Friday, June 23, 2017 – Edition: #6003

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ George Clooney has sold the tequila company that he created on a whim…for $1billion U.S.
The idea behind Casamigos, the brainchild of Clooney and his two friends Rande Gerber, who is Cindy Crawford’s husband, and Michael Meldman, was born when Clooney and Gerber bought neighboring properties in Mexico and got into drinking tequila —so much so that they decided to create their own.  They have agreed to unload it to Diageo for what is reported to be an initial payment of $700 million, with the potential for another $300 million based on the tequila’s performance over the next 10 years. (Does he need money for a babysitter that badly?)
-Business Insider
★ Ghostbusters II actor Henry ‘Hank’ Deutschendorf has committed suicide.  The 29 year-old battled schizoaffective disorder. He was best known for playing Baby Oscar in 1989’s Ghostbusters II along with his twin brother William. The twins are the nephew of the late singer John Denver.
★ Courteney Cox has done away with facial fillers. After using them for years to maintain her youthful appearance, the 53-year-old has revealed she is now ‘as natural’ as she can be. The actress says that she was unhappy with how she looked after getting the injections last year. She has had all her fillers dissolved and feels better because she looks like herself.
(Stay tuned for her first facial expression in 15 years!)
★ Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband Jesse James has been accused by a Texas hairdresser of engaging in a racy social media exchange. The 48-year-old married reality TV star – who was busted for stepping out on then-wife Sandra Bullock in 2010 – reportedly had an inappropriate social media exchange with another woman even though he is married to billionaire heiress Alexis DeJoria.
★ The ‘Downton Abbey’ movie will begin production in 2018. Michael Edelstein, president at NBC Universal International Studios said that “There’s a movie in the works. It’s been in the works for some time.” He was speaking in Singapore at a red-carpet event for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition,  which features costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage from the TV show.
★ Charice Pempengco, the Filipino singer who rose to popularity in 2007 on YouTube and appeared in a handful of episodes of Glee, now goes by the name Jake Zyrus. The 25-year-old star has debuted the new moniker on social media — almost three years after revealing to Oprah Winfrey that “my soul is male.”

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Diane Keaton, Lonzo & LaVar Ball, Phoenix ( R )
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Keanu Reeves, Cat Deeley, Ali Kolbert
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Kevin Hart, Ali Wentworth, the War on Drugs ( R )
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Elisabeth Moss, John Mulaney, Brett Eldredge, Eric Moore ( R )
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Sofia Boutella, Potty Mouth, Emily V. Gordon, Arielle Kebbel ( R )
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon
• “The Talk” (CBS): Leslie Jones, Daniel Goddard, guest co-hosts Paul Shaffer & Carnie Wilson
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Laura Prepon, Steven Yeun, Selby Drummond, Michael Franti & Spearhead ( R )
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Vince Vaughn, Priyanka Chopra, Joseph ( R )
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Ashlee Glazer, Devyn Simone ( R )
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): David Boreanaz, Ryan Oakes ( R )
• “The Real” (FOX): John Salley, guest co-host Mel B. ( R)
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC): “Auditions 4” Contestants of all ages audition for the chance to win the $1 million prize.
• “2017 Nitro World Games” (NBC): From Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Daredevils participating in the most progressive action sports competition on the planet, with their flying sport vessels of choice: motocross, BMX, skateboard, scooter or inline skates.
• “2017 BET Awards” (BET/Comedy): Musical guests include Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Tamar Braxton and Trey Songz. Hosted by Leslie Jones.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Ashley Graham, Ryan Serhant

• Pete Townshend – and Roger Daltrey of The Who are among the artists who have teamed up to record a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ to benefit those affected by the London Grenfell Tower tragedy. The roster also includes One Direction members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson along with Bastille, Dua Lipa, Geri Halliwell, James Blunt, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Robbie Williams, Rita Ora, and more.
• Chris Cornell – will appear on a new Johnny Cash anthology album. Before he died, Cornell recorded a song for the album based on Johnny Cash’s poetry.  No release date has been set for the album, titled ‘Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music’.
• Guns N’ Roses – have announced they will headline New York City’s fabled Apollo Theater July 20th.  The intimate, invitation-only event will air on SiriusXM.
• Queen – Brian May recently blogged a complaint that British Airways has installed “all kinds of furniture” between his first class seat and his window view.  According to him, passengers cannot get any closer than nine inches from the actual window.  The horror!  Quote: “It completely sucks!!” (We will, we will, block view!)
• Stephen Stills – The man who wrote ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ about Judy Collins has now made an album with her.  ‘Stills and Collins’ comes out September 22 and includes a cover of the Traveling Wilburys’ ‘Handle With Care’.
• Prodigy – The Mobb Deep star reportedly choked on an egg in hospital before he died. The 42-year-old rapper died after falling ill in Las Vegas on the weekend. Prodigy was found unconscious on Tuesday morning after being hospitalized “for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis”. It’s unclear whether the choking incident contributed to his death.
• John Legend – his tour was due to touch down in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia areas this week but the shows  were postponed while he recovers from an illness. Dates resume tonight, and Legend tweeted a statement apologizing to fans for the disappointment.
• Dierks Bentley – has taken to opening for himself.  In recent concerts, before scheduled openers Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi hit the stage, Bentley and his band have been performing incognito as ‘The Bolo Boys Bluegrass Band’.
• Casey James – has announced that his family is growing. The former American Idol contestant revealed on Tuesday that he and his wife are expecting their second child.

