 [45] Monica Lewinsky, San Francisco CA, activist, fashion designer, and infamous White House intern

1980 [38] Michelle Williams, Rockford IL, R&B/dance music singer (‘The Greatest’)/pop singer (Destiny’s Child-‘Say My Name’)

1982 [36] Paul Wesley (Wasilewski), New Brunswick NJ, TV actor (‘Stefan Salvatore/Silas’ on “The Vampire Diaries” 2009-17)

1989 [29] Daniel Radcliffe, London UK, movie actor (“Harry Potter” films)/Broadway actor (“Equus”)

1990 [28] Neil Perry, Ridgeland MS, country music drummer (The Band Perry -‘Better Dig Two’, ‘If I Die Young’)

• “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. (For maximum effect, the word “for” should be pronounced “fer”)

• “Vanilla Ice Cream Day”, celebrating the favorite ice cream flavor of the masses … by far. (***See ‘Today’s Firsts’, below***)

• “Gorgeous Grandma Day”, everybody thinks that their grandma is gorgeous – so what could be better than an entire day devoted to acknowledging that fact? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are well known, so Gorgeous Grandma Day is a natural progression.

• “International Yada, Yada, Yada Day”, “yada yada yada” is the phrase used as a way of skipping over uninteresting and/or irrelevant details. Comedian Lenny Bruce famously used it, and there are also records of it being used in 1940s vaudeville. But it was in the 1990s, when used in the TV show “Seinfeld”, that “yada yada yada” really became a ubiquitous catchphrase. “The Yada Yada” was the name of the 153rd episode of the sitcom.

[Tues] Cousins Day
[Tues] Tequila Day
[Wed] Red Shoe Day
[Wed] Hot Fudge Sundae Day
This Week Is…Moth Week
This Month Is…Ice Cream Month

1984 [34] Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America crown midway through her run after naked pictures of her appear in Penthouse.

2007 [11] Comedian Drew Carey is signed to replace retiring game show legend Bob Barker on CBS-TV’s “The Price is Right”

2001 [17] 3 years after the death of 1st wife Linda, Paul McCartney becomes engaged to former model & activist Heather Mills (marriage lasts just 4 years)

2011 [07] Brit singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse dies of alcohol poisoning (her album “Back to Black” subsequently becomes the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century)

1904 [114] The ice cream cone is created during the St Louis World Fair

2003 [15] US Registry of Historic Places declares Memphis, Tennessee’s Sun Studios a historic landmark (early recording home of BB King, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, etc)

2000 [18] Tiger Woods wins the “British Open” to become the youngest golfer (24) to win a career ‘Grand Slam’ (The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, and British Open)


✓ The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
✓ Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
✓ There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
✓ Polish is the only word in the English language that gains a completely different meaning when the first letter is capitalized.
✓ Humans and tree shrews are the only mammals that will eat hot peppers (But do shrews eat ’shrooms?)
✓ A duck’s quack does echo, despite rumors to the contrary.

• Hot dog vendors dabbing sweat from forehead with open buns.
• Arsonists taking week off to set fires at seashore.
• Chefs placing cool salmon fillets under their arms.
• Only convertibles being used for drive-by shootings.
• Drivers spraying themselves with ‘Pam’ to keep from sticking to car seats.
• Kids using asphalt instead of ‘Play-doh’.
• Before telling you the temp, your thermometer says, “My friend, you better sit down.”
• Heatstroke making you so delirious you find watching golf exciting.

Best of BS:
✗ Boob sweat/butt sweat/total cavity sweat..
✗ Sunscreen in your eyes/bug spray in your eyes/sweat in your eyes.
✗ Sand in your crotch.
✗ Waves ripping your bikini top/trunks off.
✗ Mosquitoes/ants/bees/wasps.
✗ People stepping on your toes when you’re wearing sandals.
✗ Cheap flip-flops that fall apart.
✗ Weirdly-shaped sunburn patterns/weird marks on your skin from a hammock.
✗ Melted ice cream balls falling off your cone.
✗ Burnt burgers/burnt hot dogs/burnt ribs/burnt steaks.
✗ Getting caught in a freak thunderstorm.
✗ Sunburn/sun poisoning/sunstroke.
✗ Out-of-school children running around like little terrors.
✗ Having to work when it’s clearly a beach day.
(Is it September yet?)
-First published in BS in 2014

If every letter “t” was silent, we’d never hear the end of it.

What was the worst part about your worst job?

Question: A little over 50% of women say they do THIS much better than their husband. What?
Answer: Mow the lawn.

Every morning you have two options: To continue to sleep with your dreams, or to get up and chase them.

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