July 23 2021

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Friday, July 23, 2021 — Edition: #7035

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★ Anna Faris and fiancé Michael Barrett have tied the knot! She revealed on her podcast that they eloped. While Faris didn’t share many details about the nuptials, she did say: “It was at a local courthouse up in Washington State, it was great.” Faris began dating the cinematographer in 2017 after working on her film “Overboard”. The two were first spotted together that September — a month after Faris and ex-husband Chris Pratt announced their split after eight years of marriage.
★ Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Lorne Michaels, Berry Gordy and Justino Díaz are the latest crop of honorees up for Kennedy Center Honors, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced. The five will be celebrated on Dec. 5, which will be the second event this year after the previous crop of honorees was recognized in a hybrid live and virtual tribute in May. The 44th Kennedy Center Honors ceremony will be broadcast in a prime-time special on CBS at a date to still be determined.
★ Kevin O’Leary has told an Ontario court that he does not recall if his wife Linda consumed alcohol in the hours before a boat crash that killed 2 people and injured several others. The celebrity businessman and star of “Shark Tank” testified Wednesday about the day leading up to the Aug. 2019 crash on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto, and the immediate hours after. O’Leary said that he did not see the other boat involved in the late-night crash until seconds before the collision, and did not immediately know what had been struck. Linda O’Leary has pleaded not guilty to a charge of careless operation of a vessel.
★ Timothy Hutton will not face Canadian justice for an alleged 1983 sexual assault after prosecutors decided to close the decades-old case on the Oscar winner. The then-22-year-old actor was accused in a November 2019 filing of attacking a then-14-year-old in a local hotel room while another man looked on and participated. While Hutton was in Vancouver 38 years ago making the “Iceman movie”, he has always insisted he never assaulted the woman. In fact, Hutton says he was the subject of an extortion attempt for millions of dollars.


• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Matt Damon, Jason Sudeikis, Camila Cabello, BTS
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Minnie Driver, Benny Blanco + Gracie Abrams (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Julia Haart
• “The Talk” (CBS): Kevin Smith, Sarah Levy, guest co-hosts Justin Baldoni & Mark McGrath
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Kate Beckinsale, Jason Cameron
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Matthew McConaughey, Gabby Barrett (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Justin Hartley, Nicola Coughlan (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Leah Remini, Patrick Starrr (R)
• “2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony” (CBC, NBC): The Games of the XXXII Olympiad open in Tokyo with coverage of the lighting of the cauldron and the parade of nations from National Stadium.
• “Charmed” (CW): Season 3 finale
• “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage: (HBO): Unfolding over 3 blazing hot days and nights of nonstop performances and heaving mosh pits, the music festival promoted to echo the counterculture idealism of the 1969 original instead devolves into riots, looting and sexual assaults.

• “2020 Tokyo Olympics” (NBC, CBC): Beach Volleyball, Gymnastics, 3×3 Basketball, Swimming, Boxing
• “Eden: Untamed Planet” (AMC): Series premiere. Travel to the far corners of the planet and discover the secrets of Earth’s few remaining untouched lands, all flourishing with rich bio-diversity.
• “Next-Door Nightmare” (LIFETIME): When young couple Sarah and Kyle move next door to a charismatic older woman, they have no idea she’s a deeply disturbed psychopath who will stop at nothing to become Sarah’s surrogate mother, and grandmother to the child she is expecting.

• “2020 Tokyo Olympics” (NBC): Triathlon, Gymnastics, Swimming
• “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC): Nev Schulman vs. Jimmie Allen and Paul Reubens vs. David Arquette
• “Murder on Maple Drive” (LIFETIME): A couple buy a home in an upper-class neighborhood where a murder-suicide occurred. When strange events begin to happen, they soon suspect their new neighbor.