• “Transformers: The Last Knight” (PG-13, Action/Adventure): Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving their future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. (Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock)
• “The Beguiled” (R-Rated, Drama): At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events. (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell)
• “The Big Sick” (R-Rated, Comedy/Romance): A couple deals with their cultural differences as their relationship grows. Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. (Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano)
• “The Bad Batch” (R-Rated/Drama): Arlen is one of thousands of Americans deemed unacceptable to society and dumped into a hostile desert wasteland. She is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she’ll have to fight for her very existence in this human-eat-human world. ( Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves)
• “In Pursuit of Silence” (Not rated, Documentary): A meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, with sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.
• “Good Fortune” (Not Rated/Documentary): A Rags to riches story.  John Paul DeJoria spent his early adulthood in and out of motorcycle gangs including Hells Angels. After losing his brother in a motorcycle accident, JP transformed his life and built a wildly successful line of hair care products with artist Paul Mitchell. Proving his success wasn’t just a fluke, JP then created the largest tequila brand in the world – Patron. (Dan Aykroyd, Robert Cromeans, Eloise DeJoria)

Older men tend to have “geekier” sons.  That’s what new research is telling us.  And it’s not necessarily a bad thing, because in this day and age, it is the ‘nerdier’ kids who more often go on to do well in life.  The finding, which came from a study of 80,000 British twins, found that the older the father, the more likely their male children would be considered a ‘geek,’ have a higher I.Q., attain higher grades in technical subjects at school, and be more socially aloof.  Scientists found that children born to older fathers tended to score higher on a scientifically devised ‘geek index’. For a father aged 25 or younger, the average score of the child was 39.6. That figure rose to 41 in children with fathers aged 35 to 44, and to 47 for those with fathers aged over 50.  The effect was much stronger in boys. The age of the children’s mothers seemed to have almost no effect on the geek index.  The study is one of the first to suggest that having an older father can have benefits for a child. Why? Certain men who delay fatherhood tend to be better educated and have a higher geek index and they pass those genetics to their offspring.
(I’m just not sure if I can trust a ‘geek index’ designed by a geeky scientist!)
(There are a lot of old rock stars who are going to be raising some serious nerds!)
(I was such a geek in school that they must have thought my dad was 100!)
-The Guardian

The common belief is that school children started to get summers off in the 19th century so they’d have time to help work on the family farm. Nice as that story is, it isn’t true. Summer vacation has little to do with tilling fields and more to do with sweaty, rich city kids being able to play hooky.  Way back in American Civil War time, kids did get time off to help on the farm…in the spring and fall, to help plant and harvest crops.  Meantime, city kids went to school all year long…the 1842 Detroit school calendar boasted 260 days of classes!  But as cities got denser, they got hotter.  And middle and upper class families decided that they would like to ‘get out of town’ during the hottest part of the year, and began heading for the lakes and the countryside.  School attendance wasn’t mandatory back then, and classrooms were being left half-empty.  With many workers now gaining victory in areas of vacation and limits on the length of workdays, others argued that students shouldn’t go to school year-round because it could strain their brains. Plus, air conditioning was decades away, and city schools during summertime were miserable, half-empty ovens.  So by 1900, urban districts had given in to closing schools in the summer, and rural schools soon adopted the same pattern.
(And that, kids, is how the ‘back to school sale’ was invented!)
(That’s right!  Laura Ingalls never had summer vacation!)
(Now what do have I to do to get my kid to learn something DURING the school year?)
-Mental Floss


1956 [61] Randy Jackson, Baton Rouge, LA, TV show host (“American Idol Judge” 2002-2014, “America’s Best Dance Crew” 2008-2010) Fun Fact: he has also played bass for Journey, Aretha Franklin and KennyG)

1957 [60] Frances McDormand, Chicago IL, movie actress (“Burn After Reading”, “Almost Famous”)/1997 Oscar (“Fargo”)/married to filmmaker Joel Coen (“True Grit”) since 1984

1972 [45] Selma Blair, Southfield MI, TV actress (“American Crime Story” 2016)/movie actress (“Hellboy” films)

1977 [40] Jason Mraz, Mechanicsville VA, pop/folk singer (“I’m Yours”, “The Remedy”)

