Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Edition: #5762

Thanks For Being a Bull Market!

★ Actor Al Pacino (76) is returning to Broadway to portray famed playwright Tennessee Williams. The Oscar-winner has signed to star in a new Dotson Rader play titled “When God Looked Away”, a drama adapted from Rader’s 1985 biography about the “A Streetcar Named Desire” writer. Tony Award-winner Judith Light co-stars as a friend of Williams.
– Forbes.com
★ Kevin Hart (36) has installed new anti-theft technology after a $500,000 burglary at his home earlier this month. The actor-comedian was in Miami FL when burglars broke into his house in Tarzana CA and made off with jewelry and clothing. Police sources cay the heist may be linked to recent robberies from other Hollywood celebs, including Blac Chyna, Chris Brown, and Scott Disick.
– PageSix.com
★ And up until now Mariah Carey has been coy about when she might marry Aussie billionaire James Packer … but we’re told they now want to seal the deal as soon as the ink is dry on her final divorce docs. As we’ve been reporting, Mariah has been pushing ex Nick Cannon to sign the papers for more than a year. Packer has already divorced his wife and wants to marry ASAP. Realistically it probably won’t happen until August at the earliest, when Mariah wraps up her Vegas gig.
– TMZ.com

• “The Amazing Race Canada” (CTV) – Season 4 debut.
• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – More hopefuls audition for the judges.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – Blake Shelton (“If I’m Honest”). Rerun.
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Flo Rida (“My House”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) –White Mystery (“Blood & Venom”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Cyndi Lauper (“Detour”); Zara Larsson (“Never Forget You”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Jake Bugg (“On My One”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Mel B (Spice Girls).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Drake (“Views”); Meghan Trainor (“Thank You”). Rerun.
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo) – Bob Weir, John Mayer (Dead & Company).

• Billy Joel – Yesterday he rode alongside New York governor Andrew Cuomo in a statewide motorcycle ride to raise awareness about breast cancer. Also in the lineup was the gov’s girlfriend, Food Network star and breast cancer survivor Sandra Lee.
• Chris Brown – He allegedly cornered a female tour manager and went on a threatening, drug-fueled tirade so intense, she jumped off the tour bus and quit on the spot. Inside sources say the incident went down in May during Brown’s European tour.
• Drake – With his continued #1 ranking on today’s new ‘Billboard 200’, he becomes 1 of only 4 hip hop acts to spend 8 weeks at the top (joining Eminem, MC Hammer, and Vanilla Ice).
• 50 Cent – He’s been arrested for uttering profanity (the F-bomb) onstage during a concert on the Caribbean island of St Kitts, where swearing in public is against the law. He’s appeared in court and paid a fine. (At this point in his career we thought he couldn’t get arrested.)
• Kanye West – He’s challenging the celebrities who ‘appear’ in his controversial “Famous” music video to pursue legal action, but so far none have responded. Twitter quote: “Can somebody sue me already? #I’llwait”.
• Rihanna – A new track from her will debut as part of the upcoming soundtrack to “Star Trek: Beyond”. Titled “Sledgehammer,” a listing for the track briefly appeared in the iTunes Music Store then disappeared. “Star Trek: Beyond” arrives in movie theaters July 22nd.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Eye In the Sky” ( R-Rated Thriller ): Helen Mirren stars as a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. But as an American pilot (Aaron Paul) is about to engage a 9-year-old girl enters the kill zone, triggering an international dispute. Co-stars Iain Glen, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi, Phoebe Fox.
• “Kung Fu Panda 3” ( PG Animated Adventure ): In this 2nd sequel to the 2008 film, ‘Po’ continues his ‘legendary adventures of awesomeness’. He faces two hugely epic, but different threats … one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home. Big-name voice cast includes Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu.
• “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” ( R-Rated War Comedy ): Tina Fey stars as a journalist recounting her wartime coverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Co-stars Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton. Based on the 2012 book “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan” by Kim Barker.
• Also being released: “Adventures in Babysitting” (The 100th Disney Channel Original Movie); “Elstree 1976” (Documentary); “Lego Friends: Always Together” (TV); “Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan” (Documentary); “Two Guys & a Girl: The Complete Series” 1998-2001 (TV); and “Vera, Set 6” (Brit TV).

