Monday, June 19, 2017           Edition: #5999

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors, but investigators were not able to pinpoint an exact cause, say coroner’s officials. Among the factors that contributed to Fisher’s death was the buildup of fatty tissue in the walls of her arteries. The release says that the Star Wars actress showed signs of having taken multiple drugs, but investigators could not determine whether they contributed to her death on December 27.
★ Bill Cosby’s aggravated indecent assault case ended in a mistrial Saturday after a Pennsylvania jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision.  About an hour into the sixth day of deliberations, Judge Steven O’Neill declared that the jury of seven men and five woman were hopelessly deadlocked.  Prosecutors immediately announced they will retry the case.
★ The famous ‘Shawshank Redemption’ oak tree lives on.  Wood from the tree used in an iconic scene from the movie has been fashioned into some very cool – but expensive – souvenirs.  ‘Shawshank’ merchandise went on sale Saturday in Mansfield, Ohio. Items from the fallen tree include key chains and magnets ($40), mini rock hammers ($85), bottle openers ($130), and shadow boxes with an inscription of Andy’s note to Red ($500). The giant oak was cut up in April following severe storm damage.  (Like Andy told Red, “no good thing ever dies.”)
★ “Shark Week” has a new star attraction: Michael Phelps. Discovery Channel’s plans for “Shark Week” programming next month includes a July 23 show titled “Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White.” It’s billed it as “an event so monumental that no one has ever attempted it before” and adds that “the world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark – the race is on!”
★ Love has blossomed for Drew Barrymore. She is apparently seeing David Hutchinson — a senior vice president at Maesa, the company that manufactures and markets her Flower Beauty products. Barrymore and ex-husband Will Kopelman divorced in August 2016 after four years of marriage. The former couple have two children together — Frankie, 3, and Olive, 4.
★ ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’ has a new gig.  When Jonathan Goldsmith was the spokesman for Dos Equis beer, he often pointed out in his commercials that he didn’t exclusively drink beer. In his new role as the pitchman for Astral Tequila, he lifts a glass of tequila and says, “I told you I don’t always drink beer.”
★ ‘Last Man Standing’ fans might be able to breathe a sigh of relief as the recently cancelled ABC series has been eyed for a seventh season revival at cable network CMT. Though primarily known for their music programming, CMT recently reemerged into the spotlight after reviving another cancelled ABC series, ‘Nashville’, to run as an original program on its network.

• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Will Ferrell, Alison Brie, Shawn Mendes
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, Tiger Army, Lauren Ash ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Janet Mock
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Aubrey Plaza, Demetrius Shipp Jr., Joe Bonamassa
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Kathryn Calhoun Dennis, Willie Geist
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Jackie Miranne
• “The Talk” (CBS): Maddie Ziegler, Krista Smith, guest co-host Cristela Alonzo
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Dwyane Wade, Ilana Glazer
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Nicole Kidman, Giada De Laurentiis ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Ashlee Glazer, Devyn Simone
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Meagan Good, Haley Lu Richardson, Keri Glassman ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): Keyshia Cole, French Montana, guest co-host Remy Ma ( R )
• “The Bachelorette” (ABC) Two men get in an argument; after the rose ceremony, Rachel and the men travel to South Carolina.
• “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX): “Los Angeles Auditions No. 2” Hopefuls perform for the judges in the hope of moving on to the callback rounds.
• “American Ninja Warrior” (NBC):  “San Antonio Qualifiers”
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Shaffer & the World’s Most Dangerous Band
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kirsten Dunst, Jerrod Carmichael, Jeff Tweedy, Daru Jones
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ginnifer Goodwin, Eddie Izzard, Jillian Bell, Jason Derulo

• Bob Seger – has joined the digital distribution era: A dozen of his albums have finally made their debut at streaming and download services — 10 of which have never been available for download before.  “One of the most sought-after catalogs for digital music distribution” is now available, including the albums ‘Beautiful Loser’, ‘Night Moves’, ‘Live Bullet’, ‘Nine Tonight’, ‘Stranger in Town’, ‘Against the Wind’, ‘The Distance’, ‘Like a Rock’, ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man’, ‘The Fire Inside’, ‘Greatest Hits’, ‘Greatest Hits 2′ and ‘Ultimate Hits’.
• Journey – guitarist Neil Schon remains open to working with former singer Steve Perry in the future but according to him, Journey couldn’t even possibly be doing better right now even if Perry was in the lineup.  He says that it has “taken a lot of hard work to build it back up, but you know what, we’re here again…it couldn’t possibly be bigger.”
• Sting – won the Polar Music Prize in Sweden, in recognition of “the power and importance of music.” As part of a gala celebration, Annie Lennox surprised Sting at the ceremony with a performance of “Fragile.”
• Foster the People – have announced that their third studio album, ‘Sacred Hearts Club’, will arrive July 21.The band has also shared a new video for a song called, ‘Sacred Hearts Club (the beginning).’
• Dr. Dre – is giving back to his community in a big way. The music mogul has pledged $10 million dollars to build a performing arts center at a new Compton High School. Dre was born and raised in the city. ($10 mil…that’s what?  75 pairs of ‘Beats’?)
• Jason Aldean – The country music industry is booming with proposals, marriage and pregnancy announcements. Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany has shared a photo of herself alongside two other pregnant country music wives.  Brittany shared an image of herself beside Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren Akins and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard’s wife Hayley. The caption reads, “Future bandmates in these bellies!”
• Hunter Hayes – had fun last weekend at CMA Fest surprising fans that were headed to his soundcheck.  In the viral video, a Lyft driver chats with passengers, then picks an “extra guest” on the way to the venue.  You guessed it, the surprise rider was Hunter Hayes. The destination for the lucky guests was to be onstage, watching the singer go through his soundcheck.

