Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Edition: #5922

Deja Moo!

★ This morning the full cast for the 24th season of ABC-TV’s “Dancing With the Stars” is being announced on “Good Morning America”. Here’s what we know so far: the new ‘celeb’ roster includes Heather Morris (“Glee”), Erika Girardi (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), 65-year-old actress/comedian Charo, “Saturday Night Live” alum Chris Kattan, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, former “A-Team” star Mr T, professional bull rider/model Bonner Bolton, and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei. Season 24 premieres March 20th. (Not sure what else “GMA” can possibly tell us.)
★ 51-year-old JK Rowling has teased the script for the sequel to “Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them”. The “Harry Potter” author has taken to Twitter with what looks to be a script inscribed ”written by JK Rowling”. She’s further whipped fans into a frenzy by captioning the image: ”Having a Beastly day.” Not much is known about the 2nd film installment except that Johnny Depp is playing dark wizard ‘Gellert Grindelwald’. Shooting on the project begins in London and Paris this August with an opening scheduled for November 2018. (Have we reached JK overkill yet?)
★ Today Danielle Bregoli (aka the ‘Cash Me Ousside’ girl) is visiting Hollywood CA to meet with reality TV show producers. Danielle’s managers have apparently been contacted by 7 production companies and are taking meetings to check out possibilities. 4 of the companies are interested in doing a reality show with Danielle and her mom. The 13-year-old has also been getting other offers – big bucks to show up at bars – where everyone else has to be 21. Her claim to fame? Challenging the laughing audience on “Dr Phil” to a fight by saying “Cash me ousside” (“Catch me outside”) last September. (Kid, your 15 minutes are just about up.)

• “Ellen” (syndicated/CTV2) – Little Big Town (“The Breaker”).
• “Harry” (syndicated) – Music producer Timbaland (“The Emperor of Sound: A Memoir”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Tuxedo (“Man About Town”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – TSOL (“The Trigger Complex”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Panic! At the Disco (“Death Of a Bachelor”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Depeche Mode (“Spirit”, out March 17th).

• Brett Young – Tonight he’s playing a bucket-list venue for any performing artist … NYC’s Madison Square Garden, as part of Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights Tour”.
• fun. – Nate Ruess (35) & designer-wife Charlotte Ronson (39) have become first-time parents, welcoming son Levon Ronson-Ruess earlier this month. Charlotte’s siblings, producer Mark Ronson and DJ Samantha Ronson, are said to be thrilled with the new arrival.
• John Legend – He’s lined up to be the mentor for Adam Levine’s team on this season of “The Voice” (NBC).
• Metallica – Tonight their “Worldwired Tour” begins in Mexico City, Mexico. Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, and Gojira are opening select shows during the tour.
• TLC – Their fan-funded album is set to be released this Summer. The girl group, now consisting of Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, created a Kickstarter campaign in January 2015 to fund the new recording, their first since 2002.
• 2 Chainz – The rapper has hired new managers after his new restaurant in Atlanta GA failed a health inspection. Mold growing inside the ice machine, lack of proper food storage, and undercooked meat earned his Escobar Restaurant & Tapas an ‘unsatisfactory’ grade.
• U2 – They’re being sued for allegedly stealing elements of a song by Brit singer-songwriter Paul Rose on their single “The Fly”. The tune went to #1 in the UK in 1991 as lead single from the album “Achtung Baby”. It seems Rose has just noticed it resembles his track “Nae Slappin”. He wants $5 million in damages, a songwriting credit, and his legal fees paid.

Smarter teens are twice as likely to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol than their classmates, new research out of Britain shows, but they’re far less likely to smoke cigarettes. London researchers who tracked pot, booze, and tobacco use among 6,000 young Brits aged 11-to-20 report there are some differences among age groups. During their early years, clever kids are less likely to smoke cigarettes but more inclined to drink. By their late teens, the smart set is 50% more likely to sample pot or use it regularly. Ditto for drinking alcohol. The researchers speculate that brainy kids may be more curious about new experiences and winning acceptance from adults. High-scoring kids are also more likely to come from more affluent families with access to alcohol and parental warnings against tobacco use.