• Kanye West – is back. He confirmed his new album “Donda” will drop today with a commercial that aired during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The ad for Beats Studio Buds features athlete Sha’Carri Richardson and was scored and edited by West.
• Taylor Swift – the re-recorded version of her “Fearless” album won’t be in line for Grammys next year. Her label it is already “the most awarded country album of all time” and she has decided not to submit it for contention at the 2022 awards “after careful consideration”. The original version was named album of the year in 2010.
• Ariana Grande – Her string of Vevo live performance videos are coming to an end, but not without an appearance from The Weeknd. They teamed up for her second-to-last set with a performance ‘Off the Table’, which was released Wednesday on YouTube. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/5f5khzhn
• Dr. Dre – His son Curtis Young has landed a starring role and is composing music for the upcoming feature film “Charge It to the Game.” Snoop Dogg’s son, Julian Broadus and Swizz Beat’s son, Nasir Dean will also star.
• Sebastian Bach – The former Skid Row frontman has announced a 30th anniversary US tour celebrating the band’s “Slave to the Grind” album. It will run from September through December, and will feature the singer and his band playing the album in its entirety.
• The Tragically Hip — Fans of late frontman Gord Downie can look forward to an expanded 20th anniversary re-release of his solo album “Coke Machine Glow.” He put it out with an accompanying book of poetry in 2001. The special edition, out Aug, 27, will include 12 unreleased demos, alternate versions and outtakes, plus celebs like Dan Aykroyd, Ron MacLean and Bruce McCulloch reading his poetry.
• Luke Bryan’s – His July 16 show in Hartford, CT was a life-changing night for one family. In a video shared by fans, Bryan held up a t-shirt with writing on it, telling the crowd, “It says, ‘Hey Luke, I want to adopt my stepson, Michael. Can you help me ask him?'” Amid cheers, Bryan handed his microphone to the duo in time for the young boy to respond “yes”.
• Brandi Carlile — will release her new album “In These Silent Days” on Oct. 1. The first single ‘Right On Time’, featuring a video directed by Courteney Cox, premiered this week. LINK:  https://tinyurl.com/5cwxtmpx
• Willie Nelson – After going virtual in 2020, his annual Farm Aid benefit concert is returning to an in-person, live format. Nelson will perform at the Sept. 25 event in Hartford, CN, as will his fellow Farm Aid Board of Directors members Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. Also on the bill: Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Tyler Childers, Bettye LaVette and Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Particle Kid, plus Ian Mellencamp.


• “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” (PG-13, Adventure/Action): A tenacious loner is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan, the “Arashikage” after saving the life of their heir apparent. They teach him the ways of the ninja warrior while providing something he’s been longing for: a home. (Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Samara Weaving)
• “Joe Bell” (R-Rated, Drama): The true story of a small-town, working class father who embarks on a solo walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay. (Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton, Gary Sinise)
• “Old” (PG-13, Mystery): A family on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing is somehow causing them to age, rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day. (Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps)
• “The Comeback Trail” (R-Rated, Comedy): Indebted to the mob, two movie producers try to save themselves by setting up an aging actor for an insurance scam. (Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman)

Quick! What is the best part of a Drumstick ice cream sundae cone? The last bite, of course. That’s when you get to enjoy that delicious chunk of chocolate hidden inside the end of the cone. Well, in another incredible feat of American junk food ingenuity, someone has gone ahead and packaged just those, and if you want, you can buy a bag for yourself. “Muddy Bites” promise to give you the “best bite, over and over again”. ‘Muddy Bites’ (the company), which has grown from a 2019 Kickstarter campaign, says they have turned the best part of the sundae cone into a bite sized snack. They are available in 2 delicious flavors: milk chocolate and dark chocolate. Online reaction has been just as you’d imagine, with one person writing: “This is what I call ‘stupid brilliance’.” Get yours at MuddyBites.com
LINK: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CRhQog3pxv2/?utm_medium=share_sheet
(Never mind that, I want to be the guy whose job it is to eat the rest of the cones before they go in the bag!)
(The problem is that the last bite of a sundae cone isn’t that great unless there’s melted ice cream all over it. And all over your arm!)
(It’s too bad that whenever someone comes up with a great idea like this, that they have to go and ruin it with a “dark chocolate” option!)
-MuddyBites, Instagram

➢ An enterprising Australian woman has been fined for breaching lockdown after having a drone deliver cigarettes at the hotel where she was quarantined. The bizarre smuggling scheme came to light when the drone was observed by an observant hotel employee dropping off a pack of smokes to a woman on a balcony of the Crown Plaza hotel on the Gold Coast. It is believed that a man was operating the dart-delivery system from outside the hotel. The nicotine fiend has been slapped with a $1,300 fine for breaching COVID-19 lockdown. (Considering what smokes cost these days, I think she actually SAVED money!)
➢ A man with his heart in the right place says he is now “stuck” with 10,000 T-shirts featuring a glaring typo after trying to capitalize on the #FreeBritney movement. Karl Baxter, a managing director at Wholesale Clearance UK, bought 10,000 shirts, which he intended to sell to Britney Spears fans and donate a percentage of the profit to her cause. But when the clothing arrived at the warehouse, he realized that the shirts say “#FreeBrittany,” spelled like the French region instead of the singer’s first name, ‘Britney’. He was unable to return the merchandise, so he plans to sell the mislabeled shirts at a reduced price. He hopes fans will “overlook the error”. (Or he could GIVE them away. Then they’d be FREE BRITTANY shirts – literally!)
-NYPost, Insider