Here are the five habits of stupid people that smart people don’t have, according to an expert who is presumably smart:
✓ They blame others for their mistakes:  Stupid people don’t like taking responsibility for their mistakes. They prefer to wallow in self-pity or just go straight to playing the blame game. (But what if it WAS “that guy’s” fault??)
✓ Stupid people always have to be right: In a situation of conflict, smart people have an easier time empathizing with the other person and understanding their arguments. They are also able to integrate these arguments into their own chain of thought and to reconsider their opinions accordingly.  (This point does not bode well for politicians.)
✓ Stupid people react to conflicts with anger and aggression: Even the smartest people can get really angry from time to time. But for less intelligent people, this is the go-to reaction whenever things aren’t going their way. When they feel like they don’t have control over a situation, they tend to use anger and aggressive behavior to secure their position. (I know that guy!)
✓ Stupid people ignore the needs and feelings of other people:  Intelligent people tend to be very good at empathizing with others. This makes it easy for them to understand another person’s point of view.  People who are less smart have a hard time imagining that people could think differently than they do and would therefore disagree with them.
✓ Stupid people think they are better than everyone else:  Intelligent people try to motivate and help others. They do this because they are not afraid of being overshadowed.  Stupid people on the other hand tend to badmouth others in order to look better themselves.
(Oh yeah?  Well it takes one to know one…)
(There.  Do we all feel better about ourselves?)
(I can’t believe there is nothing here about wearing your jammies to Wal-Mart…)

Are songs getting more repetitive these days?  You bet.  In a detailed analysis using a technique known as ‘language compression’, where song lyrics are checked for repeated sequences, songs are given a score based on how efficiently the program can compress the lyrics of a song based on the number and length of the repeated sections in the song. After analysis, each song is given a ‘compression’ score to detail its repetitiveness.  Among the findings:
• Songs that reached the top 10 were, on average, more repetitive than songs which didn’t in every year from 1960 to 2015!
• Top 40 music has gotten steadily more repetitive in each decade since the 1960s, drastically more so since the 1990s.
• Among hit singles, 2014 is the most repetitive year on record. An average song from this year compresses 22% more efficiently than one from 1960.
• Rappers like and J. Cole and Eminem tend to be consistently non-repetitive.
• Perhaps surprisingly, since 2000, country music hits have been less repetitive than pop.
• Songs with the highest compression scores:
1. Around the World- Daft Punk 1997: 98%
2. The Rockafeller Skank-Fatboy Slim 1998: 95%
3. Chain of Fools (Part 1)-Jimmy Smith 1968: 92%
4. Get Low- Dillon Francis & DJ Snake 2015: 90%
5. Duck Sauce-Barbra Streisand 2015: 2011: 89%
• Rihanna won the title of most repetitive artist in the dataset. Over half a dozen of her songs scored very high repetition scores. (Including, appropriately, Pon de Replay).
(Well, a song HAS to be catchy…)
-Link to the study (it’s pretty cool):

Despite the fact that they are a sometimes annoying distraction, fidget items such as the fidget spinner can have some practical uses for adults, according to some experts in the field.  (And wouldn’t it be awesome to be called an ‘expert’ on fidget spinners!!) As we are all aware, fidgeting did not start with the spinner; Many adults report fidgeting with an object in hand when doing a long task or when sitting still and trying to stay attentive in a long meeting. Examples include paper clips, pens, thumb drives and earbuds. But people also buy specialized items like a fidget spinner or a Fidget Cube for this purpose.  Some schools are banning the spinners and teachers are taking them away. The reason is that not all fidget items are created equal.  The problem is that unlike fidgeting with a pen or a paper clip, fidget spinners allow visual stimulation as well.  And then there are the tricks you can learn to do with them.  That can become a distraction to others…whether at the workplace or in the classroom.  But fidget items do seem to serve a valuable purpose. The experts are saying that these things are around for the long haul.  They’re not just a fad. They embody a phenomenon that nearly everyone uses at some point. There is still some science to be done, but the conclusion from researchers is that fidget spinners and other fidget items actually help adults manage attention and remain calm.
(And what else are you going to do when the boss is droning on and on and on, and the donuts have all been eaten?)
(And as soon as they are available at the dollar store, I’m getting one!)


