Friday, May 12, 2017 Edition: #5973

100% ‘Grade A’ Bull!

★ Will he or won’t he?  We know American Idol is coming back for the Fall TV season, but will Ryan Seacrest return to host? According those who know, Seacrest is considered likely to return despite having taken a full-time gig in New York as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on Live!  But will he get the $15 million he made on Fox? Likely not. High talent costs led to the show’s initial demise. Pricey past judges Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez are said to be out. Agencies are pitching fresh judge talent, with sources saying that ABC is hopeful it can reveal a shiny new roster as soon as its May 16 presentation to ad buyers.
(I’m still holding out hope for the return of Kara DioGuardi….I hear she may be free!)
★  Shaquille O’Neal has revealed the he is seriously considering running for the office of sheriff in 2020 to mend the broken relationship between police and the black community.  He says it isn’t about politics as much as something that he has always wanted to do.  He didn’t specify where he would run, but Shaq holds residency in both Florida and Georgia.  Experience?  O’Neal is already an honorary deputy in Georgia and has been a reserve police officer in L.A., Florida and Arizona.
★ Christopher ‘Big Black’ Boykin’s heart was in terrible condition for days before his death — so bad, in fact, doctors feared he’d eventually need a heart transplant.  Boykin’s ex-wife, Shannon Turley, says that he was hospitalized for several days prior to his death.  The reality television personality died of a suspected heart attack at 45.  He starred in the hit MTV show ‘Rob And Big’ for three seasons ending in 2008.  Before he was a TV star, Boykin served in the U.S. Navy. He’s survived by his 9-year-old daughter Isis.
-Daily Mail
★ Lena Dunham has opened up about her health scare at last week’s Met Gala, during which she was rushed to the hospital. Dunham has been open about her health issues in the past and wrote:  “I wore a massive gingham gown like some endometriosis-battling Scarlett O’Hara. I went straight from a women’s room full of supermodels and wearable art to the hospital. I was there for four days.”  She also called the American Health Care Act “unjust and willfully savage.”
★ ‘Games of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage is set to play Herve Villechaize in an upcoming movie about the Fantasy Island star.  HBO has green-lighted a movie about the late actor who played Tattoo in the 80s show. “My Dinner with Herve” will also feature Jamie Dornan, who will play a journalist who comes into the actor’s life.  Villechaize’s shout of “The plane, the plane!” greeted arriving guests in the 1977-83 TV series “Fantasy Island.”
-Toronto Sun

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global):  Dr. Mehmet Oz, Shaun White, Kings of Leon (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): (Derek Jeter, Katherine Langford, Father John Misty)
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global):  Tracy Morgan, Timothy Simons, Dan Auerbach
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV):  Aidy Bryant, Ian McShane, RaeLynn, Lucius (R)
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Josh Gad, Judy Greer, Maggie Rogers (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Day of Hot Topics
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV):  Aziz Ansari
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV):  Chris Pratt
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Sarah Michelle Gellar, Horizon Guardiola
• “The Real” (FOX):  Gabourey Sidibe, guest co-host Kelly Osbourne
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo):  Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tituss Burgess
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC/Global): Host Melissa McCarthy; HAIM performs.
• “2017 Miss USA” (FOX): Contestants vie for the crown in the 66th annual competition.

