Tuesday, July 26, 2016 – Edition: #5782

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ Filmmaker David Ayer says he’s up for a “Suicide Squad” sequel. The DC Comics movie is coming to cinemas August 5th and the 48-year-old director has already hinted he’d like to reunite the anti-hero team because he loves the characters and thinks ”it would be a lot of fun” to do another story with them. In “Suicide Squad”, a secret government agency led by ‘Amanda Waller’ (Viola Davis) recruits several imprisoned super villains to execute dangerous black ops missions on behalf of the government. The cast includes Jared Leto as ‘The Joker’.
– Deadline.com
★ Movie/TV actor Dominic West (“Finding Dory”/”Wired”) and his wife Catherine Fitzgerald are turning their $6 million+ Irish castle into a boutique hotel after taking it off the market. Glin Castle, which has been in Catherine’s family for 700 years, had to be put up for sale after her father, the 29th and last Knight of Glin, died in 2011 due to the cost of upkeep. But now they’re going with plan B and reopening the property in County Limerick as a tourist hotel, all going well, some time next year.
– IrishCentral.com
★ And Andy Dick has come so far from the depths of his addiction – when he was getting arrested all the time – that he’s now doing extensive work for a recovery center. The 50-year-old comedian/actor is now a spokesperson for SOBA, where he’s been getting outpatient treatment for 18 months. He’s become sort of an unofficial staff member, promoting the center on local TV, in magazines, and in one-on-one meetings with other patients. The gig doesn’t pay, it’s simply Dick’s way of paying it forward. Andy says it’s the first time he’s been excited about sobriety. SOBA was his 20th rehab stint.
– TMZ.com

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – 12 acts compete for a spot in the semifinals.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – The Strokes (“Comedown Machine”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Plague Vendor (“Bloodsweat”). Rerun.
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Aurora (“All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend”).
• “Nightly Show” (Comedy Central) – Wyclef Jean (“Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Bastille (“Wild World”, out September 9th).

• David Bowie – A new box set, “Who Can I Be Now?” (1974-76), includes an unreleased album called “The Gouster”, which eventually morphed into the material on “Young Americans”. The new retro collection is being released on September 23rd.
• Drake – His mega-hit album “Views” is #1 for an 11th non-consecutive week on today’s new ‘Billboard 200’ chart. “Views” has spent the most weeks at #1 since Taylor Swift’s “1989” in early 2015.
• Gwen Stefani – She’s planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. The 46-year-old has 3 children, Kingston (10), Zuma (7), and 2-year-old Apollo. She’s been asking on Twitter: ”What’s the best park to go to at Disney World if U only have time for one?” The Magic Kingdom, no?
• Jennifer Hudson – She’s joining the cast of Adam Sandler’s next Netflix movie, “Sandy Wexler”, playing a singer who is managed by Sandler’s title charter. The movie is expected out in 2017 via the streaming service.
• Miley Cyrus – At first glance, a red ballcap she’s been wearing makes it look like she’s all in for ‘Team Trump’, but the red cap actually reads … “Make America Gay Again”.
• One Direction – Niall Horan’s new $3.9 million LA mansion is said to be haunted by the ghost of actress Gia Scala. The 22-year-old has yet to move in as it’s undergoing extensive renovations, but one of the former residents claims he always felt a ‘presence’ there following the actress’ 1972 death in one of the bedrooms from an overdose.
• Rihanna – At her recent “Anti World Tour” stop in Lille, France, she asked the audience to put down their phones. Quote: “I don’t want to see you texting your boyfriends or your girlfriends. I don’t want to see you catching any Pokémons up in this bitch.”

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Barbershop: The Next Cut” ( PG-13 Comedy ): This 3rd instalment in the comedy series arrives 12 years after the last chapter as the crew at ‘Calvin’s Barbershop’ come together to bring some much needed change to their deteriorating neighborhood. Stars Ice Cube, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve, Nicki Minaj. Seems the male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed.
• “The Boss” ( R-Rated Comedy ): Melissa McCarthy plays a former titan of industry who is sent to prison after she’s caught for insider trading (sounds like Martha Stewart, no?). Written and directed by McCarthy’s husband Ben Falcone. Co-stars Kristen Bell, Peter Dinklage, Ella Anderson.
• “Criminal” ( R-Rated Crime Drama ): In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical terrorist plot, a dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hope that he will complete the operative’s mission. Stars Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, and Tommy Lee Jones.
• “Hardcore Henry” ( R-Rated Sci-fi Adventure ); A first-person action film from the eyes of ‘Henry’, who’s resurrected from death with no memory. He must discover his identity and save his wife from a psychotic villain with telekinetic powers who has hatched a plan to bio-engineer soldiers. Stars Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky.
• Also being released: “Jack Irish, Season 1” (Aussie TV); and “LEGO Nexo Knights – Season 1” (TV).

