Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – Edition: #5937

Have Another Sheetload!

★ Today Haim Saban, the brains behind the “Power Rangers”, is to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His buddies David Foster and Simon Cowell are saluting the Egyptian native who launched the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in 1993. Saban’s star is the 2,605th to be unveiled on the Walk of Fame. The latest bigscreen version of “Power Rangers” opens in movie theaters this Friday.
★ Tom Cruise has been training for a “Mission: Impossible 6” sequence for a year, according to writer-director Christopher McQuarrie. It’s said to be the biggest stunt Cruise has ever done, bigger than hanging from the world’s tallest building (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) or dangling outside an airplane while it takes off (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”). Filming on the new sequel co-starring Henry Cavill begins April 10th, shooting in Paris, London, and New Zealand.
★ Colin Farrell has been lined up to play FOX News correspondent & political commentator Oliver North in an upcoming Amazon TV miniseries. The untitled project focuses on the so-called ‘Iran-Contra Affair’, a scandal during US president Ronald Reagan’s administration in the mid-1980s. Amazon is currently awaiting scripts before officially greenlighting the show. It would be Farrell’s first foray into TV since appearing on Season 2 of “True Detective” in 2015.
★ And Disney World hasn’t been paying all its employees minimum wage, a labor investigation has found. Theme park employees who play ‘Mickey’ and other Disney characters have had a ‘uniform or costume expense’ deducted from their pay, causing some to earn less than the minimum. Disney World has also required employees to perform duties before and after their shifts for which they’ve not been compensated. To make amends Disney has reportedly agreed to pay out $3.8 million in back wages to 16,339 of its employees.
– “Christian Science Monitor”

• “Harry” (syndicated) – Keith Urban (“Ripcord”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Imagine Dragons perform “Believer” from their TBA new album.
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – The Buttertones (“Gravedigging”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Aquilo (“Silhouettes”).
• “Shots Fired” (FOX/City) – Series debut of a new legal drama that takes place in a North Carolina town rocked by 2 shootings. Stars Sanaa Lathan and Stephan James.
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Dutch DJ Martin Garrix with Brit singer Dua Lipa (“Scared to Be Lonely”).
• “Wendy Williams” (syndicated) – Rick Ross (“Rather You Than Me”).

• Blink-182 – Tonight they begin a Spring tour in Austin TX that runs though May 9th in New Orleans LA. The Naked & Famous and Wavves open various dates throughout.
• Drake – His new project, “More Life”, has racked up 89.9 million streams in its 1st day on Apple Music, giving him a new world record for streams in a 24-hour period. On Spotify, the album totaled 61.3 million global streams, smashing the previous record of 56.7 million, held by Ed Sheeran’s recently released “Divide” (“÷”).
• Ed Sheeran – James Blunt has been named the opener for Sheeran’s upcoming tour of North America. The first 49 shows of the tour sold out in mere minutes over the weekend, so new dates are being added that go on sale this Friday.
• Nicki Minaj – She now has more ‘Billboard Hot 100’ hits than any other female artist. The 34-year-old has overtaken Aretha Franklin’s record of most career tracks in the history of the singles chart. Minaj now has a total of 76 mentions, 3 more than the ‘Queen of Soul’.
• One Direction – BBC Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw has revealed that his pal Harry Styles has recently recorded his debut solo album in Jamaica.
• Selena Gomez – She’s reportedly set to launch a jewelry line. According to the 24-year-old has filed legal documents to allow her to market the range of accessories under her own name.
• Spice Girls – Mel B is divorcing Stephen Belafonte, her husband of almost 10 years, citing irreconcilable differences. Legal documents say the couple separated at the end of December.
• Spoon – They kick off their 2017 world tour in support of the new album “Hot Thoughts” this Thursday in Sydney, Australia. They’re already expanding the North American leg of the schedule, adding a series of new dates in July, August, and September.
• Tim McGraw / Faith Hill – The country couple are releasing their first-ever joint album later this year. The 1st single from the project, “Speak To a Girl” is out tomorrow afternoon (Thursday).

