Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – Edition: #5847

Good Morning, Sheetheads!

★ It’s a no-brainer that the Netflix hit “Stranger Things” will be back for a 2nd season. Now comes word that Sean Astin (“Lord Of the Rings”) and Paul Reiser (1990s TV sitcom “Mad About You”) have been recruited for the sequel season. Astin will portray an old high school classmate of Winona Ryder’s character ‘Joyce’, while Reiser plays a Department of Energy official. And yes, show favorite Millie Bobby Brown, will be back as the mysterious ‘Eleven’. “Stranger Things” returns in 2017.
– “Entertainment Weekly”
★ A statement released by Kensington Palace says 32-year-old Prince Harry is ”deeply disappointed” with online trolls sending his 35-year-old actress-girlfriend Meghan Markle a ”wave of abuse and harassment”. Meghan’s relatives have also been bombarded with messages and questions after the news of their romance broke. Harry is said to be worried about Markle’s safety The statement says the red-haired royal has ”never been comfortable” with the curiosity around his love life. (Maybe you’d have more privacy if you encouraged her to quit posting pics and quips all over social media.)
– “The Guardian”
★ Jim Parsons’ “Big Bang Theory” character, ‘Dr Sheldon Cooper’, has just landed a spin-off. The Emmy-winning actor will executive-produce the comedy, which focuses on the science geek as a kid growing up in Texas. The pilot is being written by “Big Bang” co-creators Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. News of the potential spinoff comes as CBS-TV’s #1 hit comedy is in its 10th season, which premiered September 19th.
– “Hollywood Reporter”
★ And the filmmakers behind “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” are conjuring up even more hype around the movie by announcing that ‘Albus Dumbledore’ is making an appearance in the sequel to the upcoming first installment of the series. ‘Dumbledore’, for those of you out of touch with the “Harry Potter” universe, is the headmaster of the wizarding school ‘Hogwarts’. “Fantastic Beats” is set 70 years before the “Potter” series. The first film in the franchise debuts November 18th.
– Postmedia Network

• “The Beaverton” (Comedy Network) – Debut of a satirical Canadian news show led by co-anchors Emma Hunter & Miguel Rivas, alongside a rotating cast of kooky correspondents.
• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – Fidlar (“Too”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Willie Nelson (“For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price”).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Saves the Day (self-titled).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Lukas Graham (“Blue Album”).
• “Live With Kelly” (syndicated/CTV) – Cam (“Untamed”).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Martha Wainwright (“Goodnight City”, out Friday).

• The Chainsmokers – Their hit “Closer” f/Halsey has become the 1st single to score 12 weeks at #1 since Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” in Spring 2015. Of 1,057 #1 hits in the 58-year history of the ‘Billboard Hot 100’, only 17 have stayed on top for at least 12 weeks.
• David Bowie – A Kickstarter campaign to raise £100,000 (approx $125,000) for a statue commemorating the late rocker is about a quarter of the way to its goal. The figure would be erected in the market square of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in southeast England.
• Jeezy – “Trap or Die 3” is #1 on the new ‘Billboard 200’ album chart. New albums by Kenny Chesney, Meek Mill, and Avenged Sevenfold have all also debuted in the top 10.
• Lynyrd Skynyrd – Production has begun on “If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd” (working title), a documentary set to premiere on CMT next year.
• Phil Collins – He’s been announced as the 2nd headliner for next year’s British Summer Time festival. He’s playing London’s Hyde Park on Friday, June 30th. This follows the news that Green Day is headlining on the Saturday night.
• Slayer – The metal band fronted by Tom Araya have teamed with designers at Supreme label for the ‘Supreme x Slayer’ collection, which is launching this week. The clothes and accessories include T-shirts, sweaters, sweatpants, and jackets among other Winter gear.
• Thomas Rhett – Tonight he begins a string of international shows at Mandela Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The schedule also includes stops in England and Ireland.

A statistical look at who we are and the things we do …
• 76% of women would date a man with severe hair loss.
• 73% of women/70% of men say someone constantly checking the phone is their biggest dating pet peeve.
• 41% of women say their 2nd-biggest dating pet peeve is when a date goes overboard trying to impress them.
• 29% of men say their 2nd-biggest dating pet peeve is when their date talks too much.
• 17% of married couples met at work.
• 6% of children like to dip their french fries … in mustard.

It looks for all the world like an epic Winter battle is in the making, but it turns out the thousands of perfectly shaped snowballs that showed up on a beach in Siberia are the result of a natural phenomenon. The strange sight has emerged on the shore of the Gulf of Ob, just north of the Arctic Circle. Villagers from nearby Nyda have discovered about 11 miles of beach has been covered in the icy orbs, some the size of tennis balls and others about 3-feet-across. And while the spheres look man-made, scientists say the phenomenon is just a fluke of nature, a combination of the effects of wind, the lay of the coastline, and the temperature. (Toys ‘R Us should import this stuff!)

Cutting-edge vocab …
• ‘Exercise Desert’ – An area where exercise programs and facilities are either non-existent or unaffordable. (Uh, how about going for a walk?)
• ‘Speed Geeking’ – Similar to speed-dating but instead of meeting a new potential partner at each table, participants are welcomed by different presenters who talk them through various aspects of technology and how it can be used to make positive changes.
• ‘Thrisis’ – A period of age-related anxiety, stress, and self-doubt experienced by some people in their 30s. (“Shouldn’t we have bought a house by now?”)