1980 [37] Melissa Rauch, Marlboro NJ, TV actress (‘Bernadette Rostenkowski’ on “The Big Bang Theory” since 2009)

1984 [33] (Aimee Anne) Duffy, Bangor, Wales, pop singer (“Warwick Avenue”, “Mercy”)

1961 [56] Iain Glen, Edinburgh, Scotland, TV actor (‘Ser Jorah Mormont’ on “Game of Thrones” since 2011)/movie actor (“Resident Evil” films)

1979 [38] Mindy Kaling (Chokalingam), Cambridge MA, TV actress (“The Mindy Project since 2012, “The Office” 2005-13)/best-selling author (“Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”)

1987 [31] Solange Knowles, Houston, TX, R&B singer (younger sister of Beyonce, album “A Seat At The Table”)

TV host/chef Anthony Bourdain (“No Reservations”) is 61; Comedian-actor Ricky Gervais (“The Office UK”) is 56; Rock bassist Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) is 45.

• “International Widows Day”, a UN-sanctioned day of action to address the poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries.
• “Let It Go Day”, a day to release pent-up emotions. Whatever is bugging you, let it go!
(Aaaaad now you’ll be singing that song all day!)
• “Pink Day”, for some unknown reason a day to dress in pink, from your lipstick to your toenail polish.
• “Runners Selfie Day”, a day to celebrate your run with a pic that you post at #runnersselfie.
• “Pecan Sandies Day”,  a tribute to those fabulous shortbread cookies which are rich with both butter and toasted nuts. Perfect with iced tea or milk or coffee, they really require no embellishment.

• “Celebration Of the Senses”, when we’re encouraged to treat ourselves to stimulation of each of our 5 senses. What would be the best sensation for each?
• “International Fairy Day”, a holiday for believers, collectors, and the young at heart to celebrate all that is ‘Fae’, and to reconnect with their imagination and child-like wonder.
• “Pralines Day”, saluting the sweet & creamy taste treat made from sugared pecans or almonds. Pralines were invented in France by Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (hence the name).
• “Backyard Campout Night”, great fun for kids of all ages. But not so much for the adults trying to sleep indoors who wake up to the door slamming each time the ‘campers’ need something.

• “Catfish Day”, first initiated in 1987 to celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.
• “Day Of the Seafarer”, the 7th annual initiated by the International Maritime Organization to salute those in the shipping industry who bring us food, clothing, and other basic needs.
• “Leon Day” (‘Noel’ spelled backwards), observed exactly 6 months from Christmas, meaning we’re as far away from all that holiday rush and stress as we can be. (Does that mean I get half a gift?)
• “World Vitiligo Day”, to build global awareness of the chronic condition characterized by areas of skin losing pigment. Michael Jackson claimed to suffer from vitiligo.

2009 [08] Longtime TV personality Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s former sidekick on the “Tonight Show” (1962-92), dies at age 86

2009 [08] 19 year-old R&B singer Chris Brown pleads guilty to 1 count of assault on former girlfriend, Rihanna, in return for being sentenced to 5 years probation and 6 months community service

2010 [07] 62-year-old Gregg Allman (Allman Bros Band) undergoes a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville FL (died of liver cancer May 27, 2017 at 69)

2013 [04] Nik Wallenda becomes the 1st to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, while millions watch on TV

2007 [10] After passing through 50 countries including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the USA, an around-the-world relay celebrating Italian sports-car maker Ferrari’s 60th anniversary finishes up at Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy


• The average person falls asleep in 7 minutes
• The average person will spend 25 years asleep
• You burn more calories sleeping than watching TV
• A 1 minute kiss burns 26 calories
• 1/4 of your bones are in your feet
• Your tongue is the fastest healing part of your body

• Put a ‘For Sale’ sign on the lawnmower. Let everybody who comes by take a test drive.
• Kill half the grass, let the other half grow long. Do a ‘comb over’.
• Mount your entire yard on a giant hydraulic platform. Lower it 1 inch per week.
• Tell your wife you can’t stand the screams of the poor defenseless blades of grass, then go sit in a corner gently rocking back and forth.
• Have a kid. Wait 10 years. Make him do it.
• Be like my neighbor.  Just don’t.

Laugh at your problems, everybody else does.

☎ What is your all-time favorite ‘summer song’?
• Walkin’ on Sunshine?
• School’s Out?
• Summer in the City?
• In the Summertime?
• Summer Nights?
• All Summer Long?
• Everything the Beach Boys ever recorded?

Which of the following is NOT a real book title?
a. “Reusing Old Graves”
b. “Why Cats Paint”
c. “Last to be First – The Art of Being Fashionably Late” [CORRECT. No one has released a book on this topic … yet.]
D. “Everything I Know About Women I Learned From My Tractor”

Question: Among adults surveyed, work is the most stressful place they go to.  What is number two?
Answer: The mall.

Want to be successful? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

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