Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Edition: #5976

The BS Press!

★ It looks as though Brad Pitt is leaning toward spending most of his future behind the camera rather than in front of it.  He says that as he gets older, he finds himself gravitating more toward the producing side.  Through his production company ‘Plan B’, Pitt was behind two of the last three best-picture winners (“Moonlight,” ”12 Years a Slave“) as well as other acclaimed releases like James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’.  Although Pitt has numerous acting roles in his immediate future, he says that starring in films takes him away from his family, and these days he would prefer to have more balance to his schedule.
(Women of the world are planning the online petition right now!)
★ ‘Sin City’ actor Booth Powers, who died on Sunday at 68,  was famous for his roles in westerns such as ‘Tombstone’ and the HBO TV series ‘Deadwood’ was also famous for a non-acting role.  Powers made an appearance during the 1987 Celebrity Golf Challenge for Charity where he made the current long drive record for celebrities of 490 yards. For his effort, Boothe was awarded the prestigious ‘Golden Pumpkin’ award.
-Jam.canoe, Filmreference
★ Nobody crosses Chrissy Teigen — not even her own husband.  As payback for John Legend dancing with a female fan during his recent concert in Miami, the 31-year-old Sports Illustrated model got a little lower-back ink… temporary ink, that is. The ‘Lip Sync Battle’ co-host recruited a stranger named Eddie to join her on the temporary tattoo excursion. What did the tattoo say? “It’s a prank bruh.”
★ Miriam Margolyes says the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise is over for her.  The 75-year-old actress portrayed Professor Sprout in the films about the boy wizard and insists she has no interest in the franchise anymore and that J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne’s ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ play isn’t her ”kind of theatre”.
★ ‘Almost Famous’ actor Billy Crudup says his teenage son won’t be seeing his new movie ‘Alien: Covenant’ because the first film terrified him when he was younger.  While peppering his speech with a few f-bombs for emphasis, 48-year-old Crudup said that Alien: Covenant’ is a disturbing movie, and so was the original.  He saw the first ‘Alien’ movie when he was 11 years old and says he’ll “never forget that thing coming out of John Hurt’s chest”.  ‘

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Bryan Cranston, Kelly Rohrbach, Paramore, Hunter Hayes
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kerry Washington, Tim Tebow, David Crosby, Brendon Urie
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Julie Chen, Matt Walsh, David Ortiz
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Naomi Watts, Hank Azaria, BNQT, Mark Guiliana
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ewan McGregor, Billy Crudup, Harry Styles
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Joseph Fiennes, No Parents, Chris Shiflett, Eugene Mirman
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Susan Burton
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Wayne Brady, Gilbert Gottfried, Whitney Cummings
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): Mark Wahlberg, Elle Fanning, Judah & the Lion ( R )
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Tinsley Mortimer, Amber Tamblyn
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Seth Meyers
• “The Talk” (CBS): Ice Cube, Jaymes Vaughan
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Debra Messing, Gina Rodriguez
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Reese Witherspoon
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX): Jussie Smollett, Hilaria Baldwin
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Daphne Oz, Lisa Oz, Yara Shahidi, Colton Smith & Jack Steward
• “Survivor” (CBS/Global): “Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow” Six castaways remain after competing in a challenge that could be the key to their safety.
• “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (CBS): Season 2 finale
• “The Goldbergs” (ABC): Season 4 finale
• “Speechless” (ABC): Season 1 finale
• “Modern Family” (ABC): Season 8 finale
• “Designated Survivor” (ABC): Season 1 finale

