Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Edition: #5754

Can You Believe This Sheet?

★ Today one of the great rarities of 19th-century literature hits the auction block. A 1st edition of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” is being sold by Christie’s in NYC, almost exactly 151 years after it was first printed. The book’s existence is actually quite remarkable as only 2,000 copies were printed in 1865. But the poorly printed originals were ordered returned to be sold as waste paper. Only 23 known copies survive, 18 of which are in public institutions. The copy available today is expected to fetch $2 million-to-$3 million.
– “Fine Books Magazine”
★ Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is coming back to HBO for a 9th season after a lengthy hiatus. The previous season of the show aired way back in 2011, and David has shown trepidation about bringing it back … until now. In a statement accompanying the announcement of another season he says: “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned’.” So far there’s no word on when the new season will launch.
– “E! News”
★ Kevin Hart has been targeted by burglars. The comedian/actor”s Tarzana, California home was broken into over the weekend and law enforcement officials say the thieves got away with $500,000 worth of jewelry, watches, and clothes. Reports suggest the burglars gained access to Hart’s home through a back door while he and his family were out of town. Police are now studying surveillance camera footage inside and outside the home for a lead.
★ And Charlie Sheen’s new gig is … condom spokesman. Sheen’s announcement of his HIV diagnosis led to a huge burst of HIV awareness and now he’s hawking a new product from London-based company Lelo called the ‘Hex’. As the face of the brand, Sheen admits he used to think condoms were no fun, but he’s since learned the dire consequences of not using them. Sheen claims he’s tried the new product. You can’t quite yet, however. Lelo is crowdfunding to launch the ‘Hex’, and so far has less than a thousand of the 10,000 backers it’s looking for.
– “Business Insider”

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – The Lumineers (“Cleopatra”).
• Firefly Music Festival (Dover DE) – The 4-day event is headlined by Two Door Cinema Club, Kings of Leon, Florence + The Machine, and Mumford & Sons. Also on the bill are Blink-182, Chvrches, Deadmau5, Death Cab for Cutie, Disclosure, Ellie Goulding, Of Monsters & Men, Tame Impala and more.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Meghan Trainor (“Thank You”).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – Demi Lovato (“Confident”); Nick Jonas (“Last Year Was Difficult”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Howard Jones (“Engage”); Phantogram (“Voices”).

• Adele – She’s reportedly received $10 million from her firm Melted Stone, although she should have collected less than $6.4 million due to strict UK rules on companies. Her error was found by accountants and she’s paid back $3.5 million to Britain’s tax authority. Oops.
• Bobby Brown – In his new memoir “Every Little Step”, he claims he once kicked Janet Jackson out of a hotel room … naked. Brown also reveals all about a purported fling with Madonna before he met and fell in love with Whitney Houston in 1989.
• Chris Cornell – Tonight in Clearwater FL he kicks off a new round of solo tour dates that run through July 27th in Winnipeg MB.
• Colbie Caillat – She’s announced plans to release her upcoming album, “The Malibu Sessions”, in the Fall. The accompanying tour will be Colbie’s first-ever acoustic tour, and will feature fellow musicians Justin Young and High Dive Heart.
• The Deftones – Frontman Chino Moreno is performing inside a volcano at Iceland’s “Secret Solstice Festival” this weekend. The show takes place 400 feet underground, and marks the first time an artist has performed publicly in a volcano. Only 20 ticket holders can attend.
• Luke Bryan – He’s signed as Chevrolet’s new brand ambassador for the next 3 years. The “Crash My Party” singer will promote the company through his social media accounts and also work on a variety of unspecified projects for the car company. He’s replacing Kid Rock.
• Maren Morris – She’s predicted to debut at #1 on next week’s ‘Billboard Top Country Albums’ chart with her new release “Hero”.
• Rihanna – This week she’s unveiled ‘Crush by Rihanna’, the 2nd perfume in her namesake RiRi Collection. The new fragrance is said to be “a mysteriously sexy and provocative scent” that is “undeniably fun”. (BS translation: It stanks real good.)

