Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – Edition: #5747

Sheet Happens!

★ Fitness guru Richard Simmons has assured fans he’s fine after a medical emergency over the weekend. The 67-year-old TV personality was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles late Friday after exhibiting bizarre behavior in front of his longtime friend and housekeeper. Paramedics determined he needed a medical evaluation so they could rule out a stroke or dementia. He returned home Saturday, and has since released a statement in which he claims his hospital visit was brought on by ‘dehydration’. (The excuse often cited in overdose cases … we’re just sayin’.)
– TMZ.com
★ Yesterday 49-year-old actress Stacey Dash released her new autobiography “There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative”. The “Clueless” star, who has previously alleged domestic abuse in her adult relationships, has revealed her history with abuse began much earlier in her life … at age 4. She later developed an addiction to cocaine after first trying it at 16. She became pregnant at 24 with her son Austin, now 25, from a relationship with musician Christopher Williams, and she says she considered a termination because she was still on drugs. Even after enduring all this turmoil she says she’s not a victim, she’s a survivor.
– People.com
★ And James Corden admits he’s “terrified” of hosting the Tony Awards this Sunday night. The “Late Late Show” host will front the prestigious theater awards show in front of a star-studded crowd including presenters Cate Blanchett, Barbra Streisand, and Oprah Winfrey at NYC’s Beacon Theatre. But what he’s really worried about is having an embarrassing fall during his performance on the live broadcast. Corden is opening the show with a number written by Take That singer Gary Barlow, who co-wrote the music and lyrics to Broadway musical “Finding Neverland”.
– TheSun.co.uk

• “America’s Got Talent” (NBC/CityTV) – Auditions continue, in a 2-hour episode.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (“Multi-Love”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Josh Abbott Band (“Front Row Seat”). Rerun.
• “Late Late Show With James Corden” (CBS/M3) – Tom Odell (“Wrong Crowd”, out Friday).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Jake Bugg (“On My One”, out June 17th).
• “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global) – 2 Chainz (“Collegrove”).
• “Marilyn Denis Show” (CTV/CTV2) – Country singer Lindsay Ell (“By the Way”).
• “Meredith Vieira” (syndicated) – French Montana (“MC4”, out in August).
• “The Real” (syndicated) – Big Freedia (“Just Be Free”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Ingrid Michaelson (“Girls & Boys”).

• ABBA – They’ve reunited at a party in Stockholm, Sweden to celebrate the 50th anniversary of members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson becoming friends. They were joined by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad at the city’s Berns Hotel and nightclub. The group last sang together on Swedish television in 1986.
• AC/DC – The rescheduled North American dates for their “Rock or Bust World Tour” begin August 27th in Greensboro NC and conclude September 20th in Philadelphia PA. Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose once again fronts the legendary rockers.
• Death Cab for Cutie – A series of co-headline dates with Chvrches and guest Pure Bathing Culture begins tonight in Cleveland OH and runs through June 16th in Charlotte NC. They’re also scheduled for numerous Summer festivals including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Forecastle.
• Drake – “Views” has conquered the ‘Billboard 200’ album chart for 5 straight weeks; and now it’s crossed another plateau, racking up 1 billion+ streams in the US alone. “Views” now holds the record for the 5 largest-ever streaming weeks for an album, according to Nielsen Audio.
• James Taylor – He’s donating the proceeds from concerts in Calgary AB tonight and Edmonton AB tomorrow night to help victims of the huge wildfire that leveled parts of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Coming out on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Hail, Caesar!” (PG-13 Dramedy ): The latest Coen brothers film is a musical set in 1950s Hollywood, where a studio ‘fixer’ works to keep its movie stars in line. The ensemble cast includes George Clooney, who plays a star whose kidnapping threatens to derail a big-budget film. Co-stars Channing Tatum, Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson.
• “The Other Side Of the Door” ( R-Rated Horror ): After her son is killed in a tragic accident, a woman learns of a ritual that will bring him back to say goodbye. But when she disobeys a sacred warning, she upsets the balance between life and death. Stars Sarah Wayne Callies (“Walking Dead”), Jeremy Sisto. The piano classic “Chopsticks” has never seemed so scary.
• “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” ( Action Thriller ): Director Michael Bay’s film centers on the real-life 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. It stars James Badge Dale and John Krasinski. The American Ambassador is killed during the attack as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.
• “Zootopia” ( PG Animated Action Adventure ): Disney’s latest is set in a city of human-like animals, where a fugitive con-artist fox (Jason Bateman) and a rookie bunny cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Voice cast also includes Idris Elba, Jason Bateman, Shakira and, as the moose, CBC-TV news anchor Peter Mansbridge.
• Also being released: “Detectorists – Series 2” (Brit TV); “Duck Dynasty: Season 9” (TV); “The Fear of 13” (Documentary); “Game of Thrones Steelbook Seasons 3 and 4” (TV); “Journey to Space” (IMAX Documentary); “Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete 6th Season” (TV); “Roots: The Complete Original Series” (1977 TV Miniseries); “The Shannara Chronicles Season 1” (TV); and “Vinyl: The Complete 1st Season” (TV).

