Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Edition: #5784

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★ Harrison Ford got crushed by a hydraulic door and pinned to the ground while filming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in June 2014 and, though he recovered in time to finish the movie, a London court has heard this week that he could have been killed. It’s not clear exactly how the accident happened but someone was operating the door at the time. Foodles Production, the company responsible, has pleaded guilty to breaching health & safety regulations but denies the level of risk that is being claimed. The case continues.
– “The Guardian”
★ Ellen Pompeo says she’s decided to stick with “Grey’s Anatomy” because of her age. The 46-year-old has starred as ‘Dr Meredith Grey’ in the ABC-TV medical drama since 2005. The 13th season is due in September. While many cast members have left over the years – such as Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl – Ellen has remained and credits the decision on the worry she wouldn’t be able to land other roles in her mid-40s. If she was younger, she says, she may have left the show to search for ‘other things’.
★ And Tom Hiddleston has beaten out fellow actors Idris Elba and Jamie Dornan to be crowned ‘Rear Of the Year’ in the UK. The 35-year-old actor, who is arguably more well known these days for his relationship with Taylor Swift than acting, is no stranger to stripping off onscreen. A sex scene in the BBC-TV drama “The Night Manager” in which he displays his posterior has quickly become a viral hit online and led to this latest honor. His new nickname … ‘Hiddlesbum’.
– “W Magazine”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Lukas Graham (“Lukas Graham”).
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Selena Gomez (“Revival”). Rerun.
• “Greatest Hits” (ABC) – Appearances by Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Mario, Rachel Platten, Zendaya.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Joe Bonamassa (“Blues of Desperation”).
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas. Rerun.
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Pentatonix (“Pentatonix”).
• Lollapalooza (Chicago IL) – The annual rock extravaganza in Grant Park is celebrating its 25th edition in a big way, by adding a 4th day to festivities. The festival features more than 170 musical performances. J Cole, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and LCD Soundsystem are the headliners tonight through Sunday respectively.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Usher (“Raymond v Raymond”).
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Joe Jonas (DNCE).

• Aerosmith – Steven Tyler is set to debut at #1 on next week’s ‘Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart with his solo effort “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere”.
• Florida Georgia Line – They’ve issued a statement saying they meant no disrespect to police when requesting that none be allowed backstage during recent shows. They say it’s simply ‘redundant’ to employ local authorities when private security is already present.
• Lady Gaga – Tonight she’s headlining the “Camden Rising” concert just outside Philadelphia PA to coincide with the Democratic National Convention. Lenny Kravitz and Philly’s own DJ Jazzy Jeff are also on the bill. Tickets are available for convention delegates and invited guests.
• The Who – They’re set to perform an acoustic version of their rock opera “Tommy” as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall next year. They haven’t performed the work together in its entirety in 28 years.

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “The Bell Jar” – Kirsten Dunst is making her feature film directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s iconic novel, starring Dakota Fanning as Plath’s protagonist. Plath’s only novel, written just before her suicide at age 30 in 1963, is about the young adult life of a woman who begins to suffer a mental breakdown after taking on an internship at a magazine in NYC.
• “Chappaquiddick” – This upcoming drama focuses on the 1969 incident in which Senator Ted Kennedy (played by Jason Clarke) gets into a car accident that leaves his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara), dead. Kennedy’s father, Joe (Bruce Dern), does his best to work behind-the-scenes to protect his last living son and his presidential hopes.
• “The Division” – 39-year-old Jessica Chastain (“The Martian”) is in talks to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Ubisoft’s adaptation of its own hit videogame which came out in March. The story is set in a dystopian NYC in which law & order has broken down after a smallpox epidemic. Gyllenhaal is also producing the project.
• “The Last Days of Night” – Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne stars in this new drama about the ‘War of Currents’ between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in the 1880s-90s. Both were racing to establish standard electricity delivery, with Edison’s direct current (DC)-based system competing with Westinghouse’s alternating current (AC). Filming starts in January.
• “A Wrinkle in Time” – 62-year-old Oprah Winfrey is in final negotiations to join the cast of this new Disney film. She’d take on the role of ‘Mrs Which’ in the adaptation of the 1963 children’s book by Madelein L’Engle. It’s the story of a young girl whose scientist father disappears. “Frozen” writer and co-director Jennifer Lee has penned the adaptation.