• Apricot – First appeared in English in the 16th century as ‘abrecock’, a variant of the Arabic name for the fruit: ‘al-barquq’.
• Cantaloupe – Legend says it was brought from Armenia to ‘Cantalupo’, a former papal estate outside of Rome where the fruit was grown.
• Cherry – Middle English mistook ‘cherise’, which came from France, as a plural word. It’s not, but speakers made ‘cheri’, and later cherry, the word’s singular form anyway.
• Honeydew – Due to its sweet, ivory-green juice, this melon is likened to honeydew: a sugary, sticky liquid secreted by insects, often on plants. The name was first cited in 1916.
• Melon – Passing into English from French and Latin, the name ultimately comes from the Greek ‘melopepon’, meaning ‘apple-gourd’.
• Nectarine – Derives from the Greek ‘nektar’, the drink of Olympian gods. It’s a compound of nek (‘death’) and tar (‘overcoming’), alluding to the drink’s mythical power of giving immortality.
• Peach – Via French (‘peche’), the English version of the name was grafted from the Latin ‘persica’, short for persicum malum or ‘Persian apple’.
• Plum – Interestingly the name may come from ‘prune’, a very old word in the language that’s found in Old English as ‘plum’. If a prune is now a dried plum, how can there be prune juice?
• Raspberry – The word is found relatively late in English, attested in the early 1600s. An earlier form, raspis-berry, referred to ‘raspise’: a sweet, pink wine.
• Strawberry – Technically, it isn’t a berry. And etymologists simply don’t know what the ‘straw’ part refers to, although the plants are often surrounded by straw for protection and to act as mulch.
– Condensed from MentalFloss.com

According to people born in the ’80s and ’90s …
• “When you realize 10 years ago was 2006 and not the ’90s.”
• “When you hurt yourself sleeping.”
•” When you start saying ‘Back when I was in high school …’.”
• “When you remember ‘texting’ friends in class … on a piece of paper passed secretly.”
• “When you have kids who genuinely don’t know what your old cassette player is for.”
• “You remember having to turn the TV to channel 3 to play videogames.”
• “When you remember you couldn’t be on the phone and the Internet at the same time.”
• “When a treeware encyclopedia used to be your main source of information.”
– #YouKnowYoureTooOld

Bad driving habits could be costing you at the fuel pump. Following these driving tips will help save you money on gas …
• Easy Does it – Any sort of lead-footedness is going to give you worse mileage.
• Be a Smooth Driver – Abrupt stops aren’t great for fuel efficiency, so anticipate stops whenever you can.
• Avoid Rush Hour – Not only is stop-and-go traffic stressful and annoying, it’s bad for gas mileage.
• Combine Trips – Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer, multi-stop trip of the same distance with a warm engine.
• Follow the Speed Limit – Driving at excessive speed reduces fuel efficiency.
• Travel Light – Remove any excess items from your car. Less weight means better mileage.
• Clear the Roof – A loaded roof rack increases air drag and reduces mileage by 5%.
• Go Easy on the AC – Using gas-hogging air conditioning as sparingly as possible will give your vehicle’s fuel economy a real boost.
• Don’t Be Idle – When you idle your car, its fuel economy crashes to zero miles per gallon. Modern vehicles don’t need to warm up, so don’t bother.
• Watch Your Foot – Avoid resting your left foot on the brake while driving. The slightest pressure could cause drag that will require additional gas.
– Bankrate.com

• Shots of espresso in one go needed to kill you? 110-to-120.
– PopBitch.com
• Artisanal marijuana crab cakes have been developed in the US.
– “Washington Post”
• You should take out butter 30 minutes before you’re ready to use it for a better butter experience.
– BuzzFeed.com


1943 [73] (Sir) Mick Jagger, Dartford UK, wrinkle rocker (Rolling Stones-“Honky Tonk Women”, “Satisfaction”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1989)

1945 [71] Helen Mirren (Ilyena Lydia Mironoff), London UK, movie actress (“Trumbo”, “The Queen”)/TV actress (“Elizabeth I”, “Prime Suspect”) COMING UP: “Fast 8”, now shooting.