Vegetables grown on Mars will be safe to eat, scientists say. Dutch researchers at Wageningen University, who have been growing a range of crops in artificial Martian soil since 2013, have found that several veggies and at least one grain are safe to eat. Although the soil isn’t actually culled from the surface of the Red Planet, it’s mixed with minerals found in Martian dirt to create a close imitation. So far, radishes, peas, rye, and tomatoes have all proven safe to eat. Although Martian soil contains heavy metals like cadmium, copper, and lead, none of the crops have dangerous levels of them. (Potatoes will also work … just ask Matt Damon.)
– “The Guardian”

• Cuts & Scrapes – In a pinch, dab on a little honey and then cover with a bandage. Honey has antibacterial properties, and studies have shown that it can speed wound healing.
• Heat Rash – Apply baking soda or cornstarch directly to the rash site to absorb moisture and sweat. This is an age-old approach, recommended by many country grandmothers.
• Insect Bites – Apply a drop or two of peppermint oil. It has a cooling effect and also increases circulation to the bite, speeding the healing process. Alternatively, try peppermint toothpaste.
• Sunburn – Soak a few sheets of paper towels in white vinegar, and apply them to the burned areas. Vinegar contains acetic acid, which helps ease sunburn pain, itching, and inflammation.
• Swimmer’s Ear – Grate 3 cloves of garlic, cover them with olive oil and let the mixture stand overnight. Strain out the garlic and apply 3 drops in the affected ear.
– Adapted from RD.com

There’s officially a new dog breed and it’s fluffy and adorable. The American Kennel Club has announced that it is officially recognizing the 190th breed of dog … the Pumi. According to AKC, the Pumi is an energetic and lively breed originating in Hungary. The herding breed has actually been around for a long time in Europe, but has only just started making an appearance elsewhere. Now that it’s recognized as an official breed, the Pumi will be able to compete in dog shows and is likely to become a much more popular breed around-the-world. (Provided you like a dog with mouse ears.)
NET: http://tinyurl.com/jcj7pcl
– “Metro”

According to the Reputation Institute, which has produced a top 10 ranking based on how welcoming, safe, and beautiful countries are. More specifically, the rankings come from 58,000 different ratings of the economy, environment, and government.
1. Sweden
2. Canada
3. Switzerland
4. Australia
5. Norway
6. Finland
7. New Zealand
8. Denmark
9. Ireland
10. Netherlands
(Worst rep? We vote for Islamic State of Iraq & The Levant.)
– TheLocal.se

After recent sales declines, Whole Foods is hoping a trendy new store format will lure Millennials. The first location of ‘365 by Whole Foods’ opened in May in Silver Lake CA, the hipster area of Los Angeles. The store is about two-thirds the size of a regular Whole Foods and is definitely much cheaper. There’s no cheese-monger or deli counter, but technology abounds: Prices appear on digital tablets, shoppers can scan a wine bottle’s bar code and read user-generated comments about it, and there’s the ‘TeaBot’ – a contraption that lets you dial up your perfect cup of tea. Whole Foods isn’t alone in trying to create a Millennial grocery store. Supermarket chain Kroger is also testing a ‘cooler version of itself’ in Gig Harbor WA. (What else would you add to make a supermarket ‘cooler’?)
– “New Yorker”

Even if the first date went amazingly well, it’s the second that often determines if things are going to move forward or fizzle out. Here’s how to make sure that second date isn’t your last …
• Break Out the Bandage Dress – Physical attraction and chemistry are very important to men, and your guy needs to feel that early on for a relationship to develop.
• Tell Him More About Yourself – Open up about your likes and dislikes and the crazy adventures you’ve had, but give him plenty of opportunities to reveal more about his life and personality as well.
• Touch Him Flirtatiously – Touching his upper arm briefly or giving his forearm a quick, light squeeze lets him know that you feel comfortable and at ease.
• Leave Him Wanting More – Put the brakes on hooking up so he actually has the chance to chase you a little … making way for date number 3.
(Who said women are conniving?)
– Condensed from “Cosmopolitan”