A poop-themed café is opening in Toronto ON’s Koreatown next month. The Poop Café Dessert Bar is a result of recent culinary management grad Lien Nguyen visiting the Modern Toilet Restaurant in Taiwan. Nguyen says she’s trying to “make poop cute” by serving brown, stool-shaped food items in dishes shaped like mini toilets. We will concede poop can be kinda cute, at least when it comes in the form of the popular poo emoji. But will it seem so adorable when it applies to food? (Gives whole new meaning to being a ‘regular’.)

A new ranking of cities regarding their subways, city buses, trams, trolleys, ferries, and other public transit modes …
5. St Petersburg, Russia – Its metro is considered one of the most attractive and elegant subway systems in the world as it features well-crafted artwork and many exquisite decorations.
4. Shanghai, China – In 2010 its metro set a record of 7.6 million daily riders. Shanghai also has the world’s most extensive urban bus routes and the world’s oldest trolley system.
3. Lisbon, Portugal – Long known for its iconic yellow & white trams, introduced in the 19th century. Lisbon Metro is now the most important transit component: easy, cheap, and reliable.
2. Jersey City NJ, USA – Almost a half of all local commuters use public transit. Using light rails, buses, and ferries, Jersey City dwellers can easily live without a car.
1. Madrid, Spain – The city has the 2nd-longest metro in Europe, light rail, commuter rail, and buses. And with a single ticket costing about $1.70, its public transport is a great deal.
– Condensed from

We all scream for ice cream, but scream even more when it melts in the Summer heat. Gastronaut Ice Cream has solved this problem. Originally designed for astronauts to provide them with a tasty treat in space, the product is freeze-dried. While treating ice cream this way is not a brand-new idea, previous incarnations have suffered from sub-par taste. Gastronaut claims to have fixed this by using super-premium organic ice cream. After it’s freeze-dried, you pop it into your mouth and it’s said to taste just as good as the original. The secret? A touch of sea salt. (With a $9,500 goal, the product has already raised nearly $40,000 on Kickstarter.)

✓ Side-eyed someone while they work out.
✓ Checked yourself out in the mirror and then taken a sly gym selfie.
✓ Not wiped down the machine after you’ve used it.
✓ Gotten completely distracted by what’s on TV to the point that you stop working out.
✓ Looked at the monitor of the person on the machine next to you to compare calories burned.
✓ Walked into a gym class, realized you’ve made a mistake, and walked right back out.
✓ Used the stretching area to have a chat rather than to stretch.
✓ Taken a heavier weight just so you can appear stronger than the person next to you.
✓ Intentionally taken longer on a machine when you know someone is waiting for it.
✓ Passed wind and promptly evacuated the area in case other gym members smelled it.
✓ Spent ages on a post-gym selfie to make you look like you glow rather than like a sweaty pig.
– Adapted from

Canadians may rank among the world’s most prolific drinkers but when it comes to cash spent, they don’t come close to American pot smokers. Seattle WA-based cannabis market intelligence firm Headset says the median cannabis customer in states where pot is legal spends about $850/year on marijuana. By contrast, the average US household spends circa $570 on beer, wine, and spirits per year. In Canada the annual booze bill is just under $700. Most US marijuana customers spend $30-to-$60 when they go to a store. About 35% spend less than $13. The average age at pot dispensaries is just over 37. (Canada’s government has promised to look into legalizing marijuana next year.)

