Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Edition: #6000

Issue #6000–that’s a lotta sheet!


Beyonce has given birth to twins, according a tweet by her father. The sex(es) of Bey and Jay Z’s newborns have not yet been revealed.  Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles celebrated the news via Twitter on Sunday. He tweeted a photo that declared “Happy Birthday to the twins! love, Granddad” and wrote “They’re here!”  According to media reports, a ‘minor issue’ has surfaced that has kept the newborns in the hospital for nearly a week.
★ Once again, critics won’t get to see new episodes of ‘Game of Thrones’ before the rest of us.  HBO has announced that once again they won’t be releasing any episodes to journalists ahead of the seventh season’s premiere in a bid to tackle the leaking of episodes which happened with season 5 and prior. As television’s most expensive show to make, leaks are a huge deal. Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on July 16.  (They prefer that the new season remain ‘unsullied’.
★ It’s a girl! ‘The Walking Dead’ star Christian Serratos welcomed a child in May. But it wasn’t until Sunday – Father’s Day – that she revealed she and rock star beau David Boyd had a daughter. The actress posted an image of the baby in pink. 27 year old Serratos is best known for playing Rosita Espinosa in The Walking Dead.
★ Carla Bruni is setting the record straight about Donald Trump – again. The singer and former first lady of France made headlines in 1991 when Bruni – then known as an internationally famous supermodel – was named as the reason Trump was splitting from second wife Marla Maples. The rumor was further fanned after Trump reportedly confirmed the story to the press himself. However, in a new interview, Bruni once again calls the story bogus. Quote: “Actually, the whole situation was very vague and just did not exist…so I was very surprised when he went to the press.” (Trump says, c’mon, Carla, you’re ruining my rep…”)
★ Oscar-winning ‘Rocky’ director John G. Avildsen has died.   At the time, Rocky was a chance venture for Avildsen. Sylvester Stallone, then unknown, had written the script and asked Avildsen to direct it, but he was already working on another film. Fortunately for Stallone, the production company ran out of money and that film was cancelled. According to the director, after seeing the script,  ‘On page 3, this guy (Rocky) is talking to his turtles, and I was hooked.’  Avildsen was 81. He suffered from pancreatic cancer.
★ Amy Poehler has revealed she ‘stalked’ Will Ferrell on ‘Saturday Night Live’ because she was desperate for him to work with her. She says that she would follow him around the SNL set, hoping that Ferrell would want to write something with her.  Poehler says she was thrilled to be working with Will Ferrell again on the movie ‘The House’ because she has always loved working with him and “he’s so funny”. ‘The House’ opens June 30.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Casey Affleck, Allison Tolman, Chris Charpentier, Lindsey Ell
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV):  Amy Poehler, Zendaya, Imagine Dragons, Dweezil Zappa
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global):  Ice Cube, Marc Maron, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV):  Will Ferrell, Laverne Cox, Jeff Tweedy, Daru Jones
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Chelsea Handler, Dean Norris, Khalid
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV):  Morena Baccarin, Agnes Obel, Logan Browning ( R )
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): 2 Chainz
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Eddie Izzard, Tim Minchin, Kristen Schaal
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Elle Fanning, Ally Maki, James Acaster
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Jane Krakowski
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kim Kardashian West, David Grann
• “The Talk” (CBS): Nischelle Turner, guest co-host Howie Mandel
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Chris Pratt, Lana Parrilla
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Sofia Vergara ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX):Wanda Durant
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Jeff Perry, Daymond John ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX):The hosts offer advice to fans about shady situations ( R )
• “America’s Got Talent (NBC): “Auditions 4” Contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize.
• “World of Dance” (NBC/CTV): “The Duels 1”  The top qualifying acts choose a rival and face off in a head-to-head elimination duel.