1948 [69] Phylicia Rashad, Houston, TX, TV actress (‘Claire Huxable’ on “The Cosby Show” 1984-92)
1962 [55] Paula Abdul, Van Nuys CA, TV personality (“So You Think You Can Dance?” 2015, “The X Factor” 2011, “American Idol” 2002-10)/pop singer (1988 Grammy – “Opposites Attract”)
1969 [48] Lara Spencer, Garden City NY, TV personality (“Good Morning America” since 2002)
1970 [47] Brian ‘Head’ Welch, Torrance CA, nu metal guitarist (KoRn-“Freak on a Leash”)
1975 [42] Poppy Montgomery, Sydney, Australia, TV actress (‘Carrie Wells’ on “Unforgettable” 2011-16, “Without a Trace” 2002-09)
1975 [42] Hugh Dancy, Stoke-on-Trent UK, TV actor (‘Will Graham’ on “Hannibal” 2013-15)/wed to actress Claire Danes since 2009
1978 [39] Zoe Saldana, Passaic NJ, movie actress (“Guardians Of the Galaxy”, “Avatar”)
1983 [34] Macklemore (Ben Haggerty), Seattle WA, rapper (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-“Thrift Shop”)

• “World Sauntering Day”, a day to ‘revive the art of Victorian sauntering, and discourage jogging, lollygagging, sashaying, fast walking, and trotting’.  It’s “Martini Day”, can we stumble?
• “Martini Day”.  Recipe for a very dry martini: Take 1 bottle of gin …
• “Garfield the Cat Day”, honoring Jim Davis’ fat cat comic strip on the anniversary of its 1978 debut in newspapers. (Big fat hairy deal.)
• “Pets In Film Day”, Cats and dogs have been on the big and small screens since the early days. Here’s some interesting trivia on a few of Hollywood’s popular furry stars.
• Lassie’s a Lad:  Although Lassie was a girl in the TV series and movies, this heroic pup was actually played by a boy dog named Pal. Male collies tend to have thicker coats, which look better on camera.
• Mr. Bigglesworth’s Breed:  In the ‘Austin Powers’ movies, Dr. Evil’s famous feline Mr. Bigglesworth was a Sphynx cat. The Sphynx is considered a hairless breed and is known to love cuddling for warmth.
• Many Marleys:  The touching film ‘Marley and Me’ covers 14 years in the life of the title dog. To make the film, the director used yellow labs at different ages to play him – 22 in all!

[Tues] Vanilla Milkshake Day
[Tues] Productivity Day
[Tues] World Refugee Day
[Wed] Skateboarding Day
[Wed] Yoga Day
[Wed] Selfie Day
This Week Is…Universal Father’s Week
This Month Is… Great Outdoors Month

2013 [04] Former “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini dies of a heart attack at age 51 in Rome, Italy (what we don’t know is if his character Tony Soprano died…)

1965 [52] “Yesterday” is recorded and mastered during this week 52 years ago, the first Beatles song recorded solo (by Paul McCartney) without the other band members (temporarily titled “Scrambled Eggs”, McCartney says the melody came to him in a dream) Often called the most covered song of all time…but look out for ‘Rolling in the Deep’!

1910 [117] ‘Father’s Day’ is 1st proclaimed by the mayor of Spokane, Washington at the request of one Louise Smart Dodd

2012 [05] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange requests asylum at the Ecuador Embassy in London, fearing extradition to the US after publication of classified documents (he’s still there!)

2014 [03] US Patent & Trademark office cancels ‘Washington Redskins’ trademark, ruling that the name is ‘offensive to Native Americans’ (there’s been pressure for years to change names)


• Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.
• When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.
• If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.
• Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.
• ‘Facebook Addiction Disorder’ is a mental disorder identified by Psychologists.
• Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.

✓ Always take the stairs when visiting the Eiffel Tower.
✓ Store the Nutella on a low shelf so you have to squat down … once every 5 minutes.
✓ Steal someone’s identity, like maybe JLo. She has a pretty good butt.
✓ Invite your butt out for a friendly lunch (salads only) and then ask it nicely to be better.
✓ Put on a pair of Spanx over your current pair of Spanx and pray that your butt knows how to take a hint.
✓ Make a vision board of great butts.
✓ Move to Brazil. There’s something in the water there.
✓ Become an Olympic beach volleyball player. The ‘uniforms’ seem to include great butts.
✓ Surgery.
✓ Replace every meal during the day with a glass of vodka, and forget that you even have a butt.
(First published in BS in 2015)

☎What article of clothing should your partner never wear, but you don’t have the guts to say it?

If I had a dollar for every time I thought about you, I would start thinking about you.

Question: The average woman uses her height in this every 5 years. What?
Answer: Lipstick

Don’t wait. Right now is the oldest you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be.

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