• The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of grey. (62 alone in [news guy’s] hair!)
– PA News
• It’s possible to serve draft beer on a plane, but the physics are tricky due to air pressure.
– “Quartz”


1957 [59] Scott Pelley, San Antonio TX, TV news anchor (“CBS Evening News” since 2011)/TV news correspondent (“60 Minutes” since 1999)

1976 [40] Jacoby Shaddix, Mariposa CA, alt-rock singer (Papa Roach-“Face Everything and Rise”, “Lifeline”)

1990 [26] Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em (DeAndre Way), Chicago IL, one-hit wonder rapper (“Crank That [Soulja Boy]”)/TV personality (“Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” since 2014)

1993 [23] Cher Lloyd, Malvern UK, pop singer-songwriter (f/Mike Posner-“With Ur Love”, “Swagger Jagger”)/reality TV star (“The X Factor UK” 2010)

• “Beatrix Potter Day”, honoring the English author who created the “Peter Rabbit” children’s books, on the 150th anniversary of her 1866 birth.

• “Chili Dog Day”, saluting the tasty combination of topping a hot dog with fiery hot chili. Genius! (But messy.)

• “Great Texas Mosquito Festival” through Saturday in Clute TX, home of the world’s largest mosquito, ‘Willie Man Chew’. Participants put on their bug repellent and celebrate with the ‘Mr & Mrs Mosquito Legs Contest’ and a ‘Mosquito-Calling Contest’.

• “Lumberjack World Championships” through Saturday in Hayward WI, where lumberjacks and lumberjills from around-the-world, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA, compete in events such as ‘Logrolling’, ‘Single Buck’, ‘Speed Climb’, and ‘Underhand Chop’. Some sounds of the competitions here …

• “Milk Chocolate Day”, an excuse for chocoholics everywhere to cow down!

• “Rockhound Gemboree”, the 53rd edition of Canada’s largest gem & mineral show, in Bancroft, Ontario through Sunday. Thousands of collectors from around-the-world are expected. It’s a rock festival!

• “World Hepatitis Day”, to create awareness that 1-in-12 people worldwide is living with either chronic hepatitis B or C, far higher than the prevalence of HIV or any type of cancer.

2006 [10] Actor-director Mel Gibson vents an ill-advised anti-Semitic tirade as he’s arrested for DUI in Malibu CA (the ensuing police mug-shot is pretty much a career-killer)

2001 [15] Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the 1st swimmer to win 6 gold medals at a single World Championship

2015 [01] Barack Obama becomes the 1st US president to address the African Union, which includes 54 nations

2011 [05] American swimmer Ryan Lochte sets a new world record for the 200-meter individual medley, winning gold at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China

2012 [04] A new Olympic record in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke is set at the 2012 Summer Olympics by Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa

[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)
[Sat] International Day of Friendship
[Sun] Uncommon Musical Instruments Awareness Day
This Week Is … Fancy Rat & Mouse Week
This Month Is … Grilling Month


✓ Everyone loves dogs but does everyone love your boyfriend?
✓ The fluffier they are the better. Hairy guys are just gross.
✓ Everyone will want to hang out with you more. There’s no ‘third wheel’ fear.
✓ They’re the best listeners and won’t ever tell you you’re wrong.
✓ They worship you and always want to hang out.
✓ You don’t mind your dog stealing your food.
✓ Sloppy kisses are expected. There’s no such thing as too much PDA with your pup.
✓ Your dog won’t make plans without you.
✓ Your pooch is always happy to see you.
✓ Your dog will always clean up after you eat. Handy.
✓ With your dog ‘Netflix & Chill’ actually means just Netflix and chill.
✓ They are protective without being clingy.
✓ Beards actually look cute on them. Sorry guys.
– Adapted from

I’ve learned that we have to take responsibility for what we do … unless we are celebrities.

How many humans in total have walked on the Moon?
a. 2
b. 12 [CORRECT]
c. 22
– “Focus”

☎ Which “Game Of Thrones” character would you name your kid after? Cersei? Daenerys? Jorah? Samell? Sansa? Theon? Tyrion? Alright then, how about Jon?

Question: If you ate a whole one of THESE, you would have consumed 80,000 calories.
Answer: A human being.

Love is the delusion that one person differs from another.

Monthly Planning Calendar in Tomorrow’s BS!

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