☞ Tug of War:  It was an event at 5 games between 1900-20. If neither team succeeded to pull the other over the line after 5 minutes, a winner was declared based on who performed the best.
☞ Club Swinging:  An event twice, in 1904 and 1932. Participants would perform a routine by swinging clubs that looked like bowling balls.
☞ Running Deer:  In the early 1900s, competitors shot at a deer-shaped target which would move, or “run,” a distance of 75 feet.
☞ Dueling Pistols:  In 1906, this bizarre event saw competitors shoot wax bullets at human-shaped targets dressed in long coats from a 20 or 30-metre distance.
☞ Fencing With Sticks:  A one-time event in 1904, “Singlestick” was similar to fencing, but the weapon was a rounded wooden stick, about 34 inches long.
☞ Plunge for Distance:  In 1904, this event saw competitors dive into a pool, then try not to move at all until one minute was up, or until they naturally floated to the surface.
☞ Solo Synchronized Swimming:  Between 1984-92, the intent was for the swimmer to synchronize their movements to music. The solo Olympic sport has since evolved into a team effort now known as Artistic Swimming. (But the very idea of “solo” synchronized swimming must have raised some eyebrows at the time!)

“Clippy”, Microsoft’s iconic but polarizing virtual assistant, which first appeared in Windows 97 as a small paper clip to help Microsoft Office users, is coming back. Microsoft, which gave Clippy the boot in 2007, has announced plans to replace its standard paperclip emoji with an image of the big-eyed, happy helper Clippy. The move is part of a refresh of 1,800 emojis across all Microsoft apps and services, which will roll out later this year. (“It looks like they’re bringing me back. Would you like to help stop this? Yes/No”)


1961 [60] Woody Harrelson, Midland TX, movie actor (“Hunger Games” films, “No Country For Old Men”)/TV actor (“Cheers” 1985-93, “True Detective” 2014,) COMING UP . . . “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, 2021

1965 [56] Slash [Saul Hudson], Stoke-on-Trent England (raised in LA), rock guitarist (Guns N’ Roses-‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ex-Velvet Revolver-‘Slither’)

1971 [50] 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 [49] Marlon Wayans, New York City NY, comedian-movie actor (“White Chicks”, “Scary Movie” franchise)

1973 [48] Monica Lewinsky, San Francisco CA, activist-fashion designer/infamous White House intern

1980 [41] Michelle Williams, Rockford IL, R&B/dance music singer (‘The Greatest’)/pop singer (Destiny’s Child-‘Say My Name’)

1982 [39] Paul Wesley (Wasilewski), New Brunswick NJ, TV actor (‘Stefan Salvatore/Silas’ on “The Vampire Diaries” 2009-17)

1989 [32] Daniel Radcliffe, London UK, movie actor (“Harry Potter” films)/Broadway actor (“Equus”)

1990 [31] Neil Perry, Ridgeland MS, country music drummer (The Band Perry -‘Better Dig Two’, ‘If I Die Young’)

SATURDAY- Michael Richards (“Seinfeld”) is 72; Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) is 70; Retired MLB player Barry Bonds is 57; Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”) is 53; Jennifer Lopez (‘Jenny From the Block’) is 52; Rose Byrne (“Bridesmaids”) is 42; Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) is 39; Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) is 39; TV host Bindi Irwin is 23

SUNDAY- Iman (model-widow of David Bowie) is 66; Illeana Douglas (“To Die For”) is 56; Matt LeBlanc (“Friends”) is 54; Shantel VanSanten (“One Tree Hill”) is 36; Mason Cook (“Speechless”) is 21

• “Hot Enough For Ya? Day”, when it should be legal throw a water balloon at 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 used it, and there are records of it being used in 1940s vaudeville. But it was in the 1990s, 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.
• “Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day”, they’ve been an undeniably necessary combination since each met the other. Whether you’re drooling over Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or nomming down on delicious peanut butter and chocolate ice cream, this is a combination that is guaranteed to make your mouth happy.