A poll of more than 2,000 people finds that most of them think the following factors are most likely to enhance their happiness, listed in order of priority …
5. More traveling.
4. More time with friends.
3. Continued (or better) health.
2. Earning double what they do now.
1. More time with family.
– Ipsos MORI Research

Nearly half of Millennials fear their addiction to social media is having a negative effect on their mental and physical health. A new survey by the American Psychological Association has found about 90% of people aged 18-to-29 are using social media, up from just 12% in 2005. About half (48%) of those polled are concerned about how much time they spend on social media and worry about the negative effects on their physical and mental health. But while young users fear social media is making them ill, they say they still can’t stop. More than a decade after the emergence of smartphones, Facebook, and Twitter, a profile is emerging of the ‘constant checker’, someone so attached to their gadgets they are constantly checking texts, emails, and social media accounts. This group registers stress levels that are 20% higher than average.
– “The Independent”

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Conversational Commerce’ – Retail companies that use messaging, digital assistants, chat apps, or Q&A dialogue to make it possible for consumers to simply ask for what they need.
• ‘Filter Bubble’ – The media sources (whether Facebook, favorite news sites, or preferred TV channels) that reinforce an individual’s viewpoint, thereby not exposing them to any other views.
• ‘Iceberg Home’ – A home where what is seen at ground level is only a small part of the structure, with the rest being underground.

Insomniacs are fueling the popularity of YouTube videos that feature what’s called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It seems many find that ASMR causes them to drift away into la la land. People may have different triggers – whispering, light touches on the face, hair brushing, etc – but the end result is a tingling sensation that can be so calming it initiates sleep. And since the term ASMR was coined back in 2010, there’s become a burgeoning sub-genre of ASMR videos on YouTube, some that get millions of views and lead to sizable sums for their creators. One of the most popular is the channel ‘Gentle Whispering ASMR’, which has more than 880,000 subscribers. (Careful, you may drift off listening to this …)

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 60% of workers say the most annoying workplace behavior is ‘office gossip’.
• 39% of households have chopsticks tucked away somewhere in the kitchen.
• 33% of kids who get an allowance earn it by scooping pet poop.
• 32% of women who’ve had their hair cut short say they regret doing it.
• 25% of us only say “I love you” because we know our partners will be annoyed if we don’t.
• 10% of cellphone users admit to taking a call during ‘intimacy’.

Donald Trump owns the domain name


1944 [73] Roger Daltrey, London UK, classic rock singer (The Who-“Who Are You”, “I Can See for Miles”)

1954 [63] Ron Howard, Duncan OK, movie director (“Frost/Nixon”, “A Beautiful Mind”)/movie & TV producer (“Arrested Development”)/former TV actor (“Happy Days” 1974-84)

1967 [50] George Eads, Fort Worth TX, TV actor (‘Jack Dalton’ on “MacGyver” since 2016, “CSI” 2000-15)

1969 [48] Javier Bardem, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, movie actor (“Skyfall”, “No Country for Old Men”) COMING UP: “Pirates Of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge” May 26th; “Escobar” 2017.

1973 [44] Ryan Peake, Brooks AB, rock guitarist (Nickelback-“Photograph”, “How You Remind Me”)

1983 [34] Lupita Nyong’o, Mexico City, Mexico, movie actress (“Queen of Katwe”, “12 Years a Slave”) COMING UP: “Black Panther” 2018.

1987 [30] Kesha (Sebert), LA CA, pop singer (“We R Who We R”, “Tik Tok”)

1994 [23] Justin Bieber, Stratford ON, pop music singer (“Love Yourself”, “Baby”)

• “Ash Wednesday”, the beginning of “Lent” that includes the 40 weekdays and 6 Sundays leading up to “Easter”. Traditionally, it’s a time to give up an indulgence as a form of penance. Maybe some people could consider giving up Twitter?