• Katy Perry – can add a new honor to her crown: She has become the first Twitter user to reach 100 million followers. (“Ha! Take THAT, Taylor!….whoops, I forgot I’m being nice to her now…”)
• Jay Z – thanks to him, many fathers who are currently behind bars awaiting bail will now be going home.  He penned an op-ed for ‘TIME’ explaining that if you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one that he grew up in, if you can’t afford a private attorney, you may disappear into the jail system because you can’t afford bail.  Jay has also pledged to give money to organizations that help bail out men currently being held pending bail.
• Randy Bachman – says he has a brand new album set to go at the age of 73.
• Madonna – has reportedly forked out US$6.3 million on a mansion in Portugal so her son can continue training with Benfica football club’s junior team. (Things my parents never did for me…)
• Bruce Springsteen – is set to make his debut on Broadway later this year. He kicks off an eight-week residency at the Walter Kerr Theatre in November, although dates are yet to be finalized.
• Prince – the unreleased track “Father’s Song,” a 1984 outtake from the landmark Purple Rain album, is now available for streaming.  On Friday, a ‘Purple Rain’ deluxe edition will be released featuring 11 previously unheard tracks.
• Tupac Shakur –  Jada Pinkett-Smith is not happy about the portrayal of her relationship with Tupac depicted in the “All Eyez On Me” biopic.  Pinkett-Smith takes exception to a series of scenes that according to her, don’t align with real-life events, such as when Shakur read her a poem, their alleged backstage argument, and their final goodbye.
• Chance the Rapper – has announced his collaboration with Chicago Beyond, an organization seeking innovative programs, ideas and approaches to provide opportunities for young Chicagoans to grow.  Grand prize for the winning video: $2 Million.
• Vince Gill – says he is “a great fit” with the Eagles. Filling in for the late Glenn Frey, Gill says he will sing “Take It to the Limit” and three other hits during the band’s two upcoming shows.
• Keith Urban – remains coy about a possible return to the judges table for the re-tooled ‘American Idol’.  According to him, while a return is possible, “There are a lot of moving parts.  We’ll see what happens”.

Coming out wherever and however you get your movies:
• “Life” (R-Rated, Action/Drama): A team of scientists aboard the International Space Station discover a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth. (Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Ryan Reynolds)
• “Everybody Loves Somebody” (PG-13, Comedy/Romance): A successful and single career woman asks her co-worker to pose as her boyfriend at a family wedding back home in Mexico. Her situation gets complicated when her ex shows up at the ceremony. (Karla Souza, José María Yazpik, Ben O’Toole)
• “Wilson” (R-Rated, Comedy): A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time. (Woody Harrelson, Sandy Oian-Thomas, Shaun Brown)
• “Railroad Tigers” (Not Rated, Action/Comedy): A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor. (Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang)
• “Altitude” (R-Rated, Action/Drama): A female FBI agent is offered millions to help a thief escape from a hijacked airplane. (Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Jonathan Lipnicki)

The warmer it gets, the more we sweat.  And the more we sweat, the more we lop-on the deodorant or other fancy scents to try to avoid giving off that dreaded ‘body-odour’ smell.  But according to scientists, some people have nothing to worry about.  They have absolutely no body odour.  NO SMELL.  Their study found that precisely 2% of the population have a gene which makes them lack the chemical in one’s armpits on which bacteria feeds and causes underarm odour.  And maybe surprisingly, three-quarters of those who don’t produce underarm odour still use deodorant daily. Waste of money!  Or better safe than sorry…  Incidentally, how can you tell if you are one of the lucky 2%?  Scientists report that if you produce ‘dry’ earwax, rather than ‘wet’ earwax, you lack the ‘b.o.’ gene….although even without that info, you probably already have a pretty good idea…
(The other way to tell is if you find yourself alone in a crowded theatre!)
(The problem is that the ones who do need to use it sometimes don’t)
(Makes you wonder what their hockey bag smells like!)
-Yahoo Style UK

After months of teases and questions, the highly anticipated clash between unbeaten boxing sensation Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor was made official last week, setting up what’s likely to be one of the grandest spectacles in sporting history.  Here are some fun facts about the August 26 match:
• Mayweather and McGregor are scheduled to meet at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, at a contracted weight of 154 pounds (super welterweight).
• Mayweather has never weighed in above 152 pounds. McGregor is the UFC Lightweight champion (155 pounds). (Gaining that extra three pounds would never be a problem for me!)
• The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds of three minutes each.  McGregor is more accustomed to UFC’s 5 minute rounds.  (But also only accustomed to five rounds total…)
• Traditional boxing rules will apply.  If you wonder what might happen if McGregor “goes rouge” and throws a kick, knee or elbow, those MMA techniques are contractually forbidden and would result in several financial penalties. (But it would be awesome!)
• Both fighters will be randomly drug tested (both blood and urine) by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
• Fight purses for the bout will not be revealed until fight night, but all told it’s predicted that McGregor could flirt with a total payout of nearly $100 million, with Mayweather potentially receiving nearly double that amount, depending on the success of pay-per-view sales.
• Whatever McGregor earns, it’s a far cry from the $235 welfare checks he collected while living in his hometown of Dublin at this time five years ago.
• McGregor is currently a +700 betting underdog for the fight. Former pro boxer Holly Holm was a +1200 underdog when she knocked out Ronda Rousey to win the UFC Women’s Bantamweight title at UFC 193 in November 2015.
• The only people of note who have publicly predicted a Conor McGregor upset?  Sylvester Stallone, Conor McGregor…and Conor McGregor’s Mom.
-Rolling Stone