• Calvin Harris – the EDM superstar  will release his fifth album next month. ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1′ , his first full-length since 2014’s ‘Motion’ drops June 30.  The album’s extensive roster of guests include Katy Perry, Future, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, John Legend, Big Sean, Travis Scott and Khalid.
• U2 – They’ve clearly found what they’re looking for in Vancouver.  U2 has drawn plenty of local attention with a return to the city for the launch of the 30th anniversary “Joshua Tree” tour  tonight.  It’s the second time they’ve picked Vancouver as the starting mark for a tour — it was almost exactly two years ago that they kicked off support for the album “Songs of Innocence” in the B.C. city.  Bono says: “We always had a thing with Canada in general, but Vancouver has been very, very welcoming of us at a time when we we’re very fragile.”
• Harry Styles – channels the Beatles with new song ‘Carolina’.  A few days after the album drops on May 12, Apple Music will release a documentary titled ‘Harry Styles: Behind the Album’. The film includes interviews with Styles himself and footage from his time working on the collection in Jamaica and at Abbey Road.
• Niall Horan – has been confirmed to appear on the 2017 iHeart Radio Much Music Video Awards, alongside Arkells, KJ Apa, Lauren Cohan, Lilly Singh, Nikki Bella, and Post Malone.  The awards show is June 18.
• Imagine Dragons – had two big announcements this week. They revealed that they will be releasing their new studio album in June and will launch a North American tour in September.  The new album will be titled “Evolve” and is set to hit stores on June 23rd.
• Tupac – an authorized documentary is set to be released next month.  “All Eyez on Me” was directed by Steve McQueen of ‘12 Years a Slave’ fame.
• Stone Temple Pilots – may have found their new lead singer, replacing the late Scott Weiland and interim frontman Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). As for who has taken Weiland’s place, All we know is “STP will reveal it in their own time,” according to band friend and the former guitarist of Filter, Geno Lenardo.
• Brett Eldredge –  will release a self-titled disc on Aug. 4.  The album will feature his latest single “Somethin’ I’m Good At.”
• Sturgill Simpson – is the leading nominee for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards with 3. Simpson was nominated for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth” and Song of the Year for “All Around You.”

• “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” (PG-13, Action/Adventure) Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. (Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou)
• “Snatched” (R-Rated, Adventure/Comedy) When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.  (Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Kim Caramele, Raven Goodwin)
• “The Wall” (R-Rated, Drama/Suspense) Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.  (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli)
• “Lowriders” (PG-13, Drama) A young street artist in East Los Angeles is caught between his father’s obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression. (Gabriel Chavarria, Demián Bichir, Theo Rossi, Tony Revolori)

Some people travel to experience the food, museums, and architecture of a different culture. For others, checking out the local bar scene is the most important item on their agendas. If your vacation plans tend to revolve around beer and where to drink it, this is for you!  Here are the best and worst standard beer prices per pint at bars from a survey of 47 major cities worldwide:

✓ Prague, Czech Republic –  U.S. $1.30
✓Johannesburg, South Africa –  $1.70
✓ Lisbon, Portugal –  $2.00
✓ Cape Town, Manila, Warsaw, and Mexico City –  all less than $3.00

Most Expensive:

✓ Oslo, Norway –  $9.90.
✓ Singapore –  $9.00
✓ Hong Kong – $7.70
✓ New York City –  $7.40
✓ Boston, MA – $7.20

($7.20 in Boston? I guess they didn’t check prices at Fenway!)
(This is why my travel drinking consists of picking up a 6-pack and drinking it in my hotel room!)

Most people probably think of Twitter as just another social media platform where you can chat with strangers, read the news, and, of course, find memes to send your friends.  But now, thanks to new dating app Loveflutter, your Twitter activity could help you meet a romantic partner.
Loveflutter takes your 10 most recent tweets and displays them on your profile, along with all your ‘normal’ info, like your place of work, education, etc., and the app has a unique, Twitter-inspired feature that makes swiping more entertaining: each user has a 140-character fact that’s displayed over a blurry version of their profile picture (simply tap it to un-blur) — so the goal is that you’re swiping based on looks and personality.  Once you find a match, the app can also supply you with date ideas or places to meet.  It also helps locate potential matches who are nearby.
(No matches here, I’ll just keep walking…that’s 13 miles today…)
(This sounds perfect for me.  I’ve never quite been able to get a handle on Twitter….or dating.)

Your parents raised you, so they must know what they are doing when you leave your kids with them, right?  That may not necessarily be the case, according to the results of a questionnaire put to 636 grandparents about how best to look after children.    More than two-thirds said cuts heal better without a bandage, even though covering a wound keeps out harmful bacteria. Another 44% believed ice baths could reduce high fevers, when they actually pose a dangerous hypothermia risk.  Most worryingly, nearly a quarter didn’t know infants should sleep on their backs. But don’t blame your parents and tell them that it is a wonder you were able to survive childhood.  The study’s lead author says that childcare advice has changed over the years as new information has become available, and Grandma and Grandpa may still be working with the advice that they got from their parents and grandparents a number of generations ago.
(So should I bring this up with Ma over brunch on Mother’s Day?)