• “Cousins Day”, to honor cousins who are living and pay homage to those who aren’t. (You might as well enjoy them, because you’re stuck with them, and there’s nothing you can do about it!)
• “Drive-Thru Day”, honoring the businesses that allow you to shop without leaving your vehicle. There are drive-thru banks, coffee shops, fast-food restaurants, florists, ice cream bars, liquor stores, marriage chapels (Las Vegas), and pharmacies. What’s the weirdest you’ve seen? Ours is a funeral home.
• “Tell an Old Joke Day”, a good excuse to dust off your best chicken-crossing-the-road zinger (***and ask listeners for their best jokes … but only if they’re under 5-years-old***) What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear! What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese!
• “Tequila Day”, celebrating Mexico’s national booze that’s becoming increasingly popular in other drinks beside margaritas. But we still like it the old-fashioned way – a little salt, a slice of lime and … ay caramba!
• “Amelia Earhart Day”, honoring the famous aviation pioneer who was born on this date in 1897. During an attempt to make a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean. Theories and conspiracies still exist about the cause of her disappearance.

• “Hot Fudge Sundae Day”, an annual excuse to indulge in this decadent hot n’cold dessert.
• “Merry-Go-Round Day” (or “Carousel Day”), the anniversary of the mechanical carousel’s patent in 1871 by William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa. He did not invent it, however. Carousel rides may go back as far as 500 AD. (I like to call it a ‘horse tornado’!)
• “Wine and Cheese Day”. Oh, all right … if we have to.
• “Culinarians Day”, a special day to salute anyone who cooks. (I cook. But no one would call me a culinarian!)
• “Thread the Needle Day”, a day for those who sew. The term “thread the needle”, also means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult.
• “Red Shoe Day”, in memory of Australian Lyme disease patient, Theda Myint, who died on July 25, 2013. This annual remembrance since 2014 is not only for Theda, but for all those lost to Lyme and other invisible illnesses worldwide.

1984 [37] Vanessa Williams gives up her Miss America crown midway through her run after naked pictures of her appear in Penthouse magazine

2007 [14] Comedian Drew Carey is signed to replace retiring game show legend Bob Barker on “The Price is Right”

2011 [10] Amy Winehouse dies at 27 of alcohol poisoning (her album “Back to Black” subsequently becomes the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century)

2018 [03] The US National Transportation Safety Board warns against the viral trend of jumping out of moving cars and dancing to Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’.

1904 [117] The ice cream cone is created during the St. Louis World Fair

2019 [02] Boris Johnson is chosen the new British Prime Minister by the ruling Conservative Party, to replace Theresa May

2000 [21] Tiger Woods wins the British Open to become the youngest golfer (at 24) to win a career Grand Slam (The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, and British Open)


✓ Statistically, once you file something, there’s a 98% chance you’ll never look at it again.
✓ The tip of the hour-hand on a wristwatch travels at 0.00000275 miles per hour (0.00000442 km/h).
✓ Superglue will not stick to Teflon.
✓ When people re asked to pick a number between 1 and 10, the most-commonly chosen number is 7.
✓ Scientists say the higher your IQ, the more you dream.
✓ In poker, a card combination of a 9 and a 5 is called a “DollyParton”.
-DanHersam, BathroomReadersInstitute

Best of BS . . .

• 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, Siri says, “My friend, you better sit down.”
• Heatstroke is making you so delirious you find watching golf exciting.
-First published in BS in 1998

➠ For the first time ever, an all-woman broadcast crew called a Major League Baseball game. (Five women chatting non-stop for 4 hours while men were out playing around? I’ve never HEARD of such a thing!)
➠ A cyclist was attacked by an alligator after falling from a bike in a Florida park. (And yet, somehow… this was the LEAST exciting news in Florida on this day…)
➠ A teen driver swerved to miss a squirrel, then crashed into a home built by Abe Lincoln’s ancestors in 1650. (Four shots and several beers ago…)
➠ Amazon owner Jeff Bezos just went to space and back; same for entrepreneur Richard Branson last week. (I miss the days when a billionaire’s vanity-project was building a library or dedicating a park for inner-city kids…)
➠ Thought of the Day:  The pain you feel today is the strength you’ll feel tomorrow. (Not unless the meds I took today did their job!)

When somebody forces me to go out:  https://tinyurl.com/368cjbpf

Yelling at me for warming towels in the oven is not going to get the fire department here any faster.

If you could get one more season of any TV show, what would it be?

Question:  40% of people admit they have cut a vacation short because of THIS. What is it?
Answer:  They wanted to beat the traffic


It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they DON’T  have to.


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