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 78% of drivers say they’d be afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle.
• 42% of ‘constant phone checkers’ say discussions on social media cause them stress.
• 30% of us haven’t tried on a bathing suit (even once) in the last 5 years.
• 14% of people say they are addicted to eating cucumbers.
• 12% of people say the smell of clean sheets makes them happy.
• 10% of women claim they would give up their best friend if it meant they would never gain another pound.

A speech pathologist offers tips for fans who scream themselves speechless watching March Madness …
● Drink cranberry juice with a twist of lemon.
● Turn on a humidifier if watching at home.
● Avoid positions where you have to crane your neck to watch.
(And another way to save your voice … only cheer for Villanova.)
– PA News

• In 1825 visiting French general Marquis de Lafayette kept his pet alligator in the East Room.
• George Washington liked to be served Cream of Peanut soup.
• When Andrew Jackson received a 1,400-lb cheese as a gift, he put it in the Entrance Hall and invited the public to sample. People stormed the White House, demolishing the cheese and mashing it into the carpet.
• Dwight Eisenhower had cookouts on the White House roof, where he broiled steaks on a grill.
• Lyndon Johnson often asked for deer sausage, and he insisted his salad be chopped fine enough to eat with a spoon.
(All of this makes Donald Trump’s demand that his steak be overcooked to the texture of a wallet seem fairly normal.)
– “Disney Adventures”

Happiness stems from all aspects of life, from employment to health to friendships. A few findings about what inspires happiness worldwide …
✓ Self-employed people have higher overall life evaluations.
✓ People are happier when they maintain their social life throughout the work-week.
✓ People who have partners, solid relationships with extended family, or simply someone to count on are much happier than those who do not.
✓ Family, childhood, and schooling influence happiness later in life.
✓ Income is more important for happiness than education.
✓ But it’s not all about money. Social status at work, social relationships in the workplace, daily work structure, and goal-setting also play major roles in determining happiness levels.
✓ Unemployment is scarring. Even after people find another job, the unhappy feelings they’ve experienced while unemployed linger.

Cutting-edge vocab …
• Askhole – Someone who asks too many stupid, pointless, or obnoxious questions.
• Beerboarding – Extracting secret information from a colleague by getting them drunk.
• Chiptease – Buying a bag of potato chips that seems to be full of chips, but it turns out it is mostly air.
• Dudevorce – When two bro’s officially end their friendship.
• Internest – A cocoon of blankets and pillows gathered around yourself while spending long periods of time online.
• Mantrum – Childish rage displayed by a grown man when he does not get his way.
– Adapted from

• There are 277 women on “Forbes” new list of the world’s billionaires, up from 202 last year. 56 of them are self-made billionaires.
– “New York Daily News”
• B vitamins may have a protective effect against air pollution.
– BBC Science
• Having children adds up to 2 years to your life on average.
– “The Telegraph”


1931 [86] William Shatner, Montréal QC, TV actor (“Boston Legal” 2004-08, “Star Trek” 1966-69)/movie actor (“Malevolent”, “Miss Congeniality”)

1948 [69] (Sir) Andrew Lloyd Webber, London UK, music composer/stage producer (Tony Awards for “Phantom Of the Opera” and “Cats”, Tony & Academy Awards for “Evita”)

1948 [69] Wolf Blitzer, Augsberg, Germany, CNN news anchor since 1990 (“The Situation Room”, “Wolf”)

1952 [65] Bob Costas, Queens NY, NBC-TV sports anchor since 1980 (“Football Night in America”, Olympic Games)/multiple Emmy Award-winner

1976 [41] Reese Witherspoon, New Orleans LA, movie actress (“Wild”, Oscar-“Walk the Line”)

1982 [35] Constance Wu, Richmond VA, TV actress (‘Jessica Huang’ on “Fresh Off the Boat” since 2015)

1989 [28] JJ (Justin James) Watt, Waukesha WI, 6′-5″ NFL Defensive End (Houston Texans since 2011)/3-time NFL Defensive Player Of the Year

1990 [27] Lincoln Parish, Bowling Green KY, rock guitarist (Cage The Elephant-“Shake Me Down”, “In One Ear”)

• “As Young As You Feel Day”, a day to quit wallowing in worry about your chronological age and start feeling peppy.