• Frank Ocean – Thanks The Beatles for helping with his writer’s block.  Last year the 29-year-old rapper dropped ‘Blonde’, his first album in five years, and has admitted that the legendary British rock band inspired him to start  writing lyrics again after going through a period of feeling uninspired.
• Harry Styles – says he found writing his debut solo album ”therapeutic”.  The 23-year-old heartthrob says having just himself and an instrument in the room allowed him to process deeper thoughts and sit back and take in the experiences he has had following his time in one of the world’s biggest boybands.
• Led Zeppelin – The latest reunion rumor,  which was sparked by a claim they were in talks to play Desert Trip this year, hit a major snag with the announcement that the festival is not going to happen.  The rumor spread after a blog claimed anonymous “industry sources” told them Robert Plant had agreed to reunite with the legendary band at this year’s installment of the music festival.
• AC/DC – meantime, online video has surfaced of  AC/DC singer Brian Johnson making a surprise return to the stage on Sunday night along with Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant as special guests at a Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) concert in England.  They jammed out to the song ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’.  Johnson was forced to pull out of AC/DC’s world tour after being advised by doctors that he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued.
• Avril Lavigne – was trending on Twitter Sunday night as an old conspiracy theory started circulating on the 14th anniversary of her single “Complicated.” A Twitter user started it all with a lengthy tweet thread claiming that Lavigne killed herself in 2003 and her record label covered it up, replacing her with a body double named Melissa Vandella.
• Meat Loaf – says they found the perfect people for the “Bat Out of Hell” musical.  He says the stage show is as energetic as his concerts were in his prime.  He was in Toronto for a mini street concert featuring “Bat Out of Hell” stars Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington.
• Florida Georgia Line – will be performing at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards, with a very special guest: John Legend. Together, the country duo and the R&B singer-songwriter will sing FGL’s hit “H.O.L.Y.” and Legend’s newest single, “Surefire.”
• Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren are parents.  On Friday, Rhett and Lauren welcomed home their daughter Willa Gray Akins, whom they adopted from Uganda, Africa.  The proud parents say that after the year-long process, going to the airport to get Willa felt like “Christmas Day.”

Go ahead — have some cheese with your wine. It turns out that cheese may not be so bad for your health after all.  In fact, wine and cheese just might help make you fit and smart.  A new study challenges some of the health concerns around cheese and dairy: Mainly that they are fatty and lead to potential heart attacks or strokes. The researchers, using previous studies and data found on these dairy products, found cheese DOES NOT increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.  And as you may know, red wine, in moderation, can help your heart and your brain.  So wine and cheese may have just become an even better pairing.  The researchers point out that overdoing alcohol or cheese consumption still isn’t healthy, not least because of their calories, and not all people — or wine and cheese products — are equal.  When in doubt, the experts suggest you opt for the higher quality offerings of both products, and treat cheese as an accessory…it may make ‘the outfit’ but it shouldn’t be the staple.
(I would choose the high-quality cheese if I hadn’t already spent all my cash on wine!)
(I’ve always tried drink enough wine to nullify the bad effects of my cheese consumption…)
-NY Post

What are the best and worst words to describe yourself in your online dating profile?  ‘Confident’ and ‘honest’ ranked highly among both men and women who search for partners online.  But men and women who describe themselves as “happy” or “shy” on dating apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Happn, risk putting off potential matches, according to research.  Only 0.3 per cent of men and 0.4 per cent of women were turned on by a person who described themselves as “happy”.  Other positive terms to use?  “Humorous”, “intelligent”, “romance” and “affectionate” were also winners for both genders.  Researchers also found that people who seemed to brag about their appearance and their lives were see as less attractive and trustworthy.
(Ummm….how ‘bout ‘single’?  Did that one go over ok?)
(I wasn’t aware of the word ‘rhinotillexis’ until she posted it on her profile!)
(I’m not seeing “obsessive stuffed animal collector” anywhere here!)
(What  words do a man find attractive?  “Owns a liquor store” for one!)

With the advent this week of the term ‘Avocado-hand’ people are starting to realize the possibility of sustaining an injury, sometimes serious, from an avocado-cutting mishap.  Injuries related to the popular fruit are definitely on the rise, and some authorities aren’t even kidding when they say that they are considering making warning labels mandatory.  The problem seems to be the fact that an avocado has a hard shell and soft fruit and a hard pit which they misjudge and their knife skims off, cutting the hand or finger.  With that in mind, and as a public service, here is how to properly and safely cut an avocado:
• First, place it on a surface, like the kitchen counter, and not in your hand.
• Slice it gently long ways until you feel the pit.
• Spin the avocado around the blade of the knife, then give it a twist so it comes off in two halves.
• After the avocado is sliced in half, take the knife and give the pit a quick knock and twist the knife gently, the pit will then be removed.
• Use a spoon to scoop out the fruit.
(After applying a towel and pressure, of course)
(Why they put them in those shells, I’ll never know!)
-Inside Edition

• Cheddar cheese is only orange because it is dyed. In reality, its color changes according to the season and the diet fed to cows. Farmers initially started dying it to avoid these color fluctuations.
• Since the 1890s, most pencils have been painted yellow. This is because the best graphite came from China where yellow is the color of royalty. Pencil manufacturers chose it to show their product contained the high-quality Chinese product. And the color stuck.