1942 [75] Brian Wilson, Inglewood, CA, rock singer (co-wrote over 25 top forty hits with the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations”, Surfin’ USA”)
1945 [72] Anne Murray, Springhill, Nova Scotia, singer (“Snowbird”, “Could I Have This Dance”, “You Needed Me”)
1949 [68] Lionel Richie, Tuskegee AL, oldies singer (“All Night Long”, Commodores-“Easy”)
1952 [65] John Goodman, Afton MO, movie actor (“10 Cloverfield Lane”, “Argo”)/TV actor (“Roseanne” 1988-97)
1954 [63] Michael Anthony, Chicago, IL, bassist (Van Halen- “Jump”, “Runnin’ With the Devil”, “Dance the Night Away”) Currently plays in “Chickenfoot” with former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar
1960 [57] John Taylor, Solihull England, bassist  (Duran Duran- “Hungry Like the Wolf, “Rio”)
1967 [50] Nicole Kidman, Honolulu HI, movie actress (“Grace of Monaco”, “Moulin Rouge!”)/Mrs Keith Urban since 2006/Mrs Tom Cruise 1990-2001
1967 [50] Dan Tyminski, Rutland VT, bluegrass singer-songwriter-instrumentalist (Alison Krauss & Union Station-“Paper Airplane”, “Lonely Runs Both Ways”/10 Grammy Awards
1968 [49] Robert Rodriguez, San Antonio TX, movie director-producer-screenwriter (“Machete” movies, “Sin City” films)
1989 [28] Chris Mintz-Plasse, LA CA, movie actor (“Kick-Ass” films, “How to Train Your Dragon” films)

“World Productivity Day” … better today than on a Monday! Start looking at your processes and seeing where waste can be cut out,  set yourself a list of things to accomplish and where you think productivity is lacking, identify problem areas and start an action plan to solve it. (Then when you see all the time you’ve wasted, rush back to work and do things the way you always do, only faster!)
• “World Refugee Day”, first declared by the UN in 2001 as an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees.
• “American Eagle Day”, to commemorate America’s national symbol, the Bald Eagle. In a 1784 letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin complained about the choice of the Bald Eagle as America’s symbol, saying he preferred … the turkey.  (If they went with that, would I be wearing jeans with “Turkey” written on the label?)
• “New Identity Day”, have fun thinking about who you might want to be for a day. (See today’s phone starter)
• “Cherry Tart Day”, a lead-in to the annual National Cherry Festival held in Traverse City, Michigan. Blow your friends’ minds with this little revelation…the word ‘Maraschino’ is pronounced mara-SKEENO!
• And for those who don’t like to rock the boat, today is also “Plain Yogurt Day” and “Vanilla Milkshake Day”.

[Wed] Skateboarding Day
[Wed] Yoga Day
[Thurs] Onion Rings Day
[Thurs] Stupid Guy Thing Day

2006 [11] The BBC cancels its landmark weekly pop music show “Top Of the Pops” after a record 42 years on-air

2008 [09] Jimmy Buffett announces his Margaritaville Holdings is buying Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million, adding to Buffet’s vast business empire that already includes tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label, and recording studio

2008 [09] Surrey University in England awards Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page an honorary Doctorate in Music

2013 [04] Instagram first offers users the ability to upload videos to the service

1986 [31] In Rochester NY, competitive eating champ Peter Dowdeswell sets a new record by downing 144 prunes in 32 seconds (sets another record the next morning)


• Sleeping on your stomach can induce weird, scarier and sexier dreams.
• The average cloud weighs 1.1 million pounds.
• Flowers can grow faster by listening to music
• On average, football (soccer) players run as far as 9.5 miles in a single match.
• NASA accidentally taped over the moon landing. There are no known original recordings of the event.
• A “gut feeling” is a chemical signal that your stomach creates to warn the brain of danger.
– What the F Facts

✓ You wake up face down on the pavement.
✓ You see a “60 Minutes” news team waiting in your office.
✓ Your birthday cake collapses from the weight of the candles.
✓ Your twin sister forgets your birthday.
✓ Your blind date turns out to be your ex-wife.
✓ You wake up and discover your waterbed broke.  Then you remember that you don’t have a waterbed.
✓ Your income tax check bounces.
✓ Your wife says, “Good morning, Bill,” and your name is George.

☎ If you could be anyone else for a day (famous or not), who would it be?

I don’t read the newspaper.  But I might start so I can recycle it and save a tree.

Question: The odds that a man owns one of these are 3 in 4.  What?
Answer: A pair of khaki pants.

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.

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