• “Chalandamarz” in Switzerland, when they drive away Winter by ringing bells and cracking whips. Let’s try that and see if it works! [SFX].

• “Horse Protection Day”, to raise awareness about the abuse, neglect, homelessness, and slaughter of horses and to promote adoption events to help unwanted horses find a home.

• “Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day”, a good day to have phone contestants try a tongue twister with a mouthful of smooth or crunchy.

• “Pig Day”, honoring the ‘most intelligent and useful of domesticated animals’. Studies show pigs are much smarter than horses (… but harder to ride).

• “Plan a Solo Vacation Day”, to inspire singles to spice up their lives by checking out solo travel options. What’s the biggest thing that would dissuade you from traveling on your own?

• “Refired, Not Retired Day”, a day for those who’ve left the workforce to reinvigorate themselves with new interests and goals.

• “St David’s Day” in Wales. The Welsh celebrate their patron saint by taking a leek … and wearing it.

• “Self-Injury Awareness Day”, a grassroots global event in which several organizations make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury. Some wear an orange awareness ribbon, write ‘Love’ on their arms, or draw a butterfly on their wrists in observance.

• “Stop Bad Service Day”, observed on the 1st Wednesday of March to honor companies that foster loyalty by providing top-notch service. Ask listeners for stories of unusual and exceptional customer service. If it turns out to involve a sponsor … all the better!

• “World Compliment Day”, billed as the most positive day of the year. There is an art to it, though. A true compliment must be genuine, or the receiver will see through it. As importantly, the receiver must accept the compliment with a heartfelt “Thank-you!”

• “Zero Discrimination Day”, an annual worldwide event that promotes diversity and recognizes that everyone counts.

2010 [07] After a failed primetime experiment, Jay Leno returns as host of NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show” (thereby bumping off Conan O’Brien, who later ends up at TBS)

2012 [05] On Justin Bieber’s 18th birthday, he appears on “The Ellen Degeneres Show”, where his manager presents him with a Fisker Karma luxury electric car worth about $100,000

1969 [48] Britain’s Prince Charles is officially invested ‘Prince of Wales’ (starting to seem like a lifetime appointment, isn’t it?)

2006 [11] English-language version of Wikipedia reaches its 1 millionth article

2012 [05] The Euro zone experiences the highest unemployment in its history, at 10.7%

[Thurs] Dr Seuss Day
[Thurs] World Book Day
[Fri] “Logan”; “The Shack” open in movie theaters
[Fri] International Ear Care Day
[Fri] Employee Appreciation Day
[Fri] Day of Unplugging
This Week Is … Eating Disorders Awareness Week
This Month Is … International Boost Self-Esteem Month


• The price of syrup doubled.
• Whenever you shook hands your palms got stuck.
• There are some strange-lookin’ Frisbees in the schoolyard this morning.
• Aunt Jemima has just made “Fortune” magazine’s top 10.
• It was the only day of the year you heard someone actually use the word ‘shrove’.

You can listen to how long the thunder is delayed after you see lightning to figure out how close you came to getting hit. If you don’t hear it … you got hit.

• In which country are Panama hats made? [Ecuador.]
• From which animal do we get catgut? [Sheep.]
• Where do Chinese gooseberries come from? [They’re fruits grown in New Zealand.]
• What kind of creatures were the Canary Islands named after? [A breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae Insulae … ‘Islands of Dogs’.]
• What is a camel hair brush made of? [It is usually made of squirrel’s hair.]
• What color is a purple finch? [The distinctively colored parts are red.]
– “The People’s Almanac”

☎ How would you define success?

Question: The average woman owns 3 of THESE by the time she turns 35.
Answer: Bridesmaid dresses.

Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.

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