1962 [55] Craig Ferguson, Glasgow, Scotland, stand-up comedian/TV host (“The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” 2005-14)/TV actor (“Drew Carey Show” 1996-2004)

1965 [52] Trent Reznor, Mercer PA, rock singer (Nine Inch Nails-“Every Day is Exactly the Same”)/film score composer (“The Social Network”, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”)

1970 [47] Jordan Knight, Worcester MA, former boy-band pop singer (New Kids On the Block-”Hangin’ Tough”)

1973 [44] Josh Homme, Joshua Tree CA, rock musician-songwriter (Queens Of the Stone Age-”No One Knows”)

1984 [33] Passenger (Michael Rosenberg), Brighton & Hove UK, indie singer-songwriter (“Let Her Go”)

1985 [32] Derek Hough, Salt Lake City UT, professional dancer (6-time champ on “Dancing With the Stars” since 2007) UP NEXT: Stars in the 2017 Broadway production of “Singin’ In the Rain”.

• “Pack Rat Day”, celebrating people who squirrel away all kinds of ‘stuff’. What’s the oddest thing you have that you refuse to throw away? (But I might need those old soup cans someday!)

• “World Hypertension Day”, an annual observance to highlight that stroke, heart, and kidney diseases caused by high blood pressure are preventable.

• “World Telecommunications Day”, a UN observance since 1969.

• “Cherry Cobbler Day”, is dedicated  to the delicious tart dessert that many enjoy with ice cream.

• “Walnut Day”,  to show recognition and promote awareness of the walnut.
Some Walnut Wack Facts:
• Walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date back to 10,000 BC!
• 99% of the commercial U.S. supply and 3/4 of the world trade of walnuts now come from California.
• Walnuts have always been considered important for their medicinal properties, including curing bad breath, reducing inflammation, and healing wounds.
• More recently the nutritional benefits of walnuts have become well-known, especially their omega-3 fatty acid content.
• The Greeks called walnuts karyon, meaning “head,” because the shell resembles a human skull and the walnut kernel itself looks like a brain!

2011 [06] The final episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is recorded in Chicago IL, with many celebrities attending (None of them were awarded a car!)

2015 [02] Taylor Swift receives 8 awards at the Billboard Music Awards; Pharrell Williams, Meghan Trainor, One Direction, and Sam Smith are also multiple winners

2004 [13] Massachusetts becomes the 1st US state to legalize same-sex marriage (today is celebrated as “Same Sex Marriage Day” in America)

2009 [08] Gonzales (former Feist collaborator) breaks Guinness World Record for ‘Longest Public Solo Performance’ by performing 300 consecutive songs over more than 27 straight hours in Paris, France

2011 [06] The oldest panda in the world, Ming Ming, dies at the age of 34 in Guangdong, China

[Thurs] Brown Bag It Day
[Thurs] International Museum Day
[Thurs] Hummus Day
[Fri] Endangered Species Day
[Fri] NASCAR Day


• If you can’t get your work done in the first 24 hours, work nights.
• A pat on the back is only a few centimeters from a kick in the butt.
• After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.
• The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get.
• When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves.
• There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office.
• Everything can be filed under “miscellaneous.”
• To error is human, to forgive is not our policy.
• If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
•You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.
• People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn’t.
• If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.
• Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.

☎If your job gave you a surprise three day paid break to rest and recuperate, what would you do with those three days?

All the answers begin with the letter ‘H’:
1. What is the name for a shop selling items for sewing, such as zips, buttons, needles and threads?
A:  Haberdashery

2.  A type of bomb is often referred to as an “H-bomb”. What does the H stand for?
A: Hydrogen

3. This gory 2005 horror movie, written, produced and directed by Eli Roth, may have put many people off backpacking around Europe!
A: Hostel

4. This TV show starred Hugh Laurie as an unconventional doctor.
A: House

5. This  actress is famous for her roles in “What Women Want”, “As Good As It Gets” and “Twister”.
A: Helen Hunt

If you think that the average person is stupid, then keep in mind that half are stupider than that.

Question: 60% of adults in a new survey say they owned one of THESE as a child. What was it?
A: Jump rope (skipping rope)

Don’t be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.

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