Wednesday, May 24, 2017 Edition: #5981

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★ Kevin Bacon says he ”didn’t have enough coke” to pick up women at Studio 54 but still had a great time there. Because he was not yet famous during the legendary nightspot’s late-70s heyday, Bacon says he always went alone and would try to pick someone up, to mixed results.  The 58 year-old says that initially it was tough to get past the door staff at the iconic club but he quickly learned the importance of good shoes.  Kevin reports that although he arrived alone, he always had a great time.
★Word is that Katy Perry is getting $25 MILLION to judge American Idol.  ABC was desperate to sign a name before the ‘Upfronts’ last week, when honchos announced she was the lead judge. As one source put it, “Katy had all the leverage. If ABC ended up announcing the show without a judge, they’d be screwed.” And Kelly Clarkson rejected their offer so she could join ‘The Voice’.  A.I. had tried to get Katy as a judge as far back as 2012, but she rejected a $20 million offer.
★ And those who claim to know say that ABC is “on the verge” of signing a deal with Ryan Seacrest to host American Idol. Supposedly, Ryan was making $15 million a season with A.I. on FOX. We’re also told Jennifer Lopez was raking in $15 mil a season. So Katy blew them both away.
★ Charlie Sheen’s not willing to take all the credit, but understands his HIV diagnosis likely played a huge part in boosting sales of home HIV test kits.  Researchers are calling it the “Sheen Effect.” By some counts, HIV test sales jumped up to 95% immediately after his 2015 announcement that he is HIV positive.  Sheen says that it is “great to be of service at that level.” And says that his life has not only changed, but has “been elevated in a lot of ways.”
★ Alec Baldwin has opened up about his struggle with Lyme disease. The actor developed the bacterial disease when he was bitten by a tick – leading to years of debilitating symptoms. He says that he experienced the classic Lyme disease symptoms each summer for five years including “ black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed”, as he put it.
★ Seven months after Billy Bush left the TODAY show in disgrace following the release of the infamous tape that featured Bush and Donald Trump making derogatory comments about women, the former host says that he wishes that he had the strength of character to change the topic.  In an interview, Bush remarks, “I wish I had said: ‘Does anyone want water?’ or ‘It looks like it’s gonna rain.’ I could’ve said, ‘Can you believe the ratings on whatever?’

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Zac Efron, Connie Nielsen, Zac Brown Band
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Orlando Bloom, Zoe Lister-Jones, Mike Vecchione
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Robin Wright, Hannibal Buress, Paul Simon, Bill Frisell
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Kevin Spacey, Ellie Kemper, Tom Perez, Matt Frazier
• “Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Ed Helms, Priyanka Chopra, Paramore
• “Last Call with Carson Daly” (NBC/CTV): Topher Grace, Galantis, Tyler Henry
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy): Gabourey Sidibe ( R )
• “@Midnight with Chris Hardwick” (Comedy): Ken Jennings, Andree Vermeulen, Steve Agee ®
• “Conan” (TBS/Comedy): T.J. Miller, Lennon Parham, Missio
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Bethenny Frankel, Eric Stonestreet
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): 2 Chainz
• “The Talk” (CBS): Priyanka Chopra, Elizabeth Wagmeister
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Chris Pine, Sarah Hyland
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Michael Keaton
• “Wendy Williams” (FOX):Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez
• “Harry” (NBC/CTV): Abigail Breslin, Carol Burnett
• “The Real” (FOX): Ayesha Curry
• “Survivor” (CBS): “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished”  One remaining castaway will be crowned the Sole Survivor as the season of “Game Changers” ends.
• “Dirty Dancing” (ABC) TV Movie 2017. This reboot of the 80s movie features Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Katey Sagal, and a cameo from Billy Dee Williams.  Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with Johnny Castle, a summer camp dance instructor in what is said to be an almost shot-for-shot remake of the original.