If a country is going to switch to all-electric cars, it makes sense for Norway to be the one to do it. 24% of cars sold in Norway are already electric, the highest percentage in the world. So far 2 of the country’s 4 political parties have confirmed they’ve signed off on to banning the sale of gas-powered cars starting in 2025. So it may not be completely finalized but appears to be imminent. If it does indeed happen, Norway would become the first country in the world to only allow the sale of electric vehicles. Ironically, Norway is also one of the biggest exporters of oil in the world. (So it’s financing the entire country on oil sales while telling its own citizens they can’t buy cars that use gas.)
– Gizmodo.com

Mexico’s Original Group, which operates a number of adults-only resorts, is embarking on its first sex cruise in 2017. The 8-day ‘Desire Cruise’ features “clothing-optional areas (including the pool), private playrooms, adult-oriented entertainment, and provocative theme nights”, according to its website. There will also be “intense icebreakers”. Sorry looky-loos, it’s couples-only. Other rules include: No nudity in the dining room, and no sex with the crew. The cruise departs from Venice, Italy in September 2017. Tickets for this boat-based bacchanalia run from $2,800 to $11,000. (And you thought it was hard avoiding gross infections during a normal cruise.)
NET: https://www.originalcruises.com
– “Miami Herald”

✓ Nuke a lemon in a bowl of water for an easy-to-clean, fresh smelling microwave.
✓ Polish your stainless steel appliances with Pledge.
✓ Scrub your wooden cutting boards with salt and half a lemon.
✓ Clean burned gunk off your pans using baking soda, dish soap, and cream of tartar.
✓ Soak hard water stains in white vinegar to make them wipe away easily.
✓ Put a layer of wax paper on the tops of cabinets and your fridge to collect that nasty greasy dust that gathers in the kitchen.
– BuzzFeed Life

Partiers at dance clubs and raves are snorting a new drug to get their high … chocolate. You heard right. Cacao’s rise as the hot new party drug started in Berlin, Germany, which just may be the hipster capital of the world. Cacao was used by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans during rituals and ceremonies to elevate participants to a state of ecstasy. It contains endorphins and antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain and muscles. A number of studies have shown cacao improves cognitive function. But a chocolate scientist says there’s not enough of any of those compounds in cacao to actually alter people’s moods. (Meaning trendy Millennials rolling on cacao at the club are probably just enjoying a placebo effect.)
– “Maxim”

The new ‘Good Country Index’ ranks 162 nations on how each contributes toward the overall good of humanity. The figures are based on culture, science & tech, prosperity, equality, peace & security, and health & well-being. A ‘good’ country must serve the interests of its own people, but not at the expense of other populations or natural resources. The top 10 …
1. Sweden
2. Denmark
3. The Netherlands
4. UK
5. Germany
6. Finland
7. Canada
8. France
9. Austria
10. New Zealand
(The USA just misses the top 20, coming in at #21. And in last place … Libya.)
NET: http://goodcountry.org/index/overall-rankings
– “The Independent”

A new study had found that half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women.
– BBC News


1952 [64] Liam Neeson, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, movie actor (“Taken” movies, “Schindler’s List”)

1956 [60] LA (Antonio) Reid, Cincinnati OH, record executive-producer (Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, P!nk, Rihanna, Usher, etc)/TV personality (“The X Factor” 2011-13)

1966 [50] Eric Kretz, San Jose CA, rock drummer (Stone Temple Pilots-“Between the Lines”, “Trippin’ On a Hole In a Paper Heart”)

1967 [49] Dave Navarro, Santa Monica CA, rock guitarist (Jane’s Addiction-“Been Caught Stealing”, ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers)

1974 [42] Bear Grylls, Donaghadee, Northern Ireland, TV personality (“Running Wild with Bear Grylls”, “Man vs Wild”)

1978 [38] Bill Hader, Tulsa OK, movie actor (“The Angry Birds Movie”, “Trainwreck”)/comedian (“Saturday Night Live” 2005-13) UP NEXT: “Finding Dory”, opening June 17th.