A BS selection of movies in the making …
• “Black Panther” – Michael B Jordan (“Creed”) has confirmed he and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”) have joined the cast of this upcoming Marvel superhero film. Chadwick Boseman, who’s currently on the bigscreen playing ‘Black Panther’ in “Captain America: Civil War” is the star. “Black Panther” will be released in February 2018.
• “Boss Baby” – Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Steve Buscemi are now aboard this animated comedy. They’re joining Alec Baldwin, who voices the title character, a baby who dons a suit and takes over his family’s life upon arriving. The film is an adaptation of Marla Frazee’s award-winning children’s book of the same name. The films opens in March 2017.
• “The Discovery” – This upcoming Netflix sci-fi romance drama stars Jason Segel & Rooney Mara. It’s the story of a scientist (Robert Redford) who proves the existence of an afterlife; and the ensuing romance between his son (Segel) and a woman with a tragic past (Mara). “The Discovery” premieres globally on Netflix and in select theaters in 2017.
• “Malignant Man” – “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton has come aboard to direct this sci-fi action project about a patient dying of a terminal disease who is resigned to his fate, until he discovers his malignant tumor is actually a mysterious alien parasite that gives him some incredible powers and a renewed purpose. This project is so far categorized as in development.
• “The War With Grandpa” – Robert De Niro is poised to star in the movie adaptation of Robert Kimmel Smith’s beloved 1984 award-winning children’s book. The story follows a recently widowed and lonely grandfather who moves into his young grandson’s room, prompting the youngster to devise a series of practical jokes to drive his grandpa out of his house.

A new ranking based on the votes of 1,000 chefs, journalists, and other food experts …
1. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy
2. El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain (last year’s #1)
3. Eleven Madison Park in NYC
4. Central in Lima, Peru
5. Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark
6. Mirazur in Menton, Spain
7. Mugaritz in San Sebastián, Spain
8. Narisawa in Tokyo, Japan
9. Steirereck in Vienna, Austria
10. Asador Etxebarri in Axpe, Spain

✓ Vitamins E & C – Studies show the combination used both orally and/or topically can be an effective form of protection for the skin.
✓ Avoid the midday Sun. The hours between 10 am and 4 pm are when the Sun’s rays are at peak strength. Cover up if you do venture out.
✓ Lip balm with SPF. People forget about sun protection for lips, but they’re made of skin too!
✓ Fake your tan. Instead of lying out, you can use bronzer, sunless tanner, or a spray tan to get that healthy, bronzy glow without skin-damaging rays.
✓ Put a cooled tea bag on a sunburn or sponge on some cooled tea. The tannic acid in black tea extracts heat from sunburned skin while helping to balance pH.
✓ Apply aloe. The sap of aloe vera leaves has been shown to help heal sunburns and other types of mild burns. You can pick up an aloe vera gel from any pharmacy.
✓ Sunscreen! Yes, everyone says it, but there’s really no way to over-stress the point.
(Take good care of the largest organ of your body!)
– Condensed from

According to a new poll of 2,000 adults …
Eating out … 69%
Alcohol … 25%
Credit Card Interest … 19%
Clothing … 14%
Electricity … 12%
Cigarettes … 11.5%
Heating/AC … 10.5%
Unreturned Retail Items … 9%
Lottery/Gambling … 7%
Most survey respondents say they are willing to reduce items on the above list. Interestingly, some of the biggest wasters are those that people are unwilling to reduce, including: uneaten or expired food; cable/digital TV; cellphones & tech gadgets; car(s)/gas; and bottled water.