• Chris Cornell – will be laid to rest during a private service in Los Angeles on Friday. One or more public memorials are being considered.
• Celine Dion – her dressing room at the Billboard Music Awards was virtually a revolving door of star power … celebs simply couldn’t get enough.  Celine entertained famous visitors throughout Sunday night’s BBMAs including Drake, Desiigner, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Vanessa Hudgens, who all stopped by to pay their respects to Celine, but mostly to gush about how much they loved her.
• Nicole Sherzinger – will not be starring in the highly anticipated film adaptation of ‘Wicked’. You can check out her acting chops, however, in the television adaptation of ‘Dirty Dancing’, on TV tonight.
• Tupac – The actors playing Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in “All Eyez on Me” should look pretty authentic because they’re wearing actual outfits the legendary rappers wore in real life.  April Walker, who designed for both rappers in the ’90s, brought back some of her original wardrobe designs for filming the biopic.
• Ed Sheeran – says he enjoyed the first hiatus of his career before recording “Divide”.  He shut off his social accounts, got rid of his cell phone, and headed for far-off places that he had toured, but never had a chance to see. Sheeran says he emerged “totally refreshed and rejuvenated”.
• Lady Gaga –  has vowed to live more, love more and be an advocate for cancer patients in the wake of the death of her good friend Sonja Durham, who passed away following a long battle with cancer. Durham was the inspiration behind Gaga’s 2016 song “Grigio Girls”.
• Sam Hunt – showed off his new wedding band on the red carpet before the Billboard Music Awards. He said that “It feels great — there’s a spiritual strength to it. And I feel a little bit taller now that I’m wearing it.”
• Blake Shelton – when he accepted his top country artist award, he gave his girlfriend Gwen Stefani the sweetest, most romantic compliment ever. “I had a good feeling. I felt like I was the luckiest guy in the room anyway because Gwen is here with me, so I had a good feeling about it.”

It once was normal for office workers everywhere to dress formally at the workplace.  That standard has gradually changed to the point that now, many workplaces have no dress code at all.  Experts are calling the fact that we started last century in bustles and formal hats and ended it in sweatsuits and flannel shirts the most radical shift in dress standards in human history.  And the trend has continued this century.  Even in the  early 1980s, ‘business casual’ consisted of khaki pants, sensible shoes, and button-down collared shirts. Today, though, ‘business casual’ is a nearly obsolete term for a workforce that includes many who telecommute from home in yoga pants, put on a clean T-shirt for a Skype meeting, and some who rarely even enter the the office.  Why the change?  Not just because of the loosening of the 9-5 work routine.  Broader shifts in culture and business: Life is less formal, companies are now more results-oriented than process-oriented.  And experts expect the trend toward ever-increasing levels of casual dress to continue.
(So before you turn your nose up at the dude in the corner cubicle in the jammie pants and hoodie, remember we might all be dressing like that next year…)
(Remember when the advice was to dress for the job you want, not the job you have?  Now that my manager wears ripped jeans and wrinkly shirts, I don’t even want his job!)

Many people believe their metabolism, which is the rate at which we process food and nutrients, and burn calories, is a fixed factor in their bodies. However, you can make changes to rev your metabolism, says Joey Shulman, author of ‘The Last 15: A Weight Loss Breakthrough’.  Here are some ways to pick things up a bit:
✓ Get Your Z’s: Not only do we crave unhealthy comfort foods when we’re tired, but our sleep levels are linked to our hormone levels. People who are sleep-deprived tend to be more stressed out. And that’s going to trigger fat storage as well. (Plus you can’t eat when you’re sleeping.  Well, you shouldn’t…)
✓ Eat the Clock: Eating regularly.  Don’t skip meals or fast. Those types of things can slow down your metabolism.  When you deprive your body of food, it goes into ‘hibernation mode,’ burning less energy in order to conserve. Ideally, you should aim to eat three meals and two snacks at regular three-to-four-hour intervals.  (I eat 3 meals and 2 snacks every 3 to 4 hours…)
✓ Drink More Water: Water is involved in the chemical reaction in the body to actually process the calories. If you’re dehydrated it can slow down your process a bit.” Can’t stand water? Other low-calorie thirst-quenching options might be skim milk, vegetable juices or herbal, caffeine-free teas.
✓ Lift Weights:  You need lean muscle mass in order to become more metabolically active.  To boost metabolism, it’s all about strength training.  More muscle mass boosts your overall metabolic rate, which means you’re burning more calories even when you’re not active.
✓ Avoid Refined Food:  Cut back on white flours and sugars, the kinds you’d find in processed foods such as pastries and cookies. These foods tend to overstimulate insulin and that can cause your metabolism to lag. (Oh, my diet is anything BUT refined!)
✓ Spice Things Up:  Add some wasabi or cayenne pepper to kick up the flavor, and your metabolism. You’ll need to eat these foods regularly for them to have any effect. Try adding a daily sprinkle of a hot spice into your lunchtime chili or evening soup.  Eating lean meats such as chicken or turkey may also speed up your metabolism since your body has to work harder to digest proteins.  (So that prank they played on me in the lunchroom with the hot sauce in my sandwich was GOOD for me?)
✓ Go Green:  With your tea, that is. Like spicy foods, green tea is considered to be a thermogenic drink that can rev up your inner engine. As a bonus, green tea is also loaded with antioxidants to help protect your body against chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Coffee or cola drinker? Switching out one of your standard drinks with a green tea is a good start. (Now I’m not so sure that I even WANT my metabolism revved!)