1988 [28] Michael Cera, Brampton ON, movie actor (“Scott Pilgrim vs The World”, “Juno”)/TV actor (“Arrested Development” 2003-06, 2013) COMING UP: “Sausage Party”, opening August 12th.

1990 [26] Iggy Azalea, Sydney, Australia, rapper (w/Ariana Grande-“Problem”, f/Charli XCX- “Fancy”)

1991 [25] Fetty Wap (Willie Maxwell II), Paterson NJ, rapper (f/Remy Boyz-“679”, “Trap Queen”)

• “Chocolate Ice Cream Day”, celebrating one of the most popular flavors, but not THE most popular flavor. That honor still goes to vanilla, favorite of 29%. Chocolate is runner-up at 9%.

• “VCR Day”, honoring the TV recorder introduced on this day in 1975. Many homes still have one lurking in a closet. Many more still have VHS tapes … but nothing to play them on.

2014 [02] Comedian Tracy Morgan is hospitalized in critical condition after his limo bus is hit by a speeding semi; fellow comedian James McNair does not survive

2015 [01] At the 69th Tony Awards, Helen Mirren wins ‘Best Leading Actress’ for “The Audience”; Alex Sharp wins ‘Best Leading Actor’ for “The Curious Incident Of the Dog In the Night-Time”

1993 [23] Prince celebrates his 35th birthday by changing his name to a circle with a curved line below as a protest over his recording contract (for several years he is announced on radio as the ‘artist formerly known as Prince’)

2002 [14] Virgin Records announces it’s dropping Victoria Beckham after her debut solo album, which cost over $5 million to make, sells only 50,000 copies

2012 [04] Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as “Ebony Eyes”, is found dead in his Nashville TN home from an apparent suicide at age 66

1993 [23] Groundbreaking ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland OH is attended by Billy Joel, Chuck Berry, and The Who’s Pete Townshend among others

[Wed] CMT Music Awards (Nashville TN)
[Wed] World Oceans Day
[Thurs] Bonnaroo Festival begins (Manchester TN)
[Thurs] Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction (NYC)
[Fri] “The Conjuring 2”; “Now You See Me 2”; “Warcraft” open in movie theaters
This Week Is … Business Etiquette Week
This Month Is … Adopt a Shelter Cat Month


✓ Made pretty much anything into a snack.
✓ Accidentally eaten a bit of food packaging along with your food.
✓ Cooked a bunch of random ingredients because you were hungry but didn’t have the right stuff for a more cohesive meal.
✓ Burnt the roof of your mouth eating food that was too hot because you couldn’t wait.
✓ Gone well out of your way to get something specific that you’re craving.
✓ Tactfully left gaps before going back for free food samples, in hope they don’t remember you.
✓ Thought about your next meal while still eating a meal.
✓ Gone to something only because you know there’s the best kind of food … free food.
✓ Gone to sleep purely because you know that when you wake up, you can have breakfast.
– Adapted from Buzzfeed.com

☎ If you could ‘un-invent’ one thing in the world so that it would no longer exist, what would you choose?

This year’s first-ever competitions in which activity are being judged on ‘speed and style’?
a. Bubble blowing.
b. Belching.
c. Gravedigging. [CORRECT. Last week 2-man teams of Hungarian gravediggers competed for a spot in the regional championship in Slovakia later this year. Speed is based on time taken to dig a regulation grave (usually 30+ minutes); style on the look of the grave mounds.]
– Newser.com

The best things in the world are free … and worth every penny.

Question: 50% of women admit to doing THIS to impress someone in the office.
Answer: Wearing red lipstick.

People who are all wrapped up in themselves are way overdressed.

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