• “International Goof-Off Day”, a day to relax, be yourself, and generally just goof off. In other words … a regular day.

• “Sing-Out Day”, a day to let fly with a special tune to let someone know how you feel.

• “World Water Day”, a UN observance since 1992 emphasizing the worldwide necessity of potable drinking water and proper wastewater treatment.

2003 [14] Britney Spears’ girl-power flick “Crossroads” earns 8 nominations at the 23rd Golden Raspberry Awards for the year’s worst movies (she co-wins ‘Worst Actress’ with Madonna for “Swept Away”)

2016 [01] 64th mayor of Toronto ON, the entertaining crack-smoking Rob Ford, dies of cancer at age 46

2009 [08] Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” becomes a #1 hit in over 20 countries

2013 [04] My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years

1997 [20] USA’s Tara Lipinski becomes ‘Youngest Women’s World Figure Skating Champion’ at age 14 years, 10 months

[Thurs] Puppy Day
[Thurs] Tamale Day
[Thurs] Near Miss Day
[Thurs] World Meteorological Day
[Fri] “CHiPs”; “Life”; “Power Rangers” open in movie theaters
[Fri] Red Nose Day (UK)
This Week Is … Bubble Blowers Week
This Month Is … Caffeine Awareness Month


• Donald Duck – Served as a main course at Epcot’s China Pavilion.
• Goofy – Assassinated during first term as US president.
• Pluto – Corralled by dogcatchers, put to sleep after he wasn’t claimed.
• Scrooge McDuck – Died in extreme poverty after a tax audit.
• Chip & Dale – Extracted from Melissa McCarthy’s colon.
• Mickey Mouse – Died of STD after visiting prostitutes because Minnie said ‘No’ for 50 years.
• Snow White – Fell for the old apple trick again.
• Dumbo – Sucked into the engine of a 777.
• Mary Poppins – Shot down over Turkish airspace.
• Sleeping Beauty – Slept until 2016, contracted Zika virus from Prince Charming.
• Tinkerbell – Caught in a jar by some kid who forgot to punch holes in the lid.
• Bambi – Shot by an NRA member with an AK-47.
• Aladdin – Caught stealing, now being traded nightly at Leavenworth for a pack of menthols.

I grew up in a town so small that the female impersonators were all women.

• A mole can dig a tunnel 300-feet-long in just 1 night. [True]
• Peanuts were one of the ingredients in the original dynamite. [True. Peanut oil was used to produce glycerol, an ingredient in nitroglycerin.]
• Bulls are angered by the color red. [BS. They are color blind.]
• Slugs have 4 noses. [True. If you see one sneeze you’ll need to hand it several tissues.]
• Your hair and nails continue to grow after death. [BS. The skin around these areas begins to lose water and shrink, giving the illusion of continued growth.]
• The world’s best tube socks are sold by Norwegian vendors standing at intersections in Hong Kong. [Um, BS]
• Heinz ketchup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles per year. [True]
• Armadillos can be housebroken. [True]
• Goldfish have short memories. [BS. In reality, they have a memory span of up to 3 months.]
• Thomas Edison first had the idea for the selfie stick but couldn’t get past the patent paperwork. [BS]

☎ Have listeners call in and sing old commercial jingles. You’ll be surprised by what they remember!

Question: Of all the fears people have, a fear of snakes is the most common followed by THIS.
Answer: Public speaking.

Know your own worth. Then everyone else will know too.

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