A new novelty chili pepper is setting all kinds of records.  And eat it at your own risk. When Welsh fruit grower Mike Smith unveiled his creation for a national grower’s show, he had no idea he would accidentally end up with the world’s hottest pepper. Called ‘Dragon’s Breath’, the record-breaking pepper scores a whopping 2.48 million units on the Scoville scale of hotness.  Intended to be a tiny thing of beauty, the Dragon’s Breath pepper turned out to be a sensory beast that can’t really be consumed unless you’re willing to put your life at risk. Just to put into perspective how hot this thing is, the Scotch bonnet, a chili usually eaten as a challenge, scores between 100,000 and 350,000 Scovilles, military-grade pepper spray registers at 2 million units,  and the previous world’s hottest pepper was rated at a maximum 2.2 million units. Dragon’s Breath blows them all away with an impressive rating of 2.48 million Scovilles.  Oh, and be warned.  Consuming it could send you into anaphylactic shock.  And kill you.  On the other hand, the hope is that because oil from the chili can numb the skin, it could be used as an alternative to anesthetic in third world countries, or on people who are allergic to conventional anesthetic.
(I’ve got a few buddies who would give it a shot anyway!)
(I think I tried that flavor of wings once…)
(That’s like Adriana Lima level hotness!)



1938 [79] Tommy Chong, Edmonton, Canada, Movie Actor (Cheech and Chong comedy albums and movies, “Leo in That 70’s Show”)
1941 [76] Bob Dylan (Zimmerman), Duluth MN, folk/rock/pop singer-songwriter (“Like a Rolling Stone”)/Lifetime Achievement “Grammy Award” (1991)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1988)/Nobel Prize in Literature 2016.
1945 [72] Priscilla Presley, Brooklyn, NY, TV Actess, was the wife of Elvis Presley from 1967-1973, (“Jenna Wade” on “Dallas” 1983-1988)
1963 [54] Jimmy Ashhurst, Naples, Italy, rock bassist (Buckcherry-”Sorry”)
1969 [48] Rich Robinson, Atlanta GA, rock guitarist (Black Crowes-”Hard to Handle”, “The Magpie Salute”)
1982 [35] Cody Hanson, Plano TX, rock drummer (Hinder-“Lips Of an Angel”)
1986 [31] Mark Ballas, Houston TX, professional dancer (“Dancing With the Stars” 2007-2016)

• “Asparagus Day”, honoring the only ‘spears’ most of us ever eat. What’s your secret recipe?
• “Brothers Day”, a day to give them a quick punch on the arm … just to let ‘em know you care.
• “Escargot Day”, celebrating the gourmet food you can harvest off your driveway. How come we’ll eat snails but not slugs? Aren’t they the same thing?
• “International Tiara Day”, a day for women to celebrate their leadership powers. Real or virtual tiara-wearing is optional.
[Thurs] Towel Day
[Thurs] Tap Dance Day
[Thurs] Wine Day
[Fri] Blueberry Cheesecake Day
[Fri] Heat Awareness Day

1991 [26] Oscar-winning road movie “Thelma & Louise”, starring Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon, opens in theaters

2014 [03] Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West are married in Florence, Italy

2010 [07] Paul Gray, 38-year-old bassist with metal band Slipknot, is found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa

1935 [82] The first night game in Major League Baseball history in Cincinnati, Ohio. the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field. (This lamp post brought to you by…)

2003 [14] Paul McCartney sits down for tea with Russian president Vladimir Putin, then heads to Moscow’s Red Square for his 1st-ever performance in the country



• The kid who’s parked himself underneath the jungle gym and hasn’t moved in 40 minutes.
• A newborn that is trying to nap in her stroller.
• Two mothers watching an inappropriate video of Ryan Reynolds on their phone.
• The maintenance worker plunging a rodent out of the playground toilet.
• The kid who insists on climbing up, then sliding down, then immediately climbing up the twisty slide.
• A goldfish cracker she found near a drainage ditch.
• The rowdy teenager who is currently standing on top of the infant swing trying to flip over the center bar.
• The toddler who is going to town on her bubbles wand as if it was a soapy lollipop.
• A nine-year-old who is chasing her sister with what appears to be a crowbar.
• A ladybug.
• The grandmother sitting on the next bench, who just gave her grandson a disgusting amount of money for the ice cream truck.
• The little girl who thoughtfully created a “water slide” with the contents of her juice box.
• The kid who won’t let any other children on the swings because he’s pushing his invisible pet friends in them.
• The 5-year-old she is currently on a playdate with.

☎What is the silliest fear that you have?

I don’t eat snails.  I prefer fast food.

Question: You will find about 158 of these in the average home.  What?
Answer: Books

Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you’re temporarily upset.

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