There are fun firsts, such as the first time baby sleeps through the night and the first time your toddler takes a few steps. Then there are not so fun firsts, such as …
• Baby’s first blood test. They poke them in the foot with something that looks like a thumbtack.
• The first time your newborn son pees in your face while changing his diaper.
• Baby’s first cold. You feel miserable because baby feels miserable.
• The first bite while nursing. Teeth or no teeth it still really hurts!
• The first time they drool/spit-up/pee on a friend who doesn’t have children.
• The first cellphone assassination by dropping or drooling.
• The first time they poop in the bathtub.
• The first time you have to leave them with someone else, then the first time they cry because you left them with someone else.
– “Metro”

Richest UK celebrities under 30 according to the new edition of “Heat” magazine …
1. Adele (£92m)
2. Daniel Radcliffe (£74m)
3. Ed Sheeran (£45m)
4. Zayn Malik (£38m)
5. Harry Styles (£37m)
– Bang Showbiz

For the first time in the beauty company’s history, CoverGirl is featuring a woman wearing a hijab in its advertising. Nura Afia, a beauty vlogger with more than 216,000 YouTube subscribers, is being featured in CoverGirl’s new ad campaign alongside global celebrities like actress Sofia Vergara and singer Katy Perry. In a statement, Afia says the role is particularly meaningful to her after “growing up and being insecure about wearing the hijab”. The upcoming campaign, for a mascara line, is appearing across TV and digital formats. (3 weeks ago, CoverGirl announced its 1st-ever ‘CoverBoy’ – 17-year-old NYC-based makeup artist James Charles.)
– Associated Press

• Men are more likely than women to be attracted to a friend of the opposite sex.
– “New York Magazine”
• Men are more violent when there are more women around.
– “New Scientist”


1972 [44] Eric Dane, San Francisco CA, TV actor (“The Last Ship” since 2014, “Grey’s Anatomy” 2006-12)

1973 [43] Nick Lachey, Harlan KY, TV personality (“The Sing-Off” 2009-14, “Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica” 2003-05)/former boy-band singer (98 Degrees-“I Do Cherish You”)

1978 [38] Sisqó (Mark Andrews), Baltimore MD, hip-hop artist (“Incomplete”, “Thong Song”)

1988 [28] Nikki Blonsky, Great Neck NY, movie actress (“Hairspray”)

• “Chaos Never Dies Day”, the one day of the year to acknowledge that chaos is essential to a harmonious universe. (And the US presidential election.)

• “Go To an Art Museum Day”, a day to enjoy wonderful sculptures and beautiful paintings. Many art museums have days when admission is free or reduced, so if you have never been to an art museum … try it!

• “World Freedom Day”, begun in 2001 to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of Communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2014 on this date, Germany commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall with a balloon-release ceremony and celebrations throughout the country.

2004 [12] Swedish writer Stieg Larsson dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 50, shortly after turning in the manuscripts for 3 crime thrillers which go on to be best-sellers: “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”

2010 [06] A 3-alarm fire in a warehouse in San Carlos CA where Neil Young had stored everything from vintage cars to guitar cases causes damage estimated at $800,000

2014 [02] One Direction are the big winners at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards in Glasgow, Scotland, picking up 3 awards including ‘Best Pop Act’

2001 [15] The 3,400-seat, $94-million Kodak Theatre, designed to be the permanent home of the Academy Awards, opens in Hollywood CA (now known as the Dolby Theatre)

2004 [12] Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros wins a record 7th Cy Young Award as his league’s best pitcher

2006 [10] The Rolling Stones’ “Bigger Bang” tour is reported to have taken in $230 million in just 10 months, after playing to nearly 2 million fans

[Thurs] World Science Day for Peace & Development
[Fri] “Almost Christmas”; “Arrival”; “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” open in movie theaters
[Fri] “Red Oaks” series debut (Amazon)
[Sat] Fancy Rat & Mouse Day
[Sat] World Pneumonia Day
[Sun] World Kindness Day
[Mon] ‘Super Moon’
This Week Is … Dear Santa Letter Week
This Month Is … Inspirational Role Models Month


• The budget wasn’t very big and that’s why most of it took place in the basement.
• There was a lot of sex but, honestly, not as much as you were expecting.
• Your friends tried to warn you off but you didn’t listen and they mysteriously disappeared halfway through.
• That scenic drive through the middle of nowhere seemed like a good idea until the car broke down.
• At some point one of you said, “Why is this happening to us?”
• There’s probably going to be a sequel and it’s going to be the exact same thing but hopefully this time they cast hotter people.
– Thanks to Kate McHargue

☎ What’s your most bizarre snack combination?
A few concoctions from a recent poll on the topic …
• Pickles & peanut butter.
• Cheese puffs & ketchup.
• Nutella & cheese.
• Pretzels & Fruit Roll-Ups.
• Twizzlers & nacho cheese.
• French fries & honey.
• Rice Krispies Treats with ketchup.
• Tostitos Scoops & peanut butter.
• Blueberry Pop Tarts & chocolate pudding.
• Goldfish & soy sauce.

Doc: “How much exercise do you get per week?”
Patient: “Does sex count?”
Doc: “Yes.”
Patient: “None.”

Which is the largest city in the world that is located on 2 continents?
a. Moscow, Russia
b. Istanbul, Turkey. [CORRECT. The other 3 cities that are half-European and half-Asian are the Russian cities of Orenburg and Magnitogorsk, and Atyrau, a city in western Kazakhstan. Similarly, Suez, an Egyptian city straddling the Suez Canal, belongs to both Africa and Asia.]
c. Panama City, Panama

Take votes on your recording line or website on whether bathroom tissue should be installed to roll ‘over-the-top’ or ‘from underneath’. This is a contentious topic that always generates a lot of reaction. For some reason ‘over-the-top’ people tend to be more militant, even resorting to re-installing toilet paper rolls ‘correctly’ when visiting someone else’s home.

Question: 15% of us say THIS keeps us from being productive at work.
Answer: Being hungry.

Sterility is hereditary.

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