If Donald Trump is the one standing at the dais on Inauguration Day in America next year, he’ll do so as the oldest president ever elected. Trump would be 70 years, 7 months old on January 20, 2017. That would put him ahead of the USA’s previous oldest commander-in-chief, Ronald Reagan, who was just a few days shy of his 70th birthday when he took the helm.
– “Daily Beast”


1970 [46] Phil ‘Lefty’ Mickelson, San Diego CA, pro golfer (42 PGA tour wins, 5 majors)/ World Golf Hall of Fame (2012)

1972 [44] John Cho, Seoul, South Korea, movie actor (‘Sulu’ in “Star Trek” films, “Harold & Kumar” movies)

1978 [38] Daniel Bruhl, Barcelona, Spain, movie actor (“Captain America: Civil War”, “Inglourious Basterds”)

1982 [34] Missy Peregrym, Montréal QC, TV actress (“Rookie Blue” 2010-15, “Heroes” 2007)

• “Dump the Pump Day”, the 11th annual observance encouraging us to ride public transit instead of driving in order to save money and the environment. The annual ‘Transit Savings Report’ shows that a 2-person household that downsizes to 1 car can save over $9,000 a year.

• “Fresh Veggies Day”, urging us to eat healthy by including fresh veggies with every meal and snack. Better still, be a vegetarian for a day. Your body will like it.

• “Fudge Day”, celebrating the ooey-gooey treat that can be inhaled warm or cold. Fudge is said to be a result of the late-night cravings of Vassar College girls in the early 20th century.

• “International Day Of the African Child”, initiated by the Organization of African Unity in 1991. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising on this date in 1976. In South Africa, it’s celebrated as “Youth Day”.

• “Morticians Day”, saluting undertakers and all others who work in the funeral or cemetery biz. Don’t stiff out on saluting them … people are dying to throw them a party!

• “Recess at Work Day” designed to encourage a change in workplace routine in order to increase morale and creative thinking.

2005 [11] Movie star Tom Cruise (42) proposes to actress-girlfriend Katie Holmes (26) at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (their marriage lasts 2006-12)

2007 [09] 62-year-old classic rocker Rod Stewart and his 3rd wife, 36-year-old model Penny Lancaster, exchange wedding vows aboard a yacht in Portofino, Italy

2008 [08] Coldplay kicks off the 161-date “Viva la Vida” world tour at the Brixton Academy in London, England

2010 [06] Bhutan becomes the 1st country to institute a total ban on tobacco

2013 [03] Pope Francis blesses thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Vatican Square, their riders celebrating the company’s 110th anniversary with a parade

2002 [14] Elvis Presley reappears on the UK singles chart for the first time since 1977 with the remix of “A Little Less Conversation”, thereby breaking a 25-year stalemate with The Beatles for most chart-topping singles in British history

[Fri] “Central Intelligence”; “Finding Dory” open in movie theaters
[Fri] “Orange Is the New Black” season debut (Netflix)
[Fri] Work@Home Fathers Day
[Sat] International Sushi Day
[Sun] Fathers Day
This Week Is … Hermit Week
This Month Is … Gay & Lesbian Pride Month


• Whyzit bottled water has an expiration date?
• Whyzit when you go to all the trouble of building a hidden driveway, they immediately put up a ‘Hidden Driveway’ sign?
• Whyzit no matter what color the soap is, the suds are always white?
• Whyzit we first chop a tree DOWN and then we chop it UP?
• Whyzit there’s no Salvation Navy?
• Whyzit the Pillsbury Doughboy is so happy when he has no penis?

Hear about the couple who got their Vaseline and putty mixed up? Their windows fell out.

With Fathers Day just around the corner, we wonder … why are there so many names for the same person? Give a contestant 60 seconds to name as many synonyms for ‘father’ as they can. A checklist …
Dada (Dadda)
The Old Man
Pa (Paw)
Pappy (Papi)

☎ What’s the wildest thing that happened to you while on jury duty?

Question: On average we do THIS every 18 months.
Answer: Get a new cellphone.

Always yield to temptation for it may not pass your way again.

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