• There are 2 billion mothers in the world.
• There are 4.3 babies born each second.
• The average age of new moms is 25, vs. 21 in 1970.
• A Russian woman gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.
• An Italian woman gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in 1994.
• An Italian woman gave birth to a 22 lb 8 oz boy in 1955.
• 40% of college students rank their mom as the most important and influential person they’ve ever known.
• Perfume is one of the most popular gifts given on Mother’s Day.


1955 [62] (Leon) Kix Brooks, Shreveport LA, country singer (Brooks & Dunn- “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”, “My Maria”)
1959 [58] Ving Rhames, NYC, movie actor (“Mission: Impossible” films, “Pulp Fiction”)
1962 [55] Emilio Estevez, Staten Island, NY, movie actor (“Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, The Mighty Ducks movies)
1968 [49] Tony Hawk, Carlsbad, CA, Skateboarder ( became a star for redefining vertical skateboarding, founding Birdhouse, and launching a successful video game series.)
1978 [39] Malin Akerman, Stockholm, Sweden [raised Niagara-On-the-Lake ON], TV actress (‘Lara Axelrod’ on “Billions” 2016)/movie actress (“Rock of Ages”)
1986 [31] Emily VanCamp, Port Perry ON, movie actress (“Captain America: Civil War”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)/TV actress (“Revenge” 2011-15)
Grammy award winner Stevie Wonder is 67; TV Host Stephen Colbert (“Late Show”) is 53; Country singer Darius Rucker (“Wagon Wheel”) is 51; Actress Lena Dunham (“Girls”) is 31; movie actor Rob Pattinson (“Twilight Saga”) is 31
Movie producer George Lucas (“Star Wars”) is 73 Movie actress Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) is 48 Pop singer Danny Wood (New Kids On the Block) is 48 Movie director Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) is 46; Billionaire tech CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) is 33.

•  “Canadian Tulip Festival” through May 22nd in Canada’s Capital Region of Ottawa-Gatineau. The world’s largest tulip festival is thanks to a gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs from Dutch Princess (later Queen) Juliana in 1945 as thanks for providing her a home during WW2.
•  “International Nurses Day”, a highlight of “Nursing Week” that commemorates the 1820 birth date of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Here’s to you, RNs!
• “Limerick Day”, celebrating the 1812 birthday of Edward Lear, author of the first collection of limericks, “The Book of Nonsense”. You’ll find some ‘Loony Limericks’ here …
• “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day”, promoting awareness of the syndrome officially known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ‘M-E’. Today is also “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day”, a similar malady that can cause debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.

• “Animal Disaster Preparedness Day”, to help pet families create a disaster plan that includes their pets.
• “Apple Pie Day”, The first apple pie recipe printed was in England in 1381.  The list of ingredients included good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron and cofyn (a type of pastry crust).
“Mother’s Day” in some 60 countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, New Zealand, Turkey, and the USA. The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at a church in Grafton, West Virginia.   More North Americans eat out on “Mothers Day” than any other special occasion. (No reservations? Forget it.)
• “Dance Like A Chicken Day”, for those who like to do the “Chicken Dance”. All ‘ya gotta do is dance like a chicken. Oh, and lose your dignity.

2008 [09] NBC-TV announces Jimmy Fallon will succeed Conan O’Brien as host of “Late Night”

2008 [09] Singer-songwriter Neil Young has a spider named for him after biologist Jason Bond decides to call his recently discovered species ‘Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi’

2013 [04] Using ropes, hammers and chisels, thieves break into a storeroom and steal more than 1 million rand ($66,000) in takings after a Justin Bieber concert at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa



▸ You have the ability to hear a sneeze through closed doors in the middle of the night, two bedrooms away, while your husband snores next to you.
▸ You think of physical pain on three levels: pain, excruciating pain and stepping on a Lego.
▸ You realize you’ve been watching Nick Jr. alone, even though your kids have been in bed for over 30 minutes.
▸ Peeing with an audience is part of the daily routine.
▸ You have a secret chocolate stash because frankly, you’re sick of sharing.
▸ You’ve been washing the same load of laundry for three days because you forgot to dry it.
▸ By the end of the day, brushing your teeth feels like a huge accomplishment.

My Mom has gossip dyslexia.  She talks in front of people’s backs.

☎What embarrassing nickname did your Mother have for you when you were young?

Question: On average, people stop doing THIS at age 33. What is it?
Answer: Having birthday parties

Worry is a misuse of imagination.

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