Heavy exposure to ‘Disney princesses’ makes little girls more likely to have stereotypical attitudes about gender, but makes little boys more likely to share their toys.
– “Washington Post”


1926 [90] Mel Brooks (Kaminsky), Brooklyn NY, Broadway producer (“The Producers”)/movie director (“Blazing Saddles”)

1948 [68] Kathy Bates, Memphis TN, movie actress (“Midnight in Paris”, “Misery”)

1966 [50] John Cusack, Evanston IL, movie actor (“2012”, “Runaway Jury”)

1976 [40] Tim Nordwind, Kalamazoo MI, alt-rock bassist-singer (OK Go-“Here It Goes Again”)

1977 [39] Mark Stoermer, Houston TX, pop-rock bassist (The Killers-“When You Were Young”)

1986 [30] Kellie Pickler, Albemarle NC, TV personality (“I Love Kellie Pickler” 2015, “Dancing With the Stars” winner 2013/country singer (“Red High Hells”)/”American Idol” finalist 2006

• “Insurance Awareness Day”. Hmm, now who do you think came up with this one? Insurance is a gamble. If you buy it, you’re gambling that something will go wrong. If you don’t buy it, you’re gambling that something will not.

• “International Body Piercing Day”, celebrated in piercing and modification communities worldwide. It coincides with the birthday of Jim Ward, the ‘father of modern piercing’.
NET: http://tinyurl.com/jrlhehx

• “Long Letter Day”, time to stop whatever you’re doing and write a long letter to an old friend. After all, when’s the last time you actually put pen to paper and sent something snail-mail?

• “Tapioca Day”, honoring that stuff you put in pudding that looks like fish eyes.

1998 [18] 1st TV ratings week in which more viewers watch cable/satellite channels than broadcast channels (that Home & Garden channel is rivetting, isn’t it?)

2007 [09] Spice Girls announce they’ll reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up (is it about to happen again?)

2013 [03] Coldplay’s 2011 headline appearance on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage is voted the all-time top Glastonbury moment by BBC Radio listeners BS FACTOID: “Daily Telegraph” says Coldplay (with help from Barry Gibb) also delivered the best performance of Glastonbury 2016.

1953 [63] GM workers assemble the 1st ‘Corvette’ sports car in Flint, Michigan (the average Corvette driver now … 60-plus, balding male in post mid-life crisis)

1988 [28] An ostrich at the Israeli Kibbutz Ha’on lays the ‘Heaviest Bird Egg Ever Recorded’ … 5.1 lbs (2.3 kg)

[Wed] Summerfest begins (Milwaukee WI)
[Thurs] “Greatest Hits” debuts (ABC)
[Thurs] Essence Festival begins (New Orleans LA)
[Thurs] Social Media Day
[Fri] “The BFG”; “The Legend of Tarzan”; “The Purge: Election Year” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Canada Day
This Week Is … Mosquito Control Awareness Week
This Month Is … Migraine & Headache Awareness Month


• If electricity comes from electrons, does that mean morality comes from morons?
• Just what exactly is a ‘Lifetime Guarantee’?
• How do you write zero in Roman numerals?
• Why are a ‘wise man’ and a ‘wise guy’ opposites?
• How come lemon juice is made with artificial flavor but dishwashing detergent is made with real lemons?
• You can be ‘nonplussed’ (perplexed), but can you be ‘plussed’?
• How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

New car buyers have been asked what feature, not normally offered, would be their #1 choice to have in their new vehicle. Which is it?
a. A mini-bar.
b. A chauffeur.
c. Satellite TV.
d. A microwave oven. [CORRECT]

I don’t know what your problem is. But I bet it’s hard to pronounce.

☎ If you could give one piece of advice to the whole world, what would it be?

Question: If you’re married there’s a 76% chance you’re doing THIS less than you’re supposed to be.
Answer: Exercising.

A wise person never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.

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