1949 [67] Roger Taylor, Dersingham UK, classic rock drummer (Queen-“Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You”)

1959 [57] Kevin Spacey (Fowler), South Orange NJ, TV actor (‘Frank Underwood’ on “House of Cards” since 2013)/movie actor (“American Beauty”, “The Usual Suspects”)

1964 [52] Sandra Bullock, Arlington VA, movie actress (“Gravity”, “The Blind Side”)

1973 [43] Kate Beckinsale, London UK, movie actress (“Pearl Harbor”, “The Aviator”)

1974 [42] Dan Konopka, Chicago IL, rock drummer (OK Go-“Here It Goes Again”, “Get Over It”)

1980 [36] Dave ‘Brown Sound’ Baksh, Ajax ON, rock guitarist (Sum 41-“Still Waiting”, “Fat Lip”) UP NEXT: The new album “13 Voices”, coming October 7th.

• “All or Nothing Day”. This is it, folks – balls to the wall, give ‘er all you’ve got, the time has arrived, take no prisoners, it’s now or never, bring your ‘A’ game, give 110% … and any other hackneyed self-help cliché you can think of.

• “Aunts & Uncles Day”, honoring a very special pair of relatives. Among other things, they may be …
✓ Someone you can talk to about things you can’t discuss with parents.
✓ Your backup caretaker when mom & dad went out, or were at work.
✓ Real characters at family get-togethers and events.
✓ Someone who has taken you to fun places and events.
✓ Someone whose house was a great place for a sleep-over, especially if you have cousins.
✓ The ones who’ve given you great gifts for special events.
✓ Sound counsel and advice.

• “Coffee Milkshake Day”, celebrating the Summer cooler that’s also a pick-me-up.

2006 [10] The buzz film “Little Miss Sunshine”, starring 9-year-old Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, and Steve Carell, opens in movie theaters

2006 [10] Paul McCartney’s 1st-ever guitar is sold at an Abbey Road Studios auction for £330,000 (about a half-million dollars)

2005 [11] Mumbai, India receives 99.5 cm of rain (39.17 inches) within 24 hours, bringing the city to a complete halt for over 2 days

[Wed] Take Your Houseplants For a Walk Day
[Thurs] 25th Lollapalooza Festival begins (Chicago IL)
[Fri] “Bad Moms”; “Jason Bourne” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Osheaga Music & Arts Festival begins (Montréal QC)
[Fri] OVO Fest (Toronto ON)
[Fri] Watershed Music & Camping Festival begins (George WA)
This Week Is … Animal Agriculture Week
This Month Is … Family Golf Month


• Start referring to your tool shed as the quote-unquote ‘summer house’.
• Take the kids to a car wash and tell them it’s Disney’s latest attraction, “The Land of Really Shiny Minivans”.
• When taking a car trip, keep freezer bags in the glove compartment in case you hit a deer.
• Take the kids to your new backyard attraction, “The Garden Slug Petting Zoo”.
• Save money at Hertz. With the right tools, ANY rental car can be a convertible.
• Go for a really long drive and wait for the kids to fall asleep. After they wake up, tell them they slept right through the Grand Canyon.

☎ At what age would you consider someone to be old? Is it a matter of how a person acts or is it just math, ie: your age plus 20?

For each word, 2 of the meanings given are BS, one is the real meaning. Contestants try to pick the real definition …
• Canthus …
a. The corner of the eye. [CORRECT]
b. The corner of the room.
c. The corner of the street.

• Banalana …
a. A banana in Brazil.
b. A female bartender in Ireland. [CORRECT]
c. A skinny bandana.

• Labeorphilist …
a. Someone with a fetish for feet.
b. A medical specialist who deals with women’s problems.
c. A collector of beer bottle labels. [CORRECT]

Two politicians are carrying on a conversation in a restaurant when all of a sudden one yells at the other, “You’re lying!”. The other politician responds, “I know, but hear me out.”

Question: 1-in-5 homeowners has one of THESE that doesn’t work and has no intention of fixing it.
Answer: Doorbell.

There’s so much to learn and so much of it not worth learning.

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